Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama Continues War On Religious Freedom

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Dear CV Friend, 

The Supreme Court has already rebuked Obama twice on religious liberty. 

But that isn't stopping this president from launching another attack on religious liberty. 

This time, Obama is using the purse strings of the federal government to marginalize employers with religious convictions. 

President Obama today signed an executive order which demands that all federal contractors and subcontractors grant special treatment based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” 

The executive order signed by Obama thankfully preserves an exemption put in place by President George W. Bush which allows religious employers the freedom to favor employees of a certain religion in making hiring decisions. So under the new rules, a religious university could not fire a teacher for being a lesbian, but could fire her because she’s not a Catholic. 

Legal experts say that Obama's new executive order will launch a flood of lawsuits against employers who have deeply-held convictions that certain kinds of sexual behavior is inconsistent with their moral or religious beliefs. 

The executive order, expected to take full effect in 2015, will affect 24,000 companies employing approximately 28 million American workers, or about one-fifth of the country's workforce. 

President Obama could have easily issued this executive order for LGBT employees while maintaining a robust exemption for religious liberty. 

Once again, Obama has shown his strong hostility to religious expression in American life. In his mind, we have only “freedom to worship” inside the four walls of our church. But we dare not practice “freedom of religion” where we take our faith to the public square. If we do that, Obama believes that we must also sacrifice any religious principles out of sync with the federal government. 

In Obama's mind, it's ok if you go to Church on Sunday, but don't you dare act like a Christian any other day of the week. 

Joshua Mercer 
Political Director 

Corbett Focuses On Pension Crisis Again

In Pennsylvania, the Corbett-Cawley campaign today released the following statement in response to Moody’s downgrade of Pennsylvania’s bond rating. Moody’s cites Pennsylvania’s growing pension liabilities as a primary reason for the credit downgrade. Pennsylvania’s pension debt is expected to grow to $65 billion within the next four years, or $13,000 per household.

“Moody’s has cited the Commonwealth’s growing pension liabilities as a primary reason for downgrading Pennsylvania’s credit rating despite millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf’s repeated denial of a pension crisis,” stated Communications Director Chris Pack. “It is a true shame that despite all of the evidence of our state’s pension crisis that Secretary Tom Wolf continues to deny there is a problem at all. It is time for Secretary Tom Wolf to stop denying our state’s pension crisis for his selfish political reasons and instead encourage his Democratic cohorts to do what is right for the 12.7 million residents of Pennsylvania and not just what is best for the Harrisburg special interests.”

The Corbett-Cawley Campaign launched a grassroots petition late last week calling on Secretary Tom Wolf to stop being influenced by public sector union money and support pension reform. The campaign also released a campaign ad highlighting Wolf’s unwavering refusal to even acknowledge that our state has a pension crisis. Since May, Wolf has received $1.13 million in campaign contributions from public sector unions opposed to pension reform.

Corbett’s leadership’s and willingness to address our pension crisis has earned him praise from multiple newspapers, including:

The Philadelphia Daily News
The Delco Daily Times
The Times Herald
The York Daily Record
Philadelphia Magazine

For more information on the Corbett-Cawley campaign for a stronger Pennsylvania, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com.

Pope Decries Persecution Of Christians In Mideast

“I have received with some concern the news from the Christian communities of Mosul, Iraq, and from other parts of the Middle East who, ever since the beginnings of Christianity, have co-existed there alongside their fellow citizens, making a significant contribution to the good of society”, said the Pope after yesterday's Angelus prayer. “Today they are persecuted. Our brothers are persecuted, they are cast out, they are forced to leave their homes without having the chance to take anything with them. To these people I wish to express my closeness and my constant prayer. Dear brothers and sisters, so persecuted, I know how much you suffer, I know that you have been deprived of everything. I am with you in faith in He Who conquered evil”.

He urged them to continue their prayer for the situations of tension and conflict that persist in many areas of the world, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine. “May the God of peace rouse in everyone an authentic desire for peace and reconciliation. Violence cannot be overcome with violence. Violence is defeated with peace! Let us pray in silence, for peace; all of us, in silence. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”.

Pope Francis Calls Terrorism 'A Form Of Madness'


On Friday, July 18 the Holy Father sent a video message to the Argentine Israeli community, to convey his closeness to the families of the victims of the bombing of the AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association), which took place twenty years ago in Buenos Aires (18 July 1994). It caused 85 deaths and more than 200 casualties, making it one of the most significant terrorist attacks the country has experienced.

“Terrorism is a form of madness”; says Francis in the recorded message. “Terrorism knows only how to kill – it does not build, it destroys. Therefore, I wish to express my closeness to all those who have seen lives derailed and hopes dashed, ruined. Sometimes it is said that Buenos Aires is a city that needs to mourn, but has not yet wept enough. At the risk of repeating a well-worn cliché, I repeat: we need to mourn more. We tend to set things aside, not to come to terms with our history, with our sufferings, with things that could have been beautiful but were not. For this reason, it is so difficult for us to find the path to justice, to settle the debt that this tragedy has contracted with society. Along with my closeness, along with my prayers for all the victims, today I wish to add my desire for justice to be done. May God bless you all, institutions and families. And may God give peace to those who died in this act of lunacy”.

Musical 'Pageant' Extends Limited Off-B'way Run

Producers are pleased to announce that the limited engagement of PAGEANT, which was originally scheduled through September 1, has extended and is now on sale through Sunday, September 21, 2014, at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). The show plays Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 7:30 pm and Mondays at 7 pm.
  
After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT returns in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies”), Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (WickedXanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with John Bolton (A Christmas Story, “Gossip Girl”) as the host. Previews began Sunday, June 29, 2014, and the show officially opened on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Davenport Theatre.

Here’s what critics have to say:

“The time is ripe for the piquant charms of the musical Pageant!”
-Entertainment Weekly

“OUTRAGEOUS, GROUNDBREAKING AND THIGH-SLAPPINGLY HILARIOUS! Every aspect of this flag-flying, Rockettes-kicking mini-extravaganza crackles and pops. From the opening number to the surprise finale… there’s a laugh a minute awaiting summer audiences badly in need of some. THE CAST IS SPLENDIFEROUS!”
-Rex Reed, NY Observer

“Cheeky and charming. PAGEANT IS SO MUCH FUN, there are no losers anywhere in the house!”
-Talkin Broadway

“4 (OUT OF 5) STARS! YOU’LL HOWL THROUGH 90 MINUTES OF RAPTUROUS JOY. The six contestants competing for Miss Glamouresse are ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME!”
-StageZine

Like every beauty pageant you've seen before, PAGEANT features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions – the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! Unlike some beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by men. And the audience gets to select the winner each night. Filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty. Let the beauty begin!

PAGEANT has book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans and was conceived by Robert LongbottomMatt Lenz directs, with choreography by Shea Sullivan, music supervision by Mark Hartman, music direction by Micah Young, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, costumes by Stephen Yearick, lighting by Paul Miller & Kirk Fitzgerald, sound by David Sanderson, and casting by Benton Whitley / Duncan Stewart and Company. PAGEANT is produced by SAS Productions, Kitty Potapow, Drew Desky, and Michelle R. Rogers. ABS Productions serves as Executive Producer.

PAGEANT debuted Off-Broadway in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York where it ran for more than a year before playing successful engagements on the West End and around the world. Pageant was last seen this February in a sold-out five-show special engagement that benefitted Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at the Red Lacquer Club, which was the first time it had returned to the New York stage in more than twenty years.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Epic Event: Forty-Five Years Ago Tonight!



At 10:56 P.M. EDT, Sunday, July 20. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, spacecraft commander of Apollo 11. set foot on the moon. His descent from the lowest rung of the ladder which was attached to a leg of the lower stage of the Lunar Module {LM), to the footpad, and then to the surface of earth's only natural satellite constituted the climax of a national effort that began in 1961. It was an effort that involved, at its peak, more than 300,000 people in industry, the universities and in government.

As he took his epochal step, Armstrong commented "Thats one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind."

Sharing this electric moment with Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the LM pilot, were an estimated half-billion TV watchers in most of the earth's nations. As the astronaut descended the ladder, he pulled, a "D" ring that deployed a black and white television camera which was focused to record the event. Framed by parts of the LM's under-carriage, Armstrong's heavily-booted left foot descended across millions of TV tubes until his boot sole made contact.

With the post landing checks completed, Armstrong climbed out of the LM and descended to the lunar surface. The moon walk began more than five hours ahead of schedule as a result of deciding not to have a rest period on schedule. Armstrong's attention was first directed at the nature of the surface material. He reported that the top layer was a fine, powdery material. He noted that he sunk in only a quarter of an inch or less, and that the footpads of the LM, which are convex discs 32 inches in diameter, had penetrated only a few inches. He also observed that the exhaust of the descent engine had not cratered the area directly below the LM engine nozzle.

After a quick visual check of the LM, Armstrong went ahead with his scheduled task of collecting the contingency sample - several pounds of lunar surface material which he stowed in a spacesuit pocket. In the course of his collecting, he noted that as he dug down five or six inches below the surface, he encountered hard, cohesive material. Armstrong had been assigned this collection as a first task to make sure that there would be samples aboard in case an early abort of the mission was necessary.

Hama And Israel: What You Need To Know

Remembering A TV And Movie Trailblazer



He was truly a trailblazer: One of the first actors to conquer both TV and the movies.
And he excelled at both mediums though he is probably best remembered for his TV work.
Still, over more than five decades he starred in more than 50 movies and propelled two TV series to landmark status. John Wayne said he was "the best actor I know."
He was by all accounts a charming man and a consummate professional -- an actor who wore his fame with grace and aplomb.
He was James Garner and his death of natural causes has been confirmed by LA police who were called to his home yesterday morning. Garner was 86.
A native of Norman, Oklahoma Garner (who was born James Scott Bumgarner) was best known as the originator of the role of Maverick in the hit TV series of the same name. He later starred in another huge TV hit, The Rockford Files.
On the screen he is best remembered for his co-starring roles opposite Julie Andrews (three times), Doris Day (twice), Kim Novak, Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn. His favorite of his screen outings was The Americanization of Emily with Andrews.
A natural, unassuming leading man, Garner said he was a "Spencer Tracy kind of actor." He simply took his spot on the sound stage and delivered the lines, interpreting the character in his own special way -- no internal analysis, no angst, no method. He simply acted.He didn't believe in trying to make acting any harder than it was.
And America loved him that way.
For his contribution to the film and television industry, Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame that same year. 
In February 2005, he received the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role that year, for The Notebook. When Morgan Freeman won that prize for his work in Million Dollar Baby, he led the audience in a sing-along of the original Maverick theme song as a tribute to Garner. In 2010, the Television Critics Association gave Garner its annual Career Achievement Award.
On April 21, 2006, a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) bronze statue of Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner's hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, with Garner present at the ceremony.
James Garner lost his mother when he was five, and he and his two brothers were split up and sent off to live with relatives. Before he was an actor, he had 75 odd jobs including everything from pumping gas to modeling men's clothing.
Early in his career, Garner appeared as one of the judges in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" on Broadway. He said his part consisted mostly of listening to the other actors, and he said it was a great lesson. He felt listening is just as important as speaking as an actor.
Garner was a veteran of the Korean War and a very civic-minded, patriotic man. He involved himself in many charitable and humanitarian causes and more than a few political campaigns.
But he didn't always follow every law on the books. Late in his life he admitted that he smoked marijuana for decades and had even tried cocaine. He endorsed the medicinal power of marijuana and said it should be legalized, while liquor should be made illegal. As for cocaine, he quipped: "I tried it and fortunately I didn't like it."

Video: Kerry Caught Mocking Israel's Move On Hamas



. . . and then he tries to talk his way out of it. This guy is arrogant beyond belief!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Israel And The Arabs And The Children


Wolf Ally Acknowledges Crisis Wolf Ignores

In Pennsylvania, the Corbett-Cawley campaign noted even millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf's campaign surrogate and fellow public sector union crony Representative Mike Sturla actually acknowledged Pennsylvania's pension crisis in a visit to Lancaster (though he admitted he wasn't willing to do much about it thanks to the tens of thousands he's taken from public sector unions just this cycle).

Yet when asked, even millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf's Campaign for a False Start chair avoided addressing the pension crisis and what Tom Wolf's plans would include. Even after local media asked False Start to elaborate, no details could be provided about millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf's position on pensions (we know, you're shocked!).

That's not surprising given that millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf has taken more than $1.13 million from public sector unions since purchasing the Democratic nomination in May.

“Even as millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf's surrogates acknowledge Pennsylvania has a pension crisis, Wolf continues turn a blind eye and appease the interests of the public sector unions who have given him $1.13 million since he purchased the Democratic nomination in May," said Corbett-Cawley Communications Director Chris Pack. “Governor Corbett is the only one willing to stand up to the public sector unions and get pension reform done and costs under control for future generations."

Wolf Campaign Surrogate Acknowledges Pensions Crisis: "Sturla, who serves as the Democratic Caucus policy chairman, said there is no denying that the $50 billion underfunded liability of the two pension systems needs to be addressed..." (Lancaster News, 07/18/2014)

Wolf False Start Campaign Doesn't Know What Wolf's Plan Is Either: "McGinty did not explain what pension reform proposals Wolf might support as governor until she was asked during a question-and-answer session. She said the structure of the pension systems would be examined under Wolf but did not elaborate on what suggestions he might make." (Lancaster News, 07/18/2014)


Wolf has continually denied that our state has a pension crisis. You can video his ongoing denial byclicking here. Below is background on Millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf’s ongoing refusal to answer questions or provide details on what he would do if he were the Governor of a state with 12.7 million people, as described by the media.
McGinty did not explain what pension reform proposals Wolf might supportas governor until she was asked during a question-and-answer session. 

She said the structure of the pension systems would be examined under Wolf but did not elaborate on what suggestions he might make.
 
Wolf sidestepped a question about whether he supports another proposal pending as lawmakers rush to finish up before leaving Harrisburg for the summer…”

 
“The candidate has not provided details of the exemption or the rate, so it is difficult to say how it all might shake out.”


 "...but without more precise details, it's impossible to assess its full effect.

“[Wolf] took some questions from the press, starting with some humor, while remaining non-committal on several issues.”

“He wouldn't discuss exactly what his budget would look like.”

“While Wolf acknowledges the need for reform, he was vague on his solution.”


Wolf was less specific when asked about pension reform.”


“But he did not elaborate on how the state would balance its pension books.”


“Wolf said he was open to a number of solutions to strengthen the state pension system, although he did not specify them.”


“When asked about [Governor] Corbett’s ad on Wolf's denial of pension problems, Tom Wolf would not go into specifics on how he would fix the system.”


“When faced with inevitable PA budget questions, Wolf refused, despite insistent questioning, to state whether he would veto the budget that is currently sitting on Gov. Corbett’s desk.”


“Yet [Tom Wolf’s] campaign was silent on the new EPA rule, as a spokesman didn’t return a message seeking comment.”


“Corbett's Democratic opponent in November, Tom Wolf, offered a measured response...


“The Wolf campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”


Reporter:  “Do you have a specific plan?”
Wolf:  “I am going to look at a lot of innovative plans.”


“He won the support of Democrats but he'll now have to get into more policy specifics to win over independent voters who want to know what he'd do in office.”


Reporter: “You don't like this budget, do you?
Wolf: "I don't."
Reporter: “But you're not prepared to say you would veto it?”
Wolf: “I'm prepared to say if I were governor and this were the choice I would be given, I would be very disappointed in myself.”


“The Wolf campaign, however, perhaps eager to allow the Republican infighting to continue unabated, declined to respond to the attack.”

 
For more information on the Corbett-Cawley campaign (including our positions on issues) for a stronger Pennsylvania, visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com

Pro Tennis Stars At Eakins Oval Saturday!

EVENT:                PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS TAYLOR TOWNSEND AND MARCELO MELO HOST A POP UP TENNIS SESSION IN PHILADELPHIA’S ICONIC EAKINS OVAL

DATE:                   Saturday, July 19

TIME:                   2:45 p.m.

PLACE:                Eakins Oval
2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA  19130

DETAILS:             Philadelphia Freedoms’ Taylor Townsend  and Marcelo Melo host an interactive pop up tennis session for the public in Philadelphia’s iconic Eakins Oval. Head Coach Josh Cohen, Townsend, and Melo are teaching fans and participants how to serve, volley, and backhand just like the pros.

This event is open to participants of all ages and free to the public.

NOTE:   The Philadelphia Freedoms play host to the Austin Aces and Andy Roddick on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7p.m. at the Villanova University Pavilion.
                                Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling 866-988-8497 or visiting www.freedomstix.ticketfly.com.

Christie Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Officer

Today, Governor Chris Christie signed the following Executive Order:

Executive Order No. 160 - Ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to honor the service and sacrifice of Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, who grew up in Waldwick and tragically lost his life in the line of duty. Officer Goodell served in the United States Marine Corps before joining the Waldwick Police Department, where he was a police officer for five years.

“Officer Goodell’s dedication to serving his nation and community makes it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to recognize his life, mourn his passing and remember his family as they grieve their tragic loss,” said Governor Christie.

Dramatic Video: Blue Herron Ingests Gopher




Harold's Diner: A True Hilton Head Classic



OK, so it's not actually a diner.
And those of us from Dinerville (aka Joizee) would never mistake it for such.
But this tiny roadside eatery is an authentic not-to-be missed slice of America with great dishes, an endearingly gruff atmosphere and solid value. In fact, it's so real it's been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
It's Harold's Diner on William Hilton Parkway (the island's main drag) in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Harold's is basically what used to be called a dinette -- a quick-eat attraction that predated fast food and offered countertop service (and a few small tables) in a compact, non-nonsense environment. This is a breakfast and lunch place (they close before the dinner hour) with a limited menu, fresh off the grill. The place is so small and cozy that the dishes are cooked-to-order, consumed and washed all in the same room. It's all there right in front of you -- so you know it's clean, fresh, hot and tasty. And it's a favorite of island locals.
Harold's is all about burgers, dogs and sandwiches as well as down home southern breakfasts. Their motto is "Eat here or we both starve."
Upon entering, guests fill out a form (one per guest) indicating their orders, turn it in and wait for their names to be called. When your name is called, you'd better answer promptly and you'd better be ready to eat.
Harold's burgers are full, juicy and succulent. And the fries are fresh cut, cooked ans served with an aroma that is almost intoxicating Plus, the portions are VERY plentiful.
Harold's is easy to miss. So, slow down near the Exxon station on the way onto the island and Harold's is tucked right in there near the intersection of 278 and Singleton Beach Road.
Check it out!
BTW: Harold's is cash only. No checks or credit cards.

Hillary's Big Fear? It May Be Christie . . .

From our wonderful friends at the Save Jersey Blog:

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie suffered Clintonistas overload on Thursday, Save Jerseyans.

They’re still treating him like the front runner for the 2016 GOP nomination even after the Bridgegate scandal and ideological indiscretions even if a large segment of the Republican base is less convinced. Go figure.

For starters, Hilldawg herself visited New Jersey for an evening Hard Choices book signing in Ridgewood. She’s hard up for a good headline with past scandals getting new oxygen for the past few weeks, so it must have been nice to experience her tried-and-true North Jersey Democrat sycophants fawning all over her.

Chris Christie stumped in Iowa simultaneously to the Clinton event, but even there he couldn’t escape her minions.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Super PAC named after Bill Clinton’s famous “Bridge to the 21st Century” gimmick and funded by Clinton allies, sent a tracker to ask Christie a Hobby Lobby question during a restaurant visit.

They promptly posted footage of his answer:



The Super PAC is already running web ads against Christie and other GOP 2016 contenders.

Christie is in Iowa for good reason, but Clinton has an equally good reason to be afraid. His polling there is consistently weak. Clinton nevertheless leads the Republican Governor by only one point in the same poll.

- See more at: http://savejersey.com/2014/07/chris-christie-iowa-hillary-clinton-new-jersey/#sthash.eLngIwGK.dpuf