Saturday, December 30, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Some quotes Relevant to the Current situation in Iraq from our founding Fathers
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
Delay is preferable to error.
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
The learned fool writes nonsense in better language that the unlearned - but it's still nonsense.
Those that won't be counseled can't be helped.
To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Reaching for Glory by Michael R. Beschloss
and James Buchanan by Jean H Baker
As this is my first post I'd like to say hi to everyone.
and there is a point to these books but if you read them you'll get it
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Count down to Filing 2007 (80 days and counting)
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Why Does the Lehigh Valley not have major public transit-- SEE SEPTA
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Huh? they were negligent? Congressional Pages at risk children !?
So why is this being shoved under the rug maybe as an attempt to shut this down before someone demands that they start looking for inappropriate relationships between underage female Pages and aids in this program. This honestly only seems to be an issue because of it being about homosexuality. The question is what else is going on there and how many Congressmen and Senators might be having inappropriate heterosexual relationships with under aged pages. I think the American people and all the parents of young people working on Capital hill in the page and aid program have the right to know and people need to be held accountable if so more so than in the brush off way it was handled with Mark Foley.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I hope this is not the start of a Pr campaign
I hope this is not what it looks like but this looks like which is the first salvo in a Pr
defense of Ms. Depaul for what happened on election day. Especially since this person claims to be a member of the League of Women voters. But this letter to the editor looks more like the
a letter written in defense of an embattled political office holder than a county workers. I've also noticed that this just came out and this issue has started to heat up. I hope this is not as bad as it looks and simply is just the isolated letter to the Editor instead of the start of a pr campaign.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
There are 25 municipalities in Lehigh county
The problem is if you talk to most of the democratic leadership there are 9 municipalities in Lehigh county and a big blob that is not Lehigh county. This has been the view towards Lehigh county that is held by both state and good portion of the county Democratic leadership.
That we can't win in the big blob and well we simply aren't going to try.
This is part of the reason that the republicans control 70 to 80% of the municipal seats and most of the State representative seats in the county. Most of the time there is no one on the ballot and If there is a D on the ballot out side of the area that's considered Lehigh county for a municipal race. In a general election a lot of times it's a either a republican who decided to make sure he won by getting himself written in on
both sides of the ballot or a republican who didn't win their republican primary, and got themselves written in on the Democratic side. If by chance there is actually a registered Democrat on one of these ballots. They are one of 4 types they have been in that office for decades, they are simply got themselves on the ballot for ego, or they are someone who is has good intentions but then get little or no help and get murdered(or once in a while sneak in because no one else wants the seat) or the smallest group the person that can buy the seat themselves, but have little or no party loyalty.
If in the rare case the county committee bothers to recruit someone they do little to support them.
The simply fact is if we are going to take back some of the big blob we are going to have to get out of the mind set of we can't win and we aren't going to try, and if we ever hope to gain back some of the state house seats. The simple fact is most people are State Representatives from Lehigh county were at one time were on their local council, or Board. At this point since we hold so few of these seats we have a very small farm team to pull from. The simple fact to people experience does matter. When it comes to legislative positions and local officials already start with a base of support. That someone coming off the street in these races don't have, and simply we hold the least seats in the districts we do the worst. Not because we can't win them but simply because we don't even try to win them most of the time.
What the Democrats in Lehigh county need is a 25 municipality strategy. I know the party right now is rebuilding but there are still local seats we can win all over the county if we just make the effort to do so and don't simply only focus on the county commissioners race and what goes on in the area of least resistance. I know they aren't going to be the easiest places to win and I know they aren't the flashiest things to win but they are important for now and into the future and as sooner we figure this out the better off we as Democrats in Lehigh county will be.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Northampton county paper verifiable election
That's the point of a paper back up Ms. Depaul redundancy, I thought you would have learned the value of that from the mid-term elections in Northampton county. http://greendogdem.blogspot.com/2006/11/more-evidence-of-northampton-county.html
I find it almost laughable that you don't seem to understand that voters now question if their vote really counted in Northampton county. That you don't seem to understand that had there been a any close elections in Northampton county it would have cost Northampton county much more than 600k in legal, and administrative fees (the figure she quotes as a cost to upgrade the machines in Northampton county), simply to sort it out. That the county may still be sued because of this election. I'm not making accusations of partisanship because the mistakes ran both ways, Against Dent, Browne,Wisley and Shade.
It is shameful that Ms. Depaul fails to realize the damage this could cause in a contested election, that the paper backup would have lessened these question of accuracy. I personally think this type of statement off hand and the showing that happened on Nov 7th brings into question whether ms. Depaul is up to this job. That serious consideration should be made to her removal from her position this is not my decision but the facts speak for themselves and when people in charge don't do their jobs they should be removed.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Iraq the one the only time I'm going to dicuss it
Regardless of what the Bush adm and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (who at this point is nothing more than a puppet of the bush adm and knows he will be killed as soon as the us leaves therefore will never ask us to go.) continue to imply things in Iraq are not improve and there is already a festering civil war in iraq, based on vengeance and hatred of the Sunnis by the Shites and Kurds and equal retaliation by the sunnis in tit for tat ethnic cleansing. Which our troops are now sitting in the middle of, which looks like it will not let up for years or generations.
This leads to the question why does Bush Refuse to leave Iraq this is not about the betterment of the Us but about a Neo-con ideology that has lead us down this path of disaster. This ideology is neither conservative nor New smacking more of the idea of extremist Liberalism (one of the uses of the word not the same meaning as the current usage) of the "White man's Burden" ideology a rather twisted self justification of theft, and murder. More or less the Bush adm was trying to Missionize democracy on the middle east in return for access to oil for the Iraqis own good at the point of a gun. As, with the "civilizing of the "savages" of America this is never at the locals benefit. This ideology couple with deranged absolutism of a dry drunk who refuses to admit he has ever made a mistake. Very simply more American troops are going to die and we are going to blow more treasure in iraq because we have a deranged president that simply is more interested in his place in history than the country itself coupled with an ideology of absolutism that mirrors that of the most fundamentalists of religious ideology.
Resulting in what we have now an Administration that refuses to admit it made a mistake and a situation that there is no good way out of . If we leave now Iraq will plunge into a 20 year blood bath, dragging in the rest of the middle east. If we stay we continue to stand in the center of a very hot civil war laced with Ethnic overtones. In this case which is worse than Vietnam because there is no one to trust and anyone could stab us in the back. We are also entering the proverbial year of chaos that sent Vietnam into the death spiral, that it became. We maybe simply prolonging the inevitable chaos that our action have caused. Even if we stay another 10 years or 20 yrs. I don't' think it will change anything other than point the Iraqis frustration more at us and increasing the likely hood we will be attacked at home. The only truthful thing Bush has said is there will be not be a Graceful exit from Iraq. I agree that option has long passed when we leave it will be messy and horrible.
Friday, December 01, 2006
continued Election reform what has been done
under number one of the Ballot access &Election date section there has been 1 bill in the state senate and 2 in the state house relating to changing the date of the presidential primary all have languished in committee since their introduction.
As far as I can tell nothing have been done in relation to the Absentee ballot Question or it has been intentionally shelfed by the state legislature for lack of interest
What is a Ballot and a Vote?
Based on what i've seen and heard the only answer to this was the purchase of Massive numbers of electronic voting machines by the counties so they could use the money they were given from the federal government and no law requiring verifiable voter paper trails.
What seems to have happened is that the state legislature actually made the provisional ballot laws worse, and left the training of how to use them to the local boards of elections. Which in Northampton county was a complete disaster.
SO more or less this turned into another throw away report and a waste of tax payer dollars, why i'm not sure maybe it's ego maybe the state legislatures don't care who know but there were some good Ideas in the report that to this day have not been acted on and probably never will be.
Pennsylvania Election reform update
Filed it's report to Governor Rendell
Ballot access and Election date
1. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to set the dates of the primary elections in 2008 and 2012 (presidential elections) as the first Tuesday in March (sunset on November 30, 2014).
2. The specifics of refining the ballot access procedures should be left to the General Assembly.
1. The Pennsylvania Constitution, if necessary, and the Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to eliminate all reasons or conditions necessary to qualify for an absentee ballot and permit any qualified elector to vote by absentee ballot without excuse (“no-excuse absentee ballots”).
2. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to allow qualified electors to apply for an absentee ballot at any time prior to a primary election or general election, including on the date of a primary election or general election at a time no later to allow for the return of the ballot by the close of the polls, but no sooner than the date of the immediately preceding the primary election or general election.
3. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to allow submission of an application for an absentee ballot by facsimile or computerized electronic transmission provided it contains all required information and a facsimile of the elector’s signature or the signature of an adult member of the elector’s immediate family.
4. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to require county boards of elections to print absentee ballots immediately upon certification of the official ballot and begin to deliver or mail absentee ballots to qualified electors immediately upon receipt of absentee ballots from the printer but no later than one week following receipt of the certification.
5. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to allow absentee ballots to be returned to the county boards of elections by personal hand delivery by the elector, United States mail, an individual representative of an elector specifically authorized to deliver the elector’s absentee ballot pursuant to a statutory declaration, or a commercial delivery or courier service that accepts and delivers as an intermediary between third parties in the ordinary course of its business throughout the year documents and packages deliverable to a specific street address.
6. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to provide that all absentee ballots
containing a postmark no later than the day before Election Day (must be received no later than seven days after Election Day) or hand-delivered by the close of polls on Election Day shall be canvassed before the completion of the official count of all votes cast.
7. The Pennsylvania Constitution, if necessary, and the Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to require all absentee ballots to be retained, canvassed, and counted at the county boards of elections with procedures to ensure that no elector votes more than once.
8. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to require county boards of elections to make publicly available at the office of the county board of elections and upon request on Election Day and as soon as practicable following the receipt of absentee ballots a list of electors, arranged by election district, who voted by absentee ballot. The county board of election should continue to send precinct lists to the polling places.
9. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to require district election officials to make a list of absentee electors available for inspection only upon written request.
10. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to authorize the Secretary of the Commonwealth to require county boards of elections to report to the Secretary of the Commonwealth information concerning domestic civilian, overseas civilian, and military absentee ballots, including specifically but not limited to the number of absentee ballot applications received, the number of electors listed on the permanent absentee ballot qualification list, the number of absentee ballots distributed or mailed, and the number of absentee ballots returned by electors.
11. All changes to the absentee voting process and procedures shall be made in a manner that maintains the integrity, security, and secrecy of the process.
(I'm skipping the sections on overseas and Miltary)
What is a ballot and what is a Vote
1. The General Assembly should maintain the use of provisional ballots as currently utilized.
2. The Commonwealth/Department of State should re-visit the format of the provisional ballot envelope (based on its original purpose).
4. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to require that the county boards of elections include Voter Registration Mail Applications with election materials distributed to district election officials to provide for use by individuals casting provisional ballots to apply to register to vote for the next succeeding election.
6. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to allow the use of “curbside voting.”
7. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to incorporate federal law regarding alternative language accessibility.
8. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to adopt the Voting Standards Development Board report, “What Constitutes a Vote.”
9. The General Assembly should conduct hearings related to voter verifiable paper ballots and voter verifiable paper audit trails.
10. The Pennsylvania Election Code should be amended to include the purpose, scope, and process for alternative ballots in compliance with federal standards and current Pennsylvania procedure