Friday, March 23, 2018

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Time To Debunk A Very Dangerous Myth!

Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein recently spoke at the National Council of Young Israel’s annual dinner, debunking the myth that Jerusalem is holy to Muslims.
“Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, under King David, 3,000 years ago,” Klein said. “It was never, ever, the capital of any other nation except Israel. When the Arabs conquered Palestine in 716, they made Ramla their capital, not Jerusalem.”
“The Jewish holy books mention Jerusalem 700 times. it is never, ever mentioned in the Quran. Even about Mohammed allegedly going from Jerusalem to heaven, in the Quran…this is described as a dream. He simply has a dream, and it says he went ‘from the farthest place to heaven.’ … And the nearest place, in the Quran, is Palestine. So clearly, it was not from Jerusalem.”
Klein also noted that the Arabs, historically, have not cared enough to invest in Jerusalem.
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UhOh! Some troubling Questions Are Looming . . .

New Jersey State Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40) said a new document provided by the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) raises questions about financial irregularities that occurred during NJ Acting Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio’s time in local government that will need to be answered at her confirmation hearing on Monday.

Sen. Kristin Corrado said that Acting Treasurer Muoio must answer questions at her confirmation hearing about missing and mishandled money during her time as a Mercer County Freeholder. (

“The Senate Judiciary Committee has a responsibility to carefully vet gubernatorial nominees to confirm that they’re qualified and fit for the office to which they’ve been appointed,” said Corrado, a member of the committee. “During our routine research into Acting Treasurer Muoio’s time as a Mercer County Freeholder, we were disturbed to learn that the county could not account for the receipt or appropriate use of $33 million of state and federal grants. Further, we were shocked to learn that hundreds of thousands of dollars went missing, which an independent auditor was unable to locate. Given Acting Treasurer Muoio’s indication to the Judiciary Committee that she worked ‘closely’ on budgets during her time in local office, we’d like to know if she can explain these financial discrepancies that occurred on her watch.”

The OLS memo includes a 2003 audit in which an independent auditor noted “an inability of management” at Mercer County at that time to reconcile accounts receivable, including nearly $22 million of grants authorized by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and more than $11.4 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The auditor noted that it was “unable to confirm these accounts receivable” or the assignment of grants to “specific projects approved” by the FAA, or, apparently, the NJDOT.

Corrado said these financial irregularities were concerning since the county’s property taxes increased by 86 percent during Muoio’s time working on the Mercer County budget.

“I’m concerned that during Acting Treasurer Muoio’s time managing Mercer County’s money, tens of millions in grants couldn’t be accounted for, nearly half-a-million dollars went missing, and county property tax bills skyrocketed,” added Corrado. “We need to know if she assumes responsibility for these irregularities, or if she overstated her involvement in managing the county’s fiscal affairs. These are questions that Acting Treasurer Muoio must be prepared to answer.”

Given the massive budget and tax increase proposal recently unveiled by the Murphy Administration, Corrado said it’s important for the Acting Treasurer to explain how her prior experience has prepared her for the responsibility of managing tens of billions of dollars of New Jersey taxpayers’ money.

“We must presume that Acting Treasurer Muoio helped to craft the Governor’s budget proposal, which includes the most spending in New Jersey history and a $1.7 billion tax increase,” Corrado concluded. “New Jersey taxpayers need assurances that the fiscal mismanagement that occurred during her watch in Mercer County won’t be repeated at the New Jersey Treasury.”

Big, New Retail Attractions Coming To South Jersey

The owners of the Moorestown Mall have announced the addition of two new anchor tenants at Moorestown Mall, as the PREIT continues to transform the anchor mix and further diversify tenancy across its portfolio. The new-to-market retailers (Home Sense and Sierra Trading Post) will occupy the former Macy’s space as part of the Company’s strategic anchor repositioning program and underscoring the mall's in attracting coveted brands to its lineup.

Home Sense will offer off-price home furnishings from top designer brands, providing shoppers with the popular treasure hunt experience. Occupying 25,000 square feet, it will be accessible from both the exterior and interior of the mall. Accompanying the home furnishings and accessories brand will be Sierra Trading Post, an off-price outdoor gear retailer in 18,000 square feet of space. Both are slated to open this year.

As the off-price retail segment continue to gain market share, the addition of these concepts will meet the demands of local shoppers and continue to differentiate the property within the marketplace.

Meanwhile, just up the road in Cherry Hill more stores and eateries are expected to make the Marketplace at Garden State Park their home. With the approval of Cherry Hill's Planning Board, the lifestyle shopping mecca is widely expected to add Home GoodsTJ Maxx and Shake Shack to its lineup. This would mark Shake Shack's fifth outlet in New Jersey and only the second in South Jersey.

Meanwhile, across from the Marketplace on Haddonfield Road, a new First Watch "daytime cafe" is expected to open. First Watch is dedicated to "the idea that people want a breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant that doesn’t moonlight with steaks or anything else later in the day." 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Watch Closely: Don't Let This Happen To YOU!

Watch closely -- a diner leaves a $20 tip only to have someone else snatch it. The waiter gets nothing!
Always make sure you give the tip to the waiter. Don't leave it on the table.

Enthralling? THAT Would Be An Understatement!

The setting was majestic
The sound was enthralling, with perfect acoustics.
And the whole experience was just this side of celestial.
We're talking about our afternoon this past weekend at Concerts at the Cathedral.
On Sunday, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia joined with Symphony in C and soloists Antonia Chehovska, Sienna Licht Miller, Abraham Bretón and Ben Wagner in remarkable performances of Jonathan Dove's In Beauty May I Walk, Caroline Shaw's Seven Joys and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy).
If you haven't experienced Concerts at the Cathedral (Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul) you haven't experienced one of the great musical delights of a city that is renowned for its rich classical music tradition.
Since its opening in 1864, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has enjoyed incredibly enriching musical experiences. From the days of William Thunder, Principal Organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra under famed director Leopold Stokowski, to the days of Peter LaManna, one of the United State’s leading Directors of Liturgical Music. Since its inception in 2011, Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica continues to liven the walls of this 150 year old cathedral with musical ensembles from all over the world.
Tickets for these magnificent concerts are very reasonably priced from $22.50 to $52.50 depending on the program, with substantial general admission price reductions for seniors and students.
Two more concerts are scheduled this season  and the whole experience is absolutely glorious.
We thank Karen Connor and Judith Spires for introducing us to this extraordinary season of music and commend Concerts at the Cathedral to you without hesitation!

Delicious, With A Specially-Priced Menu NOW!

The reason we roast our salmon on a cedar plank? To give it a slightly smoky taste and an incredibly tender texture. Enjoy this favorite with bright seasonal vegetables, featured on our $29.90 three-course Hello Spring menu right now at Seasons 52.
Hello Spring ends Thursday, May 10.

Taking A 'Deep Dive' Into DEEP DIVE!

What the hell is going on here?
All of a sudden everyone's taking a DEEP DIVE!
The phrase has become ubiquitous. We can't get away from all these deep dives.
Deep dive is described as "a technique used to rapidly immerse a group or team into a situation for problem solving or idea creation." Used for that purpose, the phrase is actually trademarked.
But then Stanford University describes deep dive as a "system to extract value from dark data. Like dark matter, dark data is the great mass of data buried in text, tables, figures, and images, which lacks structure and so is essentially unprocessable by existing software." So, that makes deep dive one of these nebulous, nerdy inventions.
But those are not the ways that we most often hear deep dive being used.
We're now hearing it used mostly to describe an in-depth examination or analysis of a topic. We say "mostly" because we're also hearing it used in other ways. For example, binging on episodes of Seinfeld or Game of Thrones might be described as a deep dive. And becoming obsessed with someone might be called taking a deep dive into the world of that person -- which makes it a bit creepy. And, of course, how can we avoid the fact that Mueller's investigation increasingly seems to be a very deep (and endlessly protracted) DIVE?
We're going to be very direct, here. When we first heard this phrase we sensed something murky about it -- something vaguely obscene. It's more than a deep dive into a swamp -- much more.
And we were right. On further examination, we also find that the Urban Dictionary describes deep dive as "the art of giving a deepthroat  . . . " Well, you can figure out the rest of that sentence. We won't go any further.
We don't like the phrase deep dive.  We're tired of hearing it -- tired of it already.
It's crude and messy and way, way too descriptive for us.
The solution? Deep flush it!

An Important Vote And Vital Issues Ahead!

A vote to fund our troops 

In the coming 36 hours, members of both houses of Congress will vote on an “omnibus” spending bill to keep our Federal government open. Omnibus bills cover a broad range of priorities, eliminating the need for many separate votes.

President Donald J. Trump supports the deal crafted by leaders on Capitol Hill and urges its swift passage. “The President had a discussion with Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell, where they talked about their shared priorities secured in the omnibus spending bill,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday. “The President and the leaders discussed their support for the bill.” 

This bill addresses many important needs, including:
  • The largest pay raise for American troops in a decade
  • More than 100 miles of new construction for the border wall
  • Key priorities here at home, such as combatting the opioid crisis and rebuilding infrastructure

Ending online sex trafficking 
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives in passing the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, meaning the bill will soon come to President Trump’s desk for signing. The President applauds the bipartisan proposal, which passed yesterday with a 97-2 vote.

“This bipartisan piece of legislation takes an important step forward in fighting the despicable act of human trafficking,” Press Secretary Sanders said yesterday. “The legislation empowers Federal, State, and local prosecutors to hold websites accountable for supporting the sale of sex trafficking victims.”

This legislation builds on the Administration’s far-reaching work during its first year to end modern slavery in all its forms. Ivanka Trump in particular has been a leader in that fight, hosting a White House discussion last week to lend her support to the bill.

President Trump meets with the Crown Prince 

As the United States continues to face threats from Iran and other sponsors of terror in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia remains one of America’s staunchest allies. This week, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington.

President Trump and the Crown Prince discussed joint efforts to finalize new commercial deals that would support more than 120,000 American jobs. The Crown Prince also thanked the President for American leadership in defeating ISIS and countering Iran’s destructive actions across the Middle East.

The Administration is committed to a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia for years to come. President Trump said he looks forward to the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the United States later this year.


The White House Rose Garden  | March 21, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


Today, President Trump will sign a Presidential Memorandum targeting China’s economic aggression before participating in a panel discussion at the Generation Next Summit.

This afternoon, Vice President Pence will travel to Manchester, New Hampshire, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.

This evening, the President and First Lady will host the Greek Independence Day Celebration.

His 'Final Days'? How Long Ago Was THAT?

Look at the magazine cover above.
It's from SPY magazine - now defunct.
The magazine died. But Donald Trump is now President of the United States.
Yeah, "Little Donald" who was in his "final days" when this failed magazine was published is now the leader of the free world.
And, get this: the cover that declared The Donald over and done with is now nearly thirty years old! That's right, it was published in August, 1990.
There are lessons here that need to be learned:
1) Never believe the dominant media line on Donald Trump -- or anyone else who the media may find distasteful at any given time.
2) Beware of smirky, smarmy, presumptive and overwhelmingly liberal media types when they feed you this type of condescending garbage.
3) Remember that, above all, Donald Trump is a surviver. Not only has he mastered the game of survival -- he invented it!
4) Keep in mind that Trump thrives on chaos and controversy -- even (and maybe specially so) when he is the trigger for the chaos and the source of the controversy.
5) Trump isn't afraid of 'em. He's not afraid of the media, not afraid or conventional (aka Beltway) wisdom, not afraid of the deep state and not afraid of those who would presume to sit in judgement of him and all of the rest of us. His attitude is "Bring it on!"
Finally, this is a guy who, no matter how adverse things may seem, almost always manages to find a way to win in the end.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This Just About Wraps It Up From Here, Folks!

Well, that's life here in Philly, hon!

More Cluttered Than Pa's Attic; AND More Fun!

At first glance you might mistake it for a musty (and sometimes rusty) hoarder's paradise.
Then again, some of it is downright creepy.
But turn a corner and you're a kid on a carousel all over again. Or you're delighting to the sound of a calliope as you approach the Big Tent at the circus. Or maybe you're a a ten-cent matinee in an old movie palace watching a black and white western. Then, you're spinning vinyl and listening to Patti Page or cranking up the old victrola or putting a new roll into the player piano.
That old 1955 Thunderbird is here along with a Maxwell, a Studebaker, a Hudson and lots more. You'll also find Manny, Moe and Jack, Cabbage Patch Kids, Ninja Turtles, clowns, smiley faces, gnomes, Christmas trees, vintage neon, 45 rpms, Uncle Sam, Paul Bunyan, Raggedy Ann and Andy, nutcrackers, cowboys and Indians, organ grinders, teddy bears and fully furnished dollhouses.
When you see all this -- all of it, all together in one place -- then you'll know your on the American Treasure Tour, a huge indoor attraction just outside Philadelphia in Oaks, PA.
American Treasure Tour is so vast you have to board a tram car to see it all as a guide delivers a humorous and inter-active presentation. You won't believe how much Americana one man has collected (a man who remains anonymous) so far. It's absolutely mind-boggling. AND, incredibly, what you'll see is only a small part of his collection!
Here are some of our photos of the American Treasure Tour. But you must actually experience it live and in-person to believe it!

All photos copyright 2018 by Dan Cirucci.

Have YOU Seen Any Of Them Today? Huh?

They were once a familiar sight.
They were ready, anxious, able.
And for the most part they worked hard and did a good job.
They learned how to be enterprising, helpful and efficient. And they also learned the value of a dollar.
These were important lessons. Plus, on top of all that, they were good neighbors as well.
What the hell happened?

His Message Seemingly Simple; His Impact, Profound!

And So, This Hallowed Journey Begins . . .

Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday 
March 25, 2018 – April 1, 2018

6:30 p.m. 

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Passion is proclaimed. It marks the beginning of Holy Week. Other Masses on Palm Sunday are: 5:15 p.m. (Anticipated Mass on Saturday, March 24th ; 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. (Procession and Solemn Mass); and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). 
10:00 a.m.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Each year, Archdiocesan priests are invited to concelebrate with the Archbishop and to renew their priestly promises.

During this Mass, Archbishop Chaput will bless the Oil of Catechumens as well as the Oil of the Sick and consecrate the Oil of Chrism. These holy oils will be used at parishes throughout the Archdiocese during the coming year in the celebration of the Sacraments. (mult-box feed available)

The Chrism Mass will be streamed live at as well as on Archbishop Chaput’s Facebook page at Additionally, the Mass will be broadcast live on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM, Domestic Church Media, as well as Holy Spirit Radio 1420 AM and 1570 AM.

7:30 p.m.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant. Reverend Monsignor Michael K. Magee, professor at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, will preach the homily. This Mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and gave us His commandment to love one another. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the Apostles at the Last Supper, the Archbishop will wash the feet of 12 seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament will continue from the conclusion of Mass until 11:00 p.m. 

3:00 p.m. 

Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside and preach at the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, commemorating the Holy Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. During the three hours from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be The Office of Readings at noon, The Way of the Cross at 1:00 p.m., and a Meditation on the Seven Last Words at 2:00 p.m. Confessions will also be heard during this time. 

EASTER VIGIL MASS – March 31st  
8:00 p.m. 
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Vigil Mass celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord. The Easter Vigil contains four components: Service of Light (Blessing of the Fire and Lighting of the Paschal Candle), Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, Catechumens (unbaptized candidates) and Candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths or baptized a Roman Catholic) will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Cathedral and other parishes throughout the Archdiocese at the Easter Vigil and during Easter Time. In 2018, close to 500 new Catholics will be welcomed into the Church over Easter.

12:30 p.m. 
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord. Other Masses on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. (Solemn Mass); and 2:00 p.m. (Spanish Mass in Cathedral Chapel.) There will not be a 6:30 p.m. Mass.