Kevin Johnson Scandal Would Be Headlines If Party Started With An R

Kevin Johnson Scandal — The mid-June firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin led to the release of a report, Nov. 20, involving sex, money, politics and basketball that would be a major story on every dying newspaper and network if the players had happened to be Republican.

Walpin found financial shenanigans in AmeriCorps — a federal public works program started by Bill Clinton– and was fired by President Obama without regard to protocol.

Kevin Johnson Scandal Would Be Headlines If Party Started With An RThose doing the shenanigans were Democrats with close connections to Obama.

Republicans managed to get a congressional investigation and the report by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Congressmen Darrell Issa (Ca-49), the ranking minority members of the Senate Finance Committee and  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — in case you were unaware the Democrats have controlled both House and Senate since 2007 — is kind of fun.

Former NBA star Kevin Johnson ran the non-profit St. Hope School which received AmeriCorps money and had employees that were paid with AmeriCorp money.

Walpin was looking into allegations that Johnson used these employees to wash his car, run errands and participate in political activities. Johnson, who is now mayor of Sacramento, is a big supporter of Obama.

Well, now is where it gets good.

It turns out that these personal errands included requests for sex. When an AmeriCorps worker objected, Johnson started paying her off. With our tax dollars, of course. Now, the St. Hope Board of Directors included Michelle Rhee who runs the public school system for Washington D.C. and it was to Ms. Rhee that the young lady made a complaint. It was soon after the young lady received a visit from Johnson’s lawyer and the money started coming in.

And, for what it’s worth, Ms. Rhee and Johnson are now engaged.

As fun a story as this might be, don’t look for it in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They still haven’t mentioned Governor X.

Regarding Jaime’s comment below: The Issa/Grassley report describes the victims as students at one point but quotes a school official as calling one of the victims an “AmeriCorps Member”.

Here’s a link to a story describing the sexual molestation incident from the ’90s. The story says the age of the girl was 16.


Kevin Johnson Scandal

How Low Can You Go? Thefts At A Craft Show!

A long-time participant at the just-ended craft show to benefit the band at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Marple Township Pa. told me that for the first time there were thefts at the event.

Now, what was stolen was not money or jewelry but hand-made crafts of the type  people buy for unique Christmas gifts and home touches. It looks like an inside job since the thefts happened overnight.

Probably not much comfort to the hard-working victims but they must be pretty good crafters.

Dem Health Bill Is Inefficient Answer To Inefficiency

The Senate Democrats, last night, voted to open debate on a health care bill that the Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost $979 billion over the next 10 years.

The vote came without any Republican support with 39 opposing and George Voinovich of Ohio not voting. The Republicans do not have enough votes by themselves to filibuster the bill to stop it.

Pennsylvania’s senators, Bob Casey and Arlen Specter, are Democrats.

The Democrats note that the CBO says the act will reduce the federal deficit by $130 billion.

Those who are not Democrat senators don’t seem to be buying it. Not even David Broder of the Washington Post who cites groups such as the Concord Coalition and The Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget as among the skeptics.

And after 10 years? Well, the conservative Heritage Foundation estimates the cost over 20 years to be $4.9 trillion.

But despite what Democrats believe, government is not yet the entire economy, and most frighteningly the CBO estimates

that the total cost of intergovernmental mandates would greatly exceed the annual threshold established in the (Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.) See page 18.

The Senate bill, after all, would be funded by increasing fees on insurance companies, drugmakers, medical device manufacturers, hiking the Medicare payroll tax to 1.95 percent on income over $200,000 for indviduals ($250,000 for couples), a 5 percent tax on elective surgery, an excise tax on insurance companies, fees on employers whose workers receive government subsidies to buy insurance, “fines” on those who fail to buy coverage, and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Insurance companies, drugmakers etc. are going to pass on the cost and the rich are going to have less to spend and invest albeit many Americans don’t seem to be able to understand that.

Don’t forget what the point of this bill is supposed to be: paying for the uninsured who are now getting medical care via emergency rooms. Granted that’s not the most efficient way of doing it, but greatly hiking cost to cut services doesn’t seem to be a very efficient answer.

The bill still must be passed by the Senate, reconciled with the House and signed by President Obama.

An Oscar Winning Hoax

One of the greatest scandals in modern science is starting to percolate into the public conscience.

A hacker, Nov. 20, downloaded 62 megabytes of data from a server at the University of East Anglia’s
Hadley Climatic Research Centre, one of the main centers of  global warming research, and uploaded them to an FTP site where they were available for the public for a few short hours which was more than enough time for them to be copied and spread through the World Wide Web like aerosol disinfectant.

The data included documents and emails indicating the researchers fudged data to make global warming appear certain and held bitterly emotional hate-filled feelings towards dissenters — not what you’d expect of detached intellectuals confident of their case.

It might still be a few weeks before you see it in the Philadelphia Inquirer, but then how many of you actually still read it?

Do remember that it was this research that was driving the “cap and trade” movement and other attempts to make us a poorer, weaker people.

Stealth Health Means More Power, More Money And Less Service

The Heritage Foundation is reporting that the true cost of the Reid Health Bill  to be submitted for debate tomorrow is going to be $4.9 trillion over 20 years. The bill will cut Medicare and fund abortionists.

If the Senate gets the 60 votes needed for debate the bill almost certainly passes. Both of Pennsylvania’s senators Democrats Arlen Specter and Bob Casey are expected to vote yes.

Christie To Come To 7th District For Meehan

The Pat Meehan fundraiser featuring New Jersey Gov-Elect Chris Christie will be in the 7th District after all. The event had been reported as taking place in Philadelphia.

Well, it’s 7-9 p.m., Dec. 2 at the Concordville Inn in Concord, Delaware County.

Meehan, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is the GOP’s pick to fill the seat being vacated by Joe “I Want To Impoverish Your Children” Sestak who is trying to replace fellow Democrat Arlen “I Want To Impoverish Your Children, Too” Specter as one of Pennsylvania’s senators.

The front-runner to represent the Dems in the race is State Rep. Bryan Lentz (D-161) albeit State Rep. Greg Vitali (D-166),  environmental  lawyer Gail Conner, and political consultant Teresa Touey have also expressed interest in the seat.

The Seventh District is the Chester County townships  East Goshen, Easttown, Thornbury, West Goshen, Westtown And Willistown And  boroughs Of Malvern And Phoenixville Ward East; and the Delaware County townships Of Aston, Bethel, Chadds Ford, Concord, Darby (wards 3, 4 And 5) Edgmont, Haverford, Lower Chichester, Marple, Middletown, Nether Providence, Newtown, Radnor, Ridley (except for Division 2 of Ward 1) Springfield, Thornbury, Tinicum (wards 3 And 5), Upper Chichester, Upper Darby And Upper Providence And The Boroughs Of Aldan, Brookhaven, Chester Heights, Clifton Heights, Collingdale, East Lansdowne, Folcroft, Glenolden, Lansdowne, Marcus Hook, Media, Millbourne, Morton, Norwood, Parkside, Prospect Park, Ridley Park, Rose Valley, Rutledge, Sharon Hill, Swarthmore, Trainer And Upland; Montgomery County townships Lower Providence, Upper Merion, Upper Providence And West Norriton And The Boroughs Of Bridgeport, Conshohocken (districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 And 7), Royersford And West Conshohocken.

The suggested Contribution: $50 per person. For  information or to RSVP contact Caitlin Ganley at 610-566-5960 or

NY-23 Voting Hack 2009

NY-23 Voting Hack — It was claimed that voting machines used in the New York 23rd District congressional race had a computer virus.

The claim has since been rebutted. 

The race appears to have been won by Democrat Bill Owens albeit absentee votes are still being counted.

Second place finisher Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded on Election Night after being given erroneous vote tallies.

The Republican,  Dede Scozzafava, finished a distant third and ended up endorsing the Democrat. The votes that went to her would have easily put Hoffman over the top.

And I really don’t think these machines were hooked up to the internet or receiving emails.

NY-23 Voting Hack

NY-23 Voting Hack

Obama Gets Black Belt

Obama Gets Black Belt — What a year for the young man from wherever. First the presidency, next a Nobel Peace Prize and now a black belt in tae  kwan do bestowed by South Koren President Lee Myung-bak, a practitioner of the sport himself.

Lee was sort of grinning when he handed over the coveted honor.

Obama Gets Black Belt

Another Inky Fumo Tale And What’s Not Mentioned?

The Philadelphia Inquirer, today, reported the sentencing of Susan A. Skotnicki, 53, a longtime aide to “disgraced former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo”.

What did the Inquirer again neglect to mention regarding Ms. Skotnicki or the “disgraced former State Sen.”?

To assist the Inquirer in its journalistic mission, I’ll again point out the party involved was the Democrats.

Ms. Skotnicki, btw, got four years probation for theft via inflating her boss’ meal expenses by thousands of dollars.


COLA Pay Cut? LOLOLOL — The Commonwealth Foundation’s Nathan Benefield points out that Pennsylvania legislators,  judges and executive branch people get an automatic cost-of-living adjustment in their pay using the consumer price index (CPI) for Philadelphia as the measure for inflation.

Will fancy that, the CPI is down 0.15% this year. Does the pay of our solons and mandarins go down?

Did I really need to add a LOLOLOL to headline?



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