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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Newspaper: Gov. Corbett, Pa. Legislature must fix pension crisis in 2013

EDITORIAL: In 2013, Corbett must fix pension crisis - delcotimes.com

Spendaholics Anonymous


18 Films to Look Forward to in 2013

18 Films to Look Forward to in 2013 - The Atlantic

Immigration status check to be required for some Pa. workers starting Jan. 1

Status check to be required for some Pa. workers

An excuse to run this bikini photo again



I don't care what Donald Trump thinks. I still say Sheena Monnin should have won.

 Ex-Miss Pa. shocked by $5M ruling against her

Economics professor schools Obama on taxes, the rich and fairness

Ralph R. Reiland: Taxes, 'the rich' and 'fairness'

Columnist: Liberal media trying to win gun-control argument with insults

GIL SPENCER: Media trying to win gun-control argument with insults - delcotimes.com

Even a 5-Point Swing Wouldn't Have Saved Romney

Even a 5-Point Swing Wouldn't Have Saved Romney

Who Is The Better Super-Hero? Batman v. Spider-Man

Batman v. Spider-Man

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lefty's Bar


Top 1% of US taxpayers pay as much as the entire bottom 95%

In case you were dumb enough to fall for Obama's line that the rich aren't paying their "fare share," here's proof that the top 1% of income earners pay as much in federal income taxes as the bottom 95%. Feeling pretty stupid? You probably should have stayed home on Election Day.

The top 1% of US taxpayers pay almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom 95%, and half of that bottom group paid no taxes at all in 2010

Obama, Democrats to usher in higher taxes in 2013

Welcome to Obama's Second Term. Get ready to pay a lot more in taxes.

A reminder of where taxes are headed in 2013

James Pethokoukis: The best and worst economic ideas of 2012

The best and worst economic ideas of 2012

Obama OKs $11B in Pay Raises For Biden, Congress, Government Workers

Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

Inside The Minds of Liberals

Milk prices could reach $6 to $8 per gallon if Congress fails to act

Deal needed to avoid disastrous milk price increase - Opinion - Citizens' Voice

How is Obama giving more money to career politicians going to help your family?

Hey libs, this is what you voted for? How is Obama giving more money to career politicians going to help your family?

Obama signs executive order giving Biden, Congress pay raises

‘The Hobbit’ passes $200M in domestic box office

‘Hobbit’ bests newcomers to retain top spot with $10.7 mil; pic surpasses $200 mil domestic | Variety

Senate Republicans trying to cut pork from Hurricane Sandy bill

Senate Republicans trying to cut pork from Hurricane Sandy bill - Human Events

Social TV chatter grows 800% on Twitter over 2012

Social TV chatter grows 800% on Twitter over 2012 | Variety

Sen. Roy Blunt Delivers Weekly GOP Address On Avoiding The Fiscal Cliff

The Most Popular Pages on Wikipedia in 2012

The Most Popular Pages on Wikipedia in 2012: Facebook, One Direction and … Cul De Sacs?

Record number of U.S. bank failures since Obama took office

Facts and numbers on U.S. bank failures since 2008

Friday, December 28, 2012

Columnist: Kate Upton, Chris Christie, Barack Obama and all of 2012

Jeff Edelstein: Kate Upton, Chris Christie, Barack Obama and all of 2012

Feds Spend $110 Billion on 'Food Assistance'

Feds Spend $110 Billion on 'Food Assistance' Per Year

Obama Orders Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

Get ready to dig deeper into your pockets so the permanent political class in Washington, D.C., can line its own pockets. Feeling a little stupid for voting for Obama again?

Obama Orders Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

So Much For Gun Control Laws: Chicago Reaches 500 Homicides

It appears gun-control laws are not working out so well in Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago, where criminals with guns refuse to obey the law and keep shooting people.

Chicago Reaches 500 Homicides

What A Way To Begin The New Year


John Stossel: Charity begins with wealth creation

John Stossel: Charity begins with wealth creation - Human Events

Jackson's departure from EPA 'no accident'

After forcing hundreds of U.S. companies out of business over the past four years with tons of new federal regulations, Lisa Jackson is leaving EPA. Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their jobs thanks to Jackson. Her work is done.

Jackson's departure from EPA 'no accident' - Human Events

Five Blasts of Bias from the New York Times in 2012

Five Blasts of Bias from the New York Times in 2012 | Media Research Center

Ann Coulter: Kwanzaa: Holiday brought to you by the FBI

Ann Coulter: Kwanzaa: Holiday brought to you by the FBI - Conservative News

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vandals topple gravestones at historic Pa. cemetery

What kind of degenerates get their kicks from desecrating a cemetery? We live in a sick, sad world.

Dozens of gravestones toppled at Aulenbach's Cemetery

$16.4 Trillion debt ceiling to be hit Dec. 31

Obama and his free-spending pals in D.C. will max out their credit cards on Dec. 31. Time to open new accounts and start charging again.

Great News: 16.4 Trillion debt ceiling to be hit Dec 31 | RedState

Ugg boot ban gave Pottstown its 15 minutes of fame

Top Local Stories of 2012: Ugg boot ban put Pottstown on the map

Desperate Screams of the Liberal Press Clowns

Desperate Screams of the Press Clowns | RedState

PA to crack down on illegal workers starting Jan. 1


   
    Pennsylvania Department of General Services Prepares to Implement Public Works Employee Verification Act (via PR Newswire)
   

       Act goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of General Services has launched a new website to assist contractors, subcontractors and state and local government bodies bidding public works projects in meeting the requirements of the Public…
   

 

 

Preparing For The Cliff


PA State Police: 7 Killed In Christmas Holiday Crashes


 

   
    Seven Killed in Christmas Holiday Crashes Investigated by Pennsylvania State Police (via PR Newswire)
   

       HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven people were killed and 315 others were injured in the 1,336 crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police during Christmas holiday driving period. From Dec. 21 through Dec. 25, 2012, State Police investigated a total of 1,336 crashes…
   

 

 

Why 2013 Will Suck

What Not to Look Forward to in 2013 - NationalJournal.com

Gallup: In U.S., 77% Identify as Christian

In U.S., 77% Identify as Christian

How's That Hope And Change Working Out For You?

Poll: Majority expect recession in 2013 - The Hill's On The Money

Not Taking Any Chances


2013 brings new Pa. laws on social issues, drinking, more

2013 brings new Pa. laws on social issues, drinking, more

Christmas bust for retailers thanks to Obamanomics

John Hayward: The Christmas bust | Human Events

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

With Election Over, Americans Find They Were Duped By Obama, Democrats

Investor's Business Daily: 
It hasn't been two months since Barack Obama won re-election, but already we're finding out things that were kept from us during the campaign. Expect to hear more in the coming months.
If you can handle the truth, read the rest of this editorial in Investor's Business Daily. If you're one of those Obama zombies, just go back to searching for a brain.

Pastor Rick Warren on Obama: 'Our Nation Is More Divided Than Any Time Since Civil War'

Rick Warren on Obama: 'Our Nation Is More Divided Than Any Time Since Civil War' | Human Events

Kicking The Can Down The Road


Columnist: Firing an 'Irresistible' Woman Is Not a Victory for Family Values

Paul Pauker: Firing an 'Irresistible' Woman Is Not a Victory for Family Values

What is EPA Chief Lisa Jackson hiding?

What is EPA Chief Lisa Jackson hiding? - Human Events

Partial list of taxes and fees under Obamacare

 For you Democratic dipsticks who thought Obamacare was going to be free, here's a partial list of taxes and fees under Obama's health care overhaul.

Partial list of taxes and fees in health overhaul - phillyburbs.com

Editorial: The mentally ill need access to treatment

EDITORIAL: The mentally ill need access to treatment - delcotimes.com

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Operation Holiday delivers for local families

Thanks to the efforts of The Mercury and its readers, 237 families needy families in the Pottstown, Pa., area (including 629 children) enjoyed a Christmas dinner and presents under the tree for the kids.

Operation Holiday delivers for local families

'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' - Enya

Obamacare tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

Obamacare tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

U2 'I Believe in Father Christmas'

Rep. Ted Poe: Goodwill and generosity are alive and well in America

Poe: Goodwill and generosity are alive and well in America - Human Events

Pat Buchanan: Christmas in an anti-Christian age

Buchanan: Christmas in an anti-Christian age - Human Events

Phil Spector Christmas Side 1

Handel - For Unto Us A Child Is Born w/ lyrics

Jimmy Eat World - 'Last Christmas'

Ray Conniff - 6 Christmas Songs

Charley Reese: Never surrender Christmas values and traditions

Charley Reese: Never surrender Christmas values and traditions

Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Merry Christmas!

To all my Greek friends across the globe:

Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Merry Christmas!)

Christmas in a Nutshell

Frank Sinatra Christmas songs

The Waitresses - 'Christmas Wrapping'


Josh Groban 'What Child is This?'

Carpenters - DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? (1984)

The Christmas Story, Luke 2:1-20

Today’s holiday celebrates the birth of Christ as told here from the King James Bible, Luke 2:1-20. Regardless of religious persuasion, the story offers a tale of simplicity and hope to a world in need.

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David).
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
‘And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."

Diana Krall - ★White Christmas★

'If Every Day Was Like Christmas' by Elvis Presley

Carpenters - 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day'

Linus Explains What Christmas Is All About

Move Over, Santa


O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

Christmas story holds a message of hope for all

Christmas story holds a message of hope for all

Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Merry Christmas!

To all my Greek friends across the globe: Καλά Χριστούγεν να! (Merry Christmas!)

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

Monday, December 24, 2012

'Christ is Born' - The Carpenters

The Grinch Song


CAROL OF THE BELLS (WITH LYRICS)

'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' by Frank Sinatra

President Ronald Reagan Christmas Address From 1981

'Mary's Boy Child' - Tom Jones & David Foster

'Silent Night' - The Carpenters

'I Believe In Father Christmas' - Greg Lake

Nat King Cole - 'The First Noel'

'Holly Jolly Christmas' with Lyrics - Burl Ives


'Carol Of The Bells' - Celtic Woman

Karen Carpenter - 'Ave Maria'

The true meaning of Christmas - Charlie Brown, Snoopy & Linus

Nat King Cole - 'Silent Night'

MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING (1992 Remix) - THE CARPENTERS

'If Every Day Was Like Christmas Time' - Elvis Presley

Rebecca St. James - 'Emmanuel'

Nat King Cole - 'O Holy Night'

Diana Krall - The Christmas Song

Nat King Cole - 'Joy To The World'

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Nat King Cole - 'O Come All Ye Faithful'

'Silent Night' - Jackie Evancho


Putting Christ back into Christmas

Tony Phyrillas: Putting Christ back into Christmas

Obama: You will vote, or else!

George F. Will: Obama to push for mandatory voter registration?

Nat King Cole - 'Hark, The Herald Angels Sing'

Nat King Cole - 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'

Nat King Cole - 'The Christmas Song'

Merry Christmas From Victoria's Secret Models

Nat King Cole - 'God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen'

Nat King Cole - 'Caroling, Caroling (Christmas Bells Are Ringing)'

'Come On Santa' - The Raveonettes

'O Tannenbaum' - Vince Guaraldi Trio

Jimmy Eat World 'Last Christmas'

Chutzpah: Ed Rendell says our deficit spending must end

Former two-term Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell,  who left office with a $4.5 billion deficit and never signed a budget on time in eight years, is offering advice on how to deal with the national debt. That's the definition of chutzpah!

Another View -- Lou D'Allesandro and Ed Rendell: Our deficit spending must end

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Grinch city shuts down Christmas tree handout

From WND: A Christmas tree farmer who wanted to hand out Christmas trees to low-income families and accept donations for a cancer fund has been ordered by the city of Waynesboro, Va., to close down his initiative.

Grinch city shuts down Christmas tree handout

Have Yourself a Very Liberal Christmas

President Ronald Reagan Christmas address (12/23/81)

Obama announces new wave of job-killing regulations

Obama announces new wave of proposed regulations - Washington Times

A CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYLIST FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY

ACLU Crashes First Nativity


Editorial: National popular vote bill provides a better way to elect a president

National popular vote bill provides a better way to elect a president

Christmas Time is a Celebration of Human Worth and Dignity

Christmas Time is a Celebration of Human Worth and Dignity | LifeNews.com

2012 Conservative of the Year


Newspaper: Auto bailout leaves taxpayers with chump change

EDITORIAL: Bailout leaves taxpayers with chump change - delcotimes.com

Top Democrat On Gun Control: 'Confiscation Could Be an Option'

Top Democrat On Gun Control: "Confiscation Could Be an Option" | Human Events

For some, Christmas is not a time of joy

Rev. Thomas Lane Butts: For some, Christmas is not a time of joy

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Unemployment and Poverty in America: 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 Almost Too Crazy to Believe

Unemployment and Poverty in America: 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 that are Almost too Crazy to Believe…

Mother Teresa on Christmas

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

If you want record income tax revenue, extend the Bush tax cuts

If you want record income tax revenue, extend the Bush tax cuts

Columnist: The Auto Bailout Failure Is Now Complete

David Harsanyi: The Auto Bailout Failure Is Now Complete - Human Events

Disturbing: U.S. Lost More Troops to Suicide Than Combat in 2012

US Lost More Troops to Suicide Than Combat in 2012

Obama's second term mandate won't make it to Obama's second term

Obama's second term mandate won't make it to Obama's second term

Krauthammer: The roots of mass murder

Charles Krauthammer: The roots of mass murder - Human Events

The 7 most illuminating economic charts of 2012

The 7 most illuminating economic charts of 2012

Does it take 3 cops to subdue topless female protester?





I'm amazed how difficult it is for these law-enforcement officers to subdue a topless woman. I get the impression they're enjoying their work too much. An activist of the Ukrainian movement Femen is arrested after she protested in front of the European Council building shouting Russia's President Putin is the Apocalypse, during the EU-Russia summit, in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

NJ Bar Loses License For Allegedly Serving Booze To Underage Stripper

Notice that the bar is in trouble with state authorities for allegedly serving alcohol to the teenage girl to "loosen her up" before she stripped ... not for the stripping itself.

License Suspended For Bar Accused Of Serving Alcohol To Teen - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Ironic: Teacher pension funds invested in gun makers

Interesting that the people who supervise investments for the nation's massive teacher unions did not have a problem investing in gun manufacturers before the school massacre in Connecticut. Now they're scrambling to divest their portfolios.

From The Associated Press: 
For years, the gun industry has been a reliable investment, attracting tens of millions of dollars from some of the nation’s largest retirement funds. The firearms business has been strong, driven by relaxed laws for carrying concealed handguns and by buyers who feared that tighter gun restrictions were more likely under President Obama. 

But after the bloodbath in Connecticut, the practice is under review in at least four states, including two of the most populous, California and New York.
 I guess as long as the pension funds were returning a solid profit, it didn't matter where the money was placed? What say you liberals?

Teacher pension funds reconsider investments in gun makers

Stuck In The Middle


America's growing government class under Obama

Paul Kengor: America’s growing government class

U.S. Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

U.S. Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

As long as we are banning stuff...

As long as we are banning stuff...

Pennsylvania launches government transparency website


 

   
    Governor Corbett Unveils PennWATCH Transparency Website (via PR Newswire)
   

       HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett ushered in a new era of transparency and accountability in state government today with the launch of Pennsylvania's transparency website, known as PennWATCH at http://www.pennwatch.pa.gov. Corbett was joined today by the…
   

 

 

The Ugly Politics of Piers Morgan

The Ugly Politics of Piers Morgan

Scott Walker: Conservative of the Year 2012

Scott Walker: Conservative of the Year 2012 - Human Events

The great global warming swindle


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Racist New York Times op-ed beyond appalling

Amazing what liberals can get away with saying.

Racism at the Times

Will Benghazi Haunt Hillary in 2016?

Will Benghazi Haunt Hillary in 2016?

Police: Man threw bananas during argument

Using the logic of the gun control mob, we should ban bananas because they could be used as a weapon.

Police: Man threw bananas during argument - abc27 WHTM

Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn. school shooting

Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn.

Slaying The Dragon


Committee Chairpersons Announced For 2013-14 Pennsylvania Senate Session


Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, has announced committee chairmanship assignments for the Senate's 22 Senate Standing Committees.

"We are fortunate to have members from various backgrounds and regions across our Commonwealth who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Harrisburg," Scarnati said. "Membership of committees will be announced prior to the reconvening of the Senate on January 22, 2013."

Republicans still control the Senate, but they will have a smaller margin for the 2013-14 session. The GOP lost 3 Senate seats in the November election, making the party breakdown for the next two-year session, 27-23, in favor of Republicans. 

Senate Standing Committee Chair Assignments:

  • Aging & Youth – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24)
  • Agriculture & Rural AffairsSenator Elder A. Vogel, Jr. (R-47)
  • Appropriations – Senator Jake Corman (R-34)
  • Banking & Insurance – Senator Don White (R-41)
  • Communications & Technology – Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-40)
  • Community, Economic & Recreational DevelopmentSenator Kim L. Ward (R-39)
  • Consumer Protection & Professional LicensureSenator Robert M. Tomlinson (R-6)
  • Education – Senator Mike Folmer (R-48)
  • Environmental Resources & EnergySenator Gene Yaw (R-23)
  • Finance – Senator Mike Brubaker (R-36)
  • Game & FisheriesSenator Richard Alloway (R-33)
  • Inter-governmental Operations – Senator-elect Scott E. Hutchinson (R-21)
  • Judiciary Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-12)
  • Labor & IndustrySenator John R. Gordner (R-27)
  • Law & JusticeSenator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr. (R-10)
  • Local GovernmentSenator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-30)
  • Public Health & WelfareSenator Patricia H. Vance (R-31)
  • Rules & Executive Nominations – Senator Dominic Pileggi (R-9)
  • State Government Senator Lloyd K. Smucker (R-13)
  • Transportation Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44)
  • Urban Affairs & Housing Senator David G. Argall (R-29)
  • Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Senator Lisa Baker (R-20)


Editorial: The real cost of Obama's $1.6 trillion tax hike

Examiner Editorial: The real cost of Obama's $1.6 trillion tax hike | WashingtonExaminer.com

New Documentary To Expose The Green Movement

Axed The Movie: New Documentary To Expose The Green Movement – Patriot Update

Joe Biden is a joke

By appointing a buffoon like Joe Biden to head up a commission to study violence in the U.S., Obama shows he's not serious about solving the problem (just like everything he did during his first term). He also insults the memory of the slain children in Connecticut. This is what you voted for America.

Mike Argento: Conn. shooting further stigmatizes people with mental illness

Mike Argento: Conn. shooting further stigmatizes people with mental illness

Welcome to Obama's Ark


Ruth Marcus: Obama uses Susan Rice, then humiliates her

Ruth Marcus: Obama uses Susan Rice, then humiliates her

Music playlist for the end of the world

Music playlist for the end of the world - chicagotribune.com

Inquiry harshly criticizes Obama State Department over Benghazi attack

Inquiry harshly criticizes State Department over Benghazi attack

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends rifle sales at 500 stores in 44 states

Who needs more gun control laws?

The left-wing media narrative about the Conn. school shootings had already caused restrictions on gun ownership.

News item: Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends sale of rifles at more than 500 stores in 44 states.

Dick's stores suspend sales of certain rifles

Audit: Feds' immigration check system fails 12% of the time

Audit: Feds' immigration check system fails 12 percent of the time - Washington Times

PJTV: Will Obama Give Up His Guns?

Obama Uses Newtown Tragedy To Push Campaign Donations

Good Grief: Team Obama Uses Newtown Tragedy To Push Campaign Donations » Pirate's Cove

In Washington, the government robs from the poor and gives to the rich

Blog: In nation's capital, the government robs from the poor and gives to the rich

Israel and the Lack of Gun Violence

Israel and Gun Violence

Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45%

Do we really need more gun control laws or should officials start enforcing the ones already on the books?

Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45 percent | WashingtonExaminer.com

Santa's Competition


Gary Bauer: What is it about Christmas that brings out all the Scrooges?

Scrooges losing war on Christmas - Human Events

Pat Buchanan: The dead soul of Adam Lanza

Pat Buchanan: The dead soul of Adam Lanza - Human Events

Columnist: FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners

MILLER: Gun ownership up, crime down - Washington Times

Monday, December 17, 2012

Columnist: It's not the 'gun culture,' it's the American culture

Excellent column by J.D. Mullane about the root causes of the evil that visited Sandy Hook, Conn., last Friday:
To see the Sandy Hook massacre as unique to its circumstances, apart from all the others, is to avoid an uncomfortable topic. What feeds and enables this madness is not the “gun culture.” It’s the American culture.

We’ve cheapened human life. We snuff it when it is helpless and inconvenient. In three states (so far) we legally euthanize it when it is old, infirm and a burden.

The cheapness of human life permeates our popular entertainment. With movies, television and song lyrics, nihilism is, literally, in the air.

Evil is glamorized. Check the thrill-kill video games “Modern Warfare,” “Resident Evil 6 — You Are Dead,” “Sleeping Dogs” or “TheWitcher 2.” The violence is barbaric.

Yet, on Dec. 25, millions of these games will be presented as gifts to young people who will play them on Christmas Day.

Who seriously argues that this stuff has little influence on attitudes and behaviors?
 Read the full column at the link below:

Columnist J.D. Mullane: It's not the "gun culture," it's the American culture - phillyburbs.com:

PA business advocate: Contrary to Obama rhetoric, rich paying more than fair share

Business advocate says rich paying more than fair share - phillyburbs.com 

Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate

Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate | LifeNews.com

Will Obama Give Up His Guns?

Why Warren Buffett is wrong about taxes

Why Warren Buffett is wrong about taxes

Can the GOP Take PA in 2016?

Committee of Seventy: How Philly Works: Can the GOP Take PA in 2016?

What The Mayan Calendar Really Predicts


2 Pennsylvania school districts arm guards after Sandy Hook tragedy

2 Butler County school districts arm guards after Sandy Hook tragedy | Butler Co. News - WTAE Home

Obamanomics = Lost Generation

Robert J. Samuelson: Is the economy creating a lost generation?

Could Pennsylvania Be Next For Right To Work Legislation?

Could Pennsylvania Be Next For Right To Work Legislation?

Gov. Haley picks Tim Scott to replace DeMint in U.S. Senate

A female governor whose parents emigrated from India picks a black Congressman to fill the open US Senate seat in South Carolina. Let's see how racist liberals spin this one. Republican Tim Scott would become the only black in the 100-member Senate. Looking more and more like the Democrats are the party of old white guys.

Gov. Haley picks Tim Scott to replace DeMint - The Hill's Ballot Box

What Makes A Country Prosperous?

New study finds U.S. economic well-being has dropped significantly under Obama

 Obama's Hope and Change malarkey has cost millions of jobs and drained wealth from the United States. And thanks again all you Obama voters for continuing this downward spiral for another four years.

Small Business Trends: Balancing Economic Control and Entrepreneurship

Pa. Legislature must take action on property tax reform

EDITORIAL: Legislature must put recommendations into action - delcotimes.com

Departing Pa. lawmakers to reap state pension benefits

Departing Pa. lawmakers to reap state pension benefits

Sunday, December 16, 2012

1 in 5 Americans Suffers From Mental Illness

1 in 5 Americans Suffers From Mental Illness

Top 10 questions Republicans need to ask

Top 10 questions Republicans need to ask - Human Events

The Collapse of The American Dream Explained

Group focuses on safety of Pa. schools

Group focuses on safety of Pa. schools - abc27 WHTM

Check out The Majority Party PA

Hold Pennsylvania politicians accountable and bring good government practices to the Keystone State. Check out this new organization:

Home - The Majority Party PA

Parents Complain Christmas Carols Are Form of Bullying

Chief Charlo Elementary parents to MCPS: Holiday program too religious

ACLU Killed Connecticut Forcible Institutionalization Law That Might Have Prevented Killings

Front Page Magazine: ACLU Killed Connecticut Forcible Institutionalization Law That Might Have Prevented Killings

A Nation Mourns


'The Hobbit' tops weekend box office with $84.8M opening

'The Hobbit' tops box office with $84.8 million

Religious leaders struggling with school shooting tragedy

Like the rest of us, religious leaders are struggling to make sense of the senseless Connecticut school shootings. The Rev. Nancy Wolfe-Timothy of Lansdowne, Pa., Presbyterian, "God's tears were the first tears shed. God has got to be in more agony than the rest of us."
 
I predict churches across the United States will be a lot fuller than normal today.

Religious leaders struggling with tragedy - delcotimes.com

Columnist: Asperger's not to blame for Sandy Hook rampage

Gil Spencer: Asperger's not to blame for Sandy Hook rampage - delcotimes.com

Democratic Congressman: To get gun control, Obama must 'exploit' shooting

Dem. lawmaker: To get gun control, Obama must 'exploit' shooting - Washington Times

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Names of Conn. shooting victims released, including 12 girls, 8 boys, all ages 6-7

Victims in Connecticut shooting: Daring principal, fun-loving teacher, 12 girls, 8 boys

3 Hour Medley of Christmas Songs

Coroner: School massacre victims all shot multiple times

Conn. school massacre victims all shot multiple times, chief medical officer says

Editorial: Sandy Hook school tragedy: How does this happen?

The Denver Post: Sandy Hook school tragedy: How does this happen?

This Bird Has Flown


Pa. voter ID law delayed again by judge

It looks like Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law will be in place for the spring primary election either.

Judge says summer trial likely on Pa. voter ID law

Editorial: The Rise of Intolerant Secularism

Editorial: The War against Christmas Is Symptomatic of a Bigger Problem, Intolerant Secularism - U.S. - Catholic Online

Family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry sues Obama officials

Family of slain Border Patrol agent sues officials

Federal judges sue gov't to collect higher pay

Federal judges sue gov’t to win promised pay increases

Friday, December 14, 2012

Obama administration halts 102,000 deportations of illegals

Obama administration's program halts 102,000 deportations - Washington Times

Over objection of GOP Commissioner Mark Scott, Berks County property taxes to rise 6.3%

Republican Berks County Commissioner Mark Scott voted against the county's proposed 2013 budget because he believes the county did not need to raise property taxes.

Berks County property taxes to go up 6.3 percent

ObamaCare: Much ado that accomplished nothing

John Hayward: ObamaCare: Much ado that accomplished nothing | Human Events

PA Rep. Schwartz: Gun control laws would have prevented Conn. school shootings

Here we go with the knee-jerk reaction of left-wing politicians.

Democratic Pennsylvania Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz: "We can work to prevent these situations from happening again by engaging in a serious conversation about the issue of gun violence in our country."

Schwartz is rumored to be a 2014 candidate for Pennsylvania governor.

Dear Rep. Schwartz: A depraved, mentally-disturbed person who would target innocent children is not going to be deterred by additional gun control laws.

The killer could have used  a knife or a bat or his hands to kill his victims.

The debate should be about how we treat the mentally ill in this country, not about guns.

More Global warming hysteria

Steve Goreham: Global warming blamed entirely on the United States

Guest column: Obamacare Not Ready for Primetime


By Congressman Joe Pitts

It has been nearly 1,000 days since President Obama signed his health care bill into law. With the Supreme Court upholding much of the law earlier this year and the political situation in Washington staying the same following the election, the administration will have free reign to implement the President’s vision for health care.

I vigorously opposed the bill because I believed it would fail to deal with our biggest health care problem: rising costs. Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office could not back up the President’s claims that the bill would make health care less expensive in the foreseeable future. For many people, their premium is already going up.

This week, the Associated Press reported that insurers will be charging a new $63 fee in the coming year. When Obamacare was being considered this was just one of the many fees and charges hidden from consumers. Taxes will be assessed on insurers, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies but the real people footing the bill will be patients.

The taxes are all set to be collected, but Obamacare’s benefits aren’t quite ready for primetime yet. The centerpiece of the law is the establishment of health care exchanges in the 50 states. Exchanges could be a good idea, if they were truly an easy way for insurers to offer plans and for consumers to have real choices.

The law gives states a choice about whether to create and operate the insurance exchange within their borders. States can also choose to “partner” with the federal government to create an exchange or leave the responsibility completely up to Washington.

Republicans are typically the party that promotes federalism, so it may be initially confusing to find that many Republican governors have decided to let the federal government run the exchange in their state. In fact, this week Governor Tom Corbett announced that Pennsylvania would elect not to create a state-based exchange.

There are some fundamental problems that make it unwise for a state to create one of these exchanges on behalf of the federal government. First of all, the rules aren’t actually written yet. The Department of Health and Human Services avoided putting out any detailed regulations governing state-based exchanges until after the election.

Throughout this year, governors and other state officials from both parties and from across the country wrote detailed letters to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius asking for information. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and I also wrote the Secretary asking her to reply promptly. Some letters elicited no response and others were barely acknowledged. Important questions remain unanswered.

Secondly, even now, the guidance from HHS is not enough for states to determine how much it would cost to set up an exchange. These insurance marketplaces have to be up and running by September 30, 2013. With the rules still largely undefined, states would be starting a race without knowing what the track looks like or whether they have enough gasoline to get across the finish line.

Finally, even with the little guidance that is out there it is evident that states will not be in the driver seat. How these exchanges will be structured will be determined almost completely by bureaucrats in Washington.

At this time, only 14 states have elected to run their own exchange. Twenty-four states have decided to leave it up to the federal government. It makes perfect sense. The “choices” states will be able to make in setting up an exchange are largely illusory.

Because the federal government hasn’t been doing their job in providing guidance, states are reluctant to help share the burden. HHS did not anticipate running so many exchanges in so many states. The President’s health plan simply won’t work without these marketplaces. They will be the only way for individuals to reliably purchase insurance that meets government requirements and avoid new tax penalties. The clock is ticking, and there is no telling whether Obamacare will be ready.

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District.

Obama To Be Sworn In Twice… Again

Obama To Be Sworn In Twice… Again

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence tops list of AskMen's 99 most desirable women


 Actress Jennifer Lawrence is No. 1 on AskMen.com's list of the 99 most desirable women in the world. She's got my vote. Some of the other women in the Top 10 are questionable. Kristen Stewart at No. 7? Seriously? Michelle Jenneke? Never heard of her. Click on the link below for a photo gallery.


AskMen's 99 most desirable women - mcall.com

Failure to Arrest Illegal Alien Senate Intern Proves Obama Won't Enforce Immigration Laws


 
 
 

   
    Failure to Arrest Illegal Alien Senate Intern Demonstrates Obama Administration Cannot Be Trusted to Enforce Immigration Laws (via PR Newswire)
   

       WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According a report by the Associated Press, political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repeatedly instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents not to arrest an illegal alien sex offender who was employed as an…
   

 

 

The Grinch Moves To Syria


Pair steal from Toys for Tots bin at Pennsylvania mall

2 steal from Toys for Tots bin at Coventry Mall

Pennsylvania Rejects Obamacare Insurance Exchange


 
 
 

   
    Governor Corbett Announces State-Based Insurance Exchange Decision (via PR Newswire)
   

       HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today released the following statement, along with a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, regarding the state's decision on the establishment of a state-based health insurance…
   

 

 

Democrats urge delay for 'job-killing' Obamacare tax

Democrats urge delay for 'job-killing' Obamacare tax | WashingtonExaminer.com

Just How Much Does This Damned Government Cost?

From Red State:
The Department of Labor alone spends almost SIX TIMES as much as McDonald's MAKES Each Year in Total Revenue.
Comparing Apples to Kumquats: Just How Much does this Damned Government Cost? | RedState

526,421 family farms threatened by new Obama death tax

526,421 family farms threatened by new death tax | WashingtonExaminer.com

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Pennsylvania Health Officials Warn of Bad Flu Season Ahead


 
 
 

   
    Pennsylvania Department of Health Reports Significant Increase in Flu Activity Statewide (via PR Newswire)
   

       HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health today reported there has been a significant rise in influenza activity across Pennsylvania since Thanksgiving. The Department of Health is reporting flu activity has increased from sporadic to widespread throughout the…