March 7, 1991
Now comes the hard part. Unless the United States takes its own rhetoric seriously, it is only a matter of a short time before people start dying in droves in the Middle East again, killed by fancy modern weapons provided by members of "the coalition. " The odds are against a new world order in which the good guys refrain from selling their nastiest technology all over the Middle East. In fact, the Wall Street Journal this week quoted the exultant president of Hughes Aircraft Co. about the "very hot prospects" in the region for the snazzy American war machinery that smashed the Iraqis.
March 9, 2009 |
Hedgerow Theatre's current production of Arms and the Man is only the latest installment in its long history with George Bernard Shaw. The company's first show was Shaw's Candida, it held an annual Shaw festival during the 1930s, and has turned to him many times in subsequent years. It even enjoyed a mutual admiration from the man himself. The show's program notes quote Shaw as saying "such theatres as the Hedgerow" are "where the whole thing is kept alive. " This most pleasant of Shaw's "Plays Pleasant" is alive at Hedgerow, all right, and lively, too. A balm for our war-wearied souls, it's the Snuggie of social satire, sent from the past to melt our snark-hardened hearts.
March 25, 1989 |
Buying and selling human body parts "is abhorrent," and the Center City physician who profited in the scam should not have his sentence reduced, a Common Pleas judge said yesterday. Dr. Martin Spector, 72, who claimed, "I was making my small contribution to the cause of humanity," is "both unrepentant and adamant in his belief that he acted without venality and exclusively for the altruistic advancement of science," said Judge Mark I. Bernstein, in an opinion filed with the state Superior Court.
June 24, 1992 |
Jim Fregosi and Lee Thomas sat in the manager's office yesterday afternoon and tackled the Phillies' equivalent of Rubik's Cube: Who's going to pitch on the West Coast trip? "I'm even afraid to look," Fregosi said when asked who might be on the mound during the grueling 13-games-in-11-days trip that begins in Los Angeles on July 2. "That trip is going to tear up a staff," Thomas said. "You're probably going to have to sacrifice a game or two just to get through it. " The big problem is that, because of injuries and ineffectiveness on their staff, the Phils already have called up most of the available arms in the system.
May 10, 1990 |
Oxford baseball coach Tom Grugan is looking for a few good arms. Make that a few extra good arms. Every area baseball team was affected by the wet weather this spring, but the Hornets seemed to lose more games to rain postponements than anyone. As a result, they are now in the midst of a seven-games-in-two-weeks stretch. That has left Grugan searching for pitchers to support his two regulars, Keith Reece and Ross Schoessler. And with the new PIAA rule that mandates rest periods after a certain number of innings pitched, the need becomes even greater.
April 22, 1993 |
Holy Ghost Prep coach Ted Grabowski has always said he didn't want Rich Brady, his ambidextrous pitcher, to throw righthanded and lefthanded in the same game. He's avoided the temptation to use him that way for two seasons. But Brady finally did it when his coach wasn't looking in the Firebirds' 17-1 rout of Lower Moreland on Tuesday. "He was supposed to pitch righthanded, but said he felt stronger lefthanded when he was warming up," Grabowski said. "I got to the game late, and when I saw him pitching in the first inning, he was throwing lefthanded.
May 6, 1999 |
Another springtime mass murder, another ritual invocation of the Second Amendment. The problem is, few people understand what it means. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms," as specified in the Second Amendment, is not so simple as limiting firearms to the National Guard, which liberals might choose, or allowing unlimited ownership of guns, as some conservatives would prefer. Even the president of the National Rifle Association, Charlton Heston, was forced to curtail the group's annual meeting in Denver as a result of the shootings in Littleton.
December 20, 1991 |
Self-defense, wrote British common-law authority William Blackstone in 1765, is the "primary law of nature" with the "right of having arms for self-preservation and defense" integral to that right. This belief was shared by our founding fathers, who codified it in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing law-abiding Americans the right to keep and bear arms. But gun-control advocates would deny that right to law-abiding citizens by restricting their ability to own and purchase firearms.
May 2, 1991 |
A lawyer I know, prefacing his remarks by saying he was making no moral judgments (do they ever?), said that the Persian Gulf war was a good thing, that it would be a real shot in the arm for American business. "Why?" said I. "Weapons," he said. "We've got the best in the world, and everybody saw that. They'll all want them. We've got something to sell now. " President Bush agrees, making no moral judgments either, and is urging American arms manufacturers to cash in on the free advertising broadcast during the short war. Get out there and cut that trade deficit!
June 3, 1992 |
As Central's Korrey Henderson entered the final 100 meters of the 1,600- meter run, he trailed Overbrook's Anthony Carter by a couple of strides. About 50 feet from the finish, he switched into high gear and overtook Carter. He had just enough time before crossing the finish line to raise his arms in celebration. He then trotted to the infield, out of breath and smiling as his teammates cheered from the stands. "I was tired, but it felt real good," Henderson said shortly after the race.