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  • Iowa’s Steve King rules over GOP on road to presidency

    12/28/2014 10:12:08 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Seth McLaughlin
    Rep. Steve King has summoned the potential field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates to Iowa next month for his Freedom Summit, and they are jumping at the opportunity — underscoring the conservative firebrand’s political pull and marking the event as the first major gathering of the next campaign for the White House. Mr. King told The Washington Times that the Jan. 24 gathering in Des Moines will give the kinds of activists who turn out for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses a look at their options and will give the candidates an early reality check. (SNIP) Though Mr. Santorum achieved victory without...
  • Kwanzaa's roots stretch from York [PA] to Africa

    12/28/2014 6:14:26 PM PST · by lightman · 72 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 28 December AD 2014 | Rebecca Hanlon
    Kwanzaa's roots stretch from York to Africa Kwanzaa's roots from York to Africa By Rebecca Hanlon For the Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 12/28/2014 04:02:22 PM EST Maulana Ron Karenga, a 1958 William Penn Senior High School graduate, created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a way for those of African descent to explore their culture and bring good into the world. As an Afrocentric scholar, Karenga has said he hoped Kwanzaa would give people a deeper African-American consciousness and a sense of community within ancient African culture. The holiday kicked off Friday and will run through Jan. 1, with different celebrations and...
  • Challenge to Phila. civil forfeiture law continues

    12/28/2014 5:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Inquirer ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Philadelphia prosecutors agreed Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city's use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases. But Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch, both of whom saw their houses threatened after police arrested a relative dealing drugs on their properties, said they intended to keep on fighting. In agreements of dismissal filed in Common Pleas Court, the District Attorney's Office agreed to drop its cases against properties owned by Sourovelis and Welch as long as both owners took "reasonable measures" to ensure no...
  • Black Mob Violence at Christmas, All Over the Country (Colin Flaherty)

    12/28/2014 5:15:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 78 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Colin Flaherty
    <p>This year’s Yuletide racial violence was more spontaneous. More deadly. More old school. Not connected to the recent political protests over Mike Brown, Eric Garner and fill in your favorite atrocity that racist police inflicted on black people For No Reason What So Ever.</p>
  • Federal judge upholds Obama’s executive amnesty over challenge from Joe Arpaio

    12/26/2014 11:50:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    A bummer from D.C., especially coming so soon after a federal judge in Pennsylvania held that the amnesty was unconstitutional. Don’t fret, though. A similar lawsuit, led by incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and joined by 24 different states, has already been filed in Texas with a hearing scheduled early next month. The judge in that case is a Bush appointee who’s been critical of Obama’s DHS on immigration in the past. I like those odds. Worry about losing that one, not this one, as all it’ll take is a circuit split to force this issue before the Supreme...
  • Southwestern Energy to buy more Marcellus, Utica acreage

    12/23/2014 8:21:58 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 23, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Southwestern Energy Co. said Tuesday it is planning to snap up Statoil’s 20-percent stake in oil and gas assets in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania for $394 million, just a day after closing its biggest-ever deal with Chesapeake Energy in the region. The transaction, which encompasses 30,000 net acres, boosts Southwestern Energy’s working interests in that area of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays by 5.8 percent to 73 percent. The wells on the land produce about 29 million cubic feet of gas a day, as of October. The deal is expected to close early next year. It’s the Houston...
  • Pennsylvania couple fighting to save $160,000 collection of rare wine after it was seized under

    12/23/2014 6:00:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 23, 2014 | Pete D'Amato
    Pennsylvania state police were tied up for months in a sting operation that ended with a 20-hour raid in early January. As law professor Baylen Linnekin writes in Reason, the target wasn't illegal narcotics but a cellar full of rare and expensive bottles of wine. 2,447 bottles, to be exact. They are worth more than $160,000. Officers seized the bottles from the Malvern home of attorneys Arthur Goldman and Melissa Kurtzman, and state they are now planning to destroy the collection. The state's strict liquor laws led law enforcement to Goldman, who insists he was not looking to sell off...
  • $3,500 in razors stolen at Walmart

    12/23/2014 1:58:33 AM PST · by sneakers · 72 replies
    Indiana Gazette ^ | 12-23-2014
    State police report a shopper at Walmart loaded a cart with $3,500 worth of disposable razors Sunday evening, pushed it through a fire exit door and fled in a car with a burned-out headlight.
  • Do you know this woman? Police release sketch of embalmed head found in Pennsylvania woods

    12/23/2014 1:07:14 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 22 December 2014 | Associated Press and MailOnline
    Police have released a sketch of a woman whose embalmed head was found by in Pennsylvania woods last week and are now asking the public for help identifying her. The head was found by a resident walking in the woods in Economy in Beaver County on December 12 and the county coroner deduced it had been embalmed - although it is not known how long ago. As the image released on Monday shows, it appeared to belong to a woman, aged 50 or older, with whitish gray hair that appeared to have been styled.
  • Ex-Chief Says Video Rants Meant to Snare Threats

    12/22/2014 10:51:41 AM PST · by februus · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press
    A former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who posted online videos of himself ranting obscenely about liberals and the Second Amendment while shooting automatic weapons secretly fed information on people he considered militia members, anti-government extremists and so-called "sovereign citizens" to the FBI and state police, according to documents he showed to The Associated Press.
  • Just look across the NY-PA border for safe and responsible fracking

    12/22/2014 8:47:58 AM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    ExxonMobil ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Cohen
    The comedian Chico Marx famously asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” That’s the question I feel like Governor Andrew Cuomo is posing to New Yorkers with his decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State’s portion of the Marcellus Shale. The governor and his allies – most notably the acting state health commissioner, whose report served as justification for Mr. Cuomo’s decision – say the move will protect New York’s air, land, and water. For years now, New Yorkers have been besieged by apocalyptic claims made by anti-oil and gas activists – many of them...
  • Dozens of children stage "die-in" to protest killings of unarmed black men

    12/20/2014 12:01:52 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/20/2014 | Jonathan Lai
    Several dozen children staged a "die-in" Saturday morning in Philadelphia, lying down at the intersection of City Avenue and Monument Road to have their young voices heard. "Everybody is a part of the world, and everybody should be treated equally," said Aniyah Ayres, the 8-year-old force behind the Aniyah's Mission organization that helped organize the demonstration.
  • Photo Posted To Paramedic’s Instagram Account Prompts Outrage

    12/20/2014 1:05:50 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | December 18, 2014 | Todd Quinones
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some city officials are upset over a photo posted to Instagram by a West Philadelphia paramedic, showing two black men pointing a gun at a police officer and describing police as “the enemy.” ~snip~ The paramedic has since taken the photo down and responded on Facebook saying that he deeply apologizes and that he did not mean to hurt his brothers in blue or offend anyone. It is not known at this time if the paramedic will be disciplined.
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Oldest U.S. black college on verge of financial collapse

    12/18/2014 5:51:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 17, 2014 | David Dedok
    The nation's oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, is on the verge of a financial meltdown that threatens its ability to continue operating, a state official said on Wednesday. Cheyney's student body has shrunk by two-thirds, to about 1,000, since its 1983 peak, and its four-year graduation rate is just 9 percent. A quarter of students never receive a degree, and student loan defaults are high.
  • Local campaign kicks off 'Letters to Trayvon'

    12/17/2014 3:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | December 17, 2014 | Samaria Bailey
    A network of businesses, public officials and educators are partnering with the Trayvon Martin Foundation to present “Letters to Trayvon” a holistic campaign to address the plight of Black males and police brutality, next February. The campaign, initiated by the Germantown-based small business Mission Inc., has been in its planning stages for about a year and will include a social media component, youth outreach and a culminating fundraising reception, panel discussion, black art showcase and exhibit on Feb. 28. “Letters to Trayvon is a campaign to end the disrespect and racial profiling of black men and boys [and] it’s a...
  • Gas industry: Drilling tax could cripple Pa. economy

    12/17/2014 7:50:18 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau ^ | December 17, 2014 | Amy Worden
    Three days after the newly elected Senate majority leader opened the door to negotiations on a natural gas drilling tax, industry leaders reiterated their stand that such a tax would harm the state's economy. Additional taxes would have a "crippling effect on jobs" said Stephanie Wissman, executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania. "It threatens to stifle energy production and the jobs that go with it," Wissman said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. The prospect of a severance tax on gas production in the lucrative Marcellus Shale - an issue dormant since Gov. Ed Rendell left...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • Fed judge says executive action is unconstitutional while Dem senators snipe that he's 'wrong'

    12/16/2014 10:14:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Martosko
    * Bush-appointed jurist rules the White House 'amnesty' plan is an example of legislation – something only Congress can do * Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sniped to MailOnline that Schwab is 'wrong' and made 'an incorrect decision' * Judge dismissed administration's claim that it is using 'prosecutorial discretion' to decide which illegal immigrants it will stop deporting * 'President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the U.S. Constitution,' judge Arthur Schwab ruled * GOP Senator John Thune said Obama hadn't yet 'got the message' about his party's stinging November election...
  • Federal judge: Obama’s executive amnesty is unconstitutional

    12/16/2014 2:36:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via WaPo, it’s now officially a mixed-blessings news day for Jeb Bush fans. Two issues here. One: Does Obama enjoy more power to craft policy if Congress is deadlocked between the two parties? Ezra Klein says yes, I say no. Two: How far can Obama go in crafting policy in the name of “prosecutorial discretion”? No one disputes that he can prioritize one illegal immigrant’s deportation case over another’s. If he can do that for one person, why can’t he do it systematically for five million? At what point does “prosecutorial discretion” become unconstitutional legislation by presidential diktat?Judge Arthur Schwab’s...
  • District court declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional

    12/16/2014 1:20:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    <p>Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional.</p> <p>According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.</p>
  • D.A. to charge 2 more Phila. Democrats in sting(PA)

    12/16/2014 12:56:17 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 59 replies
    philly.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis
    HARRISBURG - Philadelphia prosecutors plan to announce criminal charges Tuesday against two more elected officials ensnared in the undercover sting investigation that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane rejected as too flawed to prosecute. District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to announce charges against State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown and Ronald G. Waters, both Philadelphia Democrats, for allegedly accepting cash from an undercover operative, according to people familiar with the matter. Waters' attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he was making arrangements for Waters to turn himself in Tuesday morning. Perri said he expects Waters will face felony charges of conflict...
  • No Anti-Discrimination Ordinance For Gay, Lesbian Community in Bloomsburg

    12/16/2014 1:39:46 PM PST · by conservative98 · 2 replies
    WNEP ^ | December 15, 2014 | Peggy Lee
    BLOOMSBURG — Leaders in Bloomsburg have decided against going ahead with plans for a controversial law at a meeting Monday night. With a narrow vote of four to three, Bloomsburg town officials voted not to draft an ordinance that would make it illegal for businesses to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation. Council met with a packed room and heard hours of input on whether the town needed such an ordinance. “Lacks constitutional weight both federally and at a state level, being carried along more by emotion than reason,” said one speaker who opposed the ordinance. “Many members of...
  • Montgomery County Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone Found Dead in Woods: Sources

    12/16/2014 12:05:23 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Vince Lattanzio
    Bradley Stone, the man prosecutors say is responsible for killing his ex-wife and five of her family members and shooting one other before going on the run, has been found dead in the woods near his home, law enforcement sources tell NBC10. His body was discovered near W. 4th Street and Schoolhouse Road in Pennsburg. The location is just yards from the former Marine's home where SWAT teams have been methodically searching for the man for the past two days. Sources said it appears Stone killed himself.
  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby has mumps

    12/16/2014 9:05:48 AM PST · by shove_it · 42 replies
    ESPN ^ | 15 Dec 2014 | Katie Strang
    The National Hockey League's puzzling outbreak of the mumps has now reached the league's biggest star. Sidney Crosby has the vaccine-preventable disease. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced the diagnosis in a news release Sunday morning. According to the release, Crosby will be "monitored daily, but specialists believe he should be through the infectious period by Monday."
  • Scranton Pennsylvania on the Road to Bankruptcy

    12/16/2014 8:23:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The city of Scranton hiked property taxes 57% and garbage collection fees 69% to shore up a police and fire pension funds that will run out of money anyway, in 5 years and 2.5 years respectively. Amusingly (to outsiders) but certainly not to Scranton taxpayers, Scranton Pensions Increased as Much as 80 Percent as a result of inane mayoral promises. The 2011 court ruling that awarded huge raises and millions of dollars in back pay to Scranton firefighters and police officers was a windfall for retirees too, with some seeing a more than 80 percent hike in their pensions between...
  • Philadelphia Police Officer Shoots Suspect in Head During Deadly Struggle

    12/15/2014 10:51:51 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 99 replies
    NBC Philly ^ | 12-15-14 | Dan Stamm
    The family of a man shot in the head and killed by a Philadelphia police officer sought answers in the hours after the deadly incident during a traffic stop in the city’s Mayfair section. The deadly gunshot rang out around 2:45 a.m. along the 6600 block of Frankford Avenue after police said the suspect reached for a loaded handgun — stolen last year — in his rental car. "I would like to know why the police, law enforcement, has the right to kill instead of disabling," the victim's mother Tanya Dickerson said. "It has to stop, this is enough already."...
  • Suspect in deadly Pennsylvania killing spree remains at large

    12/15/2014 7:52:41 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/15/14
    PENNSBURG, Pa. -- A man killed six people as he weaved across the Philadelphia suburbs in a predawn rampage Monday, authorities said. Bradley William Stone, 35, started at his ex-wife's Harleysville apartment, breaking in through a glass door around 4 a.m., firing multiple rounds and fleeing with their two children, the woman's neighbors said. Stone was believed to be holed up in his home in Pennsburg, but police said late Monday they are uncertain of his whereabouts.
  • Suspect sought in 6 shooting deaths near Philadelphia

    12/15/2014 4:09:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    ·FoxNews.com ^ | December 15, 2014
    The rampage began around 4 a.m. at ex-wife Nicole Stone's Harleysville apartment, investigators said. Stone broke in through a glass door, firing multiple rounds and fleeing with their two children, the woman's neighbors said. He then went to two nearby communities, where her relatives lived, killed five other people and severely wounded another person before apparently holing up in a Pennsburg home, authorities said.
  • PTSD GUNMAN KILLED FOUR WITH NEW CRIME SCENE IN PENNSBURG, AND ESCAPED FROM SWAT IN SOUDERTON, PA

    12/15/2014 9:55:45 AM PST · by Kackikat · 530 replies
    Twitter, Inagist ^ | 12/15/2014 | kackikat
    A few minutes ago SWAT found out that the PTSD gunman who killed four in Souderton and Lansdale, Pa was not in home in Souderton, PA. Escaped. Whereabouts of gunman unknown, more deaths expected. New crime scene in Pennsburg, Pa with police investigating.....unknown.
  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • Feds Creating Robots for Old People

    12/13/2014 12:04:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily.A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot company to create the machines, which will be able to deliver glasses of water to senior citizens.The government said that the project is necessary due to a demographic crisis in America where soon there will not be enough young people to take care of their elders.“This Partnership For Innovation project develops and tests the use of service robots to monitor and...
  • Unsolved Mysteries: Why Were Conservatives So Enamored of Rick Santorum?

    04/13/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/12/2012 | John Tamny
    Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. Almost to a column, editorial and news account, the analysis centered on Santorum’s somewhat successful capture of conservative voters. And there lies the mystery. How could a man seemingly so opposite of conservative have entranced so many voters who label themselves just that? The easy answer is that as someone who made his religion such a prominent part of his campaign strategy... religious types who tend toward conservatism perhaps felt they’d found their man. [...] Indeed, if we ignore for a moment how very anti-conservative it...
  • Federal judge tells McAdoo man to stop focusing on Sara Palin (Pennsylvania)

    12/11/2014 4:13:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | December 11, 2014 | John Beauge
    WILLIAMSPORT — A federal judge has told a Schuylkill County man to stop focusing on Sara Palin and "get everything under control." U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann Thursday warned Shawn Richard Christy, 23, of McAdoo, to stop the "nonsense" because he was headed down a bad path. The judge asked Christy's father, Craig Richard Christy, 51, also of McAdoo, to try to help get his son under control because his probation officer thinks he is ticking time bomb. Brann noted when Craig Christy was sentenced in Alaska in 2012, he said he had not been a very good...
  • Same author of UVA gang rape reported on Philadelphia Catholic church sexual abuse (vanity)

    12/11/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Rolling Stone article w/ Ederly byline | 11 December 2014 | self
    The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files How a scandal in Philadelphia exposed documents that reveal a high-level conspiracy to cover up decades of sexual abuse By Sabrina Rubin Erdely | September 6, 2011 Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-catholic-churchs-secret-sex-crime-files-20110906#ixzz3Lc7wveco
  • The Power of Friendship: Embracing Allies to Revitalize American Leadership (Ted Cruz speech 3pm)

    12/10/2014 2:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 10, 2014 | Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
    The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom is delighted to welcome Senator Ted Cruz to deliver the 9th Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lecture. Previous speakers in the Thatcher Freedom Lecture series have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, journalist and author Charles Krauthammer, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, free market economist Hernando De Soto, historian Victor Davis Hanson, and human rights champion Natan Sharansky. In his address, Senator Cruz will outline his vision for restoring American leadership on the world stage and rebuilding partnerships with key U.S. allies at a time of increasing global threats to the...
  • Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he’s a ‘substantially different’ candidate

    12/10/2014 2:02:33 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 101 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    The man who could be president is ambling through the Texas governor’s mansion on his own, whistling “Frosty the Snowman” as he approaches the parlor to greet a reporter. Gov. Rick Perry (R) leads a tour and points out a historically inaccurate depiction of frontiersman Davy Crockett in an oil painting in the foyer (“His coonskin cap — that’s a myth”). In Sam Houston’s bedroom upstairs, Perry lifts an antique upholstered settee, a gift from the French, to read an engraving signifying Texas’s early-1800s ties to France. He shows off a Civil War-era saber that belonged to a Union general...
  • Rick Santorum is running for president again — and says this time will be different

    12/10/2014 1:28:47 AM PST · by iowamark · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | Karen Tumulty
    Rick Santorum won primaries and caucuses in 11 states in 2012, coming in a respectable second in the GOP presidential primary season. And Republicans have a history of bestowing their nomination on the next guy in line, usually an also-ran from the last contest. Yet the former senator from Pennsylvania is rarely mentioned in the already feverish pre-game 2016 chatter among the political commentariat and the donor class. That’s just the way he likes it. Or so he says. “America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Santorum added that being...
  • Philly NAACP elects new North Philly Nation of Islam leader president

    12/09/2014 10:45:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Newsworks ^ | December 9, 2014 | Holly Otterbein
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)The Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP has elected a new president. Minister Rodney Muhammad has led North Philadelphia's Mosque Number 12 of the Nation of Islam for 23 years. He's moving from first vice president to president of the local NAACP chapter. In his new role, he said he would focus on bringing jobs to the city. "Traditionally, we may have stood outside of somebody's business and demanded that people of color have their fair share of jobs," he said. "But I think today we got to think a little beyond that, and think about how to sit down with...
  • New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages ( Follow the money )

    12/08/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    npr ^ | December 08, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park. The legislation says that as of June 1, 2016, "it shall be unlawful to operate a horse-drawn vehicle in the city of New York or offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." ... It also boosts the penalty for breaking horse-carriage rules to a maximum of $25,000 instead of the current $500. The proposed ban was introduced one day after...
  • Rendell: If GOP Shuts Down Government Over Immigration Executive Action They'll "Pay A Heavy Price"

    11/21/2014 7:20:39 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 87 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    "I think the Republicans will lose in court if they go to court. The president clearly has the discretion to tell the Justice Department who he wants to deport and who he wants to not deport, where he wants the emphasis to be, it's clearly within his rights. But more than that, if the Republican party can't control itself, if they, in fact, shut down the government because of this, they'll pay a heavy price. If, in fact, they say, we're not going to do anything about immigration, because the president took this action, they'll look like spoiled children. They'll...
  • Fuel is cheaper—so let's hike gas tax: Former governor

    12/08/2014 7:34:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    cnbc ^ | Katie Kramer
    Gas prices, on average, are about 50 cents less a gallon than a year ago, giving a de facto tax cut and providing relief to millions of consumers as the holiday season kicks into high gear. However, a growing number of politicians have suggested that, given cheaper fuel costs, conditions might be ripe to hike federal taxes on gas in order to help fund infrastructure projects. Rendell is one of those voices. He supports raising the federal gas tax—
  • Hundreds take a stand by lying down in Broad St. after Eagles game (they're having a die-in)

    12/08/2014 5:27:27 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Philly Daily News ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jason Nark
    A BLACK MAN carrying a protest sign and a white man in an Eagles jersey stood on Pattison Avenue last night, debating race in America as cops, fans and protesters mixed together all around them. The Eagles had just lost to the Seattle Seahawks - and minutes earlier, hundreds of protesters had lain across Broad and Pattison, a "die-in" to remember the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and to raise awareness, they said, of social inequality. The black man - Bernard Lambert, 43, of Delaware County - carried a sign that read,...
  • Kathleen Kane won't defend NRA-backed Pa. law on firearm rules

    12/05/2014 5:05:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    AP via Lehigh Valley Times ^ | 12/05/2014 | staff
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is leaving it to the governor's office to defend a lawsuit challenging a National Rifle Association-backed law that was designed to dismantle illegal municipal firearms ordinances, officials said Friday. A spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett said the governor's legal office will defend the law against the challenge led by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster. Kane's office sent word earlier in the week that she would not take the case. Corbett, a Republican who opposes new forms of gun control, signed the law last month. The law widens the ability of the NRA or gun owners to...
  • Postal Service Formally Dedicate Wilt Chamberlain Stamp On Friday, December 5

    12/04/2014 12:16:24 PM PST · by llevrok · 20 replies
    NBA.com ^ | 12/3/2014
    PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 3, 2014 – In conjunction with the Philadelphia 76ers’ announcement today of their wide-ranging partnership with DraftKings, the team’s Official Daily Fantasy Game Partner, the Sixers and DraftKings have announced an Instagram contest for fans, with the grand prize of a trip for four to see the team play in New Orleans. The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for the official First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps. As the first NBA player to be immortalized on a stamp, the December 5 ceremony honoring the Sixers legend takes place when the Sixers host the...
  • U.S. Supreme Court turns deaf ear to Dr. Kermit Gosnell

    12/04/2014 10:47:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 3, 2014 | Joseph A. Slobodzian,
    or three decades in West Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood, nearly everyone knew the name Kermit Barron Gosnell. Long before he became infamous as an illegal abortionist sentenced to three life-in-prison terms, Gosnell and his clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. was the "urgent care" center of its day for the poor and uninsured. To the U.S. Supreme Court, however, Gosnell was just case 14-6672, one of more than 200 petitions asking the nation's highest court for consideration. Last month the Supreme Court told Gosnell "No." cComments Got something to say? Start the conversation and be the first to comment. Add a comment...
  • Protesters Seeking Justice Crash Tree Lighting Ceremony At City Hall (Phila)

    12/04/2014 10:24:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | December 4, 2014 | Staff
    he sounds of the holiday season were upstaged by chants for justice by protesters in Philadelphia Wednesday evening. The protesters, angered by two separate Grand Jury decisions to not indict two white officers in the deaths of two unarmed black males — one in Ferguson, Missouri and another in New York — started by staging a “silent die-in” at 30th Street Station. The group laid silently on the ground.
  • TRUCK SPILLS NEW YORK TIMES PAPERS ON KING OF PRUSSIA HIGHWAY RAMP

    12/04/2014 10:05:06 AM PST · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | 12-4-14 | ABC6
    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (WPVI) -- A tractor-trailer carrying 19,000 copies of advanced sections for Sunday's New York Times overturned on a highway ramp outside Philadelphia, littering the side of the road with bundles of Arts & Leisure, Travel and Book Review. A Times spokeswoman says the driver appeared to sustain minor injuries in the crash around 5:30 a.m. Thursday on a ramp connecting the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway to Route 202 in King of Prussia. They're awaiting toxicology test results. Eileen Murphy, the Times' vice president for corporate communication, says the 18-wheeler was en route to drop off sections printed...
  • Philly man dressed as Army Ranger at mall faces federal query for ‘fake’ uniform

    12/02/2014 9:26:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A man accused of donning an Army uniform and posing as a decorated Ranger during a Black Friday shopping trip to a Philadelphia mall — and whose confrontation with a military official was recorded on a video that’s since gone viral — could possibly face criminal charges. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a lawmaker for the Middletown district in Pennsylvania, has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger to see if the faker — who introduces himself as Shawn in the video and whose last name is ostensibly displayed on the patch on his uniform — could be charged with violations...
  • Bill Cosby Quits Board of Alma Mater Temple

    12/02/2014 3:44:43 AM PST · by Enterprise · 4 replies
    newser.com ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | John Johnson
    Today, the 77-year-old resigned from the school's board of trustees, saying, "I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students,"