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As long as enough people can be frightened, then all people can be ruled. Fear becomes the ticket to destroy our rights. We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. And panic kills. And staying in a state of fear about Ebola leads to panic. In the end Luca’s fears caused him to eat himself to death…

I spotted Luca’s gigantic mitt of stubby fingers reaching out to snatch the plate of tastykake crumpets, one of the grandest junk-food sweet cakes on the planet. And immediately I quick-stepped across the small room of cigar smokers… and punched … Continue reading

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When I run into a closed-minded dimwit I think: There’s one more argument for birth control. The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute talk with the average voter. The aim of an argument isn’t victory, but progress. And then there’s my argument with Gene, as well as the Redskins…

He wouldn’t stop. And I — the target of his sophomoric, disparaging, ‘anti-semantic’ spew — wasn’t the only one in the cigar shop more than a tad ‘not-amused’. After a couple of months a couple of others who were finally … Continue reading

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Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent. And misery is the company of lawsuits. And a lawsuit ain’t nuttin’ but a slaughterhouse where you go in as a pig and come out of as a sausage. And now we have the FCC keeping net neutrality for only the rich who can drive in the fast lanes with their lawyers…

Uh-oh… Frankie was starting to make sense — again. Even the arch conservative, always-in-black Louie-duh-lawyer was conceding that he was glad he didn’t have to face Frank in court. You know: If you’ll be frank I’ll be glad — to … Continue reading

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If G-d were dead then nothing would be prohibited. Then you could kill all those SOBs who simply piss you off. But would you? That is, before your angry neighbor might do it first unto you. Yet, can you really afford to wait until the tide goes out to find out who’s swimming naked…

Let me ask you mano-a-mano: If you had the opportunity to kill someone – without fear of punishment or blame – who had committed a vile, heinous act upon you or a loved one — would you? Before you answer … Continue reading

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Sometimes even a cop does something right… Even a ‘dumb Polack’ like Philadelphia Police Officer John Smyl. He claims he was only doing his job. If he was, what he does should be set as procedure in a policeman’s training manual…

As any rifleman can tell you, the eye more readily picks up motion than it does human silhouettes. So when Philadelphia police officer John Smyl was tooling down East Passyunk Avenue on his two-wheel, battery-powered Segway, ‘walking’ his regular South … Continue reading

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When 340-pound Louie ‘Whispers’ asked me to sniff him, I gotta tell you: Eye-talians have some strange customs. He smelled like my favorite animal: A steak! Then Louie offered: Life can taste good, but you’ve got to make it good.

Louie ‘Whispers’ – as opposed to ‘Louie duh lawyer’ – plopped his 340-pound, always smiling, battleship of a body onto a chair in the Twin Smoke Shoppe in South Philadelphia the other Sunday afternoon and asked me how I thought … Continue reading

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Smoking cigars keeps me sane. Banning and overtaxing them not only makes me go nuts, it worsens our illegal alien problem — you bloody ignoramuses!

Filipe Sosa has this to say about that — “that” being the over taxation and smoking restrictions on cigars in the United States. To paraphrase his words plainly and succinctly: Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects. And just because … Continue reading

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