Darkest Before Dawn

For those who are unaware, “Halloween” is shortened form of the full name of the holiday, “All Hallow’s Eve”, or the evening before the day of the Hallows. And what is the day of the Hallows? All Saints Day. Like many Christian holidays, All Saints Day was a supplantation of an ancient pagan feast which retained some of its more innocuous (and perhaps not so innocuous) characteristics in the form of Halloween night.

And so, to those celebrating, Happy Halloween:

And Happy All Saints Day:

October 31, 2009 at 10:55 pm Comments (0)

Cardinals Bet On World Series

No, not the St Louis ones.

The ones with the churches.

The Archbishops of New York and Philadelphia have made a “friendly wager” on the outcome of the 2009 World Series, promising to send the other a batch of their own city’s specialty food if their home team loses.

A joint press release from the Archdioceses of New York and Philadelphia reports that Archbishop Timothy Dolan will send Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali a dozen bagels if the Philadelphia Phillies win. If the New York Yankees win, Cardinal Rigali will send a box of Tastykake pastries to New York.

“Cardinal Rigali is one of my closest and dearest friends; for several years he even served as my Archbishop so I feel a particular loyalty to him,” Archbishop Dolan said. “I know he has exquisite taste in most matters. I just wish he had better taste in baseball teams.”

Cardinal Rigali returned the compliment and then let loose a zinger of his own:

“I have great esteem for Archbishop Dolan. He is a gifted spiritual leader who has been a true friend for many years. That is why I am so sorry he will be disappointed when the Phillies successfully defend their World Championship. We have the cream cheese ready for the bagels that I know will be arriving shortly after the Repeat in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love.”

I would made it more interesting.


October 31, 2009 at 10:31 pm Comments (0)

Death and Elections in Schuylkill County

On Friday, the 23rd of October a Schuylkill Haven man, Frank Manganiello, shot and killed his girlfriend outside the Social Security Office in Pottsville and fled to a nearby church where he committed suicide. The incident, as you might expect, was well covered by the local press. You can read the AP story here, followup story by Dustin Pangonis from the Pottsville paper here. Story by Leslie Richardson from the Times-Tribune here.  Story by Leslie Richardson from the CitizensVoice here. There are a few supposed facts that did not make it into the newspaper coverage.

A local source informs me:

Mangienello [sic] had been charged with breaking into the victim’s home, raping her, and threatening to kill her, only days before. He was released from custody on only $2500 bail at the recommendation of Schuylkill County District Attorney Jim Goodman. While on bail, the victim made complaints to the DA and to the police that Mangienello was stalking her and she feared for her life. Yet, nothing was done.

What is more, my source says:

After she was murdered, Goodman had the gall to go on television, like a hero, to announce Mangienello’s death at his own hand.

Goodman is currently running for re-election against Christine A. Holman [here]. She has charged him with showing excessive leniency toward violent criminals. The details of this incident, especially the failure of authorities to follow up on the victim’s complaints, if verified, are certainly information that voters should have before they enter the voting booth.

Disclaimer: I was not in Schuylkill County when the incident took place and did not witness the TV coverage. The information has come to me second-hand and has not been verified.I strongly urge local reporters to look into the matter.

October 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm Comments (0)

Penn Wins Again!

The mighty Quaker warriors from West Philly continued their winning streak and remained undefeated in league play today by beating Brown in overtime 14-7. Next up, Princeton.

October 31, 2009 at 6:08 pm Comments (0)

LifePAC Endorses Joan Orie Melvin for the November 3 General Election

LIFEPAC of Southwestern Pennsylvania has endorsed JOAN ORIE-MELVIN for PA State Supreme Court. LIFEPAC is a non-partisan organization which endorses ALL pro-life candidates regardless of party affilation.

In a 2009 questionnaire from the Pennsylvania Family Institute, Joan Orie Melvin answered that President Ronald Reagan best represents her political philosophy, and that Justice Antonin Scalia best represents her judicial philosophy. When asked to rate her judicial philosophy on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being someone who believes that the US Constitution is a “living document” and 10 being an “originalist”, she answered “10”. In a separate comments section on the questionnaire, Melvin described herself as a “strict constructionist”.

I got a comment on my earlier post about Joan Orie Melvin getting endorsements from major liberal newspapers throughout the state which suggested that she is just another RINO. But based on her answers in this questionnaire, that seems highly unlikely. She is a conservative, which means that she must be an excellent candidate if liberal newspapers would endorse her over a more liberal choice.

Go to to see the rest of their endorsements for Tuesday’s election.

October 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm Comments (0)

PJTV’s #Murtha vid update

Now with embeddable YouTube wholesome goodness:

October 31, 2009 at 1:42 pm Comments (0)

Conservatism – Never Say Die!

Dede Scozzafava has quit the special election in NY-23! This DIABLO that the GOP establishment attempted to force on the people of New York – and really, ALL Republicans since she would be in the US Congress – would be worse than having a Democrat in that seat in my opinion. Why? Because she wouldn’t vote any differently than a Democrat, but the Dems and the media would use her to show phony “bipartisanship”, just as they have done with Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, Lincoln Chafee and all the other RINOs, as a means of marginalizing conservatives.

Now it’s up to the conservatives in NY-23 to get out the vote for Doug Hoffman! Just play it like the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. There are three minutes (or in this case, three days) left in the game and you’re behind. Do you give up or do you give one last push for victory? Never give up! LET’S GO!

October 31, 2009 at 12:03 pm Comments (0)



October 31, 2009 at 8:00 am Comments (0)

Trial Lawyers Heart Panella

No surprises here, but Karl Rove notices the race…

Finally, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, Judge Joan Orie Melvin, is mounting a strong effort against Democrat Jack Panella, despite a $1 million ad blitz targeting her that’s bankrolled by Philadelphia trial lawyers. A GOP victory would indicate trouble for Democrats in a state Mr. Obama carried by 10 points.

A year ago, Democrats crowed that Mr. Obama had reshaped the political landscape to their advantage. Voters have lived under Democratic rule for nine months, and many of them, especially independents, don’t like what they’re seeing.

Tuesday’s election will provide the most tangible evidence so far of how strong a backlash is building—and just how frightened centrist Democrats should be of 2010. For Republicans, it looks as if hope and change are on the way.

October 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm Comments (0)

Pa Liquor Laws

Town Destroyer visits the new Wegmans in Collegeville (which is pretty awesome) and thinks about Pa liquor laws.

Since when can grocery stores in PA sell beer and have a bar connected? I suppose the fact that you have to go to a different line for your groceries and beer, justifies the change in the law. Don’t get me wrong, I think I should be able to buy beer anywhere. I’m just a little uneasy that the a large corporation gets a privilege that a mom and pop store never got. I have no problem with Wegmans either, they should be able to sell booze.

The truth is, PA’s liquor laws are bullshit! We have to go to three different places to buy a bottle of vodka, a six pack of fancy beer and a case of good old Yuengling.

I’m really starting to unlike Yuengling.

Update: To be clear, I dont hate Yuengling for being sold in a grocery store. I just think it’s flavor has changed in a way that I dont care for. Towards the “skunky in a bottle” flavor.

October 30, 2009 at 11:47 am Comments (2)

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