Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sighting:IX



King James the Turd has left Montgomeryshire and is on his way to Minneapolis.

A reliable source (in first class) was enjoying a pre-flight libation (or two) when who should board and get seated in coach? None other than His highness...and former county commissioner Thomas Jay Ellis!
(For the record, the two did not sit together)

Our friend in first class sent the two drinks.

The flight attendant came back and told our source that only one of the two took him up on the offer-and proceeded to order two scotches.


Hmmmmm. wonder who?


As a public service, anybody wishing to report a sighting while in Minneapolis can do so anonymously...just click on the email link below!

writemarsh@gmail.com



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Light Seeking Light: Little Known Facts

D.B. Light, at "Light Seeking Light" has found a page of "Chuck Norris-isms" with a Sarah Palin flair: Light Seeking Light: Little Known Facts

As he reports, some are good, some are dumb. I think my readers can do better!

Send me your best Sarah Palin-ism. Keep it clean and make it funny! I'll start:

Sarah Palin created Chuck Norris-isms so that Chuck would not be jealous of her superior abilities. Chuck Norris now performs Sarah Palin-isms because imitation is the most sincere form of knowing you're only second best.

B.

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Opinion From Across The Pond

A very nice article by the British press on McCain's historic pick for Vice President:

From The Sunday Times
Sarah Baxter
August 31, 2008


Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams

The Alaskan governor’s family life and political views press the right’s buttons

When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain’s running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once and for all”, it was an electrifying moment in a presidential election that had already produced its share of upsets and surprises.

History was on the march again the morning after Barack Obama became the first African-American to accept his party’s White House nomination. After the fireworks, the 80,000-strong crowd who had cheered Obama to the skies at the Mile High stadium in Denver woke up with a hangover.

“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”

With her beehive hairdo and retro specs, Palin, 44, has a “naughty librarian vibe”, according to Craig Ferguson, the Scottish comedian who stars on late-night US television. However, the selection of Palin, the governor of Alaska and a mother of five, as the first female Republican vice-presidential nominee is no joke for the Democrats.

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio chat show host, exulted, “We’re the ones with a babe on the ticket” — one, moreover, with a reputation as a tax-cutter and corruption buster in her job as the first woman governor of Alaska.

Palin’s selection on the eve of the Republican convention in St Paul, Minnesota, has set the stage for an epic battle for the votes of women, African-Americans, evangelical Christians and the young. The demographic wars that dominated the contest between Obama and Hillary Clinton are now set to be replicated in the national election.

Will America fall in love with Palin or will she fizzle, like Dan Quayle, the vice-president to George Bush Sr who could not spell “potatoe”? Can she help McCain to defeat Obama, a modern political phenomenon, who drew a record-shattering television audience of nearly 40m — more than the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing — to watch his convention speech?

“Good Lord, we had barely 12 hours of Democrat optimism,” said Paglia. “It was a stunningly timed piece of PR by the Republicans.”

Whether Palin’s selection is more than a political stunt depends on how she handles the electoral pressure cooker. With the election in November, there is no time for on-the-job training. Karl Rove, Bush’s former aide, offered a guarded welcome to the “gun-packing, hockey-playing” governor, sayhing: “We’ll get a taste in the next five days of how well she does in the 62 days that follow.”

After Obama’s acceptance speech was wiped from the front pages, even he was forced to acknowledge that she “seems like a compelling person . . . with a terrific personal story”. Republicans are hailing their potential new vice-president as the all-American girl of their dreams.

Palin is gunning for the 18m women who voted for Hillary Clinton — a third of whom have not made up their mind to back Obama, according to the latest polls. McCain specifically deployed the language of feminism and civil rights when announcing her candidacy. “She stands up for what’s right and she doesn’t let anyone tell her to sit down,” he said.

Palin’s parents learnt that she had been selected by McCain while they were heading for a remote camp in Alaska to hunt caribou. “I was speechless,” her father said. The skin of a grizzly bear that he shot drapes the sofa in her office.

The more Republicans examined Palin’s record, the more they liked it, although some are fearful of buyer’s remorse. She was born in the conservative heartland of Idaho before moving to Alaska as a baby. At school she was nicknamed Sarah Barracuda on the basketball court because she was so competitive and she led the prayers before each game.

She was a “hockey mom” who cut her teeth at the parent-teacher association before becoming mayor of Wasilla, a suburb of Anchorage with a population under 7,000. In 2006 she beat the corrupt male establishment in Alaska to win the governorship. She opposes same-sex marriage, but one of her first acts in office was to veto a bill blocking health benefits for gay lovers of public employees.

She hunts, ice-fishes and is a crack shot who knows how to fire an M16 rifle. “I was raised in a family where gender was not going to be an issue,” she said. “The girls did what the boys did. Apparently in Alaska that’s quite commonplace.” No softy, she sued to stop the federal government making polar bears an endangered species and favours drilling for oil in the Arctic wildlife refuge. However, she also levied a windfall tax on oil companies.

Palin was glamorous enough to have entered beauty contests to earn money for college. She was crowned Miss Wasilla in her home town and was runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest. “They made us line up in bathing suits and turn our backs so the male judges could look at our butts. I couldn’t believe it,” she told Vogue, more amused than outraged.

Counterbalancing McCain’s reputation as a political dinosaur, Palin smoked pot when it was legal in Alaska, admitting, “I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say I never inhaled”, and her children, Track, 19, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, Piper, 7, and Trig, four months, have hippie-sounding names. Track, who joined the US infantry in September last year, is about to be deployed to Iraq. “It has really opened my eyes to international events and how war impacts everyday Americans like us,” she said.

On stage in Ohio, the Palin family looked every bit as photogenic as the Obamas on their big night in Denver. Todd, her rugged husband, is part Yupik Eskimo and is four-time champion of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race. If that is not macho enough, he is a member of the steelworkers’ union and a seasonal oil production operator for BP, from which he earned $93,000 last year. He also helps to run the family’s commercial fishing business. They eloped in 1988 to avoid the cost of a wedding. “We had a bad fishing year so we didn’t have any money,” he said.

Like his wife, he is able to swap the traditional roles. “My husband loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom,” Palin said. “I’ve got great help there.”

She needs it. They “wanted enough kids for a basketball team”, she once said, but Trig was born this year with Down’s syndrome. Palin knew there were complications while she was pregnant but never considered an abortion. When he was born, she said, “I’m looking at him right now and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking: in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?” Undaunted, she held a meeting as governor three days after giving birth. “I just put down the BlackBerrys and pick up the breast pump,” she said of her life as a working mother.

Left-wing websites such as the Daily Kos are leading the chorus of disapproval for now. “Having had two children at home at the age of four months, I know how much help they need even without unfortunate medical conditions,” said one tut-tutter.

Republican women, however, are delighted by Palin’s example. Kellyanne Conway, 41, a Republican pollster and mother of three, said, “I really feel mother knows best without the peanut gallery giving unsolicited advice. She strongly conveys to women today that you don’t have to choose between a successful career and motherhood. You do have to make sacrifices, but you can have it all.”

Evangelical Christians could turn out in droves for Palin, a member of Feminists for Life who opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest, if she maintains her promise.

Deborah Fikes, a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals, said: “I would just trust that the child is not neglected in any way. There are millions of women who work. Why is it that the father cannot provide the same standard of care? There has been an evolving view of working women even in conservative Christian circles.”

Fikes said Palin was an inspiring choice: “I didn’t think the Republicans would pick a female candidate for another decade, but John McCain is not a typical conservative leader.”

Other conservative women have pointed out that Palin was a much more effective counterweight to the super-competent and glamorous Michelle Obama than Cindy McCain, wife of the Republican candidate.

Cindy, a beer industry heiress who bought the seven homes that McCain cannot remember and once said the only way to travel around her home state of Arizona was by private plane, was under fire last week from her own half-sister. She said she was voting for Obama after Cindy had repeatedly claimed to be an “only child” and never expressed regret that her father had ignored her half-sister in his will.

In fact, even though the Clinton aides could barely conceal their satisfaction when she was chosen, the woman who Palin upstages most of all is Hillary. If Obama wins the election, Hillary will have to wait until 2016 to stand again. And if he loses, Palin will be first in line to become America’s first woman president.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

And Now Back To the Montco Grind...

Jim Matthews has lost it. Seriously, in your humble bloggers opinion, he has gone completely bonkers.

In a news story in yesterdays Times Herald, Margaret Gibbons reported on the Ethics code, and how Republican Commissioner, Bruce Castor, is vying to reinstate the ethics code that Cmmsr. Hoeffel had voted for back in '98, during his previous tenure as the democratic (minority) commissioner. Jim Matthews, on the other hand, doesn't want reform:

"I don't think we should have a ban on political activity whatsoever," said Matthews, a Republican long at odds with Castor and who entered into an unprecedented power-sharing pact with Hoeffel, leaving Castor the odd man out in the current administration. "I think it violates rights."

Matthews also was critical of Castor for seeking to have the political activity ban reinstated, calling Castor's motion "a blatant political and hypocritical ... gesture."

"He (Castor) is just jumping on this because he views it as an opportunity to play you against me," Matthews told Hoeffel. "It has nothing to do with authenticity of concern whatsoever."

"What it is designed for on its limited basis is for those people who are not supporters of Mr. Castor," said Matthews. "He wants to silence them as well as anyone involved that has been brought on board from the Democratic Party." (click here to read the entire story)
Matthews must be taking lessons from the amazing Kreskin, or at least "Karnak the Magnificient". Now he actually knows what Castor is thinking.

But, wanting to reform ethics at the county courthouse is nothing more than a ploy to get between King James and Joe Hoeffel?
Matthews has let this feud with Castor go to his head...and it's all about him, right?

I'm sure, back in 1998, Mele, Buckman and Hoeffel wrote the Code of Ethics (that Matthews subsequently suspended) strictly for future commissioner Bruce Castor's political maneuvering...FEH!

He's becoming more egocentric and delusional as the months pass. Maybe he needs to take a long vacation and get his head together.

I know of a time share that has this great rubber room...



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Oh, That 'Splains Alot!

Back during Primary '08, the Pittsburgh Trib-Review featured a blurb about Montgomery County's Results and how they impacted on the Hildebeast's win in PA:
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Montgomery County results explain Clinton's win
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | salena zito

Posted on Thu Apr 24 19:10:01 2008 by Salena Zito

Montgomery County results explain Clinton's win TRIBUNE-REVIEW By: Salena Zito

By all accounts, Pennsylvania's Montgomery County should have been Sen. Barack Obama's low-hanging fruit. From Norristown with its abundant black vote to the Main Line with its affluent well-off latte liberals, "Montco" was tailor-made for the Illinois senator.

"I was shocked," said Karen Matthews, wife of GOP Montgomery County chairman Jim Matthews. Karen, who made her own news by switching to Democrat so she could vote for Obama, fully expected a big Obama win.

"My only explanation is that people say one thing, and then do another," she said. Karen has since started the process of changing back to Republican.
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Re read the last two paragraphs of the article (emphasis above and below, mine):

"I was shocked," said Karen Matthews, wife of GOP Montgomery County chairman Jim Matthews. Karen, who made her own news by switching to Democrat so she could vote for Obama, fully expected a big Obama win.

"My only explanation is that people say one thing, and then do another," she said. Karen has since started the process of changing back to Republican.
To the people of Montgomery county who still wonder why King James the Turd formed his unholy alliance with democrat Joe Hoeffel, Karen Matthews speaks volumes. HT to my favorite uncle for this tidbit.


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Friday, August 29, 2008

Watch Channel 6...

...at 6 pm. Your humble blogger was interviewed by Channel 6 about the Vice Presidential pick and why I was on the Sarah Palin bandwagon way back in the spring.


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Hell Yeah!!!!

…WOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! McCain/Palin ‘08!

Change…It’s been The Chosen One’s mantra ever since he decided he was the next president of the United States.

This past week, he chose Sen. Joe Biden, a 30+ year veteran of the senate, as his running mate. This on the heels of blasting Senator McCain for not making America better during his 26 year tenure as Senator from Arizona.

So, Biden’s 30+ years did amount to the “change” Obamessiah is touting?

Feh!

Sarah Palin, John McCain’s pick for Vice Presidential running mate, is the poster-girl of change. She has been continuously pushing reform in her home state of Alaska, she even went so far as to sell the gubernatorial jet, and at a profit!

Change?

Sarah Palin: Change we can believe in!

BTW, I have to gloat a little…I did predict this one. I had one important factor in my favor…HOPE!

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

For My Kids...

...Cuz they like turtles!



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McCain Picks Running Mate

John McCain has finally made a decision...and we'll have to wait until Friday morning to know who he picked.


(One can only hope)

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain has decided on his running mate, two Republican strategists in contact with McCain's campaign said Wednesday. He is expected to reveal his choice at a rally at a basketball arena in Dayton, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Friday.

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Put A Cork In It?

"Oh, put a cork in it"

So says King James the Turd when Commissioner Castor questioned the hiring of an employee that he had not been informed about. Red Margaret Gibbons Times Herald article below:

Hiring Vote Spurs Spat Between Two County Commissioners
By: MARGARET GIBBONS, Times Herald Staff
08/27/2008


COURTHOUSE - A new clerical position added to the county clerk of courts roster sparked the latest flare-up between Montgomery County's two Republican county commissioners
Clerk of Courts Ann Thornburg Weiss, one of the newly elected Democratic row officers who took office in January, earlier this year had proposed hiring an additional two or three employees for her office.

The office handles all criminal filings.

At the time, she was directed to wait until budget hearings got under way in the fall to make her request. (Read on after the jump:)

However, said Weiss, the backlog in the office continued to grow as a result of an increase in criminal filings.

"I had to expedite my request," Weiss explained last week at a meeting of the county salary board on which all three commissioners sit.

Weiss said she subsequently got the nod from Commissioners' Chairman James R. Matthews for one new position to help ease the workload.

Weiss provided this information under the grilling of Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr., Matthews' fellow Republican on the three-member board of commissioners, who said he was not aware Weiss had been given approval to add personnel.

Reluctant running mates in last year's commissioners' elections, Castor and Matthews have long been at odds. Castor found himself to be the odd man out in the current administration after Matthews entered into an unprecedented power-sharing pact with Democratic Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel III.

Matthews directed Castor to back off from his cross-examination of Weiss, explaining he granted the request after a visit from President Judge Richard J. Hodgson, who reinforced the need for additional personnel in Weiss's office.

Hodgson is a close personal friend of both Matthews and county Solicitor Barry M. Miller.

"When the president judge, who heads the judicial branch of this government, says there is a need to get this work done, we answer that need," said Matthews. "That is one of our jobs."

"If you want to add all this political nonsense, go right ahead," said Matthews. "I will continue to do the county's business as I am sure the president judge will."

"I think the people's business is watching how we spend their money," responded Castor.

"Oh, put a cork in it," replied Matthews.

Matthews and Hoeffel then voted for the salary board action that clears the way for the new hiring while Castor voted against it.

"I will convey your vote to the president judge," Matthews told Castor after the vote.

"Oooww, I'm intimidated," Castor, the county's former district attorney, answered.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

***UPDATE: PA Charges 25 Per Year To Collect Child Support***

An update to my post "PA Charges 25 Per Year To Collect Child Support":

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported today that State Rep Kate Harper (R-61) has introduced a bill to repeal this egregious surcharge on child support received by children.

A double HT to Representative Harper for making sure that the children of divorced/single parents are not victimized by the state and federal government.

We need to call our representatives to strongly support Harper's bill!

Bill Would Make State Pay Child Support Fee

Pennsylvanians who receive more than $2,000 per year pay $25 per child

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


HARRISBURG -- To Susan Aughinbaugh of Cumberland County, $25 can be the difference between a holiday dinner and a can of Spam.

That's why state Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery, is seeking to repeal a $25 annual fee charged to 157,000 Pennsylvanians who receive child support totaling more than $2,000 a year and who have never received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The fee, which is charged per child receiving support, is being deducted from child support checks starting this month.

The Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2006 required states to start charging the fee or to remit the money from their general fund budgets. In Pennsylvania, the state picked up the tab for two years, but in May the Legislature voted to pass the fee on to child-support recipients who receive more than $2,000 a year. The state will continue to pay the fee for those who receive less.

The fees will generate almost $4 million.

"This is not something Pennsylvania decided to do. This is part of the Deficit Reduction Act passed by the feds," said Stacey Witalec, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. The state could have collected the fee from the noncustodial parent but didn't because it would be more difficult to collect, she said.

"Given the number of noncustodial parents that are in arrears, there is more of a likelihood we will be able to fulfill our obligation to the federal government by collecting the money from the custodial parent," Ms. Witalec said.

Of 496,000 child support cases being handled through the Department of Family Relations, 220,000 are in arrears by a total of $1.4 billion, she said. Even at that rate, Pennsylvania is No. 1 in the nation in child-support collections.

Ms. Harper, R-Montgomery, said the state should pick up the cost.

"Taking $25 away from the support awarded to a child to instead pay for government bureaucracy is not ... the right thing to do. We need to repeal this tax on parents and children immediately," she said.

Ms. Harper has introduced a repeal bill. Thirty-nine sponsors have signed on.

"I think we can rearrange some line items [in the state budget] and make it happen," she said.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Whisper Something In My Ear...

...and I'll give you credit for it!

To all of my friends and bloggers out there:

There seems to be a great amount of speculation as to John McCain's choice for Vice President, so...I'm issuing a challenge:

Make a prediction as to whom you think will be the VeeP candidate on the Republican ticket (it must be your own intellectual property, don't take someone's suggestion and make it your own).

Either click on my email link (if you prefer to remain anonymous) or post it as a comment. I'll post them on day one of the Republican convention and reward the winner(s) with their very own Writemarsh! button. (I know you're all salivating at the very idea of owning one!)



I'll accept your predictions until midnight, 8/31/08.

By the way, I'm sticking with Sarah Palin (first choice) and Michael Steele (second choice). I'm not in the running for a button, mind you, just bragging rights!

Don't forget to check in at pawatercooler.com to keep up with Alex as he blogs from the Republican Convention!


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Rick Monday, American Hero

Yesterday, my family and I were privileged today to meet and break bread with a true American hero, Rick Monday.

Rick was a major league baseball player who started his career with a note of distinction-he was the very first person (in the very first major league draft) ever drafted to a major league baseball team.

Rick began his Major League career with the A's and subsequently found himself as center fielder for the Chicago Cubs. It was during his tenure as a Cub that Rick experienced a defining moment in his life.

On April 15, 1976, Monday was playing centerfield (as he always did) against the L.A. Dodgers. During the game, a "moonbat" protester and his budding lib-tard son decided to run onto the field and do the unthinkable...they attempted to set fire to and burn an American flag.

Rick Monday, in a moment defined as one of the "top 100 'plays' in baseball history", ran full out toward the two, reached down, and snatched the flag from them, before they could do Old Glory any harm. He continued to run toward the Dodgers dugout and handed the flag off to southpaw pitcher, Doug Rau.

Monday remembers that the crowd spontaneously broke out singing "God Bless America" almost immediately after he performed this patriotic deed.

When Monday batted in the next half inning, the Dodgers posted the following message on the scoreboard:


Monday was traded to the Dodgers the very next year, and, after retiring, became a broadcast announcer for Los Angeles.

Rick Monday was honored today by Montgomery County Sheriff, John P. Durante for his selfless act of patriotism and heroism. Sheriff Durante presented Rick Monday with a framed American Flag, flown over Valley Forge Park, as a token of appreciation.

Your humble blogger was invited to attend and report on the event for "Writemarsh!". Thanks to our generous hosts at the Holy Savior Club for providing a feast fit for a hero (complete with a 6 foot "hero" sandwich):



Mr. Monday took the time to pose for close to 100 photographs and thrilled my son, Jesse, by autographing a baseball for him. He's a gracious man and truly, a class act.



Here's the video of Rick Monday, saving the flag:


Rick Monday Tribute 1976 -

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Sightings: VIII



On Sunday evening, I reported the first "non-sighting". (Matthews was predictably absent from the MCRC Picnic)

So, where exactly was King James on Sunday? He was at the 24th Annual Bill Meehan Clambake benefitting the Philadelphia GOP on Sunday.

While Montgomery County's GOP hosted a picnic for their faithful, Jimbo decided he'd be more at home in Philadelphia, where his treacherous alliance with Joe Hoeffel hasn't yet had an effect on those Republicans. Of course, with Joe Hoeffel in charge of the election board , it's only a matter of time before they realize the effects that King James the Turd's backstabbing will have across the county line, in Philly (as parts of Matt Taubenberger's House district borders Rockledge and Montco).

Note to Philadelphia: You can have him. See how long you put up with his habitual lying and backstabbing. In fact, we'll trade you. Send us a box of leftover clam shells in exchange for James Rex. On second thought, you can keep the clam shells. Just take Matthews.


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Monday, August 25, 2008

Re: A Rite of Passage

Jesse got all of the questions "Rite" and he "Passage"d his Hunter Safety Course.

Dad is extremely proud and will spend the next few days pounding his chest and making "tarzan" noises.

Not really, but, I'm damned proud of him. Tomorrow we go to One Montgomery Plaza to get him his very first hunting license.

Although he knows that I'm very proud of him, he doesn't understand why I'm making such a big deal about it. He'll understand the day his first son or daughter does anything worthy of distinction. Somehow, you just can't help but puff out your chest, a big grin on your face, struggling to suppress the urge to shout a healthy WOOO-HOOO!.



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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obamessiah's Good Friend and Colleague...

Unrepentant terrorist, William Ayers. Friend of Barack Hussein Obama, terrorist apologist.



I'm thinking here that anybody who'd be friends with a man that would trounce the flag like this doesn't deserve to be president. But, then again, Barry will probably denounce his friendship with Ayers, as soon as it is politically expedient to do so.

HT to 3 Voices blog for the photograph.


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Sightings:VII



Sadly, there was no sighting of King James the Turd at the MCRC family picnic. Today's entry is an official "non-Sighting".

Overheard by your humble blogger at the MCRC shindig was something to the effect of this:
(and I paraphrase)
Montco R: Hey, Jim...are you going to the MCRC picnic?

King James: I don't think so, I wasn't invited.
He wasn't invited? Heck, it was open to all Montco Republica...er...oh, right...ok...I guess he probably wasn't invited.

Oh, well. They weren't serving crow anyway.


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A Note To A Friend:

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!



(I hope you had this kind of birthday)

From: The Crew at Writemarsh.



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Prediction, Schmediction.

Far be it for me to point our the pratfalls and foibles of others (heh), but...

Tony Phyrillas posted, on the pick of Joe Biden by the Obamessiah,"The excitement...is underwhelming" yesterday and pointed out different blogs takes on the "news" of this unholy alliance.

One such link he made was to Page13News:

"Page 13 News brags that he predicted the Obama/Biden ticket 10 days ago."
Izzat so? Mr. Ed said 10 days ago that Biden was the presumptive choice for dVEEP?

Male bovine excrement. Read the Matthew's sycophants post from August 13th, in it's entirety:
Obama's Veep Choice Is...

According to page13news sources, Barack Obama has made his choice for Vice President.

I have been trying to confirm the information which started to leak yesterday. And until "official" news sources pick this up, I suppose some will classify this as just another rumor started by bloggers.

The name being whispered in my ear by people close to the individual, is none other than Joe Biden from Delaware.

Not exactly earth shattering as Biden's name has been bounced around a lot lately. But my sources state that, among other signs, the secret service has stepped up its detail around the Deleware Senator.

Despite once saying he didn't want the job, but would find it hard to say no, Biden will lend his name to the Hope and Change ticket.
He admits in this post that the name of Biden was "being leaked" and "whispered in his ear", and was "trying to confirm" this "whispered" rumor. Now, don't think I'm nitpicking, but I thought a "prediction" was something that you thought of on your own, with careful thought and research, an educated hypothesis, so to speak.

But, a "name whispered in my ear"? Feh!

This is the same guy that insists there is no "Matthews Effect".

My prediction? Writemarsh will expose Page 13's erroneous post, bragging of a prediction, as fallacious. (whoa, a prediction based on fact and careful research...and it just came true!)

Mr. Ed, this was not a prediction, but rather a "repeat-tion"!

Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h, Wi-i-i-i-i-l-b-u-u-u-u-u-r!


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A Rite of Passage

My father hunts, and so did my grandfather. I started hunting when I was 12 years old and have been hunting now for 32 years.

Before I could hold a hunting license, I had to take the PA Game Commission's Hunter Safety Course.

From what I remember, it was 2 nights and you took a pretty logical test at the end of the second night. I do remember that I passed with a score in the high 90's.

Well, my younger son, Jesse, turned 12 in January of this year. Jesse wants to hunt and we took day one of the Hunter Safety Course (HSC) yesterday at the Lower Pottsgrove Sportsman's Club, just outside of Pottstown, PA.

Whoa, man, I don't remember the course being like this!

I was greatly impressed by what the HSC has become over the last 32 years. They didn't just "touch" on anything, they delved into it fully head-on and made sure that the students (boys, girls, young women, young men and old men, like me) knew every part of every style of sporting arm, knew how to engage and disengage the safety, load and unload the firearms and, most importantly, handle them with safety and confidence. All of this without firing a shot.

The instructors were knowledgeable, intuitive, and very good with children. I give them a boatload of credit, as some of them have been teaching the course for over 35 years. They fielded even the most uninformed question with patience and professionalism. Anecdotal analogies rounded out the instruction, making the course more personal.

Jess and I take the second portion of the course on Monday, and I will take my son to the county courthouse on Tuesday to get his hunting license. Hopefully, we'll be hunting within a week or two and he'll catch the bug that I caught over 30 years ago.

Jesse will then get to experience something that I never was able to...I never got to hunt with my grandfather and my father, as my Pop-pop quit hunting long before I ever picked up a rifle or shotgun.

Jesse's Pappy (my dad) still has a few good years left before he stops going afield in the autumn, carrying on a tradition we have built for over 30 years, so Jesse will get to hunt with his dad and grandad...three generations in the field at the same time, as it was when my older son, Ryan (who no longer hunts) did some time ago.

I so envy him!



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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Courtesy of Blonde Sagacity

Actually, I just found this on her site:




Your Personality is Very Rare (ESTP)


Your personality type is dominant, driven, poised, and self-aware.

Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 3% of all women and 6% of all men

You are Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving.



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I'm Thinking...

...that the French should cut out the middle-man. Why make the crayfish suffer indignity?

Click on the link to jump to "Light-Seeking-Light" to see what I'm talking about:

A New Use For Pigeon Poo


HT to D. B. Light!


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Friday, August 22, 2008

Montco Commissioners at Odds With Union Tactics

...except Joe Hoeffel. Hoeffel never met a union he didn't like. It looks like Matthews is leaning pro-labor, as well, he just hasn't been told by Hoeffel that he should lean that way yet. Give it time...

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Commissioners distance themselves from anti-union letter

By: GARY WECKSELBLATT (Fri, Aug/22/2008)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Montgomery County commissioners distanced themselves Thursday from a letter prepared by their labor lawyer and sent to county workers that labeled as “despicable” a union's campaign of calling county employees at home and showing up at their houses.

The letter, made available to the media Thursday, was mailed to the homes of some employees after several complained about what they saw as intimidating tactics used by recruiters for the Service Employees International Union, Commissioners Chairman James Matthews said.

“Union representatives have recently been appearing unannounced at the homes of some county employees,” the letter said. “Some employees have also received telephone calls at home, even to unlisted employee telephone numbers. ... I have confirmed that the county did not provide any personal employee information to union officials. ... we think such actions are despicable.” (read on after the jump)

It says the county “strongly opposes” the unionization effort and urges employees to do the same.

All three commissioners said Thursday they were unaware of the mailing, sent out a few weeks ago. Matthews said it was drafted by attorney Alfred D'Angelo, the county's counsel on labor matters, and turned over to Carolyn Carluccio, the county's acting human resources director.

Matthews said Carluccio and D'Angelo held a meeting with department supervisors who had been asking for advice in how to deal with the recruitment. It was there they were given the letter and told they could change the parts of it they did not like. Carluccio and D'Angelo were on vacation Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

Matthews said the letter was inappropriate and he did not care for the word “despicable.” But after describing himself as “a friend of the trades” and saying the county did not want to appear to be endorsing unfair labor practices, Matthews noted that employees have described their “revulsion” with the union tactics.

“I know many were intimidated,” he said. “Your home is your castle. You show up there in the dark hours unannounced, that is intimidation. Once I'm home, get out of my face.”

Commissioner Joe Hoeffel said he found the mailing “objectionable.”

“Employees have a right under the law to organize,” he said. “They should feel free to make a decision based on their own free will.”

Currently, only county probation officers and domestic relations officers are members of a union, belonging to AFSCME.

Matthews said he is “totally against unionizing in county government” because employees here are treated well. “I don't think it's wise to give up one percent of your pay check. If someone wants to waste their money that's up to them. ... I do not like the intimidation going on out there right now.”

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RE: The Music In Me (And My Kids)

My post, The Music In Me (and My Kids) has spawned this idea for a post:

What (and where) was your very first, favorite, and worst concert?

To start things off, my very first concert was KISS, at the Spectrum, in 1978, which was the tour to promote their solo albums (which sucked, except for Ace Frehley's, which had several really good songs on it). For the record, Kiss Rocks Live! Judas Priest opened for them, and were quite good for a relatively unknown band.



The very best concert I ever attended has to be Metallica, 1992, when they toured to promote the "boxed set" tribute to Cliff Burton. The Spectrum was set up with a mosh pit in the center of the stage, and I was so close to the band I was able to 'high-five" Jason Newstead and Lars Ulrich when the took their bows at the end of the concert. My "pit pass" adorns my guitar case to this day.

As for the worst...

Hands down, it's the Cars "Candy-O" tour in 1979...Local Baltimore rockers, The Greg Kihn, band opened and was hands down better than the headliner (he performed "the Break-up Song" before it was released nationally in 1981). The Cars sucked live and their light show sucked even harder. (What do you want for a conceert that only cost $9.95?).

Send me your First, Fav, and Worst concert experiences and I'll compile them into a post at a later date. I'll respect your anonymity, if desired.

Have a great Friday¡

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A Random Thought

Wanting to take the moral high ground, the democrats have pretty much told John Edwards thanks, but no thanks...we'd rather not have an adulterer speak at the convention.

Is it just me or isn't it strange that they picked Bill Clinton to speak in his stead?

HT to my brother from another mother for this one!







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Winning at Any Cost-How the Dems Cheat

A few years ago, a friend and former Whitemarsh committeeman gave me a book, "If it's Not Close, They Can't Cheat" by Hugh Hewitt. I've just recently come across it and am in the process of reading it, again. The book is a "how to" for budding (and veteran) activists who really want to win elections both on the national and local level. The publisher synopsizes the book:

This is a book about winning elections in an age when security has trumped almost every other issue and the technology of political effectiveness is evolving with lightning quickness. Hewitt offers real-world tactics for individuals who (1) care about the future of the United States and (2) want to work effectively to help elect candidates who will lead the country?on a national or local level?in the right direction.

In this book, Hugh Hewitt does more than rehash conservative grievances, preach to the choir, or even preach to the choir plus the undecideds. He aims to change the behavior of the choir, one reader at a time. Hewitt includes material targeted to people of faith when appropriate and appeals to all readers who consider themselves conservative or center-right.

The recklessness of our leaders on security and many other crucial issues has never been clearer, and acting in response to that recklessness has never been so urgent. The silly response is anger. The smart response is winning elections.

It's a good read, and has inspired me to follow several local elections more closely. I will report a few times a week on how the race(s) are going, and will delve deep into the local papers and blogs, to see how and why some of the dems are trying to pull a fast one to win elections in our area.

I'll compare the campaign with some of the tactics Hewitt speaks of in his book, to see just where we are slipping up by letting them get away with underhanded and downright dirty campaigning.

I'm going to go out on a limb, and start Monday with a local State Representative race, introduce you to the dems cavalcade of misinformation, and analyze the campaign to show you why they have to cheat to have a chance this year.

Stay tuned!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

HT To Tony Phyrillas

I glommed this from tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com, as I thought a lot of you would be able to reference it when arguing/discussing with democrats why you continue to vote Republican:

Democrats Sorry Record on Social Security

I like this Letter to the Editor originally published in The Mercury. The writer does a good job or recounting the record of Democrats on Social Security.

Democratic Party has a sorry record on Social Security, taxes

Here are some thoughts to ponder. Did you know that Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security program? He promised that participation would be completely voluntary and participants would only have to pay 1 percent of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes.

The money put into Social Security would be deductibles for tax purposes each year. The money would not be put into general operation funds, but into an independent "trust fund" that could be used by no other government program, and Social Security payments would never be taxed as income. Many of us have been paying into the fund for years and now find we are being taxed on 85 percent of this money that we paid to the government to be "put away."

Do you know which political party took Social Security out of the "trust fund" and put it into a general fund, so Congress could spend it? Lyndon Johnson and a Democratic controlled House and Senate.

Do you know which political party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security withholding? The Democratic Party.

Do you know which political party started taxing Social Security payments? The Democratic Party (Al Gore as president of the Senate while being vice president cast the "tie breaking" vote).

Which political party decided to start giving payments to immigrants? Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.

The Democrats tell us the Republicans want to take your Social Security away, when they are the ones who violated the original contract.

Congress gives themselves 100 percent retirement for only serving one term.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson

Contrary to what you might think, I am registered as an Independent. Facts are facts.

NANCY L. BELL
Pottstown


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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Music In Me (and My Kids)

We Shaws are an eclectic bunch when it comes to music.

On any given day, there might be dance club music (the wife), Hannah Montana, High School Musical, etc. ( the princess), Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Linkin Park (the prince), or, any host of music from Elvis to Marilyn Manson (your humble blogger) on our car stereo.

I've personally been to more concerts than I can remember, I've seen bands that pretty much run the gamut, from KISS to Jethro Tull, from Linda Ronstadt (in my youth) to The Clash, from Billy Ray Cyrus to Slipknot.

What's the point to this story? My 12 year old son, "the prince" is going to see his very first concert on August 29th. He and I have a date with Nine Inch Nails at the Wachovia Center. When I tell people what we are going to see, I get puzzled looks and comments like "are you kidding me?"

Some ask why I would allow my son to listen to such hard music? First of all, he's a burgeoning musician. To deny him access to all forms of music would be stifling and, for lack of a better term, snobbish of me.

You see, I look at music much differently than most people. I view music as an art form, and as with art, is subject to the taste of the individual listening to it. To not allow my son exposure to certain types of music would probably drive him to seek out even more shocking forms of expression, like turning "Goth" or shaving a mohawk in his head (the latter would not shock me in the least!).

I really believe that I have good kids. With that perspective, I also feel that you teach children to be responsible by example. If and when the prince or princess give me a reason to restrict what they listen to, then dad will (and does) get tough.

But to deny them the experience of an art form that pretty much defined my youth (and carried over into my adult life) would be an egregious error on my part.

And, besides, I am a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails...to deny myself the pleasure of seeing them in concert would be just shameful. To be able to share this experience with my son will surely plant a seed in him that I hope he sows throughout his life...by keeping an open mind and bestowing the gift of music on his children.

Maybe some day he, I and my grandchildren will have floor seats for a reunion tour of Marilyn Manson...and I'll be the cool grandpa with the awesome grandkids, hanging with some middle-aged guy (that my son will become) that used to be me...and all will continue to be good in the world.

B.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sightings: VI



King James the Turd was sighted this week in Conshohocken, at a news conference pertaining to the fire (and subsequent lawsuits filed) at the Millenium buildings last week.

Why is this news? Although Mr. "the Turd" should have been there, one only has to look at the picture to see who he was there with...His Turdness was rubbing elbows with, and only with, democrats.

Read the story here, but scroll down to see the photo...Sandy Caterbone, Prince Joe, Connie "Hess" Williams, Mike Gerbage and his henchpersons (behind him)...like I said, only d's.



*****UPDATE*****
Apparently, (probably due to the poor quality of the photo) I missed Daylin Leach (AKA Dutch LaRue), just behind Caterbone.


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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Another One Under the Bus

Fellow 'cooler poster, D. B. Light (Light Seeking Light), has found another instance of Obama saying "thanks, but no thanks" to what he perceives as another anchor around his neck...The "No-Bama-ssiah" has invited General Wesley Clark to miss the Democratic National Convention...Adding Clark to the list, here's just a partial...(I've lost count):

  • Grandma Dunham
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright
  • Fr. Michael Pleger
  • NEW!Michael Klonsky
  • Muslim supporters
  • babies that survive abortion attempts
  • 8,000 Members of Trinity Church of Christ
  • Samatha Power
  • Obama advisor/Hamas friend Rob Malley
  • Tony Rezko
Hanging on to the bumper:
  • Marilyn Katz (former SDS radical, Obama campaign PR professional)
  • Carl Davidson (former SDS radical, Fidel Castro Fan, webmaster of Progressives for Obama)
  • Michelle Obama
  • half-brother Abongo Obama, a militant Muslim
  • "Uncle Frank" Frank Marshall Davis, role model/mentor and member of the Communist Party USA, poet who authored "Smash-on, victory-eating Red Army"
  • Bill Ayers, domestic terrorist and long-time friend
  • Bernadine Dorhn, Ayer's wife, fellow domestic terrorist. and Manson Family admirer. (list courtesy of Confederate Yankee)
Read D.B.'s take on it here:

Light Seeking Light: Obama to Gen. Clark, "get lost"!



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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sightings: V



Each year the Sate Police have a Clambake on the second Wednesday in August. This year, His Majesty was in attendance almost literally "Velcro-ed" to the shoulder of State Attorney General Tom Corbett. King James never left the AG's side the entire time each was there. They even left at the same time.

Somebody needs to clue-in Corbett about "The Matthews Effect." Just the hint of support from Matthews has sunk the candidacy of anyone seeking office since January. Corbett needs a little better class of friends when he comes to Montgomery County.

Previous sightings? Click here.

More on the "Matthews Effect? Click here.


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Friday, August 15, 2008

What is Wrong With This Story?

No offense to those who may obsess over their lawns, but, this is beyond outrageous...Lawn Police?

LANSDALE — Last month, Lynda Albright called the police after seeing a woman casing her backyard.

Albright said the woman, who was taking pictures of her property in the 800 block of West Third Street but wouldn't identify herself, eventually drove away in a car with a municipal license plate.

Within days, Albright received a notice from the borough saying the large tree trunk laying in her yard had to be removed within two weeks or a fine would be issued.

Albright said the tree, which was cut down for firewood, had been chopped up three days before.

Albright and Donna Nguyen, who also lives on West Third, said borough officials are targeting residents unfairly with accusations of improper lawn care.
Improper lawn care?

It seems that in Lansdale, you can be cited for "improper grass and weeds". Who thinks these things up? And, even more egregious, why does any borough or township think they can waste your tax dollars to make this an issue?

I can understand if there's an issue of "Sandford and Son" in the yard across the street, it's an eyesore and can possible become breeding ground for vermin, but to have some uncut vegetation? Does the township/borough fine itself for high grass on their open space areas?

I find it surreal that in our society, we need to make and enforce laws that have little or no impact on our lifestyle or health. At the discretion of some zealot, grandma or grandpa or sweet Aunt Laura can be fined for an exuberant rosebush? Feh!

Read the entire Reporter article here.


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

DA Creates Corruption Unit

Margaret Gibbons writes, in today's Times Herald:

COURTHOUSE - Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman Monday announced the creation of a new investigation unit designed, with the help of the public, to ferret out public corruption.

Generally, the unit will probe complaints from the public regarding elected officials or people in positions of trust who may have violated the public trust for their own financial benefit or simply for power, according to Ferman.
The unit will investigate theft-based crimes, abuse of authority and ethics violations, she said.

While the office has always investigated public corruption, a specific unit has not been assigned to the task.

Citing the public outrage stemming from the results of public corruption investigations in Washington, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Ferman said, "The public has lost confidence in many of their elected leaders and in government as a whole. We want to do what we can to help restore that confidence in government at the local and the county level." (read the rest of the article here)

I'm wondering which of the "d" row officers will be the first to spill the beans on the others come forward in return for immunity from prosecution. I'm also wondering which of the commissioners feels like there's a target pinned to his back now. My bet is both King James and Prince Joe.

The immediate future is beginning to look very interesting!


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I'm Much Too Young To Feel This Damned Old

I was talking to my father this afternoon. He called to ask me about the fire in Conshy (which, at the time, I knew nothing about) and the conversation (after a few back and forth phone calls) turned to the fact that Dad retired this week.

He hadn't planned it, he just decided that this week was his last week, and that he was finally done working. For the record, Dad turned 69 on August 2nd.

It's bittersweet for him, as he worked for the same company 47 out of the last 49 years. He left in 1970 for a year and a half, went back, and spent from '72 to '98 there. I was lucky enough to work with him from 2000 until 2003, with me leaving for economic reasons (which is kind of why Dad left in '70).

With Dad's retirement, I am starting to feel my age. I turned 44 in February, leaving only 23 years until I can retire. Given that my oldest just tuned 21, I don't feel that those 23 years will take too long to pass.

Funny thing is, I never thought my dad would ever retire, that they'd find him cold and stiff, standing at the delivery end of his press, with a press-sheet in his hands.

Anyway, I'm glad he took retirement and now has plenty of time to enjoy the rest of his life. He can fish, hunt, shoot, have a beer and not worry about work ever again.

Here's to you Dad! We'll hoist a beer this weekend and toast your working years past and your relaxing years yet to come. Enjoy your well earned retirement (and try not to get on Mom's nerves too much!).

And just think-you may finally get the ink stains off your hands for good...

B.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Another Happy Birthday

To my nephew (my very first nephew, I must add) Evan.

It's hard to believe that 22 years ago, I got the phone call and told his dad he had a son.

Happy birthday, bro. Keep working hard at what you need to be doing.

Love ya!

Uncle Bill.


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It's Hard...

...(no pun intended) not to think of the classic KISS song "Plaster Caster" ("Love Gun", 1977) when you read this story (from August 6th's Times Herald):

NORRISTOWN - Just weeks after making an unusual request to allow a Lansdale man accused of child rape to create a mold of his penis for use as a trial exhibit, a defense lawyer has asked to be released from the case.




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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Montco Forsees Increased Borrowing

Tighten your belts, Montco taxpayers...it won't be long before we see our first tax increase under the new, democratic administration!

Read the article by Bradley Vasoli, Bulletin Columnist:

08/11/2008

Norristown - A report on Montgomery County's general fund shows a fiscal outlook at the midpoint of the year slightly weaker than at the same point last year, although the county's solvency remains relatively sound.

County revenues in the first half of 2008 minus expenditures during that period amount to $60,767,000. The figure for last year's midpoint was $81,843,000.

The changed fiscal picture owes partly to lower real-estate tax receipts and to a $10 million increase in spending for the first half of the year.

Maintaining a hefty fund balance has long helped Montgomery County maintain an AAA bond rating from its financial management company Moody's Investor Service. All three county commissioners agreed they would not support a tax increase at this point to shore up the balance.

"All of us agree: All we have to do is not have one," Commissioner Bruce Castor, R, said.

Commissioners' Chairman Jim Matthews, R, said a likely response would be to increase long-term borrowing, which he said makes sense in a time like now when interests rates are low and the Federal Reserve seems more intent on maintaining economic growth than preventing heightened inflation.

"[Borrowing] is a long-accepted method of dealing with long-term costs," Mr. Matthews said.

Mr. Castor said after the meeting he is reluctant to look toward borrowing because of the future financial burden to which increased debt service would lead. (click on link to read the entire article)

He said he feared much of the money the county spent in the last six months hasn't been appropriated wisely. He criticized particularly what he views as excessive salaries paid to several friends of Democratic Commissioner Joseph Hoeffel who are also former candidates for local and state offices.

He cited Jeff Albert and Jim Maza, hired in January respectively as first assistant deputy solicitor and deputy county operating officer. Both make slightly over $90,000.

"I get the sense that there's no [fiscal] restraint at all from the commissioners," Mr. Castor said.

Republicans also took some criticism from Mr. Hoeffel for their stewardship of the county's finances before January. (Since that time, a bipartisan power-sharing arrangement between Mr. Hoeffel and Mr. Matthews has been in effect.) Mr. Hoeffel criticized Republican former Commissioners Chairman Tom Ellis for supporting an interest-rate swap that did not realize the savings for the county Mr. Ellis anticipated.

Mr. Ellis, a state treasurer candidate who attended the commissioners meeting to discuss campaign finance reform proposals, responded that he, Mr. Matthews and Democratic Commissioner Ruth Damsker agreed last year that opting for a variable interest rate was the best decision based on the economic outlook at the time.

He also credited himself with helping the county save $29 million during his three years as a commissioner.

Mr. Hoeffel disputed neither point.

"I understand that the market went south," he said. "I simply want an honest accounting."

He went on to give Mr. Ellis some praise for his economic record.

"There were millions of dollars of savings as a result of your work," Mr. Hoeffel said.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Unionizing Montco Government?

The Bulletin
08/07/2008


It seems that Democratic Montco Commissioner Joe Hoeffel has plans to organize Montgomery County employees, and is doing so with the support of Commissioner Chairman Republican Jim Matthews. This should come as no surprise, since Mr. Hoeffel was successful in his effort to unionize county employees when he was commissioner in the late 1990s.

(If I am correct, shouldn't supervisors, bosses, i.e. the commissioners keep out of the affairs d'employees as far as organizing is concerned? The courts have said that a supervisor cannot interfere in the forming/organizing of unions, but, does that encompass interference from both sides of the table?-someone versed in occupational law help me here!)

After several years being represented by AFSCME, however, the county employees voted to scrap the union. Republican Commissioner (then District Attorney) Bruce Castor was opposed to the union as not being in the best interests of the county's employees, and remains opposed.

Mr. Hoeffel's activities put Mr. Matthews in a tight spot since Mr. Matthews previously opposed unionization, but he now depends on Mr. Hoeffel's vote to remain commissioners' chairman.

If Mr. Matthews refuses to support Mr. Hoeffel in any major initiative, he runs the risk that he will lose Mr. Hoeffel's support and thus be unable to remain chairman.

One wonders when Mr. Hoeffel will require something of Mr. Matthews that he is unwilling to provide. Or if there is anything Mr. Matthews will not agree to in order to remain on Mr. Hoeffel's good side now that he has burned his bridges with Mr. Castor.

It looks like the ball is in King James' court right now...does "the Turd" side with the democrat and say effyou to good government or does he do the right thing by the taxpayers of Montgomery County and not support the union.

I guess we'll have to wait and see if James Rex has flip-flopped his position on the unionization of county employees and thus finally gone completely over to the dark side.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

I've been away...

...as a matter of fact, over the past three weeks, I've not been able to sit in front of my computer for very long, which is why my posts have been few and far between.

I've been:

a) on vacation,
b) mourning the sudden ( and shocking) death of a friend and,
c) away at Boy Scout summer camp (life does go on, even in troubling times).

The loss of my friend was doubly felt, as he was supposed to be at camp with us and I was the person relieving him (so he could come home to help a sick relative).

Things should pick up a bit from here on.

I apologize to those who faithfully hit the blog to see what's new and what's still pissing me off.

I've only hit a bump in the road...I'm back on course and will be, as always, your humble blogger once again.

New news: I've been invited to be a contributing blogger on pawatercooler.com. My sincere thanks to Alex C. (editor) for the opportunity to be part of something that I consider "the voice" of the politically active folks of Pennsylvania.

B.


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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Illegal Aliens Rounded Up in Montco

An article in the Times Herald really caught my attention today. It seems that there was a sting operation to round up and arrest illegal aliens in Montgomery County on Tuesday. Some of the illegals were collared working in the public areas of Montgomery County courthouse and at One Montgomery Plaza!

So far, so good, eh? That's what ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is all about, rounding up and deporting illegals. And it looks like they're finally doing what they are paid to do...deport undocumented and illegal aliens.

Apparently, "community activists gathered Tuesday in front of St. Patrick's Church on Dekalb Street to protest last weekend's round-up of illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement".

I read on to find:

Eugenio H. Villasantes and Roberto Ortiz as well as other union leaders of Local 32BJ SEIU, the union for building janitorial services, were at St. Patrick's supporting the employees affected by the raid. The union condemned the actions of ICE and the tactics of ABM (the company that employs these undocumented, illegal aliens). Click here to read more.

Condemns the tactics? What is there to condemn? The use of a ruse to catch deadbeat dads, people in violation of parole, etc. has been implemented for years as a tactic for good law enforcement.

In a similar article written by the Times Heralds Margaret Gibbons, Union Vice President Valarie Long states, "Rounding up and deporting hardworking immigrant workers is an inhumane and counterproductive action that does nothing to fix our nation's broken immigration system," [...] "These raids, which are completely out of line with our nation's values and ideals serve only to terrorize workers and create fear in our communities."

I guess it's just not "fair" to trick people who willingly break the laws of our land. Not to mention the loss of dues that these illegals paid to line the pockets of the labor unions who represented them. And, what of "our nations values and ideals" is law enforcement "out of line" with? Oh, yeah...unions offering illegal immigrants a lower wage while still collecting union dues from the hapless workers? Give me a break! These people broke the law. Besides, rounding them up is not counterproductive and inhumane. It's called (once again) "law enforcement"!

The protesters are planning a rally on the courthouse steps on Thursday, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a march to St. Patrick's Church.

If other municipalities catch on and start doing the same thing, maybe our illegal problem will slowly, but surely go away.

One can only dream that the day will come when we can call a customer service line and not hear "press one for English...".

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

More on Castor's Endorsement of Marc Perry for State Senator

Castor Endorses Springfield Candidate for State Senate
By Nick Malinowski
Springfield Sun Staff Write
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With just over three months remaining before November's election, Republican Marc Perry picked up the endorsement of Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor.

Perry is a former Springfield Township Commissioner and is running for the Pennsylvania State Senate District 7 seat currently held by Democrat Vincent Hughes, the incumbent since 1994.

"What I'm trying to do is show we have support not only in Philadelphia but in MontgomeryCounty," Perry said in an interview Monday. "[Castor] is a very important piece of that. He stands for a lot of the principles I stand for as a candidate. He's tough on crime, wants to keep property taxes low and is great on open space."

Castor met Perry at a July 24 Republican Party diversity function in Plymouth Meeting.

"We were both promoting more minority participation in the Republican Party. I enjoyed talking with him," Castor said in an interview Monday.

"I made it my business to learn about him and I think he would be an outstanding state senator," Castor said. "One issue that I thought was advantageous to people of MontgomeryCounty was his recognition that transportation infrastructure dollars are drying up at the state and federal levels. I would like more state money and federal money for road and infrastructure improvements [and] that would be an issue that he will fight for in the Senate."

Perry said his campaign is also focusing on ethics reform, which should play well in MontgomeryCounty.

"Pennsylvania is one of the worst states in the country in terms of transparency of government. It's not a Democrat or Republican issue, but good government is want we want to promote," he said. "Ethics reform is a main cornerstone of my campaign."

Perry listed term limits as one major change he would work toward.

Castor's endorsement comes on the heels of endorsements from U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and Republican Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews.

"Any time you are a challenger facing an incumbent who has been there a long time, you have to seek these endorsements," Perry said.

Perry said he will continue to raise money and knock on doors to meet people throughout the summer and into the fall.

"I think Marc is the kind of candidate that can win if he gets his message out," Castor said. "He certainly impressed me, and that is not an easy thing to do." And here is the rest of it. Read Full Text/Comments

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Biker Hurt in Crash



LANSDALE - An Ambler man was injured and a Lansdale man detained after both were involved in an accident Monday afternoon.

The Ambler man was riding a Honda motorcycle east on Hancock Street when his bike was struck by a gray Pontiac Grand Am driven by a Lansdale man, who was turning from Jefferson Street onto Hancock Street, police said.

The biker, wearing an orange Flyers hoodie and jeans at the time of the accident, was treated at the scene by Volunteer Medical Service Corps personnel, who stabilized the man's head and neck.

He was alert and talking to the VMSC volunteers before being taken to Central Montgomery Medical Center in Hatfield Township for examination, police said.

Lansdale police directed traffic down Hancock past the accident scene, where the motorcycle lay sideways on the street.

Traffic was directed from shortly after the accident occurred at 12:35 p.m. until around 1:10 p.m., when the motorcycle and the Pontiac were removed from the scene.

The motorcycle suffered significant front-end damage, including the loss of one rear-view mirror.

The driver of the Pontiac was administered a Breathalyzer test on the scene, and was taken into custody by Lansdale police for further questioning.
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Just this afternoon, in the Norriton Square shopping center, I nearly had this happen to me. A woman was backing out and never looked to her right (which is the direction I was coming from).

I yelled "Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!" to get her attention, and admonished her for not looking both directions before backing out...she returned a gaze that spoke volumes...it said "you have three heads".

Sometimes, I hate people. Okay, sometimes I hate some people!




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Monday, August 4, 2008

Pa. Charges $25 Per Year to Collect Child Support

The article below has got me boiling mad...I paid child support for 15 years, until I won custody of my son and had his mothers parental rights revoked/dissolved.

The mere fact that many women get no child support from deadbeat dads, and many men get no child support from deadbeat moms leads me to think, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

This is absolutely a "poor" tax, and it needs to be repealed. To tax a person who may be holding down 2 jobs to make ends meet, who relies on the child support to maybe pay for doctor's appointments for little Johnnie or Janie, $25.00 is a lot of money. It may very well be the difference between getting antibiotics or toughing out that upper respiratory infection.

Call or write your congressmen/women to have this tax (2006 federal Deficit Reduction Act.) on the innocent victims of divorce and/or unwed unions, the children, repealed.

READING, Pa. (AP) — Under a new policy, custodial parents in Pennsylvania are being charged $25 a year by the state to offset the cost of collecting child support.

"It's absolutely ridiculous," said Bonnie Hendricks, who lives near Reading and gets support for her two children. "This support is supposed to be for the kids."

The fee is the result of the 2006 federal Deficit Reduction Act. Federal officials gave states the option of paying the $25 fee on behalf of parents, collecting it from custodial parents or collecting it from noncustodial parents.

Most states, including Pennsylvania, have chosen to collect from custodial parents, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

"This is a fee we have to pay the federal government whether we collect it from parents or not," state Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman Stacey Witalec said. "From what we know in the number of noncustodial parents that we have in arrears, there's a higher probability that we can fulfill the requirement by collecting the fee from the custodial parent."

If the state were to pay the fee, it would cost taxpayers $2.6 million this year and $3.2 million next year.

Not all custodial parents must pay. Parents who have received cash assistance from the welfare department and those who receive $500 to $1,999 a year in child support are exempt.

"It's a weighty issue no matter which way you cut it," said Linda Faye Epes, Berks County's domestic relations director. "I think some people will realize it's the cost of doing business. It's a small cost to pay for the services provided on the county and state level."


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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today is my Dad's birthday.

I am just about to leave for the ride home from our vacation and made sure I took the time to let Dad know how much I love him and to let him know I'm thinking of him today.

Happy birthday to my hunting buddy, my fishing buddy, to my confidant, to my mentor, to my hero and my favorite "southern" democrat... Happy Birthday, Dad!

I hope you live at least another 69 years!

B.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Requiem for a Friend

I found out this morning that one of our scout leaders had passed away from a heart attack.

Billy Gebhardt was just 45 years old.

Billy was to the Boy Scouts what Joe Paterno is to the Nittany Lions...a legend in our area and one who inspired the boys to become great men.

Billy devoted more than 3/4 of his life to scouting. He was responsible for raising a boatload of money for "Friends of Scouting". He spearheaded a ton of events, and cooked like a gourmet chef. Billy was a Renaissance man and our boys thought the world of him.

Billy probably pushed more lackadaisical scouts to become everything they possibly could be, most achieving Eagle Scout rank with his constant badgering. He did it because he believed in the boys. The boys responded because they believed in Billy.

I must admit, I wept openly in my son's arms this morning upon finding out, via email, that he had passed away.

I wept because I was becoming friends with Billy, which you didn't do if he didn't like you.

I wept because there were things left unfinished that, without his signature, may be only mildly successful.

I wept because my son would never have the opportunity to be badgered into achieving greatness by Billy Gephardt.

Not that Billy was the be-all and end all of Scouting...but if you ask some of those boys who were "badgered" into completing their Eagle Projects and that one more merit badge, they'd beg to differ.

Rest in peace, my friend. I will miss you. Scout meetings will never be the same.

Your spirit will live on in the many lives you have touched, however briefly. I will make sure of it, I promise...on my honor.


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HT to The Save Ardmore Coalition...

for sending me this little gem, "because I'm so cool":

The Emerald Necklace Political "Atta Boy" Award?

Darth Vader is getting a new award? How is it he is the gift that keeps on giving? Why does he deserve this exactly? Because he no longer is a commissioner and no longer chairs the Montco GOP? Couldn't he just buy a condo in Symphony House instead?

Board of Commissioners
Regular Monthly Meeting
Date: 8/6/2008 7:00 PM
Location: Township Administration Bldg - 2nd Floor Board Room
75 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003-2323

Announcements

Presentation – Kenneth E. Davis, Chair, Ad Hoc Open Space Committee, Emerald Necklace Award

Ya know, there are a lot more people deserving of recognition in this township and doesn't this just smack of political atta boys?

Wait until Writemarsh hears about this, huh?

(I wonder if he's ever received the "pearl necklace" award. I'm sure he'll stash this right in his murse, as it probably wouldn't fit around his neck with his popped collar.)


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