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Friday, February 10, 2006  

Why The Honeymooners Wasn't Set in Philadelphia


Bus driver pushes passenger off bus into traffic, police say

Associated Press (PHILADELPHIA) - A transit bus driver grabbed a woman by the hair and knocked her head into a pole after she yelled at him for missing her stop, then opened the door and tossed her into traffic, police said.

The 52-year-old woman, who was not identified, suffered a broken shoulder.

...The confrontation occurred late Wednesday morning after the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority driver had stopped his bus on the next street after the woman's stop, and the woman began shouting at him, police said.

Edney said he had to skip her stop because of a detour, police said.

Police caught up with the driver later on his route...


This all happened on Washington Avenue, which is a wide and mostly lonely commercial street that spans Philly river to river. It also serves as the border between center city and South Philly. The particular reach of it onto which the passenger was ejected is in an industrial and warehouse district and is not that heavily trafficed. Whatever traffic there is is slow moving. And as I said, it's a quite spacious if unspectacular boulevard. So it's not like he threw her off the bus and onto the Schuylkill Expressway at rush hour.

The defense rests.

5:19 PM

Tuesday, February 07, 2006
 

Huge Uptick in Export of Danish Flags Offsets Boycott Driven Downturn in Mideast Sales of Other Danish Products: Economists Predict Rise of First Effigy Economy, Denmark's PM Quips "Why Buy the Cheese When You Can Get The Whole Scapegoat"-- Except He Said It In Danish, Sounded More Like "Hudda Ludda Bifsjook Floorfna Gifslag Timmar Nara Bggleef"



That's all I got.

(Please don't burn the Agenda Bender flag anxious, not-currently-laughing-at-dialect-jokes Danes!)

8:51 PM

Monday, February 06, 2006
 

Montaigne, Addison, Johnson, De Quincey, Agenda Bender, Beerbohm, Chesterton


Mr Sullivan linked this Ibn Warraq opionioner re western freedoms under attack, under-appreciated and under-understood. His premises are inarguable (to me anyway, but I'm a highly gay info-slattern and culture-mulcher so consider the source). It's really such an inarguable argument as to be hardly worth reading at all, except that it contains an instance of my favorite memetic (and hipster-cred) device, the list-smuggle:

On the world stage, should we really apologize for Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe? Mozart, Beethoven and Bach? Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Breughel, Ter Borch? Galileo, Huygens, Copernicus, Newton and Darwin? Penicillin and computers? The Olympic Games and Football? Human rights and parliamentary democracy?

So I thank Ibn for making me look up Ter Borch, he's great in that 17th century Dutch way (speaking of which, Ibn's list is way Dutch), but I doubt he'll stick to my brain as man, artist or name* much beyond next week. Nice try though.


*Be sure to check out the roster of Ter Borch aliases at the link above. I might have to commit one of them to memory just to raise the Ter Borch ante on Ibn Warraq's ass. Maybe throw a Ten Burgh puzzler into some list of representational greatness myself sometime.

12:24 PM