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Archive: September, 2009

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2009, 1:51 PM

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

-- Edward R. Murrow, March 9, 1954. (h/t Crooks and Liars)

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:24 AM

I don't think the Eagles got federal stimulus dollars to hire so many quarterbacks (although...hey, you never know) but apparently some people who (presumably) aren't married to Playboy models also are getting jobs here in Philly, thanks to the much-maligned federal spending package, including:

A factory in the city's Bridesburg section is making energy-efficient windows.

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:33 AM

Answer to come later today...

UPDATE: It is none other than David Byrne of Talking Heads, who is here to tell you to get on your bike and find out what is great about cities.

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2009, 12:20 AM

according to Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck, citing a fictitious report from ABC News and a professor at "The University of I Don't Know."

POSTED: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 9:21 PM

This picture shows President Obama showing the way to New York Gov. David Paterson -- right toward the exit. In a story that's been making big news over the weekend, it's reported that the president himself is telling Paterson not to run for a full term next year. Paterson is telling the White House to take a hike. It's a big mess.

Politically, and cynically, the move makes a certain amount of sense. Paterson's elevation to the governor's job in New York was accidental, but he's ben the political equivalent of a train wreck ever since. It wasn't Paterson's fault that he ascended at the start of the most severe downturn in New York since the Great Depression, but most of what has happened since -- a bumbling goverrnmental response to the crisis, a circus-like revolt among Albany Democrats, embarassing disclosures about Paterson and the occasional inflamatory comment -- is indeed totally his fault.

POSTED: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 5:29 PM

...or Joe Montana would have had a hard time winning if their defense and special teams played as badly as the Birds' did in their trouncing by the Saints. Kevin Kolb actually played pretty well for a guy making his very first NFL start, which bodes well for his future, although whether that future is with the quarterback-confused Eagles....who knows? This city's NFL franchise sure does a good job of giving Philadelphia a wild up-and-down roller coaster ride every fall -- demanding our attention no matter how successful their cross-parking-lot arch-rivals the Phillies are doing as they hobble into the post-season.

POSTED: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 9:36 PM

Politically, you had to wonder why the GOP was so up in arms about Sonia Sotomayor -- it was terrible politics, after all, to alienate Latino voters as their power as a voting group continues to grow. Maybe it's because Sotomayor is proving to be the Republicans' worst nightmare: A Latina who's wise enough not to buckle to the clout of American corporations:

WASHINGTON -- In her maiden Supreme Court appearance last week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a provocative comment that probed the foundations of corporate law.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 8:11 PM

The big news here in Philadelphia is the last-minute passage of the bill in Harrisburg allowing City Hall to impose what is on the books for now anyway as a temporary sales tax increase and take other measure to avert the doomsday scenario that would close libraries and health clinics and layoff cops, etc. The potential closing of the Free Library, in particular, has been a cause celebre in the sphere 'o blogs, but the reason that I never blogged about it is...I knew that it would never happen.

This kind of brinksmanship is Politics 101, and they teach it in the first week. An elected official who cuts services is in political trouble, but a public official who fights to reduce supposed drastic cuts into the more palatable ones that he was really planning all along is now "a savior." (Same, in reverse, with transit fares, which are always supposed to double until the wise elected official steps in and holds it to "only" a 40 percent increase.) Now, all the economy has to do is recover somewhat between now and 2011 and Mayor Nutter is guaranteed re-election, even though there's still some residual ill will from his lack of transparency at the start of all of this. At least Nutter didn't resort to a sleazeball tactic like this when he won the last time.

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