Pastor Terry Jones
announcement that he will burn Qurans at a service September 11th
has created a great deal of anger in Afghanistan and is increasing
lack of cooperation and attacks on U.S. soldiers. Many officials
agree that such a move will help provide propaganda for terrorist
organizations who see the United States as an Anti-Islamic Country
with a goal to destroy Islam.
David Petraeus, who is Commander of Troops in Afghanistan initiative
said he is outraged by the pastor’s decision to burn the Quran,
which, he said from Afghanistan, could “endanger troops and it
could endanger the overall effort here.”
Jones is not deterred by the rise in anger and the
burning of American flags taking place in Afghanistan due to his
repeated rhetoric about Islam being a religion “of the devil.”
He intends to carry out his plan September 11 regardless of the
outcome. Jones responded in response to Petraeus, “Of
course we care. It’d be tragical if because of this one person died.
But at the same time, we do not feel responsible for that.”
If Jones is not responsible, who is? Even as the 9/11 Burn the
Quran plan continues religious leaders all over the world, and
especially in the U.S., are discussing their concerns over the
“Islamophobia” that seems to be rising throughout the United
Pennsylvania’s capital is going to skip a $3.3 million payment due Sept. 15 to bondholders of Series 1997D and Series 1997F capital appreciation bonds.
This borrowing is not related to $288 million in renovations of the Harrisburg incinerator plant for which Harrisburg City is on the hook for $68.7 million.
Harrisburg, population 47,000, is controlled by Democrats and has been unwilling to take steps such as laying off city employees to deal with the fiscal crisis.
Harrisburg missed $3.5 million in debt obligations last year.
Ambac Assurance Corp., insurer of the 1997 general obligation bonds, has announced that it will meet payments to investors. Its parent company, however, Ambac Financial Group of Wisconsin, has warned that it may seek bankruptcy protection as early as next year.
Moody’s Investors Service no longer rates Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted this morning to advertise for bids for a study of open road tolling which is collecting tolls without toll booths.
If it should be implemented — and a spokesman emphasized it was just a study — the 615-toll collectors employed by the Commission would become superfluous. The collectors make between $18 and $22 per hour or between $37,000 and $46,000 per year not counting benefits or overtime, which according to a Commission spokesman is not a major factor. The commission also uses seasonal workers the number of which, according to the spokesman, was fewer than 100.
New Jersey is replacing toll collectors on the Atlantic City Expressway with open road tolling. Collectors there expect to make $60,000 per year with toll plaza supervisors pulling in $85,000.
In the Pennsylvania fight between man and machine, I’m taking John Henry’s side. Pa.’s collectors — unlike New Jersey’s–are not overpaid and E-ZPass always struck me as being a tad elitist and big brotherish.
Still, my first choice is to forget trying to raise revenue via the roads and turn them into freeways. Toll roads might make sense in New Jersey and especially Delaware where a disproportionate amount of non-residents use the roads, but in Pennsylvania it’s a way to inefficiently snare revenue from its residents via self-imposed traffic jams.
Further, it’s bad for transportation. Consider this: on the 20-mile free section of I-476 i.e. the Blue Route there are 12 interchanges. In the next 24 miles after it becomes a toll road in Plymouth Meeting there are two.
Making the turnpikes into freeways would end the rationale of funneling captive customers into select cattle-shuts and allow for the construction of more interchanges. This would save a lot of gas and commuter time, unless of course the new freedom results in an economic boom which would then see snarls by all the workers going to the new jobs. But that strikes one as being a win, win.
Delaware County chipped in $34 million to build a soccer-only stadium in Chester for a privately owned team that couldn’t even work in Chester or Delco into its name.
The Delco Union. Probably not appropriate especially for the point about to be made.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City is under fire by conventioneers for the union-inspired, loanshark price structure to set up exhibits, even for work that could reasonably be done by the exhibitor himself. To use a laptop for an audiovisual display requires the involvement of a stagehand at $37 per hour. To use it to register visitors to the booth requires an electrician at $46 per hour, To erect the booth requires a carpenter at $107 per hour.
So what if Delaware County were to build or help build a convention center on the Chester waterfront as close to the casino as possible, and let the exhibitor set up sans involvement from the locals? It would be close to I-95, the Blue Route, the airport and a lot of hotels. And, of course, hotels and restaurants would spring up next to it.
It would do a roaring business and be a greater boon to Chester than either a soccer stadium or casino could be.
Lauglin Group, WHYY, Pat Buchanan and Monica
Crowley said that the NAACP has greatly damaged the possibility of
the U.S. becoming post racial by saying there are some elements in
the Tea Party Movement that are racist and that the Tea Party
Movement should address these elements. The NAACP has been accused
of having some racist elements within it also, after they said this,
and told they should address those elements. Of course this was done by a black member of the Tea Party. I think that the
correct response should have just been, “We will do that.”
all of the arguing and strife over what is obviously true from some
behavior at several rallies. Is it too much for people to expect to
not be spat on and called by racial slurs in our society? And does
becoming a post racial society mean allowing people to spit on you
and call you racial names and not saying anything about it? Is a
person organizing himself to protect himself from racist attacks
being racist? The civility, respect, and decency seems to have
totally disappeared and people seem to just want to strive, argue,
and win by any means possible.
Unfortunately, in a society that is
democratic and depends on people working together to support the
common good and commonwealth of the nation, such infighting doesn’t
work. My mother once told me that you have to be careful about what
you say when you are angry. Sometimes you can hurt a person so badly
that you can never take what you said back, even if you said it out
of anger and really didn’t mean it.
Sarah Anderson, President of the Institute for Public Study, has discovered through research that CEOs from the companies with the most job cuts made more money, Twelve Million Dollars more, on average, than other CEOs in Fortune 500 Companies who maintain the well being of the company and workers. Anderson also reports that it is customary to lay off workers during the years of the highest profit. These job cuts boost the profits and add up to more money in the pocket of CEOs.
Later, due to the displacement of workers and needing to train new workers to take their place, it costs the company more money, but the CEOs are only interested in short term profit and are rewarded for it. What happens to these laid off people? We end up paying for them in unemployment, underemployment, the ripple affect when mortgages fail, and through the loss of tax revenues.
President Obama is coming to Philly, Sept. 20, to raise money for Joe Sestak’s campaign to be senator from Pennsylvania.
So Joe, you couldn’t get Mel Gibson ? The President is not a bad replacement choice. He seem to share the same warm feelings towards Israel and Jewish people as the Oscar-winning actor. And Chuck Hagel. And CAIR .
Hey, maybe the President is a Muslim after all.
Oh, I’m just joshing. The President likes his booze way too much and no Muslim could ever be such a fanatic supporter of unrestricted abortion.
But he really ought to haul Michelle with him the next time he visits Saudi Arabia. They never did take that Indonesian trip.
Manan Trivedi, the Democrat’s choice to take on incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach in Pennsylvania’s 6th District congressional race, accused Gerlach of racism because Gerlach has been describing Trivedi as a far left-winger who “doesn’t
share our values.”
Trivedi, a doctor, was a health policy
advisor to Barack Obama.
Gerlach aide Mark Campbell responded by saying Trivedi was the only one who used race in the campaign which happened when he asked Indian-American groups to contribute to his campaign solely because he descended from emigrants from India.
Trivedi responded by accusing Campbell of racism and demanding he be fired.
To their credit Gerlach and Campbell are sticking to their guns.
What Trivedi is doing is disgraceful and shameful. Rather than discussing the advice he gave Obama regarding health care or this nation’s impending bankruptcy, he is taking a page from the playbook of the despicable and discredited JournoList .
He should apologized immediately and end his campaign.
America must not be divided anymore by power-seeking wannabees.
I think they should build the mosque. Bill and I hardly ever disagree but in this case I say build that mosque and Community Center there so kids can meet, community groups can rent office space at a low rate, people can work out and they can bring a vibrant socially responsive environment to that area. We should build some Freedom of Speech Zones for the protestors that are about a mile away like the zones at the Democratic Convention and let them stand out in some field somewhere and holler as much as they want. Better yet, let them write letters to their Representatives and see how much that does. If Pat Roberston is against it, I’m for it.
Sometimes people protest the wrong things. All of that energy wasted while employment rises and health care increases talking about mosques, whether the President is American, the latest winner on America’s Got Talent while unemployment is constantly rising–to almost 50% in some inner city areas. A few weeks ago it was reported that Obama designated 600 million dollars to protect the border. Why can’t he find any money for job creation and educational grants, or a failing healthcare system for Americans who don’t have insurance and even have it. My insurance is horrible. I have a five thousand dollar deductable. What kind of insurance is that? The current economic problems are more about priorities than lack of funds. For six hundred million dollars you could build a new nation on an island and let illegals live there. Why not give them Arizona? It hasn’t done anything except create bad laws and senators. I don’t mean to upset all of the people who love Arizona, in fact I think I know both of them, but it could go. But then the U.S. citizens would be forced to show their papers because the Mexican border will have crossed over them and enveloped them. Wait a minute. Since Arizona used to be part of Mexico–that’s what happened to a lot of the Mexican-Americans who live there and have to show their papers. That is really lame.