Published with express permission by the author and replicated herein; first published in the National Review Online on July 27, 2011.
Scandinavia may look idyllic from a distance, what with royal families and prime ministers almost without security, but it has endured its fair share of violence, from the assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme to two school massacres in one year in Finland, one killing eight, the other ten. Anders Behring Breivik's rampage, in other words, was hardly unprecedented.
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Cast of All New People (left), Zach Braff (center), and John Simon (right).
When the two plastic scrim panels that serve as curtains for The Second Stage’s All New People separate, Charlie, a barefoot man in pajamas is standing on a stool with a noose around his neck made of an extension cord attached to the ceiling. He hesitates, then reaching to a nearby table, grabs a cigarette and lights it. So Zach Braff’s (center) comedy earns the first of many laughs.
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Stephen Cerrato, Yonkers City Council candidate vying to represent the 5th District is Richard Narog’s and Hezi Aris’ guest this Tuesday, July 26, 2011, on the On the Level radio show heard on the WVOX-1460 AM radio dial and on audio and visual streaming technology worldwide at www.WVOX.com from 10 – 11 a.m.
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I am here this morning to suggest that the contested race in the 9th Congressional District be turned into a referendum that will allow the voters of this district, the largest Jewish district in the country, to register a protest against the positions of President Obama and the Republican leadership on a number of key issues.
President Obama, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have failed the American public in several ways. Two issues come readily to mind.
One is jobs. Not a single law that would provide jobs in our country has been adopted. We are now suffering from a 9.2 percent unemployment rate. Both parties have failed miserably to address this vitally important issue.
Continue reading "Ed Koch Commentary: A Statement of Endorsement of Bob Turner for the 9th Congressional District (July 25, 2011) By ED KOCH " »
The empire built under the aegis of News Corporation’s media mogul Rupert Murdoch has come under governmental scrutiny cajoled to fever pitch by public disgust over recent allegations of phone hacking and corruption allegations by News of the World, a national English tabloid shuttered in the past few weeks. The populist, celebrity focused newspaper began publishing in 1843. Shutting the publication down could not relieve News Corporation from the unsatiated feeding frenzy that had come about. Arrest of its former executive editor and editor came to pass. Staff, working for the present British government and Scotland Yard, once connected with News Corporation, has also stepped down amid demand for in depth investigations. The public outcry heard in the British Isles resonated among law enforcement in the United States. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry has been said by an anonymous source at the Associated Press to have begun. Demanding an FBI inquiry is US Congressional Representative Peter King. Allegations that the now defunct News of the World operation attempted to hack into the voicemails of 9/11 victims and their families, has shocked the sensibilities of many people. At issue for every community, international, national, statewide, or local, is the same. Can the public trust the media to deliver the news, unfettered by competing interests, and still maintain an ability to discern and navigate the boundaries of decorum? What are those parameters, and do they change and fluctuate in demeanor from one community to another?
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Yonkers City Council Minority Leader and 2011 Republican mayoral candidate John Murtagh in literature dated July 17, 2011, “applauded the recent NYS Supreme Court Ruling that stipulated the Yonkers Inspector General had the right to audit the books and records of the Teacher's Welfare Fund.” So far so good. Murtagh’s perspective becomes “untrue” when it is stated, “Councilman Murtagh has taken the lead on the Council in demanding accountability from the Board of Education and from municipal unions.” [Editor’s Note: If Murtagh “did take a lead,” why did he drop the ball by voting for Mayor Amicone’s Proposed FY 2010-2011 Budget when as he writes, “The so-called Welfare Fund is a discretionary fundmandated by the Teacher's Union contract. The fund costs Yonkers taxpayers millions of dollars annually but operates without any supervision or oversight from City Hall.”] [Another Editor’s Note: That being the case, why has Murtagh not introduced legislation or demand correction prior to the approval of the proposed budget?] Murtagh continues, “Despite being funded by the taxpayers the taxpayers were not permitted to know how the money was being spent.” [Editor’s Note: Duh, the facts were known for months. What did Murtagh do about it? Nothing, zero, nada. Is that the rationale for the historical re-writing now?].
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Jay Walder is Not Casey Casey Jones,
Jumps from NYC to Hong Kong because MTA Nears Fiscal Crash
Jay Walder is no Casey Jones.
Unlike the iconic railroad engineer, who kept his hand on the throttle while his train plunged down curving tracks to disaster, and by doing so saved the lives of many people, the MTA chief Jay Walder did not even complete two years at the helm of the transit authority before he jumped ship for a more secure and lucrative berth in a private, profitable transit system.
Walder was not shanghaied in the dead of night; he is going voluntarily to MTR (Mass Transit Railway), a railroad colossus headquartered in Hong Kong. Any idea where they might bank?
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Midland Avenue @ Bronx River Road (near 7-11 toward Fleetwood, Mount Vernon)
CPA NB @ Crisfield Street (Nathan’s Famous)
CPA NB @ Fort Hill Avenue (Oakley’s Car Wash)
CPA NB @ Roxbury Drive (Chase Bank and Luciano's)
CPA NB @ Sadore Lane
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