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Blogs are the opinions of the bloggers only, and do not necessarily represent every Democrat or the Monroe County Democrats However, the MCD sponsors this blog to express and share the many ideas within our party.

Has anyone received any interesting mail today from Stroudsburg’s incumbent school board members?

October 29

We did. There’s so much to say about this, but to keep it (relatively) short:

1) We are very proud to be endorsed by the PSEA because it demonstrates our commitment to strong public schools.  

2) We are the only independent candidates for school board. We have accepted no money from organizations or political parties.  

3) The incumbents prefer to use divisive scare tactics. We're not going to let fear, misinformation, or negative campaigning drive people to the polls.

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No Nazis... ever!

 by Linda Zak
 
Anyone who buys, sells, owns or shows any kind of Nazi swastika symbol or flag is un-American, and anti-Veteran.  I mention these two issues, because the people who admire the swastika claim to be 'true Americans'.  
 
Our soldiers fought, suffered and died by the tens of thousands, fighting to rid the world of the evil that symbol represented.   What horrible disrespect to our Veterans, to revere this hateful symbol.
 
Yet, the flag as recently as last year was displayed at our local fair. It is available upon request still at countless events.
 
Twelve million civilians of all religions were butchered by the Nazis, a number which includes 6 million Jews. Over 291,500 U.S. Soldiers died during WWII.
 
We have laws against obscenity; the swastika is an obscenity and I, even as a proponent of free speech, would have no problem with banning it.
 
Yesterday at the U.N., a resolution to " Condemn the Glorification of Nazism" was opposed by only three countries, and the United States was one of them. Ukraine and Palau were the others.  With the growing rise of Fascism all over the world, now is the time to do all we can to prevent history from repeating itself. 
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Today, January 19, 2017

Today is the last full day that Barack Obama will be my president. No matter who was coming into office, I would have been filled with a deep sense of sadness. This man embodies the values I most hold dear – intellectual curiosity, strong sense of family, deep compassion for the suffering of others, a sense of humor, a strong and steady hand amidst the maelstrom of politics, and a willingness to discuss complex issues without minimizing them into soundbites. I would have liked him to be more boldly progressive, but I admire his willingness to acknowledge that by winning in 2008 with 53% of the vote and 2012 with 51% of the vote, he also had to represent the close-to-half of Americans who did not vote for him. Say what you will about him, but don't call him an ideologue. A pragmatist, yes, and one who soldiered on every day despite unprecedented obstruction, resistance and bald-faced disrespect. And despite all of that resistance, he retained his deep-seated faith in the basic goodness of Americans and a commitment to the democratic principles outlined in the Constitution he spent years teaching.

He was ridiculed for being a community organizer rather than a career politician or an opportunistic and wealthy businessman, like most of the other people who run for office. Ridiculed for getting out into the neighborhoods and talking to people and motivating them to engage. Ridiculed for the audacity of his hope.

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How to Honor the Founding Fathers with the Electoral College

“The Electoral College was set up with a specific purpose in mind and we should do what the Founding Fathers want,” people say to me whenever I argue for getting rid of it.

Well, fine. If your desire is to do what the Founding Fathers wanted, then we’ll need to change a few things.Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

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Let's see how we like it.

Dear Trump voters: We’ll find out how much you really like what you voted for when the daughter of a Republican dies from a back-alley abortion… or, your daughter or granddaughter can no longer get affordable birth control.

When the air quality in your city begins to look like Beijing and you wear a mask going to work.

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DON'T PANIC

Don't panic. Or rather, don't keep panicking for too long.

We tend to have a fairly left-leaning readership here at Cracked, just for demographic reasons (lots of college kids and such). So a lot of you reading this are outraged, sad, disgusted, terrified, and/or physically ill right now. Lots of you also use the stuff I write to feel better about the world, so let me give it my best shot.

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The nightmare won’t end on election day

Let’s face it, Hillary Clinton has one person she will need to thank for destroying Donald Trump on November 8th, and that person is Donald Trump. She isn’t winning by a big margin so much as he is losing by a big margin. I still hold that had the Democrats nominated anyone else, the election would be even more of a wipeout.monsters-trump-2-11864-1450133554-22_dblbig

The saddest thing is that after the election is over, the nightmare that we’ve experienced in this campaign will continue.

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It's not about the p----y

 

It’s not about the pussy

I have had clients who grabbed women when they didn’t want to be grabbed.  You can read all about these clients on the Megan’s Law website, listing sexual predators.

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How to Defeat ISIS by Donald Trump

For many years now, ISIS and other similar radical Islamic groups have caused problems for the world. But Donald Trump knows how to deal with them. When asked recently what to do, he made a bold promise:

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“Me have plan. Plan good. Me solve problem.”

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Guess What? Chris Christie Is Still Blackmailing His Political Foes.

Chris Christie managed the feat of parlaying his position as a crime-fighting federal prosecutor into becoming the most corrupt governor in the history of New Jersey by repeatedly using his powerful position to blackmail or otherwise punish people who would not support him.  That was then, but the big story these days is that Christie, who has become best known for being Donald Trump's poodle, apparently has learned nothing from a presidential bid that spectacularly crashed and burned because of his reputation as a bully.  He continues to blackmail his political foes even as the trial in Bridgegate, the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal that he approved, gets underway on Thursday.
On the eve of Labor Day weekend, Christie tore up a decades-long agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania that has allowed commuters to pay income tax in the state where they live, not where they work.   
The move, which will dearly cost higher-income Pennsylvanians who commute to New Jersey, was prompted by sheer malice: The Democratic-controlled legislature had failed to make the $250 million in savings Christie demanded in health-care costs for the public employee unions he has repeatedly pilloried in trying to appear tough to Republicans in presenting himself as a viable presidential candidate who would bash unions in the finest tradition of the GOP.  Never mind that we're talking police officers, fire fighters, school teachers and prison guards here.
If the legislature relents and does his bidding, Christie will reinstate the tax agreement.  If not, Pennsylvania commuters will be punished and the counties bordering the Delaware River where they live will be hard hit.   
Christie's blackmail attempt could have catastrophic consequences in Monroe County, home of the Pocono Mountains.   
There are relatively few higher income jobs in Monroe, and a consequence is that about 40 percent of Monroe residents work outside the county, including about 6,000 who work in New York City and about 7,000 in New Jersey.  Many of those 7,000 residents will not only pay substantially higher taxes, but now have less motivation to continue living in an area with high unemployment that is depressed economically, has been losing population for years and already has extremely high local taxes and depressed local property values.  
Although about 125,000 people commute from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and an identical number from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, Christie's mischief disproportionately affects commuters from Monroe and other Pennsylvania counties, including Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, Northampton and Philadelphia. 
This is because Pennsylvania commuters will no longer pay their state's flat 3.07 percent income tax, but up to 5.9 percent more on income subject to New Jersey's top 8.97 percent income tax.  Christie's office refuses to say how much additional money the state would haul in, but it is a hefty $180 million, according to a former Christie budget director. 
New Jersey's budget woes are substantially of Christie's own doing.   
The state's credit rating has been downgraded eight times on Christie's watch -- more than under any governor in the state's history, and he brought a reputation for profligate spending as a U.S. attorney, along with his sizable girth, to the governor's mansion.  As if to emphasize his selfishness at a time when the Garden State was descending into fiscal crisis, he arrived at a son's baseball game in May 2011 aboard a spanking new $12.5 million state police helicopter, which landed on an adjacent football field.  Christie disembarked from the helicopter and got into a car with tinted windows and was driven about 100 yards to the baseball field.   
But it is in transit that Christie has left the biggest stink. 
In 2010, the governor singlehandedly killed a planned $8.7 billion commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River that virtually everyone else believed would ensure the future health of New York's regional economy.  Christie argued that the tunnel was just too damned expensive for the frugal times in which he governed (not counting himself, of course), an argument that sprung a ginormous leak when it turned out that Christie planned all along to use New Jersey's share of tunnel construction dough to bail out the state's highway and bridge system, which under his "leadership" had been driven deeply in debt.   
There was just one problem with Christie's secret scheme: The unspent tunnel money was under the control of the $8 billion a year bistate Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   
But that didn't prevent the governor from moving ahead anyway because he had been using the authority as a patronage trough and personal piggy bank, and in 2013 as an arm of his campaign for a second term and a cudgel to cajole mayors into endorsing him for re-election and disciplining them if he did not.  Which brings us back to Bridgegate.   
Christie will not be in the dock nor is he likely to be a witness when the trial of two of his key aides begins on Thursday in Newark federal court with jury selection, but it is an open secret that he approved of a plan by those aides to deliberately create a traffic jam at the world's busiest bridge as a political payback for not being endorsed for re-election by the mayor of Fort Lee, which is on the New Jersey bridge approach.   
The four-day closure of two of the three access lanes from Fort Lee in September 2013 was timed to achieve maximum impact -- a week in which public schools opened, Yom Kippur was observed and there were 9/11 anniversary events.  It succeeded spectacularly, causing massive traffic jams and a public-safety crisis as ambulances and other emergency vehicles were gridlocked for hours.
Defense lawyers will assert that the lane closings were "normal politics," which is a howler, but true insofar as the meaning of the phrase applies to the unrepentant Chris Christie.
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Not all Republicans are racists, but…

 

…it sure seems sometimes that all racists are Republican.

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An Important Moment: Khizr Khan's Tribute to Son

Muslim American immigrant Khizr Khan's tribute to his fallen son and war hero was the highlight of the 2016 conventions. While skewering Donald Trump's hate-filled and paranoid anti-immigrant rhetoric, he spoke to the America we love — the country, as inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, that accepts "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," so many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice for their new home.

Trump's response showed the ability of a 3-year-old to restrain his temper and impulses, garnering widespread condemnation even from numerous respected Republican leaders. It reinforced the conviction that Trump lacks the proper temperament to lead the most powerful military force on the planet.

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A Hillary supporter out and proud

by Guest Blogger Andrea Phillips

So here’s the thing: I support Hillary. I support her, I am all-in, I fucking love her and I love that she was my Senator and I love about 90% of the policies she plans to put into place. She is for raising minimum wages. She is for background checks for guns. She is for LGBTQ equality. She is for abortion rights. hillary2She is for campaign finance reform. She is for paid family leave. She is for universal health care. She is for clean energy and disability benefits and a better, more compassionate world.

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What does it mean to be a patriot?

Many people claim to love America while hating the vast majority of people in it.  They threaten to commit violence against our government if they don’t get their way.  They moan about how immigrants and minorities are ruining our country and how, when whites become the minority, we will no longer be America.  And they think that these positions make them patriots.

That’s not patriotic.  That’s the opposite of what America is all about.  Remember “all men are created equal”?  Sam_Patriotic_Eagle_American_Flag-02md

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Our Government’s on the side of the Good Guys

 

Attorney General Lynch made it quite clear that not only will she do her duty to serve the United States Constitution, but that our government is on the side of the Good Guys, fighting against those who would take away the rights of others.

Her speech against the bigotry we are seeing in North Carolina and elsewhere was wonderful, and I just have to include a few quotes here:ag

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What “Make America Great Again” really means

Whenever I hear conservative politicians say things like “Make America great again” I have to wonder. The economy is boomingUnemployment is at its lowest rate in ten years. The deficit has been reduced by 2/3rds. The stock market is at its highest ever and gas prices are at their lowest in years.  Foreign policy-wise, ISIS leaders have been killed, Qadaffi was removed, bin Laden is dead, and we have less troops overseas than we did eight years ago.trump

These are all things that, if a Republican were in office, conservatives would be citing to say how wonderful their President is.

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“Political correctness” and freedom of speech

 

The phrase “political correctness” was coined by conservatives who were mad that they could no longer insult minorities, gays, or women without facing criticism in return. When I was a kid, political correctness was called “being polite.”

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Review of Tesla Model X

Recently the Pocono Record had a Chicago Tribune article outlining the current market for electric vehicles (EVs). Affordable plug-in vehicles aim to recharge marketplace.  The article talked about EV sales being down in 2015 and that they account for 1% of annual sales in the US. This is probably for two reasons, the price of gasoline is down under $2 a gallon this past year and also most of these vehicles have limited driving range. Almost all of the cars listed were either gasoline/electric plugin hybrids or all electric models with a range of 75 to 100 miles on a full charge. These are mostly for city driving or short commutes. The gasoline engines extend range but hybrids are very complex machines.

I had a Toyota Highlander Hybrid for over 7 years and while it was a reliable, great car, it had the same maintenance requirements as any other internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. It needed oil and filter changes, engine air filters, coolant system checks, transmission system checks and fluids changes and of course weekly trips to get the gas tank filled. I originally bought the hybrid when gasoline was over $4 a gallon and the hybrid system was supposed to give about 30% better mileage according to the EPA MPG rating. For most of the years I owned it, especially the later years I got about 23-24 MPG which was more like 20% better mileage than a standard Highlander. I was never able to drive very long as an EV, at most a mile, since the Highlander is a 7 seat SUV, and the hybrid system was pretty much the same as in the much smaller Toyota Prius, only with 2 electric motors (front and rear). With more current, smaller plugin hybrids you can drive 20 miles or so on pure electric, but then it has to switch over to the gasoline engine. So even the plugin hybrid still has to use gas for more than a single short trip. The BMW I3 and Chevy Volt also use gas and electric, but the gasoline motor is just to boost the range of the electric motor. Better and able to drive on electric for longer trips, but still not able to go long distances without eventually using gasoline or stopping frequently to charge the battery pack.

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The Budget - Balance it or pay the piper

I read in the Pocono Record on Feb 9,2016, “Questions grow in Pennsylvania’s confusing budget situation.”  After reading it, I was no wiser as to the root cause of the budget crisis. Understanding the inscrutable budget impasse is likely not the fault of the /Record/  as sorting out budgetary root causes is a challenge.  However, the budget is extremely important.

It is where the rubber meets the road.  If it ain’t in the budget, it ain’t gonna happen.                                                 

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What Libertarians don’t understand

There’s lots of things our government does that I disagree with. So I try to elect people who will pass laws that I agree with. Sometimes I lose and a bunch of laws are passed I don’t like.

I don’t claim then that those laws are “forced” against me and that my rights are being violated.all-cats-are-libertarians-mary-fanning

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Fact against you? Just deny them!

Carly Fiorino and the other GOP candidates have railed about for months over a faked video that claimed that Planned Parenthood was harvesting baby parts. It’s been discredited by everyone, and the guy who made it admitted it was fake, but that hasn’t stopped them from repeating the lie.

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cartoon by Rob Tornoe

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The Words of Donald J Trump

Examination of media statements reveals 10 reasons voters choose Donald Trump.

1. His approach to terrorism is clear direct: “Bomb the s--- out of them and take their oil.” Contrast this with Democrats' gibberish about “multi-polar diplomacy.” Trump will definitely kill more Muslims than Hillary.

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Republicans want to kill Aladdin!

Republicans want to kill Aladdin!

According to a new poll from PPP, 30% of Republicans favor bombing Agrabah.

As any Disney fan will tell you, Agrabah is the completely fictional made-up country where Aladdin lives. But hey, it sounds Muslim and if there’s one thing Republicans love, it’s bombing things, even when they don’t have a reason to do so. aladdin

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I can't even

It’s 2015.

And the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for President:

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“You must pledge to support the laws of this land that I don’t agree with!”

 

“You must pledge to support the laws of this land that I don’t agree with!”

Here we go again.

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amazing article, thanks for sharing
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What IS “Democratic Socialism” anyway?

Many people are criticizing Bernie Sanders for being a “democratic socialist” without having the slightest idea what that term means.

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cartoon by Matt Weurker

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If we’re attacked while a Republican is in office, it’s not his fault

 

Obama and Hillary are so responsible for the attack on Benghazi wherein four people died. Pay no attention to the fact that Republicans gutted the budget for security at the embassy — the people at the top are responsible!

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Vote the straight Democratic Ticket this November 3rd and stop the electoral cheating.

 
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What a great time at our annual MCDC Banquet at the Shawnee Inn this past Saturday October 10th.  

We heard from all our county wide candidates and then Congressman Matt Cartwright energized us with his speech about how bad things are in the Capitol now and how much Pennsylvania needs to stop Gerrymandering in 2020 by getting our 3 Democratic candidates for PA Supreme Court.  While there are about a million more Democrats in Pennsylvania, Republicans have 13 of Pennsylvania's 18 US House seats.  And our guest speaker was Judge Christine Donohue, one of our three Democratic candidates for the PA Supreme Court who reiterated how important and historic this election is.  
 
It will be the PA Supreme Court who chooses the commission member who decides how the state will be redistricted.  This is the most important election in the entire nation this year.  If you have never voted in an non-Presidential election, this is the year to do it.  Vote the straight Democratic Ticket and stop the electoral cheating.  

 

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You've Been Scammed!!!

It must be very embarrassing to admit to being the victim of a scam. Scams come in so many forms and the Internet is well known for many. Remember the Nigerian Prince? They come in phone calls, emails, door knocks, in the mail.

It takes a certain bravery to admit if you’ve been scammed, cheated, tricked.

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I was wrong about Republicans

I predicted a while ago that the GOP would rally around one of the sane candidates, aware that they would have no chance with the crazies who want to run.  I predicted Scott Walker, and maybe Jeb Bush.

Guess I was wrong. The GOP has become crazier and stupider than even I had imagined.moran-668x501

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Obama’s Right: Anti-Immigration is Anti-American

President Obama hit Republican upside the head with the unAmerican stick yesterday.

They certainly deserved it.

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Guy Who Wants to be President Doesn’t Understand the Constitution

“Dred Scott is still the law of the land,” said Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today, demonstrating his complete lack of understanding of the Constitution he wants to uphold.

Seriously, I had to check to make sure this wasn’t from the Onion when I read it.huck

The Dred Scott case, for those unaware, was the 1857 case which held that blacks, free or slave, could never be American citizens. One of the top five worst Supreme Court decisions ever (probably even the worst), it helped send us off to the Civil War.

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Obama did not rename Mt. McKinley

Let’s get that straight now. Obama did not “re-name” the mountain. He removed the fake name that had been placed on top of the mountain’s real name.

The mountain had been called “Denali” (“the Great One”) by the natives for centuries until someone decided to name it after a President who had never even been to Alaska. This was done against the wishes on those in Alaska at the time. The move to make the official name “Denali” began back in 1975, when the Alaska legislature asked the President to change the name. And currently, the change has the support of the majority of Alaskans — most of whom are die-hard Republicans. In fact, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, supported the change, and was happy for Obama’s decision, saying this a few days ago:

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Don't think off year elections are important? This year's is for sure!

Folks, there is an election this year and we need people to VOTE. Yes it is not a Presidential year, but this election is important because it elects our local leaders and more importantly 3 State Supreme Court Justices. Ever wonder why the Democratic party out votes Republicans across PA in Congressional elections, yet there are only 5 Democrats of the 18 Congressional districts? It is because of Gerrymandering of Congressional and State legislative districts to keep them Republican. And re-districting, which is based on the decennial census, is by a committee made up by the leaders of the state legislature and someone appointed by the State Supreme Court. For at least the past 2 redistricting that has always been controlled by Republicans. It is critical that Democrats win the three Supreme Court seats this November or else in 2020 the Republicans will again make sure they control the state for the next decade. So don't wait until 2016, get involved this year and make sure you vote. We can't take back our state and our country unless we vote.

Remember Photo Voter ID?  The Republicans in the legislature certainly haven't forgotten and will do their best to suppress minority votes again next year.  President Trump or President Cruz sound good to you?  We need a Supreme Court that will uphold our right to vote.

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Living in gun-lovers’ fantasy land

It’s bad enough that some conservatives are trying to pretend this latest attack had nothing to do with racism when the shooter himself told everyone before and during the attack that it was all about racism. It’s bad enough that people in South Carolina are pretending like this has nothing to do with a culture that rewards racism while flying the Confederate flag over the state capitol.

But we are once again getting the asinine argument that this all could have been stopped if only everyone had a gun.

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Phantoms of the SASD

Phantoms of the SASD

1.     Phantom 1:  The budget  The budget has been catapulted into a monster that is now dictating district policy, possibly to the point of reducing  100 or so teachers to 1/3 time.  This is not what budgets are for.  Let’s deconstruct this budget discussion back to what it actually is: a spending proposal, based on our best guess of what our expenditures will be.  It is NOT an obligation to spend.  Some of the line items include inescapable expenses, true.  But it is a tool for administration to keep the district solvent.  It doesn’t dictate policy nor should it become a battering ram used by willful people to promote their agenda.

2.     Phantom 2: The Fund Balance.  The fund balance is not the Arc of the

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Judging the Judge: Why Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration Works

 

         The house of straw erected by the Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen who froze President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration came tumbling down April 17th, as the rule of law forced him to surrender his February injunction to the scrutiny of the Appeals Court.   Reading all 123 pages of Hanen’s injunction, I can state that those who “shopped” for this Texas judge overpaid for his truckload of claptrap.

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Demonizing Your Enemy

One of the reasons we can’t have nice things these days is because too many people refuse to see gray areas. You either agree with them or you’re the enemy. Moderation and compromise are not virtues to these people.

There are many people who disagree with gay marriage and gay rights who are decent, honest, and well-meaning people. They are not evil. homosexualdemonsThey are just ignorant — ignorant of the harm they are causing, ignorant of what it means to be gay or lesbian. They have been misled by their religion and their leaders. I suspect that these people, like many, just haven’t yet realized that society has changed; that their views are not acceptable; that they need to re-examine what their religion is telling them. This does not come easy.

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Right-Wing Crusade against Truth-Telling

Right-Wing Crusade against Truth-Telling

President Obama’s comments against extremism in religion at Washington’s annual Prayer Breakfast in February stirred up a hornet’s nest of the usual suspects from the right-wing hate machine.  The President’s follow-up analysis later in the month at the three day conference on extremism at the White House provided a refutation of the complainers that was magisterial.  Here’s why.

            President Obama’s initial observation that religion has been used as an excuse for terror contained examples not only from Islam but also from Christian history: the Crusades, the Inquisition and slavery with Jim Crow in America.  The complainers’ vitriol, it seems, was directed not against the undeniable truth that “religion has been used an excuse for terror,” but against the comparisons of Islam and Christianity.  The complaints fall into three categories.

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Brian Williams and the Double Standard

Brian Williams’s story about what happened to a helicopter  he was on changed over the years, and become more exciting each time.  He finally admitted that he had exaggerated and apologized, and has taken a leave of absence from his job as host of the NBC Nightly News.  As he should.Brian-Williams-cc-565x318

His job requires him to be believable.  It’s a requirement.  We expect our news to be true, and if we cannot believe the newscaster, it puts all of the rest of the news in question.

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Preaching to the Choir

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Meh. 

Not too many conservatives read this blog - That doesn’t surprise me — I don’t read too many conservative blogs, either.And that might be the problem.

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Wolf won the Governor’s Race by Being a Democrat

 A murder of Tea Party governors was elected four years ago and they immediately went about destroying their states’ economies.  (I wasn’t sure what word to use to describe a group of Tea Party governors, and a “murder of crows” came to mind for some reason.)  In Maine, Michigan, Kansas and Pennsylvania, these governors went on to become the most unpopular governors in the country.

Governor Wolf (artist's approximation)

Governor Wolf (artist’s approximation)

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Merry War on Christmas, Everybody!

Last year I gave a challenge to which no one could meet.  So let’s try again: Find me one example of anyone trying to prevent people from celebrating Christmas.  Just one.

grinch1What you’ll find are a bunch of whiners complaining that they don’t get to force their religion on everyone else.

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Winning on Ideas: Losing in Votes

            In the 1972 motion picture, The Candidate, a youthful Robert Redford plays a community activist enticed into a campaign against a seemingly invincible sitting Senator.  The campaign manager doing the convincing is the late Peter Boyle who argues that running for office against impossible odds will nonetheless allow the Redford character to voice his progressive ideas to the public.  As Redford reluctantly agrees to run, the Boyle character hands him a slip of paper to remind him of the principle on which the campaign is based.  It consists of two words: “You lose.”

            In Hollywood, the impossible happens and Redford wins.  This did not happen in Monroe County or Pennsylvania or the US last November 4th.  Here at home, I witnessed to Mark Aurand’s demolishment of Mario Scavello in two debates.  The flustered Scavello chickened out of any further embarrassment by shafting the League of Women’s Voters.  Likewise, Maureen Madden exposed the shallow Mr. Parker as a pretender rather than a contender.  Liz Forrest dogged endurance reduced Rosemary Brown to spouting the most meaningless mish-mash of platitudes and bloviation since Warren Harding.  Hope Smith’s logic was buried under a pile of lies on glossy paper from Jack Rader who ran on a platform of raising the income tax (to get rid of the property tax for real estate bigwigs like him) and complaining that his opponent would raise the income tax (for the rich) to lower property taxes for the middle-class. 

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Why Rosemary Brown is 'Poison’ to Latinos and Latinas

Mrs. Rosemary Brown is impeccably groomed, wears smart business suits and is blessed with a charming disposition.  She is also pretty poisonous to Latinos and Latinas in Pennsylvania.  She should not be allowed to return to Harrisburg as a representative in 2015.

            I strongly object to her reelection because of the way she sought to take away the vote of U.S. citizens at the election booth.  I refer, of course, to her enthusiastic defense of the so called “Voter ID Law” that was found unconstitutional by the courts.  At a session held before the 2012 election at the Monroe Public Library, Brown sat alongside her busy-body mentor, Mario Scavello, and tried to defend the indefensible.  The conversation was focused on Latinos and Latinas as made clear by the session’s sponsor, the Hispanic Republicans of the Poconos.  I was one of a committed group of Democrats confronting these two about the error of their ways. 

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If you'd left out the "pretty" part, you'd look like less of a chauvinist; and perhaps NOT alienate voters who may have agreed wit... Read More
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If only we had a Surgeon General!

Why isn’t the Surgeon General doing something about this whole ebola mess?  Fox News wants to know!

Oh, right — the Republicans have been refusing to confirm Obama’s nominee for half a year or so now, because he had the nerve to say that maybe we should have background checks for guns and then we might not have as many people dying from gunshot wounds.

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Push-Pull Polls and Mario S.

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I recently was victim of a telephone survey.  A very sweet woman with inflections in English that betrayed Chinese as the first language, posed question after question about the 2014 PA elections, each prefaced with the qualifier: “Would it make you more inclined or less inclined to vote if you knew ….”  This was a classic push-pull poll.  For those unfamiliar with the term, the effort was not seeking truth to report on voter preferences.   A push-pull poll is a propaganda device intended to test which phrases or issues provoke the voters.  Sociologists and Political Scientists look down on push-pull polls because they are really advertisements and negative campaigning.  They provide a candidate with a way of spending money supposedly for “research” but also as a means of influencing voters.  It is two-for-one stuff and a sign of a candidate’s desperation.

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A test for my conservative friends

Seriously.  Forget that Obama is President for a minute.  Or pretend there is a Republican in there.

And then look at the economic numbers.

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Pro-choice is Not the Equivalent of Pro-Abortion

For the good of the Democratic Party it is important to state that being “Pro-Choice” is not the equivalent of being “Pro-Abortion.”  I do not speak for -- but I am one of -- the tens of millions of Democrats who believe elective abortion is the unnecessary taking of human life and is a sin.  Our numbers include elected officials like Congressional Representative Matt Cartwright.   We support the Democratic Party, therefore, not because it is Pro-Abortion, but because it is Pro-Choice.  Our presence in the party of the “big tent” can make the difference between winning elections and losing them.  In fact, Catholics form 61.9% of the faith-confessed voters of Monroe County http://www.city-data.com/county/religion/Monroe-County-PA.html and our voices need to be heard.

Because “Pro-Choice” does not mean our party opposes parenthood, we ask our fellow Democrats to avoid statements that could be interpreted so as to deny that motherhood is one of the most sacred of blessings in the human experience.  Motherhood is included in -- not rejected by -- the definition of “Pro-Choice.”  We do not deserve bias or condescension as if we were second-class Democrats.  We are modern and tolerant people who know the difference between abortion as a necessary medical procedure that saves lives and elective abortion for less weighty reasons.  We recognize that Roe v. Wade prohibits abortion on demand and that the Hyde Amendment reconciles issues of public payment and individual private choices.

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Corbett ads about his education cuts are fantasy!

A good article to read to get the gist of where things stand with Public Education funding in Pennsylvania is "Education cuts? It depends" by Matt Nussbaum, writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 24, 2014.

Public Education funding is in reality less than 2010 because the Republicans include payments toward the pension funding which was ignored for the past 15 years under Ridge, Rendell and Corbett. So it is great that Corbett and the legislature are finally doing something about funding the pensions, but this new funding is not directly aiding education and shouldn't be in any comparison to past funding. This article goes a long way to showing what all our school districts are really living with.  WIll your property taxes go down?  Not with this new funding.  The Republicans cut over a billion dollars from public education funding when they took over complete control of all branches of the Commonwealth's government in 2011.  Now that they are in a statewide election they have added back some of those funds but it is still not where things were in 2010.  And the budget they passed is a fiction with an over $1.4 billion structural deficit so the funding levels aren't even real, but it makes for a good TV sound bite.

From one of the comments on the above article: "Another fact is $782 million of the total Mr. Corbett counts goes into the teacher's pension fund, not the classroom, making up lost ground from the 2001 - 2011 pension contribution holiday enacted by the General Assembly, during which time all teachers and other state employees continued to pay their share."  Republicans harp on the fact that Federal stimulus dollars ran out in 2010, after the Republicans in Congress refused to extend a new stimulus to repair our destroyed national economy.  Instead of increasing revenue, the State Legislature cut corporate taxes and slashed public education funding because of the resulting decreased revenue.  

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MORAL CLARITY AT THE BORDER

            In the winter of 1938 the passenger ship, MS St. Louis with 937 German Jews fleeing from Hitler’s persecution, was refused entry into Cuba.  The ship sailed towards Florida hoping for an executive order from President Roosevelt to lift the limit on German immigrants and allow entry to the USA as refugees.  Instead the ship was forced to return to Europe and 25% of the passengers would die in the Holocaust.

            Every humanitarian refugee crisis tests America’s moral values.  Instead of German Jews fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938, those seeking refugee status today are Central American children trying to escape the narco-trafficking terror in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.  This US president has acted to alleviate suffering in the tradition of the message of Lady Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…”  Religious groups like my Catholic Church have taken up the cause of the child refugees.   Sadly, instead of uniting the nation behind this moral response with the best of the country’s traditions, the result has been partisan bickering and xenophobic hostilities from Republicans.

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Why I can no longer vote for Republicans

 

Why I can no longer vote for Republicans

I’ve voted for Republicans in the past, mostly in local elections. I’ve voted for Republican judges and Republican Clerks of Court and so on, partially because I knew the people personally and partially because in elections like that, ideology doesn’t really matter.elephant-donkey

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The Hobby Lobby Case

            The 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision of the activist Roberts’ Court has written a new law that will allow private for-profit corporations to invoke religious beliefs when determining benefits for their employees.  Like all judicial decisions, this one must be analyzed for both its short-term practical and also its long-term ideological effects. 

            In practical terms, the decision is restricted to only a few family corporations falling within the Court’s narrowly drawn parameters. Although some 90% of US corporations are held by five or fewer owners that is only one part of the requirements imposed by Justice Alito’s majority decision, who added the need for a demonstrated history that the corporation’s economic policy is guided by religious belief.   In the shark-infested economic waters of corporation competition, there are few such religiously defined companies to complicate application of the Affordable Care Act. The court indicated that the Obama Administration has already provided a blue-print for protecting conscience rights while still securing to workers the same access to birth control medical coverage as the majority of the nation.  The implication is that there will be no immediate change to applying the ACA.  

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The Tea Party and Nativism

             Many labels have been put on the tea party since the 2010 election when its members first dressed in 18th century garb and promoted themselves as modern-day patriots.  A look at American history, however, suggests that the best label for the tea party is “Nativist.”  Far from constituting some new movement in American politics, the tea party is a throw-back to a black hole in 19th century social movements.

            Nativists first crawled into American history in the 1840s when second and third generation Anglo-American descendants from the protagonists of the War for Independence found that their social status and political influence were being diminished during the dawn of industrialization.  Low-skill jobs in mines and on railroads were gobbled up by the incoming cheap labor working for starvation wages and their presence in cities created ethnic enclaves of poverty.  But the immigrants could vote, creating new clusters of political power.  A more serious threat came in economics.  Artisans and shop-keepers were threatened by nascent corporations that feasted on exploitation of these immigrants.  Unlike the established Anglo-American tradespersons, the immigrant labor sustained a new crop of factories that mass-produced commodities as different as cloth, candles and cables.  Factory production undercut the traditional model of a trade that made its product in the back-room and sold it over the counter in the shop.  Rather than cast blame upon the capitalist elites who were benefitting from this modernizing industrialization, Nativists denounced immigrants instead.  “If they were not here, change would not be here!” ran the argument. 

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Why Parties Matter

Recent local news reports have been rife with coverage of the considerable consternation arising from the actions of the Stroudsburg School Board.  

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Welcome to the Democratic Voice of the Poconos

Welcome to the Democratic Voice of the Poconos

Welcome to the Democratic Voice of the Poconos. This is the place you will find great information from our four  regular bloggers:

Stephen Washington, Adam Rodriguez, Merlyn Clarke, and Anthony Stevens-Arroyo - as well as other guest bloggers.

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Guest — G. Woods
Great post!
Friday, 20 June 2014 11:02
Garth Woods
I agree
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