News & Notes

Who thought Tiger Woods would have an accident in a Cadillac?  Aren’t Buicks good enough for him?

The couple who crashed the state dinner last week have had their fifteen minutes of fame.  You can go away now.

If you’d like to attend this Friday’s event in Allentown with President Obama simply explain to the Secret Service that you’re there to dine with him.  They’ll let you right in, probably with that AR-15 you’re carrying.

Barack Obama will go to Copenhagen for the world climate talks.  I predict nothing but more hot air as a result.  No one is going to do anything significant until more coastal cities are lost.

Speaking of which why do we continue spending millions replacing sand on barrier islands?  We’ll never stop the relentless encroachment by the sea because we refuse to stop driving our SUV’s and going green.  Stop bailing out the rich (again) and let them build elsewhere.

Here’s a simple idea to screw the bankers who have been screwing us:  use cash.  Start carrying actual money and use that for your purchases.  This will deny greedy bankers of tons of our money.  There’s nothing as satisfying as fighting back!

Tomorrow is the first day of hunting season in PA.  Deer hunters will flood the woods and some will do nothing more than shoot another hunter.  I’ll refrain from kayaking for a couple weeks because too many of these lamebrains think drinking alcohol will keep them warm then they shoot anything that moves.

A friend and regular blog reader left us last week.  Kim Kline, tireless campaign volunteer and someone who deeply cared about this country decided to end his life Wednesday.  We’ll all miss you buddy.  I picked up the newspaper Friday, saw his obituary and have been somewhat out of sorts since.  Kim lived near me for years and we ran into each other regularly.  He often called about blog articles or to alert me to interesting news.

We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving.  Breakfast was at the new house and dinner at a niece’s home.  I didn’t watch a single football game all day and didn’t miss it.  Of course I bought the paper Friday primarily to see who won.  As soon as the leftovers are gone maybe I’ll begin thinking about Christmas.  I can’t believe another year has come and gone and I’m getting too close to being 60 years old.  How did that happen?

I’m dog sitting again for my friends Jim and Cynthia while they’re in New Mexico.  I’m jealous and every bad driver cutting me off and every rude clerk who refuses to thank me for my business make me yearn to be in Santa Fe.  The scenery ain’t bad either.

If you haven’t signed up for the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit what are you waiting for?  Sponsored by Keystone Progress and other progressive organizations it is coming in January.  Click on the ad on our left sidebar for more information.

The next Democratic State Committee meeting will be in early February, the week after the Summit.  Candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Senator will be vying for the official Party endorsements and there will be much to cover politically.  Read all about it right here.

President Obama announces his plan for Afghanistan Tuesday.  The escalation of the war makes this HIS war now.  I hear echoes of Vietnam regularly.  We either learn from history or we’re doomed to repeat it.  I hate to watch us repeat the mistakes of Vietnam.  The generals always think more troops are the answer.

6 thoughts on “News & Notes”

  1. 1) I never made the Tiger Woods buick connection…thats pretty funny

    2) as an avid bow hunter and rifle hunter…i dont a know a single person who drinks prior before heading into the woods.  not a one and i’ve hunted with some real good ole boys.  you are sterotyping.

    3) my condolenses on the loss of your friend

    4) finally…prior to barry taking his thumb out of his ass and makign a final decision about Afghanistan…you are missing something…

    January 21, 2009…was the day EVERYTHING became barry’s. It’s his war (or lack there of). Its his economy. Its his unemployment. Its his everything. It comes with the job he so passionately campaigned for based on his decades long Senatorship…no wait…based on his extensive executive experience as Governor of the great state of…no wait….based on his having the divorce records of his opponents released.

    have a great day :)

  2. 1) I never made the Tiger Woods buick connection…thats pretty funny

    2) as an avid bow hunter and rifle hunter…i dont a know a single person who drinks prior before heading into the woods.  not a one and i’ve hunted with some real good ole boys.  you are sterotyping.

    3) my condolenses on the loss of your friend

    4) finally…prior to barry taking his thumb out of his ass and makign a final decision about Afghanistan…you are missing something…

    January 21, 2009…was the day EVERYTHING became barry’s. It’s his war (or lack there of). Its his economy. Its his unemployment. Its his everything. It comes with the job he so passionately campaigned for based on his decades long Senatorship…no wait…based on his extensive executive experience as Governor of the great state of…no wait….based on his having the divorce records of his opponents released.

    have a great day :)

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News & Notes

Lots of stuff in the news is significant though it may not merit an entire article.  Rather than a bunch of small items I like grouping them into one for the day’s events.

Rep. Sam Rohrer, as expected, announced he is running for Governor.  The man I call “The Crazy Fundie” doesn’t even believe in government so his quixotic quest for the Governor’s Mansion cries out for the question why?  He has no chance against Jim Gerlach or Tom Corbett but this guarantees him huge amounts of free publicity.  John Woodward gave him quite a run for his money last time and Rohrer feels threatened.  This is simply an attempt to shore up his State House re-election campaign.

Jack Wagner has invited bloggers to his reception at The Pennsylvania Society extravaganza next month.  The gala, always held in New York City will, I’m afraid, have to do without me.  I can’t see justifying the expense of going to the Big Apple.  I’ll see all of them in January at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit and then again the following weekend at State Committee.  Thanks for asking though Jack, no one else has.

The state laid off 319 more workers this week.  Victims of the economic collapse and severe budget cuts in, especially, DEP, this just means more and more grief for more people due to failed GOP economic policies.  DEP’s budget was slashed 30% at the same as gas drilling was increased.  Does that really make sense?  Not that DEP did anything anyway…

Gov. Rendell held a press conference today to highlight autism efforts.  I wasn’t invited but tweets from the event say he said he’ll focus on reforming state government his final year in office.  Kudos go to him for even concentrating on issues such as campaign finance.  Let us know if we can help.

Tea baggers held a rally in Harrisburg last weekend.  Did anyone even notice?  Astroturf leader Dick Armey spoke but as the PA Budget and Policy Center states they have their history wrong.  So why should that amaze us?  Having interviewed these militia, patriot nut jobs I know they’re not very bright.  

The Tea Party protesters have their history wrong and their anger is misplaced,” said Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. “The Boston Tea Party was about tax fairness. Were these protesters acting in the spirit of the real Boston Tea Party, they would be protesting corporate tax loopholes that allow profitable corporations to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in Pennsylvania taxes and leave the rest of us paying more.”

Ward said all Pennsylvanians should support efficient government but that Tea Party protesters want to go much further, dismantling public structures that provide education, public safety, job training, health care and human services at a time when many middle class families are struggling to weather the recession.

“We learned during this year’s state budget crisis that when you cut services or don’t pay for them on time, there are real consequences for families and communities,” Ward said. “Working parents lose childcare for their kids, library hours are cut and hospitals are forced to lay off staff, jeopardizing the quality of our health care.

“The Tea Party protesters frequently denounce the federal stimulus package, but unemployment would be much worse today without it. It was public sector spending that picked up where the private sector dropped off. That is basic economics. Angry protesters don’t change that.

“Right now, unemployment insurance, job training and public health care programs are the only thing keeping many Pennsylvania families from losing their homes and savings and falling into bankruptcy. In many cases, it is the public programs that these protesters want to eliminate that are preserving the personal freedom of out-of-work Pennsylvanians and their families.

“Spending and tax cuts, the one-size-fits-all panacea prescribed by the Tea Party protesters, may benefit the powerful and well-connected but they offer little value to Pennsylvanians who have been laid off and have no taxable income. We should be doing everything we can to invest in Pennsylvania, get people back to work and come out of the recession stronger.”

Saying these people are fact challenged puts the matter lightly.  They are brainwashed into believing the most outlandish, outrageous lies ever told.

Losing GOP Superior Court candidate Temp Smith is contesting his loss by requiring a statewide recount.  Democrat Anne Lazarus, the only victor in an impressive field, took the one seat of seven won by the Dems.  All the other candidates, all Democrats, decided not to contest.  State law automatically triggered a recount due to the closeness of the election.  Because Smith elected not to concede this will cost taxpayers $1.3 million.  How many libraries could we keep open for that?

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  1. ok, this is a bit dated, but if since the latest emissary from the religion of peace is in the news…paralyzed from the chest down too…i figured i’d go into the wayback machine with mr. peabody…

    we cant jump to conclusions about his…cough islamic cough…motives…because Barry asked us to not to…

    well, remember that census worker that was found dead with the word FED on his chest?  did we not jump to conclusions? Ah no, we immediately blames talk radio and anti government voices of hate.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-4383

    well, what was the final verdict in this guys case?

    Suicide.

    http://www.kentucky.com/latest

    but hey..why let the truth get in the way of slandering your opposition…right Congressman Murtha? Right jesse jackson? right barry hussein? right henry gates? right mike nifong? right al sharpton?  right john morgan?

    any chance of retraction John because if memory serves…didnt you blame the voices of talk radio too for this?

    have a great day :)

    p.s.  this is me, holding my breath again waiting for a retraction from ANY of the above…gasp!

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