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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Linda Lavender Norris decided to run for Coatesville City Council on Election Day 2013

Republican Linda Lavender Norris won by write in. She allegedly decided to run on Election Day Nov. 5, 2013, at the suggestion of Democrat Joe Hamrick, campaigning only at the polls on Election Day Nov. 5, 2013

In the 2013 Election there were 44 write in votes for Member of Council 5th Ward, presumably for Linda Lavender Norris.

Member of Council At Large City of Coatesville votes in November 2013:

Ingrid W Jones Dem 63
Joseph A Hamrick Dem 101
Write in 14

There were  147 ballots cast. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh attended anti-immigrant rally

"Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh attended the December 2014 anti-immigrant sheriff rally and press conference in Washington, DC organized by Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County, MPA":

"Campaigning on an anti-immigrant platform is hardly a vogue far-Right strategy limited to those in the Beltway. 
Across the country, some local sheriffs – apparently as concerned with provoking fear among their constituents as they are with actually protecting them – have built their careers on it. County Sheriffs Paul Babeu, Sam Page, and Chuck Jenkins, for example, have solidified their reputations as anti-immigrant hardliners far beyond the boundaries of their respective jurisdictions. 
And they did so by aligning themselves closely with the flagship group of the organized anti-immigrant movement, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). 
With his recent announcement to hold a rally of sheriffs in Washington, D.C., on December 10th, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County, Massachusetts, has moved in earnest to join the ranks of those aforementioned – just as he did at this summer at FAIR’s “National Sheriffs Boarder School and Tour.” Together, it seems, they aspire to become the next Sheriff Joe Arpaio."

Plans for anti-immigrant sheriff’s D.C. event built on bad data, support from extremists

Aaron Patrick Flanagan • Nov 24, 2014

With FAIR Border Summit approaching, sheriffs must end collusion with hate group

Lindsay Schubiner • Oct 29, 2015


I knew Chester County has a lot of right wing extremists among Republican Party members, state and local candidates and elected officials.  I’m stunned by this.  It's frightening that Bunny Welsh as the Sheriff of Chester County is on the books in the LEADERSHIP of an anti-government right wing extremist organization.  
 I know Bunny Welsh , at least I've met her and I like her.
 Say it ain't so Bunny.
“We will take America back, Sheriff by Sheriff, County by County, State by State.” 
-Sheriff Richard Mack  
This statement is the driving force and mission behind CSPOA. Sheriffs and Police Officers are the last line of defense standing between the overreaching Federal Government and your Constitutionally guaranteed rights. Across the nation, we are all witnesses to the Federal Government’s blatant intrusions. We must draw a firm line in the sand which will not be crossed. CSPOA will not back away from that line, it is our duty to preserve individual Liberty at all costs and we are not intimidated by the powers that be. Sheriffs and Officers who follow the Constitution line by line possess the power to shield against the Federal assault on American Citizens rights. OUR protection from THEM is our responsibility and mission.” 

“Ever since the notion of the supremacy of the county sheriff became popularized, it has continued to remain attractive — though when people hear it, they don’t understand that what is behind it is violent lawlessness and vigilantism,” said Daniel Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door, a book that chronicles the racist underpinnings of the militia movement of the 1990s. “That’s what Richard Mack stands for when you strip all the window dressing away: lawlessness and vigilantism.” 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

VIDEO: Lukens Historic District HERITAGE DAY OCT. 17, 2015 World Twin Towers Steel Trees

Coatesville Centennial HERITAGE DAY on October 17th was a great day.
There was so much that I didn’t get to see and do everything.
I did manage to get enough stuff together to make a short video of the Lukens Historic District and the World Trade Center Steel Tree at Steelworkers’ Memorial Coatesville PA:

Music is by the The Lukens Band 

World Trade Center Steel Tree at Steelworkers’ Memorial Coatesville PA

Former Coatesville City Councilperson Stephanie Smith-Dowridge and Apostle Bobby G. Duncan of the Greater Deliverance Church Coatesville PA
I’m not sure of the barbecue chief’s name. If anyone does put it in the comments.

World Trade Center Steel Tree at Steelworkers’ Memorial Coatesville PA:

Friday, October 16, 2015

The war in Kosovo by way of Brooklyn. The U.S. is the world's largest gunrunner country.

Florin Krasniqi bought a 50 cal. sniper rifle in a gun shop in St. Mary’s Pennsylvania for “elephant hunting”.  It was used by the Kosovo Albanian rebel group known as the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and it’s probably still being used.

Eventually plane loads full of U.S. purchased firearms and ammunition were shipped to Europe on UPS Air Freight and smuggled into Kosovo. 

The “Iron Pipeline” along the Atlantic Seaboard is international. 

“THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION” is from the book:

"Be not Afraid, for You Have Sons in America"
by Stacy Sullivan. 

"Florin Krasniqi immigrated to the United States from Kosovo in 1988 by sneaking across the Mexican border in the trunk of a white Cadillac. Once in America, he started his own business, fell in love, married, and bought a house. But he did not forget the country he left behind. In 1996, when one of his cousins helped start the Kosovo Liberation Army in the hope of securing Kosovo's independence, Florin chipped in to help. 

Over the next two years, Florin helped direct a network of Albanian émigrés across the U.S., raising millions of dollars for the rebel force. Soon he began visiting gun shows across America and running weapons and other supplies to the rebels. All the while he was also lobbying some of Washington's most powerful politicians. Eventually he helped recruit American volunteers, some of whom left schools and colleges in the New York area to fight for a homeland they hardly knew. 

Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America tells the remarkable story of how a small group of young men in Kosovo backed by a network of émigrés in the United States started a guerrilla army that lured the world's most powerful military alliance into fighting their war and changed the course of history in the Balkans forever."



"The KLA, formed in 1991,[60] initiated its first campaign in 1995 when it launched attacks targeting Serbian law enforcement in Kosovo, and in June 1996 the group claimed responsibility for acts of sabotage targeting Kosovo police stations. In 1997, the organisation acquired a large amount of arms through weapons smuggling from Albania, following a rebellion which saw large numbers of weapons looted from the country's police and army posts." 
Kosovo War

TODAY: Sen.Andy Dinniman is having a reception to unveil Coatesville Centennial Bookmarks

Senator Andy Dinniman is having a reception to unveil 

Coatesville Centennial Bookmarks


TJ and Anita Anderson

Lee Carter

Bill and Joanne Chertok

Reginald and Alice Henry

Benny Pilotti

Friday, October 16, 2015
4 pm - 6 pm

Olivet United Methodist Church
301 E. Chestnut Street
Coatesville, PA 19320

For more information, contact Senator Dinniman's district office at; 610-962-2112

Coatesville Airport Fall Flying Festival - Video Navy T 28 C Trojan USS Lexington


T 28 C after landing on flight deck of USS Lexington
USS Lexington(CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), nicknamed "The Blue Ghost", is an Essex-classaircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. Originally intended to be named Cabot, word arrived during construction that the USS Lexington (CV-2) had been lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was renamed while under construction to commemorate the earlier ship.[4] She was the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name in honor of the Revolutionary WarBattle of Lexington. 
Lexington was commissioned in February 1943 and saw extensive service through the Pacific War. For much of her service, she acted as the flagship for Admiral Marc Mitscher, and led the Fast Carrier Task Force through their battles across the Pacific. She was the recipient of 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Following the war, Lexington was decommissioned, but was modernized and reactivated in the early 1950s, being reclassified as an attack carrier (CVA). Later, she was reclassified as an anti-submarine carrier (CVS). In her second career, she operated both in the Atlantic/Mediterranean and the Pacific, but spent most of her time, nearly 30 years, on the east coast as a training carrier (CVT). 
Lexington was decommissioned in 1991, with an active service life longer than any other Essex-class ship. Following her decommissioning, she was donated for use as a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Lexington was designated a National Historic Landmark. Though her surviving sister ships Yorktown, Intrepid, and Hornet carry lower hull numbers, Lexington was laid down and commissioned earlier, making Lexington the oldest remaining aircraft carrier in the world.

Photos from previous air show G.O. Carlson Chester County Airport -  Coatesville, PA:

P-51 twin seat Mustang and B-17 

B-24 Tail with boy in waist gun position
B-24 head on

Monday, October 12, 2015

Smoke & Mirrors Party

The Republican Party died and was buried alongside Nelson Rockefeller. No amount of dressing up can bring it back. 

In its place is a Smoke & Mirrors Party controlled behind the curtain by the Koch brothers and some less grandiloquently wealthy players.

The Koch controllers are one issue, make us wealthy with our coal, gas & oil. Everything else the Smoke & Mirrors Party promises is fake. 

New York Times
Paul Krugman

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Siri for speaker of the house

Anyone can be speaker of the house.

Ask Siri. John Roberts will go along. As per “Citizens United” Apple Inc. is a person. 

Siri’s neutral. 

“Hey Siri” be speaker of the house. 

New York Times
Gail Collins

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Landlords Patterson NJ - Landlords Coatesville PA

In 1998 and later in 2008 the City of Coatesville PA was in about as bad shape as Patterson NJ is now. Coatesville has changed a lot since 2008. 
Landlords are not created equal.

I've become acquainted with landlords like Charles Florio in Philadelphia and in Coatesville. They along with individual homeowners change neighborhoods. Government can create the framework for change but the collective efforts of individuals make it happen. 
Florio’s aim is to renovate and rent multifamily residential buildings, he said. He works in the city six days a week, out of an office on Rosa Parks Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue. But he has struggled to keep his properties secure, let alone clean or rentable.  
“If you look at some of my properties on Governor Street, you would say, straight up, ‘You are a slumlord,’” Florio said.  
He meant this figuratively — some of his houses appear to be in disrepair — mostly the result of break-ins from people seeking to steal valuable materials, like copper wiring and plumbing. 
NorthJersey.com IN HEROIN’S GRIP- by Rebecca D. O’Brien- Photos by Tyson Trish- Videos by Thomas E. Franklin

Some West Chester based landlords play a different game in Coatesville.
It’s basically buy at Chester County tax auctions, don’t spend a penny on the property, collect rent, mostly through the Housing Authority of Chester County’s Section 8  and maybe let the county have it back without paying the full amount for the property:

That game has changed in Coatesville. It’s a harder game to play since the Housing Authority of Chester County has cleaned house:

Coatesville is digging out of the hole that I think was partly created by the drug business in Chester County. Landlords that buy homes at auction, don't keep them up and pay off public officials are part of the drug business. 

I think the Cokeville, I hope the Cokeville days are behind us. 

Introducing "Cokeville," the New American Suburb 

By Jeff Deeney 11/08/11
With a collapsed economy and shrinking middle class, Coatesville, Pa., represents small-town America. Now, the cocaine market is the only industry that's booming. Is this our nation's future?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Democratic Party leadership moved right but Democrats stayed in place.

It's amazing that the political press and political professionals don't get that basic fact. 

After the Civil Rights Act Republicans made a severe turn to the right wing. 

With the election of Bill Clinton the Democratic Party also moved right. The plan was to capture the votes of independent voters and Reagan Democrats. 

But registered Democratic voters were the same FDR New Deal Democrats and sons and daughters of FDR Democrats. 
Hell will freeze over before we see another Republican President. 
Bernie Sanders is a near incarnation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

Senator Sanders is only "left wing" to Republicans, Democratic Party leaders and the political press.  

Bernie Sanders is a clear representative of the Democratic Voter Base. Senator Sanders reflects the Democratic voter. He's not the outlier that the political press calls him. 

Hillary Clinton is a representative of the Democratic Party base. 

There is a difference between the Democratic Party Base and the Democratic Voter Base. The political press community doesn't seem to understand that. 

Bernie Sanders and Admiral Sestak get that difference.

Democrats Find That Anti-Establishment Isn’t Just a G.O.P. Theme 
Anger at the political establishment has overtaken the Republican presidential race, but it is also coursing through the Democratic electorate, fueling the popularity of Bernie Sanders. 
By PATRICK HEALY on October 3, 2015. 

Hell will freeze over before we see another Republican President. 

The GOP will shut America down over "family values" on December 11th. The catastrophes maniacal Republicans will create in 2016 are yet unknown.  

One thing is certain; the more press Republicans get, the bigger the Democratic landslide in the 2016 General Election.  

The political press should be looking at how much of the down ballot the Democrats will bring along in their 2016 landslide. 

But do keep up the Donald Trump fanboy stuff. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Police should search hate sites on internet to find perps of hate crimes

"He added that police forces should consider "big data techniques to search for digital traces on online hate sites" to find likely perpetrators of hate crimes."

Study: Racially charged hate crimes go up as broadband expands

Trend is higher in regions with more segregation, racism; "lone wolf" factor explored.