Friday, May 31, 2013
Pa. lawmakers want more money for themselves
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
NewsWorks: Why you didn't know there was an election in Philly
Turns out Obama lied. Millions of Americans will lose their current health care coverage under Obamacare.
Like your health care policy? You may be losing it under Obamacare
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Byron York: What is the real number of illegal border crossings?
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Birthday wishes to actor Michael Constantine, who turns 86 today. The co-star of the smash hit movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is a Reading, Pa., native and a member of my church, Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading. The photo above was taken a church fundraiser that both of us attended a few years back. Michael Constantine has been a fixture in television and movies since the 1950s. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" remains among the Top 100 all-time box office hits. His best-known television role came in the series "Room 222," which ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974. The role of principal Seymour Kaufman earned Constantine an Emmy Award in 1970.
Unexpected Level of Growth Most Pronounced in Baby Boomers CHICAGO, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report, entitled Spotlight on Senior Hunger, examining the growth of senior hunger in the United States finds that the number of food insecure seniors above the age of 60 has more than…
And voters clearly liked the female candidates more, setting up a three-way contest in November among the three female attorneys on the ballot.
Berks County First Assistant District Attorney M. Theresa Johnson, a registered Democrat, rode her reputation as a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor to win nominations in both the Democratic and Republican primaries
Final but unofficial results show Johnson topping the Democratic primary with 6,513 votes. Johnson, 47, of Brecknock, also finished second in the Republican primary with 5,092 votes, virtually assuring her a seat on the Berks County bench after the November general election.
The top vote-getter in the Republican primary was Madelyn Fudeman, 56, of Cumru, who finished with 6,370 votes. This was Fudeman’s second attempt to win a seat on the Berks bench.
The second Democratic nomination went to Eleni Dimitriou-Geishauser, 42, of Exeter, who finished with 5,377 votes in the Democratic primary.
All eight candidates cross-filed in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. By winning the second GOP nod, Johnson prevented James A. Smith, 43, of Richmond, from advancing to the November election. Smith, making his first election run, finished with 4,972 in the GOP primary.
The other Republican candidates were John Muir, 45, of Lower Heidelberg, who finished with 4,840 votes in the GOP primary, Peter Schiaroli, 53, of Reading with 1,721 votes, and Mahlon Boyer, 35, of Exeter, with 1,151 votes.
The third Democrat in the race was Patrick Barrett, 53, of Maidencreek, who finished with 3,233 in the Democratic primary. Fudeman, a registered Republican, made a strong showing in the Democratic primary, receiving 5,129 votes.
There are openings on the Berks County Court because Judge Linda K.M. Ludgate retired in December and Judge Peter W. Schmehl will retire in January.
Judges serve 10-year terms, then face a retention vote to stay on the bench for another 10 years. The current annual salary is $173,271.
Berks County Treasurer
The only other contested countywide primary race on Tuesday was for the Republican nomination for Berks County treasurer. Dennis Adams, 61, of Amity, easily won the race with 9,042 votes, defeating Pat Lupia, 53, of Muhlenberg, who finished with 4,108 votes. There was no Democrats on the ballot so unless a third-party candidate emerges in November, Adams will succeed current Treasurer Nelson H. Long, a Republican who did not seek re-election.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
But these twin incursions into well-established rights -- violations of the trust and sense of fair-mindedness that government requires, even if politics does not -- underline two principles that should be sacred, whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat, whether the timbre of the times is conservative or liberal: Never mess with the work of an independent press. Never use the taxing authority of the government for political ends.No two institutions of American governance are more precious and deserving of caution from officials who -- and here Republicans and Democrats are equally vulnerable to sin -- believe they have reason to deplore the one and abuse the other.Read the full column at the link below:
David M. Shribman: Obama Administration crosses sacred lines
While the mainstream media is reaching for smelling salts, Democrats are stunned that anyone actually noticed, establishment Republicans are wondering if this Obama skullduggery could get them some positive media exposure, genuine conservatives are howling for action and justice, and the grassroots Tea Party groups are bewildered why it took so long for everyone to catch up. And finally, average Americans are asking, "what the heck is going on?"
Peter Riehm: Press shocked by their spawn
After 4 years of endless scandals sliding off Obama's Teflon back, it appears his luck is finally coming to an end. Why would Republicans want to bail him out by bestowing him with an amnesty bill?The House Judiciary Committee's Moment to Shine | RedState
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The mainstream media is rightly shocked and outraged to find the IRS has admitted to harassing and targeting the political opposition of President Obama just because they had "tea party" or "patriot" in their name, or an even graver sin, put on the IRS applications that they were a group dedicated to liberty, the Constitution or, as one report said, "seeking to make America a better place to live."
I truly appreciate the mainstream media’s coverage and outrage — it is well placed but not quite well timed. Those of us who got our start in the tea party have only been saying it for about four years.
I've been out in the mainstream media quite a bit this past week talking about how I shut down my little tea party group because I was fearful the IRS was going to come after me the way they were going after so many groups.
That's right, for a time, I shut down my political voice because I was fearful and quite frankly, I was intimidated by what the IRS would do to me because I was opposing President Obama's policies.
As much as I like to think I am one tough cookie — the fact is when all this was unfolding I was a pregnant stay-at-home mom — living on one income and I was extremely worried the IRS could come after me and my family and ruin our lives. It wouldn't be the first time in American history the IRS has done that.
Rather than risk that exposure — I shut down my group and I'm just glad bigger organizations dedicated to liberty — like Americans for Prosperity — were there when I wanted to have a platform to exercise my political voice.
But you know — it's not THIS IRS abuse that keeps me up at night with worry. It's something else to do with the IRS — far more dangerous and far more insidious and in just one more year, the IRS is going to have more power and more ability to gather personal information on Americans and use it to punitively punish us more than they ever had before.
Even without this recent scandal, it's pretty safe to say most Americans fear the IRS because they are unelected and unaccountable — yet the have the ability, at any time, to swoop in and take our hard-earned money — in the form of taxes — as they see fit. If we pay late, they fine us. If we fail to pay, it gets much worse than a fine. If we pay too little, we owe them big time on April 15th. If we pay too much during the year, they return our money to us in the form of a refund and act like they are bestowing a gift upon us rather than admitting they screwed up and took too much of our money. Our money. Our families. It's all very personal.
And while we sit here and shudder at what has happened, it's important to know that the IRS — the organization that just spent four years targeting the political opposition of the sitting President has been empowered by the President, through the health care law, to police every, single American's health care choices.
Do you want to know how bad this is going to get? Starting in 2014, all Americans are being forced to pay for health insurance. But under Obamacare — the IRS and not you will determine whether the insurance you have chosen "qualifies." You'll be forced now to send that information via your tax return. And if the government doesn’t like it? The IRS can hit you with a tax penalty.
That's right, the IRS can raise money for itself simply by deciding that you don’t have "qualifying" health insurance. Now, supporters of Obamacare will argue that there are rules and laws to mandate the IRS don't arbitrarily do that. Right ... just like there are rules and laws mandating that the IRS can't go after people because they have "patriot" or "tea party" in their name or happen to oppose the sitting President's policies. Didn't seem to stop the IRS from doing just that for the last four years, did it?
And here's what's worse: under Obamacare, the IRS was already given a billion dollars and hired 700 agents just to police our health care. It is estimated the IRS will need another $13 billion and 15,000 new agents just to police Americans' health care over the next decade and keep up with their tax collection duties.
There are so many reasons to repeal the President's health care law — but the recent admission by the IRS that they intentionally targeted the President's political opposition has to jump to number one. After all, do you want the people who can’t be trusted with our tax laws to be involved in your health care?
Jennifer Stefano is state director of Americans for Prosperity/Pennsylvania, a grassroots organization that promotes limited government and free markets. For more information, visit http://americansforprosperity.org You can also follower her on Twitter at @stefanospeaks!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Some of our most cherished freedoms are contained in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In order, the amendment protects our rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and of the press, and the freedom of assembly.
Actions by the President’s administration are chipping away at each one of these freedoms in distinct ways. First, the new health care law attacks the freedom of religious conscience. Second, the Department of Justice has issued a questionable subpoena of Associated Press phone records. Finally, the Internal Revenue Service has discriminated against conservative groups trying to voice their objections to an expansive federal government.
The freedom of religion includes the protection to follow one’s conscience. Under the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, the government is mandating that employers provide insurance that pays for all forms of contraception. This includes coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.
There is only a very narrow exception for houses of worship and seminaries. Basically, the government is telling employers that they either have to violate their conscientious objections to these services or drop health insurance all together and pay a fine.
Religious charities and schools don’t see their actions as separate from their faith. They are a natural outpouring of their calling to serve God. The federal government is seeking to dictate what is right and wrong and make them choose between their calling and their conscience.
This is a grievous assault on the freedom of religion. We shouldn’t force this choice on any employer.
Freedom of the press means that reporters should have a reasonable expectation to privacy. This week, we discovered that the Department of Justice issued a highly questionable subpoena for the phone records of the Associated Press. Records included reporters’ home phones and even a phone in the House of Representatives press gallery.
Such a blanket subpoena for press records is simply unheard of. Speaking this week on television, George W. Bush’s Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated that under his watch the department had avoided subpoenaing the press in this manner.
The department has stated that these records were requested as part of an investigation into the leak of information on a CIA operation in Yemen to stop a potential airline bombing. However, the subpoena is extremely broad and may not have been properly approved. The Attorney General denied any knowledge of the subpoena even though the department’s regulations require his approval.
Such a breach of press freedom is chilling. Reporters across the country now have to wonder whether they too could find their sources compromised by government investigations.
Americans have the freedom to assemble for political purposes and unite together to petition the government. The third attack on the First Amendment is the IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. For more than a year, the IRS simply refused to approve any group with “Tea Party” in their name for 501(c)(4) non-profit status. The IRS asked these groups for information that they were barred from requesting by law.
At the same time, progressive groups with the same mission but different politics were routinely approved. The acting Commissioner of the IRS has been fired, but the woman who directed the division during the period in question is now running the IRS office in charge of implementing the health care law. If the IRS can’t be trusted to fairly review non-profit applications, why are we going to give them power over health care?
The IRS singled out these groups after several prominent Senate Democrats made public appeals to investigate non-profit applications. The chief Senate tax writer, Max Baucus (D-MT), wrote a letter in September 2010, just months before the IRS issued guidance targeting these groups. Simply put, the IRS appeared to be doing the bidding of liberal politicians.
The President says he respects the First Amendment, but officials under his direction are finding shocking ways to restrict our rights. The Founding Fathers knew that the government would always be tempted to restrict our liberty in the name of the common good or national security. The President is supposed to protect our constitutional freedoms. We need him to clearly stand against these abuses.
Rep. Joe Pitts represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul: A staggering abuse of power - Washington Times
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
House passes online impersonation bill - abc27 WHTM
ObamaCare costs double to $1.8 trillion | Human Events
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
EPA waives fee requests for friendly groups, denies conservative groups | WashingtonExaminer.com
The Obama administration’s excuse for not trying to get help to the Americans in Benghazi while they were under attack — namely, that it would take too long — is as shaky as its other statements. A small fighting unit in Tripoli was ready to get on a plane to Benghazi when they were ordered to “stand down.” Other fighting units located outside of Libya are designed precisely for fast deployment — and nobody knew how many hours the attack would last.
But it will take more investigations to determine who gave the order to “stand down,” and why. How many new lies that will generate is another question.Lies About Libya | Human Events
Monday, May 13, 2013
Doesn't this sound like the Soviet Union?
Will liberals finally wake up and realize that the Obama Regime has shredded the U.S. Constitution over the past 5 years?
This is what AP President Gary Pruitt had to say about the Obama Justice Dept. spying on the largest newsgathering organization in the world:
"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know."This is the thanks the AP gets for running hundreds of pro-Obama stories and ignoring negative stories all these years?
Obama admin secretly obtains Associated Press phone records
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
American Crossroads Benghazi video v. campaign ad Romney spiked | Human Events
Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots on the revelation that the Obama Administration used the IRS to harass conservative political groups:
"It appears the IRS committed crimes and violated our ability to exercise our First Amendment right to free speech. A simple apology is not sufficient reparation for violating the constitutional rights of United States citizens. Therefore, Tea Party Patriots rejects the apology from the Internal Revenue Service. We are, however, encouraged to hear that Congress plans to investigate. Those responsible must be held accountable and resign or be terminated for their actions."The IRS just admitted that it targets dissidents | Human Events
Friday, May 10, 2013
EMILY MILLER: Bloomberg, Obama and liberal media muzzled about gun crime decline - Washington Times
Benghazi talking points, version 12.0 | Human Events
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Reports show U.S. gun homicides down since 1990s
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
The Montgomery County commissioner and former two-term district attorney made a lot of noise about a primary challenge to Corbett in 2014, but with no appetite among party leaders (or financial backers) for a costly primary fight, Castor has backed down.
Corbett has not formally announced he is seeking re-election, but most political observers say he will run again despite low job-approval numbers. His likely opponent will be Philadelphia-area Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, a former abortion clinic owner.
Castor drops idea of 2014 challenge to Corbett
Monday, May 06, 2013
IF OBAMA ORDERED THE MILITARY TO STAND DOWN, HE SHOULD IMPEACHED. IF HILLARY CLINTON MADE THE CALL, SHE'S TOAST FOR A 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RUN. EITHER WAY, SOMEBODY HAS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DEATHS OF 4 AMERICANS IN LIBYA.
Diplomat: U.S. team stopped from going to Benghazi
Editorial: Against Infanticide
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Only "The Avengers" had a bigger opening weekend at the domestic box office: $207.4 million. And in case you haven't seen it, "The Avengers" also features Iron Man prominently.
Why is Iron May 3 such a smash?
Ray Subers at BoxOfficeMojo.com has an interesting theory?
Iron Man 3's $175.3 million debut is a huge leap over Iron Man 2's $128.1 million. That's a remarkable achievement given the dodgy history of three-quels — nearly all of them decline from their predecessor — and Iron Man 2's questionable reputation. The main reason for this is simple: audiences viewed Iron Man 3 more as follow-up to The Avengers, which is almost universally beloved, than as a sequel to Iron Man 2.'Iron Man 3' Kicks Off Hollywood Blockbuster Season | Video - ABC News
The Avengers was a cultural phenomenon, though, and it took an exceptional marketing effort from Disney to retain so much of that movie's audience. The centerpiece of the campaign was the destruction of Stark's Malibu home, which managed to up the personal stakes while also showcasing some impressive action. The marketing also emphasized Stark's conflict with the elusive Mandarin, which is typically a good strategy with superhero movies (a hero is most interesting when juxtaposed against a strong villain). Add in a marketplace devoid of competition, and this was a perfect recipe for a blockbuster opening.
The elites in Washington and Wall Street are never going to understand the issues Americans face, nor be able to do anything to help us, if they continue to have their owns rules. We must not accept this any longer. What’s good enough for the American people should be good enough for Congress. Maybe Obamacare will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.Read the full column at the link below:
Elites in Washington still don't get it
Fielding is currently serving on the Antietam School Board and is a candidate for mayor of Mount Penn.
Fielding elected Berks Republican chairman
To all my fellow Orthodox Christians:
Χριστός ανέστη – Christ is Risen. Αληθώς Aνέστη – Truly He has Risen.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Property tax relief from slot revenue declines in Bucks County - phillyburbs.com: The Intelligencer
Friday, May 03, 2013
South Carolina bill declares ObamaCare "null and void," criminalizes implementation | Human Events
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Rendell promised a minimum of $1 billion going to Pennsylvania homeowners each year from casino revenues.
Now for the reality: Pa. homeowners will receive an average of $200 in property tax relief this year. Some homeowners will see as little as $50.
Not exactly what Rendell promised. Keep that in mind the next time a politician makes promises.
Pa. homeowners to share nearly $612M in tax reductions
Governor Corbett: East Penn Manufacturing to Expand Operations in Berks County; Add 400 Jobs (via PR Newswire)
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett announced today that East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. (East Penn) will expand its operations to support new growth in the manufacturing industry, adding 400 new jobs in Berks County. "My administration is committed to enacting…
Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Figures for April Released on Gaming Control Board Web Site (via PR Newswire)
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported today on its web site that the collective slot machine revenue produced at the 11 casinos during April dropped 4% compared to April of last year. According to the monthly report at www.gamingcontrolboard…
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a scathing report today detailing pervasive nepotism in Congress.
The investigation by the non-partisan government accountability watchdog group uncovered 248 members meriting inclusion in the in-depth compilation, which covers the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.
Among CREW’s key findings:
* 82 members (40 Democrats and 42 Republicans) paid family members through their congressional offices, campaign committees and political action committees (PACs);You can download the complete report at the link below:
* 44 members (20 Democrats and 24 Republicans) have family members who lobby or are employed in government affairs;
* 90 members (42 Democrats and 48 Republicans) have paid a family business, employer, or associated nonprofit;
* 20 members (13 Democrats and 7 Republicans) used their campaign money to contribute to a family member’s political campaign;
* 14 members (6 Democrats and 8 Republicans) charged interest on personal loans they made to their own campaigns;
* 38 members (24 Democrats and 14 Republicans) earmarked to a family business, employer, or associated nonprofit.
Family Affair Report Details Nepotism in Congress | CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
From The Associated press:
Violence, gore and gunplay were staples on prime-time television even in the most sensitive period directly following the Newtown school shooting. A study of 392 prime-time scripted programs on broadcast networks shown during the month following Vice President Joe Biden’s January meeting with entertainment industry executives on the topic revealed that 193 had some incident of violence, according to the Parents Television Council. Some are cartoonish — quite literally, with Homer strangling Bart for mouthing off on “The Simpsons” — but there is plenty of gunplay, stabbings and beat-downs.Report shows persistence of TV violence