Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heroin addicts shooting up in centers you pay for. It may actually happen in the United States

It's a problem in many communities across the nation. Heroin addicts. Shooting up in parks and playgrounds. Leaving dirty needles behind. Needles that may be diseased and which present a threat to our children.

San Francisco is considering funding centers where people can shoot up safely. Out of the public view. The needles properly disposed of.

Oh, and there'd also be drug counselors on site. To try to wean them from their habits.

Advocates say it's a humane way of dealing with a horrific public health problem. A problem that doesn't just affect the addicts.

But many law enforcement officials oppose these initiatives. They say setting up the centers would encourage people to illegally use drugs.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Was Lou Reed transphobic?

Fans of the late Lou Reed may find this hard to fathom. But his hit, "Walk on the Wild Side" is stirring up controversy because there are some people who say it offends them.

This all came to the surface at an Ontario university, Where someone played the song. And then apologized after someone complained that the lyrics are insensitive to transgender people.

Here are the lyrics that are causing the controversy.

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.

Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.

Plucked her eyebrows on the way

Shaved her legs and then he was a she

She says, 'Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side'

He said, 'Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side' 

Now, I've read that the lyrics were about friends of Lou Reed. Some have said they celebrate their choices in life. But today, of course, things are viewed from a different prism, especially on a college campus.

The lyrics to the famous song don't just refer to "Holly." There are also references to, for example, someone engaging in oral sex. And Reed also shouts out to the ''colored girls." "Joe" turning tricks. And "Jackie" speeding away. And not in a car. So, presumably, it's not just transgender people who are being offended here. Potentially anyway.

Are we getting way too sensitive these days? Or were we living in an age of insensitivity in 1972 when "Wild" was recorded?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Why is news coverage so unfavorable to President Trump?

A new Harvard study suggests that news coverage of President Trump isn't particularly favorable. But what can we conclude from these findings?

The study concludes that only 20 percent of the news coverage of the president is positive. Supporters of the president are saying, that's indicative of a biased news media out to get him.

But some opponents are saying it's reflective of the job he's doing. If 80 percent of the news coverage is negative, they argue, then that's an indication that Trump, in the main, is not doing a very good job.

Presumably both sides can use the same study to bolster their own arguments. Which takes us where?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Preying on people who are praying

While people attended Christmas services in Fort Worth Texas, someone was out in the church parking lot were preying (note the spelling) on them.

It's a story I filed today for Fox News Headlines 24/7 on SiriusXM 115 and for the Fox News Radio Network.

They broke into eight cars in the parking lot. Taking money and Christmas gifts.

One guy says when he came out and found the passenger window of his pick up smashed - cash he had in the glove box stolen - he used words that - well - let's just say - aren't usually uttered in church.

But another parishioner - whose Christmas gifts for her little girl were all taken - is talking forgiveness.  Because, she says, it's just that time of year.

A papal miracle?

A New Jersey girl is cancer free after receiving a blessing from the pope.

It's one of the stories I reported on today for Fox News Headlines 24/7 on SiriusXM 115 and for the Fox News Radio network.

A year ago, Grace west was fighting off stage four neuroblastoma - a pediatric cancer that affects the nerve cells. That's when the Make a Wish Foundation asked her what she'd like.

She said she wanted to be blessed by the pope. So it was arranged - and off to the Vatican she went.

Now, one year later, the 12-year-old is free of cancer.

Her family is calling it a papal miracle.