Friday, August 26, 2016

Have YOU Seen THESE? Hurry, Take A Look!

Yes, Incredible Obstacles CAN Be Overcome . . .

Felix Alberto of North Philadelphia, a recent graduate of Saint Gabriel’s Hall of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was honored as Pennsylvania’s GED® Student of the Year. As part of this recognition, he received a $1,000 dollar scholarship to the college of his choice and an iPad.

Graduates were nominated by their educators for their outstanding determination, hard work, and perseverance to pass the GED® test. The award was presented by GED® Testing Service at its national Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia.

Felix Alberto had a difficult childhood, facing poverty and neglect, but found caring support and renewed purpose at Saint Gabriel’s Hall. He successfully passed the GED® exam, received an 1140 out of 1600 on his SAT test, and acquired Microsoft and Servsafe certifications at Saint Gabriel’s Hall. He will be attending Kutztown State University on scholarship starting August 27th.

For his part, Felix expresses genuine gratitude for the help and support he has received: “Saint Gabriel’s Hall is the best thing that ever happened to me. I got the time I needed to find out who I really am, and the resources that I never had before, the best support system, and with all that I made a future for myself. The people at Saint Gabe’s truly go out of their way to see potential in someone. I thought I was going to be a failure, but Saint Gabriel’s Hall changed all that for me.”

Saint Gabriel’s Hall is a residential program located in Audubon, PA for court-adjudicated male youths. It offers a year-round academic program as well as career and technical education in Culinary Arts, Microsoft Office, Building and Landscape Maintenance, and Youth Build Construction. Since 1898, Saint Gabriel’s Hall has been serving troubled youth in the spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers.  

Here's One Idea We Can All Support Right Now!

New Jersey State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex, Bergen, Morris) sent a letter to the FDA calling for the agency to work swiftly to approve generic epinephrine auto-injectors to combat Mylan’s apparent monopoly on the market. O’Toole sponsors a bill to combat Mylan’s EpiPen price hike by providing a tax credit to retailers who keep the drug affordable.
Sen. Kevin O’Toole sent a letter to the FDA calling for swift approval of generic EpiPens in order to combat Mylan’s monopoly on the market. (Flickr)

“It is baffling to me that although EpiPens have been on the market for many years, the FDA has yet to approve any generics,” Senator O’Toole said. “It seems that Mylan’s deplorable price hike was, in part, a response to competition from generic EpiPens that were awaiting FDA approval. I strongly urge the FDA to uphold its mission to serve the public health by speeding innovations that make medicine more affordable. We cannot stand by and allow Mylan to put lives at risk. Families need affordable options now.”

Sen. O’Toole’s letter was distributed today, Aug. 26, 2016, to Dr. Robert M. Califf, who serves as the U.S. Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Dr. Califf:

As I’m sure you and your office are aware of the recent news reports regarding the borderline monopolistic price increases of over 500 percent in less than 10 years by Mylan NV regarding their Epi-Pen product, I write to you today asking for intervention by the FDA on this matter.

While I find it troubling that any one company can hold an exclusive patent on a public health product until 2025, what puzzles me even more is that there appears to be no generic products in the marketplace to ensure Mylan does not hold a monopoly on epinephrine auto-injectors. Your mission statement clearly outlines that the “FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable…”

Certainly your agency can not be satisfied by the speed of innovation regarding epinephrine auto-injectors given that Mylan holds a virtual monopolistic grip on the market and therefore can unconscionably raise the price of Epi-Pens to over $600. As a matter of fact, it has been cited in news outlets that the cause of the most recent price increase of Epi-Pens by Mylan was a direct result of generic competition from Teva Pharmaceuticals. Your agency delayed its approval of Teva’s generic epinephrine auto-injector, yet Mylan never lowered their price.

It is clear to me and so many others that Mylan’s pricing strategy is driven in large part by the fact that they are the only product on the market. Such behavior was the impotence for the enactment of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. While the FDA is not charged with addressing monopolistic behavior, your agency is charged with “advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines…more affordable.”

I respectfully request, on behalf of the constituents that I represent here in New Jersey, that your agency adhere to your mission statement and work to “speed innovations” and work with any company seeking to provide patients with alternatives for auto-injectors so that no one is subject the Mylan’s apparent bottom-line driven pricing strategy. This behavior simply cannot be tolerated, and the only way to do that is by the FDA adhering to their fundamental charge.

I thank you for taking my letter into consideration, and am available should you wish to speak further on this matter.

Kevin J. O’Toole
New Jersey Legislative District 40

Now THIS Is The Kind Of Fearless Fighter We Need!

Following the speech Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton gave yesterday in Reno, Nevada, Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] released the following statement:

"It is rich that Hillary Clinton, whose radical position on abortion puts her at odds with Pope Francis, the entire Catholic Church and the basic human right to life, would call out her opponent for having an alleged feud with the Pope," said Congressman Rothfus. "Hillary Clinton should take a close look in the mirror. She herself is a politician who would attack both innocent human life and religious liberty in one blow by requiring taxpayers and those paying for insurance plans -- including religious organizations -- to fund abortion, including the abhorrent practice of partial birth abortion."

Hearing Voices, Seeing Conspirators, Blaming . . .

For more than 30 years all she;s been doing is blaming others.
Blaming everybody except herself and her partner in crime.

Well, You Tell Us: Who Wore It Better?

A Vivid Celebration Of Award-Winning Design!

Three DesignPhiladelphia Events with Stephen Burks organized by Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

National Design Award-winner to visit Philadelphia Museum of Art, CHAD, and Roche Bobois in October

Designer Stephen Burks will take part in a three-event celebration of his achievements during DesignPhiladelphia in October 2016. Burks will conduct a workshop with students at the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, present an illustrated lecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and exhibit his recent work at Roche Bobois’ Old City showroom. The events are organized by Collab, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s friends group supporting modern and contemporary design; the Center for Architecture and Design; Stephen Burks Man Made; and Roche Bobois home décor.

Burks first collaborated with Roche Bobois in 2014 to design the European TRAVELER Hooded Armchair. In 2015, the Brooklyn-based designer became the first African American to win the National Design Award for product design. While the furniture and products created by his studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, reflect cutting-edge contemporary design, they also incorporate elements drawn from authentic craft traditions, including Senegalese basket-making and industrial manufacturing in a process he calls “returning the hand to industry.” Since 2005, Burks has consulted with nonprofits including Aid to Artisans, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa, Artesanias de Colombia and the Nature Conservancy, uniting the artisan, the designer, and global brands. Burks has created designs for international clients including Boffi, Cappellini, Dedon, Harry Winston, Missoni, Swarovski, and Roche Bobois, who will host the exhibition of Burks’ work at Roche Bobois Philadelphia from October 7 through October 15, including a closing event on Saturday, October 15. His work can be seen at

“I'm looking forward to being part of such an exciting series of events that puts Philadelphia on the design calendar every year," said Burks. "Sharing my work with the students from CHAD, as well as all of the supporters of design in this great city, will be the highlight of my visit."

On the morning of Friday, October 14, Burks will visit the Charter High School for Architecture + Design at 7th & Sansom Streets. Working with 30 students, Burks will demonstrate his technique that combines traditional craft with contemporary design.

On October 14 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Burks will present “Stephen Burks Man Made” in the Van Pelt Auditorium of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The illustrated lecture will survey his innovative furniture, lighting and product design. The lecture is free after Museum admission.

From Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 15 a special exhibition, Stephen Burks Man Made Collab, will be featured in the Roche Bobois showroom at 311 Arch Street. The exhibition includes furniture from Burks’ new Roche Bobois Outdoor Traveler collection using vibrant leather woven cord and several pieces from his sculptural Stephen Burks Man Made Material Compositions. The showroom is open daily, 10:00am-6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., with a closing event on Saturday, October 15.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oh Yeah -- More Revelations Are On The Way!

Judicial Watch today announced that a federal court has ordered the State Department to review newly found Clinton emails and turn over responsive records by September 13. And, in two other Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the State Department is scheduled to release additional emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email system beginning September 30. In a court filing this week, the State Department admitted it had found Benghazi-related documents among the 14,900 Clinton emails and attachments uncovered by the FBI that Mrs. Clinton deleted and withheld from the State Department.

The first batch of new emails comes in response to a court order issued today in a November 13, 2015, Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit filed against the Department of State seeking all communications between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House from the day of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and throughout the following week.

 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dr. Larry Kawa of Boca Raton, Florida, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division (Larry Kawa v. U.S. Department of State (No. 9:15-cv-81560)). Today’s order requiring the production of the emails from the 14,900 new Clinton emails as well as any other communications or emails from the other materials recently delivered to the State Department by the FBI was issued by U.S. District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas. The courtruled:
The State Department shall search the material, determine whether any responsive records exist, and complete its first production of non-exempt records, to the extent any exist, by September 13, 2016.
In a separate case, Judicial Watch has been seeking Clinton’s communications about the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, during which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith were killed. A second assault targeted a nearby compound, killing two government contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00692)).

After admitting in an August 23 court filing that it found documents that “satisfied the [Benghazi related] search terms” of the new Clinton emails, the State Department proposed a rolling production schedule, “under which State would make its first production of any non-exempt responsive records subject to FOIA on September 30, 2016, and complete production no later than October 31, 2016.” Judicial Watch then asked the court that State make known the volume of documents remaining to be reviewed before it accepts whether the production schedule is reasonable. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta informed the attorneys the Court wants to schedule a hearing on this issue for Tuesday, August 30.

Judicial Watch is also scheduled to receive documents from the State Department in a case arising out of FOIA lawsuit before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton. The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the system. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)). Judge Sullivan has now issued a court order stating:[
T]he State Department shall release all remaining documents responsive to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act request by no later than September 30, 2016.
The 14,900 new Clinton emails were uncovered as a result of separate Judicial Watch litigation seeking all of Mrs. Clinton’s work related emails. At a status hearing this week, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the State Departm

ent to report to the Court the volume of documents reviewed and be prepared to commit to a production schedule at a further status hearing on September 23, 2016.

“It is astonishing that Hillary Clinton tried to delete and hide Benghazi emails and documents. No wonder federal courts in Florida and DC are ordering the State Department to stop stalling and begin releasing the 14,900 new Clinton emails,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Is One Of These Things Related To The Other, Huh?

A Facebook friend writes:

Next time you hear Hillary, or any other Democrat, ranting about Republicans wanting to disenfranchise minorities by requiring voter ID, keep the following in mind:

* In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility).

* In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations - and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (Another statistical impossibility).

* In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters .

* In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.

* The National SEAL Museum, a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout.

* Palm Beach County, FL had a 141% voter turnout

* In one Ohio County, Obama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters .

NOTE: Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote.

The worst part is that in 2012, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio all had Republican governors. Florida and Ohio still do!
Imagine that.....

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Soon To A Theater Near You . . .

In September, from director Ron Howard.

Remember: Facts Are VERY Stubborn Things!

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Communications Director Megan Sweeney released the following statement regarding the announcement of Tim Kaine’s upcoming stops in Pennsylvania.

“When Tim Kaine comes to Pennsylvania, he’s going to see a state that’s been devastated by the Obama-Clinton agenda,” Sweeney said. “Over the past eight years, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has gone up, more families are living in poverty and small business are being crushed by overregulation. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want Pennsylvania to continue on the path of fewer jobs, higher taxes and more Obamacare. After the failures of the past eight years, middle-class Pennsylvanians can’t afford to send more of their shrinking paychecks to Washington.”

Pennsylvanians Are Making Less Money Under Obama
During The Obama Administration, Median Household Income In Pennsylvania Has Fallen $1,348, From $56,521 In 2008 To $55,173 In 2014.(Census, Accessed 9/16/2015)

More Pennsylvanians Are Living In Poverty Under Obama
Under Obama, The Poverty Rate In Pennsylvania Has Increased By 1.5 Percentage Points, From 11.0 Percent In 2008 To 12.5 Percent In 2014.(Census, Accessed 9/16/2015)

Under Obama, 246,000 More People In Pennsylvania Have Fallen Into Poverty, An Increase Of 18.4 Percent. (Census, Accessed 9/16/2015)

Clinton’s Harmful Economic Agenda Will Shrink Pennsylvania’s Economy, Lower Pennsylvanian’s Wages And Cost Pennsylvania Jobs 
According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton’s Tax Proposals Would “Reduce The Economy’s Size By 1 Percent.” “According to the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton’s tax plan would reduce the economy’s size by 1 percent in the long run.” (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, “Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton’s Tax Proposals,” Tax Foundation, 1/26/2016)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton’s Tax Proposals Would Result In “311,000 Fewer Full-Time Equivalent Jobs.” “According to the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton’s tax plan would reduce the economy’s size by 1 percent in the long run. The plan would lead to 0.8 percent lower wages, a 2.8 percent smaller capital stock, and 311,000 fewer full-time equivalent jobs. The smaller economy results from somewhat higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor income.” (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, “Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton’s Tax Proposals,” Tax Foundation, 1/26/2016)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton’s Tax Proposals Would “Lead To … Lower Wages.” “The plan would lead to 0.8 percent lower wages, a 2.8 percent smaller capital stock, and 311,000 fewer full-time equivalent jobs. The smaller economy results from somewhat higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor income.” (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, “Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton’s Tax Proposals,” Tax Foundation, 1/26/2016)

LOOK: Some Great Programs On Tap For The Fall!

For Rock & Roll Fans...
Don't miss the National Museum of American Jewish History's exciting lineup of fall programs in conjunction with the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, opening on September 16. 

Sunday, September 18, 2 - 8 pm
Featuring WMGK's John DeBella, with Bill Graham's sons, David and Alex Graham, former wife and concert poster artist Bonnie MacLean, and more. Full schedule online.

Presented with WMGK and WMMR.

$36/$25 Members
Includes all panels, meet-and-greet reception with presenters, and private after-hours exhibition access
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Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm
Join legendary Philadelphia-based concert and tour promoter Larry Magid as he shares personal insights into his six-decade career in the music industry that began on the street corners of West Philadelphia and left an indelible mark on concert history. Moderated by WHYY Arts and Culture reporter Peter Crimmins.

This series has been anonymously endowed by a friend of the Museum and admirer of all Dreamers and Doers.
Media Sponsor: WHYY

$18/$15 Members
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For Politics Enthusiasts...
Thursday, September 29 at 7 pm
Featuring Penn professors John J. DiIulio, John Lapinski, and Melissa Wilde, with Jane Eisner, Editor In Chief of The Jewish Daily Forward. Moderated by Dick Polman, National Political Columnist, NewsWorks/WHYY.

Presented with Penn's Jewish Studies Program and Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the National Constitution Center, and sponsored by the Arlene and Stanley Ginsburg Family Foundation.

$8/Free for NMAJH and NCC Members and PennCard holders
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For Film Lovers...
Thursday, September 22
Join us to celebrate this global initiative of filmmakers and Museum OPEN artists, Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg. Drop in throughout the day for screenings of their short films, including The Making of A Mensch, and learn how you can participate in their Museum film project.

Free with Museum Admission
No advance registration required

Rock Docs with World Cafe Live and WXPN
Join us for a cinematic celebration of the rock and roll revolution of the '60s and '70s with its flower power, youth, and psychedelic music, through these classic concert docs. Curated by longtime film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Carrie Rickey, in conjunction with the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.

The Last Waltz with WXPN on Wednesday, November 30
6 pm: Special Highs in the 70s Hangout at the Museum with WXPN's Dan Reed
7 pm: Film (USA, 1978, 117 min., Dir. Martin Scorsese)

Monterey Pop with World Cafe Live on Thursday, December 8
6 pm: World Cafe Live Party at the Museum
7 pm: Film (USA, 1968, 79 min., Dir. D.A. Pennebaker)

$15 General Admission
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Click here for a full list of programs in conjunction with the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. For a list of all of our Fall programs, please see our web calendar.

Hey, Do YOU Fall Into Any Of These Categories?

Still have any?
Don't look at us.
We got rid of our last pair in the spring.

A Critical Warning - NOT Just For Catholics!

Absolutely No One Has Ever Said It Better!