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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Enjoy a few laughs with end-of-the-year edition of NewsBusted ...

Hillary Clinton Might Be Suffering From 'Affluenza'


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NBC Skips Planned Parenthood Videos, Clinton E-Mail/Foundation Scandals in Year in Review

What does it say about a television network that ignores two of the biggest news events of 2015 in its year-in-review segment?  

NBC’s Today Skips Planned Parenthood Videos, Clinton E-Mail/Foundation Scandals in Year in Review

Year-End Awards: The 'What Difference Does It Make?' Award, for Denying Hillary's Scandals

Still not convinced of the widespread liberal bias in the news media? 

Year-End Awards: The 'What Difference Does It Make?' Award, for Denying Hillary's Scandals

The Star Wars Saga in 7 Minutes

Donald Be Gone: New Google Chrome App Removes Trump From Your Internet

Personally, I'd like to erase the last 7 disastrous years under Obama.

Donald Be Gone: New Google Chrome App Removes Trump From Your Internet | Truth Revolt

Happy New Year: 2015 Will Prove Record Year For Federal Regulations

Happy New Year: 2015 Will Prove Record Year For Federal Regulations | Truth Revolt

Obama EPA Plan Will Hike Your Electricity Bill

The EPA's Plan Will Hike Your Electricity Bill

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

PAUL HARVEY FREEDOM TO CHAINS 1965

Can U.S. Survive One More Year of Obama?


Unhinged John Kerry: We Brought Peace to Syria

Kerry: We Brought Peace to Syria | Frontpage Mag

House Democrats Move to Criminalize Criticism of Islam

House Democrats Move to Criminalize Criticism of Islam | Frontpage Mag

Gov. Wolf vetoes no-tax-hike Republican budget for third time

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will use his line-item veto power on the $30.8 billion, no-tax-hike budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. So the big question today is why didn't Wolf do this on July 1 when the first budget was sent to him by the Legislature? The answer: Wolf wants to spend billions more on liberal programs and raise taxes on working Pennsylvania families so he held the budget hostage for the past six months in the hopes of forcing the Legislature to raise taxes.

His ploy didn't work. So here we are - six months into the new fiscal year - without a budget, thanks to Wolf and his far-left staffers who want to spend more than the state takes in and pay back the labor unions that put Wolf into office last year.

There's a great quote in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review from Republican House Majority Leader Dave Reed, putting the Wolf budget fiasco in perspective: “While I am appreciative that the Governor will finally release some of his hostages and send some of the monies out to our schools and human service programs; it is disturbing to realize that his partial veto is reflective of his demand for a higher sales or income tax to spend even more money."

Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican budget, will release funds for schools

'Bringing Peace to Syria' Cited as Obama State Department WIN for 2015

'Bringing Peace to Syria' Cited as State Department WIN for 2015 | Truth Revolt

White Cops Killing Unarmed Blacks Less Than 4% of Fatal Police Shootings

Washington Post Report: White Cops Killing Unarmed Blacks Less Than 4% of Fatal Police Shootings | Truth Revolt

Democrats Built That: 2015 Marks Baltimore's Worst Year Ever for Murders

2015 Marks Baltimore's Worst Year Ever for Murders | Truth Revolt

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Can You Name One Hillary Clinton Accomplishment?


Obama's 'hope and change' now is hopelessness and stagnation

From a new column by Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan recapping the failed Obama years:

A sober reflection of the past seven years shows that, across the country, change largely has been for the worse and hope is in pretty short supply.
The hope disappeared down the hole of governmental regulation.
Obama's 'hope and change' now is hopelessness and stagnation

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Obama Built That: 45M Americans on Food Stamps

Editorial: Food stamps: Odd success

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' becomes fastest movie to reach $1 billion


In less than two weeks, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has become the second highest-grossing film of 2015 and the 15th highest-grossing film of all time.

I saw 'The Force Awakens' over the weekend. It was good but not as good as I expected considering the resources J.J. Abrams had at his disposal. It's much better than the three George Lucas prequels but I still think "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" were better.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' becomes fastest movie to reach $1 billion

Friday, December 25, 2015

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

'A Christmas Gift For You' from Phil Spector (Full Album)

'Step Into Christmas' - Elton John

The Waitresses - 'Christmas Wrapping'

The Kinks - 'Father Christmas'

Becky Kelley - Where's the Line to See Jesus

The Andy Willams Christmas Album

Carpenters Christmas Portrait Full Album

Linus explains the true meaning of Christmas

Christmas Songs By Frank Sinatra

Christmas Is ... Christ

One Baby's Impact on the World

The First Noël - Celtic Woman

Byzantine Christmas Carols

Sorry Global Warming Fanatics: It Was a Warm Christmas in 1955, Too

It Was a Warm Christmas in 1955, Too | Truth Revolt

Πόψε Χριστός (Greek Christmas Carols) Nektaria Karantzi - Ghi & Thalassa

2015 Nativity Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Celtic Woman / Chloe Agnew - ''O Holy Night''

Elvis Christmas Album

Ray Conniff & the Ray Connif Singers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Meaning of Christmas)

'Riu Chiu' - The Monkees

'I Believe In Father Christmas' - Greg Lake

All I Want For Christmas Is ...


44% of Democrats Support Accepting Refugees from Fake City in 'Aladdin' Movie

These are the same people who voted for Obama - twice - and are planning to vote for Hillary ...

44% of Democrats Support Accepting Refugees from Fake City in 'Aladdin' Movie | Truth Revolt

Christmas Miracle: Iranian Christian Pastor Finally Released From Prison

Feel Good Story: Iranian Christian Pastor Finally Released From Prison | Truth Revolt

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

FACT CHECK: Clinton Campaign Still Lying About ISIS and Trump

When it comes to Hillary Clinton, never let the facts stand in the way of a good political lie. It's been her entire career in politics so why stop now?

FACT CHECK: Clinton Campaign Still Lying About ISIS and Trump | Frontpage Mag

The Festivus

GOP Grinches Set Up Massive Pre-Christmas Tax Hike in Pa.

Twenty-one Republicans in the Pennsylvania House joined with Democrats this week to set up a massive tax hike (up to $1.8 billion?) right before Christmas. Who are these Grinches? The watchdog group Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania has a list on its website. You can contact them now to remind them you will  remember their names on the 2016 ballot.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Star Trek 'Beyond' - Trailer (2016)

Placemats for intellectual doormats at Harvard

From The (Pittsburgh) Tribune-Review:
The garbage that passes for critical thinking on some college campuses now is being served up on a festive holiday placemat, courtesy of Harvard, for freshmen to bring home and share with their families.
Editorial: Placemats for intellectual doormats at Harvard

Friday, December 18, 2015

REP: JOE PITTS: Social media is a new front in war on terror

Terrorism, and Islamic terrorism in particular, has continually proven to be a global threat. In regions as far apart and as diverse as Beirut, Paris, and San Bernadino, ISIS and their sympathizers have used the technology and weaponry of civilization against civilization.

In London, a man stabbed a stranger on the Tube, shouting “this is for Syria!” The bloody aftermath was caught on a harrowing cell phone video that is now circulating on the internet.

Massive terrorism-related arrests have taken place in Brussels, Australia, and Geneva. A soccer game in Germany was evacuated due to credible terrorist threats.

According to the CIA, ISIS terrorists are present in at least 30 countries. The FBI has over 900 open ISIS-related investigations in the United States and has made some 50 arrests just in 2015. Militant groups in 20 different countries, including the notorious kidnappers Boko Haram of Nigeria, have sworn allegiance to ISIS.

Terrorists in Brussels have been proven to have made contact with ISIS leaders in Syria. The San Bernadino murderers appear to have met on an online dating website, and posted pro-ISIS propaganda on Facebook just before conducting their attacks. Terrorist plots to kill police officers in Boston and behead a blogger in Texas have been discovered by means of their social media footprint. A total of some 300 Twitter accounts based in the United States have been found to be run by terrorists.

According to research done at George Washington University, terrorist suspects recruited by ISIS in the United States tend to be younger than previous terrorist suspects, and tend to be converts to Islam. Teenage boys and girls in Mississippi, Minneapolis, and the Denver suburbs have been arrested in connection with ISIS.

In a chilling development just this week, the FBI arrested 19-year old Jabil Ameer Aziz from Harrisburg for aiding ISIS propaganda on 57 different Twitter accounts.

Part of how terrorism has gone global has been through advances in communications technology. Social media have opened up new channels of communication around our world, allowing anyone anywhere to speak to virtually anyone else anywhere almost immediately. As with any technology, this new capability can be used either for good or for evil.

While many people have used these new tools for good, terrorist groups like ISIS have been highly effective in recruiting sympathizers and cooperators around the world through social media. It is even possible that they have used online video games — through PlayStation — to communicate encrypted information. This encryption problem poses a serious challenge to our counterterrorism efforts, and Congress will have the responsibility of solving it.

No one publicizes ISIS’ murders as widely as ISIS does, posting on the internet videos of beheadings, burnings, and shootings of their enemies. ISIS is so evil that it actively recruits new terrorists all over the world using these internet videos.

We are an open society, and rightly proud to be one. But while terrorists hate the freedom of the West, they exploit it against us.

The task before our leaders is to keep our people safe, but we must not give up our freedom in order to protect it. We must hold fast to the inalienable rights and liberties of which the American people have always been jealous, and of which our enemies are so contemptuous.

These concerns are why this week, the House passed legislation that would require the President to report to
Congress on the extent of terrorist use of social media, as well as on a strategy to enhance the exchange of information between the government and social media companies so as to disrupt the terrorist recruitment networks.

The House also passed legislation introduced by Democratic Rep. Norma Torres to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and maintain an assessment of maritime cybersecurity. This bill would also require the sharing of information between Maritime Security Advisory Committees.

Earlier this year, the House passed cybersecurity reform legislation, with President Obama’s support, that would require the Director of National Intelligence to create procedures for sharing imminent threat information with the private sector, and allowing private sector entities to share cyber threat indicators or defensive measures against cyber threats.

These bills constitute neither the beginning nor the end of our efforts to combat terrorists, but they are the next step. We will continue to fight ISIS and any other threat to our safety until they are no more — whether in theater or on the Internet.

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

House Republicans = Obama Doormats

Omnibus Omits Justice Department 'Slush Fund' Rider Ending Payments to Liberal Groups

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review

A 'Safe Zone' for Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer


Katie Pavlich: Arm yourself, America

Arm yourself, America

Newspaper: All credibility PA AG Kathleen Kane had has vanished

Editorial: The Kathleen Kane chronicles: The mess grows (again)

Pennsylvania man charged by feds with aiding ISIS

Harrisburg man charged by feds with aiding ISIS

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The 12 Days Of Obama

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America's Public Schools - Exalting Islam, Banning Christmas

Bill Becker: America's Public Schools - Exalting Islam, Banning Christmas | Truth Revolt

The left's war on religion

A must-read new column by Salena Zito:
 American leftists have made a religion out of government; they were angry, not because people called for appeals to a higher being, but because it was to God — not government.

The left does not want Americans to lift up victims in prayer because it wants us to seek solace in public policy. Left-wing politicians think religion is an opiate for the masses, and they want to take the rabble off that drug.

It was no accident that this outburst of liberal anger included both guns and religion. The modern urban-coastal left believes guns and religion are totems for fools.

Even many liberal religious leaders have use for prayer only when it does not get in the way of liberal secular political aims.
Salena Zito: The left's war on religion

Friday, December 11, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Death of the American Middle Class

Interesting that the death of the American Middle Class should happen on Barack Obama's watch. His seven years of failed economic policies may have been the final nail in the coffin:
After more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic
majority, the American middle class is now matched in number by those in
the economic tiers above and below it. In early 2015, 120.8 million
adults were in middle-income households, compared with 121.3 million in
lower- and upper-income households combined, a demographic shift that
could signal a tipping point, according to a new Pew Research Center
analysis of government data.
Pew Research Center: The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground

Too Many Guns?


Obama Reassurance


Guns Sales Spike Around San Bernardino After Terrorist Attack

Guns Sales Spike Around San Bernardino After Terrorist Attack

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Prison Inmates Received $7.7 Billion in Health Care Services Through Obamacare

Prison Inmates Received $7.7 Billion in Health Care Services Through Obamacare

Honesty Is Not Hillary Clinton's Strong Suit

Clinton Named Least Honest Dem Candidate by Plurality of NH Primary Voters

PA Senate moves toward removing Attorney General Kathleen Kane

The days may be numbered for indicted Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane. 

Senate moves toward removing Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Meet the Farooks: The Modern Jihad Family

Front Page Magazine asks: How did this anything-but-moderate family not attract any law enforcement attention?
Meet the Farooks: The Modern Jihad Family | Frontpage Mag

How the Left views mass shootings ...


The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England on December 9, 1854 - 161 years ago today. The actual Charge of the Light Brigade took place on October 25, 1854, during the Crimean War when an English brigade of 600 men charged heavily-fortified Russian army positions in the Battle of Balaclava in what is present-day Ukraine. The British were armed with lances and sabres and were cut to pieces by Russian artillery.

The "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place on Oct. 25, 1854, during the Crimean War as an English brigade of 600 men charged the Russian army in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine),  suffering heavy losses. The event is memorialized by this famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson - See more at: http://tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/search?q=Brigade#sthash.O4EPb0FJ.dpuf
The "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place on Oct. 25, 1854, during the Crimean War as an English brigade of 600 men charged the Russian army in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine),  suffering heavy losses. The event is memorialized by this famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson - See more at: http://tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/search?q=Brigade#sthash.O4EPb0FJ.dpuf

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
   All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
   Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
   Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
   Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
   All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
   Noble six hundred!

Can Barack Obama become any more pathetic?

Editorial: Obama's speech: Simply pathetic

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Group Gives $100,000 to Terrorism-Tied Islamic Charity

U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Group Gives $100,000 to Terrorism-Tied Islamic Charity

Wolf Budget 'Framework' Looks Even Worse Than Predicted

Republican legislators will pay dearly in the 2016 election cycle if they give in to tax-and-spend liberal Tom Wolf.

Commonwealth Foundation: With Details, Wolf Budget 'Framework' Looks Even Worse

'Where's the Line to See Jesus' by Becky Kelley

'The Little Drummer Boy' - Harry Simeone Chorale

'Mary, Did You Know?' - Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd

Hillary on Benghazi: I Didn't Lie - It Was 'the Fog of War'

Hillary on Benghazi: I Didn't Lie - It Was 'the Fog of War' | Truth Revolt

Obamacare Covers Fewer Americans Than Expected While Driving Costs Up

Obamacare Covers Fewer Americans Than Expected While Driving Costs Up

Friday, December 04, 2015

PA Gov. Wolf keeps spending money even though he vetoed state budget

Republican lawmakers' study excoriates Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf on spending

Poll: 60% in Pa. oppose bringing Syrian refugees to state

How out-of-touch is Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf with the people of Pennsylvania?

A new Harper Polling survey finds just 29% of Keystone State residents support the Obama/Wolf plan to relocate Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania.

The poll found 60% of residents oppose the plan.

For more polling results, click here.

The Growth of Radical Islam Under Obama


Monday, November 30, 2015

Gov. Tom 'Taxman' Wolf Strikes Again

Yet Another Tax Hike Proposal

Who will lead the Montgomery County GOP?

Veteran Montgomery County Courthouse reporter Margaret Gibbons ponders who will be the next chairman or chairwoman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County, once a GOP stronghold in Pennsylvania that has fallen into Democratic control in recent years.

Just how bad have things gotten for Republicans in this large and wealthy county? Look no further than the November General Election debacle.

From Gibbons' column:
Democrats for the first time captured all competitively elected county posts with GOPer Joe Gale running an independent campaign to defeat one of the leadership's endorsed candidates in the primary election and defeating their remaining endorsed candidate this month for the minority seat on the board of commissioners.
It's going to take someone with superhuman powers to straighten out this mess.

Margaret Gibbons: Who will lead the Montgomery County GOP? - The Intelligencer: Margaret Gibbons | Montgomery County politics | Courthouse

Afraid of 3-year-old orphans?


Hillary Clinton Policy Proposals Total $1 Trillion in New Government Spending

Hillary Clinton Policy Proposals Total $1 Trillion in New Government Spending

Hillary Clinton Urged Obama to Move Terrorists Detained at Gitmo to US

Hillary Clinton Urged Obama to Move Terrorists Detained at Gitmo to US

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

'Captain America: Civil War' - Trailer World Premiere

Donald Trump Headlines Luncheon For PA GOP Bigwigs

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will headline the Pennsylvania GOP's Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 11, according to Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason.

'Donald Trump is a successful and dynamic businessman and we are excited to hear about his vision for the future of our country," Gleason said in a statement posted on the PA GOP's website Wednesday. "The importance of Pennsylvania to the presidential campaign is clear and Donald Trump addressing Pennsylvania Republicans puts us in the middle of the national stage."

If you don't have a ticket for the luncheon, you're pretty much out of luck in hearing what Trump will have to say. Following tradition, the Commonwealth Club Luncheon will be closed to the press, Gleason said.

By the way, the event is being held in New York City, one of those head-scratching decisions by Pennsylvania's political elites who gather outside Pennsylvania for big party events every year.

Clinton Brags About Her Failed Foreign Policy Record As Secretary of State

Clinton Brags About Her Failed Foreign Policy Record As Secretary of State

This Just In From Our Cartoon President: White House Assures Rigorous Refugee Screening with Animated Video

White House Assures Rigorous Refugee Screening with Animated Video | Truth Revolt

High School Student Suspended for Defending Military

High School Student Suspended for Defending Military | Truth Revolt

Speaking of Obama and turkeys ...


Memo to Millionaire Tom Wolf: No One in Pa. Wants Higher Taxes


No One Wants Higher Taxes

PA AG Kane impeachment memo seeks support in Pennsylvania House

Kane impeachment memo seeks support in Pennsylvania House

Hillary Clinton is OWNED by Wall Street

Clintons Collect $35 Million From Financial Businesses Since 2001

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Conservative Actor James Woods 'All In' for Ted Cruz

Actor James Woods 'All In' for Ted Cruz | Truth Revolt

Pew Poll: 40% of Millennials Want Offensive Speech Banned

Pew Poll: 40% of Millennials Want Offensive Speech Banned | Truth Revolt

Obama's Idea of Fighting Terrorism


Democrats kill bill to eliminate Pa. property taxes

Republican State Sen. David Argall, the sponsor of the Property Tax Independence Act, apologized to Pennsylvania taxpayers Monday after the bill was defeated by a single vote cast by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, a Democrat who serves as president of the Senate. The vote by Senators was 24-24 in the 50-member chamber. (One of the co-sponsors of Senate Bill 76 missed the vote (and there's a vacancy in a western Pennsylvania Senate seat that will be filled later this week.)

From reporter Brad Bumsted of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "We owe the taxpayers of Pennsylvania a sincere apology," Argall said. The apology is needed for "forcing schools since 1834 to rely on the unfair, archaic property tax," Argall said. "We can eliminate this hated tax" It hits senior citizens on fixed incomes hardest, Argall argued.

Pennsylvania Senate defeats tax overhaul plan

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Report: al Qaeda Terrorists Entered US Through Obama Refugee Program

Report: al Qaeda Terrorists Entered United States Through Refugee Program

New Poll: Majority of Americans Do Not Want U.S. to Accept Syrian Refugees

Majority Do Not Want U.S. to Accept Syrian Refugees In Wake of Paris Attacks

AP: Clinton Debate Gun Claims Unsupported by Facts

Hillary Clinton just makes up stuff as she goes along ...

AP: Clinton Debate Gun Claims Unsupported by Facts

The wolf is at the door ...


Huma: Hillary 'Often Confused'

Huma: Hillary 'Often Confused' | The Weekly Standard

Obama's 'Shameful' Policy Toward Middle Eastern Christians

Obama's 'Shameful' Policy Toward Middle Eastern Christians | The Weekly Standard

Clinton Foundation Revenue Balloons Thanks to Government Grants

Clinton Foundation Revenue Balloons Thanks to Government Grants

Obama Built That: Global Terrorism Increased by 80 Percent in 2014

Study: Global Terrorism Increased by 80 Percent in 2014

Welcome to the Real World: Pa. politicians won't get cost-of-living increase

Top Pennsylvania officials won't get cost-of-living increase this year

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bill O'Reilly: 'Delusional' Obama Has Lost Control of the War on Terror

Brother of Paris Attacker Worked in Belgian Immigration Department

Brother of Paris Attacker Worked in Belgian Immigration Department | Truth Revolt

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PA Fails Integrity Test

PA Fails Integrity Test

Obama's Pipelines


PA Democrat Wolf will accept Syrian refugees despite Paris attacks

Peduto says Pittsburgh will accept as many as 500 Syrian refugees

Mandatory Retirement: Voters voters will decide whether Pa. judges may serve until age 75

Pennsylvania voters will decide whether judges may serve until they're 75

The gender card is a loser for Democrats

Salena Zito: The gender card is a loser for Democrats

Mitt Romney takes Obama to school about ISIS

Mitt Romney: Obama must defeat ISIS, not harass it

The 'free college' crowd: Ignorance incarnate

Editorial: The 'free college' crowd: Ignorance incarnate

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2' - Official Trailer

Friday, November 06, 2015

Guest Column: A New Way Forward For Conservatives

By Lowman S. Henry
 
There is an old saying that battle plans are effective until the fighting starts. That is true in politics. Once the campaign actually begins anything can — and usually does — happen.  This explains why establishment favorite Jeb Bush is being over-run by Donald Trump and a socialist senator from a small state is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money.

At this stage of the presidential race in 2008 conventional wisdom held that the General Election match-up would be a contest between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Guliani.  Four years ago, Herman Cain held a commanding lead in the polls to take on incumbent Barack Obama. Clinton, Guliani and Cain all failed to win their party’s nomination.

Trump and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders would appear at first glance to have absolutely nothing in common. Trump is the embodiment of free enterprise having made billions in real estate and other ventures; Sanders is an avowed socialist. But there is a common thread: each has tapped into the deep tide of discontent with the malaise that has engulfed both our domestic economy and foreign policy. To be sure Trump and Sanders prescribe diametrically opposite solutions, but the feelings of discontent run strong on both the Left and the Right.

The challenge for Republicans, and especially for conservatives, is to present a path forward that will be both realistic, yet appeal to the nation’s desire — as Trump puts it — to make America great again. The only certainty is that the old approach has failed. Milquetoast nominees like Mitt Romney and John McCain spouting establishment rhetoric inspired nobody and resulted in the ideologically driven presidency of Barack Obama.

Conservatives are viewed by many voters as heartless money grubbers willing only to cut spending and kick the “lesser of these” to the streets. But a new approach is emerging, with a presidential candidate and a think tank president leading the way. In their own way, they have laid the ideological groundwork for a message that more accurately reflects the conservative heart.

“The Conservative Heart” is a new book by Arthur C. Brooks who is President of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. The stated purpose of the book is to challenge “the liberal monopoly on fairness and compassion.” And Brooks does just that by explaining how free enterprise and conservative solutions have lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system known to man.

Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP Presidential runner-up is known primarily for his outspoken positions on social issues. But, it is on economic issues where Santorum actually may have the most impact. He too has written a book, “Blue Collar Conservatives,” in which he argues that conservatives must talk about the “blue-jeaned” worker as well as the CEO. Santorum argues: “Conservatives give the impression they are unconcerned about the millions of hurting and vulnerable Americans” and concludes “Our country needs opportunities for all not just the financiers on the East Coast or the high-tech tycoons on the West.”

All of this, according to Brooks means we must change the focus from the Left on equalizing the “finish line” to placing emphasis on “making the starting line more equal for the vulnerable by improving education, expanding the opportunity to work, and increasing access to entrepreneurship.” And for him, that includes fighting “cronyism that favors powerful interests and keeps the little guy down.”

Powerful interests, of course, abound in both political parties. But they are small in number compared to the “blue collar conservatives” to which both Santorum and Brooks argue the GOP must appeal. It would be a bold new approach and a departure from the past. But having lost the last two presidential elections, for conservatives and for Republicans a departure from the past would be a good thing.

Lowman S. Henry is chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal. His email address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org

Rep. Joe Pitts will not seek re-election to Congress in 2016

A fixture in Congress since 1997, Republican Joe Pitts has announced he will not seek re-election to the House in 2016. Pitts, 76, has been consistently ranked among the most conservative members of Congress since he went to Washington. In recent years, he has won re-election to his 16th District House seat representing parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties by wide margins. The district is a GOP stronghold and should remain in Republican control if the party can find a well-known name to run next year.

Although he's leaving Congress, Pitts said he plans to stay active, intending to focus on human rights around the world.

"As a person of faith, and a follower of Jesus, I believe that we are called to pursue justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves," Pitts said. "I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom, both domestic and international, as well as on matters of culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Reagan, Chuck Colson, as well as great legislators like the 18th Century Member of the British Parliament William Wilberforce, and former colleagues like Henry Hyde, Frank Wolf, and Tony Hall."

Rep. Joe Pitts will not seek re-election to Congress in 2016

Nothing To See Here: NBC Exec Raises Cash for Hillary

NBC Exec Raises Cash for Hillary | Truth Revolt

'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' - Trailer

Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard for next GOP debate

Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Voters send a message to Tom 'Taxman' Wolf

Republicans picked up another seat in the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday, giving the GOP a 31-19 majority. There's a reason Pennsylvania voters elected larger Republican majorities in both the state House and Senate - they're tired of big government in Harrisburg. But liberal Democrat Tom Wolf apparently still hasn't gotten the message. Another bad legislative election cycle for Democrats - like the ones they had in 2012 and 2014 - and Republicans will have enough votes to override any of Wolf's vetoes.

Republicans pad majority in Pennsylvania Senate with victory

High-level strategy session between John Kerry and Barack Obama ...


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Turkey shortage feared as Thanksgiving approaches

Grocers go cold turkey on holiday promo amid shortage in birds

Unions, trial lawyers buy control of PA Supreme Court

Millions of dollars in campaign contributions by Philadelphia trial lawyers and labor unions have purchased three Democratic seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, giving Dems a 5-2 majority on the court.

Donations from lawyers, labor fuel wins for Dems in Pa. Supreme Court race

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Campaign sign confusion at Berks County polling site

Voters who pulled up to the Exeter Community Library today to cast ballots may have been scratching their heads as they walked into the building. Voters were greeted by campaign signs asking them to support Mark Gillen for State Representative. The problem? Mark Gillen's name isn't on the ballot. State representatives are elected in even-numbered years in Pennsylvania. Last time I checked my calendar, it's 2015. My theory is that somebody working for the Berks County Republican Committee who was tasked with bringing campaign signs to polling sites went a little too far into the warehouse and scooped up Gillen For State Rep signs by mistake.

How illegal aliens destroy your vote

Columnist Walter Williams exposes the Democratic Party's voter fraud machine in his latest column:
Voter ID laws have been challenged because liberal Democrats deem them racist. I guess that's because they see blacks as being incapable of acquiring some kind of government-issued  identification.
Interesting enough is the fact that I've never heard of a challenge to other ID requirements as racist, such as those: to board a plane, open a charge account, have lab work done or cash a welfare check. Since liberal Democrats only challenge legal procedures to promote ballot-box integrity, the conclusion one reaches is that they are for vote fraud prevalent in many Democrat-controlled cities.
Walter Williams: How illegal aliens destroy your vote

Sunday, November 01, 2015

The Kathleen Kane mess: Bring in the Justice Department

Did Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane or her agents run a Watergate-like 'plumbers' operation in 2013? The Pittsburgh Tribune Review wants to know.
The Kathleen Kane mess: Bring in the Justice Department

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ride, Hillary, Ride!


It's The Economy, Stupid CNBC!

From Bill O'Reilly's latest column:
Let's get this straight. On Wednesday morning a new national poll revealed that 54% of Americans rate the economy as 'poor.' That's after nearly seven years of Barack Obama's big government solutions. Republicans, of course, are especially gloomy about the economy.

That was Wednesday morning, teeing things up for CNBC, the self-described 'world leader in business news.' Surely the moderators would flood the zone with substantive questions about the U.S. economy.

Instead, Becky Quick quizzed Marco Rubio about his 'lack of bookkeeping skills,' Carl Quintanilla posed questions about homosexuality and fantasy football, and the astonishingly incompetent John Harwood expressed doubt about Donald Trump's 'moral authority.'
Read the full column at the link below:

Bill O'Reilly: It's The Economy, Stupid CNBC!

Bozell: CNBC Debate Was an 'Encyclopedic Example of Liberal Media Bias'

Bozell: CNBC Debate Was an 'Encyclopedic Example of Liberal Media Bias'

Qualifications not needed for many row offices in Pennsylvania

What is a prothonotary anyway, and why are voters in Pennsylvania counties asked to elect one every four years?
Qualifications not needed for many row offices in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's spending during budget impasse hits $27 billion

Pennsylvania government is an auto-pilot. Even though the state does not have an approved budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, somehow it managed to spend $27 billion.
Pennsylvania's spending during budget impasse hits $27 billion

Latest Poll: Carson, Trump, Clinton lead support in Pa.

Carson, Trump, Clinton lead support in Pa., poll indicates

Grand jury judge: PA AG Kane or her agents stole confidential files from office

Grand jury judge: Kane or her agents stole confidential files from office

Maybe Sarah Palin was right about the Commies


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Common-sense compromise on Voter ID


New Poll: Support for indicted PA AG Kathleen Kane sinking

Poll finds plurality of Pa. voters think Attorney General Kane should resign

Majority of College Students 'Intimidated' to Share Beliefs

The rise of liberal fascism on American college campuses is appalling.

Majority of Republican, Democratic College Students 'Intimidated' to Share Beliefs

Further Proof Democrats Are The Party Of The Rich

The 1% Elites in D.C., NYC areas are fueling Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Top 10 ZIP Codes Contributing To Hillary Are Not 'Everyday America'

How To Tell You've Been Robbed By A Pa. Politician


Can Hillary Clinton Complete the Fundamental Transformation Obama Began?

Can Hillary Clinton Complete the Fundamental Transformation? | Frontpage Mag

Despite Rhetoric, Hillary Secures More in 'Fat-Cat' Donations Than GOP Counterparts

Despite Rhetoric, Hillary Secures More in 'Fat-Cat' Donations Than GOP Counterparts | Truth Revolt

Monday, October 26, 2015

Has Kathleen Kane 'set back' women?

Brad Bumsted: Has Kathleen Kane 'set back' women?

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Welcome to Tom Wolf's Taxylvania

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Montage of Obama officials falsely saying video was to blame for Benghazi

No Justice at Obama Justice Dept: No Charges for Lerner at IRS

No Charges for Lerner at IRS | Truth Revolt

How Hillary Convinced Joe Biden Not To Run For President


Gallup: NRA nears record approval rating at 58%

Gallup: NRA nears record approval rating at 58%

Poll: Half the nation doesn't believe Hillary Clinton's Benghazi story

Poll: Half the nation doesn't believe Clinton's Benghazi story

Pennsylvania Senate to explore removing Kane as attorney general

Pennsylvania Senate to explore removing Kane as attorney general

Liar: Four Pinocchios for Hillary and her pantsuit

Hillary: I Didn't Blame Benghazi On The YouTube Video | Frontpage Mag

Investigators Blame Obama EPA in Colorado Mine Wastewater Spill

Investigators Blame EPA in Colorado Mine Wastewater Spill

39 Percent of Co-Ops Formed Under Obamacare Are Now Closing Doors

39 Percent of Co-Ops Formed Under Obamacare Are Now Closing Doors

Ambassador Stevens Responds to Hillary on Benghazi Attack


Obama Admin Instructing Public Schools to Push Amnesty for Illegals

Obama Admin Instructing Public Schools to Push Amnesty for Undocumented Youth | Truth Revolt

Poll: NRA More Popular Than Democrats

Poll: NRA More Popular Than Democrats | Truth Revolt

Clinton Told Chelsea Truth, Lied to American People on Benghazi

Clinton Told Chelsea Truth, Lied to American People on Benghazi | Truth Revolt

Friday, October 16, 2015

Democrats Pander To Low-Information Voters


Splintered Senate Primary is Latest Problem for Pennsylvania Democrats

Splintered Primary is Latest Problem for Pennsylvania Democrats

Despite record tax revenues, Obama runs up huge deficits

$3.25 Trillion: Government Collects Record-High Taxes in Fiscal Year 2015

45th Annual Greek Food Bazaar returns to Berks County Oct. 16-18

Visit Greece without leaving Berks County when the 45th Annual Greek Food Bazaar returns this weekend at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

In addition to authentic Greek food and pastry, the three-day festival (Oct. 16-17-18) features live music, folk dancing, gift rooms and church tours.
Check out new menu items offered under the large tent, which features an expanded seating area.
The food is prepared and cooked on the premises by church members using family recipes handed down through generations.
 
Athenian-style chicken platters, which come a half-backed chicken, rice pilaf, Greek-style string beans, a Greek salad, roll and butter will be offered all weekend in the main dining hall for $12. You can also substitute Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) or Souvlaki (chunks of marinated pork) on the platter meal.
There are also a la carte items such Gyro (beef and lamb slices) and Souvlaki (pork shis-ke-bob) sandwiches; Calamari (squid) cooked in tomatoes and wine; Moussaka (eggplant casserole); Arni Psito (roast lamb cooked with herbs); and Pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with béchamel sauce).
A variety of imported Greek wines and spirits, including Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, are available, as well as domestic and imported beers.
After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. The Agora (Greek market) offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes you can take home. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries in a relaxed atmosphere.
All food items are available to eat-in in or take-out.
It wouldn’t be a Greek food festival without a stop in the pastry room, where you can sample Baklava (almonds, butter and honey layered in flaky pastry), Teelikta (walnuts, butter and honey rolled in flaky pastry); Kourabiethes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar); Koulourakia (Greek twisted butter cookie); and Galaktobouriko (a filo pastry filled with custard and moistened with honey syrup).
Another Greek delicacy offered throughout the weekend is Loukoumades (puffed honey balls), a warm, dough pastry topped with syrup, cinnamon and chopped nuts.
Visitors can also shop for original artwork, gold jewelry and items imported from Greece in various gift rooms.
Bazaar hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Additional parking is available at the adjacent Berks Catholic High School lot. The festival will be held rain or shine.
The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about a half-mile from Business Route 222 South, also known as Lancaster Avenue.
For directions or more information, call 610-374-7511 or visit www.stsconstantinehelen.org

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pennsylvania's Shrinking Population Problem

Fewer people should mean less government spending, but that's not the case in Pennsylvania.

Bob Dick of the Commonwealth Foundation:
Persistently high taxes, overspending, and frivolous regulations are stifling job opportunities in the commonwealth, and driving people to other states.
Pennsylvania's Shrinking Population Problem

Pennsylvania's Public Pension Crisis Grows

Ten months into his term as governor and Democrat Tom Wolf has done nothing to address Pennsylvania's growing pension crisis.

Pennsylvania's Public Pension Crisis Grows