Little Threat Makes Luzerne County Remove Nativity Scene — In a spectacular display of spinelessness, Luzerne County, Wednesday, removed a decades-old nativity scene — along with a menorah — from the county courthouse lawn.
The action occurred immediately after a Pittsburgh lawyer from the ACLU contacted County Solicitor Vito DeLuca “to give the county an opportunity to remove the
items” before the ACLU filed court action, according to the Times Leader of Wilkes Barre.
The county was threatened with a suit over the matter in 1990, which never materialized.
What a display of courage. But then in 1990, Luzerne County wasn’t sending kids to prison to make a buck.
Little Threat Makes Luzerne County Remove Nativity Scene
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Oscar/Nobel/Pultizer-winner, former Vice President Al Gore — the Buckaroo Banzai of the tree set — consider themselves to be decisive, assertive, purposeful men seeking to save the world. Yesterday, they were dramatically taped at Copenhagen decisively, assertively and purposefully walking into a broom closet.
See the video here.
All that’s missing is for Brown to rap Gore on noggin and call him a knucklehead, and for Gore to start spinning on the floor.
The Men Who Seek To Rule The World
Delaware County legend Cliff Rainey — who has been reporting, publishing and editing to the highest standards for six decades — turned 89 today.
Happy birthday, Cliff.
U.S. Investigating 5 Pa. Colleges For Discrimination Against Women –Shippensburg University, Messiah College, York College of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College and Lincoln University are among the targets of an investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on whether they discriminate regarding the admission of females.
Fourteen colleges outside the state are also being investigated including Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and Howard University.
“There is no suggestion that any of these schools aredoing anything wrong,” said Lenore Ostrowsky, the commission’s acting chief of public affairs. “They justfit the profile.”
I wonder when the Einsteins who are running this nation are going to wake up to the reality that the problem is that young men are not pursing higher education?
Maybe when we see them investigate the admission policy at Bryn Mawr College.
U.S. Investigating 5 Pa. Colleges For Discrimination Against Women
Judge Says Drill Baby, Drill In Allegheny National Forest — U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin, a Clinton appointee no less, said yesterday that drilling for oil and natural gas may resume in the Allegheny National Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service changed a long-standing practice in April to ban drilling in response to a suit by environmental groups
Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Sierra Club and
Allegheny Defense Project.
Judge McLaughlin said the Forest Service wrongly interpreted the National Environmental Policy Act in changing its policy which had been to receive a proposal from a driller,
review it under previously established case law, and issue a Notice to
Proceed within 60 days.
The plaintiffs were Minard Run Oil Co., Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association, Allegheny Forest Alliance and Warren County. The economic losses of the small oil companies were in the millions with at least one laying off 40 percent of its workforce.
Thank you Judge McLaughlin for common sense.
Kudos to GrassrootsPA.com for the tip.
Judge Says Drill Baby, Drill In Allegheny National Forest
Gov. Ed Rendell, yesterday, announced a plan that would turn a $96 million deficit into a projected $124 million surplus by the end of the fiscal year in June.
The plan calls for reductions in discretionary grant programs and a 1 percent across-the-board cut in spending by state agencies. He would also use last year’s surpluses for some programs.
The reason for this is sluggish revenues — IOW fewer people working means fewer people are buying things which means less money for Harrisburg from the state sales tax; and obviously the receipts from the state income tax are going to be less.
And people just don’t seem to be flocking to the casinos do they?
Rendell says he hopes the action will mean he can avoid layoffs of state workers.
The laid-off non-state workers who still have to pay property taxes feel your pain, I’m sure.
Kudos to GrassrootsPa.Com for the tip.
The Philadelphia Inquirer in today’s front page story managed to put a D after Stephen Stetler’s name when reporting his resignation as Pennsylvania’s revenue secretary shortly before Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that he was one of three officials being charged with six counts of conflict of interest, theft, and conspiracy.
Granted the Inky didn’t spell out the D as Democrat, nor did they put the word in the headline as they would have perhaps if another party had been involved, nor did it mention with the first reference the party affiliation of the other two persons, House Majority Whip Bill DeWeese and DeWeese legislative aide Sharon Rodavich — DeWeese got his D in the eighth paragraph — but I’ll chalk it up as progress.
DeWeese was a long-time power in state and Democratic Party politics for two decades, and was a big player in the 2005 pay raise matter.
So What Does Harrisburg Know About Sex? — KYW1060.com, yesterday, reported that state lawmakers were mulling mandatory sex education in public schools. While the story didn’t mention a bill number, HB 1163 was the only one found in a search for “sex education” at the website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Granted we might think our elected officials are experts on the matter of sex due to their amazing skill at finding imaginative ways of, well, giving it to us taxpayers, but one is puzzled at why they think it best to place a new mandate on public schools.
Oh yeah, I forgot, silly me. They are good at finding imaginative ways etc.
Still with this one you would think that they would have figured that we, their masters, had caught on to this game. Sex education is sold as a means of curtailing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, yet in just about every place where it has been instituted those problems increase.
And with revelations of Alfred Kinsey’s motives and the rise of social conservatism which led to success being found in doing the opposite of what Kinsey crowd advocated — even the stupid bill itself recognizes that there have been state and national declines in teenage pregnancy and STDs — it is mind-boggling that this is even being talked about.
So What Does Harrisburg Know About Sex?
Auto Safety Inspections Worth Hassle? — Once 31 states required regular safety inspections. Now just 19 (17 as of 2017) do including Pennsylvania.
The decline started in 1976 when Congress eliminated the Transportation Department’s 10-year-old ability to withhold funds from states that did not have inspection programs.
So did the states like Florida end up with Road Warrior-type highways of jerryrigged jalopies with bald tires and bad brakes terrorizing helpless citizens?
Dan Sutter, an economics professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, co-authored a 2002 study that found inspections have little to no effect on decreasing accidents.
“It seems reasonable that vehicle safety inspections would be a good thing,” he said. “But the data just doesn’t support that.”
He attributes this to great increases in vehicle reliability.
Just something to think about the next time you are trying to set up a ride to work the day you schedule for your car inspection.
Auto Safety Inspections Worth Hassle?
Today’s traditional Slavic Christmas Luncheon at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 100 S. Penn St., Clifton Heights, Pa. was a huge success with at least 50 persons braving miserable weather that shut down the Blue Route to feast on pirohi, kielbasa, ham and wonderful homemade desserts. Just about every family attending got a door prize.