DAILY GRINDER: Will Ret. Philly Police Captain’s Occupy Arrest Influence Law Enforcement?
Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis was arrested at Occupy Wall Street last week and then went on MSNBC’s weekend liberal nerd show “Up with Chris Hayes” to talk about it. He went so far to say, “Corporate America is using our police departments as hired thugs.” Earnes A. Canning at Brad Blog thinks Lewis’ point has the potential to “spread throughout the rank and file of the security apparatus even as the clueless and increasingly desperate power elites seek to effectuate a coordinated crackdown on Occupy Wall Street encampments.”
Occupy Philly respected the city’s request last night to move all tents 25 feet away from City Hall so repairs could be made on windows—though, according to a Facebook post, OP says they “hope the city isn’t using this as a pretext to surround us with police.” Do police really need to surround the protesters in order to kick them out? Probably not! No permit’s been issued for a move, yet.
Two runners at yesterday’s Philadelphia marathon collapsed and died of apparent heart attacks near the finish line. One of several reasons I gave up running years ago.
The scandal-prone communications director for Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller says the Philadelphia Board of Ethics “violated a subpoena” when it raided his City Hall office in May. Not that he’s saying he was in the right here, but the subpoena only called for the raid of rooms 312 and 318, while the damning found-information—showing city computers being used for an endorsement—were in room 317A. So there!
Is there trouble brewing in South Philly, where Electricians’ union leader John Dougherty supported Darrell Clarke for Council president over South Philly guy Jim Kenney? Probably not, but maybe! It at least sounds plausible?
High-speed rail, though killed in Congress by happy do-nothings named Joe Lieberman and Eric Cantor, might still be alive in Pennsylvania. That is, since Philadelphia is part of the Amtrak line, it’s still open for funding. But on the other hand, that’s not exactly a good thing, especially since the original high-speed rail plan sounded like it kicked ass and just relying on funds that would be there anyway, doesn’t.
The Second Mile charity says they are not shutting down. We hear they’ve got great ratings on Angie’s List.
Want to hear an argument against adding onto Sugar House? Here’s from our friends at Get Government Our of Gambling: “SugarHouse, a dump of a casino located in sketchy part of the city, plans to add…a seven-story parking garage [which will] make it easier for gamblers to leave their kids in the car. (At least there will be some shade.)” Oh, and, “The casino has failed to attract any tourists and instead preys mainly on the poor, Asians, and the elderly in a city with a poverty rate of 25 percent.” Is ShugHo’s Fishtown spot really that “sketchy”?