Articles by " msalomon"
21 Apr
2007
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Hey Obama, isn’t it apparent, that a father is a parent?

The other day, Obama responded to a question about if he will take us out of Iraq, his answer started out as:

“I can only imagine how you feel, as a father and as a parent,”

Now, I don’t mean to nitpick but imagine the reactions of John Stewart & Bill Maher if Bush said this. In typical fashion, they would probably show the audience a clip of that and stare into the crowd with big eyes as if to say “Can you believe he said something so stupid?”, then the crowd would laugh like they believed that since Bush said something, somehow that made John Stewart & Bill Maher funny.

5 Dec
2006
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Not Smart

Lastnight on HBO Demand I was watching a comedy benefit called “Comic Relief” that would help Hurrican Katrina survivors. From what they were saying it seemed as if it was taped a couple weeks ago.

Anyways, they had the usual suspects such as Rosie O’Donell and Bill Maher, etc. bashing Republicans. At one point O’Donell looks into the cameras flips the bird as if to say “F*ck Republicans”. My first thought was how many people watching that must be thinking “Ok, F*ck Republicans? Well F*ck my donation!”.

Now I have no clue how much they raised but to me it just doesn’t seem like such a smart strategy when you’re a charity and you’re bashing such a large group of people. I know the only reason people think Odonell is funny anymore is because she bashes the GOP and Bill Maher seems to only have a career because of that but couldn’t they have picked a different lineup? If they wanted racy, on the edge comedy, there is an abundance of comis out there that could be just as funny, and not single out one group of people. If their goal was to bash Republicans they could have easily had someone like Jay Leno who to me is always telling political jokes but he gives to both sides. He also doesn’t villify an entire group of people and will just go after the politician themselves.

Obviously, they have their choice to bash whoever they want, but to me it just doesn’t seem smart to take out a whole group of people.

27 Nov
2006
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Pull out of Iraq? Or do you mean Pull out of DC?

The following is an email forward that I got the other day. Very interesting!
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If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000troops in the Iraq theatre of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per100,000 soldiers. The firearm death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000for the same period. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot andkilled in the U.S. Capitol which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq . Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington

26 Nov
2006
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YOU Are Why We Worry About The Wrong Things

The latest Time Magazine issue talks about how we agonize over events such as Avian Bird Flu that are very unlikely to happen to us over things such as high cholesterol which leads to heart disease that kills 700,000 Americans annually. They also talk about how someone might “still look askance at a bag of spinach for fear of E. coli bacteria while filling their carts with fat-sodden French fries and salt-crusted nachos.” Basically they are saying we are poor at our personal risk management.

If Big Media is wondering why that is, they only have to look in the mirror. They bombard us with these stories about E. Coli and Avian Bird Flu until they have sucked every last drop of juice from them. Then they have the nerve to wonder why people obsess over it?

Last year people I knew would gripe to me how Bush wasn’t putting enough money into vaccines for Bird Flu and I would just give them the customary smile and roll of the eyes that becomes very automatic for a New York City Republican.

The media sometimes forgets that they have a responsibility to the public they are serving as well as their wallets. They just pound and pound away at a story then once it’s dead they do shows with the topic asking if the media has overplayed the story. YES they have! This situation is like the NBA player who commits a crime then says how even though he’s a professional basketball player, makes tons of money from the public, he still is in no way a role model for young kids.

21 Nov
2006
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Does this have no end?

The following is an email from the President of Hillel at Pace University to Phil Orenstein who is pushing for the Academic Bill of Rights in New York State. This is yet another example of the double standards set forth in academia. In advance, I apologize for the lengthy post, but it just needed to be in the words of who experienced it.
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Hello,
I am going to describe two situations that occurred in our school were students rights were suppressed. The first one was with the film “Obsession” and the second is with students who got arrested for a peaceful protest.
1) I am President of “Hillel”, a Jewish club at Pace University. Part of our “Judaism awareness week” (week long full of events relating to Judaism- Nov 13 – 17th) we wanted to show the film “Obsession”. Three weeks before the day of the event I contacted MSA – Muslim Student Association, and notified them that I was going to show the film and have a panel of speakers discuss the film before and after it was viewed. I asked MSA if they would like to collaborate with us on and offered them a chance to bring a speaker of their choice. Two weeks later I hear rumors that the Dean, Dr. Marijo Russell O’Grady wants to pull the plug on the film (I was not told of this by the administration until I made the appointment to see them). The Dean O’Grady, Mr. David Clark, who is head of the student organizations on campus, and I met one week before the event. About 5 – 10 minutes into our conversation Dean O’Grady “warns” me that because of the recent Hate crimes that were committed against the Koran at our school it would point figures and me and my organization. The police will also get involved and begin to look at my record even deeper. The fact is that Hate crimes were committed against the Muslim religion and the Jewish religion but the school only made notice of the Muslim students.
4 Days later a mediation meeting occurred – The Dean, David Clark, two people from Affirmative Action and two professional Mediators were called. The president and secretary of MSA were present and I was the only one present for Hillel. MSA has sent Hillel several E-mails that were full of anger, and hate not only against us but made direct statements about or Club and what our religion stands for. During the mediation MSA spoke first. For about 10min the president of MSA was shouting at me until I finally asked her to stop shouting and that was the only time that the “professional” mediators acknowledged her shouting at me.
The six administrators that were present were creating excuses for MSA’s behavior. The president was constantly shouting at me and at the administrators, towards the end she cursed twice loud enough for everyone to hear and yet nothing was said to her. But when I tried to speak up in defense of the film and our club I was physically put back in my seat. David Clark was sitting next to me and twice he put his hand on my shoulder and pushed me down as a way to silence me.
No one from the administration of MSA ever saw the film so they have no way of knowing what it truly is about. I offered them the opportunity to view the film and both MSA and the administration have turned it down. They didn’t want to hear anything that I had to say because they felt the film would only give the school more bad press. There solution was to put on joint events that focus of “eco-terrorism”. With all do respect but Eco-terrorism did not taken down the World Trade Towers, did not blow two busses in London, hold a school hostage in Russia and continuingly killing thousands in Africa….Radical Islam is the cause and to ignore this and silence those who want to expose this truth is just wrong. When I confronted the Dean about why I was silenced in such a way her response to me was “I am sorry you feel that way”. Its interesting how one group of students gets treated as opposed to another?
2) The second issue was with a demonstration that occurred Thursday Nov 16th. A group of students at Pace organized a protest against the school. Covering issues of increased tuition, poor student support, and freedom of speech. The students proceeded to come closer to the school and the administration arrested 5 students for trespassing. 18 and 19 year old kids were arrested for walking closer to their own University. The same Dean supported these actions.

16 Nov
2006
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Even our City Council doesn’t know English

In response to someone claiming that the new City Council pay raise was unethical Speaker Christine Quinn said “The pay raise is not unethical! This was a very open vote!”—-

No Christine, the accusation was not “This vote is not transparent!”. Many times throughout history things happen right in front of the people but they have no real power to do anything about it. That is called a dictatorship. Is our city council acting this way because their reelections are almost guarenteed? Naturally that ferocious NYC media didn’t pick this up.

18 Oct
2006
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Almost the pot calling the kettle black

Tonight Andrew Coumo called Jeanine Pirro a “career politician”. It’s arguable that Andrew Cuomo is not a career politician, but not for a lack of effort!

13 Oct
2006
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Is there a John Faso in the building?

With a few weeks left to go this season, Spitzer still has a 50 point lead over Faso (unfortunately). Why is that? The polls say that %75 of likely voters don’t know much about Faso. If that’s the case why does John Faso’s latest commercial fail to say his name even once?

On the main Faso website they list an tv ad that shows a lightbulb, spitzer, and a black backgroung the whole time. The only mention of Faso his at the very end a sentence with his picture appears that says “Paid for by Friends of John Faso”. Shouldn’t his commercials be introducing John to New York State voters so they can knockoff some of that %75 and make this a real fight?

15 Jul
2006
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Blessing in Disguise?

Could all of this bad publicity actually help out KT McFarland? The NYPost in the last month has published 4 or 5 “damning” articles about KT. While each one scored its own shock value, in the end all I came away with is she has some family problems, that when dressed down, aren’t too far different than your average family.

So how could this really help her? Name recognition! John Faso is having that problem right now. While he is losing to The Sheriff by 40 points now, it can be blamed on him having only a %35 statewide name recognition. Now I am not saying getting slandered in one of the only right leaning newspapers is the best way to get your name out there, but one thing I know is that I have seen very little of John Spencer in the newspapers. This could definitely be a time when the cliché of “Even bad press is good press” holds true.

What I would like to see from KT now is to take advantage of this situation and use it as a platform to get her real issues and experience out to the public. This is the wrong time to hear what went on behind closed doors and who said this and that. However, this is the right time before that black ink dries up, to tell us what she will do for all of NY.

7 Jul
2006
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Immigration