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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Monday
Jan092006

Should Your City be Able to Condemn Your House and Sell it to McDonalds?

The public good. That is what the fight is all about with eminent domain. Should cities have the ability to take your home and sell it to another? Should Wal-Mart be able to convince the local city council that it is in the city's best interest to bulldoze an entire neighborhood so they can build another big-box?

On the other side of this issue, we have cities across this country that are rotting from the inside out. SE Washington DC, the Bronx, Compton, heck some would argue parts of North Minneapolis. Shouldn't cities, who have the most information, have the ability to do something about it?

Who gets to make the call on what is a public good? The city council? The state? You? Me? Or should there be a referendum on all eminent domain issues?

Should the public good be limited to schools, sewers and roads? What about revitalization? What about tax benefits?

We'll take your calls on The Jack Rice Show, 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255 or leave comments below.

Saturday
Jan072006

A Personal Appearance with the Minnesota Wild.

Tonight, I was invited to "Drop The Puck" as the Minnesota Wild took on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. I had a fantastic time and the Wild were great, as always. Nice when the Wild brings one home to boot, 4-1.
Standing outside of the press box that the Wild was nice enough to provide my wife Marlo and I for the game. Of course, she knew better than to think that I was some sort of big shot. Oh well . . .

We both laughed at the Media pass. If you look closely, it says "No Autographs." Just click on it to see.

My wife just looked at me. Hey, I'm a fan too! I love hockey!

Friday
Jan062006

Robertson is a Nucklehead

Pat Robertson. Need I say more? The so-called Christian Broadcaster has come up with another comment to end all comments. Apparently Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land."

That's right. As Robertson put it, "God considers this land to be his." Robertson went on to state that the prophet Joel "makes it very clear that God has emnity against those who divide his land."

To support his claim, Robertson mentioned the assasination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had attempted to bring peace to the region with a land swap. As Robertson put it, "it was a terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless he was dead. As if this was the first thing that this man has done as he wraps himself in the Bible.

I get it! God killed 2 Israeli Prime Ministers now. It that right?

Previously, he has suggested that assassinating a democratically elected Hugo Chavez of Venezuela a good idea. What about the time that he warned a city in Pennsylvania that supported evolution in their schools that if a catastophy comes to their town, they better not expect any help from God. What about the time that he said that people show never question their leaders in a time of war. Really? How about Hitler! He was at war too!

Religion is very important for many in this world. However, doesn't this man and his crazy statements bring scorn on those who have relegious beliefs? Doesn't this man in fact weaken the arguments for the 10 Commandments, Gay Marriage, Abortion and all of the other causes that are popular with the Religious right?

We will take your call on The Jack Rice Show at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255 or leave your comments below.

Thursday
Jan052006

Who is Running this Country, This State, Anyway?



The dark side of lobbyists in politics as of late can best be described by the actions of one man, Jack Abramoff. He faces federal criminal charges and in order to avoid even more prison time, he has agreed to cooperate with Federal prosecutors. As a result, he may bring down dozens of politicians in his wake. Of course, if this were only federal, we could look smugly at Washington. Unfortunately . . .

Minnesota apparently makes a little money on the side selling our private information to anybody with the cash. That's right. The state sells out driver's license information to just about anybody interested in buying. So, any identiy thieves out there, Minnesota is your place. welcome. Please, steal my identity. I don't mind. In fact, I want to the credit that I have worked my whole to for to be destroyed in a second.

Attorney General Mike Hatch brought this fact to light and Governor Pawlenty has fallen all over himself to agree that something must be done. Unfortunately, what is most distressing about this story is that both sides apparently had the interest changing this law last year but lobbyists here in Minnesota convinced them that they shouldn't. Lobbyists? Yeah, you heard me.

Government's number one job is to protect its citizens. I think that we can all agree on that. Number one! Selling private information seems inconsistent with that, don't you think? And yet, lobbyists for big business who can benefit from this, wanted it to continue. They don't care about my credit or your credit. They care about profit.

So, who is running this country, this state, anyway?

Well, both sides allegedly wanted to change the law but lobbyists said no. The law did not change. I guess we answered that one!

Sunday
Jan012006

Wishes for a New Year


When I think of the Statue of Liberty or the American flag, I think about the American ideal. I think about being the champion of freedom worldwide, a great beacon of light and of hope. Sadly, this is an ideal that seems to be slipping through our fingertips.

Our politicians scream from the rooftops about our championing democracy. About how important it is and about how we have gone into Iraq to promote it. And yet, while espousing that democracy, we continue to support the likes of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan. Is that supporting democracy? Is that at all consistent? Or does it send an entirely different message?
The House of Saud has and never will have any interest in democracy - and we know it. The House of Saud talks about being our closest friend but they're not - and we know it. Eighteen of the nineteen hi-jackers were Saudi citizens. The House of Saud says they have all of the oil that we need and yet continues to string us along like some pusher to his drug addicted client, like a parasite - and we know it.

In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak has controlled the reigns of power for decades with a death grip. In the most recent elections, when opposition parties appeared to gain some popularity, he arrested its leaders, closed the polling sites and harrassed any who acted out. And they are our close friends?

And then, there is Pakistan. In some ways, they are our closest allies in this war on terror. We used their country as a launching pad to fight the Taliban. However, what we often forget, the Pakistani ISI, the Pakistani Intelligence Service, helped to establish that same Taliban. Let's take it a step further, General Pervez Musharraf. The leader of the country that our President holds up as some sort of democratic champion. Democratic? Hardly! Musharraf took the country by force. He was not elected. There was no popular mandate, unless the point of a gun brings popular support.

None of these countries, who are our closest allies in the region, have any semblemce of democracy. In fact, they are all known for the human rights abuses and for their willingness to crush opposition with an iron fist. For their willingness to deny representation to their own people.

Yeah! We are the champions of freedom. We are the champions of democracy.

To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected. This is a Biblical phrase that I have heard come from the mouths of many politicians. I understand that it is popular rhetoric and that it is often used as some sort of catch-phrase to justify a lot. Unfortunately, it doesn't wash when we look at the reality.

When I think of the Statue of Liberty or the American Flag, I think of the ideal. I simply would like to see the reality and the ideal match a little more closely.

That is my wish for a New Year!
Thursday
Dec292005

Edward R. Murrow - The Broadcast Journalist to Whom All Others are Compared

Edward R. Murrow pioneered radio news during the Second World War, with his rooftop reporting from London during the Blitz to his recollections of Buchenwald. Before Murrow, newspapers held all of the crdibility and radio only provided concerts and the occasional speech. After Murrow, everything changed.
In 1951, Murrow moved television beyond comedy and variety and quiz show to something more. He brought serious investigation and critical analysis to a medium that, before him, had little. This included See it Now and Person to Person.
We will take a closer look at the legacy of Edward R. Murrow on The Jack Rice Show today.
Bob Edwards, hosted NPR's Morning Edition for decades and is a broadcast journalist of acclaim in his own right. He is also the author of Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. He is now the host of a successful satellite radio program.
Bob will join the program to discuss the impact of Murrow at the time as well as the continuing impact and maybe whether Murrow is an anachronism that is better forgotten.
Finally, highlighting the continuing impact of Murrow, a recent movie writen and directed by George Clooney, Good Night and Good Luck, takes an impressive glimpse of Murrow and Murrow's Boys during the McCarthy hearings. David Strathern, who plays Murrows, joins the program. to discuss how he prepared for the role. He also comments on the media and what may be lacking today.
Of course, throughout the program, we will take calls from listeners.
Call in at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255 or leave comments below.
Wednesday
Dec282005

Is the Twins Stadium Dying a Slow and Painful Death?

And the saga continues. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is trying to prop up support for the proposed $478 million Twins stadium deal. Of course, because nobody was able to come up with an agreement, the costs have increased by almost $30 million.

Under the existing agreement, Hennepin County would pay $235 million toward the stadium while the Twins would come up with $125 million. Of course, the issue of the tax referendum plays into it.

If the Twins don't get a stadium, what will they do? Will they move? Where will they go? Regardless of how tis works out, can anybody blame the Twins. Others teams have received deals from their cities. Why not the Twins?

Even if the Twins don't move, isn't there a legitimate concern about contraction. Isn't that a legitimate concern?

Regardless of how this plays out, all sides can agree on one thing, watching the Twins play in the Metrodome is a disaster. I sit on the first base line and I am pointing toward the outfield.

We take your calls on The Jack Rice Show, 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255 or leave your comments below.
Tuesday
Dec272005

Canadian Group Sex Patrons Can Now Party On. Is America Next?


The Canadian Supreme Court lifted a ban on "swingers" clubs, determining that group sex among consenting adults is neither a threat to society nor prositution. Therefore, consdenting adults are now free to frolic.

While some in Canada are outraged, others feel that this is an important victory. As some have put it, consenting adults having sex in private and that is or should be protected. If those same people meet in clubs and then have sex out of the public eye, why should anybody have the right to stop them?

In Minnesota and around the country, local and or state ordinances typically stop people from meeting is sex club. But should they? If the sex is between consenting adults, and it is in private, and nobody is getting paid, what is the problem? You decide.

We will be taking your calls on The Jack Rice Show at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255 or leave your comments below.
Monday
Dec262005

Bob Baer, Former CIA Officer Joins the Program


Sunday
Dec252005

Happy Holidays to You and Yours

When I was a child, I remember waiting for Santa to arrive. I was so excited as I listened for the sounds of the reindeer on the roof, for the sounds of his big boots, for the sleigh bells. Sadly, sometimes, that wonder subsides and we become cynical. We become too "knowing", too smart, too confident in what is and what isn't.

As this Christmas approaches, I see the wonder in my own childrens' eyes. I see them wanting to stay up and hear the reindeer, hear the boots, hear the sleigh bells. And you know what, to see it is the best gift any man can have and certainly more than I deserve!

You know what else, I sit right beside them and listen as carefully as I can because, I guess, sometimes being so "knowing", so smart, so confident, is not a good thing.

I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season, be it Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or even just a good weekend.