Little Threat Makes Luzerne County Remove Nativity Scene

Little Threat Makes Luzerne County Remove Nativity Scene — In a spectacular display of spinelessness, Luzerne County, Wednesday, removed a decades-old nativity scene — along with a menorah — from the county courthouse lawn.

The action occurred immediately after a Pittsburgh lawyer from the ACLU contacted County Solicitor Vito DeLuca  “to give the county an opportunity to remove the
items” before the ACLU filed court action, according to the Times Leader of Wilkes Barre.

The county was threatened with a suit over the matter in 1990, which never materialized.

What a display of courage. But then in 1990, Luzerne County wasn’t sending kids to prison to make a buck.

Little Threat Makes Luzerne County Remove Nativity Scene

Kevin Johnson Scandal Would Be Headlines If Party Started With An R

Kevin Johnson Scandal — The mid-June firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin led to the release of a report, Nov. 20, involving sex, money, politics and basketball that would be a major story on every dying newspaper and network if the players had happened to be Republican.

Walpin found financial shenanigans in AmeriCorps — a federal public works program started by Bill Clinton– and was fired by President Obama without regard to protocol.

Kevin Johnson Scandal Would Be Headlines If Party Started With An RThose doing the shenanigans were Democrats with close connections to Obama.

Republicans managed to get a congressional investigation and the report by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Congressmen Darrell Issa (Ca-49), the ranking minority members of the Senate Finance Committee and  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — in case you were unaware the Democrats have controlled both House and Senate since 2007 — is kind of fun.

Former NBA star Kevin Johnson ran the non-profit St. Hope School which received AmeriCorps money and had employees that were paid with AmeriCorp money.

Walpin was looking into allegations that Johnson used these employees to wash his car, run errands and participate in political activities. Johnson, who is now mayor of Sacramento, is a big supporter of Obama.

Well, now is where it gets good.

It turns out that these personal errands included requests for sex. When an AmeriCorps worker objected, Johnson started paying her off. With our tax dollars, of course. Now, the St. Hope Board of Directors included Michelle Rhee who runs the public school system for Washington D.C. and it was to Ms. Rhee that the young lady made a complaint. It was soon after the young lady received a visit from Johnson’s lawyer and the money started coming in.

And, for what it’s worth, Ms. Rhee and Johnson are now engaged.

As fun a story as this might be, don’t look for it in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They still haven’t mentioned Governor X.

Regarding Jaime’s comment below: The Issa/Grassley report describes the victims as students at one point but quotes a school official as calling one of the victims an “AmeriCorps Member”.

Here’s a link to a story describing the sexual molestation incident from the ’90s. The story says the age of the girl was 16.

 

Kevin Johnson Scandal

COLA Pay Cut? LOLOLOL

COLA Pay Cut? LOLOLOL — The Commonwealth Foundation’s Nathan Benefield points out that Pennsylvania legislators,  judges and executive branch people get an automatic cost-of-living adjustment in their pay using the consumer price index (CPI) for Philadelphia as the measure for inflation.

Will fancy that, the CPI is down 0.15% this year. Does the pay of our solons and mandarins go down?

Did I really need to add a LOLOLOL to headline?

COLA Pay Cut? LOLOLOL

COLA Pay Cut? LOLOLOL

You Don’t Need A Smerconish To Tell Which Way The Wind Blows

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer column by Michael Smerconish was a textbook conservative complaint about the cowardice of political correctness.

It looks like someone wet his finger and put it in the air.

So, Michael, in your next interview with President Obama will you ask him if he thinks Mumia should be freed?

Travesty Added To Kelo Tragedy

Travesty Added To Kelo Tragedy — The United States Supreme Court said in 2005 that the city of New London, Ct., could use eminent domain power to take the homes and properties of Susette Kelo and others in the Fort Trumbull section of that city  and give them to large private corporations like Pfizer Inc. for the purpose of economic development.

The vote was as you might expect with the progressive, self-proclaimed caring types like Ruth Bader Ginsburg voting for the faceless corporations and those bumpkin conservatives siding with the the little guys and gals.

Well ho ho ho it has just been reported that Pfizer is shutting down its massive New London facility. The once productive neighborhood will remain a field of weeds for the foreseeable future.

Travesty Added To Kelo Tragedy

Ashley Fox And The Banality Of Evil

Philadelphia Inquirer NFL columnist Ashley Fox, today,  expressed approval of commentator Rush Limbaugh being removed from consideration from owning a part of the St. Louis Rams.

Fine.

She  wrote that he was not qualified to own an NFL team because he was too controversial and that he insulted Donovan McNabb in 2003 when he said he was not a good a quarterback as the consensus opinion and that the media was protecting him because he was black.

Fine.

What isn’t fine is that an act of extraordinary evil occurred and she refused to express outrage much less even recognize it.

It quite reasonable and defensible to think McNabb is overrated — there were those who thought John Elway was overrated — or was protected because he was black.

It is not, however, defensible to believe that the murderer of Martin Luther King Jr., a decent and heroic man, deserves a medal. It is not defensible to think that slavery was beneficial. One who says those things is despicable.

Rush was reported as saying those things by major media outlets and national political figures. It was that reporting that likely lost him his bid. He never said them. There are those who still believe he did.

Ms. Fox in her column chose not address this wrong — and actually perpetuated a distortion of his statement regarding “Bloods and Crips” She used her space to write a banal column accepting evil and injustice.

What she did was a disgrace.

She should hang her head in shame.

Ashley Fox And The Banality Of Evil

Ashley Fox And The Banality Of Evil

How Capitalism Has Harmed Michael Moore

Filmmaker Michael Moore has just released the movie “Capitalism: A Love Story” and conservatives are outraged.

The movie apparently rakes our economic system over the coals and the plutocrats point out that the multi-millionaire auteur has done quite will by it.

But has he? Has he really done well under our system?

If he lived in North Korea do you think he would he be anywhere near as obese?

FYI, Moore apparently used non-union stage hands to make the film.

A Broad In Asia

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,  an anti-Sarah Palin publication in our 49th State, labeled a photograph of the governor “A broad in Asia” regarding her Hong Kong address.

Which lead to this desperate apology from Managing Editor Rod Boyce. I assume he’s going to keep his job which would likely not be the case if Hillary Clinton had been the subject.

Liberals are the biggest hypocrites. Progressives are the biggest phonies. Don’t trust any of them.

A Broad In Asia

Former Phillie Gets Jail For Tax Violation

Former Phillie Jerry Koosman didn’t pay income taxes in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and, despite paying restitution, will serve a six-month jail sentence.

Timothy Geithner failed to pay self-employment taxes in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was named Secretary of the Treasury by Barack Obama.

Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY15) — among other things – failed to report $75,000 on income from a rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic and gets to chair the House Ways and Means Committee.

When one votes for a Democrat, one is a sheep voting for a wolf.

Former Phillie Gets Jail For Tax Violation