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Cradle Of Liberty Council, BSA to Have It’s Day In Court

This story is of particular interest to me, as I am both a scout parent (Scraps is a First Class scout), and a troop committee member/mentor.

It looks like the Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Chapter has the city back in it’s sights.

A judge has ruled that the lawsuit brought against the city does have Constitutional merit on First Amendment issues.

The lawsuit was filed in Federal court this past May by Cradle of Liberty (COL), just prior to the city ordering the scouting organization to vacate the building that the scouts built and gave to the city, in return for rent of $1.00 a year.

The city, in it’s infinite wisdom, decided that because the boy scouts do not permit openly gay people in leadership positions, they have violated the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance. the outcome? Revoke the trust agreement and charge the COL full market value rent on a building that the Scouts GAVE TO THE CITY IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!

Egregious, no?

The City of Philadelphia is going to lose this case. Why? Because, Nutter cut funding to youth programs paid for by tax dollars. The scouts take no monies from the city to run their organization. By taking the headquarters, and/or charging an outrageous amount of rent to the COL, the city is effectively taking non-tax dollars away from a youth program that works. It would be in their best interests to let it go and continue their agreement with the COL as if nothing has happened.

As far as the COL being solely discriminatory? The City gives the Daughters of the American Revolution (a society that excludes those who cannot trace their lineage to the Revolutionary war) cheap rent for two Fairmount Park buildings to use as their headquarters. In the grand scheme of things, this, too is discrimination.

Click on the link below to read the latest from the Philadelphia Daily News on this developing story:

Court advances Boy Scouts suit against the city

Cross posted on writemarsh!

September 30, 2008 at 3:21 am Comments (0)

23-20

Ok… that was a hell of a kick.

September 30, 2008 at 12:32 am Comments (0)

Very Short Commentary on the Bailout

The Democrats allowed the bill to fail. They did not want to bear the electoral consquences of it, so they attempted to blame the GOP. All fine and dandy as far I am concerned, becuase whether Pelosi’s attempt to rewrite history works or not, the GOP still comes out better. Further evidence that the Demorats didn’t want this to pass is that they were telling the media before the bailout failed that it would not reach the Senate until Wednesday at the earliest. If the Democrats had wanted the legislation, they would convened on the weekend and passed it then.

I am hearing that the House is adjourning until Thursday. This means it is very possible there will be no bailout, at least for the next several months. There are virgins to be sacrificed on Wall Street, and it is likely that there will be several more high-profile failures over the next two weeks. The bright side is that the bloodshed will last only about two weeks absent any government intervention, and many analysts believe that the market could recover to current levels by mid-December. I would expect the Dow to have similar losses for the next week or so, and it should hopefully end at about 7500 or 8000.

There is a chance for McCain here. With the failure of the bipartisan effort, there is now a chance that the Democrats will try to force through legislation that has all of the goodies of last week. The House GOP will not yield on pressure, as seen today. If Bush signs that bill, as I expect him to, McCain should come out in opposition to it. This would allow him to run against everyone in Washington and I believe he would get an immediate bump in the polls. I personally don’t think the Democrats will take that chance.

September 29, 2008 at 9:08 pm Comments (0)

The Obama Effect

A reader writes to Jay Nordlinger on NRO’s The Corner:

Just thought I’d send some thoughts from small-business America. My husband’s business is a canary in the coalmine. When tax policies are favorable to business, he hires more guys, buys more goods, etc. When he is taxed more heavily, he fires people, doesn’t buy anything new, etc. Well, duh. So, at the mere thought of a President Obama, he has paid off his debt, canceled new spending, and jotted a list of whom to “let go.”

 

The first of the guys will get the news tomorrow. And these are not minimum-wage earners. These are “rich” guys, making between $200,000 and $250,000 a year.

 

My husband will make sure that we’re okay, money-wise, but he won’t give himself a paycheck that will just be sent to Washington. He’ll make sure that he’s not in “rich guy” tax territory. So, he will not spend his money, not show a profit, and scale his workforce down to the bare minimum.

 

Multiply this scenario across the country and you’ll see the Obama effect: unemployment, recession, etc. No business owner will vote for this man, but many a “middle-class worker” will vote himself out of a job. Sad the Republican can’t articulate this. 

September 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm Comments (0)

Democrats Four Years Ago: Freddie and Fannie Are Fine!

A must-watch. Every American should see this video:

RNC, make an ad out of this. NOW.

September 29, 2008 at 5:39 pm Comments (0)

Bailout Fails

Here’s how Pa legislators voted:

For:

Robert Brady, Michael Doyle, Chaka Fattah, Paul Kanjorski, Patrick Murphy, John Murtha, John Peterson, Allyson Schwartz, Joe Sestak

Against:

Jason Altmire, Christopher Carney, Charles Dent, Philip English, Jim Gerlach, Tim Holden, Tim Murphy, Joe Pitts, Todd Platts, Bill Shuster

Republicans in bold.

September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm Comments (0)

McCain / Palin Coal Ad

Running in Pennsylvania.

September 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm Comments (0)

Re: Polls

Obama is moving out to a big lead in most polls and the real numbers are probably even worse for McCain than the polls show. The reason — the polls don’t include enough Obama supporters. The Mystery Pollster (Mark Blumenthal) explains why here.

It looks as though it’s gonna be a long, hard, mean four years wandering in the wilderness.

September 29, 2008 at 1:03 pm Comments (0)

Bailout commentary

Ok, the bailout is going to go through.  I still think this will have negative long term consequences.  The part that is especially troubling to me is the reasoning behind the bailout – not even the arguments about CEO pay or anything like that.  The statements that are troubling to me are statements about how we need to save our credit system.

Here’s the most recent example – Rich Galen posted the following statement in his most recent Mullings:

I have two Amex cards – one for business use one for personal – a Visa ATM card and a MasterCard. Four. Which, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News is the number the average American has in his or her wallet.

In fact, there are just short of a BILLION Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards in circulation in the US representing a total debt a little shy of a TRILLION dollars.

Credit cards have been the fuel behind the extraordinary growth in the US economy which has been largely based upon consumer spending.

I’m all for economic growth.  I fully embrace the free market system – which is why I think this bailout is a bad deal.

My problem is this – have we allowed ourselves to grow the economy on money that was not there?  This statement is troubling to me because what it tells me is that the only way our economy can grow is by keeping people in debt.  How is that a good thing?

Debt can be good – it’s how we “buy” our homes because who has a couple hundred thousand dollars laying around to actually buy a home.  I’m not against credit.  I’m against the mentality that says gee I don’t have the $4 for a cup of coffee, I’ll just put it on a credit card.  The $4 cup of coffee turns out to be a $20 cup of coffee after you finally pay it off.  There is no self-restraint for long term gratificition.  It’s all short term gratification and that is very dangerous.  If we are all short term in our thinking about wants and needs, then we are in big trouble.  A $700 billion bailout won’t solve the problem – it will make it worse because it will enable people to continue to live beyond their means, stay in crushing debt, and suffer the consequences of that debt.

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September 29, 2008 at 8:52 am Comments (0)

Re: I Have A Bracelet, Too…

An update has been posted to the website that Lisa cited in her earlier post:

**UPDATE**

Jopek Mother Confirms She Asked Obama NOT To Use Bracelet in Campaign

This afternoon the Associated Press was at last able to contact Tracy Jopek, mother of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek, the KIA soldier on the bracelet that Barack Obama is using on the campaign trail. Ryan’s Mother is confirming that she gave the bracelet to Mr. Obama, but is also confirming that she asked him to stop using her son’s name on the campaign.

After Tracy Jopek gave Sen. Barack Obama a bracelet in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq, she asked Obama not to mention the bracelet on the campaign trail.

She did, however, claim that she was “satisfied” with how Obama discussed the bracelet in the presidential debates last week.

But, we have another little mystery with these AP reports. The original headline for this report was “Soldier’s mother ‘ecstatic’ about Obama’s bracelet,” released at about 7PM the evening of the 28th. But a few hours later, the AP changed it to “Soldier’s mom defends Obama’s mention of bracelet.”

Apparently, Jopek’s mother did NOT say she was “ecstatic” about Obama continuing to use her son’s name on the campaign trail even after she told him to stop. The AP had to change its headline to reflect the truth.

The fact remains, the woman has repeated that she asked Obama not to mention her son on the campaign trail and this AP report confirms that. Will Obama stop using her son, now that we are sure she said she wanted him to stop?

Probably not. He is the Lord thy übermessiah, and his word is law. If you don’t believe him, some libtard prosecutor from Missouri will be calling you…

September 28, 2008 at 11:21 pm Comments (0)

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