Here is the letter I sent to the Delco Symphony and the Executive Assistant to the President of Neumann University effectively severing my decade long affiliation with the Orchestra.
During the past ten years I have been a season ticket subscriber and haven’t missed a concert other than the ones canceled in 2020 or the occasional snowstorm cancelation in previous years. I also supported them financially during 2020 when they were not permitted to play to an audience, through donations to help fund a virtual season.
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To whom it may concern: I am emailing to inform the Delaware County Symphony and Neumann University, after a decade of patronage, I will no longer attend any chamber or symphony concerts.
I am basing my decision on the hysteria caused by a virus with 99 percent survivability. Essential freedom is never to be traded for a false or temporary sense of security.
Demanding performers and guest artists “show their papers” is not only an egregious violation of one’s personal medical information it reeks of authoritarianism. In addition, demanding patrons wear a cloth mask, that does little to nothing to prevent exposure to viruses, however provides a damp environment for all sorts of harmful bacteria to thrive is neither healthy nor based in sound science.
I am in effect “canceling” my affiliation with the DCS and will continue to practice socialist distancing from proponents of what I know is junk science and Lysenkoism.
Just this past week the CDC and the FDA engaged in a debate over booster shots. Science is not by consensus. Science is repeatable and demonstrable. Never forget the CDC gave us the Tuskegee Experiments and the FDA approved Thalidomide.
I am a free man. I am no one’s experiment – social, scientific or otherwise.
Kearni Warren is running for a seat on Chester City Council. If she should somehow win, she would be the first Green Party member to ever sit on Chester City Council. Her main issue is the ever-present environmental environmental racism issue of Covanta i.e. Chester being a dumping grounds for Delco.
Kearni is running to unseat Portia West (D) who she feels has not done enough on the environmental racism issue. However, this has become a three way race as Stefan Roots (D), blogger and Swarthmorean columnist is also opposing her. It would seem two challenger candidates might consider working together but Democrats act as though they are not, historically, allowed to work with Greens on anything. Now if Warren was a Working Party Candidate, or a DSA Candidate…
Kearni is the daughter of the late Rev. Bernice Warren, who served for two decades (until 2016) as Pastor/Director of Chester East Side Ministries.
Kearni stated that Stefan’s win, in the Primary, against incumbent William Jacobs inspired her to run. However, it seems that Stefan, once an insurgent Candidate, is now aligning himself with the Democratic Establishment.
Also, Stefan had almost weekly articles in The Swarthmorean, which we all looked forward to, on the goings on in the City of Chester, These seem to have stopped,at least recently, Also his Campaign Manager, is one Todd Strine, a Philadelphian who is also co-Publisher of, you guessed it, The Swarthmorean.
Kearni is a graduate of Eastern University’s Business Administration program. She has worked in various positions for (SEIUHCPA) Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania, and United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania.
She’s a great believer in the Bible, especially Luke 12:48 ìFrom everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much will be demanded.î She wants to continue in the Social Justice spirit of her mother.
Though no fan of previous 20th century Chester governments, she stated that “In the 21st Century, we have a constant flow of Democratic Council Members who can’t even get the trash picked up on time, let alone address Chester’s severe social, environmental, and financial pitfalls”
By their good life William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 9-20-21
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Answer to yesterday’s William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit quote puzzle: Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
By their good life William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 9-20-21
Deep State Drag Net — Here is how to handle the mind-blowing, corrupt attempt to marginalize those who fully understand why the D.C. suburbs are among the richest places in the world and oppose lies, greed and general corruption in government and other institutions.
The rally was to call attention to the plight of those arrested for participation in the Jan. 6 protests at the Capitol and the disparity in their treatment with those who participated in far more violent actions last spring and summer.
President Trump and many others warned sympathizers to stay away yesterday as it was suspected to be a set up by the corrupt corporatists to continue the narrative that those who opposed them were violent extremists, “right wing” white supremacists, pick-your-hate-label.
Rally participants, who were beyond peaceful, appeared to be far outnumbered by the media, police and, well, under-cover feds.
Pennsylvania Vote Fraud Investigation Will Include Sworn Testimony, Subpoenas For Ballots, Maybe Machines — Leo Knepper of Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania interviewed state Sen. Chris Dush (R-25), Sept. 7, regarding the investigation into the numerous irregularities in the 2020 Election in the Keystone State.
Knepper only distributed via email yesterday, Sept. 17.
Dush chairs the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee.
Dush was insistent on his preference about calling what his committee was doing an investigation rather than an audit.
“I understand Arizona did what they called a forensic audit. Arizona’s constitution and laws are different than Pennsylvania’s,” Dush said. “For the (Pennsylvania) Senate to conduct an investigation it has to be an investigation. Audits are a form of investigation but not all investigations are audits.”
Dush said his committee will have a “deep and thorough dive” into what happened in 2020 and in the 2021 primary election.
Dush cited the numerous, unprecedented problems that occurred in the state.
He said he is going to be handling the matter like an investigator.
“It’s in my background,” he said.
He said he is going to demand sworn testimony. He cited the Nov. 25 hearing in Gettysburg as being problematic as witnesses to vote fraud and election law violation had not been under oath.
He said the committee has established this website at which those who witnessed irregularities may report them and apply to testify.. All wishing to testify must do so under oath and subject to penalties of perjury, Dush said.
“This is going to be done as a legal investigation so that if necessary, the testimony, the evidence, everything will stand up in court,” he said.
He also said subpoenas will be issued to examine the ballots and, likely, the machines.
He says he will treat the matter more as a district attorney rather than a politician and will not reveal findings until appropriate.
Here is the interview on YouTube. As of now, it has only 25 views. It’s about a half-hour long and worth watching at least in part.
Pennsylvania Vote Fraud Investigation Will Include Sworn Testimony, Subpoenas For Ballots, Maybe Machines
Answer to yesterday’s William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit quote puzzle: Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
C. S. Lewis
Literature adds to reality William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 9-18-21
Pauline Braccio Continues Demand For Justice — Pauline Braccio began accusing Montgomery County (Pa) Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence of rape at the September 2018 county commissioner meeting.
She said the rape occurred in 1990 while they were both students at Montgomery County Community College during a student government retreat in Pike County in the Poconos.
She said Lawrence and another man drugged a drink and egged her on to take it. She said she felt woozy. Lawrence offered to walk her back to her cabin. She passed out and awoke to find Lawrence raping her. You can read the details here, in her sworn affidavit.
Lawrence would have been 18 at the time.
Pauline was inspired to come forth by the MeToo Movement and the Cosby trial which had turned Norristown into a circus that spring.
She pledged to attend every meeting until Lawrence resigned.
And she did for the next several months bringing the matter up during public comments.
In June 2019, Lawrence finally responded saying the allegation was false and the incident never happened. He didn’t offer any details as to why it was false. If he could show, for instance, that he never met Pauline or did not attend MCCC with her or never went on the retreat with her, he would certainly have our sympathy and Pauline’s name would never again appear on these pages.
But he didn’t. He just muttered a lame denial and hoped the matter would disappear, which it would have as he is a Democrat and protected by the establishment media.
Except Pauline was not going to let it disappear. She continued attending the commissioner meetings and speaking forth in public until Oct. 3 2019, when she was manhandled out by a large deputy sheriff and charged with disorderly conduct.
Again not a peep of protest from any media or “women’s advocacy” group.
Pauline fought the charge but was found guilty at hearing on March 4, 2020. Naturally, she appealed. The appeal was finally held last week on Sept. 9. Please note that is a year-and-a-half after the hearing.
Pauline said she was not allowed to directly examine witnesses she had subpoenaed, and that the arresting officer whom she wanted to question was given permission not to attend due to a vacation.
Naturally, the conviction was upheld.
Pauline has now filed a motion for reconsideration to Montco’s Court of Common Pleas.
Granted the charge against her is relatively minor but the injustice being done is not. Really, if she was raped and the guy who did it is sitting there in a position of power smirking as the now infirm and elderly woman is hauled away by a large sheriff, well, that’s kind of wrong don’t you think?
Lawrence should be compelled to treat the matter seriously. Did he know her in college? Did they serve together in student government? Did they go on a retreat together? What did happen that night?
A moral society would demand he answer those questions.
The biggest disappointment is Lawrence’s fellow commissioner Joe Gale, the board’s token Republican whom we once admired. He sat silently during Pauline’s rough treatment and has yet to utter a word in her defense.
Hey Joe, you think Lawrence would be quiet if the shoe was on the other foot?
Can you say cuckservative? We knew you could.
Grow a pair like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend and stand by Pauline.
Pauline’s Motion for Reconsideration
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY,
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA :NO. CP-46-SA-0000357-2020
PAULINE BRACCIO :
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
TO THE HONORABLE CHERYL L. AUSTIN, COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF
Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration should be granted because the court misconstrued and/or overlooked the following:
1. The arresting deputy, Deputy Sheriff Craig Sisca, was not present for the trial.
2. Defendant was denied Direct Examination of Solicitor Josh Stein and RobertRobbins, Director of Security.
3. Defendant’s subpoenas were quashed.
1. Deputy Sheriff Craig Sisca, the arresting officer, wasn’t present to testify. He was the most important witness for the Court to hear and his testimony would contradict the video and the three witnesses, Stein, Robbins, and Lehmann. On August 24, 2021, ADA Pisarcik emailed to the Court and the Defendant that her witnesses would be the same three county employees that testified in the District Court on March 4, 2020. They were Solicitor Josh Stein, Security Director Robert Robbins, and Deputy Sheriff Craig Sisca. After Stein and Robbins testified, the ADA announced that Sisca was “on vacation” and would not appear. Was this a trick? The Defendant, Ms. Braccio, was not informed of this change prior to the trial. The Courtwould not continue the trial until Sisca could attend. The Court would not allow the law that dictates whether the Deputy had the authority execute a warrantless arrest. PA Title 42 at 8902 (a) and 8902 (b). From the moment Ms. Braccio was grabbed at the podium then brought to the hallway was less than a minute, a mere 56 seconds. This does not constitute “ongoing” behavior. Therefore, the arrest itself was unlawful and the charges should have been thrown out. (See Exhibit A, B)
2. Although Defendant had subpoenaed Stein and Robbins, and those subpoenas had not been quashed, the Court would not allow Defendant to direct examine either of them. By not being allowed direct examination, Defendant was prevented from bringing in new information that would shed more light on the situation that took place on October 3, 2019. Also, she was not allowed to introduce the violation Stein had committed by not following the law, PA Statute 65, also known as the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, section 710.1.c. (See Exhibits C1, C2, D)
3. The Defendant had only nine days to subpoena any witnesses that were needed for the Defense. Three of those days were over the Labor Day weekend. The subpoenas were delivered by a process server on the morning of Tuesday, September 7, 2021, well before the required 48 hours of the trial that was to begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday the 9th. They were delivered to Commissioners Arkoosh, Lawrence, Gale, COO Soltysiak, Solicitor Stein, and Robert Robbins. This is in accordance with Rule 214 – PA Code 246. However, it took until the morning of the trial for County Solicitor Maureen Calder to request the Court to quash the subpoenas for all but Josh Stein and Robert Robbins. Although Defendant objected, The Court quashed them with an off-hand remark that if Defendant really needed to have one of them appear that maybe that person would be called, even though they had been served properly and in plenty of time. The people who were subpoenaed, with the exception of AG Joshua Shapiro, had direct knowledge of what transpired at the October 3, 2019, Commissioners Meeting. They were present in the boardroom when Commissioner Arkoosh gaveled the meeting, and were together in the room adjacent to the boardroom where the decisions were being made and knew why the public meeting was being held up. Since the process to subpoena law enforcement personnel was more involved, there was not enough time for a subpoena to be approved and served to Deputy Craig Sisca. Defendant had not received the final decision for the trial date until August 31st, and being aware that the ADA had already stated, in writing, he would be there, she did not even for a moment imagine that would not be the case. (See Exhibits E1-4, F)
4. The three witnesses that did testify – Stein, Robbins, and Ms. Lora Lehmann – all testified that Defendant’s conduct was not consistent with the charges for which the “arrest” took place, according to Title 18, 5503.a.1. Also, while questioning Ms. Lehmann, on direct, the Court would not allow Ms. Lehmann to answer any questions about her contact with the detectives who informed her that Defendant had NOT been arrested that day. In ADA Pisarcik’s email which is attached, she claims the Defendant had received the Citation on the same day as the incident. That is false. The Citation was not issued until December 4, 2019, a full two months later. The key words in Title 18, 5503.a.1 are “with intent.” There was no intent on the Defendant’s part. Ms. Braccio had no control over Commissioner Arkoosh’s action of calling a recess. Any action on the Defendant’s part was reaction to excessive force exerted on her by the Deputy Sheriff and the Security Guard. She repeatedly told them they were hurting her. She did not refuse to leave, she merely wanted her belongings, which they would not allow her to collect.Ms. Braccio was removed from the meeting room and brought to the hallway in only 56 seconds. Once she had her belongings, she should have been allowed to leave. Instead, while she was calmly and quietly standing there is when Sisca decided to handcuff her. (See Exhibits A, G, H)
5. The Defendant’s Right to Know requests were not fulfilled. Lauren Raikowski, the RTK clerk, sent emails acknowledging Defendant’s Right to Know requests, however, she never followed up with a response within 5 days, as is provided by law, either to say they were ready or to say that she needed more time. The Defendant has still not received the items requested. (See Exhibit I)
6. Besides not allowing any discussion on the laws surrounding the conditions for removal and the actual legal conditions for Warrantless Arrest under the charge of Disorderly Conduct, the Court interrupted Defendant’s Closing Argument and did not allow her to finish, while the ADA was provided sufficient time to make a full closing statement.
In Summary, the Defendant was arrested without probable cause, which appears to be malicious prosecution and retaliation on the part of the commissioners because the Defendant commented about Commissioner Ken Lawrence’ raping the Defendant. When the Court allows this many irregularities and violations of the Defendant’s rights, then the miscarriage of justice that happened on October 3, 2019 will simply repeat itself Sept 9, 2021, as was the case.
Wherefore, for all of the facts and governing law, and in the interest of justice, reconsideration should be granted and the case dismissed with prejudice.
Date: September 15, 2021 _____________________________
The 2021 National Football League season is underway. In the Buffalo opener where two of last year’s AFC division champs faced off against each other, the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers dispatched the Bills 23-16.
Even though the Steelers played on enemy turf in Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium, the Yinzers felt right at home. The Pittsburgh contingent among the 70,000 football-starved fans encouraged the Steelers by waving thousands of Terrible Towels. Wherever the Steelers play, loyal followers wave their black and gold towels with abandon. No matter the occasion, there’s a towel to match.
Around Pittsburgh or online, fans can buy towels for about $10 that celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Independence Day, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day. Steelers’ fans have taken their towels to Iraq, Afghanistan, the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest’s peak, the International Space Station, the South Pole, the Great Wall of China and Vatican City. A pink towel, introduced in 2009, promotes breast cancer awareness.
At Heinz Field, a Terrible Towel Wall displays each of the special edition towels for the Steelers’ worldwide, stadium-visiting fans to admire. The towel is hung over televisions and radios during game time, and is often used as a fun drape for pets and babies. When Steelers’ receiver Hines Ward won the 2011 Dancing with the Stars’ Mirrorball Trophy, his former teammate and Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris urged him on by twirling his Terrible Towel.
But few non-Yinzers know the touching legacy behind the towel, which is much more than evidence of Steelers’ excellence, and the team’s passionate fan base. Here’s the towel’s wonderful backstory: Myron Cope, a beloved Steelers’ broadcaster, the team’s voice for 35 years, and a National Radio Hall of Fame member, created the towel in 1975, and it debuted on December 27 in a winning playoff game against the Baltimore Colts. From that moment on, fans and players considered the towel the team’s lucky charm, as the Steelers, in the following weeks, defeated the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys, and then won Super Bowl IX, beating the Minnesota Vikings, 16-6. The Steelers’ successful play helped towel sales take off.
In 1996, Cope turned the towel’s trademark over to the Allegheny Valley School (AVS), which has several campuses and group homes throughout Pennsylvania, and operates more than 125 programs across Pennsylvania designed to help the developmentally disabled. Cope’s son, Danny, once attended. Danny, who has never spoken a word and is today 54, enrolled in 1992. Thanks to the loving care he received at AVS, Danny eventually moved on to a meaningful assembly line job at a major snack food company.
AVS receives each penny of profit from towel sales. Cope specifically outlined how the school must spend the proceeds. Each dollar goes to benefit residents and must not go into the general construction fund. The money is earmarked for, among other essentials, specialized wheelchairs and programs that will enable the most challenged to turn on lights or music by merely blinking their eyes. As the school’s then-chief executive officer, Regis Champ, said: “Our needs are daily.”
Steelers’ administration manages the marketing of towels and then cuts a check, usually in the low five figures, payable to the school. When the Steelers play in the Super Bowl, sales often exceed $1 million. Some eager fans have purchased 200 towels at a time. Since Cope donated the Terrible Towel’s trademark, sales have generated more than $3 million for AVS.
As Champ recalled the glorious day that the towel’s rights were transferred to AVS, Cope came into his office with a pile of documents, threw them down on his desk and said, “‘Regis, I’m giving you the Terrible Towel.’ I was speechless. I knew that this would be the legacy that outlived Myron.”
In 2008, Cope, age 79, passed away. His daughter Elizabeth draped Cope’s coffin with a quilt that a fan made out of Terrible Towels and sent to the Cope family. Whether you are a Steelers fan or not, remember that Terrible Towels promote a most worthy cause, helping autistic people get on the road to living normal lives.
Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research member. Contact him at email@example.com.