Year end wrap up on “Live and Local with Barry Papiernik” WFYL 1180 AM

Jack Posobiec and I join Barry Papiernik this moring to talk about the big stories of the year, both local and national. Tune in to WFYL 1180 AM from 10AM to 11AM this morning to recap 2010 with us.

And a very Happy New Year to all!

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December 31, 2010 at 7:15 am Comments (0)

Freindly Fire’s Biggest Winners Of 2010

It’s that time of year again when Freindly Fire heaps praise upon those most deserving. You probably aren’t going to find these winners on the lists of typical media outlets, most of which bow at the altar of political correctness.

The Biggest Winner of 2010, as is the case every year, goes to none other than illegal invaders, all 20 million of them. Year after year, they continue to win everything. They are handed driver’s licenses, free education – in some cases all the way to college – and free first-rate health care. Most appallingly, their freedom exists because of our government’s non-existent efforts to deport them. Their presence has forced the closure of hospitals, taken jobs from American workers, depressed wages and caused taxes to sharply increase. And let’s not forget that many illegals are voting in our elections. How’s that for irony: foreigners deciding American elections. And every time the illegals win, there is an even bigger loser. Us.

Michael Vick and the Canine Community

As quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick has played spectacularly well, good enough to hide the team’s considerable shortcomings and earn the Birds the Division crown.  He is often mentioned as a leading MVP candidate, and many experts predict he will lead his team to the Super Bowl.

Which is all an unexpected pleasure, given that Vick was in jail not that long ago for executing losing canines in his dog-fighting operation. Given a reprieve by the League, he was the Eagle’s third-string QB last season, and he started this one as the backup.  He got his shot though, and, made the most of it.  Perhaps most noteworthy, he never used his numerous injuries as a crutch when the team lost, and has demonstrated more leadership in one season than former-quarterback Donovan McNabb showed in his entire, lackluster career.

Is Vick truly remorseful about the dog killing, or sorry only that he got caught? Tough to say, but second chances are what America is all about, and, for the most part, he has kept himself out of trouble.  With dogs everywhere breathing easier (actually, breathing at all), and Vick on the right track, he is definitely the most unexpected winner this year.

Governor Ed Rendell

Ok, not really.  Rendell’s eight-year tax-and-spend agenda, combined with widespread conflicts of interest throughout his Administration (some say pay-to-play) has driven Pennsylvania off the financial cliff, leaving a $5 billion deficit debacle for incoming Governor Tom Corbett to fix. And it’s been three years and counting since his promised interview with “Freindly Fire” — making that the only media entity with which he refuses to speak.  I wonder why.

But fair is fair, and Rendell could not have been more correct when he hammered the NFL for canceling the Sunday night football game in Philadelphia because of a snowstorm.  Not a two-foot storm of the century, mind you, but an 8 inch “weather event” that would have made an outdoor football game one to remember. The roads were drivable, subway trains were operational, and the fans would have shown up in force — loving every minute of it.  They do it in other places just fine — Green Bay, Chicago and New England, to name a few.  But now, Philadelphians are officially considered pansies.

The reality is that the League saw an opportunity to test market Tuesday Night Football.  As with most things, the decision was rooted in money.  But it was done so at the expense of the last real sport in America, where players gut it out with broken bones instead of running to the disabled list because of a hangnail.  In many ways, the game’s cancellation reflects what America has become: soft and wimpy, offended by everything and decisive in nothing. It’s how we run business, operate government, wage war, and yes, play football. The pioneering, tough-as-nails spirit that made us unique is all but gone.

Rendell labeled the NFL’s action the “wussification” of America.  Wrong first letter, Guv.

Congressman Joe Sestak

True, Sestak lost his bid for United States Senate, but he was unique among politicians. Here’s a guy who gave up the job security of a 100 per cent safe congressional seat to take on 30-year incumbent and Goliath of the Senate, Arlen Specter, in a long-shot bid. The entire Democratic Party power structure was against him, from Rendell to President Obama, thus ensuring very limited campaign money.  Yet he persisted in his mission, even turning down a reported job offer from the White House. And a funny thing happened along the way: he won the primary election.

But the more admirable trait of Sestak was that he never backed down from his core convictions.  Whether or not one agreed with him, he should be respected for standing his ground and not playing both sides or “moving to the middle” to appease the pundits. 

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December 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm Comments (0)

Circle of idiocy: Obama, Carlson and Vick

Barack Obama has a habit of weighing in on exactly the wrong social issues in exactly the wrong way. Last week, the President placed a call to Iggles owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate him on the environmental upgrades he’s making to the Linc(yes, more needs to be said here about this greenie weenie idiocy, but we’ll save that for another day). In the course of that conversation, Obama also congratulated Lurie for giving a second chance to a convicted felon, Michael Vick, who, apparently did not “act stupidly” when killing and torturing dogs. From the Inky’s contribution to the media uproar:

Peter King, a reporter for Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, posted on Monday night: “Yes, Obama called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to praise the Eagles for giving Vick a chance. Said too many prisoners never get fair 2d chance.”

It’s unclear exactly when Obama called (Lurie has not said, and neither the Eagles nor Vick had further comments as of Wednesday), or what his main subject was. King’s tweet suggests it was Vick-related praise; White House spokesman Bill Burton, seeking to plug the dike, said talk also concerned plans for windmills, solar panels, and other green-energy measures at Lincoln Financial Field.

Burton also said Obama “of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of, but, as he’s said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.”

Enter a has-been conservative, a man whose career has arguably had more second chances than Michael Vick, to notch up the hyperboyle. Tucker Carlson, filling in for Sean Hannity during one of the slowest news weeks of the year, took this opportunity to regain relevancy:

Fox News spent much of Tuesday on Vick/Obama, and on Tuesday night, the big blast came. Commentator Tucker Carlson, filling in for Sean Hannity, said: “I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. I think, personally, he should have been executed for that.”

When Michael Vick came to Philly, I wrote a blog post in support of him. My feelings then and now are that the man did his time and paid for his crime. This, coupled with my beliefs that our society has a tendency to elevate the value animals and chilllldruuuun as morally and socially superior to any given adult and the that our society also has a tendency to place a bit too much value on professional athletes, both in compensation and social relevance as role models, my basic stance was that the noise over Vick was another instance of overblown hyperventilation. This led to a heated exchange between myself and another conservative blogger for whom I have the greatest respect. Needless to say, neither of us changed the other’s mind and all that was accomplished was generation of needless animosity, which for my part, I regret.

Two years hence, Micheal Vick seems, to me, the casual observer, a humble and properly rehabilitated felon who is tremendously talented and has led the Eagles to a remarkable season. I’m sure there are those who disagree with that assessment. However, in a town like Philly, it should be noted that much will be forgiven if Vick can bring home a Super Bowl ring (there are, after all, actually Eagles Jerseys for dogs with Vick’s name and number on the back.)

It needs to be said that a good bit of animosity towards Vick still remains, as is evidenced by the latest circle of idiocy. Liberal animal lovers find themselves in conflict with their Messiah, who endorsed the dog torturer, and in horrified agreement with Faux News righty tool Tucker Carlson, who called for Vick’s execution. Some conservatives find themselves distancing themselves from righty tool Tucker Carlson and in agreement with the bane of their existence, Barack Obama.

Only for conservative animal lovers, like my friend Steve, is all right with the world.

December 30, 2010 at 7:50 am Comments (0)

Norquist, Casey, and the Road to 60

Grover Norquist in The American Spectator lays out “The Road to 60” Senate seats.  His word on Senator Casey:

Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey Jr. must run facing an electorate that largely elected him on the false promise that he would represent his father’s moderation and pro-life views. Casey was the key vote allowing federal funding for abortion on demand in ObamaCare.

December 28, 2010 at 10:58 am Comments (0)

The great wimp out of 2010

Rendell Eagles Rant Makes National News:

Ed Rendell called the cancellation of a football game the continuing “wussification” of America and lamented the fact that Americans can’t think for themselves anymore. This from a leader in the Wussification of America Movement AKA the Democratic Party.

The DN’s reliably liberal Will Bunch had this to say:

Ultimately, life is all about risk management, and the reward of football in the snow – so often a beautiful thing – means that thousands of fans, not to mention the players and coaches who seem disappointed and befuddled by this decision, were willing to take a few risks to see it. You know, a term that gets used a lot in the great political debate – overused, in my opinion – is whether America has become “a nanny state.” Usually I’m on the other side (like when it comes to health care, in which . . . oh, never mind), but in this case I think here it’s perfectly OK to channel your Inner Rush Limbaugh and say that “the nanny state” killed this football game.

If we’re not “a nanny state,” then we’ve become a nation of overcautious risk managers, also known as wimps. They don’t play American football in China, but I believe that if they did, not only would they have played this game, but 300,000 fans would have marched barefoot through the drifts for 15 miles to get to the stadium, drilling each other with advanced calculus problems as they walked.

In a few years, they’ll come here and conquer what’s left of America while we huddle on our TV-room couches to keep safe and warm, watching “A Christmas Story” on TBS for the ninth time after a forecast of flurries has canceled the entire NFL schedule.

Funny how liberals usually regard remarks to “man up” as the height of knuckle dragging insensitivity uttered by Neanderthal conservatives. Until it comes to watching the Iggles in a heated club box seat or from the comfort of one’s living room with fridge full of Bud Light. Then we are a nation of wussies.

December 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm Comments (0)

“Mondays with Mossie” on Barry Papiernik Live and Local WFYL 1180 AM

On this Morning’s edition of “Mondays with Mossie”, Barry and I are joined by political activist extraordinaire Jack Posobiec. We talk about Arlen Specter’s rather ungracious farewell and why this perpetual political stalwart has finally outlived his usefulness in 2010. As usual, we also kick around a little Montco business.

Tune in between 10 AM and 11 AM on WFYL 1180 AM. If you miss a day, you miss a lot.

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December 27, 2010 at 7:26 am Comments (0)

A Litle Late, but,…

As I’m finally in front of my own computer,…

I raise a shotglass full of Maalox and say:

I hope everyone at PaWC had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. May all of you have received what gifts your hearts desired and may you have spent the day with friends and family, in whatever form that may take!

God bless and here’s hoping for a healthy, happy and safely conservative 2011 for everyone!

December 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

Merry Christmas to All…


December 25, 2010 at 9:46 am Comments (0)

Christmas 2010

A Christmas Wish

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. ~Eric Sevareid

May all our readers have a Merry Christmas full of peace and love, surrounded by family and friends.

December 25, 2010 at 1:02 am Comment (1)

Merry Christmas

Let’s take a break from politics for a minute.

Merry Christmas to all our readers, and thanks for your support over the years.

God bless.

The wise men pay homage to Jesus
December 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm Comments (0)

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