Monday, June 26, 2017

You Won't Believe This Terrifying Plunge: VIDEO!

A girl fell off a ride at Six Flags in upstate New York on Saturday night, the park confirmed. The fall was approx. 25 feet and, miraculously, spectators caught her. Reportedly, she was not seriously injured.

Consider The Disaster; Consider The Consequences!

Right Time, Right Cause: A BIG Victory For Liberty!

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Today is a great day for religious liberty!

This morning the Supreme Court announced their 7-2 ruling in favor of a Missouri Christian school after the school was denied access to a state program for playground resurfacing funds -- because officials believed the grant would be an unconstitutional state endorsement of religion.

Why does this ruling matter?

Most court watchers expected the Court (with Gorsuch now on the bench) to side with the religious school on a narrow 5-4 ruling. But, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran!

Experts agree the decision could pave the way for upholding the constitutionality of other state programs (like school vouchers) where religious groups provide a service for the public benefit.

Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority stated: “The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution.”

NOTEWORTHY: Justice Neil Gorsuch actually wrote his own opinion in the case (joined by Justice Thomas). And the newest Justice noted that the First Amendment “guarantees the free exercise of religion, not just the right to inward belief (or status)” (emphasis his).

We at CatholicVote have been making precisely this point for years. Religious exercise isn’t just about privately holding a religious belief or attending religious services. You may recall President Obama tried to quarantine our constitutional rights by defining this broad freedom as merely the “right to worship”.

But the First Amendment covers more than just belief. It also covers our right to live out these beliefs in public, as individuals, as business owners, as churches, schools, and more.

Sadly, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued that Christian groups should be denied access to these programs -- unless and until -- they give up their religious identity. Both Sotomayor and Ginsburg represent a form of legal bigotry against Christians that must be opposed with fervor. To her credit, Obama appointee Elena Kagan joined the majority in favor of the Christian school.

IMPORTANT: The Supreme Court also announced today that it would hear another case on religious liberty when they reconvene in October.

That case?

Whether or not the government can force bakers to make cakes for same-sex weddings.

The fight for religious freedom presses on. We plan to file an amicus brief in this critical case on behalf our members.

You can count on CV to keep up the fight.
Brian Burch, President
Catholic Vote

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Welcome Back! You've Been Gone For Far Too Long

It might seem like culture shock to some but to those of us who actually remember big, brassy, boffo, bona fide Broadway musicals, the triumphant return of Hello, Dolly! has brought certain elements back to the musical stage -- elements that Broadway hasn't seen in quite awhile. Let's go over some of them:

1) The tableau.
When the curtain goes up on Dolly we are immediately struck by a huge, colorful, scenic, multi-character tableau.  Like a fixed image in grand opera or a freeze frame in a movie, the tableau does more than set the scene. It seals an image in our minds. And while Dolly's appeal is timeless, the tableau fixes the time and place for the audience. Most often used to open or close a scene or act, the tableau is a highly theatrical device that reminds us that we're watching a story come to life -- live, on stage. In Dolly, the tableaus are nothing less than thrilling.

2) Choral singing.
Once upon a time, every great musical had a significant cast of singers. Choral singing was important. Sometimes the group of singers helped to back up the lead actors and actresses. Sometimes they filled in portions of the song. And sometimes they simply sang together as a group. This was particularly important before shows were miked. Strong, robust, up-to-the-balcony group singing was a staple of all the great Rodgers & Hammerstein shows and now, with Dolly, it's back in a big way!

3) Curtain down numbers.
In the early days of musicals some numbers were typically played on the lip of the stage with the curtain down. Before mechanized (and later, computerized) scenery, this allowed for continuous entertainment and advancement of the story even while scenery was being changed. Though Dolly's scenery turns on a turntable and glides forward and backward effortlessly, a few numbers are played in front of the curtain. You've got to be really good to pull off a number like this, without a set. Fortunately, this isn't even a challenge for the great Bette Midler and the versatile David Hyde Pierce.

4) Actual choreography.
Where are today's Michael Bennetts or Tommy Tunes or Bob Fosses? Why and when did choreography seem to disappear from Broadway? Now, we seem to have "movement directors" or people who are responsible for shifting actors around like members of an athletic troupe. Dolly has vivid, joyous, heartfelt dancing -- real dancing, thanks to Gower Champion's splendid choreography and Warren Carlyle's reinterpretation of same. Not only is there a whole number called Dancing but Elegance and The Waiters' Gallop are nothing short of miraculous.

5) The overture and entr'acte.
When the 28-piece orchestra strikes up the first notes of Dolly's overture, the audience at Broadway's storied Shubert Theater literally roars its approval. And, with good reason. Not only does it showcase a classically great score but musical overtures have been missing for far too long. The audience is not only welcoming Dolly back, it's also heralding the return of the overture back to its right place at the top of the show. Again, at the beginning of Act Two, the audience greets the entr'acte with the same approval.

There are other elements of Dolly (a synopsis of scenes, parallel love stories, distinct comic bits, vivid secondary characters) that have been missing from modern musicals for far too long. Now, on Broadway, it's great to have them back where they belong. Bravo!

Oh, The Awful Assumptions They Make! . . . .

From our dear friend Matt Rooney of the Save Jersey Blog:
Very cute NYT story this weekend on the "moderate" Guadagno campaign (the inference being that Republicans are ordinarily extremists).
Let's review: the modern Democrat Party still can't get over a months-old election and its members are parading around in the streets sporting vagina-themed apparel, celebrating assassination plays and memes, rocking "Hunt Republicans" hashtags, crushing on politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren who'd make Karl Marx blush and JFK resemble Jesse Helms, and running states like Illinois into the ground, Venezuela-style.
Yet it's the Republicans who need to "moderate" this cycle?? Please!
Toilet paper has more credibility than the NYT these days and idiotic stories like this one are the reason why.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

'We Love It Here' And All Is Well . . .

President and Mrs. Trump talk about life in the White House, James Comey tapes, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Mueller, Healthcare reform and Democrat obstruction on Fox & Friends.

Is It True? Could It Be? What's Going On, Huh?

Bill O’Reilly’s job offer at One America News Network has been rescinded.
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You Were Never, And Will Never Be, Lost . . .

The following comes from Roman Catholic Bishop David M. O'Connell, C. M., Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, NJ:

There is a show on Broadway titled “Dear Evan Hansen.”
It tells the story of its title character as he struggles with the anxieties and confusion that sometimes accompany high school teenage years. Dip it in sympathetic sentimentality, and the end result is a musical that tugs at the heartstrings of most audiences. Isn’t that, after all, one of the things that draws us to the theatre in the first place? The music and its lyrics are catchy and clever. The characters are believably familiar – if you know the high school teenage scene at all – and the central figure is a lonely misfit desperately seeking to belong and be accepted by his peers – by the world, really.
The underlying moral theme is not so positive; Evan Hansen creates a deceptive imaginary relationship with a popular classmate who has died in order to draw attention to himself. “Does the end justify the means” taunts the mind, as the lie turns into something “tear-jerkingly” positive, and the music is hard to resist. For the rest, go see the show. It won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical along with several other Tonys.
As Bishop, I often worry about the future direction of the Church in our country at large and in our Diocese in particular. Where are the young people? Why do they seem disinterested, hard to engage? I don’t think it is the Lord Jesus or his Gospel. They never lose their appeal or relevance in any time or place. As is often the case in life, regardless of age, it’s not so much “what” we say in the Church but “how” and “why.” Ah, the perennial questions that maybe – just maybe – we don’t get right when it comes to translating Jesus, his message and mission, his Church into real life, especially for young, inquiring minds and longing hearts pulled in a million other directions.
When I was young, there wasn’t a whole lot of competition for my attention: no unrelenting schedules, no excessive demands or expectations, no technologies to replace imagination, no Snapchat or Instagram, no alternatives to just being a kid.
Times have certainly changed, and chances are pretty good that they won’t change back. So what do we do? Instead of wasting time and energy and emotion lamenting what isn’t anymore, perhaps we should devote our attention to what is and what needs to be “now” as the future unfolds in the present.
Yes, we still have to identify the “what” in life and in the Church, but, more than ever before, we have to get the “how” and “why” right. It begins in the family first and foremost. It travels next to school and neighborhood. It also has to consider and include Church and its community of faith, which reminds us that the whole thing has its source in God, who knew and named us before we were born, who created us in his image, who loves us as we are, who binds us together, who never leaves us alone – young or old – on the journey, who leads us to eternity.
The fact is that life today is not simple, is not gradual or slow, is not without distractions or demands. In the midst of it all, we can feel lost, unimportant, disconnected, alone, even invisible. I believe that can certainly happen ... without faith, without hope, without God.
Back to “Dear Evan Hansen.”
He sings a song that, when I heard it, struck a chord and offered a message for everyone, but especially for the young starting out in life (you can hear it on YouTube):
Have you ever felt like nobody was there 
Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere 
Have you ever felt like you could disappear 
Like you could fall and no one would hear 
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away 
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be ok 
‘Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand 
You can reach, reach out your hand 
And, oh someone will come running 
And I know they’ll take you home 
Even when the dark comes crashing through 
When you need a friend to carry you 
And when you’re broken on the ground 
You will be found 
So let the sun come streaming in 
‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again 
Lift your head and look around 
You will be found. 
(“You Will Be Found,” music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levensen, 2016)
In God you will be found.
In God you were never, will never be ... lost.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Well, We May As Well Enjoy It - Right?

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You'll Be Shocked At This Outrageous Behavior!

In a video shot by WWL-TV, liberal Democrats boo and heckle while refusing to participate in an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance during a town hall conducted by U. S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Friday, June 23, 2017

They'll Stop At Nothing, But They CAN Be Stopped!

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Yes, We Can Begin To Clean Up This MESS!

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At long last, Senate Republicans have a health care bill.

It’s not the same bill that passed the House. They even gave it a new name: “The Better Care Reconciliation Act” or BCRA.

It’s not as good as the House bill, but I’ll admit this: It is far Better than Obamacare.

Here are some key provisions of the Senate bill:
  • Prohibits most taxpayer funding from going to abortion providerslike Planned Parenthood for one year, and redirect those funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

  • Transforms Obamacare subsidies into tax credits and prohibits these credits from purchasing insurance with coverage for elective abortions. (This will be the toughest provision to pass through the reconciliation process). Tax credits will be adjusted for income, age, and geography.

  • Guarantees that children with medically complex disabilities will continue to be covered.

  • Maintains access to care for Americans with pre-existing conditions and lets children up to age 26 stay on their parents’ insurance plan

  • Expands tax-free Health Savings Accounts to help Americans control out-of-pocket medical expenses on their own

  • Allows for waivers so states can establish rules for alternative insurance plans that will help drive down skyrocketing premiums

  • Repeals almost all Obamacare taxes.

  • Rolls back Obamacare’s reckless expansion of Medicaid so that the program can be stabilized and provide for the people it was created for.

It’s worth noting that this is the base bill. There will be hundreds of amendments offered to change the bill. Some amendments could definitely improve this bill. Others will try to weaken the bill, or make it unaffordable.

Our position on the current state of things:

While we still prefer a clean break from Obamacare, we recognize the prospects for such a solution are near zero. For now, we are forced to work on incremental reforms to unwind the mess posed by Obamacare in so many areas.

We MUST repeal as much of Obamacare’s burdensome taxes, regulations and financing for abortion as possible. This will help stabilize premiums, offer Americans real choices, and stop using taxpayer dollars to kill children. These changes can help set in motion much needed changes to make healthcare more ethical and affordable.

Unwinding it won’t be easy because real people are tangled up in Obamacare’s mess.

Furthermore, the limits of the legislative process required to pass the bill (reconciliation) do not allow every change needed at this time. The slim Republican majority in the Senate is also complicating the process. Already as many as 4 Republican Senators have expressed serious reservations over the bill. But even these four Senators have said "we are open to negotiation." So changes will be needed to win their support.

Meanwhile Democrats have vowed not to negotiate whatsoever, and to obstruct instead -- choosing to hold health care hostage for political gain. They care more about “preserving Obama’s legacy” than helping hard-working Americans.

These Democrats deserve to pay a price for their stubborn refusal to reform a failing health care law. Which is exactly why we are laying the groundwork to defeat several of these Democratic Senators next year. If they refuse to do their job, they need to go.

We are working hard to represent you and the interests of Catholic voters in this fight.

Stay tuned.
Brian Birch
President, Catholic Vote

A Dramatic Breakthrough For NJ Health Care Ahead?

Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to legalize telemedicine in New Jersey has passed the State Senate.
Sen. Diane Allen’s bill would authorize healthcare providers who are licensed by the state to engage in telemedicine. New Jersey is one of the last states in the USA without regulations addressing telemedicine. (Flickr)
“Bringing telemedicine to New jersey will do a world of good for our residents, particularly for those who are homebound, or have a chronic condition that requires regular maintenance,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “We have not been immune to the nationwide doctor shortage. Expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare is the right thing to do, especially in these uncertain times. This bill could bring the cost down for millions of new patients.”

Senator Allen’s bill, S-291, would authorize healthcare providers who are licensed by the state to engage in telemedicine. Telemedicine is legal in 29 states and has been widely used nationwide for more than 40 years, but New Jersey is now one of the last states in the country without regulations addressing telemedicine.

Physicians use telemedicine to treat patients via video conferencing, transmission of images and medical records, call centers, patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, and mental health screenings.

Under the bill, telemedicine providers must meet with people electronically face to face or use “store and forward” technology to allow patients to electronically send images, diagnostics, data and medical records. A combination of audio, store forward and live, interactive video must be used unless, after a thorough review of patient records, the provider concludes that a patient’s needs can be met with audio and store- forward alone.

S-291 would require health insurance companies to provide coverage and payment for services provided through telemedicine at least at the same rate as services provided in-person. Providers would not be able to issue prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances until an in-person exam has been conducted. The State licensing board would be responsible for adopting rules and regulations for telemedicine. If signed into law, it would take effect immediately.

“Many families in New Jersey have to travel miles to see a doctor. Taking off work for one appointment can be devastating for people who are already struggling to get by,” Senator Allen said. “No one should have to choose between seeing a doctor and paying the bills. Offering telemedicine to our residents will make New Jersey a healthier, safer place to live.”

This Move Will STOP Them From Running!

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to require school board candidates to swear that they have not been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from office.
Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would prevent ex-cons from running for school board, by requiring candidates to swear that they haven’t been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from serving. (©iStock)
“In the last five years, dozens of school board members have had to give up their seats because they committed a crime that disqualified them from serving. This is a colossal waste of taxpayer time and money,” Senator Bucco said. “All school board candidates should be required to go on the record about their criminal background as soon as they decide to run for office. I really don’t think that is too much to ask.”

Senator Bucco’s bill, S-2676, would require school board candidates to file with their nominating petitions specific affirmation that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office.

Under current law, a sitting school board member has to undergo a criminal background check no more than 30 days after they have been elected or appointed. The law also requires them to take an oath of office that includes an affirmation that they have not been convicted of a disqualifying crime. Failing to disclose a disqualifying conviction during the oath is a fourth-degree crime.

In 2012, the first year after that law took effect, 29 school board members were disqualified from serving, after the Department of Education performed more than 5,000 background checks.

“Why wait until after the election is over? My bill will put us ahead of the game by requiring school board candidates to swear that they haven’t been convicted of a disqualifying crime as soon as they file a petition to run,” Senator Bucco added. “This commonsense change will protect the integrity of our elections and of the people we entrust to best represent the needs of our children and our schools.”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yes, It May Sound Crazy But It's TRUE!

Big NJ Auto Registration Changes Coming Your Way

Legislation sponsored by New Jersey State Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to shorten lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Sen. Joe Pennacchio to shorten lines at the NJ MVC was passed by the Senate. (Wikimedia)
“It doesn’t make sense to have everyone’s registration expire at the same time,” Senator Cardinale said. “By staggering expiration dates, we can cut down on congestion and increase efficiency at MVC offices.”

The bill, S-2863, changes the expiration date for vehicle registration from the last day of the 12th month after the registration was issued to the numerical date of the individual’s birthday. Registrations for new vehicles will expire on the person’s numerical day of birth in the 48th month after the registration was issued.

If a person was born on a day that doesn’t match up with a numerical day in the expiring month, like Feb. 29, the registration will expire on the last day of the month.

“Even though MVC offices are open throughout the month, many people still choose to wait until the last minute to renew their registration,” Senator Pennacchio said. “We’ve already taken other steps to improve customer experience at MVC offices. Hopefully this will help our mission to provide our residents with the kind of service they deserve.”

Gov Pardons Vets In Handgun Violation Incidents

New Jersey Governor Christie pardoned two veterans convicted of bringing their lawfully-owned firearms into New Jersey from their home states.

Michael A. Golden of New Mexico was arrested for having a handgun in a Mahwah hotel room in November 2013. He was sentenced to one year probation, which he served in New Mexico, and fined. Golden, 68, was a U.S. Army medic in Vietnam and a Purple Heart recipient.

James Michael Thaddeus Pedersen, 42, was a corporal in the Marine Corps and currently is the Director of Veterans Services for Moore County, North Carolina. He helps disabled veterans obtain disability and healthcare through the VA and coordinates other benefits to which they and their surviving family members are entitled. He was arrested in July 2014 in Runnemede after being found in possession of a handgun following an altercation involving a traffic incident. He was sentenced to one year probation for unlawfully transporting a firearm, which he served in North Carolina, and fined.

Incredible Treasures Across A Broad Spectrum!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced a number of new acquisitions that will significantly enrich its collection. Among the works that have been recently acquired are: a group of contemporary films and videos; Japanese ink paintings mounted as handscrolls, hanging scrolls, and folding screens; nine pieces of early American furniture that illuminate the artistic achievements of cabinetmakers in colonial New England and Pennsylvania; and a major work in stained glass dating to the 1520s commissioned for a church in Paris. These works have come to the Museum variously as gifts, promised gifts, and purchases. Some will be placed on view in the galleries in the coming weeks.

Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “Building the collections is among the most important of the Museum’s activities. We often speak about the Museum as housing a collection of collections, because the vast majority of our holdings have come as gifts from generous donors. And when works are purchased, this is most often made possible by contributions. We are deeply grateful to all those in our community and beyond who continue to help us develop a collection that ranks among the finest in this country.”

Contemporary Art
In recent years the Museum has placed an increasing emphasis on acquiring works of time-based media. This effort has been substantially aided by the recent gifts of Philadelphia collectors Peter and Mari Shaw. Their donation of ten works ranges from single-channel projections to multi-monitor installations created by a number of prominent mid-career artists including Fikret Atay (Turkish, b. 1974); Elaine Byrne (Irish, b. 1970); Marepe (Brazilian, b. 1970); Christopher Miner (American, b. 1973); Melik Ohanian (French, b. 1969); John Pilson (American, b. 1968); Anri Sala (Albanian, b. 1974); Matthew Suib (American, b. 1973); and Italo Zuffi (Italian, b. 1969). Among the highlights is Promises, 2001 by Sala, who represented France at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Another key work is Ohanian’s The Hand, 2002, an installation comprising nine monitors—some isolated, others stacked or grouped—placed in a kind of conversation, each featuring images of different sets of hands inspired by striking workers in Paris. 
Seven of the gifts from the Shaws are the first works by these artists to enter the Museum’s collection, which has also been augmented by the recently announced joint purchase, with the Pinault Collection, of two major recent works by Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, 2015/2016, consisting of seven large-scale video projections with sound, and Walks In Walks Out, 2015, a closely related work comprising a single-channel video with sound, currently on view.
Japanese Art
The Museum has also acquired a group of twelve Japanese literati, Zen, and Kano school paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection. Dr. Kurt Gitter began collecting in the 1960s when he was stationed as an Air Force doctor in Kukuoka, Kyushu. He and his wife Alice Yelen ultimately amassed one of the most renowned private collections of Japanese art in the United States. The Museum purchase was made possible through the Hollis Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions.

Highlights include a pair of six-fold screens and a handscroll by two leading artists of the literati Nanga school who were the focus of Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran, Japanese Masters of the Brush, a major exhibition presented by the Museum in 2007. The screens by Taiga (1723-1776) are notable for their exuberant brushwork and contain calligraphies of Chinese poems alternating with images of pine, plum, bamboo, and Chinese figures. They are considered to be among the most important works by the artist outside Japan.

Another significant addition to the Museum’s holdings of Japanese painting is a pair of screens by Kano Sōeki Kagenobu, an official painter to the military rulers of Japan, the Tokugawa Shogunate, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Skillfully layered, these lyrical landscapes are executed in ink and colors on paper and mounted as a pair of six-fold screens. They depict idyllic farming scenes through the changing seasons. They are the first Edo period screens to enter the collection by an artist of the family dynasty of painters who were the focus of the major exhibition, Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano, organized by the Museum in 2015. Also included also in this group of works is a rare, large-scale pair of two-fold screens by one of the last of the Kano artists, Hashimoto Gahō (1835-1908), who embraced Western influences after Japan opened its ports to the outside world and entered a period of modernization.

Noteworthy as well is a four-fold screen by Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877), an important figure active when the military rulers who had supported the painters of the Kano school began to lose power. Dated to 1870, the screen pays homage to an earlier tradition of literati painting. Bunrin reflects an intense fascination with scholars’ rocks, often depicted in Chinese painting manuals, and taken up by Japanese artists. His rocks seemingly float, suspended in space, emphasizing the eccentric shapes for which such rocks came to be prized.
American Decorative Arts
During the past several months the Museum has received a large group of American furniture, highlights of which will be presented in a special installation, Transplanting Traditions: Early Colonial Furniture from the Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III Collection, in the American galleries beginning July 15, 2017. Nine works have come from the collection of Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III, of Milwaukee, major supporters of the Museum who, during the course of five decades, have assembled one of the country’s foremost private collections of American furniture. Especially noteworthy is an early chest of drawers, covered by a profusion of abstractly patterned carving, which (along with a related box) were made in Hampshire County, Massachusetts between 1715 and 1725, in a style of joinery and ornament popularly known as Hadley furniture. These are the first examples of this type to enter the Museum’s collection. Among the gifts from the Vogels are an easy chair made in Boston between 1710 and 1725 that retains evidence of the exuberant pattern of woven tapes and brass tacks from its original upholstery; an early turned chair with matching daybed, also from Boston, each from the late 1600s; and a mahogany desk made in Philadelphia between 1725 and 1735 that is significant for having an additional turned ball foot at its center. The Vogels have also promised an additional three works including a waxwork wall sconce with glass candle arms made in Boston between 1720 and 1740.

Together, these additions add significant depth to the Museum’s renowned holdings of Pennsylvania furniture and enrich its holdings of choice works made in New England. They enable the Museum to compare, for the first time, key achievements in different regional styles.
French Decorative Arts
The Museum has acquired a remarkable stained glass window by Jean Chastellain (French, active about 1517-d. 1542), head of one of the most important stained glass workshops in Paris active during the reign of King Francis I. Depicting The Adoration of the Magi, it was part of an innovative series of compositions devoted to the life and passion of Christ created around 1529 for a newly constructed chapel in the Temple Church, Paris. This large window is notable for the complex stained glass techniques used to create the brilliant colors and details of the figures, the shading of the draperies, and its sense of spatial depth. It was one of a number of stained glass windows made at the direction of the chapel's donor, Philippe de Villiers de l’Isle Adam. He was the forty-fourth grand master of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, who had fought the Sultan Suleiman during the siege of Rhodes and who led the Knights to the island of Malta. 

The window is closely related to a painting of the same subject by Noël Bellemare (active Antwerp, Paris 1512-1546), executed for the same donor. When the church was demolished in 1796, the work was saved by Alexander Lenoir (1762-1839), founder of the Musée des monuments français, which was devoted to the preservation of monuments threatened by the French Revolution. The Adoration of the Magi, an outstanding addition to the Museum’s renowned collection of French Renaissance decorative arts, will be placed on view in Gallery 255 in early fall.
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Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son 
n conversation with Megyn Kelly  
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM  
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The New York Times bestselling novelist tells the story of a tennis prodigy whose childhood is stripped away by his ambitious father who nurtures talent and resentment in an achievement-consumed society. Mr. Brunt will be joined in conversation by his wife, former Fox News and current NBC journalist Megyn Kelly.
Harvey Sachs | Toscanini: Musician of Conscience 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM  
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The music historian and faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music looks at Toscanini's musical brilliance, political courage, and personal passions on the sesquicentennial of his birth. 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

No Matter How You Look At It, It Stinks!

Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. President Donald J. Trump promised to repeal and replace this disaster, and that is exactly what he is working with Congress to achieve.

For Their Advancement; For The Good Of All!

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Faith in the Future Foundation (FIF) are hosting the second annual Advancement Conference for Catholic educators throughout the region. 

The two-day conference is designed to be a seminar and meeting-place to give educators an opportunity to network with their peers while hearing from industry experts on best practices in Advancement, Development, and Enrollment.

The two-day conference will take place:
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia
260 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Monday, June 26, 2017 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Keynote Address: 9:15 a.m. Father Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J., Executive Director of Mission Programs, and Director of The ACESJU Education Fellows Program at Saint Joseph’s University

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Keynote Address: 9:15 a.m. Mr. Stan W. Silverman, former President and CEO of PQ Corporation, and Faith in the Future Foundation Board Member

For a detailed schedule of the two-day conference sessions please visit, Limited registration is available at the door.

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Yeah, She Was Always Ahead Of Her Time!

OK, So NOW It Finally Begins . . .

Today is the first day of summer.
So the season is still very, very young.
And you thought summer began last month? Phooey!
The whole notion that summer begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day is something that was dreamed up by the media and/or the travel industry. And it's a lie.
Because the calendar (and the seasons themselves) tell a whole different story.
May is often cool and transitional. And so is much of June.
Summer begins at the summer solstice on June 21.
And autumn begins at the autumnal equinox on September 22.
June 21 is the longest day of daylight.
September 22 is a day when the hours of daylight and darkness are about equal. Thus, the equinox.
After September 22, darkness begins to take over and it remains that away until December 21 which is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. Each day after that, we get more sunlight until the vernal equinox in March -- the first day of spring.
That's the cycle of the seasons.
We have many warm, wonderful days ahead of us.
And yes, there may sometimes be some gloriously sunny, summer-like days during the first few weeks of June (IF we are lucky). But it still won't be summer.
Summer comes in its own time and its own way. Nature has taken care of that.
Don't rush the season -- and don't cut it short.
And, when it's time, do go out and enjoy summer until at least September 22.
And don't let anyone tell you it's over on Labor Day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whew! The Obstructionists Are At It AGAIN!

Citing pleas from both local officials and residents who are concerned with the cost and impact of building thousands of new units of affordable housing on their little remaining open space, New Jersey State Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) attempted to force Senate votes yesterday on a pair of bills he sponsors that would provide temporary relief to municipalities. Both efforts were immediately blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.

Senate Democrats blocked votes on a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Gerry Cardinale that would provide affordable housing relief to municipalities. (Pixabay)
“We’ve heard repeatedly from mayors, councilmembers, and residents that their towns cannot absorb the thousands of units that the Fair Share Housing Center has demanded they build,” said Cardinale. “It’s clear that the Legislature must regain control of a housing policy that the New Jersey Supreme Court has recklessly advanced beyond its mandate and at the expense of property taxpayers and local communities. I’m saddened that New Jersey Democrats continue to support an activist Court that wants to pave over New Jersey.”

The bills Cardinale attempted to advance, S-3080 and S-3081, would impose a moratorium on affordable housing litigation and establish an “Affordable Housing Obligation Study Commission,” respectively.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg stood on both occasions for Senate Democrats to table Cardinale’s motions to relieve his bills from the stalled committee process and bring them to the Senate floor for consideration.

“There aren’t too many people in Bergen County who are happy with the expensive affordable housing policies that Majority Leader Weinberg continues to defend,” said Cardinale. “I’m surprised she’s fighting so vigorously for overdevelopment, crowded schools, and higher property taxes throughout Bergen County.”

Cardinale’s efforts on the Senate floor followed a well-attended public meeting held by the 39th District legislators last week to hear the substantial concerns of public officials.

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Assemblyman Bob Auth (both R-39) sponsor the identical versions of Cardinale’s bills in the General Assembly, A-4666 and A-4667, and have been strong advocates for affordable housing reform.

“The Fair Share Housing Center has issued local municipal obligations that would require just about every open field and every wooded lot in Bergen County to be replaced with high-density housing,” added Cardinale. “Democrats may be happy with that, but we’re not. We’ll keep fighting to preserve our towns and protect our property taxpayers.”