Chaka Fattah Gets 10 Year Sentence — Former Congressman Chaka Fattah was bestowed with a 10-year sentence for corrupt hackdom a.k.a traditional Pennsylvania politics.
Fattah, a Democrat, represented from 1995 until June 23 Pennsylvania’s 2nd District. This consists of large swaths of Philly along with Lower Merion in Montco.
U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III called Fattah actions “astonishing” which frankly deserves an LOL. Still, the sentence he passed might be the longest ever imposed on a member of Congress for federal corruption crimes so kudos for being astonished.
Fattah got a $174,000 congressional salary and associated perks, along with his bribes.
Sentenced with Fattah was Herbert Vederman, who got two-years for offering bribes. Vederman was a senior consultant at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, a Philadelphia law firm.
Josh Shapiro (Democrat), the political boss of Montgomery County and Pennsylvania’s next attorney general, is counsel at Stradley Ronon.
Val DiGiorgio (Republican), the political boss of Chester County and among the leading candidates for chairman of the state Republican Party, runs Stradley Ronon’s banking and public finance sections. He includes Government and Public Affairs as part of his “focus”.
No matter how many 10-year sentences our hacks get, Pennsylvania will never be clean until places like Stradley Ronon are sent to the dustbin.
Chaka Fattah Gets 10 Year Sentence
Food Stamps Corporate Greed — The tenderhearted souls who call themselves “progressives” and claim to want care for the poor– albeit always by someone else — are huge defenders of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is still often referred to as “food stamps” despite the benefits now being distributed by a plastic card.
SNAP benefits for a single person in Pennsylvania are maximized at $200 and they can be used to buy soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream novelties. Any attempt to restrict this program to things like fresh veggies, bulk grain and unsweetened dairy are met with shrieks and media stridency. You ever wonder who is paying for these shrieks and media stridency, and be sure that it is being bought although many of those doing the shrieking aren’t seeing the money?
Well, who is it that makes the soft drinks, and junk food? That’s right progressives, you are simple tools of corporate greed.
Ponder this: the asset/resource limit for SNAP in Pennsylvania is $5,500 or $9,000 for homes with a disabled or elderly member. If we were to halve the maximum — which would also be to roughly $75 for additional household members — yet limit what can be purchased to the healthy stuff that one has to prepare oneself, say like rice which costs about $20 for a 50 pound bag, you can double the resource limit and make a lot of needy people a lot better off.
As PepsiCo would not approve, though, don’t expect this to happen.
Food Stamps Corporate Greed
Taxpayer candidate Rogers Howard is giving Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi a surprisingly tough primary battle in the 9th District, and Tea Party activist Bob Guzzardi can explain why.
Guzzardi notes that Pileggi has supported legislation that has provided millions of dollars to questionable recipients.
Among the giveaways were $10 million to Janney, Montgomery Scott for a Philadelphia office building; $850,000 to Philadelphia Democrat Chaka Fattah’s Philadelphia House of Imoja; $1,970,000 to Philadelphia University‐Arlen Specter Library; and $10 million to John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy Cambria Contrary.
And you wonder why we have a spending problem.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) gets credit for Act 130 which began as SB 1054 and was signed into law by Gov. Corbett on Dec. 22. It provides for the capital budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Pileggi got a unanimous vote for the bill in the Senate. The House passed it with 75 dissenters who included the more conservative Republicans and the saner Democrats.
The bill borrows $1.6 billion with $450 million of that going to 197 projects in Philadelphia.
Among the things this borrowed billion-plus will be used for are:
— $10 million for the Janney Montgomery Scott Headquarters
— $2.5 million for Mount Airy Transit Village, a vacant lot.
–$2.197 million for Comcast Towers, a portion of the $30 million appropriated for Comcast.
–$850,000 for House of Imoja which is affiliated with Philadelphia Congressman Chak Fattah.
— $3 million for the Chelten and Pulaski revitalization project which is opposed by the neighborhood residents.
Representative Rosita Youngblood (D-198) introduced HB 2030 in November in an effort to bring accountability and some timely information as to the costs and benefits of the projects. It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Liberty Index subtracted 50 points from a legislator’s grade for a “yea” vote and added 50 points for a “nay” vote. Gov. Corbett, of course, lost 50 points.
Pileggi’s primary opponent, Rogers Howard, has been outspokenly critical of this act.
Obama Exempted BP From Impact Study — The Obama Administration’s Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service gave BP’s lease at DeepwaterHorizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental PolicyAct (NEPA) on April 6, 2009, The Washington Post has reported.
This meant they were exempted from a detailed environmental impact analysis because the powers-that-be concluded that amassive oil spill was unlikely at the site.
In a certainly coincidental matter, it has been revealed — not by the Post — that Obama was the largest recipient of BP’s campaign contributions in 2008.
Hat tip to FreeRepublic.Com
And at what point will President Bush be blamed?
Obama Exempted BP From Impact Study
Brazilian Oil Loan, George Soros And The Chinese — I recently received one of the emails circulating regarding the $2 billion U.S. loan made to the Brazilian state-controlled energy company Petrobras in August.
Sarah Palin harshly criticized the loan at the time which led to comments on Fox News and various blogs.
The email quoting Glen Beck said the
- Chinese government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this field will produce.
- That we gain nothing from it
- Obama contributor George Soros profited greatly from it.
The concerns and observations appear legitimate albeit defenders of the loan would take issue with the second point in that the money would be used to buy U.S. made equipment.
With regard to the first point, three months after the U.S. loan, Petrobas signed a $10 billion loan deal with the Chinese in which Petrobas “will increase its sale of crude to Unipec Asia,a unit of Chinese state oil company Sinopec, to 150,000 barrels per day(bpd) in the first year of the agreement and up to 200,000 bpd duringthe subsequent nine years.”
You know, you can use U.S.-made equipment to drill for oil in Alaska and off Florida and the Carolinas and California? Wonder if President Obama ever considered that?
Brazilian Oil Loan, George Soros And The Chinese