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April 20, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was 4 a.m. Saturday in Kandahar the last time Pfc. John Kihm talked to his mother on the phone. Deployed to the war in Afghanistan in March, Kihm wanted her to know that he had the date for his forthcoming R&R. He would be home for 15 days, starting July 8. He loved the Phillies, said his mother, Cecelia, on the phone Wednesday from the family's home in the Castor Gardens section of Northeast Philadelphia. So, she told him, she would try to get five tickets so the whole family could catch a ball game.
NEWS
April 10, 2008
SO OBAMA didn't make the obligatory stop at Pat's or Geno's. I applaud him on skipping the two tourist traps that are the McDonald's and Burger King of cheesesteaks in the city. There are other joints to get a great cheesesteak, including Jim's, D'Allessandro's and John's Roast Pork. Bryan Flannery, Chalfont
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March 15, 2007
WHAT IS HAPPENING to our city? A soldier had to come home from the war to bury his mother. He's been in the Army for 16 years and the last two, he's been defending our country and protecting us against the terrorists. Unfortunately, while he was over in Iraq, no one was looking out for his mother. She was a woman who worked hard trying to make a living for her family, a mother who raised five children, 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren - and all she wanted was a ride home.
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December 4, 1990
Bejamin Frankin offered his thoughts on the efficacy of war in a letter to one of his sisters written from Philadelphia in 1787. It was selected by Roy Goodman, research librarian of the American Philosophical Society. I agree with you perfectly in your disapprobation of war. Abstracted from the inhumanity of it, I think it is wrong in point of human prudence, for whatever advantage one nation would obtain from another, whether it be part of their territory, the liberty of commerce with them, free passage on their rivers, etc., etc., it would be much cheaper to purchase such advantage with ready money than to pay the expence of acquiring it by war. An army is a devouring monster . . . when you have raised it, you have not only the fair charges of pay, clothing, provision, arms and ammunition, with numberless other contingent and just charges to answer and satisfy, but you have all the additional knavish charges of the numerous tribe of contractors . . . (who take)
NEWS
April 21, 2003
COLUMNIST Michael Kinsley wonders what an honest opponent of the war should do now (OpEd, April 16). First, most of the organized antiwar groups aren't honest - they are the Socialist Workers Party and the free-Mumia crazies on the far left. Others, though, might admit that they were wrong, and question their weakness of character in always opposing their country. Finally, the Hollywood antiwar crowd like Tim Robbins and Mike Farrell might opt for the ancient Japanese rite of contrition called hara-kiri.
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June 2, 1995 | Associated Press, KRT Graphics, Defense Dept., United Nations; DAILY NEWS GRAPHIC
Any attempt to rescue the hostages by force would be "an absurd, catastrophic mistake. " - Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic On sending U.S. troops: "As long as the mission was strictly limited for a very narrow purpose and it was something that we could do for them that they couldn't do for themselves, upon proper consultation with Congress, I would be inclined to do that. " - President Clinton "The U.N. mission in Bosnia has failed. It must be withdrawn and the U.S. should not refuse to assist in its withdrawal.
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January 27, 1991 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Washington Bureau
After the first 24 hours, there was the illusion that this war would be easy. But there was a nagging sensation that the antiseptic, technology- controlled script the White House and Pentagon had created was too clean. The euphoria is gone. Now, 11 days into the war, the White House is warning that the conflict may be long and bloody. What America has seen is not the war itself, but the illusion of war. It is war by briefing, not battle. Satellite TV can relay the life and death of a smart bomb, but the war below remains inscrutable.
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February 12, 2003
I am writing about the people who are protesting against the war. I think that our President knows what he is doing. . . . All of the protesting is just making his job harder. Anthony Conway There must be other options beside war. I feel President Bush is seeking revenge for, or to complete, what his father was unable to complete. This is the wrong reason for war. Ashley Taylor The writers are juniors at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 10, 2006
SIGNE WILKINSON'S Nov. 8 "Stop the War" editorial cartoon accurately depicts the election results as a clear referendum on the war in Iraq. Nevertheless, her analysis is dead wrong on two fronts. First, Republicans and Democrats alike evidently voted for a change in U.S. policy in Iraq. So the words "Stop the War" ought to be purple. Using blue, over a red map of the U.S., perpetuates a false dichotomy of the electorate with regard to Iraq. Second, the cartoon implies that those who voted Democrat want the war to end, regardless of the situation on the ground.
NEWS
January 31, 2003
HAS ANYONE considered researching how many presidents since FDR have had sons of eligible draft age? Almost every president has had some dealings with war. However, none, to my knowledge, has had sons who enlisted, fought or were eligible to fight in an existing war during their term. Most presidents, Kennedy excluded (John was only 3), had daughters. I believe presidents, congressmen and senators would exhibit a different mind-set if their sons were going off to war. Regina Powell, Lansdowne
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May 16, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
Long before Game of Thrones brought the wretchedness of medieval life and politics - plus dragons - to the small screen, Akira Kurosawa delivered an equally grim vision of endless war to the big screen. The Japanese director is best remembered in the United States for films such as the endlessly adapted Seven Samurai (another American version will be released this fall), but in 1985 he released his final film on the subject: Ran . It's a portrayal of violence, betrayal, scheming, and seemingly inevitable tragedy that makes the Red Wedding look like harmless fisticuffs.
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May 15, 2016
The Summer Before the War By Helen Simonson Random House. 473 pp. $28 Reviewed by Katherine Bailey Fans of Helen Simonson's 2010 debut novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand , and readers who enjoy fiction steeped in Downton Abbey ambience will delight in The Summer Before the War . Set in the small coastal town of Rye in Sussex during the Great War, the book offers vivid description of town and country...
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May 11, 2016
It typically takes less than three hours to travel the 140 miles between Philadelphia and Gettysburg. But it took years to reach the conclusion that artifacts in the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia's collection should be moved to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The collection hasn't had a permanent home since 2008, when a mansion at 18th and Pine Streets that served as the museum closed. The plan then was to build a more fitting facility to serve as a museum, but it never happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
At the press event a few weeks ago heralding Civil War , Marvel Studios exec Kevin Feige talked Black Panther. "(Directors) Joe and Anthony Russo and our screenwriters thought it would be very valuable to have somebody that was (new) and wasn't quite as invested (in the conflict)," Feige said. "We wanted somebody who, perhaps, was invested, but didn't have allegiance to any one side-who was essentially in it for very personal reasons, himself. "We knew we wanted to make a 'Black Panther' movie at some point, but at that time we weren't exactly sure when it would be," Feige continued.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
LOS ANGELES - Paul Bettany has had an impressive career, with Academy Award-worthy fare like A Beautiful Mind on his resumé - yet he says he might be most impressed by the achievement of his latest film, Captain America: Civil War . "You watch these and you see that they're incredibly difficult films to make," said Bettany, who plays The Vision. "I have directed a movie and I wouldn't have the first clue how to go about making a movie with this many moving parts. The Russo brothers did a great job. " Bettany's character has grown from the voice of Jarvis in 2008's Iron Man to a full, evolving character in last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron , and that was always part of the famous long-range vision of Marvel Studios.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
The homeless Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, steward of what scholars regard as one of the finest collections of Civil War materials anywhere but possessing no place to display them, reached an agreement Monday to transfer ownership of its roughly 3,000 artifacts to the Gettysburg Foundation, the private, nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. At the same time, the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall has agreed to mount a permanent exhibition exploring the constitutional impact of the Civil War, using artifacts drawn from what is now the foundation's Gettysburg collection.
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May 5, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The sharp rhetoric that has dominated the debate over Atlantic City's future reached a new level Tuesday as Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a potential gubernatorial candidate, questioned why South Jersey Democratic leader George E. Norcross III was involved in the discussion, and Norcross said the mayor was "making a fool" of himself. "Why is an insurance broker, a nonelected official, who has made tens of millions of dollars on the backs of public taxpayers, actively involved in drafting Atlantic City's takeover bill and then lobbying for it all over New Jersey?"
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May 5, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
South Jersey truck driver Michael Fright plans to celebrate by watching the first six movies, back to back to back. Bucks County accountant Carl Cardozo will take the day off from work, going in search of collectible, newly-on-sale figures of Boba Fett. Harvard professor Cass Sunstein intends to travel to the purest planet in the galaxy, Dagobah - at least in his mind. "It's gorgeous there," he said. And he should know. On Wednesday, these fans will join thousands of others - film buffs, academics, nerds everywhere - to observe an unofficial but hugely popular national holiday: Star Wars Day. That's May 4, as in, May the Fourth be with you!
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May 5, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
LOS ANGELES - As Captain America's best friend Bucky - and as the subsequently brainwashed-by-the-Soviets-to-be-an-assassin-Winter Soldier - Sebastian Stan has been a key character in what is now an iconic trilogy. With the third installment, Civil War , he is a primary cause of the, uh, civil war, led on opposite sides by Iron Man and the red, white and blue Avenger. "The appeal is simple," Stan said at a recent Marvel press event. "It's a challenge. "Every scene the Russos [Joe and Anthony, the film's directors]
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May 4, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
LOS ANGELES - Though Emily VanCamp was in the middle of a four-year run playing kick-butt character Emily Thorne on ABC's Revenge , she had to pass a chemistry test to land the role of Sharon Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But don't feel bad for her. It was with Chris Evans. After a relatively small part in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier , VanCamp found her role expanded for this weekend's Captain America: Civil War . The scope is bigger this time around, as well.
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