WHO I ENDORSE FOR U.S. SENATE IN ARIZONA (and read on, who I'm endorsing for Governor!)

So Ruth and I were walking through a parking ramp yesterday morning, and a stranger came up to me and asked if I was a veteran.  Turns out he was a US Navy Corpsman now serving in the Air National Guard. I told him I served as a Medic in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command.  So we reminisced about our service to our country.

 

And it got me to thinking, you know, to serve your country in uniform, in the military, you have to take an oath that you will protect our country and the Constitution of the United States of America  - with your life!

 

I never saw combat, but Martha McSally did.  She took the oath to protect our country and went into combat in harm’s way, putting her life in danger to protect us, fighting the Taliban.  Now let me ask you a question, would Kristin Sinema do that?  Hell no, she advocated joining the Taliban to fight us!  Do you want a person like that, in the US Senate representing Arizona?

 

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods announces he wants to run for the US Senate for the late John McCain’s seat in 2020, as a Democrat.  Then he appears in a commercial saying he’s a Republican endorsing Democrat Kristin Sinema!  Lies, hypocrisy and deceit. I can only conclude that they think we’re all, well, just stupid.

 

 

I never met her, I never even talked to anyone connected to her campaign or the Republican Party for that matter, but I want you to know, I not only support Martha McSally, I already voted for her!

 

I hope you will too and do what I did, and vote for a Military Hero, the first woman ever to fly a fighter jet in a combat mission, a woman who put her life in harm’s way to defend our country.  She represents everything that has made America Great, as an Air Force Veteran I’m so proud of her:  Martha McSally stands for law and order, strong military, defending our boarders, and the very strong, historic economic expansion under President Donald Trump.

 

Martha McSally for U.S. Senate.  Yes!

AND FOR GOVERNOR!!

When I was the Editor of Business and Economics News at Channel 10, one day I was doing a story about a single mother who started a hairdressing business in South Phoenix.  She was a minority and was hoping to get a small business loan to expand her business.

 

I asked her in the interview, “how do you plan to expand?”  She said, she wanted to have enough money to add some chairs in the shop and hire more employees.

 

When I left, my photographer shooting the story with me said, “So that’s how it works?”  I said, “what do you mean?”  “That’s where jobs come from?” 

 

You see, he went to college, studied journalism, and started working, yet he was never taught in college how jobs are created.

 

90% of jobs in our country are created by small business owners, entrepreneurs who put it all out on the line, sacrificing what little capitol they have, at the risk of losing it all, to create something.

 

Doug Ducey, the Governor of Arizona did just that.  He took a small business and developed it to a national employer with over 1400 locations, thousands of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.  He is a job creator, not a liberal, college professor, backed by one of the largest democratic lobbying organizations in the US. 

 

Since Ducey became governor, Arizona has added about 300,000 new jobs and over 300 companies have moved here. Workers are taking home bigger paychecks and unemployment is the lowest in a decade.

 

He’s a law and order governor.  He created the Border Strike Force cracking down on drug cartels and human traffickers. And he has the state investing in education - $2.7 billion added to K-12 public schools since 2015 and teachers across Arizona are receiving double digit raises.

 

He gets results where it counts. 

 

Not only do I support him, I already voted for him and I hope you do too!

What Ticks Me Off About Hurricane Florence

You ever watch HGTV?  Ruth and I stopped watching the channel, because after a while it was all the same…”open concept….hardwood floors, backsplash in the kitchen…it got kind of boring.

 

But what really ticked me off was the promotion of living along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean!  You know, “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” and other similar shows. Now I understand a lot of people live where they live because they have to.  It’s where they were raised, they have a job there, their family is there etc.  But choosing to live there because of a lifestyle they desire is another thing.

 

You see I studied meteorology about 30 years ago to become a “Broadcast Meteorologist” on channel 10 here in Phoenix, AZ and one thing that always stuck in my mind is the concern of the meteorology and climatology community was and is the proliferation of development along these shores. NOAA and other concerns have warned repeatedly its dangerous to build homes, communities in these areas because of the storm tracks of these devastating tropical storms. 

 

But there’s more to it than the danger. See this op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal  at:   https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-is-rich-so-storms-are-worse-1536962988?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

 

Holman W. Jenkins writes quoting Bob Sheets, then-head of the National Hurricane Center, said after Hurricane Frederic: “It was like an urban renewal program out there.”

 

He goes on to report, “AIR Worldwide put it in 2015, not climate change but “the growing number and value of coastal properties is the largest factor impacting hurricane risk today.” A whopping $17 trillion in property now exists inside the U.S. storm-surge zone!”

 

So I’m wondering why should taxpayers support the life style choices of people who choose to live on the coasts?

 

Back in 1989 when I was graduating with my Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University, I remember reading about the dangers of development of these coastal communities. 

 

Meanwhile places like New Orleans needed protection from hurricanes and nothing was done. Before Hurricane Katrina, warnings about its vulnerability to hurricanes were made at least 40 years before.  

I lived in Puerto Rico in the ‘70’s and I know the island, although a territory of the U.S. is mostly poor and in need of shoring up its infrastructure against tropical storms, but nothing.   People that live in these areas have no choice it’s their home.  They have to live there.

 

Yet billions of dollars will go to clean up the damage of these lifestyle communities where there should not be any development at all.  Could all of this have been prevented?

GREAT ANALYSIS OF DONALD TRUMP

 

Subject: Great Analysis of Donald Trump

 

Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican.  He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following:

Trump’s 'lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship' 

 

By Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, CA.

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.


Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?


We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?


And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. 
Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer. 

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

 

HOW TO FIGHT BACK!!

 

HOW TO FIGHT BACK!!

 

So many people have asked me on social media, “what can we do to fight back against the unethical, immoral mainstream media, or other institutions that threaten our freedoms.

Well here’s one thing I know, and I know that I know, from being in the Broadcast/Advertising business for over 50 years.  Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

 

Here’s an example, when the C.E.O. of Dick’s Sporting Goods Edward Stack announced the stores would no longer sell ‘Assault (style) Rifles,’ because of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, I thought, “this man is not a logical thinker, how can he be a CEO of a large company?

What the hell is an Assault (style) Rifle anyway, a rifle with a fancy pistol grip, or adjustable stock, or camouflage finish?”

 

My family and I loved Dick’s Sporting Goods, we would go in and spend hundreds of dollars frequently, but since that announcement, we haven’t been in a Dick’s Sporting Goods since. (We now go to “Big 5 Sporting Goods.”)

 

And here are the headlines in today’s news: 

·      “Dick's Sporting Goods:  Gun policy change, Under Armour to blame for weak results”  ..Fox Business Channel

·      “Dick’s Says Under Armour, New Gun-Sales Policy Dragged on Results”..Wall Street Journal

·      “Dick’s Sporting Goods Sales Sink After Gun Policy”  …National Review

·      “Gun Policy, Under Armour weakness hit Dick’s Sporting Sales” ..Reuters

 

Dick’s business is down 4% since their CEO made his anti-gun announcement.  The weaker-than-expected results bucked a trend in the retail sector, which largely has benefited from a surge in consumer spending fueled by a booming economy according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

Yes, Dick’s Sporting Goods is blaming its loss in sales on Kohl’s Department Stores because Kohl’s sells Under Armour Sporstwear.  Yea sure, that’s it!

 

This is the power that every individual in our country has, if you don’t agree with these socialistic zealots, whether they be big media companies, coffee shops or sporting goods stores, or whatever, don’t watch, don’t go there, don’t buy their products.

 

And if you really want to do something really powerful, fire off an e-mail, or even a snail mail, and tell them, you will never step into their store again, you’ll never watch, and you are informing their advertisers and their suppliers (like Under Armour) that you will never buy their products again in that store!

 

You think CNN is untruthful?  Of course, they are the only news outlet that is saying Dick’s Sporting Goods loss in business is not because of its gun sales policy. Here’s their headline: “

“Dick's Sporting Goods' rough quarter had nothing to do with guns.”  That’s a lie and you know it.  Who wrote that do you think?  Some 25 year old graduate of a liberal journalism school probably. So what do you do?  Contact one or two of their advertisers and tell them you will not buy their product any longer until they stop advertising on an unethical network! This is powerful!

 

I can’t tell you how many times in my broadcast career, I was called into the boss’s office because I might have offended an advertiser. 

 

Remember my very first chapter in my book:  “It Just Wasn’t Perfect for Me,”  I found out in my very first broadcasting job, the advertiser comes first! You walking into that store, or watching that program comes first with the advertiser! 

 

Socialism - ain't it great?

Today at 10:31 AM

 

This was emailed to me from a friend, what socialism is like in Cuba.

Very interesting perspective from a person who actually rode a bicycle through the country and really got to see what it is like......

 

As a 77 yr. old guy who has gone to Europe, Canada, Mexico and now Cuba for bicycle road trips,  I thought you might enjoy reading my report of my bike trip to Cuba:

 

On February 1st I flew to Atlanta, met some friends and we flew to Cancun, Mexico.  We spent 4 days there, mostly touring the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and getting ready for the next part of the adventure.  Seven more people flew in and we all boarded a Mexican airline, Interjet, and flew to Havana for a week of bicycle riding in Cuba.

 

Cuba, where nothing works, including the people.  Unemployment is 48% and of those who do work, 8 out of every 10 work for the government.  Before heading to the western part of the island, we spent a night in Havana at the Riviera Classic, the finest hotel at one time.  20 stories with 3 elevators, but only one worked.  Contrary to what I found in the rest of the country, my shower only had hot water.  Turn the knobs all you want, but you only got hot, scalding water.

 

The stories about the old cars is quite true, but many of those cars are used to take tourists on tours of the city.  $30.00 gets you 2 hours in a 1952 Cadillac convertible and you can pile in as many people in as you want.  Old Chevys seem to be the most popular and a few are quite nicely restored.  They all fell in the 1941 to 1957 range.  I saw nothing newer than a 57.  By restored, I mean they look good on the outside, but as our Cuban tour guide said, there would not be a V8 under the hood.  The original had failed decades ago and with no parts to fix it, other means had to be found.  Generally that involved putting a 4 cylinder Russian made diesel in and making the necessary changes to get it to fit and mate up with an unknown transmission.

 

The country is still in the 19th century.  Many people walk, but equally as many use horses, both to ride and pull carts.  I saw wagons pulled by oxen on the highway.  We traveled by motor coach, stayed in crude motels, and ate in restaurants; all owned by the government.  Staying clean was a challenge.  In the public restrooms washing your hands was interesting.  You need three things to wash your hands; water, soap, towel to dry.  Well the towel was your shirt or pants, because there never was any towels.  In 1/3 of the toilets there was no water and in one case, there was a lady standing beside the sink with a bottle of water to pour over your hands.  In an equal number of places, there was no soap.

 

If you thought not having soap and water in the rest room was a problem, imagine not having a toilet SEAT.  Yep, no toilet seat and it wasn’t just confined to public facilities.  One of the rooms we stayed in had no toilet seat, which was matched by the fact there was no toilet paper.  In its place, somebody had carefully torn individual sheets of toilet paper from a roll and placed them on the back of the toilet.

 

Free health care and education is one of the things Castro brought with his revolution.  The health care is generally limited to the bigger cities.  Our guide told us that a taxi driver in Havana earned more in tips each day than a medical doctor earned in salary in one month.  Oh, and the doctor can be arrested and jailed if he attempts to treat people on the side for extra money.  Education is free, but the reality is that most people cannot afford to stay in school.  Our tour guide was the exception.  He completed college and got a Master’s degree in computer technology, but can’t find a job in that field, so he conducts tours.

 

We visited a tobacco farm, where we had the opportunity to purchase genuine Cuba cigars for $3.25.  The farm had been in this man’s family for 3 generations, but only recently had actual title been put back in his name.  The government claimed it after the revolution.   After harvest, the government takes 90% of the tobacco, leaving the farmer with just 10% for his “own personal use”.  He chose to demonstrate how to hand roll a cigar, then sell it to tourists.  I asked our guide if all farmers lost 90% of their crop to the government.  His reply, “Oh no, vegetable farmers only give up 60% of their crop”.

 

The roads looked like they had been carpet bombed with huge pot holes everywhere.  Add that to the very steep hills we encountered and it made for slow biking.  While I am no speed demon, one day I averaged just 4.5 MPH as I attempted to find bits of pavement between the holes in the road.  In many cases, there was no road, just dirt and when the trucks went past, we were engulfed in a storm of dust and exhaust fumes.  A few of the trucks were left over Russian military vehicles.  Personal transportation in the rural area was provided by stake bodied trucks.  People would stand by the side of the road and climb aboard when such a truck came by.  The fare was around 8 cents and you stood packed in the bed of the truck with several dozen other people.

Those on well fare receive $25 a month, plus a ration of beans, rice, and cooking oil.  The money came from the Cuban government, but the Russians provided the food.  Each month a supply cargo ship docks with beans, rice, and cooking oil sent by the Russians.  Speaking of them, the Cuban version of the Missile Crisis is quite different from what we heard in the US.

 

Glad I went, but have no desire to return.  Cuba makes our inner cities look like paradise and the poverty is staggering.  After two weeks abroad, we flew home and I spent the night in a Hampton Inn at the Atlanta airport, before catching an early morning flight back to Seattle.  Took the longest hot water shower ever after having a cheeseburger, fries and two gin & tonics for dinner.  I was really glad to be back.

 

Dedicated to all Bernie Sanders supporters, like Jacintico and others that believe "Government Socialism" is so much better than "Capitalism."

 

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church

Growing up in an Italian Catholic family, I went to Catechism class twice a week, confession twice a month, and Mass every Sunday.  My father, who died when I was 12, never went, but my mother loved the Catholic Church and dragged us along. I, at times, would ask my mother, “Why doesn’t daddy come to church with us?”  She would answer, “He was an altar boy when he was young,” as if to mean he already put in his time! Or maybe there was another reason which we never knew.

 

I was baptized, received 1st Holy Communion, Confirmed and Married in the Catholic Church.  When I was a child Catholic priests came to our house to bless us after our family was involved in an automobile accident.   The only bad thing I remember about our church was one day after mass, Father Fleming, our pastor of Saint Williams Catholic Church in Euclid, Ohio, was in the parking lot trying to direct traffic to untangle a traffic jam, and he apparently lost his temper and shouted, “God damn it!”  My mother heard him and was in complete shock and said, “Oh my, did you hear what the father said?  He said G.D.”  “G.D?  What’s that mom?”  She could never say ‘God damn it,’ after all she just received holy communion and was in the state of grace.  But, then wasn’t Father Fleming also in the state of grace who served her communion?

 

There were times, sitting in the dark confessional booth, telling a strange voice on the other side of the vale or shade, (the priest), how I sinned. Eating meat on a Friday! Eating candy during Lent, when I had given it up for Lent. And, of course, with ever young american boys going through puberty, impure thoughts, masturbation, always thinking about sex, etc. Girls. And if I didn’t want to confess one of those dark, immoral, depraved sins, then I knew for sure I was going to hell when I received holy communion on Sunday! And I would be worried sick, and felt so guilty!

 

I remember Sister Cecilia – the Catholic Nunn teaching my catechism class saying, “Remember children, playing with your skin is a MORTAL SIN!!”  Oh my God, I’m going straight to hell, I thought!

 

So today, on August the 15th, a day my parents and grandparents observed and to this day my siblings and cousins celebrate the “Feast of the Assumption” in Little Italy in Cleveland, Ohio. As I write this thousands of people are congregating on Mayfield Road, near Murray Hill Road, right outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church, observing this scared holiday as other Catholics are around the world, and what do you know? It’s another day of news of sexual abuse by catholic priests, bishops, and well the entire Catholic Church. 

 

From the Wall Street Journal:

            “Catholic officials in Pennsylvania systematically covered up the molestation of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests over the past 70 years, according to a report released Tuesday on one of the most exhaustive investigations into the church’s sex-abuse scandal.”

           

Most people reading this probably reacted with a “so what else is new?” attitude, because it has happened so often.

 

Priests sodomizing young boys, bishops and even cardinals covering it up and sending the priests on their way to sexually abuse more children.  How could this happen so much, for so long, with nothing ever being done to stop it?  Why did the Pope, the Cardinals the bishops not stop it? The lives of these innocent, faithful Catholics, scarred.

 

These things are constantly churning over in my mind, I just can’t square them away.  While I tried desperately to live by the tenants of the Catholic Church, thousands of priests, bishops, and cardinals were sodomizing little boys and girls, getting caught and doing it over and over again. And then celebrating Mass, hearing confession, marrying young couples, presiding over funeral masses, in their homilies, instructing us how to live?

 

It’s been a while since I joined the 2nd largest religion in America, “Former Catholics,” for this reason and just recently I, with my family, attended a catholic funeral service, and I felt the need to return to the church.  So now, this again.

 

What do I do?  I don’t know.  Who do I trust?  I don’t know. 

 

What do I believe?  I believe Jesus Christ was the son of God, who came down from heaven and died on the cross for our sins, and three days later he arose from the dead and ascended into heaven. 

 

That’s all I believe right now.  That’s all I got right now.  But, you know, I think that’s enough.

NBC News Bias!

Now that we’re ragging on local TV News let me tell you what I saw on a local newscast in San Diego.  The station, I believe, was NBC 7, owned and operated by NBC.

 

A reporter was doing a story on an immigration demonstration and a sound bite appeared by an African American who appeared to be a Catholic Priest.  He said, Donald Trump is a racist and Trump hates all immigrants.  Then you saw a sound bite of President Trump saying “They are animals.” 

 

Now you probably know that Trump was referring to MS 13 the violent gangs who rape young girls and mutilate their bodies.  But the news report left that out!  Making it look and sound like he said all immigrants are animals!   This is a blatant lie by the television station, the news department and the reporter.

 

Later I was listening to NBC Radio News, and a report referred to Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell.  When Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, McConnell said we should wait until after the upcoming election.  Now that President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court McConnell wants him confirmed before the upcoming election.  NBC left out the fact that Obama was at the end of his presidency and a new president would be elected and McConnell made the point that a new president should have the honor of appointing a new justice. While, with the Kavanaugh nomination the upcoming election is a MID-TERM election with no presidential election! 

 

You see the subtle difference?  Leaving out the Information makes it sound like McConnell is bad, is hypocritical. Leaving out President Trump saying he was referring to MS 13 makes it sound like the president is a racist.

 

Remember the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, about 6 years ago.  NBC edited the sound of the 911 call and made it appear as though Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being asked, when the full tape revealed he only did so when responding to a question by the dispatcher.

 

This is unscrupulous, immoral, and corrupt.  The bias is pathetic.  And are they held accountable for it?  No. 

MONSOON IS A SEASON - NOT A STORM!

Well once again I get ticked off when journalists or broadcasters misuse the word monsoon in their reporting. After all when you read a news story or listen to a newscast your assume it is factual, right? For example there is a weekend news anchor on a tv station of which I am very familiar with, reports a "monsoon" is rolling in from the north, he is wrong, which totally destroys his credibility. A political commentary in the Wall Street Journal refers to "summer monsoons sweeping across the valley." 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/arizona-republicans-brace-for-a-storm-1533936117?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=4

As a retired meteorologist and TV news anchor, I bristle every time a member of the media refers to a thunder or dust storm as a monsoon. The definition of "monsoon" is a seasonal shift of the winds that creates a change in the weather, and most likely an influx of moisture which creates a rainy season.

The emphasis here is on the word "season." Monsoon is a "season", not a storm. A thunderstorm during the monsoon is called a thunderstorm, or if you prefer, a monsoon thunderstorm. And by the way, a dust storm is nothing more than a thunderstorm where the moisture has evaporated. This has been an ongoing campaign of mine for the last 30 years or so as it indicates to me that someone did not do their homework when it comes to using facts. Not a good way to begin a commentary about Arizona politics.

My Review of Dave Munsey's Book, "Munsey Business"

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In February of 1987, I packed up my family in our mini-van, 4 kids and a dog, and moved across the country, from Lansing, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona to begin a new life.  I had no idea what the future had in store, as the geographic splendor of this nation revealed itself to me as we rolled west, my apprehension increased, would I be welcome in a strange land? 

 

My first encounter on my new job as a TV Weatherman was Dave Munsey.  He welcomed me warmly, showed me the ropes, had me laughing continuously, and encouraged me.

 

That’s what kind of guy Dave is, and it shows in his book “Munsey Business.”  I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter.  Hilarious in some chapters and poignant in others. 

 

And more than anything, it is inspirational. It shows that, if you work hard and dedicate yourself to your God given talents, and your career, success can come your way. As Dave and I said many times in our private conversations, no one handed us anything, it was not always easy, we worked hard for everything and just kept going and enjoyed every second of it. 

 

This book also serves as kind of a history of the once legendary Phoenix Television Station, Channel 10 in Phoenix.  The stories and struggles are just fascinating. 

 

Dave is a great talent and humanitarian which shows in his efforts to save children from drowning in his “Watch Your Children Around Water” campaign, which he created and fought to keep on the air against wishes of dim-witted management.

 

“Munsey Business” serves as testimonial to how one guy from a small town in North Dakota can make difference in one of the nation’s largest cities. And it is so much fun to read!  I know you will enjoy it.

 

Rick D’Amico