Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Two Southwest Lehigh County Townships announce Merger!

   In an announcement that did not really come as a surprise, Officials from Upper and Lower Macungie Township today made public their plan to merge and create one municipality of 80,000+ citizens.
     This new town will be called "JAINDL" after the family that owns all the available farmland/eventual warehouse space. It is expected that Macungie and Alburtis Boroughs will succumb to pressure and allow themselves to be absorbed into "JAINDL".
    Some residents might complain, but they will likely be distracted by their bluetooth while driving and soon forget what they were complaining about. Resistance is futile.

    APRIL FOOL!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

John Hangar hangs it up....and some theoretical poll results

    And then there were five Democrats running for the Pennsylvania nomination for Governor. After turning in his signatures earlier this week, John Hangar announced today that he is withdrawing, citing a lack of funding as the major reason. That leaves State Treasurer Rob McCord, Philly area Congresswomen Alyson Schwartz, Businessman and poll leader Tom Wolf, Former DEP secretary Katie McGinty, and former State Auditor Jack Wagner.
    Want to know what the top secret formula says right now, if the election were held today?

       Wolf             29%
       Schwartz       23%
       McCord        22%
       McGinty        15%
       Wagner         11%
     

       Like any poll, these numbers are as reliable as the pile of Cow chips, but with over 30 variables in the equation, give me some credit for trying to predict something. It is thoughtful to note that if Schwartz and McGinty could combine their support, one woman could defeat all three of the men.

       It is more than two months until Primary day, and I believe there will be a monumental shift in the support landscape once the financial forces the candidates have are brought to bear. It all depends on who launches the best campaign offensive. I personally don't believe Tom Wolf can beat Corbett. On that regard I fully expect his lack of experience in government to become a central issue.

       I believe that Kathleen Kane's decisive win in 2012 for Attorney General shows that Pennsylvanians are more likely to vote for a woman to replace Corbett than a man. It is my personal opinion that Schwartz should have kept her seniority in Congress. It is too late now to withdraw and throw her support behind McGinty, so it is entirely likely that the vote of women across the State will be split between the two, allowing either McCord or Wolf to be the nominee. In that case, Corbett's chances for winning another term improve drastically. I am not writing that he will, but that it makes his task easier. The Corbett campaign will be merciless in their attacks no matter who the nominee, and despite all the protestations, negative campaigning on the whole, always works.

Monday, March 3, 2014

America Should stay the hell out of the Ukraine situation

  I think what Russia is doing is wrong. I think it amounts to nothing more than bullying because they don't like those who have taken power. But I also think it is a family dispute that America should stay out of. International law be damned, i don;t believe America should involve itself in this dispute. The best analogy I can think of, is this: What id Texas or California decided to secede from the United States? Their economies are big enough, and what if Russia told either of those two states they would support them? The United States would be miffed about a foreign power intervening in what would, for all intents and purposes, be a family dispute. We need to consider that Russia has bitten off more than they can chew, and let them try to digest it. We are not the world's policeman, as much as we would like to be. Let Russia stew in its' aggression. They have to live with it. We should not. The Ukraine is not worth World War three. You can disagree all you want, but look at the situation long term. We did such a great job with afghanistan and Iraq, who are we to tell Russia how to handle Ukraine?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lehigh County Commissioner Vic Mazziotti protests too much.

                We are almost two full months into The Tom Muller Executive administration, and the County Commissioners finally approved Dan McCarthy as Tom Muller's right hand man.
                The irony here is that the hold up was Bull crap concerns from the "Reform" caucus of commissioners having concerns about how giving McCarthy the job would bolster his pension more than $8k a year. Even after McCarthy graciously offered to publicly turn down the added benefit, the caucus played games with his appointment, not letting an absent Commissioner vote by phone.

      The irony is that Vic Mazziotti lead the attack against McCarthy.

      That is right, Vic Mazziotti. The same Vic Mazziotti, who after winning election to his Commissioner seat in November 2011, stayed at his then job as Fiscal Officer for Northampton county until March 2012.
      That gave him 6 years on the job in Northampton County, fully vesting him in his pension, at over $40K a year. At the same time, he cut a side deal up in Luzerne County to work part time for another $3k a month.
        Sort of like the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it?  Even after McCarthy publicly offered to disavow taking the extra pension, Mazziotti kept up the attacks.

     Vic Mazziotti has no place to question anybody getting a public pension, when he is as bad a pig at the trough than anyone he could point a finger at.

      The man did little to help John Stoffa in Northampton County during his years there, but he made sure he got paid. The working people get annoyed when people like Mazziotti slide by, getting paid to do nothing, and then when they do move their bones, it is only because they are politically motivated. For a guy whose entire campaign was financed by a very small circle of extremists, claims of partisanship in appointments rings hollow. It would be in the best interests of Lehigh County if in November of 2015, Mr Mazziotti finds somewhere else to spout his special brand of extremism. This is year three of the reform team, and they have not kept ONE of their campaign promises.

      They promised to repeal the 16% tax hike. That didn't happen. In reality, because of the forced ill advised property reassessment, approximately half the the residential home owners in Lehigh County had their taxes go up. The problems that existed in January 2012 are still here. They have done little to address them. Instead they have picked fights on hot button political issues such as benefits for same sex partners to draw media attention. If you can't solve a problem, create one that you can, seems to be their thinking. But even then, they aren't all that successful.

  I can give the "Reform" team members an appropriate campaign slogan for 2015:

    "We create the Problems, so You can find your own Solutions!"

   A little long for a bumper sticker, but with the money they have to throw around, they can afford a billboard or two.

   When Mazziotti and crew were running for office, they claimed they had a plan. Two plus years in, they still haven't unveiled it. Maybe they are afraid the NSA is listening to their phone calls, or President Obama has a spy satellite monitoring their every move, I don't know. But at this point, I don't think believe they have any plan at all other than just to screw everything up worse than it ever was.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Congressman Dent gets a Challenger....from the 1960s....literally

         So today was the day local political parties had gatherings to hear from candidates and play petition musical chairs. I will have more on that later, but to show you how important the gubernatorial candidates felt about Lehigh County, I will now write about what they had to say at the gathering:

    NOTHING!

      That is because none of them showed up! McCord had a presence, as did Hangar, with folks asking you to sign nominating petitions, but that was all. I was disappointed, but I was not surprised. But what I truly found dismaying is that there was no one there for recently announced Congressional candidate Dave Clark.
      A Candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania needs 1000 valid signatures to get on the primary ballot. A good place to start is at local party gatherings. If you don't show up at the party meeting, it is a bit awkward to ask the committee people, or precinct captains as some wish to be called for help petition wise.

      So someone from Lehigh County's past, Dave Clark, has announced his intent to run as a Democrat against 5 term incumbent. Politics PA has a take on him here.

   Let us be honest for a moment. This guy has about as much chance as the Dave Clark Five of beating Charlie Dent. This will be a slaughter. He is about as viable as Jake Towne was in 2010. God help us Democrats if this is the best we can do.

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Spoof" campaign websites. Democrats wish they had thought of it first.

   You have to hand it to political consultants. When it comes to playing anything goes in election campaigns, Consultants think up the damnedest ways to label an opponent.
   But the NRCC, that is the National Republican Congressional Committee, may have outdone themselves this time. They have preemptively created at least 16 websites that appear to promote Democrats in what will be contested districts nationwide. Read the details here.
    Of course, The discovery of this tactic has Dems crying foul, but I appreciate a good prank as well as anybody. These sights look extremely legitimate, but if you start reading the content, you see that it is most unflattering for the candidate. So click over to the link, and see what you think. It isn't very sportsmanlike is it? So much for respecting your opponent. And the Beat goes on.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sportsmanship

  On my facebook page, I had a long discussion with someone who has now unfriended me because I called them on their racism. I criticized A Seattle player for bullying a San Francisco player in the playoffs. and referred to him as a "THUG." I felt that way because I was always taught in my early years to show respect to my opponents, taunting them would be unthinkable. Yet a former face book friend went off on me and called me racist for stating it. I never mentioned skin color. I referred to the offender as a thug for bullying someone of the same race as him. I believe, that in all competition, you should respect your opponent. You may be superior, but there is nothing gained in embarrassing them or belittling them in your victory.
     I was always taught to treat the victors and the vanquished as equals, and be respectful. That is who I am.
    I was accused of calling a player a thug because he was black. That bothers me. That shows a great lack of knowledge about me by my accuser. But it also betrayed my accusers own racism, in assuming I made the comment because of the player's race.
     Sportsmanship does not know a skin color. I think this is our big mistake as humans, that we continue to allow race to divide us. When will we learn? Respect should never have to desire a skin color. This is one issue that continues to make me worry for America. We talk the talk. Yet we let race divide us.

    Update 2/07/2014 4:00PM: 
        I have hidden all the comments on this post because for the most part they were off topic. While I ignore the so called Blog Mentor for the most part, I will not allow personal attacks mentioning a family tragedy to remain visible.