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Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Prohibition ended 80 years ago today. Pennsylvania was one of the last states to ratify the repeal, better known as the 21st Amendment. And while the ban on alcoholic beverages ended four score years ago, the Keystone State is forced to live still with an archaic state liquor monopoly. It's time for the Republican-controlled Legislature to do what the people elected it to do and expect it to do — end Prohibition once and for all. ... It was in 2007 that the BBC was warning how the Arctic would be ice free by this past summer, Thomas Lifson reminds in the American Thinker. But a funny thing happened on the way to the end of the world as we know it: The Daily Mail in England reports Arctic ice has increased by 29 percent in the last year. As Mr. Lifson reminds, “Global warming is the most expensive and widespread con job in the history of the world.” Or, put another way, the greatest social re-engineering con ever perpetrated. ... Those new professional baseball and football stadiums which some Georgia taxpayers will be molested to build will feature far more in the way of “premium” seats. That means “expensive.” And that means Joe and Jane Sixpack — their pockets turned out for their nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars — are being priced out of the sport they've so rabidly supported. Talk about shafting the ones who brought you to the game, so to speak. Taxpayers have no business underwriting the capital costs of the barons of sport.

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