Philadelphia hosted a job fair for ex-cons on Friday, and the fair was soon canceled after 3,000 convicts showed up.
I don’t know what’s worse; the fact that the city held a job fair for thugs (and not law-abiding citizens) or that we have 3,000 ex-cons roaming our streets.
The City of Philadelphia shut down a career fair for ex-offenders today after an unexpected crowd of thousands showed up, résumés in hand. There were lots of disappointed job seekers and potential employers this morning.
The city was expecting about 1,000 people to show up, but about three times that number were standing in a line that wrapped around the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall. And when someone jumped the line, order collapsed.
Everett Gillison, the deputy mayor for public safety, says the space designated for the event could not handle the crowd, so they closed it down shortly after it began.
“People want jobs,” said one man. “In the city right now, with jobs it’s just ridiculous trying to find one. It’s almost impossible.” (H/T – Jim)
Whose fault is that, slapnuts? I’m sure this fine, upstanding citizen doesn’t blame the Democrats, who have enjoyed 70+ years of uninterrupted rule. I know, it’s Boooooooooosh’s fault!
Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays…
A former “top cop,” who had the honor of sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama during a televised presidential speech four years ago, is facing rape allegations. Richard DeCoatsworth left a party with two women on Thursday, according to authorities.
The women called authorities and said once they arrived at a second, undisclosed location, the retired officer pulled a gun on them, the Philadelphia Police Department.
He allegedly forced them “to engage in the use of narcotics and to engage in sexual acts,” the statement said. He was charged with rape on Saturday.
A cop in prison; I can think of better ways to live out your golden years.
A Sometimes the system works. A Philadelphia jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty on three counts of first degree murder.
Planned Parenthood hardest hit.
A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over abortion.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. He was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a soft whimper before he snipped its neck.
Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal late-term abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants “snipped” the newborns’ spines, as he referred to it.
Gosnell faces the death penalty in each case. If there was any justice, he would have his spine snipped.
Philadelphia, a city that boasted 337 homicides last year and is set to close 23 schools this year, has approved a bill that will force taxpayers foot the bill for the transgender surgery of its city workers. Priorities.
IN A MOVE that the LGBT community called “historic,” City Council approved a bill yesterday that would require the city’s health plan to pay for transgender city workers to complete “gender-confirmation surgery.” The bill also would require newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral bathrooms.
“We’re continuing on the American road to full equality and civil rights for all of our citizens,” said Councilman Jim Kenney, who sponsored the bill at the request of the LGBT community. The bill passed 14-3, with nay votes from Councilmen Bill Green, David Oh and Brian O’Neill.
The bill would establish transgender health benefits for city workers to cover psychotherapy, hormone treatments, laser-hair removal and gender-confirmation surgery, which costs about $50,000 per procedure.
Jim “I’ll Have Another Drink” Kenney is a liberal’s liberal: the type of politician who thinks Barack Obama simply isn’t radical enough. If he thinks the city can afford to pay for this nonsense, Kenney is about five cans short of a six-pack.
The truth of the matter is that Kenney knows the city cannot possibly pay for this bill, but he championed it anyway… for the children.
Everything you need to know about this town and its downward spiral is illustrated in this surveillance photo.
A 10-year-old boy seen waving a gun in surveillance video has turned himself in and police have determined the weapon was a toy. Reports on 6ABC and NBC Philadelphia say the boy surrendered to authorities Thursday evening. He was questioned by Philadelphia police and released to his family.
Earlier Thursday, police released surveillance footage that shows the child brandishing what appeared to be a handgun in the Tioga neighborhood.
The video shows the boy pulling a gun from his waistband and pointing it at a girl near 16th and Ontario streets on Monday evening. The girl holds up her hands, as though she is being robbed, and walks away, seemingly unharmed.
Eh, I don’t know. Most toy guns nowadays are brightly colored, or at least have an orange tip at the end of the slide. Maybe it’s the cynic in me, but how easy would it be for the parents to bring a toy gun to the division and claim it was the gun seen on the video?
Welcome to the Philadelphia Police Department, where we hire only the best and the brightest. Or something.
The Philadelphia Police Department is missing one of its Vietnam-era M16 automatic
assault rifles, and the weapon may have been stolen from its secure location, according to Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
“The biggest fear is it was stolen by one of our own members,” Ramsey said Monday during a news conference at Police Headquarters. “It is a federal offense.”
Thanks for the pep talk, coach. Glad to see we’re the prime suspects…
Two Philadelphia police officers are being investigated after they were accused in an extortion plot.
The Internal Affairs Division stopped one of the officers, and recovered $5,000 in marked bills from him. D’oh!
AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS investigation into extortion allegations has led Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey to strip two cops of their police powers. One of the officers, identified by law-enforcement sources as Jonathan Lazarde, allegedly tried to shake down a man whom he had recently arrested on a gun charge.
The arrangement was simple: If the man paid off Lazarde, the six-year veteran of the force allegedly said he wouldn’t show up for court, meaning the charges would eventually be dropped. The Police Department acknowledged that Internal Affairs received a tip about the alleged extortion ploy on April 3.
The sources said Lazarde met with the man he had arrested, and pocketed as much as $5,000 – in marked bills. Internal Affairs investigators swooped in within moments and took Lazarde into custody.
I am always amazed when officers are accused of extortion or otherwise stealing money. You can make a lot of money on this job if you simply apply yourself. A lot of court time is paid in OT, so if you make arrests, you’ll make the cashola.
Maybe it’s just me, but $5,000 is not nearly enough to sacrifice your career.
Like many people in Philly, I have been following the murder trial of abortion “doctor” Kermit Gosnell. I wish I could say the same thing about the national media. For the most part – with the exception of the AP – they have effectively ignored the story.
The photo on the right was taken inside the Criminal Justice Center (CJC). It shows reserved media seating inside Gosnell’s courtroom during the trial. The benches are empty.
The picture above, for what it’s worth, is of the reserved media seats at the Gosnell trial. It was taken by JD Mullane, a news writer and columnist for the Bucks County Courier Times, The Intel and the Burlington County (NJ) Times. He says:
“Sat through a full day of testimony at the Kermitt Gosnell trial today. It is beyond the most morbid Hollywood horror. It will change you.”
I was surprised by the picture and asked “really?” He responded. “Local press was there, Inky, PhillyMag, NBC10 blogger. Court staff told me nobody else has shown up.”
The local media is doing a decent job covering this horrific story, but they don’t have the same agenda as their national counterparts. Reporting a tale about babies born alive, having their spines snipped with scissors, then discarded like garbage reflects poorly upon the pro-choice crowd, Planned Parenthood, and the “president;” a man who argued for partial-birth abortions.
In the midst of an economic collapse, public school closings, and rampant shootings, it’s nice to know my city has its priorities in order. Top on the list? Playing a 41-year old video game on the side of a building.
Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of “Pong” – on the side of a skyscraper. The classic Atari video game will be re-created later this month on the facade of the 29-story Cira Centre, where hundreds of embedded LED lights will replicate the familiar paddles and ball.
Organizers expect hundreds of onlookers as gaming enthusiasts use giant, table-mounted joysticks to play from afar. The players will be standing on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a site that offers an unobstructed view of the office building from across the Schuylkill River.
Considering Philadelphia’s crime rate, they should be playing Grand Theft Auto instead.
Prayers being offered for Captain Michael Goodwin, a 29-year veteran of the PFD.
A fire burned a fabric shop, upstairs apartments and a neighboring boutique Saturday evening, causing a partial roof collapse that killed a firefighter and injured a colleague who was trying to rescue him, officials said.
Captain Michael Goodwin, 53, was killed in the line of duty. Goodwin was a 29-year veteran of the fire department. The second firefighter was hospitalized with burns. Officials say he was injured while trying to rescue Captain Goodwin. Captain Goodwin belonged to Ladder 27. His comrades saluted as his body was carried out and taken to the hospital.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. at Jack B. Fabrics in South Philadelphia’s Fabric Row section and spread to Urban Princess, a store next door.
Expect Mayor Nutter to speak about how much he cares about the PFD while he continues to appeal their contract award. (They have been working without a contract since 2009.)
The LODD comes almost a year to the day that Lt. Robert Neary and FF Daniel Sweeney were killed in a fire in the city’s Kensington section.