March 15, 2015 |
Philip Rinaldi, the city's refinery titan, offered Philadelphia City Council a lesson in business terminology Friday when he introduced a new phrase into council's vocabulary: "idiot insurance. " During testimony on whether the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works should engage in a public-private partnership, Rinaldi suggested Council could consider protecting its interests by maintaining an ownership stake in any private venture. "I live in a world of mergers and acquisitions," said Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions.
September 8, 2014 |
TEENAGERS are idiots. I know this because I was a teenager, all my friends were teenagers and all of us were idiots. I also went to high school with teenagers. And they were idiots, too. This is not a slur. Teenagers have no choice but to be idiots. They know too little to be otherwise. The question is, how idiotic do they get? If they're lucky, they'll be idiotic in ways that are only silly or mortifying and they won't hurt or kill themselves or anyone else. If they're unlucky, they'll be idiotic in ways that the luckier teens will recall with sadness at future high-school reunions, when everyone's finally old enough to worry about their own idiot teenagers.
September 2, 2013
It's hard to imagine a president of the United States publicly denouncing someone as a "dope" and an "idiot. " Sure, President Obama called rapper Kanye West a "jackass" during a bit of off-camera banter, but he didn't intend it for public consumption. And George W. Bush used a more vulgar term to describe a New York Times reporter, deeming him a "major-league" one at that. But his insult also was revealed unexpectedly by a hot mic (as was Vice President Dick Cheney's famous rejoinder, "Big time")
February 15, 2013 |
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
December 28, 2012 |
I RIDE SEPTA's regional-rail system. The trains are clean enough and mostly on time.Conductors are polite and helpful, give or take a grump. So, I wasn't sure what to make of the clown of a conductor I came across the other night. Was he some jokester? A jerk? A disgruntled employee? I'm thinking all three. You tell me. I stepped onto the 6:43 p.m. Chestnut Hill West train from Market East and nearly plowed into the woman in front of me. Before I could give her the "tourist much?"
December 5, 2012 |
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia cop and convicted murderer Frank Tepper shot 21-year-old William Panas Jr. to death, did he do so in his capacity as a police officer, or, as the city alleges, in his capacity as "Frank Tepper, drunken idiot?" In a federal civil trial that began Monday against the city, the Police Department and Tepper, the attorney for the Panas family, Jimmy Binns, said that Tepper, who identified himself as a cop and flashed his badge before the shooting, was acting as a cop, even though he was off duty when he fired the fatal shots after a neighborhood argument on Nov. 21, 2009.
May 3, 2012 |
Jen Lancaster is up on her high horse again. Fans of the witty memoirist are delighted to see her back in the saddle. Her just-published book, Jeneration X (NAL, $25.95) is a plea for her contemporaries to stand apart from the willfully infantile generations that bracket them -- the boomers and the millenials -- by acting like adults. "We're differentiating ourselves by becoming the only grownups in the room," says Lancaster. "We're tired of seeing all these baby boomers running around talking about their feelings and these Gen Y kids that you have to constantly coddle or they'll have a meltdown.
March 13, 2012 |
BORDENTOWN - Asked Monday if he regretted calling a Rutgers-Camden law student and former Navy SEAL an "idiot" during an argument at a town-hall meeting last week, Gov. Christie's answer was a typical Gov. Christie answer: "No. " "He acted like an idiot, he is an idiot," Christie told reporters Monday at Bordentown Regional High School, where he was visiting to talk about his education policies. "Just because he's a Navy SEAL doesn't give him any reason to be a jerk," he added.
January 18, 2012 |
Could insult be good for you? As long as everyone else is getting it, too? For the third straight year, Ricky Gervais hosted Sunday evening's Golden Globe Awards. He was more restrained (and thinner) than usual (oops - was that an insult?). But he still had a couple of good zingers. "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton," he said, comparing the reality-TV queen and the future queen of England. "Bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought.
August 26, 2011 |
THE TITLE RUBE in "Our Idiot Brother" will be tagged as an updated Forrest Gump, but his roots go all the way back to Voltaire's original dope, Candide. Candide, you'll recall, goes from naive optimist to shell-shocked pessimist to a man who says "we must cultivate our garden. " This is tellingly where Paul Rudd, as idiot brother Ned, starts out. He's a hippie on an organic farm, busted at a farmer's market for selling pot to a uniformed police officer. After a stay in county, Ned finds his rusticated girlfriend has a new organic beau, so Paul is off to the New York suburbs to live with family - passed from his dotty mom to his sisters in succession.