Pennsylvania Governor Joins Campaign To Have Amish Mafia Nixed

Cast of Discovery Channel's "Amish Mafia."

Cast of Discovery Channel’s “Amish Mafia.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other elected state officials have signed a statement asking the Discovery Channel to drop its series Amish Mafia.

The reality show, according to Discovery’s website, follows a group of Amish men “who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster.”

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Pennsylvania Amish Man Now on Probation for Speeding

400-amish An Amish man received two years probation yesterday for leading police on a car chase at speeds of 120 miles per hour.

Sylvan M. Stoltzfus pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he drove away from police in Dauphin County after they attempted to pull him over for having an obscured license plate. (Hmm. I would have thought it was, “For being a person in Amish garb driving a car,” though that’s not illegal.) The chase began on Route 209 near Elizabethville and went for about eight miles before Stoltzfus crashed into a parked car near the Millersburg post office.

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Horrible, Horrible People Kill Horse in Drive-By on Amish Buggy

Now it’s true that your humble writer grew up among Mennonites, and thus has a warm feeling for the Amish community in Lancaster County. It’s also true that your humble writer thinks animal cruelty is perpetrated by bullies and other low-down types. So you can imagine how your humble writer feels about news that a horse was killed Monday night in a drive-by shooting that targeted an Amish buggy.

Pretty cranky, is how.

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Amish Get to Opt Out of Obamacare

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This is from a few days ago, but caught our attention. Why? Because the headline features AMISH and OBAMACARE, The two most polarizing topics in 21st century America. Here’s the rub: The Amish have been allowed to opt out of the law’s individual mandate to buy health insurance.

“A little-known provision of the law with its roots in a 1950s battle over Social Security exempts [Mennonite and Amish communities] from the individual mandate, an element of the Affordable Care Act that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance by January or face tax penalties.”

Of course the Amish are exempt from the mandate because of a “little-known” 60-year-old provision. Why can’t the rest of you be exempt? Because the Amish already have a functioning health care system of their own.

“While practices vary by community, most Amish fund their health care through a system that merges church aid, benefit auctions and negotiated discounts with local hospitals, promising quick cash payment in exchange for lower rates.”

Amishcare: Only 2 hours from Philly!

[Morning Call]