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Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's ime for Pennsylvania lawmakers to enact true tax reform

PERSPECTIVE: It's time for Pennsylvania lawmakers to enact true tax reform - LancasterOnline: Editorials

Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.
If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.
For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.
Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!
Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour's death has set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: "Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions".
It was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered Ηeaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen!
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.
Amen.

Over 35,000 Cases of 'Double Voting' Found in North Carolina

From the Capitalism Institute: 
Opponents of voter ID laws will often claim that voter fraud is nonexistent, maybe occurs in small and insignificant numbers, and that there is absolutely no evidence of it being widespread and rampant. However, investigations have been occurring in the swing states after the 2012 election.  Both Florida and Ohio have discovered numerous cases of illegally registered voters, dead voters, illegal immigrant voters, and other discrepancies that taint the integrity of the voting system.
BOMBSHELL: Over 35,000 Cases of "Double Voting" Found in North Carolina

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Happy Easter - God's Not Dead


Christ is Risen from the Grave! Trampling Down Death by Death!


Happy Easter - Christ is Risen!


Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' Adapted For Easter

2014 Paschal Message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Χριστός Aνέστη – Christ Is Risen Αληθώς Aνέστη – Truly He Has Risen

 
Χριστός ανέστη – Christ is Risen. Αληθώς Aνέστη – Truly He has Risen. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

'Automatic Government' is Leading to an Automatic Spending Disaster

"Automatic Government" is Leading to an Automatic Spending Disaster

Bipartisan Hypocrisy on Free Speech

Bipartisan Hypocrisy on Free Speech

Does anyone still watch CNN?


Harry Reid blasts Bundy ranch supporters as 'domestic terrorists'

With leaders like Harry Reid, the Democratic Party may want to change its name to the Lunatic Fringe Party.

Harry Reid blasts Bundy ranch supporters as 'domestic terrorists' - Washington Times

Poll: Hillary Plummets, GOP Surges

Poll: Hillary Plummets, GOP Surges | Truth Revolt

New reports question PA AG Kane's version of corruption sting

Something doesn't smell right when a Democratic attorney general pulls the plug on a corruption sting involving fellow Democratic politicians allegedly caught on tape accepting bribes.

New reports question Kane's version of "the sting"

New Poll: Most Americans think Obama lies to the nation

Fox poll: Most think Obama lies to the nation | TheHill

Harry Reid now calling American patriots 'domestic terrorists'

Paul to Reid: Cool it on Bundy ranch | TheHill

Easter adaptation of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Democrats Testing 2014 Election Strategy


Easter falls on same Sunday for East, West churches

Easter falls on same Sunday for East, West churches | SeacoastOnline.com

New emails show IRS coordinated Tea Party targeting with Justice Department, FEC and liberal political activists

This is worse than Watergate, but no special prosecutor assigned to the case. No Woodward and Bernstein, either. Today, the news media is helping Obama with the cover-up instead of exposing it.

New emails show IRS coordinated Tea Party targeting with Justice Department, FEC and liberal political activists | WashingtonExaminer.com

Pennsylvania county to display 'In God We Trust' in public meeting room

Pennsylvania county to display 'In God We Trust' - abc27 WHTM

Faith-based films top $100M at box-office

Two movies with Christian themes have sold a combined $100 million in tickets at the box-office so far in 2014. (And we're talking about 'Noah' a film written and directed by an avowed atheist who never mentions the word "God" in the movie.)

"Son of God" has earned $59.1 million going into the Easter weekend. "God's Not Dead" has earned $42.8 million going into the Easter weekend.

The Left's Intellectual and Moral Corruption

Peter Wehner: The Left's Intellectual and Moral Corruption

Ad attacks Sen. Landrieu for fake Senate hearing



Ad attacks Landrieu for fake Senate hearing | TheHill

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

O'Reilly blasts 'craziness' over voter ID racism: 'This is a ruse'



O'Reilly blasts 'craziness' over voter ID racism: 'This is a ruse':

Pennsylvania's oldest pro-business PAC makes 2014 Primary endorsements

We must be getting close to Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania.

PEG PAC, the affiliated political action committee of the Pennsylvania Business Council  and the state's oldest pro-business PAC, issued the following press release endorsing  seven incumbent members of the state House for re-election – three Republicans and four Democrats.

PEG PAC endorsed:
     GOP incumbents Mike Fleck (81st) of Huntingdon County, Seth Grove (196th) of York County and Karen Boback (117th) of Luzerne County; and,

    Democratic incumbents Margo Davidson (164th) of Delaware County, Patty Kim (103rd) of Dauphin County, Jake Wheatley (19th) of Allegheny County and Jim Roebuck (188th) of Philadelphia.
  
"These seven House members all supported both the recent Transportation overhaul legislation and the 'Apology' bill, a tort reform measure which prohibits plaintiffs from using most physician apologies against them in court," said PBC President & CEO David W. Patti.  

All but Fleck are engaged in competitive primaries – his primary opponent was recently removed from the May ballot.

 In addition, PEG PAC backed three GOP candidates in House districts across the state:

   Republican Jason Ortitay, a small business owner and member of the Burgettstown Area Community Development Corporation, from the 46th District in Washington and Allegheny counties who is vying to take on incumbent Rep. Jessie White;

  East Marlborough Township Supervisor and former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, Republican Cuyler Walker, business owner and Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, running in the open 158th District in southern Chester County; and,

   Former Rep. Tom Quigley, running to reclaim his seat in the 146th District in Montgomery County.

"We believe Ortitay, Walker and Quigley will be strong pro-business voices in the state House," said Patti, who noted that all of the candidates also received a financial contribution from PEG PAC.

More about PEG PAC: Since its founding in 1972, PEG PAC has worked to build a better Pennsylvania by electing candidates for office who offer the best capacity to create and sustain a better Pennsylvania. PEG PAC supports candidates who are best for the business community without regard to political party membership. PEG PAC supports candidates for office with financial contributions, campaign consulting, and grassroots action.

Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania is Tuesday, May 20.

When Democrats Start Losing the Debate ...


Homeschoolers more politically tolerant, study finds

Homeschoolers more politically tolerant, study finds

Allyson Schwartz pitch for Pa. governor: Vote for me because I'm a girl

Ultra-liberal Allyson Schwartz, the former abortion clinic owner running for Pennsylvania governor, is trying to separate herself from the tax-and-spend crowd seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. But all Schwartz can think of is Pennsylvania has never had a female governor and she should be the first one.

Schwartz ad pledges to 'break through' boys club

Obama's America: 86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers | CNS News

You Call This Property Tax Relief? Average Pa. Homeowner To See $200 Savings From Casino Revenues



Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Certifies More Than $779 Million for Statewide Property Tax Relief (via PR Newswire)

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Budget Secretary Charles B. Zogby today certified that more than $779 million in gaming revenue will be available for property tax relief in 2014. The 2006 Taxpayer Relief Act established the…

PA DEP awards 26 counties $2.1M to combat West Nile Virus



DEP Awards 26 Counties Nearly $2.1 Million in West Nile Virus Grants (via PR Newswire)

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it is awarding nearly $2.1 million in West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program Grants to 26 counties. "These county grants ensure…

Pa. gambling revenues up slightly in March



PA Table Games Revenue Up In March (via PR Newswire)

$67.9 million in revenue highest single month to date HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Revenue from the play of table games at Pennsylvania's casinos rose 1% during March, producing the highest level of revenue, $67.9 million…

MSM Takes A Shoe For Hillary


IRS Documents Show Lois Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

More damaging revelations about Lois Lerner

IRS documents show Lois Lerner wanted to sic the Justice Department on targeted conservative groups | Human Events

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sebelius' insult added to Obamacare injuries

Ron Hart: Sebelius' insult added to Obamacare injuries - The Orange County Register

Editorial: Federal taxes too high, too complex

The Orange County Register: The 74,000-page tax code has Americans spending 6 billion hours trying to comply.


Editorial: Federal taxes too high, too complex - The Orange County Register

The significance of April 15


What worship style attracts Millennials?

What worship style attracts Millennials? | ChurchCentral.com

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham joins ABC News

Laura Ingraham joins ABC News

New Los Angeles newspaper embraces print in digital world

New LA newspaper embraces print in digital world - The Santa Fe New Mexican: News

Pa. senators propose tax break for volunteer firefighters

Pa. senators propose tax break for volunteers - abc27 WHTM

Climate Change Forecast


Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes since taking office

Obama has proposed 442 tax hikes since taking office

Census survey rewritten to make ObamaCare look better

Census survey rewritten to make ObamaCare look better | Human Events

A GOP long shot with high hopes challenges Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett

A long shot with high hopes: Bob Guzzardi

Columnist: It's Comcast's world. We just pay for it.

Karen Heller: We've seen this cable show before

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Dilemma of Divided Cyprus and the Turkish Trap

The Dilemma of Divided Cyprus and the Turkish Trap | GreekReporter.com

Former CBS Reporter Attkisson: Obama Pursuing 'Aggressive' Campaign 'Designed to Have a Chilling Effect' on Journalists

Attkisson: Obama Pursuing 'Aggressive' Campaign 'Designed to Have a Chilling Effect' on Journalists

4 Dead, 31 Wounded In Weekend Shootings in Obama's Hometown of Chicago

One would think that Obama's hometown, run entirely by Democrats and with one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, would be a safer place to live. Another glaring example of how Democrats have ruined this country.

Four Dead, 31 Wounded In Weekend Shootings « CBS Chicago

What's a job?


2014 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts

2014 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts - abc27 WHTM

Man named 'God' sues credit rating agency

Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times

Feds retreat from Nevada ranch standoff, release captive cattle

Cowmageddon: Feds retreat from Nevada ranch standoff, release captive cattle | Human Events

Newspaper: N.C. proves multiple voting occurs and dead cast ballots

EDITORIAL: Democrats deny voter fraud. Ask North Carolina. - Washington Times

Dems' latest false wedge issue

Salena Zito: Dems' latest false wedge issue

Friday, April 11, 2014

975,000 Page Views

My site counter has recorded 750,000 Page Views from 498,000 Unique Visitors to Tony Phyrillas on Politics. That 1,000,000 mark is just around the bend. Thanks for checking out the blog ... and come back again.

Survey: Americans Say Government Wastes Half of Every Tax Dollar it Collects

Americans Say Government Wastes Half of Every Tax Dollar it Collects

Democratic Nev. Official Tells Rancher's Supporters They 'Better Have Funeral Plans'

Liberal fascism is on the rise in Obama's America.

Rancher's Supporters Told They 'Better Have Funeral Plans'

John Stossel: How the Tax Code Manipulates Us

How the Tax Code Manipulates Us

Tax Day is Coming: 'Game of Thrones' Edition

Pa. Democrat Tom Wolf releases details of loan to his campaign

Wolf releases details of loan to his campaign

Highlights From New Hillary Clinton Book


Columnist: The Fourth Estate's repugnant double dichotomy

Columnist Colin McNickle raises an interesting question about freedom of the press in an age when the liberal media works in conjunction with the White House to spread propaganda:
Why is it that a free press claiming to work so assiduously to protect its constitutionally guaranteed right — and that of its first cousin, speech — appears to be working so unremittingly to undermine both?
The Fourth Estate's repugnant double dichotomy

Guest Column: My Obamacare Plan is Failing Me

By Priya Abraham
Guest columnist


Tuesday is the last day to sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. Luckily, I’ve already purchased an exchange plan. But barely one month into my new health care coverage, I’ve started running into serious roadblocks.

I battle fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that forces me to work from home many days. My need to see specialists and try expensive prescriptions makes affordable health insurance crucial to softening the financial sting. This longtime uninsured, sickly gal ought to be happy.

Plaster my picture on Healthcare.gov now, right?

But this victim — who knows intimately the pressures of no health coverage — can’t get over how damaging the Affordable Care Act is across the nation. Must we really destroy jobs, inflate others’ health costs, and enact countless new taxes and fees just to help people like me?

Worse yet, Obamacare isn’t even keeping its promise to provide quality health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.  On top of higher premiums or deductibles, critical drugs may not be covered at all, and the costs patients incur by buying them with cash won’t count against out-of-pocket caps or deductibles.

As Pennsylvania moves to shift 6,960 people from its high-risk pool to Obamacare, more people will discover how limited their new coverage really is.

Information about covered drugs on Obamacare exchange plans is hard to find and in some cases doesn’t appear to be available at all. Restrictions on covered drugs are nothing new, but the limits are more widespread in exchange plans to keep premiums low.

Only one brand-name drug that works on the nervous system has helped me keep the pain at bay over the years. Getting it on my Obamacare plan has proven a challenge.

Without insurance or discounts, the drug costs $400 per month. But I couldn’t simply refill my regular prescription — my new insurance company required pre-authorization for the drug. Just last week, my exchange plan insurer told me they will not cover the drug. For now, I’m surviving by driving 50 miles to pick up free samples from my doctor’s office. This isn’t the affordable, quality care I was promised.

Many Americans sicker than me are doing much worse. Take Lupus patient Emilie Lamb. Her state-subsidized plan was cancelled because it didn’t provide enough coverage — a “junk” plan according to President Obama. Lamb’s premium jumped from $52 to $373 a month, forcing her to get a second job so she can still see her doctors and buy medicine.

Fifteen-year-old Michigan twins Austin and Micheala Davert, suffer from a bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta. They lost their primary insurance due to Obamacare’s mandates. Their parents, after failing to resolve technical issues on Healthcare.gov, purchased an exchange plan directly from an insurer with a similar premium plus a nearly $8,000 deductible increase.

Their mother noted, “The only other plan that had a lower out of pocket maximum was a plan that’s not accepted by their doctors.”

With the health conditions I face, my $176 per month premium for a silver exchange plan is almost inconceivable.  Before, all I could get in Pennsylvania after multiple denials was a $476 per month premium with a high deductible.

Don’t get me wrong: I know the country desperately needed health care reform — and still does. But millions of canceled plans, special exemptions, and countless extensions show that Obamacare is incapable of ensuring all Americans can access quality and affordable care.

However, real health care reform could reduce skyrocketing costs on everything from doctor visits to MRIs. It could promote visible pricing, which would allow people to plan and pay for much more of their own routine health care.

For people with pre-existing conditions, like me, who couldn’t get individual health insurance, expanding state high-risk pools would have been a better option. They give the “uninsurable” an affordable option by offering subsidized coverage comparable to private plans, rather than restructuring the entire insurance marketplace.

It’s the states, not Washington, that have the real solutions to our health care crisis. There was — there is — a better way than Obamacare.  Even on my most pain-filled days, I know that.

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Priya Abraham is a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation (CommonwealthFoundation.org), Pennsylvania’s free market think tank.

Bill O'Reilly: No accountability for Obama and the big spending liberal movement

From Bill O'Reilly's latest column, "The Tax Collector Knocketh" -
The problem for President Obama and the big spending liberal movement is accountability. The former boss of Medicare candidly admitted that about 30% of all payments are wasteful, with the health care money either stolen or used for unnecessary treatments. You may have seen the news this week that Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen billed Medicare for $21-million in 2012. That's $21,000,000! We might add that, coincidentally or not, Melgen is a close pal and wing man of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.

President Obama continues to expand the federal government, and the Democratic Party wants more of our pay diverted to them so they can give it to those not earning very much. But the Obama administration, like others before it, refuses to watch how the money is dispatched. Therefore, tens of billions of dollars are abused every year. Even as federal debt nears $17-trillion, government waste continues to climb right along with the red ink.
Read the full column here.

Liberal Hypocrisy 101


Study: Your share of the federal debt is $106,000

Harvard study: Your share of the federal debt is $106,000 | WashingtonExaminer.com

Andrew Klavan: Obamacare - Lies or Crap?

Newspaper: Obama, Holder stoke racial tensions to cover for failed policies

EDITORIAL: Baseless charges of racism the new last refuge of scoundrels - Washington Times

Eric Holder's contempt for the American people

TAMMY BRUCE: Eric Holder's contempt for the American people - Washington Times