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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Ben Franklin

Oh, so predictable -- and why I rarely read "comments" after stories and columns. They are the place where Junior G-Men and haters congregate in the safety of anonymity. Judge for yourselves:

See, if they had the stones to use their real names, I'd respect them. I use my real name on my work.

POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Where to begin?

Then-candidate Obama had me with his speech on race relations in America that he gave here in Philadelphia in March 2008.

He lost me last week when he said he learned about the swirling IRS scandal by reading it in the papers, including some of the papers his Department of Justice had targeted for snooping, breaking some of the rules of the game.

POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013, 1:20 PM
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Bikes for show

If the mayor were more serious about all this, he would Bike to Work every day.

But he doesn't and neither do 98.2 percent of commuting Philadelphians.

What a joke.

POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:54 AM
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Defense attorney Jack McMahon

I feel a little like Cole Hamels after letting one go that gets hammered into the left field upper deck.

He wishes he could have that back.

In today's column, out of fairness, I let Kermit Gosnell's veteran attorney, Jack McMahon, have his say:

POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 8:59 AM
FILE - In this April 30, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Second terms are always hard for Presidents and Barack Obama's is likely to be harder than most. As a lame duck in his second term, scandals are making him more lame.

First, Benghazi. The Administration almost made it go away, until ABC's Jonathan Karl uncovered a series of memos following the trail of edits that pretty much proved the White House knew it was a terroristic attack from the jump.

Then, IRS selectively targeting right-wing groups (and others, I hear). The President said that "If this, in fact, did happen...." He said this after the IRS admitted it did happen. WTF? Is he not reading his Daily Morning Briefing? When NBC's Lisa Myers describes it as selective prosecution, you know you have a problem.

POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Today's column reporting that gun deaths have been halved in the last decade led to a spirited debate among commentors on the story. You can decide for yourself who brings better facts to the table.

One of the (less remembered, now) adages of journalism is this: There are three sides to every story -- his side, her side, and the truth. You can see that, for example, in testimony in almost every trial. Witnesses swear to facts that contradict one another.

Each may be telling the "truth," as they see it. The job of the reporter is to lay the testimony on the table and let the reader decide. The job of the columnist is to sort through the facts and support the better argument.

POSTED: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 4:37 PM
Lefteria Dhimitre (right) enjoyed Saturday lunch at Bliss, 220 S. Broad, to mark her 105th birthday. Her son, Chris (center) who owns Bliss, hosted his Mom and a group of relatives and friends. Her friend Florence Moss (left) joined her at her table. Lefteria, an emigrant from Albania, is a long-time resident of Eddystone and received her citizenship papers in 1976, a special year.

Lefteria Dhimitre had a great day Saturday.

Her son, Chris, owner of Bliss restaurant, 220 S. Broad, invited her and a group of friends and relatives to lunch at the snazzy restaurant.

When I heard about it, I said, "Chris, shouldn't you be having her in on Sunday, Mother's Day?"

POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 4:52 PM
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Here's a famous Ben Franklin quote:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Here's a CNN report:

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Stu Bykofsky has been a columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News since 1987. Prior to the column, his assignments included theater critic, TV critic, copy editor, general assignment features reporter. He supports civil-rights and animal causes, he opposes political correctness, bicycles on the sidewalk and most other forms of selfishness and stupidity.
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