Monthly Archives: October 2012

#sandyinphilly

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  Philadelphia seems to have escaped Hurricane Sandy mostly unscathed. I’ve been in touch with friends in almost every neighborhood, from the northeast to South Philly, Kensington to Strawberry … Continue reading

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James Wolcott’s Blistering Appreciation of Martin Amis

James Wolcott’s review of Lionel Asbo: State of England is an appreciation of Martin Amis as an interesting man and a blistering critique of his latter day novels. Wolcott pulls this tricky task off with his usual aplomb. The review is great … Continue reading

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PA Bill Punishing Poor Women For Having Kids: Part of A National Trend

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  A quick follow up on the bill championed, an then quickly dropped, last week by five PA state reps. The bill would have punished low-income women who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Extremism and The Department of Homeland Security (Book)

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  I just finished reading Daryl Johnson’s Right-Wing Resurgence: How A Domestic Terrorism Threat Is Being Ignored, the memoir of a conservative, Mormon, pro-life, gun-owning, Republican and lifelong law enforcement … Continue reading

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State Reps to Poor Women: Prove You Were Raped or Lose TANF Assistance (UPDATE)

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  From Think Progress, new depths of barbarism from our state legislators (House Bill 2718). A Pennsylvania House bill seeks to limit the amount of TANF assistance that low-income women receive based on … Continue reading

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Re-building America’s Welfare State

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  Presidential elections focus our attention on the current parameters of political conversation, which doesn’t suit the left particularly well. How much does Obama differ from Romney on abortion … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Restaurant Industry Creates A Lot of [Bad] Jobs

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  Yesterday Next American City published my piece on the implications of low-income jobs, and non-traditional labor organizing, for our cities.  The second half of my post, which I’ll focus on today, is about … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart, Fear, and Inequality in America

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  I have a piece up on Next American City today about the increasingly prevalence of low-wage work, the decline of traditional unions (due to our broken labor laws), and the unconventional … Continue reading

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Herman Cain Wants You To Intimidate Your Employees

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  Last Friday Herman Cain’s “Truth Tour” made a stop in Philly, at the non-union Ritz-Carlton downtown, to remind employers to pressure workers to vote for Romney. Cain’s new group, The … Continue reading

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You Have No Rights at Work

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  This election season has done an excellent job of showcasing an important, and little understood, truth about political freedom in the American workplace. In short: There isn’t any, unless you … Continue reading

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