Black Friday Name Origin Joseph P. Barrett originally was published Nov. 25, 2015. The men responsible for naming the day, Joe Barrett and Nate Kleger were co-workers and friends of William Lawrence Sr. We will never forget you Uncle Joe.
Black Friday, in reference to the day after Thanksgiving, was first used in a 1951 article in the trade publication Factory Management and Maintenance” and concerned the habit of employees calling in sick the day after the holiday to get a four-day weekend.
The article by M. J. Murphy recommended just making the day a paid holiday.
However, the term’s use as a day of shopping chaos has a Philadelphia root, the popularization of which can be squarely placed on the shoulders of Joseph P. Barrett and Nathan Kleger, who were police reporters with the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.
Philadelphia traffic squad cops had been using the phrase to describe the massive Center City traffic jams that occurred the day after Thanksgiving. Kleger and Barrett wrote a front-page piece circa 1960 in which they appropriated the phrase. The paper in ensuing years continued with the phrase and local TV soon joined.
Supremes Throw Shade At Philly DA In Gun Case –The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, heard this morning, Sept. 13, a plea to overturn numerous state laws that prohibit municipalities from enacting independent firearm ordinances.
The hearing was at Philadelphia City Hall, one of the three venues used by the court.
Lead plaintiff Crawford is Black. His son was killed in a shooting, Sept. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia’s Rawhnhurst section.
The plaintiffs also say the state laws violate Article I, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution which says that “(all) have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty.”
Their reasoning is that one can’t enjoy life if one lives in fear. Bad people on the street with guns make people afraid, they say.
And if only people would do what they want, unicorns would bring us all lollipops.
The plaintiffs also claim that gun violence is a health crisis
The plaintiffs were represented by Lydia Furst of the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department and Benjamin David Geffen of The Public Interest Law Center,.
The Democrat-leaning court was surprisingly unsympathetic to their arguments. Several justices wondered if they weren’t asking the court to set policy rather than address constitutional concerns.
Even more surprisingly — shockingly actually — was the shade thrown by the court at those Philly officials tasked with keeping the peace. Most of the shade came from Justice Kevin M. Dougherty and Chief Justice Debra Todd.
Dougherty and Ms. Todd wondered why the plaintiffs didn’t address their concerns about crime control with city officials.
District Attorney Larry Krasner was not cited by name.
But did he have to be?
Dougherty made it a point to say he was the only Philadelphia resident on the court.
The defendants were well-represented by Democrats, also surprising. Matthews S. Salkowski represented the General Assembly and a person whose name we missed the Attorney General. They gave solid reasons for not letting Philadelphia and other places set independent firearm policy. Republican Senate Pro Tempore Kim Ward had her own representation, who also made strong arguments.
Attorney Josh Prince who filed amicus curiaeon behalf of Allegheny County Sportsmen League and Firearms Owners Against Crime was an observer. He thinks the state laws are likely to stay in place.
The plaintiffs struck us as sincere. If they overcome this bizarre blind spot that has convinced them that their opponents are bad people indifferent to murder, much division would end.
Gun rights supporters are very much opposed to murder, let us note.
The 1994 law passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly compelled Philadelphia to grant concealed carry permits in the same unburdensome way the rest of the state did. Philadelphia homicides fell from 432 in 1995 to 292 by 1999, and stayed under 400 for 20 years.
Granted things have changed but, well, Larry Krasner.
Note at this link that there were but 150 homicides in Philly in 1960 and the city had about a half-million more people, and there were far fewer gun restrictions.
And nobody wants mass shooting. Japan has few mass shooting but the reason isn’t a gun ban. What Japan does is lock up the crazies.
Which is what we used to do. In 1960, there were more than three times as many in the United States who were incarcerated in mental institutions than in prisons.
The Guv throws a spanner in the works. Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has thrust himself into this November’s City Council Election in Philadelphia.
He endorsed the current City Council at-Large incumbent, from the Working Families Party, one Kendra Brooks. She is also a member of the leftish DSA (Democratic Socialist).
Bob Brady, former Democratic Representative and current chair of the Democratic Party of Philadelphia, commented on this. He’s stated that Shapiro’s endorsement of a non-Democrat probably violates state party rules. It was unclear what their response could be.
On the other hand, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Sharif Street said “He can support who he chooses”, so this may be a tempest in a teapot.
Ms. Brooks was elected in 2019, the first non-Republican or non-Democrat to win an at=large seat in over 70 years. It probably helped that she was endorsed by Larry Krasner and Elizabeth Warren.
Ms. Brooks’ campaign says they are planning a fundraiser with the Governor.
Ms. Brooks and Shapiro have worked together before, including a campaign ad last year..
Ms. Brooks has said she doesn’t believe the Republicans deserve governing power in Philadelphia.
This may hurt the GOP more than the Democrats for two reasons. First, the WFP is closer to the Dems than the GOP. Secondly, and more importantly, there are seven at large City Council seats, with two reserved for the minority party. Both the GOP and the WFP have two candidates. Since 9 of the 10 District Council seats don’t have a Republican opposition, the only other Republican who can win, and probably will, is District 10 incumbent Brian O’Neill.
Jury Trial Finally Possibility For 2020 Election Fraud Claims As Philly Judge Rejects Protective Order Request
By Bill Lawrence
Jury Trial Finally Possibility For 2020 Election Fraud Claims As Philly Judge Rejects Protective Order Request — Attorney Conor Corcoran got a solid spanking when Judge Michael E. Erdos denied his request for a protective order against election whistleblowers Leah Hoopes and Greg Stenstrom, today, June 20, in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
Erdos rejected everything Corcoran sought which included a $15,000 fine, the removal of guns and “incendiary” devices from the defendants’ homes, and that they never come within a mile of his client.
Corcoran is representing former Delaware County, Pa. Voting Machine Warehouse supervisor James Savage in a defamation suit regarding claims that the 2020 election was rigged in Delco.
The pair’s co-defendants include President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Jen Ellis.
Corcoran based his request on Stenstrom’s frequent used of Frederick Douglass’s boxes of liberty during interviews and public speaking engagements.
Douglass said liberty depends on three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge or powder box, depending on the version.
Corcoran said that Stenstrom’s use of powder box made him fear that Stenstrom was planning to blow him up.
It was a ridiculous stretch as was indicated by the decision. Why would Corcoran waste the court’s valuable time with this foolishness? Was he hoping that the pair, who are representing themselves, would not show? That they would not be prepared? Well, they did and were, and the professional attorney ended up with pie on his face, albeit Savage will be getting the bill.
Stenstrom and Mrs. Hoopes noted that several figures in American history have used the phrasing.
Stenstrom further noted that he was veteran who had seen war. He said violence was the last thing he wanted in America. He said he emphasized at every speaking event or interview that the law is the only path to trustworthy elections.
Biden And Fetterman Worse Than Idiocracy –Joe Biden visited Philly, today, June 17 to view the section of I-95 that collapsed last Sunday and was introduced by Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman.
Here it is:
In 2006, Mike Judge gave usIdiocracy, a satire premised on the devolution of intelligence leading the United States to become a society of morons running robotically on the systems and technologies developed by previous generations.
People, listen up.
Listen up and tremble.
The leaders of the America depicted in that movie about a nation of morons are smarter than our real-life ones of today.
20% Of Philly Students Can Read??? — The ABC sitcomAbbott Elementaryhas a plot line in which a big, bad charter school company is trying to take over the show’s eponymous Philadelphia public school.
This caused Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, to tweet:
It’s pathetic when fewer than 20% of Philadelphia students can even read, write or spell at grade level that there’s a show on television that has the nerve to criticize the schools that succeed, and the people that help them. This has TEACHERS UNION written all over it.
Is it true that fewer than 20 precent of Philadelphia students read, write or spell at grade level??
According to the Philadelphia School District’s website 46 percent of children K-2 and 33 percent of children in third grade read at grade level as of 2019, which is before the Covid shutdown.
The stats in 2013, by the way, were 52 percent of K-2 and 45 percent in grade 3.
It appears the more caring parents are getting their kids out of public school and into the big, bad charters which is the only sane and caring thing to do.
Update On Krasner Impeachment From Carmela Ciliberti — Chesco attorney Carmela Ciliberti’s latest podcast gives an update on looming impeachment of Philadelphia’s out-of-control district attorney, Larry Krasner. Murders in the city are up 59 percent since won election. He blames everybody else.
Carmela does expect the state legislature to successfully impeach Krasner this session but does feel the effort is waking up many.
Krasner Impeachment Update By Carmela Ciliberti — The Carmela Ciliberti Show’s most recent subject concerned the pending impeachment of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and the misery he is inflicting on the birthplace of America.
Philly and Pennsylvania often mirrors national forces and, thus, this “homer” has aggregated on-point cites, many of which are from the Inqy [when it suppresses bias]. For example, Brittany Salerno and Barbara Capozzi provided a pro/con debate on whether safe injection sites are desirable; I went to Penn State with Barbara, who is a South Philly real estate agent whose Dem-$-raiser I once attended (She’s color-blind, literally and figuratively). Fortunately, she took the “correct” side, opposing government-given drugs.
Other Philly-evolutions have been captured, reflecting lotsa stuff impacting urban USA:
Inga Saffron: By turning Fairmount Water Works into a party space, Philly exemplifies the worst of park privatization
The PA Department of State filed suit against three Commonwealth county boards of elections (Berks, Fayette and Lancaster = “outlier counties”) for not properly certifying vote tallies from the May 17 primary election; they “are holding up final certification of PA’s 2022 primary election because they refuse to send the Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth (Leigh Chapman) certified returns that include every ballot lawfully cast in that election. This Court should order the three county boards that are delaying resolution of the 2022 primary election to send to the Acting Secretary certifications reflecting all lawfully cast ballots.” They are “to submit a single set of results that include[s] mail-in votes that arrived in undated external envelopes.” Those ballots have been the subject of several other lawsuits.”