NEW CASTLE, Del. - Police responding to a report of a suspicious man carrying a gun instead found two legs sticking out of a homemade igloo. New Castle County police said the legs belong to Delaware teen who was arrested Wednesday after he was found to be carrying a survival knife, a hammer, 7.5 grams of marijuana and two marijuana pipes.
So, shit, the police found just his legs? That's effed! Oh, wait â¦
County police spokesman Senior Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said the teen was released to his parents. Police said he was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, carrying a concealed deadly instrument, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Nope, dude is fine (relatively, considering he was arrested). The AP just phrases things awkwardly as hell.
I'll say this about the gambling industry: it sure is efficient!
Check out this example of what looks, to my untrained eye, more like an advertisement than a news article, posted just a few hours ago on Philly.com.
A New Jersey ticket came close - just as several Pennsylvania slips, including a $1 million one sold in Folcroft, did last week.
But only one North Carolina ticket hit all the numbers drawn Saturday night to win Powerball's $141.4 million jackpot.
The Jersey ticket did win $200,000, as did seven others, for having the first five numbers - 14, 22, 52, 54 and 59 - but not the Powerball of 4. Missouri had two such winners, while Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas had one apiece.
Now the biggest jackpot around is the $32 million Mega Millions has up for grabs tomorrow night.
Powerball's top prize will be $20 million for Wednesday night's drawing.
Not to knock the author, or to suggest there's anything uncommon about this particular article: The Inquirer and Daily News post articles about the lottery all the time. Philly.com has a special link for it.
Sure, it's "news"; so's the fact, to a few people, anyway, that I once ate a piece of deodorant, thinking it was cabbage. But it's not much news. It is, however, exactly what the Lottery and the states that sponsor lotteries (and therefore get a cut) want: more players, more perceived legitimacy, more free advertising.
So close are these two institutions, in fact â the newspaper and the lottery â that Philly.com plugs both:
I suggest the company takes its own pandering advice: visit the lottery websites yourself, stop wasting staff time handing out free ads to Big Gambling, and get back to what you're supposed to be trying desperately to preserve: actual journalism.
Over the past year nobody nobody has used clearer language for a better understanding of the current financial crisis than Elizabeth Warren. She first came to my attention with her first appearance on the Daily Show.
She was on again last night. I think you can just tell how much she is working because of how much she cares, and to that end, how frustrated she is getting that nothing is happening.
So for your viewing pleasure and absolute horror...
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|The staff at 2B Groomed
The spread includes a piece on straight razors, a rogues gallery of famous mustaches (Billy Dee, Sam Elliott, Daniel Plainview), the history of the dopp kit, a defense of the man-spa and a piece on the barbershop revival: "In these economically addled times â¦ with men looking for ways to cut back, hot towels, straight-razor shaves and classic cuts (with a complimentary Guinness or scotch) are increasingly in demand."
The barbershop piece runs with a list of Playboy's top-10 barbershops in America, and checking in at No. 5 is Philly's own 2B Groomed Studios (270 S. 11th Street, 215-925-3505, 2bgroomed.com, appointments encouraged), run by the super-dapper Jahmal Rhaney (above), who stopped by this morning to drop off a copy of his tonsorial star turn.
A couple years back, Trey Popp chronicled his straight-edge conversion in CP's pages:
The straight-edge specialists I used to frequent in India didn't sport twirling poles either, but considering what they charged for their services, such adornment was a cost better avoided. The going price for a smooth face ten years ago ranged from two American dimes to a quarter. After getting past high-strung nerves and an overdeveloped fainting reflex my first time in the chair, I was hooked. Why hunt for imported disposable cartridges when a man with 30 or 40 years of experience would shave me for a song? I threw away my lathering gel.
Given the scraggly state of my now-traditional winter beard, I may follow suit and pop down to 2B Groomed for one of their spruce ups and beard trims. Stay tuned.
|Photo | The Dukes of Awesome
marvin darnell harrison was not supposed to be this guy, the black athlete with a gun. Insecure, obnoxious, prone to acts of catharsis that was Terrell Owens, Michael Vick. But Marvin?
Marvin drank juice.
He was a worker. Marvin was the guy who never wore his gloves in practice because the gloves were sticky and made catching balls easy, and he wanted to practice the hard way. He was the neat freak who sat with his back to the press at a locker that would make a drill sergeant swoon. Marvin, who juked my repeated requests for an interview, was the perfectionist who evolved an ability to communicate almost telepathically with his quarterback, Peyton Manning, but barely at all with mere English. If he left any trace of his existence in the league, it was only in the record books: second (to Jerry Rice) in all-time receptions, third in all-time one-hundred-yard games, first in receptions in a single season. Through all this, his teammates claimed they didn't know him in the slightest. "He's like Batman," linebacker Cato June told Sports Illustrated.
Think about the discipline it would take to make a living as an elite star of a multi-billion-dollar entertainment juggernaut without ever once being truly seen. In this sense, Harrison's football career is not only historic; it's also a sort of miracle. The dude skipped like a flat stone across a rancid pool and emerged, twelve years later, dry as a bone.
Perhaps you're already familiar with Bush administration lawyer/Inky columnist/Philly native John Yoo, the guy who authored memos while at the Justice Department sanctioning the expanse of executive power during wartime (although, and not to be a stickler about this, but Congress never actually declared war), as well as the torture of enemy combatants. In essence, Yoo argued, and the Cheney/Bush folks were all too happy to agree, that enemy combatants fell outside of the parameters of the Geneva Conventions, and didn't deserve dick by way of federal or international protections. For advocating these far-right-field positions, which got adopted as policy under theocrat/world-class songwriter John Ashcroft, some folks want to get Yoo disbarred in Pennsylvania (third item).
In case you missed it, Yoo went on the Daily Show last night to pimp his new book (read the Washington Post's review here). And Jon Stewart did what Jon Stewart does: Watch it here:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Daily Show: Exclusive - John Yoo Extended Interview Pt. 1|
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Exclusive - John Yoo Extended Interview Pt. 2|
Yoo's argument strikes me as not unlike Richard Nixon's famous declaration that, "When the president does it, that means it's not illegal," perhaps with a wartime caveat. And in part two, above, Stewart tries to pin Yoo down on exactly what he thinks the limits of presidential power are. The answer: Not much. In his view, if you dissemble it to the core, the potential for a gross misuse and abuse of executive power, a la Nixon, is part and parcel of the American system. You may get a Nixon or a Bush, but these same vast powers enabled FDR and Lincoln to enter WW2 and free the slaves, respectively. You take the good with the bad, in other words, because, in theory, if the bad gets bad enough, Congress and/or the courts can step in.
It's an how to say? interesting imagining of American history, though I'm not sure how one could read the Federalist papers and find a warm embrace of executive power, war or not. Still, I don't think it's a point that can be altogether dismissed. Lincoln did revoke habeas corpus; FDR did go behind Congress's back to support the Allies. And yet, these men rank among our greatest leaders.
So, dear Cloggers, here's the question: Does John Yoo have a point? Or does his conception of almost limitless executive (wartime; presumably, the beneficent president gives it back when things settle down) power scare you?
Well, folks, it's game on: the House is debating the table games bill as we speak (my understanding was that it can't be voted on until about 5:00 tonight; will report back on that).
I'll be covering the discussion (or whatever's left of it) and vote today via Twitter and on the Clog â simultaneously in this case!
My Twitter coverage (PhillyfrScratch) will be streamed below.
Tonight, the state House of Representatives is set to vote on the table games bill â a bill that contains more shady clauses than a Santa convention.
Does it matter? Do I spit into the wind?
Maybe so: but at least I'm spittin'.
This bill is about much more than whether or not you can play blackjack at a casino.
- It expands the powers of casinos to extend credit
- It expands their powers to share information about pools of potentially lucrative gamblers.
- It keeps enforcement and scrutiny of casino operators under the Gaming Board, despite almost uniform agreement among law enforcement officials that it shouldn't be.
- It grants special favors to private interests â including, CP found, favoring a company represented by a top Harrisburg lobbyist to get the last unawarded casino license.
- It extends the opening time for Foxwoods.
- It offers casinos laughably low tax rates and licensing fees â even though its sole purpose, ostensibly, is to raise money for the state.
- It appears to create a new category of casino supppliers, subject to less scrutiny.
The list goes on.
Meanwhile, Governor Rendell â the same who refused to tax the massive gas drilling operations underway in Pennsylvania â maintains his hostage tactic over the small pot of money tied to table games, threatening to lay off 1,000 workers if the bill isn't passed by Friday.
His office argues that, because the projected â key word, there â revenues from table games were included in the budget to the tune of $250 million, the state legislature simply must pass this bill.
Perhaps Rendell â and, indeed, the state legislature â ought not to have included money in the budget that would come from an activity not yet legal! Rendell signed off on a budget that expected money from table games without having seen the actual law that would provide for table game in the first place.
When, lo and behold, the law turned out to be riddled with earmarks, casino giveaways, and greedy in-fighting among the legislature, and therefore got held up â Rendell is all the more to blame for allowing such provisions in his budget in the first place.
Yet it seems to me that the media has played easily into Rendell's hands, covering all sorts of issues â even a natural history exhibit â in a context of something terrible happening "if the House doesn't pass table games," â as if passing table games was some sort of abstract bureaucratic hurdle that simply must be overcome; as if Rendell's bullying and threatening layoffs is somehow more reasonable than the delay of a thoroughly corrupted law.
Example: "Rendell: Might have to close Pa. museum, parks" â Inquirer
Example: "Rendell: Without table gaming, the state budget is ruined." â Business Insider
Example: "Rendell: Layoffs to come if no table games by Jan 8" â Inquirer
Example: "At last, a table games deal" â Allentown morning Call
I've made my personal opinion clear before and, in the interest of disclosure â an, frankly, as an appeal to readers who trust my reporting â I state it again. This bill is a disgrace. It expands the power of a predatory industry, and it reeks of pay-for-play politics.
If you'd like to contact your representatives to urge them to vote either way, you can look them up here by zipcode.
Coming up: table games' shady provisions explored.
|Good luck, Dave!
I'll leave it to others to make big pronouncements about what, if anything, this says about the state of things at Philly's daily newspapers, but there's no question it's a big loss for the Daily News: Dave Davies is leaving the paper, after twenty years, to expand WHYY's multimedia and web operations and to serve as interim news director.
I've lived in Philly for less than two years â but it took less time than that to see that Davies was one of the best, most valuable journalists in town. And I've only met him a few times in person â but those few times were enough to see how intelligent, full of integrity, and downright friendly Davies is.
I don't see how the Daily News will replace him; WHYY, on the other hand, can only benefit from having Davies on board.
So a big congratulations, good luck, and thanks for all the good reporting goes out from the Clog to Davies, a true Philebrity.
Remember that new slogo Philadelphia: Life, Liberty, and You that everyone was wretching about a few weeks ago for being dull, uninspired, cliched, Web-fonty, group-thinky and essentially relegating the pursuit of happiness to also-ran status among our country's founding principles?
In the spirit of the new year and because we know you donât want to do any real work this week, we put an open call out to the designers and developers and tinkerers and artists in our community. Make a designerâs design for the City of Philadelphia.
Submit your ideas for a logo that would better suit the City of Philadelphia yes, it can be sarcastic or heartfelt. It can even include the Liberty Bell or a cheesesteak if you think they sum Philly up well â¦ and you can endure the taunts of your peers. Weâre thinking standard display images, but we wonât begin to limit you, the audience. If it fits in an e-mail or can be linked to, we want to see them.
How do you enter, you're wondering?
All submissions need to be sent to info [at] technicallyphilly.com [files or links] by the final whistle of this Sundayâs 4:15 p.m. Eagles last regular season game, against those bastard Cowboys.
Granted, the prize isn't exactly jawdropping bragging rights and maybe a button on the site, a promise to try to put the winning design in front of the city peeps responsible for these things, and a beer at TP's next group meetup but we'll point out that that beer officially makes the reward bigger than what the city gave the Star Group for its trouble.
So get on it, PhotoShop monkeys, Quark jockeys and InDesign lackeys and whip up a slogo to be proud of.
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