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Archive: December, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 12:44 PM


So now that the public option and 55-plus Medicare are out of the healthcare bill, should they just kill the whole thing, as the once and former next president of the United States Howard Dean is arguing?

On one hand, that seems like a terrible idea, since the worthwhile things that are still in the legislation -- limiting insurance companies on denying coverage, subsidies for low-income insurance buyers, and a menu of other improvements to healthcare -- would be thrown out with the bathwater. On the other hand, every American would be required by law by buy crappy insurance from crappy private companies -- including one based right here in our city! --  without a public plan or tough-enough legislation to keep them in check. (And, no, it's not "just like car insurance.") Call my crazy, but that sounds like bad policy (not to mention bad politics for the Dems, for what that's worth).

POSTED: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 9:42 PM

What on earth did poor Susan Finkelstein do to deserve this. Sure, the woman's scheme for, um, scoring World Series tickets was rather unconventional -- but I'm not exactly sure who she was hurting here. In return, the Bensalem police and prosecutors up in Bucks County have caused her to lose her decent job and now are showing off topless photos of her in court and depicting her as a "whore" (supposedly her words, but in a he-said-she-said between her and the cops, who knows?). For who? For what?

Meanwhile, we learned today what the Bensalem cops consider a wise investment of their time -- "racial" profiling, as long as your race is..."blonde." I guess the moral here is not to Drive While Blonde in Bensalem. Check this out:

POSTED: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 12:07 PM


Everybody's trying to come up with Christmas analogies for the Roy Halladay deal -- you know, "Halladay," get it?, plus it's that most wonderful time of year, plus most importantly there's that whole issue of whether Santa Amaro Jr. delivered what you really wanted under the tree. I was going to suggest that getting Halladay but giving up Cliff Lee plus some highly valued prospects like Kyle Drabeck was a bit like asking for an iPod and getting a Zune ("Hey, it still plays music, son, right?"...) but then I realized that's not really it, either; it's more like you got the iPod but Dad had to sell your satellite radio to pay for it.

The mood among the fans I talk to is weird -- people are trying to be enthusiastic about Halladay after wanting him for so long, but giving up Lee in particular has left a bitter taste. Baseball fans are 100 percent invested in winning but 0 percent invested in whether the team makes a profit or loses money; everyone I know says, "Can't you spend $9 million for just one year to win a World Series?!!!" Sounds reasonable to me, but then I'm not a millionaire baseball-team owner so what do I know?

POSTED: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 9:31 PM

Somehow I don't think winning back the Dad Vail Regatta is going to redeem Mayor Nutter from his appalling lack of leadership here in the case of the racially-motivated violence against Asian-American students at South Philadelphia High School. He's managed to get every aspect of this thing 180-degrees bass-ackwards wrong -- unbelievable.

A real leader would have gone to community very early in the crisis, stood up in unflinching terms for the victims of racial violence, and at least expressed his exasperation -- if not his disgust and condemnation -- over the school officials who allowed the situation to deteriorate this far.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8:50 PM

This is the most entertaining thing I've seen in a while...proof that I need to get out more (h/t Philebrity).

POSTED: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8:06 PM

Everything isn't meant to be OK -- as we were constantly reminded during the 2000s:

POSTED: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 9:26 AM

Because sometimes you just have to repost an article from 2007, when the world make more sense:

The earth beneath much of Alaska is not what it used to be. The permanently frozen subsoil, known as permafrost, upon which Newtok and so many other Native Alaskan villages rest, is melting, yielding to warming air temperatures and a warming ocean. Sea ice that would normally protect coastal villages is forming later in the year, allowing fall storms to pound away at the shoreline.

POSTED: Monday, December 14, 2009, 10:11 PM

I started to write a longer post about Sen. Joe Lieberman's move today to kill the more progressive parts of the healthcare bill today...but frankly I couldn't stomach devoting that much of my limited time on earth to him at this point. Let me just say this: I've been paying attention to politics on some level since I was nine years old and watched the cops beating up the hippies at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and over the course of 41 years I have never seen a move so cynical and so spiteful, at the expense of the health and well-being of millions of Americans, as Lieberman's backflips to kill any provision that is supported by liberals, even if it's something that he himself supported just three months ago.

Nine years ago, when he ran for vice president, Lieberman said that allowing people over 55 to buy into Medicare -- the very idea he killed today -- was the core of his ideas for health care, and he repeated that as recently as September 2009:

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