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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.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
By CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN and ERIN JAMES
A York County judge is aiming for a Christmas Eve decision on the fate of the York City School District.
President Judge Stephen Linebaugh said at the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday that he will issue a decision no later than Friday, Dec. 26 on the state's petition to seize control of the district.
"My decision will be based solely upon the law ... and nothing else," Linebaugh said. "And, if I am wrong, I am absolutely certain that I will be corrected."
Monday, December 8, 2014
A few weeks ago, I posted this piece about Charter Schools USA and their attempt to take over the York, PA school district. Charter Schools USA is based in Ft. Lauderdale and is one of the biggest for-profit operators. It's founder and CEO, Jon Hage comes out of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch Bros., as well as the Foundation for Florida Future, another conservative group founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Here's a corporate profile of Charter Schools USA, posted at the Cashing in on Kids Blog.
CHARTER SCHOOLS USA
And this from the York Dispatch...
Attorneys representing teachers, cafeteria workers, parents, state-level education officials - and probably more to come - have filed petitions to join the York City School District in opposing the state's attempt at seizing control from the locally elected school board.
The district's motion alleges that receivership "and the imposition of a district-wide charter school system will fully and unalterably bind the incoming administration to the education policies of the outgoing and 'lame duck' governor for years to come.”
Charter Schools USA has 36 schools in Florida and will be opening more. Its CEO Jonathan Hage is well-connected, and was a member of Rick Scott’s education transition team. He’s closely associated to former governor Jeb Bush as former director of one of his foundations. Hage’s Charter Schools USA gave two separate donations to the RPOF on the same day in January totalling $52,700. The for-profit charter school company gets its money from taxpayer dollars.
The realities of who wields the power and why in determining education policy may be of interests to Floridians. Especially now that the test-based accountability system that was set up to benefit guys like Hage and the Koch brothers has become a political hot potato – even for members of the party they want to support.
How the Koch Brothers and Charter Schools USA Filter Campaign Cash to Florida’s Republican Legislators
Posted on July 28, 2012
THURSDAY, OCT 2, 2014 05:25 PM EDT
Monday, December 22, 2014
The New York Times
By BENJAMIN MUELLER and AL BAKER
Police are often the first target of right wing extremists. Sometimes police are shot by extremists at traffic stops and sometimes police are deliberately targeted by extremists.
“In the past five years alone, from 2009 through 2013, ADL has tracked 43 separate violent incidents between domestic extremists (of all types) and law enforcement in the United States. These incidents include situations in which shots are exchanged between police and extremists (shootouts), situations in which extremists have fired at police but police subdued the extremists without having to return fire, and situations in which officers had to use their firearms to protect themselves against extremists.
Of these 43 incidents, fully 39 of them involved extremists sporting some sort of extreme right-wing ideology. White supremacists took part in 21 incidents, while anti-government extremists were involved in 17 more. An anti-Muslim extremist was involved in one incident (the other four incidents included one with a left-wing extremist and three with domestic Islamic extremists). In these shooting incidents, the extremists shot 30 officers, 14 fatally. Many other officers sustained non-gunfire injuries during some of these encounters.”
JUNE 9, 2014
ADL Extremism & Terrorism
SPLC - Southern Poverty Law Center
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Why is Chattanooga TN called "The Paris of Southeast Tennessee"? - Gigabit-per-second Internet speed
Only a small part of the fiber optic cable under the Lincoln Highway for the traffic signal and surveillance camera system in Coatesville, Caln and Downingtown is used.
Former Coatesville City Manager Jean Krack had the vision to put 50 times more fiber optic cable than needed under the Lincoln Highway between Coatesville and Downingtown in anticipation of a Gigabit-per-second Internet speed.
In 2010 Chattanooga Tennessee became America's first Gig City. Chattanooga has attracted companies like Volkswagen, Olsten and Amazon fulfillment services to create more than seven thousand new jobs and spur dozens of new small and medium-sized businesses.
“Chattanooga rolled out a fiber-optic network a few years ago that now offers speeds of up to 1000 Megabits per second, or 1 gigabit, for just $70 a month.”
By James O'Toole @jtotoole May 20, 2014: 5:53 PM ET
It's time to get the secret out... Chattanooga has an emerging tech scene, a thriving downtown, and a lot of energy and momentum. We want to make it easier for engineers, journalists & founders to see what's happening in Chattanooga and get more information about the movement.
Software is eating the world and the most successful economies of tomorrow are building around this. Our goal is for Chattanooga to be one of these economies and it's time to build the buzz and bring in the talent.
"Residents may not have noticed them, but they were here when they set off pipe bombs, test-fired machine guns and taught bomb-making classes.
They blended right in
‘They look like us. They sound like us. They are us,’ said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Hogan Jr., assigned to coordinate investigations and prosecute cases with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Klansman faces sentencing on weapons, bomb charges
Published: Friday, February 25, 2005
By GINA ZOTTI
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
The Ku Klux Klan Is Boosting Its Numbers by Recruiting Veterans
"We're currently in one of the hottest periods of extremist activity that I have seen in my 20 year career. This blows what we call pre-Oklahoma City completely out of the water and makes it look like a kindergarten picnic." - Daryl Johnson DT Analytics, former ATF and Homeland Security.
"These groups are really interested in returning military veterans. The reason being that the skills of the infantryman are precisely, so they say, the skills that will be needed in the coming race war." - SPLC’s Mark Potak
Monday, December 15, 2014
MORE CASD PDF DOCUMENTS AT:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
§ 2-402. Qualifications of Manager.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative training or experience with respect to the duties of the office set forth in the Charter. The Manager need not be a resident of the city nor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of appointment but as soon as possible thereafter and within one year shall become and during tenure shall remain a resident of the city unless otherwise specifically authorized by the Council.
Understand that Rawling's promise to live inside of Coatesville was for some reason important to the city council of that time. But I think they ignored what Rawlings did when he worked at other communities.
City Council's incomplete look into Rawling's former employment finally caught up to them:
Monday, December 8, 2014
Looks like the same politically connected people in Coatesville will continue to throw their weight around.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
Thursday, November 27, 2014
MONDAY, OCTOBER 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. "