November 24, 2009

How Inconvenient, huh Al?

The Wall Street Journal summarizes the tone and meaning of over 3,000 emails among the world's "leading scientists" on the subject of Global Warming.

In short, they suppressed evidence, stifled debate, and stole research money.

Why do you think the "Green Job Czar", NBC's "green week", hybrids, recycling, open space, Al Gore's purposely misleading propaganda movie, and the pending Bait and Switch (Cap and Trade) bill in Congress have relevance?

If the general public is snookered into thinking the world will end if we don't act to stop global warming now, they will blindly hand over their soveriegnty to America's newest tyrants - environmental socialists.

They are seeking the destruction of the evil Big-Oil-based economy which propelled the U.S. to world leader. This is why extremist like Van Jones were placed by Obama administration, to oversee green job creation in an effort to "give them the wealth!!"

This was a planned effort by all those involved. They now know time is short if they are to be successful in pushing thru Cap and Trade. Desperation will lead to further aggression.

H/T Tony Phyrillas

November 20, 2009

Message to PAGOP, Go Right!!

Here's a great article by Lisa Mossie (Bluftooni/PAWaterCooler) on why conservatism and GOP success isn't just a national need; the formula works locally too.

Lisa points out, when the state and local GOP stray from conservative candidates because of a fear of "extremist" labels being assigned to them, they lose. A fractured party working against its own, carries the same result.

Case in point, East Norriton GOP was fractured and they lost. Abington, on the other hand was united; we had a much better evening.

The local GOP better realize this for next November.

November 17, 2009

A Tribute to Ellen Bard

Former State Representative Ellen Bard passed away back on October 28th. This video, courtesy of Tom Kirk at Abington News and Views is a wonderful tribute to Abington's former servant.



Josh Shapiro will be hosting a presentation of a Condolence Resolution to honor Ellen's life and service to the Abington and Upper Dublin communities. The event is open to the public and will be held Monday, December 7th at 1pm at the Capital.

November 16, 2009

It's Been a Pleasure Watching You, B-West


It was Brian Westbrook's kick return for a touchdown against the Giants on October 9th, 2003 which marked the pivot point for the current Eagles franchise success. The outcome of most every game in the 6 years since has been determined based on Westbrook's success.

No, B-West hasn't retired, but for his health's sake he should seriously consider it.

Brian, not Donovan McNabb, was the one positive and reliable aspect of the Eagles offense during his tenure. His talent as a running back, wideout, and kick returner, was matched only by his intelligence for the game. Not too surprising, the Villanova grad seemed destined to be an overachiever.

It's truly been a pleasure watching you play Brian - the best running back in Eagles history.

October 28, 2009

Phillies Strong-arm Game One from Yanks


The Phillies dominated game one against the Yankees on the strength of 2 Chase Utley home runs and a brilliant pitching performance by Cliff Lee. Lee went the distance, shutting down the vaunted Yankee lineup. Lee also pitched in a couple key defensive plays, one a matter-of-fact pop out which showed exactly how relaxed the defending champs are.

No signs of rust from the Phillies; no sign of being intimidated by the city that never stops talking.

It wasn't a surprise to Phillies Nation, but perhaps Yankees fans - not to mention much of the baseball world and Vegas odds-makers - now realize this isn't the series they thought it was.

October 27, 2009

Abington School Board Debate - at what price?

Here's video from the Abington School Board debate. It's a not-so-funny look into the focus of the candidates who are responsible for the education of our kids and at what costs.

The incumbent Democrats, Ray McGarry, Jeff Bates, and Barry Stupine don't know off the top of their heads what they pay the Abington School District's Superintendent, they estimate it at $240k plus benefits.

But the challengers, Joe Denelsbeck specifically, are fully informed.



video courtesy of Tom Kirk and AlexC

October 24, 2009

October 22, 2009

Abington School Board, the Debate

I would have posted this last night, but the Phillies were a much-needed distraction. More voters and less political operatives, from both sides, might have made this event worthwhile, but again the Phillies were a distraction.

Barry Stupine wore a Phillies uniform and while we disagree on a few major issues, even I wasn't offended by what some may have thought was distasteful dress for someone in such a position, on such a stage.

Joe Dennelsbeck was obviously the focus of the debate. Not just by his incumbent opposition, but seemingly according to plan on his part. After all, one must find a way to stir things up and rattle your opponent, if you are the underdog.

Jeff Bates unfortunately took the bait and appeared less than calm, cool, or collected. His opening statement got cut short by the clock and he was noticeably shocked, spending much of the evening complaining about the rules of the debate, or the lack of enforcement thereof. It really didn't matter what else he said last night, the constant whining was an unprofessional distraction and quite frankly, surprising. Bates' reaction made Denneslbeck's "rule violations" look effective, even if it was over the top.

But it just wasn't during the debate that Bates seemed agitated. After the audience was long gone, Jeff approached me to let me know he saw the camera I was holding - like it was some kind of secret he discovered. He failed of course to realize the Abington News and Views television camera nearby which recorded much of the proceedings. Clearly, this campaign is getting to Mr. Bates.

Steve Kalinoski, for the most part, let the others squabble while trying to stay above it all. He praised the district for a few of the programs they currently run, but also pointed out his desire to see Abington do more in addressing students with special needs. But after mentioning he never wrote letters to the editor about the school board, comments which were the focus of attacks from all three incumbent members, Ray McGarry was sure to remind Kalinoski that his name was indeed on one. Typically, the lawyer pounced on the opportunity. Dennelsbeck and Kalinoski submitted a joint article in the Times Chronicle/Glenside News earlier in the campaign.

Given the flack I have leveled toward Ray McGarry over the last couple years, at least he was approachable when the debate was finished. I met his lovely wife and we had a good discussion about a few issues on my mind. One I will cover in my next post.

Adam Share is the newcomer to the township, and to the Abington political scene. He represented himself much like Kalinoski did, seeming uninterested in entering the heated debate between the others. But Share also didn't seem to have a firm grip on what the issues are in Abington; simply riding the 'we are great' train.

Brad Werden was unable to attend for personal reasons.

The incumbents want us all to feel everything is fine and dandy in the Abington School District. They have received awards from organizations they feel are official experts on school competency, they are cutting taxes this year, and they care about making sure the students are firmly aware global warming is an issue of significance.

The challengers think the school's administration is leading the agenda while the current school board follows; they say it should be the other way around. While they agree there has been tax cuts this year, they point out it came on the heels of increases totaling 38% over the last 8 years. Sadly, they also buy into the global warming hoax.

Not one of the participants knew the value of the services Dr. Amy Sichel, Abington's Superintendent, provided. When asked by an audience member what Sichel made when you combine salary, bonus, and benefits, and what the annual costs to the district will be after she retires, no one had an answer. McGarry could only estimate the salary at $240,000 plus.

While I don't think anyone would expect the challengers to know the number off the top of their head, the gentlemen who hold the office currently better know - they sign the budget every year.

It kinda proves what Dennelsbeck and Kalinoski were trying hard to point out - the current Abington School Board is not leading; they are being led.

Speaking of leaders...according to the clock in the right column of this blog, it has been 588 days and counting since the President of the United States paid his $21,000 overdue bill to the Abington Township Police Department for security provided during his two campaign stops to our town last year. A bill that McGarry, Bates and Stupine assured us would be paid.

October 20, 2009

Bloom - Yet Another Obama Radical

Obama's "Manufacturing Czar" has gotten a lot of play today for the clip below. While the first 30 seconds don't ring alarm bells, the final 30 better.



Bloom,
"the free market [system] is nonsense...

(followed by)

...we kind of agree with Moa, that politcal power comes largely from the barrel of a gun."

Mr. President, did another one of your senior advisers just hint that there may be physical violence directed at political opponents who support the free market system that you aim to destroy? If not, why would he say this?

I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was referring to the way he sees business today is like staring down that gun barrel. But that's one hell of a way to see the greatest economic system in the world. And why would you quote Moa, the murderer, when making your point unless you see the world the same way.

Truth is, we have more evidence of yet another radical, with Moa-ist sympathies, in the Obama administration.

But don't take my word for it. There are 4 parts to this video. Enter "Obama's Czar Ron Bloom Agrees With Mao - address at Investor Conf part3" on YouTube yourself. Watch them all.

Hint - The more you watch, the worse it gets.

October 17, 2009

Protesting for Cardinal Dougherty

Page13news (class of '86) was there.

Cardinal Dougherty alumni, current students, and faculty all gathered at the school's front gates to, for the most part, rally to save the school from its announced closing by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

I've posted my opinion on the matter before, but still felt obligated to attend and support those who want to keep Dougherty open.

I saw several old friends and classmates as well as my former history teacher, Jack Fitzsimmons. Joe Conklin of WIP radio, former Vet Stadium Judge and current Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, and State Rep. Brendan Boyle were all there to support saving CD from the chopping block.

Event organizer Steve Schmidt kept the crowd energized during the rain drops that fell during the first half of the rally. Then at noon, Mother Nature (or more likely the school's namesake, Dennis Cardinal Dougherty) parted the clouds as the sun peaked through and warmed the hearts of the crowd.

A similar rally, this time with both Dougherty and Northeast Catholic supporters in attendance, is scheduled for Monday at the Archdiocesan offices at 17th and the Parkway.




Unfortunatly for those of us who gathered on North Second Street today, this little guy probably won't be a graduate of CD.

Protesting Against Hostile Government Takeover in Abington

Page13news was there too.

I've written here before about the hostile government takeover of a commercial property in Abington to, in part, honor the campaign promise of Abington Democrat Commissioner Lori Schreiber who is running for re-election. It was Schreiber who promised four years ago to do something about the vacant property at 1180 Easton Road in the Roslyn section of Abington.


About 40 protesters, led by libertarian and former Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate, Ken Krawchuk, gathered at the property subject to the hostile takeover. Then, one by one, the group walked in the rain to each of the homes of Abington Commissioners, both republican and democratic, who supported the move.


From the sidewalk they loudly proclaimed their objections to the politicians and let passers-by know why they were gathering. Some of the conflicts got testy as protesters and two Schreiber supporters argued as they marched. No violence, just heated honest disagreement.

Schreiber's November opponent, Lou Guerra, was not in attendance.

Page13news will have further information about the status of the current court fight between the owners of the property and the Abington township when they happen.

So Dear Alma Mater...


...your sons and daughters hail, We Hail Cardinal Dougherty High.

The 'protest' being held today on the grounds of my old school is, for some, one last-ditch effort to "Save CD" from its ultimate demise and closure.

But not for this alum. I will attend today's rain-soaked event (scheduled for 11am) to commiserate with fellow graduates of the old school on North Second Street in the Olney section of Philadelphia. However, unlike the event's organizers, I will be there not to protest so much, but rather to celebrate the 54 year history of our school.

I understand the betrayal felt by some; I understand they feel they've been lied to. I know how heart-wrenching it feels to have such an important part of your life ripped from you.

Simply stated though, I am not bitter about the closing. I understand that some things in life simply cannot last forever. Cardinal Dougherty (and Northeast Catholic) will be closing its doors at the conclusion of this year's school year. It's a sad commentary of the state of the Catholic church in the City of Brotherly Love and the abandonment of a parochial education by the City's residents.

But the truth is, even the Roman Coliseum was abandoned at one point and had its doors closed forever. Dougherty and North will unfortunately follow the same fate.

Life will still go on.

October 8, 2009

Sign of Declining Times

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Cardinal Dougherty and North Catholic High Schools, once iconic symbols of the strength the Catholic Church had in Philadelphia, will be closing after the conclusion of this year's academic calendar.



Early in it's 54 year history, Cardinal Dougherty was the largest Catholic high school in the world, with an enrollment estimated near 6,000. North Catholic boasts one of the largest alumni of male graduates, numbering over 40,000.

This Dougherty alum is saddened by today's announcement, but I can't say I'm surprised.

The further society abandons religion, stops educating children about God, and leaves Parochial education for cheaper alternatives, the further it expedites its own demise.

October 2, 2009

Candlelight Conflict Over Obamacare

A few weeks ago, the Philadelphia chapter of MoveOn.org held a candlelight vigil in the Keswick Village section of Abington to show support for Obama's health care plan. Van loads of MoveOn.org members were brought in for the event. I guess they couldn't find enough support in Abington without them.

Some of us found out about the event a few hours before and decided to have a little gathering of our own.

This video footage, courtesy of Abington News and Views, is a great example of just how brain-washed MoveOn.org's members are on the issue. While fingers were bitten off in similar events elsewhere in the country, this event was somewhat civil; that is unless you were the leader of the event. She seemed a little testy - must be a Philly thing.



Ask yourself which side appears to be full of facts and who exactly is getting "bad information".

No arguing allowed, as you can see. Dissent or discussion just isn't good for anyone's health these days.

September 26, 2009

The Story of - Communist - Stuff

Some teachers and school districts are using this video in our schools; using your tax dollars to promote the ideas contained within.

The video is titled, "The Story of Stuff".

The makers of the video, The Tides Foundation, are yet another one of several organizations hell bent on destroying the current US economic system for a more "greener" version. This is your country now; this is Obama's America.



Songs by school children in praise of the Lord Obama and now this garbage??

No, no indoctrination going on here.

September 24, 2009

ACORN Goes Stupid Nuts

...by suing the filmmakers who exposed them for tax fraud and encouraging child sex trafficking.

James O'Keefe, the filmmaker who has been releasing his work in pieces on BigGovernment.com, Hannah Giles who posed as the prostitute, and Andrew Breitbart, owner of the website, are all named in the lawsuit.

When asked how he felt about the potential legal fight, O'Keefe said,
"Bring it on...If they want to equate sex trafficking of young girls with videotaping someone without their consent, that's their moral prerogative, but that just shows you how low they are."

During the discovery phase of the lawsuit ACORN will have additional light shed on their shady organization. This plays right into the film maker's plans - to expose the community organizers.

The first rule of hole digging - when you find yourself in one, stop digging. This rule is apparently lost on the wizards who run ACORN. (psst, see Wade Rathke)

September 23, 2009

Hoeffel's Job Compromises Governor Run

In a statement released earlier today, Montgomery County GOP Chairman Bob Kern's asked for Joe Hoeffel to resign his position as chairman of the county's Board of Elections. This comes on the heels of Hoeffel's announcment yesterday that he will join an already crowded Democrat primary field for governor.

"Joe Hoeffel chairs the Montgomery County Board of Elections and can act in that capacity to advantage his candidacy for Governor. He needs to step down immediately and allow for an alternate to be appointed in his place", Kerns said.


Kerns also pointed out that Joe didn't do this last year when he was on the ballot, as an alternate delegate for Hillary Clinton at the DNC convention.

Historically, Montco Commissioners have resigned these positions when their names are on the ballot. The President of the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Richard Hodgson, has the power to assign a temporary replacement.

However, Joe has a history of making his own rules. Give Kerns credit for helping him make up his mind.

It's a shame Joe needs to be reminded of his responsibilities to the tax payers he should be serving.

Canada Leading Boycott of Ahmadinejad's U.N. Speech

Remember the good ol' days when the United States would lead this effort?

September 12, 2009

Can You Hear Us Now??

page13news was amongst the crowd in Washington, D.C. yesterday as citizens from across the country took back Washington, for a day.



As you can see, there were plenty of reasons we gathered. It wasn't just about healthcare...



...it's about corruption, incompetence, and the hostile takeover of our constitution.




Dan Cirucci also has a story "Worth a Million Words".









We can only Hope the 9-12-09 March on Washington, is the beginning of a national awakening.

September 11, 2009

Never Forget September 11th

As it was covered...


...page13news will never forget.

September 9, 2009

Abington Free Speech in Peril?

A prior post here summarized the hostile government takeover of private property in the Roslyn section of Abington Township.

Commissioners from both sides of the aisle approved the takeover and the owners have filed suit to stop them.

In a side story of sorts, Dr. Bob Sklaroff and Bob Guzzardi, esq. have filed their own suit against the township regarding their free speech being squelched on the issue. Abington's solicitor had recommended the board not hear these two gentlemen's problems with the hostile takeover because, as you will see below, the issue is currently being litigated in court.

While neither Bob mentions the hostile takeover aspect of this story, it is interesting to hear why they have issues with the planned use of the property and why it is they feel their first amendment rights are being trampled on.





September 7, 2009

'This is My Town Hall Meeting'

Sunshine, the best disinfectant.



...well said Congressman. You pompous fool.

He reminds us that it was Democrats, so eager to sell their healthcare overhaul, who called for these town hall meetings.

This was NOT the GOP, or talk radio orchestrating the protests; it was everyday people simply showing up when their "leaders" invited them.

September 6, 2009

Those Damn Racists...

...NASCAR hicks are at it again.





Whoop-de-do, Van Jones Resigns


...he was never vetted by the FBI or Congress in the first place.

The problem with Jones - the White House was giddy about recruiting this self-avowed Communist, racist, and 9/11-was-an-inside-job conspiracy nut job.

Will Van Jones, now that he has resigned, fade into obscurity? Not at all. He'll simply take his "fundamental remake of the US economy" back to the organization he founded a few years ago.

That group, called STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), is hell-bent on destroying the current US economic structure. Attempts to remove the organization's manifesto after the group's intentions came to light have been thwarted and can be found here. It's a scary read.

So while yet another Obama appointment has gone up in flames, don't think for a second it's the end of radical changes looming on the horizon.

August 29, 2009

Obama to Have "Emergency Control" of Internet

No. This isn't a violation of our first amendment right; not at all.

So in an "emergency", the president can now shut down a vital communication tool used by his critics. Leaving the only information provider the MSM; better known as state-run media.

Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Mussolini, and Adolf would be so proud.

August 26, 2009

R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy has passed away.

August 22, 2009

We're talking about "Options"?

"Practice? We're talking about practice? I mean, we're talking about practice?" You remember Allen Iverson's classic response.

Now, Democrats like Allyson Schwartz are talking "options". Options? They want us to believe Obamacare will give us better "options"?

Without making the public feel comfortable that the health care plans they currently have will be secure, the Dems know their plan is DOA.

August 4, 2009

Cliffs Notes: Obama's Health Care Bill

Former Roslyn resident Joseph Gallagher, now in Southampton, PA took out a full page ad in the Tuesday Intelligencer.

His reason for doing so? Provide a Cliffs Notes version of the National Healthcare Bill.

Since the ad can't be found on the Intelligencer website, below is what was published.

----------

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE AT A GLANCE - Not all 1,017 pages

Page 16: States that if you have insurance at the time of the bill becoming law and change, you will be required to take a similar plan. If that is not available, you will be required to take the [government] option.

Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!

Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!

Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)

Page 42: The "Health Choice Commissioner: will decide health benefits for you. You have no choice, None.

Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.

Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Health Card. [I add, can you say DMV?]

Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic fund transfers.

Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (example: SEIU, UAW, and ACORN)

Page 72: All private health care plans must conform to government rules to participate in the Health Care Exchange.

Page 84: All private health care plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e. total government control of private plans)

Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: [for] illegal aliens.

Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for government-run Health Care Plan.

Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.

Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No "judicial review" is permitted against the government monopoly. Put it simply, private insurers will be crushed.

Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.

Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.

Page 126: Employers MUST pay health care bills for part time employees AND their families.

Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400k or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll.

Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250k-$400k or more, who does not offer the public option, pays 2-6% tax on payroll.

Page 167: Any individual who doesn't have acceptable health care (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them)

Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Health Care Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.

Page 203: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." Yes, it really says that.

Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.

Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have , you'll all be paid the same (thanks AMA!)

Page 253: Government sets value of doctors' time, their professional judgment, etc.

Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private health care industries.

Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.

Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!

Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.

Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during initial admission that results in readmission, you will be penalized by the government.

Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited from owning and investing in health care companies!

Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.

Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on "community" input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.

Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.

Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMO's, etc.

Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.

Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (health care by phone)

Page 425: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?

Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time. [sounds like a new kind of death tax to me]

Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.

Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.

Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient's health deteriorates. This can include ORDER for end-of-life plans. An order from the GOVERNMENT.

Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.

Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.

Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: More payoffs for ACORN.

Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.

Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating, and rationing those services.

I love it when a plan comes together.
paid for by a Very Concerned Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather
Joseph L. Gallagher
Southampton, PA

----------


Now, I'm not sure if there is anything in the second half of the bill since he doesn't reference any further pages. But one thing is clear, THIS CITIZEN KNOWS MORE ABOUT THIS BILL THAN SENATOR SPECTER.

July 14, 2009

Protect Pedophiles, Imprison Bible-Thumpers

Hidden in U.S. Senate bill 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act, is an amendment that on it's own wouldn't see the light of day.

Senator Ted Kennedy's bill 909 (The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act) would have provided protection for 547 types of sexual deviants (as defined by the American Psychiatric Association), including pedophiles and incestuous family members, from "hate crimes". However, since it couldn't get enough votes on its own, it has been attached to the larger defense spending bill.

This legislation opens the door for anyone quoting the Bible to be brought up on charges for inciting violence. If it was proved the crime was committed after hearing the hate speech against gays found in the Bible, a priest, church, or missionary could be considered co-conspirators to the crime.

Think I'm nuts? Remember where the hate crimes concept originated - racism. As the Supreme Court ruled in 1993, anyone who is heard uttering racial remarks while or before committing a crime can get enhanced penalties based on hate speech.

What if a church going individual is heard quoting Bible verses before or while committing a crime against any one of the 547 protected individuals in Matthew's Bill??

The most egregious part of this issue - it's tie to troop funding. A vote against the bill could be used to attack any Senator for not supporting the troops.

Fortunately perhaps, elected officials in Washington won't be protected by this bill. But only because the APA hasn't classified them as a unique kind of sexual predator, yet. So, I wonder if the biker community is ready to do a ride on Washington? They don't care for pedophiles much.

July 8, 2009

Shapiro Eying LT Gov?

Not too surprising given recent events in Washington.

If fact, I thought as much a few weeks ago...

Fat Chance Tax

My favorite Congresswoman is making news. Though I'm not sure she understands the real impact she's having.

Philly has the ban on saturated fats. Now, the nation will enjoy a $.10 tax on every soft drink sold - that's if Allyson Schwartz (D - PA 13th Congressional District) has her way. A couple weeks ago Schwartz said this would be, "a real treat", to impose a tax on each 12 ounce purchase of non-sugar free soft drink.

You heard right. This esteemed Congresswoman is leading the charge on a "Fat Tax". The money stolen from our pockets, I assume, will go to fund obesity related procedures.

Since we Americans can't possibly take care of ourselves, the almighty government is going to tax us for every bad thing we do to our bodies.

That's only fair. After all, once they provide us a public health care plan, they can mandate our lifestyles.

So, I called my Congresswoman's office. I told the staffer, a pleasant woman named Katie, who I was and wanted her to convey my opposition to this tax. Her response,
"The Congresswoman believed it was important to pass the important climate bill [a.k.a. Cap and Trade bill] to limit carbon emissions and its impact on the environment."
So I asked what a fat tax had to do with climate change,
"Well, I'm not sure, I haven't read the entire bill myself. But I certainly can pass along your opposition and see if the Congresswoman can do for you. The bill has passed the House and has moved on to the Senate."
Now, I know there is nothing a Congresswoman can do to affect the Senate vote, but what exactly was she saying? Although the Congresswoman introduced the measure, she would petition the Senate to vote it down?

Katie said she had other calls to take. I'm sure she did. But when she mentioned I was the first to contact her about this fat tax issue, I knew she was blowing smoke up my rear.

On a related issue - a dentist's name has popped up as the first potential challenger to Ms. Schwartz. Even though I'm sure he'd encourage people to drink less sugar-loaded soda, I'll bet he's against punishing people for doing so.

To be continued...

July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

This classic from School House Rock says it all...



I picked up the latest version of Common Sense yesterday. It seems more than appropriate these days.

God Bless America. Well, what's left of it anyway.

July 3, 2009

Whores, Pimps, and the Washington Post

The Clinton's had the Lincoln bedroom. Washington Post publisher Katherine Weymouth called hers a "salon".

The NY Times is dying, that's become obvious.

But now, the Washington Post is whoring itself out.

It's continuing evidence the main stream media isn't just fading into irrelevance, they are becoming a joke.

July 1, 2009

The Mayor of Glenside


Technically, there isn't such a position. But had there been, Mike Gillespie would have been it.

Mike was laid to rest yesterday after losing his battle with cancer. He was a former 26 year veteran of Abington police department, a Marine Corps veteran, and Abington Township Commissioner.

The line I waited in Monday night was 3 hours long as it seemed the entire community came to honor its willing servant.

The Glenside News (Montgomery Newspapers) paid a tribute of its own.

Our prayers go out to Mike's wife Carol, and the entire Gillespie family. We will all miss you Mike.

H/T Bob A

Gore Being Sued for Global Warming Fraud

The former next President of the United States, Al Gore, is being sued by the founder of the Weather Channel, John Coleman, and over 30,000 scientists for the global warming hoax.



Who says justice doesn't exist in the world?

And yet, this news remains absent from the big three government run media outlets.

June 30, 2009

Supreme Dissent on Sotomayor

Yesterday the Supreme Court over-ruled Obama nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

In a 5-4 vote, the High Court overturned a ruling by Sotomayor which upheld a decision by the city of New Haven, CT to throw out test results taken by firefighters because there wasn't enough "racial balance" in those results.

That's the main story. But the real news is in the dissenting opinion of the SCOTUS.

Justice Ginsberg, while saying the firefighters were not entitled to receive promotions for their success, scolded Sotomayor for issuing a summary judgment for the New Haven case.

Why is this important? Because it's saying Sotomayor didn't give the case the respect it deserved. This concurs with Jose Cabranes, one of Sotomayor's colleagues on the circuit court which was overturned today.

Cabranes said as much when the circuit court made this ill-concieved ruling because, in his opinion, they never considered the constitutional issues before them.

So in essence, even those on the SCOTUS who ruled in favor of Justice Sotomayor, said she didn't give the New Haven case the constitutional respect it deserved.

As Ed Whelan of NRO points out, that makes the opinion of the high court 9-0 against the president's choice. That's quite an endorsement for the potential addition.

What If Hope and Change Fail?

Rush Limbaugh was hammered for being honest; he wanted President Obama, or more specifically his policies, to fail. Rich Lowery has an article in the New York Post which suggests this may already be happening.

As the public sees more of the Obama agenda and his M.O., the more they seem to cringe. Obama's public health care option is on life-support itself - so admits democrat Tom Daschle; Cap and Trade is quickly heading in the same direction.

As Lowery points out, Iran and North Korea haven't suddenly become warmer to the US since the chosen-one took office. Instead, they continue to be thorns in our side.

Wooo hooo - the Iraqis are taking over their own security and the troops should be home soon - at least one campaign promise has been fulfilled. But the president isn't getting the kudos he expected. After all, not one specific policy change caused this to happen. It is a simple, successful, conclusion to Bush's war.

As more petals of the Obama rose fall to the floor and public opinion wains, it will be interesting to see how he reacts.

Displaying grace and eloquence when one is on the rise is easy. Maintaining that smooth disposition when the going gets tough is a much more difficult task.

He won't be allowed to simply read a prepared speech off the teleprompter; he'll need to think on his feet.

Will he be up to the task or get caught in his own rhetoric?

June 28, 2009

page13news - Off the Record

On June 16th, I sat down with Montgomery County's Democrat Jury Commissioner, Greg Holt, to discuss a wide variety of issues from Tehran to Abington.

We were taping a segment of Abington News and Views called Off the Record, with host Dan Loney. Regular readers may recall I've appeared on the show before. However prior episodes, with columnist Ted Taylor, were not very fiery since we generally agreed on most issues. This show has just a bit more excitement.

In the first segment, Greg and I discuss President Obama's performance.



Next, we discuss Government Motors, Obama's universal health care plan, and Sonya Sotomayor.



Finally, Arlen Specter and the impact locally, as well as a few local issues.



If you live in or near Abington, make sure you check out future Abington News and Views episodes on Comcast Willow Grove channel 190. Thanks again to Tom Kirk and his wife Karen for being gracious hosts.

June 26, 2009

Cap and Trade? Try Bait-n-Switch

Today, Democrats may vote for the Waxman-Markey bill which is nothing more than a hidden tax on families and businesses. As the Wall Street Journal opines, it defies economic reality.

The skinny - you pay for carbon credits to offset any carbon usage above "approved levels".

Question you should be asking - where does all this money go?
Answer - to groups who profit off of the false premise that the planet is in peril.

G.E., who owns the NBC networks, is going to be a major beneficiary. Companies like Al Gore's Generation Investment Management (GIM), will also benefit.

Don't be fooled. First, the Earth is not in peril. Second, this is nothing more than another transfer of wealth from you to people who want to control every aspect of your life.

Take automobiles. First the government takes over major companies. Done.

Next, Congress passes legislation which imposes a tax (sorry, they call it a credit) which transfers money towards the "green" initiative. Almost done.

The final nail tilts the competitive balance away from oil companies and to "green" energy corporations by forcing more restrictive fuel standards, making it impossible for BIG Oil keep up.

Folks, you are witnessing the intended destruction of a major segment of the US economy, all because of the crisis created by environmentalist wackos.

As the WSJ article points out, this plan throws out proven economic theories.

Hmmm. Junk science created the fraud known as global warming; now junk economic theory has a solution for the planet?

June 23, 2009

Obama, Messiah or Superhero?

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!


H/T Tony Phyrillas

June 22, 2009

Obama Approval, Negative

For the first time since he took office, President Obama's net approval rating is in negative territory, according to Rasmussen Reports. It's also down 25 points since the end of January - that's with a state-run media in full support.

Imagine the numbers if the main stream outlets actually did some serious journalism.

H/T Drudge

June 20, 2009

Olive Garden Drops Letterman

Two snubs to host the Tonight Show, one lost battle with what I'm sure he thought was a dim-witted Sarah Palin, and now a well known sponsor pulls its advertising.

Formally known as a brilliant comic mind, David Letterman is quickly becoming his own joke.

H/T Dan Cirucci

June 19, 2009

Boxer's Pompacity

After watching this clip, ask yourself...

...just who in the hell does this pompous political hack, Ms Barbara Boxer, think she is??



The lady from California is no longer worthy of her title.

June 18, 2009

ACORN Operatives in Iran?


How else would you explain voter turnout greater than 100% in at least 26 Iranian provinces?

Statistically speaking, it is virtually impossible in any democratic election to have turnout numbers greater than 95% for reasons such as illness, or even recent death, and voters absent from the country. So it's interesting to see that more than 200 Iranian polling stations reported turnout above 95%.

Good thing I never actually considered Iran a democratic form of government and view elections there as nothing more than a dog and pony show.

Iran, A Reality Check for Obama

A fabulous opinion piece from Wesley Pruden at the Washington Times. Here's a tease...
If Iranian voters had thrown Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into the street, the American president would have assumed that he was the One who did it, and the American press would have led the hosannas for the messiah from the south side of Chicago. Just a few more speeches, a few more respectful bows toward Mecca, and all the rough places would be made smooth and plain. But now even Mr. Obama must wake up and smell the tear gas.

All the wishy washy rhetoric aside, the president has an opportunity here. But does he have the political savvy, or will, to take advantage?

June 14, 2009

Tehran Breakdown

The powder keg of the Middle East is flaring up in a post-election aftermath.

If you don't know, President Ahmadinejad is claiming a landslide re-election victory. However, several groups are claiming the election results are a sham.

No doubt, if John McCain or Dubya were President, the US would have the protester's backs.

Will an Obama administration do the same? Or is this chaos helpful to his agenda?

June 10, 2009

Orlando's Magic-al Kid



Gina Incandela has autism. Some would consider it a handicap; a life not worth living. God Bless America, her parents decided to keep her anyway.

The Orlando Magic have never lost when Gina sings the Anthem, including last night's game 3 of the NBA finals.

Go Gina and your Magic!!

May 29, 2009

The History of ACORN

Glenn Beck and FOX News present a story you must see.

ACORN, they're not quite the "community organizer" group they claim to be.

...or are they?

May 28, 2009

Toomey on Sestak Entry

Pat Toomey released a statement late yesterday welcoming a potential 2010 general election contest against Joe Sestak.

Sure, Toomey believes a primary contest on the Democrat side of the ticket - and the money they will spend - helps him in the general, that's good news for the only GOP candidate in the race at this point. But he also realizes Specter is still the front-runner, the party boss choice, and as such has an issue to relate his campaign to.

The message? The Washington insiders (i.e. elected members on both sides of the aisle) ultimately control who runs and gets money; incumbents have a significant advantage.

Specter, and his Democrat allies in Washington, defines the problem in Washington.

In a throw-out-the-bums 2010 election cycle, Toomey's message will have stickiness.

May 27, 2009

Chick...chick-a-chick ahhhhh


From the 80's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the house and garage made famous by the final, glorious ride of the Ferrari, is up for sale in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

H/T MW

May 26, 2009

Obama Hates the Handicapped

Why else wouldn't he choose one for a Supreme Court nominee?

By choosing the first Hispanic, he also has thumbed his nose at Asians, Muslims, gays, and mutes.

Here I thought we were beyond the politics of identity.

Everything you need to know about potential Justice Sotomayor is in this clip...



You heard correct. Never mind constitutional separation of powers. The courts can now make law.

And she knows it's wrong because she's not "promoting or advocating it", you know.
wink wink

May 20, 2009

Nancy vs the CIA

A classic RNC ad.

May 16, 2009

Time for Changes in Abington



See this link for the full story.

The 81% Tax Increase

Bruce Bartlett of Forbes magazine explains that a lock box, piggy bank, or any other reserve of money simply doesn't exist to pay for Social Security and Medicare programs.
Most Americans believe that the Social Security trust fund contains a pot of money that is sitting somewhere earning interest to pay their benefits when they retire. On paper this is true; somewhere in a Treasury Department ledger there are $2.4 trillion worth of assets labeled "Social Security trust fund."

The problem is that by law 100% of these "assets" are invested in Treasury securities. Therefore, the trust fund does not have any actual resources with which to pay Social Security benefits. It's as if you wrote an IOU to yourself; no matter how large the IOU is it doesn't increase your net worth.
He doesn't even get into how TARP or other bailout debt will be paid back. But the amount of burden we've placed on our kids becomes a little clearer.

It's a whole lot more than chump change, you can believe in.

May 13, 2009

Murtha's Airport

Hard to believe this was on ABC's nightly news.




H/T NRO and Grassroots PA

May 9, 2009

Godfather Government

A good read from the Economist about how the Obama administration is high jacking the auto industry, not to save it from economic failure, but to ensure its political base gets the assets.
America’s government, keen to protect workers, is providing taxpayers’ cash to keep the lights on at both firms. But in its haste it has vilified creditors and ridden roughshod over their legitimate claims over the carmakers’ assets.
Well isn't that convenient?

April 30, 2009

Cell Phone Ban, Harrisburg Says Not So Fast



Fox 29 and Bruce Gordon get props for a balanced story, despite furniture ad embedded in this video.

Philly cops don't have enough to do, but yet they'll be on the lookout for you criminals talking on the phone.

Here's a question. When one person walking with a cell phone in their ear, gets hit by a hands-free driver, who will the City of Brotherly Love blame for the event?

April 28, 2009

See Ya Arlen...


...don't let the door hit you in the ass.

April 26, 2009

The Death Show

A great opinion piece by Dan Cirucci from Wednesday's Philadelphia Daily News about how our secular American-Idol-mentality has changed everything, including how we mourn.

Flying Race Cars in 'Bama

Aaron's 499 at Talladega

April 23, 2009

Fox News Crashes MSNBC Meeting

Good. It's about time these frauds get what they like to dish out.

Of course, dissent isn't allowed. So not surprising that the microphone was cut off on Jesse Waters, a Fox News reporter and producer for the O'Reilly Factor who is known for stirring the pot, when he asked a critical question of Jeff Immelt, CEO of NBC.

NBC didn't just cut the mic on Waters. Another questioner also had her voice silenced when she asked a question about meetings where it's rumored NBC execs pressed for more positive coverage of the Obama administration and their policies.

...yet more evidence the MSM is in the tank for Obama and the death of journalism.

Hillary's Lame Argument

While testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday on the effectiveness of torture techniques, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (sorry, I can't help but giggle) was pressed by House Republicans.

They want the administration to release more documents which, according to former VP Dick Cheney, will show the program's success.

Hillary thought it was a perfect opportunity to slam Cheney stating,
It won't surprise you that I don't consider him a particularly reliable source of information.
I can almost hear Obama supporters cheering at the line.

Problem. If Hillary thinks Cheney is so unreliable, why not release the documents he says the Obama administration is suppressing? Wouldn't that prove her theory?

Let's shed a little more sunshine on the subject Hillary. Unless of course you know it will make you look like a fool.

April 19, 2009

Bucks Tea Party

Yesterday, about 1,200 (my estimate) spent a beautiful spring afternoon at Washington's Crossing State Park, PA to lend their voices to the growing Tea Party movement.



July 4th is the date targeted for the next round of peaceful protests. Some are calling for a March on Washington. Others, like myself, eye September 12th. It was 9/12/2001 when America was at her best and this 9/12, perhaps it can be again.



Abington Benefit for Philly Police


Friday night, the Abington Police Department held a beef and beer benefit for the Philadelphia Police Survivors' Fund. The fund helps families of Philly's fallen heroes heal from their tremendous loss.

Over 500 Abington residents and friends of the Police Department gathered. Rose's Cross provided the entertainment and a special tribute was provided by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums corps to honor their brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice trying to keep their city safe.

April 14, 2009

Tea Parties Everywhere


Traditional news sources have tried to ignore the growing list of Tax Day Tea Parties.

But as this picture shows, quite a few places in Pennsylvania will host tea party protests over the next few days.

Here's a short list of Tea Parties in Southeast PA

Bucks County Tea Party
Date: 4/18/2009
Time: 1:00-3:00
Location: Washington's Crossing
Website

Kennett Square Tea Party
Date: 4/15/2009
Time: 4:30-6:00
Location: Corner of State and Union
Website

Philadelphia Tea Party
Date: 4/15/2009
Time: 12:00-2:00
Location: LOVE Park
Website
Facebook Page

Philadelphia Tea Party II
Date: 4/18/2009
Time: 12:00-2:00
Location: Independence Hall
Website
Facebook Page

Phoenixville Tea Party
Date: 4/15/2009
Time: 6:00-8:00
Location: Bridge and Main
Website
Facebook Page

West Chester Tea Party
Date: 4/15/2009
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: High and Market Streets
Website
Facebook Page

For a complete list visit here. Thanks to Commonwealth Foundation for keeping track of the statewide movement.

You are not alone folks, make sure you attend one of these events.

April 13, 2009

God Bless You Harry Kalas

Harry Kalas, the voice of Philly's summer nights, has joined his broadcast booth partner, Richie Ashburn, in baseball heaven.

April 12, 2009

Seals Rescue Captain Thomas from Pirates

Nice.

Masterful Easter Sunday


Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson put on a Easter Sunday show on the front nine as they both came from 7 shots behind to flirt with the top of the leader board. Ultimately however, both fell short, missing several opportunities on the back nine.

Then it appeared as though Kenny Perry would became the oldest player ever to win the Masters. But after a masterful tee shot on 16 put Perry up by two with three to play, he bogied 17 and 18 to come back to the field.

Instead it was Argentinian Angel Cabrera who would outlast Perry in a two hole sudden death playoff to win his first green jacket.

Cabrera found a way to par 18 despite a tee shot in the trees and earned a tie with Perry and Chad Campbell to enter sudden death.

Cabrera becomes the first Argentinian to become Masters' champion, avenging a loss by Roberto DiVincenzo in 1968 when he handed in an incorrect score card and lost by one stroke.

April 11, 2009

It's Your Country too, Mr. President

Charles Krauthammer on Obama's G-20 summit.
Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas. With varying degrees of directness or obliqueness, Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.
What Obama and his supporters believe is that America has something to feel guilty about. They don't believe we have been the inspiration and envy of the world for over 2 centuries.

While he should be the biggest cheerleader for the country, Obama insists on being its biggest critic. And what does it give him? A cold shoulder, perhaps even a mocking laugh behind his back.

No wonder he feels compelled to bow before other leaders; he's willing to be their pawn.

H/T BB

April 10, 2009

We Are...Lame State

I'm more than a bit disappointed with my Alma Mater. It seems Penn State's human resource department has a neat little box, a label one might say, for those individuals who serve in the military.

This video, courtesy of Hot Air, is one in a series where professors are trained on how to deal with several disturbing incidents in the classroom.



First. Isn't it amazing a video such as this is needed to teach those brilliant professors how to cope with troubled students? It reminds me of those training videos companies have produced to inform trainees about dealing with unruly customers or conflict in the workplace.

Second. It's sad to see how these elite, holier-than-thou, and brilliant (in their own mind) individuals view those soldiers who guarantee their right to have such a condescending and ignorant view.

We Are...Lame State.

H/T Yardo

April 6, 2009

R.I.P. Declaration of Independence?

Dick Morris has an interesting opinion about what really took place at the G-20 Summit last week.



H/T Ju

April 4, 2009

Obama Refuses TARP Givebacks

Stuart Varney of the Wall Street Journal argues that the President isn't interested in banks succeeding, he wants to control them. President Obama is refusing to take back over $340 million from 4 small banks. These banks see what happened to GM's CEO and don't want the same thing to happen to them.

Obama already controls the US Automakers, wants to control the health care industry, and is stripping power from the military.

His militant friends in ACORN organized protests at the homes of Philadelphia Eagle owner Jeff Lurie because of $8 million in unpaid Skybox revenue due the City, and AIG executives who got bonuses their contracts allowed them to have. I don't suppose this manufactured chaos is an accident is it?

Obama is getting exactly the kind of change he wants, a little bit of chaos and a whole lot of control.

March 30, 2009

We the People Stimulus

A message from those of us who have had enough.



H/T B.E.

March 29, 2009

Al Gore Says No to Earth Hour

Glad to see you follow page13 Al.

It seems Mr. Gore doesn't buy the bunk either.

You know, he likes to call himself the former next President of the United States. Thank God he never actually was.

H/T Jonah Goldberg

March 28, 2009

Saying No to "Earth Hour"


Personally, this joke called Earth Hour inspires me to leave all my lights on for the next 24.

Even in these tough economic times, I can afford to poke my finger in the eye of wackos everywhere.

Earth to environmentalists, I am NOT in peril, but your lame arguments regarding my demise are quickly losing favor with the public.

This Don Quixote Syndrome sure is entertaining.

****

On a similar note, has anyone else experienced higher than usual light bulb malfunctions in their home recently?

G.E. has long been known for bringing new ideas to light as the world's leading manufacturer of standard light bulbs. G.E. is also a leading manufacturer of the new "environmentally friendly" bulbs. You know, the ones where you need mercury-remediation-specialists to properly dispose of them.

So when G.E. uses their television entity (the NBC network family) to push green technology, is that just coincidence? Or do they gain to profit from this artificial need to save the planet?

March 27, 2009

Obama is a Flunkie

It's not me saying it. Rather, it's CNN.

Some of us were aware of the problem long ago.

H/T JB

March 23, 2009

Stimulus During Hard Times

Trojan condoms has some ideas for stimulus during these (uh hem) hard times.

March 22, 2009

'Barack Obama is a Terrible Bore'

Do I sense the elitists on the left have grown sour on the chosen one?

Vanity Fair columnist and founder of newser Michael Wolff, is having second thoughts about the Messiah's ability to sell a message.

March 19, 2009

Obama's First Major Success

President Obama successfully filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket. ESPN dubbed it Barack-etology. The Commander-in-Chief went through every match up and didn't need a focus group or help from the ESPN reporter who was with him for the momentous occasion.



He picks the University of North Carolina to win it all with very few upsets on his bracket.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski thought it was nice to know the President could handle such a task but was less than impressed with his UNC choice stating, "perhaps he should focus more on the economy".

I'm thinking of changing my bracket to make Duke the champ now. If their head coach is this clear about what really matters, his team should do well.

March 17, 2009

O'Bama - Economy 'Fundamentally Sound'

Remember how much flack John McCain received following his statement that the US economy was fundamentally sound last fall?

Then candidate O'Bama (Irish emphasis added) made jokes about the statement.

Well, who's laughing now?

March 13, 2009

The 912 Project

Remember how you felt about your country on September 12th, 2001?

Some of us want our country to return to that mentality again.

Who are we? See the912project.com

note: the website is a little busy tonight, due to high demand

We Surround Them - Friday the 13th


Tonight at 5pm on Fox News, Glenn Beck will reveal his plan to give voice to a growing number of Americans disgusted with the direction our country is headed.

The movement is dubbed the "We Surround Them" project. Average folks who do the right thing daily, have been emailing pictures of themselves to Glenn as a pledge.

The pledge they commit to is based on a list of 9 principles and 12 values which unite the cause. It doesn't have a thing to do with a political party, in fact, leave your politics at the door. You don't need to agree with everyone of the principals either, just a majority of them qualifies you.

Members of both parties have participated in the collapse of common sense American values, both economically and socially. Neither party seems to be interested in stopping the takeover of private industry and the banking system. Neither party seems to understand that government is the problem here, not the solution.

If you feel that Washington has abandoned us, what can you do? Start by watching this show.

March 12, 2009

Make This Dude RNC Chair

Katheryn Jean Lopez wants to make this guy RNC chairman.

After you read his assessment, you'll agree.

Now if only one leader without a radio show had the same clear understanding of the GOP's communication issues.

March 11, 2009

Pelosi's Second Stimulus

...because the first one, and the Omnibus budget, just wasn't enough.

Meanwhile, China is moving in the exact opposite direction.
But he [Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao] said China would ride out the recession, and repeated the country's target of 8% economic growth. That is the minimum the leadership thinks is needed to avoid social unrest because of unemployment.


Tip to Gunservatively

March 10, 2009

Stem Cell 'Ban' - All About the Money

What the main-stream-news organizations conveniently forget to tell you during their reporting of President Obama's executive order lifting the "ban" on stem cell research is that embryos were allowed to be used for research prior to yesterday.

Bush simply capped the number of embryos to existing lines, when he issued the order in 2001.

Unfortunately, embryonic stem cells have shown little promise so far to actually cure anything. On the other hand, adult and umbilical cord stem cells have shown tons of promise.

No, the ban had nothing to do with embryonic research happening, it was all about who was going to pay for it. Thanks to the vision of Obama, we all are.

The dirty little secret about embryonic stem cell research lies behind winning patents and now of course, government funding for further research. The government we elected has officially endorsed and is encouraging profiteering, from killing embryos.

...'It's Scary Bad'

Andrew McCarthy on the Obama socialist flap.

It does have a certain Amateur Night at the Improv feel to it.

March 9, 2009

Obama - Need to Clarify 'Socialist' Question

The problem with Bush's expansion of Medicare and the first bailout comes to full fruition...

Meanwhile, President Obama feels compelled to make an impromptu call to reporters to clarify his answer to the question, "Are you a socialist as some people have suggested?".

Something about the issue must weigh heavily on his mind.

HT Drudge

March 7, 2009

There's A Brewing Tea Party


I drove out to Harrisburg today to witness one of these growing Rick Santelli inspired Chicago Tea Parties for myself.

And guess what I found?



Conservatives don't tend to be protesters so much as those to our political left, but when we get fired-up about an issue we rally with the best.

I also got an opportunity to meet Nathan Benefield and Matt Brouillette of Commonwealth Foundation, as well as Chris Lilik from Grassroots PA. All of them were as impressed with the turnout as I was.

It's only been a few weeks, but this kettle is starting to stir. April 15th seems to be the day everyone is targeting for the next BIG rally. I'm thinking Valley Forge.