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December, 2012

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews return to Democratic fold

PAPEs — political analysts, pundits and experts — tell us that after many years of close (and sometimes publicly scrutinized, but we will get to that later) relationships with the Brooklyn Democratic Party and the Brooklyn district attorney, the ultra-Orthodox Jews in that borough were told by their leaders to vote for a Republican in the special election last year to fill a vacated congressional seat, which had been held by a Democrat in what was called “a safe district.” Comments (3).

September, 2012

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Assessing Congressman Turner’s legacy to Queens

When Robert Turner won a special election for Congress last year, the political pundits all said it was due to the ultra Orthodox Jewish voters in Brooklyn. Turner lost Queens, but won handily among those folk. This despite the fact that he was running against a Modern Orthodox Jew and Turner is Roman Catholic. Comments (3).

August, 2012

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Georgetown’s president speaks out on civil discourse

(Note: This is the conclusion of my column of Aug. 2, based on “The Second Coming,” by William Butler Yeats.) Comments (1).

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July, 2012

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Defending an artist

As The New York Times noted a few days ago, the knives are out again to cut up Fat Boy. Comments (3).
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Continuing the Highest Lesson for Mr. Turner (Part IV)

Before I get to the Israel question, I feel I must add a few more facts to the history lesson, about our country Shrub inherited and the mess he left it in. I hope you and Mr. Turner will stay with me, or protest. Reactions are welcome Comment.

June, 2012

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History Lesson No. 3 for Mr. Turner

Before we continue with our history lesson, I would ask Mr. Turner to clear up a question for all of us. Recently, in the mail, I received a flier about the three Republicans who are vying for the right to run against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Turner is one of them. Comment.

May, 2012

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Lesson for U.S. Rep. Robert Turner (Part II)

Richard Nixon never struck me as someone I would want to meet, let alone consider to have as a friend. I am sure the feeling would have Comment.
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Lesson from the past for Bob Turner

As with John C. Liu, I do not know Representative Robert Turner. He is not my congressman (mine wears a fresh flower in his lapel every day and has decided to retire after 15 terms). I followed Mr. Turner’s special election win from a distance, with some degree of concentration. Comment.

March, 2012

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Liu’s support from Asians is the American Way

This is my second blog about John C. Liu and again I shall try to stay away from fund-raising investigations. That’s not easy to do. We seem to be reminded about such things on a regular basis. More to come, I am sure. Comment.
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Taking stock of Comptroller Liu’s curious practice

Once upon a time, quite a few years ago, I was what you might call “active” in politics. Enough, in any case, to snag an appointment to a job in a city department, which permitted me to have a gold badge, get my name in the Green Book every year and be able to have correspondence addressed to me as “Hon.” No, not honey. Was I honorable? Legally, of course. Morally, I hope so. Comment.

February, 2012

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Citi Field: an ideal spot for public executions

Okay. So you have not heard from your elected officials, if you wrote to them or called them or e-mailed them about having public executionism in New York state. Don’t despair. It happens to the best — or worst — of us. Comments (6).

January, 2012

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Write to elected officials in favor of money-making execution plan

Some of you may have noticed that I did not emphasize in my last blog what public executions could do for the economy of Queens. Let me rectify that immediately, lest you think this is a matter of no concern to your pocketbook and mine. Comments (6).
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