Saturday, October 28, 2006

Young Conservatives of PA set up Voter Fund!

Want to make a difference in the upcoming senate race? Want to see conservative values triumph over liberalism?

Please donate to the YCOP Voter Fund!

There are many groups out there that are working feverishly to remove all traces of conservatism from the state and from the country. Don't let it happen! YCOP is raising money for media buys all over the state and we need your help.

YCOP has developed some commercials (view them here), but TV airtime isn't cheap. With your help, we can make the final push to election day.



Please donate today! Please tell your family and friends! Even a $10 or $20 donation would be extremely helpful.

Don't Want To Donate Online? Mail a PERSONAL check to:

YCOP Voter Fund
PO Box 222
Camp Hill, PA 17001-0222

Please include your address, employer, and occupation

NOTE: This contribution must be made from your PERSONAL funds. Contributions from corporations are not accepted. Your contribution is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.

Rant/Consumer Alert: Grove City Tires for Less - Bait and Switch?

Just a heads-up for the local readers...

It seems Grove City Tires for Less in Springfield Township (near the Prime Outlets) tried to pull a classic bait and switch on me yesterday. A bait and switch is when you lure a customer to your location with a great deal, then once that person is at the location, you start to load up on the fees.

They had a flyer sent out to people involved with the Grove City Chamber of Commerce with all kinds of tire and auto service specials. Of interest to me was the coupon for an all-wheel alignment for just $29.95. Alignments cost anywhere from $40-100, depending on the location and warranty.

The first thing they did was put my car on a rack and do a computer diagnostic of the current alignment. The mechanic came out with a nifty color printout that showed the results. He then informed me that there would have to be an additional labor charge (here we go!) to fix the rear alignment.

It seems that they wanted to take my rear struts off to bore out the mounting holes to make them "adjustable." Never mind the fact that there is plenty of play in those struts - I know because I put them on myself and had it aligned by my regular shop since. This custom work would set me back $25 - surprise, surprise.

I went up front to tell the manager to forget about it. As soon as I was finishing up, the mechanic comes back tothe front with a diagram showing how my struts wouldn't work - and then he gave me more good news: I would need to buy a special bolt kit for the struts. The cost of these special bolts? $80.

My $30 alignment was going to cost me $135. I told the guy behind the counter "no" and asked for my car.

They probably saw some guy come into the shop with a plain-jane car and figured they could pull this off. I've been working on cars (mine and my friends') for nearly twenty years. I've never heard of anyone having to bore out mounitng holes on factory struts - afterall, how would the factory do an alignment before the car left the plant? Duh...

The sickening thing is how many people say, "Oh, really? Well, please fix it. I don't want my car to be unsafe!"

Bait-and-switch tactics are disgusting because they prey on those who are held helpless by "the experts" who are supposed to help them out and send them down the road.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Radial Islam and US Media Working Together

I'm not sure which is more repulsive - the way Muslims celebrate their holy month by killing as many people as possible, or the way the US media exploits the US military casualites to further the political ambitions of Democrats.

Either way, both groups are united by the common goal of getting rid of Republicans this election.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Senator Specter Speaks at Thiel College

US Senator Arlen Specter visited Thiel College in Greenville, PA today. He was in the area to stump for local candidates Congressman Phil English, State Senator Bob Robbins, and Mercer Co. Commish (and State Rep. wannabe) Michele Brooks. Oddly, none of them had the courtesy to appear with the state's senior senator - even though all three are moderates, too!

Specter spoke for nearly fifteen minutes before opening up the program to audience questions. He was in true "Arlen the Moderate" form. Below are the topics and the responses.

On moderates voting for Santorum, not Casey: "I don't expect (Santorum) to agree with all of my votes. I don't even agree with some of my votes after I have the opportunity to learn more. Santorum's seniority is very important to the state. I have nothing negative to say about Casey, but I think Rick could do more than Casey can do." "(Santorum) is in a tough race, but we are doing what we can to help him win."

On Casey bringing up Specter's name during the debate: "I thought it was a good tactic (laughter). Santorum is a very hard-working senator." He also mentioned Rick's position and what he can do in DC and in the future.

On the international front: "The United States faces enormous perils." Iraq is in a "state of chaos at present time." NoKo: "It is intolerable situation to have an unstable government with nuclear weapons." The multilateral talks with NoKo and Iran should continue, but the US should have "one-on-one negotiations with both." We should "show (Iran) a little respect, a little dignity" like Reagan did with Bresnev.

On enemy combatants: In the recently passed bill, "I opposed the suspension of Habeus Corpus" and "I think the Court will remove" the language allowing suspension. "There are parts of the bill which I though were important" so "I voted for it." "The Court is the final arbitor," but "I don't like it." If (prisoners) are enemy combatants, and you can verify that, they (the US) can detain them." "They are not POWs."

On wiretaps: "We have a bill that will preserve current cases...and other cases can be consolidated at the FISA court, then go to the Supreme Court" for review on legality of wiretaps. "If the President is able to show, and the threat is determined to be real, then (the US) can do it."

On student involvement in politics: Students should "be actively engaged in political and public life."

On current politcal atmosphere: "We have the fringes of both parties taking control. That is not good for America." The US "need to be governed by the center."

On campaign finance: "I am studying and...considering legislation for public financing" of campaigns.

On ethics, scandals in DC: "Just because there are a few bad apples doesn't mean the whole barrel is bad." "I don't think that's fair (for incumbants to be judged on Former Rep. Foley's behavior). Everyone should be judged individually." "It's odd to have (an FBI raid on Rep. Weldon's daughter) so close to an election." "I think he's an effective guy and an honest guy."

On the judiciary committee: "I asked (Ted) Kennedy why he didn't discuss (the Alito subpoena) when we were in the hall...it seems Kennedy thought he was chair of the committee" (laughter). "I don't ever run into (Kennedy) at the gym. He hasn't been in the gym since the Johnson administration - the Andrew Johnson administration" (laughter).

On potential SCOTUS nominees and their pro-life views: "I never believed in a litmus test. Because someone is pro-life doesn't mean they will upset Roe (vs. Wade). You can't pin a nominee down on how he or she will vote." "I'm against abortion, but I don't think government can control it." "The Court does make decisions that need to be recersed from time to time, but I think they have been a stabilizing force." "I'd like to televise the Court so the public can see the power that they have."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

GC Murder Case: No Death Penalty for Scott Dunn

Scott Dunn will not be worrying about facing the needle for killing his wife, Brandi Montgomery Dunn, earlier this year in Grove City. Because of the nature of the crime, he will serve life in prison if convicted. Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):
Mercer County District Attorney James P. Epstein said Monday prosecutors “are not seeking the death penalty” in the case.

Epstein was able to offer only a limited explanation for his decision, saying if he went further he would be in violation of pre-trial rules that limit what prosecutors in Pennsylvania are allowed to say about a case.

He did note, however, that the decision not to seek the death penalty was made only after a meeting with the Mrs. Dunn’s family, as well as following a thorough examination of the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the killing.

Dunn...is facing charges of first- and third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and three counts of arson.
Unfortunately, with the death penalty off the table, Dunn is now in a position to plea bargain for a lesser sentence. With death on the table, he could ask for life in prison. Without the death option, he could plead to a 25-to-life sentence, calling it a "crime of passion."

Grove City residents are hoping there is justice in this particularly brutal murder. Dunn has pleaded his innocence and has come up with several stories to cover his tracks. Whether or not his crime was based on jealous rage is irrelevant. He was exceedingly violent. He tried to cover up his crime. He lied to anyone who would listen. He should spend his life behind bars.

Friday, October 13, 2006

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Debate - Santorum Talks, Casey Balks

I said it before, and I’ll say it again - Casey did a good job coming across as sophomoric and being awfully smug and sarcastic. I’m amazed that he spent a whole debate saying nothing, but acting like he deserves everything.

I’m amazed that everyone on the set could contain themselves.

Does anyone have any idea about Casey’s beliefs?

Santorum did a great job pointing out how Casey simply won’t/can’t answer simple questions. At first, it was painful to watch Casey speak, but the longer the debate went, the more comical it became.

Santorum did a great job of being passionate about his positions - and he wasn’t ashamed about it. He even brought up his passion during the closing remarks.

Santorum simply had a great command of facts. When asked if he could be a uniter, he had a dozen or so examples of bipartisan work he has done in the senate. Santorum also had a great command of Casey’s job - he knew more than Casey on some points.

It should be interesting to watch the polls. This late in the game, it is hard for Casey to avoid discussing something. I can’t believe his handlers are still going negative, negative, negative.

It has been said that the voting booth is a sacred place. When someone steps into that booth, they are all alone with the ballot. When they look at the ballot, very few people just guess - especially for the position of US Senator. People will look at the two names - and they will know how only one of them stands on the issues that face them.

Senator Santorum is that man. He is the only man who respects the voters enough to tell them where he stands on issues. He is the candidate.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Debate: Swann vs. Rendell

I saw the debate…

Eddie was…well…Eddie. He was polished, slick, smiled a lot, and talked on end how government’s role is to help people, create jobs, etc. His closing statement was fabulously done. He came across as that loveable uncle - sure he does some dumb things, but he’s still your uncle who smiles a lot and seems like he’s lots of fun.

Swann was pretty good in the debate. He went toe-to-toe with the 300-pound gorilla and held his ground. There were times I was practically yelling at the TV: “say this…say that!” Swann did a good job, though. He was forceful when he needed to be and charming when he needed to be.

Whoever wrote his closing statement should be fired then hung by his/her toenails. It was, without a doubt, the worst closing statement I have ever heard from a politician. It rambled, it didn’t wrap things up, and it could have easily been used to contrast the differences. He spent the first minute talking about healthcare! When he finally got to taxes, he was rushed and seemed to mention it in passing. He also mentioned the payjacking in passing. Oy!

Hey, Lynn - call me sometime if you want help writing that closer. I’ll do it for free.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Scott Dunn has Timeline Layout Arraignment

Brandi Dunn murder trial not to start until early 2007
Descision on death penalty to come "soon"


Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA) :
Sheriff’s deputies brought Dunn, wearing prison orange and shackled at the wrists and ankles, into Judge Thomas R. Dobson’s courtroom Tuesday afternoon for a brief arraignment.

Mrs. Dunn’s parents, John “Court” and Debra Montgomery, were among the few people in the courtroom, aside from reporters and police.

Dobson laid out the charges and the timeline for the prosection to share evidence with the defense and file pre-trial motions.

The defense has 30 days to file certain motions, such as to suppress evidence, change venue or plead insanity. Given the volume of evidence in the case, McEwen said Dunn’s attorney will likely ask for an extension of the deadline and the county will grant it.

District Attorney James P. Epstein has said it is rare for venue changes to be granted by the county court.

McEwen said Dunn could enter a plea at any time, but Misko said it’s “way too early” to talk about a plea bargain.

Jury selection for Dunn’s trial could begin in January or February, Misko said, and McEwen said that estimate is realistic.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Wise Words from Ninety Years Ago

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

- William J. H. Boetcker (1916)