August 3, 2015 |
BY NOW, we all know that Cecil the lion was slaughtered by a rich American dentist named Walter Palmer, who paid $50,000 to track and kill the magnificent beast in Zimbabwe in early July. I've never understood the allure of hunting animals for kicks, whether it's offing a squirrel with a .22 or ripping into a big cat like Cecil with a crossbow. A lot of Americans don't get it, either. Over 735,000 of them have signed a "Justice for Cecil" petition on change.org, urging punishment for those involved in Cecil's death (including the big-game tour guides Palmer hired to help hunt his prey)
June 12, 2015 |
You may be surprised to learn the theme of Philadelphia's next TEDx conference could best be summarized by a pop song. But then you'd be underestimating the creativity of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), which draws inspiration from all quarters of culture. Called "And Justice for All," TEDx Philadelphia 2015 (that small x denotes a locally organized, as opposed to national, TED) will bring 14 speakers to the Temple Performing Arts Center for a daylong conference Thursday.
April 9, 2015
I'M FEELING a little sorry for the Republican Party these days. For one thing, it can't really play in the mayor's race. And I mean no offense to Melissa Murray Bailey (the GOP candidate, in case you're wondering). For another thing, the party seems intent on reprising its off-message messes at the national and maybe even the state level. Doesn't it seem as if the national plan, as trotted out in Indiana, is stopping gays from getting married? Message: If only we could keep lesbians from buying bridal bouquets in Bloomington, the country could get back on track.
April 8, 2015
For one thing, it can't really play in the mayor's race. And I mean no offense to Melissa Murray Bailey (the GOP candidate, in case you're wondering). For another thing, the party seems intent on reprising its off-message messes at the national and maybe even the state level. Doesn't it seem as if the national plan, as trotted out in Indiana, is stopping gays from getting married? Message: If only we could keep lesbians from buying bridal bouquets in Bloomington, the country could get back on track.
February 5, 2015
LET'S TALK ABOUT two who'll never be president: Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Both show up in a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday. Both trail Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by 20 points. And that's because, if you listen to them lately, both still play to states that run north/south in the middle of the country. I know polling for a race a year away is mostly a test of name ID. I don't buy the inevitability of Hillary in 2016 just as I didn't in 2008. But two things I'm fairly certain of: Candidates with limited regional support can't win the White House; and candidates consistently selling intolerance and self-righteousness shouldn't win the White House.
July 8, 2013
Taliban sighting in Harrisburg? Regarding State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's silencing of Rep. Brian Sims (D., Phila.) as Sims attempted to praise the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, I didn't realize Butler County Republican Metcalfe was elected to the Pennsylvania legislature to promote God's law ("House members debate God's law," June 28). Aren't we fighting a war in Afghanistan against this kind of thing? Ron Ranieri, Dresher Greetings from Butler County As a native of Butler County, I would like to inform my fellow Philadelphians that not everyone from that county or from Western Pennsylvania condones the bigoted, uninformed, and mean-spirited positions taken by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler)
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Declaring "the days of Rambo are over," a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military's special operations units. Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, director of force management for U.S. Special Operations Command, said that having seen women working alongside commando teams in Afghanistan, he is less concerned about their physical strength than the social issues that could arise.
June 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Facing lingering tensions in his party, the chairman of the Republican National Committee urged religious conservatives Saturday to support the GOP's plans to expand. "I would just ask you that we come together and that we pray for the future of this country," Reince Priebus said on the final day of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference that brought several Republicans leaders together with evangelical activists. "I'm a Christian. I'm a believer. God lives in my heart.
April 8, 2013
J. David Kuo, 44, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative who drew wide attention when he publicly accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died Friday in Charlotte, N.C. He was diagnosed a decade ago with brain cancer, his wife, Kimberly, said. After leaving his post as deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2003, Mr. Kuo became an open critic of that operation.
March 21, 2013
I'M A SUCKER for long-shot candidates running campaigns that seem to stem more from political fiction than any reality. As such, I cannot ignore one Max Myers, who is now officially running for governor. How much of a long shot is he? Well, the only reason he has a prayer is that he's an ordained minister. How unusual is his campaign? He's a Pentecostal minister from central Pennsylvania running as a Democrat. He's traveling the state on an announcement tour that started Monday in Philly at the William Way LGBT Community Center and ends Wednesday at an Allentown brewery.