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The hunt for presidential

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:52
Given the reaction to yesterday's blog item on Facebook and social media, I probably should not go here.

But I did.

I expanded on yesterday's blog item on President Trump and presented it today on our editorial page. You can read it here.

As I said yesterday, this has nothing to do with policy. Do I agree with the president most of the time? No. So if you want to criticize me for that, feel free.

Instead my plea is for the president to be just that - presidential.

And he consistently falls short.

I had barely finished yesterday's blog on the president's use of a racial slur to attack a political foe when he was back at it again, re-Tweeting bogus videos the purported to show Muslims doing outrageous things.

They've been debunked, and world leader quickly criticized the president.

The White House explanation? It doesn't matter if the videos were legitimate or not, the idea was to push the message against terror, which remains a problem.

Does that sound presidential to you?

Yep, looks like it's going to be another long day on social media.
Categories: Pennsylvania

It's All-Delco time again, and 2 other sports notes

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:37
Three points on the sports front this morning:

* First and foremost, we are kicking off another season of All-Delco selections today.

As is our custom, after every high school sports season, we select the top athletes in each sport.

Today we get the ball rolling with the All-Delco Cross County team, led by Elizabeth Mancini of Cardinal O'Hara and Avery Lederer, of Penncrest, our male and female Cross Country Runners of the Year.

Here's the rundown on when the rest of the fall sports teams will appear:

Friday: Boys Soccer

Saturday: Girls Soccer

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Field Hockey

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Volleyball

Thursday, Dec. 7: Football

* * *

Here's a number to roll around in your head: 29.

That's how many free throw attempts Ben Simmons took last night in the Sixers' 118-113 win over the Washington Wizards.

And 24 of them were in the fourth quarter.

The Wizards, who fell behind by double-digits in the second half, adopted a 'Hack-a-Ben' policy, sending the Sixers rookie to the charity stripe as they attempted to climb back into the game.

It worked, because Simmons, who struggles from the foul line, made only 15 of 29, although he did sink six of his last eight. Simmons wound up with 31 points to lead the Sixers.

But you can bet other team's noticed the Wizards' strategy. It's not a lot of fun to watch, as the boos that rained down on the court from aggravated Sixers fans can attest.

If this catches on, Simmons will have to dramatically increase his percentage at the foul line.

Check out Rob Parent's take on the game here.

* * *

Finally, there is this.

Tonight we have to be Redskins fans, at least for one night.

If the Redskins beat the Cowboys tonight on the NFL Thursday night game, the Eagles become the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot.

Hail to the Redskins!
Categories: Pennsylvania

Montco Heroin Trafficker Gets Historic 40 To 80 Year Sentence: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 17:13
It represents one of the longest drug sentences in Montgomery County history.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police-Community Relations Meeting Set For Dec. 4

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:54
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting where they will be able to make comments, as well as get updates from officials.
Categories: Lower Merion

Movies Out This Weekend: 'Disaster Artist,' 'Wonder Wheel,' More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 13:32
James Franco pays homage to the best worst movie ever made, as Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake have an affair in Woody Allen's new film.
Categories: Lower Merion

78 Year Old Goes Missing In Roxborough Tuesday: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 13:25
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert Bechtel​ is urged to contact Philadelphia Police as soon as possible.
Categories: Lower Merion

Temple Student Dies After Being Found Unresponsive Monday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 12:32
Breaking: The fourth-year marketing major was found unresponsive in a library Monday. Foul play is not suspected in his death.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco's State Rep. Madeleine Dean To Run For Lieutenant Governor

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 11:56
Montgomery County's State Rep. Madeleine Dean has announced her intention to run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get Pet Pics With 'Santa Paws' This Weekend In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 11:48
Come and let your fur baby get his or her photo taken with Santa Paws this weekend while supporting the Morris Animal Refuge.
Categories: Lower Merion

Truck Catches Fire In Upper Merion Near I-76

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 09:48
Firefighters battled a truck fire in Upper Merion on Wednesday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Check out the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-29 07:47
The Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch Calendar has the goings-on. Check it out!
Categories: Lower Merion

The Meek will inherit the headlines

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:47
Justice is blind.

But even we can see that not every case gets the same treatment.

Take Meek Mill for instance.

The rap star is sitting behind bars at SCI-Chester after a Philly judge astounded just about everyone by sentencing him to two to four years in prison for routinely violating his probation.

The severe sentence comes after the judge believed Mill was doing little more than thumbing his nose at the court. It sparked headlines, and protests. This week longtime civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton visted with Mill in prison and said his case is representative of problems with the system.

Yesterday Mill's attorneys sought an emergency order to have him released on bail. It was denied, but the court did order the judge to rule on Mill's post-trial motions "without delay."

Not getting nearly the same kind of headlines is a case involving Chester resident Leroy Evans. He has been behind bars for 27 years for the notorious murder of an Avon Lady. It's a crime his family and friends do not believe he committed.

Local attorney Mike Malloy has taken up his case, and is seeking to get DNA testing on crucial evidence in an attempt to win Evans a new trial.

We talk about the cases - and the search for justice - on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Art of the deal: How not to be presidential

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:39
I have a tremendous respect for the office of the president of the United States.

It is emblematic of the leader of the free world, the very best we have to offer.

I respected it during the terms of George W. Bush, even when I did not agree with some of his policies.

Same goes for Bill Clinton, who certainly has his issues with some of his conduct in the Oval Office.

I am finding it increasingly difficult to have any respect for the man who currently resides in that office.

I am not asking for much from Donald Trump. I know I am not going to agree with him on most things. That's fine. It's happened before; it will happen again.

But I at least hope that he could be presidential.

He consistently fails to be anything remotely close.

On Monday, at a ceremony honoring Navajo war veterans being honored for their efforts as Code Talkers during World War II, he hit a new low.

Actually, it was an old fight, but then that's the thing with Trump. He can't seem to help himself. He doesn't have an "off" switch, or certainly not a "presidential" switch.

At this respectful occasion, Trump simply could not resist sinking into the gutter again. In front of these Native American war heroes and a room full of their supporters, the president could not resist taking a shot at another of his perceived foes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Trump once again took to deriding her as "Pocahontas."

The steely silence in the room was pretty much all you needed to know about the reaction.

Look, even I have issues with Sen. Warren and her claim to some Native American ancestry.

This was not the time to expound on that.

Trump just can't help himself. Picking a fight is not a character blemish with this guy, it is what he does. Anything or anyone that questions him, seeks to hold him accountable or is critical is the enemy and must be destroyed at all costs.

His weapons? Constant verbal assaults. It's how he eliminated one Republican contender after another to capture the nomination. "Boring" Jeb. "Little" Marco. "Lying" Ted. "Crooked" Hillary.

But none of that explains why he would resort to what most consider a racial slur at a ceremony to honor Native Americans. Here's my theory: He doesn't know any better. He didn't realize it was inappropriate. He didn't understand that it would be taken as an insult by many of those in attendance.

His spokesperson later said he certainly did not mean it as any kind of racial slur.

How could he possibly have thought it would be taken?

This is our president.

Presidential? Not exactly.
Categories: Pennsylvania

2 Main Line Intersections Among Area's Most Dangerous, Firm Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:44
Two of the area's worst intersections for crashes are on the Main Line, according to a local law firm. See where they are here.
Categories: Lower Merion

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Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:42

Categories: Pennsylvania

Temple Athletics Names Lyft The 'Official Ride of the Owls'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-28 12:29
New Lyft riders can use a special Temple-themed code to get $10 off their first. Learn more about the new partnership here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Cat Missing From Lower Merion Area Home

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-28 12:01
Have you seen Leo around? He is missing from his home on Bobarn Drive in the Penn Valley area.
Categories: Lower Merion

These Are Montco's 10 Most Dangerous Intersections, Firm Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-28 11:55
What are the most dangerous intersections in Montgomery County?
Categories: Lower Merion

Cyclist Killed In Center City Garbage Truck Accident

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-28 09:21
Special events are being held Wednesday after the 24-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a garbage truck.
Categories: Lower Merion

Teens Fatally Beat, Rob Man Sunday In Northeast Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-28 09:10
The victim was found unconscious and bleeding in the street with his pockets turned inside out.
Categories: Lower Merion