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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weekly Republican Address: Obama Roadblocks For Small Business

Are Too Many People Going to College?

Are Too Many People Going to College?

Columnist: Rival school-tax plan for Pa. gains little traction

Reading Eagle columnist Mary Young, who has followed the property tax issue for a long time, is warning readers to beware of a bogus property tax reform bill sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove. The only workable plan is HB 76, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cox.

Mary Young: Rival school-tax plan gains little traction

Friday, August 30, 2013

600 march in Pennsylvania against Obama warmongering

Syrian-Americans protest Obama threats of military action

Joe Biden Threatens to Impeach Barack Obama If He Attacks....

Obama job approval sinks to 34% in Pa.

Only 34% of Pennsylvania voters think Barack Obama is doing a good job as president, according to a new poll. The same survey found that 41 percent of Pennsylvania voters have a "strongly unfavorable" rating of the president. The Kool Aid is wearing off.

Numbers going down for Corbett, Obama

Miley Cyrus isn't sexy — just goofy and desperate

Miley Cyrus isn't sexy — just goofy and desperate

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett’s poll numbers continue to drop

One in five Pa. voters say Corbett deserves reelection

The Obama Branches of Government


Top secret 'black budget' reveals US spy agencies' spending

Top secret 'black budget' reveals US spy agencies' spending

Dear Congress, Your Bosses Are Calling And They Are Pissed.

Toby Marie: Dear Congress, Your Bosses Are Calling And They Are Pissed. | RedState

Thorns to Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane for promoting her own sister

From the editorial page of The Pottstown Mercury:
THORNS to Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane for promoting her identical twin to a position that got her a 19.6 percent raise as a chief deputy attorney general and head of the office's Child Protection Unit. Ellen Granahan was an experienced prosecutor whose pay rose from $69,771 to $83,423 when Kane's top deputy Adrian King promoted her, according to a report by TribLive Harrisburg reporter Brad Bumsted. "It shows very bad judgment. (Kane) probably knew it was occurring, and she probably let it occur," said Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Roddey. Gov. Tom Corbett hired Granahan in 2008 when he was attorney general. Granahan remained on staff under Kane's predecessor, Attorney General Linda Kelly, whom Corbett hand-picked. Kane's spokesman Joe Peters denied that the promotion crossed any legal lines. "This was not a case of giving her sister a job," he said. As with many things, the perception causes as many problems as the reality, and it's important for Pennsylvania to know that the attorney general is above any potential ethics concerns. "Pennsylvanians deserve clear answers on the attorney general's ethics because she has been entrusted in a law enforcement position and her actions have created serious questions," said Valerie Caras, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party. The appearance of ethics violation here is too great to justify the promotion. 
Roses for those who joined March on Washington

Poll: Pa. Voters Don't Approve of Montgomery County Same Sex Marriage Licenses

Poll: Pennsylvania Voters Don't Approve Of Montgomery County Same Sex Marriage Licenses « CBS Philly

Hit Hard by Obamacare, Small Businesses Passing Costs on to Employees

Hit Hard by Obamacare, Small Businesses Passing Costs on to Employees | RedState

The current American employment cycle

Beyond Orwell: What are the bounds of Obama’s spying?

NAT HENTOFF: Beyond Orwell: What are the bounds of Obama’s spying?

Pennsylvania official: Tax reform is unlikely to pass in Legislature

State official: Tax reform is unlikely

Opinion: Voter ID laws prevent secret practices

ID laws prevent secret practices

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The truth about wages: Obama's economy

Editorial: The truth about wages: Obama's economy

Pa. lawmakers debate competing property tax reform bills

Lawmakers debate competing property tax reform bills

The little man inside your computer


Obamacare looks back on job destruction

ObamaCare looks back on job destruction | Human Events

The Associated Press reveals its bias

The AP reveals what its associations actually are

Obama moves on gun control by executive order

Who needs Congress? King Obama I has issued his royal decrees once again, pushing two new gun control measures by executive order.

Obama moves on gun control by executive order

9 million in U.S. use sleeping pills to get more zzz's

Something is not right with our society when so many people need the help of pharmaceuticals to fall asleep every night.

9M use sleeping pills to get more zzz's

Chris Christie: Not a Tough Guy, No Conservative - Not What America Needs

Steve Pauwels - Chris Christie: Not a Tough Guy, No Conservative - Not What America Needs

Memo to PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Showing mercy to a loved one should not bring criminal charges

Showing mercy to a loved one should not bring criminal charges

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The End of Journalism Summed Up In One Picture

The End of Journalism Summed Up In One Picture | FrontPage Magazine

Pennsylvania: Montco same-sex marriage licenses meaningless

State: Montco same-sex marriage licenses meaningless

MSNBC has full deck of race cards

Jonah Goldberg: MSNBC has full deck of race cards

Anybody But Ben Affleck


Obama Administration targets private schools

Obama Administration targets private schools

Is Joe Biden threatening to impeach Obama?

Joe Biden threatens to impeach the President | Human Events

Is Joe Biden threatening to impeach Obama?

Joe Biden threatens to impeach the President | Human Events

The digital threat to the political class

Scott Rasmussen: The digital threat to the political class

Another bill to cut Pennsylvania's General Assembly being offered

Another bill to cut Pennsylvania's General Assembly being offered

The Great Obamazini


Keystone pipeline postponed … again by Obama

Teresa Mull: 1,800 days later: the Obama administration is deliberately stalling on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Keystone pipeline postponed…again

Rally demands burial for 'Gosnell babies'

Rally demands burial for 'Gosnell babies'

Syria: The War of Obama's Ego

The War of Obama's Ego | RedState

Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane defends promotion, pay raise for sister

Office defends promotion, raise for Pennsylvania AG Kane's twin

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Another Sign Miley Cyrus Won't Be Working For Disney Again


Gov. Corbett's vetting process ridiculed in aftermath of Education secretary's firing

Gov. Corbett's vetting process ridiculed in aftermath of Education secretary's firing

Obama showcases his own failure on endless campaign tour

Obama showcases his own failure

Friday, August 23, 2013

Who needs to work?


Drivers urged to watch for students, buses as school year begins



Motorists Urged to Watch for Students, School Buses as School Year Begins (via PR Newswire)

Violations of School-Bus Stopping Law Carry Strong Penalties HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a new school year beginning in Pennsylvania, motorists are urged to watch for students and school buses to prevent potentially…

Opinion: Remember when it was open season on George W. Bush?

Remember when it was open season on George W. Bush?

Obama NSA admits analysts purposefully violated citizens' privacy rights

NSA admits analysts purposefully violated citizens' privacy rights - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Mark Levin is a modern-day constitutional prophet

David Limbaugh: Mark Levin is a modern-day constitutional prophet

Enter the Obamacare police

Enter the Obamacare police | Human Events

The three branches of government under Obama


Obama's foreign fiasco matches domestic disasters

Obama's foreign fiasco

Hillary Clinton vs. Joe Biden in 2016 dubbed the 'Geritol Generation,' 'fossils'

The 2016 Democratic Party presidential debates might have to be held in a nursing home to accommodate geriatric candidates Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Combined age of Clinton/Biden in by the time the 2016 election rolls around: 144.

How come Ronald Reagan and John McCain were told old in the eyes of the mainstream media but these dinosaurs are the future of the Democratic Party.
 
Hillary Clinton vs. Joe Biden in 2016 dubbed the 'Geritol Generation,' 'fossils' | WashingtonExaminer.com

Under Obama, black unemployment back to twice the white rate

Under Obama, black unemployment back to twice the white rate | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obamacare cuts public sector employee hours!

#Obamacare cuts public sector employee hours! | RedState

'Duck Dynasty' star shares conservative views


Pa. adds 50 more farms to ag preservation program



Pennsylvania Adds Nearly 50 Farms, More than 3,200 Acres to Preservation Program (via PR Newswire)

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 3,246 additional acres on 45 farms in 19 counties through the state's nationally renowned farmland preservation program.…

80 House members: Shutdown better than Obamacare

80 House members: Shutdown better than Obamacare

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stunning new study dismantles Obama's '1% vs. 99%' inequality argument

Stunning new study dismantles Obama's '1% vs. 99%' inequality argument

Obama as Moses


16 Reasons Hillary will lose – IF …

16 Reasons Hillary will lose – IF … | RedState

Sane Alternatives to Obamacare

John Hayward: Alternatives to ObamaCare | Human Events

Is there anything Democrats don't want to tax?

A Democratic state lawmaker has introduced a bill to require Pennsylvania residents to pay an extra 2 cents for every plastic bag they use at supermarkets and other stores. Is there anything Democrats don't want to tax?

Pa. bill would tax 2 cents on each new plastic bag

Sign of the Apocalypse? The Maple Bacon Doughnut

My neighborhood Sheetz store has introduced a maple bacon doughnut. I haven't tried it, but it stares at me form the display case every time I stop in for coffee. I may be wrong, but adding bacon to the sugary fried dough could be one of the signs of the Apocalypse.

Surprisingly, the maple bacon doughnut is only 350 calories, which is comparable with many other doughnut offerings at Sheetz, according to nutritional information posted on the company's website.

It has 16 grams of fat and 420 mg of sodium. So it's not exactly a healthy snack. (Something called a "Turtle Donut" is the worst offering in terms of calories and fat.)


The Siege of Byzantium

The Siege of Byzantium

The 50 Wealthiest Members of Congress

The interesting thing about this list compiled by The Hill newspaper is that of the Top 30 richest members of Congress, 15 are Democrats and 15 are Republicans. So much for the MSM myth that the Republican Party is the party of the rich.

Issa tops The Hill's 50 Wealthiest - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

UPS cuts healthcare benefits for spouses, blames Obamacare

Yes, Obamacare is as bad as everyone says it is. And yes, Obama lied about just about every aspect of it.

UPS cuts healthcare benefits for spouses, blames Obamacare - The Hill's Healthwatch

Too-Big-To-Fail


New increased weight restrictions coming to 1,000 Pennsylvania bridges



New, Increased Weight Restrictions Coming to about 1,000 Pennsylvania Bridges (via PR Newswire)

Action Necessary to Preserve Safety Following Legislative Inaction on Funding HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about…

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Obamacare Premium Shock For Young People

Commonwealth Foundation: Obamacare's Premium Shock

Testing firm: One-third of US high school grads not college-ready

Another black eye for the education establishment in the U.S.

Testing firm: One-third of high school grads not college ready

Survey: Health insurance costs outpace wage gains

Survey: Health insurance costs outpace wage gains

Common Core: Reinforcing Failure

Common Core: Reinforcing Failure

Conservatives cheer Ashton Kutcher for 'remarkable' speech at teen awards show


Conservatives cheer Ashton Kutcher for 'remarkable' speech at teen awards show - The Hill's Video

NSA reveals spying on Americans with no connection to terrorism

NSA reveals spying on Americans with no connection to terrorism - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Green Party Supports Breaking Pennsylvania Law

Not sure what same-sex marriage has to do with the environment, which is what the Green Party exists for, but the Pennsylvania Greens are backing the rogue Montgomery County clerk who has violated Pennsylvania law on same-sex marriage.

PA Greens Support Marriage for Same Sex Couples

Christians: On the Front Lines of Muslim Violence

Christians: On the Front Lines of Muslim Violence

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Government Is The Problem

Pa. joins national effort to eliminate duplicate voter registrations



Pennsylvania Takes Historic Step, Joins Other States to Identify Potential Duplicate Voter Registrations (via PR Newswire)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today announced Pennsylvania is taking an historic step toward protecting the integrity of every vote, by joining a multi-state consortium to identify…

Unemployment rates rise in most U.S. states in July

So much for another Obama 'Recovery Summer' - Unemployment rates rise in 28  U.S. states in July, stays the same in 14 other.

Unemployment rates rise in most U.S. states in July

Man Claims 'Impeach Obama' Sign Painted Over

Man Claims 'Impeach Obama' Sign Painted Over « CBS Pittsburgh

The Necessity Of Voter ID Laws Is Obvious

The Necessity Of Voter ID Laws Is Obvious: Why Are There So Many Objections? : The Last Resistance

16 Pennsylvania residents prosecuted for welfare fraud



Office of Inspector General Announces July 2013 Welfare Fraud Adjudications (via PR Newswire)

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixteen Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or were sentenced for their crimes during July, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today. "The Office of Inspector…

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Not good enough for Congress


Pa. opts out of 'No Child Left Behind'



Pennsylvania's No Child Left Behind Waiver Request Approved by U.S. Department of Education (via PR Newswire)

Adequate Yearly Progress Eliminated, Improved Indicator of Academic Progress Put in Place HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the state's…

The myth of liberal compassion

David Limbaugh: The myth of liberal compassion

U.S. nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorism, probe finds

All U.S. nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorism, probe finds | McClatchy

REGULATION NATION: Obama oversees expansion of the regulatory state

REGULATION NATION: Obama oversees expansion of the regulatory state - The Hill's RegWatch

3 players from '72 Miami Dolphins snub White House ceremony

'I don't belong there': Players from '72 Miami Dolphins snub White House ceremony - Washington Times

IRS may be breaking software copyright laws, audit finds

IRS may be breaking software copyright laws, audit finds - Washington Times

Kerry lets Benghazi-linked employees back on job

Kerry lets Benghazi-linked employees back on job - Washington Times

The GOP Beer Summit


Hillary Clinton calls voter fraud a 'phantom epidemic'

The Democratic Party's voter fraud machine that helped elect Obama will be in full swing for 2016 when Hillary Clinton plans on taking the White House.

Hillary calls voter fraud a 'phantom epidemic'

Al Jazeera Can't Find Advertisers for its US Propaganda Channel

Al Jazeera Can't Find Advertisers for its US Propaganda Channel | FrontPage Magazine

Monday, August 19, 2013

8 leadership lessons from bad politicians

8 leadership lessons from bad politicians | ChurchCentral.com

American dream dying under Obama?

Jerome Corsi: American dream dying under Obama?

'That Rodeo Clown Really Is Obama'


It's Official: Trillion-Dollar Deficits in All 4 Yrs of Obama’s 1st Term

It's Official: 2012 Deficit Was $1.087T; $1T+ All 4 Yrs of Obama’s 1st Term | CNS News

52 reasons Obamacare can't work

52 reasons Obamacare can't work

A very weak Obama surpassed by Canada and Mexico

A very weak Obama: Bracketed by Harper to the north & Pena-Nieto to the south

Obama's Footprints


Forever 21 ... but only working 29.5 hours weekly

Welcome to Obama's America.

Forever 21...but only working 29.5 hours weekly

How a Missouri Rodeo Became a Phony Scandal

How a Missouri Rodeo Became a Phony Scandal

NJ Gov. Christie signs 10 new gun restrictions

N.J. gun rights advocates react to Christie's signing 10 of 13 proposed gun restrictions | Human Events

ObamaCare blows half its deadlines

John Hayward: ObamaCare blows half its deadlines | Human Events

Pa. lawmakers scam taxpayers


Friday, August 16, 2013

Guest Column: How We Protect Religious Freedom

By Congressman Joe Pitts

Terrible violence again erupted in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood and the military struggled for power. In the background, Coptic Christians, members of neither group, saw their churches burned and their communities attacked.

Since the Arab Spring broke out, more than 100,000 Copts have left their homeland for safer nations. Who are Coptic Christians? A Christian sect that predates the founding of Islam, they make up about 10 percent of the population of Egypt today. For many years, I’ve had relationships with Copts and tried to work with them to protect all religious minorities in Egypt. It deeply saddens me to see them caught up in this turmoil.

Under the brief rule of the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, Copts faced increasing persecution. The old autocratic government was gone, and it was the new democratic government that was attacking religious liberty. Now, with the military back in power, Muslim Brotherhood protestors have escalated their attacks.

The United States and Egypt have few similarities, but what happened to Copts under an elected government is a powerful reminder that democracy and liberty do not always go hand-in-hand. Our Founding Fathers knew this to be true. They knew that even a government guided by the people was no guarantee of human rights.

Here in the United States we have been blessed to have relatively little religious violence in our history. This comes from the fact that so many Americans came to our shores explicitly because of religious persecution. In Pennsylvania, that tradition is especially strong because of William Penn’s explicit support of oppressed religious minorities. Traditions, however, are also no guarantee of religious rights.

Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights is a magnificent founding document. The First Amendment is explicit in its guarantees of the rights of religious freedom, freedom of speech and of the press. But even this is still not an ironclad guarantee that freedom will be protected today and in the future.

In order to guarantee our freedom, the people, elected officials and judges have to show restraint and respect the rights of others even when we disagree. Only continuing vigilance is a guarantee that liberty will continue in our country.

As a high school teacher who taught science and math, I know the value of a quality education. I believe that every child should have an opportunity to learn. However, we have in our community Amish families who do not send their children to school past the eighth grade. I wholeheartedly believe that it would be good for these children to continue their education, but supporting constitutional freedoms means not imposing my beliefs on others.

Likewise, I served our nation in the Air Force, flying missions over Vietnam. I believe we should be ready to fight to protect our nation’s freedom. Here in the 16th District, we have many whose religious beliefs lead them to reject all violence. In the United States, we allow people who are conscientious objectors to forgo service in the military.

After passage of Obamacare, the government has declared that all private employers and even religious charities and schools must provide a full range of contraceptive services, including sterilization and drugs that could lead to abortion. I do not have the same objection to many of these services as other Americans of faith.

However, I don’t believe the government should have the right to force them to violate their beliefs. What we have here a clear case where the majority is trampling on the rights of minority religious views. The bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services don’t understand why anyone would object to these services.

Frankly, they don’t need to understand. They need to recognize that these beliefs are deeply held and are founded in religious teaching that predates the foundation of our country.

The Obamacare contraceptive mandate is excessive. The law itself is not explicit in requiring that these services be forced on employers. Many of the bill’s supporters were even distressed to see the law being used this way.

This should be another issue where Americans agree to disagree. Using the power of the government to compel people to violate their conscience risks dividing our nation. Despite our grand traditions, we are harming an amendment that both preserves liberty and harmony.

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

New NSA revelations stir congressional concern

So much for Obama's claims about "phony scandals." A new government report states the National Security Agency has overstepped its authority thousands of times since 2008. 

New NSA revelations stir congressional concern

Just How Stupid Is Harry Reid?


Gov. Tom Corbett blasts Attorney General Kane for failing to defend state law

Gov. Tom Corbett speaks out on gay marriage | Allegheny Co. News - WTAE Home

Planned Parenthood gets big ObamaCare bucks

Planned Parenthood gets big ObamaCare bucks | Human Events

Pa. judge bows to ACLU, bars voter ID enforcement in Nov. election

Score a victory for voter fraud, the ACLU and Democrats. A 2012 law passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett continues in legal limbo and won't be enforced until 2014 at the earliest, if ever.

Pa. judge bars voter ID enforcement in Nov. election

Obama's out-of-control EPA must be stopped

Columnist Jay Lehr, writing at Human Events:
We could eliminate 80 percent of EPA's bloated $8 billion budget and return the money to the people. The remaining 20 percent could be used to fund EPA's research labs and pull together a committee of the 50 state environmental protection departments to take over EPA's other responsibilities.
Jay Lehr: It's time to restore EPA's original purpose

Surefire Birth Control Device


Newspapers say stories about same-sex marriage disappear from Facebook

Newspapers say their stories about same-sex marriage disappear from Facebook | Poynter.

Pa. property tax reform tops topics at town hall

Property tax tops topics at town hall

Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times under Obama

NSA spying broke privacy rules many times: report - Washington Times

Obamacare 'how-to' program to cost $13M more than planned

Obamacare 'how-to' program to cost $13 million more than planned - Washington Times

Thursday, August 15, 2013

CNN never mentions 'Obama' in article on joblessness

CNN never mentions 'Obama' in article on joblessness

Don't Check Under The Hood


Planned Parenthood to get ObamaCare 'navigator' funds

Planned Parenthood to get ObamaCare 'navigator' funds - The Hill's Healthwatch

Cyprus marks grim anniversary of second Turkish invasion

Cyprus marks grim anniversary of second Turkish invasion

Book Review: Mark Levin's 'Liberty Amendments'

John Hayward: Mark Levin's "Liberty Amendments" | Human Events

Health insurance buyers face sticker shock under Obamacare

Health insurance buyers face sticker shock next year

Obama's unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon's

George F. Will: Obama's unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon's

Obamacare puzzle's missing pieces


Obama escapes Washington, where bad news keeps piling up

Donald Lambro: Obama escapes Washington, where bad news keeps piling up

The hidden discrimination in America's workplace

Op-Ed: The hidden discrimination in America's workplace

Can you trust anybody anymore?

Dr. Ben Carson: The Obama administration is shaking America’s faith in government.

DR. BEN CARSON: Can you trust anybody anymore? - Washington Times

Pa. Democrats denounce anti-Corbett flier linked to Democrats

Democrats denounce anti-Corbett flier

Factcheck: Obama overpromises on Obamacare premiums

Factcheck: Obama overpromises on premiums

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Will Teachers Like Obamacare?

Will Teachers Like Obamacare?

Oliver Stone: Barack Obama is a 'snake'


Hollywood blockbuster 'Elysium' addresses real issues

CHRIS FREIND: Hollywood blockbuster addresses real issues - delcotimes.com

Ann Coulter: Racism card looking a little dog-eared

Racism card looking a little dog-eared

The opposite of progress


Obama vs. the Other Presidents since Kennedy: Still an Economic Disaster

Obama vs. the Other Presidents since Kennedy: Still an Economic Disaster

New Pa. chancellor to get $622,000 pension payout

No wonder college tuition is out of control. Is the chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state university system worth $327,000 a year?

New Pa. chancellor to get $622,000 pension payout

Obama energy manipulation leads to higher prices

Walter Williams: Energy manipulation

Hand over ID to buy nail polish remover but not to vote

How's this for liberal logic? You need a photo ID to buy a bottle of nail polish but you do not need to provide any ID to vote. Can any of you low-information Obama voters explain this one for me?

Hand over ID if you want nail polish remover at CVS

The case of the missing Benghazi missiles

The case of the missing Benghazi missiles | Human Events

Big Labor's taxpayer-funded Occupy Restaurant squad

Big Labor's taxpayer-funded Occupy Restaurant squad | Human Events

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Can you tell the difference?


Obama Sends MV-22 Osprey to Airlift Bo the Dog to Vacation – But Wouldn't Send Help to Save Benghazi Heroes

Obama Sends MV-22 Osprey to Airlift Bo the Dog to Vacation – But Wouldn't Send Help to Save Benghazi Heroes

Poll: Less Than 3% of Federal Workers Want To Join Obamacare

Maybe they should have given some thought to the consequences of voting straight Democratic.

Poll: Less Than 3% of Federal Workers Want To Join Obamacare…

Hillary Clinton story not ready for primetime

Editorial: Hillary Clinton story not ready for primetime

Taking aim at Pa. property taxes: Will legislators finally embrace reform?

Taking aim at Pa. property taxes: Will legislators finally embrace reform?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pew Survey: 46% of Americans see liberal media bias

Among Republicans, the percentage who see liberal media bias jumps to 65 percent. Among Tea Party members, the percentage who see liberal media bias jumps to 78 percent.

Amid Criticism, Support for Media's 'Watchdog' Role Stands Out

Canada's Top 10 List of America's Stupidity

This list, dubbed Canada's Version of David Letterman's Top 10, has been making the rounds in the blogosphere. I spotted it at The Grandich Letter.

I'd like to dedicate the list to all the low-information voters who not only fell for Obama's snake oil in 2008, but came back from more in 2012.
10) Only in America … could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

9) Only in America … could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black.? 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans?  3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

8) Only in America … could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

7) Only in America … can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

6) Only in America … would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

5) Only in America … could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

4) Only in America … could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
3) Only in America … could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

2) Only in America … could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

1) Only in America … could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

Columnist: We have the numbers to eliminate Pa. school property taxes

Stan Huskey: We have the numbers to make it happen

82% of voters say Congress does NOT deserve a vacation

Send members of Congress on a permanent vacation in 2014. Vote out every incumbent.

Lawmaker leisure? 82 percent of voters say Congress does NOT deserve a vacation - Washington Times

Pa. lawyers: Illegal same-sex licenses risk serious harm

Pa. lawyers: Same-sex licenses risk serious harm

Pa. lawmakers get $1.2M in per diems so far in 2013

Lawmakers get $1.2M in per diems so far in 2013

Obama's Love Affair With Muslim Brotherhood Continues

Egyptians Enraged by U.S. Brotherhood Outreach | FrontPage Magazine

Obama Can Do No Wrong


Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Obama Edition

Heroes of The Working Class Dine With Fellow Elitists At Expensive Martha's Vineyard Restaurant…

Obama Orders Military Aircraft to Fly His Dog to Vacation Home

The Royal Family is at it again.

From FrontPageMag.com:
Fresh from giving a speech warning disabled veterans that the sequester would cut their health benefits (more than he has already), Barack I ferried his dog on an advanced Marine Corps chopper.
Obama Uses Advanced MV-22 Osprey Marine Tilt Rotor Vehicle to Ferry Dog on Vacation | FrontPage Magazine

Obama's Political Incompetence

Obama's Political Incompetence

Asylum-seekers overwhelm the border

Asylum-seekers overwhelm the border | Human Events

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Editorial: Property tax reform crucial to future of Pa.

Editorial: Property tax reform crucial to future of Pa. - delcotimes.com

Spy vs. Spy: Obama Edition


Top Democrat looks to exclude bloggers, new media from press shield law

Feinstein looks to exclude bloggers, new media from press shield law

Islam: The Continuing Brutal Legacy of the Religion of Peace

The Continuing Brutal Legacy of the Religion of Peace

Taking aim at property taxes: Will Pa. politicians finally embrace reform?

Taking aim at property taxes: Will pols finally embrace reform? - delcotimes.com

Projecting U.S. Strength Around The World


Can Any Republican Win 270 Electoral Votes in 2016 (Or Ever Again)?

Can Any Republican Win 270 Electoral Votes in 2016 (Or Ever Again)? | RedState

Members of Congress turn backs on nation

Opinion: Members of Congress turn backs on nation

Rep. Pat Meehan: Obamacare health exchanges invite ID theft

Meehan tells Berks Tea Party group health exchanges invite ID theft

Friday, August 09, 2013

Report: Obamacare May Raise Insurance Premiums 400%

Report: Obamacare May Raise Insurance Premiums 400 Percent

Obama Says Insurance Will Be 'Significantly Cheaper' Under Obamacare, But That Isn't True

Obama Says Insurance Will Be 'Significantly Cheaper' Under Obamacare, But That Isn't True

'Homeland' returns to Showtime for Season 3 on Sept. 29


The Mainstream Media's Double Standard on Hate Crimes

The Media's Double Standard

Pa. politicians continue to fleece taxpayers

On top of their base salaries of $83,802, Pennsylvania lawmakers collected $317,603 in per diem (unvouchered expenses) payments in June, the most of any month so far this year, according to PA Independent. It's good to be part of the permanent political class in Pennsylvania.

Read more about how politicians fleece taxpayers in PA Independent.

Lapdogs fess up: AP admits 'wrongly' inserting words to fix Obama gaffe

The state-run media strikes again. I didn't know it was the job of The Associated Press to cover for Obama's incompetence.

Lapdogs fess up: AP admits 'wrongly' inserting words to fix Obama gaffe

Cheating is rife in colleges -- by admissions officers

Michael Barone: Cheating is rife in colleges -- by admissions officers | Human Events

The IRS is still targeting Tea Party groups

The IRS is still targeting Tea Party groups | Human Events

Editorial: Networks should pull plug on Hillary shows

A liberal Pennsylvania newspapers says giving Hillary Clinton so much free publicity as she plans to run for president in  2016 is not the right thing to do.

Editorial: Networks should pull plug on Hillary shows - delcotimes.com

How to prevent future 'phony scandals'


What Obamacare can do to you — not for you

Nat Hentoff: What Obamacare can do to you — not for you

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Amid Criticism, Support for Media's 'Watchdog' Role Stands Out

A bright spot for the news media in a new Pew Research survey: Broad majorities continue to say the press acts as a watchdog by preventing political leaders from doing things that should not be done, a view that is as widely held today as at any point over the past three decades.

Amid Criticism, Support for Media's 'Watchdog' Role Stands Out

Magazine Sales Slip 10% on Newsstands, Digital Grows

Mags Slip On Newsstands, Digital Grows

Taxpayers pick up tab every time Obama appears on talk-shows

Obama a costly talk-show fixture - Washington Times

Weiner, Filner compete for the coveted title of Most Odious Democrat

Weiner and Filner compete for the coveted title of Most Odious Democrat | Human Events

Jihad unleashed on Egypt's Christians

Jihad unleashed on Egypt's Christians | Human Events

Obama's (Broken) Record


Obama's foreclosure 'solution' smacks of crony capitalism

Foreclosure 'solution' smacks of crony capitalism | Human Events

Obamacare: An expensive fountain of fraud that kills hospitals

ObamaCare: An expensive fountain of fraud that kills hospitals | Human Events

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: Dump Hillary Clinton PR films

Barack Obama's insane travel and leisure expenses

High-flying aristocrats soar over the wretched masses | Human Events

Obama, Congress exempt themselves from Obamacare

Obama and Congress have exempted themselves from Obamacare. What does that say about how awful the government takeover of health care will be for the American people. And what does it say about the low-information voters who voted for Obama - twice?

From The Wall Street Journal:
Illegal dispensations for the ruling class, different rules for the hoi polloi.

Millionaire Senators and the affluent professionals who are chiefs of staff, legislative directors and the like were supposed to go on the exchange and abide by its rules. There are only three insurers offering public utility-type plans on the Washington, D.C. ObamaCare exchange. The FEHBP sponsors 21 plans in metro D.C. and 24 in Virginia. Perhaps as a new perquisite the White House will entice a plan to the exchange that only Members can choose.

It would have been fairer and less corrosive to the rule of law had Congress simply passed a bill giving their workers a raise to make up for the lost compensation of dropping out of the FEHBP. But that would mean an ugly political fight that voters might notice. It's so much easier to slip through this political fix in August when Congress is out of session and the press corps can't wait to hit the beach.
Check out the full editorial in The Wall Street Journal: Members Only: How the White House is weaseling Congress out of ObamacCare.

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Experts: Washington Post Sale Further Devalues Newspapers

The Washington Post Sale Further Devalues Newspapers, Say Experts

AOL's Struggling Patch Headed For Contraction

AOL's Patch Headed For Contraction

'A Division of the IRS'


Obamacare implicated in sharp shift from full-time to part-time work

Obamacare implicated in sharp shift from full-time to part-time work | Washington Examiner

73 Rules For Running For President as a Republican

73 Rules For Running For President As A Republican | RedState

Contrary to Obama's claims, al-Qaida grows stronger

Donald Lambro: Contrary to Obama's claims, al-Qaida grows stronger

Congress exempts itself from Obamacare

Betsy McCaughey: Congress exempts itself from the law

Gridlock in D.C.


Why isn't Rick Santorum the GOP 2016 frontrunner?

Byron York: Why isn't Rick Santorum the GOP 2016 frontrunner? |  Washington Examiner

The studied ignorance of Texas Democrat Wendy Davis

The studied ignorance of Wendy Davis | Human Events

Albright College Researchers Seek Assistance of Berks County Residents

Albright Researchers Seek Assistance of Berks County Residents

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

45%: Obama's Gallup Weekly Job Approval Drops to Second-Term Low

45%: Obama's Gallup Weekly Job Approval Drops to Second-Term Low | CNS News

The Voices of Fort Hood

The Voices of Fort Hood

Obama Shows The Flag at US Embassies


If Benghazi's No Scandal, Why a Cover-Up?

If Benghazi's No Scandal, Why a Cover-Up?

Chris Christie Is Red Hot But Not in GOP

Christie's Red Hot But Not in GOP

Detroit, Chicago, and Public Debt

Detroit, Chicago, and Public Debt

Fish Tales by Obama and Putin


Magazine names Sen. Diane Feinstein an 'Enemy of Freedom'

Reason Magazine has selected 45 "Enemies of Freedom" to commemorate its 45th anniversary. Among them is Sen. Diane Feinstein.

Here's what the magazine had to see about this far-left career politician:
Say Feinstein's name in front of anybody who takes the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution seriously and watch that person’s face curdle. The California senator's federal assault weapons ban, which passed in 1994 and expired in 2004, failed to have any noticeable impact on crime rates. She didn't allow such facts to keep her from using the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 to unsuccessfully attempt to reinstate the ban. Like the National Rifle Association, she also blames youth violence on video games and has threatened new regulations on that industry as well.
Check out who else made the list at Reason.com

'The Simpsons' to get a Lego series

'The Simpsons' to get a Lego series

Immigration Reform versus Unemployed America

Immigration Reform versus Unemployed America

Congress gets its illegal Obamacare waiver

Congress gets its illegal ObamaCare waiver | Human Events

Detroit calamity coming to other cities

How Democrats use Federal Agencies to Influence Politics

How Democrats use Federal Agencies to Influence Politics

Education unions losing thousands of members

Teachers tell protesting unions to shove their dues and rules | RedState

The Great Obama Depression

Judson Phillips: America remains mired in the Great Obama Depression.

The Great Obama Depression

Egyptian belly dancer's anti-Obama video goes viral

What recovery? 77% of 2013 jobs were part-time positions

77 percent of 2013 jobs were part-time positions - Washington Times

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Obamacare trap for small businesses

The Obamacare trap for small businesses

The 'race card' is all that the Democrats have in 2014

Blog: The 'race card' is all that the Democrats have in 2014

Obama Has Al-Qaida On The Run


What Closing American Diplomatic Facilities Means

What Closing American Diplomatic Facilities Means

Obamacare: IRS Squeezes $13 Billion from Americans' Health Spending Accounts

Obamacare: IRS Squeezes $13 Billion from Americans' Health Spending Accounts

It's time to demand property tax reform in Pa.

Stan Huskey: It’s time to demand property tax reform

Al Qaeda is alive, Obama on the run

US embassies in Muslim countries to remain closed for another week | Human Events

It's 'Huge Brother'


The Obama Surveillance State

Federal agents ordered to cover up massive surveilance database | Human Events

Friday, August 02, 2013

Lawmakers become lawbreakers as special Obamacare exemptions granted

It's pretty clear that Obamacare is designed to punish the American people. Otherwise, why would Obama and the political elites in Washington exempt themselves from it?

Lawmakers become lawbreakers as special Obamacare exemptions granted

Putin says leaders should unite to end Christian persecution

Putin says leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution

Rand Paul vs. Chris Christie


The death of Christian America

Terry Mattingly: John Paul II and the death of Christian America

Taylor Swift's Berks County childhood home up for sale

For a cool $800,000, you too can live in the same house where Taylor Swift grew up.

Taylor Swift's Berks County childhood home up for sale

State senator supportive of impeaching Democratic Attorney General who refuses to uphold Pa. law

Eichelberger supportive of impeaching Kane - AltoonaMirror.com - Altoona, PA

Guest Column: Stopping Government Abuse Under Obama

By Congressman Joe Pitts
Guest columnist


When you pray, do you record your prayers to report them to the government? If you are a member of the Coalition for Life of Iowa then the IRS expected you to do so.

When applying for non-profit status, the IRS asked the group to detail the contents of its members prayers, explain their activities at prayer meetings, tell what percentage of their time they spend in prayer, and detail the signs they hold up during protests. Asking such sensitive questions is a clear violation of First Amendment rights.

The IRS agent that asked these intrusive questions hasn't lost her job or been suspended. Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the controversy over targeting conservative groups, has been suspended, but with full pay. There is little chance of her losing her position despite pleading the Fifth Amendment in front of a Congressional committee.

The IRS doesn’t have to ask anyone else's permission to conduct an audit. They can demand heaps of records costing citizens thousands of dollars in legal fees and they can do it without any judicial oversight. The potential for abuse is deeply troubling.

Congress has a responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The reason for the Bill of Rights was to make it clear that the government would not have power over Americans in certain ways. Congress is supposed to defend the American people from their own government.

I was struck that President Obama warned 2013 graduates to reject any voices that warn about potential tyranny in our government. Even as the IRS scandal was coming to light, the President was trying to downplay what was going on. This week, his press secretary cited problems at the IRS as a scandal that the President believes to be "phony."

The Founding Fathers knew that elected government did not necessarily guarantee freedom. In fact, John Adams noted that a pure democracy, "soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." Democratic elections are just one element of a successful government. The other is constitutional guarantees of liberty. A popular tyranny can be just as brutal as any dictatorship.

We have to restrain federal agencies from infringing on American rights. The House of Representatives is working on a number of bills to keep government employees from overstepping their bounds.

We recently passed the Stop Government Abuse Act that would reform the civil service in a number of ways. It would stop bonuses during sequestration. The bill would create new rules for high-ranking officials, like Lois Lerner, who are under investigation. Finally, this bill would give citizens the explicit right to record their phone conversations or in-person conversations with government employees.

We also passed the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act. This bill would prevent the IRS from implementing Obamacare. An agency that can’t be trusted to be politically impartial shouldn’t be trusted to implement a critical health law.

In the fall, the House will consider even more bills to rein in government abuses.

The IRS scandal is far from phony, especially considering all that we still don't know. Just recently, the Chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to the IRS Commissioner asking for e-mails regarding the Chief Counsel office’s involvement in reviewing Tea Party applications.

An IRS employee with 48 years of service testified that he had never seen tax exempt applications treated this way. The Chief Counsel is one of only two presidential appointees to the agency. We need to why his office was involved here and whether there was any communication with the White House.

An American citizen is 10 times more likely to be tried by a federal agency than a federal court. Agencies have the power to investigate and fine. In most cases, fines can be fought in court, but not every American has the resources to hire a lawyer and defend themselves. All too often, the agency is the investigator, prosecutor and judge. With this amount of power needs to come accountability to the American people and to Congress.

Congressman Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District.

Congress, Aides Exempt From Obamacare

Senators, Congressmen, Aides To Be Exempt From The Impact of Obamacare | RedState

Charlie Rangel off his medication again

Democrat Rangel assails tea party's 'white crackers,' compares GOP to terrorists - Washington Times

Are Republicans fooling themselves about Obamacare?

Byron York: Are Republicans fooling themselves about Obamacare?

What conservatives can learn from Pope Francis

David Harsanyi: What conservatives can learn from the Pope