Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2012

By Staff | December 28, 2012 | 3:57 PM EST

Gary Harrington reports to Jackson Couinty (Ore.) Jail to begin serving a 30-day term for collecting rainwater on his property

( - 2012 was a momentous year, with an election, a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare and the death of a legend, Judge Robert Bork.

But the stories that captured your imagination during 2012 weren't always the same ones that captured headlines on TV news, or appeared in newspapers or on other Web sites.

They include:

-- An Oregon man jailed for collecting rainwater on his property.

-- An explosion in new regulations from the Obama administration.

--  A strange incident in which the president twice referred in speeches to “my sons” – despite the fact that he has two daughters.

With the dawning of 2013 at hand, the editors of have assembled the traditional Top 10 List of the most widely read stories that we published during the year.

Here they are:

1) Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

Our top story came in July, when we reported that a rural Oregon man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and told to pay over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater and snow runoff. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., subsequently reported to serve his term.

2) DNC Chair on GOP: ‘They Got Whiter and More Male’

In November, after Election Day, reported that Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said the Republican Party in Congress “got whiter and more male” with the last election, while the Democratic caucus is “majority minority and female.”

3) 6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days--Average 68 per Day

In just one 90-day period, the Obama administration posted 6,125 regulations and notices on its Web site -- for an average of 68 new regs a day, found.

4) Sandy-Ravaged New Jersey Families Face $6,933 Tax Hike in Fiscal Cliff Stalemate

In a Nov. 21 story, we reported that families in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey will face the highest tax increase as a percentage of their income – 6.82 percent or about $6,933 more in taxes -- if Congress failed to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff tax issues during the lame-duck session.

5) Obama Twice Mistakenly Mentions ‘My Sons,' While Defending Contraception Mandate

On May 25 story, reported that during two campaign speeches made over a two day period, President Obama mistakenly mentioned “my sons” when defending his administration’s regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.

6) EPA Official's 'Philosophy' On Oil Companies: 'Crucify Them' - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens

In April, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official who said the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies - just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

7) Gallup: Obama's Job Approval Drops 7 Points in 3 Days

In the most precipitous decline in more than a year, President Barack Obama's job approval rating dropped 7 points in just three days, reported Oct. 25. A Gallup poll taken over a three day period ending Oct. 23, found 53 percent of Americans said they approved of the job Obama was doing and 42 percent said they did not.

8) Social Security Administration Explains Plan to Buy 174,000 Hollow-Point Bullets

The Social Security Administration, in a blog, tried to explain that it needed to buy 174,000 rounds of hollow-point ammunition because of “employee and visitor safety.”

9) Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel

In February, a top Muslim Brotherhood official warned the U.S. that any cuts in foreign aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel.

10) Thanksgiving Celebrates Our 'Original Sin,' 'Views Virtually Identical To Nazis,' Journalism Prof Preaches

A University of Texas journalism professor, known for his hard-left politics, called Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday” and said that “some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis.”