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Meet South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, Washington's new rock star!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
From Matt Rooney and our friends at the Save Jersey blog:
You may’ve missed this the other day, Save Jerseyans, but some WNYC reporter asked Chris Christie at his Lavallette presser whether NJ Transit had been under-prepared for climate change ahead of Superstorm Sandy. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently the reporter had never ridden NJ Transit before or she’d know that its problems predate the global warming fad!
Virtually everyone in the country, however, knows that the Governor of New Jersey has a very low tolerance for dumb questions; he responded NO to the WNYC question, “cause I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change…”
Well, first of all, I don’t agree with the premise of your question because I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change,” Christie said, as residents and officials from Lavallette clapped. “But I would absolutely expect that that’s exactly what WNYC would say, because you know liberal public radio always has an agenda. And so since I disagree with the premise of your question I don’t feel like I have to answer the rest of it.” (You can hear the full audio at the bottom of this post.)”Fair enough! But the global warming cultists won’t tolerate dissent; they waited all of 5 seconds before injecting politics into this week’s tornado disaster in Oklahoma. Daily Beast contributor Michael Tomasky heard about the exchange and was positively apoplectic, accusing Christie of having “joined the yahoos” for simply stating the obvious… that there’s no one (including him) can cite specific evidence that Hurricane Sandy had anything whatsoever to do with climate change. Tomasky nevertheless lamented Chris Christie’s lost opportunity to move the GOP in a “sane” direction.
Here’s the only truly “sane” position in this tired debate, Save Jerseyans: we don’t know. Climate change science remains unsettled. And most of the original “hard” evidence upon which contemporary global warming theory is based was apparently fabricated.
Is climate change real (a phenomena distinct from global warming)? Of course; the only real debate involves the ever-important issue of causation.
We do know that the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years old. We also know from the fossil record and other reliable indicators that our planet has undergone a myriad of warming and cooling cycles over the course of many millennia. Sometimes changes are quite dramatic or sudden, and give the age of our planet, most of these changes transpired long before automobiles, factories, and aerosol cans entered the picture. The often mysterious processes of energy emitters like our own Sun — more powerful than all of the fossil fuel producers on the 3rd rock from our solar system’s star combined — are increasingly viewed as more likely culprits for weather fluctuations.
Could human processes play a role? Maybe, but for advocates to pretend the evidence supporting their position is nearly as conclusive as it is for other prominent scientific theories like evolution is simply not true. Follow the money as in all things, folks. Academic and government researchers can’t get grant money by claiming the absence of a problem; alarmist tactics can lead to big grants, and when the same statists who love government expansion in every other aspect of our lives can use global warming to rationalize “carbon taxes,” then that’s just an added bonus!
But let’s not allow silly little things like facts to get in the way of an opportunity to criticize the Republican Party’s strongest 2016 contender. Oh and by the way… for Memorial Day Weekend 2013, the “high” temperature in Lavallette for Saturday is expected to reach only 62 F; the low will be 48 F. Even New Jersey’s most liberal beachgoers will need a fleece of their own to brave the sands.Sphere: Related Content
On Broadway, the Drama Desk Award winners have been announced and Matilda won Best Musical and the most awards Other big winners were Pippin and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Here are the results:
Christopher Durang, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue
Outstanding Revival of a Play
"Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Billy Porter, "Kinky Boots"
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Laura Osnes, "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella"
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Bertie Carvel, "Matilda"
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Andrea Martin, "Pippin"
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Tracy Letts, "Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cicely Tyson, "The Trip to Bountiful"
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Richard Kind, "The Big Knife"
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Judith Light, "The Assembled Parties"
Dennis Kelly, "Matilda"
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, "Here Lies Love"
Tim Minchin, "Matilda"
Outstanding Music in a Play
Glen Kelly, "The Nance"
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Diane Paulus, "Pippin"
Outstanding Director of a Play
Pam MacKinnon, "Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Danny Troob, "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella"
Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider, "Pippin"
Unique Theatrical Experience
"Cirque Du Soleil: Totem"
Outstanding Solo Performance
Michael Urie, "Buyer & Cellar"
Outstanding Lighting Design
Justin Townsend, "Here Lies Love"
Outstanding Set Design
Rob Howell, "Matilda"
Outstanding Costume Design
William Ivey Long, "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella"
Outstanding Projection Design
Peter Nigrini, "Here Lies Love"
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (3-way tie)
Steve Canyon Kennedy, "Hands on a Hardbody"
Scott Lehrer and Drew Levy, "Chaplin: The Musical"
Tony Meola, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Fergus O'Hare, "Macbeth"
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Wakka Wakka (Gabrielle Brechner, Kirjan Waage, and Gwendolyn Warnock), Jayne Houdyshell, Samuel D. Hunter, Maruti Evans.Sphere: Related Content
At the end of this morning's general audience, Holy Father Francis—noting that this Friday, May 24, is the day dedicated to the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, who is venerated with great devotion at the National Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, China—launched an appeal, inviting “Catholics around the world to join in prayer with our brothers and sisters in China; to implore of God the grace to proclaim Christ, dead and risen, with humility and joy; to be faithful to his Church and the Successor of Peter; and to live their everyday lives in service to their country and their fellow citizens in a manner consistent with the faith they profess.”
The Pope offered these words to be said in order to call upon Mary's intercession: “Our Lady of Sheshan, in their everyday struggles, sustain the commitment of all those in China, so that they may continue to believe, to hope, to love, and so they may never fear to speak of Jesus to the world and of the world to Jesus.”
“Mary, Virgin most faithful, support Chinese Catholics. Make their commitments, which are not easy, ever more precious in the eyes of the Lord and help the affection and the participation of the Church in China to grow in the path of the universal Church.”
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
On 21 May 1972, Michelangelo's Pieta, exhibited to the public in St. Peter's Basilica, was attacked by a hammer-wielding tourist who had managed to elude the sanctuary's guards. Hungarian-born Australian geologist Laszlo Toth, who suffered from sever mental problems, threw himself at the sculpture shouting, “I am Jesus Christ, risen from the dead!” and he struck the Pieta 15 times destroying the Madonna's nose, breaking off her left forearm, and smashing that arm's elbow into over 50 pieces.
Today, 41 years later, the Vatican Museums are dedicating a study day to the sculpture's reconstruction entitled: “Michelangelo's Pieta: In Memory of 21 May 1972 – A Restoration Story”. During the course of the day's planned events, the complex and delicate task of restoration that took place between 1972 and 1973 in the Vatican Museums under the care of then-director, the Brazilian Deoclecio Redig de Campos, will be analysed. Thanks to the existence of numerous casts, the skill of several specialists, and reusing original fragments as well as a paste made of glue and marble dust, it was possible to faithfully restore the work.
The Pieta is considered Michelangelo's first masterpiece—he was little more than twenty when he sculpted it—and it is the only one he signed. The sash running across the Virgin's chest reads: “MICHAEL.A[N]GELVS BONAROTVS FLORENT[INVS] FACIEBAT”. The study day will reveal, among other things and thanks to documents conserved by the Office of the Fabric of St. Peter's, the various places the statue resided before its placement, in 1779, in the first chapel on the right of the nave of St. Peter's Basilica where it is visible today, but protected after the attack, by bullet-proof glass that separates it from the visitors to the basilica. The only time that the Pieta has left Vatican territory was in 1964 when it travelled to the Universal Expo in New York to be admired by over 21 million people. On that occasion, the photographer Robert Hupka immortalized it in a book entitled “An Act of Love”. Another little-known fact about the work regards the crowns that have adorned the Virgin's head throughout the centuries, which will be discussed by the archaeologist Pietro Zander.
The study day will also have the exclusive viewing of the documentary “Violence and the Pieta”, restored in colour and digital format by the recently deceased Brando Giordani in collaboration with RAI's Department of Culture, that narrates the entire process of the statue's reconstruction. The documentary was filmed by the express will of Pope Paul VI who compared the shattered statue with an image of the Church in tears, attacked by evil.
Another of Michelangelo's celebrated statues, the David, which is found in Florence's Accademia Art Gallery, was also attacked by a mentally unsound person with a hammer in 1991. The toe's of the statue's left foot were broken off. That restoration process, undertaken by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (workshop of semi-precious stones) in Florence, will be presented in the afternoon, serving to introduce one of the Vatican Museum's latest initiatives: the creation of a virtual gipsoteca (plaster cast gallery) with 3D models and “clones” of the collections' most irreplaceable works.
“Let us pray for the victims and those who are missing, especially children, affected by the violent tornado that hit Oklahoma City yesterday. Hear us, O Lord,” said Pope Francis this morning during daily Mass celebrated in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel.
Subsequently, Pope Francis launched a tweet from his @Pontifex account: “I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children. Join me in praying for them.”
The tornado that struck the state of Oklahoma, USA, yesterday has caused 91 deaths, 20 of whom were children, and destroyed over 7,000 buildings. Entire neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Oklahoma City were destroyed. There are over a hundred wounded and still missing persons.
New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio said today he plans to introduce a resolution calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the disturbing revelation of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.
“The actions of the IRS were a direct breach of the public’s trust and to the fundamental principals of our democracy,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris.) “We can not allow a heavy-handed government to squash Constitutional rights.”
Pennacchio’s resolution will call for a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough and immediate investigation to determine who was targeted by the IRS and under whose directive the actions were taken. The appointed prosecutor is to have investigatory, subpoena and prosecutorial powers.
“Those at the IRS, as well as anyone who allowed or ordered these outrageous actions to take place, must be held directly responsible,” Pennacchio said. “The American government can not be allowed to intimidate or take advantage of any group or individual. All people are afforded the integral right of free speech.”
It was discovered recently that the IRS singled out and specifically targeted Tea Party groups for enhanced scrutiny when they applied for non-profit status. For at least two years, the IRS used keywords like “Patriot” or “Tea Party” to single out conservative groups. Similarly, the IRS has also been accused of targeting pro-Israel groups as well as Christian groups led by Franklin Graham.
Today, Governor Chris Christie signed the following Executive Order:
Executive Order No. 132 − Ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in mourning of the tornado victims and devastation brought upon Oklahoma City, Moore, and surrounding areas in the State of Oklahoma.
new information emerges about who the IRS and the FBI were targeting in
these twin scandals it's becoming increasingly clear that the Obama
administration has an enemies list and this list includes conservative
media outlets, among others.
The very disturbing revelations about the spying on veteran journalist James Rosen show that the FBI went into his personal e-mails (g mail account) and phone records over a 40 day period and also gained access to phone lines of the Washington bureau of his network and numerous other lines. They even had his parents' private phone line on Staten Island.
Tomorrow, an IRS employee will plead the 5th before Congress. If there is nothing to incriminate her (that word derives from the term CRIMINAL) then what is she hiding? Why won;t she talk?
Before this is all over some people should (and perhaps will) go to jail.
Let's hope the mainstream media wakes up and does its job.
Today his e-mail, tomorrow YOURS.
Today their tax information, tomorrow YOURS.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Temple University Rugby team, in preparation for the upcoming Collegiate Rugby Championship (PPL Park on June 1-2), will feed the homeless with Subway® sandwiches tomorrow (Tuesday, May 21) at 11:30 am at St. John's Hopsice at 1221 race St. in Philadelphia. Subway® is a proud sponsor of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.
Twenty of the nation’s premier collegiate rugby teams will compete at PPL Park in Chester, PA, for the USA Sevens CRC showdown on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. There will be plenty of rivalries between the six local colleges: University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, University of Delaware, Penn State, St. Joseph’s University, and Kutztown University. In addition, 14 out of state teams will also be in attendance: University of Arizona, University of California, UCLA, Dartmouth, University of Florida, Life University, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, University of Texas, Army, Navy, Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin, and Northeastern University.
Tickets for the two-day event of action packed rugby, gourmet food, interactive games and activities are on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX. One-day and two-day passes, starting at $20, can be purchased online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the PPL Park box office.
Here is a special message from the Republican National Committee:
What does the IRS harassing conservatives have to do with Obamacare? Everything.
The IRS will play a dominant role in the implementation and enforcement of this disastrous law. To make things worse, the same person who was in charge of the office where the targeting of conservative groups took place is now the director of the IRS' Obamacare office.
How can we trust the IRS to fairly implement Obamacare when they have already admitted to targeting and harassing nonprofits based on their political ideology?
Obamacare is already bad enough—small businesses are wrapped in new red tape, millennials will see higher insurance costs, and now, Americans have to worry that the same group that played politics with taxes will play politics with their healthcare.
With the IRS enforcing Obamacare, it promises to be a train wreck indeed. This is why we need your help.
Contribute $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can today to help us keep the Obama Administration accountable.
RNC Chief of Staff
A blessed event!
Permit us please this one very special and personal moment as we welcome Juliet Nicole Cirucci into the world.
She was born this morning and her parents, Adam Cirucci and Gina Basciani Cirucci are so happy and so proud of her. Mom, dad and baby are all fine.
And the grandparents are absolutely ecstatic.
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Posted by Dan Cirucci at 5:29 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The White House says it's "irrelevant" where Obama was during the September 11 Benghazi attack. Really?
Our embassy was under siege and our ambassador and three other Americans were killed and this is "irrelevant?"
Nearly 50 years ago Senator J. William Fulbright coined the term "arrogance of power" to describe this type of behavior.
This administration has abandoned any semblance of accountability.
The noted British actor Ian McKellan will marry Sir Patrick Stewart.
You got that, right?
But it may not be quite like you think it is for these two who have starred opposite one another in the X Men franchise.
That's because McKellan will actually do the honors of officiated at Stewart's wedding when Stewart marries his longtime partner Sunny Ozell. While McKellan is gay (and has united at least one same-sex couple in a civil union ceremony) Stewart's partner, Ozell is female.
Stewart and McKellan are longtime friends and Stewart apparently wants McKellan to perform the wedding ceremony. McKellan says he's delighted to do so.