Letter (to the Editor) of the Year

There are no appropriate words for this letter in today’s P-G other than EPIC FAIL:

Pittsburgh put on a good show for the world, but let’s be honest with ourselves. A tree fell on my street Sunday morning, knocking out power. It took Duquesne Light 41/2 hours just to dispatch a tree crew, and hours beyond that to restore service.

Our infrastructure is in shambles. Monopolies rule, whether it’s the utilities or our various municipalities. World-class, indeed.

Squirrel Hill

HOLY COW, it took 4 1/2 hours (or was it 41/2 hours, that is, 20.5?) for them to send a crew to take care of a tree that knocked out power on YOUR street (nobody else’s)… on SUNDAY MORNING? How did you EVER survive??? Well that PROVES it – our nation is doomed – DOOMED!

I wonder if Ken would like Duquesne Light to pay for the psychiatric bill he almost certainly needed to help him deal with the mental anguish of being without electricity for a few hours on a Sunday. Come on… it’s not like the Steelers game was on in the morning.


I have just printed out this letter and put it on the fridge. Seriously. It’s funnier than anything in the comics today!

September 30, 2009 at 11:08 pm Comments (0)

JoePa Twittering?


Paterno was interviewed for a pre-game show and asked if he ever Twittered. (Bear in mind that Joe must have heard this with a small “t.”) He said he had, but that was a long time ago, when he was in high school and looking at pretty girls.

September 30, 2009 at 10:42 pm Comments (0)

Pa-6: Stay Classy Pike Campaign

Nice work, dopes.

Andrew Eldredge-Martin is the campaign manager for Doug Pike, a Democrat running in Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District. Drew, who has posted here as DrewEM, used sockpuppet accounts to post disparaging remarks about another Democrat running in the PA-06 primary at the Swing State Project (a sister site of Daily Kos of which I am the publisher).

As it turns out, Drew also used a sockpuppet account at Daily Kos over the years to comment on two other races he managed, Bob Lord’s campaign against John Shadegg in AZ-03 in 2008, and Chris Carney’s campaign against Don Sherwood in PA-10 in 2006. Needless to say, this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable. If campaign officials have something to say about the very race they’re working on, then it is mandatory that they speak out in their own voice. Pretending to be an impartial observer, especially for the purposes of spreading negative information about opponents, is a complete violation of our trust. For the most senior official, a campaign manager, to do so is especially unacceptable.

I offered Drew the chance to apologize, and told him I would include any apology in this post. Not only did I never hear back, but it appears Drew used the opportunity to edit the bio and signature line of his sockpuppet account, in a belated attempt at transparency. This information was not present in the sockpuppet account when we first discovered Drew’s malfeasance. (Drew’s behavior also stands in marked contrast to that of another senior campaign official, who, when confronted about similar activities, offered a complete apology.)

In the bigger scheme of things, it’s not really a game changer… maybe evidence of a sloppy online operation… but it certainly speaks to the honesty of the DailyKos community to police these things.

(tip to Above Avg Jane)

September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm Comment (1)

Phillies: NL East Champs!


Three years in a row!

September 30, 2009 at 10:11 pm Comments (0)

Matthews: In For Lt Gov (Again)

Clearfield Progress:

“I’m putting my team together shortly. I am going to be a candidate for lieutenant governor,” Jim Matthews, Montgomery County Commissioner, said last night when asked by The Progress about his future plans after his speech in Luthersburg to fellow Republicans.

Matthews was the unsuccessful 2006 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania as Lynn Swann’s running mate.

As is required by law, we should be expecting to see Commissioner Matthews’ resignation from Montgomery County’s Board of Elections shortly.

In case you missed it, there was a minor kerfuffle last week over the timing of fellow Montco Commissioner Joe Hoeffel’s resignation from the Board of Elections after his announcement.

The linked story is from nearly two weeks ago. I wonder what he’s waiting for.

September 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm Comments (3)

Budget: Maybe Back to Square One

Twelve weeks overdue? Maybe thirteen?

Jason High (Sen Eichelberger staffer) on Facebook:

Jason High Stuck in Harrisburg hoping to get a budget done. News tonight is that the House D’s don’t have the votes to get the deal done. If that’s true…we’re back to square one.

Way to go Dems.

September 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm Comments (0)

Dems Get Back to their Old Talking Points

According to Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson, the Republicans just want you to “die quickly” if you get sick. This is similar to the Dems’ old “Bush just likes to torture and kill people” talking point which served them well for several years.

Nevermind that every attempt Republicans have made to expand competition in the health insurance business and thus improve quality and reduce prices has been blocked by the Democrats, who will accept no solution which does not involve a massive expansion of the federal government.

Also of note here is that the writer of this article, Ben Evans of the Associated Press, apparently does not know who Michael Steele is:

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, who heads the party’s conservative Republican Study Committee, was planning to introduce a “resolution of disapproval” over Grayson’s behavior that mirrors one Democrats approved against Wilson. Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Republican leader John Boehner, said Boehner supports the resolution.

You would think that a reporter with the AP would know that Michael SteelE is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, not a spokesmouth for Boehner.

That article was published at about noon today. Ben Evans came out with another article on the same topic at about 5PM today, and it seems as though someone bothered to tell him who Michael Steele was before this one was published.


I stand corrected! Looks like Boehner does have a spokesman named “Michael Steel” with no “e” after all, who is a different person from RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Good for you, Associated Press. Bad for me!

September 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm Comments (0)

This Day In History

Today is National Mud Pack Day, so get out there and start slinging and packing.

On this day sixty years ago [the formal date is October 1st, but because we are east of the international dateline we should note it today] the People’s Republic of China was established. Under the leadership of Mao Zhedong the PRC became perhaps the most brutal regime in human history. It is estimated that policies instituted under Mao resulted in approximately 70 million excess peacetime deaths. Together with casualties inflicted during the Communist drive to power, Mao was probably responsible for more than 100 million deaths. He was easily the most lethal ruler ever [Stalin and Hitler don’t even come close]. Supporters of Mao argue that such extreme measures were necessary to bring about Chinese independence, to restructure the nation’s economy, and to establish a regime based on social justice. Others, myself included, would disagree. The reign of terror did not end until Mao’s death in 1976.

Compared to that anything else I might note fades into insignificance, although, for the benefit of the movie buffs among you, I should note that today is James Dean’s deathday.

September 30, 2009 at 4:13 am Comments (0)


Big victory for Republican Bob Mensch in the 24th Senate District.

With a 100% of the districts reporting, Mensch takes 66.2% of the votes, to Scheuring’s 30.3%.

His victory is at least 10 points better, than the prior two elections which included the incumbent Rob Wonderling.

Maybe it was Mensch getting his voters out in big(ger) numbers or the voters first opportunity to show displeasure with Democrats, or as Nate Benefield emails, Mensch’s anti-tax positions … either way – the Democrats need to be concerned going into this fall’s local elections or next year’s gubernatorial or federal elections.

Senator-Elect Mensch will have to wait for the election’s results to be certified before he’s sworn into his office.

As to the replacement for his state house seat… the special election would need to be called by the Speaker of the House (Democrat Keith McCall). Given the balance of power in the House and the 147th’s strong Republican lean, don’t look for the election to be anytime soon.

Quite possibly even in the spring.

September 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm Comment (1)

Santorum in 2012?

The mob is fickle. Rick Santorum, one of Pennsylvania’s most principled conservatives, lost his Senate re-election in 2006 bid by twenty points to a cardboard cutout named Bob Casey. The people get the government they deserve, I guess.

Aside from his usual column in the Philadelphia Inquirer and his guest hosting spots on Bill Bennet’s radio show, Rick Santorum is popping up a lot these days on the political radar screen and many are wondering if he is pondering a run for President in 2012.

Robert Costa on The Corner:

Santorum will visit Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday, as part of the American Future Fund’s lecture series. Though he says it’s too early to start thinking about a run for president in 2012, he lists two reasons for seeking out the Hawkeye State as a speaking venue: “Number one, when you go to Iowa, you speak not just to Iowa, but to folks across the country. This is a very important moment in America. I can address President Obama’s power grab. Number two, I’ve been traveling around the country doing a lot of speaking and listening. I’ve been to Iowa and New Hampshire on a couple of occasions. I’ve spoken with party activists who take the business of being either the first caucus or first primary very seriously. They’ve given me many good insights and good things to contemplate, to help me reflect upon the real concerns among conservatives about what’s going on in this country. I’ve been able to talk to people who are out there in the grassroots, leading the charge and leading tea parties.”

Santorum also hopes to give a voice to Americans who support life issues. When asked whether he will address abortion in Iowa, Santorum says that he doesn’t look at the issue as “just abortion,” but hopes to address the issue as part of a broader discussion on the “importance of a respect for life.”

This “respect for life” is precisely, and ironically, what lost the election for Santorum back in 2006. Santorum was effectively demonized as a scary hard right Conservative Christian who wants to put his laws all over your body. Liberals were horrified that the government, in the form of Senator Santorum, would dare to step into the middle of a right to die issue. That Santorum was fighting on behalf of a woman who could not speak for herself was never the issue in the minds of the right-to-die folks: Terri Shiavo’s wishes were never in question. Never mind that those wishes were related — based only on hearsay — by a decidedly biased party: Her husband who was looking to remarry. Terri Shiavo was brutally denied of basic sustenance: starved to death by the state while a complicit nation stood by and watched. It was an act so inhumane that would have caused howls of outrage had it been done to a dog or a horse.

It is a sad commentary on our society today that we place more importance on the so-called right to die than the right to live. Santorum, in his address to Iowans, will touch on this in a rather optimistic way:

Santorum adds that he “prays every day” for President Obama to better support and respect “the intrinsic value of the human person.” Attitudes, he says optimistically, can change. “If you look at young people confronted with the truth of abortion, you see attitudes changing all of the time when they open themselves up to the truth.” He admits that “many people have a political agenda and worldview different than what I believe is true — that all life is valuable and needs to be protected from assault at all stages from the government and those in complicity with the government.” Santorum says that President Obama “certainly does not embrace that view.”

I hope that he is right about this. Obama does represent the radical ideal of the pro-abortion, pro-death movement. People who may not have had an opinion on matters of life and death and the government’s involvement in such are now taking notice with the Obamacare health bill front and center, specifically, using public funds for abortions and the so-called “end-of-life counselling” that’s making our seniors so very nervous.

Another part of Santorum’s downfall happened back in 2003: Santorum was widely trashed as a homophobe. His original quote, which was about the ramifications of a U.S. Supreme Court Case, Lawrence v. Texas which challenged a Texas sodomy law was:

If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.

I clearly remember the resulting media firestorm and my husband remarking that they, (meaning the Democrats) were “marking” Santorum. They had identified him as a threat and were now proceeding with, the now familiar, character assassination (see also: Palin, Sarah)

Again, attitudes here also seem to be changing. Witness the reaction to Carrie Prejean who stood up for marriage as one man and one woman and who did not go quietly into that good night when the media firestorm ensued. In fact, Ms. Prejean weathered that storm pretty well.

It’s been said that it takes a Carter to get a Reagan, and if that’s true, perhaps Santorum’s steady hand and clear moral direction will be something that this country is ready for after four years in the liberal socialist blame-America-first Democratic wilderness.

America could do a lot worse than Rick Santorum as it’s President. And in fact, it has.

September 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm Comments (4)

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