The latest from Philly homeboy Bradley Cooper:
Where Is America’s Nelson Mandela?
The man's true brilliance lay in his conquering his foes by embracing them.
Local Currency Is All The Rage
Towns are encouraging local commerce by literally printing their own money.
“One Heart, One Mind. Well, Unless…”
What message is Holy Ghost sending its students?
Holy Ghost Prep Alum Responds
McQuade: Why I don't give money to the church.
Inky politics writer Thomas Fitzgerald reports that IBEW Local 98, led by John J. Dougherty, will present Rep. Allyson Schwartz a $100,000 check for her gubernatorial bid at tonight’s fundraiser for her. “The union, led by its influential manager business manager John J. Dougherty, announced its endorsement decision ahead of a fundraiser it is hosting for Schwartz at the union hall in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia Wednesday night.” That’s a big Democratic establishment endorsement; will other dominoes fall quickly, or will the nomination battle go long and help Tom Corbett?
Even now, it’s tough to know what to make of John Bolaris. He clearly wants our attention—why else take a Philly.com gig and make jokes about his Miami “do shot” experience during a snowstorm live chat—but he doesn’t like it when people point out the weirdness of it all.
@phillymag When are you guys going to realize I'm just over sensitive Weather Geek, who loves life nothing more
— JOHN BOLARIS (@JohnBolaris) December 10, 2013
So let’s agree, John Bolaris is large. He contains multitudes. He has the right to want your attention and the right to not like how you give it to him, but also the right to use the fact that you’re giving it to him for bad reasons as a sign that, yes, you’re giving him attention. This is, in fact, probably about as consistent as any of us really tends to be. And if John Bolaris would get comfortable in being ignored, that’s probably where it would end.
Seems unlikely, though.
Anyway, he’s on an epic-length—more than two hours!—podcast over at Crossing Broad, and he takes a few minutes (about 43 minutes in) to discuss being a Philadelphia punching bag, and (ahem) a Philly Mag punching bag in particular.
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It happened on Tuesday. One day before the Fake Sign Language Interpreter Scandal broke, United States President Barack Obama put on the Classic Overbite Selfie Face for a photo with some mobile-phone-wielding blonde (who happened to be Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a photo that has now become known as the Obama Funeral Selfie and has inspired the Great Obama Funeral Selfie Scandal of 2013, otherwise known as Selfie-gate. Read more »
PHILADELPHIA – Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Freedom to Marry launched “Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania” with two press conferences in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to introduce the campaign and key partners.
Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania is a grassroots public education effort to build support for the freedom to marry in Pennsylvania. The campaign will begin a dialogue with Pennsylvanian residents about why marriage is important to same-sex couples and their families.
“Gay people are part of the families of Pennsylvania; I know, because I grew up here with my loving family, now including my niece and nephews as well as my parents, siblings, and sisters-in-law. But Pennsylvania is not doing right by gay Pennsylvanians and their loved ones, denying couples who’ve made a commitment in life the commitment under law that is marriage,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.
As the entire world joined South Africans in laying the father of their nation, Nelson Mandela, to rest this week, much has been said about the genius, determination and humanity of the man who won a revolution without firing a single shot.
But there was one other element to his victory that seems to have escaped the notice of just about everybody who has remarked on his life — and that made it truly unique in human history.
Grantland has a long profile of former Sixer Andre Iguodala, suggesting he’s a Scottie Pippen-like do-it-all player who has never found his Michael Jordan to quite mesh with. And it didn’t help, apparently, that Iguodala played in front of notoriously tough Philadelphia fans who could only see what he wasn’t—Allen Iverson—instead of appreciating the gifts he had.