The Koch brothers and other billionaire company owners are using intimidation and threats to get their employees to vote Republican. I thought voter intimidation was illegal?
Joe Pitts sent me a mailer today. Has he forgotten who I am? Why would he waste money trying to get my vote and claim he’s working to create jobs. That what GOP Congressional candidates promised in 2010. They, including Pitts, proceeded to block every job bill submitted by the president. These assholes vowed to force the President to fail by filibustering every bill in the senate then turn around and blame HIM for the lackluster job creation numbers. I thought conservatives believed in personal responsibility?
Mitt Romney blamed parents for violence done by their children during the debate. Then his 42 year old son said he wanted to slug the president.
Any woman who votes for Mitt deserves what she’s going to get. By the way, it won’t be a job. More likely, if you’re a woman, voting for Romney will cost you your job. Signing the Ryan Budget will slash government programs, many of which are staffed by women. Cuts in education will cost female teachers their jobs. Tax cuts will deepen the recession causing more layoffs.
Mitt syas he’ll cut taxes for the rich and won’t increase them for the middle class. Guess who that leaves to pick up the tab? Poor people. Here’s a basic economics lesson: you tax money. Poor people don’t have any.
The state House was busy at the end of its session for the year. After taking all summer off our hard working Representatives are off for the rest of the year. Don’t you wish you had a job like that? A charter school reform bill went unpassed. It would have strengthened ethics and reporting for these bloodsuckers.
A gas chamber ban for animal shelters did pass.
A Senate bill allowing companies to keep your state income tax withholding is on a path for passage. This would create a new Delaware type loophole for out of state corporations putting local firms at a competitive disadvantage. It also robs taxpayers of their contributions to state government.
Sen. Larry Farnese is justly proud of his bill outlawing straw purchases of guns. The bill strengthens current law.
Gov. Gasbag says he will sign a bill criminalizing sexting by teens. There’s nothing like forcing kids into court for being young and dumb. That’s it, give them a criminal record for showing their tits.
One of the few good things to be accomplished by this radical conservative state House was the voting down of a bill violating the Fourth Amendment. It would have authorized police to obtain DNA samples, without warrants to search person’s bodies, for even summary offenses. The ACLU said this today: The government is constitutionally mandated to explain to a court why it wants to search someone,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “This bill undermined that fundamental liberty by allowing warrantless searches of a person’s body.”
The US Court of Appeals for the Second District struck down DOMA today. It says it violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment. From the American Foundation for Equal Rights:
“Today’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit continues the unceasing momentum toward marriage equality for all Americans and affirms that discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans is unfair, unjust, and unconstitutional. The body of evidence in support of marriage equality is clear and convincing. This decision, as well previous decisions in other DOMA cases and in our federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, signals that the arguments opposing the recognition of marriage for gay and lesbian Americans have no legal basis. With today’s ruling, we are one step closer to the day when marriage equality is a reality for every American.”
I ran into a Birther yesterday while getting my Element inspected. He insisted that President Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. As evidence he cited his wedding ring with its Arabic inscription saying “there is no God but Allah.” This is yet another myth created by Faux News. I explained to him that he’s been brainwashed. I won’t waste precious breaths trying to reason with fools who have chosen to live in a parallel universe where there is no reality.
New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman is retiring and his seat is being contested by former Congresswoman Heather Wilson (disgraced in the GonzalesGate scandal) and Congressman Martin Heinrich. Spanish normally win elections in The Land of Enchantment. They have a saying in Santa Fe: “the Indians have the land, the Spanish have government and the Anglos have the money.” Democrat Heinrich is leading in the polls rather nicely. They debated last evening. I’m hoping to interview both outgoing Sen. Bingaman and incoming Sen. Heinrich next month while in Santa Fe.
Former Sen. George McGovern entered hospice care earlier this week and now is reported as being unresponsive. He ran for president in 1972 against Richard Nixon. A paranoid President sent a team of bungling burglars into Democratic headquarters in the Watergate. The rest was history.
Berks Democrats keep embarrassing themselves. This time Democratic DA John Adams endorsed Republican Attorney General candidate David Freed. Another one may be financing the campaign of a Tea party candidate against a fellow Democrat. I’m digging into campaign finance reports on that one.
Don’t trust those polls allegedly showing the race getting close in our Commonwealth. If Obama thought there was any chance of losing our 20 electoral votes he’d be here along with Bruce Springsteen and Bill Clinton. Meanwhile Mitt Romney sent his Pennsylvania spokesman on to Virginia.
Speaking of Virginia that state’s Health Commissioner resigned today over new abortion clinic regulations going into effect. Gov. Bob McDonnell is trying to convince women to vote for Mitt but he can’t keep his head of Health because he’s so extreme on women’s women’s reproductive rights. From the Associated Press:
Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley has resigned over the state’s controversial new abortion clinic regulations.
Remley submitted her resignation to Gov. Bob McDonnell Thursday. Her resignation is effective immediately.
Remley said in the letter that issues surrounding the development and enforcement of the clinic regulations have created an environment that compromises her ability to fulfill her duties. She did not elaborate.
The state Board of Health last month adopted regulations that require existing abortion clinics in Virginia to meet the same construction standards as new hospitals. Abortion-rights advocates argued the strict standards could force most clinics out of business.
Here in Pennsylvania our Dept. of Health has granted waivers to abortion clinics for many of the onerous new regulations forced upon them by Senate bill 732.