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Harrisburg Tea Party in the Rain!!

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Well even on a rainy day I went to a Tax Day Tea Party in Harrisburg, PA.  There were an estimated 2,000 plus folks who attended. The Tea Party was put together by The CommonWealth Foundation.  Below are a few pictures I took.

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A sign-held-by-5yr-old at the Tea Party with his mother!

A sign-held-by-5yr-old at the Tea Party with his mother!

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Well even being cold and rainy.  I had a good time and met some realnice folks who were there for the same reason as I.  Tired of the taxation from BOTH parties and tired of the GROWING GOVERNMENT!!

Let’s keep it up folks.  “We the People”, can make a difference, but we must believe in ourselves and put our Gov. to the test.

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Jason R. Bootie

Pennsylvania is Top State for School-Choice!

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Via(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

State tops nation in school-choice enrollment: study

By Bill Zlatos
TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of students in school-choice programs, according to a study released today.

“Pennsylvania has what some people consider to be a corporate voucher program, and that program is allowing more than 43,000 children to receive grants to go to school,” said Andrew Campanella, a spokesman for the Alliance for School Choice.

The alliance, a Washington-based advocacy group, looked at school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs across the country. Its “School Choice Yearbook 2008-09” found an estimated 171,332 students in 10 states and the District of Columbia use such programs this school year, an increase of 8 percent over last year.

Pennsylvania launched its Educational Improvement Tax Credit in 2001. The credit provides grants so that parents can send their children to preschools and private schools, and support groups that provide innovative programs in public schools.

The 43,764 Pennsylvania students in the tax credit program surpasses the total of students in similar programs and those getting vouchers in other states, according to the report.

Campanella said the tax credit program grew 69 percent over five years in Pennsylvania; school choice programs soared 89 percent nationally.

“The reason we see the national growth higher is because of the new programs that have come into play in five years,” Campanella said. “It’s not that Pennsylvania is underperforming. In fact, Pennsylvania has done one of the best jobs recruiting students into the program.”

The state program is worth $75 million, said Andrew LeFevre, executive director of the Road to Educational Achievement through Choice Alliance, a Harrisburg group that advocates for school choice.

Of that, he said, $43.7 million is for scholarships, $23.3 million for innovative programs in public schools and $8 million for preschool.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh gets about 7,000 grants a year from the tax credits, said Ron Bowes, assistant superintendent for public policy and development in the diocese.

“We’re very fortunate,” he said. “There are about 200 scholarship organizations in the state of Pennsylvania, and we’re number one.”

Bowes said the law helped stabilize Catholic education. “This is something that has preserved a lot of our Catholic schools,” he said, estimating that each Catholic elementary school saves taxpayers $1.5 million to $2 million a year, in terms of the lower cost of education.

Last year, the Legislature amended the law by raising the cap on the tax credit from $200,000 to $300,000 and allowing partnerships such as law, architectural and accounting firms to take part.

“There’s still a lot of untapped potential out there in the business community that we need to get the word to,” LeFevre said.

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Jason R. Bootie

Gambling for College Tuition!

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Via(PennLive.com)

Rendell’s tuition plan to be funded by gambling expansion

People look at a three card poker machine with a virtual dealer at the Gaming Control Board's slots lab in 2007.

People look at a three card poker machine with a virtual dealer at the Gaming Control Board's slots lab in 2007.

Gov. Ed Rendell’s plan to offer tuition relief to some students entering community college and state universities in the fall will be funded by video poker machines at bars and private clubs, according to two key Democratic legislative sources.

The proposal calls for allowing as many as five video poker machines each in bars, restaurants, taverns and private clubs, with a goal of generating $550 million a year for aid to college students.

State police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski said legalizing this industry that operates under the table will free up state police to investigate violent crimes, illegal drug trafficking and other offenses. He figures 17,000 illegal video poker machines are in operation today.

Revenue Secretary Steve Stetler said it could generate revenue from licensing manufacturers and distributors of the machines and the bars that decide to offer the games. Additionally, the state would take 50 percent of the net profits from the games themselves.

Bar and tavern owners in particular have wanted to bring some form of gaming into their businesses for years, especially since the state legalized slot machines in 2004. Private club operators have also clamored for a piece of the action, saying slots eroded their ability to raise funds for community causes.

The tuition program is targeted to students from families who earn less than $100,000 and would be launched starting with next year’s entering freshmen.

‘PENNSYLVEGAS’

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Jason R. Bootie

Murtha appeals to MoveOn for help

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Well seems to me that it just goes to show you who runs the Democratic Party.  Murtha cries for help from MoveOn who is funded by non-other than……  George Soros of course.

Murtha appeals to MoveOn for help

Go check it out via (The Crypt)

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Jason R. Bootie

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October 30, 2008 at 8:33 PM

The Obama ‘Field of Hope’ in Pennsylvania

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Now all we need to do is find the “Field of Change”.  We’ll be all set after that is done.  LOL
How strange that in such a “TOUGH” economy, someone would have both the time and funds to do such a project.
 
Oh and where are the Environmentalists crying foul about the “Artists” painting fields of nature???

The Obama ‘Field of Hope’ in Pennsylvania

The Obama ‘Field of Hope’ in Pennsylvania Posted October 24, 2008 10 :35 AM

The Barack Obama campaign let reporters in Pennsylvania know today that there is a “Field of Hope” for our viewing pleasure near Scranton, aka as Hillary Country.

The “massive 100 foot painting in rural Pennsylvania field” is the creation of Jim Lennox, his wife and 13 other artists. The project took them a combined 60 hours.

The husband and wife both said of the work that “Obama has been such an inspiration to us. His fresh ideas, leadership, his integrity – everything about him just inspired us to do something big to show our support. There’s no question in our minds that Obama should be this country’s next president. Our country needs the change he will bring to America.”

No word on the environmental impact of the paint on the soil.

 

Field of Hope--  Where is the Field of Change?

Field of Hope-- Where is the Field of Change?

The kool-aid drinkers and messiah worshipers are becoming more and more unhinged.

Hat Tip (GrassrootsPA)

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Jason R. Bootie

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October 24, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Small Town Pennsylvania!!!

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Amen to Let Freedom Ring USA.

Hat Tip(GrassrootsPA)

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Jason R. Bootie

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October 24, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Watch out Murtha. Russell with Striking Distance…

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Via(The American Pundit)

Here’s a promising sign for Russell:

About 54 percent of voters among those polled say it’s time for someone else to represent them in Congress. About 35 percent say Murtha deserves to be re-elected.

Also via (Hot Air Headlines)

Russell Brigade

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Jason R. Bootie

Written by truthtracker

October 23, 2008 at 9:52 AM

PA Congressman claims constituents are “Racist”!

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Can someone help me understand what this “fool”, is thinking?  John Murtha is running for re-election against William Russell in the 12th District of PA.  Does he think calling his constituents racist, will help his re-election campaign?

This is the same man who accused our troops of cold-blooded murder in Haditha.  I don’t think this man has a heart left.  Let’s hope the people teach him a lesson and elect Russell.

Murtha expects Obama to win Pa.

Says it has taken time for voters to embrace black candidate

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
By Ed Blazina, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Rep. John Murtha said today he expects Democratic nominee Barack Obama to carry Pennsylvania in next month’s presidential election.

Mr. Murtha, a 17-term Democrat from Johnstown, told the Post-Gazette’s editorial writers he sees momentum building in Mr. Obama’s campaign across the state for the general election after he lost his party’s April primary to Hillary Clinton. He thinks Republican John McCain’s efforts have been stymied by the country’s economic crisis.

“I think Obama is going to win, but I don’t think it’s going to be a runaway,” he said. “I think he wins Pennsylvania.”

Mr. Murtha said it has taken time for the state’s voters embrace a black presidential candidate.

“There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” said Mr. Murtha, whose district stretches from Johnstown to Washington County. “The older population is more hesitant.”

Mr. Murtha said groups he deals with regularly, such as military veterans and senior citizens, have come around to supporting Mr. Obama in the past three months. He credited Mr. Obama with being the most organized candidate he has ever seen.

More details in tomorrow’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,”

William Russell Ad: Stand Up for Western PA

Update: Murtha sorry about the racist comment

Wow it looks like Murtha remembered he was running for re-election.  I wonder how many phone calls the congressman’s office received yesterday.

Update: Murtha Calls Western Pa. ‘Redneck

I guess this man will never learn until he is voted out of Office.  Let’s all just pray that the constituents of the 12th district of PA elect the conservative challenger William Russell.

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Jason R. Bootie

Written by truthtracker

October 16, 2008 at 10:37 AM

The Keystone State gets MSM coverage regarding voter fraud.

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The states keep adding up…

Hat Tip (HillBuzz)

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Jason R. Bootie

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October 15, 2008 at 4:25 PM