Pope Benedict Addresses Ecology

Pope Benedict Addresses Ecology — Pope Benedict XVI in his homily for the liturgical feast of Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God — which coincidentally occurs on New Year’s Day — commanded the faithful to be environmentally responsible.

And,of course, he’s right.

So the next time some green-wearing Chicken Little throws this at you in an attempt to lead you to the power-hungry statist den of a government Foxy Loxy tell him that you hate pollution and love the environment more that he and that we must;

–Stop tearing down hydro-electric dams and start replacing coal plants with nukes.

–End Davis-Bacon so we can maximize the use of time and resources to replace traffic bottle-necks.

–Get rid of toll roads.

–Indemnify businesses for accidents that occur in the homes of telecommuters.

–Drill for oil in Alaska so we don’t have to drill in areas  under the control of nations not inclined to hear the Pope.

Pope Benedict Addresses Ecology

Pope Benedict Addresses Ecology

Pennsylvania Losing Congressional Seat

Pennsylvania Losing Congressional Seat — Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation will drop by one to 18 according to census estimates. This will be exactly half the number of congressmen the Keystone State sent to Washington in 1930.

The 435 members of Congress are divvied among the states based on population. While Pennsylvania is estimated to have grown by 2.6 percent to 12.6 million persons in the last decade that is far short of places like Arizona and Nevada which are estimated to have grown by 32 percent.

Each congressmen represents about 700,000 persons.

The district that gets dumped will be determined by Harrisburg.  In the last redistricting — which also resulted in the loss of a House seat — the Republican-controlled legislature made Democratic incumbents John Murtha and Frank Mascara fight it out in the newly drawn 12th District, a battle which Murtha sadly won.

The Republicans now hold a solid majority in the state Senate and the Democrats have narrow hold in the House. Obviously, things could change after November and the dumping of a congressman will be an underlying issue in the looming races.

Pennsylvania Losing Congressional Seat

Stories Missed By The Dino Media In ’09

Stories Missed By The Dino Media In ’09 — Foxnews.com has a slide show on the nine biggest stories missed by the “mainstream” media in 2009, which it says are:

1. The resignation of White House Green Jobs adviser Van Jones which happened after it became public that he thought the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 tragedy.

2. The ACORN tapes which revealed that the government-funded activist organization had no problem with giving advice on how to maximize the financial benefits of underage girls brought to this country illegally for prostitution.

3. How White House science adviser John Holdren has floated draconian ideas as to how to reduce the human population.

4. Climate-gate in which emails leaked from the leading research center for climate change showed the entire global warming movement to be a fraud. (I would have made this #1)

5. How the federal National Endowment for the Arts asked artists to promote President Obama’s political agenda.

6. The connections that Chas Freeman, who President Obama tried to appoint to chair the National Intelligence Council, has to the Chinese and Saudis.

7. The massive Tea Party protests.

8. President Obama’s appointment of Kevin Jennings as “safe school czar”. Jennings has promoted homosexual sex with minors.

9. That Democratic congressional districts have received nearly twice as much money per district as Republican ones.

I think I would add the water shortages in California’s San Joaquin Valley caused by government policy — it is likely to increase the cost of food for all of us; the pending removal of four major hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River on the California-Oregon border to restore a 300-mile migratory route for salmon — so much for global warming; and the attempts by the Obama administration to force Honduras to violate its constitution to  reinstall a law-breaker as president, whose socialism Obama had been sympathetic to.

And something to consider — if we continue to use the phrase “mainstream” to refer to newspapers, magazines and network TV newscasts,  it will soon be an antonym to its present definition.

The phrase, IIRC, was coined by Rush Limbaugh.

Stories Missed By The Dino Media In ’09

Christopher Coates Removed From Post

Christopher Coates Removed From Post — Christopher Coates, the man  who approved the civil rights complaint against New Black Panther Party for its behavior at a Philadelphia polling place in the November 2008 election, has been removed from his post as chief of the Voting Section of the Justice Department. Reportedly he is being transferred to the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina.

Deputy Chief Chris Herren is now acting chief.

The complaint was made after members of the New Black Panther Party wearing  military garb waved nightsticks and made racially-tinged remarks to voters.

The incident was videotaped and widely viewed on the internet.

The complaint was dismissed in May after Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrell, an Obama appointee, overruled six career lawyers who
were recommending it go forward.

Christopher Coates Removed From Post

 

Rate Hike For Pa.’s Self-Inflicted Traffic Snarls

Pennsylvania’s self-inflicted traffic snarls become more expensive, Jan. 3, when the Turnpike Commission raises the rate by 3 percent.

The PTC raised the rate by 25 percent last January.

Toll booths are always devices funded by taxpayers to snarl traffic,waste gas and produce smog and are an extraordinarily inefficient meansof raising revenue.

Kudos to the Commonwealth Foundation for the tip.

Thornburgh Say End ‘Top Heavy’ Turnkpike Commission

Former Pa. Gov. Dick Thornburgh is the latest to call for ending the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

He notes that the ” top-heavy”  PTC, with more than 2,000 employees,  manages 537 miles of turnpike highways; compared to PennDOT which manages nearly40,000 highway miles along with tens of thousands more miles of localroads, railways and bridges.

“The Turnpike Commission is a haven for those who wish to gorgethemselves upon commonwealth tax dollars and load the payroll forpolitical purposes.”

Couldn’t say it any better, although It’s always nice to note that toll booths are always devices funded by taxpayers to snarl traffic, waste gas and produce smog and are an extraordinarily inefficient means of raising revenue.

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Pennsylvania 38th In Roads

Pennsylvania 38th In Roads — Pennsylvania ranks 38th in cost-efficient highways according to a study by the Reason Foundation.

That would be out of 50 states, President Obama.

Hey, at least we are still ahead of New Jersey and New York.

North Dakota was first.

Pennsylvania 38th In Roads

Bob Surrick Called It 26 Years Ago

Bob Surrick called it 26 years ago Bob Surrick Called It 26 Years Ago

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer has a story about Pennsylvania’s Judicial Conduct Board and how it has become perverted to protect rather than remove corrupt or bad judges.

The impetus for the piece is the scandal in Luzerne County where Common Pleas Judges are facing charges of taking nice kickbacks for sending juveniles to private-run detention centers often for fairly minor offenses.

Anyway, with regard to corruption in the state judiciary and the way the corruption is supposed to be sniffed out, attorney Bob Surrick brought up those very same points as a member of the state’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Board 26 years ago and was roundly quoted  regarding them in newspapers throughout the state. His crusade is part of this book he wrote seven years ago along with the legal persecution that followed.

Bob Surrick Called It 26 Years Ago

 

Bob Surrick Called It 26 Years Ago

Corbett Investigating Constitutionality Of Nebraska Break

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said, yesterday, that his office is conducting a legal analysis of theconstitutionality of the provision granting Nebraska a permanent exemption from paying Medicaid expenses that all other states, including Pennsylvania, are required to pay.

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson secured this special provision for Nebraska
in exchange for his support of the Patient Protection Affordable Care
Act.

Corbett notes that Medicaid expenses for Pennsylvania are about $15 billion per year

Merry Christmas


1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14″Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.