Chesco Controller Seeking To Kill K-9 Unit?

Chesco Controller Seeking To Kill K-9 Unit?
Why does Margaret Reif hate dogs?

Chesco Controller Seeking To Kill K-9 Unit? –-The Democrats took control, last November, of several Chester County line offices, including controller, and as is their wont turned them into tools of toxic partisanship.

Controller Margaret Reif has released to the press an “audit”  concerning the county’s K-9 Unit. The unit was started by Sheriff Bunny Welsh in 2006 and is funded with private money albeit obviously some public resources  find there way to it.

Ms. Reif claims she has found financial impropriety and says she has a scandal. The Daily Local News is running stories about it.

The only thing Ms. Reif has revealed, though, is her profound ignorance. She mocks the notion that the unit’s dogs are considered sworn deputies, a tradition in law enforcement.

“What do they do? Sign with their paw?” she scoffed.

Is it hate that drives her or simple stupidity?

Naturally, however, the usual suspects have formed a lynch mob against much-admired Sheriff Welsh and want to subject her to two-minutes of hate each day until the 2019 election.

Dawson Muth, the sheriff’s department solicitor, has released a powerful point-by-point rebuttal which we are including below.

The most telling point is in the last paragraph.

“Finally, what is the controller’s goal here?” Muth says.  “To shut down the K-9 Unit? To go back to the days of waiting hours for Philadelphia bomb dogs to show up during bomb threats?”

No good deed goes unpunished.

Does simple decency and the public good now take distant back seats to partisan hate for Democrats? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.

Statement of Chester County Sheriff’s Solicitor

“Four-thousand, seven hundred, eighteen dollars and forty-one cents paid for a stay at the Hilton Baltimore in June and July 2015. At least $5,290.74 on 75 miscellaneous lunches and dinners over a three-year period; $4,200 for a custom-made golf cart; $2,500 for tires and front and back winches on a privately owned pickup truck; $579 for a one-night stay at the Quality Hotel in Exton in September 2017.”

These are just a fraction of the egregious misrepresentations printed by Daily Local News reporter Michael Rellahan in a story published on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Yes, Mr. Rellahan was simply regurgitating the unverified information provided to him by County Controller Margaret Reif, but, at the very least, he should have attempted to verify the information. Had the Controller taken the least bit of time to ask any questions or conduct a proper investigation and audit, which any professional will agree includes asking questions concerning expenditures, receipts and accounts, or even attempted to the slightest degree of professionalism to verify any of the information she forwarded to the press, she and the Daily Local News would have learned that the Baltimore hotel bill covered the attendance of eight (8) Chester County Sheriff Deputies, two of whom were accompanied by their K-9 partners, at the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in Baltimore. For the first time in decades, the event, which offers a superb training and networking opportunity, was held in this region, making the CCSO’s participation affordable. It indeed was an honor for the CCSO to be featured at and to make a presentation at a National Conference.

The cost of meals over three years included a multitude of events, such as hosting regional K-9 trials and competitions – the kind of valuable training sessions that improve the quality of the CCSO’s award-winning K-9 teams. Yes, some of those funds were for meals for the K9 Deputies as a reward for their hard work and service. They are on-call and frequently get called out in the middle of the night or work weekend events. Again, these costs were not paid for with taxpayer funds.

The so-called “custom-made golf cart” is another gross inaccuracy. The vehicle in question is a used utility vehicle which was purchased with private funds and has been called into service at numerous Community and K-9 events. It has been used to transport people in medical emergencies out of crowded situations such as the Freedom Fest and other Community events the Sheriff’s Office is called upon for security. The vehicle is equipped with a medical kit just for such purposes. It has also been used for non-K-9 purposes,such as transporting county workers with health issues to their cars when the parking garage elevator went out of service. It is not a “golf cart”, it has a specific, legitimate function. This vehicle was purchased with private funds raised by the hard working men and women of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and is now property of the County, at no cost to the taxpayers. You are welcome!

The accusation that mechanical work was done on a personal pickup truck represents a blatant malicious lie. The work was performed on a county-owned vehicle, which the Sheriff’s Office uses for special events. It is a surplus specialty vehicle, purchased with private funds and then titled over to the County. Perhaps if the Controller took just a moment of time away from attacking the Sheriff and checked to ascertain which vehicles are owned by the County she might have discovered this before making such an absurd allegation.

A $579 bill for a one-night stay at the Quality Hotel in Exton in September 2017 is equally inaccurate. The CCSO took its turn hosting the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania. The bill – again, at no expense to taxpayers — covered two nights for four deputies, who were working around the clock to ensure that the conference was successful and safe. Again, no taxpayers’ dollars were spent on this endeavor.

The controller has been quoted as saying that her review raised more questions than it answered; however, what’s significant is that no questions were ever asked of anyone connected to the Sheriff’s Office as would be done in a professional audit. In addition, no one bothered to take an inventory of items and assets that were purchased with K-9 funds, items that have since benefitted all county citizens in numerous ways. The controller interpreted the numbers in the light most unfavorable to the CCSO and then provided them to the Daily Local News, which ran them without verifying anything.

It’s outrageous to think that a report like this, filled with inaccuracies and assumptions was released, and even more outrageous that a newspaper would print it. A real audit is being done by a well-respected CPA in the area. I’m very confident that the results will indicate nothing improper, and I hope the Daily Local News will make sure that information gets publicized with the same prominence as the egregious misrepresentations to date.

In the meantime, the controller should be asked some questions. Why does she continue to reference hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been raised using county resources when no documentation supports that claim? The only way to reach that number has no connection to the county: It includes the value of the veterinary care and related services that have been donated by generous individuals who recognize the K-9 Unit’s importance. It also includes the increase in the dogs’ value. The initial investment for a dog and training is about $15,000 to $20,000. A fully trained canine is valued at $30,000 to $40,000.

Why has the controller opted to turn this issue into a prolonged public assault? Why does she leak information to the press in piecemeal fashion? Would she have handled matters the same way if the Sheriff were a Democrat? How can she suggest that she’s committed to reducing costs when she’s chosen to rack up legal fees and force county workers to spend weeks of their time examining a private fund that provides myriad benefits to taxpayers at minimal cost? She argues that CCSO employees received comp time for staffing the three annual fundraisers that support the K-9 Unit and other community programs; that time represents far less than 1% of the employees’ total hours. As a result of those efforts, K-9 teams have found lost children, cleared schools after a bomb threat, and removed dangerous criminals from the street, AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYERS!!!

Why has the controller offered no suggestions for funding the K-9 Unit? With no expense line in the budget for K-9s, how could the teams possibly compete, host an event, train or teach without support from donations and contributions? As the K-9 program has grown, fueled by demand for its services, it has brought national acclaim to Chester County. The K9 Deputies and their K9 partners have won numerous awards, and its programs, such as the use of “control poles” to reduce dog fatalities during encounters with law enforcement, have served as national models.

Finally, what is the controller’s goal here? To shut down the K-9 Unit? To go back to the days of waiting hours for Philadelphia bomb dogs to show up during bomb threats? To bring negative publicity to a county that has always prided itself on resolving problems with collegial cooperation? During one early discussion with the Sheriff, the controller mocked the fact that the dogs are all sworn deputies. “What do they do? Sign with their paw?” she scoffed. One can’t help but wonder whether her lack of understanding and appreciation of the dogs’ value will make it impossible for her to retreat from her relentless attacks on one of the county’s most valuable assets. Perhaps she should have been standing in the ruins of the Barclay Friends nursing home when K-9 Don, named the top cadaver K-9 in the nation two years in a row, helped authorities search for and locate one of the missing victims of the fatal fire, at no cost to the taxpayers.

Dawson R. Muth, Esq.
Solicitor to the Sheriff

Chesco Controller Seeking To Kill K-9 Unit?

Suburbanites Blind To Cause Of Discord

Suburbanites Blind To Cause Of Discord — There is a certain segment of our society that bemoans what our political discourse has become and blames Donald Trump. Call this segment suburban soccer moms. They are nice people. They don’t like rudeness or crudeness or violence.

The problem is  their sources of information are traditional, establishment ones that they feel safe with. These sources knowingly whispers comforting platitudes telling them if they say certain things, follow certain people, promote certain causes and vote certain ways all will be right.

It’s manipulation and it’s effective.

How many think Trump was buds with billionaire (and friend of the Clintons) child molester Jeffrey Epstein, who we have been writing about since 2010? Nope. The Donald barred Epstein from Mar-a-Largo in 1999 when he learned the perv was chasing underage girls. Something most have never heard. Trump also volunteered testimony against Epstein in Virginia Roberts’ lawsuit against him.

The swamping of our culture started with Hugh Hefner — who was defended by the hipster class until his death last year as described poignantly in this piece by Susan Brownmiller — and went into high gear with Hollyw00dy-lauded,  child-molester promoting, Trump-hater Larry Flynt.

But that’s not the narrative, is it? Before Nov. 8, 2016 all was bunny rabbits and unicorns, right?

OK, maybe the bunny rabbits.

The most glaring example of puppetry is the strange but strongly held belief that it is Republicans who promote the violence.

The June 17, 2017  assassination attempt of congressional Republicans by which came very close to taking the life of Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA1) was done by a Trump hater as was the fatal shooting of Chester County Republican activist G. Brooks Jennings on Aug. 8, 2017. The shooting of Scalise is long forgotten and the killing of Jennings was never well known.

In July, an anti-Trumper was arrested for the threatening to kill Congresswoman Diane Black who is running for governor. You heard about that, right?

And you heard that on Sunday (Sept. 9), 35-year-old Farzad Fazeli tried to stab Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters while spewing anti-Trump garbage, right? Peters is seeking to represent California’s 5th District.

It’s not the Republicans who are violent. It’s not the Republicans who hate women. It’s not the Republicans who lie about the other side.

Suburbanites Blind To Cause Of Discord

Suburbanites Blind To Cause Of Discord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellingsen, Welsh Seek State Committee Race Update

Ellingsen, Welsh Seek State Committee Race — A mild medical issue last week has not caused Donna Ellingsen to quit her bid to represent Republican voters from State Committee Region 2 of Chester County on the Pennsylvania Republican Committee.  She and her running mate Tim Welsh have put real fear in the party bosses getting rich off cronyism and corruption and they are going pedal to the metal to stop citizen crusaders. We are republishing this article from April 20.

Complaints are common about cronyism and corruption; about unfair taxes and public spending with no benefit for most.

Ellingsen, Welsh Seek State Committee Race
Donna Ellingsen

Most of the time the complainers only vote in major elections if at all.

We aren’t going to judge. The lazy, corrupt, cronyist media likes it like that and fails to report the issues in a way that explains their ultimate consequences.

Ellingsen, Welsh Seek State Committee Race
Tim Welsh

On May 15, Republican voters in State Committee Region 2 of Chester County will have a chance to give a black eye to cronyism.

Two candidates long-sickened by the how-can-we-milk-the-cow-today attitude of the GOP leadership are in the race.

They are Donna Ellingsen and Tim Welsh.

The 351 state committeepeople are elected every four years during a primary election. They determine who the party endorses in state-wide elections and, more significantly, pick  the state party leadership.

Last year, a guy who works for a political fixer and has close ties with the state’s leading D behind Tom Wolf won the state chairmanship . It was by just two votes despite arm twisting and intimidation.

There are rarely challengers to the people put up by the party leaders.

Chesco Region 2 is a exception hence an opportunity.

It consists of Coatesville, South Coatesville, Modena, and Valley from Area 14; Atglen, East Fallowfield, West Fallowfield, Highland, Parkesburg , Sadsbury  and West Sadsburgy from Area 15; Elk, East Nottingham , Lower Oxford, Oxford Borough, Upper Oxford and West Nottingham from Area 19; and Caln and West Brandywine.

To help Donna and Tim call 610-932-2242.

Ellingsen, Welsh Seek State Committee Race

 

 

DuckDuckGo Mobile App

DuckDuckGo Mobile App — Paoli-based search engine DuckDuckGo has a new mobile app  with a built-in tracker network blocking, smarter encryption, and, of course, private search. It’s available across all major platforms – FirefoxSafariChromeiOS, and Android .

Read about it here.

DuckDuckGo Mobile App

DuckDuckGo Mobile App

 

 

Bunny Welsh Attack Backfiring

Bunny Welsh Attack Backfiring
Sheriff Bunny Welsh

Bunny Welsh Attack Backfiring — The very decent Chesco Sheriff Bunny Welsh got grief from the usual suspects after she noted on Facebook that she bought Dinesh D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left and attached a photo.

It was offensive after the Charlottesville riots, they said.

She also committed the mortal sin of “liking” a Facebook post by commentator Kevin Martin, who is black, in which Martin said:

The reason why the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and white supremacists are so freely called out and condemned by politicians, while Black Lives Matter, and Antifa aren’t, is because the KKK, Neo-Nazis and white supremacist pose no real imminent threat to property, and human life Antifa and BLM, Do.

And Martin is 100 percent right of course. The KKK and Nazis have today devolved into disorganized gaggles of incompetents, the smartest of which would have an IQ barely above room temperature on a cool day. They would have trouble disrupting a church picnic.

Antifa and BLM, however, are organized and funded by pros with a concise agenda. They are truly dangerous to every decent person of whatever race, gender or sexual orientation who wants to live at peace with his neighbor.

Well now, Sheriff Welsh’s name is getting out there. The Philadelphia Inquirer has written a relatively fair piece. and she has appeared on Dom Giordano and Chris Stigall.

She has told us the feedback she is getting from the public is almost 100 percent positive. There is, of course,  the usual suspects who are long-known and who no longer have a sting despite their prolific use of vicious words and their willingness to slander.

If the usual suspects are not careful they will succeed in removing her as sheriff — by putting her in Congress or Harrisburg.

Bunny Welsh Attack Backfiring

Anti-Trumper Accused Of Killing GOP Activist

Anti-Trumper Accused Of Killing GOP Activist
G. Brooks Jennings (right) with GOP gubernatorial candidate and state senator Scott Wagner at a GOP event. The photo comes from Brian Yanoviak’s Facebook page.

Anti-Trumper Accused Of Killing GOP Activist — Clayton Carter, 51, of West Goshen, Pa. has been charged with murder and related crimes in connection with the death of his neighbor G. Brooks Jennings.

Carter allegedly shot Jennings about 1 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8) after a dispute. Police said after Carter shot Jennings the first time he put a bullet in his head as he lay on the ground. Jennings was on his own property.

The Philadelphia Inquirer gave it a brief mention with the headline that it was a “long-running feud.”

What they didn’t mention was that the accused killer was a vocal opponent of Donald Trump and that the vicim was a Republican activist and strong Trump supporter.

This is nothing new.  Democrats lie when they talk about love and tolerance. When they accuse those who just want to be left alone of “H8” they are projecting.

 

Anti-Trumper Accused Of Killing GOP Activist

Lamb McErlane Penalized $4.3 Million

Lamb McErlane Penalized $4.3 Million — Lamb McErlane, a law firm inextricably bound to Chester County’s Republican bosses and state GOP movers and shakers, is in the news and not in a good way.

The firm is chaired by William H. Lamb, who served as interim state Supreme Court Justice in 2003. Its managing partner is Joel Frank who is general counsel for the state Republican Party, while remaining the county party’s general counsel. State Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) works for them, as does Alan P. Novak who chaired both the state and Chesco GOPs.

Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Tunnell ruled, May 2, that Lamb McErlane must return $4.3 million in excessive fees charged for work relating to the estates of Chesco millionaires Sir John Rupert Hunt Thouron and his son  John J. “Tiger” Thouron.

Lamb McErlane “repeatedly and willfully failed to comply with several of this court’s orders regarding their production of the Estates’ administrative files and requisite privilege logs,” Judge Tunnel said.

“The Lamb firm’s fees are extraordinary when evaluated under any analysis, the Johnson Estate guidelines or the LaRocca factors,” he said.

The upside is that Lamb McFarlane is not getting hit as hard as the executor Charles Norris. He is being surcharged $4,915,224

Donna Ellingsen, the Elk Township Republican who was just elected chair of Chesco GOP’s Area 19 despite tenacious opposition from the crowd connected to Lamb McErlane, notes that political participation is not about party loyalty.

“A political party is merely a means to providing honest, responsive government,” she said. “It is not as an end to itself and it is especially not a means to a well-paying  job.”

Or getting filthy rich some other way.

Judge Tunnel’s decision is well written but it’s long and will make your blood boil with anger and stomach churn with disgust. Here it is.

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Joel Frank says Lamb McErlane is appealing Judge Tunnel’s decision to the State Superior Court. It will make your blood boil with anger and stomach churn with disgust when you realize they might prevail.

UPDATE — It has been pointed out to us that Lamb McErlane represents numerous municipalies and governmental agencies within Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania as per its website.

Wonder if its fees are also “extraordinary when evaluated under any analysis” in that arena.

Lamb McErlane Penalized $4.3 Million

Lamb McErlane Penalized $4.3 Million

 

Delco Sanctuary City Trump Says

Delco Sanctuary City Trump Says Sorry John McBlain, but it looks like the Center for Immigration Studies is right after all.

President Trump included Delaware County, Pa. on its list of sanctuary cities released yesterday, March 20.

The list comes from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Section II covers jurisdictions with recorded declined detainers between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3. Section III is a table of jurisdictions that have enacted policies that limit cooperation with ICE.

Delco is in Section III as being a jurisdiction that “will not hold individuals solely based on an ICE detainer.” However,”arrangements may be made for ‘in person’ review of the policy”. This has been the policy since August 2014 says ICE.

Chesco, Montco, Bucks and, of course, Philadelphia are also listed

Chesco is in Section III as “will not hold individuals solely based on an ICE detainer” but “will allow ICE agents access to the daily populations reports and other records for investigative purposes”. This has been policy since May 2014.

Bucks is in Section III as “will not hold individuals solely based on an ICE detainer but will notify ICE via email of a pending release from custody.” This has been policy since April 2014.

Montco is in Section III as “will not honor ICE detainer”; “will not accept anyone brought to it solely on an ICE detainer: and “has daily contact with ICE”. This has been policy since April 2014

Philly “will honor ICE detainer where the alien has a prior conviction for a first or second degree felony offense involving violence and the detainer is accompanied by a judicial arrest warrant.” Even more damningly, Philly “prohibits notice to ICE of the pending release of subjects of interest to ICE unless the above criteria is met.”

Section II lists Chester County as declining a detainer on Feb. 3 for an El Salvadorian sought for a probation violation; and Philadelphia as declining detainers on Feb. 1 for a Jamaican wanted for homicide and on Feb. 3 for a Dominican wanted for selling heroin.

Delco Sanctuary City Trump Says

Delco Sanctuary City Trump Says

 

 

 

State GOP Chairman Fight National News?

State GOP Chairman Fight National News?
A registered lobbyist with close connections to Democrat power brokers.

State GOP Chairman Fight National News? — We are hearing national media have become interested in the looming fight to chair the Pennsylvania State Republican Party.

The leading candidates are Chesco GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio — who is the pick of the business-as-usual types — and respected attorney Lawrence Tabas who is the general counsel of the state Republican Party.

The decision will be be made by members of the Republican State Committee on Feb. 4. Every county chairman is automatically a member of the committee with the rest being elected to four year terms during a municipal — i.e. low turnout — party primary.

DiGiorgio is a registered lobbyist with close connections to Democrat power brokers and the special interests who have been sucking the blood from our state. His wife was given a $105,000  a year job with Democrat-controlled Montgomery County.

He dragged his feet in supporting President-elect Donald Trump and Chesco is the only county in the state where Republicans did worse last November than they did in 2012.

Perhaps most upsetting is his claim regarding his support for the grass roots. Actually, DiGiorgio purged  citizen activists from Chesco.

State GOP Chairman Fight National News?

Dan Truitt Chesco Failure

Republican incumbent Dan Truitt was 80 votes ahead in the initial count in the race for the 156th District Pennsylvania House seat but when all the votes were counted he lost by 25.

The Democrat replacing him on Jan. 3  is West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta.

Dan Truitt Chesco Failure
Political organizations modeled after restrictive country clubs are doomed to failure.

Truitt’s defeat was an anomaly and a searing rebuke to the Chesco GOP leaders as Republicans did very well throughout the state.

Political organizations modeled after restrictive country clubs are doomed to failure. Good leadership does not demoralize citizen activists.

Dan Truitt Chesco Failure