UPDATE:  Against a tsunami of public outrage against her proposed legislation, Councilwoman Blackwell has agreed to withdraw the bill.


It’s not enough that City Council finds a new way to drain your wallet with a new tax increase or a new tax each and every spring.

Now they want you to get a written permission slip from them to put flowers outside your house.

No, I’m not making this shit up.  Have a read:



What’s the fine for not doing this, you ask?  $300.

Mind you, the whole public law on sidewalks is written very poorly but the goal of the original ordinance is to make sidewalk encroachments illegal unless you get a bill written by City Council and passed (here’s an example of one).

Because City Council hasn’t ever fixed the language of the original bill so it’s clear what sidewalk encroachments are, Councilwoman Blackwell’s bill requiring a permission slip on top of a permit from the Department of Licenses and Inspections takes already-bad municipal law that is super-broad and ruins it further.

So yes–if her bill actually passes, you will now need a permission slip from City Council as well as that L&I permit in order to put a flower planter or a bench in front of your house.

Which is fucking ridiculous.

Take some time today and let these people know that the sidewalk encroachment code is already stupid and Councilwoman Blackwell just wants to make it even more stupid.

JANNIE BLACKWELL: (215) 686-3418

MARK SQUILLA: (215) 686-3458


KENYATTA JOHNSON: (215) 686-3412

CINDY BASS: (215) 686-3424

BILL GREENLEE: (215) 686-3446

DAVID OH: (215) 686-3452

AL TAUBENBERGER: (215) 686-3440

Frederick Ramirez, president of Pan American Mental Health Services, was picked by the Philly Democratic Party to replace Leslie Acosta in the 197th District in the PA House.

Freddie Ramirez was picked by ward leaders to replace disgraced, convicted and sentenced State Rep Leslie Acosta.

As of this week, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now after Freddie for failure to pay $6,700 in state income taxes on his personal returns.


Freddie Ramirez Taxes

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I hadn’t noticed this until last night but protestors against Donald Trump’s executive order have been pointing out that a Uber founder Travis Kalanick made the grave mistake of expressing the ability to work within the new Trump presidential framework at an internal employee meeting.

Well, he didn’t actually formally express love of Donald Trump, but he did say he’ll partner with anyone in the world as long as they’re amenable to the company.

And for that:

So, if you weren’t too sure about Uber before, let me tell you right now Uber is LITERAL HITLER.  See anyone stepping out of an Uber car?  They ❤️  Donald Trump and they shouldn’t be trusted.  They should be ostracized.

I don’t like their app anyway, especially that last refresh that broke their map.   I haven’t been able to get Uber to work right for months.

The Uber competitor Lyft has capitalized on the angst against Uber and has let it be known that they give dollar donations to ACLU.   So if you’re virtue signaling hard–do not show up to your friends house in an Uber.

That would be gross.

(p.s. your bougie site owner here rides the bus)


I’m sure you’ve heard about the protests over Donald Trump’s executive orders, in particular the travel ban.

Remember kids, this is actual text from Donald Trump’s executive order:


No joke.

So anyway, if you had any plans on using the airport tomorrow the protests will be around Terminal A around 2PM and an assortment of far-left causes have pledged to turn out for it.

I’m sure I’ll be called a homophobe nazi for pointing out that Trump’s EO actually calls out anti-bigotry explicitly, there will still be gay orgs like the LGBT-based Liberty City Democratic Club protesting in support of homophobic gay-hating imams entering the country.  Whatevs.

Aaaaaanyway, count me out.