Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oh, Yeah -- Another One Bites The Dust . . .

CBS News president David Rhodes' statement on the firing of Charlie Rose:
A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.
Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace-a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place.
I've often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable. 
CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.
Let's please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.
I'm deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized-and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work - that is what we can be known for.

Turkeys? Look At What Happens To THESE Two . . .

Yes, They're Hard At Work On ALL Fronts . . .

President Trump Meets with Cabinet 
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump met with his Cabinet to discuss a range of pressing domestic and foreign policy issues. The President instituted a crucial step toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula by designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, announcing that the Treasury Department will be imposing “the highest level of sanctions” on Pyongyang over a two-week period.
The Cabinet meeting also focused on a range of domestic policy issues, including the historic tax cuts bill passed by the House of Representatives last week. “We’re going to give the American people a huge tax cut for Christmas,” said President Trump. “Hopefully that will be a great, big, beautiful Christmas present.”
If the bill becomes law, the United States would go from being “one of the highest-taxed nations in the world to one of the lowest-taxed.” Tax reform comes amid the Administration’s continued efforts to reduce government spending. “We’ll be submitting plans on health care, plans on infrastructure, and plans on welfare reform – which is desperately needed in our country – soon after taxes,” President Trump said.
Trump Administration Hard at Work on 'the Crisis Next Door' 
New data compiled by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) reveals the opioid crisis in the United States is more severe than previously thought. Opioid-involved overdose deaths doubled in the past 10 years and quadrupled in the past 16 years, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in the United States, outnumbering traffic crashes or gun-related deaths. President Trump has committed to deploying the tools of government to confront this intolerable epidemic head-on.
Learn more about the problem and the Trump Administration’s plan of attack here.
The White House Christmas Tree Has Arrived! 
Yesterday afternoon, serenaded by Christmas carols, the National Christmas Tree Association presented the White House Christmas Tree to First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump at the North Portico. This year’s Christmas tree is a 19.5-foot balsam fir selected by White House Chief Usher Timothy Harleth. The tree was grown at Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisconsin, and will reside in the Blue Room for the 2017 holiday season.
See highlights from the presentation here.

President Donald J. Trump holds a cabinet meeting | November 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
Today, President Trump will continue a White House Thanksgiving tradition by pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The two turkeys chosen to come to Washington are fittingly named Drumstick and Wishbone. This year’s ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, which began with President Harry Truman in 1947.

Taking Care Of A Cherished Natural Treasure . . .

Legislation sponsored by New Jersey State Senate Republicans including Anthony Bucco, and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)
S-2389 would dedicate $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund,” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

According to one of the sponsors of the legislation “the lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

“This is not just a local issue. Tourists come from all over the country to visit Lake Hopatcong,” Senator Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) said. “This is a tried and true economic resource for the entire region and it deserves our support. The cost of maintaining the lake shouldn’t fall on the backs of local residents and business owners alone. Our bill will ensure everyone can enjoy the lake for years to come.”

Lake Hopatcong, which lies on the southern border of Sussex and Morris Counties, is New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake – occupying 38 miles of shoreline and encompassing 2,658 acres. It is a heavily utilized fresh water fishery and offers year-round recreational opportunities. Local officials and advocates have said that this year’s weed growth is the worst in recent memory and some areas of the lake are no longer navigable.

Current law requires a fee of $18 for a 48-month power vessel operator’s license. Those fees are currently split between the State general fund and the Motor Vehicle Commission. Under the Senators’ bill, S-2389, those fees would be redirected to the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” created by their legislation. A copy of the bill can be found here.

Yes, They DO Believe He Should Step Down . . .

Most voters say it’s time for Senator Al Franken to go if his accusers are right.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the Minnesota Democrat should resign from the Senate if the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him prove to be true. Just 27% disagree, while 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Even his fellow Democrats by a 45% to 37% margin think Franken should resign if the allegations are true. But that compares to 69% of Republicans and 52% of voters not affiliated with either major political party who believe Franken should quit.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of all voters share a favorable opinion of the former Saturday Night Live writer who was elected to the Senate in 2008, although that includes only 11% with a Very Favorable one. Forty-two percent (42%) view Franken unfavorably, with 25% who hold a Very Unfavorable opinion of him. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.

Franken has apologized to a broadcaster who accused him of forcibly kissing her and taking a photo in which he appears to touch her chest while she is asleep. A second accuser has now come forward.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 19-20, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Locally, Pope Looks With Favor Upon Nine . . .

Nine priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been named Chaplains to His Holiness by Pope Francis with the title Monsignor. All studied at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and were ordained to the Priesthood by the late John Cardinal Krol. In addition, each has served in priestly ministry for more than 40 years. They are listed below in alphabetical order.
  • Reverend Angelo R. Citino, Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, West Chester (Chester County)
  • Reverend Joseph M. Corley, Pastor of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Darby (Delaware County)
  • Reverend Thomas J. Dunleavy, Senior Priest at Saints Simon and Jude Parish, West Chester (Chester County)
  • Reverend John C. Eckert, Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Morrisville (Bucks County)
  • Reverend William C. Kaufman, Pastor of Saint Pius X Parish, Broomall (Delaware County)
  • Reverend Paul M. Kennedy, Pastor of Saint Katherine of Siena Parish, Philadelphia
  • Reverend Henry J. McKee, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Havertown (Delaware County)
  • Reverend George L. Strausser, Chaplain for the University City Hospitals, Philadelphia
  • Reverend Robert C. Vogan, Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Aston (Delaware County)
Honors will be conferred upon these priests by Archbishop Chaput during a Vespers service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The recognition is being bestowed upon these men for their many years of distinguished priestly service and as a sign of their communion with the Holy Father and his Apostolic Ministry.

Note: Additional biographical information on those priests being honored by Pope Francis can be found at http://catholicphilly.com/2017/11/news/local-news/nine-philadelphia-priests-to-be-named-monsignors/.

You Won't Believe THIS Thanksgiving Song!

An inspiring and poignant new song from two of our very favorite singers, Will & Anthony Nunziata.
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“The Gift Is You” Music & Lyrics by Jeff Franzel, Anthony Nunziata, Will Nunziata
Vocalists: Anthony Nunziata, Will Nunziata
Actors: Cady Huffman, Anthony Nunziata, Will Nunziata
Filmed, Edited, and Co-Directed by Peter Logue Co-Directed by Will Nunziata

It Appears A Bombshell Is About To Hit!

The Beginning Of A Glorious Season, Indeed!

From First Lady Melania Trump: "Thank you Silent Night Evergreens in Wisconsin for our beautiful tree!. The president, Barron and I are excited for Christmas in our new home!"

Monday, November 20, 2017

Congratulations, Sir: Now, We Await Your Call!

Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur sent a letter to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy inviting him to a substantive discussion on tax policy, after the Governor-Elect questioned the Congressman’s efforts to provide tax relief for New Jerseyans.

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Governor-Elect Murphy,

The day after you were elected, I was pleased to talk with you and agree to work together to improve the lives of New Jerseyans, while refraining from taking cheap political shots at each other. I thought we had a good conversation and remain hopeful we can have a productive working relationship. I was therefore, very disappointed by press reports that during your very first sit-down TV interview this past weekend, you chose to go after me over my sincere efforts to provide real tax relief for my constituents.

While you have promised to raise taxes on New Jerseyans by $1.3 billion dollars, the bill I voted for will cut taxes for the vast majority of families and businesses in our state. This bill includes a number of provisions that will benefit our residents including:

• Increasing the child tax credit from $1,000 per child to at least $1,600

• Creating a tax credit for those caring for non-child dependents

• Doubling the standard deduction to $24,000 for a family

• Preserving a property tax deduction that will benefit all N.J. homeowners

• Moving from a high-rate system with lots of loopholes that usually just benefit the wealthy, to a simpler, fairer system that lowers rates and closes loopholes

Furthermore, I understand that state legislative leaders in New Jersey are already reconsidering their plans to raise taxes, which would be a welcome new direction for Trenton.

I have never shied away from a serious policy discussion and recently held a five hour town hall meeting in Willingboro, a town in which I only received 12% of the vote in the last election. In that same spirit of an open and honest dialogue, I'd like to invite you to my home county for a substantive discussion on tax policy. Let’s put the talking points aside and have a conversation about your plan to raise taxes in N.J. and my efforts for real tax reform in Washington D.C. Our mutual constituents deserve nothing less.

You have my cell phone number and should feel free to call me to discuss.

Friends And Neighbors Honor One Of Their Own

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaking today at the dedication of Governor Chris Christie Drive in Morris County today.

Starting Off On The Wrong Foot ALREADY?

New Jersey State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts.

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Sen. Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts. (SenateNJ.com)
Kean issued the following statement following today’s minimum wage announcement by Governor-elect Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker-designate Craig Coughlin:

“It’s clear that New Jerseyans are tired of the extreme partisanship that has consumed national politics in Washington, and they want more civility at all levels of government, including here in New Jersey.

“That’s why my first public statement following the election was an offer to work with Governor-elect Murphy and the Democratic leadership of the Senate and General Assembly on a proposed bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage to a fair and modern level and cut income taxes for middle-class New Jerseyans.

“My proposal was and remains a good faith effort to put aside partisanship and reach a reasonable compromise in a manner that most legislators, and their constituents, could support.

“While I’m disappointed that New Jersey’s Democratic leaders have not yet accepted my offer to work together, I remain hopeful that they will reconsider.

“It’s not too late for New Jersey to set an example for the rest of the country of how reasonable Republicans and Democrats can work together to improve the lives of everyone they represent.”

How To Capture The True Spirit Of It All . . .

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary welcomes all to attend an Open House followed by an evening of religious music and prayer during this year’s Advent season at the 30th annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Open House)
4:00 p.m. (Concert)
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County)

Future priests will guide tours through this historic Catholic landmark where visitors can view artwork treasures from the Seminary's collection, Papal artifacts from Pope Francis’ visit in 2015, explore the daily life of seminarians and learn about educational programs open to the general public. Tours last one hour and begin at 1:00 p.m. The final tour starts at 3:00 p.m.

Christmas crèches will be on display before the concert in the Ryan Memorial Library featuring dozens of Nativity scenes from around the world. In addition, Papal artifacts from the 2015 Philadelphia Apostolic visit will be on display. The concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Saint Martin of Tours Chapel and will feature the musicians and choir of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available on the Seminary campus. A free will offering will be collected at intermission for the Sisters of Life at Saint Malachy Parish.

Note: Founded in 1832, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has been forming men for priestly service in the Catholic Church for more than 180 years. In August 2017, the seminary reported an overall enrollment of 167 seminarians, an 11% increase over the spring 2017 enrollment and the largest overall enrollment since 2004. Of the 43 new seminarians including one student priest, 11 are seminarians studying for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. With the generosity of many, these young seminarians are able to successfully transform into the compassionate and loyal priests and inspiring leaders of tomorrow’s Church. For more information on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, please call 610-667-3394 or visit www.scs.edu.

Ever Wonder What Happens To THOSE Turkeys?

National Thanksgiving Turkeys Have Arrived 
Yesterday, two Thanksgiving turkeys arrived at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., where they are currently being pampered in preparation for the Presidential turkey pardoning tomorrow afternoon. One turkey will receive a pardon and the title of National Thanksgiving Turkey, while the other will serve as an official alternate should the pardoned turkey be unable to fulfill his duties.
This morning, the names of the two turkeys were announced – Drumstick and Wishbone. VOTE NOW to decide which turkey President Trump should pardon!
Following the ceremony, the turkeys will join last year’s turkeys at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit in Blacksburg, Virginia, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the university’s teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine.
Cutting Through the Spin on Tax Reform 
Denouncing Republican tax reform as a giveaway to large corporations is a blatant misdirection, says the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board. “The irony is that the Senate and House bills would do far more to stop corporate tax gaming than anything the Obama Administration did in eight years.”
“The truth is that it’s a serious attempt to fix a broken U.S. code that has festered for years and made America increasingly uncompetitive as a destination for mobile global capital,” they write. “The GOP reforms would help the economy and make it harder for corporations to avoid paying taxes.”
Read the full article here.
NCAA Champions Visit the White House 
On Friday, President Donald J. Trump hosted 18 NCAA championship teams at the White House. The President commended the student athletes for their extraordinary athletic achievements and their diligence in balancing a commitment to sport and excellence in the classroom.
The teams in attendance were: Oklahoma Men's Golf, Oklahoma Women's Gymnastics, Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics, Maryland Women's Lacrosse, Maryland Men's Lacrosse, West Virginia Rifle (Coed), University of Washington Women's Rowing, Penn State Women's Rugby, Penn State Men's Wrestling (Delegation), Oklahoma Softball, Virginia Men's Tennis, Arizona State Women's Triathlon, Florida Baseball, McKendree Women's Bowling, Texas A&M Men's Indoor Track and Field, Ohio State Men's Volleyball, and Utah Skiing.
See highlights from the event here.

President Donald J. Trump and the University of Oklahoma Softball NCAA Women's College World Series Champion Team | November 17, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)


This morning, President Trump received his daily intelligence briefing followed by a meeting with his Cabinet. Afterwards, the President had lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. Later, the President met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
This afternoon, First Lady Melania Trump will participate in the Christmas Tree Presentation at the White House. The tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be presented by the National Christmas Tree Association.


Tomorrow, President Trump will participate in the Presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

This Is The REAL News You Need Right Now!

The Washington Free Beacon
Under the leadership of President Trump, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, “Operation: Raging Bull” led to the arrest of nearly 300 members and associates of the infamous transnational gang MS-13, making the country safer by taking these criminals off the streets for good.
The Daily Signal
Last week AT&T announced it "has committed to investing $1 billion in the economy if Congress cuts corporate taxes." With these tax cuts—combined with the President's efforts to cut job-killing regulations—our country is poised for historic economic growth.
Business Insider
On Thursday evening, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act "advancing it to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber."
The New York Post
The House easily passed “a sweeping Republican tax bill that cuts taxes for corporations and many people.” The House voted 227-205 to approve the bill, and the victory advances a hopeful end-of-the-year legislative achievement for President Trump.
The New York Daily News
On Friday, President Trump welcomed 18 NCAA championship teams to the White House and congratulated them on their success. At one point during the event “joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump bowed his head in prayer along with members of the Oklahoma softball team.”
Associated Press
After the President intervened on their behalf with China's President Xi, the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China thanked the President for his efforts to help them come home.
The Wall Street Journal
In New York City, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross talked about the tough ongoing NAFTA negotiations, suggesting the “U.S. can pressure Mexico and Canada into big concessions because they have more to lose if the pact collapses.”
CBS Boston
“Just a few weeks after President Trump declared a public emergency with the opioid crisis,” a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shows a decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths across the state.
The Washington Free Beacon
In a White House meeting with top senior administration officials and diplomats, Vice President Pence promised that “help is on the way” for persecuted “Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq who are victims of genocide perpetuated by the Islamic State.”
The Washington Examiner
After President Trump’s vow to strike ISIS “10 times harder” following recent attacks, four senior Islamic State leaders have been killed over the past three weeks.
In New York, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 25 people sought for deportation, 24 of which had prior convictions for operation of a motor vehicle while drunk or impaired by drugs.