White people gone wild

And the Philadelphia newspaper didn’t even report it. I wonder why! Their comments section is full of readers who commonly refer to black people as “animals,” so this might add some balance:

CAMDEN – June 4, 2012 (WPVI) — They’re still feeling the fallout in Camden in the wake of Saturday night’s fight-filled concert event with more than 100 people injured and nearly 200 people arrested.

It started even before many of the concert goers arrived to the Susquehanna Bank Center.

Video captured two young women fighting on a NJ Transit train on the way to the WXTU Anniversary Concert.

More than 25,000 country music fans converged on at the arena in Camden. One of them, Christie Bellis, found chaos when she got there.

“There were two guys down semi-unconscious on the ground. Then I found my friends and there was a guy bleeding on a chair from his eyebrow and his jaw was cracked. I started to help treat him,” Bellis said.

Witnesses say fights broke out everywhere, leaving pools of blood on the ground and on the tailgate of a pickup truck.

Emergency Medical Technicians treated 163 people for various injuries. At least a dozen were rushed to area hospitals.

“Broken bones, we had bruises, scrapes, a couple of them did have a little more severe injuries,” Dr. Rick Hong of the Cooper University Medical Center said.

Police arrested 191 people.

But, witnesses say the police didn’t do much to break up the fights.

Last year, a Camden officer was stabbed in the chest while breaking up a fight at this concert.

Pennsylvania, land of giants

How many other states can brag about such bipartisan corruption?

They used to share a gavel. Now, apparently, they’re sharing a jail cell.

John Perzel, a Republican from Philadelphia and Bill Deweese, a Democrat from Greene, share the distinction of both having served as Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House.

They also became convicted felons within a month of each other after separate convictions on corruption charges. Now they’re both at Camp Hill state prison, and according to the website PoliticsPA, they’re sharing the same cell.

A spokesman at the prison confirmed to ABC News that Perzel and Deweese are both at the prison and on the same cellblock, but said the Department of Corrections does not release information about which particular cells inmate inhabits.

Democratic Rep. Ronald Waters, who serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and worked with both Perzel and Deweese prior to their convictions, commented that “to the best of our knowledge, it seems to be true.”

Waters said he first learned of the situation via a conversation with Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, who tentatively confirmed the rumors. “It’s truly a coincidence,” Waters said.  ”They’ll probably have some time to spend there together, and who knows where they’re going to go after they leave there.”

Perzel pled guilty last August to eight criminal counts, including theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest, after heading a scheme to use taxpayer-paid computer programs to win political campaigns, according to the Associated Press. Deweese was convicted of five counts in his own corruption case in February, including conflict of interest and conspiracy as well as three counts of theft stemming from charges that his state-paid staff performed campaign work, a scandal the Pennsylvania press dubbed “Bonusgate.”

Fun with the GOP

This is the caliber of people they would naturally attract, yes?

A northeastern Pennsylvania man with longstanding ties to white supremacist groups entered a polling place on primary election day and wrote in his name for a low-level position with the local Republican Party committee.

Steve Smith wound up getting elected with a single vote — his own — and now presents a headache for a GOP that doesn’t want him but might not be able to get rid of him.

Pennsylvania Democrats spread word last week of his April election, linking to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center that described Smith’s associations with “an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups,” including a group formerly known as the Keystone State Skinheads.

The Luzerne County Republican Committee and the state GOP denounced Smith’s election to a four-year committee post representing Pittston’s Fourth Ward, saying his views in no way represent their own.

The GOP “does not endorse or represent any of the hateful views of Mr. Smith, nor did any of the voters in Pittston City or Luzerne County,” Luzerne County Republican Party chief Terry Casey said in a statement. But he said the committee’s bylaws indicate the only qualification for office is that a candidate has been a registered Republican for the last two years — and do not include a provision that would allow Smith to be expelled because of his beliefs.


So I looked at the exit polling data, and a substantial number of Wisconsinites (60 percent, according to MSNBC) seem to have voted for Walker because they thought this recall election was an abuse of the recall process. That they thought recalls should only be used for “high crimes and misdemeanors”, not political differences. (You know, like the pending indictments in the John Doe investigation?)

And of course the lesson Democrats will take from this election is that they need to act more like Republicans.

The tentative silver lining in this is that the Dems seem to have won one of the four state senate races, giving them a razor-thin edge in controlling the senate – and thus, depriving Scott Walker of his previous rubber stamp:

RACINE — In a crucial election that swings control of the state Senate to the Democrats, Racine County appeared to have ousted current state Sen. Van Wanggaard Tuesday.

Former state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine led state incumbent Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard, with 36,255 votes to Wanggaard’s 35,476 votes, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.

Three Republicans won state Senate races Tuesday in Wisconsin, but with Lehman winning Racine County, the Democrats will take control of the Senate and gain the 17-16 majority.

Lehman declared victory shortly before 1 a.m.

“First of all, this victory is solely dedicated to all the hardworking volunteers who have put us over the top tonight,” he stated in a news release. “Tonight, the citizens of Racine County voted for checks and balances in our state legislature. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the state senate.”

Around 12:50 a.m., Justin Phillips, Wanggaard’s campaign manager, released a statement saying, “We owe it to all of Senator Wanggaard’s supporters and the voters of Wisconsin to thoroughly examine the election and its results and act accordingly once we have all of the information.”

Some of the delay came from absentee ballots. More than an hour after polls had closed in Racine, and as late as 11:30 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, election workers were still entering stacks of absentee ballots.

But (you knew there was a “but”) their regular legislative session has already ended for the year:

Though taking control of the Senate is a huge moral victory for the Democrats, they won’t be able to do much with it, at least for a while. The Legislature isn’t scheduled to convene again until January, and Democrats will have to defend their majority in November’s elections.

But Democrats will be able to block any Republican legislation should Walker call for a special session of the Legislature. And if the Democrats maintain their majority, it would make life politically difficult for Walker for the first time; his fellow Republicans have controlled both the state Assembly and Senate since he took office in January 2011.

Fair and balanced

Politico, which was founded by Republican hacks in order to hack at an even higher level. Which they do very well! Which is why I don’t link to them.

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