December 17, 2012

324The city of Philadelphia reached a grim milestone today: its 324th homicide.

The number equals the 2011 total, and with two weeks left in this year, that number is sure to rise.

Of course, Police Commissioner Ramsey will still claim the numbers are down . . . because he will continue to compare them to the grisly 2007 number of 391. Fudging: It’s not just for candy stores anymore.



September 18, 2012

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act on February 25th. Since she was found in violation last week, not one question – not one – has been asked of Sebelius about the incident, which was deemed founded by the ethics office. I’m shocked.

A review of transcripts by The Daily Caller indicate that no questions have been asked by the reporters who cover the president about Sebelius during official White House briefings or gaggles since Sept. 12, when the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said in a report that the cabinet secretary violated the Hatch Act earlier this year.

It’s still up to President Obama whether Sebelius should keep her job or face some sort of punishment after being found in violation of the Hatch Act.

The ethics office said Sebelius violated the law on Feb. 25 while delivering a speech to Human Rights Campaign while serving in her official capacity as cabinet secretary. In her speech, she called for Obama’s re-election, and the election of the Democratic candidate for governor in North Carolina. The Hatch Act prohibits certain civil servants in the federal government from engaging in political activity on the job. (LINK)

Any chance Obama will punish Sebelius for breaking federal law? No, I didn’t think so.


March 31, 2012

Murder victim Danny DeGennaro. Where is the outrage?

Three Trenton men who believed that Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro had drug money in his possession are in custody, charged with first-degree murder in the botched robbery attempt, Bucks County authorities said Friday. Breon Powell, 21, of West Hanover Street, surrendered to Bristol Township police Friday afternoon and was arraigned on charges of murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and possession of a weapon, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said. LINK

While the whole country wrings its hands over the Trayvon Martin case, those of us who understand the real problem with crime and murder in America just shake our heads as we read about the murder of Danny DeGennaro. You expect the usual race baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to whip people up into a frenzy whenever they get the opportunity. But here in Philadelphia our own Mayor Nutter called the killing of Trayvon Martin an “execution”. While we don’t have all the facts in a case that happened hundreds of miles away in Florida, here in our own back yard a real execution did in fact take place. Where is the outcry Mr. Mayor? Where is the lip biting, righteous indignation? Where are the marches? Where are your tears for Danny? After all I am Danny DeGennaro…

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December 19, 2011

Fiend confesses to elevator blaze that killed B’klyn woman who fired him


A Brooklyn fiend repaid the kindness of an elderly woman who hired him for odd jobs by first stealing from her — and then burning her alive when she fired him, police said yesterday. “I hope he burns in hell!” the victim’s stricken daughter, Sheila Gillespie Hillsman, 49, fumed to pals on Facebook.


Accused sadistic killer Jerome “Jerry’’ Isaac, 47, was reeking of gasoline when he turned himself in to cops more than eight hours after the horrific torching of tragic 73–year-old churchgoer Delores Gillespie.

Cops said Isaac was furious that the postal clerk had refused to pay him for some of the work he’d done at her Prospect Heights apartment after she discovered he’d swiped her kitchenware and DVD player. Isaac allegedly ambushed the terrified woman at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, standing in the fifth-floor hallway of her building as the elevator doors opened and she started to step off, returning from a trip to Key Foods with bags hanging from her wrists.

Isaac sprayed her with a flammable liquid, used a barbecue lighter to set her ablaze, tossed a Molotov cocktail at her and then sprayed her again for extra measure even though she was already engulfed in flames, screaming in agony, police said. The madman then fled — first to his nearby apartment at 315 Lincoln Place that he shared with his brother in the gentrifying neighborhood to also try to set it ablaze, police said. He managed to only damage the door frame. LINK

I’m not what most of us think of as a religious person. That’s because I have my issues with organized religion. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not a spiritual person. As far as I am concerned they are two different things. Growing up Catholic and witnessing the scandals that have plagued the Church and the Church hierarchy’s response to them as well as some of the political positions the Church has taken have left myself and many other faithful completely disaffected. In my spiritual life I have learned to separate traditional Church dogma from the spirit of being a Christian. Today I identify more closely as a Christian than I do as a Catholic. In any event I strongly believe in the Christian teaching of good and evil, right and wrong. If ever there was a case to be made for the existence of evil in our midst this is it.

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November 10, 2011

You want Barrabas? Hey you got him!

So the axe has fallen on legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Let me be among the first to say – so what? Joe Pa’s status as the shining light of college football and athletics has gone out by his own hand and that’s a shame. But Joe Pa’s legacy in this whole affair, this whole hideous, sordid, grotesque and ultimately expensive affair is my last concern. Quite frankly Joe Paterno at the end of the day is a pitiful, tragic figure who in the end never lived up to his billing.

How do I see this scandal? Glad you asked. I see it like this- Joe Paterno (and others) was given information about hideous acts of depravity being perpetrated against children. After learning of the crimes being committed by a close associate he did the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM by reporting it to the Penn State athletic director. After that he did NOTHING, or little of substance to follow-up on the allegations. Like Pontius Pilot, Joe Pa washed his hands of the whole affair while children continued to suffer at the hands of a monster. That’s despicable. 

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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 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.


June 22, 2011

Rikers island is implementing a new uniform for scantily-clad female visitors. JWoww hardest hit.

Women who visit prisoners on Rikers Island are being ordered to cover up if they arrive in low-cut tops or miniskirts. Anyone deemed unsuitably dressed will be issued with a deliberately unflattering neon green T-shirt – which only comes in XXL.

The measures were introduced after some of the inmates at the New York facility were caught trying to have sex with their partners during visitor hours. Officials hope the baggy smocks will keep sex-starved prisoners calm, but critics say the shirts – which cost $5,000 for 800 – are a waste of public money.

A jail supervisor told the New York Daily News he had caught several inmates attempting to have sex with their girlfriends in communal visitor areas, which are usually full of children. He said: ‘It was really gross. It was really getting out of control.’ (LINK)

Ya hear that, ladies? Smock up: It’s for the children.


June 19, 2011

U.S. Customs Agent Brian Terry was murdered by armed men near the Arizona-Mexico border last December. He was yet another person killed on a border that President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have deemed “safe.” Obama showed some especially infuriating gall when he recently claimed that the border fence is “mostly complete.”

The president says a lot of things that are less than factual, and he is ignorant when it comes to many of the issues facing our border states. It would behoove him to get into some knowledge, because the “Gunwalker” scandal will need to be explained, sooner rather than later.

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January 10, 2011


 When Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords collapsed outside the Safeway in Tucson Saturday morning, felled by a hail of bullets that killed six and wounded another 13 innocent people who had come to see her, some were quick to claim that the carnage was the product not merely of the tortured mind and trigger-happy fingers of the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.

Rather, many on the American Left said the horror could be traced to the malign influence of American conservatives; members of the Tea Party; right-wing pundits Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck; former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin; and Fox News.

That was the narrative of culpability spun in the immediate aftermath of the shootings by some leading liberal commentators and Democratic politicians — despite warnings from religious leaders, lawyers, academics, ethicists, reporters and historians that such a rush to judgment only further deepens the partisan divide in America, and further poisons its discourse. LINK

As we reflect on this week’s mass-shooting in Arizona, all we can do is say a prayer for those injured and the families of those killed in the senseless violence that is becoming all too common in our country. My prayers go out for the speedy recovery of the injured and swift punishment of the psycho responsible.

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