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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.

Friday, May 29, 2020

I can still see elderly black woman walking away from Coatesville’s 5th Ward saying “They won't let me vote." I now think CCRC Chairman Skippy Brion & the GOP were trying out an early version of what is now the premier GOP voter purging system, “Judicial Watch.”

Early on the General Election Day of 2004 several Republican attorneys from Spring City showed up outside of Coatesville's Fifth Ward (precinct 120). When the polls opened they went inside and I saw elderly black women coming out of the polls saying, "They won't let me vote."   

 When the Democratic attorney was inside the polling place everything was peaceful. When the Democratic attorney took a break, again people were walking out saying they won't let me vote.
   
 The effect of all that Republican muscle in Coatesville's Fifth Ward was stopping long time voters from voting.  

 I can't understand why they brought in lawyers from Spring City and why CCRC Chairman Skippy Brion was screaming at a Democratic poll watcher inside the polling place in front of voters but I don't have the mind of a Republican. 
   
But I do think that if the Republicans persisted in stopping long time voters from voting there would have been violent incidents at the Fifth Ward." 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

"Six states are facing federal lawsuits and threats of litigation from the ultra-conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch that could jeopardize the integrity of upcoming primary and general elections.
"The suits claim that states are not properly maintaining voter rolls as required by federal law, and raise the specter of voter fraud, arguing that improper maintenance could leave the door open to “dirty elections.”
Judicial Watch, which focuses on the courts and is funded primarily by large grants from conservative foundations, is suing Pennsylvania’s chief election official, along with county legislators and election officials in three of the state’s six counties with the most registered voters. Pennsylvania was critical to Donald Trump’s win in 2016. He won by less than 1 percentage point, losing only 11 counties, including the three suburban Philadelphia counties being sued by Judicial Watch. It was the first time Pennsylvania went red since 1988. Democrats almost certainly need to win the state — where former Vice President Joe Biden was born, and where his campaign is headquartered — to take back the White House.
 The group has filed similar suits in North Carolina and Maryland. The Pennsylvania lawsuit follows notices Judicial Watch sent to 19 counties in Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Colorado, and Kentucky last December, threatening lawsuits unless they removed ineligible voters from rolls. One Pennsylvania county buckled under pressure and made changes to its voter rolls, while the three that are currently being sued did not. Counties in California and Kentucky, facing pressure from Judicial Watch, last year started the process to remove close to 2 million voters from their rolls."
“Those excessive practices have been again and again shown to disproportionately impact racial and language minority communities.”
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Right-Wing Group Seeks to Purge Up to 800,000 Voters in Pennsylvania, a Key Battleground State


Coatesville PA Economic & Community Redevelopment is moving along.

I thought the Coronavirus Pandemic Depression might bring economic development in the City of Coatesville to a standstill but:


"COATESVILLE—The City of Coatesville’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA) has selected Competitive Communities LLC, a private economic development consulting company, to vet three proposals submitted for the development of a 22-acre tract known as “The Flats.”
 The property is located at the prime northwest corner of the intersection of First Avenue and Lincoln Highway, which formerly served as an industrial site. It is the largest commercial property available in the city’s Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The proposals, each ranging between 30 and 60 million dollars, were presented during the April 16 RDA public meeting, followed by a week-long period that enabled developers to submit answers to questions that were posed by board members, city officials and residents.
'We’re excited to have three major prospects submitting proposals to develop this important space,” says Michael Trio, Coatesville City Manager. “All three bids are strong, and we look forward to the RDA’s recommendation. Our City’s business and community leaders have approached this opportunity with a spirit of collaboration, which has helped to position Coatesville as an excellent destination for development with a streamlined process and supportive environment.”
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY FOR UNION ORGANIZING SINCE 1897 Lattimer Massacre, Amazon Warehouse deaths, Cargill Meat Packing deaths happened in Hazle Township, PA

"The greatest danger is found in the industrial parks that sit across the city line in Hazle Township. You could drive those roads for an hour, slicing down factory canyons the length of many football fields. About 13,000 worked there, some in union jobs, and that was a source of pride for a lot of people who worked along Wyoming Street."


"Therese Kelly arrived for her shift at an Amazon warehouse in Hazle Township, Pa., on March 27 to find her co-workers standing clustered in the cavernous space. Over a loudspeaker, a manager told them what they had feared: For the first time, an employee had tested positive.
Some of the workers cut short their shifts and went home. Ms. Kelly, 63, got to work.
In the less than two months since then, the warehouse in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania has become Amazon’s biggest hot spot.
 Local lawmakers believe that more than 100 workers have contracted the disease, but the exact number is unknown. At first, Amazon told workers about each new case. But when the total reached about 60, the announcements stopped giving specific numbers.
The best estimate is that more than 900 of the company’s 400,000 blue-collar workers have had the disease. But that number, crowdsourced by Jana Jumpp, an Amazon worker, almost certainly understates the spread.
 The company has been hit by the biggest surge of orders it has ever experienced, and has paid workers extra to stay on the job."
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New York Times
‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak

A warehouse in the foothills of the Poconos has had more known Covid-19 cases than any of Amazon’s others after missing early opportunities to protect workers.




The Lattimer massacre was the violent deaths of at least 19 unarmed striking immigrant anthracite miners at the Lattimer mine near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1897.
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"The greatest danger is found in the industrial parks that sit across the city line in Hazle Township. You could drive those roads for an hour, slicing down factory canyons the length of many football fields. About 13,000 worked there, some in union jobs, and that was a source of pride for a lot of people who worked along Wyoming Street.


State officials allowed most of these warehouses and factories — American Eagle, Tootsie Roll, AutoZone — to remain open, declaring their products essential for the economy. Each night, workers returned to Hazleton. More than 200 workers at Cargill fell ill, one-fifth of the work force, when the company closed for a week. Other facilities have been hit."

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The New York Times

This Working Man Was Ready to Retire. But the Virus Took Him.

A journey down several blocks of one Pennsylvania city tells the story of the virus in America — of illness, financial strain and rising tension.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Trump’s killing us protest. In Macungie! The GOP has a maniacal homicidal President problem. 

'Trump policies are killing all of us,” read a sign on Pat Russo’s car."

Allentown is mostly Democratic.

However when we lived in Macungie in the 1980s actual Nazis rallied at a farm. Their leader was arrested later in Philly. 
MACUNGIE is a Native American word loosely translated: 
 Where the bear sleeps in the swamp.

In 1987 we moved to Trappe, PA. I worked at a crown & bridge dental laboratory in Elkins Park PA. 

A man who lived on a farm near Macungie did our partial denture work. He had several foster children. My boss, Tom Cassidy asked him, “Why don’t you have Black foster children.” His answer was something like “The people out here are very nice, except I think they might kill black children.”

What I’m trying to say is Allentown is Democratic, The area outside of Allentown is more conservative and more likely Republican. 

Those conservative folks are saying things like this:

'We feel his failure, he’s responsible for the deaths,' she said. 'I hope people pay attention.'



When you go over South Mountain from the Delaware Valley to the Lehigh Valley it's almost like going to a different country.

All of Lehigh Valley residents, Democrats or Republicans are more conservative than the residents of counties in the Delaware Valley surrounding Philly. 

There’s a culture shock for people from the Delaware Valley moving to the Lehigh Valley. 
I ate hotdogs from Yooco’s (Lee Iacocca was a member of Allentown’s Iacocca family)

There were usually long lines waiting at Yooco’s. If you tried to but they refused to serve you. 


Drivers in Allentown stop for stop signs, frustrating the crap out of people that live near Philly. In Philly people that stop for stop signs are stuck there while the rest run through the stop signs. 

There’s a respect for the rule of law that maybe comes from Mennonite heritage or something. I liked that when I lived there. I didn’t agree with everyone but I did appreciate the respect the people of Allentown showed to others. 


The GOP has a maniacal homicidal President problem. 

Protestors greeting President Donald Trump Thursday on his first visit to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley looked a little different as they gathered amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Face masks, both homemade and store bought, were prevalent among the drivers who organized near Lower Macungie Middle School. Participants mainly stayed at or near their cars, which were decorated with signs. A few Pennsylvania State Police vehicles were stationed nearby.
 Instead of groups of people, Make the Road Action in Pennsylvania organized the caravan to drive past the Upper Macungie Township distribution center hosting Trump and then head to Lehigh Valley International Airport, where Air Force One is expected to touch down.
The focus of the protest was on Trump and his administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 'I don’t feel that Trump is handling anything well ... especially the COVID-19 (pandemic), his handling of it from the beginning. I think that he doesn’t even acknowledge the fact of all of the people that have died and he’s focusing so much on reopening the country despite what the doctors are saying,' said Kate Middleton of Allentown.
One of the protest signs on a few cars read “Trump Failed 3,943 Pennsylvanians dead from COVID.” Middleton had signs on her car that said Trump’s failure is destroying us and “Biden country.”
'We feel his failure, he’s responsible for the deaths,' she said. 'I hope people pay attention.'
'Trump policies are killing all of us,” read a sign on Pat Russo’s car."
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‘Trump policies are killing all of us’: Protest caravan rolls through ahead of president’s visit to Pennsylvania

Is there a buck door way Republican Senate can impeach Trump saying “we had no other choice”?

The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing several lawsuits asking for Trump’s financial records. 

I'm no legal expert. I do know corporate "journalists" are terrified of Trump and will not publish stuff they know Trump will not approve of. 

 Watch any corporate news report of read any corporate news article on the Supreme Court debating Trump's financial records and you will get non committal both sides "news" approved by Trump:

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This lawsuit will also be bumped up to the Supreme Court:

A federal appeals court on Thursday revived a lawsuit seeking to block President Trump’s hotel in downtown Washington from accepting payments from foreign and state governments. 
In a divided decision, the court refused to dismiss the novel lawsuit that accuses the president of illegally profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his D.C. hotel. The case, brought by the top lawyers for Maryland and the District of Columbia, is one of a set of lawsuits alleging the president’s private business transactions violate the Constitution’s anti-corruption emoluments ban.

Court revives lawsuit targeting President Trump’s business dealings at Washington hotel


AND THIS ONE:


A federal judge overseeing the trial of President Trump's former confidant, Roger Stone, has ordered that the federal government turn over at least 20 emails related to the White House's order to halt military aid to Ukraine, which sparked impeachment proceedings against the president on Capitol Hill.
Judge in Roger Stone case orders Trump administration to turn over Ukraine emails


I believe Trump’s financial records will show ongoing criminal activity involving the Saudis & Russian Oligarchs.

"How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House."
 Trump’s Russian Laundromat


I believe that once Trump’s financial records are public information and prove Trump has ongoing dealings with foreign nationals, some who are actively spying on the U.S., Senate Republicans can say: 

“We had no other choice but removing President Trump from Office."

And with the blessing of the GOP corporate news will blare out: 

"REMOVE TRUMP!"

Monday, May 11, 2020

COVID-19 is changing how we get food. From factory farms to small farms.


Like chicken? You won't find it at the ALDI Store in Exton, PA



COATESVILLE VICTORY GARDEN
Former Coatesville City Council Member Joe Hamrick 
Current Coatesville City Council Member Khadijah Alamin


I was a planning commission member at Lower Frederick Township in Montgomery County PA.  A-10 tank busters were very, very loud and Marine Helicopters shook the dishes in my kitchen cabinets. The hill I lived on was a turning point back to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove.

I played racquet ball in the officers racquet ball court at NASJRB Willow Grove. That's another story.
Limerick Generating Station
from Cessna 172

People flying small aircraft with non-working radios near the Limerick Power Plant were escorted to Limerick Airport by F-18s.

We learned about bio-terrorism threat assessments at slaughterhouses in Montgomery County & Bucks County PA after 911.

Now in 2020 the threat from slaughterhouses has come about on a nationwide scale, not from bio-terrorism but from COVID-19.  



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When I was active with Schuylkill Riverkeeper we visited the Rosenberger Farm along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. Mr. Rosenberger was heir to Rosenberger’s Dairy. He made a riparian buffer with fencing to keep cows out of the stream.


Riparian buffer with cattle fencing at Rosenberger Farm
Bob Rosenberger at Rosenberger Farm











Bob Adams of WVWA 


Delaware Riverkeeper's Faith Zerbie examines macro 
invertebrates in Manatawny Creek in Pottstown, PA
Only a few months after the orphaned dam on the Manatawny Creek in Pottstown was removed the macro invertebrate (aquatic insect) population began to rebound. 

Saturday, may 15, 2010
Dam Removal on the Manatawny Creek in Pottstown




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"I have always been impressed with the CSAs (community-supported agriculture) in downtown Philadelphia and I was interested in trying the same thing here in Coatesville," said Keith Gargus, one of the founding members of the organization.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Coatesville Victory Gardens in the News


Keith Gargus working on the "Coatesville Victory Garden."
In Coatesville former tireless Obama 2008 worker Keith Gargus offered his expertise in farming at the Coatesville Victory Garden. When Keith left Coatesville he bought an organic farm in North Carolina. 













When he left Coatesville Keith Gargus gave me the hat he wore as a ringer in baseball games between FBI & ATF when he left Coatesville to farm in North Carolina. 
Keith gave me his ATF hat. I can't wear it in public.

There's a story with the hat. On his way back from an ATF vs. FBI baseball game to his home in Valley Forge Park, Keith stopped at the Perkiomenville Flea Market. As he walked through the market he noticed everyone was clearing a path for him. He forgot to take off his ATF hat. Lots of guns for sale at the flea market.
Decades later I had a similar experience at a Coatesville city council meeting:

The Saha "Save our Farm" group led by JBS Chapter Leader Pat Sellers had about 10 people to weed out for or against people coming to Coatesville city council meetings. 

The first time I came to a Coatesville city council meeting I said Coatesville needs to come together as a community. Dick Saha looked at Rickey and a circle formed around me shouting "Communist." 

A few years later Governor Rendell was coming to a packed Coatesville city council meeting. As I walked in the people parted like I was Moses at the Red Sea. They began to know me. 


Keith worked with the FBI & ATF in a room encircled in copper deep under Manhattan.

The games were in Long Island. 

Keith is enjoying cigars, retired in Nicaragua. 





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"Chloe Johnson and her husband, Craig Scariot, did not grow up on farms. He studied finance and she has an IT job. But in 2015, they bought a 100-year-old ranch in Longmont, Colorado, stocked it with chickens, pigs and sheep, and built a business selling organic, grass-fed meat directly to consumers.
Running SkyPilot Farm hasn’t been easy or made them rich. But the pair are having unexpected success during the current crisis, which has them cautiously optimistic about the future of local, sustainable agriculture...
The commercial meat industry, highly centralized and largely controlled by four companies — Cargill, JBS, Smithfield and Tyson — has been rocked by the coronavirus. As the virus spread to some of the country’s largest meat processing facilities, it killed workers and forced plants to shut down for deep cleaning. Nearly 5,000 meatpacking employees have contracted COVID-19 at 115 meat and poultry processing facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With animals lining up for slaughter and nowhere to take them, the price of beef and pork has plummeted and livestock producers have resorted to euthanizing surplus stock...
Beside a pen filled with baaing sheep and rowdy 3-week-old lambs, Johnson and Scariot, wearing mud-caked boots and sweat-stained trucker hats, described an altogether different reality. “It’s only gotten busier,” Scariot said, scratching the ears of a Blue Heeler cattle dog at his feet. Since the outbreak, sales at SkyPilot have increased about 400% and the customer base has tripled. 

While the industrial market is facing ruin, small-scale producers are seeing a heyday. In the U.S., more than 167,000 farms sell $8.7 billion worth of meat and produce directly to consumers, restaurants and retailers each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With some farmers markets closed due to the pandemic, many have shifted their businesses online, and farms across the country report that customers are following in droves.
“Inventory management is the hardest part,” Johnson said. “We were growing slowly and steadily over the years. Now we’re not able to keep up with demand.”...
“Demand is extraordinary, even after I’ve increased production by 25%,” said Joe Cloud, who owns T&E Meats in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Cloud processes meat for ranchers who sell directly to restaurants and consumers through community-supported agriculture programs and farmers markets. Before the outbreak, nearly half his customers supplied restaurants where chefs do complicated things with shanks, racks and filets. When those closed, the market shifted overnight to consumers who, by and large, are looking for simple, protean ground beef."

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hobbled the meat industry. Can small farms raise a more sustainable future?
By Stephen Robert Miller
05/06/2020 05:45 am ET 

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There are many different ways to purchase farm goods including directly from a farmer or through a grocery store that offers many local items. Make sure to verify how each business is accepting payment, if they require advance orders and what their operating hours are in a given season. Here is a list of places to shop by category. Enjoy the flavors of Chester County!










Saturday, May 9, 2020

I think the militia guys are locked & loaded to defend Trump when he loses his election.




"My Militia offers a catalog of existing militias and promotes a program for setting up a militia for every telephone area code.

It presents itself as a platform for creating militias, recruiting members, and for ideological and practical education. The site’s extensive library of PDFs includes a Canadian army manual on ambushes, a guide to destroying tanks, and a treatise outlining justifications and strategies for an insurgency in the US. Recent posts include examining the short-term prospect of civil war.

There is some evidence neo-Nazis and racist activists have attempted to spread propaganda to My Militia users.

In his second, 2017 manifesto for the site, Embrey wrote he hoped the site would “spearhead” the militia movement, and offered movement goals such as “to augment our local authorities In dire times and assist in our communities from all threats foreign or domestic”, and “to change the negative perception of the Militia by becoming a welcomed force, one that is preferred over militarized police”.

My Militia had brief prominence in 2017 when a site user, Michael Hari, and other members of his Illinois-based militia, bombed a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, and plotted to do the same to a second mosque in Champaign, Illinois.

In March 2018, after he and his fellow militia members’ weapons were seized by the FBI, Hari appealed on mymilitia.com for others around the country to rally to their defense.

Later, in March this year, another user, Duncan Lemp, was shot and killed at his home in Maryland by police carrying out a firearms raid.

Embrey’s own militia-related site and pages are just part of a web design portfolio that includes work for other extremist movements.

His website, Embrey Enterprise, features work done for mostly local Ohio businesses, but it also includes the website of a a record label, Tinnitus Records, that almost wholly sells white supremacist skinhead and heavy metal music.

As of Thursday, the Tinnitus website was hosted on the same IP address as the American Revolution website, and those of Embrey and his other clients.

Howard Graves, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center said:“Tinnitus is a hate music label, full stop.” He said it features “a number of racist skinhead bands that have represented and held membership in terror networks”.

Embrey’s portfolio also includes a logo for an apparently defunct battalion of the Pennsylvania Light Foot militia. That organization attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, with the avowed intention of protecting the free speech of the neo-Nazi demonstration against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee.

Asked in a telephone conversation about whether he knew about Embrey or My Militia before the website was built, Ellis said, “Not really”, but having looked at the website, since added: “It definitely seems like a group that is pretty simple in their belief in just defending the second amendment.”...

Ellis also boasted in the audio recordings of his connection to a co-founder of a group that was a prime mover in the Tea Party movement.

In the recording, Ellis is heard to say he has spoken with “Mark Meckler, he’s the one who owns the openthestates.com website, and he’s super connected with [Sean] Hannity, Tucker [Carlson], [Mark] Levin, [Ben] Shapiro, Charlie Kirk” – implying Meckler could help him to connect with prominent conservative media figures.

Meckler’s openthestates.com is a slick anti-lockdown protest website that links back to another website for Convention of States (COS), a “dark money” organization attached to the big-money rightwing non-profit Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG).

Meckler’s non-profits have been widely reported as being in receipt of money from funds connected to the Koch brothers, the Coors foundation, and other rightwing megadonors.




American Revolution 2.0, which presents itself as bipartisan, has been assisted by far-right individuals – some with extremist links

Jason Wilson
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https://www.adl.org/blog/the-boogaloo-extremists-new-slang-term-for-a-coming-civil-war


The Boogaloo: Extremists’ New Slang Term for A Coming Civil War


Whereas the militia movement, radical gun rights activists typically promote the boogaloo as a war against the government or liberals, white supremacists conceive of the boogaloo as a race war or a white revolution. Some promote boogaloo-related phrases alongside hashtags such as #dotr or #DayOfTheRope, both of which are references to neo-Nazi William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries, a novelized blueprint for a white revolution.

Accelerationist white supremacists are particularly apt to use “boogaloo” – they seek the violent collapse of modern society in order to bring about a new, white-dominated world. Among them is Paul Nehlen, who gained notoriety by running for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin in 2016 and 2018. After the Poway synagogue shooting, Nehlen embraced both accelerationism and the term boogaloo and has even posted photos of himself wearing the John Earnest/boogaloo shirt.


In August, the accelerationist “Terrorwave Refined” Telegram channel posted the following call to arms:

If they are ever dumb enough to come for your guns, let the executive, legislative, and judicial workers and their kike handlers know that they had better confiscate all the manure and trucks in America…because the first places you’ll visit will be the courthouses, legislatures, barracks, and next, their personal homes, their parents [sic] homes, their kids [sic] homes…and it will truly be the beginning of the White Man’s Boogaloo.
The reference to manure and trucks is likely an allusion to Timothy McVeigh’s use of an ammonium nitrate truck bomb to destroy the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

The white supremacist (and accelerationist) group Feuerkrieg Division recently posted a song about a race-war boogaloo to its official Telegram channel. A sampling of the lyrics makes its thrust clear:

Do the Boogaloo!
Kill the kikes, and save the whites
Come on, it’s time to go!
Do the Boogaloo!
Plug a pig, and then a Yid
Let’s do the Boogaloo, all together now!