Thursday, December 19, 2013
Council advances Nutter's cigarette tax
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Thu., 05/30/13 - 08:29 AM
Whether you're a smoker or not, idiot taxes like this affect you. For one thing, many smokers will just buy their cigarettes outside the city, depriving both the city and the vendor(s) of revenue... further, it's rare that a smoker ONLY buys cigs when they go to a store, so their other purchases (and the taxes on them) will also go to other vendors outside the city. When Philly doesn't generate the expected revenue (and cities NEVER generate their expected revenue in this fashion, never), they'll have to find something else to tax -- fatty foods, soda, whatever. It amuses me to hear city officials claim that this tax is a 'health initiative' while at the same time claiming the revenue will go to the school district, and not toward anything health-related. It's just a money-grab, folks, by a party and an administration that proves every day how inept they are at handling the money they ARE given. They certainly don't deserve more. The city and the school district better learn to live within their means, soon, because soon they will run out of people to tax.
Eagles taking it easy at NFL meetings
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Mon., 03/18/13 - 09:26 AM
Now that Jake Long has been signed by the Rams, and the market has been 'set', the Eagles need to be on the phone to bring Sebastian Vollmer in for a visit (not Andre Smith). Vollmer, in playing for the Patriots, has experience with the no-huddle, hurry-up offense that Chip Kelly wants to institute; he's 28, was a very good right tackle (who also played some left tackle), has the size and endurance to be a very strong addition to the Eagles' line -- while allowing Herremans to move back inside to right guard. If healthy, this would absolutely be one of the best lines in the conference.
Reading Terminal shop gets Olympic-sized reprimand
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Wed., 07/11/12 - 15:43 PM
Wow, there are a lot of businesses using the word Olympic in their name, just in the Philly metro area. http://www.yellowpages.com/philadelphia-pa/olympic?g=philadelphia%2C+PA ... wonder if they're all going to get told off?
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Pennsylvania's First Gay President
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Wed., 05/16/12 - 09:52 AM
Raising taxes a la the "Buffett rule" would net less than $5 billion per yer -- approx $50 billion over 10 years. Not even one month's worth of Obama debt.
"The non-partisan United States Congress Joint Committee on Taxation released a letter in March 2012 estimating that the Buffett Rule would raise $46.7 billion over the next 10 years." -- United States Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. "Memo On "Buffett Rule" Revenue Estimates" .. http://taxprof.typepad.com/files/joint-committee.pdf
Christie playing politics with health care
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Wed., 05/16/12 - 09:29 AM
More liberal idiocy? Seriously?? Obama is suddenly for same-sex marriage, but that's not 'political', no sirree. Every single solitary New Jersey citizen -- and AMERICAN citizen -- has 'access to healthcare' courtesy of President Ronald Reagan. By law. Every single one.
Oh, wait, you want taxpayers to pay for INSURANCE for those who don't have it? WHY??? All that stupidity does is RAISE THE COSTS for both coverage AND care for every single person. Don't you leftists at the Inquirer know ANY economics at all?? Or are you only good for parroting left-wing talking points, like the brainless thugs you make yourselves out to be?
Never mind. Question answered.
Abandoned factories pose a problem in reviving Philly areas
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Wed., 05/16/12 - 09:20 AM
The reason for the blight is simple: Business don't want to come to Philly. Why would they?? Take an old building and just TRY to turn it into something worthwhile.. try and deal with the union thugs who demand exorbitant money, try and deal with city officials wanting their own pockets lined, try and deal with the absolute maze of regulation involved with creating a business and hiring workers, try and deal with out-of-control taxation -- it's a nightmare. Why bother??? Then add 'civic association presidents' who call themselves 'Patty-Pat' and, when you're done laughing, you find that you are better off going to the burbs to start or expand your business.
In Europe, they love to hate us
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Tue., 05/15/12 - 15:52 PM
One of the reasons the Europeans don't like us is precisely because we saved their bacon twice in the 20th century; no one likes to be shown howweak or ineffective or impotent they are, and most people react poorly toward the person with the temerity to 'show them up'. It's not a Bush thing, an Obama thing, or any other specific thing. Incidents between countries happen all the time -- the French didn't like the US involvement in Iraq, and the British didn't like Obama returning the bust of Churchill. These are small, minor annoyances on the world stage. But the first and second Great European Civil Wars -- they were something significant, and it will be another generation before we are forgiven those slights.
4/25: Eagles draft buzz
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Wed., 04/25/12 - 15:25 PM
Interesting... the Eagles will not be drafting a corner, offensive lineman, safety or defensive end with the 15th pick in the first round. Corner is not a "win now" need, and neither is offensive tackle (they need depth in all of these areas, but a first round pick should start for you in Year One, and there's no room for such a player to start here). There are no safeties outside Barron worth a first round pick, and he'll probably be gone by 15... likewise, there are no defensive ends worth that pick -- the Eagles would trade down before taking one of these questionable DEs too early, I think, since they don't "need" one, but would like one.
I think the pick is a defensive tackle, since there are so many first rounders in that group, and it would mask their LB deficiencies. I'd be thrilled if, as Mayock's mock draft suggests, the WR from Notre Dame was still available at 15, because I'd snag him and teach him the slot routes immediately.
Tight end is an area where the Eagles could use some more talent and depth (sorry, Clay Harbour, but you're not cutting it in a league where the position demands dynamism). There are no first round talents here, either, so unless the Eagles surprise us with a pick like QB Brandon Weeden, it'll be a DT or trade down (trade UP is also possible, of course, but I don't think they'll use the ammo it would take to move up far enough to get a difference-maker).
The American Debate: What Hilary Rosen got right
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Thu., 04/19/12 - 15:00 PM
Here's my question for DICK and the rest of the talking-points-liberals idiots: Why do you apply what you know about Ann Romney TODAY to what she was 30 years ago when she was raising her children (without a nanny, which Obama can't claim -- he had one, according to one of his autobiographies)? This has to be the stupidest argument I've yet heard, from Obamabots who make stupid arguments every 17 minutes.
I'd Miss Marty, But ...
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Wed., 01/18/12 - 15:30 PM
The Raiders have a young QB they picked up last year... Terrelle Pryor. And you would have to agree that he is likely to need a LOT of coaching!
Report: Eagles work out QB Edwards
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Wed., 01/18/12 - 12:25 PM
If the Eagles do indeed have the 2012 mindset that a backup will need to win a couple of games for them, it makes sense to sign a veteran QB.. based on your list, I like Chad Henne. Jason Campbell has the skill-set on the surface, but I recall reports about his lack of intelligence in Washington -- apparently he had a lot of trouble digesting the playbook, and while that may seem innocuous, we all know that Andy Reid's offense is a bear to learn and manage. So someone with a history of trouble doing so wouldn't be my first choice.
Henne was having a pretty good season in Miami before getting injured. He's not the second coming of Joe Montana, certainly, but definitely serviceable. He reminds me of Brian Griese, and not just because they share an alma mater. :-)
Man Up: Appreciating Trent Cole
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Tue., 12/27/11 - 08:53 AM
Good post and breakdown, as always, Sheil! A couple of thoughts... The Eagles last year identified what they needed to do in order to compete against the likes of the Saints and Packers: Rush the passer and cover their multiple-receiver sets. The 2011 offseason program was designed with those two specific, discrete goals in mind, and while we can all agree that the season was a 'failure', some of the objectives were met. They certainly brought in the personnel they thought could accomplish those tasks, but not a coordinator who could create a gameplan to match their strengths. Washburn/Babin were brought in to get the linemen to rush the passer, freeing the back-7 to cover receivers (which is why the LBs are small, fast guys, and not run-stuffers). I'm not saying that the defense was a success, just that some of the goals WERE, and that it's easy from this vantage point to see the whole picture. We always knew this was a defense built to operate with a lead given them by the offense, and not focused on stopping the run. The return of Landri and Dixon, a solid MLB and a talented safety should be their offseason goals, because they're very close... assuming that Castillo stays as DC. If it's Spagnuolo, then all bets are off!
Marc Lamont Hill: GOP has some game but, nope, it's still Obama in '12
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Wed., 09/14/11 - 13:00 PM
In point of fact, Obama would be the SECOND President to be re-elected in the face of such awful economic numbers. The first was Franklin D. Roosevelt. I'd rather have Minnie Mouse in the Oval Office than this lying Socialist blowhard, but facts are facts.
The American Debate: Republicans are running right, maybe right off the map
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Sun., 08/28/11 - 11:17 AM
Well, DICK, it's a funny thing in national elections in this country.. Republicans who run as conservatives WIN, and Republicans who run as 'moderates' LOSE. On the flipside, Democrats who run as liberals LOSE, while Democrats who run as moderates WIN.
So Republicans who make kissy-face with left-wing 'values' (as though any such things exist) lose, while Republicans who eschew the left-wing win.
Now go drink some more Kool-Aid. Reading this tripe has actually caused me to lose ALMOST enough IQ points to vote Democrat. But no worry, I'm still in the triple-digits, so I'm safe.
Did Eagles get enough for Kolb?
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Thu., 07/28/11 - 16:04 PM
And we can see Kolb and Fitz when they come to the Linc in mid-November! Now, we still need help at LB, a backup QB, and apparently a right offensive tackle (who should almost be a left tackle, since he's guarding Vick's blindside).
The American Debate: Rick Perry's day of prayer: Troubling messages, good politics
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Thu., 07/14/11 - 14:15 PM
I'm curious which "Constitutional principles" the author refers to, my bet being that he has yet to read the Constitution. Being neither Christian nor Texan I have no personal stake in the day of prayer, and wonder why this hack does. I get that nearly every writer at this paper is liberal, as are 85% of the readership, and that's fine in this great country. But if you're going to quote Madison and/or the Constitutional, wouldn't a little intellectual honesty demand that you are at least accurate??
James Madison: "Congress should not establish a religion and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contary to their conscience, or that one sect might obtain a pre-eminence, or two combined together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform." --(Annals of Congress, Sat Aug 15th, 1789 pages 730 - 731)
Texas is a sovereign state, and free to have such a day of prayer as they wish -- in an ideal world, without two-bit hack writers pontificating as though they had a clue. Seriously, we don't need you to "interpret" the news for us, we're quite capable of doing so ourselves, without benefit of your enlightened and wholly biased viewpoint.
Elmer Smith: Got a 'Pledge'? GOPers will sign it
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Wed., 07/13/11 - 16:17 PM
According to a report published by the House Ways and Means Committee in 2003, the illegitimacy rate among African Americans was at that time 69% -- that means that 69% of all African American babies born in the US are born to a single parent, generally a mother. SEVEN IN TEN, people. Most of you are obviously liberals, but no matter your political bent, you ought to have the intellectual honesty to admit -- this is a PROBLEM. Predictably this has had consequences in the black community, from higher school dropout rates to higher percentages of men incarcerated (than previous generations), and this is a problem for our country and for our society as a whole.
The pledge was moronic, no question. But instead of puffing yourselves up with self-righteousness about how well you are able to denigrate someone with whom you disagree politically, perhaps you should actually think for a MOMENT about the consequences of 70% of black babies being born with (in most cases) no father in the home -- and how black men like Barack Obama, Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and others AGREE with the idea that this is a BAD THING.
Governing in Decline
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Wed., 07/13/11 - 11:20 AM
If you think this is 'unusual', both you and Walter Mondale (really???) should read up on some US history. Some people deride 'government gridlock', where both parties appear too set in their ways, too wedded to their ideas, and too deaf to the other party's leaders to accomplish anything.
While most may not feel the system is perfect, the system is designed to allow the citizens' interests to be represented. Deals are made between the parties when there is proximate congruency between their governing philosophies. Every politician tries to balance the needs and wishes of their constituents and the need to compromise their ideals with the opposition party... that's called "politics" and it's certainly not limited to Conservatives or Liberals, Republicans or Democrats, exclusively.
Government is working exactly as it's supposed to... For example: Conservative representatives were 'hired' (elected) in great numbers in November 2010 to advance their philosophies and ideals by their constituents, not to help advance philosophies and ideals which are anathema to them. Likewise liberals. So while some people may deride the "gridlock" I posit that it's working perfectly.
Political opponents CAN have excellent ideas, and sometimes do; but if both parties always thought that the other side's ideas were good, we'd have only ONE party -- because they'd essentially be the same. And no matter your particular leaning, you must admit that would not be good for the country.
Man Up: Chaney, LBs step up
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Mon., 12/20/10 - 11:52 AM
I know it's tough trying to keep track of what each player is doing, so kudos for the effort. I have a little to add...
McDermott is in love with the zone blitz, and it's really bad. I watched Trent Cole chasing Derek Hagan on a completion in the second half, and wondered why on Earth a defensive lineman was singled-up on a wide receiver. That was a gift to the Giants.
Dmitri Patterson seems to be an OK player -- he has some heart, but not a lot of ball skills. He's like a poor-man's Asante Samuel, because he lacks Samuel's instincts and ability to catch the ball.
Can anyone on this roster cover the tight end?!?!?! Kevin Boss couldn't outrun a dead chipmunk, but watching him roam free in the secondary was painful.
In a similar vein (though on offense):
Can anyone on this roster block an obviously-blitzing safety?!?!?! How many times -- in TWO games, not one -- did Deon Grant or Antrell Rolle blitz and come in untouched to the backfield?? I lost count. And every time they did, it was no surprise -- they were on the line of scrimmage, for Heaven's sake. Each time I saw one of them on the line, they blitzed. If it wasn't 100% of the time, it was so close as to make no difference. Could SOMEONE block them??
DeSean, LeSean lift Eagles to win
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Mon., 12/13/10 - 08:36 AM
CRichards: Actually, the official specifically said that Jackson was flagged for violating the rule regarding "going to the ground in the act of celebrating"; but as even Al and Cris pointed out, players are permitted to dive into the end zone. Celebrating isn't taking place until after there's something to celebrate -- crossing the goal line.
You're right on the second point, though. Someone messed up.
Mon., 12/13/10 - 08:04 AM
"Silly penalty from Jackson" -- that wasn't a penalty, though it was called one on the field. The announcers got it right in saying that he wasn't going to the ground in celebration, because he hadn't yet crossed the goal line. With an official RIGHT THERE on the goal line, 2 feet from Jackson, that should never have been called a penalty.
I'm not one to harp on the officiating, but it was horrible all night long. The non-calls, particularly against the Cowboys, were just appalling. Hitting Vick as he's just about out-of-bounds, hits to Vick's head, one guy jumping on Eldra Buckley's back with a knee on a kick return.. the list goes on.
Rich Hofmann: Eagles defense is a case of missing identity
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Fri., 12/03/10 - 13:47 PM
There are a few things to say about this defense.. You're right, they have no identity, but that's largely because of two factors: Their inexperienced coordinator, and their lack of talent. The Eagles draft smallish defensive ends to rush the passer, and who are weak against the run; they have linebackers with some speed, yet who get beaten regularly by tight ends who can catch the ball.
On top of it, the high amount of turnover of the roster (coupled with the youth) makes it difficult to establish an identity unless you have a seasoned, experienced coordinator -- someone who says, "THIS is what we do, and how we do it. Here's how you fit in." Instead they are -- and have been -- in flux for the last two seasons, unsure of everything except to say they are sure to remain unsure.
Their youth shows not only in their actual play, but in their attitudes. Last night was the first time they bounced BACK from adversity, instead of hanging their heads. Think back to the Titans game, when one costly mistake seemed to sap the energy and will from the team. Maybe they're growing up now. Their maturation process won't be complete until they add talent and an identity.
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