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Barbecue Ban in Bellevue

You cannot make this stuff up. Seriously.

Here’s Bellevue. It’s a little borough northwest of Pittsburgh. It’s one of those nice Western Pennsylvania towns where Grandma lives. It is also apparently a town where the Borough Council has lost their freaking minds. The Council voted to ban barbecue grills within five feet of homes, any combustible material, or property lines. Got a wooden deck? Then you’ll either have to move your grill or teach it how to levitate. Otherwise you’re a criminal.

Fortunately, Mayor George Doscher chose to veto it because apparently his head is screwed on straight. Good for him. Not to be outdone, though, the Bellevue Council doubled down and overrode the veto! I sure wish I lived in a town where safe barbecuing was the most pressing issue of the day.

Obviously this is another case of the nanny state intruding where it doesn’t belong and the residents of Bellevue are standing up to the tin-horn overlords who claim to be governing in the name of “common sense”. The mayor and Councilwoman Kathy Coder (who is also running for the State House and you should totally check out her website and throw some cash her way) led a good old-fashioned civil disobedience event by holding a still-legal-for-now cookout in front of the Borough Building. The mayor even wore a chef’s hat. Rock on, Your Honor.

It kills me to see jackassery like this on the part of elected officials, but I do have some hope when I see people like Mayor Doscher and Councilwoman Coder standing up for liberty. I’m always an optimist–maybe the people of Bellevue will figure out that they need to pay attention to whom they elect to run their town and maybe the voters of the 16th District will see fit to promote Kathy Coder to the State Legislature.

We can only hope.

July 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm Comments (0)

Look for the Union Label on the Carton of Milk from 1987

It’s been a while since something in Pennsylvania has been screwed up enough to get front-paged by Drudge. As of today my wait is over. Apparently AFSCME employees in the Sharpsville School District went to the mat for the right to eat expired food.

The grievance was based on the allegation that the school district “violated established past practice” in charging cafeteria workers for food or drinks that couldn’t be sold or consumed by students. These items would include food or drinks with expired dates or foods that had been reheated, none of which can be served to students according to safe food regulations.

But according to the settlement, cafeteria employees indeed can eat and drink those expired or reheated items – at their own risk. And they don’t have to pay for them.

The items cannot be sold or given to any other party, the agreement says.

People. United. Will never be defeated. People. United. Will eat rotten meat.

Me? I blame Scott Walker’s reforms.

June 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm Comments (2)

Stay Classy, Pittsburgh

This hasn’t been front-paged on Drudge yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

PNC Park guard loses finger, Pittsburgh cop injures shoulder in struggle with belligerent fan

Way to go, Pirates fans.

May 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm Comments (0)

My Holiday Wish

My holiday wish for this season is for Pittsburgh to NOT be one of the featured news-of-the-weird stories on Drudge.

Seriously, we’re on there about once every two weeks because of some stupid thing someone did somewhere in the 412/724 area code. Have some self-respect people.

And Merry Christmas.

December 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm Comments (0)

Only in Pennsylvania…

Once again, Pittsburgh makes the Drudge Report’s news of the weird.

Man Steals Sandwich, Uses Stolen Forklift As Getaway.

October 29, 2011 at 10:06 am Comments (0)

Westboro to picket funeral of fire victim children

The Patriot-News has the story.

Alito was right.

In addition to Justice Alito’s eloquent dissent in the Snyder v. Phelps case (PDF – Alito dissent pg. 23), I’d like to point out that aside from issues surrounding Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, the Westboro “Baptist Church” demonstrators are disrupting the religious rights of the families holding funeral services.

There is no religious ceremony more universally sacred than a funeral.  Funerals must by necessity be conducted outdoors and in public in the vast majority of circumstances.  Families can not avoid these scum, and can take no action that could possibly satisfy and disperse the picketers.  Families cannot merely postpone services or move the services without incurring great expense.

The Phelps clan is denying families their one and only chance to bury their children in a solemn and holy manner.

This can not stand.

March 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm Comments (0)

Amish Snow Rescue

Anyone ever seen an Amish buggy pull a tractor trailer out of the snow?

Now you have.

February 25, 2011 at 1:20 am Comments (0)

Only in Pennsylvania…

Jefferson Hills, my almost-hometown, has just made it on to Drudge. Unfortunately, it’s for this.

Dozens of people packed a Jefferson Hills borough meeting.

The borough laid off Fritz, its K-9 officer, for 2011, but the community wants the dog back on the force.

“No other officer on our force can match him when it comes to running, locating drugs or finding people,”

OK, I get it. Police dogs can do things that humans can’t, but “no officer on our force can match him”? Really? Don’t you think we could use a little, uh, perspective here?

January 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm Comment (1)

Bucks Co Fortune Telling Shooting

Awesome story, but really bad for your business model.

Rivalry between competing fortune-telling businesses appears to be at the center of an armed home invasion in Horsham that involved death threats and a psychic victim, according to court papers released Wednesday.

Now, a father and son from Lower Bucks County face criminal charges in connection with the Friday night incident at the residence that doubles as a fortune-telling business at the corner of Meetinghouse Road and County Line Road.

A quote…

” ‘Listen to me little girl. I told you and your sons not to pass literature on Street Road. Street Road is mine,’ ” Mitchell said, according to a criminal complaint.

Shouldn’t Mr Mitchell have known the other guy was going to pass out literature? An actual fortune teller would have just shot him, straight up. Pre-emption and all.

” ‘If I ever see your sons and husband, I’ll kill them,’ ” Mitchell said, according to court papers.

If?

If?!

A real psychic would have said, “when.”

But then again, Psycho Readings is not really a good name for a business.

November 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm Comments (0)

Gov Ed advises Spitzer on “younger woman”

I’m guessing nobody saw this because… it’s Parker/Spitzer.  Who watches that?

November 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm Comments (0)

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