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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Occasionally, the Good Guys Win,....

A federal bankruptcy judge Monday awarded the rights to O.J. Simpson's canceled "If I Did It" book to murder victim Ronald Goldman's family, who say they want to release the book to portray Simpson as a murderer and wife beater.

The decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol to satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against the former football star ignored complaints from the family of Simpson's murdered ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, who was slain along with her friend Goldman in a brutal 1994 knife attack.

Lawyers for the Brown family had sought a greater share of possible profits from the book.

Simpson was acquitted in a highly-publicized 1995 murder trial but lost civil lawsuits to the Goldman and Brown families.

On Monday, Fred Goldman, Ronald Goldman's father, said he intends to release the book as a measure of justice to portray Simpson as "a wife-beater, as a murderer, written in his own words."

"I guess the bottom line is, after 13 years of trying to get some justice, today is probably the first time we had any sense of seeing light at the end of the tunnel," said Goldman, who attended the hearing with his daughter, Kim. "It's gratifying to see."


Fourth Estate Now a Fifth Column?

Apparently, Vanity Fair Magazine isn't satisfied with skewering conservative politicians. Now, their wives have become fair game to?

Judith Giuliani always dreamed big, which got her out of small-town Pennsylvania, through two marriages, and into the arms of Rudy Giuliani. But, as her husband runs for president, people are asking, "Who does she think she is?"

by Judy Bachrach September 2007

It was the first anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero, an occasion when the names of the dead were read aloud. The first reader was to be Rudy Giuliani, New York's mayor at the time of the disaster, whose actions during those terrible days would prove a political boon. An army of policemen flanked him—an excessive number, spectators thought, since, due to the hundreds of dignitaries gathered, security outside was extremely tight.

Inside the tent were Secretary of State Colin Powell, New York governor George Pataki, Richard Grasso, who was then head of the New York Stock Exchange, and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Senator Hillary Clinton stood in the aisle—until she was unceremoniously pushed by a phalanx of four burly cops entering the tent, these guarding Judith Nathan, Giuliani's girlfriend. No apologies were offered, one observer noted.

"The nerve of that woman!" Hillary exploded, recalling that her own daughter's Secret Service detail evaporated soon after Bill Clinton left office. Why should an ex-mayor's girlfriend get such royal treatment? "Who does she think she is?" Hillary said to an observer, who later recounted the story.

An interesting question. Who does Judith Stish Ross Nathan Giuliani think she is? These days, even with her husband, a freshly minted multi-millionaire, far ahead of the competition in the Republican presidential polls, no one, least of all Judith, 52, seems to have a clue. In a way, this is understandable. There have been so many different Judiths. As her second husband, Bruce Nathan, has told friends, "She is in an ever changing mode upward."

Judy Bachrach is a Vanity Fair contributing editor.

Click the link and read the rest of this. Wear a rain coat to keep the mud from splashing you.....


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Reality Trumps Absurdity

HT to MaddMedic for this gem:


A conversation between a Customer and Bank of America

Bank: This is the Bank of America, can I help you?

Customer: Yes, I want to cancel my account. I don't want to do business with you any longer.

Bank: Why?

Customer: You're giving credit to illegal immigrants and I don't think it's right. I'm taking my business elsewhere.

Bank: Well, Mr. Customer, we don't want to see you do that, but we can't stop you. I'll help you close the account.

What is your account number?

Customer: (gives account number)

Bank: For security purposes and for your protection, can you please give me the last four digits of your social security number?

Customer: No.

Bank: Mr. Customer, I need to verify your information, but in order to help you, I'll need verification of who you are.

Customer: Why should I give you my social security number? The reason I'm closing my account is that your bank is issuing credit cards to illegal immigrants who don't have social security numbers.

You are targeting that audience and want their business.

Let's say I'm an illegal immigrant and you've given me a credit card. I have a question about it and call for assistance.

You wouldn't be asking me for a Social Security number, would you?

Bank: No sir, I wouldn't.

Customer: Why not?

Bank: Because you would have pressed '2' to speak in Spanish. We don't ask for that information when calling in on the Spanish line.


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Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Truth and The "Culture"

You know its a sad day in Philadelphia when the TrekMedic feels the need to reference the (bird-cage liner) CityPaper for a quote by (pathetic excuse for a police officer) Commissioner Sylvester Johnson:

A 4-year-old girl is shot, he says, and nobody comes forward. A 9-year-old boy is shot, and nobody comes forward. But "the police shoot a guy with a gun in his hand, and everybody comes forward."

But remember, folks, its all part of that urban "culture:"

But others, he says, "just shut us out." There is, of course, the stop-snitchin' culture working against the police — people decline to cooperate with the cops out of fear, and out of a sense that cops are outsiders. But there's a more personal tension, too. If you walk the streets of the district and talk to people, many will describe the cops as malicious aggressors who will "jump out" on you for no reason, search you without cause and generally abuse their badge. The cops are viewed as a danger.

So, gentle readers, do we ban the guns, or the culture?


Your Tax Dollars at Waste Again

Folks, as you know, the TrekMedic is,..well,...a paramedic! Recently, and without any reasoning whatsoever, the PA Department of Motor Vehicles mandated that all Emergency Vehicle license plates be changed from these (FD tags are older an issuance stopped years ago):

To This:

Other than a new way to keep our prisoners busy, the Trekmedic wonders how much this is costing the taxpayers of PA??


Thursday, July 26, 2007

It Was Bound to Happen,...

Oh, no!!! Medic Mike and his concubine, Caryn the Psycho Killer, have procreated!!!

Little Alexis Elizabeth came in at a neat 7 lbs 8 oz, and 20 1/2 inches!! Her mother who, unlike NORMAL pregnant women, couldn't just sit around and be pregnant, already made a MySpace page for her!!

Ah,..but all kidding aside, congratulations to the both of you. Many more to come, I presume??


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Finally, a School With Some Sense!

BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado governing Board of Regents has fired a professor who likened some Sept. 11 victims to Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann.

This is a breaking news story,...more will be posted as it develops,...

Addendum at 8:52 pm EST - Anthony at Opinionnation is all over this story

The Rocky Mountain News report can be found here.

You can watch FOX News Colorado LIVE here.

However, hopefully this will send a message to the liberal elitists that occupy the halls of our educational system that you can have an opinion, but you can't pass it off as facts to impressionable young minds!


The Democrats Call THIS a Debate???

Note to Shrillary, Obama, and $400 Hair: Don't bitch when the polls show the average American doesn't take your candidacies seriously!

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Stop Snitchin',..AND Keep Dyin'!!!

In Philadelphia, it has simply come down to that little carrot-n-stick statement.

(photo credit to Captain America)

Plain and simple: black Philadelphia CANNOT have it both ways anymore!

You can't call the "no snitch" policy a part of your culture anymore!!

You can't have websites like "Who's a Rat?" while crying over the death of yet another innocent loved one!

You can't have people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and even our illustrious, tech-savvy Mayor, John Street become upset when some rural, white politician calls this madness "cultural genocide!"

If no-snitching is part of your "culture" then, sadly, maybe you deserve this!

If you think I'm wrong, prove it!

**That's My Opinion and I Don't Give a Rat's Ass if It Offends You!**


Monday, July 23, 2007

Good Health News for W

Test results from President Bush's colonoscopy have shown no cancer in the small growths removed from President Bush's colon, the White House announced Monday.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow issued a statement that microscopic evaluations of the five polyps discovered and removed during the president's colonoscopy confirm the preliminary diagnosis tubular adenoma, or as Snow described, "garden variety polyps."

"The president is in good health," said Snow, who has himself battled with colon cancer. "There is no reason for alarm."

The progression of polyps to cancer takes many years, even if the polyps are small, like those found in Bush's colon in a routine procedure over the weekend. They represent the very earliest cellular changes. Left untreated, they can progress to larger, more advance lesions, Snow explained.

President Bush will have another colonoscopy in three years. As most colon cancer arises from polyps, the rule of thumb is if more than three polyps are found, another colonoscopy should be done within three years.

Two-thirds of all polyps are adenomas, the vast majority tubular adenomas. It is not uncommon to find polyps in routine colonoscopies, Snow said.

Bush, 61, regularly exercises and is considered to be in excellent shape for a man his age.

Bush had temporarily transferred the powers of the presidency to Vice President Dick Cheney during his medical procedure Saturday morning, invoking the rarely invoked 25th Amendment. During the 31-minute procedure, Bush was sedated with a drug called Propofol.

Nothing occurred during the 2 hours and 5 minutes of the transfer that required Cheney to take official action, aides said.

The TrekMedic adds:

Sadly, it appears doctors can't surgically remove the two biggest pains in President Bush's ass:


Sunday, July 22, 2007

A Reminder of the Good Ol' Days

The Wordsmith from Nantucket reminds of the days when even our MSM helped teach kids civics lessons!

Remember these?

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Shoe is On the Other Foot, but,...

MaddMedic offers this disturbing look at the divide in our racial relations, following yet another murdered policeman:

New York police officers have yet to hold a “no justice, no peace” rally in Brooklyn, where three black thugs in a stolen BMW fatally gunned down Officer Russel Timoshenko on July 9. Nor have New York’s Finest stopped patrolling Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Central Harlem, where they put their lives at risk every day to protect residents from violent crime.

Yet under the race-baiting precedents established by Al Sharpton, New York City Councilman (and former Black Panther) Charles Barron, and New York Times columnists and editors, the police have more than enough grounds for racial complaint. Blacks are blowing away police officers at rates far exceeding their own numbers. Nationally, blacks made up 40 percent of all cop killers from 1994 to 2005, even though they are only 13.4 percent of the American population.

That fact is not allowed in polite company, however, because race-baiting is tolerated in only one direction. Any time an officer shoots a black civilian, he runs a risk of igniting protest in the African-American “community.” (Even if the officer is black, he will be treated as an honorary white for purposes of denouncing cop racism, as the shooting of Sean Bell last November demonstrated.) The media will turn out in force for all such anticop demonstrations, lovingly documenting every gesture of black rage. But justified police shootings constitute only a minute fraction—and unjustified police shootings, an almost imperceptible fraction—of homicides of blacks, virtually all of which are committed by other blacks. New York police killed nine civilians in 2005, for example, all of whom had attacked the officers first, compared with hundreds upon hundreds of black-on-black killings. But blacks can shoot whites—police officer and civilian alike—without anyone’s organizing a street demonstration about it, much less daring to point out the pattern. Perhaps such incidents are just dog-bites-man stories, too much part of the normal order of things to be considered noteworthy.

Indeed, Timoshenko’s assailants and the circumstances of the killing will be all too familiar to anyone remotely familiar with today’s violent criminals. Officers Timoshenko and Herman Yan pulled over a BMW sport utility vehicle at 2:30 am in Brooklyn on July 9 after noticing that the license plate did not match the vehicle. As the officers approached the stolen SUV on foot, its occupants opened fire, shooting Timoshenko in the face and throat and Yan in the arm and torso. Timoshenko was instantly brain-damaged and paralyzed from the neck down; after five days in a coma, he died. Yan lost so much blood that he required surgery.

These cold-blooded acts were just the latest atrocities committed by two lifelong criminals, at least one of whom should have been locked up for good years ago. Dexter Bostic, who shot Timoshenko, was arrested for rape, assault, and robbery at age 16; after spending nine years behind bars, he was convicted again for an armed robbery committed less than a year after his release from prison. Yet he was back on the street in 2004 after a mere three years in jail, and he has apparently been continuing his crime spree. Robert Ellis, who shot Yan, was convicted as a teenager of rape and sodomy. The driver of the stolen SUV, Lee Woods, also began his criminal career as a teen, serving time for possession of a loaded gun and assault on an officer. He continued his violence in jail against prison guards and other inmates.

It is precisely the risk of coming unawares upon such demons that makes car stops so dangerous. Timoshenko and Yan had no idea who was in the SUV when they approached it. They probably didn’t even know that the occupants were black. But if they did, their street experience would have told them that they were at a far higher risk of encountering felons than if the occupants were white. Any given violent crime in New York City is 13 times more likely to have a black than a white perpetrator. Blacks committed 68.5 percent of all murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults in the city in 2006, according to victims and witnesses, even though they are only 24 percent of New York City’s population. Whites, who make up 34.5 percent of New Yorkers, committed 5.3 percent of violent crimes. Yet despite these elevated risks, police officers continue to give their all to minority neighborhoods, cherishing the belief that the good people in those communities support and need them.

Whites are hardly immune from socially destructive mayhem, of course. In Greenwich Village last March, David Garvin killed two auxiliary police officers, Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy Marshalik, after shooting a pizzeria worker. Such atrocities are every bit as disgusting as black-inflicted violence, but statistically, they are much, much rarer. Pointing this out is a major breach of racial etiquette.

The Timoshenko tragedy came at the end of a particularly egregious period in the New York Times’s policing coverage. In late May, residents and elected officials in Bushwick, Brooklyn, had urgently warned the 81st Precinct that the Pretty Boy Family gang (PBF) would use the funeral of a member as an opportunity to wreak vengeance against the Linden Street Bloods (LSB), who had murdered him. The retaliation had already begun with the stomping and beating of several LSB members. On the day of the funeral, one mother told local police that she was frightened that her son, an LSB member, would be killed. As PBF members, sporting gang bandannas, congregated for the funeral, the 81st Precinct’s black executive officer observed them making gang signals. Then the group took over the street, some of its members walking on top of cars. The commander ordered 32 of the marchers arrested for unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct, netting several warrant absconders in the process.

The Times’s editors and its columnist Bob Herbert fit this episode of sound preventive policing into the usual story line about racist officers preying on innocent minority youth. In article after article, they portrayed the gang members as law-abiding paragons, taking their description of the events as unimpeachable and even giving them a large photo spread, suitable for framing.

Then it was on to the next alleged police atrocity. Herbert generated a series of columns from a New York Civil Liberties Union report claiming that police officers assigned to city schools routinely abused students and arrested them for innocuous high jinks. No reporting, of course, on the 192 robberies, 5 rapes, 247 felony assaults, 138 burglaries, and 580 grand larcenies that students committed in school in 2006–07—a fearsome total, but 26 percent smaller than six years ago, thanks in part to the NYPD. The Times’s writers cribbed an editorial off Herbert’s columns, repeating his charges and calling for the New York City Council—that esteemed body of public-safety experts—to scrutinize all student arrests and convictions for misuse of police power.

Some portion of the teens whom the NYPD is picking up in its antigang and school enforcement activities will make up the next generation of career criminals like Dexter Bostic and Robert Ellis. Perhaps if the rest of the criminal-justice system performed its duties as diligently as the NYPD does, there would be fewer of them to terrorize communities and, on occasion, take officers’ lives.

Indifferent to charges of hypocrisy, Bob Herbert has now taken up the theme of how America supposedly ignores young minority homicide victims. Writing about a spate of Chicago gang killings, he recently intoned: “This should be a major national story, of course, and it would be if the slain children had come from more privileged backgrounds. But these are the kids that most of America cares nothing about—black, Latin and poor.” It never occurs to Herbert that the police are the one group who most definitely cannot be accused of caring nothing about “black, Latin and poor” kids; but for their efforts in inner-city neighborhoods, hundreds more minority youngsters in New York would have died over the last decade. If Herbert wants to make a similar contribution, he might try patrolling every night in drug-ridden housing projects, working to get guns out of the hands of reckless adolescents.

The Times’s latest misinformed writing almost certainly played no role in Timoshenko’s murder. But it is not so easy to rule out influence from the general atmosphere of anticop animus to which the Times and other elite organs contribute. With so many voices—from gangsta rappers to politicians to members of the press—dehumanizing officers and portraying them as predators on black people, Bostic and Ellis may well have felt that they were taking out their racial enemies when they opened fire. Those members of the Pretty Boy Family gang whom the Times turned into poster boys for police victimization will likely go through life feeling righteous about their loathing for the police. Sit in on any support group for juvenile parolees and probationers, and the cop-hatred that you hear will chill you.

The police are not going to demonstrate against black criminals who endanger their lives—nor should they. But it would be nice if, for once, so-called minority leaders could bestir themselves to demonstrate in favor of fallen officers. Would it have killed Al Sharpton or Charles Barron to have sent a group of their regulars to the indictments of Bostic, Ellis, and Jones, to protest the taking of officers’ lives? Could they at least pretend to acknowledge the sacrifices that the police make for their “community”? Bob Herbert or the New York Times editorialists might have written a column thanking the families of Timoshenko and Yan for their service and calling for the killing to stop. Right now, young gangbangers and their associates can pretend to be racial-justice crusaders when they assault police officers, interfere with police chases of criminals, and refuse to cooperate with investigations—and that attitude can have deadly real-world consequences, as Russel Timoshenko’s family has learned.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Bitch, Slapped (More!)

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.

In a stinging rebuke to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman responded to questions Clinton raised in May in which she urged the Pentagon to start planning now for the withdrawal of American forces.

A copy of Edelman's response, dated July 16, was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

"Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Edelman wrote.

He added that "such talk understandably unnerves the very same Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks."

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines called Edelman's answer "at once outrageous and dangerous," and said the senator would respond to his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.


Edelman is the Undersecretary of defense for policy. He is also a former U.S. ambassador and one-time aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. During the 2004 campaign, Cheney told Iowa voters that electing the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards would risk another terrorist attack.

Kerry jumped to Clinton's defense, deriding what he called smear tactics by the administration. (TM - I'm shocked! Aren't you??)

"They will say anything, do anything, and twist any truth to avoid accountability," said the Massachusetts senator.

(TM - Of course, what the story doesn't tell you is that Kerry was probably talking about Hanoi Harry and his White Flag Gang!)


Well,...That Didn't Take Long,...

Gentle readers, as you know, the CBS Nightly News has been floundering since bringing on the $15 million hooker, Katie Couric, as Anchor.

And it appears CBS has already dropped to the lowest common denominator to improve ratings:

Click the animated pic for more impact. Don't worry,..it's not a SPAM site!


Two More Idiots Missing from the Liberal Village?

Democratic presidential hopefuls Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd have agreed to participate in a candidate debate in September that’s to be conducted in Spanish.

Univision Communications Inc., the nation’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster, has invited candidates to a debate planned Sept. 9 at the University of Miami.

“Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of our population and this is a unique chance for all of the candidates to hear and address the concerns and priorities of this important constituency,” Richardson said in a statement Wednesday.

Richardson, who is fluent in Spanish, is the nation’s only Hispanic governor. He was born in California, but spent his early childhood in Mexico City.

Dodd, a senator from Connecticut, also is fluent in Spanish. He lived in the Dominican Republic while serving in the Peace Corps.

“The next president needs to be someone who can speak to this important segment of our population, and those within our same hemisphere, on issues from immigration to education to foreign affairs,” said Dodd.

Univision says the presidential debate would be the first conducted in Spanish. Simultaneous translation is to be provided to candidates and viewers.

Univision’s sale to a private investor group received final federal regulatory approval earlier this year. The company has invited Republican presidential candidates to a debate — also in Spanish — on Sept. 16.

The former chairman and chief executive officer of Univision, A. Jerrold Perenchio, a California Republican, was a major political donor to Richardson’s gubernatorial campaigns in 2002 and 2006.

Richardson, at the request of Perenchio, wrote a letter of support in 2003 for a merger of Univision and another Spanish-language broadcasting company. The letter appeared in newspapers to counter opposition to the merger from some congressional Democrats. Richardson at the time described Perenchio as a “longtime friend” and said the campaign contributions played no role in his decision to support the media company merger.

Perenchio and one of his companies contributed about $167,000 to Richardson’s 2002 campaign

Richardson’s 2006 re-election campaign received about $156,000 from Perenchio, his wife and their son. The campaign also received $50,000 from the Jerry Perenchio Living Trust because Univision was a sponsor of the governor’s inauguration in January.

El TrekMedico dice:

(Sigh),..where's Joey Vento when you need him???

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Hillary Not So Popular in Leftywood??

Hillary Clinton is raising a lot of money in Hollywood for her presidential bid, but where are her closest friends and what are they doing with their money?

Married actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen certainly present themselves as the closest F.O.H.'s. But guess what? Steenburgen, according to federal records, gave Hillary's rival John Edwards a $2,300 donation recently. Either Mary's very fickle, or she thinks Edwards is going to be Clinton's running mate. Either way, it's a little odd that she's busy funding her friend's competitor.

Danson, on the other hand, has ignored Clinton all together. He's made political donations totaling $19,750, but all of them were in 2003-2004 and none of the money went to Clinton. His biggest recipients were Howard Dean and John Edwards ($2,000 apiece).

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Silencing Free Speech Again? No! Not in Our Country!

Robert Spencer's Blog, Jihad Watch, has been blocked by a variety of organizations because his anti-Islamist postings are considered "hate speech." Hmmm,..sounds very HR 1592 to me,..right, Sillys**ts??

Two steps forward, one step back. I have heard now that Jihad Watch is available in most sites where I had learned last week that it was banned, but it is, I'm told, still banned in other places -- including Wright Patterson Air Force Base (only as of last week), and Marriott Hotels (where the ban apparently applies to company computers, not to those of guests).

A thought experiment: if I pointed out that Catholicism considered contraception sinful, which led some (but not all, or even a majority) of Catholics to eschew contraception, would this be "hate speech"? Would it mean that I hate Catholics? Would I be a "Catholophobe" (there's a new one)? If I noted that Buddhism focuses on attaining a spiritual state, a state of consciousness, and not on building a kingdom in this world, would that be a statement of hatred for Buddhists and Buddhism or a statement of fact?

Likewise, when I take note of the fact that jihadists can and do point to Islam's teachings of warfare against unbelievers in order to make recruits and justify their actions, it is not an act of hatred. It is a statement of fact. Nor is it an act of hatred to ask peaceful Muslims to acknowledge the existence of these traditional teachings, and work toward some new way they can be understood in order to minimize their capacity to incite violence. This is actually a rather commonplace observation that follows naturally from an awareness of the martial traditions that are deeply embedded in the Qur'an, the life and teachings of Muhammad, and the rulings of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

But imagine if the leading Catholic groups in the country maintained that there was no Catholic prohibition on contraception, and anyone who said there was must be an anti-Catholic bigot. That is the state of unreality that prevails in the public discourse today, keeping the problem of Islamic jihad from being discussed in many fora -- and getting this site banned in various places.

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D'Oh! MSM-ers Aren't Smart, Huh??

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Religion of Peace??

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Rizana Nafeek, a 19-year old housemaid from Sri Lanka, is on death row because the baby in her care died while she was bottle-feeding him. If her appeal is turned down, she will taken to a public square to be publicly beheaded.

The Sri Lankan government says it is working for a reprieve, and has until Monday to file the plea. A last-minute pardon by the infant's parents could also spare her. But if her execution goes ahead, it will be the latest in a surge of beheadings that could surpass the kingdom's record of 191 in 2005.

After dropping to 38 last year, the figure for 2007 is already at least 102, including three women, according to Amnesty International.

Beheading has always been the punishment meted out to murderers, rapists, drug traffickers and armed robbers in Saudi Arabia. Whether what Nafeek did amounts to murder has never been spelled out by courts or other officials, but Saudi authorities, facing sustained criticism from foreign human rights groups, insist they are simply enforcing God's law.

The TrekMedic states emphatically:

"they are simply enforcing God's law." Not my God,.....


Its Not Like THEIR Rocket Scientists or Anything,....

HT to Anthony from Opinionnation, at his other blog, the Intelligence Report:

(Local 6.Com) When the shuttle rolled out from the Vehicle Assembly Building Wednesday, a giant "Go Endeavour" sign was put on a fence in front of the craft.

However, one item was missing from the sign: the "u" in Endeavour... The orbiter is named after HM Bark Endeavour, the ship commanded by 18th century explorer James Cook...



Darwin Was Right,....

Here's the proof:

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Alabama woman died after she fell 15 feet from an apartment balcony, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Jessica Ashley Hawkins, 20, asked two friends to take her to the hospital after she struck the ground headfirst Thursday evening. Hawkins was attempting a handstand from the balcony when she fell.

Hawkins lost consciousness in the car on the way to the hospital, according to a sheriff's incident report. She was taken to Winter Park Hospital, transferred to the Orlando Regional Medical Center and died at 11:35 p.m., according to the report.

"This really is a tragedy," sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said. "Both of the young lady's friends were very, very distraught."

Hawkins -- a former University of Central Florida student -- was visiting her boyfriend when she fell, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"What this was was a gathering of friends. The investigation revealed nothing had gotten out of hand," Solomons said. "By all appearances, this is just a very, very tragic accident."


Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Tale of Two Teams?

OK,..we all know the MSM likes to make up stories as they go along, especially if it benefits their own agenda, but this is a little too stupid, even by the TrekMedic's standards:

First, how the Philadelphia Barrage win against New Jersey was reported in the Philadelphia Daily News:

Brian Dougherty allowed a season-low seven goals as the Barrage topped the New Jersey Pride, 12-7, last night in Piscataway, N.J., to break a two-game losing streak and move into first place in the Major League Lacrosse Eastern Conference.

Ian Dingman scored three times, including back-to-back goals at 9:32 and 11:53 of the second period to put Philadelphia ahead to stay. Roy Colsey added a pair of unassisted tallies.

Dougherty finished with 20 saves for the MLL's defending champions, who sport the league's best record (6-2).

Now, how it was reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Goalkeeper Brian Dougherty made a season-high 20 saves last night as the Barrage (6-2) won their third consecutive Major League Lacrosse game with a 12-7 victory over the New Jersey Pride (2-6).

Rookie Ian Dingman scored three goals to lead the Barrage in his league debut.

Roy Colsey added two goals and an assist.

OK,..its outdoor lacrosse. Its not a major sport in general, and with an average attendance of about 3000 per game, its not a major sport in a city full of major (Phillies, Flyers, Eagles) and minor (Phantoms, Wings, Kixx) sports teams. But, for the love of God, get your facts straight for a change!!!

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Your Tax Dollars at Work??

WHAT'S IN a name? Embarrassment, when the name is Negro Mountain.

State Rep. Rosita Youngblood says her son and her graddaughter, seventh graders at Henry Houston Elementary School in Mount Airy, were working on a class project last spring when they discovered the name of a ridge in southwestern Pennsylvania.

"They were both offended," Youngblood said. "My granddaughter said, 'Grandmom, is this true?' I said, 'There's no such thing as Negro Mountain.' Then I learned it was true."

And because she's a state rep, the children asked her to do something about it. Now she is.

Youngblood is proposing that a commission be formed to research and trace the meaning of the name. She also suggests renaming it.

And here we step into a Pennsylvania cultural gap between urban African-American Philadelphia and rural white Somerset County.

"I've lived in this county for 40 years and never heard anybody mention that this name means anything other than what it is: Negro Mountain," state Rep. Bob Bastian, R-Somerset, told us. "I never knew Negro was a bad word until she mentioned it."

Is it a bad word? After all, aren't the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People positive organizations?

"The difference is that they've done a lot of good for a lot of people," Youngblood said. Negro Mountain dredges up an ugly past and since "we're in the 21st century, I think we should do something about changing the name."

J. Whyatt Mondesire is president of the NAACP's Philadelphia branch. This week he was elected to the NAACP national board. His take on Youngblood's effort?

"Hats off to Rosita for finding this anachronism in Pennsylvania history and acting to correct it," Mondesire said.

Clout now mines some irony in this mountain. It got its name not in derision, but to honor an African-American hero.

According to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry and several other sources, here's how it happened:

During the French and Indian War in the late 1750s, an African-American slave or scout named Nemesis fought valiantly with a frontier force under Col. Thomas Cresap.

Nemesis, a large and powerful man, was killed in the skirmish and buried on the mountain.

An alternate legend calls him Goliah and says he saved a hunting party led by Capt. Andrew Friend during an Indian attack.

The Appalachian ridge, which runs 30 miles through Pennsylvania and Maryland, has been called Negro Mountain ever since.

The ridge took on added significance in 1921 when the state recognized it as the highest point (3,213 feet) in Pennsylvania. And in so doing changed the name of the summit (but not the mountain ridge) to Mount Davis, in honor of a white settler who once owned the land.

Youngblood thinks a better idea is to honor the war hero.

"He did have a name, whether it was Nemesis or not," she said. "I think some history should be done. If they decide to call it the Nemesis Mountain, I'd be happy with that."

Christopher Bracey, a law professor and associate professor of African and African-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, wrote about the mountain on his blackprof.com Web site after discovering it on a cross-country drive.

"I must confess I have a slightly different take on it than [Youngblood]," Bracey said yesterday. "Here we have a mountain, whose name was intended to be a testament to Negro bravery. It seems rather crass and unsophisticated to name it Negro Mountain, but the intentions were strong." (TM - more info can be found here)

What disturbs Bracey is the 1921 naming of the summit for Davis, the white landowner, rather than the valiant black scout.

"I actually like 'Negro Mountain,' " Bracey said. "The main thing is not to refer to it as Mount Davis. Negro Mountain seems at once courageous and tragic because we simply don't know enough of the history to honor this man's bravery."

Bracey's research also uncovered the name of the ridge just south of Negro Mountain. Which is . . . ?

"Polish Mountain," Bracey chuckled.

The TrekMedic chimes in with:

OK,..this is taking political correctness to a bit of an extreme. The TrekMedic remembers a N****r Pond somewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania - its name was changed years ago for obvious reasons. A Google search reveals that Pennsylvanians are not alone in this topic.
Now,...haven't we, as a nation, moved beyond this yet? Oh, yeah, just ask Imus about it. Or how about those epileptics, Al Roker??

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Greenbacks,..NOT Wetbacks!

DALLAS — Dallas-based chain Value Giant announced in a press release Thursday that their retail stores will begin accepting Mexican pesos as payment, according to MyFOXDFW.com.

The Value Giant store at Southwest Center Mall will be hosting a promotional event on Saturday to introduce the new policy.

Value Giant is a regional discount retailer offering groceries, clothes, electronics and general merchandise.

In January, another Dallas-based business, Pizza Patron, created controversy with its announcement that it would accept the Mexican currency.

Pizza Patron has reported increased profits since the decision was made.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Canada ranks fifth worldwide when it comes to marijuana usage, but ranks first among industrialized nations, according to the 2007 World Drug Report.

About 16.8 percent of Canadians ages 15 to 64 light up, compared to 12.6 percent of Americans in the same age bracket, according to the report. Canada’s usage is about four times the worldwide average of 3.8 percent, while the United States' usage is about three times the average.

Marijuana, or cannabis, remains the most commonly used drug in the world with almost 160 million people ages 15 to 64 using it in 2005, said the report, which was put out by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Usage is down slightly from 162 million, according to last year’s World Drug Report, which reviewed data from 2004.

The majority of it is grown in the Americas (46 percent), followed by Africa (26 percent). Canada’s usage trails behind Papua New Guinea and Micronesia at 29 percent each, Ghana at 21.5 percent, and Zambia at 17.7 percent. Among European nations, Cyprus topped the list at 14.1 percent, followed by Italy and Spain, both at 11.2 percent.

The TrekMedic snarks:

Well,...that explains a few things, like curling and hockey, eh?


Falling Back to Earth,...

So, Queen Katherine, she of the long legs and short temper, has finally been caught up in the gravitational pull known as reality:

Couric also told the magazine that the move to CBS would have been less appealing if she had known she would be doing the more traditional "CBS Evening News" broadcast that she anchors now.

"People are very unforgiving and very resistant to change," Couric said. "The biggest mistake we made is we tried new things."

Couric's move to CBS has been a bust so far. The evening newscast's ratings are deep in third place, and CBS has rolled back some of the changes it made last fall to shake up the format. Couric conducts fewer interviews, an outside opinion segment was scrapped and the anchor admits she's even dressing down a little to give her critics less ammunition. (TM-That means no more fishnets and short skirts, or looking like this:)

Under new executive producer Rick Kaplan, the "CBS Evening News" is a more traditional hard-news evening newscast in the mold of its predecessors and competitors. (TM - Right,..that would be the same Clinton ass-kisser Rick kaplan that was fired from CeeNoNews? If you want traditional hard news, try telling the TRUTH for a change instead of reading from the official DNC script!)

If she had known that would happen, the job "would have been less appealing to me. It would have required a lot more thought."

A thriftier corporate culture at CBS and colleagues who backbite anonymously in the media surprised her, she said. She also said she underestimated the feeling people would not consider her a credible news person because of her work on NBC's "Today" show, even though she thinks it's "patently unfair."

She said she's looking forward to doing more work for "60 Minutes" next season. "If it turns out it wasn't a perfect fit (at the evening news), then, you know, I'll do something else that's really exciting and fulfilling for me."

Couric admitted there are days when she wishes she hadn't made the move to CBS. (TM - just like most of America,...)

"Of course," she said. "I'm human. I'm not going around 'dee-da dee-da dee.' I have days when I'm like, 'Oh my God, what did I do?' But for some weird reason, they don't happen that often."

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Time to Do Our Heroes a Solid!

Yesterday's Major League Lacrosse All-Star game will have some extra winners, starting today.

The game-worn shirts will be auctioned off to support Wounded Warriors.

They helped us out,......

Now go help them out!


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Phillies Bullpen Saves More Than Games!

DENVER -- Seeing a member of the Coors Field grounds crew flung 10 feet in the air, then swallowed by a tarp was enough for the Phillies.

With rain and fierce winds making personal safety a concern before the start of the seventh inning -- turning the task of covering the field into an adventure -- most of the Phillies' players and coaches did the only thing they could.


"The guy might have died," Greg Dobbs said. "He was trapped under there. We were watching and once it got to a point, we were all like, 'We gotta do something.'"

Combating the harrowing experience at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon -- in which the Phillies would win, 8-4, to finish the first half -- players and coaches left the safety of the dugout to battle the billowing tarp that had engulfed three grounds crew members, and dragged another about 15 feet.

Aaron Rowand and Chase Utley clung to a section in left field. Michael Bourn, Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels grabbed a large piece along the third-base line. Shane Victorino waged his own personal war near third base -- tightly gripping his section and not letting go. He won.

"You see something like that, you get worried that somebody is going to get hurt," Victorino said. "It was funny to see us out there trying to pull the tarp and act like we know what we're doing."

They knew enough. The extra player and coach power provided serious help to the roughly 20 grounds crew members in a 10-minute fight with the elements.

"It was incredible," said Mark Razum, Colorado's head groundskeeper. "They literally grabbed it and took over. It changes your outlook on a baseball player. It was overwhelming to see the guys who were actually playing in the game help out. Maybe a bench guy, but it was the starting pitcher, the starting lineup."

Razum doesn't want to think about what would've happened had the Phillies, umpires John Hirshbeck and Bill Welke and the Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins and Ryan Spilborghs not rushed in. The situation would've gotten much uglier because the material was getting bunched up and incredibly heavy.

"It saved us, really," Razum said. "It was huge for them to do that."

The moment Eaton saw a grounds crew member disappear after his flight, the fact that he had thrown 111 pitches didn't matter. His final task proved the most difficult, as he fought to unravel the mangled tarp near home plate while watching for the trapped grounds crew members to escape from underneath.

"It wasn't easy, because it was wet at that point," Eaton said. "Three went underneath, one guy came out and I was like, 'Where's those other two people?' Then I saw their arms come out and their eyes were as big as plates."

Fierce unpredictable winds made the tarp increasingly uncooperative, and several Phillies dashed for sandbags, with bench coach Jimy Williams directing traffic. Bourn and Abraham Nunez led this task, with Nunez's accurate toss making the highlights.

"The sandbag is a much harder throw," Nunez said, laughing. "We were trying to help. We wouldn't go out there, but we were scared when we saw that guy in the tarp. You don't want somebody to get hurt."

After prevailing, the Phillies received a standing ovation from the 25,119 wet fans who appreciated the effort, and received handshakes from the grounds crew as they retreated to the dugout for a 50-minute rain delay.

When play resumed, the Phillies finished off a series-salvaging win, beating the Rockies on the field. Spontaneous civic mindedness aside, Victorino pounded a Tom Martin fastball to give the Phillies a three-run cushion in the seventh and Ryan Howard added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.


But Madson's save wasn't nearly as big as the team save recorded nearly two hours earlier.

"We didn't know what we were doing, but we knew we had to help," Victorino said. "At first, we were pulling the tarp toward home plate, and a guy was yelling for us to pull it the other way. We helped and watched a couple of guys go for a joy ride. We didn't want anybody to get suffocated or trapped. [Getting hurt] never crossed my mind.

"And we won."


Sunday, July 08, 2007


Hugh Hewitt makes a few pithy points about yesterday's efforts to increase greenhouse gases through Algore's hot air:

People in attendance at the PGA Tour event today in the D.C. area: 37,613, per a local sports channel.

People in attendance at Al Gore's Live Earth event in D.C. today... Well, somewhat less than that. Guessing whether it was 100 times less, or merely 50 times less, that's just part of the fun.

Here's what look like empty seats at the marquee event in New York.

And drastically fewer people showed up than anticipated in Rio.

UPDATE: And, rather than attend a Live Earth house party, 140,000 in Florida showed up for an event that's not going carbon neutral anytime soon, no matter what Al Gore III tries to pull.

The TrekMedic offers up this addendum to the Al Bore fest:

LONDON (Reuters) - They rocked the world, but as the clean-up at nine climate change gigs around the globe begins, many wonder if the galaxy of pop stars did much to change it.

U.S. and British media were generally underwhelmed on Sunday by Live Earth, the mega-concert organized by former U.S. vice president and green campaigner Al Gore, which, though built on the model of Live Aid and Live 8, created a less positive buzz.

In Germany, however, newspapers were more upbeat about Saturday's gigs designed to pressure leaders to sign a new treaty by 2009 that would cut global warming pollution by 90 percent in rich nations and more than half worldwide by 2050.

Several articles examined the green credentials of artists on the day, including Madonna, whose annual "carbon footprint" was estimated at around 100 times the average Briton's.

The News of the World tabloid, Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, detailed estimates of Madonna's carbon emissions from nine houses, a fleet of cars, a private jet and the Confessions tour, calling her a "climate-change catastrophe".

The Sunday Telegraph quoted U.S. reports of her alleged financial links to companies accused of being major polluters.

Her spokeswoman in Britain was not immediately available for comment, but in a statement appearing in the Independent on Sunday, her New York spokeswoman said:

"Madonna's agreeing to sing at the Live Earth Event is merely one of the first steps in her commitment towards being environmentally responsible."

The negative headlines took some gloss off Madonna's widely praised appearance at Wembley Stadium in London, where she sang her specially written anthem "Hey You" before a raunchy performance of three of her biggest hits.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Pot to Kettle - You're Black!!!

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday made fun of former President Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for criticizing President Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

"I don't know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it," presidential spokesman Tony Snow said.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has scheduled hearings on Bush's commutation of Libby's 2 1/2-year sentence.

"Well, fine, knock himself out," Snow said of Conyers. "I mean, perfectly happy. And while he's at it, why doesn't he look at January 20th, 2001?"

In the closing hours of his presidency, Clinton pardoned 140 people, including fugitive financier Marc Rich. (TM - Shrillary tries to bulls**t her way out of this here!)

The former president tried to draw a distinction between the pardons he granted, and Bush's decision to commute Libby's 30-month sentence in the CIA leak case.

"I think there are guidelines for what happens when somebody is convicted," Clinton told a radio interviewer Tuesday. "You've got to understand, this is consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle."

Sen. Clinton, seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said the Libby decision "was clearly an effort to protect the White House. ... There isn't any doubt now, what we know is that Libby was carrying out the implicit or explicit wishes of the vice president, or maybe the president as well, in the further effort to stifle dissent."

Former Vice President Al Gore said he found the Bush decision "disappointing" and said he did not think it was comparable to Clinton's pardons. (TM - Gore's got his own problems right now. Read on below this,..)

"It's different because in this case the person involved is charged with activities that involved knowledge of what his superiors in the White House did," Gore said on NBC's "Today" show Thursday.

Snow also tried to clear up confusion about Libby's probation. While commuting Libby's sentence in terms of prison time, Bush left in place his two years of supervised release. But supervised release — a form of probation — is only available to people who have served prison time. Without prison, it's unclear what happens next.

Snow said the White House view was this: "You treat it as if he has already served the 30 months, and probation kicks in. Obviously, the sentencing judge will figure out precisely how that works."

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, earlier this week, said the law "does not appear to contemplate a situation in which a defendant may be placed under supervised release without first completing a term of incarceration."

He gave Libby's attorneys and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald until Monday to respond.

The TrekMedic is caught between laughing and screaming:

Does anybody in the DNC know the difference between and pardon and a commutation??? Its true: it does take a village to raise a village idiot!!!

Lucky 7 Addendum: Marie's Two Cents has the EXTENSIVE list of pardons (not commutations) from the Slick Willy era here.

And speaking of village idiots,......
(with embedded hat-tip to Wyatt!)

Al Gore III, son of the former vice president, was arrested in California early Wednesday morning for suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs.

Gore III was allegedly driving a blue Toyota Prius at speeds over 100 mph when he was pulled over around 2:15 a.m. on the San Diego freeway south of Los Angeles. Smelling marijuana, police searched the car and found less than one ounce of marijuana and prescription drugs Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Armormino said. The last pharmaceutical is a treatment for attention deficit disorder.

"He does not have a prescription for any of those drugs," Amormino said.

Gore, 24, was released from a men's jail in Santa Ana after posting $20,000 bail.

This is the second time he was arrested on a marijuana possession charge. Police in Montgomery County, Md., pulled over Gore in December 2003 and noticed the smell of pot. Police were also tipped off by the open windows and sunroof despite the freezing temperature.

Gore, who at the time was a Harvard university student, and his two male passengers were charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and released. The youngest of Al and Tipper Gore's four children then completed substance abuses classes as a pretrial diversion program, before settling the charges.

The TrekMedic chortles:

Ah,..the irony! The sweet irony! Gore-cubed got nailed driving a Prius! Who knew a plastic POS on batteries could DO 100 mph? Oh, and BTW - growing your own doob is NOT the kind of green life your father envisioned!!!

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July 4th, 1776 - The Noble Experiment Begins,...

Gentle readers,....

We live in a time when our president is fairly unpopular and is leading our nation into an unpopular war.

And yet, our first thoughts as a nation turn towards cleaning the slate in the 2008 general election and not towards a military overthrowing of this nation's leader.

We are a country polarized by race, class, ethnicity, education and political leanings.

And yet, we learn to co-exist with these polar opposites in a spirit of compromise; while in other countries these polarizations would be the ingredients for armed militias, civil war, chaos, and moral bankruptcy.

We are a country with 24/7 news coverage, bringing both voices of agreement and dissent to the people.

And yet, in other countries, dissent is frequently stifled, and dissenters risk imprisonment and loss of life to speak their minds.

On that hot summer day, 50-odd men gathered together and set in motion a chain of events that became one of the greatest experiments in politics ever undertaken. And for 231 years, it has been an unbroken legacy and example for the rest of the world to admire.

And it all started today, July 4th, in 1776!

God Bless America!


Happy 4th of July!


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Philliana Quiz - With Answers

Finish this phrase: "Got a problem?...." If you can sing it, more power to you!
- "Call for Action! GReenwood 7-5312!"

Before Philadelphia police cars were white, they were blue. What color were they before that? Bonus answer - can you tell us why they changed to blue?
- The Philadelphia PD used red cars into the early 70s. Police Commissioner and future mayor Frank Rizzo changed them to blue because red was considered a aggressive color (after the late 60s riots). NB - Others have claimed that he did it to stop confusing PPD cars with Philadelphia Fire Department vehicles. Wyatt?

What was the pre-9-1-1 number for the police?
- The number was 231-3131

What was the slogan used to promote the new 9-1-1 number?
- "Stop a Crime! Save a Life!"

What were the original names of Kelly and Martin Luther King Jr Drives?
- East and West River Drives, respectively

What was special about one of those drives during rush hour?
- The drives were one-way inbound during the morning rush and outbound during the afternoon rush. Made for some very interesting accidents!

Can you name at least THREE Philadelphia-based retail chains that aren't around anymore?
- Gimbels, John Wanamakers, Strawbridge & Clothier, Lit Brothers

What color were the Phillies old, 70s -era away uniforms?
- Powder blue, except for one game, where they wore cherry red with white accents. If anyone has a pic of that uniform, post a link in the comments, please!

What is the air speed velocity of a coconut-laden swallow?
- Charlie on the Turnpike got that one here!


Monday, July 02, 2007

No Hand Holding Allowed!

In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent affirmative action decision, it didn't take long for Philadelphia Fishwrapper cartoonist, Signe Wilkinson, to put her usual liberal slant on the story:

Now, gentle readers, let's take her analogy a little further along, shall we?

  • Where are this minority child's parents?
  • If they exist, wouldn't it be THEIR responsibility to educate their son to cross at the cross-walk?

  • If their child was properly-educated by his parents (plural and of mixed sex), wouldn't he be smart enough to cross the street and have access to that "decent education?"

I guess Signe, like her liberal ilk, forget to take these things into consideration while they daydream about their Utopian Nanny state.

Something I'll always remember what my Catholic nuns (the SSJs for those in the know) told my parents (plural and of mixed sex): "education begins at home!"

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Less John Street = Less Philliness?

Apparently, while Mayor John Street was busy bringing Philadelphia's level of technology up to par, some normal people finally got to run the City.


Well, last night, the TrekMedic and entourage attended the annual Penn's Landing fireworks show from the Independence Seaport Museum.

Over the past five years, this has been a buffet dinner and tour of the museum, frequently interrupted by a blaring, 200-decibel Radio Air Pollution concert less than 100 yards away, thus somewhat ruining the ambiance of the evening.

Ah, but not this year. The speakers that normally trail along Penn's Landing's light standards appear to have been removed, thus allowing for normal-voiced conversation over the TrekMedic's grilled dogs with kraut and BBQ chicken.

However, someone has yet to explain why the two access points to the "concert" were gated off to allow Philly's finest to do bag checks. The TrekMedic can think of 202 reasons,......

Finally, a parting shot at Mayor Street, courtesy of Wyatt at Support Your Local Gunfighter: