September 29, 2009


Filed under: Favorite Things,Heroes — Rich Davis @ 1:21 pm

Andy Williams is a classic crooner, starting in the 60′s.  He’s had 18 gold albums and 3 platinum.  Americans loved his TV show and his Christmas specials.  He’s 81-years old now and decided to share his thoughts on the direction this president is taking our country.  Andy’s popularity continues to grow.  Click HERE to see his “Moon River” website and concert schedule.  Below is the article in today’s      (hat tip DrudgeReport)

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Andy Williams, the veteran pop singer, has accused Barack Obama of “following Marxist theory”.

Williams, a lifelong Republican whose hits include Moon River and Music To Watch Girls By, told the Radio Times he thought Mr Obama wanted to turn the US into a “socialist country”.

The 81-year-old was a friend of the Kennedy family during the 1960s and was present at the Los Angeles rally where Robert F Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.

“I was very close to Bobby and he asked me to be a delegate for him when he ran for president,” he said.

“He knew about me being a Republican, but just laughed and said, ‘Sign yourself in as a Democrat and then change back afterwards’. Sadly, I never got to do that.

“I was very close to Teddy Kennedy, too, and his death recently brought it all back. What a tragedy. Had he lived, I think Bobby would have been a great president.”

But Williams had a less favourable opinion of the current president.

“Don’t like him at all,” he said, “I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are very Left-wing. One is registered as a Communist.

“Obama is following Marxist theory. He’s taken over the banks and the car industry”.

Politicians, media personalities and conservative activists have accused the US president of espousing socialist ideas.

Earlier this month, Jim Greer, the chairman of the Republican Party in Florida, said he was “absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology”.


Here are youtube videos of some of my favorite Andy Williams songs.  Pour a glass of wine, click on the links, take a sip and enjoy the smooth voice of an American classic.  Here’s to you Andy!  // clink //

Click here to see Andy sing “Moon River”  here for “The Impossible Dream” here for “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” and here for “Born Free”. 



Filed under: Heroes — Rich Davis @ 12:08 pm

Medal Of Honor Recipient, Bud Day, speaks of the torture he received when he was a POW in Vietnam and compares it to the waterboarding that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad received.

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I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967, a Sqdn. Commander.  After I returned in 1973… I published 2 books that dealt a lot with “real torture” in Hanoi . 

Our president is branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is. 
As for me, put thru a mock execution because I would not respond… pistol whipped on the head… same event.  Couple of days later… hung by my feet all day.  

I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got shot and recaptured.  Shot was OK… what happened afterwards was not.
They marched me to Vinh… put me in the rope trick, trick… almost pulled my arms out of the sockets.  Beat me on the head with a little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot, unbroken hand a pulp.
Next day hung me by the arms… rebroke my right wrist… wiped out the nerves in my arms that control the hands… rolled my fingers up into a ball.  Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger.  So I started answering with some incredible lies.

Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.
Hanoi … on my knees… rope trick again.  Beaten by a big fool.  Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.
Much kneeling — hands up at Zoo.
Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.
Several more kneeling events.  I could see my knee bone thru kneeling holes.
There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo.  I was the Senior Officer of a large building because of escape…they started a mass torture of all commanders.
I think it was July 7, 1969… they started beating me with a car fan belt.  In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes… then stopped counting because I never thought I would live thru it.
They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent part in the escape.  This went on for at least 3 days.  On my knees… fan belting… cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke.  Opened up both knee holes again.  My fanny looked like hamburger… I could not lie on my back.
They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape… and that my 2 room-mates knew about it.
The next day I denied the lie.  They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12th to 14 October 1969. 

I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.
Now, the point of this is that our make-believe president has declared to the world that we ( U.S. ) are a bunch of torturers.  Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they catch us… because that is what the U.S. does.
Our president is a know nothing fool who thinks that pouring a little water on some one’s face, or hanging a pair of women’s pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE. 

He is a meathead.
I just talked to Medal of Honor holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron, in jail… as was John McCain… and we agree that McCain does not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture… or that “water boarding” is torture.
Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing our great country are a disgrace to the United States . 

Please pass this info on to everyone. They are free to use it to point out the stupidity of the claims that water boarding… which has no after effect… is torture.

If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC… hurrah for the guy who poured the water.


George Everett “Bud” Day (born February 24, 1925) is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the Vietnam War.  He is often cited as being the most decorated U.S. service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions in combat.  Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

September 27, 2009


Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 1:46 pm

Patriotic Americans from all over came to our “Salute The Troops” rally yesterday.  It’s nice to be with so many good and decent people who enjoy showing public support and praise for our troops, our country, and our flag.

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We always have a lot of Military Family members.  Below is Al and Miriam.  Al was in the Air Force for 26 years, retiring as a Colonel.  He was a jet test pilot - only the best flyers were test pilots.   Their son Al, is an Admiral at the Pentagon, and their 23-year old granddaughter, Elizabeth (graduated from Hendersen HS here in West Chester), is serving in Afghanistan as a flight crew medic with the Delaware National Guard.  Miriam fervently sings our National Anthem at the end of the rally. 

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Here’s Bob, the manager of a local Irish Pub named Kildare’s.  He picked up one of our “Thank You Troops / Thank You Military Family” t-shirts.  Thanks for stopping by to say hello, it was great to meet you.

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Below are some more of our military mom’s and dad’s. 

Joy and Joe.  Joy’s son (Chris) is in the National Guard, served in Iraq and Joe’s son (Brian) is a Marine officer, serving for 15 years so far. (Joe is a Vietnam Veteran, US Army).

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Mary (red shirt) is the proud mom of her marine son Grant, a young officer, USNA graduate, and Iraq war vet.  Carol, (red head) is a Navy vet visiting West Chester for her high school reunion from Henderson HS.  She’s from Virginia, she was walking around town, saw us, started chatting, and ended up staying for the entire rally.  She’s a great American and we enjoyed meeting her.

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Uncle Bill’s nephew Matt, just came home from Iraq with the Stryker Brigade of the Pennsylvania National Guard.  Also, his son and daughter are both Navy veterans.  He’s proud of his family and his motorcycle.

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Doug shows off his new American Sheepdog ballcap.  His son Chris served in Iraq with the National Guard.

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Mark’s son Grant is a Marine Iraq Veteran.

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Evie, her Army son (Jon) finished a 15-month tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic.  Maureens’ son (John Paul) is a 2nd Lt in the Army, currently serving in Afghanistan. 

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Here’s military dads Doug and Ron (with sign). Ron’s son (Greg) is a Marine officer fighting in Afghanistan.

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Nick and Bob.  Bob is a Marine vet and his son (Sean) is a Petty Officer in the Navy, currently at sea on an aircraft carrier.

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Here’s Barb and Sim.  Sim is in the British Army and is a veteran of the Iraq war.  He enjoyed being with us.  It was fun chatting with him.

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Here’s Mark from Scranton, Pa.  He’s working on his PdD in psychology and wanted to talk to parents of troops who are in harm’s way.  He has lots to choose from.  Mike, an Army Vet, stopped by to say hello and we got to thank him for his service.

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Here’s some nice shots of “extremists and mobsters”.  They stand every week and show off the red, white, and blue.  Many of these “trouble-makers” are veterans, all are proud of our flag, our freedoms, our way of life, and our troops.

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The end of the rally is always uplifting.  We gather to sing the Star Spangled Banner, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and say a prayer for our troops’ protection and success and for our country.  The ending is the best part, afterwards we like to go for something to eat in town.   Thanks to all who take the time to come out and stand behind our troops as they serve to keep our great country strong and free.

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Below are a couple pictures of the other side.  

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The middle picture shows a guy who kept screaming at us.  He repeatedly yelled “Shame on you!” and was extremely angry at us because he doesn’t believe we have family and friends who have seen combat. He kept yelling, “How many of you have ever been in a war?” or “Why don’t you send your kids over there?!”  We tried to tell him we were vets and family members, but he refused to listen.  Hopefully he’ll see this post and find that we do know a little about serving in harm’s way and why its important to show support and graditute for all they do and sacrifice for us.

Our Troops Are Our Greatest Patriots.  

Thank You Troops!  Thank You Military Families!

 God Bless America!


September 25, 2009


Filed under: Insurgents at home,Rallies — Rich Davis @ 1:03 pm

The Chester County Peace Movement has a leader that claims she is a “proud socialist”.  She and her followers have been occupying the courthouse corner every Saturday for 7 years dissenting against things they didn’t agree with.  The CCPM leader believes socialism is the way for America to go.

A reader has provided another take of what socialism is.  Lets hope the leader and followers of the “peace movement” read it. 

From: Jim Oleck <>
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 9:58:41 PM
Subject: A Big Surprise from St Paul – Right out of the Bible

When the socialist / communist Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, one of the first things he did was to go into all the schools and rip all the Crucifixes off the walls of the classrooms. 
You see Castro was now GOD.  The STATE was now God.  Jesus was no longer God.
Socialism & Communism are the enemy of Christianity.

Don’t let anyone dupe you into believing otherwise. The socialist have zero regard for the INDIVIDUAL and the individual’s rights and soul. To them it’s all about the STATE and the masses.  Individual freedoms are not to be considered in a socialist society.  The individual can be sacrificed for the masses. They can take your money, they can take your freedom, they can even take your life etc… This is probably why the socialist dems approve of abortion.  The baby’s individual right to life means nothing.  It’s all about what the State deems is good for the MASSES.  

The democrats like to use the Bible when it supports their socialist welfare agenda. The problem is, the Bible does not support their socialist welfare agenda.
It appears this welfare debate was going on in the early Church some 2,000 years ago.  St Paul had a problem with the early Church.  Most of the people of the early Church thought Jesus was coming back any day, so some of the people decided to get lazy and let the other people in the community support them until Jesus came back. The workers finally got fed up with the lazy people of the community mooching off of them, and they approached St Paul with the dilemma. St Paul’s response is in verses 8 – 10 below.
You see, having able-bodied people live off the work of others is NOT social justice, it’s EXTORTION. Jesus would not support extortion. Jesus wants us to be charitable and the Church is one of the most charitable organizations on earth, but the Church does not support socialism.  Socialism is the enemy of religion.  Socialist / Communist countries do everything they can to get God out of Society, because they want a State-Run Society.  And socialism does not consider the INDIVIDUAL, it considers what is good for the masses. 

With the socialist mentality, individual freedom & the individual soul means NOTHING. The State & what the State wants means everything. So if the State wants to take from people who have money & give it to people who don’t have money, then they just extort it, because it’s not the individual’s money to keep – it’s the States  money to spend. This is nonsense.

Jesus would not agree that you force people who work hard to give their hard earned money to able-bodied people who do not work.

People should give as individuals of their own will, not at the will of the State. 

Christianity doesn’t mean you let other people abuse you.  It means that you believe that Jesus Christ is God and that Jesus died for your sins, so that you have a chance at heaven and eternal life.  The individual spends their own money as they see fit & we spend it very well, because church charities does more good around the world than any other organization. Socialism is not to be confused with Christianity.  Socialism is the enemy of Christianity. Read below for proof (in bold letters).  This same problem was going on over 2,000 years ago.  Some things never change and it seems that people never change either:
2 Thessalonians Chapter 3
8 nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you.
9 Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.
10 In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.

I’ve read in several of Karen Porter’s newsletters that “Facism will appear with the Flag and the Cross”.   In the past, we’ve seen signs mocking people of faith and calling them facists.  To us on the victory side of the street, the US flag represents the best of America.  When the oppressed see a US flag on a navy ship, or on a soldier’s uniform, they feel relieved, they feel hope,  they see freedom.  The other side defaces it by putting a “peace symbol” where the stars should be.  

Porter might be proud to say she is for socialism.

But people on my side disagree with that.  We’re for lower taxes and smaller government. We believe in the free enterprise system.  We want a strong national defense.   We want to drill here, drill now.   Most of America is against abortion, especially if its government funded.  And we don’t want bailouts and government takeovers of businesses like car companies.

Many of us are veterans and we have nine military moms (and dads) who come to our rallies on a regular basis.  We are proud of our faith and in the US Constitution.  Our founding fathers wrote the US Constitution based on Judeo/Christian values and a capitalistic system. 

And we will always praise and be grateful of our troops, and their families, and not undermine them or their efforts, especially while radical  jihadists around the world, and even here in the United States, are trying to kill us and them.

September 24, 2009


Filed under: Insurgents at home — Rich Davis @ 3:31 pm

Earlier this month Karen Porter, the head of the Chester County Peace Movement, wrote a newsletter to her readers where she proudly admits, “I am a socialist and damn proud of it.” 

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Porter and her group (Chester County Peace Movement) have been coming to the courthouse corner in West Chester every Saturday for the past 7 years.  They stand on the other side of the street from us.

After all these years and much publicity in the local paper, she finally decided to reveal that she is a socialist.

Her letter speaks for itself.  Here it is in it’s entirety:


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 05 Sep 2009 17:58:49 -0400
Subject: Proud to be a card-carrying socialist. Ya got a problem with that?

Note to local right-wing-nuts: I’m told that you copy and paste my e-mails into your websites (I don’t have time to look). I hope you’ll copy and paste this e-mail and send it far and wide – because I want to stand up right now and say I’m a socialist, and I invite your readers to join me! I want your youth in particular to see there’s a voice of reason in this wilderness? – and the more you distribute my writing, the more folks will see it. And some of them, trust me, will wake up.–Karen Porter

Recently the words, “socialism” and socialist” have been vilified by the right-wing fanatics to the point that I can’t just sit back and listen to this any more without speaking up and standing up:

I’m a socialist and damned proud of it. A card-carrying socialist. So you can yell “socialist” all you want at me, and I’ll hold my head even higher. It’s time for all of us socialists to stand up, speak out, be counted…and to grow a pair.

My Social Security card was my first socialist membership card.

I haven’t yet earned my Medicare socialist card yet, but it’s coming soon – and I’ll be damned proud to carry it.

I have been a lifelong Christian, and my religion makes me a socialist because Jesus Christ was one of the greatest socialists of all time. (He would deplore capitalism, which stands for everything He was against.) So I was born a socialist when I was born a Christian. I couldn’t have been anything else.

I confirmed my socialism when I got my Social Security card, and my renewed commitment comes up with the Medicare card.

Aside from being born into socialism and appreciating it, I also renewed my socialist vows when I read Michael Harrington’s (another socialist) The Other America when I was 18. I didn’t realize that I was part of that “other” America (in Appalachia) till then – and I also didn’t realize what scum the other “other America” was – those blood-sucking capitalist pigs.  I realized then that my answer to “What would Jesus do?” was that he would fight the people sucking the life out of the rest of us – the military industrial complex.

I simply do not believe in unbridled capitalism. Never have, never will. Since Reagan’s 1980s selfish-fest, this country has been on a downward slide into a very sick, cannibalistic form of capitalism that is eating us all alive – and I refuse to be part of it by saying nothing about it.

I believe that small businesses are a good thing – so I guess that means I favor a “mixed” economic system. The kind that creates unparalleled happiness in places such as Norway. But I also believe in strong controls that keep small and medium-sized businesses from getting out of control and sucking the life out of the rest of us – which is the situation we have in this country today. So I believe in much stronger government regulation of business than we have now. Corporations are raping us all and throwing our mangled bodies in a ditch.

I prefer that our country be controlled by people I elect rather than by corporate boards that I have no say about.

I also prefer that our counry be controlled by people we the people can fire rather than corporate chieftains that we have no say about.

I also prefer that our country follow the Constitution as it was written, not as some people wish it would be.

I appreciate our country’s socialist workers’ compensation system that protects us all.

I appreciate our socialist unions that protect workers’ rights.

I appreciate our socialist worker safety system.

I appreciate our socialist healthcare systems (Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ healthcare, Social Security disability, to name a few).

I appreciate our socialist system of making sure my food, water, air, transportation, and medicines are safe.

I appreciate our socialist public education systems.

I appreciate our socialist subsidies for farmers.

I appreciate our socialist system of guarding against discrimination on the job, in housing, in education, and in many other facets of life.

I appreciate all our other socialist systems that corporate moguls can’t take away from us.

I appreciate all these socialist systems because WE THE PEOPLE control them – not greedy pigs on corporate boards and in corporate offices over whom we have absolutely no say whatsoever.

Ya got a problem with that?


Note: I repeat -right-wing-nuts, please copy and paste this e-mail and send it far and wide – because I want to stand up right now and say I’m a socialist, and I invite your readers to join me! I want your youth in particularto see there’s a voice of reasonin this wilderness – and the more you distribute my writing, the more folks will see it. And some of them, trust me, will wake up.–Karen Porter

Karen Porter, Esq., Director
The Chester County Peace Movement, P.O. Box 1502, West Chester, PA 19380-1502;
Someday, when my great-grandchildren ask, “Why didn’t someone try to stop the madness?” I hope my son and my grandchildren can answer, “Your great-grandmother tried, with all her heart.”

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.–Ted Kennedy
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep; but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”



Note to Karen – If you don’t like America, why don’t you move?  There are plenty of socialist countries to choose from. North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, China, Cuba – take your pick.  Nothing is stopping you. I’ll even take up a collection for you.  I’m sure they would welcome a peacemaker like you with open arms.

September 21, 2009


Filed under: Announcements,Press — Rich Davis @ 10:08 pm

Opponents of the conservative candidates running for WCASD (West Chester Area School District) are planning to plant “negative lit” against the Republican candidates in this year’s November election for school board.

On Sunday, Sept 13 at 8PM, I received an email from Brian McGinnis, who is against the conservatives running for local office. In the email he says they are having a meeting to plan a “massive negative lit drop” and “We need to bring up the negatives and show the people in East Bradford just how right wing these candidates really are.”

How did I get this email from Brian?

Because the people who sent it, must have confused me with someone else (someone who has the same name as me.  Although we have the same name, we are different, he is a regular participant of the Chester County Peace Movement demonstrations at the courthouse.  He’s a photographer by trade, he’s also a Democrat Committeeperson in Precinct North 2 in East Bradford.  My guess is they intended the email to go to that Davis, and not me. (update: he goes by Rick, I go by Rich).

The email is damning.  It is solid proof that certain people are going to hit below the belt and try to defame and smear conservatives that they don’t want elected.  It’s despicable and must be exposed.

A couple hours later (at 10PM on Sept 13), I received a follow-up email from ”Fred Rothman” replying to Brian’s plan to drop negative literature in the neighborhood of Mark Pimley (Maria Pimley is running for school board as a republican). 

Fred Rothman is a Democrat Committeeperson in Precinct South 1 in East Bradford.  Rothman says, “It’s the candidates we need to attack.” 

Rothman talks about Mark Pimley and dropping literature ”defaming him (& his wife)” for hosting a “fundraiser for the “R’s” school board campaign.”

Fred Rothman goes on to give Mark Pimley’s address and even provides a link to a google-map pointing out exactly where Mark Pimley’s house is.  (in the email I have removed the coordinates of the address to protect the Pimley privacy)

Maria Pimley is running for West Chester School Board.  She’s a republican and is a Doctor of Optometry with Chester County Opticians.  She’s also an Adjunct Instructor at the Pennsyvania College of Optometry at Salus University, teaching students going for their masters and doctoral. She has 2 children in Glen Acres Elementary and 1 preschooler.  She’s also a Cub Scout den leader and Glen Acres Volunteer.

Rothman says he is willing to fund the literature, he says he would “afford a fair share of the cost if that’s decided that that’s what should be done.”

For the record, campaign literature must contain, by law, who is paying for it, whether it be a mailing, a literature drop, a newpaper ad, a poster, a TV or radio commercial.  It’s required to specify who paid for it.

Rothman says at their meeting that they have agreed to “start the negative stuff in about 4½-5 weeks with a targeted mailing, certain WC wards & other specific precincts.” (4-5 weeks would be in mid-October, a couple weeks before the Nov 3rd election).

This is despicable and shows how desperate the Democrats are. And it speaks volumes about the agenda of members of the Chester County Peace Movement.

Instead of running on the issues these Democrats want to use smear tactics to defame people.

The 4 republican candidates (Adsett, Carpenter, Pimley, and Wingerter) are running on fiscal responsibility.  They want to keep the taxpayers costs down.   They want to provide accountability and full disclosure.  They want to emphasize their positions on the key issues.

These Democrat Committee people (and one Chairman) want to spend money and time circulating negative information about the Republican candidates.

I put the emails in cronological order.  Brian McGinnis sent the first one followed by Fred Rothman’s.

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 8:37 PM
Subject: Lit Drop for East Bradford this weekend

Fred, John, Rick,
I have talked about the plan to do a massive negative lit drop in Mark Pimley’s precint and think we need to do that this weekend. Most likely Friday night or Saturday.

We need to bring up the negatives and show the people in East Bradford just how right wing these candidates really are. Let me know what you guys think.


—– Original Message —–
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 10:16 PM
Subject: Lit Drop for East Bradford this weekend
At today’s meeting it was more or less agree upon to start the negative stuff in about 4½-5 weeks with a targeted mailing, certain WC wards & other specific precincts.
In reference to your lit drop Brian & for the benefit of the rest on this eMail Cc: Mark Pimley is the committee person in EB S-1 living at (address removed for privacy) off of Sconneltown (see the google map below).
 I’ve gotten some negative feedback about doing a lit drop for defaming him (& his wife) for hosting this fundraiser for the “R’s” school board campaign. 
It’s the candidates we need to attack, so depending on what our negative-type letter claims, to me, that would make a case about whether it should be done.
Now I’m not personally opposed to doing a mailing that would go out as quickly as we could get one together.  I would afford a fair share of the cost if that’s decided that that’s what should be done.  Are we certain about a date of when the fundraiser is?
Below is the actual location of the Pimley home, so limiting a mailing/lit drop to the adjacent neighbors would have to be determined.  100, 200, 500, Dems, soft “R’s”, Ind.??? (coordinates removed for privacy)
West Chester, PA 19382
1-610-431-4311, LL
The other addressee’s are Robert Graham (Democrat Committee person, Precinct South 1 East Bradford), Nathaniel Smith (Democrat Committee Chairman, Ward 5, Precinct 846), John Beitzel and Rich Davis.

These people wanted to do this in the shadows, in the dark, but by fate, they made a mistake and included me on their emails.  Now they are being expossed.  Sunlight is the best disinfectent.

Let’s hope the Daily Local News and other newspapers will cover this.  The citizens of Chester County have a right to know whats going on.  Newspaper reporters have an important responsibility to the community.  To inform readers that this type of thing is happening, and who is behind it.  This is major news at the local level at least.

Contact – Andy Hachadorian, Daily Local News Editor, 610-430-1116, and ask them to cover this. 

Will the Daily Local ask the tough questions?  What does the Chester County Democrat Headquarters have to say about this?  Is this the type of officials we want in West Chester?  Or anywhere in America?   This is wrong, it’s dirty, and it needs to be cleaned up.  Corruption knows no bounds, be it on a national level with ACORN or the NEA or here in West Chester, Pa.

The public deserves to know the truth.  The paper plays a role in our society and this story must be told.


Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 1:57 pm

We celebrated the 2nd Birthday of the American Sheepdogs on Sep 19.  It was 2 years ago this month that we began standing in support of our brave troops and their mission.  We had a huge turnout including several newcomers.   Thanks to all who make it happen. Our public display of Patriotism shines like a lighthouse of hope for all to see. 

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Nicole held the flag for us as we sang the National Anthem.  Her brother Greg is a USMC officer, serving in Afghanistan.  She proudly wore her “Blue Star” pin (signifies she has family in the service).  It was Nicole’s first time at our rally.  We are always thrilled to meet Military Family Members.  Below are her parents JoAnne and Ron (Ron is an Air Force Veteran) and a close up of the shirt that Nicole’s brother gave her.

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Below left, are Barry (Vietnam Vet) and his wife Sandy.  Center are Jim and Donna, both Marines, both Vietnam Veterans.  Right are Donna’s husband Ray, he’s a Marine Vietnam Veteran who was wounded 7 times and received 4 purple hearts in Vietnam,(he turned down 3 of them so that he could remain with his buddies) next to Ray is Billy ‘Bang’, a Navy Vietnam Veteran, served 20 years (1956-1975).  He got the nickname “Billy Bang” from serving on his favorite submarine, the USS BANG (SS-385).  It was a diesel sub.  Thanks to all of you for your noble service.   Welcome Home!  Our troops, past and present, are the reason why our country is so great.

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It was also my birthday and my mom brought a bunch of homemade banana cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.  My mom taught me to help the oppressed, to love my country, and to fight for what is right.  I wish my dad, Richard Davis Sr, could have been here.  He was a great man, very funny and smart, served in the Army, raised 6 kids.  I miss him more than ever, he died when I was 20-years old.  Thanks Mom and Dad, you taught me good.

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Often, drivers will roll down the window to say, ”Thanks for being here, I love what you are doing”.  Many have family in the military.   The gentleman on the right said his son-in-law is serving in Iraq and gave us “2 big thumbs up!”. 

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The most uplifting part of our rally occurs at noon, when we get together and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the Star Spangled Banner, and say a prayer for our troops and our country.

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Below is Mary Lou inviting everyone to join her “Open House” to welcome home her son Matt.  Matt is with the PA National Guard Stryker Brigade that just got home from Iraq.  Mary Lou comes to all our rallies and we are delighted to join her so that we can say “Thank You” to her hero son.

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At the end we passed our “Salute The Troops” coin from Nina to Joe Crescenz.  Congratulations Joe!

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After the rally we went to a local pizzaria for something to eat and were thrilled when a hero walked in.  His name is Darren.  He’s also with the PA National Guard that just came home from Iraq and he was visiting his 2 brothers who go to West Chester University.  We are always glad to tell our troops how grateful we are for all they sacrifice for us.

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We look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday.

Thank You Troops! Thank You Military Families! and God Bless America!

September 13, 2009


Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 4:08 am

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About 50 people met at the Waynebrook Inn in Honeybrook to watch live coverage of our fellow patriots at the massive rally in Washington DC.

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Many of our regulars were among the estimated 2 million people.  We had a good time, watching TV, talking, and eating.  Regular citizens are coming out.  It looked like a giant “We The People” party. 

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Below on the right is Jean.  She is a military wife.  Her husband John is in Iraq, on his 2nd tour.  Our thoughts and prayers are always with our troops and our military families.

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 Here’s Joy – the organizer of the event and her husband Doug. Great T-shirts.

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Below is their son Chris with his wife.  Chris is in the National Guard and he fought for us in Iraq.  His shirt honors his Army buddies who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Afterwards we stepped outside and sang the Star Spangled Banner.

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We thank God we live in the greatest country on earth. 

God Bless America



Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 2:45 am

We had a super turnout on a gray wet day.  Lots of decent Americans including a bunch of newcomers.  Everyone enjoyed being united in support of our troops, our flag, and our country.  The best part is always the end, when we gather to sing the National Anthem and say a prayer for our troops.

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Here’s Sierra - a little patriot.

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Marine Mom JoAnne (R) with her friend.  JoAnne’s son Greg is in Afghanistan.

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Jeanette poses with her mom and dad.  Her father was a WWII veteran, he served in the Navy, in the Pacific.  His ship hit a mine and sunk.  He says he was lucky to survive.

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Twin sisters Donna and Debbie showed up.

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Military Mom Mary Lou’s son just returned from Iraq 3 days ago.  Matt is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard Stryker Brigade.  Welcome Home Matt! 

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Here’s Frank, a Vietnam Veteran, with his wife.

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Here’s a good Samaritan, who was visiting West Chester (he’s actually looking for a home here).  He said he works in Annapolis and was grateful to see the way we honor our troops.  He suprised us by bringing 6 pizzas.  Thanks so much to kind acts from patriotic strangers and we wish him luck house hunting.

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Thanks again to everyone who came out to stand up for our military and the USA.  See you in West Chester next Saturday from 11AM till Noon.

September 12, 2009


Filed under: Heroes — Rich Davis @ 10:47 pm

A couple weeks ago I learned about a special event that was being planned for 9/11/09.  The West Chester University Football Alumni was hosting a dinner to remember their teammate - Mike Horrocks.  Mike was the starting quarterback for 3 seasons (1981-1984).  In his first start, as a sophomore, he led the team to a major upset over heavily favored Delaware 35-27.  He ended up with an outstanding college football career, beloved by his teammates for his leadership and heart.  After college he went into the Marines and became a pilot.  After the Marines he became a commercial airline pilot – for United Airlines.  He was the co-pilot of Flight 175 which was the 2nd plane to hit the World Trade Center Towers.  He was 38 years old.  His teammate Joe Walsh said, “He was the very best we had, the best of all of us, he was our leader.” 

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Dick Yoder, the Mayor of West Chester, is also a former WCU football player (quarterback), Head Coach, Athletic Director, and Phys Ed teacher poses with Dr Matt, the Student Affairs President.

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Below are Mike’s children Christa, Gabriel, Mick, and Chris.  Rightfully proud and glad to meet so many of their father’s friends.

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The food at the Penn Oaks Country Club was delicious and plentiful.

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Below, WCU football co-captains Joe Wright (Quarterback) and Mike Dell (Linebacker) were among the many guests.  They play hard and carry on the WCU tradition, in a way that would make Mike Horrocks proud.

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WCU President, Dr Weisenstein, a true supporter of WCU football and all college sports, speaks to the crowd about the importance of having Mike’s statue be a permanant part of the university.

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WCU Athletic Director, Dr Edward Matejovic speaks while Master of Ceremonies John Mininno looks on.

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Head Coach Bill Zwann tells Mike’s teammates, “I will make sure the team never forgets Mike Horrocks.”

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The most moving part of the night came when teammate Joe Walsh presented Coach Zwaan with a plaque and asked him to, “Please put it in a place where the players will always see it”.  Walsh tearfully said, “Mike was the best of all of us.”

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Mayor Yoder (a Marine himself) shared his memories of Mike and the kind of leader that he was.

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We got a chance to see a slide show of what the Mike’s statue will look like.  The goal is to dedicate it next year on 9/11/2010 – which is a Saturday.  The AD guaranteed, “There will be a home game”.  We can’t wait to see the alumni’s dream become a reality.

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 Mike’s father with Mike’s wife Miriam.  It was a great night. Our thoughts and hearts will always be with the Horrock’s.  Mike’s story will forever be known.

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The Phila Daily News had a nice article.

Former teammates honor their fallen leader: A statue for Mike Horrocks, pilot of Flight 175 by Dick Jerardi.

THE FIRST GAME that Michael Horrocks started at quarterback for West Chester was Sept. 10, 1983. It was at Delaware. The Blue Hens were expected to win big. West Chester won, 35-27.

His teammates never forgot how cool the quarterback was that day and every day. After they all graduated from West Chester and went their separate ways, the teammates got on with their lives. Some stayed local, became lawyers or went into business. Others chose a different path.

Horrocks went into the Marines. Became a first lieutenant on the way to captain. Went to flight school and flew in a squadron of KC-130 tankers. After he left the service, Horrocks became a pilot for United Airlines.    Click HERE to read the rest of it.


A life-size statue of Mike will be on the walkway that leads to the football field.   It will be dedicated at next year’s game on 9/11/2010.  

The Alumni are gratefully taking donations.  For information call 610-436-2557.  Send checks to WCU Foundation, PO Box 541, West Chester, PA 19381 - payable to “WCU Foundation” (put “Michael Horrocks Fund” in memo line).

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