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Philly isn’t afraid of terrorists

From my favorite local blog, Phillyneighbor.com:

Have you ever noticed how the Americans most afraid of a terrorist attack live nowhere near any locale worthy of a suicide bombing? In Philly we have a bunch of Liberty Bells and jawns where Declarations of Independences were written, and nobody here seems to give a shit about Al Qaeda.

In fact, I dare a terrorist to start shit in a blue collar neighborhood bar. If he really has balls he might even try going into The Cove on Richmond and Allegheny and talking that holy war shit to some of the friendly biker/gangster types who seem to enjoy that place so much.

Go read the rest.


Big, big news yesterday:

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — The Delaware attorney general’s office sued Merscorp Inc., which runs a national mortgage registry used by banks, saying its practices are deceptive and hide information from borrowers.

The MERS database, which tracks ownership interests in mortgages, obscures information from borrowers and impeded their ability to fight foreclosures, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said in a complaint filed today.

“MERS engaged and continues to engage in a range of deceptive trade practices that sow confusion among consumers, investors and other stakeholders in the mortgage finance system, damage the integrity of Delaware’s land records, and lead to unlawful foreclosure practices,” Biden said.

MERS tracks servicing rights and ownership interests in mortgage loans on its electronic registry, allowing banks to buy and sell loans without recording transfers with individual counties. MERS acts as the lender’s nominee and remains the mortgagee of record as long as the note promising repayment is owned by a MERS member.

Banks and investors have the true economic interests in the loans, and the ownership of the mortgage notes is purportedly recorded in the MERS registry, to which the public has limited access, according to Biden. Biden said the system is “frequently inaccurate.”

Yeah, I guess you could say that.

Gangsta, Gangsta!

Gangstas protecting their own:

New Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he isn’t likely to change his mind about creating a window to allow some past victims of sexual abuse by priests to file lawsuits after the statute of limitations in their cases has expired.

Chaput, in a discussion Thursday with the Inquirer Editorial Board, said statutes of limitations exist for sound legal reasons, and that exceptions should not be made just to allow litigation against the Catholic Church.

The problem with this, as the article points out, is that it can take years or even decades for a child sex abuse victim to come to terms with what has happened to him or her, at which point the statute of limitations may be up. On top of that, I think we’ve all seen the lengths the Church hierarchy will undertake to protect and shield their abusive priests. And on top of that, we have the particulars of the Philadelphia archdiocese (pardon the pdf), which (to me at least) demonstrates not only the extent of the criminality in our city, but that the clergy were anything but repentant.

Archibishop Chaput is no differet from any other gangster, if you ask me.

It feels weird clicking the “why I’m not a Catholic anymore” tag, because I’ve never been one.

Debt forgiveness

Bill Greider says it’s time.

Every once in a while

Karma kicks in. In this case, things aren’t paying off for the people who’ve made money betting on Greece’s failure.

Although frankly, odds are still in their favor at a later date. This situation, much like our own, is not fixed – merely postponed.

‘Hitler was sent by God’

And yet, they accuse OWS of being anti-Semitic! This is from one of the organizers of Rick Perry’s prayer rally:

Enter Mike Bickle, head of the unironically named “International House of Prayer”, or IHOP for short. Mr. Bickle was one the pastors deeply involved with Rick Perry’s now infamous prayer event in which Perry prayed for, among other things, the wildfires to be put out even as he slashed the budget for the states’ Forest Service which deals with the majority of these blazes.

Mr. Bickles is not a fan of the Jewish community. For years he has been preaching that those of the Jewish faith that do not convert will be condemned to prison camps (aka concentration camps). The crown jewel of this hysteria is his endorsement of Hitler. Yes, you read that correctly.

From one of Bickles’ sermons:

The Lord says, “I’m going to give all 20 million of the the chance to respond to the Fisherman and I give them grace.” And he says, “And if they don’t respond to grace, I’m going to raise up the hunters. And the most famous hunter in history is a man named Adolf Hitler.”

Got that? Hitler was an agent of the Lord and the Holocaust against the Jews was their own fault for not believing in Christ. Before anyone becomes indignant and insists I’m putting words in Bickles’ mouth, you had better come up with a viable alternate interpretation of his words or don’t waste my time.

Go ahead, watch it and tell me he really meant something else.

You’d better think

About just how wonderful Bank of America really is before you criticize them!

Occupy the media

Dahlia Lithwick nails it with this piece on Occupy Wall Street – they’ve made the media openly irrelevant, and for that, we can all be grateful:

Occupy Wall Street is not a movement without a message. It’s a movement that has wisely shunned the one-note, pre-chewed, simple-minded messaging required for cable television as it now exists. It’s a movement that feels no need to explain anything to the powers that be, although it is deftly changing the way we explain ourselves to one another.

Think, for just a moment, about the irony. We are the most media-saturated 24-hour-cable-soaked culture in the world, and yet around the country, on Facebook and at protests, people are holding up cardboard signs, the way protesters in ancient Sumeria might have done when demonstrating against a rise in the price of figs. And why is that? Because they very wisely don’t trust television cameras and microphones to get it right anymore. Because a media constructed around the illusion of false equivalencies, screaming pundits, and manufactured crises fails to capture who we are and what we value.
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