Hilarious! And right in my very county council district!
Allegheny County Councilman Matt Drozd says he's abandoning the Republican Party and running as an independent write-in candidate after losing the primary election.
Speaking from the courthouse courtyard, Mr. Drozd said he was targeted by a deceptive mailer from opponent Tom Baker that insinuated he voted for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, popularly known as "Obamacare."
If local Republicans are so stupid to believe that a local county council votes on federal legislation, then they're going to get the kind of candidates they deserve. Meanwhile, if Drozd can run as an independent, he'll likely split the Republican vote, throwing the race to the Democratic candidate.
I know in the city of Pittsburgh, if you run in a party primary, you cannot run in the general as an idenpendent, but I have no idea if that applies to the county as well.
We had primaries Tuesday, and the big news is that Bill Peduto won the Democratic nomination for mayor. Given that Democrats have something like a five-to-one registration edge, Peduto, a progressive democrat, will be the next mayor unless something really wacky happens (we're talking dead prostitute or live boy wacky). His main opponent in the primary, Jack Wagner would have been an upgrade over the embarrassing Little Lukie Ravenstahl, but IMHO, Peduto was the much better candidate, so I'm happy he won. I don't live within Pittsburgh's city limits, so I couldn't vote in that race, but things tend to revolve around the region's largest city, and I'm hopeful a change in leadership will translate into good things. And in other news, meet the Republican mayoral candidate!
Another happy note, my wingnut county council person, Matt Drodz, LOST the republican nomination to Tom Baker (not Dr. Who). Even better, the democrat, Daniel A. McClain received more votes than both republicans combined, so there's a possibility my district will finally be represented by a democrat! Yay!
Dear Representatives Jim Bridenstien (R-OK), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and James Inhofe (R-OK).
Do you now finally understand the evil, horrible thing you did when you voted against disaster relief for the victims of Hurrican Sandy?
And do you know what the difference is between Democrats and callous, mean spirited, blackhearted bastards like yourselves? Democrats will not deny the aid the people of your state need. Remember that the next time you dare to show yourselves in public.
Prediction: The abundance of Gemini juju on the Senators’ squad is a boon in terms of astrological events. The end of May heralds Jupiter migrating into Gemini, removing its influence from Taurus. Factor in that the Senators’ captain, Daniel Alfredsson is a Sagittarius (a sign ruled by the planet Jupiter), and this is a pretty dang good omen.
In astrology-speak, Jupiter moving into Gemini signals a streak of good luck and blessings — particularly where it concerns hard work and a diligent effort. Jupiter has a positive impact on any sign that the planet enters. In this instance, this astrological event can swing the odds in the favor of the Senators in their bid for the Stanley Cup, seeing them trump the Penguins and send them packing, Cup-less, all the way back to Pittsburgh.
I have no idea who will win the series, but I do know that the likelihood of this "prediction" coming true is no better than random chance.
Orf course, I have to ask, is SI so bereft of writers that they have to turn to this sort of factless schlock to fill out their webcontent?
A construction company in Belize has been scooping stone out of the major pyramid at the site of Nohmul (meaning Big Mound), one of only 15 ancient Maya sites important enough to be noted on the National Geographic World Atlas....
it appears that nearly the entire main pyramid, once standing over 60 feet tall, has been destroyed by road building crews, said John Morris, associate director of research at Belize's Institute of Archaeology. The institute is a department of the Belize Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Authorities discovered the destruction late last week.
This is just as bad as the Taliban blowing up the Buddahs of Bamiyan, the only difference being that the Buddahs were destroyed by religious intolerance and the Nohmul Pyramid was destroyed so a contractor could save a few bucks.
The company — and clients who are willing to pay — allegedly take advantage of a Disney rule that allows guests who need a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance,” the Post's Tara Palmeri reports.
The company reportedly provides a disabled "escort," who accompanies the family around the park and to the front of the line at busy rides.
Of course, the story orginated in the NY Post, so take with a large shaker of salt.
What struck me was how free from hate tweets Pittsburgh/Allegheny County is. While I'd like to think its because we're more tolerant here, I fear that may not be the case. I've seen, read and heard plenty of hateful comments from my fellow 'burghers. I think the lack of hate tweets just shows that we don't know how to use Twitter.