In a queer bit of totalitarianism, a Cuban sex educator has been barred from travelling outside a 25 mile perimeter of New York City. Scholar, writer, educator, and gay rights activist, Mariela Castro will not be able to visit Philly to accept an award at Equality Forum. Isn’t it nice that America believes in freedom! And comforting that it also believes in curtailing the activities of crazy communists who are a threat just off our shores! Yes, the current Cuban regime is no saint and arbitrarily arrests and imprisons people, but that’s what dictatorships do and something the US would NEVER do! We do not detain or imprison foreign nationals unless they are fairly tried and convicted of a crime…right?
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Tags: pennsylvania state dep parks dcnr norbeck krancer corbett logging mining administration resignations
If an official is fired because he’s opposed to timbering in state parks and almost nobody hears about it, should we care? With the exodus of a number of high-ranking officials from the Corbett administration (like rats from a sinking ship) why worry about a single firing?
Well, maybe because this particular state employee seemed to do his job extremely well in the face of industry pressure. John Norbeck increased park attendance as well as the accompanying revenue, and even his performance reviews were top notch. The one thing he didn’t do was knuckle under to the logging and mining interests in the state – some of whom are big Corbett contributors.
Michael Krancer, on the other hand, has been praised by those mining interests. Though it’s not clear whether these two men ever tangled, you wonder if firing a highly respected public servant who worked diligently to protect our environment, might be even a little dismaying to the head of the DEP…?
Krancer has served Corbett well, but he appears to be a smart guy – not the type to actually deny the reality of climate change. One wonders if he just got tired of defending such an anti-environmental administration as the leader of the state’s Department of ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION?
Krancer may not be a great loss for Corbett, as he has attracted controversy, and the fewer guys like Norbeck you have, the less you have to worry about annoying things like scientific evidence…So it looks like the administration is lean and mean and in tip top shape for reelection!
Tags: pennsylvania health environment public welfare corbett cabinet resignations alexander avila krancer resign donors gas
If you had an inkling that Governor Corbett cares little for the health of the Keystone State, you could find plenty of evidence to support that view. He’s lost three cabinet members within a few months. They are the Commonwealth’s secretary of health, the public welfare secretary, and now the head of the DEP. To have so many public health-related resignations in the middle of a term makes you wonder if anyone’s in charge in that arena. Granted, the ex-officials weren’t exactly Mother Teresas…Health’s Eli Avila left with egg on his face;
public welfare’s Gary Alexander was a little Scrooge-like with public assistance;
and DEP’s Krancer had his own questionable environmental issues.
So a drug marketer is in charge of our health and a drug enforcer is in charge of our environment. At least there are no scientists messing up the good “energy” between the governor and his contributors.
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Why can’t most politicians act like normal grown-ups? Didn’t their mothers ever tell them to just ignore the person calling them names?
Tags: michael krancer climate change pennsylvania department environmental protection padep global warming
Isn’t it great that our own state chief of environmental protection leans toward the camp of climate deniers…Then again, maybe he was just being overly grammatically correct. Though, one would hope that the head of the state DEP would be just as concerned with science as he appears to be with parsing “compound” sentences. It’s actually a little surprising that there are some PA legislators who DO appear to care about the environment and seem to understand the science behind the issues.
We’re not denying that plenty of pseudoscience was given much credence in times past, and there are some other crazy theories that a lot of people believe in, too…
Tags: yuengling sue taxes philadelphia teamsters local 830 boycott
Are we supposed to believe the city just now found Yuengling’s bill in a pile on somebody’s desk? The timing of this is curious, nobody downtown is saying much, and trying to determine what’s really going on is complicated…
Local 830 of the Teamsters Union was the bargaining unit at the brewery, but they were decertified back in 2006. (It should be noted that this is the same Philly-based union that fiercely opposed Mayor Nutter’s “destructive” soda tax back in 2011.) There are claims that Dick Yuengling threatened to shut down the Pottsville plant and ship the jobs elsewhere if the workforce didn’t dump the union. However, there are some who think this is simply not true. But just last fall there were reports that Dick was in fact considering a move. Plenty of PA folks don’t want to lose this iconic brand so cutting the owner a business break might be something state legislators would do. Is Yuengling strong-arming the state for some public money?
Meanwhile, the Teamsters are not happy with Yuengling. The local’s PAC has supported Larry Farnese, Patrick Murphy and Mike O’Brien, so they probably have broad political support in this union town. Has pressure been exerted on city hall to support the Teamsters? Is it possible Yuengling really is fleeing the state, so we’re gonna give them a kick in the ass before they go? Is this Philly’s way of saying f**k you, we don’t need your crappy beer (and with Yards, Dock Street, and Flying Fish we’re probably right)?
This being Philly and union business, I suspect there’s more to come and it ain’t gonna be pretty…
From Dipsomania to Academia: Corbett Offers $1 Billion Windfall to Schools from Sale of State StoresPosted: January 31, 2013 in Bidness, Eating/Drinking, Politricks
Tags: pennsylvania liquor control board corbett education state store alcohol new jersey delaware chris christie wendell young
It’s curious that this news coincides with the Constitution Center’s exhibit on Prohibition…
Our cosmopolitan governor is once again trying to sell off the state’s liquor stores (maybe after he went to France he adopted a more laissez faire attitude toward demon rum). This attempt at privatization has been unsuccessfully proposed many times…
Our laws were crafted back in Prohibition days so it’s way past time to modernize them. Why has it taken so long? Well, for starters there are going to be plenty of well-connected losers if the old system is dismantled: beer distributors, some douchebags on the PLCB, and possibly the store owners just over the borders of Delaware and NJ. But us consumers might just be a little better off in local stores where the employees know SOMETHING about the products they sell.
Tags: philadelphia zoning city council brian o'neill urban agriculture garden
Thank god someone in city hall is finally reigning in the riduculous misuse of valuable real estate in this city. Some of these are large plots of land that are used by crazy hippie types to GROW FOOD! Helllooo…um, food comes from the grocery store. And grocery stores EMPLOY PEOPLE and PAY TAXES. Land is for development, not so some dilletantes can pretend they’re under the Tuscan sun…
Luckily, Brian O’Neill is taking us back to the good old days of Philly zoning, when you could have a nice hat factory or a smelter in your neighborhood. Not some useless plot of cabbages taking up valuable commercial space. He’s not going to let 2 years of zoning reform stop him from keeping the Far Northeast just the way it was since the mid-century. His new bill sends the clear message that we liked our zoning just fine, thank yous very much. Brian’s been on council longer than anyone, so he’s probably more nostalgic for Philly’s political salad days when cronyism outweighed crop-raising.
What even is a community garden anyway???