TONY NORMAN



GOP in no rush to censure Limbaugh

2012-03-06 05:47:00

On Friday's "Real Time With Bill Maher," panelist James Carville cut through the latest culture war kerfuffle with a perfect sound bite:


A tweet is worth a try, no matter how brief

2012-03-02 11:25:00

One of the first things I did when I came across news of conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart's death Thursday was scan the Internet.


WPIAL vindicates Brentwood? Not so fast

2012-02-24 00:00:00

Within minutes, the phone calls started. When the result of the WPIAL's hearing about the Feb. 3 Brentwood-Monessen basketball game began to


Believe it or not, Santorum's surge is scary

2012-02-21 00:01:00

I've been told that it is way too early to begin showing signs of Rick Santorum derangement syndrome.


Santorum ad attacks Romney's attacks

2012-02-17 00:01:00

When it comes to Rick Santorum, funny isn't the word that usually comes to mind.


Brentwood's bigotry hard for some to see

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Whatever happened to the honest bigot? What happened to the guy who used to tell you to your face that he didn't like you because of the col


Karl and Pete, this ad's for you

2012-02-10 00:00:00

When I heard that Karl Rove was offended by a TV ad that ran during the Super Bowl, there was a brief moment of dread when I thought we


Ex-slave spelled out owner's wages of sin

2012-02-07 00:00:00

When a co-worker brought "Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master" to my attention last week, I was immediately intrigued.


Poor Romney's so clueless about the needy

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Mitt Romney may not be the most callous candidate who has ever run for president, but he is surely the most out of touch.


State is liable to wreck transit at any cost

2012-01-31 00:00:00

In an era of rugged individualism and mindless austerity, there's something almost quaint about the concept of public transportation. When y


Candidates strike out as Reagan posers

2012-01-27 00:00:00

If there's one subject that conservatives love to gas on and on about it is Ronald Reagan. To hear them speak of the late, sainted president


Newt's style will only take him so far

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Eventually, Newton Leroy Gingrich's ship is going to crash upon the rocks of Republican realpolitik. When it does, we'll look back on the da


Mississippi pardons may be hard to forgive

2012-01-20 00:00:00

It was only last year that former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was considered a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nominati


Blessed be the bellicose? Jesus would weep

2012-01-17 00:00:00

Last week, video footage of four U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban fighters went viral. With the exception of a han


Panera appears as white as cream cheese

2012-01-13 00:00:00

When I go to Einstein Brothers Bagels in the morning for a cup of hot tea, I see black people. Among the cash register, the cappuccino machi


Santorum offers up more blah blah blah

2012-01-10 00:00:00

To be a supporter of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum during his run for the Republican presidential nomination is to find oneself in


Myths around Santorum hard to swallow

2012-01-06 00:00:00

According to the sages on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former Sen. Rick Santorum has tucked under his rotating ensemble of sweater vests something


Doom in 2012 is the last thing we need

2012-01-03 00:00:00

Three days into 2012 and I'm already losing faith in the destructive power of the Mayan calendar. Wasn't it only two or three years ago that


Here's a preview of what's worth reading

2011-12-30 00:00:00

Don't beat yourself up because you haven't read Karen Russell's "Swamplandia" or Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs." I haven't either. Chances a


Support attracted by Ron Paul sends chills

2011-12-27 00:00:00

One of the most bizarre things about the Republican presidential primary contest is the popularity of Ron Paul. The Texas congressman has be


Help young criminals by reporting them

2011-12-23 00:00:00

Four West End teenagers stand accused of burglarizing a neighborhood convenience store for kicks, fame and Christmas loot. Like semi-profess


Marks' capitalist manifesto for 'poor black kids'

2011-12-20 00:00:00

Steve Martin's brilliant 1979 comedy "The Jerk" opens with a riff everyone who has ever seen the film can recite by heart. "I am not a bum.


God, this Tebow is some kind of amazing

2011-12-16 00:00:00

In America, there is no separation between church and state when it comes to football. Expressions of Christian religiosity and the gridiron


Americans should know to boycott bigotry

2011-12-13 00:00:00

Muslims really thought they were doing the world a favor by pulling Europe and its mostly illiterate Christians out of the Dark Ages.


Abu-Jamal deserves prison, but not death

2011-12-09 00:00:00

Today is the 30th anniversary of the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Two days ago, Philadelphia District Attorney Set


Local pro wrestling looks good up close

2011-12-06 00:00:00

Backstage at the Lawrenceville Loyal Order of Moose hall on Saturday night, George "The Animal" Steele held forth about professional wrestli


School budget would de-CAPA-tate arts

2011-12-02 00:00:00

Adapting a popular British put-down, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently described Newt Gingrich as "a stupid man's idea of what


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