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  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Steelton police: Victim shot in home invasion shot and killed his assailant

    07/29/2015 5:22:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Pennlive.com ^ | 27 July, 2015 | Barbara Miller
    A 25-year-old Steelton man who was shot during a home invasion early Monday shot and killed his assailant, Steelton police say. "We believe it was self-defense," said Steelton police Chief John King, who said no charges have been filed in the shooting, which occurred in the 300 block of Lincoln Street. King said they don't know the identity of the man who was killed nor his accomplice. The pair encountered the residents of the home – the 25-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman – as they were arriving home just before midnight, King said. "The two suspects approached them at...
  • Delaware man killed with own gun in Steelton home invasion, shooting: Dauphin County coroner

    07/29/2015 3:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | July 28, 2015 | Megan Trimble
    HARRISBURG — A Delaware man was killed with his own gun after a botched attempt to invade a Steelton home. The fatal shooting started as a John Doe case, with the victims saying they did not know the man or his accomplice, Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said Tuesday afternoon. While the coroner's office has since identified the man killed in the incident, Hetrick said he is withholding the name to allow the man's wife to discuss the death with the couple's young children in Wilmington. Hetrick described him as "a black male that is not really from this area"...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Pa. Congressman Fattah indicted on corruption charges from 2007 mayor’s race

    07/29/2015 9:16:01 AM PDT · by perfect_rovian_storm · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/29/15 | By Paul Kane and Mike DeBonis
    Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), a onetime rising star who came to Congress 20 years ago as a next-generation reformer, was charged Wednesday with racketeering related to an off-books $1 million loan to his unsuccessful campaign for Philadelphia mayor in 2007. The Justice Department charged Fattah, a senior member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, and four supporters with 29 counts that included bribery, bank fraud and other corruption charges. “The public expects their elected officials to act with honesty and integrity,” said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “By misusing campaign funds, misappropriating government funds, accepting...
  • U. S. Rep. Fattah (Dem - Philly) indicted, allegedly took illegal $1 million loan (etc.)

    07/29/2015 9:12:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Philidelphia Inquirer ^ | July 29, 2015 | Chris Brennan and Jeremy Roebuck
    U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering charges "involving several schemes that were intended to further the political and financial interests" of them all, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. [Snip] They include accepting a $1 million illegal loan for Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral campaign from a "wealthy supporter" and then repaying some of it using "charitable and federal grant funds" that passed through a non-profit founded and controlled by Fattah, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The indictment also accuses Fattah of seeking a $15 million federal grant for a political consultant in order...
  • [PA] The Timing Of Dem Governor’s Big Planned Parenthood Review ‘Raises Questions’

    07/28/2015 4:46:27 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    With Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf launching a review of Planned Parenthood, his own past and a recent cabinet appointment has put doubt on the integrity of the investigation.Wolf had begun taking steps to review the clinics as a result of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal organ harvesting and distribution, The Associated Press reported Friday. Just the day prior to Wolf’s announcement, he appointed a former Planned Parenthood executive as his chief of staff. To Michael Greer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, the timing is troubling.“It raises questions of the integrity of the investigation,” Greer told...
  • A Philadelphia Story - 30 Blocks Of Squalor & Government Incompetence

    07/28/2015 4:34:30 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    --snip-- Building 101 luxury low income townhouses in the midst of squalor, depravity, drugs, crime, and welfare mentality, with $27 million of taxpayer funds is the kind of waste created by liberal do-gooder politicians like Michael Nutter and Barack Obama. The $27 million should have been spent replacing ancient water mains before they burst and destroyed businesses and homes, costing the city and its citizens millions in lost business and property damage. The Mantua Square debacle gets better by the day. It was built using Obama’s $900 billion porkulus funds. It sits within one of Obama’s Promise Zones in the...
  • Morning Plum: Big majority of GOP voters favors mass deportation, poll finds

    07/27/2015 9:04:23 AM PDT · by Mariner · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 26th, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    This new poll finding, courtesy of CNN, is not all that surprising, but it is very illuminating of the demographic challenges the GOP faces right now: A big majority of Republicans believes that the government’s main focus on immigration should be not just on stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, but also on deporting those already here. The poll asks:
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • War: Chamber of Commerce gearing up to take out conservative incumbents in the House next year

    07/24/2015 2:15:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    This strategy isn’t entirely new. They started talking about targeting tea partiers in primaries in late 2013 and followed through in last year’s midterms... The difference last year was that they stuck to open seats rather than going after incumbents. Evidently they’ve decided now that “progress” towards the dream of renewing the Ex-Im bank and passing a gigantic amnesty ensuring all the cheap legal labor they could possibly want isn’t happening fast enough. It’s simply not sufficient to fill vacancies in the House with corporatist business-class Republicans. To move their agenda, they need to start replacing some of the people...
  • Professor makes incendiary remarks about Jews, women, gays (Kaukab Siddique, Lincoln U.)

    07/24/2015 6:54:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 23, 2015 2:14 PM EDT
    A tenured university professor in Pennsylvania who previously questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel’s destruction is under fire again for incendiary remarks about Jews, women and gays. Kaukab Siddique, an English professor at Lincoln University outside Philadelphia, asked on Facebook this month whether Bill Cosby’s accusers took so long to come forward because “many women are sluts.” Another recent post on Facebook attributed the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage on “Obama’s homo uprising,” while a third post referred to “dirty Jewish Zionist White Supremacist thugs.” Lincoln University condemned Siddique’s remarks but said it does not plan to...
  • Philadelphia Letter Carrier Charged With Not Delivering 22,000 Pieces of Mail

    07/23/2015 11:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Joel Landau
    Maybe the snow, or rain, or heat, or gloom of night, got to him. A Philadelphia mail carrier was charged with committing the greatest infraction of a United States Postal worker — not delivering the mail. Federal prosecutors allege Patrick D'Ambrosio, 48, declined to deliver a whopping 22,000 pieces of mail on his route between May 2014 and January of this year. He instead opted to stick the materials in his car and his northeast Philadelphia home. This behavior is the exact opposite of what the USPS motto stands for. "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night,...
  • 'Black Genocide' Pastor Protests NAACP's Support for Abortion With Controversial Confederate...

    07/23/2015 9:21:59 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 21, 2015 | Vincent Funaro
    (Photo: Facebook/Clenard Childress) The Rev. Clenard Childress uses controversial sign to protest NAACP's support for abortion that features a Confederate flag and an aborted baby at the organization's annual meeting held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July 2015. A black New Jersey pastor and pro-life activist protested the NAACP's support for abortion at the organization's convention held in Philadelphia last week, where he posted a sign that included both an aborted baby and a Confederate flag. Rev. Clenard Childress, the president of the Life Education and Resource Network, the largest African-American pro-life group in the U.S., used this sign that...
  • Hempfield bicyclist to stay in Westmoreland jail until July 28 hearing

    07/22/2015 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 30 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 22 July 2015 | Rich Cholodofsky
    A Hempfield bicyclist charged with obstructing traffic on several roadways will spend at least the next week in jail after being taken into custody Tuesday morning by Westmoreland County sheriff's deputies. David Smith, 56, was shackled during an afternoon hearing before Judge Rita Hathaway, who ordered him detained until a bond revocation hearing is held July 28. Until then, Smith will be held without bond at the Westmoreland County Prison. Sheriff Jon Held said deputies went to Smith's home Tuesday morning and took him into custody. “He didn't resist, but he was a little confused at first,” Held said. Prosecutors...
  • Equality Fest to welcome special transgender guest

    07/20/2015 7:17:26 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    The York Dispatcj ^ | 20 July AD 2015 | Erin James
    A woman who recently made Pennsylvania history will share her story next month at a York County celebration of civil rights and the LGBT community. The organizers of York's second annual Equality Fest, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 2, have booked Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who's achieved the highest rank in state history for transgender people in government roles. State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, confirmed Monday that Levine has accepted the Equality Fest invitation. Schreiber said Levine's story about being a transgender woman is relevant to the next phase of fighting for equal rights. A new...
  • The Empire State Building Submits to Islam

    07/18/2015 7:01:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 18 Jul 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Not one day – not twenty-four hours after the Chattanooga jihad mass murder – the symbol of American individualism, capitalism, and the capital of the world, the Empire State Building, one of the foremost symbols of American freedom, celebrated the Muslim “holiday” of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the most violent month of the year in the Islamic world, because Ramadan is the month in which Muslims renew their devotion to Allah, and violent jihad is a supreme act of devotion to Allah. All told, 2,988 people were shot, burned, blown up, beheaded, or hacked to death...
  • President Obama to speak at VFW convention in Pittsburgh

    07/18/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    An address by President Barack Obama will highlight the 116th VFW National Convention when it comes to Pittsburgh this weekend. The convention, which is closed to the public, begins Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown, with Obama's address scheduled for Tuesday. The president has previously spoken at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national convention in 2012 and 2009, and in 2007 and 2008 as a presidential candidate. "We are very grateful to President Obama for choosing to address America's oldest and largest major war veterans' organization," VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, a retired Air Force first...
  • President Obama coming to Pittsburgh, will address VFW convention next week

    07/17/2015 10:49:05 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tracie Mauriello
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is headed to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to speak to thousands of veterans in town for the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. It will be Mr. Obama’s fifth speech to the national convention since 2007, and his third as president. “What we hope to hear is how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, a retired Air Force First sergeant from Nevada. “We also want...
  • Trailer driver acquitted of most serious charge in fatal Route 28 crash

    07/17/2015 10:41:09 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 23 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 07-17-2015 | Adam Brandolph
    Eric Gonzalez-Huerta might have been responsible for a fatal accident on Route 28 last year, but his conduct was not “directly and substantially linked” to the crime, an Allegheny County judge ruled Friday. Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara acquitted Gonzelez-Huerta, 23, of Louisville, Ky. of a third-degree felony charge of accident involving death or injury while not properly licensed, the most serious count he faced. Lazzara found him guilty of 22 summary counts, including driving without a license, operating a vehicle without insurance and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment, for which the judge ordered him to pay mandatory...
  • Study: Utica Shale Larger Than Previous Estimates

    07/17/2015 8:51:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 16, 2015 | Karen Boman|
    The size of the Utica shale play’s technically recoverable resources is larger than previously thought, a recent study by West Virginia University (WVU) has found. WVU found that the Utica play contains technically recoverable resources of 782 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas and around 1.9 billion barrels of oil. That’s higher than the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) 2012 estimate of technically recoverable resources at 38 Tcf of gas and 940 million barrels of oil. The study results indicate that the Utica – which spans West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York – is comparable to the Marcellus...
  • Rick Perry: “Trump-ism” isn’t conservatism, it’s a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense

    07/16/2015 11:48:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/16/2015 | AllahPundit
    The hardest shot yet at Trump from a fellow candidate. “Donald Trump continues to demonstrate his fundamental misunderstanding of border security. Make no mistake – border security is a federal responsibility, but when I met with President Obama last year and it became clear he would not act, I told him if he would not secure the border, Texas would. Rather than thanking Texas for stepping into a gap it shouldn’t have to fill, Mr. Trump has made clear that he believes the states should fend for themselves on border security. Not only is this wrong, it perpetuates the...
  • Columbus gives Redflex contract the red light ( Ohio )

    07/16/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 16, 2015 | Andy Long
    Mayor Michael Coleman announced Wednesday the termination of the city’s contract with Redflex, effective immediately. Redflex is the company that handled Columbus’ red light camera program before a state law forced the city to cease issuing citations. The announcement comes after a Redflex executive pleaded guilty to charges relating to bribing public officials. “Based upon the City’s contract authority, we will be terminating the contract with Redflex immediately,” said Mayor Coleman. “I support a photo red light camera program because it saves lives, however the actions of the Redflex executives have raised questions about the integrity of their program.”
  • Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed charged with bribery, theft and dozens more criminal charges

    07/16/2015 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rachel Bunn
    Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed was charged Tuesday with a battery of theft, fraud and bribery charges that, if proven, would stamp corruption in indelible ink on the Reed Era. They would also likely put Reed, who has been out of office since January 2010 and has indicated his intent to fight for vindication, in jail. The 65-year-old Reed was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner Tuesday on charges that go right to the heart of his longtime role as benevolent dictator of Pennsylvania's Capital City.
  • Santorum points to gay marriage fissures in Walker household

    07/13/2015 2:52:22 PM PDT · by VinL · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/13/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) warned Monday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s dissonance with his wife on same-sex marriage could cause him to be less “active” in his opposition. “Spouses matter,” Santorum said in an editorial meeting with The Daily Caller. “When your spouse is not in-sync with you — particularly on cultural issues, moral issues — [you] tend not to be as active on those issues." Walker panned last month’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide as a “grave mistake” where “five unelected judges [took] it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage.” But while those views...
  • [Archbishop] Chaput: Waldron right to fire gay teacher

    07/13/2015 1:08:49 PM PDT · by Phillyred
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the Mercy Sisters who run Waldron Mercy Academy showed "character and common sense" in firing a lesbian teacher who has been married since 2007 after parents of two students found out and complained. In his first direct comment since the firing became public last week, Chaput said, "Schools describing themselves as Catholic take on the responsibility of teaching and witnessing the Catholic faith in a manner true to Catholic belief. There's nothing complicated or controversial in this. It's a simple matter of honesty," he said in a statement issued Monday." "I'm very grateful to the...
  • Monmouth Poll: Christie’s numbers drop, Bush leads, Trump gets a bump

    07/13/2015 10:54:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | 7/13/15 | Politicker Staff
    The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide found significant bumps, both in the vote choice question and candidate favorability, for Jeb Bush and Donald Trump since they threw their hats into the rings. Bobby Jindal has made no headway since he entered the race, and Chris Christie may actually be losing ground since his announcement. Despite Trump’s surge, the poll also found that many GOP voters are not taking his candidacy seriously. When Republicans are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Jeb Bush nominally leads the pack with 15%, followed by Donald Trump...
  • Monmouth Poll: Christie’s numbers drop, Bush leads, Trump gets a bump

    07/13/2015 10:53:57 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 18 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | July 13, 2015 | Staff
    The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide found significant bumps, both in the vote choice question and candidate favorability, for Jeb Bush and Donald Trump since they threw their hats into the rings. Bobby Jindal has made no headway since he entered the race, and Chris Christie may actually be losing ground since his announcement. Despite Trump’s surge, the poll also found that many GOP voters are not taking his candidacy seriously. When Republicans are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Jeb Bush nominally leads the pack with 15%, followed by Donald Trump...
  • Here’s Which 2016 GOP Candidate Has the Most ‘Conservative’ Endorsements from Members of Congress

    07/13/2015 10:14:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    IJReview ^ | JOE PERTICONE
    As candidates are gearing up for the 2016 election cycle, many members of Congress have officially endorsed their favorites.Roll Call has compiled a list of the current public endorsements from sitting members of Congress among the Republican candidates.While some have racked up more endorsements than others (most candidates have none), we decided to filter the nearly 25 endorsements based on their different scores from three of the biggest conservative advocacy groups: The Heritage Foundation, the American Conservative Union, and FreedomWorks.Here are the three 2016 Republican candidates who have received the lion’s share of endorsements, matched with the average ratings from...
  • How Bill Cosby’s moralizing backfired: Famous ‘Pound Cake’ speech used to justify unsealing records

    07/08/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Though long a symbol of responsible parenthood — model TV dad, doctor of education, proud supporter of Temple University — Bill Cosby etched his legacy in stone with a speech in 2004 that took black parents to task. It became famous as the “Pound Cake” speech for this passage: “Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing...
  • Police: Three men fired randomly during Sunday killing spree (ABE area, PA)

    07/08/2015 4:37:27 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 16 replies
    Allentown Morning Call | 78/15 | By Manuel Gamiz Jr., Frank Warner, Matt Coughlin and Pamela Lehman
    Twenty-nine minutes after buying ammunition for a .38-caliber revolver at a Walmart, three men in a white sport utility vehicle opened fire early Sunday in Easton's West Ward, the start of a bloody rampage that left three dead, authorities said Tuesday in announcing arrests.. Kory Ketrow, 22, was gunned down at 3:14 a.m. in the 1100 block of Lehigh Street as he walked home. Minutes later, about a mile away, one of the men in the SUV fired at a couple driving near Route 22 in Easton's downtown, authorities said. That couple was spared when the shooter missed his mark,...
  • PA Senate: Toomey Launches First TV Ad, While Sestak Runs Over Children At 4th Of July Event

    07/07/2015 5:56:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The polling isn’t frequent given that we're over a year away from the 2016 elections, but incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is looking as if he will be in decent shape (for now) to fend off another Democratic challenge from his 2010 opponent, former Rep. Joe Sestak. Recently, Toomey released the first of what will probably be many television ads, but it’s nothing hard-hitting yet. In fact, it highlights a policy initiative that he worked on with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that helps schools better identify child sex offenders. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): Fifteen months before he will face voters in the...
  • Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration [Walker, Santorum]

    07/06/2015 2:38:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 6, 2015 | Andy Sullivan, editing by Ross Colvin
    Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans' job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009. It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation's outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a time when it needs to broaden its support base of Hispanics...
  • Santorum praises Trump's focus on immigration

    07/05/2015 10:41:56 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 5, 2015 | Rebecca Kaplan
    Rick Santorum said he didn't like Donald Trump's "verbiage" when he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" in his presidential announcement speech, but said he was raising an important point by bringing up the effect that illegal immigration has on American workers. "While I don't like the verbiage he's used, I like the fact that he is focused on a very important issue for American workers and particularly, legal immigrants in this country," Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "People who are coming illegally, obviously, are coming with a bad intent, let's just...
  • Workforce to shrink as baby boomers retire, birth rates fall

    07/03/2015 10:15:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 27, 2015 | Natasha Lindstrom
    It's a national dilemma: Birth rates rose slightly in 2014 but are not high enough to sustain population levels, just as employers brace for the largest generation ever to retire in droves. The oldest of 75 million baby boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — turn 69 this year.
  • Santorum: Too many in GOP accepting marriage ruling.

    07/03/2015 5:00:14 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 17 replies
    Centre Daily Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Corinne Kennedy
    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum admonished his competitors Thursday for their reactions to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, saying as president he would fight to repeal the ruling and implement a law protecting religious freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment. “Many are moving on,” Santorum said of Republican reactions to the court ruling. “Well, not me. This will not stand.” The former Pennsylvania senator gave the keynote speech at a gala for the National Organization for Marriage – a conservative organization that defines marriage as between a man and a woman – Thursday in Washington.
  • Cops: Males In Possession Of Stolen Phone Unknowingly Upload Pics To Victim’s Cloud (Dumb Crooks!!)

    07/03/2015 8:32:11 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 07/03/2015 | staff
    --SNIP-- Police say the next day, the victim reported he was receiving pictures on his Google Cloud of the men in possession of his phone. Authorities say the males were taking photographs of themselves, which were being uploaded to the cloud without their knowledge. The males ages and identities are unknown at this time.
  • Historic Gettysburg seminary bans Confederate flags

    06/29/2015 3:11:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    The HanoverEvening Sun ^ | June 29, 2015 | Chris Cappella
    In the wake of several Gettysburg-area stores making announcements on if they'll continue to sell Confederate flag-related merchandise, the Lutheran Theological Seminary is making its stand. Saturday, the day before a Living History event was slated to take place on the seminary's campus, the administration announced it would be banning symbols of hate speech and racism on seminary grounds, said the Rev. John Spangler, executive assistant to the president for communication and planning. The ban prohibits the display of the flag or flags associated with the Confederate States of America, Spangler said. "The subsequent use by other groups have made...
  • Ben Carson wins conservative straw poll, Fiorina and Walker close behind

    06/28/2015 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein and Ariel Cohen
    DENVER -- Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taken together, the results point to the resonance of the anti-Washington message among conservative audiences, as all three candidates argued in different ways that they would shake up the DC status quo. Carson garnered 26 percent of the 871 votes cast; Fiorina got 23 percent; Walker was at 22 percent; and Ted Cruz, at 11 percent, was the...
  • Our letters policy on same-sex marriage - an explanation and an apology: John L. Micek

    06/27/2015 3:40:04 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | John L. Micek
    About 10 or 15 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made gay marriage legal across the country, including the 13 states that up until now had banned it, a colleague of mine walked into the PennLive newsroom. A smile lit up her face and there were tears in her eyes. Up until about 10 a.m. on Friday, my gay colleague sat on pins and needles, waiting to see if nine lawyers were about to throw the life and her and her partner into absolute upheaval. We embraced and I offered...
  • Re-enactors asked not to display Confederate flag in Lewisburg parade [PA]

    06/27/2015 3:28:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | John Beauge
    The controversy over the display of the Confederate flag in the wake of the killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., has reached the annual Union County Veterans Fourth of July Parade in Lewisburg. The 18th North Carolina Co. A re-enactors have been asked not to display the Confederate flag if it marches, parade chairman Kevin Bittenbender said Friday. The parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Saturday. The decision was made following a discussion by the parade committee's executive board, he said. He understands there will be some opposed to the decision, he said.
  • Pennsylvania newspaper won't accept anti-gay marriage editorials anymore

    06/27/2015 7:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/27/2015 | Rick Moran
    A newspaper in Harrisburg, PA, PennLive/The Patriot-News, informed its readers yesterday that the paper would no longer be accepting anti-gay marriage letters or op-eds. After nationwide outrage was expressed, the paper revised its policy slightly; you could submit anti-gay marriage tracts for a limited amount of time. Daily Caller: After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed — but only for a “limited” period of time. Micek explained on Twitter: “Clarification: We will not foreclose discussion of the high court’s decision, but arguments that...
  • [NPS] Statement Regarding the Confederate Flag

    06/26/2015 7:33:13 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The U.S. National Park Service ^ | June 25, 2015 | National Park Service
    On June 24, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis asked park superintendents to work with their partners and bookstore operators to voluntarily withdraw from sale items that solely depict a Confederate flag. The National Park Service press release can be found here. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said of the agency's reputation for telling difficult parts of our history. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park. Any stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores."...
  • THOUGHTCRIME! Traditional marriage opinions BANNED by PA newspaper after Supreme Court ruling

    06/26/2015 7:04:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 6/26/15 | Soopermexican
    The “Pennsylvania Patriot” newspaper may think they’re patriotic, but shutting down dissenting opinion doesn’t seem to be true to the roots of the country. After the Supreme Court ruling today that feelings are more important than the Constitution and words have no meaning, the editorial board at Pennlive posted this notice: As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it pring, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage. Then after a few actual patriots on twitter started mocking the Fascist idiots, they changed it just a tad so that they...
  • THE SILENCING: Paper Will Limit Anti-Gay Marriage Op-Eds

    06/26/2015 2:27:59 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 101 replies
    daily caller ^ | 06/26/15 | Betsy Rothstein
    The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,” they declared. After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed — but only for a “limited” period of time. Micek explained on Twitter: “Clarification: We will not...
  • Marcellus Shale region to see wave of large pipeline projects

    06/26/2015 5:43:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    PowerSource P-G ^ | June 23, 2015 | Stephanie Ritenbaugh
    Over the next three years, the Marcellus Shale region can expect to see about 17 pipeline projects meant to ship about 17.3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas out of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to end-users, according to IHS Energy. Those destinations “are varied, and in addition to New England, some are targeting the Midwest, eastern Canada and the South,” said Matthew Piatek, associate director of North American natural gas for IHS, which tracks energy markets. “Given the amount of production in the tri-state area currently, it will be able to satisfy the lion’s share of Mid-Atlantic...
  • Gettysburg to sell Confederate flags despite National Park Service request

    06/25/2015 4:13:45 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 68 replies
    The National Park Service Wednesday asked groups operating gift shops at national Civil War battlefields and monuments to pull the Confederate flag and items featuring only the flag — mugs, key chains, T-shirts — from store shelves, said Kathy Kupper, a National Park Service spokeswoman. The Gettysburg Foundation, which runs the gift shop and book store at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor Museum and Visitor Center does not plan to pull its Confederate flag items.
  • Gettysburg to remove Confederate flag items (The Country has Gone Mad!!!!!)

    06/25/2015 4:28:04 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 74 replies
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  • D.A.'s office reaches partial settlement in civil forfeiture suit (Philadelphia)

    06/25/2015 10:34:25 AM PDT · by SZonian · 14 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 24 June, 2015 | Jeremy Roebuck
    The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed to change two of the most scrutinized aspects of its civil forfeiture program - a $6-million-a-year juggernaut aimed at taking cash and property out of the hands of drug dealers. In federal court filings this week, city lawyers agreed to limit their practice of barring homeowners from properties tied up in forfeiture proceedings until the case has made its way before a judge. Prosecutors also said they would no longer enforce several controversial requirements routinely included in deals struck with property owners to settle forfeiture cases. Those include restrictions blocking relatives accused of...
  • Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges

    06/25/2015 10:02:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 12:18 PM EDT | Peter Jackson
    A court ruling striking down a Pennsylvania law that made it easier for gun-rights advocates like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances is drawing strong reaction from both sides of the issue. A spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says Thursday’s Commonwealth Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional will allow municipalities to pursue common-sense gun safety requirements. Sen. Daylin Leach is one of five Democrats who joined in the challenge of the law. He says municipalities that repealed their gun ordinances because of the law can now restore them. An attorney for four pro-gun groups dismisses...