Archive: January, 2011
Elwood P. Smith, a.k.a. "Smitty," the legendary Daily News photographer who took this picture of Frank Rizzo with a nightstick in his cummerbund, and many other iconic photos of Philadelphia in the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, died yesterday. He worked at the DN until his late 80s (!) and squeezed everything he could from life. Rest in peace.
It's official -- Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will decide whether American health care enters the 21st Century or continues to dress in the style of banana republic:
"There is one person in the United States who will decide on this law, and that's Anthony Kennedy," Seidman said. "He's not going to be unduly influenced by what a district judge in Florida says. All of this is just scrimmaging."
Mubarak may still be in power for a few more hours, but the revolution has finally come to the Philadelphia Daily News. We are no longer the People Paper, but now we are the People's Paper -- providing journalism according to our abilities, and giving it to you the reader according to your needs.
Our new editor, Larry Platt, arrived today with a new attitude (opps...attytood, I mean) that is what I've been urging for a long time:
Shrevie: See? You don't ask me things like that, do you? No! You never ask me what's on the flip side.
Beth: No! Because I don't give a (bleep). Shrevie, who cares about what's on the flip side about the record?
Nassau County, N.Y., in the center of densely populated Long Island, is one of the most affluent counties in America. That said, it's had its problems -- some because of decades of mismanagement by a corrupt Republican machine (yes, these exist...think Delco) and some because of the 2008 fiscal crisis -- but they appeared to be manageable.
Until a Tea Party-inspired "tax revolt" took over the county in January 2010.
Like most red-blooded Americans, I've been known to use the phrase "WTF" -- both as an acronym and the full monty -- in casual conversation or places like Twitter, which along with text messaging (which I keep meaning to try one of these days...I'm serious) is pretty much the thing that "WTF" was invented for. I've debated -- inside my convoluted brain -- whether it's appropriate to use it here on a Daily News blog, even as our political leaders give us new reasons every day to ask those three letters. Although I think I broke down once recently, my general policy has been not to invoke the acronym of obscenity, unless we're talking about the Wikileaks Task Force or Winning The Future.
Give credit to our first Twitter (wannabe) president, Sarah Palin. The woman who invented 2010's word of the year, "refudiate," is back to tell America that it's OK to drop the WTF-bomb on national television. So go crazy folks. Go crazy.