Wait. Rudiak won?! Didn't people see Lamar Advertising's billboards? Rudiak wants to tax billboards, people. BILLBOARDS.
A billboard tax is just the thin edge of the wedge! Next thing you know, there's a hammer and sickle on the City-County Building and your kids are all being trained in madrassas! What's next, soccer at Heinz Field?
"But Jason Altmire deserves ... I don't know ... pity?"
I was thinking more along the lines of "a swift kick in the pants," or maybe "covered with tar and feathers and carried out of town on a rail," or possibly "a one-way ticket to palookaville."
Mr. Altmire is getting paid $174,000 per year, or about five times the median income of residents of Beaver Falls, which is part of his district, and he's almost guaranteed a nice cushy lobbying gig (maybe back at UPMC) after he loses his seat.
So, no, I'm not going to pity him. I think I'm going to stick with "swift kick in the pants," and I would be happy to deliver it.
> Democracy Now ... I know, but trying to get the WRCT
> signal is an exercise in frustration for me.
Maybe you need one of them HD radios. #snark
Ahem. "Democracy Now" airs weekday mornings on Carnegie Mellon's WRCT-FM (88.3) ... although there seem to have been a lot of technical problems lately.
As for Charlie Humphrey's op-ed, it amounted to a victory lap, and was unseemly. The whole WYEP purchase of 90.5 has been marked by a lot of sanctimonious pronouncements from those orchestrating the takeover, and his editorial didn't help.
I can easily turn Humphrey's arguments around. Yes, I can get jazz on the Internet, or Sirius XM. But I can also get foreign movies from Netflix, and I can learn to edit film and video at home with iMovie ... so why do we need Pittsburgh Filmmakers?
And it's not like Pittsburgh Filmmakers pulls very high audiences for its movies, compared to, for example, the Destinta 20 in Bridgeville.
At the last two Filmmakers screenings I attended, fewer than 10 people were in the audience. Maybe we should turn the Regent Square Theater into something that's popular, like a Panera or a Quizno's?
Good God. Nice work, Pennsyltucky.
Toomey is only a conventional run-of-the-mill right-winger these days. He didn't admit to practicing witchcraft, forward pornography to his supporters, or gaze blankly into the camera during televised debates.
He only wants to end corporate taxation, abolish the IRS and eliminate all civil rights protections for gays, so hell, he's practically a moderate.
Toomey has literally been running for Senate for eight years, without stop; had a tremendous operation; and was working with a six-to-one financial advantage from outside groups.
He also never faced the serious media scrutiny that, say, Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle received.
I can fault Sestak for not doing more in Western Pennsylvania --- what are we, chopped liver? --- but he did pretty damn well in a terrible year for his party.
Moral victories, of course, are meaningless.
Anyway, I can already feel the economy surging! Whoo-hoo! Bring on the Brawndo! It's got electrolytes!
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