August 18, 2011
IT'S ALWAYS RISKY to start off with a ridiculously theoretical concept from France, especially one named something as ridiculous as Le Fooding. But if we're going to talk about what's happening with the dining scene on 18th Street near Rittenhouse, we should bring a little French theory into our lives. Le Fooding - a combination of the English words "food" and "feeling" - is an anarchic, hard-to-describe movement that began more than a decade ago in Paris, created by two prominent critics who wanted to shake up the scene and challenge the authority, the tyranny of stuffy, traditional French dining.
July 25, 2011 |
SLO, Norway - Anders Behring Breivik said he was a boy when his life's path began to turn. It was during the first Gulf War, when a Muslim friend cheered at reports of missile attacks against American forces. "I was completely ignorant at the time and apolitical but his total lack of respect for my culture (and Western culture in general) actually sparked my interest and passion for it," Breivik, 32, the suspect in Norway's bombing and mass shooting wrote in his 1,500-page manifesto.
July 25, 2011 |
OSLO, Norway - Anders Behring Breivik said he was a boy when his life's path began to turn. It was during the first Gulf War, when a Muslim friend cheered at reports of missile attacks against U.S. forces. "I was completely ignorant at the time and apolitical, but his total lack of respect for my culture (and Western culture in general) actually sparked my interest and passion for it," the suspect in Norway's bombing and mass shooting wrote in his 1,500-page manifesto. The Norwegian, 32, said it was the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 that "tipped the scales" for him because he sympathized with Serbia's crackdown on ethnic Albanian Muslims in Kosovo.
July 1, 2011
I'M A BORN American. My country keeps taking people in from other countries. Why? We don't need new people. Our economy is bad. Our unemployment is awful. Public assistance goes to foreigners who have no idea how to speak our language. The rule should that natural-born citizens are first to be hired by any company. (That is the American way.) Why are the born Americans being stepped on by Washington? Isn't the government supposed to be for us, the American people? Come on, America.
November 16, 2006 |
LAST WEEK, I offered my personal political manifesto - the world according to me on 15 hot-button issues. Writing it was part of my post-election catharsis. Addressing everything from Iraq to gay rights, I shared my views with you, and then with my radio audience. Next, I posted the opinions on my Web site and invited people to weigh in and see where we agreed. Last weekend, 3,449 people did just that. That's a healthy sample by conventional polling standards, although I'm not qualified to tell you its statistical significance.
May 25, 2006
IT'S SO NICE TO be able to drop into a restaurant in New Jersey and know that your meal will not include anyone's cigarette toxins. Even the nonsmoking areas in many Pennsylvania diners are a joke unless they were to be air-tight. Smokers, like alcoholics and addicts, will always have an attitude about their obnoxious behavior. To actually argue that you have a right to poison the air breathed in by others who don't share your addiction is absurd. An airtight "smoker tank" would be acceptable inside an eating establishment so the next generation of kids could observe the smoke and the people willing to sit in it, smell like it and cough a lot in order to assert their right to risk heart disease and cancer at greatly increased levels from the nonsmoker.
September 18, 2002 |
NO ONE has to remind Philadelphians that taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society, as Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. noted. Philadelphians are among the highest-taxed people in the United States. But the wage-tax debate this spring should have been a warning to our elected officials that the willingness of city residents to pay taxes was at the breaking point. And the latest round of property-tax assessments did just that. There are four things that city residents want - that they are not getting - in this reassessment battle: transparency, fairness, certainty and something for their money.
April 11, 2001
I once enjoyed listening to singer-turned- political-expert Barbra Strei- sand. Now I cannot stand the sight of her. She tells us (OpEd column April 6) President Bush is for corporate America and Bill Clinton was for the people. Was he for the people when he sold us out by sending our manufacturing overseas? Check out any store, and you'll see that most things are now made in China. She tells us Democrats have given us 30 years of social progress, but those same Democrats have taken prayer out of schools, weakened our military strength and messed up our country by disallowing discipline in the schools.
September 22, 2000
To The French Government: Now we understand. Seventy-five years ago, in Paris, artist Andre Breton wrote the first Surrealist Manifesto, defining a major art movement that, along with Dada, celebrated irrationality, dream states and the suspension of logic. Your continued refusal to return Ira Einhorn to the U.S. must be your idea of an amusing way to celebrate the anniversary. Any other logical conclusion escapes us. For how else would one celebrate a movement known for a painting of a pipe with the caption "this is not a pipe" (our homage to Magritte's "The Wind and the Song" is to the right)
March 26, 1998 |
A designer version of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto is coming out to mark the 150th anniversary of its first publication in 1848. "The book will be finely crafted and of exceptional beauty," burbled Emilia La Fuente Sanchez of Verso Books, "bound in high-quality cloth, with colored page-ends, a ribbon page-marker, and a stunning jacket illustration. " Republication was the least that could be done for the old boy after the worst decade for Marxism since he came up with the idea - and the publisher even got Eric Hobsbawn, the English-speaking world's best-known Marxist historian (all right, its only famous Marxist historian)