Saturday, February 20, 2021

Note this, "impartial" news media

 

TRUMP DOES THE UNTHINKABLE. 
by Liz Crokin
    As an entertainment journalist, I've had the opportunity to cover Trump for over a decade, and in all my years covering him I've never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president. Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could've potentially sold a lot of magazines and would've been a Huge feather in my cap.
Instead, I found that he doesn't drink alcohol or do drugs, he's a hardworking businessman. On top of that, he's one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.
    Since the media has failed so miserably at reporting the truth about Trump, I decided to put together some of the acts of kindness he's committed over three decades which has gone virtually unnoticed or fallen on deaf ears.
    In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill's family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill's pleas for help in news reports.
    In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick
Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief-stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn't hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment.
    In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Lejune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this, he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to their loved ones.
In 1995, a motorist stopped to help Trump after the limo he was traveling in got a flat tire. Trump asked the Good Samaritan how he could repay him for his help. All the man asked for was a bouquet of flowers for his wife. A few weeks later Trump sent the flowers with a note that read: We've paid off your mortgage.
    In 1996, Trump filed a lawsuit against the city of Palm Beach ,
Florida, accusing the town of discriminating against his Mar-a-Lago resort club because it allowed Jews and blacks. Abraham Foxman, who as the Anti-Defamation League Director at the time, said Trump put the light on Palm Beach not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. Foxman also noted that Trump's charge had a trickle-down effect because other clubs followed his lead and began admitting Jews and blacks.
    In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl's story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.
    In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson's family members were tragically murdered in Chicago , Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump's security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.
    In 2013, New York bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at the traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump. When Trump heard about this story, he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.
    In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border. President Barack Obama couldn't even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine's release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.
    In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days, she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she's the bravest woman, I know. She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.
    Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization, released a statement in 2016 defending her boss against accusations that he's a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she's struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb, she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through immensely difficult times.
    Donald Trump's kindness knows no bounds and his generosity has and continues to touch the lives of people from every sex, race, and religion. When Trump sees someone in need, he wants to help.
    Two decades ago, Oprah asked Trump in a TV interview if he'd ever run for president. He said: "If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally because I really am tired of seeing what's happening with this country.'"
That day has come. Trump sees that America is in need and he wants to help. How unthinkable! On the other hand, have you ever heard of Hillary or Obama ever doing such things with their own resources?
    Now that's really unthinkable! Might be worth passing on!!!
    Just shows we hired the right guy. If Hollywood , the liberals and the
media ever STOP harassing him, Trump will have time to do many more positive things for our country....the good ole United States of America!!
    PS ~ To those who are already Fact Checking, don't bother . . . already did it, and all the stories are TRUE!
    The Liberal, progressive, socialists want to destroy this guy. The same mindset crucified Jesus.
 

Friday, February 19, 2021

PennDOT wants to charge toll on I-83 bridge?

 This is getting hard to believe.

    PennDot has recently announced it needs to replace the I-83 bridge over the Susquehanna River and it wants to begin charging tolls to cross it.

    The budget for PennDOT operations, including road and bridge replacements, is astronomical now.

    I don't see PennDOT taking cost-saving measures, just increasing its equipment and not putting a lid on contractors' charges for work they do. If you want to see some real boondoggle examples, take the recent stretch in Lancaster County where construction went on for years -- not months -- after it was to be completed.

    Right here in York County we have the I-83 Mount Rose Avenue boondoggle which is way over the original over-inflated budget and years past due date for completion -- and it's still not completed.

    Years ago in its greediness PennDOT got legislation passed that allowed it to steal from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which charges tolls and paid for its own maintenance, reconstruction and bridge replacements. Now, the turnpike not only pays for its own work but must pay PennDOT too, and has, out of its own necessity, raised its tolls year after year until now it's also at astronomical levels. And the toll raising won't stop, every year for years.

    PennDOT has got to get its own house in order and learn to work within budgets instead of always trying to figure ways to get more money so the agency can dole out more money to contractors who continue to prove themselves as inefficient and greedy.

    Without checking, I am willing to bet that even the contractors who have been inept and are being "penalized" by PennDOT continue to profit. There's something wrong with this.

    It is time to hand PennDOT an ultimatum: Work within your budget and cap your construction hand-outs.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

I Guess I'll Watch the Super Bowl

 I held to my promise I made months ago.

    I refused to watch a single professional football game this season as long as they included political statements on or around the field and its players.

     I believe black lives matter, yes. But I also believe ALL lives matter. I refuse to be involved with playing the race card. I believe those who discriminate should be dealt with, but not through a mob mentality.

    I also believe that specialized groups, such as Black Lives Matter and many, many others, on BOTH sides of the beliefs, are easily splintered into more sinister actions, which we have seen for years, not just the past presidential administration.

    To back and promote individual societal views on the sport fields is appalling. I am watching football for football, not to be swayed or confirmed in my societal beliefs. When players and officials are ready to play football for the game of football, I'll watch.

     The only variance is that I will watch the Super Bowl game, only because the coach of the Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, is a graduate of my alma mater, York High. If it is unfortunate that the network or the game officials promote a political or societal view, I am out of there.

    Hopefully, there will be no slant view given and, hopefully, for next football season, a lot of that bull crap will have gone by the wayside.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Sen. Casey responds about "platforms"

The following message was returned from the mail servers saying it was sent to an unrecognized email address. Strange, Casey wants to reply but not allow a discussion on the issues. Here is the email "exchange."

  Hon. Sen. Casey:

Thank you for your response. In your response you defeat your own argument for supporting the right of private companies not to be responsible for insuring free speech and to regulate their content.

Yet, that is what's being done with the Act absolving them of any responsibility for speech occurring on their platforms. Either they allow all speech and allow others to argue the positions or prove or disprove the theories presented, which is true free speech, or they should be treated as publishers and regulate the point of views they want on their platform.

You say that "we" cannot allow these platforms to be weaponized to disseminate hate or misinformation... we is a form of preventing free speech. Free speech means we hear that speech (which I do not like either) but we counter it with facts of our own and the reader must be allowed to make up his or hers own mind. Any form of control is you saying people cannot reason on their own, and that is a sad, sad period in our lives.

It's black and white. There is no grey area here. Other publishers are responsible for what they try to control, and so should Twitter, Facebook, Parler, and all the other "platforms" on the Internet.

If we aren't allowed to reason these things out on our own it is a sad day because you show you think you are superior to me and others, and it's to be the other way around, where you are responsible to us.

Sincerely,
D. Scott Miller


On 11/19/2020 6:52 PM, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. wrote:

Dear Mr. Miller:

 

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about speech regulation on social media platforms.

 

Technological advancements and the accessibility of information online have created unprecedented opportunities for individuals to connect, communicate and expand their knowledge. Yet many Americans have raised concerns about how online platforms regulate the content their users see and whether these platforms may be filtering out certain viewpoints.

 

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution established that, "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech." As private companies, social media platforms are not bound by the First Amendment, but I believe that the right to speak freely and express one's opinions is a core tenet of American democracy. As a society, we must work to ensure everyone has the right to express their viewpoints in a productive, respectful and nonviolent way, including online. At the same time, we cannot allow these platforms to be weaponized to disseminate hate or misinformation designed to facilitate violence, spread distrust and harm our foundational democratic institutions.

 

On March 27, 2019, I introduced S. 917, the Stop HATE Act, which would require the Departments of Commerce and Justice to study how the internet is being used to fuel violence and hate crimes against individuals or groups. It would also require the departments to recommend ways-consistent with the First Amendment-that the government or private citizens can combat these growing threats. A previous version of this report was released in 1993, but it has not been updated in over 25 years.

 

Please rest assured that I will continue to monitor the situation and keep your concerns in mind as legislation related to this issue is considered by the Senate.

 

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

 

For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

 

Sincerely,

Bob Casey

United States Senator

Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Swamp's "healing" nears completion

 

You can blame this “revelation” on my two long-haired black male felines. I awoke from a deep sleep following watching television coverage of the idiot rioters taking over the U.S. Capitol, opening my eyes to see the heads of both of them hovering over my face as if they were looking to see if I was still alive.

     Thinking it was time to get up to start a new day, I arose and wondered out to the kitchen to brew a cup of coffee, and then realize it was only 3:30 in the morning.

     I ended up on the easy chair in the living room and leaned the chair back, not wanting to turn on the TV to see the incessant repeat of the previous day’s events. I laid back and thought. And thought.

     Then it came to me. First, how a proud man such as Donald Trump is having trouble with losing an election, and how many people were devoted to him and his theory about Washington politics.

     I began to understand that Trump and his close friends did not realize just how big, how murky, how mushy, how corrosive and how corrupt “The Swamp” really was.

     Despite the efforts he made to turn this country toward a brighter future the past four years, The Swamp was treating it as a minor scratch wound, and fought it all the way through the four years of his administration.

     The constant smears. The false depositions, the false accusations, the extended and taxpayer-expensive investigations, the attempts at impeachment over ridiculous accusations, the smear tactics against two U.S. Supreme Court judge nominees, it all became clear to me.

     While the opposing party was acting liking 5-year-olds in a kindergarten playground fight – which publicly appeared that way – The Swamp was actually attempting to heal itself of this nick in its skin.

     As the Trump administration nears its now humiliating end, The Swamp was healing already. Not only had it crafted a winning (and I must admit not really an illegal “steal”) election by carefully switching voting procedures in many states as it began the final healing process, it forced the administration to pass a bill that even the news media promoted as an aid package for us, paying us a measly $600 while ignoring coverage of the millions and millions and millions of dollars that The Swamp was giving to nations overseas as “foreign aid.” Foreign aid that sees most of the money come back into the pockets of the corrupt pockets of The Swamp. Millions of dollars being laundered back to corrupt politicians and their cronies.

     So, the picture is about complete.

     Come January 20th, 2021, The Swamp will have completed its recovery from the “nick” it suffered four years ago, and everything will have settled down back to a routine. How perfect it will be with a President who has served in The Swamp for nearly 50 years.

     The young adult generation, which The Swamp has raised from birth and taught through The Swamp’s child care and education programs, will once again think its getting everything they want and deserve without ever working hard for it.

     And The Swamp will once again take from “the rich” -- and us everyday working folks – more of what we worked for to feed the young adults who don’t know any better.

     Donald Trump was right. Washington politicians are part of The Swamp, but The Swamp is much bigger than even he realized. Many of your local and state politicians and their close friends are part of it, too. And they’re out to run your life from everything public to he private bedroom, or should I saw “ruin” your life.

     The news media has already been sucked into the muck, turning news into propaganda by ignoring reporting of anything that would expose The Swamp.

     Who is left to stop it?