April 2, 2016 |
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) took out his iPhone and turned two dozen Hillary Clinton field volunteers, cheering and arguing about how to pronounce the name of their county, into a "snap," a slice of life on Snapchat. They would be famous for 10 seconds, the lifetime of a post on the social-media platform. But in a real way, Booker told the workers Thursday, they were part of something much more enduring. They were not merely mobilizing to make phone calls and knock on doors for Clinton in one of Wisconsin's most Republican counties.
July 27, 1992 |
You've probably heard the one about the dumb blonde, the nun, Dan Quayle. But what about the man? Any man. Men are the latest target for jokesters these days, under the heading "dumb-men jokes. " As in: Q: "What's the difference between a man and E.T.?" A: "E.T. phoned home. " No author or group has stepped up to take credit. This is not new, said Frederic Hayward, executive director of Men's Rights, an Oakland-based group. Hayward said he hasn't heard jokes about men referred to as "dumb-men jokes," although there are plenty of jokes about men out there.
September 11, 2012
A trifecta: Boring, pretentious and arrogant. Pig Iron Theatre Company's Zero Cost House would have put me to sleep if it hadn't annoyed me so intensely. This is the kind of baloney that gets called "avant garde" and makes you wonder how so many talented, smart people could produce such rubbish. Writer Toshiki Okada, who is hot stuff in the Japanese theatre and literary scene (and whose own company has a show in this year's LiveArts festival, Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech )
October 9, 2014 |
A HIGH SCHOOL football powerhouse in central New Jersey had the remainder of its season canceled due to alleged bullying by team members. School district officials announced that Sayreville War Memorial High will forfeit its remaining six games while police and the Middlesex County prosecutor's office conducts investigations. The school has won three sectional titles over the past 4 years. Neither the prosecutor nor the school district would comment on the case, but ABC News reported that an unnamed local official said younger players were taunted and intimidated by older players and that the behavior often had "sexual overtones.
May 17, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY, meet Sam Hinkie. Sam, Chip. The Eagles' new coach and the Sixers' new president of basketball operations share neither a sport nor a background - but they are united in a way they probably don't even realize. They are united in their ability to make people uneasy. Kelly insists that he is a football man to the core, but his philosophies about how to play the game - and, even, how to practice the game - have left some people with a permanent eye-roll. Hinkie, by all accounts, is a video fanatic who spends a large percentage of his time scouting the game in a traditional way - but his embrace of advanced basketball statistics leads some to marginalize him as a nerd.
August 5, 2012 |
Three years ago, Dan Senor, now a foreign-policy adviser to Mitt Romney, was in my radio studio promoting a book he'd coauthored called Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle . It is a book that Romney acknowledges as having shaped his thinking on Israel. Back then, Senor laughed when I said reading the book made me think of something once told to me by Bobby Greenberg, a businessman and former Philadelphia treasurer: "Always try to dress British and think Yiddish.
September 12, 2015 |
John Middleton wanted Ruben Amaro Jr. out. Start there. It is the most obvious takeaway from the news conference that the Phillies called Thursday afternoon to announce Amaro's firing as their general manager. The ever-louder voice of the team's ownership group, Middleton paid lip service to Amaro's successes - the three consecutive NL East titles at the beginning of Amaro's tenure, the 2009 World Series appearance, the creation of the 2011 Four Aces pitching rotation - but he could hardly hide how the failures and unforced errors ate at him. Seated next to new team president Andy MacPhail, Middleton began his remarks Thursday with an acknowledgment of and appeal to Phillies fans, and it was easy to trace a line from those words to the last four years: the Phillies' fall in the standings, the plummeting home attendance, those incendiary and foolish comments Amaro made to Comcast SportsNet in May about how many fans "don't understand the game.
January 9, 2015 |
"When I hire people, I want to hire very, very smart people. I wanted somebody who came from a different system. I didn't want a yes-man. I wanted someone who would bring new ideas to our system. " BY ALL indications, in his 2 years as the Eagles' head coach, Chip Kelly hasn't hired a yes-man yet. He seems to dislike the concept. Kelly hires good people. To be more exact, he hires competent subordinates. Keep that in mind as Kelly conducts his worldwide search for what is being perceived as his personal personnel pawn.
December 20, 1995 |
It's not too late for you to learn before the art of writing dies altogether. Here are some tips and observations from a long-time writing teacher. Write the same language you speak. If you don't say "indeed" or "thirdly," don't write it. Then eliminate words you don't need, like "of all," as in "first of all. " Write in the simplest language. You've never gotten an essay back from a teacher who criticized the smallness of your words. That's because when you use small words people are understanding you and concentrating on your message, which is all you should want.
April 8, 2012 |
"I learned how to be humble . Because there are a whole lot of smart people, and humility is important. " - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the University of Pennsylvania to mark the opening of a new law school building. ? "In other cities, we're generally competing with three or four carriers, and in Philadelphia, we're really only competing with one. You know, my motto in life is, 'Screw it, just do it,' so we give things a try, and, generally speaking, we're successful.