City on Skwire

A Southwest Philly Blogger lights a fire under Nutter's ass.

By Kellie C. Murphy
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"There are some days, especially if something is driving me nuts, where I'm literally blogging nonstop."

Over the past few days Skwire has been posting rapid shots not only at the mayor but also at City Council. In response to the news that Council President Anna Verna helped block a nonbinding resolution calling on Nutter to delay the closing of library branches until the budget issue can be studied for potential alternatives, Skwire emailed her (then posted) a tender letter: "Dear Anna Verna, If you truly believe that 'We in Council are completely powerless at this time ... It's strictly up to the mayor. If we were to have public hearings from now until the first of January, it wouldn't do anything. Let me reiterate: We on Council are powerless at this point in time. The mayor will do what he has to do,' then may I suggest you pack your bags, go home and do whatever it is you do in your spare time. Currently you are taking up valuable space, earning a fat salary on the taxpayers' dime and using precious oxygen on Council: If you don't intend to fight for our kids' future, then get out of the way and give your seat to someone who actually GIVES A SHIT ABOUT PHILADELPHIA. Sincerely, Brendan Skwire."

The budget crisis has provided Skwire with an unlimited amount of grief to blog about--Verna and Nutter are far from the only objects of his non-affection. He's actively calling for consumers to "BOYCOTT THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES UNTIL THEY PAY BACK THE $8,000,000.00."

Skwire's advice to concerned citizens: "If Jeff Lurie and the Eagles won't settle the team's debt, the mayor, everyone on City Council, every paper in town and every fan from every neighborhood should be screaming bloody murder until they do."

But according to the Mayor's Office, no amount of screaming will change anything, since with both the Eagles and Sunoco--in court and in the tax review office, respectively--the money each company owes is already earmarked and there's not much the city can do to harass them. In other words, the city's hands are tied. All they can do is confirm the amount owed and say there's a legal process for collecting it.

As for the oil giant, Skwire insists the company "can probably make a deal with the city by saying, 'Hey, drop the suit against us for the $1.8 million we owe. We'll donate the money,'" Skwire says. "Give them naming rights. Let them put up a sign, 'Sponsored by Sunoco,' and it'll be a huge PR blast for the company. They can be known as the company that saved the pools and ride on that for 20 years! The same goes for the libraries. We've done a lot for them. We need them as our partners. Ed Snider did it," Skwire says, referring to the Flyers owner bailing out the ice rinks.


Skwire is uncomfortable being the subject of an article. After all, he considers himself nothing more than a "pissed-off guy from the neighborhood who complains a lot on a blog." But he says if the story helps get the word out, it's fine with him. He speculates that due to a lack of time and resources, the papers and TV news outlets are "dropping the ball" on the issue of Sunoco and the Eagles debt, and says all citizens should pitch in.

"The Daily News has printed one single editorial about this. To the best of my knowledge, the Inquirer has said nothing (I'd be happy to be corrected). I've been trolling's sports pages calling attention to the Eagles' debt, and every day my polite comments are deleted by the administrators. Anyone seen today's Daily News? Front and back covers celebrating the Eagles, including a picture of Andy Reid with the headline 'We Owe You Run.' Yeah, you owe us something all right, and it's substantially more than bad puns in honor of a corporate deadbeat that's benefited so much from the city." As for The Philadelphia Inquirer's role in covering the Eagles, Skwire writes, "Why Is the Inky Covering a Corporate Deadbeat Team?"

As of press time, Mayor Nutter was about to hold his sixth town hall meeting, this one in Skwire's backyard in Kingsessing. If change comes out of that meeting and for the neighborhood overall, you can be reasonably certain Brendan Skwire's outrage has had something to do with it.

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1. Hannah said... on Dec 16, 2008 at 10:36PM

“Hey Brendan - great story. It's all true people! ....AND F___ THE EAGLES. ....And BTW - did you see this? We're going to have the greenest jail in the country!”

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2. Doc Hollywood said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:37AM

“Why are you wasting ink on this commie-pinko-bedwetter-community-activist who wants to do "good" for the people? Why don't you put a real American on the cover like Rick Santorum?”

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3. THETruth said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 08:49AM

“Brendan's publishings usually aren't helpful. First, they aren't always true--take, for example last weeks comments that PW itself repeated about the city closing the Kingsessing rec center. A totally false rumor that PW AND Brendan refused to correct. Second, they don't produce any meaningful change. Can't prove a negative...but please be my guest and proffer up something to prove me wrong. Third, he is bilking someone out of their monies when he blogs from work, which mosts of his most recents posts indicate that he does. Does his boss know and approve of this behavior? Fourth, his opinions seem less relevant --if not irrelevant, considering that politicians' antics would have little to no impact on him and his silver-spoon. ”

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4. THETruth said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 08:52AM

“So there we have, the media and Brendan wasting our time by distracting us from focussing on the real enemy.”

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5. Doc Hollywood said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 09:54AM

“I think the real "truth" is that THETruth is jealous that he is not half the writer or person that Brendan is. Brendan's publishing's are very helpful and vital to a voiceless community. Perhaps THETruth prefers inner city residents remain quiet and illiterate.”

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6. Susie from Philly said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 10:12AM

“Most bloggers write their posts the night before or early in the morning before work, then time the posts to be published throughout the day. ”

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7. brendan said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 10:13AM

“"take, for example last weeks comments that PW itself repeated about the city closing the Kingsessing rec center. A totally false rumor that PW AND Brendan refused to correct." that's actually totally inaccurate: in fact, i visited the orignial article posted by ms. murphy here, and commented: "there's clearly a misstatement in the article. So far as i know, it's the Kingsessing pool that's being closed, not the entire rec center." i guess you missed it while you were researching my "silver spoon". Besides, that quote isn't attributed to me anyway: I never said that. And speaking of that spoon, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! I wish I had a silver anything.”

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8. kenny mayne said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 10:25AM

“oh please, he's not much of writer”

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9. Neil Cleary said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 10:33AM

“Funny how the internet inadvertently rewards cowards like "THETruth" who lack the cojones to sign their own name under their opinions. Score one for Brendan on that count. If you're going to take someone on, at least do it on an even playing field, ie with your own name. In light of this, this mysterious and unverifiable person's "insights" about Brendan ring hollow, especially considering: 1.) they seem designed to harm him personally rather than contribute to the discussion (Going after a man's job in times like these? That's low, low stuff) and 2.) the "silver spoon" comment (hmmm... racial profiling anyone?) is knee-slappingly laughable to anyone who's read an inch of the blog, in which Brendan chronicles his own near-desperate financial situation which -- (surprise, THETruth!! ) -- are directly impacted by the people he rails against. I would direct your attention to his numerous entries on his own home heating bills, child support payments, education & health care costs -- not to mention those on his own neighborhood safety, directly related to poverty in the neighborhood. It's insanity to claim that Brendan's not personally invested in what he writes about... but it does seem to beg the question of whether the coward behind "THETruth" is somehow personally invested in harming Brendan. Hmmm... And by the way dude, seriously... The Truth? Really? Maybe give yourself a weensy bit more time in picking a fake name next time.”

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10. lutton said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 10:38AM

“as the saying goes...THETruth is out there--way out there.”

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11. Phillybits said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 11:33AM

“Speaking of writing.... ”

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12. kenny mayne said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 12:55PM


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13. Jane Goodall said... on Dec 17, 2008 at 06:06PM

““Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read” ~Frank Zappa”

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14. Disgusted said... on Dec 19, 2008 at 03:02AM

“Acutally Brendan from Brendan Calling thinks most people who don't agree with his ideology are idiots. If you have ever read his blog, he completely denigrates anyone who has an opinion that differs from his own. He is a far left liberal who has this sense of entitlement. He blames the government for most things in his life that are lacking. He uses the blog to complain about all the injustices in his life. The most entertaining aspect of his blog are the personal comments he writes about family and friends (his mom being an alcoholic etc). She must have been thrilled to see that was all over the internet. Another wasted article from Philadelphia Weekly”

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15. oprah said... on Dec 21, 2008 at 02:12PM

“amen brother "In a recent post, Skwire confesses to making so many harassing calls to elected officials over the years that it’s nothing for him to use up an entire month of cell phone minutes in just one week" -if that is true, it is pretty lame”

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16. Dr Schuylkill said... on Dec 22, 2008 at 07:34PM

“ The Grinch that stole the Library at Christmas… By Dr. Schuylkill Every Who, Down in Kingsessing, southwest Who-ville, Liked their library a lot… But a new Library director Grinch, From a town far from southwest Who-ville, Did not. The city was going through a tough financial season, Mismanagement of money and an economic downturn was the reason. Budget cuts had to be made, that might be right, But the Free Library’s cut, that was way, way, (20%!!!) too tight. The director decided she didn’t need the libraries, serving the small, And didn’t want any cuts to the prestigious central library at all. The Diabolical Director, Siobhan Reardon, came up with a plan, She figured a way to keep the money, for the central library’s expansion. She would close the library in the neighborhood of the Whos. And for this she set herself up to receive big BOOOOs. It was the day before Christmas was the date of the closing, Where the building would be shut up, and readied for selling. It was Cindy-Lou Philly Who, who first saw the fact, That this was forever a library, as it was written on a stone plaque. Cindy read the words of a man named Carnegie, That said this building would forever be a library. Cindy looked up forever in the dictionary, confused by what she found, As the entry said forever, couldn’t be closed down. Then Cindy-Lou Philly Who told all her Who friends, So that the library that she knew and loved, wouldn’t have to end. Library director Reardon must not know her vocabulary, Otherwise she wouldn’t confuse the meaning so badly. She wouldn’t morally carry on with this library closing endeavor, If she knew the true meaning of the stone carved word, forever. Cindy called the library directors office, but Ms. Reardon didn’t care, But Cindy-Lou Philly Who knew, that this wasn’t legal, moral, or fair. Also Cindy-Lou Philly Who’s mother, was mad as can be, And it wouldn’t be long before the next democratic primary. Mrs. Who and her friends who vote, will definitely remember, The man who ignored, the library sign saying forever. If Mayor Nutter was a smart man, he would know what to do, Find a new director who could keep the library open, for the Who’s. Nutter could be the one to save the libraries, and stand much taller, And he should, because political careers have been lost, over things much, much smaller. The Mayor has in his power, to free the Who’s library from their Grinch, Because there are other ways of saving money, in a financial pinch. Mr. Nutter it time to do the right thing, to be a strong leader and to be brave, Because you know in your heart, that the library branches, need to be saved. ”

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17. phillygrrl said... on Dec 22, 2008 at 09:26PM

“Enjoyed your poem, Dr. Schuylkill. And kudos to a fellow blogger for the great exposure. Obviously THETruth fails to realize that blogging is opinion, not news. It's meant to highlight the author's interests, not yours, Mr. Truth. Brendan is definitely exposing some important issues. ”

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18. Wing Bowl Louie said... on Jan 28, 2009 at 03:38AM

“This guy's thirty-eight years old, and this is where he is in life? Jeez, no wonder he's mad - I'd be mad, too, when I took a good look in the mirror and realized that this is all I've achieved in life. I'm sure it feels cool to be a rebel and live in an edgy neighborhood doing edgy, provocative things, but in reality, the rest of us enjoying the good life in the suburbs (where we have nice libraries for our smart children!!!) just find you amusing. "I will wander around barefoot I will have a psychedelic gleam in my eye at all times I will love everyone I will love the police as they kick the shit out of me on the street"”

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19. Hector said... on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:05AM

“Grant Writer = Parasite”


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