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Jim Kenney

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If you’re a Philadelphia voter, Jim Kenney is the only progressive candidate in the mix. (He’s the only guy running who opposes the charter schools, is planning to implement universal pre-K, got pot possession knocked down to a misdemeanor, worked to get same-sex partner benefits for city employees long before anyone else did.)

Now I hear rumors that Bill Green, the former head of the School Reform Commission, is thinking of running as an independent — most likely to split the white vote.

If you can donate to Kenney, please do so. It would be nice to have four progressive mayors in L.A., Chicago, New York and Philly. Why, it might even make the New York Times “trending” section!

Put up or shut up

This lobbyist (I forget his name) used to be a big honkin’ deal in Greenpeace before he sold out to the chemical pollution industry:

Eric Clapton is 70 today

What a great career.

That nice Jewish family down the street

jesus and mary

There have always been these “alternate” gospels, and frankly, we can’t really vouch for the veracity of any of them — including the originals. So what harm does it do?

Jesus was a devoted family man with two kids and Mary Magdalene for his wife, a new history book based on an ancient manuscript claims.

According to the 1,500-year-old text, there was a previously unknown plot on Jesus’s life 13 years prior to the crucifixion. The revelations were made by Professor of Religious Studies at Toronto’s York University, Barrie Wilson, and an Israeli-Canadian historical writer and filmmaker, Simcha Jacobovici.

One of the most astounding claims in the book is that Mary Magdalene was the same person as the Virgin Mary. The authors of The Lost Gospel assert that the manuscript features the names of the two children of Christ and Mary Magdalene – and even recites an assassination attempt against Mary and the children.

The book also chronicles Jesus’s connections to Emperor Tiberius and his best friend, the soldier Sejanus.

The manuscript, known as “The Ecclesiastical History of Zacharias Rhetor (of Mytilene)” has been with the British Museum and then the British Library for nearly 170 years, according to The Sunday Times. It was purchased by the British Museum in 1847 before being transferred to the British Library some 20 years ago.

The Lost Gospel, which has been translated from Aramaic, is set to come out later this month; details of the manuscript are expected to be revealed at a press conference at the British Library on Wednesday.

Some religious scholars are not enthusiastic about the upcoming release. “We’re basically looking at a sensationalist money-making scheme here,” Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary Greg Carey told the Huffington Post.

Arguing that the text has not been “uncovered” by Jacobovici and Wilson, as they claim, the professor says “over three hundred scholarly books and articles devoted to this text” can be found online, with over twenty manuscripts of the story. The ancient novel needs no “decoding,” Carey says, as it simply has no secret meaning.

I went to see the little peanut this weekend

And he’s adorable. Just perfect.

Funny, I kept enlarging his pictures on my iPad, so when I finally got to hold him, I said, “Oh, he’s so tiny!”

Here he is with Dad:

Jim and Jameson

The Hellmouth has moved south

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Remember when I lived in Bucks County, and referred to the town in which I lived as “the Hellmouth”? Now, along with the Arctic cold, the weirdness has moved south and my quiet little neighborhood has turned into something from Twin Peaks.

The other night, there was a violent rape at gunpoint by two teenage boys, about a quarter-mile from my house.

That same night, a young man who stabbed his mother to death in their home.

And Saturday, they found a dead body, floating in the Delaware River behind the local rec center.

Maybe it’s me?

A slice of New York history goes up in smoke

When an old building goes down, I feel it viscerally. I love the imagined history of every old place, and before you know it, we won’t have many left:

An explosion in Manhattan’s East Village on Thursday injured an estimated 25 people and destroyed a row of landmarked buildings that have held meaning for generations of New Yorkers. At one time the mayor’s residence was there, and another building housed an iconic vintage-clothing store made popular in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. “It’s a… Continue Reading »


This reminds me of when George W. Bush admitted there was such a thing as global warming, but quickly reassured his donors he had no intention of doing anything about it:

Appearing at a candidate forum in late January, three likely Republican presidential contenders — Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul — all made a striking confession: They considered “the increasing gap between rich and poor” to be a problem.

But on the question of whether the government should intervene to solve it, Mr. Cruz and Mr. Paul rejected that approach, and Mr. Rubio appeared to agree with them.

When “government takes over the economy,” Mr. Cruz said, “it freezes everything in place. And it exacerbates income inequality.” He proposed lowering taxes and loosening regulations instead.

Norman Greenbaum critically injured

In a car crash.

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