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Justice in the balance in Luzerne County

Apr 8th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

In 2011, two judges in Luzerne County were found guilty of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for sentencing children to private prisons operated by two businessmen. These children, thousands of them, were taken away from their parents and put into for-profit juvenile facilities for minor infractions. One of the victims later committed suicide. Former Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is serving a 28-year sentence, scored a legal victory in January, when a federal judge threw out convictions on three counts (but upheld them on nine others). In an ironic twist, the ruling relied on the incompetence[Read more...]

Teaching Evolution

Mar 24th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Recent remarks by a member of the Elizabethtown school board have led to some agitation among the crack staff of EJ. Keen observers of the local education scene will recall that Mr. Menno Riggleman, in an interview with the school newspaper, observed that the curriculum on evolution was outdated. He also went on to argue that homosexuality is a sin, not unlike unmarried people living together. (1) The crack staff of EJ does not shy away from covering controversial cases. Rumor has it that its reporters were sent to Tennessee in 1925 to cover the celebrated Scopes Monkey trial. However,[Read more...]

Our Men in Moscow

Aug 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Front Page

President Trump thanked Putin for expelling 755 American diplomats from Russia. He said Putin was helping him reduce the US government’s payroll. For this candid and appreciative statement, he was pilloried by the mainstream media. (1) But we in the debunking corner are more clear eyed about the efficacy of Trump’s words. Imagine how other countries will now react. To get into Trump’s good books, all they have to do is expel American diplomats from their capitals. Foe or friend—it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that Trump will not have to undertake the distasteful task of firing people himself—he[Read more...]

From the Debunking Corner: An Ingenious Way to Answer the Great Questions of Science

Jul 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

A recent Gizmodo article takes the EPA chief Scott Pruitt to task for his “idea for a ‘red team-blue team debate’ on climate science.” The article goes on to add that Pruitt, “who all but admitted recently that his entire goal is to dismantle the EPA, has suggested collecting a group of scientists and having them debate objective reality, perhaps on television.” (1) What a great idea! But instead of praising Pruitt for his revolutionary thinking on the scientific method, Fake News Gizmodo seeks to vilify him. But ask yourself: How else can one get at scientific verities, if not[Read more...]

A New Hire at the Journal Debunks Fake News

Jul 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

The crack editor of EJ is fed up with the constant stream of fake news. Accordingly, the newspaper has hired a reporter whose sole job it is to debunk the incorrect, unfair and, frankly, anti-Trump coverage in the mainstream media. It is time, the editor stated, for the American people to get the news they deserve. Here is the first debunking. A Politico story notes: “Candidates for top Trump administration jobs are increasingly frustrated by the high cost and huge time commitment required to meet the government’s ethics and conflict-of-interest rules, complicating White House efforts to fill hundreds of crucial[Read more...]

Not Only in the White House

Jun 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article, Uncategorized

The editor of the EJ was interviewing a candidate to join his crack staff of reporters. The grueling interview was almost over when he asked the most important question of all: “Can I count on your loyalty?” ‘How about honesty?” countered the candidate. “Can you give me obedience?” “I can promise you integrity.” “Hmm, that’s not enough. Can you give me faithfulness?” “No, but I can give you trustworthiness.” “No, no. How about undying love?” “I can offer untrammeled admiration for your business acumen.” “Very close. How about everlasting devotion?” “Will you settle for regular praise for the editor-in-chief?” “I[Read more...]

Do Names Matter?

Feb 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

What’s in a name, said the Bard? Well, if you call yourself Integrity Bank, you’d better make sure your operations are on the up and up. But the pressure proved to be too much, and they succumbed. In 2013, two bank executives and a third person were sentenced for “their roles in a conspiracy to commit bribery and bank fraud, insider trading and tax evasion.”(1)  Five years later, Integrity Bank went under. That was the bad Integrity Bank, based in Georgia. Here, in Pennsylvania, we continue to have our own Integrity Bank with branches in York and Lancaster. A disaster[Read more...]

Trump’s Uncanny Resemblance to St. Augustine

Oct 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Did Trump’s recent apology for past behavior mollify the liberal media? Not in the least! Here’s the wretched New York Times (1) : “During a 90-second videotaped appearance, Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, offered a strikingly brief articulation of regret for a decade-old audiotape in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitals and said he could have his way with women because of his fame.” A brief articulation of regret? That’s what the NYT chose to focus on—the inadequacy of the apology! But to anyone who craves fair and balanced media treatment, this sort of coverage is not surprising.[Read more...]

Trump and the Immigrants

Sep 28th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  Homer had long believed that Trump would save America. He had, on various occasions, lauded Trump’s business acumen (mostly self-advertised), his dedication to the cause of education (via Trump University), and his steadfast resolve to get to the bottom of an issue that was preventing America from becoming great again (Obama’s birth certificate). So now, as Trump edges ever closer to the White House, Homer is confidently looking forward to the Trump presidency. And what might a President Trump mean for America, in particular for its immigration stance? A useful starting point is Trump’s website. Building a wall to[Read more...]

Pennsylvania’s unending story of corruption and sleazy emails

Jul 10th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Pigs love to wallow in mud. In Pennsylvania, members of Pennsylvania’s political and legal establishments seem to relish wading into cesspools of corruption. Nine years ago, in Pennsylvania, Democrats were charged with “illegal use of government funds for political purposes.” Former House Speaker Bill DeWeese and Democratic Whip Mike Veon went to jail for their starring roles in Bonusgate. (1) Republicans were not to be outdone. Five years later, in the Computergate scandal, House Republicans were charged with “using state-paid employees and computer resources to abet GOP political campaigns.” Several worthies went to jail, including former House Speaker John Perzel[Read more...]