Friday, August 23, 2013
Gregory Defends Ftn Hill Police Brutality, Child Rape and Corruption
This will be my last report concerning Jim Gregory's radio program, in which Tricia Mezzacappa was his guest for a fourth day in a row. Today's show was supposed to be devoted to trashing West Easton government, until Gregory decided the topic is too boring and that nobody cares. The production is so lousy that you could hear Gregory and Mezzacappa plotting before they knew they were on the air. They were trying to decide whether they want to discuss Ron Angle's tax returns, something neither one of them has ever seen. They ultimately decided to embrace the bad guys.
Michael Solomon is a former Glenn Reibman operative who took kickbacks from Northampton County vendors and spent time in Club Fed. "I love the guy," claimed Gregory, who wants him on the air as a guest. He "got screwed." and "did a great job with the County."
Gregory also defended "our poor friend, Mike Piper," who was recently sentenced to 29-58 years in state prison for repeatedly raping a 12 year-old girl over two years. It was "her word against his," claims the woman beater. According to Gregory, the poor guy had a tainted jury, a lousy lawyer and even lousier judge. "Craig Dally has no idea what he is doing on the bench and is some kind of joke," pontificates Gregory, who says the long sentence is a direct result of my blog, for some reason.
They also defended the Fountain Hall police officer who was fired by an unanimous borough council after he was caught on video roughing up a petty criminal, and then lying about it. He was ordered reinstated in a binding arbitration that finds the officer did use excessive force and did lie. According to Chief Ed Bachert, this destroys community trust. His sentiment is shared by most police officers.
I broke this story, which drove both Gregory and Mezzacappa nuts.
"Bernie O'hare is picking on the Fountain Hill Police Department. When you pick on one police department, as a former police officer, you pick on all. You better have a good reason. This guy was exonerated by an arbitrator, which means he wasn't guilty.They found that he wasn't guilty. They put him back on the force. Thank God, officer. Thank God we have you there."
Gregory is a former police officer, but fails to point out he was fired for taking very long breaks while on the night shift.
Mezzacappa adds that the hapless drunk "probably deserved the takedown." Gregory adds of the video, "So what!
Gregory did get a call from David Brunner, a talent agent who is obviously connected with station owner Jolly Joe Timmer and carrying water for him. Good boy, David.. Brunner, whom I've never met, trashed Bill White, something I believe he did a few years ago anonymously. He also lit into me, hoping to get a bone or two thrown at him
Gregory also decided to slam Easton mayor Sal Panto for the first time, for devastating Easton's finances. Mayor Sal has been able to keep Easton in the black and is in his second term without a tax hike, a somewhat remarkable feat in that distressed but proud City. But Mayor Sal is no good, claims Gregory.
There was also an attempt made to bait DA John Morganelli, Bill White and yours truly into coming onto the show. "Morganelli has no balls," claims the woman beater. Producer Budd Williams says I should "man up." They even got fellow craZy Mike Holmes to pledge to pay the $200 for a show featuring me.
First, Timmer already owes me several retractions. Second, I refuse to be involved in anything that enriches that greedy man. It would have to be free air time. Third, I would never appear on a show with Gregory or Mezzacappa unless I had $1,000, in advance, for my time. And then I would tear the Mensan apart.
What bothers most are not the attacks on me, John Stoffa, City mayors or police who track down pedophiles What really gets to me are the vicious smears on someone I call a civilian, Gregory's ex girlfriend's mother. She is a simple person, not someone in the limelight or used to it.
A former mental caseworker and station producer Budd Williams, both of whom should know better, trashed her on the air again today.
Once again, they disclosed private health matters about her that are not matters of legitimate public concern in a clear invasion of her privacy, without her consent. They did so despite her calls to the station and discussions with both station owner Joe Timmer and producer Budd Williams, asking to be left alone. In fact, they mocked her for calling in to complain.
So a week has gone by, and though there's been a lot of name calling, Gregory and Mezzacappa have failed to expose any corruption anywhere. They are too busy talking about themselves and trying to fool good people into giving them money so they can promote themselves even more.
In five days, I do think they've established one thing very clearly. Neither of them should ever hold any position of power or trust. Neither should ever be permitted to speak for us.