Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann promised that none of the House Republicans would blink in their efforts to defund Obamacare, even if it means closing down the government for weeks.
A short time later, 20 House Republicans started blinking furiously enough to create an autumn breeze: Seven of the early blinkers are from Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Democrats in Congress only need 17 Republicans to join them for a majority vote.
The Philadelphia area mass defection started a flurry of emails and blog posts with the accusation of “RINO.” Wikipedia defines RINO this way:
Before YouTube, TV news bloopers were passed down through newsroom generations via word of mouth. I was working at NBC 10 for less than a month when I was told the story of a TV reporter, covering the manhunt for murderer Ira Einhorn, who said, “He will be tried in absentia.” The anchor asked, “Where exactly is absentia?” She must have thought it was a little country in Eastern Europe that had splintered off the Soviet Union.
That almost topped the story of the young anchor in Pittsburgh who filled in one night for the main anchor team in Pittsburgh and said, “Good Evening. Bill is on vacation and Jack’s off.” The studio crew lost it. Luckily the anchor didn’t realize what she said.
But now, thanks to You Tube, I can show you Philadelphia’s Top Ten TV news bloopers from the past decade.
And in the end it was all media manufactured hype.
Andy Reid walked out of the tunnel to a shower of applause and cheers from the adoring and standing fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Twitter responded in amazement (see below), as if Eagles fans suddenly stood upright for the first time. Read more »
Not because I care if Chip Kelly is gay. I don’t. But because the Google Is? game is a fascinating window into what people are thinking. And being a recovering TV anchor, I of course played the game using my name first.
I typed “Is Larry Mendte…” and Google finished the sentence with “still married?” The answer is yes, very happily. Thanks for caring, I think. Read more »
Sometimes it seems so long ago. Sometimes it seems like yesterday. It was 12 years to the day.
We all have our stories of the day the world shook.
I remember going into work at NBC10 and rushing into the newsroom where hardened news staffers were crying. After years of covering unspeakable tragedy, this one was too much to bear.
After three days and endless hours on the air, I started to question myself. Why wasn’t I crying? Why wasn’t I feeling what everyone else was feeling? It was when we started showing the pictures, so many pictures, of men and women from South Jersey, Bucks County, Delaware County, all over the area. That’s when it happened. My voice broke and my eyes welled as I read the names and told their stories. Read more »
After opening the shop, trying to find a replacement for an employee who didn’t show up for work, dealing with customers and sales people, taking inventory, and styling a few heads herself, Wendy Feldman finally got to sit down in her basement office and open the day’s mail and finally got something to eat. She almost choked after opening the first letter. Instead she gulped hard and cried out, “One thousand two hundred and fifty one dollars? You’ve got to be kidding me!” That’s her new monthly Use and Occupancy tax bill from the City of Philadelphia.
You could hear the primal yells of small business owners throughout the city as they experienced the seismic sticker shock for years of mismanagement by the city and its schools. With no warning, they’re getting hit with a new monthly Use and Occupancy Tax bill that is two or three times higher than the previous month’s.
Wendy Feldman may have set a record for obscene increases.
Melanie Zamichieli from Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County, can testify. “It felt like a million razor blades slicing into my skin” is the way Melanie describes what it felt like after a box jellyfish wrapped a tentacle around her body. “I was sure I was going to die.”
The wheels of justice move insufferably slow in the city of Philadelphia, especially when it comes to the omnipresent, non-violent, low-level crimes that can make a city close to unlivable.
My wife is getting a first-hand look at why criminals prosper, while victims, police and prosecutors surrender in frustration to a system that is so porous, criminals easily can go free simply by choosing to not show up to court. Justice? I’d rather not.
My wife is Dawn Stensland-Mendte, former FOX29 news anchor and host of the talk show Dawn on Philadelphia’s WMCN. Over three years ago her minivan was stolen from our attached garage in the middle of the night. Dawn’s iPhone was in the van and by using Apple’s “find my phone” feature, we were able to track the vehicle. Police found fingerprints all over the ransacked glove compartment that led them to Carlos Caez, who lives on the block of Hunting Park in Philadelphia where the van was found. Read more »