Local Action News: “Don’t worry, if you lose power, you can still watch us on your devices, we’ll be streaming live.”

So apparently they don’t know that tablets and cell phones need electricity?


So I left the doctor’s (I had to schedule an endoscopy for my esophagus), stopped at the store to pick up more propane and candles, brought everything upstairs, and then I felt something go pop! in my knee. The last time I had something like this happen, a ligament in my ankle ruptured. Bad time to happen, because I still have to put a bunch of yard stuff away before the storm and now I can hardly walk.

WTF, universe?

Press conference

The mayor is now talking about the storm, telling people how to prepare and calling for voluntary evacuation of flood prone areas. The problem is, my area has never flooded before — but neither has there been a major storm surge up the river. What to do, what to do…

UPDATE: Jesus. As soon as the head of emergency management starts speaking, they stopped covering it.

Bob Casey under the gun

This means we’d not only have shithead Republican Tom Corbett in the governor’s mansion, we’d have two wingnut Senators? Man, I hope they don’t pull this off:

In yet another reminder that Republicans are smelling blood in the water in the race between U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Republican Tom Smith, a GOP-friendly super PAC will start airing a TV ad hitting Casey for his support for the Wall Street bailout in 2008.

The new group, Fight for the Dream, is run by Lehigh County Republican Chairman Wayne Woodman. And it received a $240,000 infusion of cash from the company that bought Smith’s coal mining company., our Washington colleague Colby Itkowitz reports this morning.

Woodman’s PAC initially supported Smith’s GOP primary challenger, Steve Welch, and even aired some anti-Smith ads during the spring canvass. But with new polls showing Smith within striking distance of CaseyWoodman’sgroup  (courtesy of the donation from Rosebud Mining Co.) has circled the wagons and will start airing the ads in “select markets”

The ad, Itkowitz reports, features a line not often heard in attack advertisements on Democrats: “We need someone who will fight for Pennsylvania families, not Wall Street millionaires,” a narrator says in the spot. It’s made all the more ironic given the fact that Smith is a gazillionaire.

God, they’re predictable

These very moral people:

Documents unsealed by a court in Massachusetts today show that Mitt Romney created a special share of stock to help a friend give his ex-wife less money during a nasty divorce, and then testified that she got a fair price, even though she made a fraction of what the shares were worth just a year later.

Romney testified that Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, had properly appraised the value of the company’s shares at $2.25 during the divorce. But a year later the share price closed at exactly 10 times that amount on the first day of its IPO.

As we noted yesterday, the divorce testimony was the “October Surprise” with the most potential to actually be surprising. It seems like it may not disappoint. While initial rumors that Romney lied about Staples’ value under oath appear overblown, the story is not particularly flattering at a time when both candidates are desperately trying to attract female voters.

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