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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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Update on Homicide in Coatesville

"A 22 year old Coatesville man"

Police: Man shot dead in Coatesville

UPDATED: 2:30 p.m.
Daily Local News:


It looks like we are getting an Animal Control Officer in Coatesville.

Below are excerpts from last night’s Coatesville City Council Budget Workshop

Coatesville City Council President Ed Simpson, “Our number one goal here is… to protect the citizens of this community. .. With that, we need to give them public safety number one…Police and Fire Department…One of the things we have been talking about is the Animal Control Officer…”

Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking, “Remember last summer when there were kids cutting themselves with chain saws. Beating them (dogs) to death. You can’t get veterinary care for your animals unless you have a license anymore in the State of Pennsylvania. Anytime you see an animal without a license you know it’s not getting shots. It’s not getting shots for rabies. They become a public health hazard…”

Ed Simpson, “Chief Canale, his assessment pointed out the fact that we could bring parking enforcement….”

Ed Simpson, “That’s the bottom line; we have to protect people of this community…With the loose pit bulls walking around… The basic services, we need to get back to the basic services. Mr. Wilkinson’s (Public Works) department has been cut, and cut, and cut and cut year after year. And other parts of the city, they keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger…Our streets are deplorable.

It’s not going to happen anymore. The bottom line is we need to get back to giving the basic services that they need… It seems like we’re a little top heavy, to me…We just need to sit down and say where have we gone wrong.”

Listen here:

Coatesville Police Chief Chief Canale, “It’s true that in my opinion it’s a full time job…There are so many issues dealing with animals and cats… to gain compliance from the residents…you have to actively pursue it… and that’s a full time position.”

Ed Simpson, “I don’t know about you but, it’s something that I am willing to move on fast.

Karl Marking, “Spring is already here.”

Listen here:

More about the Budget Workshop later

“PDL Bloods Member Sentenced to More Than 22 Years for Conspiracy to Participate in a Racketeering Enterprise"

I believe the “Bloods” graffiti in Coatesville may have been from this gang located in Baltimore. Several gangs attempted to move into Coatesville during the period when our Police Department was downsized by former City Manager Harry Walker and former Coatesville PD Chief Matthews.

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Maryland

“PDL Bloods Member Sentenced to More Than 22 Years for Conspiracy to Participate in a Racketeering Enterprise

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Antonio White, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 262 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to his gang activities as a PDL Blood. Judge Quarles also found that White is a career criminal based on two previous narcotics convictions.”


Homicide at 6th Avenue and Harmony Streets in Coatesville

An area of 6th Avenue and Harmony Street is taped off right now. The murder occurred last night before 11 pm.

There are degrees of extremism even among extremists and the teabaggers are not entirely extremist.

Remember that some of the right wing extremist militia groups in Michigan gave up the apocalyptic Christian militia group Hutaree to the FBI.

The Hutaree militia was allegedly plotting to kill law enforcement officers in hopes of inciting an antigovernment uprising,

Some teabaggers are just angry out of work people that can be persuaded to vote Democratic.

The teabaggers are already being recruited by the Republican Party and a mixed group of Libertarians, White Nationalist, Skinhead and Extremist Christian groups.

White Nationalist bombers like Timothy McVeigh are dangerous but I believe that a Republican majority on Capitol Hill and especially one with a President Palin is also dangerous.

Taking Tea Partiers Seriously
By Chip Berlet, February 2010 issue-The Progressive-


A central theme of the people with tea bags on their hats is “States Rights”.

One person that until January of 2010 sat at the Coatesville City Council table allegedly flew a Confederate Flag at his Coatesville residence and allegedly had a Confederate Flag decal on his station wagon. Maybe he is a Civil War buff.

I believe that the people of Coatesville were taken in by an unholy confederation of drug dealers and white separatists. I think they both saw Coatesville as a way to make money off of the backs of the black community here.

A few black people may think that because drug dealers put money into their community, their churches and their public officials they are a kind of necessary evil. Most black people and most white people think they are just evil. A lot of black people here in Coatesville fear not just black drug dealers but also an alleged white political system that they believe backs the dealers up.

With the exception of some “house boy” types nearly all black people are against the “northern segregation” we had in “Old Coatesville”. We had the upstairs/downstairs Auditorium theater and the except for some of my boyhood friends and me the all black Silver Theater. One firehouse here is said to be “Old Coatesville”, but I digress.

I’m not entirely sure but I think that some members of the previous Coatesville City Government may be coming to the realization that they were taken in by people that I believe are white separatists.

I think some of the Teabaggers cut their political teeth on the City of Coatesville and left us with the worst 4 year period in the history of our City. And now those Teabaggers are moving on to bigger conquests.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I wonder if Sara Palin could see the Moscow subway explosions from her house.

Do you wonder what Sara Palin really means when she writes stuff like "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"?

Alaska Independence Party links to Chechen Separatists

“Over the years, Palin has actively courted the Alaska Independence Party, or AIP, an organization that supports Alaskan secession from the U.S. To be clear, we're not necessarily talking about friendly secession either: As the AIP's founder, Joe Vogler, told an interviewer in 1991: "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. ... And I won't be buried under their damn flag."

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. could learn from this man.

Share Vogler's sentiment? You can purchase a "Joe was right!" T-shirt on the AIP's website for $25. The AIP's website also provides helpful links to other secessionist groups, including the Southern Independence Party of Tennessee (which boasts of going after "these Politically Correct Liberal Communist[s]"), Ulster nationalists and Chechen separatists.”

Palin's secession flirtation
Los Angeles Times


Also see:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Republican "Base" is a ticking time bomb

Eight years of the “Cheney/Bush failed Oil War” and the Ponzi scheme finance theory of “Trickle Down Reaganomics” have left the United States at its lowest point since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

President Obama has been saddled with the extreme failures of the Republican Conservative agenda that has slowly been choking the life out of the United States since the Republican Party made its Southern Strategy comeback following the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

It is not the "government takeover of health care" that the gun toting Teabaggers on Medicare rage about. It would not have mattered which of the failures of Republican Conservative Ideology that left our country bleeding that President Obama put his hand on first.

The Republicans seized on President Obama’s race from the beginning. And in a highly unified and structured manner Republicans have been stoking the fires of the racist reaction to the election of a Black President.

White Nationalist extremism is deeper and much wider spread than it was in the ramp up to White Nationalist militia movement sympathizer Timothy McVeigh’s murder of 168 men women and children at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

The Republicans nurtured and grew a racist rebellion among its dwindling “Base”. The Republican “Base” has become a ticking time bomb and any bloodshed will be on the hands of the Republican Party.

"The Rage Is Not About Health Care"
-New York Times


Southern Poverty Law Center

Rage on the Right
Issue Number:
137 Spring 2010

Hate groups remain at record levels; conspiracy theorists spread FEMA concentration camp myths; two trials of neo-Nazi propagandists are covered; and a meeting in Jekyll Island, Ga., pulls elements of the radical right together.


Friday, March 26, 2010



The “PUBLIC NOTICE” made it into the Daily Local News this time:

PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 2010 BUDGET WORKSHOP The City Council of the City of Coatesville will be holding Special City Council Meeting for the purpose of 2010 Budget Workshops to review Budget Amendments for the 2010 Budget. The meeting will be held on Monday March 29 2010 commencing at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers City Hall One City Hall Place Coatesville PA 19320. By: Wayne G. Reed Interim City Manager

Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking will bring up funding an AMIMAL CONTROL OFFICER for the City of Coatesville..

See Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking's blog:


How much did we loose here in the City of Coatesville

I wonder how much the City of Coatesville lost because of these soon to be alleged criminal bankers.

The scope of the alleged criminal conspiracy is astonishing.

JPMorgan, Lehman, UBS Named as Conspirators in Muni Bid-Rigging

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and UBS AG were among more than a dozen Wall Street firms involved in a conspiracy to pay below-market interest rates to U.S. state and local governments on investments, according to documents filed in a U.S. Justice Department criminal antitrust case.
A government list of previously unidentified “co- conspirators” contains more than two dozen bankers at firms also including Bank of America Corp., Bear Stearns Cos., Societe Generale, two of General Electric Co.’s financial businesses and Salomon Smith Barney, the former unit of Citigroup Inc., according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on March 24. The papers were filed by attorneys for a former employee of CDR Financial Products Inc., an advisory firm indicted in October. The attorneys, as part of their legal filing, identified the roster as being provided by the government. The document is labeled “list of co-conspirators.”


Thursday, March 25, 2010



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Please save the date and forward to anyone who would be interested.

Coatesville Impact Day – The day to make your difference
• When – Saturday April 10th, 2010 – 9am – 12pm
• Meeting Place – City Hall
• What to bring – Friends/Neighbors – the more the better
• Lunch supplied afterwards – Ash Park
• For more information please contact the following:
• Joe Carroll – 610-344-6801
• Don Wilkinson – 610-384-0300 x3130
• Matt Baker - 484-786-8868 / matthewbaker19320@gmail.com

Thank you,


"Rage on the Right"-new report-Southern Poverty Law Center

America First Party of Pennsylvania
Constitution Party
Keystone Freedom Fighters *
Oath Keepers
We Are Change
We the People



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'Hell No You Can't' Vs. 'Yes We Can'


FY 2010 Budget Workshop - Postponed

Posted By Karl Marking on March 23, 2010
A workshop was to be held this Wednesday, March 24th, at 6:00 p.m. to review the FY10 budget for completeness as we end the first fiscal quarter of 2010.
It was brought to council’s attention late Tuesday night that the meeting was not advertised as was requested.
In accordance with the council’s unanimous commitment to openness and transparency, the meeting will not be held tonight. Once council has had an opportunity to work with the interim City Manager to select another mutually agreeable time, I will update this entry.
A frustrating delay - but a great show of the council’s renewed commitment to the Sunshine Law.


6 pm tonight: ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER to be discussed at tonight’s "Budget Workshop"

From Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking’s website:
FY 2010 Budget Workshop

A workshop will be held this Wednesday, March 24th, at 6:00 p.m. to review the FY10 budget for completeness as we end the first fiscal quarter of 2010.

One thing I would like to see would be ways to accommodate an animal control contract and a parking officer.

If you are interested in matters of municipal budgets, I suggest you attend.


"Making Scents"

The main theme of this blog is public corruption in Chester County but a part of it is showing the good points of Chester County.

Here is a demonstration of a new spirit at Longwood Gardens:

Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance – Opening April 10

Longwood Gardens presents its first major exhibition, Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance on view from April 10 through November 21, 2010. An intersection of flora, fashion and science, this exhibition will transform the Gardens’ gemlike Conservatory into a museum for the senses. Experience the actual plants and flowers behind iconic perfumes, explore the mysterious power of the sense of smell, discover the unique combination of creative artistry and intricate science behind perfume composition, and have the opportunity to compose a basic fragrance at the Make Your Own Fragrance stations located in the Music Room.


More about the change at Longwood Gardens:

New York Times
Museums Special Section
A Garden With a Profusion of Ideas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

City of Coatesville New Release Concerning Maria Kauffman

City of Coatesville New Release

Via City of Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking:


Docket Report for Maria Kauffman in US District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

This is the docket report in US District Court Eastern Dist. PA for Maria Kauffman.


Nicky Scarfo's investment banking companies are greatly diminished

FirstPlus Finiancial Group Inc.


Rutgers Investment, a FirstPlus subsidiary with offices in Wayne, PA.


Now Eric Holder needs to pursue executives and former executives at Bear Stearns, AIG, Goldman Sachs and others.

Security at City Hall

At last night's Coatesville City Council meeting, there was a lot of discussion concerning security at Coatesville City Hall. In particular access to the room the safe is in.

The City Council and several city employees discussed codes that employees have and whether those codes could be compromised.

It seemed like they were tiptoeing around an invisible elephant. Listen for yourself:

"It’s so much easier. It’s so much nicer." Coatesville City Council President Ed Simpson

"There’s been significant change in the last couple of months and I'd like to thank the staff for rolling with the punches. It hasn’t been easy.

But first and foremost, I'd like to thank my fellow council members for the last couple months. It’s been for me 6 long years of constantly bickering and fighting. It wasn't much fun; I’ll be totally honest with you.

Now I can say that for the past couple months we had a lot of issues in front of us that aren't easy to handle. There are a lot of things going on that, we had some pretty tough decisions to make.

But with the group that I have sitting up here with me makes it a lot easier. Without them (pause) it’s so much easier. It’s so much nicer. I'd like to thank everybody up here for the last couple of months. And hopefully we can continue to move forward and do what we have to do to make the City a better place."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Coatesville Bookkeeper Charged with Accepting Bribe

“PHILADELPHIA—Maria Kauffman was charged today by information with one count of bribery in connection with fixing a city resident’s outstanding trash bills, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and Chester County District Attorney Joseph Carroll.”


Coatesville bookkeeper faces bribery charge

By Kathleen Brady Shea



Conditional and Finial Approval

This is on the agenda at tonight's Coatesville City Council meeting:
Regular Action Items
1. Receive a consider a Resolution approving the Preliminary and Final Land Development Plan, with conditions for the Land Development Plan, referencing the development of an Office Building and Hotel Redevelopment Project, located along Manor Road.

The last time the Coatesville City Council voted on a conditional and final approval of a major project it was for Chetty's "Pennock Place" at 3rd Avenue and Lincoln Highway. City Solicitor Andrew Lehr recommended voting against it.

From the Chester County Reporter, March 28, 2006
“Coatesville Council puts Chetty Development on hold”

“Johnson said he wanted to vote in favor of the project, but was acting on the advice of city Solicitor Andrew Lehr who said there were problems with some of the language in the resolution. Lehr said one of the conditions of the resolution was that a zoning variance is needed. The zoning hearing board, he said, meets on April 4.”

Coatesville council action delays building plan
Source: Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A major part of Coatesville's $600 million revitalization is on hold after City Council, on its solicitor's advice, declined last night to approve plans for a downtown condominium building.
The move has delayed builder Carl Chetty for at least a month. He has proposed building up to seven seven-story condominiums.
After he angrily walked out of last night's meeting, Chetty said that his patience was "wearing thin" with
Published on 2006-03-28, Page B03, Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)

“Schenk said he voted to table it because of advice from City Solicitor Andrew G. Lehr who said there were problems with some of the language in the resolution.”
The lot at 3rd Avenue and Lincoln Highway is vacant.

Did an alleged meeting at Chetty Headquarters in December of 2005 have anything to do with Mr. Lehr's recommendation against Chetty's building?
Ernie Campos speaking at the City of Coatesville Redevelopment Authority meeting July 17,2006:

Redevelopment Authority Minutes May 15, 2006

Redevelopment Authority Minutes June 19, 2006

Redevelopment Authority Minutes July 17, 2006

Agenda for tonight's Coatesville City Council meeting:

Health care will become a basic Human Right in the USA, all that is left is his signature

A white President who knew well the indecency and cruelty of Segregation removed that last element of slavery in the United States of America. A black President began the process of removing the fear of getting sick in the United States of America. Both Presidents acted on their conscience and not out of personal or political gain.
“Every once in a while a moment comes where you have a chance to vindicate all those best hopes that you had about yourself, about this country, where you have a chance to make good on those promises that you made ... And this is the time to make true on that promise. We are not bound to win, but we are bound to be true. We are not bound to succeed, but we are bound to let whatever light we have shine.” President Obama
Fear Strikes Out
Published: March 21, 2010

All it takes is his signature:
Obama Hails Vote on Health Care as Answering ‘the Call of History’
New York Times

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Republican Party wants the "Teabaggers" to be their "base"

It would be a big mistake for the Republican Party to continue to court the “Teabaggers”.

I'm familiar with the extreme racist right wing from Chester County, Montgomery County, Berks and Lehigh County. It is the KKK and Skinheads that want the "Teabaggers" as their base.

Former Republican Congressman Dick Armey and the "Freedom Works" insurance lobby may have bussed the “Teabaggers” around the country in order to kill the health care bill but the Nazis, Skinheads, KKK and militia groups are using the “Teabaggers” as a pool to recruit from. They have been very successful.

Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking-Riverwalk Project Ground Breaking

Text of Karl Marking's Riverwalk speech:
"Riverwalk Project Ground Breaking
March 19, 2010; 10:00 a.m.

Good morning ladies and gentleman. My name is Karl Marking and I’m the Vice President of Coatesville’s City Council. On behalf of the city, I’d like to extend our sincere thanks for taking the time to attend this ceremony.

I’d like to open my remarks by first acknowledging where we’ve come from before I focus on where we are and where we’re heading. I would like to acknowledge that Coatesville is far from perfect. The last few years have seen one of the worst times in Coatesville’s recent history. We are coming out of a period of distrust between the city and her government. We are, at long last, emerging from a time of terrible crime, an arson spree that garnered national attention, and one of the worst economy’s since the great depression. But the important thing today, is that we are here; we are on the other side - a little wiser than we were before, but no less hopeful.

We are coming together this morning - not to dwell on the often harsh or disappointing realities of human nature, but instead to focus on what can be achieved through hard-work, timing, a little vision, and a lot of perseverance.

I’d like to share a quote from President Obama’s Nobel lecture last December:
We do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected.
We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place.
The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached — their fundamental faith in human progress — that must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.
For if we lose that faith — if we dismiss it as silly or na├»ve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make — then we lose what’s best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility.
Nobel Lecture [modified] Dec. 10, 2009

Grand words, perhaps, for such a small ceremony as this. But the reality is, for many people in the city of Coatesville, the city of Coatesville is the world. And regardless of how well travelled, well educated, or well intended any of us are, to thousands of people, Coatesville is home. And we have the honor and the responsibility to do all that we can to make it the best home possible for the over 10,000 people who continue to have faith in realizing a return on the investment of their hopes, their efforts, and their money. It is up to us - all of us - to do what is necessary to also make Coatesville a place that people can be proud to call home.

I see the river walk as more than a new project. It is more than a walking or cycling trail. It is a symbol; a promise soon to be fulfilled. It is another step toward finding Coatesville’s future and delivering on her potential for being more than she is, and perhaps - one day - more than she ever was.

I moved to Coatesville five years ago on this promise; the promise of a vibrant renovation of The Flats and of the downtown. Neither of which have been fully realized. And I am not alone. I know many people who took a similar chance on Coatesville. People with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to be a part of something not only new, but vibrant.

We have a lot of hard decisions to make and a lot of a hard work yet before us and we need to maintain that entrepreneurial spirit if we are to succeed. We have a main street that needs our attention. We have a school district working diligently to improve their reputation. We have a fully staffed police force. In short, we have the tools we need to build our city’s future. We also now have a group of people - from elected officials and city hall employees, to church leaders and every day citizens - who have been ready, willing and able to begin using these tools. We have vision. We have heart. We have faith in the fact that our city does not have to be idealized in order for us to realize our potential. It is up to us - all of us - to move Coatesville forward.
I am honored and pleased to be able to stand here today and be a part of this ground breaking ceremony; to be a part of the symbolism of what is on Coatesville’s horizon.

I asked Council President Simpson - who was unable to attend this morning’s festivities - if he’d like me to say a few words on his behalf. And ever the embodiment of brevity; he had just this to say: “Git R Done!”
Thank you."






"Will we learn from this crisis or will we condemn ourselves to repeat it.” President Obama

“It's been more than a year since the near collapse of the entire financial system. The very same system we had is still in place. Will we learn from this crisis or will we condemn ourselves to repeat it.”
About the proposed Consumer Protection agency:
“There is a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign against the Consumer Protection Agency… Perhaps this is why the Republicans walked away from this proposal.”

More at Daily Kos:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

If insurance reform does not pass the USA will be an undesirable place to live.

If the insurance companies and their Republican cohorts prevent the insurance reform bill, the gangster mentality of the insurance executives will make insurance rates skyrocket. The drag their rate increases impose on our economy will make the USA a non-competitive country.

The insurance companies and their Republican servants will have killed the goose. People will leave the USA in droves.

Armageddon claims about the health care bill are baloney

Any reasonable person, including “jittery Democrats” knows that the claims about how bad the health care bill are balcony; if and when the health care bill passes all the air will go out of Republican and Teabagger insurance company lobbyist created Armageddon claims about the health care bill.

The only way I can understand Democrats that are considering voting against health care for US citizens is that they know the insurance companies can pour hundreds of millions of dollars into their opponent’s campaigns.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Are some of the things for profit medical insurance companies do, demonic?

For several decades now I have thought that the basic premise of for profit medical insurance is immoral. And, that some aspects of our so called for profit “health insurance” are demonic. Until now I didn’t say or write the word demonic. That was mostly because of the popular meaning of demonic as expressed in movie theaters.

For profit health insurance companies make money by not providing the service their salesmen say they provide. If you get really sick, expensive sick, you can count on your for profit health insurance company doing everything possible to keep from paying to make you well. It becomes a demonic industry when the companies go so far not to do what they advertise to do, that is pay for your care when you get sick; that they hold off your health care so that you die and they invest the money they promised to use to pay for your care. Insurance executives grow wealthy this way. Your slow and painful death is assured by a bureaucrat typing on a keyboard one thousand miles away so that his boss can profit from your death. That’s demonic, maybe more demonic than anything the Camorra or Mafia has done.

Instead of helping ordinary people Republicans march in lock step with for profit “health” insurance companies. It appears that the GOP grows wealthy in this way.

The Conscience of a Liberal
Paul Krugman
March 17, 2010, 11:31 am

Demons And Demonization

The usual suspects have been attacking Obama for “demonizing” insurance companies; but saying that people do terrible things isn’t demonization if they do, in fact, do terrible things.


"Three Card Monte Is for Suckers"

A fellow I knew was suckered into a variation of the ‘Three Card Monte”, a “shell game” in NYC. The people running the con weren’t even very skillful. Their con was as soon as they had the man’s money a NY City cop that was part of the con appeared and they all scattered, with his money of course.

Time for Truth: Three Card Monte Is for Suckers

Eliot Spitzer and William K. Black, 03.16.2010

We believe that the Valukas report cries out for an immediate Congressional investigation. As we did with A.I.G., we demand the release of the e-mails and internal documents from the New York Fed and Lehman executives.


Monday, March 15, 2010

“It muted the tragedy in such a way that it certainly increased the possibility of an even greater tragedy down the road”

Watch CBS News Videos Online

"CBS) If you had to pick someone to write the autopsy report on the Wall Street financial collapse 18 months ago, you couldn't do any better than Michael Lewis. He is one of the country's preeminent non-fiction writers with a knack for turning complicated, mind numbing material into fascinating yarns.

He wrote his first bestseller, "Liar's Poker," about his experiences as a young Wall Street bond trader when he was still in his 20s and has since followed up with seven more bestsellers on subjects ranging from Silicon Valley in "The New New Thing" to big time sports in "Money Ball" and "The Blind Side."

His new book, called "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine," comes out later this week and it explains how some of Wall Street's finest minds managed to destroy $1.75 trillion of wealth in the subprime mortgage markets.

'60 Minutes' and correspondent Steve Kroft spent two days debriefing Lewis at his home in California."

Watch CBS News Videos Online

"And really what's going on is the people at the top of firm wanna make a lot of money. And if they're gonna make a lot of money they gotta pay the people under them a lot of money," he added. "So it's a very elegant form of theft right now."

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Much more at:

March 14, 2010
Wall Street: Inside the Collapse
Author Tells "60 Minutes" What Led to Wall Street Collapse and Who Predicted It


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Matt Baker’s post concerning Mosaic Development Partners

Matt did a very well researched summary of why Mosaic’s claims may be flawed.
Put a fork in this one
Posted by MattBaker
Mar 08 2010
Hi Everyone,
Well attached for your review is the feasibility study presented to Greg Reaves of the Mosaic Development Partners from Pat Burns Owner of the Fresh Grocer. You’ll note the date of the study March 30th, 2009. Seems out dated right? Well as strange as that may be it’s the letter that was presented to the RDA a couple of weeks back in their February monthly meeting. So in one year’s time in essence nothing had changed from the original letter. One of the big parts of Mosaic’s deal was that they had a anchor tenant (Fresh Grocer) but needed Site Control in order to move forward. Well after reading this letter from Fresh Grocer it’s my opinion that they never had an anchor tenant because there were too many concerns from the Fresh Grocers side to address before they could commit.”

More with links to Fresh Grocer's letter to Mosaic and other documentation at Matt’s website:


Friday, March 12, 2010

Handcuffs for Lehman Brothers executives?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

From Huffington Post:
Lehman Bankruptcy: 'Repo 105,' Firm's 'Accounting Gimmick,' Was Like 'A Drug,' Emails Show

It appears that the Daily Local News would not post this.

It’s in response to anonymous that said a Marriott Hotel in Coatesville has to be a joke.

Places change. I lived at 22 and Green Streets in Philadelphia in the late 1960s. The leader of the “Green Street Counts” was murdered across the street and a pack of about 40 dogs lived in the abandoned Abbey across the street. Now the entire area near the Philadelphia Art Museum is very upscale. It actually took just 15 years to go from a place where you could expect to be mugged and there were monthly burglaries to a very upscale neighborhood with upscale restaurants.

An extensive illegal drug business cannot exist without some cooperative public officials.

The drug dealers and drug gangs are still in Philly but not near 22nd and Green. A city government that accommodates an active, vital downtown and an active illegal drug business may be possible in a large city like Philadelphia but not in a tiny city like Coatesville.

Coatesville is a drug depot for Chester County. The drugs the teenagers use in Chester County mostly come by way of Coatesville. I believe that there are a few public officials who benefit from and want to keep the drug dollars flowing through Coatesville.

The government that preceded the “bloc of four” went a long way to eliminate the drug business in Coatesville. The drug business went from as former Coatesville PD Chief Bellizzie described as “an open air drug bazaar” to a place where drug dealers could not live during the Janssen Administration. If you are familiar with the HBO series “The Wire” the Third Season, Forth Chapter, or program, is called “Amsterdam”. The street scene in “Amsterdam” looks very much like Coatesville between 6th and 8th Avenues before Paul Janssen came here. If you haven’t seen “The Wire” it’s in the Libraries.

I think the people working mostly behind the scenes that I believe installed and manipulated the “bloc of four” did so to bring back and maintain the drug business in Chester County. There are plenty of articles in the Daily Local News that, put together, suggest that. I believe the public officials that support the drug business here are losing control and have been losing control since about a year and a half before the election. I believe that public officials are involved with obstruction of justice, extortion, embezzlement of public funds and receiving funds from illegal activities. I think the current investigations that actually began several years ago may bring some of those public officials that I think are involved in the drug business to light.

If you don’t believe all of this, I think you are in for a big surprise.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Coatesville Marriott Courtyard Hotel-“We expect the construction to begin this summer.”

The Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corporation presented their plans for the Hotel/Office complex on Rt. 82 at the Coatesville City Council meeting, March 8, 2010

“A lot has taken place at the property. A lot is being planned to take place at the property in the near future.”

The subdivision plan was approved last year. In order to commence construction of the hotel and office building the preliminary and finial land development plan needs to be approved soon. They are hopeful to be back on the agenda in two weeks for preliminary and finial conditional approval.

“The Marriott Courtyard that is proposed for the site is 125 rooms… The office building is 80,000 sq. feet and it will be at the other side of the site. That’s a 4 story building with 20,000 sq. feet on each floor.“

The first portion of the site to be built will be the hotel.

“In between the Hotel and Office building is a parking structure. The City’s Ordinance required 379 parking spaces and we did apply for and receive from your Zoning Hearing Board, a couple of weeks ago, a special exception to reduce the number of parking spaces from 379 to 329. This site is unique. It’s unique because both uses are not at their peak at the same time. The hotel will have its peak on nights and weekends when the office building’s requirement for parking will be reduced and vice versa. It’s in part an environmental concern to reduce the amount of impervious coverage by reducing the number of parking spaces; it’s also a cost concern…. If there is one thing that is important to him (Mr. Pulver) in all of his projects it’s that there be adequate parking.”

The plan has been reviewed and revised several times over the last 6 months to accommodate the revisions of the City Planner and City Engineers.

The Planning Commission has recommended approval of the plan with certain conditions.
“As a result of their reviews we have revised the plan. We then got subsequent reviews. We revised the plan again and I believe that we are at a point where in a couple of weeks you will hopefully see fit and be satisfied to approve the preliminary and finial land development plan so we move to the next stage.”

“It takes approximately a year to build the hotel and an additional 90 days to fit it out and furnish it and prepare it for occupancy. From the time the commencement of construction it is about 15 months. We expect the construction to begin this summer. It is important that the plan be approved so that the building can commence.”

“We hope to be back in two weeks for your consideration of at the March 22, 2010 Coatesville City Council meeting for preliminary and finial conditional approval for both structures.”

The property the hotel and office building is being built on is owned by the City of Coatesville Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Pulver owns the air rights to the property.

They will provide a 50 foot wide access way from Rt. 82, Manor Rd. back to the Brandywine Creek. In the City’s Comprehensive Plan the City desires to sometime in the future to cross the creek and develop recreation and park facilities.

You can listen to the presentation here:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Coatesville City Councilman Karl Marking responded to Nancy Coates concerning the dog attack

"It is my wish that during the amended budget talks that we can resolve having an animal control officer.

I would also like to say that if that animal does not have a license that animal is not receiving care in the State of Pennsylvania from a qualified vet. They changed that law recently and the vet is not allowed to treat an animal that doesn’t have a license. Every one of those animals that isn’t licensed is probably carrying the rabies virus and God knows what else... and it is just a nightmare waiting in this city to happen.

I was recently, today actually, at the Delaware Community Association meeting in Wilmington and Wilmington has enacted legislation specific legislation for Pit bulls so they have to be registered nurtured and so on.

But just in general; I have been advocating for an animal control officer. I have myself been attacked by two pit bulls that almost got my dog as well and myself and
I am totally on board with that…

And it’s only a matter of time until someone is killed"
You can listen to Mr. Marking's remarks here;


Nancy Coates speaks to City Council about Pit Bull/ Rottweiler attack

On Saturday at 6:30am Lew Coates, husband of Nancy Coates was walking their Bichon dog at 3rd and Harmony Streets in Coatesville. He was “accosted” by a mixed Pit-bull Rottweiler.

Lew Coates is a big strong man. As it was told to me; Lew kept the dogs jaw from closing by grabbing the back of the jaw and squeezing. He held the dog this way for several minutes until the police came.

Nancy Coates addressed the Coatesville City Council last night. “It tried to kill my dog”, said Nancy Coates.” At one point her husband Lew was allegedly knocked down by the dog. “He is now on crutches.”

“We as the citizens of Coatesville, and I know I don’t stand alone have been trying, begging, doing everything we can to get these pit bulls off the streets…, said Ms. Coates. This dog did not have a license; it did not have rabies shot. Once the gentleman who owned it found out it had been picked up by the police department; he went to the SPCA to sign himself away from this dog. We have implored you to put a dog officer on the street and it has not been done."

“I am half tempted to get an attorney and sue the City for the bills I am going to incur.

“My husband may have a cracked hip or a cracked pelvis. He is a heart patient. Had he not been in the physical condition he was in that dog would have killed my dog.”

“We have people that turn their turn their pit bulls loose on the street. They run at large. You have young people who, the dog is bigger than they are, that are holding these dogs back. Some people have two, three of them at a time. “

“If this had not been my husband and had been your child you wouldn’t have a child; because the only thing that saved him was a heavy coat, heavy hat and gloves.”

"I have a husband who I have to care for now, because he’s on crutches. He was perfectly healthy man before Saturday morning."

You can listen to Nancy here:


Friday, March 5, 2010

More on SpyCam Laptop at Lower Merion School District

The man named by STRYDE HAX , Michael Perbix, a network technician, and Carol Cafiero, information systems coordinator - were put on paid leave last week.

Two tech workers sidelined in Web-cam case

By Joseph Tanfani
Inquirer Staff Writer


There is also a new post on STRYDE HAX regarding Web-cam spying:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Schools Systems Weigh Benefits of Child Porn Roulette
To Catch a Thief (Naked?)


PostScript: "For this school district to develop police powers in secret and then exercise those powers in secret is problematic and disturbing"
-Lillie Coney, EPIC

Monica Yant Kinney:

Another pin in the privacy balloon

By Monica Yant Kinney

Inquirer Columnist

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Porsche Electric or the death of oil made visible

Oil is dead folks. All the wars in the Middle East will soon be over water only. And Osama bin Laden will have to find a new way to finance his “death to America” campaign.

How you know the V-8 Detroit engine is dead and electric power will dominate vehicles:

This is all happening as we come out of the “warmest winter on record”, no really:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tea or Coffee?

You now have the choice of Tea or Coffee in grassroots political movements.

The mission statement of the Coffee Party states that; "…the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans."

I know some of the local Chester County Teabaggers. They include “White Nationalist” types. The Federal Government is something White Nationalists are up in arms against. Literally up in arms. I believe that some of those White Nationalist type Teabaggers helped to put the Kabash on Coatesville's Redevelopment.

“MISSION: The Coffee Party Movement gives voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government. We recognize that the federal government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges that we face as Americans. As voters and grassroots volunteers, we will support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those who obstruct them.”


New York Times
Coffee Party, With a Taste for Civic Participation, Is Added to the Political Menu
Published: March 1, 2010


Monday, March 1, 2010

“Learning From the Sin of Sodom”

Rev. John McNamee told me and a friend that the church is a bureaucracy of people and as such is burdened with our human ethical failures. But as Nicholas Kristof writes in his article, members of clergy and their organizations may be the most effective and courageous people in the fight against poverty.

Here in Coatesville it’s true that some “ministers” finance their “churches” with drug money and launder it in their services. It is also true that some corrupt public officials work with drug dealers to keep their businesses profitable.

But the support that comes to offset the ravages of that drug business on the people of Coatesville comes from government and clergy. Without a concerned clergy in Coatesville our condition would be much, much worse.

As NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF writes that clergy/government relationship works on an international scale as well.

New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist
Learning From the Sin of Sodom
Published: February 27, 2010