National Rifle Association which announced it had enrolled 100,000 new members
in one week after the national tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut,
is apparently so strong in Congress that, according to The New York Times of
January 11, "The White House has calculated that a ban on military-style
assault weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass through congress and is
focusing on other measures it deems more politically achievable."
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NEW YORK, NY -- December 28, 2012 -- In
his December 26 New York Times editorial,
Tom Friedman wrote in support of former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel and the
possibility that he will be chosen by President Barack Obama as Secretary of
Defense. He stated: "So, yes, Hagel is out of the mainstream. That is
exactly why his voice would be valuable right now. Obama will still make all
the final calls, but let him do so after having heard all the
alternatives." By "mainstream," Friedman apparently means
overwhelmingly supportive of Israel. Hagel's position is, as Friedman states,
"out of the mainstream" with respect to Israel.
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defenseless children, ages six and seven, along with six of their teachers and
school administrators, were murdered by a young man, himself 20 years old, who
before committing these despicable crimes, murdered his mother, shooting her in
the face several times.
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against the Jews - and against the State of Israel - continues unabated.
past year, Israel has been subjected to rocket bombardments directed at its
cities including Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. A million Israeli civilians in
Southern Israel had their lives disrupted as 8,000 rockets rained down on them
since 2005. The Israeli government decided to respond militarily against Hamas
which governs Gaza and has its own prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh.
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NEW YORK, NY -- December 11, 2012 -- I wrote
the beginning of this commentary in New York-Presbyterian Hospital where I was
admitted on December 4. I had the flu, despite my having received an earlier
flu shot. Fortunately, my flu was treated and is now gone. I am under the care
of my longtime cardiologist, Dr. Joe Tenenbaum. I appreciate the concern that
many of you have expressed and the good wishes you have sent my way. I believe
I am okay for someone who will celebrate his 88th birthday on December 12.
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The New York Times columnist, Nick Fox, put
together on the Times website a discussion concerning the rape of a young woman
in Central Park in April 1989 which resulted in the arrest and conviction of
five youths who became known as the Central Park Five.
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I have never read a more biased editorial than The New York Times editorial of November 18th, entitled, "New Hope on Immigration." It advocates, as it has for years, providing amnesty for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now residing within the borders of theUnited States.
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Barack Obama won reelection in a blowout. Some will ask how I can say
"blowout" when he narrowly won the popular vote. President Obama won
by a margin of about 3 million votes, winning 62,085,892 votes, compared with
Mitt Romney's 58,777,012 votes. However, the President handily won the
electoral college by a majority of 332 to 206. Two-hundred and seventy
electoral votes were needed to win.
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On Sunday, October 28, at 4:00 p.m., I
joined the parishioners at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn in honoring
my friend and their fellow congregant, Frank Macchiarola. His Holiness Pope
Benedict XVI had bestowed upon Frank the Papal Honor of Knight Commander of the
Holy Order of St. Gregory the Great. Frank had been the Chancellor of the Board
of Education appointed by me in 1978, and I believe he is the best chancellor
to have ever presided over the New York City public school system.
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NEW YORK, NY -- October 15, 2012-- In a full-page editorial this past Sunday,
October 14th, The New York Times
publicly revealed its new position on our remaining in Afghanistan until
December 2014 as proposed by the Obama administration. The opening paragraph of
the editorial states that "it is time for United States forces to leave
Afghanistan." The editorial urges that the U.S. begin the immediate
withdrawal of our armed forces from Afghanistan to be completed in a year or
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