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Fact Check: Mountaintop Removal Protest Labeled “Terrorist” by PA Homeland Security Was Entirely Peaceful

There’s disturbing news on the Homeland Security front that you may have heard about if you live in the state of Pennsylvania. If you live elsewhere you’re not likely to have heard a word, since wire services and newspapers outside Pennsylvania have neglected to cover it. Regardless of whether you live in Pennsylvania, you should [...]

Homeland Security Keystone Haiku

Have you heard the sound of one President’s silence while quiet eyes watch?

Why is Jason Altmire Taking Coordinated Money from a Dallas Corporation?

Jason Altmire is a U.S. Representative in Congress. His job is to represent the people of the 4th district of Pennsylvania.

FEC data show that on October 23, 2009, Jason Altmire received a $1,000 check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC. Tenet is a for-profit corporation based in Dallas, Texas.

On March 19 2010, Jason [...]

Why is Jason Altmire boosting Tax Cuts for the Rich?

Why did Democratic Representative Jason Altmire demand this week that his party champion tax cuts for the rich?

Follow the money:

(Sources: FEC, That’s My Congress)

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Philly Catholic Church Says It Can’t Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period [...]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can't Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period [...]

Your Surveillance Future in Lancaster, PA

“You got to think of Lancaster now being like an open-air prison. Who’s the warden?” — Nick Boots, barber, Lancaster PA.

The city of Lancaster has a population of 54,000 people and had just three murders last year. But 165 surveillance cameras have gone up around the city, and people are being paid to watch [...]

How To Become A Cryptozoologist

When a person says they see something that looks like a human being turned into a wolf, but you’re looking for sightings of a large hairy ape, categorize the sighting as a large hairy ape. After all, a werewolf and a bigfoot both have lots of hair. [...]

McSorley's Black Lager Tries Me

I drank this beer out of a bottle on a hot day when any cold drink should have been able to bring me pleasure. I got no pleasure from McSorley’s Irish Black Lager at all. Beer snobbery aside, that’s what matters. [...]

Bad Earmark, Good Earmark

Do kids really need specialized infield dirt and big scoreboards to play a game of baseball? Of course not. Give them a 3-acre field, a baseball bat, a ball, and a big cardboard box to cut into four bases, and the game will be every bit as good. [...]

How The Democrats Can Win Forever And Ever

By Ed Rendell’s reasoning, the Democratic Party could declare permanent victory and absolute control over Congress if only it allowed all Republican members of Congress to switch affiliation to the Democratic Party, and run for re-election without any Democratic opposition. [...]