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POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:22 PM
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My next shopping trip

The other day, I went to the grocery store.  I have done this many times over the past decades, and very few of those trips involved the express lane.  When I go to the store, I make sure it's worth the inconvenience.  Like a squirrel loading up on provisions for the winter, I usually make sure that I have a list, check it twice, and then have to deal with the cashiers who are either naughty, or nice.

That was my not-so-clever segue into the point of this blog.  Saturday was the proverbial last straw for my patience when, for the thousandth time, I was asked if I wanted "a bag with that."  Mind you, I had just bought nearly $50.00 worth of groceries.  There were about nine packages in total, in a variety of sizes and room temperatures.  We are not talking about a pack of tic-tacs and the TV Guide.

Thinking that the cashier was joking, I said, "of course not."  Then, as I realized the youngster was not going to hand me any bags, I said "Um, I was joking.  I need a bag.  In fact, I need several if you can bear to part with them."

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POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:19 PM

August 1st was a mixed bag for the First Amendment.

On the one hand you had mobs of people lining up to get their chicken cutlets in a communal flipping of the, um, bird to those like Councilman Jim Kenney who think that religion isn't as important as political correctness.  The people at Chik Fil A must have been thrilled to see how the attacks on their President compelled the rank and file consumer/citizen to stand up for freedom of thought, worship and fast food.

But it wasn't all a tribute to the Founders.  On that same day, Obamacare's birth control mandate went into effect, meaning that organizations affiliated with religions that oppose such symbols of 'reproductive health' will be forced to either close their doors, pay a hefty fine or in the alternative, violate their core beliefs.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:17 PM

August 1st was a mixed bag for the First Amendment.

On the one hand you had mobs of people lining up to get their chicken cutlets in a communal flipping of the, um, bird to those like Councilman Jim Kenney who think that religion isn't as important as political correctness.  The people at Chik Fil A must have been thrilled to see how the attacks on their President compelled the rank and file consumer/citizen to stand up for freedom of thought, worship and fast food.

But it wasn't all a tribute to the Founders.  On that same day, Obamacare's birth control mandate went into effect, meaning that organizations affiliated with religions that oppose such symbols of 'reproductive health' will be forced to either close their doors, pay a hefty fine or in the alternative, violate their core beliefs.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 2:56 PM
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Their first mistake

It took me a while, but I finally realized that Newsweek has become “News Weak” with its deliberate drift leftward.  I have no problem with organizations and publications that wear their politics on their sleeves, as long as they don’t pretend to be unbiased and mainstream.  The thing about Newsweek and its competitor Time are that they have always positioned themselves above the partisan fray, unlike the liberal New Republic or the conservative National Review.  But while Time has managed to cling precariously to a semblance of objectivity (and it’s slipping further off that cliff with each passing week,) Newsweek has plunged into an abyss of partisanship that makes me wonder why they don’t just rename the publication “DNC Weekly.” 

I first noticed the Pacific drift when they put a fetchingly fit Sarah Palin on the cover a few years ago.  The former VP candidate was in a running suit, and had not posed for Newsweek, but the powers that be ran a photo that had been taken for another publication under the title “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah.”  Palin looked fabulous and sexy and if this were Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue I would have called her the quintessential MILF  (Mama I Like on Facebook…get your minds out of the gutter folks.)

But this was Newsweek, a publication that is ostensibly all about politics, and they did this to diminish and objectify a conservative woman.

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POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 5:37 PM

Our former editor and I, along with a few other friends, discuss politics and chicken cutlets.

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/video?id=8753624

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POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 5:19 PM

Sexy simply isn’t what it used to be.

Most of what passes for steamy in today’s entertainment industry is actually low-grade porn, mixed in with some trailer trash, tattooing and ‘enhanced flotation devices’ that seem to have lives-and press agents-of their own.

It wasn’t always this way, though.  The Bond girls of the 60s and early 70s were deliciously naughty but never dirty (except, perhaps, for their exquisite names like Pussy Galore and Octopussy) and they knew how to use curlers, eyeliner and girdles to the best effect.  No dragon art on their biceps, no stainless steel through their lower lips, no fake tans Brazilians or vajazzling (and if you don’t know what that is, never mind.)

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POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 1:01 PM
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A gay, er, happy chicken

Kids being murdered in the streets (and apparently, in their living rooms given what happened this week in Overbrook.)  Firefighters and police officers under siege (and not just by the city’s editorial boards.)  Small business owners, the kind that apparently aren’t responsible for their own success (according to a relatively well-connected politico in DC) are fleeing Philly.

But what is Jim Kenney worried about?  Something that the New York Times calls “A Southern-fried chicken sandwich on a soft white bun with a couple of pickle slices.”  Yes, that’s right folks.  Our esteemed councilman has jumped the shark (or the cutlet) and has fired off a letter to Dan Cathy, president of Chik Fil A,  to let him know that his poultry is paltry and he’s not welcome in the City of Brotherly Vegans.

Kenney, like many in the LGBT community he panders to, er, represents, are angry that Cathy opposes same sex marriage, and has given a lot of money to defeat legalizing initiatives around the country.   So he used some of that free time he gets as a council member and gave Cathy an earful.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 1:08 PM
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Chad Everett

I’ve always had a crush on doctors.  Not the real ones that adjust my innards and demand hefty co-pays (because the nice insurance people tell them that they can.)  No, my admiration has always been reserved for television folk, who both look and sound better than the average flesh-and-blood M.D.  And before I get the AMA after me, I will also state that the people who play lawyers on TV are a lot better looking than the legal eagles you see traipsing through City Hall and at the Criminal Justice Center.  Believe me, there is no one that looks like Harry Hamlin from old L.A. Law hanging out at immigration court.

But I digress.  As I was saying, I’ve always thought TV docs are dreamy.  I’m too young to have seen Ben Casey and Dr. Kildaire during their original broadcasts, but they looked pretty darn snazzy in re-runs (although Vince Leonard was a little hairy for my tastes.)  I had a poster of Dr. Steve Kiley on his motorcycle on my bedroom wall in the 4th grade, because James Brolin was my 8 year old idea of hot (he and Roman Gabriel.)

I also loved Marcus Welby, but the feelings he aroused in me did not warrant poster-on-the-wall status.  Then, there was Marc Harmon on St. Elsewhere, who had the biggest puppy dog eyes and hair that just begged to be brushed out of them.

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