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Clarence Thomas, by claiming he gets all the info he needs from legal briefs, has managed to sleep through more than half a decade of Supreme Court arguments. Today, jolted awake by an opportunity to needle his alma mater (with whom he has an apparently contentious relationship) Thomas finally said something out loud. To think, there are six and seven year-olds who had never heard the great man speak until today. Of course, as luck would have it, his comment was so uproarious, the gallery broke into hysterical laughter, and the official court transcript did not catch it. Lucikly, SCOTUSblog was there
I'm sorry that Chris Stigall feels so mad and dispirited about last week's historic Supreme Court ruling. But let’s remember how this discussion began in the first place.Forget that Americans spend twice as much, $7,500 per person, on health care than any other nation. Forget that the U.S. ranks 50th worldwide in life expectancy, next to Portugal and Taiwan. Forget that we rank 29th worldwide in infant mortality rates, next to Poland and Slovakia. Forget that, despite these striking figures, Republicans relentlessly argued back in 2010, before "Obamacare" was passed, that the U.S. had the best health-care system in the world and that we’d be crazy to reform it.
What are you feeling about last week’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare? Dispirited? Mad? Maybe even frightened? Me too. But I’ve been mulling this over a lot since Thursday. I was tempted to get sucked into the notion that “all is lost.” “There goes the Republic.” Then I internalized that I sit here in Philadelphia—a city that gave birth to the impossible when all odds seemed against them.
What kind of government sounds more tyrannical to you? One that makes sure every citizen gets health care? Or one that tortures, spies, and kills without accountability?I ask the question because Jose Rodriguez is in the news. He’s a former CIA official who—a few years back—made the decision to (possibly illegally) destroy videotapes that showed the (possibly illegal) waterboarding of a terror suspect.He never faced charges. Instead, he got a book contract. And in the book—which comes out this week—Rodriguez defends his destruction of evidence.
For years, 106.9FM WKDN Family Radio served as the local soapbox for zealot Harold Camping, who memorably predicted that the world would end in May 2011. Disgraced, Camping has sold the station to 59-year-old Midwestern radio mogul Randy Michaels, who’s ditching Jesus but retaining the Far Right with WWIQ, his just-debuted station that has launched one year after the Apocalypse didn’t happen.
A message to my conservative, Tea Party-loving, Fox News-watching friends: If you see Obamacare as oppressive socialist tyranny but celebrated two weeks ago when John Pike pepper-sprayed the protesters out in California, then you are not a freedom-loving patriot. You’re likely a loud, red-faced hypocrite—and maybe, maybe even a little bit of a fascist to boot.
The Founding Fathers are hot right now
Philadelphia’s expensive “XOXO” tourism ads are clever, and I’m certain they’ll win awards, but they don’t give anyone a compelling reason to visit our city. We have to stop marketing Philadelphia as “hip.” We aren’t, and I think most Philadelphians are fine with that.Forget promoting the arts, nightlife, restaurants and “romance” of Philadelphia. We’re great in each area, but other cities have the same or better. We need to promote what makes us special. And frankly, we have done a poor job of that.