Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Unmasking Ed Rendell's poker face - The Mercury Opinion: Pottstown, PA and The Tri County areas of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties (pottsmerc.com)
Phila. unemployment inches closer to 12% - Philadelphia Business Journal
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Over 1,500 members and friends of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association are riding on 28 buses departing from various locations in the region to attend today's Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally in Washington, D.C.
"From Princeton Junction to Downingtown, from Quakertown to Christiana, tea partiers are clamoring to attend this event," said Association President, Teri Adams. "The demand was such that we could have sent 40 buses. Our phones were ringing off the hook with people desperately wishing to attend this rally. We received calls from as far away as Arizona and California."
Over 100,000 people are expected to attend from all over the nation.
"People are really connecting with Mr. Beck's message," said Ms. Adams. "He's calling upon the nation to restore honor and character as virtues."
Speakers at today's rally include Dr. Martin Luther King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, and Sarah Palin, among others. "We have spent the whole month preparing for this rally. We know it will be a momentous occasion," said Ms. Adams
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Highlights from the highly-respected Franklin & Marshall College Poll:
1) The percentage of Pennsylvanians who say the state is headed in the right direction now stands at 30 percent -- a 15 year low -- while 58 percent believe it is off on the wrong track.Complete results can be found at http://politics.fandm.edu
2) Pennsylvanians continue to express pessimism about the economy. A third (33%) find their personal finances worse off this year than last, and only about one in four (24%) expect their personal finances to be better off a year from now. These figures have changed little since March.
3) In the governor's race Tom Corbett holds an 11 point lead over Dan Onorato, (38% to 27%), among likely voters with slightly less than one third (31%) undecided and four percent who would chose someone else. Among registered adults, Corbett holds a one point lead, (29% to 28%), with 39 percent undecided and four percent supporting another candidate. Registered adults cite the economy, reducing spending/debt, and taxes (29%, 11%, and 9%), respectively, as the most important issues in their vote for governor.
4) Among likely voters, Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak (40% to 31%) in their primary race for U.S. senate, with about one in four (26%) undecided and three percent with another choice. When registered adults are considered, Toomey's lead narrows, 31 percent to 28 percent, with almost four in ten (38%) without a preference. More registered Pennsylvanians cite the economy (35%) as the most important issue in their vote for U.S. senate than did in May (26%).
5) President Obama's job approval in Pennsylvania remain relatively weak with only 37 percent of voters finding his performance positive, specifically nine percent "excellent" and 28 percent "good." Five times as many Pennsylvanians (35%) rate the president's job performance as "poor" compared to "excellent." Governor Ed Rendell's job performance is even weaker -- only 30 percent find his performance positive, seven percent find it "excellent" and 23 percent say it is "good." The same proportions (30%) say he is doing a "poor job."
6) Democrats are less likely to vote at the moment than Republicans. Only 37 percent of Democrats are likely to vote compared to 45 percent of Republicans. In another comparison, about one third (35%) of those who voted for Obama in 2008 are likely to vote now compared to half (50%) of McCain voters.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
So how come 90 percent of incumbents keep getting re-elected by these very same voters? It's time to shake things up in Congress by voting out most incumbents.
57% in Pennsylvania Say Most Members In Congress Are For Sale
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Below is a list of five very good movies you may have missed at the theater this year. All are available on DVD and come highly recommended.
"From Paris With Love" is a big-budget action film with top-name stars (John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers of "The Tudors") that inexplicably tanked at the box-office, earning a paltry $24 million in February. This is one of the best action films of all time, with Travolta perfect in the role of a resourceful, wise-cracking CIA hit man showing would-be spy Meyers the ropes. The plot involves stopping a terrorist attack on Paris. There's lots of shootings and explosions and some funny lines by Travolta reminiscent of "Pulp Fiction." There's also a shocking plot twist you'll never see coming,
"Daybreakers" made $30 million in its initial release in January, a far cry from the $296 million made by the lame teen melodrama "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," but "Daybreakers" is by far the best vampire film of the year. It's got action, really scary scenes and best of all, it's a thinking-man's vampire movie. In the not-too-distant future (2019), a plague has turned most of the world's population into vampires who rely on a shrinking human population for blood to keep them "alive." Ethan Hawke is a vampire-scientist trying to find a blood substitute not only to provide profits for the vampire-run corporation he works for, but he has a soft-spot for humans, who are hunted to provide a blood supply for the vampires willing to pay to price. Hawke's life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Willem Dafoe, the leader of a group of human refugees. Dafoe holds the key to saving both humans and vampires, but is being hunted by the evil corporation.
"Youth In Revolt" is one of the smartest and funniest coming-of-age comedies in years, but it tanked at the box office, earning just $15 million. Michael Cera plays the familiar teenage geek bouncing between divorced parents and their odd partners. His life takes on meaning when he falls for an attractive girl (Portia Doubleday) while hiding out with his mother and her shady boyfriend (Zach Galifinakis) at a campground. Steve Buscemi and Fred Willard are hilarious in supporting roles.
"Greenberg" is an acquired taste that drags at times, but stick with it and you'll never forget this film. Ben Stiller has had a string of box-office hits by playing the same character but he's never really acted until "Greenberg," which made just $4.2 million in limited release in March. Stiller is a revelation. He deserves an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an unlikable person who is drifting aimlessly through life. Roger Greenberg (Stiller) is a 40-year-old New Yorker who has recently suffered a nervous breakdown and moves to L.A. to house-sit for his brother and "do nothing." His plans don't work out as he encounters people from his past and starts to fall for his brother's personal assistant, a 26-year-old free spirit names Florence (played by wonderful new actress named Greta Gerwig.)
"Chloe" made just $3 million in its March release despite an A-list cast that includes Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. It's a sexy suspense thriller reminiscent of "Fatal Attraction." An insecure doctor (Moore) hires a call girl (Seyfried) to seduce her college professor husband (Neeson) because Moore suspects Neeson is cheating on her. The plan backfires. Seyfried has her own agenda and ends up seducing Moore — with tragic consequences. One note of waring: The film pushes the limits of its R rating with one of the most graphic sex scenes between two big-name actresses (Moore and Seyfried) ever shown in a mainstream film.
Originally posted at TONY PHYRILLAS
We, FOAC, are convinced that Mr. Maloney will actively support Pennsylvania citizen’s rights to defend themselves, their families and our constitutional heritage.
We believe that a strong, independent and constitutionally sound government is essential for our society to flourish, especially in these trying times. We have been in contact with Mr. Maloney for many months and he has demonstrated his knowledge of issues important to FOAC and we are confident he will represent the best interests of all Pennsylvanians regarding Second Amendment issues.
Mr. Maloney’s opponent in the November election, State Rep. Dave Kessler (D) who is also Chairman of the Oley Township Supervisors, voted for an ordinance to ban all firearms from all Oley Township municipal buildings. This ordinance directly violated state preemption law, our constitution and Rep. Kessler’s ‘oath of office’. Citizens and gun-owner groups strongly objected to the ban. We at FOAC and the NRA became involved and within a month Mr. Kessler and the other supervisors were forced to withdraw their own ordinance because it violated PA state law which prohibits municipalities from regulating the ownership and possession of firearms.
For more information on FOAC, visit the group's website at http://www.foac-pac.org/
Monday, August 23, 2010
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Liberal Democrat Joe Sestak supports building a mosque at Ground Zero. Republican Pat Toomey opposes the location of the controversial mosque.
From an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer:
"I strongly believe in the constitutional right of religious freedom and in the separation of church and state applying equally to everyone," said Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral serving his second term in the U.S. House. But, he added, "this is an issue for New York to resolve as long as it respects those constitutional rights. Let's stop playing politics with religion." The crowd of about 75 supporters applauded.
Sestak's Republican opponent, former Rep. Pat Toomey, says the Muslim group seeking to build the mosque and center should go elsewhere with the project out of sensitivity to the families of those killed at the trade center in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Robert Sklaroff, a physician and Republican activist from Elkins Park, questioned Sestak's judgment for speaking in 2007 to a Council on American-Islamic Relations dinner and said that the imam behind the mosque proposal had made anti-American statements on CBS's 60 Minutes.
"Look," Bloomberg said, "I would suggest you go from here directly to the library, get a copy of the Bill of Rights, and you'll realize that everybody has a right to say what they want to say. I happen to believe that that is the most important right that we have - the right to say what we want to say, which includes pray to whomever we want, in any place we want, in any manner we want."
Read the full story at the newspaper's website.
Bottom line: Joe Sestak is out-of-touch with the majority of Pennsylvania residents on almost every issue, including the controversial mosque.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
60% of Voters Say Most in Congress Don't Care What They Think
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
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This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Lowman Henry talks with former Congressman Phil English about reforming our political system; Joe Geiger of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations has Jen Roberts of the York YWCA in the Nonprofit Spotlight; And, Al Paschall has a Somedays commentary on the 2012 Presidential election.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Taxpayers shouldn't pay for mailings (8/11/10)