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Preteen Boy Holds Up Lemonade Stand with a BB Gun

Police in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, say a 12-year-old boy armed with a BB gun robbed a local lemonade stand being run by a group of younger boys.

According to Johnstown Sgt. Patrick Goggin, the preteen approached the stand and pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy, threatening to shoot if the other boys didn’t hand over the money they had earned selling lemonade.

A scuffle ensued, but the suspect still managed to make away with a money box containing some $30.

If only there had been a good guy with a gun, amirite? In all seriousness, the kid with the BB gun could have been in danger had an adult with a gun been nearby or the police a little more trigger happy…

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I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked. One is Dec. 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor Day. The other is Sept. 11th, and that’s the day the terrorists attacked. I want you to remember Aug. 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. comparing the birth control coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. 


To Rep. Kelly, evidently the now no to low-cost proper care and maintenance of ladyparts via preventative care is just like that one time thousands died when terrorists crashed airplanes into the Twin Towers. IT’S JUST LIKE THAT YOU GUYS!

These things have one thing in common: Nothing. I didn’t fly a plane into your place of business or home, killing scores of people, just so that I could get yearly gynecological exams and breast cancer screenings counted as things which must covered. Nor did any other person. So no. It’s not like those dates that really will live in infamy.

See, what happened is this thing called “a law” was passed by elected officials in the U.S. House and Senate. Now bear with me here… after that, President Obama (or, as members of your ilk call him, that Kenya Muslim Socialist Zombie Nazi) signed the law. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law. It’s not like you didn’t know this was coming, bro.

So no planes. No blitz-attack terrorism. Just government doing its thing.

Now, go find a corner, sit in it, and think about what you’ve said. When you’re ready to be a grown-up, we’ll talk. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Mike Kelly Things that aren't terrorism politics Republican GOP Pennsylvania birth control Obamacare Affordable Care Act Mandate contraception one of these things is not like the other

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PA City Defies Court Order; Reduces Police Officers, Firefighters’ Pay To Minimum Wage

You have to read it to believe it. Scranton, Penn. claims to be broke and has lowered the pay of all city workers to $7.25. That means firefighters and police officers risking their lives for the citizens of Scranton will do so for $7.25/hr. 

It’s insulting and disgusting to think that’s even close to a fair wage. It is impossible to live on minimum wage. That’s $290 a week, about $1,160 a month, and $15,080 a year — before taxes, and for a forty hour work week. Here’s the kicker:

Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll.

Take a bow, GOP, and ask yourselves: Do you want that police officer responding to your emergency call or the firefighter rushing into your burning house wondering if it’s worth it for $7.25/hr? 

I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Filed under Pennsylvania Police Labor Organized labor politics economy firefighters minimum wage living wage Scranton Inequality GOP public sector public employees

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We still have not found out why they chose Upper Darby high school to do their praises to Jesus and run around naked in the parking lot.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood giving the best serious soundbite ever after a bizarre incident where a Philadelphia family stripped naked in the parking lot of a high school and began chanting.

Oh Philly, you so silly.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Did Joe Paterno break the law?

From Sports Illustrated:

While Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says that her office won’t file charges against Joe Paterno for not reporting the alleged child sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the 84-year-old coach could eventually face criminal charges for perjury, obstruction of justice and violating the state’s Child Protective Services Law. Paterno could also become a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by Sandusky’s alleged victims. Those lawsuits could allege that Paterno negligently failed to prevent a third party with whom he had a supervisory relationship (Sandusky) from committing abuse.

Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

Under Pennsylvania law, as in other jurisdictions, perjury refers to knowingly lying while under oath. Obstruction of justice describes interference with the administration of justice, such as by concealing evidence or delaying or frustrating a criminal investigation. While Paterno has thus far escaped these criminal charges, his statements and behavior suggest that he remains vulnerable to them. That is particularly evident when considering troubling inconsistencies between Paterno’s testimony to the grand jury that investigated Sandusky and the testimony of Penn State assistant Mike McQueary.

I encourage the supporters of Joe Paterno to read this article right this goddamn second.

h/t to jamdizzle for the find

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Why Did Eric Cantor Skip Out on His Inequality Speech? He Had Nothing To Say

Just two weeks after denouncing economic-justice protesters as an angry “mob,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) seemed to be shifting gears. Last Sunday, Cantor acknowledged the “warranted" frustrations of the middle class, and this week, was even poised to deliver a speech on economic inequality.

As it turns out, Cantor changed his mind. Yesterday, the oft-confused Majority Leader abruptly canceled, saying the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School invited the public to attend the speech, which meant Cantor would refuse to appear. The Republican appears to have been fibbing - university officials explained that the event had always been billed as “open to the general public,” and that Cantor’s accusation of a last-minute change in attendance policy simply wasn’t true.

That Cantor was afraid to talk about economic inequalities in front of the public is pretty ridiculous. That Cantor is making dishonest excuses makes matters slightly worse.

Emphasis mine. Why would Cantor not want to speak in front of the public? The school also notified him that protesters would be present. Either reason is not a good one for cancelling a speech. Citing the public being allowed to attend is just somewhat offensive. Looking at the text of his speech, it wasn’t anything new. For example, Cantor’s planned remarks included this gem:

It is this foundation — hard work, faith, family, and opportunity — that provides each of us with the prospects of unlimited potential in America. Each generation is able to get a little further ahead, climbing up the ladder of success in our society. How quickly you move up – or sometimes down – should be completely up to you. Much of the conversation in the current political debate today has been focused on fairness in our society. Republicans believe that what is fair is a hand up, not a hand out. We know that we all don’t begin life’s race from the same starting point. I was fortunate enough to be born into a stable family that provided me with the tools that I needed to get ahead. Not everyone is so lucky.

Read the full speech here. He includes nothing about how to give a “hand up” as he puts it, but who’s shocked that he did not address income inequality in a speech about income inequality, eh? …Anyone?

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