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Jack is really a storyteller and explorer 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 as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Wednesday
Nov112009

Happy Veterans' Day! Your Sacrifices are Not Forgotten!

I would like to send out a personal thank you to all those who have and continue to serve.  Some of you are my family and some of you are my friends.  More than once, my life has been saved by one of you while I was working as a journalist in warzones. 

Your sacrifices are not forgotten.  Thank You.

Wednesday
Nov112009

It's Official! I Embed with the 82nd Airborne in December.

I have been working on this thing for some time.  And there have been a lot of logistical hoops.  However, I have now confirmed that not only will I be embedding in Afghanistan, but that I will embed with the 82nd Airborne.  I fly out in early December.

I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to take a first hand look at things on the ground.  I want to understand the challenges that American and NATO troops face but also what Afghanis face as this war passes the 8 year mark.   And like most conflict I have seen, it is the civilians who have the biggest burden.  They have to try and survive.  I will also follow that story.

Keep checking back for more details.

Tuesday
Nov102009

NARAL Pro Choice President Tomorrow @airamericamedia

As president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Nancy Keenan is a nationally recognized progressive leader who works in partnership with allies in Washington, D.C. and in the states, as well as the organization’s one-million member activists, to protect the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy.

She joins me to talk about the disaster that is the House Health care bill as it applies to abortion.  She joins me tomorrow @airamericamedia.

Tuesday
Nov102009

D.C. sniper Muhammad has been executed.  

Muhammad has been executed.  What this man has done was a disaster and the pain that he has caused was indescribable.  However, what was the purpose of putting him to death?  To convince others not to do the same thing?  That doesn't work because murderers are not deep thinkers.  Instead, we kill because we can, not because we must.  

I'm saddened by this.  I know this sounds strange but I want to believe that redemption is possible for those who seem irredeemable.  While some may call this naive, I prefer being optimistic     

Monday
Nov092009

I Appear on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan Tomorrow at 9 a.m. e.t.

I appear on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan tomorrow at 9 a.m. e.t. to talk about the shootings at Fort Hood and about the possibilities of connections with al Qaida.  Recent reports connect this Army Major to possible islamic extremists.

Hope you can watch.

Saturday
Nov072009

House Passes Health Insurance Bill.

The U.S. House has passed sweeping health-care legislation, hours after President Obama visited the Capitol to make a personal closing argument for his most important domestic policy initiative.

Saturday
Nov072009

House Erupts in Applause with 218 Votes.

The House just reached 218 votes to pass Health Insurance Reform bill.  One step forward.

Saturday
Nov072009

U.S. House Passes Abortion Amendment to Health Insurance Reform.

As a critical piece of the health insurance reform bill, the House of Representatives passes the abortion amendment to the health insurance reform bill.  This amendment would insure that no federal funding would be provided for abortions.  This piece is necessary in order to acquire 218 votes necessary to pass the this legislation.

With the the passage of this amendment, is appears that the bill is all but assured to pass.  We are watching.

Saturday
Nov072009

Will Health Insurance Reform Happen?

The Congress is debating as we speak.  As they seem to be getting closer and closer to passing a bill in the House to reform health insurance reform, nothing is certain.  While the Republicans have made it clear where they stand on the issue, will Democrats step up and pass legislation?

It seems clear to me that the pressure is on to pass this legislation.  President Obama ran on this as a fundamental plank.  Congress did the same thing.  For them to back off now would court absolute disaster in the elections of 2010.  While some may question the benefits versus the costs, for Democrats to back down now would truly court a complete disaster from the progressives in this country.  

As we watch, and wait, we continue to look to the other House. What will the Senate do?

Saturday
Nov072009

Real Men Do Cry! Great Photo!

According to Reuters:

Owen Rabago, (L), wipes a tear away from his father, Specialist Sheldon Rabago's face, (R), as his mother Nancy wraps her arms around both of them during a candle light vigil at Hood Stadium on the Fort Hood Army Post in Fort Hood, Texas November 6, 2009. The death toll from an Army psychiatrist who opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post rose to 13 on Friday, and Army officials said the suspected shooter was hospitalized and on a ventilator.

 REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES MILITARY CRIME LAW HEALTH)