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November 10

Nation Rebels

Health Care Act Fraud Surfaces

It seems like only months ago that most of the national media and pundits of most stripes were telling us that unless the Republican Party changed its ways that it was following the path of the dinosaur into extinction.

Ongoing investigations in the House of Representatives stalled as the Senate and the attorney general looked the other way or stonewalled in most situations.  With the exception of a one or two cable channels, the news was generally sanitized in the favor of the administration and the so called minor setback in the last midterm election was written off as an aberration. 

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Affordable Care Act was a Fraud, Says Expert as Court Challenge Proceeds

Jonathan Gruber, technical advisor to President Obama in crafting the Affordable Care Act during its structure and planning went on the record in a taped session that transparency would have killed it and then amplified his outrageous statement by making the case that it only passed because of the stupidity of the American voter, and that was their intent in the first place.

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Rockland St. Neighbors Cite Illegal Group Home

Germantown group fights back


With plenty of negative performance in the past to support it, Germantown has been plagued with all manner of substandard and illegally operated boarding and so called personal care homes for at least 25 years.

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Recollections on a Veterans Day:

Equal Rights Triumphs in South Carolina

68 Recruits from Platoon 304 United States Marine Corps graduates from over four months of boot camp training at Parris Island South Carolina on April 5, 1963.

Who would have thought that a very basic lesson in how the level playing field can actually work to reverse generations of racism would be the first order of business in a Marine Corps enlisted training platoon in of all places, South Carolina a full two years before we even passed a Civil Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

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Heart-stopping Street-side Display at LTSP Honors Memory of Victims Slain by Illegal Guns


It was a heart-stopping, captivating memorial display along Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy in front of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) during election week.

The street-side display featured 201 mounted shirts, each lettered with the name, age and date of death of someone killed during 2013 by illegal guns on the streets of Philadelphia.

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State Gets New Governor, City Regresses Further

The expected victory of Tom Wolf has changed the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor from Republican to Democrat in an election that ran in the reverse direction from the rest of the nation; however the Republicans retain a strong hold on the state legislature. Read more ...

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October 30


Inquirer Endorses Young Republican for Fattah's House Seat

Independent Voice Agrees


On October 29, 2014, the Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed young Republican Armond James to replace Chaka Fattah in the Second Congressional District. James and the citizens of that district deserve all the support voters can mount for this long overdue change.


The Independent Voice has made no secret of its standing opposition to the policies and practices that it believed Chaka Fattah was part of going back several years. For the record, this editor ran against Chaka Fattah as a registered Independent in the 2012 election.


We have accused Fattah as a participant in funding nonprofits and other entities with federal funds as appropriations chair over the years that were skimming large quantities of public money and operating far outside of compliance. Recent investigations and disclosures of in process investigations has proven that to be true and seven figure amounts deliberately stolen from the public for personal and political purposes in one transaction alone is only the tip of the iceberg in the views of this newspaper.


We all should add to that the fact that Fattah serves in the district that credible reports have verified has the largest percentage of concentrated deep poverty in the nation. We have seen little or no serious effort toward the kind of remedial job creation and neighborhood rebuilding it will take to reverse this downward spiral. Instead Mr. Fattah has been focusing on bringing disproportionally too much in the way of federal dollars to those already well-funded enterprises where he has too many close associations with powerful insiders, in our view.


Another term for Chaka Fattah would be an insult to the country, this city, and, most of all, the residents of the Second Congressional District.


Jim Foster

Editor


October 16

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

An election is on the horizon in 19 days.  You would not know much about it from the party in power, the opposition party, activist groups or the media.  Apparently no one wants to generate any fanfare about politics or an election in Philadelphia, for no one wants to admit that we don’t have them here.

Even the so-called good government activists are largely silent, for they know the truth is that all of the outcomes are pre-scripted and arranged so well that no elected office has been held in this city by anyone who was a surprise victor in an election for at least 25 years.

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Leadership

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

That quote from George Santayana has been one of my guiding principles since I first heard it back in high school.  Sadly, that perspective has been all but wiped out of our educational and political systems in recent years, and if there was ever a moment when some serious reflection on even the recent past is necessary, it is now.

The tragedies on the national and local stage clearly reflect what happens when one party agendas are not modulated by an activist free press and strident opposition parties that make the best use of the free and participatory democratic republic that allowed this country to create the first and only significant majority middle class population not controlled by a narrow group of zealots suppressing personal freedoms.

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PICA Board Elects Officers But Continues Avoiding Pensions


The PICA Board that is effect the state-authorized overseer of Philadelphia’s finances met on October 14 to primarily discuss revisions in the city’s five year plan brought about by settlements in union contracts whose protracted negotiations have plagued the city for more than six years, but were a cash cow for Ballard Spahr, the law firm representing the city.  That firm garners over $700 an hour to “just be there” much of the time.

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October 2

What Are We Doing for the People of the Middle East?

Historians recognize that events do not develop out of a vacuum.  In today’s Middle East, for example, they are the birth children of the west’s  narrow-minded foreign policy which has manipulated that region for it’s own “national interests for a long, long time.

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Area Democrats Should Purge Their Party

If there ever has been a moment in the last `100 years when Philadelphia area Democrats should be asking themselves what they should do about a party challenged all the way from the administration, through congress, the state and particularly the city government, now is that time.

The last time that party was slapped down so hard that they barely influenced outcomes of elections at any level for an extended period was the end result of the election of 1914, when a left wing ideologue in Woodrow Wilson promised one kind of government but delivered a series of social and economic mandates and tragedies that so poisoned the atmosphere that for all practical purposes they were out office almost everywhere for 20 years.

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Railroaded by his own?

I doubt there has ever been a U.S. Congressman more colorful and irreverent than James Traficant of Youngstown, Ohio.

News reports this past week informed us that he has been “beamed up” (one of his most-used personal phrases) after what has been characterized as a heart attack and tractor accident on his farm.

First elected to congress in 1984 in a district that many said was the most devastated industrial community in the nation after the 1970s, Youngstown Ohio, his prior career as county sheriff brought him notoriety and celebrity among some very desperate citizens in a bi-racial town that was reportedly under gangster control for many years.

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The Battle of Two Toms

by Victoria A. Brownworth

The gubernatorial race is a month away and 24 percent of Pennsylvanians have no idea who they are voting for.

As the kids say, WHUT?!

I subscribe to a few Republican and right-wing newsletters because I like to know what the other side is thinking. I also am on quite a few Progressive and Democratic political lists so my email box has been flooded in the past few days with increasingly more hysterical emails related to the mid-term elections in November.

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We’ve Heard Enough Already

Editor:

When will we hear the name Mumia Abu Jamal for the last time? Now we learn that he will be the “remote” commencement speaker for a small and obscure New England college where students rarely visit the campus; a school that reportedly  offers degrees without curriculum or grades.

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Noteworthy Reads


To VisitPhilly: Recognize Germantown as a Neighborhood

If you go to this site..... http://www.visitphilly.com/philadelphia-neighborhoods/ You will see that Germantown is NOT an option as a neighborhood in Philadelphia. Yet, when you click on Mt. Airy here.... http://www.visitphilly.com/philadelphia-neighborhoods/mt-airy/view-all/ You'll see that most of the attractions they cite are actually in Germantown....Grumblethorpe, Awbury Arboretum, the Johnson House, Maxwell Mansion, Wyck, Cliveden..... That's a travesty!!! Please take a moment and let the visitphilly people (which used to be called the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Cultural something and is THE official tourism site for Philadelphia) know that Germantown needs to be recognized as the steward of all these sites.... Sign our petition. That's why I signed a petition to Visitphilly.com. Will you sign this petition?

Go to www.moveon.org/ Thanks!

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