Happy Birthday @NicoleSandler!

Some birthdays are more important than others. Today is my dear soul mate and radio host Nicole Sandler's most important birthday, at least to me. I say that because she's smack in the middle of bravely and successfully surviving the scariest moment of her life: her battle with lung cancer. And there's nothing like a life-changing moment like that to make me realize how precious friends are. Nicole, I'm so glad you were born and are still kicking serious ass. You've been the voice for so many who can't be heard, and you've provided welcoming arms allowing me to try [...]

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Morning Jumpstart Attack at Istanbul airport: 36 dead House Benghazi report: No Clinton smoking gun Benghazi report: 5 serious accusations Benghazi report: Democrats' reax Senate Dems block "poison pill" Zika bill SCOTUS won't hear abortion restriction appeal Trump: Trade "rape" - Biz bites back Attack at Istanbul Airport: 36 Dead (BBC, NYT, Hill, TMN, me) • A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport has killed at 36 people and injured more than 140, officials say. Three attackers opened fire near an entry point to the terminal late Tuesday and blew themselves up after police fired at them, [...]

Monday June 20

  Iranian intel officials have broken up "the biggest terrorist plot" to ever target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, the country's state TV reported today. Several suspects have been arrested and are under interrogation. The report referred to those arrested as "takfiris" - could refer to members of ISIS - unclear at this time (AP, me)   Morning News Dueling Senate gun votes tonight Orlando gunman calls: partial transcripts out today Lynch defends investigation of gunman Trump: Consider profiling Muslims Gay pride events nationwide Sanders collides with black lawmakers SCOTUS: Biggie rulings coming up Brexit: Campaigning resumes [...]

1-19-16 Quick Morning News

   Victoria Jones created and edits Quick Morning News. She is chief White House correspondent with Washington DC-based Talk Media News, where her insight and analysis are made available to over 400 news talk radio stations around the country and internationally. Quick News  Britain insults Trump: "Wazzock"Oscars boycott: Is Chris Rock next?Flint's water: Governor under fireDemocratic debate: 4 big momentsUS prisoners leave Iran: 11th hour crisisIran denounces new US sanctionsNavy timeline: Iran's capture of US sailors Britain Insults Trump: "Wazzock" (WaPo, WaPo, Hill, NYT, me)• The British parliament set out Monday to debate a popular - 575,000 signatures - petition to ban Donald Trump [...]

Ferguson or Fallujah?

                                            Two images are shown above. One is courtesy of  Cpl Mike Escobar, taken in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005.  The other taken by reporter/photographer Danny Wicentowski of St. Louis' Riverfront Times two days ago in Ferguson, MO. Can you tell which is which? It's getting increasingly more difficult by the day to tell the difference. Americans' civil rights have eroded to the point where we have to question whether the First Amendment exists as anything more than a historical reference any longer. [...]

To Serve and Protect… or Not

The "About LAPD" page at JoinLAPD.com tells us: In 1955, a contest was announced in the Los Angeles Police Department's internal magazine, BEAT. The contest involved devising a motto for the Los Angeles Police Academy. The motto needed to be something that would succinctly express the ideals to which those who serve as Los Angeles Police Officers are dedicated. The winning entry, "to protect and to serve", was submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek and served as the LAPD academy's motto until, by City Council action, it became the official motto of the entire Los Angeles Police Department in 1963. It continues [...]

Oh Captain, My Captain

The world lost a real treasure yesterday. Robin Williams gave us the gift of countless verses, of howls of hilarity, gleeful giggles and even snort-inducing snickers. For the laughs, I'll be forever grateful. But he also had the ability to get truly serious, and to bring us to tears. His performances in Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and even the under-appreciated Jumanji are among my favorites. But there were so many more thought-provoking, risk-taking roles (What Dreams May Come comes to mind) that made up the wealth of work he'll leave behind and insure [...]

Lighting the Fuse

I'd always nod along when Randi Rhodes would say that it's not if it'll happen, but when. And I, like she, always wondered what the catalyst will be that finally lights the fuse. Back in 2010, the spark that begat the Arab Spring was one of those proverbial straws breaking the camel's back--  a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire to protest his government's treatment of himself and his fellow citizens along with its brazen corruption. Before dawn on Friday, Dec. 17, as [Mohammed] Bouazizi pulled his cart along the narrow, rutted stone road toward the market, two police officers blocked his path and [...]

Flashback Friday – Iraq, Nixon & Sting

Sting with Nicole Sandler at Channel 103.1/Los Angeles - Oct 1999   Each Friday morning, we wrap up our broadcast week with a trip into my musical radio past. Believing that music soothes the savage beast, it was especially useful today as the world has descended into savage madness. More on that in a bit. Today, our Flashback Friday featured my two interview with the former Police-man, Sting! I first interviewed him at LA's legendary KSCA fm 101.9 in 1996, in conjunction with the release of his Mercury Falling album. As he noted, our "Music Hall" was named [...]

Great American Heroes

Nicole Sandler with Congressman Alan Grayson at the Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour in Ft. Lauderdale, December 2011   Our first Great American Hero today is Congressman Alan Grayson. Although he represents Florida's 9th District, he really represents us all. Even during these times of the greatest gridlock in DC, Congressman Grayson - a member of the minority party in the House - has written more legislation and had more amendments passed than any other member, for two years running. He joined me on the show this morning to talk about some of the work he's done since we last spoke. [...]

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