Friday, January 31, 2014

Creepy Surveillance Camera Video

Early this morning (Friday, Jan. 31, 2014) one of my cameras picked up this guy scoping out my garage at 4:49am



Unfortunately he didn't trigger the sensor light on my back porch. That won't happen again if he comes back. I've readjusted and tested it. I have 5 sets of them outside + 1 inside the garage itself. Apparently he wasn't deterred by the one that lit him up on my parking pad.

Overall I suppose it's no big deal since even if he did get in, both vans are locked and it's so crowded in there you can't get anything out around them. Plus I have some of the stuff chained and locked.

The point in posting this is to warn others to always lock their garages and install doors without glass in them. This includes the one that raises. Fortunately this guy was probably looking for a easy snatch and grab. I may not be able to prevent this from happening, but having 4 cameras and a bunch of sensor lights doesn't hurt. At least I'd have swell pictures of the guy for the police and posting online. I also have the option of adding more cameras to my present system or moving one of them to the inside of the garage.

'Punxsutawney Phil' To Make His Annual Appearance

This Sunday, February 2nd, 'Punxsutawney Phil' will make his annual appearance at 'Gobblers Knob' in Punxsutawney, Pa... The location is 241 miles West of Allentown, Pa.

The event will be hosted by Phil Deeley president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. PCN will be cablecasting the event live from 6:00 am to 7:30 am. Folks outside of our cable systems viewing areas can watch live via streamed video over the internet courtesy of visitpa.com.

Almost 10,000 people come every year to watch this little furry grundsow ("Prognosticator of Prognosticators") try and outdo meteorologists' predictions. Newcomers may ask why the heck would anyone stand out in the woods overnight doing basically nothing? Well that's not all there is to it. Every year, starting on Friday, Punxsutawney, Pa. gets all gussied up and has numerous events for tourists.

If all this still sounds silly it's probably no more silly then people freezing their butts off without a bathroom for 8 hours at Times Square in New York to watch a ball drop within a minute. Personally speaking I find doing either one rather unappealing. I prefer my warmth and sleep. Best part is I can still do both by pushing the fast forward button on my DVR and not miss a thing. I'm such a weenie, eh? :-)



Most Viewed Post Of The Month (01/2014)

By over a margin of 2 to 1 the most viewed post this month is my post from September 30th, 2013...
     "Faux Outrage Over Obamacare"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Argument Over Minimum Wage

There's something far uglier going on then just opposing an increase. Putting it delicately. There is a war going on by certain selfish bastards who wish to make the lives of people they consider beneath them as miserable as they possibly can. There's nothing wrong with kicking somebody in the butt if they're reluctant to work, but pulling the rug out entirely is another matter.

Let's take a look at the whole picture. The farm bill just passed which takes $8 billion from the food stamp program. The federal government cut off extended unemployment benefits as of January. Many states have already adopted requirements for those receiving unemployment and/or food stamps that they need to apply for three jobs a month.

While I go along with this in order to encourage people back to work we need to also be reasonable and fair about it. It's one thing to kick someone in the butt. Quite another to strangle them by not increasing the minimum wages they will need to live on without these safety nets.

I'll give you a few situations. A person comes into a business asking for a job because he/she is required to in order to maintain their benefits. The employer prior always started someone off at $10.00 an hour. But now this dupe walks in who's in no position to refuse a job or otherwise they'll lose their benefits. The employer fills out the paperwork provided by welfare or unemployment stating they will hire he or she for $7.25. That person has no choice but to accept the job, even if it's much less then they received in benefits.

Oh wait. It doesn't end there. The employer knowing they can't go back to their benefits if they quit, screws them over real good by overworking them with screwy hours. Perhaps even pushing this person enough allowing them to reduce the hours of the $10 an hour person. Yeah I know an employer would never do that, right?

Let's a look at the overall labor picture after millions are forced off of food stamps, welfare and unemployment. Many of them who had full time jobs will now find themselves in a position where they can't find a job that will hire them for more then 20 hours a week. They'd now have to work 80 hours a week to make up for the $14.50 an hour job they once had.

As if things weren't bad enough, I don't know of any part time employer who provides healthcare nor vacations days. So they lost that too. OK, so even though these people may no longer get vacation days, it is possible to get health insurance through the new healthcare exchanges (Obamacare). Wouldn't you know it, these certain 'selfish bastards' are even trying to take that away too!

AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE!
Now it comes time for these workers to retire and in steps the 'selfish bastards' once again.

They want to gut Medicare and some even want to end it altogether. Also reduce Social Security by raising the age of retirement and reducing yearly wage adjustments. So it looks like our 80 hour a week wage earner is going to be forced to keep working well beyond the age of present workers before they qualify.

ANOTHER PRESPECTIVE
You Get What You Pay For
So far I've spoken from an employees point of view. Now let's take a look at it from an employer's. The worst fear of any employer is turnover and training costs. Someone working part time for $7.25 doesn't give a shit. Any employer who is willing to put up with absenteeism, lousy quality/performance, teamwork and excessive training costs won't be around very long. Not unless the government through legislation makes it worth their time by forcing a steady supply of cheap crappy workers to them. That in essence is the direction we are headed.

There's a huge difference between workers being incentivized as opposed to being backed into a corner. I'm certain we shall see the results of choosing one over the other in the not too distant future. Which path do we want to take? The one that encourages people to work and provide a fair living or one that creates two classes of people? The haves and those who will never have.

01/27/2014


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Latest News From Allentown

Satire



Allentown announced it is looking into building a 20,000 seat football stadium. An official said, "Because the arena has become a smashing success before it's even finished, I feel a football stadium would be a perfect addition to add to our already existing sports complexes."

There are two possible locations being considered. One would be inside 'Trexler Memorial Park' because of it's easy access to Routes 222 and 22. The other possible location site might be downtown. According to a spokesperson who is not authorized to speak and wished to remain anonymous, the study is looking into what businesses still remain in the ten hundred block on Hamilton Street as a possible location.

Although the proposed stadium has no football team, it is hoped with the addition of a five level parking deck, a museum and five more restaurants it could potentially be a money maker. Three restaurants already expressed an interest. "The Rusty Grill", "Sam & Ella's" and "Lolita's All Night BYOB (Bring Your Own Broad) Bar & Grill".

As for the museum, it would feature displays of historical and current firearms once used throughout the city.

The upper two top floors of the parking deck would be reserved exclusively to accommodate overnight lodging for out of town guests whether they attend a game or not. Officials also hope this will help relieve the strain on current facilities for the homeless. Heat will be provided by the food exhaust fans from the restaurants below. Another unnamed official said, "There's nothing that could make a person feel more at home then the satisfying aroma of food on the stove. I hope this would serve as a reminder to these people that we haven't forgotten them."

One attraction rejected involved a interactive primate building for visiting tourists. It was suggested that the monkeys would be taught to pick the pockets from visitors while they roamed freely. An objection was raised by the parking authority on the grounds it would be a duplication of services they already provide the city.

Other Local Headlines In The News
     * Lehigh County Water Authority announced it's looking into leasing out it's water agreement with Allentown.

     * Allentown's looking into logging the Lehigh Parkway

     * 80,000 are expected to vote in Allentown's next election
     Republicans are expecting an upset victory

     * Council is considering a measure to require all of Allentown's automobile drivers to be licensed

     * Neuweiler Brewery could become a haunted house attraction this October

     * Allentown seeks to add 300 more rental conversions in 2014

     * Bon Ton announced Hess's may be coming back to downtown Allentown
     Pending NIZ approvals

     * New noise ordinance approved after residents complain
     Currently this affects only one building located 435 Hamilton Street

     * 4 out of 5 city homeowners content living in Allentown
     Latest census indicates only 5 people own the residence they live in

     * Mayor announces measure to eliminate city council
     City council expected to approve the mayor's proposal with one member dissenting

     * Developer announces purchase of the entire city of Allentown and city hall
     State financing expected to approve proposal

     * Allentown School District has huge surplus budget
     In related news, Pa. announces drug testing to begin in Allentown School District

     * Allentown expected to resume train service
     Trains will depart from LVIA for Newark International

     * Long time residents no longer wanted or needed by city officials
     Spokesmen say, old and grey?
     Go away!


Anyone have anything to add?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bunch Of Posts But No Time

I would love to put a huge post together regarding the death of Pete Seeger I so greatly admired.

I also had a post in mind that was about exploding cow farts I found somewhat humorous.

I also intended to post a video of my favorite performance at Sunday's Grammys

Unfortunately I've been very busy filing online my 2013 taxes. Trying to get the Lenovo tablet straightened out that refused to embrace my router to go online. The monthly backups for all of my computers. The noisy fan in my main computer's power supply that decided to act up. This alongside the repeated snow shoveling in the back alley and helping watch the daughter's newly born twins now that she's gone back to work at the hospital for her 12 hours shifts. I'll put all this off until I can find the time to post something else when I have more time.


Instead I'll leave everyone with this (not so burning) question.

Does anyone really give a hoot about tonight's 'state of the union' address, if so why?.

The Real God We Worship

Let's not kid ourselves, the only real God we worship is the God of money. Governments don't exist without money. Churches can't exist without money. People spend their whole lives in pursuit of this imaginary God. Most of our lives and decisions all revolve around this false illusion that somehow, if we follow the pursuit of money we will succeed to a higher level of happiness in this life alongside the disciples of the this imaginary God. I have news for you. The club isn't accepting new members.

You want to know the truly odd thing about money?
It doesn't exist!

It's a game made up to measure one's worth against another person. Those who perpetrate this illusion laugh at the fools who think they can somehow beat the deceivers at their game. Ain't never going to happen!

Whenever something doesn't seem to make sense (politically or otherwise) I redirect my thoughts to follow the money trail. Take for example the phrase, "God loves the poor". Well if that's the case he sure has a funny way of showing it. Gee I wonder who came up with that one? Could it be the those who don't want any trouble from the smucks who aren't buying into their game? Of course it is!

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with someone becoming a billionaire if they think that will make them happy. I wouldn't know what to do with that kind money myself anyway. What I do have a problem with is when they screw over other people to get that way. To many of them it's no longer a game of not how much they can accumulate (which they could never spend in a lifetime), but rather taking every bit of the pie and leaving little for anyone else. Sometimes it's not how rich you are, but how poor you can make everyone else.

I Repeat.. "Money Doesn't Exist"
The game's rigged
2010


Monday, January 27, 2014

Baltimore Loves Cars.. Lots of 'Em!

Especially when a...

"God bless the drivers of Maryland, whose government officials have been experimenting on them for years by placing their driving records and insurance rates in the hands of unreliable private contractors for years." My Comments About The Article Above
What a swell way to pick motorists pockets not only for the private contractor, but the City of Baltimore and insurance companies who customers' rates were jacked up after drivers were ticketed.

New York City is coming at this from a different angle. They are presently experimenting with 'E-ZPass' scanners on certain city streets. Although NYC hasn't disclosed exactly why they are there, many New Yorkers spotted them.

I know cities are hard up for money because revenues are down. Do they not understand why? It's because peoples' are too. They're not helping the situation with these kind of shenanigans. If I didn't know any better I'd suspect there might even be a bit of dishonesty afoot, eh?

Why am I bringing this up?
Monkey see. Monkey do.
Will our city take a crack at this too?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Swedish Marines- "Grease Lightning"

Swedish soldiers parody "Grease Lightning" in Afghanistan in 2013


Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Kind Of Mood I'm In

One of the main passions I enjoy is music and what it says about how one feels emotionally. When words fail I resort to music to express the kind of mood I'm in. What follows are videos expressing the kind of mood I'm in this weekend.The first video speaks to me of homeless situation in Allentown (which was a big issue this week).

The 2nd video expresses my continuing frustration with the lack of interest via comments left on this blog.

The 3rd music video is a continuation along this same line. Numerous people comment on only 3 other blogs in the Lehigh Valley. They have totally abandoned all the other bloggers as well as myself. What makes one or two bloggers ("just another brick in the wall") more special then the dozen or so of others here in the Lehigh Valley who get no comments either? (Check it out for yourself-- Click on the other blogs on the right hand of this screen)

Finally the 4th video reminds me as to why I am I frittering away my time blogging? It's because I've got too much time on my hands.



(1) The Williams Brothers- "I'm Just A Nobody"



(2) Roger Waters - "Is There Anybody Out There?"



(3) Pink Floyd- "Another Brick In The Wall"



(4) Styx - "Too Much Time On My Hands" (1981)


There's a couple of other thoughts I'd like to express...
I follow the dozen or so of other bloggers here in the Lehigh Valley. It disappoints me when readers don't appreciate their hard work (other then on only 3 other blogs). People should leave comments of encouragement to them.

I did continuously for the first 2 years or so when I first started blogging. The links, comments and respect I gave them weren't returned in-kind (except for 2 or 3 of them who supported me). Maybe some deserve no more attention then they themselves are willing to give to others or myself. Hence why I've gotten away from supporting them via links and words of encouragement.

That doesn't mean readers shouldn't if they enjoy their writings. Even if people think little of this blog, I strongly encourage people to support the local bloggers. That in of itself would be encouragement enough for me.

Thanks,
           LVCI

Friday, January 24, 2014

Syria- Things Are Out Of Hand


You know things are out of hand when even Ayman al-Zawahiri the Al Qaeda leader calls for peace in Syria among the rival rebel groups-- "'We call on all our brothers in all the jihadist groups... to work towards ending this sedition, which will lead to only God knows what.'

The Syrian peace talks began in Switzerland Wednesday (01/22/2014). Critics of Obama question why the United States doesn't get involved. The simple answer is involved with who?

Syria's turned into such a free-for-all that even the Al-Qaeda-leader is confused as to who is who. The only way I see this ending is when enough people doing the fighting are killed or become exhausted by this war. Unfortunately this is such a mess no one outside the Syrians themselves can bring an end to the bloodshed. Not the USA, Russia, the various disjoined factions of Muslims fighting nor Al Qaeda. It's the Syrian peoples' war. Only they can bring an end to the fighting.

This Syrian war is just the same kind of stupid shit mankind has been doing for tens of thousands of years. Especially when it comes to the 'my God can kick your God's ass' reasons for doing them. You'd think by now we'd learn. Obviously not!

All wars are stupid.. PERIOD!


BTW...
God thinks you're all a bunch of assholes


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Allentown Homeless Can Stay At YMCA

... for 32.5 hours a week

"It was announced Wednesday (01/22/2014) that through a partnership with the City of Allentown, Lehigh County, and the Allentown YMCA-YWCA, the Allentown YMCA-YWCA will open as a temporary shelter on certain Code Blue nights... The YMCA-YWCA will allow people into a gym and offer bleachers and floor space Monday through Thursday from about 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m." While that's a good thing, it's still not your father's good ole' YMCA :-)

1978


Greater Details Can Be Found At Lehigh Valley Live.com...
Allentown YMCA-YWCA to open emergency homeless shelter for cold nights

Also See My Previous Post..
Allentown Homeless.. We're On It!



UPDATED
(10/07/2014)

WFMZ is reporting, "A homeless shelter that can accommodate at least 50 people will open in the middle of Allentown on Nov. 1"

End Near For CATV

Before we begin this discussion it's important to define what 'CATV' stands for. Many believe it's a abbreviation for 'CAbleTV. Actually it's a acronym for 'Community Access Television' or 'Community Antenna Television'. It's important to know this before we can discuss why CATV is near certain to go away in the future.

What Today's TV Will Become In The Future
I will go into greater detail explaining how this will come about later. In the not too distant future all of today's televisions (except for smart TV's) will be rendered useless. Today's current cable TV providers will transition themselves away from providing the traditional RF TV channels. Instead nearly all will become internet providers offering VOD (Video On Demand) services only.

Viewers will rent or be given converter boxes that can be used for today's current TV's that are not internet capable (smart-TVs). Instead of switching channels to watch a program, users will select entirely from VOD offerings. Some will be free. Others varying in price. At the end of each billing cycle customers will be charged for each program they watched that month. In some cases customers may order up a VOD package deal, like let's say for an entire season of their favorite program. Some viewers already buy DVD's of a program's entire season. Instead cable operators can make the same offer by streaming them via VOD instead.



In other words future TV will be a 'pay-as-you-go' proposition. The days of free over the air broadcasts will be phased out. That's the short explanation.


HERE ARE THE DETAILS
Some of network giants already positioned themselves by buying up cable companies. Recent court decisions (some favorable, others not) are pushing TV execs towards delivering their products via VOD. These same entertainment giants also own movie & TV production studios. Therefore they not only have an interest in marketing their networks and the TV stations they own, but also using VOD as way to deliver their other entertainment products all in one place. In other words they can control the entire industry from point of manufacture to delivery in each of the individual homes.

Court Actions
Aereo TV offers over-the-air broadcast to customers. Unlike CATV companies who are forced to pay broadcasters Aereo exploited a loop hole. I've already told you it was important to understand what CATV stands for 'Community Antenna Television'. All the laws are set up for cable companies who rely on one antenna. Aereo on the other hand sets up individual antennas for each one of their customers in select cities. They stream only a over-the-air TV station through the internet to one individual customer at a time. Since they are not legally defined as a CATV company, they so far have prevailed in the courts from having to pay broadcasters. Broadcasters are screaming holy hell. This issue is now headed before the Supreme Court

In response these huge companies threaten to pull the plug on the over-the-air TV stations they own where Aereo is operating. Keep in mind this wouldn't cripple their locally owned TV stations because the broadcasters have been maneuvering themselves by buying up cable systems. This still allows them to deliver their content.

While this has been playing out in court behind the scenes there's been another courtroom drama taking place. It concerns 'Internet Neutrality'. This time the big boys came out ahead in court. Last Tuesday (01/14/2014) a DC Circuit Court ruled the FCC has no authority to enforce 'network neutrality' rules.

I'm not going into great depth explaining what this means. Simply put under this ruling internet providers can control the speeds of internet content provided to their customers. Website partners or customers could be assigned tiers of service by how much they are willing to pay. Take for example Comcast Cable (NBC) offered a VOD for a TV series or movie they owned or were partners with. Then let us suppose 'Amazon' offered the same. Under this ruling it would allow Comcast to throttle up delivery speeds for their VOD and throttle down Amazon's.

What this could mean for an individual customer is even if they are paying for one speed they may not be able to watch YouTube at the same speed as a customer who pays more for that particular tier of service. In essence.. different sites... different levels of service depending on both what the operator of the website is willing to pay and the internet customer.


SYNOPSIS
As you can see the industry through court maneuverings and buyouts have been moving in this direction for sometime. (1) Eventually you will need a converter box that will only stream pay-as-you-go (VOD) programming.

(2) Over-The-Air will go away in many cities (if not all).

(3) Just because someone pays for a VOD doesn't mean they will be free of advertisements. Free of paying for a rental unit. Nor paying a basic fee for the service. In addition having to pay more for one show that is more popular then a other.
Networks have already taken many of their new shows off of their locally owned over-the-air broadcast TV stations. Choosing instead to air them on CATV channels they also own. Which in many cases are carried on the very cable company they now own as well.

Hence CATV, as we now know it, may very well go the way of steam locomotives and horses in the not too distant future.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Emergency Parking-- Dittos Ron Beitler


"It is not the government’s job to hold your hand every time it snows. If you see it’s snowing outside and you park your car on a public road you then have the responsibility to find out if a snow emergency is declared. That’s on you. It’s part of the responsibility of owning a car and parking it on public streets in the winter."

Pennsylvania Pulled The Old Switcheroo

Harkin back to 2002 when Gov. Ed Rendell ran for office. He promised homeowners tax relief in exchange for approving slots and casinos?

After the passage of Act 1 in 2006 homeowners apparently starting counting their chickens before they hatched because look what has happened since.

Next time Pennsylvania politicians say they want to save taxpayers money, we should all ask ourselves how much is it going to cost us this time!

The premise seemed like a good idea. Allowing a limited 51,000 slots and revenue from them to go towards homeowners was a soft sell. Perhaps some homeowners might have even thought they'd get a check. Nope. The money went to the school districts and we never saw it. Nor saw the promised reductions either.

Why not?
Here's a clue... Governor Corbett's 2011-2012 budget cut over $1.1 billion from education funds earmarked for local districts. Last January it was reported in 2012 Pa. made $1.3 billion in revenue from slots. What a coincidence, eh?

We came a long way baby
Then in January 2010 Pennsylvania allowed table games to be added. This initially brought in another $250 million for the state. As of October 2012 it's now has grown to $2.5 billion. Then in November 2013 Pennsylvania passed a law allowing gambling to take place in bars. This is expected to bring in another $150 million to the state and about $13 million spread out amongst municipalities where they reside.

This may seem like good news for homeowners. It's not. Since table games have been added, slot revenue has gone flat. Property tax payers will not see one thin dime from the table revenues nor bar gambling because it wasn't written into the law. Only the revenue from the slots.



What we have here friends is ye ole' 'bait & switch'. Anyone other than being a Harrisburg politician would likely end up in jail if they tried to pull this off.





A QUICK ANALYSIS
Casinos are being used as a tool to mask billion$ of dollars in increased taxes. Nearly every dollar credited to Pa. homeowners' property tax bill, is matched dollar for dollar by cuts to funds going to local school districts.


After getting their foot in the door (by promising property tax relief and only allowing slots), the state went on to include revenue from table games and the soon to be gambling in bars for itself. Neither of which will go towards property tax relief.


All together this will generate over $2.5 billion in revenue for the state in 2014. Additional tax revenue Pa. would have never have had if we never approved gambling in the first place.. ($1.5b from table games + $150M bar gambling + $1.1b cuts to education funding).

Slice it. Dice it any way you want, as a result of homeowners being suckered in by promises of property tax relief (we never got) the state is making out like a bandit. Next time Pennsylvania promises tax relief, I'd lube up for the inevitable of what is sure to follow. Then again, I'm the kind of guy who's confused as to why anyone still believes they're actually saving money by paying for something at a 20% off sale.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another Fracking Worry!

National public radio brought up an interesting point back in May 2013-- "...concern from some New York City residents is that the shale gas they receive from Pennsylvania contains higher levels of radon — an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas.... Michael Arthur, co-director of Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research says it’s a complex issue worth studying more. “The problem is that radon can be produced with natural gas,"

What this means for many of us who've used the radon test kits in out homes is we have no idea just how much radon may or may not be naturally occurring in our homes. When I tested mine I wasn't aware of this. So I have no way of remembering whether we used the gas stove's burners or oven when I ran this test.

This leads me to wonder how may people might have paid for unneeded basement radon eradication equipment for their home. These same people could still be exposed irregardless by using their gas stoves unaware that it may be the source.

This scientific publication by Marvin Resnikoff says radon gas has a half life of just under 4 days. This is not a concern for gas coming from 1000's of miles away. However someone who's home is 400 miles from the source, with gas moving into their homes at 10 mph would receive a dose of 76% of whatever the original amount was.

Natural gas consumers have no way of knowing how much radon was present at the drill head or where their gas comes from. That could be a real concern for us here in Pennsylvania where over 6,000 fracking sites received drilling permits. Many of which are less then a few 100 miles from our homes here in the Lehigh Valley. I'm not certain even our local supplier may know since the gases from these drilling sites get all mixed together.

Proponents of fracking say Resnikoff's FOS



10/2011- Resnikoff Said..


If there's One Thing That Is Certain...
     It Is, That Nothing Is For Certain.. Somebody's FOS

This is yet one more reason why I support the elimination of all forms fossil fuel energies. Wind, solar and bioenergy should be the only way we go moving forward. They carry none of the risks associated with fossil fuels.

I'm So Old School !!

Pardon me for being ignorant in thinking the food manufacturer listed on the label was the company that actually made the stuff.



"Truitt Brothers Inc., an East Bernstadt, Ky. establishment is recalling approximately 1.77 million pounds of shelf-stable pasta and ground beef products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen...

The products subject to recall include:
•3.3-pound cases containing six, 9-ounce microwaveable containers of “Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets "




Next thing you'll be telling me is Colonel Sanders never actually worked in the pentagon and that he spent only 3 months in the Army as a truck driver in Cuba !

Monday, January 20, 2014

Today The United States Honors MLK

It wasn't always that way. According to Letters of Note, agents of the FBI sent the following letter anonymously to MLK in November of 1964 "along with a cassette that contained allegedly incriminating audio recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms.""In view of your low grade... I will not dignify your name with either a Mr. or a Reverend or a Dr. And, your last name calls to mind only the type of King such as King Henry the VIII...

King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all of us Negroes. White people in this country have enough frauds of their own but I am sure they don't have one at this time anywhere near your equal. You are no clergyman and you know it. I repeat you are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that. You could not believe in God... Clearly you don't believe in any personal moral principles.

King, like all frauds your end is approaching. You could have been our greatest leader. You, even at an early age have turned out to be not a leader but a dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile. We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins, a man of character and thank God we have others like him. But you are done. Your "honorary" degrees, your Nobel Prize (what a grim farce) and other awards will not save you. King, I repeat you are done.

No person can overcome facts, not even a fraud like yourself... I repeat — no person can argue successfully against facts... Satan could not do more. What incredible evilness... King you are done.

The American public, the church organizations that have been helping — Protestant, Catholic and Jews will know you for what you are — an evil, abnormal beast. So will others who have backed you. You are done.

King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation."
See: How The FBI Invaded Martin Luther King Jr.'s Privacy -- And Tried To Blackmail Him Into Suicide

Dealing With Parking During A Snow Emergency


On a bitterly cold winters morning a husband and wife were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, "We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snow plows can get through."

So the good wife went out and moved her car.

A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, "We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd numbered side of the street, so the snow plows can get through."

The good wife went out and moved her car again.

The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today.

You must park...." Then the electricity went out.


The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, "I don't know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow plows can get through?"


Then with the love, patience and understanding in his voice that all men should exhibit, the husband replied, "This time why don't you just leave the car in the garage."

Another Obamacare Myth: Long ER Lines


The lines of patients waiting to get in the ER's has been steadily increasing for decades. Long before healthcare reform came along. More about that in minute.

First off it's preposterous that anyone be taken seriously for claiming 'Obamacare' is to blame for mainly two reasons.


(1) Critics have repeatedly pointed out how few have signed up. Then flip around and blame long lines at the ER as if there were suddenly a huge influx of those who just became insured under 'Obamacare'. It's either one or the other. It can't be both at the same time.

(2) Obamacare just kicked in on January 1st (less then 3 weeks ago). Those critical of 'Obamacare' obviously never had the pleasure of visiting a ER in the past 10 or 20 years.

Let's take a quick look back in time.01/01/2001-"In fact, the average wait for emergency treatment nationwide is about two hours."
04/04/2002-"The American Hospital Association reported its national survey found that one in three emergency rooms are so crowded that ambulances are sometimes diverted to other hospitals."
I was going to go through these every year from 2001 till now, but as you can see long waits and overcrowding has been a problem for over a decade. Certainly years long before Barack Obama even thought about campaigning to be President. This is another one of those nonsensical statements claiming "It's Obama's Fault".

The real reasons why patients are forced to wait in the ER (1) ER's are not set up to take the patients on a first come, first serve basis. Rather the ones needing the most medical attention (triage) get sent to the front of the line. This means if 10 other patients need immediate medical attention they will be seen before someone that doesn't, even if that person came in hours before they.

(2) The whole medical system has evolved over the years. At one time general practice family physicians would arrange for their patients to be checked in. They cannot do that anymore. Almost 100% of each and every check in comes through the ER.

(3) At one time family physicians would either come to the office or to a patient's home to provide urgent care for their patients after hours. This is not how it works today. Anyone needing to see their family physician after hours will always be told to go to the ER.

(4) Finally it's because of the kind of patients that end up in the ER. Hospitals are required to provide urgent treatment. Private physician practices are not. So where do you think everyone without insurance ends up? Indeed if there's been ever increasing lines at the ER these past several years it's not because people have insurance, but rather the lack of it.

It is possible the newly insured under the new healthcare insurance might minimally impact wait times. However I greatly doubt most will go to the ER for wellness checks. Especially knowing how long they have to wait. I tend to believe hardly anyone is going to go the ER unless they are sick. Mostly the same number as before, whether they were insured under 'Obamacare' or not. Maybe a increase of 7% tops like in Massachusetts when medical coverage was first expanded there in 2006.

While critics of the new healthcare law may have some legitimate gripes, long lines at the ER isn't one of them.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Owning Smart Appliances Is Dumb

Here's why..


"Hackers use ‘smart’ refrigerator to send 750,000 virus-laced emails"



It's not just about the email.
Keep in mind these appliances currently don't have virus/malware protection.

No one could be thrilled to come home discovering some hacker turned on all the burners and the oven in their kitchen stove. Starting someone's car in the garage below their bedroom while they are sleeping. Set the heating thermostat to 90 degrees. Turn on the next door neighbor's electronics to full volume or any other neat little surprises this kind of technology offers.

I'm also fairly certain the secret service or FBI isn't going arrest the refrigerator. Someone would probably stand a better chance of them cuffing the voice going off in their head before that would happen :-)

Read Also...
Other Problems With Smart Appliances


Smartphones, How Far We've Come...

since 1991

Steve Cichon @ Trending Buffalo points out...

The Smartphone Has Effectively Replaced All The
Technology Offered In This 1991 Radio Shack Ad

"You’d have spent $3054.82 in 1991 to buy all the stuff"


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Passenger Rail Doesn't Make Financial Sense

Local advocates who are still breezing around the Lehigh Valley advocating for passenger rail service aren't going to like what I'm about to say.

Philly.com disclosed the top salaries of Amtrak executives. That's not what struck me as the most important part of what was written.

What I found most enlightening was despite 85,000 passengers a day riding Amtrak's 300 trains in 2012 taxpayers still had to kick in another $1.3 billion on top of the fares!

If you check out Amtrak's latest budget report released on January 3, 2014 financially things aren't looking a whole lot different for 2013. According to the latest yearend projections (as of September 2013) Amtrak's looking at a net operations loss of around $1.125 billion.

Those who disagree with my prior posts critical of the cost and practicality of rail transportation might argue we spend lots more on highways. My answer would be.. ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Amtrak's 85,000 passengers a day represent only a teeny tiny fraction of America's daily travelers. The Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia alone handles 163,000 vehicles a day which contain multiple passengers. Common sense dictates here we have a highway that handles well over twice the number people and in no way conceivable cost us $1.3 billion a year to operate.

There certainly are good reasons to support trains carrying freight. This is an area where rails excel in costs and are a plus when it comes to relieving big rig traffic on the highways.

However, as far as passenger rail, I remain steadfast in my opposition. One time they made sense before the interstates were built or the majority of people didn't have access to their own transportation. Technology moves on. Alas passenger trains now belong in our nostalgic thoughts and museums alongside horse buggies, canal barges and kerosene lanterns. The practicality for them no longer exists.



BSD Considering Outsourcing Teachers

"Bethlehem Area School District is considering outsourcing its substitute teachers, a move that would allow the district to avoid monitoring whether substitutes are eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act." My Comments About The Article Above
Does anyone think it will stop there?
What's to keep the administrators from 'outsourcing' full time teachers next year?

Here, I have an idea. Why not 'outsource' the entire administration by hiring a outside management firm while we're at it?

These hot-shots in the school administration, who seem to think they are irreplaceable, should think twice before putting it to those under themselves...


Friday, January 17, 2014

Report A Pothole

Pennsylvania state highway motorists can call 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).
In Allentown, Pa. the hotline number to report a pothole is 610-437-8775.
In Bethlehem (to report debris in streets or other problems) (610) 865-7065.


I've snooped around and haven't found others.

If someone wants to add to the list, feel free to do so.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Allentown Homeless.. We're On It!

It's just taking us a while.
     Maybe the city leaders think everyone should chill out for a few more years.

I've always been of the mindset that if those in charge don't want to deal with a problem they form a committee.

Committees are a great way of getting everyone involved to work around a problem without actually having do something.

What follows are some brief copy/paste excerpts regarding Allentown dealing with it's homeless problem in chronological order.


Allentown’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness by 2017
First Lady’s Commission to End Chronic Homelessness Commission Report
June 4, 2007
"Allentown’s ten-year plan consists of an evaluation process that includes a Data Collection Process Evaluation and a Planning Process"

SOURCE: City Of Allentown
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Allentown details its homeless strategy
City looks to end issue with 10-year plan that includes more housing
June 05, 2007
By Kathleen Parrish Of The Morning Call
"Some of the goals of the plan include: Making 15 permanent housing units available each year for a total of 150."

SOURCE: The Morning Call
~ ~ ~ ~ ~

NEWS RELEASE
October 8, 2009

HOMELESSNESS COMMISSION ISSUES 2ND YEAR REPORT

The Allentown Commission to End Chronic Homelessness says its second year efforts have reflected a greater integration of successful practices and a more unified community approach to the issue of homelessness in the City of Allentown....

Steering Committee Co-chairs First Lady Lisa Pawlowski and Allentown Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development Lauren Giguere and commission members released a summary of second year activities during a morning news conference in city hall....

The commission was formed in June 2006 to create and implement a plan to end homelessness within 10 years in the city. At its inception, the commission was comprised of 53 members representing civic and government offices, private business, social service and religious professionals. Participants recognized a need to address the needs of chronic homeless and to tighten up the safety net.

SOURCE: City Of Allentown
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Allentown on track to end chronic homelessness in city
October 09, 2009

By Arlene Martinez OF THE MORNING CALL
"The mayor also discussed the $1.2 million the city received in federal stimulus funds to help combat homelessness... It doled out the rest of the money to Catholic Charities, the Lehigh Valley Conference of Churches, the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, the Salvation Army and Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.... The agencies will use the money for homelessness prevention, education and outreach, job training and and help move others into permanent housing."

SOURCE: The Morning Call
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Allentown residents urge city hall to open its doors to the homeless
January 15, 2014
Colin McEvoy | The Express-Times
"Councilman Joe Davis said a council committee will host a public meeting on Feb. 12 to discuss the ongoing implementation of a long-term housing plan, which would include homelessness issues."

SOURCE: Lehigh Valley Live.com
~ ~ ~ ~ ~


As you can see Allentown has been pondering this problem for almost eight years now (since 2006). They set a goal not too steep for themselves. The hopes are by 2017 this committee will have this problem licked. So hence everybody needs to chill out. The freezing homeless still have 3 years to wait and see how this all turns out.

BTW
Anyone else notice which months these stories were released in 2007 and 2009?


Like I said, one sure fire way to get out of doing something is to form a committee



UPDATED
(01/22 & 23/2014)

The Morning Call- Allentown: We have enough shelter space for the homeless
Lehigh Valley Live: Allentown rejects call for more homeless shelter, says space already exists
WFMZ: Francis Dougherty indicates Allentown has enough shelters

Letter Courtesy of...
Grass-Roots Alliance for Neighborhood Development (GRAND)


Also Check Out My 01/23/2014 Post Follow-Up...
Allentown issues Code Blue and opens YMCA as a shelter



UPDATED
(10/07/2014)

WFMZ is reporting, "A homeless shelter that can accommodate at least 50 people will open in the middle of Allentown on Nov. 1"

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

NIZ.. Getting Ahead Of Ourselves

"The Holiday Inn at 904 Hamilton St. is hoping to borrow $1.8 million in Neighborhood Improvement Zone tax money to renovate the hotel and establish a first-class restaurant at the building's ground level... the Holiday Inn has not been profitable and currently has a roughly 35 percent occupancy rate, which the owners hope will improve to the lower 60s after the arena opens." My Comments About The Article Above
Enough said. I think this kind of speaks for itself.

However there are a couple of things I want to add.
How many of each and everyone of you readers have ever stayed overnight for a entertainment or sporting event?

The other is the difference between socialism and the NIZ.
     With socialism, peoples' tax money is deferred and the government retains ownership.
     With the NIZ, peoples' tax money is deferred and certain private individuals retain ownership

What both have in common is us idiots who are forced to pay extra for the lost tax revenues from these projects. I fail to see why I, as a taxpayer, need to help fund commercial business ventures and their owners who's own investors aren't willing to accept these kinds of risks.