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Hugh April 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm
And almost all the states had established churches. How doe that jibe with Hooker's argument?
Hookerman April 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
Hugh, you continue to be very amusing! I quote actual historical text, while you interject you ownRead More twisted interpretation, and then accuse me of trying to support my own dogma (which I haven’t even mentioned). Fact: The letter from the Danbury Baptists to Jefferson said nothing about taxes, going to jail, or moving west. Fact: The first amendment says nothing about the Church of England or an established church. It says; “establishment of religion”… noting more, nothing less. Fact: Jefferson interpreted this clause as creating a wall a separation between church and state (which courts have mostly supported throughout history) . Fact: The U.S. Constitution (the blueprint for our system of laws) makes no mention of a superior being, nor any specific religious belief, and does not recognize any power greater than “We the People”. These are facts, not interpretations as you are posting. As to your last statements; of course states had churches, that why people came to this country, for religious freedom. They were not government sponsored churches. They were not churches that mandated any type of law. They were churches that people attended entirely voluntarily, as they do today. What’s the point???
Portent April 24, 2014 at 12:45 am
Hapless Hugh doesn't know the difference between syntax and semantics. Who knew?
The Truth April 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm
They'll d**k around with the numbers any way they can to make Obama look good, thenRead More "revise" the rate up 2-3 months after the fact, at which point nobody is paying attention or cares. They've been doing it for the last 6 years...
Sylvia Bastani April 19, 2014 at 06:57 am
Sloppy reporting! These figures do not include tens of thousands cut by the loss of benefits! It isRead More a BS campaign by Ciorbett! Shame on you for not stating that fact!
kimhir April 19, 2014 at 10:48 am
Sylvia we should stay with facts here. The state unemployment numbers are coming from the federalRead More government. US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. I strongly doubt that Corbett nor Obama can really alter them. You are correct that these do not include people who stopped looking for jobs however these numbers (which I agree are not accurate because they only include unemployed people actively looking for a job and not under employed people) are the numbers that we have gotten for many years to use as a comparison. This is not sloppy reporting they are reporting the numbers released by the Federal government. I really would not say "shame on you" to the patch or reporters for reporting a number that the Federal Department of Labor has been releasing monthly for a very long time. If you have a point to make you should make it without blaming the messenger or criticizing them for reporting the information.
Wallst April 18, 2014 at 01:25 pm
How about using those train tracks and get a train going to NYC and back! This area would BOOM if weRead More had that train in working order!
Gov. Tom Corbett signs into law Monday four bills to strengthen Pennsylvania's child-protection laws. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)
Robert April 18, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Even funnier how the country loves the fetus but cuts all childrens benefits foodstamps andRead More education once the child is born....and doesn't want them to have healthcare. Isn't that hillarious fimfy? I can't stop laughing.
FIMF the ll April 18, 2014 at 05:37 pm
It's all funny when you trade your food stamps for booze while the kiddies are at the babysitters.
tamarya April 18, 2014 at 09:10 pm
No fimf it is funny how the country protects the fetus but hates adults and elderly and disabledRead More adults
Senator Bob Casey
Jay April 13, 2014 at 11:05 am
GM stills owes money to US, the taxpayers. Government Motors can do what ever it likes--whose goingRead More to stop them? The great exalted leader will crush any opponents. Yet another "oops" moment that cost us our financial future! Thanks Obama
GM Recall Survivors April 13, 2014 at 01:58 pm
Let's hold GM accountable for their actions. Please, please sign this petition. If you or I injuredRead More or killed another human being, we would be held accountable and rightly so. So should GM be held to a different standard. Frankly my friends, GM knew about this in 2001. No one had to die. They looked at it again a few months before our Amber died in 2005. Again they did nothing. And again in 2006 and 2007. Never have I seen a corporation act with such malice. Please help us and sign. http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-house-of-representatives-and-u-s-senate-and-president-of-the-united-states-prosecute-to-the-fullest-extent-the-employees-from-gm-involved-in-the-cover-up-and-gross-neglegence-concerning-the-2005-2007-chevy-cobalt-and-pontiac-g5?share_id=RhYwkTYyzT&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false
GM Recall Survivors April 13, 2014 at 01:58 pm
My name is Laura Christian. I am the birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, the first known fatalityRead More regarding the Chevy Cobalt defect. For those that are also concerned please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmrecall.survivors
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Joe Barnett April 15, 2014 at 10:20 am
I implore you if you are quoting real dangers try quoting studies not news articles. There areRead More hundreds of real science based documents that show this substantially less harmful. If is only proven further by the public health now resorting to main stream media for sensationalize obscure statistical facts like if there were 0 calls last year and now there are 300 it is a 300 percent increase, but they fail to report the 16000 cosmetic related poisoning that occur yearly. Check your data and compare apples to apples. E-cigs are substantially less harmful than tobacco combustible EVEN the American Lung Association admits this. Why stand by and 400,000 continue to cause harm to themselves by vilifying the e-cig industry. Put you outrage on the FDA who has sat for 7 years on this product and allowed 2.8 million people to die from combustible tobacco related illness. This quit smoking or die mentality is childish and irresponsible. Help a smoker live, stop these insane legislation and civil ordinances
tiredoftheviolence April 15, 2014 at 02:33 pm
This is really getting ridiculous! Are we the strong American citizens that proudly stand and singsRead More "the land of the free and the home of the brave"? Or are we sniveling, sissified, compliant order takers who let's our government decide what is and isn't good for us? Why doesn't the mayor focus on the rampant violence, trash strewn streets, drug infested neighborhoods, children without role models, school closings that are very much needed open, veterans sleeping on the streets while a welfare recipient of 5 years with 6 kids has government housing? How about focusing on the why the "City of Brotherly Love" is a crime ridden cesspool that ranks in the top 5 most dangerous cities in the US? We left our food in the hands of government and we now have GMO's, an outrageous amount of people dying from cancer and an even bigger count of thyroid disease patients, due to the government's need to remove iodine from our foods. We left our medications and health in the hands of government, and we now have people dying bc they can't afford 2k a pill for liver or lung cancers, medications with so many side effects that some just choose to live with their illness unmedicated and insurance companies deciding what medications are right for you. Instead he is focusing on people complaining about others blowing out water vapor? Guess he can't fix the real problems of this city, so he's grabbing at anything he can. What's the matter? Are there too many people smoking water and getting healthier, that they no longer have to pay higher insurance premiums? Rich losing kickbacks from the healthier poor? Sickening!
Margaret French April 20, 2014 at 10:15 am
Then we need to ban asthma inhalers in public. I don't want to be breathing in any second handRead More albuterol! That is how stupid this ban is.
same old story April 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm
more business and less social programs, please
The Truth April 13, 2014 at 01:18 am
I bet "The Truth is a dope" has the answer...come on J/O, please...bestow us with yourRead More knowledge...tell us what Obama would do...
Mimi Champlin April 14, 2014 at 11:37 am
I do not believe this issue is without HUGE pitfalls in the hands of untrained (I'm not talkingRead More about six hours of note taking in some class for fat monitors).....As far as I can see, the personnel in charge of kids everywhere in this state are under-supported via wages and information as it is, let alone having yet MORE added into schools. Leave these things to parents and pediatricians, it is not the school's business to do anything other than offer healthy alternatives to junk food.
dwayne roberson April 10, 2014 at 07:18 am
Will Kathleen Cane actually enforce this law? I sure she will if a republican is on video clutchingRead More a bag of cash. Otherwise um, not so much.
Michael Curtis Sr April 15, 2014 at 10:55 am
Every " Legislator " should vote for this bill in the House. There should be " noRead More Money " gift of any kind. But we all know how some " Legislators " follow the laws.
dwayne roberson April 18, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Tim, Hang in there bud. It really does appear that having a civil dialogue with the left is rough,Read More just follow this thread! It is a tactic of the left, to ignore facts when confronted and then move quickly to insult, bully and call any opposition an obscenity. You can't expect them to engage in the arena of ideas. They are infested with liberal groupthink about Gov "Corbin".
Robert April 18, 2014 at 09:30 pm
Do you think it is because the left is infested with liberal groupthink about corbin is theRead More reason he is the lowest rated governor in history duane?
Tim Lewis April 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm
Thanks, Dwayne. It is often frustrating, but on principle I feel I must try. Robert, there were noRead More "education cuts". The state spends more every year on schools. The "cuts" that Corbett is often accused of cutting is the money given to school districts in the Federal stimulus. Many school districts made the spending part of their yearly budget, even though they knew it was only temporary. Why would things be any different with Medicare?
Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) speaks about the issue of pay inequity during a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday.
Vote Dem April 12, 2014 at 12:04 am
Good one Dot. Whenever I am looking for reasonable, informed research and opinion, AEI is at the topRead More of my list:) Just go back and read what you wrote....let me paraphrase, once you take out the sum of women's life experiences, the wage gap disappears.......WOW!
The Truth April 12, 2014 at 12:31 am
Whatever gets your voters out, don't let the facts get in the way of a sob story...
Dot April 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm
It appears that in some cases, it a matter of decisions that folks make, whether they be male orRead More female.
Gov. Tom Corbett signs into law Monday three bills to strengthen Pennsylvania's child-protection laws. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)
tamarya April 8, 2014 at 11:18 am
Now ask me if you think that made me excited to have our first born. Do you think that brought theRead More joy right out in being a parent, when since the case was open we were stuck with them at least a yr for nothing.
Harriet Laurin April 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm
@Tamarya - first, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the hospital staff (whichever hospitalRead More that was). Comparing hospital staff to grocery workers is entirely different; hospital staff are mandated reporters, while grocery workers are not. If the hospital staff felt you and/or the baby potentially could be threatened by your husband (even if it was based on a momentarily heated verbal exchange), then they were required to report that. It is one way to help those who are in domestic abuse situations to realize that there is help - not saying that was the situation in your case, but it's one way that domestic abuse situations are sometimes intervened. Second, everyone has a right to voice their opinion - but HOW is often just as important as anything else - always remember that if a gentle "hey, I don't understand or feel comfortable with how you are treating me" doesn't work with the rank-and-file staff - go up the chain to the Patient Representative/Relationship Manager and you're much more likely to get the results you want without a whole lot of drama (months of parents being in hospitals taught me this). Third - not sure why CYS stayed involved for an entire year, unless a caseworker still had concerns about the risk level. Usually, they'll do a 60-day safety plan or short-term Family Service Plan and if there's no issues, they move onto more pressing cases. Fourth - as far as the school goes, I'd take that up the ladder - politely - to administration. If it's a school-supplied tablet, there should be appropriate application and content filters to significantly reduce the risk of situation such as you describe. If there isn't, and the administration doesn't take you seriously, go to the PTA, take it from the closed-door office discussion to the media. And in the meantime, get in the habit (if you aren't already) of checking your daughter's tablet for inappropriate use (check things like browsing history, etc. too). And obviously, if the pedophile has been informed that he was conversing with a 9-year-old, see if he reaches back out to her - because once he's made aware that she isn't 18, then he would be in legal trouble for further contact.
Nathaniel Prentice April 8, 2014 at 04:02 pm
It is interesting to see that it has taken until he is tanking in the polls for him to do anythingRead More other than cut education, public welfare (including child protection-related funds), and Medicaid/food stamps, etc. while giving frackers who pollute what used to be our best resource free tax-free rein. The electronic filing will help. We used to have to fill out a form and pray the fax machine was working. This should speed up the process. However, it is too little, too late, Governor. Don't forget to shut the door on the way out.
dwayne roberson April 9, 2014 at 09:03 pm
No one should aspire for merely lamenting bad behavior. That is a complete waste of time. UpholdingRead More the rule of law independent of party affiliation is everything to our republic's well being. Lady justice wears her blindfold for a critical reason. She must be objective and consistent otherwise she is made of crumbling plaster. Respect for the rule of law also lapses into decay and democracy has no foundation for the faith of the citizenry. A response of disgust and apathy is a useless exercise. The response must be active. The Attorney General's primary responsibility is to uphold the rule of law. If instead she obstructs justice, terminates investigations with conclusive video evidence, then public participation is mandatory. The truth must be investigated and fully disclosed. A criminal must be treated the same even if they are your party peers, otherwise there is not equality under the law! What could be more fundamental to the health of our republic than that?
Leif Fearn April 14, 2014 at 01:59 pm
Dwayne makes the right point. Disgust and apathy are useless. "I must do something"Read More solves more problems than "Something must be done." We're living in a half-century of government selling misinformation and media selling fear. I have to decide not to be a buyer. I cannot allow myself to feel that I am helpless, that my only roles, as articulated by Noam Chomsky, are to either agree or disagree and to keep consuming. If we want change, we must understand that it comes from individuals, not groups. And it comes from leaving allegiances to favored factions behind, for it is those allegiances that exacerbate the problem.
Leif Fearn April 14, 2014 at 02:33 pm
Forty percent of Californians trusted our state legislators (California State Assembly) in a pollRead More published just over a week ago. Then the Assembly censored one of its members for illegal behavior. Immediately after the censor, a follow-up poll showed 46% of Californians trusting its legislature. Forty to 46 isn't much to crow about, but it does suggest that Californians are not beyond being influenced by good behavior on the part of its legislators, where, in this case, "good" behavior is the willingness to ensure bad behavior. Maybe legislators in Pennsylvania could be influenced to censure bad behavior.
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Mari April 7, 2014 at 11:50 am
Since when does the USA let European businesses tell us what to do... NO do not change our process.Read More And wow, Casey is finally doing something helpful to this country.
Glenna Geiger April 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm
They should just put the word "American" in front of the name of the product.
Christopher Heayn April 13, 2014 at 07:43 am
@Phillyboy- I'm nit going to waste my time with responses to you other then to say the following.Read More Way to support your tripe filed argument with more nonsense. Apparently anyone with a differing opinion is an "Obamaphile", which by the way is a designation only an idiot who thinks way to highly of oneself would actually ever use. You are nothing more then a waste of space, a simple minded troll who needs to get a clue. You continue to show your ignorance on every subject when you call Obama the affirmative action president. I could be wrong, maybe you're just racist and self centered. You talk and act like a kindergartener whose only response consist of....No I'm not you are. Regardless the end result is pure tripe being spewed by you and no one actually wanting to hear you'd twisted nonsensical/delusional ideas. You might want to look into getting some help these delusions. Just get a clue for once....
Debbi Brandriff Cook April 11, 2014 at 06:39 pm
Say hello to the $9.00 mc donalds burger.
Bruce Patin April 11, 2014 at 07:37 pm
Some prices would rise a bit, but not enough to ruin business. It is a tradeoff. The businessRead More owners would take a hit. Some small business owners would feel it badly. Most large businesses, due to the already inflated salaries of their executives, would absorb it with no problem, but some of the executives would have to take a cut, and that would upset them enough to look around for another position. McDonalds would fit the latter category. They couldn't sell hamburgers at $9.00, so the price would not go up that much, and they would take the money from higher up, which they ought to do, anyway, since they have a reputation of stealing money from their employees at the bottom, and there is a lot of correction due. How much would you pay to continue to clog your arteries and bring on an early death, anyway?
Larry Duncan April 11, 2014 at 08:34 pm
While I agree with you there is no reasonable explanation for paying someone $8.75 Million per year,Read More elimination of this cost and giving it to the 400,000 McDonald’s employees would result in a $0.01/hour raise. Even the distribution the entire $1.39 billion in profits would only permit a $1.74/hour raise. Of course some of car companies tried to operate without any profits in the past and that didn't work out so well. Assets of $35.4 billion and a profit of $1.39 billion provide a return on investment (ROI) of 3.9%. I do not consider this to be outrageous. At Bayer we would not go ahead with a project that had an estimated, before tax, ROI of less 19%. So I must respectfully disagree with you, the problem IS a lack of money to pay a “living wage”, What is your definition of a living wage? With only one wage earner at a minimum wage of $7.25/hour and the Earned Income Tax Credit The income of a single adult is 126% of the Federal Poverty Level The income of a single adult with one child is 114% of the Federal Poverty Level. The income of a single adult with two children is 101% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Video courtesy of the Governor's Office
Ned Hardt April 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm
NO increased taxes, eh Liar Tom? This stuff isn't being paid for with fairy dust!
Carol Beck April 6, 2014 at 10:00 am
It is being funded by increased vehicle fees.
Ned Hardt April 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Doesn't matter if you call them fees, it's still money from the tax payers! And the gas taxes wentRead More way up too.
spendurown$ April 4, 2014 at 07:06 am
No community looks great with litter on it. This is a campaign that both the left and the right ofRead More politics can agree on. No one likes trash. No one is saying the trash causes global warming or is something we must put up with for economic reasons. Trash should be in proper containers, period. One thing that might help is making tougher penalties that are ENFORCED for people dumping trash. I live in a nice neighborhood in Cranberry and have documented, with my camera, my neighbor filling our retention pond with sedge-like grass, dumped right on top of the beautiful wildflowers (irises). I must say, it is like pulling teeth to get anyone to do anything, but when the neighbor decided to throw black plastic trashbags out behind my house, I was finally able to get someone at Cranberry Twp to come out and force a clean up. Well, to be accurate, the neighbor refused to clean up the trash, but he was "billed" for the dumping violation. The days of throwing your trash out into the open really should have disappeared in the 1960's when we had the crying Indian commercials. Only slobs throw their major yard clipping and bagged trash out into the environment.
Francine Lobis Wheeler, right, with Pa State Rep. Steve Santarsiero.
Jane April 6, 2014 at 08:37 am
A gun-free zone is a kill zone!!! Period!!!
Phillyboy April 6, 2014 at 05:06 pm
This is total insanity.These feel good liberals are destroying our country.What the F--- don't theyRead More get ? Criminals could care less about more backround checks. They will have guns with more checks or not. What these liberals TRULY want is guns to be banned all together and this typeof legislaytion is the first step in that direction.Stiffer gun control laws would not have stopped the carnage at Sandy Hook. YOU CAN'T LEGISLATE MENTAL ILLNESS . LIBERALS CANT ACCEPT THAT BUT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO.
Joe Melchiorre April 6, 2014 at 05:40 pm
The "HYPOCRITICAL PARTGY" is all about controlling people, not about safety, They don'tRead More get it, want to get it or understand. Hey barkeep, another round of KOOL ADE for the loons!!
Are you an organ donor?
tfcrow April 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Can't afford penndot on anything with their rate hikes.
Gina TB April 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm
the most important thing to do is to have the hard discussion w/ your family regarding YOUR wishesRead More for being an organ donor. your family will be the one to make the decision for you if you are lying unconscious in an ER. if you dont have an advance directive in place and let your family know about it, simply having an organ donor status on your license wont mean a thing.
Ned Hardt April 4, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Why blame Corbett, someone asked? Well....... Corbett advocated a major increase in transportationRead More funding, including an increase in the wholesale fuel tax, in his February budget address. Corbett praised lawmakers who approved the bill.Tom Corbett signed the bill.
Ned Hardt April 4, 2014 at 07:09 pm
Corbett vowed not to raise taxes, including motorist fees, during his campaign for the governorship.
lizawill917 April 4, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Who paid for that trip to Rome? They had an entourage of many people, who took a 5 day trip for a 5Read More minute chat with the Pope. You know that money didn't come from their pockets... it came from ours! These increases are ridiculous. How is the governor spending our money?? HE MUST GO!!!!
Bob April 4, 2014 at 06:46 am
I believe the Bill should pass as is. Harriet, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.Read More Providing forms in different languages is no different than providing welfare, it destroys the incentive to advance one's self at the expenses of the taxpayer.
John April 4, 2014 at 09:00 pm
Immigrants today may not be natural born citizens but they sure as hell are natural born democrats .Read More FREE STUFF !!
Brent OBrien April 23, 2014 at 08:37 pm
ould support English as our official languageel.
FIMF the ll April 1, 2014 at 08:44 am
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Independent Geoff April 2, 2014 at 12:05 am
Christie is a great gov & if most of you would be honest about it you would admit it. VeryRead More tiring listening to the liberal gribble on this blog.
louisemyrealtor April 17, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Phillyboy.. Wow!
Jeff Lotte April 1, 2014 at 09:48 pm
Like I said earlier, the career politicians have got to go! http://www.termlimitsforuscongress.com/Read More
dwayne roberson April 2, 2014 at 06:03 am
Jeff, I share your frustration with career politicians. That being said I would prefer a return toRead More conservative principles as opposed to legislation for term limitation. Conservatism works every time it is tried. Prosperity in the standard of living, the economy and opportunities all are enhanced in a fundamental meritocracy. When I look at the career of Winston Churchill I shudder to think what would have happened if he were not permitted to lead because of limits placed on duration of public service.
Jeff Lotte April 2, 2014 at 09:22 am
In todays world of liars and politicians in it for the power and money we can no longer believe inRead More these people to uphold their "conservative" principles. We get the conservative "voter for me" speeches election cycle after election cycle only to find that these people bend to the party pressure and the lobbyists with the most cash. We are not gonna get anywhere doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, that has already been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We need results, not party propaganda.
Taxpayers have reported a scam coming from an organization claiming to be affiliated with the IRS. (Patch file photo)
TColCPA March 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm
For all those who saw this article: Just a heads up. The IRS DOES NOT EVER email tax notices norRead More requests payment information via email, not by solicitation phone calls. So, if you ever get an email from "IRS", just delete it. If you ever receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from IRS, just ignore it. If you just aren't sure if it was a legit call - or email, the best thing to do is call the IRS and find out if your tax accounts are current. The generic IRS main phone number is 800-829-1040.
Scott March 30, 2014 at 10:05 am
You Should Learn The laws. Utilities are allowed to estimate. However you have the right to submitRead More you own reading. How about getting off your high horse and pay your bill. Now the smart meter charge... call your councilman. Pa house bill 2200 states the electric company HAS to put them all customers are already charged weather they have them or not. How about educating your self and stop thinking you already know it all.
Linda Petersen April 1, 2014 at 08:29 am
We have a small 1500 sq ft rancher. We have paid out over $2000 for oil this winter and our electricRead More bill has been over $300/mth for most of the winter months. I need another job just to pay for utilities. Some weeks we were lucky enough to have $$ left over to buy a gallon of milk.
Michael Curtis Sr April 5, 2014 at 09:24 am
Yep, and the Federal Government wants you to " buy " the electric cars andRead More trucks.........I don't think so.
Gov. Tom Corbett and Mrs. Corbett presented the Pope with a glass commemorative etching from their home parish, the St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. (Photos courtesy of the Governor’s Office)
Rita Diani March 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm
don't get me started with the 'honest and religious republicans'
dwayne roberson March 28, 2014 at 07:51 am
Don't get ME started about 'honest democrats' The list got longer yesterday.
james koslosky March 28, 2014 at 04:48 pm
He's looking for divine intervention to get re-elected. It won't work. He's a one termer.
Gov. Tom Corbett (left) and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter are headed to the Vatican, where they will have an audience with Pope Francis. (Patch file photos)
Irene March 23, 2014 at 09:30 pm
Nutter might as well go to Rome, he is not accomplishing much in Philadelphia. He should takeRead More Ramsey with him.
John Fisher March 24, 2014 at 08:13 am
Couldn't we find better representatives of our State and City than these 2 idiots? They should haveRead More much more respect for the Pope.
Steven Kurcik March 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
Three politicians getting together to waste more of tax payers money. Disgrace all around. We wonderRead More why the state and city are broke.