- Fetterman (left) is the one who raises hell for his constituents to protest a swollen corporate freeloader's abuse of his town; Ravenstahl the one who raises hell with police outside a Steelers game, or repeatedly crashes an event on private property (after being told he isn't welcome) in pursuit of a photo op with a celebrity
- Fetterman is the one who accepts arrest like a man as the cost of civil disobedience; Ravenstahl (right) is the one who uses his elected position to whimper his way out of handcuffs after a drunken scrum with police, or uses his taxpayer-funded police escort to avoid arrest for defiant non-member trespass at a country club
- Fetterman is the one with the Harvard degree; Ravenstahl is the one destined to be subjected to the third degree
- Ravenstahl is the one continuously cocooned by a gangsta-class posse; Fetterman is the one who could break a troublemaker in half with bare hands, then cause Ravenstahl and the posse to faint by saying "boo"
- Fetterman is the one who appears on national television because Stephen Colbert is interested in his ideas and civic leadership; Ravenstahl is the one who appears on national television when the dogs that answer telephones, launch their own treats and pack their own suitcases cancel on Letterman
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Perhaps she will spur a professional newsgatherer or two to check the rules (and the compliance) on when police officers are on or off duty, how many shots they're permitted to consume on duty, any limits to what officers are permitted to do on "special detail," any recordkeeping requirements concerning officers' location or actions on duty, and the like.
Rick's place is worth a stop, too.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Kabul: Mission Accomplisheder.
Port Authority: Dumb and Dumber (good film, failed public policy).
Baghdad: Mission Accomplishedest.
Tom Joad's Place: Buy that ticket yet?
Oklahoma: Nothing says 'patriotism' quite like pasting a flag on a can of crappy beer.
Please explain your answer.
(a) the city Democratic Committee;
(b) the pre-bankruptcy City of Pittsburgh;
(c) the Allegheny Conference;
(d) the Not-So-Great InsolvenCity Parking Garage Sale;
(e) the Civic Arena;
(f) the pre-indictment Ravenstahl administration;
(g) Iron City Beer;
(h) the Urban Redevelopment Authority;
(i) the Pirates;
(j) the defined benefit public pension system;
(k) the Port Authority;
(l) Steelers exceptionalism;
(m) the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette;
(n) all of the above.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Buy A Ticket: Take A Stand For Anne Feeney With Billy Price, Joe Grushecky, Justin Sane And Tom Joad At Mr. Smalls Funhouse On December 12th
When symphony-loving conservatives criticize John Fogerty's left-leaning lyrics, or opera-fan Republicans complain about Bruce Springsteen's political involvement, or ballet patrons sneer at punk rockers for . . . well, for being punk rockers, these upper-crusters reveal a low-class lack of self-awareness concerning their high-society socialism. Unlike their critics' favored artists, Fogerty and Springsteen have earned every step up to their soapboxes -- and paid the taxes, too.
The lines blur at times -- it is always disheartening, for example, to watch a street-level rebel such as John Mellencamp descend into a gilded-caged attraction at Heinz Hall. In general, however, the rockers and punkers and rappers stand on their own two feet while the lecturers on free markets and self-sufficiency and the evils of socialism revel in collectivism when it funds their entertainments.
Perhaps it is unsurprising, then, that musicians such as bluesman Billy Price, rocker Joe Grushecky and punker Justin Sane -- accustomed to accountability for their own tab -- are willing and able to carry a little extra load for a colleague whose strength has been sapped.
Local treasure Anne Feeney, who has long sung for workers and rights and justice -- her first public performance (left) opposed the Vietnam War, on the Cathedral of Learning lawn in 1969 -- is ill. Some outstanding local musicians (Liz Berlin of Rusted Root, Hermie Granati, Mike Stout and the Human Union, Newlanders, Tres Lads, Joe Munroe) will join Anne Feeney and Friends (and Billy, and Joe, and Justin) on the Mr. Smalls Funhouse stage on Sunday, December 12, to help Anne Feeney.
For less than the cost of a cummerbund suitable for a RAD-subsidized night at the Benedum, attending Take A Stand: Rock For Anne could benefit a good cause, your ears and your soul. If you can't attend, buy a ticket anyway and consider it a non-corporate sponsorship of the ghost of Tom Joad, who will be outside Mr. Smalls that night but might be short the twenty bucks to get in.
Infinonytune: Have You Been To Jail For Justice?, Anne Feeney
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Proposing five-figure raises for certain of your advisors seems unlikely to persuade anyone in Harrisburg that city government has become corrigible.
Your published declaration of unwillingness to consider any property tax increase puzzles some legislators, particularly those representing municipalities whose rates exceed those currently imposed in Pittsburgh.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Infinonymous hereby withdraws its offer to provide to LAZ Parking advice at least twice as good as the advice LAZ purchased from other local sources.
Here's hoping Alan Lazowski calls Rich Lord soon to unload. Ideally after a few stiff Scotch-and-more-Scotches.
Could one local firm be looking at a $4 million loss? Several other firms seem to be in line for smaller but nonetheless large hits. All of those firms may be looking at alternative sources of payment for their work, or at prospects concerning retribution. (If they were UPMC doctors rather than lawyers, of course, the partners could label the unpaid invoices "free care" and categorize the amount as a charitable contribution to the community.)
It is too early to wonder whether citizens will ever learn which local levers were assisting which business and political interests during the parking-and-pensions wrangling?
Sunday, November 21, 2010
McKeesport: Volunteers at the front lines.
Myanmar: The opposite of honor.
The Radical Middle: When blinking is unaffordable.
The Yearbook Photo: The reality-based world, now for suckers?
Sam's Pen: Not-so-current but noteworthy events.
The local business interests that aligned with the Eastern financial interests earlier, when the situation seemed simpler -- K.L. Gates, the Irwin gang, Cohen -- can only watch, anxiously, as their prospective fortunes teeter. Even old man Morgan, who always has the angles in his favor (with an extra angle in reserve), is tense.
The mayor, no longer welcome at the Easterner's conference rooms, simmers his resentment alone (well, maybe with a saloon gal or two).
As the afternoon progresses, calculation turns to cursing. Cursing the missteps and misplaced allegiances. Daming those do-gooders who had inexplicably organized and developed a spine. Cursing the suddenly needed time that can't be had. Cursing the unlikely confluence of circumstances that had turned a sure thing -- a damned profitable one -- into a trainwreck. Cursing, as nightfall approaches, a sense that destiny will be anticlimactic, with the best traveling gunslingers money can buy reduced to packing popguns.
The foreshadowing is nearly one-sided, and nearly complete, but both sides remain nervous. The great fortunes at stake recede from focus as the story line pans, as always, to studies in human character.
Infinonytune: Once Upon A Time In The West, Dire Straits (part 2)
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Infinonytune: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, The Animals
Why no trouble? Mayor Ravenstahl has been so despondent lately he must have forgotten to order the sonic cannons, pepper bags and riot gear he customarily prepares for gatherings of peaceful civilians in InsolvenCity.
At right: Two dozen armed-and-armored imported headbusters from Chicago, deputized by Mayor Ravenstahl, establish order in Oakland by expertly subduing a single college kid long enough to take a trophy photo in front of Pitt's school of law.
The real street-clearin' started when word spread that a fifth gun might be ready to swing the balance of power. So far, though, after some nervous head checks and a few tense conversations, the count stands at four black hats, no more.
But that out-of-towner, visiting from the East -- with the fancy suits and pocketwatch, with his East Coast lawyers and sketchy landed interests, tryin' to angle how to fix his claim to a big local stake on legal papers down at the courthouse -- is makin' it known he's still recruiting. That fella's making his own moves now (done learned the hard way that the local muscle he hired wasn't up to the task at hand) . . . and he'll keep angling right up 'til the stagecoach takes him back East. Reckon that'll be sometime next week.
Dr. Dowd, of course, is number four. Always has been, for anyone attentive from the opening credits. Same with Mrs. Harris, five. So far, though, looks like Mrs. Harris still plans to walk the townfolk side of the street come Monday. But not, of course, before a few final turns of the tumbleweed.
How will the townsfolk finally count five at the showdown? Will Mrs. Harris still be wearing that star when it's guns, not words, what's being counted? Even after Mrs. Harris sets foot on the street, of course, we'll still wait to watch a couple of other characters leave the sheriff's door -- or not. Will there be a surprise defector walking instead through the hotel door, with the Easterner smiling through an upstairs window?
Probably not. Everyone knows Wyatt and Doc tend to be the ones standing after the smoke clears. But the suspense nonetheless makes it worth watching the story take us there, does it not?
By the by, for them's what's still a-puzzlin' over Camillus Fly and Claiborne and huckleberrys and whatnot, a codebook is here. OK?
Infinonytune: Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, November 19, 2010
Might it have been better for ratepayers had the Ravenstahl administration changed bill collectors rather than solicitors at the authority?
Infinonytune: Dirty Water, The Standells
Number four is apparently meeting with number five this afternoon. Hard to figure how that one will go, but some folks are already saying 'told ya so.'
If Claiborne is in, showdown -- two showdowns, if you want to be technical -- should be Monday, outside Camillus Fly's place. Doc (left) and the others are getting ready.
One way or the other, it appears next week will be the crucible. In other words, it's huckleberry season:
UPDATE: Our story recommences here.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Please step back, InsolvenCity. You, too, Allegheny County.
Anyone expecting or even seeking a Commonwealth bailout -- pension, transportation or otherwise -- for Pittsburgh or Allegheny County lost substantial ground during the recent overhaul. One of Tom Corbett's earliest moves has vividly confirmed this setback.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the Democrat who puts the "I" in "team" (must be how they spell it at North Catholic), uncharacteristically invested $50,000 in a fellow Democrat, House Appropriations chair Dwight Evans -- just before Democrats lost the House and budget bully Evans became former leader of that committee's Democrats. Bonus failures: The horse Ravenstahl bet on was lame, and the horse he bet against is from Monroeville.
(Can anyone else imagine how hard it must have been for the JP Morgan crew to keep up with this guy during lease negotiations?)
In general, Ravenstahl's strongest relationships in Harrisburg are the nonexistent ones, before and after the leadership changes.
Dan Onorato's influence in Harrisburg is now to be measured by the thimbleful. He not only lost the state; he lost Allegheny County (several laps behind Joe Sestak, indicating substantial alienation of the Democrats who know him best). Everyone knows the county budget has been held together with gum and Post-Its for several years, with Onorato assuming he and his family would be zipping past the Turnpike EasyPass reader at Monroeville, heading east for the governor's mansion, just as the county's finances collapsed. Instead of thinking about working with Onorato concerning Allegheny County's serious issues (let alone how they might help), Harrisburgers are wondering how Onorato plans to live up to a mid-six-figure salary as a law firm rainmaker.
Gov.-elect Corbett set an ominous tone for those expecting state cash by inducing Liquor Control Board members to refrain from approving a hundred-million-dollar increase in fees. It would have been easy for Corbett to allow a Rendell-appointed board to enact a Rendell-arranged revenue increase yesterday, just in time for the new administration to use the cash as a salve for a bad balance sheet, but Corbett instead sent a signal that should sober InsolvenCity.
Jay Costa, Joe Markosek and Frank Dermody have titles but little power. Mike Turzai, Tom Corbett and Sam Smith have power but little respect for the governments of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Perhaps, if boozing in solitude at a Carson Street bar while your ostensible political allies are gathered at a reception a few blocks away constitutes "revelry," the Early Returners have it right: Revelry it is! Four Loko for everyone!
Just put it on the tab.
Infinonytune: 1999, Prince
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's answer: "YOU BETCHA!"
UPDATE: Mrs. Palin's mom-of-the-year resume just got even better. Let's hope she taught this one how to operate a condom.
UPPERDATE: The Palin family's looniness has apparently become so intense that it not only is contagious but also can be transmitted by television signals.
Infinonytune: Over My Head, Fleetwood Mac
What was InsolvenCity's mayor contemplating as he paid the Onorato drink tax at Jimmie D's, his location and isolation reflecting the circumstances that had merged and then distanced two local political careers, neither of which appears to be worth much on the current market?
Any imbecile would have learned from the Pat Ford-begets-FBI interviews episode that politicians who live in indictable houses should not throw stones. Any imbecile . . . but not, apparently, an imbestahl.
The List-Makers, no doubt, already have dibs on the popcorn concession.
Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.
The United States relies on Israel for American national security? Why would an adult say something so stupid? Is it in some right-wing Biblical interpretation? Did Rush Limbaugh announce it recently? Was it part of a Glenn Beck chart?
If Rep. Cantor does not believe what he said, he should recant. If he believes it, he should explain so our nation can correct the problem.
Either way, Rep. Cantor should check lost-and-found for his principles concerning "usurp[ing] the executive branch’s time-honored foreign-policy authority." It appears they have been abandoned.
Today's answer: Republicans. A hyperpartisan Tea Partier has announced plans to challenge the sole Republican on Allegheny County Council who attempts to accomplish anything worthwhile.
So the Republican plan for Allegheny County is: The spirit of Sharron Angle, Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell to the rescue!
Yeah, that'll work.
When a city firefighter from a politically connected family was arrested, after storming into a South Side home to assault an elderly resident who had objected to the drunken firefighter's unlawful use of his hose, the defendant received kid-glove treatment from magistrate Ronald Costa. That's Upper Lawrenceville-Highland Park-Stanton Heights (wards 8, 10 and 11) magistrate Ronald Costa, whose jurisdiction is about as far from the South Side Flats as one could get without departing city limits (but exceptionally handy for residents of Upper Lawrenceville and Stanton Heights, such as the defendants).
Magistrate Kevin Cooper raised severe doubts about his judgment by swallowing laughably incredible police accounts of G20-related arrests with gusto -- then,more recently, dispelled all doubts by sending a prisoner back to the county jail after failing to observe, during the court proceeding, that the inmate's face (right) had been pummmeled to a bloody pulp at the jail. The G20 injustice occurred in Oakland (ward 4), the beaten inmate had been arrested in Polish Hill (ward 6), the jail is located in ward 1 -- and Cooper's jurisdiction is wards 12 and 13.
After ferocious defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard responded to police commands to stop beating a man by hurling that man through a glass door, then continuing the assault as police officers struggled to restrain him, felony charges against the Pitt football star were dismissed by magistrate Robert Ravenstahl, who ordered the defendant to a write an apology. That's north-of-North Side (wards 26 and 27) magistrate Robert Ravenstahl, handling yet another case from the South Side Intoxication District (ward 17).
Yesterday, a magistrate dismissed a felony charge against a police officer who drunkenly smashed a pedestrian with a vehicle. The incident occurred on the South Side (the driver was departing the Intoxication District, along Carson Street), the officer is employed by Kennedy Township, the victim was from the West End, so the case was adjudicated, naturally, by magistrate Robert P. Dzvonick -- of Etna.
Who is arranging these geographically curious matches of high-profile cases and low-quality judging -- and why?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
First, a candidate emerged with respect to council's prospective engagement of independent legal counsel: Council President Darlene Harris asked her colleagues to consider Shannon Barkley (right), former contracts lawyer in the InsolvenCity law department. (A point that should not necessarily be held against her; sure, she worked there, but she also quit.)
Second, councilors countered forcefully (and unanimously) when the well-paid hacks of the Marcellus Shale Coalition issued vague threats concerning council's well-meaning (but imperfectly executed) efforts to ban in-city drilling. The Coalition raised jobs, spending and other economic benefits as a reason to permit drilling near schools and playgrounds; Mrs. Harris responded: "There's going to be a lot of jobs . . . for funeral homes and hospitals. That's where the jobs are. Is it worth it?"
Monday, November 15, 2010
Post-Gazetteer Mackenzie Carpenter uses the occasion of Dr. Baier's death to remind (or inform) readers of important men and events in regional history. Pitt's doctors, lawyers and footballers attract more money and headlines, but only because scholars such as Drs. Grunbaum (left) and Baier (right) established a foundation their beneficiaries would struggle to comprehend.
I suspect that many who reject the scientific outlook . . . confusedly think that if the scientific world picture is true, then their lives must be futile because . . . man has no purpose given him from without. These people mistakenly conclude that there can be no purpose in life because there is no purpose of life; that men cannot themselves adopt and achieve purposes ..." -- Professor Kurt Baier
Infinonytune: Bruce's Philosophers Song, Monty Python's Flying Circus
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Fifth Circuit: When Republicans judge (as judges).
Texas: When Republicans execute.
Salt Lake City: When Republicans hire.
Washington, DC: When Republicans wish.
Dallas: When Republicans decide.
Washington, DC: When Republicans get their way.
California: When Republicans are less popular than dope.
Illinois: When Republicans are dopes.
Infinonytune: Have A Cigar, Roger Waters
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The scene apparently depicted at right -- workers using a step ladder on a ledge, hundreds of feet above ground, while wrestling into submission the 10-foot-high letters that for decades marked the property as a Hilton -- suggests that not a dime is being wasted on harnesses, cranes, or other safety equipment.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
For most Americans, Veterans Day is a relatively minor holiday; a day of leisure for some, another workday or schoolday for others. Even when mentioned by a colleague or a newspaper article or a radio broadcast, it can be a passing thought, particularly among those outside the relatively thin slice of America currently shouldering the military burden with sweat, anxiety and blood.
More than one million persons have accepted active duty in the military service of today's United States of America. All have been volunteers, pushed by patriotism, practicality and perhaps other factors in varying measures.
Millions of other veterans have completed their service. Some enlisted, some were conscripted. Some pursued danger, some had no choice other than to confront it. Some accomplished great missions, others have been sent on fools' errands, some were issued immoral orders. Some were required to overcome not only the enemy but also the ignorance and bigotry of their peers or superiors.
Nearly all have distinguished themselves, whatever their orders, by simply doing their duty. Some returned as heroes, some (including heroes) returned to a society that treated them like dirt. Some returned in caskets, some never returned.
More than one million persons have died in the military service of the United States. At a technical level, Memorial Day honors the dead and Veterans Day honors the living. All, however, deserve a moment of reflection, a kind thought, a measure of gratitude today.
Those critics had observed, aptly, that Mr. Corbett's record with respect to fighting public corruption was suspect not only with respect to results but also in the degree to which his prosecutorial judgments followed the trajectory of a gubernatorial campaign rather than any sense of justice.
Mr. Corbett's first substantial announcement as governor-elect -- identifying the leaders of his transition team -- vindicates the critics. Tom Corbett's idea of a clean-up crew:
- a prolific Republican Party (and Corbett) donor with no identifiable public policy interest or skill beyond bankrolling right-wing causes;
- the finance chair of Corbett's attorney general campaign and co-chair of Corbett's gubernatorial campaign (who, when not raising money for Corbett, advocates for one of the largest pursuers and recipients of taxpayer subsidies in Pennsylvania history);
- a former finance chair of the Republican State Committee (who, as a lawyer, indignantly defends America's largest systematic facilitator and concealer of the sexual abuse of children); and
- a professional (major-league) Republican Party fundraiser and lobbyist (wasn't she the GOP moneymaker who moonlighted as a mercenary for Tom Murphy when no Democrat wanted anything to do with the mayor who wrecked Pittsburgh?).
Legal counsel for the Corbett transition operation? A guy whose law firm describes him -- in the first paragraph -- as a "well-known political insider and Republican fundraiser for many years."
This is the "new tone", Tom? What's next? The Candy Man as your ethics counselor? Ms. Toretti as your advisor on PLCB issues (or perhaps as family values advisor)?
Infinonytune: Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who
Infinonytune: The Punk And The Godfather, The Who
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wonder no more.
Your need for (and, consequently, the price of) Infissistance is increasing daily.
(1) Does anyone continue to wonder why the United States government has been so insistent on expanded secrecy for the past decade?
(2) Should the Drug Enforcement Administration be dismantled tomorrow by 9 a.m. . . . or would that not be fast enough?
(3) Why does any court in the United States give the government the benefit of doubt, particularly when "national security" is used as a justification for exemption from standard procedures?
(4) After torturing shackled prisoners, holding innocents in secret prisons and killing uncounted civilians (as part of attacking the wrong country), why is the United States government protecting the genuine terrorist it freed, funded and enabled?
(5) What is the purpose of a million-name "terrorist watch list" that includes Mikey Hicks (age 8, right) but not a guy mentioned by name in at least a half-dozen documented warnings?
(6) Feeling safer?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Connecticut: A legacy worthy of estimation (and imagined annotation).
Dallas: A legacy worthy of consternation.
Brighton Heights: A legacy worthy of introspection.
Washington: A legacy worthy of appreciation.
Infinonytune: Happy, The Rolling Stones
This position is not based on principled reason, of course -- the editorial board was for drink taxation before it was against it.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The best part: Spending six figures on mailing these gems of wisdom to city residents.
Maybe Tom Corbett will prosecute Mike Turzai for election improprieties in Mr. Clean's last weeks as attorney general?
Friday, November 5, 2010
Joe invited Bruce Springsteen, and the hundred-year-old Hall was a grand host to the first show of a two-night stand. The band -- Joe and his current Houserockers with Bruce and, at times, Rick Witkowski -- was outstanding, the songs superb, the evening magically reminiscent of The Decade.
Some of the work was just unfamiliar enough -- as the Houserockers nailed Darkness On The Edge Of Town and The Promised Land, and Bruce relived his days as a teenage guitarslinger -- to intensify the experience for everyone. Bruce sang about Pittsburgh, Joe about Homestead, then both sang about Pittsburgh (perhaps Friday's show will be Johnstown's turn, or Youngstown's, or Johnstown's again).
Joe Grushecky, one of Pittsburgh's treasures, delivered another gift to his hometown tonight. Thanks, Joe. For everything.
UPDATE: The second show was equally great.
Infinonytune: Homestead, Joe Grushecky (from the Pittsburgh G20 soundtrack)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
If you wish to induce InsolvenCity councilors to consider (let alone approve) any revised form of parking asset lease, refrain from enlisting Rev. Ricky Burgess as a co-sponsor of the associated council bill. Also, try to avoid circumstances in which councilors in the to-be-persuaded category learn of the proposal by reading a newspaper.
The fee for this indispensable advice is a bargain: One-tenth of whatever you're paying the local geniuses who guided your interactions with the mayor and council so far. Please use e-mail (center column) to indicate where to send the Infinvoice.
Paul Lodico and Maurice Lucas traveled in different directions and different worlds to become parts of Pittsburgh's story.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
In Harrisburg, Republicans will control the major levers of power, with one exception: The United States attorneys in Pennsylvania will be Democratic appointees, and, in the wake of Tom Corbett's record of vigorous but slanted prosecutions, those federal officials likely will have shorter fuses than are customary with respect to investigation and prosecution of state-level corruption.
In Allegheny County, Dan Onorato will sleep for a few days, then close a deal with a law firm, leaving county government to scramble to overcome the long-term consequences of short-sighted decisions.
In Pittsburgh, long-delayed days of reckoning seem nigh. The mayor's shortcomings at the helm are likely to fade in importance as it becomes clearer the city no longer controls its fate.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Post-Gazette, however, has unambiguously endorsed Rep. Altmire as the "better choice" than Mr. Rothfus.
The Rothfus campaign might attempt to defend this flyer by pointing to a six-month-old editorial in which the Post-Gazette endorsed Mr. Rothfus -- when he was challenging Mary Beth Buchanan for the Republican nomination. The endorsement claim therefore is not only stale, but obsolete.
Are any canon lawyers willing to opine concerning whether Jesus would approve the misleading of voters in this manner? Is there a little-known "Candidate On Mission From God" exception to the commandment?
UPDATE: A Democratic state representative, Bryan Barbin, blames a similarly misleading advertisement (for U.S. Rep. Mark Critz) on a "misprint," compounding dishonorable conduct with a lame excuse. Barbin boasts of being "active in his parish," so maybe there is a special exemption for the faithful with respect to Election Day lies.
UPPERDATE: It appears God prefers Jason Altmire to Keith Rothfus. This does not necessarily reflect upon Mr. Rothfus personally so much as it concerns his choice of playmates; God might abhor Pat Robertson and George W. Bush so much that some of the scorn rubbed off on Mr. Rothfus.