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I did not go the second day, becuase the speaker line up composed of people I’m not the biggest fan of (Grover Norquist, Tom Corbett), people I have already seen (Corbett), and people I could see with a lot less effort (Lou Barletta).

I enjoyed the opportunity to network with some of the notables of the reform movement, like the infamous Bob Guzzardi. I also enjoyed when Guzzardi chewed out a former Fred Thompson staffer during the Campaign School. I got one of the Polling panels’s speakers to confirm my intuition about the accuracy of SurveyUSA polls. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked to., so there are not that many good visuals.

If anyone goes to this in the future, prepare to eat something before or after the keynote dinner, as the food there was unfilling. I had to get McDonald’s on the way back, or I would have fainted away to nothing (considering my BMI, not likely!).

Overall, I enjoyed my experience. It was certainly worth the $20 fee for students and the $20 in gas I spent to go there.

If you want to know what happended the second day, harass Julian.

Here are some pictures, including a bad one of Micheal Steele:

April 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm Comments (0)

Re: My Post about the Job Market

Alex,

I’m pretty sure it does…unless she was under 16 at the time and filed herself as employed or self-employed on her household census.

 

Rickster

April 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm Comments (0)

Fumo: Pa Legislature Would Legalize Slavery

NBC10.com

A state senator told a black pastor testifying at a committee hearing that, given the chance to cast secret ballots, his fellow legislators would vote to legalize slavery.

Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, D-Philadelphia, made the comments Tuesday during a hearing on a Republican-sponsored bill to amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriages and civil unions, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its Web site Wednesday.

“What you are advocating here is that we take away the rights of a minority. And I don’t think that’s right,” Fumo, a staunch defender of gay rights, told the witness, Gilbert Coleman Jr., senior pastor of Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship in Philadelphia.

He added, “If we introduced a bill on slavery, it might pass. That doesn’t make it right.”
Coleman, who was testifying in favor of the measure, responded: “I doubt that sir.”

“Oh, don’t bet on it in this General Assembly,” Fumo countered. “I know some people up here, especially on a secret ballot, it would be almost unanimous.

In case you were keeping score, the Democrats have the majority in the State House, the GOP in the Senate.

So at the very best you can say that bigotry is bi-partisan. (It’s actually just the Democrats, ask Governor Rendell)

If the whole idea of comparing same-sex marriage to slavery wasn’t a crock of shit to begin with.

Exit Question: Given that Senator Fumo might be going to jail sooner rather than later, shouldn’t he be careful about his public same-sex positions?

Exit Question Number 2: Why is Fumo defending (by semi-silent acquiescence) closet racists? Should he be outing them for who they are?

April 30, 2008 at 1:34 pm Comments (0)

Four Day Work Weeks

Phillyburbs

College Township Manager Adam Brumbaugh proposes having the township’s 30 employees work 10-hour days Tuesday through Friday and closing township offices Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

That would reduce employees’ fuel costs for commuting by one-fifth as well as giving employees three-day weekends. In addition, Brumbaugh estimates the township would save nearly $6,000 a year on heating, air conditioning, lighting and other operational costs.

I think it’s a great idea. Sort of.

I’d have part of the office take mondays off, and the other half take fridays off. That way there’s some 5 day continuity for outside users. You’d lose some of the facility savings, but it’s a better fit.

Better still (for the workers), rotate the monday / fridays so you end up having four day weekends in there too.

As someone who works a “non-traditional” work week, I can appreciate creative scheduling like that.

April 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm Comments (0)

Re: The Job Market

Rick, I’ve always wondered about the “choice” to be unemployed. My wife volunteered to stay home when our daughter was born, and she’s still home. That was under the first term of the Bush “regime.”

Does that count against the number?

April 30, 2008 at 11:44 am Comments (0)

The Redstate Update

I love the message of unity.

April 30, 2008 at 11:38 am Comments (0)

Superdelegates

Irony of ironies.

The Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate won’t be determined by the people, but by party insiders.

Like our Democrat Congresspeople.

While more than 80 Democrats in the House and Senate have yet to state their preferences in the race for the Democratic nomination, sources said Tuesday that most of them have already made up their minds and have told the campaigns where they stand.

“The majority of superdelegates I’ve talked to are committed, but it is a matter of timing,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “They’re just preferring to make their decision public after the primaries are over. … They would like someone else to act for them before they talk about it in the cold light of day.”

Obama currently holds an 18-13 lead among committed superdelegates in the Senate, while Clinton holds a 77-74 lead in the House. Asked which way the committed-but-unannounced superdelegates are leaning, McCaskill — who has endorsed Obama — said: “James Brown would say, ‘I Feel Good.’”

Not so fast, said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer.

What about our uncommitted Congressional superdelegates? Brady, Altmire, Doyle, Holden and Carney.

Only Chris Carney is clear. Sort of. Probably with Hillary, but still on the fence.

Congressman Chris Carney said he would cast his vote at the Democratic national convention according to the will of the district. The 10th went overwhelmingly for Hillary but Carney still hasn’t committed. The NRCC is saying that Carney is a closet Obama supporter.

With the AFL-CIO’s Bill George going with Hillary, the only remaining uncommitted Pa delegates are from our congressional delegation.

April 30, 2008 at 11:31 am Comments (0)

The Job Market

303,972,298 is the USA population as of April 30, 2008 according to the census. According to the US Dept. of Labor, our unemployment rate is 5.1%. Thus, that is 15,198,614.9 people (or 5.1% of the total population). This means our unemployment is 15.1 million people…let’s dissect this number. [That’s not right. The total US population does not equal the total labor force. The number is 7.8 million.-ed]

According to the very same labor data, the vast majority of the unemployed wish to be unemployed. Some have family responsibilities, and others are in school so that they can eventually become employed. Wow…and I thought the big Republicans were ruining the job market? Guess what – they’re NOT!

Among the races, whites have the lowest unemployment rate, then Latinos, followed by blacks who have statistically double the rate of whites in many of thecategories.

The reason I listed this is to showcase that our job force in America is doing very well despite the doom and gloom in the media. Want more proof…OPEN YOUR NEWSPAPER! The WANTED section and want ads are abundant. Visited MONSTER or CAREER BUILDER….or perhaps THE LADDERS? These job sites all have opportunities too! The last time you went to – GOD FORBID – the BK – that there WAS NO help wanted sign on the door or even on their store sign?

There are jobs out there people…there just happens to be a percentage of people who wish not to work. I wouldn’t call it LAZY because we have the lowest rate of unemployment almost in the world. This could be because the family member is rich, or because they’d rather, dare I say, be a stay at home mom and raise their children in a more traditional fashion.

Instead, the goal is to show the US in some sort of disastrous market. That would be BOTH untrue and dumb. Typical of the media.

April 30, 2008 at 11:12 am Comments (0)

Obama- Failure To Close

First, an important endorsement:

Governor Mike Easley has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

At a joint appearance in Raleigh Tuesday morning, the two-term Democrat said Clinton “gets it.”

“It’s time for somebody to be in the White House who understands the challenges we face in this country,” Easley said.

The Democrats realize they have an unelectable person who is likely to take their nomination. But if the leaders and “elites” do anything, they tear apart the party.

Meanwhile, according to the always reliable SurveyUSA:

NC

In a Democratic Primary in North Carolina today, 04/29/08, one week till votes are counted, the 10-point lead that Barack Obama has had for two months is halved, to now 5 points, Obama 49%, Clinton 44%, according to SurveyUSA’s 7th tracking poll, conducted exclusively for WTVD-TV Raleigh.

IN

In a Democratic Primary in Indiana today, 04/28/08, 8 days until votes are counted, Hillary Clinton finishes ahead of Barack Obama, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WHAS-TV in Louisville and WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. The results are identical to a SurveyUSA TV poll released 4 weeks ago, on 04/01/08.

I emphasize this because I would like everyone to realize how much of a strategic bind the Ds are in. Clinton will likely do well enoigh to stay in after next Tuesday, after which it will be a real fight for the Dems to have a nominee before August.

April 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm Comments (0)

Obama Disowns Black Community, Grandmother

A lot of people have already pointed this out, but it should be repeated many, many times:

I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.

-Barack Obama talking about Jeremiah Wright, March 18th, 2008

I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday. I have been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ since 1992. I’ve known Reverend Wright for almost 20 yrs. The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 yrs ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the Black Church. They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs and if Reverend Wright thinks that’s ‘political posturing,’ as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well and based on his remarks yesterday, well I may not know him as well as I thought either.

Now I have already denounced the comments that had appeared in those previous sermons, as I said I had not heard them before and I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia explaining that he has done enormous good in the Church. He’s built a wonderful congregation, the people of trinity are wonderful people and what attracted me has always been their ministry’s reach beyond the church walls. But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions such as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS.

When he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century. When he equates the U.S. war time efforts with terrorism, then there are no excuses. They offend me, they rightly offend all Americans and they should be denounced, and that’s what I am doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.

In some ways what Reverend Wright said yesterday directly contradicts everything that I’ve done during my life. It contradicts how I was raised and the setting in which I was raised. It contradicts my decisions to pursue a career of public service. It contradicts the issues that I’ve worked on politically. It contradicts what I’ve said in my books. It contradicts what I said in my convention speech in 2004. It contradicts my announcement. It contradicts everything that I’ve been saying on this campaign trail, and what I tried to do in Philadelphia was to provide a context and to lift up some of the contradictions and complexities of race in America of which Reverend Wright is a part and we’re all a part. And try to make something constructive out of it. But there wasn’t anything constructive out of yesterday. All it was was a bunch of rants that that aren’t grounded in truth. And you know, I can’t construct something positive out of that.

-Barack Obama talking about Jeremiah Wright, April 29th, 2008

April 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm Comments (0)

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