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The New York spirit: Hurricane Sandy tested us and we came through

The New York spirit: Hurricane Sandy tested us and we came through

By Ed Koch 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. […]

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Boob tube culture: What if the U.S. electorate had been educated to think?

Boob tube culture: What if the U.S. electorate had been educated to think?

By Lev Navrozov I am going to say something I know may not be popular with the readers. I spent half of my life in Stalin’s Russia. I was born there, got married there, and I never knew what the television set looks like. My mother would say, “Why do you need to watch television […]

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Tale of an unforgettable fight and the 'forgotten war'

Tale of an unforgettable fight and the 'forgotten war'

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com You know how little the Korean War weighs on the consciousness of American readers when you see a documentary and read an entire book about a famous American boxer and his epic battle with his Korean challenger and find virtually no mention of the “forgotten war.” That omission in “The Good […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Trivializing evil is a GOP mistake

FAITH MATTERS: Trivializing evil is a GOP mistake

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It is disconcerting that probably the most compelling statement made in this year’s disagreeable U.S. election campaign has received virtually no public attention. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois warned Catholic voters of planks in the Democratic Party Platform “that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.” He meant abortion and same-sex marriage. […]

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Processed politics: The curse of conventional conventions

Processed politics: The curse of conventional conventions

By Sol W. Sanders Call me masochistic, but I watched both conventions. Chalk it up to nostalgia for a mistaken youth as a politics junkie. Back then, we bet on whether the “Roll Call of the States” might trip up FDR’s dumping left-wing populist Vice President Henry Wallace for Harry S. Truman. Or savored the […]

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When Irene hit, Vermont — not government — showed what people can do

When Irene hit, Vermont — not government — showed what people can do

By John J. Metzler BRANDON, Vermont — It’s been a year since Tropical Storm Irene unexpectedly crashed into Vermont, causing unprecedented flooding and damage throughout much of the Green Mountain state. Yet despite Irene’s wrath across much of the Northeast, Vermont’s near singular resilience and steadfastness in the face of the storm remains an enduring […]

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Say this for the French: Passionate about American popular culture

Say this for the French: Passionate about American popular culture

By John J. Metzler PARIS — One of the more common misperceptions in transatlantic relations is the near instinctive knee-jerk comment that “the French don’t like Americans.” That is unless you overlook much of the music on  French radio which is American,  a considerable segment of prime time TV are American programs, and a majority […]

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From late-night arrests in the USSR to Soros-funded 'progressive' assaults on freedom in the U.S.

From late-night arrests in the USSR to Soros-funded 'progressive' assaults on freedom in the U.S.

By Lev Navrozov I was born in Moscow; I went to a Soviet school, where I discovered that there were things one should never mention in class. In particular, my parents told me never to reveal to my classmates any conversations we were having at home and never to discuss anything going on in our […]

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Gaffes? No, Romney nailed it, speaking truth to media-bureaucratic power

Gaffes? No, Romney nailed it, speaking truth to media-bureaucratic power

By Sol W. Sanders Poor ol’ Mitt Romney. He forgot politicians are supposed to cater to the media. And when he spoke truth to power of the left-wing comme il faut Anglo-American journalist mob, they came down on him like the proverbial ton of bricks. And so what were all those uncommon observations labeled “gaffes” […]

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Olympic uniform controversary brings bipartisan 'gotcha moment'

Olympic uniform controversary brings bipartisan 'gotcha moment'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the London Summer Olympics fast approaching, the eyes of America are on Team USA, or more precisely on the manufacturer’s labels on their uniforms. What looked like a proud sporting moment when designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a really classy looking blue navy blazer, white pants and slightly […]