Tag: Pennsylvania

Snow: The Other Side of the Season

 

The beam of the car headlights framed flakes as they drifted, barely there. “Well, kids–it’s really snow,” said our dad. Snow. Snow. We stared out the front windshield and talked loudly. The faint precipitation didn’t rate the stir going on in our vehicle. Dad finally told us to settle down.

But we had been waiting for months–since September, when we had flown out of Bangkok, landed exhausted in New York City, and ridden through the night with patient friends to my dad’s family home out in the country. We soon moved to a turn-of-the-century house in town, some of the antique furnishings intact. Often, we drove our station wagon out into the rolling green and wooded countryside, visiting family, friends, or churches that hosted us with potlucks. We’d glided along smooth, quiet roads and eaten meatballs at farmhouses and wondered at carpeted bathrooms. But with snow, we’d know we were really in America, seeing the seasons as the books said they were supposed to be.

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Television celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz announced this week unconventionally that he’s running for US Senate in Pennsylvania, where incumbent Republican Pat Toomey is retiring. It’s a wide-open race with multiple candidates in both parties. Hedge fund CEO David McCormick, a southwest Pennsylvania native, Bush 43 Treasury official, and Gulf War veteran quickly followed the Oz […]

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Jim and Greg offer up three martinis and their tongue-in-cheek analysis of a Christmas tradition their wives greatly enjoy. First, the welcome the news that CNN has suspended Chris Cuomo but wonder if he will end up getting much more than a slap on the wrist. They’re also encouraged by the oral arguments on the Mississippi abortion case at the Supreme Court and hammer Justice Sotomayor for her weak argument about when life begins. They’re less than impressed with the Pennsylvania GOP Senate bid of Dr. Oz. And as December begins, they have plenty to say about the Hallmark Christmas movies that so many women love to watch and so many men have to endure.

 

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A decade ago, as we were approaching President Barack Obama’s first congressional mid-term elections in 2010, Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged” enjoyed a renaissance. A three-part movie ensued. Audiobooks and reprints of her tome became fashionable. “Who is John Galt?” bumper stickers found their way on vehicles. Her best-selling book promoted her largely libertarian, […]

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Americans are used to focusing on elections in even-numbered years. Only a handful of states – Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Kentucky – are known for odd-year electoral contests. And Louisiana and Kentucky aren’t due for one until 2023. Some states, like Pennsylvania, have a few local and judicial elections in odd-numbered years. Virginia’s diverse […]

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Things I Miss Most About Pennsylvania Include. . .The DMV

 

Eight months ago my wife and I finally closed on the sale of our wonderful home on a nice acreage in the western Philadelphia suburbs, downsizing, close to where we began our marriage some 37 years ago to south Arlington, Virginia. It’s less than a mile from the townhouse we bought in 1985. And another bonus: we love living right on top of Civil War history.

For those of you who have cycled through (or, still live) in the Washington, DC area, especially northern Virginia, it’s considered a right of passage to live in historic Fairlington Villages. America’s largest apartment complex at the time was hurriedly built during World War II to accommodate military officers being cycled through the Pentagon for training.

Did a Burning Bridge Change History?

 

In just a few days, we will celebrate, or at least honor, two remarkably significant events of American history. They both occurred in Pennsylvania, one obviously in 1776, the other in 1863. But a third one – also in the Keystone State, also in 1863 – deserves some recognition today (June 28th), its anniversary.

The first and most obvious is American Independence Day, July 4th, celebrating our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and its “Mad King,” George III. The second would occur just 87 years later on a battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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It’s not about winning. It’s about exposing hypocrisy and partisanship. Those of a certain age will remember the legendary 1976 US Olympic exploits of decathlete Bruce Jenner. I was reminded of them on a recent trip to the new US Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, a must-visit for anyone visiting that terrific city. […]

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Dr. Rachel Levine, Failing Up

 

One of my favorite phrases is “failing up.” That’s when someone who is perceived to be unsuccessful, even a failure, is promoted. People who’ve worked in the federal government know what I’m talking about.

Recently Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 80-year-old, 30+ year head of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases and Allergies – allegedly our nation’s top epidemiologist – has been used, perhaps unfairly, as an example of failing up.

But today, we have a new candidate. Dr. Rachel Levine, President-elect Joe Biden’s announced nominee for Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. It is perhaps the number three position at HHS, responsible for several hugely important agencies, from the Food and Drug Administration to the Public Health Service. It is arguably one of the top scientific positions in all government and the nation’s top health official (although Dr. Fauci was asked to be President Biden’s “chief medical advisor“).

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Two disclaimers; first of all, I am not a lawyer. Second is that I have learned to never assume that any politician is some super-genius executing a plan above my capacity to discern or comprehend. I watched too many people fool themselves with the idea that George W. Bush’s politically disastrous silences were part of […]

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Another blow to the “fraudless” election narrative came yesterday when Pennsylvania state legislators petitioned Gov. Tom Wolf to convene a special session on voter fraud. Anyone who has ever chatted with a state legislator knows that special sessions are one of their most hated things, so they are not doing this lightly. Jack Philips quotes […]

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There may be no good martinis today but we’re still having a lot of fun! Join Jim and Greg as they groan over Biden’s choice of John Kerry to be a special envoy on climate change and Biden making the progressive climate agenda a major priority. They also tear apart the push for compulsory voting in the U.S. and why not caring about politics should remain one of our cherished rights. And they unload on Pennsylvania for implementing an arbitrary ban on alcohol sales in bars and restaurants on Wednesday.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Republicans for keeping a treasure trove of opposition research on Raphael Warnock quiet until the Georgia Senate runoff. Now  they are highlighting Warnock’s radical statements on many different issues. They also walk through a number of burdensome new COVID restrictions, including Pennsylvania’s requirement to wear masks in your own home if you have guests, and contrast that with politicians like California Gov. Gavin Newsom who don’t think the rules apply to them. And they get a kick out of watching Bernie Sanders supporters become deeply disappointed with Joe Biden as he names corporate figures to most positions in his inner circle.

Ep. 265 – Jackson Darr, a self-described “data monkey” is Editor at RRHElections.com, the nation’s largest blog on elections and polling from a right-leaning perspective, explains the voting irregularities and fraud that has caused Election 2020 to be turned on its head.

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Apprently, the Trump Campaign will be filing even more lawsuits come Monday. Sadly, I don’t think the courts, even SCOTUS is going to provide the remedy here. Even if fraud is conclusively proven – and it certainly can be proven – is there a legal remedy that can be ordered, even by the SCOTUS (Roberts […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they lay out their fearless – and conflicting – predictions for who will win the White House. They also explain who will win the tightest Senate races and which side will control the House. They shake their heads as reports of electioneering inside polling places and refusing GOP poll watchers pop up in Philadelphia. And they react to New Jersey announcing no in-person votes will be counted for at least a week.