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We say farewell to former Senator Arlen Specter, dead at 82.

Arlen Specter, who spent 30 years representing Pennsylvania in the Senate offended Republicans and Democrats in almost equal measures with maverick votes and a frank cockiness that finally ended his career in politics, died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia. He was 82

Specter, who had battled a number of major illnesses in recent years, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was a hard-driving former prosecutor described even by some admirers as sarcastic. But he stood well above many of his Senate colleagues in his combination of intelligence and effectiveness.

Specter won no lasting gratitude from either liberals or conservatives during his career, and he especially alienated women.

After yet another “betrayal” of Republicans on the 2009 stimulus plan, he was forced to make the most dramatic leap in a career that was full of them. But this time he did not make it across the chasm. Facing defeat in the 2010 Republican primary election, Specter surprised the nation by announcing in April 2009 that he was switching parties – for a second time. (In 1965 he switched from Democrat to Republican after winning election as Philadelphia district attorney on the Republican ticket in an end-run around the city’s Democratic machine.)

His Senate change delivered a veto-proof majority there to President Obama. But not for long. Pennsylvania Democrats, many of whom had voted against him for years, refused to accept his final conversion. The party change did not secure his position, however. He avoided the Republican primary but got smacked in the Democratic primary. His career ended.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Manipulating the Election

David Horsey in the L. A. Times:

It’s possible to convince people to want what’s bad for them…

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Chris Weyant at The Hill:

…but sooner or later they won’t buy it…

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Bob Englehart in the Hartford Courant:

… so the Republicans will find another way…

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John Jonik in the Philadelphia Daily News:

…and they will prey on absolute stupidity…

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

…unless, of course, if their own party members grow a conscience.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Romney’s Problems

Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Romney has a popularity problem…

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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

… and a focus problem…

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Tony Auth (formerly) in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

…and an image problem…

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Jeff Koterba in the Omaha World Herald:

…and a communication problem…

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Mike Luckovitch in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

… but now, without real Republican competition, he is finding himself.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – You Can’t Always Get What You Want… Thank Goodness!

Drew Sheneman in the Newark Star-Ledger:

So, if you get elected we’ll drop the big boy on Iran?

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Tony Auth in The Philadelphia Inquirer

So, if you get elected we’ll eliminate education?

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Tom Toles in The Washington Post:

So, if you get elected we’ll reduce population by increasing the death rate?

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So, if you get elected you’ll be able to mandate gas prices?

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David Horsey in the L. A. Times:

So, if you get elected you won’t get eaten up by your own deficit policy?

 

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Birth Control vs. Woman Control

Signe Wilkinson in the Philadelphia Daily News:

Pro Choice? So who chooses?

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A good time to listen to the people…

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Jeff Danziger in the LA Times:

Keep the church out of the bedroom…

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David Horsey in the LA Times:

At least we always have Rick for Birth Control advice…

 

Pioneering Magnum Photographer Eve Arnold has Died

Eve Arnold dies at 99; pioneering photojournalist

The Philadelphia native was one of the first women to join the macho world of Magnum Photography Agency. She was known for the naturalness of her images and for her photos of Marilyn Monroe.

Here are some samples of this great artist’s work that you may recognize:

Malcolm X

 

Jaqueline Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe

Earthquake.

West to Chicago, and down south as well. New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore closed their airports until things could be straightened out.

And I didn’t feel it!

When it hit I was driving up the long, bumpy dirt road to the Folly which always has the feeling that the earth is moving when you bump along on it. But when I pulled into the Folly, Bradley and Carol had just come out of their house which had been shaking for a few seconds and Ben Snyder, who was working at the shops, felt it as he put together Carnival stuff.

The news says it was a 5.9 on the Richter scale (other reports say 5.8) and they are expecting smaller aftershocks over the next few weeks, perhaps at a 4.8 on the scale.

We are apparently over something called the Virginia Fault. It is about 4.5 miles down and is in the midst of the shale deposits that run up through the Appalachians, so any quake reverberates up and down the geographic mass.

The last time we had a quake of this magnitude here was in the 1890’s… and we had a much smaller one in 2010.

Life, however, goes on… and this was much more fun than covering Republicans.

Eddie Fisher Dead at 82

As a result of complications from hip surgery, 50s pop singer Eddie Fisher has died at his home n Berkely, California. This was the official statement from his family:

“Late last evening the world lost a true America icon. One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.”

” mensch” however had gone through five marriages, the most famous being his first to Debbie Reynolds and his second to Elizabeth Taylor. And there was nothing mensch-like about his comments in one of two memoirs attacking Reynolds (enough so that their daughter, Carrie Fisher, threatened to change her last name legally to Reynolds.)

He tried for a comeback in the sixties, but as the era of the Beatles rolled in, the era of the popular male singer rolled out.

From the NY Times:
Edwin Jack Fisher was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio.

After moving to New York, Fisher was adopted as a protege by comedian Eddie Cantor, who helped the young singer become a star in radio, television and records.

Picked this up from Op Ed News…

As a blogger, I find this particularly displeasing (and a violation of Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech).

This is the opening couple of paragraphs, but the rest is worth reading (and responding to):

clipped from www.opednews.com

Boycott Philly? Why Philadelphia’s Licensing and Taxing of Blogs is Creeping Fascism
By Darren Wolfe (about the author)

The recent decision by the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to require a Business Privilege License ($50 a year or lifetime cost of $300) of blogs and that the blogs be taxed on any profits has generated a well deserved outcry from free marketers across the country.

Many have invoked Chief Justice John Marshall’s famous words, “The power to tax involves the power to destroy.” They are right, this will be the end of independent blogging in Philadelphia and around the world when this spreads across countries.

The tax is actually the least of the threats to blogging the city is creating. The major threat is
the licensing. Once the precedent is established that blogs can be licensed the government’s control of the blogosphere will grow in small increments until it can shut us all down by simply requiring and then denying said license.
blog it

Read the rest HERE.