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Governor Tom goes for two; Obamacare goes skiing, a Whig wins an election, a judge catches a break from fellow judges, a SWAT team comes home empty-handed and Sarah Palin plans to show up Whew! There were Dubious Deeds aplenty this week. Enjoy.

Eric Papenfuse speaks at a "Unity Rally" during his campaign for mayor of Harrisburg.

THAT DIDN T TAKE LONG

On his first day after being elected as Harrisburg mayor, promising voters he would bring a new degree of openness and citizen engagement in city government, in a session that was closed to the public and press.

SO THAT EXPLAINS WHY THE SKI PATROL FOUND A TALL, LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK MAN STUCK UPSIDE DOWN IN A SNOWBANK, MUMBLING ABOUT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

While telling constituents in Pottsville why he supports Obamacare, President Obama was out over his ski tips when he said Americans would be able to keep their health-care plans if they liked them.

IN POLITICS, WHEN THE EXPLANATION IS THAT COMPLICATED, JUST GIVE UP

Rep. Cartwright told the skeptical crowd that President Obama should have said: if you like your policy, and it still remains grandfathered in, and it doesn t change, and it applies within the law, then you can keep it.

Gov. Tom Corbettfile photo

NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY PROTECTED FROM SEVERANCE TAX: CHECK. HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING WHACKED: CHECK.SHORT-FUNDING K-12 SCHOOLS: CHECK.

Gov. Tom Corbett launched his re-election campaign with the theme Promises Kept.

DIDN T SEE THAT ONE COMING, DID YA?

The National Republican Governors Association put out a press release endorsing Gov. Corbett for re-election.

AND THE VICTOR PARTIED LIKE IT WAS 1850 AGAIN

Voters in the 5th Division of the 56th Ward .

REMIND US AGAIN WHY WE HOLD ELECTIONS TO FILL THAT OFFICE?

The victorious Whig candidate won the judge of elections contest with 36 votes to his Democratic opponent s 24 votes.

HE'S A LAWYER; YOU CAN'T EXPECT HIM TO BE GOOD AT MATH

Gov. Corbett, touting his efforts to boost Marcellus Shale drilling, As the public media outlet State Impact Pennsylvania pointed out, the state labor department s most recent data show that employment in the state s oil and gas industry is only 28,155.

CLOSE ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT WORK

Gov. Corbett s claim about 200,000 energy industry jobs, State Impact found, counts every worker in 30 related industries -including every trucker, road construction worker, and steel worker in Pennsylvania.

SO, DID THAT JUDGE WIN BECAUSE HE WAS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB OR BECAUSE HE HAD AN R BEHIND HIS NAME?

Gov. Corbett commended the election of statewide appellate court judge Vic Stabile, saying his victory was attributable to his experience and dedication to the fair application of the law and made no mention of his party affiliation. The state Republican Party sent out a boastful press release citing Stabile s election as the leading example of how the GOP continues to be a dominating force in Pennsylvania statewide politics.

Joan Orie Melvinfile photo

YOUR NON-PARTISAN JUDICIARY AT WORK

Thanks to the appeal she filed with state superior court, from having to send judges in the state an apology written on the back of a photo of her in handcuffs.

SHE S AN EXPERT ON THIS: SHE CAN SEE THE NORTH POLE FROM HER HOUSE!

The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley reports that to kick off her tour for her latest book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy, Protecting the Heart of Christmas."

CHRISTMAS IS JUST TOO DARN COMMERCIALIZED, DONTCHA KNOW?

More, from The Morning Call: Under conditions of Palin's visit, anyone who wants a signature from Palin will have to buy a copy of her [Christmas] book. Palin will sign up to four books, but one must be Good Tidings and Great Joy.

YEAH, BUT YOU KNOW THAT IN RURAL PA., THE DRILLERS ARE JUST GOING TO BLAME IT ON THOSE GASSY COWS NEXT DOOR

To reduce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that escapes from natural gas drilling operations and pipelines, an international team of tech geeks suggested monitoring those emissions with

NO, HE S JUST A CONSERVATIVE WITH A HYPERSENSITIVE BIAS DETECTOR AND A VIVID IMAGINATION

PennLive ran a story headlined, The parent in question had complained that his daughter s teacher was using a biased article in a lesson, apparently because of the simple fact that it came from the New York Times. (Check yourself and try to find the bias. You ll need a microscope.)

BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN A SUSPECT MAY BE ARMED WITH A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

A scene from the unsuccessful manhuntJeremy Arias, Pennlive

Wednesday evening, a SWAT team in a fruitless attempt to arrest a suspect wanted for violations of his state and federal probation terms.


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