COMMENTARY: Philadelphia Mayor Nutter's No Liberal Nut Ball

By John W. Lillpop
John W. Lillpop
John W. Lillpop
It is not often that a Democratic Party politician earns kudos for taking a common sense approach to a major issue of the day. In fact, the exact opposite is quite often the norm at national, state, and local levels.

However, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter seems to be an exception, at least when it comes to dealing with “Flash Mobs” in the in grossly misnamed “City of Brotherly Love.”

As reported at  reference 1, Mayor Nutter is talking and acting like a law-and order conservative, an urgently needed situation for this beleaguered city:

“Authorities in the US city of Philadelphia have ordered a curfew for minors in an effort to halt a series of violent flash mobs.

Nutter said that the curfew would apply at 22:00 (10 p.m.)  for anyone under 13 years of age and at midnight for those under 18.

Flash mobs, organized through social networking websites, have left several city residents injured in recent weeks.
Mr. Nutter said the curfew would go into effect on Friday evening.

The mayor said those who broke the curfew could be taken to a police station and fined up to $300, while repeat offenders faced penalties of $500.

He warned that if parents failed to pick up their children, the department of human services would be contacted and parents could face child neglect charges.

A statement released by Mr. Nutter's office said the number of police on patrol in the city would be increased until the start of the coming school year.”

The mayor also dished out a generous serving of “tough love” to black flash mobs as reported in part at reference 2:

“Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter said enough is enough to the marauding black flash mobs that have terrorized tourists and citizens of the City of Brotherly Love alike. During a press conference yesterday to announce a curfew, Nutter admonished the black youths saying, “you have damaged your own race.”

“Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.” 

Whew! Now that is telling it like it is, Mayor Nutter!

Meanwhile, across the great pond in not-so-jolly England, leftist politicians are blaming the riots on frugality measures pushed by Tories.

For gosh sakes, wake up,England! Tough love, and plenty of it, is needed to deal with the renegades, hoodlums, and criminals who are bent on destroying your little island!

Follow the lead of Mayor Nutter and plan to survive! 

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