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Archive: May, 2011

POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011, 10:56 PM

It's been a noteworthy springtime for news here in my hometown of Philadelphia -- a mayoral election, a fast start for the Phillies while the Flyers imploded in the NHL playoffs, the gruesome murder of a 9-year-old girl. Yet through all of this, there has been one story that has remained the long-term No. 1 most read story on, the website of the Inquirer and Daily News. The headline: "City's black residents now top all groups."

There's no doubt that Philadelphia readers have long taken an interest in racial matters, but that's not the main reason the article drew so much traffic online. It was largely because the story got a coveted and prominent link from the Drudge Report, the once-pioneering news website that remains a major driver of Internet news traffic despite rapidly evolving ways that people consume news on the Web.

POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011, 6:58 PM

The French are outraged over a great American tradition, the "perp walk':

Though horrified by those alleged crimes, the French press and political elite on Monday seemed perhaps more scandalized still by the images of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s brusque treatment by the New York police, and his exposure in the American media.

POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011, 3:05 PM

Whoa -- you mean Donald Trump was just playing us to get more higher TV ratings and more attention for the, um, Trump brand?! I mean seriouisly, who could have seen this coming? Ultimately, though, Trump's 2012 campaign that didn't make it past the first half of 2011 said less about Trump and more about us.

As Howie Kurtz wrote on the Daily Beast:

POSTED: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 10:48 PM

Boy. some people really hate those "Star Wars" prequels with Jar Jar Binks...what? Oh, the signs says "Make Banks Pay," not "Binks"? Nevermind. Anyway, it seems that what's really happened here is that the Right declared war on the teachers union, and so the teachers union responded by declaring war on the banks. (Isn't that how World War I started?)

Some attendees view the budget cuts as a first shot in a much larger cultural conflict between the wealthy ruling elites and working class people. Mike Fox, a teacher at a Brooklyn charter school, believes the cuts and layoffs are the start of a class war. “It’s anti-city worker, so I’m here not just as a teacher, but for sanitation workers, policemen, firemen, all of the people who make the city work,” he said.

POSTED: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 5:11 PM

 “The full consequences of a default – or even the serious prospect of default – by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar.”

Answer when and if my brain wakes up.

POSTED: Friday, May 13, 2011, 5:06 PM

For all the many Attytood readers in the Hudson Valley (there's at least two that I know of, believe it or not), I'll be at the Millbrook Book Festival all day tomorrow (Sat.), signing copies of "The Backlash" (well, hopefully) and making small talk, Maybe I'll see you there.

If not, have a great weekend.

POSTED: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 5:23 PM


If you think the story about Osama bin Laden's killing kept changing, that plotline was rock-solid when compared to the Souderton police and their ever-"evolving" tale of what happened the first time that 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman encountered the lowlife creep who eventually (allegedly) killed her:

But a day after laying out that disturbing account, Montgomery County authorities backpedaled, saying their description of the April 18 incident was exaggerated in documents used to charge James Lee Troutman, a 24-year-old neighbor, in Skyler's death.

POSTED: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 4:20 PM

Fracking -- the video:

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