Archive: June, 2011
Even though Obama doesn't represent any fundamental change, he creates an opening for a possibility of change. That's why I'm voting for him, that's why I suggest to people they vote for him. But I also suggest that Obama will not fullfill that potential for change unless he is enveloped by a social movement which is angry enough, powerful enough, insistent enough that he fill his abstract phrases about change with some real solid content.
Uttered in 2008, this is the most insightful comment about the looming Obama presidency that I've ever seen. Unfortunately, the person who said it is no longer with us. Who was it? Answer to come on Sunday -- have a nice weekend.
Pennsylvania was chosen because it already has an established protocol for processing and distributing slaughtered geese, Mr. Sklerov said. The costs of transportation and slaughter will be about the same this year as last and are covered under the city’s $45,000 contract with the Agriculture Department, Mr. Sklerov said.
This is why Vancouver can never be allowed to win the Stanley Cup, considering how they act when they lose. To my knowledge, Philadelphia fans have never rioted over a loss, although there've been about, oh, 10,000 or so opportunities to do that. The bizarre thing is that if you've ever been fortunate enough to visit Vancouver, it is arguably the most beautiful city in North America.
On the outside, anyway.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that America's solution to competing in the global economy is to make it harder and harder for people -- especially regular middle-class folk -- to attend college:
What do you get when college costs skyrocket but incomes barely budge? Yet another blow to the middle class.
Here's the thing about the soda tax: In general, I don't think it's a bad idea as a way to pay for certain needed programs, especially health related, while reducing consumption of something that's bad for you with little or no benefits (not unlike cigarettes or liquor, both of which we tax, last time I checked.)
That said, I don't really approve of the specific soda tax that Mayor Nutter is proposing right now. Why not? For one thing, it's way too high -- it really will hurt mom and pop stores in the neighborhoods -- and also any new revenue for the Philadelphia schools should not be a blank check, but tied into major changes in the way they operate, including getting rid of Arlene Ackerman but much more than that.
You know the story, right? A breakthrough politician from Massachusetts -- the state that's produced so many presidents, from John Adams to John Kennedy, and so many strong candidates over the years. Sure, he's boring at best and annoyingly pompous at worst, and there's something a little fake and a little too blow-dried about him. He's not the firebrand that the base of the party would so desperately love to see in the Oval Office. But the party rank-and-file is also convinced that the incumbent president will destroy the country if given a second term. The nominee has to be the person with the best chance of winning, not the best person.
The primary voters are going to go with their head this time around, not their heart.
Bruce is Bruce, but let's be honest: There is no E Street Band without Clarence Clemons, which is why the news that Springsteen's longtime sax man has suffered a stroke is so devastating to their fans around the world. The relationship between Bruce and Clarence is a loving and complicated one -- like so many in life -- and what they brought together to the stage is why people like me who don't attend too many other concerts have felt compelled to see the E Streeters every time they pass through town.
So while we're waiting on a miracle of recovery, here's the Big Man and some of his most famous work, the solo from "Jungleland":
This strikes me as the nicest thing anyone has said about Tom Corbett in the last six months -- that he's not Scott Walker. Amazingly, the speaker did not mean it as a compliment, however:
FreedomWorks is collaborating with local activists to push the governor to act more forcefully on voucher legislation. It was introduced into the GOP-controlled Senate as the first bill this year, but the schools legislation has now stalled. The conservative group is frustrated that Corbett -– who talked about school choice in his inauguration speech -– is not cracking skulls to pass controversial bills like Govs. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and John Kasich (R-Ohio) have done in their states.