Re: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Has Solved the Gun Problem

Fred, i’ll go on record (again!) to say we don’t need a convention, but if there is one, I’d like to be on it.

With that said, Senator Piccola at PLC argued for a limited convention with Article One completely off the table.

So that’s good. Of course there’s no way to guarantee a convention will limit itself. That’s where I come in. 😉

April 30, 2007 at 7:33 pm Comments (0)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has Solved the Gun Problem

Gun problem in Philly? Look west, young man. The Post-Gazette has an astounding editorial on how to rid us of the “gun problem”

Before anyone starts to hyperventilate about me as a crazed liberal zealot wanting to take the gun from his cold, dead hands, let me say what my experience is of guns. As a child I played cowboys and Indians with cap guns. I had a Daisy Red Ryder B-B gun. My father had in his bedside table drawer an old pistol which I examined surreptitiously from time to time. When assigned to the American embassy in Beirut during the war in Lebanon, I sometimes carried a .357 Magnum, which I could fire accurately. I also learned there to handle and fire a variety of weapons, including Uzis and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. I don’t have any problem with hunting, although blowing away animals with high-powered weapons seems a pointless, no-contest affair to me. I suppose I would enjoy the fellowship of friends who are hunters. Now, how would one disarm the American population? First of all, federal or state laws would need to make it a crime punishable by a $1,000 fine and one year in prison per weapon to possess a firearm. The population would then be given three months to turn in their guns, without penalty. Hunters would be able to deposit their hunting weapons in a centrally located arsenal, heavily guarded, from which they would be able to withdraw them each hunting season upon presentation of a valid hunting license. The weapons would be required to be redeposited at the end of the season on pain of arrest. When hunters submitted their request for their weapons, federal, state and local checks would be made to establish that they had not been convicted of a violent crime since the last time they withdrew their weapons. In the process, arsenal staff would take at least a quick look at each hunter to try to affirm that he was not obviously unhinged.

Pardon me while I hyperventilate and call this guy a crazed liberal zealot since that’s exactly what he is.

So here’s my question–if someone has made the decision to, I dunno, walk onto a college campus and murder three dozen other human beings, precisely what kind of moral restraint is going to make him obey gun ownership laws?

And as for the Philadelphia mayoral candidates, here’s a snippet from the Pennsylvania Constitution:

Section 21.

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

If we actually do have a Constitutional Convention, let’s make sure we keep that part, huh?

April 30, 2007 at 7:03 pm Comment (1)

Cost of Government

Got this in the ol’ inbox.

The Texas Legislature will spend about $70 million this year for its own operating expenses.


The Pennsylvania General Assembly is expected to spend $335 million this year for its own operating expenses.


Texas has 22 million people, compared to 12 million in Pennsylvania.

Doing the math the numbers are:

  • Cost to operate the PA government per PA citizen = $27.92
  • Cost to operate the TX government per TX citizen = $3.19

Those are the numbers for the legislatures, and don’t include the executive or judicial branches.

April 30, 2007 at 5:55 pm Comments (0)


This is not a good thing for the governor.

Capitalwire (subscription)

If two top cabinet secretaries award grants again to organizations linked to their spouses, they will be violating conflict-of-interest laws in Pennsylvania, the State Ethics Commission stated today.


By separate 7-0 votes, the State Ethics Commission stunned insiders by ruling that Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty’s and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis’ past actions, if repeated, would be conflicts of interest.


Now the Senate must ponder how to vote for their confirmations. Gov. Ed Rendell, who had predicted the Ethics Commission would not issue findings as tough as they did, must also decide whether to press for a vote.


Rendell has said he will keep both in office as acting secretaries, “as long as I am governor, and breathing.”


The Ethics Commission’s decision was requested on April 25. The surprisingly fast and unanimous response stunned participants in the cases of McGinty and DiBerardinis.

April 30, 2007 at 5:27 pm Comments (0)

Breakfast with the Candidates

KYW1060 had their Breakfast with the Mayoral Candidates this morning.

Tom Knox:


“If more legislators spent more time listening to their conscience and less time listening to the NRA, I think Philadelphia could have its own gun laws.”


Bob Brady:


” I think the city should be able to have its own gun laws.”


Dwight Evans says that as mayor, he’d lean on the legislature:


“Because it has not been solved at the city level currently. In my view, the current administration or anybody who’s running on this panel doesn’t have the skill set necessary in getting the law.”


Chakah Fattah hailed a weekend gun turn-in and after-school programs as home-grown efforts:


“I think we need to act now, not wait for the cavalry from Harrisburg to come.”


Michael Nutter:


“What I’ve proposed is to implement the plan that I’ve laid out, ‘Safety Now.’ We cannot wait.”

I never understood the gun turn-in fetish. If you’re a criminal, and your occupation has intimate involvement with other criminals and guns, why, why, why would you ever turn it in?

Education is often about money, and Bob Brady says city kids start out standing in a hole:


“It’s a shame that (governments spend) $21,000 per child outside the city, $11,000 per child inside the city.”


Tom Knox says maybe school vouchers are the way to go:


“I beleive we have to help families that are needy find ways to fund their education even if it’s by giving vouchers.”


Chakah Fattah:


“Private choices should be paid for privately, public choices should be paid for publically.”

Does Fattah “get” it? School funding comes from OUR POCKETS! Government money is OUR MONEY. Not “government’s” money. Since he feels strongly about that, I wonder what his position is on say, publicly funded abortions or federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

In that case, public money is ok.

Michael Nutter says he supports city funding for student aid, while Dwight Evans says there’s another path to explore:


“Poor families should have the same options. If you want to transform this city, tax credits, like charter schools and options, should be available. That’s the American way.”

From the story, it looks like Brady offered nothing to make up the $10,000 shortfall. Knox surprised me with the vouchers. But he’s from the private sector, so that’s expected.

April 30, 2007 at 11:57 am Comments (0)

Elephants Leave Philadelphia

Since all of the other Republicans have left, it was only a matter of time.

After 41 years at the Philadelphia Zoo, Dulary the elephant will be leaving as the zoo prepares to close its elephant exhibit.


Friends came to sign a going away card for Dulary, who is headed for retirement, because the zoo is closing its elephant exhibit, reacting in part to pressure from animal rights groups who believe they suffer in cramped enclosures.


“The minute as an organization you stop listening to your audience, your guest, or any one of the groups that that are out there, I think you run the risk of becoming irrelevant,” said Vikram Dewan, present and CEO of Philadelphia Zoo.


Philadelphia is not alone. Zoos in San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago and the Bronx Zoo have all decided to phase out their elephants.

Symbolism abounds.

April 30, 2007 at 11:53 am Comments (0)


The Philadelphia Inquirer gained 0.6% readers over the same period one year ago.

They now average 352,000 readers per day.

0.6% is in the “noise” range, so it’s hard to tell what affect Brian Tierney and the new ownership have.

Other than chaffing the usual suspects because the new owners are evil Republicans, which I’ll take.

April 30, 2007 at 11:43 am Comments (0)


Did you know that as a franchise, the Philadelphia Phillies are going to have their 10,000th loss this season?

No, Alex, but I appreciate you pointing this out to me.

My pleasure.

April 29, 2007 at 6:41 pm Comments (0)

Re: There is No Revenue Problem

Now now Fred… we all know, if there were only a little more money for government to spend on programs, we’d be ok…

Just a little more.

A little.

For the children!

April 29, 2007 at 6:13 pm Comments (0)

Gunnison for Comissioner

Does the state committee usually get involved in county races?


It does feature statewide candidates on it though…

Could just be the scan, but Jackie Shogan’s name is misspelled.

Of course that small potatoes compared with the issues raised over the mailing itself.

Can they mail out stuff in support of candidates? I thought the state committee is set up to “raise awareness” and party build.

Couldn’t that be considered “washing” of campaign funds?

April 29, 2007 at 6:10 pm Comment (1)

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