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Archive: February, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:07 PM

One of the world's great journalists, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid of the New York Times, died today. He suffered a fatal asthma attack while trying to bring the world news of the atrocities now taking place in Syria. He was only 43 years old and he leaves behind a wife and two children. He will be greatly missed.

POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:42 PM

You learn something new every day:

On Fox News this morning, Mitt Romney explained that his positions today are more conservative than those when he was the governor of Massachusetts because “living a life tends to make you more conservative.” This echoes a saying often attributed (perhaps apocryphally) to Winston Churchill. It usually goes something like this: If you’re not a liberal at 20 you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40 you have no brain.

POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:22 AM

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 9:09 PM

As Rick Santorum surges to the top of the GOP field, there's been a lot of talk about his ability to connect with blue-collar voters.

Well, there is one thing that the ex-Pennsylvania senator has in common with the working class: He knows what it's like to lose a job.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:36 PM

Well, it's time I stopped being the only journalist in America -- sports or otherwise -- not to mention Jeremy Lin in some context (in contrast to ESPN, where Bristol, Conn., is about to spontaneously combust -- the only way the 24-hour sports behemoth could get any more excited would be if praying by Lin and Tim Tebow convinced Brett Favre to come out of retirement. But I digress...)

So this is the headline on the back page of the New York Post today after yet another Lin buzzer-beater: "Amasian!" Hmmm. It brings to mind some classic Post sports headlines from years past, like Sandy Koufax's perfect game in 1965." "Jew Da Man!," and Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point explosion against the Knicks ("Blacktacular!") and this more recent one when Jose Reyes left the Mets for Florida ("Press the Hispanic Button!").

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:04 PM

I'm surprised this story isn't getting bigger play. It's on the Huffington Post so it must be true:

It's a story that has circulated in and out of the UFO community for years: Did former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower have three meetings with extraterrestrials?

POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 10:02 PM


Tom Corbett isn't the flashiest or most charismatic governor in America. But I'm beginning to think he may be the dumbest:

Gov. Corbett toured a Malvern factory powered by state-of-the-art robotics Tuesday, then hit the automatic-reset button on a replay of the state university tuition wars that dominated the battle over his first budget proposal last year.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 4:25 PM


Suddenly it seems like there's a new news cycle and a new lead story for Rick Santorum every hour, He says Obama wants to bring back the guillotine! He's shouting at Occupy protesters! He wants a constitutional amendment to require chastity belts! OK, I made up that last one, but in the bizzaro-world known as SantorumLand, suddenly anything seems possible.

Like his electiion as president.

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