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My how time flies. It’s another weekend and time for a few more pictures of our gorgeous commonwealth.

First, a picture to warm the cockles of any central Pennsylvanian’s heart — the gun counter at Cabelas. This one is located just outside Hamburg along Rte #78 in Berks County. Lots and lots of firepower. Aaaaaaaah!


And check out the store’s centerpiece.


And if, like me, you’d rather have your beasties living and breathing you can always visit Lake Tobias’ wildlife park in Halifax north of Harrisburg [here]. There you can get up close and actually touch the critters [well, some of them -- stay away from the big cats..., and the gators..., and the bears and, ...well, any of the carnivores].

February 29, 2008 at 11:56 pm Comments (0)

Casey Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

In his speech supporting the Democrats’ stimulus package Bobby Casey let slip that one of the purposes of the bill was to channel funds to organizations like La Raza and ACORN. Captain Ed Morrisey calls him on it, pointing out that La Raza is a racist far left organization and ACORN has been involved in pro-Democrat voter fraud in the past. His comment:

This doesn’t look like a stimulus package. It looks more like an investment in further voter fraud.

Read the whole thing here.

February 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm Comments (0)

Santorum Blasts Obama

Now you’re talking. With John McCain almost certain to become the Republican nominee, Rick Santorum has turned his fire on the Democrats – in particular, Barack Obama:

Obama: A harsh ideologue hidden by a feel-good image by Rick Santorum

Let’s be clear about what Obama did, once in 2003 and twice before that. He effectively voted for infanticide. He voted to allow doctors to deny medically appropriate treatment or, worse yet, actively kill a completely delivered living baby. Infanticide – I wonder if he’ll add this to the list of changes in his next victory speech and if the crowd will roar: “Yes, we can.”

And here’s another good column about Obama from local Pittsburgh satirist Tom Purcell:

For the love of Obama by Tom Purcell

February 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm Comments (0)

MontcoDems

I understand from some people that the Democrats registered more people than the Republicans in Montgomery County since the period starting November 1st. It was something like three to one.

Maybe Jim Matthews had something to do with it.

One of those registrations is actually a conversion.

Former State Rep Lita Cohen.

You might remember Lita Cohen.

She was so disturbed by George Bush in 2000, she refused to endorse him.

Though not disturbed enough by Santorum to endorse him in 2000.

Also a big fan of the Commissioner now State Treasurer candidate Tom Ellis, very publicly supporting his commissioner re-election bid.

February 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm Comments (0)

Nutter’s Call To Hire Outside Philadelphia is Right

Nutter’s Call To Hire Outside Philadelphia is Right (as in The Philadelphia Bulletin)

In the wake of City Council’s defeat of a proposal to waive Philadelphia’s residency requirement for those seeking to work for the city, here’s a new marketing campaign for the city:

“Welcome to Philadelphia, a city both old and new. Old Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation and epitome of all things American, is represented by timeless symbols of freedom— such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Back then, Philadelphians understood the value of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. They realized that if the American experiment was to succeed, it would be because of the people’s unwavering belief in pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.

In contrast, today’s Philadelphia offers an insightful look into how far the city has progressed. Despite the misguided notions of the Founding Fathers, modern day Philadelphia is thriving, setting new records every year. In 2007 alone, it boasted the highest rates of murder, violence and poverty in the nation! While Philadelphia has more colleges and universities than any other city in the country, not only do we lose talent to other locations and climes, we also refuse to bring in outsiders, even if they’re the best and brightest. We have kept Philadelphia ahead of the curve by maintaining a residency requirement for those seeking city jobs, so that our citizens, regardless of ability and desire, have first dibs on opportunities.

So come visit Philadelphia— we just don’t want you to work here.”

Is it any wonder why people despise politicians and have no faith in government? City Council’s latest betrayal of the people is one more nail in the coffin of public trust.

Mayor Michael Nutter has been attempting to follow through on his campaign promise to revive the city’s economy and make Philadelphia a more desirable place to live and work. One of the key components of his plan is to ease the residency requirement for those working in the city. While he was able to obtain a waiver for police department recruits (they have to move into the city after six months on the job), City Council just killed legislation that would have opened up the the 24,000 civil-service jobs to everybody—not just those living in the city.

The status quo wins, but the people lose. What else is new?

So the old system remains, which simply boggles the mind. Follow this one: Anyone who wants to work for Philadelphia, but lives outside the city, is required to move into the city for one full year— before they can even apply for a city job.

Who in their right mind does that? Nobody. So we are left filling posts with people who are not the most qualified. The best and the brightest take their talents elsewhere.

Speaking of people not on the “bright” list, special recognition goes to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. In her spirited opposition to making Philadelphians compete with outsiders for city jobs, she stated that “We should not speak with forked tongues….our people have a right to every job that we have.”

When reminded that she actually voted for the same legislation in 2001 that she now opposes, her brilliant response: “I didn’t even realize I voted for it then.” How’s that for rekindling your faith in City Council?

And how about her colleague, Councilman Wilson Goode, who not only voted for the legislation in 2001 but was a co-sponsor, who snapped at a reporter with the gall to ask him about his about-face on the issue: “That’s a ridiculous question. Why would I discuss something that happened seven years ago?”

Isn’t that brilliant? Maybe he and Jannie can host a talk show together.

What these Councilmen fail to grasp is that no one has a “right” to any job just because one happens to live within the boundaries of a city. There should be no special treatment, no preferences. America’s foundation is the free market, and it would behoove the City of Philadelphia to give that a try. It can’t be any worse than the ineffective “business as usual” system now in place.

If Philadelphians can’t compete, too bad. Improve or get buried. By putting up walls and stifling competition, City Council is sending the worst message possible.

Philadelphia has been held back for far too long, its position on the center stage constantly usurped by smarter cities. This must end.

Will Mayor Nutter use his office as a bully pulpit to take his case directly to the people?

We can only hope.

Chris Freind can be contacted at CF@TheBulletin.us

February 29, 2008 at 4:58 am Comments (0)

Disaster on Ice

Ouch. In a word, that describes tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. It was the first game with our new star Marian Hossa, and we were all ready to see what he could do.

The short version: Boston dominated the entire game, Pens lost 5 – 1, and worst of all, Hossa was injured halfway through the game and will be out for at least a week.

If the Pens had won tonight, they would have moved up into first place in the Eastern Conference, so I figured that they might do their usual thing when in this situation and choke. I just didn’t think that they were going to have the mother of all chokes. As I said… ouch.

February 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm Comments (0)

Hillary Ahead in Keystone State

Rasmussen Reports has Hill ahead of Barak by four points:

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Pennsylvania shows Hillary Clinton with a very narrow advantage over Barack Obama in the Democratic Presidential Primary. Clinton earns 46% of the vote while Obama earns 42%. Earlier polling by other firms had shown Clinton with a much larger lead in a state that was once considered favorable to her.

And what can account for her decline?

Clinton leads by fifteen points among women but trails by fourteen among men.

Fancy that! Men don’t like her.

Read the whole thing here. 

February 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm Comments (0)

Tax Relief?

Brett Leiberman:

Most Pennsylvania voters expect slot machines will raise an additional $1 billion a year by 2012, yet they’re not so optimistic that the extra revenue will mean much of a property tax cut for them.

Only about one-third of Pennsylvanians believe “significant property tax rebates” from slot machine revenues are “very likely” or “somewhat likely,” according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released this morning.

Maybe because it was a crock of shit to begin with?

Oh yeah, and there’s this…

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will make an announcement today regarding an expansion team and the Chester waterfront as a home for a soccer stadium.

The announcement will take place at 2 p.m. at Turbine Hall, 2501 Seaport Drive, Chester.

Also in attendance will be Gov. Rendell, ownership representatives for the proposed expansion team, and other state and federal officials.

February 28, 2008 at 11:24 am Comments (0)

Farrakhan & Rendell

Heh.

During Tuesday’s debate in Ohio Hillary Clinton argued that Barack Obama had not gone far enough in speaking out against Louis Farrakhan. After the debate her pollster, Mark Penn, was in the spin room arguing that Obama may have rejected and denounced Farrakhan, but he failed to criticize his pastor’s praise of the Nation of Islam leader.

Well, if this race makes it to Pennsylvania, it will be interesting to find out what Clinton has to say on the issue of Farrakhan to her most important backer in the state, Governor Ed Rendell.

Then the mayor of Philadelphia, Rendell not only made a controversial decision to share the stage with Farrakhan in an effort to diffuse racial tensions in the city, but then praised the NOI for its emphasis on family values and self-sufficiency (this, after ripping what he described as “so-called Jewish leaders” for criticizing the decision to give Farrakhan a platform).

February 28, 2008 at 11:20 am Comments (0)

Heartache: Obama On Clinton Heels

Damn those conservative Democrat racists!

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, surging among younger voters, has cut Sen. Hillary Clinton’s lead among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters to 6 points, 49 – 43 percent, after trailing by 16 points just two weeks ago, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 52 – 36 percent lead for Sen. Clinton February 14.

In a general election matchup, Sen. Clinton has 44 percent to 42 percent of registered voters for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican front-runner. Sen. Obama has 42 percent to Sen. McCain’s 40 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Texas and Ohio look to be headed Obama’s way… and Obama is gaining on Hillary! here… hmm….

February 27, 2008 at 5:41 pm Comments (0)

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