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Man Accused of Kidnapping Linda Stolzfoos Pleads Not Guilty

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Linda Stolzfoos Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of kidnapping Linda Stolzfoos is waiving his scheduled arraignment and pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment in the case of the 18-year-old Amish girl who disappeared in late June.

Prosecutors allege that Justo Smoker, 34, of Paradise, kidnapped Stoltzfoos, who is still missing.…

Stick a Fork in COVID-19, We’re Done | Diane Knight

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Stick a Fork in COVID-19, We’re Done | Diane Knight

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By Diane Knight


I have written before about the Hydroxychloroquine scandal and the political machinations of the Democrat establishment all over the…

Neighbors Voice Concerns, Opposition to Current Plans for 913 Wheatland as Part of $93M St. Joseph Hospital Redevelopment

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Neighbors Voice Concerns, Opposition to Current Plans for 913 Wheatland as Part of $93M St. Joseph Hospital Redevelopment

About 40 neighbors gathered Monday night to express their concerns and craft a strategy for their objections for plans for a four-story apartment building at 913 Wheatland Ave., a part of the proposed $93 million redevelopment of the old St. Joseph Hospital site.

Organizer Peter Brown, who lives on Marietta,…

The Fall of the Ideological Bourgeoisie Nationwide and Right Here in Lancaster County is Inevitable | Diane Knight

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The Fall of the Ideological Bourgeoisie Nationwide and Right Here in Lancaster County is Inevitable | Diane Knight

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By Diane Knight

A piece I wrote some five years ago for a long-gone British news site was about the death of…

The $90M St. Joseph Hospital Redevelopment with Government Housing Will Bring Crime and Harm Home Values While Gentrifying Existing Nearby Lower Income Areas

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The $90M St. Joseph Hospital Redevelopment with Government Housing Will Bring Crime and Harm Home Values While  Gentrifying Existing Nearby Lower Income Areas

The proposal to turn the brutalist-style old St. Joseph Hospital on College Avenue into housing, offices, and shops – including low-income housing – would create serious traffic problems, increase crime and drive down housing prices in the neighborhood.

On Monday, the first step toward this $90 million redevelopment advanced, when…

Gov. Wolf and Rachel Levine’s War on the Keystone State’s Children | Diane Knight

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Gov. Wolf and Rachel Levine’s War on the Keystone State’s Children | Diane Knight

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By Diane Knight

One of the most terrifying things about Rachel Levine is not the fact that she is personally responsible for…

Corporate Cancel Culture is Killing Us | Ben Garrison

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Corporate Cancel Culture is Killing Us | Ben Garrison

By Ben Garrison

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is all about Marxism.

People are not allowed to amend the far-left slogan, “Black Lives Matter” and it’s endlessly repeated in all the blue cities. It’s painted in large letters on public thoroughfares. Trying to paint over such graffiti might get you…

How America Failed to Manage a Measly Virus, Creating the Biggest Murder Mystery in History |Diane Knight

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How America Failed to Manage a Measly Virus, Creating the Biggest Murder Mystery in History |Diane Knight

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By Diane Knight

We can sit here and talk about Covid-19 and the unexplainable mistakes made in its management here in Pennsylvania…

Lebanon County Suing Democrat Gov. Wolf Over His Retaliatory Withholding of $13M in Federal Funding

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Lebanon County Suing Democrat Gov. Wolf Over His Retaliatory Withholding of $13M in Federal Funding

Lebanon County, home of some of the strongest resistance to Gov. Tom Wolf’s draconian lockdown, is suing the governor for nearly $13 million in federal coronavirus relief funding that he withheld in retaliation for its resistance to his authoritarian lockdown actions.

The lawsuit is the latest challenge to Wolf’s emergency…

Pennsylvania Patriots Turn Out in the Thousands at the Capitol to Defy Gov. Wolf’s Mandates as Resistance to Mask Laws, Lockdown Intensifies [INCLUDES PHOTO ESSAY]

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Pennsylvania Patriots Turn Out in the Thousands at the Capitol to Defy Gov. Wolf’s Mandates as Resistance to Mask Laws, Lockdown Intensifies [INCLUDES PHOTO ESSAY]

Braving sweltering summer temperatures and even higher humidity, more than a thousand patriotic Pennsylvanians took to the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, calling for an end to Gov. Tom Wolf’s authoritarian lockdown of the Keystone State.

Speakers and attendants included several Lancaster County residents, as well as…

The Media Matrix: How the Media Pushes the Blue Pill to Create Their Phony Left-Wing Narrative | Charles Stouff

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The Media Matrix: How the Media Pushes the Blue Pill to Create Their Phony Left-Wing Narrative | Charles Stouff

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By Charles Stouff

One of my favorite sci-fi movies of all-time has to be the 1999 classic, “The Matrix”. The entire premise…

Join Patriots Who Plan to Storm the Steps of the Capitol Wednesday in Harrisburg to Demand Freedom From Gov. Wolf’s Draconian Lockdown

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Join Patriots Who Plan to Storm the Steps of the Capitol Wednesday in Harrisburg to Demand Freedom From Gov. Wolf’s Draconian Lockdown

Patriotic Pennsylvanians are expected to take to the steps of the state capitol on Wednesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. to demand that Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf end his authoritarian lockdown orders.

Speakers begin at noon and will include, ReOpen PA co-founder Matthew Bellis of Lancaster County, state Sen.…

Bricks and Crosses: The Difference Between Civilization’s Creators and the Destroyers | Luke Saint

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Bricks and Crosses: The Difference Between Civilization’s Creators and the Destroyers | Luke Saint

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By Luke Saint

As the idea and application of CHOP smolders in the rearview mirror, one has to wonder what the next…

Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf Returns PA to Lockdown Status Citing ‘New Cases’ and Citizen Defiance of Unlawful Mask Mandate

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Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf Returns PA to Lockdown Status Citing ‘New Cases’ and Citizen Defiance of Unlawful Mask Mandate

You’ll go to sleep tonight halfway free, and wake up back in a draconian lockdown.

Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf petulantly announced new coronavirus regulations on businesses that mainly target bars and restaurants, citing new cases despite the offsetting new tests.

He was particularly upset by the fact that citizens throughout…

BREAKING: Lancaster Man Charged with Kidnapping of Linda Stoltzfoos – Her Fate Unknown at This Time

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BREAKING: Lancaster Man Charged with Kidnapping of Linda Stoltzfoos – Her Fate Unknown at This Time

East Lampeter Township Police arrested Justo Smoker Friday night and charged him with felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment in the disappearance of Linda Stolzfoos.

Smoker, 34, a black male from Paradise in Lancaster County, is charged with kidnapping the 18-year-old Stoltzfoos, an Amish woman who has been missing for…

There is No White Privilege or Black Privilege – We Have the Privilege of Being Americans and Should be Grateful | Charles Stouff

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There is No White Privilege or Black Privilege – We Have the Privilege of Being Americans and Should be Grateful | Charles Stouff

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By Charles Stouff

Growing up in the 80s, I never really considered myself privileged. Being raised by a single mom, the…

The Biggest Global Hoax In History | Chuck Baldwin

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The Biggest Global Hoax In History | Chuck Baldwin

Editor’s Note: Because the LNP is congenitally incapable of doing anything but repeating whatever ill-conceived policies transgender Secretary of Health Rachel Levine pulls out of her fat ascertainably flawed bag of infection models, it’s important people hear other perspectives on the COVID lockdown.

By Chuck Baldwin

I’ll say it…

Big Victory for Religious Freedom in Supreme Court Ruling that Came out of PA AG Shapiro’s Attack on Christian Charities

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Big Victory for Religious Freedom in Supreme Court Ruling that Came out of PA AG Shapiro’s Attack on Christian Charities

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the White House’s effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is not…

PA House to Consider Bill to Allow County Leaders to Reopen from ‘Green’ to ‘Green Plus’ if They Meet Certain Criteria

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PA House to Consider Bill to Allow County Leaders to Reopen from ‘Green’ to ‘Green Plus’ if They Meet Certain Criteria

The Pennsylvania House state government committee on Tuesday advanced legislation to grant county governments the authority to move from green to a “green plus” reopening stage on their own.

HB 2549 now moves to full House for consideration. No date has been set for a vote on the measure.

The…

The War on Young Minds: Public Schools and Colleges are Increasingly Just Leftist Indoctrination Centers | Charles Stouff

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The War on Young Minds: Public Schools and Colleges are Increasingly Just Leftist Indoctrination Centers | Charles Stouff

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BREAKING: Democrat-Controlled PA Supreme Court Votes On Strictly Party Lines to Nullify Legislature’s Attempt at Oversight of Governor’s Emergency Powers

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BREAKING: Democrat-Controlled PA Supreme Court Votes On Strictly Party Lines to Nullify Legislature’s Attempt at Oversight of Governor’s Emergency Powers

The Democrat-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf in the constitutional showdown with the legislature over the extent of his emergency powers, endorsing the governor’s authority to lockdown the state without oversight and curtailing the effect of what the legislature viewed as their best possible check on…