FINISHING STRONGEST TEAM AND CITY PRAY

“It’s Destiny,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 7, 2010 No team ever meant so much to a city. No city ever needed it more. I won’t try to hide my conflict of interest. I grew up in New Orleans – like all Saints fans, a long-suffering Saints fan. It was a character-building experience and not…

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SWEET RELIEF FOR SUFFERING FANS

“Who Dat in the Super Bowl,” Ellis Henican Column, amNew York, February 5, 2010 You think it’s tough being a Mets fan? Try rooting for a team where you have to wear a paper bag over your head. Things once got so desperate for us Saints fans, anonymous suffocation seemed like an reasonable alternative. I…

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ALL THAT FISCAL TALK… ANY FISCAL ACTION?

“Listen to What I Say,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 30, 2010 This whole fiscal responsibility thing can get a little dicey. Sometimes people actually hold you to what you say. Just ask Peter Schmitt. The new presiding officer of the Nassau Legislature, who swept in with County Executive Edward Mangano in November’s anti-incumbent wave,…

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HE WHO LAUGHS LAST… JAY LAUGHS LOUDEST

“Leno’s Last Laugh, “Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 17, 2010 Leno’s a flop at 10. Conan’s an “astounding failure” at 11:35. Jimmy Kimmel‘s the rudest guest in the history of late-night TV. Is it comedy? Is it drama? It’s a whole new form of late-night train wreck where all the engineers are over-coddled and overpaid.…

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HAITIANS ARE COMING UGLY DEBATE NEXT

“The Coming Refugee Debate,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, January 14, 2010 Get ready, Eastern Parkway. You too, Cambria Heights. Fire up the griot pot. The Haitians are coming to New York. As sure as Port-au-Prince is now in shambles, a huge new wave of Haitian refugees will soon be heading north. And controversy almost certainly…

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Holiday News Lull? What News Lull?

“No Rest fo Weary News,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 3, 2010 The news must be getting awfully tired. It never goes to sleep anymore. The endless drama over health care. The botched terror attack over Michigan. The daily life-or-death tug-of-war over Barack Obama. Party change in Nassau. Agent slaughter in Afghanistan. Plus all the…

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The Suozzi-Landing He’s Outta Here

Suozzi’s Farewell,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 30, 2009 He was “completely shocked” he lost. He’s unlikely to run for local or county office again, though maybe for something on the state or federal level. He’s proud to have turned “the worst-run county in America” into a government that is “much more professional and better…

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Underpants Bomber– Or Just Glad to See Us?

“”Plane Nutty,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 29, 2009 Some of that PETN must have seeped into the atmosphere. There’s so much cloudy thinking floating around! It started with Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano declaring giddily: “the system worked.” Before she backtracked. It continued as the Transportation Security Adminstration threw its full bureaucratic gravitas behind…

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WHO NEEDS POLITICS? RUDY’S MONEY RUN

“He’s Outta Here: Rudy Runs for the Money,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 23, 2009 In with a bang, out with a whimper. It was an anticlimactic end to Rudy Giuliani’s political career. The steel-jawed hero of 9/11. The exhausted second-term mayor, revived by the terror attacks. The perfect politician for the Anxiety Age. So…

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Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow

“You Might Have Noticed: It’s Cold,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 19, 2009 It’s a simple fact of our complex lives: Nobody cares about everything. Some people are “American Idol” addicts or crazy sports fans. Others are obsessed with taxes or schools. A relative few are glued to politics, the economy or foreign affairs. The…

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