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Friday, May 31, 2013

Mountain Palace - Green Bean Special & Chinese Exercise with Acupressure Training

Mountain Palace's weekend special is pork with green beans and rice. Chinese bone/joint and active motion exercises with acupressure training will be conducted Saturday morning at 11:00. The exercises are designed as low impact routines in which anyone can benefit regardless of physical conditioning. You need not be an Olympic athlete to participate. The exercises and acupressure are based on thousands of years of traditional Chinese study and development. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy tasty and healthy authentic northern Chinese food and participate in a healthy exercise and acupressure program. Exercise sessions are $10 or $30 for the month. Eatery hours are Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614 

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Benefiting Ligonier MOPS
JUNE 7th, 6pm
At The Twisted Vine
*Delicious Appetizers & Drinks will be Served
*Live Entertainment
including items donated by the following local business:
Annee’s Heavenly Tasting Specialty Popcorn
Bridget and Karl Hormon (Southwest Landscaping)
Cathy Sherman Photography
Finishing Touch
Fudgie Wudgie
Little Dippers
Mommy Gear
Mrs. Oates’ Candles & Tarts
Nails By Erika
Nancy Baith
On The Diamond Antiques
Rebecca Perry-Soike Ceramics
Rustic Frames By Cherise
Song of Sixpence
The Berry Patch
The Kitchen On Main
Tree House
Zeiders & Co.
WOW - Come See What You Might Win!
Advance Tickets $20 (includes 5 free raffle tickets)
All Proceeds Benefit Ligonier MOPS
For more info...

liberty...freedom.....This is what we cherish.

When we emotionally remember those who fought and died to preserve our liberty and freedom, let us connect the meaning of those concepts to our politics.

When we seek to control others with whom we disagree, we take up the mantel of those our heroes fought.

When we seek to control others with whom we disagree, we devalue the worth of every precious person who fought and died to create and preserve a free country.

freedom of the press except for libertarians?

Pakistan Christian Teenager Tortured To Death By Mob At Muslim Seminary - from the Catholic Herald Archive

Pakistan Christian Teenager Tortured To Death By Mob At Muslim Seminary - from the Catholic Herald Archive

A MUSLIM MOB in Pakistan tortured a Christian teenager to death after he drank water from the tap of an Islamic seminary, it emerged this week.
Javaid Anjum, a 19-yearold student of commerce in Quetta, Eastern Pakistan, was tortured for five days. A gang of Islamic students gave him electric shocks, broke his arm and his fingers, and pulled out his fingernails. The electric shocks caused his kidneys to fail. He was taken to hospital, where doctors tried to keep him alive on dialysis machines, but he died earlier this month.
Mr Anjum had gone to visit his grandfather in Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, and felt thirsty while at a bus stop. When he found a tap inside the compound of Jamia Hussainbin-Murtaza, an Islamic seminary, he drank from it. Immediately, he was accosted by Ghulam Rasool, a famous Islamic preacher, and a gang of his students.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's Friday....MEXICAN Night!!! at Connections starting at 5 

      Mexican Menu
Tacos -  Grilled shredded steak, Al pastor(pork), Shrimp.
Arroz con Pollo
Steak Taquitos
Fried Ice Cream and Coconut Dessert.  Yum!

Connections Cafe   109 S Market Street Ligonier  724 238 9611
                                BYOB establishment.

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Ligonier, PA 15658

Allegory Gallery Announces New Classes

We at Allegory Gallery have been busily working on getting a schedule of classes together, as well as working on our NEW classroom facility.  We've nicknamed the additional classroom area as "the Annex".  It is conveniently located next to Earth Lotus Yoga Studio on Route 711.  The Annex will be open for classes and by appointment.

The classes that we have listed so far take place this June and July!  We have ones scheduled that are taught by Maria Richmond, Alisa Barnhart, and Jan Durkin!  We will be adding more classes to the summer line-up, including ones on paper crafts and poetry!  The classes are all very reasonably priced.  Compared to some of the prices at the national conventions, they are a 1/4th of the cost!  (Plus, if you are a local, they are located in your own backyard and you don't have to pay for travel or lodging!)

If you're interested in finding out more about these classes, CLICK HERE.  You can also sign up online or if you'd rather, you can sign up in person at the store!  Reserve your spot as soon as possible!  An early head count helps us make preparations for the classes.  Hope to see you at one of the classes!

Joss Whedon Commencement address at Wesleyan

Whedon wrote the screenplays for "Toy Story" and "The Avengers," among others.

fracking news

On May 16, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comment regarding hydraulic fracturing on BLM-administered public and Indian lands (Revised Proposed Rule). This Revised Proposed Rule was issued in response to comments on the initial draft Proposed Rulepublished on May 11, 2012 (Initial Proposed Rule). The BLM received over 177,000 comments on the Initial Proposed Rule. The impetus for this proposed rule is the increasing incursion of drilling and development activity in populated areas, which has raised public awareness and intensified regulatory scrutiny of hydraulic fracturing. This issue, coupled with the fact that BLM’s hydraulic fracturing regulations are outdated (established in 1982 and last updated in 1988), has caused the BLM to conclude that there is a need to revise its regulations to “modernize” BLM’s management of hydraulic fracturing operations and create a “uniform” national standard for operations on BLM-managed oil and gas resources.
The Initial Proposed Rule required operators to (1) disclose to the public the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, after the fracturing operation is completed; (2) confirm that wells used in fracturing operations meet appropriate construction standards to ensure well-bore integrity; and (3) require operators to employ appropriate plans for managing flowback waters from fracturing operations. In addition to these three main components — which remain in the Revised Proposed Rule — the Revised Proposed Rule also requires the use of an expanded set of cement evaluation tools (rather than cement bond logs) to ensure that water resources are being protected and provides more detailed guidance on disclosure requirements, modeling Colorado’s rule, which adopts FracFocus as the disclosure medium and entitles operators to trade secret protections. Furthermore, the Revised Proposed Rule would allow operators to seek a variance from the BLM rules allowing deference to states and tribes that already have standards in place that meet or exceed those proposed by this rule in order to reduce administrative costs, eliminate duplication, and improve efficiency.  Significantly, the variances would apply only to operational activities, including monitoring and testing technologies, and do not apply to the actual approval process for obtaining a permit to drill from the BLM.

Grilled Pizza tonight!
         Featured Pizzas
- Fresh tomato sauce with mixed cheeses and pesto.
- Sweet & hot peppers, mixed cheeses
- Mushroom, spinach, mixed cheeses
- Hot sausage, mixed cheeses
See you tonight on the Porch!  .

Connections Cafe & Fair Trade gift shop is located on  109 S Market Street  Ligonier PA   724 238 9611

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Multi-family yard-patio-porch sale --

Friday MAY 31 and June 1:
9:00-5:00 both days
12 & 13 Hemlock Road, Laurel Mountain Borough (Laughlintown)

From Ligonier, heading east, n Rt. 30 turn left at the Pie Shop at Laughlintown's blinking light, go one mile (bear right at stop sign) and turn onto Walnut Rd, then right onto Hemlock Rd (or traveling west from Laurel Mountain turn right at the blinking light
Household items
Queen size book-case headboard
Children's toys
Children's books
Craft magazines
Dog cages
Dish sets
China soup tureen
Stuffed animals
Coffee Table Books
Treadmill---needs repair
Table with Beanery Writer's Group Booklets and members books
General household/garage item




Is there anyone interested in fostering this dog until a home can be found for him if the owners do not come forward? Would appreciate any help? Would love to keep him but already have two. 

CALL KIM JOHNSON 724-875-2502.

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106 North Fairfield Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
   Kananga Burger Blast 
       Grand Opening!!
       Saturday at 5 p.m.

Kananga beef cattle are fed 100% local Ligonier grass, a mineral smorgasbord and that's it!

BYOB and enjoy gourmet beef on the porch or in the air-conditioned cafe.              See you soon!
Wednesday's Features
Soup - Creamy Potato Leek
Sandwich - Asparagus and smoked gouda grilled cheese on handmade whole grain bread.
Frittata - Yellow tomato, yellow pepper, spinach and zucchini.
Salads - Black bean and Roasted corn, Cauliflower and Pea,  Curry Chicken, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Spicy Peanut Noodle, Tuna and Red bean.

Connections Cafe, a healthy eatery and Fair Trade store is located on 109 S Market Street Ligonier PA    Take out, small catering please call 724 238 9611 

                 Connections Cafe is a BYOB establishment. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

police looking for Adam Trax

State Police are asking for help finding a man who they say walked into a Westmoreland County Walmart last week and held up the pharmacy with a BB gun he stole from the store.

State police have a warrant for the arrest of Adam Trax, 30, on armed robbery and related charges. His last known address was in Ligonier.

Trooper Stephen Limani of the Greensburg barracks said authorities believe Trax may be in the Pittsburgh area.

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CALL KIM JOHNSON 724-875-2502.

'Corporate Colonialism' Runs Wild as 'Growth' Bulldozes Forests

"Corporate colonialism" is bringing farmer deaths, poverty, human rights violations and ecological catastrophe to Indonesia with little recourse for the local communities who suffer the effects of projects touted as "growth," the Guardian's John Vidal reports. In the match between corporate power and the poor in the archipelago, the number of conflicts is on the rise. "More than 600 were recorded in 2011, with 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The true number is probably far greater, say watchdog groups." " The scale of the conflicts is growing. Every day new ones are reported. More and more police are now in the plantations. Government is trying to clamp down on mass protests," Vidal reports Abetnego Tarigan, director of Friends of the Earth Indonesia in Jakarta, as saying.

"Who controls the land in Indonesia controls the politics. Corruption is massive around natural resources. We are seeing a new corporate colonialism. In the Suharto era you were sent to prison for talking about the government. Now you can be sent there for talking about corporations," says Tarigan. Here, as in so much of the world, corporate power trumps all. "These developments are classed as 'growth' but what we are seeing is the collapse of communities of fisherfolk or farmers and increasing poverty," he continues.  "We are exchanging biodiversity for monocultures, local economies for global ones, small-scale producers are becoming labourers and community land is becoming corporate. This is the direction we are going."

narrow minded hypocritcs - PETA

The Huffington Post ran an article last month entitled “Shocking Photos: PETA’s Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies.” It garnered nearly 5,000 comments and 244,000 Facebook likes. The article photo-documented PETA’s hypocritical actions of claiming to be outraged over “inhumane” animal treatment, but at the same time, slaughtering thousands of animals, throwing kittens and puppies in dumpsters, etc.
Curiously, PETA aren’t going after the author of that article. They’re going after a few commenters on that article.
One of those commenters called PETA “animal Kevorkians.” The animal slaughter organization wants the court to release names, e-mail addresses and other personal information about commenters like that one. They have to at least identify the people in order to sue them for defamation.

How far did the political targeting go?

Gibson Guitar raid and GMAC car dealership closures being reviewed in light of IRS scandal.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

good found


34 years ago today ;)

seeking volunteers to search for lost dog

Seeking volunteers today:  Anyone willing to help search for 'Dreamer' the newly rescued greyhound that went missing yesterday (5.25.2013) north of Ligonier, PA (Westmoreland County) on Route 271 heading up the mountain towards Johnstown, PA.  The last sighting was on Atlantic Lane, above the cemetery above Waterford, PA at 3:00 pm. Dreamer is wearing a red collar and dragging a red leash and is wearing tags.  Call Ligonier Township Police IMMEDIATELY upon any sighting.  Please share!  For more information:

how odd and lovely

Saturday, May 25, 2013


On 05/25/13 at approximately 1000 am, 3 year old black female greyhound escaped from her owner's car on Brigade Lane in Ligonier Twp . She is approximately 63 pounds wearing a red collar with tags. There is still a red leash attached to her collar.  Her name is Dreamer.  She very quickly covered several miles in the twp and was last seen in the cemetary on Rt 271 still heading up the mountain and into the game lands. Dreamer is said to be very calm and friendly but due to the situation she may be fearful of people.  Approaching her may cause her to run again.  Please report all sightings and don't startle her in any way if possible.  You can contact Debbie Evers her owner at (412) 606-9980, Amber Noel at (814) 421-7078, or the Ligonier Twp Police.
Thank you,

The Bricks at The Forks Inn - Saturday, May 25

Come on out and enjoy the music of The Bricks as they enjoy a  "Team Drink" at The Forks Inn!  The music and fun starts at 9:30 on Saturday, May 25!  Hope to see you all there!

Join the Millions Against Monsanto, the company who's "engineering" your food


Summary: GMO seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies like Monsanto who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Corn and soybeans are mostly all GMOed... . Aided by the fact that the Monsantos, et al, refuse to LABEL their products as containing GMOs, you are literally a real-time experiment being run by corporations -- with the help of our elected officials, who they pay off -- without your permission or knowledge.
Join Pittsburgh's contingent in the Millions Against Monsanto March today in The Strip District at 2pm. From their Facebook page ( "Starting at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (57 21st Street) in the Strip District we will walk southwest on 21st Street, turn right onto Liberty Ave and left onto Grant St."

See you there!

German Brewers Declare: "Don't Frack With Our Beer!"

German brewers are warning officials that the country's highly prized beer industry may be in jeopardy if the practice of fracking becomes widespread.

"The Association of German Breweries, which represents companies including Anheuser-Busch and Bitburger Braugruppe, rejected a government proposal for a law that would set parameters on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, allegedly protecting certain areas. "The water has to be pure and more than half Germany's brewers have their own wells which are situated outside areas that could be protected under the government's current planned legislation on fracking," said an association spokesman. "You cannot be sure that the water won't be polluted by chemicals so we have urged the government to carry out more research before it goes ahead with a fracking law," he added.

The high possibility of groundwater pollution as a result of fracking threatens the country's 500-year-old industry rule on water purity. Under the "Reinheitsgebot" (purity mandate), brewers have to produce beer using only malt, hops, yeast and water. According to reports, the association has sent a letter voicing its concerns to six Cabinet ministers including Environment Minister Peter Altmaier."

Too bad many Americans weren't this concerned about our water before giving it away to the oil and gas industry.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Snuggly Bear...and bipartisan partisanship!

Would you rather have freedom of the press, or be snuggly and secure?

 A 2-minute video cartoon: "Don't Worry About the AP Scandal"

"Greetings, from the Department of Justice! It's me, Snuggly the Security Bear-- here to tell you all about spying on the press! See, I'm not scary, and neither is Attorney General Eric Holder! So what if we secretly snooped into the phone records of a hundred or so journalists-- it was all to keep you snuggly and secure-- trust us! Heeheeheehee! Those people in the Associated Press are helping the terrorists by protecting their sources and stuff. We're just trying to keep you safe . . . from people in government who leak things to the media! Which is why my boss Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowe-- er-- criminals-- than all previous presidents combined! But before we nail 'em, we've got to find 'em-- by doing things like secretly looking into the phone logs of journalists . . . at the office, at home, at the capitol, or in the men's room!

Would you rather have Freedom of the Press or would you rather be more snuggly and secure with the most transparent administration ever! Best part is-- my warm hugs of security, are bipartisan! Republicans are outraged now, and Democrats were outraged about two-thousand and four!. . . which keeps them not-outraged in reverse! Partisanship can be so bipartisan. So of course you can have your Freedom of the Press and confidential sources-- as long as your confidential sources don't mind the government having their phone numbers! Heeheeheehee!"

Mark Fiore is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and animator whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and dozens of other publications.
Saturday morning only ... Sourdough Belgium Waffles with blackberry sauce and local maple syrup!!!!      

Open Sunday's 12 - 5 p.m.

Mexican Night tonight.

Closed Memorial Day.  Enjoy the holiday!  
Friday features
Soup - Corn Chowder
Sandwich -  Carmelized onions and cheddar on homemade whole grain bread.
Frittata - Crab and potato 
Healthy salads - Curry chicken, Red bean and Tuna,  Barley with cucumber and radishes,  Asparagus and mixed tomato,  Cauliflower and pea,  Greek orzo, beet carrots and ginger, wheat berry with apple and fennel.  
Awesome desserts - White Chocolate  Raspberry tart, Fudge Almond tart and apricot scones.   All made by Sharon in the Connections kitchen.

BYOB establishment, no cork or bottle fee.

Connections Cafe, a healthy food eatery, located on 109 S Market Street  Ligonier PA  724 238 9611

Mountain Palace - Cumin Chicken Special & Chinese Exercise!

Mountain Palace has cumin chicken with vegetables and rice as a weekend special. Sunshine Club Chinese exercise will continue at 11:00 Saturday morning with bone/joint and active motion activities. Lacy will include paida stimulation of pressure point areas to benefit circulation, diabetes and digestion. Such stimulation reduces pressure point blockage along the nerve paths. Stimulating points on the nerve path relative to diabetes facilitates insulin secretion. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy our authentic northern Chinese food that is both tasty and nutritious. You may also come to benefit from the ancient Chinese exercises and pressure point stimulation activities. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. We will not be open Monday for Memorial Day. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614 

Bees bring new buzz to Capitol Hill...will they save us from ourselves?

Can the farm bill help save the bees? Can the bees help save the farm bill from itself?

"It’s an 'only-in-Washington' drama that opens Tuesday and Wednesday as the Senate and House agriculture committees mark up their new five-year plans, which are worth tens of billions of dollars to American farmers over the next decade. The powerful crop insurance industry and old-line commodity lobbies like rice, cotton and corn will be at the table defending their share. But the big newcomer is the bee, which has been disappearing in record numbers and become a symbol of much that is haywire in the current system.Indeed, the number of honeybee colonies in the U.S. fell by nearly a third this past winter according to government data released last week. That’s a big jump from the prior winter and the latest evidence of a steady decline that recently led Europe to impose new pesticide restrictions — alarming corporations like Germany’s Bayer AG with major operations in the U.S.
Native American bees as well as the honeybee — more often used in managed pollination — are affected, and the threat to agriculture is real. Billions in annual farm income could be lost given the bee’s importance to scores of specialty crops from tomato and pumpkin patches to fruit trees and California’s almond industry. Most important politically, the bee’s plight puts a face — or stinger — on long-standing complaints about the insular nature of Washington’s approach to farm policy. “I consider it one of the world’s very crucial issues, I mean that most sincerely,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), that rare combination, a former zoology student with a seat on the House Rules Committee. “If you don’t have no bees, you don’t have no food.”

This 9-Year-Old Girl Told McDonald's CEO: Stop Tricking Kids

Out of the mouths of babes...comes the truth.

"It's not every day that a 9-year-old girl chastises the CEO of one of the world's biggest fast-food chains.Yet that's exactly what young Hannah Robertson did Thursday morning at McDonald's annual shareholders meeting in Chicago. When the meeting opened up to questions, Hannah was first up at the mic with a pointed criticism. "It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time," she told McDonald's CEO Don Thompson. Ouch.
Hannah, a native of Kelowna, British Columbia, didn't get to Chicago on her own, of course. She and her mother, Kia Robertson, who blogs* about how parents can help kids make healthful food choices, showed up as part of a contingent from the watchdog group Corporate Accountability International. "We want them to stop their predatory marketing to kids," says Sriram Madhusoodanan, a national campaign organizer with the group. Corporate Accountability has been pushing McDonald's to change its ways for years. Two years ago, it launched a so far unsuccessful bid urging McDonald's to retire Ronald, its famous clown mascot. Its latest social media campaign involves harnessing the power of mom bloggers like Robertson to tell McDonald's that they're "" the company's efforts targeting kids, such as including toys in Happy Meals."
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bet this woman wished she had a gun....

The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.
“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

"But it is."

There is, regrettably, a loud rump group of Obama dead-enders on the left who strain and struggle to insulate the president from blame, who take the role of defense attorney and who go searching for helpful snippets to bolster the president ( a few answers from one poll, the possibility of GOP overreach, the willingness to assert the president didn’t and couldn’t know what was going on, etc.). Whereas before the dam broke, the eager- beaver Obama defenders blended into the generally liberal media landscape, they now stand out like exasperated riders trying to restrain a media stampede galloping away from White House.
Their telltale uniformity produces a parade of stale arguments:
  • The White House just “mishandled” the press storm.
  • The public doesn’t care about any of this.
  • The right just wants to get Hillary Clinton and/or the president.
  • There is nothing tying any of this to the president.
  • There is a mid-level bureaucrat (well maybe a lot of them, apparently in many departments or agencies) responsible for the screw-up.
  • This is all a distraction from really important things.
  • We expect too much of the president.
What is remarkable is that the dead-enders adopt all of these arguments virtually all of the time. The common theme that governs every argument (or tweet, or post or article) is “It’s not Obama’s fault.” But it is.

Hero gets free hamburgers for life!

Apparently, creating a special hamburger to honor Charles Ramsey was just the beginning.
Now, the hero in the rescue of four kidnap victims held captive on Cleveland's West Side for roughly 10 years will enjoy free burgers for life.

Scamps Toffee makes the perfect Teachers gift!

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mystery in the Sea of Galilee

The massive circular structure appears to be an archaeologists dream: a recently discovered antiquity that could reveal secrets of ancient life in the Middle East and is just waiting to be excavated.

It's thousands of years old -- a conical, manmade behemoth weighing hundreds of tons, practically begging to be explored.

The problem is -- it's at the bottom of the biblical Sea of Galilee. For now, at least, Israeli researchers are left stranded on dry land, wondering what finds lurk below.

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Memorial Day preparations

Fort Ligonier Post 734 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Byers-Tosh American Legion Post 267 will conduct a Memorial Day program on the Diamond in Ligonier. The parade will assemble at 10:30 a.m. Monday on Bell Street and proceed to the Diamond at 11 a.m.

The parade marshal is Richard Flickinger of Ligonier.

Flickinger is a United States Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

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What's wrong with this sentence?

Teachers who set higher education goals themselves is a good investment.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Do you recognize this cat?

He's a male and not the usual stray.  Instead of running when I shooed him away, he started meowing and trying to come in.  Criminy.

I hope someone recognizes him and calls sends me an email.

Documents Show Exxon Lied in Aftermath of Tar Sands Pipeline Rupture

The cove of Lake Conway which Exxon claimed was “oil-free”:
"Internal ExxonMobil documents obtained through an Freedom of Information Act request by Greenpeace shows that the oil giant misled the public about the degree to which the spill of more than 200,000 galllons of tar sands oil in Arkansas had contaminated local waterways. Following the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in the town of Mayflower on March 29, area residents were increasingly concerned that Lake Conway had been contaminated. Despite overwhelming evidence that tar sands oil was in the lake, ExxonMobil publicly said this was not the case."

"The Environmental Protection Agency and the American Petroleum Institute don’t agree on everything, but they do agree that the only safe level of Benzene, a cancer-causing chemical found in oil, is zero. Benzene is added to tar sands oil to make it less viscous and flow more easily through pipelines.  Local people have reported fish kills, chemical smells, nausea and headaches. Independent water tests have found a host of contaminants present in the lake.

Dead fish in Palarm creek, which Lake Conway drains into. Palarm creek is a tributary of the Arkansas River:

Frackalypse Now: A Very Timely Battle

With Illinois poised to approve fracking - and regulations they swear will protect them - Gasland II, the second part of Josh Fox' acclaimed anti-fracking documentary, kicked off a 23-stop nationwide tour of the film with a free showing in Normal sponsored by Illinois People’s Action. The film  tells stories of fracking victims and explores the financial clout of Big Oil - best if perversely exemplified by industry use of psychological warfare, or psyops, to "manufacture consent," as Chomsky once famously put it. In honor of their tactics, cartoonist Mark Fiore has created a new video.** (With apologies to Francis Ford Coppola.)

GASLAND II screening in PITTSBURGH, Soldiers and Sailors Hall - June 20, 2013. Director JOSH FOX will be there for the screening.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

UFO reported over Ligonier

Two Ligonier, PA, witnesses reported watching "a large object in the sky with flickering lights" in the shape of a diamond or cross-like pattern that hovered and moved for about an hour beginning at 12:30 a.m. on May 20, 2013, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

armed women

State Representative Joe Salazar recently drew fire for telling the Colorado legislature that college women should arm themselves with rape whistles rather than guns. 
“And you don’t know, if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be,” Salazar said, “that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.” 

Salazar’s comments suggest he thinks college-age women are not competent to use guns safely. But they also suggest he isn’t aware of just how many lives are saved by people with guns and the role guns can play in leveling the playing field between women and their assailants.
I have firsthand experience. 

In 2003, while out riding mountain trails on a dirt bike and an ATV, my husband and I were attacked. The crazed man approached with a large rock. After a physical confrontation with my husband, I drew the 9mm on my belt and fired. Only then did the attacker flee. If my six-foot-three, 220-pound husband couldn’t fend off the man, how effective would a 130-pound woman blowing a rape whistle have been in a similar circumstance? That gun probably saved both of our lives that day.

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must watch this

Saturday morning only ... Sourdough Belgium Waffles with local maple syrup!!!!

Open Sunday's 12 - 5 p.m

Tuesday features
Soup - Curry lentil
Sandwich -  Mushroom, cheddar on homemade whole grain bread.
Frittata - Asparagus and brie
Healthy salads - Curry chicken, Red bean and Tuna,  Quinoa tabbouleh,  Asparagus and mixed tomato,  Cauliflower and pea,  Greek orzo.
Awesome desserts - White Chocolate  Raspberry tart, Lemon tart, Fudge Almond tart.   All made by Sharon in the Connections kitchen.

BYOB establishment, no cork or bottle fee.

Connections Cafe, a healthy food eatery, located on 109 S Market Street  Ligonier PA  724 238 9611