Archive: January, 2013
Funny, wasn't it less than a week ago that we were talking about the rot of corruption here in Philadelphia, and the frustrating fact that dishonest pols or crooked cops tend to get away with it here, even after they've been publicly exposed?
In 1966, Time magazine shocked the world going into Easter season by asking the world, "Is God Dead?" Now as America approaches another holiday season, the Buffalo wings hung by the chimney with care, some dare ask the sacrilegious question: "Is the NFL dead?"
“Thirty years from now,” he said, “I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where they [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it.
Real or "Portlandia"?
Trudy: “People don’t need articles anymore, and we don’t want to provide things that people don’t care about.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote famously -- and amazingly incorrectly -- that there are no second acts in American lives. Actually, and sadly, that was kind of true for The Great Gatsby author, but not for anyone who's come along since. Consider someone who once seemed to appear daily on this blog, Sarah Palin. When she burst onto the scene (outside of Alaska, anyway) in 2008, I had a gut feeling that even if she lost her vice presidential bid, Palin would be a force to be reckoned with.
And for a time, Palin had the second act of a lifetime. Her trash-talkin', wolf-shootin', reality-showin', Obama-hatin' persona perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the Tea Party era, an era that started with the first Fox airing of Glenn Beck on Jan. 19, 2009, and ended once the last 2010 election results were posted. The Gabrielle Giffords shooting -- and Palin's bizarre "blood libel" reaction to it -- was pretty much the end of that party.
President Barack Obama says that skeet shooting is a popular sport at Camp David, which makes the president a complete and total hypocrite...assuming that one of his common-sense guns measures is an executive order to ban all skeet shooting (was it?...there were a lot of them).
On the other hand, I don't think Obama said anything in his recent interviews about his habit of firing assault rifles, or shooting skeet with high-capacity magazines, or anybody dodging a background check to get those skeet-shooting guns. Because no one needs an assault rifle or a high-capacity magazine for skeet shooting...or hunting small varmints, or, realistically, to protect one's home in most typical cases. That's why these are called "common-sense gun laws," because they're meant to thwart criminals -- while preserving the 2nd Amendment.
A reminder of what's at stake in the fight for the future of Philadelphia journalism...in case anyone's forgotten:
I guess after President Obama's big inauguration, he's on the top of the world, looking down on creation.
But somebody should tell the president that this is not cool:
Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.