Silence is Compliance: Would you recognize tyranny? Part II Occupy for Justice rally held on Luzerne County Courthouse steps The hands-off approach Hollenback Golf Course gets new pond National Parks: America Give veterans freedom of choice in health care

Silence is Compliance: Would you recognize tyranny? Part II

The U.S. government has written into law the power to do literally anything it wants to you

The hands-off approach

Meet Jason Smeltzer, thereminist

Hollenback Golf Course gets new pond

And the Wilkes-Barre City administration's being tight-lipped about it

National Parks: America's Treasures

Discovering them is not as expensive as you might think


Silence is Compliance: Would you recognize tyranny? Part II

Now, in 2014, this government admits to wiretapping every single American, and the following claim might sound like hyperbole if it were not true, but the entire world is now being spied on. The U.S. government has written into law the power to do literally anything it wants to you and you have no say about it whatsoever. They can kidnap you, throw you in a cage forever, and you will never see a lawyer, let alone see your family again. But I guess that pales in comparison to the fact that they can murder you without you ever getting a chance to face your accuser in a court of law or make your case for innocence. If your family wants to know what happened to you, they will be told that “it’s classified, National Security,” and all of this can be made upon the decision of one person who doesn’t even need to explain to anybody why he made such a decision.

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A New Declaration

In a mere two years, it will have been 240 years since the Great Experiment that is the United States commenced. We have progressed from 13 backwater, remotely located colonies to the greatest nation the world has ever seen. We spread from ocean to ocean and were blessed with abundant raw materials that allowed us to become an industrial giant. We were envied and emulated throughout the world. We called out to the world’s tired, poor, and huddled masses desiring to breath free and they came by the millions to a land of freedom such as the world had never seen. They came to a nation that offered the opportunity to strive for whatever success they were capable of achieving. And they succeeded beyond all belief.

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False advertising and the post-honeymoon truth, Part I

But what if there is a method behind the madness of love’s deception? Rather than feeling duped by our partners once the proverbial honeymoon is over or shamefully deceitful towards our partners when our own true colors reveal their shady hues, we might consider that the fraud perpetrated by both parties and our unhappiness with the “truth” are actually motivators. Mother Nature’s incentive behind the blissful state of falling in love could be to compel us to look at and change things about ourselves that we otherwise wouldn’t look at or change.

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Cooking with Blake: Summer’s bounty

Now, I know canning seems like a massive undertaking. There’s the canner or pressure cooker, jars, lids, special utensils, special ingredients . . . it all seems like so much. Fortunately, summer is also known for something else: ubiquitous garage sales. You can acquire almost everything you need to start canning next week for less than $20, and the only really hard part is finding produce at a good price for all your projects. Luckily “u-pick” farms may be found in every direction, where you can procure fruits and vegetables at a significant discount compared to retail. Just after the start of blueberry season, I was able to go picking and hauled away ten pounds at $1.85/lb., a steal compared to $4 for a dry pint (10 oz.) at the store!

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Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of HHS v. Hobby Lobby

Plenty has been written about the United States Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, from defending religious freedom to free speech. Instead of repeating those angles, I’d like to look at the raw text of the June 30 decision. First, the Court was not considering the constitutionality of the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but, rather, whether the provision violated established law.

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Will the Wilkes-Barre Police Department accept charges only against Robbins?

While no evidence to support the claims against DiLiberto was produced, he informed the officers — while the alleged assailant was standing in their midst — that he possessed video footage of the woman’s action against him. DiLiberto claimed she had minutes earlier attempted to take his camera while it was hanging around his neck. At no time did DiLiberto divulge his association with the Gazette, believing his actions to be well within the purview of any citizen, and so not necessitating any sort of “journalistic cover.”

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Small Business Spotlight: Sullivan’s Pin-ups

“We didn’t invent the pinup photography thing,” Bonnie says. “Our services aren’t necessarily unique to us, but the experience is.” Both Sullivans participate in every shoot to get a collection of the best shots possible, a personal touch you’re unlikely to find elsewhere: “male eye” vs “female eye.” That eye for a client’s most flattering angles has garnered them a devout national fan base, despite their lack of professional training. “Women always want to feel gorgeous and have a chance to be in the spotlight for even a day, which is the experience offered in our studio.”

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Vet of the Month: Jim Setzer

Jim Setzer was born and raised in northwestern New Jersey and enlisted in the Army in January 1969. After completing basic training at Fort Dix and advanced training at Fort Monmouth, he was qualified in the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of Cryptographic Equipment Repairman and sent to a security post near Bad Aibling, Germany, arriving Halloween night 1969. The specific mission of the unit was a classified operation of the U.S. Army Security Agency, a military forerunner of the National Security Agency, with origins dating to the First World War.

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“Drain Out the Drinking Age”

If lawmakers truly want to protect America’s youth, they need to abolish the drinking age and trust that Americans will approach the newly-demystified alcohol with a greater degree of responsibility. Sounds ridiculous? Tell that to the growing number of teenagers who devote themselves to healthy exercise and calorie-counting. With the increasing focus on self-image and health, it’s no stretch to suggest that such teens would eschew binge drinking once the “rebel” label is stripped from every bottle of booze.

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