Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Apparently Philly Jesus is doing the Santa thing now. Via Philly City Paper on Instagram.
PHILLY FOP HEAD: DIE-INS, PROTESTS ARE ‘LYNCH MOBS’ AGAINST POLICE
John McNesby, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, is sick and tired of protests. On one hand, people are protesting a police-related matter — probably upsetting to the head of their union. But on the other, here’s what McNesby actually said: “We have to soon decide between the rule of law and due process,” McNesby said, “or a group of inspired lynch mobs.” Lynch mobs? Specifically, in two cases, an armed police officer took the life of an unarmed man of another race. In neither of those cases did the police officer even face charges, much less have a jury of his peers decide his fate. In other words, protests against these cases are protests about the lack of law and due process. The Inquirer‘s Mike Newall watched McNesby rail against protestors, knocking down straw-men arguments about convicted felons carrying weapons and a lack of protestors in the region — and deciding to bait a civil rights leader he noted hadn’t shown up at the funerals of eight Philly police officers who have died in the line of duty since 2007. “Did anyone see Al Sharpton or any of his convicted thugs at any of them funerals?” News flash, John: You’re probably going to see more protests. And you might be their cause.
THIS FEBRUARY, THE MUMMERS TAKE MANAYUNK
You’ve seen them strut on New Year’s Day — now the Mummers, Philly’s homegrown parade of the costumed grownups, are poised to transition from Broad Street to Main Street. The latter is a new parade on February 22, The Inquirer notes, called the Mummers’ Mardi Gras. It’s not ALL the brigades — some 10 out of the total 17. The parade’s free and family-friendly, but you’ll be able to buy $10 bracelets for other events in that part of town.
PENNDOT SCAM: 10 WORKERS CHARGED IN $1.2M FRAUD
Overtime hours never worked, miles that were never driven, kickbacks for managers who looked the other way: Nine PennDOT employees have been charged (and a 10th indicted) in Montgomery County. A grand jury report, via NewsWorks, contends the workers were after half a million in overtime pay; a consulting group snagged $700,000 as part of the deal. The attorney general’s office learned about the alleged scam through a whistleblower.
TO DO: MEET TO END HOMELESSNESS
WHAT: Project HOME’s 2014 Homeless Memorial Day
WHERE: Dilworth Park
WHEN: 5-6 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
INSTACART ADDS DIBRUNO BROS. BECAUSE OMG HAPPY FESTIVUS
Instacart, which only recently announced plans to deliver your faves from the Reading Terminal Market, just made everyone’s dreams come true. As of yesterday, the delivery service is offering DiBruno Bros., according to Foobooz. Next time your First World Problem detector alerts you to your lack of fancy cheese, remember you can get some delivered to you for just a few bucks and in less than an hour. Sign us up and bring on the cheeses, charcuterie, olive oils and … actually we’ll just have one of everything, thanks.
ULTIMATE PHILLY THING BRACKET: VOTE IN OUR SWEET 16 ROUND
Will Smith beat Stephen Starr; TastyKake knocked off the Roast Pork Sandwich. You’ve helped whittle down Billy Penn’s list of 32 Philly things to 16, so we’re advancing to the next round… And here’s where things get interesting. Will you vote for Billy Penn over Ed Rendell? Or take TastyKake again, now that they’re up against the soft pretzel? Round 2 awaits.