Archive: July, 2012
In Nicetown, Marie White is wondering how she will continue to feed a 10-year-old neighbor for whom she has become a surrogate mother.
Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state’s controversial voter ID law, said she wasn’t sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.
Do you think Philadelphia magazine wishes they could have this one back? What about the gazillion local companies that hired Pence as a spokesman? Ouch.
Pence is gone, and so is Shane Victorino, and there's still 27 minutes to unload more talent. The Phillies' summer has made Mitt Romney's summer look pretty good in comparision. Heck, it's even made corn's summer look pretty good in comparison. Fall -- and the rest of our lives as Phillies' fans -- begins today.
WASHINGTON -- White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Barack Obama will "evaluate" new legislation that effectively bans online sales of gun ammunition, but he wouldn't say whether the president could support it.
"It is very stressful because you have to worry about how to pay the next bill," Dougherty told the Daily News. She said that without child-care support for her daughter, she may have to quit her job with a cleaning service and do occasional night work and side jobs. "It's hard. Everything is so expensive. You've got to get sneakers, school supplies, diapers, wipes, formula. I do get public assistance and it helps, but it doesn't really last."
Um, so that Olympic opening thing Friday night...I don't know about you, but I saw a lot of it, and I mostly liked what I saw, even though I couldn't really articulate why. Then I stumbled across this amazing piece by Alex Wolff on SI.com, which perfectly put into words what I was not able to:
Hmmm...there's no such thing as bad publicity, right?
A couple of thoughts about this. For one thing, a guy called Mitt Romney may not exactly ooze testosterone when he tries to pretend to like NASCAR or when he boasts about his prancing horse to Sean Hannity, but it never occurred to me that his problem (of the many) is that he's a wimp. The knock on his tenure at Bain Capital is that he was ruthless in pursuing profit over people...revolting, but not wimpy.
There are some things about the Tea Party that I get -- disagree with, vehemently, but get -- but one thing I never did understand was their complaint that President Obama is shredding the Constitution. Ask them to explain why, and you won't hear the only plausible argument -- targeted assassination-- but instead muttering about things like "Obamacare," which a conservative-leaning Supreme Court just found to be, um, constitutional.
Meanwhile, you never get the same argument on the state level. But you should. Here in Pennsylvania, in just 18 months, Gov. Tom Corbett and his legislative enablers haven't just ripped apart the Pennsylvania Constitution, but they've torched it and stomped on it for good measure. Indeed, it's increasing falling on the Pennsylvania court system to undo the brazen unconstitutionality of the Corbett regime.
It seems you can't open the paper these days (just kidding..does anyone really "open the paper" anymore?) without seeing some story about extreme weather, and the increasing concern by climatologists and others that there's a link to man-made global warming. You can start right here in Philadelphia, where monthly and summer-long heat records have been stacking up the last few years:
But we've seen enough already to declare that when it all ends next Tuesday, July 2012 almost certainly will become one of the warmest five months in Philadelphia in the period of record, dating to 1874.