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Penguins Down 0 -2 in Stanley Cup Final

Just like last year, the Pens lost both Game 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Detroit. However, unlike last year, the two games were much closer, and considering the number of posts that were hit and the number of penalty calls the refs missed (including two automatic penalties which should have been called on the Red Wings and weren’t, but that’s just the way it goes), both of these games could have gone either way. Not so last year, as the Pens were smashed by the Red Wings in both opening games.

I’m very disappointed to be in the same situation as last year, but I’m still hopeful that the Pens can pull out a victory just as they did against the Washington Capitals after being down 0 – 2 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

It’s not over until one team wins 4 games. Don’t give up, Pens. You can still win this series! I won’t give up until the last second is off the clock in the final game! LET’S GO PENS!!!!

May 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm Comments (2)

REPUBLICAN MODERATES BOW TO OBAMA ON SOTOMAYOR

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(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN Sunday he disagrees with conservative commentators who have labeled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist, but said he has better things to do than be “the speech police.”

“Look. I’ve got a big job to do dealing with 40 Senate Republicans and trying to advance the nation’s agenda, and better things to do than be the speech police over people who have their views about a very important appointment,” McConnell told CNN’s John King on State of The Union. “So I’m not going to get into policing everybody’s speech.”

The comments come two days after Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, publicly repudiated recent statements from conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich calling Obama’s choice for the high court a “racist.”

“I think it’s terrible,” Cornyn told NPR Thursday. “This is not the kind of tone any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent.” LINK

Of course Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn don’t agree with Rush Limbaugh. That’s because they have no ball, er no intestinal fortitude and are afraid to call a duck a duck. As in if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…IT’S A FRIGGING DUCK BOY’S. Rush Limbaugh is merely pointing out what our “ELECTED” leaders are afraid to. Namely that Sonia Sotomayor is a racist, ill tempered, left wing, radical judge. That is EXACTLY why President Obama appointed her. Duh.

Are these guys that dense? What exactly do they think they stand to gain by NOT opposing her? The Latino vote? HA! Oh please spare me. I guess you really think Obama wants your advice and consent then. Idiots. Just keep pandering to everyone EXCEPT the people who are actually REPUBLICANS.

Look Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh are not the issue here. That’s just a smokescreen. The real issue is that the Republican leadership has deserted it’s principles and it’s base and has been rocked at the polls because of it. Rush is merely pointing those issues out. If the leadership was doing it’s job, like OPPOSING a radical left wing Supreme Court nominee the way the democrats do with IMPUNITY, then he wouldn’t have to call them on it on behalf of TWENTY MILLION people who listen to his show every day. Considering John McCain got about sixty million votes, at least one third of his supporters listen to Rush daily.

John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell are two of the guys who got us into this mess. Between them you may get half a spine. What we need and want is someone who will go to bat for us and stand on principle. Someone like Carrie Prejean. She took so much heat and abuse and when it was said and done the voters in CALIFORNIA and our President were all on the same page with her. Hmmm.

By supporting Sotomayor, or not opposing her, they think they are going to win Hispanics. Well if you do that you lose me and others like me. The party must decide if it wants to be an opposition party or merely a splinter group of democrats. Until one of our elected officials decides to man up, or at least show as much courage as a beauty queen, Rush Limbaugh will continue to fill that void and do it in a way that gives liberals fits.

And the faithful will continue to tune in.

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May 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm Comments (0)

Philly Gone Wild

These kids and their internets.

“It’s kind of a new dynamic that’s growing, with large groups of juveniles using the social networks to get out the word,” said Lt. Frank Vanore, the department’s spokesman. “We’re not going to tolerate it.”

A group of teens on foot hijacked a taxi at 12th and South Street after getting into a confrontation with the driver and drove the vehicle into a tree at 12th and Fitzwater. Two passengers were injured slightly, police said.

Other youths pulled a woman and her passenger from a Jeep and assaulted them and stole the driver’s purse. The driver is a paralegal from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, Vanore said.

Maurading teens, most between the ages of 14 and 17, also vandalized a Sunoco convenience store at Broad and Catharine Streets, he said.

I’ve been poking around the tubes to see where they’re planning but haven’t found anything.

May 31, 2009 at 8:39 pm Comments (0)

Sunday With Ferris

Back Channels: In Minnesota, a possible N.J. blueprint

A republican with a proven blueprint to cut waste and balance budgets without raising taxes. This is the alternative the Obama Dems claim does not exist. There is a better way to protect our economy than raising taxes or spending our way out of debt:

“But Pawlenty has always advocated fiscal responsibility, even when Republicans in Washington were faltering on that issue. When Pawlenty was first elected governor in 2002, Minnesota faced a $4.5 billion deficit. He helped turn that into a $2.2 billion surplus without raising taxes. But the fiscal conservative is also a bit of a populist, so he might not fit any of the Sunday talk-show molds being espoused for the GOP. Pawlenty has urged Republicans to reach out, become “the party of Sam’s Club, not just the country club.” This son of a truck driver is comfortable pushing education reform, a clean environment, and energy independence. To lower health-care costs, he backed the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, even though the Bush White House insisted the drugs couldn’t be proved safe. Pawlenty famously replied, “Show me the dead Canadians.”

And now, amid the worst fiscal crisis in decades, Pawlenty again rejects business as usual. Instead, he will try to do the responsible thing that governors and lawmakers from Trenton to Harrisburg to Sacramento have deemed impossible: cut the budget – not just reduce the growth of spending – without raising taxes.

It may seem radical to some, but Pawlenty is merely applying the same budgeting principle to government that families use every day: If there’s less income, you cut spending. The focus is on what you have to have, rather than what’s nice to have, as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney put it in his endorsement last week of Christopher J. Christie, the front-runner in the GOP primary for New Jersey governor.”

FYI: the Republicans have a far better approach for healthcare reform “Patients Choice Act” than the dubious, one size fits no one, proposed by the Obama administration.

May 31, 2009 at 11:11 am Comments (0)

More ON Sotomayor

It appears Sotomayor may not have “been taken out of context”  or “not meant it” as has been suggested!

FROM THE DENVER POST

If racial and gender bigotry truly have no place in American public life today, then Judge Sonia Sotomayor, during her confirmation hearing for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, needs to utterly repudiate her 2001 assertion that “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

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Sotomayor’s statement was far less nuanced than Summers’, and yet was obviously deliberate, since she restated it within minutes.

“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences . . .,” she declared, “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_12454492

May 31, 2009 at 10:08 am Comments (0)

Judicial Activism and The Obama

When the great Obama was elected my main fear was not what he would do in legislation.  He is a socialist and as a socialist he will do all in his power to punish those of us who are productive in society and reward those who are not.  It was my opinion that there were enough Blue Dog Democrats to keep some of this in check, and I am hoping that is still possible, and anything done can be undone by midterm electee’s and our new President in just under 4 years, however I don’t think anyone had any idea that BHO would have gotten to the extent of socialism that he has in such a short period of time.  Out spending Bush’s 8 years by 4 times in just 100 days.

The main fear many of us held was the fact there was something BHO could do that would be nearly impossible to undo. Put a social activist judge on the supreme court. That is exactly what is about to happen. Sonia Sotomayor is The Obama’s pick to replace the retiring Souter. Sonia Sotomayor is the epitome of the American Dream, her back story is one for people to aspire to. But that alone does not make her a good choice or even a good judge in general. She is a mirror image of our Socialist President, The Obama. With 17 years on the bench, she bring with her much for us to look at and look we should. Not just our elected officials who will make the ultimate choice on her appointment because they have long forgotten we the people. They no longer serve us, they serve themselves. Their master is their power, their power is in their office. They only care about being re-elected. Democrats will not ask the hard questions of Sotomayor that they did of Justice Thomas or Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito. Democrats will not demand more time to view the her record like they did for almost every judicial appointment that Bush 43 made. She will be given a pass by the Democrats. The sad sad fact is the Republicans will give her a pass as well. They will not ask any of the hard questions that need asking. They will not treat her as they did Thomas, Roberts or Alito. The fact is she will to the most part be confirmed unscathed.

Lets look at her record for a second. The White House press secretary said that Sotomayor being over turned by the Supreme Court 3 out of 5 times her opinions have made it that far means nothing. 60% reversal by the high courts, really Mr. Gibbs not a big deal? What it says to me is that she does not rule with the Law but in fact rules just as she stated in her comments saying policy is made at the applet courts, then laughs about saying it on tape.  

Even NPR reports that “Sotomayor, like the retiring Souter, is expected to vote with the court liberals.” (NPR.org) If she going to rule by the law, why would they say she is expected to vote with the court liberals, I though that SCOTUS was supposed to be impartial?

The real reason that Republican will not go after her is because she is Latina. Honestly it really doesn’t matter but the Left will make it an issue. They have in fact already made it an issue. They have made her entire nomination about her race. A ploy to keep the republicans from attacking her record, or the statements she has made on the record. EVERYONE needs to know that no matter what they will paint republicans as racists, so it really doesn’t matter what the democrats try say. The Democrats attacked Justice Thomas relentlessly over unfounded charges, no one called them racists. They attacked Alberto Gonzalez not a word from the left about anyone being a racist. I have not heard one republicans mention anything about Sotomayor’s race, and we are given a warning from Press Secretary Gibbs. Republicans have been warned by the White House “I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” Gibbs said. (The Politico.com)

The Republican Party has been watered down by the likes Specter and Powell. They are spineless now. So afraid of losing any more power they cannot see that it is when they held true to conservative principals, they made great gains in the House and Senate, it is when the republicans tried to be like democrats they lost seats. The Republicans need to find a spine and ask the tough questions that are needed to be asked.

They need to ask Sotomayor why she made the racially charged statement, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Would anyone else even have a career after making that statement? That statement alone would preclude her from serving on a jury, much less being a judge at all.

They need to call her to task about the disturbing statements about the role of judges as policymakers. Someone needs to remind Sotomayor that Judges are supposed to rule based on Law, not make policy.

They need to ask about the New Haven Conn. Firefighter case that is probably going to be heard by the SCOTUS in the next session. Since she was involved in the case will she recuse herself if she is confirmed?

All in all Sonia Sotomayor has led an exceptional life, overcoming great odds to get where she is. The sad part is she is the total embodiment of what The Obama is. A socialist and a activist. Ruling after ruling have been given with empathy rather than rule of law. Her words not mine.

This is what I feared when The Obama was elected. This is the one thing that cannot be undone.

May 31, 2009 at 10:04 am Comments (0)

Stay Classy, Warren Times

Um, oops?

A small-town newspaper is apologizing for running a classified advertisement calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama.

Warren Times Observer Publisher John Elchert says the ad appeared Thursday. It read, “May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!” The four presidents were all assassinated.

Elchert tells The Associated Press that the newspaper’s advertising staff didn’t make the historical connection.

Can I still blame liberal bias and the liberal media?

No, I blame public education for this one.

May 30, 2009 at 11:25 am Comments (0)

Tomorrow

May 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm Comments (0)

PAGovWatch: Keeping an Eye on Harrisburg

Written by Roberta Biros

My loyal readers know that I’ve been writing under Mercer County Conservatives for a while now. My focus has primarily been political and governmental issues specifically related to Mercer County PA. I’ve found that my interests and activities have begun to far outreach the borders of Mercer County, and I thought a new site might be appropriate. So . . . PAGovWatch.com is now up and running!  I will still continue to follow and publish information specific to Mercer County, and that information will continue to be posted under the Mercer Conservatives website. I will, however, also begin to expand my political activism across the Commonwealth. It is my intention to focus on lawmakers and legislation, and I will provide details and opinions about both.

In addition to my original content, I will also be posting updates and announcements from Pennsylvania Legislators as well as links to articles and other blogs that I find interesting and on-point. If you have a post (or a link to a post) that you would like published regarding Pennsylvania Government, Lawmakers, or Legislation, email me and I’ll post the information on your behalf. I am also currently accepting requests from other contributors who would like to post content of a similar nature on a regular or semi-regular basis. If you are interested in keeping the heat on our State Lawmakers and you’d like to be part of the PAGovWatch team, please email me.

Come and take a look at PAGovWatch.com . . . or even better . . . follow me on twitter or subscribe to an RSS feed (available from the upper right hand corner of the main screen) to view our latest updates automatically.

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May 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm Comments (0)

More Montco Cronies

Thank you Jim Matthews, for making this all possible.

The county commissioners Thursday were prepared to hire Delaware County resident Kenneth L. Klothen, a deputy secretary with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, for the $131,454-a-year job.

There’s no one capable in Montgomery County? A resident? We do have a lot of smart people.

I guess just not the right smart people.

Read on….

However, before the vote could take place, Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. requested and received a two-week delay.

Castor explained that because of treatment for his bad back, he has not had an opportunity to meet with Klothen.

Even after this meeting between the pair, it is unlikely that Klothen will have Castor’s support.

Castor in the past has made it clear that, while he supports economic growth and development in the county, he is opposed to funding this new initiative during current economic times. He voted against the county’s capital budget earlier this month because it earmarked $20 million for the economic development program.

The commissioners last December voted 2-1, with Castor the lone “no” vote, to implement a seven-year $105 million economic development program to bring and keep businesses in the county, particularly in its older struggling communities. The program was put together by a task force of business, community and municipal leaders.

Also, the fact that Klothen worked side by side with Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel III, a Democrat who is spearheading the development of the economic development program, is not likely to endear him to Castor.

Was that the job Commissioner Hoeffel got from the Governor as part of his quid pro quo deal…. “you dont run against Catherine Baker Knoll for Lt Gov?”

I think it is.

May 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm Comments (0)

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