Ira, a native New Yorker, has a BFA in Communications from the New York Institute of Technology. While in New York he worked as a sports caster, on air personality and writer for a local radio station, covering all the professional sports teams in the city.
In the early 1980’s he began his career as a Hollywood screenwriter in Los Angeles. He has worked on projects for Centropolis Entertainment, Cinetel Films and Swinging Productions to name a few. His film credits include; “In the Shadow of the Cobra” (2001) starring Sean Young, James Acheson and Rutger Hauer and “Devil Winds” (2003) starring Joe Lando and Nicole Eggert.
Ira has been married for 25 years and has a daughter presently in college.
- Memorial Day
Memorial Day is about remembering all the men and women who bravely served and serve our country. Please take some time out of your busy holiday celebrations to remember those that gave and give so much so that we can all enjoy our freedoms today.
- Paper Tigers
As the Marshall Island flagged cargo ship Maersk Tigris made its way down the Straits of Hormuz she was challenged by Iran warships and ordered to stop. When the Captain failed to comply the Iranians fire several rounds across her bow.
- A Lack of Responsibility
Like most of you I was riveted to my seat on the evening of April 27th watching the scenes of Baltimore burning on CNN. I watched criminals racing through the streets burning businesses, trashing cars and pelting police with rocks. I watched as looters drove up to the mall there in vans, got out and ran inside caring large trash bags only to run out a few minutes later with the bags full of merchandise they had stolen. But one of the most difficult things to watch was as the fire department tried to put some of the blazes out ignorant rioters would run up to the hoses and puncture them then look right into the camera and laugh. And throughout all this there were no police to be found.
- Holocaust – Short Memories
Several years ago I wrote an article titled "A Time to Remember" it was about Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This internationally recognized date comes from the Hebrew calendar and corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on that calendar. It marks the anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.
- One Voice
When the Republicans won the Senate it was a happy time in GOP land. Now they had a chance to show the people of the United States and the world they knew how to govern. Three months into the New Year we still have yet to see that happening. After a few weeks of infighting…
- A Huge Step Backwards
But I’m not writing this article to give you a brief amateur lesson in Constitutional Law but to give you a basis for understanding this….The Constitution protects our right to be idiots plain and simple and past history has born that statement as a “truism” more times than I can count. So why was I surprised when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill that would allow business to discriminate using religion as an excuse. The “Religious Freedom Act” would allow business to deny service to anyone if the owner feels providing that service would conflict with his religious beliefs. I guess Pence forgot about a much high law, the Constitution. You see you can’t protect one person’s Constitutional rights at the cost of another.
“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Barack Hussein Obama was elected by the winds of change which swept across the United States…
- You’ve Got To Be Taught
As ISIS roles through the Middle East and Africa their atrocities to humanity and history keep mounting. The body count is already into the thousands and the loss of ancient artifacts incalculable. At some point in the very near future the world will need to make a stand and eliminate this blot on humanity once…
- Live Long and Prosper
That single phrase, which meant nothing much before 1965, exploded around the world as the iconic greeting of one particular inhabitant from the planet Vulcan on the TV Sci Fi series “Star Trek”. That “pointed eared hobgoblin” as he was once affectionately called is of course Mr. Spock portrayed by the very talented actor Leonard…
- “That’s The Way It Is”
For years I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that the way the internet allows most news to be reported almost instantaneously is a mixed blessing at best. Yes we get the information almost as fast as it unfolds but it is often posted so quickly that we really don’t get all the facts. And…
- United We Stand
President’s Day is closing fast and is observed on February 16th this year. People are already planning or have planned a busy 3 day weekend. Some will be trying to get away from the tons of snow and freezing weather that has socked in the North East Coast.
- Freedom Under Siege
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
- A Leopards Spots
So it is a new year and a new Congress and Senate. If one is to believe the rhetoric being tossed around in the news by Mitch McConnell and John Boehner then it is also a new Republican Party. They promised that there would be more compromise, less confrontation and a general good working climate…
- Time of the Season
Yesterday morning I was thinking long and hard about what to write for this post. I thought of rewriting my article from last year but I’m not a big fan of re gifting. Then I thought I’d just post a picture of a big Christmas Tree and wish everyone a Merry Christmas; nah too cheesy and…
- Tis the Season
Lights, Christmas trees, tinsel, ornaments, gifts all occupy most of our minds this time of year. I think over the centuries the real meanings and “founders of the feast” have been blurred and all but forgotten by the bright lights and holiday rush we all have become a part of. So let’s slow down for…
- A Time to be Thankful
“America’s oldest tradition, Thanksgiving is also a reaffirmation of our most deeply held values; a public recognition that, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty.’ In gratitude for God’s gift of freedom and ‘for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.” George…
- Veteran’s Day
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We…
- Trick or Treat
Actually Halloween is one of the oldest holidays still celebrated. As I said its origins can be traced back to the Celtics almost 2000 years ago. The Druids regarded November 1 as New Year’s Day. It was known as Samhain, (pronounced sow’-en), which literally meant the end of summer. It was a time for celebrating the year’s harvest and for honoring the dead. The Celts believed that all laws of time and space were suspended during this time, allowing spirits to roam the earth and intermingle with the living, so they built raging fires and made offerings to appease these restless spirits.
- Boots on the Ground
So as Isis/Isil approaches Bagdad the United States and the Iraqi government still stand firm behind not using US ground troops to combat this latest threat. Every military expert asked says and has said that this threat cannot be eliminated without US and allied boots on the ground. While strategic airstrikes do damage they cannot…
Freedom is a tough thing to explain to those that are currently not living under its protection. It is a complicated form of existence with numerous variables. It is generally defined as, “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Most simply put it is the power…