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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery, a Democrat, suspended in email porn scandal

State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

Poll: Two-Thirds Say America 'Out of Control' Under Obama

Politico Poll: Two-Thirds Say America 'Out of Control' | Truth Revolt

Democrats Walk Out During Obama Campaign Appearance

People Walk Out During Obama Campaign Appearance | Truth Revolt

Andrew Klavan: Helping the Pro-Obama Media Learn From the Past

The Democrats' phony 'war on women' incantation is a mindless substitute for thought

George F. Will: The 'war on women' incantation is a mindless substitute for thought

Not Paying Enough Taxes? Elect Tom Wolf Pa. Governor

Greece Third Among 'Countries That Hate Their Government Most'

Greece Third Among '12 Countries That Hate Their Government Most' | GreekReporter.com

Democrat Tom Wolf: Elect me Pa. governor before I tell you how much I will raise your taxes

Candidate for governor Wolf won't pinpoint tax increase figures

A sinking sense of 'security' under Obama

Ralph R. Reiland: A sinking sense of 'security'

Voters poised to hit brakes on Obama, Dems

Salena Zito: Voters poised to hit brakes on Obama, Dems

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tom Wolf severance tax would hurt Pennsylvania county budgets

Pennsylvania counties have received millions of dollars from the natural gas industry in the form of "impact fees" in recent years but Democrat Tom Wolf, who is running for governor, wants to impose new taxes on the industry, which would reduce the impact fees or eliminate them entirely. Wolf's plan would funnel more money into public education (already getting $10 billion from the state) but would reduce money for county and municipal governments.

Earlier today, State Rep. Tom Murt, R-152nd Dist.,, Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor and former Montgomery County Commissioner Tom Ellis held a press conference on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown to discuss the benefits of the impact fee in Montgomery County.

The presentation was one of 50 that took place across Pennsylvania as part of the "Commonwealth Day of Truth" campaign organized by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia newspapers shutting down websites

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Websites Shutting Down | News | Philadelphia Magazine

Democrat Worth Millions Plays Poor in New Campaign Ad

Dem Worth Millions Plays Poor in New Campaign Ad

Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to the Digital First Media editors

The New York Times discovers WMD in Iraq, shattering the left's 'Bush Lied' mantra

The New York Times discovers WMD in Iraq | Human Events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters calls Obama ‘worst president ever!’

Defense expert calls Obama 'worst president ever!'

Fact Checker: Democrats Blaming GOP for Cuts to CDC 'Absurd'

The Democratic Party should change its name to the Pinocchio Party considering all the lies it tells. 

WaPo Fact Checker: Charge: Blaming GOP for Cuts to CDC 'Absurd' | Truth Revolt

Who should get the next U.S. jobs? More illegals or America's jobless?

NOAA says global warming not linked to extreme weather

Another blow to the Al Gore Fan Club. The facts keep getting in the way of the global warming hoax.

NOAA says global warming not linked to extreme weather | Human Events

Ebola, ISIS and the Great Moment of Doubt

John Hayward: Ebola, ISIS and the Great Moment of Doubt | Human Events

More ObamaCare rate shock awaits... after the elections, of course

Stop the madness. The only way to kill Obamacare is to vote out every Congressional Democrat on the ballot on Nov. 4.

More ObamaCare rate shock awaits... after the elections, of course | Human Events

Tom Wolf Has A Message for Pennsylvania Voters


Obama: We'll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election

Ann Coulter examines the maddening reaction of the Obama Administration to the Obama crisis caused by ... the Obama Administration.

We'll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election | Human Events

Majority View Democratic Party Unfavorably for First Time in 30 Years

Majority View Democratic Party Unfavorably for First Time in 30 Years | Truth Revolt

The movie everyone in the Obama White House should be forced to watch

Hitler finds out Ebola landed in Dallas

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Democrats' last-ditch strategy for mid-terms


As major parties decline, independents rise in Pennsylvania

As major parties decline, independents rise in Pennsylvania

Newspaper: Wolf refuses to say how much he will raise Pa. taxes

Candidate for governor Wolf won't pinpoint tax increase figures

Shocker! PA Teachers' Union Endorses Republican Ryan Costello for Congress

Stop the Presses! You better be sitting down for this one. Pennsylvania's largest teachers' union, which endorses Democrats 99.99% of the time, has endorsed Republican Ryan Costello in the race for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District over Democrat Manan Trivedi. You can stick a fork in Trivedi. His political career is done.

Here's the official press release from the Costello for Congress campaign:

PSEA Recommends Ryan Costello Over Opponent in PA-6
Pennsylvania State Education Association says "Costello firmly believes that supporting quality public education for all children is a right for every child."

WEST CHESTER, PA – A strong supporter of public education, Ryan Costello – the Republican candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 6th District has received the support of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) Fund for Children and Public Education. The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education serves as the political voice of more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers. 

"Mr. Costello firmly believes that supporting quality public education for all children is a right for every child," said Korri Brown, President of the Southeastern Region for the PSEA, which represent 182,000 educators and retired educators in Pennsylvania.  "He comes from a long line of family members, including his parents, who have dedicated their lives to children and our schools. He is a person that understands the world that teachers and education professionals work and live in and we believe he will be a strong advocate for our members if elected."

Brown noted that the Southeastern Region PSEA/PACE is a bipartisan group the has recommended eight Republicans and eight Democrats this year for the general election based on their positions on issues important to the organization's members.  Brown said the PSEA team interviewed and closely examined both candidates in this race, which included interviews with both candidates, and decided that Costello was the candidate best suited to support public education in Washington.

Karen White, Director of Campaigns and Elections for the NEA, added to Brown's comments, thanking Costello for his "commitment to policies that foster great public schools for every child."

"Both of my parents were Pennsylvania public school teachers, so I know the value and importance of a good education," said Costello.  "We need to ensure that we are providing our young people a strong academic foundation to prepare them for success later in life. I have the utmost respect for our teachers and other educators who play a vital role in instilling in our children a desire to learn, so their support means a great deal to me.  I look forward to working with school leaders, teachers, and parents to improve our educational system and provide educators with the tools and funding needed to meet the educational needs of our young people."

Costello also noted that he has serious concerns about the implementation of No Child Left Behind and Common Core standards. "I believe the federal government is too involved in micromanaging education at the local level," said Costello. "As someone who grew up at a dinner table listening to discussions about education, I believe we need to return more control to local school districts and teachers to allow for greater innovation.  We cannot have a one size fits all mentality when it comes to our children's education."
 
The NEA joins a growing list of organizations that have formally backed Ryan Costello's campaign for Congress.  Other groups endorsing Costello include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce (SEPAC), the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

'Unfair: Exposing the IRS' official trailer

Opinion: Tom Wolf's dumb idea about Philly schools

Tom Wolf's dumb idea about SRC

‘Unemployed’ Man in Dem Attack Ad is Actually Employed

‘Unemployed’ Man in Dem Attack Ad is Actually Employed

NFIB: Tom Corbett A Clear Choice for Pennsylvania Governor in November

A Clear Choice for Pennsylvania Governor in November | NFIB

Monday, October 13, 2014

Greek Food Bazaar Returns to Berks County on Oct. 17-18-19



READING – The largest ethnic food festival in Berks County returns this weekend for its 44th year at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
In addition to authentic Greek food and pastry, the three-day festival (Oct. 17-18-19) features live music, folk dancing, gift rooms and church tours.
New this year is The Plaka, where local crafters will be selling their wares, as well as children’s activities, including a train ride. Also new is an expanded seating area under an outdoor tent, which will offer new food choices and music/dancing to the sounds of the band Enosi, which will perform Saturday from 6-10 p.m. (There is cover charge for the Enosi performance).
“The food has always been the big draw at the Bazaar, but we’re trying some new things this year to give younger families and young adults more activities,” said Achilleas Lambriodes, who is chairman of the outdoor activities. “There’s a lot more to see and do this year.”
The food is prepared and cooked on the premises by church members using family recipes handed down through generations. All food items are available to eat-in in or take-out.
Athenian-style chicken platters, which comes with Pastitsio or rice pilaf, Greek-style string beans, a Greek salad, roll and butter for $12 will be offered all weekend in the main dining hall. You can substitute Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) or Souvlaki (chunks of marinated pork) on the platter meal.
There are also a la carte items such Gyro (marinated beef and lamb slices) and Souvlaki (pork shis-ke-bob) sandwiches; Calamari (squid) cooked in tomatoes and wine; Moussaka (eggplant casserole); Arni Psito (roast lamb cooked with herbs); and Pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with b├ęchamel sauce).
A variety of imported Greek wines and spirits, including Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, are available, as well as domestic and imported beers.
While enjoying a meal in the main dining hall, visitors will be treated to Greek music by Stavros & Maria, a brother-sister duo who are also members of the church.
The church’s youth dance group, Kefi, will perform traditional Greek dances wearing colorful costumes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. The Agora (Greek market) offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes to go. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries in a relaxed atmosphere.
Visitors can also shop for original artwork, gold jewelry and items imported from Greece in various gift rooms.
A popular stop for all visitors is the pastry room, where you can sample Baklava (almonds, butter and honey layered in flaky pastry), Teelikta (walnuts, butter and honey rolled in flaky pastry); Kourabiethes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar); Koulourakia (Greek twisted butter cookie); and Galaktobouriko (a filo pastry filled with custard and moistened with honey syrup).
Another Greek delicacy offered throughout the weekend is Loukoumades (puffed honey balls), a warm, dough pastry topped with syrup, cinnamon and chopped nuts.
Tours of the church interior, which features one of the largest collections of Byzantine iconography in the United States, are offered on the hour throughout the weekend.
Bazaar hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Additional parking is available at the adjacent Berks Catholic High School. The event will be held rain or shine.
The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about one mile from Business Route 222 South (Lancaster Avenue).
For more information, call 610-374-7511 or visit www.stsconstantinehelen.org

Business Group Endorses Tom Corbett for Pa. Governor

A group that represents more than 15,000 Pennsylvania businesses is urging voters to re-elect Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

From the Corbett-Cawley Campaign:
HARRISBURG – The Corbett-Cawley Campaign today announced that the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed Governor Tom Corbett for re-election over Secretary Tom Wolf.  In endorsing Corbett, the NFIB noted Secretary Tom Wolf’s proposed tax increases on Pennsylvania business that will harm their ability to cover their operating expenses.  The organization represents over 15,000 small and independent employers in Pennsylvania.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the NFIB, which serves as the voice of over 15,000 businesses in Pennsylvania,” stated Governor Tom Corbett.  “I am proud of the work my administration has done to keep taxes low in Pennsylvania, which has helped to create 180,000 new private sector jobs.  I look forward to partnering with these job creators over the next four years to build an even stronger Pennsylvania.”

“The NFIB is the latest group to recognize that Secretary Tom Wolf’s billions in new government spending proposals will require higher taxes on middle class families and businesses,” stated Communications Director Chris Pack.  “The sheep’s clothing has been removed and there is no denying it any longer – Tom Wolf has been exposed as the tax-and-spend liberal who has no plan of substance to lead Pennsylvania.”

The National Federation of Independent Business is Pennsylvania’s premiere small business advocacy organization representing over 15,000 small- and independent-employers in Pennsylvania. Read their endorsement of Governor Tom Corbett’s re-election by clicking HERE.

For more information on the Corbett-Cawley campaign for a stronger Pennsylvania, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com

Columnist: Democrat Tom Wolf Misinformed About Reforming Pa. Legislature

Further proof that Democrat Tom Wolf doesn't have a clue about Pennsylvania government. Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer can't believe Wolf doesn't think the Pennsylvania Legislature is too big. (It's the largest full-time state legislature in the country and costs Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $300 million a year. The bloated size of the Legislature - 253 members - allows do-nothing politicians to hide in the crowd.) 

John Baer: Memo to Tom Wolf: Size matters

Airport Screening Nightmare


Report: 4 Islamic terrorists found in Texas in last 36 hours

Report: 4 Islamic terrorists found in Texas in last 36 hours

Nursing home chain to pay $38M for alleged fraud, poor care

Nursing chain to pay $38M for alleged fraud, poor care

Newspaper: Tom Wolf's 'Fresh Start': Vague & Stale

Tom Wolf's 'Fresh Start': Vague & stale

Prepping for Ebola in Pennsylvania

Prepping for Ebola in Pennsylvania involves orchestra of departments

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekly GOP Address: Democrats, Obama Weak on National Security

Wendy Davis Unveils 'One of the Nastiest Campaign Ads You Will Ever See'

Who else but a Democrat would use an empty wheelchair to attack her paraplegic opponent?

Wendy Davis Unveils 'One of the Nastiest Campaign Ads You Will Ever See'

Newspaper questions Democrat Tom Wolf's honesty

Although
the liberal Philadelphia Inquirer will end up endorsing Tom Wolf for
governor because it endorses Democrats 99 percent of the time, the
newspaper's editorial board raises questions about Mr. Wolf's dishonesty
in plans to raise taxes on Pennsylvania families. - See more at:
http://tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/#sthash.lxxaKyEJ.dpuf
Even through The Philadelphia Inquirer will end up endorsing Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania governor because the liberal newspaper endorses Democrats 99 percent of the time, its editorial board makes it clear that Mr. Wolf has been dishonest during the campaign about his plans to raises taxes on Pennsylvania families. The very same editorial board was among the first to expose Wolf's lies about education funding cuts under Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Although
the liberal Philadelphia Inquirer will end up endorsing Tom Wolf for
governor because it endorses Democrats 99 percent of the time, the
newspaper's editorial board raises questions about Mr. Wolf's dishonesty
in plans to raise taxes on Pennsylvania families. - See more at:
http://tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/#sthash.lxxaKyEJ.dpuf
Editorial: Fuzzy math

Friday, October 10, 2014

What Democrats fear most: Obola


Guest Column: Pennsylvania Education Funding: A Look At the Facts


By Pa. State Rep. Garth Everett
(R-Lycoming)

Since 2011, when Gov. Tom Corbett took office and Republicans regained the majority in the state House, I have heard ad nauseam about how “Corbett cut education by a billion dollars” or “Corbett is underfunding education.” Let’s just take a look at the facts.

First, governors do not enact budgets by themselves. In February of each year, the governor proposes a budget to start the process. Following that, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have public hearings with each department and agency of state government to review in detail each proposed appropriation. In addition, both the House and Senate committee chairmen take feedback from their respective committee members and from all members of their respective chambers.

When that review process is complete, both the House and Senate develop their own revised budgets and the negotiation process begins among the House and Senate leaders and the governor’s office. To say that this can be an intense process would be a vast understatement. Each chamber and member of the General Assembly and the governor have differing views and priorities on both revenues and expenditures, and getting 102 votes in the House, 26 in the Senate and the governor onboard is an exhausting undertaking.

My point in outlining the budget process is simply to point out that the enacted budget is not the “governor’s” budget – it is the product of a process – not the dictate of one person, though I will agree that the governor’s one veto vote carries a lot more weight than my one vote on the Appropriations Committee or on the floor of the House.

Next, let’s look at the facts of state education funding in the budgets enacted under the last two governors. In particular, let’s look at Gov. Ed Rendell’s last three education budgets and the four under Corbett. In the 2009-10 budget, Rendell asked for, and the Democratic House approved, a reduction in state education spending from $9.6 billion to $9.2 billion. This reduction was “backfilled” with $655 million in federal stimulus funds to bring about an apparent increase in spending on education.

Again in the 2010-11 budget, Rendell asked for and the Democratic House approved a reduction in state education spending from the previous year’s $9.2 billion to $8.9 billion. Again this reduction was backfilled with $1 billion in federal stimulus funds to bring about another apparent increase in spending on education.

The problems with using short-term stimulus funds are many. First, it sets school districts up for failure. Despite warnings that these stimulus dollars would go away after two years and that state funding would go back to pre-stimulus levels, many school districts folded these stimulus funds into their operating budgets, hired new teachers and staff, took on new debt and generally increased spending to levels which would not be sustainable without significant school property tax increases.

Second, from a state budget perspective, relying on stimulus funds to be part of the general education funding line also set the state budget up for failure by artificially inflating the revenue for the overall state budget. In the 2009-10 and 2010-11 budgets, the $655 million and $1 billion in federal stimulus funds that were used in the education line item were treated as revenue and shifted into increased spending in other line items of the budget.

Fast forward to 2011-12 – Corbett takes office, the majority in the House shifts to the Republicans, and the $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars for education go away. Because of this loss of $1 billion and other “smoke and mirrors” budgeting by the previous governor and House, the new governor and House are faced with a $4 billion deficit going into their first budget. This results in a lot of belt tightening in departments and agencies across the board – particularly the Department of Public Welfare.

To avoid the “budget crunch” both school districts and the state faced in 2011-12 and in subsequent budget years, those stimulus funds in 2009-11 should not have been used as “revenue” for spending in the general fund but rather used as block grants for specific capital investments at school districts above and beyond our normal state education funding. In that way, we would not have ended up with artificially high levels of spending that cannot be sustained with our existing revenue stream.

Now, let’s take a look at education spending during Corbett’s years in office. The first “Corbett budget” in 2011-12 included $9.4 billion of state funds for education – an increase of $500 million over the previous year’s state spending in the last “Rendell budget.” In the next “Corbett budget” of 2012-13, state spending on education was again increased $300 million to $9.7 billion – the highest amount of state funding in history. Again in the 2013-14 budget, state spending on education was increased to $9.98 billion – another record. Finally, in this year’s budget for 2014-15, “we” increased state spending on education to an all-time high of $10.5 billion.

So, the question remains – where does the claim of Tom Corbett’s $1 billion cut in education come from? The only answer is that the facts do not bear out the claim, and that the only $1 billion cut in education was the loss of federal stimulus funding in 2011.

Rep. Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Newspaper questions Tom Wolf's fuzzy math on Pa. tax hikes

Editorial: Fuzzy math

Union Partners With Planned Parenthood To Back Pro-Abortion Candidates

SEIU Partners With Planned Parenthood To Back Pro-Abortion Candidates…

Which Plastic Did California Recently Ban?


Democrats' Voter Fraud Machine Gears Up For November Election

Federal Judge Appointed By Obama Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law Claiming It’s A Racist “Poll Tax”…

Tom Wolf's 'Billion Dollar Lie' on Pennsylvania Education Funding Exposed

PA State Rep. Garth Everett - Pennsylvania Education Funding: A Look At the Facts

Pa. newspaper calls out Democrat Tom Wolf's lies during campaign for governor

Difference maker in governor race could be deception - SunGazette.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Williamsport-Sun Gazette

Eric Holder's contemptible legacy

Eric Heyl: Eric Holder's contemptible legacy

The Difference Between A Werewolf And Tom Wolf


Newspaper blasts PA AG Kathleen Kane's handling of porn emails

Editorial: Messages in a bottle

NJ yanks abortion doctor's license for late-term abortions

New Jersey yanks abortion doctor's license