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POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 9:31 AM

Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid is falling apart faster than you can say “DSK.”

Closer to home, support for Chris Christie’s “I’m not running” campaign looks softer, too.

Three new polls, including the latest Monmouth University survey, suggest that those who know New Jersey’s governor best -- in other words, people in New Jersey – are less enamored of The Great Disrupter than, say, voters in New Hampshire. Familiarity breeds discontent, it seems.

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8:41 AM
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Readers offer insight on Tuesday's historic low mayoral primary turnout, and ways we might improve the system.

Al Jara from the Northwest writes: "As an independent voter I could not vote in the primary.  When I was registered with a party I didn’t miss a primary or a general election.  I am surprised changes are coming.  Why are there some running unopposed?  No one should run unopposed.  I will not vote for anyone running unopposed.  We must end gerrymandering for the good of the city. not just the good of incumbents.  How can we do this?   I plan to vote for change in the coming general election.  All who are in I will vote out.  There is someone else who may be better.  Perhaps each party taking a real stand on issues instead of the fluff they hand us will set a fire in those who don’t vote.  Jobs, education, DROP and race would be a  start.  Please vote.  We deserve better."

Someone who only identifies himself as "thomast" in an insulting (at least to this writer, typical of our nastier posters) but still insightful post: "The reasons why turnout is so low: the structural and legal obstacles that incumbents have put up to protect themselves. I voted yesterday, but if we had open primaries, instant runoff/preferential voting, publicly financed campaigns, or any other of a host of plans that have been put forth by those who want to see real change, then people would see that voting CAN result in real change, and then they'd vote more. But low turnout makes the situation easier to control for those already in power, and so they try and keep it that way." 

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8:40 PM
Christopher Jones , who earned a B average, hopes to transfer to Rutgers. (SARAH J. GLOVER / Staff Photographer)

That student I wrote about this morning who left Delaware Valley College, saying it was no place to be openly gay? He got into Rutgers this afternoon.

After enduring some outrageous taunting from some football players and members of an agricultural frat over two years, Christopher Jones finally felt his spirit breaking mid-way this year.

The 19-year-old applied for a transfer this winter, while his discontent at the small, private college in Doylestown grew deeper. Rutgers told him to get his grades up and keep involved in all those campus activities. Then re-apply this spring.

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:34 PM
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The normally staid Centers for Disease Control is helping the masses preparing for the Rapture, coming Saturday in case you didn't know, which is potentially putting a damper on your summer plans. 

Yes, the CDC has compiled Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse which is obviously, given the lowly number, a beginning course. Or, as a zombie might put it, a gut class.

Your federal tax dollars are hard at work, folks.

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 3:55 PM
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Philadelphia "guerilla knitter" Jessie Hemmons last month did one of her whimsical "yarn bombing" exploits in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

On April 2, she decked out the Rocky statue with a neon pink sweater that reads "Go See the Art." Sorry I missed the event. Sweater must have been an XXXL. The moment is reported in today's New York Times on "Graffiti's Cozy, Feminine Side."

Hemmons' sweater speaks the truth. Too few tourists, and probably residents as well, stop to snap the statue, race up the stairs, and don't venture inside. Perhaps the PMA should explore selling the sweaters at the gift shops.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Did anything change Tuesday? Not much. as I write here.

OK, so the Councilman from Aruba, Frank Rizzo the Lesser, who was often on the island during important votes, who signed up for beloved Deferred Retirement Option Plan, then really, really regretted his action, wasn't selected to be on the November ballot.

And then there's this inspirational quote from Democratic boss Bob Brady:

POSTED: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 9:57 AM



And the review of the bust of Bruce Springsteen that's risen in Asbury Park is just warming up.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 12:00 PM

In Philadelphia Tuesday, 35 Democrats are vying for 10 positions on the Court of Common Pleas.

You've got a couple of deadbeats, a former prosecutor, some able attorneys and experienced jurists, plus nine people determined by the local bar association to be not worthy of the bench.

Good luck remembering who's who.

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