Judge Says Drill Baby, Drill In Allegheny National Forest

Judge Says Drill Baby, Drill In Allegheny National Forest — U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin, a Clinton appointee no less, said yesterday that drilling for oil and natural gas may resume in the Allegheny National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service changed a long-standing practice in April to ban drilling in response to a suit by environmental groups
Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Sierra Club and
Allegheny Defense Project.

Judge McLaughlin said the Forest Service wrongly interpreted the National Environmental Policy Act in changing its policy which had been to receive a proposal from a driller,
review it under previously established case law, and issue a Notice to
Proceed within 60 days.

The plaintiffs were Minard Run Oil Co., Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association, Allegheny Forest Alliance and Warren County. The economic losses of the small oil companies were in the millions with at least one laying off 40 percent of its workforce.

Thank you Judge McLaughlin for common sense.

Kudos to GrassrootsPA.com for the tip.

Judge Says Drill Baby, Drill In Allegheny National Forest

Obamaconomics Forces Pa. To Cut Spending

Gov. Ed Rendell, yesterday, announced a plan that would turn a $96 million deficit into a projected $124 million surplus by the end of the fiscal year in June.

The plan calls for reductions in discretionary grant programs and a 1 percent across-the-board cut in spending by state agencies. He would also use last year’s surpluses for some programs.

The reason for this is sluggish revenues — IOW  fewer people working means   fewer people are buying things which means less money for Harrisburg from the state sales tax; and obviously the receipts from the state income tax are going to be less.

And people just don’t seem to be flocking to the casinos do they?

Rendell says he hopes the action will mean he can avoid layoffs of state workers.

The laid-off non-state workers who still have to pay property taxes feel your pain, I’m sure.

Kudos to GrassrootsPa.Com for the tip.

Hey, The Inquirer Uses A “D”

The Philadelphia Inquirer in today’s front page story managed to put a D after  Stephen Stetler’s name when reporting his resignation as Pennsylvania’s revenue secretary shortly before Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that he was one of three officials being charged with six counts of conflict of interest, theft, and conspiracy.

Granted the Inky didn’t spell out the D as Democrat, nor did they put the word in the headline as they would have perhaps if another party had been involved, nor did it mention with the first reference the party affiliation of the other two persons, House Majority Whip Bill DeWeese and DeWeese legislative aide Sharon Rodavich — DeWeese got his D in the eighth paragraph — but I’ll chalk it up as progress.

DeWeese was a long-time power in state and Democratic Party politics for two decades, and was a big player in the 2005 pay raise matter.

So What Does Harrisburg Know About Sex?

So What Does Harrisburg Know About Sex? — KYW1060.com, yesterday, reported that state lawmakers were mulling mandatory sex education in public schools. While the story didn’t mention a bill number, HB 1163 was the only one found in a search for “sex education” at the website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Granted we might think our elected officials are experts on the matter of sex due to their amazing skill at finding imaginative ways of, well, giving it to us taxpayers, but one is puzzled at why they think it best to place a new mandate on public schools.

Oh yeah, I forgot, silly me. They are good at finding imaginative ways etc.

Still with this one you would think that they would have figured  that we, their masters, had caught on to this game. Sex education is sold as a means of curtailing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, yet in  just about every place where it has been instituted those problems increase.

And with revelations of Alfred Kinsey’s motives and the rise of social conservatism which led to success being found in doing the opposite of what Kinsey crowd advocated — even the stupid bill itself recognizes that there have been state and national declines in teenage pregnancy and STDs — it is mind-boggling that this is even being talked about.

So What Does Harrisburg Know About Sex?

Auto Safety Inspections Worth Hassle?

Auto Safety Inspections Worth Hassle? — Once 31 states required regular safety inspections. Now just 19 (17 as of 2017) do including Pennsylvania.

The decline started in 1976 when Congress eliminated the Transportation Department’s 10-year-old ability to withhold funds from states that did not have inspection programs.

So did the states like Florida end up with Road Warrior-type highways of jerryrigged jalopies with bald tires and bad brakes terrorizing helpless citizens?

Apparently not.

Dan Sutter, an economics professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, co-authored a 2002 study that found inspections have little to no effect on decreasing accidents.

“It seems reasonable that vehicle safety inspections would be a good thing,” he said. “But the data just doesn’t support that.”

He attributes this to great increases in vehicle reliability.

Just something to think about the next time you are trying to set up a ride to work the day you schedule for your car inspection.

Auto Safety Inspections Worth Hassle?

Auto Safety Inspections Worth Hassle?

Slavic Christmas Lunch Was A Hit

Today’s traditional Slavic Christmas Luncheon at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 100 S. Penn St., Clifton Heights, Pa. was a huge success with at least 50 persons braving miserable weather that shut down the Blue Route to feast on pirohi, kielbasa, ham and wonderful homemade desserts. Just about every family attending got a door prize.

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill; Sells Your Children Into Bondage

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill; Sells Your Children Into Bondage — Obama voters — and all Democrats, I suppose — tell your children now that you love them. Do it while they still might believe it.

The Senate, today, passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill which doesn’t include  money for the military, the money for which will be subject to another vote and is expected to be $626 billion.

The bill combines six of the 12 annual appropriation bills for the 2010 budget year that began on Oct. 1. Obama has already signed five others into law. If the defense money is passed as expected the U.S. budget for 2010 will be $3.55 trillion which is a $450 billion increase over last year.

Government revenue, please note, is estimated at $2.381 trillion. This estimate is pegged at 8.9 precent higher than 2009 when there was not 10 percent (okay, 17 percent) unemployment.

The vote for H.R. 3288 was 57-35 with three Republicans — Thad Cochran (Mississippi), Richard Shelby (Alabama) and Susan Collins (Maine) —  voting for it  and Republicans  Kit Bond of Missouri, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and George Voinovich of Ohio not being present.

Cochran, Shelby and Collins also voted for cloture, yesterday, which was the vote that mattered in stopping the drunken spending spree.

The vote against it included Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, all of whom are facing re-election in 2010; and who were consistent in voting against cloture, yesterday.

Not present, today, were Democrats Byron Doran of North Dakota, Patty Murray of Washington and Jeff Merkley of Oregon although they too supported Saturday’s cloture vote.

Pennsylvania’s senators Arlen Specter and Little Bobby Casey Jr.  are  Democrats and voted for both bills.

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill; Sells Your Children Into Bondage

Senate Busts GOP Filibuster; Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Senate Busts GOP Filibuster; Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill — The Senate, this morning, beat a Republican-led filibuster paving the way for passage of  a  $1.1 trillion spending bill. The cloture vote was passed with Sen. Joe Lieberman(I-Conn) being the required 60th vote.

The bill, HR 3288, combines $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in mandatory payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

The spending does not include a proposed  $626 billion in defense spending on which a vote is still required.

The bill also:

–permits detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to be transferred to the United States to stand trial but not to be released.

— voids a long-standing ban on the funding of abortion by the District of Columbia

— phases out a D.C. school voucher program and opens the door for the city to permit medical marijuana.

— lifts a nationwide ban on the use of federal funds for needle-exchange programs which allows addicts to exchange needles used for injecting drugs.

— gives federal workers pay increases averaging 2 percent, with those in high costs areas getting slightly higher increases.

The bill  is expected to be passed tomorrow and sent to President Obama’s desk for signature.

I don’t think your children will thank you, Obama voters.

Senate Busts GOP Filibuster; Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Slap On Wrist For Chessani Means Bloody Lip For Murtha

Slap On Wrist For Chessani Means Bloody Lip For Murtha — A three-member Board of Inquiry ruledFriday that Marine  Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani should not be demoted in rank and will recommend such to the Secretary of the Navy.

Chessani commanded the 3rd Battalion, 1st MarineRegiment which was involved in an incident Nov. 19, 2005 in Haditha, Iraq in which 24 Iraqi men, women and children were killed.

An initial report said that 15 deaths were caused by bomb blasts with 8 persons dying in an ensuing fire fight. Questions by Time Magazine prompted a military investigation which filed a report indicating  U.S. Marines may have deliberately shot civilians.

Congressman John Murtha (D-PA12) took that preliminary report as license to publicly claim in November 2005 “It’s much worse than reported in Time magazine. There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood. And that’s what the report is going to tell.”

Criminal charges were brought against eight Marines including Chessani, who was charged with failing to investigate the killings. By June 2008 all criminal charges had been dropped against six of the eight defendants including Chessani, with First Lt. Andrew Grayson being acquitted after trial.

Chessani, however, still faced an administrative hearing with regard to his actions which could have resulted in his demotion to major. While the panel did find that Chessani’s response to the killings was substandard because he “failed to provide as detailed and accurate a report as possible” it left it at that.

“It’s been a long four years, but it hasn’t been a miserable four years,” Chessani said. “A lot of good has come out of it, and I praise God and am thankful for all the people that have stood by us

The only Marine still facing charges is Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich who is charged with nine counts of involuntary manslaughter. Wuterich sued Murtha in August 2006 for defamation, which a federal appeals court dismissed last April saying Murtha was protected because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker when he made the statements.

Slap On Wrist For Chessani Means Bloody Lip For Murtha

Things That Happen When People Don’t Believe In Hell

Cody Lee, 16, of Lake Township, which is near Wilkes Barre, is charged with shooting his grandfather, Wednesday, and attempting to kill his father, who only managed to save himself after he wrestled the gun away, according to Luzerne County prosecutors.

Officials say Lee made an outline in a notebook in which he said “Finding grandpa’s guns. Kill grandpa. Find money. Find clothes. Wait for dad to get home. Kill dad. Call Josh. Leave with Josh”, which he showed to a  classmate at Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School. He said he was going to kill them “because they’re a–holes,”

Josh did meet Lee but fled when he saw him shoot his grandfather. Lee was arrested 2 a.m. Thursday morning after he called his father who met him in a vehicle.

Lee is being charged as an adult.

When Lee was 9, his mother — who had separated from his father — was shot in the head, apparently accidentally, by her 14-year-old brother — Lee’s uncle..