Tuesday, May 31, 2005

PETA vs. Terrorists

This is a tough one...

According to NewsMax, terrorists are now using suicide dogs to carry out their evil plans. Apparently, not enough people are thrilled with the idea of blowing themselves up, so they need to recruit Spot, Rex, and Fluffy.

Of course, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) view animals as more valuable than humans. They also hate the United States and our republic. So, who do they choose to hate? The US or the terrorists using dogs as bombs?

If you don't see the PETA press release condemming this action in the next few days, you'll have the answer.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day 2005: Thank You!

What else can be said? Thank you veterans and current military personnel. Thank you for keeping my family and country safe.

To those who have lost a loved one during combat - you have my deepest condolences for your loss. You also have my deepest appreciation for the sacrifice that your loved one made to keep this country the greatest on Earth.

Thank you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Old Media to US Military: Drop Dead, Pt. II

They are at it again! Hat tip to NewsMax for their story on ABC's Nightline reading the list of the war dead...again.

Former general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Colin Powell says it best:
It’s not clear to me why we should make a huge media event of every one of these sad returns. It almost becomes the cable-ization of it.

I’ll let Mr. Koppel answer why he felt it appropriate just to take a whole show to read the names. I don’t think anybody is unaware there are names attached to each of these heroes.


Shame on you, Mr. Koppel.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Old Media to US Military: Drop Dead

Dan Rather and Mary Mapes tried it. Newsweek tried it. Well, all of the old media have tried it. They look for anything to slander and demean the US and the US Military. If they don't find something, they simply make it up. Now they are bringing up another old story.

Hat tip to NewsMax.

Old Media is trying to release pictures of dead and dying GIs. They only want to try this when a Republican is President. They never seemed to care when Clinton was using the military. The act of blocking photos has gone back to FDR and World War II.

From NewsMax:
Michele McNally, New York Times director of photography, concurred, observing: "War kills men, women and children, and we would be remiss if we couldn't in some way show that this is what happens in war. ... It's our responsibility to bear witness to these events."

Are there any people in the country who do not know the consequence of war? Are there any people who actually believe that people don't die in a war? We don't need to see dead soldiers to understand what happens during battle.

Clearly, the Old Media want Bush and the US Military to suffer defeat. This quote is telling:
...veteran war photographer Chris Hondros told the Times. "I think if we are going to start a war, we ought to be willing to show the consequences of that war."

His bias that we started the war shows his motivation. Any rational person can look up the 12 years of UN efforts (or lack thereof) to get Saddam to back down. He chose not to. He chose to attack our fighters daily. We finally called his bluff. We ended the war.

Our fighting men and women are the best-equipped, best-trained, bravest troops on the planet. Let's show them and their families the respect they deserve. Keep blocking the photos.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Hey, even Lincoln lost his first race!

I was unsuccessful in my bid for Borough Council. I'd like to thank all of the people who voted for me and all of my supporters! I'm proud of my campaign. No negatives were said and I met several hundred people in the Ward - my neighbors. We didn't make it this time, but I've already started to weigh my options and I'll let you know where this ship will be headed next.

I encourage everyone to be politically active and vote. It is such a great privilege and our brave military men and women have sacrificed much for it. Please consider getting involved with the local party. If you are under 40, be sure to look into Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania (YCOP). We are a grassroots organization that strives to put social and fiscal conservatives into office.

Again, thanks for the support!

Monday, May 16, 2005

PA Primary has Arrived!

I love Grove City. I was born and raised here. It has the things you need (friends, family, services, shopping) and it doesn't have the bad things (violence, pollution). I have a wife, a daughter, and a baby on the way. I have a house. I have been blessed in so many ways. I care about the community and I want to see this town continue to do well.

If you share my views and my beliefs, please give me your vote. I appreaciate it!

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No matter your political party, no matter your beliefs, please vote. It is your civic duty and it shapes our community, state, and nation.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Act 72 Goes Down in Grove City

Add another school to the list that has dumped Rendell's failed plan.

Kudos to the Grove City area school board for voting down this garbage. Hundreds of PA schools have said "no thanks" and Rendell should take notice. He would like to force us to take it - anything to keep a black mark off his first term. Ideally, he should see the overwhelming outcry and learn his lesson.

Local control rules. The Commonwealth and the Feds can keep their hands off.


Want the short story of Act 72? Read this.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

School Boards and Property Taxes

The school board of the Grove City area school district just voted on a preliminary budget. This budget will raise taxes by 1.42 mills! I'd be furious, but I'm busy scratching my head over why they chose to raise taxes one week before the primary election. There are three scenarios:
- They wanted to show their great courage (unlikely)
- They are all political novices and had no thought about the impact (possible)
- They continue to live in arrogance and feel their positions are safe no matter what they do (likely)

What makes the third option likely is how a discussion turned heated during the meeting. I vocally opposed the increase and board candidate Jason Reeher chimed in and asked superintendent Robert Post if he felt we were due. Post agreed. After more discussion, board president Jane Rath, who is up for re-election, came to the super's defense, comparing him to the CEO of a company. At this point I pointed out her flawed analogy, as a company exists to make profit.

Reeher questioned the judgment of the board, who recently gave increases to the super and asst. super, while acknowledging that there was a looming budget problem. As with most bureaucrats, the board's response was to raise taxes.

Reeher asked why the board would give lavish raises knowing that there is a budget problem. Post responded by saying that the board was only paying what people were worth. He noted that if a plumber costs $60/hr, then you have to pay what he is worth. He said that the raises were around 3.4%, but the state was only kicking in 2%.

I asked, "if the state was only giving 2%, how can we justify giving higher raises?" I informed Post that we cannot live beyond our means.

At this point, the meeting was getting awfully heated. Member Jim Crow started to mumble that the discussion was "a joke" and that the board should "move on to something important." That doesn't sound like leadership, does it? Taxation is a very important issue for the community. It deserves scrutiny. However, the school board has a reputation of acting in an aggressive manner toward anyone who questions its policies.

The common family needs to find another way. We need to dig deep to find a cheaper plumber or find a way to get the needed $60. We do not have the option to confiscate money from others. It is time for a change.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Too Thin or Too Fat?

Ten years ago, then-President Clinton warned that the GOP school lunch budget would starve children.

Today, Clinton announced a 10-year plan to reduce childhood obesity.

Those darn bait-n-switch Republicans....

Is it really up to the government to tell parents how to feed their children? In the mind of a socialist-liberal, it is. Children simply can't control their own actions and parents simply don't know any better. They need the government to save them from themselves.

In reality, children do what they see adults doing. If they see you stuffing your face with chips, candy, pop, and fast food, then that must be the best way to eat. If they see you camped out on the couch, then they lose desire to get outside and exercise.

Every handful of months, we hear how the government is concidering a "fat tax" on those naughty-but-yummy foods. Now they have yet another weapon - childhood obesity. Parents should live by example and the government should stay out of our stomachs.