Monthly Archives: January 2011

Working at the Inky/DN will be a hard habit to break

Tighten your fingers around a teaspoon, feel its metal pulse, its mistrustful warning. How it hurts to refuse a spoon, to say no to a door, to deny everything that habit has licked to a suitable smoothness. — Julio Cortazar, … Continue reading

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The ‘decoupling’ of Americans from good jobs

… The President’s failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs, and explain specifically what he’ll do to get jobs back, not only risks making his grand plans for reviving the nation’s “competitiveness” seem somewhat beside … Continue reading

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The Great Oz explains the state of the union

Practicing civility means never having to say you’re sorry. It mostly involves learning to speak in a civil manner, never using words that might cause anger or tears or indigestion. This takes time and effort and — the hard-to-learn part … Continue reading

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Comcast in, Olbermann out — coincidence?

I doubt that covering the ups-and-downs and occasional broken promises of the Obama White House had the same thrill as exposing Obama’s thoroughly corrupt predecessors. — Will Bunch, Jan. 24, Attytood Bunch went to high school with Keith Olbermann and … Continue reading

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Wall Street mafia busted! (That’ll be the day)

“This is one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in the FBI’s history, both in terms of the number of defendants arrested and charged and the scope of the criminal activity that is alleged,” said U.S. Attorney General … Continue reading

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Coming soon to a town near you — Camden-ization

Somebody send out the cadaver dogs to search for my midwinter optimism. In the fall, at least, I was able to bike across the Ben Franklin  from Philly to take care of business. But after the first dusting of snow, … Continue reading

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MLK honored, Tucson-style

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. — Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 Take a look at the truly fine citizens who lined up Saturday in irony-free Tucson for … Continue reading

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David Brooks, a weasel in preacher’s clothing

Civility is a tree with deep roots, and without the roots, it can’t last. So what are those roots? They are failure, sin, weakness and ignorance. — David Brooks, Jan. 13, The New York Times Brooks should write speeches for … Continue reading

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Obama vs. the desert of the real

We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, … Continue reading

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Fast Eddie’s casino freakout on 60 Minutes

I’m Fast Eddie Rendell, and I’m smarter than the rest of you guys, always have been. It took me years to make you understand that casino gambling is the solution to shuttered factories and tens of thousands of lost jobs. … Continue reading

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