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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WHITES OUTNUMBERED ALL GOD’S CREATURES

“All God’s Children,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 18, 2009 Where America is going, New York already is. With the whites outnumbered! And if the people in America will just ask nicely, we’d be happy to explain to them what their future holds. Think Elmhurst! The U.S. Census Bureau caused quite a stir this week,…

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STEAMY HOLIDAYS HO-HO-HO-HO!

“A Hot and Heavy Christmas,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December Hormones are raging this holiday season. As temperatures fall, passions are heating up. Hot lesbian teacher sex in Brooklyn. Crazy billionaire golfer sex everywhere. A major study at the University of Minnesota has just concluded that young adults who have casual sex are no worse…

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Famous for — What? Crashing Celebrity

“Your Invitation, Please?” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 29, 2009 What is it about the Salahis? These fame-seeking missiles! These low-class, high-gloss wannabes! With a flash of moxie and a laser-focused self-promotion streak, they hijacked the national conversation from health care, climate change and Afghanistan. Suddenly, it was all about THEM! And Door Buster Special…

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Mammo-Outrageous Good Stats Go Bad

“Who Needs Early Testing?” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 22, 2009 Don’t rush so quickly for routine mammograms. No need to bother with annual pap smears. What other time-honored advice would the medical profession like to revise next? Shall we all start stuffing our faces with high-fat food? For decades, doctors have been telling women…

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RUDY’S NEXT MAYBE N.Y.’S BIG WHATEVER

“New York’s Next Governor/Senator/Whatever,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 20, 2009 No to governor. Yes to Senator. Or maybe the man they used to call America’s Mayor – used to – will never really decide. There’s plenty of precedent for skepticism when it comes to the political pronouncement of Rudy Giuliani. This is the candidate…

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CAN I CHECK A MAP? TERROR’S GEOGRAPHY

“Scared Yet?” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 15, 2009 Here’s the strange geography of terror fear: The farther you are from any real danger, the more jitters you are likely to feel. Doubt me? Consider some of the political reaction to New York’s coming terror trials. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 9/11 mastermind Khalid…

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THE TRUTH AT HOFSTRA SO WHAT COMES NEXT?

“False Accuser Faces Facts,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 29, 2009 She isn’t being charged with any crime. But is the woman in the Hofstra rape-allegation case actually getting a sterner dose of justice in the deal she cut on Friday with the Nassau district attorney’s office? District Attorney Kathleen Rice says so. Danmell Ndonye…

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