DAILY GRINDER: Woman Punched in Face by Philly Cop ‘Very Angry’
Aida Guzman of Chester was the woman punched by Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan Josey. She was interviewed by Fox News about the ordeal. And though she speaks little English, she was quoted saying, “I’m angry, very angry.” Her daughter was quoted saying she’s “mad at the police of Philadelphia.” She’s not sure if she’ll press charges, but says she wants the officer held responsible. The viral video of Guzman getting punched in the face has led to mass outrage across the Internet and city.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he’s “deeply troubled” by what he saw in the video. “From what I saw, it’s difficult to justify the actions that took place,” he said at a news conference last night.
Here’s our primer on how much force police officers are allowed to use.
And here is a petition you may have heard about, the point of which is to stop Council Bill No. 120755, introduced by Kenyatta Johnson, which would buy land people are ready to build on in Point Breeze, to stop some development in that section of the city. Yep, as stupid as it sounds.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Western Pennsylvania has gone completely insane over … *spins wheel* … the voter ID issue. He related voter ID back to rugged individualism at a news conference on yesterday’s ruling, and said the law’s stay is “skewed in favor of the lazy.” Specifically, the ruling is “out of bounds with the rule of law, constitutional checks and balances for the individual branches of state government, and most importantly, the will of the people.” And then he attacked Corbett for allowing it to happen. Corbett and Simpson are choosing to “openly enable and fully embrace the ever-increasing entitlement mentality of those individuals who have no problem living off the fruits of their neighbors’ labor.” Which issues don’t come back to welfare queens with this guy?
Metcalfe has used similar “lazy” rhetoric before to describe people who could not obtain voter ID. He recently doubled-down on Mitt Romney’s ‘47 percent’ statements and suggested “the lazy” (this is a demographic, apparently) shouldn’t vote.
Speaking of which: the last day to register to vote is October 9th, which is quickly approaching.
The Pennsylvania House has OK’d specific standards to kill your dog—and now I write this misty-eyed! The bill, passed 189-6, bans the use of carbon monoxide to put down a pet in Pennsylvania and that animal shelters only use drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for euthanasia.
The first presidential debate is tonight! And former Governor Ed Rendell recently referred to presidential candidate Mitt Romney as “the height of wussiness.”
On the eve of the debate, right-wing media promised a BOMBSHELL Obama video that was sure to sink his career. The video—which had been on YouTube for the past six years—was such a dud, I actually wished it had been a career-ending clip, you know, just for some drama! It can be summed up as: “Here is a speech Obama once gave many moons ago; if you take individual pieces of it, it might seem like Obama likes black people better than white people, but not if you watch the whole thing. If that isn’t good enough remember this: the president is black, and that is scary.”
Nate Silver at the New York Times has figured Obama has a 97.7 percent chance of winning Pennsylvania this year—but that could change! As Jon Geeting notes this morning of the calculation, “You still need to volunteer. Reading blogs is not activism. You all have to make calls and knock doors on Election Day.”
Senator Bob Casey is now winning the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race by less than 20 points, which means he is “in trouble” for sure. This is nothing to panic about, yet, but here are the facts as we see them: Tom Smith is all over the TV, people are starting to know who he is, and they’re likely realizing they have no idea who Bob Casey is or what he’s done. Neither do we.