Monday, August 31, 2015

Pawlowski's New Pool at Cedar Beach: It might as well be a new sewer line.

        Monday I saw a post by Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski on Facebook singing the praises of a new plan for the Allentown City Pool at Cedar Beach. A Pool that has been closed for various reasons in recent times, but now we have a new one: The Mayor says there is a sinkhole under it. That is a new one! A wonder when they found that out? I can't wait to hear that explanation. I have had enough of this Mayor and his Bull. The Mayor is supposedly a man of Faith, but for a man of faith, he sure fudges the truth a lot. So I posted a similar version of the statement below in the replies of his Facebook feed for all to see:

     I'm sorry Mr Mayor, but I don't believe anything you write or say anymore. You have not been truthful about why the pool was closed. So now it is a sinkhole? Why didn't you say that to begin with? What survey or paperwork can you provide that will verify this? Also Why couldn't you just tell the truth at the start if that were the case? With all the recent media coverage of the FBI investigation and the search warrants I can't help but believe that the people who eventually get the pool contract donated to one of your political funds. You have truly resurrected the city, but you sold everything that is ethical down the river to do it. What are you getting in your campaign coffers for this? $5k? $10K? Or is every employee of the pool company going to generously donate $1k so it looks like 50 people each gave you a grand? I would tell you to jump in the pool, but it's been closed due to your bureaucratic incompetence. It will be a great day for the Lehigh Valley when you go back to Chicago. If only you could take all your council bobble heads with you and the people of this good city could start over.

        The people of Allentown will likely vote most of the same arrogant fools back in office, especially the ones that don't want any oversight. But that doesn't mean those watching these bad actors shouldn't call them on it. 

9/29/2015 update:  I have turned off the comments because Blog Mentor has repeatedly launched insults against my family. We don't need to spend every waking minute online, we both have full time jobs and lives. It says a great deal about Blog Mentor that he can only insult others, and not offer a coherent thought.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Summer of Fun in Allentown

       The Summer's Political Fireworks did not end with the Fourth of July celebration in Allentown. It appears that Political Consultant Mike Fleck lit some very long fuses in the months before the moving van showed up and carted his family and all their possessions to parts unknown. As info trickles out from the FBI investigation, all signs point to Allentown City Council (With one Notable exception) of being nothing more than the Mayor's Lapdogs. The Abe Atiyeh Land/Digital Billboard Cash grab revelations and City Council's role in enabling the crime outs them as being not only incompetent, but as many of them accepted Cash for their campaigns from Atiyeh thru the Pawlowski Cash Pipeline, it appears they were bought and paid for just like the Mayor appears to have been. 

       Meanwhile, Mayor Pawlowski continues to regularly post Feel Good Stories about Allentown on his Facebook Page. Recently he posted about an airplane that crashed into the Little Lehigh Creek. I didn't get why he posted the link to the local paper story at first, but then I realized the crushed upside down plane fuselage sticking up out of the water resembled his ill fated, crashed and burned United States Senate campaign.
       Right after that, he posted about the "City Slide" a 1000 foot long water slide down the Ott Street Hill to Cedar Beach. Again, It is possible he realized his reign as the Mayor and his grip on power, much like getting on the slide, was slipping away.

       Speaking of Facebook, Mike Fleck is playing a lot of online Poker, I don't think a day goes by that there isn't a notification on Facebook of Mike's improving levels. So maybe he isn't down in Georgia, maybe he is at the World Series of Poker in Vegas?

       Well anyway, back to local Politics.

       Some local politicians want to get proactive against Pay to play activity, so, the next thing you know, the one Independent Elected Voice proposes a law to dampen the whole Pay to Play game, but guess what? A Couple of the accused pay to players Jeff Glazier and Ray O'Connell, concoct a way to "study" the legislation and put off enacting it. Meanwhile, over in neighboring Bethlehem, Mayor Bob puts his foot down and puts rules in place to get those safeguards enacted. Isn't it fascinating how the Allentown Council needs time to do studies and hold executive sessions to think about Pay to Play laws? Hmmmm Now it is a Tale of Two Cities. Oh well. Bad Government is Bad Government, no political party has a singular hold on it.

     Finally, what Hot Summer in the City would be complete without a little accused Police Brutality? So there is an obnoxious old man who roams around Allentown's B.I.Z. (That's Billionaire Iniative Zone for J.B. Reilley) singing mostly off key at the top of his lungs. So one Saturday night he decides to sing the Beach Boys' Barbara Ann outside Shula's steakhouse in center City. His performance was not appreciated, and the local law enforcement was a wee bit rough in pulling him from the public stage. So a brutality lawsuit is in the works. Personally, no one deserves to be handled that way for singing badly. Kanye West is far worse, and he gets paid, and he married a Kardashian. If anyone deserves a beating for bad singing, it is Kanye.  But my thought on this is that people paying several hundred bucks for a meal deserve to enjoy it, and not have an obnoxious interloper Wailing away. And reports in the local news rag are that the Pavarotti wannabe doesn't handle it well when people ask him to stop or go away. Screaming in people's faces can get you in trouble, so the singer is lucky he hasn't had his butt drop kicked onto Hamilton street in front of a passing garbage truck by an amateur music critic. ( I would have wrote Lanta Bus, but the unwashed masses are discouraged from visiting that area, so buses don't take that route anymore.)

     So for now we wait for the Grand Jury to see if anybody gets indicted in the big flaming mess that is Allentown Government currently. I would write about the B.I.Z./N.I.Z. but I get too aggravated when it comes to giving obscenely rich people welfare while city infrastructure is rotting. Putting Lipstick on a Pig is the most apt description of what is happening in Allentown.  So until next time, see ya.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Ten Reasons Mike Fleck decided to wear a wire for the FBI

        This is really a sad situation. Nobody is going to win in this, and the collateral damage is still incalculable.  But written that, I say we need to try and see the humor in the whole damn thing!
     So Here Goes:

10. FBI gave Fleck a wire to wear that played disco music from XM radio  in his ear when he wasn't in Meetings

  9. Mike realized he would never have to sit thru another of the Mayor Ed's powerpoint presentations

  8.Told Mike that after he serves his 18 month sentence, they could get President (Bill or Hillary?) Clinton to come to Easton and campaign for him if he decided to come back to Easton and run for mayor in 2021.

  7. U.S. Attorney promised Mike that they would try to get his wife in the cast of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" in a Teresa Giuduce type role while they were in Georgia.

  6. If Mike does end up eventually relocating somewhere that no one has ever heard of him, they promised him a good reference when he goes job hunting. but they won't give him a degree, he will have to earn one from Phoenix university..

  5. He was promised a hover board signed by Marty McFly

  4. Mike will not have to wear Orange in prison, but he might have to serve some of his time at a women's facility.

  3.Mike had been offered the chance to serve time in a nearby New York state prison, but the guys he was going to work for busted out and it didn't end well.

  2. FBI was going to make State Senator Pat Browne honor his offer to Mike of  Motorcycle riding lessons, but now that's gone too.


   1. They promised to rename whatever Federal Confinement venue he guests at "CLUB FLECK"!

     Note as of 7/30/2015: I have closed off the comments after another assault from Blog Mentor. I have copied and saved them to a separate file.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

It has been an interesting 60 days.....

   Since I last posted. That is what happens when you work for an employer that mandates 6 day, 60 hour work weeks and makes a big deal out of giving you one day off, like it is a big favor. But it is a job, so I should be thankful.
    But what I am really thankful for, are the wonderful publicity hound politicians that populate our world, near and far.
    Starting close to home, the man who spread more Bull $H#T than anyone in Northampton County History, Ron Angle, has angered his neighbors by spreading human waste to fertilize his farmland. If I know Ron, he didn't buy it from a supplier, he likely drained it from his own septic system to keep it from bursting from holding his family's lifetime supply.

     Statewide, between Fracking, attempting to privatize the Lottery and the State Liquor Stores, has there ever been a bigger failure of a Governor than Tom Corbett? The Price of gas went up a wee bit on the first of the year, forcing regular citizens to pay more, while Frackers still don't pay anywhere near their fair share as they continue to destroy Pennsylvania's watershed and environment. Thanks TOM! I suppose you figure it will all even out when we can get gas from our tap, but by that time, it will likely be cheaper to buy water by the bottle from WaWa than the Lehigh County Authority.

     Let us talk about Marriage:

      Anybody besides me see the total irony in that Same Sex couples are getting marriage licenses in Utah, the state that has fought to downplay the fact that Polygamy kind of sort of takes place out there? Can you imagine the issue if a man wanted  three MALE wives, or a woman multiple FEMALE husbands?
      Just goes to show that the bigots should be careful what they are hating on, it just may come back to bite them in the ass in a way they never thought about.
     For the record, I think government should recognize all marriages, but churches should have the right to exercise their beliefs, for or against.

      One more thing that is on my mind.

       Amazon wants the FAA to eventually approve their flying drones, mini aircraft that will deliver packages throughout a metropolitan area. I don't know if it will happen, but I will say this: They are fooling themselves if they think they can deliver everywhere. The drones are to fly at lower than 400 feet altitude, and I can say with certainty that certain aspects of the populace are going to see those things flying by, whip out their firearms, and pretend they are shooting at targets in a carnival game. I can see gangs staking out flight paths between the Amazon launch site and certain high income neighborhoods just to bring them down.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Death in the family

  My Friends:
      On Thursday October 3rd, just after 9AM I authorized a veterinarian to give my dog Sally a lethal injection. She was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer on Saturday the 28th. She had a few good days before I saw her take a dramatic turn for the worse around 4 AM Thursday morning, when she couldn't breathe to the point that she could not walk herself to the door to go out.
      I want to share with you a note that the staff at my vet share with me. The Author is unknown:

                      The Last Battle

  If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And Pain should keep me from my sleep
Then will you do what must be done?
  For this-the last battle - can't be won
   You will be sad I understand
   But don't let grief then stay your hands.
   For on this day, more than the rest,
 Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years
You wouldn't want me to suffer so,
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend
Only stay with me until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time, you will agree
It is a kindness you do for me
Although my tail it's last has waived
From pain and suffering I have been saved
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing you do
We've been so close - we two these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

My wife and I rescued Sally from the Dixon street shelter in Allentown on the fourth of July weekend of 2003. She was an adult Springer/Cocker Spaniel mix in need of a home. The Irony is that she made our home a happier place with her presence. We don't know how old she really was, but we are forever grateful to God for the gift of her presence.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Election Crystal Ball Time!

        November 5th just 44 days away, and that means it is time for what some readers lovingly refer to as my "HALF-ASSED" Predictions.

        I would like to start with Northampton County Executive. I believe that it is highly probable that present Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan will win with, at  the worst, a 60 to 40 % landslide.
   When all is said and done, Bangor Mayor John Brown's political body will be a "moulderin in the grave."
        Bob Donchez will be the next mayor of Bethlehem, no matter what folks might have heard a about a write in campaign from a former Bethlehem City Council member. That uh, candidate is currently indisposed, but I did hear he has a campaign office in Graterford Prison.

         Skipping over to Lehigh County, It appears that running simultaneous campaigns for Mayor of Allentown and Governor of Pennsylvania will not hurt Ed Pawlowski in the least. I appreciate the efforts of Michael Donovan, but I deal in reality. Ed P will get 75% of the vote in Allentown. What hurts him a bit is that City Republicans will come out to vote for Executive Candidate Scott Ott and it should be no surprise if a majority of them vote for Donovan down the ballot. But with a ratio of 2.5 Ds to 1 Rs, It only helps Ott overall, not hurt Pawlowski.

   And that leads us into the Lehigh County Executive race. When it comes to municipal elections Countywide, R's consistently out perform the D's when it comes to turn out, negating the huge D registration edge. That makes this race too close to call. But right now, much to my chagrin, I have to give Scott Ott a 52 to 48% winning margin. It could easily change, and there are a bunch of possible variables that could conceivably shift the balance in he turnout.
    One of those definite variables is the Parkland library funding question. That could bump turnout in the Parkland School district among Democrats in a proportion substantial enough to carry Tom Muller to Victory by itself.
     The other POSSIBLE variable is if the air quality folks in Allentown win their court challenge and get their issue on the Allentown City Ballot. I am not saying either issue will win, what I am saying is they will drive turnout more than the candidates will.

   So there you go, six weeks before V Day.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Collateral damages: In Syria, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions

All over Syria, people are dying. It has been going on for a couple of years now

Let us be honest with ourselves. All we really know is that the evidence is pretty convincing that a chemical weapon was used on civilians There were likely close to 1500 people killed in the use of that weapon, and the photographic evidence shows very clearly that at least more than 400 of the dead were children.  And this was likely not the First time a weapon like this has been used there.

    Do we really know who did it? I ask that question because I think before we play judge, jury and executioner, we damn well better be sure. We know that Syrian rebel forces have captured government facilities around the country. Are we absolutely sure that some rogue Al Queda element could not have done this precisely to provoke the United States and its' allies into a blundered involvement in this slaughter?

      I want to be clear, I have no use for the President of Syria. For decades his family has supported the Hezbollah folks who have launched numerous attacks against United States forces around the world. I remember a marine barracks in Beirut getting bombed in October 1983, killing 240 Marines.
   That was courtesy of Hezbollah, one of the players in the Syrian nightmare playing out live on Al-Jazeera and CNN nightly.

     "The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend." That is terrible logic to try and apply here.

      It is way too easy for politicians to say stupid things about redlines being crossed, and much harder to find the morale high ground to actually do something about it.
      Both sides in Syria repulse me, and part of me wants to see them wipe each other out. But the other part of me knows that as members of humanity, we have a morale duty to protect the Innocents involved and try to find a way to end the bloodshed. I have never met a child that asked to be born into bloodshed.

      Which brings me to my sticking point. Since the Camp David Accords in 1979 that brought peace between Egypt and Israel, the Syrian Government has been busy building up its' own formidable Chemical weapons stockpile to counter a threat it perceived from Israel's Nuclear weapon's program.
     Who helped them with that? Why, Great Britain, Germany, Russia and China, for the most part. That's right, Industry in those countries made a tidy profit helping the Syrians build their arsenal.

   And that's why I think those responsible for giving them those weapons should take the lead in doing something about it. Why does America have to take the lead on this? We are going to be busy enough keeping Israel from getting drawn into the mess. In a crazy side note, Israel has been supplying medical care to Syrian refugees since the fighting started. Compassion knows no borders, why can't common sense?

       Russia is Syria's biggest ally, and the Chinese one of the biggest suppliers of missile technology and equipment. They should be the ones pressing to solve this problem, and getting advice from us, not the other way around. Assad is their guy, they should take responsibility for him.

     Unfortunately, I don't think that will ever happen. I also think we are damned if we do, and damned if we don't

     With all the war crap we got into under the previous President, I never feared the threat of a possible globally involved strife as I do now. You look at the history of what happened at Sarejevo in 1914, and how one assassination brought about a global conflict. Then compare that to Damascus today. I am not a conspiracy theorist or Rapture nut, but I see some serious political dominoes lining up to fall.
      The killing has to stop, so we are going to have to launch Cruise missiles and kill more people, some innocent, some not so Innocent. It reminds me of Vietnam, where we destroyed Villages to save them.

         I don't know what we should do, but I don't want to see us go down that road again. The road is once again paved with good intentions, and most assuredly it is still the road to Hell.