No Regrets

It was an absolute horror. A car fell off a Fisher Island Ferry in Miami yesterday, and into Biscayne Bay, around 5pm. Eliot looked out our windows and noticed that several coast guard boats were making a circle around a certain area of the bay and helicopters were hovering over the same point.


It didn’t take very long for our cell phones to start beeping with alerts about the tragedy. It was heartbreaking. This is a classic example of yet another accident that never should have taken place.


We don’t know yet what truly took place. (Watch the videos). However, I do feel that most people would have bet that this kind of accident never could have happened. I am so tired of people thinking we are all safe because someone of so-called authority took the right measures to protect us from potential disasters.


The next time you see something that you think is not as safe as it should be, speak up and get others to support you. There is just too many human errors these days. The barriers on the Fisher Island ferries always looked a little flimsy to me. We should have made more of a fuss about them. We regret that now.”


Two Opposite Trump Views

But before we get to the comments, I wanted to share the following with you.


When I woke up this morning I received this email from a very good friend. He is a respected advertising executive who has taken a keen interest in politics. He is usually a happy-go-lucky fella. Today he wasn’t so happy. I feel his sentiments are shared by many of us.


He said,

“While watching the morning news programs today, I was struck by the similarity with the Al Franken debacle of several years ago. For some reason, the Democrats have a dangerous tendency to shoot themselves in the foot.


“All the discussion focused on Bloomberg and the things he did wrong before and during his TWELVE years as mayor. Here we have a President who is destroying our country. He says disgusting things on a daily basis and admitted, on video, to doing unspeakable things to women. Yet the Democrats seem to be more interested in destroying themselves.


“What the hell is going on???”

Your thoughts??


A few days ago I asked DigiDame viewers to give me their opinion about Lt. Colonel Vindman’s dismissal.

Here are two complete opposite comments.


First the Question.

Do you support the retaliation against Lt. Colonel Vindman, a decorated soldier who legally obeyed a subpoena for his testimony and told, under oath, his version under of the events of the phone call between Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine?

WATCH: Alexander Vindman’s full opening statement | Trump impeachment hearings


Comments

Patriots For Trump

Yes, I support President Trump’s action to fire the Vindman brothers, holdovers from the Obama administration, who were appointed, not voted, to their positions on the National Security Council. It is clear that Vindman conspired with Eric Ciarmella, the unnamed whistleblower, and several other Obama-Biden holdovers to scheme to come up with a Ukraine plot to impeach Trump. Trump should have cleaned house several years ago and appointed vetted candidates who he could trust to the critical National Security Council. The ongoing investigations by Attorney General Barr and Senator Lindsay Graham will prove the depth and extent of the conspiracy to remove Trump from the office that he was duly elected to.


And while I’m at it, when will you and your fellow Jews finally recognize what Trump has done in support of Israel and the horrible anti-Semitic acts and hate speech including Democrat elected US congresswomen and men! Why aren’t you outraged about those things and show it in your writings. As I previously stated, Trump has done more for Israel and the Jewish people than just about all previous presidents combined going back to Eisenhower. Trump’s popularity in Israel is incredible. You should talk to some of your friends there if you don’t believe it!


And finally, I bet that you & Eliot and your blog readership enjoy looking at the balances of your brokerage, IRA and 401K accounts. That appreciation never occurred under Obama and would absolutely never occurred under a Hillary administration. When are you and your fellow Dems going to wake up!


Comment

Arlene

NOTHING about this administration is acceptable. I cannot even accept that a person like the man who is our president right now is acceptable in the White House. And what is also unacceptable is that WE THE PEOPLE do not have a say in any of this right now……at least not until election day. So we have to vote this horrible person OUT AND THEN LOCK HIM UP. He is a dangerous person. Of course what he did to Lt. Col. Vindman is not acceptable…….but this president seems to have the power to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants!!!!!! Be scared people for the future of our children and grandchildren. This is how Hitler started……right now Trump has so much freedom to do whatever he wants to do… And we have to depend on the Senate to do the right things for WE THE PEOPLE….but the Republicans are scared to death of Trump……they are afraid that the same thing will happen to them and they will be walked out of the house…..cowards!!!!!


I don’t think any Democrat believes that what Trump did to Lt. Col. Vindman is acceptable……remember how many other good people that were assisting him were thrown out of the White House. Having to even have this discussion is unacceptable….but thank you Lois for giving THE PEOPLE a platform to vent……in order to save the U.S. We have to vote Trump OUT!!!


A NYC Subway Story

I met Brooke Wanser, January, 2017, in Las Vegas, during the CES Show. She was a reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal and was assigned to write a story about me attending CES for 50 years.


I liked her immediately. We sat and talked after the interview. She was raised in Southern California, was living in Vegas at the time, and now is in Tennessee. I just saw her series of tweets on Twitter and was curious if you had a response to her NYC subway story.



On My Mind

While my vote is still with Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar really caught my attention last night. Bill Maher (I still love him) tried to challenge her last night but she stood her ground. I wish Judge Judy did the same when she was on the show. Amy knows how to debate well and prove her points. Watch the video. Trump should be very scared if she gets the nomination. She will squash him on every point.

One-on-One with Amy Klobuchar | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)



Memories

My friend Alison Kaplan is a talent agent to some of the best entertainment legends in the business. She often posts pictures of them on Facebook. I thought you would enjoy them.

Get Ready, Tech Retail Is Making A Profitable Comeback

Tom Campbell is internationally recognized as a technology strategist and marketer. In addition to his own entrepreneurial ventures in electronics, retailing and clean energy, Tom is a leading technology consultant in the public and private sectors.

 


Tom has served as White House technology advisor in three administrations, and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for his “dedicated service to the White House and the Executive Office of the President” and Tom has received special recognition on the floor of the U.S. Senate.


In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the technology industry, Tom has been inducted into the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame. 


Tom sits down with TV personality Steve Greenberg and PR Maven Lois Whitman-Hess, hosts of the “Lying on the Beach” podcast.  Listen here – http://www.lyingonthebeach.com/2020/02/11/tom-campbell/

 

 

The Last Few Days

Farewell AA Captain Woody. This was the last flight for the Captain who safely flew us from Mexico City to Miami. After 33 1/2 years, he retired.



Meet Fabiola Menchelli, the next Annie Leibovitz. Architectural Digest of Mexico just did a big feature on her. We were all thrilled to meet her.


The HANDLStick allowed me to take this selfie. I’ll get you yours when China starts shipping again. The stick can be used directly on any smartphone or case. Styles can be frequently switched out.

I Want To Hear From Trump Supporters!

Do you support the retaliation against Lt. Colonel Vindman, a decorated soldier who legally obeyed a subpoena for his testimony and told, under oath, his version under of the events of the phone call between Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine?


WATCH: Alexander Vindman’s full opening statement | Trump impeachment hearings


After rewatching the nine minute opening statement by Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, I am struck by the courage and patriotism of this man who was fired for his Congressional testimony during the House impeachment proceedings. I want to hear from Trump supporters how you feel about Trump’s obvious, vindictive retaliation against Vindman’s testimony in front of Congress, the firing this highly decorated soldier.  


When I say highly decorated soldier, I mean exactly that. Vindman’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf clu er (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Valorous Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He is a reciipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist Badge, the Presidential Service Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.


I highlight these statements from the video of Lt. Colonel Vindman’s opening statements :

“Next month will mark 40 years since my family arrived in the United States as refugees. When my father was 47 years old he left behind his entire life and the only home he had ever known to start over in the United States so that his three sons could have better, safer lives. His courageous decision inspired a deep sense of gratitude in my brothers and myself and instilled in us a sense of duty and service. All three of us have served or are currently serving in the military. Our collective military service is a special part of our family’s story in America.


”I also recognize that my simple act of appearing here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this Committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world. In Russia, my act of expressing my concerns to the chain of command in an official and private channel would have severe personal and professional repercussions and offering public testimony involving the President would surely cost me my life. I am grateful for my father’s brave act of hope 40 years ago and for the privilege of being an American citizen and public servant, where I can live free of fear for mine and my family’s safety.


”Dad, my sitting here today, in the US Capitol talking to our elected officials is proof that you made the right decision forty years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to United State of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth. Thank you again for your consideration, and I would be happy to answer your questions:”


Silence is not acceptable – how do you feel, Trump supporters?  Do you support the firing, or does it outrage you as much as it does me?  Do you feel safer today not having Lt. Colonel Vindman watching your back against Russia? Silence is not acceptable, speak up.  I want to hear your opinion.

Traveling With Fountainhead Residency In Mexico City

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Leslie Moody Castro and Tanya Diaz of #ArtravesArte are the organizers of our entire trip to Mexico City. Second time with them. Thanks to The Fountainhead Residency we will be back next year with an expanded program. Thank you team.


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The Yeni Mao fan club. Watch the video. We had a ball visiting his Mexico City studio yesterday. Can’t believe Teresa Enriquez (r) and I bought similar sculptures. Traveling with Kathryn Quinlivan Mikesell (l), Founder of The Fountainhead Residency. Teresa and I are proud board members. Teresa Enriquez.


The new Eliot. If you want to be a part of the art world, you must dress the part. Traveling with The Fountainhead Residency. Mexico City


And the Oscar Goes To . . .

TV Personality Steve Greenberg and PR Expert Lois Whitman-Hess of “Lying on the Beach, ” both love gadgets and technology.


They also LOVE the movies. This week’s LOB is all about the upcoming Oscars.  Hear Lois and Steve’s Oscar picks and hear what really annoys them about this year’s crop of nominees.


 

Listen here – http://www.lyingonthebeach.com/2020/02/05/and-the-oscar-goes-to/

 


This week “Lying on the Beach” is powered by the HANDLstick.