Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood praised the efforts of licensed gun owner who came to the aid of a police officer.
Police are crediting a vigilant gun owner with saving the life of an Upper Darby cop Friday after he saw the officer being attacked and surrounded by a large group of teens.
“There were 40 kids. If it wasn’t for the good Samaritan stepping forward, he’d have been dead meat,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “There’s no doubt they would have attacked him.”
About 3 p.m. every weekday, from six to eight township police officers patrol the area near Upper Darby High School as nearly 4,000 kids pour out of the building on Lansdowne Avenue near School Lane.
Most kids and most days are good, Chitwood said.
Friday was not.
That afternoon alone, police responded to three fights in three locations near the school. When the dust settled, eight teens, ages 13 to 17, were charged with crimes, and two officers were injured so severely that it’s unclear when they’ll be able to return to work, Chitwood said.
The most egregious of the incidents took place on Wayne Avenue near Marshall Road, less than a mile from the high school.
An officer who broke up a fight between two teen boys that had attracted a large crowd at that location was holding one of the combatants at bay when the teen’s opponent attacked the officer, Chitwood said.
“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time,” Chitwood said. “There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”
That’s when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block, came out of his house with a gun in his hand and told the teens to get away from the cop, Chitwood said.
“He had the gun in his hand, but he didn’t point it at the kids, he just told them to back off,” Chitwood said. “If this guy didn’t come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”
The 35-year-old gun owner, who has a concealed-carry permit, kept the group of teens at bay until responding officers arrived, Chitwood said.
Not only did the officer who tried to break up the fight suffer significant hand injuries, Chitwood said, but an officer who responded to the request for backup also suffered a major injury to a leg when he was kicked by one of the teens in the fight.
The two juveniles in that fight each were charged with aggravated assault on police, riot, harassment, and related offenses. They were remanded to the Delaware County juvenile detention facility in Lima, Chitwood said.
Six more youths were arrested for fighting around the same time that day at two other locations near the school, Chitwood said; one was sent to the juvenile detention facility and the other five were released to a parent or guardian. Six of the eight arrested students attend Upper Darby High. The seventh attends Beverly Hills Middle School; the eighth goes to a school in Ridley Township.
“There’s thousands of kids that walk to and from that school without a problem, but every once in a while you get these wannabe gangsters, and if they want to be gangsters, we’ll treat them like gangsters,” Chitwood said.
Since Friday, police said, after-school patrols around Upper Darby High have been doubled.
“Our goal is to make sure these kids get home safe,” Chitwood said. “I can’t emphasize it enough, but the majority of these kids are decent kids.”
A U.S. military 240-foot long blimp has broken loose from its moorings at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and is drifting northeast above the fall foliage of Pennsylvania.
The Air Force has scrambled two F-16s from the Atlantic City Air National Guard base to track the blimp, which officials say is holding at 16,000 feet. The blimp broke free at 12:20 eastern time. “NORAD officials are working closely with the FAA to ensure air traffic safety, as well as with our other interagency partners to address the safe recovery of the aerostat,” NORAD said in a statement.
The much-maligned Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated netted Sensor System, or JLENS, is not technically a blimp because it it has no propulsion, rather it is a tethered aerostat. Similar but smaller aircraft have been used for overwatch surveillance to protect U.S. bases overseas for years, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The JLENS has been in testing since 2009. Raytheon, the manufacturer, has billed the JLENS program as a meant to detect missile and large drones via radar. Raytheon demonstrated that the X-band radar could pick up multiple ballistic missiles back in 2012. The JLENS’s ability to track other other objects like drones is much less clear.
In the Spring, when a Florida man flew a gyrocopter from Pennsylvania to the steps of the U.S. Capital, NORAD declined repeated requests for information as to whether or not the JLENS detected the slow moving helicopter moving toward Washington, D.C. They also have yet to respond to a Defense One Freedom of information Act Request for information about the matter.
A woman was arrested for posing as a doctor and carrying out physical exams on men in her own home.
Investigators claim Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56, advertised her services to truckers who needed to have updated physicals to keep up their commercial driver’s license.
Wingate examined one driver who spotted a sign she posted at a truck wash.
But he got suspicious after being told there was a problem with her forms.
The trucker told cops that “Dr. Wingate” performed a complete exam, and even had him provide her with a urine sample.
Wingate, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was arrested on charges of forgery, fraud and identity theft. She is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
State Police officials report that Wingate, who charged $65 for an exam, displayed a bogus medical certificate that contained information corresponding with the license of Dr. Barbara Wingate, a Philadelphia-area psychiatrist.
The trucker told cops that “Dr. Wingate” picked him up in and old car and drove him to her “office.”
He thought it was odd the office was inside her home but ‘Dr. Wingate’ did “everything that a doctor would normally do during a physical.”
Investigators believe at least 16 drivers had physical exams conducted by the bogus doc this year.
During a search of Wingate’s home, police seized items used to conduct physical exams and urine tests and a large quantity of medical documents and advertising brochures.
They also found marijuana and narcotics paraphernalia in her home Wingate is scheduled for a July 16 preliminary hearing.
The decision of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious. According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall. When confronted with this troubling story by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kane cited racism and mismanagement in the investigation, but the detailed descriptions of the recordings certainly seem to indicate that the payments were made.
Kane’s reaction to reports about her decision went from bad to worse. At first, she complained that white men were attacking her:
In the statement, Kane provided only one quote, dismissing those who questioned her decisions as “nothing more than the Good Ol’ Boys club playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.”
The statement cited Kane’s pursuit of political-corruption cases, including the pay-to-play scandal involving Democrats tied to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the corruption charges brought last week against Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington.
That was a pretty astounding escalation. It is not out of line to wonder why a state’s attorney general would drop an investigation which is said to have obtained detailed recordings of lawmakers taking bribes. The decision to dismiss the investigation under seal combined with Kane’s accusation that it was tainted by racism certainly is newsworthy and gives rise to an inference that, although we may not know exactly what went on here, something unusual did. That’s ordinarily a reason to give something more examination, not less.
But Kane, apparently frustrated by continuing scrutiny of her decision, has now escalated further, hiring counsel and suggesting that if the Inquirer continues to pursue the story, she would start suing people!
During the meeting, Sprague [Kane’s new lawyer] suggested that The Inquirer may have been used by the sources of its stories – “wittingly or unwittingly” as a “weapon” to attack Kane to defend themselves from potential charges of wrongdoing in the management of the probe.
“I intend to look at the investigation from the very beginning to the conclusion of it, and in terms of what has been published, by this paper and others, to take appropriate action on behalf of the attorney general against those responsible for the defamatory and the false publications that have been made,” Sprague said.
It sounds like Kane or her new lawyer thinks the folks providing detailed information about the investigation into bribe-taking Democrats are the very investigators she claims were impermissibly motivated by race in the investigation.
The decision to lawyer up and take “appropriate action” against either the leakers or the papers goes far beyond the bounds of a reasonable response. This is indisputably a newsworthy story. The public deserves to know what happened with this investigation and why it happened. Kane’s acceleration from “it was racism” to “it’s the Good Ol’ Boys” to “I will start suing people” is despicable in any public servant, but even more so from the state’s top prosecutor.
The Inquirer’s editor, William K. Marimow, gets this exactly right:
“Our lead reporters, Angela Couloumbis and Craig McCoy, have interviewed many people with in-depth knowledge of the investigation, including members of Attorney General Kane’s staff, in order to ensure that the stories are accurate, thorough, and fair,” Marimow said. “These stories are the product of months of diligent and dogged reporting – not a leak from a person with a political agenda.”
He added, “In my opinion, this is precisely the kind of issue that requires public scrutiny, specifically the conduct of public officials who accepted cash or gifts from an undercover agent and the quality of a three-year investigation launched and ended by a state law enforcement agency.”
Bravo, Inquirer. That’s journalism.
Republican Scott Wagner pulled off a stunning victory in Tuesday’s special election and made history in the process by becoming the first person ever to win a state Senate seat as a write-in candidate.
Taking advantage of a low voter turnout and a well-financed campaign that got his name in front of voters along highways, at major intersections, on TV and in mailboxes, Wagner waltzed past his party-endorsed opponents – Republican Ron Miller and Democrat Linda Small – to clinch a victory.
He will serve as the state senator representing the 28th District through Nov. 30, allowing Republicans to maintain their 27 to 23 majority in the chamber. The seat is up for election for a four-year term later this year.
York County’s unofficial vote totals show Wagner capturing 48 percent of the vote. Democrat Linda Small received 26 percent and GOP-endorsed candidate Ron Miller got 27 percent.
Turnout for this special election was dismal. Only 14 percent of the 163,617 registered voters in the senatorial district showed up at the polls to cast a ballot in the special election to identify a successor for longtime senator Mike Waugh, who resigned in January to become executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.
York County Director of Elections Nikki Suchanic ventured a guess that part of the reason for the low turnout was the change in the senatorial district boundaries that occurred since the last time that seat was up for election.
That left some people unaware they were eligible to vote, and others who turned out to vote but couldn’t because they no longer lived in the 28th District.
Regardless, the votes that were cast gave Wagner, 58, of Spring Garden Twp., a resounding victory in a race that got exceedingly nasty toward the end.
Ads that were run cast Wagner as a bully and his trash hauling company, York-based Penn Waste, an environmental violator. Wagner responded with his own negative attack ad against on Miller and in recent days, Small too.
The attacks against him angered Wagner. He was astonished that his business-friendly Republican Party would go after a job creator like himself.
Those ads were funded by the Senate Republicans, the ranks of whom Wagner will now join.
On Tuesday evening, Wagner shrugged off those barbs at his victory party in a room inside in an empty Santander Stadium. He said he plans to try to work with his Senate colleagues.
“You sit down at the table. You drink a cup of coffee or you have lunch in somebody’s office and you have to learn a little bit of their story, and they have to learn a little bit of my story,” Wagner said.
“But what I’m all about is more representative of what’s reality on the street,” he added. “I didn’t get where I am today by not sitting down” with people.
State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement Tuesday evening congratulating Wagner on his victory and commending Miller for running a great race.
“Scott Wagner won a hard-fought race, and I am sure he will serve as a strong advocate for the people of the 28th District in the Senate,” Gleason said. As for Miller, he said, “I look forward to watching him continue to stand up for the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility in the state House.”
Wagner, who also owns a KBS Trucking in Thomasville, comes to the Senate planning to be a maverick by not accepting a taxpayer-funded pension or health insurance, limiting himself to two terms, limiting his contacts with special interests, and working to downsize state government.
He supports eliminating school property taxes and replacing that lost revenue by imposing sales tax on food and clothing. He supports job training for welfare recipients. He also supports legalizing medical marijuana.
Throughout his campaign, Wagner was critical of the Senate Republican leadership and state Republican Party for orchestrating the special election in such a way to hand the seat, vacated by Mike Waugh in January, to Miller, which GOP leaders denied.
Miller, 62, of Jacobus, called Wagner shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday to congratulate him on becoming his next senator.
At a gathering at York County GOP headquarters, Miller said he respected the will of the voters and planned on returning to Harrisburg on Wednesday to carry out his duties as the 93rd state House district representative for the remainder of this year. He is not seeking re-election to his House seat that he has held for 16 years.
Meanwhile, Small, 53, of New Freedom, won kudos from state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burns for running a spirited campaign that made her party proud. “The people of this commonwealth would have been well served with her leadership in Harrisburg,” Burns said.
Wagner said during a campaign stop last week that he plans to move right into campaign mode immediately after the special election to gear up for the May 20 primary when he will stand for election again against Miller and political newcomer Zachary Hearn, 37, of Windsor Twp., for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat. Small is unopposed in her bid for the Democratic nomination in the spring primary.
In her defense, the anniversary of her birthin was only once a year.
Via Watch Dog:
A Pennsylvania state senator is accused of using taxpayer money to throw her annual birthday bash, a campaign event.
State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-Philadelphia, is charged with theft of services and felony conflict of interest after a grand jury found she may have used her office for political and financial gain, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Wednesday.
Washington is accused of directing Senate staff to perform campaign work over eight years and using intimidation and verbal abuse to coerce them, even though staff knew the practice was illegal, according to the grand jury. Washington allegedly cut salaries or fired staff who disagreed with the practice, according to a news release announcing the charges.
“The evidence will show that Senator Washington pressured her staff into performing political activities using taxpayer dollars for her own personal benefit,” Kane said in the release.
Indoctrination is their game, not education, and if you, as a parent dare challenge them, well the gloves come off you Neo-Nazi
A Pennsylvania father objected when his daughter’s middle-school history teacher assigned a project about a New York Times article blaming Republicans for the government shutdown. His complaint apparently made him the target of an orchestrated response by faculty at Camp Hill Middle School, and an English teacher named Cydnee Cohen left a voicemail message for one of the parent’s Facebook friends:
“We’re having some problems with a parent in our school district and on his page you are one of his friends…but I would like to know, some of it seems like he is a neo-nazi…call me…”
If you are wondering what in the Blue hell is going on here is a solid explanation from Stacy McCain
What’s happening here? Well, for one thing, we have further confirmation of what every intelligent American already knew: Public schools are staffed by Democrats, who not only vote Democrat and contribute money to Democrats through their unions, but consider it their professional duty to teach children to be Democrats, too.
But what about Cohen’s tactics? What’s up with that?
What Cohen was doing is consistent with a method of consensus building known as the “Delphi technique.” Originally developed as a way of organized discussion among experts, this method has been adapted and taught to school administrators. It is used to quell criticism of school policy by isolating and marginalizing critics, while creating the appearance of consensus in support of the policy.
Here’s what happens: You, the concerned parent, raise a question about some element of the curriculum or pedagogy. You contact the teacher who will then tell you there’s nothing to worry about, and that you’re the only parent who has complained. (Isolation.)
Suppose you’re not satisfied with the teacher’s answer, so you arrange a meeting with the principal. By the time you get that meeting, the teacher has already briefed the principal, so that he has a prepared defense of whatever it is you’re complaining about. The principal’s goal for the meeting is to placate you by convincing you that you are over-reacting because, after all, you’re the only parent who has complained.
Well said, but what can we, or more directly YOU, as a parent do? Well get more parents informed. Try to get more parents involved. See if you can find a friendly media member, yes, they do exist in some markets. These thugs respond to pressure from groups of people, and they damn sure respond to media coverage that exposes them. Start a blog, contact some bloggers, call talk radio, do everything you can to bring the story to light. Remember many battles are lost without a fight, so fight!
Former Democratic congressman and current Pennsylvania lieutenant governor candidate Mark Critz ruffled his party’s feathers with comments regarding women and homosexuals, according to The Patriot News.
Critz attended a meeting Saturday for the party state committee and was confronted about a joke about rape that he made in June 2012 at the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women’s convention.
During the meeting Saturday, Michele Sellitto, who had attended the 2012 convention, asked Critz to tell her how he proposed “to represent the people of Pennsylvania when at a state Democratic women’s caucus you told a joke that was degrading to women and to gays.”
After more questions from Sellitto, Critz reportedly left the meeting.
The offending joke, according to Missa Eaton, who attended the convention, was about “a home invasion and a rape scene, and in the end the perpetrator is gay.”
Why Critz, who was a congressman at the time he made the joke, thought it would be funny to tell a rape joke to a convention full of women, is unclear.
“Women don’t tend to take kindly to jokes about rape,” Eaton said.
Critz went on to lose his congressional seat in November, but the incident never made it to the media.
“Several people wanted to go to the press, but others said for the good of the party let it go,” said Sellitto.
How convenient that when a Democrat makes an outrageous and offensive statement, his party will pretend it didn’t happen.
Notice the difference between Critz’s situation and that of Richard Mourdock, who during a debate in 2012 made a comment about rape that derailed his election.
Critz’s statement was never taken to the press, but it seems odd that no video was taken of a convention. If there is no footage, Critz may have been lucky, unlike Mourdock and former Rep. Todd Akin, who made absurd statements captured in video.
The rape joke is not the only offensive comment made by Critz, either. In September at a Democratic Party of York County dinner, Critz suggested to Roger Lund, who chaired the meeting Saturday, that straight familial relationships were similar to homosexual relationships.
“He says, ‘I have an aunt that’s never been married,’ ” Lund said. “ ‘Her entire life she’s lived with her mother. I would call that a committed relationship. Should they be allowed to marry, too?’ ”
Lund had asked Critz if the candidate’s position of gay marriage had “evolved.” Critz’s effort to defend himself sounded vaguely condescending.
“None of these people I’ve ever met before,” he said. “They don’t know my record, or my district. They’re judging me on the little bit of information they know, whereas the people here in my district know me.”
He might need to be reminded that he is running for statewide office and not just a district office.
A federal judge ordered HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius to suspend her death panel and place 10 year-old Sarah Murnaghan on the lung donor list.
Kathleen Sebelius did not want to intervene on the case.
“Some people live. Some people die.”
But I thought Democrats were all about the kids?
Equality is such an easy ideal to embrace, it really is. I am fine with Gay marriage for instance, personally, I think it ought to be a state by state issue, with the people of the states making that decision. But, Gay marriage, like “equality” is not the issue with Gay activists. Gay activists, like all activists are people who have become obsessed with making everyone else live as the activist sees fit. It is not good enough for a Gay activist to allow different states to have different laws. NO, the activist must have all the states bend to their desires or else. If you are wondering, I have a natural distrust of anyone who calls themselves an activist. They set my BS meter off frankly.
All of that brings me back to the Equality Pimps. Take what Stacy McCain has been blogging about lately for example. An 18-year -old girl, had sexual encounters with another girl, age 14. 14 is below the age of consent, so this 18-year-old Lesbian is finding out, as many boys over the age of 18 have found out, that actions, if they are sexual in nature with minors, have consequences. Sounds fair right? Sounds like equality to me. But, nit to the Gay activist types, who are trying to recreate the civil rights movement. I will let Stacy pick it up here
You know how the “Free Kate” crowd say they have no agenda beyond “fairness” and “equality”? There is reason to doubt:
Again, this is being spun as a case of, wait for it, discrimination. But, if these girls were boys, they would still be in trouble. This is how EQUALITY works. You get treated equally, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
But it is not really equality that is the end game here is it?
It’s difficult to describe my reaction to Kristin Ireland’s tearful “Lifetime movie” sympathy for Paige in Pennsylvania, jailed for being an 18-year-old having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
According to Ireland, this is a story about “railroading and “discrimination,” as if 18-year-old guys in Pennsylvania were routinely banging 14-year-olds without any fear of prosecution.
I think not, ma’am.
And I think Kristin Ireland wouldn’t be boo-hooing if this was a teenage boy doing time for statutory rape. No, her sympathy is reserved entirely for her fellow lesbians, and so therefore either:
- We must create a special Gay Jailbait Loophole to prevent the prosecution of “consensual” gay sex with 14-year-olds;
- We must effectively end all prosecution for such crimes, hetero or homo, because equal application of the law would occasionally result in some 18-year-old lesbians going to jail for dating ninth-graders, and this would make Kristin Ireland cry.
As I said, I am all for equality, but the activists here? They are about themselves.
A state legislator has apologized for anonymously attacking constituents who support Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and calling a woman an “industry troll.”
Rep. Jesse White, D-Allegheny, apologized Thursday for online attacks that included saying the woman was “dumber than a box of rocks.”
The woman who was verbally abused, Janice Gibbs, is a 64-year-old resident of McDonald, a small town about 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh that has seen a boom in a natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, over the last five years.
“The part that hurts the most is this is my state representative,” Gibbs said. “This is not just me talking to a neighbor.”
A friend of Gibbs, Darlene Barni, said residents have “a binder full” of posts that appear to have been made by White. She said residents have been working for months to confirm suspicions that White was behind attacks that included calling women who support drilling “whores.” She said part of the shock in the community is that White, who’s 34, had so aggressively attacked older people, who are normally treated with respect in rural communities.
Gibbs said the attacks on supporters of gas drilling escalated. She said she used the online name Proud American and then attacks started coming from another person with the tag Prouder American.
“It wasn’t a normal debate. It was a bashing,” Gibbs said of the anonymous attacks on her. “It made me nervous. It kind of scared me.”
White, who recently voted for a House bill that would make online impersonation a crime in cases of harassment, said in a statement that the posts were “an error in judgment that I regret” and that he’ll seek to meet with Gibbs and a local man he acknowledged attacking anonymously. White said he didn’t use government resources while posting the comments to websites.
White also complained that the natural gas industry had made “numerous misleading and personal attacks against me in an attempt to distract people from the real issues” about gas drilling.
TV station KDKA first reported White’s link to the online attacks. KDKA also reported that the anti-drilling website GasRootsPA was registered to White but that the registration was changed an hour after a reporter began asking questions.
White’s spokesman declined to comment on specific allegations.
The Pennsylvania natural gas drilling boom began in White’s district, and over the last few years he’s been engaged in a fight with state agencies and some drilling companies over the proper extent of regulations and oversight.
The Marcellus Shale lies under parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Fracking, which involves injecting large volumes of water with sand and hazardous chemicals underground to break apart rock, has made it possible to tap into deep reserves of oil and gas, but it also has raised concerns about air and water pollution.
White said that he won’t stop asking tough questions about gas drilling to ensure that “we’re developing our natural resources in a responsible way that generates an economic benefit to our community but also protects the people who live and work here.”
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, declined to comment on White’s behavior.
Talking with a friend about a pink toy bubble gun got a five-year-old kindergarten girl in the Mount Carmel Area School District labeled as a terrorist threat, according to an attorney.
The incident occurred Jan. 10 while the girl was waiting in line for a school bus, said Robin Ficker, the Maryland lawyer retained by the girl’s family. He would not identify the girl or her parents, but gave this version of events:
Talking with a friend, the girl said something to the effect “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself” in reference to the device that shoots out bubbles. The girl did not have the bubble gun with her and has never shot a real gun in her life, Ficker said.
Elementary school officials learned of the conversation and questioned the girls the next day, Fickler said. He said the girl did not have a parent present during the 30 minutes of questioning.
The result, he said, was that the student was labeled a “terrorist threat” and suspended for 10 days, Ficker said. The school also required her to be evaluated by a psychologist, Ficker said.
“This little girl is the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania,” he said.
Ficker, who said he was contacted because the mother had read he handled a similar case in Maryland, suggested she ask the principal to expunge the record. That did not happen, but her suspension was reduced to two school days, and the reason for it changed to being labeled as a threat to harm another student.
“She’s branded,” Ficker said.
School district solicitor Edward Greco said Friday the allegations are being looked into but neither he nor school officials could discuss disciplinary actions. Greco and Ficker acknowledged they are trying to arrange a meeting next week to discuss the situation.
Ficker believes the girl’s record should be expunged and she be offered an apology.
1389 Blog has the smelly details
Not a single vote for Romney in 68 precincts?
Those 68 precincts are in the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. That outcome is so statistically improbable that we can just go ahead and call it impossible.
Weasel Zippers: Wow: Romney Got Zero Votes In 59 Philadelphia Voting Divisions – Update: Romney Received Zero Votes In Nine Cleveland Precincts…
(h/t: Carolina Girl)
Nah, no fraud here.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mitt Romney on Tuesday received ZERO votes in 59 Philadelphia voting divisions! ZERO!
It’s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.
Read and decide for yourself
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Good grief, does he not get the irony of that statement? Does he not see that many Americans will at the very least, raise an eyebrow over this? Smitty has more
Words are meaningless to this man. Empathy? Not a chance. It is amazing to watch this transformation. From Hope and Change to this, and obviously empty suit uttering empty rhetoric, and rather than bringing us together, dividing us as never before. The Obama Train looks to be derailing, and, as RS McCain notes, the truth is very tough on the Obamabots
This will be seen in retrospect as the day liberals began to realize that Obama was going to lose the election, the day The Great Wall of Denial (erected by Nate Silver and the Democrat Graveyard Whistling Choir) proved itself too weak to withstand an encounter with reality.
Yesterday, Jim Messina called the Romney super-PAC’s ad buy in Pennsylvania “desperate.”
Today? Yeah, Obama’s buying ads in Pennsylvania.
Does this mean Romney is going to win Pennsylvania? No, but it does mean that it’s close enough that Team Obama couldn’t afford to let Romney air ads unopposed in Pennsylvania. And this news, coming just four days after it was reported that Team Obama is buying ads in Minnesota, is the best indication that Democrat insiders know that the president’s re-election is seriously endangered.
Liberals may be stupid, but they’re not so stupid they can’t understand what John Nolte’s headline means:
Dude. If Romney’s leading by SEVEN FREAKING POINTS in the early vote — and also leading by six points among voters who tell Gallup they plan to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6 — there is no way that Nate Silver can continue gazing at his Magic Forecasting Model™ and seeing a 72.9% chance of Obama being re-elected. He may continue telling that to his readers, but Nate cannot actually believe that.
I got the news via Stacy McCain, who is not exactly broken up over Specter’s demise at 82
One should never speak ill of the dead, and therefore I will merely note that there is one less RINO in the world.
By contrast, Charlie Crist is still alive, so there’s probably no harm in saying that if Charlie got hit by a bus tomorrow, I’d be doing cartwheels.
Ah yes Charlie Crist, RINO, bottom-feeding scumbag, all around lousy excuse for a human being.
Anyone who still supports Obama is a walking brain donor. Sorry to be blunt but I do not know how else to put it, Gateway Pundit has the latest case of Obama’s war on the middle class
Alpha Natural Resources, one of the nation’s largest coal producers, announced on Tuesday that it planned to idle eight mines in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, reducing its annual production by 16 million tons. The move will include laying off 1,200 of 13,000 employees. The company said that it was trying to meet the “evolving demands of a changing global coal market” and that it would continue selling coal in the United States while focusing new efforts on overseas markets.
The company blamed Obama’s EPA for the layoffs.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
The coal industry has been hit by competition from cheap natural gas, but Alpha made clear in its announcement that an equal problem is a Washington “regulatory environment that’s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.” That’s a direct reference to the deluge of Obama Environmental Protection Agency regulations designed to force the closure of coal-fired power plants.
And yet Obama has the nerve to say he represents the middle class.
Unbelievable, simply unbelievable his actions belie his hollow words
If you think this is just incompetence consider what Obama said in 2008, in an interview the media covered up
Despite what the Left says, Conservatives do not hate government, nor do we wish to see no government. We simply hold to the basic principle that once government gets too big, it begins to fail, and the larger it grows the larger the failures, and the deeper the erosions upon out liberties. And yes, this holds true for not just the federal government, it applies to state as well as local governments.
Zion’s Trumpet has a great example of a local government displaying this rule
It is essential to the liberal agenda that people believe there would be terrible suffering without government coercion. Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when that very coercion is used to repress voluntary charity:
A Pennsylvania woman who offers free lunch every day to low-income children in her neighborhood faces a $600-a-day fine next summer if she continues because she did not clear the food giveaway with township officials.
Angela Prattis donates her time to distribute the meals — supplied by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — and adheres to strict paperwork, like filling out weekly reports and being visited bi-weekly from a state worker, MyFoxPhilly.com reports.
That’s not good enough for the bureaurats, who don’t cotton to competition:
Chester Township, which has a per capita income of $19,000 a year, says Prattis lives in a residential zone, hence handing out food to children is not allowed. The township says she needs to go before a zoning board to ask for a variance, which would cost her up to $1,000 in administrative fees.
Yet another case of unintended consequences resulting from a stupid, useless law. The government really has no business telling one citizen whether or not they can pass out food do they? Especially in this case where the woman is bending over backwards to accommodate the bureaucracy.
According to stolen Stratfor emails published on Wikileaks, John McCain’s campaign in 2008 had evidence that the Obama Campaign was stuffing ballot boxes in Ohio and Pennsylvania and also had proof that the Obama team had “sleazy” Russian money in their cofffers.
Business Insider reported:
John McCain’s 2008 campaign staff allegedly had evidence that Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in Pennsylvania and Ohio on election night, but McCain chose not to pursue voter fraud, according to internal Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks.
In an email sent on November 7, 2008, and titled ”McCain #5x ** Internal Use Only – Pls Do Not Forward **,” Stratfor vice president of intelligence Fred Burton wrote:
1) The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to “out”.
In an email sent two days earlier and titled “Insight – McCain #5 ** internal use only – Pls do not forward **,” Burton wrote:
After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff’s desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.
The video of a Pennsylvania woman driving in the snow covered median on I-81 is all over the net. The lady was having a Diabetic emergency it seems, and I hope she is OK. the video, though, perfectly describes Obama’s presidency
“I would just say it like this — the lights are on but nobody’s home. Meaning, your eyes are open, you’re wide awake, but you don’t realize what’s going on around you,” Fife said. “And from the video that I watched, that has to be what’s happening.”
YEP! That is Team Obama!