Archive for November, 2012

Reaching Out

One thing that can’t be said of Americans is that we lack generosity. We are, in fact, some of the most generous people on the planet. A vivid illustration of this characteristic munificence is the outpouring of help from people  living throughout the country who’ve responded to the needs of New Yorkers devastated by...
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Embrace Debate

Due to events beyond our control, the focus of American Rattlesnake has expanded recently to include discussion of news and information updates closer to home. We’ll continue to explore the complex, vitally important issues that comprise the national immigration debate using this platform. However, for those of you who are looking for more extensive coverage...
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Life & Art

Life & Art

That is one of the many unique artistic creations found at SMB Studio Arts Inc., an art studio/gallery in Eltingville, Staten Island which offers instruction to everyone from pre-school children to adults looking to pursue art as an avocation or career. I traveled there this past weekend for their Art & Music Event  intended to...
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Community

Community

I would like to personally thank everyone who has donated money, goods or time to the relief effort taking place throughout New York City and New Jersey due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. I’ve had several friends-including those that have been impacted directly-who have decided to contribute to this monumental task in...
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Fifth Nation Hurricane Relief Benefit

Fifth Nation Hurricane Relief Benefit

I realize I probably sound like a broken record by this point, but there is yet another benefit being held in New York City this week to assist those who’ve been more deeply effected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For a mere eight dollar donation you can join me, among others, at Fontana’s...
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Brooklyn Relief: A Night Of Words, Music, and Comedy

There’s a great benefit for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy being held later tonight at Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn. You can purchase tickets here, or buy them at the door. More details after the jump.
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Fight Or Flight (The Stupid Party Bargains With Obama)

Fight Or Flight (The Stupid Party Bargains With Obama)

Last week’s election results undoubtedly left many readers deeply disappointed, if not disaffected, including those of you who couldn’t bring yourselves to cast your ballot for Mitt Romney for any number of well documented reasons. The prospect of a president unencumbered by electoral consequences, whose administration has already shown itself to be flagrantly indifferent...
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Veterans Day (2012)

Veterans Day (2012)

Although the official, i.e. federal, observance will take place tomorrow, today is Veterans Day. It is the holiday established to honor those Americans who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. The lack of leadership and unclear missions that characterize some of our current overseas military engagements-describing them as wars would be too inconvenient for...
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Staten Island Arts (Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser)

Staten Island Arts (Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser)

  One of my favorite charitable organizations is the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, whose motto is simply “Let Us Do Good.” The foundation has done a lot of good since it was established, and now aims to do more through its Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. To that end, it’s involved in an...
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Disastrous Response

Disastrous Response

Note: For those of you that would like to help the residents of Oakwood Beach who  have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy, my friend Tracy Diaz has established a chipin called the Oakwood Beach Rescue Fund, which will assist some of the people impoverished in this storm’s aftermath. One of the tragedies of Hurricane...
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