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July 24, 2006 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
AS INDEPENDENCE Month comes to a close - and the controversy over "the American Way" being deleted from "Superman Returns" still simmers - it is worth asking whether there are any patriotic heroes left in comics. Of course there is the Man of Steel, although patriotism has been downplayed lately. There is also Captain America, but his status as a symbol of America has not really been explored in his book recently (that's a subject for another column). But a book exploring the complexities and realities of the American dream is "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.
NEWS
October 22, 2002
W HY IS IT disturbing news that Wal-Mart is the state's largest employer, as reported in the Inquirer using stats from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry? It's not because it's a retailer - Sears, Kmart, Penney's and Boscov's are all on the list. And it's not just the company's reputation for worker exploitation, masked under the happy words of "team" and "family," that keeps prices so low. The company is often accused of using sweatshop labor, and in fact, ships clothes with a "Made in the U.S. " label even though that refers to Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth near Guam, where it pays workers $3 an hour.
NEWS
September 6, 1986
No doubt about it, coming to a party at the United States Embassy and bad- mouthing American foreign policy was bad manners. The U.S. held back some projected aid to Zimbabwe as an expression of indignation at the Zimbabwean cabinet minister's tacky behavior, which was so gross former President Jimmy Carter, who happened to be a party guest, stalked out of the Fourth of July reception in the capital, Harare. Zimbabwe didn't help any by refusing to apologize for the discourtesy (except to Carter personally)
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February 18, 1993 | By BARBARA BENNETT WOODHOUSE
In the wake of "nannygate," senators and members of Congress are busily scurrying to set their household help in order. But isn't it time for Uncle Sam to set his own house in order? Truth be told, Uncle Sam has a Zoe Baird problem. Every year he exploits the labor of millions of women who clean and cook and care for his children, and it's all off the books. Uncle Sam pays no Social Security or unemployment compensation. America's mothers get no pensions, no health insurance and no severance.
NEWS
February 24, 1989 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Jewels, furs and other trinkets confiscated from dope peddlers brought more than $75,000 into federal coffers yesterday at an auction at the Holiday Inn, 4th and Arch streets. The sale was conducted by the General Services Administration for the Marshal's Service. "It was wild," said Daniel Orr, administrative officer for the Marshal's Service in Philadelphia. "We had about 250 people show up, and we sold almost everything above the wholesale value. " By law, those who lost their goods couldn't buy them back at the auction.
NEWS
July 6, 1991
Out in the Arabian desert last winter, many members of the all-volunteer military wondered whether Desert Storm was "all that they could be. " Even with casualties that were remarkably low, the Persian Gulf war resulted in an immediate decline in new volunteers for the military - even though each new recruit is guaranteed a welcome home parade. As a result, recruiters have been left with a less-than-appealing product. Not to worry: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will bail them out. A new state law requires public high schools to supply names, addresses and phone numbers of graduates to military recruiters.
NEWS
January 12, 1998 | by Robert Spero
After I awakened at 6:30 a.m., as usual; after I did 15 minutes of stretching exercises and weight work, as usual; after I power-walked on hilly terrain for two miles, as usual; after I had a hearty breakfast, as usual; after I wrote for four hours, as usual; after I ate lunch, ran errands and shopped for dinner (which, as usual, after three more hours of writing, I would cook for my wife and me), an ominous letter arrived from the Department of Health and Human Services. "Official business," it said under the return address.
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May 26, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I found the perfect man for Mother Mary: Uncle Sam. Why not? They'd be great for each other. Uncle Sam may be over 200 years old, but he's got plenty of life left in him. After all, we just found out that he sicced the IRS on tea party groups and spied on a hundred AP reporters. In other words, he's an active senior. A very active senior. Or maybe a hyperactive senior. But still, he's just the type of man that Mother Mary needs. He's tall, handsome, and he spends money like there's no tomorrow.
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June 22, 2005 | By Max Boot
The Army is getting desperate. Having fallen 25 percent short of already reduced recruiting goals last month, it is raising enlistment bonuses to $40,000 in some cases and lowering standards to accept and retain soldiers who would have been turned away in years past. A minor criminal record? No high school diploma? Uncle Sam still wants you. Down this way disaster lies - the undoing of the finest armed forces in U.S. history. But what choice is there? With combat dragging on in Iraq and plenty of jobs available at home, there aren't enough volunteers.
NEWS
December 22, 1987 | By Douglas Pike, Inquirer Editorial Board
A person's hunger is no stronger on Thanksgiving; an ill-clad youngster is no more tattered on Christmas. Thus there are a couple of ways to look at fund drives for poor kids' gifts, turkey dinners for down-and-outers and other acts of seasonally adjusted generosity. An optimist sees the real help that sincere people provide. A true do- gooder sees the other 363 days a year and the 32 million Americans below the poverty line. (Count the value of food stamps, housing aid and Medicaid and it's "only" 21 million.
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August 19, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
TAX POLICY is an issue this election season, and it's also an issue for Teresa Giudice . According to RadarOnline.com, a federal tax lien was filed against the Real Housewife of New Jersey and her imprisoned husband Joe , on June 15, for $219,804.38. A previous lien had been filed against Teresa and Joe on April 29. That one was for $243,425.50. That's a hefty chunk of IOUs with Joe in jail and Teresa struggling. "Pretty much all [my] businesses went to sh--," when she got sent to the slammer, she said on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live . Shop Kanye Kanye West fans can buy a taste of "The Life of Pablo" this weekend following the rapper-turned-fashion mogul's announcement of 21 pop-up stores worldwide that will be open for just three days, beginning Friday.
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May 26, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I found the perfect man for Mother Mary: Uncle Sam. Why not? They'd be great for each other. Uncle Sam may be over 200 years old, but he's got plenty of life left in him. After all, we just found out that he sicced the IRS on tea party groups and spied on a hundred AP reporters. In other words, he's an active senior. A very active senior. Or maybe a hyperactive senior. But still, he's just the type of man that Mother Mary needs. He's tall, handsome, and he spends money like there's no tomorrow.
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December 5, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's official! The cosmos buckles! The time-space continuum, um, continues! The very handsome Prince William , Duke of Cambridge , and his gorgeous wife, Catherine, Duchess Also, Not Coincidentally, of the Aforesaid Cambridge , are officially pregnant. So said Buckingham Palace in a palatial announcement Monday. And it went on!: " The Queen , The Duke of Edinburgh , The Prince of Wales , The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.
NEWS
November 28, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A whim turned into quite a windfall - $37.6 million cash - for a northeastern Pennsylvania man. Steven Lloyd, 51, of Harding, about seven miles north of Wilkes Barre, stopped at a local Turkey Hill convenience store on Nov. 17 to grab a granola bar and cup of coffee, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery. With his change, the Luzerne County man decided to buy a ticket for the Nov. 19 Powerball drawing, which boasted a $59.9 million annuity jackpot. "I had forgotten I bought the ticket until I was visiting my mom, and my sister called to say the big winning ticket was sold at the Exeter Turkey Hill," Lloyd said.
NEWS
July 26, 2011
By Michael Silverstein Washington's big new idea for keeping Social Security solvent, while saving the government about $300 billion over 10 years, is something called the "chained CPI. " It could soon replace the standard measure of inflation - the consumer price index, or CPI - long used to keep seniors' real-world benefits from being whittled away by price increases. The new yardstick would virtually guarantee that future Social Security cost-of-living adjustments will be smaller than if the standard CPI were used.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
In the war against resident Canada geese, Uncle Sam wants you. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services has produced a video showing how property owners can treat geese eggs with vegetable oil to prevent them from hatching. And the time to do it is now. Property owners who register with the agency at www.fws.gov/permits can carry out the work between March 1 and June 30, According to the department, the growing numbers of resident Canada geese pose a threat to public health and safety and cause damage to property, agriculture and natural resources.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2010
The National Constitution Center, just like Uncle Sam, wants you . . . and your art. In conjunction with the Art of the American Soldier exhibit, the Constitution Center is inviting active members and veterans of all branches of the Armed Forces to submit artwork to a special online gallery. Submissions can be made and the gallery viewed at www.constitutioncenter.org/artoftheamericansoldier .
NEWS
August 19, 2009 | By Richard Lavinthal
The federal government obviously isn't planning to pry Granny's arthritic fingers from her yellowed Medicare card, drag her screaming from her rocking chair, and try her before the local "Death Panel. " (Thank goodness no one found the term Soylent Green in the House bill.) Yet doubts about the government's managing, overseeing, or promulgating anything - especially one's health - are understandable. Putting Dr. Uncle Sam in charge will not guarantee efficiency, transparency, or fiscal responsibility.
NEWS
May 14, 2009
IS IT ME, or does the price of gas go up at every gas station around the same time, the same day, practically the same amount? These actions are what anti-trust laws are for, to protect the consumer from these actions by hucksters like Big Oil price-fixing over a game of golf. Now that there's more oil than ever before, what do they do to manipulate the price - they cut back on production! They expect us to believe that on dozens of ships filled with oil waiting to be off-loaded that the oil "went bad. " They creep up the price, just seeing how far they can push.
NEWS
April 6, 2009 | By Jay A. Soled and Richard L. Schmalbeck
We are awash in reports of corporate excess in the form of salaries, bonuses, lavish office decorations, and company retreats. But even though it's equally pernicious, excess of another kind has received less attention: tax-deductible expenses for business entertainment. Suppose Penny, an administrative assistant, and her husband, Buck, go to a professional basketball game, paying $50 a seat to sit in the nosebleed section. Rich, Penny's boss, attends the same game, accompanied by a client.
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