This week, a council candidate shifted blame for racist Facebook posts to the hacks of his opponent, and a mayoral candidate shifted blame for the divisiveness between drivers and cyclists to “fat people.” Also, spring shifted back to winter, damn it. Billy Penn recaps all these stories and more, paired with music, as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.
“It Ain’t My Fault, Part II” Silkk the Shocker feat. Mystikal
Council candidate Manny “I Swear I Got Hacked on Facebook and That’s Why Racist Stuff Appeared” Morales had a Facebook page with several offensive posts. He maintains he got hacked, possibly by his opponent Maria Quinones Sanchez’s team. The Democratic party had originally endorsed him. Not anymore, though.
“I Wanna Get Better,” Bleachers
Things are getting so grim in Atlantic City that Monopoly is removing it from new editions of the game. Summer’s just around the corner, at least. It can’t get any worse.
“Eat It,” Weird Al Yankovich
Mayoral candidate Milton Street isn’t sure cyclists and drivers can ever live in harmony. Why? Well, he said there’s always one group that gets mad at cyclists: “fat people.”
“Turn Off The Light” Nelly Furtado
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his constituents have had enough of the 3D digital billboard talk. He asked the city to remove the possibility of a billboard at the Bellevue, which is part of his 2nd District.
Philadelphia continued its tradition of having political candidates draw numbered balls from a coffee can to determine their ballot position for the May primaries. Tony Williams snagged the top spot in the mayor’s race, and the at-large-council incumbents mainly drew low positions.
“Unwritten,” Natasha Bedingfield
Philadelphia’s school district, which has a very significant cash flow problem, isn’t using thousands of decent textbooks that are stored in a closed South Philly school.
“Slide Over,” Baby Bash and Miguel
The dream was nice while it lasted, but bad news: The new Comcast Tower probably won’t have that really cool slide.
“Easy Come, Easy Go,” George Strait
“Remember the Name,” Fort Minor
Ten percent luck, 20 percent skill, whatever. All it takes for millennials to decide Philadelphia’s next mayor is 40 percent. If that many of registered millennials vote, Philly could be theirs.
“Alive and Kicking,” Simple Minds
His owners thought he died, but a chihuahua named Bruno survived a three days in a collapsed Kensington building.