Wolf Calls New York’s #Fracking Ban “Unfortunate”, But Supports Ban In One Watershed?

Regardless where one stands on this issue, supporting a moratorium in one watershed, while not supporting same in all watersheds is logically vacuous, and needs explained to We The People.

I continue to see that PA Governor-elect Tom Wolf supports a moratorium in the Delaware watershed until such time as O&G – on its dime and time – proves it safe there. But he opposed same protection in PA’s other watersheds. The Delaware has most of our wealthiest and most of our Dems…coincidentally, perhaps. Regardless, it can’t be unsafe (or safety can’t be unknown) where the rich drink, but same process safe everywhere else. Maybe I am missing something, but if so, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf ought to explain to the Democratic Committeeman why he opposes the Democratic fracking moratorium plank which won placement in our Democratic Platform, by a comfortable majority.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/12/18/wolf-new-yorks-fracking-ban-is-unfortunate/

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Workshop On Running For Local Office In Dauphin County

For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council, or township board – here’s your chance to learn how to do it. Penn State Extension is offering a workshop ‘Toss Your Hat in the Ring’ at the Dauphin County Agricultural & Natural Resources Center Building, 1451 Peters Mountain Road in Dauphin on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from 7:00 -9:00 p.m.

The workshop fee is $25.00 per person. Register on-line at http://extension.psu.edu/toss-your-hat or contact Penn State Extension Dauphin County at (717) 921-8803.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our office at (717) 921-8803 in advance of your participation or visit.

The workshop includes:

* An overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a township supervisor, a borough council member, or a school board director – presented by Penn State Extension. * Instructions on how to run: filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses, and other important information – presented by Jerry Feaser, Jr., Elections and Voter Registration Director.

*A panel of local officials from Dauphin County who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were elected.

The workshop won’t offer campaign tips or strategies; rather the focus is on understanding the roles, responsibilities, and personal rewards that come with public service. “The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors – people just like us,” explained Penn State Extension Educator, Neal Fogle.

“You don’t need special training or experience to serve your township, borough, or school district. If you’re interested in serving, care about your community, and are willing to learn on the job, we’d like to encourage you to toss your hat in the ring.”

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The ‘Jackie’ Story Did Not Hurt

The sky may not be quite falling, but journalists everywhere are already presuming significant fallout:

http://www.pennlive.com/living/index.ssf/2014/12/post_30.html

…from a botched attempt to tell the world exactly what happened to ‘Jackie':

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-students-challenge-rolling-stone-account-of-attack/2014/12/10/ef345e42-7fcb-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html

Relax

The ‘Jackie’ story did not hurt the movement to hold our miserable and spineless elite to the “tough on crime” standards were proudly puff our chests onto our less affluent who crosses the street in a hoodie not to our liking. It emboldened other victims, and brought renewed attention to victims who have been saying the same things about @UVA for years…with their names attached.

Look up Liz Securro, as just one example, who tells an almost identical tale…since 2011:

Dean Robert Canevari, @UVA, tells raped she “had sex…didn’t want my parents to know,” in 1984. Police not called.

Dean Robert Canevari, @UVA, now “claims to have no memory of meeting with” rape victim in 1984.

Interfraternity Council denies, and University Police have no record of, meeting with @UVA rape victim Liz Securro.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/16/i-was-gang-raped-at-a-uva-frat-30-years-ago-and-no-one-did-anything.html

Sloppy Reporting.  That is All

Sloppy reporting with ‘Jackie’? This reporter says “sure”. But by all accounts something predatory happened to this victim. And some folks who could afford cover came out smelling like a rose. Again.

So run a retraction (done), and a revised report (reportedly already underway).

Irreparable? The average American will forget this specific story in a couple weeks. Afterword, we can get busy fixing a TRULY irreparable wrong; we very likely are well underway:

“@UVA often expels students for academic (wrongs) but has never once expelled a student for rape.”
http://t.co/Xq8IdYe4dB via @rollingstone

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#Cronybus Spending Bill Re-Privatizes Profits and Re-Socializes Risks and Costs…By One Vote

Orrin Hatch showed how out of touch he is – but also how his views reflect the thinking of most of those elected from either of the only two broken teams allowed at the table. Of Ted Cruz and Liz Warren’s attempt to filibuster the $1.1T #Cronybus spending bill, passed comfortably in bipartisan fashion by our US Congress, Hatch said: ”I don’t see an end goal other than irritating a lot of people.”

The end goal is a govt of, by and for us, which we’ve been told is a biggie; the people being irritated are the milk toast middle of both broken parties. Sorry for the inconvenience, we’re trying to change the world, as the saying goes.

Bravo to Senators Cruz (R) and Warren (D), for your valiant and oh-so-close attempt to filibuster this down.  You needed one (1) more vote (see below).

Shut the govt down, if we must. Just don’t give even more breaks to the banks and the political parties that they own.

The far right and far left are our only hope to salvage our democratic republic. Old-school Democrats and Republicans are of little help without us.

Bravo to the US Senate’s 21 Dems, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and 18 Rs who voted against the $1.1T #Cronybus spending bill giveaway to They The Corporate Political Class. Big Banks will once again insure their issuing of worthless paper at criminal profits on our backs.

May both CRUZ (R) and WARREN (D) be rewarded for their leadership by being selected by their parties to face off for POTUS 2016, in a principled debate.

Huge boo to BOTH of my own Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) for turning their collective backs, in bipartisan fashion, once again, on We The (Human, Constituent) People and voting Yeah.

File under: “Every vote counts” – If one more Senator would have voted Nay, we could have killed this via filibuster. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) did not vote.

NAYs — 40
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Corker (R-TN)
Crapo (R-ID)
***CRUZ (R-TX)***
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Hirono (D-HI)
Johnson (R-WI)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lee (R-UT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Reed (D-RI)
Risch (R-ID)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sanders (I-VT)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Tester (D-MT)
Vitter (R-LA)
***WARREN (D-MA)***
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00354

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Warren for POTUS…But Only if The Political Class’s Funders Allow it.

“So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi(group): I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces.” ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate Floor, Friday, Dec 12, 2014

Watch her detail, on the Floor of the US Senate, exactly why she thinks – and I firmly believe most Americans, of all political persuasions think – that Citi need broken up, around time 5:55:

Then, around time 7:00, she reminds us all of history.  For some reason, most of The Political Class has forgotten this:

“…a lot of people talk about how those trusts deserved to be broken up because they had too much economic power. But Teddy Roosevelt said we should break them up because they had too much political power. Teddy Roosevelt said break them up because all that concentrated power threatened the very foundations of our democratic system.” ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate Floor, Friday, Dec 12, 2014

Not Just Liberals

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/elizabeth-warren-hillary-clinton-president-democrat-2016/

Teddy was a principled Republican – I know, Bull Moose, but still – he was a leader. The author of that article goes on to say:

“A populist who talks like Elizabeth Warren and really means it is a Democrat a conservative like me would consider voting for, despite her social liberalism.”

As a liberal Dem, I hope the race is Warren vs Cruz, for this very reason the author states: Not just on banking/Wall St, but any issue of substance. An HRC vs whatever milk toast neocon will be a pep rally about the flag and great jobs and stuff.

We don’t need that. We need leadership, of any political stripe.  But will it be enough?  A month ago, I grudgingly admitted “No.”  Now, I still lean no, but Americans have a way of surprising folks…especially other Americans.

Not Just the Anti-HRC

Tweeted @WashTimes Dec 12: Watch out Hillary! Obama campaign alums beg Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016. http://fw.to/UCUOj1Y

I add that so do many of HRC’s alums.

I voted for HRC over Obama, and I had an “HRC in ’08” bumper sticker in 2004. I was the first person in this area with an HRC bumper sticker that I knew of. Way bhen Bill Clinton ran, I wished HRC would have instead, and told folks so (even as I backed and voted for Bill).

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/15/the-most-powerful-democrat-in-america.html

“Time HRC START” worrying? She either has been worried for some time, or is not perceptive enough to lead our nation.

Tongue in Cheek?  

“The crucial distinction Warren makes is this one: It’s not just social conditions like globalization and technological change that threaten the middle class. It’s an active conspiracy by the rich and powerful. The game is rigged. The proper response is not just policy-making; it’s indignation and combat.” ~ NYTimes’ David Brooks

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/opinion/david-brooks-elizabeth-warren-can-win.html

Tongue in cheek?  Sure.  Brooks is a well known (and well-respected, by me) conservative commentator.  He can be expected to paint we libs in a comical light, as we of thick skin accept it.  His larger point is dead on though: a growing number of we libs will do all we can to reduce our backing of Republican-lite candidates.

Brooks goes on to point out what I see and hear every day, albeit in whispers, lest polite company is offended:

“According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last month, 58 percent of Democrats said they believed that the economic and political systems were stacked against them.”

Will The Political Class’s Funders Allow it?

Sounds good. Who runs, however, is solely determined by money. The desires of the electorate have almost nothing to do with the vetting of candidates.

Warren will not run if we can’t raise her the $1B minimum entry fee, she will if we can. It is that simple.

Whoever runs, no R being bandied will break 40% against HRC or Warren, except Romney or Jeb Bush. And Anne Romney says no way.

We DON’T Need Warren in the US Senate!

Oh, to those tireless calls that “We need Warren more in the Senate”:  nonsense.  No US Senator has a fraction of the ability to act unilaterally as POTUS, forgetting even the Bully Pulpit. Not even Majority Leader, which Dem moderates would never let her take, even if we do retake the Senate (doubtful at rosiest).

Further Reading – Dems: No More Republican-lite Candidates 

This excellent Dec 17 Phillydotcom OpEd about the #‎Cronybus Bill sums up where the next Democratic candidates this Democratic Committeeman will bother backing had better stand: with Warren and me!

I have had it with Republican-lite candidates losing to (or beating, it matters little) Republicans.

“both parties were clearly terrified that a real discussion of the issues might have screwed up their real mission”

Among the sell-outs were ‘liberal’ Philadelphia Democrats Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah, and Allyson Schwartz. (I add Dem Senator Bob Casey to that list ‘of the people’, see my blog on #Cronybus Bill: http://steventodd.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/cronybus-spending-bill-re-privatizes-profits-and-re-socializes-risks-and-costsby-one-vote/)

“…veterans of Citigroup have dominated the Democratic Party establishment for quite a long time…”

‘not really dealing with divided collection of conservatives or liberals…1 nebulous mass of influence’

‘next march and rally can pay a visit to Citigroup with this message for Wall Street: #‎HandsUpoDontLoot’

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Wall-Street-1100000000000-the-American-People-0.html

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To Obstruct or Not Obstruct and Consistency Across Issues

The debate on whether PA Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane should or should not defend laws in PA jives nicely with the numerous debates on whether one branch of a government should obstruct another. The answer seems to me to be “sure, why not?” An answer of “no way” could just as logically be arrived at.

The only illogical answer is: “sure, but only until the result I like is arrived at. Then the troublemakers should stop.”

Ideally, all parties would walk down the hall or shoot an email or set up a web conference or send smoke signals to compromise solid majorities prior to proposing things. Barring that, all sides must act in their vacuums, and exhaust all allowable steps to block things they don’t like.

Otherwise, my team gets what it wants and the troublemakers deal with it. That will never fly in a democracy.

The Commonwealth Attorneys Act is clear instruction to our AG:
“The Attorney General may, upon determining that it is more efficient or otherwise is in the best interest of the Commonwealth, authorize the General Counsel or the counsel for an independent agency to initiate, conduct or defend any particular litigation or category of litigation in his stead.”

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/US/PDF/1980/0/0164..PDF

In English: The AG may decline the Commonwealth’s position, if it’s more efficient and in the best interest of Pennsylvania for the governor’s, or independent, lawyers to defend a law.

I do not know that there is a criteria, protocol or standard for determining this. As far as I can tell, it is solely at the AG’s discretion. The remedy to any conflict or disagreement, I would imagine, will be our Courts.

I add that, from history, Republican AGs could reasonably be expected to react more conservatively and Dem AGs more liberally. Given that Kane is our first elected Dem in this office, we would seem to legitimately be on uncharted ground, given that an AG appointed by the Governor might be expected to do pretty much what that Governor wants.

Maybe Kane thought l ideology a legitimate justification to make a “determination” to not enforce. Maybe she thought something else was. Either way, she seems as good to go as 41% of the US Senate holding up things 59% want. To my knowledge, there is no reason required for an indefinite filibuster. Same deal.

Regardless why, if that is not our collective desire, then We The People of PA must change the Commonwealth Attorneys Act. Because it appears we not just allow, but require our AG to make subjective and autonomous decisions on a “because I think so” basis, in these cases. It also seems that other elected AGs may have been less diligent in applying our requirement of them: our Commonwealth Attorneys Act.

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#ThisStopsToday…or Does It ?

Bravo to all who braved the wind and rain to speak out on this ongoing injustice in the USA. The haters and cowards and racists are out in force in the comments section following this article. Please consider a comment in support; signed comments add credibility:

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/12/protestors_march_down_busy_har.html

This same week, a Director and a Senior Associate Dean joined a “Die-In” at my alma mater PSUH, as we added our voices to the Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, and #‎Ferguson2Miami shut down I-195 on Friday, and six more schools around Denver walked out of class. Soon even the most sheltered will have to notice. If not, the protests will continue.

To the (almost solely anonymous) charges of playing the dreaded “Race Card”: hogwash. Our argument is the dual path to justice in America, and the institutional – not individual – racism that allows and rewards it. The comparison between the two are necessary, since there are some who haven’t noticed it. I have heard no one applaud anyone’s law breaking or martyring any lawbreaker; claiming we are doing so is deflection. The race card must be played, because it is the only reason the repeated incidences recur.

Racism was the case here as with the countless times people of color are punished disproportionately to their “crimes” (selling cigarettes, or in #‎Trayvons case, walking while black). If a cigarette salesman needs strangled for resisting arrest, then surely the white CEO of JPMorgan Chase who looted the global economy doesn’t deserve a multi-million dollar raise…or vice versa. Pick either one, and your defense will at least be logical.

That is our reality, and what we protest: a black man has to be more careful about what he says to a cop than a white man does. And how he walks through a store. And how he drives. And walks. And looks at people. A non-white person must leave his or her house in a different fashion than a white person, for best chances of returning.

I believe that pretty soon, the USDOJ will have to find a pattern to our dual justice tract and propose a fix. We simply can’t keep allowing white dudes in ties to loot the planet with impunity, while strangling a black guy selling cigarettes (I know, I know: Illegally). We The People must not stand for it.”

Until then? We keep protesting our discontent at the #HandsUpDontShoot #ThisStopsToday protest outside tree-lighting ceremony at the PA State Capitol, Thursday, Dec 4 (Photo Credit: James Robinson, PennLive.com)

Me at the #HandsUpDontShoot #ThisStopsToday Protest

Me at the #HandsUpDontShoot #ThisStopsToday Protest

What Can You Do Next?

Please join our Sat, 12/13, 2:00pm – 4:00pm “Die-In” for Mike Brown on Capitol steps

https://www.facebook.com/events/733256433431977/

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