DAILY GRINDER: Tea Party Urges Chick-fil-A ‘Appreciation Day’
Today is ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,’ which means wingnuts the country over will be hate-eating at the fried chicken joint, to prove their support of the corporation’s anti-gay president. See, when Dan Cathy, the corporation’s president, made an anti-gay remark, it triggered some outrage amongst the libs. And then, that outrage triggered right wingers to be all, “But we LOVE when people say mean things and back it up with the Bible!” And suddenly, Chick-fil-A, like George Zimmerman and Ted Nugent before it, has been cemented as a right wing folk hero. Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was brought to you by former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. The Independence Hall Tea Party—they’re local—says they hope members of their group show appreciation for the company today and throughout August, by eating greasy white meat for a cause.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania has joined in the Chick-fil-A appreciation stuff, and notes in their most recent email that they’ve been targeted by Philadelphia Weekly for taking a stand against homosexuals (just like Jesus would have done?). “The AFA of PA along with former Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Huckabee were targeted in the Philadelphia Weekly because we are taking a stand in support of Chick-fil-A and encouraging others to do so. (WARNING: article contains vulgarities).”
A new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama hitting the magic 50 percent number in Pennsylvania (and Ohio, and Florida) among likely voters. He tops Romney 53 percent to 42 percent here. And this is in spite of Romney’s perfect, not embarrassing at all trip to Europe and Israel over the past week. Although the pollsters note Obama had more been lifted by his plan to raise taxes on higher-income voters.
Philly officials are still working on that safety campaign for pedestrians who text while they walk. Among the revelations in this AP article regarding the phenomenon: Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler wants to call people who text while they walk “nitwits,” and the texting lane April Fool’s Day Joke, some people didn’t think it was a joke.
There’s been another water main break. This time at Front and Tioga.
Republicans have taken to mocking Bob Casey for living in his father’s shadow, again. Rep. Scott Boyd of Lancaster County told a Republican rally, “The nut fell far from the tree on this one,” and Casey Senatorial challenger Tom Smith noted that Casey “wound up on third base”—due to his name—“and actually thinks he hit a triple.” Casey didn’t bite, but Pennsylvania Democratic spokesman mocked Smith for being a Tea Partier.
A Daily News reporter was held up at gunpoint yesterday afternoon. He had no cash and the would-be robber went on to rob someone else in West Philly. Police say the gun-wielding youngster walked away from all his incidents without money.
The third police district is making people aware that they will be cracking down on “unsafe bicyclists” in South Philadelphia, issuing warnings throughout the summer, then citations after Labor Day. Among those unsafe transportation modes: ignoring stop signs/red lights, going the wrong way on a one way street, failing to yield for pedestrians, riding on the sidewalk and riding under the influence. Why stop in South Philadelphia?
Beginning today, the Pennsylvania General Assistance fund is no more. That means some Pennsylvanians with disabilities, addictions and other hardships will no longer receive the $200 a month they were getting. The state notes it’s going to save them $150 million a year, and that’s something.