“Every day in America, African American males die on our streets in outrageously alarming numbers.”
Those are the words of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Unfortunately, many of the killers of our young black men won’t die in prison, but they will serve their time and walk our streets again.
President Obama’s speech yesterday on the botched Obamacare rollout was ironically interrupted when a young woman standing immediately behind him grew visibly woozy. Addressing the nation live from the White House Rose Garden, Obama had just uttered the word “illness” when he turned around and saw the woman – later identified as Karmel Allison – appear to come close to fainting.
Sensing the commotion, Obama turned around and helped steady Allison from falling.
“I got you. You’re okay,” President Obama can be heard telling her before she was whisked away.
No. I’m not talking about the Mr. October, former post-season baseball great Reggie Jackson.
I’m talking about which local political candidates will hit the grand slam with less than 30 days to go before the general election on Tuesday, November 5th.
It’s only noontime, but two hours fresh off the announcement of the firing of winless Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, the court of public opinion is already lambasting GM Paul Holmgren and Chairman Ed Snider. Unlike my colleague at the Daily News who has called the firing “absurd,” I support the change.
Yes. Even just three games into the Flyers’ season, this was the decision that had to be made.
Replacing homegrown coach John Stevens back in 2009, Laviolette was a risky decision all along, despite his single Stanley Cup victory back in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes – the team which ironically sealed Laviolette’s fate in yesterday’s Flyer’s 2-1 loss. Laviolette never quite adapted to the Flyers’ organization, and it showed by his getting into the playoffs that year just by the skin of his teeth, in a nailbiting shootout victory over the New York Rangers in the final game of the regular season.
My car has been acting up a little bit lately. In particular, it makes strange noises when it shouldn’t.
My car isn’t all that different from Tom Corbett. Strange things come out of his mouth when they shouldn’t.
My mechanic is telling me my car needs a tuneup.
My all-time favorite politician was former Maine U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. A “New England Republican,” she was socially liberal and fiscally conservative -- representative of the region’s wealth but also its tolerance.
When Snowe announced her resignation last year, she said, “I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions," and adding, “I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. “
Unfortunately, Snowe was right. Nothing has changed. One can argue things have gotten worse.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Al Gore may not have invented the Internet, but he sure was right about one thing: Ed Rendell was “America’s mayor.” Who else could have dug Philadelphia out of its massive fiscal problems – ones so bad that we were on the cusp of bankruptcy?
When Rendell became mayor on Jan. 6, 1992, he inherited a $250 million deficit and the lowest credit rating of any major city in the United States. During his tenure, he balanced Philadelphia's budget and generated five consecutive years of budget surpluses while cutting business and wage taxes.
Rendell did the impossible during his first term: he froze the wages of unionized municipal workers, cut their healthcare and benefits, and slashed more than 1,500 city jobs.