Coming this weekend will be a final wrap-up of the preliminary hearing for Micah Stewart for the murder of Cortney Fry including some dreadful reporting by Janet Kelley of the New Era.The morning after the hearing I posted this:
(Angelica Rivera, quoting Micah Stewart, yesterday testifying at his preliminary
hearing for the murder of Cortney Fry.)
An unprepared prosecution.A missing lead detective.No forensic evidence.A case based solely on the testimony of two highly questionable “relatives.”An unrecognizable defendant.A budding defense attorney.Micah Stewart will go to trial.
Add to that a grand jury, an alleged killer left on the streets for a year, the conditions at Conestoga View and a coroner who changed his death report to match witness’s testimony.What do you have?Check back this weekend.
THE CORN IS AS HIGH…
The Democrats will be having their annual Corn Roast this Saturday in Long’s Park at pavilion #2 at The Democrats promise plenty of food, fun, games and fellowship.The price for tickets in advance is $15 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under.You can get them in person at their headquarters at 53 N. Duke Street or phone# 299-5701.If you are a procrastinator, do not fear, you can pay at the “door” and the tickets will cost you very slightly more.
If you want to pay $50 to see Charlie shoot off his cannons (what’s new about that?) or $125 to actually shoot a cannon, you can go to the “Smithgall Cannon Shoot and Family Barbecue” on the same day.His website, www.smithgallformayor.comsays “Have a Blast!”We’ll blast you out of office, Charlie, how’s that?
Sorry, folks, I couldn’t resist. No, of course, that's not Charlie. That's Prison Warden Vincent Guarini. I think he needs a blast.
Finally, a quick update on our search for a person of color to shake Young Gib Armstrong’s hand.We had a perfect candidate – 24 years-old and no criminal background.However, he balked at the button-up shirt requirement saying, “No one takes my picture unless I have a hoody on.”Sigh…It’s August, for heaven’s sake.The search goes on.
~ Breaking News ~
WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?
Just when you think the Lancaster Newspapers can’t get any worse, they do.This morning's Intell has the article, “Prostitution sweep nets 11, including known sex offender” (click here.)One Talkback poster asked this question, “Well…what were their names?”Exactly. What are their names?.There are only two names and addresses listed in this article that states that 11 people were arrested and charged with a crime.Of the two who are named, one was identified as a “registered sex offender” and the other was a woman that the police discovered, “was wanted in Virginia on drug charges and had an active bench warrant in Philadelphia.”
Where are the other nine names?Where are they?The men were charged with a crime.Why aren’t their names and addresses listed in this article?The public has a right and need to know.Why are two names and addresses statedand none of the others?
If I were one of the two people named, I would sue the Lancaster Newspapers.Quite seriously.You can’t selectively print two names because they had prior run-ins with the law and not the others.We have no way of knowing if anyone else who was arrested had prior legal troubles or if one is a school teacher or a minister or a newspaper editor, because their names aren’t in the article.This is public information.It happened on Friday.The reporter managed to get two names and addresses and had two days to get the other nine names and address.
Where are they?What are their names?These newspapers are a disgrace.
This is going to be short and sweet today because I’m tired and bored and I just tried to read Smart’s column and my eyes blurred over and I had a "Goldwater moment." Hence, as you can imagine, I am extremely cranky.
WAG THE DOG
What does, “Man bites watchdog” mean?What the hell kind of headline is that?What man bit Ron Harper, Jr. and why?Does he have to get rabies shots?This is a manufactured controversy by the Lancaster Newspapers and I’m done with it.What a bunch of complete nonsense and waste of newsprint.Helen Colwell Adams should know better than to write such a long and pointless piece.I guess the whole thing is designed to sell newspapers in the dog days of August.
THEY WERE READY FOR IT
Back to Smart and his article last week, “Ladies’ days in jail.”What the hell kind of stupid headline is that?The article is about 32 women who eat, sleep and use toilet facilities in the prison gymnasium.The article says the city health department “found several sanitation problems that they asked prison officials to clean up immediately.”There is no mention in Smart’s column of the headline news from June 20 and 21 of this year regarding a deadly bacterial infection that is spreading through Pennsylvania prisons.On June 21, 2005 Susan Lindt did a feel good piece for the Intell entitled, “Tenacious bug hits county inmates; A bacterial infection that has killed inmates in other parts of the state has cropped up in Lancaster County Prison, but prison officials here were ready for it.”Oh, really.Less than two months later Smart is talking about horrendously unsanitary conditions at the prison without a word about the bacterial infection.
DID THE WARDEN HAVE A BACTERIAL INFECTION?
As noted on this site two days ago, they changed when the prison board meets and didn’t have it posted correctly on their website.I spoke to the Warden’s Secretary on Friday to confirm the August meeting date and was told of the new schedule.I advised her of the error on the site and that has been corrected and now reads:“The Lancaster County Prison Board meets the third Thursday of each month, at in Room 502 on the fifth floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse, except there is no August meeting.The March, June, September and December meetings are held at the Lancaster County Prison, 625 E. King StreetLancaster.”As also noted here, according to the June minutes (click here) there was no April meeting due to the Warden being ill, and there was no May meeting due to lack of a quorum.This is outrageous.Why didn’t Smart include any of this in his article?
The promised story on Janet Kelley of the New Era will come tomorrow.Someday, Smart, the Lancaster Newspaper’s hegemony will inevitably wind down – because your newspapers are dreadful.
RON HARPER, JR.
“In LancasterCounty, Harper, a self-proclaimed ‘good government advocate,’ followed and photographed former state Rep. John Barley and, more recently, former District Justice Richard Musser, in campaigns to remove the men from office.Both men eventually resigned.”
“Pay-raise foes claim harassment,” by Charles Lardner, Intell, 8-19-05
District Justice’s jobs, Charles, are to uphold the law.Do you understand that, Charles?So you can’t have a District Justice who is breaking the law himself.Do you understand that, Charles?Is it sinking in now, Charles?He “followed and photographed” them, Charles?Heavens no!Have you ever read an investigative piece in your life, Charles?Do you know what journalism is all about, Charles?Your article says he called Chris Lilik, chairman of the Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania, three times.Not three times!Horrors.
On Ron Harper’s fifth anniversary of his website, www.5thestate.com, Patricia Poist, the mindless wonder, wrote a column entitled “Harper has made a difference” for the Sunday News on March 27, 2005.I posted this response on LIP News and I am republishing it now.
REVIEW – “HARPER HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE”
“Of course, if an editor ever told me I would have to go undercover, I would have to find another line of work.I am just not that good.Or bad, depending on how you look at it.”
Patricia, find another line of work.What the hell do you think journalism is?You better read some quality newspapers and watch some legitimate news magazine shows.
I grew up with Woodward and Bernstein. They are my heroes and they are journalists who rightly forced a sitting president to resign.I believe that is what journalism is all about.
How dare you go on a ridiculous, high horse and say this:“It’s an age that has spawned all manner of self-appointed journalists.Many of these people aren’t obligated to follow the same code of ethics as newspaper and television reporters.”
Excuse me, Patricia, but I think you’re drinking the same “coffee” as “Clyde.”Your editor has been having “discussions” with an imaginary friend for sixteen years and he recently broke every journalist ethic in the book in his support of his employer’s hotel/convention center deal.Don’t talk to me about ethics, and going “undercover” is absolutely legitimate.
Yes, Ron Harper has it correct, “He says he has a passion for good government and that it is important that public figures responsible for taxpayer’s money and quality of life have their feet held to the fire.”Exactly.
If the Lancaster Newspapers did that to the slightest degree, we wouldn’t have the outright corruption that exists today on so many levels in Lancaster.I’m not taking a thing away from Ron, but the Lancaster Newspapers make it easy for other journalists because they don’t do their job and they haven’t for years.
“Indeed, we as journalists have a lot to think about, and maybe some of us (yours truly included) probably need to be a little tougher in ferreting out information and enforcing Sunshine laws.”That’s the biggest understatement I have ever read.
I would do that, Patricia, or I’d find another line of work.
Congratulations to Ron Harper and www.5thestate.comfor five years of public service to Lancaster.
Please also go to www.lookingatlancaster.comfor Artie See’s take on the situation.
COMING TOMORROW – HOW DOES JANET KELLEY KEEP HER JOB?
·The prison board changed their meeting schedule but it has not been posted on the prison website. It is now the third Thursday of every month instead of the fourth Monday. The board met August 18, 2005. According to the June meeting minutes that are posted on their site, "There was no April meeting due to the Warden being ill, and there was no May meeting due to lack of a quorum.”Meetings are not held in July so the August meeting had to be very important in light of everything that is going on.Tomorrow , a look at Gil Smart’s Sunday New's article, “Ladies’ days in jail.”
BEHAVE CYLO!Democratic candidate for Judge, Samuel Mecum, judges Cylo's performance. www.sammecum.com
~ How Did He Get So Smart? ~
THE ART OF THE BLOG
I was truly amazed by the gross arrogance and stupidity of Gil Smart’s SundayNews column, “The art of the blog and how it might affect local politics.”I am not going to comment about the content of the article so to speak.They are having a blast with that on Talkback and rented mules are being spanked and all sorts of good things are going on.What stuns me about this article is Smart’s astonishing announcement that blogs “…are beginning to have an effect on the political process itself.”Who knew?
Ron Harper’s site,www.5thestate.com, has shamed the Lancaster Newspapers repeatedly and for over five years.Do you remember John Barley or illegal constables or an illegal district justice or the School District of Lancaster scandal, Smart?And it was Ron who first began to question the hotel/convention center and its funding and the spending by PSP Partners and the LCCCA.Do you think he’s made a difference, Smart?
Your newspapers just went to an e-Edition, Smart, although I can’t figure out the pricing for the life of me (more on that at a later date.)Conventional daily “paper” papers are doomed.I rarely buy the Philadelphia papers anymore.I go on-line and and mostpeople I know do the same thing.There are endless sources of reliable news and in-depth reports.
Which brings me to Smart’s boss, Dave Hennigan, who several months ago said in a column that newspapers would never become extinct because they can do “in-depth” and “insightful” reporting.I haven’t seen any of that in the Sunday News.And why can’t there be in-depth and insightful reporting on the internet?Why does it have to be on paper?Not to blow my own horn, but this website had much more “in-depth” coverage of the preliminary hearing of Micah Stewart than any of the Lancaster Newspapers.
And back once more to the hotel/convention center.If Smart doesn’t think that “blogs” have had a huge impact on that, then he’s a liar and he knows it.The 5th Estate, Looking At Lancaster, Lancaster First and the Lanco Yokel have had a tremendous effect on public opinion, not to mention his own newspaper’s Talkback board.
Smart’s wrote this on his own blog (http://smartremarks.blogspot.com/) as he went on “hiatus” in September of 2003 - “At the same time it does keep you sharp, both from a current-events perspective – as in those who write blogs tend to read blogs as well – and a professional one.Frankly, I think doing this has helped me become a better writer.Writing teachers ought to assign their students to blog.You read it here first.”
Frankly, Smart, I think you’re an arrogant idiot.Then Smart says, “This particular leaf of the vine may wither, but there are others.Atrios, Billmon, Orcinus and Josh Marshall in particular, keep the ball in play.”
Don’t mention your name in the same sentence with these people, Smart.It’s doubtful anyone went to your blog more than once, but blogs have been having a huge impact on politics in this country well before the “Florida ballot” with the “crooked arrow” illustration went around the world in about one minute.
Internet news-sites that are well written, informative, insightful and in-depth are the future of the news business.Stay current and learn how to write, Smart, or you’ll shortly be extinct.You read it here first.
On a personal note, this website is fast approaching its one year anniversary.I have been publishing twice daily for over eight months.I love doing this more than just about anything.But one thing is more important to me, and that is telling the incest story.I am writing a book.I cannot do both.Shortly, I will revise the publishing schedule of this site to two or three times a week and I will let you know the schedule.Thank you very much for reading LIP News.
BLOGGING – JOY, STUPID & COLOR
Nothing, nothing makes a “blogger,” or as I prefer, an “internet columnist” happier than finding an arrogant idiot.Therefore, you can imagine the joy Gil Smart brings me.I promised the article “How did he get so Smart?” for today - but I just don’t have time to do Gil the justice he deserves for his Sunday piece, “The art of the blog and how it might affect local politics.”So that will come later in the week along with a look at his big “investigative piece” also from this Sunday’s paper entitled, “Ladies’ days in jail.” By the way, both headlines are up for the Worst Headline of the Week Award.But just so you can share a little of my joy today, I would like to leave you with this quote from Gil’s own “blogspot” (on “hiatus” since September of 2003) regarding syndicated “radio blabber” Glen Beck:
“You know, I’ve been writing a newspaper column on and off for more than a decade, and never once have I promised to ‘enlighten’ anyone.I mean, I shoot for compelling, well-reasoned arguments and let people take it from there.To come out and actually say that you are going to enlighten people has to be one of the more pompous things I’ve heard in, oh, the last 15 minutes.”
I’m laughing so hard I can barely type, but folks, I am extremely proud and pleased to enlighten you about LIP News’s latest contests!How many times will the Lancaster Newspapers quote F&M political analyst and jokester, G. Terry Madonna, before the November election? You have to email your answer by this Saturday, August 20th.Any quote in the papers through this Saturday does not count.The count will begin with Sunday’s paper and run through election day.Any article with his name counts as one – it doesn’t matter how many times he is quoted within the article. You can only enter the contest once with one guess at the number of times.Running concurrently with this contest will be the “Find the Stupidest Thing Madonna Says” contest.As he is quoted in the papers, you may forward your entries in this contest.The first contest is a simple mathematical answer.The second is a judgment call, and LIP News reserves the right to determine which of the quotes entered is truly his stupidest.
I DON’T LIKE HIM
Unfortunately, his quote in this Sunday’s Patricia Poist’s article “Gray learns how to beat incumbents” cannot be entered in the stupidest quote contest.Madonna is quoted as saying of the mayor, “And Charlie, well, it is hard to find anyone who personally doesn’t like him.”Apparently the great political analyst has never spoken to Luis Mendoza, among many, many others.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
As I have mentioned before, I have a conflict of interest problem with the Lancaster Newspapers constantly quoting Madonna about local politics.His boss, F&M President John Fry, is on the board of the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority and they obviously endorse Smithgall, the convention center’s biggest booster.This is a serious conflict of interest as illustrated by the incredibly biased (and stupid) quote about “Charlie” above.
Madonna is quoted yet again in today’s Intell article, “Backlash in big letters.”I’ll have more about that and the fact that Young Gib Armstrong is missing from this article about the legislative pay raise at a later date.But this email about Young Gib just came in – “I am a fairly dark-skinned Hispanic male who would be willing to be photographed shaking Young Gib’s hand if there is money in it for me.Sincerely, Carlos.”My reply, “Dear Carlos, do you have a problem with English?I am seeking a person of color, which means black or African-American, whichever term you prefer.It does not mean Hispanic. I don’t care how dark-skinned you are.”Please people, I am requesting serious inquiries only in this desperate search for a person of color willing to shake Young Gib’s hand.Thank you.
Jane Holahan, the New Era columnist who previously told us of her intense aversion to Brad Pitt, today adds Tom Cruise to her list of disliked celebrities.I’m with you all the way on Tom, Jane, but please reconsider Brad.This is serious.