This is the flyer for Governor Ed Rendell’s visit in Lancaster this Saturday at the CrispusAttucksCommunity Center. The center is located at 407 Howard Avenue and the event is open to the public.Mayor Rick Gray will introduce Rendell and Lois Herr, Democratic candidate for the 16th district, will be in attendance as will State Representative Mike Sturla.
Refreshments and entertainment are scheduled from to with Governor Rendell’s speech scheduled for approximately .The event is being paid for by Gray for Mayor.
A personal item has arisen today, so this is very short.As you can imagine, I am dying to talk about State Attorney General Tom Corbett’s “corruption crackdown” and also the current trial of Micah Stewart for attempted homicide. I will address both of those issues tomorrow.
“…riddled with bullets…” will come tomorrow.
~ But Alexander is Smart and Funny ~
REVIEW JUDGE ALLISON &
SMART IS NOT SMART
“A Lititz man faces 5 to 10 years in prison and five years of probation for sexually assaulting three girls between the ages of 8 or 9 and 15.”
“Ruhl [Anthony Lee Ruhl] pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of aggravated indecent assault, three counts of corruption of minors and two counts of indecent exposure."
“Man gets 5-10 years for assaults on 3 girls,” New Era, 2-28-06 (Click here).
EIGHT YEARS OLD
Eight years old.Eight years old.Three girls’ lives devastated and this man gets 5-10 years?The father of one of the girls “blamed his daughter’s turn toward alcohol and drugs on her attempt to cope with what was done to her by Ruhl.”Review Judge Paul K. Allison’s sentence.This is a disgrace.
The Talkback under this article pretty much says it all.One poster said, “For all of this [referring to all of the counts he pleaded guilty to], he received only 5-10 years?! I am seriously disgusted at this sentence. I'm of the mindset that he's a predator who should be locked up for as long as possible so there's no chance he could ever, ever victimize another child.”
This is conservative LancasterCounty the Lancaster Newspapers continually tell us, where “family values” are so important – and yet three eight-year-old girls were molested repeatedly and the man gets only 5-10 years?This has to stop.
WGAL has this report today (click here), “Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Child.”The very brief article states, “According to court documents, William Schurr, 65, of Ephrata, began abusing the victim more than three years ago when she was 8 years old, and continued until recently.”
I know the ravages of sexual abuse from personal experience.My father should have spent years and years in jail.The damage these crimes do to individuals and society is horrific. This has to stop.
CHICKENS ARE HOME TO ROOST
Yesterday, I told you what a Talkbacker posted about Gil Smart’s column this Sunday.It is true.Smart said the following in his piece:
“Noted thinker Bill O’Reilly, who has smeared Iraq war opponents as ‘pinheads’ and appeasers, last week advocated cutting and running, saying there ‘are so many nuts in the country — so many crazies — that we can’t control them.’ “To call this a case of a rat deserting the sinking ship would be unfair to rats.”
O’Reilly does have this on his website as “The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day” (click here).
O’Reilly says of Smart’s column, “Now if you watch or listen to ‘The Factor,’ you know that statement's a lie. Mr. Smart took it off a far left Web site, which was not smart. But the fact that The Lancaster News allows a guy like that to write a column is disturbing as well as ridiculous.”
I think the site Smart got it from was cosmosleft.com.Mind you, I think O’Reilly is the world’s biggest idiot – but that doesn’t mean you can misquote him and print it as fact.That should have been double and triple checked by Smart and an editor.That wasn’t smart, Smart.You have all week to write a column and check facts.The public deserves an explanation and an apology. BENNY HILL
While on the topic of politics, Larry Alexander has done it again.He has an excellent column in today’s Intell (unfortunately not posted online) titled, “Ports deal increases my terror alert level.”It has several good laughs but also takes a hard look at a very serious topic. Really well done.Note to Alexander – I like Benny Hill!
TOMORROW I HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL COMING.WOW!
OF TRUTH AND ABILITY
I WAS WRONG
First off, when I’m wrong - I’m wrong and I admit it.Last Saturday I told you that Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” had not yet received a notice of his appeal date in his defiant trespassing conviction on then Mayor Charlie Smithgall’s property. I received that information directly from Dan by phone the night before.Obviously, with today’s article (click here), he was not telling me the truth.I apologize.I do know that this put tremendous pressure on his family.I have emailed Dan requesting an explanation, and if he replies, I will publish it.I will also have more on this story at a later date.
WHO WILL WE TRUST?
I have now lost all respect for Jeff Hawkes.Any and all respect I might have had.What a hack.He just keeps putting out stupid, wishy-washy columns that are nothing but junk (clickhere for today’s “CityCenter:Whose voice do you trust?”).There are a number of excellent responses in the Talkback below this article, but I will reprint the first one here:
“So we are to believe that predicting the failure or success of a CC is like predicting if Christopher Columbus would be successful? As if no CC had ever been built? At least Christopher Columbus had enough faith in his plan to risk his own life. What has PSP risked?” “According to this article I should be able to walk into Fulton Bank being a person of high character with a plan that I feel is good for the community and they will just give me wheelbarrows full of money? Sorry, I think the bar for taking millions in taxpayer money, putting them on the hook for any additional loses, and at the same time making money on the deal should be higher than a belief and high character. Nice try LNP, but no dice.”
WORSE THAN RIDICULOUS
Speaking of columnists, this has been posted under Gil Smart’s latest Sunday News column (click here for “Reckless chickens are home to roost”), “Gil Smart just made the Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day on O'Reilly's show tonight. Apparently the bit about O'Reilly in Smart's latest column came off of a left-wing website.”If that is true he needs to come clean and apologize.Marv Adams, the editor needs to do so as well.
I don’t trust Smart.Last week his column started with a reported call from a “woman.” "'They are violating my rights,' she practically yelled into the phone," Smart says (click here for “War on cartoons, war on Christmas”).Why would she call a liberal columnist?Smart has been caught lying on several occasions over his claims that a woman called him and told him this or that.He needs to be called on the carpet.It is not acceptable.Remember Jayson Blair of the New York Times?It is not acceptable.
ARE WE READY?
Now to the pictures above.That is, honest to goodness, the picture of Anna Nicole Smith that WGAL is using regarding her day in the Supreme Court today (click here).And why do I have the picture of David Hasselhoff?To show that men are no smarter than women!Which all leads me to yesterday’s New Era article, written by no less than two male reporters, “A woman president:Are we ready?” (Click here.)Didn’t they just run a similar, stupid article?They say a new poll – never quoting the source - says that 64 percent of Americans would “accept” a female president.
Louise Williams, current City Councilwoman, had the correct response.She said she was ‘appalled’ and ‘stunned’ that it was only 64 percent.“Here we are in the 21st century, and women are still thought of as we were before women’s suffrage to some extent,” she is quoted as saying.Good for you Louise.I think we should conduct a poll to see if Americans think men are “qualified” to be president.Bush most certainly is not.
“Eng, 50, says he played only a very minor part in what The Associated Press called a 'major international drug ring of ‘classic high-livers,' who 'stayed in the best hotels and rode in limousines while smuggling 200 pounds of cocaine a month into the country on luxury cruise ships.' Though he was arrested and ultimately pleaded guilty, Eng said he sold no drugs, and made no money; he merely introduced friends to friends. Some of those friends, he said, turned out to be associated with the Genovese crime family.”
Mayor Gray got this one right.He is quoted as saying he felt “sandbagged” and plans to ask law enforcement officials about Eng’s arrest and imprisonment.Eng should have been upfront about this from the very beginning.This is simply amazing.Eight years in jail.The Genovese crime family.200 pounds of cocaine a month! "The '80's was a crazy time" is Eng's explanation? Tread very, very cautiously Mayor Gray.
While on the topic of drugs, in the interest of fairness, Robert Field who is helping to fund the PKF Consulting feasibility study of the convention center is the Co-Chair and Executive Director of “Common Sense for Drug Policy.”Their website is here. I have not had time to review the information, however, I do feel this country needs to take a fresh look at drug issues.
Ron Harper has announced on the Talkback board that he does indeed own “Drunks for Castor” (click here) and says, “I proudly proclaim ownership.”Then why, as noted yesterday, is he quoted in the Sunday News saying “I don’t own it anymore?”And Ron, no offense, but does Smirnoff know about your site?Gees, talk about overkill!
Good for Police Chief Donald Palmer for having an internal investigation into the traffic stop that ended with two pit bulls being shot by the police (click here).When serious incidents involving police occur, they should be investigated to determine that, as Palmer said, “the officers acted properly.”That should be standard procedure and it’s nice to see that Palmer is on top of the situation.
SMART SHOULD HAVE BEEN CUT
I am still amazed by Gil Smart and the Sunday New’s official response to his lying (please see yesterday’s column).What the hell does his headline “Chin music irks beanball pitcher” mean? (Click here.)Seriously, can somebody tell me?Is it a “male” thing?
If you recall, Smart wrote this in his column last week, “Noted thinker Bill O’Reilly, who has smeared Iraq war opponents as ‘pinheads’ and appeasers, last week advocated cutting and running, saying there ‘are so many nuts in the country — so many crazies — that we can’t control them.’”
And Smart pretends he doesn’t get what the fuss is about and concentrates on whether O’Reilly actually said “cut and run.”That’s not the problem, Smart. The problem is that you totally misrepresented the man’s viewpoint and said he was now “against” the war and that we should pull out.And that was a lie, Smart and you should have apologized – over and over again.
Finally, this sad item from WGAL, “York Mayor Worried About Possible White Supremacist Rally” (click here).I’ll have more on this later in the week and also on the hate mongers that have become regular posters on Talkback.It is sad and scary that we have not advanced past such hate.
~ Smart Is A Liar ~
“If Gil cannot provide documentation and he published an outright lie from far-left Web sites, he should publicly apologize and have the same status as The New York Times reporter fired for fabricating stories.”
A Letter to the Editor in today’s Sunday News
HE’S A LIAR
Smart should have been fired.He cannot provide documentation.Instead this nasty, arrogant liar and jerk says O’Reilly “Can dish it out,” but “Can’t take it.”And idiot editor, Marv Adams, tries to sell papers by putting an ad for it on the front page.He’s a liar, Marv.He made the national news for lying, Marv.That’s not a good thing, Marv.You aren’t supposed to brag about that, Marv.As another letter writer to the Sunday News said, “What a disservice your paper is doing to Lancaster.”And for once I think O’Reilly got something right, “The fact that The Lancaster News allows a guy like that to write a column is disturbing as well as ridiculous.”
GIVE US FACTS
The fact that they allow Marv Adams to write a column is also disturbing and ridiculous.If you are going to make allegations about Commissioner Henderson, Marv, I suggest you do it in a news column with some facts before your sorry butt gets sued. For a "fun" look at the pathetic state of the Sunday News, clickhere.
WHO OWNS IT
“’I don’t own it anymore,’ Harper said of the site, but he added that a Google search of drunksforcastor will still point to 5thEstate.com. Harper theorizes that Diamond, who lives in Annville, is trying to show some kind of connection between Harper’s work and Nye’s.”
“What a tangled Web politics weaves…” today’s Sunday News (click here).
What a strange story.As of this morning, the site www.drunksforcastor.comhas been taken down.What does “I don’t own it anymore,” mean?Did he sell it?Did he “give” it to somebody else?I own this site.If Harper doesn’t “own it anymore” then who does?Why didn’t they ask Harper.He has to know what he “did” with his own site.
Please see Artie See’s response to Bill Adam’s “guest” column here.Please also click here to see his latest addition to “Grayisms.”Artie is so well informed and well spoken that a poster has signed up on Talkback as “anti-Artie.”What a hoot!To quote Artie, “Just say nay.”
Finally, back to the chicken suits.Jerry Policoff, head of the LancasterCounty for Pennacchio group, sent me this email, “I wonder if you might put a mild disclaimer into your chicken suit item.Please clarify that the chicken suits have no connection to the Pennacchio campaign nor to LancasterCounty for Pennacchio.Some people in our group dislike the chicken suit idea and do not want to have anything to do with it.Also, I am not sure this will be limited to Lancaster residents.I’m sure we’d be delighted to lend those suits to Pennsylvanians far and wide if they use them to confront ‘chicken Bob.’”
I like this man and I have offered to don a chicken suit!Pennacchio’s website ishere.To join the Lancaster group call Jerry at (717) 295-0237.
(My shock and disbelief when I saw the Sunday News overshadowed the incest story.That will come this week.)