Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sinatra Exhibit Contains Priceless Artifacts

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra.
Accordingly, there will be exhibits, concerts, festivals and commemorations throughout the year.
But one of the biggest celebrations is already underway at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. It's an exhibition called Sinatra: An American Icon and it contains an extraordinary collection of Sinatra artifacts and memorabilia collected by his children.
Just a few of the items on display are shown above, from top: Sinatra's Oscar for the song The House I Live In (That's America To Me); Sinatra's black fedora; three of his many Grammy Awards; his Golden Globe Award for his role in From Here To Eternity (for which he also won an Oscar) and a special Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously -- a rare honor from the United States Congress.
The exhibit is free and runs through September 4.
Sinatra: An American Icon showcases 100 years of Sinatra legacy and was curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family. Sinatra: An American Icon, presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Collection, USC School of Cinematic Arts, also features never-before-seen photos, family mementos, rare correspondence, personal items, artwork and recordings.
Photographs copyright 2015 by Dan Cirucci.

Lynne Abraham Leads, Now -- Help Her WIN!

Here is a very special message from the Lynne Abraham for Mayor campaign:

We just got great news and wanted to tell you right away. As you may have seen in the Philadelphia Inquirer a new poll has Lynne leading with 30% of the vote and the next closest challenger is only at 14%. But in order to win, we are going to need to keep this momentum going until the May 19th Election Day. Can we count on you to help us get there by donating $150, $250, or $500?

And the good news doesn’t just stop there. Lynne is also leading every demographic group, and voters clearly believe she is ready to lead on Day One. Check out what was written in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The poll showed Abraham with the highest favorable rating (59 percent), followed by Williams (38), Kenney (37), Diaz (26), Street (25), and Oliver (14).”

- Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/26/15

Click here to donate now and let’s keep the momentum trending upwards.

With this said, our opponents are on TV right now trying to close the gap.  We need your financial support now to make sure voters hear why Lynne is the tough, proven leader that Philadelphia needs to challenge business as usual. Click the link below to donate today:

Thank you,
- Team Lynne

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sinatra, Carson, Rickles - Classic Video Clip!

Indiania Law Gives Catholics New Protection

Here is a very special message from
the Cardinal Newman Society:

March 27, 2015

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What will Notre Dame do?

Thanks to a new Indiana law, the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic colleges in the state have greater protection for their religious beliefs.  Praise God!

But we asked two key observers: Does Notre Dame want the help?  Since October, it has provided spousal benefits to same-sex partners of employees, despite the public opposition of Bishop Kevin Rhoades.  No longer able to cite the law as an excuse, will Notre Dame now uphold Catholic teaching?  We asked key observers what they expect.

Regardless, we will certainly strive to uphold Church teaching!  And we'll pray for Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools in Cincinnati, who sat down with The Cardinal Newman Society to explain why his Archdiocese supports Catholic education as "ministry"—the very language that Archbishop Cordileone is defending in San Francisco.

And to help Catholic schools uphold the faith, pro-life curricula can provide the information and materials that schools need. See why pro-life leaders think Catholic schools are "vehicles" of the pro-life movement.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Patrick Reilly

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Why Iran CANNOT Get The Bomb! Video

The Really Quick Guide to the Iran Nuclear Threat

WATCH: The basics on the Iranian nuclear program -- and why people are so worried about it. A must-watch if you want a primer on the Iran nuclear threat. With the world rushing into a nuclear deal with Iran that puts the terror state on a "glide path" to a nuclear bomb -- you need to know this stuff. ---->Time is running out. Take action against a nuclear Iran. Join over 20,000 people and add your name right now at NoBombForIran.comsource: Prager University

Posted by The Israel Project on Friday, March 27, 2015

Lynne Abraham's Added Mayoral Advantage

We've known Lynne Abraham for many, many years and have the highest regard for her.
When it comes to who might be the next Mayor of Philadelphia, Lynne's really the ONLY person for the job.
She's the most experienced, the most dedicated, the most authentic public servant we know.
But here's one of the often overlooked keys to her strength: She's one of the most worldly public figures you will ever meet. She's incredibly aware, always people-oriented and  appealingly three-dimensional.
She’s traveled all over the world and is knowledgeable about so many things — art, music, literature, sports, movies, theater.
Anyone can converse easily with her about any of these topics and more, because Lynne understands that everything is related to everything else. She's also comfortable in every setting and every section of the city -- in every neighborhood -- where she is almostly instantly recognized and welcomed. No one knows the city better and no one loves it more.
Beyond all that, she’s fully engaged all the time. She has an admirable zest for living and remains curious about many things.
Bottom line: She'd make an incredible mayor -- someone who would be simpatico with the city and its citizens.

Dan Cirucci Debuts New BROADWAY Blog!

As many of you know, we report a great deal about Broadway here on the Dan Cirucci Blog.
And our posts from and about Broadway always score high.
Many of you have told us that you wish you could have the very best of our Broadway reviews, tips, observations and suggestions all in one place -- a sort of Dan On Broadway central command.
Well, your wish is granted with the new Dan On Broadway Blog!
Now, the best of Broadway from the Dan Cirucci Blog (and more) is consolidated at Dan On Broadway.
Check it out.
It's a great place to find out where to stay, where to eat, what shows to see and everything else you need to know to be a real Broadway aficionado. It's the one place where we share our entire treasure trove of Broadway info with you.
And it's packed with new information ever single day.
We think you're gonna like it!

Pope Reaches Out To Victimized Christians

Pope Francis has a constant concern for the situation of Christian families and other groups of victims who have been expelled from their homes and villages, particularly in the city of Mosul and the Nineveh plains, many of whom have taken refuge in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Pope prays for them and hopes they can return and resume their lives in the lands and places where they have lived and built good relationships for hundreds of years.

In this coming Holy Week, these families are sharing together with Christ the unjust violence of which they have been made victims, participating in the suffering of Christ himself.

In a desire to be close to these families, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, is returning to Iraq as a sign of nearness, affection, and unity in prayer with them.

The families of the Diocese of Rome, united with their bishop in the feeling of nearness and solidarity with these families, through a special collection in the parishes, are sending the traditional Easter cakes in the shape of a dove (colomba cake) to share the joy of Easter and as a herald of good based on the faith in the Resurrection of Christ.

The Holy Father, moreover, makes himself present in a concrete way with a tangible sign of solidarity. Not wanting to forget the suffering of the families in northern Nigeria either, he has also sent a similar sign of solidarity through the local Bishop's Conference.

New Jersey Cannot Go On Like This . . .

Star-Ledger: Christie Is 'Absolutely Right'

The Star-Ledger hardly makes it a habit of praising New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. So when the newspaper does chime in with hosannas, it's worth repeating.
Here are some excerpts from a recent editorial:
At his town hall meeting in Whippany Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie fired off a blistering indictment of previous governors, including Republicans, for leaving him with a pension system that was such a mess.

He's absolutely right, and it's important to keep that in mind as the governor presses for a new round of reforms.  . . . . 
But it would be wrong for Democrats or the unions to stomp away out of pique, or to pretend that this is a problem Christie created, as though solving it is his challenge alone.

The truth is that he has done better than most governors to get this under control. He negotiated the biggest benefits cuts by far, and won bipartisan support for them. And he has deposited more money into the pension fund than any previous governor, despite the stubborn economic slump.  . . . .

But the unions are not blameless in this history. They pressed for the generous benefits they won, without any means to cover the costs. They got what they asked for. And it resulted in giant shortfalls.

The point is that all sides will have to give ground to cut a new deal on reform, on both pension and health benefits. Without that, New Jersey's prosperity is endangered as it faces a never-ending series of tax increases and spending cuts in core areas like education and transit.

The cost of benefits is skyrocketing. According to the governor's bipartisan panel on reform, health and pension costs will absorb 23 percent of state spending within a few years without reform, double what they are today.

That amounts to $8 billion a year, and no one in either party has a clue how to digest such an enormous sum. For perspective, the millionaire's tax pressed by Democrats would raise just $600 million a year.

Christie put his finger on the core problem: Governors made promises they could not pay for.  . . . . .
 For the full article CLICK HERE.

Pope Welcomes Homeless To Sistime Chapel

Yesterday afternoon, shortly after 5:00pm, Pope Francis went to the Sistine Chapel to greet the 150 homeless persons who had been invited to visit the Vatican Museums through an initiative of the Office of Papal Charities. After shaking hands with those he met, he addressed the group saying: "Welcome. This is the house of all; this is your house. The doors are always open to all."

Later, he thanked Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Papal Almoner, for having organized the visit, which he called a "small kindness" for the guests. The Pope added: "Pray for me. I need the prayers of people like you. May the Lord protect you, accompany you on your life's path, and make you feel the Father's tender love." He then greeted each person present and chatted with them for about 20 minutes.

As we reported yesterday, after the visit, the guests were invited to dinner at the Vatican Museums restaurant and they left Vatican City through the Saint Uffizio Gate.

At the Pope's request, there was no official video or photo report of the event.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why This Is Lynne Abraham's Moment

Lynne Abraham's whole life has been about public service, in the best way possible.
And through it all, never has there been a scintilla of evidence that would in any way blemish her record of service. That’s practically unprecedented in Philadelphia.
Her reputation for integrity and fearless service to the city and its residents is impeccable.
At every term — as a trailblazing woman — Lynne Abraham has had to work harder and hold herself to a higher standard to succeed. And she understood that. She didn’t complain about it. She simply did it.
When she was the first woman Municipal Court judge, it wasn’t enough for her to be above reproach — she had to be the veritable definition of the term. Likewise when she ascended to the Common Pleas court bench.
When she was the first woman DA, she couldn’t simply be tough; she had to be tougher than tough.
All along she had to maintain a certain demeanor because she really had no choice. She was “it” and all eyes were on her. And always, she rose to the challenge -- earning and retaining the trust of the people again and again.
Though she's always been authentic, now that she's running for mayor and now that, as a woman, she's reaping some (not all, but some) of the changes and advances that she helped to create, she can open up more. She can show the public a softer side; she can be more emotional, more caring (dare we say kindler, gentler) without compromising any of the rest.
And that's exactly what Lynne Abraham is doing.
It's a wonderful time for her and she's enjoying it.
Because, now more than ever,  she has nothing to hide (her life of public service is an open book) and nothing to lose.
It’s the other candidates (and their cohorts) who have to be more circumspect — the deceivers, the connivers, the inauthentic ones — the ones who are owned by others.
Lynne Abraham is who she is. Nobody owns her. She doesn't need to be packaged or programmed or branded. She is the brand.
And now, because she's been true to herself and her principles and true to Philadelphians, this really is her moment.
Count on it: She'll be nobody's mayor but yours!