June 28, 2011

Born to Run. We miss you, Big Man!



June 27, 2011

Have a great week!


June 27, 2011

Like most Hollywood elites, the singer feels she should get special treatment when she comes into contact with the police. Never mind the fact that she caused this auto accident, she’s Paulina Rubio!

Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio is charged in Miami with refusing to comply with police officers after a traffic accident. According to an arrest report, Rubio’s BMW collided with another car Saturday near Miami’s Little Havana. When asked to get out of her car, Rubio allegedly refused, cursed at an officer and said she was nervous and that “all of you Miami cops are abusive.” (LINK)

Sadly, the officers didn’t prove her theory by giving her a well-placed boot to the head. Instead, she was released because she was breast-feeding her baby.


June 26, 2011

And damn does it look good!

Captain America hits theaters on July 22nd.


June 26, 2011



“Some of you may have seen little Olivia Golembiewski on 6abc news. She is a 12 year old wheel chair bound little girl. Someone stole her chair and it’s $9,000 to replace it!!! We the members of Philadelphia Firefighters Union Local 22 are asking all our friends to PLEASE help us raise money for this little girl. We would like to buy her a new chair and build her a ramp so her family does not need to leave the chair outside while moving her into the house. I know times are tough, so please only give what you can. To donate call/text Eddie Mulholland 215-6567, Joe Gardner 215-870-4435 or Fran Cheney 215-698-2263 and we will make arrangements to pick it up. Donations can be dropped off at the firehouse located at Kensington and Castor Avenues, any time! There is an account set up at the PFFCU (Police and Fire Credit Union) Olivia’s Wheelchair Fund:  the account is #81597101 for anyone who wishes to donate online. Thank you for your support”.

This cause is special to me. You see, these firefighters are from my station and have decided on their own to make it a point to help this little girl. Some (@!$$#&^%$%*())(*&^$#@#$^&) stole her chair from in front of her house. Her parents are typical Philadelphians – hard working, but make slightly too much money to get help they really need, but not enough to afford a blow like the theft of an expensive wheelchair, and too proud to ask for help in any event. In short, the kind of people who deserve the help of the community. They are taking care of little Olivia and doing their very best, but as usual some animal acts to make life that much harder on them. Because of the configuration of the house, the chair often gets left outside while Olivia’s father carries her into the house. To avoid this in the future the fellas are also going to build a ramp for the family.

The guys in my station decided on their own to do whatever has to be done to help Olivia and her family out in their time of need. Already they have been able to come up with a wheelchair to hold them over until the money can be raised to get her a new one. Because of Olivia’s illness, her chair has to be specially made, molded for her body. I cannot tell you how proud I am of these guys. The old cliche’ about firefighters being the pillar of the community  and working on charity all the time is more real than you may believe. I am blessed everyday that I walk into my firehouse and get to work with the very best people on the planet. Guys that will do whatever it takes to help a crippled little girl and her family in their time of need without asking for so much as an atta-boy. There are no words to truly describe the privilege of working with people of this caliber. If you can send a donation large or small it would go a long way to help. Thanks to all those who have already responded.

Watch the story here.

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June 25, 2011


It is with profound sadness that I have to pass on the news that Philadelphia Firefighter Jack Slivinski of the elite unit Rescue 1 passed away this morning. It’s no stretch to say that Jack will be profoundly missed by everyone who knew him and who he leaves behind. When I got the news early this morning, an otherwise glorious day here in Philly turned dark and sad. My father, a retired Philly firefighter, reacted similarly. Although he didn’t know young Jack, he knows Jack’s father well – having worked with him over the course of his thirty-plus years on the job. That’s how things are in the world of professional firefighters. Friends are more than friends, family is extended over generations. I know Jack Sr. as well and know their family will be devastated as are his brothers in the department.

I first met young Jack shortly after he came on the job. It was right after another tragedy, the line of duty death of Lt. Derrick Harvey, Jack’s Lieutenant at the time. He died as a result of injuries received in a house fire that Jack barely survived himself. Having no permanent assignment at the time I was sent to fill in for Lt. Harvey. It was the very first shift after the tragic fire when we were dispatched to a dwelling fire. Jack and the rest of the members of his platoon went right back to work, charging straight into the fire without so much as a hesitation. I really couldn’t believe it. But somewhere deep down inside I knew they were doing it because of Lt. Harvey. They didn’t want to let him or his spirit down. Firefighters are that way. To a firefighter, the job will never be just that, a job. It is a deeply held calling. Jack lived the calling as does his father, as did mine and generations before them. I could tell right then and there Jack would be a great firefighter. I was right.

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June 25, 2011

That the Obamas – and all libs – get “help from the media.” Shocka! Well, at least she’s honest.

In an interview with CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama thanks the media for their “support” and “kindness.”

CNN reporter: “How’s the family ready for this [the election]? It’s going to be quite vicious, isn’t it? How do you prepare for that?”

First Lady Michelle Obama: “You know, it’s … we’re ready, you know. Our children, you know, could care less about what we’re doing. We work hard to do that. Fortunately, we have help from the media. I have to say this: I’m very grateful for the support and kindness that we’ve gotten. People have respected their privacy and in that way, I think, you know, no matter what people may feel about my husband’s policies or what have you, they care about children and that’s been good to see.” (LINK)

Well Moochelle, none of that will belp you and your husband’s terrible record in 2012.


June 25, 2011

Mental note: This is what happens when teachers and unions refuse to compromise on issues such as medical benefits and pensions. The cuts have to come from somewhere, people!

Most of the roughly 1,500 who received layoff notices earlier this month will lose their jobs next week. However, nearly 350 teachers entangled in a legal dispute between the School District and teachers union will remain on the payroll until their status is sorted out through the arbitration process.

The arbitrator will determine which teachers still have to be laid off. 174 instructors at overhauled schools known as Promise Academies were targeted. But the school district declared them exempt and pink slipped 174 other non-Promise Academy teachers instead. (LINK)

1,500 teachers laid off – with the union’s blessing. Wow, they’re really there for you, aren’t they, teachers? And yet Uber-corrupt School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman (pictured, above) doesn’t even take a pay cut. How’s voting straight Democrat working out for ya?


June 24, 2011

Yesterday, the so-called commander-in-chief addressed the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. During the address, he dishonored the troops by confusing the names of two Medal of Honor winners. Blackfive has the story:

“First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”

It’s almost painful to see this guy constantly make an ass out of himself.

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June 24, 2011

Or at least lock her up and throw away the key.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan will not go to jail despite testing positive for alcohol use last week because a Superior Court judge says she was not required to submit to controlled substance testing after February 25. Judge Stephanie Sautner said during a hearing Thursday that she did not think Lohan violated her probation by testing positive for alcohol during a recent test.

During her house arrest, Lohan had been spotted hosting parties, reading scripts and redecorating her 3,000-square-foot home in Venice Beach, Calif. But Judge Sautner declared Thursday that Lohan could no longer host parties and was restricted to hosting one friend at a time at her home, in addition to members of her family. (LINK)

Imagine the ballz of this chick; hosting parties while she’s on house arrest. And kudos to the judge, who gives her NO punishment save for a warning to not have any more parties. Yeah, good luck with that.