Archive: February, 2012
There's a great story on the front page of the Daily News today, and -- although that's not the purpose -- drives home an excellent point about the future of journalism in Philadelphia. On the front page, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is making an explosive charge, that an investigative piece in the DN by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman "(bleep)ed up" a department probe of an allegedly crooked cop who's still on the job. But if you read the story, you can see that Ramsey is actually the one who's full of it. The reality is that the corruption would not have been investigated at all, and might have festered for years and years, if there was no newspaper and if we depended solely on the enthusiasm of Philly cops to investigate their own.
In separate incidents dating back to 2008, at least six people alleged that Sulpizio stole their money. Two police captains who had supervised Sulpizio during his years on the Narcotics Strike Force urged the Internal Affairs Bureau to investigate him.
Just for the record, this is what President Obama actually said that caused Rick Santorum to call the president a "snob." Can you believe this guy?
“I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training,” Mr. Obama said in February 2009. “This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.”
With all the divisive bombast these last few weeks about politics and religion, it's a good time to hear an uplifting tale about people of different faiths working together in the face of pure evil. And what's special about this story is that it's told by my good friend and colleague here at the Daily News, David Lee Preston. It turns out that his mother's remarkable survival from the Holocaust in a Polish sewer inspired the Oscar-nominated foreign language film, "In Darkness" -- but what was truly inspiring was what she did with her experience:
During three decades as a teacher at Jewish schools and as a public speaker, my mother inspired students and audiences of all faiths with the story of the Lvov sewer workers who saved her, establishing herself as an eloquent representative of the victims and survivors of the Nazis. Her message was uplifting, about how goodness transcends religion, ethnicity and national boundaries, continuing from one generation to the next, from one culture to another.
Just when it appeared that an epic primary win in one of Mitt Romney's many, many home states -- Michigan. of the right tree-height and streets, to be exact -- was in his grasp, Rick Santorum has chosen the last few days to really bring tha crazy. We've discussed here in the past whether it would be "snobbery" for President Obama to insist that all Americans go to college (Spoiler alert: That's not exactly what Obama has actually said) and whether college is a liberal indoctrination plot. Those don't seem like winning issues, but this weekend he's been doubling down.
And -- although using statistics to prove your point sounds like something they'd teach you at those Commie-creatin' colleges -- Santorum has cited a "fact" in making his argument: That some 62 percent of those who attend college lose their religious faith.
There hasn't been much good news this week, so I'll end it on an upbeat note:
In the first full courtroom trials of Occupy Philadelphia, protesters arrested during their two-month campaign in the city, all 10 defendants were acquitted Thursday on charges of obstructing a highway during an Oct. 23 protest outside Police Headquarters.
This morning, I had the pleasure of going on WHYY's Radio Times to talk about all things Santorum. It was an interesting show (which should be re-broadcast tonight at 10 p.m., if you're interested) which went by fairly quickly. At one point, I had a disagreement with one of the guests, Robert Costa of the conservative National Review, who's done God's work in following the ex-Pennsylvania senator on the campaign trail but who insisted I was wrong when I said Santorum had all but disavowed John F. Kennedy's famous 1960 campaign speech on separation of church and state.
This is from the Boston Globe, published just last year:
Pro football was different at the 1948 NFL championship game: In the midst of a blizzard, players and fans united to remove the snow-covered tarp from the field moments before kickoff; the players on the winning team earned $1,540 each; and Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren took the Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street subway to Shibe Park in time for a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cardinals, giving the world championship to ... the Philadelphia Eagles. Like I said different. Daily News senior writer Will Bunch proves adept at covering sports (not his usual beat) in this brief book, which features interviews with Van Buren, his surviving teammates (whom Bunch frequently calls pro football's "Greatest Generation") and aging fans lucky enough to have attended the game 64 years ago. Part of the new series of Kindle Singles (which are 30-90 pages), Give It to Steve! is quick and enjoyable; given that Van Buren is battling health problems at age 91, it also makes the reader long for a full-length biography. (Amazon Kindle Single, $1.99, Jan. 30.) —A.M.