DAILY GRINDER: Anti-“Sexting” Legislation Passes PA Legislature
Last week, the state House voted 188-3 to approve a bill the Senate had already OK’d that’d ban “sexting” by the young. Which means (pending Gov. Corbett’s signature), if you’re between the ages of 13 and 17 and you send naked pictures of yourself to a friend via text message, you could be “subject to anything from a summary offense, which involves only a fine, to a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries a potential penalty of two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000,” according to PA Independent, although: “The bill prohibits judges from sentencing teens to prison if they are caught ‘sexting.’” (The age of consent to perform sexual acts in Pennsylvania is 16.) The bill also allows the state to confiscate any phone used for sexting by what is considered a minor, according to the bill’s standards.
On Friday, we reported that the ACLU is asking Commonwealth Court judge Robert E. Simpson to ask the state to take down all Voter ID advertising. Here’s an ad on North 5th Street some might find misleading:
And here’s a banner ad that appears on the Pittsburgh Tribune’s website:
There’s a presidential debate tonight between Obama and Romney—hooray, maybe. But you know who isn’t debating, at all, this entire campaign season? Any of the U.S. congresspeople from Philadelphia. Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz—all being challenged, none are scheduling an hour to speak directly with their opponent in front of people.
The Romney campaign is now saying it is planning to build on its 60+ staffers currently in Pennsylvania.
And meanwhile, Workout Bro Monger and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in Western Pennsylvania this weekend. He told the audience: “We are going to win Pennsylvania, and we are going to win this election.”
The Pennsylvania jobless rate has gone up to 8.2 percent as the national rate has fallen. Pennsylvania has been below the national rate over the last couple years—and for this, Democrats are blaming the governor. Republicans are blaming the president. Is this getting old yet?
Leave it to former Governor Ed Rendell to madden a fellow Democrat’s campaign. “Casey? He hasn’t run a campaign,” Rendell recently noted to the Scranton Times-Tribune. “He’s run one ad, a stupid tea party ad. The tea-party ad isn’t bad, but that’s all they’ve run. They’ve run a non-campaign up until now, and Smith has put a lot of money into the campaign.” Casey’s people have already fired back at Rendell, and Republicans are laughing and laughing and laughing. Casey’s media consultant, Saul Shorr, told the Inky Casey’s been on the air in western Pennsylvania, which Rendell likely wasn’t aware of: “But I guess that’s why the people who live out there thought when he left office that he was governor of Philadelphia.” The relationship between Rendell and Casey has never seemed too healthy.
Sandusky’s “Victim #1” has come out, spoken to ABC News and resulted in a TV reporter getting into some “Get back here tough guy!” hero journalism.
Lastly, know this: As a reporter in a city called Philadelphia, one of the things I do is get Google e-mail alerts any time the word “Philadelphia” shows up in Google news. It rarely sends me anything worthwhile—but yesterday was an exception. I got a letter to the editor of the Times Reporter, which covers Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio in my email. And they print some awesome stuff. Like in this letter, the headline of which is “Presidents Follow Hitler’s Example,” where reader Fred Bory notes, “Wake up Dorothy and Toto. You’re no longer in Kansas or the Land of Oz or the land of the free. Learn what your presidents have done. Carter gave away the Panama Canal which is now Chinese controlled. G.H.W. Bush, whose father financed Hitler, stated “It’s a new idea, ‘The New World Order.’ ” It’s not a new idea, Hitler said it first. It’s code for world government.” He continues: Under Obama, General Electric went to China to help them make their fighter planes more maneuverable. Obama signed the S.S.P. agreement with Harper of Canada, allowing foreign troops to be used against Americans. History repeats itself. Nazi land all over again. Study Nazi Germany from 1936 to 1940, you’re living it.”