Monthly Archives: March 2013

Elected officials want gun background checks

By Ginger Rae Dunbar, Daily Local News, 3/23/13

WEST CHESTER — Several Chester County officials joined survivors of gun violence and a gun control group Saturday to encourage legislation to require background checks on private gun sales in Pennsylvania.

“We are here today to call on Congress to require background checks for all gun purchases,” said Mayor Carolyn Comitta of West Chester.

The new proposal requires for the potential gun buyer to get a background check done at a licensed gun dealer, and the licensed gun dealer would keep the record of the private sale.

Pennsylvania law requires background checks on all sales of handguns and on all sales by a federally licensed firearms dealer. Private gun sellers are not legally bound to complete background checks or keep any records of gun sales.

CeasefirePA press release said the “loopholes put us all at risk.”

CeaseFirePA is a coalition of mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, community organizations and individual Pennsylvanians taking a stand against gun violence.

“There’s overwhelming consensus in the sixth district of Pennsylvania and throughout the country that requiring background checks for every gun sale makes logical sense,” Comitta said regarding a recent poll in favor of background checks. “. . . We’re asking them (congress) to vote for it because it will save lives.”…

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Companies Owned by Koch Brothers and the Products they Sell

by Big Apple Coffee Party “Don’t Do Koch” Campaign* on July 29, 2012 at 4:54pm

Note by progressivenetworksepa: Some of these companies may need to be verified for their Koch connections, particularly those shown with * below. See also “New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart” and “Sign the pledge: Don’t buy these Koch products,” by Rachel Colyer, Daily Kos, 4/1/14.

For all of the posts on our site about the Koch Brothers, click here. (Keep clicking on Older Posts at the bottom to go back in time.)

The Koch Brothers (David and Charles) own:

Koch Industries
Flint Hills Resources
Koch Pipeline
Koch Fertilizer
Koch Minerals
Matador Cattle Company


Koch Industry Gasoline:

*Union 76

Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:

Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins

Koch Industry/Invista Products:

COMFOREL® fiberfill
COOLMAX® fabric
CORDURA® fabric
DACRON® fiber
SOLARMAX® fabric
SOMERELLE® bedding products
SUPPLEX® fabric
TACTEL® fiber
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATE® polyols
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
PHENREZ® resin
POLARGUARD® fiber and
LYCRA® fiber

Georgia Pacific Building products

Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
Densglass sheathing
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Agricultural Plaster
Arts & Crafts Plaster
Dental Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Medical Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
Pottery Plaster
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender FS
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard –
Commercial Roof Fiberboard
Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
Structural Fiberboard Sheathing

If you would like to personally contact Koch Industries, they can be reached at the following address:

Koch Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 2256
Wichita, KS 67201-2256


*Source: Boycott and Defeat Koch Industries FB page


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April Fool the Koch Brothers

Don’t Do Koch on April 1st

The Big Apple Coffee Party, our New York City affiliate, is expanding its “Don’t Do Koch” campaign to persuade the American people to choose alternatives to Koch brothers’ products when they shop – and they need all of us to help.

On April Fools’ Day, at retail outlets across the nation, we hope that all of you will want to join the Big Apple Coffee Party and hand out “Don’t Do Koch” flyers identifying products the Koch brothers make and sell with suggested alternatives.

WHEN:  Monday, April 1, 2013, at 12 PM and/or 6 PM 
(or at another time in April if you can’t join on April 1st)

WHERE:  Outside your local grocery, pharmacy or market

Gather a few of your friends, pick a store in your neighborhood that sells Koch brothers’ Georgia Pacific products, and hand out the flyers. You can do it at the times we’ve identified, or whenever is convenient for your team through the month of April. Plan to have at least two of you distributing leaflets. Let shoppers know there are product options they can buy to keep us all from being played for fools by the Kochs.  Go to the Facebook Event Page, and please like it, join it, share it and invite your friends. If you want to join an existing location, email the contact shown. To create your own location, click here and register. A toolkit containing all the things you need to run a location (including the handouts you’ll give to shoppers) are available here.

This action is easy to do. Let’s make it go viral!

If you have any questions (or if your registered location doesn’t get added to the Facebook location list), email the Big Apple Coffee Party at, or call (212) 252-2691 and leave a message.

The “Don’t Do Koch” flyering campaign works. Shoppers appreciate the information; and from their responses, it is clear that it’s impacting their shopping choices. It’s a great way to show the Koch brothers that they don’t own America!

For more information, go to Coffee Party USA.

Sally Swisher
Big Apple Coffee Party and Coffee Party USA Member

P.S.  Want to support our work? Coffee Party USA is entirely funded by our 450,000 supporter—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in 5 dollars a month or more now by clicking HERE.

[Also download the Don’t Do Koch flyer here: Dont-Do-Koch-Flyer 4-1-13]

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More on free will: who’s responsible when bad things happen?

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, March 21, 2013 by politicswestchesterview

I’ve been thinking about good and evil lately. Unfortunately, people probably think more about evil these days; at least, our daily newspaper and other news sources certainly do.

In “Free will, whose will? Some theological questions for the day” (March 13), I wondered whether exercise of human free will for evil showed the “sleep of reason” (Goya’s phrase) or the “sleep of God” (as envisaged by pope emeritus Benedict). I could, actually, settle for “the sleep of good” as an explanation, as cold is not an entity in itself but the reduction or absence of heat.

Lisa Longo’s post “Guilty” (March 17), on the recent rape case judgment in Ohio, has some interesting observations, starting

Some religions claim we are all born with “original sin” staining our soul. There are days I agree with the sentiment but not for the same sanctimonious reason most religions give. I have my own theory….

The post goes through expressing sympathy for the victim, her parents, and the perpetrators’ parents and family. Then:

But for the two boys, I have no sympathy.

Even as I write those words, I realize they are not absolutely true. My heart breaks for them too. They ruined their lives, and for what? Why? By what standard did they think that what they did was okay?…

Lisa is sort of taking us through the stages of denial of evil: How could something so bad happen? How did people get so evil? Wait, do we all have something to do with it? …

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