National Hi-Q Title Taken By Penncrest

Kudos to Charlie Frindt, Raman Ishwar, Abigail Pearse and Schafer Hudson Ortyn and the rest of the Penncrest Hi-Q team for winning the 2015 National Hi-Q Competition on April 16. National Hi-Q Title Taken By Penncrest

Hi-Q is an academic quiz competition for high school students that was founded in Delaware County in 1948 by the Scott Paper Co.

National Hi-Q Title Taken By Penncrest

William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 4-18-15

William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 4-18-15

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: You cannot feed the hungry on statistics.
Heinrich Heine

Answer to yesterday's puzzle: You cannot feed the hungry on statistics. Heinrich Heine

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Independence Hall Foundation Fundraiser

Independence Hall Foundation Fundraiser
Sen. Pat Toomey at the Independence Hall Foundation’s Pro Blue Rally on Jan. 10.

The Independence Hall Foundation is  holding a Pot of Gold Money Drop Campaign. The goal–to raise $5,000–would help it retire a small debt and fund upcoming projects says the Foundation’s Don Adams.

“Without your continued support, we could not host events like the recent Delaware Valley Pro-Blue Rally and our 2013 What Difference Does It Make Press Conference denouncing the decision of the Board of the National Constitution Center to award Hillary Clinton the 2014  Liberty Medal on the eve of the 1st Anniversary of the Benghazi attack,” said Adams.

He noted that if everyone who had participated in a Foundation event contributed just $5, the fundraising needs would be greatly surpassed

Contributions should be sent to:

The Independence Hall Foundation
The Continental
615 Chestnut Street, Box 39725
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence Hall Foundation Fundraiser

Grover Norquist Huma Abedin

Grover Norquist Huma Abedin
Grover Norquist

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (PLC) starts in hour and scheduled to speak at 3:55 p.m. is Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Norquist topic is “Phasing out the Income Tax”.

The controversy, though, is Norquist himself.

Norquist is married to a Muslim born in Kuwait to Palestinian Arab parents. He founded the Islamic Free Market Institute  with Khaled Saffuri and Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi.

Al-Amoudi, described as a Muslim Brotherhood operative and financier for Al Qaeda, is currently serving a 23 year federal prison term for supporting terrorism.

Norquist’s sister Lorraine is married to Majed Tomeh, founder of the Islamic Institute.

Talk show host Glenn Beck, who has been critical of Norquist’s Islamic ties, invited him on his show about three weeks ago. To his credit Norquist appeared. To his dismay, it didn’t help him. A simmering controversy regarding the National Rifle Association, ended with his stepping down as a board member of the institution yesterday, April 15.

Some conservative groups are seeking to stop him from speaking at the PLC.

Hillary Clinton’s top aide is Huma Abedin, whose mother and brother have strong connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. While Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State, the United States supported the Muslim Brotherhood’s assumption of power — since lost — in Egypt, and downplayed its connections to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on our Benghazi Consulate. It also supported policies that led to a breakdown in Iraq and refused to help democracy supporters in Iran.

We don’t need a Republican to have a similar effect. Norquist must become outspoken in opposition to Islamism or we must become outspoken in opposition to Norquist.

We don’t think Norquist will become outspoken regarding Islamism.

Grover Norquist Huma Abedin


Duke Angers Special Snowflake

Duke Angers Special Snowflake
By Chris Freind

See if you can tell what’s wrong with this story:

Girl applies to Duke University.

Girl is rejected by Duke University.

Girl doesn’t “accept” Duke’s decision, writing a letter “rejecting” the University’s rejection.

Girl uses social media to make letter go viral.

Media, incomprehensibly, runs with the story.

Duke responds and holds firm, but with a wimpy, politically correct answer.

Girl pouts about how much “power” universities have over students.

Millennial generation, and their coddlers, applaud girl as “hero,” and letter as brilliant.

Given that the Millennials are the leaders of tomorrow, only one thought comes to mind: God help us.

First things first. To all the Millennials who think they’re God’s gift to America, and their adult enablers who encourage that generation’s entitlement mentality through constant coddling, bring on the hate mail. We can see it now: The big, bad columnist beating up on a 17-year-old just trying to make her way in the world, as he criticizes an entire generation with sweeping generalizations.

Good. Someone certainly has to, because the Millennials need a good, swift kick in the derriere to bring them back to planet Earth and that pesky thing called The Real World.

Let’s take a look at the situation involving this high school senior:

1. Her Tumblr bio says a lot: “I’m … and there’s not a boy on this Earth worthy of me.” Wonderful! With that attitude, she will no doubt have an illustrious dating career. Confidence is one thing, but sheer arrogance is quite another, something the Millennials (those born between the early 1980s and 2000) have not come close to understanding.

But that arrogance comes with an ironic twist. For the most part, the Millennials are not confident at all. Quite the opposite, they are extremely risk-averse and thin-skinned, getting hurt feelings whenever something doesn’t go their way, and “offended” by everything — a complex fueled by a woefully misguided sense of entitlement.

Sure, they are a product of their environment — helicopter parents hovering over their every move in a fairy tale attempt to sanitize everything. But like every generation before them, they have to be accountable for their own actions. Instead, they continue to reject that rite of passage.

2. As everyone knows, Duke is an elite university, accepting just 12 percent of students. The student was rejected. Fine. Join the club. But if you’re going to call the university on the carpet and insist it made a mistake, you had better have your ducks in order. There’s an old saying that arrogance isn’t arrogance if you can back it up, but in this case, she fell far short. Let’s take a look at, and correct, parts of her letter:

“This year I have been fortunate enough to receive rejection letters from the best and brightest universities in the country. With a pool of letters so diverse and accomplished I was unable to accept reject letters I would have been able to only several years ago…. despite Duke’s outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications. Therefore, I will be attending Duke University’s 2015 freshmen class.”

The student’s appalling use of grammar unwittingly validated Duke’s decision. It’s common sense that, if you’re serious about Duke reconsidering its decision, you sure as hell better not send a poorly written letter. Duke picks the cream of the crop, so if you’re going to broadcast to the world that the Blue Devils made a mistake, you need to be perfect making your case. She wasn’t:

A. Universities are not “bright;” people are.

B. Letters cannot be “accomplished.” (And a comma is needed after “accomplished.”)

C. The rest of that sentence is not just poorly written, but completely unintelligible. If people wonder what you’re trying to communicate, you’ve already lost.

D. A university isn’t “successful” when it rejects applicants. And the remainder of that sentence is indecipherable (why would an applicant have qualifications for being rejected?)

E. Finally, students don’t “attend” the Class of 2015; they become part of it.

Is that nitpicking? Was this all just in jest? Are we taking this too far? No.

Americans, especially students, have become horrendous communicators. Part of that is due to our failing educational system, and partly because Millennials rely on technology so much that their social and communication skills are virtually nonexistent. And if we don’t correct it at age 17, then when? At 21? When they enter the job market? And why did the media, and Duke, give this student a free pass on her grammatical errors? When her letter went “viral,” making worldwide headlines and being reposted over 100,000 times, it landed in the public square. You can’t have it both ways: basking in the attention, but not taking responsibility for shabby work. Grade: F.

3. Duke’s response also went viral. To the university’s credit, it told the girl she could appeal, but overturned rejections were rare. Fine.

But then it bowed to political correctness, playing right into the very problem Millennials have: their constant need to be stroked. The Duke letter stated, “Please know that our decision was not a judgment of you as a student or a person, but a reflection of our limited space and talented applicant pool.”

Sorry, Duke, but you got that one wrong. Of course rejecting applicants is based on who they are as students and people! There are no other criteria on which to judge! And that’s perfectly fine. It doesn’t mean rejected students are bad people or unaccomplished, but that they simply didn’t make the cut.

The student, in an email to the Huffington Post, wrote, “I just realized how much power these universities seem to have over students … Their word is the end-all, be-all. But what if it wasn’t? What if I treated them like they treated me?”

What does that even mean? Should every university, sports team and employer accept everyone who applies simply because rejecting people is exercising “power” over them? And how exactly did Duke “treat” her that merits that response? They simply said she, along with 88 percent of other applicants, didn’t make the cut. Deal with it. And if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

That’s the real world, and rejections are a big part of life. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Walt Disney was fired because he had “no good ideas and lacked imagination.” Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates — the list of those who faced difficult rejections but bounced back to find success is infinite.

Of course being rejected stings! It’s supposed to. What sets the Millennials apart is that they wallow in self-pity, believing they are entitled to success without doing the heavy lifting required to achieve it. What they should be doing is learning from their failures and using them as motivation to improve themselves and ultimately, prove their detractors wrong.

But that’s not happening. And until it does, the Millennial generation will keep doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result. As Einstein, who failed many times, said, that’s the definition of insanity.

Would the next generation please stand up?

Duke Angers Special Snowflake

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