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Posted on November 12 at 12:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Of course I lied, it would have hurt me if I told the truth, why are you even asking me about it?

From: Mootooveren’s job deception feeds cynicism

Posted on July 24 at 2:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That's all nice but do you think they could have online tee times or online anything? It's 2013!

From: Data tracking helps Schenectady Muny get up to par

Posted on November 8 at 10:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Red cross has been there all week, don't believe everything you see on TV

From: Local groups collecting to help Sandy’s victims

Posted on November 8 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

They need money more than stuff. Stuff requires storage space and people to sort, etc.

From: Local groups collecting to help Sandy’s victims

Posted on October 15 at 3:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cannot wait. This place makes bombers look like taco bell.

From: $3M in renovations planned for Mexican Radio location

Posted on September 11 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Has there ever been a better argument for consolidation of government in Schenectady County?

The county pays for medicaid and welfare because they are obligated to by state law, the state also pays for over half and although much of it goes to City residents, seniors in nursing homes on average are the biggest recipients of Medicaid. Either way that funding does nothing to help City government pay bills and reduce the burden on the city so paying for medicaid and welfare is irrelevant.

I don't care where the sales taxes are collected, that is a function of retailers location trying to avoid property taxes. Because a store happens to be 5 feet over the city line in Niskayuna that means Niskayuna generates all the revenue? Over half the population in schenectay county lives in the city yet only 1/5 of the sales tax revenue comes back?

Is Carl Erikson the only person on the Council who can understand a budget deal? Peggy King is worried about the library, once again proving herself the longest serving clueless elected person ever.

From: Schenectady council OKs sales tax agreement with county

Posted on July 28 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Those are not cash benefits. Cash benefits for a family of 4 are about $300 per month.Look it up on the states OTDA website. Medicaid payments go directly to doctors or hospitals not to recipients, who are mostly children and seniors and disabled by the way. Maybe we can put those lazy fat pre-schoolers to work. Food stamps are also not cash but used on a debit card for food only, unless there is fraud. Food stamps are a federal benefit, championed by George Bush and no different in NY than Alabama. This woman may have lied and cheated to get her benefits and she was caught. She didn't get something becauseNY is too liberal. Why don't you try learning some facts before you spout off your simple cliches

From: Schenectady woman charged with $290K welfare fraud

Posted on April 11 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ok just to be clear, although I have differed with Carl on his treatment of Israel, my thoughts about Muslims and Arabs have nothing in common with those espoused by wmarincic.

I am all in favor of ending this outdated identification of people by religion or ethnicity or race and having nations where it doesn't matter. All I am saying is that I think Israel for all its obvious flaws, is actually closer to that ideal than any of its neighbors or a potential Palestinian state. I'm for a non-violent, democratic, universal, secular state but not suicide.

From: Of Palestine, Israel and the idea of return

Posted on April 10 at 3:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Would jews who protest in support of palestinians in Israel (not an insubstantial number) worry about their lives for acknowledging it publicly as the people below? Carl take a look at what the mindset is on the other side of this fight, and as I said before the story didn't begin in 1948. If the war of 48 ended differently we would have a much different situation although just as bloody. So maybe the jews should have lost and not created Israel. What is your point Carl?

October 3, 2011
Israeli Army, Muslim Soldiers

McSweeney's is a literary quarterly that's featured the likes ofJonathan Franzen and Elmore Leonard. Quality fiction that gets under your skin is its hallmark. Nonfiction stories about Arab-Israeli soldiers fighting terrorism? Not usually its thing.

In the magazine's latest issue, however, there is just that: a 60-page essay by journalist Chanan Tigay about Arab soldiers (some Christian or Druze, but the majority of whom are Muslim) in theIsrael Defense Forces. The article opens with a literal shock: two of the brigade's Jeeps are driving down a dirt road, and one is blown up by a bomb. The driver is killed.

What prompted McSweeney's to feature Arab-Israeli soldiers was simple: No other media outlet would. Had the jeep's driver been Jewish, writes Tigay, his death would have been plastered across the country's newspapers. However, this Muslim soldier received a civilian burial and no press coverage--all at the request of his family, who lived in Arab villages and feared repercussions from other villagers harboring anti-Israel sentiments.

Life as an Arab Israeli soldier is a conflict on every level. They're a minority within a minority, often contending with violence and distrust both from their fellow soldiers and from the Arab villages where their families live. Tigay never flinches from describing these soldiers’ heroism, and also the difficulties they face.

From: Of Palestine, Israel and the idea of return

Posted on April 5 at 3:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

good one paul. Tell him to ask Salman Rushdie or the Danish cartoonist whether they would rather publish in Israel the intolerant, tribal jewish state or Greater Palestine after Hamas consolidates control.

From: Good Friday in Jerusalem: finding a cross

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