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Re: “Poll shows support for legal recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania Auditor General says time to legalize is now

Instead of outsourcing the permits to grow recreational marijuana I would suggest that the Commomwealth actually look to those that are illegally growing said plant. They would know what the climate is like here as well as have experiance. It would create more jobs here in businesses founded by local residents, and generate tax revenue.

Posted by Charles Neal on 10/19/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Hearing held on possible removal of Pittsburgh’s Stephen Foster statue

Mr. Hileman, " Im tired of being a part of this. Part of what, sir? Of inert decades to centuries' old statues oppressing people who walk by? Who made you a part of it? What have you done that made you part of Stephen F. Foster's legacy? Get over yourself, Mr. Hileman. Did you own slaves? Did you profit from slavery? Are you even a grown up, a real man? STOP trying to include yourself where you have no place. Virtue signaling, looking for attention, with fascist tactics to elevate yourself somehow? Get lost, you worthless piece of scheiss - go back to your little halls of academia and kill a few more trees with some worthless treatise.

Posted by Stuart McHardy on 10/17/2017 at 4:18 AM

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

I actually agreed with both of Brandon S.'s comments and this site tagged my clicks as "dislikes." As for Adam K.;Why don't you have an eastern European theme chicken spot? You can play Bobby Vinton, etc. I'm sure the community you speak of will dig it!

Posted by Lynn B. on 10/14/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Didn't realize "renters" is a derogatory term! Nice burn. Next time you see someone you don't like, just call them a "renter".

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by throcko872 on 10/09/2017 at 4:20 PM
Posted by jeffheil on 10/09/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Big Dar is on the loose! Outta tha way, losers!
Honk, Honk

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by CONCERNED CITIZEN on 10/08/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Hearing held on possible removal of Pittsburgh’s Stephen Foster statue

I am so tired of hearing people claiming 'racism' on everything. The statues in particular depict a part of our history. You can't change history. That's the way it was then. We must move on and concentrate on the now. Removing, or moving to another location, doesn't change history.

Some have mentioned how it will affect the children. It will show them how it used to be and how far we've come since then which is a good lesson to teach them!

Posted by Denise on 10/08/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Hearing held on possible removal of Pittsburgh’s Stephen Foster statue

The statue no more depicts a "caricature of an African American man" than it depicts a caricature of Foster.
The comments on implicit racism are wholly misinformed, and are even more reprehensible coming from academics who should know better. in particular, Kirk Savage's comments evince the logic, or lack thereof, of this twisting of truth.
The fact that "it was designed by a handful of civic elites who 'lived in a white supremacist, segregated society,' in no way, shape, or form proves it is racist, and the fact that he hangs his hat on this logical fallacy is telling. That he adds, The idea of the faithful slave dies so hard its a really, really powerful myth in our society, further underscores the lack of logical reasoning and factual history being employed here. While this sentiment might be appealing to some, being that the statue does NOT depict any such thing, what, exactly, is his point?
All that is being done here is a rather juvenile, superficial, and sophomoric level analysis of intent based almost solely on the topological relationship between the two figures in the piece. But that arrangement does NOT imply what the critics are claiming it implies. Rather, as the subject of the statue in the first place, Foster figures the most prominently. Why is this surprising? Nevertheless, the sculptor wished to acknowledge Foster's reliance and dependence for his popularity on the musical legacy that preceded him, and in particular that of African American slaves, in the art he later created (leaving aside the fact that Foster's music actually owed more structurally to his Irish roots than to the music of African American slaves).
Far from being racist, this is an expression of racial indebtedness, interconnectedness, and acknowledgment.
This knee-jerk reactionary nonsense is little different than the current blowup over the statue of J. Marion Sims, whose
misinformed, or uninformed detractors are slandering and libeling with charges of racism, when even a cursory examination of the claims on the one side show them to be vacuous at best, if not wholly erroneous.
Personally, this reminds me directly of criticism I received when wearing an old T-Shirt with a picture of BuckWheat from "Our Gang" with the caption "O-Tay!", as racist. Nothing could be further from the truth. People making this claim are wholly uninformed. In fact, the character of Buckwheat, far from being racist, was the first depiction of and African American in American mass media as an equal character, the first to receive any sort of speaking role, and the directors faced a rather large amount of resistance to even including him.
His speech was not as a result of making a mockery of African American speech, but rather to emphasize the fact that in the original short films, he was intended to be (and in fact was) a toddler.
But facts don't receive much attention in such emotion laden, reactionary, reason-free debates.

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Posted by Mark Choi on 10/07/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Hearing held on possible removal of Pittsburgh’s Stephen Foster statue

The statue no more depicts a "caricature of an African American man" than it depicts a caricature of Foster.
The comments on implicit racism are wholly misinformed, and are even more reprehensible coming from academics who should know better. in particular, Kirk Savage's comments evince the logic, or lack thereof, of this twisting of truth.
The fact that "it was designed by a handful of civic elites who 'lived in a white supremacist, segregated society,' in no way, shape, or form proves it is racist, and the fact that he hangs his hat on this logical fallacy is telling. That he adds, The idea of the faithful slave dies so hard its a really, really powerful myth in our society, further underscores the lack of logical reasoning and factual history being employed here. While this sentiment might be appealing to some, being that the statue does NOT depict any such thing, what, exactly, is his point?
All that is being done here is a rather juvenile, superficial, and sophomoric level analysis of intent based almost solely on the topological relationship between the two figures in the piece. But that arrangement does NOT imply what the critics are claiming it implies. Rather, as the subject of the statue in the first place, Foster figures the most prominently. Why is this surprising. Nevertheless, the sculptor wished to acknowledge Foster's reliance and dependence on the musical legacy that preceded him, and in particular that of African American slaves, in the art he later created.
Far from being racist, this is an expression of racial indebtedness, interconnectedness, and acknowledgment.
This know-jerk reactionary nonsense is little different than the current blowup over the statue of J. Marion Sims, whose
misinformed, or uninformed detractors are slandering and libeling with charges of racism, when even a cursory examination of the claims on the one side show them to be vacuous at best, if not wholly erroneous.
Personally, this reminds me directly of criticism I received when wearing an old T-Shirt with a picture of BuckWheat from "Our Gang" with the caption "O-Tay!", as racist. Nothing could be further from the truth. People making this claim are wholly uninformed. In fact, the character of Buckwheat, far from being racist, was the first depiction of and African American in American mass media as an equal character, the first to receive any sort of speaking role, and the directors faced a rather large amount of resistance to even including him.
His speech was not as a result of making a mockery of African American speech, but rather to emphasize the fact that in the original short films, he was intended to be (and in fact was) a toddler.
But facts don't receive much attention in such emotion laden, reactionary, reason-free debates.

Posted by Mark Choi on 10/07/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Darlene Harris is a menace to the public. She should lose her driver's license and her seat on city council.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Paul Heckbert on 10/07/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

I posted on Ms. Harriss Facebook post asking for clarification on what official business would require her to drive on the pedestrian walkway in the park. Instead of responding, she completely blocked me on her page. This happened to numerous constituents. Several of us have filed a complaint with the ACLU of Pennsylvania since she uses this page for official business, and are now blocked from viewing it.

20 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Lora Rigatti on 10/06/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Darlene Harris is very large and obese plus she smokes. Parking and walking into the park will take too much effort. Lady needs her oversized mobility scooter to haul herself in there.

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Shooflypie on 10/06/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Darlene Harris is quick to vilify the renters in her community for not caring and insists that anybody who complains about her obviously doesn't care about keeping the park safe. What she can't see is that she herself is the problem. Darlene is what makes the park unsafe. Deciding for herself that she could just drive her car down a sidewalk to pass through a park because she couldn't be bothered to park on the outer edge of the park and follow the rules is what makes the park unsafe. The people who complain about this, whether renters or not, are the people who are keeping the park safe from her. They are the people who actually care.

Also, showing support for homophobic comments about Bill Peduto is just gross. It's time for Darlene to resign and be replaced by somebody who isn't toxic to the community.

26 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pendleton on 10/06/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “MP3 Monday: SPISH

Love song.

Posted by Lori Roberts on 10/04/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Poll shows support for legal recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania Auditor General says time to legalize is now

if New Jersey beats us to legalization, as it appears they will, I fear millions of $ that could have been used to balance our budget, will go to New jersey's as PA residents cross the border.

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Posted by Robin Powlus on 09/22/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh probably isn’t in the running for Amazon’s new headquarters

What about century 3 mall in west mifflin? It's near trains, a private airport, bus stops. Pretty sure it covers the space requirement.

Posted by Alyssia Barakat on 09/22/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Poll shows support for legal recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania Auditor General says time to legalize is now

Fortunately the voters can choose a governor who thinks we should "immediately decriminalize marijuana and other drugs, and treat them like we do alcohol." ~ Ken Krawchuk #KenK4Pa www.KenK4Pa.com

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brandon Magoon on 09/22/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Poll shows support for legal recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania Auditor General says time to legalize is now

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All American pastime, alcohol.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brian Kelly 1 on 09/22/2017 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Video of alleged police brutality incident in Pittsburgh draws ire, raises questions

I'm with the police 95% of the time but not on this one, at what point do you stop beating and cuff him? There will be a huge lawsuit on this one and residents will have to pay, there was no good reason for the brutality on this one. Mayor Peduto needs to wake up and remove the rotten apples in this video. If I'm on the jury it will be a big "GUILTY".

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Michael Feeney on 09/21/2017 at 1:05 PM

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