Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:42 PM the middle-class, especially in Philadelphia and even more so in neighboring Delaware County. The Keystone Research Center is here to confirm what we already know, that a greater percentage of folks here are poor, even as more wealth flows to the upper class than ever before. The report found that since the late 1970s, the middle-class that was more than 70 percent of Delco plunged to just barely 40 percent, while in Philly it dropped from 63 percent to just 43 percent.

Yet conversely, these counties are also home to some of the wealthiest Pennsylvanians. Even in Philadelphia, the top 1 percent of earners are bringing home 18 percent of the income, which has risen substantially since the 1970s.

Notes the study:

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:00 PM
One minute they're a bunch of "clean-cut" (or so the cops called them) 20-somethings out for the night in Center City. Seconds later they are, allegedly, savagely beating up a gay couple for no other reason than their sexual orientation. I'm just speechless...what is wrong with people? If this is you in this video that Philadelphia police released today, turn yourself in -- and pray for mercy.
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:14 PM

Robin Evans of Kentucky is determined to vote in November for someone who will take away her new health care coverage.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Affordable Care Act allowed Robin Evans, an eBay warehouse packer earning $9 an hour, to sign up for Medicaid this year. She is being treated for high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder, after years of going uninsured and rarely seeing doctors.

“I’m tickled to death with it,” Ms. Evans, 49, said of her new coverage as she walked around the Kentucky State Fair recently with her daughter, who also qualified for Medicaid under the law. “It’s helped me out a bunch.”

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POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:47 PM

Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state. He checked in with me regularly, sharing astute observations about foreign leaders and sending me written reports on his travels. Though we have often seen the world and some of our challenges quite differently, and advocated different responses now and in the past, what comes through clearly in this new book is a conviction that we, and President Obama, share: a belief in the indispensability of continued American leadership in service of a just and liberal order.

Not so shocking answer (sigh) to come while you're watching football.

UPDATE: Ugh, Hillary. No one expected you to go the "war criminal" route, but are you really Hank's BFF? That's gross.

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POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 2:18 PM

Didn't someone once say, that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger? Consider the case of the Daily News' Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. Their reporting in defense of the little guy getting abused or ripped off here in Philadelphia has made them a lot of powerful enemies in the Establishment, from the police union to -- hard as it is to believe -- even some people in the media. But none of that stops them. Their work just gets better, and it's what you might called artisanal journalism, slow-cooking in a 24/7 clickbait world. But it's always worth the wait.

Today's target: Seedy "recovery houses" -- unregulated and unlicensed -- that prey on the drug-addicted of the Philadelphia region:

JEFFREY Jackson, as an addictions counselor, is supposed to save the city's most desperate. At the same time, outside of his job, he's renting rooms to them in hazardous homes that the city has deemed unfit.

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POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:08 PM

A couple of times this summer I mentioned that progressive voters in New York State had a unique opportunity to send a message to the DINO (Democrat-in-name-only) Wall-Street-boot-licking, ethically challenged elites of the Democratic Party. The establishment candidate -- incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who raised mega-millions from the 1 Percent and broke his campaign promise to fight New York's deeply entrenched corruption -- was challenged by lightly funded bona fide liberals, Zephyr Teachout and Tim Woo.

Given Cuomo's advantages -- money, name ID, incumbency...did I mention money? -- no one expected Teachout to win (Wu, the lieutenant governor candidate, seemingly had a better chance). But even more than 30 percent for Teachout, it was argued, would cripple Cuomo's national ambitions and send a message to Democratic higher-ups to be a little less, you know, corporate. In fact, Teachout did better than that; she got nearly 35 percent of the vote, and she actually carried about 20 counties -- mostly north of New York and in the central part of the state, including the capital of Albany.

Some hailed the loss as really "a huge win" for Teachout.

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POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 5:38 PM
The week gets off to a sad start with news that Tony Auth, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Inquirer editorial cartoonist who more recently worked at WHYY's Newsworks, has died of cancer at age 72. If ever there was a journalist who fought for truth, justice and the American way, it was Tony. But what really made him an inspiration to me and to so many others was that he consistently expressed what he thought was right -- not the viewpoint that would be the easiest or the most popular, and he spoke uncomfortable truths to people in power. His passing would have been a huge loss at any time...but the American conversation really could have used his wisdom in these muddled times. Rest in peace.
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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:24 PM

Like a lot of 50-something guys, I totally forgot about my anniversary the other day...and it was a round-numbered one, the 10th anniversary of becoming a blogger!

It's unimportant trivia but in the summer of 2004 there was a perfect storm of events -- I was looking for a new way to express myself, while the much-higher-ups at our then-owner (heh) Knight-Ridder were urging their newspapers to do more with this Internet thingee. Frankly, I don't think the then-regime at the Daily News had any motivation other than shutting up their Knight-Ridder bosses but in August 2004 they approved an "experiment" -- a "Web log" that would only cover the fall 2004 presidential race and be called "Campaign Extra!" because this is the Daily News and we put exclamation points after things!

Like most experiments, it blew up most of the time (although it existed online for years, it's now mostly vanished). The one thing I can remember -- and can proudly restate -- is that I promised in my introductory post that I would be "fair and seriously unbalanced." I think I've lived up to that in every sense of the word.

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