Monday, December 21, 2009

Healthcare Update

In a late night effort to keep an arbitrary “before Christmas” deadline on the Senate Healthcare Proposal, it has become apparent that serious wrangling had to occur to get the magic 60 votes.

The awarding of x million tax dollars to benefit Democrat Louisiana Senator Mary Landrou’s home state is now infamously known as the “Louisiana Purchase.”

Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson faces serious outrage for securing the exemption of Nebraskans from ever having to pay for the unfunded mandate of increased medicaid funding. Instead, everyone else will foot the bill for Nelson’s Nebraska. This one has been dubbed the “Corn Husker Kickback.”

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Dodd secured $100 million in federal funding for the construction of a University Hospital which at time of writing has yet to be named (hopefully that isn’t an indication that it will be named for Dodd.)

Vermont and Massachusetts also won extra medicaide monies.

So besides higher taxes, the gutting of medicare, government intrusion into 1/6 of the US economy, and unfunded mandates for nearly every state (those with Senators not adroit enough to secure your tax dollars for their use in their state) what does this leave under the tree for you and me?

It might throw something in towards the new Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton (and might explain why Dodd’s hospital has yet to be named.)

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Colburn was quoted by in the same CNBC story as saying “This process is not legislation…this is corruption. It’s a shame that the only way we can come to a consensus in this country is to buy votes,” referring to the late-night deals performed by Democrats to secure the 60 votes necessary to pass the bill.

Colburn is correct and activists should work to kill the bill.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mayor Lou Barletta Enters Congressional Race for PA-11





According to his announcement video, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta will enter the 2010 Congressional Election as a Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s 11th District.

The theme of the campaign seems to be “Unfinished Business.”

Reminiscent of the Reagan vs. Carter debate of 1980 he basically asks the question “Are you better off today than you were in 2008?”

Not many can answer that question in the affirmative.

Barletta also nails it by hitting on the frustration many Americans feel that Washington (read Kanjorski) is out of touch, has lost focus, and has forgotten about the people of this great country.

As reporters and pundits argue the differences and similarities between the 2008 and 2010 elections, one important fact must be examined. Paul Kanjorski may not be in this race after the Primary Election (or at all.)

It is assumed that Paul Kanjorski will run this race for the 14th time but he has yet to announce his intentions. If he does run, Kanjorski will have a primary opponent the likes of which he has not seen in a very long time. Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien is certainly green but to his credit he pulled a major upset victory in the 2007 Lackawanna County race for Commissioner. O’Brien isn’t afraid to mix it up either. In his announcement he stated that “we deserve to receive our fair share of federal tax dollars. And we deserve a Congressman who will put that money in your pockets, not his own pockets” alluding to the ethical challenges Kanjorski has faced in the past.

This is going to be a wild one!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Challenger for Carney

According to pa2010.com, Republican Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk is considering entering the race for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District.

More can be found here.

Democrats More Afraid of Gerlach than Corbett?

The Patriot News ran a story covering the 2010 Gubernatorial Elections. In the story, Democrat State Committee Chairman Rooney said that he is more afraid of running against Jim Gerlach than Tom Corbett. Rooney points to Gerlach’s voting history, tough elections, and experience making him more formidable.

It is disingenuous to think that Rooney would offer legitimate advice to the Republican Party as to who they can best challenge the Democratic Party with. None the less, it is an interesting choice of words on the part of the Democratic Chairman. The story can be found here.

Should Congress have the same healthcare that you do?

Louisiana Congressman John Flemming has proposed a bill forcing all of Congress and their staff to accept the same healthcare that the least of us would have to accept. In the current legislation, Congress (surprise!) has exempted themselves.

Flemming has a website where he is accepting votes from the general public as to whether they should or should not have be exempt from the healthcare bill. We encourage you to vote HERE.

ABC on Recovery Website

Carney on Crap Sandwich

It has been rumored recently that there might be a third Crap Sandwich to be fed to every taxpayer (and future taxpayer) by Congress and the Obama Administration. Yes, a third stimulus bill. In the video below, Democrat Congressman Chris Carney claims the success of the crap sandwich in saving or creating 2,500 jobs in PA-10 alone. He also bemoans that not enough money was put into transportation and infrastructure. Get ready for the next bailout bill.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Unemployment Continues to Rise

According to the new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, national unemployment has risen to a shocking 10.2%. This is the highest rate seen in the US since 1983 and a 3% increase since President Obama took office (Dec of 2008 was 7.2%). Preliminary numbers for Pennsylvania show an 8.8% unemployment rate, a 2.4% increase since President Obama took office (Dec of 2008 was 6.4%). Further parsing the data to just the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area shows a preliminary unemployment figure of 8.8% which is 1.4% higher than when President Obama took office (Dec of 2008 was 7.4%).

These numbers directly refute the claim of “creating or saving 3,000,000 jobs” as promised with the stimulus plan a.k.a. Crap Sandwich passed by the Democratic Congress.

Democrat Healthcare Bill Passed

Late last night, House Democrats narrowly passed their comprehensive healthcare reform bill putting healthcare (1/6th of the US economy) firmly in the control of the government. The 220-215 vote had the defection of 39 Democrats along all but one Republican in the House. The vote comes on the heels of voting down a Republican-authored reform bill by a vote of 258-176. Every single Democrat voted against the Republican bill.

Of those Democrats in districts won by John McCain in 2008, 18 voted against the bill. Of those Democrats in districts barely won by Barack Obama in 2008, 8 voted against the bill.

The Pennsylvania Democrats who voted for the bill were: Brady, Carney, Dahlkemper, Doyle, Fattah, Kanjorski, Patrick, Murtha, Schwartz, and Sestak. All others voted against it with the exception of Murphy, he must have voted “Present” instead of voting at all unless there is a typo in the roll call results.

Some differences in the legislation:

The Democrat bill was 2,032 pages and CBO estimates place its cost at around $3 trillion over ten years. The Republican bill was 219 pages and had an estimated cost of $61 billion.

The Democrat bill requires all citizens to purchase health insurance or face criminal/civil penalties. The Republican bill did not.

The Democrat bill prevents insurance companies from denying covering for “pre-existing conditions.” The Republican bill did not.

The Democrat bill makes massive cuts ($500 billion) to medicare spending. The Republican bill did not.

The Democrat bill raises taxes by $752.6 billion. The Republican bill did not raise taxes.

The Democrat bill would cover undocumented immigrants. The Republican bill did not.

Local State Rep Supports Mandatory Vaccines, New Government Powers

Democrat Representative to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly for its 112th Legislative District Ken Smith is the Prime Sponsor of a bill, HB 492 (Emergency Health Powers Act,) that will force Pennsylvania’s residents to be vaccinated and submit to testing and “sampling” against diseases or face harsh criminal penalties.

The bill also requires that healthcare providers and pharmacists report a medical condition deemed epidemic, pandemic, or infectious and any unusual upticks in prescriptions.

Should you be one of the folks deemed to necessary to be informed on by the doctors or pharmacist, your healthcare provider or pharmacist must supply your name, address, date of birth, sex, race, municipality and county to the authorities.

The bill also gives the Commonwealth the ability to seize and ration healthcare products.

Under the “Control of Persons” section of the bill it grants the healthcare authorities the ability to invoke forced medical examinations and forced medical testing, (rights to judicial and quasi-judicial remedies are directly removed.) The bill also allows the healthcare authority to collect specimens from any person, animal or thing without permission and without a court order.

Failure to comply with the bill is a misdemeanor of the third degree and allows the government to quarantine the individual with or without a hearing depending on how severe the government views the risk.

You can read the full bill here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

LaPolla Declares Candidacy in 113th


Republican Mike LaPolla has annouced his candidacy for Pennsylvania State Representative in the 113th Legislative District. The position is currently held by Democrat State Representative Kevin Murphy. His release follows:


LaPolla Announces Bid for 113th Legislative District Post
New Leadership Needed in 2010

North Scranton-Last evening, Mike LaPolla announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for State Representative of the 113th Legislative District to a crowd of 75 supporters, friends and family in North Scranton.

Mike LaPolla stated that he has spent the latter part of his career in service to the Boy Scouts of America and now seeks to take that philosophy of accountability, hard work and service to the community to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. LaPolla described himself as someone who carries no baggage and has no backs to scratch. He stated that he is a straightforward, honest, middle class citizen like the taxpayers of the 113th Legislative District.

“I have no political ties to special interest groups except one, the taxpayers of the 113th Legislative District” LaPolla said. “From Moosic and Taylor to Throop and South Abington with Scranton in the middle, property tax reform and the inability of the legislature to pass an acceptable budget in the time specified by law are the key issues the taxpayers face today. It took 101 days to get a mediocre budget passed that does not address the issue of a multi-billion dollar shortfall next year. Many citizens of the commonwealth were hurt by this inactivity and lack of accountability on the part of the legislature. If our representatives in the General Assembly are incapable of providing a solid, balanced and fair budget by July 1st as the law states, they should receive no pay, no per diems, and be sequestered in Harrisburg until such time as they come to an agreement on the budget. We elect our legislators to do the business of the Commonwealth in the best representation of the people they serve. This year, our legislature has failed miserably at great detriment to the people of the Commonwealth. This lack of accountability to the taxpayers must change and will change when I am elected to represent the people of the 113th Legislative District.”

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Mike LaPolla and his wife Jacqueline live in North Scranton. Mike has worked in service to the Boy Scouts of America for the past 11 years as Senior District Executive.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Scranton City Council Attacks State Preemption

According to the NRA, Scranton City Council introduced a proposal that would require gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm within 48 hours or face fines and possible imprisonment.

The proposal, as with other proposals across the state that do the same thing, would turn victims of crimes into criminals and raises serious questions as to the legality of such a measure considering Pennsylvania has a pretty solid preemption clause in its Constitution.

As just mentioned, this type of legislation has been proposed in other municipalities in Pennsylvania. Many of those municipalities are now caught in litigation over this type of ordinance.

One has to wonder how this can be a priority for Scranton City Council. The city is swimming in red ink, has a budget deficit, stalled contract negotiations with some of its labor organizations, and has had a rather unflattering light cast on it for defaulted loans from area businesses. Instead of tackling these issues of city governance, Scranton’s council sees fit to weigh into constitutional law.

If Council is going to weigh into this matter and don the hats of constitutional scholars, it should also take a look at how the issue from all sides and hopefully gain a better understanding of what is really happening.

The DelcoTimes ran a column awhile back dealing with this exact issue. A retired federal customs agent and licensed federal firearms dealer inventoried his collection and found a pistol to be missing. He reported the firearms stolen and didn’t hear a peep after that until seven months later. The call was from the Philly PD which said his missing firearm had been found in a drug sweep. The perp was released on $100 bail and the case referred to the gun crimes unit. Months went by without any word from the authorities so again the former federal agent contacted the authorities. Turns out they decided not to prosecute.

What occurred next was more shocking…when the former Federal Agent asked that his firearm be returned he was told that he would have to contact the DA’s office to make arrangements which included appearing before a Judge to see if the former Federal Agent was fit to have his lawfully obtained property returned to him.

The Federal Agent has to appear before a Judge to get his stolen property returned to him (maybe) but the drug dealer with the stolen firearm doesn’t.

The moral of the story is this: firearms are inanimate objects. They do not commit crimes, criminals do. If prosecutors want to get guns out of the hands of criminals they should actually prosecute them when they catch them, not harass law-abiding citizens with endless bureaucratic nightmares for anyone that decides to exercise a constitutional right.

For further reading, an on-target letter to the editor from Joseph Fox, Chief of Detectives for the Philadelphia Police Department.

Scranton City Council should stop this legislation tonight. At a minimum, they could table the motion until the Constitutional issues are answered in the many cases across the state on this exact issue.

One last thought…remember the smoking ordinance that Scranton tried to pass that was found to preempt state law and was therefore, illegal? Do you remember how stupid Scranton looked and the litigation that was threatened by businesses that felt they were harmed by your last illegal ordinance? Don’t make the same mistake folks. Worry about city business and leave the state constitutional stuff to the state legislature where it belongs.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rematch Round 4

WILK News Radio was the first to report it in an on-air interview…

Democrat businessman Gary DiBileo will seek a rematch against Democrat Chris Doherty for the Mayor of Scranton.

In the 2009 Primary Election, DiBileo lost to Doherty on the Democratic side. Doherty ran a spirited (and costly) write-in campaign to secure the Republican nomination as well. A committee, the Concerned Republicans for Mayor Chris Doherty led the effort.

Now that Doherty has formed a state PAC and announced a campaign team, his run for Governor of the Commonwealth is all but declared.

DiBileo points out that Doherty didn’t even finish his Mayoral election cycle in 2009 before setting up his state activities. Should Doherty be elected in 2009 and seek the Governorship in 2010, Scranton will likely be run by an absentee Mayor. That is just a fact of life on the campaign trail. Pennsylvania has 67 counties, if Doherty is seriously considering a run for Governor, he will have to visit them all. That is tough to do if you are in City Hall during its hours of operation Monday through Friday.


Chris Doherty is a proven fundraiser. As an all but declared candidate for Governor, he is going to have to win Scranton. If he cannot win his hometown, no one will take him seriously statewide. Enter the thorn of DiBileo.

By declaring a write-in against Doherty, DiBileo will certainly force Doherty to spend more than he had anticipated in the November Election. This will also serve as a distraction to his state efforts. This is “do or die” politically for Doherty. If he cannot win his home city, he will not be taken seriously on the state-wide stage.

Another complication is Doherty’s announcement that he is now pro-abortion. Scranton is known to be a blue collar, hard working, Catholic town. Jumping ship on abortion is sure to rile at least some of the voters that he had before.


In Doherty’s favor is the fact that he is on the ballot for both nominations. DiBileo faces the structural hurdle of conducting a write-in effort. It is no easy task and one that certainly costs more money than a traditional race. The other distinct advantage is that as a campaigner, DiBileo has always been timid. Doherty has a host of political liabilities including broken promises. DiBileo failed to capitalize on them in every campaign he has waged against Doherty. Perhaps he has learned from his past mistakes and will now discuss issues like

Bad use of taxpayer money

And more bad use of taxpayer money

Careless use of personal information

Shirking of the Audit Law

And losing funding because of shirking audit law

Ripping down private homes without due process

And who can forget the gang problem which was first denied and now is evident, 25% tax increase, ridiculous borrowing, and near union busting activities of this administration

And, the new issue of flipping to a pro-abortion stance

Gary DiBileo has yet to prove that he has the stomach for the kind of campaigning necessary to beat Doherty. Maybe he will realize that not only Doherty’s political future, but his own will rest on this election…if nothing else, Scranton politics are always interesting.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Casey, One of Seven that Still Support ACORN

Democratic United States Senator Robert Casey has voted to continue funding to ACORN despite videos which appear to show ACORN workers caught in an undercover sting operation. The videos are available at BigGovernment.com. They really speak for themselves and confirm the worst many thought of the organization.

BigGovernment.com deserves credit for brining this behavior to light. The taxpayers, forced to underwrite this organization and its actions, deserve an explanation from Democrat Casey as to why he thinks anyone that acts this way deserves a single red cent from the taxpayers.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ACORN Exposed

Undercover investigation of ACORN featuring alleged prostitution, sex trafficking, tax evasion, and money laundering.

According to its directory ACORN has a real presence in Pennsylvania with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrrisburgh and Allentown.




Monday, September 7, 2009

Van Jones Quits

As fellow Democratic Senator Robert Byrd pointed out to Politico, the appointment of Czars by the Obama White House is a dangerous precedent. Byrd views these appointments as an avoidance of constitutionally-vested power of the United States Senate to vet candidates for posts and expose them to the confirmation process.

This also creates potential problems if these Czars are placed in positions of power over cabinet officials since they are vested with authority with no constitutional method of accountability.

The Democratic President has appointed over 30 of these Czars. They are listed below. Headlines broke recently that Green Jobs Czar Van Jones has resigned amidst controversy over his past statements. These statements involved racial issues, shootings and a host of other issues. Others were more of the insult variety.

It was also revealed that Jones was a “Truther,” signing a petition with others that believed 9/11 was an inside job.

Jones was also a supporter of Philadelphia-area convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. In his position as an “Organizer,” he put together a protest rally in Oakland in support of Abu-Jamal.

This closes an embarrassing episode for President Obama. Perhaps he should reconsider the Czar approach to governance. Those confirmation hearings that he is avoiding certainly would have vetted Jones and likely stalled his appointment to any position of power in the administration.

President Obama’s Czar Appointments so far:

Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke

AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley

Auto recovery Czar: Ed Montgomery

Border Czar: Alan Bersin

California Water Czar: David J. Hayes

Car Czar: Ron Bloom

Central Region Czar: Dennis Ross

Domestic Violence Czar: Lynn Rosenthal

Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske

Economic Czar: Paul Volcker

Energy and Environment Czar: Carol Brower

Faith-Based Czar: Joshua DuBois

Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis

Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones

Guantanamo Closure Czar: Daniel Fried

Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle

Information Czar: Vivek Kundra

International Climate Czar: Todd Stern

Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair

Mideast Peace Czar: George Mitchell

Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg

Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein

Science Czar: John Holdren

Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney

Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration

TARP Czar: Herb Allison

Terrorism Czar: John Brennan

Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra

Urban Affairs Czar: Adolfo Carrion Jr.

Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter

WMD Policy Czar: Gary Samore









Doherty Deceit on Abortion

The Democratic Mayor of Scranton, Chris Doherty, has now declared that he is pro-abortion.

Previously, Doherty was declared as “Pro-Life” by the local chapter of the Pennsylvanians for Human Life (PHL). On September 27 of 2003, Doherty penned a proclamation declaring the day “Pennsylvanians for Human Life Day” in Scranton according to local news accounts.

This declaration comes on the heels of Doherty’s exploration of a run for governor of the commonwealth.

The RockinTraddy blog calls Doherty “Scumbag of the Day” for his declaration.

To his detractors, the smell of pure political opportunism is in the air. Scranton is a very Catholic area. It would be anathema to run as a pro-abortion Democrat in the city. As such it seems that Doherty declared himself as pro-life. Now that he is looking to state office, he seems to have had a conversion.

It is no wonder that someone saw it fitting to launch a website entitled DohertyDeceit.com or that it has such spirited participation on its message board.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Another Democrat Indicted in Luzerne County

The Times Leader reports that Democrat Gerald Bonner, former Democrat Committee member from 1986-1988, and a current Democratic Jury Commissioner, was indicted for bribery in Luzerne County.

Again, displaying their as-expected blackout on democratic identification, WBRE, the Scranton Times, and WNEP failed to disclose Bonner’s political affiliation.

Must read story on coverage and failure on the part of the media to accurately disclose Democratic Party ID on those involved in corruption here (hat tip to Newsbusters.org).

Democrat Astroturf - How To

How to promote Hopenchange Healthcare!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Doherty Gets Hosed in Democrat Straw Poll

Scranton Democratic Mayor Chris Doherty might just have his eye on the big prize, running for Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Doherty is a proven fundraiser, raising approximately $1.5 million for his two re-election campaigns (2005 & 2009).

Should Doherty seek election to the governor’s mansion, that will effectively leave Scranton without a Mayor for his first year of his new term since he would have to travel the state to campaign. Should he win, the President of Scranton’s City Council would assume the mayor’s position until such time as a duly elected successor is elected.

Despite his fundraising prowess, his organizational skills seem to be lacking. In a recent straw poll of Democrats, Doherty came in dead last. The results were Onorato with 591 votes, Wagner with 215, Knox with 207, Hoeffel with 160, and Doherty with 103.

This could suggest a rather large obstacle…Doherty probably isn’t known outside of Northeast Pennsylvania. One of the papers that covered the story didn’t even spell his name correctly. Should he decide that he is in fact going to run for Pennsylvania’s top executive, he has a lot of work ahead of him. Not only will he have to deal with the issue of name identification, but he will also have to deal with Scranton.

Scranton has been a distressed municipality since the early 90’s. Doherty has not been able to escape that delineation. The city is buried in mountains of debt despite attacking his opponent former opponent, Mayor James Connors, for the amount of debt the city had at that time. He has a very troubled relationship with some of the city’s labor unions…a key democratic core group. So much so that at least one of the state’s major labor organizations entered the primary election and donated to his opponent. He has also raised taxes as Mayor despite running on an initial platform of reducing taxes.

On the positive side, Scranton’s voters looked beyond all of that and this year voted him in for a third term, capturing both the Republican and Democratic nomination. If nothing else, that demonstrates his ability to forge relationships and build coalitions in his home town. It remains to be seen if he can perform this feat statewide.

Democrat Chairman Cited for Public Drunkenness

The Scranton Times reports that former Scranton School Director and current Chairman of the City of Scranton’s Democratic Party Committee has been cited for public drunkenness.

The citation arose Wednesday night after the Democratic Chairman allegedly tried to intervene in an assault investigation/arrest that a Scranton Police Officer was attempting at the bar that the Democratic Chairman was at.

According to the Times, Moran said to the police officer “Do you recognize my name, do you know who I am?” The police officer responded by stating that he didn’t recognize him and said “should I?” Moran responded by stating “remember my name,” to the officer.

Democratic Chairman Moran denied claims that he tried to intimidate the officer.

Based on the Scranton Times’s reporting, it appears the Democratic Chairman exited the bar to intervene with the investigation/arrest by trying to explain why the assault happened. He re-entered the bar and then exited the bar again to further confront the police officer after an undisclosed period of time. The police officer ordered him to go back inside of the bar to which the Democratic Chairman assumed a “defensive posturing while staring the officer in the eyes,” according to the Times. The officer then arrested Moran due to his “intoxicated state” and “his aggressive behavior.”

Moran also denies being intoxicated at the time. He says that he only had two or three beers in 45 minutes according to the Times. He also denies acting in any type of menacing way or making the “remember my name” comments.

The assault allegedly included a woman striking another woman and then going on to kick the police officer in question in the groin.

Hopenchange Healthcare Update

Something to look forward to:

According to the Saint Petersburg Times, the Federal Government has terminated social security benefits for an amputee that lost his leg due to cancer. The government says that his condition has improved (no his leg has not grown back) and his payment should thus, stop. This has forced the amputee to seek a hearing with the bureaucrats responsible for the decision to dispute the revocation of his benefits. He has to represent himself in the hearing...we wish him the best of luck.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hopenchange Healthcare

Here is a real gem. The UK and Canadian medical services are constantly pointed as examples of what the nationalization of healthcare will afford Americans. Coming to a hospital near you…

Man collapses after appendix ruptures that Doctors already removed. No, he didn’t have two appendixes and it wasn’t a phantom appendix, it is just that the Doctors flubbed the operation and failed to actually remove his appendix. Lord knows what they actually did cut out of him. After opening him up a second time, the wound grew infected and required a third treatment.

Oh, and the Doctor shortage in the UK is causing them to import Docs from Lithuania, Poland, and other areas. Now, concerns are being raised that patients face Doctors with a poor command of the English language as well as having seriously fatigued Doctors making medical decisions. Being able to accurately communicate with someone seeking medical attention should be a pre-requisite. That is why hospitals in the US have bi-lingual doctors. These problems in the UK translated into a 70 year-old kidney patient being given 10X’s the recommended dosage of morphine and an 86 year-old woman dying of a heart attack because her doctor didn’t send her to a hospital.

A prime domestic example of government-run healthcare run amuck is the VA. Recently, the VA mistakingly informed about 1,200 Veterans that they had a deadly disease. Thankfully, the Veterans that received this notice did not actually have the disease and a correction was made. The government blamed a “coding error” for the mistake.

Crap Sandwich Update

The Boston Herald reports that nearly 4,000 murderers, rapists, and other criminals somehow managed to get $250 stimulus checks as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aka Crap Sandwich.

Their investigation is yielding further information. Fugitives, people kicked out of the country, and the dead may have also been issued checks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hat Tip to Scranton Guardian

I would recommend reading Scranton Guardian’s post about Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Robert Mellow appointing Democratic Magisterial District Judge James Gibbons to serve on the state commission holding hearings on the “kids for cash” scandal in Luzerne County.

Bush Appointee to be Nominated by Obama

The New York Times reports that Ben Bernake, embattled Fed Chairman under the Bush Administration, will be reappointed to Chair the Fed by the Obama Administration. Hopenchange, here we come!

Kind of funny to watch this video. Democrat Congressman Doggett dogged Bernake for borrowing and spending under the Bush Administration. He takes him to task for debt of 3 or 4 trillion dollars and spending close to the first bailout, TARP.

Obama’s bailout, the second bailout, was $787 Billion or almost twice that of the TARP program. Obama, just a day ago, upped the debt projection to 9 Trillion dollars. He also flips over $3,000 debt for every man, woman and child…it is closer to $10,000 less than a year later.

Best of all is Doggett’s complaint about pushing legislation through in a day or two…less time that was allowed for the $787 Billion Obama Bailout…which he voted for.

At the end of the day, Democrat Doggett and many in his party have ownership of the $787 Billion Bailout a.k.a. Crap Sandwich. They passed for the $787 Billion dollar crap sandwich without a single Republican vote in the House. Democrat spending in just a few months has more than doubled the debt projections. The Crap Sandwich was passed with less time to debate than TARP, and crushed the per capita debt…all of his complaints to Bernake. Bernake was a whipping post for the left during TARP but it appears that was only for purpose of rhetoric, not reform.


Swine Flu Could Claim 90,000 Americans

The H1N1 flu virus could claim as many as 90,000 American lives, mostly among children and the elderly CNN Reports. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology also reports that 30-50% of the American population could be infected in the fall and winter and that as many as 1.8 million Americans may require hospitalization. Efforts are underway to increase production and speed up the process for a swine flu vaccine.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Democrats to Cut Social Security, Medicare

The Democratic Party controls the White House, Congress, and Senate and, according to the Washington Examiner, they are so consumed with Healthcare that they are forgetting about seniors. For the first time since 1975, there will be no cost of living adjustment or COLA for seniors and the disabled that use social security and medicare. This will extend for the next two years.

Millions of seniors will now face less spending power because healthcare costs rise faster than inflation. By nature of their age or disability, social security recipients typically pay more in healthcare costs than most others.

This is a rather shocking development and one that smacks of hypocrisy. The Democratic Party regularly demonizes the Republican Party on the subject of cutting social security and medicare. They regularly try to scare seniors into believing that if a Republican were elected to office, their social security would be reduced. With absolute control of both the legislative and executive branch of government, the blame now falls directly on the shoulders of those same democrats that normally release these attacks.



In the video, you can see some of the Obama campaign mailers used in Florida on the subject of reductions as well as hear Rachel Maddow talk about how Medicare “works.”
If by works, she means is bankrupt, she is absolutely correct.

Incidentally, the Healthcare bill that is sucking all of the air out of the room also makes dramatic cuts to medicare. This Democrat inspired bill removes $156 billion from the Medicare Advantage alone. This will force seniors to pay higher premiums.

At the end of the day, the Democrats (not the Republicans) will be responsible for gutting Medicare with the Healthcare bill and reducing social security for millions of Americans…two of the biggest campaign boogey-men for Democrats. It will be interesting to see what new and innovative techniques they will employ to scare seniors into voting Democratic in the 2010 mid-terms.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

ACLU, Defense Attys Out CIA Operatives and Families

The Washington Post reports that both the ACLU and defense attorneys for Gitmo detainees may have provided photographs of CIA operatives to Gitmo detainees exposing covert operatives, sometimes outside of their family homes.

Remarkably, Valerie Plame, was not contacted for comment on the story. You might remember that in United States vs. Libby, it was alleged Scooter Libby violated the law by disclosing Plame’s employment with the CIA. In essence, blowing her “cover.”

In the Plame case, the act of disclosing a single CIA operative’s identity to a journalist was called treason by a CREW official, Democratic Surrogate and Actor Ben Affleck, Democrat Congressman Henry Waxman, and by Valerie Plame herself.

Yet, the silence is deafening when liberal groups expose the identities, whereabouts, and families of CIA operatives to known terrorists under the Obama Administration. Hopefully, the Obama Justice Department will pursue the outing of many CIA agents and their families with at least the same vigor that Scooter Libby was prosecuted under the Bush Administration.

Definition of “Wee Weed Up”

Lamest Attempt at Water-Carrying Yet

In MSNBC’s lamest attempt at being professional water-boys for President Obama, they have used strategic editing to paint dissenters as crazy white guys with guns. The problem, they used footage of an African-American carrying a firearm at a rally to make their point. This has prompted the Second Amendment Foundation to issue a release. The content of which is below.

Greg Gutfeld explains in this video:


MSNBC PLAYS RACIAL POLITICS WITH DECEPTIVE EDITING, SAYS SAF

For Immediate Release: 8/20/2009

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today accused MSNBC of using deceptively-edited video from a Phoenix, Arizona anti-tax rally on Monday to invent a racial stereotype in its on-going effort to demonize and marginalize American firearms owners as “racists.”

The MSNBC video, narrated by reporter Contessa Brewer, appearing with “Morning Meeting” host Dylan Ratigan, shows an AR-15 rifle being carried over a man’s shoulder. The man is part of a crowd protesting near the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where President Barack Obama spoke. Brewer notes on camera, “Yes, there are Second Amendment rights, for sure, but also there are questions about whether this has a racial overtone. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waist…”

“What MSNBC purposely did not reveal with the deliberately doctored video is that the man carrying that sport-utility rifle was an African-American,” said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. “MSNBC knows the man was black, yet all they showed in a brief film clip was a close-up of the rifle against the man’s neatly-pressed dress shirt. It was impossible to tell the man’s race.

“This is a detestable attempt to manipulate public sentiment,” he continued, “in MSNBC’s continuing effort to perpetuate a stereotype of gun owners as white racists. It was even suggested during the segment by MSNBC culture critic Toure that it would not be surprising ‘if we see somebody get a chance and take a chance and really try to hurt’ the president.

“By irresponsibly fomenting this kind of racial divisiveness through the use of carefully-edited video,” Gottlieb stated, “MSNBC is not simply reporting news, it is provoking a reaction. If any harm comes to the president, MSNBC’s hate-mongering should be blamed.
“I wonder,” Gottlieb conclude, “if Keith Olbermann is going to name MSNBC as the worst news network in the world.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nations oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Confused on Single Payer?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the single-payer “option” in the Healthcare debate. This confusion is exacerbated by statements such as this:



The reason you could be confused is that President Obama said "I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter, because, frankly, we historically have had a employer-based system in this country, with private insurers, and for us to transition to a system like that, I believe would be too disruptive."

I am sorry to say but this is a blatant lie on the part of the President. He has advocated for a single payer system as the video demonstrates.

You can see both videos back to back here:


The President should be honest with the American people and strive for an honest and open debate on the issue of healthcare. Healthcare reform is too important for political double speak and obfuscation. If he has changed his mind since his 2003 statement to the AFL-CIO, he should acknowledge that, not cover it up. In this case, the cover up is worse than the crime.

Obama Administration Kills Fly-Over For God & Country Rally

For 42 years the Pentagon has participated in Idaho’s God & Country rally with a military fly-over. No longer.

The Pentagon refused participation in the non-denominational rally that honors our troops.



No Death Panels?

Oregon Government refuses Chemotherapy but offers to pay for Physician Assisted Suicide.

No-Bid Madness

No, you cannot call it shovel ready exactly but it is about the porkulus bill. According to ABC, the Obama Administration has approved an $18 million no-bid contract to revamp the recovery.gov website.

That must be some website. The RNC has something to say about it. You can see that below.

Gov Delivery Didn’t Add Addresses, So who did?

The debate over White House Axel-Spam may not be over. The company that handled the emails denies adding addresses to the lists used to spam the electorate over the healthcare bill. In a blog, GovDelivery states that they merely process and deliver the emails, not aggregate lists from other sources.

The question of who provided the email addresses that were spammed by the White House still remains unanswered.

Marine at Democrat Congressman Brian Baird Town Hall

Lockerbie Bomber Receives a Hero’s Welcome

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the man responsible for the death of 270 people, 180 of which were Americans received an early release from prison by the Scottish government for “compassionate reasons.” The Libyan is suffering from prostate cancer and has been given three months to live. The terrorist arrived home and was received by throngs of supporters cheering him as he exited his plane, the same device used to extinguish innocent lives a few short years ago.

Speculation, fueled by a statement by the son of Libya’s leader Moammar Gaddafi, suggests that this early release might have been to ensure trade deals with Libya. Specifically, Gaddaffi’s son Seif al-Islam stated that the release of the terrorist was discussed during trade talks over oil and gas. Al-Islam also called the release a “Victory.” More from the BBC and Skynews.

The Hill reports that FBI director Robert Mueller has been harshly critical of the move, and he should be. He points out that justice has been denied by this release after serving only eight years of his life sentence.

Mueller penned a letter to Scottish Parliament member Kenny MacAskill, MSP. According to Meuller’s letter, he is the one responsible for orchestrating the release. The letter is quite scathing. Should you wish to send your own, you can navigate to Kenny’s contact page and send him an email.

A call for boycotts on all products Scottish is beginning according to the UK Guardian.

Hillary Clinton has also stated that Megrahi should "stay in jail" after his “fair trial.” She was correct in her assessment but rather inconsistent. As Joe Connor points out, ironically ten years ago this week, when it was politically expedient for her senate run, the Clintons, with an assist from Eric Holder granted clemency to 16 equally remorse less FALN terrorists who also were convicted after fair trials. Joe Connor is the son of FALN bombing victim Frank Connor.

Monday, August 17, 2009

White House Flag Emails, Spam Program Pulled

According to Politico, the Obama White House has pulled the plug on their government-sanctioned snitch “tip-off” program.

The controversial e-tip or flag program solicited assistance from Healthcare bill supporters and asked that they forward “fishy” emails from dissenters. Now, if you send a flag email, it will be returned.

An interesting aside, because of Federal Law, presidential records (including emails) are retained. It would likely be illegal for someone to delete any “informant” information sent to the White House. So, if you responded to this solicitation from the Whitehouse, you might have placed both yourself and whomever you reported in a record to be preserved in perpetuity.

This had the potential to create a chilling reverberation on Freedom of Speech. That is why the ACLU fought the provision, though not very hard.

Further on the subject of emails, the White House has pledged to stop their spam program.

The White House has sent thousands of emails to try and clarify their position on Healthcare. The problem is that many are reporting that these emails were unsolicited. The Whitehouse is blaming third-party groups for submitting the email addresses. Had these emails been viewed as being in a commercial nature, they might have actually violated the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Both the cessation of spam emails and the abrupt ending to a snitch-on-a-dissenter program are the kind of change we should all be able to believe in!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Blair Holt Gun Grab

Sportsman and Gun Owners BEWARE!

There is a very dangerous firearm bill before Congress. This bill is HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sales Act of 2009. It was proposed by Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush.

The bill’s highlights:

Submit to a five-year firearm license in order to posses firearms

Submit to fingerprinting before buying a firearm

Supply your Drivers License before buying a firearm

Supply your Social Security Number before buying a firearm

Submit to both a Physical and mental evaluation at a time of the Government’s choosing before buying a firearm

Requires registration of all firearms

Prohibits possession of a Firearm until 18 (Hunting would essentially be banned until you are 18)

Under Penalty of a 5 year prison sentence if found in violation, the bill will allow agents of the government to enter your private residence to inspect that the gun is stored safely

You can verify the veracity of the bill by going to opencongress.org or snopes.com.

Again, one has to question how a Democrat Congressman like Bobby Rush can swear to uphold the United States Constitution and even attempt something like this. Required reading, Heller Decision by the United States Supreme Court.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Polling Update

Independent pollster Scott Rasmussen has released new findings on both the Pennsylvania US Senate Race as well as President Obama's precipitous nose-dive in public approval.

In Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey now leads Democrat Arlen Specter by 12%. If the election were held today, 48% would vote for Toomey, 36% would vote for Specter, 4% would vote for someone else, and 12% are undecided.

With the matchup of Toomey and Congressman Joe Sestak, Toomey nets 43% to Sestak’s 35%.

In June, Specter led Toomey by 12%. This is a rather dramatic reversal. Worse for Specter are his overall approval ratings. Only 43% of Pennsylvanians still have a favorable opinion of Specter and 54% have an unfavorable opinion. In June, Specter had a 53% favorability rating.

When you dig through the data, you find one commonality…the Healthcare Bill. Only 42% of Pennsylvanians support Obama-care. Specter has recently been thrust into the debate on the bill with his recent town hall meetings. The polling also found that 70% of Obama-care supporters also support Specter. 9% support Toomey. Of those that oppose Obama-care, 82% support Toomey and 9% support Specter.

Nationally, 29% approve of the way President Obama is performing as President and 37% strongly disapprove netting him a Presidential Approval index rating of -8%. 77% of Republicans, 65% of Independents disapprove of Obama and only 78% of Democrats approve.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

AARP Did NOT Endorse Healthcare Bill

Someone Should Report This Guy To the Whitehouse

President Obama’s recent remarks on Healthcare.

President Obama lied when he said the AARP had endorsed the Healthcare plan. According to a statement from the AARP, they have not endorsed the Healthcare plan. Not even the blueshirts could convince the AARP to support a plan that cuts medicare and medicaid, as the healthcare bill does.

Yet Another Gun Control Editorial from the Scranton Times

The Scranton Times also wrote another (yawn) Gun Control op-ed today. This one castrates Democrat Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty for not joining a group of Mayors that seek to re-write the Constitution and make 2nd Amendment Issues and Article 1, Section 21 issues under local control. We talked about this group before.

In the newest rendition of gun control pap advanced by the paper, they eschew making the victims of crime a criminal. Sounds lovely. All under the guise of preventing “straw purchases.”

You can read their bloviations here if you have nothing else to do.

Brannigan's Update

As we said in the original story, Brannigan’s closure in downtown Scranton was going to be controversial.

The Scranton Times revealed today shocking details about the city’s dealings with Brannigans as it relates to their $650,000 loan. According to the story, Brannigan’s still owes the city $557,096 on the loan. The surprising factor is that they have been in default for over a year.

That means that when the city brokered the deal mentioned in the previous story and when the city started paying Brannigan’s electric bill and forgiving debt, that was all while the bar was in default (with the exception of making one payment) since June of 2008.

Why did the City of Scranton keep quiet this information? This certainly should have been raised prior to the awarding of any further debt forgiveness was even considered. The public (who ultimately financed this boondoggle) had a right to know and the city had an obligation in the interest of fairness to divulge this information prior to awarding any further taxpayer funds.

Democrat Mayor Chris Doherty has some serious explaining to do to the taxpayers of Scranton.

Sexting Update

A Georgia man has been indicted on various Child Pornography charges. The charges arose from the “Sexting” investigation in Wyoming County. Apparently the alleged deviant somehow got his hands on some of those very-same circulated photographs that the kids were passing around. This prompted him to reach out to one of the children involved in the case. Scary stuff. Republican District Attorney George Skumanick did a great job and probably prevented a greater travesty by stopping this guy.

You can read more about it here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Specter on Card Check, Cap and Trade - Town Hall Video

Secretary of State Clinton loses her cool

News reports seem to suggest that the translater fumbled the question...but Secretary Clinton certainly fumbled her response.


Specter Hammers Sestak as AWOL

The Morning Call reports that Democrat US Senator Arlen Specter is continuing his attack on Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak over the issue of missing votes. Specter alleges that Democrat Sestak has missed 15% of votes in 2009. Democrat Sestak missed 55 votes or 3% during the 2007-2008 session, according to the story.

Sestak responds stating that Arlen Specter voted with the GOP 62% of the time which is actually the root of the problem that caused him to jump ship. Conservatives long decried Specter's liberal slant. It is somewhat ironic to see his fellow Democrat using it against him now.

Toomey on Healthcare

Former Republican Congressman Pat Toomey penned an op-ed which ran in the Times Leader. You can read it here.

In it, Toomey states that the Healthcare bill will wrap patients in red tape, denies choice, costs American jobs, and fails to address costs.

Toomey suggests instead that Congress address consumer costs, increase tax deductions to cover healthcare, allow insurance purchases across state lines, and pass serious medical malpractice reform legislation.

Carnahan Town Hall Assault Update

Gateway Pundit is reporting that hate crime charges will be leveled against union members filmed beating Kenneth Gladney, a black conservative activist, outside of a Carnahan town hall meeting.

Specter Town Hall gets rough for critic

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Another angle of the same town hall.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bad Bet. Bad Debt?

Molly Brannigan’s is the latest casualty of Scranton’s faltering economy. Losing an area business is never a bright spot in for any city…but this one could be far more controversial.

Recently, the Scranton Parking Authority reached an agreement with the struggling bar/restaurant that amounted to a rent forgiveness/rent reduction agreement. The authority also assumed over $5,000 in electric bills for the restaurant. The Scranton Times ran an editorial stating that the deal “bets on city’s future.” Apparently, that particular bet was a bad one.

In addition to the $26,445 in revenue lost due to the rent agreement’s forgiveness provision and the $5,536 in electric bill payments covered by the Scranton Parking Authority, the Scranton Times also reports that there is still the issue of a $650,000 loan that the city made to the restaurant in 2006.

A one part of a five party series by the Scranton Times called The Doherty Years: Mayor Focuses on Downtown highlighted Doherty’s proclivity toward steering city council toward awarding loans such as these. Unfortunately, as with the $650,000 loan in question, these bets don’t always pay off.

If there is a bright spot in this, it is that this will hopefully cause both the Doherty Administration and Scranton’s City Council to consider changing their emphasis from give-away gimmicks to serious tax policy. Other areas in Lackawanna County are experiencing growth. One major difference between the growth areas and Scranton is that Scranton boasts the highest wage tax rate and a business privilege/mercantile tax to boot. These conditions are hostile to both businesses and residents of the Electric City. If Scranton focused on changing its tax structure to make it business and family friendly, perhaps it wouldn’t have make “bets” with thousands in loans to job creators to get them to make Scranton their home.

House Democrats, Obama Administration $550 Million to Jet Set

The Obama Administration wants $220,000,000 to buy new jets for themselves. After the request, House Democrats figured they would like new jets too, upping the bill to $550,000,000. The largesse of the Obama Administration and House Democrats is running into Republican opposition decrying them for being out of touch. Unlikely ally to the Republicans…Senate Democrats.

Read the story here.

"Thugs" of the "Mob"

Choice for ME but not for YOU

Obama Administration to do less for Environment Cleanup than Bush

For years, the Bush administration was criticized for not doing enough for the environment. The League of Conservation Voters, Field and Stream Magazine, the Sierra Club and The National Resources Defense Council all were frequent critics.

Now, the Obama Administration is slated to do even less than the Bush Administration did as it relates to cleanup of toxic sites, according to the LA Times. The silence from the environmental groups is deafening.

For the first two years of the Obama Administration, the EPA is scheduled to clean up less toxic sites than any administration since 1991. This amounts to finishing 20 site cleanups in 2009 and 22 in 2010 that were begun under the previous administration. The Bush record was an average of 38 sites per year.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Police Enforce Healthcare Censorship

Pennsylvania’s criminal code defines official oppression under §5301. It defines official oppression as:

A person acting or purporting to act in an official capacity
or taking advantage of such actual or purported capacity commits
a misdemeanor of the second degree if, knowing that his conduct
is illegal, he:
(1) subjects another to arrest, detention, search,
seizure, mistreatment, dispossession, assessment, lien or
other infringement of personal or property rights; or
(2) denies or impedes another in the exercise or
enjoyment of any right, privilege, power or immunity.


Would this be official oppression if it occurred in PA?

Lycoming County Veteran To Challenge Carney

The first potential challenger in PA-10 has emerged. The Sun Gazette is reporting Christopher Bain, a Republican Purple Heart recipient and Iraq War veteran, will seek to challenge Congressman Chris Carney in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District.

Democrat Congressman David Scott Loses It!

More Thuggery

I Thought Dissent was Patriotic?!?

There is much debate on what exactly is in the healthcare proposal currently being considered by congress. The proposals being advanced by the Democratic Congress and the Democratic President are dramatic. Many are using patriotic dissent to express their dissatisfaction with the proposals.

Another dramatic change is how the media reports on dissent. During the 2008 election, it was viewed as patriotic by the media. Candidates such as Hillary Clinton famously stated “I'm sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

What was once viewed as patriotic by the left and the media alike is now treated to a barrage of snide, low-brow, low-rent comments being leveled against these “dissenters” on a daily basis. These statements come from both news correspondents as well as elected officials. Some of their greatest hits:

Calling them “teabaggers”

Calling them racists.

Calling the protests “F**ng redneck d**chebaggery. Unmitigated d**chebaggery.”

Saying that the outrage is manufactured.

Making fun of how the protesters dress.

Calls protesters mobs.

Most alarming are the actions taken by government officials and the White House. There have actually been calls for American citizens to act as informants against other Americans. The excuse is the advancement of false information on the part of the dissenters. Scary stuff.

Some of the left’s tactics:

Breaking into homes.

Confronting Healthcare Bill protesters.

Attacking elderly women.

Chasing a Minister out of town.

Intimidating Voters.

Ejecting watchers from polling places with threats of physical violence.

The truth of the matter is that the protests are working. That is why, as in the videos below, supporters of the bill are taking to violence.

Carnahan Rally Beating



Carnahan Response



Castor Townhall Violence



And now, the same video from another angle. Notice the "Union Tough" T-Shirt. Cute.



Must see pictoral essay on “THE MOB”

Scranton Times Calls for Gun Control

The Scranton Times ran an editorial on Saturday calling for a reinstatement of the Assault Weapon Ban. You can read the editorial here.

In the editorial, the Scranton Times Editorial Board states that had the assault weapon ban been in play, the amount of damage perpetuated in these crimes might have been limited. They go on to state the ban would have precluded the use of the 30-round magazines found on the person of the killer.

As with many advocates of Gun Control, the Scranton Times doesn’t let a little thing like the facts get in the way of a good editorial.

The Assault Weapon Ban never prevented the use of a magazine of any capacity. What the ban did was ban the manufacture or sale of certain capacity magazines AFTER the ban was enacted. Any magazines produced before the ban was perfectly legal to own or use. What the ban did do was flood the market with cheap (usually foreign-made) high capacity magazines in anticipation of the ban. Manufacturers and importers tried to get as much of their product into the market as possible since, as basic economics would dictate, the price of these high capacity magazines skyrocketed as folks anticipated that the supply would diminish.

The ban lasted 10 years. Keep in mind, the primary argument for the ban was to stop violent crime. Post-ban, the results are in on just how good the legislation was at doing exactly that. The findings:

Assault weapons (pre-ban and post-ban) were used in only a very small fraction of crimes.

Violent crime rates were actually higher during the ban than after the ban.

Violent crime rates continue to fall now that the ban has lapsed.

The backup argument to this and other gun control measures is typically the “who needs an x” question. You can substitute the x for just about anything politicians seek to ban. The problem is one of constitutionality. In America, the onus to prove a right is never placed on the person wishing to exercise a right. It is instead placed on the person wishing to restrict a right, as it should be. If a politician or a news organization wishes to remove a right, they need to provide more than anecdotal evidence and an instance of a horrible crime to prove it. The statistics (reality) is certainly not on their side.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Democrat Astroturf

Don’t like all of those finicky taxpayers showing up at your town hall meeting? Just stack the deck!

That is what occurred at a recent Carnahan town hall. This, on the heels of Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calling these protests “astroturf.” Well, madam speaker, what do you call stacking the deck with SEIU members and keeping regular people outside?

You can view the videos and pictures here.


More astroturf…you can even print official Obama propaganda for your town hall meeting!


Update:


And the playbook is revealed here.

Senate Race 2010

The Washington Times ran an editorial regarding Gun Control. Yesterday’s confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and the defeat of the reciprocity bill proposed by Senators Thune and Vitter portend a weakening of the strength of gun groups like the NRA, or so the politicians think.

In the case of Sotomayor, the NRA ran advertising against her confirmation and threatened to use that vote as a test vote for future endorsements. Arlen Specter voted against both the Thune-Vitter Amendment as well as voted for Sotomayor’s confirmation.

What this probably suggests is that gun control will be a major issue in the 2010 Election for US Senate in Pennsylvania. The complication, Pat Toomey. Toomey is widely held to be the frontrunner in the 2010 Republican nomination for US Senate. Pat Toomey supported the nomination of Sotomayor. Specter still has the Thune-Vitter vote against him, but Toomey’s support of Sotomayor effectively neuters the issue to Pennsylvania’s electorate, should he be the Republican nominee.

But just how important are the issues in the confirmation of Sotomayor and the Thune-Vitter Amendment to the electorate?

The Washington Times also details a recent poll on the issue of gun control. The poll found that 52% of the respondents would vote against a politician simply because they supported the nomination of a judge that was pro-gun control. Only 26% said they would support a senator in that confirmed a gun control candidate.

The poll also found that a whopping 83% of respondents support allowing the concealed carry of a handgun. 11% oppose it. Among voters that supported Barack Obama for president, 80% support the right to carry a handgun.

Despite Toomey’s support of Sotomayor, expect to hear a lot about gun control in 2010.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Stop the Insanity!

Bloomberg reports that incomes continue to fall with the most recent reports. Many major news sources reported over the last few days that homeowners are finding themselves underwater (owe more than the house is worth) on their mortgages. The government’s attempt to ease this in the form of a $50 billion program to stave off the mortgage crisis has a poor enrollment rate (particularly with some of the bailout banks.) Boiled down, it isn't working.

Locally, Monroe and Pike Counties have some of the worst delinquency rates in the entire state. You can use this map to check your home county.

This as well as the other bailouts have many people truly afraid. They fear for their jobs, they fear for their families, they fear that they might lose their homes and their comfortable lives. What it really boils down to though, is that they fear losing control.

When you take something from the government, there is always something you must surrender in return. Some degree of personal liberty is always lost in this exchange. More times than not, it is in the form of an increased tax burden.

The finger pointing as to a cause for our seemingly ever worsening economic situation and overall loss of control should not be directed at any of our elected officials. Rather, that finger should be pointed firmly back at ourselves. For too long too many Americans have relied on everyone but themselves for far too much. This irresponsibility and laissez-faire attitude toward life in general has landed us in the position we find ourselves today. Certainly, many politicians have reinforced the abandonment of personal responsibility with enabling government-sponsored programs but it is we who use them and perpetuate them. They only way to truly stop them is to pry ourselves from the sustenance offered by the government teat and start living more responsible lives.

It is time to decide if we are going to take the blue pill and continue along the path we have already tread or take the red pill and start to bring about real change in ourselves through responsibility.

For those that decide to take the blue pill, The Nation has a great story with 10 tips about how to live on the street. That might come in handy if the next set of bailouts fail as the other seem to have.

For those that take the red pill, do not fall to hypocritical histrionics. If you are spending time assessing your politicians, spend some assessing yourself. We have put ourselves in the position we are in. Only we can really dig ourselves out of it.
If both the people and the politicians of this great nation adopt this attitude, we will truly be a better country for it.

Carney's Listening Tour Muzzled

Democrat Congressman Chris Carney (PA-10) held a town hall-type meeting this week in Milford, Pike County, PA. Staffer Ed Zygmunt held the informal session. It began by asking that Carneys’ constituents limit what they say and ended shortly after Zygmunt refused to speak in front of the press.

Video below:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blue on Blue

It’s on!

US Senator Arlen Specter took the opportunity of Congressman Joe Sestak’s Pennsylvania announcement tour to slap him around a little on twitter.

According to the Hill, Specter’s tweet is as follows:
His months of indecisiveness on his candidacy raises a real question as to his competency to handle the tough rapid-fire decisions required of a Senator. During his continuing taxpayer-financed self-promotion tour around the State, Sestak should explain why, when Pennsylvanians are working harder, he can barely show up for work.

The Politics of Weird

Hat tip to Breitbart for uncovering this gem.

The AP in Brazil is covering a new television campaign geared at reducing water consumption…by peeing in the shower.

No joke.

The commercial is below.

President’s Glamour Shots Revealed

The infamous Air Force One photos that cost the taxpayers over a quarter of a million dollars have finally been made public. It took a Freedom of Information Request form ABC to get them.

If you want to see how your $329,000 in taxpayer money was spent, follow the link here.

Obama's War on Science

Remember all of the daggers thrown the way of President Bush about avoiding science for the sake of preserving his own beliefs? President Obama said in his inaugural speech “We will restore science to its rightful place.” Apparently, that only applied to his sanctioned science. The Obama administration is doing the exact same thing that they accused the Bush Administration of doing as it relates to global warming/climate change.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) made public an internal study that was actively suppressed by the Obama Administration’s EPA. The study can be found here.

The CEI also made public email exchanges where officials refused to even forward the information contained in the study. The emails can be found here.


According to the CEI, the report found several major problems. Namely, in adoption the United Nations’ 2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, it is relying on outdated information and ignoring new data. Rather large taboos for the scientific method.

All that the CEI could release is the draft report. They admit it may contain errors since it is a draft and that the errors were corrected in the final report. The problem is that the Obama Administration’s EPA holds the keys to the kingdom on the full report. You can read the CEI’s release here.

I wonder if Mooney will pen a new tome now...
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