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Friday, April 29, 2011

Obama Drones On

Tea Party License Plate Coming To Arizona

Brewer OKs Arizona Bill for Tea Party License Plate | CNSnews.com

Brent Bozell: Top 10 Recommendations to Replace Katie Couric

Brent Bozell Announces Top 10 Recommendations to Replace Katie Couric

Liberal pundits must have skipped history class

CBS and MSNBC Both Falsely Claim Obama First President to Have Citizenship Questioned

Pelosi Blamed 'Oil Men in the White House' for Gas Prices in '08, Now Who's To Blame?

Pelosi Blamed 'Oil Men in the White House' for Gas Prices in '08, Now Who's To Blame? | CNSnews.com

Who's sorry now?

Obama's Socialist Vision for America

A Fifth of the Population Went From Being Taxpayers to Tax Recipients | The Weekly Standard

Valley Forge Convention Center Gains Approval for Updated Casino Site Plan and Corporate Restructuring

Valley Forge Convention Center Gains Approval for Updated Casino Site Plan and Corporate Restructuring

Pennsylvania Takes Disciplinary Actions Against 131 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

Pennsylvania Department of State: Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 131 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Poll: Obama Out of Touch With Most Americans

The latest Franklin & Marshall College National Poll, produced at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in partnership with Hearst Television Inc., finds nothing but bad news for Barack Obama, especially his signature legislation, ObamaCare.

Here are key findings courtesy of poll director Dr. Terry Madonna:
· Americans are generally satisfied with how well the current healthcare system meets their needs. More than one in three (36%) says the system meets their needs very well, and another two in five (43%) say it meets their needs pretty well, leaving about one in five (20%) Americans who feel the system is not serving their personal needs. These proportions have not changed since the health care reform law was passed.

· Americans are still divided about reforming the country’s health care system. About half (46%) of adults believe the system works well and needs only minor changes while about the same proportion (45%) believes the system needs a complete overhaul.

· Nearly nine in ten (85%) respondents report the health care they receive is about the same as it was before the health care reform law passed, and three in four (74%) say the reform law has had no effect on them personally.

· More people believe the health care reform law will make the health care system worse (42%) than better (32%) and fewer than one in three (30%) believes the law will bring down the long-run costs of health care.

· Two in five (44%) respondents believe the health care law should be repealed.

· More registered voters say that President Obama is doing only a fair (29%) or poor (29%) job as president than say he is doing an excellent (9%) or good (32%) job.

· More voters disapprove than approve of how President Obama has handled the economy (43% approve, 50% disapprove) and the situation in Libya (39% approve, 43% disapprove).

· More registered voters believe program cuts (30%) rather than tax increases (11%) should be used to balance the budget, but nearly half (46%) of voters believes that both spending cuts and tax increases should be used to balance the budget.

· Registered voters have more confidence in the president's ability to handle the federal budget (54% express confidence) than in Congress’s ability to do so (41% express confidence).

· A majority (54%) of Americans approve of using nuclear power to produce energy, while one third (33%) oppose the use; however, half (50%) oppose building more nuclear power plants, while two in five (42%) would favor doing so.
You can review the full poll findings here.

Top Five Films That Michael Moore will Never Make

Top Five Films That Michael Moore will Never Make

Newspaper: 'Broken Budgets' series illustrated misguided spending

'Broken Budgets' series illustrated misguided spending - pottsmerc.com

U.S. Banks Warn Obama on Soaring Debt

The man who raised the national debt by $3 trillion in less than 3 years is now supposed to deal with the nation's debt crisis? Seriously?

US Economy: US Banks Warn Obama on Soaring Debt - CNBC

America's Secret Weapon

Obama to supporters: I've screwed you over but you should re-elect me anyway

Obama to 'frustrated' supporters: Redouble your efforts to reelect me - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Obama's handling of economy hits all-time low

A new poll finds 57% of registered voters disapprove of Barack Obama's handling of economy ... and it's getting harder for Obama to keep blaming George W. Bush three years after moving into the White House.

Four in 10 approve of Obama's handling of economy; marks all-time low - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Video: NewsBusted 4/26/11

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

NY Times Flubs Timeline of 'Birther' Myth: First Spread by Hillary Clinton Supporters in 2008

Three reasons why President Obama finally released his birth certificate

Three reasons why President Obama finally released his birth certificate

Gov. Corbett Announces 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

Governor Corbett Announces 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

Gov. Corbett Names Larry Wittig as Chairman of State Board of Education

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Names Larry Wittig as Chairman of State Board of Education

Pennsylvania prisons are a revolving door

The Pew Center on the States says in a recent report that the recidivism rate for prisoners released between 2004 and 2007 was 40 percent in Pennsylvania.

Podcast: Pennsylvania prisons are a revolving door - pottsmerc.com

Ship of Fools

Columnist: Obama's Victimhood Rests on False Claims

Obama's Victimhood Rests on False Claims About Bush Tax Cuts - HUMAN EVENTS

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poll: 72% Say Taxpayers Not Getting Their Money’s Worth from Public Schools

So much for throwing more money at the problem, which is what Democrats and their Big Labor allies always suggest as way to fix the broken public education system in the United States.

The vast majority of Americans disagree.

From a new Rasmussen poll:
Voters overwhelmingly believe that taxpayers are not getting a good return on what they spend on public education, and just one-in-three voters think spending more will make a difference.
Read the full poll results below:

72% Say Taxpayers Not Getting Their Money’s Worth from Public Schools

Columnist: Dear Mr. President: What took you so long?

Barack Obama | Long Form | Birth Certificate | The Daily Caller

Columnist: Obama the Tax Hypocrite

From a terrific new column by Kevin McCullough on hypocritical rich people like Barack Obama saying Americans should pay more in taxes:

Like the phony group of "millionaires" who held press conferences after the president's "deficit reduction" speech and declared they wished to be paying more in taxes, let me remind the president, just as I did the millionaires: the IRS does accept donations. In fact here's the address: "Internal Revenue Service, Washington D.C., 20001"
Read the full column, "Obama the Tax Hypocrite," here.

Where is Obama getting his information?

Factchecking Obama: Birther controversy was 4% of newshole, not 'dominant' story | Poynter

New Chart Book Graphically Illustrates the Federal Financial Condition

New Chart Book Graphically Illustrates the Federal Financial Condition

Pumping Out Great News

State Police: Unwanted Prescription Drugs to Be Collected April 30

State Police: Unwanted Prescription Drugs to Be Collected April 30

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Gov. Corbett Credits Greater Public Education, Awareness for Pennsylvania's Continuing Decline in Child Abuse

Governor Corbett Credits Greater Public Education, Awareness for Pennsylvania's Continuing Decline in Child Abuse

Family of Fallen Trooper to Receive State Police Cross at May 1 Ceremony

Family of Fallen Trooper to Receive State Police Cross at May 1 Ceremony

Obama Surrenders

So what took him so long?

Obama Trumped, Birth Certificate Released - HUMAN EVENTS

Another Depression-Era Circus Story

PA Senate confirms Behr as Montgomery County Sheriff

Reporter Carl Hessler Jr. of The Mercury is reporting that retired Whitemarsh Police Chief Eileen W. Behr has been confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate as the new Montgomery County sheriff.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted along party lines (30-20) on Tuesday to confirm Behr's nomination to fill the unexpired term of the late Sheriff John P. Durante, 60, of Conshohocken, who died of a heart attack while in office on Feb. 10, 2010, according to Montgomery County Republican Committee Executive Director Brittany Tressler.

Behr will serve as sheriff for the remainder of 2011. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Behr, 54, of Lafayette Hill, is the endorsed GOP candidate in the May 17 primary. Her opponent for the Republican primary nomination is Robert J. Durante, 58, of Norristown, a retired 33-year veteran of the sheriff's department. (Durante is no relation to the late Sheriff Durante).

The winner of the GOP nomination will face Democrat William A. Holt Jr., 65, a retired detective sergeant with the Abington Police Department. He is the only Democrat running for sheriff.

Democratic Party bosses have been whining that Behr now has an unfair advantage because she will hold the office of sheriff for the rest of the year. The very same party bosses had no problems when Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell appointed Democrats to fill vacancies over the past eight years.

The man who invented Barack Obama has died

A sad day for Barack Obama ... Hubert "Hub" Schlafly, the man credited with inventing the teleprompter, has died at age 91. You could argue there would never have been a President Obama without the invention of the teleprompter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Obama Wants Drivers To Feel More Pain At The Pump

Barack Obama will not be satisfied until American consumers are paying $6-$7 for a gallon of gas, just like his socialist friends in Europe. Gas prices have risen 110 percent since Obama took office thanks to his failed energy policies.

It's Hard Out Here For A Pump - By Mark Steyn - The Corner - National Review Online

Ray Stevens - Obama Budget Plan

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

Birthers vs. Truthers: The New York Times' Double Standard on Conspiracy Theories

A Petition for Equal Time On Facebook

Why is Facebook working so hard to get Barack Obama re-elected? Will Facebook give Republican challengers equal access to its users?

A Petition for Equal Time On Facebook - HUMAN EVENTS

Corbett Signs Bill Repealing Sprinkler Mandate

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed his first bill into law - the repeal of the Nanny State requirement for sprinklers in all new residential construction in Pennsylvania.

The repeal should help the state's struggling construction industry.


Corbett Signs Bill Repealing Sprinkler Mandate

Poll: Dem Lawmakers at Odds with Constituents who Favor School Choice in PA

Poll Finds Two Prominent Suburban Legislators at Odds With Their Constituents Who Favor Allowing Kids to Escape Violent, Failing Schools

Union Teachers Explain How to Push Marxism in the Classroom

EDITORIAL: Obama to Christians: Forget you

EDITORIAL: Obama to Christians: Forget you - Washington Times

Sen. Toomey: Medical device tax will kill jobs

The medical device tax will kill Pennsylvania jobs - pottsmerc.com

Charlie Who?

Columnist: Obama oversees a lengthening list of national humiliations

The Embarrassed Superpower - Rich Lowry - National Review Online

FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Pennsylvania Dairy Over Raw Milk Sales

FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Pennsylvania Dairy

Governor Corbett Announces Distribution of Red Light Enforcement Grants for Transportation Projects

Governor Corbett Announces Distribution of Red Light Enforcement Grants for Transportation Projects

Monday, April 25, 2011

Obama White House Ignores Easter

Presidential Proclamations are issued for all sorts of events, so you'd think acknowledging the most important holiday on the Christian calendar would be a no-brainer.

But this is the Obama White House we're dealing with here.

Somewhere between issuing proclamations for "Cesar Chavez Day" and "Earth Day," the Obama White House failed to recognize Easter.

Easter | White House | Proclamation | The Daily Caller

Property tax break from PA casinos delivers little relief

Newspaper: Property tax break from Pa. casinos delivers little relief - pottsmerc.com

Liberal Media Carries Water For Obama Over Rising Gas Prices

Gas Prices Top $1-a-Gallon Higher than Year Ago; Media Don't Blame Obama

Fewer Americans, Europeans View Global Warming as a Threat

Despite the massive propaganda campaign by the far left and its media allies, fewer people believe global warming is a serious threat.

Fewer Americans, Europeans View Global Warming as a Threat

The Price of Gas

Pennsylvania State Police: Two Killed, 196 Injured in Easter Driving Period Crashes

Pennsylvania State Police: Two Killed, 196 Injured in Easter Driving Period Crashes

'Guns Save Lives' Billboard Truck Coming to Pittsburgh

CCRKBA 'Guns Save Lives' Billboard Truck to Be in Pittsburgh

CRNC | 'What's Your Plan?'

Liberals still playing the race card

Unable to defend Obama's failing presidency, liberals turn to the race card once again.

Obama's job approval numbers are sinking because he is incompetent, not because he's black.

Cokie Roberts: People Call Obama Muslim Because They Can't Say 'I Don't Like Him Cause He's Black'

New 'Best of Pennsylvania' Vacation Guide Now Available

New 'Best of Pennsylvania' Vacation Guide Now Available

Gov. Corbett Announces Transportation Funding Advisory Commission

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Transportation Funding Advisory Commission

Hannity on the liberal media

Newspaper: Big Labor's threat

It's us agains them - taxpayers vs. public sector unions - and the Big Labor will stop at nothing to continue fleecing taxpayers.

From an editorial in The Pittsburgh Tritube-Review:
Big Labor's incessant bellyaching over having to give up anything -- while cash-strapped state governments have nothing left to give -- has reached a retching new low: a threat from a Michigan union honcho to weaponize government jobs.
Read the full editorial - "Weaponizing' public service: Big labor's threat" - at the newspaper's website.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!

From the Patriarchal Proclamation for Pascha (Easter) of Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch of the world's Orthodox Christians:
Beloved children in the Lord,Once again, in a spirit of joy and peace, we address you with the delightful and hopeful greeting: "Christ is Risen!"

The occurrences and events of our time may not seem to justify the exultation of our greeting. The natural destruction caused by seismic tremors and oceanic swells, together with the lurking devastation from possible nuclear explosion, as well as the human sacrifices resulting from military conflict and terrorist action, reveal our world to be in horrible torment and anguish from the pressure of the natural and spiritual forces of evil.

Nevertheless, the Resurrection of Christ is indeed real and grants to faithful Christians the certainty – and to all humanity the possibility – of transcending the adverse consequences of natural calamity and spiritual perversity.

Nature rebels when the arrogant human mind endeavors to tame its boundless forces endowed by the Creator it its seemingly insignificant and inactive elements. In considering from a spiritual perspective the grievous natural phenomena that plague our planet repeatedly and successively in recent times, we appreciate and acknowledge the belief that these are inseparable from the spiritual and ethical deviation of humanity. The signs of this deviation – such as greed, avarice, and an insatiable desire for material wealth, alongside an indifference toward the poverty endured by so many as a result of the imbalanced affluence of the few – may not be clearly related to the natural occurrences in the eyes of scientists. Yet, for someone examining the matter spiritually, sin disturbs the harmony of spiritual and natural relations alike. For, there is a mystical connection between moral and natural evil; if we wish to be liberated from the latter, we must reject the former.
Read the full message here.

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!



Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν,
θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας,
καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι,
ζωὴν χαρισάμενος!

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!

The Tomb Is Empty! Christ Is Risen!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekly GOP Address: Gov't Does Not Create Jobs

Top 10 Environmental Scams

Top 10 Environmental Scams - HUMAN EVENTS

Easter Bunny renamed 'Spring Bunny' to avoid offending liberals

Easter Bunny, events renamed 'spring' to avoid offending anyone

2011 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

Easter Message From Glenn Beck

Republican rips Obama for visiting Facebook but not the Gulf Coast

What did Barack Obama do on the one-year anniversary of his administration's biggest environmental disaster? Ignore it, of course.

Republican rips Obama for visiting Facebook but not the Gulf Coast - The Hill's Floor Action

'Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media'

Video: Opening Segment from Hannity’s 'Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media'

Obama to Investigate Why Gas Prices Are So High

Obama to Investigate Why Gas Prices Are So High - HUMAN EVENTS

Friday, April 22, 2011

Romney's Past Catching Up

Orthodox Christians to Observe Pascha (Easter) April 24

From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:
More than 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide will celebrate Pascha (Easter) this Sunday April 24. Faithful in great numbers, crowd churches for Holy Week services and in preparation for the Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of Christ.

"Pascha is a feast for our hearts, a celebration for our souls. Today, repentance is embraced with grace and forgiveness. Hope overcomes despair. Heavenly joy replaces grief. Divine and assuring peace reigns over our inner struggles. Our hearts are renewed with the strength to continue the journey of liberation from sin and evil," says Archbishop Demetrios, spiritual leader of 1.5 million Greek Orthodox Christians in America in his Paschal Encyclical.
Read the full release at the Archdiocese website.

Columnist: To Retire Our National Debt, We Must Retire Obama

David Limbaugh: To Retire Our National Debt, We Must Retire Obama

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rep. Maloney: 'Why We Were Elected'

"Why We Were Elected"

By Rep. David M. Maloney

While I campaigned last summer and fall for the State House of Representative, by far the thing people told me about the most was their struggles with paying school property taxes. I went to thousands of homes personally, and I listened to people tell me their own stories or the story of a friend, co-worker or relative who was fighting to stay above water financially, pay mortgages, pay taxes, bills and just buying food. These are extraordinarily difficult economic times and I don't know anyone who is not somehow affected by either job reductions or layoffs. I know we all feel the pain of nearly $4.00 a gallon gasoline.

I am a believer in school property tax elimination. Berks County has long been the center of the struggle for change. I have great respect for the work former State Representative Dennis Leh did to advance the cause and recently former State Representative Sam Rohrer who kept the fight going. At the state capitol, I am part of several caucuses to do the same.

I am convinced that our public school funding formula is inequitable and outdated. This has created hot spots in Pennsylvania where some homeowners pay much higher school property taxes than in other parts of the state. The sooner the rest of the legislators in Harrisburg are convinced of the problem, the faster we move forward. The good news is there are more legislators now than in the last session from both sides in the State House, who ran on the commitment to eliminate school property taxes, and more Republicans like me who ran on a slate of conservative issues that we have made great progress on so far.

Last November, I was part of the new group of legislators who were elected to face Pennsylvania's problems and not kick issues down the road to deal with years from now. It's not popular work and some issues like education spending have many people concerned, but we have grabbed the bull by the horns for the sake of Pennsylvania's future.

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said the House this session has "completed the most productive first four months in recent legislative sessions as the House Republican Caucus works to fulfill the agenda it was elected to complete." It's true and I was part of it.

Our agenda in the State House is to: rein in spending – enacting a $27.3 billion budget, on time with no tax increases. We are working to pass a jobs package which includes: Unemployment Compensation reform, welfare reform to eliminate fraud and to ensure that only those truly eligible will receive the help they need. Wine and spirit sales privatization is on the table. Sprinkler mandate elimination, House Bill 377 was already sent to the governor to sign. Part of our mission is to eliminate the barriers that keep businesses away from Pennsylvania.

This session, we Republicans led in the House with series of bills to deal with protecting children and rebuilding the people's trust in state government. During the first legislative week a package of bills was moved to close loopholes in the state's Megan's Law. Also considered and passed were Gaming reforms to ensure integrity throughout the gaming license and regulatory process. Last week, the House passed HB1, commonsense lawsuit abuse reform or the "fair share" act.

We know we have much more work to do with the Basic Education Funding formula. I have been listening to the concerns of student and teachers in my district. I admire school teacher unions and school administrators who thoughtfully agreed to take pay freezes. In the House we will work to ensure a fair expenditure, and provide mandate relief so school districts can make their own decisions to help them control their own spending.

An amazing statistic was brought to our attention in the State House. In the last session, 2009-10, only 10 bills were sent to the Senate during the same time period, and in the 2007-08 session, no bills were sent to the Senate for its consideration. So far this session we have moved over 50 bills with help from both sides of the political aisle.

My intent here is to let readers know that we are making progress in Harrisburg, and we know we have much more work to do. We also know we are accountable to the voters.

Rep. David M. Maloney is a Republican who represents the 130th State House District in Eastern Berks County.

Poll: Obama at 46 percent to Romney's 45

Pretty bad for Democrats when someone as bland as Mitt Romney is tied with Obama going into the 2012 presidential election.

Poll: Obama at 46 percent to Romney's 45 - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Pennsylvania State Police Teams Inspect Trucks on Rural, Non-Interstate Roads

Pennsylvania State Police Teams Inspect Trucks on Rural, Non-Interstate Roads

Brother, Can You Spare A Trillion?: Government Gone Wild!

President Jeb Bush, anyone?

Jeb Bush | Republican Candidate | President | The Daily Caller

CCRKBA: "Melson Should Quit or Be Fired for 'Gunrunner' Stonewalling"

CCRKBA: "Melson Should Quit or Be Fired for 'Gunrunner' Stonewalling"

Pennsylvania State Police Make Arrests, Capture Fugitives in Four-Day Crackdown

Pennsylvania State Police Make Arrests, Capture Fugitives in Four-Day Crackdown

PA Announces $134M Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 21 Counties

Governor Corbett Announces $134 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 21 Counties

Planned Parenthood ads target lawmakers over defunding votes

I wonder if Planned Parenthood is using tax dollars to run its campaign to oust members of Congress who want to cut taxpayer funding for the nation's largest abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood ads target lawmakers over defunding votes - The Hill's Healthwatch

Pumping Great News

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 to be Marked By Tunnel to Towers Runs/Walks Across the Country

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 to be Marked By Tunnel to Towers Runs/Walks Across the Country

Watchdog group: Obama lies about GOP debt reduction plan

The non-partisan FactCheck.org says Barack Obama has been lying about the Republican plan to reduce the federal deficit.

FactChecking Obama's Budget Speech

A Group of Obama Supporters Cannot Name A Single Obama Accomplishment

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Few 'taxpayer friends' from PA in Congress

By Tony Phyrillas

The National Taxpayers Union, a 362,000-member fiscal watchdog group, has released its annual report card on members of Congress.

For the past 32 years, the Washington, D.C.-based group has issued a scorecard for each member of Congress based on his or her voting record to determine how "friendly" or "unfriendly" they are to overburdened taxpayers.

In addition to handing out letter grades — A through F — the group divides lawmakers into two groups: "Taxpayers' Friends" and "Big Spenders."

The grades are for 2010 members of Congress, many of whom have already been tossed out of office by angry voters last November.

It's no surprise that so many incumbents lost in 2010 if you follow the NTU rankings over the past three decades.

"2010 saw some of the most polarizing fiscal issues in the history of Congress, and NTU's Rating depicted the trend in stark detail," said NTU President Duane Parde. "Although an increasing number of lawmakers voted with taxpayers' interests, more than three times as many sided with special interests instead. With this lopsided tug-of-war among Members of Congress, it is no wonder the nation’s finances were dragged into a quagmire last year."

Pennsylvania voters were particularly agitated with members of Congress, tossing out five incumbent Democrats who represented Pennsylvania Congressional seats, as well as Sen. Arlen Specter.

While other watchdog groups tabulate ratings based on selected votes, NTU considers every vote taken by every member of Congress during each session. For 2010, the NTU rankings are based on 165 House and 142 Senate votes.

Some 79 lawmakers attained an "A" grade (at least 90 percent in the House and a 95 percent the Senate), which makes them eligible for the NTU's "Taxpayers' Friend Award" — an increase from the 55 who earned top grades in 2009, Parde notes.

At least half the members of Congress flunked the NTU grading system, with 264 Senators and Representatives earning the title of "Big Spender" for posting "F" grades (20 percent or less in the House and 18 percent or less in the Senate), Parde says.

A familiar name finished at the head of the class among all members of Congress.
For the eighth consecutive year, Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, earned top honors in the House with a 97 percent rating.

In the Senate, NTU recognized Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who earned a 99.5 percent, breaking the 99 percent mark that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) earned in 1983. Right behind McCain was Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), whose score was rounded to 99.5 percent.

The top scorers from Pennsylvania are Rep. Joe Pitts, a Republican who represents the 16th District in parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties, and Rep. Bill Shuster, who represents the 9th District in Western Pennsylvania. Both earned a B+ in the report card.

Pennsylvania Reps. Paul Kanjorski, Allyson Schwartz and Joe Sestak earned the lowest House scores.

Unfortunately for Pennsylvania taxpayers, far too many of the lawmakers who represent the state earned "F" grades from the NTU, qualifying for the group's "Big Spender" category.

Here's a look at how Pennsylvania members of Congress did on the taxpayer report card:

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. — F; Sen. Arlen Specter — F; Rep. Jason Altmire — D; Rep. Bob Brady — F; Rep. Chris Carney — F; Rep. Mark Critz — F; Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper — F; Rep. Charlie Dent — C+; Rep. Mike Doyle — F; Rep. Chaka Fattah — F; Rep. Jim Gerlach — C+; Rep. Tim Holden — D; Rep. Paul Kanjorski — F; Rep. Patrick Murphy — F; Rep. Tim Murphy — C+; Rep. Joe Pitts — B+; Rep. Todd Platts — C+; Rep. Allyson Schwartz — F; Rep. Joe Sestak — F; Rep. Bill Shuster — B+; Rep. Glenn Thompson — B

In the Senate, Specter and Casey are both Democrats. In the House, all of the Democrats from Pennsylvania received "F" grades except Reps. Altmire and Holden, who each earned a "D" grade.

Carney, Dahlkemper, Kanjorski and Patrick Murphy were ousted by voters last November while Sestak gave up his House seat for an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate. Sestak's seat was won by Republican Pat Meehan. Specter failed to win another term in the Senate, losing to Republican Pat Toomey.

What lesson should politicians have learned after the "shellacking" tax-and-spend Democrats took in the midterm elections?

"Given the multi-trillion-dollar surge in the national debt during 2009 and 2010, taxpayers are now hoping for a different kind of surge — one that will take scores for both parties on NTU's next Rating of Congress to new and fitting heights," Parde said. "Time will tell if lawmakers translate their words on behalf of limited government to deeds that will show up on our scorecard — and in taxpayers' wallets."

To review the process NTU uses to determine its grades or the actual votes taken on specific bills, visit the group's Web site at www.ntu.org

Columnist: Why Don't Christians Help Fellow Christians?

Dennis Prager: Why Don't Christians Help ... Christians? - HUMAN EVENTS

Is Donald Trump a closet liberal?

Trump Versus the Club for Growth - HUMAN EVENTS

Trump Card

Pennsylvania DEP Calls on Natural Gas Drillers to Stop Giving Treatment Facilities Wastewater

Pennsylvania DEP Calls on Natural Gas Drillers to Stop Giving Treatment Facilities Wastewater

Big Labor is killing U.S. jobs

Unions collected over $8.8 billion in dues last year. Most of it went to union bosses and Democratic politicians instead of helping workers.

Check out this post at RedState.com - One Year's Worth Of Union Dues Could Support 265,447 U.S. Workers For A Year

NewsBusted 4/19/11

New Poll Shows Strong Statewide Support for PA School Choice Legislation

New Poll Shows Strong Statewide Support for School Choice Legislation

Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

This just in from the Ivory Tower

The chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is OK with pay raises for 1,500 nonunion administrators, including himself, despite threats by university presidents to raise tuition dramatically or cut back programs.

Let this be a lesson to you college kids: When it comes to lining their own pockets, the folks living in the Ivory Towers come first.

Daily Journal - Pa. university system chancellor defends administrators' raises, despite looming deficit

Club for Growth: Trump is a liberal

Club for Growth: Trump is a liberal | The Daily Caller

Fight The Good Fight

Not Much Confidence in Our Commander-in-Chief

War on Terror Update: Confidence That U.S. Is Winning War on Terror Down to Lowest Level Since 2006

Obama is 0 for 2

Most Voters Like A Presidential Candidate With Both Public and Private Experience

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bill Rusher, 1923 - 2011

William A. Rusher, a leading voice of the conservative movement for more than 50 years, has died at age 87.

Rusher spent 31 years as publisher of National Review, and wrote a syndicated column that was published in hundreds of newspapers, including The Mercury.

Statement by Richard Viguerie on the Death of Bill Rusher

Columnist: Tea Party a Fierce Brew at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

Tea Party a Fierce Brew at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference - HUMAN EVENTS

Citizen Group: Tax Day a Time for Congress to Stay Focused on Cutting Spending

Citizen Group: Tax Day a Time for Congress to Stay Focused on Cutting Spending

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

CBS Rues Unfairness of Rich Not Paying Enough Without Noting More Than a Third of Americans Pay Nothing

In Obama's World

Doug Giles on The Trump Rebellion

Donald Trump for president? Stranger things have happened.

The Trump Rebellion

Top Ten Reasons Why Sarah Palin is Running For President

Top Ten Reasons Why Sarah Palin is Running For President - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama's Day of Reckoning

S&P Cuts Long-Term Outlook For US Debt To Negative - Investors.com

Obama Cooking the Books on Soaring Deficit

Obama Deficit Plan | White House releases misleading figures for families ahead of Obama's deficit tour | The Daily Caller

Big Momma Is Watching

Newspaper: School boards want to keep taxpayers in the dark

School notices plan: Curbing right to know in the guise of thrift - pottsmerc.com

Standard & Poor's lowers U.S. debt rating to negative

After three years of Obamanomics, the day of reckoning is approaching. There are consequences when you raise the national debt by $4 trillion in less than three years.

Standar & Poor's lowers U.S. debt rating to negative

Congressman Jim Gerlach Joins United Sports to Unveil Expansive Solar and Hydro Energy Project

Congressman Jim Gerlach Joins United Sports to Unveil Expansive Solar and Hydro Energy Project

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Releases Table Game Revenue Figures For March

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Releases Table Game Revenue Figures For March

Saturday, April 16, 2011

You call this property tax relief?

Pennsylvania residents are still waiting to see the "substantial property tax relief" promised by former Gov. Ed Rendell when he signed the bill in 2005 to bring casino gambling to the Keystone State.

The average statewide property tax reduction for each Pennsylvania household in 2011 is expected to be about $200. You call that property tax relief?

Budget Secretary Certifies $776.2 Million for Statewide Property Tax Relief

Gov. Corbett Urges Young Pennsylvanians to Embrace Public Service, Give Back to their Communities

Governor Corbett Urges Young Pennsylvanians to Embrace Public Service, Give Back to their Communities

Weekly GOP Address: Time to Cut More Spending

Friday, April 15, 2011

America's Tax Cheating Politicians: Most Are Democrats

A new survey has found that Democratic politicians are far more likely to cheat on their taxes.

America's Tax Cheating Politicians

Bill O'Reilly: School Lunch Madness

The government will soon decide what your child eats.

It's starting in Chicago but will soon spread across the nation.

Michelle Obama is now the natiion's Lunch Lady.

Bill O'Reilly: School Lunch Madness

Those Poor Red Sox

Blaming George Bush Is Getting Old

Pajamas Media » Bushwhacked Barack

Game Commission Releases Official 2010 Bear Harvest

Game Commission Releases Official 2010 Bear Harvest

Public Pensions = Government Bankruptcy

24 Retirees Make More than Governor

Spending Other People's Money

State employee retirement accounts get 160% match

Boo!

Palace Revolt?

108 House Dems defy Obama on vote - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Columnist: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

John Hayward is waiting for liberal elites to put their money where they mouths are:
The great attraction of liberalism is the sanctimony it supplies to true believers. It lets them feel like they're better people, by imposing their morality on lesser beings through compulsive force. This is built right into the name of the "Patriotic Millionaires," which implies that any wealthy person who opposes higher taxes is unpatriotic. Making other people struggle with higher taxes is worth whatever they would have to pay their accountants to dodge the tax increases they advocate. Of course, since a lot of these liberal millionaires have their wealth tucked into assets that would not be taxed, and report relatively little taxable income, they're automatically protected from the burdens they demand on high income.
The Government Owns Your Prosperity - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama Predicts $4 Gas by Summer

Obama: Tax cuts offset gas-price pinch - The Hill's E2-Wire

Happy Birthday, Roy Clark



Country singer and guitar legen Roy Clark is 78 today. Happy Birthday, Roy!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Group Praises House for Defunding Planned Parenthood and Obama Health Law

FRC Praises the House for Defunding Planned Parenthood and Obama Health Law

Top Ten Tax Hikes in Obama's Simpson-Bowles/Gang of Six Plan

Top Ten Tax Hikes in Obama's Simpson-Bowles/Gang of Six Plan

Conservatives Oppose Obama-Reid-Boehner Budget Deal

Conservatives Richard Viguerie, Craig Shirley, and Jason Jones Oppose Obama-Reid-Boehner Agreement on Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations

Heidi Klum Strikes a Pose for Cancer Research



Heidi Klum Strikes a Pose for Cancer Research in New Stand Up To Cancer Public Service Announcement

Illegal Labor on the Farm Produces Big Profits for Agribusiness, Little Savings to Consumers, Finds New Report by FAIR

Illegal Labor on the Farm Produces Big Profits for Agribusiness, Little Savings to Consumers, Finds New Report by FAIR

Networks Ignore Story of Canadian Baby Saved From Government-Run Health Care

Networks Ignore Story of Canadian Baby Saved From Government-Run Health Care

Bishops to Congress: Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood

Bishops to Congress: At a Time of Painful Budget Cuts, Defunding Planned Parenthood 'Not One of Those Hard Choices'

Campaign to Move 'Red Eye' to Earlier Time Slot Picks Up Steam

Movement to Move 'Red Eye' to Earlier Time Slot Picks Up Steam

Atlas Is Shrugging ...Starring Barack Obama

Newly empowered GOP pushes voter ID

Unless you have something to hide - for example, you're not a legal resident of the United States or you've already voted somewhere else - why would anyone oppose a law requiring proper ID before entering a voting booth? Yet, Democrats oppose efforts to require voter ID cards.

Newly empowered GOP pushes voter ID

Crybabies

Tax Day Tea Party set for Friday in Phoenixville

Tax Day Tea Party set for Friday in Phoenixville - pottsmerc.com

First Lady Susan Corbett to Chair Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

First Lady Susan Corbett to Chair Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Pennsylvania Unemployment Drops to 7.8%

You see what happens when you put Republicans in charge? Pennsylvania's economy is rebounding after eight disastrous years under Gov. Ed Rendell.

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: March 2011

Proposed Gettysburg Casino Location Rejected by Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Proposed Gettysburg Casino Location Rejected by Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

FRC Commends 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling On National Day of Prayer

FRC Commends 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling On National Day of Prayer

Newspaper: More Americans leaving workforce

A stunning revelation from USA Today: Only 45.4% of Americans had jobs in 2010, the lowest rate since 1983 and down from a peak of 49.3% in 2000. Last year, just 66.8% of men had jobs, the lowest on record.

More Americans leaving workforce - USATODAY.com

See you Friday at Montgomery County Community College

Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury's award-winning political columnist and blogger, will be the featured speaker at the Sixth Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo Friday, April 15, at Montgomery County Community College, 101 College Drive, in Pottstown.

Phyrillas, pictured here with state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-Montgomery, will be taking part in a Q-and-A from 11 a.m.-11.:45 a.m., followed immediately by a free lunch. (Get there early for a seat; last year, 570 lunches were served.)

The Expo, co-sponsored by state Rep. Quigley, Montgomery County Community College, the TriCounty Community Network and The Mercury, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other Expo highlights include caricatures by Alan MacBain, musical performances by the Pottstown Middle School Woodwinds Ensemble and Pottstown High School Show Choir, as well as five cash drawings for $100 each.

Dozens of vendors will have services and equipment on display. All programs, health screenings, demonstrations and entertainment are free to the public.

Poll: Obama losing ground in Pennsylvania

Laura Vecsey, writing in The Patriot-News, says Barack Obama's fortunes have changed in the Keystone State:
Pennsylvania's looking like it could be a very tough state for Obama in 2012, says Public Policy Polling. Obama's approval rating in PA is only 42 percent, with 52 percent of voters disapproving of him.
Read the full story, "Obama's 2012 chances of winning Pennsylvania not so hot, new poll shows," at the newspaper's website.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

For those who want to pay higher taxes

I'm tired of rich liberals saying I should pay more taxes so Barack Obama has more money to spend. If they feel so strongly about giving more of their income to the government, there's nothing stopping them from doing it other than their own hypocrisy. Put your money where your mouth is.

From the Treasury Department website:
How do I make a contribution to the U.S. government?

Citizens who wish to make a general donation to the U.S. government may send contributions to a specific account called "Gifts to the United States." This account was established in 1843 to accept gifts, such as bequests, from individuals wishing to express their patriotism to the United States. Money deposited into this account is for general use by the federal government and can be available for budget needs. These contributions are considered an unconditional gift to the government. Financial gifts can be made by check or money order payable to the United States Treasury and mailed to the address below.
Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Montco D.A. Risa Ferman Writes Children's Book on Online Safety

Add children's book author to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's extensive resume.

"The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone" is designed to help educate children (and parents) about the dangers of browsing online.

All proceeds of the book will benefit Mission Kids, a local non-profit organization aimed at easing the criminal justice process for abused children.

The book will debut at Mission Kid's annual fundraising event, Mission Possible, held at the Merion Tribute House on April 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. People can purchase the book at the event or online at www.missionkidscac.org

Pennsylvania District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman Writes Children's Book To Help Parents Discuss Online Safety

Tax Rates are High Enough Already

Biden Falls Asleep During Obama Budget Speech?

Biden Falls Asleep During Obama Budget Speech?

PA GOP: Obama Wants a 'Budget Do-Over' to Raise Your Taxes

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement today in response to President Obama's budget address:
"Last year, Democrats controlled the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, and they still couldn't pass a budget on time. Now, President Obama wants a budget do-over, filled with tax hikes and more spending. It has become clear that what we really need is an election do-over to get a real, fiscally responsible leader in the White House. Pennsylvanians are not only fed up with government spending, we are tired of having a President who hides from tackling tough issues for months on end, and in the final hour swoops in with a pretty speech. We don't need rhetoric, we need leadership," Gleason said.

"It's clear to everyone except the President that our country doesn't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Republicans have stepped up to fill the leadership void by offering solutions to shrink the deficit without succumbing to tax hikes, which will only fuel our addiction to Washington's spending problem rather than helping curb it. In Gov. Tom Corbett, we now have this type of courageous leadership in Harrisburg, and we now need the same from Washington."

Absolutely Punked: AP Publishes Fake Story

Absolutely Punked: AP Publishes Fake Story About GE Repaying Treasury

Gov. Corbett Announces Confirmations

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

New Motto For Democrats

Columnist: Pennsylvania needs to put taxpayers first

Matthew J. Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation:
"Public-sector unionization has effectively raised the cost of public services for taxpayers. In 1991, Pennsylvania's state and local tax burden was 24th in the nation. Today, it is the 10th highest. Granting unions a monopoly over the government workforce has given them significant leverage over budgets and taxes. Unions use the power of compulsory union dues to lobby for higher taxes, more government jobs, and increased compensation."
Read the full column at the link below:

Pennsylvania needs to put taxpayers first - pottsmerc.com

No relief in sight for gas prices

The average price per gallon of regular gas when George W. Bush left office was $1.83. The average price per gallon of regular gas today under Barack Obama is $3.79.

No relief in sight for gas prices - pottsmerc.com

PennDOT Secretary Urges Motorists to Focus on Driving, Avoid Distractions

PennDOT Secretary Urges Motorists to Focus on Driving, Avoid Distractions

Playboy Top 10 Party Schools: Penn State is No. 2

Playboy Releases Its List of the Top 10 Party Schools in America

Nostalgic For The Clinton Years

Obama cuts $600 million from Community Health Centers while protecting Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood | Obama cuts $600 million from Community Health Centers while protecting Planned Parenthood | The Daily Caller

Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Americans and their Families Need Simpler Tax Laws

Americans and their Families Need Simpler Tax Laws, AICPA Tells Congress

Corbett nominates Eileen Behr for Montco Sheriff

The first female police chief in Montgomery County history could soon make more history as the county's first female Sheriff.

Gov. Tom Corbett has nominated Eileen Whalon Behr, retired Whitemarsh Police Chief, to serve as Montgomery County Sheriff for the remainder of 2011.

If confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate, Behr will fill the office of the late Sheriff John P. Durante, who passed away in February of 2010.

Behr will also receive a tremendous boost toward a full four-year term as Sheriff. She is one of two Republicans seeking the party's nomination to run for Sheriff in November.

The other GOP candidate is Robert J. Durante, who is no relation to the late Sheriff Durante, but should receive a lot of support because of confusion of the name. The Democratic candidate, William A. Holt Jr., is running unopposed in the primary.

Behr is the endorsed candidate of the Montgomery County Republican Committee.

"Chief Behr has dedicated her life to public service. During her tenure as Chief of Police in the Whitemarsh Police Department, she has made it one of the premiere departments in the County," Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Bob Kerns said. "She has distinguished herself in the field of law enforcement, as well as in the community."

Behr has spent her entire career in law enforcement, starting as a police dispatcher with the Whitemarsh Police Department at age 19, and has held several positions within the department over the past 35 years – patrol, traffic safety and accident investigation, juvenile detective, detective sergeant, and chief of police, the first female chief in Montgomery County.

End All U.S. Aid To Turkey

Turkish Turmoil: Obstruction in Libya, Interference in Syria, Discrimination at Home | The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration: Gangster Government in Action'

Obama Administration: "Gangster Government in Action" - HUMAN EVENTS

Flashback 2005: UN Predicts 50 Million Global Warming Refugees By 2010

Flashback 2005: UN Predicts 50 Million Global Warming Refugees By 2010

PA Needs Welfare Reform

Obamacare's $200 million propaganda campaign revealed

Obamacare's $200 million propaganda campaign revealed | Conn Carroll | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tea Party Rally in Phoenixville on April 15

The Valley Forge Patriots is sponsoring a Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Phoenixville, from 5 to 7 PM on Friday, April 15, at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets.

"We are urging folks to come out and join us," said Betty Dunkel of the Valley Forge Patriots. "We need to let our legislators know that we are Taxed Enough Already and they need to reduce taxes and cut spending."

The Valley Forge Patriots are a conservative political education and action group that meets the second Friday of every month at PJ Ryans in Phoenixville. The group welcomes new members who are interested in learning the Constitution, holding elected officials accountable, and believe in smaller government and personal responsibility.

Contact Betty Dunkel at 610 933-2015 or go to our MeetUp site at www.meetup.com/vfp-teaparty09/ for more information.

A Tea Party Rally sponsored by the Chester County Liberty Alliance will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 3 PM on the Courthouse steps in West Chester.

'Shining A Light Into The Black Hole Of School Spending'

Check out this website - PublicSchoolSpending.com - to read actual teacher contracts from your school district.

The site breaks down the contracts by state.

For Pennsylvania school districts, click here.

Are welfare cuts next for Pennsylvania?

The biggest mystery in Harrisburg - Why won't Gov. Tom Corbett cut the $11 Billion spent each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare?

Are welfare cuts next for Pennsylvania? - pottsmerc.com

Barack Obama's Legacy of FAILURE

500 Civil War Soldiers and Civilians to March in Philadelphia April 16

500 Civil War Soldiers and Civilians March in Philadelphia to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of the War

Postal Service Begins Civil War Stamp Series

Postal Service Begins Civil War Stamp Series

Obama Gives Corporate America Huge Tax Breaks

GE not alone: 10 companies that pay the least in taxes - pottsmerc.com

Rep. Quigley's Benefit Shopping Bill Passes House

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) to limit the ability of welfare applicants to shop for higher benefit amounts in neighboring counties.

The legislation would require the Department of Public Welfare to base benefit amounts on an applicant's county of permanent legal residence, according to Quigley.

From a Quigley press release:
"For the past eight years our welfare system has been a leaky faucet, but House Republicans are getting out the wrench and turning off the tap," said Quigley. "Our taxpayers could never afford this lack of oversight into state funds, but especially during this budget crisis, it is imperative that we account for every single dollar the hard-working citizens of this Commonwealth send to state government."

Quigley's House Bill 1261 was introduced as part of the House Republican's WelFAIR package, which will restore fairness, accountability, integrity and responsibility to welfare programs. Other bills in the package include:
· House Bill 1297, which would institute drug testing for applicants convicted of a drug felony within the past five years.

· House Bill 1251, which would increase penalties for welfare fraud.

· House Bill 1254, which would prohibit the purchase of tobacco products with Access cards.

· House Bill 392, which would require photo identification on welfare benefit cards.

· House Bill 960, which would create an Income Eligibility Verification System.

· House Bill 1301, which would implement new guidelines and restrictions on the existing Medical Assistance Transportation Program.

· House Bill 1312, which would assist people in moving from welfare to work with job transition loans, rather than the current grant program.
"Public funds should be held to the highest scrutiny and strictest standards – that is what our taxpayers deserve," said Quigley. "We must ensure that the people using Access cards are those for whom benefits are intended, that the people receiving assistance meet all eligibility requirements and that taxpayer dollars are not being spent to purchase drugs or tobacco. I am proud to be a part of this effort, and I am hopeful these bills will make their way to the governor's desk soon."

House Bill 1261 will now go to the Senate for consideration. The House also approved House Bills 960 and 1251.
More information about Quigley and the WelFAIR package are available at RepQuigley.com

NewsBusted 4/12/11

If we could only give Obama more money to spend

The reason the national debt is $14 Trillion - and counting - is because you're not paying enough taxes, according to this liberal commentator.

CNBC's Erin Burnett on National Debt: 'The Problem is Our Revenue'

305,000 Visitors to Tony Phyrillas Blog

My site counter has recorded 305,000 unique visitors to TONY PHYRILLAS. Thanks for checking out the blog ... and come back again.

Governor Corbett Helps Launch 150th Anniversary Observation of the Civil War

Governor Corbett Helps Launch 150th Anniversary Observation of the Civil War

Cut Trillions Not Billions - The 800 Pound Gorilla

Newspaper: Legislative offices for constituents are costly niceties

Legislative offices for constituents are costly niceties - pottsmerc.com

Poll: 65% Say Most Judges Should Be Elected, Political Class Disagrees

Another interesting poll from Rasmussen showing the disconnect between voters and the political class.

65% Say Most Judges Should Be Elected, Political Class Disagrees

Pennsylvania State Archives to Host Open House on April 18

Pennsylvania State Archives to Host Open House on April 18

California Federation of Teachers rallies to support cop-killer

California Federation of Teachers rallies to support cop-killer | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

PA Agriculture Department Warns Restaurants of Potential Scam

PA Agriculture Department Warns Restaurants of Potential Scam

Pittsburgh Ranks Among Top 10 'American Cities of the Future'

New York City Ranks Top in the First Ever "American Cities of the Future" Ranking

'The People Would Revolt'

Gov. Corbett Commends Lawmakers Efforts to End Lawsuit Abuse

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Commends Lawmakers Efforts to End Lawsuit Abuse

Why Illegal Immigrants' Favorite Day is April 15

Why Illegal Immigrants' Favorite Day is April 15

API Responds to Bunk Study on Natural Gas

API Responds to Bunk Study on Natural Gas

Monday, April 11, 2011

PA Houses Passes 'Fair Share Act'



A major reform to Pennsylvania's legal system has been approved by the state House by a 112-88 vote.

House Bill 1, also known as the "Fair Share Act," ensures that defendants in lawsuits pay their fair share of monetary damages instead of the entire award of damages. Pennsylvania is one of only nine states without a "Fair Share Act" on the books.

"This simple, reasonable and responsible lawsuit abuse reform will help put an end to deep pocket frivolous lawsuits and is a necessity if we want to improve Pennsylvania's economic and health care climate," said House Majority Leader Mike Turzai. "The current system is susceptible to abuse by plaintiff lawyers seeking co-defendants with deep pockets such as large employers, hospitals or state and local governments."

The Fair Share Act eliminates joint liability for defendants in civil cases found to be less than 60 percent liable and implements a system of comparative responsibility in which a defendant is responsible for paying only his fair share of the damages, according to Turzai.

"That means if a party is responsible for 10 percent of the fault, that party would be accountable for paying only 10 percent of the total award. Under current law, the doctrine of joint and several liability establishes that a defendant in a multi-defendant civil case may be required to pay damages associated with the actions of its co-defendants."

All but three of the 112 Republicans in the House voted yes on HB 1 and they were joined by three Democrats to pass it.

HB 1, sponsored by Rep. Curt Schroder of Chester County now goes to the Senate for approval. Gov. Tom Corbett promised while campaigning last year to sign a lawsuit abuse reform bill if the Legislature sends it to him.

PA State Rep. Curt Schroder - Schroder's Fair Share Act Wins House Approval

Trump: Obama Is to Blame For High Oil Prices

Trump: Obama Is to Blame For High Oil Prices - CNBC

'Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations' runs through May 1 at Smithsonian

The American Hellenic Institute reminds history buffs that there is still time to see "Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Until May 1, you can see objects from Cyprus' nearly 11,000-year history. Artifacts include sphinxes, an Aphrodite marble sculpture and one of the earliest known pet cats in the world. In fact, this is the first time many of the objects have ever been on view – ever.

As a part of the exhibit, the Smithsonian is hosting a lecture, "Aphrodite: Goddess of Cyprus," April 20, 6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information go to: http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/cyprus/index.html

How Ronald Reagan Handled a Public Union Controversy: He Fired Them

How Ronald Reagan Handled a Public Union Controversy: He Fired Them

Spelling Bee



See related editorial at The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review website.

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

A Tale of Two Medicare Plans in the NYT: Obama's Painless 'Savings' vs. the GOP's 'Shrinking'

This just in from Mika 'Bubbles' Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski: Rich White Men Need to Contribute More to Budget Solution

American Legion: Federal Budget Debates Should Never Affect Troops' Paychecks

Federal Budget Debates Should Never Affect Troops' Paychecks

Obama 'regrets' 2006 vote against raising debt ceiling



Sen. Obama voted against raising the debt limit in 2006. President Obama wants Congress to raise the debt limit so he can spend more money.

April 18 Is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania's May Primary

April 18 Is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania's May Primary

The Slippery Slope

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Getting your money's worth?

From an Associated Press investigative report on the Pennsylvania Legislature, which costs taxpayers $300 million a year:
By any measure, it is one of the largest in the nation. A 2009 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures ranked Pennsylvania's legislative branch second in total spending (behind California), second in per capita spending (Alaska), and second in spending as a percentage of general government operations (Nevada).

The NCSL said Pennsylvania employs about one of every 11 state legislative employees in the nation, with barely 4 percent of the country's population.
Pa. legislative staff size makes for budget target - pottsmerc.com

Pa. has few taxpayer friends in Congress

Most of the members of Congress from Pennsylvania earned "F" grades from the National Taxpayers Union for their 2010 votes.

Pa. has few taxpayer friends in Congress - pottsmerc.com

Seattle School Renames Easter Eggs as 'Spring Spheres'

Liberals are on the attack against another Christian holiday.

Seattle School Renames Easter Eggs as 'Spring Spheres'

Government Smackdown

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Why is Glenn Beck leaving his Fox News show?

Why is Glenn Beck leaving his Fox News show? The Christian Science Monitor: "Analysts suggest viewers and advertisers tired of his conspiracy theories and antics."

Interesting theory. I'm not a regular viewing of Beck's program, but I've seen enough of his shows. If Glenn Beck is right about even half of the stuff he's uncovered about the Obama Administration, we're all screwed.

Why is Glenn Beck leaving his Fox News show?

Newspaper contest: Win free gas for a year

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Just fill out the entry form found daily in The Mercury and mail it to Great Gas Giveaway, The Mercury, 24. N. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Check the official contest page starting at 9 a.m. daily to see if you are that day’s winner. If your name is posted, you have 48 hours to claim your prize! For redemption information, read the official contest rules on the online contest page or in The Mercury's classified section.

So the next time you stop at the gas station to fill your tank, remember to grab The Mercury and send in an entry.

Bill O'Reilly: Glenn Beck Will Have the Last Laugh

The far left is taking credit for driving Glenn Beck from his daily program on Fox, but Bill O'Reilly sees things differently:
But it is Glenn Beck who will have the last laugh. His media empire is now so expansive, he doesn't need the daily grind of TV news analysis. The guy has a hot website, The Blaze, has a syndicated radio program, even has an imprint at a prestigious publishing house. Plus, his speaking fees could considerably reduce the national debt.
Bill O'Reilly: Bill's Column - The Beck Factor

'Atlas Shrugged' Trailer

Rep. Flake calls $39 billion cut 'small ball'

Congressman calls $39 billion cut 'small ball' - The Hill's Ballot Box

Top 10 Reasons Eric Holder Should Not Be Attorney General

Top 10 Reasons Eric Holder Should Not Be Attorney General - HUMAN EVENTS

Rep. Allen West will vote no on budget deal

Some of the more conservative members of Congress don't think the budget deal is good enough. Cutting $39 billion from Obama's current spending plan is a drop in the bucket when the projected budget deficit this year is $1.5 trillion.

Rep. Allen West will vote no on budget deal - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Working The Corner

Gerlach supports historic spending cuts

Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement Saturday after an agreement was announced on cutting spending by $38.5 billion over the next six months:
"Eliminating wasteful Washington spending and erasing crippling budget deficits are critical to creating jobs and getting our country moving forward. The historic spending cuts contained in this agreement represent a responsible first step toward ending the borrowing and spending binge of the last two years. This agreement also means that our brave men and women in the military who are getting their jobs done in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world will not miss a paycheck. Our work is not finished. I look forward to enacting real solutions for eliminating unnecessary spending and creating an environment where job creators here in the 6th District can hire workers and thrive."

GOP Offers 'Path To Prosperity'

No Labels Statement on Bipartisan Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon and Founding Leader David Walker issued the following statement Saturday regarding the bipartisan agreement on the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill:
"On behalf of our more than 80,000 citizen leaders, No Labels applauds President Obama and congressional leadership for working across the aisle to reach a bipartisan solution to fund the federal government for the remainder of the year. Despite the many weeks it took to reach consensus, our nation’s leaders deserve credit for finally choosing progress over politics. Avoiding a government shutdown was the right thing to do for our economy and for the American people," said No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon. "Since its beginning, No Labels has been out in front on the need for 'everyone at the table, everything on the table' to solve our country’s financial challenges. Tens of thousands of our members have contacted Congress, urging them to change the tone of these contentious debates and find a way to work together to address this issue."

"While last night's milestone is a good first step, the real test will be whether both sides can continue to work together to find real solutions to the serious fiscal challenges facing our nation. We look forward to working with our leaders in Congress to support any bipartisan effort that helps us achieve this end goal," added David Walker, No Labels Founding Leader and former U.S. Comptroller General.
For more information, visit NoLabels.org