News & Notes August 10, 2013

Montgomery County passed the 100 mark in same sex marriage licenses Friday.  103 couples have now secured the document and 33 of them have wed.

Almost every day I see some pick-up truck with illegal, oversized tires.  Pennsylvania doesn’t allow any tires to be wider than the vehicle’s fenders.  They tend to kick up stones and rocks which crack other people’s windshields.  Is there no enforcement of this?  Who is inspecting these when it’s an automatic fail?

August 24th is the 50th commemoration of the March on Washington.  Buses are organized to transport those wishing to participate.  One is going from Reading and is $30.

Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz is the third woman to enter the Gubernatorial race.  With former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty also in Allyson Schwartz cannot wrap up the lady’s vote for herself making it a real race.  Look for Rob McCord’s official launch next month.

Westmoreland County Dems launched an effective attack ad in their row office races:

With th eannual Congressional recess in gear go to your friendly, neighborhood Tea Party Congressman’s town halls and ask why they insist on wasting money on meaningless repeal votes on ObamaCare instead of creating a single job.  Remind them this was their #1 promise in the 2012 elections and ask when they intend to begin working on the issue.

Another summer and another year when climate change is wreaking havoc in the western states.  How bad does it have to get before they realize this is real?

I’m never shocked at the ignorance and stupidity of conservatives.  They manufacture lies, myths and tales to convince themselves they are correct in spite of reality (facts).  Here are 20 of them assembled by Addicting Info.

For example they’re mad as hell about this bit of truth telling by actor Ed Asner:

A while back I wrote a piece about Paula Deen.  Since then I’ve read more on her and realize she really is a racist asshole.

Tom Corbett, the Guv who took free trips and other gifts then gave lucrative state deals to those folks swears he isn’t corrupt.  Lying to us when the facts are indisputable won’t get you re-elected next year Gov. Gasbag.  If this isn’t corruption I wonder how he defines the term?  Cash in a bag slid to him under a table in a Harrisburg pub?

Will Bunch fried Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz after her horrid vote on NSA spying.  It’s a must read for anyone considering supporting her because she’s progressive (she isn’t).

The Paula Deen Controversy

Paula Deen lost her show on the Food Channel and several endorsement deals because she was truthful in a sworn deposition.  in a lawsuit filed by a former employee she admitted having used the N word, “though it has been a long time.”  Her exact quote is this:

“Yes, of course. But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south.”

How many people have used that ugly word at some point even if it has been decades?  What Ms. Deen did was respond truthfully to a specific question and clarify that it has not been her habit to use the word for many years.  She is southern after all but regionality, in my experience, doesn’t effect who uses the word.

I have no problem with Paula Deen and her honesty.  The fact it has been many years since she last used the word shows she has matured and progressed as a person.  She could have lied in the deposition but instead chose to be honest and forthright while making it clear she doesn’t condone the use of the word.  So where is the controversy?  I salute her for her honesty and condemn those who cannot credit her for growing as a person to the point where she stopped using the derogatory term many years ago.

Give the lady a break.