Last week marked the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That solemn occasion was marked by carefully scripted shows of bipartisan unity, with Republican and Democratic lawmakers honoring those who made great sacrifices on that day and in the years since, including the victims of 9/11, those who responded to the attacks, and soldiers and veterans of the subsequent war on terror.
For those of the Jewish Faith, Rosh Hashannah – the start of a new year – is also a time to clear the air of misunderstandings and settle differences… clear one’s conscience for new and more hopeful achievements. That said, it is shocking and hurtful, that the present Israeli Prime Minister has contaminated a pure and practically endless stream of friendship and support from the United States, with harsh complaints of dissatisfaction and veiled threats of blackmail, unethically and mischievously inserted for the first time ever, into American Presidential politics, by an ungrateful benefi
As the winds of Islamism blow across North Africa yielding unsettling horror, the American version of Neville Chamberlain sits in the White House, incapable of real action, but immersed in rationalization. Yes, the president did repudiate State Department moral equivalence (i.e. “offensive” film equals justifiable homicide). But he is inert, a model of confusion.
In the 19th century, Joseph Henry, first director of the Smithsonian, refused any salary increases, saying that public servants were there to serve, rather than to enrich themselves.
Now, there are two hospitals in Kingston NY – the Benedictine Hospital, a Catholic hospital (founded on its present site in 1906), and the non-sectarian Kingston hospital (founded in 1894), institutions in which, over the years, my family and I have had sundry procedures, such as appendix, hernias, and so on.
The White House today released a report on the impact of mandated budget cuts scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013. The cuts are mandated under the Budget Control Act of 2011, which arose for the debate over the debt ceiling last year.
The Budget Control Act required an automatic $1.2 trillion in cuts if the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “Super Committee”) failed to agree on budget cuts on its own – which it failed to do.
In all the years I’ve been attending the just-concluded Toronto Film Festival, I have never received so many emails from publicists alerting me to screenings or inviting me to attend media events or parties associated with specific films. There is a special sense of urgency to many of these emails, which feature phrases like “Film Alert,” “The Best Suspense Thriller at the Festival,” “Must-See Documentary,” Invite Reminder,” “Rising Norwegian Film Talent,” and “Exclusive Website premiere” in their subject lines.
When it comes to endorsements in last week's primaries, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is five for five.
All three of the Senate Democrats endorsed by the governor - via press release - in the week before the elections and both Assembly Democrats were successful at weathering challenges from fellow party members.
The three senators, Adriano Espaillat, Toby Ann Stavisky and Neil Breslin, won by wide margins.
Ditto for Assemblymen David Gantt and Sean Ryan.
Arguably, Cuomo didn't really have all that much on the line in these races.
In my last commentary I reviewed the major elements of the Republican education platform. Since then, the Democratic Platform has been passed, a platform which addresses a number of policy areas dealing with both K-12 and higher education, and not surprisingly, reflects a number of programs begun during President Obama’s first term in office.
The polls don’t indicate it and my colleagues don’t believe it, but I think there are many reasons to assume Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States. For one thing, the Romney candidacy is less significant than what is emerging as a referendum on the Obama presidency. President Obama has gone negative attempting to point out why voters should not support Romney, but he has not provided a narrative for his own support. In fact, with an approval rating of 47 percent he is losing the pro Obama constituents.