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MEMORIES OF 9/11

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National anniversaries are very difficult to resist fo media outlets. These stories are evergreen, but in documenting the 10th anniversary of those horrific Sept. 11 attacks, there must be a fine line observed between commemoration and perceived exploitation. Mindful of this possible misinterpretation, City Island Images wishes to focus our special coverage of this anniversary on issues like how much our readers can share, and how such a solemn occasion should be viewed as a specially sensitive opportunity.

NYC ELECTIONS

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Election Day is only ten weeks from today. Please Register To Vote NOW!

There’s one thing you can do right now without even leaving your computer: ask your friends to register, in case they have not done so.

You don’t need to convince them to become volunteers or contributors for any candidate, though that would be very nice just ask them to follow along and stay informed over the next ten weeks.

They can do that with all the usual online tools ... email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. And they can sign up for any of those services on many websites.

Corrupt Politicians

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With the first primary now complete, it only fitting to say that most politicians have been found to be the most corrupt of all career choices. There could easily be a Top 100 most corrupt politicians list.

Defining political corruption as the use of power for personal gain, this list includes only those public servants who used their office for financial profit.

In New York alone, political toppers have been convicted and others are under investigation.

Bharara warns Albany he's not done targeting corruption http://nyp.st/1W9lRjF via @nypost

CHRISTMAS SUGGESTIONS...

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Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and is supposed to be a time for joy, peace and goodwill towards all.

However, with some of the stress and commotion of this seasons greeting, many of us end up feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge.

Nothing takes away the Christmas spirit like fighting for parking and struggling through crowds.

Wish people that you meet in stores and other casual environments a happy holiday. Say it with a smile.

Drop spare coins in the Salvation Army collection buckets.

C-130 "Angel Flight"

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This video is about a song called "Angel Flight"... It is terrific. The song
is being performed with "effects." Listen to the words of the pilot and the
tower, and make sure you sit quietly and listen at the very end.. You will
understand why one of the singers said he would be glad to help with the
song.....if he could stop crying. This is beautiful. God bless Vets!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Ikj1hZDnw&feature=related

Divided States of America?

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Following an American election where one candidate won the popular, but the winner won the Electoral Colege votes necessary for appointment. No matter what anyone says...
May God Bless The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This land is your land...

PLEASE... Do not allow a collective shock, or fear turns into shame or tears.
Remember the voter turnout will be progressively historic over the years.

As Americans we must resolve to remain united by our language, culture, national origin, status, as well as by race, religion, gender, preference, political affiliation and so much more...etc.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - WORDS OF WISDOM

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" AS LONG AS YOU KEEP A PERSON DOWN, SOME PART OF YOU HAS TO BE DOWN THERE TO HOLD THEM DOWN, SO IT MEANS THAT YOU CANNOT SOAR AS YOU OTHERWISE MIGHT"

DUKE OF JAZZ ELLINGTON

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SUNDAY BIG BAND AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ IN FULL EFFECT X's 2 TO HONOR OF DUKE'S 115TH BIRTHDAY.

2:30PM, FREE!!! - THE MULTI-GRAMMY NOMINATED MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA conducted by Bobby Sanabria

DUKE STATUE - 110th Street & 5th Avenue, NYC, the Gateway to Harlem and the birthplace of Afro-Cuban Jazz celebrating the Duke's 115th birthday.

7:30PM - THE NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA conducted by Bobby Sanabria
NUYORICAN POETS CAFE' - 236 E. 3rd St. between Ave's B & C, NYC.

Saving Lives, Hands-Only CPR

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Performing CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs - is a leading cause of death. Each year, over 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.

RIP

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Retired NYPD Detective John Keeney, who was a member of the "Stickball Hall of Fame", has died at his Throggs Nech home in the The Bronx. He was 87 years old.

Det. Keeney was President John F. Kennedy's bodyguard on visits to New York. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor and sons Brian, a city Department of Finance judge, and Wayne, an ex-NYPD detective, his five grandchildren and his nine great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Benedict's Church, 2969 Otis Ave. Bronx.

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.