PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Philadelphia is making a donation of a half-million dollars to support efforts to build a memorial statue to 19th Century civil rights activist Octavius V. Catto.

With applause and shouts of “O.V.!” from members of the OV Catto Elks Lodge 20, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the City of Philadelphia’s commitment of $500,000 over two years for a memorial statue of Catto, who pressed for the desegregation of Philadelphia’s mass transit system in the 1860s and was murdered in 1871 while trying to vote. LINK

What’s a half a MILLION DOLLARS between friends? Apparently, not a very big deal. The city of Philadelphia is usually in dire financial straits, mostly around contract time. Hey, that’s right now. As of today Philly’s firefighters have been working with an expired contract for almost a year and a half. As usual the city pleads poverty. As usual they are liars. They can’t find the money to fund  emergency services properly yet they can pony up a half a million dollars for a STATUE! A half a million dollars buys a brand new fire engine in way of comparison. That fire engine will save lives and property well in excess of the cost over its (too long) twenty-plus years of service. But then again we need statues. These people are jokers…

For the record I would be just as incensed if it were a statue of the Pope, Ronald Reagan or Rush Limbaugh.



  1. Old NFO says:

    It’s ALL about PR… and PCism, not about reality.

  2. Wyatt Earp says:

    Are. You. F**king. Kidding. Me???

  3. John D says:

    Politicians suck.

  4. Howie says:

    Ronald Reagan? I don’t believe you. I would take a pay cut for a statue of him.

  5. Bob G. says:

    Cripes, Philly can’t take care of the statues it already has (nor it’s public safety departments)…this is sheer lunacy.
    NUTTER – how “apropos”.

    Roll safe.

  6. McMedic says:

    Mayor giving money away on a statue on somebody we don’t know, but bills groups like the Saint Patricks day and mummers parade for services like pisser and police to put on traditional events. I seen very few police and pisser. But mayor nutter butter was a coward and jumped in the Saint Patrick parade at the
    end after almost all went home. He hide from the protester on the brown outs. One termer!!!

  7. Ingineer66 says:

    The politicians do not get it. Here in Cali we cannot afford to pay our state employees but are still running TV and Radio ads about new California state programs to help you pay your phone bill, your mortgage and your car insurance if you “qualify”.

  8. Ingineer66 says:

    PS and Governor Moonbeam is on the news saying that California can help Japan after the quake. Like we can afford to even help ourselves right now. I know the LA Urban Search and Rescue team is already there, but the Feds are picking up the tab for that one.

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