Friday, May 26, 2017

When, Oh When, Oh WHEN Will We Ever Learn?



The advice you see above comes from Beata Szydło, Prime Minister of Poland.
Poland is a country that knows a thing or two about armed suppression, invasion and the loss of freedom. And the Prime Minister's message is as clear and justified and wise as it can be.
But we fear that once again this sort of sound advice will fall on deaf ears.
Why?
Because, like much of America, Europe has totally lost its way when it comes to how to respond to terrorists and terrorism.
Sadly, the limp, liberal response still rules the day. The response goes like this: Express outrage, then organize a candlelight vigil and march under the banner of "unity" born of "compassion." Sing Kumbaya or similar sweet nonsense, pay homage at a roadside vigil, post a quickly-devised empathetic symbol or emoji on social media and then, then -- go back to your normal routine and wait to be attacked again!
That's the formula.
And it's being carried out over and over and over again.
And you and I know (or should know by now) that it just doesn't work.
But too many "leaders" and too much of the media and academia and entrenched interests and the popular culture keep pressing this response. And, the seemingly clueless, apparently docile masses who follow them keep falling into line.
This is more than disheartening.
It's more than depressing.
It's more than degenerative.
It's downright self-defeating.
It's unquestionably the clear and ominous route to subjugation.
So, let us end by borrowing the final line from one of those mindless, rainbow-colored liberal anthems that have led us down this dismal road before: When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Let Everyone Know!



. . . and it's gonna be that way for quite some time, so just get used to it!

Not Simply A Worthy Cause, But A Labor Of Love!

The Cathedral Parish of Philadelphia has revitalized the Keys and Sword Event, a fundraising effort of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, which previously took place from 2008 to 2012. 

This year, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Saint Francis Inn, a ministry to the poor and homeless located in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. The remainder of the proceeds will help support the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and its ministerial outreach to the community.

Friday, June 23, 2017
6:30 p.m. (Cocktails)
7:30 p.m. (Dinner)
The Logan Philadelphia Hotel
One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets can be purchased by visiting: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=5328d3 prior to June 1st. The event is black-tie optional and complimentary parking is available at the Cathedral.

For several years in the past, the Cathedral Parish acknowledged a member of the religious or civic community with the Keys and Sword Award, named after the symbols of Saints Peter and Paul. This award was established to recognize extraordinary commitment and selfless dedication in service to others. It acknowledged those whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, valor, selfless service, personal sacrifice and respect.

The Keys and Sword Award was first presented in 2008 to the Cathedral’s longest-tenured Rector, Monsignor James J. Howard. In 2009, the Cathedral recognized Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. In 2010, in recognition of the universal observance of the Year of the Priest, the Award was presented to the Priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cardinal Justin Rigali, then Archbishop of Philadelphia, accepted the award on behalf of the Priests. 2011 marked the first time there were dual recipients of the Award, Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University, and Mr. Robert Sims, dedicated leader within the Archdiocese for many years.

The 2012 recipients were the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1950. The Missionaries of Charity have been active in the Philadelphia Archdiocese for many years with homes in Chester and Norristown. Mother Teresa was canonized a saint in September 2016 in Rome.

Now the focus is on groups within the Archdiocese who could benefit from our shared support.

Note: For more information on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, please visit: http://cathedralphila.org/.

Now, THIS Should Have You Salivating!

Yes, Let's Preserve These Treasured Edifices!

The New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a measure sponsored by State Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects. The legislation, S-2911/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

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The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)
“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “These special places provide an important link to New Jersey’s history that we cannot afford to lose.”

The legislation appropriates $2,988,859 from the “2009 Historic Preservation Fund” and constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax revenues for the purpose of awarding capital preservation grants for 25 historic preservation projects that have been approved by the New Jersey Historic Trust and the Garden State Preservation Trust.

Capital preservation grants fund the restoration, preservation, repair, and rehabilitation of historic sites for new or continued use by nonprofit organizations or county and municipal governments. The properties must be listed or eligible for listing in the State or National Register of Historical Places to qualify.

Kean noted that the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, also known as “The Clearing,” will receive a $21,000 grant for a preservation project through the legislation.

The Clearing was originally designed by Calvert Vaux, a landscape designer and architect best known for designing Central Park in New York City.

“The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a local treasure designed by one of the foremost landscape architects in our nation’s history,” added Kean. “Supporting the preservation of this historic estate will ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy one of the most spectacular gardens in New Jersey.”

The legislation was previously approved by the General Assembly in a unanimous (74-0) vote on March 23rd. The measure now heads to the Governor’s desk.

Have You Ever Stopped To Consider THIS? Huh?



Those of us who work hard, pay taxes and contribute to society are the ones who pay the bills.
Without us, there wouldn't be a government; there wouldn't be any government grants; there wouldn't be any federal, state, county of local budget; there wouldn't be anything.
WE raise the money and WE pay the tariff.
WE own the public parks and facilities and buildings and institutions and services and so on. WE built all of it and we fund it. WE make it all happen. It all belongs to us.
Yes, the government answers to us, not the other way around!

Still Number One, And More Powerful Than Ever!



Congratulations to Rush Limbaugh and the Rush Limbaugh Show for once again being voted the Number One talk show host and top talk show in the nation by The Talkers Magazine, the bible of the industry.
Year after year, again and again, Rush dominates the airwaves and leads the way. 
Other talkers and commentators come and go but Rush is the Big Voice that cannot and will not be silenced.
This August, Rush will celebrate his 29th anniversary of nationally broadcasting the Rush Limbaugh Show daily on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network (EIB). Rush's current contract will take him into 2020 which will be his 32nd year on national radio.
This man is a true American legend -- an inspiring success story and a genuine patriot.
Thank you, Rush Limbaugh for leading the way and God bless you!

It's Time To Hold THEM Accountable - Now!

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to improve the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements and inspections.

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Sen. Kip Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” would protect people from unsafe drinking water by requiring all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. (Pixabay)

“As many 4.5 million people in New Jersey rely on suppliers that have broken federal rules meant to keep contaminants out of our water. That is unacceptable,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “People are becoming more and more concerned about harmful bacteria and cancer-causing chemicals leeching into our water, and given these reports, they have every reason to feel this way. This act will hold all public water systems accountable for making the improvements necessary to ensure consumer safety. We simply cannot take chances when it comes to protecting the health of our residents.”

Senator Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” (S-2834) would require all public water systems to establish an asset management plan for regular inspections, maintenance, and repairs to water infrastructure.

As part of Senator Bateman’s multifaceted legislative effort to improve New Jersey’s water infrastructure, S-2834 would give all public water systems one year to implement a plan designed to ensure its infrastructure consistent with industry standard best practices.

This plan must include a water supply and treatment program designed to inspect, maintain, repair, renew, and upgrade wells, intakes, pumps, and treatment facilities in accordance with all federal and State regulations, industry standards, and any mitigation plan that may be required pursuant to the bill.

Under the bill, a public water system would have 120 days following enactment to develop a cybersecurity program in accordance with requirements established by BPU. As part of the program, the public water system must conduct regular risk assessments, maintain situational awareness of cyber threats and vulnerabilities to the public water system, and create and exercise incident response and recovery plans.

Cyber-attacks on public utilities have already happened in other parts of the country. We cannot let it happen in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “A well-organized attack has the potential to deprive countless families of water within minutes. Requiring action plans to identify vulnerabilities and respond to an attack if it happens will ensure all utilities are equipped to address 21st century threats.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Watch, Listen, Pay Attention; Incredibly Moving!



President Trump delivers remarks at Yad Vashem. An incredibly moving moment in Israel!

Have You Refreshed YOUR Memory Lately? . . . .

A Full Schedule Of Commemoration, Celebration!

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 17 high schools are proud to announce their scheduled Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2017. Catholic schools are committed to giving students the tools, skills, and guidance they need to not only overcome 21st-century challenges, but also to flourish intellectually, morally, and spiritually. The core purpose of Archdiocesan schools is “to equip saints for life in this world and the next.”
The 2017 Archdiocesan high school Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercise schedule follows.  Please note high schools are listed in alphabetical order.
 
Baccalaureate Mass: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Visitation B.V.M. Parish Church; 196 North Trooper Road; Norristown, PA 19403 (Montgomery County)

Commencement Exercises: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Dixon Center; Cabrini University; 610 King of Prussia Road; Radnor, PA 19087 (Delaware County)
Presiding: Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education
 
Baccalaureate Mass: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA 19103

Commencement Exercises: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Liacouras Center; Temple University; 1776 North Broad Street; Philadelphia, PA 19121
Presiding: Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman

Baccalaureate Mass: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Archbishop Wood High School Auditorium; 655 York Road; Warminster, PA 18974 (Bucks County)

Commencement Exercises: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Kuch Center; Arcadia University; 450 South Easton Road; Glenside, PA 19038 (Montgomery County)
Presiding: Sister Maureen McDermott, I.H.M., Ph.D., Superintendent for Secondary Schools
 
Baccalaureate Mass: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA 19103

Commencement Exercises: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Kuch Center; Arcadia University; 450 South Easton Road; Glenside, PA 19038 (Montgomery County)
Presiding: Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Baccalaureate Mass: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Parish Church; Fellowship Road and Route 100; Uwchlan, PA 19480 (Chester County)

Commencement Exercises: Friday, June 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Bishop Shanahan High School Auditorium; 220 Woodbine Road; Downingtown, PA 19335 (Chester County)
Presiding: Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald

Baccalaureate Mass:  Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA 19103

Commencement Exercises: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mirenda Center; Neumann University; One Neumann Drive Aston, PA 19014 (Delaware County)
Presiding: Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior

Baccalaureate Mass: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Church; 66 Levittown Parkway; Levittown, PA 19054 (Bucks County)

Commencement Exercises: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Holy Family University; 9801 Frankford Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19114
Presiding: Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman
 
Baccalaureate Mass: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Maternity B.V.M. Parish Church; 9220 Old Bustleton Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19115

Commencement Exercises: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Father Judge High School Track Field (Under Tent); 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136
Presiding: Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald

Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Commencement Exercises will immediately follow the Baccalaureate Mass.

Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA 19103
Celebrant and Presiding: Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald

Baccalaureate Mass: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Stanislaus Parish Church; 51 Lansdale Avenue; Lansdale, PA 19446 (Montgomery County)

Commencement Exercises: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa; 654 Ferry Road; Doylestown, PA 18901 (Montgomery County)
Presiding: Most Reverend John J. McIntyre

Baccalaureate Mass: Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Maternity B.V.M. Parish Church; 9220 Old Bustleton Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19115
Celebrant:  Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Commencement Exercises:  Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family University; 9801 Frankford Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19114
Presiding: Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman

Archbishop Prendergast Division
Baccalaureate Mass:  Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  
Location:  Saint Laurence Parish Church; 30 Saint Laurence Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082 (Delaware County)
 
Commencement Exercises:  Friday, June 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hagan Arena, Saint Joseph’s University; 2450 North 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Presiding:  Most Reverend John J. McIntyre
 
Monsignor Bonner Division
Baccalaureate Mass: Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  
Location: Saint Laurence Parish Church; 30 Saint Laurence Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082 (Delaware County)
 
Commencement Exercises:  Friday, June 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hagan Arena, Saint Joseph’s University; 2450 North 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Presiding:  Most Reverend John J. McIntyre

Baccalaureate Mass: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Pope John Paul II High School Auditorium; 181 Rittenhouse Road; Royersford, PA 19468 (Montgomery County)
 
Commencement Exercises:  Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Pope John Paul II High School Auditorium; 181 Rittenhouse Road; Royersford, PA 19468 (Montgomery County)
Presiding: Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman

Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises: Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Commencement Exercises will immediately follow the Baccalaureate Mass.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA 19103
Presiding: Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education
 
Baccalaureate Mass: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Our Lady of Ransom Parish Church; Roosevelt Boulevard and Unruh Street; Philadelphia, PA 19149

Commencement Exercises: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family University; 9801 Frankford Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19114
Presiding: Sister Maureen McDermott, I.H.M., Ph.D., Superintendent for Secondary Schools

Baccalaureate Mass: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA 19103
Celebrant:  Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
 
Commencement Exercises:  Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Temple Performing Arts Center; Temple University; 1837 North Broad Street; Philadelphia, PA 19122
Presiding: Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education
 
Baccalaureate Mass: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Francis de Sales Parish Church; 4625 Springfield Avenue; Philadelphia, PA 19143
 
Commencement Exercises:  Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Catholic Preparatory High School Auditorium; 4501 Chestnut Street; Philadelphia, PA 19139
Presiding: Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior

Note:  For more information on Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit http://www.aopcatholicschools.org/. For more information on Faith in the Future please visit http://www.faithinthefuture.com/.

A Moment To Be Cherished, Always . . .



In June 1967, Israel's soldiers overcame Arab troops and reached the Western Wall -- the ancient remnant of the Jewish temple. At that moment, the Old City of Jerusalem, lost to the Jewish people for 2,000 years, was finally in Israel's hands.

Dem Mutiny To Unseat NJ Assembly Speaker?

We just LOVE it when Democrats battle it out like this . . . 

Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19) today officially declared that he will be running for Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. The Assemblyman announced that he has gained the public support of more than half the members of the caucus and is confident that additional members will be joining his efforts in the coming weeks.

“I am truly humbled by the support, encouragement and commitment that so many of my colleagues have openly displayed over the last few months since I have undertaken this journey,” stated Coughlin. “I have been meeting, listening and learning from my Assembly colleagues and look forward to continued conversations regarding the important issues facing their individual districts and our State.”

Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22), Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Union County Democratic Organization affirmed that he and members of his delegation will be supporting Assemblyman Coughlin in his bid for Speaker. “My Assembly colleagues and I are firmly supporting Craig for Speaker. We are confident that Craig will be the type of leader who will listen, be inclusive and bring unity and direction to our caucus. He understands the challenges facing our State and believes the only way to overcome those challenges is to work with every member of the caucus, to strive for consensus and to agree on solutions that benefit every resident of this great State.”

Assemblyman Coughlin met with Speaker Prieto earlier this year. Coughlin then began to engage members of the caucus individually to determine whether or not he had the support to pursue the Speakership.

“I thoroughly respect the Assembly, my colleagues and the caucus process and have worked hard not to go public about the meetings I have been having with members,” said Coughlin. “I believe in the sanctity of Assembly deliberations and discussions, wanting to first make sure my colleagues were comfortable in their support prior to a public pronouncement. I learned early on that a large part of being a leader of the Assembly is protecting the members and I wanted to adhere to that principle as best as I could. I realize that this is a long process and I intend to meet with every member to listen to their ideas, issues and concerns. As always, I will work productively with my colleagues throughout the balance of this legislative session.”

The members who are supporting Assemblyman Coughlin are:

Bob Andrzejczak (D-1)


Arthur Barclay (D-5)


Daniel R. Benson (D- 14)


John J. Burzichelli (D-3)


Herb Conaway Jr. M.D. (D-7)


Craig J. Coughlin (D-19)


Joseph Danielsen (D-17)


Wayne P.DeAngelo (D-14)


Joann Downey (D-11)


Joseph V. Egan (D-17)


Jerry Green (D-22)


Louis D. Greenwald (D-6)


Eric Houghtaling (D-11)


Gordon M. Johnson (D-37)


Patricia Egan Jones (D-5)


Rob Karabinchak (D-18)


James Kennedy (D-22)


Pamela R. Lampitt (D-6)


R. Bruce Land (D-1)


Yvonne Lopez (D-19)*


Vincent Mazzeo (D-2)


Paul D. Moriarty (D-4)


Gabriela Mosquera (D-4)


Carol Murphy (D-7)*


Nancy Pinkin (D-18)


Annette Quijano (D-20)


Adam Taliaferro (D-3)


Andrew Zwicker (D-16)

The Picture They Won't DARE Show You . . .



She pushed his hand AWAY, you say? Really?

This Really DOES Look Like The ONE To Watch!


Movies lately have been just plain AWFUL.
But this really does look like one to watch out for -- arriving in September.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THIS Is What They REALLY Provide . . .



With well over $500 million in taxpayer dollars each year, Planned Parenthood wants you to think they offer medical services to women. But, in fact, they offer little else beyond abortion—despite their rhetoric.

This was made very clear in Live Action’s recently released video.

WOW! The Figures Tell The Money-Saving Tale!

President Trump's first proposed budget shows respect for the people who pay the bills. The administration's proposal reverses the damaging trends from previous administrations by putting our nation's budget back into balance and reducing our debt through fiscally conservative principles, all the while delivering on President Trump's campaign promise not to cut Social Security retirement or Medicare. The budget's combination of regulatory, tax, and welfare reforms will provide opportunities for economic growth and creation. Get the facts about President Trump's budget.

BALANCE & CUTTING SPENDING


Unlike any budget proposed by the previous administration, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget achieves balance within the 10-year budget window and begins to reduce the national debt within that same window.


The policies in this Budget will drive down spending and grow the economy. By 2027, when the budget reaches balance, publicly held debt will be reduced to less than 60 percent of GDP, the lowest level since 2010.

NO CUTS TO MEDICARE & SOCIAL SECURITY


The President's Budget does not cut core Social Security benefits. And the President is fulfilling his presidential campaign promise not to cut Medicare benefits.

SAVING TAXPAYERS MONEY


President Trump's budget saves the American people billions of dollars through welfare, tax, and regulatory reform.

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY


The President is requesting $54 billion, or 10 percent, more than the defense level President Obama signed into law for both the 2017 CR and the 2018 budget cap. This increase balances the need to rebuild the military with the need for disciplined, strategy-driven, executable growth.

KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE


The Budget includes over $2.6 billion in new infrastructure and technology investments in 2018 to give CBP frontline law enforcement officers the tools and technologies they need to deter, deny, identify, track, and resolve illegal activity along the border.

PUTTING AMERICAN FAMILIES FIRST


President Trump's budget provides national paid family leave for the first time in the history of this country.

Find out more information about President Trump's Taxpayer First Budget at WhiteHouse.gov/taxpayers-first.

Such A Glorious Sound For All To Hear!


Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra returned to the national airwaves beginning May 15 with a new series on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The concerts will air three times a week on Symphony Hall, one of the satellite radio leader's most popular classical programs. In addition to the concerts, there will be commentary by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and insider information from members of the Orchestra. 
"It is a thrill to be providing such unique programming to SiriusXM," said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. "Working with such an innovative industry leader marks our historically founded, current, and ongoing commitment to make our art accessible via technology, and with the extraordinary Yannick/Philadelphia relationship, we have content of the highest quality to offer." 

More information and a list of the first eight programs can be found on the Orchestra's website. The programs are from throughout Yannick Nézet-Séguin's tenure in Philadelphia. Weekly broadcasts of The Philadelphia Orchestra will continue to be heard on terrestrial radio on WRTI each Sunday at 1 PM.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's weekly broadcasts on SiriusXM are sponsored through a generous gift by David and Sandy Marshall on behalf of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Definitely Something That Needs To Be Shared



Vice President Mike Pence at the recent Notre Dame commencement.

Should We Really Feel Sorry For Him, Or What?

When the Donald Trump "p___y-grabbing" video surfaced Billy Bush was so embarrassed, so horrified, so humiliated that he was forced to decamp to his parents' Upper East Side digs.

Billy, the 45-year-old nephew of President George H. W. Bush and the father of three, couldn't even bear to watch the tape saying it left him "totally and completely gutted." And he had an oh-so-hard time explaining it all to his teenage daughter who was away at boarding school.

Billy hasn't spoken about the seven-month-old tape revelations till now because "things were happening way to fast," the former Access Hollywood and Today show co-host tells The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. 

Yes, Billy left Today with a "multimillion-dollar severance package" but even now his voice grows "shaky" and his eyes "watery" when he has to talk about the incident. It was all so painful that Billy sought solace from pop spiritual guru Tony Robbins who had him walking over fiery hot coals. When he wasn't doing that, "he took up yoga and meditation, he developed a boxing routine" and he read a book called 10% Happier "written by ABC News anchor and buddy Dan Harris."

Everybody seems to feel poor Billy got the raw end of the deal. After all, the Hollywood Reporter notes, "the other guy on the tape is now in the White House." But Billy can't comment on all that because he signed a nondisclusure agreement which prevents him from going into detail about his exit from NBC.

Billy says "plenty of people" at NBC knew about the 11-year-old tape, so isn't it funny that it didn't appear in The Washington Post until the October before the presidential election? Funny the way that happens, huh?

Billy doesn't know who gave the tape to WaPo, or when. The way he explains it, he was "kind of bopping along" and then: "Ka-boom!  . . . It all comes apart."
In fairness, Billy admits: "I'm not a victim. There are people who are going through things far worse than me." We'll second that. Absolutely. It's sorta hard to feel sorry for the guy, given the world we live in.

And, finally we'll also advise Billy, who says he's never had a publicist or a lawyer before (Really!?) to keep his publicist and keep his lawyer.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Don't Call It 'Fair' When It Isn't - OK?

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEWS COVERAGE . . . .

Honestly And Truly: He COULD Be A Saint!

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill (Delaware County) will welcome relatives, friends, and colleagues of Father William Atkinson, O.S.A., to speak at an evening community gathering about his life and cause for Sainthood.

Speakers will include: Mrs. Joan Mullen, Father Atkinson’s sister; Mrs. Janine Zozaya, Father Atkinson’s niece; Mr. Ralph Celedonio, Father Atkinson’s colleague at Monsignor Bonner; and Father Robert Hagan, O.S.A. and Father Frank Horn, O.S.A., priests from the Order of Saint Augustine. Each representative will speak on a different aspect of Father Atkinson's life and on the current proceedings in the cause for Sainthood.
 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School
Anthony Frederico Auditorium
403 North Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026 (Delaware County)

Biographical Information Regarding Reverend William Atkinson, O.S.A.
 
Reverend William Atkinson, O.S.A, was born in 1946. He was a Philadelphia area native. In addition to Monsignor Bonner, he also attended the former Saint Alice Parish Elementary School in Upper Darby (Delaware County). During his time as a novice in the Augustinians in 1965, Father Atkinson broke his spine in a tobogganing accident, which caused him to spend the rest of his adult life as a quadriplegic.

In 1974, after continuing his studies and receiving special permission from Pope Paul VI, he became the first quadriplegic ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood. He spent 30 years teaching at his alma mater, Monsignor Bonner. In 2006, he died at the age of 60. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops endorsed his cause for Sainthood in 2015 and Archbishop Chaput formally opened his cause for sainthood this past April with celebration of the formal rite for the beginning of the beatification and canonization process. The celebration was held on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine. 

Note: For more information on the cause of sainthood for Father Atkinson please visit, http://www.augustinian.org/the-cause/For information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit http://www.aopcatholicschools.org/. For information about Faith in the Future please visit http://faithinthefuture.com/.

C'mon, There's NO Question About It Now!

An Incredible Record -- And We're ALL Benefitting!



Governor Christie:
And most importantly, once again, to go to the comparison that’s often made by a lot of the liberal critics of the fact that they can’t say that our unemployment rate isn’t lower, they say well still the growth hasn’t been as great, they don’t compare well to the neighboring states, take the federal reserve bank of Philadelphia, where their leading value index was 2.34 percent in New Jersey as of March 31, which is higher than New York’s 1.62 percent, and higher than Pennsylvania’s 2.17 percent, and the nation as a whole is growing at 1.66 percent. 
The fact of the matter is that the policies here took longer to get into route because they took longer to institute because we continued to get opposition over and over again from Democrats in the legislature and the warning that I would issue to people as we enter this election season is they want to go back to those failed, old policies. 
They’re teeing them up for you right now. Corporate business tax increase, income tax increase, sales tax increase, talking about eliminating the elimination of the estate tax, all of these things are things which have led to this growth, and if you talk at all to any of the folks in the major investment houses, what they will tell you is that already their high net worth individuals are exploring staying in New Jersey as opposed to leaving, especially because of the elimination of the estate tax. 
And so all these things are things that are very important to point out and I want to emphasize again, when we walked in here January of 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent, today it is 4.1 percent. 
You know you can continue to say that growth was initially slower, but the fact of the matter is New Jersey unemployment is now lower than it has been at any time since 2001.

Normally, We're Not Into Nostalgia, But . . .

HISTORIC! Really, BIG Accomplishments!

DON’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED: GOV. CHRISTIE HAS CREATED NJ’S BEST JOBS ECONOMY IN 17 YEARS  - THE NUMBERS TELL THE TALE . . . . 

Governor Chris Christie’s two terms of pro-growth policies are continuing to pay off at record levels for all New Jerseyans. Employers are starting and growing businesses in the Garden State thanks to the Governor’s fiscally responsible state budgeting, commonsense regulatory reforms, pro-jobs tax cuts, small business investments, a historic infrastructure improvement plan and the first broad-based tax relief for all residents since 1994.

According to the latest federal data, 313,400 new private-sector jobs have been created for New Jerseyans since the February 2010 recessionary low point, including 55,900 jobs over the past year (April 2016 to April 2017). Additionally, new Treasury data shows New Jersey is well on pace for its seventh-straight year of increased new private-sector business filings under Governor Christie.

As private-sector job growth under this Governor continues by the thousands, people should be reminded by media reports, editorials and their elected officials that history proves Democrat governors with predictably costly policies have not come close to achieving any substantial or consistent private-sector employment gains. For example, New Jersey’s past three elected Democrat governors lost the people a combined total of 407,300 private-sector jobs while they raised more than 115 taxes and fees. Also, the number of new private-sector business filings decreased every year under the last Democrat governor. Last year, the number of new filings was 19-percent higher than in 2006 when Democrats had total control of state government.

Historic job growth continues …

The latest federal employment data was released Thursday, showing private-sector employment under Governor Christie again reaching a record high, as the state’s unemployment rate continues to fall below the national average.

In April, New Jersey employers added 1,900 private-sector jobs for an average of 3,725 jobs per month thus far in 2017, while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to a 16-year low of 4.1 percent, below the national rate of 4.4 percent, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, the BLS’s monthly household survey showed another record high level of 4,343,300 New Jerseyans employed, up from the 4.32 million record revealed in the March survey.

More economic highlights …

·       New Business Entity Filings Increasing Dramatically: The number of new business entity filings in New Jersey has increased every year since 2010 and are on pace to continue that trend this year. In 2016, there were 103,129 total new private-sector business filings, a 19-percent increase since 2006, not including sole proprietorships or general partnerships. In January through April of this year, the state Treasury Department reported 38,606 new business entity filings, compared to 36,856 new business filings in the same period last year.

·       Existing New Jersey Home Sales Staying Up: The housing market again improved in March, with an 18.6-percent jump in single-family home sales, with a 2.8-percent increase in the median sale price for all properties, according to the latest data from the New Jersey Realtors, building off of a 15.1-percent increase last year compared to 2015.

·       New Jersey Homes in Foreclosure Dropping Rapidly: The share of mortgages in foreclosure was 4.9 percent in the first quarter, falling below the 5-percent mark for the first time since the first quarter of 2009, and there were 16,888 fewer mortgages in foreclosure over the past year – to a level less than the first quarter of 2009. The share of mortgages in foreclosure has declined by 1.3 percentage points over the past year.

·       New Jersey Residential Permits Continue to Rise: Residential construction activity continues to grow in 2017, as the latest data shows the number of single-family permits is 1.5-percent higher through March than during the same period last year. The number of permits issued in 2016 remained above the 25,000 mark for the third straight year.

·       The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia: New Jersey’s Leading Index Value was 2.34 percent as of March 31, which is higher than New York’s 1.62 percent, Pennsylvania’s 2.17 percent and the nation’s 1.66 percent. This statistic suggests continued economic expansion for New Jersey.

·       Tourism Looking Up This Summer, Having Grown Annually Under Gov. ChristieFor the seventh straight year, in 2016, New Jersey tourism spending and visitation grew by approximately 3 percent to 98 million people who spent $44.1 billion in the Garden State and helped support 517,000 jobs.