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‘Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman BROOKLYN, New York — When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during the era when Grand Pianos thrived, and when people would gather on the stoops to […]

Making Sense by Michael Reagan The head of the FBI says a terrorist attack may be coming. He doesn’t know where or when, of course. But Director James Comey says the hard-core terror group Khorasan is planning to attack the United States and is “looking to do it very, very soon.” Comey offered no details, […]

Tyrades! By Danny Tyree Was F. Scott Fitzgerald scouring through IRS data when he wrote about the differences between the very rich and the rest of us? Using statistics from itemized returns (2006 through 2012), the Chronicle of Philanthropy (a Washington-based newspaper covering the nonprofit world) recently revealed that poor and middle-class Americans have increased […]

With every new day there seems to be yet another disturbing headline citing Big Government failure. Recently it has been the CDC and the Ebola epidemic, the Secret Service, and the Commander in Chief and ISIS – to say the least, America is going through some trying times thanks in large part to our bloated […]

Boy, are the folks at the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” in trouble after introducing a new category: “What Do Women Want.” In one prompt, Alex Trebek gave contestants these clues: “Some help around the house; would it kill you to get out the Bissell bagless canister one of these every once in a while?” Answer: […]

President Obama and his Democratic allies are claiming credit for the latest in a string of positive jobs reports, but if they had their way it wouldn’t have happened. Why? According to empirical research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York: “most of the persistent increase in unemployment during the Great Recession can be […]

There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. “Gays in the military,” the joke went. “Next thing you know they’ll want to be interior decorators!” Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, […]

Raging Moderate by Will Durst Welcome to Rocktober, Baby. That’s what all the rock and roll radio stations call this, the 10th month of the year. Doesn’t require more than a casually cocked ear to realize the airwaves are flooded with concerts and giveaways and promotional tie-ins. All in the name of Rocktober, Baby. This […]

Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman Law enforcement has long been a popular subject in film comedy. It looks like some producer now has a lot of potential material. In the early 20th century, the incompetent Keystone Cops did big “B.O.” (Variety’s old term for “box office,” although it also means “body odor”) for Mack Sennett […]

In February 2007, in a Democrat-controlled Congress, 10 senators—half Republican and half Democrat—sent the then-President Bush a letter on the urgent issue of health care. It read in part: “We would like to work with you and your Administration to pass legislation in this Congress that would: 1) Ensure that all Americans would have affordable, […]