Did anybody read that letter to the editor in the Voice today? I am completely beat after messing with a two and a half foot thick supported slab filled with rebar all week, so Iím not going to go fetch it. Iíll paraphrase. I got a flat tire after hitting a pot hole on Coal St. and I called the mayorís help line. He promised to mail me a check, but much to my surprise, he delivered it in person later that night! Gee thatís swell. Good luck in your re-election bid Mr. Mayor. The chickís name was published and she is a resident of Wilkes-Barre. Okay, somebody fill me in. Is she yet another shameless relative of his, or is she merely a registered democrat?
From the Boortz web site:
SPEECH TO MARINES GOING INTO BATTLE
Yesterday I read the speech by Marine Major General J.N. Mattis to his 1st Marine Division in Kuwait on the eve of battle. Hundreds of you have asked that it be posted on my website. So Ö here goes:
For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped, and murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring countries without provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction. The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind.
When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them. Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression.
Chemical attack, treachery, and use of the innocent as human shields can be expected, as can other unethical tactics. Take it all in stride. Be the hunter, not the hunted: Never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down. Use good judgment and act in the best interests of our nation.
You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit. "For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in past battles--who fought for life and never lost their nerve--carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than a U.S. Marine.
Hey! All is apparently not lost! The word is, as published by the Leader today, that the parking tickets issued within the cityís confines when we were still young may still be collectable. See that! The city is not being mismanaged after all. Okay, it may take a year or two to chase down those scofflaws (mostly college kids), but what the hell? Your alley is currently being paved, the promises are flowing again and we are anxiously awaiting the very first shipment of Superpave to Wilkes-Barre. Life is good again.
Are you a registered democrat? Are you going to cast a vote for a failed politico with no discernable job skills or social abilities? If so, call 821-1111 and complain about something meaningless and trivial. Those of us that are capable of rational thought (but not acceptable punctuation) will be living elsewhere and eagerly watching as what little is left of your city implodes.
I talked to this Kings girl today and she had another angle on what troubles our incompetent leadership in this city. I laughed, but she might actually be onto something.
Click on this link and read this blabber from Americaís suddenly most despised film maker. What a freakiní toad!
Letís try an e-mail:
******RE: STREET PAVING
THIS IS WHY I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ONE SITTING COUNCIL PERSON. MANY PEOPLE HAVE TOLD THEM, INCLUDING MYSELF TO STOP HIM FROM USING OUR MONEY TO FURTHER HIS CAMPAIGN. THEY SAT AND WATCHED IT ONCE AGAIN!!! ALL THESE STREETS THAT DON'T REALLY NEED IT ARE GETTING PAVED BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED DEMOCRATS THAT LIVE ON THEM. STREETS IN NEED OF MILLING AND PAVING NOW ARE GOING TO NEED A COMPLETE RECONSTRUCTION BY THE TIME THE CITY GETS TO THEM. THAT WILL COST MORE THAN DOUBLE!!!! HOW CAN WE LET HIM START ONE MORE THING [LET ALONE 15] WITHOUT FINISHING WHAT WAS ALREADY STARTED???? SCOTT ST. BRIDGE, GOVIER STREET BRIDGE CHAPEL STREET, ETC, ETC HE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN ALLOWED TO CLOSE DOWN STREETS AND LEAVE THEM LIKE THAT FOR YEARS. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?????
TAXPAYER WHO KNOWS******
Yeah, they milled Butler Street behind the adobe yesterday and that block of Butler was not in need of paving by any stretch of the imagination. Hell, they paved my street and it was as smooth as a back room deal.
Letís do another e-mail:
******The sad part about the whole k-route (blacktop for votes) campaign is that once the road is paved, it's ours. The state absolves itself of any and all maintainance of the road from that point on. Now, when the road needs to be resurfaced in 5-8 years, guess who pays....Basically, he gets the state to pave the roads, takes over maintainance of the roads, in an election year, and thinks we believe he did this for the good of the city? It's amazing that all this stuff he's doing now can magically happen now, while he's running for office again, rather than spread it over the last few years. By the way, Superpave is PENNDOT's new heavy duty blacktop mix used on most, if not all, state paving projects. The aggregate is larger, and the mix design was modified to create an extremely durable surface.
I was skimming through some newspaper articles, and found a few interesting facts....In 1998, the mayor budgeted $600,000 for a new ladder truck for the FD. In 2000, he budgeted $200,000 for a quint.......he purchased neither. Where is this money? There was also talk in these articles about other purchases he said he was going to make for the FD totaling $1.1million, but I couldn't confirm this amount was budgeted. I can't understand how he could just spend $800,000 and not have anything to show for it. Then again, I shouldn't lose sight of who were dealing with....Later******
Yepper! He gets the streets paved by the state during an election year and basks in the accolades and then the state relinquishes the responsibility for the maintenance of those sections of road to the city forever. Does that sound like a deal? It sounds fu*king stupid and short-sighted to me! Thank you grant whore! Weíll continue to pay for that move until the sun collapses on itself.
Rutro! The kiddies are still Rocking the Vote at Wilkes. I can just hear it on the scanner now! Base to six: Forget Main Street, Command 100 said to pave S. Franklin Street.
We made the mistake of bouncing down Coal St. today only to find that Wilkes-Barreís finest had the road blocked off and were ordering all traffic to do a U turn. That is another Wilkes-Barre first! When did you ever run across a street paving scene and be ordered to do a U turn? Never? Thatís what I thought. All of this to patch the patches of the pot holes.
Check this one. BANG!
Check this blast from the past! The 1974 District Sixteen Nord End All-Stars! See that big kid in the middle of the pic? He had a nice GTO with a four barrel, reverse cragers and purple fuzzy dice. We never could figure out how a little leaguer could possess a valid drivers license. Oh well, we were more concerned about our electric football game plan, how to add extra armature wirings to the engine of an AFX car and how to break it to Jeff that the Phillies scouts were never going to travel to Wilkes-Barre to watch him hit a baseball 250 feet, expensive batting glove or no batting glove. Letís face it, if you couldnít homer at Guthrie field, you were not the next Hank Aaron. Thank goodness he was extremely smart, had excellent grades and exited the city as soon as he finished college. Miss yaí Jeff.
Whatever man. I am beat! The job done busted my behind this week and the fun continues tomorrow morning. Iím beginning to wonder if we havenít been dealing with a monolithic slab posing as a supported slab. Construction anomalies are often my worst enemy. But, it wonít stop me from doing my daily 7.4 miles on the aging Huffy. I can hang!