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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.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Prince Andrew’s teen sex is the appetizer Epstein-Mogilevich-Maxwell AND Trump is the main course.

Teen sex with Prince Andrew will garner the most headlines but the Jeffery Epstein-Semion Mogilevich-Chislane Maxwell-Member of Parliament Robert Maxwell & business partner of Semion Mogilevich AND Donald Trump are the meat of the story. 

This could put the dagger in Trump’s heart.

Epstein appears before a magistrate in New York on Monday. If Epstein is granted bail he will disappear. 

The links should open on the PDF below:

My original post misstated teen sex with Prince Edward. I corrected it to teen sex with Prince Andrew:  

"A few things about this stuck out to criminal defense lawyer and Law&Crime trial analyst Gene Rossi. First and foremost, it’s “extremely bad news” for Epstein that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is involved. 

“They don’t play nice,” Rossi told Law&Crime in a phone interview Sunday. 

Also, it means that other charges are possible. It could mean money laundering, public corruption, or tax-related charges. 

'Who knows?” he said. “The sky’s the limit.” 

Why It’s Really Bad for Epstein He’s Being Prosecuted by SDNY’s Public

Thursday, July 4, 2019


I worked with the Kerry campaign. Their paid staff were compassionate, caring and considerate of others. People here routinely walk between moving cars. I noticed that Benari Poulten @BenariLee  was extremely careful driving through Coatesville’s streets.

The Obama for President paid staff were amazing. They had human compassion I hadn’t seen since I was involved with Father John McNamee in Philadelphia. In particular Omar Woodard @OmarWoodard was an outstanding campaign manager and outstanding human being. 

Obama 08 was an exciting time in Coatesville, PA

Clinton’s paid staff were robots working on laptops. 

A staff member looked up when I asked if they noticed the Coatesville PD across the street and said he did. I told them that 6 hours before they opened that morning there was a double murder. He giggled and went back to his laptop. 

We are accustomed to gunfire in Coatesville  Most people know to get down. I was warning the Clinton people that there would probably be retaliation for the double murder. 

I never expected indifference to the violent deaths across the street and the possibility of more gunfire. 

There was retaliation and more gunfire just down 6th Avenue. 


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. 

"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."

by Julie Shaw, Posted: September 29, 2016

Republicans stage a statewide version of the long lines of Lincoln U students at Lower Oxford Polls in 2008. GOP VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL on Governor Wolf’s desk

Republicans are trying to create long lines to deny Democrats in large communities their right to vote. 

"The state of Pennsylvania is on the cusp of approving a major piece of voter suppression legislation ahead of the 2020 election, despite a Democrat serving as governor. 

The bill, passed largely along party lines with nearly universal opposition from Democrats in the state legislature, is on the governor’s desk. If signed into law, it would ban what’s known as “straight-ticket” voting, which allows a voter to cast a ballot for all Democrats, or all Republicans, at once. Because precincts in Democratic areas of the state, particularly in Philadelphia, are heavily under-resourced relative to the size of the voting population, banning straight-ticket voting would mean much longer lines at the polls, as each voter needs more time behind the curtain. Studies have shown the longer lines depress Democrat turnout significantly.

The ban is a longtime goal of Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel. In late 2015, Republicans succeeded in banning straight-ticket voting in Michigan, spurring litigation that lasted for a couple of years."


Akela Lacy

July 2 2019, 4:00 a.m.

"15. Defendants Carol Aichele, Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone are elected members of the Chester County Board of Commissioners and the Chester County Board of Elections. All three are sued in their official capacities; Defendants Aichele and Farrell are sued in their individual capacities as well."

In predominantly white Chester County, Pa., Lower Oxford East Township contains the largest concentration of African-American voters, largely because of Lincoln University, one of the oldest historically African-American universities in the country.  
The township made national news following the 2008 presidential election, when some voters were forced to wait literally all day in pouring rain in order to vote. Many voters had to leave without casting their votes, disenfranchised by inadequate polling facilities.  
Despite numerous warnings before the election that the cramped polling place would cause problems, the County Board of Elections had refused to change the location of the polling place – a tiny community center that could accommodate only two lines of voters, a small number of privacy booths, and a single ballot scanner.  And even after the 2008 fiasco, the Board of Elections rejected a petition to move the polling place to the campus of Lincoln University, where it had previously been located for years."
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nobody talks about the first Jewish president. If Berne Sanders becomes president it would be the final act in a play that began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt deciding to run for president.

In the 1950s and 60s Coatesville, PA sometimes called “The end of the Main Line”, the old money estate owning and fox hunting Main Line, a marriage between a Catholic and Protestant was a “mixed marriage” almost as forbidden as a black and white mixed marriage or a Jewish and Christian mixed marriage.

In 1959 most of the discussion about Kennedy vs. Nixon was his Catholicism in our heavily immigrant and black populated Coatesville, PA. 

You had the majority white Catholics on the pro-Kennedy side and a smaller Protestant and sometimes KKK on the pro-Nixon side. 

The first Catholic President was the most talked about part of the Nixon vs. Kennedy race.

In what white people call “back in the day” the United States was a Socialist Democracy experiencing economic boom times. Parents, white parents and even some black parents took for granted that their sons and daughters would be better off than they were. 

But if you called our Socialist Democracy a Socialist Democracy you risked being called “Communist” by the right wing of the Republican Party. I listened to black leaders begin with "I'm not a Communist" when talking about things as mundane as street cleaning.


Only 20 years before JFK ran for president politicians here were siding with Mussolini and Hitler. 

German American Bund
 rally poster at
Madison Square Garden,
February 20, 1939
Many Republicans in pre-World War II Times liked fascism. They hid their views after Germany declared war. 

Now pro-fascist Republicans are at the top of the Republican Party.

Some Republicans, among them Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh were negotiating with Nazis after Germany declared war working out a non-aggression pact that would give Hitler England in return for not attacking the United States. 

Charles Lindbergh later came around and helped the United States war effort. His close association with and knowledge of the German aircraft industry helped our war effort. 

American GIs were startled when they saw Nazi Army Ford troop transit trucks. Henry Ford kept profiting from his German Ford division going 8 months after Germany declared war on the United States. 

Ford and the Führer
by Ken Silverstein

The Nation magazine, January 24, 2000


All fascists campaign on racial purity. 

In Trump's case it's keeping the white race pure. Narendra Modi campaigns on keeping India Hindu. 

"The country is changing — it's getting browner, as population growth slows among whites. Non-whites now make up a majority of kindergartners; by the next presidential election, the Census Bureau predicts they will be a majority of all children; and by 2044, no one racial group will be a majority of the country." 

How The Browning Of America Is Upending Both Political Parties 
Domenico Montanaro

Population growth has slowed. That's what is behind the anti-abortion and anti-birth control politics of the Republican Christofascists.

About 1/3 of Americans are terrified that white people will not continue to dominate U.S. society, politics & commerce. The other 2/3 don't care. Trump makes the fearful more terrified guaranteeing they will support anything he does. 

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them 
by Jason Stanley

September 11,1941, Charles Lindbergh charged that British, Jews & the Roosevelt Administration are leading the America into War:


After World War II the fascists among the Republicans mostly stayed in the wings. They failed when Barry Goldwater was defeated by Johnson. 

Nixon did not favor fascism. But was racist and laid the foundation of mass incarceration of Black men. 

Then came Ronald Reagan a B actor who could be manipulated by the fascists among Republicans as long as something was in it for him. 

When a Black man ran for president and became president fascists quickly rose to the top of the Republican Party. 

The Republican Party joins the fascist revival with Marnie LePen in France, Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland, Viktor Orban in Hungry, Sebastian Kurz in Austria, Matteo Salvini in Italy and Narendra Modi’s Bharatya Janata Party, a Hindu Nazi party, in India.

Fascism and Nazis are making a big comeback. A Jewish U.S. president could counter the Nazi revival.

Fascism and the far right in Europe: country by country guide, 2019

By Martin Smith and Tash Shifrin | 19 May 2019

Also see: 

That this tough-guy, get-mad-and-get-even approach has gained him an increasingly large and enthusiastic following has probably surprised Trump as much as anyone else.  

Trump himself is simply and quite literally an egomaniac. But the phenomenon he has created and now leads has become something larger than him, and something far more dangerous. 

Republican politicians marvel at how he has “tapped into” a hitherto unknown swath of the voting public. But what he has tapped into is what the founders most feared when they established the democratic republic: the popular passions unleashed, the “mobocracy.” Conservatives have been warning for decades about government suffocating liberty. But here is the other threat to liberty that Alexis de Tocqueville and the ancient philosophers warned about: that the people in a democracy, excited, angry and unconstrained, might run roughshod over even the institutions created to preserve their freedoms. As Alexander Hamilton watched the French Revolution unfold, he feared in America what he saw play out in France — that the unleashing of popular passions would lead not to greater democracy but to the arrival of a tyrant, riding to power on the shoulders of the people. 

This phenomenon has arisen in other democratic and quasi-democratic countries over the past century, and it has generally been called “fascism.” Fascist movements, too, had no coherent ideology, no clear set of prescriptions for what ailed society. “National socialism” was a bundle of contradictions, united chiefly by what, and who, it opposed; fascism in Italy was anti-liberal, anti-democratic, anti-Marxist, anti-capitalist and anti-clerical. Successful fascism was not about policies but about the strongman, the leader (Il Duce, Der Führer), in whom could be entrusted the fate of the nation. Whatever the problem, he could fix it. Whatever the threat, internal or external, he could vanquish it, and it was unnecessary for him to explain how. Today, there is Putinism, which also has nothing to do with belief or policy but is about the tough man who single-handedly defends his people against all threats, foreign and domestic. 

To understand how such movements take over a democracy, one only has to watch the Republican Party today. These movements play on all the fears, vanities, ambitions and insecurities that make up the human psyche. In democracies, at least for politicians, the only thing that matters is what the voters say they want — vox populi vox Dei. A mass political movement is thus a powerful and, to those who would oppose it, frightening weapon. When controlled and directed by a single leader, it can be aimed at whomever the leader chooses. If someone criticizes or opposes the leader, it doesn’t matter how popular or admired that person has been. He might be a famous war hero, but if the leader derides and ridicules his heroism, the followers laugh and jeer. He might be the highest-ranking elected guardian of the party’s most cherished principles. But if he hesitates to support the leader, he faces political death."
This is how fascism comes to America
Robert Kagan

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Trump Administration disclosed CIA source Kilimnik to discredit Mueller. Now the Russian GRU can murder him. Congress can open impeachment with treason as the first charge

This is a BIG DEAL: 
“(1) It appears the Trump administration has already started leaking classified intel to conservative media, which is a crime 

(2) Given that Kilimnik is in a gated GRU compound, this leak is intended to not just "burn" him as a US asset but to get him killed.”

From Seth Abramson
- https://twitter.com/sethabramson

Trump is trying to discredit the Mueller investigation by leaking to The Hill:

“In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence. 
But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters. 
Why Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny.”
Maybe Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report is because leaving it in is treason.

Outing a CIA source Kilimnik so the Russian GRU can murder him is treason. Now Congress can open impeachment with treason. 

The entire article is here:

By John Solomon, opinion contributor

June 06, 2019 - 08:45 PM EDT

Monday, May 20, 2019

In February of 2016 I wrote that Trump would win Pennsylvania. If Biden is the Democratic nominee in 2020 Trump would again win Pennsylvania.

Talk to former Lukens Steel union steelworkers in Coatesville or wherever they live now. They usually will tell you that China is taking steelworkers jobs. They all began life as Democrats. Some remain as Democrats but now almost all of them support the GOP and President Trump.

When they worked at Lukens Japanese companies did take Lukens steelworkers jobs. But Lukens modernized. Scrapped the coke burning furnaces and built an electric furnace. 

Lukens did not follow most of the U.S. steel industry executives that stuck with1930 steel production techniques, bled their companies dry while lining their pockets and waited for bankruptcy. 

In the 1950s heyday of the City of Coatesville Lukens employed about 6,000 people. Now ArcelorMittal employees about 600 people. 

When I worked at Lukens in 1965 the sign that said “days since last disabling injury” stayed in the 20s. The steel plant in Coatesville is safer because those 5400 jobs have been replaced by robots.

The former union Lukens steelworkers black or white know all this but they will insist that China stole U.S. steel jobs. And they will insist that Mexican workers steal American jobs. 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In May 2016, David Betras, a Democratic Party leader in the heart of industrial northeast Ohio, sent a memo warning Hillary Clinton’s campaign that it was on the verge of losing Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan because she was not connecting with blue-collar voters. These states “should be easy wins for us,’’ he wrote.
He said he got no answer. 
As he sees it now, Democrats are still just as out of touch.


May 20, 2019

I wrote this in February of 2016:

In a Trump vs. Clinton general election, I think Trump would win Pennsylvania.  

When Obama ran in 2008 Gov. Rendell supported Clinton.  Mostly, I think, because he thought Obama would win in Philly but not much of the rest of Pennsylvania. 

Governor Rendell’s line of thought dates back to President Andrew Jackson: 
“SINCE Donald J. Trump shot to the top of Republican polls last fall, pundits have tried to make sense of his popularity. He has been described as a modern-day product of reality-TV narcissism, or the second coming of European fascism. But as he cruises into the South Carolina primary after beating his rivals by double digits in New Hampshire, it’s clear that neither idea quite explains his strength.  
Mr. Trump’s rhetoric resonates with a particular American political tradition. Voters may not know the details of that tradition, but they feel it viscerally when a politician taps into it. Mr. Trump has done just that by emulating a classic model of American democratic leadership. 
A clue as to just which leadership model can be found on a map. While Trump fans are spread across the country, they are heavily concentrated in and near the Appalachian states — from Mississippi and Alabama all the way to western Pennsylvania and New York. The northwest corner of South Carolina is one of the most pro-Trump parts of the country…
Consciously or not, Mr. Trump’s campaign echoes the style of Andrew Jackson, and the states where Mr. Trump is strongest are the ones that most consistently favored Jackson during his three runs for the White House.”

That thing about Governor Rendell thinking Obama would not win Pennsylvania has been turned around in this election. 

Donald Trump may have his strongest support nationally and in Pennsylvania from the very same kind of Democrats that, back in 2008, Governor Rendell envisioned voting for Hillary Clinton and not Barack Obama. 
Donald Trump holds a dominant position in national polls in the Republican race in no small part because he is extremely strong among people on the periphery of the G.O.P. coalition.  
He is strongest among Republicans who are less affluent, less educated and less likely to turn out to vote. His very best voters are self-identified Republicans who nonetheless are registered as Democrats. It’s a coalition that’s concentrated in the South, Appalachia and the industrial North, according to data provided to The Upshot by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data firm.”
Coatesville Dems Blog
Wednesday, February 17, 2016


“The Democratic Party has lost its voice to speak to people that shower after work and not before work,” he said. “All we’re saying is he won’t turn over his tax returns. He’s saying, ‘I’m fighting China to get you better jobs.’”
He added: “They don’t care about his taxes — they just don’t.’’… 

The president is “punching China in the face” with tariffs, while the “leading candidate on our side is saying China is not even an issue,” said Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat whose district includes Youngstown and who is himself a presidential candidate. “If we go into the election with that as our message, we’ll get beat again.”…
Mr. Ryan, who is not well known beyond Ohio, criticized Mr. Trump for lacking a plan to rebuild American industry. But he agreed with the president that China is the No. 1 threat and that a new type of Cold War over trade may be looming…

Matt Borges, a former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, said a fundamental demographic realignment has taken place under Mr. Trump. “We’ve traded off suburban Republicans who may never find their way back to the party for that white working-class traditional Democratic voter, who has been more and more alienated from their party’s rhetoric,” he said. “Is this a long-term gain for Republicans here? Yes.”… 

In a region like northeast Ohio, it is difficult to untangle the president’s appeal on economics from his tapping of resentment toward demographic and cultural change
Even though the Mahoning Valley was settled by immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe drawn to the steel mills in the 1920s — there are a dozen Eastern Orthodox churches in Youngstown — a palpable hostility toward newer waves of immigrants is routine….
 “He’s allowing these workers to say, ‘I don’t have a good job because of these immigrants,’” Mr. Betras, the former Democratic chairman, said. “That’s not true. But he’s got a voice.”
“There’s an underbelly of America that America doesn’t want to accept about itself, and he speaks to it,” he said…


To understand contemporary politics you must understand right wing extremism.

"Meanwhile, mainstream Democrats shake their heads in confusion and fundamentally misunderstand the meaning of grassroots organizing, which is where all of this happens."

During the Great Depression American Fascism was explicitly Christian. In the 1950s it morphed into the John Birch Society. 

The Christofascist base is now the supercharged engine of the GOP. They turn out to vote faithfully with religious fervor.