As per the incomparable Mark Steyn: “It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice cream and a
quart of dog feces and mix ’em together, the result will taste more
like the latter than the former. That’s the problem with the U.N.”
Oprahization Of the Delaware County D.A. — The prosecutors in the Delaware County (Pa) District Attorney’s office seem to be watching Oprah Winfrey when they should be reading Jefferson and Blackstone.
Delaware County Daily Times columnist Gil Spencer had articles, here and here, regarding a father who was brought to trial on various child sex charges solely on the word of a disturbed young neighbor who had a known grudge.
The prosecution had no corroborating evidence and Sherlock Holmes was not needed to see inconsistencies in the girl’s story i.e porn was not found in the house. Nor did there seem to be any consideration — or maybe even investigation — into the history of the accused and accuser, or the accuser’ background.
Fortunately, the jurors had a better understanding of truth and justice than the trained lawyers. The man was acquitted albeit at a cost of $10,000 in legal fees.
And, of course, innocent men can go to jail.
Oprahization Of the Delaware County D.A.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, an anti-Sarah Palin publication in our 49th State, labeled a photograph of the governor “A broad in Asia” regarding her Hong Kong address.
Which lead to this desperate apology from Managing Editor Rod Boyce. I assume he’s going to keep his job which would likely not be the case if Hillary Clinton had been the subject.
Liberals are the biggest hypocrites. Progressives are the biggest phonies. Don’t trust any of them.
A Broad In Asia
So this is what we get for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act? A $3,000 green sign and a solution to a problem that should never have existed and matters worse — at least with regard to things like convenience, traffic and pollution — than it was before a certain government agency tried to fix things. The sign, which also has an orange top depicting a man digging a ditch and the words “Putting America To Work” went up Sept. 23 at the Springfield Road stop for SEPTA’s Route 101 trolley in Springfield, Pa. SEPTA, btw, never bothered to consider PennDOT’s concerns before starting the project which involved installing traffic-safety gates, removing the traffic-safety gates and changing a decades-old scheme so commuters now must cross the busy highway at least once per round trip, at a spot, mind you, where it is illegal to do so
And why does Obama think that Americans being forced to earn a living digging ditches is somehow progress? I’d like to see him dig ditches.
The trolley gates placed at intersections with four highways in Springfield, Delaware County, Pa. were done so by SEPTA despite PennDOT’s recommendation against it, according to State Rep. Bill Adolph (R-165).
The expensive gates are now being removed after snarling traffic for a year.
Trolley Gate Fiasco Began With SEPTA Ignoring PennDOT
Kudos to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On the front of today’s Currents, the editorial section, it carried a fine summation of the ACORN scandal written by Kevin Ferris, with the added bonus of an excellent report by Frank Wilson of Bruce Bawer’s book, Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom, which points out the strange lengths the media, art and educational
establishments go toward appeasing radical Islam. Wilson noted, for
instance, that a survey showing that 20 percent of US Muslims aren’t really opposed to suicide bombing was portrayed in papers such as USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor as being a positive thing.
Wilson took pride, rightfully, in pointing out the Inquirer ran one of the controversial Danish cartoon depictions of Mohammad that created a stir in 2006.
He appears incorrect, at least as per Wikipedia, with regard to the Inky being the only daily to do so. However, it is true that the vast majority of the old media — broadcast as well as print — chose to run and hide.
So kudos to the Inquirer.
Better Late Than Never Regarding Acorn
Pa. State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) represents an area served by the Delaware County Daily Times. On Thursday, Barrar attempted to make it illegal for tax money to go to partisan groups. The action was aimed at ACORN albeit one’s mind is boggled that it should be even the case that groups that take sides in an election can even receive Pennsylvania tax dollars.
The attempt was shut down on partisan lines with the Democrats in the State House voting unanimously against it.
Yet not a peep in the Daily Times about it either yesterday or today. And they don’t even have the excuse of needing space to cover the death of a Phillies announcer or an ”80s pop star.
Barrar on July 30 attempted to get a resolution passed requesting the state Attorney General to investigate ACORN. The motion was sent to the State Government Committee where it disappeared. The committee is chaired by Philadelphia Babette Josephs (D-182). She is reportedly a member of ACORN. The silence in the Philadelphia Inquirer is deafening.
The Inky did carry today on page B2 a sweet and sympathetic story about how Philadelphia ACORN — which spends about $400,000 per year — will be unaffected by the federal cuts.
Lentz, Vitali Protecting ACORN — Among the 102 Democrats who think it acceptable to give tax money to partisan groups were Delaware County’s own Bryan Lentz (161) and Greg Vital (166). They were among the partisan mob voting against a motion by Steve Barrar (R-160) to amend the state Fiscal Code to prohibit tax money from going to groups that solicit campaign contributions, endorse or oppose candidates and conduct partisan voter registration drives.
While the motion was directed at ACORN, it obviously would have applied to any group
There were 94 members — all Republicans — voting for the measure.
Jack Potter from the office of State Rep. Seth Grove (R-196) has said that
ACORN has received $200,000 in state grants since 2007.
Steve Barrar (R-160), on July 30, introduced House Resolution 426 that was a formal request to state Attorney General to investigate ACORN. It was referred to the State Government Committee. It’s chaired by Philadelphian Babette Josephs (D-182). She’s a member of ACORN as she confessed at an April 3, 2008 hearing.
Not much has happened regarding the request.
ACORN Member Chairs Pa House Committee
Betcha you didn’t know the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania gives tax dollars to groups that:
• Actively manage a political campaign
• Solicit or handle political contributions
• Solicit votes
• Endorse or oppose candidates
• Circulate partisan nominating petitions
• Organize partisan voter registration drives
Well it does and an attempt by State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) to fix those things was was defeated, yesterday, after Democrats in the Pennsylvania House voted unanimously not to even consider the motion which would have amended the state Fiscal Code.
The vote was 102-94 to protect ACORN.
Jack Potter from the office of State Rep. Seth Grove (R-196) has said that ACORN has received $200,000 in state Community and Economic Development grants since 2007.
Barrar, on July 30, introduced House Resolution 426 that was a formal request to state Attorney General to investigate ACORN. It was referred to the State Government Committee. It’s chaired by Babette Josephs, a Philadelphia Democrat. She’s a member of ACORN. Not much has happened regarding the request.