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NEWS
March 20, 2003 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 22, 1990 | BY LOU CANNON
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Small notices were taped to various surfaces at the Susquehanna Bank Center before Saturday night's Oddball Comedy Festival: "Amy Schumer will not be performing tonight. " She wasn't the only headliner from the festival website not in attendance. Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, and Bill Burr weren't scheduled for a number of shows on the 21-date tour, including the Camden stop. The well-oiled crowd didn't seem to mind, though, because Louis C.K., the cynosure of the festival, was there and in fine form.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"PHILADELPHIA is one of my favorite comedy towns, along with Baltimore and, um, Camden," stand-up comedian Dave Attell shared. "I had a great time making an episode of 'Insomniac' there [for Comedy Central]. Loved going to Pat's and Geno's in the middle of the night. Walking the historic cobblestone streets. Visiting the Tastykake factory. " Good timing and good name-checking dude, given your Jersey riverside landing tomorrow at the Susquehanna Bank Center, as part of the second annual Funny or Die Presents Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 3, 1993 | by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News
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.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demi goes for respectability It's time we respected youngster Demi Lovato , 21, as a serious artist and a woman of conscience. "I think no matter what way you say it, you're gonna be in the public eye and people are gonna look up to you. I just decided that I turned 21, I gotta be an adult, I've gotta act like one and here I am," Demi tells Hollyscoop. And she tells Entertainment Weekly she's tired of singers who write songs just for their shock value. "You're more respected as an artist" if you stay away from that material, she says.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 15, 2005 | By Karl Stark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 1, 1995 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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