News & Notes November 29, 2010

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, did some shopping and enjoyed the variety of good football over four days.  Well, except for Eagles fans and us Nittany Lion alumni.  

My high school class met Saturday evening for our 40th reunion.  I was on the committee planning the event (which is why I was really busy the past few weeks) and reconnecting with old friends and having a wonderful time in the process all year was enormously satisfying.  I hadn’t been to a reunion in thirty years due to my medical issues so this was extra special.  Thanks to everyone who attended, especially those who traveled distances.  

Wednesday the President’s Deficit Commission releases its final report if they can come to a super consensus.  That isn’t likely.  These are, for the most part, draconian solutions.  I’ll have more on this over the course of the week.

I must mention how confident I am that the FBI is able to thwart terror attacks of their own making.  How impressive!

Today launches Pennsylvania’s deer hunting season so be aware of frantic does jumping out of the woods if you live in a rural area as I do.  The number of hunters is declining rapidly and soon schools may have to rethink closing the Monday after Thanksgiving.

I began seeing TV commercials from some of the TBTF (too big to fail) banks taking credit for working with homeowners.  What a joke, these institutions aren’t doing much at all.  Millions of homeowners have complained that these leeches won’t work with them all the while they’re creating and submitting fraudulent court documents to evict millions.  Why brag about saving 200,000 when you’ve thrown millions out of their homes?  Meanwhile now these huge financial institutions are attempting to collect on the $200 million they pumped into the year’s elections.  Lobbyists in Washington are working to convince Congress to legalize the MERS system which defrauded homeowners, investors and taxpayers.  I asked Congressman Paul Kanjorski about this at an event shortly before election day:

I got an iPhone a few weeks ago, what are some cool and useful apps?

Gov. Rendell vetoed the radical “castle doctrine” bill over the weekend.  I’m not sure how effective this action will be with Republicans taking over complete control of state government in January but, at least, the legalization of murder will be delayed somewhat.  Under the proposed law a person could shoot anyone they felt threatened by if they were on their property.  Under historic law you could not shoot to kill unless there were no other options available, no means of escape.  This castle doctrine is simply an extension of our national policy of “shoot first, ask questions later” which has made America a rogue nation.  So much for a “civilized” society.  Thank you Governor.

Two months after lightning hit the house and fried my desktop computer we still await settlement of the claim from Erie Insurance.  For some reason they keep delaying paying this claim.  We’re certainly fortunate the house didn’t burn down because its getting awfully cold outside.  Rethink your coverage if you’re with Erie.

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