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If Only Obama Had the Letter “R” After His Name…

An example of how the media – all media – treated Bush for his reaction to hurricane Katrina:

Meanwhile, Obama continues to take vacations while the Gulf of Mexico turns into an oil slick. Today he went to Chicago (why?) instead of staying in DC like most presidents do for Memorial Day, and naturally he didn’t do much of anything about the disaster in the Gulf which spreads more and more on a daily basis.

Oh, if ONLY he had a letter “R” after his name. The MSM pundits would be demanding his impeachment.

May 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm Comments (0)

Sestak Bribe: Hatch Act Violation, At Least

Geniuses.

The Hatch Act, which is enforced by the independent Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”), carries a penalty of removal from one’s government position for engaging in improper political activity. It applies to all federal employees except the president and vice president. It was initially enacted in 1939 (after being introduced by Sen. Carl Hatch of New Mexico) to limit patronage appointments within the civil service and to insulate government employees from pressure to participate (or to refrain from participating) in political activity, which is defined as an activity directed towards the election or defeat of a political candidate or party. This is what makes Mr. Bauer’s explanation so puzzling. In addition to trying to justify the job offer to Sestak by virtue of the position’s being unpaid and the fact that it was not conveyed to him directly, Mr. Bauer cited the “legitimate interest” of the Democratic party leadership in avoiding a divisive primary or in retaining Sestak’s congressional seat.

This last justification is preposterous. Advancing the interests of a political party is not a “legitimate” use of one’s official government position. The White House counsel cannot unilaterally exonerate the chief of staff’s misuse of his authority to manipulate the outcome of a Senate primary because the White House political advisers had deemed it inconvenient for their party to have a contested election. Forget President Clinton’s involvement. He has no official authority. Only Rahm Emanuel could orchestrate the presidential appointment that the former president offered Sestak, by virtue of Emanuel’s position as chief of staff. That Mr. Emanuel did so, according to Bauer, to advance the interests of the Democratic party leadership, proves, not eliminates, the Hatch Act violation.

May 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm Comments (4)

Sestak Bribe: Inky Throws the BS Flag

Nice of them to notice.

“I did the same thing in 2006 to ask a former congressman, Joe Hoeffel, to drop out of the race against Bob Casey in the primary… I said, ‘Come back and see me if you do it.’ He came back and saw me, and he was out of public service. I appointed him as a deputy secretary of commerce. He did a great job.”

Except it wasn’t the Senate race Rendell wanted Hoeffel to exit that year; it was the lieutenant governor’s race.

You may recall Catherine Baker Knoll was running for her second term – as was Rendell – and her status as a western Pennsylvania icon and record vote getter was a boost for the Democratic ticket against Republicans Lynn Swann and Jim Matthews.

Hoeffel announced his intention to run for lieutenant governor in March 8, 2006 and dropped out a day later after a chitchat with the governor.

Said Hoeffel at the time: “The bottom line is he is asking me not to go forward with the race.

It’d be nice to know what Hoeffel did for the state then… because I can’t seem to remember him campaigning for Governor on doing “a great job” while he was there.

Just traditional progressive values. Like patronage.

May 31, 2010 at 12:59 am Comments (2)

Memorial Day

Pittsburgh radio talk show host Jim Quinn suggested the following for Memorial Day:

Look through one of your photo albums. Look at all the photos of birthdays, graduations, communions, bar mitzvahs, confirmations, weddings, anniversaries, family gatherings, going out with friends. Look at them all and remember. That is what the men and women who died fighting for us gave up. They traded their lives that we may live in freedom.

These men and women ask for only one thing in return for their service. They ask that we remember them. On Memorial Day, remember them. Honor their memories and their sacrifice. If you know someone who died fighting for us, take time tomorrow to honor him or her specifically. If you don’t know anyone personally or don’t have any family members to so honor, then adopt a veteran to honor. Go to your local memorial or choose someone from a natural memorial, such as this online memorial for the fallen of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Remember them.

Rest in peace, Great Uncle Paul.

May 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm Comments (0)

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day 2010

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”

Benjamin Disraeli

May 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm Comments (0)

Sestak Bribe: “I Did It Too” says Rendell

Of course, nothing to see here… move along…

Maybe Rendell’s is worse. Because the Hoeffel quid-pro-quo job a) cleared the field for Rendell’s Lt Gov b) was a straight up paid job.

May 30, 2010 at 11:47 am Comments (0)

El Perfecto

Congratulations!

MIAMI (AP) — Stoic as always, Roy Halladay’s expression never changed.

Until the end, that is.

Until there was history — a perfect game, the marquee performance of his All-Star career.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ ace threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, beating the Florida Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night.

Read it here30phillies01-popup.

May 30, 2010 at 8:38 am Comments (0)

Sestak Bribe: Who is Lying?

Larry Kane, the Philadelphia reporter who first broke the story, blogs about it.

“Were you ever offered a job to get out of this race? (The contest against Arlen Specter).

Sestak didn’t flinch .

“Yes,” he answered.

“Was it Navy Secretary?”, I asked

“No comment.”

He proceeded to talk about staying in the race but added that “he was called many times” to pull out.

Later, I asked, “So you were offered a job by someone in the White House?”

He said, “Yes.”

When the taping stopped, Joe Sestak looked surprised .

“You are the first person who ever asked me that question.”

Emphasis mine…

As the Congressman left the building, there was an obvious dilemma. The show wouldn’t air till Sunday the 21st. The story could be big. I called Comcast executives. With their blessing, I broke the story with an audio interview on KYW Newsradio. But first there was work to do. I needed a White House response.

I called the White House Press Office. I played the interview for the individual who answered the phone. She said someone would call me back. A few minutes later, another individual called. She said the White House would call back with a reaction “shortly.” That was 3:45 in the afternoon.

The report aired all night without a White House response.

At 6:45 the next morning, 15 hours later, a Deputy Press Secretary called. She said, “You can say the White House says it’s not true.”

A similar call was placed to the Inquirer’s Tom Fitzgerald. Tom was in the studio during the show taping. He was following Sestak around, working on a feature story. He took the story to page one of the Friday Inquirer.

A few days ago, both of us were still wondering why it took the White House 15 hours to issue a simple denial.

Emphasis in original.

Well, it was a simple denial. Now it’s obviously Bill Clinton.

I’m still wondering why President Clinton would be in a position to offer a pay-nothing advisory panel “job” to keep Sestak from running against Specter?

Even more important… he was offered a job by the “White House.” Not Bill Clinton. There is a difference.

May 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm Comments (0)

Oops – Sestak Not Eligible for “Job” Offered By Clinton

Let the hilarity of the Democratic Party’s lies continue. Byron York points out that even if you believe the preposterous story that Bill Clinton called up Sestak and offered him a seat on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in exchange for not running for the Senate, Sestak, as a federal employee, is not eligible to be a member of that board!

In a little-noticed passage Friday, the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton. And indeed a look at the Board’s website reveals this restriction:

The Board consists of not more than 16 members appointed by the President from among individuals who are not employed by the Federal Government. Members are distinguished citizens selected from the national security, political, academic, and private sectors.

As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was not eligible for the job. And since the White House intended for Sestak to remain in his House seat, he would not have been eligible for the board after this November’s elections, provided he was re-elected to the House.

May 29, 2010 at 10:36 am Comment (1)

New Year’s Day NHL Winter Classic 2011 – Pens vs. Caps at Heinz Field

Seems odd that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be involved in another Winter Classic so soon, but I guess the NHL and NBC can’t get enough of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, a matchup they were denied in this year’s playoffs due to both teams being defeated by trap hockey. (Dear Sidney Crosby, please spend the summer figuring out how to destroy the trap.)

Still, I’m not going to complain. Heinz Field seats 64,000 people. That means that there will be nearly 60,000 Penguins fans at the game – more than three times as many as have ever attended any Penguins game. Every time Ovie touches the puck you will hear 60,000 people booing. It’s going to be awesome.

Some superstitious Penguins fans are nervous about the game, however. The road team in the past three Winter Classics has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final – Pittsburgh in ’08, Detroit in ’09, and Philly in ’10. If this trend continues, Washington will reach the Final next year, which means the Pens will be eliminated before they get that far. But superstitions are just that.

May 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm Comments (0)

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