The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally suspended Justice Melvin after she turned herself in on nine criminal charges Friday. She will continue getting her $195,000 salary plus benefits. Included in the counts is one for official oppression, perhaps the most serious charge a Judge can face. It means she abused her position of power against another person. Staffers testified about being fired or shunned after refusing to do political work on state time.
Justice Melvin cleverly wore a flag pin and cross for her day in court. Never trust anyone who feels they must display their faith or their patriotism.
Former State House Speaker Bill DeWeese was released from prison pending his appeal. He was convicted of using state resources for political work, a practice which was all to common and has sent many politicians to jail. Joan Orie Melvin and her sisters ignored all the high profile prosecutions for this while they assumed they were above the law. How the mighty fall who are filled with arrogance and hubris.
Another example is that of former presidential candidate John Edwards. His case went to the jury this week. I doubt he’ll be convicted: not enough evidence was provided that money to pay off his pregnant mistress actually went through his campaign finance accounts. That would have to be proven for charges to stand. Still, the man did some despicable deeds. His campaign message of Two Americas and his focus on the plight of poverty in this nation were commendable and preceded the Occupy movement.
Facebook stock went on sale yesterday. I have to admit I’m a facebook addict. I get much of the material for these columns via social media. Those standing to become very, very rich from the IPO took measures to insure they didn’t pay their fair share of taxes and that got the attention of Sen. Bob Casey Jr. He and Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced legislation to prohibit people like Eduardo Saverin, who renounced his citizenship to avoid paying those taxes, the right to re-enter the country. It’s all about rights and responsibilities…
Another Birther Congressman claims, after being caught, he simply “misspoke.” Maybe he should have “thought” first. The problem is that requires an ability to think critically and requires some degree of intelligence.
Birthers got up in a huff this week after Breitbart.com (of course no one can trust anything posted their for factual value) published a memo from an Obama publisher. The memo said he had been born in Kenya. A bit of fact checking would have found this:
“This was nothing more than a fact-checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time,” Miriam Goderich, who worked for the literary agency Acton & Dystel, told Yahoo News. “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.”
On the bright side if all these conspiracy theorists keep spending their time trying to prove the unprovable they aren’t trying to convince us to invade more countries based on lies.
Here’s the danger for conservatives who try and drag Rev. Wright into the presidential campaign again: it makes Romney’s Mormonism fair game as John Aravosis did yesterday.
The OAG hasn’t had much scrutiny despite some missteps, especially in the Sandusky case. The Pennsylvania ACLU is taking Attorney general Linda Kelly (she replaced Gov. Gasbag) to task for not investigating the NYPD for civil rights violations against PA Muslims.
The AP reported that the NYPD had monitored about 250 mosques, universities and businesses, without any evidence of wrongdoing. In February 2012, the AP reported that the NYPD was monitoring Muslim college students at over a dozen universities far beyond the New York city and state limits, including at the University of Pennsylvania. In light of these disturbing reports, the ACLU-PA, in coalition with 20 civil rights, student, faith-based, and civic groups, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly requesting that her office undertake an immediate investigation of the NYPD’s surveillance of law-abiding Muslim communities in Pennsylvania.
The Attorney General refused our request.
Here’s a refreshing look at equality:
Congressional Republicans broke their budget agreement with the White House by passing an alarming defense bill. Why we’re spending gargantuan amounts on the Pentagon while cutting programs for the poor is defenseless (pun intended). Breaking an agreement they required after holding the country’s debt hostage shows they cannot be trusted.
A bit of reality talk about the economy and “job creators:”
No consumers (meaning people with good jobs and discretionary income)=no jobs.
More on the economy: