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SUV’s ‘suck’ in Combat – Book Signing in West Chester, PA

Please save this date: Friday, October 1, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Why?

You are invited to join us for a fun evening and book signing with Kerry Kachejian author of SUVs SUCK in Combat (a story of chaos & valor and the rebuilding of Iraq during a raging insurgency). It is a book to be proud of and one that I envy the first-time reader’s experience in reading. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the early years of our efforts in Iraq and even more appreciation for the men & women that served there.

Where?

Chester County Book & Music Company

975 Paoli Pike

West Chester, PA 19380

Directions and/or map to the booksigning.

Date: Oct 1, 2010
From: 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Kerry is a native of West Chester, and he will attend with his sister Regina Curley. We hope that you will be able to join them there.

I’ve started reading this book and I find I can’t put it down. This is the story of Iraq ignored by the MSM in favor of body counts. You will walk away from this book with a greater appeciation of the crucial work of our men and women in uniform.

September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm Comments (0)

Hoeffel: Cut Everything

It’s hard to believe that we’ve found a Democrat who is for spending cuts.

Across-the-board department cuts. Employee furloughs. Fewer holidays.
For months, the Montgomery County commissioners have made ominous references to what it might take to pass a 2011 budget.

On Wednesday, officials said the county’s projected shortfall had swelled to $35 million, and talk veered from the abstract to the concrete.

Commissioner Joseph Hoeffel said he would like to see a 5 percent, across-the-board cut in spending, with exceptions for departments that can justify something smaller.

“We can’t keep doing things the way we’ve been doing them,” said Hoeffel, the board’s lone Democrat.

Republicans James Matthews and Bruce Castor said the idea was worth considering. Matthews, the board chairman, mentioned furloughs, quickly adding that he would not favor them. Castor said the county should press the state to shoulder the cost of county courts.

No one talked about taxes.

…. or the nearly $100 million in surplus that the county once had. Pissed away on cronies and “economic development” by Commissioners Matthews and Hoeffel.

September 30, 2010 at 10:34 am Comments (0)

Earth To Neshaminy Teachers’ Union: Have We Met?

In their heyday, unions represented 36% of the American workforce.  

How things have changed.

Now, that number stands at only 12 percent, and when you factor out the public-sector unions, the number plummets to a paltry 7 percent.

While unions were formed for good reasons —to combat deplorable working conditions and slave labor wages — shortsighted union leaders have made a habit of biting the hand that feeds them.  Ironically, the biggest casualty to organized labor’s greed are the rank-and-file members, as evidenced by the numbers above.

It is precisely for this reason that union leaders are the driving force behind card check legislation, which would eliminate the secret ballot in union elections.  While admitting to themselves that this is an inherently un-American tactic, labor leaders see card check as the only viable way to preserve the union movement.

Funny, but something else much more simplistic comes to mind that would achieve the same objective — without violating a member’s right to secretly cast a vote.

Common sense.

But for that, there is one prerequisite: you have to live in this world.

Not upper Uranus.

So for a classic case study of how space cadets operate, let’s take a look at the ongoing legalized extortion occurring in the Neshaminy School District.

The teachers union in that Bucks County district has been at odds with the school board for months.  Why?

Because they want a “fair” contract.

Pretty much everyone else on this planet calls it greed.  Unadulterated greed.

What are they asking from the taxpayers?  Salary increases, retroactive to 2008, of 2.75 percent in each of the first two years, 3 percent in the third and fourth years, and 3.5 percent in the final year. 

So a teacher making $100,000 a year now will be taking home a guaranteed $116,000 salary for nine months’ work in 2013.  What a deal! 

And there are quite a few teachers at or near that level: 64 make over $100,000, and over half make over $90,000, not including health care benefits.

But hey, times are tough, so the union leadership has another demand, one from which it won’t budge: continued free health care.

That’s right.  Neshaminy teachers do not pay a single penny towards their health care premiums.

Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.

How’s that for living in the real world?

Instead, the forgotten taxpayer foots the bill for their high-end plan, to the tune of around $27,000 per teacher, per year.

And it doesn’t stop there. 

The taxpayers’ largesse also extends to Neshaminy’s retired teachers, many with lucrative pensions (some over $100,000 per year) who also enjoy free healthcare.

But in the private sector —that forgotten place which employs the people who pay for all the teachers’ salaries and benefits — pay raises in today’s economy are the exception, and employees typically shoulder at least 30 percent of their healthcare costs.

Not content with the negotiations, however, the teachers showed their “class” by repeatedly boycotting Back to School Nights.  In addition, their classrooms aren’t decorated, bulletin boards remain vacant, recommendation letters are on hold — and reports have stated that the contract dispute has been discussed in the classrooms, which is the very last place it belongs.

But hey, the union’s demands have nothing to do with greed, we are nauseatingly told. No, no…. it’s all about the children!

Sure it is.

And pigs can fly. 

*****

Speaking of the airborne Neshaminy union leaders, let’s discuss the real issue. You know, the one that everyone —parents, teachers and union officials — pretend isn’t there.

Our educational product is failing.

All across Pennsylvania, and yes, in Neshaminy, too.

The beauty of math is that numbers don’t lie.  And Neshaminy’s numbers are dismal.

Only 67 percent of the district’s 11th graders are proficient in Reading.  In Math, it’s 72 percent.

So let’s tell it like it is: one-third of Neshaminy’s students can’t read proficiently and almost the same number can’t add or subtract.

And the real number is even higher, since students who have already dropped out of school — a significant number — aren’t counted. 

Yet the taxpayers are pumping out $17,000 per student, per year. And the results?

Pure mediocrity. 

Getting a 67 on a test is an F.  In the real world, being content with a 67% success rate is unacceptable.

*****

Several weeks ago, Governor Rendell celebrated the news that 82 percent of our schools met basic benchmark levels.

And that’s reason to celebrate? …..

Read the rest and post a comment on Philly Mag’s Philly Post:

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2010/09/28/earth-to-neshaminy-teachers-union-have-we-met/

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, www.FreindlyFireZone.com

Readers of his column, “Freindly Fire,” hail from six continents, thirty countries and all fifty states. His work has been referenced in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, foreign newspapers, and in Dick Morris’ recent bestseller “Catastrophe.”

Freind also serves as a weekly guest commentator on the Philadelphia-area talk radio show, Political Talk (WCHE 1520), and makes numerous other television and radio appearances, most notably on FOX 29.  He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com

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September 30, 2010 at 8:40 am Comments (0)

McNabb Will Be Booed On Sunday

Yep.

Will McNabb hear cheers or boos on Sunday?

“Hopefully cheers. It’s been 11 great years. I mean, you wouldn’t expect me to say I’m going to get booed, would you? But 11 years have been great, and that’s one you just can’t forget,” he said. “There were a lot of people who were accepting of the things I was able to do, and respected me as a person and as a player, so I do feel like I was appreciated there.”

But would he be surprised if they booed?

“No,” he said. “Anything’s possible.”

… and it will be sweet.

September 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm Comments (0)

Of Course: Specter Eyeing Public Payroll

Also known as “welfare for the political class.”

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Wednesday said he is still mulling his retirement plans, but that he might accept a post in the Obama administration.

Specter, who lost his primary bid this spring after switching parties in 2009, is down to his last few months as a member of the Senate he joined in 1981. He said he plans to return for the lame-duck session after the election, but then isn’t sure what the future holds.

“I’m thinking about it, but I’m following [former Senate Leader] George Mitchell’s advice to never do anything too sudden,” Specter told The Hill.

I imagine that he’ll be competing with Admiral Joe Sestak for a post-election position within the Obama administration.

September 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm Comment (1)

This Guy Is Nuts

September 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm Comments (0)

Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

If there are still questions about the true state of the US Senate race in Pennsylvania, look no further for your answers.

Senate Dems Scale Back Ad Campaign in Pennsylvania

According to a source in Pennsylvania who tracks television advertising by political campaigns, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee bought only $260,000 in TV ads this week in Pennsylvania–about a 50 percent drop from the $500,000 or more the DSCC has been spending on TV ads each week for the past five weeks in the state.

The DSCC’s decision to scale back its ad campaign in Pennsylvania is likely due to the fact that Democrats are now being forced to spend money on other competitive races in states like West Virginia.

That’s right. The DSCC is giving up on Pennsylvania so they don’t lose Robert Byrd’s seat. The next thing you know, they’ll be trying to build a firewall around Connecticut.

September 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm Comment (1)

Roundup: CFL rebels, OpenOffice, and a Sandwich Bag Preemie

(1) Don’t call it a lightbulb — it’s a “Heatball“. (English translation) That way, the regulators can’t ban it, or something. Too bad GE recently shut down the last “heatball” factory in the US.

(2) OpenOffice wasn’t faring well under its new corporate overlords at Oracle (which acquired Sun Microsystems, and got OOo in the package). So it’s attempting to break free, going with the almost universally despised name of LibreOffice. Let’s hope whatever organ Larry Ellison has in place of a heart allows him to donate the “OpenOffice.org” name back to the project.

I’m sticking with OOo 3.2.1 until somebody (either Oracle or Libre) puts out a stable version.

(3) Looks like the Democrats have made a pretty explicit decision to lie like dogs and hope that something sticks.

(4) Former SEIU boss Andy Stern is under investigation. It’s about dang time.

(5) New Borg-like neural re-wiring tech for victims of traumatic brain injury. All your neurons are belong to us.

(6) UK docs improvised a sandwich bag insulator for a 26 wk preemie. Of course, this was almost a major Fail Britannia for telling a pregnant woman with abdominal pain to not bother coming in to the hospital.

Miss Rowberry and her partner Lee Lacey, 24, feared she was having a miscarriage when she suffered agonising stomach pains when she was 26 weeks pregnant on the evening of June 26.She rang the maternity suite at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester but was told it was nothing to worry about and to go back to sleep.

Later her mother Gillian called an ambulance and she was rushed to the hospital.

Who said socialized medicine would stifle innovation?!  Just MacGyver  yourself up some sammich bag insulation…

September 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm Comments (0)

Amtrak: Big Plans with Your Money

Announced today…

“We need a balanced investment — public, private — plowing back any surpluses that we have to improve our competitive advantage and to improve the railroad.”

With trains expected to travel at 220 miles per hour, passengers will be able to go from Philadelphia to New York in 38 minutes — Washington to Boston in about three hours — cutting travel time in half.

Amtrak says the systems construction would create more than 40,000 fulltime jobs annually over a 25-year period. The full project completion set for 2040.

They say they only need $117 Billion (with a B) to do it.

That wouldn’t be a problem, of course, if Amtrak were a private company investing their own profits. But they’re not…. and they’re perpetually in debt, and perpetually holding their hands out.

But yeah, let’s give ‘em some more.

September 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm Comment (1)

Philly: #16 In Drunk Drivers

September 28, 2010 at 11:51 am Comments (0)

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