New Season For ‘With Pen In Hand’

With Pen In Hand, the program for writers of all ages run by Dr. Cecelia Evans has begun a new season.

It meets 10 a.m., Saturdays at the Media Fellowship House, 302 S. Jackson St. It’s a wonderful time with warm people.

Here is a rather old link with some information about the program.

Deer Hunters Largest Army

From reader Tom C.

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin .

Allow me to restate that number. Over the last several months, Wisconsin ‘s hunters became The eighth largest army in the world. More men under arms than in Iran . More than in France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan ‘s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

The point? America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.

Hunting — it’s not just a way to fill the freezer.
It’s a matter of national security.

That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought when next we consider gun control.

We do not need gun control; we need criminal control!
Deer Hunters Largest Army

Deer Hunters Largest Army

Continuing Health Care Intrigue

Continuing Health Care Intrigue

By Jim Bowman

As each verdict is aired, it is now taking on the appearance of a judicial version of making a mountain out of a molehill.  If it was only that simple.  I mean really, just what is legal anymore?  How can one District Court find Obama’s Health Care legal while another finds parts illegal and another rules that the entire Health bill is unconstitutional?  Is this what is meant by a “living document?”

On January 31, 2011, Judge Vinson declared that “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” to be unconstitutional.  Within his conclusion, Judge Vinson wrote that, “Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”

From Judge Vinson’s seventy-eight page Summary Judgement, my excerpt,while brief conveys the heart of the the Judge’s ruling.  Again, with this iron clad conclusion, how can other black robes disagree and still maintain Constitutional integrity?

The vast majority of Americans have fought tooth and nail against this Health Care abrogation to our individual liberties.  When public opinion generates such a strong resentment against an institution which, in former times, was respected and dutifully obeyed, then the ugly head of judicial activism becomes hard to ignore.  With each passing contradiction, our granite like belief in the rule of law diminishes.

Much of what our Court system pivots around today comes from past interpretations which were in themselves, based upon past interpretations.  In fact, today’s Law School regimens incorporate a curriculum based not upon the Constitution but of Supreme Court decisions.  It stands to reason that this system of passing down words can and often does becomes an errant formula for the law’s strict adherence.

Consider the era when our Forefathers wrote our Government’s prescription.  Over time, word definitions under go change.  During this past year, I became familiar with Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary.  Even the dictionary’s format was different in that modern versions follow each word with a pronunciation breakdown.  Not so in Webster’s first edition.  Also, Webster’s definitions often contained religious connotations related to Christianity.  Ironically, this has fallen victim to modern standards of interpretation.

The difference between then and now is so dramatic that when confronted with the comparisons, one cannot help but wonder about the reasons for such diverse  thought and the extent to which it has become so prevalent.   Taken one step further, how can the current day study of American law be so enamored with definitions and interpretations which lacked relevance when our laws were written.  This is the very definition of lawlessness.

Added to this judicial mix of changing definitions and wide latitudes for interpretation is the art of improvisation. The infamous 1947 Supreme Court Everson v. Board of Education ruling presents the first reference to  “the wall between church and state.”  Today, this has received a reverberation of sorts as if it were a constitutional tenet.  In reality, the Everson ruling simply transposed a phrase from a privately written Thomas Jefferson letter.

It is necessary to understand that while the Supreme Court may rule upon Health Care’s illegitimacy, our Judicial Branch is not authorized to legislate.  At some point, we were led to believe that decisions from our highest court constituted law.  This wrong dovetails with the Court’s penchant for redefining, interpreting and improvising.  All with a quiet public nod.

If nothing else, these back and forth health care decisions come as a direct result of our Constitution’s modern day elasticity.  As such, it would be foolhardy to place any reliance upon a Supreme Court decision based upon the Constitution’s strict governmental limitations.

Continuing Health Care Intrigue

Christie Uncertainty Harming GOP

Christie Uncertainty Harming GOP


Here’s a message to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: Take care of
business or get off the pot. The “Is he running for president?” story
has to end, right now.

Your indecision is hurting the Republican Party, and, ironically, giving
Barack Obama a much needed reprieve. The time for games is over. It’s
in or out.

Christie is a firebrand, an extremely effective governor who has done
what few thought possible: reform bloated pensions, institute
public-sector union reforms, and balance the budget without raising
taxes. And all that was accomplished with a Democratic legislature. It
doesn’t get any more bipartisan, and miraculous, than that.

But more than anything, Christie’s hallmark is his brusque,
straightforward style. He tells it like it is, from state finances (“the
state is going to go broke” without reform) to yelling at people to
“get the hell off the beach” before an impending hurricane.

Sure, some view him as “in-your-face,” but Christie is far from rude. He
simply expresses himself in a concise, matter-of-fact way. And in
politics, that is rare.

Most endearing is that Christie speaks from the heart — no teleprompters
or note cards. His passion and sometimes aggressive style belies a very
articulate leader, one whose charisma has won over more than a few
adversaries.

People may not agree with Christie, but they always know where he
stands. As a result, he has achieved national status because he embodies
what Americans crave: a leader refusing to dance the Political Two-Step
to avoid tough issues.

Until now.

The governor made a speech this week which was covered by the national
media. It provided the golden opportunity to end speculation about
ambitions for 2012.

In one fell swoop, Christie could have revealed his intentions, and in
that unmistakable Christie way, put an exclamation point on his decision
so that questions would cease.

But he didn’t. Instead, he left the door wide open.

In doing so, for the first time, he looked political. Dare we say it,
but it almost seemed like he was doing the Trenton Shuffle.

And that’s not the Chris Christie we know.

His past statements that he is not running are meaningless. All
politicians say such things, and it was too early for even Christie to
be wholly believed. But it’s a different ballgame now. The primaries
begin in four months, which is barely enough time to organize a
campaign.

Could Christie overcome such obstacles? Absolutely, but only if he
announces within days. Should he ultimately not run, however, the
problem with his nondecision is that it’s hurting the only two viable
Republicans: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

Because of the Christie factor, significant uncertainty remains among
Republican powerbrokers, donors, elected officials, and the grass roots.
Instead of a clear-cut race, the battle lines remain blurred, so many
of these folks are sitting on the sidelines, withholding money, effort
and endorsements until Christie makes a decision.

As a result, the front-runners have lost momentum as donations and
support stagnate, and they have been taken off message. Because of the
Christie buzz, anything Perry and Romney say is simply white noise.

Most damaging, however, is that Barack Obama has been given a reprieve.
As president, he is driving the ship, which is listing badly. So any
opportunity that takes the political focus off of himself is greatly
welcomed.

Until the Christie rumor mill is shut down, the president will be able
to regroup and attempt to stabilize his situation. It’s not a panacea,
but it certainly helps.

While that was not Christie’s intention, it is reality.

One of several things is true:

1. Christie has no intention of running, but is badly underestimating how closely people are hanging on his every word.

2. Christie is definitely running, taking advantage of millions in free
media coverage. While a brilliant strategy, its shelf life is measured
in days, and will backfire if played too long. One cannot run a stealth
campaign for president.

3. He really hasn’t made up his mind yet.

The last scenario is most troubling, because if a candidate’s heart is
not in a race, but he chooses to run anyway, it will be a total failure.
The American people can sense such insincerity immediately.

Need proof? Ask Fred Thompson. (And conversely, a tip of the hat to Mike
Huckabee and Mitch Daniels, who both admitted they were lacking the
fire in the belly in deciding not to run).

I have been fortunate to have had a front row seat covering some of Gov.
Christie’s triumphs, seeing firsthand the progress one man can make. It
would be a shame to see that legacy tarnished by indecision.

So with all due respect, Mr. Christie, given the impending political
hurricane, let me paraphrase a popular governor by saying, “Get the hell
in or out of the race!

 Christie Uncertainty Harming GOP

Kathryn Bolkovac Gives One More Reason To End The U.N.

Kathryn Bolkovac Gives One More Reason To End The U.N. ==  Kathryn Bolkovac was a policewoman from Nebraska who became part of the United Nations peacekeeping contingent in Sarajevo in 1999.

She found that some of her fellow peacekeepers — including fellow workers of the U.S. military contractor DynCorp — were enslaving young girls and sexual abusing them; keeping them docile by withholding food and with periodic torture.

She blew the whistle. The slavers went to their friends in the U.N. bureaucracy and obtained protection.

It soon became clear that much of the U.N. bureaucracy was using girls for slave labor — and sex — as well.

Ms. Bolkovac was threatened and lost her job. She wrote a book about it which became the film, The Whistleblower, which was released last year.

Has anything changed at the U.N.? No, according to this recent article on PajamasMedia.Com by former U.N. worker Phyllis Chesler.

Maybe passing HR 2829 which is called  United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act of 2011 and is co-sponsored by much of Pennsylvania’s Republican contingent, however, might what it takes to bring the needed change about.

 

 

Kathryn Bolkovac Gives One More Reason To End The U.N.

Tea Partyer To Take On Little Bobby C

Tom Smith of Armstrong County has thrown his hat in the ring to be the Republican candidate to take on Democrat incumbent Senator Bob Casey.

Smith, is a Tea Party leader and one-time coal company owner.

Take that Rob Gleason.

Hat tip Tracie Mauriello

The Suffering Caused By Stupid People Setting Policy

ConocoPhillips  announced, yesterday, that it is joining Sunoco in ending oil refining in the Philadelphia region if it cannot find a buyer for its refinery in Trainer.

Joining the Obama bread-lines — or SNAP lines rather — will  be 400 workers,

Also hundreds of hazardous-waste impregnated acres useless for anything but oil refining will be idled and the United States will become further dependent on Hugo Chavez for  gasoline.

And of course a large part of the  tax base of tiny Trainer and the Chichester School District, which includes Marcus Hook which is the site of one of the Sunoco plants, will disappear.

Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Pa7) has been warning that this was going to happen almost since he took his oath.

Maybe you can’t blame irrational environmental zealotry entirely for this economic and strategic havoc  but no way can it be absolved.

Clearly no attempt was made by the Obama administration to communicate with the plant’s owners regarding attempts to save the plants. There appears to have been no offer to grant waivers — even temporary ones — regarding the ever increasing regulatory burdens which it was placing on them  to save the jobs and the infrastructure.

In other news related to the suffering caused by stupid people setting policy, the cost of health insurance rose 9 percent since 2010.

But, but, but that wasn’t supposed to happen with ObamaCare.

When stupid people who set policy say something is going to happen, bet otherwise.

Did Gleason Say The Cool Kids Don’t Hang With The Tea Party?

A  little birdie has told me that Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason has given a directive that all prospective candidates stay away from the Tea Party crowd.

I think what the little birdie has told me is true.

I’ll be glad to be shown otherwise.

 

Pa Congressmen Want To Put Strings On U.N.

Pa Congressmen Want To Put Strings On U.N. — Tea Party activist Bob Guzzardi reports that Congreesman  Jim Gerlach (R-Pa6) has just agreed to sign on as a Co-Sponsor of United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act of 2011   H.R. 2829

Other Pennsylvania congressman who are co-[sponsors are Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa-3), Rep. Glenn Thompson (Pa-5), Rep. Patrick Meehan (Pa-7) and Rep. Tom Marino (Pa-10)

“Note that not a single Democrat has signed on,” Guzzardi says. “Not even Obama Democrat Rep. Schwartz who, opportunistically, touts her Jewish credentials every opportunity she gets. And the Jewish Exponent has not written a single article about this important bill.”

The Act directs the President to  use U.S. influence at the United Nations and calls for a  shift in America’s funding mechanism for the regular budget of the U.N. from an assessed to a voluntary one.

The Act, also among other things, prohibits funds from being used for U.S. participation in the Durban III meeting or any part of the Durban process; withholds U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) or to any successor or related entity unless the Secretary makes specified certifications to Congress; and prohibits any U.S. contribution to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from being used to support Technical Cooperation program assistance to any country, including North Korea, that: (1) has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism; or (2) is in breach of, or under investigation for breach of, obligations regarding its safeguards agreement with the IAEA, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or any relevant Security Council resolution.

Pa Congressmen Want To Put Strings On U.N.

Cain Raising On CAIR

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who one guesses one could call the front-runner at this point — has pledged that if elected he will prosecute the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Brotherhood; and to also declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

“We have been too permissive with those kind of organizations in this country for the sake of political correctness,” Cain said in a interview with  850 WFTL in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “This world is not safer and political correctness is not something that we ought to be more worried about than the safety of the people of  this country.”

I’m still leaning towards Texas Gov. Rick Perry but Cain is looking very good.