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Friday, February 1, 2013

Ready for some brainwashing ... err, I mean football?

About 111 million Americans will be tuned into watching this Sunday's Super Bowl but for advertisers and marketing teams, the real action will be outside the lines. With this game having the attention of 40 percent of American households, companies are betting on image-conscious consumers like you to make their day.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

U.S. Constitution Amendment II: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

The Founding Fathers of this country lived under the tyranny of the monarchy of King George III of England.

The social and political changes in the 13 colonies leading to the American War of Independence, (1775-1782) put an end to that autocratic rule.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Don Knotts, who played the bumbling deputy Barney Fife on those classic Andy Griffith sitcoms in the 1960s, had a memorable line whenever he felt someone was breaking the law or overstepping boundaries.

"Time to nip it ... nip it in the bud," Deputy Fife would preach. In many instances, the same lesson the egocentric Barney railed against would come back to bite him before a show ended.

The Deputy Fife episodes were good lessons in humility, teaching us how to swallow our pride.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Many people got a new meaning to the word "catfish" upon hearing of the hoax involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.

Te'o allegedly had a girlfriend who died within hours of his grandmother's death. The girlfriend's story became part of his Heisman campaign. Te'o spoke of her repeatedly. Then it was revealed that the girlfriend never existed.

Te'o has admitted that he never met the girl; that he thought she existed on the internet.

Monday, January 28, 2013

If you want to see the hypocrisy of politics at its best, look no farther than last week's staged performance by Sen. Diane Feinstein in unveiling her "assault weapons" legislation.

Sharing the stage with Feinstein were gun-control speakers like Senators Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer. Not seen on stage, of course, were the armed body guards used by these liberal Democrats. There likely wouldn't have been room on the platform anyhow, given their massive egos.

Friday, January 25, 2013

News item: Former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, confesses to using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and is banned from professional cycling. Despite his lying and cheating about doping, it doesn't stop ABC from offering him a spot on the upcoming spring edition of Dancing With the Stars.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One of the perks of being an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is you get a free car.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that tollpayers bought commission Chairman William Lieberman a 2013 Jeep Cherokee for nearly $40,000 on Dec. 28. That's just days before the latest toll increase took effect.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

When it comes to guns and schools, it's certainly better to err on the side of caution, but as with any strategy, common sense must also be used.

The shootings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut have made many people jumpy, especially within the school community. Several weeks ago, a high school in New York was placed in lock down after someone called 911 to report a suspicious teen wearing a black backpack containing a lime green gun.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tonight we likely will experience the coldest temperatures so far this winter.

While the mercury will read in single digits, winds chills could drop as low as 17 below zero overnight.

Treat the cold weather with respect, especially if you have pets who spend most of the time outdoors or children who must go to a bus stop in the morning.

Whether you, your children, or other family members go outside, make sure adequate precautions are taken.

Wear layered clothing, be sure ears and head are covered, and wear gloves.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis' masterful portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the new Steven Spielberg movie gives us a good look at presidential politicking at its best.

Though burdened by Civil War and a fractured Congress, Lincoln is intensely focused on gathering the bipartisan votes needed to pass the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would abolish slavery. The disciplined chief executive was willing to sacrifice personal popularity in order pass the amendment during a critical hour in our nation's history.