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Archive: December, 2010

POSTED: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 8:05 PM

I'm not sure where the hell Joe Klein was for the last 12 months, because 2010 actually struck me as a year when a lot happened, both cosmically and personally. America seems poised on the brink between two radically different philosophies -- one a forward-leaning (copyright, 2010, MSNBC) center-left can-do spirit epitomized by health care reform and allowing gays to serve openly in the military, and the other what I'm coming to see as "American fundamentalism," that we are the One exceptional country of the world...ordained by God, no questions asked. I really could see us going down either road. On a personal level, 2010 also teetered -- going literally (no pun intended) in a matter of hours from the thrill of this to the agony of this. Hopefully, the meaning of all that, for me, will be emerging from 2011 leaner and in better shape than ever.

Ditto for America.

POSTED: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 6:37 PM

Not closing Gitmo -- great DN editorial on this:

Even though President Obama insists he still wants to close Guantanamo, he reportedly will soon sign an executive order that will allow 48 detainees to continue to be imprisoned indefinitely - although the process will be more "humane" than it has been - and less draconian than it would be if Congress set the policy.

POSTED: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 3:21 PM

Welcome to the sports controversy capital of the universe. Just in the last two days....

-- A national journalist, a.k.a. a national joke, last caught pretending to be Keith Olbermann online because apparently he doesn't have enough real stuff to do, thinks that Michael Vick's penalty for dog-fighting should be the electric chair. Well, that would be American exceptionalism, I guess.

POSTED: Monday, December 27, 2010, 8:29 PM

Somewhere in Lancaster County tonight, Steve Van Buren is laughing at us.

Meanwhile, Ed Rendell and I were both on "Daily News Live" on Comcast SportsNet, where the outgoing gov nominated me for a Pulitzer Prize. I hereby nominate Rendell for the Nobel Prize in physics, for proving the theory of media omnipresence.

POSTED: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 4:58 PM

There is nothing more magical than football in the snow.

If you grew up anywhere in the wintry half of this country, you probably have fond memories of hiking up your snow pants and playing sloshing around with your buddies and your Pete Rozelle-signed football in the backyard drifts-- and the only thing that comes a close second to playing football in the snow is watching a classic NFL matchup in furious downpour of the white stuff.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8:46 PM

Santa Claus is coming to town!

That means I'll see you again on Sunday, when visions of Super Bowls dance in our heads.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 4:04 PM

To paraphrase one of the commenters on this Huffington Post article, we shouldn't get discouraged about American students lagging behind other developed countries because...we're not really that developed of a country:

But a recent email exchange with Dr. David Berliner, a leading education researcher from Arizona State University, has led me to conclude that these doomsayers may actually be more Chicken Little than Paul Revere. The comparisons of American students to an international cohort may not be valid because the differences that exist between the United States and other countries make direct comparison of achievement test results more like apples to oranges. Let's look at why.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:29 PM

Prediction: Our new leader, Jon Stewart, wins the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for his successful work on behalf of 9/11 responders.

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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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