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Friday, December 31, 2010

You Can't Fix Stupid

One of the leading "intellectuals" on the far left is having a hard time understanding the U.S. Constitution.

WashPost's Ezra Klein Laments 'Confusing' Nature of Our Old Constitution

Obama's Gift To Future Generations

Rep. Mike Vereb calls for jail time for Sunshine Act violators

Elected officials routinely thumb their nose at the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law and conduct the public's business behind closed doors because they know the only punishment is a slam on the wrist. A little jail time might get thim to think twice about breaking the law, especially you school board members out there.

Vereb calls for jail time for Sunshine Act violators - timesherald.com

Columnist: Who's blaming Obama for high gas prices?

Larry Elder: Who's blaming Obama for high gas prices? | Washington Examiner

NBC's late-night fiasco tops 2010's entertainment stories

NBC's late-night fiasco tops 2010's entertainment stories | Washington Examiner

WPAZ back on air

After a year-long silence, the Pottstown area has its local radio station back on the air.

WPAZ back on air as new owners flip switch - pottsmerc.com

Olbermann Continues Losing Viewers

Open Thread: Olbermann Continues Losing Viewers

Palin Derangement Syndrome Strikes Again

Aaron Sorkin: Palin is 'Idiot' and 'Mean Woman,'Republicans 'Have Moved into a Mental Institution'

Columnist: Obamacare mess is legacy of Dems' moment of power

Every so often, voters need to be reminded why they don't trust the Democratic Party. The disastrous two years under Obama/Pelosi/Reid have been a real eye-opener.

Columnist Byron York reminds us how Obamacare was passed by a fluke and why Democrats can never be trusted with power again.

From his latest column:
Obamacare is the product of a brief moment of total Democratic dominance in Washington. Key to that dominance was a 60-seat, filibuster-proof Senate majority. It wasn't a sure bet for Democrats; despite victories in 2008, the party's hopes for that majority depended on the outcome of a contested race in Minnesota. After a controversial recount, Al Franken became the 60th Democratic senator on July 7, 2009, giving Democrats an unassailable edge.

But that majority disappeared just 49 days later when, on August 25, 2009, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy died. State law called for a special election to fill the empty seat. That would have taken months, and as public opposition to Obamacare grew, Democrats became increasingly anxious to pass the bill as quickly as possible. Luckily for them, Democrats in the Massachusetts legislature came to the rescue, changing the law to allow the immediate appointment of Democrat Paul Kirk. Kirk was sworn in on September 24, 2009, giving Democrats 60 votes once more.
Obamacare mess is legacy of Dems' moment of power | Washington Examiner

Thursday, December 30, 2010

U.S. political map is turning red

Twenty-five Democratic state legislators have switched to GOP | Washington Examiner

Annual box office down a bit from 2009 record

Annual box office down a bit from 2009 record

Bob Hope defines the Democrats

'Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly?'

American Narcissus | The Weekly Standard

Time Mag Headline 'Holiday Blizzard: More Signs of Global Warming'

Time Mag Headline 'Holiday Blizzard: More Signs of Global Warming'

Dozens of incoming GOP freshmen represent districts carried by Obama

Dozens of incoming GOP freshmen represent districts carried by Obama - The Hill's Ballot Box

Gross Violation of Religious Freedoms in the Occupied Part of Cyprus

Gross Violation of Religious Freedoms in the Occupied Part of Cyprus on Christmas

Top 25 Oddball Job Interview Questions

Glassdoor.com Reveals Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2010

Gas Prices Back Above $3, Networks Don't Question Obama Policies

Gas Prices Back Above $3, Networks Don't Question Obama Policies

We could use a little global warming

Obama bypasses Senate to add another radical to key post

There's a good reason Obama's new deputy attorney general would not have been confirmed by the Senate.

Just “a Prosecutor Fighting Crime” | The Weekly Standard

The Real Number of Uninsured Americans

Obama and the Democrats made up a number to help get their socialized medicine scheme approved.

The Real Number of Uninsured Americans | The Weekly Standard

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cleaning up Ed Rendell's mess

Amazing how much damage Ed Rendell has done to Pennsylvania over the past 8 years. Despite $8 billion in new spending and billions more in borrowing, Rendell failed to solve any of the state's major problems and is hading the mess to Gov.-elect Tom Corbett.

Rendell gives Corbett handbook of challenges ahead | PoconoRecord.com

Actor R. Lee Ermey Hammers Obama Administration

Actor R. Lee Ermey Hammers Obama Administration: 'They're destroying this country'

PennDOT Announces Year-End Contracting Results

PennDOT Announces Year-End Contracting Results

Failure is an option for Barack Obama

Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year - pottsmerc.com

Let's Hear It For Barney Frank

Pennsylvania Lottery Sets New Weekly Instant Games Sales Record

Pennsylvania Lottery Sets New Weekly Instant Games Sales Record

Senate Ethics Committee Will Not Punish Senator Dodd for Corrupt Real Estate Deal

Senate Ethics Committee Will Not Punish Senator Dodd for Corrupt Real Estate Deal; Dismisses Judicial Watch's Senate Ethics Complaint as Dodd's Term Ends

Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

From The Associated Press: The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

AP-GfK Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

Obama's Idea of Progress

Police fatalities jump 37 percent in 2010

Police fatalities jump 37 percent in 2010 - pottsmerc.com

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Columnist: If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims

From a great new column by Gary Bauer:
Few Americans would deny that Judeo-Christian beliefs and values informed the Founding of this country and that they continue to shape much of American life today. Nor would many of us deny that Americans who embrace Islamic values are a distinct minority here.

I raise these two facts because of an emerging reality: that, in a variety of contexts, American Muslims are treated better than American Christians. That might seem like a bizarre assertion, so think about it in another way: What if the Christians were treated like Muslims in America, and Muslims like Christians?
Read the full column at the link below:

If Christians Were Treated Like Muslims - HUMAN EVENTS

Political End Runs by Obama

Thomas Sowell on how Barack Obama repeatedly bypasses Constitutional restrictions on executive power to enact his socialist agenda against the will of the American people.

Political End Runs - HUMAN EVENTS

Bailing Out

Naughty and Nice: Government spending edition

Naughty and Nice: Government spending edition | Bankrupting America

PA: Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 186 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

PA Department of State: Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 186 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

2011 Stamp Program Debuts

2011 Stamp Program Debuts

Lousy Name, Not Bad Policy, Responsible for ObamaCare Unpopularity?

WaPo: Lousy Name, Not Bad Policy, Responsible for ObamaCare Unpopularity

Sen. Roy Blunt: Obama chose 'ideology' over 'jobs'

Newspaper: PA Legislature should put teeth in Sunshine Act

Legislature should put teeth in the state Sunshine Act (12/22/10)

Elvis Presley's musical legacy

Ernst Jorgensen remasters Elvis Presley's legacy - latimes.com

No App For That

Obama Death Panels Return in 2011

Government Death Panels will soon be deciding who lives and who dies as Obama's bureacrats begin to implement new Obamacare provisions starting Jan. 1

Bureaucrats Secretly Implement ObamaCare

Press 1 For English

Teachers in the Reading School District are learning Spanish? Shouldn't the students be learning English?

City teachers learning Spanish

Monday, December 27, 2010

14 ways to slash federal spending

Democrats and their big-government allies are always arguing there's nothing to cut from the bloated federal budget.

The folks at Reason magazine beg to differ, offering 14 specific programs or agencies that could be slashed to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

My favorite:

End (or at Least Audit) the Fed:
The Fed is the biggest bastion of central planning in the American economy, and eliminating it would both move us toward a freer market and remove history’s most powerful enabler of government waste. If that’s politically impossible, auditing the Fed would at least peel away the bank’s veneer of inscrutable wizardry to reveal the feckless dithering at the heart of U.S. monetary policy.
Read the full article, "How to Slash the State: 14 ways to dismantle a monstrous government, one program at a time," here.

PA State Police: 7 Killed, 264 Injured in Crashes Over Christmas Holiday

State Police: Seven Killed, 264 Injured in Crashes During Holiday Travel Period

New Labor Laws Begin Jan. 1

DIR Highlights New Labor Laws in the New Year

Many Happy Returns

Rewriting History, Liberal-Style

Two of the most corrupt and most controversial members of Congress are nominated for sainthood by the liberals at The Associated Press in their annual recap of famous deaths of 2010.

AP's Notable Deaths of 2010 List Has Some Liberal Mini-Spins

Best Notable Quotables of 2010: Media Dopes vs. Hollywood Dopes

Best Notable Quotables of 2010: Media Dopes vs. Hollywood Dopes

Rendell Eagles Rant Makes National News

Rendell Eagles Rant Makes National News

Governor Rendell Orders Flags at Capitol, Berks County to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Sen. Michael A. O'Pake

Governor Rendell Orders Flags at Capitol, Berks County to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Sen. Michael A. O'Pake

Alarming Rise in 2010 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities

Alarming Rise in 2010 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities

The Obama Recession Continues

Two in Five Americans Feel Less Secure Financially Than One Year Ago

Nat Hentoff: President Obama can assassinate Americans

Liberal columnist Nat Hentoff says President Obama believes he has the authority to order the assassination of U.S. citizens.

First in history: President can assassinate Americans - pottsmerc.com

20 years of giving: Operation Holiday delivers

Thanks to The Pottstown Mercury, 252 families, with a total of 701 children, were provided food and gifts in 2010 by the newspaper's Operation Holiday program.

20 years of giving: Operation Holiday delivers (video) - pottsmerc.com

State Sen. Mike Folmer closes Berks County office

No need to keep a Berks office (12/26/10)

Taxman spying from above

Pennsylvania State Rep.-elect Mark M. Gillen is troubled by the government's use of aerial reconnaissance to spy on property owners.

Young's column had powerful implications (12/26/10)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Star Wars Christmas Special... That Everyone Really Wanted.

Top 10 Assaults on Christmas

Top 10 Assaults on Christmas - HUMAN EVENTS

Ronald Reagan Christmas address (12/23/81)

Christmas is ...

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together."
— Alexander Smith, Scottish poet and essayist (1830-1867)

Mother Teresa on the meaning of Christmas

"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you ... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand."
— Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

My All-Time Favorite Christmas Song



"If Every Day Was Like Christmas" by Elvis Presley

Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


Originally posted at NEWSEUM

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

To all my Greek friends out there:

"Καλά Χριστούγεννα και ευτυχισμένο το 2011!"
(Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year in 2011)

One Solitary Life

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth — His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

[Twenty] long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

— This excerpt is from a sermon by Dr. James Allan Francis in "The Real Jesus and Other Sermons," a collection published in 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia.

Linus Christmas Monologue from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Christmas 1944: When U.S. Troops Said ‘Nuts!’ to the Enemy

Christmas 1944: When U.S. Troops Said ‘Nuts!’ to the Enemy | CNSnews.com

Christmas the No. 1 Holiday Again This Year

Rasmussen Reports: Christmas Is the Number One Holiday Again This Year

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

For Unto Us Is Born This Day ...

For Unto Us Is Born This Day ...

By Peg Luksik

There are more Christmas stories on television this year than ever - and not one of them even mentions the fact that Christmas happened because a Child was born. So I decided to write a Christmas story that was actually about Christmas. I hope you enjoy it.

For Unto Us…

The young husband watched his wife with worried eyes. When she caught him looking at her, she always smiled, but he could see the lines of discomfort and exhaustion etched on her face, and his concern continued to grow.

It had been an incredibly difficult journey. Because of her condition, they had needed to make frequent stops and to travel slowly. Now it was nearly dark, and they were among the last to enter the tiny town of Bethlehem. He knew it was going to be nearly impossible to find suitable lodging for them, especially with limited means.

He thought that they might do better if they tried one of the private homes that were taking in boarders. It would be more quiet and perhaps a bit less expensive.

So he walked up to the first door with a sign on it, and knocked. The owner answered quickly, interrupted his question to tell him that they were full and quickly shut the door. He turned around sadly, and caught the briefest glimpse of disappointment in her eyes. It was gone in an instant, replaced with an encouraging smile, but it had been there.

They continued down the street, and when they came to the second door, he straightened his shoulders and knocked. It was like an encore performance. This time, before he turned around to her, he carefully arranged his face to hide his growing anxiety. When he looked at her, he saw that she had done the same thing for him.

He tried every house he could find, with no luck. It became harder to keep knocking in the face of such continuing failure, but he didn’t give up. And every time he looked at her, expecting and dreading to see that look of disappointment again, he found only a consistently caring and supporting smile.

Finally, they came to the town’s inn. They could hear the noise from its courtyard a block away. They couldn’t afford a private room, even if one was available, and he hated the thought of having her spend the night in that raucous courtyard, surrounded by Roman soldiers and caravan workers.

The innkeeper responded to his knock and peered past him to see her sitting on the mule’s back. Her condition was obvious. The innkeeper wanted nothing to do with such a possibility in the courtyard of his establishment. He was polite, but blunt.
“There is no room,” he said.

The husband turned away, not having any idea of what he should do next. He was supposed to be taking care of her, and at this moment he didn’t know how.
Then a quiet voice at his elbow said, “I know a place. Follow me.”

He turned to see a small woman with intense eyes. She didn’t wait for a response, but turned and started walking up the road leading behind the inn toward the outskirts of the town. The husband took the halter of the mule, and followed.

They came to a small stable. It wasn’t much, but it was out of the night wind. The straw was clean, and the place was well kept. The woman helped him get his wife into a soft bed of straw, and water the mule.

When it became obvious that the baby was coming, the woman disappeared. He thought it would have been nice for his wife if she had stayed to help, but was grateful for what she had done. The baby came quickly, and he found an empty manger to lay the Child in. He was just putting fresh straw into it, when the woman returned with a swaddling blanket.

She handed it to his wife, saying, “I made this for my own child, but it was never used. I would be honored to give it to you.”

His wife accepted the gift with a gentle smile and a hug, and the women wrapped the Baby who would save the world in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. Just as they got Him settled, He opened His eyes and smiled.

And the awful emptiness in the woman’s heart was filled. She wiped away sudden tears, and gave the Baby and His mother a kiss. Then the innkeeper’s wife returned to her noisy inn.

Merry Christmas!

A former Norristown resident, Peg Luksik is a conservative political activist from Johnstown who has run for Pennsylvania governor and for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.

'Hallelujah'

Rejoice! He is Born!



Icon of the Nativity of Christ

Friday, December 24, 2010

Why Santa Might Be Late This Year

Columnist: Fast Growth in States With No Income Tax

Michael Barone - Census: Fast Growth in States With No Income Tax - HUMAN EVENTS

A Social Network Christmas

Christmas Is the No. 1 Holiday Again This Year

Christmas Is the Number One Holiday Again This Year

Poll: Americans Strongly Believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ

New Rasmussen Reports polling finds that 87% of Americans celebrate Christmas in their family, and 70% of that group recognize it as a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ rather than a secular one. Twenty-seven percent (27%) celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday.

Americans Strongly Believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ

Columnist: Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Barack Obama

Jedediah Bila: Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Barack Obama - HUMAN EVENTS

Santa: I'm Skipping That House

Weekly Republican Address 12/24/10: Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)

The Digital Story of The Nativity

Calling Dr. Orwell: WaPo Tries to Help ACLU Define Abortion, Contraception as 'Reproductive Care'

Calling Dr. Orwell: WaPo Tries to Help ACLU Define Abortion, Contraception as 'Reproductive Care'

1,200 followers on Twitter

I have 1,200 followers on Twitter but I'm always looking for more. Click on the blue Twitter link at the top of this page to follow my posts.

Bozell Column: The Year of Right Wing Terrorists?

MRC.org - Media Research Center: Bozell Column: The Year of Right Wing Terrorists?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Uncle Sam Will Help Buy You an Alpaca

From John Stossel's latest column:
Twenty-five years ago, there were 150 alpacas in America. Now, there are 150,000.
The reason for such rapid growth is government subsidies to farmers. Is this really the best use of our tax dollars?

Uncle Sam Will Help Buy You an Alpaca - HUMAN EVENTS

Video: The woman language translator

Columnist: Scrooge Was A Liberal

Ann Coulter: Scrooge Was A Liberal - HUMAN EVENTS

Five unusual Census 2010 facts

Five unusual Census 2010 facts

Auditor General Jack Wagner Says He Will Audit Performance of LCB's Malfunctioning Wine Kiosks

Auditor General Jack Wagner Says He Will Audit Performance of LCB's Malfunctioning Wine Kiosks

Great Moments in Unintended Consequences

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to Temporarily Close Pronto Wine Kiosks

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to Temporarily Close Pronto Wine Kiosks

Top 10 Movies for Grownup - 2010

A lot of Top 10 lists are released this time of year. One of the most interesting is the annual AARP list of Top 10 Movies For Grownups, which automatically disqualifies 90 percent of the films Hollywood releases each year.

"The films featured on our Top 10 list provide a daring group of must-see performances for the grownup audience," said Meg Grant, West Coast Editor of AARP The Magazine. "From drama and period-pieces, to family comedies and romance, 50+ actors and filmmakers have provided true entertainment this past year. We are proud to honor and recognize their achievements."

The Top 10 Movies for Grownups of 2010:

Get Low
The King's Speech
Secretariat
The Company Men
RED
The Kids are All Right
City Island
Casino Jack
Letters to Juliet
Another Year

Follow the link below to learn more about the films or visit aarp.org/movies to view the slide show of the Top 10 Movies for Grownups® of 2010.

AARP The Magazine Announces the Top 10 Movies For Grownups of 2010

A decade of Christmas movie hits and misses at the box office

A decade of Christmas movie hits and misses at the box office - latimes.com

Charlie Brown Turns Muslim

AIG to Pay $100 Million in Fines Under Multi-State Settlement in Pennsylvania

AIG to Pay $100 Million in Fines Under Multi-State Settlement in Pennsylvania

Auditor General Jack Wagner Commends Turnpike Commission for Decision to Print Fares on Tickets

Auditor General Jack Wagner Commends Turnpike Commission for Decision to Print Fares on Tickets

Libs in Toyland

Money-Minded Resolutions for 2011

A Short List of Money-Minded Resolutions for 2011

Feliz Navidad | JibJab

'The Picture of Barack Obama'

Cindy Simpson: The Picture of Barack Obama

Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'

Fascinating analysis by Larrey Anderson at American Thinker about what happens when the man foisted on us by the liberal media as the 'smartest man' in the world turns out to be a fraud when he is elected president of the United States.

American Thinker: Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Newspaper: Investigate union use of members' dues

Liberals are always crying about special interests groups and lobbyists influencing legislation, but the reality is that among the biggest special interest groups/lobbyists are teachers unions.

Pennsylvania's largest teachers union is planning to force members to pay higher dues without any transperancy on how the union will use that money.

A must-read editirial entitled "Teacher shakedown" in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
One of the most powerful special-interest groups in Harrisburg will reach deeper into its members' pockets, raising anew questions of where this money is going.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, plans to raise annual dues for its 191,000 members by about 11 percent.

Union "expenses" along with the recession and teacher furloughs are among reasons for the PSEA's first dues hike since 1982, says spokesman Wythe Keever.

The "need," if not the timing, is entirely suspicious.

For the PSEA to flourish, aside from forcing members' dues, it must influence legislation that, in turn, secures larger sums of public money for schools and, consequently, the union.

Teachers "should be concerned about how the PSEA is using their dues to lobby -- obviously if the PSEA is using dues to promote issues and candidates they don't support ... ," writes Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation.

And the salad days for public school spending, which exploded under Gov. Ed Rendell, could be numbered. Gov.-elect Tom Corbett, a proponent of school choice, puts school results ahead of dollars.

Pennsylvania's public school teachers, forced to pay more, should be concerned -- and smart enough to recognize a shakedown when they see it.

Pennsylvania Turnpike makes U-turn



Here's what we do know: Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will go up Jan. 2, 2011.

Up until today, motorists who pay cash would not know how much the tolls would be because the bureaucrats at the Turnpike Commission decided to print tickets without prices on them.

That controversial (and stupid) decision has been overturned.

But tolls are still going up thanks to a plan pushed a couple of years ago by Gov. Ed Rendell and Democrats in the state Legislature.

Turnpike makes U-turn, decides to print tolls on tickets - pottsmerc.com

Columnist: A Sarah Palin Christmas

Still looking for that last-minute Christmas gift? Sarah Palin just might the answer.

From a new column by Stuart Schwartz:
When you think about it, Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only does the mere mention of her name send the cream of the political and media elites into spittle-flecked rage, but a cottage industry has arisen in the collectibles consumer category with Sarah Palin dolls and mementos.
A Sarah Palin Christmas

Ed Rendell as The Grinch

U.S. Population Up 27 Million in Just 10 Years

From the Center for Immigration Studies:

Immigration accounted for three-quarters of population growth during the decade. Census Bureau data found 13.1 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the last 10 years; there were also about 8.2 million births to immigrant women during the decade.

Center for Immigration Studies Analysis of the Census: Population Up 27 Million in Just 10 Years

Mass Immigration Into U.S. Unsustainable, Warns FAIR

New Census Data Reveal Immigration is Fueling Runaway U.S. Population Growth

Columnist: Seeds of Financial Catastrophe

Fred N. Sauer: Seeds of Financial Catastrophe

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town | JibJab

Hollywood Abandons Christmas Movie Season

The Christmas Movie Season: I Didn't Leave Hollywood, Hollywood Left Me

Judicial Watch Praises New 'Tea Party Congress'

Judicial Watch Praises New 'Tea Party Congress' Move to Preserve Office of Congressional Ethics

7 States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year's Day

Has anyone considered that the government-mandated rise in the minimum wage is one of the reasons the unemployment rate continues to rise?

Seven States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year's Day

Obamacare will be tipping point for many states

Obamacare is another unfunded mandate on the states, one that will push many states into bankruptcy since they can't print money like the federal government.

Check out this latest analysis of Obamcare at American Thinker at the link below:

Already in trouble, ObamaCare will be tipping point for many states

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Obama Train Set

Berks County commissioners freeze own pay

While members of Congress and the Pennsylvania Legislature are enjoying their annual pay raises, the Berks County commissioners have voted unanimously to freeze their current salaries - and those of other elected county officials -through 2015. That's what you call leading be example.

County commissioners freeze own pay, other county officers'

Table Game Revenue Figures for November Released by PA Gaming Control Board

Table Game Revenue Figures for November Released by PA Gaming Control Board

Governor Rendell Announces Recent Appointments

Governor Rendell Announces Recent Appointments

Federal Unemployment Compensation Programs Extended Through December 2011

Federal Unemployment Compensation Programs Extended Through December 2011

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low in 2009, CDC Report Finds

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low in 2009, CDC Report Finds

U.S. Census Bureau Announces 2010 Census Population Counts

U.S. Census Bureau Announces 2010 Census Population Counts

'The Past In Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus'

"The Past In Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus" by Rebecca Bryant

So Long To Ya, 2010 | The JibJab 2010 Year in Review!

GOP Blocks Democrats’ Last-Ditch Spending Spree

GOP Blocks Democrats’ Last-Ditch Spending Spree - HUMAN EVENTS

Monday, December 20, 2010

Newspaper: Kill The Lame Duck

From Investor's Business Daily:

Governance: It is an anachronism a constitutional amendment tried to kill. It lets defeated legislators wreak political and economic havoc without consequence. Like the dodo, the lame duck should be extinct.

Kill The Lame Duck - Investors.com

Top 10 Bad Developments For Global Warming Alarmists

Top 10 Bad Developments For Global Warming Alarmists - HUMAN EVENTS

'Study' Claiming Fox News Viewers 'Misinformed' Is Fraught With Errors

'Study' Claiming Fox News Viewers 'Misinformed' Is Fraught With Errors

Congressman Homer Simpson

2010 Top Religion Stories of the Year

The controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque was voted the No. 1 religious story of the year.

2010 Religion Stories of the Year

'Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations' exhibit at Smithsonian

More than a million visitors at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, which is hosting the exhibition “Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations”

Is Advent getting lost in the Christmas rush?

Is Advent getting lost in the Christmas rush? - pottsmerc.com

Most Voters Think Health Care Repeal Likely

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll finds 52% of American voters saying repeal of Obamacare is now likely.

Health Care Law

'Republicans prevented a massive, job-killing New Year's Day tax increase'

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Krauthammer to headline Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

The 2011 PA Leadership Conference, featuring the largest gathering of conservatives in Pennsylvania, has lined up one of the sharpest conservative thinkers in the world for this year's event.

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and a Fox News commentator, will be the dinner speaker at the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 8-9 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill, Pa.

From a press release announcing Krauthammer's appearance:
"We are excited to have Dr. Krauthammer as the next in a long series of influential conservative speakers to address the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference," said Lowman Henry, President of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council which organizes the event. "In an era when many commentators offer only shop worn analysis, Dr. Krauthammer stands out as a thoughtful voice of reason who injects logic and perspective into the public debate."

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premiere annual gathering of public policy conservatives from through the commonwealth and beyond. The conference features well known national speakers, and a who's who of state-level government and policy leaders offering commentary and panel presentations.

Dr. Krauthammer was named by the Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America. Since 1985 he has written a syndicated column for the Washington Post, winning the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1987. His column now appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide.

A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and to the New Republic, Dr. Krauthammer is a Fox News contributor appearing nightly on Fox's evening news program Special Report with Bret Baier. He is also a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.
Complete information and registration for the 2011 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference can be found at the conference's newly redesigned website, www.paleadershipconference.org

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Lamest Duck

'Christmas Without Christ'



The secular left continues to downplay the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is what Christmas is all about.

From Erin Brown of The Culture and Media Institute:
Two years of Christmas coverage on three networks produced a scant 1.3 percent of stories mentioning the deity. The true message of Christmas, the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, has simply been ignored by the mainstream media.
Culture Notes: Christmas Without Christ

Is Obama Destined to be a Footnote in Presidential History?

From the Messiah to a Footnote. How the mighty have fallend.

Is Obama Destined to be a Footnote in Presidential History?

Obamacare for illegals

ICE will now provide heart surgery, biopsies and psychiatric care to detainees - National Immigration reform | Examiner.com

Final House Tally on Bush Tax Cuts

New Videos Highlight Human Impact of Lawsuit Abuse

New Videos Highlight Human Impact of Lawsuit Abuse

Bill O'Reilly: A Very Liberal Christmas

Why does the far left have to ruin Christmas for the rest of us? Bill O'Reilly has some thoughts.

From his latest column:
Why would any rational person get testy about a federal holiday that brings joy to the majority of their countrymen and helps the economy to boot? As a Christian, I don't mind the winter solstice people doing whatever it is they do. If it involves ice hockey, I might even participate. Why resent the happiness of others especially if no harm is being done? That's not reasonable.

Some liberal people believe that Muslims, Jews and atheists might feel "left out" of the Christmas revelry. Well, I feel left out when folks eat onions because my stomach can't tolerate them. That's just the way it goes. Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and most every other religious group have their own special days, do they not?

Jesus, I believe, would be shocked that his own humble birth has now become an occasion for attack billboards. The Wise Men would also be appalled. King Herod might approve, but he also might have executed the atheists involved just for fun, because that's the kind of guy Herod was.
Read the full column at the link below:

Bill O'Reilly: Bill's Column - A Very Liberal Christmas

U.S. DOT Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

U.S. DOT Proposes Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

Ousted Lawmaker Energized By New Job

Hey, Pennsylvania taxpayers, your tax dollars will now go to ousted state Rep. David Kessler to study using algae as an alternative fuel. Pork-barrel spending at its worst.

Ousted Lawmaker Energized By New Job - Regional News - Berks Story - WFMZ Allentown

U.S. Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day

Stay clear of post offices on Monday, Dec. 20, if you can.

U.S. Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day

Table Game Revenue Figures for November Released by PA Gaming Control Board

Table Game Revenue Figures for November Released by PA Gaming Control Board

Newspaper: Repeal automatic COLA for politicians

From the editorial pages of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to the state Legislature for continuing the practice of automatic cost-of-living adjustments even though many legislators give them back or donate the money to charity. We don't want our tax dollars going to the charity of choice for lawmakers; we want the money to stay in the state coffers. The Legislature, along with members of the executive branch, including the governor, and judges receive an automatic cost-of-living adjustment each year under a 1995 law. This year, the COLA for lawmakers kicked in Dec. 1, while the higher pay for judges begins Jan. 1. Pay for rank-and-file legislators increased from $78,315 to $79,623 on Dec. 1, while higher-ranking officials are paid more. Instead of legislators giving it back, the law should be repealed.
Roses for soliciting public input in schools' chief search - pottsmerc.com

Columnist: Save Us From the Intellectuals

Welcome to the world of the intellectual moron, who is usually a liberal.

David Limbaugh: Hasn't it always been axiomatic that "intellectuals" lack common sense?

Save Us From the Intellectuals - HUMAN EVENTS

Poll: Lowest Congressional Approval Ever



A new Gallup poll shows just 13 percent of Americans approve the job Congress is doing. Heckavu job, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Congressional Job Approval: Down To Family and Friends | The Weekly Standard

Columnist: Bob Casey Jr. vulnerable in 2012

Obama's PA Ally Casey Vulnerable In 2012 - HUMAN EVENTS

GOP Wants Permanent Tax Cuts

Take a look at the final votes to extend the Bush Tax Cuts - 277-148 in the House and 81-19 in the Senate, with solid Democratic majorities in both chambers. But this only a two-year extension. When more Republicans join Congress in January, let's push for a permanent extension to get the U.S. economy moving again.

Tax Deal Passes, GOP Wants Permanent Cuts - HUMAN EVENTS

How the Lame Duck Became Extinct

Columnist: Why do most men avoid church?

Interesting new column by Doug Giles on why men avoid going to church:
Have you ever asked yourself, “Self, why do some churches look more like the bra and panty aisle at Wal-Mart rather than a battalion of men poised to plunder the powers of darkness?”

Certainly, the lack of men in church is not difficult to see. Just go to church on any given Sunday and count the number of ladies in the pews versus the number of men. The result? Well, you’re suddenly slapped in the face with the cheap whiskey-like reality that men are avoiding church like Pelosi avoids reason.

So why do most men avoid church?
Christianity with Cojones - HUMAN EVENTS

Christmas Comes Early For Taxpayers

Obama to sign extension of Bush Tax Cuts - latimes.com

Notable film and television deaths of 2010

Notable film and television deaths of 2010 - latimes.com

Poll: Bob Casey's Job Approval Sinks in PA

Casey's Job Approval Sinks, but He Is Polling Well for 2012 : Roll Call

Dems driving businesses under with high taxes

The United States leads the world in something - the highest corporate income tax. And Democrats wonder why we've had 10% unemployment for the past two years?

A Rate Which Lives In Infamy - Investors.com

Take Your Child To Work Day

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Corbett Inaugural website launches

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov.-elect Jim Cawley's Inaugural website has launched at www.CorbettCawleyInaugural.com

The theme of the new Republican administration is "Rebuilding Pennsylvania," which is a big task after the disastrous eight years of the Rendell administration.

The website provides detailed information on the Inaugural activities. Pennsylvania residents can also find information on how to reserve and purchase tickets for Inaugural events.

The site will be updated right up until the January 18, 2011, Inauguration.

Gallup Poll: Obama losing liberal base

Gallup Poll: Obama loses some backing from liberals - latimes.com

What Could Collapse Next

New report calls for online privacy bill of rights

New report calls for online privacy bill of rights - pottsmerc.com

Rep. Vereb Supports Revocation of Casino License

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's decision today to revoke the license to Foxwoods Casino in Philadelphia:
"For more than a year, I have called for the revocation of this license. Foxwoods ignored deadlines set by the Gaming Control Board and continually delayed construction. Foxwoods was given preferential treatment for far too long and finally today the Gaming Control Board put an end to it. When Foxwoods was awarded one of the Commonwealth's gaming licenses, it had a responsibility to the people of the Commonwealth to fulfill the requirements set forth by the board to help bring additional property tax relief to the people of Pennsylvania.

"Today's board decision is a step in the right direction in removing the cloud of suspicion that has surrounded this industry since the original gaming law was first enacted in 2004. I fully support the board's decision and hope this signifies a new era for the board in which the people of Pennsylvania are put before special gaming interests."

More than 1.4 Million Stranded Holiday Drivers Expected by AAA

More than 1.4 Million Stranded Holiday Drivers Expected by AAA

Video: Every Film Released in 2010

The Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.

Pittsburgh and State College are among the safest places to live, according to a new survey.

Seventh Annual Farmers Insurance Study Ranks the Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.

Cost of PA Legislature: $318M a year

It costs $318 million a year to operate the Pennsylvania Legislature. Anyone think they're getting their money's worth?

Commission: Legislature's spending fell last year - pottsmerc.com

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Legislative surplus draws debate

You know times are tough in Harrisburg when the Pennsylvania Legislature is down to $188 million in slush funds it funnels from the state treasury.

That "surplus" account is on top of the $318 million annual cost of running the most expensive state legislatures in the country.

Legislative surplus draws debate - News - The Times-Tribune

Happy Holidays from the Teachers Unions

FRC, Members of Congress, Governors, and Conservative Leaders Release Open Letter Calling for Civil Debate, End to Character Assassination

FRC, Members of Congress, Governors, and Conservative Leaders Release Open Letter Calling for Civil Debate, End to Character Assassination

Another city bankrupted by Democrats

DCED Secretary Says Harrisburg is 'Financially Distressed' Under Act 47

Study: Only 45% of American Children Growing Up In Intact Families

First Annual 'Index of Family Belonging and Rejection' Finds Only 45 percent of American Children Growing Up In Intact Families

Government is never the solution

John Stossel: Why Do People Believe in Fantasies? - HUMAN EVENTS

Most Americans Will Still Consider Showing up to Work When Sick This Cold & Flu Season, National Survey Finds

Most Americans Will Still Consider Showing up to Work When Sick This Cold & Flu Season, National Survey Finds

Threats to American Parental Rights Brought to Light by 18-year-old Director's Eye-Opening Documentary



Threats to American Parental Rights Brought to Light by 18-year-old Director's Eye-Opening Documentary

SpongeBob SquarePants Rules!

Nickelodeon is 2010's Top-Ranked Cable Network, Marks 16 Years as Number One

Gibbs Is Angry Senate Will Read Legislation Before Voting On It

Robert Gibbs Is Very Angry Senate Will Read Legislation Before Voting On It | The Weekly Standard

The Obama Team’s Other Lost Election

The Obama Team’s Other Lost Election | The Weekly Standard

Congressional Job Approval Hits All-Time Low

A new Gallup poll shows just 13 percent of Americans approve the job Congress is doing. Take that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Congressional Job Approval: Down To Family and Friends | The Weekly Standard

2012 Presidential Election: 18 Republican Contenders and President Obama Ranked By Communications Skills

2012 Presidential Election: 18 Republican Contenders and President Obama Ranked By Communications Skills

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg 2010 TIME Person of the Year

TIME Names Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, The 2010 TIME Person of the Year

The Obama Constitution

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Parent Trigger May Soon Be in PA's Education Reform Arsenal

Parent Trigger May Soon Be in Pennsylvania's Education Reform Arsenal

By Sen. Jeffrey Piccola

Earlier this month, California parents became the first in the nation to use a so-called "parent trigger" to force radical change at a school ranked in the bottom ten percent of elementary schools in the Golden State. Pennsylvania may be next to "pull" the trigger.

In California, 62 percent of parents at McKinley Elementary School – far more than the 51 percent required - signed a petition demanding it be changed to a charter school. Under the law, passed in January, parents may choose from a menu of reforms: converting to a charter school, replacing the principal and staff, reforming the budget, or closing.

Other states may follow in California’s footsteps. In addition to Pennsylvania, legislators in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland plan to introduce versions of the parent trigger in the coming months.

The Heartland Institute lauded Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' "parent trigger" proposal as "a powerful positive step toward real educational transformation" and a game-changer in the quest to "convert an expensive, centralized bureaucracy-based school into a true neighborhood school."

Last year, I introduced two "parent trigger" bills, shortly after the California law passed. One was part of the comprehensive Education Empowerment bill, and one was in a stand-alone bill.

Like California’s new law, my bill would give parents the power to petition for a school closure or change in management when a school is ranked as one of the state's lowest-performing. The legislation would also require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to publish a web-based State Report Card, identifying those schools scoring in the bottom 5% on state assessment exams.

If the parents of at least 51 percent of the students in a struggling school sign a petition, they can pursue one of three options: 1) school closure and student transfer to another school; 2) school closure and reopening as a charter school; or 3) the execution of a new management agreement with a for-profit or nonprofit organization or another school district. The petition would require action under a strict timeline, with the goal of improving academic achievement and/or student safety. Districts that refuse to honor a valid petition would face severe financial penalties.

Mirroring my bill, the Obama Administration and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have targeted for federal aid those schools that continue to perform in the bottom five percent of the state; do not show signs of improvement; and have graduation rates below 60 percent.

PDE has identified 200 schools in the Commonwealth that are "persistently lowest achieving." Nearly all schools in the Harrisburg School District landed on this "failing" list.

The "parent trigger" reform complements the other two priorities of the Senate Education Committee - school choice and charter school reform - and will be the subject of a public hearing when the Senate reconvenes in January.

Parent report cards and parent petitions present golden opportunities for the Harrisburg School District and other struggling school districts to break the inertia and challenge the status quo. If our schools are failing our kids, parents need to know, and have the tools to fix them.

With the passage of a "parent trigger" in Pennsylvania, a parent revolution can rock the dimly-lit halls of stagnant schools. The old adage still holds true: "When you take a child by the hand, you take a parent by the heart." And if you leave a child behind, parents with heart must be empowered to take matters into their own hands.

State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 15th Senate Dist. in parts of Dauphin and York counties. E-mail him at jpiccola@pasen.gov

'F*** the President' From Democrat Ignored, But GOP's 'You Lie!' Excoriated

MRC.org - Media Research Center: 'F*** the President' From Democrat Ignored, But GOP's 'You Lie!' Excoriated

GOP is in driver's seat for redistricting

PhillyBurbs.com: GOP is in driver's seat for redistricting

Rep.-Elect Kristi Noem: Extend tax cuts to restart U.S. economy

Year-long G.I. Bill 'fix-it' Campaign by Legion Pays Off with Senate Vote

Year-long G.I. Bill 'fix-it' Campaign by Legion Pays Off with Senate Vote

Project Veritas: NJEA Sends Their Christmas Greetings to Governor Christie

Project Veritas: NJEA Sends Their Christmas Greetings to Governor Christie

Nobamacare - Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Bill Unconstitutional

Nobamacare - Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Bill Unconstitutional

Richard Viguerie Calls Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli a New Breed of Republican Leader

Richard Viguerie Calls Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli a New Breed of Republican Leader

Pace of Wage Gains Likely to Pick Up, BNA Index Predicts

Pace of Wage Gains Likely to Pick Up, BNA Index Predicts

Ed Rendell as The Grinch

PA Supreme Court suspends Berks County attorney's license

Supreme Court suspends Reading attorney's license

Santa Claus is insane

I was driving on Route 422 earlier today when a man wearing a red Santa hat passed me driving in a convertible. It's bitterly cold in Pennsylvania with wind chills in the teens. Despite the frigid temperatures, the top was down on the convertible, which was loaded with boxes and bags in the passenger seat and back seat, which explains why the driver took the top down. My only guess is that Santa is gathering some last-minute gifts before Dec. 25.

Study finds liberal bias on University of Pennsylvania campus

CampusReform.org offers proof of liberal bias at the University of Pennsylvania.

#7 University of Pennsylvania

'The American Dream' Trailer

The American Dream Trailer from American Dream on Vimeo.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. new PA pork king

With Sen. Arlen Specter voted out of office and Rep. John Murtha dead, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is poised to become the new king of pork-barrel spending among Pennsylvania politicians.

According to the website, www.endingspending.com, Sen. Casey has pushed through 336 earmarks totaling $689 million for special interests and political cronies.

An article in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review states Pennsylvania Democratic members of Congress have asked for 985 separate earmarks while Pennsylvania's Republican Congressional delegation has requested 0 earmarks.

Three Organizations Launch Comprehensive Earmark Request Database

Three Organizations Launch Comprehensive Earmark Request Database

Santa Is An Amateur

Richard Viguerie: Cuccinelli Obamacare Court Victory is a Major Win for the Tea Party

Richard Viguerie: Cuccinelli Obamacare Court Victory is a Major Win for the Tea Party

Top 10 Obama Foreign Policy Blunders Last Month

Top 10 Obama Foreign Policy Blunders Last Month - HUMAN EVENTS

Columnist: How the left stole Christmas

From a new column by Lowman S. Henry on the far left's annual assault on the Christmas holiday:
The constitution does not erect a wall of separation between church and state. It does prohibit the "establishment of religion." That clause was born of the framers desire not to have a government sanctioned church such as existed in the mother country, England, from whom they had just won independence.

Further, the constitution does guarantee the "free exercise" of religion. Here is where those seeking to remove Christ from the celebration of Christmas trample the rights of Christian believers. And, while the constitution does prohibit the establishment of a state religion, it does not guarantee anybody the right to be insulated from those engaged in the free exercise of their religious rights.

In a nation where Christians are constantly exhorted to be tolerant of other faiths, with the emphasis most recently on Islam, stifling the celebration of the Christian religion has become acceptable, even encouraged in many quarters. Thus we are subjected to such actions as renaming Christmas trees holiday trees. The fact is a Christmas tree is no more a holiday tree than a Menorah is a holiday candelabra. It has a religious connotation, and in the case of this symbol, a somewhat secularized one. To deny the display of the tree is to deny a constitutional right.
How the left stole Christmas - pottsmerc.com

Obama looks in the mirror

Reid's Lame-Duck Lands Bill Threatens Border Security

Reid's Lame-Duck Lands Bill Threatens Border Security

Landmark Praises Court Ruling in VA 'Obamacare' Suit

Landmark Praises Court Ruling in VA 'Obamacare' Suit

Federal Judge Gets It Half Right in Striking Down Health Care Law

Federal Judge Gets It Half Right in Striking Down Health Care Law

Pension law leaves taxpayers with $5B annual cost

This is Ed Rendell's idea of pension reform. The bill, which was backed by the teachers union, was passed with the support of Rendell and the Democratic majority in the state Legislature.

From The Associated Press:
Structural changes passed last month in Pennsylvania's large pension plans for state government workers and school district employees will still leave taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in new costs in the coming years.

The cost to the state government and school districts will go from $1.25 billion this year to just under $2 billion next year, but the average annual price tag for the coming decade amounts to $5.3 billion.
Pension law leaves taxpayers with $5B annual cost - pottsmerc.com

Understanding the Far Left

Gary Bauer: An Uncompromising President - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama Plays Russian Roulette

Obama Plays Russian Roulette - HUMAN EVENTS

Coming Soon

Court strikes down parts of Obamacare

Congressman Joe Pitts, R-PA-16th, incoming Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, praised today's ruling in Virginia District Court striking down portions of Obamacare. Last week, after the House Republican Conference appointed Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 112th Congress, Pitts was tapped to chair the Subcommittee next year.

Rep. Pitts' statement:
"It shouldn't come as a surprise that a federal judge has determined that Obamacare's individual mandate to purchase insurance is unconstitutional. Early this year, Republicans warned that the law went too far, trampling on the individual rights protected in the Constitution. Democrats chose to ignore these concerns, and now the courts are working to protect the people from this legislative overreach.

"This certainly isn't the end of court battles, and it only reinforces the need to repeal the law as soon as possible. The many other provisions of Obamacare continue to damage our healthcare system, raising costs and disrupting access to care. I'm working closely with Chairman Upton and Republican leadership on our strategy for wholesale repeal of the law. Both Congress and the courts have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution."

Everything but the kitchen sink

The Reading Eagle had an interesting editorial in its Sunday edition on how to eliminate property taxes while at the same time increasing state and federal spending for public education.

The paper also suggests trimming the number of employees working for the Pennsylvania Legislature foor good measure.

There's a lot of optimism with a new Republican governor and a Republican majority in both chambers of the Legislature, but let's not get our hopes up too much.

Solution to property taxes within Legislature's reach (12/12/10)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

"To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers — or both."

— Elizabeth Charles, British writer (1828-1896)

AP Continues Persistent Social Security Falsehoods

AP's Ohlemacher Continues Press's Persistent Promotion of Social Security Falsehoods

Friday, December 10, 2010

Newspaper: Federal pay freeze is good news

Federal pay freeze is good news, but it's just a beginning (12/10/10)

Bank failures under Obama set record

Bank failures continue at a record pace as Obamanomics take its toll. The feds have shut down banks in Michigan and Pennsylvania, bringing the number of U.S. banks that have failed in 2010 to a record 151. Heckavu job, Barack.

95th PA Farm Show to Offer New Attractions, Time-Honored Favorites

95th PA Farm Show to Offer New Attractions, Time-Honored Favorites

A new nickname for Ed Rendell

He's known as "Fast Eddie" but perhaps a better nickname for Pennsylvania's governor is Ed "Turn 'em Loose" Rendell.

From The Associated Press:
Gov. Ed Rendell will leave office next month having signed more than twice as many pardons as any other Pennsylvania governor. Rendell, a Democrat with about a month left in his second term, has granted 1,059 pardons, according to the state Board of Pardons. His office said 29 more await action on his desk, and he expects to consider 34 others by the end of the year.

Wesley Snipes Joins List of Famous Pennsylvania Inmates

Actor Snipes Joins List of Famous Pennsylvania Inmates - Harrisburg Media & culture | Examiner.com

Obama's Feel Good Compromise

Poll: Majority say they are worse off under Obama

A majority of Americans believe they are worse off today than they were two years ago when Barack Obama was elected president on promises of change and hope (which they now realize doesn't put food on the table).

Read more about the Bloomberg poll here

Fineman To Olbermann: Democrats Said of Tax Plan 'F the President,' 'No F-ing Way,' 'He F-ed It Up'

Fineman To Olbermann: Democrats Said of Tax Plan 'F the President,' 'No F-ing Way,' 'He F-ed It Up'

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Newspaper: Bush job approval higher than Obama's

How the mighty have fallen.

Americans are waking up from their Kool-Aid induced stupor and realizing what a huge mistake they made in electing Barack Obama president.

A new Gallup Poll shows the job approval rating for "The Anointed One" has dropped below that of President George W. Bush.

Check it out at the liberal New York Daily News and at Politico

How to make liberals, Democrats and Barack Obama cry

Auditor General Rejects Rendell Debt Plan

Ed Rendell originally wanted to borrow and spend another $1 billion before he leaves office next month.

Now he's willing to go down to $650 million How about he just goes away without saddling us with any more debt?

Too bad Democrats didn't nominate Jack Wagner as their candidate for governor this year instead of Rendell-clone Dan Onorato.

Auditor General Jack Wagner Says He Will Not Sign $650 Million Bond Issue, a Bad Deal for Pennsylvania Taxpayers

Judicial Watch Sues Mayor Bloomberg's Office for Ground Zero Mosque Documents

Judicial Watch Sues Mayor Bloomberg's Office for Ground Zero Mosque Documents

Mission Accomplished

Columnist: Thank God for Rich People

Bernard Goldberg: Thank God for Rich People

Democrat Congressman says 'F*** the President'

Chaos In ObamaLand: Democrat Congressman says "F!&# the President"

The American Legion to Senate: 'DREAM Act Rewards Crime'

The American Legion to Senate: 'DREAM Act Rewards Crime'

AMA: Congress Passes One Year Delay of Medicare Physician Cut

AMA: Congress Passes One Year Delay of Medicare Physician Cut

Compromise: Call it the Obama Tax Hike

By 6-to-1 Margin, Networks Paint Debate As Over 'Tax Cuts,' Not Raising Rates

DREAM Act is a nightmare

The NY Times Finally Slips in Some Unflattering Facts About 'Dream Act' Amnesty

And the moon is made of cheese

Chris Matthews Insists 'Hardball Is Absolutely Nonpartisan'

Poll: Most Celebrate Christmas as a Religious Holiday

Interesting new poll from Rasmussen Reports about Christmas, especially for the secular left trying to take Christ out of the holiday.
An overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas, and for most of those who celebrate, it's a religious holiday rather than a secular one despite the strong commercial overtones of the season.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 92% of all Adults celebrate Christmas in their family. Six percent (6%) do not.

Of those who celebrate the day, nearly two-thirds (65%) regard it as a religious holiday. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say they celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday.
Most Celebrate Christmas as a Religious Holiday

Bush tax cuts 101: Would extension boost the economic recovery?

We've tried it Obama's way and the economy has gotten worse. It's time to give Republicans a chance to bring back jobs.

Bush tax cuts 101: Would extension boost the economic recovery?

Glenn Beck: Devaluing the Dollar

The 10 Highest-Earning Reality Stars

Being a nobody never paid so well, says The Daily Beast, which looks at the ridiculous salaries of so-called TV reality stars.

The 10 Highest-Earning Reality Stars

'The Charge of the Light Brigade'



On Dec. 9, 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was published in England. The poem memorializes events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854, during the Crimean War. British light cavalry charged over open terrain against heavily-fortified Russian forces.
The Charge Of The Light Brigade

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!


Christmas movies: Hollywood playing Scrooge?

Christmas movies: Hollywood playing Scrooge? - latimes.com

Mistaken identity

Newspaper: Bush job approval rating higher than Obama's

How the mighty have fallen. Americans are waking up from their Kool-Aid induced stupor and realizing what a huge mistake they made in electing Barack Obama president.

A new Gallup Poll shows the job approval rating for "The Anointed One" has dropped below that of President George W. Bush.

Check it out at the liberal New York Daily News and at Politico

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Elites Should Blame Selves, Not Obama, for Believing His Messianic Pretensions

Columnist David Limbaugh has some thoughts on the far left elites who put their faith in Barack Obama only to have those hopes crushed by a typical politician.

From his latest column:
The elites' uniform disenchantment with Obama says much more about them than it does him, namely that they are hopelessly lost in the intoxication of their intellectual elitism and the mire of their crippling worldview and that they didn't have a clue about Obama when they formed their little cult and still don't as they stumble upon, kicking and screaming, his abundant failings.
Read the full column at the link below:

Elites Should Blame Selves, Not Obama, for Believing His Messianic Pretensions