In Abandoned Sting Operation, Liquor Privatization Was Bait

Here’s a question about the abandoned sting that has Kathleen Kane in so much trouble these days: How close did it come to criminalizing normal political activity?

It’s a question that first started to lurk in our minds when the story first broke, with lurid tales of Democrats being given cash and gifts to vote against Voter ID laws they never, ever would’ve supported anyway. And the question grows stronger with today’s news from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review* that the confidential informant in the case often posed as a … proponent of liquor privatization.

* Watch out Inky! The Trib is hot on your heels on this story!

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Philly.com’s Frightening Finance Guru

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There’s a decent chance you’ve never heard of Dave Ramsey, and the reason should be familiar: In an era when our Red State-Blue State bifurcation means we can’t agree about anything, we don’t even have pop culture in common anymore. So maybe the easiest way to introduce Ramsey is explain that he’s the finance guru to the Duck Dynasty set, an evangelical version of Suze Orman.

He is also Philly.com’s business columnist.

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Keith Olbermann Won’t Stop Trolling Flyers Fans

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To be clear, Keith Olbermann fired first.

No, he wasn’t fired (although who would be surprised) — he took a shot at Philadelphia Flyers fans by calling them illiterate.

One day later he was back at it on Twitter, taking another cheap shot at us after we shared the story:

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Donovan McNabb Served One Day in an Arizona Jail

mcnabb-mugshotUPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: This statement has just been released by the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Donovan McNabb was booked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility on 4-16-2014 by order of the West Mesa Justice Court. McNabb was released from county jail after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge. Sheriff Arpaio says “I have had other high-profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern.”

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: TMZ is reporting that the arrest was for DUI on December 15, 2013. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty on March 27th and was ordered to serve one day in jail.

ORIGINAL: On Thursday, Maricopa County, Arizona, released a mugshot of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The mugshot, which was released without any information on the charges McNabb faced, was first posted to Twitter by KTVK-TV. Pro Football Talk noted that it is extraordinarily rare for a mugshot to be released without any information on the arrest.

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The Four Worst Philly Sports Teams

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In the end, the Sixers even sucked at sucking.

They ended their season Wednesday night just as they started it: with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Given that everybody knew going into the season that the plan was to stink up the joint as much as possible, those two wins are … unforgivable? Because they helped give the Sixers only the second-worst record in the NBA this season — which means the even more putrid Milwaukee Bucks now have the best chance of capturing the top pick — and, with it, perhaps a semblance of a future in professional basketball.

Blech.

Still, we’re not sure this is the worst season in Philly sports history. Yes, it was bad, but everybody knew to expect it. It’s the stomach-punch seasons — where expectations and achievement misalign badly — that should count. And there are lots of contenders for that prize. Here’s a nominee from each of the city’s major remaining pro teams:

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