News & Notes July 27, 2012

It was a fairly busy week.  Tomorrow I’m taking a break and going tubing down the Delaware.  It’ll be different floating down a stretch I’ve paddled in my kayaks.  Sunday some family arrives for a week so blogging next week may be spotty.

Mitt Romney showed his foreign policy chops by flying to London and insulting our best allies.  Then he met with the head of MI6, such a secret spy outfit no one who works there acknowledges its existence.  Mitt promptly announced his meeting.  Oops.  If these are his diplomatic skills heaven help us if he gets into the White House.

Speaking of Mitt here’s a funny take on his twisted out of context ads:

Victim 2 has finally surfaced in the Sandusky scandal.  He was the boy Mike McQueary saw being raped in the showers of the Lasch Football Building.  Joe Paterno quashed any reporting of the incident to authorities.  He says he was molested again following that incident.  This is extremely bad because it means four senior University officials, including the high minded coach, allowed a child to be molested because they chose to do nothing.  Don’t put me on that jury.

The EPA says Dimock’s water is now safe and they are discontinuing water deliveries.

Anyone still denying climate change is worse than a fool.  Here’s my opinion:  anyone who denied the science shouldn’t get ANY government help or relief as a result of global warming.  This includes the farmers losing their crops, people losing their houses to wildfires, etc.  These funds should go towards helping everyone else afford food as prices begin to skyrocket due to drought and famine.  Those responsible for nothing being done about this major issue should pay a steep price for their stupidity.  If you voted Republican in the last twenty years you’re eligible for that distinction.  We knew this crisis was coming and did nothing.

It appears Gov. Gasbag signed the VoterID law without first knowing what it said.  He can’t recite the legal ID’s required for voting.  Could it be he can’t even read?  That would require a minimum level of intelligence after all.

In the “tell me something I didn’t know” department the former head of the Florida GOP says the Party engaged in voter suppression efforts against Blacks.  We saw what they did in 2000.  VoterID is simply new election rigging.

When Florida passed its Stand Your Ground Law I warned about going to the Sunshine State because your life could be in danger there.  More evidence after the Trayvon Martin case:  a salesman was shot and killed going door to door by yet another gun nut.  Thank you, everyone who voted Republican.

Another gun nut in Texas (is that sentence redundant?) shot himself and children when his gun went off.  It’s a good thing he missed his nuts, otherwise he’d be facing brain surgery.

Congressional Republicans stuck an item into the transportation bill hurriedly passed at the end of June which will cost 2,000 maritime jobs.  It’s bad enough Republicans aren’t creating jobs but please stop destroying the ones we still have!

Romney keeps repeating his lie that the President told businessmen “they didn’t build that.”  The “that” meant the government infrastructure which enables their success, not their businesses.  Yes, grammar and context matter if you’re intelligent enough to know English.  Why doesn’t the GOP presidential candidate understand clear English?  Is he stupid?  He even then used a businessman in an attack ad who has gotten millions from the government.  He did the same thing here in PA this week when he used a business owner who has gotten government contracts.  oops.

News & Notes March 23, 2012

It’s so nice out my fingers want to type in “April”…

The blog morphed over to a cloud server yesterday.  I apologize if anyone had issues getting access during the transition.  Let me know of any problems.  I also added links to various social media/web sharing sites.  Please use them liberally.

Rep. Tony Payton Jr. withdrew from the April ballot due to petition problems.  He’ll likely run as a write-in.  Tony’s a good guy who we need in Harrisburg.

John Perzel, who wasn’t, was sentenced to from 30 months to five years for using taxpayer money to buy a $10 million campaign database system for the HRCC.  It seems they’re still using the software.

Jane Orie’s case went t trial after she spent two+ days on the stand denying she ever gave orders for her staff to do campaign work on state time.  I suppose we think they simply decided to do it themselves?  How stupid does she think the jurors are?  It didn’t help when the DA ran a rebuttal witness onto the stand who testified he saw it being done massively and openly one day when he visited her office.

Prospective voters are already lining up to obtain state ID’s.  We’re spending $10 million to pay for these when abused kids and disabled Pennsylvanians aren’t getting services, when Gov. gasbag is shutting down the parks fund and our roads are crumbling.  All this to solve a problem which doesn’t exist.  Meanwhile people are having to pay bus fare, stand in long lines, if they’re able (many are not) or pay to get copies of their birth certificates.  Having to pay to vote is illegal.

Blue America has a facebook page up about Tim Holden and fracking.  Go “like” it.

Though the EPA issued a press release claiming water in Dimock is safe some who went and examined their documents found otherwise:

In response, Water Defense and “Gasland” director Fox went to Dimock to personally collect the EPA test summaries from six of the eleven families and had the samples reviewed by independent experts. They found that the summaries actually did report explosive levels of methane, heavy metals and hazardous chemicals. According to Water Defense, all six of the results contained at least one serious health concern, either from chemicals present or methane levels. In four of the six summaries, methane levels exceeded the 7 mg/l actionable threshold necessary for mitigation under Pennsylvania law, the standard they say was previously cited by former state DEP Commissioner John Hanger. One of the test results showed methane levels at seven times that limit. The results also showed dozens of other contaminants, according to the organization, including heavy metals and chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, although safe levels have not been established for a majority of these chemicals. Water Defense has called for the complete test results to be released by the EPA for further analysis, citing inconsistencies in the available data.

Fox News says it has never called President Obama a Muslim.  This is called revisionistic history.

Manan Trivedi has a bio video up:

Fracktivists Bringing Water to Dimock

Activists opposed to fracking are providing water to residents in Dimock after the DEP reneged on its obligations and allowed Cabot Energy to stop providing life sustaining water.  Cabot poisoned the wells around Dimock by exploding toxic compounds in the ground to secure natural gas deposits.  The City of Birmingham, NY offered to provide water but was refused.