DAILY GRINDER: Gov. Corbett Decries Liquor ‘Privatization’ Plan

You think it, Tom Corbett says it! (OK, his press secretary does. This time. Sort of.) “The governor wants to privatize the LCB,” he said yesterday, as reports of House Bill 11’s new “privatization-lite” language swept the Commonwealth. According to the amended PLCB privatization bill in the House, the LCB would keep its state stores, though allow beer distributors to sell wine if they bought a really, really expensive permit. Wine wholesalers could sell directly to the consumer for an even more expensive permit. However, only state stores would sell liquor. And if there’s one thing Tom Corbett probably hates, it’s buying his Jim Beam from  a bureaucrat.

Occupy Philly protester Gregory Harris, 29, had charges of aggravated assault, riot, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest against him dismissed yesterday. He was arrested on November 30 shortly after 4 a.m., when 51 other Occupiers were taken in. Though he was the only who received such stiff penalties.

Councilman and soon City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill yesterday that would allow advertising on city property, and god damn if we don’t want to see those McDonald’s arches atop City Hall! The Geico gecko pasted across the Municipal Services Building! Billboards for “The Biggest Loser” covering the windows of public housing projects! Geico gecko posters in Police Headquarters elevators! Life-size Geico gecko robots, simply roaming the streets, all day! King Clarke, this could be the beginning of something grand!

Part of the new city zoning code will require 10 percent of homes in “new subdivisions” to have one entrance with no step, a half bathroom on the first floor and be wide enough for wheelchairs. In other words, Philly wants you, Olds.

Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills…Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body.” – Jerry Sandusky defense attorney Karl Rominger.

Headless goats, chickens and ducks were found along the road in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday afternoon. Officials believe it was part of a religious sacrifice, but please clean up. True story: Animal sacrifice is legal but the dumping of the animals is illegal. And religious or not, who decapitates ducks? I mean for reals.

Atheist writer and purveyor of general awesomeness Christopher Hitchens died last night.

The Obama Administration is trying to conduct a 5-state $19 billion foreclosure settlement with the five largest national banks accused of improperly handling thousands of home mortgages. Many Pennsylvanians, including members of the AFL-CIO, Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Action United are saying, in so many words, “fuck that.”

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