Pigeon Shoots: Pennsylvania’s Shame

As the state legislature reconvened today for a final eleven day wrap-up to the two year session several matters remain to be resolved.  Banning pigeon shoots and making the consumption of cats and dogs illegal aren’t at the top of most lists but the Humane Society brought it to their attention this morning.  At a rally in the Capital Rotunda six speakers decried the fact Pennsylvania is the only state still allowing these barbaric exercises in “sport.”

There is nothing sporting about shooting dazed and confused birds as they are released from crates onto the ground.  This isn’t hunting, it is target shooting and is cruel treatment of birds, many of which are left to die for days after these events.  Wing Pointe in Berks County is the last place still conducting these shoots.  Though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has deemed these as animal cruelty Berks DA John Adams refuses to enforce the law and bring charges.  Is that because Berks County Common Pleas Court Judge Adolph Antanavage has been filmed attending one of these events and caught shooting birds under a Confederate flag?

Here is what a pigeon shoot is like:

The only thing which should be dazed and confused are the members of the NRA who are opposing this bill.  For some crazy reason the NRA seems to think banning animal cruelty is an assault on gun rights.  Call your State Senator and State Representative and insist they vote to end this practice.  Bill 1750 has already passed the House as a bill to end the consumption of dogs and cats.  The Senate amended it to ban pigeon shoots so after it passes there it has to return tot he House for another vote.

For some reason Pennsylvania has never passed a law protecting cats and dogs from being used for human consumption.  At this morning’s event the Humane Society brought three kittens and a dog along for emphasis.  Perhaps the cats could have been used to hunt down the rats in the Capitol who would oppose this bill.

Today’s event:

News & Notes January 25, 2011

Berks County Democrats finally got around to selecting a candidate for the special election.  Four days later, in a painfully short campaign window, there remain no materials, office for phone banking, staff on the ground or website.  With three weeks to prepare this is a bad stumble out of the gate.  

I was just on a White House call concerning tonight’s State of the Union Address.  I cannot comment on the content until the speech (embargo rules are in effect) but I will later.  Barack Obama, however, is going to embrace more items from the Republican agenda.  He may as well just go change his voter registration to the GOP and be done with it.  I didn’t get to ask my question about Social Security but I did email the White House for a response.  If he calls for cutting our safety net be sure to take a good, long drink.  You’ll need it.

We commented last year how Ed Rendell was losing staff to the gas drilling industry and now DEP is seeing a migration.  Since DEP was, essentially, in bed with Marcellus Shale drillers this is no surprise.  Expect a bombshell report to be published soon exploding this issue.  It will be very bad for the DEP under Gov. Rendell.

The Inquirer keeps exposing the lack of regulation and oversight which led to the back alley butcher in West Philadelphia killing babies and patients.  This is what happens when you restrict women’s access to reproductive services.  We saw it before Roe v. Wade and we’re seeing it now with all the restrictions to access.  Republicans in Harrisburg are planning to introduce legislation banning abortion in the new health care exchanges.  This will only create more Dr. Gosnells and kill more women.  I thought these folks were “pro life?”  We must expand coverage for abortion and insure safe, legal procedures in sanitary clinics staffed by licensed, competent medical professionals.

There is little new information about the demise of Keith Olbermann at MSNBC.  It does seem the pending takeover by Comcast was significant however.  This is what happens with total corporate control of the media.  So much for that mythical “liberal control of the media” lie.  I hope Keith lands on Sirius/XM or other national radio outlet.  He should have his own channel there though its reach would never match that on cable TV.  Vote with your clicker: stop watching MSNBC.  This is one thing they’ll comprehend:  ratings.

Meanwhile NBC has hired Ed Rendell.  Please tell me we aren’t going to see the former Guv on MSNBC instead of Keith???

The “Texas Miracle” touted as a model by Republicans only to be revealed as a $27 billion budget deficit, is slowly crashing to the ground.  The black hole created by Gov. Rick Perry means a California sized crisis.  Now, after denouncing government bailouts during his re-election campaign Perry wants President Obama to bail him out.

Speaking of Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced she won’t seek re-election next year.  Targeted by Tea baggers in the gubernatorial primary she would be primaried by the Republican fringe.  She bailed out instead.

For all you animal lovers and rights people you have an opportunity this week.  Berks County DA who supports the shooting and torture of pigeons, will be making his re-election announcement Thursday evening at 6 Pm at the FOP Social Club 776 Mt Laurel Ave, Temple, PA, 19560.  Come and protest.

Sen. Anthony Williams spoke to the PA School Boards Association and left rather unhappy.  The champion of privatizing public schools took $4 million from charter schools impresarios for his Governor campaign last year.  No wonder the PSBA didn’t like the guy!  Is he clueless or what?

Planned Parenthood has asked the FBI to investigate a man who is attempting to trap employees into giving him information for treating sex workers.  It sounds like Andrew Breitbart is at it again.

Planned Parenthood, a perennial protest target because of its role in providing abortions, has notified the FBI that at least 12 of its health centers were visited recently by a man purporting to be a sex trafficker but who may instead be part of an attempted ruse to entrap clinic employees.

Disclosure:  I am a Board member of Planned Parenthood Association of Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, and Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC.