May 4, 2013
NRA begins its convention HOUSTON - The National Rifle Association kicked off its convention Friday with a warning that members are engaged in a "culture war" that stretches beyond gun rights, further ramping up emotions surrounding the gun debate. NRA first vice president James Porter, who will assume the organization's presidency Monday, issued a full-throated challenge to President Obama in the wake of a victory regarding gun control and called on members to dig in for a fight that will stretch into the 2014 elections.
April 11, 2013
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, will speak at Plumstead Christian School's annual Founder's Day Forum April 15 in Souderton. Tebow will deliver a message of "faith, family and football," at two events at Calvary Church. The New York Jet quarterback has been outspoken about his Christian faith which is a focus of Through My Eyes , Tebow's best-selling memoir published last year. Tebow will be the first professional athlete to speak at the annual event which has featured several high profile figures including President George W. Bush, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Vice President Dan Quayle.
April 5, 2013 |
By now, eight years later, after so much debate over his sister's situation - her diagnosis, her prognosis, her wishes, her autopsy - one thought remains dominant for Bobby Schindler: Terri Schiavo deserved to live. Schindler now heads a growing foundation to help others in similar situations. Every year since her death, they've held a "Terri's Day" of remembrance. This year, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network has moved from Florida to the Philadelphia area, where both the Schindler and Schiavo families are from, and the event has grown.
April 4, 2013 |
By now, eight years later, the details and debate over his sister's situation - her diagnosis, her prognosis, her wishes, her autopsy - are no longer that important to Bobby Schindler. For him, one thought dominates. Terri Schiavo deserved to live. Schindler now heads a growing foundation to help others in similar situations. Every year since her death, they've held a "Terri's Day" of remembrance. This year, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network has moved from Florida to the Philadelphia area, where both the Schindler and Schiavo families are from, and the event has grown.
March 18, 2013 |
OXON HILL, Md. - Returning to the national stage, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday that the Republican Party must broaden its message to grow. "We must leave no American behind," she said in a populist speech that electrified supporters at a conservative summit outside Washington. "And we must share our powerful message of freedom and liberty to all citizens - even those who may disagree on some issues. " Palin, the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2008, maintained a low profile during last year's election.
March 7, 2013 |
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum publicly thanked an atheist group this week for making him a poster boy in their latest "Go Godless" campaign. American Atheists posted a set of highway billboards in Texas on Monday to advertise a forthcoming convention in Austin to celebrate its 50 anniversary. "Our civil laws have to comport with a higher law. God's law. " the billboard quotes Santorum. The quote, from a speech Santorum delivered in Iowa as a presidential candidate, is underscored with the slogan, "Go Godless instead.
February 25, 2013
Unlikely Liberal Sarah Palin's Curious Record as Alaska's Governor By Matthew Zencey Potomac Books. 209 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Steve Weinberg The word liberal carries lots of meanings in the realm of electoral politics. But none of those meanings would seem to apply to Sarah Palin, who during 2008 rocketed to renown as the Republican Party vice presidential candidate. Palin and presidential candidate John McCain positioned themselves as "conservatives," which carried the connotation of "anti-liberal.
January 27, 2013
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin is out as a Fox News Channel contributor. The network said Friday that it was parting ways with the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate. Bill Shine, executive vice president at Fox News, said the network has enjoyed its association with Palin and wishes her the best. There was no immediate comment from the former Alaska governor. A person familiar with discussions between Fox and Palin described the parting as amicable, saying that Fox and Palin had discussed renewing her contract but that she decided to do other things.
January 22, 2013 |
Hipster history. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson , a rock musical by Alex Timbers and Philadelphia's Michael Friedman, was a huge success in New York. But the Plays & Players production feels as flat as cowpie; what excitement there was at Sunday's performance felt forced, and despite the young audience, there were few laughs and fewer shrieks. Daniel Student's direction seemed slow and flaccid; the slacker delivery sounded as if cast members had barely memorized their lines. Jamison Foreman leads the onstage band, although there isn't a memorable song in the show's 2½ hours.
January 2, 2013
IT IS A BITTER disappointment to me that featured within Christine Flowers' column "The mentally ill vs. those who love them" there is a photograph of the Newtown, Connecticut, mass murderer. How pleased he would be that he is the focus of so much attention, which is precisely what he sought. It is ironic that as media figures dissect and attempt to make sense of this senseless assault on society, they serve to contribute to future such incidents through the aggrandizement of the perpetrator.