Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Lynching? That's What The DEMOCRATS Called It!

Democrats have complained bitterly that President Trump describing impeachment as a lynching was “grotesque." But it didn’t seem to matter when it was Clinton. Then, the Democrats referred to THAT impeachment a LYNCHING. Now, all of a sudden, that term is racist.
See for yourself and discover their brazen double standard!

Some Of The SCARIEST Things This Halloween!

Up Close And Personal To Outer Space, And Back!

WATCH: One giant leap for womankind

Far above our atmosphere, Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station on Friday—the first-ever all-female spacewalk.

President Donald J. Trump called them from the White House during their historic mission, marking the first time since 1969 that an American President has spoken to our astronauts while they were outside their spaceship.

“I just want to congratulate you both. You’re very brave, brilliant women, and you represent this country so well,” the President said. “Our country is very proud of you.”

During the call, the astronauts praised all the female pioneers who came before them and made this incredible moment possible. “There has been a long line of female scientists, explorers, engineers, and astronauts, and we have followed in their footsteps to get us where we are today,” Dr. Meir said.

“We hope that we can provide an inspiration to everybody [who] has a big dream and that is willing to work hard to make that dream come true,” she added. “Something that all of us that have made our way up here have done all throughout our lives. And I can tell you, the hard work certainly did pay off.”

In photos: President Trump calls in for the first all-female spacewalk.

🎬 President Trump: This is a “first step”—the next stop is the Moon.

See the biggest moments from today’s Cabinet meeting

President Trump allowed the press to sit in on his Cabinet meeting for over an hour yesterday—yet another example of how this President is the most open, transparent, and media-friendly leader in our country’s recent history.  

Three important moments from the President’s opening remarks are worth your time in particular: 

Photo of the Day

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour 
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, delivers remarks during a Cabinet meeting | October 21, 2019

Forthrightly, He Expresses Himself Simply, Clearly!

Oh, how I wish every corporate leader, every boss, every public servant, everyone with any degree or power and authority --  every person in a position of responsibility -- would write this clearly, this directly and without qualification or equivocation.
For decades, I tried to encourage lawyers to express themselves like this. I also advised people in high positions and taught corporate communication at the college level, working my butt off trying to get people to simplify their sentences, words and paragraphs.
And then, miracle of miracles, along came President Trump. Thank God!

America, Don't Let Them Get Away With It!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Have You Read THESE Stories Yet?

The Pelosi-Schiff Impeachment Farce Has No Respect for Due Process

“Earlier this week, Rep. Denny Heck, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters that Republicans ‘are darn lucky these [impeachment hearings and depositions] weren’t public,’” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) writes in the Washington Examiner.
“Implication: The information coming out is horrifically damaging to President Trump. Reality: If the information was truly damaging to Trump, Democrats would hold open hearings and would have already released transcripts of the testimonies.”
Click here to read more.
“Developing countries that want to do business with the United States must do more to empower women and give them better access to the workforce, education and legal protections, White House adviser Ivanka Trump said on Friday,” Andrea Shalal reports for Reuters.  
“The 2017 tax reform law was a once-in-a-generation tax cut for America’s families, small businesses, and workers. A huge part of that victory was that we were able to bring hope and prosperity to communities that have been left behind through new Opportunity Zones,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) writes in the Washington Examiner.  
“Both men accused of a horrific gang-related murder in the Seattle area last week are illegal immigrants, ICE said on Thursday, heaping more attention on the region’s sanctuary city policies,” Stephen Dinan reports for The Washington TimesBoth men have ties to MS-13. 

Again And Again, JOE GALE Defies The Odds!

Anyone who likes a tale of come-from-behind, against-all-odds winners has got to love the tale of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale.
At 26, Gale broke through his suburban Philadelphia's county establishment and was elected to represent an area bigger than a congressional district and larger in population than Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Vermont.
Watch my interview with Joe on The Advocates and learn his remarkable story as once again, against the establishment, he seeks re-election.
What an impressive public servant he is!

She Epitomized A Captivating Joie De Vivré!

Hard to believe, but she would have been 80 years old today.
When this photo was taken she was already in her 70s. And even as she moved closer to 80 than 75, her appearance, her bearing, her sheer presence continued to belie her age. True, she was seven years older than I,  but she delighted in the fact that most people thought she was the younger sibling.
Small wonder that I always sort of remained in the background, as I am in this photo.
No, she never had a face lift nor any type of cosmetic surgery. So, how did she do it?
For one thing, she  never thought of herself as old -- never! She retained an irrepressible youthful spirit. And she never actually identified with "old" people nor particularly sought then out. Instead, she  gravitated toward young people and she always, always had time for children. When it came to children, she was playful and in their zone, and they knew  it.
To be sure, it's not like she never faced the ravages of aging. To the contrary, Lenora Nancy [Cirucci] Annibale endured two hip replacements and a 20+ year-long bout with various cancers.
But you'd never know it.
She didn't so much hide what was going as she shoved it off center stage by sheer force of will. After all, who else would dismiss cancer as a mere "bump in the road?"
Her faith played an important role in all this. But beyond everything else, it was her joie de vivre -- her total delight in all the good things in life -- that propelled her onward. It was as if her inner child never left her and kept her upbeat, confident and sunny no matter what. And that proved to be infectious and made people seek her out.
Of course, this is not to suggest she was anyone's pollyanna. If you mistook her cheerful optimism for   naiveté, you'd be subjected to a quick reality check. She was incredibly shrewd and a remarkably good judge of character. Her instincts were sharp and they were combined with  an inmate sense of fairness. If  she cared about you and she though you were wrong, she didn't hesitate to tell you.
To this you could add a fierce loyalty and an abundant love of family -- something that extended to cherished friends as well.
Now perhaps you can understand why she is so dearly missed and remembered by all who knew her. But lamenting her absence would be totally unacceptable to her.
So, knowing how fortunate we were, let's close by simply embracing what she shared with all of us and hoping to be inspired by it day after day.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Politics And Pop Culture: The Roots Of Disaffection

You'll find it deep inside Susan Page's The Matriarch, a wonderful new memoir of Barbara Bush.
As Page recounts President George H. W. Bush's stinging 1992 defeat and the rise of Bill Clinton, she offers this explanation:
There were broader trends in motion., and early signs of the political revolution that would enable Donald Trump to win the White House a quarter century later. In the Republican primary, Pat Buchanan would tap resentment over immigration, trade and multiculturalism with a "pitchfork" challenge for the nomination. (Barbara Bush would accuse Buchanan of using racist" code words.) In the general election, H. Ross perot, with a populist message of his own, would demonstrate the power of a billionaire businessman to command the public stage, undeterred and even boastful about his lack of government experience.
There you have it. the handwriting was on the wall more than 25 years ago. Events that seemed to command only passing attention at the time would presage the emergence of Donald Trump and his runaway brand of nationalistic populism.
But, wait. All of this  could have been foreseen as far back as 1971 when the renegade  country singer Merle Haggard (above, with President Richard Nixon) penned songs like "Fightin Side Of Me,"  "workin Man Blues"and "Okie From Muskogee," shedding the spotlight on what would become President Richard Nixon's outreach to a group of Americans he called "the great silent majority." This is the same group that writer Pete Hamill termed the Lower Middle Class in a landmark New York magazine article. Here's how David Cantwell catalogues it in his book Merle Haggard, The Running Kind:
On November 3, two days  after "Okie" cracked the pop Hot 100, Nixon delivered his famous Pat Buchanan-penned "Silent Majority" speech. "So tonight, to you, the great silent majority of Americans, I ask for your support," he read, effectively stoking grievances already smoldering within so many current Merle Haggard fans and within countless newer ones.
Note both thread of Buchanan through all this and the link to the popular culture. Her's how it's analyzed in Candtwell's book. If it all sounds eerily familiar, it's because it is:
They [the elites] proclaimed their virtues. You [the forgotten Lower Middle Class] simply lived virtuously. Thus Nixon made political capital of a certain experience of humiliation; the humiliation of having to defend values that seemed to you self-evident, then finding you had no words to defend them, precisely because they seemed so self evident. Nixon gave you the words.
Buchanan gave them the words. Haggard gave them the words. Nixon gave the words. And today, Trump aptly tells his followers: "I am your voice!" He gives  them the words.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

They Preach 'Tolerance' But They Don't Practice It!

Tell Comcast: Act NOW To Save Favorite Channel!

Comcast/Xfinity is trying to pull a sly one on its loyal customers.
The media giant now wants you to pay nearly $120 more per year for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) which was heretofore included in your package. 
Use this handy link to contact Comcast and tell their representative you want TCM back and you will NOT pay the uncharge. This is quick and easy and mandates a response from Comcast.
Don't let Comcast get away with this!
Demand TCM now!

Friday, October 18, 2019

WOW! This Battle Is NOW Underway . . .

A Absolutely Astounding Display Of Support!

The election year hasn't even begun yet and President Trump is already filling up larger and larger arenas -- homes of major league sports clubs in America's biggest cities.
No rock acts, no big stars, no high tech or dazzling sets of strobe lights or laser spectacles -- just Trump. And he keeps attracting SRO crowds with thousands and thousands more waiting outside.
People camp out days in advance and stand in line forever to get into one of these events.
Look at last night's crowd in Dallas! It's YOOGE!
When was the last time America saw anything like this?

A Spiritual Journey Worth Taking . . . .

Faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to join Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. for a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20017

The day will begin with a Penance service and recitation of the Holy Rosary followed by a Procession and Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Archbishop Chaput will be the celebrant and homilist for Solemn Mass at 3:00 p.m.

The Archdiocesan Pastoral Center is sponsoring bus transportation to the National Shrine. Bus fare is available for $25 per person. Buses will depart from the Pastoral Center located at 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia at 7:00 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and to anticipate a dinner stop on the return trip to Philadelphia.

To purchase bus tickets online or to print a mail-in registration form, please visit http://cathedralphila.org/sicpilgrimage/. Registration is due October 11, 2019.

Note: For additional information, please visit http://cathedralphila.org/sicpilgrimage/ or call the Cathedral Parish Office at 215-561-1313.

'Standing Strong In Defense Of Religious Freedom!'

Following is a special message from the Cardinal Newman Society:

Earlier this week, a reception was hosted in honor of The Cardinal Newman Society—and the canonization of Saint John Henry Newman—at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome! 
From L to R: Major General Patrick Brady, Ambassador Callista and Newt Gingrich, and Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.
“Tonight we're gathered to honor the Cardinal Newman Society,” said U.S. Ambassador Callista Gingrich. “Named in honor of Saint John Henry Newman, the Cardinal Newman Society supports education that is true to the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church.”

Dignitaries present at the event included ambassadors to the Holy See from England, Honduras, and South Korea; Joan Lewis, EWTN Rome Correspondent; and Kent Hill, co-founder of the Religious Freedom Institute.

Ambassador Gingrich recognized Major General Patrick Brady, one of America’s most decorated living veterans, who was present at the event. She thanked him for his service and said that it “speaks well of the Cardinal Newman Society to have someone like General Brady as a member.”

In her remarks, Ambassador Gingrich reflected on how St. John Henry Newman was a devoted teacher and “lifelong advocate for education, reason, and the discovery of truth.” Newman’s legacy is “preserved through organizations like the Cardinal Newman Society, which work diligently to promote Saint Newman’s vision for Catholic schools and colleges,” she continued.

We are so grateful for Ambassador Gingrich’s kind words and for welcoming our pilgrimage group into her home! You can read her full address here.

Newman Society President Patrick Reilly also offered remarks at this special event, saying that the pilgrimage group was “thrilled” to be in Rome celebrating the canonization of St. Newman, who “championed faithful Catholic education and had a wonderful relationship with American Catholics during his lifetime.”

“Ambassador Gingrich, as you know, Catholic education is important to America,” Reilly continued. “But Catholic education today faces increasing attacks on the freedom of Catholic educators to teach and witness to the Catholic faith.”

“I hope therefore that you will convey to President Trump and his Administration our gratitude for standing strong in defense of religious freedom,” Reilly said.

“We applaud President Trump’s recent address to the United Nations, as well as Attorney General William Barr’s address last Friday, defending religious freedom. We also applaud the Administration’s strong stand before the U.S. Supreme Court against forcing the redefinition of human sexuality, even to the point of violating the religious freedom of authentic Catholic education.”

You can read more about this wonderful honor for The Cardinal Newman Society here. Thank you for your support of our work! 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

On Jobs, NJ Lags, Especially In Prof/Bus Sector

Following is a special message from Regina Egea, President of the Garden State Initiative:
As part of our commitment to independent research, on a monthly basis we take a deep-dive on the monthly jobs report which was issued today by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

This month’s jobs report was a mixed bag for the state’s economy. The strong increase in the size of the state’s workforce was a positive development, however a decline in the workforce participation rate and stagnant job growth while the U.S. continues to grow, shows an economy that lacks vibrancy. Of particular note, was the significant job losses in the Professional and Business Sector. That will bear monitoring in the months ahead.

Some key findings from this month's report, which covers September's data, are:
  • State net loss of 200 jobs, private sector gained 900 jobs, public sector sheds 1,100
  • Unemployment Rate decreases .01% to 3.2%
  • Labor Force Participation Rate declines by .03% to 63.4, just ahead of US rate of 63.2%
  • Workforce grows by 19,000 but remains smaller than average labor force in 2008
I invite you to read our full analysis, which is available online here. Please share this email with anyone you feel may be interested in GSI's work.

For the latest updates, please be sure to visit our website at gardenstateinitiative.org, liking our Facebook page @GardenStateInitiativeand follow us on Twitter @GSI_NewJersey.

For more information on how you can support our efforts, please feel free to contact me at regea@gardenstateinitiative.org or (908) 400-9688.

IF There Is A Problem, Who's Responsible For it?

Let's Address, Head On, What's Broken In Our State!

The following statement is issued by Jack Ciattarelli, former State Assemblyman and 2017 Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.

At Rowan University, Governor Phil Murphy recently discussed his economic plan for New Jersey.

The discussion was marked by the usual egregious omissions and embarrassing statements (e.g., "If you’re a one issue voter and tax rate is your issue, either a family or a business, if that’s the only basis upon which you’re going to make a decision, we’re probably not your state” [1] ).

Two years on the job, the Governor refuses to address head-on what’s broken in New Jersey – our worst in the nation property taxes, public employees’ pension system and business climate. All three mean an underperforming economy and higher taxes.

The Governor can play the “stronger and fairer” card all he wants. Fact is, with every passing week, citizens are waking up to the reality that all his progressive policy positions aren’t going to fix New Jersey. On the contrary, he’s worsening matters by making new fiscal promises when we can’t afford the old ones.

We need a fair state school funding formula to address property taxes. We need to overhaul public employees’ benefits to reduce our exorbitant unfunded liabilities. We need to reform our tax code to improve our business climate and encourage job growth. We also need to stop over-development from all the misplaced high-density affordable housing. Then, and only then, will New Jersey be stronger and fairer, for everyone.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Well, If You Act Like You Have Something To Hide . . .

The Blues, Italy And The Guy At The Center Of It All!

The reigning NHL champion St. Louis Blues had one final celebration of their incredible 2019 season yesterday, when they brought the Stanley Cup to the White House at the invitation of President Donald J. Trump.

“These are great champions behind me,” the President said from the Rose Garden.

The Blues have an all-American comeback story. Midway through the season, they were ranked dead last in the NHL. In January, after another devastating loss, the team gathered at a bar in Philadelphia to watch an NFL playoff game. While they were there, the DJ put on the 1982 hit “Gloria.”   

After a round of singing and dancing, the team decided to adopt the song for the remainder of the season, playing it after each win. The next day, the Blues shut out the Philadelphia Flyers. Five months later, they would play it as Stanley Cup champions.

More on the St. Louis Blues’ visit to the White House.

Why Italy matters for the American people 

America’s partnership with Italy has proven vital for our national security. As President Trump encourages more of our allies to step up and share the defense burden with the United States, Italy has been among the top contributors of troops to the NATO alliance. Their country also currently hosts about 30,000 U.S. service members.

Building on this strong bond, President Trump hosted Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House today, where the two leaders held a joint press conference. President Trump also took questions on America’s role in the Middle East.

  President Trump on SyriaI want to bring our soldiers home.

In just one example of Italy’s crucial role on the world stage, leaders in Rome have been in lockstep with the United States on the pressing issue of cybersecurity. They have guarded against efforts by untrusted network providers—mainly from China—to take a foothold, which could harm digital trade and freedom for people the world over.   

Italian Americans have also been one of the most vibrant immigrant communities throughout our nation’s history. Their contributions date back centuries. In celebration of these enduring ties, President Trump and the First Lady are hosting a reception tonight in the East Room with both Italy’s leader and members of the Italian-American community.  

Watch: “A shared cultural and political heritage dating back . . . to Ancient Rome.”

Photo of the Day

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian 
President Donald J. Trump stands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella along the West Wing Colonnade | October 16, 2019  

Here's What We're Hoping For This Halloween!

Do You Know Someone Who Needs Hope, Healing?

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS) along with The Office for Life and Family’s Walking Together Philly ministry will hold a “Hope and Healing” interfaith prayer service asking for the intercession of God’s blessing of physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional healing for ourselves and loved ones.

Reverend Christopher M. Walsh, pastor of Saint Raymond of Peñafort (Philadelphia) will lead the prayer service. All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:00 p.m.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Immediately following the prayer service, all are invited to visit a pop-up kiosk adjacent to the Chapel in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center parking lot. It will feature resources and educational material, an intercessory prayer box, prayer teams, and more.

A reception will also be held on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center’s 13th floor. It will provide an opportunity for members of the community to enjoy an evening of fellowship and light refreshments.

Note: Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers community-based and residential programs and services to support men, women and children in need as an expression of the charitable works of our local Church throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. To learn more about CSS programs that serve a wide variety of human needs, please visit https://cssphiladelphia.org/

Through the Office for Life and Family, Walking Together Philly, a part of Project Rachel, is a network of services in the Greater Philadelphia area that provides support to men and women impacted by abortion. This pro-life ministry offers counseling and support groups so individuals do not have to carry their burden alone. A toll-free line is available to those in need of spiritual healing at 1-844-772-2435. For more information, please visit https://walkingtogetherphilly.org/.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hooray For St. Louis Blues And Kid Champs, Too!

The winners of the 2019 Little League World Series and Softball Little League World Series capped off great seasons with a memorable visit to the White House on Friday.

While in the Oval Office, players from Louisiana’s Eastbank All-Stars and North Carolina’s Rowan Little League softball team got the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to meet and take pictures with the President of the United States.  

“This is just a celebration trip, a culmination of a long hard summer and winning the World Series championship,” Rowan coach Steve Yang told the Salisbury Post. He said “the players were awe-struck” as President Donald J. Trump made them feel right at home.

One more surprise was in store for the Eastbank All-Stars: As it so happened, President Trump was heading to their home state of Louisiana later that day. So he asked the parents if their kids could fly back in style—aboard Air Force One. The invitation was accepted, giving the Little League World Series champions a season they won’t forget.

The “trip of a lifetime” for the Eastbank All-Stars!

More: Rowan Little League softball team visits White House

President Trump scores huge ‘phase 1’ deal with China 

On Friday, President Trump delivered a major announcement on progress regarding trade negotiations with China—one that spells out big wins ahead for American workers and for our terrific farming community.

 President Trump: America and China come to a substantial “phase one deal.”

After meeting with China’s Vice Premier at the White House, President Trump announced that terms have been reached in principle over some of the most important issues facing American businesses. Those topics included protection of U.S. intellectual property and the opening of Chinese markets to our financial services products.

But perhaps the biggest win was securing the purchase of American agricultural goods to the tune of $40-50 billion.

“I’m very excited for the farmer because there’s never been a deal of this magnitude for the American farmer,” President Trump said. The China deal will be “the largest order in the history of agriculture, by far—by two and a half times.”

President Trump correctly understands what past American leaders did not: When it comes to trade with China, the United States has a stronger hand. Previous administrations stood down in the face of confrontation with Beijing, putting media and global popularity points above the interests of American workers. Real negotiation takes time, but Americans know that President Trump won’t back down until he gets results.

“It took us a long time to get here, but it’s something that’s going to be great for China and great for the USA.”

🎬 President Trump: Tremendous news for our farmers!

Photo of the Day

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead 
President Trump greets the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues, in the Oval Office | October 15, 2019