Stephen F. Kislock, III – 8/29/18


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Assault rifles are an assault on what matters; Stephen F. “The Onion” Kislock, III (SFK); Beaver County Times; August 29, 2018.

Most of SFK’s 90+ letters over the last 14 years have been Republican-bashing exercises, though he sometimes goes after Democrats for his pet causes.  Sometime during 2009 Mr. Kislock became an in-house commentator for Beaver County Reds, though it’s been some time since he’s written there.  Please follow this link to learn more about Beaver County Reds.  You may also remember SFK appears to believe “The Onion” is a real news source.  SFK went on hiatus between June 2013 and July 2014.  The last SFK letter I reviewed is here.

Below is a review of the subject letter.

“Sen. John McCain dies and the White House flag flies at full-staff on Monday morning.  Why?  Petty President Trump strikes again.”

[RWC] According to “4 U.S. Code § 7 (m) - Position and manner of display,”

“… The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. …  (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.”

As per the above law, the White House flag was flown at half-staff starting Saturday evening and was returned to full staff Monday morning.  Succumbing to pressure, President Trump (DT) issued a proclamation directing the flag to be flown at half-staff at all federal facilities until sunset the day of Sen. McCain’s (JM) interment.

You may have noticed some lefties speaking positively of JM.  In most cases it’s BS.  In “A case of voter regret,” SFK wrote, “Republican John McCain, I believe, would of [sic] made a better president for the working poor.  We knew where he stood.  With Obama, we fell under the spell of the teleprompter.”  As I wrote in my review, “I suspect Mr. Kislock would rather be hit by a train than vote for a Republican, no matter how ‘moderate.’”

Another example is former PA State Rep. Frank LaGrotta (D; FL).  In “McCain could have been the hero; he caved,” FL wrote, “I want to remember you, John McCain, as the man I thought I might vote for if you defeated Bush for the 200 [sic] GOP nomination.”  The remainder of the letter was a bashing of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ; JM), however, because FL thought JM voted in favor repealing Obamacare.  That vote was not about repealing Obamacare, though; it was only to allow floor debate of the bill to repeal Obamacare.  The day after the BCT published FL’s letter, the real vote took place.  When JM voted against Obamacare’s repeal, he became FL’s hero again.  There were three versions of FL’s letter.  The first was FL’s profanity-containing rant on his Facebook page (also shared to Esquire’s Facebook site).  The second was the “G-rated” BCT letter-to-the-editor.  The third was a post-vote, over-the-top praising of JM that barely mentioned any of the bashing in versions one and two.  Of the bashing, FL wrote only, “Several days ago, when McCain voted for the Motion to Proceed to the bill, I accused him of ‘caving’ to the pressure from leadership and the Ku Klux Klown in the White House.  I was wrong.  I apologize.”  FL then deleted version one (bashing) from his Facebook page and replaced it with version three (praising).  FL did not correct the record on “Esquire Politics” and no apology appeared in the BCT.  As I wrote in a previous review, “Nothing in his writings and our e-mail exchanges would lead me to believe FL ‘might’ have voted for JM under any circumstances.”

 “It was out of place in Washington, D.C., on Monday to see the other flags at half-staff and the Trump White House flag at full-staff.  Get me a Coke.”

[RWC] Given his letter-writing body-of-work, I half expect SFK to write another letter accusing DT of breaking the law by issuing the proclamation. <g>

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