Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Gross Clinic Stays, The Cello Player Goes

I am pretty sure that most of the region won't notice this article in the Inquirer today. Seems that in order to participate in the highly publicized effort to protect Thomas Eakins’ The Gross Clinic from the Wal-Mart people, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts actually had to sell ANOTHER noted Eakins work, The Cello Player.

I guess The Cello Player didn’t have the backing of really rich people and Mayor Street. Or perhaps The Consortium to keep the Gross Clinic though we would be too busy grieving Barbaro to notice that they had pulled a switcheroo on us. I might fantasize that Street is too busy solving the crime problem or the child welfare issues in Philadelphia, but somehow I doubt it.

On Another Note

How about the woman who tried to sell herself on Ebay to get a trip to the Superbowl in Miami?

When that scheme failed, Sarah Spain somehow swung a deal with Axe men’s body spray to get 4 tickets to The Big Game. She is now auctioning off the 4th ticket. She’s a Bears fan. A well-built Bears fan.

What a country!

Gross Clinic Stays, The Cello Player Goes

I am pretty sure that most of the region won't notice this article in the Inquirer today. Seems that in order to participate in the highly publicized effort to protect Thomas Eakins’ The Gross Clinic from the Wal-Mart people, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts actually had to sell ANOTHER noted Eakins work, The Cello Player.

I guess The Cello Player didn’t have the backing of really rich people and Mayor Street. Or perhaps The Consortium to keep the Gross Clinic though we would be too busy grieving Barbaro to notice that they had pulled a switcheroo on us. I might fantasize that Street is too busy solving the crime problem or the child welfare issues in Philadelphia, but somehow I doubt it.

On Another Note

How about the woman who tried to sell herself on Ebay to get a trip to the Superbowl in Miami?

When that scheme failed, Sarah Spain somehow swung a deal with Axe men’s body spray to get 4 tickets to The Big Game. She is now auctioning off the 4th ticket. She’s a Bears fan. A well-built Bears fan.

What a country!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lunchtime Musings

Google Ends the Fun "Google Bombs" It seems Google may be getting a bit more mature in its business model. Google has tweaked its search algorithm to prevent pranksters from rigging search terms to create hilarious results. The practice was known as "Googlebombing." The most famous is probably the "miserable failure" search that used to pull up the White House website. The "miserable failure" moniker still seems appropriate to me. Air Force One and "Energy Conservation" In case you missed it, last week President Bush visited Wilimington, DE to talk to Dupont employees about energy conservation and biofuels. The visit was timed to support the Advanced Energy Initiative that Bush apparently announced in his 2006 State of the Union address. I don't know. I know it's 2007. Maybe he doesn't. Didn't he talk about this last year? How about this year? Yep. Same stuff. I saw his lips moving but all I heard was "Blah blah blah." Does anyone else find it ironic that the President flew 98 miles from DC to Wilmington on Air Force One, a heavily modified 747 jet that uses about a gallon a fuel a second to deliver a speech on ENERGY CONSERVATION? The flight took 22 minutes. That's 2640 gallons for the trip. Not counting the escort fighters?, motorcade vehicles and police equipment that used fuel (none of it biofuel) on the trip. At least Prince Charles gets it. 76ers Thank god they lost last night. What the heck is up with this team? Before the Debacle last night, they were 4-2 in their last six and had climbed out of the fight for Greg Oden. Then, they go and play like CYO guys last night and it looks like we will have a horrible team the rest of the way that just manages to win enough games to select Yannick's son Joakim Noah. Flyers At least Ed Snider says it's all his fault. His wife looks pretty young for an old geezer like him. Take it easy, C

Lunchtime Musings

Google Ends the Fun "Google Bombs"

It seems Google may be getting a bit more mature in its business model. Google has tweaked its search algorithm to prevent pranksters from rigging search terms to create hilarious results. The practice was known as "Googlebombing." The most famous is probably the "miserable failure" search that used to pull up the White House website.


The "miserable failure" moniker still seems appropriate to me.


Air Force One and "Energy Conservation"


In case you missed it, last week President Bush visited Wilimington, DE to talk to Dupont employees about energy conservation and biofuels.


The visit was timed to support the Advanced Energy Initiative that Bush apparently announced in his 2006 State of the Union address. I don't know. I know it's 2007. Maybe he doesn't. Didn't he talk about this last year? How about this year? Yep. Same stuff. I saw his lips moving but all I heard was "Blah blah blah."


Does anyone else find it ironic that the President flew 98 miles from DC to Wilmington on Air Force One, a heavily modified 747 jet that uses about a gallon a fuel a second to deliver a speech on ENERGY CONSERVATION? The flight took 22 minutes. That's 2640 gallons for the trip. Not counting the escort fighters?, motorcade vehicles and police equipment that used fuel (none of it biofuel) on the trip.


At least Prince Charles gets it.



76ers


Thank god they lost last night. What the heck is up with this team? Before the Debacle last night, they were 4-2 in their last six and had climbed out of the fight for Greg Oden. Then, they go and play like CYO guys last night and it looks like we will have a horrible team the rest of the way that just manages to win enough games to select Yannick's son Joakim Noah.


Flyers


At least Ed Snider says it's all his fault. His wife looks pretty young for an old geezer like him.


Take it easy,


C

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Footballers Make Headlines

And sometimes they aren't good. Today Slate.com reported that the US Government has tapes implicating New Orleans Saints running back and former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush in a scandal that could cost him the Heisman and USC the 2004 and 2005 National Championships. Yahoo! Sports has been reporting on the illegal gifts and contact with agents since last year. Seth's take on the whole Michael Vick "was it or wasn't it pot in the bottle" scandal is funny. Falcon's record 4-20? Hilarious!!! On a smaller scale, I reported the following story on D3football.com today:
Guilford players charged with assault
Local and national media reports indicate that a total of five Guilford College football players have been charged with ethnic intimidation and assault relating to a fight at the school. In the altercation early on the morning of Jan. 20, Jonathan Underwood, 20, Jazz Favors, Michael Bates, 19, Mike Six, 20, and Chris Barnette, 21 are alleged to have beaten and kicked two Palestinian students and one of their friends. The alleged victims stated in court documents that they were called 'terrorists' and taunted with racial slurs. The Greensboro, N.C., Police Department issued a statement today stating that the case has been referred to the Greensboro Metropolitan Criminal Investigation Division and has been assigned to a detective. The charges weren't requested by Greensboro police but instead stem from statements the victims made to a magistrate, who issued the warrants. Officials at the Guilford County magistrate's office have declined to discuss details of the case with the media. On Thursday, Guilford officials said they charged five students with violating the school's code of conduct in connection with the assault. Aaron Fetrow, the college's dean for campus life, said he could not identify those students because of federal privacy laws. Seth Cohen, a lawyer representing the three alleged victims, confirmed to the Greensboro News-Record that the two who attend Guilford have been charged by the school. The brawl, which court documents report up to 15 football players were involved in, has led to an on-campus student walkout, a vigil and a forum on the campus of Guilford, a Quaker school in western Greensboro. A statement today by Brendan Keene, president of the Guilford alumni association called the incident "isolated" and noted that "At least some of the participants were under the influence of alcohol." Guilford football coach Kevin Kiesel declined to discuss details of the case with the media but asked that students and faculty not make any premature judgments. Barnette, a senior wide receiver, is a D3football.com 2006 First Team All-American. He was also the offensive player of the year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Mike Six is a starter on the defensive line and led the team in tackles for loss, while Bates and Favors are reserves and saw limited action.
Bush is a greedy jerk whose actions might cost his teammates their championships. Vick may be explaining why he simply can't read a defense. The five Guilford players are, in my opinion, the worst of the lot and simply not worthy of wearing a uniform. Except perhaps a prison uniform. Enjoy the weekend. C

Footballers Make Headlines

And sometimes they aren't good.

Today Slate.com reported that the US Government has tapes implicating New Orleans Saints running back and former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush in a scandal that could cost him the Heisman and USC the 2004 and 2005 National Championships. Yahoo! Sports has been reporting on the illegal gifts and contact with agents since last year.


Seth's take on the whole Michael Vick "was it or wasn't it pot in the bottle" scandal is funny. Falcon's record 4-20? Hilarious!!!


On a smaller scale, I reported the following story on D3football.com today:


Guilford players charged with assault
Local and national media reports indicate that a total of five Guilford College football players have been charged with ethnic intimidation and assault relating to a fight at the school. In the altercation early on the morning of Jan. 20, Jonathan Underwood, 20, Jazz Favors, Michael Bates, 19, Mike Six, 20, and Chris Barnette, 21 are alleged to have beaten and kicked two Palestinian students and one of their friends. The alleged victims stated in court documents that they were called 'terrorists' and taunted with racial slurs.

The Greensboro, N.C., Police Department issued a statement today stating that the case has been referred to the Greensboro Metropolitan Criminal Investigation Division and has been assigned to a detective. The charges weren't requested by Greensboro police but instead stem from statements the victims made to a magistrate, who issued the warrants.


Officials at the Guilford County magistrate's office have declined to discuss details of the case with the media.


On Thursday, Guilford officials said they charged five students with violating the school's code of conduct in connection with the assault. Aaron Fetrow, the college's dean for campus life, said he could not identify those students because of federal privacy laws. Seth Cohen, a lawyer representing the three alleged victims, confirmed to the Greensboro News-Record that the two who attend Guilford have been charged by the school.


The brawl, which court documents report up to 15 football players were involved in, has led to an on-campus student walkout, a vigil and a forum on the campus of Guilford, a Quaker school in western Greensboro. A statement today by Brendan Keene, president of the Guilford alumni association called the incident "isolated" and noted that "At least some of the participants were under the influence of alcohol."


Guilford football coach Kevin Kiesel declined to discuss details of the case with the media but asked that students and faculty not make any premature judgments.


Barnette, a senior wide receiver, is a D3football.com 2006 First Team All-American. He was also the offensive player of the year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Mike Six is a starter on the defensive line and led the team in tackles for loss, while Bates and Favors are reserves and saw limited action.


Bush is a greedy jerk whose actions might cost his teammates their championships. Vick may be explaining why he simply can't read a defense.


The five Guilford players are, in my opinion, the worst of the lot and simply not worthy of wearing a uniform. Except perhaps a prison uniform.


Enjoy the weekend.


C

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Big Dog Back in HIS House

John Dzik made his triumphant return Saturday to the Nerney Field House in the Dixon Sports and Recreation Center on the beautiful campus of Cabrini College. Dozens of Dzik’s former players packed the house as the annual Alumni Basketball Game returned to Cabrini after a one year exile to visit our friends at Eastern College.

Coach Keeley’s squad was up big at halftime and survived a late run by Coach Kelly’s squad to hang on for the victory. Notes on the game are that no one had a heart attack, Johnny Drummond can still play and Kris Pittman can still handle. Tommy Newnam, though, needed oxygen after about 2 minutes. Photos are up on my Flickr site. And at Kelly Gallagher’s site.

Following the game, the current squad of Cavs, led by former Allentown player Matt Maccocia, continued their winless PAC campaign, falling to 1-14 on the year. On the bright side, they played furiously in the second half and lost by only one to Neumann 74-73.

It was good to be back in the building where we won so many games over the years. Try as I might though, I was still unable to put the pointless firing of a man who won 487 games behind me. He deserved better then and the program deserves better than 1-14 now.

Special thanks on putting the day together go to Coach John Mack, SID Extraordinaire Rich Shepis, “Schmoo” Steve Harrow and Cabrini’s Director of Basketball Operations and Former Dzik Player, Billy Leahy.

The afterparty at J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Ardmore with Cabrini soccer great Bill DiRita behind the bar was a wonderful chance to enjoy each other’s company. Nearly 200 turned out for what has become a great tradition of fellowship.

As cavsalumni.com notes, one of our all-time greats, Marty Clancy, was unable to join us, as he passed away in December. I was with Coach Dzik in Georgia the day after he learned of Marty’s passing. I can tell you that there have not been many times I saw him as reflective and saddened as he was then. Marty was a great guy and would give you the shirt off his back. He will be missed.

I’ll never forgive Toni Iadarola and crew for what she did to these people, this program and the future of Cabrini Athletics. At least that night we all got to remember how good it used to be and forget about the travesty of the present.

Big Dog Back in HIS House

John Dzik made his triumphant return Saturday to the Nerney Field House in the Dixon Sports and Recreation Center on the beautiful campus of Cabrini College. Dozens of Dzik’s former players packed the house as the annual Alumni Basketball Game returned to Cabrini after a one year exile to visit our friends at Eastern College.

Coach Keeley’s squad was up big at halftime and survived a late run by Coach Kelly’s squad to hang on for the victory. Notes on the game are that no one had a heart attack, Johnny Drummond can still play and Kris Pittman can still handle. Tommy Newnam, though, needed oxygen after about 2 minutes. Photos are up on my Flickr site. And at Kelly Gallagher’s site.

Following the game, the current squad of Cavs, led by former Allentown player Matt Maccocia, continued their winless PAC campaign, falling to 1-14 on the year. On the bright side, they played furiously in the second half and lost by only one to Neumann 74-73.

It was good to be back in the building where we won so many games over the years. Try as I might though, I was still unable to put the pointless firing of a man who won 487 games behind me. He deserved better then and the program deserves better than 1-14 now.

Special thanks on putting the day together go to Coach John Mack, SID Extraordinaire Rich Shepis, “Schmoo” Steve Harrow and Cabrini’s Director of Basketball Operations and Former Dzik Player, Billy Leahy.

The afterparty at J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Ardmore with Cabrini soccer great Bill DiRita behind the bar was a wonderful chance to enjoy each other’s company. Nearly 200 turned out for what has become a great tradition of fellowship.

As cavsalumni.com notes, one of our all-time greats, Marty Clancy, was unable to join us, as he passed away in December. I was with Coach Dzik in Georgia the day after he learned of Marty’s passing. I can tell you that there have not been many times I saw him as reflective and saddened as he was then. Marty was a great guy and would give you the shirt off his back. He will be missed.

I’ll never forgive Toni Iadarola and crew for what she did to these people, this program and the future of Cabrini Athletics. At least that night we all got to remember how good it used to be and forget about the travesty of the present.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Its All About ME!

Me Me MEEEEEEEEEEEE! On the front page of the Courier Post today! At least my name was on the front page. The story and link to this blog and a photo of me are all on page 5. While I rarely buy a physical copy of the paper these days, I did run out and get a copy of this one. I talked to the reporter last week and was honestly kind of surprised to be recognized for the blog. I am not delusional. I'm not doing anything special here. I write when I want to about what I want to. Nobody is going to drop by and hand me a Pulitzer. It's still nice to be noticed! Kevin Riordan is the reporter who did the story. He profiled Jay Lassiter, who does his blog from his Cherry Hill home, and Lou Antosh out of Cinnaminson. Lassiter is somewhat to the left of me politically and Antosh is a good bit right of me. The three blogs are an interesting study in contrasts. Lassiter's is by far the most voluminous. Antosh's is the best written. Mine is, well as Riordan put it, "Ecletic." Worse things have been said about me!

Its All About ME!

Me Me MEEEEEEEEEEEE! On the front page of the Courier Post today! At least my name was on the front page. The story and link to this blog and a photo of me are all on page 5.

While I rarely buy a physical copy of the paper these days, I did run out and get a copy of this one. I talked to the reporter last week and was honestly kind of surprised to be recognized for the blog. I am not delusional. I'm not doing anything special here. I write when I want to about what I want to. Nobody is going to drop by and hand me a Pulitzer.


It's still nice to be noticed! Kevin Riordan is the reporter who did the story. He profiled Jay Lassiter, who does his blog from his Cherry Hill home, and Lou Antosh out of Cinnaminson. Lassiter is somewhat to the left of me politically and Antosh is a good bit right of me. The three blogs are an interesting study in contrasts. Lassiter's is by far the most voluminous. Antosh's is the best written. Mine is, well as Riordan put it, "Ecletic."


Worse things have been said about me!

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Falling Ice Mobilizes Neighborhood

Anyone catch this story on NBC10? Seems that a 3 pound chunk of ice fell off an airliner that had just taken off from Philadelphia International Airport and smashed theough the roof of The Myers Family home in Woodlyn, PA. This article in the Delaware County Daily Times says the ice that opened a huge hole in the Myers Family roof was "...a combination of human waste and liquid disinfectant, (and) is the material that drips from a leakage on an aircraft’s septic system." It used to be called blue ice, but airlines stopped using the blue disinfectant. It's so common, it's made it into references in mainstream TV and films. The FAA confirms the ice came from a plane, but claims that such incidents are rare. I'm not so sure. A simple Google search turns up dozens of similar incidents. The Delco Times searched its archives and came up with 2 other similar incidents in the area immediately south and west of the airport since 1994. This document says that in the UK , there are about 31 "icefalls" a year. I don't know about you, but 31 incidents of heavy things unnecessarily falling off planes and pummelling the earth is too many. According to Wikipedia, PHL is the nation's 9th busiest airport, so I guess one can expect some noise and soot from the overflying planes. But chunks of plummeting pee? It seems like there should be som method to kep this stuff INSIDE the aircraft during flight rather than letting it ramdomly smashing into homes and recreation centers. This guy apparently fixes planes for a living and seems to agree, but notes that there is some thought that atmosepheric onditions may be to blame as well. The most interesting part of the the story is that the hunk of human waste seems to have galvanized the neighborhood to oppose the proposed runway expansion and airspace adjustments planned at Philadelphia International. Several other locales have similar objections. For the record, my house is not on a busy flight path top PHL, but I grew up not far from where the most recent icefall incident happened in Woodlyn. I support the proposed changes to the airspace design in the region and the runway expansions. I know from personal travel experience that the expansions are necessary for PHL to continue to maintain airline competitiveness in the area. We need to bite the bullet and make these changes, to encourage more airlines to schedule flights here. That will help competitiveness and decrease fares. Not to mention lower traveler stress. Yeah it may sound as though that will only hurt folks who travel by air, but that simply isn't true. More congested airspace and flight delays will result in substantial loss of commercial activity at the airport and in the region. We can't afford to lose any more jobs around here. We need the longer runway and new flight paths. We also need planes that don't drop frozen pee on houses.

Falling Ice Mobilizes Neighborhood

Anyone catch this story on NBC10? Seems that a 3 pound chunk of ice fell off an airliner that had just taken off from Philadelphia International Airport and smashed theough the roof of The Myers Family home in Woodlyn, PA.

This article in the Delaware County Daily Times says the ice that opened a huge hole in the Myers Family roof was "...a combination of human waste and liquid disinfectant, (and) is the material that drips from a leakage on an aircraft’s septic system." It used to be called blue ice, but airlines stopped using the blue disinfectant. It's so common, it's made it into references in mainstream TV and films.


The FAA confirms the ice came from a plane, but claims that such incidents are rare. I'm not so sure. A simple Google search turns up dozens of similar incidents. The Delco Times searched its archives and came up with 2 other similar incidents in the area immediately south and west of the airport since 1994. This document says that in the UK , there are about 31 "icefalls" a year. I don't know about you, but 31 incidents of heavy things unnecessarily falling off planes and pummelling the earth is too many.


According to Wikipedia, PHL is the nation's 9th busiest airport, so I guess one can expect some noise and soot from the overflying planes. But chunks of plummeting pee? It seems like there should be som method to kep this stuff INSIDE the aircraft during flight rather than letting it ramdomly smashing into homes and recreation centers. This guy apparently fixes planes for a living and seems to agree, but notes that there is some thought that atmosepheric onditions may be to blame as well.


The most interesting part of the the story is that the hunk of human waste seems to have galvanized the neighborhood to oppose the proposed runway expansion and airspace adjustments planned at Philadelphia International. Several other locales have similar objections.


For the record, my house is not on a busy flight path top PHL, but I grew up not far from where the most recent icefall incident happened in Woodlyn. I support the proposed changes to the airspace design in the region and the runway expansions. I know from personal travel experience that the expansions are necessary for PHL to continue to maintain airline competitiveness in the area. We need to bite the bullet and make these changes, to encourage more airlines to schedule flights here. That will help competitiveness and decrease fares. Not to mention lower traveler stress.


Yeah it may sound as though that will only hurt folks who travel by air, but that simply isn't true. More congested airspace and flight delays will result in substantial loss of commercial activity at the airport and in the region. We can't afford to lose any more jobs around here. We need the longer runway and new flight paths. We also need planes that don't drop frozen pee on houses.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Starbucks In The Forbidden City

There seems something wrong about a Starbucks in Beijing's Forbidden City. (image left by Wintermute) And I'm not the only one who thinks so. A Chinese television newscaster has called for the closure of the coffee outlet in the traditional home of the Chinese emperor, constructed beginning around 1420. I work in Center City Philadelphia and have a Starbucks about 450 feet from me right now. And another about 700 feet in the other direction. There are over 12,000 of these places worldwide. There is even one on Main Street in Moorestown, NJ in the old Moorestown Trust building. This guy has visited over 6,500 of the stores. I might go 3 times a week. I need help. He needs meds. Still, the ubiquitous coffee retailer seems to be out of place trying to worm its way into the Forbidden City. I know why they want to be there. 7 million visitors a year drink a lot of coffee. It's as bad as a McDonald's at the Pantheon. C

Starbucks In The Forbidden City

There seems something wrong about a Starbucks in Beijing's Forbidden City. (image left by Wintermute) And I'm not the only one who thinks so. A Chinese television newscaster has called for the closure of the coffee outlet in the traditional home of the Chinese emperor, constructed beginning around 1420.

I work in Center City Philadelphia and have a Starbucks about 450 feet from me right now. And another about 700 feet in the other direction. There are over 12,000 of these places worldwide. There is even one on Main Street in Moorestown, NJ in the old Moorestown Trust building. This guy has visited over 6,500 of the stores. I might go 3 times a week. I need help. He needs meds.


Still, the ubiquitous coffee retailer seems to be out of place trying to worm its way into the Forbidden City. I know why they want to be there. 7 million visitors a year drink a lot of coffee. It's as bad as a McDonald's at the Pantheon.


C

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Herd of Donkeys

At some point the Democrats will figure out that they need to get their act together, right? I mean how can they hope to elect a president from this list of dreck?

EVAN BAYH — Who? Even he knows he is unknown. Bayh withdrew his name in December. Darn.

JOE BIDEN — Still a plagiarist in my book. I think he also takes double doses of Propecia.

WESLEY CLARK — The modern day Mario Cuomo isn't sure if he wants to run. Would have to give up lucrative network news consulting job.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON — I just don't think America wants a snarky woman whose husband likes fat interns as the president.

CHRISTOPHER DODD -- Most recent to announce. From his website: "Chris Dodd believes that the best social program is a good job." With positions like that, how could you THINK about voting for someone else?

JOHN EDWARDS — I can't think of anyone as boring. Except maybe Evan Bayh.

AL GORE -- Too busy re-inventing the internet. Actually has gotten the most votes in a presidential election once. Maybe 08 is his year?

DENNIS KUCINICH -- His campaign seems as lost as Jimmy Hoffa. MS NBC forgot he is running. JOHN KERRY — I’m still trying to figure out how this guy lost in 2004. Oh yeah. I remember. He was a terrible campaigner. Inexplicably made the Vietnam War the central issue of the campaign.

BARACK OBAMA -- Yeah, blue dog democrats are going to voter for this guy. Even a sports reporter thinks he is a lightweight.

BILL RICHARDSON — Smart guy. Good campaigner. How is a New Mexico guy going to play in Iowa and New Hampshire? Too few favorite son electoral votes.

AL SHARPTON – I guess he thinks everyone forgot about his tax evasion conviction and the fact that he is ridiculous liar.

TOM VILSACK -- Dodges the Iraq Issue with "America's real war on terror is fighting poverty and ignorance." Great. How about the 3000 dead soldiers? How are you going to dodge that issue?

MARK WARNER — The former Virginia governor said he is out of the running. Maybe it's a ploy. The rest of these guys (and Hillary) are pretty bad.

In all seriousness, this website is an excellent resource to compare and contrast the candidates and their positions. About the best out there so far and they also profile the Republicans.

A Herd of Donkeys

At some point the Democrats will figure out that they need to get their act together, right? I mean how can they hope to elect a president from this list of dreck?

EVAN BAYH — Who? Even he knows he is unknown. Bayh withdrew his name in December. Darn.

JOE BIDEN — Still a plagiarist in my book. I think he also takes double doses of Propecia.

WESLEY CLARK — The modern day Mario Cuomo isn't sure if he wants to run. Would have to give up lucrative network news consulting job.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON — I just don't think America wants a snarky woman whose husband likes fat interns as the president.

CHRISTOPHER DODD -- Most recent to announce. From his website: "Chris Dodd believes that the best social program is a good job." With positions like that, how could you THINK about voting for someone else?

JOHN EDWARDS — I can't think of anyone as boring. Except maybe Evan Bayh.

AL GORE -- Too busy re-inventing the internet. Actually has gotten the most votes in a presidential election once. Maybe 08 is his year?

DENNIS KUCINICH -- His campaign seems as lost as Jimmy Hoffa. MS NBC forgot he is running.

JOHN KERRY — I’m still trying to figure out how this guy lost in 2004. Oh yeah. I remember. He was a terrible campaigner. Inexplicably made the Vietnam War the central issue of the campaign.

BARACK OBAMA -- Yeah, blue dog democrats are going to voter for this guy. Even a sports reporter thinks he is a lightweight.

BILL RICHARDSON — Smart guy. Good campaigner. How is a New Mexico guy going to play in Iowa and New Hampshire? Too few favorite son electoral votes.

AL SHARPTON – I guess he thinks everyone forgot about his tax evasion conviction and the fact that he is ridiculous liar.

TOM VILSACK -- Dodges the Iraq Issue with "America's real war on terror is fighting poverty and ignorance." Great. How about the 3000 dead soldiers? How are you going to dodge that issue?

MARK WARNER — The former Virginia governor said he is out of the running. Maybe it's a ploy. The rest of these guys (and Hillary) are pretty bad.

In all seriousness, this website is an excellent resource to compare and contrast the candidates and their positions. About the best out there so far and they also profile the Republicans.

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Political Sun Sets on DeMarco

Apparently Burlington County Republicans were a bit stunned by losing the County Surrogate seat in November. When long-time Freeholder and LBI beach shop owner Vince Farias was rebuffed in his attempt to add the Surrogate position to his Freeholder spot in a blatant pension double-dipping maneuver, apparently the Burlington County Big Red Machine got the people's message. Yesterday, an unknown Moorestown attorney, John Comegno II, took over as Chair of the Burlington County Bridge Commission, one of the political plum jobs in the county. The position was previously held by former Chatsworth cranberry baron Garfield DeMarco. DeMarco, who sold his massive cranberry holdings to an environmental group in 2003, is a legendary figure in NJ and Burlington County politics, where he has long been a power broker. His dismissal by the Freeholders marks the surrender of his last official political office. Comegno will have his hands full. He takes over a place with no Executive Director, filled with patronage jobs, and beset with scandal. NOTE: The photo above is actually a December, 2006 shot of the sun going down over Demarco's former cranberry bogs along Route 563 in Chatsworth.

Political Sun Sets on DeMarco

Apparently Burlington County Republicans were a bit stunned by losing the County Surrogate seat in November. When long-time Freeholder and LBI beach shop owner Vince Farias was rebuffed in his attempt to add the Surrogate position to his Freeholder spot in a blatant pension double-dipping maneuver, apparently the Burlington County Big Red Machine got the people's message.

Yesterday, an unknown Moorestown attorney, John Comegno II, took over as Chair of the Burlington County Bridge Commission, one of the political plum jobs in the county. The position was previously held by former Chatsworth cranberry baron Garfield DeMarco. DeMarco, who sold his massive cranberry holdings to an environmental group in 2003, is a legendary figure in NJ and Burlington County politics, where he has long been a power broker. His dismissal by the Freeholders marks the surrender of his last official political office.


Comegno will have his hands full. He takes over a place with no Executive Director, filled with patronage jobs, and beset with scandal.


NOTE: The photo above is actually a December, 2006 shot of the sun going down over Demarco's former cranberry bogs along Route 563 in Chatsworth.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

As If Lawyers Needed More Bad Press

Scumbags in the Criminal Justice Center Some scumbag lawyer (note - I don't hate all lawyers, so these words are seperate in my mind) was ALLEGEDLY caught naked in a meeting room with a 14 year old on Monday. Wait. It gets worse. She was apparently in a 'family relationship' with the guy, Larry Charles, 49. And it was on the third floor of the friggin' Criminal Justice Center. This article does not say if the victim was a criminal defendant, probably because she is a juvenile. This website notes that rapper ODB had an attorney named Larry Charles. Can't possibly be the same guy, right? It's GOT to be different from lawyer Larry Charles, 49. And yes, the rule applies that when you see your name in the paper followed by a comma and your age, it ain't a good article for you. It should be noted that ODB has had LOTS of lawyers. But only one named Larry Charles. Can someone explain to me what kind of a zoo they are running at 1301 Flibert Street? lawyers naked with kids? This ain't Thailand, gang! Heads better roll over this.

As If Lawyers Needed More Bad Press

Scumbags in the Criminal Justice Center

Some scumbag lawyer (note - I don't hate all lawyers, so these words are seperate in my mind) was ALLEGEDLY caught naked in a meeting room with a 14 year old on Monday. Wait. It gets worse. She was apparently in a 'family relationship' with the guy, Larry Charles, 49. And it was on the third floor of the friggin' Criminal Justice Center. This article does not say if the victim was a criminal defendant, probably because she is a juvenile.


This website notes that rapper ODB had an attorney named Larry Charles. Can't possibly be the same guy, right? It's GOT to be different from lawyer Larry Charles, 49. And yes, the rule applies that when you see your name in the paper followed by a comma and your age, it ain't a good article for you. It should be noted that ODB has had LOTS of lawyers. But only one named Larry Charles.


Can someone explain to me what kind of a zoo they are running at 1301 Flibert Street? lawyers naked with kids? This ain't Thailand, gang! Heads better roll over this.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Things That Make Me Mad

Bush 41, Iran-Contra Conspiricist, to Lead Constitution Center George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st president of the United States, apparently has nothing to to at his mansion on the Maine Coast. He has just agreed to be the chairman of the board of the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. According to this article, the 82 year old could not be bothered to even attend his coronation ceremony. Will Bunch does a great job characterizing The Original Bush President's misdeeds. Bush 41, of course, is also the father of the doofus to the left. I just wish for once we could get a do-over. Anyone think the Supreme Court made the right decision in Gore v. Bush? Why do They Always Bring up Santa and The Snowballs? Some guy named Chris Rose from the New Orleans Times-Picayune came up to Philly to write about Philly fans. He did a pretty good job on balance, but can anyone tell me why Sportstalk 950's Gregg Henson had to bring up the Santa and Snowballs incident? For the record, I did talk to Rose on the radio this week. And yes, I accidentally used a word you can't use on the air. Gregg, Glenn, Meredith, I apologize. For the guys who asked me to post my rant, here is the basic theme: Folks from Philly love going to New Orleans. It's one of the few cities that we visit and say, jesus, Philly is better than this. Everyone have a great weekend and GO EAGLES!!!!!! Unsafe Searching As the above NY Times graphic above indicates, it's pretty easy to see what people on AOL (and probably Google and Yahoo) are searching for. In this article, the reporter didn't have to do too much work to figure out who the searcher in question was and contact her. Don't you feel safe now?

Things That Make Me Mad

Bush 41, Iran-Contra Conspiricist, to Lead Constitution Center

George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st president of the United States, apparently has nothing to to at his mansion on the Maine Coast. He has just agreed to be the chairman of the board of the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. According to this article, the 82 year old could not be bothered to even attend his coronation ceremony.


Will Bunch does a great job characterizing The Original Bush President's misdeeds. Bush 41, of course, is also the father of the doofus to the left.


I just wish for once we could get a do-over. Anyone think the Supreme Court made the right decision in Gore v. Bush?


Why do They Always Bring up Santa and The Snowballs?


Some guy named Chris Rose from the New Orleans Times-Picayune came up to Philly to write about Philly fans. He did a pretty good job on balance, but can anyone tell me why Sportstalk 950's Gregg Henson had to bring up the Santa and Snowballs incident?


For the record, I did talk to Rose on the radio this week. And yes, I accidentally used a word you can't use on the air. Gregg, Glenn, Meredith, I apologize.


For the guys who asked me to post my rant, here is the basic theme:


Folks from Philly love going to New Orleans. It's one of the few cities that we visit and say, jesus, Philly is better than this.


Everyone have a great weekend and GO EAGLES!!!!!!

Unsafe Searching


As the above NY Times graphic above indicates, it's pretty easy to see what people on AOL (and probably Google and Yahoo) are searching for. In this article, the reporter didn't have to do too much work to figure out who the searcher in question was and contact her.


Don't you feel safe now?

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Last of the Christmas Photos Posted

Hey there Everyone! Just a quick note to say Happy New Year to all. We will have to wait until next weekend to enjoy(?) the Mummers parade. The last of the Christmas photos are posted to my Flickr account. Thanks to all who hosted and visited to make it a very special holiday season for us all Enjoy!! Happy New Year, C

Last of the Christmas Photos Posted

Hey there Everyone!

Just a quick note to say Happy New Year to all. We will have to wait until next weekend to enjoy(?) the Mummers parade.


The last of the Christmas photos are posted to my Flickr account. Thanks to all who hosted and visited to make it a very special holiday season for us all Enjoy!!


Happy New Year,


C

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