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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 3:21 PM
Lisa Haver, with the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, reacts after the School Reform Commission voted to cancel its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

I hate unions.

In particular, I hate the teachers’ union – probably more than any other union.

Having just received notice this past Friday from my health-care provider that my coverage is being canceled due to the Affordable Care Act, I have little sympathy for Philly public school teachers – all of whom don’t pay a penny toward their monthly insurance premiums.

POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:52 PM
Tom Hall holds a rainbow flag during a rally to support hate-crime legislation at LOVE Park on September 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

I’ve always supported the rights of the LGBT community so it’s disheartening to see members of that same community embrace the type of smear tactics once used against them.

The ugliness emerged after three young adults allegedly attacked a gay couple on Sept. 11 on Chancellor Street near 16th. The full facts of the case aren’t yet known. But that hasn’t stopped a full out assault on social media in an attempt to "slut shame" and try the case online. 

Calling them “faggots.” 

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4:16 PM
Philadelphia Police released surveillance video of up to 12 people it identified as suspects walking through Center City on Thursday evening near the time of the attack.

I support hate-crime legislation.

I support adding the words “sexual orientation” to the Pennsylvania hate-crime statute.

But I also support adding some additional protected categories.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 4:14 PM
An angry Ukrainian mob pitched pro-Russian politician Vitaly Zhuravsky into a dumpster.

Getting trashed has new meaning if you’re an unpopular politician in Ukraine. Vitaly Zhuravsky, once a powerful member of former President Viktor Yanukovich's “Party of the Regions,” was confronted by an angry mob outside of Ukraine’s parliament, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. Now a member of the Economic Development Party, Zhuravsky has engendered animosity among many citizens by sponsoring legislation to limit anti-government protests and criminalizing libel.

Protesters, screaming profanities, tossed Zhuravsky into a dumpster, threw a tire on him, and doused him with some kind of liquid.

This bizarre video was brought to my attention my local Realtor Fred Glick, who said that it’s a “new way to handle a politician if you don't like them. Screw social media, this is the new wave!”

POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:40 PM
Screenshot of the McCoy 20-cent tip receipt being offered on eBay.

Tacky, crummy and low class.

Those are actually the nicest words I could come up with.

The “choice” words I really wanted to use are not suitable for Philly.com readers.

POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:57 PM

Is it fair game to sue the Pennsylvania State Police for treating women like equals?

That’s the question that conservative talk show host Dom Giordano will be asking when he hosts a fitness test tomorrow at Andy’s Diner at 505 Ridge Pike in Conshohocken.

The event, dubbed “Huff, Puff & Cuff,” is based on the PA State Police test, and will feature men and women attempting to run “300 meters in 77 seconds, have a vertical leap of 14 inches, do 13 pushups without any time limit, and run a mile and a half in 17 minutes and 48 seconds,” according to Giordano.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:38 PM
Rep. Chaka Fattah in 2007. (Staff file photo)

“Let me guess, you're calling to ask me about the unemployment,” Rep. Chaka Fattah told a reporter, adding, “You're calling to ask me about Afghanistan.”

Fattah’s thoughts about the investigation into alleged improprieties? “I thought that it was another distraction from the major issues of the day.”

Those were Fattah’s words.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 6:37 PM
Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on (AP)

Could a corruption case surrounding a beleaguered Congressman’s son and former aide/political adviser sink Democratic nominee Tom Wolf’s chances to win the PA governor’s race?

That’s the million-dollar question several political insiders are asking right now.

While appearing to be a far-fetched outcome, the controversy surrounding 2nd Congressional U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah does have potentially serious consequences for others relying upon Fattah’s legendary campaign day street operation for support.

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