Monthly Archives: April 2014

National Association of Realtors®

According to Open Secrets, National Association of Realtors®, NAR, spends about $8 million per cycle on “Political Advocacy” nearly evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Here is what NAR says about its purpose: As America’s largest professional trade association, the … Continue reading

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Cynthia Tucker on Firearm Regulation

In her column, “America is exceptionally dumb when it comes to guns,” which appeared in the local Gannett papers Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Cynthia Tucker discusses an aspect of American Exceptionalism that she says is irrationally exceptional–gun worship. Tucker makes … Continue reading

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“An Unlikely Truth”: A Novel, A Philosophy & A Strategy

An Unlikely Truth by John Rachel “An Unlikely Truth” ((Literary Vagabond Books, 2014) is a political novel that might be of interest to readers of a political blog like the New NY 23rd. It is more than entertainment; it promotes the author’s progressive philosophy and … Continue reading

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How to comment on an article

Rules for commenting intelligently here and elsewhere: Stick to the subject. Try to state your point clearly and succinctly. Your opinion may be interesting, someone else’s opinion less so. Don’t bother to echo propaganda–no one cares. If you quote something, … Continue reading

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Constitutional Amendment

Let it be, let it be Let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it be Paul McCartney, John Lennon. Copyright: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC   Should the NYS or the Federal Constitution be amended? The idea has merit … Continue reading

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We’re Smarter Than That

Voters in New York’s 23rd recently received a mailing from the National Association or Realtors bearing a photo of our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed. “Congressman TOM REED,” the pamphlet read, “PROTECTING HOME OWNERSHIP By Preserving the Federal Property Tax Deduction.” … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism

“My country, right or wrong,” a jingoistic expression of American Exceptionalism, at least recognizes that we might do wrong. American Exceptionalism is the idea that America, the United States, is somehow different from other countries, possibly superior, and not bound … Continue reading

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Congressman Reed’s Misinformantion

Originally posted on The Old Liberal:
I  receive “communications” from my representative in Congress, Mr. Reed (R-NY) , fairly regularly. Which is good. I  like to see what he is up to.  One of his jobs as a Congressman is…

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The vice of gambling and the virtue of insurance

 The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. — Shaw In his essay “The vice of gambling and the virtue of insurance,” author George Bernard … Continue reading

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Tom Reed’s negative advertising campaign

  Here are excerpts from Tom Reed’s recent political advertising. Tom characterizes his opponent, Martha Robertson, defining her ideas for her, while saying nothing about his accomplishments in office which are mighty few. Meet Martha Robertson: Job Killer Martha Robertson … Continue reading

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