An atheist dressed in a zombie mask and carrying a sign with the words "Muhammid of Islam" printed on it. A Pa District Judge Mark Martin, a muslim convert, ruled aainst the victim and suggested he would be executed in some countries for what he did.
Here is a video with the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kzGTaEQebfE
Pa Independent published an article Friday under the headline “PA’s pension debacle raises fears of higher taxes, Unfunded mandate of $40 billion has to be dealt with regardless.” This same article was reprinted in the Saturday Altoona Mirror. At issue is the enormous financial obligation that has saddled taxpayers with the cost of extremely generous pensions. “State contributions to a pair of public pension funds will increase by 600 percent in the next five years. The costs will continue to grow for the next decade, as the state makes up for a decade of underfunding the pension systems and the investment losses of 2008.”
The article describes the severity of the problem but it does not explain how we got here. January 2001 the Pennsylvania General Assembly voted to pass House Bill 26. The bill was introduced by twenty nine legislators including local 79th District Representative Rick Geist. The bill increases his and other legislator's pensions by 50 percent and that of state workers by 25 percent. "This generosity and an unwillingness to pay for it, has left the state pension underfunded by between $13.7 billion and $114 billion depending on who you ask."
Should we worry? Yes! Taxes are going up. Geist isn’t worried. He stands to receive a hundred thousand dollars a year in his pension when he his no longer in office, which many of us hope is soon. You see the political lifers don’t worry about the problems they create they just leave them behind for others to solve.
 February 24, 2012 | By PA “PA’s pension debacle raises fears of higher taxes Unfunded mandate of $40B has to be dealt with regardless” By Eric Boehm Click here
Mercersburg nurse Karen Ramsburg has announced she is a candidate for the 9th Congressional District, a seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster. She will be a guest on Dave Barger’s TWO Way Radio today.
Ramsburg describes herself as a nurse, mother and author. She is running as an independent. She thinks it’s time for the 99 percent of the American people who have been forgotten to have representation on Capitol Hill.
Ramsburg, 50, the mother of an 18-year-old daughter, is to date the only opposition for Shuster, who has served in the House since 2001. A nurse for 18 years, Ramsburg said she will use social media and plans to run a grassroots campaign of $10 and $20 donations to purchase yard signs for the fall race.
While people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have suffered through a recession that started in 2008 the state legislature has continued to enjoy pay increases, more benefits and a pension that most people can only dream about.
Local state representative Rick Geist Representing the 79th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted for almost every bill that increased his pay and benefits while many people in the 79th District have difficulty paying for the basics such as groceries, heat, light and medicines.
Yearly Pay Raises
In 1995 Geist voted for Act 51 which provides legislators, judges and the governor with a no questions asked cost of living adjustment (COLA). As a result each year legislators have seen their pay increase and the increases are compounded. Geist voted for this automatic increase even though the Pennsylvania Constitution Article III, Section 8 clearly states:
The members of the General Assembly shall receive such salary and mileage for regular and special sessions as shall be fixed by law, and no other compensation whatever, whether for service upon committee or otherwise. No member of either House shall during the term for which he may have been elected, receive any increase of salary, or mileage, under any law passed during such term. (Underlining added for emphasis)
A New and Different Pay Raise
Geist and other legislators were at it again in the early morning hours of July 7, 2005. They voted for a further increase in pay for lawmakers, judges, and top executive-branch officials. That vote took place at 2 a.m. without public review or commentary and without debate. Governor Ed Rendell immediately signed the bill into law. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review called the vote “a public shafting.” 
The paper continued, “Never mind that the average resident of this commonwealth makes just over $37,000 a year; legislators voted themselves an $11,000-a-year pay raise, or 16 percent. Their base pay would rise from $69,647 annually to $81,050 a year.”  Committee chairmen, which Geist is one, would see their pay increased by 28 percent to $89,155.
Forget that the Pennsylvania Constitution dictates that such raises can't take effect until the next Legislature is seated. Geist and other legislators ignored the constitution. Once inacted Geist and others ran to the paymaster window and to take their raise immediately using an “unvouchered expense.”
In addition to their pay legislators receive “per diems,” an allowance for daily expenses that legislators including Geist voted to give themselves. Their current per diem rate is $163. The per diems are paid without receipts, without documentation. The legislator claims and receives the per diem which amounts to a second pay check. In each of the last three years Geist has claimed approximately $25,000 in per diems.
When the average working person retires he is fortunate if he gets a pension that reflects a small amount of the pay he received while working. In 2001 Geist was one of the legislators who introduced and voted in favor of HB26. The bill increases his and other legislator’s pensions by 50 percent and that of state workers by 25 percent. “This generosity and an unwillingness to pay for it, has left the state pension underfunded by between $13.7 billion and $114 billion depending on who you ask.” 
“Pennsylvania taxpayers will be hit with higher taxes to help fund two state pension systems. Pennsylvania’s statewide pension plans for public school employees, state workers, legislators, judges and other government employees —the Public School Employee Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employee Retirement System (SERS)— will require significantly higher taxpayer contributions in the 2012‐13 fiscal year and beyond.” 
Total Average Homeowner/Household Increase Cumulative property and state taxes, 2009‐10 to 2012‐13 projected at $1,360. 
Geist was elected to serve the people. But it appears he has served himself to taxpayer now and well into the future. It’s time to defeat him and other legislators of his ilk. We need to replace him with people who will follow the constitution and will work for the electorate.
If you are NOT registered as a Republican but you want to vote for Dr John McGinnis in the primary you can change your party affiliation to Republican for the primary and then if you wish change it back. Here is the web site for information:
For the first time in a long time you have a choice for Pennsylvania State Representative in the 79th District: Dr John McGinnis. But without your help the status quo in Harrisburg will continue. The man who has held the seat for thirty three years, Ricky Bobicky Geist has voted himself an automatic pay raise, a huge increase in his pension, and an automatic pay raise each year no questions asked.
Get involved in this important race. You can make a difference. Contact Dr John McGinnis and offer your support. Here is how you can make contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (814) 942-1028, or mail Friends of John McGinnis, c/o Charles Franks, 4114 Beale Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.
Monday August 31st
Herman Nagle & Jim Daski
The Altoona Scrapbook of Musical Memories
avialble at and benefitting
The Blair County Genealogical Society
Tuesday September 1st
Dial N Deal returns Friday September 11th
Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer
1700 PSI, 1.4. GPM, cold water, electric, less than a year
old, only used a few times, including 50 feet of new flex hoses - $100
Monday August 24th
A Preview of The Altoona Symphony Orchestra's
2015-2016 Season with Maestra Teresa Cheung
and Executive Director Pamela Snyder Etters
Tuesday August 25th
Wednesday August 26th