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Re: “Internal poll shows Democrat state Senate nominee Lindsey Williams with 9-point lead over Republican Jeremy Shaffer

Ahem--Ms. Williams graduated from law school and was an attorney for whistleblowers at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, DC. The Republican candidate has "double" the IQ of the Democrat? I think that's stretching the truth quite a bit!

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Posted by BlueWave on 09/15/2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Talking Oktoberfest with Peter Kurzweg of Lorelei

Slight correction: technically only six breweries in Munich are allowed to call their beer an Oktoberfest beer (Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbraeuhaus, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, and Spaten-Franziskaner) every other Munich brewery typically calls their version a Maerzen. That said, it's a little strange Peter didn't mention any of those breweries, especially since half of them can easily be found at multiple distributors in the Pittsburgh area.

Anyways, Peter did make some excellent suggestions, even if they're not what you would find at a truly authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Along with an excellent European beer selection, Lorelei also succeeds in creating a typical atmosphere from the area too.

Posted by Jack Tillson on 09/14/2018 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

there is nothing worse than a obvious intelligent person that is so ignorant of the facts of smoking as to defend it.
Wow

Posted by Bob on 09/14/2018 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Ray, aka "Fed Up", evidently could find absolutely nothing to criticise in my writings at the link I sent him to, so he just returned, commented again about my "ignorance," and wrote this:

"Ask any bar in New York now if their business has gone down or up since the smoke free law took affect,"

Sure Ray/Fed/Whatever: How if I asked a few HUNDRED bars? Would that satisfy you? See:

https://web.archive.org/web/20080522111212/http://www.smokersclub.com/banloss3.htm

Now, Ray or whoever, before you call me "ignorant" again, you might want to show our readers that you yourself can't be accused of ignorance. Simply read over my leaflet-booklet at the link I gave a few hours ago, and pick out the various specific, substantive errors and criticisms you must have of it to show the ignorance of my ways.

Thank you.

- MJM

Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 09/14/2018 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Again , you show your ignorance by thinking that all non smokers don't want ANYONE to smoke. No one is asking anyone to quit smoking. Yes you have a right to smoke.
The only request that the non smoker has is to not smoke where they have to breath the pathogens.
Ask any bar in New York now if their business has gone down or up since the smoke free law took affect, and you'll find out that business has increased. All the smokers now go outside to smoke. Problem solved.

Posted by Fed up on 09/14/2018 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Replying to the Anonymouse who's afraid to share their name:

You say my "statement" shows my "ignorance" without pointing out how it does so. That's sort of like listening to a detailed explanation of something in a debate, and when it's your turn to respond you have nothing to say other than, "Well, I think my opponent is stupid." Heh, not a very effective response if you really have a valid argument.

You also "guess" that I believe "smoking is good for you." Can you point to anywhere where I said that, or are you just making it up because you had no real argument to make against what I *did* say? If you did even a TINY bit of research you've have found my Author's Preface for "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" and noticed the THIRD SENTENCE starting off my book:

"I also do not here, nor have I ever, tried to claim that smoking is generally good for you, although many find enough enjoyment in it to justify its risks."

Seriously Anonymouse, how can anyone take your position seriously if you can't read even three sentences of your opponent's main body of writing?

Let me make it easier for you by pointing you to an easy-reading, big print, handout booklet I designed for dimly lit bars under attack. Should be lots of easy targets there for you. In case active links are not allowed here I put "(DOT)" in place of the two "." in the address for easy access. easy access:

docplayer(DOT)net/24129388-The-lies-behind-the-smoking-bans-v-gen5h-k5(DOT)html

See if you can come up with some specific, substantive criticisms of what I actually DO say, OK?

- MJM

Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 09/14/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Michael,
Your statement alone shows your ignorance. Do you really ANYONE wants you to quit smoking? I, for one, don't care if you play Russian roulette with just one EMPTY chamber. I guess you think smoking is good for you. Go ahead, keep smoking, just don't do it around smart people that had the smarts to either quit or never start.

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Posted by Ray on 09/13/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

Pennsylvania should pass a law forbidding any laws that either require smoking to be allowed or require it to be banned. The decision should be up to the workers in a workplace and the owners of a business. Government has no right to impose its wishes on people in this manner, and most certainly no right to draft owners and managers to act as untrained, unpaid, unwilling, and unarmed civilian vigilantes in enforcing its laws.

The article notes there are 1,700 workplaces (almost all being either bars, strip clubs, or private citizens clubs) that still allow their patrons to smoke if they wish. It calls this "thousands of workplaces" -- which seems like a bit of stretch. 1,700 sounds like a big number, right? But how many workplaces are actually IN the state? 1,700 probably represents a small fraction of 1% of the workplaces and workers in the state... probably SO small that you'll never see the real numbers noted in any story like this.

Antismokers will never, ever, be satisfied as long as a single smoker has a place to smoke anywhere on Earth. Anything they do is aimed at the total and complete eradication of smoking and smokers, one small step, one small slice of the freedom sausage, at a time.

Michael J. McFadden
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
Philadelphia, PA

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Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 09/13/2018 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Domestic Spying: Tracking your loved one's cell may give you peace of mind, but what are you giving up in the process?

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Posted by Jerry Rice on 09/11/2018 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Domestic Spying: Tracking your loved one's cell may give you peace of mind, but what are you giving up in the process?

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Re: “Domestic Spying: Tracking your loved one's cell may give you peace of mind, but what are you giving up in the process?

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Posted by JennetJohnson on 09/07/2018 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Internal poll shows Democrat state Senate nominee Lindsey Williams with 9-point lead over Republican Jeremy Shaffer

PhD from CMU versus a union whistleblower on whiteblowers. This might be the first race in the country where the Republican has _double_ the IQ of the Democrat. Be smart North Hills...

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Posted by BSpoll on 09/06/2018 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Children’s advocates say family courts unfairly favor fathers, even when they’re the abusers

Apparently many of you can't stand to hear the truth about the venomous Richard Ducote. He has been sanctioned by Supreme Courts in several states. A sanction means that the court found him GUILTY of seriously transgressing the law in the matter before them. And that's not to mention the milion$ in IRS Tax Liens that have been filed against him. The states in question include Florida, California, and Texas. He has been implicated in several kidnappings, and it is widely understood that Ducote assists mother's who abscond with their children by money-laundering their cash. What's less understood is why this criminal is not behind bars. In one matter, he allegedly had an affair with the Mother, and then had her falsely testify against another Father on behalf of one of his clients. When he lost his case in Canada, he went to Nebraska and conned the state legislature there to change their law so to protect the abusive Mother. The Father has never seen his daughter again. So Ducote is persona non grata in Canada. Ducote has scrubbed the web, so some of this might not be easily found on the web. If the courts are so prejudiced for Fathers, riddle me this: How come the US Census shows that Mothers in single family homes outnumber fathers: 95% Mothers, 5% Fathers. How is it that the USA has far more single mothers than any other industrial nation in the world. (And yes -- they too have some mothers who are unmarried, but the USA shifts all custody to the Mothers routinely, as this statistic shows.) And what is the greatest danger, statistically, concerning abuse of a child? it is NOT the father -- it is the mother's new boyfriend. A non-related male is 45 time more likely to abuse a child than a relative. (Think priests, for example.) Yet Ducote's so-called "Leadership" council all but worships mom's new boyfriend. Could it be that some people actually WANT these children to be available for victimization-- that's what the Pittsburgh Priests' ring accomplished. Don't be duped. Women and men are fallen. Women and men are abusive. But this much is true: False allegations of abuse are child abuse. One child in Ductote's clientele, for example, was put through the torture of repeated vaginal inspections looking for "proof.) Children of falsely accused fathers lose their dads, have a diminished reputation, and are likely to be painted with the same tar as their dads. They are less likely to finish high school and more likely to go to prison that kids with Dads even in divorce cases. Taking a Dad way from a kid is crippling. But mother's raise false abuse issues largely because attorneys like Ducote coach them how, and are able to collect far larger custody payments since the more time kids spend with their mothers, the more money she makes. If you take away this equation, the number of accused fathers would be dramatically different. In a recent local case, a Mother who falsely accused the father of sexual abuse and was found not credible, within one week drowned her five-year old child in the baththub. Yes. False allegations are indicative of severe mental illness. Don't tell me that there are no false allegations because this state DOES NOT EVER punish a mother for perjury or false swearing. There are NO statistics gathered. Women can get PFA's with impunity. Men cannot get them at all. Perhaps this is why the suicide rate among middle-aged men is soaring. As to the suicide of Dr. Gardner, the two knife stabs in his chest are -- well -- quite unusual to find in a suicide. But the next day, Ducote published a diatribe against him, gloating and dancing on his grave in a public way. Yes. I am a female. All the more reason that I HATE to see competent Fathers now being routinely denigrated while vipers like Richard Ducote are profitting from same. The biggest question of all is -- if Ducote has been forbidden to practice law in about 7 states and one nation, why is he licensed in Pennsylvania? Because the state of Pennsylvania will license ANY attorney who has not yet been disbarred. The Courts sanction -- the law board disbars -- and they can't be bothered. The ABA is a criminal enterprise operating to protect the profits of attorneys. The Judicial system in PA has been given an F after the investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. Think Kids for Cash -- one of the Judges STILL hasn't been disbarred and is up for parole. Will he be allowed to resume the practice of law? In Pennsylvania, it's entirely possible.

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Posted by Feliz Navidad on 09/02/2018 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Domestic Spying: Tracking your loved one's cell may give you peace of mind, but what are you giving up in the process?

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Posted by Elaine Mendez on 09/02/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Food deserts Oakland and Downtown make healthy eating a challenge for Pittsburgh students

There is a bus that goes from University of Pittsburgh to a block away from the South Side Giant Eagle and students ride it for free. There isnt a bus that goes directly from Duquesne, but it is within a few blocks. Not to mention it is less than 1.5 miles from the Giant Eagle. This is beyond absurd, and not a food desert. Its an excuse. Its chaos to say that you cant eat healthy because youre less than 1.5 miles away from a full fledged grocery store. How close should the store be? Right outside your door?

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Posted by pittsburghgal on 08/30/2018 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Crying on Campus: How and Where to do it

uggh, is this for real. i find this article completely obnoxious even if intended to be "funny" or satire

Posted by ro'b on 08/30/2018 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Food deserts Oakland and Downtown make healthy eating a challenge for Pittsburgh students

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