Springfield volunteer firefighters try to save landmark Victory Cleaners on Springfield Road at Brookside Road, 3:30 p.m., today, May 9. Traffic was stopped on Springfield Road between Powell and Rolling roads while the blaze was battled.
Philadelphia Police Officer William Thrasher has been reinstated with 13-months back pay after an arbitrator determined he probably didn’t utter the phrase “TNS” in the company of a Temple University journalism student on a ride-along as Thrasher patrolled a filthy, crime-ridden, no-snitch North Philadelphia neighborhood.
Thrasher is white and TNS apparently stands for “typical n_gger sh_t”
The arbitrator, Charles D. Long Jr., made the determination after the journalist, Shannon McDonald, refused to turn over her notes and in, his opinion, was “defensive, deflective and difficult” as a witness.
Thrasher was 24 at the time of the January 2009 ride-along and had two years on the force. Miss McDonald also quoted Trasher as describing the area as “disgusting” and saying “it’s like they’re animals”.
Thrasher was fired by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey in April 2009
Now, Thrasher has denied saying TNS and said that the animal reference concerned the perpetrators of a particular homicide and not the neighborhood but just suppose he was actually guilty. Should a young man have his dreams dashed for words said in frustration?
What would Martin Luther King Jr. say?
It seems that Mayor Michael Nutter, who is black, and Ramsey, who is at least part black, missed a huge opportunity to improve race relations in a city known for racial polarization by failing to come to Thrasher’s defense.
Black leaders are going to have to come understand that racial tolerance, compassion and mercy is a two-way street.
Again, what would Martin Luther King Jr. say?
William Thrasher Back On Job After Typical L_beral Sh_t
With the April take in hand, Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenues are $1.1 billion below estimate for the 2009-10 fiscal year, according to the state’s Department of Revenue.
The fiscal year ends June 30.
April, of course, is a major tax collection month.
Gov. Ed Rendell, in February, forecast a $525 million shortfall come FY end. Looks like some serious wishful thinking.
For those who think the problem is low taxes — LOL — Pennsylvania tax take in 2002, which was the year before Rendell took office, was $22 billion compared to $30 billion last year.
With two months remaining this year’s revenue is $22.8 billion.
Hat tips to CommonwealthFoundation.org and PaIndependent.Com
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) submitted a bill, May 5, that would give state and local in Pennsylvania powers akin to those held by Arizona authorities under that state’s recently passed law, and require that “every agency or political subdivision of this Commonwealth shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of any natural person 18 years of age or older who has applied for Federal public benefits, State public benefits or local public benefits . . that are administered by an agency or a political subdivision of this Commonwealth” with some exceptions such as treatment of an emergency medical condition, in-kind emergency disaster relief, immunizations and services such as soup kitchens and short-term shelter.
House Bill 2479, or the Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, prohibits any political subdivision from adopting policy restricting enforcement of Federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by Federal law — are you reading Mayor Nutter — requires every law enforcement officer, whether state or local , who “has lawfully stopped, detained or arrested, for a violation of a law of this Commonwealth or any political subdivision” and who should be reasonably suspected of being unlawfully present in the United States” to make “a complete, full and appropriate attempt shall be made to verify the person’s immigration status with the Federal Government.”
Another provision of the bill makes it a state law to knowingly employ an alien and creates a complaint form allowing any person to report a suspected violation to the district attorney of the county in which the employer conducts business.
The bill also makes it illegal for an unauthorized alien to “apply for work, solicit work in a public place or perform work as an employee or independent contractor” in the state.
The bill also allows police to impound vehicles of those suspected of being illegal aliens or transporting illegal aliens.
Metcalfe Bill Requires Agencies Verify Lawful Presence
PCN, the non-profit cable network covering Pennsylvania government and culture, has announced that it is canceling the debate scheduled for tomorrow between State Rep. Sam Rohrer and Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett after Corbett announced he would not attend. Rohrer and Corbett are the candidates in the GOP gubernatorial primary which is May 18.
Rohrer said both teams had confirmed participation and that he remains willing to debate.
The debate was to be held at 1 p.m. at PCN’s studio at Camp Hill and co-hosted by ABC27 and the Pennsylvania Independent.
A call-In program was to follow the live debate in which viewers would be able to directly address the guest.
In other election news, State Rep. Bryan Lentz (D-161) who is almost certainly going to be the Democratic nominee in the race to replace Congressman Joe Sestak in the 7th District, has had a turnout of five persons at town halls he held Monday and Tuesday in Brookhaven and Radnor despite the governments of both municipalities being controlled by Democrats.
Gov. Ed Rendell has criticized the use of a Taser by Philadelphia Police to bring down young Steven Consalvi as journeyed through the outfield of Citizen’s Bank Park in the ninth inning of the Phillie-Cards game, May 3.
Rendell thought they should have used a snowball.
Famous Philadelphia Sports Fans II
Obama Exempted BP From Impact Study — The Obama Administration’s Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service gave BP’s lease at DeepwaterHorizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental PolicyAct (NEPA) on April 6, 2009, The Washington Post has reported.
In a certainly coincidental matter, it has been revealed — not by the Post — that Obama was the largest recipient of BP’s campaign contributions in 2008.
And at what point will President Bush be blamed?
Obama Exempted BP From Impact Study
Oscar-winning, Nobel prize-winning former Vice President Al Gore is ready for a little global meltdown at his new $8.875 million home in Montecito, California. It has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
Just imagine the air conditioning bill.
Besides the swimming pool there is a spa and fountains.
Hey, it may not be eco-friendly but it is certainly echo-chamber friendly since the dino-media hasn’t reported much on it.
In other news closer to home regarding the robber barons of global warming, PennFuture feted Penn State prof Michael Mann at a “Heroes and Experts” conference in Pittsburgh, May 2.
Mann is the guy who designed up the famous hockey stick graph showing the world to be catastrophically warming. Of course, he left out data that might have showed otherwise.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12 ) said he will introduce tomorrow a bill that will give Pennsylvania police the same powers in dealing with illegal aliens that the controversial Arizona law has given state and local law enforcement in that state.
The Arizona law — State Bill 1070 if you are so inclined to look it up — does not, despite claims by certain prominent people, allow police to stop people and random and ask for identification.
It simply requires them to check on their immigration status if they are unable to produce acceptable identification i.e. a driver’s license during a lawful contact, which will soon be changed to an even more restrictive “stop, detain or arrest” standard.
Of course it does other things to such as make it a state felony to knowingly smuggle people for profit or to attempt to hire people for work from a highway.
If you don’t feel like looking it up here’s a link to a pdf of the AZ SB 1070 .
If Metcalfe really wanted to make liberals dance around like headless hens he should submit a bill based on Mexico’s immigration law.
Does An AZ Alien Law Loom For PA?
For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.
—Samuel Adams letter to James Warren, Nov. 4, 1775.