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"Historical revisionism" is a generous description of her many "Misspeaks"

“I actually write about Rahm in the book,” Clinton said. “I asked him not to read it before we sat and did our interview! But it was in the very first chapter, the chapter I rightly call ‘Team of Rivals’ because that’s what it was in the beginning. A senator from Illinois ran against a senator from New York just as had happened way back with a senator from Illinois named Lincoln and a senator from New York named Seward. And it turned out the same way.”

Lincoln never was a senator. He lost that election to Stephen A. Douglas after the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?feed=11&pt=Another+Clinton+gaffe+at+Chicago+appearance&id=102033&is_corp=0

Then we have the dodging sniper fire when landing in Tusla. “I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia,” she said, in remarks that aides described Monday as not being part of her prepared speech. “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/25/us/politics/25clinton.html?_r=0

Admitted "Misstatements"
• Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (She was in bed watching it on TV.)
• Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. (She admitted she was wrong. He climbed Mt. Everest five years after her birth.)
• She was under sniper fire in Bosnia. (A little girl presented her with flowers and read her a poem at the foot of the ramp.)
• She learned in The Wall Street Journal how to make a killing in the futures market. (It didn't cover the market back then.)


"Historical Revisions" she has never admitted to or corrected

• She didn't know about the FALN pardons.
• She didn't know that her brothers were being paid to get pardons that Clinton granted.
• Taking the White House gifts was a clerical error.
• She didn't know that her staff would fire the travel office staff after she told them to do so.
• She didn't know that the Peter Paul fundraiser in Hollywood in 2000 cost $700,000 more than she reported it had.
• She opposed NAFTA at the time.
• She was instrumental in the Irish peace process.
• She urged Bill to intervene in Rwanda.
• She played a role in the '90s economic recovery.
• The billing records showed up on their own.
• She thought Bill was innocent when the Monica scandal broke.
• She was always a Yankees fan.
• She had nothing to do with the New Square Hasidic pardons (after they voted for her 1,400-12 and she attended a meeting at the White House about the pardons).
• She negotiated for the release of refugees in Macedonia (who were released the day before she got there).

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/03/hillarys_list_of_lies.html

Now all the HRC supporters may take umbrage at these examples, but these will all be thrown in her face and spread across the net if she is the presidential candidate. Some of her errors are mundane, but many are not, and all are self-serving. With her Harvard law degree and her training and work as a lawyer, she well knows that words matter. Or as another well-trained and experienced lawyer famously said, "It depends on what the meaning of "is" is. Add to this the to-be-expected, painstaking review of why she was fired from the House Judiciary Committee staff investigating Watergate. She could have learned from that experience. Too bad she didn't.

http://www.eohistory.info/2013/hillaryHistory.htm

Hall of Famer Chuck Noll dies at 82

Source: ESPN

- Pittsburgh Steelers icon Chuck Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, died at his Pittsburgh-area home Friday night. He was 82. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes at 9:45 p.m. ET.

Noll went 209-156-1, including the postseason, while coaching the Steelers from 1969-91. The hiring of Noll, a one-time assistant coach to Sid Gillman and Don Shula, set the Steelers on a path to greatness.

He led the team to four Super Bowl titles from 1975-80, and he became every bit as revered in Pittsburgh as stalwarts from those teams such as "Mean" Joe Greene and Franco Harris.

"Chuck Noll is the best thing to happen to the Rooneys since they got on the boat in Ireland," Art Rooney Jr., the oldest son of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Read more: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11080732/legendary-pitsburgh-steelers-coach-chuck-noll-dies-82



Those were indeed Glory Years here in the Burgh and for the Steelers Nation fans around the globe.
RIP, Coach.

Company That Caused Historic Chemical Spill Leaks More Waste Into West Virginia Waters

Poor West Virginia - just CANNOT catch a break from corporate environmental polluters.
God only knows how long this overflow was happening. One doubts that state DEP inspectors checked this site on a daily or even a weekly basis. The company respsonsible has claimed bankruptcy protection so is immune from further lawsuits - and most probably has cut their expenses by neglecting maintenance of their equipment, like the failed pump! The spill wasn't "experienced" on Thursday. It was simply noticed for the first time on Thursday!

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/13/3448678/freedom-industries-spills-again/

The company responsible for letting 10,000 gallons of a mysterious chemical seep into West Virginia’s water this past January experienced another spill at its site on Thursday, this time from an overflowing trench of potentially contaminated stormwater, according to state officials.

Inspectors from the state Department of Environmental Protection noticed water overflowing into the Elk River from a containment trench at Freedom Industries’ site in Kanawha County on Thursday night at 5 p.m — the same site that leaked into the river in January, poisoning the drinking water supply for approximately 300,000 people. A sump pump that was supposed to send overflow to a storage tank had stopped working, inspectors said.

As of early Friday, the overflow had stopped, and a spokesperson for West Virginia American Water assured that initial tests showed no detection of crude MCHM, the mysterious coal-cleaning chemical that spilled at the site on Jan. 9. The chemical has a distinct licorice smell, but state DEP inspectors said there were no odors reported coming from the site. , but we were there. We smelled it clearly,” she tweeted.WOWK reporter Jessie Shafer, who visited the site in the hours after the spill, said otherwise.

“No odors reported at site today by public, but we were there. We smelled it clearly,” she tweeted.


http://www.wowktv.com/story/25767984/water-testing-underway-near-wva-site-of-spill

The new spill happened on the same day that West Virginia American Water announced that all 16 carbon filters at its water treatment plant had been replaced, showing no more trace amounts of crude MCHM lingering from the initial spill. Six months after the initial spill, many West Virginia residents were still not drinking their water for fear of continued contamination.

The company responsible for the contamination, Freedom Industries, is currently going through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy spurred by the events of the January spill. The bankruptcy shielded it from lawsuits, and since then the company has been increasingly opaque — essentially only breaking its silence to revise spill numbers and admit that more than one chemical had actually spilled.

Gov. Corbett's use of outside legal counsel tops $100 million in 3 years.

Corbett is a classic example of a man who never hires people who are more intelligent or accomplished than himself, and that sets the bar pretty damn low, as witnessed by the 2 guys he's appointed as General Counsel and First Deputy Counsel of the Governor's Office of General Counsel. (These appointments are not subject to State Senate approval.)

For the past 30 years, there has been an absolute glut of law graduates from top tier law schools: lawyers who were Law Review editors, Moot Court champions and clerked for state supreme court justices or federal appellate judges. Corbett avoided this impressive and accomplished pool of candidates and chose James Schultz and Jarad Handelman to head this agency which bills itself as:

Pennsylvania's Law Firm
The Office of General Counsel is committed to providing the Governor and the Executive Branch with expert, responsive, practical and cost-effective legal services necessary to support the administration of Pennsylvania's government for the benefit of the public.


But hey - they both played undergrad football! From their photos, looks like they were fullbacks and are both still on steroids. Schultz has the chutzpah to include in his professional bio that he was a "student law clerk" for a state supreme court justice. That is not a REAL law clerk - REAL law clerks are full time employees of judges and actually write opinions. I was a student law clerk for a Third Circuit Appellate Judge. Easy peasey, boys and girls. I signed up for the opportunity at registration time, and one afternoon a week, for one semester, I got to sit in (with my mouth shut) on the judge's conferences with his REAL law clerks. Easiest 2 credits I earned in law school. I have never seen any lawyer include such a student situation in a resume. That would be a lawyer's equivalent of "I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on TV." Pathetic!

Full disclosure - (Dem.) Rendell made copious use of outside law firms as well, and (GOP)Dick Thornburgh was even investigated for this while governor. When a governor is a lawyer, they like to grease that old revolving door to their former or future employers.

Corbett is a crap lawyer who lets his ego, uninformed by legal acumen, dictate his choice of legal battles. He has employed lawyers lacking the balls and/or the brains to persuade him otherwise. This has resulted in the loss of millions of taxpayer dollars. My suggestion: Outside counsel should be hired on the basis of no win/no fee. The Edgar Snyder approach: "No charges unless we get money for YOU!"

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania employs 498 attorneys at $46 million, but taxpayers spent $32.7 million last year on outside lawyers — and recently ponied up $2 million for private firms to handle three high-profile cases the state lost, records show.
With Corbett's failed attempt to privatize the state lottery — for which the state paid DLA Piper in Philadelphia $2.1 million — and a separate gay marriage case, the state has spent $4.5 million on outside counsel for losing causes.

Over three years, the tab for outside counsel was $100.3 million.

Gov. Tom Corbett won't appeal rulings against the voter ID law or the state's same-sex marriage ban. And last June, U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane tossed Corbett's lawsuit to end NCAA sanctions imposed on Penn State University as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, calling it a “Hail Mary pass.”

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, is among critics of the Republican governor's spending on outside counsel. “The governor has a right to defend his positions, but that's money literally flushed down the toilet,” DePasquale said.


Read more: http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/6201767-74/state-outside-corbett#ixzz341YJmfXz
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Protestors force Govs. Christie/Corbett to duck out the back

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! Protestin' that is! Two notoriously Republican governors were protested today at the iconic Pittsburgh restaurant, Primanti's.

Re-electing fellow Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is “a top priority” for the Republican Governors Association, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said during a campaign event at Primanti Brothers in the Strip District on Friday afternoon. Christie, chair of the RGA and a potential GOP presidential contender, said he is willing to spend “a lot of money” to see Corbett remain in office.

Corbett, a Shaler Republican, said states with Republican governors have a track record of creating jobs and strong economies. Corbett appears to be trailing his Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, by 20 percentage points, according to a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute release this week.

About 10 minutes before the governors arrived at Primantis in black SUVs with tinted windows, protesters holding signs that said “One Term Tom” gathered outside. The crowd grew, then booed and chanted as Corbett, in a white, button-down shirt and no necktie, left Primantis through the back and climbed into the SUV before it pulled away.


Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6236412-74/corbett-republican-christie#ixzz33tRYliKO
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Harvard grad. Toomey trashes EPA report which Harvard report praises.

Among the rest of the self-promoting crap in GOP Senator Toomey's most recent mass emailing was this attack on the environment:

Coal is a domestically sourced, low-cost form of energy which helps sustain jobs for Pennsylvania and beyond. Coal-fired plants have gone to impressive lengths to reduce harmful emissions. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to implement policies that will make energy more expensive for hard-working Pennsylvanians while destroying good, family-sustaining jobs.

As part of the president's on-going "War on Coal," the EPA this week released a new proposed regulation on existing power plants.

This new policy is more of the same old, bad ideas we have seen for the past six years. From making coal-fired electricity prohibitively expensive, to forcing taxpayers to subsidize inefficient energy, to burning more corn in our gas tanks, the President continues to advocate policies that raise prices for consumers and eliminate jobs.



However, Toomey's alma mater, Harvard takes an opposite view to this Neanderthal Senator:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/06/breathing-easier-over-electricity/

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its long-awaited draft regulations on carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, which would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. Just days before Monday’s announcement, scientists from Harvard and Syracuse universities released a study highlighting the potential health benefits of such changes.

While the federal regulations, to be finalized next year, are aimed at reducing the emission of globe-warming carbon dioxide, since they would decrease pollutants from power plant smokestacks, there is a significant ancillary benefit for human health.

Studies have indicated that air pollutants like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and fine particulate matter that penetrate deeply into the lungs not only harm people with pulmonary conditions such as asthma, they also affect the cardiovascular system and can lead to thousands of premature deaths, along with thousands of days lost from work and school because of illness.


Do please take time to go to this link and you will see two striking, national maps indicating the percent of reduction in summer peak 8 hour ozone and fine particulate matter. "The maps (images 1, 2), which depict the benefits of reducing co-pollutants of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, are a close approximation of the clean air benefits the EPA standards are likely to achieve." You will see that no state benefits as much as Pennsylvania, and within the state, Southwest Pennsylvania benefits the very most. What a miserable excuse for a public servant this man is!

Judge approves Sandusky investigative report; Corbett to have chance to respond

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

HARRISBURG — A judge overseeing the release of Attorney General Kathleen Kane's report on why the investigation of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky took almost three years on Tuesday approved that report, which now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett, the former attorney general, for a response. The report examines whether Corbett delayed the investigation for political reasons as he ran for governor in 2010.

Kane told the Tribune-Review on Monday that the report may be released this month. She hired Widener University Law School professor H. Geoffery Moulton to conduct the investigation as a special deputy paid $74 an hour.

Moulton is a former federal prosecutor who investigated the FBI's handling of the 1993 Waco Branch Davidian compound in which 76 people were killed.

The report, fulfilling a campaign promise for Kane, a Democrat, comes at a critical time for the Republican governor, who is trying to tie together a difficult state budget while facing a deficit exceeding $1.2 billion in an election year. He trails Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf in an early poll for the November election.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6223333-74/report-kane-corbett#ixzz33fqI4GKJ
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Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6223333-74/report-kane-corbett#axzz33IFnYv9t



Our female, Democatic state Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, continues to do an excellent job in office. Great timing on this, coming out just in time for campaign season - Corbett's running for re-election in November. Our Democratic candidate, Tom Wolf is ahead in the polls, 55% to 30%. Can't wait to get a Democratic governor back in Pennsylvania! And to see Corbett raked over the coals for covering up for Sandusky.

Obama Asks Congress to Back $1 Billion Effort to Boost US Military Presence In Europe

Source: Associated Press via Huffington Post



WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States plans to boost its military presence in Europe as tensions simmer in the region over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Standing next to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. would rotate more American troops into the region and called on Congress to provide up to $1 billion to support the effort.

"Under this effort, and with the support of Congress, the United States will preposition more equipment in Europe," Obama said at Warsaw's Belweder Palace.

If approved, the funding will be used to increase military exercises and training missions on the continent, as well as rotations of air and ground forces, the White House said. Officials said Obama was also seeking to ramp up U.S. Navy participation in NATO deployments in the Black and Baltic Seas, plus working to boost the military capacity of non-NATO countries that sit on Russia's border, including Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/03/obama-in-europe_n_5436146.html



Attention Congress! Just Say No! Give the American taxpayers a break.
A billion dollars would be far better spent creating jobs for Americans to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure - highways, bridges, etc.

I thought Obama just gave a speech backing off from the US policing the world.

1st post primary poll: Wolf leads Corbett, 51 to 31%

HARRISBURG — In the first public poll since the May 20 primary, Democrat Tom Wolf holds a 20-point lead over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, an independent New Jersey polling firm found.

Rasmussen Reports, of Asbury Park, a media company specializing in polling, said Wolf holds a 51-31 percent lead over Corbett. A company spokeswoman said Rasmussen does not do “commissioned” polls paid for by clients.

The poll, based on response of 750 likely Pennsylvania voters, was conducted May 27-28 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6215474-74/corbett-wolf-gov#ixzz33VhSnGB6
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PA Gov.Corbett holding firesale on state's natural resources

Now that PA Governor Tom Corbett is facing historically massive odds against being re-elected, he's holding a fire sale for Big Fracking and Big Coal, opening up state parks and lands for fracking and long wall coal mining. The payback will be in major campaign contributions and/or post elective-office board appointments, consultancies, hiring by law firms representing fracking/mining interests, etc.

The Center for Coalfield Justice has appealed a state mining permit allowing a 3,175-acre expansion of Consol Energy's Bailey Mine that the center says will undermine and subside 14 streams in and around Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County.

According to the Washington, Pa.-based environmental organization, the planned longwall mining operation will damage and dry up several of the streams in the park where subsidence caused by the same longwall mine in 2005 resulted in the draining of Duke Lake, a popular 62-acre recreational lake. The lake remains dry today.

"First, Consol destroyed Duke Lake in the middle of Ryerson Station State Park," said Patrick Grenter, CCJ executive director. "Now, they're looking to destroy the streams that flow through the dry lake bed. When will the DEP learn its lesson and just deny the permit? How many more public lands will the state sacrifice to this company?"

The appeal, filed Friday with the state Environmental Hearing Board, seeks revocation of the permit, which, Mr. Grenter said, allows Consol to add five new longwall "panels" and mine an additional 50 million tons of coal from the Pittsburgh coal seam. The state Department of Environmental Protection declined to comment.




Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/05/30/Environmental-group-appeals-Consol-mining-permit-for-Greene-County-park/stories/201405300187#ixzz33ILUOcZy

And just three days after the state primary, and on the Friday before a 3 day holiday weekend, Corbett opened the frackgates to poisoning the air and water at our state parks and forests.

Groups Slam Corbett for Lifting Ban on Fracking in State Forests and Parks

On May 23 Gov. Tom Corbett issued an Executive Order lifting a three-year moratorium on fracking in state forests and parks. Eight environmental organizations immediately issued a joint press release challenging the claim that fracking beneath these areas would have “no long term surface disturbances”, see below. A ‘Protect Our Forests’ rally will be held on Tuesday, June 17 in Harrisburg. (more…



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