"Philadelphia Scandal Underscores Pitiful State of Public Housing Oversight," read Jonathan Berr's Aug. 28 report in the Daily Finance. It was a story about Carl Greene, the embattled director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). He was put on paid leave while the board investigates charges that he settled four sexual harassment claims against him without notifying the PHA, doled out work to politically connected law firms and pressured employees to donate to his favorite nonprofit. Greene is also being investigated by the U.S. Attorney General Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and HUD's Office of Inspector General. They have yet to bring criminal charges against him.
A while back I wrote a piece about the resurgence of the Red Menace in various parts of the world. The Communist Party in Japan is rapidly winning converts; and Karl Marx’s birthplace in Germany has become a tourist attraction, with the financial crisis convincing many that his ideas deserve a second look (in reality, this is the umpteenth look, and the results of previous looks have never looked good). And, unfortunately, it isn’t just overseas that communism finds a home.
With its “peacekeeping” that kills folks as dead as warfare does and its international meddling, you might think the United Nations would spawn enough evil to satisfy its sociopaths. And with its “General Assembly” besieging New York City this week, let alone megalomaniacal “Slick Willy” trying to grab the limelight with his “Clinton Global Initiative,” you might also suppose there are enough interminable gab-fests to keep those sociopaths yawning. But no.
The morning news tells us those reactionary old Republicans managed to sustain a filibuster to defeat the repeal of the ban of homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces. Funny, I thought “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was the Republican stand on abortion.
For more than 200 years, the political left has been coming up with reasons why criminals should not be punished as much, or at all. The latest gambit in Missouri is providing judges with the costs of incarcerating the criminals they sentence.