~ “Cut the Crap!” ~
“She [Judy Strausbaugh of the Sunday News] said overwhelmingly they [Sunday News’ readers] wanted to know to which charities Sturla had donated his pay-raise money, information he has refused to reveal previously.
He would say only he had donated the dollars ‘in good faith to local charities.’
Sturla said he would not name the charities to the public because he doesn’t want those who accepted the money to suffer the same harassment he’s received from bloggers and people calling him at home.
‘I will take the hit on this one,’ he said.”
“Pay hike costly for Sturla in debate,” this morning’s Intell (click here).
Yes, you will take a hit, Sturla. What a load of crap! Do you think anyone believes this? “Harassment” from bloggers? What? Being in the Pacleansweep’s “Hall of Shame” and this site?
It’s harassment that I have to look at your picture every day for another 39 days until your sorry butt is voted out, Mike. That’s true harassment and I can’t wait until Election Day when I can take it down and you can find a real job.
“I wonder if Mike knows that there are increasing number of Democrats in his district who have grown weary of his ways, believe him to be arrogant in his answers about the pay raise and believe he has sold out to the big money interests in this town (who shall remain nameless) and forgotten about the working class folks in the rest of the city.”
Posted on Talkback today under the above captioned article.
Obviously, Mike doesn’t know but he’s going to find out on Election Day.
CUT THE CRAP
“Those who have not yet paid back the unconstitutional income are urged to make their checks payable directly to the state treasury and NOT to any legislative fund.
There is no excuse for continuing to be in violation of the PA Constitution. We don't care what you spent it on, it wasn't yours to spend in the first place. If you don't have the money, perhaps you can qualify for a loan at your local bank. We're not asking for interest or penalties (yet).
Cut the crap - pay it back. And prove it, too.”
From the Pacleansweep.com’s “Hall of Shame” (click here).
Bye, Mike Sturla
(Note to his opponent, Pat Snyder – please get your website up and running for heaven’s sake – (click here). I spoke to Pat Snyder by telephone two Sunday’s ago and will have a report on that shortly.)
DOES HE LIVE IN A CAVE?
Note to the County Commissioners - these days there is something called the internet and there are wonderful things known as search engines. You type someone’s name into Google and guess what? You get a ton of information.
The problem with your candidate for interim county administrator, Thomas C. LeCrone, is that he doesn’t “Google.”
He’s an “international consultant” but he doesn’t have a website? Gee, one of the only things that does “Google” for him is that he was the Treasurer of the Denver Mile High Chapter of the AITP from 1980 to 1981 (click here).
And what is the AITP? From their website they are (click here):
“The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) offers opportunities for Information Technology (IT) leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia. AITP provides quality IT related education, information on relevant IT issues and forums for networking with experienced peers and other IT professionals. AITP is the Information Technology professional organization of choice for providing leadership opportunities, professional development and personal growth.”
And this man doesn’t have a website?
He also must live in a cave. There’s no community involvement, he’s not on any boards, and he barely ever made the newspapers. What is going on?
I spoke with him by phone at length this Wednesday. I was not comforted by anything he said. Of his marital status, he finally said he is divorced and has one daughter. No, you can’t ask him that in an employment interview but I sure as hell can and did ask the question.
The two Pennsylvania companies he lists on his resume both went bankrupt and he was fired from one of them!
“His resume for this job is slightly over two pages long. If he were seeking a permanent post, he said, the length would run four to five pages.”
Stated about LeCrone in yesterday’s New Era article, “Questions swirl around handling of county hiring,” (click here).
Then provide this five page resume and do it now. Actually, I think it’s too late. There has to be someone better for this very important, well paying job. Someone with a solid business background and community involvement. There’s been way too much nonsense going on at the county.
Send him packing, County Commissioners.
Tomorrow – the conclusion of my emails with Ron Harper and how does he earn a living?
COMING TODAY – “GET HELP, HARPER!” AND “THIS IS NOT RUSSIA!” SAY WHAT? I HAVE TO MAKE CORRECTIONS, TOO? I MADE A MISTAKE? ME? RIDICULOUS! SAY WHAT?
~ RonBennett ~
I spoke to Dwight Yoder, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the Millersville “Streaker” lawsuit by phone this Monday (click here).
The case is now scheduled to go to trial on December 5, 2006 in the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia. It was pushed back from the October date at the request of both parties, Yoder said, so they have more time to obtain depositions and prepare.
Yoder said the December 5th date is firm, unless the case is settled prior to the trial date.
CRITICAL OF POLICE
WGAL really did an outstanding job with their coverage of the Amish School shootings. It was impressive to see them step up the way they did.
Their usually slow forum currently has 34 pages of comments with expressions of grief from all over the country.
And I received this email on the day of the shooting from someone who has written me before and really, really doesn’t like me:
“I just came from the scene where four Amish children were shot. There was a female State Police Detective at the scene with blood all over the suit she was wearing. She had tried to save the life of one of those Amish children. Your so critical of the police let me see you do what she did, you asshole. Why don't you just keep your stupid mouth shut? You’re worried about some police dog biting people that are breaking the law. Get a life and start doing something constructive for a change, ASSHOLE.”
WGAL also broke the video of the two police officers breaking an individual’s civil rights. Other than the Sunday News, whose headline called the cop’s behavior “rude,” neither of the other papers have said a word about it.
Unbelievably, yesterday the Intell ran the article, “Pair of city cops hoping for a court date.” It was posted online but appears to have been taken down. The article begins:
“Two Lancaster city police officers want another shot at a gold medal in two-on-two volleyball.
Jose De La Torre and Todd Dickinson hope to block and slam their way to the medals podium at the 2007 World Police & Fire Games in Adelaide, Australia.”
Todd Dickinson is one of the officers in the WGAL video and is under investigation. A poster asked under the article whether it was appropriate to have this officer represent Lancaster. No, it absolutely is not and this article is disgraceful. Maybe that’s why they took it down.
As to the emailer’s reference to the dog – there is no excuse for a police dog to bite two homeless men in one incident when their crime was trespassing into a vacant building. If those men had lawyers, the people of Lancaster would be paying dearly for this outrage.
And speaking of trespassers, apparently Ron Harper, Jr. and Bennett J. Vonderheide are joined at the hip and have joined forces to post on the WGAL forum. This was posted yesterday by “RonBennett”:
“The worst school massacre in the USA was in 1927 in Bath, Michigan in which 45, mostly young children, were killed. Yes, really.
Do a search "Bath School disaster", and one sees that violence, including the use of bombs, to kill school children is, sadly, nothing new, but what is new is the 24/7 news cycle along with the tabloid style of news reporting today.
Ironically, the more such school incidents are widely reported, the more likely they are to occur again and again.
And the various security measures many suggest are of limited usefulness, and likely increase the risk of harm; "reactive" responses are rarely effective when dealing with complicated problems that don't have any quick fixes.”
I’m quite certain this is Harper because he enjoys this factoid and posted it on the Lancaster Online forum some months back. Actually, I think the reporting has been excellent. Check out today’s Philadelphia Inquirer that devotes almost three full pages to the Amish School shooting (click here).
As for the team of “RonBennett” I will continue to obtain information regarding their arrest for defiant trespass in Dauphin County this summer.
One final note for today – Patrick Snyder, running against Mike Sturla – finally has his website “up!” Click here to see his “Issues” page.
Please check back tomorrow and I hope the above emailer is not disappointed. (By the way, I have the utmost respect for all of the law enforcement officers involved in this horrible tragedy.) This morning they sent me this (full text of the email tomorrow):
“I eagerly await the wailing and furious posting”
~ Get Help, Harper! ~
One of the officers named in this article, Todd Dickinson, is being highlighted in an article in today's Intell (Oct. 3, 2006) for his accomplishments in VOLLEYBALL. A fund-raising effort is underway to pay for his (and another officers') airfare to a police volleyball tournament in Australia.
What is wrong with this picture???????
If Todd Dickinson is actually under investigation, is it appropriate for him to be representing Lancaster City in an international event? “
Yesterday, under my “Trespassers” story, I incorrectly stated that Tuesday’s Intell article, “Pair of city cops hoping for a court date,” was posted online and taken down. It was never posted online.
The comment I said that was posted under it, in fact, was posted under the Sunday News article, “Video catches 2 rude cops.” The post is by Artie See and appears in full above.
In yesterday’s New Era, we have the story, “Chief says cops caught on tape will be punished,” (click here).
The article says:
“Gatchell [Lancaster Chief of Police Sam Gatchell] said the penalty will be “significant,” but that the officers’ actions were not criminal in nature and do not warrant termination.
Gatchell did not elaborate on what punishment the officers would receive.”
That is not acceptable, Chief Gatchell. These men are paid by the public to “protect and serve” the public. We have every right to know what this “significant” penalty will be. What is it, Chief Gatchell? And will Todd Dickinson be representing Lancaster County in an international event? Too bad it’s not being held in Russia.
GET HELP, HARPER
“Enough with your conspiracies. I post under my name and have done so for years. I have ZERO problem taking credit for my ideas and thoughts and haven't been to WGAL's forum in long, long time. Your constant WILD guesses on who people are frequently wrong and often hurtful because of the accusations that go with it your accusations. Get help Becky! You really need it.
PS. Ask your boy Markle if that's his new name!”
Email from Ron Harper, Jr. yesterday.
What would a day be if I didn’t get an email from Harper telling me to get help? You get help, Harper!
Actually, I haven’t been wrong yet, Harper – except possibly in this case – and if there is a “Ron Bennett” who posts on WGAL, then I apologize.
But you did post that story about the 1927 Bath, Michigan story on Lancaster Online, remember? You made a “contest” out of it to see who could find the worst school killing in this country’s history.
Harper posted under one of the Amish shooting stories that if the teacher had had a gun, this might have been prevented.
Get help, Harper. And come clean about what you and Bennett J. Vonderheide did in Dauphin County to get you both arrested and charged with defiant trespass.
“Dear Ms. Holzinger,
Thank you for your great site. Why do have the site? How were you 'wronged' by Lancaster?
Thanks. Keep up the good work.”
This email in last week.
Thank you for writing. I started this site to tell the incest story. And I am going to come back to it tomorrow with “Where’s the Outrage?”
But as a lead-in today, I take you to the September 30, 2006 New Era story, “Out of the spotlight, into the trenches,” (click here).
The article states the following:
“Also CAP’s former director was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography on his computer. MacDonald Stacks pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March to house detention.”
The first post under it opens a can of worms:
Why didn't LNP fully report on Mac Stacks?
Where is he working nowadays? hmmm,
Check it out for yourself.
MacDonald Stacks: Director of Development
Phone: 717-393-2351; Email: email@example.com
Good ol' boy network at it's Lancaster's best.
The man was convicted of possessing CHILD PORNAGRAPHY AT WORK! Does anyone see a problem with this?
Dan, shame on you! and to think you wanted a seat on the SDL School Board!
You can see a pic on Community First Fund's website of Dan testifying at Capital Hill. I am sure it's not to stop child pornagraphy.
Please click on the link above and read all of the “Talkback” under the story. Where is the outrage?
Today’s Intell has the following two stories, “Man charged with raping girl in city parking garage,” and “Jury convicts man of raping 10-year old.” Where is the outrage?
My thoughts and prayers go out to the four girls being buried today. Rest in peace.
Please check back tomorrow.
~ Corbett, Totaro & Pitts ~
“Also Friday, the justices ruled the attorney general must provide newspaper attorneys with an administrative document explaining the purpose of a grand jury investigation.”
From this morning’s Intell article, “Court backs newspaper on computer seizure,” (click here).
I think Lancaster County DA Donald Totaro should also have to explain his use of a county grand jury for a nine month investigation into Dr. Heinke’s resume.
When this story first broke about the coroner and the password and a state grand jury, I called Corbett and Totaro “idiots” and said they would come out looking like fools. In three, two, one….
HE’S THE PITS!
“Joe Pitts is the quintessential sanctimonious right wing religious nut. Dear friend of and bagman for Tom Delay, interested only in establishing a theocracy in America, and, unfortunately Lois, unbeatable. “
Posted under yesterday’s Intell article, “Herr blasts Pitts for supporting Speaker Hastert,” (click here).
Your statement is dead on – except the unbeatable part. Lois Herr is the hardest working candidate in the state. She has been out there for months. Please go to her website – www.loisherr.us – and read her issues and offer to help. All of the comments above are the exact reason Joe (he’s the pits!) Pitts must and will be voted out this year. Go, Lois, go!
One other quick note today, I spoke with attorney Carl W. Hittinger who is representing the family suing the Abington Friends School yesterday afternoon and I will have much more on the case next week. (See the story immediately below.)
He did say another ad regarding the situation would run in this Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer in the “Neighbors” section – so if you get the paper, keep your eyes out for it.
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND AND PLEASE CHECK BACK ON MONDAY.
WHO SAID CORBETT AND TOTARO WOULD LOOK LIKE FOOLS? ME? DARN, I’M GOOD! PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY…
~ Resign, Hastert ~
Vote for Lois Herr In the 16th
HE’S THE PITS!
Every day you hear about children being molested. Every single day. Representative Foley now says he was molested as a teen.
“I began to fully comprehend one of Martha’s statements, ‘The tentacles of sexual abuse are extremely long and reach from one generation to the next.’”
“INCEST – A Family Tragedy, The Holzinger Story” LIP, December 2003
CNN is reporting this today about the Foley scandal (click here):
“The report in the Washington Post pushes back by at least five years the date when a member of Congress acknowledges learning of the Florida Republican's questionable behavior toward pages.”
Because it is so important, I am reprinting Lois Herr’s statement on Thursday regarding her opponent, Representative Joe Pitts’ response to this growing scandal:
Herr Blasts Pitts for Supporting Hastert...
PREPARED STATEMENT BY LOIS HERR AT THE LCDC BANQUET
October 5, 2006
Because our community has been mourning a terrible tragedy since Monday, I have been reluctant to talk publicly about politics in general, or the Foley scandal in particular.
Yesterday, however, my opponent Rep. Joseph Pitts, along with Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, issued a statement calling Speaker Dennis Hastert a "man of integrity." The statement also said that Hastert should not resign, despite calls from many Republicans and conservative publications calling on Hastert to do so.
Because of this statement, I must speak out on the matter.
Speaker Hastert and the Republican leadership failed to protect the young victims of a predatory colleague, Mark Foley. At best, what is known about Hastert's conduct points to gross negligence. At worst, senior Republicans may have covered up Foley's conduct for partisan political gain.
According to senior Republicans, including Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Hastert had been aware of Foley's misconduct for months, if not years.
There is absolutely no excuse for Rep. Pitts to defend the failure of the House Speaker to take swift and decisive action to protect those young people from the sexually-charged attentions of one of their own. The Republican leadership must be held accountable for their failures, and Rep. Pitts must explain his defense of Hastert to the people of our district.
“RISES TO SUCH A LEVEL”
And what is Representative Pitts concerned about? This:
“Our Constitution is not easily amended. When drafting the document, our Founding Fathers created what they knew would be a challenging set of requirements for changing their original work.
They were successful in their aims. More than 200 years since they adopted our Constitution and Bill of Rights, it has only been amended 17 times. Clearly, we do not take lightly the prospect of amending our foundational document.
However, I believe we currently have before us an issue that rises to such a level.
That issue is marriage. Though simple and straightforward in wording, the federal Marriage Protection Amendment carries great significance – making it clear that marriage in America is the union of one man and one woman.”
“Defending Marriage” by Rep. Joe Pitts (click here).
What else is Joe worried about. Well on his home page it says this:
“Joe recently attended the White House bill signing for The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act.”
Can you say ridiculous hypocrite?
Hastert must go. Pitts must go. Vote for Lois Herr. Her website is here.