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This page has been put back the way it appeared on July 16, 2005.  A corruption of the

apostrophe/quotation key added unreadable charachters and the whole page had to be

deleted.  This is from the google "cache" on July 17, 2005.

 

                                                              July 16, 2005 

 

 

After almost a year and a grand jury, Micah Stewart was charged with the murder of his girlfriend and mother of his then two-week-old daughter, Cortney Fry.  What took so long?  Why did they announce it yesterday?

 

“WAS THE MAYOR STEALING CABLE?” IS POSTED HERE.

 

WRITERS, TRAINS & PLAQUES

COMING

    There are just going to be a few random thoughts today.  I am gearing up for next week when there will be a major story on the Cortney Fry case, a major follow up on CableGate and a response will be due from my parents in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. 

BORN TO WRITE

    I was thinking about Ted Byrne, the parking guy.  He obviously is in the wrong profession.  The man was born to write.  And I did notice that on the Talkback board he listed his email address as “editor_writes”.  What’s up with that, Ted?  I’d love to give you a column here if you’d like.  You can write about whatever your heart desires (no profanity and no pornography, though, just in case your heart might lean in that direction).  Think about it.  All that talent is going to waste.  Forget about cars and 15 tour buses and seven story parking garages and nasty things of that ilk.  Come write for me, Ted.  I’ll buy you lunch and we’ll talk, okay?   (Ted's rebuttal is here. )

WATCH YOUR WALLETS   

    Speaking of writers, Lancoyokel (who is this person? – everyone seems to know but me) has a good piece on the $5 million “gap” in the hotel/convention center here.   And Artie See has some things to say about Commissioner Pete Shaub here.

TICKET TO RIDE

    Please keep in mind that you are welcome to suggest candidates for the train out of Lancaster (see below).  In fact, I enjoy it so much I will soon give the train its own page.  I will also reveal where the train is going (hint to District Attorney Donald Totaro who sits on the prison board – you might want to do something about the prison assaults and food really fast).

HEADS WILL ROLL

     Finally, I am both bewildered and depressed today.  I have been told that the plaque on the police station can not be changed.  Smithgall’s name will apparently be there forever.  How is this possible?  Who engineered this?  Heads will roll.  I will not be defeated.  I will check with the best engineers in the country.  I will scour this land for answers and be back to you.  Hey, Ted, got any ideas?

 

JUSTICE FOR CORTNEY FRY

INVESTIGATE THE DA 

    As many readers of this website know, I’ve had a box at the top of this website for almost six months.  When I took it down yesterday, I had changed it that morning to read “It’s been one-hundred and seventy days since the coroner released his autopsy on Cortney Fry.”  I do not have time today to discuss the charge of murder brought against her boyfriend, Micah Stewart, yesterday.  I will do a lengthy story next week, which will also be the one year anniversary of the day she “disappeared” (July 20, 2004).  What I will say today, and expand upon in my article, is that an outside agency needs to come in and investigate the District Attorney’s office and their investigation of this case.  An alleged murderer was left on the streets for almost a year.  A family was in anguish.  Donald Totaro, and the County Detectives that were involved in the case, need to be removed and possibly prosecuted.  More later.

 

TED BYRNE’S REBUTTAL

CUTESY SCOUNDREL?

    Ted Byrne, the Lancaster Parking Authority Chairman, wrote a rebuttal to my article “I Think Ted Is Lying” which is below on this website.  His rebuttal is posted here.   (I would seriously like to thank Ted for responding and I honestly do appreciate his open discussion about this topic on Talkback and here.)

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

“High Industries also has developed a proposal to move the state offices out of the city to its Greenfield Corporate Center. High submitted the proposal despite state requirements that the property be in a downtown area, Kane said.” 

This is from this morning’s Intell article State on lookout for city real estate.”  High Industries, of course, is headed by Nevin Cooley of the Penn Square Partners who cares so much about downtown Lancaster and apparently thinks nothing of breaking state requirements.  Get him on that train - now. 

WHO SHOULD BE ON THE TRAIN WITH NEVIN COOLEY?   DISTRICT ATTORNEY DONALD TOTARO &  MAYOR SMITHGALL.  WHERE IS THE TRAIN GOING?

Also Ted Byrne, the parking guy who never saw a seven story parking garage he didn’t like, sent LIP News a letter!  It will be published here.  (Ted, have you ever met Dr. Fraud?).  See below this for his introduction.

 

                Don Totaro                           

 

                    

 

PUT NEVIN D. COOLEY ON THE NEXT

TRAIN OUT OF LANCASTER!!!

This morning I ran Nevin Cooley’s quote about the mayor (below) and I was going to write about Mayor

Smithgall and cable theft and the District Attorney and the Lancaster Newspapers and the Penn Square

Partners.  I will do that tomorrow.  I would like to point out Cooley’s quote from yesterday’s New Era

article, “Partners refuse to help fill $5M gap” – “The public sector still has things they can do to create

more money for the project.  Look under every stone.”  The next train, Cooley…

 

“We have come a long way on this critical project.  We could not have achieved the progress to date without the strong leadership of the Mayor…” 

Nevin D. Cooley in a “Press Release” from Penn Square Partners dated June 13, 2005 

 

THAT CUTESY SCOUNDREL BYRNE

(This email with the above heading, honest, was received from Ted on July 14, 2005.  His rebuttal to the article immediately below will be printed here later today.  This is his “introduction.”  Ted, I think you are a national treasure.)

 

 Hey… nice letter.  I mean it.  Even the headline.  You, unlike too many others, do not just go off and call me some name (liar for example).  You said “I think”… and that’s damn fair.  I’d be pleased to post a rebuttal.  BTW, I think you were even more fair and balanced (!) sending a link to the others sites so that readers might judge for themselves.  I tell ya Becky, debate still lives in Lancaster, and yeah, I hope Rick takes me up on that luncheon offer – and I will pay for it.  I’ve always liked the guy, and hope we will still respect one another when the race is over (not necessarily agree… but respect).

 

Ted

 

~ But, sigh, he’s very good at it ~

I THINK TED IS LYING

 

    The purpose of the proposed seven-story parking garage for 732 cars and 15 buses is for the proposed hotel/convention center.  The article in this morning’s Intell, “Gray opposes putting garage on W. King” by Dave Pidgeon even spells it out, “The properties [proposed for the garage] are within one block of a proposed hotel/convention center on Penn Square, a project expected to spark economic development in the city.”

    Ted Byrne, chairman of the Lancaster City Parking Authority is quoted in the July 7, 2005 New Era article, “W. King site selected for 700-space parking garage” saying, “When the (convention center) flies, that will be nice, but we can’t take that into consideration,” he said.  “This is separate from that.”

    Sorry Ted, I don’t believe you.  Why in the world do you need a seven story parking garage one block from Penn Square?  (Do you realize how high a seven story building is?)  Now Byrne and Mayor Smithgall have both been quoted as saying it is for Central Market.  Excuse me?  I was there on a Saturday several months ago and the first block of East King Street was empty.  I had my choice of many spots to park.  I was also on West King Street on a Friday about 1:00 p.m. and, again, I had my choice of many places to park. 

    Byrne posted this on Talkback this morning, “These are neighborhoods teeming with stores, restaurants, nightclubs and opportunities.  They are the heart of downtown’s pulsebeat.”  Cleverly written, Ted, but I think teeming is pushing it – and as for night life, when I was there it was pretty much dead and again, there was all kinds of on-street parking available on a Saturday night.

    Ted is also quoted on WGAL-TV’s website saying, “We fully anticipate that this will bring significant numbers of new people to town.”  I have never known a parking garage to bring new people or any people to a town.  Hey mom, can we go look at the seven story parking garage that’s empty today? 

    On top of everything else, in the New Era article cited above it says, “The authority has worked out a financial deal to build the garage soon and pay later.  Byrne acknowledged that the authority is currently in debt.  It pays $1.5 million annually in debt payments.”

    Now I praised Byrne on Sunday for coming onto Talkback and defending the garage proposal in a public forum.  Since then Ted has posted and posted and posted and posted and gotten just a little too cutesy.  And, sorry Ted, I’m not buying it.  This seven story monster is for the hotel/convention center.  And that is not going to happen.  So we don’t need your garage and more debt.

    In response to Democratic Mayoral candidate Rick Gray’s comments against the garage in this morning’s Intell, Byrne posted this on Talkback, “Heck, I’ll even treat to a lunch.  We were friends before this election…I hope we will be afterward.  A passionate public airing of responsible disagreements among knowledgable(sic) people is exactly what allows a community to prosper.”  Are you running for something, Ted?  Take him up on it Rick – just make sure he pays and not the Parking Authority – they have enough debt.

 

“Gray opposes putting garage on W. King” is here.

“W. King site selected for 700-space parking garage” is here.

The WGAL-TV article is here.

   

 

CENSORED

    A very scary thing happened yesterday afternoon on the Lancaster Newspaper’s “Talkback” board and it is indicative of what is going on in Lancaster.  Shortly after the New Era article, “3 wounded in drive-by city shooting” was posted, three Talkbackers posted messages.  One noted that this flew in the face of Mayor Smithgall’s claims of reduced crime.  A second said with sarcasm that attendees of the convention center/hotel could have a dinner and a show and a third posted “A plus for the convention center!”  All three were simply removed with no explanation.  Posters then came on questioning the deletions and those posts were deleted as well. The thread was then closed, again with absolutely no explanation. 

    One of the well known posters who had her message deleted started a separate thread “Message censured” and wrote, “How can LNP claim it is not biased in the Convention Center reporting?  I feel that LNP does not practice freedom of speech and press.”  In response, a poster said, “On your freedom of speech line, this is a private message board, they can do whatever they want.”

     Yes, it is a “private” message board but it is operated by newspapers, the backbone of freedom of speech.  They make advertising money from the board, and if they want people to continue to use it, they need to stop the selective censorship.  Otherwise, people will move on to a different board they can trust.

     The Lancaster Newspaper/hotel/convention center/Mayor Smithgall connection is really just downright scary at this point.  The newspapers and the District Attorney should be investigating whether Mayor Smithgall was stealing cable.  Instead, the District Attorney’s office has brought a defiant trespass charge against Dan Messimer, the “cable guy.”  This is just a disgrace.

    Tomorrow, there will be a look at who can and who will investigate the mayor for cable theft.

   

Comcast’s Cash Machine

    A key measure of success in the cable TV business is operating cash flow – the amount of cash retained by the business after it pays its expenses (including interest and the principal on its financing).

In billions:

2004 - $5.9

2003 - $2.9

2002 - $2.4

2001 - $1.6

2000 - $1.2

 

The Inquirer's reporter’s blog on Comcast is here.

(Source – The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, July 10, 2005)

CHECK BACK LATER TODAY…

“WAS THE MAYOR STEALING CABLE?” IS POSTED HERE.

 

    There will be much more on this story all this week.  In an Intell article this morning,Mendoza calls City Council walkout ‘orchestrated’” the final sentence reads, “The mayor and his cable provider, Comcast have denied those allegations.”  Comcast has not denied the allegations and what do you think the mayor is going to say?  Is this a newspaper and are you a reporter, Dave Pidgeon?  Ask the mayor for his bills.  How hard is that?    And, as for the walkout, Artie See (see below) who was there posted, “…it was obvious that the walkout was planned.”

“GET A LIFE”

    Artie See, one of the most knowledgeable and hardest working people on the hotel/convention center, has posted a copy of an email from Molly Henderson to Charlie Smithgall explaining why the commissioners have taken a stand against the project on his website, www.lookingatlancaster.comIt is very important.  Please go there to read it.  Artie also has a sense of humor.  Under this week’s (snooze) “Coffee with Clyde” column, Artie posted this, “And while he’s at it, Mr. Hennigan needs to give serious thought to getting a life.”   

SO SMART!

    So, Smart, I see you began your column with “so” again this week.  You did this on purpose to hurt me.  I recently pointed out that Smart had begun two columns in a row with “so.”  This makes three in a month.  Enough Smart!  Learn how to write.  Apparently Rick Santorum has learned since your column talks about a book he has written.  If Santorum can do it, I’m sure you can too.    

 

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

    There are a number of important events coming up this week, some serious, some fun.  They are:

$6.8 MILLION FOR A $1.25 MILLION BUILDING?

    Tuesday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m. - April Koppenhaver’s lawsuit against the Redevelopment Authority’s purchase of the Watt & Shand Building continues in the court room of Judge Joseph Madenspacher on the third floor of the courthouse in court room number 2.  April formed the www.lancasterfirst.org group.

JUST SAY “NAY”

    Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.The Lancaster County Convention Center Authority meets in the Southern Market Center.  Artie See of www.lookingatlancaster.com urges opponents of the convention center to show up.  With the recent revelation that the hotel/convention center is $5,000,000 over budget with half of the plans reviewed, this meeting becomes extremely important.

THE DEMOCRATS MEET THE SHARKS!

    Friday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m.  – The Lancaster County Democrats will sponsor an old-fashioned “Family Picnic at the Ballgame” at the Clipper Magazine Stadium.  The all-you-can-eat buffet will include BBQ chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, corn-on-cob desserts and soda.  The price also includes the Barnstormers game against the Camden River Sharks.  The first 2000 fans through the gate will receive free Yingling Sunvisors.  Tickets are limited and available by calling or visiting Democratic Headquarters at 53 N. Duke Street, phone # 299-5701 or by email at lcdchq@epix.net..   The price is $35 for adults, $31 for children aged 6-12 and $25 for children under 6.

    Please note the price includes the all-you-can-eat buffet and game and also supports the Democrats.  Someone correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe there has never been a Democratic Judge elected in Lancaster County.  That is hard to believe and can be corrected by electing Samuel Mecum this year, not to mention electing Rick Gray as mayor!  Both are featured in the true article, “The Krushinski Scandal” on this website and which is posted here. 

PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL

    July 12-16 at Thaddeus Stevens School Athletic Field – This is listed on Rick Gray’s site, www.grayformayor.com, and I will try to get more information and find out when Rick will be there.

 

~ STOP THE HOTEL/CONVENTION CENTER - NOW! ~

SMOKE AND MIRRORS

 

      The only thing to say about the hotel/convention center project is “Stop!”  Stop, now.  “The 2-year-old Hilton Scranton & Conference Center will be put on the auction block as early as September, a move that comes after the hotel’s creditors moved Wednesday to foreclose on the property.”   The entire article from The Times-Tribune is here.   (Thank you to a Talkback poster.) The lancoyokel also has a good look at the situation here.   Please, stop this now!

 

PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER… 

“GOOD GRAVY WOMAN”

(Ted Byrne, Chairman of the Lancaster Parking Authority, on Talkback)

BULLETIN:  CONVENTION CENTER COST UP $5 MILLION

    This highly unusual bulletin was posted on Lancaster Online last night right before WGAL-TV announced it on air.  The article is here.  Please also go to www.lookingatlancaster.com for commentary.  This makes Wednesday’s LCCCA meeting extremely important.  I will follow up on a possible protest against the convention center on the “First Friday” in August or a Saturday during Market hours.

GOOD GRAVY WOMAN!

    Ted Byrne, the Chairman of the Lancaster Parking Authority, went on Talkback to answer questions about the proposed new 700 space parking garage in the first block of West King Street.  Mr. Byrne appears to be something very rare in Lancaster, a public official who is intelligent, knows his subject, is not afraid to speak out and even has a sense of humor.  And I, personally, enjoy a good gravy. Wow!  The article and the Talkback is here.

 

COMING TOMORROW – THE DAY DAN MESSIMER (“THE CABLE GUY”) SAYS HE FOUND AN ILLEGAL CABLE HOOK-UP TO MAYOR SMITHGALL’S HOUSE

 

FREE THE CABLE GUY

    

    Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” will plead “Not Guilty” this afternoon to the charge of defiant trespass brought against him by Mayor Smithgall.  There will be full details here this weekend as well as an in-depth article on Sunday on the day Dan says he discovered an illegal Comcast cable connection to the mayor’s house.  The “Free the Cable Guy” page is here.  

    (Dan noted today in a phone call that this website takes a long time to load.  That is strictly because of the length of this front page and this weekend I will move information to inside pages and the site will load much faster.  Please be patient.)

    Please also see the new article directly below on my appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

 

~ The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ~

 THANK YOU, DAVID

 

    Nice people don’t sexually molest their children.  That thought would start me on a two year investigation of my parents and my family.  And what I found was extremely ugly.  This has been a life altering experience.  I had to start over again at close to 50 years old.  I’ve had to throw out everything I ever thought and believed.  It is the most painful journey you can imagine. 

    I would like to thank my lawyer, David Dessen of www.dms-lawyer.com.  I worked with David professionally and I hesitated to contact him regarding a personal matter.  In desperation, I finally did.  I told him it couldn’t be done.  I’d been told about the Supreme Court decision in Dalrymple over and over again.  David never hesitated.  He never questioned my story.  He filed a Writ of Summons the day after we  met.  He asked how this has changed my life.  I didn’t have the words to express it. 

    On July 5, 2005, David Dessen filed a “Petition for Allowance of Appeal” to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger.  I will print the entire appeal here next week, but today I am printing the “Conclusion.”  Please note that IIED stands for the tort of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. 

    Thank you, David.

                          ___________________________________________________

CONCLUSION

 

    This petition raises important questions about whether the elements of the tort of IIED can or should be changed so as to make it impossible for adults who were victims of sexual assaults during their childhood to bring IIED claims within two years of the manifestation of severe emotional distress.  Although both the lower court and the Superior Court reached the same result, their logic is unpersuasive in light of the elements of IIED approved by this Court.  This Court should grant this petition so that it can definitively resolve the question of whether a plaintiff who develops severe emotional distress from the recollection of memories of childhood sexual assaults may maintain a cause of action for IIED.

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

 

                                             BY:         DAVID S. DESSEN, ESQUIRE

                                                            DESSEN, MOSES & ROSSITTO

                                                            ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER

 

DATED:  JULY 5, 2005

(What have my parents been doing since my memories returned and I  discovered that my brother is a pedophile who molested both of his brothers and may have molested his sons and my son?  Coming…)

 

OF CABLE AND CALENDARS

THE MAYOR, COMCAST, THE DA, THE LNP & DAN

    Dan Messimer, the “cable guy,” will plead “not guilty” tomorrow to the charge of defiant trespass brought by Mayor Charlie Smithgall.  Messimer said by phone this morning that he will go in person to District Justice Bruce A. Roth’s office at 225 W. King Street to enter the plea.  Read all the details here. 

    One correction to yesterday’s post – I said Messimer flew the airplane pictured on the Free the Cable Guy” page (which is here.)  Messimer was not a pilot but he was an Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief for the 552 AWACS Wing and these are the planes he worked on.  Coming this weekend, there will be a wrap-up of the day in October of 2004 when Messimer says he discovered an illegal cable connection at the mayor’s home accompanied by documents and pictures.  The story will continue with looks at the mayor’s response, the District Attorney’s response, the Lancaster Newspaper’s coverage and I will contact Comcast.  This website will also follow Dan as he proceeds on his legal battle to be vindicated of the defiant trespass charge. 

    (A note to female readers – I clearly stated Dan is married.  Please do not contact this website looking for his phone number!  Thank you.)

IMPORTANT DATES

    There are a number of important events coming up, some serious, some fun.  They are:

$6.8 MILLION FOR A $1.25 MILLION BUILDING?

    Tuesday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m. - April Koppenhaver’s lawsuit against the Redevelopment Authority’s purchase of the Watt & Shand Building continues in the court room of Judge Joseph Madenspacher on the third floor of the courthouse in court room number 2.  April formed the www.lancasterfirst.org group.

JUST SAY “NAY”

    Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.The Lancaster County Convention Center Authority meets in the Southern Market Center.  Artie See of www.lookingatlancaster.com indicates there may be all kinds of drama and urges opponents of the convention center to show up.  Please go to his website for the latest information on this meeting.

THE DEMOCRATS MEET THE SHARKS!

    Friday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m.  – The Lancaster County Democrats will sponsor an old-fashioned “Family Picnic at the Ballgame” at the Clipper Magazine Stadium.  The all-you-can-eat buffet will include BBQ chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, corn-on-cob desserts and soda.  The price also includes the Barnstormers game against the Camden River Sharks.  The first 2000 fans through the gate will receive free Yingling Sunvisors.  Tickets are limited and available by calling or visiting Democratic Headquarters at 53 N. Duke Street, phone # 299-5701 or by email at lcdchq@epix.net.   The price is $35 for adults, $31 for children aged 6-12 and $25 for children under 6.

    Please note the price includes the all-you-can-eat buffet and game and also supports the Democrats.  Someone correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe there has never been a Democratic Judge elected in Lancaster County.  That is hard to believe and can be corrected by electing Samuel Mecum this year, not to mention electing Rick Gray as mayor!  Both are featured in the true article, “The Krushinski Scandal” on this website and which is posted here. 

PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL

    July 12-16 at Thaddeus Stevens School Athletic Field – This is listed on Rick Gray’s site, www.grayformayor.com, and I will try to get more information and find out when Rick will be there.

 

THE "FREE THE CABLE GUY" PAGE IS HERE.

 

                                       

 

 

FREE THE CABLE GUY!

 

    Yikes!  I accidentally set Dan Messimer’s picture as my computer desk-top background.  Sometimes there is just too much of a good thing!  I have established a “Free the Cable Guy” page on this website.  See the medals Dan was awarded for his participation in Desert Storm!  See the plane he flew!    See the charge Mayor Charlie (Cannonball) Smithgall has brought against Dan!  The page is here. 

    Tomorrow, there will be serious news regarding Cablegate and also a calendar of three very important upcoming events:

  • Will the Democrats bite the Sharks or will the Sharks bite the Democrats?
  • April Koppenhaver, of www.lancasterfirst.org, has an important court date.
  • Artie See, of www.lookingatlancaster.com, whose Talkback signature is   “Just say ‘NAY’ to the Misuse of Taxpayer Dollars” says the upcoming Lancaster County Convention Center Authority meeting is extremely important. 

CHECK BACK TOMORROW!

 

    DAN MESSIMER, THE "CABLE GUY!!!"

            (Dan says this is him, but I believe he cut it out from Mad Magazine under “Babe Magnet!” )

 

CHECK BACK LATER TODAY!!!!!

                                                                             

There will not be an afternoon post today because of developments in the cable story.   There will be much more here tomorrow.

In breaking news - my attorney, David Dessen of Dessen, Moses & Sheinoff, reported this morning that an appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has been filed in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger.  My parents now have fourteen days to file a response or advise the court they will not be doing so.  There will be much more on this later this week.

 

~ Defamation of Character ~

CHARGE:  DEFIANT TRESPASS

    The summons received by Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” who alleges Mayor Charlie Smithgall had an illegal Comcast cable connection, reads as follows:

“Charge:  Defiant Trespass

The actor did unlawfully trespass onto a private dwelling’s fire escape located at 346 N. Pine Street on below time and date knowing he was not licensed or privileged to do so.  Actor entered onto said fire escape after having to reach up approximately five to six feet to pull down the fire escape.  This is a notice against trespass manifestly designed to exclude intruders.

Date:  05-12-05

Time:  3:30 – 4:00 p.m., Thursday

Victim’s Name:  Charles W. Smithgall

$200.00 Fine

$108.87 Cost

$318.87 Total Due

Signed by Detective Dennis Arnold of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office”

~ Hennigan Has Got To Go ~

CLYDE LIES

     Dave Hennigan, the editor of the Lancaster Sunday News, is a liar.  It’s way overdue for him to step down or be replaced.  His column this week, “Clyde notes sweet, sour at council” is unconscionable.  Speaking of Tuesday’s city council meeting, “Mr. Editor” asks “Clyde” “What was Mr. Mendoza talking about, Clyde?”  Clyde” responds, “Something to do with Mayor Charlie Smithgall’s cable-TV connection.  Remember, one of Mr. Mendoza’s supporters claimed that it was illegal, and that person has been charged with harassment in the case.”

    You have been in the newspaper business for well over 25 years, Hennigan. "That person,” Dan Messimer, was not charged with “harassment.”  He was charged with “defiant trespass” for being on a fire escape on one of Mayor Smithgall’s properties after just coming from your newspaper offices.  That is a huge difference and you know it.  And while he may have been a Mendoza “supporter,” he was also a subcontracted Comcast cable technician who alleges the mayor had an illegal hook-up.  More facts relating to that will be printed on this website this week.

    Then, “Mr. Editor” says to “Clyde,” “Has a lot of relevance, huh, Clyde?”  Yes, it does, Hennigan.  It is alleged that the mayor was stealing cable.  That is a crime and if true, the mayor should resign.  If this were alleged against Luis Mendoza, the Lancaster Newspapers would be all over this story.  It is disgraceful that the Lancaster Newspapers have not investigated or printed anything on this situation.  It also totally disproves what the Lancaster Newspapers would like you to believe – that the three newspapers, all owned by the same company, are independent and have separate editorial staffs. 

    But you went too far today, Hennigan.  You lied.  Resign.

 The article is here.   

COMING THIS WEEK - MUCH MORE FROM THE "CABLE GUY"
ALSO COMING THIS WEEK - THE QUAKERS AND THEIR "LOVING COMMUNITY"

LIP News

 

    I love to write.  And if you enjoy reading it I’m thrilled.  I started this website last September, and with the exception of the legal work and Alice’s poems and emails, I have written everything on here.  Somebody stop me!  I still have a ton to write about and the Cablegate story comes back to this website after the Fourth of July.

   I stated on Talkback last night that I would publish my “readership figures.”  So below is the readership for July 1, 2005.  People are interested in the cable story and this website got over 7,500 hits one day last week.  Whenever I publish anything on the Cortney Fry case, the readership jumps.  And believe it or not (Oh God, don’t tell him – he’s difficult enough already), whenever Dr. Fraud appears, my readership jumps.  To be fair, my “administering of the site” is added in to the “hit” total, so subtract about 500. 

    As I stated the other day, I care deeply about this website.  In terms of “hard news,” I am extremely careful and I will stand by everything I write and everyone I quote.   I also like to have fun – hence, Dr. Fraud.  I plan to be around for a while.  I love news and I love to write.  Thank you for reading LIP News.

(Now, because I could never afford cable, and have NEVER had it, I need to go to LIVE 8!!!)

Usage Statistics for lipnews.com

Summary Period: July 2005
Generated 02-Jul-2005 02:02 PDT


 

Monthly Statistics for July 2005

 

 

 

Total Hits

6885

 

~YOU AIN’T NOBODY ‘TIL THEY KNOCK YOU~

CABLE GUY TO PLEAD

"NOT GUILTY"

 

    In breaking news, Dan Messimer, the “cable guy,” told me over the phone this morning that he will plead "not guilty" to the defiant trespassing charge (see articles below).  Messimer, who is married with three children, is looking for an attorney.  Next week on this website there will be photographs and documents backing up his allegation that Mayor Smithgall had an illegal cable connection to his home at 534 W. Lemon Street.

    I have not received a call back from Lancaster County Detective Dennis Arnold regarding the trespassing charge (see below), so on Tuesday I will call him again.

    What have the Lancaster Newspaper been reporting on this?  Absolutely nothing.  Instead they have been writing their normal “feel good” articles such as yesterday’s “Lancaster County Prison score:  100%” in the Intell.  The article is here.   Please read the Talkback underneath.  This time the paper got called on the carpet very quickly for this outdated, and in light of recent events, ridiculous article.

    Again there will be much more on the cable story published here next week and if anything breaks over the weekend, I will publish it.  In a housekeeping note, I will publish briefly on Saturday and Sunday but will not publish on Monday, July 4. 

    Wow!  They are having a field day with negativity about LIP News on Lancaster Online Talkback.  As one poster said under the “banned members” thread on September 27, 2004, days after I was “banned” and announced I was starting this website and that he would be included in my Talkback parody, “As Navin Johnson said in The Jerk:  ‘This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that makes people!’”   The parody is here.   (Riverfat, you didn’t need me!)  The link to the “banned members” thread is here.   Thank you folks.

    Now, I could be wrong, but I think I have spotted a Quaker and she’s one of the Talkbackers who’s really mad at me and she doesn’t like this website one bit.  She even has that Quaker look (I can spot a Quaker lady from miles away):

     

    I did send an email to Jim Herr, the newsletter editor of the Lancaster Friends Meeting recently, regarding the June business meeting minutes posted online.  Yes, I am angry, and I am going to report more on this tomorrow.  Lancaster Quakers, you need to respond and strongly to sexual abuse allegations against your members.  Continuing to espouse peace and make it your leading “cause” is only making you look foolish.  And, this may not just be a Lancaster Meeting problem…  

 

A Talkbacker, lovincitylife, posted this last evening, “What is happening down your way Becky?”  Thanks for asking!  I have a word and a number for you - LIVE 8.  Are you coming?  Email me – webmaster@lipnews.com !

 

THE DA, MENDOZA

AND THE CABLE GUY

 

IS THIS THE WAY YOU INVESTIGATE?

    At 10:24 this morning I placed a call to the District Attorney’s office and asked to speak to County Detective Dennis Arnold.  He was not at his desk and Kitty, the woman who answered the phone, took my name and number and asked what my call was in reference to.  I told her it was regarding Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” who Arnold charged with defiant trespass for being on the fire escape of Mayor Smithgall’s property at 538 W. Lemon Street on May 12, 2005.  Mr. Messimer has publicly alleged that the mayor had an illegal cable hook-up running to his home at 534 W. Lemon Street.

    Here are some of the questions I have for Mr. Arnold when I speak with him:

-         Why is the DA’s office involved in a trespassing offense?

-         Why was the charge brought well over a month after the alleged trespassing incident?

-         Is pursuit of this trespassing charge good use of the taxpayer’s money?

-         Did the District Attorney’s office open an investigation into the allegation that the mayor had an illegal cable hook-up?

-         If so, why didn’t they interview Messimer and investigate his evidence?

-         If they did not open an investigation, why is District Attorney Donald Totaro quoted in the Intell saying “Comcast has also confirmed they have no reason to believe Mayor Charles Smithgall illegally obtained cable services?”

-         Who did Donald Totaro speak to at Comcast?  Did he or someone from the DA’s office personally call Comcast?

    I will let you know the answers to the above questions as soon as I get them myself.

“NOT A NICE PERSON”

    “The mayor is not a nice person.  He has hurt many people,” City Councilman Luis Mendoza said in a phone interview yesterday.  “He is not above the law.  I believe he should resign if he had illegal cable.  This is an offense that is prosecuted and people are fined.  And if they don’t pay the fines they can be jailed.  The mayor, according to the paper, said this was putting his family through hell.  If it’s false, why would this be putting his family through hell?  He should be calling Comcast to get copies of his bills.” 

    Mendoza, who ran against the mayor in the Republican primary this year and lost, called the trespassing charge against Messimer, “ridiculous.”  He also strongly denied that Messimer’s actions were politically motivated. He said Messimer was not his campaign manager as was reported in an Intell article in a quote from Jess Yescalis, Smithgall’s campaign advisor. Mendoza said Messimer was a volunteer for his campaign only.  Mendoza also questioned how this could be politically motivated since Messimer did not make the allegations until after the May 17, 2005 primary was over.  Mr. Mendoza also gave me a list of seven occasions and situations in which he says the mayor lied and used unethical tactics. 

“LEAVE THE MAYOR’S CABLE ALONE”

    I spoke by phone to Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” at length on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of this week.  The mayor, as reported here, told me to look up his criminal record.  Messimer has one criminal record from 1999.  He was charged with simple assault and having a weapon with an expired permit.  He pled guilty to both and was given four years of probation.

    He said this is not a “political payback.”  He was a cable worker and on October 13, 2004 he said he came across an illegal cable connection on the mayor’s property.  “It was part of my job to report stolen cable,” he said.  He gave the information to a reporter for the Sunday News in October of 2004 but said he heard nothing until he was called by the Intell several weeks before the primary in May of 2005. 

    Regarding the trespassing charge, Mr. Messimer said he was not aware that the property at 538 W. Lemon Street was owned by Mayor Smithgall.  He said he went on the fire escape to get to an elevation where he could view the cable connections on the Smithgall properties at 536 and 534 W. Lemon Street.  He said a woman with a cordless phone did see him and a police cruiser pulled up and sat a few doors down.  Two weeks later County Detective Dennis Arnold called him and “asked if I was on Smithgall’s property on May 12.”  Messimer told him “yes.”  He said last week Arnold called him again and “tells me the DA decided to file charges.”

    Messimer also said that about a week after he found the illegal connection and disconnected it, he drove by and saw the line was reconnected.  He called it in to the Comcast dispatch.  He was called back and told to “leave the mayor’s cable alone.” 

More coming tomorrow...

[Editor's Note - Someday I will figure out this boxing thing!]

 

~ District Attorney Donald Totaro ~

IS THIS THE WAY YOU INVESTIGATE?

 

    “Comcast has also confirmed they have no reason to believe Mayor Charles Smithgall illegally obtained cable services.”

     District Attorney Donald Totaro quoted in the Intell on June 24, 2005 in the story “Man accused of trespassing on mayor’s property” which is here.   The District Attorney never once looked at the evidence Dan Messimer has.  He is the “cable guy” who alleges Mayor Smithgall had an illegal cable hook-up and has been charged with defiant trespass by the DA’s office.  Is this the way you investigate Donald Totaro?  Coming later today…

Also coming later today – Luis Mendoza speaks out and part two of my interview with the “cable guy.”

 

~ Mayor Smithgall ~

PROVIDE PROOF OR RESIGN

    Mayor Smithgall, produce bills or have Comcast provide copies of bills showing that you have been paying for Comcast cable service to your home address at 534 W. Lemon Street.  Do it or resign.  It is that simple.      

    The public needs to know, now, Mayor Smithgall.  Direct allegations have been made against you and you have provided absolutely no backup or proof whatsoever for your denial of an illegal cable hook-up.  What you have done is misuse the District Attorney’s office to file a complaint against Dan Messimer, the person bringing the allegations. 

    Provide proof or resign, Mayor Smithgall. 

IT’S NOT LEGAL OR “FAIR”      

    As a poster on Lancaster Online’s Talkback asked, “What about all the senior citizens on a fixed budget like me that pay their cable bill?  Why is it fair for me to have to pay my bill and the mayor does not?” 

    Why is it fair for everyone to have to pay their cable bill and not the mayor?  Provide proof or resign, Mayor Smithgall.

    Lancaster County Democratic Chairman Bruce Beardsley said this about the mayor and cable service in a phone interview this morning, “It’s a rumor that’s been heard for a long, long time.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there were something there.”

    The public has a right and a need to know.  Provide proof or resign, Mayor Smithgall.

DEFIANT TRESPASS

    The second portion of the promised interview with the “cable guy,” Dan Messimer, who alleges he found an illegal cable connection to the mayor’s home on October 13, 2004, will come tomorrow.  A defiant trespassing charge was filed against him by Lancaster County Detective Dennis Arnold at the office of District Judge Bruce Roth last Thursday for his allegedly being on a fire escape on the mayor’s property at 538 W. Lemon Street over a month before on May 12, 2005. 

    In a phone interview this morning, Mr. Messimer said he has received no paperwork or confirmation regarding the charge against him. A woman named Shelley from Bruce Roth’s office told me over the phone this morning that the summons was mailed to Messimer on June 27, 2005.  When he receives it he will have 10 days to enter a plea.  If he enters “guilty” he has to pay a fine.  If he enters “not guilty” a hearing date will be set.  She said the best way for Messimer to enter a plea is to appear in person at Roth’s office located at 225 W. King Street.  Mr. Messimer said this morning that he does not have an attorney at this time.

NO FACTS AT ALL   

    Also coming tomorrow, will be a look at the Lancaster Newspaper’s coverage or non-coverage of this issue. In an article in this morning’s Intell, “Council members walk out on Mendoza,” the article states, “Tuesday, Mendoza raised questions about Smithgall, citing a story about a Mendoza campaign volunteer who was charged with trespassing at Smithgall’s home after the man accused the mayor of having an illegal cable TV connection.”  

    “The mayor and his cable provider, Comcast, have denied those allegations.” 

    The newspapers have printed no such denial by the mayor or Comcast other than this statement by the mayor, “As far as I know, Comcast is OK with us and is paid up to date.”  That quote is from the Intell article of June 24, 2005 titled, “Man accused of trespassing on mayor’s property.”  In that same article it says this regarding Comcast, “Comcast spokesperson Jeff Alexander would not specifically address Messimer’s allegations, saying only that the mayor is a ‘customer in good standing.’”  That is not a denial. 

    It is known the mayor does have a commercial account for his pharmacy.  The question is, did he have a personal account and pay for cable service to his home?

    Provide proof or resign, Mayor Smithgall.

   

 

~ The Mayor, Cable and Journalism ~

THE “CABLE GUY” SPEAKS

 

    I spoke by telephone for approximately an hour this morning with Dan Messimer, the “cable guy,” who has been charged with defiant trespass for being on Mayor Charlie Smithgall’s fire escape at 538 W. Lemon Street on May 12, 2005.

    Mr. Messimer has publicly stated that on October 13, 2004 he found an illegal Comcast cable connection on the Mayor’s property.  He stated again this morning that on that date he found a “splitter” running from the mayor’s pharmacy at 536 W. Lemon Street to the mayor’s home next door at 534 W. Lemon Street.  Messimer says he disconnected the splitter and red tagged it with tag number 507623.

    Messimer said this morning that on May 12, 2005, the day of the alleged trespassing, he had just left the Lancaster Newspaper offices where he met with a reporter and editor.  He said their conversation was taped.  He said the reporter showed him photographs of the cable connections at the Mayor’s house the newspaper had taken and he went to the mayor’s properties to view them in person.

OTHER THINGS

    I will have much more on my conversation with Messimer tomorrow, including his criminal record, allegations that this is a “political payback,” and how and when he was charged with trespassing and what happens from here in that case.  Today, I would like to talk about a few other things. 

    The first is my phone conversation with Mayor Smithgall yesterday (see the article below).  I published on my site early yesterday morning that I would be calling the mayor.  I placed a phone call to his office,  291-4701, at 10:00 a.m.  His assistant, Bruce Rankin, answered and identified himself.  He said the Mayor had meetings at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and asked for my number so the mayor could return the call.  The phone number I gave him is not my home number and is not publicly available.  The mayor called me at 11:00 a.m.   I asked if I could return the call to verify it was the mayor as I have never spoken to him or heard his voice before.  He said he had never heard of such a thing and we should just continue our conversation.  There is no question it was the mayor.  We spoke for close to half-an-hour. 

    Two important points regarding that conversation; one, he brought up the fact that his cable line had a red tag on it.  I did not begin that line of questioning, and, two, I did ask him to fax me the May 19 bill he said he had.  He said, “No,” it had his account number on it and he was not willing to do so.  I suggested to him that he could make a copy, black out the number and fax it to me.  He declined to do that as well.

    I take this website and journalism very seriously.  I plan to be around for some time.  This website is only nine months old so I print phone numbers and times when I call officials.  I told Dan Messimer this morning that I would be more than willing to testify in court under oath to what I printed with regard to my conversation with the mayor.  I mean it.

    Finally, some people apparently think that this story is not important and possibly even “frivolous.”  I totally disagree.  The mayor is an elected official.  His job is to serve and protect the public.  As one poster on Talkback said, “I do not think ‘petty criminal behavior’ is acceptable for elected officials.  How can the police under the mayor’s command enforce the law if the mayor himself is breaking it?”  They can’t.

MUCH MORE TOMORROW   

 

** BREAKING NEWS **

 ~ MAYOR SMITHGALL ~

NO BILLS AND A RED TAG

 

    Mayor Smithgall does not have any bills prior to a bill dated May 19, 2005 showing that he was paying for Comcast cable service to his home address located at 534 West Lemon Street.  “I have no need to keep them,” he said in a phone interview this morning, “I throw them out.”  Mayor Smithgall said he does not remember when he began receiving cable service at his home address, saying he does not even have any idea of the year.  “That’s a date that’s lost in infamy,” he said.  He did note he used to have an antenna on the roof because he wanted to get the Baltimore weather reports for his farm in Drumore which he said were more accurate than local Lancaster reports.  He said he “doesn’t remember” and “I don’t know” when he switched to cable.

RED TAG

    The mayor said he did have a red tag on his cable line.  He said possibly in February or March of this year a Comcast employee happened to stop by and said to him, “Do you know you have a red tag on your line?”  The mayor told me he asked the person what a red tag means and was told, “It means it’s an illegal line.”  Mayor Smithgall said the man checked it and said it was okay and took off the red tag.  He doesn’t know who the man was and does not know his name but he said there are a lot of college students in the area and maybe that’s why the cable worker happened to stop by. 

“PHOTO LINE-UP”

    He said Dan Messimer, the Comcast cable contractor who has publicly alleged that the mayor was stealing cable and was charged with “defiant trespass” this past Thursday for allegedly trespassing on the mayor’s property on May 12, 2005, was on the fire escape to his property at 538 West Lemon Street.  He said a neighbor saw him and said he was “looking into apartments.”  He said the neighbor thought he was a burglar.  He said the neighbor picked Messimer out of a “photo line-up” arranged by the police.  He said he does not know the time frame or the details or why it took over a month for Messimer to be charged.  He said he has never shaken hands with Messimer but “knows who he is.”  He said several times that this is a political payback because Messimer worked on Luis Mendoza’s campaign for mayor against Smithgall.  He also said I should look up Messimer's criminal record in the courthouse.

“CABLE CRAP”

    The mayor said again that this “cable crap” is “putting his family through hell.”

   

 

FREE THE CABLE GUY

                                  SHOW US YOUR CABLE BILL

    Mayor Smithgall certainly didn’t show his cable bill to anyone at the Sunday News yesterday (please see below this for “Show Us Your Bill”).  I will call the mayor tomorrow and ask him to share his March and April, 2005 Comcast cable bills with the public.  This will clear up the matter once and for all.  As reported in Friday’s Intell, Dan Messimer, a former Comcast subcontractor who alleged on Lancaster Online’s Talkback that Mayor Smithgall had an illegal cable connection, was charged with “defiant trespass” on Thursday for allegedly climbing a fire escape “on the Smithgall properties to inspect Mr. Smithgall’s cable connections” on May 12, 2005.  The article also states this, “Comcast spokeman Jeff Alexander would not specifically address Messimer’s allegations, saying only that the mayor is ‘a customer in good standing.’”  Which, Mr. Alexander, is a fancy way of saying absolutely nothing.  Show us your bills, Mr. Mayor.  Of course, I will let you know what the mayor has to say.    

                                              “PURE HELL”

    The link to the article is here.   There are a great many troubling aspects to this story.  Why is District Attorney Donald Totaro involved in a “trespassing case?”    Why did it take his office over a month to bring the charge?  Does it really take a month to investigate a trespassing claim?  Why is Messimer being charged with “defiant trespass?”  By legal definition, that means the mayor had to tell Messimer prior to that date to stay off his property.  Why did the Lancaster Newspapers wait over a month to print anything about this story?  The article states, “In an interview last month with an Intelligencer Journal reporter…”  And, since the newspapers didn’t print a thing, why is Smithgall quoted as saying, “For weeks now, this has put my family through pure hell?” 

              CORRUPTION & WASTE OF TAXPAYER’S MONEY

    Back to District Attorney Donald Totaro.  Doesn’t he have more pressing things to do?  The box on Cortney Fry at the top of this website has gone to 153 days.  He sits on the prison board where a man was recently severely beaten.  No one has been charged in that assault.  They haven’t arrested anyone in the shooting of a two-year-old child that happened close to a month ago.  Totaro has convened a grand jury for the second time in less than four years because of the following, “…illicit drug enterprises and related activities; racketeering as defined under the Pennsylvania Corrupt Organizations Statute, and unsolved homicides.”   You obviously have a great deal of work to do, Mr. Totaro.  Why is your office involved in a trespassing case?   This situation needs to be investigated for collusion between the Mayor’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. It also needs to be investigated to find out why the taxpayer’s money is being used to pursue a “defiant trespass” charge against Messimer.  To put it mildly, this whole situation smells of corruption, and not by Mr. Messimer. 

WELL-HEELED FRIENDS

    Due to time constraints other promised stories will come tomorrow.  One quick note -  Dave Hennigan devotes his entire column this week to helping out a friend, Suzy Hoover, whom he refers to as a “city do-gooder.”  He even tells us exactly what Ms. Hoover needs, “But first, the runoff needs to be resolved, a big slab of concrete needs to be removed, and a fence needs to be installed.”  And he leaves us with a real cliff-hanger with Clyde (hee! hee!) saying, “’Let’s see what happens if Council gets into the fray.’”  Hey, Dave, I’m a “do-gooder” and I’m having a dispute with my neighbor and I need a big slab of concrete removed too, so could you write about me next week?   Mr. Editor, why don’t you use your column to help people who really do need help and not as a personal vehicle to help your well-heeled friends?  How about that, Mr. Editor?  The column is here.

   

- Mr. Mayor -

SHOW US YOUR BILL

    “For weeks now, this has put my family through pure hell,” Smithgall said.  “Allegations like this make it very difficult for people to run for public office.  It makes good people wonder why they would want to get into government.”

    Tell it to someone who cares, Mayor Smithgall.  All you have to do is show us your Comcast bill.  You could have done this weeks ago and saved your family from going through “hell.”  Show us your bill, Mayor Smithgall.  Do it now.  The story is here.

 

WHY?

    Katie Couric asked “Why?” and if she can do it, I can do it, too – so tomorrow:  why is Prison Warden Vincent Guarini still on the job?  Why hasn’t he been removed pending an investigation?  Why is Detective Jere Schuler still trying to figure out the make and model of the SUV 22 days later?  Why did he arrest the wrong man in the first place?  Why was that man “severely” beaten in prison? Why hasn’t he arrested the man who really did shoot a two-year-old child? Why is District Attorney Donald Totaro involved in a “trespassing case?”  Why hasn’t he arrested anyone for the brutal murder of Cortney Fry?  Why did he convene a grand jury for the second time in less than four years?  Why did it take his County Detectives eight weeks to find five locations with illegal gaming machines?  Why won’t Charlie Smithgall show us his Comcast bill?  Why does Charlie Smithgall have cannons?  Will Democratic mayoral candidate Rick Gray defend the “cable guy?”  WOW!!!  It doesn’t get any better than this.  And, as a topper on the cake, the answer to the question, “Did I go to the Brett Lovelace School of Journalism?” 

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

“STAY OFF MY PROPERTY”

     The “cable guy” who alleged the mayor is stealing cable has emerged and been charged with “defiant trespass.”  WOW!  CHECK BACK TOMORROW!!!

 

IN THE COURTS

SEXUAL PREDATOR

    In a very strange story in this morning’s Intell, “City resident designated as sexual predator” which is here,  it states “that the city for the first time has a ‘sexually violent predator’ as a resident.  A Lancaster County Court judge ruled that the designation applies to Matthew James Quarles…”  There are two very strange items about this article.  One, the judge is never named.  The judge in the case was Joseph C. Madespacher according to Assistant District Attorney Todd Kriner, who I spoke to by phone this morning.  How could this omission have been missed by the reporter and editors of this story?  Judges are elected officials and are paid well over $100,000 by taxpayers.  We have a need and a right to know the judge’s name in every case.  The second item is that there are over 100 names of individuals in Lancaster already on the “Megan’s Law” section of the State of Pennsylvania website.  Quarles is already listed. This is a "timed website" so the general link is http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/EntryPage.aspx.   (Click on "PSP Sex Offender Search" and you can pull offenders by name or county.)  As some Talkbackers pointed out, I am not sure what, unfortunately, makes this story unique.  

HOLZINGER v. HOLZINGER

    The decision by the two Superior Court Judges in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger is posted here.  Please note this sentence from their final paragraph, “However, as the Dalrymple Court made clear, the repression of sexual abuse even by a child is an unreasonable response to the trauma.”  Ninty-Nine percent of mental health professionals would disagree with this statement.  As noted by Judge Klein in his Concurring Memorandum, which is posted here,  “Dalrymple found repressed memory of sexual abuse, at least in reference to the 22 years of repression claimed there, to be ‘absurd.’  This finding was reached despite admitting that Dalrymple had presented expert psychological testimony and no Frye hearing had been held.”

 

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

  

SAY IT WITH A PHOTOGRAPH

    This is the way you catch a bank robber.  Tell every police department in Lancaster County.  Then ask the Lancaster Police Department why they haven't printed a photograph of the gloves of the killer of Heather Marie Nunn.  I will give them a call myself to find out.  Stay tuned…

ARE YOU IN THE MOOD?

    Was Katie Couric’s interview with the “Runaway Bride” an absolute waste of an hour or what?  Katie, get a new hairdo and what was with that strange suit?  Oh, I’m sorry, you wanted a serious review.  Well, I think I found the problem and except for being briefly mentioned once, it was overlooked for the entire, dreadful, remaining 59 minutes.  Wilbanks and her fiancée have never had sex.  They are “saving themselves” for this marriage.  Excuse me?  But they live in the same house and have for some time now.  How and why would you do such a thing?  If you’re born again Christians and don’t believe in sex before marriage, okay, but don’t live in the same house.  That is just weird, and incredibly stressful, I would imagine.  And then there was one more thing.  Did you catch it?  Wilbanks said she and her father still kiss on the lips when they part.  Now, maybe I’m a little touchy on this subject, but that just strikes me as wrong.   I think therapy is needed all around for these two families.

QUACK

    Sadly, speaking of therapy, Dr. Fraud and I have had a bit of a row.  I really think he was out of line.  You be the judge.  Our emails are below:

I hope Dr. Fraud and I can reconcile – he does make a decent cup of coffee… 

    “You’ve been wrong twice.  Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise.  Don’t you think you’re a little out of your league writing about celebrities?”

    “You don’t know I was wrong about Cruise.  Just because he’s engaged does not mean he’s not gay.”

    “Are you forgetting his two other marriages?”

    “No, I’m not forgetting.  He plays a leading man.  You can’t be gay and play leading men in Hollywood.”

    “Who has a lousy website and thinks she knows everything?  How many times do you have to be wrong?  It was unprofessional and cruel of you to publicly say that about Cruise without having any personal knowledge.”

    “But I do have knowledge, Dr. Fraud.  A guy I work with wife’s second cousin’s best friend went to college with Tom and she says he’s gay.”

    “Well, you didn’t tell me that.  That changes the picture entirely.”

    “Thank you.  And I don’t know why you’re defending Tom.  You know how he feels about you quack psychiatrists and drugs, don’t you?”

    “Are you calling me a quack?  How dare you.  I’m the only reason anyone ever comes to your sorry little website.”

    “Now, that’s not true, Dr. Fraud, and you know it.  I have breaking news and gripping articles.”

    “Baloney.  You’re a burned out, bitter, middle-aged woman leading a pathetic, fantasy life.  I’ve offered you drugs.  Don’t listen to that idiot Cruise.  A few drugs never hurt anyone.”

    “If you’re so great why hasn’t there been any improvement in Clyde and Smart?  Huh?  What’s going on there?”

    “Those are difficult cases.  Therapy can take years, you know.”

    “You just want to line your pockets.  They aren’t difficult cases.  Just tell them they’re nut-jobs and tell them to clean up their acts.”

    “Are you telling me how to do my job?  Who do you think you are?  I made you, you know.”

    “You most certainly did not.  I made you.  You are nothing without me.” 

    “Ha, you are an egotistical and pathetic excuse for a writer.  I’ve outgrown you.”

    “That’s not possible, Dr. Fraud.  Don’t email me again.”

    “I’ll email you when I want to, so there.  Why haven’t you posted the rules for the How To Get Smithgall’s Name Off  The Police Station Plague Contest? 

    “It’s difficult.  I’m working on it.”

    “You just don’t want me to win.  Remember, it’s my idea to cover it with a sheet.”

    “How could I forget such a brilliant answer?”

    “Are you being sarcastic with me?  I don’t know why I waste my time on a loser like you.  Don’t email me again.”

    “Don’t steal my line, Dr. Fraud.”

 

41 years later, conviction in rights killings

By Emily Wagster Pettus

The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 22, 2005

 

     PHILADELPHIA, Miss. – Ever since the 1960s, the families of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman have desperately longed for the day when someone would be brought to justice in the deaths of their loved ones.

    That day came yesterday – 41 years to the day after the three civil rights workers were ambushed by a gang of Ku Klux Klansmen, shot to death on an isolated country road, and buried in an earthen dam.

    Edgar Ray Killen, 80, a former Klansman, was convicted of manslaughter for masterminding the killings, a verdict of bittersweet justice for the families in a trial that marked Mississippi’s latest attempt to atone for its bloodstained, racist past.

 

COMING LATER TODAY – HOW TO CATCH A BANK ROBBER, KATIE COURIC ASKS “WHY?” AND A LOT MORE… 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

 

No Change To Talkback

“E-PAPER!”

  

     LIP News goes straight to the source for our news – in this case an unnamed but knowing insider.  The changes coming to the Lancaster Newspaper’s website is an “e-paper” which means the full versions of all of the papers will be available on line.  That will involve a subscription price for those who want the full paper, and that price is not known at this time.  For those who use the Talkback feature, there are no planned changes.  Again, that information comes directly from someone who knows and that feature will not change.

   There is also a new internal computer system at the papers and that was why the Intell articles had not been posted for a week.  They had to train individuals how to do it on the new system.  When I spoke with Ray Shaw, the Intell editor yesterday afternoon, I did offer my assistance and was politely declined.  Apparently they did figure it out, because Intell articles were posted this morning.

    While I  had Mr. Shaw on the phone, and he was exceedingly cordial, I took the opportunity to ask why the Intell was not covering my lawsuit against my parents.  He said, “We’ve looked at it a couple of times.  I don’t know the reason.”  You are the editor, Mr. Shaw, you should know the reason.

    Below is a brief excerpt from “Tribune Days” and it is a true story of one of the nicest and brightest people I have ever worked with, “Kendall Keeps A Secret.”

 

- Tribune Days -

KENDALL KEEPS A SECRET

  

     It was one of those defining nights.  A night when everything comes together and you know why you love newspapers and being a reporter.  The phones were ringing off the hook and I was screening and directing the calls and editing copy because Jim Davis, the city editor, was writing the lead story.

    Kendall handed his story to me.  As usual, it was very good.  But there wasn’t a capital letter or a punctuation mark to be found.  Kendall,” I said, “This is excellent.  But no wonder Jim goes crazy.  Look at all those red marks I had to put in.  Every sentence starts with a capital and ends with a period.  All you have to do is hit shift and the letter and put a period at the end.”  I was sitting at a typewriter and I hit the keys as I spoke.  “It would save Jim so much time,” I said.  Kendall didn’t say a word.

     The next night he handed his story to Jim.  “Whoa, what happened here?” Jim asked.

    “She taught me something last night,” Kendall said.  “I never knew where those keys were before.”

    “You didn’t know, Kendall?  You didn’t know?  How is that possible?” I was incredulous.

    Kendall looked at Jim.  “I lied on my resume.  I didn’t go to college.  I didn’t graduate from high school.  I had to leave school in the eighth grade to help support my family.  Are you going to fire me now?”

    “How did you learn to write like that?”  I asked.

    “I hung around the smart people,” Kendall said.  “At church and parties I used to stand around the smart people and listen to the way they talked.”

    There was silence.

    Kendall looked at Jim again.  “Are you going to fire me now?”

    “No,” Jim said.  “I’d like to hear this story.  I’m going to buy you a beer, Kendall.”

    The two of them passed Gwen as she came up the steps to the newsroom.    Gwen knew immediately something was up.  “Where are they going?” she asked.  “Becky, what happened here tonight?”

    “I can’t tell you Gwen.  Jim will have to tell you.  I’m going to go home now.  Will you be okay?”

    Gwen looked around.  “Jim!” she called.  She was referring to Jim Cassell, the editor, who had an office in the back.  “Did you hear what happened?”  She looked at me, “He hears everything.”

    “Yes, Gwen,” he said, “I heard.  Please call the switchboard and have them hold the calls.  Then come back to my office and close the door.”

    Gwen looked at me wide-eyed.  I just nodded my head and left.

    The next night I went to Kendall’s desk.  “Do you need me to show you what any of the keys do?” I asked.

    “No,” Kendall said.  “Jim showed me what every key did last night.  You know how you put questions in some of your stories?  I could never do that.  I didn’t know how to put in a question mark.  Tonight,” and he looked proud, “I put a question in my story,” he said.

    “You could have done that before,” I said.  “Jim would have put the question mark in for you.”

    “I don’t think so,” Kendall smiled.  “Jim isn’t always too smart.  It takes him a while to catch onto things.”

 

                           - Breaking News -

"A WHOLE NEW WEB PRESENCE"

    I spoke to Ray Shaw, the editor of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, by phone yesterday afternoon at 4:15.  As noted here previously, I wanted to know why the Intell articles have not been posted online.  Mr. Shaw said they will be changing their whole web presence in the next few weeks.  The Lancaster Newspaper’s website “will change dramatically,” he said.  “There is big news coming.” 

    There will be more  this afternoon and I also questioned Mr. Shaw as to why his paper has not done an article on my lawsuit against my parents.  Also coming this afternoon, “Kendall Has A Secret” from the “Tribune Days” series.  This is a brief lead-in to the Klan Chapter and it is the night I would hear an astonishing secret.   

 

DEMOLISH THEIR PLAN

TELL THEM HOW YOU FEEL

     Well, it’s a nice day for a carnival.  Both Mayor Smithgall and Democratic mayoral candidate Rick Gary will be at Reservoir Park this afternoon at 2:00 p.m..  Tell them what you think about the demolition of eight properties including the Watt & Shand Building.  Tell them this has to stop.  A Talkbacker posted this, “noticed in the June 17th New Era that they buried the Lancaster Planning Commission article giving approval for the demolition on page D-3… I mean, shouldn’t this be near the front?!  It is supposed to get underway, next month, July, FYI.” The Penn Square Partner’s website is here.   If you’ve never been there, please go.  Over on the top right, there is “In the News” and a link to click on for “Latest Local Headlines.”  Every one of the articles posted under the link are from the Lancaster Newspapers, one of the three PSP members.  This absolutely demolishes the principal of freedom of the press and the principal of independence.  This is a disgrace.  Go to the carnival and tell Smithgall and Gray and any reporter from the Lancaster Newspapers who is there, what you think of all this.  Tell them "No" to the demolition.  (And then have some fun, too!)

ABSOLUTE BUNK – KEEP IT QUIET

    “District Attorney Don Totaro cautioned the allegations are the subject of a criminal investigation and warned that public discussion of them could compromise subsequent prosecution.”  This is absolute bunk.  This is Totaro’s trademark, keep it quiet, keep it secret and don’t let anybody know anything.  The quote is from the article, “Activist alleges prison abuse” in Thursday’s New Era.  The article is here.   It concerns the prison beating sustained by Jon B. Eichelman who was incorrectly arrested for the shooting of 2-year-old Pedro Melendez.  Tom Zeager, president of the prisoner advocacy group Justice & Mercy is quoted as saying, “This happens in this prison regularly.  This is not an isolated incident.”  Justice & Mercy’s website is here.   The Lancaster County Prison website is here.

NOT ENOUGH TO EAT

      They are a little behind on posting their Board Meeting Minutes on the website as the last Minutes are from January 20, 2005.  In the December Minutes there is this, “The meeting was opened for comments from the public.  Tom Zeager stated to the Board, that an ongoing complaint he hears from inmates is that they are not getting enough to eat.  The Board asked Mr. Zeager on what criteria this was based or if it was just an opinion.  The Warden indicated food services are provided by an outside vendor and that it meets all dietary requirements and is in accordance with a registered dietician and nutritionist.  Copies of all this material was provided to Mr. Zeager in the past.  Board members asked that Mr. Zeager provide them any information regarding ARAMARK’s menu where it was nutritionally deficient, from a health versus comfort standpoint.”  A health versus comfort standpoint?  Do you like it when your stomach growls, Warden Guarini?  Please see the Mission Statement below and also “Would it have been okay if he was the ‘right man?’” below on this website.  Warden Guarini is quoted as saying to WGAL-TV, “They’ll always be assaults in prison.”  Some Lancaster Online Talkbackers have suggested it may be time to clean house at the prison.  I think it’s time to clean house in the District Attorney’s office as well.

ATTEND A MEETING

    The prison board is made up of the three County Commissioners; Shaub, Henderson and Shellenberger, Controller Dennis Stuckey, Sheriff Terry Bergman, Judge Joseph Madenspacher and District Attorney Donald Totaro.  They meet the fourth Monday of each month, at 9 a.m. in Room 502 on the fifth floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse.  June and December meetings are held on the third Monday, and there is no meeting in July.  The March, June, September and December meetings are held at the Lancaster County Prison, 625 E. King Street.  That makes the next meeting Monday, June 20th at the prison at 9:00 a.m..  It is open to the public.   

 

The Lancaster County Prison Mission Statement:

 

“To provide for the humane, secure, care, custody and control of those individuals who are charged with criminal offenses.  While also providing for the protection and safety of the community through the detention of such individuals.”

                                                                                                           Vincent A. Guarini, Warden

 

CHECK BACK LATER TODAY….

 

Judge Klein’s Concurring Memorandum in the Superior Court Case of Holzinger v. Holzinger is here.

*** Carnival! ***

A LION TURNS 100!

     There is a carnival this Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the 700 block of East King Street at Reservoir Park.  There will be food, music and fun.  And the bronze lion in the fountain is 100 years old.  He was originally installed in 1905.  The lion has been restored and he will be rededicated to the city and the fountain will be turned on.  The carnival is sponsored by the East King Improvement District and they hope to make it an annual event.  Mayor Smithgall will be there and be part of the program.  I am trying to find out if Democratic mayoral candidate Rick Gray will be there and I will let you know.  For more information call Tom Wenger,  Community Builder for the East King Improvement District and a very nice man, at (717) 283-0942, extension 202.  The fountain will be turned on!

 

COMING LATER TODAY – JUDGE KLEIN’S CONCURRING MEMORANDUM IN THE CASE OF HOLZINGER V. HOLZINGER 

COMING TOMORROW – WHAT IS GOING ON?  A NEWS ROUND-UP.

- The Convention Center is Dead -

           THERE IS NO COMMON GROUND

 

    “I’m always looking for common ground.  If there isn’t any, then I guess we’ll move on.”  This is a quote from Commissioner Dick Shellenberger in response to Nevin Cooley’s letter requesting the commissioners stop trying to “kill” the convention center and “join us.”  The article was in yesterday’s New Era and is here.

    Today, Cooley sent an email to those who signed up on the Penn Square Partners website.   Several excerpts from the email are: 

    “Like you, those of us involved with Penn Square Partners are very active in our community.  So in civic and business meetings, in chance downtown and suburban encounters, in e-mails and phone calls, we’re all hearing the same questions about the Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square:  Why are Commissioners Shellenberger and Henderson trying to ‘kill’ the project?  Are their ‘issues’ valid?  Is Penn Square Partners responding appropriately to the Commissioners?  When will the project get started?  Happily, the last question we inevitably hear is ‘How can I help?’”

    “…Our letter to the two Commissioners answers all of the questions at the beginning of this note except the last:  ‘How can you help?’  If you are not among the scores of civic, political, business and minority community leaders who have appealed directly to the(sic) Commissioners Shellenberger and Henderson to end their obstructionist crusade, you should know that we and many others have concluded that they appear to be intractable and unwilling to change their stance.”

    “So in addition to speaking with the Commissioners, we urge you to help us to heal the wounds that they continue to inflict upon our community.” 

    Shame on you Nevil Cooley.  Penn Square Partners are inflicting the wounds upon this community. Please contact the two commissioners below and tell them “thank you” for watching out for your money and best interests. 

Dick Shellenberger: ShellenD@co.lancaster.pa.us or shllnbrgr@dejazzed.com

Molly Henderson: hendersm@co.lancaster.pa.us or MollyHenderson02@aol.com

 

As Dick Shellenberger said, “I’m always looking for common ground.  If there isn’t any, then I guess we’ll move on.”  Let’s all move on.

 

                 *** BREAKING NEWS ***

Nevin Cooley of Penn Square Partners has sent out an email in which one sentence is, “So in addition to speaking with the Commissioners, we urge you to help us to heal the wounds that they continue to inflict upon our community.”  HOW DARE HE?  COMING LATER….

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

Penn Sq. project leader: 'Join us'
Two commissioners urged to end fight.
By John M. Spidaliere
Lancaster New Era

Published: Jun 14, 2005 2:38 PM EST  - "Stop trying to 'kill' the convention center and 'join us,' Nevin Cooley pleaded with the county commissioners."  The article is here.

No they won't stop and we won’t stop.  It’s dead already, Mr. Cooley.  It’s dead.  Face it.  Move on.  See below this for "We Don't Want Your Pork."

 

- And Other Things -

WE DON’T WANT YOUR PORK

HE’S MY BROTHER   

    Once again other articles and time have delayed the story on my brother and it will come tomorrow or very soon.  There are many, many indicators that it was not a Boy Scout leader who made/turned my brother into a pedophile.  No, it was my father.

IT IS A MYTH

    The New Era just won’t stop.  Yesterday they ran the article, “Mythbuster?” about state Senator Gibson Armstrong and the hotel/convention center project.  Armstrong brought home some pork (state grants) and the people of Lancaster County don’t want it.  He is quoted as saying the following, “’People are out there saying the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill.  It’s just not true,’ says Armstrong.  ‘Not $1 of county taxpayers(sic) money has been put into the convention center, nor will it be,’ he says.”  Oh, Gib, Gib, don’t lie to us this way.  Please go to www.lookingatlancaster.com for an excellent rebuttal to this article.  Artie See, the author, has studied all the reports and he knows his stuff.  Stop the hotel/convention center now.  I thought it was done and dead already.

WOULD IT HAVE BEEN OKAY IF HE WAS THE “RIGHT  MAN”?

    Then we come to “’Wrong man’ beaten in jail” in yesterday’s New Era.  This, of course, is about the apparently innocent man who spent four days in jail for the shooting of 2 year-old Pedro Melendez.  Actually, I think WGAL-TV does a better job with this story.  They quote Lancaster County Prison Warden, Vincent Guarini on their website today as saying, “They’ll always be assaults in prison.”  That is not a good answer, Mr. Guarini.  What if your child came home from school all battered and the principal told you there will always be assaults in school.  You wouldn’t like that would you?  And what, you’re saying that because this is jail these people are not deserving of human decency and personal protection?   That’s your job, Warden Guarini, so I suggest you get busy finding out who did this and making sure it doesn’t happen again.  The final paragraph of the WGAL article is this, “The state police crime lab is enhancing surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle…”  Well, how long does all of this take?  Do it and release the video to the public and arrest the man who really did shoot Pedro Melendez. 

TAKING THE PURSE

    There are a number of new posts by Talkbackers under the New Era article of June 6, 2005, “LGH’s new CEO is taking pulse of hospital and town.”  Let’s hope he’s not going to take all of our purses, too.  The link to the article is here.

A LITTLE LATE

    Finally, yesterday’s New Era, again, had this horrible headline, “'Baby mamas’ have to earn badge of honor every day.”  Awful.  Just awful. I don’t care if Baby Mamas is a song by Fantasia Barrino, it’s a terrible headline.  This article is about teenage mothers and it never mentions any responsibility on the part of the fathers.  Then they quote a Drumore woman, Lauren Sturgill, who is starting a support group for mothers who are high school students.  She is quoted as saying, “Before they are in that situation, they shouldn’t be having sex.”  It’s just a little late for that, Ms. Sturgill, and I guess the fathers shouldn’t have been either.  She does go on to say, “They don’t need criticism.  They need support.”  You better believe they do.

GOOD THINKING

    One final note, I was wrong about the Michael Jackson verdict.  What can I say?  His lawyer is saying today that Michael will change his lifestyle.  That’s very, very good thinking.

 

AN APOLOGY ON LYNCHING

(The Philadelphia Inquirer, By Lauren Markoe, 6-14-05)

 

    “The U.S. Senate apologized yesterday for never having outlawed lynching, which from the 1880s to the 1960s took the lives of more than 4,700 people, mostly African Americans.”

    “Lynching was one way that whites reinforced the prevailing racial power structure, historians say.  Victims often were blacks who had achieved a degree of success or conveyed a sense of self-worth that Southern whites deemed unacceptable.  State and local officials often took part in savage and public lynchings, mostly of black men, sometimes for such offenses as disagreeing with a white man or owning a successful farm.

    ‘A rapid execution did not satisfy the emotional hunger of whites who insisted on prolonging and intensifying the taking of a life, not only to inflict a harsher penalty, but also to send a more forceful message to the black community,’ historian Leon Litwack wrote in Trouble in Mind:  Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow.

    “Fewer than 1 percent of lynchings were followed by serious efforts to bring those responsible to justice.”

 

 

"THE WRONG TYPES"

 

    I said I was going to do an article on how and why the Lancaster Newspapers continually lie and keep up the “everything is rosy” rhetoric.  And I will get to that later this week because they have done it about the new CEO of Lancaster General, about the Right to Know Laws, about the grand jury and on an on.

    But what’s really been getting my goat today is Gil Smart’s Sunday column and his “The Wrong Types” comment (see below on Sunday’s post.)  Gil puts himself out there as the great and lone liberal on the Lancaster Newspaper’s staff.   And in the year 2005, Smart still thinks that whites and Asians are the “average suburban homeowners.”  And that’s a disgrace and if it’s true in Lancaster, then most of the blame lies with the Lancaster Newspapers.

    I was recently told about a white woman with two bi-racial children (black father) who went apartment hunting in Lancaster and the suburbs and purposely did not take her children because she was afraid she would be turned down.  Why don’t you write about that, Gil, or the Lancaster Lynching story?  I personally handed Gil a copy of that issue of LIP on September 8, 2001 at the “Klan rally” on the steps of the old courthouse.  Like everyone else in Lancaster, the great liberal has chosen to ignore it.  There will be much more on all of this later.

    But today, I want to take you back to July 21, 1981 and the Philadelphia Tribune article, “Lancaster:  Another racial incident and the lid could blow off.”  The article is here.

 

- And Much More -

             HELLO, SUPREME COURT OF PA

 

CAN YOU SPELL DALRYMPLE?   

    On June 6, 2005, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed the lower court’s decision in dismissing my complaint against my parents in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger.  Justice J. Klein, one of the three judges, wrote a concurring memorandum, and the first two paragraphs and first footnote of that memorandum read as follows:

    “While I agree with the result announced by the majority, I do not believe that Dalrymple v. Brown, 701 A.2d 164 (Pa. 1997), fully explains the outcome.  Therefore, I write separately.

    I disagree with the majority’s conclusion that this is a repressed memory case.  If the action were for the battery of sexual abuse, then I would agree with the majority.  The Supreme Court has made it clear in Dalrymple that repressed memory is not applicable in Pennsylvania.(1)

____________________________________________________________

1        It may be time for our Supreme Court to revisit this issue, although this case does not appear to have the proper factual predicate.  Dalrymple found repressed memory of sexual abuse, at least in reference to the 22 years of repression claimed there, to be “absurd.”  This finding was reached despite admitting that Dalrymple had presented expert psychological testimony and no Frye hearing had been held.  I believe that there is still a deep divide in the psychological community over the validity of repressed memory, but there have surely been more studies on the issue and more peer reviewed articles since 1997.  Therefore, I believe that in the proper case, it may be time for a full hearing on the issue.”

____________________________________________________________

 

    Wow!  All the judge’s complete decisions will be posted here later this week along with where the case will go from here. 

DIXIE-ANNA SPENCER

    With one exception, the Sunday News had absolutely no news.  I would suggest taking it back and asking for a refund.  The exception was the article, “I couldn’t let Dixie die for nothing” which is here.   Cliff Spencer, who is also a Talkbacker, is interviewed about the murder of his 2-year-old granddaughter, Dixie-Anna Spencer, and a bill that has been introduced to the state legislature to toughen the penalties for killing a child.  Really good work, Cliff Spencer.

“THE WRONG TYPES”

    I don’t know where to begin with the Sunday News nonsense.  Okay, let’s start with Smart.  He kept it local this time apparently in keeping with the huge amount of money the paper is making from the “Parade of Homes.”  It is remarkably boring, but there is this sentence which really, really grates on me, “But that, unfortunately, doesn’t mean it won’t run into resistance from average suburban homeowners who might fear traffic, an influx of The Wrong Types, and perhaps above all that building apartments, townhouses as well as single-family homes on that piece of land right across the way could lead to a depreciation in the value of their own homes.”  Define “average suburban homeowners,” Gil, and then explain what you mean by “The Wrong Types.”  Do you mean Black and Hispanic?  Of course you do.  You don’t disguise your racism very well.  Go back to Pittsburgh, Gil, and put this kind of crap in your college newspaper if they let you.

G. TERRY MADONNA, AGAIN!

    Then we have Patricia Poist’s political column, “A taxing situation,” and once again she quotes G. Terry Madonna, the Franklin & Marshall College “political analyst” in what she refers to as “an e-mail interview.”  Patricia, dear, there is no such thing.  According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, “interview” means, “2 a: a meeting at which information is obtained (as by a reporter, television commentator, or pollster) from a person b: a report or reproduction of information so obtained.”  A telephone interview, yes.  An e-mail interview, no.  Call him next time.  He seems to save his time exclusively to be interviewed by Lancaster Newspaper reporters.  And, by the by, I have offered my services as a political analyst.  Please feel free to give me a call.

CLYDE’S WHINING, AGAIN!

    Hennigan is trying to show what a free thinker he is in this week’s ”Clyde gives his school of thought.”  What a clever headline, Dave.  I bet you wrote that yourself.  Now, I grow more and more concerned about Dave with every passing week.  His voice mail actually says this, “Hi.  This is Dave Hennigan’s and Clyde’s voice mail.  At the tone please leave your message.  We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  Thanks.”  You don’t believe me?  Dial (717) 291-8686 and find out for yourself (Dave isn’t in today so you won’t be disturbing him.)  I think I figured out why that newspaper building is such a fortress – to keep the men in the white coats from coming for Dave.

PRAY FOR US

    A note from last week and more coming tomorrow.  Cindy Stauffer of the New Era did a nice, folksy piece on the new CEO of Lancaster General Hospital, Thomas Beeman.  Cindy didn’t do any homework like running his name through google.  Mr. Beeman has had some controversy where he last worked.  Read an article here.   In another article in the same paper it says, “Before the nonprofit Saint Thomas held a series of meetings last week about the possibility of imminent mass layoffs, Saint Thomas Health Services CEO, Thomas Beeman penned a message to his staff.  ‘It is my intent, each day, to pray for all of you,’ he wrote in a company newsletter.  Pray each day for each other.’ …As staffers point out, the CEO drives three cars, two of which are reportedly a Mercedes and one a Volvo convertible.  Saint Thomas acknowledges picking up a portion of the purchase price of one of Beeman’s automobiles, although hospital officials don’t specify which one.” 

THERE IS MORE COMING TOMORROW ON REALLY STUPID COLUMNISTS.     

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THE KEYSTONE KOPS OR SCOTLAND YARD?

 

    “The case against the self-employed painter fell apart when police realized the sport-utility vehicle driven by the gunman did not belong to Eichelman.  …‘A determination was made that there were significant differences between the two vehicles,’ Schuler [West Lampeter Township police Detective Jere Schuler] said in a statement.”

    This picture was posted on Lancaster Online this morning under the “Re-enactment helped clear man in shooting” article.  The link to the article is here.   One poster said, “It would be nice if they released the video to the media,” to which another poster responded, “Good thinking.  Are you with Scotland Yard or something?” 

 

THE ONION OR SOMETHING SMELLS

 

STUPIDITY

     Every day I think I’m going to get to do something serious and “catch-up” on the news, and then the stupidity just continues at such a high level it can not be ignored.  Both the above Intell article and yesterday’s New Era article, “Squirrel bombers nabbed” (the link is here ) could be posted, untouched, on The Onion website.  If you’ve never been there, they take the everyday ordinary and turn it into sublime ridiculousness.  I would post a link, but today when I went there I got a “pre-ad” and a pop-up, so please find your own way if you want a good laugh.

FOR SURE

    Regarding the squirrel bombers, I challenge you to find a more absurd opening sentence to any article anywhere than this, “McCaskey officials have caught two students they think ‘for sure’ were involved in last week’s dead-squirrel prank, which sickened eight and forced the evacuation of all 1,600 people at the high school.”

    Now the “Re-enactment” story just has absurdity after absurdity but the closing is such a gem that it should be posted at every police department in the country.  It reads, “Accusing the wrong man has only made investigators more determined to catch the real gunman, Schuler said.  ‘When we sign up for police work, it comes with disappointments,’ Schuller said.  ‘This setback has only energized us to find the person responsible.’”

RIVER CLEAN-UP

   Please remember that tomorrow there is a Conestoga River Clean-up sponsored by Mike Sturla’s Office.  As it turns out, Democratic mayoral candidate Rick Gray will not be there as he is out of town on business.  According to Mike Sturla’s office today, Sturla will be there.  Call (717) 295-3157 for more information.  People are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Reigart’s Landing which is just inside the entrance to the County Park at Chesapeake Street.  Lunch is provided!

 

PLEASE CHECK BACK THIS WEEKEND WHEN I WILL GET TO PROMISED STORIES AND DO A FULL ROUND-UP OF THE NEWS!

 

"MAJOR CHILD-PORN COLLECTOR SENTENCED"

(The link to yesterday's New Era article is here. ) 

[This letter has been on this site for several months.  I received this email several days after I left a stack of LIP’s in Square One.  I emailed him back and asked if I could use his name.  He said yes.  I pulled his name up in the Lancaster Newspaper archives and found he had had a number of letters to the editor printed.  This letter disturbed me but I ran it as it came.  More later….]

LIP

By Andy Spedden

 

    I perused a copy of the Lancaster Independent Paper at Square One earlier today and this is an open letter to its editor and publisher.

    By way of introduction, I’m a former sex-offender.  “Former,” because I have not offended since I was charged with possessing underage pornography and incarcerated in July 2003, in a “high profile,” much ballyhooed case.

    I’ve since paid increased attention to (a) how sex-offense cases are reported in the media, and (b) the socio-political responses to and attitudes regarding sex-offenses and former sex-offenders.

    Regarding the former, it seems that as many cases as are reported in the local-yokel media – namely the fish-wraps wrongly titled, “Intelligent Journal” and “New Era” – have we yet seen any in-depth reporting about sex-and-love addiction or codependency?  All we have seen is a recent column by Larry Alexander – who appears to be enslaved by food addiction – which made light of a citizen who exposed and pleasured himself in public, to alarmed store clerks in downtown Lancaster.

    Regarding the latter, the foundation of the criminal “justice” system’s response to sex-offenses and accused and former sex-offenders is the motivating factor of fear.  The “helpful, therapeutic” approach ingrained in probation and parole supervision, as well as court-ordered therapy, is to make former sex-offenders afraid.  Afraid that they’ll go back to jail if they violate any of the supervision requirements or restrictions.  Afraid that they’ll be charged with yet more charges when they’re subjected to a polygraph for personal sexual history.  Afraid they won’t be able to make ends meet as a result of paying weekly counseling fees, in addition to monthly probation or parole costs (including court costs, restitution, fines, and administrative and supervision fees), in addition to polygraph fees (around $275 a pop, about three to four times yearly).

    Therapists who therapise(sic) former sex-offenders, who are in recovery, justify polygraphs and their high cost as being “helpful” and “beneficial” to clients.  Polygraphs “weed out” clients “who are snaking their way through therapy.”  So, for example, if a client happens to be of the Christian faith and finds more healing and wholeness through spiritual counseling and they reveal some disturbing item about their past behavior to their clergy, but doesn’t reveal this same disturbing item to their therapist and others in their therapy group, they’re said to be “snaking their way through therapy.”

    Fear is never healthy in the long run.  Was your fear healthy for you in the long run?  Likewise, it’s not healthy for former sex-offenders either.  But in a country where the government leads by example and role-models for us citizens that the “appropriate” way to respond to violence is with yet more violence, can we expect a more reasonable response to former sex-offenders?   

    Former sex-offenders, who are in recovery, regret what we did.  We regret who we were, who we used to be.  For some, the regret comes from having lost people or things or employment or any combination of these things, due to incarceration.  For some, the regret comes from a deeper place, and it’s unhealthy to continue thinking and behaving from this deeper place in the ways we formerly did, just as it’s unhealthy for victims of sex-offenses and former sex-offenders to continue thinking and behaving in a Victim Mentality.  After all, former sex-offenders did what we did in our individual Victim Mentality.

    It’s important to discuss sex-offense issues from the perspective of having been a victim, not from continuing to be a victim.  I’m a former victim, which is why I’m a former sex offender, just as former victims of sex-offenses are just that – former victims.  I hope LIP is a truly therapeutic, healing act.  Anything otherwise isn’t healthy for either you or the former sex-offenders publicized in its reports.

IN THE NEWS

CHEAP TALK

    Well, I felt badly that I did not publish yesterday afternoon.  Things happen.  But now I don’t feel so badly because Lancaster Online still has not posted the articles from this morning’s Intell, so if anything here is out-of-date, so to speak, please excuse me.  It seems they are too busy putting Vonage ads on every thread on Talkback.  Last week it was Verizon ads which really were pretty high tech and cool.  The Vonage ads are, well, strange.  And as you can imagine, I am now confused.  Should I go with Verizon or Vonage?  But what will come next week?  Who should I choose for cheap talk?  And the poor Talkbackers are so bored and ready to pounce on something meaty, they’ve been posting jokes and giving each other quizzes.  It is a dreadful state of affairs.  Can we get some news?

PEDRO MELENDEZ

    Yesterday, three New Era staff writers tried to find out why a man had been held in jail for four days and then released for the shooting of two-year old Pedro Melendez and where the investigation stood.  They found out nothing and in the end of their article have  lengthy quotes from WGAT-TV’s website to whom the mother gave an interview.  Now there have been questions thrown around about why this child was out late at night and that the father has not been mentioned and it may be a domestic matter and on and on and on.  And I don’t have time for any of it.  Someone shot into a moving car and struck a two year-old and forever changed his life.  So find him.  Apparently the man who was arrested and spent four days in jail was picked up because he has a green 1994 Isuzu Rodeo and police found that he owned a Smith and Wesson .357 handgun.  Isuzu’s are somewhat unusual and easy to identify.  And can’t the police tell if the handgun has been fired recently?  I mean, what is going on?  And why was he only charged with aggravated assault?  Is racism involved in that?   We also need to know why Jon B. Eichelman was apparently falsely arrested and what the police are doing to solve this crime and get a dangerous man off the streets.

WATER-SOLUBLE

    I’m going to sum up the McCaskey situation pretty briefly.  A woman who I believe has pretty good knowledge of these things posted this online from an internet café in Quito, Ecuador, “I believe these students are being given preferential treatment because many live in School Lane Hills.  If they came from Lancaster’s Southeast, I believe they would all be expelled and would be referred to the juvenile authorities.”  And these students who were about to graduate from high school are apparently telling the administrators that they can’t read the label of a can of paint to determine whether it is water-soluble or not.  Send them back to school.

I’M TAKING A POLL

    Well, G. Terry Madonna has done another Keystone Poll and you can read the entire analysis and all the questions that were asked here:  http://www.fandm.edu/x2144.xml .  What I don’t get is they say the phone survey was conducted between May 31 and June 5, 2005.  So how did they get all the results analyzed and charted and pie-charted and graphed in three days?  This would appear to be a technological and time management miracle.  Three days to analyze all those questions?  And on top of that, there really is not much of interest here (sorry, Terry).  And this survey was of 581 adults which calculates to only 8.67 people in each of the 67 counties.  And this is one of the questions that was asked, “Are you Hispanic?  3% Yes, 97% No.”  Well, that's too low.  According to MSNBC this morning, Hispanics now make up one-seventh of the population.  Where are they?  Some other interesting questions that didn’t make the newspapers, “Has your local school district voted to receive property tax reductions through Act 72, or not?”  13% Yes, 35% No, 52% Do Not Know and,  Are you a gun owner?  28% Yes, 72% No.”

OUT OF TIME

    I am out of time, so at a later date I will take a look at the New Era’s editor Ernie Schreiber and the “Angel of Death” editorial and much more. Tomorrow I’ll try to find out why I didn’t receive any of the $47,000 in donations given out by the LCCA and also, is this the tip of the iceberg?  Where's the money? 

Also tomorrow, terrible columnists.

 

A WHOLE LOT GOING ON

 

    There is just a whole lot going on – who shot Pedro Melendez and why did the police apparently have the wrong man in jail for four days?  And why was he only charged with aggravated assault?  What’s going on at McCaskey?  Why didn’t I receive any of the $47,000 the Lancaster Convention Center Authority "donated?"  Is Ernie Schreiber the Angel of Death?  G. Terry Madonna just can’t stay out of the news.  Hey, Terry, I can call 581 people, too!  And finally, really stupid columnists!

CHECK BACK LATER TODAY WHEN I ROUND IT UP

 

- And Other Things -

INVESTIGATE THE PSP

 

PRINCIPLE OF INDEPENDENCE

    A Lancaster Online Talkbacker has posted a link to an amazing article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of November 10, 2002 titled, “Lancaster publisher among investors.”  Of course this is about the hotel/convention center funding and the Lancaster Newspaper’s involvement.  The article is here:  http://pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_101775.html.  John Buckwalter, the president of Lancaster Newspapers, is quoted as saying that the newspaper’s role in the partnership is mentioned in every story concerning the project.  The article goes on, “That may not be enough to satisfy full disclosure, said Kelly McBride, an ethics specialist at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.  ‘The problem is, the principle in journalism is the principle of independence,’ she said.  ‘We, as journalists, need to be independent to hold people accountable.  If you take public money, you need to account for public money.’ McBride said the public has a right to expect that newspapers involved in such deals are reporting details fairly and accurately.’”  Then the article goes on to quote Ernie Schreiber, editor of the New Era:  “From an independence standpoint, Schreiber said stories about the project are not reviewed by newspaper officials prior to publication.  ‘They never have asked.  I would not agree,’ Schreiber said.”  You wouldn’t lie either, would you Ernie?  Absolute shame on you.  More tomorrow…

SHOVE IT IN YOUR EAR

    Jeff Hawkes has one of the worlds most boring columns in today’s Intell titled, “A few Q-tips for the graduate.”  If you can’t find anything to write about, Jeff, why don’t you go investigate whether the mayor is stealing cable?  The only ironically interesting item in the whole article is this, “Likewise, I once put faith in the democratic notion that all men are created equal.  I have since learned that politics isn’t about Jeffersonian niceties, but about winning and losing, the victory going usually to those who enjoy the advantages of connections, wealth and ruthless ambition.”  Are you talking about your employer, Jeff?  I would guess so.

LIGHTER NOTE

    On a much lighter note, MSN reported today that there was a woman outside the courthouse in the Michael Jackson trial with a sign "showing Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jackson.”  No comment. 

We Have A Campaign, Folks & Other Things

GO RICK!

GO RICK!

    Finally, Democratic mayoral candidate J. Richard Gray has stepped into the ring.  In a campaign statement he says, “After seven years in office, and five tax increases, Mayor Smithgall finally admits the city needs a financial strategy.  It’s an example of no leadership, no plan, no commitment, and no accountability from the mayor when it comes to city finances.”  Go get him, Rick.  You know I’ve offered to do my part for city finances and advertise “I need some LIP” on the police cruisers.  That’s just the kind of person I am.

CABLE THEFT?

    Is Mayor Smithgall stealing cable?  We need an answer.  We need it now.  Apparently some people don’t think cable theft is a big deal.  Excuse me?  The Mayor?  Yes, it is.  And then there’s this question that was posted on LOL Talkback, “It would be interesting to see if the cable industry provides perks to city leaders to get the franchise contracts in their cities.”  Yes, it would be interesting indeed.  Let’s get some answers here, Lancaster Newspapers.  Now.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT?

    Finally, I haven’t posted anything here about the “road rage shooting” of a two-year old, but this email in, “Does it make you wonder how a man can fire a gun into a moving car, shooting a toddler in both legs and get charged with aggravated assault?”  Yes, it surely does make me wonder.

LOTS MORE LATER TODAY. 

THE THREE AMIGOS

THANKS

    To the lengthy emailer from yesterday, thanks and noted.

HEADLINE NEWS

    The major story around the country today is this lead story from Lancaster Online, “The Supreme Court has ruled that federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on a doctor’s orders.”  This simply belies all human decency and common sense.  Shameful.

LANCASTER & THE CONVENTION CENTER & “THE THREE AMIGOS”

    A friend who grew up in Lancaster County recently wrote me this, “Funny how you can always tell when you enter Lancaster County, because of the lousy roads.  Not so many Amish buggies on Rt. 30 anymore, so it’s about a 2 ½ hour drive for me.  Such an odd place.  I always feel like I’ve entered the ‘Twilight Zone’ when I’m in Lancaster County…like I’ve landed in some errant version of the 1950’s!” 

    My son could always tell we were in Lancaster County by the smell.  But Lancaster does have a 50’s feel and not in a good sense.  It seems like something in a time-warp and to a degree I believe this has been done on purpose – to keep others eyes and opinions and judgements out of Lancaster.

   A regular poster on Talkback wrote this several months ago about “The Three Amigos” as the Penn Square Partners came to be known:  “You guys keep forgetting who you are dealing with – 3 prominent families in Lancaster County – very strong political connections – not only locally but within the Commonwealth of PA.  Welcome to small town America.”       

   Well I absolutely agree with everything but his last sentence.  You see, in Lancaster one of those incredibly wealthy families are the owners of the Lancaster Newspapers who control virtually all of the local news and information disseminated in the county.  And I think this is unusual and very dangerous.  And then you add in their huge financial interest in the convention center and it just really gets kind of scary. 

     There is going to be national media in Lancaster at the end of June to cover the trial of Felina Billetdeaux for the murder of Jonnie Moyer in Brownstown.  The Lancaster Newspapers know it and I think they’re trying to clean up their act.  But we need all the outside help we can get and we need to let these news people know what is going on.  The Lancaster Newspapers have crossed every ethical and journalistic line there is and the PSP Partners may have broken the law as well.  Tell everyone you see.  We need help to stop the convention center and to get this county out of the 1950’s and into 2005.

    And with those thoughts in mind, there is new information posted on www.lancasterfirst.org and www.lookingatlancaster.com.   Please read it.  

 

Coming Later This Week – WHERE IS CORTNEY FRY’S BODY?

Also Coming This Week -  A “LANCASTER LYNCHING” UPDATE

 

I’M A HARPER

DR. FRAUD 

    Well, I see I have an email from that crazy Dr. Fraud giving me grief about Tom Cruise.  I just don’t have time for him today so I’ll have to run our discussion later this week.

RON HARPER, JR

    Mr. Sunshine Law himself has come out under the “Smithgall seizes early support” thread on LOL talkback requesting the thread be shut down. Get a grip man.  I think you’re jealous.  This is the thread where “crazy_cable_guy” alleges Mayor Smithgall is stealing cable.  Now, someone has come on the thread announcing that he or she “has researched members of the convention center authority, the redevelopment authority, members of city council, and all the members of the Lancaster City GOP Committee. …All of the records that are public will be layed open in this thread for all to see.”  Wow!  I can’t wait.  This is what this city needs.  Let’s clean up 50 plus years of corruption.  Mr. Harper, of www.5thestate.com doesn’t like the idea and presented his credentials on the board.  There were two as follows:  1) Excellent @ finding things on the public record 2) Excellent @ using the internet.  Now those are impressive credentials.   Apparently the poster above is also excellent at these two items.  Now, again, this cable situation needs to be resolved.  I will offer again, to anyone out there, to contact me.  I have some credentials, too and there ain’t much that scares me folks (other than Clyde.)

SPEAKING OF HARPER

    He announced on a different thread that he is looking at purchasing a used, bullet proof vehicle.  This strikes him as “normal.”  Go investigate somebody, Harper.  (I’m just having fun Ron, but don’t close down that thread.)

THE SUNDAY NEWS

    What would Sunday be without Hennigan and Smart?  A lot better.  Clyde whiffs on the game.”  What does that mean?  What has Clyde been whiffing?   Is it legal?  And please, somebody tell me, even though I don’t really care, what is the “will-call booth?”     Then we have Smart, “Reaching for the clouds while falling into the abyss.”  Well isn’t that a lyrical and poetic headline but what the heck does it mean?  Nothing, as usual.  And then he just lies in his first sentence, “As a general rule, I try to avoid banging the same drum two weeks in a row.”  Nonsense, you’ve been banging the same drum for years.  Let me clue you in Smart, you are writing for the Lancaster Sunday News.  You are not writing for the New York Times and you never will be.  Got that. 

 

UPDATE

Folks, it would appear I’m not quite as crazy and stupid as many of you first suspected.  I contacted my webhost about this problem of the type being halfway down the page and they said, “We have contacted the software developers regarding this issue; in the meantime, you may wish to change the layout used.”  I’m simply not prepared to do that at this time, so please continue to go to www.lipnews1.com for the next several days.  Thank you.

 

STARTING OVER

 

     This breaks my heart but I have no choice but to start over.  Maybe it will be a good thing.   For today’s news, please go to www.lipnews1.com.  Beginning tomorrow and baring any unforeseen disasters everything will be back to normal and on this site.  Thank you for your patience and thank you for reading LIP News.

 

 


 

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