SEPTA Workers Watch Your Pensions

During the SEPTA strike I sympathized with Transport Workers Union Local 234 chief Willie Brown’s late demand for a forensic audit of the organization’s pension fund — a demand which eventually disappeared from the table.

Well, the Commonwealth Foundation is reporting that SEPTA’s two largest pension fund (SAM and City Transit) were funded at 71% and 61% of accrued liabilities – underfunded even by government standards – as of June 2007, which is, of course, before the massive decline in the market which hit all pension plans hard.

So SEPTA workers fear for your retirements. Taxpayers fear for your wallets.

Barney Frank Expected To Endorse Sestak

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) is expected to endorse  Joe “In The Navy” Sestak, Monday, in his bid to unseat fellow Democrat Arlen Specter as senator from Pennsylvania, according to The Hill.

Sestak is not seeking re-election to his 7th District congressional seat.

The latest polls have Specter up by at least 4 points in the race which will be decided May 18. The winner will face Republican Pat Toomey.

So, Who Attacked The South Philly Asians?

This CBS3.Com story describing how Asian kids are the subject of race-based attacks at South Philadelphia High School — the alma mater of Mario Lanza, Al Martino and Larry Fine — is going around the word via a link to the Drudge Report and what is glaringly unclear in it?

No where does is it  spelled out who exactly are the racist anti-Asian attackers.

The story quotes one unidentified student as saying “It was blacks and whites and they saw the Asians at the school, it all started with an argument.”

Well, that certainly explains it.

South Philly High, for the record, is 66 percent black, 19 percent Asian, 10 percent white and 5 percent Hispanic.

One wouldn’t think that rednecks in pickups are behind this.

And today’s  Philadelphia Inquirer confirms this in  a long story regarding the matter on the front of today’s B section in which, in the seventh paragraph, they courageously, for them I suppose, mention “fights” between African American and Asian students.

Attacks, assaults, racist bullying or ethnic intimidation were not used to describe the turmoil but “fights”.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a wonderful dream of a color-blind society and in order for this dream to come true black racism and black ethnic intimidation is going to have to be just as intolerable and treated just as harshly as that of whites.

This means it must be condemned without any qualification or hesitation by church leaders, by politicians, by the dinosaur media and by the blacks themselves, most of whom are rather decent people.

Senator Calls PSU Pres On Carpet Over Global Warming Scam

State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola (R-15)  warned Penn State University President Graham Spanier in a Dec. 3 letter that constituents are demanding the tax dollars be cut to the school unless it addresses its role in the global warming scandal.

Professor Michael Mann, who directs the Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, is at the heart of the scam.

Penn State, while it received $338,375,000 from Harrisburg in 2008-09, is independent from state control.

Here is Piccola’s letter to Spanier whose salary, btw, is $545,016.

Inky Mentions Global Warming Scam And Baghdad Bob Would Be Proud

Using style that would make Baghdad Bob proud, the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning covered the global warming scandal. The Inky put the stories on page 20. The headlines were “White House scientists defend climate data” and “Penn State professor: Research is sound”.

So what if dissenting views are squashed. So what if raw data is destroyed. So what if evidence is distorted so the desired conclusion is reached. Trust us, we are the Inquirer. There is no problem. We will welcome them with bullets and shoes.

Chris Christie Praises Fellow U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan

New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie, last night, at back-to-back fundraisers praised the character and other attributes of Pat Meehan who is the GOP nominee to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District which is being vacated by Joe “Chicken Little” Sestak who is seeking Arlen “Henny Penny” Specter’s senate seat.

Hey Joe and Arlen, did you hear that the global warming scare is a scam and we don’t need to be impoverished by higher energy costs after all? Probably not since you both depend on the Philadelphia Inquirer and the obsolete network newscasts for information.

Christie got to know Meehan while both served as U.S. attorneys — Christie for New Jersey and Meehan for Eastern Pennsylvania.

“We proved on Nov. 3 against Barack Obama’s buddy John Corzine …that if your message is right and your candidate is strong and yourcandidate’s supporters are strong, that victory can be yours,” said Christie referring to his upset victory in that heavy Democratic state.

PoliticsPa.Com has a good story regarding the event, although I don’t know if I’d call the Concordville Inn “swanky”.

Pa Employees Who Make 200K

There are 25 state employees with salaries over $200,000, not including all the bennies of course.

Twenty-three of them are involved in education with five  of them from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA); four of them  from the  Pennsylvania Public School Employees’s Retirement System, (PSERS); and three remarkably enough professors at Clarion University albeit the Clarion income includes compensation beyond base pay.

The jive 25 are:

1.  John C. Cavanaugh, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, $327,500.
2.  James Preston, president and CEO of the PHEAA, $320,000.
3.  Scott Miller, Washington lobbyist for the PHEAA, $290,000.
4.  Stephen Curtis, president of Philadelphia Community College, $277,584 (includes housing and car allowance).
5.  Alan Van Noord, chief investment office for the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’s Retirement System, (PSERS) $251,542.
6.  Tony Atwater, president of Indiana University, $244,620.
7.   Brian Hudson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, $240,006.
8.  John Winchester, chief investment officer of the State Employees Retirement System,  $236,265.
9.  Alex Johnson president of Allegheny County Community College, $222,525.
10.Thomas R. Vilber, psychology professor at Clarion University, $217,882.
11. Brian Lecher, chief information officer at the PHEAA, $217,757.
12. Timothy Guenther, chief financial officer at the PHEAA, $217,757.
13. Angelo Armenti, president of California University, $213,000.
14. James W. Blake, professor at Clarion University,$209,841.
15. Edna V. Baehre, president of the Harrisburg Community College, $209,600.
16. Keith T. Miller, president of Loch Haven University, $205,136.
17. Robert M. Smith, president of Slippery Rock University, $203,930 .
18.William Buchanan, professor of library science at Clarion University, $203,621.
19. Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University, $203,484.
20. Francine G. McNairy, president of Millersville University, $202,831.
21. Kelly Logan, executive director of public service, PHEAA, $201,178.
22. Gerard Smith, managing director PSERS, $201,018
23. Mark Heppenstall, managing director PSERS, $201,018
24. James Grossman, managing director PSERS, $201,018
25.  Linda Lamwers, interim president of West Chester University, $200,000

Photos of some of them can be found here.

A list of other highly paid state workers can be found at this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette page.


Pa Employees Who Make 200K

Pa  Employees Who Make 200K

Make White House Guests Remove Shoes

In light of the recent security breaches at the Obama White House, it was suggested to me that all guest at White House functions be required to go through security procedures of degree that at least those that are inflicted on U.S. air travelers.

Yes, this means making them remove their shoes.

Global Warming Scam Netted Big Bucks

So how could dedicated scientists fudge data regarding claims of catastrophic global warming and give ammunition to those seeking policies that would impoverish working people via higher energy costs?

Apparently for the money.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Phil Jones —  the director of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit which was the source of the emails which blew the lid off the lies — received $19 million worth of research grants
between 2000 and 2006, a six-fold increase over what he got in the 1990s.

Wonder how much Penn State’s Michael Mann got?

For a laugh at Mann’s expense check out Hide the Decline.

Michael Moore Calls Afghan Deadline Crazy

Michael Moore Calls Afghan Deadline Crazy — Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore called the 2011 deadline for a pullout of troop from Afghanistan set by President Obama in yesterday’s speech “crazy”.

As pigs flew by my window, Moore waxing President Bush, told Larry King: “I mean if they are the enemy you fight them until they’re done, until you win and they lose.”

Believe it or not. See it here. It starts at 4:13.

Michael Moore Calls Afghan Deadline Crazy