Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

PAUL HARVEY FREEDOM TO CHAINS 1965

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


Unhinged John Kerry: We Brought Peace to Syria

Kerry: We Brought Peace to Syria | Frontpage Mag

House Democrats Move to Criminalize Criticism of Islam

House Democrats Move to Criminalize Criticism of Islam | Frontpage Mag

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

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will use his line-item veto power on the $30.8 billion, no-tax-hike budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. So the big question is why didn't Wolf do this on July 1 when the first budget was sent to him by the Legislature? The answer: Wolf wants to raise taxes on working Pennsylvania families so he held the budget hostage for the past 6 months in the hopes of forcing the Legislature to raise taxes. His ploy didn't work. So here we are - six months into the new fiscal year - without a budget, thanks to Wolf and his far-left staffers who want to spend more than the state takes in.

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

Muslim ACLU Director: 'I Emphatically Refuse' to Condemn Terrorism

Muslim ACLU Director: 'I Emphatically Refuse' to Condemn Terrorism | Truth Revolt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Republicans = Obama Doormats

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

All credibility PA AG Kathleen Kane had has vanished

The Kathleen Kane chronicles: The mess grows (again)

Pennsylvania man charged by feds with aiding ISIS

Harrisburg man charged by feds with aiding ISIS

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Official Obama Guide to Terrorist Identification ...


Nearly 1 in 4 States Allow Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Drivers Licenses

Nearly 1 in 4 States Allow Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Drivers Licenses

Nearly 1 in 4 States Allow Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Drivers Licenses

Nearly 1 in 4 States Allow Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Drivers Licenses

Obama Administration Approves 3M New Immigrant Workers in One Year

Obama Administration Approves 3 Million New Immigrant Workers in One Year

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Ranked One of the Biggest Lies of 2015

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Ranked One of the Biggest Lies of 2015 | Truth Revolt

Pa. House GOP member: 'There aren't enough of us' to block tax hike

Pa. House GOP member: 'There aren't enough of us' to block tax hike

Sunday, December 13, 2015

America’s Public Schools - Exalting Islam, Banning Christmas

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

The left's war on religion

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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

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

Wolf Budget 'Framework' Looks Even Worse Than Predicted

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

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

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

'The Little Drummer Boy' - Harry Simeone Chorale

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

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

Obamacare Covers Fewer Americans Than Expected While Driving Costs Up

Obamacare Covers Fewer Americans Than Expected While Driving Costs Up

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gov. Tom 'Taxman' Wolf Strikes Again

Yet Another Tax Hike Proposal

Who will lead the Montgomery County GOP?

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

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

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

Afraid of 3-year-old orphans?


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

'Captain America: Civil War' - Trailer World Premiere

Donald Trump Headlines Luncheon for PA GOP BigWigs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High School Student Suspended for Defending Military

High School Student Suspended for Defending Military | Truth Revolt

What's the worst that could happen?


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


No One Wants Higher Taxes

PA AG Kane impeachment memo seeks support in Pennsylvania House

Kane impeachment memo seeks support in Pennsylvania House

Hillary Clinton is OWNED by Wall Street

Clintons Collect $35 Million From Financial Businesses Since 2001

Thursday, November 19, 2015

PA State Lawmakers Urge Wolf to Put Commonwealth's Security First by Refusing Syrian Refugees

PA State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe - Metcalfe, Lawmakers Urge Wolf to Put Commonwealth’s Security First by Refusing Syrian Refugees

Harry Reid Objects to Bill That Would Ban Taxpayer Funding for Portrait of Harry Reid

Harry Reid Objects to Bill That Would Ban Taxpayer Funding for Portrait of Harry Reid

CIA Director: ISIS Has Grown 4,400 Percent Under Obama

CIA Director: ISIS Has Grown 4,400 Percent Under Obama

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad ISIS Wolf?


Report: 2,500 overdose deaths in Pa. last year, mostly from heroin

First-ever report on Pennsylvania heroin overdoses released

Report: al Qaeda Terrorists Entered US Through Obama Refugee Program

Report: al Qaeda Terrorists Entered United States Through Refugee Program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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

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

AP: Clinton Debate Gun Claims Unsupported by Facts

AP: Clinton Debate Gun Claims Unsupported by Facts

The wolf is at the door ...


Huma: Hillary 'Often Confused'

Huma: Hillary 'Often Confused' | The Weekly Standard

Obama's 'Shameful' Policy Toward Middle Eastern Christians

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

Clinton Foundation Revenue Balloons Thanks to Government Grants

Clinton Foundation Revenue Balloons Thanks to Government Grants

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

Study: Global Terrorism Increased by 80 Percent in 2014

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

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

Brother of Paris Attacker Worked in Belgian Immigration Department

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

PA Fails Integrity Test

PA Fails Integrity Test

Obama's Pipelines


PA Democrat Wolf will accept Syrian refugees despite Paris attacks

Peduto says Pittsburgh will accept as many as 500 Syrian refugees

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

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

The gender card is a loser for Democrats

Salena Zito: The gender card is a loser for Democrats

Mitt Romney: Obama must defeat ISIS, not harass it

Obama must defeat ISIS, not harass it

The 'free college' crowd: Ignorance incarnate

Editorial: The 'free college' crowd: Ignorance incarnate

Friday, November 06, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing To See Here: NBC Exec Raises Cash for Hillary

NBC Exec Raises Cash for Hillary | Truth Revolt

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

Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard for next GOP debate

Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Republicans pad majority in Pennsylvania Senate with victory

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

Republicans pad majority in Pennsylvania Senate with victory

Big Labor, trial lawyers purchased control of PA Supreme Court

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

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Campaign sign confusion at Berks County polling site

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

How illegal aliens destroy your vote

Walter Williams: How illegal aliens destroy your vote