As America becomes more and more easily offended, could comedy be the only place for honest political commentary in today’s politically-correct society? Could America learn how to thicken it’s collective skin from these comics and move toward more free speech in the upcoming years?
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Posted in Media, Politics
Tagged Anthony Cumia, Comedy, Constitutional, Election, Free Speech, Howard Stern, Jim Norton, Joe Rogan, Nick DiPaolo, Opie & Anthony, Patton Oswalt, Politically Correct, Trump
My November 18th piece in The Hill was written while I was attending the 20th anniversary meeting of the Association of Inspectors General in Boston. This piece, in the hopes that the Trump transition team reads The Hill, gives suggestions on how supporting the nation’s Inspector General Community can prove effective in his promise to “Drain the Swamp” and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in government.
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Posted in Politics, Public Integrity
Tagged A. Benjamin Mannes, Abuse, Ariel Benjamin Mannes, Ariel Mannes, Ben Mannes, Corruption, Drain the Swamp, Ethics, Fraud, Inspectors General, Trump, Washington, Waste
My November 10, 2016 column in The Hill addresses the post-election protests that have popped up across the nation, and why local law enforcement is not enforcing the requirement for demonstrations to have permits equally. Has “looking the other way” on non-permitted protests created a ‘carrot without a stick’ for protesters who gridlock cities without objectives, goals or organization to their protests? Please share and discuss as this is an important question for many of us who have been living with these demonstrations for upwards of two years now.
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Posted in Public Safety
Tagged A. Benjamin Mannes, Ariel Benjamin Mannes, Ariel Mannes, Ben Mannes, Black Lives, BLM, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Legal, Permits, Philadelphia, Police, Politics, Protests, The Hill, Trump
In light of two stunning police corruption convictions in the New York metro area last week, this piece in The Hill looks at the details, contributors and pitfalls of each case to pick apart public opinion on the entire law enforcement community when a few criminals wear the badge.
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Posted in Police, Public Integrity, Public Safety
Tagged A. Benjamin Mannes, Alston, Ariel Benjamin Mannes, Ariel Mannes, Ben Mannes, Burke, Corruption, FBI, NYPD, Police, Suffolk County
In my November 3rd piece for The Hill, I wrote about this week’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) strike, and how America’s fifth largest city is being held hostage every few years by the same Union. The issue is particularly frustrating as I am a third generation union member and owe my union a lifetime of gratitude. However, the mission of organized labor is being trivialized by locals who abuse their strike vote time and again, with little perspective to the stakeholders they serve.
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Posted in Media, Politics
Tagged A. Benjamin Mannes, Ariel Benjamin Mannes, Ariel Mannes, Ben Mannes, Brady, Common Sense, Kenney, Local 234, Organized Labor, Philadelphia, SEPTA, Strike, Transit, TWU, Union