Friday, October 28, 2011

Brown-Castor Launch Second TV Ad

Opinion: It's not about race, it's about policies

A warning to liberals, Obama-lovers and media cronies who keep playing the race card to cover for Obama's failed presidency: Don't read this op-ed; the logic will cause your head to explode.

It's not about race, it's about policies - dailylocal.com

Larry Medaglia responds to mudslinging: 'There is no deficit'

'There is no deficit' (10/24/11)

Governor Corbett Signs Legislation

Governor Corbett Signs Legislation

NewsBusted 10/28/11

Gov. Corbett Congratulates New Troopers at State Police Graduation

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Congratulates New Troopers at State Police Graduation

Pennsylvania Prosecutes 9 For Welfare Fraud

Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General Announces September Welfare Fraud Adjudications

Voter remorse? Obama lost many donors from '08

Obama lost many donors from '08 presidential race - Washington Times

Watchdog: Obama stretches truth on accomplishments

Watchdog: Obama stretches truth on accomplishments - Washington Times

Pennsylvania boosts school property tax hike limits

State boosts property tax hike limits

Columnist: Time to Choose: GOP Growth Spiral or Democrats' Death Spiral

John Hayward: Time to Choose: Growth Spiral or Death Spiral - HUMAN EVENTS

Frightening

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Promises, promises: Obama Stretches Truth Again

How can you tell if Barack Obama is lying? His mouth is moving. Obama has been claiming that he has fulfilled 60% of his 2008 election promises, but an independent review by the watchdog organization PolitiFact.com has determined that Obama has barely fulfilled 30% of his promises.

Promises, promises: Obama's 60% tally too high? - Washington Times

Newspaper Endorses Bruce Castor, Jenny Brown for Montgomery County Commissioner



Two candidates in the Nov. 8 election are best suited to guide Montgomery County during difficult fiscal times.

From an editorial in The Doylestown Intelligencer:
It's our belief the Republicans have the stronger, more credible game plan. That's why our endorsement goes to Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown.
For commissioner in Montgomery County: Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown - phillyBurbs.com: The Intelligencer

PennDOT Crews, Equipment, Supplies Ready for Upcoming Winter

PennDOT Crews, Equipment, Supplies Ready for Upcoming Winter

State Dept. spends $70K on Obama books

State Dept. spends $70K on Obama books - Washington Times

The Victims of Greenpeace Exposed

Health Sector, Lawyers, Hollywood and Tech Industry Favor Obama With Campaign Cash

Health Sector, Lawyers, Hollywood and Tech Industry Favor Obama With Campaign Cash - OpenSecrets Blog | OpenSecrets

Global Warming — RIP?

Global Warming — RIP? - Victor Davis Hanson - National Review Online

Sen. Rafferty to host veterans breakfast on Oct. 29

Sen. John Rafferty is planning a salute to area veterans in Pennsylvania's 44th Senate District with a veterans appreciation breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the SunnyBrook Ballroom in Pottstown.

Due to the capacity of the building, only those veterans who have pre-registered with Sen. Rafferty's office will be admitted as seating is limited. To register, call 610-831-8830

Pennsylvania's 44th Senatorial District includes parts of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. In Berks County: Amity Township, Douglass Township and Robeson Township. In Chester County: Caln Township, Coatesville, East Brandywine Township, East Nantmeal Township, North Coventry Township, South Coatesville, South Coventry Township, Upper Uwchlan Township, Valley Township, Wallace Township, Warwick Township, West Brandywine Township, West Caln Township, West Nantmeal Township. In Montgomery County: Collegeville, Douglass Township, Limerick Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Lower Providence Township, Perkiomen Township, Pottstown, Royersford, Schwenksville, Skippack Township, Upper Pottsgrove Township, West Norriton Township, West Pottsgrove Township, Whitpain Township and Worcester Township.

Why property taxes should be eliminated in Pennsylvania

Here's a perfect example of why property taxes should not be used to fund public schools in Pennsylvania.

A pharmaceutical giant appeals its tax assessment and wins, forcing a Montgomery County school district to give back $6.5 million it collected in property taxes.

These appears are happening all over the state.

Spring-Ford School Board agrees to pay back $6.5M to GlaxoSmithKline - pottsmerc.com

Learn more about efforts to eliminate property taxes at the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition website.

Obama Profits From 'Health Care Reform'

It appears Obamacare was an elaborate scheme by Obama to shake down the health care industry.

Obama Rakes in More Health Care Cash Than Romney, Perry - Influence Alley

FRC, 30 Members of Congress Submit Brief Urging Supreme Court to Throw Out Entire Obamacare Law

FRC, 30 Members of Congress Submit Brief Urging Supreme Court to Throw Out Entire Obamacare Law

Another Obama Bailout?

Obama’s Student Loan Bailout - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama Rips Off Taxpayers Again

PA Insurance Department: Crashes Involving Deer Peak in November

Insurance Department: Crashes Involving Deer Peak in November

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to Open Nov. 1 in Pennsylvania

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to Open Nov. 1 in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Consumerist.com Unveils 'Christmas Creep'

Christmas decorations on display before Halloween?

A new website urges readers to fight back against retailers who put out Christmas decorations early.

"It seems that every year retailers put out Christmas decorations earlier and earlier, sometimes in the middle of summer," said Meghann Marco, executive editor of Consumerist.com. "We've created the 'Christmas Creep' as a device for consumers to stand up to retailers and take back summer, fall and all the holidays within these seasons."

Readers can an submit photos of their "Christmas Creep" by emailing tips@consumerist.com or at http://consumerist.com/tips. Readers can also submit photos and tips to the editors through the Consumerist Tipster app for iPhone available free on iTunes.

Consumerist.com Unveils Its 'Christmas Creep'

Obama's Blame-Americans-First Tour

Investor's Business Daily:
Having run out of excuses for the economic crisis his own policies have produced, President Obama has taken to blaming the American people. Has he no shame?
Read the full editorial at the link below:

President Obama's Blame-Americans-First Tour - Latest Headlines - Investors.com

Restore America in 2011

FRC Action and CitizenLink Release Scorecard on 112th Congress

FRC Action and CitizenLink Release Scorecard on 112th Congress

Contractor Chosen for New $316M Graterford Prison Project

The Corbett Administration saved $7 million by re-bidding the project after it took over from the Rendell Administration.

Contractor Chosen for New Prison Project in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania DEP Releases Impact Report on Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Pennsylvania DEP Releases Impact Report on Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Obama Asks Hollywood to Help Him Re-Write History of Last Three Years

Obama Asks Hollywood to Help Him Re-Write History of Last Three Years

Occupy Obama's Pocket



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Gallup: Americans Value Their Gun Rights

SAF Says New Gallup Data Shows Americans Value Their Gun Rights

Optimism for the U.S. and World Economy Hits All-Time Low

Heckavu job, Barack.

Optimism for the U.S. and World Economy Hits All-Time Low, According to PwC's Q3 2011 Manufacturing Barometer

Pennsylvania State Police to Accept Expired, Unwanted Prescription Medications

Pennsylvania State Police to Accept Expired, Unwanted Prescription Medications

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Halloween

Census Bureau News -- Profile America Facts for Features Halloween Oct. 31, 2011

Obama’s Economic Magic: Corporate Jet Builder Announces Layoffs

Obama's Economic Magic: Corporate Jet Builder Announces Layoffs - HUMAN EVENTS

Top Haunted Attractions in U.S. are Both in Pennsylvania



Just in time for Halloween, Hauntdworld.com has released its 2011 list of the Top 13 Best Haunted Attractions in the United States.

And topping the list? A pair of haunted attractions in suburban Philadelphia: The Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum, both operated by the same company.

Here's what Hauntdworld.com has to say about the best haunts in the U.S.:
1. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania: The Bates Motel Haunted House & Hayride is a unique haunted attraction for several reasons: The Haunted Hayride is located deep in a 200-year-old forest full of overgrown trees creating the ultimate dark trail even during a full moon. This puts customers on edge even before ever entering the first hayride scene. Combined with a digital custom soundtrack, pyrotechnics and continuous scares throughout the ride, this hayride attraction is sure to create the ultimate haunting experience of your life! To read a more detailed article about this attraction, visit their website at www.TheBatesMotel.com. Additionally, The Pennhurst Asylum is one of the scariest haunted attraction sites in the world, mostly due to the setting of this haunt. It's located in a 100-year-old, abandoned mental institute. The building itself will instill real fear and true horror in anyone. The Asylum has been investigated by professional ghost hunters and featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters several times. This attraction is truly haunted. To read a more detailed article about this real haunted house visit their website at www.PennhurstAsylum.com. Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum are owned and operated by the same company and are within a short drive of each other. These have to be number one on our list for locations to get scared this Halloween.
To review all 13 haunted attractions, visit Hauntworld.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Fisker Funding Fiasco

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Fisker Funding Fiasco

PA House Passes Quigley Crackdown on Retail Theft

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) that would impose harsher penalties for retail theft on repeat offenders who have completed an Accelerated Rehabilitation Program (ARD).

House Bill 1603 was introduced at the request of the Limerick Police Department, which has been dealing with a dramatic rise in retail thefts since the Philadelphia Premium Outlets opened in the township. Many of the people arrested for shoplifting are repeat offenders.

How bad is the problem? Reporter Brandie Kessler will have the following story in Wednesday's edition of The Mercury:
LIMERICK — Three men arrested for retail theft from the Philadelphia Premium Outlets over the weekend have extensive criminal histories and between them have prior arrests for rape, robbery and murder, with one of them being a registered sex offender, according to police.
That's just the latest of dozens of articles published in The Mercury about thefts from Philadelphia Premium Outlets.

From a press release issued by Quigley:
"The ARD program cannot be used as a shield for repeat offenders," said Quigley. "It is a very worthy program that helps people who genuinely made a one-time mistake, but the Legislature must close the loophole that is allowing repeat wrongdoers to be charged with multiple first offenses."

Quigley's legislation is in reaction to the case of Commonwealth v. Graeff, in which the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that because the definition of second offense in the retail theft statute did not include participation in ARD, a subsequent offense must be considered another first offense.

House Bill 1603 would correct this multiple first offense loophole, allowing prosecutors to charge defendants who participated in ARD but continue to break Pennsylvania’s retail theft law with a second-degree misdemeanor.

"This is an important bill that closes a loophole in the law which allows second-time retail theft offenders to receive a more lenient sentence reserved for first-time offenders. I would like to thank Representative Quigley for the expeditious manner in which he addressed this issue after it was brought to his attention by Limerick Township police detectives," said Limerick Township Chief of Police William J. Albany.

"House Bill 1603 is consistent with the manner in which our laws handle multiple DUI offenders who have completed ARD," said Quigley. "Enacting this measure will send the message that Pennsylvania will not tolerate continued and unabashed retail theft. Its cost to our businesses and society is too high."
The legislation, which was approved by a vote of 178-20, will now go before the Senate for its consideration.

Commonwealth Foundation Affirms Liquor Privatization Study

Commonwealth Foundation Affirms Liquor Privatization Study

Pennsylvania Expanding Red Light Safety Camera Program

Statement from NCSR: PA Lawmakers Vote for Public Safety by Expanding Red Light Safety Camera Program

Gov. Corbett Receives Privatization Plan for PA Liquor Control Board

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Receives Privatization Plan for Liquor Control Board

Video: NewsBusted 10/25/11

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

NYT Denies Broad Anti-Semitism at OWS; Quick to See Racism at Tea Party Rallies

American Federation for Children Calls on Pennsylvania Senate to Pass Comprehensive School Choice Plan

AFC Calls on Pennsylvania Senate to Pass Comprehensive School Choice Plan

Corbett Signs Bill to Strengthen Teen Driver Safety and Training in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Bill to Strengthen Teen Driver Safety and Training

PennDOT, State Police Team to Make Roads Safer for Halloween

PennDOT, State Police Team to Make Roads Safer for Halloween

CBS / NYT Poll: Cain 25%, Romney 21%, Gingrich 10%

CBS / NYT Poll: Cain 25, Romney 21, Gingrich 10 - HUMAN EVENTS

Berks County Register of Wills Larry Medaglia Jr. sets the record straight: 'There is no deficit'

Responding to the orchestrated smear campaign by Berks County Democratic Party bosses, Berks County Register of Wills Larry Medaglia Jr. answers his critics' baseless accusations in this letter to the editor published in the Reading Eagle. His Democrati opponent, Barnardo Carbajal, has nothing to offer voters, so he and his political cronies keep slinging mud at Medaglia hoping something sticks.

Medaglia writes:
Hollow and dishonest charges by candidates and their supporters are nothing new. It's what you get when they have little to offer. Worse yet, Bernard Carbajal knows the truth that there is no deficit but ignores it.
Read the full letter at the link below:

'There is no deficit' (10/24/11)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rep. Joe Pitts: The extinction of the chocolate bunny

The extinction of the chocolate bunny - pottsmerc.com

Pay-to-play fees add new burden to family budgets

Is it fair to charge parents of students who get involved in high school sports or other extra-curricular activities additional fees? Parents are already paying property taxes to support the schools. Why should they be penalized if their children want to stay active?

Pay-to-play fees add new burden to family budgets - pottsmerc.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Special Message from Barack Obama's Teleprompter

Opinion: Another outrage against the taxpayers

An excellent opinion piece about how Obama and the big banks are taking advantage of American consumers at every turn.

Another outrage against the taxpayers by Big Banks and Obama - dailylocal.com

Poll: Herman Cain 20% - Mitt Romney 18%

Herman Cain Rises to the Top among Republicans for the GOP Primary Win

Networks Ignore Occupy Demands for 'Socialist' Revolution

Networks Ignore Occupy Demands for 'Socialist' Revolution | NewsBusters.org

Energy for America Explained

NIA Exposes Occupy Wall Street Truth

National Inflation Association Exposes Occupy Wall Street Truth

Obama Spends $529M to Create 500 Jobs – In Finland

Obama Green Jobs Triumph: $529 Million U.S. Taxpayer Loan Creates 500 Jobs – In Finland - HUMAN EVENTS

George Soros Funds Occupy Wall Street

George Soros Funds Occupy Wall Street - HUMAN EVENTS

Illegal immigration topic for Beks County Patriots

Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe paid a visit to a Berks County Patriots meeting Thursday to talk about his efforts to curb illegal immigration in Pennsylvania.

Illegal immigration topic for Patriots

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anti-Semites! With Signs!

The liberal media is ignoring the anti-Semitic displays from the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

Anti-Semites! With Signs!

Coptic Christians Protest Obama, Egyptian Govt. Outside White House, Morning Shows Ignore It

Coptic Christians Protest Obama, Egyptian Govt. Outside White House, Morning Shows Ignore It | NewsBusters.org

The Collapse of Greece

Rendell: Obama could lose Pennsylvania

POLITICO: Rendell: Romney would carry Pa. today - David Catanese - Rendell: Romney would carry Pa. today

Viewing of Cyprus documentary in Chicago

Viewing of Cyprus documentary in Chicago

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Confirmations, Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Recent Confirmations, Nominations, Appointments

Governor Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett Honor Nine Women as Pennsylvania's Distinguished Daughters

Governor Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett Honor Nine Women as Pennsylvania's Distinguished Daughters

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

Media Research Center - NY Times: Occupy Wall Street Like Tiananmen Square, But Tea Party Protests Were Like Terrorist Weathermen

Gallup: Majority Now Blame Obama for U.S. Economy

In U.S., Slight Majority Now Blame Obama for U.S. Economy

Obama's Zero-Zero-Zero Plan

Pennsylvania Unemployment Rises to 8.3%

Another 7,000 Pennsylvanians lost their jobs in September, bringing the total number of state residents out of work to 523,000.

The Obama recession continues ...

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation for September 2011

Half of Americans Do Not Believe President Obama Will be Re-elected

Half of Americans Do Not Believe President Obama Will be Re-elected

Democrats are good at blaming others

Pennsylvania Democrats are pointing fingers at Gov. Tom Corbett (in office for just 9 months about Pennsylvania's sorry jobs totals, but the Commonwealth Foundation points out this fact:
Democrats controlled the Pennsylvania House from 2006 to 2010, with Gov. Rendell (a Democrat) in office. During that time, the state lost 137,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate doubled from 4.2 percent to an abysmal 8.5 percent.
Read more here.

Gov. Corbett Signs Highway Designation Bill for Route 23

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Highway Designation Bill

Misery Index Hits a 28 Year High

Misery Index Hits a 28 Year High | Red Dog Report

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to tweet rulings

The nation's oldest appellate court, dating to back 1684, will be using the latest technology, namely Twitter, to announce rulings.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to tweet rulings - dailylocal.com

Expert: Occupy Wall Street Protestors Make All the Wrong Political Moves

Occupy Wall Street Protestors Make All the Wrong Political Moves, Says Grassroots Political Influence Expert Amy Showalter

Gov. Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett Honor Nine Women as Pennsylvania's Distinguished Daughters

Governor Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett Honor Nine Women as Pennsylvania's Distinguished Daughters

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors Commends Senator Corman's Funding Plan

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors Commends Senator Corman's Funding Plan

PFSA Praises Senate Passage of Bill Requiring Training of School Personnel on Spotting Child Abuse

PFSA Praises Senate Passage of Bill Requiring Training of School Personnel on Spotting Child Abuse

More U.S. kids in poverty than people in your state?

More U.S. kids in poverty than people in your state? | Remapping Debate

Concord Coalition Criticizes AARP Ad Campaign as Irresponsible

Concord Coalition Criticizes AARP Ad Campaign as Irresponsible

Going Down With The Ship

Obama's 'First 1,000 Days' as 'America's CEO' Gets Failing Grade

Obama's 'First 1,000 Days' as 'America's CEO' Gets Failing Grade, Says America's Top Coach Stephen Xavier

Social Security Recipients to Get 3.6 Percent COLA Increase in 2012

Social Security Recipients to Get 3.6 Percent COLA Increase in 2012

Morning Joe: If Cain Were a Democrat Media Would Be 'Swooning Over' Him Like They Did Obama

Morning Joe: If Cain Were a Democrat Media Would Be 'Swooning Over' Him Like They Did Obama | NewsBusters.org

Income Inequality Not What OWS-Loving Media Claim

Income Inequality Not What OWS-Loving Media Claim | NewsBusters.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Social Security to hand out first raises since '09

Some good news coming in 2012 for the nation's 55 million Social Security recipients.

Social Security to hand out first raises since 2009 – USATODAY.com

2011 Ranking of World's Best Universities

U.S. lands 6 of the Top 10 schools, including the University of Pennsylvania.

U.S. News Media Group Releases 2011 Ranking of World's Best Universities

Analysis Finds Failing PA Public Schools Racked by Violence

Analysis Finds Failing Public Schools Racked by Violence

Pennsylvania Releases September Table Game Revenue

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Releases September Table Game Revenue

Loud and Clear

Powerball to Offer Better Odds, Larger Jackpots Beginning Jan. 15

Powerball to Offer Better Odds, Larger Jackpots Beginning Jan. 15

Gov. Corbett Announces Confirmations, Nominations, Appointments

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announces Confirmations, Nominations, Appointments

Lack of Reporting System Makes Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Easy Victims for Criminals

Lack of Reporting System Makes Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Easy Victims for Criminals

Students, Drivers Honored at Pennsylvania School Bus Safety Awards

Students, Drivers Honored at Pennsylvania School Bus Safety Awards

PA Governor Corbett Proclaims Teen Driver Safety Week

PA Governor Corbett Proclaims Teen Driver Safety Week

New healthcare fight is joined as administration's 2010 law implodes

New healthcare fight is joined as administration's 2010 law implodes - TheHill.com

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero Will be Rebuilt

AJC Delighted Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero Will be Rebuilt - American Jewish Committee

Jenny Brown and Bruce Castor for County Commissioner: Television Ad #1

National Sales Tax, or VAT, Would Stunt Consumer Spending, Slow Recovery

National Sales Tax Would Stunt Consumer Spending, Slow Recovery

Medicare Annual Enrollment Opens Earlier This Year

Pennsylvania Department of Aging: Medicare Annual Enrollment Opens Earlier This Year

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Plans $270M Expansion

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Issues a $270 Million Bond Sale To Fund Future Expansion Projects

PA Governor Corbett Issues Flag Order to Honor Fallen Firefighters on Oct. 16

PA Governor Corbett Issues Flag Order to Honor Fallen Firefighters on Oct. 16

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Obama lied about funding abortions

Remember when Barack Obama said there was no funding for abortions in his Obamacare bill so the so-called conservative Democrats would go along with the bill? He lied. Now Obama is threatening to veto a Republican-sponsored bill that would remove the abortion funding (that Obama denied was in Obamacare in the first place).

House votes to stop health care law abortions - Boston.com

Mourdock: Republican Lugar Should Resign from Democrat-Leaning Organization

Mourdock: Republican Lugar Should Resign from Democrat-Leaning Organization

Cain vs Obama - The debate Democrats dread

Newspaper: White House overlooks Christian persecution while pandering to Islam

EDITORIAL: Obama's Christian problem - Washington Times

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans now see country on the wrong track

Heckavu job, Obama

Nearly 8-in-10 Americans now see country on the wrong track - Investors.com

Berks County Greek festival showcases food, culture, music

READING — The largest ethnic food festival in Berks County returns for its 41st year on the weekend of Oct. 14-15-16 at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Greek Food Bazaar to enjoy authentic Greek food and pastry and live music and dancing.

The food is prepared and cooked on the premises by church members using traditional family recipes.

The most popular dish is Athenian-style chicken, which comes in a platter with a side of rice pilaf, Greek-style string beans, a Greek salad, roll and butter for $10. You can substitute Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) for the platter meal on Friday.

There are also a la carte items such Gyro (marinated 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); and Pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with béechamel.

All food items are available to eat-in in the church social hall or take-out.
A variety of imported Greek wines and spirits, including Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, will also be served.

While enjoying a meal in the main dining hall, visitors will be treated to Greek and American music by Stavros & Maria, a brother-sister duo who are also church members.
The church’s youth dance group, Kefi, will perform traditional Greek dances throughout the weekend wearing colorful costumes.

After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. An Agora (Greek market) offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes to go. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries in a relaxed atmosphere.

Visitors can also shop for original artwork, gold jewelry and items imported from Greece in various gift rooms.

Festival-goers can also view one of the largest collections of Byzantine iconography in the United States. Guided tours of the church interior are provided on the hour.

A popular stop for all visitors is the pastry room, where you can pick between popular treats like 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 is Loukoumathes (puffed honey balls), a warm dough pastry topped with honey, cinnamon and chopped nuts.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. The event is held rain or shine.

Additional parking is available across the street at Berks Catholic High School.
The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about one mile from Business Route 222 South (Lancaster Avenue), just turn onto Hancock Boulevard between the two car dealerships and stay on the road until you see the church.

For more information, call the church office at 610-374-7511 or visit the church’s website, www.stsconstantinehelen.org

2 more GOP challengers against Bob Casey Jr.

2 more Pennsylvania Republicans have entered the race against ultra-liberal US Sen. Bob Casey Jr., who has built a reputation of rubber-stamping everything Barack Obama sends down the pike.

Two more get in Senate race against Bob Casey

Media Bias 101

Byron York: Media Bias 101 - pottsmerc.com

Editorial: State pension fix needs to include system overhaul

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell kept kicking the public pension can down the road for eight years. Now Pennsylvania taxpayers are facing a ticking time bomb.

State pension fix needs to include system overhaul - pottsmerc.com

NBC/WSJ poll: Cain now leads GOP pack

NBC/WSJ poll: Cain now leads GOP pack

Just For Laughs: Sexy Short Skirt Prank

Deadline Approaches for Pennsylvania Businesses to File Decennial Reports

Deadline Approaches for Pennsylvania Businesses to File Decennial Reports

PennDOT Reminds Homeowners to Prepare Mailboxes for Winter

PennDOT Reminds Homeowners to Prepare Mailboxes for Winter

PA Banking Department Announces Quarterly Report on Enforcement Actions

PA Banking Department Announces Quarterly Report on Enforcement Actions

Columnist: Occupiers homeless, aimless, clueless

Gil Spencer: Occupiers homeless, aimless, clueless - delcotimes.com

ProEnglish Blasts New Bilingual Ballot Burden

The Obama Administration has ordered election officials in 25 states to provide bilingual ballots (primarily Spanish) for voters who do not speak English. An advocacy group says this is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

ProEnglish Blasts New Bilingual Ballot Burden

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Governor Corbett Appoints Four Members to Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

Governor Corbett Appoints Four Members to Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

Columnist: Cyprus on the World Stage

An interesting column on the future of Cyprus, which has been occupied by Turkish troops for the past 37 years.

Cyprus on the World Stage - Daniel Pipes - National Review Online

3 PA counties qualify for Spanish-language ballots

Because of large Hispanic populations, voters in Berks, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties will be offered Spanish-language ballots on Nov. 8.

Newsroom: 2010 Census: Census Bureau Releases 2011 Determinations of Political Jurisdictions Subject to Minority Language Assistance Provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

NewsBusted 10/11/11

Coalition: Repeal Harmful Durbin Amendment

Electronic Payments Coalition Announces Support of House Bill to Repeal Harmful Durbin Amendment

Bilingual voting ballots ordered in Pennsylvania

Bilingual voting ballots ordered in 25 states including Pa. - pottsmerc.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Unveils Major School Choice Expansions

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett Unveils Major School Choice Expansions

Media Guide to Protesters

Herman Cain Responds to Harry Belafonte: 'I Left the Democrat Plantation a Long Time Ago'

Herman Cain Responds to Harry Belafonte: 'I Left the Democrat Plantation a Long Time Ago'

'The Rule of Law under Attack - from Stealth Amnesty to the Fast and Furious Scandal'

Judicial Watch Presents a Special Presentation by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): 'The Rule of Law under Attack - from Stealth Amnesty to the Fast and Furious Scandal'

Coptic Egyptian Christians in Egypt Massacred

Scores of Coptic Egyptian Christians in Cairo Massacred While Conducting Peaceful Sit-In

PA Catholic Conference Backs Corbett School Choice Plan

PA Catholic Conference Applauds Governor Corbett's School Choice Plan

Chris Christie Endorses Mitt Romney for President

Christie Endorses Romney - HUMAN EVENTS

Survey: Americans in the Dark About the Real Cost of Retirement

Americans in the Dark About the Real Cost of Retirement

Commonwealth Foundation Applauds Corbett Education Plan, Urges Action

Commonwealth Foundation Applauds Education Plan, Urges Action

Gov. Corbett Outlines Agenda for Education Reform

Governor Corbett Outlines Agenda for Education Reform

AP Downplays Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

Bland AP Headline Downplays Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt; Muslim Brotherhood-Salafi Alliance Ignored | NewsBusters.org

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pink Slip Obama - 2012 Election

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SPIN METER: Obama's disconnect in jobs sales pitch

The Associated Press' Erica Werner takes apart Obama's latest convoluted message on jobs, focusing on Obama's version of reality, which has nothing to do with reality.

Bottom line? It's not about jobs, an area where Obama has failed miserably during the past three years, it's about setting up his re-election campaign for 2012. The nation's tens of millions of unemployed are mere pawns in Obama's game.

From Werner's article:
The disconnect between what Obama says about his jobs bill and what stands as the political reality flow from his broader aim: to rally the public behind his cause and get Congress to act, or, if not, to pin blame on Republicans.

He is waging a campaign, one in which nuance and context and competing responses don't always fit in if they don't help make the case.
SPIN METER: Obama's disconnect in jobs sales pitch | ajc.com

Obama Support Among Independents Drops to 30%

Obama Support Among Independents Drops to 30% | Red Dog Report

Christian Persecution Circa 2011

Egypt Coptic church decries attacks on Christians - Boston.com

Hollywood Continues To Make Friends, Influence People With Anti-Christian Bigotry

Hollywood Continues To Make Friends, Influence People With Anti-Christian Bigotry

Congressman Joe Pitts: Struggling against the tide of regulations

Struggling against the tide of regulations - pottsmerc.com

Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum Top Values Voter Summit Straw Poll

Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum Finish On Top in Values Voter Summit Straw Poll

Columnist: Americans are hungry for Herman Cain's brand of leadership

CEO of Self - Matthew Dowd - NationalJournal.com

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Send Bob Casey Jr. Packing in 2012

Pennsylvania voters need to send Sen. Bob Casey Jr. packing in 2012.

"Bob Casey promised he would usher in an era of fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets in Washington, but instead he's spent the last several years rubber-stamping President Obama's liberal agenda, maxing out the government credit card and driving our national debt through the roof while failing to create the jobs he promised. That's why we believe this will be among the most competitive races in the country next year." – Chris Bond, NRSC spokesman

State pensions tip of the iceberg for area reps' benefits

The political aristocracy, both Democrats and Republicans, continues to feast at the expense of taxpayers, who are struggling for table scraps.

State pensions tip of the iceberg for area reps' benefits - pottsmerc.com

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

The Associated Press hammered George W. Bush for running up big deficits, but gives Barack Obama a free pass after The Chosen One has run up $4 trillion in debt in just three years.

AP Unbylined Report on CBO's Fiscal 2011 Deficit Estimate Avoids All the Big Messy Numbers | NewsBusters.org

Weekly GOP Address: Obama Has Made Things Worse

DiGiorgio new Chester County Republican chairman

Chester County Controller Val DiGiorgio was elected chairman of the Republican Committee of Chester County Republicans on Saturday.

DiGiorgio defeated GOP Committeeman John Emmons by a 268-89 margin during a party gathering at West Chester East High School. Emmons is a tea party activist and co-founder of Emmons co-founded the Coalition for Advancing Freedom.

DiGeorgio replaces Joseph 'Skip' Brion, who resigned after 10 years as chairman to take a position with the Corbett administration.

Read more at the link below:

DiGiorgio elected Republican county chairman Saturday - dailylocal.com

Top 10 Looniest Liberals

Top 10 Looniest Liberals - HUMAN EVENTS

Hitler plans to run against Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election

Friday, October 07, 2011

Obama's Dismal Record on Jobs

From an Associated Press article on the September jobs picture:
There are 14 million people counted as unemployed in the United States. An additional 9.3 million are working part time and would rather work full time. And 2.5 million more have simply given up looking for a job.
That's $25.8 million people with no hope as long as Obama occupies the White House!!!

Obama Adds $4 Trillion to U.S. Debt

Obama deficit in 2009: $1.4 trillion

Obama deficit in 2010: $1.3 trillion

Obama deficit in 2011: $1.3 trillion

Total: $4 trillion in new debt in just 3 years.

We can't afford Obama anymore.

Route 562 Bridge in St. Lawrence re-opens Oct. 10

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today the PA 562 Bridge over Antietam Creek in St. Lawrence, Berks County, will open Monday (Oct. 10) afternoon.

From a PennDOT release:
Route 562 has been closed and detoured between Prospect and Bingaman streets since February while crews replaced the structurally deficient bridge. The official detour routed traffic over Business Route 422 and Oley Turnpike Road.

Crews replaced the two-span concrete T-beam bridge with a single span pre-stressed concrete spread box beam bridge. The project also included minor approach work to tie into the existing roadway and other miscellaneous construction.

Grace Industries Inc. of Bath, Pa., is the general contractor on the $1,626,460 project.

The PA 562 Bridge was constructed in 1926 and was 67 feet long and 33 feet wide. The new Bridge is 68 feet long and 52 feet wide. This section of Route 562 has an average daily traffic volume of 8,848 vehicles.

Arizona sheriffs blast Obama gun-smuggling operation

This is one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history, but the state-run Obama media is helping cover it up.

Arizona sheriffs blast gun-smuggling operation - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com

NewsBusted 10/7/11

Your Daily Dose of Liberal Media Bias

Bureaucrat Who Approved Solyndra Loan Resigns, NYTimes Buries News on Page A17 | NewsBusters.org

PA Cyber Charter School Named Pittsburgh's 'Top Workplace'

PA Cyber Charter School Named Pittsburgh's 'Top Workplace'

The Worst Steward of the Economy in American History

In case you haven't figured it out yet, his name is Barack Obama. (America is 235 years old and more than one-third of the national debt has been accrued during Obama's presidency)

The Worst Steward of the Economy in American History

Dick Morris: What Motivates Obama?

Small Business Owners Downgrade Outlook for U.S. Economy, Dismiss Hiring Incentives

Small Business Owners Downgrade Outlook for U.S. Economy, Dismiss Hiring Incentives

Fox News Turns 15 Today

On this day in 1996, Fox News went on the air for the first time, offering an alternative to the liberal-dominated media.

Today, Fox is the dominant force in cable news.

Fox News will have a one-hour retrospective of its first 15 years tonight at 10.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Energy Dept. Official in Charge of Solyndra Loan Program Leaving

Energy Dept. Official in Charge of Solyndra Loan Program Leaving - Amy Harder - NationalJournal.com

Rep. Ron Paul Says Obama Should Be Impeached

"We have crossed that barrier from republic to dictatorship" under Barack Obama, says Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who is seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

Ron Paul Says Obama Should Be Impeached For Al-Qaida Killing - Naureen Khan - NationalJournal.com

A Boost For Pennsylvania Local Government Pensions

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner: Many Local Government Pension Plans Set to Receive a Significant Increase in 2011 State Pension Aid

Commonwealth Foundation Slams PLCB Program Ploy

This is a perfect example of why government should not be in the liquor business.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced today it is handing out $1 million in grants (taxpayer money) to support alcohol education programs targeting underage drinking.

The very same liquor board spends $10 million a year in advertising and marketing campaigns to promote liquor consumption in Pennsylvania.

Commonwealth Foundation Slams PLCB Program Ploy

Unhinged Liberal Alert: Thomas Friedman Edition

MRC.org - Media Research Center: Thomas Friedman: G.O.P. 'A Danger to Itself and to the Country'

America's Real Obesity Problem

PA Announces Disciplinary Actions Against 73 Licensed Professionals

Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions Taken Against 73 Licensed, Commissioned Professionals, Organizations

Mental Illness Rates By State Highlighted in New Report

Mental Illness Rates By State Highlighted in New Report

Immigrant Population at Record 40 Million in 2010

The nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) has doubled since 1990, nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970 when it stood at 9.7 million, according to a new report.

Immigrant Population at Record 40 Million in 2010

PA Game Commission 2012 Calendar on Sale

PA Game Commission 2012 Calendar on Sale

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Obama Camp Tries to Blame GOP After Harry Reid Blocks Jobs Bill

Obama Campaign Says GOP Blocking Jobs Bill - After Reid Blocks Jobs Bill | The Weekly Standard

The Political Aristocracy in Pennsylvania

State pensions boost federal reps' income - pottsmerc.com

Obama trails Mitt Romney in new Quinnipiac poll

Obama trails Mitt Romney in new Quinnipiac poll

DownsizeDC.org Launches Obama Impeachment Campaign

DownsizeDC.org Launches Obama Impeachment Campaign

Gov. Corbett Signs Several Bills into Law

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Several House Bills into Law

Rep. Gerlach to host free trade forum

Congressman Jim Gerlach, R-PA 6th Dist., is partnering with state and federal agencies to provide information about international trade to local employers.

Gerlach will be holding a Free Trade Agreement Forum for local businesses on Friday to provide information about the resources available for employers interested in selling their American-made products overseas.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Chester County Economic Development Council
WHEN: Registration and light refreshments will be served at 8:00 A.M. The program will begin at 8:30 A.M. and end at 12 noon.
WHERE: Chester County Economic Development Council, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton PA 19341
From a press release issued by Gerlach:
President Obama this week sent free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia to Congress for ratification. These free trade pacts are expected to create new opportunities and new jobs for local companies by lifting tariffs and other barriers imposed on U.S. goods.

The Small Business Administration, Export-Import Bank, U.S. Commercial Service, World Trade Center Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development will discuss the array of resources available to companies. Two local businesses – Allied Wire & Cable of Collegeville and Analytical Graphics Inc. of Exton -- also will share tips on how they have succeeded in international trade.

Those Classy Obama Supporters

October 8 is Pierogy Day in Pennsylvania

Governor Proclaims October 8th Pierogy Day in Pennsylvania

Monday, October 03, 2011

Pennsylvania Tax Revenues Falling Behind

Remember when Democrats were clamoring for Pennsylvania to spend the "surplus" it finished the 2010-11 fiscal year with? That was just a few months ago.

Now the state is running a projected deficit of $215 million.

That's the problem with Democrats. They want to spend every penny that comes in.

Pennsylvania's Department of Revenue reported Monday that tax collections for the month of September came in $152 million less than projected.

For the current fiscal year that began July 1, tax collections are $215 million below projections.

Pennsylvania Revenue Department Releases September Collections

Gov. Corbett Announces Nominations, Appointments

Governor Corbett Announces Nominations, Appointments

A few revisions

Columnist: Growing list of Obamacare lies

WOLF: Bending Obamacare's honesty curve downward - Washington Times

Pennsylvania Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 11

Deadline to Register to Vote in November Election is Oct. 11

Gov. Corbett Plans to Implement Key Recommendations of Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

Governor Corbett Announces Plans to Implement Key Recommendations of Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

October is 'Cyber Security Awareness Month'

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Proclaims October as 'Cyber Security Awareness Month'