Four Years of Hard Work

Most of you don’t know that the last 4 years I’ve been attending the #1 evening law program in the west at Loyola Law School. Graduation was Sunday, May 19, 2019.

I climbed the steepest ⛰ of my life.

None of this was possible without the love, the support, the guidance of my out-of-this-world wife, my partner, my soulmate, my greatest supporter & inspiration, my love, Amy. Without her I would’ve never thought I could go to law school. I wouldn’t have taken the LSAT. We wouldn’t have moved to Los Angeles. I wouldn’t have started this difficult climb of going to evening law school. I wouldn’t have been able to study and take my exams. Thank you, My Love.

Further, my children were part of all of this. They knew why their papa was gone so many nights and Sundays. Why I needed to miss certain events for class or exams. They were always supportive and even cheered me on. I hope when they are older they’ll notice the example I set with hard work and dedication to improve my life and our lives.

Also, the professors and fellow students in the evening program deserve great credit. Professors had to put up with my enjoyment of the Socratic method, dedicate evenings to share their astounding wealth of knowledge, and commit themselves to our success. My fellow evening students, I’m in awe. They came from diverse backgrounds, worked their butts off, and unlike many law school traditions we all worked together, helped each other, and supported one another through this grueling and rewarding process.

Additionally, I’d also like to thank all of my other friends, family, and everyone else who were incredibly supportive through this process.

Finally, I’d like to thank God (the Universe, or whomever or whatever you might call a higher power) for blessing me with all of the above and the strength to make it through.

On to the bar exam!

#LLS19 #lawschool #jurisdoctor #graduation #challenge #education

THE FLOWERS COULD SURVIVE, BUT WE MIGHT NOT

Wildflowers in oil field – California

We simply CANNOT continue consuming 100 million barrels of oil per day. That is 5.5 Billion gallons PER DAY.

Worse, we continue to alter the chemistry of our atmosphere and waters in ways that will have real consequences.

We are now at > 405 parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the highest in over 800,000 years. Over the past 150+ years, the pH of surface ocean waters has fallen by ~0.1. Since the pH scale, like the Richter scale, is logarithmic, that 0.1 drop represents a 30% increase in acidity. As we continue to pump CO² increasing the concentration, the ocean will continue to acidify, dramatically changing life.

It’s time to aggressively move to renewable energy sources like geothermal, hydropower, wind, solar, and yes advanced nuclear.

What 🌎 do we want to leave our children?

FNC Shannon Bream Campus Speech

Fox News @ Night invited me back to join Shannon Bream on Friday, August 17, 2018. My fellow panelist was Nicki Neily, President of a group called Free Speech.

Our topic was the need for free speech and debate on college campuses today. There is a new movement to get people with opposing views together and work to open communication.

I argue, again, for insensitivity training so feelings aren’t hurt so easily. Plus the fact this really isn’t that different from 20 years ago.

I also pointed out that it’s fun for the right to pick on college students regarding the First Amendment, yet ~40% of Republicans (it’s actually 43%) want the President to have the power to shut down media they don’t like.

And, I very intentionally brought up the need for another James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley, Jr. debate at Cambridge in 1965 where an eloquent man of color decimated WFB in front of a white crowd, on the topic of racism.

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FNC Tucker Carlson Mark Steyn John Brennan Security

Tucker Carlson brought me back on his Fox News Channel show Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Mark Steyn and then Tucker took the position that former CiA director John Brennan rightfully had his security clearance revoked by President Trump.

I countered that there are two arguments and a potential legal argument against this revocation based on Brennan’s anti-Trump speech on another cable news outlet.

  • Attacks on the Free Press – see the over 350 newspapers writing about it yesterday.
  • Trump attempting to silence critics
  • There is a good reason for top officials to keep their clearance so new top officials can have continuity in their ability to talk about on-going operations.
  • After my appearance, more than 70 former intelligence officials signed a letter making a nearly identical argument as I did with Tucker.
  • My reference to administrative law is based on a number of factors related to the state creating a property right of a license (for example liquor) and requiring complete administrative due process before revocation.

None of this excuses a closer look at why over 4 million people have security clearances, some of which may have no reason to still have one.

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HLN Carol Costello Press Enemy Of The People

HLN TV Across America with Carol Costello invited me back on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

My fellow panelist, CNN Contributor John Phillips, and I argued over the president calling the press the enemy of the people and the 350+ newspapers calling him out on it today.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

But President Donald Trump has veered into unfamiliar and perilous territory with his unceasing all-out assault on the free press and the First Amendment. Of course, the irony of Trump’s attacks on the “SICK!” and “very dishonest people” in “the fake media” he accuses of purveying, yes, “fake news” is that he himself is a product of the New York tabloids. He’s as savvy about manipulating his coverage as he is adept in undermining it.

But today the consequences of the president’s perpetual battle against journalists extend far beyond the Manhattan gossip pages. And the animus you see directed at CNN’s Jim Acostaisn’t just reserved for the White House press corps. Everywhere in the country, any matter that an official doesn’t want to talk about or that a reader doesn’t want to hear about is “fake news” now.

In our business, we know how much words matter. We know, too, that Trump’s references to us as the “enemy of the American People” are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic. That is what Nazis called Jews. It’s how Joseph Stalin’s critics were marked for execution.

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FNC Tucker Carlson Kilmeade Instagram Censorship

Fox News Channel had me back on Tucker Carlson Tonight with guest host Brian Kilmeade on Monday, August 6, 2018.

We discussed Instagram censoring a short clip I posted from Tucker’s show Friday night where we said nothing in the realm of hate speech. We merely discussed Sarah Jeong and the New York Times decision to hire her, not quote her tweets.

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It Finally Dropped, You Elevated

The Trump-driven news cycle is overwhelming, so a new relief valve is available! Announcing You Elevated with Ethan Bearman

ANNOUNCING You Elevated with Ethan Bearman🌟

We are on a journey to improve our lives, to elevate ourselves. The new show is both video and podcast form where I discuss food, fitness, health, mind, and spirituality with the best in the world.

Take a listen or watch Episode 1 with Dr. Steven Gundry where he reveals why we are shorter and have smaller brains than we did 10,000 years ago.

Subscribe the new YouTube channel, Like the Facebook page, Follow on Instagram,Twitter, and subscribe to the Podcast.

Most important of all, please share with friends, family, or foes! Spread the word and don’t be selfish! 

 

P.S. I have a very special guest for episode 2 we just recorded. Let’s just say he’s easy on the eyes, unbelievably knowledgeable, and walks the walk.

FNC Tucker Carlson Sarah Jeong Racism

I joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News Channel again August 3, 2018. The topic was the New York Times new editorial board member Sarah Jeong and her controversial tweets that have the right-wing in this country all a-twitter.

Watch the full segment below and keep in mind some points I made.

  • Scientists have studied and shown that we respond to written threats like real, physical threats
  • Sarah Jeong was often responding (I suggested inappropriately) to Twitter trolls who were attacking here – see HERE
  • White Fragility is a real thing that is studied and documented – HERE
  • Koreans are still experiencing racism today, like this racist road rage incident against a Korean-American vet
  • The history of racism in our country includes Asians, and yes we wiped out villages

 

FNC Tucker Carlson Immigrant Local Voting

Tucker Carlson kindly invited me back on his Fox News Channel show, Friday, July 20, 2018.

Our topic was San Francisco allowing all residents, regardless of immigration status to vote this November in local school board elections.

According to the elections department, non-citizen voting materials are required to have a notice letting the voter know that any information provided to the department may be obtained by the federal government. 

The ordinance will permit non-citizen voting for the Board of Education elections from November of this year through Nov. 2022. After that, the ordinance will expire and supervisors must vote on whether to adopt an ordinance to continue it. 

To be eligible, a non-citizen voter must be a San Francisco resident, 18 years or older and be a parent, legal guardian or caregiver to a child under the age of 19.

Boston is also considering allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections.

The City Council’s Committee on Government Operations is set to have a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the idea of non-U.S. citizens voting in municipal elections.

The council is looking at ways to make city elections more inclusive, such as allowing foreign-born residents with legal status to vote.

According to a 2015 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau, immigrants make up 28.5% of the city’s population, or roughly 190,000 people. Boston’s immigrants also paid $116 million in state and local taxes, and spent around $3.4 billion according to a 2015 “Boston by the Numbers” report.

Immigrants with legal status in Boston include legal permanent residents, visa holders and those on temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals. 

Studies show kids have far better educational outcomes when parents are involved.

School and parent/family/community partnerships are associated with positive effects on student outcomes, e.g., higher levels of achievement as measured by standardized test scores; factual, conceptual, critical, and attitudinal aspects of learning

Finally, few people vote in local elections.

voter turnout across neighborhoods corresponds with the distribution of race and income, with whiter and wealthier neighborhoods …showing high turnout

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