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

They Willingly And Wantonly 'Abuse The Law'


Tucker Carlson interviews Keith Fink a UCLA Professor that claims that the college is blocking students from taking his class based on free speech because of his conservative views. Keith Fink does not have tenure and is speaking out regardless because what the UCLA University is doing the wrong thing.

Sensible? Could Be A Plan We Could All Live With

The Association of Mature American Citizens has unveiled a plan to enable a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. AMAC president Dan Weber said “it is designed to swap out many of the most difficult, inefficient and unfair elements of Obamacare with a new, expanded Health Savings Account option that provides tax free coverage for all Americans.”

Under the AMAC proposal an individual or group would obtain a complete package
 including medical care as well as insurance policies of their choice. “If you are a young man of 27 you won’t have to purchase maternity coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act.”

Employers who choose the HSA for their employees would receive a tax deduction as an incentive. Employees would use pre-tax dollars to pay for their costs, including premium payments, under the plan as would individuals who purchase HSAs. Coverage would be sold by qualified agents from the private sector who would counsel each person individually as to the choices available to them, thus assuring a smooth transition.

Under Obamacare most people pay a co-pay and a large deductible for medical services in addition to high premiums. However, the proposed HSA would provide for visits to a local doctor with no additional costs. All deductibles would be paid for with pre-tax dollars out of the savings portion of the HSA, eliminating a financial burden in the event of a major operation.

“Low income individuals and families would be covered under the HSA utilizing government subsidies. The difference between their coverage under the ACA and their coverage under the HSA is that they would not have any copays and would have funds they can use for deductibles,” Weber explained.

As for catastrophic coverage, under Obamacare there is a $6,000.00 deductible that must be paid out of pocket. “The savings feature in our HSA would be used to pay deductibles. Users would put in roughly $150.00 or more each month in order to accumulate funds in their accounts. At that rate, you would have about $6,000.00 saved in about three years.”

What if you have the plan for only about a year and you need the $6,000 but only have $1,000 in your account? Weber said AMAC spoke with officials at American Bankers Association, which has a division called the HSA Counsel. And, he said, banks would be willing to write short-term loan built into the new HSA. Payments for the loan would be made each month automatically with a portion of your pre-tax HSA deposits.

“As for those who can’t afford to pay for an HSA, our proposal calls for the establishment of what we call Pro Bono Care under which doctors would treat needy patients for free. We conducted a survey and found that some 350,000 doctors and nurse practitioners would be willing to participate in the Pro Bono Care program. If each one took 20 patients, that’s 7 million needy people who would be covered.”

The AMAC plan provides for doctor visits as needed with no copays, according to Weber. No one can be denied coverage. The cash portion of the plan is owned by the policyholder and may be used for retirement when they become eligible for Medicare. The loan provision guarantees funds to cover deductibles. Sons and daughters of those insured under the HSA would be eligible for coverage under their parents’ plans until the age of 26. Individuals with pre-existing conditions would be covered. And, the Pro Bono Care feature ensures that all Americans would have access to healthcare, even the poorest individuals and their families.

“Although Congress must first take advantage of the features we propose for an Obamacare replacement and President Trump would have to sign the law itself, we are calling our proposal The Trump HSA to honor the 45th President of the United States. We did not seek his approval, but we felt compelled to give credit where credit is due for the prospect of a sea change for the better in the way we provide coverage for our citizens,” Weber concluded.

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.

You Just Won't Believe It - Amazing!

Friday, February 24, 2017

WOW! What A Week -- And So Much More To Come!

Here is a very special message from the Trump team:
With just over a month of presidency under his belt, you've seen what President Trump’s incredible work ethic has accomplished in a short period of time. The President is jump-starting job creation, saving taxpayers money, restoring public safety, draining the swamp, and keeping his promise to defend the Constitution.

You want a government that serves the people -- not the donors and not the special interests. You want a Government that keeps its promises. A great spirit of optimism is sweeping all across the country. It is a new day in America and President Donald Trump is making us proud again.

Learn more about how the President and Vice President are achieving results for the American people below.
THIS WEEK
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  • Making America Great Again
    President Trump held a rally on Saturday in Florida to talk to supporters about all the progress in Making America Great Again. It's important to the President to be among the people who he's working for every day. This past election was a great movement - a movement we've never seen before in our country. President Trump put it best when he said, "I want to be in a room filled with hardworking American patriots who love their country, who salute their flag, and who pray for a better future."

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  • Honoring The Millions Of African-Americans Who Built Our National Heritage
    On Tuesday, President Trump visited the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC. President Trump toured the museum with Dr. Ben Carson and his family, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and Alveda King — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece. President Trump pledges to do everything he can to continue that promise of freedom for African Americans and for every American. He's proud that we now have a museum that honors the millions of African American men and women who built our national heritage, specifically emphasizing faith, culture, and the unbreakable American spirit.
  • Cutting Waste In The Government's Budget
    Our national debt has doubled over the last eight years. President Trump held a budget meeting this week that set the tone for cutting wasteful government spending and putting taxpayer dollars to good use. The President wants the American people to know that our budget will reflect the priorities of the American people and he will be directing all government departments and agencies to protect every last American and every last tax dollar starting with the first budget. No more wasted money.
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  • Showing The World What America Is All About

    Vice President Pence rolled up his sleeves on Thursday and showed the world what America is all about. After vandalism struck a Jewish cemetery in Missouri, VP Pence made a surprise visit to help with the clean-up effort. There's no place in America for hatred, or acts of violence, prejudice, or anti-semitism. That steadfast sentiment was proven this week in Missouri and under President Trump's leadership it is inspiring the nation.
  • Supporting Small Businesses Across America
    This week, Vice President Pence visited Fabick Cat Factory in Missouri, a true American success story of a family-owned business owned and operated since its founding in 1917. Today, Fabick Cat, a machinery manufacturer, has 1,100 employees at 37 locations throughout the Midwest. VP Pence wanted to let this company, all their workers, all the small business owners in attendance, and all small business owners across the country know that President Trump is the best friend America’s small businesses will ever have. Make no mistake about it, America finally has a President who’s going to support and fight for small businesses every single day.
We're united together by history and by providence. We are making America strong again. We are making America proud again. We are making America safe again. And we are making America great again -- greater than ever before.

As a quick reminder CPAC is this week in Washington, DC. If you're in DC, look for our booth and pick up Official Trump-Pence gear! Can't make it? Use this coupon code 'CPAC2017' to get 10% off your online order at our shop - visit now by clicking here shop.donaldjtrump.com.

We're in this together and we can't thank you enough for your continued support.
Team Trump-Pence
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Hey, Has THIS Ever Occurred To You? Huh?

In The New York Times? REALLY? Today?

Our thanks to Jeremy W. Peters for quoting us quite correctly today in the New York Times as we were interviewed at CPAC:
Here's the excerpt from the story "Stephen Bannon Reassures Conservatives Uneasy About Trump":
It was not as if the support for Mr. Trump, who will speak to the conference Friday morning, is not enthusiastic.
These should be good times for conservatives — and much of the time they are. They control not just the White House but both houses of Congress and appear on the verge of regaining a majority on the Supreme Court. They have not dominated so many state governments in close to a century.“I always said he’s not a stupid man. And if he has the right people around him he’s going to do the right thing,” said Daniel Cirucci of Cherry Hill, N.J., who was standing in line on Thursday evening to listen to Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative he said he deeply admired. “I think he realizes the enormity of the job,” Mr. Cirucci added. “Now does that mean Trump is going to stop being Trump? No.”
We complimented Mr. Peters when he interviewed us in a packed hallway (Carole Cirucci was interviewed as well) and told him that we appreciated the care that he took with the interview. He was very courteous and attentive.
Click here for the full story.

Reaching Out Now To Cheer Our Heroes!

Retired military service members and senior citizens at the Souderton Adult Day Care Center, a Catholic Health Care Services program for older adults in Montgomery County, are teaming up with Merck Pharmaceuticals, to make Saint Patrick’s Day cards and pins for current service men and women actively deployed in Afghanistan.

Monday, February 27, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Souderton Adult Day Care Center
228 Ridge Avenue
Souderton, PA 18964 (Montgomery County)

Souderton Adult Day Care provides support and care in a home-like environment that enables older adults facing physical and cognitive challenges to remain active. Staff and volunteers from the center use creativity to unlock self-expression and artistic abilities that are preserved, despite the increase of cognitive challenges. Each card will help to lift the spirit of a soldier and will use the tagline, “We give back what the disease takes away.”

The center provides nursing services, medical management, nutritionally balanced meals and daily activities such as cooking, gardening, and exercise. The program is tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual and family and is available full and half day, offering respite for caregivers.

Note: Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia provides services and housing for seniors, supporting them to remain in their homes and communities. CHCS services for older adults include four senior centers, In-Home Support Program, Certified Geriatric Care Management and a growing portfolio of senior living communities.

For more information about Souderton Adult Day Care, contact Deborah Lytle at 267-219-7986.