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13 years ago

Sep 11, 2014 -- 7:52pm

I will always acknowledge this day... September 11th... I will never, ever forget.

But, I find it hard to emotionally go back there so I avoid memorial services.  It's not because I don't want to go... it's just because it's too emotional and too raw to go back to the terror I felt that day and for months afterwards.

My family was directly affected by the events and aftermath of that fateful day ... but, thank God, we did not lose any personal family members.

But, still... living in New York those days... was a very dark time.

As we head back into war action against these terrorists again, I just hope and pray that we don't lose any military service men and women.  I know in my heart how necessarry it is that we stomp out and eliminate ISIS, Al Qaeda, whatever... but I always think about the spouses, children and parents of the military and how they must feel when they give their loved one that last kiss and hug before they march off to war torn lands far away.  

I pray for a quick, successful mission on this Patriot Day... and no matter what's going on or not going on in Washington, D.C., I am still a very proud American. 

This country is the most amazing country on the planet and we must lead the world in achieving justice and peace.  We may get it wrong sometimes or maybe it gets messy, but I want to believe that keeping Americans and our interests safe is in the hearts of our military generals and Commander in Chief.  

God Bless America.

40 Mile Loop de Loop?

Sep 10, 2014 -- 8:02pm

I'm going to need a lot of convincing that the 40 mile loop during the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bike Fest is going to achieve what needs to be achieved.  Creating a Buzz Kill, dispersing crowds and keeping gang activity out of town.

Hmmmm.... doesn't seem like that the loop is going to be that effective...Does it to you?

We need a plain clothes task force that's familiar with the players in gang activity mingling amongst the crowd.

We need law enforcement pairs policing every corner.

We need ticket writers out and about ticketing those disobeying our laws.  These do not have to be law enforcement officials.

We need crowd control barricades to contain the pedestrian activity.

The one-way traffic / emergency lane is necessary and so is the frequent trash pick up.  

Businesses should definitely consider hiring security those nights, as well.  It's necessary that they protect their own property on nights where our police force is stretched.

 

Like I said after Memorial Day, I hope that more locals stay in town that weekend and attend the Military Days events like we should.  So many people work so hard to put those events together... and we reward them with sparse attendance?  Take back downtown Myrtle Beach by just showing up.  Don't run and give it up to lawless street party revelers.  Show up and be counted.  Take back Myrtle Beach.

 

 

One year... has come and gone

Sep 03, 2014 -- 7:45pm

Well, September 3, 2013 was my first day of work on the Hot Talk Morning Show 99.5 FM.  I was only in Myrtle Beach for a New York minute... and suddenly I was on the airwaves talking to the awesome people who listen to the station... many of them for years!  I had a lot to learn... AND FAST!  I did my best and love living here.

Most people made me feel at home... but I did, and still do, have some listeners that just don't like me because I'm from the North and have an accent.  I do care about the preception people have about me, but there's nothing I can do when they just choose not like me.

Just wanted to thank you all for listening to our show...giving us great ratings.  I appreciate your calls and love to chat with you when you call in for contests.  I also really enjoy meeting y'all at our remotes at various businesses.

Looking forward to another great year... feel free to send me some ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism.  

Atlantic Beach Bike Fest - It's not a racial thing... it's a lack of morals thing

May 27, 2014 -- 8:51am
This Memorial Day has been quite memorable for Americans... And not for the right reasons. Locally, The Atlantic Beach Bike Week has been overshadowed with shooting deaths and injured victims for two nights in a row. Three people dead. Many fighting for their lives. 

I considered going out late Friday night to see what this bike week was all about so I can talk about it on Tuesday morning's show but someone talked me out of it. The next morning, I was so glad I didn't go.... Only to wake up this morning to hear about more violence. It seemed like Myrtle Beach was under siege. I feel terrible for the unsuspecting families that came to the family beach only to be hunkered down in their hotel rooms. One family tried to get a refund when they decided to move hotels but they were denied. 

Why did this happen? 

Too afraid to enforce laws out of fear of backlash from the NAACP?

Too afraid to lose tourism funds?

Too chicken to impose a curfew?

Too cheap to hire seasonal police force to bolster security during the swell of tourism traffic?

Too afraid to be labeled a racist to comment on any aspect of this bike rally?

These were all the reasons I read from citizens all around social media. 

But are those the right questions?

What politicians do you want to hear from? What questions do you want answered? What do you think should be done? Can this topic be discussed without racial overtones? Is this more about some young people with no morals.... Just like spring break violence, rape and drunkeness... Which involved many young, white people. 

I heard that spring break revelers were run out of town... So were the Harley bikers. I thought Myrtle Beach was not in the bike rally business anymore? What happened?

Is this the worst bike rally ever? Was it unusual or was it expected? 

Some people posted pictures this weekend of half-naked black women twerking around the streets but there are half-naked white women and profession strippers doing similar things during the Harley bike rally. I know. I saw it. They do it to win contests or for tips. So that's not a race thing. 

We have experienced plenty of violence in this area... Sometimes resulting in death by gun, knife, hammer, etc. I know. I write up the news every morning. Some of the perps are black, some are white. Some of the victims are white, some are black... Some men, some women. So, that doesn't seem like a race thing either. 

There are women and some men victims of domestic violence during these events.... But that happens all year long, all over the state, black, white... Whatever. South Carolina didn't end up with the #1 ranking in the nation for deaths of women by men due to one race. 

This is a systemic problem not because of race but because of the lack of moral LEARNING! I would say teaching but there's no lack of teaching. There are plenty of religious establishments on every corner. 

Where does moral learning begin? In the home. It is a family's responsibility to raise productive, moral people.... Not the school's .... not the government's .... Not the police's ... Not the court's responsibility. 

Every person on this planet has parents however, there's certainly a lack of parenting on this earth. 

There are too many parents and kids that don't have God in their lives. It's the lack of God in their lives that allows people to wander down a road of sin, depression, negative attitude ...despair and finally violence. 

I know God is the answer but people would rather condemn a race, a mayor and a police chief, instead. If you do, you are sooooo misguided. There should be a peace movement in Myrtle Beach today. 

Instead of hunkering down, we should come out of hiding and take over myrtle beach in our Sunday Best to claim back Memorial Day for the reason it was created... To honor those who laid down their lives and limbs for the rest of us during times of war!!!!! But, no, we are having our own street wars... Gang violence... Drug wars.... Pimp wars....

This is my first Memorial Day here. I spent 2 hours on Friday with the parade's grand marshal, Montel Williams. I was horrified and embarrassed for our community to see him come down ocean blvd to a single sporadic row of citizens!!! I thought y'all loved your veterans and your community? What a joke. It was shameful. And the parade itself? Pitiful at best. What a poor turnout in floats and spectators. Why even bother?

Oh yeah. I'm outraged that many ignorant people have taken to social media to divide this community with racial slurs and finger pointing. Where is God at work in your life????

Remember, for every finger you point, there are three pointed back at you! 

Look in the mirror. Change starts with you.
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It has come to my attention that my post may have offended some event and city planners. However my intentions were quite the opposite… I championed the efforts by city and local event planners to create such a wonderful event for our veterans and citizens. I was saddened to see the low turnout. It showed a lack of community support. Was it because the bike rally was in town? If so, why would citizens handover their city to the rally revelers? Peaceful citizens should come in droves to reclaim their city for this special weekend. The parade should be the center stage and our veterans the stars!

 

What's next with Don Sterling's situation?

May 02, 2014 -- 10:21am

Don Sterling's recent situation has made me think of some important questions:

* How does the concept of Freedom of Speech relate to this case?  Are we protected in our private conversations?

* Were Sterling's comments in that phone converstaion truly racist?

* What is V. Stiviano's role in the recording and "leakage" of the audio, if any?  Motive?

* If NBA team owners vote to force the sale of the Clippers, will they be concerned about the dangerous precedence that sets for their future regarding private conversations?

* If a forced sale does occur, can the NBA determine the price of the team....even if they priced it at Under-Market Value?

 

What happens next in this case is going to have tremendous implications on many aspects of Corporate America.  I'm going to be watching it closely and will continue to ask questions.  I'm just wondering if I'll ever get the answers.  There will be no right answer and, in many ways, the NBA's hands are tied in the court of public opinion.  The final outcome will be quite interesting... and, by the way, I'm sure all questions will be answered.  Stay tuned!

 

To Toronto and Back!

Mar 15, 2014 -- 10:27am

Had an amazing flight on West Jet ... on it's inaugural non-stop flight to Toronto on March 6th.  Just an hour and 40 minutes total to get to this beautiful coastal community.

Such a fantastic place to visit... Great sites, including Niagra Falls and the nearby casinos.

 

For an awesome tour, visit www.genovatours.com to see all the different walking and van tours Bill Genova offers there.  He is a lifelong resident of Toronto, great to spend the day with and incredibly knowledeable.  Bill helped me gettng a good sense about Toronto... past and present... including its connections with the Confederacy and Slavery.

I went to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto and had dinner atop the revolving restaurant at the Skylon Tower in Niagra Falls.

Great restaurants and eateries, too... but don't miss a visit to Carousel Bakery in the St. Lawrence Market.  The most delicious Candian breakfasts and desserts :)  The market is packed with all sorts of other foods and unique items.

I also had lunch in an authentic Chinese restaurant there... in one of six Chinatown neighborhoods in Toronto.  Did you know that Chinese is the #2 language in Toronto? 

Facebook me if you need any advice or direction about visiting Toronto.  It must be beautiful to see in the summer!

 

 

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