We're not sure if we can call this our "favorite" blog post of the day, but the Last Days America blog certainly unloads on the Mummers parade today:
The Philadelphia that had the Mummers Parade is long since gone and its actual cancelation might go a long way in illustrating that a new, grey, urbanized ,dead zone has overtaken too many eastern cities in general and Philadelphia in particular.
The apply named Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia has stiffed the Mummers a few weeks before the culturally iconic Mummers Parade on New Years Day; supposedly because of Budget constraints. It's suggested at the end of the article that perhaps the Mummers parade is really a south Philly, all white event that Black Mayor Nutter and his Black constituents don't feel like paying for.
The Mummers personify the arrogance, stupidity and ability to hide your head in the sand that characterizes an east coast "working man's value system". The same industrial age values system that's killing the urban east and the big three carmakers to boot. If people want to celebrate the culture of Philadelphia let them clean up the corruption, the crime and the graft. Let them build schools that work and that educate the kids rather than using kids for ill advised social engineering experiments and let the gangs, drugs and poverty pimps be rooted out once and for all. Now that's worth having a parade! That would be a tradition worth commemorating.
The Philadelphia that started this tradition is long gone and will never return. If the people in and around Philly want this parade let them stop complaining, get off their ass, clean up their neighborhoods, insist on decent standards of private and public conduct and generally act like people who have a tradition worth preserving.
AND, PERHAPS, ON A RELATED NOTE, OUR FAVORITE VIDEO: (Via Housequake.com) Philadelphia International All Stars: "Let's Clean Up The Ghetto"
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