Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dr. Benjamin Carson to speak in Pottstown, Pa.

Dr. Benjamin Carson, the acclaimed neurosurgeon who skyrocketed to national prominence after a rousing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, will be the keynote speaker  at the 2013 Founders Dinner sponsored by the Coventry Christian School.

The speech, "Faith of Our Fathers: The Role of Faith in American Schools," will take place on Oct. 13 at Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, Pa.

Dr. Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore as well as a motivational speaker, philanthropist and best-selling author.

He catapulted to national prominence in February after delivering the keynote speech at the 61st Annual National Prayer Breakfast, which was attended by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Dr. Carson used his time at the podium to talk about the great challenges facing America today  - specifically moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility - comparing the U.S. to the decline of ancient Rome.

"I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily, but what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. If you don’t think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading."

Dr. Carson criticized Obamacare as well as the growing dependency on government programs during the Obama administration.

The National Prayer Breakfast speech has been viewed more than 2.7 million times on YouTube.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the Oct. 13 fundraiser. Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by Dr. Carson's speech.

Reservations are being accepted for what is anticipated to be a sold-out event. Tickets are $150 per person, but can be reserved at the early-bird price of $100 per person until May 15.

Visit www.CoventryChristian.com or call 610-326-3366 for ticket information.

Two leading Christian clergy have been abducted in Syria. Please pray for their safe release.

Joint Communique on the Abduction of Bishop Paul and Bishop John

10 Lessons from Cyprus economic crisis

10 Lessons from Cyprus — The American Magazine

Welcome Future Democrats


Net worth declined for 93% of U.S. households during ‘Obama recovery’

Report: Richest 7% got richer during recovery

Editorial: Legislative spending in Pa. keeps going up

Legislative spending in Pa. keeps going up

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption - John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Report: Richest 7% got richer under Obama

Report: Richest 7% got richer under Obama

Rand Paul: Obama Did Away With NSEERS Program That Scrutinized Immigrants from 25 Muslim Countries (Video)

Rand Paul: Obama Did Away With NSEERS Program That Scrutinized Immigrants from 25 Muslim Countries (Video)

Congressional report faults State Dept., Clinton on Libya security

Congressional report faults State Dept., Clinton on Libya security

Telling: How the Left, media view healer Dr. Ben Carson vs. butcher Kermit Gosnell

Telling: How the Left, media view healer Dr. Ben Carson vs. butcher Kermit Gosnell

Sen. Toomey: Obama White House Wants Flight Delays



In remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) countered assertions from the White House and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that current flight delays and furloughs are the unavoidable result of the sequester's spending cuts.

Sen. Toomey reminded the chamber that he and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) had previously introduced a bill to give the administration broad flexibility to reconfigure the spending cuts to avoid this kind of economic disruption, but President Obama threatened to veto it.

"The flight delays, the furloughs among air traffic controllers, the shutting down of air traffic towers is entirely, utterly unnecessary," Sen. Toomey said. "This is a willful choice being made by this administration in order to inflict as disruptive a process as possible on the American public and on our economy all to further a political agenda. And the political agenda is to try to convince the American people that there are no circumstances under which we can ever cut spending at all."

A full transcript of Sen. Toomey's remarks is available here:
"I would like to respond to the comments from the Leader about the sequester that has gone into effect.  I want to be very clear about this: the flight delays that are occurring, the furloughs among air-traffic controllers, the shutting down of air-traffic towers is entirely, utterly unnecessary.

"This is a willful choice being made by this Administration in order to inflict as disruptive a process as possible on the American public and on our economy  – all to further a political agenda and to try to convince the American people that there are no circumstances under which we can ever cut spending at all.  

"Now, if you question why I say that this is a willful decision on the part of this Administration, I would refer you to legislation that Sen. Inhofe and I offered prior to the beginning of this sequestration. That legislation would have granted to the Administration complete flexibility in how they achieve the savings of the sequester.  

"What did we hear from the Administration, Administration officials and White House spokespeople?  What we heard was 'that this is terribly unfortunate but they have no choice, they have no alternative, the law requires that they make these cuts.'  But when Sen. Inhofe and I introduce legislation to explicitly grant them all the flexibility they could ask for – complete flexibility – to find the most wasteful, the most redundant, the most unnecessary programs and to cut there instead of cutting essential services, what did the Administration say?  They said 'if you send us that legislation we’ll veto it.'

"The White House put out a statement of administrative policy insisting that this was a terrible idea – a terrible idea to give them the flexibility to avoid exactly what they are doing. 

"I don’t know how one can come to any conclusion other than this Administration wishes to impose this inconvenience, this disruption, and this cost on the American people and our economy, because they had it within their ability to accept the device we offered to avoid this entirely. I am extremely disappointed that the Administration would choose to inflict this kind of harm to our economy, this kind of inconvenience to our travelers, all for the purpose of furthering a political agenda. This is no way to run this government. 

"I would suggest that what we do is revisit the legislation that Sen. Inhofe and I offered.  Our bill would have allowed us to cut some of this waste, excess and duplication and would have avoided all of this inconvenience. 

"This is entirely unnecessary and it is unacceptable. The proper function of any executive, including the President of the United States, is to look throughout the spending over which he or she has control to find the lowest priority, the least necessary, the least disruptive way to achieve the savings that we need. 

"We are running unacceptable deficits. The very modest savings of the sequester could be achieved in a way that wouldn’t be disruptive at all. We have a federal budget that has more than doubled in size in the last 12 years. To suggest that it’s not possible to find two and a half percent savings is simply ridiculous. And it’s not true.

"So I would urge my colleagues: Let’s fix this. We know how to do it, we have the tools available. Sen. Inhofe and I offered an approach. But we need to achieve the savings of the sequester and we need to do it in a way that is not disruptive, and that can be done."

Silence on Gosnell trial illustrates the failings of the leftist media

Silence on Gosnell's trial illustrates the failings of the leftist media | Human Events

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Democrats link Boston bombing to sequestration

John Hayward: This is what it looks like when an entire political party becomes absolutely psychotic. 

Democrats link Boston bombing to sequestration | Human Events

The American Spirit


Long-term joblessness under Obama shredding America's social fabric

Robert J. Samuelson: Long-term joblessness shredding America’s social fabric

Obamacare leads to 391 jobs eliminated at Reading, Pa., health system

Reading Health System eliminating 391 jobs

Half a trillion dollars in new taxes hidden in Obama's budget

Half a trillion dollars in new taxes hidden in Obama's budget | Human Events

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell says Gosnell abortion case not the result of politics

When it comes to accountability during the 8 years he was governor, Ed Rendell has adopted the Sgt. Schultz defense: I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing.

Rendell was governor from 2003 to 2011, a time period in which many of the horrific events at the Gosnell abortion clinic took place. (Also, let's not forget Rendell was mayor of Philadelphia before he became governor).

But Rendell claims he knew nothing of the conditions at the clinic, where 1,000 babies were butchered ever year in late-term abortions performed by Gosnell.

And even though Rendell ordered the state health department to stop inspecting abortion clinics to appease Rendell's liberal base, the guv claims it wasn't political.

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell says Gosnell abortion case not the result of politics - Washington Times

Thursday, April 11, 2013

5.2M Pennsylvanians live in financially distressed municipalities

What this story doesn't say is that every distressed city in Pennsylvania is run by Democrats.

More than 5 million Pennsylvanians live in financially distressed municipalities

Obama goes after retirement accounts

Obama goes after retirement accounts | Human Events

Berks County GOP Chairman Steps Down

The revolving door continues to spin at the Berks County Republican Committee as Chairman Royal Furer abruptly announced this week he was stepping down after just 10 months in the leadership post.

Keeping a chairman has been a problem for Berks County Republicans in recent years. 

The tumult in party leadership has coincided with loses in countywide elections. Republicans lost the district attorney's office they held for decades and also lost a county row office.

Give Furer credit for reaching out to the growing Latino community in Berks County during his brief tenure as party chairman, but his reason for stepping down (work responsibilities) is pretty weak considering he's in the same job he had when he ran for the party chairman post.

Berks County Republican Committee Vice Chairwoman Christine Gordon told a local newspaper she has no interest in taking over the top post, so it will be interesting to see who emerges as the county leader in the coming month.

Furer defeated two other candidates in July 2012 to win the county leadership post: Reading entrepreneur Jim McHale, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2011, and John A. Fielding, an attorney in private practice and longtime member of the Antietam School Board.

Berks County Republican Committee chairman resigns

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Iron Lady vs. Iron Curtain


Kathleen Parker: Guns but no roses

Columnist Kathleen Parker on Obama's latest charade: The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration’s push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown. This is because nothing proposed in the gun control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better.

Kathleen Parker: Guns but no roses

Obama proposes 94-cent tax hike on cigarettes

Remember when Obama promised he would never raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000 a year? I guess only rich people smoke cigarettes ... or Obama was just lying.

Obama proposes 94-cent tax hike on cigarettes

Obama's new middle class tax hike

Barack Obama's new middle class tax hike | Human Events

Monday, April 8, 2013

Why is Black Unemployment So High Under Obama?

Williams: Why is Black Unemployment so High?

ObamaCare: Welcome to the 19th Century

ObamaCare: Welcome to the 19th Century

Pa. lawmakers hope to propel government reform actions

Pa. lawmakers hope to propel government reform actions

Rep. Duane Milne: Privatization of the PA State Stores: It's Now or Never

PA State Rep. Duane Milne - Privatization of the State Stores: It's Now or Never

Margaret Thatcher on Socialism


Margaret Thatcher, even in death, divides world opinion

Margaret Thatcher, even in death, divides world opinion

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary To Be Shown at Albright College in Reading, PA

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary To Be Shown at Albright College

'The World Has Lost A Tireless Advocate For Liberty'

The Independent Women's Forum Managing Director Carrie Lukas released the following statement in memory of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
The world has lost a tireless advocate for liberty.  Lady Thatcher was a true heroine, fighting for the liberation of oppressed people under communism's rule and to ease government's burden on her own people.  Revitalizing the economy, the Iron Lady introduced the idea of competition and personal responsibility back into British life.  She will be missed, but her legacy will long endure.
For more on the organization, visit its website at www.iwf.org

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Time for Pennsylvania to get out of the liquor business

April Kelly-Woessner, writing in the Lancaster Online about Pennsylvania's Prohibition-era system of government-owned liquor stores:
Last year, my husband and I traveled to Hong Kong on business. When we walked into a little grocery store, we found shelves stocked with wine, champagne and other alcoholic beverages. "China is more free than Pennsylvania!" I joked.
Time for Pennsylvania to get out of the liquor business

Teen driver deaths drop during first year of tougher Pa. law

Teen driver deaths drop during first year of tougher Pa. law

Friday, April 5, 2013

Thorns to Pa. state workers for triple-dipping

From The Mercury's Opinion page:
THORNS to the allowable practice of triple-dipping by public employees who retire, collect a pension, take a temporary job for pay and then collect unemployment benefits when the term of the job ends. State law says retirees who come back to work cannot hold the position for more than 95 days or they lose pension and health benefits. That sets the stage for unemployment. A proposal before the state House of Representatives could save taxpayers as much as $1 million, according to projections. With an unfunded pension burden of $41 billion, Pennsylvania can’t afford laws on the books that allow triple-dipping. We support the current effort to see it corrected. 
Roses to academic teams and Coventry Little League

Rate of discouraged workers reaches highest level in decades

More Americans have given up looking for work than at any level since 1979 when another incompetent Democrat (Jimmy Carter) sat in the White House. Heckavu job, Barack.

Rate of discouraged workers reaches highest level in decades

The End of the Global Warming Illusion

The End of an Illusion

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Taxpayer-subsidized solar energy plant shuts down

More taxpayer dollars flushed down the drain.

From The Associated Press: Flabeg received $9 million in state grants and loans and $10.2 million in federal clean energy tax credits from the Obama administration under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, more commonly known as the stimulus bill.

Taxpayer-subsidized solar energy plant shuts down

Abortion clinic staffer: ‘I felt like a firemen in hell’

Incredible testimony about the "house of horrors" abortion clinic in Philadelphia. How can government tolerate such barbarism?

Abortion clinic staffer: ‘I felt like a firemen in hell’