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07 June 2008

Let's tell the Jews that the blacks said, "yo mama." Then, we tell the blacks that the Jews said, "yo mama." Then, we take the White House!

Say it ain't so! Just a few days after 904-year-old Frank Lautenberg fended off his U.S. Senate challenge, Camden County's own Robert Andrews had this to say about Hillary Clinton's Failed (yes, with a capital F, bitter dames) run for the Presidency:

Andrews said he had received a call from a high-ranking person in Clinton's campaign shortly after he made some positive comments about Clinton's rival, Barack Obama, just before Pennsylvania's April 22 primary.
The caller told him about a campaign strategy to win Jewish voters by exploiting tensions between Jews and blacks, said Andrews, who declined to name the person who had called him.
"Frankly, I had a private conversation with a high-ranking person in the campaign . . . that used a racial line of argument that I found very disconcerting," he said. "It was extremely disconcerting given the rank of this person. It was very disturbing."

Stay classy, Chappaqua!

Also from Saturday's Inquirer, a poignant obit about James Gallagher, a Havertown man who died of a brain tumor earlier this week. Didn't know him, but judging by the way he rallied to help those with tumors after being diagnosed with one himself, we're all a bit worse off to not have this type of person with us anymore.

In 1995, Mr. Gallagher was jogging in Avalon, N.J., when he collapsed. "Somebody found me there on the sidewalk," he said in a 2003 Inquirer story. "The next thing I knew, I was being loaded into an ambulance."

Gallagher, then 30, was diagnosed with a brain tumor half the size of a lemon. After surgery, he reassessed his life. He formed a support group for others, and realized he had much to offer newly diagnosed patients.

Mr. Gallagher decided to leave the business world to pursue a career in medicine. Seeking a more peaceful life, he moved to Narberth, where he met his future wife, Lisa Cosentino, and enrolled in the physician-assistant program at Drexel University.

He earned a master of health science certification in 2005 - the year in which he was diagnosed with an aggressive recurrence of his tumor and he married Cosentino.

He continued undaunted. "Jim never gave up," his wife said. "Each time his doctor asked him to rate his quality of life on a scale of one to 10, he always said, '10.' "

Finally, the Philly DA's office bids adieu to Roger King, "the most accomplished prosecutor in the history of the office," Floyd Mayweather bafflingly claims he's calling it quits and, using some Jedi mindtrick variation, some folks are seemingly convinced that the future is bright for alt-weeklies despite emaciated staffing levels and shriveling page counts. (As per my legal counsel, I'll redact my comments other than saying it's nice to see "Cousin" Brucie Schimmel get some business-page play. A good guy.)


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