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April 2013

True Fear In Boston Isn't The Bombers

 
True Fear From Boston: Martial Law and Facebook Hug-Ins
 
There’s good news, great news and bad news.
 
The good: if you’re still reeling from your self-imposed trauma of watching nonstop bombing coverage from the comfort of your recliner, there is a place you can go this week.  The Penn Relays in Philadelphia is banning backpacks!
 

Reaction To Boston Bombing Creates More Fear

The act of terror in Boston reopened wounds in the American psyche. Unlike the 9/11 attacks, however, when we almost immediately knew the culprits, there was nothing but rampant speculation in the media after this bombing, with each network competing to get a more spectacular --- and increasingly irresponsible --- angle on the bomber’s identity. The result was less coverage about the victims and more fear-inducing “analysis,” creating jitters in an already skittish public. And that is anything but helpful.

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Iron Lady Thatcher: Last From A Great Era

 
Iron Lady Thatcher: Last From A Great Era
 
There is a fascinating book by Irving Stone entitled, They Also Ran, the story of men defeated for the presidency. Stone, an historian, also analyzes the races to determine if the people chose wisely.
 
It’s a fascinating concept, as readers are left pondering how history may have been altered had there been a different outcome.
 
The opposite also holds true --- how history would have changed had the winner not been victorious.
 

Iron Lady Thatcher: Last From A Great Era

 
Iron Lady Thatcher: Last From A Great Era
 
There is a fascinating book by Irving Stone entitled, They Also Ran, the story of men defeated for the presidency. Stone, an historian, also analyzes the races to determine if the people chose wisely.
 
It’s a fascinating concept, as readers are left pondering how history may have been altered had there been a different outcome.
 
The opposite also holds true --- how history would have changed had the winner not been victorious.
 

Were Corbett, Legislature Drunk Writing Liquor Bill?

 

Were Corbett, Legislature Drunk Writing Liquor Bill?

 

“I don’t know...he’s either very smart or very dumb.”

---Quint in Jaws, trying to figure out the shark.

 

 

Quint’s famous line perfectly sums up both Governor Tom Corbett and the Republican-controlled House as they push their liquor privatization bill. They’re either very smart, trying to pull a fast one on Pennsylvanians who expect better selection and lower prices. Or they’re very dumb, actually believing their bill will work.

 

Why PA’s Liquor Stores Need To Be Privatized

 
Why PA’s Liquor Stores Need To Be Privatized
Part 1 of 2 on the state’s liquor battle
In 2010, Governor Tom Corbett was elected by a wide margin, in large part because of his insistence that the state-controlled liquor system be privatized --- an issue on which he was absolutely correct.  Despite that being a cornerstone of his campaign, nothing was accomplished during his first two years, even though he enjoyed historic Republican majorities in both legislative chambers. 

Time To Get Out Of Korea!

 
Time To Get Out Of Korea
 
So the North Koreans have declared a state of war against South Korea and, by extension, the United States. One question:
 
Who cares?
 
Why are we so up in arms --- literally --- about this situation? And why should we be the least bit worried about some young punk’s bellicose rhetoric to attack the U.S., since more often than not, his missiles travel six feet before blowing up on the launchpad.
 

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