Saturday, April 18, 2015

Uphold Catholic Teachings At Catholic Institutions!

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

Why is the University of San Diego snubbing the Vatican?

Last year, the Vatican responded to USD's annual drag show by calling it "scandalous"… but USD decided to ignore the Vatican and hosted its fourth drag show on the first full day in office for San Diego's new bishop.

And it gets worse. Please tell me on Facebook what you think of our shocking report: Of the 65 Catholic college and law school alumni who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, more than half have voted in favor of abortion.

But in Chile, a Cardinal is taking a strong stand for Catholic identity by banning a dissident professor from teaching theology in a pontifical university.  Details have been sketchy and sometimes inaccurate, so we got the "inside scoop" from a veteran journalist at the Catholic News Agency.

And we also spoke directly to the Cleveland diocese, which continues the wonderful trend of updating teacher contracts to protect the Catholic identity of Catholic schools—a trend that seems only to be controversial in San Francisco! In response to the latest ploy by protesters, our own Dan Guernsey has strong words about "tolerance" in his hometown by the Bay.

And don't miss our reports on why experts say that Catholic liberal arts majors should consider a business career, and read what we think about Wyoming Catholic College's tough decision to forego federal student aid.

Also, please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Ken Whitehead, a friend of The Cardinal Newman Society and defender of faithful Catholic education.  May God grant him eternal peace and joy!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Patrick Reilly

Christie Video: 'Nobody Threw A Beer At Me'

Name Philly Airport After Benjamin Franklin?

Here is a very special message from the Independence Hall Foundation:

This week marks the 225th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest men who ever lived, Philadelphia's own Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790).

Ben Franklin International Airport
Dr. Franklin's lifelong career as statesman, diplomat, politician, philosopher, scientist, inventor, author, humorist, and printer is beyond comparison.  

Franklin wasn't simply his era's Steve Jobs. He was Steve Jobs, 
Condoleezza Rice, Milton FriedmanAlbert EinsteinWill Rogers,
Mark Twain, and John Quincy Adams contained in one human package.

The Independence Hall Foundation seeks to resurrect Franklin's prominence on the world stage by rechristening Philadelphia International Airport in his honor. 

Philadelphia Magazine has published an online commentary by Foundation members Don Adams and Michael Johns promoting the Ben Franklin International Airport. 

To read the commentary, we invite you to click on the following

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Sneak Peek At Groban's New Broadway Album!

Bring Him Home by Josh Groban from Les Misérables and Josh Groban's forthcoming album Stages.
Preorder 'Stages' Deluxe Bundle here:

PA. Supreme Court Candidates Debate, 4/19, 4/20

Abraham, Ageism And Those Ever-Pesky Pundits

Our dear friend Christine Flowers has written a wonderful column in the Philadelphia Daily News about age and ageism in America with thoughts about the age of politicians and public servants and the current Philadelphia mayoral race. Here's an excerpt:

"When [Lynne] Abraham fell at the podium and was unconscious for a few moments, some pundits wrote her political eulogy before she had the chance to say, 'The tough cookie has not yet crumbled.' The swiftness with which this became received wisdom, as in 'she's cooked,' was an example of how cynical the pundits have become about what truly matters in the makeup of a candidate."

Pope May Visit Cuba As Part Of USA Trip

The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., in response to questions from journalists regarding the possibility of Pope Francis visiting Cuba, has affirmed that “the Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea of making a stop in Cuba on the occasion of his upcoming trip to the United States. 
However, contacts with the Cuban authorities are still in too early a phase for it to be possible to regard this as a firm decision or an operative plan”.

Video: Sexy ESPN Reporter Goes Ballistic; Profanity

Once the above video surfaced, ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for one week. The reporter dresses down a towing-lot attendant in brutally ugly fashion. She has since apologized on Twitter.
Hey, we had our car towed once like this (years ago in Manhattan) and we're forced to go down to the riverfront to a caged area (guarded by dogs) to reclaim it -- at a high price. We were angry -- but polite and dutiful. We had no other choice, and we knew it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Male-On-Male Groping TSA Agents Fired - Video

Can You Reinvent Yourself? Find Out On 4/23!

The Kickoff of PPRA's 70th Anniversary Year
Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Celebration of Reinvention
with the Philadelphia Public Relations Association 
Keynote with William J. Marrazzo  
Chief Executive Officer and President of WHYY, Inc.
A pioneering Philadelphia corporate leader, Bill Marrazzo has helped reimagine public broadcasting, turning WHYY into the region's largest and most successful public media provider. He'll explain how WHYY anticipates change and uses on-air and online content to drive audience engagement and remain an industry leader even as it begins its 61st year.

Panel Discussion on  
"The Art and Craft of Reinvention: Why, How and When"
A group of pros who have reinvented themselves and/or clients gives you the lowdown on this critical key to survival. Learn how to adapt, renew and thrive in any environment.

Confirmed Panelists:
  • Marc Brownstein - President and CEO of the Brownstein Group, one of Philadelphia's oldest and most-respected public relations and branding agencies which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • Danny Cevallos - CNN and HLN legal analyst and online columnist who is a successful criminal defense attorney. He's also guest hosted Court TV's "In Session" program.
  • Peggy Giordano - Former Director of Programming at CNBC and former Executive Producer at Bloomberg News, she began her career as a teacher and is now a media consultant.
  • Dan Gross - President of Gross Communications, specializing in strategic and crisis communications, social media, media training and labor relations. Formerly a Philadelphia Daily News columnist, he was President of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Gina F. Rubel - An attorney and President, CEO and founder of  Furia-Rubel Communications, a full-service marketing and public relations shop listed among the top firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal for 10+ years. 
  • Moderated by  Dr. Ross Brinkert - Associate Professor of Corporate Communication, Penn State University. Dr. Brinkert's specialties include personal branding and organizational change.

Join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program. Beer/wine bar and plentiful treats as we network, share our anniversary kickoff with our distinguished guests and toast the future of our association and our profession!


Walk-in and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be emailed to by April 21, 2015. No-shows who have registered by fax, mail or via the web, who have not cancelled their reservations will be charged the registration fee.  No refunds after April 21, 2015.


Thursday, April 23
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Registration & Networking

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District 
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA19106

Registration Fees:
$49 for PPRA Members
$69 for Non-members
$35 for Students
Additional $5 for Walk-in Registrations


Online Registration

Printable Registration Form

PPRA Website

Alabama Shakes In Philly 9/17; Tickets, 4/25


Alabama Shakes
with very special guests Drive-by Truckers

Alabama Shakes perform live at Philadelphia's Mann Center on September 17th with very special guests Drive-by Truckers. The Shakes tour in support of their highly anticipated sophomore album Sound & Color due for release on April 21st.
Alabama Shakes broke out in 2012 with their debut release Boys & Girls, featuring the hit single "Hold On," and earned the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 25th at 10AM online via,, 800-745-3000, or the Mann Box Office.

How Lynne Abraham Will Bring Jobs To Philly

Here is a very special message from Lynne Abraham:

Right now, middle class families are struggling because there aren’t enough good-paying jobs in Philadelphia. Income inequality is growing and we need real solutions to address it. That’s why, earlier this afternoon, I released my jobs plan to create more jobs and better paying jobs in our city. Will you click here and sign my petition to show your support for my plan?

I am the only candidate with a real and specific plan to bring more and better paying jobs to Philadelphia. My plan has real solutions to upgrade our education and job training, revive key commercial corridors, build world-class infrastructure, and ensure a safe, livable city so we bring good-paying jobs to Philadelphia. 

I hope you will read my plan and sign my petition to bring middle class jobs to our city by clicking the link below:

There is nothing more important to our city’s success than creating new good-paying jobs. That’s why my plan will reform City Hall and our tax system to make it easier for startups and small business to come to Philadelphia and to grow in Philadelphia. Click here to read my entire jobs plan and sign my petition to show your support for my plan.

I am the only candidate who has the executive experience to lead on day one. As the District Attorney for 19 years and the head of the Redevelopment Authority, I know how to create jobs. 

But I cannot implement this jobs plan without your support. Click the link below to sign my petition and your signature will send a powerful message: 

Thank you for your support,

- Lynne

Never To Be Forgotten - Never Again!

Yom Hashoah memory of the six million Jews who were slaughtered for no reason other than that they were Jews. Never again!