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Friday, September 19, 2008


Got no plans Sunday evening?

Are you one of those people who dread SUNDAY night because the weekend fun has come and gone?!


WHY would you want to do such a thing, you ask?

(Besides the obvious reasons: 1. Nothing beats Hollywood stars making ill-informed political statements at live award shows with snarky correspondents responding in kind; 2. My liveblogging prose reads like a modern day Shakespeare)

I give you THREE reasons to join me:

1. The EMMY Statuette. What the heck is that thing?

I mean, I get the Oscars statue. It’s a knight-looking dude named Oscar holding a sword standing on a film reel. But WHAT is that EMMY thing supposed to be? And WHAT is it holding?!

It looks like Flash Gordon’s wife holding up a ball of golden twine that it stole from some cat… but what does THAT have to do with television?!

We need answers!

2. Diddy.
He starred in a made-for-television movie adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun… BUT he wasn’t even nominated for it. So I am [HOPING FOR] [EXPECTING] guessing that there might be some sort of revolution over this egregious oversight… And I will be there LIVEBLOGGING THE MAYHEM through it all!!

3. The Hosts…
ALL FIVE OF THEM!! I was trying to figure out who was hosting this year and learned its a motley quintuple of REALITY TV hosts! Maybe they can vote each other off the Island… I know I’ll be voting them off one by one!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Barracuda v. Biden

A FOX News / Opinion Dynamics poll last week found that many Americans are smitten with Gov. Sarah Palin. So I took those results out in Washington for a little "Man (or Woman) on the Street" field test... Check it out!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Barack Couture meet Naughty Monkey

Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama has become so popular, that in some corners like the fashionista world... Obama's likeness (in Che Guvara tee shirt designs) or even the simple "O" has become the latest fashion statement!

Sen. Obama even got a little free fashion boost when major designers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Derek Lam contributed designs for campaign gear!

Then came the Palin Pumps... and the bespeckled Alaskan Governor. According to a WSJ front page article today, Sarah Palin's style - first introduced to us on the stage at the RNC Convention in St. Paul - seems to be catching on quickly and giving the economy a boost!

From her Kazuo Kawasaki rimless frames (style series 704, color 34) to her shoes, many women are emulating her style. And speaking of those shoes -- the pair above that she was wearing when she was introduced to the nation as John McCain's Vice Presidential pick -- were 3.5 inch heels in the "Naughty Monkey" line of House of Brands shoes.

I will admit that the extent of my fashion sense is entirely limited to the few episodes of Project Runway that I have watched with my wife... but I can tell you this: If a Presidential Fashion War breaks out in the next 53 days, people will definitely tune in and pay attention!

Let the Fabric Fight begin!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kaziah the Goatwoman

Kaziah Hancock is a kind woman... and a goat farmer. But more than goat tending, she has a gift (as you will see in this video courtesy of KARE 11) that has touched more than 200 families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice of losing their loves ones for our nation's freedom. In her words, she has "sent them home."

Hancock calls her paintings "Project Compassion," and can be found at

On her site, in the gallery section, is a short passage that reads:

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the

(Father Denis O'Brien of the United States Marine Corp.)

The First Day of School

So the surf was nothing short of spectacular... and I am again renewed and ready to face the challenges ahead -- with a presidential election less than 2 mos away!

And speaking of new challenges, here are a few shots of Mackenzie Jenkins' first day of school. These cute shots -- of her leaving the house today, then at school looking for her cubby and symbol (turtle!) -- come courtesy of her mother!

What an exciting time for her and her parents -- but also -- of the promise and possibilities of the future. Will she grow up someday to become an astronaut? a lawyer? a tv reporter... or (gulp!) a politician!

Will one of her classmates find a cure for cancer or an end to global poverty?

It's worth remembering that while both presidential candidates offer campaign promises of "change" and "hope," the real promise of our future lies in our children. Let's give them everything they need to make a better place to live in!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Endless Summer Time...

Okay. I'm back from the Campaign Trail. School started for my girls, leaves on trees are starting to look different already and there's a tiny chill in the morning air - the tell tale signs that that dreaded seasonal monster is on its way... FALL!

What does that mean to me?

I'm having an Endless Summer panic. I can't help it. I'm a surfer and its in my DNA. So I am assigning myself this story: Are other surfers ready for the winter?

I am taking it upon myself to set aside the 300 pressing matters that I have to do now that I am back in DC -- and driving to the Indian River Inlet in Delaware. Literally, right now!

Will let you know how it goes... and if there's hope for an Indian Summer!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Conventions Highlight: The Strategy Room!

I can't believe the conventions are already over! Looking back now, from the comfort of my own home (sleep really is a great thing!), I think FOX News' 24-7 online live Strategy Room experiment was the real highlight. It was produced by the genius team of David Clark, Mike Straka, Hadley Gamble, Brian Korner, Rick Smosky and a few others who I may have forgotten to list here... It was live broadcasting streaming all day and night with anchors such as Greta Van Susteren, Shep Smith, Brian Kilmeade, Brian Wilson... and even yours truly.

My personal favorites: John Rich of "Big &Rich" and Lynn Swann!!

Look for more groundbreaking broadcasting from in the future!