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God Damn America
Especially Pennsylvania

Greg Palast 

Sunday, March 23, 2008, Forest City, PA

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The kids were snoozing so I drove along the back roads skirting the Lackawanna River on a dawn hunt for black coffee and aSheriffs Notice by Greg Palast newspaper.

I think even Norman Rockwell would have found this place too sticky sweet, too postcard: the weathered barns, the fallow fields perfectly snow-frosted; red, white and blue flags already up on the clapboard farmhouses and the white-washed church in the valley already full for Easter prayers.

At a gas station, I scored the paper and coffee, spilled some on the front page – the closest thing I’ve got to a religious ritual – then parked in front of a row of insanely pretty salt-box houses shining like mad teeth on the river bank.

One was missing …more