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Friday, May 31, 2013

Pa. lawmakers want more money for themselves

Already among the highest-paid in the nation, Pennsylvania legislators are setting the stage to give themselves another pay raise in the 2013-14 state budget. Voters should keep this in mind when they go to the polls in 2014 when all 2013 state House seats and 25 state Senate seats are on the ballot.

Pa. lawmakers want more money for themselves

IRS may have targeted conservatives more broadly

IRS may have targeted conservatives more broadly | McClatchy

The Buck Stops Where?

Trustees say Medicare exhausted in 2026

Trustees say Medicare exhausted in 2026

Michelle Malkin: Who's Tracking Your Children?

Who's Tracking Your Children?

Birthday Wishes to Clint Eastwood

Birthday wishes to my all-time favorite actor, Clint Eastwood, who turns 83 today. I just got done watching Clint's latest film, "Trouble With The Curve," on DVD and he was superb in it. It's not just a baseball film. It's a touching story of a man and his estranged daughter (played wonderfully by Amy Adams) trying to reconcile their broken relationship. Highly recommended.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

'Pro-Israel Groups Felt Wrath of Obama IRS'

'Pro-Israel Groups Felt Wrath of Obama IRS'

Nearly 11 Million Americans on Disability under Obama

Record 10,978,040 Now on Disability; 'Disability' Would Be 8th Most Populous State | CNS News

Nixon and Obama: Like brothers from another mother

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Government is addicted to crackpot scare tactics

Government is addicted to crackpot scare tactics

Holder's Bottom On The Line


Media says no to Holder's off-the-record press briefings

Media says no to Holder's off-the-record press briefings | Human Events

1 in 5 Ohio Voters Are Fake

Didn't Obama "win" Ohio in the November election?

1 in 5 Ohio Voters Are Fake | FrontPage Magazine

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

White House Scandals: Comparing Nixon to Obama

What Did Nixon Do? | FrontPage Magazine

Krauthammer: Obama Needs a Second Bus to Throw People Under

Krauthammer: Obama Needs a Second Bus to Throw People Under

Rachel Maddow Ratings Tank on MSNBC

The three people still watching MSNBC must have found something better to watch. Liberals are abandoning the ultra-left "news" channel in droves.

Maddow Suffers Lowest Ratings Since Show Debut

Did the Palestinians ask Obama to target pro-Israeli nonprofit group?

Did the Palestinians Ask Obama to Target Pro-Israeli 501(c)(3)s?

Only Nixon ...


Why you didn't even know there was an election in Philly

Voter turnout in Pennsylvania's largest city was just 9% for the May 21 primary election. The other 91% stayed home knowing Obama wasn't on the ballot.

NewsWorks: Why you didn't know there was an election in Philly

Like your health care policy? You may be losing it under Obamacare

Remember when Barack Obama said the following: "If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what."

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

Motorcycle crash deaths up in Pa. since helmet law repeal

Motorcycle crash deaths up in Pa. since helmet law repeal

Walter Williams: Americans Deserve the IRS

Americans Deserve the IRS

Rep. Michele Bachmann won't seek reelection in 2014

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What is the real number of illegal border crossings?

Washington Examiner reporter Byron York takes a look at how the Obama administration is calculating how many illegals sneak into the U.S.  and guess what? It appears Obama's minions are undercounting the number of illegals.

Byron York: What is the real number of illegal border crossings?

Op-Ed: The manure is getting deep around Obama

Stan Huskey: The manure is getting deep around Obama

Poll: 54 percent against Obamacare

Poll: 54 percent against Obamacare - Kevin Robillard - POLITICO.com

Dereliction of Duty: Eric Holder-style


Pa. Supreme Court sets tough new rules for constables

Pa. Supreme Court sets tough new rules for elected constables

Obama's Policies are Driving Businesses Abroad

Obama's Policies are Driving Businesses Abroad | RedState

Economy and jobs have slipped from Obama's radar

Donald Lambro: Economy and jobs have slipped from Obama's radar

Friday, May 24, 2013

Archbishop Chaput: Obama assault on religious freedom is a wake-up call

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Obama administration assault on religious freedom is a wake-up call

Courts slow down Obama administration's lawlessness

George F. Will: The NLRB's school-door stand

Is there justice for Holder?


State Rep. Mike Vereb: Rendell Ignored PA Turnpike Commission Reforms

PA State Rep. Mike Vereb - Turnpike Commission Reform Ignored Under Prior Leadership

Eric Holder versus journalism

Will Eric Holder's personal war against the Associated Press and Fox News lead to his demise?

Eric Holder versus journalism

Union Leaders Discover They Were Lied to by Obama

Reality Bites… Union Leaders Discover They Were Lied to and Millions of Members Will Lose Health Insurance

Obama's Hypocritical War on Reporters

Obama's Hypocritical War on Reporters

First Amendment expert: Obama officials trampled on free press

Op-Ed: Obama officials trampled on free press

Liberals Are Now Shocked, Shocked at Obama's Culture of Intimidation

Liberals Are Now Shocked, Shocked at Obama's Culture of Intimidation

Wrong Talking Point


Will the West Wake Up About Islamic Terrorism?

Pat Buchanan: Will the West Wake Up? | Human Events

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Birthday Wishes to Michael Constantine


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.

Islamic Terrorist Nidal Hasan Has Earned $278,000 in Salary from US Taxpayers Since Fort Hood Massacre

Nidal Hasan Has Earned $278,000 in Salary Since the Fort Hood Shooting - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire

Nat Hentoff: Why Obama is silent on murdered babies

Nat Hentoff: Why Obama is silent on murdered babies

Democrats turn on IRS: 'There will be hell to pay'

Democrats turn on IRS: 'There will be hell to pay'

Government Gone Wild: It's Not Just the IRS

Jason Stverak: Government Gone Wild: It's Not Just the IRS

The Ax Man Cometh


Hunger Among Senior Citizens Reaches Record Levels

Increase in Hunger Among Seniors Accelerated by Great Recession (via PR Newswire)

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…

The Obama Crony in Charge of your Medical Records

Michelle Malkin: The Obama Crony in Charge of your Medical Records

3 women to vie for 2 open seats on Berks County Court

A crowded field of eight candidates seeking two open seats on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas was narrowed to three by primary voters on Tuesday.

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.

Obama IRS Official Invokes Fifth Amendment after Trampling the First

Lerner Invokes Fifth Amendment after Trampling the First

Monday, May 20, 2013

David M. Shribman: Obama Administration crosses sacred lines

Columnist David Shribman is the latest liberal to put down the Kool-Aid and see Barack Obama for what he truly is.

Shribman shreds Obama and his minions for violating Americans' Constitutional rights:
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

Obama Releases The Hounds


Since when has the Constitution mattered to the Obama Regime?

Associated Press CEO calls records seizure 'unconstitutional'

Nationwide protests against Obama's fascist IRS planned for Tuesday

BREAKING: Nationwide TEA PARTY PROTESTS Set for Tuesday at IRS Offices (Pass It On!)

Fox News reporter monitored by Obama Justice Dept.

Fox News reporter monitored by Justice Department | Human Events

Vote NO to retain Pa. Chief Justice Ron Castille


Obama Fast and Furious scandal rears its ugly head again

Inspector General: Ex-U.S. Attorney retaliated in Fast and Furious

Special Counsel Is the Only Way to Clean up the IRS Rat's Nest

Larry Kudlow: Special Counsel Is the Only Way to Clean up the IRS Rat's Nest

State-run media shocked by its spawn

Peter Riehm at American Thinker:
 

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

The House Judiciary Committee's Moment to Shine

Daniel Horowitz: 
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

If Government Were a Business, Obama Would Already Be Fired

William Sullivan: If Government Were a Business, Obama Would Already Be Fired

Barack Obama: Into Darkness


'Star Trek: Into Darkness’ knocks 'Iron Man 3' out of No. 1 spot

'Star Trek' does $70.6M but falls short of studio hopes

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Guest column: IRS' Next Target: Your Health Insurance

By Jennifer Stefano
Guest columnist

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!

Pa. Congressman Mike Kelly goes nuclear on the IRS

Rep. Mike Kelly goes nuclear on the IRS | Human Events

The Obama media blackout

The Obama media blackout | Human Events

Weekly GOP Address: The IRS Needs Less Power, Not More

Friday, May 17, 2013

Why the IRS scandal matters

The IRS and its tea party tempest

IRS 'knocked tea party off its mission'

Nixon was an amateur compared to Obama. People don't realize the extent of the Obama campaigns dirty tricks to steal the 2012 election.

IRS 'knocked tea party off its mission'

Guest Column: What Happened to the First Amendment?

By Congressman Joe Pitts
Guest columnist


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.

Somewhere Nixon Is Smiling


Obama's Travesty of Leadership: The News Media Share Culpability

Obama's Travesty of Leadership: The News Media Share Culpability | RedState

Obama's Scandals Reveal the True Face of Government

Steven Greenhut: Power and force are the name of the game.

Obama's Scandals Reveal the True Face of Government

Let's Get the IRS Out of the Speech Business

David Harsanyi: Let's Get the IRS Out of the Speech Business

Obama's Worst Week Ever?


Why You Should Support Rep. Price's IRS Bill

Why You Should Support Rep. Price's IRS Bill | RedState

Op-Ed: Momentum building for much-needed Pa. property tax reform

Op-Ed: Momentum building for much-needed Pa. property tax reform

Obama administration going with the idiot narrative on Benghazi

Obama administration going with the idiot narrative on Benghazi | RedState

Obama: Do Not Fear The Government


Whoops! Obama Justice Dept. loses track of a few terrorists

Whoops! Justice Department loses track of a few 'known or suspected' terrorists

George Will: The Loss of Trust Under Obama

The Loss of Trust

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PA House passes online impersonation bill

It will soon be harder to remain anonymous on the Internet in Pennsylvania.

House passes online impersonation bill - abc27 WHTM

Obama Springs A Leak


Hardcore liberals jumping off Obama bandwagon

Cokie & Steve Roberts: Obama Justice Dept. assaults our core values

IRS Targets Pro-Life Group That Opposes Planned Parenthood

IRS Holds Tax Status Over Pro-Life Iowa Group That Opposes Planned Parenthood

Now boarding the Obama Administration scandal train: the EPA

Now boarding the Obama Administration scandal train: the EPA | Human Events

Coming Soon ... Obama Sex Tape


Is this still America?

Where does it stop? Obama sends his IRS goon squad against political opponents and conservative religious groups. Is this still America?

Religious groups say they were targeted by IRS

IRS sued for stealing the medical records of 10M Americans

IRS sued for stealing the medical records of 10 million Americans | Human Events

Religious groups say they were targeted by IRS

Religious groups say they were targeted by IRS

Tables turn on IRS


Left-wing groups sailed past the politicized IRS

Left-wing groups sailed past the politicized IRS | Human Events

Obamacare costs double to $1.8 trillion

The Obama Regime has never been good with numbers.

ObamaCare costs double to $1.8 trillion | Human Events

15 Career-Killing Movies

These Bombs Caused Casualties: 15 Career-Killing Movies | StyleBlazer

The larger implications of the Associated Press affair

Pat Sajak: The larger implications of the Associated Press affair | Human Events

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nixon Is Back In The White House


Ex-Rep. Sestak announces rematch attempt against PA Sen. Toomey

Ex-Rep. Sestak announces rematch attempt against Sen. Toomey - The Hill's Video

Newspaper: Obama's legacy of scandal

EDITORIAL: A legacy of scandal - Washington Times

EPA waives fee requests for friendly groups, denies conservative groups

Another day, another new Obama scandal.

EPA waives fee requests for friendly groups, denies conservative groups | WashingtonExaminer.com

Big Trouble: Obama Loses Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell: IRS scandal 'one of the most outrageous excesses I've seen in all my years of journalism' | WashingtonExaminer.com

Thomas Sowell: Lies About Libya

Thomas Sowell on the Obama Administration's unraveling Benghazi narrative:
 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

More IRS abuses of power against conservative groups

John Hayward: More IRS abuses of power against conservative groups | Human Events

You're Not Paranoid


Diana West: Tell me again why the U.S. used Jihadists to guard Benghazi

Diana West: Tell me again why the U.S. used Jihadists to guard Benghazi

Feds want to reduce DUI threshold to 0.05%

NTSB recommends making drunken driving threshold .05% blood-alcohol content

Monday, May 13, 2013

Insurers predict 100%-400% Obamacare rate explosion

Insurers predict 100%-400% Obamacare rate explosion | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama admin admits spying on Associated Press

After serving as a useful idiot in helping Barack Obama obtain the presidency twice, The Associated Press learns that Obama has been secretly obtaining the news agency's phone records for months to keep tabs on its reporting.

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

IRS: Internal Revenge Service


Barack Obama the most effective firearm salesman since Samuel Colt

Barack Obama the most effective firearm salesman since Samuel Colt. | Human Events

IRS scandal grows deeper

IRS scandal grows deeper | Human Events

Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murder in the first degree

Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murder in the first degree | Human Events

Saturday, May 11, 2013

'The Train Will Be Just Fine'


Pa. budget woes will test GOP on business tax cut

Pa. budget woes will test GOP on business tax cut

Romney Blew It On Benghazi

Mitt Romney had a chance last fall to expose the Obama Administrations incompetence and callousness regarding the murder of 4 Americans in Libya but he chose to stand down. The result of his silence: Four more years of a failed Obama presidency.

American Crossroads Benghazi video v. campaign ad Romney spiked | Human Events

Pa. Turnpike spends $200K a year for little-used call boxes

Pa. Turnpike spends $200K a year for little-used call boxes

Second Amendment Lives at Kutztown University

Kutztown University to allow guns on campus

Obama's IRS just admitted that it targets dissidents

If you disagree with Obama's socialist agenda, you are considered an enemy of the state and will be targeted by Obama's IRS agents. Thanks again all you low-information voters for turning the U.S. into a totalitarian state.

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

Weekly GOP Address: Working Families Flexibility Act


4 vie for 2 judge seats on Chester County Court

4 vie for 2 judge seats on Chester County Court

Ed Rendell calls Republican New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte a 'dumbbell'

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell insults New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte because she disagrees with him on gun control Talk Radio 1210 WPHT « CBS Philly

Friday, May 10, 2013

Obamacare will stick small biz with really large bill

Guest column: ACA will stick small biz with really large bill - delcotimes.com

IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups

Funny how the Obama Regime never seems to target far-left groups, isn't it? This administration is worse than anything Nixon did.

IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups

Justice Department data shows massive decease in firearms homicides

If gun violence is going down, why the push by the far left to confiscate guns? What is the hidden agenda of Obama and the Democrats?

EMILY MILLER: Bloomberg, Obama and liberal media muzzled about gun crime decline - Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul: The moment of responsibility for Hillary Clinton

PAUL: The moment of responsibility for Hillary Clinton - Washington Times

What Difference Does It Make?


Pa. college revises weapons policy, allowing guns on campus

Kutztown University revises weapons policy, allowing guns on campus

Gallup Poll: 58% of Americans Oppose All or Most Abortions

Gallup Poll: 58% of Americans Oppose All or Most Abortions

Obama: Screw America! Obamacare is 'here to stay'

Obama: Health care law is 'here to stay' - Washington Times

John Stossel: Live Free or Move

Stossel: Live Free or Move

Why Neighbors Don't Know Their Neighbors


Benghazi talking points, version 12.0

Democrats continue to spin tales of Benghazi to avoid the truth that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton left 4 Americans to die in Libya last year.

Benghazi talking points, version 12.0 | Human Events

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Highlights From Benghazi Hearing


Reports show U.S. gun homicides down since 1990s

Another example of how liberals never let the facts get in the way: Deaths from guns are way down, according to two new reporters. So why the need to confiscate guns? What say you, liberals?

Reports show U.S. gun homicides down since 1990s

What Benghazi Cover-Up?


Poll: 46% Say Obama Can't Get Things Done During Second Term

Pew: Obama Maintains Approval Advantage, but GOP Runs Even on Key Issues

New Benghazi probe evidence puts spotlight back on Clinton

New Benghazi probe evidence puts spotlight back on Clinton - The Hill's Global Affairs

What did Hillary Clinton know and when did she know it?

Former U.S. diplomat: Hillary Clinton informed of Libya attack

Corbett: Each Pa. household on the hook for $9,000 to cover union pensions

Corbett: Pa. households on the hook for $9,000 to cover union pensions

Hillary's Past Catching Up


Study: Distracted driving deaths underreported in U.S.

Study: Distracted driving deaths underreported

Good news for Pennsylvania Republicans

Pa. high court upholds redrawn legislative map

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Castor drops idea of 2014 challenge to PA Gov. Corbett

Bruce L. Castor Jr., a longtime critic of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, has abandoned his quixotic quest to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

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

Columnist: Respect must be paid to George W. Bush

Christine Flowers: Respect must be paid to George W. Bush - delcotimes.com

Congress should suffer under Obamacare like the rest of us


Will local TV go the way of newspapers?

Newspapers: A Cautionary Tale For Local TV

The Most Incorrigibly Political and America-bashing President

David Limbaugh on Barack Obama: The Most Incorrigibly Political and America-bashing President | Human Events

Editorial: Pa. slots revenue fails to address property tax burden

Pa. slots revenue fails to address property tax burden

Obama Backs Himself Into A Corner Again


Monday, May 06, 2013

Gov. Corbett signs law allowing for elimination of jury commissioners

Gov. Corbett signs law allowing for elimination of jury commissioners

Diplomat: U.S. forces stopped from going to Benghazi

NEWS ITEM: Four members of Army special forces ready to head to Benghazi, Libya, after the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission had ended were told not to go, according to a former top diplomat.

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

Report: Price tag for bill that provides amnesty is $6.3 trillion

Report: Price tag for bill that provides amnesty is $6.3 trillion | WashingtonExaminer.com

Weekly Standard Calls For National Ban on Late-Term Abortion

If liberals were so upset about the deaths of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., why are they silent about the deaths of tens of thousands of babies at the hands of abortionists?

Editorial: Against Infanticide

Job outlook for 'Obama Youth' not so bright


Sunday, May 05, 2013

'Iron Man 3' Kicks Off Hollywood Blockbuster Season With $175M Opening

Moviegoers can't get enough of Tony Stark/Iron Man. The third installment of the Marvel comic book franchise earned $175.3 million from 4,253 theaters in North America over the weekend

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.

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.
'Iron Man 3' Kicks Off Hollywood Blockbuster Season | Video - ABC News

Rick Santorum: Elites in Washington still don't get it

Rick Santorum: 
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

John Fielding elected Berks County Republican chairman

Berks County Republicans have a new leader: attorney John Fielding, a longtime party activist.

Fielding is currently serving on the Antietam School Board and is a candidate for mayor of Mount Penn.

Fielding elected Berks Republican chairman

Χριστός ανέστη – Christ is Risen. Αληθώς Aνέστη – Truly He has Risen.


To all my fellow Orthodox Christians:

Χριστός ανέστη – Christ is Risen.  Αληθώς Aνέστη – Truly He has Risen. 

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Weekly GOP Address: Obama's weak presidential leadership


More casinos but less property tax relief in Pa.?

Something just doesn't add up in Pennsylvania.The state has more casinos but property owners are getting less each year in promised property tax relief from gambling revenues.

Property tax relief from slot revenue declines in Bucks County - phillyburbs.com: The Intelligencer

Friday, May 03, 2013

John Stossel: Why Obamacare Will Be No More Successful Than Soviet Central Planning

Why Obamacare Will Be No More Successful Than Soviet Central Planning

Internet Sales Tax Insanity


Poll: Wealthy, not middle class, support Obama

Shock poll: Wealthy, not middle class, support Obama | WashingtonExaminer.com

9.5 Million People Have Left the Workforce Under Obama

9.5 Million People Have Left the Workforce Under Obama | CNS News

South Carolina bill declares Obamacare 'null and void' - criminalizes implementation

Kudos to South Carolina. What are the rest of the states waiting for?

South Carolina bill declares ObamaCare "null and void," criminalizes implementation | Human Events

Obama State Dept. 'investigation' of Benghazi under investigation

State Dept. investigation of Benghazi under investigation | Human Events

2013 Pascha Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios


Finally, Easter comes for Orthodox believers

Finally, Easter comes for Orthodox believers - PostBulletin.com

Building Bridges Between Orthodox and Catholic Christians

Building Bridges Between Orthodox and Catholic Christians | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Congressional Hellenic Caucus Backs Cypriot Reunification

Hellenic Caucus Backs Cypriot Reunification | USA.GreekReporter.com

Why Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter After the Western World

Why Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter After the Western World | USA.GreekReporter.com

Thursday, May 02, 2013

You call this property tax relief?

Former Gov. Ed Rendell promised "substantial" property tax relief for beleaguered Pennsylvania homeowners when he signed the bill legalizing casino gambling in Pennsylvania.

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

Pa. Gov. Corbett: Berks County battery-maker to expand, add 400 jobs



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…

Media Misdirection


Obamacare is not living up to its promises and even the media knows it

Ben Howe: Obamacare is not living up to its promises and even the media knows it. | RedState

Pennsylvania slot machine revenues for April drop 4%



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…

Village Idiot Harry Reid: Obamacare just needs more money

Reid: ObamaCare just needs more money | Human Events

Pa. governor, lawmakers detail gifts, free travel

Pa. governor, officials detail gifts, free travel

Everything You Need To Know About Property Tax Elimination in Pennsylvania


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Never forget Obama negligence on Benghazi massacre

Obama spokesman: 'Benghazi happened a long time ago' | Human Events

Family Affair Report Details Nepotism in Congress

It's good to be a member of the permanent political class in Washington, D.C.

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);
   * 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.
You can download the complete report at the link below:

Family Affair Report Details Nepotism in Congress | CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

But can he play?


Business advocates defend Corbett comments about drug testing and jobless

Business advocates defend Corbett's comments about drug testing and unemployed

Report shows persistence of TV violence

Maybe we should ban television for inciting so much violence in our society.

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

John Stossel: Obamacare Train Wreck Ahead

Train Wreck Ahead | Human Events