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Howard Barbanel's latest column about the Trump-Taiwan brouhaha:
12/05/2016
A “One Taiwan” Policy? Let’s Take Out the Chinese?

Howard Barbanel's latest column about the Trump-Taiwan brouhaha:

Much brouhaha has been made over the weekend phone call between President-Elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. On the surface y...

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel's take on the state of the GOP on the even of the Convention:
07/14/2016
It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To. A lot of Weeping on Eve of GOP Convention | Inaugural Clock

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel's take on the state of the GOP on the even of the Convention:

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To. A lot of Weeping on Eve of GOP Convention BY HOWARD BARBANEL In what very likely may look like a derivation of the Miss Universe Pageant (a former Trump Production) the Republican Party convenes from July 18-21st in Cleveland, home of the Rock N Roll Hall of…

02/29/2016
Southern Comfort for Donald and Hillary on Super Tuesday; Last Stand Coming for the GOP to...

Former Standard editor Howard Barbanel's take on Super Tuesday:

Southern Comfort for Donald and Hillary on Super Tuesday; Last Stand Coming for the GOP to Prevent a Hostile Takeover BY HOWARD BARBANEL Most every Super Tuesday poll shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton marauding through the Old South like Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and Philip Sheridan in…

02/10/2016
Anyone but Trump Real Winner in New Hampshire and Iowa | Inaugural Clock

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel's analysis of the New Hampshire primary results:

Anyone but Trump Real Winner in New Hampshire and Iowa Donald Trump: Bombaster-in-Chief. Can the nation and the GOP be saved from this man? BY HOWARD BARBANEL In New Hampshire 64 percent of Republicans voted against Donald Trump. In Iowa 76 percent of Republican voters told Trump t…

Are The Donald and Hillary really the best presidential candidates American can produce? Read former Standard Editor How...
01/25/2016
Do Americans Really Want Elmer J. Fudd or Cruella de Vil as President? Are Donald and Hillary...

Are The Donald and Hillary really the best presidential candidates American can produce? Read former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel's latest column:

Do Americans Really Want Elmer J. Fudd or Cruella de Vil as President? Are Donald and Hillary the Best 153 Million Registered Voters Can Produce? BY HOWARD BARBANEL In the award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof the main character is “Tevya The Milkman.” In today’s socio-economic terms you’d proba…

Former Standard columnist JOEL MOSKOWITZ in an insightful take on the state of mind of the average American voter:
01/22/2016
The Despair and Angst of The Typical American Voter. | Inaugural Clock

Former Standard columnist JOEL MOSKOWITZ in an insightful take on the state of mind of the average American voter:

The Despair and Angst of The Typical American Voter. BY JOEL MOSKOWITZ I am pretty sure that if you watched the debates, both Democrat and Republican I imagine that you were struck by how different the issues were in each. Republicans debated national security, the second amendment, deregulation, re…

Howard Barbanel's take on DONALD TRUMP and what he means for the Republican Party:
12/10/2015
Donald Trump: RHINO (Republican in Name Only) and Agent Provocateur | Inaugural Clock

Howard Barbanel's take on DONALD TRUMP and what he means for the Republican Party:

Donald Trump: RHINO (Republican in Name Only) and Agent Provocateur Donald Trump BY HOWARD BARBANEL An epithet made popular in the past few years and hurled by ultra-right wing and Tea Party Republicans at establishment GOP types has been that of being a “RHINO,” or a “Republican in Name…

Great piece by Howard Barbanel on the Iran deal:
08/07/2015
Baking Jews with Mike Huckabee: When is an Oven an Oven? | Inaugural Clock

Great piece by Howard Barbanel on the Iran deal:

Baking Jews with Mike Huckabee: When is an Oven an Oven? A Nazi Crematorium BY HOWARD BARBANEL Last weekend former Arkansas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee opened the oven door on President Obama’s Iran Nuclear deal and let out a big blast of heat and blowback. On Sunday, July…

Howard Barbanel's newest piece for The Huffington Post about the Trump-McCain fracas.
07/21/2015
Hogan's Not-Heroes and Trump's Wild Card Rants

Howard Barbanel's newest piece for The Huffington Post about the Trump-McCain fracas.

Clearly all of my received wisdom from a lifetime of reality and cinema was wrong. Because Donald Trump has decided that John McCain is no war hero for having spent five and a half years as a tortured guest of the North Vietnamese.

Howard Barbanel's latest piece now available at The Huffington Post. Please share:
06/23/2015
Un-True Detective: HBO Noir Series Misses the Mark

Howard Barbanel's latest piece now available at The Huffington Post. Please share:

Although the second season of True Detective on HBO has a lot of the same names attached to it behind the camera, the new iteration of the title which just premiered bears scant resemblance to last year's bravura bayou noir mini-series.

Great cartoon,
04/20/2015

Great cartoon,

Howard Barbanel's latest article for The Huffington Post:
04/14/2015
The End of Mourning: Closure on a Year of Remembrance

Howard Barbanel's latest article for The Huffington Post:

The Ba'al Tefila (prayer leader) was old, probably in his 80s, his complexion wan, his hair snow white and thin, his posture stooped, but his voice was strong enough to reach every part of the large main sanctuary....

Howard Barbanel's newest piece on The Huffington Post:
12/30/2014
Ridley Scott's Exodus: Splitting the Sea for a Whole New Generation

Howard Barbanel's newest piece on The Huffington Post:

Ridley Scott is no Cecil B. DeMille. That's not necessarily a bad thing. What it means is that Scott's new epic Exodus: Gods and Kings is as much a product of our high-tech new-millennium era as The Ten Commandments was of the Eisenhower gray-flannel...

Howard Barbanel's latest column on THE HUFFINGTON POST:
09/12/2014
ISIS vs ISIL -- What's in a Name?

Howard Barbanel's latest column on THE HUFFINGTON POST:

Within any given newscast, we can see Administration spokespeople wax on about ISIL while the anchors, analysts and correspondents keep saying ISIS, sometimes directly to one another within the same conversation. How are we to agree on a long term st...

Howard Barbanel wrote this on June 19th about ISIS. Way ahead of the curve. PRESIDENT OBAMA tonight will address the nat...
09/10/2014
Why the Current Incarnation of ISIS Is No Joke

Howard Barbanel wrote this on June 19th about ISIS. Way ahead of the curve. PRESIDENT OBAMA tonight will address the nation, probably with some of the key points raised three months ago.

Allowing Iraq's vast oil reserves to fall into the hands of the most extreme Muslim terror group in the world is just not good for world stability. Allowing a Killing Fields type of ethnic cleansing of Iraq is not good on pure humanitarian grounds....

Wrote this in November 2012 and every word written there is applicable to the current Gaza situation today. Every word. ...
07/29/2014
Live and Let Die: The Ghoulish Gaza Culture of Death

Wrote this in November 2012 and every word written there is applicable to the current Gaza situation today. Every word. Which is why Israel needs to finish the job and eradicate Hamas's military capability to break the "cycle of violence." Please share this article. Deja Vu all over again. (Apologies to Yogi Berra).

For Hamas it is "my way or the cemetery," like their Iranian sponsors, they envision an apocalyptic world where anyone not hewing to their faith will either be forcibly converted or forcibly eliminated.

Check our Howard Barbanel's latest piece on The Huffington Post on the Iraq crisis:
06/19/2014
Why the Current Incarnation of ISIS Is No Joke

Check our Howard Barbanel's latest piece on The Huffington Post on the Iraq crisis:

Allowing Iraq's vast oil reserves to fall into the hands of the most extreme Muslim terror group in the world is just not good for world stability. Allowing a Killing Fields type of ethnic cleansing of Iraq is not good on pure humanitarian grounds....

Here's another Huffington Post column by former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel. This is about Mother's Day:
05/11/2014
No More Mother's Day for Me: I Remember Mom

Here's another Huffington Post column by former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel. This is about Mother's Day:

During the past two years of her life Mom faded out in a fog of dementia exacerbated by a series of mini-strokes which robbed her of her memory, much of her personality and her ability to live life in any kind of vital way. My mother was the personif...

Latest piece from HOWARD BARBANEL about the the HAREDI (ultra-Orthodox) CONSCRIPTION LAW just passed last Wednesday by t...
03/16/2014
Wuugu - Zeitgeist

Latest piece from HOWARD BARBANEL about the the HAREDI (ultra-Orthodox) CONSCRIPTION LAW just passed last Wednesday by the Israeli Knesset (Parliament):

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Howard Barbanel's take on last night's NYC mayoral debate between Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio:
10/16/2013
Lhota Dead on Arrival for Televised Mayoral Debate; Historic GOP Loss in the Offing

Howard Barbanel's take on last night's NYC mayoral debate between Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio:

A kid-glove campaign without being in the least bit pugnacious won't work in a tough town like New York. For the last 20 years New Yorkers elected Republican mayors, but Guiliani and Bloomberg were alpha dogs (although different stylistically).

04/12/2013
Wuugu - Zeitgeist

Howard Barbanel has a new piece on the great immigration reform debate with some fresh ideas and original thinking:

The four Democrat and four Republican senators who comprise the so-called “Gang of Eight” have been engaged in a laudable effort to craft a bi-partisan solution to the immigration crisis afflicting this country. Their efforts, which rumor has it will encompass in excess of 1,000 pages of proposed le...

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel just published an appreciation of the late ED KOCH who unfortunately passed away ...
02/01/2013
Ed Koch: He Did Just Fine

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel just published an appreciation of the late ED KOCH who unfortunately passed away during the night:

Ed Koch was a member of The Greatest Generation and not just by accident of birth. He was an American patriot who spent a lifetime serving his country and his city. He wanted to make the world a better place, root out corruption and help people. In this, he was an outstanding success.

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel has a new column up on The Huffington Post about the Gaza situation:
11/21/2012
Live and Let Die: The Ghoulish Gaza Culture of Death

Former Standard Editor Howard Barbanel has a new column up on The Huffington Post about the Gaza situation:

For Hamas it is "my way or the cemetery," like their Iranian sponsors, they envision an apocalyptic world where anyone not hewing to their faith will either be forcibly converted or forcibly eliminated.

Please see Howard Barbanel's Hurricane Sandy column that appeared last week on The Huffington Post:
11/07/2012
The Woodsburgh Tsunami -- How Hurricane Sandy Swamped Our Little Town

Please see Howard Barbanel's Hurricane Sandy column that appeared last week on The Huffington Post:

Life without power feels more like 1812 not 2012, so dependent have we become all on things electrified. How did people live before the advent of Thomas Alva Edison? Very darkly in some ways

The Huffington Post just published what would have been Howard Barbanel's "Standard" analysis of the Romney defeat:
11/07/2012
Nice Guys Finish Last: Deconstructing the Romney Loss

The Huffington Post just published what would have been Howard Barbanel's "Standard" analysis of the Romney defeat:

Going into the second and third debates and in a strategy for the last few weeks of the campaign, Romney decided to position himself as a becalmed, confident and smiling front-runner.

Second editorial. Share this around:
11/06/2012
Editorials: Numbers Don’t Lie : The South Shore Standard

Second editorial. Share this around:

In our lead editorial last week entitled “Political Theater,” we reported that President Obama was slated to deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday at the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in a reprise of his similar al fresco speech to about 80,000 in 2008 in Denver. It seems that...

First of two editorials we wrote in September that are especially relevant today -- election day --
11/06/2012
Editorials: Election Put in Stark Relief : The South Shore Standard

First of two editorials we wrote in September that are especially relevant today -- election day --

On October 19, 1998, then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, speaking at Loyola University had this to say: “the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pull resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution at least at a cert...

My latest "Zeitgeist" column in The Huffington Post on how bifurcated America is on the eve of the election:
10/21/2012
Alternate Realities: Red and Blue America Living in Different Universes

My latest "Zeitgeist" column in The Huffington Post on how bifurcated America is on the eve of the election:

American mirror realities are not just manifested in the presidential candidates or the cable networks -- rather, they exist in real time on those red and blue electoral college maps and in all the endless daily tracking polls that have been showing the election as a dead heat for weeks now.

This would have been published in The Standard, but available on The Huffington Post -- Howard Barbanel's analysis of la...
10/12/2012
Defeating Yourself: How Joe Biden Snatched a Draw From the Jaws of Victory

This would have been published in The Standard, but available on The Huffington Post -- Howard Barbanel's analysis of last night's VP debate:

Biden seemed to be on steroids and amphetamines, as if he were trying to overcompensate for last week's lackluster performance by his boss, President Obama, in his match-up against Mitt Romney. This led to Biden actually punching himself around the ring a few times.

10/11/2012

Standard Ceases Publication

Effective Thursday, October 11th Standard Media Group, LLC. has suspended publication of The South Shore Standard. The owners and editors wish to thank The Five Towns community for their loyal readership and support.

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