Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sightings: IV



Jim Matthews was sighted having lunch with county solicitor Barry Miller at a Montgomery County restaurant. Not entirely out of the ordinary and probably unworthy of your humble bloggers "Sightings" reports, right?

Wrong!

They were breaking bread with a third party... Democrat Controller Diane Morgan!

It is one thing for Matthews to continue to portray his charade at the court house as some kind of bipartisan experiment for the benefit of the county, but hey–we know that is a load of elephant crap.

Morgan has repeatedly made unfounded and undeserved attacks upon Republicans Bill Donnelly, Jane Markley, Bruce Castor and Risa Ferman, the entire DA's office and has basically made the Republican party, in general, her cottage industry.

By (apparently) taking her under his wing, Matthews is showing the county GOP where his loyalties and sympathies are.

So, I write this open letter to Cmmsr. "The Turd":

Jim,

You've been a stalwart to the party for as long as I can remember. I've thought better of you in the past than I have in recent months.

Chairman Bob Kerns has offered an olive branch (to have you back) no questions asked, if you'd just try to get along with Cmmsr. Castor and refute your newfound alliance with the democrat commissioner.

You've not made any attempt to meet us, the loyal Republican base, even halfway.

My proposal is this: if I send you a voters registration form, check off the "democrat" box, would you finally complete the equation you've left unfinished since January 7th? Just sign the damned form and get it over with?

Thanks.

Bill Shaw
writemarsh@gmail.com

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Had to Share This

HEHE...I received this comment this morning on my post about the "Matthews Effect":

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real classy Bill, real classy.

Let's not even begin to discuss your physical appearance.

Well, here is the comment I posted in response to this anonymous person's comment. I've only done this a few times, but, here goes:
I'm fat, shave my head and have an uneven beard.

Every couple of years, I change my hair, shave my beard, or otherwise change my appearance. Why? I get tired of looking at the same old face in the mirror and like to change it up every once in a while.

I accept the fact that I am 44 years old and am at the age where I could become a grandfather.

I am not a "young Republican".

Oh, by the way, I don't consider myself attractive, either. Just a plain "Joe", that's all.

See? I'm not afraid to discuss my physical appearance, nor that of others. I'm a realist.

Peace.

B.

As an afterthought, I'm also not afraid to sign my name to anything I write.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's Laughable

This last week, Ed Boyd, Abington committeeman and Matthews apologist, posted this on his blot (skip the bullsh*t, just watch the second video):

Off the Record (or, there is no "Matthews Effect")


Apparently, Mr. Boyd lives in a fantasy world. Here, in some previous posts, are a few of those who have fallen victim to "The Matthews Effect":

http://writemarsh.blogspot.com/2008/05/ed-boyd-latest-victim-of-matthews.html

http://writemarsh.blogspot.com/2008/06/matthews-effect-again.html

http://writemarsh.blogspot.com/2008/06/philadelphia-inquirer-latest-victim-of.html

http://writemarsh.blogspot.com/2008/06/update-victims-of-matthews-effect-thus.html

There are but a few of those who have fallen victim to the dreaded "effect". I, too have been a victim, as Jim told me that I had his support in my failed run for supervisor in Whitemarsh. Boyd is a fool not to recognize the pattern for what it is.

What would you expect from a guy who still considers himself a "young Republican" at his age? (I visited a YR meeting once, it was just plain creepy seeing him, apparently trying to hang on to his lost youth, mingling with the 20-somethings like a dried up old bachelor uncle.)

(If you've ever seen the guy, he looks like he's about 60)

Maybe if he wasn't such a Matthews sycophant, his blog would be doing better than it has (he just recently took down his counter...only 4000+ hits since last September, which is pitiful)


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Saturday, July 26, 2008

We're Sorry, World,...

HT to Trekmedic251 at "Is This Life?"...this is a cross-post from his blog:

Hell, if the Obamessiah can do it,....

Received this by e-mail from The PokerMistress:



This 'Letter of Apology' was written by Lieutenant General Chuck Pitman, US Marine Corps, Retired:

For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day massacre.

I humbly offer my opinion here:
I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth; it was in the defense of Muslims ( Bosnia , Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait , etc.)

I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after 9/11.

I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs.

I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships.

I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth.

I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques, and government-controlled media.

I am sorry that Yasser Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and high-jacked the Palestinian 'cause.'

I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians.

I am sorry that the U. S. A. has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems.

I am sorry that our own left wing, our media, and our own brainwashed liberal masses do not understand any of this (from the misleading vocal elements of our society like radical liberal professors, CNN and the NY TIMES).

I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the 'food for oil' money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered.

I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death.

I am sorry that those same bombers are brainwashed thinking they will receive 72 virgins in 'paradise.'

I am sorry that the homicide bombers think pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly and other noncombatant civilians are legitimate targets.

I am sorry that our troops die to free more Arabs from the gang rape rooms and the filling of mass graves of dissidents of their own making.

I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group.

I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state.

I am sorry we don't drop a few dozen Daisy cutters on Fallujah.

I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient 'Holy Site.'

I am sorry they didn't apologize for driving a jet into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - one of our Holy Sites.

I am sorry they didn't apologize for flight 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, the murders and beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, etc....etc!

I am sorry Michael Moore is American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa .

America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do.
I am sorry the Barack Hussein Obama may be elected president of the United States when he doesn't have a clue on how to be a strong Commander-in-chief in a world filled with Muslim extremists who will do whatever it needs to do to destroy the lives of civilized people while killing innocent men, women and children in order to bring a change that is beneficial to all Islamic terrorists worldwide.

I am sorry that voters on the liberal left don't understand the frightening changes that are taking place
in the Muslim world and what these changes will do to this world in which we live.
I am sorry that the Democratic Party has been highjacked by Socialists and Communists right under the very noses of those who take pride in calling themselves democrats.

We hang out our dirty laundry for the entire world to see. We move on. That's one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don't hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology.

Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like - so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners. Sure, it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause, but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we're supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated?

Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujahans.

If you want an apology from this American, you're going to have a long wait! You have a better chance of finding those seventy-two virgins.

Chuck Pitman
Lieutenant General, USMC

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A Very Compelling Argument for Drilling NOW!

Drill Now
By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
July 25, 2008


Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
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High fuel prices have produced a tectonic shift in the United States’ political landscape. Recent polls indicate a strong surge of support for Uncle Sam lifting government restrictions against domestic drilling for oil. Blocking the development of domestic energy resources was a luxury we used to be able to afford. At current prices, though, the calculus has shifted. The reasons for proceeding full-speed-ahead with domestic drilling are compelling. They include:

1) Compassion toward relatively poor Americans. Those who oppose domestic oil production often are those who claim to champion “the little guy.” They can prove the sincerity of their professions by permitting increased domestic production of oil, thereby exerting downward pressure on the market price of the fuel that consumes a growing share of Americans’ incomes.

2) Reducing the merchandise trade deficit. For years, politicians left and right have decried the United States’ enormous trade deficit. Since imports of oil now account for more than half of that deficit, one of the most effective policies for reducing it would be to produce more oil domestically.

3) Creating more jobs, especially high-paying blue-collar jobs. Why does the party that aspires to be known as the friend of labor suppress the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs for American workers?

4) Showing more respect to the rest of the world. There is something pathetic about the president of the United States traveling to Saudi Arabia to plead for them to increase production while we refuse to increase our own. Liberals are uncomfortable with any manifestation of American exceptionalism, yet aren’t we practicing exceptionalism when we expect the rest of the world to produce our energy for us?

5) Increasing national security. Who benefits the most from today’s astronomical oil prices? Ideologues reflexively point the finger at “Big Oil,” but the major beneficiaries are the House of Saud—the sponsor of Wahhabism—and such mischief-makers as Venezuela’s Chavez.

6) Keep taxes on middle class Americans from being raised. If fuel prices stay high, don’t be surprised if Congress proposes new, costly federal energy assistance programs for poorer Americans. Shades of agricultural subsidies and food stamps! Once again, the American taxpayer will take it on the chin twice—first, by having to pay more for gas and heating oil as a result of government’s suppression of domestic production; second, by tax dollars being channeled to those hurt most by those unnecessarily high prices.

The following objections to a pro-drilling policy are weak and clearly untenable under present circumstances:

1) Oil and gas wells are not aesthetically pleasing. True, but neither is human hardship. Are well-to-do “green” sentimentalists willing to see an occasional derrick in exchange for millions of poorer Americans gaining critical relief from high fuel costs?

2) An accident could occur. No fooling? But if we are going to outlaw risk, why not ban driving? Automobile accidents claim over 40,000 American lives annually. The environmentalist assertion that oil companies won’t take sufficient precautions to prevent oil spills is a prima facie absurdity. Oil is valuable, and if American oil companies are half as greedy as their critics claim they are, then they will strive mightily to prevent spills which hurt them in two ways—loss of valuable product and incurring the huge cost of cleanups. Those fearing oil spills should take heart from the fact that a thousand oil and gas wells were smashed by Hurricane Katrina, yet no spills occurred. Technology has improved.

3) Oil company profits are “obscene.” Why discriminate against oil companies? We don’t think twice when other businesses—cell phone, beverage, retail , software, etc.—earn greater profits when they provide more of what people want. In you really resent oil company profits, you should favor opening up drilling to all comers, because increased production puts downward pressure on prices and increased competition squeezes profit margins.

4) Increased drilling won’t boost supply right away. True, but pointless. It is because people accepted this myopic premise years ago that we are in our present predicament. Let’s do a better job of planning ahead. Future oil prices will be lower with increased supply than without it.

5) We need to develop alternative energy sources to replace oil. Okay, but what will we do if those technological breakthroughs don’t occur as early as we hope? We will need affordable energy regardless, so it would be prudent to increase the supply of oil, just in case we find ourselves still needing it.

The time for drilling is now. Let’s get on with it.



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Friday, July 25, 2008

MCRC Press Release

“We are the party of Abraham Lincoln and our party has a place for everyone” GOP Chairman Robert Kerns said.
The Montgomery County Republican Committee (MCRC) held its first Community Leadership Breakfast and DiversiTea July 24 at the Doubletree Suites in Plymouth Meeting. MCRC Vice Chair Sharon Thomas, Mayor of Pottstown, organized the gathering, attended by over 75 Republican elected officials, business owners and community activists of various ethnic and religious backgrounds to assess the current state of the GOP in Montgomery County.
“A meeting like this is imperative in building community interaction and outreach. Our party is at its best when engaging in inclusive strategies, and we will forge that path in the current MCRC administration,” said Thomas.
A number of elected officials joined the discussion, including State Representative Jay Moyer (70th), County Commissioner Bruce Castor and County Treasurer Garrett Page. Several Republican candidates attended as well - Congressional candidates Craig Williams (7th) and Marina Kats (13th), State Senate candidate Marc Perry (7th), and PA House of Representatives candidates Todd Stephens (151st), and Lynne Lechter (149th), as well as representatives for several other incumbents and challengers.

Kats recounted her struggles in coming to the U.S. not knowing how to speak English and working her way through college and law school. “It is because of the Republican Party that I was able to come to America with nothing and become a successful business woman,” Kats explained.

The discussion included a panel of GOP leaders including Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Bob Kerns, founder and executive director of Korean American Senior Services of Pennsylvania and longtime Republican Imja Choi, Page and New Majority Council President Pam Levy. Discussion questions included community involvement, recruiting minority candidates and the role of the Republican Party in minority communities.

The breakfast was organized by Thomas in conjunction with the New Majority Council, a state-wide group aimed at welcoming minorities into the Republican Party and supporting a wide variety of candidates. Kerns charged Thomas, an African American businesswoman, with rejuvenating the party’s focus on Montgomery County’s growing minority communities. The duo was elected as to two-year terms as chair and vice chair of the 834-member organization on May 8.

Kerns responded to a question posed by attendee and former Register of Wills Ron Holt concerning the role of party leadership in community building: “Today we brought people from many different communities that may have never met before. That is our job – what we provide is a basis for putting together groups, programs and processes that will eventually germinate into initiatives that create better communities in Montgomery County,” the GOP chairman stated.

“Many minority voters have told me they feel that the Republican Party isn’t in touch with them. We are going to prove to them that we are. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln and our party has a place for everyone,” Kerns concluded.


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Sightings III: UPDATE!


The Truth is Out There...

Far be it for me not to backtrack and correct myself when I'm not "write"...

I have heard from reliable sources close to former commissioner and State Treasurer candidate Tom Ellis that Matthews was not invited to Ellis' fundraiser and, indeed, called Arthur Makadon to invite himself.

(That puts my mind at ease...I was beginning to worry about the "Matthews Effect".)

Ellis did, however, extend an invitation to Commissioner Bruce Castor, who unfortunately, was in Erie at the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association meeting. Castor is immediate past president of the group.





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My Big Sister is Another Year Older...Again!

My older sister was born 18 months before me. Today is the day that her "number" age is 2 years older than my age.

Well, there's two things I have to say, sis...you'll always be older than me, and I hope you live as long as you want to, and want to as long as you live.

Happy Birthday, beautiful!

Oh, and Mom will probably tell you this post is up.

Love ya!

B.



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Montgomery County, PA is #9...

...on the list of the top places in America to raise a family!

"Montgomery County, Pa., famous for its sumptuous Main Line suburbs and the King of Prussia Mall, made the top 10 with solid scores across the board and a median home price less than a third of Marin's."
Read the Forbes Magazine report here.


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I wonder if this has just happened in the past 7 months (since King James the Turd and Prince Kartoffelkopf took over-I'll bet they lay claim to it), or is it just our 150 year tradition of (Republican led) low taxes and smaller government that draws people here?

Maybe we can ask Joe Hoeffel-he knows all the right answers.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

HT to Bob Guzzardi for the following item:

"[Barack] Obama will visit Germany, France and England this week. It just happens that those Western European nations have turned to right-of-center coalitions to remedy corrosive welfare systems, never-ending entitlements, unchecked union power and overregulation of industry. In England mere months ago, the left-of-center Labor Party lost more than 400 seats in local elections, including finishing off the reign of London Mayor Ken 'The Red' Livingstone. In France, Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy swept into power in 2007, promising to cut back welfare rolls and revitalize the floundering French economy. In Germany, Angela Merkel vowed free-market reforms to undo theoretical social 'safety nets' that have led to 'terrifyingly high unemployment.' Then, Silvio Berlusconi unexpectedly won Italy's election this year, in part on the pledge to unknot the tangle of economic regulations hampering that nation. Those are the top four economic powers in Europe. That's officially a trend" -- Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi.



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Castor Endorses Perry


Marc Perry For Senate (D-7)

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor endorses Marc Perry for Pennsylvania State Senate in the 7th Senatorial District: (Philadelphia and Montgomery County)

On July 24, 2008 Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor endorsed Challenger Marc Perry for State Senate in the 7th Senatorial District.. "I am humbled to receive such a significant endorsement from County Commissioner Bruce Castor. This endorsement today along with the most recent endorsement from United States Senator Arlen Specter shows that my campaign to bring new ideas new energy and new leadership to the State Senate is gaining momentum.

Congrats to Marc on getting this endorsement. Now, I think I may have to give him a call and explain "the Matthews Effect"....

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A Momentary Self Indulgence



I had to post this photo-it was taken at the "Welcome Back" press conference on the courthouse steps.

I designed the banner, but haven't seen the final product until I came across the photo on Tony Phyrillas Blog.

HT to TP for posting it.



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Sighting:III



Yes, friends, another Matthews sighting! And, in a most unlikely place. It seems there was a fundraiser at Ballard Spahr, law firm extraordinaire, for none other than Former Commissioner, Thomas J. Ellis:
Ellis has been a bond lawyer at Ballard Spahr and comes well-funded; his finance chair is Ballard chairman Arthur Makadon. Makadon, who usually supports Democrats, has been raising money for Ellis and hosted a fundraiser for him at the firm last week. The event raked in some $70,000. Guests included Blue Cross executives Christopher Cashman and Christopher Butler, GOP benefactor Bob Asher, SEPTA general manager Joe Casey, Montco Commissioner Jim Matthews and Ballard lawyer Ken Jarin, husband of Wiessmann, who also attended.
We wonder why Tom Ellis would welcome Matthews, who has tried to undermine Ellis' race by allowing Democrats to use county resources to do opposition research against Ellis' candidacy for State Treasurer.

Complicating matters is Matthews' buddy Joe Hoeffel, the Democrat commissioner who has been using commission meetings as a forum to attack Ellis' performance as a commissioner, in hopes of damaging Ellis politically. The chairman's gavel (so coveted by Matthews that he had to make a deal with the Democrats to obtain it) has never been used to silence Hoeffel's prepared attacks. However, Matthews did once try to use it against Ellis to prevent him from defending himself at a meeting where Hoeffel engaged him.

At some point Ellis will have to make a choice all Republican candidates this year must make: Are they Republicans or are they friends of Jim Matthews? Because you can't be both anymore.

So, the question is this, Tom...besides losing the new-found respect you have achieved in Montgomery County (since your supposed "divorce" from King James the Turd) are you willing to be the next victim of... "the Matthews Effect"?

It's not a tough call...

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Nice Fluff Piece...

...by Margaret Gibbons (in the Reporter) on Frank Custer, challenger to Kate Harper for the 61st legislative district. (Click here to read)

I challenge Margaret to give equal time and write a piece on Kate, as well. After all, we must be fair and balanced, right?

Well Margaret, the ball is in your court.

B

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Bob Kerns' "Welcome Home" Updates

Two things were brought to your humble blogger's attention by a couple of very reliable sources.

Let me preface the first by saying that I was lucky enough to have been asked to design the "Welcome Home" banner that was behind Chairman Kerns at the press conference.

When asked by Commissioner Bruce Castor "which one" (of the elephant graphics) was Jim Matthews, Chairman Bob Kerns pointed to one and, without skipping a beat, said "This one!".

Classic!

Also, if you were there, you may have witnessed a young man walking around giving out a flyer to the reporters and others assembled. The flyers happened to be a rebuttal by the MCDC, signed by their french-libtard leader, Marcel Marceau...er, I mean Groen.

And who was this strapping young man doing the donkey party's dirty work while they enjoyed a day on the golf course (at their "pay to play" golf outing)? None other than the son of our illustrious Clerk of Courts, Ann Thornburg-Weiss.

I wonder if mom was at the office or was she on the links entertaining the many soon to be vendors?

I guess we'll know when people start getting no-bid contracts with the county, won't we?

Feh!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Montco GOP Has Campaign to Try to Regain Voter Majority

One thing that Bob Kerns is concentrating on, the thing that former chair, Ken Davis, never really ever got off the ground, is the effort to bring Republicans who switched to vote in the primary back to the proverbial "fold".

Bob's proposed effort, "Welcome Home", was announced at a press conference on the courthouse steps at noon yesterday.

Riley Yates, of the Morning Call, reports:


Officials say party locally has done well for residents.


By Riley Yates
Of The Morning Call
July 23, 2008


Come back to the fold, Montgomery County Republicans are pleading with former GOP voters.

Socked by voter discontent and no longer the majority party among residents, county Republicans on Tuesday held a news conference to unveil a registration effort aimed at winning back those who switched to the Democratic Party before April's presidential primary.

The message: Forget about national politics and remember that the suburbs have long been GOP territory and a good place to live.

''The quality of life in our county is so high because of Republican government,'' said Robert Kerns, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee. ''I hope voters will recognize that and, whatever their national politics may be, register Republican here in Montgomery County.''

Democrats enjoy a more than 15,000-registration edge in the county, a sea change from the days when Republicans held an advantage of 2-1 or more. Of 566,113 voters, 252,468 are registered Democrats, compared with 237,376 Republicans, according to the Voter Services Department.

Kerns announced the ''Welcome Back'' effort from the steps of the county courthouse. The county GOP has seven paid workers to approach voters who went Democratic from the GOP in the hopes of persuading them to return.

One example: The party's Web site prominently features a button for voters to request a change of registration form. (Click link below to read the rest of the article)

Montgomery County Democrats called the shift toward them a ''historic figure'' given that Democrats were outnumbered by 30,700 registrations before the 2007 general election.

Democrats said there's no evidence voters are going back to Republicans now that Pennsylvania's hard-fought Democratic contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is past.

Since the primary, Democratic rolls have continued to increase faster than the GOP's, according to county Voters Services.

Democrats have had 3,160 new registrations and 2,860 voters who switched parties in favor of them. Republicans have had 1,284 new registrations and 866 switches toward them, the department said.

''By and large, Republican voters did not switch to play havoc with the Democratic primary as Rush Limbaugh would have you think,'' Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen said. ''Neither did they switch on a lark to vote in a more exciting primary.

''They switched because the Democratic Party is offering better candidates and because the Democratic Party is on the right side of the issues that Americans -- Republican and Democratic -- care about.''

It will be difficult for the GOP to regain a majority of registrations any time soon in Montgomery, said Christopher Borick, a political scientist at Allentown's Muhlenberg College. It is discontent over national politics in recent years, and not the excitement of the primary, that led most voters to switch, he said.

''When people actually take the time to register for something, it shows they feel strongly enough to want to mark themselves as that,'' Borick said. ''It probably didn't come as a light decision for them.''

County Commissioner Bruce Castor, a Republican, said ''we'll have to see'' how many return to the GOP. To recapture a majority of registrations, ''it is going to be a long road to go, but I think it's possible,'' he said.

He noted that Forbes Magazine this year named Montgomery County one of America's 20 best places to raise a family.

''That's because of Republican government and the Republicans made that the way it is,'' Castor said. ''And when people learn that, maybe they're realize that we are more than the party of the president; we're the party they support.''

riley.yates@mcall.com
215-529-2607
Copyright © 2008, The Morning Call
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I Took A Survey...

...to see what condiment I was. The results:


You Are Hot Sauce



You are the life of any party, because you're so good at bringing people out of their shell.

You have a knack for helping people happily embrace their true selves.

You are ambitious, driven, and fearless. You love taking risks.



Your taste in food is 100% adventurous.

You're up for sampling any exotic cuisine or someone's kitchen experiments.

You live for trying new things, and you get sick of eating the same food (even if it's very delicious).



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More Patronage!!!!!

Matthews is doing a political favor for his secretary. In the past, it may have been accepted behavior, but the new climate of Jimbo giving away the courthouse to the dems, this has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. We need home rule and we need it quickly.

B.
Castor Objects to New Fleet Chief
By: MARGARET GIBBONS, Times Herald Staff
07/21/2008


COURTHOUSE - Montgomery County government has a new fleet chief despite objections by county Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. to the appointment.

The commissioners and controller voted 2-1, with one abstention, to tap Thomas Schneider, the husband of Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman James R. Matthews' administrative assistant, for the post of fleet manager.

Matthews abstained from voting while Castor cast the lone "no" vote. The position became vacant upon 13-year veteran Richard Flood taking advantage of the county's early retirement incentive program.

Schneider, who has been employed as a county deputy sheriff since 1999 and was earning $38,209 a year, will receive a salary boost to $46,267.

Castor explained that, while he knows and likes Schneider, he did not receive notice of the proposed hiring until one day before the vote and did not receive supportive materials that would justify the appointment.

"The thing that is troubling me here is that we are often concerned with allegations that we are engaged in cronyism and patronage," said Castor. "I am inclined to want to be supportive of this action but I don't want to be accused of engaging in cronyism or patronage. I want more information to satisfy me that this is the right move to make."

The fleet manager oversees the county's 300-plus vehicles and equipment such as landscape equipment, dump trucks, snow plows, backhoes and the like to ensure that they are in good working order.

The fleet manager also must maintain an annual budget that provides for renewals of vehicle registrations, tags, titles and shop materials and preparing specifications for the purchase of new vehicles and equipment.

Listed requirements for the job include a high school diploma or equivalent, licenses such as a state inspection license, technical automotive expertise and experience in fleet acquisition and management.

A high school graduate, Schneider said he had a comparable post while serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force where he had responsibility for eight planes during the Vietnam War.

After leaving the service, he created his own paperhanging and painting business. He also worked in private security and was a Lower Moreland constable from 1995 until 2004.
County Chief Operating Officer Robert W. Graf said Schneider was one of three county employees who made inquiries about the job, which was only advertised internally.
Only Schneider followed through, filing an application for the post, said Graf. In addition, on his own time and at his own expense, Schneider went to classes and obtained state inspection certification, according to Graf.

Because he prefers more applicants, Graf said that the qualifications were rewritten to allow a successful applicant six months to earn state inspection certification. Another person subsequently filed an application.

County purchasing Director F. Thomas Snyder, who now oversees fleet management, interviewed both candidates and recommended Schneider.

The Schneider situation is an example of one of the major concerns he has about the salary board, said Castor. The board simply receives a list from human resources the day before a meeting with names and recommended actions. Unless he personally knows the individual, there are no accompanying materials to give him a "comfort level" in signing off on the proposed actions, said Castor.

"I, in my eight years here, never felt compelled, with the competent and skilled leaders we have in our departments, to make inquiries and do not so now," said Matthews. "I am not going to be a part of micro-managing 3,400 employees. I will not be a part of compromising the confidence we have in our department heads."

Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel III noted that Castor did not ask any questions about the proposed Schneider appointment at the commissioners' work session. Like any other member of the salary board, he could have asked for information and would have been provided the materials from human resources.

As a result of concerns raised by Castor, the commissioners said the list of recommended salary board actions will be provided one day prior to their work session and all files and applications will be available at that time.

Margaret Gibbons can be reached at mgibbons@timesherald.com or 610-272-2501 ext. 216.




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Rep. Harper Uses Forum to Deny She Has Lost Touch

Kate Harper has not lost touch with her constituents...I've never seen a rep more in touch with the pulse of her base than Harper. She goes so far as to take unpopular positions, party-wise(she doesn't always vote how I'd like to see her vote on gun issues) because she feels they are important to the people in her district. This shows me that she does,in fact, listen to her constituents and that her base does influence her voting record in the House, as it should. She's a stand-up lady with a set. Why wouldn't the people of the 61st re-elect Kate Harper? Read on:

By: TERRI ALDERFER, For The Herald 07/22/2008

WHITPAIN - Representative Kate Harper, R-61st Dist., defended her connection with her constituents against accusations by Democratic candidate Frank Custer that she has lost touch with them and environmental issues at a candidates' night event at Normandy Farms Estates.

Residents of the ACTS retirement life community in Blue Bell gathered to pose critical questions to the candidates for Pennsylvania's 61st Legislative District seat, Harper, the incumbent Republican, and Custer.

Both candidates are fighting for a seat in Harrisburg in the upcoming Nov. 4 election and began the evening pitching their individual qualifications, followed by a question and answer period open to all residents of the community.

While most residents were familiar with Harper, the incumbent of seven years, Custer took the opportunity to explain why he thinks he could "do a better job in Harrisburg." Referring to Harper, Custer said that when politicians are in office too long, "they get in a bubble and they start to lose touch." Specifically, he said that Harper had lost touch with environmental issues in the 61st District.

Harper denied the accusation, stating that her "primary areas of concern are the environment and transportation." Harper said that in addition to her focus on the environment, she has been working to obtain sound barriers along the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and working with individual land owners whose properties are being affected by the turnpike widening, the widening of Route 202, and the Route 309 project.


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"I've worked on all of them," she said.

An issue of concern amongst several residents was the lack of a Cost of Living Adjustment for members of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.

Al Momorella, a retired Pennsylvania school employee, asked Harper to give him an honest and up-to-date assessment relative to the COLA for retired educators.

Harper said she has supported a COLA for teachers who are long retired "because they were working in times when salaries were not so good and their pensions are consequently smaller."

However, she explained that in 2011 there is going to be a crisis in the pension fund as the state increases its cohort of citizens over 65.

"The pension funds across the board are feeling the stress of the baby boomers coming into the system and not having enough people to earn the money," she said.

Harper concluded that if a potential bill were limited to those teachers long retired, the government might be able to afford a COLA this year, however, any bill that covers people who retired after 2003 would be "too expensive for the fund to bear."

In the face of rising oil prices, one resident expressed skepticism about a "real energy plan" noted in Custer's handouts that reduces dependence on foreign oil.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is the most critical problem we have today," said resident John Vogel, a retired mechanical engineer. Vogel asked each of the candidates how they would support a "real energy plan."

Custer responded by highlighting the inaction of the federal government on the issue.
"Gasoline was getting expensive back in 2001 and everyone could see the gathering clouds and nothing has been done," he said.

Although government at the state level may not be able to influence where Americans get their oil, they can act as "test tubes" and encourage the development of alternative fuel sources, such as wind and hydrogen, by giving tax incentives to people to develop these sources of energy, Custer said.

Highlighting that conservation has to be a part of any energy strategy, Harper said as a result of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard, an act passed in November 2004 all power suppliers are required to buy a certain increasing percentage of renewable energy each year.
One resident said he does not drive much anymore, not because of the high gas prices, but because he is "afraid to drive over Pennsylvania bridges." He asked the candidates where the money is going to come from to fix these infrastructures.

Harper suggested tolling the roads on Interstate 80 in order to fund the necessary work on that interstate, relieving the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation of "about $100 million a year to take care of it." This, she said, would free up other funds for fixing infrastructures such as bridges.

Both candidates stated they were against Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal to lease the turnpike for the purpose of raising money for state transportation projects.

Vogel said he attended the event to get the views of both candidates, but he supports Kate Harper.

"She has worked hard to get us parks and recreations, she listens to environmental concerns ... I think Kate has her finger on the pulse of the public," he said.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Doctor's Visit and Testosterone

I went to the doctor on Friday and he pretty much told me that I needed a nuclear CAT scan, he thinks I may have torn cartilage where my rib meets the sternum. If that is, indeed, the case, I may have to seek out someone who has seen/treated that type of injury before and begin treatment with him or her.

So, that was that. I will be setting up the CAT scan today. I'll keep you posted.

Anyway, let's get to the testosterone part. I spent this past weekend in Somerset County with the boy scouts, doing guy stuff. What kind of "guy" stuff?

Well, we started the day on Saturday with a big honking breakfast of eggs, bacon and home fries. After the clean-up, we drove some of the boys and their Venture leader to the Ohio-Pyle state park to pursue a whitewater rafting adventure. Myself and two other leaders took the remaining boys fishing on th Youghigheney(?) River. We spent the next five hours drifting downstream catching numerous smallmouth bass. Great experience if you use ultra light tackle, like I do.

Back to the cabin for dinner and some skeet shooting until dark.

The next morning, after a huge breakfast of blueberry pancakes, sausage, scrapple, leftover steak and potatoes, we sauntered out to the range for some pistol and rifle shooting. Testosterone was flying along with the clay pidgeons.

We let the boys plink with a .22 pistol, a 9 mm pistol, 3 different .357 magnums, a .40 S&W semi-auto, a .45 cal. flintlock pistol, my son's Henry rifle in .17 HMR, and a 7.62 x .39 Chinese SKS.

I'd say that if we shot a couple thousand rounds, that would be conservative.

The boys had as great time, they learned about safe gun handling, they all tried skeet shooting, and nobody got hurt.

I have to add that I was especially proud of my boy, Jesse. He broke a clay the first time he ever shot skeet, and made the tin cans dance all morning with the .22 and the .17.

I guess he has a little bit of his dear ol' dad in him, afterall.

It was a good weekend.

Heve a great day.

B.


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Thursday, July 17, 2008

MCRC Premiere Event

MCRC is having a first of it's kind event next Thursday, July 24th. The event, "Diversi-Tea" is a bringing together of people of various social/religious/ethnic backgrounds to discuss their role in the Republican Party in Montgomery County. Below is a letter form Sharon Valentine-Thomas, Vice Chair of MCRC:


GOP Reaches out with Diversity Initiative in Montgomery County

It is time for the GOP to regain your confidence at the polls and in county government. It is time to move beyond the things that have been non-productive and negative about the past and blaze a new trail. In spite of the challenges, we are in an ever-increasing matrix of complexities simply called- life. We are all diverse in many ways. It is high time to capitalize on strengths and minimize differences.

In the final analysis, we choose to operate from ‘sides’ of the political landscape. These sides must sell their vantage points to the voting public. The voting public becomes more diverse with each passing day. At this time Chairman Robert Kerns is increasing outreach to diverse groups to create a healthy and productive dialog with the Montgomery County GOP and the voting public. These diverse groups include leaders from many cultural backgrounds and walks of faith.

From my vantage as the Vice-Chair of the county, I must share with you my thoughts on the diversity campaign launching forth on July 24th of this year. Diversity is greater than the acknowledgement and inclusion of ethnicities and cultures in processes of business, education and government. Although this is a large portion of the reality and the perception, several other nuances exist. Diversity initiatives must lead to cohesion of forces with measurable outcomes. Corporations find the best of every ‘people group’ to fulfill their objectives. The GOP will carry this same progressive mindset. Traditionally, our party has fared well when engaging in strategies that are inclusive.

Please inform us of your willingness to attend a ‘Community Leadership Breakfast and Diversi-tea .’ This event is slated for July 24 at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Plymouth meeting at 8:30am. Please forward requests for formal invitation (or confirm by e-mail) to: btressler@montcogop.com .

If you would like to contact me at any time e-mail me at svthomas1@gmail.com . We are looking forward to having a healthy and productive dialogue.

Respectfully submitted;

Sharon Valentine-Thomas

Vice-Chair

Montgomery County GOP




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A Milestone

Thank you all!

While I wasn't looking, you've hit my blog 10,000 times and then some.

Some might think "10,000 isn't alot", but I never in a million years...er, I mean less than 6 months dreamed that I would hit 10,000 so quickly.

Anyway, I know this is a repeat performance, but I love how Larry Graham thumps that bass...Again, I thank you for lettin' me be myself...again!



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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Sighting II


Bulletin says King James attended the McCain HQ opening.

Odd. Wonder if he broke out into hives among all those Republicans?

Wonder if it's just a coincidence that fellow longtime Castor-hater Bob Asher scheduled the kickoff while Castor and DA Risa Ferman were out of town at the PA District Attorneys' Assoc. conference (Castor is immediate past president) in Erie.

Asher's clumsy efforts to continue to put the Republican label on Matthews would be amusing, if they weren't so sad...

Here's the story from the Bulletin:

07/16/2008
McCain Campaign Launches Montgomery County Office
By: William Mulgrew , The Bulletin

Blue Bell - Former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift joined local Republican leaders yesterday to celebrate the opening of the "McCain/Victory 2008" campaign office off Township Line Road.

It is the second regional office to open in Pennsylvania after the Harrisburg headquarters began two weeks ago.

The Hillary Clinton/ Barack Obama clash in the Primary Election left a benefit for Democrats: Most of the campaign offices and staff have already been on the ground. Republicans, however, remain optimistic that Sen. John McCain will catch up. The campaign tapped John Seaton, who led Iowa for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004, as Mr. McCain's regional director for Ohio-Pennsylvania.

"Being from Massachusetts, it's great to be in a state that will go from blue to red this year," Ms. Swift said.

Ms. Swift noted that not only Pennsylvania, but also New Hampshire and Maine are in play, two states that went for Democrat Sen. John Kerry in 2004. New Hampshire, specifically, voted out its two Republican congressmen in 2006.

"Montgomery County will be the keystone county in the Keystone State," said Bob Asher. As chairman of Pennsylvania for McCain, Mr. Asher heads the statewide fundraising effort.

County Republican Chairman Bob Kerns said that Mr. McCain is no George W. Bush.

"The Democrats are going to try, but are never going to be able to get that to stick," Mr. Kerns said. "He doesn't necessarily carry the party line ... But that's him. He's not bashful about saying that. What you see is what you get."

It's a battle to retain a county that's increasingly favorable to Democrats. While the Republicans held onto the county commissioners' race in 2007, 55.6 percent of Montgomery voters supported Democratic candidate John Kerry in 2004, and 61.9 percent supported Bob Casey over Rick Santorum in 2006.The McCain campaign has a branch office in Delaware County, shared with Craig Williams, Republican candidate for the 7th congressional district.

Sen. John McCain is scheduled to appear for a town hall meeting in Wilkes-Barre, July 23, followed by a fundraiser.

Local Candidates Show Support

Campaigning in the 17th senatorial district, Republican Lance Rogers said he's made traction with former Hillary Clinton supporters. The Lower Merion Township commissioner is campaigning full-time.

"I think that Sen. McCain is the right choice for America and the future. I know that John McCain has been very supportive of cleaning up and reforming government," Mr. Rogers said.

"He's experienced. He's a war hero," State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-12) said. The senator said he was moved that, as a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War, McCain refused to be released unless his fellow prisoners were released with him.

Also in attendance: Marina Katz, candidate for the 13th congressional district, Tom Ellis, candidate for State Treasurer, State Rep. Kate Harper (R-61), State Sen. Rob Wonderling (R-24) and Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews.


William Mulgrew can be reached at news@thebulletin.us.


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Barack Obama and the Comfort Room

Posted: June 18, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
© 2008

In March 2002, then Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama and I engaged in an interesting exchange during my testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he was a member.

I was speaking in favor of the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act for the second time, which had failed the year before.

The previous year, I had told Obama and the committee of my experience holding a live aborted baby until he died in my capacity as a labor and delivery nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Four months ago, Christ Hospital unveiled its "Comfort Room." So now I can no longer say that live aborted babies are left in our Soiled Utility Room to die. We now have this prettily wallpapered room complete with a First Foto machine, baptismal gowns, a footprinter and baby bracelets, so that we can offer keepsakes to parents of their aborted babies. There is even a nice wooden rocker in the room to rock live aborted babies to death.

I did not mention the Comfort Room when I testified again in 2002. But Barack Obama remembered.


Part of Christ Hospital Comfort Room

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Of over 4,000 pieces of legislation introduced in the Illinois General Assembly in 2001, Obama apparently recalled my description of Christ Hospital's Comfort Room. He stated, according to the State Net transcript:

Ms. Stanek, your initial testimony last year showed your dismay at the lack of regard for human life. I agreed with you last year, and we suggested that there be a Comfort Room or something of that nature be done. The hospital acknowledged that and changes were made and you are still unimpressed. It sounds to me like you are really not interested in how these fetuses are treated, but rather not providing absolutely any medical care or life to them.

Obama had actually not agreed with me the year before. He had agreed with ACLU attorney Colleen Connell that "living is not the same as viability" when he voted against Born Alive in committee and went on to be the sole senator speaking against it on the Senate floor.

And "we" suggested the Comfort Room? I was the one who told him about the Comfort Room four months after the fact, also providing photo evidence.

What was going on? Obama hadn't been coached had he, perhaps by fellow Trinity United Church of Christ member Dr. Jane Fisler-Hoffman, who also happened to sit on the board of Christ Hospital's parent company, Advocate Health Care?


Or by Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith Jr., another Advocate board member and former associate pastor at TUCC under Rev. Jeremiah Wright?

Or by Wright himself, who sat on the board of Christ Hospital's parent company from 1986-89?

Or by Christ Hospital CEO Carole Schneider, a UCC member?

Or by fellow state Rep. Renee Kosel, a Christ Hospital board member who opposed Born Alive on the House side?

I'd like Sen. Obama to tell us whether he received counsel from any of the aforementioned to oppose Born Alive.

Obama may have thought it impressive to wrap the baby one was killing in a blanket surrounded by silk flowers rather than leave him naked on a steel sink sideboard, but he was right – I was nonplussed. I responded:

What the hospital did was try to make things look better. What it really is, is that the baby is still dead.

I didn't know it then, but I was describing future presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign: attempting to repackage liberal extremism to look comforting.

In this case, however, Obama was pleased with a neonatal Soylent Green killing room, taking American liberal extremism to a new place.

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Can You Believe This?

I found this while looking for the obvious...And I thought it was strictly used to bury liberals and progressives.

Elephant Crap Art

What to do with a mountain of poo!

Elephant crap. You can actually do a lot with elephant crap. You wouldn’t think so, would you, I mean what does anyone ever do with crap except use it for fertiliser? Not much really, so, when an elephant takes a crap one might assume that that is the end of it- he eats, he digests, he craps, the crap would logically be left there in the jungle or shoveled into a massive pile of other elephant crap. Well, Wanchai Aswawibulkij of the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang has discovered a new use for elephant excrement – he makes paper. The finished product looks much like mulberry paper, and is 100% environmentally friendly.

Martin Cummings, a Londoner and volunteer at the dung paper factory, became my trusty tour guide for the afternoon. We began by staring at a pile of elephant manure in the factory’s yard. He picked up a lump of faeces and stated, “this here, this here is good paper-making dung - full of grass, hardly any bananas or sugar cane in here… You see, the whole process starts with the elephant…”, as he crumbled the turd in his hand. Surprisingly, the dung has almost no odour. He explained that elephants eat between 200 and 400 kgs of food each day, due to the simplicity of their stomachs, 60% of this comes out undigested in a 50 kg load of dung each day. If the dung were to have a strong odour, it would be a serious indication that the elephant is sick.

The first step is to collect the dung and ‘wash’ it with lake water. Hours of hosing down piles of elephant dung leaves for a lot of waste water which is collected and used to make what they call bio-gas. This gas is pressurised in big tanks and used for cooking in and around the conservation centre. The next step is to boil the mucky dark brown excreta in barrel vats for 3-5 hours. The bubbling boiling steaming muck is scooped out of the vats and dumped in a concrete tub where it is washed again. Moving inside under the roof of the open factory, the next step is to add a mild chlorine-free bleaching agent to remove most of the brown colour. The dung is then squeezed to remove excess water and bleaching agent in a process much like old fashioned wine barrel stomping. The dung looks less like dung at this point and more like golden flax pulp. It is now entirely bacteria free; “so clean you could eat it if you want, but we don’t suggest it,” Cummings adds wryly.

The pulp is then mixed with water and put into a cutting machine that grinds the longer fibers into pulp and colour is added if desired. There is a kaleidoscope of tints added to produce a wide spectrum of colours. The pulp is then squeezed into 300 gramme balls, each of which makes one sheet of paper. The bright green balls the worker was handling look exactly like playdough, and it was a challenge to avoid grabbing one and playing with it. These balls are then mixed with water and carefully poured onto screens in a tub of water and lifted out to dry. Each sheet is peeled off the screen, sanded to soften the rough parts and run through a roller press to make it smooth enough for writing.

Variations in roughness of the finished product can help one speculate as to the age of the elephant whose dung it is. If the sheet is smooth and ‘well digested’ it is most likely from a younger animal, whereas aging elephants with older digestive systems and dulling teeth produce a more textured sheet. Watermelon seeds remain stuck in the surface of the paper, immortally preserved in some piece of crafty artwork after being eaten, digested, shoveled, soaked, boiled, bleached, chopped, dyed, sanded and rolled.

Low income communities are employed to make books and boxes with the paper, picture frames and letter sets. The entire process for making the paper from the end of the elephant to the finishing touches takes about 15 hours. One elephant can produce 115 sheets of paper a day. They will soon have the artistic talents of the elephant painters painting on dung paper - “if we are careful, we could have an elephant painting on his own dung!” Cummings exclaimed.

The elephant dung paper creates income for elephants, their communities and caretakers, the project employing upwards of 150 people from start to finish. Aswawibulkiji said he went through a long process of trial and error figuring out the process while bringing truckloads of dung back to his home. Much to his wife’s chagrin, he used her kitchen blender to experiment with his dung project (we are happy to announce that he has since got her a new one). His friends called him crazy but he didn’t care. Now his dung paper factory exports to the USA, Germany, Singapore, Australia, soon to Japan and Holland. For more information visit the factory’s’ website at www.elephantdungpaper.com, or go to The Peak (Night Bazaar) where there is a shop selling the factory’s’ products.

By Sophie Rousmaniere

I think I'm going to purchase some of this guys paper and write letters to as many dem pols as I have the paper to...just the thought of what they are holding in their hands...hehehe!

B.




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Kerns Gets Tough on Bonusgate

It's been too long...4 years is long enough to go without a chairman with a set of coglione ottone. Click on the link below to see the Times Herald story by Margaret Gibbons.
GOP Wants Bonusgate Money Repaid
By: MARGARET GIBBONS , Times Herald Staff

COURTHOUSE - The head of the Montgomery County Republican Committee Monday called on state Rep. Rick Taylor, D-151st Dist., to reimburse state coffers for all illegal "bonus" money state workers received for working on his 2006 campaign.

Specifically, said county GOP Chairman Robert J. Kerns, Taylor should pay back the part of the $15,185 bonus in state money that state legislative aide Rachel Manzo received for work she did on Taylor's campaign, including serving as the campaign manager in the couple of weeks leading up to the November 2006 election.

Manzo, the executive director of the state House Democratic Policy Committee, was among the dozen Democrats arrested last week on political corruption charges involving the payment of "bonuses" to state employees for their work on Democratic campaigns.

In addition, said Kerns, another state House employee, Beth Marietta, testified before a grand jury that she worked on Taylor's campaign and was paid by the state House, not by Taylor or the House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC).

Kerns demanded that Taylor reimburse the state for funds Marietta received, either in bonus money or salary, while she worked on Taylor's campaign.

Kerns also called on Taylor to release a list of all his campaign workers so their names can be compared with investigation information released last week by state Attorney Tom Corbett to determine whether any of those workers collected state salaries or bonuses while working in Taylor's behalf.

"He (Taylor) has an obligation to remedy this by providing full disclosure and reimbursing taxpayers for every dime of public money and resources that were expended on his political campaign," Kerns said in a press release.

"This is not an issue of shades of gray," said Kerns. "This is an issue of right and wrong. Rick Taylor needs to right his wrongs."

Taylor campaign manager Danny Friedman late Monday afternoon issued a response statement claiming that the "Republican attack machine is now on the move" and calling Kerns' demands "partisan attacks, silly gimmicks."

"Last week, (the Taylor) campaign released a statement which expressed Representative Taylor's outrage at the actions which led to these indictments," Friedman said in his response. "If convicted, these rogue operatives should be punished to the fullest extent of the law including payment of full restitution by those convicted to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania."

Taylor, who defeated GOP incumbent Eugene McGill in 2006 to win election to his first two-year term in the state House, last week explained that, in the fall of 2006, he decided to change campaign managers. He contacted the House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC), which was paying for his campaign manager, to alert it to the situation and to request a replacement.

The HDCC sent Manzo to work on his behalf as campaign manager during the last several weeks preceding the election, according to Taylor. He said he believed that the HDCC was paying her.

Taylor in last week's statement said at no time was he aware that Manzo was being paid or rewarded with public money. In addition, he said at the time, he was unaware of any other state employee who volunteered for his campaign being paid with public dollars.

Horsham Republican Todd Stephens, a county prosecutor, this year is challenging Taylor who is seeking re-election to a second term.

The 151st District includes Ambler and parts of Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery Township, Upper Dublin, Abington and Horsham.

Margaret Gibbons can be reached at mgibbons@timesherald.com or 610-272-2501 ext. 216.




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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A New Feature On Writemarsh!



We will now feature "Sightings" for those who spot King James the Turd, the turncoat, around Montco.

We have one sighting to begin with:

King James III and Joe Hoeffel dining together at Matthews' summer home: North Hills Country Club last week.

Matthews got in trouble in his first stint on the throne when he, Tom Ellis and County Chief Operating Officer Bob Graf used to meet there regularly to plot policy out of the view of minority commissioner Ruth Damsker.

Looks like they're at it again.

Wonder if Matthews is golfing with any Republicans these days or if it's just Democrats.

FORE!

If you wish to report a sighting, (confidentially, of course) email Writemarsh:




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Dems Are Starting to See the "Forest for the Trees"

It used to be that we followed our party leaders blindly. It's just what we did, never believing in a million years that our party would become what it has due to ineffective leadership. In the past few years, as the Republican party eroded under Ken Davis, we, for the most part, stopped following and sought refuge from the proverbial "storm".

That refuge was ( and is) Bob Kerns.

Chairman Kerns has been on the offense lately, pointing out discrepancies between what Cmmsr. Hoeffel promised during his campaign and what has happened since taking office, just 6 months and a week ago. Kerns addressed the cronyism in this press release, which I had posted on June 9th of this year:

DEMOCRATS BRINGING PHILADELPHIA STYLE PAY-TO-PLAY POLITICS TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The absolutely rampant cronyism going on in our county is becoming so transparent, that even democrats are appalled by Controller Diane Morgan and her solicitor, Sean Kilkenny's behavior. The hiring of democrat has-beens and row office candidate losers is an egregious example of this "behavior".

In a country where our gasoline and home heating fuel costs are skyrocketing, the price of food increasing because of the false hope of ethanol creating corn shortages, people are beginning to tighten their belts. And yet, Montco government seems to keep getting bigger and bigger.

On top of what is going on nationally, citizens do not need a tax increase on top of their already soaring utility and food bills. Once again, even prominent democrats are feeling the pinch.

One such democrat, former mayor of Norristown, Bill DeAngelis has gotten so fed up that he felt compelled to write a letter to the editor of the Times Herald to point out the fact that Kerns hit the nail on it's head with his press release.



(Click on the photo above to enlarge it)

If more dems spoke out instead of following blindly, like sheep, then maybe, just maybe there would be a bit of common ground in a bi-partisan government, where give and take is the norm, not take, take, take and screw you, buddy (And let's face it. Not one bit of this despicable behavior by the Democrats would be possible without the vote and support of "Republican" Jim Matthews).

Have a great day.

B.


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Banned-Drew Carey Rants About The Nanny State and the Erosion of our Rights

I first caught this video on Tony Phyrillas Blog. I thought it worth posting, permanently, on my blog as well. Watch the video and then read the passage underneath.


Whether you love it, hate it, or have never thought about it, chances are some politician wants to ban it. "Welcome to the Nanny State Nation," says reason.tv host Drew Carey. "Where the government minds your own business."

Saggy pants, fire places, plastic bags, light bulbs, poker—it's all been banned somewhere. Same with owning swine or fowl, feeding pigeons, owning pit bulls, and chomping on trans fats, a naughty little substance that makes food taste better.

Of course, smoking's been banned in all sorts of places—indoors, outdoors, near doors, beaches, casinos, even private homes. America's smoking ban craze began in California. So many bans start there.

"But is New York City the new California?" asks Carey? Smoking, trans fat, aluminum baseball bats, straddling a bike, wearing in-line skates or drinking coffee on a subway—the Big Apple bans them all.

Even if we don't particularly like something we should be wary of banning it because every ban is backed up by the force of law. Plus, would you want to live in a nation that bans everything that offends someone?

Carey wonders when so many of us turned into "ban-happy busybodies," and compliments the British on their more civilized approach to bans.



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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Directly from "Blonde Sagacity" blog

July 10, 2008 "Women for Obama" campaign event



Obama Quote from Oct. 2007:

"Shortly after 9-11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, [flag pins] 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." ~Barack Hussein Obama

Does this guy have one belief that he sticks to regardless of public opinion?


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Light Seeking Light: Tony Snow is Gone!


Light Seeking Light: Tony Snow is Gone!


Hat Tip to D.B. Light for posting the above entry earlier today on his blog.



Tony Snow will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family at this troubling time.

B.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

I'm a Bit Off

I spent the morning at Mercy Suburban Hospital. I came home from work with a lump on my sternum and the feeling I'd broken my ribs. I saw stars (literally) when I sneezed.

After 2 hours of waiting to see a doctor, I was put into a room and told to don a gown. Thankfully, I was able to keep my jeans on, I shudder to think of the stir I'd cause if my bare a$$ was sticking way out of the back of the hospital gown.

Anyway, they took 2 x-rays and found no broken bones. I have to follow up with my family doc next week.

It's the same old song, let's see if it gets any better, if not, blah blah blah. It's a small wonder why I procrastinate going to the doctor when I'm a bit off.

I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, I'll have to grin and bear it...and, try like hell not to sneeze.


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Glommed another one from Tony Phyrillas:

Truth in advertising, Barack Obama style

If it sounds too good to be true ...

I'm sure you've seen those new Barack Obama commercials where the ultra-liberal Democratic Party presidential candidate tries to paint himself as everyman ... a Henry Fonda or a Tom Hanks type.

From a post by Michael Ashbury at ChronWatch:
In the current "Obama for President" promotion, Barack Obama stresses that he is the product of Midwestern roots, that he was raised with little money, that he worked his way through college, and that he returned to Chicago to fight for the poor while passing legislation which reduced welfare by 80 percent.
The problem with the commercial? Most of it isn't true.

Ashbury notes about Obama:
His maternal grandparents may have come from the Midwest, but Obama was born in Hawaii. The first 10 years of his life were spent in Muslim Indonesia. The balance of his youth was spent in Hawaii, not the Midwest.

He fails to mention that his father was a Harvard graduate, nor that his maternal grandmother was a successful executive of a major bank in Hawaii and his maternal grandfather was a successful businessman.

Obama also fails to mention that his successful grandparents sent him to one of the most prestigious private preparatory schools in Hawaii, which 30 years ago cost more than $15,000 a year.

He stresses how he worked his way through college, though there is no evidence of that. I am sure his successful grandparents gave a lending hand.
You have to wonder about somebody who tries so hard to be somebody he's not. What is it about Obama's background that he's so ashamed of? Why is he trying to hide so much of his past?

Read "Obama and Resume Enhancement" at the ChronWatch blog
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Whudathunkit?

Up until this morning, I was voting for McCain...now, I'm not so sure. Check out this video news story:

John Durante for President?




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An Unconscienable Request By Marcel Groen...

Marcel Groen, head of the Montco dems, has made an horrendous request of D.A. Risa Ferman, calling for the firing of Asst. D.A. Todd Stephens.

Why?

Because Stephens volunteers his time to a federally funded program which teaches children to be internet-safe from predators.
Groen cites the Hatch act in asking for Stephens to either bow out of his bid for State Representative (151st district), resign from the D.A.'s office, or be fired by Ferman.

Any person active in politics knows that the Hatch act only provides for employees who's salary is paid by the federal government to abstain from partisan political activity. Since Stephens does not draw a salary from this program, he is (as far as I can recollect) exempt from Hatch.

*****UPDATE*****

Catch Tony Phyrillas thoughts about Marcel Groen here.

Here's an article by Margaret Gibbons, Times Herald reporter, on the subject:

Ferman Rejects Request
By: MARGARET GIBBONS, Times Herald Staff 07/10/2008

COURTHOUSE - Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel L. Groen Wednesday called for the ouster of county Assistant District Attorney Todd Stephens, claiming his continued employment in that office could jeopardize federal funds received by the district attorney's office.

At issue is Stephens's campaign for the state House seat in the 151st District that includes Ambler and parts of Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery Township, Upper Dublin, Abington and Horsham. Stephens, a Horsham Republican, is seeking to topple freshman Democratic incumbent state Rep. Rick Taylor of Ambler.

Groen, in a press release, said the county Democratic Committee has asked the federal Office of Special Counsel in Washington to issue an advisory opinion on whether Stephens's candidacy violates the Hatch Act.

That act, according to Groen, prohibits federal employees and employees in programs that receive federal funding from participating in partisan political activities including running for office.

Stephens, who heads the district attorney's sex crimes prosecution unit, works closely with the regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is funded, in part, with federal grant funds, said Groen.

In his relationship with that task force, Stephens makes public presentations that are funded by those grant funds, according to Groen. (Ed. Note-Todd Stephens is not employed by this task force, he just "works closely" (read "volunteers") with the task force. Since he is not an employee, he is free to seek elected office and is exempt from the "Hatch" act.)

"It seems there are three choices here," said Groen. "Either Mr. Stephens ends his partisan campaign, resigns from the district attorney's office or is terminated by Ms. Ferman (District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman). One of these should be done immediately before this critical program supported by federal funds is threatened."
That is not going to happen, said Ferman when asked if she intended to fire Stephens. (Ed. note: Groen is an a$$hole)



"This is why the public thinks politicians are such idiots," Ferman responded. "Todd Stephens is a dedicated public servant devoted to the cause of protecting kids against Internet predators."

"In addition to being a tough-as-nails prosecutor, he spends countless hours educating parents, children and educators on how to protect kids against Internet predators," said Ferman. "And this is the kind of dedication these knuckleheads want us to stop? Give me a break."

Ferman also said she disagrees with some of the "so-called" facts raised by Groen. For example, she said, the regional Internet Task Force that is administered by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office receives federal funds but the county's own Internet unit does not.

Stephens said he has no intention of resigning.

Not only did he put his own presentation together on Internet predators and use his own time to go before interested groups to make those presentations, he solicited funding on his own for materials he provides during those presentations, according to Stephens.

"I can't believe Mr. Groen, for his own political purposes, wants me to stop helping children be safe from Internet predators," said Stephens.


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