Monday, December 05, 2011
Because the Miami Marlins (new name, yet still lame) just signed all-star shortstop Jose Reyes to a six year, $106 million deal to start the annual Winter Meetings. Meaning the prime star will be sidelined in Miami and wont be able to torture my Braves in the Mets lineup anymore.
The deal will likely cause mass hysteria in Mets universe, beginning with my fellow bloggers at Pundit Press (I wont reveal their names for risk of public humiliation), but what do you expect from their Mets, who actually thought Kaz Matsui was a good idea several years ago and just let their biggest fish leave?
This should delight Marlin fans, however few there are - probably less than 10,000 hard core, and ease tensions in Braves Nation over whether the Mets only good player would remain to haunt us until next decade. Either way, it's Christmastime in the MLB and interesting stuff will be coming out every day.
What say you?
Sunday, December 04, 2011
How could it be that Binghamton, New York is able to find the money to transport water to Dimock, Pennsylvania, but can't seem to find cash on hand to fix a heating system The Greenman Senior Center. Who is he representing exactly.
In case you missed it the EPA recently sent a letter to Dimock residents that states that affected well water is safe and doesn't pose a risk to human health. While I am at it, how is it that suddenly the EPA and DEC are political pawns doing dirty deeds for the political enemy and are no longer to be trusted. Regardless, here is the letter.
Dear Dimock Residents,This email is a follow-up to the visits to Dimock area homes by EPA on November 10, 2011 and the subsequent review of well sampling data for wells impacted by the Cabot Oil and Gas Company drilling activities. EPA has conducted a preliminary review and screening of the data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and residents. While we are continuing our review, to date, the data does not indicate that the well water presents an immediate health threat to users. EPA will continue to review available information related to the concerns of Dimock area residents. We are continuing to work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania going forward on this issue.
Please feel free to call me or David Polish, Community Involvement Coordinator, at (215) 814-3327, if you have further questions.
Community Involvement CoordinatorHazardous Site Cleanup Division (Mailcode 3HS52)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 31650
Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA., 19103
phone: (215) 814 – 5539
fax: (215) 814 – 3015
Binghamton lies in the heart of the Southern Tier of New York. It has been depressed economically for years and this fall saw some of the worst flooding in its history. Surely there are better things to spend valuable taxpayer money on than shipping water to Pennsylvania. It appears Mayor Ryan is more interested in pushing his narrow environmental agenda than representing the good people of Binghamton and leading the city to recovery.
What a shame.
Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told ABC News' “This Week” that he expects to soon supplant surging rival Newt Gingrich and become the Republican favorite.
“So if you look at all of these little boomlets, they last about four to six weeks. Newt is in about week three,” Santorum said.
“So we feel pretty good that, you know, come the middle of December and toward the end of December, as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust, someone that is authentic, someone who knows what they believe in and why they believe it, and has a record to back up the rhetoric as to what they want to do to change this country, because we do need big changes, well, who has been doing that?”
As “This Week” host Christine Amanpour noted, Santorum is currently tied with former Obama administration ambassador Jon Huntsman for last in Iowa, according to the most recently conducted Des Moines Register poll (Iowa's primary, the nation's first, is scheduled to take place Jan. 3). Santorum, however, was non-plussed.
"We're within the margin of error of both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, both of whom have had enormous attention by the national media, and have had money and resources," Santorum argued. "Rick Perry is running literally millions of dollars of ads in Iowa, and he is right next to me in the polls."
6. GINGRICH, N (R)... 100% [Conservative in 1998], 90% [Conservative in Lifetime]Food for thought, at least.
Russian voters dealt Vladimir Putin's ruling party a heavy blow on Sunday by cutting its parliamentary majority in an election that showed growing unease with his domination of the country as he prepares to reclaim the presidency.And this "50%" is after fraud by Putin and his cronies.
Incomplete results showed Putin's United Russia was struggling even to win 50 percent of the votes, compared with more than 64 percent four years ago. Opposition parties said even that outcome had been inflated by fraud.
Although Putin is still likely to win a presidential election in March, Sunday's result could dent the authority of the man who has ruled for almost 12 years with a mixture of hardline security policies, political acumen and showmanship but was booed and jeered after a martial arts bout last month.
United Russia had 49.6 percent of the votes after results were counted in 51 percent of voting districts for the election to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. Two exit polls had earlier put it on 45.5 and 48.5 percent.
|If he didn't have plastic surgery, he'd probably look upset|
Operators of a U.S. drone lost flight control of it along Afghanistan's western border with Iran, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the incident. The crew operating the unmanned drone reported a loss of flight control just before the drone went down. U.S. officials are aware of reports out of Iran that they shot down a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel and believe this may be the drone the Iranians are talking about, according to this U.S. official. However, the U.S. official said the U.S. government has not confirmed that Iran shot it down, although it may have gone down over Iranian territory.Please bookmark!
The RQ-170 Sentinel is a stealth drone developed for the Air Force to help provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Although the Sentinel was developed for the Air Force, the U.S. official declined to confirm whether it was the U.S. military or the U.S. intelligence community operating the drone at the time of the incident.
The official said the drone’s mission was to fly over Afghanistan. U.S. officials over the years have been adamant that U.S. assets do not fly over Iranian air space.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
The American Pundit is a rising conservative site that is personally one of my favorite sites. In fact, I actually have it bookmarked on my computer. So, without further ado:
When did you found The American Pundit and why?
The American Pundit was soft-launched in 2006 but started to be regularly updated in 2007. This was in response not only to the Democratic takeover of Congress but the pending presidential election, which it was already clear would be a difficult one for our side of the aisle.
What is your favorite part about running a website? What is the worst part?
The best part? It provides a channel for the venting I used to direct towards the television. It also allows me to connect with like-minded people. Worst part? It can start to take over your life. At a certain point you have to force yourself to walk away for a while, clear your head, and get reacquainted with the non-political side of life. Otherwise it consumes you.
Where do you see your site one year from now?
A year from now I hope to be writing about the desperate actions of a lame duck president during his final days in office.
Do you have a favorite candidate for 2012 yet? If so, why?
I'm leaning towards Newt Gingrich for the moment, though I readily concede he was not my first...or second...or third choice. I like that he does something too many Republicans have been afraid to do: Reject the premise of a question from a hostile moderator or interviewer. Whether I still support him a week or two from now isn't clear. But I'm leaning towards him for now.
Do you believe the Republican nominee will defeat President Obama come 2012?
Frankly, I find too many Republicans have become complacent, assuming the next election is a done deal. It's not. You look at everything that has happened and Barack Obama still has a half-way decent approval rating. As one of my favorite bloggers, Allahpundit, remarked the other day: Despite everything going on in American and around the world, Obama's approval remains just a few positive news cycles away from being above water.
Can we beat Obama? Absolutely. Not only can we beat him, but we can do so resoundingly. But that will take a nominee who can attack both aggressively and effectively. It will take a competent party machine with the structure in place to get out the vote (GOTV). It will take effective marketing. It will take support from third-party groups. It will likely take record-breaking sums of money. It will take dedicated volunteers. But most of all it will require our spreading the truth of the Obama presidency far and wide.
Looking at the way that President Obama has "led" our country, is he doing worse, better, or equal to what you were expecting?
Unfortunately, President Obama is doing just as badly overall as I thought he would. I'm proud to say I recognized from early on that he was from outside mainstream American politics -- that he would push disastrous policies. That he would make President Clinton look conservative.
Is there an issue that you think the Administration is intentionally ignoring or sweeping under the rug?
Goodness. For starters, gay marriage. We're told the president's view is "evolving". In other words, he doesn't want to take a firm position until he sees how things shake out. Another issue would be Guantanamo Bay. He was going to close that within the first year, then reality set in. Now its future is in political limbo. True to his record he likes to vote "present" a lot.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It's my sincere hope that Americans understand how consequential 2012 will be. We're at a crossroads in America. This is a defining moment in the history of our country. To quote (rather extensively, if I may) from Ronald Reagan's famous 1964 address "A Time for Choosing":
"Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, "We don't know how lucky we are." And the Cuban stopped and said, "How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to." In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."
Herman Cain just announced that he's suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination, but that he will remain involved in the political process by advocating for his 9-9-9 plan, and other conservative initiatives. His wife was by his side and the event had the appearance of someone announcing their in it to win it; not I'm dropping out.
The 2012 Republican field is now down to seven: Gingrich, Romney, Paul, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman, but only Gingrich and Perry have a realistic shot of gaining now detached Cainiacs - the others will, on the bright side, have more time at the upcoming debates and will perform better by being there, by default.
What say you?
Republicans in the House of Representatives said on Friday they will attach a bill designed to speed approval of the Keystone pipeline to payroll tax cut legislation House Speaker John Boehner hopes to pass this month.Please bookmark!
The move is designed to ratchet up the heat on President Barack Obama, whose administration has put the Keystone XL pipeline on hold pending a study of a new route, pushing a decision past the 2012 presidential election.
When complete, the pipeline would deliver some 700,000 barrels a day of oilsands crude from the Canadian province of Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Green groups oppose the line because of concerns about greenhouse gas emissions from the mining of the Alberta tar sands and on worries about spills.
Currently, the State Department is mandated by law to approve any pipeline that crosses the U.S. border.
But the unofficial results are scary and sadly vindicating for some of us who warned about the Hosni Mubarak overthrow and the impending islamist upheaval.
Here's the breakdown of results:
The bad news
The Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom and Justice" Party received 40% of the vote in the liberal cities of Alexandria and Cairo, meaning 3.2 million people (out of the 8+ million who voted in stage one) stood with the organization responsible for the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat and gave them super-minority status.
The really bad news
The salafist Al Nour Party, which wants Egypt's constitution to strictly follow the tennants of Islam, received nearly 20% of the vote after only ten months of existance compared to the Brotherhood's 80 year run. This party trailed in the polls with just 10% before votes were cast - they came out of really nowhere to finish second.
The really, really bad news
This was just stage one of Egypt's parliamentary elections, and the other two are going to be held in the even more islamist countryside which will decide who represents the other 66% parliament. The islamists, at their current rate, could control well over 75% of Egypt's government in just one month from now.
What say you?
Friday, December 02, 2011
Multiple sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO Friday that Herman Cain is “leaning toward suspending the campaign,” in the words of one, who stressed no decision has been made.
“He’ll probably get out, but nothing’s been decided,” another source said.
The one-time leader in the Republican presidential polls is scheduled to address supporters at the opening of his Georgia state headquarters Saturday. He was set to meet with his wife Friday to discuss the future of his candidacy at the end of a week at which he and aides repeatedly said he was “reassessing” his candidacy.
Cain himself has sounded conflicted about the decision, saying in interviews this week that he was eager to spare his wife and family any further pain. But at events in Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina this week, he’s taken a defiant tone.
The source cited the toll the period that began on Oct. 30 has taken on his family — something Cain has discussed publicly over the last few days.
These are the people who want to take power in our country.
Oppose war with war:"
Oh the humanity! The NYPD ate pizza:
a repeat appearance from the first tweeter:
Oh, and here's Part 1.
Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain is inviting his top supporters and donors to Atlanta on Saturday for a meeting in which he will give them advance word of whether he intends to continue his campaign, sources close to the campaign said Friday.Please bookmark!
"Tomorrow in Atlanta, I will be making an announcement. But no one is gonna get me to make that prematurely," Cain said Friday at a town hall event in South Carolina.
One supporter who has been summoned to the private session said he believes that Cain is likely to announce he is ending his candidacy.
Another who has been invited to the morning meeting says attendees have been told he has made no decision, but wanted to meet with some of the supporters to express his gratitude.
Several sources indicated that Cain is likely to announce his plans publicly at a news conference after the meeting. Cain had already scheduled an event on Saturday — the grand opening of his national headquarters in his hometown of Atlanta, as well as the announcement of his campaign’s freshly minted senior leadership team for the state of Georgia.
They have been protesting about 'corporate greed' outside St Paul's Cathedral for weeks with an apparent goal to destroy capitalism.
But it seems the Occupy London camp in the heart of the capital's financial district is having trouble controlling its own financial affairs.
This week some demonstrators were accused of becoming 'elitist' with too much power over the group amid accusations of the misuse of funds.
Some were said to regard themselves as 'more equal than others' and have been compared to the ruling elite satirised in George Orwell's famous Animal Farm.
The allegations emerged as the demonstrators met for a meeting in Starbucks on Tuesday but argued about their pot of money and how and when it should be spent, The Times said.
|"More equal than others"|
The owner of an eatery in New York City's Lower Manhattan who said he was forced to let go 25 percent of his staff last month due to the Occupy Wall Street protests now says he might have to close his doors for good come next week.Please bookmark!
Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe, tells FoxNews.com that authorities have not taken down barricades around Zuccotti Park and along Wall Street despite the dwindling number of protesters since they were evicted from their encampment two weeks ago, keeping consumer foot traffic and his profits to a minimum.
“It’s like a siege mentality down here. It’s killing business for everyone down here,” said Epstein, who said he was forced to fire 21 employees after sales dropped 30 percent since the start of the Occupy Movement. “If we don’t get relief, I won’t be able to stay open past Tuesday.”
Epstein says that foot traffic has dropped despite the camp being removed from the area and that he’s losing vital business from tourists that have been avoiding the area.
Officials for the police department said there are no longer barriers at the Milk Street Cafe and haven’t been for some time. Barriers remain at the Stock Exchange, where they have existed long before the cafe opened.
Russia has delivered anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed military source as saying on Thursday, days after a United Nations commission of inquiry called for an arms embargo on Damascus.Please bookmark!
Economic and diplomatic pressure has isolated Syrian President Bashar Assad following a nine-month government crackdown against protesters in unrest the United Nations says has killed more than 4,000 people.
Moscow has spoken out against further sanctions imposed by Western and Arab League states, and it has defended its right to sell Syria weapons -- tens of millions of dollars worth last year.
"The contract was completely fulfilled, almost ahead of time," Interfax cited the source as saying of the deal, estimated at $300 million. The source did not say when the deliveries had taken place.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in February that Moscow was pressing ahead with the deal despite Israeli concerns, indicating the missiles might have been delivered earlier this year.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Herman Cain's campaign is revealing suspicions about who is behind the story regarding the former unidentified employees who accused Mr. Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990's.Please bookmark!
According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaign involved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.
According to Politico's Jonathan Martin, Curt Anderson, the Perry advisor who the Cain campaign is accusing of leaking the damaging information, is denying the charges.
The latest Rasmussen survey of likely GOP voters has me worried for the first time that Mitt Romney might not be able to hold on for the nomination, as Newt Gingrich has literally come out of nowhere to crack open a 21 point lead in the long undecided race. I mean, who expected Gingrich to be at 38% in this primary, at any point?
Cain has fallen back to the second-tier with 8%, while all the other candidates - with the exception of Huntsman (now at 3%) have remained steady for the past couple of surveys.
The Gingrich Surge seems to be turning into the Gingrich Tsunami, but we still have several weeks before Iowa and New Hampshire head to the polls, kicking off the 2012 battle for real and pitting 2 strong candidates head-to-head for the GOP nomination.
What say you?
I'm no expert on Egyptian politics by any means, but the first stage of voting was centered in big cities, while the next two will be in rural areas and small cities - and typically the latter is far more islamist in nature than the former, meaning the Muslim Brotherhood could, therotically, capture a pure majority in parliament.
Not good news.
I never really had hope the Arab Spring would result in either freedom or peace, especially in Egypt, but the unbelievably strong showing of the Muslim Brotherhood has even surprised me. I'm now sure that in a couple of years, people will look back at the massive protests and say "why didn't we stop it, and protect our friend, Hosni Mubarak, from going to the way of the Shah?"
What say you?
BACKGROUND: My true story begins back in January 1977 while I was a troubled adolescent youth associating with other at-risk youth in the Center City area of Philadelphia. I was originally introduced to Mr Ed Savitz thru political election campaign social events on behalf of Ed Rendell for Philadelphia District Attorney. These political events were in the South Philly and the Center City area where I worked cleaning up tables and supporting local elected officials. At these political social events I was introduced to Ed Rendell and other local political types by Ed Savitz. These social political events were also a social magnet for wealthy politically connected pedophiles being introduced to unknowing adolescent boys working or socializing at these events. They were openly allowed to socially drink alcohol and unknowingly socialize with these various adult wealthy politically connected pedophiles. Initially Savitz pretended to mentor various boys purchasing alcohol for these various kids. Then while the kids were intoxicated, Savitz (who was subsequently convicted of child molestation and died in prison of AIDS), and other pedophile types attending these political social events, would fondle and sexually exploit these adolescent victims. He offered the intoxicated youth money and gifts in return for sexual acts. All of the warning red flags were up, but unfortunately ignored by many city officials including Philadelphia District Attorney Ed Rendell attending these political social events in the name of politics.
BACKGROND ON CHILD MOLESTOR ED SAVITZ: Edward Isadore Savitz (also known as Uncle Ed, Fast Eddie and Dr. Feel Good) (February 22, 1942 – March 27, 1993) was an American businessman who was arrested for paying thousands of young men for either engaging in anal and oral sex or for giving him dirty underwear and feces, which he kept in pizza boxes in his apartment. Ed Savitz was one of four sons by Russian immigrants Paul and Ann Gechman Savitz. The Savitzes ran an amusement arcade in downtown Philadelphia. Ed ranked first in his class of 278 students, and voted most likely to succeed. He won a full scholarship to study economics at the University of Pennsylvania, but dropped out after two years. His brother, Joseph, a lawyer who once served as a Deputy Pennsylvania Attorney - via FreeBase.com
From Eric Dondero:
Greg Bucceroni contacted Pundit Press early this week, after being shunned by local media in the Philadelphia area.
Bucceroni is a former NJ police ofcr. and currently a youth crime ofcr. in Philadelphia. He explained to LR how he was a victim of convicted pedophile (deceased) Ed Savitz. He was molested on numerous occasions by Savitz sometimes in the presence of top Philadelphia politicians.
We interviewed Greg this morning:
ERIC: Greg, thank you for allowing Libertarian Republican to bring your story to a national audience. Can you tell us why it is that you decided to step forward at this time?
GREG: Well, with everything that is going on at Penn State right now. I just saw former governer Ed Rendell as a commentator on some TV news show. NBC or something. I forgot what it was. And this son-of-a-bitch is out there talking about how horrible the Penn State cover-up is. But he was part of a similar cover-up in the late 1970s, 1980s. He was the Joe Paterno. He was in the same position as Joe Paterno is right now. And just like how Penn State covered it all up, that son-of-a-bitch protected Savitz and the internal politics of the Philadelphia Democrat Party.
The reason I am stepping forward is that I don't want this happening to other young people who may get throwin into the same position I was as a youth.
ERIC: What do you hope will come of this?
GREG: I want to make it a crime to have knowledge of pedophile behavior and not doing anything about it. I want to push national legislation.
ERIC: This is all very brave of you to do this. Are you willing to name names?
GREG: Absolutely. In addition to that scumbag Rendell, there were other witnesses. They decided to look the other way, and throw those kids under the bus, because those pedophiles were wealthy politically-connected businessmen, who were extremely generous to the Philadelphia Democrat Party.
I am willing to name names. You wanna hear names of witnesses. Congressman Bob Brady (photo) who was a political committee person at the time. He is the Chairperson today for the Democrat Party in Philadelphia. He was the one who introduced me to Ed Savitz to be my mentor.
ERIC: Our readers are particularly interested in the politics of the whole situation. How has this affected your view of the Democrat Party?
GREG: I am disgusted with the whole Democrat machine in Philadelphia. I have left the Democrat party. I am a Republican now...
ERIC: Thank you Greg. God Bless. And we hope to have more interviews with you as this story develops in the coming weeks.
GREG: No problem. Contact me any time.
Bucceroni also told PP that he is planning to contact two Republican congressional offices in the Philadelphia area this week, former Eagles linebacker Rep. Jon Runyan who represents a district in South Jersey, and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (photos), to urge them to support such legislation.
Photo credits - PressofAtlantic.com and PhillyBurbs.com Blippit.com Planetware.com
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Former Friend of Ginger White: White and I Had Lesbian Relationship While Cain "Affair" Supposedly Happened
Not only did Ginger White lose a libel case this year, according to a former friend and business partner, Ms. White is a lesbian.
And, on top of all of that, Kimberly Vay, who had a relationship with Ms. White, stated that Herman Cain was "never mentioned" during the years they spent as partners.
According to Reddy, Ginger White, the woman who alleged having a 13-year-long extramarital affair with Herman Cain, was involved in a lesbian relationship with Kimberly Vay, her former business partner.Update- The Examiner took down their story for whatever reason. However, Google cached it here.
"His name has never come up," Vay said, while telling ABC she was involved in a love affair with White for 13 years - the same length of time White said she was involved with Cain.
the Huffington Post, for example, was more than welcome to spread their lies.
But all it takes is a little digging and anyone can find Occupy Wall Street's goal is not only known, it is official. Anyone who argues otherwise is a liar or a moron (or both).
All one needs to do is to go over to OWS's official website. Under the very first article, entitled Who We Are, the group details their goals. Wade through some rambling craziness and you will come to a link (highlighted "open source project" in the article), created and put there by the founders of the protests.
Simply follow that link and in big letters you will see this:
And under their declaration, it reads:
I wonder if Nancy Pelosi still supports them...