Thursday, September 8, 2011

Harrisburg still Calculating Level of State Act 44 Pension Legislation Seriousness

Put these together for yourself:

The Comet: The Three (3) City Money Problems

3 Murky Rivers: An Asset You Have to Believe In

Null Space: Paper Chase

Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh pension loses out on millions and a follow-up Letter to the editor.

And what should you get?

BOTTOM LINE: If we were lots of different people, we would already be describing in epic terminology to everyone who could be made to listen, what life was like in Pittsburgh all the way from autumn through Christmas, so people might better understand the mere footnote coda trivia of that which transpired as a consequence on New Years' Eve.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Does anybody else smell Napalm?

Shorter Rich Fitzgerald today:

"You call it 'unethical' of me to have sent that campaign email to Marcellus Shale drillers? Why you LONELY, BORING, VAPID, BACKWARD, LYING, HACKNEYED, CRIMINAL, CALLOUS, EXPLOITATIVE FAILURE -- how dare you go negative!" (P-G Early Returns, Tim McNulty)

That's all for today. I just feel too disenchanted to engage in the political process. :(

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day, Pittsburgh!

That one day every year we take an interlude from honoring job creators so that we might appease job doers.

The United States Department of Labor provides its own online History of Labor Day.

PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer fills in some blanks regarding such things as the Pullman Company strike, Eugene Debs, President Grover Cleveland and over 12,000 federal troops and US Marshals:

But now, protests against President Cleveland's harsh methods made the appeasement of the nation's workers a top political priority. In the immediate wake of the strike, legislation was rushed unanimously through both houses of Congress, and the bill arrived on President Cleveland's desk just six days after his troops had broken the Pullman strike. (PBS)

Better make it count, then.

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