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Monday, April 30, 2012

Infographic: Young Hit Hard by the Obama Economy

The voting blocks that overwhelming went for Obama in 2008 - the young, women and blacks - are the ones suffering the most from Obama's failed policies. Will they make the same mistake in 2012?

Infographic: Young Hit Hard by the Obama Economy | Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Obama: Success Is Overrated


Tell Obama 'Gas Prices Are Too Damn High'

Generation Opportunity's Online Petition Drive Provides Young Americans the Ability to Take Action by Telling President Obama That "Gas Prices Are Too Damn High"

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

WashPost Writes The Public Be Damned: They're Biased If They Think We're Biased | NewsBusters.org

Ancient handwritten Genesis and Biblical Texts from the Birth of the Christian Era Coming to Philadelphia

Ancient Handwritten Genesis and Other 2,000-Year-Old Biblical Texts To Join Relics and Artifacts from the Birth of the Christian Era In Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times

Traditional Graduation Garb


California to middle class: Drop dead

California to middle class: Drop dead - HUMAN EVENTS

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Join May 7 rally to end Pa. school property taxes

Join May 7 rally to end Pa. school property taxes

Barack Obama, The Road We Really Traveled

Stephen Colbert Makes Fun of Handicapped Conservative Columnist

Charles Krauthammer is one of the most widely-read syndicated columnists in the United States. He is also one of the most educated political observers on the scene. Mr. Krauthammer  suffered a severe spinal cord in 1972, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters.org on Stephen Colbert making fun of Charles Krauthammer's appearance:
Can you imagine a liberal comedian demeaning the appearance of a physically handicapped, Pulitzer Prize-winning, liberal syndicated columnist?
Real classy, Colbert.

Stephen Colbert Calls Charles Krauthammer 'Count Chocula' | NewsBusters.org

Lowman S. Henry: Voters to PA GOP bosses: Stuff your endorsements

By Lowman S. Henry
Guest Columnist

Tuesday's primary election highlighted two serious structural deficiencies in Pennsylvania's electoral process. Once again the "Keystone State" was anything but in the presidential nominating process. And, clearly the day of the party endorsement — especially a nod forced from the top down — has passed.

For several weeks it appeared as if the Pennsylvania and New York primaries would be pivotal contests in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But several weeks ago when former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his campaign, our state’s primary was rendered virtually meaningless. Sure, delegates had to be elected to the national convention, but the nomination had been decided.

Every four years there is talk about moving Pennsylvania’s primary to an earlier date, perhaps to so-called "Super Tuesday" in early March, but nothing ever comes of the idea. So, as in presidential contests past, small states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and even other industrial states like Michigan and Ohio got to impact the choice of the nominee while we here in Penn’s Woods watched from the sidelines.

Four years ago, state Democrats did get a big say in the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton race, but that brief spurt of relevance was an exception to the rule. This year, lacking the glitz of a presidential contest, voter turnout was abysmal. So many down ballot races — for Congress and for seats in the state Legislature — were decided by in some cases less than a quarter of the registered electorate.

Despite tepid participation in the primary election, voters did manage to deliver a message or two. The race with the most political ramifications was the five-way contest for the Republican nomination to take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. That race turned into a virtual referendum on the once-vaunted Republican Party endorsement process. That process was shredded by voters as they relegated the endorsed candidate, Steve Welch, to third place.

The Welch defeat marks the first loss of a Republican Party endorsed statewide candidate in a non-judicial race in over three decades. Part of the reason for voter rejection of the party pick was the heavy-handed manner in which the Welch endorsement was forced on Republican State Committee members by Gov. Tom Corbett and party leaders. The fact is Welch would never have been endorsed without that support, and his candidacy never did develop any real grassroots appeal.

Party apologists will contend that the personal financial wealth the winning candidate, former Tea party activist Tom Smith, brought to the race was a deciding factor. But, Welch is wealthy himself and put over a million dollars of his own money behind his candidacy. And, former state Rep. Sam Rohrer finished second having spent few dollars, but earning a wave of grassroots support. Welch failed to dominate with either money or manpower — two advantages normally associated with the party endorsement.

This year’s GOP endorsement debacle has politically wounded an incumbent governor and called into question the effectiveness of the party apparatus in a vital presidential election year. The Republican State Committee should re-evaluate the future of party endorsements. The process this year both divided and weakened the party, calling into question its utility going forward.

Part of the reason for this is that the endorsement process has degenerated from truly democratic selection into a tool by which party and elected leaders exert their control over who gets nominated. The GOP has already split into “establishment” and grassroots conservative camps with the latter gaining influence with each passing election cycle. Forced endorsements only inflame the grassroots further aggravating that divide.

None of this is good for the party, and neither will it yield good government. This year’s presidential election is shaping up as one of the most important in generations as voters decide whether to continue down the soft socialistic path of the Obama Administration, or return America to its historic traditions of individual liberty.

That battle will ultimately unite all factions within the GOP. But going forward, the Pennsylvania Republican Party must ditch the endorsement process and restore individual liberties within the walls of its own house.

Lowman S. Henry is chairman and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research in Harrisburg and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal. His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org

PA National Guard to Host Hiring Expo for Service Members, Veterans

PA National Guard to Host Hiring Expo for Service Members, Veterans

Pennsylvania Department of Health Extends Grace Period for School Immunizations

Pennsylvania Department of Health Extends Grace Period for School Immunizations by Two Weeks

If the shoe fits ...

Martin Bashir Tells Two Democrats ‘If There Isn’t a War on Women Most of Us Must Be Ignorant’ | NewsBusters.org

Why I stopped reading Rolling Stone magazine


I stopped reading Rolling Stone magazine when it began devoting more space to left-wing propaganda than it did to music. Latest issue is a perfect example. Why would I pay for an Obama re-election ad masquerading as a news article?

The Obama Recession continues ....

Economy slowed to 2.2% growth rate in Q1 – USATODAY.com

Desperation time in Obama camp?

FLASHBACK: Obama Campaign Accused Clinton Of Using Bin Laden To ‘Score Political Points’ In 2008

Newspaper: Philly Democratic Party bosses urge voters to defy voter ID law

From the editorial page of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to some Philadelphia Democratic Party committee members who urged voters to refuse to show identification to poll workers as part of Tuesday’s test run for the new voter ID law in Pennsylvania. The law has its drawbacks, particularly for older voters and the low-income, but that doesn’t justify those who are part of the political process encouraging voters to disobey it. Philadelphia already has a reputation for voting irregularities. We would hope those who work within the electoral system would also work to make it better and never discourage voters from legally participating.

The Biggest Story of the Year? - The Media Stayed with the Trayvon Martin Story

The Media Stayed with the Trayvon Martin Story | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

'Occupy Unmasked' - Official Movie Trailer

'Life and Faith in Ancient Times' Exhibit Coming to Franklin Institute

Ancient Handwritten Genesis and Other 2,000-Year-Old Biblical Texts To Join Relics and Artifacts from the Birth of the Christian Era In Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times


Rebuilding Of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Moves Forward Near World Trade Center Site

Rep. Carolyn Maloney: Rebuilding Of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Moves Forward Near World Trade Center Site « CBS New York

PennDOT Announces Winners of Safety PSA Contest for Students

PennDOT Announces Winners of Safety PSA Contest for Students

Outdoor Farmers Market to Open May 1 at PA Farm Show Complex

Outdoor Farmers Market to Open May 1 at PA Farm Show Complex

Taxpayers Stuck With Billions In TARP Losses

Judicial Watch: While the Obama Administration laughably claims that its disastrous bank bailout has turned a profit, a federal investigation reveals this week that hundreds of small financial institutions can’t afford to repay the government loans and its costing U.S. taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

Taxpayers Stuck With Billions In TARP Losses | Judicial Watch

American Crossroads: "Cool"

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Romney-Petraeus ticket?

Everyone keeps talking about Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio as Romney's vice presidential pick, but doesn't Rubio need more seasoning? Didn't  we learn from the Obama debacle about having someone with less than two years experience in Washington given so much authority? And if Republican win control of the Senate, the party will need strong leadership to reverse the damage Obama has done and restore the nation's economic vitality. Let Rubio prove himself in the Senate.
 
How about retired Gen. David Petraeus for vice president? He certainly would give the ticket foreign policy balance.

Paul Miller, writing at Foreign Policy magazine, makes a strong case for adding Petraeus to the ticket.
Petraeus has nearly universal name recognition and is one of the most well-respected figures in the country. A year ago only 11 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of him, according to Gallup, half that of Christie. And as a non-partisan figure he has not been tarnished by the partisanship and mud-slinging of recent years. Additionally, Petraeus would bring foreign policy expertise to the ticket, balancing Romney's focus on economic issues. If Obama really intends to claim that his foreign policy accomplishments should earn voters' respect, there is no one in the country with more credibility than Petraeus to take Obama's argument apart.
Vice President David Petraeus? | Shadow Government

Newspaper: Democrats Have Nothing to Offer But Fear Itself

A historic record of failure over the past three years is not much to run on, so Obama turns to fear tactics to fool gullible voters.

From Investor's Business Daily:

Asked why the Senate hasn't produced a budget in three years, the head of the Democratic Party instead stoked fear about the "Romney-Ryan budget that ends Medicare as we know it." FDR, call your office.
'The Romney/Ryan budget is painful for Americans," head Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on that same Fox News program.
Her comments are tame compared with what other Democrats have said, including President Obama, who called Rep. Paul Ryan's budget "thinly veiled social Darwinism" that would "impose a radical vision on our country" and that is "antithetical to our entire history."
So what do Democrats have to offer instead? Nothing.

Another Open Mic Slip


Pa. Legislature holding $184M in reserve accounts

At a time when the state is running a budget deficit for the current fiscal year and Gov. Corbett has proposed cuts for his next budget, the Pennsylvania Legislature is sitting on a $185 million slush fund. It's not their money!!!

APNewsBreak: Pa. Legislature’s reserve $184M last year

Race for the White House Comes Down to 7 States

Race for the White House Comes Down to 7 States | Red Dog Report

Rally for Property Tax Independence in Harrisburg

David Baldinger, administrator of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, has issued the following press release on an upcoming rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg for push for the elimination of property taxes in Pennsylvania:
Monday, May 7, is a critical date for the Property Tax Independence Act.  On that day prime sponsors Rep. Jim Cox and Sen. David Argall, other members of the General Assembly who support our efforts, and taxpayers from across Pennsylvania will gather in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg for a rally to declare our independence from the tyranny of property taxes.

What: Capitol Rally for Property Tax Independence
When: Monday, May 7
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: The State Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

This event is tremendously important to our efforts.  We need to demonstrate to the Governor and to the Harrisburg lawmakers, in the most passionate manner possible, that we have had enough of ineffective property tax “relief” measures and that we will only settle for the complete elimination of this onerous and unfair tax through the enactment of House Bill 1776 and Senate Bill 1400, the Property Tax Independence Act.

If you believe in and support the total elimination of the school property tax through the Property Tax Independence Act your attendance at this rally is vital!

This will be a major media event that will help to publicize far and wide the news of the Property Tax Independence Act.  Masses of taxpayers will make a huge impression, so please make every effort to be present for this historic rally.  Bring your friends and neighbors, arrange car pools, spread the word as widely as possible, and do all you can to show your support.  A flyer promoting the rally that you can print to post or distribute is available at the link below.

Some groups in various areas of the state have arranged for bus transportation at reasonable rates.  The list of bus trips and the areas they serve are available on the PTCC website at www.ptcc.us/arc042312.htm

We absolutely need you to attend!  Feel free to bring signs, too, but be sure to not attach them to sticks – they’re not allowed in the Capitol.

How's Newt Doing?


Obamanomics In Action: U.S. Homeownership Hits Decade Low

U.S. Homeownership Hits Decade Low

Michelle Obama's Vacation in Spain Cost American Taxpayers $467,585

Michelle Obama's August 2010 Vacation in Spain Cost American Taxpayers $467,585 According to Records Obtained by Judicial Watch | Judicial Watch

Budget guts Pa. watchdog agencies, offices

 Three state offices that are supposed to investigate, prosecute and prevent public corruption are taking huge budget cuts, said Tim Potts, founder of the advocacy group Democracy Rising.

Budget guts Pa. watchdog agencies, offices - News - Citizens Voice

Incumbent Rep. Holden falls in PA as left takes down a moderate Democrat

Far-left Cartwright defeats Blue Dog Rep. Holden - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama 2012: #StillNotReady

Poll: Americans Support Medicare Reform, But Not on Their Dime

Americans Support Medicare Reform, But Not on Their Dime: Poll

Centrist lawmakers find themselves on losing end of 2012 races

Incumbent Democrats who opposed Obamacare were targeted by far-left special interest groups in this week's primaries. Further evidence the Democratic Party has been hijacked by liberal extremists.

Centrist lawmakers find themselves on losing end of 2012 races - TheHill.com

New Poll: Romney, Obama tied

Poll: Romney, Obama tied; voters say neither has plan for economy - The Hill's Ballot Box

Boehner: Obama should pay back taxpayers for campaign costs

Boehner: Obama should pay back taxpayers for campaign costs - TheHill.com

What Obama Recovery?

U.S. economy faces likely slowdown, big year-end decisions | McClatchy

Obama Solves Illegal Immigration Problem


Gov. Corbett Highlights Collaboration in Battling Cybercrime

Governor Corbett Highlights Collaboration in Battling Cybercrime

PA Insurance Department Announces Quarterly Enforcement Actions

PA Insurance Department Announces Quarterly Enforcement Actions

NLRB 'Working Overtime' to Boost Unions, Attorney Warns

NLRB 'Working Overtime' to Boost Unions, Attorney Warns

Census: Interracial and Interethnic Married Couples Grew by 28%

2010 Census Shows Interracial and Interethnic Married Couples Grew by 28 Percent over Decade

Connecticut is 17th state to abolish death penalty

Connecticut abolishes death penalty

Obama campaigns on taxpayers' dime

RNC Chair asks GAO to put the brakes on Obama junkets - HUMAN EVENTS

Newt Gingrich: Big Labor Tramples Employee Rights

Big Labor Tramples Employee Rights - HUMAN EVENTS

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

U.S. Financial Comfort Falls to New Low Under Obama

New Gallup Poll finds 60% of Americans say they make enough to live comfortably, down from 65% in 2011. Another example of the decline in standard of living under Barack Obama.

U.S. Financial Comfort Falls to New Low

U.S. Jail Population Declines for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. Jail Population Declines for Third Consecutive Year

Gallup: Romney tops Obama with religious voters

Religiousness a Key Factor for Romney and Obama Support

Viewing of Cyprus Documentary in Boston

A documentary about the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus will be screened in Boston on May 9.

Viewing of Cyprus Documentary in Boston

Obama, Congressional Dems want to tax your 401(k) retirement savings

Columnist: Obamacare's Newest Fraud

Sam Rohrer campaign falls short

Sam Rohrer ran a good campaign for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat but when your opponent has $5 million to spend and the party bosses back another candidate with questionable GOP credentials, it's hard to win.


Rohrer campaign falls short

How does Obama spend your tax dollars?

NAA: Newspaper Site Traffic Up 4.4% In First Quarter of 2012

About 113 million adults visited newspaper sites during the first quarter of 2012, according to Newspaper Association of America.

NAA: Newspaper Site Traffic Up 4.4% In Q1

Planned Parenthood intimidation campaign backfires

A $100,000 campaign by Planned Parentood to defeat a Republican candidate in a special election for an open legislative seat in Pennsylvania did not work. The Republican won the election on Tuesday.

Republican Mackenzie beats Slattery in 134th House Dist. special election

Report: More than $761M in restitution owed to Pennsylvania crime victims

Pennsylvania Honors Crime Victims, Focuses on Right to Restitution

Pennsylvania's Long Arm of the Law Could Stretch into Neighboring States

Pennsylvania's Long Arm of the Law Could Stretch into Neighboring States

PA Cyber Charter School begins enrolling students for 2012-13 school year

PA Cyber Charter School begins enrolling students for 2012-2013 school year

Gov. Corbett Announces $115M Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 17 Counties

Governor Corbett Announces $115 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 17 Counties

Obama Blinders

Pa. Republicans Welcome Longtime Democrat Tom Smith Under Big Tent

It's official. A 30-year Democrat by the name of Tom Smith will be the Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr.

Smith, who billed himself as a "conservative," defeated the Republican Party-endorsed Steve Welch, who finished third in a five-man race.

Party leaders were quick to embrace Smith under the Republican big tent.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement supporting Smith:

 "I'd like to congratulate Tom Smith on a hard-fought victory and endorse his candidacy. Tom is a self-made man from humble origins who understand the value of hard work. His understanding of job creation and his vast private sector experience is exactly what our government needs right now. I look forward to supporting his candidacy in the coming months."

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement:

"I congratulate U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith, Attorney General candidate David Freed, Auditor General candidate John Maher, and State Treasurer candidate Diana Irey Vaughan for their victories tonight and we are excited to help elect them in November."

"We have an incredible Republican grassroots network in Pennsylvania and I am excited to unite and focus on delivering big wins for our entire Republican team. We look forward to supporting Mitt Romney and all of our Republican candidates as we keep Pennsylvania red in November."

No word on Gov. Tom Corbett's reaction to Welch's embarrassing defeat.

Corbett, according to sources, insisted the party back Welch over better-known candidates like former state Rep. Sam Rohrer, who finished second in Tuesday's voting.

The Welch debacle is the latest political kiss of death involving Gov. Corbett, who has a habit of backing losing candidates.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Romney wins New York, sweeps 5 states

Mitt Romney has won the New York GOP primary. That gives him a sweep of all five Republican primaries held today.

'If I wanted America to fail'

Romney wins Pennsylvania

Mitt Romney has been declared the winner of the Pennsylvania Republican primary. He's won four of the five states where Republicans voted today. New York polls closed at 9 p.m. Will Romney sweep?

PA State Police to Accept Expired, Unwanted Prescription Drugs

PA State Police to Accept Expired, Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Romney wins Delaware primary

The Associated Press reports Mitt Romney has won the Delaware Republican primary. Romney is 3-for-3 so far tonight. Pennsylvania and New York results still not out. Romney expected to speak at 9 p.m.

Romney wins Conn., R.I. primaries

The Associated Press has declared Mitt Romney the winner in the Connecticut and Rhode Island Republican primaries. Results from three more states - Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, still to come.

Columnist: Voter ID gets lots of love on Pa. primary test run

Voter ID gets lots of love on Pa. primary test run

The meter is running


Opinion: Pennsylvania homeowners demand property tax relief

Pennsylvania homeowners demand property tax relief

Youth Prefer Jobs to 'Hope and Change'

From Commentary magazine: : The president is having a hard time rounding up the support of young people to generate enthusiasm and votes for his reelection campaign, no doubt because this time around, he’s forced to run on his record, verses vague promises of "hope" and "change."

Youth Prefer Jobs to Hope and Change

Columnist: Obamacare's Newest Fraud

Obamacare's Newest Fraud - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama wants to tax your 401(k)

Obama and Congressional Democrats have a plan to tax your 401(k). In a socialist society, nothing belongs to you. It belongs to the state.

Investor's Business Daily hammers the Washington political class for its latest duplicity: More than 30 years ago, lawmakers made a deal with Americans: Set up a retirement nest egg and we'll let you fill it with tax-free money. A financially troubled Washington now plans to break its word.

Read more at Investor's Business Daily.

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners Adopts 2012-13 Seasons and Bag Limits

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners Adopts 2012-13 Seasons and Bag Limits

New Report Released on Future of Community Colleges

Pennsylvania's Community Colleges Poised to Meet Challenges Set Forth in Report

Obama Requests a Doggy Bag

Law professor's book on Constitution offers lessons for Obama

FIU law professor publishes third book on the constitution - Need To Map - MiamiHerald.com

Suppose they gave an election and nobody came?

Voter turnout in my Pennsylvania precinct was the lowest in 20 years. You could hear the crickets chirping. I was the only voter in the building at 1 p.m. and there was nobody behind me when I left the precinct. And it took a whopping 5 extra seconds to show a valid photo ID for those Democrats concerned about delays under the state's new law.

Pennsylvania Joins Fight Against Cyber Threats

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and United Kingdom Officials to Address Government and Industry Collaboration on Fighting Cyber Threats

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Approves 15 New State Historical Markers

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Approves 15 New State Historical Markers

Monday, April 23, 2012

Obama Does It Again

It appears Obama has inadvertently solved the illegal immigration problem by making the U.S. economy so bad ... by killing off so many U.S. jobs that even illegals don't want to come here.

More Mexicans returning home, fewer immigrating to U.S. – USATODAY.com

Romney attacks Obama's economic record during stop in Pennsylvania

Romney attacks Obama's economic record during stop in Chester Township - delcotimes.com

Obama Grounds Space Program


Obama Cons Medicare Seniors to Gain Their Votes

Obama Cons Medicare Seniors to Gain Their Votes

An Easy Way for President Obama to Pay His Fair Share

An Easy Way for President Obama to Pay His Fair Share

Obama's come-uppance from Elie Wiesel

Blog: Obama's come-uppance from Elie Wiesel during self-serving visit to Holocaust Museum

Video: 'Test of Fire' Election 2012

Has Obama Run Out of Miracles?

George Will Asks Donna Brazile 'If Obama Can Stop the Seas From Rising Why Can't He Bring Down Gas Prices?' | NewsBusters.org

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces May Highlights

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces May Highlights

Obama runs out of excuses: The dog ate my homework

Rep. Joe Pitts: The dog ate my homework

Liberals Can't Count

WashPost Disguises 'About 40 People' Hung Out at DC's Earth Day Rally! | NewsBusters.org

Politico Co-Founder: Most Journalists I've Known Are Democrats

Politico Co-Founder: Most Journalists I've Known Are Democrats | NewsBusters.org

Secret Service Excited Over Prospect of Protecting Kim Kardashian


Columnist: Tom Corbett's Love Affair With The Democrats

Tom Corbett's Love Affair With The Democrats: An Election Letter Back At Ya'

Zippo Announces Date For Production of 500 Millionth Lighter

Zippo Announces Date For Production of 500 Millionth Lighter

PA Secretary of Aging Helps Launch Berks County 'Senior Center Without Walls'

Secretary of Aging Helps Launch Berks County 'Senior Center Without Walls'

Media Myth Debunked: Republicans Are More Informed About Politics Than Democrats

Media Myth Debunked: Republicans Are More Informed About Politics Than Democrats | NewsBusters.org

MRC's 'Media Bias 101' Links to Scores of Studies Showing Journalists' Liberal Views

Updated for 2012: The MRC’s 'Media Bias 101' Links to Scores of Studies Showing Journalists' Liberal Views | NewsBusters.org

Global warming guru admits he was wrong about climate change

Global warming guru admits he was wrong about climate change - HUMAN EVENTS

Group trying to change direction of Chester County GOP

Conservatives in Chester County are trying to win a bigger say in party politics in Pennsylvania's most Republican county.

Group trying to change direction of Chester County GOP

Black Conservative Mia Love Wins Utah GOP's 4th Congressional District Nod

Black Conservative Mia Love Wins Utah GOP's 4th Congressional District Nomination - HUMAN EVENTS

Lawmakers protest plan to axe 10,000 National Guard jobs

Lawmakers protest plan to axe 10,000 National Guard jobs - HUMAN EVENTS

Columnist: Three races to watch in Pennsylvania Tuesday

Three races to watch in Pennsylvania Tuesday - HUMAN EVENTS

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Big Fail: How's Obama Working For You?

The Big Fail: How's Obama Working For You? | RNC: Republican National Committee | GOP

The party of the rich

Why does the liberal media keep saying Republicans are the party of the rich? News Item: Obama enjoys 10-1 financial edge over Romney

Victoria's Secret Service


Report: Women lag in life-expectancy gains

I'm surprised Obama hasn't blamed this trend on the Republican Party yet.After all, Republicans have declared a "war on women," according to the Anointed One.

Women lag in life-expectancy gains – USATODAY.com

It's official: Obama is 'The Food-Stamp President'

The Food-Stamp President -- revisited - HUMAN EVENTS

Jeb Bush backs Marco Rubio for vice president

Jeb Bush backs Rubio for vice president

Disney studio boss quits after 'John Carter' loss

Poor Rich Ross. Just because you green-light a movie that ends up losing $200 million is no reason to lose your job, is it?

Disney studio boss quits after 'John Carter' loss – USATODAY.com

Girl born with no hands wins national penmanship award

Girl born with no hands wins national penmanship award

Government Gone Wild


Conservative Joseph Corrigan challenges Rep. Duane Milne

A conservative businessman wants to unseat incumbent Republican state Rep. Duane Milne in Chester County's 167th District. The primary is Tuesday, April 24.

East Whiteland business owner seeks to unseat Milne

Columnist: Turkey – A hostage to Cyprus

Comment: Turkey – a hostage to Cyprus

Opinion: Fund public schools with sales tax

An excellent letter to the editor from a Berks County resident on the logic of eliminating property taxes to fund Pennsylvania schools:

"Replacing all existing taxes with a single income tax levied on people for each level of government and the sales tax to fund schools would reduce the cost of tax collection, increase the efficiency, enable entrepreneurs to create jobs and reduce the price of everything."

Fund public schools with sales tax (4/19/12)

Palin: Ousted Secret Service agent who joked about her deserved to be fired

Palin: Ousted Secret Service agent who joked about her deserved to be fired - The Hill's Video

Romney has best month in fundraising, topping $12.5M

Romney has best month in fundraising, topping $12.5M - The Hill's Ballot Box

CBO: Obama 2013 budget will hurt economic growth

CBO estimates Obama 2013 budget will hit economic growth - The Hill's On The Money

Amateurs

Obama Caught Lying About Buffett Rule

Turns out Obama is fibbing when he keeps saying "majority of millionaires" want to pay more in taxes, according to The Washington Post's Fact Check column.

Check out: The Fact Checker: Does a majority of millionaires really support the Buffett Rule?

Ousted Secret Service supervisor joked about 'checking out' Sarah Palin

Ousted Secret Service supervisor joked about Sarah Palin

Boston Most Expensive Destination in the United States

Boston Most Expensive Destination in the United States, Report Reveals

PA DEP Awards Grants for Environmental Education and Stewardship

PA DEP Awards Grants for Environmental Education and Stewardship

PA Department of Health Stages Three-Day, Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

PA Department of Health Stages Three-Day, Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

In Honor of Earth Day

Columnist: We can’t hide from Obama’s NSA

Columnist Nat Hentoff on Obama's latest violation of the Constitution and the corrupt liberal media's silence: How many Americans know that as of September 2013, all of us engaged in any form of communication will be subject -- with the approval of President Barack Obama and the silence of Congress -- to continuous tracking and databasing by the National Security Agency? 

We can’t hide from Obama’s NSA

When did voters stop caring?

From The Mercury:
THORNS to the complacency of voters and would-be candidates as next Tuesday’s primary election approaches. In contrast to 2005-2006 when voter anger with the Pennsylvania Legislature pay raise spawned a class of primary election challengers, this year’s primary features virtually no contests in this region and few throughout the state. The lack of challenges isn’t because the Legislature has become more effective or because there are no more shenanigans in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania still has the most costly and among the most corrupt government bodies in the nation. When did voters stop caring? 
Roses and thorns: House rehab, voter apathy, cleanups

Earth Day Special: The Media's Top 25 Wackiest Environmental Quotes

Earth Day Special: The Media's Top 25 Wackiest Environmental Quotes | NewsBusters.org

So Far, Media Mum on Obama's Defense Secretary: $1 Million for Commuting Costs?

So Far, Media Mum on Obama's Defense Secretary: A Million Dollars for Commuting Costs? | NewsBusters.org

Tony Phyrillas to speak Friday at Montgomery County Community College

Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury's award-winning political columnist and blogger, will be the featured speaker at the Seventh Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo Friday, April 20, 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 session 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 Rep. Quigley, Montgomery County Community College, the TriCounty Community Network and The Mercury, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Along with more than 80 participating vendors, other Expo highlights include free caricatures by Alan MacBain, The Mercury's award-winning editorial cartoonist; musical performances by the Pottstown Middle School Woodwinds Ensemble and Pottstown High School Show Choir; as well as five cash drawings for $100 each.

All programs, health screenings, demonstrations and entertainment are free to the public. Parking is also free.

Traffic Safety Coalition Announces New Safety Campaign in Pennsylvania

Traffic Safety Coalition Announces New Safety Campaign in Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 19, 2012

NRA Man of the Year: Barack Obama

From The Washington Times:
The economic impact of the firearms industry is up 66 percent since the beginning of the Great Recession, providing an unexpected shot in the arm for the economy, according to a new study.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation claims that the economic impact of firearm sales — a figure that includes jobs. taxes and sales — hit $31 billion in 2011, up from $19 billion in 2008.

Jobs in the firearms business jumped 30 percent from 2008 to 2011, when the industry employed 98,750.

The industry paid $2.5 billion in federal taxes in 2011, up 66 percent in three years.
Gun industry's economic impact skyrockets during Obama years - Washington Times

'Obama's Favorite Amendment'

Teen Seat Belt Use is Significantly Higher in States with Stronger Laws

Teen Seat Belt Use is Significantly Higher in States with Stronger Laws

In Primetime TV Dramas, Drug Users Are Not Arrested

In Primetime TV Dramas, Drug Users Are Not Arrested

Brandywine River Museum to Offer Tours of Andrew Wyeth's Studio

Brandywine River Museum to Offer Tours of Andrew Wyeth's Studio

Preservation Board Protects Nearly 2,200 Acres of Prime PA Farmland

Preservation Board Protects Nearly 2,200 Acres of Prime PA Farmland

RIP: Levon Helm of The Band



Levon Helm, drummer and singer for The Band, has died at age 71. He had been battling cancer since 1998.

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 Seventh Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo Friday, April 20, 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 session 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 Rep. Quigley, Montgomery County Community College, the TriCounty Community Network and The Mercury, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Along with more than 80 participating vendors, other Expo highlights include free caricatures by Alan MacBain, The Mercury's award-winning editorial cartoonist; musical performances by the Pottstown Middle School Woodwinds Ensemble and Pottstown High School Show Choir; as well as five cash drawings for $100 each.

All programs, health screenings, demonstrations and entertainment are free to the public. Parking is also free.

'Secret' Service

Pundit: Obama Could Lose Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes could go Republican in 2012 says veteran pollster - HUMAN EVENTS

Gary Bauer: What Romney can do to rally Santorum voters

What Romney can do to rally Santorum voters - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama solidifies title as Food Stamp President

On average, 45 million people received SNAP benefits each month in fiscal year 2011, which represents a 70 percent increase over the roughly 26 million people (or one of every 11) who received benefits in 2007. A new report says more Americans will rely on food stamps through the year 2014.

CBO | An Overview of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

NBC Pounces on Ted Nugent Comments, Ignores Obama's Own History of Violent Metaphors

NBC Pounces on Ted Nugent Comments, Ignores Obama's Own History of Violent Metaphors | NewsBusters.org

The 'Jimmy Buffett' Rule

'Ann Romney for First Lady' stickers big hit in Pennsylvania

'Ann Romney for First Lady' stickers big hit in Lancaster - HUMAN EVENTS

John Stossel: Why government fails -- but individuals succeed

John Stossel: Why government fails -- but individuals succeed - HUMAN EVENTS

Columnist: Is the Labor Department playing politics?

Is the Labor Department playing politics? - HUMAN EVENTS

New Report Says Reid's Senate Is Lazy, But They Have Had Fun Too!

Obama wages 'war on coal' in Pennsylvania

Obama wages 'war on coal' in Pennsylvania - HUMAN EVENTS

Teacher upset she can't retire at 47

Teacher upset she can't retire at 47 - HUMAN EVENTS

PA Gov. Corbett Announces Canadian Manufacturer to Relocate to Montgomery County

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Canadian Manufacturer to Relocate to Montgomery County, Create 97 New Jobs

Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.5%

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation for March 2012

Hitler Finds Out Obama Ate His Dog

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Suspicious

Should Pennsylvania Republican voters be concerned that the state's two leading liberal newspapers (Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) have both recommended Steve Welch as the GOP nominee to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr.?

Both papers will endorse Casey in the fall, so are they steering voters to a weak Republican candidate?

Welch is a former Democrat has has publicly admitted to voting for Barack Obama. How can he criticize Casey's voting record (98% with Obama) ?

Abortion lobby targets GOP candidate in 134th House Dist.

Voters in Lehigh and Berks counties should be aware that the Planned Parenthood abortion-on-demand lobby is spending heavily to influence a state legislative race in an attempt to intimidate anti-abortion candidates.

Voters should be concerned that out-of-state special interests are running a propaganda campaign to prevent the Legislature from enacting tighter controls over abortions in Pennsylvania in the wake of the Philadelphia abortion clinic scandal.

Republican Ryan Mackenzie is the reform candidate for the 134th House District seat formerly held by Rep. Doug Reichley.

For more on Planned Parenthood's campaign, see Politico.com

For more information about Ryan Mackenzie, check out his campaign website, http://ryanforpa.com/

Gov. Corbett Announces Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Nominations, Appointments

Gallup: Mitt Romney: 48% - Barack Obama 44%

Gallup Presidential Election Trial Heat Results: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Obama's Coalition of the Enraged

Articles: Obama's Coalition of the Enraged

There's a Tax for That - Obama

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Hypocrisy

After Weeks of Ignoring Bill Maher's Vileness, NBC's Today Freaks Over Ted Nugent's Violent Rhetoric | NewsBusters.org

Liberalism After Liberalism: How can we affirm human dignity when liberalism no longer can?

Wilfred M. McClay: Liberalism after Liberalism

11 Tips to Make a Viral Video

Learn 11 Tips to Make a Viral Video in a Free Report from Videomaker

Photo ID Not Required for April 24 Pennsylvania Primary

Pennsylvania Secretary of Commonwealth Announces Simplified Process for Obtaining Voter ID, Reminds Voters Photo ID Not Required for April 24 Primary

Gov. Corbett Announces 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

Governor Corbett Announces 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

Knuckleheads

National Debt Has Increased By $5 Trillion Under Obama

Obama is now the $5 Trillion Man - He has increased the national debt by more than $5 trillion in just three years. Can we afford a second term? How worthless will the U.S. dollar be after Obama is through with us?

The $5 Trillion Man: Debt Has Increased Under Obama by $5,027,761,476,484.56 | CNSNews.com

Columnist: Obama pushes divisive politics, bad economics

Ralph Reiland: Obama pushes divisive politics, bad economics

Columnist: Democrats take a hit on women’s rights

Gil Spencer: Democrats take a hit on women’s rights

Cut funds to teachers unions, speaker tells Berks County GOP faithful

Cut funds to teachers unions, speaker tells GOP faithful

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why nothing changes in Harrisburg

Tired of the lack of accomplishments by Pennsylvania lawmakers? Voters have themselves to blame.

If you're wondering why nothing changes in Harrisburg, here's an interesting fact reported by The Associated Press: 10 state senators and 85 state representatives face no opposition in the April 24 primary election, and the other 133 districts will in most cases be contested only in November. Just four sitting senators and 28 incumbent representatives have an opponent in the primary.

In Pa. legislative primary, good year for incumbents

ObamaCare's $4 Trillion Tax Hike

TAX DAY REPORT: ObamaCare's $4 Trillion Tax Hike - United States Senator Jim DeMint

The Race Is Still Not Over!

IRS: 98,000 federal employees owe $1 billion in back taxes.

Hey, Obama. Instead of wasting time on that "Buffett Rule" gimmick, why not go after all the tax cheats working for you?

Sen. Brown: Bill targets tax scofflaws in Congress

Opinion: Media challenged to provide all the voting stats

Media challenged to provide all the voting stats

PennDOT Launches New Safety Effort, Highlights Distracted Driving

PennDOT Launches New Safety Effort, Highlights Distracted Driving

The President, a Billionaire, & a Bad Idea Walk Into a Bar…

The President, a Billionaire, & a Bad Idea Walk Into a Bar… - United States Senator Jim DeMint

MADD: 25% of Teen Drinkers Get Alcohol from a Parent or Family Member

MADD Highlights New Data Showing that a Quarter of Teen Drinkers Get Alcohol from a Parent or Family Member

Liberal Admits Obamanomics Hurts Women Most

Stephanopoulos Agrees 92% Women Job Losses Statistic ‘Accurate’ After ABC’s World News Called It ‘Mostly False’ | NewsBusters.org

Media Misinformation Campaign Succeeds

Media Misinformation Campaign Succeeds: 'Most Americans Say Tax System Favors Wealthy' | NewsBusters.org

NewsBusted 4/17/12

Columnist: Obama's Tax Return Is a Masterful 'Political Document'

Fortune's Allan Sloan: Obama's Tax Return Is a Masterful 'Political Document' | NewsBusters.org

Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists Selected

Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists Selected

PA Announces Disciplinary Actions Against 120 Licensed Professionals

PA Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 120 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

Gov. Corbett Appoints Career FBI Agent to Lead PA Homeland Security

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Appoints Career FBI Agent to Lead Homeland Security

Happy Tax Day!

Public forum on Antietam School District budget on April 25

The Antietam School District in Berks County will hold a public forum to present the proposed 2012-13 school year budget next Wednesday evening, April 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mt. Penn Primary School auditorium.

All community members are welcome to attend.

New Poll: Romney 47%, Obama 45%

Romney, Obama in Tight Race as Gallup Daily Tracking Begins

Monday, April 16, 2012

Who's the rich guy? Obama, Romney duel over status

I'm curious about people who have a problem with Romney's wealth.

FDR was a very rich man yet Democrats had no problem nominating him. Same for John Kennedy and let's not forget John F. Kerry. Why the hypocrisy?

And would you rather have a president who was a success in the business world or a community organizer who has failed repeatedly?

Who's the rich guy? Obama, Romney duel over status

What is your Digital Personality?

IBM Survey Reveals Digital Behavioral Trends for Consumers: What is your Digital Personality?

Sen. Toomey on Buffett Rule 'gimmick'

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Ceremonially Signs Small Games of Chance Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Ceremonially Signs Small Games of Chance Bill in Cumberland County

Eric Holder Is Short on Facts As He Opposes Voter ID Laws

RNLA: Desperate Attorney General Misquotes Survey

PA Insurance Department Approves Harleysville, Nationwide Merger

PA Insurance Department Approves Harleysville, Nationwide Merger

9 Pennsylvania residents prosecuted for Welfare fraud

Office of Inspector General Announces March 2012 Welfare Fraud Adjudications

Gun rights group to NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 'It's not Imported Guns, it's Your Exported Criminals'

CCRKBA to Bloomberg: 'It's not Imported Guns, it's Your Exported Criminals'

More Obama Flexibility

Rep. Joe Pitts Tours Brenntag North America's Reading, Pa., Facility

Rep. Joe Pitts Tours Brenntag North America's Reading, PA Facility

PA Certifies $782.5M for Statewide Property Tax Relief

That's a bit shy of the $1 billion former Gov. Ed Rendell promised.

Budget Secretary Certifies $782.5 Million for Statewide Property Tax Relief

DEP Invites Schools, Students to Join Fight Against Litter

DEP Invites Schools, Students to Join Fight Against Litter

Top Obama advisor endorses Romney for President

Obama's brain inadvertently endorses Mitt Romney for president.

Top Obama advisor endorses Romney for President - HUMAN EVENTS

Remember to mark your calendar for April 17

TAX FREEDOM DAY! Remember to mark your calendar for April 17th - HUMAN EVENTS

345,000 visitors to TONY PHYRILLAS ON POLITICS

My site counter has recorded 345,000 unique visitors. Thanks for checking out the blog ... and come back again.

From 'Hope' to Hypocrisy: Excuses, Excuses

Editorial: 'Tilted' property taxes a serious issue in Pa.

Pennsylvania newspapers are getting behind House Bill 1776 to eliminate school property taxes. Make sure your state legislator supports the bill before you go to the polls on April 24.

EDITORIAL: 'Tilted' property taxes a serious issue in Pa. - delcotimes.com

There's a Tax for That - Obama

Only voters can stop insidious spread of socialism

Columnist and author Diana West has some advice for Mitt Romney: "To date, Mitt Romney has balked at labeling President Obama or even his policies as socialist, probably calculating that the label distracts from his arguments. I implore him to reconsider lest Obama's and the Democrats' stealth socialism finish off the country once and for all."

Only voters can stop insidious spread of socialism

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pascha - Anastasi Hymn - in Greek

Newspaper: Voice your support for property tax reform

Pennsylvania taxpayers need to get behind House Bill 1776 if they want to see school property taxes eliminated.

Voice your support for property tax reform

Editorial: Ed Rendell's Act 1 has failed

Exclude exceptions; make schools go before taxpayers (4/15/12)

2012 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

The Tomb is Empty! Christ is Risen!

Η ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ 1

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ Πέτρος ΓΑΪΤΑΝΟΣ

'He's Alive!'

Χριστός Ανέστη

Χριστός Ανέστη - Γλυκερία

Hristos Anesti - Christ is Risen!

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς 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!

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ - ΣΟΦΙΑ ΜΑΝΟΥ-ΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΑ ΛΕΧΟΥ

Saturday, April 14, 2012

ORTHODOX RESURRECTION SERVICE - ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ

Titanic sermons, 100 years later

A fascinating look at the demise of the Titanic, including the boast that, "God Himself couldn’t sink this ship."

Titanic sermons, 100 years later

Opinion: School property tax increases never stop

Tax increases never stop (4/14/12)

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

Awesome: Atlantic Carries 1,800-Word Story on John Edwards Trial, Never Tags Him or Author as Dems | NewsBusters.org

Top 10 miscarriages of the Obama Justice Department

Top 10 miscarriages of the Justice Department - HUMAN EVENTS

Weekly Republican Address: An alternative to Obama's failed energy policies

A tale of two Easters

One of the benefits of being an Orthodox Christian living in America is the ability to celebrate Easter twice. For most Christians, Easter was celebrated on April 8. But the 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Easter on April 15.

Easter fell on the same date for the Western (Catholic/Protestant) churches and the Eastern (Orthodox) churches in 2011, but that's a rare occasion. And aving the two dates a week apart (as we do this year) is not as confusing as some years when the two "Easter" celebrations could be four or five weeks apart.

Easter is a moveable holiday on the Christian calendar. It can be celebrated as early as March or as late as May. To understand why the Western churches (primarily the Catholic Church) celebrate Easter on a different date than the Eastern churches (or Orthodox), you need to know a little history.

The Christian Church was founded on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. — 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox branch believes it has maintained the same tradition for the past 2,000-plus years and can trace its liturgy to the original teachings and traditions of Jesus and the apostles.

For the first 1,000 years, there was one Christian Church — the one that was persecuted by the Romans until the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and made it the state religion. As the empire grew, the center of church authority began to splinter into rival factions, one centered in Constantinople (still the home base of the Orthodox Church although the city is now called Instanbul), and the other based in Rome (eventually the Vatican City), where popes rule the Catholic Church.

The official split came in 1054 A.D. when the Patriarch of Rome (also known as the Pope of Rome) broke away from the Eastern church in what religious scholars refer to as the "Great Schism."

The major difference between the Catholic and the Orthodox Christian churches is the Catholic belief in the infallibility of the Pope.

The Eastern churches are autonomous, headed by senior bishops known as patriarchs, and do not recognize the authority of the pope. His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, is the 270th successor of the 2,000 year-old Christian Church founded by St. Andrew.

Bartholomew is the "first among equals" of the Orthodox Primates, who govern their respective churches in Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Since the "Great Schism," the Catholic Church has splintered into various other denominations.

The Lutheran Church was founded by Martin Luther in 1522. The Anglican Church of England was founded by King Henry VIII in 1534. The Presbyterian Church was founded by John Knox of Scotland in 1580. The Congregational Church was founded by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582. The Baptist Church was founded by John Smyth in Amsterdam in 1606. The Dutch Reformed Church was founded in New York in 1628 by Michelis Jones. The Protestant Episcopal Church is an offshoot on the Church of England and was founded by Samuel Seabury in the American Colonies in the 18th Century. The Methodist Church was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1774. The Unitarian Church was founded by Theophilus Lindley in London in 1774. The Mormon Church (Latter Day Saints) was founded by Joseph Smith in 1829.

The Protestant churches also splintered into various branches: Church of the Nazarene, Pentecostal Churches, Holiness Church, Assemblies of God Churches, and many Bible and Evangelical and non-denominational churches, as well as the Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Orthodox Church has changed little in 2,000 years, although it has taken on the identify and customs of the countries it serves.

In Greece and Cyprus, the Greek Orthodox Church is dominant. In Russia, it's the Russian Orthodox Church. You also have Romanian, Antiochan, Bulgarian, Carpatho-Russian, Albanian, Serbian and Ukrainian churches. All celebrate the same liturgy, but do so in different languages. In the U.S., the largest Eastern Orthodox denomination is governed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, based in New York City.

Which brings us back to why Easter is celebrated twice. The formula for Easter is the same for both Catholic and Orthodox churches: The holiday is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Vernal Equinox, but the churches base the date on different calendars — Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the standard calendar for much of the world, while Orthodox churches use the older Julian calendar.

Eastern Orthodox church leaders also believe Easter should fall after the Jewish Passover because the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ took place after he entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In the Western Church, Easter often precedes Passover.

That's why Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter this Sunday.

2012 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Friday, April 13, 2012

218 Reasons Not to Vote for Obama

218 Reasons Not to Vote for Obama (It’s all sourced)

'Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?' - Johnny Cash



A solemn song by Johnny Cash appropriate on this Orthodox Good Friday.

Budget deficit to top $1 trillion for 4th straight year

Budget deficit to top $1 trillion for 4th straight year

Obama defends his lavish vacations

Obama defends vacations: We're working hard

Crossroads knocks Obama in coal states

Crossroads knocks Obama in coal states with new radio ad - The Hill's Ballot Box

Chester County declares ban on open burning

The Chester County Board of Commissioners has declared a ban on open burning for all Chester County residents and businesses, effective immediately.

From a press releases issued Friday afternoon:

The temporary 30-day ban is based on current weather conditions and forecasted conditions, as well as the recent wildfire in French Creek State Park. Gusting winds, combined with dry fields and forests have made conditions extremely unstable for open burning.

Open burning of any combustible material out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened), fire ring or on the ground is banned. This includes the burning of garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper and vegetation from land that has been cleared.

The lack of green foliage in the spring, little rainfall, low humidity and sunny, windy days have increased the chances of forest and brush fires spreading. The William Penn Forestry District 17, which covers Chester County, advises on its website that conditions today are “extreme”, meaning fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely.

“The Forestry District may elevate these conditions to “Red Flag Warning” over the weekend, indicating that critical fire weather conditions are either currently occurring or will shortly be occurring,” said Robert Kagel, Chester County Department of Emergency Services Deputy Director for Emergency Management.

For more information on fire conditions for wildfires and open burning, go to the Pennsylvania Fire Wardens Association District 17 website, www.pffwal17.org.