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Archive for October, 2010
Local porn office raided
Center City Porn Offices Raided: National A-1 owns or operates a phone-sex line, Escorts.com, GayMovies.com, and many other porn sites in offices located above Jones. The Scoop will no longer be ordering anything with a cream sauce from the Stephen Starr joint. [Daily News]Onorato and Corbett Campaigns Seeing Surge in Cash: The recent influx of dollars suggests the governor's race will top $50 million in donations. Nah, Pennsylvania doesn’t need a campaign finance limit. [Inquirer]Evan Turner Made His First Appearance With the Sixers: But they still lost. [700 Level]Teva Pharmaceuticals Comes to Northeast Philly: The expansion will create 200 jobs
Plus 10 years of Valanni
Mike Miss sees plenty of suspects
On a day that I will give my television a blank stare as I see mutts like Pat Burrell and Cody Ross actually playing in the 2010 World Series, I acknowledge that it is an incurable symptom — I and many other Phillies believers are still stunned beyond belief that the Phils lost to the San Francisco Freaking Giants.How did this happen?How did the Phillies, who got into the Giants bullpen in the THIRD inning of an elimination game at home, manage to lose game six of the NLCS and send us reeling into the night, groping for answers and sports satisfaction that the Eagles no doubt will not be able to provide?
Comcast getting richer
Profits at Comcast Are Up. But, curiously, the company continues to lose cable subscribers. Hmm...wonder when current customers will start to put two and two together? [Philly.com]Tony Luke Opens Cheesesteak Shop in Bahrain. Two years ago, the international-empire-building Luke started hawking frozen cheesesteaks. Now, the Middle East. Wonder what Joey Vento thinks of "wiz wit" being uttered in Arabic? [City Paper]Sestak vs Onorato: Can Only One Win? According to one voting-trend theory, Pennsylvanians will elect either Sestak or Onorato, but probably not both. But if a train leaves Chicago at 10 a.m. traveling at 60 mph ... Oh, never mind.
Porch light on, candy out!
The leaves are turning, the nights have a hint of chill, the pumpkins have ripened. That means my favorite holiday is almost here. I love Halloween. That’s partly because it sits tucked up against my birthday, so it always seems as if people are celebrating, well, moi. But it’s also because Halloween, unless you’re Henri David or Martha Stewart, is a holiday without a lot of fuss and bother. There isn’t any special meal to cook. (We usually order pizza.) Decorations are cheap and quick; you carve up a jack o’lantern, you toss some phony cobwebs across the shrubbery. You get to dress up as somebody else. Reese’s Cups are involved. And you get to scare little kids with impunity. Let’s face it, what could be more fun than scaring little kids?But I’ve noticed more and more that the fun is falling out of The Big ’Ween, drained by Glenn Beck-ish fear-mongering. In my neighborhood, it’s harder and harder for kids to find the porch lights that signify “Handout within!” My neighbors keep their houses dark on Halloween night, huddling inside with the doors firmly locked. I’ve heard their complaints. They say the kids who come trick-or-treating are too old, or too rude, or too greedy. They grumble that the kids don’t even make an attempt at costuming, and that they travel in packs. They say they’re scared to open their doors; they don’t want teenagers seeing their big fancy flat-screens and getting ideas.
The choices have never been clearer
Let’s get something straight this campaign season. There are no “undecideds.” Or at least there shouldn’t be.If there are, they should be banned from voting. As Dean Wormer said in Animal House, “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.”And if you’re truly undecided, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Should journalists have opinions?
Considering what happened with Juan Williams and NPR last week, it took guts for ABC’s Jake Tapper — who graduated from Merion's Akiba Hebrew Academy in 1987 — to appear Friday on Real Time With Bill Maher, where opinions fly fast and furious.Opinions can be minefields for mainstream journalists. Williams’ was set off by his comments about Muslims, spoken on The O'Reilly Factor. It got him a pink slip from NPR — and a fat contract from Fox News.Tapper, a cool customer, played the B-card and escaped unscathed from Maher’s HBO circus.“I can be fairly boring,” says Tapper, 41, ABC’s senior White House correspondent and former interim anchor of This Week. “I think I was probably the fifth-most interesting person on that stage.”And that’s saying something when one of the five people onstage was Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin’s dopey almost son-in-law. Tapper concedes that Johnston’s presence on the roundtable was "very bizarre.”
Phillies want Werth
Phils Want Werth and Can Re-Sign Him: But Ruben Amaro Jr. thinks contract negotiations will go “deep into the off-season,” causing the women of Philadelphia to develop anxiety disorders. [High Cheese, Daily News]Political Ads Reign: There are more political attack ads than ever this year, according to the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College — and anyone who has walked past a TV in the last six weeks. [Inquirer]In Terribly Disturbing Local Animal News: A Somerton woman discovered the severed head and paws of a dog on her patio. An angry
Then vote them out of office
It is the slowest bank robbery in history, and we are all eyewitnesses.It is an inside job; the same people who are supposed to be protecting the vault are propping the door open. They even have the nerve to say, “slow down, take your time, we’ll make sure you all get your money.”The vault is the City Pension Fund. The robbery is DROP, the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan. The people propping open the vault door are City Council members who have been caught red-handed grabbing bags of DROP money for themselves. And instead of copping a plea, they gave the reaction of those who know the fix is in. They say, “what are you going to do about it?” as they continue to hold the door open.And we are the eyewitnesses who stand there feeling powerless and do nothing. That must stop.It is the great audacity of institutionalized corruption, and our complacency makes us complicit. The belief that “this is the way things have always been done and there is nothing we can do about it” not only enables the corrupt, but aids and abets them. They are emboldened by our passivity.