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Standing your ground, or not, in N.Y.

It’s probably not going anywhere, but yes, there is a “stand your ground” bill pending in the state Legislature — or pending in the state Senate, I should say, since it has no sponsor in the Assembly.

After running, dropping out, presumably

This season we went from an apparent front-runner to an apparent nominee to a presumptive nominee, and now we have a new political creature, the “presumptive drop-out,” as The New York Times dubbed Newt Gingrich the other day when he let on that he would be ending his candidacy.

Sex emporium in business at its new digs

How go things at Schenectady’s highest profile porn shop after it was forced to move off Erie Boulevard?

Don’t forget: GOP primary is today

Today is the state Republican primary for president, and if you’re a Republican you should do your patriotic duty and vote.

Republican primary? Not to worry

I hope everyone is ready for the next chapter in meaningless electoral politics, that being the New York Republican primary on Tuesday, which is the same day as the meaningless Republican primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Eric Ely just keeps moving along

Yes, Eric Ely is on the road again, or at least he’s trying to be.

Guess who gives money to knock zoning

Of course I was pleased to see the other day that a high school student from around here won a $1,000 prize in an essay contest, extolling the glory of property rights, though I admit I was a little taken aback that one of her examples of government intrusion on those rights was zoning regulations, and in particular the regulation of business signs.

Concert series is a treasure in transition

In all the Capital Region, what do I like best? Probably the chamber music series at Union College.

Of Palestine, Israel and the idea of return

Oh, what a burden I labor under. I poke into this or that corner of the universe trying my humble best to please our readers, and what do I get? Calumny and abuse. Vilification and contumely.

For the sake of equality, Muslims next

Now I have to offend Muslims, ladies and gentlemen, just to show how fair I am, and I’m going to work at it.

Good Friday in Jerusalem: finding a cross

Christian Holy Week is upon us, commemorating the crucifixion of our alleged Lord and Savior on Friday and his alleged resurrection on Sunday, and I am here, your certified religion correspondent, to offer some practical guidance to those of you who might be journeying to Jerusalem to mark these solemn events.

Israel, like Judaism, is for the tribe

One thing that struck me about Judaism on my brief visit to Jerusalem is that it’s a tribal religion.

Jerusalem’s backside belies pretty face

I am back home, ladies and gentlemen, back from my supposed vacation in Jerusalem, dusting myself off and reflecting on what I saw, and it occurs to me I never reported that Jerusalem is for the most part a pleasant city.

West Bank: continuing conquest

You’ve heard about Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, but if you haven’t seen them, you haven’t seen them.

On the prowl for wonders in Jerusalem

I’m still in Jerusalem, ladies and gentlemen, staggering from one fascinating sight to another, while my wife suffers by my side — may the Lord comfort her.

Faith’s fruits as seen in Jerusalem

Ladies and gentlemen, I am in Jerusalem. Not Jerusalem in the Finger Lakes region of New York state but Jerusalem in Israel.

What will be the effect of evaluations?

Let me see if I understand this teacher evaluation business, which has been agreed to by the governor and the main teachers’ union.

Spinning the numbers on public pensions

You’ve heard it over and over, including in this column: Public employees get generous pensions.

County kicks in for Kateri celebration

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors has approved a grant of $750 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, known as the Auriesville Shrine, to go toward the celebration in October of the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha.

When church is the same as school

Here’s a question for you: Is it OK for a public school to be used as a church on Sundays?

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