Fox News… having it both ways.

We are all familiar with Donald Trump and his on-again, off-again feud with Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Folks, it’s all for show… and ratings.

This dance began, of course, last summer at the very first Republican debate when Ms. Kelly took it to The Donald. She was actually one of the first journalists to ask serious questions about his demeanor and temperament. Well, Donald didn’t like it and took to Twitter to vent.

It’s been back-and-forth since, with Mr. Trump declaring he is boycotting Fox News, only to appear again days later. And Fox will always have him, because he is ratings gold, like him or hate him.

But things really got interesting during the past week, when Trump again blasted Kelly on Twitter, after she aired a show in which he felt attacked.

Friday evening, Fox News issued a sharp statement defending Megyn and dismissing Donald of having an, “extreme, sick obsession” with the cable news host.

However, last night, while I was flipping between CNN’s “final five” election special and WWE Monday Night Raw, I stumbled across what one could mistake as an infomercial for Trump… on Fox News.

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There sat The Donald, with Sean Hannity, for an entire hour. Joining him in the latter portion were Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, both of whom have endorsed Trump. Softball questions for Donald and wide time for Jan and Joe to make their case to Arizona.

So, if Fox News was so irate— enough to issue a statement about the ongoing tussle between Trump and Kelly— why give him an hour of free airtime? Ratings. Pure and simple ratings.

Fox is in the bag for Trump. Can you imagine the bonanza of viewership they’ll have with 4 or 8 years of a President Trump? And they love that Miss Megyn Kelly is there, attacking Trump at every turn, to shield them from exactly what someone like me is saying— that Fox has their candidate.

And why does Trump play along? Why not? He has an answer for everything and even if he doesn’t, his supporters don’t care. Free TV is free TV.



Political Nerd Season!

So I woke up early this morning to do something very, very exciting. Now, what would be so thrilling to make me wake up early on a Saturday morning in August?

I went to watch a person declare that he is running for Mayor of Toledo.

If you follow this blog, you know that I’m a lover of politics. And right now, due to the untimely passing of Mayor Collins, we are in what amounts to a bonus round for political nerds like myself. Add to this the wild Presidential Primary Season, and I’m in my glory!

Carty Finkbeiner was mayor of Toledo throughout the 90’s. Then he was term-limited in 2001. So then he ran again, and won, in 2005.  He declined to run for reelection in 2009, citing a family decision. Now, because of this unfortunate turn of events, Carty is back. He’s been making the rounds of summer festivals, gaining signatures to put him on the ballot, very clearly intending to run for office— but not making it official. I ran into Carty at the Polish Festival back in July:


While I am currently torn between Carty and one other candidate in the race, here is why I like and respect Mayor Finkbeiner: no one person is responsible for civic pride in the community. No one person is able to click their fingers and make a community better. No one person has a magic wand to brainwash the citizens into believing in a better tomorrow. Yet, one person is responsible for igniting passion. One person is responsible for being a City’s biggest cheerleader. One person is responsible for holding government— and the people— accountable. And that person is the Mayor.

I’ve never seen a political leader fulfill those duties the way Carty Finkbeiner has. When he occupied the 22nd floor of One Government Center, this City seemed to be full of civic pride. It was because our Mayor projected that. Just look at that photo above— Toledo through-and-through. Yes, Carty has had a few (or a lot) of gaffes in his time in the public spotlight. Citizen’s arrest. Deaf people at the airport. War with the Insane Clown Posse. Those are just a few that come to mind….

But, as it should be, the positives outweigh the negatives. Carty’s attitude is what this City needs. If another candidate can match the fearless pride that Carty Finkbeiner has in Toledo, Ohio, then they should step up to the plate and have a serious discussion on plans and policies. But the energy is what comes first… and so far, Carty has the advantage.

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Journey Under the Bridge

Earlier this month, I knocked two items off my Bucket List. I’ll share these adventures with you over the next couple of days.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a fascination with the Mackinac Bridge. Almost every summer, my family would make a trip north, to visit my mother’s friend from high school, Val. Val and her husband Roger live in Wakefield, Michigan… which is almost to Wisconsin. So “the bridge” was our halfway point.

I remember seeing advertisements for boat trips that took tourists underneath The Mighty Mac. Each summer, I would beg to go… but each summer, we were in too much of a rush to get there or get home. Or we ended up taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island.

This year, I knew I’d end up in Mackinaw City for the release of our book, Murdick’s Mackinaw Mystery, so I made plans to finally take my ride under the bridge. The boat was the Ugly Annie… and the trip was simply magnificent. Of course, this is coming from the guy that was always more impressed with the Hoover Dam than the Grand Canyon. I guess man-made mechanical marvels are more interesting to me than natural creations… more on that in another post.

For now, here are some pictures from my trip under the Mackinac Bridge:


One of the island ferries, with the Grand Hotel in the background.


Approaching the bridge, traveling West.


I couldn’t get enough of this view…


Yeah… after seeing this, I won’t be driving in the center lanes again.


One final pass under the bridge, traveling East.