Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Politicians from Maine to Miami and from Seattle to Sarasota could learn a lot from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Because no one stays closer to the people than Christie does.
Christie has held nearly 100 up close and personal meetings with the ordinary, everyday taxpayers of his state since taking office less than three years ago.
Christie understands his constituents. His listens to the people. He cares about them. He responds to their needs and concerns. He never forgets that government serves the people and not the other way around.
These photos were taken by Tim Larsen of the Governor's office at a town hall event on the beach in Manasquan, N.J. on July 16. The Governor continues to travel throughout the state as part of his Endless Summer Tax Relief Tour. It's part of an ongoing strategy to take critical issues directly to the people.
And nobody does it better than Chris Christie.
This is just another reason why he remains the single most compelling public servant in America today.
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Legislation authored by New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr.
(R- Union) denying public contracts to contractors that do business in Iran has been signed by Governor Christie.
Formerly S-1304, the new law forbids awarding state and local public contracts to any person or entity that invests in Iran's energy or finance sectors.
"Those who invest in sectors of the Iranian economy that strengthen President Ahmadinejad's dictatorial regime are financially supporting a state sponsor of terrorism and human rights abuses," said Senator Kean. "New Jersey has a long and proud history of supporting the international community's efforts to combat oppression, torture, and terrorism by hitting rogue regimes where the pain is most acute: their treasuries. This law builds upon that tradition."
Kean noted that the United States government has a similar contracting ban in place at the federal level, as do a variety of allied nations. Kean's legislation was signed on the same day that the Obama Administration announced additional U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil and financial sectors.
"Iran is a major threat not only to our security, but to that of our allies like Israel," he stated. "Any person or entity who turns a blind eye to that threat should have no claim to public dollars in New Jersey."
Today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law S-1304, legislation denying state and local public contracts to any person or entity engaged in investment activity in the energy or finance sectors of Iran. In July 2010, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Investment Act, giving authority to state and local governments to prevent or discontinue contracting with companies that do business in Iran. S-1304 implements this authority at the state and local levels in New Jersey.
The federal government’s action to authorize sanctions against Iran came in response to Iran’s continued pursuit of an illicit nuclear program, unconventional weapons development, a deteriorating human rights situation, and support for international terrorism. With this law, the State of New Jersey is bolstering the United States government’s stand in support of the rights of the people of Iran and against the dictatorial regime and the economy on which it relies.
S-1304/A-2164 (T. Kean, Sweeney/McKeon, Bramnick, Jasey, Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Ramos) – Prohibits State and local public contracts with persons or entities engaging in certain investment activities in energy or finance sectors of Iran.
New Jersey Governor Christie has filed the following nominations and direct appointments with the State Senate and Secretary of State’s Office. The Governor’s nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.
In 2008 , facing historic economic problems the country turned to a man who few people knew and who's resume would shed little light on his capabilities. Barack Obama was in his first term as a US Senator, he had no private sector experience, no executive experience, he had never created a job or run a business, never been put in a position where he had to make difficult decisions on behalf of others.
Instead of basing their decision on Barack Obama's record America was instead taken in by his ability to deliver grand speeches in which he made even grander promises. When President Obama took office in January 2009 America was in recession but despite his promises his policies have made the situation worse and have delayed the recovery that so many Americans are desperately waiting for. Three and half years later we find nearly 24 million Americans either our of work or underemployed. We have seen 42 straight months of unemployment over 8% despite promises that a nearly 800 billion dollar stimulus would prevent us from even reaching that threshold.
We are a nation in crisis manifested by the countless families who are struggling with making ends meet, families who have seen a 40% decrease in their net value over the past 4 years and parents who are worried that the American Dream will not be realized for their children and grandchildren.
America is tired of the empty rhetoric and the broken promises of the last four years and this November they will finally have a record to judge the President on and that record will demand accountability. America needs a leader, someone with the vision and experience to understand what needs to be done, someone who knows how to create jobs and get the economy back on track. Mitt Romney is that person.
Although we are in no way affiliated with the Romney campaign we wholeheartedly believe that he has the experience, knowledge and expertise to restore to America those principles and policies that will rejuvenate our economy, put people back to work and return America to her rightful place as the shining city on a hill and the hope of the earth.
Monday, July 30, 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie applauded the State Legislature Monday for following
through with their promise to send the question of judicial pension to
New Jersey voters.
Governor Christie released the following statement regarding today’s bipartisan, decisive and overwhelming passage of a amendment to restore common sense to judicial pensions:
"Rarely has the public seen such unanimity between the legislative and executive branches that the judicial branch was dead wrong. I congratulate the legislature for their decisive, bipartisan action that lives up to the promise of our historical pension and benefit reform by making sure everyone is treated fairly. I pledge to do all I can this fall to ensure passage of this amendment to our constitution and truly believe that New Jersey voters will deliver the same message of fairness to the judiciary as well."
While driving home from Hilton Head along I-95 we discovered the Maid-Rite Diner.
We stopped at the Maid-Rite in Wilson, North Carolina at Exit 121 of I-95.
Maid-Rite hamburgers are truly unique. They're sort of a cross between a traditional burger pattie and an old-fashioned Sloppy Joe.
The sandwich, the fresh aromatic fries, the thick, rich shake -- all were great. And the service was quick, efficient and caring.
Maid-Rite began in Iowa but now there are dozens of Maid-Rite diners in 11 states and the operation is still growing.
Here's how it all began: In 1926, way back before Facebook, and even before TV, people just didn't know how to waste time. But, being really bored paid off for butcher Fred Angell.
He worked to get just the right combination of a special cut and grind of meat and a selected blend of spices. When a deliveryman tasted Fred's new creation, he said, "This sandwich is made right."
With that, the Maid-Rite was born.
Fred was quite a sandwich maker but not much of a speller.
Maid-Rite's select line of seasoned loose meat sandwiches are made from 100% USDA midwestern fresh ground beef served on a fresh steamed white or wheat bun, with your choice of ketchup, mustard, onion and pickles.
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“Over the last week, small-business owners across the country have
spoken out against President Obama’s belittlement of their success and
accomplishments. While President Obama puts his faith in government,
entrepreneurs and innovators deserve a president like Mitt Romney – who
puts his faith in them.” – Ryan Williams, Romney Campaign Spokesman
Over The Last Week, Small-Business Owners Have Sent A Clear Message To President Obama – We Built Our Companies:
Eldred: “[President Obama] Has No Idea About What It Is To Run A Business, What It Is To Put Everything That You Have On The Line, To Risk Your Home For What You Believe In.” (WTOL-TV, 7/25/12)
Main Line Engineering President Ted Delgaizo: “I Felt Like He Was Mocking Small Business Owners And Saying That The American Dream Is Not About Small Businesses And The Individual, But About Government.” “Ted Delgaizo, president of Main Line Engineering in Uwchlan, said he was insulted by the president's comments. ‘I felt like he was mocking small business owners and saying that the American dream is not about small businesses and the individual, but about government,’ Delgaizo said.” (Eric S. Smith, “Supporters Rally For Presidential Candidates In West Chester,” West Chester Daily Local, 7/26/12)Sphere: Related Content
After four years of trillion-dollar deficits and anemic economic
growth, it’s clear President Obama would love to run on President
Clinton’s record in office. But no amount of showmanship can paper over
the differences between these two presidents. Americans deserve a
president willing to run on his own record, not the record he wishes he
had.” – Ryan Williams, Romney Campaign Spokesman
Today, The Obama Campaign Will Announce That President Clinton Will Deliver A Speech At The Democratic National Convention:
But President Clinton And President Obama Haven’t Always Been Allies – They Routinely Questioned Each Other’s Qualifications And Achievements:
And While The Obama Economy Has Left Millions Of Americans Struggling, President Clinton Presided Over Economic Growth And Balanced Budgets:
- Under President Clinton And A Republican Congress, The U.S. Economy Created 22.7 Million New Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 7/26/12)
- Under President Clinton And A Republican Congress, The Unemployment Rate Fell From 7.3% To 4.2%. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 7/26/12)
- Under President Clinton And A Republican Congress, Federal Budgets Were Balanced. “Democrat Bill Clinton was president the last time the federal budget was balanced, and Republicans controlled Congress.” (Jim Dexter, “CNN Fact Check: The Last President To Balance The Budget,” CNN, 2/3/10)
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. But President Obama's comments show that he just doesn't understand who the real job creators are. How can he help small businesses, like those in Ohio, when he doesn't even recognize their value?
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Not necessarily so.
Real Philadelphians know that you can find a good cheesesteak in outlying neighborhoods or even in the burbs if you know where to look.
And in South Jersey, Ragazzi is where you should look.
Ragazzi is at 44 Route 70 East in the Marlton Greene Shopping Center not far from where Route 70 and Route 73 intersect.
People have voted Ragazzi's chicken pastina soup the best in South Jersey. The simplicity of the soup is what makes it so appealing. It's fresh, flavorful and nourishing. And Ragazzi sells this soup -- and sells more of it -- every day in response to a huge, continuing demand.
The Ragazzi soup bowl overflows (there's no skimping at this place) and you'll find yourself slurping up every bit of it. We promise!
And the cheesesteaks (and chicken cheesesteaks) are packed.
Look at the actual photos of the chicken pastina soup and the chicken cheeseteak above. This is the real deal.
Plus, the pizza's great, too -- and cooked to order.
Ragazzi boasts a full Italian menu. Ragazzi Restaurant & Pizza is family owned and operated. The family has been serving the Marlton area for over 27 years, the last 11 years at this location.
Ragazzi offers a clean, comfortable and friendly environment and they are open seven days a week offering both dine-in and take-out service. Plus, you'll get great value for your dining dollar.
We only recommend what we've tried and what we honestly love.
Ragazzi's is a winner!
Photos copyright 2012 by Dan Cirucci.
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I'm talking fresh, authentic donuts covered with powdered sugar and loaded with rich white sugar cream. These donuts are full and plump. The sweet cream bursts out when you cut them in half or tear them apart or simply (and more likely) bite into them. There's so much cream you'll smear your mouth and lick your fingers. The dough is light and airy and cradles the cream with loving kindness.
These donuts are so damned good you won't want to share them.
But if you try to eat them secretly or privately, you'll probably get caught. To begin with, their sugary scent is intoxicating -- like a sweet blossom calling you in the morning. Others will surely know what you're up to. And then, once you even touch one of these chubby babies you're talkin damaging evidence: the telltale signs of powdered sugar everywhere. And we haven't even gotten to the icy cream left behind on your pesky, sticky fingers.
Whoffing down one of these is a major commitment.
Now, I've tried donuts just about everywhere I've been -- all over the USA.
And I'm telling you these are the best I've ever found.
You can get them for a buck each in South Jersey at Randolph's Bakery, two locations:
|101 East Main Street 300 East Greentree Rd.|
Maple Shade Marlton
Photo copyright 2012 by Dan Cirucci.
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Here's a special message from Tagg Romney:
I'm glad but not surprised my father stood up for American businesses in light of President Obama's recent "you didn't build that" remark.
Dad understands success is not the result of government, it's the result of hardworking people who take risks, create dreams, and build lives for themselves and their families.
That's what the Built By Us collection of shirts, pins and other gear is all about. Built By Us is a rallying cry, and also a celebration of the people who truly make America work.
Check it out at: http://store.mittromney.com/collections/built-by-us/
You deserve credit for your success and to be proud of it. And with every Built By Us Collection item you purchase, you'll be helping my dad and Republicans nationwide win in November. I think we can all agree we need a President who embraces success, instead of demonizing it.
Dad's the man for the job.
President Obama is quite a world traveler. But not to Israel. An oversight? Or an indication? According to a front-page story in the Washington Post two weeks ago, Obama has pursued a strategy of putting “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel. He’s traveled to the Middle East multiple times — to accept an award in Saudi Arabia, to give a major speech in Cairo, to hold town hall meetings in Turkey — but never stopped to visit our closest ally in the region.
During the past week we've welcomed visitors from all over the world and have tallied nearly 3,000 page views. And, we're attracting more than 19,000 page views per month.
Here are the top ten countries last week as represented by page views:
How many of these have you read?
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
As many of you know, we are honorary Texans and have been for quite a few years.
We are so proud to be part of the great Lone Star State.
We've been to Texas many times -- San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin and many points in between -- and we are also delighted to count many Texns among our dear friends.
The fine web site I Am A Texan (www.iamatexan.com) has cataloged many fascinating facts about Texas. Here are a few of them:
1. From Beaumont to El Paso it's 742 miles
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , TX July 4, 1883.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston was the only hotel in North America built over water. It was later destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America .
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10. The worst natural disaster in US history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was "Houston ," but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island.
The first in a series of ads by the Republican Jewish Coalition, highlighting the real stories of real people who give voice to the nagging doubts that many in the Jewish community feel about President Obama.
The cast of Disney's Newsies perform "King of New York" on Broadway in New York City. Visit http://www.newsiesthemusical.com for ticket and performance information!
We've never been fans of Disney on Broadway.
We've always felt that Disney is Disney and Broadway is Broadway: Two different kinds of stories, two different types of music, two different sorts of entertainment.
To us Disney always meant a genre rooted in fantasy and the tales of storybooks. So we skipped Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and the other Disney musicals on Broadway. Enjoyed the movies, no need to see the live show.
But now there is a new Disney musical on Broadway that changes all that.
Yes, it's a re-working of a Disney movie. But it's a movie you've probably never heard of or seen. And no, it's not a fantasy tale. Rather, it's based on actual real-life events.
The show is called Newsies, it's at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway and it's absolutely wonderful.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies revolves around the plight of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy who leads a ragged band of teen aged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Newsies are the guys who used to hawk newspapers on street corners, shouting headlines and charming potential buyers. They thrived in the age of tabloids, a time when print was king.
The story takes flight when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense. Then, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
Of course, there are a few twists and turns (and some disappointments) along the way as this pioneering labor/management struggle ensues. And there's a bit of romance, too as Jack captivates the gorgeous and savvy newspaper reporter, Katherine Plummer.
Newsies is a fast-paced show with with jaw-dropping choreography, catchy songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Firestein that theatergoers of all ages can enjoy.
Yes, this is a feel-good family musical. But it's also actually meaningful and uplifting because it's anchored in a strong story with solid values. The show not only introduces Newsies to a new generation but also pleases fans of the original 1992 film which did not get nearly enough attention when it was released. The Broadway production also includes many of the songs from the movie as well as new tunes and an added love story between Jack Kelly and the new character Katherine Plumber.
As Jack Kelly, Jeremy Jordan proves once again that he is one of Broadway's brightest new stars. This young man is incandescent on stage and when he sings "Santa Fe" at the end of of the first act he brings the house down. In her Broadway debut as Katherine, Kara Lindsay wows the audience with "Watch What Happens." She's a charmer. And Capathia Jenkins as Medda Larkin makes the whole stage sway with a ragtime beat as she performs "That's Rich."
Christopher Gattelli's inventive choreography is thumpingly athletic and leapingly airy, all at the same time. And Jeff Calhoun's direction is snappy without being breathless.
With a cast of 33, a multi-story scaffolded set, imaginative backdrops and evocative lighting, this is big, Broadway musical production at its very best.
At the performance that we attended, the SRO audience howled with delight.
Go. See. Enjoy. And take the whole family!
Friday, July 27, 2012
When individuals (whether successful or unsuccessful) pay their taxes, they do so with the weary hope that the government they are supporting will be a careful and honest steward of their contribution by: establishing justice (legal and regulatory systems), insuring domestic tranquility (law enforcement), providing for the common defense (military), and promoting the general welfare (public utilities, efficient and effective education system, a solvent social safety net).
It is when the government violates that trust by instituting an arbitrary and corrupt tax code, special interest spending, irresponsible entitlement promises, and wealth redistribution that “We the people” begin to question the legitimacy of our social contract.
Luckily, whether one builds a business with one’s own two hands or one utilizes the “general welfare” promoted by the government, the Constitution guarantees that no person will “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The Founders understood that property ownership (including land, a house, a business, a car, a bank account, a retirement plan, etc.) is essential for the preservation of liberty.
What is concerning about the President’s remark is that it gives many people the impression that he discounts the importance of the “right to property.” It is universally agreed that property can only be “built” within the context of the “general welfare.” No rational person would argue the contrary. So why would the President bother wasting valuable campaign time stating the obvious?
Because he is complicit (along with many in the government from both parties over many decades) in abusing the trust of the people by twisting the tax code, passing debt along to future generations, spending trillions on special interests, creating and expanding insolvent entitlement programs, punishing success in the name of fairness, and shielding individuals from the natural consequences of their freely chosen decisions.
Thus, to disguise his guilt, he points to justifiable government interventions (roads, bridges, the internet, fire departments) in the hopes we will forget about the burdensome, ineffective, corrupt monstrosities that are the Stimulus Package and Obamacare.
The current President is not the first such offender, but there is a rising belief in America that he may be one of the worst.
In November, We the People, speak.
From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin is the showbiz Broadway musical about the silent film legend the world couldn't stop talking about—Charlie Chaplin.
The brand-new 22-person musical reveals the man behind the legend, the undeniable genius who forever changed the way America went to the movies.
Chaplin features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award® winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis.
Acclaimed director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) directs and choreographs the production.
And the show stars Rob McClure. McClure originated the role of Chaplin at La Jolla Playhouse (Craig Noel Award winner). Most recently in New York, Rob received raves for another title role, leading the cast of Where's Charley? at Encores. A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award® winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.
Chaplin opens on Broadway on Monday, September 10, 2012; previews will begin Monday, August 20, 2012. Get tickets today: http://chaplinbroadway.com/tickets/how-to-buy/
The Economist: “The American Economy Slowed Sharply In The Second Quarter, Adding To The Weakest Recovery Of The Post-War Period.” “If
recent data left any doubt, America's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
dispatched it this morning: the American economy slowed sharply in the
second quarter, adding to the weakest recovery of the post-war period.”
(“Low And Slow,” The Economist, 7/27/12)
Los Angeles Times: “U.S. Economic Growth Slowed Further In The Second Quarter…” “U.S. economic growth slowed further in the second quarter as consumers cut back on spending and businesses curbed their investments, the government reported Friday.” (Don Lee, “Economic Growth Slows As Consumers Pull Back,” Los Angeles Times, 7/27/12)
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “The Numbers … Aren’t Very Good. And They’re Coming After A String Of Even Worse Numbers.” “The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012. … The bad news? The numbers, 1.5 percent and 2 percent, aren’t very good. And they’re coming after a string of even worse numbers.” (Ezra Klein, “The Economy: Still Not So Good,” The Washington Post’s Wonk Blog, 7/27/12)
Fox News’ Stuart Varney: “A Sharp Slowdown For The Economy In This Election Year.” VARNEY: “OK, well everybody is asking the same question: does this mean an election year recession? And the answer is, probably not. But does it mean a sharp slowdown for the economy in this election year? And the answer is definitely yes.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 7/27/12)
- Varney: “A 1.5% Growth Rate Is A Very, Very Slim Growth Rate Indeed.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 7/27/12)
AEI’s James Pethokoukis: “The U.S. Economy Is Not Doing Fine.” (James Pethokoukis, “Sickly Second-Quarter GDP Report Puts U.S. Economic Recovery — And Obama’s Reelection — In Jeopardy,” American Enterprise Institute, 7/27/12)
California State University Channel Islands’ Sung Won Sohn: “Not Enough To Take Care Of New Workers Coming Into The Labor Force, Let Alone Rescue The Unemployed.” “An economy growing at a 1.5% pace is consistent with a monthly growth of less than 100,000 new jobs, said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Cal State Channel Islands. ‘That's not enough to take care of new workers coming into the labor force, let alone rescue the unemployed,’ he said.” (Don Lee, “Economic Growth Slows As Consumers Pull Back,” Los Angeles Times, 7/27/12)
Zacks Research Director Sheraz Mian: “Internals Point To Worrisome Trends That Do Not Look Very Favorable For Growth Outlook In The Coming Quarters.” “The GDP reading is better than expected, but the report's internals point to worrisome trends that do not look very favorable for growth outlook in the coming quarters.” (Sheraz Mian, “How Good Is The GDP Report?,” Zacks.com, 7/27/12)
First Trust Advisors Chief Economist Brian Wesbury: “This Is Really In My Opinion Disappointing.” WESBURY: “Martha, we have called the economy the plow-horse economy. It ain't going to win the Preakness, obviously, but it ain't going to keel over and die. It's sort of chugging along, and this is really in my opinion disappointing.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 7/27/12)
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Army-Navy will commemorate the 79th meeting of the two soccer teams when the rivalry continues as they converge at PPL Park in Chester, PA, Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m.
“The Army-Navy rivalry is one of the most storied traditions in all of college sports, and for us to have the privilege to compete in one of the newest and most exiting Major League Soccer stadiums will be a thrill for our players. To play in front of some the most dedicated sports fans in country will truly make this event a memorable experience for our cadet-athletes. It will also be a tremendous showcase for college soccer. I’d like to thank everyone at the Philadelphia Union for helping to organize this event.” said Army Head Coach Russell Payne
Army posted a 7-10-1 overall record and finished sixth in the Patriot League with a 2-4-1 mark in 2011. Army will look to improve on one of their strongest seasons with a deep and talented class of 2013 in-coming freshmen.
"The Navy men's soccer program is thrilled to be able to play Army this year at PPL Park. Both programs have come miles these last few seasons and I'm sure are looking forward to showing their overall quality and level at such an excellent venue. The game certainly promises to be highly competitive and a great advertisement for Patriot League men's soccer" said Navy Head Coach, Dave Brandt.
Navy owns a 38-27-13 series advantage against Army. The Midshipmen have won three games in a row in the series, all coming by 1-0 scores. Last year's Navy squad went 7-7-5 overall on the season. Head Coach Dave Brandt will return 17 letter winners and nine starters from that squad.
“We’re excited to bring another world class event to PPL Park”, said Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner. “Not only are we able to continue the storied history of Army-Navy sporting events in the Greater Philadelphia Region, but we are part of a new tradition in soccer that we look forward to having fans enjoy for years to come, in the beautiful setting of PPL Park.”
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 3 and exclusively online through ComcastTIX.com. Tickets for general admission are $18, which includes parking. Reserved seats, located in sections 126-128, are $28, which includes parking. Tickets can be purchased online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the PPL park box office.
Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC and Global Spectrum have partnered with the Philadelphia Sports Congress and Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau to promote this event.
PPL Park, which was constructed from 2008-10 and cost $120 million to build, is a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium that serves as the Philadelphia Union's home facility and sits on the banks of the Delaware River. The stadium is ideally located about 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. The stadium features a natural grass pitch, 30 luxury suites, sideline roofs to provide protection from the elements, expansive grass areas and large promenades surrounding the stadium for tailgating and outdoor music festivals and a state-of-the-art LED scoreboard.
USA Today: “Second-Quarter Growth Barely Half The Pace Earlier In The Year…” “The
U.S. economy slowed in the spring, with second-quarter growth barely
half the pace earlier in the year, the government reported today.” (Tim
Mullaney, “Economy Weak In Second Quarter, GDP Grows At 1.5% Rate,” USA Today, 7/27/12)
- USA Today Headline: “Economy Weak In Second Quarter, GDP Grows At 1.5% Rate” (USA Today, 7/27/12)
- Wall Street Journal Headline: “U.S. Growth Slows In 2nd Quarter” (Wall Street Journal, 7/27/12)
- The Associated Press Headline: “Economic Growth Slowed To 1.5 Percent Rate In 2nd Quarter, Slowest In A Year” (The Associated Press, 7/27/12)
- The New York Times Headline: “U.S. Economy Slowed To A Tepid 1.5% Rate Of Growth” (The New York Times, 7/27/12)
- CNN Money Headline: “GDP Report: U.S. Economy Slowed In Second Quarter” (CNN Money, 7/27/12)
- “Limited Scope For Growth To Bounce Back In The Third Quarter.” “Recent economic data ranging from employment to manufacturing suggest limited scope for growth to bounce back in the third quarter.” (Lucia Mutikani, “Wary Consumers, Trade Curb U.S. Growth In Q2,” Reuters, 7/27/12)
Financial Times: “Confirms The Loss Of Momentum In The World’s Largest Economy Since The Spring…” “The figure, which was broadly in line with market expectations, confirms the loss of momentum in the world’s largest economy since the spring and is not fast enough to bring down high unemployment.” (Robin Harding, “US GDP Growth Rate Slows To 1.5 Per Cent,” Financial Times, 7/27/12)Sphere: Related Content
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Sen. Jim Sessions hosted a news conference with top officials from two unions that represent U.S. immigration law enforcement agencies.
ICE agent Chris Crane is President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union representing America's more than 7,000 ICE agents and personnel. Border Patrol agent George McCubbin, III is President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing America's more than 17,000 border agents and personnel.
From Sen. Sessions' remarks (forthcoming in a video tomorrow):
"The Administration claims it has diligently enforced immigration law and that the border is 'more secure than ever.' But those on the front lines know this to be untrue. They see the violence, chaos and lawlessness. They have lost confidence in the leadership of their agencies...
As you will hear today, this administration has engaged in a sustained, relentless effort to undermine America's immigration laws. They have handcuffed and muffled those charged with protecting the public safety and the integrity of our borders. Such action has not only weakened our security but our democracy...
All Americans, immigrant and native born, will have a better future if our nation remains unique in the world for the special reverence it places in the rule of law and fairness in our immigration system."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
President Obama’s comments
denigrating the effort and accomplishment of American business owners
have struck a chord around the country. It is clear that this President
doesn't understand how our economy works. Mitt Romney knows we should
celebrate the work of people who start and run enterprises, not devalue
that work by giving credit to ‘somebody else.’ Government isn’t
responsible for the success of our small businesses – the American
people are.” –Amanda Henneberg, Romney Campaign Spokesperson