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Flu on rise as COVID dips in Erie County

Posted by M. C. on March 11, 2022

86 cases reported last week, 100 the previous week

David Bruce


Declining numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks have encouraged more Erie County residents to remove their face masks and gather together indoors.

Not surprisingly, the county’s number of flu cases has risen during that time.

It’s not over!

It will never be over (as long as the paper manages to stay in business and there is a headline to fill)!


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Suggestions for Erie County’s new Executive Brenton Davis

Posted by M. C. on February 4, 2022

Dear Mr. Davis

We now have a new Erie County government leader that has respect for liberty with respect to mandatory masking.

What should be next is accurate covid information. Since the outbreak started the Erie County Health Department and it’s media mouthpiece David Bruce have given the public a tiny fraction of the story.

Some suggestions for information you should demand be made public are:

How many covid “cases” and hospitalizations are FROM covid vs WITH covid?

The CDC just announced 75% of covid deaths have 4!!! co-morbidities. We should be told how many and what types of co-morbidities there have been in Erie County.

What percentage of tests are PCR and what percentage can tell the difference between influenza and covid?

Can current tests differentiate influenza and covid?

How much federal CARES money has been received by local medicine for “cases”, “covid” deaths and ventilator use with co-morbidities noted?

Why has Erie County been promoting cloth mask use when Fauci now advises they are ineffective. Surgical masks have been around for over 100 years. It is telling that the medical still hasn’t figured out how well they work. Will surgeries now be performed using N95 masks? If not, why not.

What response would YOU expect?

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-COVID pushes Northwestern students to online classes

Posted by M. C. on November 21, 2021

Northwestern School district, Erie County PA USA

If masks work, why go remote?

The assumption is some are infected outside of school, the virus is assumed to be in house. Why else impose mandatory masks?

Going remote tells me neither the NW school district nor Erie County health believes masks work against viruses.

This is all theater geared to keep you afraid and under control. Keeping CARES “case” count reimbursements up doesn’t hurt either.

Students in the Northwestern School District moved to remote learning Friday due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The Albion-based district also canceled all extracurricular activities for Thursday and Friday evenings, with events to resume Saturday, according to information on the

Northwestern website and its Facebook page .

A Northwestern School District COVID-19 tracker on the website said that as of Friday at 11 a.m., the district had three positive cases at Northwestern Elementary School, four at Springfield Elementary, three at Northwestern Middle and 12 at Northwestern High School.

The website and Facebook post state: ‘Due to the increasing number of COVID cases and the possible exposures from various events throughout the district and weekend, the district administration, in consultation with the Erie County Department of Health, has made the decision to transition to remote learning.’

Northwestern students are scheduled to resume face-to-face learning on Nov. 30.

The calendar on the school district’s website indicates that there is no school Monday or Tuesday due to parent-teacher conferences and teacher training, respectively.

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-COVID-19 grips Erie County with 220 new cases per day

Posted by M. C. on November 18, 2021

The resident ET-N fear mongers are ignoring my suggestion that it would be interesting to know how many cases are covid only vs cancer, heart attack, car crash admissions or just those coming in with a broken pinky and otherwise feeling great but testing positive.

In other words covid sick vs those fortunate enough to have mother nature provide natural immunity in the background.

Here is another way to spice up the reporting. Instead of reporting the number of “cases” report the government reimbursement for “cases”.

“Erie County with $2,860,000 per day”…at least according to See below.

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Juror Qualification Questionnaire

Posted by M. C. on September 30, 2021

I just received a “Juror Qualification Questionnaire” from the Erie County branch of the United States District Court.

A number of intrusive questions were asked. Race, employment status, RESIDENCE, AGE, CRIMINAL RECORD and WHETHER I AM A CITIZEN!!!

This tells us the level of bureaucrat with which we are dealing.

I advised them I believe in a fully informed jury and believe in jury nullification.

We shall see what happens.

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FIJA empowers jurors to uphold individual rights and liberty by instilling in them a rich understanding of their protective role, including jurors’ right to refuse to enforce unjust law.


The restoration of our heritage of jury nullification was raised as early as the 1979 Montana Libertarian Party convention. In the interest of liberty, Larry Dodge, former Chair of the Montana Libertarian party, decided to educate the American people about this available but largely unused right, and conceived of the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA).

After assessing interest in the concept during the summer of 1989, Dodge led discussions about FIJA at that year’s National Libertarian Party convention in Philadelphia. Forty-four people attended. Later that summer, Larry Dodge and Don Doig organized FIJA’s national office.

The appearance of FIJA quickly stimulated independent, state-level groups. FIJA’s national office has remained the educational and promotional arm of the movement and has served as an information clearinghouse and publisher.

Although the idea of FIJA has roots in the Libertarian Party, today FIJA is a nonpartisan, educational organization with supporters from across the political spectrum. FIJA is not affiliated with and does not endorse or oppose any political party, candidate, piece of legislation, or citizen initiative. The national office offers only educational services and resources.

FIJA received its 501(c)(3) status retroactive to January 1992 and held its first official FIJA Board of Directors meeting in June 1992. Present at the board meeting were (from left to right):
(front row) Larry Dodge, Don Doig, Honey Lanham, Larry Pratt
(back row) Gary Dussseljee, Iloilo Jones, Kathy Ballard

In 2005, FIJA added the American Jury Institute as the research and publishing arm of the organization, to promote further research and publishing of materials related to jury authority and jury issues.

FIJA’s work is primarily funded through the generous support of individual donors and private foundations, with a very small amount from sale of materials. These funds support educational programs, research, and publications. FIJA accepts no grants or other funding from government agencies.


Since the inception of the Fully Informed Jury Association, the move to educate American citizens about their rights as jurors has swept the nation. FIJA’s national office and juror rights educators around the country are the backbone of a network of activists, scholars, attorneys, and other others dedicated to empowering the public with information about the independent juror’s individual ability to serve as the community check on bad laws through conscientious acquittal by jury nullification.

FIJA has reached out to and worked with organizations nationwide who are concerned with liberty and individual rights. FIJA’s mission is so freedom-oriented, with such an impact on actual justice in the courtrooms, that it has attracted supporters from the widest range of political thought and lifestyle. 

Media Coverage

FIJA’s educational success is reflected in part in media events and publications. FIJA has been featured on or contributed to coverage by FOX, CBS, and NBC evening news,  and numerous talk radio shows nationwide and across the political spectrum. Jury nullification and FIJA have been topics of discussion—or integral to story plots—on television shows including Bull, Moyers and CompanyReasonable Doubts, NightlineBoston Legal, and The Wire (whose writers also wrote an editorial in Newsweek specifically about jury nullification). Articles have appeared in popular media including The New York Times, NewsweekLos Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street JournalU.S News and World Report, Huffington Post, Reason, The NationCourthouse News Service, The Denver Post, the Miami Herald, The Oregonian, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and more.

Our Work

Some of FIJA’s educational outreach activities have included:

  • training and supplying brochures and other materials to volunteers for general education outside courthouses,
  • contributing background information, fact-checking, quotes, and other services to media professionals covering jury-related issues,
  • supplying prop kits to television and film producers for use in their projects,
  • engaging in general educational outreach through our website and social media channels,
  • developing online and print materials such as brochures, infographics, etc. on key jury rights topics,
  • speaking at conferences, educational institutions, and for community groups nationwide,
  • leading the nationwide celebration on September 5 each year of Jury Rights Day in commemoration of the trial of William Penn,
  • filing amicus curiae briefs in court cases where matters of the jury are at issue to educate the courts on key jury issues, and more.

Each year, FIJA works with individuals and other organizations to target educational efforts in key areas with the goal of ensuring that everyone has access to fully informed jurors when they need them. As FIJA outreach efforts expand across the nation, more and more defendants consider jury nullification as their hope of salvation from the corrupt incarceration system.

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Erie health officials: COVID-19 ‘still very much here’

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2021

“About 20 county residents a day are hospitalized due to COVID- 19, including a handful who require ventilators.”

20 hospitalized a day? The same 20, a new 20 or random 20? The resident fear monger is getting lazy with syntax.

Accuracy of detail is not important, keeping FEAR!!! alive is. More importantly…OBEY.

David Bruce


Pennsylvania’s loosening of COVID- 19 mitigation measures doesn’t mean the virus has disappeared, Erie County health officials said.

The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases has declined over the past two weeks but still averages around 20 a day. About 20 county residents a day are hospitalized due to COVID- 19, including a handful who require ventilators.

“The virus is still very much here,” said Amy Machinski, supervisor of environmental health services at the Erie County Department of Health. “It has not gone away.”

Starting Monday, the only COVID-19 mitigation measures still in effect will be that unvaccinated people must wear face masks when in public areas. Even that measure is scheduled to end June 28 or when 70% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first, state health officials said Thursday.

But some businesses will still require masks, Machinski said Wednesday during Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper’s final weekly COVID-19 news conference. She asked people, especially those who aren’t vaccinated, to comply.

“We hope (unvaccinated people) understand the risk they put not only on themselves but others as well,” Machinski said. “That includes the businesses that are trying to get back up and running.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 21 new cases of COVID- 19 in Erie County on Thursday. The county has 20,947 total cases of COVID- 19, 469 deaths and 72,673 negative tests since the pandemic started.

A total of 19 county residents with COVID-19 were hospitalized Wednesday evening, including nine in intensivecare units and four who needed ventilators, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported.

At least 21,257 county residents are partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and 105,216 are fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Mail-in ballot suspense

Posted by M. C. on April 11, 2021

The sad thing is this is the easy part. Wait until May!

Candidate list in Erie clerk race may be wrong

A.J. Rao Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

Around 20,000 mail-in ballots are scheduled to go out for the May 18 primary in Erie County. But depending on the timing and outcome of pending litigation, they all could be replaced.

Here’s the dilemma: The Erie County Board of Elections on Tuesday unanimously certified a primary ballot, knowing that candidates facing legal challenges to their eligibility could be either dropped or added pending a court decision.

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The candidates in question are each running for Erie County clerk of records.

Former state Sen. Anthony “Buzz” Andrezeski was left off the certified ballot but could be added following a decision by state Commonwealth Court. The same goes for Chad Hershey, a Republican seeking the same job. Erie County Councilman Ed DiMattio Jr. remained on the ballot but could be dropped pending the outcome of a Commonwealth Court ruling.

Erie County Councilwoman Mary Rennie, of Erie, who chairs the Election Board, said the primary ballot will be revised upon the court’s decisions.

But time is of the essence.

The board is already sending out mail-in ballots to the military and would like to send out mail-in ballots to the general public by the week of April 19.

If the court makes a late decision, the board might have to create and send out a second “corrected” mail-in ballot, a scenario that could cost time, money and possibly lead to voter confusion.

“That is our concern,” said Doug Smith, Erie County clerk. “For that reason, we’re looking to wait as long as possible before sending out mail-in ballots. But I don’t see how we could go much later (than April 19).”

Smith said roughly 20,000 mail-in ballots will be sent out for the May 18 primary. But with each ballot costing about $1 apiece plus postage, a second round could cost the county an additional $20,000-plus.

Rennie pushed back on the scenario, voicing hope that the court will make its decisions in a timely manner and prevent multiple versions of the ballot from being sent out.

Board officials anticipate a decision by Commonwealth Court by April 16 or April 23, however that is uncertain.

“We have until May 4 to start mailing out ballots,” Rennie said.

Should a late decision occur, she said the board “will have to look at contingencies.”

Voting to certify the primary ballot were Rennie and board member Ellen Schauerman.

For longtime Erie politician Andrezeski, the Election Board’s vote was “illogical, backwards thinking,” and a brazen attempt to violate a court order that placed him and Hershey on the ballot.

“They don’t want to obey the law,” he said.

Andrezeski and Hershey, both Millcreek Township residents, have been in a protracted legal battle with the board over their eligibility; namely, their failure to collect the required 250 signatures on their nominating petitions.

Andrezeski, 78, and Hershey, 43, blamed the pandemic for the shortfall and took their case to court, where they received a favorable ruling from Erie County Judge Daniel Brabender on March 22 — a decision that he upheld a week later.

The Elections Board has since filed an appeal with Commonwealth Court and is awaiting a final decision.

“I have a court order placing Chad Hershey and I on the ballot,” Andrezeski said. “The board doesn’t have an order taking us off the ballot. In my legal opinion, this is wrong.” DiMattio, a Republican, had been on the ballot in the clerk of records race but was later removed by Brabender for filing the wrong financial-disclosure form. DiMattio recently filed an appeal with Commonwealth Court.

The Elections Board agreed to leave DiMattio on the ballot pending the outcome of his appeal since he met all other nomination requirements.

The winner of the clerk of records race will take over the $82,866-a-year job. Ken Gamble, who has been in office since 2015, is not running for reelection and has endorsed Aubrea Hagerty-Haynes, a deputy in the clerk of records office.

Karla Jeffery, a senior criminal records clerk for the county, is also running for the office.

Andrezeski accused the Elections Board of “playing favorites.”

“They’re protecting one of their own, a favorite at the courthouse,” he said. “I look forward to a positive resolution and democracy winning.”

A.J. Rao can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @ETNRao.


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Erie Times E-Edition Article-County sees big drop in virus tally

Posted by M. C. on December 30, 2020

After 9-10 months they still can’t figure out the data for the biggest health event in a century. They don’t know if the statewide mitigation orders that are destroying Pennsylvania are doing any good.

“The number of COVID-19 deaths has not declined…”, “Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper on Tuesday reported 147 new cases of COVID-19…”. Would you bet YOUR life on that data?

Officials don’t know why numbers have declined

David Bruce


Erie County’s number of new COVID-19 cases has declined significantly in recent days, though local health officials aren’t sure whether it’s due to statewide mitigation orders or holiday-related delays in testing and reporting…

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Erie Times E-Edition Article – Strike Team preps for COVID safety

Posted by M. C. on August 29, 2020

What do think of when you hear STRIKE TEAM!?

Spec ops forces parachuting in with ghostbuster backpacks ready to decimate any virus that crosses their path?

Not in Erie County. It’s painters tape, dots and pool noodles.

Where else but a government agency would you hear pool noodles instead of sunshine, zinc, vitamins C & D to fight a virus.

Here I thought school age children were the least likely to get COVID. Or is it they get COVID and develop immunity, another word you never hear.

Immunity means no control, no power, no mandatory vaccine/digital tattoo/travel passport, no government jobs for those otherwise unoccupied.

Anti-social distance, mask up, keep the fear alive, stifle herd immunity until that 50% or less effective/side effect laden vaccine is swirling through your system.

Next time you hear about a SEAL team performing a mission think, I’ll bet they’re carrying pool noodles.

The Erie County Strike Team has visited 11 schools this summer

Dan Loewenheim looked down at the floor of an Iroquois Elementary School first-grade classroom Friday morning, then made a suggestion to the administrators and teachers gathered around him.

Visiting 10 other Erie County schools in recent weeks has given Loewenheim some perspective on what districts can do to prepare their buildings for class during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You can put down some painter’s tape on the floor at the corners of each desk, so you don’t have to remeasure them 6 feet apart each day after the rooms are cleaned,” said Loewenheim, who is an Erie County emergency management specialist. He has toured schools as a member of the new Erie County Department of Health Strike Team.

The team, which consists of employees from the health department and the Erie County Department of Public Safety, was created specifically to help schools reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“This is a unique combination of departments brought together to help schools prepare,” said Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, who attended the strike team’s visit to Iroquois Elementary on Friday morning.


Erie County and Iroquois School District officials show off a classroom Friday at Iroquois Elementary School in Lawrence Park Township that has been prepared for safe COVID-19 protocols. From left are: Karen Barringer, the district’s assistant pandemic coordinator; Dan Loewenheim, emergency management specialist with the Erie County Department of Public Safety; Veronica Will, assistant principal of IES; and Jennifer Foutz, principal of IES. [CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/ERIE TIMES-NEWS]

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The Meaning of Term Limits… and Size Matters

Posted by M. C. on August 10, 2013

There has been much discussion and even a petition drive in Erie County of late for term limits.

We of course already have a term limit mechanism-elections.  But this does not seem to work.

Why?  On a very local level an official may have done a good job of dealing with certain issues so you want to keep him/her around for a while.

The higher up the food chain the worse things get.  My Senator Casey for example says he is the gun-owners friend and often votes that way as PA, even though a democratic state, is a gun-owners state.  Casey wants re-elected and says what he must to accomplish that end.  But he is Obama’s man.  The mask came off and he voted for the UN small arms control treaty.

The upper levels of the food chain is where the real money is and money is the name of the game.  Politician X may be a lapdog for AIPAC but we don’t care because we don’t know what AIPAC is or care to know.  All we know is X gets us free stuff.  Roads, military contracts, bridges to nowhere.  Like many dictators we support, X may be an SOB but X is our SOB.  But we don’t think “SOB” because getting money stolen from someone else makes us happy and buys our vote.  Our SOB is oh such a good guy (Don’t get a complex.  If you are reading this and/or pissed about your government the “we” is hopefully not you). Read the rest of this entry »

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