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I'm not alone in backing Bradford

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-05-11 05:54
The Sam Bradford Fan Club has just grown by one.

That makes two of us.

Columnist Jack McCaffery today weighs in on the troubled Eagles QB, who ended his short-lived, two-week holdout this week and reported to the Birds' voluntary workouts.

I've made it pretty clear where I stand. I still think Bradford can lead the Eagles deep into the playoffs. I base that on the way he played in the final seven games of last year.

Having said that, I think he made a huge mistake in how he reacted to the Eagles moving up in the draft and selecting North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz to be their future QB.

I can understand how Bradford would think that all those draft picks the Eagles shipped off to get Wentz could have been used to bolster the lineup he was going to lead.

But there are much better ways to get that point across than the one Bradford and his agent selected.

They decided to play chicken with Howie Roseman and the Eagles.

This week Bradford blinked.

No one held a gun to Bradford's head and made him sign that two-year deal that will guarantee him $26 million. Just once in my life I would like someone to dangle that kind of cash in front of me. I'm not going to hold my breath.

The Eagles have said all along that Bradford is the starter for this year, with Chase Daniel, also brought on board at a healthy salary, the backup and Wentz the apprentice-in-waiting.

We'll see how long that lasts.

Of course, Bradford could make all this hurt go away by doing one thing: Winning.

It says here he will.

To see what Jack think, click here.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, May 11

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-05-11 03:08
The Daily Numbers: 1.7 million dollars spent so far on renovations to the Delco SPCA, which has now changed its name to Providence Animal Center.

2.75 million more being sought to finish the project.

250,000 dollar donation by Petco Foundation.

3,439 adoptions at the facility last year.

2.572 saves of dogs and cats from high-risk shelters.

2012, when the former SPCA announced it was getting out of animal control business and becoming a no-kill facility.

2.5 years state sentencing piled on top of Upper Darby man’s 144 months federal sentence for bank fraud.

33 years at Holy Child School coming to end for school head Anita Coll, who is retiring.

6,000 dollar payment at center of probe that resulted in charges being filed against Democratic Philly state Sen. Larry Farnese and a key Dem leader.

53, age of John Estey, former aide to Gov. Ed Rendell, who entered guilty plea in pay-to-play scam.

380 jobs being lost with closing of GE plant in Pittsburgh area.

7.2 million dollar settlement for man who fell through glass floor at the Rodin Museum in Philly.

40 feet, how far he plunged to the floor below.

326 million dollar payment to widow of Comcast boss Ralph Roberts as part of an executive perk obligation.

1 bicyclist killed after he was struck by a SEPTA bus in Philly.

7 straight victories for the Phils that have been by 1-run margins.

3-2 win over the Braves last night.

7 strong innings for starter Adam Morgan.

11 straight home losses for the Braves.

2 games back of the 1st place Mets.

1 game back of the 2nd place Nats.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Seems to be a team that consistently wins 1-run games is a pretty good team.

I Don’t Get It: The comments by Penn State President Eric Barron on the latest flap surrounding the ugly Jerry Sandusky affair. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Anita Coll, who is retiring after 33 years of leading Holy Child Academy in Upper Darby.

Quote Box: “Those in the community can remember when we were one of the worst shelters around. We made the big decision to give up animal control, which was difficult, but we wanted to become a life-saving organization.”

- Rick Matelsky, head of the former Delco SPCA, now called the Providence Animal Center.
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Technology helps Holocaust survivor talk Bala Cynwyd Middle School students

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-05-10 17:52
When students at Bala Cynwyd Middle School asked 86-year-old Judith Meisel what was her motivation to survive the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp the she had no trouble coming up with a quick response.
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Schuylkill River Valley Pumps $590 Million Into Local Economy

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 16:27
A report issued by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area had some impressive findings: the area generates $590 million each year.
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Suspect, 71, Arrested For 2015 Killing In Abington: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 15:41
After being released from the hospital after he shot himself, the 71-year-old suspect was arrested for the 2015 killing of an Abington man.
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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Receives Re-Accreditation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 15:14
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was the first sheriff’s office in Pennsylvania to earn accreditation.
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Gwynedd Mercy To Host Penn Suburban Chamber Expo

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 12:55
Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand for the Penn Suburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County's Expo and lunch.
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New Italian BYOB Opens In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 11:53
The quaint Italian BYOB in Lower Merion offers fresh seasonal ingredients
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Ardmore's Linwood Park Is Turning 6

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 09:41
Help Ardmore's Linwood Park celebrate its birthday!
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Haagen-Dazs' Free Cone Day in Montco: Here's the Scoop

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-05-10 09:33
Visitors to participating Häagen-Dazs Shops locations will receive one free scoop of ice cream per guest in a sugar or cake cone or cup.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, May 10

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-05-10 07:08
The Daily Numbers: 1010, number of the House bill that would beef up background checks on gun sales in Pa. It was the subject of a policy hearing Monday at Strath Haven High School.

115 grads who picked up their diplomas Saturday from Penn State Brandywine.

43, age of Chester man convicted in abduction and sexual assault of a former girlfriend.

29, age of woman being questioned in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in Upper Darby.

15 homicides so far this year in Delaware County.

4 in Upper Darby, including 1 justifiable homicide.

30,000 dollar auto tag scam that resulted in a guilty plea by 1 of the owners of an auto tag dealer in Chester.

28-22 vote by the Pa. Senate to change system of seniority-based layoffs amid school teachers.

429 million dollar Powerball ticket sold in 7-Eleven store in Trenton. The winner has not yet come forward.

3 girls facing charges after a girl died as a result of a brawl in a high school bathroom in Wilmington.

93, age of William Schallert, who played Patty Duke’s father on the “Patty Duke Show.”

113, age of Pa.’s oldest woman, who died at a nursing home in Greensburg.

18 million dollars, how much Sam Bradford will be paid by the Eagles this year.

2 year deal he signed - before the Birds moved up in the draft to take QB Carson Wentz.

2 weeks worth of voluntary practices missed by Bradford in his snit over the Wentz selection.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Sam Bradford is back. Winning back the fans likely will take a little longer.

I Don’t Get It: Penn State is still trying to shake the muck of the Jerry Sandusky debacle off its image.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Margie Reilly of Havertown, who testified yesterday at gun hearing. She knows of what she speaks. She lost her son, CVS store manager Jason McClay, to gun violence.

Quote Box: “The business side of football is sometimes a necessary consideration.”

- Sam Bradford, after returning to the Eagles.
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We didn't forget about Penn State Brandywine

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:32
I can only imagine the disappointment when the proud members of the Class of 2016 at Penn State Brandywine picked up their Sunday paper.

There were photos and stories on the commencement exercises at West Chester and Cheyney universities, but not a word about what we always used to call Penn State Delco.

The truth is we just didn't have a body to send to their commencement.

That does not mean they were forgotten.

That is one of the reasons I had Patti Mengers follow up with a story and photos today. You can read it here.

It has always been something of a tradition here at the newspaper to cover high school and college commencements. It is one of those seminal life experiences.

This year is going to be a challenge.

Let me be the first to salute the 115 graduates of Penn State Brandywine!
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Pennsylvania State Police investigating road rage incident on I-476

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:16
Times Herald Staff NORRISTOWN >> Pennsylvania State Police have released a sketch of the man wanted in connection with a shooting Thursday on Route 476 near West Conshochocken.
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Narberth Borough Council, mayor OK form-based zoning code

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:16
A new zoning code intended to better protect the traditional character of Narberth Borough is now in effect.
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Another chapter in the Sam Bradford saga

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-05-10 06:05
Sam Bradford is back.

And he says he's committed.

That's as opposed to last week, when he blew a gasket after the Eagles shipped a bunch of draft picks to move up to the No. 2 pick in the draft, which they used to take North Dakota State wunderkind QB Carson Wentz.

Bradford made it pretty clear he wanted a trade, and indicated he would not show up for any of the team's voluntary off-season workout sessions.

I'm on record as being a Bradford fan.

But he made a huge mistake.

He'll probably realize just how big a mistake when he misses his first open receiver. Yes, he no doubt will be serenaded by the signature Sound of Philly - Boooooooo!

And he's earned it.

Bradford obviously has thought better of his predicament, maybe after realizing there was no market for him, and his best deal continues to be with the Eagles.

For their part, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and the team have stuck with Bradford, saying they would welcome him back with open arms, and that he remains their starter, with Chase Daniel as the backup and Wentz the apprentice, soaking up information on how to play the position in the NFL.

I'll be interested to see how Bradford reacts to this challenge.

The truth is, this guy has made a ton of money without doing all that much on the field. He was the No. 1 pick in the entire draft back in 2010 by the Rams, only to blow out the ACL in his knees in successive years.

Then he came to the Eagles. He struggled early in Chip Kelly's offense, but in the last seven games of a most disappointing season he might have been playing as well as any QB in the league.

His job now is to make the Eagles' decision as hard as he can.

Bradford signed a two-year deal, again for an obscene amount of money. I don't complain about athletes and money any more. Every time I'm asked about it, I answer the same way. Why do they make so much? Because they can.

But the Eagles can part ways with Bradford after this year if they so desire.

Bradford has the chance to make that a very tough call. If he plays the way is capable of, stays healthy and leads the Eagles into the playoffs, it will be very interesting to see how Howie Roseman and crew react.

Yes, there are lots of ifs involved in that scenario.

There always is whenever talk turns to Bradford.

If he hadn't gotten hurt.

If he had better receivers, who didn't insist on dropping every other pass.

If he worked in a system other than Kelly's.

If the Eagles committed to him and used all those draft picks to make Bradford's job easier.

Here's one more. I would not be shocked if Bradford has a great year, maybe even an offensive MVP kind of season.

Then let's see what Howie Roseman does.

Oh, there's one other thing Bradford needs to do.

That statement he released yesterday was OK for starters, but he needs to come out and face the fans, admit he made a mistake, and make it clear he's moving on.
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11-Year-Old Girl, Fourth Victim In Norristown Fire, Dies: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 15:40
A fourth victim in Saturday's tragic fire, an 11-year-old girl, has died, according to reports.
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Bryn Mawr Hospital Holds Groundbreaking On $200 Million Pavilion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 15:08
Bryn Mawr Hospital is building a $200 million, 200,000 square foot state of the art Patient Pavilion.
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Nationwide Pacifier Recall Announced Over Choking Hazard

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 13:43
Munchkin pacifiers are being recalled because a clip could detach, causing babies to choke. Ten cases have already been reported.
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Home Foreclosures In The Ardmore Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-05-09 13:11
Find your dream home on a dime - or find a great rental property - with these local listings in the Ardmore area.
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Why Republicans Lose In Pennsylvania- a house divided by two-faced, double-talking Political Profiteering self-serving lobbyists

The Liberty Blog - Mon, 2016-05-02 19:46

Political Profiteers Long & Nyquist; Cancer on the Commonwealth; Why Republicans lose in Pennsylvania, a House divided against itself…self-serving crony consultants and lobbyists callously misdirect with half-truths. Two-Faced, Double-Talking lobbyists playing on both sides of the fence.

      Long & Nyquist are undercutting the party by their disingenuousness.

The smearing of Joe Peters and the defeat of the Outsiders in Pennsylvania.


Republican Brian Fitzpatrick has won the Republican primary in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district with his claims to be a “corruption fighter” yet he hired two-faced, double-talking union lobbyists Long and Nyquist to run his campaign. 


​    Two-faced, double talking Long & Nyquist pretend to be Republicans advancing goals of limited government, less regulation and lower taxes while representing unions including the very, very powerful Big Government, Big Spending Pennsylvania Teachers’ Union, the PSEA and the anti-free market Wendell Young’s United Food & Commercial Workers Union which opposed sale of liquor stores and defeated efforts to dismantle the liquor monopoly and beer cartel in Pennsylvania.


  ​ Brian Fitzpatrick endorsed by the Deon Poprick Crony Establishment was flown into the district by his brother, the incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, a Boehner/Ryan Big Government Pro Union loyalist.

Long & Nyquist clients include Pennsylvania State Education Association and and United Food and Commercial Workers   Commonwealth License Beverage Association  Malt Beverage Distributors Association Comcast


In addition he is being investigated for violating the Hatch Act and running for office while still on the FBI payroll, a clear violation of the law

But most troubling is the fact that Brian Fitzpatrick claims to fight unions and corruption but hired Long & Nyquist, the biggest corrupt factors of Harrisburg, to run campaign.


Brad Bumsted wrote an excellent piece but failed to mention that the smear of Joe Peters was engineered by two faced, double talking, deceiving lobbyists/consultants Long & Nyquist who get rich protecting the power their patrons; good for them, not so good for us.Brad Bumsted Tribune Review To what end? The smearing of good guy  Joe Peters.

​  Long and Nyquist unsuccessfully failed to defeat 30 year Marine Corp  vet and good guy  Frank Ryan in the House district 101


Long & Nyquist failed in the 31st Senate district where real deal good guy  Mike Regan will be replacing crony Pat Vance.

Let us see if journalists Dennis Owens and Jon Delano pick up this story.

The liberal, snarky and supercilious John Micek will not offer us any useful information. It is unlikely that  the Philadelphia Inquirer and the southeastern media which are not only shallow, superficial and supercilious but seem to live in a clueless cave can or will report any of this. The Inquirer quoted Charlie Gerow in a recent news/analysis article; any reporter who cites Charlie GID Gerow, a loser who even lost being elected delegate to the RNC convention in Cleveland, opportunistic chameleon, whose last and biggest win, was for Harrisburg Democrat Linda Thompson demonstrates his or her cluelessness as anyone with any familiarity with Pennsylvania politics would know.


​   Long and Nyquist are pretend Republicans who play both sides of the lobbyist fence  as journalist Dennis Owens has reported, lobbying for unions while pretending to advocate for what are presented as Republican Party values. Phonies, double talking, deceiving two faced frauds who smear good Republicans Long & Nyquist engineered this smear of a good man. Long and Nyquist are, also, consulting for Brian Fitzpatrick in Pa 8. Long and Nyquist are Political Profiteers who will make a lot of money losing the Attorney General election yet again. And, of course, Brian Fitzpatrick is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law of violating the Hatch Act.


With the exception of a State Supreme court candidate, nominally a Republican, but with bipartisan support, the Republicans have not won a statewide election since 2009 when Tom Corbett won by big margins before betraying those who voted for him with two tax increases and Pat Toomey walked away from those who supported him from 2004 through his squeaker election in 20009.


There is a reason why Republicans lose statewide;not a single Republican congressman, no matter how liberal or corrupt, has gone down in the April 26 2016   primary.  Trump voters did not vote for the Outsider down ticket. In Pa-16 primary just past, the liberal, party loyalist Lloyd Smucker defeated real deal conservative Chet Beiler. The severely under-financed Art Halvorson came within 1 point of defeating crony insider Bill Shuster. Oddly, with stunning turnout driven by Donald Trump’s dramatic campaign, voters voting for outsider Donald Trump, nevertheless, voted for insiders down ticket!!!!

Do we really want Cronyism in the Attorney General’s Office?  ​

 John Rafferty entwined with Long & Nyquist

It is highly unlikely that bringing Long & Nyquist into the Attorney General’s office will restore integrity to the office.



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