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December, 2010

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Despite it’s name, Harway Holiday party a success

Happy New Year to all, we’ve just been through a decade of change that has shocked the world. Who would have thought, at the beginning of the decade, that blood thirsty maniacs would crash and destroy the Twin Towers in the name of religion? Who would have thought that the Catholic Church would ever close schools and churches? Who would have thought that a billionaire mayor would buy elections, abandoning the will of the people? Apparently anything is possible and the only hope we have for the future are our children. Comment.
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A Visit from the Cleaning Mom

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, Comment.
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It’s tough to be heard in Bloomberg’s New York

One winter Sunday my fellow columnist Carmine Santa Maria phoned and left a message for me to meet him three blocks away from my house, but it was too late, because we had already left home with theater tickets. Comment.
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Stan rehashes — and explains — the quotes of the year

• “Happiness is meeting Alan Grayson on the unemployment line.”Are election losers permitted to collect unemployment? Comment.
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Oh, how I miss the busy signal

Boy, have times changed. Comment.
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‘Tis the season of evil will

Some crimes are so cowardly and compassionless that they defy humanity and shatter the Richter scale for depravity — even in the dog-eat-dog world that is New York City. Comment.
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Merry Christmas from the real Santa

I have been Santa Claus throughout the past quarter century to well over 100,000 as well as 25,000 adults, parents and party goers. So when the Board of Education decreed public schools were to use generic holiday season themes instead of a Christmas theme, I refused to go to those schools whose principals were stupid enough to obey the Board’s ridiculous order. Boy, how dumb could they get? Comment.
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W’s book reviews are in, and I don’t believe them

More fun than reading W’s new book may be reading the reviews on Amazon. Five minutes before it went on sale, the dot.com book seller was receiving reader reviews. Comment.
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Bury the bodies, its business as usual

Censure, smensure — who cares. We should all have to go through such horrors as Charlie Rangel has when we mere mortals commit felonies. Comment.
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Garbage time: Fighting the city to this day

Mayor Ed Koch stood at the site where more new housing was offered for Coney Island families ready to move in. Subsidized private housing: a novel idea for Coney Island, already loaded with too many tall public housing projects. He pointed to the rows of new private homes when a question arose about the big Sanitation garage across W 21st Street. Comment.
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Let’s remember Christmas this Holiday Season

Wow! Who would dare say that Santa is politically incorrect? Well, with today’s influx of morons and atheists thinking that Christmas is a dirty word that should be phased out, this Santa is gonna throw his own choice words towards them, and guess what? They are not going to be Merry Christmas. Comment.
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Merry Chris— Happy Holi— ah … whatever

The manager of a popular retail store complained to me last January that even though he bought only half the amount of Christmas gift wrap than he did the year before, he was still stuck with almost 90 percent of his inventory. Comment.

November, 2010

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Stan takes out the tra--, er, junk

Here’s another jumble of thoughts. Comment.
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These two kitties have way too much fun at Christmas

How long does an artificial tree last?, maybe a small table topper tree is a better option, but then where would our cats get their yearly exercise? JDelBuono@cnglocal.com Comment.
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My college tour de farce

Recently my daughter’s Facebook status said, “Filling out college applications will be the death of me.” Comment.
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This column is coterminus with last week’s

“Dear Chairman Mark. Comment.
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Thank God for Christianity

The harrowing survivor stories, relayed in the Middle East Media Research Institute report “The Plight of the Iraqi Christians: An Update,” expose the cruelty of the murderers: A pregnant woman gunned down while her gravely wounded husband tries to protect her and their unborn child. A man ordered to convert to Islam before being shot in the head. A priest murdered in cold blood. Terrorists respond to a second priest’s query about why they slew a peaceful man of God with, “What do you expect us to do?” before killing him, too. Comment.
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The voters speak, and Stan cheers!

The president ran and was elected on change. The results of the Nov. 2 election are in, the shouting has quieted down and we learned that the American people disagreed with his brand of change. At first those of us that disagreed with the president were called racists — WRONG! Then we were called morons — WRONG AGAIN! Then, they said we were angry — RIGHT! Comment.
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Accidents waiting to happen!

I had a few things to say at the Bensonhurst West End Community Council meeting in the Harway Terrace Community room on Oct. 28. Comment.
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The brief history of football in New York — and Brooklyn

New York was once alive with sports — street corner jibes about which of the three baseball teams was your pride, your deep faith. In the American League, we had the always well-tended Yanks of high spending, multi-million dollar owners. In the national league, of course, our beloved Dodgers and, over in Manhattan, the Giants (named so because, in the early years of the game, the won so often). Comment.
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License to drive — me crazy!

This past month was a test of my endurance — my daughter is officially licensed to drive. Comment.
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Coney Island doesn’t have to be a Sitt-ing duck

Britain’s Stonehenge was just a grouping of rotting, prehistoric earthen works — and its City of Bath just a place where the Romans took a dunk and a dump — before some egghead figured out that if they were preserved people would actually flock to them for the chance to hobnob with history. Comment.
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Stab’s America — by the numbers

In 2002, in the wake of 9-11, there were 1,463 claims of discrimination against Muslims in U.S. workplaces. As things quieted down, that number dropped significantly until 2008, when it climbed to 1,304. Coincidently (?) that was the year Barack Hussein Obama ran and was elected president. With his popularity slowly sinking into the sunset, bias claims rose again to a new high of 1,490 last year. Another fluke? Maybe — maybe not. Comment.
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Accidents waiting to happen!

I had a few things to say at the Bensonhurst West End Community Council held a meeting in the Harway Terrace Community room on Oct. 28. Comment.
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This time around, the undead left me unscared

The zombies are here, but where’s the fear? Comment.
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Yemen is the anagram for ‘enemy’

Barack Obama should give himself an “F” for doing a lousy job of befriending our sworn enemies. Comment.

October, 2010

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Here’s one you didn’t read about in the papers

There it was, clear as day on the press release: “X-ray invisible knives??? Assemblyman Colton targets potential terrorist weapon: Introduces bill to ban undetectable knives.” Comment.
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Coney does need beachfront dining

Coney took a bad turn as overdoses of urban renewal set in on its streets. It was precipitated by the demolitions of slum areas in eastern Coney, across Ocean Parkway from Brighton Beach, then also suffering a downturn, with many emptied homes. Coney Island took on the brunt of the helpless, who were deemed homeless as their units were demolishedto make way for both Trump Village and Warbasse Houses. Comment.
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As I was saying about the Aquarium…

I was annoyed that I hadn’t been invited to the previous two, especially if they were as spectacular as this one. Comment.
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Stan’s trivia for the people

If you are of my vintage you remember who sang “Thanks For The Memory.” If you paid attention in history class you recall the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo.” Let’s see if you know who said, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” Comment.
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Cement overcoat and shoes anyone?

We have struggled with the worst economic downturn in U.S. history since the Great Depression. We New Yorkers are currently wrestling with an unbalanced budget, increasing sales tax, increasing real estate taxes, cigarette taxes, higher utility costs, foreclosures, job loss and politicians that are craftier than Gov. Rod Blagojevich from Illinois. Comment.
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Edible Schoolyards take a bite out of childhood obseity

It takes just one person to sow the seeds for a better Brooklyn. Comment.
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A grand collapse, and the loss of NY football

In a recent column, I waxed poetic about the days when football ruled our weekends, and what it meant to us to attend a game, be it at Ebbets Field, the Brooklyn College, or a local school yard. Comment.
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Carmines tips on keeping personal info safe

Of course you’ll be hit with interest and fees that would make legitimate banks blush, that is if the bank doesn’t issue similar credit cards with abhorrent interest rates. Comment.
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FOX News conservative? Stan says ‘No way’

There’s a new scapegoat in town. Comment.
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Joanna takes Rachel Ray’s challenge

After watching Rachael Ray’s new show, “Week in a Day,” I decided to take the challenge. The premise is to make five meals in one day. So I picked the weekend to compete. Comment.
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Haj doesn’t separate good from evil

Radicals and moderates alike will press flesh and embrace as brothers and sisters of one family when Muslims from around the world travel to Saudi Arabia next month to begin their annual pilgrimage of Haj. It is Islam’s most heralded custom at its holiest site without which a free pass to heaven — and a hobnob with those virgins — is not guaranteed. Comment.
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A Kaddish for Nathan Handwerker

It wasn’t easy to get to know “Mr. Nathan,” the Hot Dog King with his unrelenting workaday regimen. Comment.
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Celebrating 60 years of wedding bliss, in style

My oldest sister Susie, at 90, had to be kept in the dark about the party until that morning, because the family feared she would slip up. I call both sisters everyday and many times found myself biting my tongue to keep the secret. Imagine my poor brother-in-law’s dilemma: being on guard every moment every day for over a month? Well, the ruse went well — Jennie was surprised. Comment.

September, 2010

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Double Header at Siricco’s: Saint Finbar’s Lifetime Achievement Award Part1

During a 10-day period, my wife Sharon and I attended two celebrations at Sirico’s Caterers, the last of the old Bensonhurst halls where everyone in Brooklyn got married, bar mitzvahed or celebrated their silver, golden, and diamond wedding anniversary. Comment.
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Stan finds gold in his desk

The official government name for it is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. You and I know it as the $800 billion stimulus thing that was supposed to cure all that ails us. It was 1,100 pages long, nobody read it, and it produced very few results. Comment.
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Released from the cell: Four hours without a phone

Last Sunday was Jen and Adam’s wedding shower. I’ve known Adam since he first hiccuped. His mom, Donna, and I have been friends since 1983 BC (Before Cellphones). The place was a lovely little restaurant on Staten Island that was down a flight of stairs, with no windows, below street level, and with zero cellphone reception. There we were, 60 or so women with nary a cellphone bar in sight. It was like being in lock-down — no access to the outside world. Comment.
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Finest above the law?

Junk justice helps no one — least of all the people left behind to pick up the pieces of a senseless, preventable crime. Comment.
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Where is the ACLU on Koran burning?

Then, it should duly defend him — pro-bono — and with the same single-minded focus it reserves for the rights of terrorists and other monsters so that they can live another day to recruit, rile, maim and murder. It seems civil libertarians who would sooner die at their hands than oppose their demonic deeds. Comment.
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Carmine’s big adventureland

Like most parents, I’ve gone to my share of amusement parks with my kids. But unlike most parents, I’ve had the unique opportunity to write columns on the places throughout the states I’ve been to, like Hershey Park and local joints like the new Luna Park on Coney Island and the Gene Romano’s old Nellie Bly on Shore Parkway. So I’m sort of an expert on amusement parks — from Disneyland (in California) to Disney World (in Florida) to Busch Gardens (in Virginia). Comment.
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Mosque imam blows his big moment

Demand a refund. Comment.
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More of America by the Numbers… plus an opinion.

While President Obama’s approval rating averaged less than 50 percent for the first half of 2010 it is interesting to note that, according to Gallup, his approval rating among Muslim-Americans was 78 percent. Hmmm. Wonder why? … Anybody … anybody? Comment.
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Facebook versus the wooden spoon

Don’t stalk me, mom,” says the joy of my life. Comment.
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When football was played in New York

Before football was kidnapped to Jersey in the ’70s, the slap of the pigskin on hand or on pavement resounded in all five boroughs: in our parks, in our streets, and on our school fields. Comment.
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Late-night surfing reveals hidde treasures

August, 2010

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The Legacy of Zorro all at 75th birthday bash

Gus, one of the owners, came over and said, “Wow what a turn-out, I didn’t realize you knew so many people.” I replied, “If you had given me a better price I could have filled the room.” Comment.
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A-Rod, the Heat, and a bunch of other stuff

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A salute to the working stiffs

September 6 is Labor Day, and a time to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Comment.
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The Catskills then and now, Part II

In last’s week column, I mentioned my three-day weekend at Kutchers Country Club with my wife, Sharon, whom I met at the Concord 44 years ago, and her mother, who gave us the trip as my 75th birthday present. I forgot how long and tedious the ride to the Monticello area was and saw how much the town had changed. Comment.
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Thumbs down to the Ground Zero mosque.

It’s a sad day for America,” says Mayor Mike. Not so and not now, but it was on Sept. 11, 2001. Building the mosque at Ground Zero will not heal the scars, it will only open old ones and cause them to fester forever. This isn’t a matter of religious freedom: no one argues that we are entitled to our beliefs; this is just an act of exceptional insensitivity, stupidity and chutzpah. Comment.
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Arizona, immigrants, and the new domino effect

So you think that since the judge gave Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her new law a thumbs down, she lost? No way. The intentions of S.B. 1070 were to reduce the number of illegals in the Grand Canyon state and, in turn, decrease the devastating operating expenses to the city, state and county governments — and their legal residents. Comment.
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Stan by the numbers

• The prestigious Institute of Medicine tells us that 50,000 to 100,000 patients die each year in the United States due to negligence by doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals. It goes on to say that there may be up to 1,000,000 preventable patient injuries per year attributed to human error. With the door marked “Obamacare” now opening, the big question is — will that number increase or decrease? I can make a great case for both sides. Comment.
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I can’t stand Bloomy’s term limits flip-flop

When Mayor Bloomberg bent the rules and extended term limits before the last election, his explanation was that the city was in financial straits and that he — and he alone — could handle the tough task ahead. It didn’t matter that the citizens had voted to have term limits — twice, in fact — and that it was law. Emperor Mike just changed the rules and charged full-steam ahead. Comment.
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Itemizing a night in the hospital

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Obama, Schumer and racism in America

Now that the U.S. has its first African-American in the White House, is this nation experiencing more racism? I don’t know if we have more, but I do know that we have more accusations. Say something negative about Obama and it is redirected and distracted with claims of intolerance. Comment.
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90 years on, my memories are strong

There are so many memories of days gone past in my 90 years, like the time my old time “store boy,” Ira Bethea, then barely 7 years old, daringly shouted out to me, “Mister, I am on your side,” defying the chorus of boos that engulfed Lou Powsner, just back from City Hall where we had gone to seek more new housing and jobs for Coney Island. Comment.
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Sheriff Jack rescues my Friday night

The summertime has always been the time for re-runs and TV slowdowns, but thanks to cable (and, probably in some way, YouTube) smaller stations have grabbed the reigns of summer and rode in with new programs and new episodes of established shows. Comment.
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WikiLeaks gets it wrong

A good scavenger hunt aims for the predator, not the prey. Comment.

July, 2010

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Celebrating Lou Powsner

It was a very bad week for me; my right knee wouldn’t bend, causing me excruciating pain when I tried to get into bed. The bad boo-boo necessitated my having to cancel going to Lou Powsner’s surprise 90th birthday party at the Mirage Diner on Kings Highway. I wasn’t going anywhere soon and, even if I could, how would I get there with my right leg extended? — I couldn’t get into any car. Comment.
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Bomb the group hug for terrorists

Next, the American Civil Liberties Union will tell the Islamic world that it’s a poster child for democracy while the Nobel Committee gives it a peace prize. Comment.
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Oils bad that ends bad

The oil from the breached well has reached the beaches of all five Gulf states. Whose fault is that? BP, of course. The company caused the leak and is responsible for the cleanup, BUT, and a big BUT it is, our president must share in the responsibility of the dirty beaches. Comment.
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Stan mad about Happy Meals

OK, mommies. What do you say when your son seals his lips and doesn’t want to eat? You play “Open the tunnel and here comes the choo-choo.” Right? Comment.
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Joanna 20 minutes in hell

I have faced child birth, root canal without novocaine, and my 16-year-old sitting behind the wheel of the car, but never have I experienced the bone-chilling, blood-curdling fear that I did this past Sunday. Comment.
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What goes around comes around

A blood money deal is a blood money deal,” said Sen. Charles Schumer. Comment.
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Illegals should be dealt with the Arizona way

New York could do with another Jan Brewer. Comment.
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Weather or not, it was a great party

I coined the term “WeatherISTS” (weather terrorists) because it describes the terror you are bombarded with from meteorologists every single time you plan a function, event, trip, wedding, outing or block party. Comment.
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Harsh words for the ‘evil doers’

Let me get this straight, they can hang a 7-year-old boy for allegedly spying and stone a woman to death for allegedly cheating on her husband, but an artist can’t launch an “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” campaign because it is debased and blasphemous? Comment.
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Bike lanes give everyone a brake

About time. Comment.
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Disband the embarrassingly inefficient MTA and restore our service

One of the first complaints I heard at State Sen. Marty Golden’s (R–Bay Ridge) town hall meeting at St. Finbar’s was from a very upset senior, a lady devastated and now totally lost without transportation since the loss of the B64 bus that she depended upon. Comment.
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Stan profiles his latest cruise

One day last week, on the way to the airport, we made a quick stop at the bank to cash a check. It was not only necessary to produce my ID, I had to provide a thumbprint as well. Later at the terminal, it was necessary for us to hand the man our driver’s licenses as we checked our luggage. Before being allowed to move through the security line, a woman in uniform asked for them again. After landing, my ID was requested once more at the Avis counter. Carol commented that we had to produce our government-generated photo IDs four times in one day and the day was only half over. Comment.
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Cherry bombs and ash cans — the good old days!

Celebrating the Fourth of July in my part of the hood, Gravesend, in the 1960s and ’70s meant firecrackers, lots and lots of firecrackers. The streets would be filled with the empty paper casings of bandoliers, ash-cans and bottle rockets come the next morning, making the block look like the Canyon of Heroes after a New York Yankees parade. Comment.
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Even Shavana — a Brit! — loves the Fourth

Brooklyn used to rock on the Fourth of July. Comment.
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Not Déjà vu, but history repeating itself due to MTA stupidity and senility Pt. II

Larry Hart wrote these beautiful lyrics to Richard Rogers’s “Where or When,” which sort of describes the feeling of Déjà vu: “It seems we stood and talked like this before. We looked at each other in the same way then, but I can’t remember where or when. The clothes you’re wearing are the clothes you wore. The smile you are smiling you were smiling then, but I can’t remember where or when. Some things that happened for the first time seem to be happening again.” Comment.
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Of guns, Hannity and … hair

I saw the best response to the recent Supreme Court decision about the right to bear arms on an old bumper sticker. “WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE GUNS” Comment.
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Cleopatra and Marc Antony knew, so did Penelope and Odysseus

“I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” “It’s too hot.” “What’s to eat?” “Do I have to get up now?” Comment.
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Happy Birthday to grand Lady Liberty!

June, 2010

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New Yorkistan? Don’t rule it out!

There’s no denying the elephant in the room. Neither is there any rejoicing over the mosques proposed for Sheepshead Bay, Staten Island and Ground Zero because where there are mosques, there are Muslims, and where there are Muslims, there are problems. Comment.
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Stan sound’s off on Helen Thomas — and you can too!

Helen Thomas is gone her story is still with us. Comment.
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Works of mass destruction

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke Comment.
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Empire state of mindlessness

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” Comment.
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BP, Obama, Guantanamo, and our fair city

I’m glad to hear it. But what about you, Mr. President, not thinking through your consequences? Comment.
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I’m Lou Powsner, and I love gay musicals

St. Luke’s Theater reposes sedately, right off its busy street corner, in bustling Manhattan, but its kiosk hails the Broadway show, that daring “My Big Gay Italian Wedding.” Comment.
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Of crossing guards and future Rockettes

The union of service personnel — DC 37 — makes our schools run and keeps our children safe. Comment.
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Stan points the finger — again and again

The following is another smorgasbord of facts and opinions. Comment.
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BP stands for ‘Bloody Paltry’

Brand BP Bloody Pathetic for creating what could be the worst ecological disaster of the 21st century. Also, one which could, dramatically, impact the world’s chemistry for years to come. Comment.
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BP stands for “Bloody Paltry”

Brand BP Bloody Pathetic for creating what could be the worst ecological disaster of the 21st century. Also, one which could, dramatically, impact the world’s chemistry for years to come. Comment.
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Notes from the back of my mind — and business cards

Every time I send my jackets off to the dry cleaners, I find more notes scribbled on the backs of business cards, envelopes and paper napkins. Here are some of those notes. Comment.
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Off Broadway, Brooklyn’s ‘Housewives’ shines

Trying to hail theater lovers amidst Park Avenue’s climbing towers, the very modern and sedate fronted 59 East 59th Street Theater proudly proclaims “59 E — America’s Off-Broadway 2010.” It is a subdued theatrical oasis amidst the tall towers of Madison and Park avenues’ business offices. Comment.
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Ground Zero mosque — a terror act in slow motion!

When a non-Muslim American can open and operate a strip joint in Mecca, a pork store in Islamabad or a gay bar in Tehran — with the full cooperation of Islamic authorities — then, perhaps, the thought of a mosque near Ground Zero might not be nauseating. Comment.
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Big screecher spits at MTA bigwigs

I felt like Paul Revere shouting “Channel 12 is coming! News12 is coming” the Wednesday before the rally as I scooted up and down Harway Avenue to mobilize the shopkeepers. Comment.
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Socialism: It’s all Greek to me

The cover of last month’s Frommer’s travel magazine shouted “DISCOVER THE SECRET HOTELS OF GREECE.” No doubt whoever wrote the article did so before the current uprising. Comment.
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Beans, beans, good for your wallet

I’m not sure why or how the old saying “it ain’t worth a hill of beans” came about, but I’m pretty confident it had something to do with beans being cheap. Comment.

May, 2010

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Never forget the American soldier’s supreme sacrifice

Monday is Memorial Day — once known as Decoration Day — and a time to honor the brave men and women “whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Comment.
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Hell, I’m Lost

“I’m dead, too?” Jack asks at the end of Lost. OMG, what tripe. From the pens of Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams this is the best they could come up with? After six seasons of black smoke monsters, others, a crazy French woman, bite your nails off cliffhangers and polar bears in the Pacific, all Lindelof and Abrams can come up with is “I’m dead, too?” Comment.
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Survey says! Stan tackles polls

Support for the repeal of the new National Healthcare Bill is still rising. The most recent Rasmussen Poll tells us that 54 percent of American voters want to see Obamacare repealed compared to 39 percent who do not. 22 percent of America believes the quality of healthcare in America will get better under the new plan. 52 percent say that it will get worse. Do you think these figures will affect the election this November? In the words of Sarah Palin, you betcha! Comment.
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Our Korea Airmen gathered in mobile re-unity and historic splendor

The boys of wicked war, so many decades ago, gathered again as we’ve done since 1946. This year we went to the deep south while all of the southern port lands were engulfed in America’s biggest bath in precious costly oils that soar at our every pump. Comment.
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A walk down terrorist lane

See what happens when you try to be friends? Comment.
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A birthday wish for my other family

The last thing on my agenda in 2006 was write a weekly column, but you know what they say: man plans, God laughs his butt off. Comment.
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Legislative breakfast is bountiful, beautiful and productive

The Community Education Council held its second annual legislative brunch at breathtaking Kingsborough Community College on Friday April 30. It was a glorious morning and I suspect the perfect weather plus the beach view from the cafeteria, where the brunch was held above it in U220, stimulated everyone’s appetite. Comment.
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Burqa not welcome any more

If human rights existed in Muslim societies, weak women would not be conned into covering up their beauty — and do so little about it. Comment.
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Running on dumb luck

What is really scary about this whole Times Square bomb incident is that the only reason we’re safe is that Faisal Shahzad didn’t know a hot wire from a jumper cable. Comment.
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Supporter: The bike lane will make us all safer

There are few things that my 18-month-old daughter Anna loves more than Prospect Park. Even before she could walk, my wife Zoe and I brought her to crawl in the grass and romp around the playgrounds. Of course, there’s one barrier between our home on 11th Street and the park we visit every day: Prospect Park West. Comment.
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Has the city gone too far with the Prospect Park West bike lane?

The city is about to begin construction of a controversial two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West. Supporters say that the lane will finally give bikers a way to legally travel north in Park Slope, but also slow down car traffic on Prospect Park West because the bike path will require the elimination of one of the road’s three car lanes. Opponents, including many residents of the strip, say that squeezing Prospect Park West from three lanes to two will make traffic worse — here’s how two experts see it. Comment.
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Opponent: Why the bike lane is a bad idea

If Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan got out of her ivory tower in Manhattan and observed the total scope of activity along Prospect Park West, it would be apparent that reducing Prospect Park West to two traffic lanes to accommodate a bicycle lane is a terrible idea. Comment.
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Washington’s recovery and spin mode

The execs cry, “No fair!” CEO Lloyd Blankfein said customers who bought securities came looking for a risk and “that’s what they got. Comment.

April, 2010

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Islamo-nuts threaten free speech again? Yawn!

The Muslim sense of humor is no joke. Comment.
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Salute the Navy!

Several days later the destroyer USS McFaul responded to a distress call from a merchant vessel. The deep-sea mini-battle was successful and our Navy captured 10 more pirates. Comment.
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Getting off too easy

One of the main concerns that I have about having the 9/11 trials held here, other than the fact that it makes us a bigger target then we already are, is that the terrorists, instead of getting the hangman’s noose, will get the same slap on the wrist from another limousine liberal judge that Ahmad Wais Afzali got — four days in jail (already served) and leave the country. Comment.
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Adams not waisting his time

Beware tawdry tush-titans, an ex-cop-turned-lawmaker is on your tail. Comment.
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The wooden warrior’s ready to roll!

“You’re not from Brooklyn until you’ve ridden the Cyclone,” chastised a pal trying to woo me aboard the wooden warrior which I had always eyed with chills instead of thrills. Comment.
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Some interesting questions — no answers necessary

Continuing with last week’s offering of questions to be pondered, here are more. Comment.
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Oportunidades revisited

“From Chalupas to Oportunidades,” was a column I wrote three years ago about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for a new initiative modeled after Mexico’s Oportunidades, for the benefit of low-income families. Comment.
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The silent killer is always on the rise

Suicide claims the lives of between 30,000 and 100,000 Americans each year, yet the chilling figures barely raise an eyebrow before being darkly deposited deep in our consciousness. Comment.

March, 2010

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Carmine takes on gravity at the wedding

Following the custom, Cookie was my Best Man, (as I was his when he married Eleanor) and Lisa, is my Goddaughter. Comment.
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Single no more, Frank takes the leap

Break out the tissues, girls. Frank Maresca of Frank the Entertainer In A Basement Affair is presently off the singles chart after having chosen Kerri Schwartz, 24, of Brooklyn, to “go forward with” in this week’s final installment of the reality show on VH1. For all those 20-somethings out there who had flirted with the fantasy of being Mrs. Frank the Entertainer, I send you my condolences. Comment.
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Health care questions for the common man

President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were jubilant that their historic health bill had passed. Then before the ink dried attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the initiative, declaringthe lawunconstitional. Comment.
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Ditch the “tish-for-tat,” Letitia

Whatever happened to building “a society that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected?” Comment.
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My own little happy place on Rocky Road

Her lectures cover every facet of women’s health, literally from the cradle to the grave. From sex, before during and after menopause and the many new treatments for women who have a hard time adjusting from one phase of their lives to the next.One of the most interesting of her suggestions was her theory on how to relieve stress, thereby reducing stress hormones, thereby easing and/or alleviating hot flashes, just by focusing on a happy thought. Some of her suggestions included envisioning puppy dogs, kittens, babies, baby birds, you get the drift. Comment.
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More Mid-East peace talks? Yawn!

As if the world has nothing better to do. Comment.
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BWECC 2010 “Parent of the Year Award” to PS 177’s Heather Fiorica

Heather Fiorica has been involved in the public school community since her daughter Brieanne was first enrolled at PS 177.She is a dedicated parent who is an active partner in the education of her child, as well as other children. She has been a Learning Leader and the PS 177 Title I Chairperson in 2006.For the past two years, Heather, along with Maritza Fernandez, has served as Co-President of the Parent Teacher Association. She is also a member of the School Leadership Team. Heather with her co-president represents PS 177 on President’s Council. Comment.
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The high cost of teenagers

I ask this question toparents ofteenage children - does the shopping, spending and needing ever end? Comment.
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Muslims may come to their senses, yet!

It took eight years to address a wrong? Comment.
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Sandy DiTrapani: BWEC’s Man of the Year

“Sandy DiTrapani began his career as a math teacher at JHS 263 in District 23, and received the Distinguished Teacher’s Award in June 1987.He worked diligently as the Dean of Students for many years, earning the respect of the students, parents and colleagues for being fair and honest. Comment.
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Herd ‘em back to Gitmo

Before advocating rights for terror suspects, there must first be a nation in which to advocate them. Comment.
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Can Congressman Charlie ‘Wrangle’ himself out of this one?

They put Martha Stewart in jail because she fibbed and former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik will serve four years in the klink for not only fibbing, but for questionable ethical practices regarding home improvements, (eight felonies; lying to the White House and filing false taxes among other crimes),- but Congressman Charles B Rangle gets off with less than a smack on the wrist for not one but several missdeeds of a smiliar kind. Comment.

February, 2010

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Fashion faux pas for Curlers

Now, before every curler in the world gets on my case I don’t mean this to be an insult against the sport.But, Olympics, really? Comment.
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That nutty nation is now also a “nuclear” one

Iran must make up its mind about whom it hates more — the Free World, Israel, or its own civilians. Comment.
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Thanks for the mysteries

Two of my favorite authors passed away this year -- Robert Parker of Spencer and Jesse Stone fame, on January 18, and Dick Francis, retired Steeplechase jockey and writer of English murder and mayhem on February 14. Comment.
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Long Live the Olympics!

Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili’s heartbreaking death in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, sorrowfully, illustrates the tight-rope of life traveled by our intrepid heroes in their voracious quest to celebrate life and all of its wonderful possibilities. Comment.
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Is US destined to become a refugee camp?

The disgruntled day laborer from Guatemala who, allegedly, in a drunken rage tossed a roll of accelerant-soaked toilet paper into a baby carriage parked in the stairwell of a Bensonhurst building, is a poster boy for all that is wrong with a national immigration system depleted by an estimated 12-to-22 million squatters — how would the real figure even be known? — and hobbled by its tenuous grasp on the law. Comment.
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A Taliban trust fund? No way!

Yet, nine years after a US-led invasion booted the Taliban from its bloodthirsty pedestal — and coinciding with al-Qaeda’s warning to dispatch female Afghan suicide bombers to the west — a cock-eyed London conference on Afghanistan has concluded that disarming the extremist militia group is as simple as bribing it with the Free World’s hard-earned cash. Comment.
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Yarn over Aunt Olga, I’m crocheting the reins.

Most new brides wait for the day when they know for sure that they have been successfully integrated into their husband’s family. Whether a trusted relative lets them in on a family secret or they are included in all the latest gossip there comes the day - thatdefining moment - when they know they’ve made it. Comment.

January, 2010

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The brave people of Haiti are down, but not out

Given the inequity of life, many of us will never experience the pain, suffering and losses of Haiti’s earthquake victims. Comment.
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Hurricane Lee is full of hot air

Someone once said, “A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice.” Comment.
Bay News

Remembering life on bustling 86th St.%A0

When this newspaper was on 86th Street, the shopping under the West End Line was phenomenal and shoppers came from all over. The local shoppers were different then, mostly Italian and Jewish reflecting the resident population, but the stores and restaurants drew everyone from afar to what the 86th St. Board of Trade’s Stan Roher called the greatest outdoor shopping Mall in New York City Comment.
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Hurricane Lee is full of discourteous hot air%A0

Someone once said, “A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice.” Comment.
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The brave people of Haiti are down, but not out

Given the inequity of life, many of us will never experience the pain, suffering and losses of Haiti’s earthquake victims. Comment.
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A pocketful of notions

Here are some more random thoughts from the scraps of paper and backs of business cards that have been accumulating in my jacket pockets. Comment.
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Is Bloomberg worth his salt?

Mayor Bloomberg is changing his hat from mayor to nutritionist. His latest crusade is to encourage food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of sodium in their products by 20 percent over the next five years and we the citizens of this fair city to not over-indulge in a salt habit. We should resist the urge to sprinkle it willy nilly over our fries and popcorn in a hedonistic disregard of our health. Comment.
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Yemen is the anagram for ‘enemy’

Bam’s yen for diplomacy over conflict is poised to bear poisonous fruit in his entanglement with a pivotal rogue gulf nation which, on the cusp of an economic and civil meltdown, has also become an evil recruiting ground for a new generation of al Qaeda monsters. Comment.
Bay News

Message to MTA: muffle it!

It was a blustery cold Tuesday morning when Assemblyman William Colton, and New York’s Heather Haddon and the Big Screecher himself met at Hilna’s Tire Shop at 2050 Stillwell Avenue to check out the screeching of the D line trains, formerly the B, and before that the West End. Comment.
Bay News

Slicing and dicing our borough

Each neighborhood in this City should have its own City Councilperson to represent its vital daily needs and defenses. Comment.
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A pocketful of notions

Here are some more random thoughts from the scraps of paper and backs of business cards that have been accumulating in my jacket pockets. Comment.
Features

Yemen is the anagram for ‘enemy’

Bam’s yen for diplomacy over conflict is poised to bear poisonous fruit in his entanglement with a pivotal rogue gulf nation which, on the cusp of an economic and civil meltdown, has also become an evil recruiting ground for a new generation of al Qaeda monsters. Comment.
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Is Bloomberg worth his salt?

Mayor Bloomberg is changing his hat from mayor to nutritionist. His latest crusade is to encourage food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of sodium in their products by 20 percent over the next five years and we the citizens of this fair city to not over-indulge in a salt habit. We should resist the urge to sprinkle it willy nilly over our fries and popcorn in a hedonistic disregard of our health. Comment.
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Jihadists beware! Citizen Braveheart to the rescue!

Fugghedabout Homeland Security, John. Q. Public-the-avenger has arrived to save us from the evil clutches of terrorists. Comment.
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A bad sign for Brooklyn’s hometown crowd

Where is the Leaving Brooklyn - Fuggedaboutitsign on the Belt Parkway?Who took it down and what misguided authority would have perpetrated such a heinous act? Comment.
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PETA’s claws losing their point

A left wing newspaper in a heavily Democrat county asked if PETA is still relevant. By 59% to 44% the voters shouted No! It is no longer relevant. Many readers want to know what nude women have to do with animals. I don’t know but some of us just love to watch and photograph those unclothed demonstrations. Comment.
Bay News

Imagine that - snow sidelines Santa Claus

It sounds like Santa was copping out of making his 2009 Rounds in Bensonhurst, but after 25 years of starting out of Bay 40th Street up 86th Street to get to 18th Avenue and 84th Street where my grandchildren anxiously await Santa, then traveling back to Bay 47 Street to greet another household of kids, the weatherman was the Grinch this year and Santa could not make it! Comment.
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A bad sign for Brooklyn’s hometown crowd

Where is the Leaving Brooklyn - Fuggedaboutitsign on the Belt Parkway?Who took it down and what misguided authority would have perpetrated such a heinous act? Comment.
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Jihadists beware! Citizen Braveheart to the rescue!

Fugghedabout Homeland Security, John. Q. Public-the-avenger has arrived to save us from the evil clutches of terrorists. Comment.
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PETA’s claws losing their point

A left wing newspaper in a heavily Democrat county asked if PETA is still relevant. By 59% to 44% the voters shouted No! It is no longer relevant. Many readers want to know what nude women have to do with animals. I don’t know but some of us just love to watch and photograph those unclothed demonstrations. Comment.
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Zeroes, naughts, aughts - reflections on the decade

On December 31, 1999 my biggest worry was Y2K. As the clock struck midnight I held my breath along with the rest of the world and waited for the computers to crash, bank accounts to freeze and imminent global annihilation -we were 281 million citizens scared to death. Life would never be the same. Comment.
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See you on the other side, Eutisha

Mere suspension without pay? Toss the book at the creeps. Jail time, too. Comment.
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‘Super-Sully’ and the trouble with ‘Rahmbo’

The curtain is about to descend on 2009. Before that fat lady sings I’d like to make several observations. Comment.
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‘Super-Sully’ and the trouble with ‘Rahmbo’

The curtain is about to descend on 2009. Before that fat lady sings I’d like to make several observations. Comment.
Features

Zeroes, naughts, aughts - reflections on the decade

On December 31, 1999 my biggest worry was Y2K. As the clock struck midnight I held my breath along with the rest of the world and waited for the computers to crash, bank accounts to freeze and imminent global annihilation -we were 281 million citizens scared to death. Life would never be the same. Comment.
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See you on the other side, Eutisha

Mere suspension without pay? Toss the book at the creeps. Jail time, too. Comment.
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