Monday, February 27, 2017

Big Event: Everything You Need To Know About It

The White House


President Donald J. Trump will be delivering his first address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Be sure to tune in as the President will be sharing his vision for the country.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 9 p.m.

Where: The United States Capitol in the House Chamber, also known as the "Hall of the House of Representatives.”

Who: The President will address Members of both the House of Representatives and Senate in his first address to a Joint Session of Congress.

The Speech: President Trump is keeping the tradition of previous Presidents by delivering a formal address to a Joint Session of Congress during his inaugural year, and will deliver his first State of the Union address in 2018. The President will deliver his speech from the Speaker’s rostrum.

How to watch: The address will be streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov

How to participate: Follow along live on Twitter @WhiteHouse and @POTUS for real-time information before, during and after the speech. The speech will also be live streamed at facebook.com/WhiteHouse.

"This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new President about his vision and our shared agenda." - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul D. Ryan

During his first Joint Address to Congress, the President will communicate his vision for the future of the country directly to the American people as he moves forward with his plans to take on the many challenges facing this nation. Building on his inaugural address, President Trump will continue to lay out his agenda to Make America Great Again.

In just one month, President Trump's Administration has already accomplished so much, including the following:
  • Reviving key job-creating energy projects such as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. 
  • Eliminating costly Obama-era regulations such as the “Stream Protection Rule.”
  • Minimizing the economic burden of Obamacare while clearing the path toward repeal and replace.
  • Directing the Department of Defense to develop a plan to defeat ISIS.
  • Standing with American workers by withdrawing from the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership.                                                                                                                             
  • Enacting common sense regulatory reform by ordering any new regulations be offset by the repeal of two other regulations.                                                                                        
  • Building his Cabinet and Administration with the highest quality individuals to help implement the President's vision for the country.                                                                  
  • Establishing new ethics commitments for all executive branch appointees to enforce a five-year lobbying ban and a permanent ban on lobbying for foreign governments. 


OMG, What A Shock! Did THIS Really Happen?

Amazing! More Relevant Today Than Ever Before . . .

An article by Reuven Brenner (The 'Longshoreman Philosopher' Saw Trump Coming in 1970) in today's Wall Street Journal reintroduced us to Eric Hoffer, the blue-collar philosopher who authored the classic "The True Believer: Thoughts on the nature of Mass Movements" in 1951 and followed that up with numerous articles and essays into the 1970s. We studied Hoffer in college but then he seemed to have faded from view as liberals (who never liked him in the first place) deemed him out of fashion.
But in his article today, Brenner shows how incredibly relevant Hoffer's observations are to what is happening in our own country right now.
For example, in a 1970 essay in the New York Times, Hoffer concluded: We must deflate the pretensions of self-appointed elites. These elites will hate us no matter what we do, and it is legitimate for us to help dump them into the dustbin of history."

Here are some other pertinent quotes from Hoffer's many writings:

"The explosive component in the contemporary scene is not the clamor of the masses but the self-righteous claims of a multitude of graduates from schools and universities. This army of scribes is clamoring for a society in which planning, regulation, and supervision are paramount and the prerogative of the educated. They hanker for the scribe's golden age, for a return to something like the scribe-dominated societies of ancient Egypt, China, and Europe of the Middle Ages. There is little doubt that the present trend in the new and renovated countries toward social regimentation stems partly from the need to create adequate employment for a large number of scribes. And since the tempo of the production of the literate is continually increasing, the prospect is of ever-swelling bureaucracies."

"The attitude of the intellectual community toward America is shaped not by the creative few but by the many who for one reason or another cannot transmute their dissatisfaction into a creative impulse, and cannot acquire a sense of uniqueness and of growth by developing and expressing their capacities and talents. There is nothing in contemporary America that can cure or alleviate their chronic frustration. They want power, lordship, and opportunities for imposing action. Even if we should banish poverty from the land, lift up the Negro to true equality, withdraw from Vietnam, and give half of the national income as foreign aid, they will still see America as an air-conditioned nightmare unfit for them to live in."

"There is, for instance, the fact that there is a greater readiness to work in a society with a high standard of living than in one with a low standard. We are more ready to strive and work for superfluities than for necessities. People who are clear-sighted, undeluded, and sober-minded will not go on working once their reasonable needs are satisfied. A society that refuses to strive for superfluities is likely to end up lacking in necessities. The readiness to work springs from trivial, questionable motives. … A vigorous society is a society made up of people who set their hearts on toys, and who would work for superfluities than for necessities. The self-righteous moralists decry such a society, yet it is well to keep in mind that both children and artists need luxuries more than they need necessities."

"Man is a luxury-loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, sluggish creature, barely energetic enough to obtain a bare subsistence. A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles."

"The history of this country was made largely by people who wanted to be left alone. Those who could not thrive when left to themselves never felt at ease in America."

"One wonders whether a generation that demands instant satisfaction of all its needs and instant solution of the world's problems will produce anything of lasting value. Such a generation, even when equipped with the most modern technology, will be essentially primitive — it will stand in awe of nature, and submit to the tutelage of medicine men."

"The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind."

"Ours is a golden age of minorities. At no time in the past have dissident minorities felt so much at home and had so much room to throw their weight around. They speak and act as if they were "the people," and what they abominate most is the dissent of the majority."

"The beginning of thought is in disagreement — not only with others but also with ourselves."

"The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax."

"Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority.
"They who clamor loudest for freedom are often the ones least likely to be happy in a free society. The frustrated, oppressed by their shortcomings, blame their failure on existing restraints. Actually, their innermost desire is for an end to the 'free for all.' They want to eliminate free competition and the ruthless testing to which the individual is continually subjected in a free society."

WOW! You Won't Believe This Great Lineup!



Lots of new and exciting shows on the way at one of the nation's most-honored venues!

Was It A Conspiracy? Was It Rigged? What Happened?

Excerpts from Entertainment (ew.com):
Accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers keep two sets of envelopes during the ceremony. “From a security perspective, we double up everything. That’s why there’s two of us. We have two briefcases, that are identical, and we have two entire sets of winning envelopes,” accountant Brian Cullinan said before the show to Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch.
In the chaos of the moment, a number of conspiracy theories flooded the internet to explain what happened — including that Beatty had picked up the best actress envelope, which had listed La La Land star Emma Stone as the winner, after prior presenter Leonardo DiCaprio placed it down backstage. After the show, however, Stone told reporters backstage that she hadn’t lost track of her envelope.
“I f—ing loved Moonlight. God, I love Moonlight so much! I’m so excited for Moonlight! And of course, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land. I think we all would have loved to win best picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight,” she said. “I think it’s one of the best films of all time. So I was pretty beside myself. I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time. So whatever story… I don’t mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I’m not sure that happened. And I really wanted to talk to you guys first.”
Click here for the whole story.

And THEY Wanna Tell US How To Run Things?



He Wants To Hear From You; Tell Him Now!


The White House

In just two days, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his highly anticipated first Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

There is an incredible spirit of optimism sweeping across the Nation, and in preparation for this address, the President has hosted numerous listening sessions at the White House. During these meetings he has heard from men and women from all over the country about issues that are impacting American families, communities, and workers.

Now is your chance to give your input. We want to know what issues you want President Trump to focus on and your ideas for the future of our country.

It will only take a couple minutes to complete the survey.
Take the Survey Now

The President is checking off the promises he made to the American people, and he won’t stop until the job is done.

The forgotten men and women of this great Nation will be forgotten no longer. That is the heart of this movement. As President Trump has made clear, this is your country and this is your Government, and now we want to hear from you.

Take the Survey Now

Sunday, February 26, 2017

WINNERS HERE NOW: You Needn't Watch!

You don't have to watch the Oscars tonight.
It's bound to be a Trump-bashing fest.
And, besides we'll actually tell you who will win right here. Yes, we've got the winners. Here they are:

Picture: La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Adapted Screeplay: Moonlight
Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Cinematography: La La Land
Costumes: Jackie
Film Editing: La La Land
Makeup/Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond
Production Design: La La Land
Score: La La Land
Song: City of Stars, La La Land
Sound Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Sound Mixing: La La Land
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Animated Feature: Zootopia
Documentary: OJ: Made in America
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Animated Short: Piper
Documentary Short: Joe's Violin
Live Action Short: Enemies Interieurs

It will be a Very Big night for La La Land but the film (which we predict to take home NINE Oscars) will not tie or break the record for Oscars which is 11.

Big Week: US, France, Germany Top Blog Visits!

Pageviews by Countries - Week of 2/19

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPageviews
United States
16367
France
4796
Germany
186
China
117
South Korea
42
Ukraine
40
Slovenia
39
Portugal
36
Italy
25
Canada
24
WOW!
A record week.
Thank you for more than
22,000 pageviews!

Dan Cirucci Blog - Week's Top Five Posts!

Top Posts - Week of 2/19

Saturday, February 25, 2017

OMG! This Is Beyond Daring - WOW!

This guy jumps out of a plane without a parachute! Watch closely. We couldn't believe our eyes! Be sure to click the bottom play triangle and wait to assure viewing.

This Is An Exclusive - Don't Miss It, Sunday AM!


Media preview

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper at 9:00 AM ET tomorrow, Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Yes, The Time Is Upon Us . . . Prepare!

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Wednesday March 1, 2017.This Mass will be streamed live in its entirety on the Archdiocesan website (www.archphila.org).

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is a 40-day penitential time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday in preparation for the Easter celebration.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Catholics in 217 parishes across the five-county Archdiocese will attend Mass or a Liturgy of the Word and receive blessed ashes on their foreheads, marked in the sign of a cross, reminding them to repent and believe in the Gospel as the 2017 Lenten Season begins.

The Cathedral Parish offers the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation on weekdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. for the Lenten Season in addition to other scheduled times. Likewise, individual parishes throughout the Archdiocese may have alternative dates and times for this Sacrament in addition to already scheduled times.

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as a minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.

In addition to the Lenten Season, the Holy Father has invited dioceses and parishes to join with him in participating in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative. It calls for parishes to open the doors of their Church for a period of 24 hours preceding the Fourth Week of Lent.

During this time, clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will have the opportunity to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday, March 24, 2017 and Saturday, March 25, 2017. For more information and for parishes participating in 24 Hours for the Lord, please visit http://archphila.org/24hours/

Let's Take The Lid Off It And Expose Everything!

This Is 'A Serious Business' That Demands Attention

Here is a very special message from The Cardinal Newman Society:

Time and time again, it’s a small number of Catholic schools and colleges that have stood strong to defend their Catholic identity and religious freedom.

We’re proud to be working with these models of Catholic education!

This week, as you may know, the Trump administration rescinded an Education Department rule that forced schools and colleges to admit members of the opposite sex into bathrooms, locker rooms and bedrooms. It’s a huge victory, and Catholics should be very grateful to our new President and his team for this!

But as we report here, the repeal only happened because of strong and vocal opposition by faithful Catholic educators and others. We should also be very grateful to those who shouldered the burden of this fight!

Some of The Newman Guide colleges—especially those in California—suffered grave threats of persecution for their principled stand. These colleges, together with faithful Catholic schools and The Cardinal Newman Society, were joined in this work by other courageous Christian educators and the best minds at groups including Alliance Defending Freedom and The Heritage Foundation.

There is a growing distinction between the most faithful Catholic colleges and leading Catholic universities, which seem able to muster intense political heat over immigration and federal student aid, but do little to defend their own religious freedom to uphold Catholic teaching.

Matt Archbold’s “Report Card” column this week helps explain why. Even as the renewal of faithful Catholic education grows at all levels, the extreme nonsense—some of it quite dangerous—persists on some Catholic campuses.

Can you believe the provost of the Jesuit University of San Francisco even proudly “retweeted” Matt’s comments on the university’s offensive “women’s rights” forum?

And this despite Christ’s severe warning in yesterday’s Gospel reading (Mk 9:41-50)! Catholic education is serious business, and we thank God for those faithful educators who lead our young people not into error, but to their inheritance with Christ.

May God bless you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 
 

 Patrick Reilly
 President