It’s time to wonder what they’re putting in the water in Tribeca. Amanda Burden, socialite appointee to Head of the City Planning Commission has objected to the plan for removing the grand staircase from the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden in order to facilitate access to PATH trains and the new transportation hub at Ground Zero. She has sent her aesthetic objections to the Community Board - the same one that wholeheartedly approved the Ground Zero Mosque. On the one hand, you have a developer who is trying to make life easier for commuting workers who stream in and out of the area daily, predominantly during rush hours.
In the welter of anti-Israel speeches, boycotts, accusations of Israeli apartheid and Nazism, here’s one rational voice. UK Methodist preacher David Hallam is suing his church for its decision to boycott some Israeli goods.
President Obama and the Democrats now realize that their only hope for November’s elections is to motivate core Democrat constituencies: minorities, women, and the unions. They’ve got to get them, if not excited, then at least off their couches and into the voting booths.
A recent Associated Press-Univision poll of more than 1,500 Hispanics includes a troubling, even stunning, fact: Forty-six percent — a near-majority — do not wish to change to assimilate into America, roughly defined as learning English, prizing American history and tradition, and respecting U.S. law.
The newest way General Petraeus plans to measure success in the war in Afghanistan reminded me of what the government did when its campaign to persuade the public to stop smoking did not make much headway. It stopped counting how many people had had their last cigarette — and started counting how many anti-smoking pamphlets it mailed.