Archive for March, 2013

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!

Smarter than the av-er-age boors?

Smarter than your av-er-age boors?


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.

Some temporary replacements may be better, but some are definitely worse – like a professional politician who was a shill for Pfizer.

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.


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?


This article was so lame it just screams to be made fun of.  It was so bad that it doesn’t even warrant a bad journalism award.  Unfortunately the piece seems to be getting taken seriously and pissing people off.  Is Robert Huber actually serious?  Where did he come from?  Geez, even the Amish in Reading Terminal Market treat their Black customers just like…well, CUSTOMERS.  And you couldn’t have more disparate existences than that of North Philly and a farm in Lancaster county…


That miserable blighter Anthony Byrne is in the news yet again.  He’s the publisher of the well-established “Irish Edition,” so that likely gives him strong local connections.  Though if he is connected, his political donations are well hidden.  The house he owns has been an eyesore for years.  But it’s really city hall that’s the ultimate bad guy here, because there is no enforcement of laws reining in slumlords and tax deadbeats.

The recently published book, “Irish Philadelphia,” (which has a foreward written by the (dis) Honorable Seamus McCaffery) has an entry waxing eloquent about Mr. Byrne.  If only our judiciary were so accommodating to neighbors whose lives are adversely affected by scofflaws  like Tony Byrne.