| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:08 PM
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the chances of your child someday becoming a professional athlete are one in 21,322. The chances of making more than the median wage for a professional athlete?
One in 42,644.
And what is the median...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:10 PM
After the end of World War II, everybody was overjoyed and deeply disturbed at the same time, as vivid reports emerged about Adolf Hitler's atrocities.
Also at that same time, people talked about one of Hitler's great accomplishments, the no-speed-limit...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 12:25 PM
In early American history, only seven states had the integrity to defy religious tyrants who demanded laws making it a crime to marry anyone of another race.
Pennsylvania, which fancies itself as the birthplace of American liberty, was not one of...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Here's a good topic for your Christmas gathering with family and friends:
What is the most annoying Christmas song ever?
I'll vote for either the mawkish "Christmas Shoes" or the aggravatingly jaunty "Feliz Navidad." Others might choose "Santa Baby,"...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 3:10 AM
A Capitol policeman walked into Gov. Tom Corbett's office.
"Thank heavens!" cried Corbett's secretary. "I'm sorry I called you people, but I've been so frightened!"
"Calm down now. Ashley. Where's the governor?"
"He's in there," she said, pointing...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 1:10 PM
Statistics are a frightful bore, unless they are disturbing enough to have an obvious impact on one's financial well-being.
The U.S. Department of Justice disseminated a big batch of numbers on Thursday, suggesting that things are getting better when it...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 11:16 AM
At first glance, it looked like another damaging blunder for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
She shut down a corruption investigation of fellow Democrats in Philadelphia — four current legislators and a former judge — even...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 5:04 PM
Vera Scroggins, you are hereby charged with conspiracy to commit free speech. How do you plead?
That seems to be the way a Susquehanna County battle over hydraulic fracturing (usually called fracking) will play out if a Houston gas-drilling company gets...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 12:16 PM
The news from Albany this past week was unsettling, to say the least.
New York State's rascally environmentalists previously managed to get a moratorium on the hydraulic fracturing gas drilling process (usually called fracking) until an environmental...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 9:18 AM
The base hospital commander at Beale Air Force Base in California, a full colonel, appeared to be very upset.
When I arrived at the hospital in the morning, his staff told me to go directly to his office, so I was upset, too. My wife was due to give...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 3:34 PM
Everybody knows what happened to Marie Antoinette when she displayed insufficient concern for the poor of France while pursuing a dissolute life of pleasure and extravagance for herself and other plutocrats from places like Austria and Prussia.