September 13, 1992 |
This year's highly peculiar presidential campaign went into one of its most highly peculiar phases during the past week as both candidates adopted "Harry-er Than Thou" attitudes. President Bush and Gov. Clinton showed up at their respective Labor Day rallies masquerading as former President Harry S Truman. Clinton actually held his rally in Truman's hometown - Independence, Mo. - and declared that he was following in Truman's tradition as a champion of "the great American Middle Class.
July 22, 1998 |
In the opening scene of Scream 2 - and in the real-life version of it in Cheltenham in December - the theater was packed. Popcorn and soda were being thrown at the screen. Young people were running up and down the aisles, yelling in the dark, as a horror film began. And then someone was stabbed. To illustrate the parallels between what was happening on the screen and what was actually taking place at the United Artists Cheltenham theater, Montgomery County prosecutors yesterday played a video of Scream 2 to open their case against Jordanna Eley, 17, of Philadelphia, who is accused of stabbing two other girls as they all watched the movie.
October 22, 2015 |
Like George Orwell in 1945, we live in a democracy tarnished by political intolerance. No English publisher wanted to issue Animal Farm in 1944, in large part because of how it depicted the (then-ally) Soviet Union. Today, people face public shame, lose jobs or businesses, or endure ostracism because of how they vote, what they hang on their walls, what attitudes they express on blogs, whom they've given money to, or whether they clap sincerely enough at an awards banquet. Despite Orwell's intent to satirize, decade by decade, each stage in Russia's history from 1917 to 1945, Animal Farm prevailed on a longer timeline because it conveyed the emergence of dictatorship and control from noble origins that sought equality and freedom.
June 9, 2006 |
There's no epigram at the beginning of Sir! No Sir!, but if there were, it would be George Santayana's famous phrase: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. " A riveting documentary about the GI antiwar movement during the Vietnam era, director David Zeiger's look back to the days of Nixon and LBJ and the massive military buildup in Southeast Asia bears so many parallels to the current conflict in Iraq that it's eerie....
February 10, 1988 |
Last night, in a postlude to his world premiere performance of "According to Mr. Dooley," his own dramatic adaptation of Finley Peter Dunne's humorous pieces centering on a fictional and vastly opinionated turn-of-the-century Chicago Irish barman, the monologist Shay Duffin, best known in this region for his Brendan Behan entertainment "Confessions of an Irish Rebel," stepped out in front of the bar that is his podium in this production and addressed a...
October 9, 2014 |
IF WHAT happened Monday with the School Reform Commission's decision to break its teachers contract feels like deja vu, the feeling is not entirely misplaced. It's easy to find several parallels between the actions of SRC Chairman Bill Green and those of his father, former Mayor Bill Green III, who oversaw the biggest teacher strike in Philadelphia history in 1981. First, some background: In September 1981, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers went on strike for 50 days over a promised 10 percent pay raise that never materialized.
February 18, 2005
NHL, good riddance The collapse of the National Hockey League season can be attributed to two simple factors: stupidity and greed. Both have been exhibited by the owners, but first and foremost the blame goes to the players, who display no sense of thankfulness at becoming millionaires by virtue of their physical prowess to play a game. I can react with some amusement to the end of the season, as I could not care less about whether professional hockey is played. The long faces, hand-wringing and angst of those for whom hockey plays such an important role are silly.
April 10, 2001
Is sustained dominance exhilarating, or tedious? In the case of Tiger Woods vs. Everyone Else Who Plays Golf, the public's verdict seems to be: exhilarating. With his victory Sunday in The Masters tournament, Mr. Woods has won all four of golf's most prestigious professional championships ("majors") in a row. This has never been done before. Tigers Woods stands astride the money-drunk modern sports era in a way that only Michael Jordan has equalled. Each has reached that pinnacle as sports champion/media icon/personal conglomerate where a first name (or nickname)
January 13, 1991 |
More than three days remained until today's NFC playoff game against the Chicago Bears, but Pepper Johnson already was eager to offer a free concussion to the next Chicago Bear he saw. The New York Giants' aggressive inside linebacker was supposed to spend Wednesday night watching game films of the Bears. Coach's orders. But the idea of watching football - and having to wait to play it - only pushed Johnson closer to the edge. So he went to a neighborhood video store and rented four movies, and watched them instead of the game films.