March 20, 2003 |
The Pentagon's war plan for Iraq has roots in a new doctrine called "rapid dominance," introduced in a book by military theorists Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade Jr. Shock and Awe is the book's blunt and vivid title - and the strategy's intended effect on Iraqi troops. Although neither author is well-known outside defense-policy circles, "their names are going to be stuck in association with this war, for better or worse, for some time to come," said John Pike, a leading independent analyst of military affairs in Washington.
January 22, 1990 |
Washington has fallen under the spell of the captivating demagoguery of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), with consequences that could become disastrous for an economy already eager to slip into recession. Moynihan's proposal to reduce Social Security payroll taxes has won applause from the left and right wings of the political spectrum, and it is widely said that the center cannot hold. But the center should. Moynihan's easy-money scheme to slash $55 billion from payroll taxes in 1991 is a mischievous idea that would increase the federal deficit by an equivalent amount and fuel the fires of inflation.
February 24, 2015 |
Has Ligeti's Atmosphères lost some of its shock value in the decades since its use in 2001: A Space Odyssey ? Maybe not. Amid our current orchestral odyssey of making programs as obsequious as possible, the classic from 1961 is regaining ground as a stroke of wondrous impertinence. British conductor Robin Ticciati made it so Friday night, even while constructing a Philadelphia Orchestra program in Verizon Hall of sly interplay among pieces. Another conductor might have aped the film, pairing it with Also sprach Zarathustra . Ticciati instead connected this Ligeti with an antecedent: Wagner.
January 6, 2003
OUR CITY has just fallen a few notches lower on the food chain, thanks to - and I cannot believe this is true - the 2003 Mummers. In a society that reeks of irresponsibility, we can now stand accused of being apart of the problem and not the solution. We owe our decline to George Hirsch Jr., captain of the Slick Duck Brigade, who proudly states to be the creative force behind the brigade; Tom Fox, deputy commissioner of the parade, and Eddie Hall of the Purul Comics, sponsor of Slick Duck.
December 3, 1993 |
Axl Rose is defending Guns N' Roses' cover version of a song by mass murderer Charles Manson by insisting that its inclusion on their new album was not an attempt at shock value. Rose issued a statement earlier this week in response to criticism that the song, "Look at Your Game Girl," glorifies the convicted mass murderer. Rose said the band chose not to mention the song on the album credits because "we wanted to downplay it. We don't give any credit to Manson on the album; it's like a hidden, bonus track.
May 30, 2010
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Lectures & literature National Constitution Center. Welcomes Evan Thomas, Newsweek assistant managing editor and bestselling historian, "The War Lovers. " Tue. 6:30 p.m. Free, reservations required. (Kirby Auditorium), Independence Mall, 525 Arch St., 215-490-6600. Authors J. Lewis Crozer Library. 1st Local Author Expo with author Sheilah Vance, "Chasing the 400" and "Land Mines. " 620 Engle St, Chester; 610-494-3454. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Libary.
August 15, 2005 |
Back in the 1940s, when trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie started hanging with Cuban players, the exchange gave birth to a single, potent genre: Latin Jazz. Nowadays, jazz players mix many more styles - even within one set - and few venture further in an hour than guitarist Bill Frisell. During his first, sold-out set Saturday night at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia, the burly, gray-haired Frisell, 54, and his trio careened across the cultural canyons, stopping to squeeze some old pop ditty, get up with country, or thunder like rock.
November 1, 1995 |
Councilman James Kenney has decided to hold his bill that would ban political posters from all utility poles since he doesn't have the votes to pass it. Despite his setback, Kenney yesterday offered some heady advice to the civic-minded - do your duty and tear down every campaign poster on a public pole. Under the shadow of the Nov. 7 election, Kenney hoped to light a fire under the feet of some Council members and get the minimum nine votes for passage. He quickly pushed his bill with a tough amendment through his licenses and inspections committee.
July 26, 2005 |
With eight nods, Green Day tops the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards - six for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and two for "American Idiot. " Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott earned six each, while U2 scored five and My Chemical Romance snared four. The Aug. 28 ceremony will be broadcast live by the music channel from Miami's American Airlines Arena. The event will be hosted by Diddy, aka Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who has apparently changed his name yet again. Confirmed performers include Kanye West (debuting a track from his sophomore Def Jam album, "Late Registration")
September 23, 2004
RE your Sept. 15 editorial "A Senior Moment": If there are "lousy" teachers in the city's classrooms, as you assert, why did the School District hire these people? Are they so desperate to fill vacancies that they will hire anyone who walks through the door? Maybe the district needs to look at the compensation they offer prospective teachers and why th ese lackluster packages only attract these "lousy" people. (I am a Philly teacher and know and work with dozens of others.