Irony Alert: Philadelphia ‘Peace On The Streets’ Concert Ends With Man Murdered In Parking Lot

Anti-Crime Concert In City Of Brotherly Love Ends With Man Murdered In Parking Lot – Independent Journal Review

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In Philadelphia, people organized an anti-crime concert called “Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets.”

However, unfortunately some of the attendees didn’t get the message. One 20-year-old man was shot twice in the parking lot of the concert and later died.

From the AP:

A man was fatally shot outside a Philadelphia concert being held to promote peace and stem violence in the city, police said Thursday.

The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Dell Music Center in the city’s Fairmount Park, according to investigators.

Officials said the 20-year-old man was apparently either arriving at or leaving the “Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets” concert when he got into an argument with someone in the parking lot.

While this is absolutely tragic, the reaction from the Philly Police Commissioner is telling of the state of crime in the City of Brotherly Love:

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that such a shooting outside an event aimed at stemming violence comes as no surprise.

“People who put on these concerts are well-intentioned,” Ramsey said. “The problem is, it doesn’t always reach the street thugs that we deal with on a daily basis. This is what they do, and they don’t care if it’s at a peace rally, in church – they could care less.”

“So I’m not frustrated and I’m not surprised,” he said.

No word yet if there have been any arrests made in this case. However, police will be checking surveillance video in order to identify a suspect.

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Philadelphia Brewery To Release ‘Walking Dead’-Inspired Beer Made With Real Brains

Brewery Creates ‘Walking Dead’-Inspired Beer Made With Real Brains – New York Daily News

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Would you like some brains in your beer?

Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewing Company will release a zombie-friendly brew in honor of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

The American Pale Stout, which has been dubbed Dock Street Walker, is made with malted wheat, oats, flaked barley, cranberry and an extra-special ingredient – smoked goat brains.

“The pre-sparge-brain-addition provides this beer with intriguing, subtle smoke notes,” the brewery says in a press release. “In true walker fashion, don’t be surprised if its head doesn’t hang around forever.

The beverage, which Dock Street Brewing Company is calling “quite possibly the smartest beer you’ll ever drink,” will be released on Sunday before “The Walking Dead” season finale.

This isn’t the first time a brewery has crafted a beer in honor of an AMC drama.

Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, N.M., made two “Breaking Bad” brews in honor of the series’ finale in August. However, those didn’t contain any unusual show-related ingredients.

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10 Philadelphia Union Goons Indicted On Extortion, Assault And Arson Charges

10 In Union ‘Goon Squads’ Indicted For Violence, Arson In Philadelphia – The Foundry

Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union are charged with conspiring to commit extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault to force construction contractors to hire union workers, according to the FBI.

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The FBI this week said the members of Ironworkers Local 401 collaborated with allies who sought out construction sites that employed non-union workers, threatening personnel there with “violence, destruction of property or other criminal acts unless union members were hired.”

So-called “goon squads,” including a group calling itself “The Helpful Union Guys” (or THUGs) went into action. Some “set a crane on fire and cut steel beams and colts” at a Quaker Meeting House construction site in 2012, according to the indictment. In 2010, union members assaulted non-union workers with baseball bats at another construction site.

In 2013, they “threatened the contractor of an apartment complex… if he did not hire Local 401 members,” the indictment said. As a result, “the contractor relinquished his profits and turned the job over to a union-affiliated contractor.”

Experts say such incidents go both underreported and unprosecuted. National Institute for Labor Relations Research has documented over 9,000 reports of union violence since 1975, of which “barely 3 percent… have led to an arrest and conviction.”

The institute noted that in many cases, police and company reports “indicate that the actual number of assaults, threats and property damage is tens of times greater than the news reports collected” document.

In the Ironworkers Local 401 case, four of the 10 defendants face minimum prison sentences of 35 years if convicted of all charges.

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138 Educators Implicated In Philadelphia Cheating Scandal

Pa. Attorney General Is Probing Cheating At Phila. Schools – Philadelphia Inquirer

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of widespread cheating among teachers and principals in Philadelphia schools, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry.

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State prosecutors acted after receiving information from the state Inspector General’s Office, which launched its own investigation in 2011.

Bruce Beemer, chief of the Criminal Prosecution Section of the Attorney General’s Office, declined to comment Friday.

A spokesman for the School District also declined to comment.

News of the criminal probe, which one source said involves a grand jury, comes as 138 educators have been implicated in a citywide scandal. The revelation comes a day after three Philadelphia school principals were fired for alleged cheating. The School Reform Commission removed the principals as of Friday, and officials said further investigation and more discipline was to come.

Allegations of cheating in Philadelphia schools first surfaced in 2011, involving 53 district schools and three city charter schools.

In recent years, testing scandals have erupted in Washington; Cincinnati; Baltimore; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; and Newark, N.J., among other cities.

Since 2009, cheating has been confirmed in 37 states and Washington.

The Philadelphia scandal has drawn comparisons to one in Atlanta, where last year a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators, including Beverly Hall, a former school superintendent. The allegations touched at least 44 schools.

Administrators, principals, and teachers were charged with racketeering, conspiracy, making false statements, and related offenses.

Six former Atlanta principals and teachers recently pleaded guilty to cheating offenses, bringing the number of pleas to 17. Prosecutors say Hall was a leader, driven by bonuses and federal funding tied to better test results.

The testing scandals have fueled a debate over using high-stakes classroom tests to judge the performance of teachers, administrators, and schools. In Atlanta, some teachers who cheated blamed extreme pressure to meet district goals.

Robert McGrogan, head of the union that represents Philadelphia school administrators, said he does not condone cheating under any circumstances. But, he said, during the years of the alleged cheating, the district was a pressure cooker.

“Do you know how many of us sat in meetings with our bosses and were told, ‘You have to bring your scores up’?” said McGrogan, a principal at the time. “There was no how-to book given to us.”

Supervisors warned principals that if they did not meet state standards, “you’re not going to be a principal next year,” McGrogan said.

On Friday, Mayor Nutter said that while the scandal reveals “immoral behavior,” the district had made legitimate improvement in recent years.

“It does not take away the gains that have been made,” he said.

On Thursday, the SRC fired Deidre Bennett, Michelle Burns, and Marla Travis-Curtis.

Bennett was principal of Cassidy Elementary, but had been a teacher leader at Huey Elementary. Burns, the principal of Kensington Urban Education Academy, had been principal at Tilden Middle. Travis-Curtis was principal of Lamberton Elementary.

Efforts to reach the three were unsuccessful.

City school officials said Friday that their own investigations into allegations of cheating were continuing.

In 2011, The Inquirer reported that dramatic test-score gains that began in 2009 appeared to have been achieved partly through cheating at Roosevelt Middle School in East Germantown.

The 53 schools that have been investigated for possible cheating – one in five of all district schools – come from every part of the city and span every grade level. Some had been labeled “Vanguards,” a Philadelphia School District designation for its highest-achieving schools, and one that gave them flexibility in curriculum and budgeting.

A state-commissioned analysis of 2009 exams identified suspicious patterns of erasures at schools across Pennsylvania. Later, staffers and parents at Cayuga Elementary in Hunting Park told The Inquirer of cheating there.

The state Inspector General’s Office later conducted investigations at 11 district schools – the “Tier I” schools, or those with the most serious allegations. The district investigated 19 Tier II schools and has yet to probe 22 Tier III schools.

Sixty-nine current and former employees were implicated in the highest-level, most serious investigations, School District attorney Jessica Diaz said, but discipline against them cannot proceed until the state releases its investigations to the district.

Of the 19 Tier II schools probed, three were cleared, no conclusion could be drawn at three, and cheating was found at 13.

Forty current district employees and 29 former employees were implicated. Twenty were administrators, 46 were teachers, and three worked in other capacities, including as counselors and a police officer.

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Obama playing games with government shut down

The Lonely Conservative has it right

Petty President Obama and his administration are shutting down anything and everything they can think of to make the government slimdown as visible and painful as possible to the public.

Americans who are traveling overseas and want to visit the cemeteries at Normandy will be turned away. They really have it in for WWII veterans.

But that’s not all. A Philadelphia tavern the founding fathers used to frequent, that is owned by the federal government but operated by a private contractor, has been ordered to close its doors. It stayed open during the last shutdown, and had to cancel hundreds of reservations. Why shut down an operation that makes money?

They even tried to close down Mt. Vernon, which is privately owned and has been for 150 years! They put barricades up in the parking lots and at the area where tour buses turn around.

The Philadelphia tavern isn’t the only place that stayed open during the last shutdown. Many memorials and monuments stayed open to the public back then. It appears that closing these attractions may be costing more than it would have to keep them open.

It is not clear how much taxpayer money the Obama administration is paying to ensure that government sites and services remain shuttered to taxpayers. Popular Washington spots such as the World War II memorial are now guarded by more security personnel than they are during normal operations, while federal employees have been dispatched to put up barricades on capital bike paths and other public grounds that are not usually patrolled at all.

Obama’s team has also been caught deliberately punishing World War II veterans trying to visit their own memorial, with one administration official telling a veteran’s supporter, “It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?”

The American people are currently paying for eight mounted cops to keep people out of the World War II memorial. (Read More)

What do we expect? We expect a president that doesn’t act like a spoiled child not getting his way. But that’s what we get with this one. He’s a petty and vindictive little man.

It is all about blaming Republicans, and reaping political gains, and nothing more. Petty indeed!

 

Trayvon Martins mother lies about stand your ground laws

Here we go, the Left AGAIN, lying to achieve a political goal. In this case the goal being to outlaw self-defense. I know, I know, I must not attack this woman, or even question her. She lost her son, and that gives her Moral Authority that cannot be challenged right? WRONG! This woman is LYING, and she knows damn well she is lying. And she is lying to curtail my rights to protect myself and those precious to me! Sorry, but her absolute moral authority card expired when she started pissing on my human rights! Video via Gateway Pundit

Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder ignores Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act

Here goes Team Obama again, snubbing their nose at the rule of law, and the highest court in America

Via Red Alert:

In response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision that states are innocent of institutional racism until proven guilty, Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing that Texas’ “history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities” should make its voting laws subject to the Department of Justice’s oversight indefinitely.

While speaking before the National Urban League in Philadelphia on Thursday, Holder said his agency would ask a federal judge to require Texas to submit all its voting laws to the DOJ for review before they can be legally enacted because the state has a supposed history of discrimination and racism.

“And today I am announcing that the Justice Department will ask a federal court in Texas to subject the State of Texas to a pre-clearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,” Holder said at the organization’s annual conference.

The Attorney General cited “evidence of intentional racial discrimination” found following the case Texas v. Holder, in addition to a ”history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities.” He continued, saying the state would need to acquire “pre-approval” from either the Department of Justice or a federal court before implementing any future changes in voting laws.

I expect there is a good chance Governor Perry will ignore the Attorney General. Don’t mess with Texas!