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POSTED: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 7:47 PM

He was born in Hawaii, and took a meandering career path to get where he is today. He usually plays it down the center, maybe sometimes shaded a tad to the left. Popular with young people and with womern, his recent campaign revolutionized the way that future candidates will use the media and rally supporters, and it resulted in a record vote total.

Next week, Shane Victorino wil bring his message of hope and change to the National League All-Stars.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 10:21 AM

Well, OK, he had some unlikely help from Greenpeace:

Earlier today, activists from Greenpeace descended upon Mt. Rushmore and posted a banner reading "America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming."  The massive banner measured 2,300 square feet and featured a picture of President Obama.  The stint was to bring attention to global warming -- Greenpeace feels that Obama has not done enough to fight climate change.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:21 PM

 

It's weird how life imitates art -- like the book I'm currently reading, which is supposed to be history but now feels more like current events. It's called "Sweet Land of Liberty" by Penn professor Thomas Sugrue, and it's a history of the American civil rights movement...in the Deep North, including right here in Philadelphia. Sugrue's overarching point is that while segregation was not deeply embedded in the laws here as it was in the South, it was still a way of life from schools to housing (much is said about the integration of Levittown) to movie theatres, and many brave souls had to do battle for their American liberties. The other night, I was reading Sugrue's passage on how desegration of swimming pools -- where co-ed crowds in bathing suits came in close contact, generating anxiety -- was especially thorny in the North.

He notes this example from the other side of Pennsylvania, where a favorable court ruling in the city of Pittsburgh in 1950 and the hiring of a black lifeguard in 1953 had encouraged activists:

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 8:30 PM

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media impressario who gave you Bill O'Reilly, the latest incarnation of Glenn Beck, the New York Post, and other wonders of the modern media world, also owns some of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom. And Over There, he's allegedly up to no good:

Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists' repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 3:30 PM

It wasn't that shocking, unfortunately, to learn that Michael Jackson had died young, but now here's a news flash that's even less surprising: Lenny Dykstra is broke!

UPDATED: Phillie-turned-would-be stock-option guru Lenny Dykstra owes more than $10 million to JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and other creditors, and owns less than $50,000 to pay them with, his Los Angeles bankruptcy filing says. NEW: Read Dykstra's bankruptcy filing



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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:08 AM

 

Here at Attytood I try to swim upstream as much as I can -- some stories are simply unavoidable but I also don't want to be the 1.397th blogger doing a live blog of the Michael Jackson funeral, for example. Likewise, when Sarah Palin resigns at the start of the weekend, it was pretty much impossible to say much that was original after a two-day frenzy. But nearly a week later, she remains hard to ignore.

Of the million or so blog posts launched by Palin so far, I agree with those who say that a) the bottom line is that Sarah Palin has been, is, and will be a petulant quitter anywhere she goes, and so the country is a lot better off without her in the vice presidency, backing up a man who would have been our oldest president and 2) is she capable of running for president in 2012?...You betcha. Just the undying interest in Palin in the pundosphere shows that she has the No. 1 quality that you need to run, if not win, in our new millennium -- and that is simply that America remains fascinated by her. Qualifications? We can hash that out later.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 12:16 AM

Remind me again, what was the 2008 election all about?

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 6:54 PM

The line in the headline is from Woody Allen's 1980 film "Stardust Memories," in which characters repeatedly tell the main character -- both based on and played by Allen -- that they love his movies, especially "the early, funny ones." (Um, that's a tad more true in 2009 than in 1980, don't you think?). Same could be said about newly minted Sen. Al Franken, the lone "comedian" in the Senate -- with "comedian" in quotes because we've gotten a lot more laughs in the last year or two from his 99 new colleagues.

David Broder last week stunned folks by describing Franken as "loud-mouthed." Seriously? Dave, the dude's been practically comatose out on the campaign trail. No doubt told by political consultants that any humor would be hazardous to his political health, Franken is now about as serious as a heart attack. Yes, the public option, infrastructure, blah blah blah...but the next election is in 2014 for Franken. So now it wouldn't kill him to let loose a one-liner every week or two, don't ya think?


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