Toomey: The voice of reason at Philadelphia 1210 town hall meeting

Patrick Toomey, former congressman and candidate for Senator in 2010 was the most clear and concise in why The Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 should go down and why America does not agree with the legislation. The second winner, if I can deem him that would be Jim Gerlach. Clearly, Toomey is in tune with what citizens want for America and what they don’t want. He clearly knows that America does not want the health care legislation proposed. Why? Americans want free market with choices where they can make their own decisions on. Read More

August 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm Comments (0)

“Health Insurance Reform Now” Nonsense in Pittsburgh this Wednesday

From my email box. If you’re able to do so, be sure to show up at this event so you can “respectfully disagree” with these despicable a-holes:

John —

Our “Health Insurance Reform Now” bus tour — part of a big 50-state push before Congress heads back to Washington — will be in Pittsburgh this Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.

We’ll hear from speakers — including Congressman Mike Doyle and Organizing for America Deputy Director Jeremy Bird — and we’ll present thousands of Pennsylvanians’ declarations of support for reform.

Will you join the bus tour in Pittsburgh? Click here to RSVP. Here are the details:

What: “Health Insurance Reform Now” Bus Tour Stop

Where: Schenley Park Flagstaff Hill
4532 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

When: Wednesday, September 2nd
Doors Open: 11:00 a.m.
Start Time: 12:00 p.m.

Be part of history — sign up now to join the “Health Insurance Reform Now” bus tour in Pittsburgh:



Elizabeth Lucas
Pennsylvania State Director
Organizing for America

P.S. — Tomorrow, don’t miss Sen. Bob Casey’s public discussion on health care in downtown Pittsburgh. RSVP here.

Um, if the election is over, then why the @#$% am I still getting political emails from

August 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm Comment (1)

Biden in Philly

Strange report from Fox29 this morning.

Their helicopter pilot that there is a 3 mile no fly zone around the city, and one half of I-95 is blocked for the morning rush because Joe Biden is in the city.

But there is no public schedule.


August 31, 2009 at 8:48 am Comment (1)

Ridge: Yeah, About that Accusation


His most explosive accusation: that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft pressed him to raise the national threat level after Osama bin Laden released a videotape criticizing President Bush shortly before Election Day 2004. Ridge writes he rejected raising the level because bin Laden had released nearly 20 such tapes since 9/11 and the latest contained nothing suggesting an imminent threat.

Noting that Bush’s approval ratings typically went up when the threat level was raised, Ridge writes that Ashcroft and Rumsfeld pushed to elevate it during a “vigorous” discussion.

“Ashcroft strongly urged an increase in the threat level, and was supported by Rumsfeld,” he writes. “There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None. I wondered, ‘Is this about security or politics?’ ”

Although he prevailed and the threat level was not elevated, Ridge writes that the episode reinforced his decision to resign. He did so weeks after the election.

Last week, when word got out about Ridge’s accusations, Rumsfeld’s spokesman Keith Urbahn issued a statement calling them “nonsense.”

Now, Ridge says he did not mean to suggest he was pressured to raise the threat level, and he is not accusing anyone of trying to boost Bush in the polls. “I was never pressured,” Ridge said.

So… uh…. it sounds like it’s in the book.

August 31, 2009 at 8:44 am Comments (0)

This Day In History

On this day in 1057 Leofric, Earl of Mercia, died. What’s that you say? Never heard of him? Well, you certainly have heard of his wife. She’s known as Lady Godiva.

And on this day in 1802 Captain Merriweather Lewis left Pittsburgh on his way west to meet with Captain William Clark to begin their trek to the Pacific.

And on this day in 1895 John Brallier, from Indiana PA, became the first professional football player. He was paid 10 dollars plus expenses and “some cakes” to play quarterback for the Latrobe Athletic Association against the Jeanette Athletic Association. Latrobe won the game 12-0 with Brallier kicking two field goals. His claim to be the first professional has been challenged and it may be that some earlier players were paid under the table, but Brallier is still the first to openly be paid to play.

And on this day in 1909, after searching through hundreds of potential chemicals, a German immunologist named Paul Ehrlich discovered a compound that can selectively kill the parasitic spirochete that causes syphilis. He is considered the father of chemotherapy. He also won the Nobel Prize, inspired Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, and was the subject of the movie “Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet”. Not a bad career!

On this day in 1949 Richard Gere — actor, Buddhist, and peace activist was born in Philadelphia.

And on this day Elroy Face, relief pitcher without peer, tied Walter Johnson’s record of 802 pitching appearances with the same team [the Pirates]. He was originally signed by the Phillies, but they cut him. These things happen.

And on this day in 1979 the Phillies said goodbye to Danny Ozark, replacing him with Dallas Green.

And on this day in 2004 the Republican Party nominated George W. Bush as its candidate for President.

August 31, 2009 at 4:37 am Comments (0)

Casey Public Forum in Pittsburgh

From Senator Casey’s Office:

On Tuesday, September 1st, I will be hosting a public forum to discuss the Affordable Health Choices Act, the Senate’s Health Care Bill. Details for the forum are below. Please plan to come early. Doors will open an hour before the event and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday, September 1 at 10:00 am
Community College of Allegheny County
Allegheny Campus
Foerster Student Service Center
Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Doors open to the public at 9:00 am.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

This looks like a good opportunity for someone in the Pittsburgh area who has a camera.

August 31, 2009 at 3:35 am Comments (0)

How The World Works

Why we don’t need socialized medicine:

Please share the video far and wide.

August 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm Comments (0)

Inky vs Obama

All good things must come to an end….

Philly Inquirer:

President Obama needs to stop blaming his predecessor for the country’s ballooning debt and start figuring out what to do about it.

Yes, the administration of George W. Bush irresponsibly ran up big annual deficits.

And Obama did inherit lots of red ink from the government bailouts that Bush initiated last year during the depths of the recession.

But Obama’s job now is to put the country on a path out of this black hole of debt. It serves no purpose to point fingers, as he recently did in enumerating the reasons for this year’s whopping $1.6 trillion deficit.

The president’s Office of Management and Budget revised its estimate of the federal government’s total deficits over the next 10 years.

It’s ugly: $9.1 trillion, nearly $2 trillion more than Obama’s budgeteers had forecast in February. (The news from OMB also led to one of the most succinct headlines ever on the Drudge Report: “OMB:OMG”)

The projections are worse primarily because the Obama administration now admits it was too optimistic about the pace of economic recovery.

August 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm Comments (0)

You Don’t Matter … ?

Did you know you don’t matter? Really. That is what members of congress and their dutiful media are saying. The Tea Party’s that are a true grass roots effort across the US to protest Tax’s and spending, according to the media and congress are insignificant and manufactured. The media reports grossly underestimate the crowds and paints them as right wing extremists and or fake protesters paid for by special interest groups. The recent town hall meetings on health care reform where people have made their voices heard, they are doing the same thing. Darth Traitor (Arlan Spector) has told us that the people showing up at the town hall meetings and voicing their opinion are not representative of the American public. Nancy Pelosi has called the people who have voiced their opinion across America, Nazi’s and unruly mobs and are organized by the insurance companies to spread lies about the health care plan. The Media has portrayed protesters as violent mobs and thugs trying to intimidate people into dropping support for the health care bill.

But lets look at the facts. There was no reported violence out there until the white house sent an email to its supporters stating, how ever hard they push against health care we need to push back twice as hard. Just one in many irresponsible statements by this administration. After the White House sent their marching orders, with in a day SEIU leaders had assaulted several people protesting the Health Care Bill in several different states. It seems they got the message loud and clear. AFSME was not far behind. These unions began to Astroturf meetings all across the country, bussing in supporters from other states in some cases to make their numbers seems stronger. Yet they were still out numbered by the people who were against the plans. The Next trick was to have politicians let the Union Members in the hall first through a side door, then tell the rest of the crowd that the room was full and they would not be let in, THIS WAS BEFORE THE DOORS ACTUALLY OPENED.

So you don’t matter? REALLY? The fact is people who have never even thought about going to a protest or Tea Party like gathering, are now GOING because they see what is going on. They are going educated on the Health Care Reform bill, stumping career politicians with facts, and not standing for the spin. So much so that many of the Town Hall meetings on Health Care were canceled. Right here in Schuylkill County our Congressman Tim Holden refuses to have any town hall meetings, saying they are not productive, he did however call into the Local Call in Talk Show (Step up to the Mic on WPPA 1360) and spoke to the hosts about Health Care Reform. And while it really seems as though he is on the right track, you have to wonder with his voting record in the House if it is not just lip service to his constituents. One will never know since he will not face us in a public forum where he can be challenged.

To Congressman Holden your voice doesn’t matter, or he would be willing to hear it.

The White House is so worried about your voices they have encouraged your friends and family to report you to the White House if you hear something you feel is fish about Health Insurance Reform you should REPORT it to the White House. Can you imagine the head of a Government asking you to report your Mom, your Dad, your friend or your co-worker for disagreeing with the Leaders stance on an issue? Have you ever heard of anything like that in history? But here it is directly from the White House web site…..

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to

This is not the first time in History this has happened. This has been a tactic to quell dissent by many dictators through out history including Saddam Hussein, and yes while I frown on how often this has been thrown around by Mrs. Pelosi and many other people in this debate, Nazi Germany’s SS also used this tactic. So being a good patriotic American I sent the following letter to

I would like to report President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and almost every other member of Congress for putting our false information about the health care act. These people and their willing accomplice’s in the media have OVER and OVER again lied to the people of the united states about this health care bill. Specifically attempting to lead people into believing they can not get health care if they are poor or uninsured.
Let me make this clear, no one can be turned away from an emergency room or denied care based on many factors including being insured. If this does happen, that hospital should dealt with swiftly.

If the above mentioned people would stop spinning, misleading, attempting to rush the process, and out and out lying to the people of the United States, they could make an informed decision on health care reform. The result would be reform that would truly benefit the people of the US.

The constant attempts to dismiss people who do not agree with the above mentioned people, the constant attempts to silence them and intimidate them will only serve to strengthen their resolve.

Michael Zellner Jr.

The simple fact is you do matter, and it scares the crap out of them, it scares them that Democrats and republicans alike are out in force voicing opposition to this health care reform plan. Not opposed to health care reform, but this government controlled plan.

Earlier I mentioned the unions, one union has be very very quiet on this issue. The Teamsters. You only need to look a bit closer to see why. Teamsters own and operate their own Health Insurance plan, the implementation of the House version of Health Care Reform would no doubt Destroy the Teamsters Health and Welfare, costing the Teamsters millions if not billions of dollars in premiums.
There is nothing wrong with them being against is, in fact I am glad they are, just like 85% of America I like my health insurance and do not want it to change in any way, but the least the Teamsters could do is come out and oppose a Government Run health care option. They are vocal on every other issue, why not come out and oppose this? I’ll save that answer for another day.

You matter, you matter MUCH more than they will let on. So don’t stop, keep asking the tough questions, keep voicing your opinion, keep challenging their “facts” with the real facts, keep educating yourself by doing what the elected officials refuse to so reading the bills they are voting on, and NEVER stop speaking from your heart, whether your for or against this or any other bill, make your voice heard.

August 30, 2009 at 8:29 am Comments (3)

Some Call It “Effective Public Mobilization”

In the face of the usual MSM tags like Nazi Brown Shirt, Illiterate Racist, and the neo-pornographic “Teabagger:”

From my Bitter American post:

Hope for Health Bill Compromise Fades

WASHINGTON (Aug. 29) – Signaling a fading chance for compromise, a leading Republican negotiator on U.S. health care legislation on Saturday criticized Democratic legislative proposals as budget-busters that would reroute spending for the elderly and restrict medical choices.

The criticism from Sen. Michael Enzi echoed that of many opponents of the Democratic plans under consideration in the U.S. Congress. But Enzi’s judgment was especially noteworthy because he is one of only three Republicans who have been willing to consider a bipartisan bill in the Senate.

Delivering the Republicans’ weekly radio and Internet address, Enzi said any health care legislation must lower medical costs for Americans without increasing deficits and the national debt.

“The bills introduced by congressional Democrats fail to meet these standards,” he said.

Enzi, together with Republican Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Olympia Snowe of Maine, has been holding periodic talks with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. But the chance of a bipartisan breakthrough has diminished this month in the face of an effective public mobilization by opponents of Democratic proposals.

August 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm Comments (0)

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