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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.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Ferguson will sell guns. Our gun culture is a legacy of slavery. Whites will arm up just like the slave owners of the Antebellum South.
A Conversation Between Josh Horwitz and Alex Zaitchik (Full Video):
"It was during his involvement in Central American policy and supporting counterinsurgencies around the world that Pratt made multiple trips to Guatemala to observe rural "Civil Defense Patrols." Contemporary human rights observers (and two subsequent Truth Commissions) consider them "death squads" for their role in killing and torturing civilians. But Pratt found much to admire. He combined observations from these visits with similarly impressed notes on the Civilian Home Defense Forces, vigilante patrols in Ferdinand Marcos' Philippines, for a slim book published by the Gun Owners Foundation in 1990, Armed People Victorious. In it, he praises the leadership of Efrain Rios Montt, the country's military leader during 1982 and 1983 who greatly expanded the civil defense patrols. Twenty years later, Guatemalan judges would find Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. One Amnesty International Report from Montt's tenure detailed massacres in 60 Indian villages over a three-month period, leaving more than 2,500 dead. As late as 2001, Pratt was publically praising Montt as a "powerful Christian leader."
Coatesville’s connection to Larry Pratt had it’s origins following the Ruby Ridge bloodshed and the 1992 Christian Identity Estes Park, Colorado meeting.In the concluding chapter of Armed People Victorious, titled "Bringing the Lessons Home," Pratt writes: The War on Drugs can be won the same way the guerilla insurgencies were pushed back in Guatemala and the Philippines... The history of the United States for years before and after the founding of the Republic was the history of an armed people with functioning militias involved in civil defense... While the United States has forgotten its successes in this area, other countries have rediscovered them. It is time that the United States return to reliance on an armed people. There is no acceptable alternative.”
'The most important event in this development was a three- day meeting convened in October 1992 by Christian Identity leader Pete Peters. Christian Identity maintains that Aryans are the true Jews, that blacks are a pre-Adamic subhuman species, and that a race war is coming, after which whites will establish a "Christian government." These were the baseline ideas uniting the 150 far-right leaders who answered Peters' call to action at a YMCA hall in Estes Park, Colorado. Among those present was Larry Pratt. According to media reports, Pratt railed against the 14th Amendment and delivered one of his favorite lines: "The Second Amendment ain't about duck hunting."
"Larry Pratt was the keynote speaker in a fundraiser for Pat Sellers in his first run for Pennsylvania's 6 Congressional District in 1996. Sellers ran again in 2010.
From the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal:
"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 indorsed 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."
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
DAILY LOCAL NEWS POLITICS
Republicans consider rush of action before Wolf takes over
By MARC LEVY, Associated Press
POSTED: 11/15/14, 11:21 AM EST
"HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Legislature will be led by massive Republican majorities -- including the biggest House GOP majority in more than 50 years -- when Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office on Jan. 20.
But for two weeks before he takes office, those majorities will be sworn in and intact under outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, a fact that has not been lost on Republican Party backers.
That means it is still legal and possible -- albeit technically challenging -- to enact far-reaching legislation favored by many Republicans that Corbett might sign, but that Wolf had said during the campaign that he would oppose.
People who have looked into it could not find a precedent for such a move in modern Pennsylvania political history, but that does not mean it cannot be done."
DAILY LOCAL NEWS POLITICS
Republicans consider rush of action before Wolf takes over
By MARC LEVY, Associated Press
In the YouTube Video posted by Gwenne Alexander, at 23:26 Harry Lewis says:
I think Harry Lewis is saying he will support any charter school law the Republicans put up.
I think Harry Lewis is a black educator cover fight back claims that charter schools are a corporate takeover of public schools.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Christian Alexandersen
On November 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM, updated November 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM
"Republicans have chosen who will lead their party in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2015-2016 legislative session...
Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, was selected as speaker of the House, but the speaker's post will be formally elected by the full body in January. "
Monday, November 10, 2014
No the CSA is not Confederate States of America, It’s the Christian Seniors Association.
“The Christian Seniors Association, a project of the anti-LGBT hate group Traditional Values Coalition, is at it again...
In its latest letter, the CSA makes the case that the Affordable Care Act is how President Obama is going to “institutionalize ObamaCare so that we can never get rid of it.” He’s determined to do this, the CSA continues, “because nationalized health care is the link that connects his promise to ‘fundamentally transform’ America and his drive to turn America into a Socialist state.”
In 2006, the CSA mailed letters with bogus “U.S. Taxpayer Census” forms as part of a packet that included a survey about Social Security and warnings about politicians raiding the program for personal gain. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the mailing did not explicitly point out that money donated to CSA would go directly to TVC.
Right Wing Watch also pointed out that CSA/TVC mailed its “Taxpayer Census Forms” out again in 2008, which garnered concerns from some senior citizens who had received them. And in 2010, CSA sent out more packets, attempting to fundraise in order to lobby against President Obama and AARP for their “socialist agenda.”
But this current letter plays on historic memes, including the famous right-wing fabrication of “death panels” – the right wing worry that government-sponsored “panels” will determine which individuals are “worthy” of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The claim derives from a provision in the ACA in which Medicare would reimburse doctors who discuss end-of-life wishes with patients and ensure those preferences are followed. To right wing media, however, it was “evidence” that doctors would somehow talk their elderly patients into “euthanasia.”
Nonetheless, the CSA states that, “For us, ObamaCare means more than the end of freedom and the advent of socialism. For us, ObamaCare means the institution of DEATH PANELS that will decide what health care we can receive,” putting “death panels” in caps throughout the letter, to ensure you see the term...
So how can you help the CSA in its war against Obama, socialism, LGBT people, death panels, and AARP? Send money. Lots. The CSA requests just over $5 million to “deliver a series of fatal blows to ObamaCare.”
But before you deliver those fatal blows, go over to the CSA website for your daily dose of irony, where you can sign up for the CSA Insurance Exchange/Marketplace. Billed as a private health insurance exchange, the CSA marketplace explains how the Affordable Care Act provides a public exchange funded by the federal government that ensures all Americans access to quality, affordable healthcare. If that’s not your bag, the page explains how private exchanges offer alternatives to people who don't qualify for a government subsidy.
And then you can speak to a licensed agent. One wonders if that agent will bring up DEATH PANELS, socialism or the war on Christians. Somehow, we doubt it.
"If all goes according to schedule, the first batch of production aircraft will be ordered with the final deliveries by 2023. Assembly of the helicopters will be at Sikorsky’s S-92 production facility in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. These will then be sent to a secure facility in Stratford, Connecticut, for modifications before going on to another facility to install the integrated communications and mission systems, then back to Stratford to install the presidential interior complete with in-flight toilets."
"West Palm Beach, Florida - Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototypes, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight phase and a major step toward demonstrating the new – and first – armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2™ Technology designed for military missions.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN, Staff Writer
POSTED: 11/23/10, 12:00 AM EST |
"WEST CHESTER -- A former legislative aide to state Rep. Tim Hennessey and member of a well-known Coatesville political family was sentenced to five years' probation Monday for her role in a drug-related transaction involving her former live-in boyfriend.
Lisa Johnson will be required to spend three months on electronic home confinement at the start of her probationary sentence, but she escaped having to serve time at Chester County Prison, as the prosecution had requested, for her crime.
A tearful Johnson begged Judge Antony Sarcione to show mercy on her by "keeping her in the community," where those who spoke in her support Monday said she played a vital role helping the less fortunate."
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
"Dorothy Guilford has a simple message for politicians who enact laws making it harder for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote: “I don't think that’s right.”
She should know. She’s seen it all before.
Born in 1920 in Montgomery, Alabama, Guilford lived through most of the Jim Crow years, when laws discouraged African Americans like her, as well as poor white people, from voting.
When she first became eligible to vote, she had to take a literacy test and pay a poll tax of $1.50, a sum worth about $25 today. Anyone who couldn't read or couldn't pay the tax, which accumulated, couldn't vote. Most white voters, however – those whose ancestors were on the voting rolls prior to the Civil War – were exempt from the test…
A study released in June by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard found that the expenses for documentation, travel and waiting time associated with obtaining a proper photo ID can range from $75 to $175. That’s significantly higher than the old poll tax, even when adjusted for inflation.
'For many people, paying the cost needed to meet voter ID requirements means spending the equivalent of more than a week’s worth of groceries,' the Harvard report states. Some people, it adds, 'can never get the documents they need to qualify for a voter ID.'
Reviving Jim Crow
Guilford has seen the bad old days – and doesn't want to see them return."