The campaign to unseat Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) has begun
While the 2010 congressional elections are still a long way off, the conservative resurgence in New Jersey, Virginia, and NY23 has been refreshing and exciting. Worst case scenario at this point is Democrats win NJ and NY23 (Virginia is all but sealed), but even that will hardly be a victory for Democrats, for in such a case, the respective Democrats will win with a severe | Read More »
From force-feeding healthcare to forced feeding in Philadelphia
This article scares right out of the gate: In a locally unprecedented move, the School District of Philadelphia will hold principals accountable for the number of students eating breakfast in their schools. Alas, this does not mean schools are attempting to control waste by limiting the number of students who receive breakfast at taxpayers’ expense. This move is to force all students to eat breakfast | Read More »
Call PA state senators and tell them NO to tax increases!
The PA state budget is expected to pass with Republican approval because of the exclusion of a PIT (personal income tax) increase. However, they are adding additional taxes to cigars and cultural tickets despite an admission that most people are against ANY kind of tax increase. We still need to voice our opposition to this budget. If you live in Pennsylvania, call both Republicans and conservative | Read More »
Spirit in my psyche Double in my role Alter in my image Struggle for control Rasmussen’s Approval Index (the difference between those who strongly approve and those who strongly disapprove of the job the president is doing) has frequently been used along with the president’s overall approval; numbers which, of late, indicate that his charm is wearing thin. The approval index is a | Read More »
Need. More. Tinfoil. The life in a day of a liberal blogger.
I am a lifelong conservative. I first took a serious interest in politics when I was in college at Penn State, joining activist groups (like the local chapter of Young America’s Foundation), and reading authors ranging from Rush Limbaugh and William F. Buckley Jr. to Ayn Rand and P. J. O’Rourke. When I graduated with a chemical engineering degree in the late 90’s and landed my | Read More »
Think Shariah law can’t happen in the US? Think again.
Either way, it certainly wouldn’t be for lack of effort by schools such as this. A school right in Obama’s backyard (though the video plays more like a movie trailor than anything else.) I’m told Hizb ut-Tahrir means “party of liberation” in Arabic. As in “liberate” the world to Islam. Don’t worry, though. They don’t want to replace democracy, or even Christianity, just capitalism. Whew. That was | Read More »
My (sort of) correspondence with Governor Crist on taxes
I’d imagine I’m not the only one who contacted the Florida GOP, given their tax happy nature. However, I felt compelled to comment on the boldness of this form letter response to my expression of disappointment in their (namely, Governor Crist’s) refusal to offer a real alternative to voters. This could have been written by Obama himself, except for one thing: sheer audacity. And I | Read More »
Is America inexorably moving toward statism? Maybe not. It’s all about the timing of ideas.
America, while still (for now) a system founded on individual rights, seems to be moving hopelessly toward socialism (or fill in the blank with your favorite collectivist term). Currently, conservatives and libertarians merely hope we can get through the Obama Administration with some semblance of capitalism remaining so that we may rebuild over the long term. Even if Obama fails in implementing his statist policies, | Read More »
PA Voters – Did You Know About the Swing Vote on the PA Supreme Court? [Updated]
The primary for a critical PA judicial election is coming up. The PA Supreme Court (can I say SCOPA?) is evenly split, so the winner of this election will determine the direction of PA courts for many years. The PAGOP site has a list of endorsements, though I would recommend reading this article for actual analysis before taking their recommendations. UPDATE The primary election is | Read More »
PA Voters – Did You Know About the Swing Vote on the PA Supreme Court?
The primary for a critical PA judicial election is coming up. The PA Supreme Court (can I say SCOPA?) is evenly split, so the winner of this election will determine the direction of PA courts for many years. The PAGOP site has a list of endorsements, though I would recommend reading this article for actual analysis before taking their recommendations.
You’ve Got A Friend in PA and Murtha’s Got A Friend in PAGOP
Take a look at the GOP in Pennsylvania and you’ll see a microcosm of what plagues the GOP nationwide. If I had to name the two worst actors in Washington representing PA, Murtha and Specter would be among the first to come to mind (though, with Specter now a DINO, may we get abundant mileage from the Specterenfreude factor alone). Now meet Pennsylvania’s Republican State Committee | Read More »
PA Redstaters: Make Some Noise About HR 95 (10th Amendment Rights)
Pennsylvania’s House Resolution 95 uses the 10th Amendment to limit the federal government’s power over the state. According to Representative Glenn Grell, the resolution is currently in the House State Government Committe, chaired by Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia, and noted that it will “probably languish in that Committee absent some extraordinary pressure from the public to consider the bill.” This is a good opportunity | Read More »
When Rules Replace Principles
As Philadelphia moves to ban the use of hand-held cell phones in cars, I heard commentary that all phones (including hands-free) should be banned. The argument is that just talking directs attention away from driving. If this is the case then I propose the following new measures to make driving even safer: - Ban passengers. Normally that might be hard to enforce, but since | Read More »
Philly Tea Party Info – AND Capitalist March on Washington
Reminder from Erick: Post your Tea Party details so we can get the word out. I’ll front the posts. Tax day tea party in Philly is Saturday April 18, Independence Hall. Dom Giordano will speak. See links below for details. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2204681/posts http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136720860393 ALSO, I came across even more ambitious plans for more rallies culminating in a “Capitalist March on Washington” in September. Take a look at | Read More »
Citizens Need Principles; Politicians Need Limits
As conservatives and libertarians regroup, there has clearly been a focus on principles, and this is good. As I review and reacquaint myself with the principles of individual rights, liberty, and freedom, I am simultaneously becoming more involved in local politics. Even at the local level, much effort has to be expended to ‘root out the bad guys’, those who have no principles and participate in | Read More »
The Give Act: Obama’s Civilian Army?
Finally, some clarity on the cryptic remark made by Obama during the campaign. Just its title, The Give Act, is disturbing enough for me. See Free Republic’s summary here, and the actual bill here. Required “volunteer” service? Uniforms? Summer Camps (now changed to campuses)?
Specter’s Condition Downgraded
from incompetent oaf to brazen miscreant. The Pittsburgh Tribune is reporting that Arlen Specter is asking PA state pols to have an open primary next year (via grassrootspa). I don’t know what will happen in 2010. A large turnaround won’t happen like it did in 1994. The House Banking Scandal - not just Hillarycare and other Clinton nonsense - helped to create the backlash. But what we have | Read More »
CFL Mandate Reveals True Nature of Green
The CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) mandate, introduced by the 110th Congress, will outlaw incandescent light bulbs in an effort to force everyone to contribute to the fight against global warming. One can argue that having a government use its monopoly on force to criminalize the use of a light bulb might violate the principles of a country that calls itself free. However, a new | Read More »
We Cannot Let Attacks Like This Go Undefended
I came across this blog (via my wife who works in media) by Jack Myers, suggesting Rush’s advertisers should consider pulling support for his program. Let me be clear that whether or not anyone boycotts is irrelevant to me. What needs to be addressed is Jack Myers’s disgraceful disregard for truth or integrity. First, we need start only as far as the third sentence: Limbaugh’s lengthy | Read More »
Anyone For a Tax Day Tea Party?
I came across a plan brewing to give our politicians some feedback since they have not found our phonecalls and letters relevant or convincing. On April 15, how about mailing teabags? There was some discussion here that it is not legal to send teabags and so just the labels (or something else) would have to be sent. I don’t see what the problem is with sending teabags but | Read More »
Getting Back to Fundamentals: To Understand Rights is to Understand the Morality of Capitalism
Aside from the massive Democrat majorities in Congress and their ill-conceived bills (passed and yet to come), one particularly troubling aspect of Barack Obama’s election was the revelation of an apparent demand for redistribution. Certainly there are those who want socialism and understand everything that entails. Call me foolish but I can’t help but think there would be a lot less support for it if | Read More »