Sunday, December 31
by Sue on Sun 31 Dec 2006 01:40 PM EST
It is always nice to get a little opinion-love from the fine folks down at the PG's editorial board. They did not fail me in detecting the wafting odor of business as usual hanging over the City-County Building like the mill smell that has so deeply permeated my father's pores its become part of his essence. And its just as corrosive.
Top offices would include the City Council President. I think Barbara Harris' dismissive attitude is condescending and arrogant, but I don't expect much from her but bluster. Doug Shields, on the other hand, is supposed to be one of the good guys. So why does he not care if his nasty little habit ferments malignant tumors in the lungs of his associates and constituents? I don't want cancer, Doug. I also don't want to breathe in your disgusting second-hand smoke or deal with its smell lingering in my clothing and hair. And I don't want the President of City Council to laughingly tell a reporter that he plans to break the law. Its embarrassing and pathetic.
The city employees that I know have told this sort of crap goes on all over the place --- any why the heck not? If Doug Shields can smoke in his office, why can't the minions who toil away in the backoffices?
I guess this just yet another way for Pittsburgh residents to clean up City Hall. Perhaps we take comfort that our Mayor isn't old enough to buy cigarettes ...
Thursday, December 28
by Sue on Thu 28 Dec 2006 10:31 AM EST
What is it about smoking that still seems cool to people in this day and age?
In a classic example of the good old boy (and girl) mentality that keeps dragging us to the backwaters, the Post-Gazette ran a little article about illicit smoking in the City-County Building. They refer to it as "surreptitious" but that's just fancy talk for sneaky.
Apparently, our elected officials are already breaking the rules on smoking INSIDE the building. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge ... all the kids are doing it giggles Student Body President Doug Shields.
Is it just me or is Shields trying to sound ...cool? First, "eh, heh, heh" is just an incredibly creepy and disturbing quote for a grown man in an elected position of power and authority. Second, its nice that Shields has such respect for the health and welfare of all his employees, colleagues and the residents of Pittsburgh (and the county) that he would smoke in a closed room. Because we all know how effective that closed door is at preventing cancer. Finally, it sort of gives support to the claim that Shields is firmly wedged up the ass of the powers that be if he doesn't have the gonads to set a good example on SMOKING. What kind of leadership is that? A "fuck you, I'm hanging with the cool guys like Luke" type.
Our newest elected Councilwoman Darlene Harris' has solved the problem by spending tax payer dollars to purchase a smoke eating machine, the Trion Eliminator Series SE 800E. Its to keep the office from being so stuffy. Harris rationalizes that a long day in City Hall justifies breaking the rules b/c she's a hard working gal ...
That's the kind of superior, self-satisfied Chesire Cat mentality you folks in our neighboring Northside communities have saddled yourselves with for the next term. Good luck with that.
Here's the best part --- Harris justifies the purchase b/c she took advantage of the county contract that got a better deal. The same county that passed the smoking ordinance paved the way for Harris to say "fuck you" to county residents in the City-County building. That's delicious irony.
County Council President Rich Fitzgerald does a nice job of passing the butt, er buck, on enforcement.
Does that include elected people who get paid by tax dollars? Should they follow the law Rich? Will the PG article prompt you and Doug to call your members (and yourselves) to task on this bad behavior? Or will you continue to wallow in the delusion that shirking the law somehow adds to your allure?
Has the ascension of the boy who would be mayor dragged the entire city back to high school? Or has it merely brought to light that we've been there all along?
Monday, December 25
Thursday, December 21
by Sue on Thu 21 Dec 2006 12:39 PM EST
Its a great time to be a North Shore dyke. Our most high-profile neighbhors are harboring a stupid homophobe in their midst and feel no compunction about it. Those same neighbors (The Rooneys in case you missed it) are concerned about the selection of the North Shore as home of Pittsburgh's newest folly, the C-A-S-I-N-O.
Just what I am looking forward to ... even more drunken fools driving unfamiliar streets and spewing their suburban venom all over my neighbhorhood. More mighty suburban white folks on the North Shore looking for drugs who now have yet another stupid excuse to offer up as to why they aren't polluting their own backwater with drug traffic -- trying to find the casino dude. More big haired yinzerettes drawn by the classy lighting. More free booze for everyone! More reasons for the cops to stay out of my street and down somewhere protecting the mighty whites.
What won't change will be the afterschool programs, summer youth programs, or anything else actually relevant to the quality of life on the North Side.
They should have built it at Station Square right next to Philthy McNastys. Not in my backyard.
The City Paper's DiPerna calls out the Rooney family on Joey Porter:
Too bad the media won't let it go.
Tuesday, December 19
by Sue on Tue 19 Dec 2006 08:40 PM EST
According to the City Paper, the GLCC is on the prowl for new digs. Currently located in Squirrel Hill, the GLCC occupies the 2nd floor of an office building near the intersection of Forward and Murray. The site has served its purpose but remains woefully inadequate in terms of accessibility, size, parking and more.
Folks have been talking about this move for years. I was part of a strategic planning session three years ago which explored how a new community center could look as well as what it would take to make it happen. The buzz has always been that a former school building would be most ideal. That's probably still true as long as its a fully accessible school building.
The current crop of GLCC Directors have raised $20,000 to launch this new phase of the project. I hope that bodes well for the sure to be forthcoming capital campaign.
It would be great to see the GLCC move to the Northside, Garfield or Lawrenceville.
by Sue on Tue 19 Dec 2006 08:12 PM EST
Michelle Manzo of Monaca in Beaver County deserves a nice little shout out from those of us living outside of that hallowed little 'burg for her nice letter to the editor in today's Beaver County Times. Michelle picked up her pen after reading about all the fuss over the Gay-Straight-Alliance at Ambridge High School.
With that, Michelle profoundly reduces things to their most basic components. Kids-Need-Support.
She also rightfully identifies the true problem -- Grownups are afraid of people who are different from them.
Kudos to Michelle for reminding everyone of what's really important.
Monday, December 18
by Sue on Mon 18 Dec 2006 10:29 PM EST
Student members of the Gay-Straight-Alliance of Ambridge High School claim they are being harassed according to a story in the Beaver County Times.
Dress code? From my trips to Beaver County, I'd say the lives of a more than a few breederettes could use a nice dose of a gay dress code.
My favorite line, however, is her fear that the club could become militant and force people to join. Honey, that tactic has been all sewn up by the Christian mini-mes decked out in chastity belts and a swayin for Jesus in front of the school flag pole. I'd take a militant homo any day of the week over a determined "Virgin for Christ."
Maybe the GSA will schedule a field trip to an abortion clinic and then stop by the local gay bar for illicity sexual encounters with smooth chested men from the big city?
by Sue on Mon 18 Dec 2006 10:07 PM EST
New Jersey's legislature has passed legislation legalizaing civil unions which should be signed by the Governor in the near future.
Hurrah for a step forward. But LGBTQ couples should take heed of just how complicated this little step can be .. a few twirls, hops to the right, touch your nose and hope for the best sort of step forward.
Read here to learn how the best civil union legislation in the world cannot confer the full rights of marriage ...
A good step forward nonetheless.
by Sue on Mon 18 Dec 2006 10:01 PM EST
The PG editors got it right on this one:
Interesting aside ...Leo Patterson of Derry took the time to write in to the Trib and share his belief that the media has made a mountain out of a molehill on this issue.
He couldn't just leave it at "get over it" could he? He just couldn't resist the little underhanded "you pathetic loser" slam! This is Joey Porter's fan base.
Saturday, December 16
by Sue on Sat 16 Dec 2006 08:16 AM EST
Joey Porter thinks he's being treated too harshly for describing Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow as a "fag" following a recent game. Apparently, Porter grew up in the neighborhood where men don't take responsibility for their actions, but point their fingers and petulantly stomp their feet when they are called on the carpet for misbehavior. Here's Joey from Friday's Post-Gazette:
While it is an interesting point, I doubt Joey is leading the charge against drug and alcohol abuse in the NFL. He's just deflecting attention and trying to minimize the seriousness of his offense.
Joey also thinks its the media's fault.
Earlier in the week, he blames his childhood b/c "everybody used that word." Today its the media. How much longer til he actually blames the gay community? Note how he thinks his fans are simple sheep without the capacity to recognize a slanderous comment when they hear one.
But in one sense, the fans are to blame. Whether Hollywood or professional sports, we create these meglomaniacal bastards to keep us entertained and amused vis a vis the cult of celebrity. Pay someone $14 kajillion for anything and it goes without saying that you've created hubris beyond all proportions of decency. I'm sure that short of actually murdering someone - perhaps a child - in cold blood, these is little Joey Porter could do that would cause his fans to turn on him OR force him to grow up and act like a man instead of a spoiled little child.
Except lose football games.