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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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Coatesville, a place to burn trash?

Was a trash to steam plant recently proposed to the Coatesville City Council for the Flats in Coatesville?

Flats refers to the former GO Carlson property bought by the City of Coatesville Redevelopment Authority. The Flats has a commercial / residential zoning overlay. That means although the property is zoned heavy industrial buildings such as restaurants, retail stores, office buildings and apartments and homes can be built there. But  the land underneath is still zoned for heavy industrial.

The availability of the flats industrial land brownfeilds to be reutilized for commercial and residential development gave birth to the redevelopment of Coatesville. It would reconnect the East and West parts of Coatesville and allow new commercial and residential construction on one of the busiest intersections in Western Chester County (Average Daily Traffic Volume  14,500).

Returning the Flats to heavy industrial use would most likely sink any plans to redevelop the City of Coatesville. 
Friday, October 8, 2010 
Why Bart Blatstein, Baker Properties and Don Pulver were interested in Coatesville

At least 2 times in the past the City of Coatesville was presented with plans for heavy industry projects on the Flats.

I believe that former Coatesville City Solicitor Andrew Lehr and former Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker came to Coatesville to build a gas fired power plant on the flats property. The money from such a power plant is in electric power that can be transported and sold. Exelon owns the power lines and would not permit a competitor like Florida Power and Light to use their power lines. Therefore a City of Coatesville Power Authority would need to be formed to sell the electric power. That Coatesville Power Authority would have control over the electricity and the money:

Proppants are part of the toxic mix of chemicals pumped into the ground to frack natural gas out of stone.

Arthur Morton an associate broker with Ambassador Realty of Coatesville gave a brief presentation about a business venture called Blue Sky International or BlueSky International (I haven’t found it on the web yet) seeking the need for about 8 to 10 acres to develop what’s called a proppant plant.The proppants are created from slag that would come from the steel mill.
Mr. Morton, 

"I brought to the city several weeks ago, perhaps three or four weeks, a business venture by a company called Blue Sky International seeking the need for about ten acres to develop what’s called proppant plant. Proppants are metallic balls that are created from slag material. And all this obviously comes together because of the steel mill and the slag that is ultimately produced from making steel. It’s then reprocessed by Stine, which is, I guess the old Brown Company…
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Mr. Morton, “It’s got to go somewhere.”It just happens that they want a fracking chemical plant in a black neighborhood.

Each time plans for a heavy industry in the heart of the City of Coatesville was proposed it was struck down once by an uprising of the community and twice by a Coatesville City Council that basically ridiculed the proposals. 

Unsightly, polluting heavy industries have been proposed several times in the center of the City of Coatesville. It's going to keep happening until residential commercial structures go up on the Flats property. Coatesville is a half black lower income part of Chester County. That is what attracts those polluting industries. It's environmental racism

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Koch Network will make sure Democrats & Clinton lose in Pennsylvania

The Koch Network works within a facade known as the Republican Party. 

There is no Koch Network without the Republican Party and there is no Republican Party without the Koch Network. 

Everyone interested in politics needs to read "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer. Anyone who hasn't read it is floundering in ignorance of today's politics. 

Americans For Prosperity is the Koch Network’s ground operation in Pennsylvania.  AFP is also the Republican Party ground operation in Pennsylvania.

American Action Network (AAN) is an important part of the Koch Network

"Gwenne Alexander, chief executive of ACTION of PA and president of the Chester County chapter, said the group is mostly aligned with Republican values. It also shares common goals with the tea-party-aligned 912 Project. But it goes further in the quest to get conservatives elected.
Alexander said ACTION’s principal activity is scrutinizing the values of candidates for local office. Chiefly, ACTION is concerned with positions on abortion rights and gay marriage. But it often asks would-be officials other values-related questions. Candidates’ answers guide ACTION election endorsements. 
 'We want to help voters know the top of the ticket, the presidential candidates and where they stand, [but] we want you to know who’s running for township supervisor, too,” Alexander said."
New conservative Christianpolitical group shows support for Chick-fil-A
 Elizabeth Gibson | Special to PennLive By Elizabeth Gibson | Special to PennLive
on August 02, 2012 at 5:00 AM, updated August 02, 2012 at 8:18 AM

This video of the Action Breakfast January 2014 Meeting of Chester County Republican Party candidates where they forgot Harry Lewis was a candidate was a Koch Network meeting linking Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. See links between the Koch Network and Action at the end of this post. 

"KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Jeremy Baker, a field director for the Americans for Prosperity conservative group, was looping through this neatly manicured Philadelphia suburb on a mission last week to make the case against Democratic Senate contender Katie McGinty. 
 But nearly every voter had someone else on their minds: Donald Trump… 
 Last week, AFP launched ground operations on behalf of GOP incumbents in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin — the earliest the group has ever begun making explicit political appeals in the field. 
 But just a few hours into the effort, it was apparent how difficult it will be to avoid Trump’s outsize presence in the campaign. And it was clear that even if the Koch network stays out of the presidential race, it could still end up being one of Trump’s best assets. 
 The Koch operation’s field teams are gathering reams of information on voters in key battleground states, intelligence that filters back to the Republican National Committee and GOP candidates through a data-sharing agreement. Even more valuable is the early organizing push by the network’s robust ground force, which far outstrips Trump’s meager field operation and could help prod ambivalent voters to the polls. 
The Washington Post
The Kochs’ powerful operation isn’t aimed at helping Trump –but it might anyway
Matea Gold June 20, 2016 

"American Action Network (AAN) is a "501(c)4" Washington, D.C.-based "action tank" created in February 2010 after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision permitted corporations to spend unlimited money influencing elections. AAN spent $26 million on ads in 2010, making it the second-most active outside political spending group that year behind the Chamber of Commerce.[1] As a 501(c)(4), the American Action Network does not have to disclose its donors.[2] The organization is run by Republican political operatives (including engineers of Nixon's illegal and unethical campaign activities) and billionaires (some of whom personally benefitted from the Wall Street bailout).

Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the senior policy adviser to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, described the group as a center-right version of the Center for American Progress in the New York Times, [3] but rather than working on policy analysis, the group has spent large sums of money running ads attacking Democrats during political campaigns. Politico refers to the group as one of the "key outside forces on the right." [4]

In January 2011, AAN created the Hispanic Leadership Network to bring more Hispanics to the Republican party.[5]

American Action Network is linked to Karl Rove's American Crossroads PAC; in fact, they share office space.[6][7]"

The Center for Media and Democracy
American Action Network



American Action Network

Saturday, June 25, 2016

At her disastrous press conference Hillary was asked if the emails would make her decide not to run

Hillary Clinton's first & only press conference of her campaign was on March 10, 2015:

Post Politics

By Washington Post Staff
If you watch the Washington Post video to the end you will see her pulled away from the podium by her staff.

She was asked:

"QUESTION: Madam Secretary, two quick follow ups. You mentioned the server. That's one of the distinctions here.  
This wasn't Gmail or Yahoo or something. This was a server that you owned. Is that appropriate? Is it -- was there any precedent for it? Did you clear it with any State Department security officials? And do they have -- did they have full access to it when you were secretary? 
 And then separately, will any of this have any bearing or effect on your timing or decision about whether or not you run for president? Thank you. 
 CLINTON: Well, the system we used was set up for President Clinton's office. And it had numerous safeguards. It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches."

We now know there were multiple security breaches and that Hillary's personal server also allowed hackers into State Department email. Most likely all of Clintonemail.com is in the hands of hackers. Including "Top Secret/Special Access Program" (SAP) emails.
There are at least 3 dozen FOIA lawsuits some that began years ago into the Clinton Foundation, Clinton State Department and cliintonemail.com. 
New possible criminal violations and ethical violations involving Secretary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation are appearing on about a daily basis in the press. But it’s kind of back page news.  It’s hard to keep up.

Some recent articles: 
AP  June 23, 2016, 6:11 PM 
State Dept: Clinton failed to hand over key email 

 Clinton’s private e-mail was blocked by spam filters—soState IT turned them off 
Security measures were disabled because Clinton's e-mails were "going to spam." 
 by Sean Gallagher - Jun 23, 2016 12:33pm EDT 


Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries 
 Jun. 24, 2016 4:01 PM EDT 

It’s understandable that Debbie Wasserman Schultz keeps Hillary Clinton hidden from a questioning press. 

There are two FBI alleged criminal investigations one involving national security & clintonemail.com and the other involving the Clinton Foundation and possible links to official State Department activities.
Hillary Clinton might be the first presidential candidate to be indicted on federal espionage and corruption charges.
Would it have been better for the Clintons if Hillary chose not to run?
Should she drop out now and avoid a disastrous loss for not only the Democratic Party, but also for Bill and Hillary Clinton's legacy?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Something needs to be done about assault weapons but not linking them to terrorist watchlist

AR-15 variants are virtual twins to military weapons. In use they are identical to military weapons. 

And nobody seems to be mentioning. 50 cal. sniper rifles sold in gun shops that are identical to military weapons and that can kill humans at 2 miles away or penetrate armored vehicles at closer ranges. 

THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION takes a gripping look at the world of "gun running" through the story of Florin Krasniqi and the guerrilla army he built by transporting weapons from the United States to Kosovo. 

The Brooklyn Connection Part 4  "Elephant hunters" buying a .50 cal sniper rifle at a gun shop in St. Mary's Pennsylvania that will be transported to Bosnia. 

No gun effective control bill of any sort has a chance of passing. Linking the Orlando massacre and assault weapons is just political ploy in an election year. 

But it did bring some daylight to the secret "terrorist watchlist". 

I've been calling domestic terrorists, terrorists for several years. Those called domestic terrorists by the SPLC and ADL and me have been growing exponentially in the last 7 years. Like the Bundy Terrorists that almost caused a bloodbath in Nevada that the DOJ dawdled over until recently.  SEE:

Domestic terrorists regardless of religious affiliation are the biggest threat to Americans. 

I think we are only one successful assassination away from a crackdown on domestic terrorists. Since we have thousands of them, the most likely successful assassin is a right wing terrorist. 


Man who attempted to grab gun at rally wanted 'to kill Trump'

Jim Acosta

If or when that assassination of a high level government official happens it could give instant birth to a national security enforcement organization that makes the East German Stasi look like pussies. 

And since the extreme right wing has been loading up on assault rifles and ammo planning an Armageddon style response, extreme violence and bloodshed could go with any crackdown on domestic terrorists. 

Bringing US Extremism To Network TV – “Sovereign Soul” Producer Jeff Stanzler w/ Cenk Uygur 

Jeff Stanzler, "The way I look at it. I think Obama is going to come with an executive order on background checks before the end of his term. And the day that that happens the nature of this country, the heartbeat of this country I think is going to switch very, very quickly. 
Cenk Uygur, "So that's interesting. So what do you think is going to happen? 

Jeff Stanzler, "Well, I think the people who believe in Agenda 21 will feel that this is the shot across the bow. Agenda 21 that UN resolution, non-binding, that I think started in George HW Bush's, decades ago. But as we know Ted Cruz is campaigning on fighting against Agenda 21, which basically says jackbooted UN thugs are going to come take away your guns. 

Now if Obama says that he's going to make this executive order I feel like the people who are maybe a little bit on the fence, might be pulled into that sort of Alec Jones world of, this is it folks. You gotta circle the wagons and get ready... I'll be glad if I'm in an area that has very little guns on the day that that happens. "

Cent Uygur, "Now you frightened me."

Watch the whole thing or start at 12:00:

Linking the "terrorist watchlist" to assault weapons had no effect on limiting the sale of assault weapons but it did sell a lot of them and drive up gun manufacturers stock prices. 

But most importantly it firmed up the belief of right wing extremists that the federal government is coming for their guns.

I don't know how we can remove the guns from Americans without a massive violent reaction. But somehow it has to be done.


Gun control – a Guardian investigation

But be careful what you wish for. We could go from gun violence to police state. 

The Intercept

Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando

Glenn Greenwald