Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Slow News Day?

Breaking news items of the afternoon are so much more thrilling than the reporting that gets printed in the bland, reflective morning paper. To wit:

A co-worker dropped by my office earlier this afternoon to ask if I had heard about the rooftop sniper shooting at people in downtown Pittsburgh. Turns out, it was just some goofball taking shots at pigeons with his pellet gun. The best thing about this incident is that it allowed the city to demonstrate how quickly it responds to a possible terrorist situation. All told, I'd say they handled it reasonably well. It remains to be seen, however, just how efficiently the city would deal with such a crisis if someone actually was shooting at people. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

The Pittsburgh pigeon sniper is undoubtedly going to get into some kind of trouble over this, but not as badly as he would were he doing his shooting in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia, where the President of the United States dropped by for a talk about Iraq. He acknowledged that the administration and the (mainstream) media are at odds with regards to his Iraq policy, and described himself as an optimist. We should be relieved about this; who wants a President who seals the White House with duct tape and whose speeches consist entirely of "we're all gonna die!"? As I've said before, though, both the administration and the media have an agenda; if you want an accurate assessment of what has been going on in Iraq, listen to people who have been there.

Back home in Pennsylvania, Governor Ed Rendell is once again offering to use taxpayer money to buy himself some more votes in this year's election. What a shameless bastard this guy is. Last year it was "intervening" in the Pork Authority labor dispute, and more recently it's been trying to keep the Penguins hockey team in Pittsburgh (and in Pennsylvania). Today, he's trying to pick up some more votes by offering to let the state (i.e. taxpayers) pay for the International Baccalaureate program at Upper Saint Clair High School. After all, he can't let the democratically elected Republican-dominated school board in USC do the job that they were elected to do. Miserable Philadelphian S.O.B.

I'll come back later when I stop seething.


jipzeecab said...

"F" Governor "Pigbreath" as he has become known around here because of the Penquin thing.

Nicko McDave said...


You say that like it's a bad thing.