Category Archives: PHILLY LOCAL

In Joisey, Money Grows on Trees

 

 

 

 

 

These guys must be nuts. In the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Republican businessman Doug Forrester and Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Corzine have already spent over $46 million between them to get elected. 

Can you imagine how much good these guys could do for their perspective constituents by simply agreeing to spend no more money on the campaign, and instead diverting it to programs and benefits for those constituents? 

And now, with the race considered a dead heat, the two will likely be spending tens of millions more in the final month. 

I can tell you one thing for sure, the spending of these huge sums simply to secure power is something that I find personally offensive. 

I cannot wait until this race is over in a few weeks, and I no longer have to look at their tired faces and hear their vitriolic TV and radio ads. 

In Joisey, apparently, money is growing on trees!

The brothers and sisters are running this city

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you: The brothers and sisters are running this city! Oh yes, running it! Don’t let nobody fool you; we are in charge of the City of Brotherly Love. We are in charge!” 

These words were spoken by Philadelphia mayor John Street in 2002. 

Can you imagine a white mayor of Philly speaking in a public forum about how the “white folks are running this town”

Philly has become a racially polarized town, no matter what the politically correct folks at the local Chamber of Commerce try to sell you. 39% white, 38% black as it’s twin racial majorities. 

In the current local politically ultra-liberal climate, take it from a lifelong resident and city employee, thus someone who can’t leave without losing their job: Philadelphia – a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live here.

Team Eddis as Mike Tyson: FOP or Bust-er

There is a fight brewing within the ranks of Philadelphia’s police officers, one that likely will be battled across the state and around the country. For the first time in over a decade, we have “union” trouble, and as with previous bouts of this type, the likelihood is that the bout will end in a knockout.

The Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, representing thousands of Philadelphia police officers and retirees, has suddenly found itself in an unusual position, back on it’s heals and being used as a punching bag, ala Mike Tyson in his famous 1990 bout with Buster Douglas.

In that bout, fought in Tokyo, Japan on February 10th, 1990, the previously unbeaten and seemingly invincible Tyson, a boxing machine, a man seemingly born and bred to be the heavyweight champion of the world, an animistic monster, came in typically disrespectful of his opponent, the journeyman Douglas, but also uncharacteristically out of shape.

Coming into the bout, Tyson was 37-0 with 33 knockouts and 9 successful defenses of his heavyweight crown. He dispatched many of his opponents so quickly, that fans were becoming almost disinterested in his fights, one of the reasons for the move overseas.

Tyson went down that night, a victim of his own largess, and of making the classic mistake of underestimating his opponent.

The still unbeaten, and previously untouched, regime of President Bob Eddis, handpicked successor to the lodge’s longtime bombastic leader Rich Costello, is used to feeding on lesser opponents, such as the game but outmatched lightweight Donnell “Homicide” Hobbs.

Hobbs, a scrappy little fighter, has jabbed and jabbed at Team Eddis over the years, but has been unable to come anywhere close to landing a glove on them, and has been knocked to the canvas like one of Tyson’s late-80’s opponents.

But in this bout, Team Eddis’ (referred to hereafter as ‘TE’) punches are uncharacteristically weak, and they suddenly find themselves in the ring against a bigger, stronger opponent. Not only that, but the opponent has motivation, and is fighting hard. And now, the fans in the peanut gallery who once marveled in awe at their strength and skill, are turning on them with boos and jeers, and rooting on the opponent.

TE came out looking solid in the early action, but suddenly took a devastating blow when former National FOP Vice-President Ken Rocks was knocked out of the ring in his early August bid for re-election. TE fought back, reportedly counter-punching with behind-the-scenes threats to the National Lodgers. But once the involved fans, in this case the membership of Lodge #5, began to grasp what was happening in the ring, they quickly turned on TE.

Stunned and reeling, TE attempted to answer with a letter to membership spelling out their proposal to renounce our longtime fraternal affiliation with the State and National Lodges of the F.O.P. But the letter only yielded more questions, as did meetings with membership at the union hall.

Some from TE even began to attack their own members, blasting a popular, controversial and widely-read website, “Domelights”, for its posters largely negative response to TE’s plans.

The National Lodge then began to go on the offensive with an effective brochure titled “Why Now?” sent out to all Philly FOP members from National President Chuck Canterbury. The brochure spelled out the value of FOP membership, and questioned the reasoning and motivations behind TE’s suddenly anti-FOP strategy.

TE now finds itself on the ropes. It has paid out millions of dollars over the years in dues to the FOP in order to remain fully involved with the National and State lodges.

By its own reporting, approximately $400,000 per year was paid. With the current team and its immediate predecessors in charge for over a decade now, that equates to approximately $4 million of our hard-earned dollars.

Yet TE now says that this money is wasted, that it is not necessary. In their own August 2005 letter to membership, President Bob Eddis asks “What do we get through our affiliation with the State and National FOP Lodges?” Eddis then supplies the answer: “A yearly bill of over $400,000.00.

Eddis and TE thus have put themselves in a very bad position, as did Tyson when he chose to go into that now-legendary bout out of shape, with a bad game plan, and underestimating his opponent.

TE is either outright lying to membership, and there actually is value to our FOP membership, and we do get more than just a bill each year, or they have knowingly wasted millions of our dollars over the years.

When I first became a police officer in 1990, I was assigned to the 6th police district. At the same exact time, a Sergeant from the 6th by the name of John Shaw was running for FOP Lodge #5 President, and many on his team also had ties to our 6th district, which was nicknamed as “Hollywood”.

As a young, impressionable rookie with no real knowledge of the players, I went along with the overwhelming sentiment of my co-workers, and voted for Shaw. So did a lot of other folks, obviously, as he won the election, and then won re-election two years later. We all know what eventually happened.

Well, I am no longer a rookie. As the saying goes “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I have voted for TE, but I will not blindly follow anyone, any regime, especially one that attempts to insult my intelligence.

TE is either lying to us, and there is personal animus and/or a political power play at the root of this fight, or they have knowingly wasted millions of dollars. Either way, they have shown that they are no longer deserving of our trust.

It is my personal opinion that the membership of Philadelphia Lodge #5 of the Fraternal Order of Police should remain fully fraternal with the National and State Lodges.

As former VP Kenny Rocks himself said as recently as months ago, before losing the recent election: “No matter what the problem, members must know that if they call, the FOP will be there to help. NO MATTER WHAT!” and “Don’t go outside the FOP – change from within”.

In the 10th round of that legendary February 10th, 1990 bout in Tokyo, Japan, Buster Douglas floored the formerly invincible Mike Tyson with a flurry of blows, knocking out the former champion in one of the most stunning moments in boxing history.

But it was just as much Tyson beating himself on that night, as it is now Team Eddis contributing to its own KO.

Historic opportunity for parents of Philly school children

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Well, the ultra-liberal City of Philadelphia has done it again. Back in June, the school board voted to make African-American History a required course for all students in order to “further the understanding of black history.

I have just one question for the board. What about American History, period?

Ask many of the kids currently in Philly’s public school system about American history and you will get back a blank stare.

Our kids have heard of George Washington (he was a President, right?) and Abraham Lincoln (he freed the slaves, right?) They may even have heard of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

The vast majority of Philly’s public school children get a sampling of real American history. But that exposure is inside a program that has become watered down. It is wholly incomplete, and virtually of little or no use in instilling a feeling of the shared national pride with which we and our parents and grandparents were raised.

Forget about learning the basic foundational principles of our nation. Forget about teaching of the many great men and women, and the pivotal events establishing the same.

Have there been black Americans who have contributed greatly to the success of America during it’s founding and growth? Of course. Just as there have been great white, Asian, Hispanic and Native American contributors, to name just a few ethnic and racial contributors.

Having an “elective” class on African-American history would be wholly appropriate, given that there is a large percentage of these students within the Philly school system. Same can be said for Hispanic-American history. These classes would teach the culture beyond what the students already receive at home (at least, we hope it is being taught at home, since it is so important) to anyone interested.

But to have a “mandatory” class in this subject is ludicrous. Kids who are not of this background and who share none of it’s culture, and who have little or no interest in it, will now be force-fed the subject matter, having it compete for their valuable study time with science, mathematics and other necessary courses.

Why is Philly doing this? Because they can. Because, in the immortal words of African-American Mayor John Street “the brothas and sistas are runnin’ this town” now. This is nothing more than another Street-influenced move to further liberalize the already deteriorating City of Brotherly Love.

Businesses and families have fled, and continue to flee, the old town for the past couple decades, and the radical polarizing efforts of this administration have just made things worse.

Philly has steadily dropped in national rank of population from it’s once and longtime position as #4 behind only New York, LA and Chicago. It will never return to the top five, not as long as the liberal politicians continue to run the town into the ground with policies like this mandatory class.

The Philadelphia school district is not doing enough to churn out kids who will be highly productive citizens in the future. School violence is rampant, especially when compared to Philly’s local Catholic and other private schools.

But the parents of Philly’s school kids have a choice. They can vote with their feet, just as their fellow citizens have voted with theirs over the years, and get their kids out of the public school system before it is too late.

Of course, this will likely take a commitment in dollars. Parents will have to shell out the cost of education, the cost of tuition at a decent school.

As someone who went through twelve years of primary education in a non-public setting, and someone who saw three daughters through a mixed bag of public/private education, I can tell you that it is absolutely worth the cost. Whatever sacrifices you need to make, make them.

At the very least, Philly’s parents need to begin to stand up for a stronger basic education for their children in the really important subjects that will help their kids compete on a national and world stage. These same parents need to demand a stricter disciplinary system that sorts out and deals substantively with juvenile delinquents, many of whose parents are a large part of the problem.

Getting the system to change in a positive direction in Philly, be it in city government or in the school district, has become one of the most difficult chores, one that is beyond the scope of most parents.

But the parents can do one thing for sure. They can ensure greater odds of success for their own children by pulling them from the sinking ship that is the Philadelphia public school system.

Death by radical protest

P/O Paris Williams

Sometimes, Death sneaks up on you and takes you from behind, and you never even see or hear it coming. Even if you are a veteran police officer trained in observation, evaluation, and response, the final moment that Death brings can come suddenly and without warning.

In fact, as a police officer, when you die on the job this is usually how Death will show up, like a thief in the night.

On Tuesday June 21st, 2005 in the 1200 block of Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia, a rowdy mob of protesters from a variety of radical left-wing organizations were testing the skill, patience, and professionalism of Philly’s Finest.

The mob was allegedly there to peacefully protest during the Biotech 2005 conference taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. But this mob on Arch Street had turned ugly and unruly, and began to fight police officers who were simply trying to hold them back and keep them from interrupting the conventioneers’ event.

It was under these circumstances that death crept up on 17-year veteran Philly cop Paris Williams and jumped him from behind, taking one of the most respected and well-liked officers away from his family, friends, and fellow officers at the all-too-young age of 52 years.

In Officer Williams’ case, death did not come in the form of a bullet with his name on it, or a tragic auto accident. No, death came for him in the form of this unruly mob.

On this beautiful day, the last full day of spring, Paris Williams was in the 1200 block of Arch Street and on-duty on the police side of the battle. But he was not a helmeted, baton-wielding, mace-splashing, uniformed police officer on this day.

He had experienced those types of days in the past from time to time, for sure, but he had moved along in his career and was now assigned to the Civil Affairs Unit.

Civil Affairs is the police department’s group of officers who are specifically assigned to help keep the peace during these types of confrontational situations, often acting as a direct liaison between the department, event organizers, and protest group organizers.

They wear ‘soft’ clothes, usually a professional business-look suit and tie, and are generally some of the department’s most even-tempered, long-fused individuals. You need to be when you are put into the heated situations that the unit experiences on a regular basis, and Paris Williams fit the bill perfectly.

In the aftermath of his tragic, untimely demise, Officer Williams’ qualifications for Civil Affairs as a peacekeeper were described on the Philly police officer’s internet message board called “Philadelphia Blue” at Domelights.com by his fellow officers in the following ways:

“a good cop…always willing to help out another”
“touched a lot of people deeply in his profession as a Police Officer and as a friend”
“friendly, funny and always cracked me up…..he was a great guy to work with”
“a gentleman… enjoyed life to the fullest… always had a big smile on his face”
“A good cop and a great guy”
“A huge ear to ear grin…on his face no matter what”
“always amazed at how he could defuse bad situations with his wit and charm”

So because the group from BIO 2005 chose to have their convention in Philadelphia this year, chose to put on industry-related demonstrations inside the Convention Center halls, to entertain the people who serve in that industry along with some of their families, and to enjoy the hospitality of America’s 5th largest city, the City of Brotherly Love, a number of radical groups decided that this was a good chance to bring mayhem to the party.

This is nothing new, of course. Ultra-liberal radicals have shoved their way into the efforts of legitimate, peaceable protests, causing damages, injuries, and death around the world from Barcelona to Seattle, from London to Philadelphia.

At the Republican National Convention in 2000, held here in Philadelphia as well, protest groups such as the Ruckus Society, ACT UP, and the Direct Action Network turned what could have been legitimate, peaceful protests into ugly battles, causing numerous police officer injuries, including to Commissioner John Timoney.

The protesters at the RNC 2000 inter-locked their arms inside “sleeping dragons”, long plastic tubes, to block key traffic intersections and freeway ramps. They threw unidentified liquids into the faces of officers, damaged numerous police vehicles, and committed many other acts of vandalism and violence, most of it planned and intentional.

It was only the incredible planning of the PPD and their aggressive counter-tactics that kept the city and the convention relatively safe during the main convention week.

Then on Tuesday morning, when a fellow officer, Ed Braceland, was assaulted, Officer Williams tried to help control and apprehend his attacker, identified later as Guillaume Beaulieu of Canada. To quote District Attorney Lynne Abraham, “the resulting punching, shoving and pushing…caused Officer Williams to suffer his cardiac event.

He was knocked to the ground and attacked, and suffered what was later ruled a heart attack. Officer Williams was rushed to nearby Hahnemann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Beaulieu and four others involved in the melee were arrested and are facing various charges. They are the latest in a long line of confrontational, violent, destructive purveyors of a mob mentality that is intentionally and actively pursued during so many of these high profile events.

Paris Williams is just the latest victim of these outrageous groups, suffering the most extreme result of their numerous anti-social actions. As he waded into the melee on Tuesday morning, on that final beautiful day of spring, trying to help restore peace to the city that he loved and had served so faithfully for so many years, he had no idea that it would be his final act, his final moment.

Peaceful and law-abiding Americans and lovers of freedom and democracy around the world need to understand that these groups are nothing more than radicals with an agenda of destruction and mayhem, and need to stand up in support of their local and national law enforcement agencies whenever a high-profile event comes to their town and draws these criminal elements along in it’s wake.

If we all stand up together and let these groups and their leaders know that they will not be taking over our town, then perhaps we can help another officer avoid the same fate of beloved Philadelphia police officer Paris Williams, that of “Death by Radical Protester.” May God rest the soul of our fallen hero, and may He bless the family and friends left behind.