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Monday, December 29, 2014

'Sorry, This Beach Has Been Reserved for the First Family'

'Sorry, This Beach Has Been Reserved for the First Family' | Truth Revolt

Year-End Awards: The Dopiest News Media Quotes of 2014

Year-End Awards: The Dopiest News Media Quotes of 2014

ABC Recaps How for Hillary Clinton, 2014 'Didn't Go Exactly as Planned'

ABC Recaps How for Hillary Clinton, 2014 ‘Didn’t Go Exactly as Planned.’

White House Gate Crashers


Soldiers forced to relocate wedding for Obama's golfing

Make way for the king ...

Soldiers forced to relocate wedding for Obama's golfing | WashingtonExaminer.com

Tiny fraction of 30,000 'border surge' families, children deported

Tiny fraction of 30,000 'border surge' families, children deported | WashingtonExaminer.com

Tight US Senate rematch predicted in Pa. between liberal Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey

Tight Toomey-Sestak Senate rematch in Pennsylvania eyed in 2016

Thursday, December 25, 2014

'White Christmas' - Elvis Presley

'If I Get Home On Christmas Day' by Elvis Presley

Matthew 1:1-25 ... And he called his name Jesus

From Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel"(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.

Merry Christmas ... Glory to God in the Highest


A Christmas Version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' That Will Give You Chills

'Carol of the Bells' - Boston Pops Orchestra - Lyrics

Vienna Boys Choir "Little Drummer Boy"

Καλά Χριστούγεννα


'The Little Drummer Boy' - The Harry Simeone Chorale - With Lyrics

'One Solitary Life' That Changed The World Forever

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth — His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

[Twenty] long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

— This excerpt is from a sermon by Dr. James Allan Francis in "The Real Jesus and Other Sermons," a collection published in 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia.

Christmas 2014: Just 46% kids live in 'traditional,' Norman Rockwell family

Christmas 2014: Just 46% kids live in 'traditional,' Norman Rockwell family | WashingtonExaminer.com

'The Little Drummer Boy' - The Ray Conniff Singers

Merry Christmas - Christ the Savior is Born - Glorify Him


Matthew 1:18-25 ... Christ Born of Mary

Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.[a] And he called His name Jesus.

How To Offend A Liberal This Christmas Day


Suppose what some call the 'Christmas story' is true

Cal Thomas: What if it's true?

3 Hours of Christmas Music Classics and Holiday Scenery

'Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees' by Elvis Presley

Pope's Christmas message to those fleeing ISIS: 'Do not be afraid or ashamed to be Christian'

Pope's Christmas message to those fleeing ISIS: 'Do not be afraid or ashamed to be Christian' - Christian News - Jerusalem Post

Yes, Virginia ...

Yes, Virginia ...

'If Every Day Was Like Christmas' by Elvis Presley

3 Hours of Christmas Music Classics and Holiday Scenery

Linus Explains What Christmas Is About

Grover Norquist: Hillary Clinton, Obamacare's Gruber are top taxpayer foes

Grover Norquist: Hillary Clinton, Obamacare's Gruber are top taxpayer foes | WashingtonExaminer.com

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas

'Carol of the Bells' - The Harry Simeone Chorale

Luke 2:1-20 ... The Nativity Story

Christ Born of Mary

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

A Christmas Prayer


'I Believe In Father Christmas' - Greg Lake

2014 Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Silent Night' Kings College, Cambridge

Harry Belafonte - 'Mary's Boy Child'

King's College Cambridge Choir - 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Nativity 2014

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Nativity 2014 — Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Ray Conniff Singers - 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' (Full Album)

Celtic Woman - 'Christmas Pipes'

'On A Snowy Christmas Night' by Elvis Presley

A Christmas Version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' That Will Give You Chills

'O Holy Night' - Kings College, Cambridge

Vince Guaraldi Trio - 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' (Full Album)

Patriarchal Proclamation Christmas 2014

Patriarchal Proclamation Christmas 2014 — Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

'The First Noel' - Elvis Presley

'A Charlie Brown Christmas' (The Meaning of Christmas)

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - 'The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth'

Christmas Address of President Ronald Reagan, December 23, 1981

The Obama Grinch Who Stole Christmas


'The Little Drummer Boy' - Harry Simeone Chorale

'Carol of the Bells' - The Harry Simeone Chorale

'The Grinch Song'

Yes, Virginia ... There Is An Obama!


Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (Snoopy's Christmas)

Vince Guaraldi Trio - 'O Tannenbaum'

A Charlie Brown Christmas - 'Christmas Time is Here'

Queen - 'Thank God It's Christmas'

'Christmas Time Is Here' - Vince Guaraldi Trio

SAT Scores by State 2014

SAT Scores by State 2014: Pa. Ranks 37th

Pa., N.J. and Del. theaters to show 'The Interview' on Christmas Day

Pa., N.J. and Del. theaters to show 'The Interview'

Obama Offers $5M Reward for Al Qaeda Terrorist He Released From Gitmo

Oops! U.S. Offers $5 Mil Reward for Al Qaeda Terrorist it Released From Gitmo - Judicial Watch

Wham! - 'Last Christmas'

'Mary, Did You Know?' - Pentatonix

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

When Mayor de Blasio says he's got your back ...


Pope writes letter of solidarity to Christians in Middle East

Pope writes letter of solidarity to Christians in Middle East | National Catholic Reporter

Monday, December 22, 2014

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Rep. Mike Kelly Gives Obama Lump of Coal for Christmas

Obama Gives Military 1% Pay Raise

While billions are spent on Obama cronies and campaign donors, our men and women in the military get a lousy 1% pay raise. Thanks, Obama.

Obama Gives Military 1 Percent Pay Raise

Pa. lawmaker estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

Today's Front Page of New York Post


How Western media enable Islamic terrorism

Raymond Ibrahim: How Western media enable Islamic terrorism | Human Events

Can Tom Wolf, who has never held elected office, govern Pa.?

Analysis: Can Tom Wolf Govern?

Rick Warren: Don't Drown Out Jesus This Christmas

Don't Drown Out Jesus This Christmas

JibJab 2014 Year in Review: "2014, You Are History!"

Obama Nominates A Fox To Guard Elections' Hen House

Here's the latest example of Obama politicizing a federal agency.

Obama Nominee to Elections Panel Helped Dem Group Skirt Massive IRS Fine

Harvard survey finds Pennsylvania among most corrupt states

Harvard survey finds Pennsylvania among most corrupt states - Times Leader - timesleader.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

Newspaper doubts PA AG Kane's ability to do her job

One of Pennsylvania's most liberal newspaper, one that endorses Democrats 99 percent of the time, raises some serious questions about controversial Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a new editorial:
Such episodes have raised serious doubts about whether Kane can continue to carry out a job that requires maximum public confidence and trust. The attorney general has  responded by shaking up her staff and vowing not only to serve out her term, but to
run for another one in two years. Her pattern of misrepresentation presages a challenging campaign.
The truth about Kane

Media Watchdog: The year in media errors and corrections 2014

The year in media errors and corrections 2014 | Poynter.

Mary's Law Worth Fighting For in Pa.

By Keith Williams
Guest Columnist

For the past 14 years, I’ve taught high school English in an Adams County public school, but I’m not just a teacher — I’m also a parent. My wife and I have three children attending public school in our district. You can see why I care deeply about education in Pennsylvania.

I want what’s best for students, what’s right for myself and my fellow teachers, and what’s responsible for my neighbors, who provide a significant investment in public education through their property taxes.

But doing the right thing is not always easy. In fact, it is rarely so. Most often, it requires sacrifice and can be uncomfortable.

In September 2001, I proudly served with my search and rescue team in the recovery efforts immediately following the terrorist attacks in New York City. I spent weeks combing through debris to find personal effects and remains because I felt it was the right thing to do.

Standing up in the face of powerful forces, criticism, or threats is the only way I can ever hope to make a difference.

When I testified this summer before the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee in support of a critical government reform called paycheck protection, I was also hoping to make a difference.

Why is this issue so important to me — a teacher, taxpayer and father?

Until this school year, no one in the school district where I teach had to pay a union in order to keep his or her teaching job. Then, in March 2013, the local union membership in my district voted to become “agency shop,” forcing me and dozens of other teachers to choose either to leave or pay a fee to a union we didn’t want or need.

I shouldn’t have had to make that choice, but it’s even worse for taxpayers who have no choice at all when it comes to supporting teachers’ unions.
In my district and across the state, school district offices, staff, and accounting systems supported with taxpayer money are used by a political lobbying group — the teachers’ union — to siphon money from the paychecks of educators and funnel it to Harrisburg lobbyists and political SuperPACs.

Using public resources for political gain is currently illegal for everyone — except teachers’ unions and other government unions.

If you think this is an issue that doesn’t affect you personally, consider this: In the November election, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association donated a combined $1 million of teachers’ dues money to the SuperPAC called PA Families First, according to public campaign records. This SuperPAC spent that money — collected from teachers’ paychecks using public resources — to run attack ads in the gubernatorial election that you probably saw on TV.

It doesn’t matter whose side you were on in the election¾this shouldn’t be allowed to happen.

And it’s not just political attack ads. A college professor from Williamsport, Mary Trometter, recently filed a charge with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board against her union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Days before the election, the PSEA sent Trometter’s husband a partisan political mailer urging him to vote for Gov.-elect Wolf — falsely claiming Trometter was, too.

It’s bad enough that the PSEA would presume to steal members’ endorsements, but what motivates me to stand up and demand change is that you and I helped collect the political dues money used to send that offensive letter.

Isn’t it just common sense that teachers shouldn’t have to support candidates they don’t approve of, and taxpayers shouldn’t be collecting money to fund anyone’s political agenda?

I was pleased to see committees in both the Senate and House advance paycheck protection bills this summer. Now, lawmakers have another chance to finish the job and pass a new paycheck protection bill named after Mary Trometter: “Mary’s Law” could soon be a reality.

As a teacher, a father of kids in public schools, and a taxpayer, I urge all our elected officials to join me in standing up for what’s right. Pass a paycheck protection law and restore fairness and transparency to the collective bargaining table and do it now.

Teachers like Mary Trometter and me, other public servants, and Pennsylvania’s taxpayers deserve nothing less.

Keith Williams is a high school English teacher in the Conewago Valley School District in Adams County.

Philadelphia D.A. Williams blasts PA AG Kathleen Kane for 'incompetence'

D.A. Williams: Kane made false statements about sting case

Gifts Obama Could Really Use This Christmas


Top Philly Democrat has 'no faith' in fellow Dem Kathleen Kane

It is so rare for a Democrat to criticize a fellow Democrat, but US Rep. Bob Brady, who is also chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, slams controversial Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for her refusal to prosecute corrupt politicians despite video evidence of them accepting bribes.
Congressman Bob Brady says Kane was 'asleep at the switch'

Pa.'s top law enforcement officer won't enforce state laws

Don Spatz: Some cases wane during Kane's reign | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Democrat Kathleen Kane is a walking disaster area

The Kathleen Kane chronicles: New and serious questions are being raised about the Pa. attorney general

Rolling Stone gang-rape story wins 'error of the year' award

Rolling Stone gang-rape story wins 'error of the year' award | WashingtonExaminer.com

Liberal newspaper upset with Obama bailout of communist Cuba

Obama's Cuba plan splits liberal lions, New York Times and Washington Post | WashingtonExaminer.com

Woman in Creepy Bill Clinton Photo Files for Divorce


Woman in Creepy Bill Clinton Photo Files for Divorce

Billions in Taxpayer Funded Loans Going to Companies that Serve the Rich

Billions in Taxpayer Funded Loans Going to Companies that Serve the Rich

Sen. Rubio: Cuba overture 'latest in a long line of failed attempts by Obama to appease rogue regimes at all cost'

Rubio Comments On Reports Of Change In U.S. Policy Toward Cuba, Release Of Alan Gross - U.S. Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio

Pa. attorney general charges 10 in PennDOT fraud, kickback scheme

Pa. attorney general charges 10 in PennDOT fraud, kickback scheme

Socialist Brothers In Arms: Obama and the Castros

Editorial: Obama's Cuba deal: More appeasement

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Democrat Menendez blasts Obama for caving on Cuba relations

Cuban-American US Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, is highly critical of President Obama's move to normalize US relations with communist Cuba.

From a statement posted on his website:

“Today’s policy announcement is misguided and fails to understand the nature of the regime in Cuba that has exerted its authoritarian control over the Cuban people for 55 years. No one wishes that the reality in Cuba was more different than the Cuban people and Cuban-Americans that have fled the island in search of freedom. In November, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights & National Reconciliation (CCHR) documented 398 political arrests by the Castro regime. This brings the total number of political arrests during the first eleven months of this year to 8,410. This is a regime that imprisoned an American citizen for five years for distributing communications equipment on the island.  Releasing political prisoners today in Cuba is meaningless if tomorrow these individuals can be arrested again and denied the right to peacefully pursue change in their own country."

Read the full statement at the link below:

Newsroom | Robert Menendez-US Senator for New Jersey

IRS Watchdog Continues to Hide Records on White House Leaks

IRS Watchdog Continues to Hide Records on White House Leaks

When Republicans and Democrats work together ...


More unqualified Obama nominees get their jobs thanks to Harry Reid

Unqualified nominees get their jobs --- thanks, Harry | WashingtonExaminer.com

Poll: Most Americans OK with 'extreme interrogations' of terror suspects

Poll: Most Americans OK with extreme interrogations | WashingtonExaminer.com

The people Hillary wants us to understand better: Taliban savages attack Pakistani school, killing over 120 children

Taliban savages attack Pakistani school, killing over 120 children | Human Events

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hey, Look: Obama Tops The Washington Post's Biggest Lies List of 2014

Habitual liar Barack Obama has done it again. He's been singled out for telling the biggest lie of 2014, on the heels of telling the biggest lie of 2013.Heckavu job, Barack.

Hey, Look: Obama Tops The Washington Post's Biggest Lies List of 2014

Would Obama Lie to You?


Obama Calling Islamic State Terrorists the 'JV Team' Named Top Lie of the Year

Obama gets the honor of telling the No. 1 lie two years in a row ...

Obama Calling Islamic State Terrorists the 'JV Team' Named Top Lie of the Year

Liberal newspaper slams Democratic PA AG Kathleen Kane for shirking responsibilities

You know you're in trouble when Berks County's resident Democratic Party house organ, the Reading Eagle, is taking Democrat Kathleen Kane to task for not doing the job Pennsylvania voters elected her to do.

Editorial: Kane shirks responsibility to defend state laws | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pa. schools with declining enrollment get more state funding

Here's a real head-scratcher about the way Pennsylvania funds its public schools.
It would appear that the fewer students you have, the more state funding you get.

From an analysis done by The Commonwealth Foundation:
Consider that during the 2012-13 school year, state revenue per student in Pennsylvania's 20 fastest-growing districts was slightly more than $3,000. In contrast, state revenue per student among those districts with the largest decreases in enrollment was nearly $10,000. Put another way, school districts with declining enrollment received more than three times the state funding per student than growing districts.
Harmed by "Hold Harmless"

You'll Never Guess What They Found on Pluto


PA creates office to protect seniors

PA creates office to protect seniors | PublicSource

200 Pa. public employees lost pensions for misconduct in past decade

Western Pennsylvania lawmakers among 200 who lost pensions for bad behavior

Friday, December 12, 2014

Congressman Joe Pitts: Last Gasp of Harry Reid's Senate

By Congressman Joe Pitts
Guest columnist


I’m glad for that, but Reid’s strategy left a mess in Congress that had to be cleaned up before Christmas. Not a single appropriations bill was taken up this year in Senate. Under the standard Congressional budget process, each chamber should take up a dozen of these bills to fund government departments.

That meant that House and Senate negotiators had to work out all government funding in a single, large bill. That is a terrible way to do things, but that is the way Senate Democrats chose to operate. The House can’t simply send bills to the President on its own. Bills have to go through both chambers.

Working together, Democrat and Republican members of the Appropriations Committees put together an omnibus appropriations bill. It narrowly passed the House by a vote of 219-206.

This bill was far from ideal. It contains funding for many programs I disagree with. It does not represent a win for conservatives, but it is not a win for liberals either. In fact, legislators on both ends of the political spectrum were upset with the outcome. Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts, cried loudly for Democrats to oppose it. Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, lobbied Republicans to vote it down.

When both ends of the political spectrum have something to be upset about, then you can be reasonably sure that a bill is a fair compromise. I voted for the bill because I thought it was the best we could get given the circumstances. In divided government you have to take solace in small victories.

First of all, this bill allows the new Republican-led Congress to immediately deal with President Obama’s immigration order next year. The Department of Homeland Security is only funded through February 27. I like to use a military analogy: we have reinforcements on the way, but they are not here yet. If Republicans charge up the hill right now, we simply won’t win against the Reid Senate and Obama Presidency.

Republican control of the Senate will not mean that we get our way on everything. Senate filibuster rules still require 60 votes to bring up most pieces of legislation. The President can still wield his veto pen and we are not likely to find 67 Senators to overrule him. The difference will be that Republicans dictate what bills come up for a vote and when they come up for a vote.

Second, there were lots of small wins on important issues. The bill forces the administration to reveal Obamacare plans currently covering abortion, a first step in stopping the federal government from subsidizing the procedure. The bill also insists that the Department of Health and Human Services protect the conscience rights of people in California. In that state right now bureaucrats are forcing all plans regulated by the state to cover elective abortion, which is a violation of federal law.

The overall funding for the bill is actually less than what Republicans proposed in our own budget after we took back the House from Nancy Pelosi. This is far short of balancing the budget, but represents real progress considering that Democrats want to spend more and tax more.

A 1,700-page spending bill totaling $1.1 trillion is a bad way to legislate. When Republicans control the agenda next year, we have to insist on regular order. We have to pick through the spending bills and find real savings. We will have an opportunity to run the Congress according to conservative principles.

A word of caution though: the government will still be divided next year. In the next two years, the Republican Congress will have to make a strong case for a Republican president. In the 114th Congress, we won’t get everything we want, but we will get to present conservative solutions to the American people and give them a clear choice in 2016. 

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

Christmas Song Countdown: 'I Believe In Father Christmas' - Greg Lake

Listen to Judge Andrew Napolitano on American Radio Journal

Lowman Henry talks with Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of the book Suicide Pact about the expansion of Presidential power; Andy Roth has the Real Story on the impact of the Club for Growth; Eric Boehm and Katie Watson have a Watchdog Radio Report on states seeking to take power back from the federal government; And, Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on the U.S. Senate release of the report on CIA interrogation activities. 
For listings of times and radio stations that carry American Radio Journal, visit:
          www.americanradiojournal.com 

Little Barack Obama writes to Santa


'Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East'

Liberal Democrat Dianne Feinstein is upset that 3 terrorists were tortured to prevent another 9/11, but where's the outrage over the hundreds of thousands of Christians being slaughtered throughout the Muslim world?

'Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

9/11 Widow: Torture Is Watching People Jump From Buildings

9/11 Widow: Torture Is Watching People Jump From Buildings | Truth Revolt

Wendy Davis Named 'Texas Monthly's 'Bum Steer of the Year'

Wendy Davis Named 'Texas Monthly's 'Bum Steer of the Year' | Truth Revolt

Ben Shapiro: Republicans Secretly Want Obama's Amnesty

Ben Shapiro: Republicans Secretly Want Obama's Amnesty | Truth Revolt

When government tries to create jobs ...

Pennsylvania state agency failed to live up to promises of job creation, audit says

About those automatic pay raises for Pa. legislators


Amateur Tom Wolf soon to take over as Pa. governor

Wolf's inexperience poses challenges - Opinion - The Times-Tribune

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Nearly 60% of American Voters Want Obamacare Repealed

58 Percent of American Voters Want Obamacare Repealed

Congress Seeks to End Obamacare Benefits for Foreign Diplomats

Congress Seeks to End Obamacare Benefits for Foreign Diplomats

Gruber's comments reveal broader liberal deception on taxes

Gruber's comments reveal broader liberal deception on taxes | Human Events

Stupid and Stupider: Obama and Gruber


Are the days numbered for bank tellers?

300 PNC branches to become tellerless

Imagine the mess Hillary would inherit from Obama

Why would anyone want to run for president in 2016 knowing they would inherit such a mess from the failed Obama presidency?

Karl Rove examines the floundering Hillary 2016 campaign in his latest column for The Wall Street Journal:
The next presidential election is in 23 months. But no amount of time is likely to be enough for Mrs. Clinton to make herself a much better candidate. She is who she is and cannot change. In 2008 she could not articulate a compelling purpose for her run and stressed only her inevitability and entitlement. So far, it looks like Hillary 2.0 will have at least as many problems as Hillary 1.0.

It’s hard for a political party to win three consecutive terms in the Oval Office. Since 1952, only George H.W. Bush was able to do it for his party after Ronald Reagan ’s two terms. Unfortunately for Democrats, Mr. Obama is no Reagan—and as they may soon find out, Hillary is no Bush 41.
Here's a link to his latest column

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Look Who's Sowing The Seeds of Racism


Obama's Christmas Gift to ISIS and Al Qaeda

Daniel Greenfield, writing at FrontPage Magazine:
Everyone likes presents; even murderous Muslim terrorists.
That must be why Obama decided to give ISIS, Hamas and Al Qaeda an
early Christmas present by freeing their followers from Guantanamo Bay
and dispatching them to Uruguay.
Obama's Christmas Gift to ISIS and Al Qaeda | FrontPage Magazine

Media, Feminist Left Ignore Biden's Sexist Gaffe

Media, Feminist Left Ignore Biden's Sexist Gaffe | Truth Revolt

Newspaper: PA AG Kathleen Kane playing games with her office again

Editorial: Kane and the gun lawsuits: A curious punt

Barack Obama as 'The Grinch Who Stole Our Future'


Republican Approval Rating Hits 5-Year High

Republican Approval Rating Hits 5-Year High

With Obama's help, banks continue shameless overdraft-fee abuses

Banks continue shameless overdraft-fee abuses

Obama's America: Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer

New census data shows rich getting richer, poor getting poorer

Monday, December 08, 2014

Obama vs. The Little Sisters of the Poor


Poll: Race relations have worsened under Obama

Poll: Race relations have worsened under Obama | WashingtonExaminer.com

Half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare won't be part of new Senate

Half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare won't be part of new Senate | WashingtonExaminer.com

Pa. voters open the door to Tom Wolf tax hikes

Paul Kengor: The Tom Wolf era begins: Make way for 'Gov. Revenue'

National Debt Grows 70% Since Obama Took Office


Spending Restraint, Reform Needed to Balance Pa. Budget, Not Tom Wolf Tax Hikes

Spending Restraint, Reform Needed to Balance Budget

Sen. Pat Toomey: GOP-led Congress will end gridlock

Sen. Pat Toomey: Next Congress will end gridlock

Kathleen Kane no longer is able to remain as Pa. attorney general

Lowman S. Henry: Kathleen Kane no longer is able to remain as Pa. attorney general

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Cassidy wins in Louisiana: GOP picks up 54th Senate seat


Obama loses another one: Bill Cassidy's victory in Louisiana over Mary Landrieu (who voted with Obama 97% of the time) will give GOP 54 Senate seats in January. That's a pickup of 9 seats since Obama dared voters to make the mid-term elections a referendum on his policies.

Weekly Republican Address: ABLE Act will help people with disabilities

Propping Up Charlatan Al Sharpton


Ready for Hillary Super PAC Already In Debt

Ready for Hillary Already In Debt

Liberalism Is a Hoax

Liberalism Is a Hoax

Friday, December 05, 2014

GOP Establishment Gets Ugly Sweater From Obama


Hillary sounding like Obama: America Must Empathize With its Enemies

Hillary – America Must Empathize With its Enemies

Insult to injury: British Museum loans stolen Parthenon sculpture to Russia

Insult to injury: British Museum loans Parthenon sculpture to Russia | Hellenic American Leadership CouncilHellenic American Leadership Council

MTV's 'Growing up Greek': All the drama, none of the reality

MTV is giving Greek-Americans the "Jersey Shore" treatment it gave Italian-Americans.
MTV's "Growing up Greek": All the drama, none of the reality | Hellenic American Leadership CouncilHellenic American Leadership Council

Christmas Song Countdown: 'Where's the Line to See Jesus' by Becky Kelley

Hillary Clinton's stock declining in futures market

Michael Barone: Hillary Clinton's stock declining in futures market | Human Events

Here's what $18 trillion in national debt looks like

Jason Hart: When President Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009, debt held by the public plus intragovernmental holdings totaled $10.63 trillion. During Obama’s presidency, the national debt has increased by $7.38 trillion — an average of more than $3.4 billion every day.
Here's what $18 trillion in national debt looks like | Human Events

Former HHS Secretary Sebelius joins Gruber in calling Americans stupid

Sebelius: Hey, dummy, Obamacare was a tax all along and we can't help it if you were too stupid to figure that out even though we insisted it wasn't a tax.
Networks Skip Former HHS Secretary Sebelius Suggesting 'Financial Literacy' of Americans Is 'Very Low'

Democrat Tom Wolf complains about $2B deficit after he left office with a $4B deficit

Tax-and-spend liberal Tom Wolf is whining about a projected $2 billion budget deficit he will inherit from Republican Gov. Tom Corbett when he takes office in January. Wolf must have a short memory.

Democrat Ed Rendell left office with a $4 billion deficit and wasn't the very same Tom Wolf the revenue secretary in the Rendell administration?

And let's not forget that Rendell raised the state income tax while Corbett has not raised income or sales taxes during his four years in Harrisburg. Methinks thou dost protest too much!

Wolf fires salvo over projected $2B deficit for Pennsylvania

Democratic PA AG Kathleen Kane spent $1.5M in outside legal fees

Eric Heyl: Staff full of lawyers can't help Attorney General's Office?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

One-hundred brains missing: Anyone check the Senate?


Syrian bishop sees deliberate efforts to empty region of Christians

The Tablet - News: Syrian bishop sees deliberate efforts to empty region of Christians

Election's over: Obamacare premiums rising in 2015

Maybe Jonathan Gruber was right about people who supported Obama: They are stupid if they thought they were getting free health care.
Healthcare.gov average premiums increasing in 2015 | WashingtonExaminer.com

AHEPA Calls on MTV to Cancel 'Growing Up Greek' Show

I haven't seen this show, but 99 percent of what MTV puts on the air is crap, so I'm not surprised that a leading Greek-American group is unhappy with the way the show portrays Greeks.

Phillip T. Frangos, president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), issued the following statement calling for the cancellation of the show:
"'Growing Up Greek' is a gross misrepresentation of the experience of growing up in a Greek American family and within the Greek American community. The show is problematic because it portrays characters as being representative of the Greek American community based upon negative stereotyping. If anything, the characters are more suited for an episode of The Jerry Springer Show than portraying what it is truly like to grow up Greek. In the spirit of 'Jersey Shore,' MTV is aiming to exploit raucous and unruly behavior for a ratings boost and the merchandizing potential that comes with it.
“‘Growing Up Greek’ is a gross misrepresentation of the experience of growing up in a Greek American family and within the Greek American community. The show is problematic because it portrays characters as being representative of the Greek American community based upon negative stereotyping. If anything, the characters are more suited for an episode of The Jerry Springer Show than portraying what it is truly like to grow up Greek. In the spirit of ‘Jersey Shore,’ MTV is aiming to exploit raucous and unruly behavior for a ratings boost and the merchandizing potential that comes with it. - See more at: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2014/12/04/ahepa-calls-mtv-to-cancel-growing-up-greek-show-asks-sponsors-to-withdraw/#sthash.qqWR5NQo.dpuf
Frangos is also asking for an advertiser boycott.

AHEPA Calls MTV to Cancel "Growing Up Greek" Show; Asks Sponsors to Withdraw | USA.GreekReporter.com

Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7B

Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion

What is Eric Holder holding?


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Teachers' union misused my name for their political agenda

EPA Rule Would Increase PA Energy Bills by $1,000

EPA Rule Would Increase PA Energy Bills by $1,000

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Tom Quigley happy to be back in the Pa. state capital

One of the smartest and most genuine elected official in Pennsylvania will return to the state Legislature in January after a two-year absence from Harrisburg.

I've gotten to know State Rep. Tom Quigley well over the past decade and if I could pick my own  state representative, my No. 1 choice would be Quigley.

Here's a highlight from a recent profile of Quigley in The Philadelphia Inquirer:

According to (Montgomery County GOP Chairman Mike) Vereb, "There is not a Republican in the House that did not want Tom back. It was the No. 1 priority for the MCRC and one of the top three for the House Republican Campaign Committee."

Read the full story at the newspaper's website:
 
Quigley happy to be back in the state capital

PA Ranks 27th in Economic Freedom Among the 50 States

Some interesting findings in the latest edition of The Economic Freedom of North America produced by the Fraser Institute:
Alberta has the highest level of economic freedom among all Canadian provinces and U.S. and Mexican states, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Texas is the highest ranked U.S. state (tied for 3rd overall) while Coahuila de Zaragoza is the highest ranked Mexican state (tied with 21 other jurisdictions at 30th overall).

Pennsylvania ranks 27th of the 50 U.S. states in the report.
The full report can be viewed here:

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=22009

You can also check out this analysis of the report by the Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Foundation here.

The Perils of Kathleen: More Pain for Kane?

Columnist John Baer on embattled PA Attorney General: More pain for Kane?

Obama's toxic legacy for Democrats

Byron York: Obama's dangerous legacy for Democrats | WashingtonExaminer.com

Obama Executive Order Reaches Santa


More questions raised about embattled PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pa. open records director: Kane's use of outside lawyers 'very rare'

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NY Times Staffer Who Released Darren Wilson's Home Address Is Now Calling Cops For Her Safety

Journalist Who Released Darren Wilson's Home Address Is Now Calling Cops For Her Safety | Truth Revolt

Senate Confirms Clueless Obama Donors for Ambassadorships

Senate Confirms Clueless Obama Donors for Ambassadorships

Sharyl Attkisson to headline 2015 PA Leadership Conference

Acclaimed broadcast journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who was targeted by the Obama Administration for her investigative work into the Benghazi scandal and coverup, is coming to Pennsylvania next spring as a headliner for the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, the annual gathering of the state's leading conservatives.

From the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference:

Sharyl Attkisson, investigative journalist, and author of the best-selling book Stonewalled, will be the featured dinner speaker at the 2015 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 17-18 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania.
For 20 years (through March 2014) Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on The Business of Congress.  She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red
Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.
In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the Gunwalker: Fast and Furious Story.  She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigation into TARP and the bank bailout.
She is author of the current New York Times Bestseller, Stonewalled (Harper Collins) which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere.
Attkisson will join a who’s who of luminaries in headlining the annual conference.  In recent years featured speakers have included Jonah Goldberg, Steve Hayes, Frank Luntz, Charles Krauthammer, Dick Morris, Michael Reagan, Ann Coulter, Michele Malkin, Joe Scarborough, and Laura Ingraham.  The conference also features appearances by state and national leaders, interactive panel presentations, and exhibits by numerous conservative organizations.
The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premier gathering of conservatives each year in the Keystone State.  It is the largest and longest-running of the state-based conservative conferences regularly attracting a long list of conservative elected officials, scholars, journalists and activists for two days of speeches, panel presentations, workshops and networking.

The Ferguson Flamethrowers


Obama edict raises questions about benefits for illegals

Byron York: Obama edict raises questions about illegal immigrants' benefits | Human Events

Club Gitmo might stay open for business after all

Club Gitmo might stay open for business after all | Human Events

There are some celebs we DO NOT want to see naked

Wendy Williams is the near the top of my list of celebrities who should definitely keep their clothes on.

Philly exhibit features celebs stripped down for PETA