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Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tales: Tale #10

By at February 29, 2012 | 3:23 pm | 1 Comments

Governor Tom tells tall tales. Here is Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tale Number Ten – We don’t need no education. Awesome Floyd tune; awful policy. In this year’s budget, the Republican house, senate and governor eliminated $550,000,000.00 in basic education. Here’s what this means to Harrisburg: William Penn Elementary School and Steele Elementary will close. […]

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The Gossamer T-Shirt and the Old White Guys

By at February 29, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

The Gossamer T-Shirt and the Old White Guys

By any reasonable standard, the shirt is a disgrace. Over the period of the three or more decades I’ve owned it, various women with whom I have shared my life have insisted that it should be thrown away, or consigned to the rag-bag. No dice. I am in my 60s, a white Baby Boomer, and […]

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Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Rick Santorum

By at February 28, 2012 | 10:51 am | 2 Comments

Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Rick Santorum

10) Will balance the ticket with Christine O’Donnell. 9) Compulsory military service for straight liberals. 8) Koch brothers will manage social security. 7) Vouchers for underprivileged rich kids. 6) Plans to water board John McCain. 5) Least crazy of the bunch. 4) Can pronounce nuclear. 3) Wants his own plane. 2) Has a yen for […]

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When Lawyers Attack: Biting the hand that E-Feeds You

By at February 28, 2012 | 7:01 am | 1 Comments

When Lawyers Attack: Biting the hand that E-Feeds You

People sue one another for copyright infringement all the time. Infringement suits are so common that most fail to make the news. But when they do, the facts tend to be particularly interesting. So is the case of a recent class action lawsuit against two behemoths of the legal publishing industry, West Publishing and Reed […]

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It’s Not The Machinery

By at February 28, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

It’s Not The Machinery

A fellow columnist wrote last week thanking other kids’ parents for buying their eight-year-olds cell phones. He thought a cell phone to be far down on the list of things an eight-year-old should have to keep track of. “But Dad,” his offspring moaned, “Everybody’s got one.” My daughter used that line on me once or […]

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Manufacturing Wind Jobs

By at February 27, 2012 | 7:05 am | 0 Comment

Manufacturing Wind Jobs

The federal production tax credit (“PTC”) is set to expire at the end of this year. Recently, Congress refused to extend the  PTC in the latest version payroll tax bill. What is the the tax credit and why should you care?  More importantly, has the federal tax credit help to create jobs in Pennsylvania? Ten […]

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Top Ten Tobacco Consuming Nations (2009)

By at February 27, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Tobacco Consuming Nations (2009)

World Wide Consumption: Eight Tons Nation Tonnage % of  Total Consumption  1. China 3.11 million 38.0% 2. European Union .91 million 10.2% 3. India .72 million 7.4% 4. Russia .64 million 6.4% 5. United States .63 million 6.2% 6. Brazil .33 million 3.3% 7. Japan .28 million 2.6% 8. Indonesia .27 million 2.4% 9. Turkey […]

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Fewer Words; Less Filling

By at February 26, 2012 | 2:58 pm | 0 Comment

Fewer Words; Less Filling

The Reduced Shakespeare Co. cleverly and humorously abridges all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays to 97 minutes. Short of having a set of Cliff’s Notes or a collection of Classic Comics, sources of innumerable student essays for more than a half-century, it may be the least painful way to “learn” Shakespeare. The critically-acclaimed show, in addition […]

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Auditor General Jack Wagner Repeats Call for Reversal Of Burdens Placed on Pa. Turnpike Commission by Act 44

By at February 26, 2012 | 2:35 pm | 0 Comment

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Halvonik 717-787-1381   Auditor General Jack Wagner Repeats Call for Reversal     Of Burdens Placed on Pa. Turnpike Commission by Act 44 Responds to CEO’s letter citing short-term financial stability HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 23, 2012 – Auditor General Jack Wagner today issued to the public a letter he […]

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Investing Taxes Can Lead to Techno Advances and Capitalists’ Profits – What’s Not to Like?

By at February 24, 2012 | 7:00 am | 1 Comments

Investing Taxes Can Lead to Techno Advances and Capitalists’ Profits – What’s Not to Like?

Spaced out along 10 miles of mountain ridge about 100 miles north of my home are a line of humongous propellers mounted on poles. There are about 60 of the propellers, twirling, almost constantly, above Mahanoy City – a town in the center of Pennsylvania’s once-thriving anthracite coal industry. The slowly spinning blades drive turbines […]

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