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Our vacations are a lot of fun...for us.

When we're on vacation, it sure seems like many people around the world begin to suffer from calamities and disasters.
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The big scandal this past week was the leak of more than 200 salacious photos of various famous celebrities; singers and actresses as well as sports figures.

The media went into a frenzy over who to blame – the cloud, Apple, anyone but the people who took the photos themselves.
I have some second-hand knowledge about these matters. And I'm happy to share it.
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As a dad, long summer days are the enemy.

I recently went through a veeery long 12-hour stretch of dad-hood.
Herein I describe the particulars.
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I am not doing the Ice Bucket Challenge, so don't bother nominating me.

It's contradictory to ask someone to give money OR shoot a video of themselves dumping an ice bucket on their head. And then expect them to give money AFTER they shoot a video.
We give plenty of money. We donate a lot of our time. Just because something is trending, or trendy, does not mean it's alright to use a charity to SHAME people.
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If you live in New York, you know who the Rev. Al Sharpton is.

If you live in New York for more than 25 years, then you know who the Rev. Al Sharpton REALLY is.
I have a bunch of first- and second-hand stories about the man. All true, all outrageous.
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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing his first real "scandal" this summer.

Will he walk away unscathed? Based on his experiences as a political lifer, chances are there is no "smoking gun" that will cause him to lose the November election for a second term.
Meanwhile, the Port Authority Bus Terminal continues to crumble away, and I've got a few memories of taking the bus from New Jersey.
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Two stories this week:

One a tale about a coincidental run-in that lasted 10 seconds.
The other about a fateful run-in that thankfully lasted perhaps one minute.
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This week, I talk about the LIRR strike that never happened.

I also touch on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's trip to Italy and how the city media is mocking him for taking a family vacation.
I have a few comments about a Vatican report that "only" two percent of priests and church workers are molesters.
Finally, Pink Floyd is releasing its first "new" material in 20 years...featuring the keyboard playing of Rick Wright, who has been dead for about as long.
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Well it looks like the LIRR unions will go on strike for the first time in 20 years.

Last time, it was only for a day. This time around, who knows?
Do I side with the MTA? Do I side with the unions? Or is there a third position to stake out?

Update - no strike!!

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This week, I address a few news stories. First of all, the potential LIRR strike and how it would affect ME!

Next, the Brooklyn DA has announced he will not prosecute people for small amounts of marijuana possession. This would have changed my life 30+ years ago in college.
Finally, Opie and Anthony fans were shocked at the firing of Opie. Or was it Anthony? Need I add that I'm not exactly a fan.
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