Archive: June, 2012
When America woke up Thursday morning knowing that the Supreme Court would deliver its long-awaited ruling on President Obama’s health care plan, it’s fair to say it was a house divided -- between those who felt the law is Big-Government-run-amok and those who saw expanded health coverage as a hallmark of a great society.
It’s also true that citizens were united on one thing: Everyone expected the worst from our government.
PENNSYLVANIA TAXPAYERS have underwritten nearly $1.4 million in contributions to the Second Mile, the disgraced charity founded by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky where testimony showed he groomed some of the boys he later molested.
What tune will the Supremes be singing tomorrow? Any predictions?
Fast and Furious is a horrific scandal. The public deserves answers as to who devised the operation and what they hoped to accomplish. But the theory that Fast and Furious was devised to promote gun control goes far beyond the evidence, as Issa basically admitted to ABC this weekend, and it does not withstand scrutiny. The chairman should be ashamed to have dabbled in it, and should fully retract his initial comment, unless he has a considerable amount of evidence he has not shared with the public.
Answer to come -- please do not Ask Jeeves.
"Yo! Hold it. Hold it. You got some ID? What are you doing here? I need to see some ID to verify that you live here."
This story, on the front page of today's New York Times, is the best look I've read yet on the creeping police statism (my phrase -- not theirs) of New York City's stop-and-frisk, run amok. That's because it starts with the old-fashioned shoe-leather underpinnings of Journalism 101 -- what does it feel like to be repeatedly stopped by cops in the so-called public square?
The questions are probing, authoritative, but less accusatory. “What are you doing here?” “Do you live here?” “Can I see some identification, please?” During the pat-down, they ask, “Do you have anything on you?” They nudge further: “You don’t mind if I search you, do you?” They explain that someone of a matching description robbed a store a few days ago, or that the stop is a random one, part of a program in a high-crime area. Then they apologize for the stop and say the person is free to go.
Prediction: Jim Thome will be bashing home runs for the White Sox long after Ryan Howard's long, long "rehab" stint in single-A Lakewood.
Last week I told you about the outrage at the University of Virginia, where a bunch of hedge fund jerks (they're everywhere, they're everywhere!) ousted the popular president in a secret coup to advance their shadowy hedge-fund-y schemes. But the community -- students and faculty -- fought back to reinstate Teresa Sullivan. They rallied, they marched, they chanted, they tweeted and bloggled, and they never let up.
This is the story I've been working on for the past week, Check it out:
A NEW, big-money political-action committee turned up on the Pennsylvania radar screen this spring — at exactly the same time that the Philadelphia Archdiocese launched a full-court press for legislation in Harrisburg that would pump millions of dollars of scholarship money into its struggling schools.