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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Opinions Online, 2/13/16

Blogger's Note:Opinions Online is a regular Saturday feature. If you'd like to express your opinion on any topic, click on the Opinions Online button on my left sidebar. You can also call 385-325-2564. In addition to these submissions, I sometimes highlight comments from throughout the week and re-publish them here.

As some of the comments point out, I accidentally posted this early. When I became aware of that faux pas, i reverted the post to draft until Saturday.


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Hey Asbestos idiot!!! MY Mother died from Asbestosis. I WAS with my Mother when she passed. I will pray that neither you or your loved ones will have to suffocate to death slowly the way my Mom did!! RIP MOM

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new twist for TOA plans in Bethlehem Twp. Now the golfers will be coming to meetings to save the golf course. should be interesting hearing the golfers argue with the birders

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Senator Bob Casey wants local waste coal plants to run without lead output limits.

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it looks like the golfers are now getting involved to get the TOA project approved in Bethlehem Township and save Green Pond CC. the meeting on the 15th should be interesting with the golfers arguing with the birders

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Other than a candy bar or soda, what can you buy at Staples for .74 cents?
That is the amount Mike Schlossberg reimbursed himself on 2-20-2014.
Is that really a valid reimbursement or greed?

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Hillary barely won Iowa, amid suggestions of voting irregularities. She was crushed in NH. Yet, she and Sanders are tied in the delegate count because of arcane rules involving super delegates. Do these same rules apply in PA and every state? The Democratic Party doesn't seem very democratic. The Republican delegate count looks consistent with Iowa and NH results. What gives?

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Bernie,

You had previously accused Republicans of dragging out the removal of Kathleen Kane for political purposes. Well, guess what? The Senate took a vote on Wednesday. Almost every Republican voted to remove her. Almost every Democrat voted against removing her. Now who is stalling?

Blogger's Reply: What happened in the Senate proves exactly what I am saying. If Republicans wanted to remove Kane, they would have impeached her by now. But instead, they chose a weaker route, knowing it wold fail. But now, the Rs can blame Democrats for refusing to vote for Kane's removal.Dems can be called partisan, etc., ans will be tied to her until the election is over. Once that happens, Kane will be impeached. Democrats played right into the Republican strategy. The smarrtest thing Dems could have done is themselves demand Kane's ouster.

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Is the "new" Bethlehem City Council so shell-shocked that they won't even approve a feasibility study for a bus deport when a few residents speak up? Probably not, they just wanted to screw Karner and make her look bad, just as they always do.
This Council is just more of the same. They approved the Benner building over the protests of the goofy Lehigh professors. So much for hope and change.

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The Lehigh Valley lost a cherished labor leader, boxing fan & community activist - RIP Steve Curto.

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wonder how the green pond preservationists feel about green pond country club being sold and turned into houses?
will it happen????

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are you running your Saturday blog today? Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

A Wise man once said, "I make potato chips."

Anonymous said...

One day off, look how close he came.

Anonymous said...

Wow...your convoluted reasoning on the Kane issue amazes me. If the Republicans would have attempted to impeach Kane, I have no doubt that you would have blamed them for "political grandstanding" for benefit in this electoral cycle. Let's look at in the right way - the Democrats are the ones playing politics here. They are mindlessly trying to defend their own to keep this from becoming a bigger political issue, and are hoping voters won't pay attention. They're making a choice to rip the Band-Aid off slowly and prolong the pain rather than taking it off quickly.

I'm not much into party politics, and it always amazes me how people can twist things to fit their views. This one is about as clear as it can get!

Anonymous said...

SC polls indicate Sanders easily winning the vote total and easily losing the delegate total. He's all about sharing the wealth, however, and should be OK with losing the nomination this way.

Anonymous said...

Schlossberg is a tweeting money grabbing turd who needs to be ousted from office either by his peers or in the next election by the voters.

Anonymous said...

The Sanders campaign is already dead and too stupid to drop over.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dnc-allowing-donations-from-federal-lobbyists-and-pacs/2016/02/12/22b1c38c-d196-11e5-88cd-753e80cd29ad_story.html

Anonymous said...

"Other than a candy bar or soda, what can you buy at Staples for .74 cents?"

A burner phone with rebate?

Anonymous said...
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Bernie O'Hare said...

If you want to personally attack someone, you are going to have to sign your name.

Anonymous said...

Bernie Sanders is ahead of his political time in America. Sadly, we are still in the Neanderthal phase with Trump and Cruz.

One day our children will fix all our mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Sharing the wealth, as Bernie Sanders wants, makes us all equally poor.

Reality Bites said...

We have a "president" who is the most despised man on earth at the moment and we are supposed to follow it up with the most despised woman?

I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

I have just begun studying more about the development of "Super Delegates" involved in modern elections. Evidently, the major political parties, Democrat and Republican, have created a large panel of privileged "masterminds" who have greater control over picking the eventual nominee. Greater voting power than regular delegates, and certainly superior to any lowly citizen in the voting booth.

I do not fully understand this device at the moment, but persons connected to both major parties have been quoted saying, it is virtually impossible for Hillary to be defeated by Sanders. In other words, despite having only two statewide elections, it's already OVER, and Hillary is assured the final nomination.

For example, despite being totally demolished by Sanders in New Hampshire, Hillary was awarded more convention delegates to the convention. Supposedly, this device is even MORE skewed in Hillary's favor for future state Primaries.

On the Republican side, some are claiming Trump can easily be defeated by party bosses at their convention.

Seems to me, the voice of we "little people" is growing less important. That can't be good. Is the "everything is rigged" crowd actually correct?

Someone with more knowledge of this matter, please clarify.

Fred Windish

Dave said...

Fred it's quite simple, let me explain

In doesn't mater who votes for whom. What matters are those who control the voting process.

Dave said...

Hillary wins even though she loses. Super-delegates prove that the fix is in; the creeping Clinton coronation is actually in full swing.

Likewise, the debates on television are really a complete sham. All they are extended political commercials peppered with softball questions.

Apparently untroubled, debate handshaking Bernie comfortably plays his role in this "Democratic" farce that guarantees Hillary the nomination.

Anonymous said...

Well, 7:10 AM Dave . . .

Every citizen should hope you are wrong, but I fear you are at least "close" to the truth. The America we thought we knew could be coming to a close.

I understand the media being biased and untrustworthy. It's their choice. Just look at the Morning Call. I'll no longer be posting there after reading the latest nonsense from its senior employee, Bill White. Could be, each news syndicate is hoping to be selected as our "officially approved" government source of information.

Yesterday, we had a heinous attack by a Somali Muslim in Ohio. We might have been told "some" of that story and other past attacks. Both Google and Facebook are engaging in censorship, and many traditional news outlets no longer accept reader comments.

It's time to be concerned, fellow citizens. Blogs like this are critical.

Fred Windish

Anonymous said...

Don't believe everything you read in the paper, especially when it is a story pushed by a campaign. Ethics were never their strong points, neither were the facts.

Question Everything said...

Every time there is a terrorist attack we're told it was a "lone wolf" attack.

How many "lone wolfs" constitute a pack of wolves ?

Question Everything said...

Attorney General Kathy Kane says politics is a disease

Why does she continue to stay in it then ?

Ron Beitler said...

Why doesn't BT explore purchasing development rights from Green Pond? Upper Saucon tried to with locust valley. Look at the financials of purchasing the development rights vs. having to provide up front and ongoing infrastructure and services for X amount more homes. It's likely a financial argument can be made.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Today's news broadcasted live announcement of 1700 jobs from Indiana moving to
Mexico. So sad to watch.

Anonymous said...

New voters that support Sanders may be in for a painful surprise if Mrs. Clinton
gets "their" delegates.

Anonymous said...

Gee Bernie. No news on grand jury investigation into Nazareth mayor or questions being asked about treasurer of Nazareth?

We The People said...

The ring worn by Obama as a wedding ring. Investigate.......

Anonymous said...

To follow-up on the Super-Delegate device, if interested in reading more, Google a Brian Mulholland and the term superdelegate. He IS one and recently spoke about it. Who really can tell if this person is legitimate, but it seems he is.

Also, sources are reporting the Republican National Committee has selectively packed tonight's debate auditorium with persons affiliated to the RNC, and thus, unlikely to be fans of party mavericks such as Cruz and Trump. Trump might explode on the Republican Party, if it isn't careful.

Didn't someone once say "Politics is dirty business?"

Thankfully, we don't have that problem locally!
(sarc!)

Fred Windish


Anonymous said...

The constitution never really gave you a vote. Your beloved "founding father" had you vote for "electors" whom could vote for the person they wanted to. Also for much of our history senators were elected by state houses to ensure the states kept their rights.

Sadly, much of the progress you Neanderthals are yelling about is the very progress that gave you more rights than you originally had. But keep voting for Trump and Cruz.

"Make America Dumber, again"

Bernie O'Hare said...

Neither Cruznor Trump chose our indirect form of democracy, and it's patently absurd to blame any of that on them. moreover, a change to more direct democracy or the elimination of the electoral college has nothing to do with being progressive.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Fred, your views are far to the right of mine, but I always appreciate your insights. You make this blog better.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Bernie
Today's news broadcasted live announcement of 1700 jobs from Indiana moving to
Mexico. So sad to watch."


You can see the company's announcement here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ttxGMQOrY

Anonymous said...

4:06:60 Life will be unfair. WTP.

Anonymous said...

Super delegate wah!

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Why doesn't BT explore purchasing development rights from Green Pond? Upper Saucon tried to with locust valley. Look at the financials of purchasing the development rights vs. having to provide up front and ongoing infrastructure and services for X amount more homes. It's likely a financial argument can be made."

Ron, An earlier overture from the County was unsuccessful. Daub wants more money than the County is willing to pay. Moreover, a majority of the board may very well favor development, The only Commissioner who I am sure is opposed is Tom Nolan. Malissa Davis ran on this and other issuers, but since her election, has abandoned nearly everything she ran on. So I am unsure whether she would vote for TOA at thus juncture, and Jenkins appears to be tied at the hip to Hudak and Breslin.

Anonymous said...

4:07. Erudite . Let us use it in a sentence . You are fucking erudite.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Ron Beitler,

not every municipality has the cash to buy development rights, Bethlehem township has their own local police department, something that is coming Lower macungies way if the state legislature acts on their hearing this week about charging communities such as yours for PA state Police coverage

the gravy train of "free" police protection is coming to an end in LMT

long overdue

a community such as yours larger than Easton PA relying on the PA State Police is shameful

Bernie O'Hare said...

I happen to agree with you, but i sign my name to my comments. You don't and i find this increasing lack of basic courtesy to be far more shameful.

Anonymous said...

Schlossturd needs to go. He is a nincompoop who has no right representing anything but shady dealings. Can we send him back to Jersey???

Anonymous said...

"Senator Bob Casey wants local waste coal plants to run without lead output limits".

Senator Bob Casey, has also been teaming up with the Obama admin the Obama EPA and the wolf admin, to detroy what little is left of the Pennsylvania coal industry.
In fact the same Bob Casey , along with Gov Wolf are praising the feds for giving the state millions in grants to be used for dispalced coal workers.
Why how did the coals workers become displaced/lose their jobs? The real issue is that the feds along with wolf and Casey are the ones who agreed to the scam that cost the workers their jobs in the first place. So the govts, on state and federal level set in forth a plan that has been costing coal workers their jobs, but now , we should all jump for joy that have grant cash to give the workers who lost their job bc of their games. Govt in all its glory.

Anonymous said...

Energy production jobs in other states, particularly West Virginia, are also being destroyed. Clean coal production has come a long way over the past decade, and our nation has a several hundred year supply of this resource right here. None of this seems to matter with the current administration.

Fred Windish

Anonymous said...

good point, I am sorry, Bye

-coward

Dave said...

I discovered that in August 1960, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution, S.RES. 334,

“Expressing the sense of the Senate that the president should not make recess appointments to the Supreme Court, except to prevent or end a breakdown in the administration of the Court’s business.”

Dave said...

What does it say about the intelligence and insight of a secretary of state who doesn't recognize the sensitivity of the information she is reading?

In the end, Mrs Clinton will be indicted if Obama allows it, for her mishandling of information that any entry level staffer at the State Department should have known was too sensitive to be on an unsecured server.

Dave said...

The main story for the latest GOP "debate" was anger and passion. Does this help or hurt the GOP's prospects in November?

Let's wrap up this summary. "Liar" and "lie" were thrown around often enough.

Rubio is the comeback kid; he went on the attack, but he was not as aggressive as Trump vs. Cruz vs. Bush. Jeb left Rubio alone (wisely).

Trump dominates with his aggression and anger.

Cruz showed the same debate skills, particularly when he went on the attack against Trump, and then the gloves came off.

Bush was strong, especially when he attacked Trump.

Who won? If anger and fluster are the yardstick, then Trump won.

If strength of language without all the anger that Trump showed is the criterion, then Rubio won, with a close second to either Cruz or Bush.

Bottom line: Rubio did what he had to do, so the laurels go to him.

Did it really matter? Probably not.

Rich Fegley said...

How are we helping out all of the displaced asbestos workers?

"Clean" coal? That's like saying there is "edible" shit. There is nothing CLEAN about burning anything especially coal. "Clean Coal" is propaganda and totally bullshit.

Coal is dirty 19th century energy source. Coal workers need to find modern jobs. What did the asbestos workers do?

Spend the Oil & Gas profits not taxpayer money to "protect" the workers. Use the PROFITS not the taxes.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I deleted a comment posted at 7 pm. If you want to ask a question of someone, be courteous enough to say who you are.

Anonymous said...

Is wasn't my comment that you deleted, but so long as a comment isn't offensive or an attack of another person, what does it matter if their name is attached to it? A person's name ought not have any bearing on the consideration of his or her ideas and questions.

Bernie O'Hare said...

The comment deleted was really an anonymous personal attack. Also, to be clear, comments that question my comments policy are subject to deletion, too. I have grown far too lax in allowing all kinds of hate, and am tightening things up. If you don't like it, I'll refund your subscription.