News & Notes June 24, 2013

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he won’t blow up his expensive, aging, underachieving team to stock up on prospects.  This team isn’t even mediocre so I’m not sure which group of players he’s been watching.  Truth is they just aren’t very good.  It might help if the team stopped bringing back injured players before they’re ready.  This is a bad habit of theirs which goes back several years.

The law of the land says citizens can film and photograph police.  If we’re to have checks and balances against a police state then they must be accountable for their actions and activities too.

Idiot legislators continue attempting to allow predatory lenders to come into the state and rip us off.  Payday lending is a blight on an economy and these leeches bleed people dry.

State Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery is under investigation for various, serious ethical lapses.  He got a parking ticket fixed for his wife during a federal investigation into Philadelphia’s corrupt Traffic Court.  Then it was revealed his wife (who is also his court aide) accepted millions in referral fees from law firms who have cases before the high court.  The Justice is alleged to have then called lawyers and attempted to influence the cases.  He needs to resign.   The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been a cesspool of corruption of late.

Speaking of that court Gov. Corbett nominated Superior Court Judge Correale Stevens for the vacancy created by Joan Orie Melvin’s corruption conviction.  Sen. Daylin Leach gave the Guv a list of acceptable candidates on which Stevens’ name was included.  He seems like a good choice.

Harrisburg is so broke the city couldn’t pay its website hosting fees and their website went down.  Now that’s embarrassing.

Supposedly “pro life” Republicans tried cutting food stamps after crashing the economy and sending millions into poverty.  They don’t care if children go hungry.  Congressman Matt Cartwright is bringing attention to the plight of those trying to eat on a few dollars a day by eating only on food stamp rations for a while.  You try it and see how many king crab legs you can buy…

I agree with Congressman Dent on something:  his fellow Republicans statements on abortion are staggeringly stupid.

I don’t understand the Tea Party outrage over the IRS fully examining their applications for non profit status.  Every group applying for this should be very closely examined and probed.  Here’s the truth:  they don’t qualify as political organizations.  No taxpayer should be funding political groups of any persuasion by granting them tax exempt status.

The Supreme Court keeps eroding your rights.  Where is the Tea Party outrage over all of this?  Now your right to remain silent is nullified unless you immediately invoke it when being questioned by police for any reason.  Also, if someone in a supervisory position at your workplace harasses you, discriminates against you or creates a hostile workplace there is little recourse in the courts.  On the plus side it’ll be harder for businesses to employ and exploit slave labor in the form of interns.

I have now re-registered to vote by joining a political party.  I am now officially a Green.

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