RENDELL: Don’t Mess With Bill



ASSOCIATED PRESS:  “No more cuts!” Cosby declared at the beginning and end of a short speech that was part of a celebration marking the steady improvements in Pennsylvania students’ test scores in math and reading. The Philadelphia native, a well-known education advocate, joined Gov. Ed Rendell and educators at the event designed to put pressure on the state Senate’s Republican majority to support more money for public schools. “Ladies and gentlemen, is it that we don’t like children? I mean, what did these people ever do to you that you want to cut? They’re moving on a course that is very, very favorable,” said Cosby, decked out in a yellow T-shirt, red baseball cap, sunglasses and sandals. “Why would you want to take money from the success story and pull back on it so that they will start to enter prison?” He said taxpayers get their money’s worth from their investment in public schools. He said it costs less than $5,000 a year to educate a young person but $33,000 a year to incarcerate someone. MORE

EXAMINER: Bill Cosby spoke about his feelings regarding black people and education in his recent rant called We Cannot Blame the White People Any Longer. Cosby is probably the only person who could get away with talking the cosby60s_1.jpgway he does because he is well respected among people of all races. “People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around,” he says. “They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk….You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.”  MORE

WASHINGTON POST:  An all-star cast of comedians — from Jerry Seinfeld to Chris Rock — has lined up to salute Bill Cosby, the recipient of this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Kennedy Center announced today that the Oct. 26 concert will include Dick Gregory, Sinbad, Carl Reiner and George Lopez. Cosby’s broad taste in music will be represented by jazz artists Wynton Marsalis and Jimmy Heath, as well as country legend Willie Nelson, folk and protest musician Len Chandler, and symphonic orchestra conductor James DePreist. Also appearing will be veterans of “The Cosby Show,” the weekly sitcom that dominated the ratings for most of its eight-year run. Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner have agreed to appear. The acting world will also be represented by Rita Moreno and Danny Glover. MORE

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