Jesse Ventura

This is why no one wants him on live TV. It is refreshing, however, to hear someone who doesn’t speak in spin…

Holy crap

Even for Pennsylvania, this is outrageous:

LET ME TELL YOU about a bill that’s been flying through Harrisburg with so little public input, it seems meant to screw us.

House Bill 2224 would allow political leaders to get rid of certain types of public parks any time they felt it was for the best – and “best” could mean whatever they wanted it to mean.

So they could sell off a park if, say, their borough needed cash to pay for a new firehouse. Or if a favorite developer needed a lucrative site to build townhouses. Or if they thought a strip mall would make better use of the land than a baseball diamond would.

And no matter how we yelled or threatened to vote these people out of office if they took our parks, HB 2224 would let them do it anyway. Because the bill takes away the court oversight that currently protects these parks from political whim.

I wish I were making this up. But I’m not. And I wish there were more time to halt HB 2224 so the public could debate its merits and drawbacks. But there isn’t.

To contact your senator about HB 2224, go to and click on “Take Action Now!” (on the right). The links will help you find and contact your senator.

Not good

For the crime of being hungry and out of work, cops in Madrid fire on protestors:

Raw footage shows chaos inside a busy Madrid subway station after riot police opened fire on protesters.  This is not going to end well once these images are disseminated in Spain. More than 50% of the population under 25 is unemployed.  Think about that.  There are approximately 2 million young people without jobs, many with a penchant for anarchy, and now they have a chip on their shoulder in the form of riot police shootings and vicious beatdowns of comrades in joblessness.


This is just plain crazy:

A Massachusetts man is seeking visitation rights to the child he fathered after raping a 14-year-old girl, setting the stage for a legal battle in the Bay State.

The teen mother was raped by the 20-year-old family friend three years ago and says she still suffers from severe anxiety and depression. She says she is terrified at the prospect of having any dealings with her tormentor, reports

The victim and her family are fighting back, saying the toddler’s biological father is only showing interest in the family now that the child support bill is coming due is not identifying any of the subjects to protect the rape victim’s identity.

“She got raped at 14. She decided to keep her baby. And now she has to hand her baby over for a visit with her rapist?” the victim’s mother told the station.

The man, who the victim knew from church and who was the boyfriend of her friend’s older sister, pleaded guilty to statutory rape in Norfolk Superior Court last year. Prosecutor sought a 3-to-5-year sentence, but the judge in the case gave the man 16 years’ probation with the condition he acknowledges that he is the father of the baby and submits to family court orders, reports

The family has hired attorney Wendy Murphy, who believes the problem stems from the sentence imposed in the criminal case, reports She said making the man submit to a family court order opened the door to the visitation request.

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