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Peter Vallone Jr. Is Coming for You, and for Jimmy Stewart

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When Peter Vallone Jr. came for the graffiti artists, we did not speak up, because we are not graffiti artists. Now Peter Vallone Jr. is coming for the Peeping Toms, and we were not going to speak up, because we are not Peeping Toms. But then we read about the city councilman's proposal in today's Sun, and we got worried. You see, the crazed neo-Fascist wants to extend a state law banning nonconsensual peeping with cameras to also criminalize peeping with the naked eye. Which means, as we read it, and as the Sun seems to read it, too, that anyone looking out his window and into the apartment across the way — a venerable and beloved New York tradition, one dissected by Arianne Cohen in the magazine's last Reasons to Love New York issue — would be violating the law. Soon, there'll be no one left to speak up for us. Ban on Window Peeping Is Sought [NYS] Because We Like to Watch [NYM]

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Tom Cruise Dissed by Bloomberg, Vallone

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You may have heard that Tom Cruise was sponsoring a Scientology-flavored detox program for 9/11 first responders (the fund-raiser is tonight, in fact), and that the City Council was about to honor him for it. Yesterday, reports the Post, Mayor Bloomberg finally decided this wasn't such a great idea. The initiative to give Cruise official kudos belongs to Councilman Hiram Monserrate, who claims that the program was secular in itself and the religion of its underwriter was thus irrelevant. Yet even the most casual fans of Xenu & Co. could spot that some features of the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project — specifically the sweat-and-vitamins regimen — were indistinguishable from the intro stage of Scientological indoctrination. Not to mention some of the families' claims that the patients are being told to stop taking anti-depressants. Bloomberg didn't provide any pithy sound bites on the matter, but he'd be hard-pressed to beat a remark by Councilman Peter Vallone; commending Cruise, Valone said, would cross the line between "cult and state." Mike Thumps Tom [NYP]

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