Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Writemarsh's Fables

HT to JD for this gem:

Government Barnyard

Once upon a time, on a farm in Virginia , there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered quite a few grains of wheat. She called all of her Democrat neighbors together and said, 'If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?'

'Not I,' said the cow

'Not I,' said the duck.

'Not I,' said the pig.

'Not I,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain. 'Who will help me reap my wheat?' asked the little red hen.

'Not I,' said the duck.

'Out of my classification,' said the pig.

' I 'd lose my seniority,' said the cow.

'I'd lose my unemployment compensation,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did. At last it came time to bake the bread. 'Who will help me bake the bread?' asked the little red hen.

'That would be overtime for me,' said the cow.

'I'd lose my welfare benefits,' said the duck.

'I'm a dropout and never learned how,' said the pig.

'If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, 'No, I shall eat all five loaves.'

'Excess profits!' cried the cow. (Nancy Pelosi)

'Capitalist leech!' screamed the duck (Barbara Boxer)

'I demand equal rights!' yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)

The pig just grunted in disdain. (Ted Kennedy)

And they all painted 'Unfair!' picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

Then the farmer (Obama) came. He said to the little red hen, 'You must not be so greedy.'

'But I earned the bread,' said the little red hen.

'Exactly,' said Barack the farmer. 'That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants.But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.' And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, 'I am grateful, for now I truly understand.'

But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the 'party' and got her bread free. And all the Democrats smiled. 'Fairness' had been established. Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared...so long as there was free bread that 'the rich' were paying for.


Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs.

Hillary got $8 million for hers.

That's $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years, repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.


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Cradle Of Liberty Council, BSA to Have It's Day In Court

This story is of particular interest to me, as I am both a scout parent (Scraps is a First Class scout), and a troop committee member/mentor.

It looks like the Boy Scouts of America, Cradle of Liberty Chapter has the city of Philadelphia back in it's sights.

A judge has ruled that the lawsuit brought against the city does have Constitutional merit on First Amendment issues. The lawsuit was filed in Federal court this past May by Cradle of Liberty (COL), just prior to the city ordering the scouting organization to vacate the building that the scouts built and gave to the city, in return for rent of $1.00 a year.

The city, in it’s infinite wisdom, decided that because the boy scouts do not permit openly gay people in leadership positions, they have violated the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance. the outcome? Revoke the trust agreement and charge the COL full market value rent on a building that the Scouts GAVE TO THE CITY IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!

Egregious, no?

The City of Philadelphia is going to lose this case. Why? Because, Nutter cut funding to youth programs paid for by tax dollars. The scouts take no monies from the city to run their organization. By taking the headquarters, and/or charging an outrageous amount of rent to the COL, the city is effectively taking non-tax dollars away from a youth program that works. It would be in their best interests to let it go and continue their agreement with the COL as if nothing has happened.

As far as the COL being solely discriminatory? The City gives the Daughters of the American Revolution (a society that excludes those who cannot trace their lineage to the Revolutionary war) cheap rent for two Fairmount Park buildings to use as their headquarters. In the grand scheme of things, this, too is discrimination.

Click on the link below to read the latest from the Philadelphia Daily News on this developing story:

Court advances Boy Scouts suit against the city

Cross posted on PAWaterCooler

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Just For Fun

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Monday, September 29, 2008

A Joke

John McCain and Barack Obama somehow ended up at the same barbershop.

As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were even afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn to politics.

As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Obama in his chair, reached for the aftershave. Obama was quick to stop him saying, 'No thanks, my wife Michelle will smell that and think I've been in a cathouse.

The second barber turned to McCain and said, 'How about you?' McCain replied, 'Go ahead, my wife doesn't know what the inside of a cathouse smells like.'

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Sarah Palin & Cheesesteaks...Whiz, Wid!

Palin Stumps At Cheesesteak Shop In Philadelphia
9/27/2008, 8:16 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes her cheesesteak with Cheese Whiz and onions. (whiz, wid, not unlike your humble blogger)

The Republican vice presidential candidate made a brief campaign stop at Tony Luke's steak shop in South Philadelphia on Saturday evening. Wearing jeans and a beige raincoat, Palin greeted curious onlookers, signed autographs and posed for pictures before ordering two steaks to go.

"Sarah, your steak is ready," a cashier said over the loudspeaker a few minutes after she ordered.

As dozens of onlookers crowded around her, Palin headed back to the window to pick up the order. The cashier told her the order was on the house, so Palin tossed her cash into a donation jar outside the window. A smiling Palin signed autographs on scraps of paper at the window while she waited.

"Thank you so much for letting me stop in," she said before picking up the bags and heading back to her SUV with 14-year-old daughter Willow at her side.

Ordering cheesesteaks at a Philadelphia steak shop is a longtime tradition in the City of Brotherly Love, where the sandwich is a cultural icon.

Palin said she thinks Arizona Sen. John McCain was "awesome" and "absolutely on his game" in Friday night's presidential debate with Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. Both candidates have been campaigning heavily in Pennsylvania, expected to be a key battleground in the November election.

One undecided voter at Saturday's stop said she was charmed after a brief talk with Palin, and more inclined to vote for McCain. Shannon Sampere, 24, of Newark, Del., said she and Palin talked about good bakeries in the area, adding that she found her to be very down to earth.

"She's a very genuine person," Sampere said.
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Marcel Groen Asks Bob Kerns to Put Aside Partisan Politics

With the passing of Judge Toby Dickman last year, there has been a noticeable void in the Montgomery County Courthouse. The caseload isn't getting any smaller and with the courts already overburdened, there doesn't seem to be any solution other than waiting for the judicial elections next year.

That is, ruling out the Governor's choice for judge, Andrew B. Cantor, a democrat lawyer from Cheltenham.

Irony #1: Marcel Groen wants MCRC Chairman Bob Kerns to influence the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee to appoint Cantor to the bench, casting aside "partisan politics" to appoint "one of the best legal minds in the county".

Kerns stated that, in fact, Groen who is engaging in partisan politics by even suggesting that the appointment be a democrat, blessed by Rendell. Kerns believes that because Toby Dickman was one of only two women on the Montgomery County bench, that it is only fitting that her replacement be a woman...and a Republican woman (as was Dickman).

The GOP' recommendation was, based on exactly that criteria, Chief Deputy Solicitor, Carolyn T. Carluccio, who is the former chief public defender.

Kerns believes that the nomination of Cantor is directly related to his years of loyalty to the democratic party.

Irony #2: The mandatory reitrement age for county judges is 70 years old...Cantor is 69 years old and would have to step down sometime next year anyway.

Read more about this story in the Times Herald

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Obama Campaign Abuses First Amendment To Intimidate Foes

The Obama campaign and, most notably, St. Louis (MO) County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch are threatening lawsuits if people speak out against the übermessiah. Most notably, they have been intimidating TV station owners who run NRA based pro-gun, anti-Obama commercials. Didn't some guy do this back in the 1930's, in Germany? It sounds vaguely familiar...

From Protein Wisdom:

Mo. Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

No mincing words here:

Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”

Needless to say, no one actually has to be prosecuted for this to work. Prosecution will be impossible anyway in most cases thanks to the First Amendment. The point isn’t to jail critics but merely to price the cost of prospective litigation into their decision on whether to publicly criticize The One. Add this to the threatening letters his lawyers sent to station managers over the NRA ads, the flash-mob smearing of David Freddoso, and the appeal to the Justice Department to prosecute the American Issues Project for its perfectly factual yet devastating Ayers ad. Oh, the fun we’ll have with a deep blue Congress and an Obama-run DOJ and FCC. He promised you a “new type of politics,” didn’t he?

And a new type of politics it will be, too! — not that old divisive kind of politics where one is constantly being sniped at by the so-called “loyal opposition,” but rather a new and harmonious politics of consensus and agreement, brought about by the stern and loving hand of those in government willing to do the hard work of putting an end to all this hate by legislating, intimidating, or hectoring into silence the unpatriotic ingrates who refuse to get with the orgy of love that is Obama’s America.

Because remember: Venezuela-type Utopias just don’t happen; first, you have to find someone who loves his country so much that he’s willing to take on the role of Chavez.

For the greater good. And, y’know — so his wife can finally be proud and all.

update: Obama’s campaign to unify America by keeping all messages the same continues apace:

A UMW spokeswoman says that the Obama campaign required the sign-and-banner ban [during an Obama rally]. That campaign tells us that the ban is for “security” reasons. But a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, responsible for protecting presidential candidates, says that the service has no objection to signs at rallies, provided that no “part of the sign could be used as a weapon”–e.g., a heavy metal pole or a sharpened stick. Finally, the McCain campaign tells us, “We encourage people to make signs at our events.”

Maybe O! was afraid somebody would wave an American flag or something equally, you know, NASCAR-esque.

And like, how gauche is that?

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Live Blogging on the 'Cooler

Alex Charyna, editor of PA WaterCooler, challenged me to "live blog" the debate tonight. Check out Alex's synopsis here.

Here is the resulting post:

Right out of the chute, McCain looks and behaves quite collected, at ease. Obama looks uncomfortable and wooden.

McCain hits big on the first question, concerning the bail-out. Obama strings rhetoric as McCain gives facts and substance.

Obama is asked to direct a comment to McCain, he instead, speaks directly to the moderator.

Side note-Obama is wearing a flag pin-

“The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.
“I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

(ht to Alex for pointing that out to me)

McCain laments the use of earmarks as “a gateway drug”. Says that earmarks are one of the big spending issues that are out of control in government. He promises to veto earmarks ad naseum when he becomes president. Points out Obama’s ludicrous amount of earmarks.

Barry tells that he stopped taking earmarks for his home state. Of course! He hasn’t been in the senate chambers long enough this year to ask for any!

Obama states that earmarks aren’t the only problem…his $932 million in earmarks since he became senator would seem to me to be a big part of it.

The next question concerns their respective economic recovery plans…

For the record, McCain has never taken a dollar in earmarks for his home state of Arizona.

John Mentioned Barry’s definition of “rich” as it concerns the tax code…Barry comes back to say there are too many loopholes for the rich…I’d like to see what he paid last year in taxes!

They fence back and forth on tax breaks with nothing substantial to say.

Barry is putting forth the idea of energy independence, hybrid technology, keeping students viable in the world market, renewable energy sources, etc. Same old rhetoric we’ve been hearing from him, nothing new.

McCain is suggesting fiscal disciplint, cleaning the dead wood out of the governemnt agencies, from top to bottom, bottom to top. To essentially “scrub every agency of government”. He’s on fire!

Gaffe #1-Barry called McCain “Tom”

John is suggesting a spending freeze on everything except defense, veterans affairs, where Obama is for continuing funding education, McCain suggests that we can create jobs by building more nuclear power plants.

Gaffe #2: The moderator suggests that the next president will “rule” the United States.

Health Care, Health Care, Health Care…Obama wants to pay for it through (obviously) welth distribution through higher taxes…McCain says that the U.S.,government needs to stay out of the medical insurance business.

Obama Gaffe #2: He calls John “Jim”!

Obama says that McCain will be “business as usual”, McCain says I’m a maverick, and so is my running mate (props to SARAH!).

The next Question concerns the Iraq war maybe becoming another Viet Nam.

McCain states that the war, ans subsequent surge is and has worked, and we will, under Petraeus, succeed, and come home winners, successful.

Obama states he was “brave enough” to stand up in the senate and oppose the war…busting chops about the cost of freedom and safety. He forgets that we need to be safe. States that we haven’t used our military resources wisely in Iraq. What war is he watching?

McCain just busted Obama’s chops over his support of the troops, not visiting for over 900 days, never meeting with Petraeus…Barry’s face is priceless on the split screen.

McCain quips that Obama doesn’t know the difference between antactic and a strategy! Priceless. Barry is reduces to interrupting and stuttering. He looks bad!

Now Barry is backpedaling on his previous stand on the war…he stated that he was for funding a war with a forseeable end…I thought he was against funding the war?

Obama is constantly interrupting McCain…bad move, Barry!

McCain stated that Obama’s plan would “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”…Great line!

On to Afganistan…Barry is all for additional troops in Afganistan, but that we also should tie the two together. So now he’s an expert on military ops?

He says we have to press the Afgan government, that they need to keep their people in line. (side note: he’s pronouncing Pakistan, Afganistan, etc. like he’s lived there..oops, he has)

McCain is not ready to commit troops to Pakistan-he says the tribe mentality is very hard for us to be able to align ourselves with…true that. says that as we do need to work on Pakistan, we need to leave the decisions to General Petraeus. Obama had stated that we need to invade Pakistan, McCain says :you don’t say that out loud!”. (Obama pronounces it “Pock-ee-stahn”)

(this ain’t easy…I now know how Alex felt when he live blogged the convention)

McCain’s record on national security issues, especially committing troops to combat, is stellar. McCain told the story of the mother of a service man killed in combat-she gave him her son’s bracelet and asked him to make sure that we win, that her son’s life wasn’t lost in vain. John rattled off the soldier’s name like it was his own…Barry looked at his wrist and said “I have a bracelet, too” (He had to look at his wrist to see the soldier’s name)

New question about the threat from Iran

McCain states that Iran having nukes will be a direct threat to Israel, and worries that there will be another Holocaust with a nuclear Iran.

He wants other countries to join with us to impose serious sacntions on Iran and can control the situation that way, if we work together. He goes on about the fact that Iran is supplying terrorists in Iraq with IED’s and such.

Obama says that the republican guard being a terrorist agency. Says that Iran’s strength has come from the war in Iraq. He claims that the policy (read war) of the last 8 years has been directly responsible for strengthening Iran.

Barry says sanctions will not work. By not talking to them, we’re not really punishing them, but strengthening them.

McCain says we should not have open dialogue with Iran, legitimizing their behavior. Reminds Barry that it worked when Reagan did it with the former USSR…and it worked. We don’t need no stinkin’ preconditions! Booyah!

Barry says: ‘but, but, but, but…” Claims he doesn’t necessarily not want preconditions…but it’s all Bush’s fault! Claims we need to sit down with our enemies and have a tea and krumpet party.

McCain says that he’s “not going to set the White House visitor’s schedule before he’s president…I don’t even have a seal yet”. Priceless jab!

Obama says preconditions mean preparation.


Obama sees them as a potential ally, although now they are percieved as a threat. Says we need to be tough with Russia, while allowing our “friends” to join NATO, if they meet the requirements. Claims that some of their nukes could find their way into the hands of al Qaeda…

McCain calls Obama naive for thinking that Russia and Georgia should both “back down from aggression” (I thought Georgia was defending their sovereign nation, not to mention the pipeline that runs through their land)

McCain supports allowing Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO…claims that the situation is difficult, but Russia should respect the borders of the other countries involved.

Obama just said that we should “forcefully object” to Russia’s resurgency…he copped that line from Demi Moore in “A Few Good Men”.

Alternative energy and economic recovery…McCain speaks, Obama interrupts…sheesh, what an amateur.

McCain upstages Barry on alternative energy, Barry gets flustered, interrupts, and says “let’s move on”. The sheer arrogance of this guy scares the bejeezus out of me (that he’s so close to maybe becoming president).

Are we going to be attacked again.

McCain states that we need to beef up security, especially along our borders.

Barry is reading from the democrat playbook, pointing our the Bush administrations foibles, no clear solution to offer.Quotes Ronald Reagan by saying that we need to once again become that “shining beacon on the hill”…this guy has never had an original thought, has he?

Barry equates alQaeda with borrowing money from China…whiskey-tango-foxtrot?

McCain delivers the coup de grace…says Obama lacks the experience in foreign affairs to the point that he still claims that the surge didn’t work, says he’ll take care of those who gave so much to keep the country safe, our veterans.

Obama says “my father came from Kenya” in the ’60’s…he came here for the American dream? he came here, got a free education and left his wife and son to pursue a career in Africa…some role model.

McCain gives a final statement that basically he’s the most qualified. I agree.

McCain-1, Barry-0

Alex, the next one’s all you, buddy!

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Straight Pull from the 'Cooler

I guess the rules only apply to Department Heads, employees, and hmmmmm....Bruce Castor?

HT to Alex from the PAWatercooler

Montco Travel Freeze


Citing the current economic downturn, the Montgomery County commissioners have imposed a hiring freeze and ban on travel until at least the end of the year.

“I don’t think we are looking at any layoffs but each person working for the county is going to be more important each day that we go on because of restrictions in hiring,” Commissioners’ Chairman James R. Matthews said.

The county currently has a staff of 3,734 employees including 3,247 full-time employees and 487 part-time employees.

The commissioners also barred any overnight travel by employees and department heads.

The commissioners’ announcement comes on the heels of similar announcements by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Gov. Ed Rendell.

In unrelated news, Mayor Nutter and Commissioner Hoeffel are on their way to Atlanta for a three-day meeting is underway in Atlanta, GA where many of this region’s top civic leaders are hoping to learn how to duplicate the southern city’s successes and avoid its failures.


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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Obama Seeks To Take Down NRA Ad

The Obama campaign has written radio stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, pressing them to refuse to air an ad from the National Rifle Association.

"This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about Senator Obama's position on the Second Amendment," says the letter from Obama general counsel Bob Bauer. "For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should refuse to continue to air this advertisement."

The ad, "Hunter," conflates Obama's anti-gun stances of the 1990s with his current, more pro-gun, stand, and was chided for inaccuracy in The Washington Post, an item to which Bauer's letter refers.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, who provided the letter, said it shows clear evidence that the ads are "hurting him," and stood by their substance. He also provided a copy of the NRA's own letter to the stations and memo disputing the Post story, after the jump. He also said the ad is running only in Pennsylvania at the moment.

(Click here to read the letter)

The bitter truth:

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A Rough Night...

...turns into a good morning.

I had a pretty rough night at work, and couldn't wait to get home.

In light traffic, I was on the road only 25 minutes. It's just enough time to get the wind in my face and clear my head. I've noticed that since I've been riding the bike to and from work, my own personal "road rage" factor (cursing, screaming, name calling) is now probably 1 on a scale of 10. When driving, it hung out around 6-7.

It's also starting to get a bit chilly. I've ordered gloves (with fingers!) and am shopping for a full face helmet so I can "eke out" another month or so on the bike.

Anyhow, nothing else to report yet today, check back later.

Oh, and good morning to all!

P.S. I still love this milk carton>>>>>>>.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Whitemarsh Township to Hold Special Election

COURTHOUSE - Whitemarsh voters will have one extra office to fill in the Nov. 4 election.
A special election will be added to the ballot to fill a vacancy on the board of supervisors that was created on July 10 when Republican Supervisor Jean K. McLenigan resigned.

The supervisors tapped Democrat Robert Hart, a lawyer from Lafayette Hill, to serve as interim supervisor until the vacancy is filled by the special election.

Democrats have also nominated Hart as their candidate in the special election to serve out McLenigan's term, which expires in January 2010.

Republicans have nominated Dr. Richard Cutler, a dentist, as their candidate to fill McLenigan's unexpired term.

In paperwork filed with the county election board, Republicans note that Cutler was an unsuccessful candidate last year for supervisor but has continued his involvement in the township since that time and has attended most supervisor meetings.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Separated at Birth?

The saying goes, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it still looks like Rosie O'Donnell".

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Speaking Of Tom Ellis...

It seems like the Treasurer's race is taking a back seat to the more popular races. Not much in the way of news stories have been published about this particular State Row Office.

I found a nice article from PhillyBurbs.com on the Ellis McCord race.

It's worth a read.


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Monday, September 22, 2008

King James Declares A Freeze On Hiring, Citing the False "Recession"

Maybe he just needs to fire a few of his closest and dearest friends from their public-assisted job services program?

It seems that Montgomery County is in a bit of a pickle. Just 9 short months ago, former Commissioner (and State Treasurer candidate) Thomas J. Ellis left our county with a $90,000,000 surplus.

So, where has the money gone?

How about to Joe Hoeffel's (Turd assisted) cronyism hirings, and King James' continuing county public assistance program for county solicitor Barry Miller and several others?

Not to mention the current liberal spending agenda that RINO commissioner KJ-TURD has bestowed his blessing upon, such as allowing for the hiring of staff in the clerk of courts office, when the office ran fine for years with the staff it had in place. He allows this, but mentions that the other rows will have to sue in court to do any hiring.

Just what I want to hear, if I have business in the courthouse, is that the people charged with keeping the courthouse safe (Sheriff John P. Durante) and the bad guys off the street (District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman) have to sue the county that they've sworn to serve and protect, to hire bodies if their office is grossly understaffed. And the clerk of courts office gets to hire unnecessary personnel, on KJIII's say so?


It's dem/rino cronyism at it's worst. It's the Turd's welfare program for unemployable friends. And it's a rotten shame that we have to pay the tab for these losers, through our real estate taxes.

Thank goodness we have Bruce Castor as our watchdog. Otherwise, we'd really be up the scatological creek without an implement of aquatic mobility.

Read all about it in Margaret Gibbons' article from today's Times Herald.

HT to Tony Phyrillas for the story, which was reported on his blog, "tonyphyrillas"

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Sightings: XIV

Jim-Turd was seen yesterday morning on NBC-10...being interviewed about the McCain campaign. I didn't see it, but I'm sure he mentioned his brother a half dozen times during the broadcast.

Why anybody values his opinion any more baffles the living sh*t out of me...maybe it was just a slow news day, and they were desperate, as all of the good Republicans were in church on Sunday morning.
(Cool milk carton, huh?----------------->)

If anybody saw it, contact me and I'll update this as comments come in. If nobody saw it, who cares, right?

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Amazing Video

This has got to be one of the most amazing things I've ever seen...you've got to watch the whole thing to appreciate it, even though the magic is revealed at the 3 minute mark.

Really Cool Painting

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Moose Shootin' Mama

HT to "SR" for the following video:

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On The Road, revisited (With a Sighting)

Jim Maza ($90,000) and Barry Miller ($135,000), the two reasons for the Hoeffel/Matthews deal, arrive together to the Commissioners "On The Road" meeting in Schwenksville.

Hoeffel comes in right behind them. Jimbo comes in right behind Hoeffel. They all had dinner together beforehand at Cedars Pub (A SIGHTING). Do I smell another "sunshine act" violation here?

Jimbo and Joe take their BFF positions next to each other.

Oh, who is Barry talking to?

None other than Jane Markley, the former Clerk of Courts who he, Jimbo and Joe accused of illegally transferring $750,000 before she left office from her Clerk of Courts automation fund to the county's coffers. Jimbo and Joe voted to return that money to the Democrat Clerk of Courts, Ann Thornburgh Weiss.

Stay tuned for the next installment of "On The Road", details to come as soon as it is scheduled.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

State Committee 150th Birthday Extravaganza

Rubber chicken, speeches, loud music.

More later.


OK, it's later.

The speeches were the usual pep rally type of speeches that politicians usually make during election day, with a twist.

Three of the speeches were given by former Governors Thornberg, Ridge and Schweiker. A POW that spent 6 years in the Hanoi Hilton with John McCain also bore witness to his time with McCain.

Arlen was funny, quipped about his shaved head being "sexy"...I stopped him on his way through the crowd and agreed that he should keep it shaved. He took one look at my hairless pate and laughed.

The band was great, with a three piece brass section, awesome, if you like brass.

The wine and beer was on Chairman Kerns, and I had a few glasses of cabernet before retiring for the evening.

This morning was more of the same at the State Committee meeting, the rah-rah speeches by the Caucus leaders, Pols, and candidates. after the votes, we returned to our room, packed up and checked out.

It was a nice experience, being my first time attending state committee. I will probably go back for the February meeting, if I can swing it.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Interesting Article From My New Friend in Texas

A Texas based blog that I have been reading on a regular basis posted this article today. It makes for interesting reading.

Will Obama & McCain be on Texas Ballots?

HT to Reverse Vampyr for breaking this one.

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Rumor Has It...

...A certain County Commissioner stood and faced the wrong direction during the Pledge of Allegiance at last evening's Commissioner's "On The Road" meeting.

I'm sure he was just confused. I'm wondering...was the flag behind Commissioner Castor? It very well may explain this lapse in cognitive thinking.

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Sorry to Disappoint...

...but, I came down with a wicked case of of the crud last night. I called off of work and went to bed, but still didn't get much in the way of rest.

I'm up though, feeling a little better, and will be posting late morning today, instead of early morning. Sorry if I disappointed you early-risers.


P.S.: Sticks and stones, et. al.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

As Promised...

Hi, Guys!


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A Compliment Well Received

I've been struggling with whether or not to post this. Mi lucha es más.

I was speaking this evening to Plymouth CommitteeWoman and PA State CommitteeWoman extraordinaire, Mary Shorley.

We were talking about my wife (Mary paid her a nice compliment..."She's a gem") and the subject soon turned to the impending nuptials for Mary's only child. I wished him good luck, asked Mary if she was happy with her future daughter in law, she responded resoundingly to the affirmative.

It was then that Mary waxed nostalgic about children, with her son being an only child, "you always have to do your best with them", and such...then she laid on the bombshell: "I think your kids are great, Bill...they're so well behaved and very cute" (OK, I added the "very cute" part, but still...).

What a nice thing to say, and unsolicited.

It's nice to hear that about your children. It reaffirms that my wife, "Gemmy" and I are doing something right (while most parents struggle through every day, not knowing), but, to be told is always, always a compliment well received.

Mary, you made my day!


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If You Ask Me...

Who would you vote for?

The woman on the American-made V-Twin, or,

The geek on the Chinese-made bicycle?

Hmmm...if you ask me, it's a no-brainer.

HT to Chris From Springfield for the pics!

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Some Stupid Sh*t

By now, you all know that I ride a motorcycle. It took two years and a gas price crisis to finally convince my wife, Karen, that it was not a stupid decision for me to get a bike (Karen is not, nor has she ever been a fan of motorcycles...she hasn't even taken a ride on my bike).

The following news article, posted in Tuesday's online Times Herald, is just the thing that makes all motorcycle enthusiasts cringe...it's just more stupidity by inexperienced, thrill seeking miscreants that give us all a bad name. What's more, the guy was just a year younger than I am. He should have known better than to run that fast on the bridge:

Motorcyclist killed near Dannehower Bridge
BRIDGEPORT - A Hatfield man was killed Monday after his motorcycle crashed into a guardrail on Route 202 at the foot of the Dannehower Bridge.

Richard Casimir Werc, 43, was reportedly traveling northbound on 202 at a high rate of speed when he struck the railing adjacent to the Mascaro & Sons plant near the bridge and was thrown down an embankment, according to Bridgeport Police Department.

The Suzuki GSX-R 1300 hit the guardrail around 7:55 p.m., and witnesses told police that the cycle appeared to be going between 90 and 120 miles per hour just prior to the crash. [emphasis mine, B.]

[this is the type of bike Werc was riding.(ed.)]

After Werc was ejected from the speeding motorcycle, the Suzuki careened across the roadway, hitting the concrete barrier that divides bridge traffic, finally coming to rest on the bridge more than 500 feet from the point of impact, according to Bridgeport police Sgt. John Cane.

"There was debris all over the road," he said.

Werc's body came to rest in a wooded area 250 feet from where he struck the guardrail.

Werc drove tractor-trailer trucks for Consolidated Freight in King of Prussia, less than a mile from the crash site. Cane said the victim had been on his way home.

The accident closed down the bridge's northbound lanes from 8 to 10:45 p.m.
It's stupid sh*t like this that makes us shake our heads and wonder. Most would put this guy up for a "Darwin" award, but since I'm a firm creationist, I'd say this...two of the things that separate us from animals are inherent intelligence and the ability to reason, both of which this moron poor guy lacked profoundly.

I feel very sorry for his family. May G-d give them strength and comfort.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Re: The County Republican Candidate's Rally

Rumors abounded at the Westover Country Club this evening. I'll get to them later.

First and foremost, the rally was fun. There was an Irish band that played (go figure) Irish music and a Johnny Cash song. The hors douv...er, appetizers were the typical fare, nothing to get excited over, but filled the void. The open bar meant that your humble blogger was kept in mucho Coca Cola all night long (I never drink alcohol when I have the bike out).

The highlights of the evening? MCRC Chairman, Bob Kerns was fantastic. He spoke about the campaign, spoke of the need for us to pull together and make this a banner year for Montgomery County. Then, the candidates got up and spoke, and to my surprise, I wasn't bored to tears. They all spoke of the elections, the hard work that they were doing to get elected, and the need for volunteers and money.

The highlight of my evening? Politics notwithstanding, I'd have to say that the highlight of my evening was finally meeting (face to face) fellow blogger and Times Herald columnist, Lisa Mossie (Bluftoonie, and PAWaterCooler.com). (To read Lisa's 9/18/08 column, click here)

Rumor time

Jim Matthews. He wasn't there, but the rumor mill was doing a rather brisk business on his behalf.

Rumor #1: J-Turd has been asked, and has accepted the role of treasurer in his brothers non-committed run against Arlen Specter for U.S. senator in 2010.

Rumor #2: James Rex "ai-ai-ai" has been asked by certain powers that be in PA politics to start his own version of the "Chairman's Club", to try and siphon money away from MCRC fundraising efforts, but will hold off until after the election in November to do so. (Keep your eyes especially on this one folks, and please, don't give in. Our county chairman is doing a fantastic job and needs your support in order to bring Montgomery County back to it's former glory as a Republican county.)

Neither rumor has been corroborated, but they're out there.

Also noticably absent was the contingent from Abington. It seems that a certain Muni-Chair decided that his meeting was more important than MCRC business, instead of changing location to the Country Club, chose not to attend.

Quorum was not met and the bylaws were not voted on. Pity, because the old bylaws are seriously outdated and the new ones are quite good.

There's always January.


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MCRC Candidate's Rally


CONTACT: Robert J. Kerns, MCRC Chairman

September 17, 2008


The Montgomery County Republican Committee will hold a rally and meeting tonight to kick off the fall campaign for McCain/Palin and the GOP ticket. Most GOP candidates will be in attendance and will participate. The rally begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a brief business meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Committee members.

The rally is open to members of the media.

The event will be held at:

Westover Country Club,
401 S. Schuylkill Ave.
Jeffersonville, PA.

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It's Always Nice to Be Appreciated

I don't get paid to do this. I love the creative outlet that blogging affords me and sincerely appreciate when I get positive feedback on the subjects I post.

One such "comment" hit tonight, and I felt compelled to let that person know just how much a mere few words can be the bright spot in ones day. The comment is as follows, in it's entirety:

Roslyn Resident said...

"I'm not a blogger.
I don't like bloggers.
I'm not an activist.
I think most activists are misguided.
I am a Republican.
But I am a Social Liberal.

I guess that I am part of the 90% that hate neither Fox News or MSNBC.

That being said, I really enjoy reading your blog. Your Sightings Series is a great blend of humor, local reporting and strategic influence. Your other entries ring of honesty and personal experience.

If your goal is to infuence the masses rather than preach to the choir, you've hit your mark.

Keep writing."

"Keep Writing". To me these two words mean more than you could possibly imagine, and I sincerely thank you, "Roslyn Resident". Your humble blogger is inspired by your kind words of praise.

I sincerely appreciate that your wish for me is to continue...so I will.

Have a fantastic day! You've made mine!


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Monday, September 15, 2008

***UPDATE***-Sightings: XIII

Perception is not always reality...Your humble blogger always admits, then corrects when he is mistaken when it comes to the facts.

It has come to my attention, through a very reliable source, that, in fact, Carolyn Carluccio did not arrive with James Rex the Turd (at yesterday's Whitemarsh Brunch), rather coincidentally, arrived at the same time as King James.

Apparently, King James attached himself to Carluccio's hip, reminiscent of my "shake-rape" incident with El Rejo Diego la Tercera.

I apologize to Ms. Carluccio, as I know how she must have felt...knowing she had to stay at the event, uncomfortably, as any close proximity contact with the man makes one feel like they need a shower...but I digress.

Again, my most sincere apology to Carolyn Carluccio. No innocent person should ever feel the grip of "the Matthews Effect"...ever.

Mi dispiace, è stato interamente colpa mia.


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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sightings XIII

King James had the audacity to pretend he was a Republican today, by attending the Whitemarsh Republican Committee Brunch.

I'm sure that someone tipped him off that Republican Commissioner, Bruce Castor, was not able to attend, as he showed up (almost late) as the presentation was starting, accompanied by none other than Deputy county solicitor, Carolyn Carluccio.

Hmmmm. They seem pretty cozy, now that she's "not allowed" to speak to "other commissioners" (read "Bruce Castor") without getting her boss, Barry "the jester" Miller's permission.

Anyway, James Rex sat a table away, with only the barrier of my good friend, "X", between he and I..."X" was able to get these pictures of nobody talking to J-Rex:

Rex was recognized by our master of ceremonies, much to my chagrin. Not many people took the time to speak with "his turdliness", and I gave him the "stinkeye" all morning for his having the nerve to come into my house.

There were about a half-dozen "writemarsh!" buttons floating about the room...I hope having to see them gave him the heebie-jeebies. I'm sure they reminded him to check in, later today, for a new "sighting" post.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Matthews has "Jumped the Shark"

With the news of Jimbo openly supporting a democrat against Senator Specter in 2010, the time has come to say "enough is enough.

Matthews sides with democrats 100% of the time in his role as chairman of the County Commissioners. 100% of the time.

He now has handed down a directive to solicitor, and personal court jester to the chairman, Barry Miller that his staff not talk to any of the commissioners without first getting permission from Miller.

Castor, in an email letter to Miller on 8/29, requested permission to speak to Carolyn Carluccio-who was involved with the situation that caused this directive to be implemented in the first place. Castor has not yet received any response from Miller.

On Thursday, when confronted on the issue, his Turdliness repeatedly shouted "the solicitor and all the senior staff work for ME! They work for ME! They work for ME!
It went on and on, ad nauseum.

Later, on 9/11, I attended the ceremony on the plateau at the courthouse, honoring the fallen heroes of Montgomery County who have died as a result of the 9/11 attacks and subsequent war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The ceremony was very moving, (except for when J-Rex spoke, as his equipment failed and he resorted to shouting his remarks...which were laced with misquotes by Abraham Lincoln, extolling the virtues of Government by and for the people–which, by the way, he hasn't prescribed to that theory/practice since he was sworn in on 1/7/08–does he even hear himself when he speaks?)

After the ceremony, I stood talking with Sheriff John P. Durante and Republican Commissioner, Bruce Castor, both of whom I consider great Republican leaders. During my conversation with both of them concerning the ceremony (and an intellectual conversation on the health benefits of good wine) at least three citizens/residents of Montgomery County approached Commissioner Castor to tell him what a great job he is doing, and what a real TURD Jim Matthews has turned out to be. After introducing the residents to yours truly, Castor graciously thanked them for their support and kind words.

One of these residents was there to see his cousin's banner dedicated at the ceremony and was a little irate that King James was a speaker.

It's still baffling to me that, only in Montgomery County, can "third" actually become "first". But, then again, we used to be a Republican majority in the commissioners office, too.

Fortunately, El Rejo Diego la Tercera is poison to the Republican Party and will not run as one next time around. Unfortunately, the state does not allow for recall votes, which I'm certain is the only thing J-Rex can find consolation in for the next three years.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Sightings: XII

King James was not sighted at the Chairman's Club Dinner last night.

Figures, though...why would the Turd give $1000.00 to an organization that would be supporting Arlen Specter for Senator (against his brother, Chris "Tingles" Matthews) in 2010?

Let's face facts: J-Rex is so far off the reservation, most of us really don't care if he ever comes back.

I, for one am glad he "missed" the dinner...no chance of getting "shake-raped" again. And, my surf and turf tasted somewhat better without him in the room.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Smoking Ban Starts Tomorrow

I smoke cigars. I used to smoke cigarettes. There are many places that until today allowed cigarette smoking, but banned cigar smoking.

Given that I have been discriminated against by business owners, as a cigar smoker, I still have a serious issue with the new, nanny-state smoking ban.

I think that it is up to the individual business owner as to whether or not to allow smoking in their establishment, just as it is up to the consumer not to patronize these businesses that allow smoking. Period. The end.

But, the PA legislature knows better, people:

PA's Smoking Ban Should Filter Into Homes and Cars Too, According to Temple University Expert

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 11, the Pennsylvania smoking ban will filter into public places.

"Now it is up to individuals and families to make their homes and cars smoke-free too," said Jennifer Ibrahim, Temple University assistant professor of public health."

Ibrahim was co-author of a recent report on smoking bans in Lancet Oncology from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

She and her colleagues reviewed the global body of peer-reviewed published research and government reports regarding the health, economic and social impact of exposure to secondhand smoke.

They concluded:

Voluntary smoke-free home and car policies decrease exposure to secondhand smoke for children, as well as decrease adult smoking.

Despite arguments to the contrary, there is no evidence anywhere in the world to support claims regarding negative economic consequences of such a policy on the restaurant and bar industries.

There are significant health benefits to reducing exposure to secondhand smoke

There is good compliance and minimal opposition once a smoke-free policy has been passed.

Already a few states, including Maine, Massachusetts, and California, ban smoking in a car when a minor is present. Nationwide, there are at least 36 public housing authorities that have smoke-free public housing, following guidelines provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smoke-free Homes and Cars Program (http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/).

"It is important to keep in mind that smoke-free policies are not prohibiting smokers from smoking. The policy is intended to protect the public from exposure to secondhand smoke. Period. Smokers may continue to smoke outside," said Ibrahim.

Yeah. Right. "Smokers may continue to smoke outside" until the government says they can't anymore.

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Writemarsh! is less than a year old, so this is the first opportunity I've had to write about 9/11. What I will never forget is where I was and what I was doing that fateful day:

Seven years ago, I was working second shift at my dream job at Pomco Graphic Arts (where my father had worked for most of his 49 years in printing, and has recently retired from).

As was the norm, I would go to bed at about 2 a.m. and get up in the morning to see my son off to school.
As was my practice at the time, I would turn on the TV and watch what my wife, Karen, would tape for me the night before. Afterwards, I would "try" to get to the "honey-do" list.

Before I could finish my coffee and get the tape turned on, I caught a news flash on the bottom of the TV...The world trade center had been hit by an airliner that had flown off course!

Forgetting my "shows", I turned on Fox News and flipped ba
ck and forth between it and CNN. It had not been an accident!

For the next four or five hours, I sat, stunned...alternating between anger and sorrow for what has become the single most deadly attack by foreign nationals on American soil.

I watched, live, as the second jet hit the second tower. I was aghast. I got angry. I wept.

I went so far as to call our local Army recruiter to find out if I could still enlist. I had turned 37 years old that year, too old to enlist, according to whomever I spoke with.

So I sat, for the next four or five hours, the honey-do list and taped shows forgotten, while my wife and I watched the spectacle that would be the starting point of our "war on terror".

A lot of time has passed and the war on terror is still being waged.
I am attending a memorial service later today at the Montgomery County Courthouse to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the attacks, and honor 13 local heroes who have been killed in action during the war. The service starts at 12 noon on the courthouse steps. If you can, attend.

(The monument on the Swede Street plateau is made from beams salvaged
from the World Trade Center)

We should, however, all take a moment out of our busy day and silently remember the innocent people whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001, as well as for the many good servicemen and servicewomen who have lost life or limb to protect our country from future attacks, by rooting these terrorists out at the source, and eliminating them.

Finally, we should say a silent prayer of thanks for G-d granting us the wisdom to elect a president in George W. Bush, who stood up to the terrorists and said "no more!".

G-d Bless America. G-d bless or troops. G-d bless the memory of those who perished on 9/11/01, and G-d bless those who have died fighting the war on terror. G-d bless our president for having the nerve to stand up to the terrorists. And, as you take time for a moment of silence, may G-d bless you all...and may we never forget where we were when we first heard, 7 years ago today, that our country was at war.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

If the Bus Fits...

I was on my way to the William Jeanes Memorial Library (in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County) to pick up a couple of books that my son, Scraps, had reserved.

As is the norm, I took the bike, as I love to ride when...well, I just love to ride!

As I sat waiting for a light to change, I heard (faintly, but growing louder) some young teens chanting, "O-Ba_Muh!, O-Ba-Muh!", over and over. For the record, I have a McCain/Palin sign on the luggage rack (see photo below).

I turned around to see where the the "noise" was coming from...first thing that went through my mind (and I'm going to hell for thinking it) was "figures". You see, the chanting was coming from a "short bus"...

My apologies to any of you out there who have ever ridden on the "short bus", but, if the bus fits...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Feds: Stephens OK to run in 151st House District

HT to Tony Phyrillas for this gem:

This just in from reporter Margaret Gibbons: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has ruled that Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Todd Stephens did not violate the Hatch Act by running for state House in 151st District because his duties do not involve any federally funded programs.

Supporters of Stephen's Democratic opponent, freshman Democrat Rep. Rick Taylor, raised the phony issue earlier this year.

“A little over a month ago, political operatives on behalf of Rep. Rick Taylor chose to make false, politically-motivated attacks against Todd Stephens that besmirched not only Todd's reputation, but the reputation of the entire Office of District Attorney here in Montgomery County,” District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement released by her office. “I am happy to report that the federal government has concluded that Mr. Stephens is not in violation of the Hatch Act as falsely claimed by Mr. Taylor's political operatives.”

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former county district attorney, said the timing of Taylor's accusations coincided with the Bonusgate scandal in Harrisburg.

“This attack against Todd and the District Attorney's office was a coldly calculated attempt by Taylor and his campaign to draw attention away from Taylor’s own ethical issues surrounding the Bonusgate scandal,” Castor said in a statement.

Taylor's 2006 campaign manager was one of 12 people indicted in the Bonusgate scandal, and Taylor himself is referenced as having received benefit from the scandal, with that same manager receiving a bonus paid with taxpayer dollars, according to Castor.

Taylor is obviously running scared. Stephens should win the 151st seat and help return a GOP majority in the state House.

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Obama is a Sonovabitch


Stay Classy, Barry, you a$$hole!

HT to John Lewandowski at PAWaterCooler.com

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The Case for Working Moms

In a post way back in March, I sparred a bit with Alex at the PAWaterCooler about Sarah Palin's ability to be an effective VeeP, given that she was very pregnant at the time (7 months).

The case I made is that good families make it work. My mom worked, my bride of 16+ years works, and her mom worked. For the most part, we come from fairly well-adjusted families, with some cracks in the proverbial china (but who's family doesn't have some "cracks"?).

What the looney-bin left would have you believe is that a woman has to make the choice between being mom or being a career woman. They can't seem to let the two meld into one super being, unless they are floating a woman candidate for some office...then all bets are off.

Sarah Palin has been on the receiving end of some very poisonous statements, ranging from the sublime to the utterly ridiculous. (I'm not going to repeat any of them here, as I have too much respect for the Palin family not to continue spreading conjecture)

And yet, when it was suggested (years ago) that Chelsea Clinton was pretty much raised by nannies, the moonbats went ballistic. That McCain even joked that she was the result of a relationship between the Hildebeast and Janet Reno was considered in such poor taste that Senator McCain spent months apologizing.

But, for some reason, even baby Trig is not immune to the lefty-loonies audacious attacks. There is a blog (started by a leftie called "the Daily Kos") that pokes fun at baby Trig's Down's Syndrome...it sickens me to no end that the lunatic fringe of the left, those who claim to be compassionate and caring, would stoop so low.

All this in an attempt to discredit a successful, working mom of five.

Where am I going with this? For starters, Gov. Palin grew up in the dawning age of feminism, raised in a traditional family, with traditional values. She pretty much missed the feminist demagoguery that permeates our public schools today. That these traditional values in which she was brought up are so inherently wrong, in the eyes of the dems, baffles me.

You see, even though my wife works, we share the responsibility of raising our children. It's not always a picnic for either of us, as I chose to work a shift that puts my kids first and my marriage a close second. But, one of us is always home with the kids. Not a sitter, not a nanny...a parent.

A. Parent. That's important.

We have a nice home, eat well, buy stuff, own several computers, a gaggle of musical instruments, an SUV, and a Minivan, and have a fairly active social life (scouts, orchestra, politics, etc.). We just don't need the expensive toys, like the Mercedes, the yacht, the summer home in the Hamptons...it'd be nice, but we don't need them at the expense of our children.

We're not rich and certainly do not "keep up with the Joneses". And yet, we live the "American Dream" every day!

There are so many accomplished women who are able to balance a family and a career, mostly with the support of their spouse and family. They, too, realize that it's not wrong to be successful and a mom. Unless, of course, you happen to be a Republican!

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Father/Daughter Talk

...or, why is daddy an Evil Republican?

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend Audrey doing?' She replied, 'Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over.'

Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, 'That's a crazy idea, and how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!'

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, 'Welcome to the Republican party.'

From "Reasoned Audacity", a pro-life political blog that I rather enjoy.


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Beauty & the Beast

Yeah, I know...I'm not very nice, but a potential first lady should never go out in public looking like that!

HT to
Blonde Sagacity, where I glommed the photo's from her "caption it" contest. Check out her site...good stuff.
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