Judicial Activism: Gay Federal Judge’s Ruling Overturning Pennsylvania’s Ban On Gay Marriage Reads Like a GLAAD Press Release…


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He’s insanely biased, and proud of it.

Via NRO:

A district judge in Pennsylvania ruled yesterday that the state is obligated to recognize same-sex marriages. Given the sensitivity of the issue, the judge must have taken extra caution to present a sober, impartial analysis of the relevant case law, right? Of course not. His decision reads like a press release from a gay-rights organization, replete with emotional appeals, loaded terminology, and rhetorical flourishes. While reading the first paragraph of the decision, keep in mind that the author is supposed to be a neutral arbiter of the law:

“Today, certain citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are not guaranteed the right to marry the person they love. Nor does Pennsylvania recognize the marriages of other couples who have wed elsewhere. Hoping to end this injustice, eleven courageous lesbian and gay couples, one widow, and two teenage children of one of the aforesaid couples have come together as plaintiffs and asked this Court to declare that all Pennsylvanians have the right to marry the person of their choice and consequently, that the Commonwealth’s laws to the contrary are unconstitutional. We now join the twelve federal district courts across the country which, when confronted with these inequities in their own states, have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage.”

This is legal reasoning? It gets worse. One section has cutesy subheadings that mimic wedding vows — “in sickness and in health,” “until death do us part”, etc. — and includes emotional anecdotes from the plaintiffs’ lives.

Keep reading…


PA Environmentalists Openly Support Pedophilia Advocate


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I guess causing fracking to stop is worth supporting an open advocate of pedophilia.  At least that is whats happening in Pennsylvania.  The Other McCain has more…

Weirdos are their heroes:

Environmentalists are rallying to the defense of an anti-fracking activist who has advocated pedophilia and incest after a Pennsylvania court barred her from entering any land owned or leased by a local oil company. . . .
“My new heroine is called Vera Scroggins,” one environmental activist declared. “Go Vera!” cheered another. . . .
Scroggins expressed her desire for parents to engage their children sexually at a young age in a series of messages in 2001 posted to an online message board called Peacelist.
“Are there cultures that mothers or fathers pleasure their children and teenagers sexually or genitally and also possibly initiate them into sexual expression at some point?” she asked.
“I have had intuitive thoughts that such would be a healthy way for parents to interact with their children and introduce their children to sensual/sexual pleasure and bonding and loving practices.”
“Who better to do it, than the parents first?” she wrote.

Scroggins now claims (of course) that she was “taken out of context,” but Peacelist was “dedicated to the advancement of the human species by restoring its natural peacefulness, through the means of affectionate parenting and sexual freedom.” The founder of Peacelist, Eric Moller, is a German who advocated the importance “of youth affectional sexual relationships for peaceful and loving behaviors.”

Get over to The Other McCain to read the rest.  But, as we see the left unmask themselves, we see that many on the left either endorse pedophilia, or at least are willing to look the other way.


Global Warming Alert: Parts of US get 30 Inches of Snow Over Memorial Day Weendend!


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I usually don’t do much political posting on Memorial Day, but in some parts of the lower 48, residents are having their holiday barbecues in snowdrifts!   Global warming must be up to it’s usual tricks! The Atlantic Wire has more…

According to Weather Underground, a couple of other mountain peaks in Vermont reached 18 inches of snow, while some towns with higher elevations clocked in at about 7 inches of snowfall this weekend. To figure out how unusual the snowfall this weekend was, Weather Underground had to go back to 1816:

Most famous of all cold and snowy late season events would have to be the infamous 1816 ‘Year without Summer’ and the snowfall in June that occurred in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Between June 6th and June 8th accumulating snow was observed as far south as the Catskills in New York (where one inch was reported) and highlands of central and northwest Pennsylvania. Snowflakes were seen at sea level as far south as ten miles north of tidewater on the Hudson River just above New York City. 

But, they note, snowfall in the north east this late in the season hasn’t been unheard of since then: the area tends to get some late season snowfall every 5-10 years. Just not nearly as much as this time.

So, let’s insert this into the global warming/climate change The Big Lie model…

Human activity, in burning fossil fuels, is causing the earth to warm, and warming causes more cold and snow.  If you disagree with that, you’re stupid.  The science is established, you know!

Here is video…

So, they have to go back to the 1816 “year without a summer,” to find a similar weather event.  Apparently, those racist white guys that founded this country must have had SUV’s in order to make the Earth warmer, so it could get colder.  The science is established, don’t ya know?


How can we Tell That the Obama Campaign is in Panic Mode?


There are some subtle, or not so subtle, signs that the Obama campaign is in panic mode.  Two stories covered that today.  The first is from Da Tech Guy…

I have been telling you for a while that the best way to determine what is happening is what people are saying, vs what people are doing.

Yesterday I was listening to Rush on a Minnesota radio station because all the local stations were all Sandy all the time and what did to my wondering eyes did appear but news of Bill Clinton going right there.

Now let’s be clear, There is the president, there is VP and there is Bill Clinton, these are the big guns for the Democrats and are not deployed lightly.

You are sending the single most valuable non-office asset the Democrats have to Minnesota? Not Colorado? Not Nevada, not Wisconsin, not Iowa, not Virginia but MINNESOTA?

How on earth do you justify this move with a week to go unless Obama is in trouble there and if Obama is in trouble in Minnesota then….

In other words, Obama is being forced to switch resources from battleground states, to traditional blue states, which she should already have in he bag.

But he doesn’t?

Stacey McCain also has commentary based in truth…

Yesterday, Jim Messina called the Romney super-PAC’s ad buy in Pennsylvania “desperate.”

Today? Yeah, Obama’s buying ads in Pennsylvania.

Does this mean Romney is going to win Pennsylvania? No, but it does mean that it’s close enough that Team Obama couldn’t afford to let Romney air ads unopposed in Pennsylvania. And this news, coming just four days after it was reported that Team Obama is buying ads in Minnesota, is the best indication that Democrat insiders know that the president’s re-election is seriously endangered.

Again, it seems that team Obama are forced to spread themselves thinner than they wanted. If they have to devote money or manpower to places that that should have wrapped up, not only does it mean that they are potentially losing those states, but it takes resources away from states that they need to fight Romney vigorously.  In other words, they are robbing Peter to pay Paul, and as a result, may lose it all.  Hence, panic mode might be setting in.



Former Senator, Arlen Specter, Dead at age 82


Arlen Specter, long time US Senator from Pennsylvania has died at age 82.  Specter was a divisive figure among Conservatives, as he tended to vote for large government programs that made problems worse, not better.  Here is some AP video, via The Blaze…

In the end, Specter switched parties, and quite frankly, no one noticed the difference.  While I certainly feel for Specter’s family, as they obviously loved him, we cannot forget that Specter was a perennial champion of big government.  And, in the last election, his political career ended as the Democrats he allied himself with did not hand him the primary victory, and  he did not even get to run against a Republican.

H/T:  The Other McCain


Pennsylvania Republicans Shifting Support From Gingrich to Santorum


With the recent fight between Christians (Catholics in particular) and the Obama Administration, Rick Santorum has picked up considerable steam.  The latest example is from my home state of PA.  It seems that more and more PA Republicans are dropping Newt Gingrich, and gravitating to Santorum.

The statewide poll of 500 Republicans showed Santorum’s support more than doubled from 14 percent six weeks ago to 30 percent, putting him in a statistical dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who increased his support to 29 percent from 18 percent. Santorum’s gain was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s loss, as his numbers here plunged from 35 percent to 13 percent.

However, even with Santorums gains, PA Republicans also see him as a longshot against Obama.

But Pennsylvania Republicans still consider Santorum a long shot in November. More than half of them (55 percent) said Romney is the candidate most likely to beat President Obama.

If we are to believe the national polls, the PA Republicans may have a point.  However, with the Christians, and especially the Catholics, in an uproar, and feeling very betrayed by Obama, Santorum may fare far better.  If will depend if Obama backs down on the birth control mandate.  If he does, and soon, he may have time on his side.  Nine months, in political terms, is an eternity, and he might be able to sooth Catholics back into a slumber.  Time will tell.

Also, we have to consider that even though Santorum won three states, they were caucus states, and he didn’t make gains in delegates.  However, he has had an influx of cash, so he will be more competitive down the road,  Should he win another state or two in rapid succession, it’s a better race.  If that does occur, we might see even more money and other support come to his aid.  People are looking for the anti-Romney, and Santorum might just fit the bill.


Hurricane Irene Damage in PA


As you might guess, my ISP got services back up, and the CH 2.0 is back in action.  There has been quite a bit of flooding associated with Hurricane Irene.  With previous storms saturating the ground in much of Eastern Pennsylvania, it didn’t take much to cause fl0oding.  Here are some videos from YouTube.  Unfortunately, the local news stations have not made their storm footage, which is extensive, available on their websites…

There have been three deaths on NE PA associated with Irene…

Hurricane Irene is blamed for three deaths in our area.

A man from Northampton County died early Sunday morning when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle on the northeast extension of the PennsylvaniaTurnpike.

State police said Jason Dahms of Hellertown lost control of the SUV, and hit hit a guide rail and went down an embankment. The SUV then hit a utility pole and ended up on its side.

Troopers believe the heavy rain was responsible for the crash.

A second death is reported in Luzerne County.

According to the Luzerne County 911 Center, a man was killed about 11 a.m. Sunday when a tree fell on the camper he was in Hidden Lake Campground in the Shickshinny area.

Family members identify the victim as Richard Shotwell, 41. The Luzerne County Coroner said he was from Wilkes-Barre.

Police in the Poconos said a man was killed Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on him in Pocono Township.

It happened just after 2:30 p.m. at a home on Clements Circle in East Stroudsburg. Officials identify the man as Michael Sceranko, 44. Police say he puched his son out of the way just as the tree fell in Monroe County.

While the storm is past, there is more flooding to come.


Hurricane Irene Update 8-28-11: New York is next, CH 2.0 Bunker is Soggy UPDATED


For the latest on Hurricane Irene, here is the radar image for the Northeast at approximately 1:15 AM.

As you can see, much of  Eastern Pennsylvania is in Irene’s outer bands.  As the morning continues, the storm will make it’s closest approach to NY City.  And, as you might guess, the CH 2.0 bunker is under that blotchy yellow and red.  We’re getting some wind gusts, and some steady rain, but we have power, and the Direct TV is working about 1/2 the time.

As the day unfolds, we’re getting some ideas about the scope of the storm, as well as the damage.  Here is some more from Bill Deger of Accuweather…

1:10 a.m. EDT SUN: The eye of Hurricane Irene is located just to the east of Ocean City, Md., and moving north-northeastward. Wind gusts to hurricane force (74 mph or greater) will continue to be experienced from the center north and northeastward, along with a damaging storm surge. Doppler radar estimates over 19 inches of rain has fallen in parts of North Carolina and extreme southeastern Virginia with confirmed reports as high as 15 inches.

5 to 10 inches of rain has already been recorded over the Tidewater of Virginia and parts of the southern Delmarva. Rainfall was increasing rapidly across Long Island and southeastern New York state at this hour. Some locations across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey have already picked up 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours.

Power outages have had an impact on data collection across the mid-Atlantic. Over 3/4 of the Dominion Power customers in the Richmond Metro area are without power at the present time with nearly 2 million people total in the mid-Atlantic in the dark.

Rain bands moving onshore across the Delmarva, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania have been showing signs of rotation over the last few hours and numerous tornadoes have been reported. One tornado was reported just south of Wilmington, Delaware with another damaging 30-40 homes near Lewes, Delaware earlier in the day.

Winds have gusted to 62 mph in Cape May, N.J., 76 mph in Williamsburg, Va. and 71 mph in Richmond, Va., and to 66 mph at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, 74 mph in Elizabeth City, 70 mph in Morehead City, 74 mph in New Bern, and 88 mph at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Downed trees were blocking southbound I-85 near Petersburg, Va.

A gust of 115 mph was recorded at Cedar Island, N.C., which was in the northeastern eyewall at time of landfall around 8:00 a.m. Dare County Shoreline Management Commission reports that a new inlet may have been created on Hatteras Island, N.C.

Tropical storm-force winds continue to move north, and now extend from southeastern Virginia north to near New York City. Rainbands from Irene will continue to cause severe flooding and may even spawn a few tornadoes.

If I lose power, I won’t be able to post.  I will try with my “smart phone,” but for a smart phone, it rides the little bus.  I don’t think it’ll happen, so I hope I don’t have to find out.

On a more whimsical note, many people have been mistakenly thinking that “Irene” is “Eileen.”  Let’s set the record straight…

Yes, I know people are making parodies for Irene, but let’s remember the classic song.

BTW, it took me nearly 45 minutes to post this-it should not have.  The six-year-old Dell froze a bunch of times.  Hit the freaking tip jar!

Update 2:30 AM:  The wind and rain is picking up here.  Otherwise, we’re still in business.  Also, here is a title for a blog post…

Global Warming Kills Florida Surfer UPDATE: Thousands Without Electricity or WiFi; Bloggers Hardest Hit by Storm UPDATE: New York Braces for Irene; Women, Minorites, NFL Fans Hardest Hit

That’s simply magical.


An Open Letter to Pennsylvania Voters


My fellow Pennsylvanians,

What do you want for our state, and the nation?  Perhaps as in no time in our nation’s history, the choices have never been so different, or so clear.   I’d kindly ask you to read on, and then make your own decision.

While I certainly respect and honor Congressman Joe Sestak’s service to our country, his service as a Congressman was less that exemplary. Here are some votes that are telling of his political philosophy.

Cap and Trade:

Cap and Trade. Congressman Sestak voted for the Cap and Trade bill in the House. Thankfully the bill itself failed to pass in the Senate. For an look af what we might have experienced, here are some projected costs if the bill would have become law.

How will this affect the average American family? The higher energy costs kick in as soon as the bill’s provisions take effect in 2012. That means that for a household of four, energy costs go up $436 that year, and they eventually reach over $1,200 in 2035 and average $829 annually over that span. It gets worse.

  • Electricity costs go up 90 percent by 2035
  • Gasoline by 58 percent
  • Natural gas by 55 percent by 2035.
  • The cumulative higher energy costs for a family of four by then will be nearly $20,000.
  • Overall, gross domestic product will be reduced by an average of $393 billion annually between 2012 and 2035
  • Cumulatively by $9.4 trillion. In other words, the nation will be $9.4 trillion poorer with Cap and Trade than without it.
  • Farmers will average 57 percent LOWER profits through 2035.

It will also affect jobs. Job losses are estimated to be around 1.2 million at any given time between 2012 and 2035. It must be noted that these job loss figures are AFTER the much touted “Green Jobs” have been taken into account. This bill is a job killer, plain and simple. Some jobs will be eliminated entirely, but most will be relocated to China or India. Incidentally, both of those countries refuse to put restrictions like these into place because of the damage it would do to their economies.

So, Congressman Sustak supported this, and voted for it. Is this what you want from a Senator? Can you afford the above mentioned expenses?


Congressman Sustak also voted for the health care reform bill, also known as ObamaCare. Here are some examples of the effects of ObamaCare:

All this damage; to businesses and individuals, and the full scope of the law has not even taken effect.  Congressmen Sestak voted for ObamaCare.  So, either he did not read it, or he knew about these provisions, and voted for it anyway.

Stimulus (AKA: Porkulus):

Here are some details:

Congressman voted for the Stimulus, also known as the “Porkulus.”  Is it any wonder that he does not run on his voting record?

So, my friends and family members, please consider the full record of the candidates before you vote.  Forget the rhetoric and the attack ads.  Please take the time to research issues thoroughly before you vote.  As for my opinion, if you want crushing debt, job losses, government bailouts, increased heating and fuel costs, and less medical care at an increased cost, vote for Sestak.

Thanks for your time.

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