Monthly Archives: October 2009

Sean Carpenter and The Sheepdogs

By John Grant, VetsAgainstWar

For anyone involved in, or aware of, the School Board election next Tuesday in West Chester, check out this You Tube video on the American Sheepdogs including Sean Carpenter, the right-wingnut many of us got to know on the corner last year during the Battle of The Vigils by the Courthouse every Saturday.

Sean is the guy famous for complaining on a video about us “anti-war lefties” and all our “jingoistic signs.”  Well, we all flub vocabulary now and then, but this was noteworthy. In my Webster’s the definition of jingoism is “an extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy.”

This guy is running as a Republican for the School Board in West Chester and he doesn’t have even an inkling what the word “jingoistic” means and that it actually applies perfectly to the signs he and his pro-war, rightist pals supported and the Bush foreign policy they defended. He just thinks the word sounds cool and nasty.

A bit like Rep, George Smathers’ famous attack on Claude Pepper in Florida for “practicing nepotism with his niece” who worked on his staff. But even Smathers knew what nepotism was.

Look at the video of images from the West Chester struggle and send the reference on to anyone you know in West Chester Area School District. This man does not belong on a school board overseeing the education of children.

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Axelrod to Obama

“You care far too much what is written and said about you. You don’t relish combat when it becomes personal and nasty.”

David Axelrod, now presidential adviser, as Obama’s campaign strategist, quoted in The Progressive, 10/09, p. 9.

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Scalia: Some on court inventing rights

East Valley Tribune (Phoenix AZ), 10/27/09, as updated there

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a story that was originally posted Oct. 26. It removes an incorrect reference to Brown v. Board of Education in the initial version.

One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday his more liberal colleagues are trying to manufacture new constitutional rights that were never intended by the drafters.

“The fight is about the Supreme Court inventing new rights nobody ever thought existed,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in an appearance at the University of Arizona College of Law.

“Right to abortion?” he asked. “Come on. Nobody thought it violated anything in the Constitution for 200 years. It was criminal.” The same, said Scalia, is true of homosexual sodomy. Yet the nation’s high court has struck down state laws banning both. Continue reading

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A different variety of capitalism

letter in Daily Local News, 10/27/09, p. A6:

Is John Stossel joking in regard to Michael Moore (Opinion, Oct. 19)? To be precise, Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” isn’t just talking about “capitalism,” it’s talking about unbridled crony, cut-throat capitalism. The variety of capitalism that has been devouring all in its path since Ronald Reagan and his tremendous tax cuts for the rich.

The revolving door between mega corporations and Washington has brought us to where we are; our laws are ignored, our treasury plundered, our manufacturing base decimated.

Our people are dying for lack of health care while Big Pharma spends $400 million (so far) to thwart legislation to protect them.

Under the last administration, regulatory agencies went from enforcement to “let’s make a deal” and the people of the United States are paying and paying and paying.

The phony phantom wealth that Wall Street creates at the expense of Main Street shows just why we need regulation and enforcement, Mr. Stossel.

A few more representatives in Washington, D.C., looking out for more than their next campaign contribution wouldn’t hurt either.

Pat Guerra
East Fallowfield

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