AWESOME! Here’s What Just Happened On The Live-Streaming Website That’s Enthralled America

Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

You might call it one of the most popular “spy cams” in the country today — the one offering an incredible live, bird’s-eye view of an eagle’s nest in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

And what happened at 8:24am Eastern time on Tuesday in that nest high up in a tree shows that the population of the bald eagle — America’s majestic national bird — has increased by one. A second egg in the nest is expected to hatch any time now.

Eager bird watchers logged on to the popular website featuring the live eagle cam joyfully celebrated the blessed and rarely seen event (my wife was among them, so I am personally familiar with this phenomenon that has enthralled so many people).

The amazing glimpse into the lives of this bald eagle family is, according to the a Pennsylvania government site, “supported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business, Friends of Codorus State Park and several other partners.”

As part of getting to know how these beautiful birds live, you can watch daily activities such as feeding on wildlife brought to the nest by one of the adults.

It may not sound like such a fascinating way to spend a few minutes (or hours, or days), but observing our national bird in its natural habitat is indeed an activity on which you can easily get hooked. And in case you’re wondering, the eagles don’t seem to mind the attention.

Here are a couple of screen grabs from the bald eagle cam in Hanover. The first shows the newly hatched eaglet, and the second shows a fresh fish just delivered to the nest that will keep parents and babies fed for a while.

Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

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Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

 

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Is Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane On Her Way To Prison?

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After an exhaustive eight month investigation, Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Democrat “Girl Wonder” Attorney General, may finally be facing the criminal charges she so richly deserves. A Grand Jury has recommended Kane be indicted for perjury, false swearing, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. While these crimes are serious when lodged against an ordinary public servant, they are bombshell quality when brought against a sitting State Attorney General.

The charges stem from allegations that Kane leaked Grand Jury confidential memos in an effort to embarrass her Republican political enemies. Among those enemies was Tom Corbett, who was the then-State AG and now former Governor of Pennsylvania.

From the beginning of her meteoric rise, Kane was backed and groomed by the Clintons and used as a tool to gain revenge against another Democrat who had angered the vindictive couple for backing Barack Obama in 2008.

A 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune –Review article said, “When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled, for [Murphy] had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary … Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads, and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy.”

A quick study, Kane took hold of every odious Democrat position and became a star overnight in the Party of the Rich.

Many thought her next stop would be Washington after she unseated Keystone Republican US Senator Pat Toomey in 2016. That move is so much in doubt that to head off that disaster for them, the Clintons have arranged to have their personal stooge Lanny Davis defend the “Girl Wonder.”

Like the typical Democrat, Kane is refusing to resign and claiming her commitment to serve the people of her state as the reason she is staying on. That’s one thing about Democrats; they are hardwired not to feel the slightest bit of shame or embarrassment when they are caught committing their crimes.

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Two Philadelphia State Representatives Indicted On Bribery, Other Charges In Voting Against A Voter ID Law

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Two Democratic Pennsylvania state representatives who serve parts of Philadelphia were indicted on bribery charges Tuesday by the Philadelphia District Attorney after taking money and gifts in exchange for voting against voter identification legislation. The Pennsylvania Attorney General had previously dropped the charges.

State Reps. Ron Waters (D) and Vanessa Lowery Brown (D) were charged Tuesday with Criminal Conspiracy, Bribery in Official and Political Matters, Conflict of Interest, and Failure to Make Required Disclosures in Statement of Financial Interests for accepting money in exchange for promised political actions. Waters also accepted some Tiffany Jewelry.

The Daily Signal notes both “representatives testified before [the] Grand Jury and admitted their criminal conduct.”

“[The grand jury] had 26 recordings featuring Rep. Ronald G. Waters, accepted nine cash payments from a confidential informant totaling $8,750. The grand jury had 24 recordings of Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown accepting five cash payments totaling $4,000.

“Waters agreed to vote against Pennsylvania House Bill 934, a Voter ID bill, in exchange for $2,000. Brown also agreed to vote against House Bill 934 for the same amount.”

Both legislators turned themselves in Tuesday morning and were released on their own recognizance. Waters is the current Secretary for the House Democratic Caucus, and Brown is the current chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General between 2010 and 2012, but was dropped because Attorney General Kathleen Kane was “troubled” by elements of the case it inherited (including a deal to drop charges against the informant), reported the Post-Gazette. Kane has been in office since 2013. There was also accusations of racism in the ongoing investigation.

But the District Attorney’s Office run by Seth Williams, a Democrat, rejected those allegations:

“The grand jury investigated claims that the original investigation was ‘racist,’ that the CI was not credible because of the alleged magnitude of his own criminal case, that the subjects of the investigation were ‘entrapped,’ and that a ‘comprehensive’ review by subsequent state officials found no basis for bringing charges. The grand jury found each of those criticism empty.”

According to the Post-Gazette, Waters’ Attorney, Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., said his client “will accept responsibility for his conduct and likely resolve this matter without the necessity for trial.”

Other officials were also targeted in the investigation, all Democrats. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee are still being investigated by the grand jury, while former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting a $2,000 gift, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

H/T The Daily Signal

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Should Arbitrary Factors Mitigate Punishment?

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On October 2, the day after a Chester County, Pennsylvania jury convicted Duron Peoples of first-degree murder in the contract killing of barbershop owner Jonas “Sonny” Suber, the jury unanimously informed Judge David Bortner that the appropriate sentence would be life without parole, and not death.

The jurors decided that mitigating factors cited by the defense—Peoples’ upbringing in poor socio-economic circumstances, his self-described “addiction” to the life of a drug dealer, and the circumstantial nature of the prosecution’s case— outweighed the prosecution’s plea that the “murder for hire” deserved a sentence of death.

The local newspaper commended County jurors and prosecutors for their reluctance to impose the death penalty upon convicted murderers. In the editorialists’ opinion, that only four defendants convicted of murder in the county are on Death Row demonstrates the district attorney’s “wisdom” to withdraw the death penalty when it “serves the interest of justice”

Which begs the question: does withdrawing the death penalty in light of mitigating factors serve the interests of justice? Or does the practice promulgate greater injustice by allowing a lucky few to avoid their due?

In short, why should a few arbitrary factors mitigate the punishment for cold-blooded murder?

So what if Mr. Peoples was raised in poor socio-economic circumstances? Countless children are bought up in poor socio-economic circumstances, but they do not become murderers. Should an accident of birth determine the severity of punishment for a heinous crime?

So-called “mitigating” factors also marginalize men and women from similar backgrounds who choose to live law-abiding lives rather than blaming a life of crime on difficult circumstances.

Consideration of the circumstantial nature of the prosecution’s case hints that a murderer need only hire a trigger man to do his dirty work and absent himself from the scene to insulate him from culpability. Even so, the prosecution’s so-called “circumstantial” case convinced the jury that Peoples was guilty of first degree murder.

The kicker is Peoples’ self-described “addiction” to the life of a drug dealer. The selfish, self-centered, violent life to which Peoples was “addicted” should properly be an aggravating circumstance.

“Mitigating factors” also create a invidious, constitutionally suspect double standard by arbitrarily holding members of a certain class to a higher standard of conduct than members of a favored class.

And with fewer “mitigating factors” in their background, it follows that those subject to this stricter standard theoretically are more deserving of capital punishment for similar crimes than the Peoples of the world. Where is the justice (or logic) in that?

A first-degree murder verdict establishes beyond reasonable doubt a defendant’s degree of culpability. Once degree is established, it is past time for excuses and justification.

Sentencing is the time when justice is done.

In capital cases, justice requires that the death penalty apply to all or to none.

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Support For Obamacare Killing This Democrat In Primary…

No matter what anyone in the DNC or RNC says, support for Obamacare is serious poison for a campaign. Forget the “scientific” surveys showing substantial support for Barack Obama’s monster among rank and file Democrats. The fiery plummet of Allyson Schwartz’s campaign to win the Democrat nomination for governor of Pennsylvania is proof that they are wrong.

Standing with Obamacare is killing her.

A November 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found the Obamacare-supporting Schwartz with a comfortable early lead in her primary race to the nomination. In a crowded field, she was at 21%; and her most serious opponent, Tom Wolf, was at 17%. Twenty seven percent were undecided, while eight other candidates divided the rest of the support.

Schwartz enjoyed a 31% favorability rating, which was the highest in the field; but there was even better news for anyone in a Democrat primary. The 38% who called themselves “very liberal” backed her. Before people realized what a disaster Obamacare is, she was home free; but that was then, not now.

Since November, support for Obamacare has turned into a serious drag, even for a Democrat in a Democrat primary.

The most recent poll of likely voters in the Pennsylvania Democrat primary shows that the ground has shifted under Ms. Schwartz; and she is now trailing far behind the leader, businessman Wolf. She has dropped to just 7% support in a Franklin & Marshall College poll. Her support of Obamacare has caused two thirds of her backers to run away. Based on the numbers, apparently even the “very liberal” voters who will turn out on Election Day have left her.

Desperate to get back on track, the self-delusional Schwartz has doubled down and is running a new ad showing her proudly supporting Obamacare. She is also challenging her rivals to join her in her mistake. “Misery loves company” comes to mind here.

The so-called “experts” who are telling us that Obamacare is not a “magic sword” that will destroy anyone who supports it are very wrong.

If Schwartz, a champion of Obamacare, is crashing in a Democrat primary, the national Democrats and Republicans are either lying or totally clueless. There is no reason to trust anyone who says that there is any significant support for Obamacare, even among Democrats.

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