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Talking to Mr. Castro

When I heard on Wednesday that the President of the United States had spoken on the phone with Cuban president Raul Castro, at considerable length, I couldn’t help thinking about Mrs. Cabella.   That’s not her real name, but it will have to suffice as a substitute. Mrs. Cabella has been gone almost 20 years […]

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Must Watch New York Video — Pass It On

The word deplorable should be saved for special occasions.  The interaction captured in the video below constitutes one of them. It publicly reveals the way in which Andrew Cuomo and his campaign team have treated his Democratic Primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, a respected and amiable Fordham University professor. Mr. Cuomo’s behavior has been, yes, deplorable.  […]

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BREAKING: Governor of New York Vanishes

Disassociated Press–July 25…New York State governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 56, is missing.  The Empire State’s 56th governor disappeared sometime late Tuesday. He has not been heard from or seen since. “This is unheard of — a governor going missing like this,” said a neighbor of  Mr. Cuomo’s in the tony Westchester Town of New Castle. […]

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Wanted: Elected Agitators

There’s a great scene in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” where, after having insulted his daughter Zuzu’s schoolteacher for sending her home in winter in an unbuttoned coat, Jimmy Stewart gets on the phone with the teacher’s irate husband. The man promptly gives him an earful. “Oh yeah …,” Stewart replies, moving the phone […]

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Moved to Newsday

TheBlackberryAlarmclock has effectively moved to Newsday and AM New York, where the editors have been kind and brave enough to let me spout off twice a week.  Columns are available here.  Huge thanks for your indulgence over the past few years. Will return to this page when they have had enough of me.  Best ’til […]

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Feminism on Trial in Albany

“Last January I walked down the aisle…not to get married, but to take the oath of office as a woman and a member of the United…States…Congress!” I must have heard that line 500 times during the summer and autumn of 1994. It was delivered by then freshman congresswoman Carolyn Maloney at every debate and Manhattan […]

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Thoughts for the GOP

O’Reilly: How the Republican Party can rebrand itself January 25, 2013 by WILLIAM F. B. O’REILLY / Daniel Boone was asked, near the end of his life, if he had ever been lost in his travels. “No, I can’t say I was ever lost,” the American frontiersman replied, “but I was bewildered once for three days.” […]

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The Dreamer President

O’Reilly: Barack Obama: the dreamer president January 22, 2013 by WILLIAM F. B. O’REILLY Barack Obama is feeling his mojo. He’s never sounded more like himself than he did Monday; and he’s never looked more presidential. It wasn’t the graying hair around his temples or the seasoned confidence of a president entering his second term, although […]

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Impure Thoughts on Guns

O’Reilly: Impure thoughts on guns from a Republican January 18, 2013 by WILLIAM F. B. O’REILLY As a kid growing up in Manhattan, there was nothing I wanted more than a BB gun — the same one 9-year-old Ralphie pined for in “A Christmas Story”: The Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle […]

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What’s the Plan, Mr, President?

O’Reilly: What’s the plan, Mr. President? January 15, 2013 by WILLIAM F. B. O’REILLY Barack Obama is an infuriating man. He is at times larger than life and at others embarrassingly small-minded. He can console a nation when its children are gunned down, yet he is utterly careless when spending money belonging to the children who […]

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