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Posted by Penndems in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jul 31st 2007, 01:09 PM

By Sholnn Freeman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 31, 2007; 12:14 PM

General Motors today posted second-quarter profit of $891 million, reversing course from a year ago when heavy North American restructuring costs resulted in billions of dollars in red ink.

The morning's report marked the American auto giant's third straight quarterly profit and beat estimates by financial analysts. GM's shares climbed 4.4 percent to $34.04 in New York Stock Exchange trading, leading a broad advance in U.S. stocks.

GM's performance was boosted by the profitability of its international divisions. GM's core North American division -- although financially healthier than a year ago -- lost $39 million from continuing operations in the second quarter.

Rick Wagoner, GM's chairman and chief executive, cautioned that in the outlook for the U.S. economy and the domestic auto market remained challenging. Wagoner, in a statement, said the North American division's current earnings "clearly demonstrate that we've got work to do."



First Ford, now GM. Outstanding!
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Posted by Penndems in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jul 31st 2007, 09:30 AM

Jennifer Mrozowski and Tony Gonzalez / The Detroit News

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich drew strong criticism from Detroit city leaders and school officials Monday after calling the city a "disaster" in a national network TV interview on Sunday.

Gingrich blasted the city of Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, the United Auto Workers and Michigan's unemployment rate during an interview on Fox News Sunday in which he talked about how he would transform Washington.

A spokesman for Gingrich, an undeclared Republican presidential candidate who has been ramping up his public appearances, singled out Detroit and its schools because they're the "best worst-case example" of bureaucracy and "a union structure that doesn't work."

"We should basically, fundamentally replace the Detroit school system with a series of experiments to see if they'll work," Gingrich said in the interview.



What a jackass. Talk about foot-in-mouth disease!
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Posted by Penndems in Pennsylvania
Sat Aug 26th 2006, 01:24 PM
Bethlehem police were called to stand by at a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Bob Casey Jr. this morning after a scuffle broke out between a Casey supporter and a supporter of his opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.

The incident happened shortly before 9 a.m. as Casey was entering the Star City Restaurant on Center Street. About 10 Santorum supporters were outside holding signs as Casey was ushered into the restaurant.

According to witnesses, a Casey supporter grabbed a sign from a Santorum supporter and a small scuffle ensued. Two police officers responded to the call. There were no arrests.

Casey went on to speak to a crowd of about 40 supporters in the restaurant. The candidate then headed to a factory tour in Allentown.


Photo, courtesy of

Additional photos of the dust-up:
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Posted by Penndems in Editorials & Other Articles
Tue Aug 08th 2006, 11:59 AM
Iraq War off the table as a campaign issue in the 2008 Presidential race. He'll do anything to save the Republican Party and the Bush family any humiliation and embarrassment.

The fact that he imposed a gag order on the commission isn't the least bit surprising. He did the exact same thing at the State Department. Anybody who discussed anything about Baker's foreign policy stratagem, or criticized him or his cronies could expect to have a character assassination run against them or have their careers destroyed.

The man is a first-rate bastard. One would think the unfortunate death of his grandson would've humanized him somewhat but, unfortunately, that's wishful thinking.

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Posted by Penndems in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Jul 12th 2006, 02:19 PM
The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 12, 2006; 3:02 PM

HOUSTON -- Former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, were among the mourners Wednesday at the memorial service of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay.

The service drew some of the high-profile guests who were close to him before he was convicted in May of fraud and conspiracy for lying to investors and the public about the energy company's financial health before it collapsed in 2001.

Among the other mourners at the downtown Houston church Lay attended for 12 years were former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr., heart surgeon Denton Cooley and Lay's criminal lawyer, Mike Ramsey.

Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, 80, collapsed at the service shortly after arriving and was taken by ambulance.

Sounds as if every crook in town was there.
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Posted by Penndems in Research Forum
Sun Jul 02nd 2006, 01:43 PM

July 2, 2006 -- Conservative scribe Ann Coulter cribbed liberally in her latest book, "Godless," according to a plagiarism expert.

John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls "textbook plagiarism" in the leggy blond pundit's "Godless: the Church of Liberalism" after he ran the book's text through the company's digital iThenticate program.

He also says he discovered verbatim lifts in Coulter's weekly column, which is syndicated to more than 100 newspapers, including the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel and Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.

Barrie, CEO of iParadigms, told The Post that one 25-word passage from the "Godless" chapter titled "The Holiest Sacrament: Abortion" appears to have been lifted nearly word for word from Planned Parenthood literature published at least 18 months before Coulter's 281-page book was released.


Posted by Penndems on July 2, 2006.
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Posted by Penndems in Pennsylvania
Fri May 26th 2006, 03:14 PM
Name Age Hometown
Adams, Brandon Edwin 22 Hollidaysburg
Adams, Brent Allen 40 West View
Arnold, Daniel Laverne 27 Montrose
Baddick, Andrew Joseph 26 Jim Thorpe
Baker, Sherwood Russell 30 Plymouth
Barr, Aric Julius 22 Pittsburgh
Baum, Ronald Eric 38 Hollidaysburg
Beisel, Jacob Walter 21 Lackawaxen
Bennett, Keith Allen 32 Holtwood
Bernstein, David Richard 24 Phoenixville
Booker, Stevon Alexander 34 Apollo
Brabazon, Edward Walter 20 Philadelphia
Brown, Andrew William 22 Mount Pleasant
Brown, Oliver J. 19 Athens
Brown, Jr., Timmy Ray 21 Conway
Bucklew, Ernest Glenn 33 Enon Valley
Campbell, Jeremy Martin 21 Middlebury Center
Carlson IV, Frederick Andrew 25 Bethlehem
Carman, Edward William 27 McKeesport
Cleary, Michael Joseph 24 Dallas
Cohen, Michael Ryan 23 Jacobus
Coleman, Bradli Nathaniel 19 Ford City
Conboy, Adam Charles 21 Philadelphia
Cox, Gregory Alan 21 Carmichaels
Curran II, Carl Fancis 22 Union City
Cutchall, Christopher Eric 30 McConnellsburg
Davies, Shawn Michael 22 Aliquippa
Detample, Nathaniel Edwards 19 Morrisville
Dillon, Jr., James Robert 19 Grove City
Egan, Michael 36 Philadelphia
Erernack, Troy Shane 39 Lancaster
Evans, William Lee 22 Hallstead
Faunce, Brian Richard 28 Philadelphia
Fernandez, William Valentin 37 Reading
Fordyce, James Floyd 22 Newtown Square
Fralish, John Thomas 30 New Kinstown
Franklin, Michael William 22 Coudersport
Frye, Jason Lee 19 Landisburg
Geiger, Christopher Patrick 38 Northampton
Gettings, Albert Pasquale 27 New Castle
Giles, Landon Scott 19 Indiana
Gleason, Michael Todd 25 Warren
Golby, Christopher Allen 26 Johnstown
Goodrich, Joseph Patrick 32 Allegheny
Grimes, Kyle Jason 21 Bethlehem
Hall, Jr., Robert Eugene 30 Pittsburgh
Hardy, Brandom M. 25 Cochranville
Hayslett, Timothy Lawrence 26 Newville
Henry, Joshua Justice 21 Avonmoire
Hershey, Brett Michael 23 State College
Horton, Jeremy Richard 24 Erie
Huey, Sean Patrick 28 Fredericktown
Hull, Eric Raymond 23 Uniontown
Humlhanz, Barton Russell 23 Hellertown
Ingraham, Thor Harrison 24 Murrysville
Ivory, Craig Steven 26 Port Matilda
Jeffcoat, Brahim Jamal 25 Philadelphia
Jenkins, Robert Boyd 35 Altoona
Jodon, Andrew Ryan 27 Karthaus
Johnson, Maurice Jerome 21 Levittown
Jones, Rodney Aaron 21 Philadelphia
Karpowich, Paul Daniel 30 Bridgeport
Kasecky, Mark Joseph 20 McKees Rocks
Kenny, Patrick B. 20 Allegheny
Kephart, Jonathan Roy 21 Oil City
Koch, Matthew Allen 23 West Henrietta
Kondor, Martin Wilson 20 York
Kovacicek, Ryan Joseph 22 Washington
Kritzer, Bradely Gordon 19 Irvona
Krout, Jr., Robert Eugene 43 Lansdale
Kulick, John 35 Harleysville
Lightner, Jr., Daniel Russell 28 Hollidaysburg
Lloyd, Dale Thomas 22 Watsontown
Long, Zachoriach Wesley 20 Milton
Maglione, Joseph Basil 22 Lansdale
Maher III, William Joseph 35 Yardley
Mason, Nicholas Conan 28 Greenville
Matthews, Clint Richards 31 Bedford
McCaulley, Randy Donald 44 Indiana
McColley, Jonathan Eric 23 Gettysburg
McIntosh, Eric Alan 29 Trafford
McLaughlin, Michael Erich 44 Mercer
Melcher, Mark William 34 Pittsburgh
Minucci, II, Joseph 23 Richeyville
Mitchell, Sean Robert 24 Youngsville
Morgain, Carl 40 Butler
Morrison, Nicholas Bradley 23 Carlisle
Moxley, Jr., Clifford Leonard 51 Berwick
Navea, Rafael Luis 34 Pittsburgh
Nolan, Joseph Michael 27 Philadelphia
Oaks, Jr., Donald Samuel 20 Erie
Ostrom, Ryan Scott 25 Liberty
Paytas, Dylan Ryan 20 Freedom
Pellegrini, Jr., Gennaro 31 Philadelphia
Phelan, Mark Patrick 44 Greenlane
Puello-Coronado, Jaror Christopher 36 Long Pond
Pugliese, George Anthony 39 Carbondale
Ramos, Tamarra Joharidelonda 24 Quakertown
Renehan, Kyle Joseph 21 Oxford
Rusin, Aaron James 19 Johnstown
Sandri, Matthew Joseph 24 Shamokin
Santoriello, Neil Anthony 24 Verona
Seidel III, Robert Augustine 23 Gettysburg
Seifert, Christopher Scott 27 Bethlehem
Sherman, Anthony Lee 43 Pottstown
Slebodnik, Eric Wentworth 21 Greenfield
Small, Corey Lee 20 East Berlin
Smith, Michael James 24 Media
Snowberger II, Stephen Paul 18 Lopez
Straub, Jr., Francis Joseph 24 Philadelphia
Struble, Sascha 20 Philadelphia
Sturges, Jr., William Russell 24 Spring Church
Swank, Brett Daniel 21 Northumberland
Sweeney, Paul Anthony 32 Lakeville
Szwydek, Steven Walter 20 Warfordsburg
Thompson, Nils George 19 Confluence
Toczylowski, Jeffrey Phillip 30 Ambler
Todd III, John Harrison 24 Bridgeport
Tomko, Nicholas Allen 24 McKees Rocks
Ververka, David 25 Jamestown
Voelz, Kimberly Ann 27 Carlisle
Weismantle, Douglas John 28 Pittsburgh
Wells, Lonny Dion 29 Vandergrift
Wiegand, Lee Allen 20 Hallstead
Willard, Bryan Douglas 33 Hummelstown
Zeiger II, Kenneth Eugene 22 Dillsburg
Zimmerman, Travis Clyde 19 New Berlinville
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Posted by Penndems in Pennsylvania
Sun Apr 02nd 2006, 12:01 AM
Swann agrees to shell out sales tax
State Revenue Department had been looking into his online football memorabilia business.
By John L. Micek
Call Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG | Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann said Friday his company will now begin collecting and remitting state sales tax on $200 autographed footballs and other memorabilia sold on its Web site.

At an appearance in suburban Harrisburg, Swann also said the California-based Swann Inc. will cooperate in a routine state Department of Revenue inquiry into its business activities in the state.

Friday, Swann said he still hadn't received the questionnaire, but "as soon as we get the information from the state, in terms of what we're supposed to do, we'll act on it."


"What we've done already is we've filed to pay the 6 percent sales tax on anything sold in Pennsylvania," Swann said. "And we're going to do it in California."

So he's chisled two states out of tax revenue? Sheesh!

If he hadn't decided to run for Governor, he never would've been caught.

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Posted by Penndems in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Mar 18th 2006, 11:18 PM
Posted at Daily Kos:

This is just unbelievable. What in the world is going on in The Steel City?

On edit: Here are more photos from the Pittsburgh Indy Media website:

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