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Entries by Nelson Montana

The Winner, But Never Champion

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2011 | 11:39 AM

The bell rang. And what was one of the most anticipated fights of 1948 had begun. The Cuban Hawk, "Kid" Gavalan who had bolo-punched his way to be a top contender in the welterweight division, was going up against the Brooklyn born favorite, Rocco Rossano, known as much for his...

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Yes We Can -- But Ya Gotta Know How: New York's Take on Obama's Lack of Leadership

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 9:11 AM

Have you ever been in a relationship where there was so much good you couldn't imagine ever leaving the person? just wasn't working for you? That's how I feel about this President. And in typical neurotic New Yorker fashion, I'm simultaneously worried and angered.

Let's strip away the...

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Phony TV Therapy Hits a New Low

(21) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 7:19 PM

I'm disgusted. And I don't get disgusted easily.

You'd think the plethora of easy-answer therapists who flood the television and radio airwaves would anesthetize one's dismay of the field of pseudo-psychology. Sure, no one expects real analysis from these jokers. The typical advice is the equivalent to the insight...

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We Finally Have Health Reform! And I Think I'm Going To Be Sick

(26) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 8:16 PM

Congratulations are in order -- to the Republicans. They got the health care bill they wanted.


Yep. The strategy was ingenious. They forced the administration to concede and compromise, got much of what they demanded and they still get to complain when it fails. Brilliant.


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How Lame Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

(12) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 12:43 PM

Let the ceremonies begin! It's what you've all been waiting for! A self-elected panel will now decide which musical artists have gained the coveted status of being regarded as noteworthy enough to be given a reward for their already noteworthy careers!!!

What'd I miss? Isn't the fact that an artist...

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The Payer Mayor: Has Mike Bloomberg Bought Himself Another Term?

(8) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 11:45 AM

I don't get it. Every day I hear complaints that Bloomberg is stealing the election with his money. "His millions give him an unfair advantage!" "He's broken the law with term limits!" "He's buying votes!"

Is he, really?

I think this attitude is more an emotional reaction than...

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Giving Credit Where Credit Will Do: How the Banks Have Changed the Rules Halfway Through the Game

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 6:19 PM

Who knows this one?

Here's my story, it's sad but true. It's about the banks that we all knew. They took our money and then skipped town. Now, when we need help, there's none to be found.

That just about sums up how the credit...

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Saving Face: Cosmetic Options for the Modern Man

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 9:12 AM

It's a young man's world. At least that's what the old adage claims. And although the saying has stood the test of time, our appearance has a tougher time of it. This is one area where the gender gap is closing quickly. The ravages of age are no longer the...

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The Rise And Fall Of New York: A Tragedy In 3 Acts

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 6:57 PM

If we as a society are in decline, then New York is the paradigm by which we can gauge its descent.

Call me a Manhattan elitist, but I believe New York is representative of all that is great about the United States. Whatever America did well is on daily...

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Help Heal Manhattan: How Health Care Will Impact New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2009 | 12:46 AM

I was afraid this was going to happen.

As I listened to President Obama's address to the nation on health care I was reminded of why I voted for him. He was articulate. He was passionate. He showed how he could reach across the isle. But I was also reminded...

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Enough With The Apologies! When Mea Culpa Just Doesn't Cut It

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 1:20 PM

It stands to reason. If we, as a nation, are going to behave like children, we should also be treated like children. And we are. And no one blinks.

There is nothing in life more meaningless than an apology, yet it's become a panacea for just about any behavior,...

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The Sotomayor Circus: An Ode To Obsolete Thinking

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 10:47 AM

If ever there was a sterling example of what is wrong with the way Congress operates, it's the pointless process surrounding the Sotomayor hearings. What are these people doing? And why are they taking so long to do it? It's a perfect microcosm of the inefficiency of government.

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Steroids in Sports: Bring 'em On!

(65) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 6:31 PM

I'm not sure it's possible to be more fed up with more misinformation, more erroneous opining and more reefer madness hysteria surrounding steroids and their role in sports. It's time to set the record straight.

Attempting to stop steroid use in sports is about as dumb as trying to stop...

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Obama's Health Care Reform Won't Fly: But This Will

(66) Comments | Posted July 11, 2009 | 6:00 PM

It's time to pull the plug. Call off the resuscitation team. Bring in the coroner. Health care reform is dead.

Obama gave it a good shot, but it was doomed from the start. It's better that we face it now and start fresh than to perform what would be...

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Bring WAL-MART To Manhattan!

(8) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 10:39 AM

The year was 2001. There was a group of activists asking for signatures to petition against a CVS pharmacy being constructed on the corner of 42nd St and 10th Ave. In general, I think that a list of signatures has accomplished about as much to change policy as a police...

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After All Is Said and Done: What Everyone Missed About the Death of Michael Jackson

(104) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 10:48 AM

He's dead. He's buried. (Maybe). He's old news. So let's examine what all the media and the entire mainstream missed concerning Michael Jackson and his death. It's really quite simple. (If you're from New York). So now that the pomp and spectacle are over, listen up.

Since Michael's death...

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New York City On Parade

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 12:14 PM

As a deeply entrenched New Yorker I rarely drive a car within the city limits. I do own one, but rarely take it out and only when traveling outside the city, over the bridges or through the tunnels to a strange and far away exotic land called the suburbs. But...

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A Vote For Bloomberg And Bike Lanes

(4) Comments | Posted June 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Mike Bloomberg et al got it right. Come on -- admit it. You have no choice.

While Mike Bloomberg is promoting his unprecedented third term, there are those who are vehemently opposing it. This, I do not understand. There is a very equitable procedure to insure someone...

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