Wednesday, August 31, 2005
For, example, Pennsylvania would send about $60 Million or $5 for each of the approximately 12 million residents in Pennsylvania. Since the state of Pennsylvania has an annual budget of about $4 Billion, giving away another $60 Million is less than a 1.5% increase. Hell, Governor Rendell spends that much each year on cheesestakes.
If every non-affected state did their share, the aggregate total would be more than $1.2 Billion dollars! That's a good start, heh?
So call your governor and tell him you approve the state donation!
Ross Gelbspan, former journalist and professional Chicken Little has carved out a nice little career for himself over the last 10-15 years warning about the evils of Global Warming.
Yesterday, Gelbspan had a column in the Boston Globe where he blames Hurrican Katrina and almost every other natural dissater else on the USA and its reluctance to approve the Kyoto treaty, etc.
In my opinion, people like Gelbspan are dangerous- he is not a scientist- he is a journalist but he gets an audience for his alleged substantive arguments as wide as if he were an Einstein. In fact, you or I are just as qualified to form an opinion. I am not yet convinced there is a global warming crisis.
Btw, I wonder how many square feet Gelbspan's home is? It's pretty common for these lib enviro whackos to decry SUV's but live in humongous houses. I will try to find out how big Gelbspan's house is- he lives in Brookline, MA.
For your reading pleasure, I have provided the link below so you can see what a nutcase he is and how much he disdains America.
For your reading pleasure, here is the link to the story via real clear politics via jewish world review.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
The site is a spoof of those who blame Bush for everything. For your reading pleasure, I have provided the link below:
Unfortunately for New Orleans, the latest news clips suggests many looters may have re-located to New Orleans from their home turf in Detroit.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Here is an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer that substantiates a prior post where I stated the non-profit sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
The most interesting tidbit (to me) in the article was the wide variation in the average wage paid to employees (depending on which segment of the economy employed them). According to the story, the government sectors pay the highest average wage today AND I would venture it also provides the most expensive benefits and pension plans. Here are the average weekly wages by sector for the state of Pennsylvania in 2003:
- Non profit sector $641
- For profit sector $679
- Local govt. $737 or 9% higher than for profit sector
- State govt. $843 or 24% higher than for profit sector
So our government workers are the highest paid and get the best benefits. Sweet huh! Below I have provided the link to the story.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
This guy, called D.B. Cooper, hijacked a plane, got $200,000 then parachuted from the plane over the woods of the Pacific Northwest. He was never found or caught and the story was pretty astounding and appealing on some level to me and the gang I hung around with (we were 19-20 years old at the time).
For your reading pleasure, I have provided below the link to the LA Times story.
Here is a very telling quote from a program bureaucrat (Dana Spiegel, Executive Director of NYC Wireless). I assume she heads up the incipient and free (?) WIFI program for New York city..."Just like the grass and the trees and the benches are provided by the city, we think that broadband internet access should be provided as well".
Let's think about this for a minute.....the city must be pretty well off if it can afford to spring for free WIFI for all its citizens. So I think the city should throw in a free delivery of the morning paper, a Starbucks coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. Cause I really can't start my web-browser without those accoutrements! Then I would support the program.
For your reading pleasure, I have provided below the link to the story.
Here is the link below to Dave's post. He now posts at the Colussus of Rhodey.
I will email the reporter and ask him. Interestingly, the reporter, William Gibbons is a former Philadelphia cop who was shot on duty almost thirty years ago and then took up a career as a crime reporter.
Below is the link to the article.
Now, the AZA ( American Zoo Association) has set new guidelines for how AZA/ member zoos must house and care for elephants. The AZA wants elephants to have acres of space to roam around just like they were still in the wild. The bottom line is the Philly zoo may transfer its elephants to better-suited zoos and our kids would no longer have a chance to see elephants at the Philly zoo.
That's crazy!!! Elephants have been well cared for at the zoo for 131 years!! And now some meddling, buttinskis are telling Philly what to do. AND I do understand this threat is a not-so-subtle attempt to blackmail the donor and government community to force them to ante up millions of dollars so the zoo can build a habitat for the elephants that meets the AZA new standards.
Here is a quote from the Philly Zoo chairman, Peter Gould ..."we need to do the right thing by the animals. It's clear the status quo is not a long-term, sustainable status quo." Blogger's comment .....UNLESS YOU CONSIDER 131 YEARS LONG-TERM!! GOULD MUST BE A WEENIE AND AN IDIOT. HE SHOULD TELL THE AZA TO GO POUND SAND. I BET THE ZOO WON'T DARE POLL ITS ANNUAL SUBSCRIBERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS TO SEE HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT LOSING THE ELEPHANTS.
Here is the story's link below.
Friday, August 26, 2005
My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning, and when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, everyone knows he cheats on me. It is so humiliating. Also, since he lost his job three years ago he hasn't even looked for a new one. All he does is buy cigars and cruise around and jokes with his pals, while I have to work to pay the bills. Since our daughter went away to college he doesn't even pretend to like me and hints that I am a lesbian. What should I do?
Dear Clueless:Grow up and dump him. For Pete's sake, you don't need him anymore, you're a United States Senator from New York, act like it.
Note this joke was borrowed from Atlas Shugs via Rightwingsparkle(because it was too funny not to)
The financial data for all non-profits should be 100% transparent and available for public scrutiny. There are three types of non-profits in this country:
- The traditional church or religious organization that pays its employees below-average salaries and pays even less to its priests/ministers and nuns.
- The small and struggling non-profit that scrapes by on its meager donations and the work of its volunteers.
- And the mega non-profits like the Pew Foundation, bureaucratic paper-pushers like the United Way and mega churches like that run by Pat Roberson.
This last group (like Robertson's) is where the gross malfeasance typically occurs. Just today, the WAPO (link provided below) reported today that Pat Robertson is making a bundle in a for-profit company selling his special milkshake and he may have screwed one of the product developers out of the lucrative deal.
The Pew Foundation has billions of dollars and one of its initiatives is "The Internet and American Life" or some other such bull-crap. Can you imagine what the original Pew family donors would think about their gigantic bequest being wasted on something like that??? Yes, I said wasted. The Pew Foundation is always butting their noses into public issues like sufficient spending on education- why doesn't PEW (as an experiment) give a billion or so of its loot to a single school district to see if great gobs money can really solve education problems? Nah, that would never happen cause then the Pew Foundation would go out of business and the high-paid execs would lose their jobs.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I think the list is kinda neat so I have provvided the link below. Re the neckties, I have a friend who used to just loosen the ties because he was somewhat challenged at tying the knot correctly. Once he came home and was dismayed to see his new live-in girlfriend had done some housecleaning including untying the knots in all of his ties.
Lastly, the Beloit list reminds me of the game every generation plays by telling younger listeners how tought it once was. My favorite is to tell them that when we were their age, we only had three TV channels to choose from. I think that scares the crap out of them.
He was one of ten children and is survived by his daughters, Barbara, wife of Michael Pumple, and Judith, wife of Michael Gullotti; his sons, Anthony and Timothy; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; his two brothers, Gerard and William Lynch. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret, Anne, Catherine and Mary; brothers John, Edward "Ted" and Francis "Pat."
The son of a coal miner, Mr. Lynch was an Army veteran of World War II, having entered the service in February 1942, and was stationed in the Aleutians Island during the war. Before moving to Philadelphia, Mr. Lynch was a teacher and baseball coach at Branch Township, his alma mater, in Minersville. Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree.
He taught math, science and physical education at the Shawmont Elementary School in Roxborough for more than 25 years and retired in 1979. He was a graduate of Kutztown State Teachers College, where he was known as the Irish Flash for his exceptional speed in the 100-yard dash. Unfortunately, neither his high school nor Kutztown had a track team in those days, but Mr. Lynch claimed the Kutztown football team would pause its team practice to watch him show off his speed in the 100-yard dash.
He also gambled a bit at Kutztown and hinted the walls of his dorm room still had dice marks from the many games of craps they played.
He was a lifelong sports fan and coached baseball for several years for the Rhawnhurst Athletic Association. He loved watching sports on TV and was a big fan of the Phillies, Eagles, college basketball, horse racing, women's softball, the little league world series and pool, to name a few. In fact, when he retired, his fellow teachers gave him a pool cue as a retirement gift.
As a young boy, he had seen the powerful Pottsville Maroons play. They were a forerunner of the NFL teams and laid claim to a league championship that is disputed to this day.
He was an avid reader, had an encyclopedic memory and never forgot a birthday for one of his grandchildren. Just one week before his death, during a phone call he learned a grandson had visited Ithaca to check out potential colleges. Mr. Lynch spontaneously launched into a rendition of a fight song he had heard 50 years ago when the University of Pennsylvania football fans would mock their Thanksgiving opponent, Cornell, located in Ithaca.
The family requests Mass cards or a donation to a charity of choice. A viewing will be held at George Fox Funeral Home, Philadelphia, tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Resurrection of Our Lord Church.
James J. Lynch, 88, of Rhawnhurst, a teacher and coach for more than 25 years, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Nazareth Hospital.
One of 10 children of a coal miner in Schuylkill County, Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1937 from Kutztown State Teachers College. He taught and coached baseball at his high school alma mater, Branch Township in Minersville, until being drafted by the Army in 1942. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands before being discharged at the end of World War II.
Mr. Lynch returned to teaching in Minersville, then moved to Roxborough to teach math, science and physical education at Shawmont Elementary School for more than 25 years. He returned to college to earn a master's degree in education from Temple University in 1961. Mr. Lynch retired in 1979.
He enjoyed horse racing, women's softball, the Phillies and Eagles, and playing pool. His colleagues gave him a pool cue as a retirement gift.
"My dad liked to act up," said son Anthony. "Two of his four sisters would not get married in their hometown because the six Irish brothers were rowdy and drank too much at weddings."
In addition to his son, Mr. Lynch is survived by son Timothy; daughters Barbara Pumple and Judith Gullotti, eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers. His wife of 31 years, Margaret McGee, died in 1980.
Friends may visit at 7 tonight at George Fox Funeral Home, 7026 Castor Ave. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, Castor Avenue and Vista Street in the Northeast. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.
Monday, August 22, 2005
James J. Lynch, of Rhawnhurst, died on Sunday, August 21 2005. He was in his 89th year and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret McGee. Mr. Lynch was born in Phoenix Park, Pennsylvania in Schuylkill County and was the son of John and Lottie Lynch. He was one of ten children and is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Michael) Pumple, Judith (Michael) Gullotti, his sons Anthony and Timothy, eight grandchildren as well as two brothers Gerard and William Lynch. He was preceded in death by his sisters Margaret, Anne, Catherine and Mary and brothers John, Edward (Ted), and Francis (Pat).
The son of a coal miner, Mr. Lynch was an Army veteran of World War II, entered the service in February of 1942 and was stationed in the Aleutians Island during the war. Before moving to Philadelphia, Mr. Lynch was a teacher and baseball coach at Branch Township (his alma mater) in Minersville.
Mr. Lynch earned a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree. He taught math, science and physical education at the Shawmont Elementary School in Roxborough for more than twenty-five years and retired in 1979.
He was a graduate of Kutztown State Teachers College where he was known as the Irish Flash for his exceptional speed in the 100-yard dash. Unfortunately he attended Kutztown before the school established a track team but Mr. Lynch claimed the football team would pause its team practice to watch him show off his prowess in the 100-yard dash. He also gambled a bit at Kutztown and hinted the walls of his dorm room still had dice marks from the many games of craps they played.
He was a lifelong sports fan and coached baseball for several years for the Rhawnhurst Athletic Association. He loved watching sports on TV and was a big fan of the Phillies, Eagles, college basketball, horse racing, women’s softball, the little league world series and pool to name a few. In fact, when he retired his fellow teachers gave him a pool cue as a retirement gift. As a young boy, he had seen the powerful Pottsville Maroons play. They were a forerunner of the NFL teams and laid claim to a league championship that is disputed to this day.
He was an avid reader, had an encyclopedic memory and never forgot a birthday for one of his grandchildren. Just one week before his death, during a phone call he learned a grandson had visited Ithaca to check out potential colleges. Mr. Lynch spontaneously launched into a rendition of a fight song he had heard fifty years ago when the University of Pennsylvania football fans would mock their Thanksgiving opponent, Cornell (located in Ithaca).
Here is the song: “ On the shore of Lake Cayuga, there was a horrible smell. Was a pack of sons of bitches, called themselves Cornell”. The family requests mass cards or a donation to the charity of your choice. A viewing will be held at the Fox funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7-9PM, the funeral mass will be at 10AM on Wednesday at Resurrection of Our Lord church.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
The blogosphere got wind of Delgado's very questionable accusations and neither he nor Herbert ever offered any additional proof or names to support his claim. Delgado then seemed to disappear but it looks like he came out of his spider-hole to join the Crawford protest.
I am fine with Delgado joining Sheehan's protest as that is his fundamental right as an American, but Hardball should learn to do a little homework regarding their (however brief) guests. Do the MSM folks even know how to google someone? Delgado's background (he got discharged as he became a conscientious objector and his spurious claims to the NY Times columnist) is information that the MSM should share with its audience! Don't you agree?
Friday, August 12, 2005
- Charlottesville, VA
- Sante Fe, NM
- San Luis Obispo- Paso Robles, CA
- Santa Barbara- Lompoc, CA
- Honolulu, HI
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Atlanta, GA
- Asheville, NC
- Reno NV
- Corvallis, OR
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Rall wants very hard to believe bad news and he wants that bad news to actually be far worse. He claims to have awaken to his own idiocy when his friend asked how the government could hide the inflated dead from their survivors. Duh!
I have provided the link below:
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Today Rhodes :
- Claimed there are true and irrefutable stories of rape rooms being operated by American military contractors in Iraq.
- Discussed one alleged incident in Afghanistan where about 180 or so of 200 Afghani (Taliban??) prisoners died after being trucked miles and miles across the desert by the US military.
- Said America is no longer the greatest country in the world. But said it once was the greatest.
- Said Bush is either an unelected or illegimate president.
- Said Cindy Sheehan is a great American while
- Rhodes failed to mention newstories that appear to contradict Sheehan's earlier positive response to her meeting with Prez Bush in 2004.
But I crow when I am right too .... and her column today shows I was right that Modo has lost her once-unique voice. She no longer says anything that isn't heard at many far-left liberal enclaves. Reading her anymore is like watching the same boring play in slow motion over and over and over and over .
Advice to Modo-- retire already so you might re-discover that once irreverent voice. For your reading annoyance, I have provided the column link below:
COLDPLAY frontman CHRIS MARTIN has snubbed British Prime Minister TONY BLAIR's invitation to meet him at his London residence - because the YELLOW star feared it would damage his image.
A galaxy of stars, including rockers OASIS and SIR ELTON JOHN, have accepted invitations to Blair's Downing Street home. And Martin respects the British premier, but does not want to be seen publicly socialising with the leader of the Labour party, for fear of offending his fans who may disagree with Blair's political goals and stance over the war in Iraq.
He says, "I'm not going to go. I really like Tony Blair. He's interested in the same things as I am - he plays the guitar and he always gives the impression of doing what he can to help. "But I don't particularly want to be photographed with him at the moment."
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
I suggest Dean spend some time crafting a message but first the Dems have to sculpt some core values. Can't have a message without those! Here is a sample of what the energetic Dr. Dean was quoted as saying 3 days ago....
"We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual." [Blogger's note- rumor has it the term "unfactual' is first taught in medical school.]
After visiting 30 states in the first six months as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean said Monday he has found "There are Democrats everywhere."
"We need to position ourselves as the party of change," he said. "I think we have learned that when big changes happen in the House and Senate, they happen because one party nationalizes the race and becomes the change agent." [Blogger's note- Dr. Dean is trying to say the Democratic party sucks, the voters knew it, decided to become change agents themselves and made the necessary changes via the ballot box]
In his speech Dean talked about the growing diversity in America and how well that diversity meshes with the message and membership of the Democratic Party. “The face of the Democratic Party is such that it looks like all of America will look in 2050," said Dean. [Blogger's note- The Dems diversity meshes with its message but Dean admitted it does not yet have a message. Dr. Dean will be about 100 years old in 2050 and his face and that of anyone else who is alive today will be wrinkled, old and ugly.]
I also provided the article's link below:
Monday, August 08, 2005
But there he (Fast Eddie) was on Hardball on August 5th and here is what he told Chris Matthews when asked about support for the war among Pensylvanians......
"Well, for the first time since the war began, less than half of the people of the Pennsylvania support the president‘s handling of the war. And I want to make it clear that Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support our troops. It is not like Vietnam. But support for the war effort and the way the president is handling it is beginning to wane significantly in Pennsylvania. And that‘s in great part because the death tool and the injuries have mounted. We have 84 dead. I think that‘s the fifth highest in the nation, Chris, and over 500 wounded, and some of them very severely wounded. And that affects all of us. And—and I think the people of Pennsylvania are a little at unease because they don‘t see a way out. "
So there it is from a high-profile Democratic governor. In my opinion, he is taking advantage of recent high number of casualties in Iraq. But that's what I always expect of Governor Rendell.
Friday, August 05, 2005
"Most of the people killed by guns in Pennsylvania during 2001-03 were suicides, according to a report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and the state Health Department. Suicides accounted for 2,112 - nearly 59 percent - of the 3,588 firearm deaths in the state during the three years - far more than assaults, accidents or any other reason, the report said. In rural counties, the proportion of shooting deaths that were suicides was much higher - nearly 86 percent. In urban counties, the figure was 55 percent, the report says."
I help out as a volunteer treasurer for a small non-profit that focuses on stemming the number of suicides especially among the young. But this stat was pretty amazing to me anyway. I did know that most male suicides use a gun but did not know that suicides exceeded murders from guns.
I love baseball but the General Manager just doesn't get it. My pet peeve involves two of the team regulars, David Bell and Mike Lieberthal- they can't cut it anymore and are without a doubt the least productive at their respective positions in the entire league.
The team and the fans would be better off if these two were sent home ( I know the Phils owe them millions for a few more years but I don't care!) Get them out of here and find two young players, playthem everyday and let them get some major league experience!
I found a schedule for the Reading Phillies and I may get my fix there. Maybe a boycott by alot of fans will drive the message home.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
The liberal, activist group 'America Coming Together' (aka ACT) which was formed with the millions of George Soros and Peter Lewis is now defunct because Soros and Lewis have decided they will no longer fund it and at least 28 people were informed they will lose their jobs soon.
I equate this to a little kid who loses the game and so the kid is unhappy and he decides to take his ball and goes home. That is essentially what Soros has done. He thought he could form an activist group, buy some ads or enroll some voters and influence the election so his guy would win. Unfortunately, his guy lost, so Soros is taking his ball (the money) and going home where he will hatch up some other inefective idea on which he will waste another $50 Million or so next election. YOU KNOW IF I HAD ANY SENSE I WOULD HATCH UP SOME IDEAS FOR SOROS AND SEE IF I COULD GET IN ON THAT BIG GRAVY TRAIN IN 2008!
Lastly, in its story about the demise of ACT, the Washington Post reported "By all measures but one, ACT and the Media Fund were a great success, helping to turn out record numbers of new voters. But that one measure was the one that counted. After Bush's reelection and GOP gains in the House and Senate, Soros and Lewis pulled the plug on their support."
Now is that statement by the Post true, documentable and provable? Great Success??? I may email the WAPO authors and ask how they can back up that statement? I remember turnout was a record but are they saying the Kerry turnout was primarily attributable to ACT and the Media Fund?
That is a great idea but suggest it be taken one step further because the legislator are a big problem but the root of the problem are the two corrupt political parties which breed these filthy scoundrels. So, why not try to disembowel the two parties by fielding candidates from a new party called "The Clean Sweep" party. If a majority were elected, the Dems and Reps would lose statewde power and the new legislators could start to clean up the state government cesspool.
The beauty of a new party is it adresses the oft-heard complaint that there is no differnce in the parties . The Clean Sweep party now needs a platform and that is clear-cut..... spend our tax money wisely and primarily to pay the cost of police, highways, schools, aged, the sick and the young sufficiently. And the hell with the rest .... ie. get rid of the turnpike commission, the gambling board, and all the other quasi-goverment boards unless absolutely necessary.
And enact general referendums so taxpayers can approve or disapprove proposed spending programs over a certain amount (I propose $10 Million); the referendum must be during the general elections (not in a primary). Lastly, the Clean Sweep Party will not get involved in national party politics nor elections so it will not issue collective opinions regarding abortion, wars, SCOTUS judges, etc.
That is simple enough. Perhaps best of all, I volunteer to help formally write the constitution and organize a Clean Sweep Party organizing convention.