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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Lowlights of 2011

Top 10 Lowlights of 2011 - HUMAN EVENTS

AP vote on Top Ten News Stories of 2011

I disagree with The Associated Press' selection of the killing of Osama bin Laden as the top news story of 2011.

It happened 10 years after 9/11 and bin Laden was no longer directing terrorist operations.

The bigger story was the devastating earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown that hit Japan.

A natural disaster that left 20,000 people dead and caused $200 billion in damage - not to mention the long-term threat from the radiation release - is much more significant.

I think liberal media bias played a role in the selection of the bin Laden story. The Obama-loving media wants to prop up their man as some sort of super-warrior who finally got the 9/11 mastermind. I don't think it was the top story of the year.

If you want more evidence of liberal bias, check out what the AP says about the U.S. economy, which has been on life-support since Obama took over: "By some measures, the U.S. economy gained strength as the year progressed."

Not sure what planet these AP voters are living on.

The only people doing well are Barack Obama and the Wall Street types who are bankrolling him.

AP vote on Top Ten News Stories of 2011 - pottsmerc.com

Bill O'Reilly: Good Riddance 2011

Good Riddance 2011 - HUMAN EVENTS

The Top 10 political and policy stories to watch for in 2012

The Top 10 political and policy stories to watch for in 2012 - HUMAN EVENTS

Congress is the 1%

Friday, December 30, 2011

Editorial: Feds have a poor way of defining poverty

Poverty isn't what it used to be. Interesting editorial about how the government calculates - and manipulates - poverty numbers.

Editorial: Feds have a poor way of defining poverty - delcotimes.com

Poll: After all the damage Obama has done, 2012 can only get better

AP-GfK Poll: In 2012, it can only get better - pottsmerc.com

Cathy Gandolfo retires after 36 years at Action News

It truly is the end of an era in Philadephia broadcasting. Unlike the Barbies that populate local TV news these days, Cathy Gandolfo was not hired for her looks. But she was a fixture on Channel 6 for the past 36 years. Tonight was her final broadcast.

Cathy Gandolfo retires after 36 years 6abc.com

Rick Perry: Part-Time Congress

GOP Candidates Educate Clueless Media on Origins of Economic Crisis

Romney, Gingrich Nail Crisis Culprits Over Media Tsk-Tsking - Investors.com

What's another $1.2 trillion after Obama blew through $4 trillion?

Obama delays request for $1.2T debt limit increase - for now - Washington Times

The Real Cost of a DUI

Put a Cork in the Real Cost of a DUI

U.S. Population Tops 312 Million

Census Bureau Projects U.S. Population of 312.8 Million on New Year's Day

State Sen. Bob Mensch recaps a busy year in Pennsylvania Senate

2011 was a busy year for state Senate - pottsmerc.com

Best Local News Bloopers of 2011

2012: A Tumultuous Year To Come

Oliver North predicts a troubled year ahead.

2012: A Tumultuous Year To Come - HUMAN EVENTS

Berks County banning large events at Antietam Lake Park

County banning large events at Antietam Lake Park

Michelle Malkin: The Year in Obama Scandals - and Scandal Deniers

The Year in Obama Scandals -- and Scandal Deniers - HUMAN EVENTS

AHEPA Cooley's Anemia Foundation PSA

Old Age? It's a Matter of Opinion, Poll Says

Old Age? It's a Matter of Opinion, Poll Says

Law Enforcement Fatalities Rise Sharply for Second Straight Year

Law Enforcement Fatalities Rise Sharply for Second Straight Year

Columnist: Voters Want Growth, Not Income Redistribution

Michael Barone: Voters Want Growth, Not Income Redistribution - HUMAN EVENTS

Poll: Romney 45% Obama 39%

Columnist John Hayward on Barack Obama's falling popularity with voters:
This is Romney’s biggest lead in a Rasmussen head-to-head matchup yet, and it’s mostly because Obama’s numbers have plunged. Romney actually has the same 45% support as the “generic Republican,” a joke that pretty much writes itself. Obama’s pulling 44% against the generic Republican but only 39% against Romney. This represents a fairly significant drop for the President over the last two weeks. He’s still 7 to 15 points ahead of the other Republican contenders.
Rasmussen Poll: Romney 45, Obama 39 - HUMAN EVENTS

Predicting Obama's Future

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Trading Jim Gerlach for Joe Pitts

By Tony Phyrillas

There's an old expression that goes something like this: "You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family." You can also decide to build a dream house, but you can't pick who your neighbors are going to be. In other words, just when you've settled on where you want to live, Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies could move in next door and there goes the neighborhood.

Gov. Tom Corbett left something under the tree of many Pennsylvania residents a few days before Christmas — something that many were not expecting or really needed.

In signing Senate Bill 1249 into law on Dec. 22, Corbett helped redraw Congressional boundaries for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents.

For the past 10 years, my congressman has been Republican Jim Gerlach, who has represented Pennsylvania's 6th District since it was created in 2000.

I've been happy with Gerlach and wasn't expecting to find myself in a new Congressional district, but you never know who's going to move in next door.

I've interviewed Gerlach several times over the past 10 years and he comes across as a very knowledgable and practical person. He is considered a moderate in Congressional circles, someone who doesn't always toe the party line. Gerlach has also built a reputation as a very responsive member of Congress who spends a lot of time in his home district. Whether it was a Veteran's Day parade or the dedication of a new bridge, Gerlach was there.

Perhaps it is his relative youth — 56 — or the fact that he would rather spend time with the people of Southeastern Pennsylvania instead of the political elites in Washington, D.C., but Gerlach has done a nice job of representing his constituents over the past decade, something even his political foes grudgingly admit.

I haven't paid too much attention to the redistricting process mandated by the Constitution every 10 years following the release of new Census figures because I wasn't expecting to lose Gerlach as my congressman.

I knew there would be some tinkering with his district because Republicans control both chambers in the state Legislature and they would work to make districts held by incumbent Republicans safer for their fellow GOP members. Because Pennsylvania's population growth is stagnant, the state was forced to drop one seat in the House, down from the 19 seats it held over the past decade. Politicians of both parties generally take care of themselves. They look for the easiest way to meet the requirements for cutting a seat. The best thing that could happen is for an incumbent to retire. That way, his or her district could be carved up among neighboring districts. Since that wasn't happening this year, the next target was the member of Congress with the least seniority. That meant Rep. Mark Critz had a big bull's-eye target on his back. Critz won a special election in 2010 to represent Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District after longtime Congressman John Murtha died in office earlier that year.

Critz will now have to run against another incumbent Democratic Congressman to keep his job.

You can complain all you want about the process of redistricting, but both parties play the same game. If Democrats controlled the state Legislature this year, you can bet they would combine two districts held by Republicans and force incumbents to run against each other.

I would prefer to keep Gerlach as my representative in Congress, but it wasn't my decision to part ways. I fell on the wrong side of the new political boundary of the 6th District. Overnight, I moved into a new Congressional district and didn't even get a chance to pack. It's not the first time it's happened. Before Gerlach, my congressman was Democrat Tim Holden and before that, it was Democrat Gus Yatron.

On Dec. 21, I lived in the 6th District. On Dec. 22, with Corbett's signature, I was moved into the 16th District, which brings me to Congressman Joe Pitts.

Pitts is 72 and has been in Congress since January 1997. He is considered one of the most conservative members in the House and has been recognized by conservative groups as one of the most reliable votes in Congress on fiscal and social issues. The Republican has earned 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union, the Christian Coalition and various taxpayer groups.

Pitts is also one of the few members of Congress who refuses to seek pork barrel funding for projects in his home district.

I've never met Pitts and he doesn't have Gerlach's track record of pressing the flesh in his home district, but his voting record in Congress is impressive. It's like a new neighbor moving in next door. It appears Pitts will be my Congressman until he retires from Congress, so I better get used to my new neighbor.

Tony Phyrillas is the city editor of The Mercury and writes about politics. Email him at tphyrillas@pottsmerc.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyPhyrillas. You can also read his blog Talking Politics at www.pottsmerc.com/blogs

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 one of deadliest years for law enforcement officers

While serious crime has decreased in recent years, there is one disturbing area where it has increased. Across the nation, 173 officers died in the line of duty this year, up 13 percent from 153 the year before, according to numbers compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

2011 one of deadliest years for law enforcement officers - pottsmerc.com

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Who says Obama is arrogant?


Mark Steyn: Demographic Reversal Will Finish The Welfare State

The West Is Not Having Enough Babies To Sustain Its Civilization - Investors.com

Study: Half of Congress are millionaires

Half of Congress are millionaires, study says - NYPOST.com

What Ben Nelson's surrender means for 2012

Democrat Senator Ben Nelson retires, creating a large opening for Republicans in 2012 by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

Movie Attendance Drops to 16-Year Low

Bad movies and a bad economy have finally hit Hollywood where it hurts.

Movie Crowds Dip to 16-Year Low

Sarah Palin: 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

The Roots of Liberalism and Conservatism

The Roots of Liberalism and Conservatism

Try Showing a Little Cleavage: Final Advice for the '99 Percent' Movement'

Try Showing a Little Cleavage: Final Advice for the '99 Percent' Movement' - HUMAN EVENTS

Are There Too Many Millionaires in Congress?

More than 250 members of Congress are millionaires. Can they relate to the struggles of everyday Americans?

Are There Too Many Millionaires in Congress? | The National Interest Blog

State Parks Marking New Year with 'First Day Hikes' Across Pennsylvania

State Parks Marking New Year with 'First Day Hikes' Across Pennsylvania

Newspaper: Obama's new tax on the poor: Internet gambling by states

Editorial: Obama's new tax on the poor: Internet gambling by states

'Worst Piece' of NYT Climate Reporting Ever?

MRC.org - Media Research Center

Newt Gingrich Exposes Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine



Newt Gingrich on the Obama Regime: "The most radical administration in American history."

100-year-old driver hits pedestrians at Pennsylvania mall

Does a 100-year-old still need to drive?

100-year-old driver hits pedestrians at Coventry Mall - pottsmerc.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

So long Jim Gerlach, hello Joe Pitts

Has this ever happened to you? I woke up one day last week and found myself in a new Congressional district. That's the result of Pennsylvania lawmakers redrawing the political boundaries in place for the past 10 years. I give up Rep. Jim Gerlach after a decade and now have to get used to Rep. Joe Pitts.

So long Jim Gerlach, hello Joe Pitts - pottsmerc.com

Top Ten Republican Candidates Who Are Not Running for President

Americans Deserve the Best: Top Ten Republican Candidates for President in a Brokered Convention

Gingrich Divorce Papers Magically Appear In Media Hands

Amazing how much we know about the Republican presidential candidaters, but we still know so little about Barack Obama's past

Gingrich Divorce Papers Magically Appear In Media Hands - HUMAN EVENTS

Bias: Media Ignores the 1% Obama Family

Bias: Media Excoriates GOP Over Wealth, Silent On Obama's Tone Deafness

Top 10 Food Trends for 2012

Phil Lempert Predicts Top 10 Food Trends for 2012

How Eric Holder Keeps His Job


Monday, December 26, 2011

Boom in Internet gambling ahead?

The government has run out of money. Since raising taxes in an election year is political suicide, don't be surprised if Internet gambling is on Washington's front-burner in 2012.

Boom in Internet gambling ahead? US policy reversal clears the way.

Columnist: Pa. making needed welfare reforms

Pa. making needed welfare reforms - pottsmerc.com

Stricter teen driving law takes effect Tuesday in Pennsylvania

Come 12:01 a.m. Dec. 27, new teen driving restrictions go into effect and they will set passenger limitations and seat belt requirements, and increase driver training hours.

Pa's new, stricter teen driving law takes effect Tuesday - pottsmerc.com

Opinion: University of Pittsburgh officials thumb noses at taxpayers

Editorial: Pitt officials thumb noses at taxpayers | PoconoRecord.com

Wherever You Are (Military Wives with Gareth Malone) Official Video

Americans are the most generous, global poll finds

So much for Obama's dream of turning the U.S. into a socialist nation.

Americans are more likely to donate to charity, volunteer or help a stranger than residents of 152 other nations, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Those are the things Obama thinks government is for.

Read more about the new global survey at the link below:

Americans are the most generous, global poll finds

National Geographic Islands: Cyprus

A review of Pennsylvania politics in 2011

2011 politics tested Pa. GOP leaders, court - Lebanon Daily News

Columnist: Ebenezer Scrooge has gotten a bum rap

Scrooge: The First 1 Percenter - Jim Lacey - National Review Online

PA Farm Show to Feature Celebrity Chefs

PA Farm Show to Feature Celebrity Chefs, PA Preferred™ Ingredients

Incoming for 2012

Psychic Predictions for 2012

Blair Robertson Predictions 2012

  • I predict that the Republicans will win the Presidential election.
  • A horrifying premonition: spandex will make a comeback near the end of 2012.
  • Volcanic activity in the Northwest will be big news and I feel there will be a very good chance of a large eruption.
  • There will be a bombing on a cruise ship this year.
  • I predict North Carolina will be slammed and heavily damaged by storms in April.
  • I predict Jennifer Aniston will marry.
  • Watch for major riots to occur in Miami and London in the spring.
  • I predict a train crash in Southern Europe within the next 120 days that will be caused by sabotage.
  • In spite of persistent rumors, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will remain together in 2012 and adopt another child.
  • This year will see the passing of a much-loved and great comedienne/actress.
  • I predict a major fire in a building/hotel in Hong Kong affecting hundreds this summer.
Check out more predictions at the link before:

Psychic Predictions for 2012

New Year, New Outlook: Ring in 2012 with 7 Tips to Boost Your Optimism

New Year, New Outlook: Ring in 2012 with 7 Tips to Boost Your Optimism

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Operation Holiday delivers to 237 families

More than 600 children in the Pottstown area enjoyed a brighter Christmas thanks to The Mercury's Operation Holiday appeal, which was funded by $50,000 in contributions from Mercury readers.

Operation Holiday delivers to 237 families (video) - pottsmerc.com

Basiles 'Merry Kleezmas'

When is Christmas, anyway?

Columnist: When is Christmas, anyway? - pottsmerc.com

Christians in Turkey long for Christmas spirit

Christians in Turkey long for Christmas spirit

Christmas tale is story of hope for ailing world

Editorial: Christmas tale is story of hope for ailing world - pottsmerc.com

The Sad Plight of Christians in the Middle East

The Sad Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Jesus: The True American Dream

Jesus: The True American Dream

Columnist: Christmas Gifts For My Favorite Targets

Christmas Gifts For My Favorite Targets - HUMAN EVENTS

The Monkees - 'Riu Chiu' (Traditional Latin Christmas carol)

Sarah Palin's personal Christmas card

Sarah Palin releases a Christmas message to everyone - Investors.com

A Patriot Christmas

A Patriot Christmas

Christmas Is ...Christ

Yes, Virginia, Obama Is Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia, Obama Is Santa Claus

Luke 2 - The Christmas Story

What is So Darn Scary About Christmas?

What is So Darn Scary About Christmas?

Linus: What Christmas Is About

Pope Benedict XVI laments Christmas consumerism, glitter

Pope laments Christmas consumerism, glitter - pottsmerc.com

Pottstown Mercury readers donate $50,000 to help area needy

Thanks to readers of the Pottstown Mercury, more than 235 families will enjoy a Christmas celebration this year.

Operation Holiday delivers to 237 families (video) - pottsmerc.com

Silent Night For Christians In Afghanistan And Iraq

No Room At The Inn; Christianity Dies in Iraq, Afghanistan - Investors.com

'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.

NBC Relays Palestinian 'Propaganda' from Bethlehem During Christmas

NBC Relays Palestinian 'Propaganda' from Bethlehem During Christmas NewsBusters.org

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus

Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Merry Christmas!

To all my Greek friends:

Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Merry Christmas!)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

O Holy Night - 'The Nativity Story'

The Star of Bethlehem (Animation)

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby Sing 'White Christmas'

President Ronald Reagan reads 'One Solitary Life' to children at the White House on Christmas 1982

A Soldiers Silent Night

Byzantine Christmas Carols

If Joseph And Mary Had Facebook!!!!

Columnist: Christopher Hitchens Meets God

Cal Thomas: The death and evolution of an atheist - dailylocal.com

♫ Where's the Line to See Jesus ~♥~ Becky Kelley ♫

Bill O'Reilly: Christmas in Church

Christmas in Church - HUMAN EVENTS

Ronald Reagan Christmas Address 1981

Calvin Coolidge's Christmas Message 1927

Calvin Coolidge's Christmas Message 1927 - HUMAN EVENTS

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Leading Liberals

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Leading Liberals - HUMAN EVENTS

What Are We Truly Celebrating at Christmas?

What Are We Truly Celebrating at Christmas? - HUMAN EVENTS

Weekly Republican Address 12/24/11: Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)

Have Yourself a Very Liberal Christmas

Christmas and New Year Proposals Amongst the Most Popular

Christmas and New Year Proposals Amongst the Most Popular

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Newspaper: Voters leaving Democratic Party in droves

More than 1.7 million voters have left the Democratic Party since Barack Obama was elected president.

Voters are leaving main parties in droves – USATODAY.com

A Barack Obama Christmas Carol (It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like One Term)

It's a Social World: Social Networking Leads as Top Online Activity Globally, Accounting for 1 in Every 5 Online Minutes

It's a Social World: Social Networking Leads as Top Online Activity Globally, Accounting for 1 in Every 5 Online Minutes

Guest Column: Why Gov. Corbett Didn't Get His Christmas Wish List

By Nathan Benefield

For Christmas this year, Gov. Tom Corbett hoped the legislature would gift wrap three things he could tie a bow on: An education reform package that included school vouchers, state liquor store privatization and legislation addressing gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Unfortunately, the legislature played more Grinch than giver and the consequences of failure to act remain clear. Inaction on school choice traps students in violent and failing schools, where they see a violent act every 17 minutes. Pennsylvania loses jobs and tax revenue because residents spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying liquor in other states. And more jobs lie in the balance as natural gas companies are hedging their bets for future investment given the uncertainty of Pennsylvania's regulation and tax schemes.

Willing to pass the buck to Santa Claus, the General Assembly heads for home for the holiday break having delivered no gifts on any of these issues.

Both the Senate and House passed measures regulating gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. But the House version involves an optional local fee, with funds limited to, for the most part, uncompensated impacts of drilling. The Senate passed a statewide tax they euphemistically call a fee that would fund a variety of programs unrelated to the impact of the natural gas extraction process. The final bill can be only one of these things. Likewise, the Senate passed a school voucher bill the governor supports, but it isn't yet clear if the House will rescue poor kids in violent, failing schools.

Meanwhile, bills addressing the fiscal crisis in the city of Harrisburg, flood damage across the state, and tightening child predator laws following the Penn State scandal all reached the Governor's desk. These unexpected priorities, brought about by crises and national media attention, took time away from other agenda items.

With the Census results in, lawmakers had to redraw both Congressional and state legislative districts this year, or early January at the latest. Both the redistricting commission and the legislative process for Congressional mapmaking are inherently political, and every lawmaker seeking reelection (or higher office) has something at stake. The political reality of the redistricting process ended up consuming all the oxygen in Harrisburg this fall and left other good policy opportunities gasping for air.

While 2011 has been declared the "Year of School Choice" with 18 states creating or expanding school choice programs, Pennsylvania lawmakers punted to next year. In the middle of the year, lawmakers claimed they had no time to pass school choice legislation with budget concerns, but would take it up in the fall. When nothing happened in the fall, it has become "wait until next year."

In contrast, most of the victories in other states occurred early in 2011. Why? Most states have limited legislative sessions, with deadlines for accomplishments. Pennsylvania's full-time legislature and unlimited sessions tend to lead to severe cases of procrastination.

Encouraging the lack of action on issues such as school choice is the political reality that Pennsylvania's two party debate is not between Democrats and Republicans. It is actually between the Union Party and the Taxpayer Party. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the Union Party enjoys a majority in both the House and Senate on key issues where union financial and political power is threatened.

If you want to know why school choice or other union-related bills have stalled, or why politicians in both parties are demanding new and higher taxes, look no farther than lobbying by union bosses. During the last election cycle, the political action committees of the main government and private sector labor unions gave over $23 million to both Democrats and Republicans.

These heavy hitters include the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees, which account for nearly 260,000 union members in the commonwealth. The PSEA alone—after raising mandatory dues on teachers and school employees by 11 percent in early 2011—spent $4.2 million lobbying over the past year.

The lesson is this: With the labor unions working as the taxpayers' Grinch, the legislature will fail to deliver not only this Christmas, but for many to come. If Gov. Corbett really wants to put taxpayers, students and workers first, he must use his bully pulpit to overcome a legislature that is reluctant to oppose the Union Party. Only then will his priorities become more than just a wish list.

Nathan A. Benefield is Director of Policy Analysis with the Commonwealth Foundation (www.CommonwealthFoundation.org), Pennsylvania's free-market think tank.

There really is a Santa Claus!

Columnist: Obama Counting On Americans' Amnesia About His Record of Failure

Cal Thomas: Obama's Counting On Americans' Amnesia About His Record of Failure | NewsBusters.org

Capitol Christmas Tree Shows Love for Obama, Not Jesus

Capitol Christmas Tree Shows Love for Obama, Not Jesus | NewsBusters.org

NewsBusted 12/23/11

Guest Column: When Is Christmas, Anyway?

When Is Christmas, Anyway?

By Terry Mattingly

For those who follow Christian traditions, Christmas begins when the darkness of Christmas Eve yields to bright midnight candles and the Mass of the Angels or the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Christmas season then lasts 12 days, ending with Epiphany on Jan. 6.

But things aren’t that simple in modern America, the land of the free and the home of the malls. For millions of us, today’s Christmas begins when “Feliz Navidad” beer ads start interrupting National Football League broadcasts and holiday movies surge into cable-TV schedules previously crowded with Halloween zombie marathons.

Or perhaps the season begins with those Christmas church bazaars around Thanksgiving. Then again, many begin saluting friends with “Merry Christmas!” about the time public institutions start holding holiday parties and seasonal concerts — in the early days of December.

In other words, it’s getting harder and harder for Christians who try to practice their faith to answer what was once a simple question: When is Christmas?

“Unfortunately, most Americans — especially evangelical Protestants — have so distanced themselves from any awareness of the Christian calendar that their decisions about that kind of question have been handed over to the culture,” said the Rev. Russell D. Moore, dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Many evangelicals fear the “cold formalism” that they associate with churches that follow the liturgical calendar and the end result, he said, is “no sense of what happens when in the Christian year, at all.” Thus, instead of celebrating ancient feasts such as Epiphany, Pentecost and the Transfiguration, far too many American church calendars are limited to Christmas and Easter, along with cultural festivities such as Mother’s Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl.

In Baptist life, the faithful once knew that Christmas was near when their church choirs pulled out all the stops, hired some outside musicians and performed a semi-classical “Christmas cantata” or a few selections from G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” As recently as the 1960s, these cantatas were usually staged the Sunday before Christmas. These days, the Christmas concerts are creeping forward in December church bulletins, closer and closer to Thanksgiving. Ditto for all of those special children’s programs and official church Christmas parties.

“I’ve been watching to see when pastors schedule their Christmas sermon series and when music directors start inserting Christmas songs into their services,” said Moore. “The question these days is whether Christmas will even last until Christmas. ...

“All of this is being driven by travel, family events and what’s happening all around us. Right now, our churches are running about two weeks behind the culture.”

If that’s the case, then church leaders who truly want to get in sync need to pay closer attention to our culture’s highest Christmas authority — the National Retail Federation. Its press release projecting holiday sales numbers is “the official starter’s gun” that unleashes the madness, said Washington Post reporter Hank Stuever, author of “Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present.” This year, that statement was released on Oct. 6 and the official verdict was “average,” or about $465.6 billion in sales.

“Once those numbers come out, that’s when you know — there’s no stopping it. Here comes Christmas, whether you’re ready or not,” he said.

Stuever said that from his outsider’s perspective as a lapsed Catholic, it’s obvious that many clergy are “still paying a lot of lip service” to Jesus being the “reason for the season and all that. I understand what they’re saying, but surely they can see all of the materialism that’s on display out in their parking lots and in their pews. ... Once Christmas gets rolling, everyone just goes bonkers and it’s hard to claim otherwise.”

This year, he added, it will be especially interesting to see how many leaders in “all of those big-box churches” cancel their Sunday morning services instead of daring to clash with family Christmas tree rites in American homes.

Moore stressed that he will be in his Highview Baptist pulpit on Christmas morning and, here’s the key, his children know why.

“To even think that we have come to the point where we do not worship on the Lord’s Day because it is Christmas is, to me, absolutely absurd,” he said. “Where’s the logic in that? What are people thinking?”

Terry Mattingly is the director of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and leads the GetReligion.org project to study religion and the news.

What Makes Obama So 'Great'?

New Law Gives Pennsylvania Insurance Department Expanded Rate Authority for Small Employer Health Policies

New Law Gives Pennsylvania Insurance Department Expanded Rate Authority for Small Employer Health Policies

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Holiday Store Hours

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Holiday Store Hours

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Leading Liberals

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Leading Liberals - HUMAN EVENTS

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Democrats Tell Lie of the Year

American Thinker: Democrats tell Lie of the Year

John Stossel: Obamacare abominations for business

Obamacare abominations for business - dailylocal.com

'The Hobbit' movie trailer released

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Signs 13 Bills into Law

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs 13 Bills into Law

Media Covers for Idiot Joe Biden Again

Omission Watch: Nets, AP, Major Papers Skip Biden Saying Taliban 'Not Our Enemy' | NewsBusters.org

Department of Justice Examines Impact of Bullying in Schools

Department of Justice Examines Impact of Bullying in Schools

Gov. Tom Corbett Signs 10 Bills into Law

Governor Corbett Signs 10 Bills into Law

The Republican Presidential Candidates wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Rendell Spending Spree Still Haunts Pennsylvania

Liberals still think Pennsylvania residents don't pay enough taxes, but the state's fiscal woes can be traced to the massive growth in state spending under Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who left a $4.2 billion deficit for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to deal with.

Déjà vu All Over Again: Mid-year Cuts and a Budget Shortfall on Tap for 2012

We're Broke Thanks To Obama

Conservative Blogs Central: It’s Official: US Spending More Than It Takes In

Guess which party is pocketing most of Wall Street's money?

The party of the rich?

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are being bankrolled by Wall Street.

Guess which party is pocketing most of Wall Street's money? - pottsmerc.com

Poll: Most Americans Have a Low Fiscal IQ

It would also appear most members of the Obama Administration have a low fiscal IQ as well.

Comeback America Poll: Most Americans Have a Low Fiscal IQ

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Newspaper: Eric Holder Cowardly Charges Critics With Racism



A scathing editorial in Investor's Business Daily about Attorney General Eric Holder playing the race card:
The attorney general says he and the president get criticized because they're African-American. He once said we need an honest discussion about race. OK, let's talk about him hiding behind his.

Times have changed since the evening of April 7, 1775, when Samuel Johnson said that patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel.

In the supposed post-racial era ushered in with the election of President Obama and the appointment of Attorney General Eric Holder, racism has replaced it as the ultimate defense against charges of incompetence and misguided policies.

In an interview with the New York Times published over the weekend, Holder accused those who want to know who authorized the Fast and Furious gun-running operation of being racially motivated.

The 60 congressmen, two senators, two sitting governors, and all the major presidential candidates who have openly called for Holder's resignation are not concerned in his view about how two U.S. agents and hundreds of Mexicans got killed with U.S. guns.

No, according to Holder, they are motivated by the color of Holder's and President Obama's skin.
Read the full editorial at the link below:

Eric Holder Charges Critics Of 'Fast and Furious' Gun-Running With Racism - Investors.com

Survey: U.S. No. 1 in Charitable Giving

Global Survey: U.S. Now #1 in Charitable Giving, Rising from Fifth Place

Americans by 2:1 Margin Prefer 'Merry Christmas' to 'Happy Holidays'

Americans by 2:1 Margin Prefer 'Merry Christmas' to 'Happy Holidays'

Poll: Almost Half of Americans Dislike Newt Gingrich as a Person

Almost Half of Americans Dislike Newt Gingrich as a Person

Obama Takes Over Santa's Workshop

America the Generous? Not According to the Media

America the Generous? Not According to the Media | NewsBusters.org

Facebook Was the Top Search Term for Third Straight Year

Facebook Was the Top Search Term for Third Straight Year

Poll: 77% of Americans Oppose Raising the Gas Tax

77 Percent of Americans Oppose Raising the Gas Tax, Reason-Rupe Transportation Poll Finds

Obama: 'I Love Senator Casey'

Report Finds Preparedness for Bioterror and Health Emergencies Eroding

Report Finds Preparedness for Bioterror and Health Emergencies Eroding in States Across the Country

Taxpayers Get Hosed Under Obama's Watch

New Report: While Banks Make Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Taxpayers Left Holding the Bill in Interest Rate Swaps

Romney Versus Gingrich: A Comparison

Romney Versus Gingrich: A Comparison

Lumps of coal for both parties

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

John Stossel: Obamacare Abominations

Obamacare Abominations - HUMAN EVENTS

Eric Holder: 'Critics Don't Like Me Because I'm Black'

Eric Holder: 'Critics Don't Like Me Because I'm Black' - HUMAN EVENTS

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Biggest Political Lie of 2011: The Democrat MediScare Campaign

Politifact, the non-partisan fact-checking organization, has selected the Democratic Party's scare tactics over Medicare as the biggest political lie of 2011. You would think that people would wise up by now since Democrats have used the same lie in the past.

Politifact Lie of the Year: The Democrat MediScare Campaign - HUMAN EVENTS

Fixed Election?

Psychic Predictions for 2012

I can buy a Republican elected president next year, but Jennifer Aniston getting married? That's a stretch.

Check out the list of predictions by physic Blair Robertson at the link below:

Psychic Predictions for 2012

PennDOT: New Teen Driver Law to Take Effect Dec. 27, not Dec. 24

PennDOT: New Teen Driver Law to Take Effect Dec. 27, not Dec. 24

Blockbuster Giving Away Free Batteries on Christmas Day

The only problem is that all the Blockbuster stores in my area have closed.

Don't Put Your Holiday Cheer on Pause: Blockbuster Giving Away Free Batteries on Christmas Day

At Mid-Year, PA Budget Challenges Persist, Budget Secretary Says

At Mid-Year, State's Budget Challenges Persist, Budget Secretary Says

Gov. Corbett Signs Bill to Toughen Sex Offender Law, Better Protect Children from Predators

Governor Corbett Signs Bill to Toughen Sex Offender Law, Better Protect Children from Predators

Thatcher's Last Stand Against Socialism

2 Pennsylvania Casinos Fined for Violations

$15,000 in Fines Levied Against Two Casinos by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for Regulatory Violations

PennDOT Earns Prestigious National Award for Litter Cleanup Efforts

PennDOT Earns Prestigious National Award for Litter Cleanup Efforts

NASA Discovers First Earth-size Planets Beyond Our Solar System

NASA Discovers First Earth-size Planets Beyond Our Solar System

Santa is skipping this house

Thomas Sowell: Newt Gingrich An Improvement Over Barack Obama

Given a choice between Newt Gingrich or Barack Obama, Thomas Sowell says it's a no-brainer.

From his latest column:

Can you name one important positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone? Does a candidate who represents the bland leading the bland increase the chances of victory in November 2012? A lot of candidates like that have lost, from Thomas E. Dewey to John McCain. Those who want to concentrate on the baggage in Gingrich's past, rather than on the nation's future, should remember what Winston Churchill said: "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost."If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time.

Even With His Baggage, Newt Gingrich Is An Improvement Over Barack Obama - Investors.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

Eric Holder Plays the Race Card

Columnist John Hayward: Racial politics and rank incompetence form a nauseating brew.

Eric Holder Plays the Race Card - HUMAN EVENTS

NORAD and tw telecom Track Santa Claus on His Worldwide Christmas Eve Journey

NORAD and tw telecom Track Santa Claus on His Worldwide Christmas Eve Journey

Doug Giles: When Did Atheists Become Persnickety, Litigious Anti-Christmas Whiners?

A must-read column by Doug Giles:

When Did Atheists Become Persnickety, Litigious Anti-Christmas Whiners?

Clash Radio

Pink Slip Obama - 2012 Election

A message to Occupy from the 99%: Real change requires more than demands

A message to Occupy from the 99%: Real change requires more than demands

Columnist: Blame FDR for polarized politics

Blame FDR for polarized politics - pottsmerc.com

Most Popular and Most Unusual Adoptable Pet Names of 2011

Petfinder.com Announces Most Popular and Most Unusual Adoptable Pet Names of 2011

Pennsylvania's Stronger Teen Driver Law to Take Effect Dec. 24

Pennsylvania's Stronger Teen Driver Law to Take Effect Dec. 24

Rick Santorum Again?

Obama Letter to Wealthy Friends

Obama represents the 1% that so many liberal rail against.

Obama Letter to Wealthy Friends | RNC: Republican National Committee | GOP

Lost in Obama's Tolerance Shuffle: Persecution of Christians

Gary Bauer: Lost in Obama's Tolerance Shuffle: Persecution of Christians - HUMAN EVENTS

Columnist: Congress Deserves Lumps of Coal

Lawmakers Deserve Lumps of Coal - HUMAN EVENTS

KNBC Challenges AP Poverty Numbers

A local television news operation proves The Associated Press is cooking the poverty numbers to fit its political agenda.

KNBC Challenges AP Poverty Numbers

Friday, December 16, 2011

Poll: More than half say Obama should not be re-elected

AP-GfK Poll: More than half say Obama should lose - Politics Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Former Sen. Pete Domenici: Medicare and Tax Reform Remain the Cornerstones of Real Fiscal Reform

Former Senator Pete Domenici: Medicare and Tax Reform Remain the Cornerstones of Real Fiscal Reform

Police chief suspended after his 16-year-old son crashes police cruiser

Apparently common sense is not a job requirement for serving as a police chief.

Chief suspended after son crashes police car - dailylocal.com

Obama Caught Lying in '60 Minutes' Interview

How can you tell when Obama is lying? His lips are moving.

Obama Caught Lying in 60 Minutes Interview | Red Dog Report

Obama's Idea of Diplomacy

Ex-Fannie, Freddie execs charged with fraud

Here's are two of the most disturbing aspects of this story:
Former CEO Daniel Mudd collected more than $80 million in his time at Fannie Mae.

Former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron reportedly took home over $19 million in cash, stocks, and other executive compensation in 2007.
So many powerful people in Washington get rich at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.

Ex-Fannie, Freddie execs charged with fraud – USATODAY.com

Sheree L. Mixell to Lead ATF Philadelphia Field Division

ATF Names New Leader for Philadelphia Field Division

A Victory for Pennsylvania Animals - 'Daniel's Law' Advances in State Senate

A Victory for Pennsylvania Animals - Daniel's Law Advances in Senate

6 More Pennsylvania Residents Prosecuted for Welfare Fraud

Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General Announces November Welfare Fraud Adjudications

Public Hearing on Table Games at Valley Forge Convention Center Casino Set for January 11

Public Input Hearing to Consider Permitting Table Games at Valley Forge Convention Center Casino Set for January 11th

Obama Bans Bibles at Walter Reed Medical Center

FRC Requests Communications About Walter Reed Bible Ban Under Freedom of Information Act

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans in the Swing States Give Obama Negative Ratings

Two-Thirds of Americans in the Swing States Give President Obama Negative Ratings

U.S. Correctional Population Declined For Second Consecutive Year

U.S. Correctional Population Declined For Second Consecutive Year

Is Newman running the Postal Service?

Columnist: Study Confirms Government Spending Crushes the Economy

This explains a lot about the Obama Recession.

International Study Confirms Government Spending Crushes the Economy - HUMAN EVENTS

Government Shutdown Averted, Light Bulb Saved

Government Shutdown Averted, Light Bulb Saved - HUMAN EVENTS

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Columnist: Choking on Obamacare

George F. Will on how Obamacare is one of many job-killing initiatives imposed on U.S. employers by Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats:
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, by 2008 the cost of federal regulations had reached $1.75 trillion. That was 14 percent of national income unavailable for job-creating investments. And that was more than 11,000 regulations ago.
Read the full column at the link below:

Choking on Obamacare - pottsmerc.com

Obama-Corzine Were Wrong

Two-Thirds of Americans in the Swing States Give President Obama Negative Ratings

Two-Thirds of Americans in the Swing States Give President Obama Negative Ratings

AJC Thanks U.S. Troops as Iraq War Formally Ends

AJC Thanks U.S. Troops as Iraq War Formally Ends

'JAMZ' Christmas Carol' Debuts in Mount Penn Dec. 16-17

Footlights Jr., the Antietam Middle School Drama Club, presents its inaugural production of "JAMZ' Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17."JAMZ' Christmas Carol" is a modern-day retelling of the Charles Dickens' classic that follows a pompous rapper down his path of redemption.Both performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Mount Penn Primary Center Auditorium, North 25th Street, Mount Penn.Tickets are just $5 per person and will be available at the door. Gather the whole family for a fun-filled holiday musical.

Pennsylvania Preservation Board Protects Additional 2,331 Acres of Prime Farmland

Pennsylvania Preservation Board Protects Additional 2,331 Acres of Prime Farmland

Education Reform Group: PA House Fails State's Children

Pa. House Breaks Promise, Fails State's Children

Young Barack Obama

Vote for Conservative of the Year 2011

Conservative of the Year 2011 - HUMAN EVENTS

Gov. Corbett Signs Four Bills into Law

Pennsylvana Governor Corbett Signs Four Bills into Law

Pennsylvania Jobless Rate Drops to 7.9%

The unemployment rate for Pennsylvania was 7.9 percent in November, down from 8.1 percent in October.

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation for November 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Columnist: Let the sunshine in, Penn State

Columnist Brad Bumsted of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has some advice for Penn State officials:
For once, get ahead of the story and do something right. Even though the university has had special protection from the Legislature and is not subject to the Open Records Law, like the governor, the Department of Education, state-owned universities and the State System of Higher Education, it can release whatever information it wants.

Penn State receives $227.6 million in public subsidies. That's billions of dollars over the years, counting annual appropriations and capital projects money.

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse allegations, numerous news organizations have requested records and contracts showing how much Penn State has spent on legal and public relations consultants.
Read his full column, "Let the sunshine in, PSU" at the newspaper's website.

Poll: 1 in 5 Conservatives Believe Mitt Romney Is Too Liberal

Harris Poll: One in Five Conservatives Believe Mitt Romney Is Too Liberal

Rick Perry Ad: Politically Correct

Climatology professor doubts global warming claims

David Legates, professor of climatology at the University of Delaware and associate Delaware state climatologist, told a gathering in Chester County that there is no consensus of human causes behind climate issues and some of the data has been manipulated by proponents of global warming.

"Is our climate changing? Are we to blame? It's changing because it always has changed and should be changing," Legates said.

Tea Party group discusses climate change - dailylocal.com

Electric Car Charging Stations Coming to PA Turnpike Service Plazas

DEP Announces $1 Million Grant for Electric Car Charging Stations at PA Turnpike Service Plazas

Gov. Corbett Announces $31.5M Investment in Recreation, Conservation Projects

Governor Corbett Announces $31.5 Million Investment in Recreation, Conservation, Community Revitalization Projects Statewide

Obama Is A Betting Man

Operation Holiday needs donations to help 601 children

You can help bring a little Christmas cheer to a needy child in the Pottstown area by donating to The Mercury's Operation Holiday program.

Since there are no administrative costs, every penny donated to this charity goes to help the needy.

Operation Holiday needs donations to help 601 children - pottsmerc.com

Leftwing Rabbi: Tebow-mania Will Lead to Mosque Burnings

Leftwing Rabbi: Tebow-mania Will Lead to Mosque Burnings or Something - HUMAN EVENTS

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DNC Chair Denies Unemployment Has Gone Up Under Obama

Ditzy Debbie Wasserman Schultz strikes again. I guess those 15 million collecting unemployment benefits are faking it?

DNC Chair Denies Unemployment Has Gone Up Under Obama

Richest 1% Get $10 Billion A Year From Federal Government

Spreading The Wealth: Richest 1% Get $10 Billion A Year From Federal Government - Investors.com

Obama Suspends Presidential Dollar Coin Program

Talk about nickel-and-dime: Obama has run up $4 trillion in new debt in just three years and he figures he can save a few bucks by ending the $1 coin program.

Administration Gets it Wrong on Presidential Dollar Coin Program

As Americans struggle, the Obamas make do with 37 Christmas trees

Christmas at the Obama White House is a highly-decorated affair - By Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

Tebow Friends In High Places

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

The Associated Press is trying hard to rewrite history to make Obama's failed presidency look better. It's not working.

In Report on November Deficit, AP's Crutsinger Miscasts Post-9/11 Economy of 'A Decade Ago' | NewsBusters.org

Anger With Congress At 2006, 2010 Levels

Chances for Democrats to regain control of the House or maintain control of the Senate are growing slimmer.

Anger With Congress At '06, '10 Levels - Ronald Brownstein - NationalJournal.com

The War on the War on Christmas

The War on the War on Christmas | NewsBusters.org

Poll: Obama trailing in key swing states

Resurgent Republicans close gap in key states – USATODAY.com

New Motto for Postal Service

Pennsylvania Department of State Offers Tips for Smart Charitable Giving at Holidays

Pennsylvania Department of State Offers Tips for Smart Charitable Giving at Holidays

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations

Commonwealth Foundation: PA Liquor Bill Won't Help Consumers, Taxpayers

Commonwealth Foundation: PA Liquor Bill Won't Help Consumers, Taxpayers

NewsBusted 12/13/11

School choice vs. the education establishment in PA

Guest column: Honor the Bill of Rights on Dec. 15

By Ken Paulson
Guest columnist


Imagine if they canceled Independence Day.

What if the federal government declared that the Fourth of July was no longer a holiday? We would be told to report for work, cancel fireworks displays and picnics and go about our business the same as any other day.

Imagine the outrage. Americans would be angered by the suggestion that we shouldn't celebrate freedom. Not recognize Independence Day? Why, that would be un-American.

And yet we do the same thing every December 15th, the birthday of our Bill of Rights. In guaranteeing these fundamental freedoms in 1791, we set ourselves apart from all other nations on the planet — then and ever since. It is one of the most important days in American history and yet almost no one takes the time to reflect on the importance of Dec. 15 and the anniversary of our freedoms.

What does it say about America that we zealously celebrate our government's Declaration of Independence from another government and totally overlook the American people's Declaration of Independence from its government?

In mid-December, Americans will shop for the holidays, finish final exams and make plans for New Year's Eve. No one will wish you a happy Bill of Rights day. There's not even a Wikipedia page on Bill of Rights Day.

It's not as though no one ever attempted to give this day the respect it deserves. On Aug. 21, 1941, a joint resolution of Congress called on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to designate a day in honor of the Bill of Rights.

On Nov. 28, 1941, the Los Angeles Times reported that "President Roosevelt today called on the American people to observe Dec. 15 as 'Bill of Rights Day,' to cherish the 'immeasurable privileges which the charter guaranteed' and to rededicate its principles and practice." FDR called on government officials to fly the flag and for all Americans to "observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and prayer," noting that Adolf Hitler's greatest fear was our freedom of speech, press and religion.

An appropriate kick-off celebration was planned at the Waldorf Astoria featuring actress Helen Hayes and Eleanor Roosevelt. Nine days after FDR's proclamation, though, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and everything else took a back seat to World War II. This was the holiday that got away and it's never been properly recognized since.

Last year, a group of educators, journalists, artists and others banded together to help build a greater understanding of the First Amendment with a non-partisan and educational campaign called 1 for All. Obviously, the First Amendment leads off the Bill of Rights, and we thought there might be a way to rekindle FDR's dream of a national celebration, particularly this year, on the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

What would it take? How could you get the attention of the American people and encourage them to re-engage with this long lost holiday? Our colleagues at the American Society of News Editors thought we might come full circle in Washington, DC, turning to the nation's leadership to complete the work that Congress and FDR advocated.

ASNE reached out to The House of Representatives and asked for a resolution urging all Americans to honor this important day. They were quickly rebuffed, with an explanation that this Congress was too busy to do 'commemorative' bills. Weeks later, the House passed a resolution re-affirming "In God We Trust" as our national motto.

So much for the First Amendment right of petition. If America's going to give the Bill of Rights the credit it deserves, it's clearly up to We the People.

It would be nice if all of us could take a little time at dinner on December 15 to ask our kids what they know about the Bill of Rights, and help them understand why it's such a significant day. Beyond the teaching opportunity, there's also a little something in it for young Americans age 14-22.

The Knight Foundation is funding a scholarship opportunity called "Free to Tweet." Students who wish the First Amendment a happy birthday by tweeting about the importance of these fundamental freedoms on Dec. 15 are eligible to compete for one of 22 (one for every decade since ratification) scholarships. They just have to use the hash tag #freetotweet.

All Americans are urged to join us online (www.freetotweet.org) and help generate the kind of attention and energy that this date so richly deserves.

The irony is that most of us honor the Fourth of July because we believe it's a day on which Americans secured their freedom. But the truth is that the Declaration of Independence really only secured freedom for white and wealthy men. It took freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly — the five freedoms of the First Amendment — to lead to suffrage for women, the emancipation of slaves and equality for all.

Please join in celebrating freedom this Dec. 15. It's long overdue.

Ken Paulson is president of the First Amendment Center and the American Society of News Editors, and a founder of 1 for All.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sarah Palin: Congress, stop lining your pockets

From a Sarah Palin op-ed in USA Today:
Our permanent political class relies on an apathetic and uninformed public to get away with this stuff. But if there is one issue that unites Americans across the political spectrum, it's absolute disgust with the corruption of our elected leaders. Congress and the White House need to earn the American people's trust again. We the people are not going to give up until we get the sudden and relentless reform we deserve or, as the book says, "we throw them all out" in 2012.
Read the full column at the link below:

Palin: Congress, stop lining your pockets – USATODAY.com

Chet Huntley foreshadows Barack Obama

Pioneering TV newscaster Chet Huntley didn't live long enough to see the rise of Barack Obama:
"Journalists were never intended to be the cheerleaders of a society, the conductors of applause, the sycophants. Tragically, that is their assigned role in authoritarian societies, but not here — not yet."
— Chet Huntley (1911-1974).

America needs jobs, not merely 'a vision'

Corzine Adopts Obama Defense: Not My Fault

Democrat Jon Corzine adopts the Barack Obama defense: It's not my fault that $120 billion in investor's funds is missing under my watch.

Read more at The Blaze

Renewed push to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers to try again on ending property tax

Pick the Worst Liberal Media Bias of 2011

Pick the Worst Liberal Media Bias of 2011 | NewsBusters.org

Lindsay Lohan Playboy Cover Unveiled



Looking for that last-minute stocking stuffer? Actress Lindsay Lohan is shown on the cover of the January/February 2012 issue of Playboy magazine. Playboy Enterprises Inc. released Lohan's much-anticipated issue early after it was leaked online. The issue will be available on newsstands on Dec. 16.

Gov. Corbett Comments on Mumia Abu-Jamal

Governor Corbett Comments on Mumia Abu-Jamal Matter

Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

Congressman Proposes Cutting Pay, Eliminating Pensions

Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican who represents Colorado's 6th Congressional District, wants the permanent political class in Washington to feel some of the pain of their constituents, who are footing the bills.

Coffman has been serving on Congress since 2009 and obviously hasn't been brainwashed by the political lifers who run Washington.

Rep. Mike Coffman: Time to Kill Congressional Pensions and Cut Pay - HUMAN EVENTS

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Columnist: Repeal automatic pay raises for Pa. legislators

Columnist Mary Young: There's a way out of pay-raise flap

Rep. Joe Pitts: A plan for fighting poverty, creating jobs

A plan for fighting poverty, creating jobs - pottsmerc.com

Top 10 Inconvenient Truths about Global Warming

Top 10 Inconvenient Truths about Global Warming - HUMAN EVENTS

Weekly Republican Address: Speaker Boehner on Middle Class Tax Relief

Can You Pass This Fiscal IQ Quiz?

Can You Pass This Fiscal IQ Quiz?

When Will Obama's TSA Stop the Madness?

When Will TSA Stop the Madness

'The Gift Of Life' - Official Movie Trailer

Mother treasures every moment with her terminally ill son

All donations to The Mercury's Operation Holiday program go directly to needy families. There's no overhead because Mercury employees volunteer their time to administer the program. Last year, the newspaper raised $50,000 and helped more than 250 families. With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, the program has raised just under $20,000 but the need is even greater this year. Follow the link below to read how you can help.

Operation Holiday: Mother treasures every moment with her terminally ill son - pottsmerc.com

New push to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania

Proposal addresses concerns of failed measure

Friday, December 09, 2011

Opinion: Don't be fooled by the latest jobless numbers

From an excellent op-ed published in the West Chester Daily Local News on the misleading unemployment numbers released by the Obama Administration:
The technical reason the number of unemployed declined is that more than 350,000 people stopped looking for work last week and are no longer being carried on the books. In fact, if the total number of people who have stopped looking for work over the past few years were being counted (either because they are being sustained by endless unemployment insurance benefits or are simply discouraged because the economy IS moribund), the more accurate unemployment figure is closer to 17 percent ... (Table U-6 — Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, from Bureau of Labor Statistics).

The jobless rate has now remained above 8 percent since February 2009, the longest stretch since monthly records began in 1948. Additionally, there are still 5.7 million long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks and over), which represents 43 percent of the total unemployed and the average duration of unemployment rose to 40.9 weeks, the highest on record.
Don't be fooled by the latest numbers - dailylocal.com

CCRKBA Hails 11 Co-sponsors of Bill To Halt U.N. Funding

CCRKBA Hails 11 Co-sponsors of Bill To Halt U.N. Funding

Commonwealth Foundation Calls for PLCB to Stop Wine and Spirits Advertising

Commonwealth Foundation Calls for PLCB to Stop Wine and Spirits Advertising

NewsBusted 12/9/11

NPR Skirts IDing Corzine as a Democrat; Readily Tags Republicans

NPR Skirts IDing Corzine as a Democrat; Readily Tags Republicans | NewsBusters.org

Obama's Printing Press

Will Obama take the blame for loss of U.S. drone to Iran?

A significant blow to the U.S. that the state-run Obama media continues to downplay.

Downed US drone: How Iran caught the 'beast'

Columnist: How to Fix and Restart America's Broken Jobs Machine

Obama broke it. Here's how to fix it.

Donald Lambro: How to Fix and Restart America's Broken Jobs Machine - HUMAN EVENTS

'The Charge of the Light Brigade'



On Dec. 9, 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was first published in England. The poem comemmorates the Battle of Balaclava on Oct. 25, 1854, during the Crimean War. British light cavalry charged over open terrain against heavily-fortified Russian forces, leading to one of the worst battlefield massacres in history.
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!


The 12 Days Of Obama

Opinion: Sen. Bob Casey pushes taxpayer-funded abortions

Sen. Casey pushes taxpayer-funded abortions - pottsmerc.com

Thursday, December 08, 2011

GOP lawmaker: Impeach Attorney General Eric Holder

From The Hill:
A senior GOP lawmaker said Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder could be impeached over botched gun-tracking operation Fast and Furious.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) suggested at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that Congress may impeach Holder if it does not get satisfactory answers about inaccurate statements and information the Department of Justice provided on the operation.
GOP lawmaker: AG Holder could be impeached over gun-tracking program - TheHill.com

3 Congressional staffers fired after Tweets reveal in-office partying

I'm glad they're having such a great time in Washington partying on our dime.

Three congressional staffers canned after tweets reveal in-office partying - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

BMI's Top 10 Economic Myths of 2011

BMI's Top 10 Economic Myths of 2011 | NewsBusters.org

Musician: U.S. at 'Worst It's Ever Been' Because of Obama

Jonathan Davis of Korn: U.S. at 'Worst It's Ever Been' Because of Obama | NewsBusters.org

Video: 'Obama Day' on Capitol Hill

Editorial: Montco commissioners' arrest shows shame of past four years

The arrest this week of Montgomery County Commissioner James Matthews, brother of MSNBC talking head Chris Matthews, for lying to a grand jury about government corruption is the culmination of four disastrous years under the leadership of Matthews and sidekick Joe Hoeffel.

Editorial: Matthews' arrest shows shame of past four years - pottsmerc.com

Pa. man charged with poaching 14-point buck

Dauphin County Poaching Case Involves Record-book Buck

Greyhound Issues Open Letter to Alec Baldwin

Greyhound Issues Open Letter to Alec Baldwin

DUI Fatalities Cut in Half Since MADD's Founding

Drunk Driving Fatalities Cut in Half Since MADD's Founding

A reason to make the First Amendment part of the season

A guest column by Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center:
Give the First Amendment – and the nation – a unique gift this holiday season: On Dec. 15, "tweet" your support for this 220-year old guarantor of our basic freedoms.

And don't stop there … round out the holidays by making that 140-character pledge the first step in a New Year's commitment to better understand and defend year-round those precious 45 words that define our core freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

What's the reason to make the First Amendment part of the season?

For one thing, Dec. 15 is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, beginning with the First Amendment's protection of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. That's an event deserving in its own right of glitter and tinsel.

More urgently, it's a chance to challenge and maybe change a sad result of national surveys the First Amendment Center has conducted since 1997. In all that time, never more than six percent in any year could name all five freedoms unaided.

We live in times in which the First Amendment never has been more on display – or more contested.

There are the yearly Yule concerns over religious-themed songs and carols at public school holiday pageants, but also the miraculous example to the world of multiple faiths in one nation peaceably observing holy days and holidays alongside one another.

There are Occupy Wall Street demonstrators exercising their rights to speak freely, to assemble and to petition the government for change – in the manner of generations of Americans who have taken to the streets to make their voices heard.

The U.S. Supreme Court soon will decide a dispute over what we can see and hear on broadcast TV. Meanwhile, we’re all "a-Twitter" over how private are our personal facts and messages. And the fight goes on over how public are our public records.

The Internet, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter have brought new concerns about smut, identity theft and hate speech, all while also giving us an unparalleled opportunity to talk with our fellow citizens – provided that government does not get in the way.

Has there ever been a time when all five of our First Amendment freedoms were more in play?

The "Free to Tweet" initiative is an unprecedented, day-long online call to the American public to stand up on Dec. 15 for these fundamental freedoms. High school and college students nationwide, ages 14 to 22, get a bonus for participating: Expressing themselves freely with the hash tag #freetotweet on Twitter will mean an opportunity to win one of 22 scholarships each worth $5,000. (Find more details on the initiative and the competition at www.freetotweet.org).

For more than two centuries, the First Amendment has been protecting our right to speak out. Let's do just that on Dec. 15!
Gene Policinski is senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn., 37212. Web: www.firstamendmentcenter.org. E-mail: gpolicinski@fac.org

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