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Teen beats up Philadelphia teacher – school system blames reduction of support staff

Don’t miss any opportunity to point out you need more cash for your school system. The president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union had a statement to make after an 8th grader beat the crap out of a science teacher.

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Christmas Village wiped out in Philadelphia, then brought back

This “I’m offended” crap is totally out of control. Many of you are probably offended about many things you see and experience during your day-to-day travels, yet my guess is you don’t go around claiming you have some unwritten right not to be offended. What’s even worse is the fools who buckle to the pressure so quickly.

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Philly calls for investigation into 16 year old’s abortion

Here’s the link to Regina Medina’s story from the Philadelphia Daily News story on the alleged DHS mandated abortion of a 24 week term baby. That story is here.

But here is the update on the investigation.

Two Philadelphia-area politicians want the city’s Department of Human Services to answer some questions following allegations published this week in the Daily News that a caseworker pressured a teen in foster care into having an abortion.The day the story appeared, Concilio, the provider agency contracted with DHS, removed the teen and three other children from the home of the foster mother, who spoke out about the case.

“DHS engaged in retaliatory behavior by removing the remaining children in the foster parent’s care because of her willingness to disclose unethical practices of the agency,” state Sen. LeAnna Washington, whose district covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, wrote in a letter sent to DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose.

We will keep you updated on this story.

Lila Rose, Rosa Acuna Project, Philly abortion story tomorrow

If you are not familiar with the Philadelphia Daily News story on a court mandated abortion of a 22 week old fetus … the story is here. But here’s a brief summary. Read more

The state and abortion: the shape of things to come?

Is it wrong for me to assume most government bureaucrats are lefties and thus carry the usual lefty baggage with them, including, it’s not a life, it’s a clump of cells, it’s not a heart beat, it’s a heart tone? Make no mistake, government bureaucrats will never view someone else’s life in the same manner as they view their own. Make no mistake, when you put your life in the hands of a bureaucrat you get the latest lefty  ideology. Maybe I’m not being fair, maybe?

From the Philly.com via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air and please take the time to read his take and the entire article on philly.com:

A DEPARTMENT OF Human Services caseworker pressured a pregnant Mayfair teenager to undergo a late-term abortion by threatening to take away either her toddler or her unborn baby if she had the child, according to the teen’s foster mother.

The alleged strong-arm tactic happened one day after DHS learned of the pregnancy, when the girl was about 22 weeks pregnant, according to her foster mother and the girl’s social worker, Marisol Rivera.

That’s just the beginning of what the Daily News is reporting in Philadelphia. If all of this is as they report, it is just about the saddest thing I have ever read.

By the time DHS arranged for the abortion – in March – the girl was 24 weeks pregnant. She had to undergo the procedure in New Jersey because abortions in Pennsylvania are illegal at 24 weeks …

Rivera, the girl’s social worker, said that she was fired by Concilio, which subcontracted with DHS to provide care, after she initially refused to accompany the teen for the abortion.

“They hired me to work in child protection, not to kill children,” Rivera told the Daily News.

I wish I could tell that that is where the story ends, but it does not. DHS, ostensibly the state office charged with protecting children apparently does this on a regular basis.

Abortions are a little-known aspect of DHS’s oversight of children in its custody.

Between September 2006 and March 31, Schwarz said, 335 minors under DHS care became pregnant. Of those, 119 resulted in abortions. Of those abortions, 54 were done by judge’s order.

Eight of the abortions were performed out of state, Schwarz said.

I am sure DHS’s rationalization of this type of policy is to protect the babies from having babies, the children from having children. In other words, making everyone’s life easier. Everyone that is, except the life of a seven 6 month old unborn child. Just so you know … here is what a seven 5 month fetus looks like. From physiciansforlife.org

God save us. I can assure you this reckless disregard for life in the name of budgets and saving us from ourselves (Don’t worry dear, Obamacare will take of care of grandma from here.) will permeate government run health care. Don’t believe me? Here’s Robert Reich.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT7Y0TOBuG4

Save the babies.

UPDATE: Let me just add that my mom was born at 6 months, the same age as this young child when aborted. She survived during a time when survival at this age of development was unheard of. She had four children, a former Assistant United States Attorney and first woman law partner of a major firm, an engineer, who helped re-design portions of a major metropolis’ mass transit system, an IT who works with a major bank on on-line banking, and a talk show host.

No brain surgeons, no Presidents, no captains of industry, just the children of a six month fetus. Just thought you should know.

Here come the fun police!

Philly swim club turns away minorities while supporting … Obama?

This is an amazingly heartbreaking story that this kind of crap still exists today. When you listen to these kids it just makes you want to cry, or scream, or both. But it is a classic not in my backyard story … or pool for that matter. By now you have probably heard about the Philly swim club that told minority day campers to leave and never come back. If not … here’s the video.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLAfmt68OSA&feature=player_embedded

And by now … despite their feverish attempts to flush a key part of this story down the memory hole … it turns out blogs are charging the key man in this story … is an Obama supporter … but how could that be?

“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.

Well this just can’t be true but … If this were a Republican … ahhhh … never mind.

Case against nightstick wielding “poll watchers” closed

In a Washington Times exclusive story, we learn that political appointees – not lawyers or investigators – have ordered closed the federal civil complaint against three members of the New Black Panther Party accused of intimidation at a Philadelphia polling place in November.

Many may remember the YouTube video of the obvious intimidation shown here.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU

Do go and read the full Washington Times piece, but here are a few paragraphs.

The incident – which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube – had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.

Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago. …

The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents. The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.

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Update: I totally missed that Michelle Malkin asked some good questions yesterday (and updates today here) concerning this subject and made some inquires before the Washington Times piece today. Michelle also has a telling signed affidavit from a poll monitor that you must read.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air also on the subject. Hinderaker at Power Line too.

Temporary Tax Hikes and Other Fairy Tales

The mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, is proposing a temporary increase to the city’s property and sales taxes and a “fill-up” to the city budget.

“The sales tax would rise by one percentage point to 8 percent for three years, beginning July 1, pending approval by state lawmakers. Taxes on residential and commercial real estate would rise by 19 percent in the coming year, and by 14.5 percent from current levels in the 2011 fiscal year, Mr. Nutter said.

The new tax rates, which Mr. Nutter’s budget projects would raise $614 million over their planned life, would be rolled back to current levels when they expired, based on the assumption of an economic recovery.”

Now, Mayor Nutter is not unique.  Temporary tax increases are being contemplated, if not implemented, in Illinois, among other places.  Others are contemplating permanent tax hikes.  The matter with Mayor Nutter is that, firstly, Philadelphia, like many urban centers, isn’t exactly healthy to begin with, economically speaking — professionals such as accounting firms and lawyers maintain “jewel box” offices in the city, where introductions and sales pitches are done, while the bulk of their operations lay beyond the city limits, safe from the city’s income, property and other levies — raising taxes makes other locations more attractive for city companies.

But the greater fiction is the whole notion of a temporary tax hike.  Temporary tax hikes are usually anything but — for all the “live within our means” rhetoric oozing out of state capitols and Washington DC, no reduction in governmental spending is in the offing.

A cautionary tale…

Once upon a time, to pay for a foreign entanglement, a “temporary” luxury tax was levied upon a new-fangled luxury technology, then deemed a plaything of the wealthy.  This “temporary” excise tax, over the years, slowly became a part of the landscape, chugging along, increasing the cost of this former luxury good by 3%, year in and year out.  This tax, in fact, had to be voted down twice.  Before it was finally beaten down and staked, some enterprising souls thought this “temporary” tax should be expanded to cover unrelated technologies.

Passed in 1898 to pay for the Spanish American war, this tax was on telephones.  Kept in place for over a century, it eventually came to encompass most of the population and likely fulfilled its purpose several times over.  And, yes, it was a *temporary* tax:

“In 1898, the House Committee on Ways and Means wrote of the Revenue to Meet War Expenditures Act, which originally enacted the 3% tax that, “all of these additional taxes are war taxes, which would be naturally repealed or modified when the necessitates of war and the payment of war expenses have ceased.”