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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.
Monday, November 24, 2008
It is a very bad time to have an Executive Branch composed of incompetent political hacks.
How many hits from George W Bush can the USA take before we go down for the count?
I think that W is capable of destroying us by January 20th. He has got to be persuaded to step down and just play golf or at least allow some Obama appointees in his administration right now.
November 23, 2008
We Found the W.M.D.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
So, I have a confession and a suggestion. The confession: I go into restaurants these days, look around at the tables often still crowded with young people, and I have this urge to go from table to table and say: “You don’t know me, but I have to tell you that you shouldn’t be here. You should be saving your money. You should be home eating tuna fish. This financial crisis is so far from over. We are just at the end of the beginning. Please, wrap up that steak in a doggy bag and go home.”
Now you know why I don’t get invited out for dinner much these days. If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day. Forget the inaugural balls; we can’t afford them. Forget the grandstands; we don’t need them. Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible, and let’s swear in Barack Obama right now — by choice — with the same haste we did — by necessity — with L.B.J. in the back of Air Force One.
November 22, 2008
Time for Him to Go
By GAIL COLLINS
Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.
Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.
Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
At least now we have HOPE.
New York Times
November 19, 2008, 10:00 pm
By Timothy Egan
VALLEJO, Calif. — This city is broke. Bankrupt. A ward of the courts. The police have pared their ranks, and every day two fire stations temporarily close, a rolling blackout of basic services.
Do we bailout Vallejo?
What about Philadelphia, Atlanta or Phoenix? They want $50 billion in emergency loans.
Years ago, when a close friend of mine lost his 75-year-old family retail business in Pittsburgh with the collapse of the steel industry, the federal government was nowhere to lend a hand to small business owners.
When aluminum factories in Spokane, Wash., folded after a corporate raider picked them to the bone, destroying the best middle-class jobs for blue collar workers in the city where I grew up, the government’s advice to people losing their homes, cars and dignity was: Learn how to say, “You want fries with that?”
And when this city of 120,000, one of the few places in the Bay Area where someone with a middle income could live well, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, it became little more than a talking point in the debate over bloated public employee unions.
We like to think the free market picks our winners and losers. In its purest form, this is only true in Republican Disneyland. What was left of that illusion was swept away with words that will begin many a master’s in business theses in future years: “When President Bush nationalized the banking industry back in 2008 …”
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
There will be a special meeting of the Chester County Board of Elections concerning the Polls atLincoln University and other issues. The time and day has not been announced.
Students were forced to wait in line, in the rain for 51/2 to 11 hours to vote in a cramped polling place beside a highway in Oxford Township, Chester County, PA.
See previous post concerning Lincoln University Election Day.
Friday, November 7, 2008
"The County Democrats had tried to have the polling place moved from a cramped community center to the gymnasium on campus.
The university agreed to open its doors.
But, the county commissioners, who also serve as the election board, rejected the move 2 to 1.The two Republicans, Carole Aichele and Terrence Farrel, casting the no votes."-WPVI-TV News
This situation is unacceptable for any voter anywhere in Chester County!
Please stop by Fonzie's Store in Coatesville
(Fonzie's,215 East Lincoln Highway,Coatesville,PA,19320,(610)384-8595)
between now and Monday, November 10 at 5:00 pm.
to sign a Petition to have the Polling Place moved back to Lincoln University gymnasium.
The petition will be presented to the County next Tuesday.
p.s. If you can get signatures over the next few days, I have included a copy of the petition (or can get a copy to you). Please drop off all signatures that you might collect by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 10. (I can also pick up your completed petition of you need a pick-up.) Thanks so much!
LINK TO PETITION BELOW
Kathleen Hood- Coatesville, PA
The video below is from:
Video the Vote
There is more at:
WPVI-TV Philadelphia, PAHOME
Students wait hours for cast vote
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 | 7:45 PM
By David Henry
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - November 5, 2008 (WPVI) -- Voting problems will always be a part of election day, but students at historically black Lincoln University say there's no excuse for what happened there last night.
Swing to the Left?
It is a swing toward the middle. The Republican Party of Eisenhower died years ago. What was described by President Eisenhower as a “radical fringe element” is now the “base” of the Republican Party.
“Hijacked by a relatively small few, the GOP of today bears no resemblance to Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower’s party, or many of the other Republican administrations that came after. In my grandparents’ time, the thrust of the party was rooted in: a respect for the constitution; the defense of civil liberties; a commitment to fiscal responsibility; the pursuit and stewardship of America’s interests abroad; the use of multilateral international engagement and “soft power”; the advancement of civil rights; investment in infrastructure; environmental stewardship; the promotion of science and its discoveries; and a philosophical approach focused squarely on the future.” Susan Eisenhower –
from Reflections on Leaving the Party-The National Interest Online
by Susan Eisenhower, 08.21.2008
Younger persons, no matter what their political affiliation, may not realize that civic responsibility was at the core of the former, remembered Republican Party.
Desegregation began in the Eisenhower administration. I remember the “Little Rock Nine” and the photos of Army troops protecting them. The segregationists or as we called them “The Segs” were Democrats of the South.
President Nixon created the EPA and OSHA. Nixon promoted the Legacy Parks program and implemented the “Philadelphia Plan”; the very first affirmative action program.
The older registered Republicans in Chester County are clinging to the memory of the political party of their youth that has the same name but no longer exists. The Democratic Party as it now exists is nearly a mirror image of that remembered Republican Party of Country Clubs, Cadillacs and above all; civic responsibility.
This is from Wikipedia on President Eisenhower:
Eisenhower supported the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka U.S. Supreme Court decision, in which segregated ("separate but equal") schools were ruled to be unconstitutional. The very next day he told District of Columbia officials to make Washington a model for the rest of the country in integrating black and white public school children. He proposed to Congress the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 and signed those acts into law. Although both Acts were weaker than subsequent civil rights legislation, they constituted the first significant civil rights acts since the 1870s. The "Little Rock Nine" incident of 1957 involved the refusal by Arkansas to honor a Federal court order to integrate the schools. Under Executive Order 10730, Eisenhower placed the Arkansas National Guard under Federal control and sent Army troops to escort nine black students into an all-white public school. The integration did not occur without violence. Eisenhower and Arkansas governor Orval Faubus engaged in tense arguments.”
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I believe that the Republican Party of Eisenhower, country clubs, Cadillacs, patriots and civic responsibility that once was one of the pillars of Democracy in the United States has long been dead. I think that it has been usurped by a Kleptocracy of white collar criminals that uses fear and prejudice as a cover for theft.
Those of us who believe in Democracy and not the Kleptocracy of white collar criminals that I believe now constitutes the bulk of the Republican Party card carrying members are grateful for the tremendous contribution to Democracy of MoveOn.org.
It’s my understanding that Move On has 4.2 Million members that’s about 700,000 more members than the National Rifle Association.
The Obama Staffers are DEMOCRACY WARRIORS!
As all of us connected by email or text messaging to the Obama Campaign knows, we are still together.
We will be together and connected with President Obama.
I believe the political pundits will be in shock over what President Obama will accomplish.
YES WE DID!
I get all teary-eyed every time I view President Elect Barack Hussein Obama's Chicago speech.
President-Elect Barack Obama in Chicago
BarackObamadotcom YouTube site:
Monday, November 3, 2008
ELECTION DAY TROLLEY LOOP
Starting on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 pm.
START: W. Lincoln Highway to Strode Avenue (turn left)
Strode Avenue to Valley Road/Route 372 (turn right)
Valley Road to West 6th Avenue (turn right)*
West 6th to Charles Street (turn right)*
Charles Street to Plum Street (turn right)
Plum Street to Madison Street POLLING PLACE STOP ON PLUM (turn left)
Madison Street to Strode Avenue (turn left)
Strode Avenue to Lincoln Highway (turn right)
Lincoln Highway to S. 3rd Avenue (turn right)*
S. 3rd Avenue to Walnut Street (turn left)*
Walnut Street to Rosemont Avenue (turn right)
Rosemont Avenue to Oak Street (turn left)*
Oak Street to S. 4th Street (turn left)
S. 4th Street to Lincoln Highway POLLING PLACE STOP AT KERSEY (turn right)
Lincoln Highway to S. 5th Avenue (turn right)*
S. 5th Avenue to Oak Street (turn left)*
Oak Street to S. 6th Avenue (turn left)
S. 6th Avenue to Lincoln Highway (turn right)*
Lincoln Highway to Pennsylvania Avenue (turn right)
Pennsylvania Avenue to Oak Street (turn left)*
Oak Street to Chester Avenue (turn left)
Chester Avenue to Walnut Street (turn right)*
Walnut Street to 8th Avenue (turn left)
S. 8th Avenue to Olive Street POLLING PLACE STOP ON OLIVE (turn right)
Olive Street to . S. 11th Avenue (turn left)*
S. 11th Avenue to N. 11th to Foundry Street (straight; turn left)*
Foundry Street to Coates Street (turn right)*
Coates Street to Blackhorse Hill Road (turn left)
Blackhorse Hill Road to N. 4th Avenue (turn left)
N. 4th Avenue to Lumber Street (turn left)
Lumber Street to N. 6th Avenue (turn left)*
N. 6th Avenue to Merchant Street (turn right)
Merchant Street to N. 9th Avenue (turn right)*
N.9th Avenue to Chestnut Street POLLING PLACE STOP ON 9TH (turn right)
Chestnut Street to N. 3RD Avenue POLLING PLACE STOP ON CHESTNUT (straight)
Chestnut Street to N. 1st Avenue /Route 82 (turn left)*
N. 1st Avenue/Route 82 to Lincoln Highway (turn right)
END/START: Lincoln Highway to Strode Avenue (turn left)
Contact Information: Kathleen Hood at 610-383-5068 firstname.lastname@example.org
Obama is already in the bag for the White House. From my viewpoint election suppression and election fraud are the only possible way for Republicans to win and win only in some of the down ballot elections. But, election fraud and election suppression can’t be used on a broad scale. You can go to prison for it and extensive fraud means more eyes looking. More eyes mean more chances of being caught. I think that the Obama tsunami is just too big and the eyes on this election are too many for election fraud and election suppression to work well.
The Bush Administration has all but eliminated the Civil Rights Division of the USDoJ. The organized crime investigative units have been disseminated by the Bush Administration. Investigation of white collar crime was virtually non-existent and has only been stepped up because of a demanding public that witnessed the extravagant stealing of the financial sector.
Maybe President Obama will replace the FBI and USDoJ people that the Bush Administration got rid of and build the USDoJ back up so that it can investigate organized crime, civil rights violations and white collar crime again. A lot of people are impatiently salivating.
A generation of Republicans know they are in very very deep trouble and have already begun looking for any life vests that may fall from US Attorneys.
Capitol Hill Blue
Democrats hope for a clean sweep
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