Wednesday, July 31, 2013

AVP Board in Court Today

Earlier in the year the Bi-County Airport Board for Luzerne/Lackawanna Counties announced that they would begin accepting Statements of Qualifications and Proposals from "qualified Fixed Base Operators" interested in providing those services at AVP.

The Bi-County Airport Board is composed of Timothy McGinley, Robert C. Lawton, and Richard Williams from Luzerne County and County Commissioners Corey O'Brien, James Wansacz, and Patrick O'Malley from Lackawanna County.  The Airport Director is Barry J. Centini.

Several companies replied to the RFP/RFQ.

At their July 18th meeting of the Airport Board, it was decided that a contract would be established with Aviation Technologies Inc, which is already billing itself on its website as "AVP's new FBO."

This decision has prompted Saker Aviation to file a complaint and request for preliminary injunction in Motion Court at the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County.

The case will be heard today, July 31.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


The Ramones - I Wanna Live

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Bad Religion - Atomic Garden:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kane's Politics a "Dangerous Proposition"

Comparing the campaign rhetoric a candidate makes with their actual record is always an interesting proposition.

Candidate Kathleen Kane took her opponent to task for suggesting that he would not enforce certain laws.  She stated "The attorney general does not have the right to pick and choose which laws he or she enforces," and suggested that doing so was a "dangerous proposition." She then went on to say "We need to make sure we enforce the laws, or you are just playing politics."

Politics indeed, Ms. Kane, politics indeed.

Given Kathleen Kane's willful refusal to follow the law that not only created her office as it is today but also demands that the Attorney General defend every law of the Commonwealth from any challenge and given that her refusal is based solely on her opinion of said law, do you believe she would extend those same rights to average, ordinary citizens so that they too could willfully refuse to follow a law that they deemed unconstitutional?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cartwright Votes Against Pennsylvania Farmers

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (a.k.a. the "Farm Bill.")

The legislation passed without Cartwright's support.

The Farm Bill is always problematic.  The one passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, even more so.  For starters, it was 61% more costly to taxpayers.  The 2008 farm bill spent $604 billion, the Senate bill spent $955 billion.

With our nation running an annual trillion dollar deficit...we just aren't in a position to spend money that kind of money.

Despite the moniker, the senate bill didn't really have a lot to do with farming.  80% of the money spent in the bill was on food stamps, continuing the Obama tradition of massive welfare spending.  And, with 80% of the spending being on food stamps, its a bit disingenuous calling a bill like that a "Farm Bill."

The House sought to split the legislation into two bills - a true farm bill that dealt with agriculture alone and another bill that contains just welfare spending. 

The bill containing just farming provisions is the bill Cartwright voted against, denying the largest industry in Pennsylvania  - agriculture - the certainty it deserves.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wegmans To Cut Benefits Due To Obamacare is reporting that Wegmans, a fine grocery store with several locations in NEPA, is slashing benefits because of Obamacare.  Impacted by the change are many of the store's part-time employees.

Obamacare only requires health insurance for employees that work 30+ hours.  And, since health insurance will be more expensive under Obamacare, it should be no surprise that employers are looking to save money.

Labor unions too.  Yes, even labor unions are turning on the President's signature legislation now that the rhetoric has fallen away and the reality has set in.

Democrats didn't read the bill but partied when it passed. 

They fought for the re-election of President Obama in 2012, effectively making this crap sandwich impossible to repeal, and partied after Obama won. 

Now they, and the rest of the country, are left with the hangover.

You get the government you vote for.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Dropkick Murphys - The Gauntlet:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kane Refuses to Do Her Job

Pennsylvania's Democratic Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, is refusing to do her job, according to a former AG.

Specifically, there is a lawsuit that names AG Kane dealing with gay marriage.  She is named because, as Attorney General, it is her job to defend Pennsylvania's laws from challenge and that is exactly what the lawsuit seeks - to overturn Pennsylvania's law banning gay marriage. 

Instead, Kane is punting to former AG Corbett and asking him to defend the law as Governor.

The office of Attorney General was made an independent office in 1980 by the Commonwealth Attorneys Act. Prior to that, the office was appointed and the duties of the office holder were largely determined by the governor that appointed him or her.

Recognizing that the formerly-appointed office received its direction and duties from the Governor, the act also detailed the responsibilities of the new AG. 

By way of background, this is the same set of laws that AG Kane presumably relied on to reject Governor Corbett's privatization of the lottery system in PA.  Since she wouldn't answer questions (unless given to her in writing) it is difficult to determine specifically where she believed the authority was derived to reject the bid but it likely included Section 204 of the Commonwealth Attorneys Act.  This section authorizes the AG to review rules and regulations.  This is also the same section that states:
"It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to uphold and defend the constitutionality of all statues so as to prevent their suspension or abrogation in the absence of a controlling decision by a court of competent jurisdiction."
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is not a controlling decision on Pennsylvania's  ban on gay marriage.  Instead, it had a very limited scope dealing with federal law and federal benefits, leaving her with little cover if that is her excuse.

And, when a law contains the word "shall" it is an explicit order to comply.  It doesn't say "should" or "may."

Instead of doing her job as defined by an act which she is clearly and undeniably familiar with, a pattern of playing politics may be emerging.

She filed charges against a Republican candidate for office just days before a contested primary election despite having months to prepare those charges.  

After making campaign promises to make reviewing Tom Corbett's prosecution of the Sandusky case a priority and appointing someone to oversee the investigation in February, she still hasn't completed it leaving political observers to wonder if she is waiting to drop it during Corbett's re-election campaign. 

Now, she is refusing to do her job as it relates to a politically sensitive lawsuit.

With actions like these in just the first few months of her administration, it wouldn't be terribly surprising if she started taking transparently political actions to diminish the appearance of hack partisanship.  Something along the lines of announcing the hiring of a prominent Republican, finding something safe to agree with Corbett on and publicizing the heck out of it, or going after a prominent Democrat.

The IRS persecution of conservative groups has demonstrated the lengths to which a government can go to enforce politics with the brutal force of official power. 

Pennsylvania deserves better. 

If Kathleen Kane doesn't want to do her job, as described by the very act that created her position, she should resign.  Absent her immediate resignation, she should quickly reverse course, honor her oath of office, and fulfill her duty as Attorney General to defend the laws of the Commonwealth.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Lewis Out in Scranton

The Lackawanna GOP issued a press release earlier in the week indicating that the Republican nominee for Mayor has withdrawn his candidacy and that they are looking for a replacement.

The release explains the process but it looks like they could have a new nominee as early as the start of August.

This race is important for the region.  Scranton is the largest city in NEPA and has been plagued by Democrat-run bad government for years.  Their taxes are incredibly oppressive to both businesses and working families.  The city itself is swimming in red ink.

If there was ever a time to try something new, Scranton has reached it.

Hopefully, the decade plus of mismanagement isn't too much to keep someone good from running for the office under the Republican banner.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dodd-Frank Strikes Again

We haven't really ventured into the realm of the Obama Administration's surveillance of the American people.  Just about every other blog wrote about it, so most of the information is out there.   The short of it is that the Obama Administration has taken everything George Bush did under authorization of the Patriot Act and expanded it exponentially.  Whatever you thought about the Bush Administration's spying, the Obama Administration has done far more of it.

One area, the use of consumer data, has not been covered widely so we decided it was worth talking about.

Judicial Watch announced last week that they have obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act request that demonstrate that the Obama Administration has used the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to gather information on how Americans spend their money.

What's the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?  The CFPB was created by Dodd-Frank.  According to their website, they are charged with making "markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products."

What the CFPB is doing is spending millions of dollars to track what you are buying with your credit cards and as usual under the Obama Administration, without a warrant.  How is this consistent with their mission?  Your guess is as good as ours.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey sits on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Lost or Stolen: Gov't Edition

From time to time, progressive politicians push for "Lost or Stolen" legislation.  This legislation requires that a lawful gun owner that becomes the victim of a crime must report the loss or theft of their firearm within a matter of hours or be charged with a crime themselves.  It's idiotic.

With that as a backdrop, new evidence has emerged that just one department of the government has lost approximately 1,400 handguns, rifles, and machine guns.  They have apparently been able to track down 200 of these weapons, but 1,200 remain MIA.

If these progressive politicians were at all consistent, they should be calling for charges against their fellow bureaucrats for losing over one thousand weapons.

Monday, July 1, 2013

PA Politicos Double-Dipping

The National Journal analyzed the finance of current members of Congress with a particular focus on those members that are "double dipping."  That is, elected officials that get paid twice - once by the taxpayers for their current position and again by the taxpayers for a previous one.

PA's double dippers from the National Journal:
Democratic Congressman Robert "Bob" Brady
Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah
Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach
Democratic Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz
Republican Congressman Charlie Dent
Republican Congressman Joe Pitts


Inaugural edition: Mike Ness Monday-