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Chris Freind

    Tue, January 02, 2018

    Biggest Winners of 2017

    As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to name the year’s biggest winners. Here’s a spotlight on those who came out on top:

    By far, the biggest winners are the ...

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    Thu, December 21, 2017

    Are Sexual Harassment Claims Starting to Backfire?

    “It doesn’t show signs of stopping.”

    Lyrics to “Let It Snow,” but also the perfect descriptor for the ongoing sexual harassment saga that has profoundly ...

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    Thu, December 14, 2017

    Boycotting Civil Rights Museum Opening Was Wrong

    Child sees Santa Claus.

    Child is afraid of Santa.

    Child refuses to speak with Santa.

    Parents ...

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    Fri, November 17, 2017

    Why the GOP Got Crushed

    Precursor to massive carnage, or fully expected minor setback in an off-year election?

    In the wake of election results that weren’t exactly favorable for ...

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    Tue, October 24, 2017

    NFL Fumbles

    To kneel, or not to kneel. That is the question.

    It’s an issue that has become the biggest political football in NFL history, with implications so far-reaching ...

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    Thu, October 12, 2017

    Gun Bans Won't End Mass Shootings

    In the wake of another mass shooting, the debate has, predictably, turned to guns. That’s a good thing, because honest debate is needed to cut through the white noise and ascertain the truth about ...

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    Mon, October 09, 2017

    Fear Only Lets Mass Shooters Win

    Protesting everything, from the legitimate to the ridiculous, seems to be America’s newest pastime, replete with vitriol from all sides. Yet in a strange way, the Las Vegas massacre may yet unite ...

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    Wed, September 27, 2017

    Fire Protesting Players

    So let’s get this straight: The National Football League threatened to levy fines against players who wore cleats commemorating the 9/11 attacks, but not only permits, but indeed encourages, entire ...

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    Wed, September 20, 2017

    Outlaw School Strikes

    Like clockwork, several things occur each September in Pennsylvania: Kids have a hard time getting out of bed, compasses required for math class are never used; and, most predictable, teachers will ...

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    Thu, September 07, 2017

    Ending Dream Act is a Nightmare

    There’s a good reason comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t seen the light of day for decades.

    It’s not because of partisanship, since both Democrats and ...

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    Wed, August 23, 2017

    Intolerance in All

    “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You have to want it bad, because it’s going put up a fight. It’s going to say: You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man ...

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    Fri, July 28, 2017

    Is Technology Robbing Us of Humanity?

    This columnist certainly has his detractors.

    Some disagree with the viewpoint. Others dissent when they “read” things that were not written, thereby drawing ...

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    Wed, June 28, 2017

    Not Guilty, but Also Not Innocent?

    When there is a closely contested election, the recount takes place immediately. Not months or weeks later, and certainly not a year past the election, but as soon as possible. That way, the results ...

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    Mon, June 12, 2017

    We Are Living in Safest Period in Human History

    1 in 30,000.

    1 in 10,000,000.

    1 in 160,000,000.

    They aren’t lottery odds, but the chances ...

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    Wed, May 24, 2017

    Transgender Student Blurs Lines at All-Girls School

    So there I was, minding my own business, when I overheard a conversation between an eighth-grade boy and his mother's friend about what high schools the boy was considering.

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    Thu, May 18, 2017

    Trump's Russian Quagmire

    Paul Revere would have it easy today. Instead of a wild midnight ride to alert his countrymen, he could simply post on social media:

    "The Russians are coming! ...

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    Wed, May 10, 2017

    Re-Tests Not Fair

    Villanova shouldn't have been crowned National Champions last year. Not because they weren't the best, but because North Carolina wasn't given the opportunity for a do-over after Kris Jenkins' ...

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    Wed, May 03, 2017

    Congress Needs to Crackdown on Skyrocketing College Costs

    Ahh ... spring. The time of year for renewal, flowers, baseball games — and sheer panic for many parents.

    Why? Because May is college-decision month.

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    Thu, April 27, 2017

    Build That Wall

    Alexander the Great, conquering much of the known world by age 33, was truly a "great" leader. Testament to that were the scores of cities named after him.

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    Fri, April 21, 2017

    Philly: A Second Class City?

    In 1979, Chicago's streets weren't adequately plowed after a snowstorm. As a result, Mayor Michael Bilandic lost his bid for re-election. After similar snowstorms in Philadelphia, where the streets ...

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    Tue, April 04, 2017

    Health Care Needs Market-Based Reforms

    In part one, we discussed the trillion-dollar obesity epidemic. It must be addressed by making the obese pay more for health insurance, mandating wellness and prevention programs, and employing ...

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    Wed, March 08, 2017

    Trump Wiretap Claim Circus Act?

    Fake news! Fake news!

    After witnessing events of the past week, it would seem that the claim of fake news is true.

    Case in point: ...

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    Thu, February 16, 2017

    Hyper Partisanship is Destroying Us

    Oh, that's madness. The pusillanimity and vindictiveness know no limits. Shouldn't bygones be bygones? Surely the sophistication of a society can be measured by its tolerance and ability to ...

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    Thu, January 26, 2017

    Sour Grapes by Spoiled Brats

    The heavy favorite sauntered in with a swagger that only comes from being on top. They had won the ultimate prize before, but this would be even better, as winning would shatter records and set new ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2016

    Stop Shooting from the Hip

    Another mass killing. Another example of inexcusable incompetence. And another round of "leaders" shooting from the hip on important issues that deserve more than just politicized sound ...

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    Wed, June 01, 2016

    Going Ape Over Gorilla Killing Wrong

    Well I'll be a monkey's uncle if we ever discuss the issues that actually matter, such as skyrocketing college tuition, a broken health care system and illegal immigration.

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    Thu, May 26, 2016

    Memorial Day Heroes Didn't Fight for Nanny State

    "I'm the 'enemy' because I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech, freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who would sit in a greasy restaurant and wonder, 'Gee, should I have ...

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    Wed, May 18, 2016

    Animal Rights Extremists Endanger Animals

    No travel guides or television specials can prepare one for the indescribable wonderment of seeing the Grand Canyon. Its sheer immensity leaves visitors breathless — nature at its most ...

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    Fri, May 13, 2016

    Will Donald be Hillary's Trump Card?

    In 2012, rank-and-file Republicans told party leaders, "Anyone but Romney." Yet, to no one's surprise, the hierarchy coronated Mitt Romney anyway, punting an election that should have been ...

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    Wed, May 04, 2016

    Indict - or Clear - Hillary

    To indict, or not indict. That is the question.

    Will Hillary Clinton, the assured Democratic presidential nominee, be indicted for using a private email server ...

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    Tue, May 03, 2016

    Celebrities Behaving Badly

    Given the huge implications of the "Acela" primaries, this column could easily have been about the newly shaped presidential race.

    Instead, it's about ...

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    Wed, April 27, 2016

    Booting Andrew Jackson

    Move over, Jerry Maguire.

    When Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says, "Show me the money!" he means it. Literally.

    Since ...

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    Thu, April 14, 2016

    Toilet Tempest

    First of Two Parts

    Politics has always been a soiled business, but given the movements underway — both defending and pushing against laws governing which ...

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    Thu, April 07, 2016

    What Sports Can Teach Us About Race

    By all accounts, Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono is white.

    And Kris Jenkins, who made the most clutch, buzzer-beating shot in NCAA Tournament Championship history, is ...

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    Thu, March 24, 2016

    Lack of Action; Attacks Common

    Does this sound familiar?

    1) A terrorist attacks occurs.

    2) Trite, boilerplate statements are released: "Our hearts and ...

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    Wed, March 09, 2016

    Teacher Fails to Get The Picture

    Pop quiz: Your house is left unlocked, and an intruder enters. The trespasser rifles through your private belongings and steals compromising information, which he then uses to incriminate you. With ...

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    Wed, March 02, 2016

    Spotlight usehines on Catholic Sexual Abuse

    Hooray for Hollywood!

    The power of Tinseltown — the world's most effective marketing machine — was on full display at this year's Academy Awards. Unlike ...

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    Wed, February 24, 2016

    Win the White House? Try Common Sense

    Barring a catastrophic collapse, it appears that Donald Trump could well be the Republican presidential nominee. Yet for all their theories about how he achieved his unlikely success, most pundits ...

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    Wed, February 17, 2016

    Sports Illustrated's Weighty Issue

    Well, it's official. America's decline is upon us.

    No, not because Hillary or The Donald will likely be the next president. Or that squeaky-clean Peyton Manning is ...

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    Thu, January 28, 2016

    Challenger 30 Years Later

    "We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for 25 years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and ...

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    Wed, January 20, 2016

    Are Oscars Racist?

    Sometimes life imitates art so perfectly that even Hollywood couldn't script it.

    Now is such a time. And how ironic.

    Hollywood ...

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    Fri, January 15, 2016

    Common Sense Needed in Gun Debate

    It's not exactly taking a shot in the dark to predict that the sniping over President Obama's executive orders on guns will intensify. As the elections draw near, both sides will aim to put the issue ...

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    Thu, January 07, 2016

    Biggest Losers of 2015

    It's time to name 2015's biggest losers. Not surprisingly, this list is always much longer than the "winners," and, truth be told, a lot more fun:

    Bill ...

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    Wed, December 30, 2015

    2015 Winners and Losers

    Finally! It's time to name the year's biggest winners. Here's a spotlight on those who won, though not always in the conventional sense:

    Nurses: Freindly Fire's ...

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    Wed, December 23, 2015

    A Christmas Lesson About Service

    "The true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart." — Santa Claus in "Polar Express."

    Taking that message to heart, Christmas came early ...

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    Thu, December 17, 2015

    Does Trump Want to be President?

    Virtually no pundit believes Donald Trump will win the GOP nomination, let alone the presidency. Half think he'll fall short because he doesn't get it, and the others think he can't sell it.

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    Wed, November 25, 2015

    What Not to Be Thankful For

    Another Thanksgiving is here, which means too many lists of things for which to be thankful. Certainly, there is much to appreciate, but we'll leave that commentary to the flowery romantics, for whom ...

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    Wed, November 11, 2015

    Teaching the Wrong Lessons

    College has become outrageously expensive, leading many to question if higher education is worth it.

    But not so fast.

    After ...

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    Thu, November 05, 2015

    Presidential Campaign Analysis

    About the only thing worse than seeing Christmas (sorry, "Xmas," to be politically correct) merchandise in September is presidential election coverage two years before the election. Not ...

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    Thu, November 05, 2015

    Are Today's Youths Ready to Lead?

    Each generation thinks it's better than the present one. It's a natural tendency, looking with nostalgia at the past through rose-colored glasses while conveniently forgetting the negatives, and a ...

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    Thu, October 22, 2015

    A whale of a Tale

    There's always been something fishy about state government in California.

    For decades, it has employed a nanny state mentality in passing ever more restrictive laws ...

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    Wed, October 14, 2015

    Political Correctness Threatens Nation

    We need another stimulus. Desperately.

    It's the only way we can afford to give every American a personal consultant – someone to ensure that all free ...

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    Wed, September 23, 2015

    PC at Its Worst

    Anyone who thinks the following isn't "alarming" should have his clock cleaned:

    Fourteen year-old student brings homemade "clock" to ...

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    Wed, September 09, 2015

    Europe Under No Obligation to Take Refugees

    If only paprika repelled refugees the way garlic does vampires.

    But it doesn't. So Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, is doing everything else in his power to ...

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    Fri, July 31, 2015

    GOP Gets a Trump Card

    'Bout time!

    It's been 31 years since the Republican Party had a real, honest-to-God candidate running for president. Someone with charisma and a sense of humor, a ...

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    Thu, July 23, 2015

    Tax Plan Makes Governor 'Lone Wolf'

    Who's afraid of the big, bad (Tom) Wolf?

    Not the Republican Legislature.

    Pennsylvania's new governor submitted a budget proposal ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2015

    Entitlement and the Waldron Mercy Firing

    The marriage between Waldron Mercy Academy and Margie Winters, the school's former director of religious education, was definitely not a match made in heaven. In fact, it ended in a nasty, ...

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    Thu, July 02, 2015

    Focus on Colors that Matter

    Two hundred people butchered ... my mother was cut by a saber from her privates to her neck. My sisters were just babies, and they had their heads bashed in with boot heels so the army could save ...

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    Wed, June 24, 2015

    Flag Flap Fails to Address Real Problem

    While discussing the Charleston church shooting, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry mistakenly referred to it as an "accident" rather than an "incident." For that, he ...

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    Thu, June 18, 2015

    NAACP Leader's Racial Deception

    What's black and white and red all over? An embarrassed Rachel Dolezal. Or at least she should be.

    But the former President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, who ...

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    Wed, April 22, 2015

    The Disappearance of Courtesy

    Oblivious to the danger, the operative sprang into action, reaching the junction box where his mission-critical skills would be put to the test. Honed by years of experience, his hands worked ...

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    Wed, April 15, 2015

    A Sense of Entitlement

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

    Girl applies to Duke University.

    Girl is rejected by Duke University.

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    Fri, April 10, 2015

    Racial Double Standard?

    It doesn't matter whether you're a sports fanatic or are clueless about what March Madness is.

    This year's Final Four gave us all a courtside seat into some of ...

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    Thu, March 26, 2015

    Race War is On

    It's on.

    Make no mistake. There is a race war in America, and it's only getting worse.

    As with any problem, there are solutions. ...

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    Wed, March 18, 2015

    IRA and ISIS Not the Same

    'Twas a miracle.

    How else can you explain the ability of one man – an Irishman, no less – to dampen St. Patrick's Day for so many? That's no easy feat, ...

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    Thu, February 19, 2015

    Why Honor Should Always Trump Defeat

    (This article was first published by Newsmax.)

    There's good news and bad. The bad is that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is awarding championship rings to his city's ...

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    Mon, February 16, 2015

    Cheating Epidemic

    Dear Little League International:

    Welcome to the party!

    By stripping Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team of its title, you ...

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    Thu, February 12, 2015

    Why NBC Should Fire Brian Williams

    Don't look now, but the latest installment of "Dumb and Dumber" just came out on the small screen. Only this time, we have to add "Dumbest."

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    Wed, February 04, 2015

    Blame Media for Weakening America

    To say the weather people got it wrong recently is like saying Seahawks coach Pete Carroll simply made a bad call.

    As everybody on the planet — including the ...

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    Fri, January 16, 2015

    Time to Put a Stop to Terrorism

    Je suis Charlie!

    French for "I am Charlie," it has become the rallying cry du jour to honor those massacred by radical Islamic terrorists at the satirical ...

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    Wed, January 14, 2015

    Playing God in Connecticut

    Swarms of government agents descended on the house, quickly identifying the target. Physically removing her from the premises, they placed her in custody, warning her accomplice, at the risk of harsh ...

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    Fri, January 09, 2015

    The Boneheads of 2014

    It's time again to reflect on those who made life more interesting over the past year through their incomprehensible actions. In other words, the biggest boneheads of 2014:

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    Wed, January 07, 2015

    Bridging the Gap with Cuba

    It took over a half-century, but someone in Washington is finally using common sense regarding America's relationship with Cuba.

    Thank you, Mr. President, for ...

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    Wed, December 17, 2014

    Get Real: Embrace Torture

    Change America's symbol.

    Gone should be the majestic bald eagle, soaring icon of strength, courage and determination.

    In its ...

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    Tue, December 16, 2014

    CIA Was Right: Waterboarding Works

    To say the killing of Osama bin Laden created a patriotic euphoria would be a gross understatement. Spontaneous celebrations broke out across the nation. The image of thousands chanting ...

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    Fri, December 05, 2014

    The GOP and Immigration

    Dear Wizard Of Oz:

    Since we are in the season of giving, perhaps you could see fit to bestow upon the Republican Party the three gifts for which you are best known: ...

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    Mon, December 01, 2014

    Ferguson Debacle Soiled All It Touched

    Right on cue, Ferguson, Mo., erupted in chaos after the "No Indictment" grand jury verdict.

    Two things are abundantly clear:

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    Thu, November 20, 2014

    Chewing the Fat on Obesity

    Let's face it. Smoking is cool.

    Yet as the last minority with no rights, smokers get kicked in the butt: high taxes make cigarettes expensive, and society hammers ...

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    Wed, November 12, 2014

    Time Again to Shoot for the Stars

    On Jan. 28, 1986, seven Challenger astronauts "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." But then – tragedy. For the first time, America had lost astronauts in ...

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    Mon, November 03, 2014

    Why America Struggles With Ebola

    We've talked about Ebola's lethality and the government's staggering ineptitude.

    Now it's time to admit Ebola likely is here to stay. That's not because it's an ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2014

    Houston, You've Got A Problem

    Based on disturbing events in Texas' largest city, it's clear that Ebola is a distant second in the "greatest threat" category.

    That honor goes to ...

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    Wed, October 15, 2014

    Time to Have That Conversation on Race

    Jerry Seinfeld to priest in confessional: Well, I should tell you that I'm Jewish.

    Father: That's no sin.

    Jerry: Oh good. Anyway, ...

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    Wed, October 08, 2014

    The Ebola Factor

    Mindboggling. Astounding. Incomprehensible.

    All perfectly describe the string of mistakes and idiotic actions of government officials and health care professionals ...

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    Fri, September 26, 2014

    Philly Cigarette Tax Smoke and Mirrors

    One can strongly argue that the greatest contribution of our city and state officials is comic relief. And that's exactly what we have in Harrisburg, as 114 representatives, 39 senators and one lame ...

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    Wed, September 24, 2014

    Suit Over PSP Fitness Doesn't Add Up

    After taking careful aim, he let the bullets fly, killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and severely injuring another in an ambush outside a police barracks. Suspect Eric Frein, a survivalist and ...

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    Thu, September 18, 2014

    Time for NFL to Sack Roger Goodell

    It's not every day you can liken the commissioner of the National Football League to a pope. And since there's nothing angelic about the NFL, you know it's a negative comparison.

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    Wed, September 10, 2014

    Is ISIS Worth Getting Re-involved in Iraq?

    You can tell it's a slow news cycle when the big media story is about an insurgency in Iraq being waged by two-bit clowns.

    And brutal as they may be, that's exactly ...

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    Thu, September 04, 2014

    Gas Extraction Tax: A Bad Idea

    It's no secret that Pennsylvania's budget woes have put a strain on the state. Since A.) the pot of taxpayer money is not endless; B.) an ever-increasing number of hands are demanding their share ...

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    Wed, August 20, 2014

    Ferguson: Widening Racial Gulf

    For all the pain endured during the Civil Rights movement by people of all colors, the racial chaos that has descended on Ferguson, Mo., makes one wonder how disenchanted those equality pioneers must ...

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    Wed, July 30, 2014

    Political 'Wall' Stopping Immigration Solution

    U.S. Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin looks out over Tijuana, Mexico, on June 13, from the old wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. After dropping during the recession, the number of immigrants ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    Gambling With Our Future

    "If you must play, decide upon three things at the start:
    the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time."
    – Chinese Proverb

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    Wed, July 09, 2014

    America's 'Bear' Enjoying a Smorgasbord

    "Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes ... sometimes the bear eats you." So were the prophetic words of Sam Elliot's character in the classic film "The Big Lebowski."

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    Wed, June 25, 2014

    Time to Stop Pandering

    In the political dictionary, an example of "pandering" is a candidate saying what he think sounds good – often a plank of the other party's platform – despite knowing it's bad ...

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    Wed, June 18, 2014

    Time for U.S. To Stop Policing the World

    The great ship moved silently through the water.

    Actually, it didn't, as a 60,000-ton, 1,000-foot-long aircraft carrier does nothing quietly. In fact, the approach ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    Uncle Sam: Striking Out on Taxation

    Imagine a baseball team with a self-imposed rule requiring its players to brandish a 50-ounce bat, while the other teams use the standard 32-ounce slugger – a huge difference when facing 95 MPH ...

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    Thu, May 08, 2014

    Why Catholics Don't Go to Church

    Who could forget the legendary scene in "The Godfather," perhaps one of the greatest in cinematic history, when the christening was interspersed with clips of the mob hits?

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    Fri, April 25, 2014

    Why Penn State Should Fire Its New President

    It is a lurid tale.

    A prestigious university, and its incredibly storied football program that won several national championships, is caught up in a sexual-abuse ...

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    Thu, April 24, 2014

    It is Irrational to Pretend We Are Completely Safe

    Question: How can one critically examine the "Boston Strong" campaign and nonstop security hype related to Beantown's marathon – without being accused of callousness and ...

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    Thu, April 17, 2014

    Time to End Corporate Welfare

    "We actually save money by doing this ... natural gas is the equivalent of about $1.50 per gallon. The last time I looked, gas was still over $3 per gallon. The payback period on these trucks is ...

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    Wed, April 02, 2014

    Unionize College Sports? Strike That!

    Footballs are leather. Teams play on grass. Pads are made of nonmetallic materials. So why is the United Steelworkers union bankrolling the efforts of the Northwestern University football team to ...

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    Fri, March 28, 2014

    A Look Back at Top Events of March

    As the month comes to a close, let's look at some events so bizarre that you just couldn't script them:

    World Trade Center Security Breach Number Two: Freindly ...

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    Wed, March 26, 2014

    Safety Issues at Forefront After Plane Crash

    The American operative furtively approached his objective. Despite the challenge of slipping unnoticed into one of the most secure compounds in the world, he moved with confidence. Utilizing nimble ...

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    Fri, March 14, 2014

    Rethink Cuba Policy

    In 1961, an American-backed, CIA-trained paramilitary force stormed Cuba in the hopes of deposing Fidel Castro. After an initial victory, the counter-revolutionaries were routed, proving a major ...

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    Wed, March 12, 2014

    U.S. Needs to Learn from Panama Canal

    The great ship moved silently through the water, knifing the jet-black Caribbean Sea as it approached Panama. As dawn broke and the fog lifted, it finally appeared, in all its glory: The massive ...

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    Wed, February 19, 2014

    Fear Has Taken Over USA

    If running scared was an Olympic sport, America would get the gold. Hands down.

    In stark contrast to the pioneering spirit that built this country – taking ...

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    Fri, February 14, 2014

    Tech: Stronger Than the Storm

    Thank God for Starbucks. Or, more accurately, their Wi-Fi. Because of that "gift," many who lose power during storms don't miss a beat being themselves, otherwise known as anti-social, ...

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    Thu, January 23, 2014

    No Easy Answers on Immigration

    Since the president's State of the Union address is one week away, the annual debate on immigration reform will be in full swing. With the consistency of a broken record, ideologues on both sides ...

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    Fri, January 17, 2014

    Christie's Bridge Over Troubled Water

    And so it begins! The 2016 presidential election is officially under way as we witness the first huge issue for the Republican frontrunner, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Opponents on both the right ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Biggest Winners of 2013

    We have discussed the biggest losers from last year, so now it's time to spotlight those who won ---though not always conventionally.

    Political Correctness: A ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Biggest Losers of 2013

    There are so many candidates for Biggest Losers of 2013 that they deserved their own column. Here they are:


    Andy Reid: ...

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    Thu, January 02, 2014

    SEPA Winners, Losers in 2013

    It's that time of year again when we contemplate those in our region who made life more enjoyable over the past year, and, of course, the biggest boneheads of 2013.

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    Wed, December 18, 2013

    No Limits on NSA Overseas Spying

    The Christmas Season is finally here, that festive time of eggnog and good cheer, where "it's better to give than to receive."

    OK. Scratch that last one, ...

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    Wed, December 04, 2013

    Supreme Court Needs to Examine Eminent Domain

    There's both good news and bad.

    The bad: Phoenixville Area School District has a need to expand, but has had trouble finding space it likes.

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    Tue, November 26, 2013

    The Nation's Highest Gas Tax

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    A hearty round of applause to Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House and Senate! By granting GOP Governor Tom Corbett his most ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    Its Time for the PC Police to Lighten Up

    Pop question: What college major would provide an aspiring journalist the best chance of landing a job? Communications? Broadcast journalism? News production?

    None ...

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    Thu, October 31, 2013

    Time to Get Tough with Pirates

    Water is wet. The sky is blue. And the West is gutless.

    While all three are indisputable, only the last can change. But it will take sheer will and enormous courage ...

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    Thu, October 24, 2013

    Are Republicans Trying to Lose

    When the "compromise deal" reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling, I had the excruciatingly painful experience of hearing Sean Hannity's radio interview with former Republican ...

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    Wed, October 16, 2013

    Raising Debt Ceiling Not Solution to USA Problems

    After last month's boardwalk fire in Seaside Heights, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, self-proclaimed fiscal hawk, immediately allocated $15 million in taxpayer money to business owners.

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    Fri, October 11, 2013

    Setting Record Straight on Catholic Consolidations

    The firestorm surrounding my recent column that discussed the lack of unity in merged Catholic schools was reminiscent of the famous "Hamburger Report" of the 1970s, a scathing report on ...

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    Wed, September 18, 2013

    Government Licensing Illegal Activity

    Since millions of Americans enjoy crystal meth, it only seems appropriate that the government start doling it out freely. After all, doing so would provide for users' continued pleasure while ...

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    Tue, September 10, 2013

    Syria: Get Our Nose Out

    If the United States were a body part, it wouldn't be a brain, but a nose. The world's biggest, always being stuck where it doesn't belong.

    Right now, it's in ...

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    Thu, August 15, 2013

    Hollywood Less Liberal than Conservatives Claim

    This film image released by Columbia Pictures-Sony shows director Neill Blomkamp, left, and Matt Damon on the set of "Elysium." The film, opening nationwide on Aug. 9, is a rogue burst of ...

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    Wed, August 07, 2013

    Terrorism, Energy Woes ~Joblessness

    Let's play Connect The Dots. How are the following related?

    1.) The U.S. military launches an emergency air evacuation of diplomatic personnel in Yemen, while two ...

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    Mon, August 05, 2013

    Riley Cooper, Weiner and Summer Scandals

    Philadelphia Eagle Riley Cooper really stepped in it.

    He uttered one of the most vile, racist, and derogatory slurs out there, one that not only hurts a particular ...

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    Wed, July 31, 2013

    Seeing Red over Indian Nicknames

    Life is good.

    Summer is in full swing, the Trayvon/Zimmerman soap opera is finally fading away, government is probably reading only half our emails now, and the ...

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    Wed, July 24, 2013

    Prince Christopher?

    Dear Duchess Kate,

    Congratulations on your new baby – and our new hope!

    We know you have your hands full, but at the risk ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 18, 2013

    Race Relations in U.S. Worse Than Ever

    OK, let's get it out of the way. I wholeheartedly agree with the outcome in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman fiasco. So to those who felt entitled to a "guilty" verdict, I am undoubtedly ...

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    Wed, July 10, 2013

    Corbett, GOP Fail PA

    If you strike out two of every three times at bat, you're a Hall of Famer. One out of four gives you a long career. But go 0 for the season and your contract won't be renewed.

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    Thu, June 27, 2013

    Mandatory Sewer Hook-ups Should Be Unconstitutional

    First, a disclaimer: "Obamacare" is about to be referenced, even though today's topic is not regarding health care. So for those opposed, don't immediately use this column as toilet ...

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    Wed, June 19, 2013

    Americans Becoming Prisoners to Fear

    "Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost ...

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    Wed, June 12, 2013

    Security No Excuse to Spy on Us

    "I don't care if the government reads my mail or tracks my phone calls – I have nothing to hide ... if it makes us safer, I am for it."

    Such nave ...

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    Fri, June 07, 2013

    Common Sense Takes A Battering

    It's been another banner week for battering common sense, but what else is new? However, there was one bright spot, and that leads off our weekly recap:

    Tom ...

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    Wed, June 05, 2013

    Youth Sports: Lack of Common Courtesy

    Another Mother's Day has passed, and with it the usual activities: Brunch, cookouts, a walk in the park with Mom. And sports games.

    No, not a family outing at the ...

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    Wed, May 22, 2013

    Gaddafi Would Have Prevented Benghazi

    Nine months ago most people would have guessed "Ben Ghazi" was the name of a professional basketball player. Now, of course, we know it as the Libyan city where four Americans, including ...

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    Mon, April 15, 2013

    Iron Lady Thatcher: Last from a Great Era

    There is a fascinating book by Irving Stone entitled, They Also Ran, the story of men defeated for the presidency. Stone, an historian, also analyzes the races to determine if the people chose ...

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    Sun, March 17, 2013

    Will New Pope Face an 'Age Old' Problem?

    Who says the Catholic Church can't change? By electing Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the conclave of Cardinals just made history. The list of "firsts" is impressive:

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 08, 2013

    Slash TSA Knife Policy

    If the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could compete for an Emmy, it would definitely be a winner. Its "Security Theatre" has become a cutting-edge soap opera, replete with ...

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    Tue, February 26, 2013

    Pope Resigning is Miracle for Church

    Thank God for small miracles. Or, in this case, huge ones.

    The decision of Pope Benedict XVI to step down --- the first resignation in 600 years and only the fourth ...

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    Thu, February 07, 2013

    Sue the NFL? Get Your Head Examined!

    Now that the Super Bowl is over, the really big game begins. And it's going to be a head-knocker .

    On one side we have the raiders. No, not Oakland, but the Trial ...

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    Fri, February 01, 2013

    Ravens' Cheerleader No Right to Super Bowl

    "Originally I would have loved to go to the Super Bowl, but at this point it looks like it's not going to happen…. I can't say I didn't expect it, but at the same time, they owe that to ...

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    Tue, January 22, 2013

    Fire School Officials for Suspending Kindergartner!

    Fire them. Fire them now!

    It is time to immediately boot all school administrators who had any involvement in suspending a five year old kindergartener from the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 04, 2013

    Corbett and the NCAA

    July of 2012 was notable for several reasons: the hottest month on record, both parties gearing up for the presidential campaign, and the voluntarily acceptance of harsh NCAA sanctions by the Penn ...

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    Wed, November 21, 2012

    Give Thanks for Stupidity of Mankind

    Thanksgiving. That hallowed holiday where we gather to give thanks for health and happiness.

    Which lasts for five minutes. Because let's be real. After that, we ...

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    Thu, November 15, 2012

    GOP Blames Everyone But Itself

    "Define irony: Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash." So said Steve Buscemi's character in Con Air as the criminals rocked out to ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    Flying Into the Hurricane

    Flying Into The Beast With Air Force "Hurricane Hunters"

    11 Hour Mission Covered 3,000 Miles Over Roiling Atlantic

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    Thu, October 25, 2012

    How to Defuse Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

    (Second in a two part series)

    For sheer horror, nothing could compare to the detonation of a nuclear weapon by terrorists. Cities would be uninhabitable. Markets ...

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    Tue, October 23, 2012

    Why Do Iran and Libya Dominate Our Debates?

    Part 1 of 2 dealing with Middle East — once and for all

    Pop Quiz 1: Which of the following is true:

    A) It took Iran 25 ...

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    Fri, October 12, 2012

    Tip the Scales Against Obesity

    Part 2 of 2

    Several years ago, one of the best-loved theme parks in the world shut down a classic ride so it could make some "large" adjustments. Why the ...

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    Wed, October 10, 2012

    Obese News Anchor Sinks Over a Weighty Issue

    Part 1 of 2 on obesity, bullying and the lack of shame in America

    Think just because there's a presidential election there aren't other "big" issues? Believe that, and pigs can ...

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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    Romney: 47% of a Good Candidate

    So Mitt Romney is having big problems. What a newsflash, ranking right up there with the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor.

    That Romney is a severely-challenged ...

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    Thu, September 20, 2012

    Muslim Uprisings Showcase America's Oil Dependence

    You don't have to be a prophet to know the future will be worse

    It's bad enough British comedian Russell Brand is painfully unfunny and a horrendous actor. But he ...

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    Wed, July 25, 2012

    Freind Responds to Corbett on Sandusky Investigation

    In a speech before the world's press, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said, "We must keep in mind that when it comes to the safety of children, there can be no margin for error, no hesitation ...

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    Tue, July 17, 2012

    Freind: Open Letter to Tom Corbett on Penn State

    An open letter to Pennsylvania's governor, who refuses to answer disturbing questions about his role investigating the Penn State sex scandal:

    Bursting with ...

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    Thu, June 28, 2012

    If Mitt Panders to Latinos: Hasta La Vista!

    If he is to win, he must proudly articulate his GOP platform to all, not just some

    Without a doubt, this presidential election will be close.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 14, 2012

    Spain ~Italy: Have We Met Us?

    Pop Quiz:

    Are the Euro-technocrats (and their America backers) who orchestrated the bailouts of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain (and soon Italy):

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    Tue, June 05, 2012

    Use Your Brain on Motorcycle Helmet Laws

    No one ever accused the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board of using their "heads" when opining, and last week was no exception.

    Like Big Brother ...

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    Fri, June 01, 2012

    Food Police: Saving Foie Gras

    If it talks like a duck, and walks like a duck, then it must be….human?

    Such is the quacky rationale of many activists as they hoot about animal-cruelty ...

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    Mon, May 21, 2012

    Killings in Mississippi Illustrate Danger of Unmarked Police Cars

    The Killings In Mississippi Illustrate The Dangers

    In separate incidents last week, two people were gunned down on Mississippi highways by a police impersonator, ...

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    Tue, May 01, 2012

    Convert Refineries to Process Marcellus Shale Natural Gas

    Psst: Don't tell anybody, but the worst-kept secret in Pennsylvania is that the natural gas industry --- the only economic salvation our dying state had--- is leaving in droves, replaced by job ...

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    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Corbett's Colossal Cockiness Castrates Credibility

    "Stevie Welch sat on a wall (of cards); Stevie Welch had a great fall (winning a mere two of 67 counties). All of King (or is it Joker?) Corbett's horses (jackasses), and all the King's men ...

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    Tue, April 24, 2012

    Corbett's Love Affair With Democrats

    Corbett's Love Affair With The Democrats: An Election Letter Back At Ya'

    Well, primary election day is almost here, and some of the races have gotten downright ...

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    Mon, April 16, 2012

    Corbett's Senate Candidate an Albatross

    The Guv's man, Steve Welch, is an Obama Voter, infuriating many in the GOP

    It's the bottom of ninth, you're down a run, two outs and a man on second. Should he try ...

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    Fri, March 16, 2012

    Why Romney Will Lose to Obama

    Being in the media, I have no friends, as it should be. If I did, however, 3 of 10 Republicans would surely take offense to this column, since it points out what is increasingly obvious to everyone ...

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    Tue, March 13, 2012

    Diabetes, Donors and Determination

    For National Kidney Month, the story of one young woman's fight against a ravaging disease–and time.

    The difference between tactics and strategy is ...

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    Thu, March 01, 2012

    Catholic Schools Open, For Now

    I always try to check my emotions at the door when I begin a column. That's why I rarely write in the first person. But, hey, I'm also human and a Philly Catholic, so I shed a few tears of joy when ...

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    Wed, February 22, 2012

    Is Archdiocese Lying or Just Incompetent?

    Is Archdiocese Lying Or Just Incompetent?

    "I don't know Chief…this shark is either very smart, or very dumb…"

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 17, 2012

    Chris Christie and Whitney Houston

    With the sparse media coverage of Whitney Houston's death and funeral, it's not surprising that her years of military service have gone largely unnoticed, as were her activities as an undercover cop ...

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    Mon, February 13, 2012

    Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

    Opposing Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients? Are You High?

    Randomly testing all public workers is simply common sense
    Random drug testing of welfare ...

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    Wed, February 08, 2012

    Rendel to Own Philly Inquirer?

    Rendell As Inquirer Owner? Might As Well Be Philly Enquirer

    A Jerry Maguire-like treatise for how to resurrect the media's credibility

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 02, 2012

    Hey Christie, Get on the Treadmill

    Don't Be Surprised If Romney and Gingrich Bow Out At The End

    About the only job better than weatherman --- where you can get it wrong half the time and still remain ...

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    Tue, January 31, 2012

    Gingrich is Right to Shoot for the Moon

    In May, 1963, the astronaut sitting atop the Mercury-Atlas rocket "went higher, farther, and faster than any other American…for a brief moment, Gordo Cooper became the greatest pilot ...

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    Tue, January 24, 2012

    GOP: Time for an Open Senate Primary

    Endorsing Steve Welch ---who voted for Obama --- would make the Party a national laughingstock

    To say the Republican presidential primary has become interesting ...

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    Mon, January 23, 2012

    Why Are Iowa, South Carolina Picking Our Presidents?

    Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the nation have zero say ---yet again

    Another election year is upon us, and there's good news and bad news. On the upside, Americans will again peacefully ...

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    Tue, January 17, 2012

    Don't Blame Sunoco for Refinery Shutdowns

    Second in a series on how retooled refineries can save jobs and revitalize manufacturing

    "Thank you for trying to get those who should understand the ...

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    Thu, January 12, 2012

    Catholic School CLosings Result from Church Being Paper Tiger

    Part Two

    What does it tell you when private Notre Dame Academy in Villanova has 101 students in its freshman class --- at $20,000 per year --- and Archbishop ...

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    Wed, January 11, 2012

    School Closings: Catholicism No Longer 'Demands'

    School Closings Are Because Catholicism No Longer "Demands"

    Vatican II Destroyed Catholic Identity And The Essence Of Being Catholic

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 30, 2011

    Biggest Losers of 2011

    Freindly Fire's Biggest Losers Of 2011

    Although Freindly Fire has never been known for sarcasm and negativity, it feels compelled as a civic duty to point out this ...

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    Thu, December 29, 2011

    Biggest Winners of 2011

    It's that time of year when Freindly Fire heaps praise upon those most deserving.

    So in the spirit of consistency, the Biggest Winner of 2011, just like every ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 23, 2011

    The Political Correctness of 'Merry Christmas'

    "This is the way the world ends ...Not with a bang but a whimper."

    Does that famous quote aptly describe America's future? Time will tell, but ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Save Sunoco Refineries

    Part 1 of a series on saving refinery jobs and getting America working again

    For the tens of thousands whose livelihoods depend on the Sunoco and Conoco-Phillips ...

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    Mon, December 19, 2011

    Catholic Mass, Andy Reid ~School Choice

    The best thing about being a columnist is that there's never a shortage of material–especially the kind that leaves you shaking your head. The bad part is that there isn't enough time to cover ...

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    Wed, December 14, 2011

    PA Society in NYC? Absolutely!

    When the second weekend in December rolls around, you can set your watch to two things:

    1) Politicians, business leaders and media executives from the Keystone ...

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    Mon, December 05, 2011

    Made in America: Not As Simple As It Sounds

    After watching the latest segment of ABC World News' "Made in America" series, several thoughts come to mind:

    1) Don't view it on a full stomach;

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 21, 2011

    Questions about Corbett Role in Penn State Scandal

    Pop Quiz: What's the relationship between the following two statements which have appeared in recent news articles:

    1) "Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's ...

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    Fri, November 18, 2011

    Fumo Judge Disgrace to Federal Bench

    Get a hit just one out of three times, and you're in the Hall of Fame. Get nine out of ten problems right on a math test and you're a star student. Nail one of the biggest political dirtbags in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 24, 2011

    Former Philly Super: Yes on School Choice

    Hell Freezes Over --- Arlene Ackerman Is For School Choice!

    As we all know, weather forecasters are wrong much of the time. But you can't hold them responsible for ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 14, 2011

    Romney Must Address Mormonism

    He is Republican, pro-defense and hawkish on the War. He is also an unabashed Christian, although his particular sect is viewed with suspicion and prejudice. Oh, and he's running for President. ...

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    Wed, October 12, 2011

    Playing Games with Philly Murder Rate

    Murders are up, but Philly PD's website states they are down --- because they're comparing this year's killings to those from 2007!

    If the CEO of a Wall Street firm ...

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    Wed, October 05, 2011

    Electoral Vote Change Not Path to GOP Victory

    After his victory in 1980, Ronald Reagan chose the best, the brightest - and make no mistake - the most politically powerful to fill his cabinet. In an acknowledgement to the Republican might of ...

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    Fri, September 30, 2011

    Christie: Time to Decide

    Here's a message to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: take care of business or get off the pot. This "will you or will you not run for President" story has to end --- now. Your ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 23, 2011

    Why is U.S. Scared of Ahmadinejad?

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations has been met with fierce opposition, including a 30-nation walk-out during his address to the international body. That childish ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 21, 2011

    Is Obama Obituary Premature?

    Despite scandal and a stagnant economy, he was surging in the polls as the election neared. Against the odds, he had gained enough momentum that victory was within his grasp.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 14, 2011

    Never Forget 9/11: Then Stop Political Correctness

    These phrases have been bantered about endlessly in the weeks leading up to the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    If only they held the true meaning that so ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 08, 2011

    Marcellus Shale Protesters = Lobbyists for Mid-East Oil Barons

    And there they were, in all their glory, basking in the attention gained from protesting Marcellus Shale drilling.

    Sure, those who were angrily denouncing the gas ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    Reality Check for Labor Unions

    Oh the guilt. For all us unlucky folks who aren't part of organized labor, how can we not feel at least a little conscience-smitten? After all, we are taking full advantage of that end-of-summer ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 02, 2011

    Obama Needs to Win PA

    "This is the most important election in American history … if we don't beat Obama and take back the U.S. Senate, the country won't survive … " Such is the rallying cry of many ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 18, 2011

    Curfew Won't Solve Problems

    The televised images of violence and looting triggered one recurring thought in many people--- that this isn't supposed to happen in our civilized cities.
    No, we're not just talking about ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 10, 2011

    U.S. Credit Will Be Downgraded Again

    On any given day, tens of millions flock to the beach for the sun, sand and surf. Yet because there have been 50 cases over the last decade of people digging deep holes in the sand and then getting ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 02, 2011

    Freindly Fire's Best and worst of Philly

    Who makes the best Bloody Mary in the city? Where is the best brunch? Freindly Fire has no idea. Thankfully, though, there are much smarter folks who know the best things in and around the nation's ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 29, 2011

    News Flash: Summer Weather is Hot

    Gary Kirkpatrick runs Ned's Bar in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. If you stopped in for a cold one recently, Gary would have gladly given you the rundown of all things happening in that part of the Sooner ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 21, 2011

    American Space Program Dies

    How this affects you: the lack of a manned American space program is a deathblow to the discovery of new technologies and life-saving bio-medical research --- not to mention a national security ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 19, 2011

    Debt Ceiling? Ballgame's Over

    Water is wet. The sky is blue. The United States is insolvent.

    These are all true and indisputable statements, and none will change anytime soon.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 14, 2011

    Texas Grows on PA's Woes

    In what amounted to a complete non-surprise, Pennsylvania was just ranked near the economic bottom of the nation. Forty-third, to be exact.
    Why the dismal showing for what was once the major ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 01, 2011

    Corbett Caves on Union Contracts

    Gov. Onorato --- Err…Corbett --- Gives Unions A Sweetheart Deal

    How this affects you: the new contracts for unionized state employees will cost $164 million ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 27, 2011

    A Bill Coddling Illegal Aliens Is Illegal

    State Rep. Tony Payton Wants Illegals To Have College Preference Over Citizens

    "College is becoming a pipe dream for too many children, not because they aren't ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 21, 2011

    Stop the Fraud: No Voting Without ID

    I am not wealthy, but have recently acquired twenty two domiciles throughout Philadelphia. My real estate prowess has afforded me a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 15, 2011

    Nutter Soda Tax Needs to Fizzle Out

    You have to give credit where it's due.

    Thanks to Mayor Nutter, folks have laughed more over the last two weeks than at any time in recent memory. If laughing is ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 14, 2011

    Corbett: 0.0 GPA

    Who can forget the classic scene in Animal House when the boys from Delta fraternity were summoned by Dean Wormer? As he looked over their grade point averages, he menacingly barked the hard ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 10, 2011

    Newsflash to Nutter: Nobody Cares

    In 1979, Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic didn't effectively plow the streets after a snowstorm --- and as a direct result, he lost his primary election several months later. After similar snowstorms ...

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    Tue, June 07, 2011

    How Christie Should Handle 'CopterGate'

    In the 1970s, a special state prosecutor was appointed to investigate "ongoing, widespread and systematic corruption" at every level of the police department in Philadelphia. Despite ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 03, 2011

    Meehan Challenge Already Taking Shape

    Patrick Meehan could be looking at a guy who once worked with him in next year's Congressional race, or he could face off with former Dem Congressman Joe Sestak.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 02, 2011

    Time to ban Sushi?

    Sorry to disappoint, but the 2012 presidential election may prove to be anticlimatic, since it appears the federal government has solved all its problems, from illegal aliens to drug smuggling, from ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 20, 2011

    Corbett Spends $20 Million Baseball Stadium

    There's good news and bad news for the New York Yankees.

    The bad news is that their payroll --- always the biggest in baseball --- hasn't produced. Hey, they ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 16, 2011

    Philly GOP and Democrats: A One-Party Arrangement

    Philadelphia has the highest rates of murder, violence and poverty in the nation. Its school district, which spends over $17,000 per student annually, is a dismal failure, with a massive dropout ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 10, 2011

    The Real Royal Couple

    Gerry and Kate McCann Relish Limelight But Still Won't Take Responsibility for Daughter's Disappearance

    April was a busy time for the Royal Couple.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 04, 2011

    Bin Laden's Death and Waterboarding

    To say the killing of Osama bin Laden created a patriotic euphoria in the United States would be a gross understatement, as the sense that justice had been served was downright palpable. ...

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    Thu, April 28, 2011

    Profile in Courage: Mel Gibson

    My "Freindly Fire" column, never mistaken for being fluffy or politically correct, routinely hammers hypocrites, frauds, and otherwise unsavory characters in politics, business, ...

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    Wed, April 20, 2011

    Feel Good Budget Deals a Joke

    It is a sad truth that America has been transformed from a tough-as-nails powerhouse into a nation that prefers to bury its head in the sand, pretending problems will go away if simply ignored. ...

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    Wed, April 13, 2011

    Obama, the GOP and Oil Drilling

    That political phrase is fast approaching "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" territory, but its message is infinitely more important. The need to become energy independent is an absolute, since ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 06, 2011

    Tastykake's Demise

    "Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a Tastykake."

    While that jingle can be hummed by most Philadelphians, odds are that another company will soon be baking ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 04, 2011

    Corbett Punting on Privatizing Booze?

    Last November, Pennsylvanians elected Tom Corbett to solve the state's problems. But instead of leadership, they've received task forces and blue ribbon panels. In just three months, commissions ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 30, 2011

    NFL Players Slaves? Jackson, Sharpton Silent

    Talk about a political football. At a time when most municipalities are running in the red, another line item must now be factored into budgets: new history textbooks.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 22, 2011

    Libya Is All About Oil

    Recently on Good Morning America, Congresswoman and presidential contender Michelle Bachmann was asked, "What is America's number one vital interest in the Middle East."

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 15, 2011

    America Needs More Nuclear Power

    We are not Japan --- Our nuclear is clean, safe and reduces foreign oil
    There is a story about a wealthy man who sought the world's safest place in which to build his home, a place free from all ...

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    Thu, March 10, 2011

    PA Budget: Can Corbett Sell It?

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's "day of reckoning" budget, containing substantial cuts and rolling back spending to 2008 levels, may well pass the GOP-dominated legislature without ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 03, 2011

    DRPA: Same Old Story?

    A changing of the guard occurred this week at the scandal-plagued Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed himself the new Chairman, and replaced five ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 25, 2011

    Killing Pirates on the High Seas

    Water is wet. The sky is blue. Europe is cowardly.

    While all three are indisputable, only the last can change. But it will take sheer will and an enormous amount ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 22, 2011

    GOP: The Party of No?

    The nation's largest, most influential gathering of conservatives --- the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) --- was recently held in Washington. Based on the sheer number of attendees ...

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    Tue, February 15, 2011

    Sainthood for Pope John Paul?

    Who could forget that chilling seen in Jaws when Mrs. Kintner, whose young son had just been killed by the shark, approached Chief Brody and slapped him in the face.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 10, 2011

    Christie Takes on Illinois Governor

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn had had enough. A festering sore had turned into a gaping wound, and the leader of the fifth-largest state took off the gloves. It was time to fight.

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    Tue, January 25, 2011

    Challenges Await Corbett

    He was ushered into power on a mighty wave, a leader who held great promise --- and made even greater promises. Optimism that gridlock could finally be broken and that Business As Usual wouldn't rule ...

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    Mon, January 17, 2011

    Martin Luther King: A True Republican?

    Up until the 1930's, the majority of blacks were Republican, proud to be in the Party of Lincoln. The song that would become the national anthem of the NAACP, Lift Every Voice and Sing, was written ...

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    Tue, January 11, 2011

    Rendell Legacy: High Taxes, Low Ratings and Clenched Teeth

    It was a December night, late 90's. My entire family was in downtown Philadelphia taking in the Christmas attractions. One of our traditions was marveling at the magnificently decorated, ...

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    Thu, January 06, 2011

    Another Rendell Bailout: Building Ships with No Buyers

    In the movie Dave, Kevin Kline plays a presidential lookalike who finds himself running the country after the real President falls into a coma. Convening a Cabinet meeting, this political novice ...

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    Tue, January 04, 2011

    10 Biggest Losers of 2010

    The nature of New Year's is to look at things in a positive way, but truth be told, it's a lot more fun to tee off on those most deserving of our wrath, ridicule and pity.

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 31, 2010

    Biggest Winners of 2010

    It's that time of year again when Freindly Fire heaps praise upon those most deserving. You probably aren't going to find these winners on the lists of typical media outlets, most of which bow at the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 20, 2010

    Stop the DRPA 'Takers'

    Throughout history, there have always been makers and takers.

    Makers create things: jobs, products and wealth. Takers produce nothing. Instead, they leech off the ...

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    Tue, December 14, 2010

    GOP vs. Casey, Jr.

    You would think that with Pennsylvania's Republican roots, which have run especially deep over the last several decades, freshman Democratic senator Bob Casey would be vulnerable in 2012.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, December 08, 2010

    PA Teacher Unions Losing Power

    To modify the legendary quote from Dean Wormer in Animal House: Arrogant, greedy and aloof is no way to go through life.
    But that's exactly how the teachers' unions in Pennsylvania have behaved ...

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    Fri, December 03, 2010

    Marcellus Shale: Key to PA's Future

    First in an ongoing series examining all aspects of developing the Marcellus Shale.

    Stories keep rolling in about the booming economy in a faraway land. Tales of ...

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    Wed, December 01, 2010

    Pat-Down Protests?

    "What do you and a catfish have in common? You're both scum-sucking bottom-feeders."

    And that was the nicest, most printable comment Freindly Fire ...

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    Tue, November 23, 2010

    Don't Like Airport Scanners?

    When both sides in a negotiation refuse to budge, the impasse is usually detrimental to both parties.

    With that in mind, perhaps I can be of assistance in mediating ...

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    Fri, November 19, 2010

    Don't Blame China

    Just recently, the nation was abuzz regarding a mysterious smoke plume 35 miles off the coast of California.

    Since the U.S. military denied any involvement, several ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 17, 2010

    Re-Elect Nutter?

    Stupidity isn't a crime. But neither is it a particularly endearing trait.

    Just look at some voter stupidity displayed this past election:

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    Thu, November 11, 2010

    Philly Dems Sank Joe Sestaj

    Hours after the polls closed, the nation still didn't know who would become Pennsylvania's junior senator, as Republican Pat Toomey and Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak were locked in a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 02, 2010

    When Will We Have Real Airline Security?

    A look at solutions for America's impotent policies

    Three…two…one…takeoff. The F-16 fighter jet piloted by Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly of the New Jersey ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 28, 2010

    Running from Records, Dems Get Personal

    Desperate and baseless attacks are backfiring on Dems across the state
    Vice President Joe Biden visited Delaware County this week, stumping for Democratic congressional candidate Bryan Lentz. ...

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    Tue, October 26, 2010

    Hey Undecideds: Pick a Side

    Let's get something straight this campaign season. There are no "un-decideds." Or at least there shouldn't be.

    If there are, they should be banned from ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 19, 2010

    Is Philadelphia the Next Greece?

    In a recent speech, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter urged college students to stay in the city after graduation, stating, "we have a more knowledge-based workforce here."

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 18, 2010

    How Could Bankrupt Texas Rangers Aquire Cliff Lee?

    The cries should be loudest in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco.

    But they're not.

    Fans and baseball owners in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 15, 2010

    Eric Cantor Demonizes Republican Rich Iott

    The time has come. We must ban and censor "Gone With The Wind" and every other movie about war.

    Despite entertaining countless people, these productions ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 13, 2010

    Christie, Corbett Vs. Corzine, Rendell

    Success And Failure: A Tale of Two States

    Day and night, black and white, right and wrong.

    All describe what New Jersey is versus ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 05, 2010

    Sour Grapes Establishment, Not TEA Party, Hurting GOP

    It never ceases to amaze how the media can get a story so wrong.

    Just this week, ABC's Good Morning America discussed how the Republican Party was now unified after "raucous" ...

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    Thu, September 30, 2010

    Neshaminy: One Third of Students Read Proficiently

    In their heyday, unions represented 36 percent of the American workforce.

    How things have changed.

    Now, that number stands at ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 24, 2010

    Tierney and the Teamsters: God Help Us

    Webster's defines greed as "a selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed."

    But there should be another entry: Teamsters Local ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 21, 2010

    DRPA Backslides on Reform

    In yet another unbelievable act of arrogance, the board of the Delaware River Port Authority last week rescinded a reform that had been pushed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The board's ...

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    Thu, September 16, 2010

    Castle Had to Go

    After Half-Century In Office, Mike Castle Had To Go

    Voted for budget-busting stimulus spending.

    Voted for the bailouts.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 14, 2010

    English as the Official Language?

    There's an old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

    Seems logical.

    After all, if you find yourself living in ...

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    Thu, September 09, 2010

    Gov. Christie and the DRPA

    Has New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just driven his successful Administration off a bridge?

    Not yet, but he's nearing the edge.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 07, 2010

    Why Are We Arguing About the Ground Zero Mosque?

    A frequent, and well-founded, criticism of American journalism is that too many reporters focus more on a good story than telling the truth.
    To be fair, though, that label must also be applied ...

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    Tue, August 31, 2010

    Vacationing in Avalon? Think Twice!

    Without question, Avalon is one of the best beach towns on the South Jersey coast. Jutting a mile further out in the Atlantic than other shore points, its cool ocean breezes and pristine beaches make ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 26, 2010

    Could School Choice Prevent Cop Killings?

    On a recent weekday at Annunciation B.V.M. Church in Havertown, a Mass was celebrated to pray for and honor police officers – both those on the front lines and those who have fallen in the line ...

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    Tue, August 17, 2010

    DRPA 'Reformers': Inmates Running An Asylum

    It's Business As Usual at the DRPA. And despite all the "reform" rhetoric flying around, don't expect real changes anytime soon.

    The reason is ...

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    Wed, August 11, 2010

    Eminent Doman: the New Amerika?

    There's good news and bad news.

    First, the bad. As we all know, there just aren't enough places to play skee-ball in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 04, 2010

    DRPA Vice Chair Nash Has Conflict

    In a February, 2008 media report, Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Vice Chairman Jeff Nash, also an elected Camden County Freeholder, ominously warned that "…the deck of the Walt ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Arizona Immigration Law

    Oh the hypocrisy.

    Ever since Arizona passed its controversial law allowing police to check a suspect's immigration status, the federal government had been ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 21, 2010

    Five Reasons to Dump DRPA Chief Matheussen

    Five Reasons To Dump DRPA Chief John Matheussen:
    An Open Letter To Governor Chris Christie

    Governor Christie:

    Political ...

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    Tue, July 13, 2010

    Phil's Phans Beware!

    The cries are getting louder.

    Despite their sweep of the Reds, the Phillies are still in third place, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves, with the trade of Cliff Lee ...

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    Tue, July 06, 2010

    Armageddon in Pennsylvania

    Bill Murray must be furious.

    Two decades after the release of his classic Groundhog Day – in which a series of events is repeated over and over – ...

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    Mon, June 21, 2010

    Obama ~Offshore Drilling: Opportunity of a Lifetime

    They say timing is everything.

    And they are right.

    If not for perfect timing, and a near impossible confluence of events, Barack Obama would most ...

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    Tue, June 15, 2010

    BP ~The US Government: No Common Sense

    Teaching a child how to ride a bike always involves certain lessons.
    How to pedal, how to balance yourself, how to steer.

    We teach these things because they ...

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    Tue, June 08, 2010

    Bucks County Republicans Imploding

    Mirriam-Webster dictionary defines "grow" as "to spring up and develop to maturity" and "to increase in size…to expand."

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 28, 2010

    Sestak/White House Could Face Legal Trouble in Job-Gate

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak, fresh off his primary win dethroning 30-year incumbent Arlen Specter, may have thought he was entitled to a brief honeymoon.

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    Tue, May 25, 2010

    Corbett and the Twitter Subpoena

    Why does it seem that every time a politician takes on corruption, his motives are called into question?

    We often hear that investigations of this sort are ...

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    Fri, May 21, 2010

    Obama Will Pay for Abandoning Specter

    On far too many occasions, the media gets a story wrong. Whether that stems from laziness, ignorance or incompetence --- or all three --- the people deserve better.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 11, 2010

    Analysis of PA Governor Race

    Pennsylvania's elections this year will be front and center on the national scene, as there are numerous hotly contested congressional races and a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs. But attracting the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 07, 2010

    Catching the Times Square Bomber was Luck

    During a television interview, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was asked how a bomb-laden car could be driven into Times Square, and how to prevent such a recurrence. He answered, correctly, ...

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    Thu, April 29, 2010

    Inky Gets New Owners

    This is probably the easiest column I've ever written.

    A no-brainer.

    Unequivocally, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News ...

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    Wed, April 21, 2010

    The Rendell Legacy: PA's Fiscal Catastrophe

    Let's give credit where it's due. Fast Eddie never gives up, no matter how short-sighted his ideas may be.

    When we last left our lameduck leader during the 2009 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 15, 2010

    Back from the Dead? Philly Political Tricks Continue

    Should Philadelphia GOP Boss Michael Meehan Be Disbarred?

    It's no secret that Philadelphia has a long and proud history of political corruption.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 07, 2010

    Catholic Church Still Wrong on Money Grab

    As a product of Catholic school, I remember the nuns drilling into our heads a simple but extremely important concept: WWJD---What Would Jesus Do? We were instructed to use this question as a guide ...

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    Tue, March 30, 2010

    AG Health Care Lawsuit: No Conflict of Interest

    The idiocy of some people never ceases to amaze.

    For the latest example, just look how the political hacks reacted to the recent week of Pennsylvania Attorney ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 23, 2010

    Blame Bush, GOP for Health Care Mess

    "I believe that the will of the people is reflected sooner or later in the will of the government."

    So says the only man in America who can make George W. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 15, 2010

    Jihad Jane Show the Need for More Profiling

    The arrest of "Jihad Jane," a white American woman accused of plotting with known terrorists, is both good and bad.

    Good, of course, because those ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 03, 2010

    The 'Jack Murtha Philadelphia Shipyard'?

    Reports have surfaced that Pennsylvania Democrats are in favor of naming the iconic Philadelphia Navy Shipyard after the recently-deceased Congressman Jack Murtha.

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 26, 2010

    Madeleine McCann: Forsaken by Gerry and Kate -- Again

    Being in the media is pretty cool, especially when you run your own news bureau, as I now do (

    I recently flew in an F-16 fighter jet, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 18, 2010

    Is Curt Schroder Still a Possible PA-6 Candidae?

    Hollywood couldn't have scripted the drama any better in the GOP's nomination race for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District.

    Try to follow along:

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    Tue, February 16, 2010

    Blame Trial Lawyers for Seattle Child Beating

    The now-infamous video of a 15-year old Seattle girl being brutally attacked while not one, not two, but THREE security guards --- and numerous other bystanders --- literally stood by and took no ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 29, 2010

    Senator Anthony Williams: Remarks Racist?

    If you're wondering why race relations in America haven't improved at all, look no farther than the recent comments of state Senator Anthony Williams' concerning the current field of Democratic ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, December 09, 2009

    Anchors Aweigh:

    TV's Dawn Stensland May Run for Congress in the 7th District

    Finally, the Delaware County GOP Machine thought it was safe to go back in the waters of congressional politics. Popular incumbent Joe Sestak decided to run for Senate, and the party bosses had ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 02, 2009

    Panella's Abortion Flip-Flop Makes Him Unworthy

    State Supreme Court candidate Jack Panella obviously doesn't learn from history.

    When former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney entered the 2008 Republican ...

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    Fri, October 09, 2009

    Nobel Peace Prize Goes Into the Trashcan of History

    All good things come to an end. And so it has for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    In an unprecedented display of sucking up, the sycophants behind the Nobel Prize chose ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 08, 2009

    Phillies Werth Should Have Been Yanked for Lack of Hustle

    Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel had the opportunity of a lifetime during Game 1 of the National League Playoffs. He could have shown the world the real definition of "winning," and, in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, September 28, 2009

    Analysis: Democratic Candidates for PA Governor

    The 2010 election cycle in Pennsylvania will be one of the most important in decades, highlighted by the gubernatorial contest. History favors the Republicans, since the governor's office has ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 24, 2009

    America's Walkout of Ahmadinejad Was Disgraceful

    When will America learn that the largest part of politics is psychology? Time and again, we fail to see the implications of our actions, with our errors in judgment only leading to victories for our ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 11, 2009

    7th Congressional District: A GOP Battle or an Uncontested Primary?

    Pennsylvania's 2010 election cycle is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in decades, with gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races taking center stage. And since several candidates in those ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 04, 2009

    Rendell's Taxes Would Kill Pennsylvania

    Despite a constitutional requirement that a budget be in place by June 30, the impasse remains, giving Pennsylvania the distinction of being the only state without a fiscal plan.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 01, 2009

    Face to Face With Hurricane Bill: Freindly Fire Rides with USAF 'Hurricane Hunters'

    "Jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft is not a natural act. So let's do it right, and enjoy the view."---Clint Eastwood's U.S. Marine character in "Heartbreak Ridge."

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 27, 2009

    Nutter's Tax Increase Is a Joke

    It was a rainy, warm March back in 1936, and the snow in the hills around Johnstown began to melt. This caused the unfortunate city to be leveled by yet another flood. To help rebuild Johnstown, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 25, 2009

    Rendell: Always Sticking His Nose Where It Doesn't Belong

    Ed Rendell just doesn't get it.

    Pennsylvania's Democratic governor has always had a long history of sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, but an article in ...

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    Thu, August 20, 2009

    New Jersey Devils: Knights of the Sky

    A media ride with the NJ National Guard

    “We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded... you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use them as the backbone ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 30, 2009

    Open Letter to Governor Rendell: Why Your Approval Rating is So Dismal

    Dear Gov. Rendell:

    I noted with interest that your current approval rating stands at just 39% --- the lowest point in your career. Despite denying my repeated ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 21, 2009

    Ballard, Rendell Conflicts Intensify at DRPA

    Conflicts of interest at the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) were taken to a new level at yesterday's board meeting.

    Ballard Spahr Law Firm partner John Estey ...

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    Wed, May 20, 2009

    Gerlach Takes Aim at His 2010 Opponents

    Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who represents parts of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lehigh counties in the 6th Congressional District, is in a unique position heading into the 2010 election ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 18, 2009

    Supreme Court, Philly DA Race Headline Election 2009

    Tomorrow's primary election features several significant races. As usual in most primaries, they will be largely ignored with a low voter turnout.

    Locally, five ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 15, 2009

    Saul, Ewing ~PA Turnpike: A Conflict of Interest?

    Allegations of conflicts of interest and pay-to-play politics continue to dog Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and his administration.

    Notably, millions in secretive ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 13, 2009

    Federal Stimulus Contract Watch

    Editor's Note: This is an ongoing series examining how state government contracts are awarded federal stimulus money.

    For many years, conflicts of interest and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 13, 2009

    Sestak Edges Closer to Specter Challenge

    Since 2007, rumors have circulated that Democratic U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak – who represents the 7th Congressional District in Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties – has had his eye ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 13, 2009

    Board of Ethics: Williams, McCaffery Campaigns in Violation

    The Philadelphia Board of Ethics has determined that the campaigns of Seth Williams and Dan McCaffery, two leading district attorney candidates, were in violation of campaign finance laws, with just ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 05, 2009

    Political Realities of the 2010 PA U.S. Senate Race

    The fallout from U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party continued this week as politicians jockeyed for position and rumors flew about who might be running in the key Senate race ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 05, 2009

    Jane Orie Melvin: A Reformer's Bid for the Supreme Court

    She was the first woman, and first Republican, to serve as Chief Magistrate Judge on Pittsburgh's Municipal Court.

    She was the first female Republican elected to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 29, 2009

    Specter's Switch: An Election Analysis

    A political earthquake shook the nation yesterday, quite possibly leading to a seismic shift in how America is governed. Despite several prior statements that he would not leave the Republican ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 24, 2009

    Campaign Violations by McCaffery's Firm's PAC??

    Law Partners Reimbursed For Political Contributions; Recipients Still Unknown

    By CHRIS FREIND, The Bulletin
    Friday, April 24, 2009

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    Fri, April 10, 2009

    Questions to DRPA About Its Tram

    Below are the inquiries made to the Delaware River Port Authority. The original request was made on November 18.

    It has been reported that $17 million has been ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 10, 2009

    DRPA Silent on 'Tram to Nowhere'

    Millions spent on now idle project

    In December 2000, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) started building a tram project to carry passengers between Philadelphia and Camden. The authority spent a considerable sum – ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 10, 2009

    Casino Investors Make Safe Bet With Rendell

    Financiers, Associated Entities Donated $3.8 Million to Governor

    A Philadelphia investment group, awarded a casino license this week by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, has substantial financial connections to Gov. Ed Rendell, D.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 25, 2009

    FBI, State Police Investigate Williams Campaign Contribution

    The Seth Williams for District Attorney campaign suffered another setback with news that federal and state investigators are looking into a campaign contribution linked to convicted mob attorney ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 19, 2009

    DRPA Pulls Plug on PA Construction Company

    The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), already under attack for conflicts of interest and excessive spending on non-bridge projects, ignited another controversy yesterday by awarding a contract to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Specter, Luksik, Toomey May Square Off

    Democrats control the United States Senate with 58 votes, and it seems likely that the Republican incumbent from Minnesota, Norm Coleman, will lose his seat in the recount. With 59 votes, the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 13, 2009

    Senator Specter on the Bailout: One-on-One with The Bulletin

    Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen Specter recently voted in favor of the $800 billion bailout legislation designed to right America's economic ship. Since he is one of only three Republicans to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 13, 2009

    Inquirer Bailout Talks Raise More Questions

    The Bulletin and other media outlets have recently disclosed ongoing discussions between Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, D, and Philadelphia Media Holdings (PMH) Publisher and CEO Brian Tierney. A ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 12, 2009

    Rendell to Veto No-Bid Contract Reform?

    The Pennsylvania Senate recently introduced 10 bills aimed at reforming state government. Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Majority Whip Jane Orie, R-40th, of Allegheny County, deals with how no-bid ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 02, 2009

    NBC Refused to Air Pro-Life Ad During Super Bowl

    TAMPA - A storm of controversy has engulfed the NBC television network after it refused to air a pro-life commercial during yesterday's Super Bowl on the grounds that the ad involved "political ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 29, 2009

    Reaction to Inquirer Bailout Discussions Draws Fire

    On Dec. 29, the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News wrote a column entitled "Papers Matter More Than Ever."

    In his ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 28, 2009

    Bailout for the Inquirer?

    A Discussion With Rendell's Press Secretary
    By Chris Freind, For The Bulletin

    It is no secret the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News have severe financial ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 28, 2009

    Port Authority: $11 Million in Non-Bridge Projects

    The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) resumed its controversial "economic development" program yesterday, doling out millions of dollars to projects having nothing to do with the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 20, 2009

    Does Comcast Phone Service Violate FCC Rules?

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that Philadelphia-based Comcast Corporation submit a response by Jan. 30 to questions regarding the company's broadband network management ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 19, 2009

    Ballard Spahr and Governor Rendell: An Intimate Relationship

    Ballad Spahr is Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell's former firm. Numerous partners at the firm maintain intimate relationships with the Governor. Brothers-in-law John Estey and Adrian King, Jr., both ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 19, 2009

    Legislators, Citizens React to Ballard's 'No-Contract' Work

    Pennsylvania state legislators and community activists expressed outrage this week in response to the Bulletin's Jan. 9 revelation that the politically connected Ballard Spahr law firm performed ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 09, 2009

    Ballard's $774,000 'No-Contract' Work for PA

    Governor Rendell's former firm went beyond 'non-bid' contracts

    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) has recently come under fire as more information emerges regarding the frequency and high-dollar amounts of no-bid state contracts doled out to his political donors ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 09, 2009

    Rendell, Richardson, and Rubin - Pay to Play Politics?

    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is facing felony charges that he allegedly attempted to sell President-elect Barack Obama's senate seat in a pay-to-play scheme. New Mexico Governor Bill ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 09, 2009

    A Recap of Rendell's Ballard Spahr Connections

    * Ballard attorneys have contributed nearly a half-million dollars to Gov. Rendell's campaigns. The Ballard firm, a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), contributed another $481,000.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 15, 2008

    Knox: No to Blue Cross Merger

    Tom Knox is an immensely successful businessman who built his reputation on efficiently directing companies, such as UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania, where he served as CEO.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 15, 2008

    Mellow's Blue Cross Board Seat A Conflict

    Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Robert Mellow, D-22nd, of Lackawanna County, due to his 38 years in the chamber, has become one of the most powerful politicians in Harrisburg.

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 05, 2008

    Rendell, His Political Friends -- And More State Contracts

    Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., has come under increased fire as more information comes to light regarding his relationships with campaign donors.

    Awarding contributors ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, November 21, 2008

    Legislator to Rendell: End Insider Contracts

    Governor's relationship with Ballard Spahr leads to questions

    Last Friday, The Bulletin published a series of articles and a box chart detailing the intimate relationship between Governor Rendell and his former law firm, Ballard Spahr. The investigative report ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Company with 'Checkered History' Awarded State Contract

    The state Department of Revenue awarded a five year contract to the GTECH corporation earlier this year "to supply terminal-based game services to the Pennsylvania Lottery," potentially ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Legislators Introduce Bills to Reform State Contracts

    Harrisburg — In a September memo to the members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, four state legislators outlined their respective bills aimed at reforming how state contracts are ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Ballard's Estey Teaches 'Legal Ethics'

    In a twist of irony, John Estey, former Chief of Staff to Gov. Rendell and currently a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr, teaches a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course entitled, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Political Contributions and Government Contracts: A Fine Line

    Political Contributions and Government Contracts: A Fine Line
    By: Chris Freind


    While Americans voted in record ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, November 14, 2008

    Ballard Spahr and Governor Rendell: Perfect Together

    In 1999, after serving eight years as Mayor of Philadelphia, Ed Rendell joined the Ballard Spahr law firm, headquartered in Center City. Two years later, during his campaign for Governor, Rendell ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, November 07, 2008

    The GOP Can't Beat Something with Nothing

    Give President-elect Obama credit for one thing. His central campaign theme was correct. Time and again, he pounded home the message that the policies of the last eight years have failed.

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    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Braving the Cold for School Choice

    They had camped out, some for 19 hours, prior to the event. Huddling in blankets, drinking coffee and playing cards, they slept on concrete sidewalks in freezing temperatures, but not one person ...

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    Tue, October 28, 2008

    Bud Selig: Baseball's Death Wish

    Some things never change. Water is wet, the sun rises each morning, and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is staggeringly incompetent.

    What we witnessed during the ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Convict Flees - Courts Free!

    Accountability is still non-existent

    For convicted felon Warren Watkins, Christmas came early this year.

    Despite being convicted for drug offenses in 2006, sentenced to five to ten years in absentia ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Attorney General Tom Corbett

    First in a three-part interview

    As Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Tom Corbett finds himself in an interesting political position. On the one hand, he is routinely mentioned as a Republican front runner for the 2010 governor's ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Rendell's Judges: Business as Usual

    One of the media's biggest shortcomings is its lack of follow-up on critical issues. The recent controversy surrounding judges' lenient sentences for hardened criminals, which has led to the ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Tom Corbett Talks About the GOP and His Election

    Last in a three part interview

    Tom Corbett Talks About the GOP and His Election

    Last of a three-part interview of the PA Attorney General

    Pennsylvania Attorney ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Tom Corbett: Bonusgate, Voter Fraud and Gaming

    Second of a three-part interview

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, often mentioned as a Republican front-runner for the 2010 governor's race, is running for re-election this fall. With twelve indictments in the "Bonus ...

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    Mon, October 06, 2008

    George Bush Has Kept America Safer

    George Bush Has Kept America Safer

    Few will argue that the George W. Bush presidency has largely been one of disappointment. It took the President seven years to ...

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    Tue, September 30, 2008

    Nutter Shoots Blanks on Gun Laws

    I'm not sure who's more clueless: Mayor Nutter or the family of cop-killer Daniel Giddings

    Gidding's family is eulogizing him as "family-oriented, intelligent, ...

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    Fri, September 26, 2008

    Stop the Killing Fields: Enact School Choice

    If you bang your head against a wall ten times, there is absolutely no reason to believe the result will be different on the next try. At least, that would be the rational conclusion.

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    Wed, September 24, 2008

    DRPA: Finally on the Record

    CEO Says Economic Development funds will still be spent

    On Sept. 14, The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) enacted a 33 per cent toll hike on the four major ...

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    Wed, September 24, 2008

    The Hows and Whys of the Housing Crisis

    Danny Cachuela leads a real estate team at Prudential Fox and Roach in Newtown Square. With a background in finance, government affairs, marketing and economics, and as a former CEO of an ...

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    Wed, September 24, 2008

    U.S. Senate GOP Leader Talks About McCain in PA

    A Bulletin Exclusive Q and A

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, is the Republican Minority Leader in the United States Senate. A political powerbroker, he is widely ...

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