UPDATE: As I predicted, Gosnell was given life albeit behind bars. He will serve three life without parole sentences and an additional 2 1/2 to 5 years for the overdose death of Karnamaya Mongar.
It seems these so-called ’blobs of cells’ are human after all. A Philadelphia jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty of infanticide and involuntary manslaughter. The prosecution can seek the death penalty in the three infanticide verdicts though I believe the jury, in the sentencing phase, will give life without the opportunity of parole.
@jdmullane reported this afternoon via Twitter:
The abortionist #Gosnell also guilty of infanticide in death of Baby A, and conspiracy in deaths of babies C and D.
Of all the carnage that went on in this legal and state sanctioned public abortion clinic; the description of Baby D struggle for his or her life then brutal death haunts me the most. At the moment, Planned Parenthood is attempting to set groundwork for the legalization of infanticide of infants born alive after an abortion procedure by blocking life saving care and ignoring Safe Haven laws. Consider the implications of this legislation at a federal level: Kermit Gosnell would have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter only. In an interesting corollary to this story, Democrat congressional representative, Allyson Schwartz CD-13, recently announced her intention to run for Governor of Pennsylvania. To date, she has not answered numerous questions as to whether as director of a PP abortion clinic she allowed referrals to Gosnell’s clinic.
Whatever your stance on abortion, we can all agree what went on in Kermit Gosnell’s clinic should be held up for scrutiny and accountability. The decades long victimization of women at this abortion clinic needs to be addressed. Along with identifying community roadblocks that prevented these women from getting the appropriate information at a time when they needed it the most. The conviction of Gosnell is just the beginning of the healing process, as a community, we have a long road ahead.
Commissioned in 1771 on Mud Island with the principle architect being Pierre Charles L’enfant. Originally called Fort Island Battery until the fort was taken over by Colonial forces during the Revolutionary war. 400 colonial soldiers manned the fort with one directive – delay General William Howe and his fleet for as long as humanly possible giving General Washington and his troops breathing space. There was no expectation that the men at the fort were going to defeat Howe – just slow him down. In the end, the fort was massively outgunned by the British fleet and was subsequently recaptured by British forces.
A British officer was said to have remarked, “the behavior of the enemy…did them honor, nor did they quit the place ‘till their defenses were ruined, and the works rendered to rubbish, setting the works in a blaze when they could defend it no longer.”
Due to the brave actions of the colonials at Fort Mifflin, General Washington was able to get his forces to Valley Forge for the winter.
Christmas Village in Philly is a great way to celebrate all the good things of this season. I try to make a visit or two every year to check out the decorations and the goods for sale in this market. The village is based on the amazing traditional German Christmas markets.
You cannot help but smile when visiting this market. The wares, the music, the lights and the food makes this place a great way to celebrate the Christmas season.
Congratulations to the Naval Academy Midshipmen in their victory over the West Point Cadets in today’s Army/Navy football game. With a score of 17-13, the Midshipmen have won the C-I-C award for the best record in games among the three academies.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham
It seems I’ve been chasing this number for a very long time. A quiet idea born during my first 5K race in 2009 that keep getting stronger and stronger as I continued to run.
It hasn’t been an easy road with disappointing injuries and the work required to get back into shape. In truth, I would not be at this point without the excellent training and guidance from Team Philly and Goals Fitness.
I’m excited and looking forward to completing this marathon with my running friends. Yes, there will be a race recap Stay tuned to this post!
“You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don’t run and never will… those who run but don’t race…those who started training for a race but didn’t carry through…those who got to the starting line but didn’t in the finish line…those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You’re still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you’ve outlasted.” – Joe Henderson
The beginning of November ushers in a remembrance of those who have departed this life. Call it Day of the Dead or All Souls Day, it is time set aside to remember those lost to us. What better way to reflect on the passing of loved ones is to plan a visit Laurel Hill Cemetery located in sunny Philadelphia.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of few cemeteries designated as a National Historic Landmark. Established in 1836, the designers had three unique requirements – it had to be situated in a picturesque location well outside the city; that it had no religious affiliation; and that it provided a permanent burial space for the dead in a restful and tranquil setting.
Laurel Hill was designed not only as a cemetery open to all faiths, but a picturesque retreat for the living. The cemetery overlooks the winding Schuylkill river, the amphitheater design of the cemetery was designed around the views of the Schuylkill river.
What is a cemetery without any ghost stories? Legend says she lost her child in the Schuylkill river running below the cemetery and now spends eternity morning and searching for her lost child.
General Meade and thirty-nine other Civil War-era generals reside here, in addition to six Titanic passengers.
This memorial to a lost daughter gets me every time. It is dedicated to Blanche, only and beloved child of Louis R and Louise C Stille. The side of this heartbreaking memorial depicts an unwritten scroll with two words engraved at the top – ‘Crushed Hopes’. Ohhh, that hurts to look.
Enjoy my little slideshow from Laurel Hill Cemetery:
Rebuild America bus tour is holding a rally this Friday, November 2nd (voting day for some of you) in Altoona, PA. This organization has identified 5 swing states that it plans to focus its energy – Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa. They believe that winning 3 of the 5 states is key for a Romney/Ryan victory and to that end have planned rallies in each of these states.
The Pennsylvania rally details are below. If you have time go check out the rally and don’t forget to take photos!
Friday, November 2nd
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
1509 13th St
Altoona, PA 16601
Pennsylvania is showing signs of breaking from the tradition of electing the Democrat Presidential candidate this year. Although nothing in politics is certain until election day, polling data is beginning to show a trend towards both the Romney/Ryan ticket and Republican Senate candidate, Tom Smith. Rasmussen is now reporting the US Senate race in PA is essentially a tie. While I am hesitant to call both of these races in Pennsylvania, this election will go one of two ways in PA: Tom Smith and Mitt Romney win PA or Casey JR and Obama will take PA. This election comes down to a numbers game in Pennsylvania as there are more registered democrats than republicans. The outcome of the election depends upon which party can get more people to the polls. For Romney and Smith to have a credible chance to win in Pennsylvania two things need to happen – Republicans need a strong GOTV drive in the suburban counties especially around Philadelphia combined with a sluggish, dispirited Democrat voter turnout in both Allegheny and Philadelphia counties.
And that is my two cents on the election predictions. What are your thoughts on the PA presidential and senate race?
While I don’t live in a flood prone area of Philly, I’m still taking precautions in advance of weather events due to Hurricane Sandy. The most pressing concern in my section of Philly would be a power outage. This afternoon, I put together a power outage kit containing a dozen pillar candles, 100 tealight candles, 4 long lasting jar candles, three flashlights – two which glow in the dark and one solar powered, a case of bottled water, assorted batteries and matches. Tomorrow, I plan to sweep away the leaves and garden debris from the back patio and remove all planters and trellises into the garage.
The City of Philadelphia is preparing, and asking residents to prepare for major flooding and power outages in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. A Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Watch and High Wind Watch is currently in effect beginning Sunday evening into Tuesday afternoon for the City of Philadelphia. Heavy rain will begin Sunday and continue through Tuesday. Between 4 -8 of rain is forecasted for Philadelphia. Significant localized and coastal flooding is anticipated for the city. Residents and businesses in low lying areas with a history of flooding during storms should prepare immediately.
Residents should call 311 for updates or to report issues. The 311 Call Center has extended its normal operating hours and is currently operational 24/7 to help residents cope with the storm.
The best bit of advice for any emergency is to stay calm and have a Plan.
Nearly all my training runs start at Lloyd Hall and I’ve found that guaranteed parking is available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) parking garage located next to Lloyd Hall. By guaranteed, I mean no worry of being ticketed for parking for more than two hours and actually finding a parking spot. Oh, forgetting the thieves lying in wait on Lemon Hill.
The price of convenience and safety is not cheap, you may pay up to $30 to park in this garage IF you are not a member of the Art Museum. I can happily report my museum membership paid for itself in parking fees I do not have to pay. Over the past two years of training for races, I’ve developed a post run habit of spending time taking in world class artwork before leaving for home, even developing a ‘must see’ list of paintings. Nowadays it does feel strange not to take in Van Gogh’s Sunflowers after a long run.
Indeed, I think I’ve perfected the ‘art’ of running