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Monday, June 24, 2019

CNN's Ratings Would Be Worse Without Its Manufactured Audience

CNN's Ratings Would Be Worse Without Its Manufactured Audience: Although it draws attention for being an anti-Trump news outlet, the network is working to deflect attention away from its severe audience flight.

New Evidence Indicates Rep. Ilhan Omar Lied About Her Marital History

New Evidence Indicates Rep. Ilhan Omar Lied About Her Marital History: Newly uncovered documents indicate that Omar was residing with her current husband while being legally married to another man.

Why Churches Should Ditch Projector Screens And Bring Back Hymnals

Why Churches Should Ditch Projector Screens And Bring Back Hymnals: Christians need to understand that relying on screens and other technology is not leading to better worship, it’s ruining it.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

What will it take to shut AOC up?


U.S. Media Need To Stop Publishing Chinese and Russian Propaganda

U.S. Media Need To Stop Publishing Chinese and Russian Propaganda: The American media’s Trump-Russia hysteria comes from entities willing to take blood money to distribute publications that whitewash authoritarian crimes.

Here Are The Best Conservative Films To Watch This Summer

Here Are The Best Conservative Films To Watch This Summer: As Hollywood moves further left, here are some of the best conservative films that promote liberty, truth, family, patriotism, and the fight against evil.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How Philly Mayor Deals With Real Problems


The Problem With Ocasio-Cortez's Shameful Ignorance Of History

The Problem With Ocasio-Cortez's Shameful Ignorance Of History: Nazi analogies, like the one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently used, are embarrassingly ignorant and diminish the suffering of millions.

Here's How Conservatives Can Defeat Big-Tech Censorship

Here's How Conservatives Can Defeat Big-Tech Censorship: Dear big-name conservative media figures: you hold the power to win the struggle against online censorship, but only if you choose to fight back.

Democrats’ Problem Is Not The 70-Somethings Leading The Party

Democrats’ Problem Is Not The 70-Somethings Leading The Party: Their problem is activist types are trying to fill the vacuum created when their extremism decimated a generation of more mainstream Democratic politicians.

In New Bill, Hawley Warns Big Tech: Stop Censorship Or Lose Immunity

In New Bill, Hawley Warns Big Tech: Stop Censorship Or Lose Immunity: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced legislation on Wednesday aimed at cracking down on 'Big Tech's political censorship.'

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Can you spot the 'moderate' Democrat?


Media Claims Notwithstanding, Trump Is Favored To Be Re-Elected

Media Claims Notwithstanding, Trump Is Favored To Be Re-Elected: Nothing has turned out the way the Resistance had hoped. The Donald Trump agenda is turning out to be surprisingly successful.

'Radicalized' YouTuber Article Shows NYT Threatened By Competition

'Radicalized' YouTuber Article Shows NYT Threatened By Competition: Little evidence is presented to show Cain actually became a radical, nor did the Times explore why some young men question the dominant leftist narrative.

Friday, June 14, 2019

How Greg Gutfeld's Success Exposes The Media's Cultural Blindspots

How Greg Gutfeld's Success Exposes The Media's Cultural Blindspots: The relative invisibility of 'The Greg Gutfeld Show' in late-night media coverage helpfully illustrates a big problem with the press.

Unlike House, U.S. Senate Unanimously Condemns Anti-Semitism

Unlike House, U.S. Senate Unanimously Condemns Anti-Semitism: Kudos to the U.S. Senate for taking a hugely important first step to recognize and oppose rising anti-Semitism inside the United States.

Every Best Oscar Animated Feature Winner Ranked

Birthday Wishes to President Donald Trump


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

George Will Defends Conservatism, History, And Civil Liberties

George Will Defends Conservatism, History, And Civil Liberties: Columnist and author George Will goes beyond what conservatism means in politics, but how it effects the way we interpret societies moral and natural laws.

It's The End Of The World As We Know It


If The 2020 Democratic Candidates Were Cast In 'The Office'

If The 2020 Democratic Candidates Were Cast In 'The Office': NBC's 'The Office' has so many cringe-worthy and laugh-out-loud moments, and it turns out the 2020 Democratic field does as well.

Left Preaches Diversity While Forcing Conformity Through Culture, Courts

Left Preaches Diversity While Forcing Conformity Through Culture, Courts: What the Sixth Circuit did by unilaterally imposing a trendy notion that sex and biology aren’t related was an attempt to silence one point of view.

Humorless Age: The New York Times Has Cancelled Political Cartoons

Humorless Age: The New York Times Has Cancelled Political Cartoons: The political cartoon has always been a dangerous polemic tool. The New York Times has decided that in our politically correct time it's too hot to handle.

Monday, June 03, 2019

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Gives Voice To Ordinary Soviets’ Horror Of Socialism

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Gives Voice To Ordinary Soviets’ Horror Of Socialism: The horror onscreen reflects the everyday Soviet experience, the logical outcome of central planning, secrecy, and devaluation of individual life.

Top 28 Moments From Bombshell Barr Interview On CBS

Top 28 Moments From Bombshell Barr Interview On CBS: 'The idea of resisting a democratically elected presiden...that is where the shredding of our norms and our institutions is occurring,' said Barr.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Democrats Have A One-Track Mind ...


William Barr Unloads On Collusion Conspiracy Theory As 'Bogus'

William Barr Unloads On Collusion Conspiracy Theory As 'Bogus': 'Mueller has spent two and half years and the fact is there is no evidence of a conspiracy,' Attorney General William Barr told CBS News.

6 Gun Lies (And One Truth) Obama Told In Brazil

6 Gun Lies (And One Truth) Obama Told In Brazil: During a conversation with a host on stage during the digital innovation event, Obama took the opportunity to speak negatively about U.S. gun laws.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Witch Hunt continues ...


American Conservatives Should Cheer Up, Because They’re Winning

American Conservatives Should Cheer Up, Because They’re Winning: American conservatives always seem to think they are losing, but compared to the rest of the English-speaking world they are absolutely winning.

Lawsuit Suggests Spying On Trump Campaign Started In Early 2016

Lawsuit Suggests Spying On Trump Campaign Started In Early 2016: Svetlana Lokhova’s complaint now raises the question of whether the spying on the Trump campaign date back even further, to late 2015 or early 2016.

Why Democrats Are Scared Of Declassifying Spygate Documents

Why Democrats Are Scared Of Declassifying Spygate Documents: It is hard to comprehend why any lawmaker would object to the president’s decision to disclose truths about one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history.

What Those Who Seek Socialism Really Need Is A Church And Family

What Those Who Seek Socialism Really Need Is A Church And Family: Plato taught us, in imprecise terms, that the socialism we need is not that of a command economy, but that of family, church, and community.

AHEPA Chapter 61 awards $5,000 in scholarships

The Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 recently awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Greek descent during its annual Scholarship Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading, Pa. Approximately 70 people attended the event, with Brother Christ Kraras serving as Master of Ceremonies in the absence of Chapter President George Giovanis. Four of the five recipients attended the dinner. Pictured from left are recipients Angie Miranda-Ganas, Berks Catholic High School; Eleni Sterious, Conrad Weiser High School; Zoe Thompson, Daniel Boone High School; and Anthony Futrick, Wilson High School. Not pictured is JoAnna Lee Helm, Wyomissing High School.  AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada  and Europe.  AHEPA's mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

VIDEO REVIEW: 'Aladdin' (2019) is a movie that exists

Wrong Hat


Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice

Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice: Every time Democrats tease another 'end of the presidency' bombshell, I laugh. I can’t keep track of the scandals meant to bring Trump's shameful end.

Impeachment Is For Democrats What Heroin Is For Addicts

Impeachment Is For Democrats What Heroin Is For Addicts: Democrats nationwide desperately want to impeach—preferably President Trump, but impeaching anyone would also be good, although not as cathartic.

3 Times Media Claimed Russiagate Transparency Would End America

3 Times Media Claimed Russiagate Transparency Would End America: It is worth remembering other recent times the media claimed that Russiagate transparency would have devastating results.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Keep Pushing ...


A tale of two rallies ... Donald Trump, Joe Biden visit Pennsylvania

President Trump and Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden held rallies in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania this week.

More than 10,000 people attended Trump’s rally in Montoursville, many lining up hours before the event to get into the rally. I don't even know where Montoursville is and I've lived in Pennsylvania for almost 50 years.

Contrast that with Joe Biden’s rally in Philadelphia, where the former vice president announced he will set up his campaign headquarters. A couple hundred people attended Biden’s rally and that includes paid campaign staffers and paid union members.

Nobody is being paid to attend Trump’s rallies, which have “sold out” all across the country. He's a rock star and the enthusiasm from supporters is genuine.

But the Mainstream Media keeps telling us that Biden has Pennsylvania locked up – just like the media told us Hillary Clinton had Pennsylvania sown up in 2016. And the pollsters have nearly every Democratic candidate beating Trump in the Keystone State. Yes, these are the same pollsters who guaranteed a Hillary Clinton win in Pennsylvania.

If anything, the enthusiasm for Trump has grown in Pennsylvania since the 2016 election.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Far-Left Democrat Brian Sims Unleashes Toxic Stew of Hate, Intolerance

By Lowman S. Henry
Guest columnist

"The loudest voices of tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs."

So said Vice President Mike Pence recently while addressing the graduating class at Liberty University.  If anything, the Vice President's remark was an understatement.  The Left doesn't just have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs, it is working hard to scrub the influence of Christianity from the public square.

Now that their love affair with socialism has come out of the shadows the Left has launched an all-out campaign to place big government in control of all aspects of - not just our economy - but of our lives.  As with any totalitarian movement it cannot establish government as the dominant force in society without eradicating the competing influence of religion.

And so, the Left has ramped up its attacks on anything and everything Christian.  Here in Penn's Woods two such recent attacks have captured national attention. Both involve state representatives from Philadelphia which should change its slogan from the "City of Brotherly Love" to the "City of Hateful Intolerance."

The Left's latest toxic stew of hatred began on the day Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell was sworn into office. Rep. Johnson-Harrell it seems is the first woman of the Muslim faith to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  That apparently made unacceptable the utterance of a Christian invocation to open the session.

Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a freshman lawmaker herself, had long been scheduled to give the invocation that day and - true to her faith - delivered a standard Christian prayer.  This sent the Left into a fit of intolerance the flames of which were fanned into a national controversy with Rep. Borowicz being denounced by all the usual suspects in the mainstream media.  The day ended with Rep. Johnson-Harrell casting one final aspersion on the Christian religion by labeling the Borowicz invocation "idiotic."

Now we come to the antics of State Representative Brian Simms.  He decided to video himself verbally harassing an anti-abortion protester outside of a Philadelphia abortion clinic.  Simms, whom someone saw fit to elect to public office, unleashed a verbal tirade that went on for nearly eight minutes. He called the woman, who continued to recite the Rosary during the onslaught, an "old white woman," labeled her presence "shameful" and "disgusting."

It was a premeditated ambush.  Simms actually videoed his assault, posting it on social media and asking the woman for her home address so those wishing to continue the practice of killing unborn children could protest in front of her home.

To make matters worse, Simms then accosted a woman praying with her two teenaged daughters and their friend outside of the abortion clinic. In the parlance of social media he "doxxed" them, asking viewers to identify the teen girls and find their home addresses.  A full grown (although obviously not mature) man asking for teen girls' home addresses is totally improper behavior and creepier than a Joe Biden hug.

In both instances imagine if you will what would have happened had the roles been reversed?  What if a Christian legislator had termed a Muslim prayer "idiotic?"   What if a pro-life lawmaker had verbally harassed then stalked pro-abortion protestors?  The Left would have gone into a fit of indignant outrage.

What has been their reaction?  Crickets.  Every Left-wing Democrat from Governor Tom Wolf on down who morally posture when it suits their political purposes have either made watered down statements or remained completely silent.  Likewise, reaction from the mainstream media has also been muted.

At her humble home in Calcutta Mother Teresa had a prayer posted on her wall.  It may or may not have been written by her, but the prayer begins with the words: "People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway" and ends: "In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them, anyway."

The victims of Rep. Simms and Johnson-Harrell's hateful intolerance have taken the high road.  All chose to offer prayers for those who had trespassed against them rather than to respond in kind.  They are living examples of Mother Teresa's prayer, because they know in the final analysis it was never between them and those who mistreated them.

Anyway.

Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org

Conservative Leaders Call for Social Media Giants to Clarify Hate Speech Rules on Anti-Semitism

Conservative Leaders Call for Social Media Giants to Clarify Hate Speech Rules on Anti-Semitism

Time for Dems to Pay the Barr Tab


CNN Racial Double Standard? Heavy Coverage of Bland Video, Virtually None of Damond Verdict

CNN Racial Double Standard? Heavy Coverage of Bland Video, Virtually None of Damond Verdict

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue: Shifting immigration away from family reunification and toward skills-based employment is something we should have done long ago.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Over the Cliff ...


Only Fox News Covers Dem State Rep Harassing Pro-Life Protesters

Only Fox News Covers Dem State Rep Harassing Pro-Life Protesters

How Overemphasizing Individualism Made Liberalism Morally Bankrupt

How Overemphasizing Individualism Made Liberalism Morally Bankrupt: As a political theory for rational, autonomous adults, liberalism has no place for the dependent and disabled, against whom it's committing genocide.

Mueller's 10 Most Egregious Missteps During Anti-Trump Russia Probe

Mueller's 10 Most Egregious Missteps During Anti-Trump Russia Probe: Last week’s testimony by Attorney General William Barr confirmed Mueller's blunders in the probe into Russian interference with the 2016 election.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Get Some Help!


Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again.

Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again.: Once again, tax relief has spurred economic growth, stimulated higher productivity, and created jobs. The experts were wrong.

Guest Opinion: Two Roads Diverged in Penn's Woods

By Lowman S. Henry
 
Pennsylvania has divided state government with a Democrat in the governor's office and Republicans in control of the state legislature. That divide was on full display this week as the GOP unveiled a plan to lock in the economic gains of the past two years, while Governor Tom Wolf proposed a radical environmental agenda that would slam the state's economy into reverse.
 
First the good news: as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017, and the Trump Administration's efforts to reduce federal regulations, Pennsylvania's economy is booming.  Recent statistics from the state Department of Labor and Industry show a record low unemployment rate of 3.9% and continued job growth. 
 
The national economy is so strong this expansion is happening in Penn's Woods despite the fact that every survey of state-by-state competitiveness shows our business climate to be near the bottom of the list.  In an effort to change that - and ensure the economic good times continue - House Speaker Michael Turzai this week announced the Energize PA initiative which is a "pro-growth, pro-jobs legislative package."
 
The package of bills is designed to capitalize on the fact that energy production is one of the fastest growing segments of our state's economy. It will encourage manufacturing expansion while reducing the regulatory burden and shorten the permitting process. 
 
Among the proposals is the creation of Keystone Energy Enhancement Zones that would make businesses eligible for state and local tax exemptions and credits, institution of a tax credit for industries using Pennsylvania methane in their production process, creation of a registry of abandon manufacturing sites that will list properties available for development, and make low-cost gas energy more available to residents and to manufacturers.
 
Additionally, the Energize PA plan would create an independent commission that would review and propose changes to the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) permitting processes with an eye toward streamlining those procedures thus allowing companies to adapt more quickly and improve their economic competitiveness.
 
The proposals are environmentally sound as they will encourage the clean-up of brownfield sites and significantly reduce carbon emissions helping Pennsylvania meet Clean Power Plan goals ahead of schedule and without government interference.
 
While Republicans propose tried and true measures to expand the state's economy and foster the creation of new, family-sustaining jobs, Governor Tom Wolf uncorked his "Climate Action Plan," a toxic stew of radical environmental goals which taken together form a blueprint for economic disaster.
 
Wolf is embroiling Pennsylvania in the Climate Change Alliance, a loose confederation of states working to undercut President Trump's decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. That now discredited agreement placed unrealistic goals and restrictions on so-called "greenhouse gas emissions" to combat the Left's belief that those emissions are somehow contributing to global climate change.
 
Knowing his radical plan could not win approval in the legislature, Governor Wolf has decided to try and advance his environmental agenda through regulation and the deep state bureaucracy. Essentially a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania, the goal is to eventually completely eliminate CO2 emissions. 
 
Not only is that unrealistic, it is undesirable and unnecessary.  The governor's plan would cripple the economy and devastate family budgets as it would require the elimination of all carbon-based fuels - meaning no gas-powered cars or trucks, no home heating by natural gas or oil, nor the manufacture of the thousands of plastic items using carbon bi-products.
 
Having worked itself into frenzy over climate change, and the fact President Trump does not buy into its dire predictions, the Left has become even more radicalized.  Governor Wolf is fully under their sway.  In addition to the danger his proposals pose to the economy and our way of life, his efforts to end-run the legislative process are alarming.
 
These two visions of Pennsylvania's future will collide in coming months as legislative Republicans seek to enact their Energize PA plan, while simultaneously preventing the governor from crushing the economic expansion by doing through regulation what he cannot achieve through legislation.
 
(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman  & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address islhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)
 

John Stossel: Bernie Sanders wrong about the poor

John Stossel: Bernie Sanders wrong about the poor

Friday, May 03, 2019

Would You Buy A Used Car From Joe Biden?


State Democrats Revolt Against National Leaders' Abortion Extremism

State Democrats Revolt Against National Leaders' Abortion Extremism: 87 percent of Americans reject third-trimester abortions while 77 percent support born-alive protections. When will national Democrats notice?

The Real Reason Democrats Hate Bill Barr

The Real Reason Democrats Hate Bill Barr: Attorney General Bill Barr's greatest sin is exposing two years of Resistance fan fiction by Democrats and their allies in the political media.

NYT Confirms Obama Admin Used Multiple Spies Against Trump In 2016

NYT Confirms Obama Admin Used Multiple Spies Against Trump In 2016: A bombshell New York Times report on Thursday confirmed that the Obama administration deployed multiple spies against Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Send In The Clowns ... The Democratic Party Clowns ...


Monday, April 29, 2019

Late-Night TV Writers Know They’re Awful, But Their Solutions Are Worse

Late-Night TV Writers Know They’re Awful, But Their Solutions Are Worse: Laziness is the central characteristic of the age of infotainment. Conflating news and entertainment means less effort goes into reporting and humor.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Something For Everyone ...


Collusion Delusion Infects Mainstream Media

Updated: Media Mention The I-Word 363 Times in One Day

Why Relocating Illegal Aliens To Sanctuary Cities Is A Win-Win Idea

Why Relocating Illegal Aliens To Sanctuary Cities Is A Win-Win Idea: Trump’s supporters seemed stunned. His critics suspected a trap. Few saw it as what could become the most magnanimous gesture of his presidency.

All 21 Marvel Superhero Films, Ranked From First To Last

All 21 Marvel Superhero Films, Ranked From First To Last: Quite possibly the most underrated film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is 'Thor.' (No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I will fight you.)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Comey And McCabe Should Be Charged With An Illegal Conspiracy

Comey And McCabe Should Be Charged With An Illegal Conspiracy: Comey, Strzok, and McCabe almost certainly conspired to use a compilation of salacious and unverified allegations as evidence to begin a federal probe.

Did Ilhan Omar Help Benjamin Netanyahu Win Reelection?

Did Ilhan Omar Help Benjamin Netanyahu Win Reelection?: As the Democratic Party turns its back on Israel, the peace process hangs in the balance. Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election is a signal that time is short.

Will The Democratic Party Faithful Ever Notice Their Leaders Are Crazy?

Will The Democratic Party Faithful Ever Notice Their Leaders Are Crazy?: Moderates and conservatives still make up roughly half of Democratic voters, while only 19 to 25 percent consider themselves ‘very liberal.’

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Poll Underlines Liberal Dominance in TV News

Bozell & Graham Column: Poll Underlines Liberal Dominance in TV News

I'm With Stupid (Democratic Party Edition)


How Nationalizing College And Health Care Helps The Wealthy Most

How Nationalizing College And Health Care Helps The Wealthy Most: There are already programs in place to help the poorest families pay for college and health care. Nationalizing them is a giant subsidy to wealthier people.

Why The Media Won’t Drop The SPLC Despite Its Obvious Corruption

Why The Media Won’t Drop The SPLC Despite Its Obvious Corruption: A cynic might conclude the media props up the SPLC to advance a shared political agenda. That cynic would have some evidence to support the theory.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Reading Chapter No. 61 Supports AHEPA Service Dogs For Warriors

Reading AHEPA Chapter #61 Treasurer Tony Phyrillas, left, presents a check for $1,000 to Power District #4 District Governor Charles Mackenzie to support the AHEPA Service Dogs for Warriors project. Each fully trained service dog costs $15,000. The AHEPA has donated $240,000 so far to provide 16 service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD. To find out more about the project or to donate, visit https://ahepa-servicedogs.org

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Monday, April 01, 2019

MSM Lies Keep Growing


Here's Why I Didn't Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy

Here's Why I Didn't Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy: Media outlets regurgitated leaks from politicized intelligence officials to fuel the Russia-Trump conspiracy. They should have been far more skeptical.

Mark Zuckerberg's Plan For The Internet Would Be A Disaster For Free Speech

Mark Zuckerberg's Plan For The Internet Would Be A Disaster For Free Speech: Mark Zuckerberg claims that “we,” as society, now have a responsibility to help him keep people “safe” from hate speech. We have no such obligation.

AOC to speak at conservative conference?

I get hundreds of emails sent to me at The Mercury every day. I sort through them as best as I can while doing the dozen other tasks I have to perform each day to get the next day's newspaper together. 

One particular email jumped out at me today. The subject line: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Keynote 2019 PA Leadership Conference. It didn't take me long to realize today was April Fool's Day. 

The PA Leadership Conference is the largest gathering of conservatives in Pennsylvania each year and somehow I don't think a left-wing loon like AOC would be invited to attend. 

Lowman S. Henry, who organizes the conference each year, opens his email with this: "That's a headline you will only see on April Fools' Day! We wouldn't be foolish enough to have her as a speaker, but you would be foolish not to attend the 30th anniversary 2019 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held this Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania." 

That's a great way to catch someone's attention.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Let the liberal tears fall ...


Russiagate’s Damage To The Country Will Take Years To Realize

Russiagate’s Damage To The Country Will Take Years To Realize: The media and Democrat Party have dug themselves so deeply in a Russiagate hole, they must keep on digging. That’s absolutely terrible for this country.

Will the liberal media pay for its role in Trump-Russia hoax?

Bill O'Reilly calls out the corrupt liberal media for leading the 2-year witch-hunt against President Trump.

From his latest column: "The worst offenders were CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.  To say their coverage of the Mueller investigation was disgraceful is an extreme understatement.  Using anonymous sources and false assertions, these news organizations ginned up a phony narrative that divided the country and interfered with its governance."

Wolves and Sheep: After the big nothing Mueller Report, there should be severe scrutiny of liberal journalists who irresponsibly and dishonestly used the Russian-collusion investigation to convict President Trump and members of his administration of a variety of crimes.

The Media Have Done Irreparable Damage To The Country

The Media Have Done Irreparable Damage To The Country: For the past two years, the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Nothing like it has ever happened in American history.

Friday, March 15, 2019

She speaks with a forked tongue ...


Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice

Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice: Every time Democrats tease another 'end of the presidency' bombshell, I laugh. I can’t keep track of the scandals meant to bring Trump's shameful end.

The end of Pat Toomey's political career?

Did US Sen. Pat Toomey commit political suicide by siding with Senate Democrats to oppose President Trump's emergency declaration on the Southern Border? Pretty much. Or maybe Toomey has already decided his current term in the U.S. Senate will be his last. In that case, he's a lame duck and has no clout whatsoever.

Extremely disappointing to see Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania among "The Dirty Dozen" GOP RINOs who voted with Democrats to overturn President Trump's National Emergency Declaration on the US-Mexico border.

Here are the names of the 12 RINOs who voted with Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats today: Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Patrick J. Toomey, Roger Wicker.

 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

X marks the spot


New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger

New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Growing Stronger: Is Christianity really in ‘widespread decline’ so much so that conservative believers should suffer ‘growing anxiety’? Absolutely not.

Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice

Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want To Vote For Trump Twice: Every time Democrats tease another 'end of the presidency' bombshell, I laugh. I can’t keep track of the scandals meant to bring Trump's shameful end.

Beto, The Ultimate Limousine Liberal Gen Xer, Announces For Prez

Beto, The Ultimate Limousine Liberal Gen Xer, Announces For Prez: He's the farthest thing from self-made, but that can't stop Vanity Fair from fawning all over him. Now he's entering the crowded field of 2020 hopefuls.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tucker Comes Out Swinging Against the Liberal ‘Outrage Machine’

Tucker Comes Out Swinging Against the Liberal ‘Outrage Machine’

3,250,000 Page Views at Tony Phyrillas on Politics

My site counter has recorded 2,250,000 Page Views at Tony Phyrillas on Politics. Thanks for checking out my blog ... and come back again.

Nancy Pelosi Has a Vision Problem ...


Morning Nets Ignore Smollett Indicted by Grand Jury on 16 Counts for Faking Hate Crime

Welcome to Liberal Media Bias 101: When the fake hate crime story was an opportunity for the MSM to blame Trump, you had the Smollett case on every channel and in every newspaper. When it turned out Smollett made the whole thing up, it's no longer news? That's today's lesson in liberal media bias.

Morning Nets Ignore Smollett Indicted by Grand Jury on 16 Counts for Faking Hate Crime

STUDY: CNN’s 'The Situation Room' Is a Weeklong Promo for Dem Investigations

STUDY: CNN’s 'The Situation Room' Is a Weeklong Promo for Dem Investigations

Saturday, March 09, 2019

DNC Blacklisting Of Fox News Proves GOP Needs To Fight Media

DNC Blacklisting Of Fox News Proves GOP Needs To Fight Media: When are Republicans going to stop playing by two sets of rules?

The Democratic Party Has Normalized Anti-Semitism

The Democratic Party Has Normalized Anti-Semitism: Yes, Rep. Ilhan Omar is a problem. But the fact that the Democratic Party refuses to condemn her anti-Semitic rhetoric is a disaster.

35 Key People Involved In The Russia Hoax Who Need To Be Investigated

35 Key People Involved In The Russia Hoax Who Need To Be Investigated: Democrats want to interview 81 people as their desperate search for collusion with Russia continues. Try this list instead.

Captain Marvel is Painfully Average

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Poll: 'Trust In Media Hits Bottom'

I've been a working journalist for 36 years and I've never seen so much bias in reporting as I do today. I reject 90 percent of the political stories that move daily on The Associated Press wire because of blatant left-wing bias. Reporters routinely interject their personal political bias into every news story, especially when it comes to covering the Trump Administration. It's no surprise that the majority of Americans have lost faith in the media. And it's not Donald Trump's fault for calling them out for "fake news." He's merely pointing out the obvious. The media needs to look in the mirror to find out why public trust has vanished.

New Poll: 'Trust In Media Hits Bottom'

Guest Column: What is wrong with a property tax?

The right to personal property sets the United States apart from other nations. Outside the United States, the rights to property have long been subject to the realm of kings and queens — a feudal society of sorts.
There is a tremendous anger surfacing due to the relentless loss of property and our government’s explosive spending binge. Ravenous government spending mortgages ourselves, our children, and our property to an unrelenting assault by a government which is out of control.
The major negatives with property taxes relates to these very issues:
• Property taxes are fixed expense with no regard to the person’s ability to pay.
• One’s property serves as collateral for potential unlimited government spending.
• Taxes on property value reduce the incentive to maintain property
• The regressive nature of the property tax makes home ownership that much more elusive for much of the population.
Taxes on property have been debated incessantly for decades. What started out as an “innocent” means of raising taxes has blossomed into a perceived unlimited source of funds by which government can make promises of future benefits to a select few to the detriment of the remainder of us. Property owners have the choice of either paying the taxes dictated for them by politicians or risk losing their property through foreclosure and tax sale.
Contrary to popular belief, the property tax system started in the United States dates at the time of the founding of our nation. At that time however, it is important to remember the historical context in that only the gifted few owned property. Only property owners at the time of the founding of our nation were permitted to vote.
The evolution of our republic has allowed the opportunity for owning property and of voting rights to expand to most of the population. As such, the antiquated notion of the property tax may negatively impact the very people who are now just beginning to enjoy the American dream evolving in the great experiment of the United States.
The negative impact of a property tax system is that your property serves as collateral for government promises. Ever increasing property taxes have allowed municipal governments and schools to make promises that they could not possibly keep if they did not have such a reservoir of potential funds at their disposal.
These “promises” have precipitated a record number of bankruptcy filings of municipalities since 2010. The settlement of these bankruptcies will most certainly raise the level of debate of property taxes to unparalleled heights. The outcome of this battle will most decidedly determine whether or not American citizens have the right to own property.
With the rapid rise in property taxes needed by most jurisdictions to cover their promises and with lower pay and higher unemployment of taxpayers throughout the nation, the property tax is now forcing millions of Americans to reassess where they live, how they live, and if they can ever retire let alone own their home.
The U. S. Constitution addresses and protects property rights in so many ways: Source: “The Constitution and Property Rights”
“The Founders were worried that Congress might use the tax system to loot property owners in some states for the advantage of other states. Accordingly, they required that direct taxes (mostly importantly property and income taxes) be apportioned among the states (Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 and Article I, Section 9, Clause 4).
They granted the federal courts jurisdiction over interstate land claims and interstate debts to limit the extent to which state courts could discriminate against the property rights of out-of-staters (III-2-1 and III-2-2).
They added the Full Faith and Credit Clause (IV-1) partly to require state courts to honor property records in other states.
The Founders gave Congress an unlimited power to dispose of public land (IV-3-2), but only limited power to acquire or hold land (I-8-17 and certain incidental powers). This was because they wanted most publicly-owned land to be transferred to the private sector.
They also inserted a number of other checks and balances, designed partly to protect minorities from unfair property confiscations.”
Today, threats to property, particularly your home, are at epic levels and the battle will shape the landscape of our nation forever.
The American dream of home ownership and the liberty inherent in property are at risk.
Ending property taxes will begin to restore the American dream to those most negatively affected by such an antiquated system as a property tax.
For those who are just getting involved, this article is the second in a series explaining the basis behind our property tax elimination bill. The other articles in this series can be found on our website at www.repfrankryan.com.
Frank Ryan, CPA, USMCR (Ret) represents the 101st District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is a retired Marine Reserve Colonel, a CPA and specializes in corporate restructuring. He has served on numerous boards of publicly traded and non-profit organizations. He can be reached at fryan1951@aol.com.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Who needs walls?


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Mainstream Media Blacks Out The Democrats’ Infanticide Vote

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Friday, February 22, 2019

The Race Is On ...


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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Why Don't Democrats Want Noncitizens Recorded On The Census?

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Network Blackout of Investigation Finding Covington Kids Did Nothing Wrong

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

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Friday, February 01, 2019

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Democratic Socialism 101 ...


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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LOWMAN S. HENRY: Cycle of Dependency

By Lowman S. Henry

The headline blared from the Sunday opinion page: Where's Washington's Heart?  Rather than being an editorial on helping to lift people out of poverty it was instead - predictably - a robust and deeply flawed defense of government social welfare programs.

Decades after President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty" that turned out to be a massive expansion of government dependency programs, and after the expenditure of trillions of taxpayer dollars on those programs, the needle on poverty has barely moved.

What has changed is the number of Americans trapped on the government dole.  The Left believes this is a good thing - government is assisting more people.  And while helping people who truly need assistance is a shared goal across the political spectrum, conservatives want to take that one step further and return as many people as possible to self-sufficiency.

The term "cycle of dependency" is used by social scientists to describe how addiction to government aid gets handed down from one generation to the next.  But, there is another "cycle of dependency" that explains the Left's fixation with growing the number of people receiving public assistance.

Here is how it works: more people dependent on government creates more voters will support those candidates pledging to preserve and expand their benefits; this results in the election/re-election of Left-leaning candidates who then work to increase the number of people dependent on such programs, repeat, repeat and repeat.

Attempt to break this cycle and the Left will attack saying you lack compassion, or as the headline put it "heart."  This too is a favorite, and highly effective, tactic of the Left.  Big government advocates are exceptionally good at messaging.  They can take any government program, regardless of how ineffective or inefficient it might be, and make it sound like mom and apple pie.  For example the "Affordable Care Act" made health care less available and more expensive; illegal immigrants become "dreamers" and the murdering of babies in the womb becomes "reproductive rights."

What triggered the editorial screed, augmented by the sub-headline "When it comes to helping hunger Americans, we have lost our humanity," was a move by the Trump Administration to allow states greater flexibility in moving people off the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and into self-sufficiency.

You would think helping Americans become more self-sufficient and thus not needing government assistance would be an obvious goal.  But, it would break the Left's electoral cycle of dependency so crank up the propaganda machine and declare such efforts to be heartless.

But are they heartless?

The Trump Administration's goal is to foster the movement of able-bodied adults without dependent children from dependency into the work place.  A similar effort in Pennsylvania passed the General Assembly last year, but fell victim to a veto by Governor Wolf who saw the threat to his electoral coalition.

Opposition to this policy is the opposite of heartless; it restores human dignity.  Nobody is proposing that children go unfed; or those with physical or mental disabilities are denied SNAP benefits.  The goal is for those able to work, and for whom jobs are available, to do so.

This is, as conservative author Arthur Brooks termed it, the "conservative heart":  Provide equality of opportunity through educational reforms such as expanded school choice and job training programs.  Foster a pro-growth economy that makes available good, family sustaining jobs.  This approach will break the classic cycle of dependency and move those who are able from being dependent on government to helping government through their tax dollars funding programs for those in actual need.

In fact, advocacy for the continued trapping of able-bodied, able-minded individuals on government assistance is what is truly heartless.  Doing so with an ulterior political motive is not only heartless, but downright mean. It is time we stopped falling for the Left's spin and put into place those policies that restore more people to the dignity of self-sufficiency.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lowman S. Henry: Gov. Tom Wolf's latest tax grab

By Lowman S. Henry
Guest Columnist

Pennsylvania motorists already pay one of the highest state gasoline taxes in the nation thanks to what was effectively a 30-cent per gallon tax hike during the Tom Corbett Administration. Now, a new multi-state compact advocated by radical environment interests threatens to add to that tax burden.
As with most policies pushed by the Left this one has a lofty sounding name, it is called the Transportation and Climate Initiative. Its goal is to ratchet up the war on carbon-based fuels by setting new goals for the reduction of their use. And, of course there is the usual tug at the heart strings rhetoric as the "initiative" seeks to "maximize environmental, economic, social, and public health benefits."
If you cut through the spin what it actually is being proposed is a tax grab to fund dubious "low carbon technologies" which cannot compete in the marketplace because they are ineffective, overly expensive or both; and — surprise — re-direct more money to urban mass transit systems. As Inconvenient Facts author Greg Wrightstone puts it: "They want to take money from Perry County (rural Pennsylvania) and give it to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh."
As Wrightstone explained the compact on a recent edition of Lincoln Radio Journal the Wolf Administration has entered into an agreement with nine other mostly northeastern states to cap each of the states' carbon emissions from transportation (your car). The states have one year to come up with a plan. Such plans will most certainly include additional taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Then, Wrightstone concluded, the money will be "redistributed" to "low carbon transportation systems" — in other words urban mass transit.
Those urban transportation systems, specifically the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in the Philadelphia region and Port Authority Transit (PAT) in the Pittsburgh area have an insatiable appetite for public dollars and annually develop new schemes to fleece taxpayers from other regions to subsidize the many and well documented inefficiencies and outright corruption that regularly plaque those agencies.
Thus the lofty sounding Transportation and Climate Initiative allows Governor Wolf to advance two of his top agenda items: establish a new revenue stream to keep urban mass transit afloat, and penalize users of carbon based fuels. Keep in mind those users include you every time you start your car or use a product that was delivered to the store by motor vehicle, which is to say everything.
In addition to the cost to consumers, higher taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel will increase the cost of doing business for companies based in Pennsylvania. This will put them at a competitive disadvantage with states that are not part of this ideologically driven compact. Notably, the state of Ohio declined to participate in the boondoggle, correctly seeing an opportunity to gain a competitive edge over Pennsylvania-based businesses.
All of this raises the issue of how new and or higher taxes will be imposed. Since this is an administrative agreement it is entirely possible, even likely, the Wolf Administration will attempt to bypass the General Assembly and impose the new cost as a regulatory fee.
There are many reasons to believe the governor will try that route. First, with Republicans in control of both houses of the General Assembly the chances of winning legislative approval for a fuel tax increase, especially in the House, are slim to none. Second, the General Assembly has a recent history of allowing its constitutional authority to be usurped by other branches of government without putting up an effective fight.
For example, last year the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in clear violation of the state constitution abrogated the legislature's power to draw congressional district lines and instituted by judicial fiat a new congressional district map gerrymandered to favor Democrats in the 2018 election. Legislative Republicans howled in protest, even appealed to the federal courts. But they failed to take the one action that would have been effective: impeach the offending justices, especially one who in a blatant breech of judicial ethics campaigned on doing exactly what was done.
So Gov. Wolf can be forgiven if he believes he can impose an entire new layer of taxation on We the People of Penn's Woods without the legislature taking any effective action to stop him. But this is an issue where legislative leaders, particularly those in the state Senate, need to stiffen their spines and take a stand.
The policy goals of the Transportation and Climate Initiative are dubious at best, this is a clear tax grab for urban mass transit, and consumers are already over-burdened when it comes to gas and fuel taxes. Even for the legislative faint of heart this is a battle worth fighting.

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

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

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GUEST COLUMN: Time to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania

By Rep. Frank Ryan
Guest columnist


There have been discussions about eliminating property taxes for decades.
In November 2017, a constitutional amendment passed by substantial margin to allow for the elimination of property taxes. With that amendment, it would only be necessary for legislation to be enacted to rid the Commonwealth of this regressive tax.
The question then becomes what is the status of the bill to eliminate property taxes?
In December 2018, I circulated a co-sponsorship memo in the PA House for a bill which will eliminate property taxes 100% for all properties if enacted. The objective of the bill is simple — to eliminate all property taxes. The tricky part is the replacement tax.
That very simple statement will be the subject of eight detailed articles I intend to write explaining the issues in detail to solicit your feedback and to allow the best possible solution to come about as quickly as possible.
The eight articles will include:
1. Critical economic reasons for eliminating property taxes.
2. Problems with the existing property tax system.
3. Unfunded pension liabilities.
4. Funding formulas for school districts under current laws.
5. Property tax elimination and impact on senior citizens.
6. Property tax elimination and impact on working families.
7. Property tax elimination and impact on schools and teachers.
8. Proposed property tax elimination bill.
Eliminating the property tax is critical to the economic survival of the Commonwealth and our citizens!
In my 40+ years as a certified public accountant and expert in helping organizations avoid bankruptcy, I can think of no more complicated problem to the financial survival of the Commonwealth than eliminating property taxes.
The reason this is so complicated is because our current system of taxation and funding schools is so fundamentally flawed that even minor fixes to peripheral elements of the system may have significant unintended consequences.
For example, the funding formulas for the schools result in Palmyra Area School District receiving $1 Million less per year than it would receive under a newly enacted funding formula which will take almost 20 years to fully implement. This means that Palmyra School District must fund that shortfall from the state by either cutting spending and or with property tax increases.
The Independent Fiscal Office five year outlook provides an insight into Pennsylvania’s stagnant growth and substantial budget shortfalls over the next five years. When combined with declining population for citizens under age 60 and significantly increasing population for citizens over 65, the trends continue to be negative for the Commonwealth.
If we take decisive action now to reform our tax policies for working families, seniors, businesses, and school districts with the fundamental shift in the elimination of property taxes we can reverse these negative trends. I am extremely optimistic if we take the problem seriously.
Efforts in the past to eliminate property taxes have not been successful because of a whole bevy of reasons.
The primary reasons for the failure of prior efforts revolve around the following:
A. The proposed replacement taxes involve funds going to the Commonwealth rather than to local control.
B. The impact of property tax elimination on people who rent rather than own their homes.
C. The perceived lack of stability in school funding under the replacement formula.
D. The expansion of the sales tax base was a problematic for some powerful stakeholders.
E. The proposed replacement taxes were directed predominantly at working families.
The system that I am proposing will address these issues and provide for an orderly phase in so that the schools and the community are able to adapt to a new system with no major disruptions to the educational opportunities of our students.
I cannot emphasize enough how severe the problem is with property taxes. The funding formula itself which is a separate issue is equally problematic and leads to the difficulty in solving this problem. It is critical however that everyone understand that if we do not resolve this problem together the probability of surviving the next economic downturn is limited.
Our financial rescue plan that I proposed when I first got elected two years ago discusses all the efforts we need to turn around the finances in Pennsylvania. We are well on the way to enacting these bills and property tax elimination is a major component of it.
I look forward to your input and comments on the particles that we will be submitting and ask you to please get active in this and provide me the guidance that you feel needs to be included in any legislation. We cannot afford to make a mistake.
A copy of our financial rescue plan can be found at my website www.repfrankryan.com.

Frank Ryan, CPA, USMCR (Ret.) represents the 101st District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is a retired Marine Reserve Colonel, a CPA and specializes in corporate restructuring. He has served on numerous boards of publicly traded and non-profit organizations. He can be reached at FRYAN1951@aol.com