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Thursday, February 28, 2013

'Girls Gone Wild' files for bankruptcy


A business model that many thought was recession-proof is the latest victim of the Obama economic malaise.

'Girls Gone Wild' files for bankruptcy over debts

Dems want more money spent to clear up voter ID confusion in Pa.

Pennsylvania Democrats don't seem to have much faith in the low-information voters who make up their party. They want to spend more taxpayer money to tell Democrats they don't have to show voter ID at the polls.

Dems want more money spent to clear up voter ID confusion in Pa.

Who owns the news?

Gene Policinski: Who owns the news?

Susquehanna County in Pa. votes to defy any gun restrictions

Susquehanna County votes to defy any gun restrictions - News - Citizens' Voice

John Kerry: 'You Have The Right To Be Stupid'


UN Report Reaffirms Religious Freedom Violations in Turkish-occupied Cyprus

UN Special Rapporteur Issues Report on Freedom of Religion in Cyprus

Rep. Allyson Schwartz Earns 'F' For Economic Freedom

When it comes to economic freedom, two Pennsylvania members of Congress earned "F" grades in the latest report card issued by Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania.

Reps. Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz, both Philadelphia-area Democratic members of Congress, received failing grades from the group.

Both are career politicians in predominantly Democratic districts. Both have supported Barack Obama's failed economic policies over the past four years and both cast yes votes for Obamacare.

Schwartz is planning to run for Pennsylvania governor in 2014 despite being pro-abotion and  anti-Second Amendment ... and having voted for every tax increase proposed by the Obama administration.

AFP has also launched an interactive online version of its congressional key vote scorecard, which includes AFP key votes from the past three congresses and will be the scorecard’s online home moving forward.  AFP ranks members of Congress on their votes for economic freedom. 

AFP’s new scorecard website is online at: http://www.americansforprosperity.org/scorecard.

Why Bob Woodward's Fight With The White House Matters to You

When a member of the media is no longer a useful idiot for the Obama Regime, he becomes an enemy of the state.

Why Bob Woodward's Fight With The White House Matters to You - NationalJournal.com

100 Reasons to Abandon Public Education Now

One Hundred Reasons to Abandon Public Education Now

Obama Admits Spending Problem


Bob Woodward claims White House threatened him

I recall another president threatening Bob Woodward. It didn't work out so well for the Nixon White House, either. I applaud Mr. Woodward for taking on the state-run media who believe their job is to protect Barack Obama's imperial presidency.

Woodward claims White House threatened him - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

White House claims it did not approve release of illegal immigrants

White House says it didn't approve release of illegal immigrants - The Hill

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Democratic Congressman Ellison explodes on Fox News, calls Sean Hannity 'worst excuse for a journalist'

Another example of an unhinged liberal losing it in front of a national television audience. First of all, I don't recall Sean Hannity ever referring to himself as a "journalist." He's a host of a TV show and a radio show. He offers opinions. If unhinged liberals can't stomach the truth or answer a simple question, they have no business appearing on Fox. They can always go back to the official Democratic Party news channel, MSNBC, and answer softball questions.

Rep. Ellison explodes on Fox News, calls Sean Hannity 'worst excuse for a journalist'

Dr. Ben Carson to speak at CPAC 2013

Dr. Ben Carson to speak at CPAC 2013 | Human Events

Obama has failed to fill key government watchdog posts

So much for Obama's promises of transparency. When the fox guards the hen house, you can expect chicken for supper.

Obama has failed to fill key government watchdog posts - Human Events

Inhofe-Toomey sequester alternative takes shape

Inhofe-Toomey sequester alternative takes shape - Human Events

Remove the Sequester or We're All Going to Die!


Bob Woodward and the 'madness' of Obama

Bob Woodward and the 'madness' of Obama | Human Events

Poll: Pa. Voters Disapprove Obamacare by 60% to 27% Margin

SP&R Poll: PA Voters Disapprove Obamacare

On The Road To Ruin With Obama


Obama Homeland Security official retires after illegals are set free

Homeland Security official retires after illegals are freed

Government Accountability Office says Obamacare may add 62 trillion dimes to deficit

Examiner Editorial: Government Accountability Office says Obamacare may add 62 trillion dimes to deficit | WashingtonExaminer.com

Watchdog: Obama group selling White House access to rich donors

Obama group selling White House access to rich donors, says watchdog - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Editorial: First lady's Oscar appearance a step too far

You know you've overstayed your welcome when liberal newspapers are taking pot shots at you.

From the very left-of-center Delaware County Daily Times in Pennsylvania:
If anyone else is wondering what first lady Michelle Obama was doing Sunday night presenting the Academy Award for best picture via remote from the White House, join the club.
In a country as divided as ours, such reminders further divide instead of unite.
Sometimes staying out of the spotlight is the smartest thing an actor or a politician can do.
Editorial: First lady's Oscar appearance a step too far - delcotimes.com

George F. Will: 'Sequestration' another manufactured crisis by Obama

Outstanding column by George F. Will on Obama's latest phony crisis:
Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!”

As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget!

Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent!

Or: Washington chainsaw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending!

Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out the door (supposedly, but not actually) for victims of storm Sandy!

Or: Heaven forfend, the sequester will cut 47 percent as much as was spent on the AIG bailout!

Or: Famine, pestilence and locusts will come when the sequester causes federal spending over 10 years to plummet from $46 trillion all the way down to $44.8 trillion!

Or: Grass will grow in the streets of America’s cities if the domestic agencies whose budgets have increased 17 percent under President Obama must endure a 5 percent cut!
Read the full column at the link below:

George F. Will: 'Sequestration' another manufactured crisis by Obama

Why 'Lincoln' Was Snubbed by Oscars


Chris Christie picks a very bad day to cave on ObamaCare

Chris Christie picks a very bad day to cave on ObamaCare | Human Events

New Crop of 'D List' Celebrities Invited on 'Dancing With The Stars'

OK, how many of the people below have you never heard of before today? They will make up the cast of the 16th edition of "Dancing With The Stars."

Dorothy Hamill
Wynona Judd
Andy Dick
D.L. Hughley
Jacoby Jones
Kellie Pickler.
Victor Ortiz
Ingo Rademacher
Zendaya Coleman
Lisa Vanderpump
Aly Raisman.


Wynona Judd and Andy Dick among next group of 'Dancing' stars

Prices at pump fueling dismay

How's that hope and change working out for you at the gas pump? The U.S. average per gallon of regular unleaded hit $3.78 on Friday, and worse news is likely on the way.
 
Prices at pump fueling dismay

A Piece of the Pie


10 Governors Setting a Fiscal Example for Washington

10 Governors Setting a Fiscal Example for Washington | Human Events

Obama's Paycheck Exempted from 'Sequester'

Obama's Paycheck Exempted from 'Sequester' | CNS News

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bob Woodward: Obama moving the goal posts on sequester deal

Bob Woodward, whose latest book, "The Price of Politics," examines the 2011 negotiations between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner on a "grand bargain" to cut the deficit, reform the tax code and curtail entitlements, exposes Barack Obama's treacherous and deceitful motives as the deadline for the sequester that Obama himself imposed approaches:
So when the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts. His call for a balanced approach is reasonable, and he makes a strong case that those in the top income brackets could and should pay more. But that was not the deal he made.
Bob Woodward: Obama moving the goal posts on sequester deal

Pa. lawmaker: Slash high union wages to pay for new state road, bridge projects

Prevailing wage laws in Pennsylvania force government agencies to pay top-dollar to unions, which eats up money that could be going to make much-needed infrastructure repairs.

Pa. lawmakers want to end prevailing wage for transportation projects

Guest Column: Obama Still Promising Free Lunch

By Congressman Joe Pitts
Guest columnist


"Let me repeat — nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." — Barack Obama, State of the Union 2013

If you were told that you could get something for nothing, you'd probably be suspicious. The old statement that "There is no free lunch" remains true everywhere, even in Washington, D.C. In his annual State of the Union address, the President told everyone in the nation that we could have lots of free lunches. We need to take a deeper look.

State of the Union addresses are typically a laundry list of policies, many of them with price tags attached. President Obama isn't the first one to throw a bunch of spending programs into the annual address, and I don’t think he'll be the last. What caught me by surprise was the notion that he would find the money to pay for this.

First of all, let's take an account of where we are right now because this matters a lot. The President talked about not increasing the deficit, but the annual deficit has been over a trillion dollars for the past four years and will likely be that large again this year.

Saying we aren't going to add to the annual deficit is like boasting that you've stopped the floodwaters when they've already swamped the first story of your house. Our national debt has already climbed past the point where it begins to hold back economic growth.

Additionally, many of our government programs are on autopilot. The President didn't propose reforms to these programs that would keep them from adding to future deficits.

The day after the speech, there were some questions about how much all of this would cost. While the President said he could pay for all of it, his advisers didn't actually have a dollar figure for the costs associated with the programs.

While the White House might not know how much the President wants to spend, the National Taxpayer Union Foundation published an estimate of what all these items might cost. While they estimated that the speech's price tag could be more than $83 billion, many of the items couldn't be scored without more details.

That means we must either cut spending by $83 billion or raise taxes by the same amount. Since the President didn't really propose any cuts, we can assume that all the money for his new programs will come from additional tax increases. The President has already won increased taxes on income, on investments, on medical devices, health insurance, and many other ways.

The President's State of the Union is a speech, and it's easy to write and deliver a speech. What is much harder is producing a budget. The President failed to meet the legal deadline to submit his fiscal year 2014 budget to Congress. We still don’t know when it will be delivered.

We are also facing possible implementation of broad budget cuts known as the sequester. This was the President's idea for reducing spending in order to raise the debt limit a few years ago. Twice last year, House Republicans passed legislation to replace these broad cuts with more focused reforms.
The President says he wants to stop the sequester, but he has not released a detailed plan to do so. Democrats control the Senate, but they haven't brought a sequester replacement to the floor. We've put our ideas in writing. It's time for the Democrats to do the same.

Right after the State of Union address, the President embarked on a series of speeches across the country. Frankly, we don't need more speeches. What we need are solid proposals from the President and then honest negotiation.

We live in an era of divided government, but things still need to get done. Earlier this month, I introduced bipartisan legislation to reform our federal sugar program to stop unfair government subsidies and controls. I also held a Health Subcommittee hearing that I hope will lead to bipartisan Medicare reform legislation.

I've been seeking areas where I can agree with my colleagues — common ground solutions. I'd like to see President Obama try to do the same. We have big problems that spending programs won't solve.

Congressman Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, which includes parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties. For more columns, visit www.house.gov/pitts

Bob Woodward: Sequestration was Obama's idea from the start

Bob Woodward tells the story of sequestration | Human Events

Next Wave of Drones


Debunker: President Says Deficit Was Cut by $2.5 Trillion. Really?

Debunker: President Says Deficit Was Cut by $2.5 Trillion. Really?

Columnist: International Olympic Committee at Odds with U.S. Interests

USA Today Columnist: IOC at Odds with U.S. Interests

'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Wins 7 Razzie Awards

'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Wins Seven Razzie Awards - ABC News

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fearless Oscar Predictions 2013

I know I'm cutting it close, but here's my take on tonight's Oscars presentation:

BEST PICTURE
WILL WIN: Argo
SHOULD WIN: Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR
WILL WIN: Daniel Day-Lewis
SHOULD WIN: Daniel Day-Lewis

BEST ACTRESS
WILL WIN: Jennifer Lawrence
SHOULD WIN: Naomi Watts

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WILL WIN: Anne Hathaway
SHOULD WIN: Sally Field

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
WILL WIN: Tommy Lee Jones
SHOULD WIN: Robert De Niro

BEST DIRECTOR
WILL WIN: Steven Speilberg
SHOULD WIN: Ang Lee

ANIMATED FEATURE
WILL WIN: Wreck-It Ralph
SHOULD WIN: Frankenweenie


Ranking the Most Liberal Members of the Senate

The Two Most Liberal Members of the Senate - NationalJournal.com

Op-Ed: Don't believe liberal lies about education cuts by Gov. Corbett

Op-Ed: Claims of education cuts by Gov. Corbett are untrue

Congressional Budget Office gives Obama's stimulus an F

Unless you're one of those Obama Zombies still searching for brains, you've figured out that the last four years have been an Obama-made disaster for the U.S. economy.

Blog: CBO gives Obama's stimulus an F

Friday, February 22, 2013

Who you calling a wuss, Ed Rendell?

Gil Spencer does a nice job of tearing apart Ed Rendell's "liberal logic" about government needing to spend more money. Hasn't his pal Obama done enough spending over the past four years?

And how did Rendell leave Pennsylvania better after eight years as governor?

Despite pushing through one of the biggest tax hikes in the state's history and ushering casino gambling, Rendell squandered billions of dollars in new revenue and failed to address most of the state's biggest problems.

Rendell also left office with a $4 billion deficit. So watch who you're calling a wuss, Fast Eddie.

Gil Spencer: Rendell says government has gone soft - delcotimes.com

What is knowledge worth?

David Shribman: What is knowledge worth?

Obama Wants Your Retirement Accounts

Raising taxes won't satisfy Obama's ravenous appetite for spending, so he's laying the groundwork to take your retirement money, too.

You're not going to need it anyway. Between the Obamacare death panels, the domestic drone strikes and the massive buildup of arms and ammunition by the Obama  Regime, chances are you won't survive into retirement.

John White at American Thinker:
Quietly, behind the scenes, the groundwork is being laid for federal government confiscation of tax-deferred retirement accounts such as IRAs. Slowly, the cat is being let out of the bag.
The Feds Want Your Retirement Accounts

Joe Biden: Buy A Shotgun!


The Obamacare war on marriage

The Obamacare war on marriage - Human Events

American Crossroads: We need more Marco Rubios

American Crossroads: We need more Marco Rubios - Human Events

A Merit Badge for Congress?


Chester County Republicans seek strength in unity

Chesco Republicans seek strength in unity

Thorns to Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane

From the editorial pages of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to Pennsylvania’s new attorney general Kathleen Kane for holding a press conference and then refusing to answer questions about a contract to privatize management of the state Lottery. According to a report at PhiladelphiaCBSlocal.com by reporter Tony Romeo, Kane refused to take questions after declaring that a contract to privatize management of the Lottery, negotiated by Gov. Tom Corbett violated the state constitution. Reporters were told to submit questions via e-mail to be answered later. Franklin and Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna says the move was unusual, Romeo reported. Romeo quoted Madonna: “Public officials owe it to the citizens of the state to hold press availabilities to answer questions from the press particularly when they render important decisions with huge implications, fiscal, as well as political.” We wholeheartedly agree. 
Roses for Pottsgrove GED program at Rolling Hills

Why the Minimum Wage Doesn't Work


Obama threatening veterans' gun rights

Obama threatening veterans' gun rights

Sen. Graham: Obama Has Killed 4,700 People With Drones

Senator Graham: America Has Killed 4,700 People With Drones - The Atlantic

The Persistance of the 'Cyprus Problem'

The Persistance of the 'Cyprus Problem' - The Atlantic

Editorial: Tougher penalties needed for willful violation of public rights by elected officials

Penalties needed for willful violation of public rights (2/21/13)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Simplifying Government: Pennsylvania's Pension System

Sen. Rand Paul: Who's next on Obama's drone hit list?

Paul: Who's next on Obama's drone hit list? - Human Events

Schwartz, Fattah Flunk AFP 112th Congressional Scorecard


When it comes to economic freedom, two Pennsylvania members of Congress earned "F" grades in the latest report card issued by Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania.

Reps. Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz, both Philadelphia-area Democratic members of Congress, received failing grades from the group.

Both are career politicians in predominantly Democratic districts. Both have supported Barack Obama's failed economic policies over the past four years and both cast yes votes for Obamacare.

Schwartz is planning to run for Pennsylvania governor in 2014 despite being pro-abotion and  anti-Second Amendment ... and having voted for every tax increase proposed by the Obama administration.

AFP has also launched an interactive online version of its congressional key vote scorecard, which includes AFP key votes from the past three congresses and will be the scorecard’s online home moving forward.  AFP ranks members of Congress on their votes for economic freedom. 

AFP’s new scorecard website is online at: http://www.americansforprosperity.org/scorecard.

30 Major News Organizations Linked to George Soros

Over 30 Major News Organizations Linked to George Soros | Media Research Center

Dr. Benjamin Carson Epic Full Speech at National Prayer Breakfast


Delusional Obama Claims He Cut Deficit $2.5T When He Added Record $6T To Debt

Having Added Record $5.9T to Debt, Obama Claims He's Cut Deficit $2.5T | CNS News

Law enforcement backs Carmody for Chester County judge

Carmody receives endorsements for judgeship

How Muslim proselytizing creeps into public schools

FRANK GAFFNEY: How Muslim proselytizing creeps into public schools - Washington Times

A history of the national debt

BRAD SCHILLER: A history of the national debt - Washington Times

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Debate co-chair: 'Mistake' to have Candy Crowley moderate presidential debate

Debate co-chair: 'Mistake' to have Candy Crowley moderate presidential debate

Payoff: Obama aides land cushy media jobs

Payoff: Obama aides land cushy media jobs | WashingtonExaminer.com

What we learned at the Sierra Club protest in Washington D.C.

Media notices that Obama is very good at manipulating them

When liberals who helped get Obama re-elected start writing stories titled "Obama, the Puppet Master," you know the slobbering love affair between the MSM and Obama is on the ropes.

Media notices that Obama is very good at manipulating them | Human Events

Thomas Sowell: National defense or bloated pensions for gov't workers?

Thomas Sowell: Guns and pensions - Human Events

Jurassic Congress


Pa.'s new Democratic attorney general cuts off questions from media

New Pennsylvania AG Shuts Off Reporters At First Big Press Event « CBS Philly

Money chase by Obama circle ripe for corruption, say government watchdogs

Money chase by Obama circle ripe for corruption, say government watchdogs - The Hill

Democrats line up to challenge Corbett for Pa. governor

Democrats did well in Pennsylvania in 2012, but Barack Obama won't be on the ballot in 2014 so the City of Philadelphia won't be voting.

Dems shouldn't get too confident about winning the governor's mansion.

UPDATE: Sestak says he wants to run for office, but doesn't know if it will be for governor - delcotimes.com

State Sen. Bob Mensch: Pa. faces public pension crisis

Democrats and their union allies are trying to block pension reform in Pennsylvania even though the pension funds for state workers and teachers are $41 billion in the red. The Democrats' plan of ignoring the problem hasn't worked out too well so far.

State Sen. Bob Mensch: Pa. faces public pension crisis

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson: Stand Up For What You Believe In

The Obama Bankruptcy Curse Strikes Again!

Jeannie DeAngelis, writing at American Thinker, on the way Barack Obama is flushing your tax dollars down the toilet:
To date, approximately 34 Obama-backed green energy companies have gone bankrupt, the most well-known being Solyndra.
 The Obama Bankruptcy Curse Strikes Again!

Gas prices soaring again under Obama

Obama energy policies at work: Gas prices spike 51 cents a gallon over the last two months

Gas prices soaring

Sen. Marco Rubio raises $100,000 selling water bottles

Rubio raises $100,000 selling water bottles

How much would you pay to hear Hillary Clinton speak?


Hillary Clinton to join speaking circuit - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Obama's Kill List


Sarah Palin to address CPAC 2013

Former Gov. Palin to address CPAC 2013 - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Sweating the small stuff: Our collective obsession with the trivial

A generation raised on video games and "reality" television is now in charge. Heaven help us!

Our collective obsession with the trivial

George F. Will: Calvin Coolidge, the anti-Obama

George F. Will: Calvin Coolidge, commander-in-brief

Sunday, February 17, 2013

School choice goes Hollywood to reach Main Street

School choice goes Hollywood to reach Main Street

Country singer Mindy McCready dies at 37

Santorum: Proof Obama really doesn't understand his job

Rick Santorum: Proof Obama really doesn't understand his job

White House: Obama plan to grant amnesty to 11M illegals a 'backup'

White House: Obama plan to grant amnesty to 11M illegals a 'backup'

Bruce Willis' latest 'Die Hard' scores with $25M debut

Bruce Willis' latest 'Die Hard' scores with $25M debut

Enough About Congress


Columnist: Unions use Pa. students as bargaining chips

Lowman S. Henry: Unions use students as bargaining chips

19 Actors/Directors Snubbed By Academy Awards

Celebrities Who Really Should Have Won an Oscar | The Philly Post

Quick Guide To Mainstream Media

Your guide to the MSM: ABC - All Barack Channel; NBC - Notably Barack Channel; CBS - Continuous Barack Channel; NPR - Not Pro Republican; CNN - Commie News Network

State taxes and the Great Income Migration

James Pethokoukis: State taxes and the Great Income Migration

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Obama Phone Lady: 'Obama Lied'

Homeland Security Now Armed With Enough Ammo for 24-Year-Long Iraq War

The Obama Regime has been stockpiling ammunition for years, to the point where most private gun owners and even some police departments can no longer buy ammunition. What do you suppose Obama is planning to do with all that ammo? And why the push to disarm law-abiding Americans?

Homeland Security Now Armed With Enough Ammo for 24-Year-Long Iraq War | Human Events

The Democrats' Self-Help Section


655,000 Page Views

My site counter has recorded 655,000 Page Piews from 417,000 Unique Visitors to TONY PHYRILLAS ON POLITICS. Thanks for checking out my blog ... and come back again.

The key number in Obama’s minimum wage plan isn't $9, it's 2014

James Pethokoukis: The key number in Obama’s minimum wage plan isn’t $9, it’s 2014

Revised U.S. Map Erases Pennsylvania, Makes Philadelphia Its Own State


Some of us have been pushing for years to get rid of Philadelphia, which drains a disproportionate amount of resources from the rest of Pennsylvania. Here's one way to make that goal happen.

Revised U.S. Map Erases Pennsylvania, Makes Philadelphia Its Own State | The Philly Post

Obama Loves His Drones


Employers will figure out ways to dodge Obamacare, costing more jobs

JASON MILLER: Employers will figure out ways to dodge Obamacare - Washington Times

Analysts put costs to implement Obama's State of the Union policies at $83B

Analysts put costs to implement Obama's State of the Union policies at $83 billion - Washington Times

Weekly GOP Address: Devastating cuts in Obama's sequester


Local police departments running out of ammunition

Bull market for bullets

Top 10 State of the Union lowlights

Top 10 SOTU lowlights - Human Events

Friday, February 15, 2013

If Congress Was A Cruise Ship ...


Pa. voter ID law won't be enforced in May primary

All of this could have been avoided had Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille not sided with 3 Democrats on the court to block the Voter ID law.

Castille faces a retention vote this year. VOTE NO!

Pa. voter ID law won’t be enforced in May primary

Longtime Ed Rendell adviser backs Republican Corbett for Pa. governor

Longtime Rendell adviser David Cohen backs Corbett

Have you ever fallen asleep at the movies?

Envelope, please: Oscar leaders deemed nap-worthy

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Racism In Spain? Are You Kidding?

Is there something wrong with this photo from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue? Some on the left find it offensive because the matadors are too "light-skinned" for their taste. Political correctness run amuck? You bet.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Racism In Spain? Are You Kidding?

Terence Farrell: Meeting Pa. transportation needs now and in the future

Terence Farrell: Meeting Pa. transportation needs now and in the future

Report: Pa. criminals owe $2.2 billion to victims, state, courts

Report: Pa. criminals owe $2.2 billion to victims, state, courts

Global Warming Strikes Again


Priorities: Obama says he'd get rid of the penny

We have 25 million Americans looking for work, we have a $16 trillion national debt, we had no economic growth for the last quarter of 2012, we have U.S. troops engage in combat in a half-dozen countries, we have a national takeover of health care that will hurt millions ... and what is Obama talking about? Let's get rid of the penny. This is what you get when low-information voters go the polls.

Making cents: Obama says he'd get rid of the penny

25 things the MSM refuses to discuss

25 things the MSM refuses to discuss | RedState

Obama Re-Nominates Unconstitutional 'Recess' Appointees to the NLRB

Audacity of a Provocateur: Obama Re-Nominates Unconstitutional 'Recess' Appointees to the NLRB | RedState

What about Lew? Five reasons to stop his confirmation

David Harsanyi: What about Lew? Five reasons to stop his confirmation

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rep. J. Randy Forbes: America's new government-imposed religion

Welcome to Obama's vision of America:
The tide has turned, and we have begun to see the emergence of a state-created orthodoxy. It deems support for traditional marriage unacceptable. It discredits those who believe that life begins at conception. It disfavors their faith — held for centuries by their predecessors — and creates a regulatory framework to prevent them from fully participating in the public square.
When the government says, “You can believe whatever you want, but you will be penalized if you exercise those beliefs,” we have entered dangerous territory. We cannot allow a religious litmus test to determine who may participate in American life. We must defend the Constitution not only in form, but also in effect.
That is how Va. Congressman Randy Forbes sees Obama's war against people of faith. The the rest of this powerful op-ed in The Washington Times: 

FORBES: America's new government-imposed religion - Washington Times

Todd Starnes: Welcoming illegals into the People's House

Todd Starnes: Welcoming illegals into the People's House - Human Events

Obama Takes Ride On His Unicorn


Sen. Toomey opposes Hagel for Defense Secretary

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is the latest lawmaker to openly criticize controversial Obama Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, saying he will oppose Hagel's confirmation.

Pat Toomey issued the following statement on Thursday:
"I appreciate and respect Sen. Hagel’s service to our country – both as an Army noncommissioned officer in Vietnam and as a member of Congress.  Nevertheless, I have deep concerns about Sen. Hagel’s attitude toward our national security relationship with Israel, and his approach toward dealing with Iran and various terrorist organizations including Hezbollah. Also, his poor performance during the Senate confirmation hearings and lack of transparency in providing information to the Armed Services Committee raise serious questions about Sen. Hagel’s ability to manage the Pentagon."
"I met with Sen. Hagel in my office and closely watched his responses to my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee.  Specifically, I've sought explanations regarding his opposition to Iran sanctions and his statements regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  His remarks seem inconsistent to me and are troubling. His earlier positions on Iran were inconsistent with administration policy, and I am troubled by what appears to be a nomination conversion on this and other issues."

"The president deserves considerable latitude on appointing members of his cabinet and I have typically supported those nominees including those with whom I have significant policy disagreements.  But Sen. Hagel's shifting positions, questionable performance during the Senate confirmation process and disturbing record on some of the most important national security issues of the day concern me."

"In light of these concerns, I will not vote to move to his nomination forward."

Obama's Idea of a Valentine?


Columnist: Americans are smarter than liberals think

Erik Rush: Americans: Smarter than liberals think

Columnist: Obama the cheapskate should raise minimum wage to $100

If Obama really wants to help workers, he should mandate a $100 per hour minimum wage, argues columnist Joseph Farah.

Obama the cheapskate

Michael Barone: Obama operating above law

Michael Barone: Operating above law - Human Events

We Don't Have A Democrat Problem, We Have An Idiot Problem


Social Security chief: Program fraying from neglect by Obama, Congress

Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

Fort Hood victims betrayed by Obama

Debra Saunders: Treatment of the Fort Hood victims - Human Events

What recovery?

Puzder: What recovery? - Human Events

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Obama Phone Lady Wakes Up

Associated Press calls out Obama on 6 major lies he told during State of the Union

FACT CHECK: Obama's overreaching in State of Union speech

Kate Upton Repeats As Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model



Kate Upton, the curvaceous 20-year-old model who made a big splash last year on the cover of the much-anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, graces the cover again this year, but in a slightly chillier environment.

The 5-feet-10-inch, amply endowed Upton shows off her curves wearing a white bikini bottom and a fur-lined parka from a photo shoot in Antarctica. No wonder the polar ice caps are melting.

Upton is one of 17 models featured in locations on all seven continents in this year's SI Swimsuit edition, which hit newsstands on Tuesday.

Reaction to Pope's Resignation


Obama State of Union speech flunks AP Fact Check

FACT CHECK: Obama’s overreaching in State of Union speech

Cyprus being persecuted by EU says outgoing president

Cyprus being persecuted says outgoing president - Cyprus Mail

NRA Ad: Obama gun proposals would lead to 'confiscation'


Paul Ryan: Obama delusional on debt

Ryan: Obama delusional on debt - The Hill's On The Money

Obama: 57 Vacation Days Since Vowing He 'Will Not Rest Until Anyone' Can Find A GOOD Job

Obama: 57 Vacation Days Since Vowing He 'Will Not Rest Until Anyone' Can Find A GOOD Job | CNS News

Rand Paul Tea Party Response to State of the Union 2013


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rubio: More government isn't going to help you

Rubio: More government isn't going to help you - Human Events

FULL TEXT: Sen. Marco Rubio Delivers the Republican Address to the Nation

FULL TEXT: Sen. Marco Rubio Delivers the Republican Address to the Nation - Human Events

Sen. Marco Rubio delivers GOP response to State of the Union


Rubio Delivers Republican Address to the Nation in Spanish


Shovel ready: Obama's big infrastructure myth

David Harsanyi: Shovel ready: Obama's big infrastructure myth

Washington Post falls for hoax report that Sarah Palin will work for al-Jazeera

The liberal media hates Sarah Palin so much, they can easily be fooled when they have a chance to run something negative about Palin ... whether it's true or not.

Washington Post falls for hoax report that Sarah Palin will work for al-Jazeera | Human Events

Remember this when Hillary runs in 2016


A billion dollars in Obamaphone fraud?

A billion dollars in Obamaphone fraud? | Human Events

Middle class empowerment to define Rubio speech

Middle class empowerment to define Rubio speech - Human Events

Unemployment rate for government workers is 4.2% - Private sector workers: 8.6%

James Pethokoukis does an excellent job examining the failure of Obamanomics. While Obama's policies have killed millions of private-sector jobs, he continues to pad government rolls.

The unemployment rate for government workers is 4.2%. Private sector workers: 8.6%

If Obama thinks the job of debt reduction is nearly done, he should look at this chart

If Obama thinks the job of debt reduction is nearly done, he should look at this chart

'The Hangover Part III' starring Sen. Menendez


Obamanomics: Record Number on Food Stamps

You don't need to watch Obama babble on for hours to learn the true State of the Union.

From ZeroHedge.com:
Since (Obama's) inauguration, the US has generated just 841,000 jobs through November 2012, a number is more than dwarfed by the 17.3 million new food stamps and disability recipients added to the rolls in the past 4 years. And since the start of the depression in December 2007, America has seen those on food stamps and disability increase by 21.8 million, while losing 3.6 million jobs. End result: total number of food stamp recipients as of November: 47.7 million, an increase of 141,000 from the prior month, and reversing the brief downturn in October, while total US households on food stamps just hit an all time record of 23,017,768, an increase of 73,952 from the prior month. The cost to the government to keep these 23 million households content and not rising up? $281.21 per month per household.

Tough choice — undergo unnecessary root canal surgery or watch Obama speech

Tough choice — undergo unnecessary root canal surgery or watch SOTU

Monday, February 11, 2013

Report: Navy SEAL kills Osama bin Laden, loses health care

This is how Obama rewards our nation's heroes.

Report: Navy SEAL kills Osama bin Laden, loses health care - Kevin Cirilli - POLITICO.com

The Costs and Consequences of Obamacare

The Costs and Consequences of Obamacare

Guest column: Regulatory Mess Left By Obamacare

By Congressman Joe Pitts

Scientists are discovering new planets in other solar systems at an amazing pace. Some of these planets are even the same size as Earth and may be in a similar orbit. Perhaps we’ll even find a planet orbiting our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri. If we could build a spacecraft just a little faster than current technology, it would take around 14,000 years to get there.

The Office of Management and Budget has estimated that the combined time to comply with all the new regulations under Obamacare is 127,602,371 hours… or around 14,000 years. Of course, that burden isn’t just on a single person, but it’s a potent illustration of just how much time American families, businesses and health care providers will be spending to follow all the new rules.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is working together with two other committees to track the burden of these regulations as they are announced. By the time the regulators are through there might enough hours to get back from Proxima Centauri.

The health care law runs more than 2,000 pages. While that might seem like some heavy reading, the legislative language only loosely describes how Obamacare is supposed to work. Most of the details about how the programs, boards and bureaucracies are supposed to do their job is done through the regulatory process.
So far this process has been anything but smooth. The law sets deadlines for the implementation of programs, new taxes and reporting requirements. Just a few months after the law was signed, deadlines were already being missed.

This is bad news for those who have to prepare to comply with the law. One of the biggest deadlines is for opening of health care exchanges. The federal government was hoping that states would shoulder much of the burden of opening up and operating these exchanges.

The keystone regulation of the health care exchanges is the rules for the essential minimum benefits — the items every health insurance plan needs to cover in order to continue operating. The political problem the White House faced with this rule is that it would make it clear just how much more health insurance would cost under Obamacare. Heading into the election, the President didn’t want bad news about how much more Americans would be paying because of his policies.

Now with these regulations starting to role out, state governments and health insurers have little time prepare for the opening of exchanges in October of this year. Some state governments have wisely decided that they shouldn’t commit to operating what is essentially a federal government program. Even those states that have committed to running an exchange are finding it difficult to get answers out of the federal government.

When the regulatory process is finally complete, states and insurers will have to work their way through a mountain of paperwork. This means hiring more employees and spending more money on new technology. In California alone, the government may need to hire more than 21,000 employees to help people navigate the new exchanges.

Business owners and health providers will also face a new mountain of paperwork to comply with Obamacare. For businesses, they must file additional tax forms either proving that their current insurance meets standards, or paying the new fine for going without insurance.
Hospitals and doctors will now have additional reporting requirements. This means more time away from patients for physicians. It also means hiring more employees who have nothing to do with providing care.

Obamacare’s solution to our health care problems is Washington-centric. Tens of thousands of new government employees will be needed to make sure all the new rules are being followed and all the new taxes are being paid.

Bureaucracy doesn’t cure the sick. Instead, more paperwork requirements create government jobs, when what we need are quality private sector jobs that create economic growth. The President said his plan would reduce costs and make it easier to purchase insurance. So far, all we’ve seen are rising costs and increasing government burdens.

Congressman Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District in parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Obamanomics: Worst 5 Years Since the Great Depression

Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression

Lawmaker invites Ted Nugent to Obama's State of the Union address

Lawmaker invites Ted Nugent to Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday - The Hill's In The Know

Poll: Deficit Reduction Rises on Public's Agenda

Deficit Reduction Rises on Public's Agenda for Obama's Second Term

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CNN anchorwoman gets a failing mark in climate science

CNN anchorwoman gets a failing mark in climate science

What does a retired Pope do?

Pope Benedict XVI to resign

Weekly GOP Address: Obama Blocks 'America's Energy Future'


Federal Reserve's Holdings of U.S. Gov't Debt Up 257% Under Obama

Fed’s Holdings of U.S. Gov't Debt Hit Record $1,696,691,000,000; Up 257% Under Obama | CNS News

'Atilla 74: The Rape of Cyprus' (film in full)


Liberals struck deaf, dumb and blind in the face of Obama's illegal acts

Obama lawyers' memo sets out case in which US citizens can be killed

Cyprus frozen in time as Turkish invadors refuse to leave

Island frozen in time as invader hangs on

Sunday, February 10, 2013

'Identity Thief' Tops Weekend Box Office

You know it wasn't a banner weekend for Hollywood when the biggest film opening stars Jason Bateman.

The Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy "Identify Thief" - essentially a TV movie of the week - was No. 1 at the weekend box office, earning slightly more than $36 million.

The weekend box office was weak all around. It didn't help matters that most of the Northeastern United States was digging out of a huge snowstorm, but there's few films in wide release worth seeing this time of year.

'Identity Thief' Tops Weekend Box Office

All she wanted was bigger boobs

This would make for an excellent segment of "1000 Ways To Die" but the popular Spike TV show ended a four year run last year.

A German porn star died last week as she was undergoing her firth breast enlargement surgery. The anaesthetist present during the surgery was convicted by a German court of negligent manslaughter.

The 23-year-old porn actress Carolin Wosnitza, known professionally as Sexy Cora, was in the care of the 56-year-old anaesthetist while having her breasts enlarged from an F to a G cup, according to German news accounts.

Doctor convicted in German porn star death

Krauthammer: Call Obama's bluff on sequestration

Charles Krauthammer: Call Obama’s sequestration bluff

New definition of 'Forever'


Saturday, February 09, 2013

New Lancaster tour takes aim at reality of 'Amish Mafia' TV show

New Lancaster tour takes aim at 'Amish Mafia' show

Kathleen Parker: The ghosts of Benghazi haunt Hillary Clinton

Kathleen Parker: Hillary Clinton and the ghosts of Benghazi

'Hercules' actor Kevin Sorbo: Dr. Ben Carson 'should be our president'

'Hercules' actor Kevin Sorbo: Dr. Ben Carson ‘should be our president'; Carson leaves door open

Dr. Benjamin Carson just might be the smartest man in America

Dr. Ben Carson just might be the smartest man in America today. So how come we're stuck with Obozo in the White House?

Dr. Benjamin Carson: "I Would Be Willing to Debate Anyone on the President's Team on Healthcare" (Video) | Human Events

Lawmakers seek to slash their salaries

Congress is willing to take a 10% pay cut? I vote for a 100% pay cut. When was the last time any of these clowns did something to actually improve the lives of their constituents?

Lawmakers seek to slash their salaries - The Hill

Dump Obamacare and put Dr. Ben Carson in charge of nation's health care

Top 10 media missteps of 2013 - so far

Top 10 media missteps of 2013 - so far - Human Events

Friday, February 08, 2013

Gas prices rising, Obama approval dropping

National (US) Poll * February 8, 2013 * Hillary Clinton Is Most Popular than President Obama

The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response

Blog: The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response

Will Obama Let Iran Start World War III?

Will Obama Let Iran Start World War III?

Dr. Ben Carson speech upstages Obama at prayer breakfast

Conservative Dr. Ben Carson speech upstages Obama at prayer breakfast - Washington Times

Dr. Benjamin Carson's Amazing Speech Directed at Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

Must-see video: Dr. Ben Carson schools Obama on debt, tax reform

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: 'America is one big pothole'

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Democrat Barack Obama been in the White House over the past four years and didn't Obama get to spend $1 trillion on shovel-read projects to fix America's infrastructure? So what the hell is LaHood complaining about? Obama spent the stimulus money to reward campaign donors, buy votes for the 2012 election and hired 130,000 new federal workers.

LaHood: 'America is one big pothole' - The Hill's Transportation Report

Report: Obama to cut U.S. nuclear arsenal by one-third

Now that Obama has made the world so much safer, and is safely re-elected to a second term, he can show some flexibility to our many friends across the globe (Iran, North Korea, Russia) and reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Heckavu job, Barack.

Report: White House set to cut nuclear arsenal by one-third - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Video: So God Made A Liberal...

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman to donate raise to charity

Kudos to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who will donate three years of pay raises the state neglected to send her because of bureaucratic snafu to charity. A good example other elected officials should follow.

Montco D.A. to donate raise to charity

Sen. Rand Paul: Trust but verify on immigration reform

Sen. Rand Paul: Trust but verify on immigration reform - Washington Times

650,000 Page Views at TONY PHYRILLAS ON POLITICS

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Obamacare Snake Oil


Pa. blocks online gun permits

Pennsylvania's new Democratic attorney general isn't wasting any time kowtowing to the liberal agenda of big-city mayors like Philadelphia's Michael Nutter.

Pa. blocks online gun permits

Dems side with GOP to pressure Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline

Dems side with GOP to pressure Obama on Keystone - Human Events

Nathan A. Benefield: Lawmakers must protect taxpayers' interests

Nathan A. Benefield: Lawmakers must protect taxpayers' interests

Lindi Ortega - 'Cigarettes & Truckstops' (Official Video)

She hails from Toronto, Canada, but 33-year-old singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega could be the next big thing in country music. Check out this terrific song (and video):

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

Congressman Pat Meehan: Cyber attacks a growing threat to U.S.

Congressman Pat Meehan: Cyber attacks a growing threat to U.S.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

'Obama AWOL when Americans killed'

How many different stories has the Obama administration told about the Benghazi massacre?

'Obama AWOL when Americans killed'

Grover Norquist: Reagan vs. Obama: The record

Grover Norquist: Reagan vs. Obama: The record - Human Events

Chris Christie: Obama Flood Insurance Program A ‘Disgrace’

Is the honeymoon over for Chris Christie and Barack Obama? I guess helping re-elect Obama wasn't the smartest thing Chris Christie has ever done.

Chris Christie: Fed Flood Insurance Program A 'Disgrace' « CBS Philly

Crossroads ad mocks Ashley Judd as 'radical Hollywood liberal'

Judge Napolitano On Obama Drone Program: 'This Is The Power Claimed By Kings And Tyrants'

Napolitano On Obama Drone Program: "This Is The Power Claimed By Kings And Tyrants"

Living the good life off of government benefits

Welcome to Barack Obama's America. Why work when you can live well off of government handouts?

Reporter Chris Papst of a local CBS affiliate in Pennsylvania recently did this scathing report on the massive growth of government assistance:
Our family would be eligible for $14,976 in free day care, another $13,400 for Head Start and Early Head Start, $7,148 in housing vouchers, $6,500 for weatherization projects, $400 to pay heating bills, $480 a year for a cell phone, with an extra $230 for a land line, and $182 in free legal advice.

The family would get more than $6,028 in food assistance and another $6,045 in medical assistance. The mother is eligible for $5,500 in Pell Grants for school with an additional $12,000 for the Education Opportunity Grant; SMART Grant; and TEACH Grant.

Our family would also get $6,800 in tax credits, and $1,900 in withholding would be returned.

Add it up and this family can get $81,589 in free assistance.

“This isn’t the American dream,” commented Matt Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Matt Brouillette is with the Commonwealth Foundation, a government watchdog group which emphasizes a safety net, not a safety hammock.
Living the good life off of government benefits