“Our Senate is OK with Fascism” and 20 other Quotes to Think About Over Your Holiday Break

It’s been a long December, as a wise, dread-locked man once said. And we’ve been reporting/blogging/commenting on it as much as humanly possible. In light of that (and it being the Friday before Christmas and all) we’ve decided to give you some of those December-time quotes coming out of Philly and Pennsylvania politics, gossip and whatever else this blog has been covering for the past however long it’s been since whenever. Enjoy!

“I think he’s a good Senator. I think Senator Casey could sleep and win this election, he’s so good.” – Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, addressing rumors that he’d run against Senator Bob Casey in the 2012 Senate primary.

schmidt“The people of Pennsylvania will be well served by having Steve Welch as their U.S. Senator. Steve will bring real solutions to getting this economy back on track. He will bring an understanding of what it takes to create jobs, which is desperately needed in today’s economy.” – Republican City Commissioner-elect Al Schmidt on endorsing Steve Welch for Senate.

“The School District realizes that it is never a good time to lay off employees, and that is especially true during the holidays. These reductions are very difficult but unavoidable.” – Philadelphia Schools Spokesperson Fernando Gallard on the more than 140 layoffs coming to Philly school personnel.

“I have nothing against gay people.” – Former Pennsylvania Senator and Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, while on Fox News.

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born in to slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.” – Part of a 100-page document written by the FAMiLY LEADER, an Iowa Christian group, the leader of which endorsed Santorum this week.

“Even poor people who have to go to a welfare office, they deserve respect.” – SEIU Local 668 union organizer Ray Martinez, outside a packed welfare office at Broad and Lehigh

“I received a promise that these conditions would change and they haven’t changed. They’ve gotten worse. This is a health and safety issue.” – Former Philadelphia Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala, inside that same welfare office.

“Pass House Bill 1264; allowing experts to testify in sex assault cases in the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is the only state in the U.S. that does not allow experts to testify in sex abuse cases. House Bill 1264 would allow experts to address questions about victim behavior in sex assault cases, including why a person abused in childhood might wait for decades to report the assaults.” – [You] The text of a petition letter created on Change.org by a PW reader who can’t get over the fact that PSU alleged child torturer Jerry Sandusky will have an easier time in trial because of Pennsylvania’s weird laws.

“I’m at my condo at Shipwatch in Largo, hanging out with the fishes I might opt to sleep with if this sees the light of day.” – Former Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Bill Conlin, in an email to Deadspin writer A.J. Daulerio, on the huge Inky story which alleged Conlin sexually molested children.

arlen-specter“Collegiality can obviously not be maintained when negotiating with someone simultaneously out to defeat you, especially within your own party…eating or defeating your own is a form of sophisticated cannibalism.” – Former Senator Arlen Specter in his Senate farewell speech earlier this year. His new book is called “Life Among the Cannibals.”

“By serving as a resource for Members of the General Assembly, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus will work toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.” – Text of a statement agreed upon by the majority of the newly created LGBT Equality Caucus in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

“Blackwell then whispered something to [nonparty] Sandy Hayes, who proceeded to tell plaintiff, ‘If you don’t put the shirt on, this is going to be your job.’” – Claimed by former Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell assistant Tyeisha Boulware who is suing City Council and the city for her firing allegedly over her religious beliefs.

“She saved me money.” – Former Republican Mayoral candidate Karen Brown on her experience from being on Judge Judy.

“U vote FOR NDAA ? #SHAME @sentoomey PENNSYLVANIA – Pat Toomey @senbobcasey PENNSYLVANIA – Bob Casey, Jr” – A Twitter User, Twitterbombing Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey for their votes in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, which, many believe, allows the government to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens. (Turns out, they’ve been able to do that for the past decade.)

occupy-6Any suggestion that this bill would detain American citizens affiliated with Occupy or Tea Party groups “so far beyond what this legislation authorizes.” – Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey on the NDAA.

“[The NDAA] was passed 93-7 in the Senate and…that basically says our Senate is OK with fascism.” – Occupy Philly member, while performing street theater.

“I have been occupying Dilworth plaza since day 1 and it’s been my keen observation that reporters they interview random people and they don’t really get the story right because they don’t have relationships with the people that are involved they don’t know who the quote unquote leaders are of this movement.” — Vanessa Maria Graber on the media doing a terrible, terrible job reporting on Occupy Philly’s general presence and eviction from Dilworth.

“What we’re seeing here again is the government picking wine winners and liquor losers all to the detriment of the taxpayers…I would say the other thing that this measure fails to do is address this dangerous conflict of interest of selling the ailment and the cure all at the same time. We believe very strongly that its time the government stops creating more problems.” — Commonwealth Foundation director of public affairs Jay Ostrich on the watered down ‘Liquor Privatization Bill’ which passed through committee this month.

“We feel very strong, and still do, that when we entered the initial discussion about doing a campaign like this it was important to bring the most difficult conversations about over-consumption of alcohol to the forefront and all of the dangers associated with it—date rape being one of these things.” – PLCB spokesperson Stacey Witalec on the Control Board’s controversial ‘date rape’ ad.

“Everything I saw that day, I would love to have had any of those officers working for me…What I saw, it was exemplary, professional conduct.” – Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis on getting arrested at Occupy Wall Street

“Oh God. She’s entitled to her opinion. Let’s just leave it at that.” – Pennsylvania State Rep. RoseMarie Swanger, on a Council for American-Islamic Relations lawyer’s accusations that Swanger’s American Law for American Courts bill targets Pennsylvania’s Muslim population.

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