Here’s Bellevue. It’s a little borough northwest of Pittsburgh. It’s one of those nice Western Pennsylvania towns where Grandma lives. It is also apparently a town where the Borough Council has lost their freaking minds. The Council voted to ban barbecue grills within five feet of homes, any combustible material, or property lines. Got a wooden deck? Then you’ll either have to move your grill or teach it how to levitate. Otherwise you’re a criminal.
It kills me to see jackassery like this on the part of elected officials, but I do have some hope when I see people like Mayor Doscher and Councilwoman Coder standing up for liberty. I’m always an optimist–maybe the people of Bellevue will figure out that they need to pay attention to whom they elect to run their town and maybe the voters of the 16th District will see fit to promote Kathy Coder to the State Legislature.
It’s been a while since something in Pennsylvania has been screwed up enough to get front-paged by Drudge. As of today my wait is over. Apparently AFSCME employees in the Sharpsville School District went to the mat for the right to eat expired food.
The grievance was based on the allegation that the school district “violated established past practice” in charging cafeteria workers for food or drinks that couldn’t be sold or consumed by students. These items would include food or drinks with expired dates or foods that had been reheated, none of which can be served to students according to safe food regulations.
But according to the settlement, cafeteria employees indeed can eat and drink those expired or reheated items – at their own risk. And they don’t have to pay for them.
The items cannot be sold or given to any other party, the agreement says.
People. United. Will never be defeated. People. United. Will eat rotten meat.
In addition to Justice Alito’s eloquent dissent in the Snyder v. Phelps case (PDF – Alito dissent pg. 23), I’d like to point out that aside from issues surrounding Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, the Westboro “Baptist Church” demonstrators are disrupting the religious rights of the families holding funeral services.
There is no religious ceremony more universally sacred than a funeral. Funerals must by necessity be conducted outdoors and in public in the vast majority of circumstances. Families can not avoid these scum, and can take no action that could possibly satisfy and disperse the picketers. Families cannot merely postpone services or move the services without incurring great expense.
The Phelps clan is denying families their one and only chance to bury their children in a solemn and holy manner.
Rivalry between competing fortune-telling businesses appears to be at the center of an armed home invasion in Horsham that involved death threats and a psychic victim, according to court papers released Wednesday.
Now, a father and son from Lower Bucks County face criminal charges in connection with the Friday night incident at the residence that doubles as a fortune-telling business at the corner of Meetinghouse Road and County Line Road.
” ‘Listen to me little girl. I told you and your sons not to pass literature on Street Road. Street Road is mine,’ ” Mitchell said, according to a criminal complaint.
Shouldn’t Mr Mitchell have known the other guy was going to pass out literature? An actual fortune teller would have just shot him, straight up. Pre-emption and all.
” ‘If I ever see your sons and husband, I’ll kill them,’ ” Mitchell said, according to court papers.
A real psychic would have said, “when.”
But then again, Psycho Readings is not really a good name for a business.