Fantastic photograph of the Allegheny County Police Mounted Unit at Pittsburgh's Light-Up Night Friday. I'm planning on contacting the studio to see if I can get a professionally framed and printed and framed copy.
I work in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, primarily in Bethel Park and South Park townships. Now these areas, especially Bethel Park, are pretty affluent. So what do I see at the main intersection? A Trump supporter with a brown cardboard box sign on a pole reading Vote Trump. Now this part of Allegheny County has a fairly large population of Republican or Republican-leaning voters, so seeing a Trumpkin there wasn't unusual. What was unusual was his garb. He was dressed in a manner that someone who knew nothing of steel working might imagine how a steel worker dresses. He was wearing some sort of overall, and had what looked like a grey-plastic civil defense helmet from a costume shop atop his head, I guess to emulate a hardhat. Like I typed earlier, I wish I had a camera!
I suspect he might have been an out-of-town operative attempting to garner working class votes by pretending to be a steel worker? Of course, most of the mills are long gone from this area, and as noted, Bethel Park is pretty affluent, it is unlikely to harbor a large number of blue collar workers.
GINGRICH: Well, look. The next two weeks are a contest of two parallel universes. I just listened to that report. First of all, I used to hang out with Charlie Cook when he would explain that Donald Trump was hopeless and would not get the nomination. I like Charlie. That doesn't mean he's infallible. But let's take the report we just got. Republicans are actually outvoting Democrats in Florida, they're outvoting Democrats in Pennsylvania, that's unprecedented. They've cut the Democratic leads --
KELLY: You predict a win in Pennsylvania.
GINGRICH: I think they might.
KELLY: Really? You think Trump is going to win Pennsylvania?
GINGRICH: Look, all I can report you right now is they're outvoting the Democrats in early voting which is also true in Florida which is unprecedented.
OK, so Newt says Republicans are outvoting Democrats in early voting in Pennsylvania? That's rather interesting, as Pennsylvania doesn't even HAVE early voting. While you can cast an absentee ballot, Pennsylvania's rules are rather draconian on who is allowed to cast one. You essentially have to prove that you will not be in the state on election day, and they won't give you a ballot if you're out of your precinct voluntarily, such as on a vacation. So if Newt thinks Republicans are out polling Democrats in early voting in Pennsylvania, well, then he really is living in a parallel universe, or perhaps a bizarro one.
The speech was a laundry list of familiar promises on the economy, national security, immigration and other issues, though the candidate’s message was muddled by his assertions of coming lawsuits against the women accusing him of sexual misconduct and his pledges to break up media companies that he said are trying to deny him the presidency.
So, win or lose, he's going to throw a temper tantrum and lash out at perceived enemies.
“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.
Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority filed a lawsuit today against a company that used to manage the utility.
PWSA alleges that Veolia North America-Northeast LLC “grossly mismanaged [the authority’s] operations, abused its positions of special trust and confidence, and misled and deceived PWSA as part of its efforts to maximize profits for itself to the unfair detriment of PWSA and its customers,” the authority said in a statement.
Donald Trump's campaign announced Saturday evening that the candidate would soon deliver a nine-sentence critique of comments Hillary Clinton made months ago about many of the millennials supporting her primary rival, Bernie Sanders. It was an attempt to latch onto a new headline in hopes of finally escaping the controversies that had consumed his week.
It didn’t work.
It took Trump nearly 25 minutes to read the brief statement because he kept going off on one angry tangent after another — ignoring his teleprompters and accusing Clinton of not being “loyal” to her husband, imitating her buckling at a memorial service last month, suggesting that she is “crazy” and saying she should be in prison. He urged his mostly white crowd of supporters to go to polling places in "certain areas" on Election Day to "watch" the voters there. He also repeatedly complained about having a "bum mic" at the first presidential debate and wondered if he should have done another season of “The Apprentice.”
He's become completely unglued since the debate, and I'm making an assumption that he was ever "glued" in the first place. His rambling rant in Manheim yesterday just reinforces the view that he cannot concentrate on any one thing for more than a few minutes.
Trib Total Media today said it will stop publishing a print edition of its Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper Dec. 1 and will lay off 106 workers as it continues to downsize its print operations and beef up its digital products.
I've heard for many years that the Trib never made a nickel of profit, that it was propped up in large part by Dicky Scaife's trust fund money, but I'm really surprised how quickly its unraveled since little Dicky's death two years ago. Now that the sweet, sweet wingnut money is gone, the reckoning continues.
The sad part is the people who worked for the paper do not deserve this fate.
I went morel hunting over the weekend, and not only did I NOT find morels, I saw very few mushrooms at all. I found a few clumps of inky caps, and some tiny, tiny dryad saddles. I thought with the weather we've had, there would be mushrooms everywhere, but nope, very, very few.
These are the dryad saddles. Sorry about the focus, but you can see by comparison with my thumb how small they are. These mushrooms are usually the size of dinner plates this time of the year.
Seven more days of vacation. We'll try again later.
I stopped by McDonalds for a quick breakfast this morning on my way to hunt morels. I generally don't do fast food, but I do like McDonald's coffee and their sausage biscuit.
The place is usually filled with older men, I think because they get free coffee or something. These are people generally 10 to 20 years older than me, so they were teenagers in the sixties to early 70's.
This one fellow was railing about how some person on some TV show kept saying "Damn this" and "damn that" and he was quite upset that children found that funny.
I was amused that he was so put out by such a mild curse on TV, and wondered what people who were his age in the late 60's felt about his hair, or his clothes, or his music.
And then he said, quite loudly, "That's what's wrong with America. No one gives a shit." He was so put out by "damn" but loudly says "shit" just a few tables away from the McDonald's Playland.