I took the week off from blogging because this is a slow time of year for politics and I was busy getting ready to host our sometimes annual Thanksgiving feast with the family. I bragged that I got thru the prep and Turkey Day itself without any knife wounds only to slice the middle finger of my left hand yesterday getting the leftovers ready. I haven't figured out how to blame this on the dog yet.
I'm not sure who the bigger idiots are when it comes to this early Black Friday shopping frenzy. The stores that open on Thanksgiving or the people who go out shopping in them. RTG has an account of the loss leader tactics of the Peoples Republic of China North American Retail Division (Walmart).
A Philadelphia area blogger started a site to trash Philly restaurants called Staph Meal then branched out into creating Facebook pages that advocated the murder of Mitt Romney, DA Seth Williams and others.
His lawyer says it's satire: "The charges, in my opinion, violate the First Amendment," Long said.
"This is free speech. It is parody and satire, all of which is protected
under the First Amendment, which also protects offensive speech and
vulgar speech. There were no serious threats that were ever
communicated, no serious requests for any harm. In the context of all
the comments that Mr. Albert made, none show an intent for any harm to
And we have some local geniuses.
TT: Officers soon had Johnson - who appeared intoxicated - in custody at the
intersection of William Street and Rockwell Avenue. Schwartz identified
him as the man he saw raiding his refrigerator and walking out of his
A search of the bags Johnson, of Scranton, had on him offered a glimpse
of his menu at the William Street home: a bushel of clams, some crab
legs, shrimp - most of which was already eaten - and an opened box of
Reese's Klondike bars.
He had thrown the bottle of coconut rum on the front lawn of the
Williams Street residence but the bottle of Three Olives vanilla vodka
was in another bag Johnson had on him, according to the complaint.
The food, alcohol and pack of Camel cigarettes in Johnson's pocket accounted for all of the items missing from Schwartz's home.
Pizza and piss
According to Plains Township police:
Police were dispatched around 8:08 p.m. to Mack and South River streets
for a report of a vehicle that struck a stop sign and several concrete
parking blocks. Upon arrival, police found an unoccupied Chevrolet
Metro, partially blocking Mack Street. Police noticed about 100 feet of
skid marks before the impact. An eyewitness told police the driver fled
the car and started walking south on River Street, with a box of pizza.
Police soon located Hall in a yard up the street, eating the pizza.
Police said Hall appeared intoxicated and later flunked several
field-sobriety tests. After resisting arrest, police say Hall was placed
into custody and transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
for blood-alcohol testing. Hall refused testing, police said. Back at
the police station, Hall continued to be "combative," police said. At
one point, he urinated on himself and then on the floor of a holding
cell, police said. Authorities then took Hall to jail for the night.
Thanks to unindicted co-conspirator Michelle for help with this post.
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