A Nomination for ‘National Human’

The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the court case that legalized abortion—brought back to my mind a decision I had made while working on an article for the Cape May County Herald back in the 1990s. Looking back, I think I made the wrong choice.

I had occasion to interview a zoologist who headed up a program that looked after injured turtle eggs. Specifically, it was those eggs that were damaged by passing automobiles that had hit female turtles as they crossed a south Jersey highway to reach their nesting spot.

He described how the interns that participated in this program were literally—literally—in tears as they picked up the injured eggs and brought them back to the facility where they were nursed back to health so they could hatch.

At the time, I was tempted to ask what I thought was a very obvious question, but my journalist’s objectivity prohibited me from taking the interview in a direction that was never intended. In hindsight, I now wish I had taken that path, because it would have made for a far more interesting and illuminating article, albeit one that would have no doubt annoyed my editor.

The question I wanted to ask the zoologist was, “These interns seem very respectful of life in general, would you say they are the type of young adults that one would find tearfully protesting in front of abortion clinics?”

My expected reaction would have been a terse and emphatic, “Oh no!” followed by the obligatory, “They would likely see that as a woman’s decision.”

But it never got to that juncture. I bit my tongue and carried on the interview as though I actually cared about foraged turtle eggs and the valiant attempt to save unborn reptiles.

I recently was shown a poster that stated the fine for destroying an eagle’s egg is a quarter of a million dollars or up to two years in prison. Seems fair. After all, it’s our national bird, whereas the country really doesn’t have a national human.

At any rate, that’s where this culture stands, or so it appears—careful with those bird and reptile eggs; we could be losing hundreds, even thousands every year. The eggs inside a human? In the US alone, there are more than 3,000 abortions a day.

But here’s a curious fact: In most states, if a pregnant woman is murdered, the assailant is charged with two counts of homicide: one for the killing of the mother, and one for killing of the unborn child. Amazing how the crime turns—not on the life of the innocent victim—but on the identity of the person deciding that a life should end. Even an innocent one.

(Excerpted from Good Writer’s Block)

InLiquid’s 13th Annual Silent Auction Is Feb. 15

Get you’re lucky charms and bids together for InLiquid’s 13th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit 6:30-9:30 p.m.,  Friday, Feb. 15  in the Ice Box Space at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia.

This annual festive reception is not one to be missed in the art community of Philadelphia. Over 150 artist submissions from local artisans and galleries have submitted an array of artwork, jewelry and design items to be auctioned off.
 
To celebrate its Bar Mitzvah year, InLiquid is incorporating new organizations and artists to watch into its signature event. On Feb. 14, InLiquid will host in partner with Second Thursday at the Crane, the Young Professional preview night of the Benefit with entertainment provided by RAW Artists and MC’d by The Spruce Foundation’s new co-President, Rudy Flesher. Following the YP night, the Benefit evening will have new curated sections with “Local Artists to Watch” for jewelry. Philadelphia art galleries that will be host curated sections of the Benefit include: Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Larry Becker Contemporary Art and Center for Art in Wood.

Newspaper Guild Buyout Package

Philadelphia Inquirer gossip columnist Dan Gross resigned, Jan. 16, as head of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to take a  buyout package.

“My decision was not based on fear but on opportunity,” he said.

Perhaps he has gotten an offer to captain an Italian cruise ship.

Interstate General Media L.L.C., the parent company of the Inky, Daily News and Philly.com,  has told the 550 members of the Guild. whose rank and file includes newsroom and advertising employees. that it wants to cut $8 million in wages and benefits from their contract which expires in October.

Those greedy capitalistic war pigs. Look for the union label! Strike brothers!

And welcome to Obamaworld where your pay is less and your costs are more.

 

Newspaper Guild Buyout Package

Salute Our Troops Broadcast And Lunch

Teri Adams of the Independent Hall Tea Party Association points out that WPHT 1210 AM and Dom Giordano are hosting a 2013 Salute Our Troops!
Live Broadcast Luncheon, 11 a.m., Presidents Day, Feb. 18 at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge, 260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, Pa.

Tickets are $25 and can be gotten here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5210859822#

PennDOT Summer Jobs

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is now accepting applications for 2013 summer employment for students and government services interns, according to State Rep Jim Cox (R-129).

To qualify, candidates must be 18 years of age and enrolled in college for the fall 2013 semester. Applicants must also have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

The Summer Employment Program runs from May through August to supplement the permanent workforce.

For  information on PennDOT summer employment opportunities, visit here.

Fire School Officials Who Suspended PA Kindergartner For “Terroristic Threat”

 
It is time to immediately boot all school administrators who had any involvement in suspending a five-year-old kindergartener from the Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. And we should require that their official employment records always disclose the exact reason why they were terminated. Hopefully, such a scarlet letter would prove so weighty that their education careers would sink into oblivion.

Come to think of it, they should be barred from ever working around children again. Judgment, discretion and common decency are—or at least should be—mandatory skills for those working around our young people, but appear to be nonexistent in the Mount Carmel District.

What was the child’s offense? What was so ignominious, so dastardly, so outright diabolical that the Mount Carmel brain trust saw fit to suspend her for 10 days and mandate she undertake a psychological evaluation?
Did she swipe the school computer password to inflate her show-and-tell grade? Boycott naptime? Not share her crayons?

Far worse. She talked about using her pink Hello Kitty Bubble Gun—admittedly, a device that has been known to completely eradicate sad faces with one trigger pull.
 
Honest to God, this makes the Manti Te’o story look tame.

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Earlier this month, while waiting for a school bus, the kindergarten mastermind was overheard talking about shooting a classmate with the bubble gun, which, it should be noted, she did not even possess.

For that, she was actually accused of making a “terroristic threat” and branded as a “threat to harm others.” According to reports, the girl was questioned the following day for 30 minutes without a parent present and, her mother stated, was told she could go to jail for making such a threat. Despite being evaluated as “normal” by the district’s psychologist (what a surprise), the student was suspended anyway. Officials have since reduced the suspension to two days, but have refused to expunge the incident from her permanent record.

The family’s lawyer, Robin Ficker, simply wants the incident removed from the child’s record and the school district to apologize, admitting it made a mistake. But no can do.

The district is fighting back, having released a statement that reads “ … we are confident that much of the information supplied to the media may not be consistent with the facts in this matter. The Mount Carmel Area School District has investigated the issue and will continue to do so … When given the opportunity in the appropriate forum, we look forward to presenting information that will portray our school district in a more positive light.”
What are they doing? Bringing in the CSI team?

Assuming there are no national security secrets in this case, this one is simple. School administrators wildly “jumped the gun,” choosing to bow at the altar of political correctness and get their 15 minutes of fame rather than rationally think this situation through to its logical conclusion. And now they are too proud to admit they screwed up. In the process, they have traumatized a little girl, stigmatized her family, and perhaps worst of all, stolen a bit of childhood innocence from every student in that school.

And the more we sit back and allow these situations to occur, the faster America will decline. It is not enough to have the lawyers settle this behind the scenes, even if the girl and her family “win” everything they are seeking. The damage is done, and nothing short of firing Superintendent Bernard Stellar and other administrators complicit in the suspension will make it right.
Is advocating the firing of these officials for their “zero tolerance” itself zero tolerance? Absolutely. And it should be. We all make mistakes, which is why God made erasers, but mistakes like this are unforgivable. We entrust these people with our most precious gift: our children, indeed our future. And when they cannot even handle the most basic, common sense situation, it is time for them to find another profession.

Sadly, America is becoming a nation that doesn’t act with common sense, but one that overreacts to damn near everything without actually solving its problems. That way, faceless bureaucrats can feel good about themselves and justify their existences.

It’s time to fight back. It’s time for the silent American majority to be heard. It’s time to send the message loud and clear that political correctness is the greatest enemy this nation faces, and that we must enact zero tolerance for moronic decisions that so negatively affect the most innocent among us.
Demand that the Mount Carmel School District administrators be fired, and burst their politically correct bubble once and for all.

Child Porn Charge Upheld — But 31 Dropped

 By Pattie Price

Scott Richmond, 37, of Newtown, waived a hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Lee Hunter on one count of possession of child pornography. In exchange for the waiver 31 counts of possession of child pornography, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and disruption of service were withdrawn. The charges stem from an April 25 incident at his Rhoads Avenue residence and his place of employment on Campus Boulevard.

According to the affidavit, Delaware County CID Detective David Peifer said Richmond worked in the Information Technology  department of a Newtown Square company when police were alerted he had uploaded suspected child pornography on both his home and work computers. The investigation involved Google, MySpace, Facebook, and Linkedin, and PennDOT records.
A search warrant was obtained for Richmond’s home and work computers.
Richmond admitted that he searched for male pornography on both computers. He identified one of the people in the picture as his ex-boyfriend whom he started dating when the boyfriend was 18.

As a result of the search warrant, police seized 14 glass vials of cocaine along with the computers from Richmond’s residence.

Thirty-two images of children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts or poses were also identified.

Richmond was remanded to the George W. Hill Prison when he was unable to post 10 percent of $100,000 bail. He is scheduled for a Feb. 13 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
 

Charges Stem From Heroin Overdose

By Pattie Price


Eric Gallagher, 22, of Newtown, waived a hearing. Thursday. before Magisterial District Judge Lee Hunter
on five counts of possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem
from an incident 5:55p.m., Nov. 12, at his Third Avenue residence.

According
to the affidavit, Newtown Sgt. Gary Sebra said police responded to
Gallagher’s home to investigate a report that he was unconscious due to a
heroin overdose.

Sebra said Gallagher was unresponsive and unconscious. Several dime bags of heroin were confiscated from his dresser.

Gallagher’s step-father told police Eric had just completed a 29 day rehab program that day.

Eric was transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital for treatment.

He is scheduled for a Feb. 13 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Bernard Pagliaro, 74, of Newtown, waived a hearing  on the charges of DUI for an incident 10:16 p.m., Nov. 12, on West Chester Pike at St. Albans Avenue. In exchange for the waiver the charges of careless driving and a turn signal violation were withdrawn.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Officer Joe Vandegrift saw Pagliaro operating a silver Nissan Altima as he was exiting the parking lot of St. Alban’s Shopping Center. The Nissan’s interior light was on and the driver’s door was open.

Vandegrift said Pagliaro veered across the lanes on West Chester Pike and then turned right onto St. Albans Avenue from the inside lane. As Pagliaro navigated the traffic circle he almost struck a utility pole and curb.

He was stopped when he hit the curb and almost struck another pole.

He admitted consuming two big glasses of Bacardi rum.

Pagliaro was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test. He was released and is scheduled for a Feb. 13 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Trokon Gbapaywhea, 31, of Philadelphia was held for a Feb. 13 arraignment in Common Pleas Court on the charges of DUI, driving on roadways laned for traffic, and careless driving. The charges stem from an incident 9:55p.m., Oct. 5, in the 3700 block of West Chester Pike.

According to the affidavit Newtown Sgt. Gary Sebra said police responded to West Chester Pike and Route 252 for a report of a reckless intoxicated driver.

Lt. Michael Savitski saw the white Mercury van stopped in the left travel lane on West Chester Pike. Savitski got behind the van and said it appeared to be stopping but then accelerated and passed other drivers while swerving. Savitski activated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the driver, later identified as Gbapaywhea. As he approached Valley View Lane, the van swerved into the right lane, onto the shoulder and came to a slow rolling stop.

Savitski said Gbapaywhea had a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot glassy eyes, slurred speech and was extremely unsteady on his feet.

Gbapaywhea admitted he had “just one beer.” He failed field sobriety tests. A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .142 percent. Gbapaywhea was transported to Riddle Memorial Hospital by Sebra for a blood test.

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Francisco Arroyo, 38, of Camden, N.J., waived a hearing on the charge of receiving stolen property for an incident 8:52 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Acme, 3590 West Chester Pike.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Detective John Newell said Arroyo was the driver of a white Lincoln used as the get-away car in numerous thefts from the Acme’s in the tri-county area. On Oct. 15, Acme employees called police when Arroyo’s two co-defendants fled the store and one of the suspects jumped into the Lincoln.

Arroyo was stopped on West Chester Pike at Barren Road by Sgt. Steve Sangiorgio and Officer Joe Alonso. He told police he is a “hack” taxi cab driver and was hired by the co-defendants to drive them to numerous stores in Pennsylvania.

Seized from the trunk of the vehicle were numerous over the counter medications and razors.

Arroyo is scheduled for a Feb. 13 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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David Kelly, 48, of Marcus Hook, waived a hearing on the charges of defiant trespass for an incident 8:40 a.m., Jan. 4, at Saint Anastasia School.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Officer Todd Welch was monitoring school traffic when he saw Kelly walking towards the church and rectory.

Kelly had been previously arrested by Newtown Police for a burglary at another church in the township to which he plead guilty. Kelly was told on Dec. 15, 26, and Feb. 9 that he would be arrested if he returned to the property.

Kelly was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility when he was unable to post 10 percent of $5,000 bail. He is scheduled for a Feb. 13 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Carl Kasarsky, 20, of Marple, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident 11:35 p.m., Dec. 23, at a home in the unit block of Ashley Road. In exchange for the guilty plea the charges of aggravated harassment by a prisoner, underage drinking, and public drunkenness were withdrawn.

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Charges of DUI and recklessly endangering his two children were dismissed against Charles Cantlin, 45, of Newtown  from an incident 2:30p.m., Oct. 25, at his Echo Valley residence.