Ed Lasky’s op-ed in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A look at the abundance of influential people whose belief in trendy liberal ideas is strengthening our adversaries while weakening America.
American Thinker Blog

The Pittsburgh Model For The US

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

As the country navigates this latest recession, The Urbanophile advises that we learn from a city that faced its own economic collapse:

The lesson to be gleamed from Pittsburgh isn’t so much in what steps it’s taken on its way to recovery. Rather, the lesson to be learned from Pittsburgh is what happened to it when its Great Recession hit in 1983.

It failed. The steel collapse decimated Pittsburgh and its region, taking with it nearly 1 out of every 10 jobs there. Entire towns surrounding the city became obsolete. But it is because of that failure, that absolute bottoming-out, that Pittsburgh has been able to cast aside its past and emerge as a unique showcase of what a small, bustling, connected American city can eventually become.

The example of Pittsburgh is to fail on the failures and invest in the attributes- granted, of which the ‘Burgh had many, in its beautiful architecture, old establishment money, intact communities and ethnic organizations, and cultural trusts and universities- that a place already has. It is a tale not so much for cities facing similar problems to the Pittsburgh of 30 years past, as it is for the country as a whole in this stage of national transmogrification.

Not out of line with Tom Friedman's column today.





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The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

ANOTHER Spontanious Pledge of Allegiance Incident -This Time in Pittsburgh

October 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

What is it with the League of Woman’s Voters and the Pledge of Allegiance?

For the second time in less than a week a debate began with a request for a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the League of Woman’s Voters moderator said no, and the audience got up and said it anyway. The debate between Democrat Dan Connolly and Republican Tim Murphy was about to begin when the Republican asked the moderator for the pledge. As the moderator Arlene Levy began to make excuses, the crowd stood up and took action on their own.

Once again the League of Woman’s Voters blamed it on politics.

“There have been some groups who want to create a ruckus, call attention to something and using the pledge to the flag and making it seem the league is unpatriotic if we don’t,” says Greater Pittsburgh League President Arlene Levy.

Levy says she thinks some of this is political but the League has no problem with the pledge if requested in advance by the candidates.

While neither Connolly nor Murphy made that request earlier, both of the candidates said there was nothing political about the pledge.

“I see it as something completely a-political. It’s something that unites all of Americans,” says Connolly.

“If the flag is political, then we have some problems here. The flag is what brings us together,” says Murphy.

Ms Levy says her chapter will be discussing this issue at its next board meeting — perhaps to incorporate the pledge in every candidate debate (YA THINK?)

The previous incident happened last Wednesday night at the beginning of a debate between Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean, GOP challenger Joe Walsh and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer. The debate for Illinois 8th congressional district took place at Grayslake Central High School. While League of Women Voters moderator Kathy Tate-Bradish began explaining the rules of the debate an audience member raised his hand and (when called upon) asked if they were going to start with the Pledge of Allegiance. When she said no, the audience booed and almost all in the crowd of more than 300 stood and enthusiastically recited it anyway.




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ANOTHER Spontanious Pledge of Allegiance Incident -This Time in Pittsburgh

October 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

What is it with the League of Woman’s Voters and the Pledge of Allegiance?

For the second time in less than a week a debate began with a request for a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the League of Woman’s Voters moderator said no, and the audience got up and said it anyway. The debate between Democrat Dan Connolly and Republican Tim Murphy was about to begin when the Republican asked the moderator for the pledge. As the moderator Arlene Levy began to make excuses, the crowd stood up and took action on their own.

Once again the League of Woman’s Voters blamed it on politics.

“There have been some groups who want to create a ruckus, call attention to something and using the pledge to the flag and making it seem the league is unpatriotic if we don’t,” says Greater Pittsburgh League President Arlene Levy.

Levy says she thinks some of this is political but the League has no problem with the pledge if requested in advance by the candidates.

While neither Connolly nor Murphy made that request earlier, both of the candidates said there was nothing political about the pledge.

“I see it as something completely a-political. It’s something that unites all of Americans,” says Connolly.

“If the flag is political, then we have some problems here. The flag is what brings us together,” says Murphy.

Ms Levy says her chapter will be discussing this issue at its next board meeting — perhaps to incorporate the pledge in every candidate debate (YA THINK?)

The previous incident happened last Wednesday night at the beginning of a debate between Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean, GOP challenger Joe Walsh and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer. The debate for Illinois 8th congressional district took place at Grayslake Central High School. While League of Women Voters moderator Kathy Tate-Bradish began explaining the rules of the debate an audience member raised his hand and (when called upon) asked if they were going to start with the Pledge of Allegiance. When she said no, the audience booed and almost all in the crowd of more than 300 stood and enthusiastically recited it anyway.




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