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NO QUESTION
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TOTARO/FRY
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THE GAY GUYS
HARRY ENG
WOMEN AND PARTON
HERR, BOYD & LIARS
HARPER IS SANDWICHED
BEATING A PATH
VONDERHEIDE & CRY BABIES
LANCASTER/RACISM
PULL THE PLUG!
KIRK & HARPER
RESOLUTION 37
SOUL AND PASSION!
ALL ABOARD
SUPER JERKS
STEWART OPINION
DEVON SMITH
END IT NOW
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SEXISM & MURDER
DOUBLE CROSSED
JOURNALISTS
A FAMILY TRAGEDY
BANANAS & BRETT
WHO'S WATCHING BRETT?
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FEAR FACTOR
DESCENT INTO MADNESS
BURIED IN DEBT
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GRAND JURY - FULL VIEW
INJUSTICE - RIVERA
INVESTIGATE PSP/STEVENS
COVER-UPS & LIES
DON'T MAKE ME MAD
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JOURNEY OF PAIN
CHRISTY MIRACK
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RENTERIA - STEWART MISTRIAL
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INJUNCTIONS
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LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES
DOG DAYS - LANCASTER POLICE
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JUSTICE – LANCASTER COUNTY STYLE

 

“We want to make sure all evidence of exactly what happened here is preserved.”

[James Gratton, defense attorney for David Ludwig, quoted in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Records: 18-year-old, friend plotted armed raid.”]

Tomorrow, I’m going to address this and why there might be real concern in Lancaster County about evidence preservation and other such legal matters.

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

~ Young Gib is Toast! ~

THE MAGNITUDE OF $129 A DAY

 

 

    Young Gib, your days are numbered.  “Consider the magnitude of the decisions our constituents are asking us to make.”  That is Young Gib being quoted by WGAL and the article is here.   Apparently, Young Gib has to frequently decide when to eat at Lapp’s Family Restaurant (see yesterday’s post “Turkeys Everywhere”).  Please read this WGAL report.  Amazing!  Old Gib and Young Gib are going to be swept out!

 

Please check back this weekend for more on Young Gib, District Attorney Donald Totaro and the Lititz double homicide.

 

TURKEYS EVERYWHERE

I WORK SO HARD

     “According to Armstrong, he helps some constituents make trips to the Capitol building in Harrisburg, attends community events like the auction last week and regularly visits Lapp’s Family Restaurant along Lincoln Highway.  ‘It’s important to me to stay connected to the people I work so hard to serve,’ he said.”

“Cutler to face Armstrong in 100th primary,” by Dave Pidgeon, today’s Intell.

    There is simply too much meat here (refer to Lapp’s) to deal with today, so I will give Young Gib the attention he so richly deserves tomorrow or over the weekend.  Who is paying for those regular visits to Lapp’s Family Restaurant, anyway?

JUSTICE – LANCASTER COUNTY STYLE

 

“We want to make sure all evidence of exactly what happened here is preserved.”

[James Gratton, defense attorney for David Ludwig, quoted in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Records: 18-year-old, friend plotted armed raid.”]

Tomorrow, I’m going to address this and why there might be real concern in Lancaster County about evidence preservation and other such legal matters.

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

~ Young Gib is Toast! ~

THE MAGNITUDE OF $129 A DAY

 

 

    Young Gib, your days are numbered.  “Consider the magnitude of the decisions our constituents are asking us to make.”  That is Young Gib being quoted by WGAL and the article is here.   Apparently, Young Gib has to frequently decide when to eat at Lapp’s Family Restaurant (see yesterday’s post “Turkeys Everywhere”).  Please read this WGAL report.  Amazing!  Old Gib and Young Gib are going to be swept out!

 

Please check back this weekend for more on Young Gib, District Attorney Donald Totaro and the Lititz double homicide.

 

TURKEYS EVERYWHERE

I WORK SO HARD

     “According to Armstrong, he helps some constituents make trips to the Capitol building in Harrisburg, attends community events like the auction last week and regularly visits Lapp’s Family Restaurant along Lincoln Highway.  ‘It’s important to me to stay connected to the people I work so hard to serve,’ he said.”

“Cutler to face Armstrong in 100th primary,” by Dave Pidgeon, today’s Intell.

    There is simply too much meat here (refer to Lapp’s) to deal with today, so I will give Young Gib the attention he so richly deserves tomorrow or over the weekend.  Who is paying for those regular visits to Lapp’s Family Restaurant, anyway?

THE DONALD AND LIGHT BULBS

    I am simply flabbergasted by a number of things today.  The first is Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro.  Desperate to save his job and in the current national spotlight, the poor man can’t explain why he convened a grand jury for the second time in less than four years in Lancaster.  So a light bulb went off – he’ll use the grand jury to investigate the hiring of Gary Heinke!  This is truly, truly rich.  And he is going to personally prosecute David Ludwig.  Oh, my!  There will be much more on The Donald this weekend.

TAXIDERMY-MOUNTED OWLS

    Secondly, by crow, the crows are back!  And get this – this time they are going to use effigies to scare them away!  Yes, folks, that’s right.  I would like to suggest effigies of George Bush and Dick Cheney and possibly Mayor Smithgall.  I think that should do the trick.  In today’s New Era article, “Clouds of crows face dispersal or poison,” it says, “effigies such as taxidermy-mounted owls.”  Are these people nuts?  It’s your money folks.  And who has all of these “taxidermy-mounted owls” lying around anyway?

HE’S BACK

    And, far and away the absolute strangest event of the day is Jeff Hawkes’ column in the Intell, “I can’t place the face, but I know that voice.”  Yes, “Clyde is back.”  Why?  Maybe “Clyde” could be one of the effigies?  Or maybe Dave Hennigan or Jeff Hawkes would make a good effigy?  There is no apparent reason for this insipid column and I believe Hawkes needs to meet with Dr. Fraud as soon as possible.  I would add that there is only one interesting sentence in the entire column and that is “Clyde” asking this, “It will be interesting to see if Mayor Gray keeps Bill Heim on as police chief.”  Yes, it most certainly will.

TURKEYS

    Now, I am going to email the Manheim Township officials with my ideas on who should be used as effigies to scare the crows.  And to think, I was going to write a column today on how to deep-fry a turkey.  There’s always tomorrow…

   

 

           VOTE ‘EM ALL OUT!

 

                       

        “While perusing the stands at the Solanco Fair a couple of weeks ago, I found it humorous that one of my elected officials, State Rep. Gib Armstrong of the 100th District, had a petition at his stand against the enacted pay raise.  This struck me as humorous because Armstrong voted to suspend the house rules so that a vote on the pay raise could take place in the middle of the night.  He then voted against the pay raise, which was the right thing to do.  However, this vote strikes me as merely playing the part to look good to his constituents.  I say this because Armstrong then filled out the paperwork to begin receiving the unconstitutional, unvouchered expenses; thereby utilizing a loophole that allows him to collect the extra money immediately.”

    Yes, that’s exactly what Young Gib did and the above quote is by Daniel P. McCauley of Drumore from a Letter to the Editor of the Intell that was published on October 17, 2005.  

     According to www.pacleansweep.com, the vote was very carefully orchestrated to make sure it passed and try to protect some Representatives.  Young Gib filed for the unvouchered expenses the very next day and then, when the outcry began, said he would give them back.

    All of this brings me again to Patricia Poist’s Sunday News article, “Pa. House hopefuls begin to stir.”  Poist is their political reporter and this article was presented as a news article, not a column.  Poist is speaking of the pay raise and says, “…which incidentally Armstrong was against from the very beginning.”  She provides no proof for this statement but instead just writes it as if it is an unquestionable fact.  Then why did he apply for the raise the very next day, Patricia?  This is really disgraceful journalism.  It is also a turn-around by Young Gib that no one believes.  Gib it up, Armstrong. 

 

Coming tomorrow – a look at Young Gib and “academic freedom.”

 

 

OF TRAGEDY, NEWSPAPERS

 AND NONSENSE

TRAGEDY

    David Ludwig and Kara Borden will continue to dominate the news for days.  In this morning’s Intell article, “CAPTURED,” Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro is quoted as saying, “This was a premeditated, willful and intentional act.  Whether the girl was part of it or not is still being determined.”

    Be careful, Donald.  You have a national audience watching you. Don’t bungle this one.  I predict a plea bargain for Ludwig for life in prison. 

    On the LOL Talkback board the main point of focus is home-schooling and religion.  I have an opinion on home-schooling, but I am not going to voice it (gasp!) as I readily admit it’s a topic I don’t know enough about.  I do agree with today’s Philadelphia Daily News that the two teenager’s websites provide no clues to this tragedy whatsoever.

    I stated over the weekend that I would be calling The Donald to find the status of the Renee Binkley investigation and my addition to his press release list.  In light of all that has happened, I am cutting the hardworking DA a break and will wait until next week.  I will keep you informed.

NEWSPAPERS

    This story, the election, the Cortney Fry case, the convening of a grand jury and so many other things make me long for a quality newspaper or even one that understands what news is.  So my eyes got misty when I happened on this ad on JournalismJobs.com, “The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review seeks an aggressive reporter to uncover stories that others can’t.  We’re the hungrier, more nimble and more enterprising competitor in a city where two newspapers slug it out every day.”  Wow.  Slug it out every day.  That’s the best of all possible journalism worlds.

NONSENSE

    Which sadly brings me to laughable journalism - and Patricia Poist’s Sunday News article, “Pa. House hopefuls begin to stir,” which was not posted online.  Someone is going to announce on Wednesday that they are running against young Gib Armstrong in the 100th district, but Poist, for the life of her, couldn’t find out whom.  And it was her claim months ago that Rick Gray and the Democrats had conducted a “push poll” that first made me question whether she had a brain.  “Push polls” are conducted at the very end of a campaign, however, in this article Poist wrote the following without ever even questioning it: “Stewart Nelson of Little Britain Township, a part-time employee in Rep. Armstrong’s district office, said he received a call to participate in a ‘push poll’ against Armstrong.”

     If he received a call about anything, it was probably a PA Clean Sweep call, and there will be more on that and a Poist lie about Young Gib tomorrow…

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

    David Ludwig has been captured in Indiana according to KYW Radio today at 12:45 p.m.  There was not word on Kara Borden.  I can’t think of anything except the tragedy in Lititz today.   My heart goes out to everyone involved.

    The promised story on Patricia Poist and Representative Gib Armstrong will come tomorrow. 

 

SHADES OF AWFUL

TO THE DOGS

    Oh, my God.  That’s about all I can say this morning.  The Sunday News is going to the dogs.  Who writes an editorial as stupid as “Shades of Gray?”  And I’m going to help this poor clown out.  Adam’s column ends as follows:  “The victory by mayor-elect Rick Gray and the four Democrat council candidates sent a message.  The question to be settled is:  What message?”

HERE’S THE MESSAGE

    Here’s the message, you moron.  People didn’t want a lying, cable-stealing, gun-selling, stupid, back-stabbing mayor any longer.  Got that?

ABUSING THE SYSTEM

    Senator Gib Armstrong is suddenly trying to improve his image as his hotel/convention center crashes and burns.  All of a sudden “Armstrong seeks millions for abuse programs.”   I have no comment except that it ain’t going to save your job, Gib.  Your sudden concern for the welfare of women is a little late.  You’re going to be swept out.

$25 MILLION

    Then there’s a long article on the LCCCA that has me shaking my head and pounding my calculator keys.  I haven’t had enough coffee, yet.  If I figure out what they’ve spent $25 million on, I’ll let you know.

BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN

    It’s going to be an epic battle between Adams and Smart to see which one is stupider and the worst writer.  Wow.  What a contest.  Adams pulls ahead this week with this comment:  “You love ‘em or hate ‘em, but both are hard to ignore.  Columns by Mr. Smart and Ms. Dowd are like the car wreck you try not to stare at, but can’t pull your eyes away from.”  Yuck.

NO PARADE

    Then there’s Smart.  No, you aren’t leading any parade, Smart.  Your butt would be bounced in any other town.  It’s writing like this that has turned thousands away from journalism as a career:  “But it’s difficult not to see the cracks in the facade of conservatism, particularly as the president’s poll numbers continue to sink like a stone and he, in turn, becomes a millstone around conservative necks.”  Yuck. 

 

I NEED TO WALK MY DOG NOW. 

 

OF MOLES AND MOVING FORWARD

HEART

    This is going to be brief today.  In an effort to make this site load faster, the mole now has his own “archive” page and it is here.  I apologize for the poor layout and the horrible background color.  I worked very hard to make the “old” site look good.  When I had to abandon it for this site, I didn’t have the time, energy or heart to work on the appearance.  Please be patient.

TELL IT LIKE IT IS   

    One catch-up item.  When Marv Adams was named the new editor of the Sunday News, the write-up in the paper said this, “Adams said he’ll also write a regular column to answer readers’ questions about the Sunday News, such as ‘why articles are played the way they are, why one story was covered and not another, why we sometime use unnamed sources,’ he said.  ‘We tend to make what we do too mysterious.’”

BAITED BREATH

     Well, Marv, it’s not that mysterious because you don’t do it well.  But please, I am waiting with baited breath for why you sometimes use unnamed sources.  Please tell us very soon.  And by the way, the errors in the quote above are not my typos.  It is reproduced exactly the way the story appears online.  You might want to work on your grammar and punctuation, Marv.

HEY CABLE GUY!

    Well, Slate magazine has this story on “Larry the Cable Guy.”  Hey, we have our own “Cable Guy,” Dan Messimer.  Dan, are you out there?  This guy’s trying to horn in on your popularity.  Get him, Dan.

IT MAKES ME QUAKE

    Moving forward, I would like you to go to this article one more time before LOL puts it in archives and click on the photograph to enlarge.  Several months ago I mentioned that the only time my brothers and sisters and I left our house was to go to school or Friend’s Meeting.  So please, take one more look at Lancaster Friend's Meeting House.  What kind of people attend a “church” like this?  When I was growing up, it was a collection of people/families hiding very dark secrets. The “Incest Story” and the legal work in the appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger will be coming back to this site shortly.

$16,000 BAIL

    Also coming, what happened when my 21-year-old son went to Chestnut Hill College to celebrate the removal of his braces and never came home?

 PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW

 

COOLEY AND THE DONALD

 

 

    What a busy and wonderful week.  And now I’m tired and cranky.  Nevin Cooley of the PSP sent out an email last evening that begins:  Here’s the good news:  The downtown hotel and convention center project has cleared several hurdles thrown in its way by opponents of the project and has made significant progress in several other important ways.”  Mr. Cooley, you make my skin crawl.  You will be on a train out of Lancaster before this whole mess is a memory.

    Then there’s the whole Conestoga View/Heinke fiasco.  Yesterday, the lead article in the New Era was “DA launches Heinke probe.”  What a hoot.  They even ran a picture of DA Donald Totaro with the story at the top of the front page.  How long do you think this “probe” will take?  It took him a year and a grand jury to arrest Micah Stewart for the murder of Cortney Fry.  It took his detectives eight weeks to find five locations with illegal gaming machines and they still hadn’t found the distributor.  Here’s a tip, Totaro.  Save the public time and money.  Ask Rick Gray, the mayor elect.  I’ll bet he’ll know if the lies in the resume are a prosecutable offense.

    While I’m on the subject of Totaro, where does the investigation into the death of Renee J. Binkley stand?  The last time I checked it was still being investigated.  It has now been several months since she was killed by a shotgun blast triggered by her boyfriend while they were driving in a van in Lancaster.  Why don’t the Lancaster Newspapers ever, ever follow-up on anything?

    Which brings me back to Totaro.  The last time I spoke with his office, I requested that LIP News be added to the address list to receive his press releases.  I have yet to receive one.  So, on Monday, I will call his office again on the Binkley case and also to find out why I have not been added to his press release list.  I will keep you advised.

    Then there are the Lancaster Newspapers and their absolute silence regarding the following items:  a $15,000 bribe letter by the mayor to Luis Mendoza, two allegations of cable theft by the mayor that were made directly to a reporter and editor and direct allegations of gun sales by the mayor from a backroom in his pharmacy. 

    I am too tired to address these issues today, but will over the weekend.   In the New Era article the day after the election, “How did Rick Gray pull it off?” they quote Gray as saying, “God, there’s a lot to do.”  Yes there is.  But he’ll do it and Lancaster will be a far better place.

SEE YOU TOMORROW. 

 

I NEED SOME LIP

 

 

      The boys at the Intell can’t figure it out.  How did Gray win and why didn’t they know a landslide was coming?  They should read LIP News.  Actually, I’m sure they do but they can’t tell anybody.  LIP readers knew Gray was going to win.  I’ll show you how.  He got 5,033 votes.  Take a look at my readership for the 7th, the Monday before the election.  

     Congratulations again to Rick Gray and the Democratic ticket.  I am sorry to see the mole leave.  He tells me he’s very happy he doesn’t have to move to York and he may stop by to visit from time to time.  He also told me he’s better at predicting elections than F & M’s G. Terry Madonna.  I think his head is getting a little swelled.  At least it’s not from being whacked.

     This website was started a little over a year ago with an email to about two dozen Talkbackers. I think these numbers show that people want and need and independent press in Lancaster.  Thank you for reading LIP News.

Daily Statistics for November 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13.54%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3022

9.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5193

15.63%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3062

9.21%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1925

5.79%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

2091

6.29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5225

15.72%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

4440

13.36%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

3773

11.35%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO RICK!

FULL CIRCLE

    Isn’t life strange?  Twenty-five years ago, as a reporter for the Lancaster Independent Press, I called Rick Gray.  He was the attorney for an acquintance arrested in a drug bust orchestrated by an undercover informant named Daniel Krushinski.  I still remember that first call.  I honestly do.  The Krushinski Story cemented my love of journalism and interest in the criminal justice system and the Krushinski cases catapulted Gray’s career.  .  

     Twenty-five years later it comes full circle.  I bring LIP back to life as a website and Rick Gray runs for mayor.  Wow!  Congratulations to Rick Gray.  It is a new and bright day in Lancaster.  I can’t wait to return.

KUDOS AND THANKS

    I would like to thank some very brave and decent individuals who have contributed to this website over the last several months.  I will be doing longer pieces on each of them in the near future.

LUIS MENDOZA

    First and foremost is Luis Mendoza.  I have interviewed him a number of times by phone.  What an incredibly intelligent, decent, brave and humorous man he is.  He stood up to Smithgall on numerous issues and has been appalled by the mayor’s actions and deeds over the last eight years.  Look for Mendoza to shine as integrity is restored to the mayor’s office.

DAN MESSIMER

    Secondly to Dan Messimer, “the cable guy.”  There will be much more about Dan on this site as we follow his appeal in the trespassing charge brought by Mayor Smithgall.  Will Comcast continue to back Charlie now that he’s no longer the mayor?  The possibilities are endless.  (One note - I don’t know what it is about Dan, but quite seriously, whenever I post his picture my readership soars.  Expect to see a lot of him!)

THE WINTERSTEINS

    Thirdly, to Barry and Michael Winterstein who were willing to go on record stating the mayor told them he had an illegal cable box when they were doing work in his home.

ARTIE SEE, KATE AND OTHERS

     And also a tremendous thanks to Talkbackers Artie See and Kate and many, many others who worked and continue to work so hard to improve Lancaster.

 

     Thank you for reading LIP News and congratulations to Rick Gray.  Go Rick!  Please check back tomorrow.

                                  

               

 

HISTORY MADE!!!

 

    “There are more Democrats coming out than Republicans,” Bruce Beardsley, the County Democratic Chairman said by phone at 12:45 p.m. today.  That is based on reports he is receiving from people at the polls, he said.  He continued, “We’re going to win a lot of offices today - maybe more than we’ve ever won before.”

    Please vote and remember the fearless LIP mole.  Please protect him from being whacked! 

                                        

TODAY VOTE FOR:

 

        J. Richard Gray                    Samuel Mecum                     RB Campbell

              Mayor                                       Judge                              City Council

                                                    

    Why Rick Gray?  Please read the stories below on this website.  There is simply no question that Gray should be the next mayor of Lancaster.

    Why Samuel Mecum? The Lancaster New Era would not even endorse or recommend his Republican opponent.  That speaks volumes.  Mecum's website is here.   For those who have not read “The Krushinski Story” from the “old” site the link is here.    This is how I met Rick Gray and Sam Mecum 25 years ago.

    Why RB Campbell?  Because he stood up to Smithgall and acted for the public in his capacity as city controller.  From http://www.lancasterfirst.org/ April Koppenhaver says this: “WAKE UP LANCASTER CITY! R.B. Campbell is the ONLY candidate for City Council who has been brave enough to question the financing of the hotel and convention center project. Because of his questioning, he lost his party’s endorsement in the primary. On Election Day, we need to support R.B. Campbell for City Council by writing in our vote for him, so he can continue to watch out for our tax dollars.”  His website is here.   Please read the instructions on how to write-in his name.

                                      

    This site hasn’t published in three days.  Your life can change overnight.  On Thursday, my 21-year-old son went to Chestnut Hill College to meet with friends and celebrate the removal of his braces.  He didn’t come home.  I am going to tell this story after the election and follow his case on this site.  What happened has made us thank god for defense attorneys and decent judges.  Your life can change in a second.  Ours did. Please vote for Rick Gray for mayor, Samuel Mecum for judge, and RB Campbell (write-in) for city council tomorrow.  More is coming later today.

 

                             ~ The Full Opinion is Posted Here ~

R.B. CAMPBELL

 

    The Judge’s Opinion and the Dissenting Opinion in the case of Charles W. Smithgall v. Robert B. Campbell, Jr. are here.  Footnote 3 under the Dissenting Opinion reads as follows:

“The consequences of the Majority’s decision have the potential to affect adversely the operations of local governments statewide.  Suppose, for example, that the Mayor of Lancaster refuses to sign future financing documents related to the project, but the city council determines that he should sign the documents.  Under the Majority’s reasoning the city council would have the right to a writ of mandamus to compel the Mayor to sign the documents.  In the same vein, suppose the elected Treasurer questioned the legality of an improper demand made upon him by the Mayor or city council in connection with the use of collected tax revenue.  Under the Majority’s reasoning the Treasurer’s right to investigate reasonable suspicions as to the legality of the demands would be extinguished.  My concern is that the Majority has not considered the full consequences of its decision.”

    R.B. Campbell said by phone this morning that it is “highly likely” that he will appeal.  He is running as a write-in candidate for City Council and his website is here.  There will be a full interview with Campbell on this site in the next few days.

 

Please check back this weekend.  Please also excuse the layout of the opinion and be patient as I try to improve my computer skills!  Thank you.

                             

 

IT WARRANTS DEBATE

CHARLIE, NO!

    The final mayoral debate between Rick Gray and Charlie Smithgall is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Spanish American Civic Association at 545 Pershing Avenue.  Carlos Graupera, the executive director of SACA, will moderate.

HOW MANY LIES?

    Well, Charlie has been caught in yet another lie.  On Smithgall’s own website on the home page (www.smithgallformayor.com), there is a reprint of the October 24 New Era article, “Mayoral campaign:  Smithgall cites city’s resurgence” which contains the following:

    “On Thursday, Gray announced that he had asked for an accounting of every outstanding criminal warrant in the city, criticizing Smithgall for claiming to be a law-and-order mayor, but allowing “tens of thousands” of warrants to go unserved.
    Smithgall has fought back, saying first, there are only about 4,000 outstanding warrants in the entire county and that only a portion of those are for city residents. Most, says the mayor, are for summary, non-violent offenses such as failing to pay parking tickets."

18,000 LIES!

    This morning, we learn that there are 22,000 outstanding warrants.  And in the Intell article, “Gray:  City has 22,000 unserved warrants,” (click here),  Charlie is quoted saying, “I never said 4,000.  I asked for a correction.”  Charlie is living up to the last three letters in his name – LIE.  I am going to take a longer look at the issue of the warrants and the police this weekend.

ERNIE’S  A LIAR, TOO!

    The New Era has just come out with an article quoting editor Ernie Schreiber and attempting to paint Smithgall in a good light over the warrant situation.  You know, Ernie, you literally make me sick.  You are a disgrace to journalism.

 

COMING TOMORROW – A look at write-in candidate for City Council, R.B. Campbell.  Have I mentioned  I like men with beards? 

                                                      

 

 

VOTE THEM OUT!

 

        Send the Republican City Council members packing November 8.  They agreed last night to spend $7.06 million for a building valued at $1.3 million.  A Talkbacker wrote, “save Lancaster.”  It has come to that.  To save Lancaster, vote Mayor Smithgall, Steve Diamantoni, Gene Duncan and Harry Stoltzfus out of office.   Vote for Rick Gray for mayor and Louise Williams, Tim Roschel, Jose Urdaneta and Kendra Saunders for City Council.

    Artie See posted this online under today’s Intell article, “City will buy Watt & Shand; downtown project advances”: (click here)  “I anticipate the property transfer from the PSP and RACL will take place.  At some point soon after, the funding will be proven to be insufficient, and the PSP will pull out.  Lancaster City will be stuck with the property, the guarantees of selling it to the LCCCA or forcing the PSP to pay for it will be proven to be not worth the paper they are printed on.  The taxpayers will be stuck with a loss of about six million dollars on the W&S property alone (assuming the property can be re-sold for market value, which is questionable considering the condition the PSP has allowed it to deteriorate into)."

    Vote Mayor Smithgall and the council members out of office.  They have allowed the Penn Square Partners to steal over $6 million dollars from the public.  Vote them out!

                           

 

~ Run him out of town! ~

HOLD THE MAYOR ACCOUNTABLE

HOW DOES HE GET AWAY WITH IT?

    This was posted on Talkback yesterday under the thread for the New Era article, “Mayoral campaign – Smithgall cites city’s resurgence”:

    “I’m kind of new around Lancaster and I’m curious about the ‘resurgence’ of downtown Lancaster.  If, as the mayor claims, the ‘thriving’ downtown is something to take credit for, this mayor should be run out of town.  Or, I’d hate to see what it was like before the ‘resurgence.’”

    Lancaster, in shape, size and demographics is similar to places like Wilmington, Delaware and Boulder, Colorado.  For a place like Lancaster to have the downtown that it does is a crime and I’m curious why the local newspaper or TV station refuses to hold this mayor accountable for anything.  He certainly would be in any other town in the country.  If not for the current state of the downtown – despite his claimed ‘resurgence’ – then for the $900,000 business.” 

    “How can he get away with those statements and actions?”

BOOT HIS BUTT!

    That is an excellent question and you make very good points.  I was shocked less than a year ago by the appearance of downtown Lancaster.  I don’t know how the mayor gets away with his statements and actions but I think it’s well past time to boot his sorry butt.

DIRTY POLITICS

    Speaking of the mayor’s incredible statements and actions, the home page to his website (click here) has an “article” about Gray being a “puppy mill lawyer.”   Included in this crap is this sentence, “Morever(sic), it has become clear that the Gray campaign’s reaction to any discussion of their candidate’s record will be to cry ‘dirty politics’ – even as they attack the Mayor relentlessly.”

LEGAL DEFENSE EFFORT

    I haven’t seen Gray attack you relentlessly, Mayor Smithgall.  Actually, he has run an above-board, decent, fact-based campaign.  You have relentlessly attacked Gray with ridiculous nonsense. This website, which is not affiliated in any way with the Gray campaign, has brought up numerous issues and for good reason.  You have never responded to two direct accusations of cable theft.  You have never responded to the accusation that you were selling guns out of a backroom in your pharmacy while opposing Operation Cease Fire.  That was a program endorsed by City Councilman Luis Mendoza to get guns off the streets of Lancaster.  You have never responded to your $15,000 bribe letter to Mendoza to get him to vote for your budget.  Why don’t you respond to these serious allegations, Mayor?  You may need a lawyer one day, Mayor Smithgall.  You better hope there’s a lawyer willing to play a “central role” in your “legal defense effort.”

LIARS AND THIEVES

    Finally, please see the box below the LIP mole regarding the City Council Meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Conference Center.  Interestingly(!) the Intell article today regarding the meeting, “Key vote tonight on funding for city center,” has not been posted online.  Scared boys?  Should the Penn Square Partners be reimbursed for Christmas decorations and lunches at the Hamilton Club?  Is that a joke?  Tell them, “NO!”  They should be run out of town with the mayor.  Tell them, “NO!”

   

                                  

URGENT – PLEASE ATTEND!

    From www.lancasterfirst.org –  Lancaster City Council will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Market Center to consider purchasing the Watt & Shand building from Penn Square Partners for $7.06 million dollars! 

    According to the Intelligencer Journal, “once the real estate transfer takes place, Penn Square Partners will have no money invested in the project.”  PLEASE attend this meeting to help stop this misuse of YOUR tax dollars.

 

PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY.

     ~ Dumb & Dumber ~

“THEY OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES”

(Democratic Mayoral candidate Rick Gray quoted in today’s Intell article, “Campaign goes to the dogs.”  Click here for the article and "Talkback.")

 

     This latest move by the Republicans is so low and so lame it really is just disgraceful and is already backfiring.  I didn’t think there was anyone dumber than the mayor, but I think I was wrong.  Republican Committee Chairman Russ Miller is taking a run at it.  He says, “It’s not something that’s been sponsored by the mayor’s campaign.  It’s been paid for by the city committee.  The mayor has a responsibility to be above these types of things.”   Tell that to the mayor, Russ, who has never been above anything and who, in the space of one hour, completely changed his position and said, “I totally agree with the concept now that I talked to them.”  Which one is dumber?  Take your pick.

    Everyone in this country is entitled to a defense and everyone knows it.  It’s guaranteed by the constitution.  It is a basic tenet of democracy.  Sunday’s big news was that Ron Harper of www.5thestate.com was cited by the police for harassment.  Ron had the incident on video tape so the charge was “withdrawn” several days later.   If Ron had not had a tape, he would have needed – guess what – a defense lawyer. 

    Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” is meeting with his lawyers today regarding the appeal on his conviction of defiant trespass on the mayor’s property.  Dan, who is married and the father of three, is going to set up a defense fund.  His blogspot is here and there will be more information added in the next several days.  Dan is also sending the LIP News mole a sympathy card on the death of his brother at the hands of the mayor.  The mole thanks you, Dan!

    Tonight is the League of Women Voters debate among the City Council candidates at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Market Center.  As regular readers of this site know, the dumb mayor has “copyrighted” the photographs on his website, including the photograph of his all-white, all-male ticket. Hence, I can not post their picture.  I can post the Democratic ticket and it is below.  The candidates from left to right are: Tim Roschel (city council), Louise Williams (city council), Craig Lehman (city controller), Rick Gray (mayor), Kendra Sauders (city council) and Jose Urdaneta (city council).  Brook Duer, candidate for city treasurer, is not pictured.

 

                 

TAXIDERMY-MOUNTED OWLS

    Secondly, by crow, the crows are back!  And get this – this time they are going to use effigies to scare them away!  Yes, folks, that’s right.  I would like to suggest effigies of George Bush and Dick Cheney and possibly Mayor Smithgall.  I think that should do the trick.  In today’s New Era article, “Clouds of crows face dispersal or poison,” it says, “effigies such as taxidermy-mounted owls.”  Are these people nuts?  It’s your money folks.  And who has all of these “taxidermy-mounted owls” lying around anyway?

HE’S BACK

    And, far and away the absolute strangest event of the day is Jeff Hawkes’ column in the Intell, “I can’t place the face, but I know that voice.”  Yes, “Clyde is back.”  Why?  Maybe “Clyde” could be one of the effigies?  Or maybe Dave Hennigan or Jeff Hawkes would make a good effigy?  There is no apparent reason for this insipid column and I believe Hawkes needs to meet with Dr. Fraud as soon as possible.  I would add that there is only one interesting sentence in the entire column and that is “Clyde” asking this, “It will be interesting to see if Mayor Gray keeps Bill Heim on as police chief.”  Yes, it most certainly will.

TURKEYS

    Now, I am going to email the Manheim Township officials with my ideas on who should be used as effigies to scare the crows.  And to think, I was going to write a column today on how to deep-fry a turkey.  There’s always tomorrow…

   

 

           VOTE ‘EM ALL OUT!

 

                       

        “While perusing the stands at the Solanco Fair a couple of weeks ago, I found it humorous that one of my elected officials, State Rep. Gib Armstrong of the 100th District, had a petition at his stand against the enacted pay raise.  This struck me as humorous because Armstrong voted to suspend the house rules so that a vote on the pay raise could take place in the middle of the night.  He then voted against the pay raise, which was the right thing to do.  However, this vote strikes me as merely playing the part to look good to his constituents.  I say this because Armstrong then filled out the paperwork to begin receiving the unconstitutional, unvouchered expenses; thereby utilizing a loophole that allows him to collect the extra money immediately.”

    Yes, that’s exactly what Young Gib did and the above quote is by Daniel P. McCauley of Drumore from a Letter to the Editor of the Intell that was published on October 17, 2005.  

     According to www.pacleansweep.com, the vote was very carefully orchestrated to make sure it passed and try to protect some Representatives.  Young Gib filed for the unvouchered expenses the very next day and then, when the outcry began, said he would give them back.

    All of this brings me again to Patricia Poist’s Sunday News article, “Pa. House hopefuls begin to stir.”  Poist is their political reporter and this article was presented as a news article, not a column.  Poist is speaking of the pay raise and says, “…which incidentally Armstrong was against from the very beginning.”  She provides no proof for this statement but instead just writes it as if it is an unquestionable fact.  Then why did he apply for the raise the very next day, Patricia?  This is really disgraceful journalism.  It is also a turn-around by Young Gib that no one believes.  Gib it up, Armstrong. 

 

Coming tomorrow – a look at Young Gib and “academic freedom.”

 

 

OF TRAGEDY, NEWSPAPERS

 AND NONSENSE

TRAGEDY

    David Ludwig and Kara Borden will continue to dominate the news for days.  In this morning’s Intell article, “CAPTURED,” Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro is quoted as saying, “This was a premeditated, willful and intentional act.  Whether the girl was part of it or not is still being determined.”

    Be careful, Donald.  You have a national audience watching you. Don’t bungle this one.  I predict a plea bargain for Ludwig for life in prison. 

    On the LOL Talkback board the main point of focus is home-schooling and religion.  I have an opinion on home-schooling, but I am not going to voice it (gasp!) as I readily admit it’s a topic I don’t know enough about.  I do agree with today’s Philadelphia Daily News that the two teenager’s websites provide no clues to this tragedy whatsoever.

    I stated over the weekend that I would be calling The Donald to find the status of the Renee Binkley investigation and my addition to his press release list.  In light of all that has happened, I am cutting the hardworking DA a break and will wait until next week.  I will keep you informed.

NEWSPAPERS

    This story, the election, the Cortney Fry case, the convening of a grand jury and so many other things make me long for a quality newspaper or even one that understands what news is.  So my eyes got misty when I happened on this ad on JournalismJobs.com, “The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review seeks an aggressive reporter to uncover stories that others can’t.  We’re the hungrier, more nimble and more enterprising competitor in a city where two newspapers slug it out every day.”  Wow.  Slug it out every day.  That’s the best of all possible journalism worlds.

NONSENSE

    Which sadly brings me to laughable journalism - and Patricia Poist’s Sunday News article, “Pa. House hopefuls begin to stir,” which was not posted online.  Someone is going to announce on Wednesday that they are running against young Gib Armstrong in the 100th district, but Poist, for the life of her, couldn’t find out whom.  And it was her claim months ago that Rick Gray and the Democrats had conducted a “push poll” that first made me question whether she had a brain.  “Push polls” are conducted at the very end of a campaign, however, in this article Poist wrote the following without ever even questioning it: “Stewart Nelson of Little Britain Township, a part-time employee in Rep. Armstrong’s district office, said he received a call to participate in a ‘push poll’ against Armstrong.”

     If he received a call about anything, it was probably a PA Clean Sweep call, and there will be more on that and a Poist lie about Young Gib tomorrow…

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

    David Ludwig has been captured in Indiana according to KYW Radio today at 12:45 p.m.  There was not word on Kara Borden.  I can’t think of anything except the tragedy in Lititz today.   My heart goes out to everyone involved.

    The promised story on Patricia Poist and Representative Gib Armstrong will come tomorrow. 

 

SHADES OF AWFUL

TO THE DOGS

    Oh, my God.  That’s about all I can say this morning.  The Sunday News is going to the dogs.  Who writes an editorial as stupid as “Shades of Gray?”  And I’m going to help this poor clown out.  Adam’s column ends as follows:  “The victory by mayor-elect Rick Gray and the four Democrat council candidates sent a message.  The question to be settled is:  What message?”

HERE’S THE MESSAGE

    Here’s the message, you moron.  People didn’t want a lying, cable-stealing, gun-selling, stupid, back-stabbing mayor any longer.  Got that?

ABUSING THE SYSTEM

    Senator Gib Armstrong is suddenly trying to improve his image as his hotel/convention center crashes and burns.  All of a sudden “Armstrong seeks millions for abuse programs.”   I have no comment except that it ain’t going to save your job, Gib.  Your sudden concern for the welfare of women is a little late.  You’re going to be swept out.

$25 MILLION

    Then there’s a long article on the LCCCA that has me shaking my head and pounding my calculator keys.  I haven’t had enough coffee, yet.  If I figure out what they’ve spent $25 million on, I’ll let you know.

BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN

    It’s going to be an epic battle between Adams and Smart to see which one is stupider and the worst writer.  Wow.  What a contest.  Adams pulls ahead this week with this comment:  “You love ‘em or hate ‘em, but both are hard to ignore.  Columns by Mr. Smart and Ms. Dowd are like the car wreck you try not to stare at, but can’t pull your eyes away from.”  Yuck.

NO PARADE

    Then there’s Smart.  No, you aren’t leading any parade, Smart.  Your butt would be bounced in any other town.  It’s writing like this that has turned thousands away from journalism as a career:  “But it’s difficult not to see the cracks in the facade of conservatism, particularly as the president’s poll numbers continue to sink like a stone and he, in turn, becomes a millstone around conservative necks.”  Yuck. 

 

I NEED TO WALK MY DOG NOW. 

 

OF MOLES AND MOVING FORWARD

HEART

    This is going to be brief today.  In an effort to make this site load faster, the mole now has his own “archive” page and it is here.  I apologize for the poor layout and the horrible background color.  I worked very hard to make the “old” site look good.  When I had to abandon it for this site, I didn’t have the time, energy or heart to work on the appearance.  Please be patient.

TELL IT LIKE IT IS   

    One catch-up item.  When Marv Adams was named the new editor of the Sunday News, the write-up in the paper said this, “Adams said he’ll also write a regular column to answer readers’ questions about the Sunday News, such as ‘why articles are played the way they are, why one story was covered and not another, why we sometime use unnamed sources,’ he said.  ‘We tend to make what we do too mysterious.’”

BAITED BREATH

     Well, Marv, it’s not that mysterious because you don’t do it well.  But please, I am waiting with baited breath for why you sometimes use unnamed sources.  Please tell us very soon.  And by the way, the errors in the quote above are not my typos.  It is reproduced exactly the way the story appears online.  You might want to work on your grammar and punctuation, Marv.

HEY CABLE GUY!

    Well, Slate magazine has this story on “Larry the Cable Guy.”  Hey, we have our own “Cable Guy,” Dan Messimer.  Dan, are you out there?  This guy’s trying to horn in on your popularity.  Get him, Dan.

IT MAKES ME QUAKE

    Moving forward, I would like you to go to this article one more time before LOL puts it in archives and click on the photograph to enlarge.  Several months ago I mentioned that the only time my brothers and sisters and I left our house was to go to school or Friend’s Meeting.  So please, take one more look at Lancaster Friend's Meeting House.  What kind of people attend a “church” like this?  When I was growing up, it was a collection of people/families hiding very dark secrets. The “Incest Story” and the legal work in the appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Holzinger v. Holzinger will be coming back to this site shortly.

$16,000 BAIL

    Also coming, what happened when my 21-year-old son went to Chestnut Hill College to celebrate the removal of his braces and never came home?

 PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW

 

COOLEY AND THE DONALD

 

 

    What a busy and wonderful week.  And now I’m tired and cranky.  Nevin Cooley of the PSP sent out an email last evening that begins:  Here’s the good news:  The downtown hotel and convention center project has cleared several hurdles thrown in its way by opponents of the project and has made significant progress in several other important ways.”  Mr. Cooley, you make my skin crawl.  You will be on a train out of Lancaster before this whole mess is a memory.

    Then there’s the whole Conestoga View/Heinke fiasco.  Yesterday, the lead article in the New Era was “DA launches Heinke probe.”  What a hoot.  They even ran a picture of DA Donald Totaro with the story at the top of the front page.  How long do you think this “probe” will take?  It took him a year and a grand jury to arrest Micah Stewart for the murder of Cortney Fry.  It took his detectives eight weeks to find five locations with illegal gaming machines and they still hadn’t found the distributor.  Here’s a tip, Totaro.  Save the public time and money.  Ask Rick Gray, the mayor elect.  I’ll bet he’ll know if the lies in the resume are a prosecutable offense.

    While I’m on the subject of Totaro, where does the investigation into the death of Renee J. Binkley stand?  The last time I checked it was still being investigated.  It has now been several months since she was killed by a shotgun blast triggered by her boyfriend while they were driving in a van in Lancaster.  Why don’t the Lancaster Newspapers ever, ever follow-up on anything?

    Which brings me back to Totaro.  The last time I spoke with his office, I requested that LIP News be added to the address list to receive his press releases.  I have yet to receive one.  So, on Monday, I will call his office again on the Binkley case and also to find out why I have not been added to his press release list.  I will keep you advised.

    Then there are the Lancaster Newspapers and their absolute silence regarding the following items:  a $15,000 bribe letter by the mayor to Luis Mendoza, two allegations of cable theft by the mayor that were made directly to a reporter and editor and direct allegations of gun sales by the mayor from a backroom in his pharmacy. 

    I am too tired to address these issues today, but will over the weekend.   In the New Era article the day after the election, “How did Rick Gray pull it off?” they quote Gray as saying, “God, there’s a lot to do.”  Yes there is.  But he’ll do it and Lancaster will be a far better place.

SEE YOU TOMORROW. 

 

I NEED SOME LIP

 

 

      The boys at the Intell can’t figure it out.  How did Gray win and why didn’t they know a landslide was coming?  They should read LIP News.  Actually, I’m sure they do but they can’t tell anybody.  LIP readers knew Gray was going to win.  I’ll show you how.  He got 5,033 votes.  Take a look at my readership for the 7th, the Monday before the election.  

     Congratulations again to Rick Gray and the Democratic ticket.  I am sorry to see the mole leave.  He tells me he’s very happy he doesn’t have to move to York and he may stop by to visit from time to time.  He also told me he’s better at predicting elections than F & M’s G. Terry Madonna.  I think his head is getting a little swelled.  At least it’s not from being whacked.

     This website was started a little over a year ago with an email to about two dozen Talkbackers. I think these numbers show that people want and need and independent press in Lancaster.  Thank you for reading LIP News.

Daily Statistics for November 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3022

9.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5193

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3062

9.21%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1925

5.79%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

2091

6.29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

5225

15.72%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4440

13.36%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

3773

11.35%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO RICK!

FULL CIRCLE

    Isn’t life strange?  Twenty-five years ago, as a reporter for the Lancaster Independent Press, I called Rick Gray.  He was the attorney for an acquintance arrested in a drug bust orchestrated by an undercover informant named Daniel Krushinski.  I still remember that first call.  I honestly do.  The Krushinski Story cemented my love of journalism and interest in the criminal justice system and the Krushinski cases catapulted Gray’s career.  .  

     Twenty-five years later it comes full circle.  I bring LIP back to life as a website and Rick Gray runs for mayor.  Wow!  Congratulations to Rick Gray.  It is a new and bright day in Lancaster.  I can’t wait to return.

KUDOS AND THANKS

    I would like to thank some very brave and decent individuals who have contributed to this website over the last several months.  I will be doing longer pieces on each of them in the near future.

LUIS MENDOZA

    First and foremost is Luis Mendoza.  I have interviewed him a number of times by phone.  What an incredibly intelligent, decent, brave and humorous man he is.  He stood up to Smithgall on numerous issues and has been appalled by the mayor’s actions and deeds over the last eight years.  Look for Mendoza to shine as integrity is restored to the mayor’s office.

DAN MESSIMER

    Secondly to Dan Messimer, “the cable guy.”  There will be much more about Dan on this site as we follow his appeal in the trespassing charge brought by Mayor Smithgall.  Will Comcast continue to back Charlie now that he’s no longer the mayor?  The possibilities are endless.  (One note - I don’t know what it is about Dan, but quite seriously, whenever I post his picture my readership soars.  Expect to see a lot of him!)

THE WINTERSTEINS

    Thirdly, to Barry and Michael Winterstein who were willing to go on record stating the mayor told them he had an illegal cable box when they were doing work in his home.

ARTIE SEE, KATE AND OTHERS

     And also a tremendous thanks to Talkbackers Artie See and Kate and many, many others who worked and continue to work so hard to improve Lancaster.

 

     Thank you for reading LIP News and congratulations to Rick Gray.  Go Rick!  Please check back tomorrow.

                                  

               

 

HISTORY MADE!!!

 

    “There are more Democrats coming out than Republicans,” Bruce Beardsley, the County Democratic Chairman said by phone at 12:45 p.m. today.  That is based on reports he is receiving from people at the polls, he said.  He continued, “We’re going to win a lot of offices today - maybe more than we’ve ever won before.”

    Please vote and remember the fearless LIP mole.  Please protect him from being whacked! 

                                        

TODAY VOTE FOR:

 

        J. Richard Gray                    Samuel Mecum                     RB Campbell

              Mayor                                       Judge                              City Council

                                                    

    Why Rick Gray?  Please read the stories below on this website.  There is simply no question that Gray should be the next mayor of Lancaster.

    Why Samuel Mecum? The Lancaster New Era would not even endorse or recommend his Republican opponent.  That speaks volumes.  Mecum's website is here.   For those who have not read “The Krushinski Story” from the “old” site the link is here.    This is how I met Rick Gray and Sam Mecum 25 years ago.

    Why RB Campbell?  Because he stood up to Smithgall and acted for the public in his capacity as city controller.  From http://www.lancasterfirst.org/ April Koppenhaver says this: “WAKE UP LANCASTER CITY! R.B. Campbell is the ONLY candidate for City Council who has been brave enough to question the financing of the hotel and convention center project. Because of his questioning, he lost his party’s endorsement in the primary. On Election Day, we need to support R.B. Campbell for City Council by writing in our vote for him, so he can continue to watch out for our tax dollars.”  His website is here.   Please read the instructions on how to write-in his name.

                                      

    This site hasn’t published in three days.  Your life can change overnight.  On Thursday, my 21-year-old son went to Chestnut Hill College to meet with friends and celebrate the removal of his braces.  He didn’t come home.  I am going to tell this story after the election and follow his case on this site.  What happened has made us thank god for defense attorneys and decent judges.  Your life can change in a second.  Ours did. Please vote for Rick Gray for mayor, Samuel Mecum for judge, and RB Campbell (write-in) for city council tomorrow.  More is coming later today.

 

                             ~ The Full Opinion is Posted Here ~

R.B. CAMPBELL

 

    The Judge’s Opinion and the Dissenting Opinion in the case of Charles W. Smithgall v. Robert B. Campbell, Jr. are here.  Footnote 3 under the Dissenting Opinion reads as follows:

“The consequences of the Majority’s decision have the potential to affect adversely the operations of local governments statewide.  Suppose, for example, that the Mayor of Lancaster refuses to sign future financing documents related to the project, but the city council determines that he should sign the documents.  Under the Majority’s reasoning the city council would have the right to a writ of mandamus to compel the Mayor to sign the documents.  In the same vein, suppose the elected Treasurer questioned the legality of an improper demand made upon him by the Mayor or city council in connection with the use of collected tax revenue.  Under the Majority’s reasoning the Treasurer’s right to investigate reasonable suspicions as to the legality of the demands would be extinguished.  My concern is that the Majority has not considered the full consequences of its decision.”

    R.B. Campbell said by phone this morning that it is “highly likely” that he will appeal.  He is running as a write-in candidate for City Council and his website is here.  There will be a full interview with Campbell on this site in the next few days.

 

Please check back this weekend.  Please also excuse the layout of the opinion and be patient as I try to improve my computer skills!  Thank you.

                             

 

IT WARRANTS DEBATE

CHARLIE, NO!

    The final mayoral debate between Rick Gray and Charlie Smithgall is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Spanish American Civic Association at 545 Pershing Avenue.  Carlos Graupera, the executive director of SACA, will moderate.

HOW MANY LIES?

    Well, Charlie has been caught in yet another lie.  On Smithgall’s own website on the home page (www.smithgallformayor.com), there is a reprint of the October 24 New Era article, “Mayoral campaign:  Smithgall cites city’s resurgence” which contains the following:

    “On Thursday, Gray announced that he had asked for an accounting of every outstanding criminal warrant in the city, criticizing Smithgall for claiming to be a law-and-order mayor, but allowing “tens of thousands” of warrants to go unserved.
    Smithgall has fought back, saying first, there are only about 4,000 outstanding warrants in the entire county and that only a portion of those are for city residents. Most, says the mayor, are for summary, non-violent offenses such as failing to pay parking tickets."

18,000 LIES!

    This morning, we learn that there are 22,000 outstanding warrants.  And in the Intell article, “Gray:  City has 22,000 unserved warrants,” (click here),  Charlie is quoted saying, “I never said 4,000.  I asked for a correction.”  Charlie is living up to the last three letters in his name – LIE.  I am going to take a longer look at the issue of the warrants and the police this weekend.

ERNIE’S  A LIAR, TOO!

    The New Era has just come out with an article quoting editor Ernie Schreiber and attempting to paint Smithgall in a good light over the warrant situation.  You know, Ernie, you literally make me sick.  You are a disgrace to journalism.

 

COMING TOMORROW – A look at write-in candidate for City Council, R.B. Campbell.  Have I mentioned  I like men with beards? 

                                                      

 

 

VOTE THEM OUT!

 

        Send the Republican City Council members packing November 8.  They agreed last night to spend $7.06 million for a building valued at $1.3 million.  A Talkbacker wrote, “save Lancaster.”  It has come to that.  To save Lancaster, vote Mayor Smithgall, Steve Diamantoni, Gene Duncan and Harry Stoltzfus out of office.   Vote for Rick Gray for mayor and Louise Williams, Tim Roschel, Jose Urdaneta and Kendra Saunders for City Council.

    Artie See posted this online under today’s Intell article, “City will buy Watt & Shand; downtown project advances”: (click here)  “I anticipate the property transfer from the PSP and RACL will take place.  At some point soon after, the funding will be proven to be insufficient, and the PSP will pull out.  Lancaster City will be stuck with the property, the guarantees of selling it to the LCCCA or forcing the PSP to pay for it will be proven to be not worth the paper they are printed on.  The taxpayers will be stuck with a loss of about six million dollars on the W&S property alone (assuming the property can be re-sold for market value, which is questionable considering the condition the PSP has allowed it to deteriorate into)."

    Vote Mayor Smithgall and the council members out of office.  They have allowed the Penn Square Partners to steal over $6 million dollars from the public.  Vote them out!

                           

 

~ Run him out of town! ~

HOLD THE MAYOR ACCOUNTABLE

HOW DOES HE GET AWAY WITH IT?

    This was posted on Talkback yesterday under the thread for the New Era article, “Mayoral campaign – Smithgall cites city’s resurgence”:

    “I’m kind of new around Lancaster and I’m curious about the ‘resurgence’ of downtown Lancaster.  If, as the mayor claims, the ‘thriving’ downtown is something to take credit for, this mayor should be run out of town.  Or, I’d hate to see what it was like before the ‘resurgence.’”

    Lancaster, in shape, size and demographics is similar to places like Wilmington, Delaware and Boulder, Colorado.  For a place like Lancaster to have the downtown that it does is a crime and I’m curious why the local newspaper or TV station refuses to hold this mayor accountable for anything.  He certainly would be in any other town in the country.  If not for the current state of the downtown – despite his claimed ‘resurgence’ – then for the $900,000 business.” 

    “How can he get away with those statements and actions?”

BOOT HIS BUTT!

    That is an excellent question and you make very good points.  I was shocked less than a year ago by the appearance of downtown Lancaster.  I don’t know how the mayor gets away with his statements and actions but I think it’s well past time to boot his sorry butt.

DIRTY POLITICS

    Speaking of the mayor’s incredible statements and actions, the home page to his website (click here) has an “article” about Gray being a “puppy mill lawyer.”   Included in this crap is this sentence, “Morever(sic), it has become clear that the Gray campaign’s reaction to any discussion of their candidate’s record will be to cry ‘dirty politics’ – even as they attack the Mayor relentlessly.”

LEGAL DEFENSE EFFORT

    I haven’t seen Gray attack you relentlessly, Mayor Smithgall.  Actually, he has run an above-board, decent, fact-based campaign.  You have relentlessly attacked Gray with ridiculous nonsense. This website, which is not affiliated in any way with the Gray campaign, has brought up numerous issues and for good reason.  You have never responded to two direct accusations of cable theft.  You have never responded to the accusation that you were selling guns out of a backroom in your pharmacy while opposing Operation Cease Fire.  That was a program endorsed by City Councilman Luis Mendoza to get guns off the streets of Lancaster.  You have never responded to your $15,000 bribe letter to Mendoza to get him to vote for your budget.  Why don’t you respond to these serious allegations, Mayor?  You may need a lawyer one day, Mayor Smithgall.  You better hope there’s a lawyer willing to play a “central role” in your “legal defense effort.”

LIARS AND THIEVES

    Finally, please see the box below the LIP mole regarding the City Council Meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Conference Center.  Interestingly(!) the Intell article today regarding the meeting, “Key vote tonight on funding for city center,” has not been posted online.  Scared boys?  Should the Penn Square Partners be reimbursed for Christmas decorations and lunches at the Hamilton Club?  Is that a joke?  Tell them, “NO!”  They should be run out of town with the mayor.  Tell them, “NO!”

   

                                  

URGENT – PLEASE ATTEND!

    From www.lancasterfirst.org –  Lancaster City Council will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Market Center to consider purchasing the Watt & Shand building from Penn Square Partners for $7.06 million dollars! 

    According to the Intelligencer Journal, “once the real estate transfer takes place, Penn Square Partners will have no money invested in the project.”  PLEASE attend this meeting to help stop this misuse of YOUR tax dollars.

 

PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY.

     ~ Dumb & Dumber ~

“THEY OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES”

(Democratic Mayoral candidate Rick Gray quoted in today’s Intell article, “Campaign goes to the dogs.”  Click here for the article and "Talkback.")

 

     This latest move by the Republicans is so low and so lame it really is just disgraceful and is already backfiring.  I didn’t think there was anyone dumber than the mayor, but I think I was wrong.  Republican Committee Chairman Russ Miller is taking a run at it.  He says, “It’s not something that’s been sponsored by the mayor’s campaign.  It’s been paid for by the city committee.  The mayor has a responsibility to be above these types of things.”   Tell that to the mayor, Russ, who has never been above anything and who, in the space of one hour, completely changed his position and said, “I totally agree with the concept now that I talked to them.”  Which one is dumber?  Take your pick.

    Everyone in this country is entitled to a defense and everyone knows it.  It’s guaranteed by the constitution.  It is a basic tenet of democracy.  Sunday’s big news was that Ron Harper of www.5thestate.com was cited by the police for harassment.  Ron had the incident on video tape so the charge was “withdrawn” several days later.   If Ron had not had a tape, he would have needed – guess what – a defense lawyer. 

    Dan Messimer, the “cable guy” is meeting with his lawyers today regarding the appeal on his conviction of defiant trespass on the mayor’s property.  Dan, who is married and the father of three, is going to set up a defense fund.  His blogspot is here and there will be more information added in the next several days.  Dan is also sending the LIP News mole a sympathy card on the death of his brother at the hands of the mayor.  The mole thanks you, Dan!

    Tonight is the League of Women Voters debate among the City Council candidates at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Market Center.  As regular readers of this site know, the dumb mayor has “copyrighted” the photographs on his website, including the photograph of his all-white, all-male ticket. Hence, I can not post their picture.  I can post the Democratic ticket and it is below.  The candidates from left to right are: Tim Roschel (city council), Louise Williams (city council), Craig Lehman (city controller), Rick Gray (mayor), Kendra Sauders (city council) and Jose Urdaneta (city council).  Brook Duer, candidate for city treasurer, is not pictured.