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POSTED: Monday, August 19, 2013, 2:44 PM

Case closed.

It may not matter, though -- it's also reported that only rich people can have kids, so there's that.

POSTED: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 9:45 PM

This amazing video out of Maine was called to my attention in the comments last week. With too many outrages concerning the police state (see, "Frisk, Stop and...") and the surveillance state to keep up with, the comments of this Iraq War veteran turned whistleblower are a must-see:

POSTED: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 5:45 PM

Creepy. Orwellian. I don't know what else to say about the Brazilian partner of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden whistleblower story, getting detained and checked out as a potential terrorist for nine long hours by British authorities at Heathrow Airport. The detention of David Miranda comes off as something clumsy that the Soviets or one of their client states would have done in the Cold War. Did they think Miranda was a member of that Brazilian terrorist group, "os-Qaeda"? And so I guess there are no "Miranda rights" in the United Kingdom.

Why does it matter? It's intimidation, pure and simple. No one wants to see their loved ones put under duress, so maybe the next journalist on the verge of printing something the American or British governments don't want you to know will remember this little incident, and act accordingly.

POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 9:52 PM

America, the land of "Short-Attention-Span Theater" -- which is what the Obama administration is hoping for on the issue of excessive and unwarranted government spying on innocent Americans. Jeff Bezos' Washington Post (not to be confused with "Lee Daniels' The Butler") is here with the latest:

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:45 PM

Outsourcing today to the woman of the hour: The Philadelphia public school teacher:

The trunk of my car is now filled with a carton of paper, pens, lined paper, and copybooks I have bought for my students this September. I have purchased my own projector and speakers for the classroom, and use an old screen that hangs precariously from a ledge.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 9:53 PM

There's something weird...and it don't look good:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The leader of the city's struggling school system wants to suspend rules that require laid-off workers to be rehired based on seniority, a move the teachers union said it would fight.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 5:55 PM
Gov. Corbett kayaks along the Juniata River, north of Harrisburg on Thursday Aug. 8. Thursday was the second day of Corbett's annual kayak voyage in Pennsylvania. (LUKE RAFFERTY/Staff Photographer)

Late last year, Gov. Corbett and his wife Susan bought a vacation condo on the beach in South Carolina. The reason we know this is because of some outstanding journalism from the StateImpact PA project -- the same folks who broke the story last year that the Corbetts had vacationed on the dime of an executive with a growing stake in the natural gas boom.

Now, they've checked the online property records for Pennsylvania's First Couple and discovered that they'd purchased the condo in Hilton Head for $265,000 and signed the deed and the mortgage papers back in early December. The reporters weren't supposed to work this hard -- Corbett is required by law to list such a purchase in his annual financial disclosure form, but he didn't. When they contacted the Corbett press shop, they got a couple of explanations, including that there was some confusion over whether the governor needed to report "a vacation home."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 3:43 PM

A real democracy allows freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, which the Egyptian military is denying in a particularly brutal and violent way, and freedom of religion, which the opposition Muslim Brotherhood is eager to deny by destroying Christian churches. A pox on both their houses, and it's time for the U.S. government to call this thing what it is, a coup. Is that means not spending $1.5 billion on the Egyptian military, so be it. Spend the money on Philadelphia's kids and the pensioners of Detroit.

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Will Bunch, a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, blogs about his obsessions, including national and local politics and world affairs, the media, pop music, the Philadelphia Phillies, soccer and other sports, not necessarily in that order.


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