Barack Obama, my man.

Yes, we can. Read about it here. This man has young girls and I give him my utmost respect for this decision.

Tell me what you think.

He was going to be Employee of the Month at the Golden Corral!

This career criminal was caught by eagle-eyed coworkers watching “America’s Most Wanted”. I swear I should watch that show! His tattoo gave it away, not his work ethic. This scary individual showed remarkable prowess in his duties at a Florida Golden Corral. Sex offenders love love love fast food careers, so watch out!

Marc Bryant cut off his GPS monitor (lovely) and fled Utah before he was to stand trial. The long arm of the law, as John Walsh would say, finally caught up with him. Good to know!

In all seriousness, my thoughts and admiration go out to his victim (the one we know of in this story) who was so brave that she saved her own life. Godspeed.

News? I can’t, I just can’t.

I reallllly hope they are paying Matt and Al of the Olympics, er, “Today” Show a ton of sheckels, because besides the photo above, this has to take the cake. I became addicted to morning news – CNN and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of late – years ago. It all began with “Today” and was filled with hard hitting news. Now, I watch pretty much anything, but have realized a four hour show has about 25 minutes of news and then, cooking and “scaring parents” or “heat up your sex life” segments. Is this what middle America wants to see? That and they create segments around news that has broken about, oh, three weeks ago. That Kathie Lee, though – she’s priceless. I’d watch the fourth hour just to watch my fellow Greenwich neighbor and her wine rack.

Having appeared on many of the television news shows, I understand the need to pull in ratings, but this….well, this actually brightened my day the more I think about it.

Right now, I just don’t know what to think. But enjoy. Especially the Brian cameo.

A terrific article for all to read about cop impersonators!

I’ve often been troubled by the stories of rapists and murderers preying on innocents by posing as cops – so easy to do when you can buy flashing lights, uniforms and badges on eBay. This is a very useful guide from AOL that helps us spot fake cops and what to do in order to stay safe. Please read it and familiar yourself with some handy tips. You may piss off a real cop in the process, but you may also save your own life.

Be healthy and happy this weekend! More to come!

“The victim should not have the burden to generate evidence for the command,”

The post title sums it up. In this case, it has to do with the staggering epidemic of sexual assaults in the military. Shockingly, the Pentagon ordered the Army’s top expert on sexual assault, not to show up at the hearings, despite a subpoena.

Above. The. Law. Army=universities=boy scout troups=churches=silence=more victims. The victims should not have the burden to prove it indeed. Someone in power needs to take some damn responsibility and investigate. Do the right thing.

Isn’t it time we had hearts and stopped the madness? How many more lives ruined? I read here that 29% of female enlisted soldiers reported being raped. I want to hear from those who feel this is wrong and it’s part of the culture and it should be stopped. Please come here and post your story if you have served in the military and have been raped. It’s anonymous and we care.

Said one survivor: “He still comes after me in my dreams.” Enough said. I know that dream. Many of you do. We are sleepless and dreamless; lying here with the lights and the television on, Xanax on the nightstand, earbuds with meditations and white noise plugged in, sleep masks at the ready, knives under our pillows. Hypervigilance, it’s called. Tell me I’m wrong.

A big thank you to Mary Lauterbach, mother of the late Maria Lauterbach for testifying. With that said, I have my first meeting with Congress Monday to introduce legislation in my home state, and, hopefully, the nation. Never mind that a Congressman’s son is one of the main witnesses in my case. They can figure it out and follow their hearts and minds. Fingers crossed that someone on the Hill listens. This is the first of many meetings and the reason I began this journey.

Well, that made my week – thank you, E Street Band.

So I went to see Bruce Springsteen last night and it was a barn-burner. The set list was all over the map, the arrangements were surprising, Bruce was in top form and the audience was fantastic. It was dark and brooding, wild and lighthearted, filled with longing and a summery spirit. I loved that they didn’t perform a whole lot of “Magic” – he culled the set list heavily from the past – “Growing Up”, “Tenth Avenue Freezeout”, “Spirit in the Night” and a lot of great stuff he doesn’t do normally, like “Janey Don’t You Lose Heart”, “Atlantic City”, “Mary’s Place” and a great cover of “Summertime Blues”. He played at least a three hour show, ran, flipped, did backbends over the crowd, preached, sprayed water on the crowd, collected requests, mugged for the cameras, flirted and played his heart out, as did each band member. PS – who knew Max Weinberg had so much hair?

That will probably be his last show at the old Giants’ Stadium. As a season ticket holder, I’ll miss the old clamshell. I’ll miss seeing Bruce and the band there as well.

Living in post-9/11 New York, I still shiver watching them do “The Rising” live. Those of you who think Bruce is all about “Born in the USA” (in my opinion, his weakest yet very popular album), try to listen to the older stuff (first three albums) and go to a live show. It’s a wonderful thing – it’s a religious experience. Thanks for giving this incredibly pregnant “superfan” a special night – and thanks to all of the really great Jersey fans seated with us who were so careful to give me space, dance with me and not drop beers on me. You were all so much fun.

If you didn’t make it, click here to watch the first three songs! – and here’s the set list, for those who care:

Tenth Avenue Freezeout, Radio Nowhere, Lonesome Day, No Surrender, Adam Raised a Cain, Spirit in the Night, Summertime Blues, Brilliant Disguise, Atlantic City, Growin’ Up, Janey, Don’t You Lose Heart, I’ll Work for Your Love, Youngstown, Murder Incorporated, The Promised Land, Livin’ in the Future, Mary’s Place, Working on the Highway, Tunnel of Love, The Rising, Last to Die, Long Walk Home, Badlands

Girls in Their Summer Clothes, Jungleland, Born to Run, Bobby Jean, Dancing in the Dark, American Land, Rosalita

Photos courtesy of – the ultimate fansite.

Retail Spotlight Friday – ooh, ooh, that smell!

My good friend Meredith owns the gorgeous and fabulous New York floral and decor design firm, Belle Fleur. She’s a wonderful talent, awesome girl, mom and wife. And that’s not why I am featuring this today. As a logical outflow from her bouquets (a favorite of such luminaries as Anna Wintour, Salma Hayek and Gilles Mendel), home scents made sense!

If you are a candle addict, as am I, you will love her candles. Packaged beautifully and thoughtfully in aqua and chocolate croc-embossed boxes with the matches already in there (!), the candles come in gorgeous chocolate brown glass containers and there are many choices. You can buy online here, or at your nearest Anthropologie, Barney’s or other retail store.

I’m a fan of Jasmine Verbena, among others. The great thing about Belle Fleur candles is that they fill the room with scent immediately and burn cleanly. Get yourself some today!

Sex offenders should not be allowed to have visits with children in prison. Even their own.

And this is why, Eugene Bond. Good God, what’s happening these days? At least the authorities seem to be handling this one properly AND charging the mother. Jeebus.

Kudos to Laura Neuman – she’s our hero of the day.

I keep trying to lobby for longer statutes of limitations on the State and Federal level, but alas, I need to wait until this baby is out. Laura Neuman is such an inspiration to me and to all. It’s amazing what she has been able to accomplish and I am so proud of her. Oh, and she has a foundation, too and my greatest mentor in the business is on her Board. Who knew?

Of course, there’s opposition. The Police Chief who headed up my case came under fire for DNA swabbing. When will people realize it’s how you catch the bad guys, and, more importantly, get convictions of the guilty AND let the innocent free!

Love love love (not) the comments below the story from some very disturbed individuals who think Laura needs a therapist. Rape obviously touches a nerve – among people who think it’s okay.

Well done, New York Board of Parole!!!!

Now this is exciting. Just terrific! This is how it should be everywhere! Thank you on behalf of victims everywhere. So much better than getting an automated phone call.