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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

a real life war horse

Pittsburgh Dad: Snow's Coming

Preparing the Next Generation- The Work of an IDF Emergency Situations I...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sportsmen Groups to Gov. Corbett: Don't Lease More State Forest Land for Oil and Gas Development

Harrisburg, PA — Over 40 sportsmen groups and conservation organizations, representing more than 100,000 sportsmen and women in Pennsylvania, sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett today, asking that he not lease additional state forest lands for oil and gas development. Over 700,000 acres — almost half of Pennsylvania's state forest lands within the Marcellus Shale region — have been leased for gas drilling. Pennsylvania sportsmen are asking that their voices be considered as the governor develops a budget for the next year.

"Gov. Corbett is looking for a quick, easy way to fill the gaps in the state budget," said Ken Undercoffer, president of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, "but we can't sacrifice our state forest system, our natural resources or our hunting and fishing heritage, for a short-term gain." "Hunting and fishing is big business in Pennsylvania each year, more than $4.3 billion is generated from fishing, hunting and wildlife-related recreation — much of which occurs in public forests. State forests are hugely valuable to Pennsylvania and we need to do what we can to preserve them for the next generation," said Don Robertson, president of Pennsylvania division of the Izaak Walton League."

Read the press release at Trout Unlimited:

On Anderson Cooper: Tips for Taking Charge

Erin Brockovich came on Anderson's "Unhappily Ever After" show to help Dolores and Vernon, whose house was allegedly destroyed by a gas company. Erin knows a thing or two about consumer injustice, having served as a legal clerk, environmental activist and famous consumer advocate, but she also knows how difficult it can be to fight an entity whose finances and power are greater than your own.

All hope is not lost, however, when trying to right the wrongdoings of corporations. Erin has compiled a list of tips to help victims of consumer injustice in their battle.

Read more:

More Damning Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths

Bayer-produced imidacloprid harmful to bees even at very low levels
"Compelling new evidence from the US government's top bee expert [Dr Jeffrey Pettis] that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned. [...]
Researchers found that bees deliberately exposed to minute amounts of the pesticide were, on average, three times as likely to become infected when exposed to a parasite called nosema as those that had not. The findings, which have taken more than three years to be published, add weight to concern that a new group of insecticides called neonicotinoids are behind a worldwide decline in honey bees, along with habitat and food loss, by making them more susceptible to disease. [...]

"WAR HORSE" Held Over at the Ligonier Theater!

"WAR HORSE" We had such a wonderful response to this fabulous movie that we are holding it over (Feb. 3, 4 & 5) for those who haven't yet seen it ....or for those what wish to see it again and bring their family & friends! It's one of the best movies around so don't miss it! Movie times: Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM $6 for Adults (18+), $5 for Sr. Citizens (65+) and $5 for Students (6-17). Sunday Bargain Matinee at 2:30 and JUST $4 FOR EVERYONE at YOUR community theater!

Pittsburgh Dad on WDVE Morning Show

Easter Goat

That's right. This year, instead of the lamb or ham you usually serve, try your locally raised kid.
On the Pond Farm has six young kids that will be available with more along the way in March.
These month old kids range in weight from 14 to 20 lbs live weight. By Easter they should be 30-40 pounds. Expect over 50% of that weight to be lean, low fat, sweet meat. Get those slow cookers ready.

Pricing is based on the New Holland USDA report - Selection 1 Kids and goat prices. See attached for last week's trend.

Orders with deposit need to be in at least one month ahead of date required. See more here:

Introducing Skin Sense

La Spa Ligonier is launching a new program called "SKIN SENSE." The goal of this program is to provide the opportunity for health, wellness, and preventative measures for our clients whom would like to have our Customized European Spa Facial or Aromatherapy Massage therapies on a regular basis. It is typically advised to have a facial or massage every four weeks for maximum and continued therapeutic benefits. We do understand that this can be challenging at times and that is why we are bringing to you "SKIN SENSE."

Our "SKIN SENSE" program is quite simple. Your first facial or massage in the program would be at full service value ($80.00). You then would have a six week span to schedule and hold your second service in the program. When this is completed your second service is priced at ($65.00). Then lastly you would schedule your next treatment again within a six week span of time from the previous one and your service is priced at ($55.00). Your service will then remain at the price of $55.00 for as long as you stay within the program guidelines of scheduling and completing your treatments every six weeks. Your price for these service will not be increase as long as you stay within the policies of "SKIN SENSE".  

The "Skin Sense" Program is a great way to keep your body, mind, and spirit on track.

*If a client should not fulfill the program policy of scheduling & completing their specified treatment(s) within the six week time allotment, they would need to re-enroll as a new member.  

I just love these two pictures.

I didn't create them.  One I found years ago on a  Katmandu site and the kitty pic - I don't recall where I found it.

Whenever I clean out my picture file, these two stay.  They're both kind of symbolically radical in their own special way - at least that's what I see. ;) » Sarah: ‘Annoy A Liberal. Vote Newt’ » Sarah: ‘Annoy A Liberal. Vote Newt’

Do you think the daffodils will bloom

in  February this year?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tea Party favorites supporting Gingrich...GOP establishment against him

Cain is the latest in a series of popular conservative figures to back the former House speaker, while much of the GOP establishment is marshaling against him. Among Gingrich’s other recent supporters are former Alaska governor Sarah Palin; his onetime presidential rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry; and former senator Fred Thompson (Tenn.)

Read more in the Washington Post.

Rosary Acres-Raw Milk Follow Up!

This is the notice We at Rosary Acres received from The Family Cow, We ask that everyone keeps the Shank Family in their prayers during this difficult time!

Rick-Rosary Acres

Hello Friends,
We at The Family Cow have decided to voluntarily halt sales of our raw milk at least for Saturday and Monday.  We’ll keep you posted. Read for more details… “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,... it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way..." Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
This week our family faced a food providers “worst of times”…customers calling to say they are sick. We have had several customer/families call to say that have been experiencing acute diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. (If this includes some of you on this list, be assured our whole family is fervently praying and you have been on our minds all week. We pray for a speedy and complete recovery for you and your whole family)
Even though we did not know (and still do not know) if the illnesses and our farm were connected, we are concerned. We do not take even a suspicion of food-borne illness lightly. We took action accordingly. Here is what we did.
We reviewed our last several month’s pathogen testing.  All are clean…100% negative for all four pathogens: Campylobacter jejune, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Ecoli:O157H7 all negative. Good, but that was history. We, in conjunction with PDA sent four samples of this week’s raw milk bottling off to be pathogen tested just to be double and triple sure. The first preliminary test of those came back today. Again, negative.
Admittedly we are skeptical if this apparently powerful diarrhea bug we were hearing about is actually connected to our farm or if it was something going around in other communities not in any way connected to us. Especially we are puzzled how it could possibly be from our milk since none of our family is ill. Neither are our partners here at the farm… and we all drink glassfuls of the same raw milk that we sell.
We made phone calls to other communities to see if they could give us clues. Many reported that the diarrhea is striking whole families in their area too. Some have had it for as long as 10 days before it got better.  When we called back to check up on those who had called us originally, some reported that they had heard from family members who do not drink raw milk and who do not live with them who also had the diarrhea.
So, what do we know?
There are families who have diarrhea. Some of them have tested positive for campylobacter. Some of these families buy raw milk from our farm. Many families have the diarrhea but who do not buy our raw milk or any foods from our farm. None of our family of 8 or Neil’s family of 8 is sick in any way. Neither are any of the rest of our employees.
This afternoon the PA Department of AG called and asked me to participate in a conference call between themselves and The PA Department of Health. They basically told us what we already knew. There are families with diarrhea and some of them drink raw milk from our farm.  They acknowledged that some of the family members who are sick did not drink the milk. They explained that this is easily possible because campylobacter is easily transmitted from one person to another.
They did obtained a partially empty jug of milk from the fridge of one of the families who is sick. They are testing that milk now and the results will not be known for sure till Monday. If the milk from the partially used jug does test positive, the question still remains if the milk carried the bacteria to the household and made them sick or if the sick household carried the bacteria to the milk.
I’m not being crass and unfeeling here. Remember, we have six children aged 5 to 19 so Dawn and I know first-hand just how careful they are to never touch the inside of the lid with their fingers, never lay the lid on a counter top or table with the inside down, never drop it on the floor, never touch the open top, never let the jug sit with the lid open, and of course never drink straight from the jug. These things are just part of life and are very normal and to be expected, but it does highlight that pathogen tests from a partially used jug are really pointless.
To cut to the quick: In spite of all the above facts and even though our pathogen test do not show any sign of contamination. We have decided to voluntarily halt our raw milk sales till we get further confirmation to continue.  (The state is not forcing us to stop selling milk. They cannot because there have been no positive pathogen tests from our milk.)
Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience. We are very sorry.  I know many of you will be upset since you, like us, depend on this milk. We as a family of course will continue to drink the milk as we see no reason to fear it, but I think you understand why, under the circumstances we think it is best to halt selling for now. We are working closely with the PDA and PDH and we expect to resume sales hopefully as soon as next Tuesday. All our other foods including cheeses, butter, cream etc will continue as normal.
If you have milk in your refrigerators that has a “best by” date in February, we recommend you keep it but do not drink it till we can inform you further on Monday. If your milk has a date in January, we recommend you discard since it is too old for us to test… we will refund your money.
Please send all questions to: Because of the volume of questions that we will receive, please do not expect a personal answer. We will read all questions and comments and try to answer all of them in an email newsletter to keep you up-dated.
If you wish to cancel Saturdays drop point order since we will now not be bringing milk, we will understand. For this communication please only use 
Special note to our wholesale accounts: We ask that you pull all our milk from your shelves for now. We will be in touch with all of you as soon as possible on Monday to work out a plan.
 In these situations it is always a hard call to decide what is expedient and cautious and what is reactionary. We have tried to make the best decision. I’m sure some of you will approve but some of you may not.  The least we ask of you is to feel our love and concern and to respect our decision in this.  We’ll keep you posted.  Please pray for us.
Edwin and Dawn Shank and Family

Saturday, January 28, 2012

on the other hand.... the stars

are magnificent tonight.... ;)

saw Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol


a pilot flys over SWPA

An amateur pilot Steve White from Beaver County has been witnessing how the Pennsylvania landscape has been changing during the last three years due to shale gas drilling. He takes Gas Rush Stories for a ride in the skies. Part of Finland photojournalist Kirsi Jansa's coverage of the changes that hydrofracking is bringing to her adopted country.

Bad batch of raw milk

Be careful, folks...

The health department said it has confirmed six cases of Campylobacter infection in those who drank unpasteurized milk from The Family Cow, which sells milk at The East End Food Co-op in Point Breeze and Rosary Acres in Ligonier.

Economic Growth through Investment

I just love reading old books. You can find gems in thrift shops, charity book sales and online.

Forgotten Books has been a delight.  I don't read every book, but once a day they send me a link to a different book for free.  ;)  You can search and download or you can sign up for the daily email of random books.

Here are three I recommend:

The Secret of Success in Life
Celtic Scotland A History of Ancient Alban Vol 1 of 3
The Emerald City of Oz 

Not Romney

This video has language which might offend but I'm posting it because it's worth watching if you are planning to vote in the GOP primary and are not happy with Mitt Romney.

This woman is over the top in her presentation but it's because she is expressing her heartfelt defense of liberty. I just happened upon this while looking for a current discussion of Going Galt.

I may not agree with all the positions expressed by the woman you see in this video but I do agree with her that this is about liberty and how we govern.

If you don't want to watch the entire video, at least go to the last five minutes and listen to the "lobbiest" discussion and how a reporter was treated by the Romney campaign.

PS  If you are not voting in the GOP primary, I'd advise not watching the video as it will just make you angry. ;)

Salsa Saturday's!

Jan. 28th Salsa Saturday menu: 1. Pork Carnitas
2. Beef/Chicken Enchilada(s)

All entrees served w/ Chips
Hot/Mild Salsa
Call or Stop In! 724-238-3810
337 rear west main st.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Literally In The Moment: Ligonier PA Icefest Scupture Highlights 2012!

Literally In The Moment: Ligonier PA Icefest Scupture Highlights 2012!: The ice storm which hit Pennsylvania on Friday Jan 20, 2012, left a thick layer of ice underneath at least 3 - 4 inches of snow our way! ...

Laughter Therapy

You do not need a sense of humor to laugh !!
Isn't that refreshing?

all my MOBILE specials can be used for 
individuals, couples, massage parties, and at the office
My month of LOVE special:
$70 includes
1 /12 hours of Swedish
plus $10 value of chocolate covered berries

Did you know???
  the YMCA 
~has the best massage prices in town !!!
~you don't have to be a member to BOOK
~3 unique therapist to pick from
1/2 hour $24.00
45 min $32.00
1 hour $42.00
1 1/2 hours $66.00
724-238-7580 press "0" to schedule your appointment

Whispers from Hybrasil: Shadows

Whispers from Hybrasil: Shadows: Complicated shadows slide on the moon, frost themselves with pewter dust to hide upon the dunes. Bowing to the Earth  as she twirls from af...


Mountain Palace - Healthy Special Again!

This weekend's special at Mountain Palace is shrimp with youcai and rice. Youcai is a vegetable grown in the north and west of China and is quite tasty. It works to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by combining with those substances and facilitating their elimination from the body. Youcai is considered to have anti-cancer mechanisms and enhances the liver's detoxification mechanisms. Traditional Chinese medicine recommends youcai for its antitoxin effects in treating boils and acne. It is also beneficial in lowering blood sugar and the treatment of diabetes. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy this tasty and healthy authentic northern Chinese treat! Friday from 6:00 to 10:00, Saturday from 11:30 to 10:00, and Sunday from 11:30 to 6:00. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614 

the new Google privacy policy

Our Privacy Policy explains:
  • What information we collect and why we collect it.
  • How we use that information.
  • The choices we offer, including how to access and update information.
We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first. Your privacy matters to Google so whether you are new to Google or a long-time user, please do take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions contact us.

Joshua Clyde Whetzel Jr.

Joshua Whetzel Jr. served the country he loved as an Army officer during World War II, and later as a conservationist devoted to preserving the nation's natural beauty.
A graduate of Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Whetzel participated in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. The experience never left him.
"Dad was proud to have served," said his son, William Mellon Whetzel of Philadelphia. "But he seldom talked about it. Dad was a sensitive man, and the brutality and death that he witnessed bothered him throughout his life."
Joshua Clyde Whetzel Jr. of Harbor's Edge, Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Ligonier, died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in his home. He was 90.

Read more: Veteran, formerly of Ligonier, pursued passion for conservation, outdoors - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A Secret History of Free Enterprise

"Government has created roads, highways, railways, ports, the postal system, inland waterways, universities, and telecommunications systems. Government-funded R&D, as well as the buying patterns of government agencies -- (alas!) both often connected to war and war-making plans -- have driven innovation in everything from textiles and shipbuilding to telecoms, medicine, and high-tech breakthroughs of all sorts. Individuals invent technology, but in the United States it is almost always public money that brings the technology to scale, be it in aeronautics, medicine, computers, or agriculture.

Without constant government planning and subsidies, American capitalism simply could not have developed as it did, making ours the world’s largest economy. Yes, the entrepreneurs we are taught to venerate have been key to all this, but dig a little deeper and you soon find that most of their oil was on public lands, their technology nurtured or invented thanks to government-sponsored R&D, or supported by excellent public infrastructure and the possibility of hiring well-educated workers produced by a heavily subsidized higher-education system."

And speaking of local, small, sustainable farms....

Founded in 1992, PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture's consistent and driving vision has been to transform agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania and beyond in a way that makes our farmers more viable, improves the land and restores the health and well-being of all our citizens. We are nonprofit in structure, but entrepreneurial in spirit, as we use our resources carefully to work collaboratively with others in achieving measurable results where we can, without compromising our values. For us, success is defined as the dual process of achieving our mission now while also building capacity to impact the future for many generations to come.

Each year over 2,000 people come together for our Farming for the Future Conference, one of the largest and most respected gatherings on this topic anywhere in the U.S. The conference is followed by a full season of Field Days and Intensive Learning Programs delivering practical information on sustainable farming methods.

2012 Conference: February 1-4 at Penn State University. Go to for information.

Rosary Acres-Today Friday...Fresh Bread and Fish

Arriving Friday!....
Fresh bread from Mediterra Bakehouse and Friendship Farms.
 Fresh and Wild caught Sockeye Salmon and Scallops!
Rosary Acres
Natural & Organic Foods
1869 Rt30W
Ligonier, Pa 15658


Building, growing and maintaining the olde fashion neighborhood grocery store and fresh market for all the Natural and Organic foods including Raw Milk will take the SUPPORT of Everyone to spread the word including the DOGS!

Rosary Acres
Natural & Organic Foods
1869 Rt30W
Ligonier, Pa 15658

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Help a Small Business

I call upon you now, readers of this blog, for your help!  Right now, Allegory Gallery is participating in Facebook Small Business Boost.  They are giving away advertising dollars!  All we have to do is get as many "likes" as we can, before April 1st.  If we get 100 likes or more before then, we'll get $100 in free advertising dollars!  If we get more, we could even get $10,000 of free advertising dollars!

All you have to do to help is go to our Allegory Gallery Facebook Page and "Like" us, if you haven't already.  (If you have liked us already, please don't "like" us again, because then you'll "unlike" us and we wouldn't want that!)  Just CLICK HERE, make sure you're signed in and "Like" us!  It's as simple as that!  You'll have done your part to help a small business, just starting out, get more money to help promote and establish it.  Every little bit helps!  So please help support this cause and "Like" us on Facebook.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping a small, local business out, please spread the word and get others to "Like" us as well.  We would be most grateful for any help you could offer!  The more people we can get onboard, the better!  Thank you in advance for your help!

Outtakes: "Ravens Lost" Episode

Another Obama State of the Union response

"For years - and again in the President’s speech - we’ve heard calls for more investment in green energy. For years, leaders of the energy reform movement have called for cap and trade, a carbon tax, a ban on coal and tar sands, stronger emissions standards, more energy efficiency. The failed climate conferences in Kyoto, Copenhagen, Cancun, and Durban concentrated most of their energy and effort on fossil fuel emissions.

None of this would be surprising - or troubling - except for this one fact: Recent research and reports conclude that factory farming in the U.S. is responsible for more Green House Gas emissions than the entire transportation and industrial sector combined; including cars, trucks, buses, airplanes, trains, boats, and factories. Yet when was the last - or even the first - time you heard the call for agricultural and food policy reform as a means to reduce GHG emissions and save the planet? Of course we need more environmentally responsible energy choices and we should push for those choices as soon as possible. (and)

The "Great Transition" in agriculture will have to be driven by mass consumer demand for farm products that are organic, locally or regionally-produced, and climate friendly. It’s time to vote with our farms, gardens, and forks for an organic, sustainable, and re-localized food and farming system."

Hydrofracking and Good Science

"When it comes to hydrofracking there’s at least one thing that those pro and con seem to agree on: that we should follow the science. Unfortunately, when it comes to what “the science” is, the agreement separates like repelling magnets. What the gas industry means by “the science” is their science---as though only the gas industry could ever know anything about geology, hydrology or chemistry. And with even more hubris, they utterly disregard sociology, ecology, climate science, public health, radiology, medicine, considering them no more than nuisances that have no place in the research and evaluation of hydrofracking at all.

In contrast, those wary of hydrofracking generally hold that this unruly new technology needs to be studied by all relevant fields of science, its likely impacts objectively regarded in terms of the health, safety and welfare of citizens, communities and environments, both now and for the future."

“Making Air Waves” at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Sponsors Opening Presentation on Vintage Radios

Laughlintown resident Tom Mizikar is a great communicator in more ways than one. Not only is he an interesting and informed conversationalist, he happens to be a vintage radio and mass media collector of the first order. But, Mizikar is not as concerned with the number of radios in his collection as he is in having a quality representation of a timeline.

Mizikar credits an early exposure to old radio programs as the impetus for his great love of the vintage radios that were the cutting edge technology as much as 50 years before his birth. As a teenager Mizikar was employed part-time by the now-defunct Greensburg radio station WHJB-AM and once considered a career in broadcasting.

Joining Mizikar for the presentation will be Lee Kronenberger of Unity Township, a fellow member of the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society (PARS). The history and basic technology of radio will be discussed as well as the evolution of radios in our cars and what people listened to. Vintage radios from the collections of both men will be displayed and operated; radio repair information and tips for people who own old radios will be given.

“Making Air Waves” will be presented on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum, 3435 Route 30 East (near Kingston Dam) in Latrobe, PA 15650. Due to limited seating advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-879-4241. Or visit to make reservations through PayPal. A fee of $10 per person ($7 for Friends of the Lincoln Highway) will include light refreshments.

Hope to “see you on the radio!”

Guess who said that

This is a fun quiz. Listed below are 10 direct quotes. You have to
guess which American politician said it. Your four choices are:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Former VP Dan Quayle
President Barack Obama
Former President George W. Bush

Ready? Here we go!

Who said it?

1) "Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel "

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

2) "I've now been in 57 states I think one left to go."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

3) "On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of
fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today.

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

4) "What they'll say is, 'Well it costs too much money,' you know
what? It would cost, about. It it would cost about the same as what we
would spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it
would cost us. (nervous laugh) All right. Okay.
We're going to do it. It would cost us about the same as it would cost
for about hold on one second. I can't hear myself. But I'm glad you're
fired up, though. I'm glad."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

5) "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice,
savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

(6) "I bowled a 129. It's like - it was like the Special Olympics, or

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

7) "Of the many responsibilities granted to a president by our
Constitution, few are more serious or more consequential than
selecting a Supreme Court justice. The members of our highest court
are granted life tenure, often serving long after the presidents who
appointed them. And they are charged with the vital task of applying
principles put to paper more than 20 centuries ago to some of the most
difficult questions of our time."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

8) "Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the
emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma; they end up taking
up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave
them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a breathalyzer,
or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. I haven't had much sleep in the last
48 hours.

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

9) "It was interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is
not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of I
don't know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

10) "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good
judgments in the future."

A. Barack Obama
B. Dan Quayle
C. Sarah Palin
D. George W. Bush

This was a trick quiz. All of the correct answers are the same person.
Each of these quotes are directly from President Barack Obama. And now
you know why he brings his teleprompter with him everywhere he goes
...even when talking to a 6th grade class.

And some members of the media continue to insist he is "The smartest
man ever elected to the Presidency".

Yeah Right. Send it to all your family and friends so they can see
what an idiot he is!



Friendly young coon hound found in the woods on Settler Road/Kinsey Farm Road.  If you know this dog, please call Sarah or John at 724-995-8242 or 724-989-8844.

Dr. Donovan checked for a chip and found none.  The collar has no tags.

A senator's response to Obama's remarks on drilling

"The shale gas industry has made a habit of overstating fracking's benefits and understating its risks. It likes to point only to economic benefits, which are mostly isolated and temporary, while ignoring a rising number of reports of broken industry promises, harm to local communities, and air pollution and water contamination. Just recently, in Pavillion, Wyo., the Environmental Protection Agency found fracking chemicals in well water.

"We cannot afford to ignore these reports. If we don't take steps to safeguard our water resources, air quality, and public health, the harm we would suffer would far outweigh the purported economic benefits associated with fracking.

"We all know that the air we breathe and the water we drink don't respect state boundaries. That's why Congress passed laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The fracking industry should have to abide by those public health laws, just like everyone else."

From the Trib

180,000 Abandoned Wells Pose Contamination Threat

"The whole area up here is like Swiss cheese," said Weltner, 80, secretary-treasurer of Belmar Association Inc., which operates the treatment system. "It just has holes through all the different strata in the ground, so there's an awful lot of opportunities for contamination of the groundwater. And I think a lot of people are concerned about it, and a lot more communities are getting a public system" to replace water wells. (and)

Even if an old and new well don't cross, gas migrating from deep wells can reach abandoned ones and cause contamination through natural fissures, or if man-made seals don't hold, Smith said.

"Drilling through the rocks that have previously sealed in the formation ... a lot depends on the efficiency of those borehole seals in preventing any leakage," Smith said. "If there's any leakage from a Marcellus well, there's potential for it to make contact with an old, abandoned oil and gas well."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Weekend's Movie at the Ligonier Theater!

"WAR HORSE" - 146 min  -  Drama | History | War   - Rated PG-13 - (Nominated for numerous awards) - Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. One of the BEST MOVIES you'll see this year! Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM ($6 adults, $5 Senior Citizens & Students). Sunday Bargain Matinee at 2:30 (Just $4 for everyone!) We serve the freshest (and most affordable) concessions around with a friendly staff... and our movies always start on time!

Remember to ask about your MOVIE REWARDS CARD: Purchase 5 Movie admissions, and get the 6th FREE!

California Blues performed at Mill Creek CoffeeHouse

The Barking Toadstool

" The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and
the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character"

" The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else, I hate that!"

" Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by
stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body."

all quotes by Arnold Schwarzenegger

News from The Art Room


I would like to thank the library & everyone who participated in the art show this past weekend. It was a great way to encourage our kids & their creative talent.

The Art Room will begin its next session of classes February 6th.

Please view our website for class descriptions & register today, space is limited!

Animal and Human Health Impacts from Gas Drilling: Peer-reviewed Study

"When I first started learning about shale gas drilling, I was stunned by the animal deaths I heard about. In 2009, 161 aquatic species died in a 38-mile stretch of Dunkard Creek in southwestern PA and WVA after gas drilling waste disposed of in an inactive coal mine found its way into surface waters. That same year, 17 cows died agonizing deaths in Louisiana after drinking fracking fluid which was 99% water. In spring 2010, a farmer in southwestern Pennsylvania told me that 85 of his cows had died due to gas drilling. Other farmers told me about their horses dying, cows failing to calve, about stillbirths and deformed young. I testified publicly about these accounts, and published some in the Weekly Press in Philadelphia in a series called “Shale Shame,” but these so-called “anecdotal” incidents were waved breezily away by the industry and painstakingly avoided by the mainstream press.

It became obvious that we needed a serious scientist to look at animal illnesses and deaths caused by gas drilling.

That science has arrived; it is powerful; it is absolutely clear; it is peer-reviewed, and it was published Monday, January 9th, 2012. Veterinarian Michelle Bamberger, MS, DVM, and Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Professor of Pharmacology Robert Oswald have written a breakthrough paper."

Title Insurance Talk: "government sponsored enemies" ????

Title Insurance Talk: "government sponsored enemies" ????: “These government-sponsored enemies in the case of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are a large reason our housing crisis has occurred,” said R...

Jaime's story...

"Our little house, in the middle of the woods, will soon be in the middle of a toxic wasteland, as they prepare to cut down the remaining trees to put in the pipelines and compressor stations that will eventually connect the wells on our neighbor's property. Our property value has been reduced from $125,000 to nothing, overnight. 47 wells, including injection wells, already cover the 12 square miles that is Coitsville, even surrounding the wildlife preserve.

We have already had a blowout of at least one well, a chemical spill, and a tear in a waste pit liner. And again, they are only getting started. I haven’t retested the water since the last well was drilled, but I have a feeling it didn’t make it cleaner. Even if I wanted to have it retested, we have nothing left, having spent every penny on water testing, water filtration equipment, medical bills, and renovating a home we thought we were going to raise a family in. We now check our faucets daily with a lighter, and we’re still hopeful because it hasn’t ignited, yet. I am feeling much better these days, and so are my dogs since we stopped drinking the water. My liver and kidney numbers have improved, though much damage has been done. I have developed kinetic tremors in my hands as a result of the neurological side effects of some of the chemicals.

read more about Nancy Pelosi's debt chart you saw in a previous post here on LL

But the reader who sent it to us was surprised to see the debt increase under Obama was so small. So we decided to check the numbers.

The chart actually comes from a Flickr pagebelonging to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who posted it on May 5, 2011. Specifically, the chart tracks "percent increase in public debt" for the five presidents during the following time periods -- January 1981 to January 1989 (Reagan), January 1989 to January 1993 (George H.W. Bush), January 1993 to January 2001 (Clinton), January 2001 to January 2009 (George W. Bush), and January 2009 to April 2011 (Obama).

Ligonier Valley basketball...nice article ;)

Berger, who was elevated to head coach at Ligonier Valley for this season after spending the previous four as an assistant to former coach Clint Mullen, loves the makeup of his current squad.
"We've got a very fast and athletic team. We're getting the ball up and down the court," he said. "We've been in all the games that we've lost. All of them have been close, and we're starting to come together better."

Read more: Ligonier Valley coach brings discipline to the court - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

From the Treasury Department, today's chart...

What is the World Economic Forum, anyway?

"The economic equivalent of the Oscars, the World Economic Forum is a time for the 0.1% to celebrate the achievements and successes of free markets, and to discuss how to keep the crumbling ship from running ashore; it’s also a time to get in a few good runs on the slopes, deep tissue massages and a soothing hot tub session on the 99%’s dime.
Nestled in the picturesque Swiss Alps where the melting glaciers are deceptively intact and the hotels serviced by an army of invisible temporary workers, approximately 2000 global elites discuss everything from redistributing their obscene profits (a.k.a philanthropy) and environmental sustainability, to forecasting new areas of expansion and the future of capitalism.


-> by cth825
->, a photo by cth825 on Flickr.

Fort Ligonier Quartermaster Hut 2

Ice Festival

Ice Festival by Urban Idealist
Ice Festival, a photo by Urban Idealist on Flickr.

12 Iced Frosty - Ligonier Ice Festival

ice pics

IMG_2642 by Tom D
IMG_2642, a photo by Tom D on Flickr.

I was reminded of this today.

"Where we are is where we should be, and it is exactly here, under these circumstances that we must find light. This is where our service is needed.  Hashem does not make mistakes."

Pittsburgh Dad: Ravens Lost

We drove down the Pittsburgh Dad street on Sunday when I was in the Burgh.  ;)

Happy Chinese New Year!

Had a great lunch at First Wok and enjoyed a sample of Chinese candy.  ;)

Lock and Load - The Work of an IDF Weapons Instructor

Fracking leads to poisoning, which is criminal behavior

"This past November, Sandra Steingraber, a biologist and scholar-in-residence at Ithaca College, told a crowd of hundreds of activists why she was donating her $100,000 Heinz Award to the movement. The money, she said, “enables speech, emboldens activism, and recognizes that true security for our children lies in preserving the... ecology of our planet.”

She raised a jar of water. “This is what my kids are made of. They are made of water. They are made of the food that is grown in the county that I live in. And they are made of air. We inhale a pint of atmosphere with every breath we take... And when you poison these things, you poison us. That is a violation of our human rights, and that is why this is the civil rights issue of our day.”"

By Ellen Canterow, whose work on Israel/Palestine has been widely published for over 30 years.

Obama Is on the Brink of a Settlement With the Big Banks

"For months, a massive federal settlement with big Wall Street banks over their role in the mortgage crisis has been in the offing. The rumored details have always given progressives heartburn: civil immunity, no investigations, inadequate help for homeowners and a small penalty for the banks. Now, on the eve President Obama’s State of the Union address—in which he plans to further advance a populist message against big money and income inequality—the deal may be here, and it’s every bit as ugly as progressives feared.
The Associated Press reports that a proposed deal could be announced within weeks. Five banks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Financial (formerly GMAC)—would pay the federal government $25 billion. About $17 billion would be used to reduce the principal that some struggling homeowners owe, $5 billion more would be used for future federal and state programs and $3 billion would be used to help homeowners refinance at 5.25 percent. Civil immunity would be granted to the banks for any role in foreclosure fraud, and there would be no investigations.

from Utah, "Science Questions"

Listen to this:

Science Questions takes you into the lives of Pennsylvania residents who are personally being impacted by drilling for highly profitable natural gas and what scientists are saying about the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, gaining attention across the nation.

So many to feed...

From Marketplace's "Food for 9 Billion" series:

"A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute found that the cost of providing birth control to the quarter-billion women on the planet who want it -- but don't have access to it -- is about $4.50 a year, per person. But it could mean having 8 billion mouths to feed by the end of the century, instead of 15 billion. That's the United Nations' low and high fertility projections for global population growth. It's a huge spread. But the only difference between those numbers is an average of one less, or one more, child per woman.

So maybe solving the world's food problem isn't just about solving the world's food problem. It's also about giving women the tools they want, so they can make the decisions they want -- here in the world's poorest places."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cash Bash

The Ligonier Valley Football Boosters are hosting a cash bash

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: Doors open at 1pm
Location: Cooperstown Verterans & Sportsmen Association, Latrobe
Tickets: $20 each - Food and beverage included

16 chances to win cash prizes. 5 drawings include Extra cash prizes if you are present.

In addition, we are holding a basket raffle and are currently accepting donations to help fill the baskets. We would greatly appreciate any donation of items to add to existing baskets, or even an entire basket from your business. Please consider supporting your 2012 Ligonier Valley Rams football teams with a donation or purchase of a ticket.


For donations contact
For tickets contact

the money has to come from somewhere.....

A massive principal reduction program applied to underwater loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Macwould cost the mortgage giants more than $100 billion, according to an analysis released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency Monday.


"Given that any money spent on this endeavor would ultimately come from taxpayers and given that our analysis does not indicate a preservation of assets for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac substantial enough to offset costs, an expenditure of this nature at this time would, in my judgment, require congressional action," DeMarco said in a letter sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Friday.

Read more on Housing Wire.

Farmers hear regret from those who allowed drilling on their property

NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania - More than 100 farmers listened to property owners who signed on the dotted line and now regret allowing oil drilling on their properties. At a meeting in New Wilmington, some property owners who signed a lease to allow oil drilling on their property warn others their lives could mirror theirs.
Ron Gulla from Hickory, Pennsylvania tells people the nightmares began after the drilling in the Marcellus shale took place on his property putting his livelihood and livestock at risk. Many of his cattle were dead at birth and blind. He lost his farm trying to prove the problems were caused by oil drilling. He says it's almost impossible to win against multi-million and multi-billion dollar corporations. "All the liability is left on the landowner and the community. These guys are gone. They don't stick around here. They sell this off and it gets sold many, many ways. If they did the investigative work, I guarantee they would run them off their property," Gulla said

Portland, ME, votes for real human beings

"In a non-binding but deeply heartwarming move, our city council voted last night 6-2 for a Constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood, thus joining New York, Los Angeles, and several other enlightened towns. Everyone at the hearing spoke in favor of the resolution, which calls on other Maine communities to pass similar measures.

The great wealth of large corporations allows them to wield coercive force of law to overpower the votes of human beings and communities, thus denying We the People’s exercise of our constitutional rights,” the resolution states, in part. “The judicial and political bestowal of civil and political rights upon corporations usurps basic human and constitutional rights guaranteed to human persons.”"

community blood drive

January 25
noon to 6pm
Ligonier Township Building

walk-ins welcome

note to blood drive folks who distribute fliers in Ligonier Borough

Please feel free to drop a flier at our office.  If we are not here, please feel free to leave it folded or tucked on our porch.  Please do NOT tape it to our front door.

Taping posters on private property without permission is not a good way to promote any idea.  ;)

Chill Chaser fun

Mother Nature really put the "ice" in the Saturday opener of the Ligonier Ice Fest, courtesy of a fast-moving Friday night storm.
But the Valley Players had the perfect antidote to the shivers and shakes, with the second annual Chill Chaser in the Ligonier Theater.

Read more: Chill Chaser held at Ligonier Theater - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, January 22, 2012

First Friday Community Series

First Friday Community Series
February 3rd- 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Off On Our Own
                                                                                                                               Living Off-Grid in Comfortable Independence
Speaker: Ted Carns, III
One couple's 37 year "learn as we go" journey to self reliance. A 21st century success story of zero waste. Ted and Kathy live in the picturesque Laurel highlands beyond reach of the power grid. Through developing a hybrid alternative energy system they generate and store enough electricity to power most major modern conveniences; automatic washer, vacuum, online computer, cell phone, flat screen TV, surround sound stereo and many minor conveniences such as a hair dryer and iron. During the summer they utilize a propane refrigerator/freezer slated to switch to methane generated on site. 
The First Friday Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month. 
Free to the public - Sponsored by 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
1.5 miles East of Ligonier on Route 30 (Beside Ligonier Valley Beach)