I'm thanking the Good Lord above that we are in the final year of Ed Rendell's last term. Pennsylvania has always leaned to the left due to the population concentrations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, but Republican governors are not unheard of.
I was reading some polling data on RCP that shows Democrat Dan Onorato slightly ahead of Republican Tom Corbett (former State AG). Then I realized there is one reason this state needs a Republican governor: Mumia Abu-Jamal.
This piece of human excrement entered the world as Wesley Clark in April of 1954. He claims that he was given the name "Mumia" by a teacher during an African studies exercise in school and later adopted the surname "Abu-Jamal" (father of Jamal) after the birth of his son in 1971.
At the age of 15, he helped found the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Panthers in 1969 after he and three friends were beaten by white supremacists at a George Wallace rally they were protesting. Mumia successfully petitioned to have his former high school's name changed from Benjamin Franklin Senior High to Malcolm X High. Wouldn't want to honor a Founding Father now, would he? His alliance to black separatism and racism has never wavered throughout his life.
On December 9, 1981, Abu-Jamal shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner after being pulled over. Faulkner was able to shoot Mumia once, and, according to a prosecution witness at the hospital, Abu-Jamal was quoted as saying, "I shot the mother fucker, and I hope the mother fucker dies." The prosecution presented six different witnesses who testified that Mumia was indeed the killer. They couldn't all be wrong, could they? Common sense says the odds are staggering.
After a three-hour deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict, and Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death. He's still sitting on death row as I type this. He has been given 27 more years on this earth than the officer he killed and has continued to spread his hate-filled anti-white rhetoric on the taxpayer's dime. Amnesty International has come to the defense of this scumbag as have many high-profile celebrities such as Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelson Mandela, and others. All claim that evidence was fabricated and stories have changed over the years. There are even reports that someone else since confessed to shooting Faulkner. Abu-Jamal has been made an honorary citizen of over 26 cities around the globe such as Paris (of course) and Copenhagen. Like the JFK assassination, the truth will probably never be known.
In April of this year, the SCOTUS upheld the murder conviction and, as of this writing, the prosecution is waiting to hear whether the death penalty will be part of that ruling. Damn straight it should! The rush was on to execute Timothy McVeigh (a white racist dirtbag), but let the state carry out the sentence on a black racist, and the howls from the left will echo into deep outer space. Does it make sense to anyone?
Amnesty International should thank their lucky stars that I won't be elected to the governor's office. Should that ever happen, I'll sign the damn death warrant five minutes after taking the oath. I would hope a Republican governor would do the same. The family of Daniel Faulkner deserves closure.