SEIU Allentown Chapter Considering Grievance Against Volunteerism

From the Allentown (PA) Morning Call:

In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city’s largest municipal union.

Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.

”We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.

Balzano said Saturday he isn’t targeting Boy Scouts. But given the city’s decision in July to lay off 39 SEIU members, Balzano said ”there’s to be no volunteers.” No one except union members may pick up a hoe or shovel, plant a flower or clear a walking path.

If It Isn’t Bush In Particular, It’s Those D@*$ Republicans In General!!

Interesting video of President Obama here, at RealClearPolitics.com .obama-frustrated

You see, the evil Republic-cons are holding up Health Care to cause a FAIL for Democrats!!

Yeah, and the current administration doesn’t have a socialist agenda…

Here’s the bridge I have for sale (buildings negotiable) :

brooklyn bridge

Obama’s Brazen Misrepresentation – NHC Funded Abortion-On-Demand

From Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds:

obamafingerpointingPresident Obama said on a conference call yesterday that it was “untrue,” a “fabrication,” that legislation backed by the White House would result in “government funding of abortion.”

Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), responds:

Emboldened by the recently demonstrated superficiality of some organs of the news media, President Obama today brazenly misrepresented the abortion-related component of the health care legislation that his congressional allies and staff have crafted. As amended by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 30 (the Capps-Waxman Amendment), the bill backed by the White House (H.R. 3200) explicitly authorizes the government plan to cover all elective abortions. Obama apparently seeks to hide behind a technical distinction between tax funds and government-collected premiums. But these are merely two types of public funds, collected and spent by government agencies. The Obama-backed legislation makes it explicitly clear that no citizen would be allowed to enroll in the government plan unless he or she is willing to give the federal agency an extra amount calculated to cover the cost of all elective abortions — this would not be optional. The abortionists would bill the federal government and would be paid by the federal government. These are public funds, and this is government funding of abortion.

In 2007 Obama explicitly pledged to Planned Parenthood that the public plan will cover abortions (see the video clip here). Some journalists have reported that Obama “backed off” of this commitment in an interview with Katie Couric of CBS News, broadcast July 21, but Obama actually carefully avoided stating his intentions — instead, he simply made an artful observation that “we also have a tradition of, in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government funded health care.”

It is true that there is such a tradition — which Obama has always opposed, and which the Obama-backed bill would shatter.

On August 13, NRLC released a detailed memo explaining the provisions of the pending bills that would affect abortion policy, with citations to primary sources. Many of the “factcheck” articles that have appeared in the news media in recent weeks reflect, at best, unsophisticated understandings of the provisions they purport to be explaining, and also give evidence of a weak understanding of Obama’s history on the policy issues involved.

Obama to rouse Purple Army in special conference call – Updated…

HT: Michelle Malkin

Please note that you, too, can log on to my.barackobama.com/forum to sign up and submit questions. Sponsored by Organizing for America – a Barack Obama initiative. (see youtube below)

Andy SternI’m getting on a call with President Obama tomorrow and I want you to join me.
The President is holding a live health care reform strategy meeting on Thursday at 2:30 pm EST. He’ll lay out our strategy and message going forward, and he’ll answer questions from SEIU activists and supporters like you.
Click here to RSVP and submit a question for President Obama: http://my.barackobama.com/forum
It’s impossible for me to tell you in an email how proud I am of the work SEIU members and health care activists are doing to advance real health reform. Everywhere Congress goes, we’re there to meet them. It’s driving our opponents crazy; I think that means we’re doing something right.
Join tomorrow’s call with the President and keep the momentum going: http://my.barackobama.com/forum
In a few weeks, Congress goes back to Washington and the final push for a health reform bill will be underway. Now, more than ever, we’ve got to be on the same page to create real change in the health care system for working families across the country.
I hope you’ll join the President and me tomorrow as we discuss how we’re going to get it done: http://my.barackobama.com/forum
Thanks,
Andy Stern
President, SEIU

Update: Well, lo and behold, look at what I found at the very end of my RSVP – on the “Contribute” page!

Your contribution is not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution for Federal income tax purposes. Your contribution will be used in connection with Federal elections and is subject to the limits and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

So for America? Eh, not so much.

Oh, I Think There’s Been A Consensus Reached!!

“The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they’ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They’ve become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems.” — Steven Pearlstein, business columnist for the Washington Post, today, Aug. 7, 2009.

Who’s Gonna Destroy Your Presidency?

HT – Don Surber
Democrats Push Back Hard To Prevent a ‘Waterloo’ (Linked to the entire story)
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A telling episode recounted by Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley reveals the Obama administration might be more worried than they are letting on that a Republican senator’s comparison of the healthcare overhaul to Waterloo might be dangerously close to the truth.

Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama’s bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.

“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’ “

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

THIS Is How The DNC Is Spending Its Money!

faildnc-billboard

I wish I were kidding, but I’m not.  It’s not photoshopped, it’s not a joke.  It was a real contest, funded by The Democratic National Convention to take a pot shot at Rush Limbaugh. 

See, they don’t like it that Rush doesn’t think their boy’s plans are good for the country – and they REALLY don’t like that he has been very verbal in saying he hopes Obama’s plans fail.

In fact they dislike it so much, they did the typical Democrat “thang” – they twisted what he said and lied about it.  I know, shocking – right??

Read the Christian Science Monitor article HERE.

Maybe this is what they decided to do with the extra tens of  millions Obama drew in for his campaign….  

I’m just saying.

Every Time I Think I’ll Stop Blogging On Politics…

something like THIS  comes up!! 

BOSTON (AP) — More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.

Passing The Pork

Passing The Pork

The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.

The bill also includes $22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and $5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park system in downtown Boston named after Kennedy’s mother and built on land opened up by the Big Dig highway project.

What’s a girl to do?

I’m just saying…

The Elephant In The Room: Intimidating Critics Of Islam

Politicians and citizens who raise questions about the religion are targeted.
By Rick Santorum

…last month’s story about a Dutch court’s ruling that Geert Wilders was “inciting hatred and discrimination” – and that “it is in the public interest to prosecute” him – understandably didn’t make the American news.

Did Wilders rip off a minority in a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme? No, he’s a member of the Dutch parliament, and his precise villainy was releasing a 15-minute film. Entitled Fitna, it suggests a direct link between certain verses of the Koran and acts of terrorism.

Read Rick’s article in its entirety HERE.

I am still wondering how the fine people of Pennsylvania could continue to send RINO Arlen Specter to Washington to represent them, but lose a fine, upstanding representative like Rick Santorum.

I’m just saying…

Character Matters

and Americans need to learn this prior to our next election cycle!

pledgeIn case anyone has forgotten, we are not a Democracy.  We are a Republic.  That means that the people elected can represent us the way THEY feel is best – they don’t have to poll us.  They don’t have to agree with the majority.  Majority does not rule in a Republic.

THAT is why Congress continues to pass the crap they are passing – because we keep electing the same corrupt, ignorant, immoral people over and over and over and over…..

Wake up, before it’s too late and the country we love is gone.

From: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition | Date: 2008 | The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright 2008 Columbia University Press.

republic [Lat. res publica, =public affair], today understood to be a sovereign state ruled by representatives of a widely inclusive electorate. The term republic formerly denoted a form of government that was both free from hereditary or monarchical rule and had popular control of the state and a conception of public welfare. It is in this sense that we speak of the ancient Roman republic. Today, in addition to the above characteristics, a republic is a state in which all segments of society are enfranchised and in which the state’s power is constitutionally limited. Traditionally a republic is distinguished from a true democracy in that the republic operates through a representative assembly chosen by the citizenry, while in a democracy the populace participates directly in governmental affairs. In actual practice, however, most modern representative governments are closer to a republic than a democracy. The United States is an example of a federal republic, in which the powers of the central government are limited and the component parts of the nation, the states, exercise some measure of home rule. France is an example of a centralized republic, in which the component parts have more limited powers.