AFP Gives Lesson In Right Blogging

The first event of Sam Rohrer’s tenure as director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) can’t be said to have gone off without a hitch but today’s 8-hour RightOnline Training Seminar ended as a major success.

The event was not held at the Valley Forge Convention Center as scheduled but at the adjacent  Radisson Hotel. A raging windstorms snarled roads throughout Southeast Pennsylvania causing the start to be delayed for late arrivals. Then, just as things got underway, power went out throughout Montgomery County putting, for a couple of hours, the proceedings in the dim glow of emergency lights and making the prepared PowerPoint presentations a moot endeavor.

Using the restrooms at the prestigious facility became a ad hoc cellphone flashlight adventure.

Still, the presenters, many of whose names are recognized throughout the nation, improvised and taught their lessons sans technology at the technology-oriented conference.

And the lights really were on for most the day.

Rohrer’s opening remarks were followed by ones from Steve Lonegan , the former mayor of Bogota, N.J. who ran against Chris Christie in 2009 Republican New Jersey Republican gubernatorial primary. Lonegan is the director of AFP’s New Jersey chapter.

“The once proud Democratic Party of my union grandparents has now become the Democrat Party of government workers,” Lonegan said referring to the turmoil that the Democrats and government workers are now causing by bizarre, angry demonstrations in Wisconsin, which are filled with violent imagery.

The first session of seminars followed with noted blogger Erick Telford giving a lesson on basic blogging and Rich Shaftan of Mountaintop Media giving tips on how to handle the press. They were followed by long-time journalist Trent Seibert of Texas Watchdog who described ways citizen-bloggers could do investigative reporting.

It was during Seibert’s talk that the power went out, ruining an elaborate visual display he said he had prepared. This  ironically occurred while he was  pointing out how bloggers caused major grief to Oscar/Nobel/etc. winner Al Gore by exposing his energy hypocrisy.

Still Seibert managed to convey that audits are often overlooked means of exposing government malfeasance that Tea Party activist would do well to mine. He cited several useful websites, including one capable of generating  Freedom Of Information Act letters, whose links AFP would be sending to event attenders.

In describing the new power of blogs, it was either Telford or Seibert who said that it was a Montana blogger who exposed the lies Dan Rather told shortly before the 2004 election regarding President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard Service.  The one who did the exposing was from Georgia and the site on which the exposing occurred was FreeRepublic.Com

With the power out, the agenda was rearranged with talks by Pennsylvania State Rep Jim Cox (R-129) and Lonegan coming next.

Cox noted a big difference between Gov. Tom Corbet and his predecessor Ed Rendell in that while Rendell would have a press conference at the drop of a hat, Corbett has been avoiding them. He said he hoped it was because Corbett was deliberately preparing a case to make to the citizens regarding his plans for the state. Cox said we will know on March 8 when he makes his budget address.

Cox said there were 98 new faces in the State House since 2007 and 110 since 2005 so the chance for real reform is good.

He said there has already been some significant rule changes. Uncontested resolutions — such as those honoring a Little League championship team — can now be voted on in bulk saving the legislators about an hour and a half a week. He also said bills are now going to be almost complete coming out of committee allowing more time to study them and less time for sneaky amendments.

Cox said he is concerned about various plans being aired to shrink the size of the legislature as this would result in representation that is much less responsive to the citizenry.

He said his crusade to abolish property taxes is advancing and a property tax relief caucus has formed in the House which now has 91 members.

Lonegan said that New Jersey led the nation in economic growth from 1776 to 1976. He said it’s now 48th. He said that while The Garden State’s property tax rate was the third highest in the nation by the 1960s it had neither a sales nor income tax. He said that  in 1966 tax a “temporary” sales tax strongly supported by the New Jersey State Education Association was passed to ease the property tax burden. The tax was made permanent in 1970 and raised to 5 percent. Six years later a income tax was added.

Lonegan said the rates continued to rise and that the state now has among the highest sales and income tax rates in the country and the highest property tax rate.

He said the NJEA is now pushing to consolidate school districts “to save money.”

The post lunch seminars featured Ethan Demme of Keystone Conservative talking about social media; Jennifer Stefano of Americans for Prosperity giving advice on the media skills for which she is noted; Telford describing the power of online video; and Shafton explaining how to interpret polling.

The day would down with a panel discussion  consisting of Demme, columnist Chris Freind and New Jersey blogger Rob Eichmann; followed by a talk by Guy Benson of

During the panel discussion Freind noted that he picks on both parties and described how he was harshly critical of Gov. Corbett’s $42 million plan to bail out Aker Shipyard. Lonegan chimed in that Christie just OK’d a $260 million bailout of an Atlantic City casino.

Benson encouraged all Tea Party people to stick to truth and the high road in dealing with their opponents despite the temptation to do otherwise regarding their hypocrisy concerning claims of desire for civil debate.

The event ended with a call by Lonegan for Pennslvania Tea Party members to pressure State House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-165) into letting HB 42 come to a vote. HB 42 — The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act — protects the rights of patients to pay directly for medical services, and it prohibits penalties levied on citizens and businesses for declining to participate in a particular health plan.

Productivity Booms In Obama Years

Productivity Booms In Obama Years — The U.S. economy produced a record $13.38 trillion worth of real gross domestic product, based on 2005 dollars, in the last quarter of 2010.

Just 139 million employees were used to achieve this feat which is 7 million fewer than in the last record quarter — fall 2007 — when $13.36 trillion in real GDP was produced.

The motivation for this achievement, which has good and bad sides, can be laid at the feet of President Obama. Businesses are bending over backwards not to hire people fearing they may be stuck paying for them forever via unemployment compensation insurance and various other mandates — new, proposed and unforeseen.

The bad side is many businesses are making the employees they didn’t lay off work far harder than they used to to make up for the smaller workforce, and these employees are stuck since they fear there is nothing else out there and if one quits without a good reason one is likely not to get unemployment compensation.

And truthfully, most Americans would rather work than be a useless drone.

The good side is many business are also making productivity gains by cutting red tape, removing communication bottlenecks and increasing the skills and flexibility of its workforce.

And, of course, by adopting new technology.

One example that has gotten quite a bit of publicity is Marlin Steel Wire Products of Baltimore. Marlin has replaced $6-an-hour workers, who did 300 bends an hour, with robots and a $22 an hour technician that do 20,000 bends per hour.

One can say that a whole lot of $6 an hour people got put out of work. Or one can say that $6-an-hour workers can now afford a product that had not been able to.

Back during the boom, a prediction was made of  era of 0 percent employment. The idea wasn’t that all would be in soup lines depending of government handouts but the world would become the Merry Old Land of Oz, where we would all sleep till noon, start work at one, an hour for lunch and at two we’re done.

We wouldn’t be drones but be free living under our own vines and fig trees.

Maybe Obama is going to bring this about in spite of himself.


Productivity Booms In Obama Years

There Are Too Many Letters; Remove C

There Are Too Many Letters; Remove C

By Hawthorne Tarry

What I am about to suggest would likely be the most significant change to our culture within a millennium.

At the very least.

I am not boasting. I say this with reason and discretion.

Further, for those of you who are convinced of the certainty of global warming, my proposal might, literally, save the world.

I expected to be mocked. I expect to be laughed at.

But duty compels me.

There are too many letters. I propose removing the letter “c”.

Do we need it? Ask yourself, the “k” perfectly replaces the hard sound while there is no difference between a soft “c” and the sound represented by the letter “s”.

And we don’t have to stop with “c”. How pointless is the letter “q”.

The sound  voiced by “qu” is no different than that voiced by “kw”.

Kwik like a bunny, hop, hop, hop. Barney Frank is a kweeeeeen.

See? Greater efficiency — what a stupid way to spell a word — without the loss of utility.

Children, innocent children, would not longer be burdened with having to learn 26 letters. This advance in education alone would be worth the small aggravation of change. Yes, traditions would have to end — the ABCs would become the ABDs; CNN would become KNN — but those would be minor prices well worth paying even without consideration of the greatest benefit.

And that of course, would be to the environment. Yes, the squirrels and the bambies and the butterflys will be the true beneficiaries (another stupidly spelled word) of my plan. It would take far fewer bits to transmit the same amount of data and that, obviously, means less fossil few used. And, of course, considering the old media fewer trees would have to used in publishing their stories.

Yes, the world could very well be saved. Think of the redundancies that would be eliminated. Buck would become buk; luck would be luk; and of course what is one of the most widely used words in English, the first one almost always learned by foreign students of our language

Ed note: Rant’s over Hawthorne. Konsider yourself sensored.

There Are Too Many Letters; Remove C

Nunn Can Be Better For Fixing Pa Pension Bloat

A scathing critic of the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System (SERS) has been tapped by Gov. Corbett for a seat on its board.

Wally Nunn, the Vietnam vet who chaired Delaware County Council at the turn of the millennium, has called SERS “the pension system from hell,” and has called for revamping just about everything about it from union contracts and policies that call for ever increasing support from taxpayer to bail it out of bad investments.

Oh, and he and he wants to cut future retirees’ pensions which include elected officials.

Nunn is a retired Citigroup SmithBarney bond banker.

Some of the state’s highest salaries go to SERS employees.

Americans For Prosperity Taps Rohrer

Americans For Prosperity Taps Rohrer — Sam Rohrer, the man who Michele Bachmann says inspired her to run for office has been picked by Americans For Prosperity as its Pennsylvania Director.

The quiet, gentlemanly Berks County man represented the 128th District in the Pennsylvania House as a Republican from 1993 until last year when he chose not to seek re-election to pursue a run for governor.

During his tenure he was one of the loudest voices warning of the looming train wreck regarding the financing of state pensions. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was authoring the the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program which he describes as the most successful school choice program in the country.

Despite being GOP chairman of the House Finance Committee, Rohrer was never close to party leaders and never warmed up to the Tom Corbett who beat him in the gubernatorial primary and would eventually win the office.

This story from the primary campaign sums up where Rohrer stands on things.

Americans For Prosperity describes itself as a  grassroots movement of over 1.6 million activists nationwide who advocate and promote limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom.


Rohrer certainly fits that bill.

AFP-Pennsylvania is sponsoring a “bloggers conference” this Saturday at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Click here for information.


Americans For Prosperity Taps Rohrer

More Thoughts On Proctor Vs. CAIR

Aaron Proctor is back again writing for Examiner.Com albeit with the restriction that he not write about CAIR or Islam.

His loss of income, and pain and suffering from the incident strikes one as being rather demonstrable.

And that Mr. Proctor found himself in these circumstances as a result of this letter by CAIR-Pennsylvania (or is it CAIR-Philadelphia) Executive Director Moein Khawaja is quite undeniable.

So is it  defamatory to  tell Mr. Proctor’s employer that “as a precaution, CAIR-Philadelphia has taken steps to notify local police of the possibility that Mr. Proctor will be a security threat to our annual banquet  . . .We are particularly concerned as many families with children plan to attend.  We have forwarded his profile picture to police”

It certainly seems so unless Mr. Proctor had advocated violence which he does not appear to have done in the articles to which Mr. Khawaja objected.

Hope no greedy lawyer connects these dots. CAIR-Philadelphia could be on the receiving end of untold aggravation by some hungry quick-buck type looking to take advantage of Mr. Proctor’s plight and make a name for himself as per Ralph Nader and Morris Dees. We certainly wouldn’t want that to happen.

Bill Would Ban Bonuses To Pa Workers

A bill that would ban bonuses to state workers is winding its way through the Pennsylvania Senate.

Senate Bill 103 — a.k.a. The Commonwealth Agency Bonus Ban Act — was introduced by Sen. John H. Eichelberger
 (R-30) on Jan. 12 and would ban bonuses to all state employees. This pointedly includes the legislative branch.

Reimbursements for travel expenses, uniforms, cost-of-living adjustments and such would be exempted.

Another bill not getting much ink is SB 271 which would change the rules regarding nominating petitions. According to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) who introduced it Jan. 26, the the rule changes would make campaign contribution reports available online more quickly.

And in the not-so-clean-and-open category, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati , R-25, announced that he “always intended” to repay gas driller Consol Energy for Super Bowl tickets, airfare and hotel that the Canonsburg-based firm provided him earlier this  month.

People are watching Republicans. The Pennsylvania Senate should start looking for a new President Pro Tempore.

Hear About The WMDs?

A local television interview of Al Hallor, the assistant port director and Customers and Border Protection officer for San Diego, provided the revelation that a “weapons of mass effect” has been found on American soil.

At the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past
fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things,”
before a PR handler shut him up.

Front page headlines everywhere, right?