State Representative Robert Donatucci of Philadelphia died suddenly this morning according to The Inquirer. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.
Sam Katz won’t run for Mayor of Philadelphia next year as a Democrat. He has run several times as a Republican. Of course announcing he won’t run as a Dem doesn’t mean he won’t run. Mayor Nutter was snake bitten by a collapsing economy as he took office three years ago. A fine man, he faces a difficult re-election year.
Northampton County DA John Morganelli has announced he will run for re-election next year also. No soon are the bodies from this election cooling than the next cycling is heating up.
Predatory payday lenders lost a key ruling and will be required to obey state banking rules and regulations. This is a victory for Pennsylvanians, especially our poor population which is preyed upon by these unscrupulous leeches charging up to 1200% interest.
A disturbing result from last week’s election was the removal of three Supreme Court Judges in Iowa. Voters tossed them for upholding the constitutional rights of LGBT persons to marry and have the same rights as straight citizens. I suppose the constitutional principle of “equal justice under law” doesn’t appeal to Iowans. This is a sound argument for the merit selection of judges rather than direct election and retention. No ones rights should be put at the mercy of the voters.
68 Pennsylvania House members drove to Harrisburg and convened a mock session yesterday to protest the decision to adjourn for the remainder of this session. No business could be done but they sent a message that important legislation remains on the table and abandoning their duty to the Commonwealth is shameful.
Fox News has its panties in an uproar over another manufactured scandal. Their on air personalities raised a ruckus by claiming 34 Navy ships would be taking President Obama on his trip to India, that the trek would cost $200 million per day and other untrue, outrageous lies. First of all the President travels on Air Force One, not Navy ships. Ten percent of our Navy escorting him is, to any knowledgeable person, impossible while two wars are ongoing, and the supposed cost and number of hotel rooms are things people simply made up. The culprits? Rush and Beck again. Fox reported this and put it out there then claimed it was true because “it’s on the internet.” Yes, it was on the internet because they reported it. This is the incestuous circle upon which the GOP propaganda channel depends. Sheer nonsense except that millions of Americans will now suddenly assume it is all true when it was nothing but a complete fabrication. I could say Rupert Murdoch is a serial killing, human cannibal alien from the planet Oosagia too but that doesn’t make it true.
I was driving home from a friend’s house and going through a very rural area (Lobachsville) and saw five doe crossing the road. Three were taking their merry time and so I stopped to let them cross. One stood just in front of my car while the third tried to decide whether or not to cross. Finally I put the window down and asked her to just make up her mind. It’s a woman thing right?
The trial for Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper and rapist is underway in Utah. She was the teen who was taken in Salt Lake City and kept tethered to a tree and raped daily by her tormentor. Many Americans think she should have been forced to bear his baby and raise it had she been impregnated. Imagine the horror she would have endured, especially if the child was the spitting image of his sire? What’s even worse many Americans cling to the insane notion that words set down by Britain’s King James are the absolute word of god (or gods since christians worship three of them). This would mean that Ms. Smart would have to be stoned to death for committing adultery. Why are we allowing such insanity to rule us? This is christian sharia law and they are the American Taliban. There’s no difference folks.