Punxsatawny Phil might, I fear, be correct about six more weeks of winter. I awoke to the sound of snow plows this morning, not even as welcome a noise as an alarm clock. They say more is on the way for the weekend. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for spring!
Following last week’s allegations that Gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato ran former AG candidate John Morganelli ragged Bernie O’Hare reports he didn’t contribute a dime for Jack Panella’s Supreme Court campaign last year. Lehigh Valley Ramblings has the story. I have a message in with my friend Judge Panella and will update this when I can.
Update: I just spoke with Judge Panella. He doesn’t want to get dragged into this and actually cannot as it is political in nature. He has no comment.
Congressman Jack Murtha is in the hospital once again. It isn’t life threatening but doctors had to repair some damage caused by a previous procedure.
Bertha Lewis of ACORN is calling for state Attorneys General in Maryland and California to prosecute James O’Keefe for illegal wiretapping. “Back when he was stalking ACORN acorss the country, he videotaped ACORN folks without their consent. And that’s illegal in Maryland and California, two states targeted. Now that he’s proven that his law-breaking isn’t a one-shot deal, we are demanding that the Attorneys General in California and Maryland conduct formal investigations of O’Keefe’s actions from last year. O’Keefe’s arrest comes directly on the heels of a spate of investigations and court decisions  that have exonerated ACORN in the wake of his attack videos. The Congressional Research Service  and former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger  have already concluded that it was O’Keefe, and not ACORN staff, even those fired for acting inappropriately, who broke the law in the undercover videotapes.”
TJ Rooney says he almost forgot to buy his ticket for Friday’s DemFest with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party has to buy a ticket to his own event? I’d have loaned him my Party Blogger credential and he could have covered it for the blog. That way I could get home and catch some sleep.
Pictures from The Pennsylvania Progressive Summit (not affiliated with this blog) are up here and here. Yours truly is in a few.
I promised I’d upload the Blogging 101 PowerPoint to the web. I contacted Chris Bowers of Open Left for the ideas and thoughts he expressed during the panel for inclusion and I should get that finished today. Thanks for your patience. This will make the presentation better. Thanks Chris.
Former aide Mike Manzo is testifying in the BonusGate trial and he is devastating. One interesting bit of testimony is his claim that the use of threats about money for staffs and offices to fellow legislators by leadership is devastating. This is what I’ve been saying for years and demanding be reformed. When a Majority or Minority Leader can force rank and file legislators into compliance by threatening to pull their staff and district offices, making constituent service and research impossible, we must change that system.
This is the system which keeps frustrating good people like Barbara McIlvaine Smith who opted not to run for re-election. The old boys club atmosphere against women doesn’t help. Meanwhile several candidates are vying for her open seat. This is the seat which gave Democrats control of the State House four years ago.
Are you making cakes, cookies and pies for a local bake sale? You’re breaking the law in Pennsylvania. I suppose that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Can you imagine Tom Corbett rounding up a bunch of Amish or Mennonite women in a sting operation? He’d never get them to trial though because no one could resist eating the evidence.
Is this woman the champion pill popper of all time or is Rush Limbaugh still the champion?
Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin got a withering warning by the Chief Justice about her incompetence after only one month on the bench. I told you so…
I won’t be watching Sunday’s Super Bowl. CBS is televising a Focus on the Family commercial featuring Tim Tebow. In the past this network has refused to air issue oriented advertisements. They are breaking their own policy. If you are angry at CBS for this the best way to get back at them is to boycott the game. That will affect their ad rates for next year’s game. Hit them where it hurts: below the belt in their wallet.
Tea Partiers are meeting this week for their “national convention.” These are people whose hero is Sarah Palin, a former secessionist. How do you call yourself a patriot when you support a secessionist? Worse, she ran a socialist state in Alaska.
In all this debate about DADT I’m touched by all these conservatives who adore us so much they want to protect us from death and dismemberment.
Isn’t it nice that Jon and Kate have fallen completely off the media’s radar? Now how do we get rid of Michael Jackson?
The underwear bomber (sorry I still get past a man wanting to blow off his balls) is cooperating with the FBI. Instead of torturing people and proving to our enemies we’re as evil as them, smart people who are experts at interrogation got the information without compromising our values and principles.
Elliot Spitzer was on The Colbert Report last night. Afterwards he celebrated with three hookers.
Rob Kall says an early draft of the constitution has been found. Maybe now someone can find and salvage the real one. We do seem to have lost it.
President Obama is congratulating Max Baucus and Chris Dodd for incorporating Republican ideas in the Senate health insurance bill. Heck, that bill is ALL GOP ideas.