Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Parteee Time? Hmmm . . . Not For THIS Crew!



"The Party's Over"

The party's over
It's time to call it a day
They've burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away
It's time to wind up the masquerade
Just make your mind up the piper must be paid

The party's over
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night

It seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, my friend

The party's over
It's time to call it a day

Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, my friend

It's all over, my friend

Let's Find Out: Do We REALLY Need This?

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Passaic, Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation to study the use of ethanol in gasoline and find out if it makes sense for New Jersey.

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Sen. Joe Pennacchio will introduce legislation to study the use of ethanol in fuel. (©iStock)
“There is a lot of concern that the addition of ethanol to fuel can cause engine problems in vehicles that aren’t specifically designed to handle it, and even that it could potentially decrease the gas mileage of car,” Senator Pennacchio said. “At a time when gas prices are spiking, New Jersey’s drivers can’t afford to have their vehicles become any less fuel-efficient.”

The bill creates the “Ethanol Study Commission” within the Department of Environmental Protection, which will study the necessity of mixing ethanol in gasoline. It will submit a report to the Governor and the legislature detailing its findings, as well as its recommendations.

The commission will have to determine if the ethanol component of gasoline can be eliminated, reduced or replaced while still complying with federal requirements. They will also look to see if New Jersey could prohibit the use of ethanol in gasoline, either by legal action or legislative means.

“We need to take a look at it and determine if keeping this ethanol mixture is the best thing for New Jersey and its drivers,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Whether the solution is finding an alternative or removing it entirely, we’ll have to find out.”

'A Channel Of Hope For Tens Of Thousands!'

Today at a news conference, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. launched the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal, the largest single fundraising initiative in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The theme of this year’s Appeal is “Giving Hope to All” and the goal is $12.5 million.

The announcement took place at Saint Katherine Day School in Wynnewood (Montgomery County), one of four Archdiocesan Schools of Special Education and a beneficiary of the Appeal.

The beneficiaries are grouped into five crucial areas of ministry: Education; Social Services; Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life; Clergy; and Local Mission Activities. In turn, these beneficiaries provide services and support to some of the most in need, at risk, and vulnerable segments of the population in the Philadelphia metropolitan area who come from all walks of life and various faith traditions.

Archbishop Chaput said, “I’m extremely grateful to those who have supported the Church’s mission to the poor. Each year, people of good will come forward with outstanding generosity and dedication to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, educate special needs children, and offer aid to so many others who are vulnerable. The 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal will be a channel of hope for tens of thousands of people and I encourage all those who care for their fellow human beings to give generously. Thank you and may God bless you all.”

The 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal focused on an expanded vision, targeting virtually every aspect of Catholic life for enrichment and improvement. The Appeal, along with dedicated funding drives for select beneficiaries, raised over $10 million for the fourth consecutive year. Approximately 60,000 donors supported the appeal, providing help and creating hope for the elderly and disabled, the hungry and homeless, children and families in need, and persons with disabilities.

Note: For more information or to donate, please visit www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org or call Sarah O. Hanley, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at 215-587-5650.

Provocative, Informative, Engaging: Check It Out!

Free Library Author Events

Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World  
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM
FREE | No tickets or reservations required

"A swashbuckling argument for the centrality of recreation to all of human history" (New York Times) from the author of Where Good Ideas Come From

Melissa Fleming | A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival 
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM 

FREE | No tickets or reservations required
The Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees follows the harrowing journey of a young Syrian refugee and her family.
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One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM 

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The 15th anniversary celebration will include a discussion with authors Lorene Cary, Carlos Eire, Christina Baker Kline, Steve Lopez, and James McBride. 
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Yes, He Will Advance The Mission For ALL!

Nominee for United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has received the bipartisan endorsement of four former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development. These former secretaries, who wrote a letter to Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Mike Crapo and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, cited Dr. Carson’s ability to learn and adapt in high pressure situations as reasons he will be an innovative and exceptional member of the President’s cabinet.

“I am immensely grateful for the support of Secretaries Cisneros, Martinez, Jackson and Preston, and it is a great honor to be mentioned with such accomplished public servants,” said Dr. Carson. “If confirmed, I look forward to listening to the concerns of the American people in order to develop new solutions to age-old problems, especially increasing opportunity, and making America’s neighborhoods stronger.”

Full text of the letter can be read below:

Dear Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown:

We write today, from both sides of the political aisle, in support of Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, a position we have all held.

Some of us came in with deep housing experience while others had to learn it. We all succeeded thanks to the help of the cadre of dedicated civil servants — a team of respected, career leaders who have stood alongside each one of us, helping us guide the agency to succeed in its mission.

The singular, common piece of advice every HUD secretary is given is to listen. It worked to help us overcome the challenges we faced, and we know Dr. Carson will heed it as well as he works to help make HUD’s mission a reality: creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

As secretary, we know that Dr. Carson will learn about what works, develop new innovations, measure outcomes, and achieve real results to improve communities throughout America.

We urge the Committee to support Dr. Carson’s confirmation.

Sincerely,

Henry Cisneros (HUD Secretary, 1993–1997)
Sen. Mel Martinez (HUD Secretary, 2001–2003)
Alphonso Jackson (HUD Secretary, 2004–2008)
Steven Preston (HUD Secretary, 2008–2009)

Right Now, THIS Glows On The Horizon . . .

And Now, An Update On The Situation In Houston

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF GEORGE H. W. BUSH

HOUSTON — Shortly after our previous report on President Bush’s condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation.

Additionally, Mrs. Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital this morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.


We will provide additional updates as events warrant.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yes, We WILL Fight To Preserve His Legacy Forever!

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) announced a Senate resolution supporting the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday. The resolution will be formally introduced at the next Senate quorum.


Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s resolution supports the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday. (Wikimedia Commons)
“New Jersey has the second highest population of people of Italian ancestry in the country,” Senator Pennacchio said. “For the 1.4 million Italian-Americans living in New Jersey, it is not enough for legislators to say we support the preservation of Columbus Day. We need to take action and show our constituents that we are committed to upholding their values, culture and heritage.”

Senator Pennacchio’s Senate resolution states that “the Senate recognizes the significance of Columbus’ arrival in the New World expresses its support of the Columbus Day holiday as a day to honor and celebrate the explorer’s historic achievement.” The resolution also notes that Italian-Americans observe the holiday as a day to recognize the contributions of their ancestors to America and the world.

“Christopher Columbus was instrumental in connecting our nation with Europe, a feat that built the fabric of American culture,” Senator Pennacchio added. “His courageous voyage to the New World spurred a lasting universal passion for exploration and discovery. He is and should be remembered as a hero for all Americans. It would be a shame to destroy his legacy for the sake of political correctness.”

The resolution has received the support of UNICO National, the nation’s largest Italian-American service and charitable organization, which is based in Fairfield, New Jersey.

Dominick Nicastro, National President of UNICO National stated, “Of course, Columbus Day is a vitally important day for Italian Americans, but it is truly a great holiday for all Americans, as we commemorate the opening of the new world by this great explorer. On behalf of our UNICO members in New Jersey and across the country, I sincerely thank and commend Senator Pennacchio for this important resolution supporting the preservation of the Columbus Day holiday.”

First Details Behind A History-Making Moment!

Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced details surrounding the swearing-in of President-elect Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017.

President-elect Donald J. Trump will be sworn-in on January 20, 2017 using his Bible, as well as the same Bible that President Lincoln used at his first inauguration. The oath of office will be administered by the Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.

“In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln appealed to the ‘better angels of our nature,’” said PIC Chairman Tom Barrack. “As he takes the same oath of office 156 years later, President-elect Trump is humbled to place his hand on Bibles that hold special meaning both to his family and to our country.”

President-elect Trump’s Bible was presented to him by his mother upon his graduation of Sunday Church Primary School at First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, New York, on Children’s Day, June 12, 1955. The Bible is a revised standard version published by Thomas Nelson and Sons in New York in 1953 and is embossed with his name on the lower portion of the front cover. The inside cover is signed by church officials and is inscribed with his name and the details of when it was presented.

The Lincoln Bible was purchased for the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln by William Thomas Carroll, Clerk of the Supreme Court. The Bible is bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim along the edges of the covers. It is part of the collections of the Library of Congress and has been used at three inaugurals: 1861, 2009, and 2013.

This Is The Right Man For The Right Job!

President-elect Trump is very pleased to announce former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector. This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources.

In addition, from time to time because of the changing nature of this problem, it is contemplated that the President-elect will be hosting a series of meetings with senior corporate executives from companies which have faced or are facing challenges similar to those facing the government and public entities today, such as hacking, intrusions, disruptions, manipulations, theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure.

The President-elect’s intent is to obtain experiential and anecdotal information from each executive on challenges faced by his/her company, how the company met the challenges, approaches which were productive or successful, and those which were not. The attendees may or may not change from session to session, but the specific agenda subjects will likely change because of the rapidly evolving field of cyber security, and frequent developments, both positive and negative. No consensus advice or recommendations resulting from group deliberations or interaction is expected or will be solicited.

Cyber intrusion is the fastest growing crime in the United States and much of the world. Its impact is felt from the individual citizen whose identity is stolen to the large private and government entities that have seen their confidential information seriously compromised. It is also a major threat to our national security.

As the use of modern communications and technology has moved forward at unparalleled speed the necessary defenses have lagged behind. The President-elect recognizes that this needs immediate attention and input from private sector leaders to help the government plan to make us more secure.

Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now sixteen years of work providing security solutions in the private sector.

Mr. Giuliani is the chairman of the global cyber security practice at Greenberg Traurig and the Chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners, an international security consulting firm.

Yeah, You Can Listen to ALL Of It Right Here!

Click here to listen to Dan Cirucci's interview 
on the Christine Flowers Show on The Big Talker, 1210 AM radio, Philadelphia.
Dan talks with Christine about the "new McCarthyism" -- the left's intensified effort to muzzle all opposing views and the move to delegitimatize Donald Trump's election.

WARNING: This Might Really, Really Shock You!

Time For This Guy To Do The Right Thing Now

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason and National Committeewoman Christine Toretti released the following statement calling on U.S. Senator Bob Casey to confirm Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

"It's time for Senator Casey to put politics aside and help confirm Jeff Sessions as our next Attorney General," Gleason said. "Jeff Sessions has a tremendous legal background rooted in ensuring justice for all Americans. Senator Casey needs to listen to his constituents and vote to take politics out of the Justice Department.”

“Jeff Sessions’ showed a tremendous understanding for the law during his confirmation hearing,” Toretti added. “With Jeff Sessions at the helm, the Justice Department can once again focus on enforcing the law. Jeff Sessions’ deserves the support of the entire Senate, including Senator Casey.”

For a full biography of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, please click here.

Sweeping New Action To Fight Major Epidemic

Intensifying his Administration’s commitment in the fight against substance abuse, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 219 declaring the opioid epidemic a public health crisis in New Jersey. The action requires the marshaling of all appropriate resources to combat its harmful effects on state citizens.

“We must take aggressive action to get this insidious crisis under control so I am calling together all resources of state government in order to save lives,” said Governor Christie. “The human cost of this epidemic is incalculable, impacting every part of life in New Jersey, affecting our education system, our health care system, public safety and the financial security of every person it touches.”

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, an American dies every 19 minutes from an opioid or heroin overdose. New Jersey’s drug overdose death rate increased by almost 22 percent between 2014 and 2015. There was a 30 percent increase in heroin deaths over the previous year and triple the number of deaths caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Additionally, the CDC reports that in 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills.

The new Executive Order creates the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Abuse Control, to be headed by Charlie McKenna, Executive Director of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, which will be charged with developing and executing a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to combat the drug-abuse epidemic by working with all areas of state government, in addition to local, federal, and private entities, as well as the Facing Addiction Task Force.

The Drug Abuse Task Force will consist of eight members, including the Attorney General and the Commissioners of Health, Human Services, Corrections, Education, Children and Families, and Banking and Insurance.

The Task Force will review current statutes and regulations that present barriers to individuals suffering from addiction to receiving treatment and make recommendations to rescind or amend any such statutes or regulations to remove those barriers. The panel is authorized to call upon any department, office, division, or agency of this state to supply it with information, personnel, or other assistance available as the Task Force deems necessary to discharge its duties. The Task Force may consult with experts or other knowledgeable individuals in the public or private sector on any aspect of its mission.

The Executive Order also directs Attorney General Chris Porrino to take all necessary steps to limit the initial prescription of opioids for acute pain and establish standards such that additional quantities may only be prescribed after further consultation with the patient.

The Order further directs Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake to ensure residential substance abuse disease treatment facilities and similar facilities utilize their existing spaces effectively, including ensuring that 18 and 19-year-olds with substance abuse problems are able to take advantage of any vacancies in existing facilities wherever appropriate.

In addition, the Governor is directing Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington to develop a new, comprehensive grade-specific curriculum to educate children about the dangers of substance abuse.

“Opioid drug abuse is one of the most challenging issues facing us not only as Americans but as New Jerseyans,” said Governor Christie. “The crisis is pervasive – impacting our families, friends, neighbors and coworkers. The steps I am taking today through this Executive Order recognize the severity of the crisis and pull together the efforts of all state government agencies.”

Days Dwindle Down To A Precious Few . . .