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July 10, 2015
BILL COSBY used to be open about his fascination with the idea that you could slip something into women's drinks to make them have sex with you. On the 1969 comedy album "It's True! It's True," he did three minutes on his desire as a young man to get his hands on Spanish fly. And in 1991 he again talked about Spanish fly and the effects young men believed, or at least fervently hoped, the substance had on ladies, with a chuckling Larry King on CNN. And nobody seems to have thought a thing of it. "America's dad," seven years into the run of "The Cosby Show," gets giggly about spiking women's drinks on national TV, and nobody calls that out?
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | BY RANDALL BALMER
AMID ALL the overheated rhetoric surrounding the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriages across the nation, evangelicals have alternated between defiance and a kind of martyrdom. "It's time to be a light in these dark times," Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, said. Franklin Graham declared that the court was "endorsing sin" and that God's "decisions are not subject to review or revision by any man-made court. " Echoing many other conservatives, Graham went on to say that churches and others who oppose same-sex marriage would be subject to discrimination and persecution.
NEWS
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | TAXES Less is more When does a tax become a "smart" tax, as Carolyn Adams proposes ("A tax on Philly house flippers," Sunday)? One of the primary forces for the revitalization of residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia in the past two decades has been the 10-year tax abatement provided to redevelopers. Because of the reduction in the tax burden, the demand for housing and subsequent appreciation of real estate have done far more to build wealth for working- and middle-class Philadelphians than any tax-and-redistribution policy.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
WITH apologies to Stephen Sondheim: Send in the clowns. There ought to be clowns . . . but wait, they're already here. How many Republican candidates can one get into one of those miniature cars in the center ring of the presidential circus now playing an extended gig in various locations throughout the country? There are already some 14, or is it 15, who want to be the GOP's nominee for the job no one in his right mind would want in the first place. Among the latest, of course, are the comb-over champion of the western world, Donald Trump, and the specialist in traffic jams, Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | BY WILLIAM CHAFE
RARELY, if ever, in American history has a president spoken more personally, emotionally or candidly than Barack Obama these past three weeks. Almost as though he had experienced a religious conversion, the president decided to be himself, to show who he was inside, to share his true character with the American people. It was a refreshing, powerful, transforming turn - one that showed us a different kind of president than we have seen before. The first appearance of this new "real" Barack Obama came in the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's 46-year-old son who died of brain cancer.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY REKHA BASU
THERE ARE days in our lives that stand out as historic, defined by a seminal event that upended the world as we knew it. We can remember exactly where we were when we got the news on those days. When John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or John Lennon were shot. When the Challenger blew up or when the Twin Towers came down. Friday, June 26, was such a day. For all of America's deep political, economic and other divides, we knew that one gulf had been irreversibly bridged.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY KATE SHAW & JOHN SLUDDEN
EDUCATION is front and center as Pennsylvania's budget heads into overtime. A key element in this debate is whether additional school funding should be tied to new accountability measures in the form of House Bill 1225 and Senate Bill 6, both of which would allow a more forceful state hand in governing the state's lowest performing schools. (S.B. 6 passed the Senate on a party-line, 27-22 vote on Sunday evening.) In the abstract, linking increased funding with oversight makes sense; however, this particular proposal deserves careful scrutiny.
NEWS
July 2, 2015
WILL BUNCH'S recent column is as pure a potpourri of leftist rhetoric as I have seen in some time. It's so blatant all I have to do is translate just some of his phrases into normal-ese to make my point. Here goes. He tells us that the (forced by political correctness) removal of the Confederate flag reminded him "of something remarkable that happened a quarter-century ago: the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Iron Curtain. " Nonsense. Those things stood for a failed ideology from the nineteenth century; the Confederate flag (whether you like it or not)
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
WASHINGTON - As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation's barbaric gun culture. Between now and then one thing is certain: Nothing will alter the status quo and the victims will just be more martyred to the cause delivering us from the evil of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
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