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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Police tape was across the street from Clinton Campaign Headquarters in 2016 at Coatesville, PA. I came in early, told them be careful there was a double murder across the street & might be retaliation. They looked up, giggled & went back to their laptops.

People were shot & killed across the street. Clinton staffers giggled. 

It was so very obvious the Clinton campaign was entirely data. People were not a consideration. The exact opposite of the Obama Campaign. Clinton was guaranteed to lose.

I talked about the inhuman indifference to murders across the street from the Clinton Campaign in Coatesville but never wrote about it before. 



I'm writing this now because I’m tired of hearing excuses that Clinton lost because of Russia. 

Clinton lost because it’s obvious she didn’t care at all about people. That lack of humanity permeated the Clinton Campaign top to bottom.

By continuing to make excuses for Clinton's horrendous campaign Democrats are guaranteeing a loss to Republicans in 2018. And if Democrats lose this time the world loses democratic government. 



I was correct about retaliation for the double homicide:

“In a news release, the Coatesville Police Department said detectives are investigating whether Wylie's shooting death is related to a double homicide at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday in a rear apartment on the 500 block of East Lincoln Highway. The apartment is about a block away from the alley where Wylie was found.  

In Wednesday's double homicide, police have said that David Wayne Fitzsimmons, 56, of Coatesville, and William Chance, 46, of Philadelphia or Coatesville, died after being shot.”

MORE AT:

Julie Shaw September 29, 2016 — 12:36 PM EDT

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It appears that some members of the traditionally corrupt City of Coatesville City Council are pursuing new frontiers of corruption.


Allegedly some Coatesville City Council members are:
  • Illegally micro-managing inside of Coatesville City Hall.
  • Allegedly riding along with city codes officers to target political enemies.
  • Firing City of Coatesville workers and replacing them with personal friends.


City Manager Mike Trio is on suspension.

Next step is firing Mike Trio.

After that will they fire Police Chief Jack Laufer?



Former Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker & former City Solicitor Andrew Lehr were very sly. Their alleged intended prize was skimming the proceeds from the sale of electric power generated in Coatesville. Complicated corruption of an intended Coatesville Power Authority that would require sophisticated accounting to bring off. 

Walker is very intelligent. The FBI has chased Walker in Wilmington, DE and Newburgh, NY. and Coatesville. They never could catch him. Walker & Lehr were after big time money.


This present day alleged corruption is low level/low return. And possibly more about gang style “respect” issues & revenge than money. Girl gang stuff.

And the people who are doing it are at all sly, not very bright and narcissistic. Which means, I suppose, they can’t last long. 

One is a Republican the other 3 Democrats.

This is a developing story.



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ok, I know Pat Sellers & his “Bloc of Four” that literally rained down fire on the City of Coatesville is long gone. But anti-government extremists like Pat Sellers now have a HUGE presence in U.S. politics. Take Pat’s buddy, Larry Pratt for instance.

WATCH THE VIDEO. IT'S ASTOUNDING!

 "Larry Pratt is not just the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, he’s also an established bridge between fringe radical gun groups and some of the country’s most powerful politicians. Last night, Showtime debuted the first episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show called “Who is America?” in which Pratt’s extremism was featured front and center."

MORE AT:
Here’s The Thing About Gun Extremist Larry Pratt: He’s Always Been Like This

By Jared Holt | July 16, 2018 2:56 pm



“Sellers, and electrical worker who trails his opponent in the race, has also come under fire recently for seeking the support of Larry Pratt, a former aide to presidential candidate Pat Buchanan.  

Pratt is executive director of Gun Owners of America. He left the Buchanan Campaign after the media reported on his ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist group Aryan Nation. 

Pratt has endorsed Sellers and will be the keynote speaker at a fund-raising dinner for Sellers next week. 

Sellers said the allegations against Pratt are untrue and that he sought Pratt’s support because of his expertise on gun issues.” From: 
“Lancaster Intelligencer Journal 
Lancaster, PA Thursday April 11, 1996 
House hopeful charged in fight with teenager   
Coatesville school board president scuffled with daughter’s boy friend

FROM: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 
Pat Sellers and Larry Pratt



In I think, 2006, I stood up at a Democratic Committee Meeting in West Chester, PA to warn them that Pat Sellers and many people like him were infiltrating the Chester County Republican Committee and installing elected officials in school boards and local offices that would go on to expand and promote right wing anti-government right wing racist extremism when they would later run for higher offices.

Now we have a right wing anti-government extremist President, anti-government racist Supreme Court and anti-government racist Republicans in the House and Senate.

The CCRC and the PA-GOP are dominated by anti-government racist extremists.


'In the clip, Cohen said that he was able to gain access to members of Congress after successfully duping Pratt, which speaks volumes about Pratt’s deep influence among Republicans on Capitol Hill. 
“Now that I had this Pratt on board, I was welcomed into the halls of Congress,” Cohen says.
Under Pratt’s leadership, Gun Owners of America has lobbied Congress on behalf of fringe anti-government militia groups for gun laws that make the National Rifle Association look moderate

Despite the fact that Pratt makes frequent references to assassinating political leaders, was forced out of Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign after his ties to neo-Nazis were revealed, and peddles absurd conspiracy theories about school shootings on par with Infowars’ Alex Jones, Republican politicians still listen to the demands of Gun Owners of America and tout the group’s endorsement.'"

MORE AT: 
Here’s The Thing About Gun Extremist Larry Pratt: He’s Always Been Like This

By Jared Holt | July 16, 2018 2:56 pm

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Trump Administration is tapping into domestic terrorism so that mining and drilling companies can gain access to public lands. WHAT COULD GO WRONG!


It’s impossible to understand today's GOP without understanding right wing extremism & terrorism.






The Koch brothers, big oil and big tobacco created the Tea Party to take over the GOP. 

But the Tea Party fraction in Congress went off the rails and developed it's own uncontrollable energy.

Now the Trump Administration is tapping into domestic terrorism so that mining and drilling companies can gain access to public lands. WHAT COULD GO WRONG!


Some experts on domestic extremism say that the Hammonds' pardon is a dangerous gesture by the Trump administration. 

"Pardoning the Hammonds, serial arsonists who repeatedly threatened federal employees over the span of decades, sends a terrible and dangerous signal to armed extremists that such actions are justified," says JJ MacNab, (@jjmacnaba fellow at George Washington University's Program on Extremism. “The militia movement right now is shopping for a cause, and this pardon means that their focus will likely return to public-land politics." 

MacNab points to the pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the acquittal of the Bundy brothers in Oregon, and the mistrial of the Bundy family in Nevada: "The anti-government extremist movement is more excited and confident than I've even seen [it] before. The more victories Trump hands them, the more violent they'll likely turn should the president be impeached, removed from office, or lose to a Democrat in the next general election." 


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TRUMP IS GOING DOWN, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF WHEN.

WILL THE EXTREME RIGHT EXPLODE IN EXTREME VIOLENCE WHEN TRUMP RESIGNS.


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The Aircraft belonging to Forrest Lucas that brought the Hammonds home.
"How Forrest Lucas — the little-known millionaire whose company name is plastered on the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts — wields power, propaganda, and even Sharon Stone to protect Big Agriculture.


The last call Oregon rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. made before heading to federal prison on two counts of arson in 2016 was to a man he hardly knew. Forrest Lucas, who made his fortune on oil engine additives, promised Hammond that he would do whatever he could to get him and his son, Steven, out of prison.

Early Tuesday morning aboard Air Force One, en route to the NATO summit, President Donald Trump signed an official clemency order pardoning the two men. Lucas — a 76-year-old Indiana self-made millionaire with tight ties to the Trump administration — had fulfilled his pledge."
MORE AT:
Meet The Man — And Propaganda Machine — Behind Trump’s Latest Pardon

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"All that miscommunication, overprosecution, and judicial grandstanding created an opening for Ammon Bundy and his rogue’s gallery of conspiracy theorists and would-be renegades. Allies of the Bundys have openly thirsted for a shooting war with federal officers for years. They almost got one in Malheur. After the feds declined to rush in for a shootout at the buildings the Bundy crew had occupied, Lavoy Finicum and Ammon’s brother Ryan decided to run a checkpoint on a nearby road. By the end of the resulting car chase, Finicum was dead, Ryan was convinced that the feds had tried to assassinate him, and the actual details of what the Hammonds had done a decade earlier were drowned out by the crackpot theories in which the Bundys have long trafficked.


A story that had once centered on fraying community relations on the range had morphed into the kind of cause celebre that the movement to erode federal authority over public lands has always needed.

Later that same year, as Donald Trump chewed and spat out every supposedly professional politician in his path, the land-privatization movement got something even more valuable than a warped national media story: Power. In less than 18 months, Trump’s team has moved millions of once-protected wilderness acreage in the Southwest back into drilling jeopardygiven up on the government’s winning legal position athwart foreign mining of Bristol Bay; invited the coal companies onto taxpayer land while re-opening a loophole to let them evade royalties payments on what they scavenge there; and generally cozied up to industry executives in every conceivable way.

No symbol of the U.S.’s natural beautify is sufficiently famous or sacred to spare it from this administration’s destructive impulses – not even the Grand Canyon. His move to de-protect almost all of the just-established Bears Ears National Monument invited uranium miners into the watershed that feeds into the country’s signature wild landmark.

Left to their own devices, western U.S. communities would be rallying to combat the coastal-elite president’s raid on their landscapes. The outdoor recreation industry, which generates close to a trillion dollars in annual revenue, isn’t shy about swinging its political weight around. Ranchers like the Hammonds can’t graze cows on polluted land. Traditionalist conservation groups still have some muscle to flex with the press and the politicians, if perhaps less than they once did. Together, those who make their living from the land as it is would be formidable opponents of those who prefer to make money by ruining it.

Divide that constituency, then, and you create space to do the kinds of unprecedented stuff Trump’s been getting up to on public lands. Luckily for the president, there’s already a longstanding energetic movement out west that’s committed to those kinds of divisive ideas. The Bundys, with their crackpottery, tend to discredit the humbler complaints of ranchers and timber cutters, and to inspire coastal types to the same sneering (and dildo-mailing) that those salt-of-the-earth folks hate. The Malheur standoff is therefore similar to the faux-controversy over professional athlete protests: a political winner for Trump no matter what actually, substantively happens – just so long as it stays prominent."

MORE AT:

The real story behind Trump’s pardon of Oregon ranchers

The president is fanning a culture-war fire to help cover up his campaign to hand wilderness to mining companies.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

After GOP Candidate for PA Governor Scott Walker's campaign speech with "Second King" Hyung Jin Moon of the Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland Pennsylvania at the Tommy Gun Outlet. It's abundantly clear Scott Walker is a far out there right wing extremist.

“Scott Wagner is propping up an extremist cult leader who wears crowns of bullets and orders women to obey their husbands or face death,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “If there was ever any doubt about who Wagner stands with and how wrong his vision is for Pennsylvania, they were erased by this event. There is no excuse for Wagner’s behavior.” 

AUDIO: Scott Wagner Campaigns With Fringe Cult Leader Who Orders Women to Obey Husbands or Face Death


Back in 2006 I told the Chester County Democratic Committee to watch Pat Sellers, that he is a very dangerous man.  While in Coatesville I recognized that the CCRC and Republican Party's base voters were becoming more and more white nationalist.  That Chester County Democrats would be facing a more and more anti-government, ideologically racist Chester County Republican Committee. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Hyung Jin Moon, who leads the Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, and is known as “True Father” and “Second King” to his followers, issued a literal call to arms to members of his anti-LGBT sect last month. 
Southern Poverty Law Center: 
Anti-LGBT cult leader calls on followers to purchase assault rifles

The audio is hard to understand. Maybe someone will parse it out.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Reading about the kids trapped in a cave reminded me that we lived over mine shafts.

I’m re-looking up stuff about the Copper mines under our house in Lower Frederick. They go back to about 1720 & William Penn:

“the Perkiomen Copper Mining Company was chartered by an act of Assembly. The Revolutionary War seems to have interrupted mining operations, as evidence points to the fact that the vein was hidden and work stopped to prevent the British from procuring the ore.” 

“An attempt to re-open the mine prior to World War I proved unprofitable because of the low-grade ore that was found,”
FROM:

Lower Frederick Township was interested in the exact location of the Perkiomen Copper Mining Company mine shafts. My home was over copper mine tunnels. A new development was in the planning stages over even more copper mine tunnels. 

I can’t remember his name but someone (whose name might come to me) from the Lower Frederick Planning Commission was with me when we talked to a spelunker who was exploring the mine shafts for Lower Frederick Township.

He was big guy wearing a beat up white construction hat with a light riveted to it. It had straps to cover his ears. The scrapes on the hat came from moving through narrow caves. Spelunking is not really for someone 6.5 or so & 200 lbs. but we don’t get to choose our bodies, not yet anyway, see “Westworld” HBO.

They tried to reopen the mines during WWI. The ore quality was too low to use. There is or maybe by now was a wood frame house where copper mine workers from that WWI period lived that was accessible from a property on Game Farm Road.

There is an iron grate covering a copper mine shaft just off (I think) Gerloff Road. People, probably mostly children, try to explore the mines from time to time. I am not aware of anyone being trapped in the mines.

There is a ghost story:
“Over the years, many strange tales of the mine were circulated, one of which involves two adventurers who were determined to find the hidden ore. They entered the shaft with candles and began working at removing some heavy stones that blocked their way. After the removal of several stones, an icy blast hit them and blew out the candles. They hastily withdrew, claiming that a "spirit" of the mine guarded the treasure.”
FROM:





I used to walk to the top of Rock Hill in the Meng Preserve from my home in Lower Frederick Township.

Jurassic or Triassic Rock of molten magma from the same volcanic rock Brunswick Formation at Devil’s Den in Gettysburg National Park is at the top of Rock Hill in Limerick Township, PA.  The rocks, which go more than a mile under the earth, look something like Superman’s crystal cave. 


FROM: http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/topogeo/publications/pgspub/map/map1/index.htm
Some of my neighbors ran completely out of water

The rock crystals you see on Rock Hill are not boulders. You see the tip of what is more than a mile deep wall of impervious rock splitting Lower Frederick’s well water in half. 

It was discovered that a gas station (there could have been other sources) was spilling Trichloroethylene (TCE) into the ground rendering the largest water source in Lower Frederick Township unusable. 


TCE contamination is the reason we ran out of water for a time until Philadelphia Suburban Water Company connected us to the Green Lane Reservoir. The pump station for the water from Green Lane Reservoir is at the confluence of the Perkiomen Creek at the Schuylkill River. 


It seems that problems with well water contamination continue to this day:




Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Here in Coatesville, we know what the people in Boise feel. The look on the face of a man standing by a “have you seen Aaron Turner” poster told me something terrible happened.

His chainsawed body was never found. Chester County’s a  beautiful place, but there’s a sadness here. You go by places where terrible things happened. Reminders.




Photography keeps me out of despair. 



Photography gives me an excuse to look for the beauty that is always, always there, but usually ignored. Do enough of it and you look even when a camera isn’t in your hands. 





Coatesville 132 East Lincoln Highway June 30, 2018


Come in through the door!


Hibernia Park Fisherman on Chambers Lake in Fall




My crazy cat.


At Longwood Gardens 


Porch at Terracina. Built by Rebecca Lukens in 1850-51 for her daughter Isabella and son-in-law, Dr. Charles Huston. 
Coatesville PA 1st Avenue Handing out Daily Local News


Market St. Philadelphia 1966



I began photography with a Mamiyaflex, Nikon F and Black & white printing in 1966. I’ve always loved color but except expensive for dye transfer printing a photographer had no control over color. Until digital photography.

I knew a Marine named David Douglas who was at Khe Sanh just after David Douglas Duncan left. 


I also subscribe to  “Three Blind Men And An Elephant” because they do local videos right here in Chester County, PA about the Mariner East Pipeline:




Most photographers had no control over color until Photoshop. And, Nikon then put video into DSLRs as an afterthought. Now anyone has  iMovie & DaVinci.  Now I can do this: