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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Monday, August 3, 2009

Specter Attacked on Healthcare

Dumpster Diving...Scranton Style

According to the WNEP, Scranton Democratic Mayor Chris Doherty’s summer workers tossed police records containing confidential information into city dumpsters. The Mayor claimed that the social security number bearing documents were not meant to be tossed into a dumpster, but rather were destined for a shredder. WNEP also believes they may have found an evidence bag of marijuana tossed into the dumpster as well.

This is not the first time this has occurred. In 2006, a former police officer allegedly found confidential files strewn around an alley behind city hall. The police officer in question apparently raised the issue of the files at a Scranton City Council meeting. This prompted Doherty’s assistant solicitor to send a letter to the District Attorney asking him to investigate if there was any criminal wrongdoing on the part of the police officer for collecting the records. The letter sent to the DA can be found here (hat tip to the folks at DohertyDeceit.com for finding it.)

If this is the second occurrence of confidential information being carelessly handled by the administration, they should take serious action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Identity theft is a serious problem and carelessly handling vital information only contributes to the problem.