Thursday, August 28, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 4:57 PM

Tom Corbett reminds why he has a very good chance of winning the governor's race -- the 1954 governor's race:

And, hey, here’s a quote from last month: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a 6 pack or two 6 packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as 3 stops in Pennsylvania.”

The clip, from an episode of The Sam Lesante Show in late July, was posted to YouTube Tuesday by Fresh Start PA, a Democratic political PAC working to elect Tom Wolf and other Dem candidates this year. The Lesante Show is a Hazleton program from the almost eponymous Sam-Son Productions.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3:30 PM
Please, Jon Stewart and your "Daily Show" crew, don't go on vacation, ever again. Your country needs you.
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:48 PM
Workmen pick a cash register off the sidewalk in front of smashed store, wrecked during a wild night of looting and rioting in North Philadelphia . Rioting that ended in injuries to scores and widespread property damage (AP)

Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. will mark exactly 50 years since the worst urban riot in modern Philadelphia history. On the front page of today's Daily News, you can read my magazine-style "long read" on how the events of late August 1964 went down on Columbia Avenue (since re-named Cecil B.Moore Avenue) , why it happened...and whether it can happen again.

Here's a snippet:

Richard Watson still remembers the moment he woke up.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:52 PM
Many missed the point of Hillary Clinton's interview in the Atlantic: She was being critical of Bush, not Obama. (Associated Press)
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:39 PM

1989:

2014:


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POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 2:45 PM

It turns out that getting health insurance is better than getting a bucket of cold ice dumped on your head. So much so that Sen. Mark Pryor -- a Democrat running to save his job in a deep red state that's gone mostly Republican in the last generation -- is running on it, albeit without the "O" word:

The ad is backed by a significant, six-figure statewide buy, I’m told. The spot tells the story of Pryor’s own battle with cancer, and features the Senator sitting alongside his father, David Pryor:

DAVID: When Mark was diagnosed with cancer, we thought we might lose him.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:24 PM
FILE - This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File) NO SALES

The humanity amid the heartbreak is staggering:

“There is no sense to be made of senselessness; you cannot find any kind of sanity in insanity,” the Rev. Paul Gausse told parishioners during his homily. “War begets war, the only answer is in prayer.

Gausse told the Roman Catholic congregation that he had joined Foley's parents, Diane and John Foley, at their home in Rochester on Tuesday night. As he was leaving, he said, Diane Foley turned to him: “She said, ‘Father pray for me that I don’t become bitter. I don’t want to hate.’ That’s a woman of deep faith.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:22 PM
Men walk away from a cloud of tear gas during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Remember "gassing his own people"? That's what George W. Bush said about Saddam Hussein, and it was part of his case for invading Iraq. But of course, there's gas and then there's gas: Even as a weapon, some gases are worse than others. What about tear gas, which the police in Ferguson, Mo., seem to be using (no pun intended) liberally? Is all tear gas the same? And when is it safe to use against protesters...or those breaking the law?

Philadelphia-based freelance journalist Joanne Stocker, along with Robin Jacks, are here to raise some very uncomfortable questions:

Social media reporting during the Arab Spring brought new evidence of expired tear gas sales, drawing criticism from human rights organizations. Amnesty International, in particular, criticized the United States for selling military leftovers to oppressive governments such as Egypt's and Bahrain's. Tear gas has not been used this wantonly in an American city in modern times; even its deployment against WTO protesters in 1999 and Occupy Oakland in 2011 was isolated and largely away from residential areas. Chemical munitions deployed in residential areas can be deadly: Physicians for Human Rights, an independent organization, recorded 34 tear gas related deaths in Bahrain from 2011 to 2012, many from inhalation in close or confined spaces.


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