Stupidity, Death And Eric Holder

A shameful scandal concerning the death of a Border Patrol agent is starting to creep into the public consciousness.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began a program in 2005 called Project Gunrunner in which American dealers knowingly sold guns to straw buyers for transfer to criminals in Mexico to set them up for arrest.

By early 2009, it had resulted in charges being filed against 1,400 persons.

In October of that year, the ATF decided to stomp on the accelerator with a Project Gunrunner operation they named “Fast and Furious”.

This plan was objected to by agents on the ground and by the gun dealers as well, but arms were twisted to get them in line and it went into effect. Within 15 months almost 1,800 weapons, most of which were AK-47 semi-automatic rifles, went over the border. The Mexican government was never told. These guns were used in the commission of a host of crimes including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 14, 2010.

Terry’s murder led to ATF agent John Dodson going public with the travesty.

And this has led to congressional hearings.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who oversees the ATF and under whose watch Fast and Furious happened, had this heated exchange Tuesday, May 3, with Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA49) during a hearing before the House’s Judiciary Committee.

Stupidity, Death And Eric Holder

Stupidity, Death And Eric Holder

Inky Circ Gets Uptick But . . .

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s average daily circulation for the six-months ending in March 2011 was 343,710 making it the nation’s 13th largest daily while its Sunday circulation was 488,287 putting it in 12th place in that category.

This is an increase of 1,349 daily and 10,701 Sundays from the period ending in September.

There is a caveat regarding any celebration because the Audit Bureau of Circulations which tracks these things changed its main metric from “paid circulation” to “total average circulation” which allows for inclusion of digital products and “branded editions” which means different nameplates with different content, which in the Inky’s case would be the Philadelphia Daily News.

The Inky actually has been taking advantage of the “branded edition” policy for a year, and, in fact, fell a few places  in this tally because other newspaper companies are starting to do the same thing.

For this tally, the Daily News readers inflates the Inquirer daily circulation by 71,128.

We Didn’t Forget Osama

We Didn’t Forget Osama — About the time of the 8th inning of last night’s Phillies-Mets game broadcast on ESPN the crowd at Citizens Bank Park broke into a chant of USA USA USA puzzling the players on the field and the umpires who had no smart phone access to the internet and hence did not realize that the mass murderer Osama Bin Laden had been brought to the justice he deserved.

Kudos to our military and intelligence services.

And we can finally accept that the answer to Darryl Worely’s question asked a year and a half after 9/11 is a resounding no.

We Didn’t Forget Osama

President Obama Releases Hawaiian Certificate

President Obama Releases Hawaiian Certificate — President Obama, today, released his Hawaiian certificate of live birth which he had been refraining from doing since concerns were aired in the summer of 2008 regarding his eligibility to hold the office of the Presidency as per Article II of the Constitution.

And the document shows that he was born in Hawaii and hence eligible as he always claimed.

So, Mr. President, why the delay?

Regardless, thank you Mr. President and now we can begin addressing the big issues like $5 per gallon gasoline, the real unemployment rate which as of February was 22 percent, your military goals in Libya and Afghanistan; and our $14 TRILLION debt.

Donald Trump is now demanding that you release your college records, and in the name of leadership, you should probably do that.

I do agree with you, however, that that is not one of the big issues.

Believe me.

Every time I fill up at the pump what I’m thinking about you has nothing to do with your college records.


President Obama Releases Hawaiian Certificate


President Obama Releases Hawaiian Certificate

Natural-Born Bill Would Likely Let O On Ballot

Natural-Born Bill Would Likely Let O On Ballot — A bill requiring presidential candidates to present proof of natural born citizenship — and other constitutional requirements — in order to be on the Pennsylvania ballot would likely not keep Barack Obama off it.

HB 1350, introduced to the State House of Representatives, April 20, by Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) and 23 others would require candidates for president and vice president of the United States to file with their nomination papers an affidavit attesting that they meet the requirements for the office set forth in section 1 of Article II of the Constitution of the United State and attach documents providing proof.

The constitutional requirements for one to hold the office of president or vice president are that one be a natural born citizen, that one be 35 years of age and that one have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.

Natural born citizen means “a person born within the jurisdiction of a national government”.  The certification of live birth that President Obama’s supporters have been touting as proof that he meets this requirement would likely fulfill the requirements of the proposed bill.

And in a sane world it would. The problem is that when prominent Pennsylvania Democrat Philip J. Berg, who had served as a state Deputy Attorney General, filed suit on Aug. 21, 2008 accusing then Sen. Obama of not being eligible to hold the office of president, Obama cited privacy rights and fought tooth-and-nail to prevent what should have been simple corroborating documentation from seeing the light of day.

And so what we have is close to 40 percent of  Americans believing that he is a imposter president.

So much for uniting us.

What if Obama had simply shrugged and waived all privacy rights? This, by the way, is what President Bush did regarding claims he had received special treatment for joining the Texas Air National Guard to fulfill service requirements during the Vietnam War.

Presumably, the corroboration would have been found and there would be no controversy. Or perhaps, the original documentation would have been discovered lost which would have still left the vast majority of Americans  in acceptance of what was available, since Obama would not have appeared to be hiding something.

As it is now, however, a lot of sane people not inclined to conspiracy theories are starting to wonder.

HB1350, is a nice, safe, vanilla law, which should not be controversial and would probably make government a little better if it were passed but would have no profound impact on anything.

What would be interesting, though, would be for the state to pass a law requiring presidential candidates — heck, make it all candidates for public office — to waive all privacy privileges.

All birth records; all all college transcripts; all employer reviews; all military records (hear that John Kerry?) would be subject to public scrutiny.

Obviously things sealed in cooperation with other parties such as divorce proceedings would remain private, which would make for a bit of irony.



Natural-Born Bill Would Likely Let O On Ballot

Christos Voskrese

Christos voskrese, which means Christ has Risen, is the Easter greeting in Church Slavonic which brings the response Voistinu voskrese or Indeed, He has risen.

Easter, of course, celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus and the salvation of Man.

The date for Easter is the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox, which is always reckoned, regardless of astronomical observations, to be March 21 as per the Western churches that use the Gregorian calendar, so Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25 so the holiday is a late one this year.

The dating for Easter correlates with the means the Jews use to set the date for Passover, which correlates with Scripture since Scripture indicates that the Crucifixion of the Lord occurred as the lambs were being slaughtered for the celebration of that holiday.

In fact, in most Western languages the the name for the day is a cognate of the Pesach which is the Hebrew name for Passover. In Latin it would be Pascha so Paschal lamb would be Passover lamb.

In English and German, the word comes from Eostre month, which was basically April, and which the pagans who spoke Germanic languages had named for the goddess Eostre.

In Slavic, the holiday is called “Great Night” (Velikonoce in Slovak) or “Great Day” (Velikden in Ukrainian).

There are some caveats regarding the date. The Eastern churches that use the Julian calendar set the equinox is set at April 3, and, of course, the spring equinox is based on that of the Northern Hemisphere.

So, Christos Voskrese.

Christos Voskrese

Christos Voskrese

Nard, Judas And Democrats

Nard, Judas And Democrats — In at least one church this Palm Sunday the story was told of Mary, the sister of Lazarus, who took about a pint of pure nard,  poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.

One particular disciple became indignant saying that the wildly expensive perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor.

That disciple, of course, was Judas Iscariot who was not so much interested in the poor but in fattening the moneybags since he was the one in control of them and to which he would help himself.

So next time you hear a politician — who would more likely than not belongs to a party that starts with a D — say how you must give to the government to  help the poor, remember this story and note that he is the one who is in control of the moneybags.

Nard, Judas And Democrats

Gar Raines R.I.P.

Gar Raines R.I.P.

A service was held this morning, April 16, for the gentle and decent Garland C. Raines at The Church of the Redeemer in Springfield, Pa.

Gar, a veteran of World War II, live a long and full life. He was a editor and writer and ended his professional career at the County Press in Newtown Square where he worked for 12 years.

Gar lived in Springfield and is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Blake, and family.

 Gar Raines R.I.P.