To Rants&Raves 2021
Missed deadline to use it
State loses $108 Million in mortgage,
RANTS that the state had plenty of time to approve secret deals allowing huge crowds of 20,000
to gather daily for four consecutive days of a car show, but let many applications sit
unprocessed, kissing goodbye $108 Million in federal pandemic funds targeted for rent and
RAVES of hope that state legislators were unaware that there was a shamefully long list of
applicants left hanging, waiting for help, before the legislators voted to allow the transfer of that
unused $108 Million in federal pandemic funds targeted for rent and mortgage assistance to the
state prison system, to fund paychecks of state prison employees.
RANTS because it's too difficult to imagine that only applications for about $70 Million of the total
$175 Million rent and mortgage funds were thoroughly enough completed, or only such a small
percentage of applicants correctly included all of the required proof of need paperwork or
whatever else attached documentation that was to accompany the application.
It's equally as difficult to imagine, too, that two-thirds of applicants in line for $108 Million in funds
may have committed fraud, or for whatever legal reason, completed applications that could not
Nah, truth be told, we're just giving the state the benefit of the doubt with all this supposing.
In short, we're pretty comfortable entertaining the gut feeling that someone high up at the state
took a real cheap shot, by grabbing $108 Million for housing to use for regular, day to day state
prison staff wages. (28 Dec 20)
"Quotes Of The Day" about Fay's covid deaths
"Every person in the 15-bed ICU is infected... so are about half of the patients in the 145 bed
hospital... Only one, maybe two, of the 15 (in ICU) will survive... The hospital is discussing
temporary refrigerated storage for bodies if the counts continue to rise."
and grit," so special a newspaper article about covid's squeeze on Fayette County that it's offered as a
rare, free public read
The PG, leaving us, the potential next patients, with goose bumps, wondering what, if any, of those
fantastic therapeutic medications -- i.e., the "cocktails" we hear so much about when high profile, high-risk
covid patients were infected and made amazing quick recovery -- are available, administered, or used early
on enough to matter
The PG, interviewing one doctor who said, "We're not winning.... This is nonstop. I don't know what else I
can do," leaving some of us potential next patients with strict orders to emergency contacts to be sure to
get us to Pittsburgh, if at all possible, should we get ill with, or incapacitated from covid
Fay prosecutors as goofy as new radical LA DA
RANTS that Fay prosecutors seem just as goofy as the new Los Angeles district attorney, hailed
by the radical left as a saviour for wanting killers and child rapists released from prison. RANTS
that local prosecutors today seem perhaps even goofier, by dropping the most serious charges
against a crazed Masontown woman, whose third victim in 23 months was her own mother.
Not only did the woman, Kelly French, stab Mom in the head, the twisted young woman blew out
the gas pilots, turned on the stove burners and oven, hoping to blow up the house and Mom in
To boot, this daring act of cowardice and insanity happened while the Bad Seed lunatic was out
on bail from brutally beating her second known victim from a dating website and holding him
against his will for a few days in her basement.
French's second victim escaped 11 months ago from her basement and received treatment in a
hospital intensive care unit after a Masontown cop found him walking in an alley with a bloody,
busted skull from her beating open his head repeatedly with a gun.
One would think French would have been on her very best behavior awaiting trial for that second
attempted homicide, rather than plotting to stab and blow up Mom.
RANTS because the locals in charge lack the confidence of winning an attempted homicide case
against this crazed young woman who needs locked up forever and a day.
May Fay officials dig deep in their pockets to spring for a plane ticket to LA for her when they let
her walk the next time. She would be in good company there the next time she posts a personal
ad wanting a date. (16 Dec 20)
Fay's "Constitutional sheriff" too much
over early morning tea
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of choking on this early morning's hot beverage cup of tea
as our Fay sheriff, on live interactive video with a Fox t.v. news anchor, declared himself a
Not that anyone here wants to stomp on the sheriff's first amendment rights to speak freely to
whomever he wishes, mind you.
It's just that this early morning's cup of hot tea would have gone down more easily, without the
choke factor and tea coming back through the nose, had the sheriff done more than just show up
last year as a casual spectator the last day of a ridiculous homicide trial, after someone
exercising his second amendment right to save his own life spent nearly two years
incarcerated without bail, for fatally shooting a goon, who, along with a crazed accomplice, broke
the shooter's jaw and nose and gave him a concussion.
A true "Constitutional sheriff" would have taken his district attorney pal aside and told him from
the start -- i.e., even before the crazed star witness ended up incarcerated a few months later for
nearly killing a second victim -- that the defendant should not have been charged or incarcerated
in the first place.
A true "Constitutional sheriff" would not have allowed assistant district attorneys to claim in court
that having or applying for a concealed carry gun permit always equates to premeditating
Had either happened, this early morning's hot beverage cup of tea would have gone down easily
without choking and coming back up through the nose. (14 Dec 20)
49 other states released information but...
Wolf, Levine mum on PA vaccine distribution plan
RANTS that Pennsylvania officials today still have not released the commonwealth's covid
vaccine distribution plan to the public, while distribution plans in the other 49 states have already
previously been released.
A vague report that Governor Tom Wolf and State Health Secretary Rachel Levine released two
days ago did not state how many dosages were set for distribution or which regions of the state
were getting the vaccines first. Why not?
As per today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "The Pennsylvania Department of Health will determine
how much each region will receive, but those numbers have not been disclosed. After
postponing release of the information twice last week, a department spokeswoman did not
respond Friday, and a spokesman declined to comment on Saturday."
RANTS that a governor, a health secretary and an entire department of health are so
overwhelmed or merely lax in their duties, frustrating those on the receiving end of the vaccine
not to know what to expect in the next few days.
We hope that their plan is disclosed in similar detail as other states provided to the public. We
hope their silence is not indication that health care workers and nursing home residents in Fay
will be left out of the picture, as Fay and Greene County small businesses were during the first
round of Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) funding.
Distribution of the covid vaccine is set to begin tomorrow. (13 Dec 20)
RANTS that those who don't give a rat's ass that PA and some other states' election laws were
changed illegally -- without public referendum and state legislature action as required by state
constitutions -- seem to be the first to mutter the word treason and call for heads of legislators
who petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to address last minute changes by governors and state
secretaries to PA and other state constitutions, to ignore signature verification, postmark dates
and selective (by party) ballot curing.
While Gallop polls show that most in the GOP and 30% of Democrats and independents feel
improper voting irregularities occurred, RANTS that those chanting the word treason now were
selectively mute when their Constitution got kicked to the curb by governors and state
We cannot have it both ways. (13 Dec 20)
"Quote Of The Day" from the courthouse on just how little
things changed in 2020
"I consider this a no-bid contract. I see no reason that we can't inject a little competition in the
process to make sure we’re getting the best services at the best cost to the county.”
business meeting agenda a motion to sign a three-year auditing contract, for $416,330, with
Zelenkofsky & Axelrod LLC, to perform audits of the county’s financial statements and an audit for
Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation
Dunn, now in office for one year, likely remembering, too, that 11 months ago, the firm also picked up
an additional $80,000, on top of payment for its sweet county contract for audits of the county prison's
inmate fund, tax collectors and magisterial judges
Dunn, voting no to advancing the $416,330 no-bid contract to the agenda simply because the firm is
familiar with Fay's warped books that never really explained how up to $3 million in property tax sale
proceeds were misspent, for up to 10 years, in the county general budget to pay county expenses, not
distributed to school districts and municipalities
Citizen, Michigan legislator inexcusably vicious
RAVES that a citizen wishing lynching on a Michigan legislator and the legislator, who reacted by
posting an ominous video on social media threatening the citizen with retaliation, both paid the
price for their inexcusably vicious attacks on one another over politics.
RAVES that the citizen was apprehended and the politician was removed from state house
committees as a result. Both were in the despicable wrong and need spanked, too. (11 Dec 20)
"Quotes Of The Day" from Pete's bi-partisan hood
"So my two crazy neighbors with opposing political signs went at it again yesterday. One was
outside putting Christmas lights on the fence dividing their yards, when the other yelled over for
him to put on a mask before he got any closer to him. The one putting up the lights told him they
were at least 40 feet apart and that he actually had contracted covid at work, recovered and
donated blood for convalescent plasma earlier last week.
"No, you got it at one of those political rallies and don't deserve to get a vaccine' the other yelled
back. I stayed out of it, carried my groceries in the house and went inside.
"When I let the dogs out, the one hanging his lights repeated that he got covid at work, went to
one rally with his mask after he recovered and then infuriated the Dem wanting to withhold
vaccines to GOP voters by saying the Dem hypocritically did not self-isolate for two weeks after
any of the several times he traveled and returned from covid hot spots protesting with thousands
to defund the police or had several households of guests over for dinner... and did not self-isolate
for two weeks March through June, when he went out of state to dine in, get a haircut and his wife
a mani-pedi, but returned to work and our grocery store aisles as usual.
"Fortunately, their wives came out and made them stop."
go undetected during the night and switch political signs in the yards, to give the two some common
ground of anger perhaps to make peace
"So is this your way of saying your home is going on the market?"
"Our wives are all facebook friends."
sign the Home Owners Association allows outside
Hark! It's the Star of Bethlehem
RAVES that we're to get a real Christmas Star in the sky this month, when Jupiter and Saturn will
be closer than they have been in some 800 years.
While the two largest planets will still be millions of miles apart, their position in the sky on
December 21, after dark around 5:30 PM, should present as a combined brighter light, visible with
even a cheap telescope or binoculars, looking southwest.
Whether one believes or not in the real meaning of Christmas matters not. RAVES that the
Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem is coming in two weeks to brighten up the sky on the winter
solstice, in this year of covid.
Look for it! (7 Dec 20)
Embarrassing "Quotes Of The Day" that cause some Americans
to consider filing for his guardianship, placing him in assisted care living
"What happened was I got out of the shower. I got a dog and anybody who’s been around my
house knows — dropped, little pup dropped a ball in front of me. And for me to grab the ball...And
I’m walking through this little alleyway to get to the bedroom. And I grabbed the ball like this and
he ran. And I’m joking, running after him and grab his tail. And what happened was that he slid on
a throw rug. And I tripped on the rug he slid on. That’s what happened."
pooch down a hallway that he called an alleyway and grabbing the pooch's tail
"And like I told Barack, if I reached something where there's a fundamental disagreement we
have based on a moral principle, I'll develop some disease and say I have to resign."
possible major difference of opinion with his vice president, should the two encounter
"fundamental disagreement" on a major "moral principle," that, yes, he'd simply roll over
and "develop some disease" and quit
New PA bi-partisan caucus coming
RAVES that a PA House Democrat and Republican have joined forces to form a first-of-its-kind bi-
partisan caucus for the upcoming 2021-22 legislative session.
As per today's issue of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia (PNA) Legal Update, "the newly formed
legislative body will serve as a medium for Democrats and Republicans to come together through
open dialogue with the goal of enacting meaningful policy that centers around helping the people
RAVES of hope that it won't end up being a waste of time and energy, but that positive progress
results. Democrat state Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) and Republican Greg Rothman (R-
Cumberland) will lead the caucus.
While we're out here sending hopes of positive influence will come from this new bi-partisan
caucus, we can't help, too, but hope that on a national level someone with a brain, before a next
election, addresses an overwhelming need to ban any private group or local or state government
entity from conducting another mass mailing of tens of millions of unsolicited ballots to voters
who did not request them.
No, not just ban it, but also make it a federal offense. (4 Dec 20)
BLM local chapters: Show us the money!
RAVES that 10 local Black Lives Matter chapters from Washington, D.C., Chicago and Philadelphia
are squawking, rightfully so, because the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has
provided its locals with little to no funding since it began taking in huge amounts of donations
Not only that, but the locals say that the BLM Global Network provides no financial transparency
and does not allow the local chapters a say in how funds are spent.
Insiders and critics of the group estimate that up to a billion dollars have been donated to date
since the group started seven years ago. One source lists only about $300,000 and some change
made its way to the local chapters in seven years.
BLM Global Network Foundation is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose
mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted
on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. The group was founded in 2013, in response to
the court acquittal of a white-Hispanic youth who killed a young black Florida teen in an
While the BLM Global Network is said to be launching grants in the future up to $500,000 to some
of its local chapters, RAVES that the locals are insisting on more transparency into the group's
financial books and paid staff spending and travel costs. (2 Dec 20)
Below is an often requested repeat from 2006, from a drive in the wee hours, slowly from
Washington County, across the Lane Bane Bridge, where there was a hushed magical sight, only
once a year. The many still burning luminary candles in the breathtaking view towards the right, the
downtown and south side areas, and in the view straight, towards the north side and the castle, is
simply remarkable among other goose bump moments.
Brownsville Light Up Night
RAVES to Brownsville, PA, as you sparkle and shine with beauty each Friday after Thanksgiving,
when volunteers place luminary candles on miles of your old streets throughout town that burn
overnight. It's a great community tradition that brings people out and kids by the score to talk to
Santa and get their treats.
Long after other traditions on that night, such as the Charity Jam at the old Stanley, went by the
wayside, your Light Up Night is one that even those of us who moved 25 miles away still drive
through to see and experience goose bumps at your site. It's a magical night, old town, that used
to be as hustle and bustle busy as you are on Light Up Night every weekend night.
I see your downtown, now a virtual ghost town, and want to cry, because even I in my 40s
remember it differently as the happening town my grandparents called home and I, too, called
home for 23 years.
On Light Up Night, I can almost still see my grandparents taking me to Naples Restaurant in the
Square and other long ago gone places that I can't remember, that once had life in and occupied
all your empty, boarded up buildings.
Borough and county officials should all hang their heads for allowing back door secret meetings
to sell off old buildings for pipe dream redevelopment and Brownsville, in the meantime, to die a
slow death -- that can almost be forgiven, just this one night a year, on Light Up Night, the Friday
after Thanksgiving, when Brownsville is still one of most beautiful places around.
Both sides should be pissed off
RANTS that so few people on both sides of the political aisle realize that we've all been
snookered into believing at least some of whatever it is that we ultimately believe today about
the election, its candidates, its scandals and subsequent confirmed controversies.
We should all be mad as hell, but not at one another.
Even mouths dropped on some jubilant Democrats, in fact, in chills of uneasy goose bumps, a
day or so after a few media news outlets called the presidential election -- and drum roll, please --
a covid vaccine was announced.
Mouths dropped on some otherwise jubilant Democrats, with sudden chills of uneasy goose
bums, when their presidential-elect jumped so inappropriately for the mass media photo-op
stage, in celebration of the miracle vaccine, deemed, miraculously, to be up to 90% effective.
After all, the president-elect's own bleak political television advertisements aired through
Election Day, the third of November, starring the voice over and photo of the country's leading
covid medical mouthpiece, in endorsement, warning us so seriously, scaring us so silly, that "no
miracle" was on its way.
They repeatedly scared even normal, happy adults and kids as their dark political ad received
heavy paid air time for a sick, sort of demented reason. Other similar ads played with it, in heavy
rotation for weeks, warning that the country was nowhere close, by more than a few seasons
away, from getting a vaccine.
However, less than a week later, that negative disease expert jumped after the media's
proclaimed presidential-elect jumped so inappropriately for the media photo-op stage, to
celebrate the miracle they both said was coming no time soon.
Medication trials ended over two months ago, in September, for this Pfizer miracle cure up to 90%
effective to maintain long-term immunity from covid. Dosages were manufactured a season or
two ago ready for distribution.
The teflon orange one, media and mouthpieces speaking against him all assured us, was nuts,
scamming us for election votes. Effectiveness, the leading medical expert previously had told us,
shouldn't be expected to exceed 50%, comparing the 40% effective range in flu shots.
There was no truth, either, the president-elect and medical guru pretended to fact check Ole
orange, to his claim that a second medical miracle was soon to follow the first med. Both meds
were targeted in his orange mind to happen in October or early November.
Nonsense, the other candidate and leading medical disease expert "fact checked" behind him
and said. They insisted no medication vaccine was coming soon and the orange one was lying or
wrong. Consequently, social media "fact checkers" usually deleted the orange posts.
A long week after the heartbreakingly sad "no miracle is coming" political ads stopped, mouths of
some normal, happy Democrats dropped and hearts broke deeper, after hearing for so long their
candidate and the leading national medical expert say and exclaim that no orange miracle
vaccine was coming.
For what now has to be at least five months, we've heard about the special project the president
created to develop successful vaccines at warp speed. It was a widely known project, of course.
Whenever the vaccine was ready for distribution, the military would begin to distribute within 24
We knew it wasn't delusional orange talk as his critics proposed. Respected, high ranking military
brass with White House representatives have spoke publicly over months, multiple times, in
press conference or public statement, on the same page, enthusiastically waiting vaccine
distribution to move forward soon.
They all as a team seemed to have their orange and military ducks in a row, no?
More of us should have wondered whether a miracle was put on hold up to two months for
More of us, too, on both sides of the political aisle should have been disgusted that children
walking to their cars with their conservative parents of all races and religious beliefs were
victimized in unprovoked attacks by paid assault, political goons Saturday night in D.C.
Who attacks little kids? The same paid ones who tried to burn down buildings with people locked
and trapped inside?
Today, the manufacturer of the first miracle covid vaccine is applying for emergency use
permission to the feds. The dosages are expected to be approved and to begin being distributed
tomorrow by the military.
RAVES of hope that anyone, who may have intentionally delayed the release of any of the
miracle meds until after November 3, burns in hell, yes, for all eternity. (20 Nov 20)
25,000 skilled nursing seniors request PA
mail ballots simultaneously? Come on, man!
RANTS that 25,000 patients in Pennsylvania nursing homes requested vote by mail ballots across
the state at the very same moment one day.
There may be a valid reason for this, but it's hard to find even a jubilant Democrat who doesn't
suspect something about that reeks of fraud. We hope not. (9 Nov 20)
If not true, would almost be funny!
Whooo made Michigan's goofy voting software?
RANTS that voting equipment software that automatically caused 6,000 GOP votes to
switch to votes for Democrat challengers came from a company owned by a former
president and a former aide of the current speaker of the house.
In some cases in Michigan, the problem in one site was corrected by hand, one vote at a
time. The company's machines were purchased and were in use in many cities and towns
across the country.
Can it be more surreal? (8 Nov 20)
They're pretty simple in the 'burgh, too!
RANT that electoral officials processing election ballots in Pittsburgh this week were just as
frigging stupid as their Philadelphia counterparts caught violating pretty serious election law.
RANTS that their non-compliance with election law and a court order allowed some 500,000
ballots in those two processing sites to be opened, processed and scanned without monitors
being present in the building or closer than previously assigned distances of 20 feet or more.
Not allowing citizen monitoring of the process from six feet away could result in those many of
votes being tossed from those two sites if the case gets to the supreme court, with or without
that court's recently seated judge.
Given that some 98,000 additional mail ballots in PA counted prior to Friday were supposedly
from people over the age of 100-120, or, supposedly, from PA citizens who cast only one vote --
Biden for president -- and for no other different state or local office on the ballot, just as did
another 400,000 from Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, nobody should whine if the
president wants to file lawsuits in up to 10 states or to have the Department of Justice keep
gathering witness depositions from various cities of voting irregularities.
While all elections likely involve some degree of cheating, this one sadly seems to take the
RANTS, when we so need transparency, that this recent general election is said to involve the
worst kind of wide spread cheating. RAVES, though, this time that tens of supposed credible
witnesses are stepping up to go on record in deposition about the alleged election rigging.
We all need this election to be over, one way or another. Lets see how credible the cases and
witnesses are and do it quickly. (8 Nov 20)
bureaus had anything to do with providing mail ballots to 120 year olds or deceased persons,
if that happened in Fay.
Fox slaps judge by pulling weekly show
RANTS to Fox T.V. for censoring and refusing to air yesterday's regular weekly program from
Judge Janine Pirro, as she likely reacted critically with her thoughts on Election Law being
broken and shattered.
Possibly, too, she may have wanted to go off because networks shut down the president's
announcement Friday that there was election fraud, in his opinion, involved in Tuesday's
For goodness sake, she's a lawyer and judge and knows what she can and cannot say on air.
PA election officials so shamefully F it up after
state supreme court had first dibs at it
RANTS that Pennsylvania state electoral officials stupidly defied a court order yesterday that was
supposed to allow monitors within six feet -- as opposed to 20 to 100 feet away where monitors
had been parked to observe -- to watch election ballot processing in Philadelphia.
RANTS that election law was not followed from the start with the Philadelphia monitors in this
heated election. RANTS that the monitors had to get a court order in the first place when it should
not have been needed at all.
True, that's their chat one day to have with God. In the meantime, though, the state officials who
shamefully disobeyed a court order yesterday only made matters much worse by not being
transparent. Election law does state that ballots must be tossed out if public monitors are blocked
from watching an honest election process underway.
RANTS, too, that nobody on the state supreme court knew that they themselves broke the law
last week by declaring that all mailed ballots can be counted that arrived three days after the
polls closed. Only senators and legislators had the ability to extend that window of time for late
ballots to count. (6 Nov 20)
Some hate the pres more than love America
RANTS these days that some people in this country hate the president more than they love
From these days forward, nobody here will ever again whine about another newspaper closing or
downsizing, or about missing this or that daily paper writer or media rep due to the closure or
restructuring and lay offs in media. Nobody here can imagine any of those persons with
respectful integrity, some who became friends, working today, during the media blackout of a
serious national political corruption matter.
The long gone news writers of yesterday we miss wouldn't, couldn't -- so we'd like to think -- go
along with such wide-spread election interference by big tech mogels, wealthy elites and the
Democratic Party, to keep the public in the dark about one presidential candidate's ties in
personal business to top communist leaders when he previously held public office.
RANTS because what is left these days of mainstream media miserably failed us all by ignoring
the horrible facts.
Five years ago, the GOP presidential candidate's campaign was spied on, that the then former
vice president, now running for president, and his former president partner, knew in 2015 of a
political scandal -- that in 2015 the female Dem candidate falsified and planted a bogus tale of
collusion with a foreign enemy against the 2015 GOP campaign.
Not just that, but they continued to stay quiet ever since, all the while the current president went
through a bogus impeachment, basically, just for their combined kicks and, of course, their need
to try to save their own demented butts.
The former president, former vice president and former first lady/secretary of state didn't just do
it to the president. They knowingly also put America through that impeachment hell just to do it.
They hate Trump more than they love America.
Media so pathetically disgusts us, too, by ignoring more current accounts, that the former vice
president now running for president misused his former 2015 office by getting involved in private
business with America's foreign enemies.
The boycott of reporting and a lack of questions, in general, from main stream media about the
former vice president's personal business with communists, we don't think, would sit too well
with a few of the beloved writers no longer around writing about politics.
If they were still writing for the daily papers, we think they would have protested the blackout to
their editors or got the word out, somehow.
We know they would have been miserable working for a news outlet that ignored news to
influence politics and a heated election. One or two, we'd like to think, would have protested the
blackout even if it meant quitting over knowingly deceiving the public, as the media does with
the secret Biden family business ventures with communists that started in or before 2015. (31 Oct
Local mudslingers with deep pockets
RANTS that one local election brought out hateful mud slingers napping at the wheel for a few
years since, well, their last morally bankrupt attack.
RAVES of hope, you know, that God one day stops these horrible, cowardly anonymous ones
with deep pockets at his door, to ask why on earth they sold their souls and mailed unsigned
fliers through a few counties, about the true or sensationally fictional private, personal life behind
one of the bigger local names on the November ballot.
No other local issue filled up Rants&Raves' email in box as quickly with opinion since, well, the
last morally bankrupt attack on a political opponent. Email this week came from disgusted
readers and friends who received, or knew someone who received the anonymously mailed
gutter flier. Only a sheer coward would pay a fair chunk of change to mail such hateful political
It takes a special kind of hate to author and mail such anonymously sent, pretty widely distributed
trash mud slinging...especially when it's so likely not that anonymous coward's first rodeo
mailing such hurtful, hatefully written and mailed wastes of paper, you know, just to be, well, the
worst kind of cowardly dick possible. There's really no nice way to say it.
RANTS that politics has hit such a low point where opponents in all levels of races, from the local,
state to the national election, throw the mud instead of debate respectfully across party lines.
RANTS that major media and opinion programming, likewise, just allow, encourage and actively
and knowingly participate in the too often, too surreal misrepresentation of facts that denies the
public the full story, the unbiased facts needed to make informed choices or form wise opinions.
(14 Sept 20)
NYC: Not such an empty sky last night
RAVES that the twin "Towers of Light" did shine last night into the Manhattan skyline on the 19th
anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
RAVES, because NYC this year so desperately needed the beacon blue lights of hope shining
into the sky from the footprints of the World Trade Center towers. RAVES that the lights were on
last night, after being cancelled initially, and then unlikely to shine last night after a test run last
RAVES that the anarchists did not win last night and the twin beacon lights lit up the sky, next
door to St. Paul's Chapel in lower Manhattan. (12 Sept 20)
Reverend Sharpton's 'Quote Of The Week' that,
gee, anarchists really needed to hear months ago
"To take all policing off is something I think a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the
Hamptons discussing this as some academic problem... But people living on the ground need
proper policing. Yes, we need more resources in different areas like mental health. But we do not
need our grandmothers prey to those that are being the users of products of the big gun
manufacturers in this country."
volume, calling for "proper policing" after all these weeks looking the other way as good cops were
murderd by anarchists or took early retirement because the Democratic nomination for vice president
confidently boasts that protesting will go on till and after the election... and too many good cops are
tired of the warfare, physically and mentally exhausted
Sharpton, hopefully, also feeling a bit ashamed that he had more recently propped up and passed
along to crowds of millions a new social activist, an angry, hateful man, not someone the late John
Lewis or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been associated with; a follower of an Anti-Semite,
racist marxist leader who Lewis wisely distanced himself from long ago
From 2011, the below piece is published again in honor of three of the most special readers this
site ever had.
Every day thereafter was September 12th for them
RAVES of respect to some of this site's 2006 Charter Members, a trio of former NYC firemen and
policeman, who stumbled in this cyber door with sheer amazement that their beloved St. Paul's
Chapel meant so much to a writer in the sticks of Pennsylvania.
Another 5 years later, another 5 years sicker from the World Trade Center dust that they
breathed, they focus on making sure that nobody forgets 9-11. They can't work their jobs
anymore, but volunteer to raise money for so many 9-11 causes and help surviving family
members and fellow first responders any way they can.
Every day really has been September 12th for them. St. Paul's next to Ground Zero and these 3
men survived for a reason. They tirelessly dedicate the rest of their lives to helping first
responders and families from all 3 sites. They raise money for monuments, persuade movie stars
to pair with unknown film makers to memorialize those lost or those who helped save lives in
It is such an honor to know them and to know that we shall meet again to share a bench in the
yard outside St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan.
RANTS that the blue beacon lights will not shine high in the sky in New York City tomorrow, to
mark the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
While officials there blame the pandemic for the decision this year, we wonder why officials are
caving to new terrorists' demands to remove the flags and photos on the nearby bridge of the
thousands of people massacred that day, when 2001 terrorists hijacked and crashed airplanes
into the skyscraper towers.
Who cares if the families and friends of the coward terrorists feel uncomfortable about Americans
pausing to remember those who perished 19 years ago!
Who cares if the families and friends of the coward terrorists feel uncomfortable about Americans
honoring the score of firemen and police who died trying courageously to save those entrapped
in the burning towers... and the first responders who survived but were rendered disabled from
Who the f cares!
RAVES of hope that enough of us still do care that the anniversary is observed respectfully and
that nobody ever forgets 9-11, those who were slaughtered, those who worked tirelessly to
locate survivors and these new uncomfortable terrorists, who just want to delete the heartbreak
from our memories and this country's history. (10 Sept 20)
Fay Dem Party chair blasts elected Dem officer
While no name was dropped on his weekly political radio show, the Fay Dem party chairman blew
off steam this week at an elected Dem county official thought to have attended Thursday's
political rally by the GOP president at the Latrobe airport.
Only, the Dem party chairman really wasn't certain if the man he claims he saw in a newspaper
photo was that of the elected Fay official.
In fact, at the time of his aired radio show, we here apparently weren't the only ones who could
not locate any publicized photos of the rally with anyone we recognized. Some readers also
inquired which media outlet or source the talk show host meant.
Regardless, he publicly chastised the elected Dem official for supporting, or seeming to support,
the GOP president or platform. He taunted the official over the radio that his county political base
group would not offer political or monetary support in the official's next election.
"That's unacceptable to me," the radio talk show host of the weekly Dem program said of the man
who might have been at the other side's rally.
While a name was never mentioned to identify the official, the radio station and a GOP house
legislator named an official in social media posts, about the Fay Dem party chair's little hissy fit
over his plate of sour grapes for the afternoon snack.
RANTS that the county Dem party leader ignored the elected Dem official's right to do what he
Dems on a national level have turned off a lot of people who are pro gun or pro life, or are at least
sickened by the thought of late term abortion.
We're really quite surprised the bitter county party chair didn't see a few more elected Dem
officials in the media coverage of the Trump rally at the airport. (5 Sept 20)
Wolf should put down the bong
RANTS to Tom Wolf, our state governor, for being such a jerk in the matter of the Carlisle car
show. His explanation to radio news today was one of the lamest admissions of truth to spiel
from a politician's mouth this week.
Our governor this week clearly out ass-holed anyone else, hands down, when he reasoned aloud
why he permitted the four-day event, for up to 20,000 daily or 80,000-100,000 potential covid
infected attendees, but held to strict limits for the rest of us, to gather no more than 250 for
outdoor festivals or events.
looked a couple weeks ago or now ... I was willing to try with the right care given to the safety
of the people coming in there.... and that was an effort that in hindsight probably was wrong,"
the governor told KDKA radio, in audio that can be heard at this link.
Probably was wrong?
Was he just way too high in May and June when he fancied himself scientist enough to conduct
his own twisted covid experiment?
Although he stated these words today and referenced that better covid state stats influenced him
when he conducted his experiment two months ago, he failed to tell radio listeners that he's still
allowing another large car show -- excuse us, we mean flea market -- this week.
RAVES of hope that the mad scientist puts down his bong and forgets where he left it. (25 Aug 20)
About the letters "D" and "R" on mail in ballot envelopes
RAVES of thanks today to Fayette County Election Bureau Director Larry Blosser for clearing up a
matter circulating in social media about those letters "D" and "R" printed in mailing bar codes on
the pre-paid postage election ballot return envelopes provided to residents voting by mail.
In the fall general elections, Blosser told Rants&Raves today, no such capital "D" and "R" letters
appear in the return mailing bar code for completed mail in voting ballots being mailed to his
Those two letters identifying the sender or voter by political party to postal workers and Election
Bureau staff prior to opening the envelope, however, do appear on ballot return envelopes in the
spring primary elections. (25 Aug 20)
Hypocrites on parade: PA health
secretary deceives public big time
RAVES to WPXI reporter Amy Marcinkiewicz, for delivering the first true, bonafide news digging
and news reporting we've seen in a long time!
The long-time tv reporter rocks for getting her hands on a private agreement, signed by the
state health secretary, allowing up to 20,000 persons per day two months ago to attend a four-
day car show out east.
During this same time period, both she and the governor, with straight face, demanded that
groups everywhere else in the state be limited to 250 or less in attendance.
RANTS that they dared to risk allowing a possible "super spreader" covid transmission -- as
they've often warned us good doobies at home, was possible, if larger groups congregated.
Shameful RANTS on them if those 80,000-100,000 in attendance at the car show that got special
private approval to be held somehow caused an increase in state deaths and spread that resulted
in restrictions being imposed on bars and restaurants again in early July.
RAVES to Marcinkiewicz for providing that Right To Know news flash and not taking "no
comment" as a final answer. (19 Aug 20)
slaughter of the poor, cities
RANTS that no high-ranking Democrats have mouthed off to stop the horrible intensity of hatred
and organized violence going on for 91 nights in several big cities after the peaceful protesters
call it a night and go home to sleep for work in the morning.
RANTS of the most disappointing kind that no top Dems acknowledge that large areas of several
key American cities are burned out, fallen to the ground, and many small businesses, owned in
many cases by struggling minorities, are left, for all their hard work, with nothing but city lots, full
of burned out rubble that resembles wide-shot aerial photos of third-world, bombed-out war
The heartbreaking destruction takes our breath away.
That no high-ranking Democrats are equally outraged by the nightly terror, that none say one
word to stop it and only encourage the activists to "keep pushing" are sad and reckless
commentaries on how little the Dems are in charge of their own party anymore.
The top level Dems in the country down to the low level local Dems, don't seem to give a rat's
ass that black writers have been stabbed in the back and the poor and the working poor are held
hostage in their now ghetto looking streets in America's cities, at the mercy of hateful thugs with
guns who demand protection money.
RAVES of hope that the big business donors funding the brutal nightmare come to realize their
$10 Million donated here and another $10 Million there into BLM's hands helped fund the
senseless arson, looting of small businesses often owned by minorities and the unforgivable
physical assault of way too many ordinary, hard working Americans, who often are the working
poor of all races, religions and heritages.
BLM turns on Amazon as ink dries on $10M donation check
Amazon, one of the many business giants that donated ever so generously to the violent
arsonists and killers, however, has remained especially silent about the group of a couple
hundred racist, loud protesters unexpectedly turning on the company, as shown in this
video link, mentioned above, when it showed up at the homes of a few of the company's white
The activist group which took those huge donations showed up outside of relatively recent,
heavily mortgaged condos of some of the business giant's employees, to terrorize the occupants
in the night into leaving and giving their condos to them. Their community guide, however, we're
told, misinformed the verbally aggressive and hateful mob to think that no minorities lived in the
We don't believe that would have mattered to the hateful racists with the megaphones in this
video clip, even if only one white person worked at Amazon and lived in the newer condos.
One would think that a special interest organization that promotes the advancement of minorities
into good jobs and housing and rakes in tens of millions of dollars through donations would be
proactive and invest in housing... and, of course, food for those beating poor people senselessly,
savagely stabbing black writers in the back and burning down governement property and
property of the working poor and first generation American businesses because as AOC says,
they're just hungry.
Why isn't BLM sharing some of that donated money for low interest home mortgages? Why isn't
the group helping to float loans for those who haven't been eligible for home mortgages so far
At the very least, the organization raking in a fortune in donations could be more proactive to help
fight eminent domain seizures of neighborhoods owned by minorities, or provide technical and
legal advice on how to obtain a fair and decent price if the property were needed for significant,
municipal infrastructure upgrades.
That the destruction of significant sections of several big cities is rarely touched on during major
media news is surreal!
Not just that, but media no longer is America's unbiased report on the reality before us. Just the
facts reporting today, shamefully, cannot get through a simple lead paragraph without spinning
editorial edge to the report.
Just the facts reporting today strongly censors the news. We don't get all of the important news
unless we jump around and check umpteen sources. At least, that's what one has to do almost in
all instances to learn the full side of a story.
RANTS that BLM or other special interests supposedly monitoring community racial interests in
housing may have missed the boat on the minorities and blacks reportedly displaced under
alleged eminent domain -- or regular Seattle eviction courts -- to develop areas for incoming
Amazon employees to live in town.
Out of fairness, we say that the group may have missed the boat, versus did miss the boat, since
we are unable to locate confirmation that someone did or did not try to stop the relocation of
blacks from their homes for this particular community development. We couldn't locate updates
on any appeals, if indeed any were filed.
Someone possibly may have tried to stop some old properties housing minorities from being
vacated, sold and demolished and may have brought the matter of evictions in this part of Seattle
a few years ago to courts. It does not appear anyone tried, though, as per a lack of news features
about any possible actions being filed or determined. We know that no trace of action in the
media does not rule out a hundred folks may have tried to stop it.
We've been unable, too, to locate a contact of 15 years, an elderly mixed race writer whose work
about success stories in the poorest parts of that city Rants&Raves admired and published over a
decade ago. His stories could just as well have been about Fayette County.
We're holding our breath because we fear his second home in two months housing his extended,
multi-generational family, was senselessly burned to the ground recently by the night terrorists.
We hope not, but fear so.
From past conversations about his rising living costs over the years, we know that Amazon hired
many minorities, as well as some whites, in Seattle.
BLM protesters killing, bombing, burning, threatening and terrorizing poor people and the working
poor of all races and religions are shameless, horrible people who have to be stopped. Their
ridiculous and hateful attacks, both physical attacks downtown and horrible verbal aggression
displayed outside the homes of Amazon workers in Seattle, prove the protesters are widening
the racial divide far more than it was prior to the murder of George Floyd.
Back then, America had some rotten cops on the front burner to deal with and process. The
hypocrisy of the Dems in charge borders on criminal intent at this point when they encourage
and say "keep pushing" to a group that blows up and burns down buildings with people inside
and have reduced blocks and blocks of cities to rubble.
America's Dem leaders are committing treason by saying "keep pushing." They hate the
president so much that they don't care how many more cities are burned and people are hurt.
They just want the president to lose re-election that badly. (19 Aug 20)
New jobs for Westmoreland-Fay
RAVES that the area seems to have some new jobs opening up as the $600 weekly federal
unemployment benefits ended in recent weeks.
Readers in need of employment are strongly urged to check out jobcase and job-tree for
openings at CSX, UPS, Fed-Ex, a medical marijuana plant and other operations locally.
To learn more, as well, about a job fair being held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18,in New Stanton,
for local UPS jobs, please click on the link below to register to attend.
Most postings quickly coming through in email alert and read last night were for full and part-time
work, starting at $14-16-26 per hour.
Good luck to all in need! (17 Aug 20)
Too many Fay cooks, wait staff with no masks?
RANTS that Fayette County has the highest percentage of positive corona virus tests in the state
and the second highest rate of virus cases per 100,000 residents, yet has some of the barest
faces among regional restaurant staff to be found preparing and handling food orders.
That said, RANTS in the past week that too few restaurant staff and cooks, on five outings from
Brownsville to Connellsville and Hopwood, sported masks during food preparation and while
waiting on customers.
RAVES of hope and a prayer or three, of course, that none of those wait staff and cooks were
asymptomatic and undiagnosed as they packaged take out dinners, poured drinks, handled
drinking glasses and cups, made ice cream cones and waited on sit down customers in dining
And what about younger, disabled in personal care homes?
In respect to the contagious virus, RAVES of hope, too, that more is done with younger disabled
persons residing in licensed personal care homes to help them through this difficult pandemic.
Because of their living arrangement, these folks, who don't always understand why, quickly are
banished to their room for two weeks any time they return from leaving the house for any kind of
medical appointment. Imagine having to isolate for two weeks every time you leave the house,
after being healthy but confined to the house for four months!
Exceptions should be made for these younger, disabled residents of personal care homes to
receive viral testing and quick result tests when they return home from having routine bloodwork
or annual physicals so they can at least move freely through their home. It's too cruel and
ridiculous that they have to be banished to isolation for two weeks.
The same is true, as per one personal care home operator yesterday, that the young disabled
resident would still have to isolate two weeks away if an in home blood draw were done.
Why haven't community service advocates intervened to get quick testing arranged after
appointments for the younger disabled residents in personal care home who must leave for
routine wellness visits? (15 Aug 20)
RANTS that violently aggressive sociopaths continue to hijack peaceful protests in major cities
across the county, to destroy public and privately owned property, loot, kill, or, by conscious
choice, hurt anything or anyone attempting to stop the madness.
RANTS that these violent rioters, the whole organized movement and those wealthy folks funding
the organized violence all seem to have tragically forgotten one significant fact that took old time
protesters such as Rev. Al Sharpton and the late John Lewis completely by heartwarming
the murder of George Floyd and demand that the cop who murdered Floyd be charged and other
cops on the scene be charged, too.
So many white people immediately took to the streets, and kept going back the next day, and the
day after that and the ones after those, to peacefully protest and demand that cops stop kneeling
on necks and killing black men and young black adults.
It should not have taken the murder of Floyd and the large numbers of white people automatically
jumping up to peaceful protest across the country, especially in so many small towns with
predominately white populations and in larger cities, for those of color peacefully protesting and
BLM to know that most white people are not racist and want police oversight and reform.
It was heartwarming to see Lewis get to witness the strong white support in his lifetime that
whites showed for Floyd and his family by packing the streets in peaceful protest.
RANTS that the violent organizers who moved this week from burning federal buildings to
terrorizing residential areas, ironically, have now terrorized some of the very same white people,
who a few hours earlier arrived back home from peacefully protesting the supposed same before-
RAVES that in Fay, community groups have stepped up to organize food distributions. Officials
studying these things across America think that about 12% of this country's population is
experiencing food shortages. No doubt there is some truth to that statement.
We're lucky here to have such food distribution programs. As per New York U.S. House of
Representative 14th district elected official and former bartender AOC explains, in her district,
violence and rioting occur nightly after hours of peaceful protests because the ones trying to
burn, loot, kill or harm are hungry.
Then, goodness, why isn't anyone feeding them?
Why hasn't anyone there thought to organize food donations and distributions to hand out food as
we do in Fay? Why hasn't BLM bought food, if AOC says they riot because they're hungry?
The organization gets hefty donations from Hollywood and entertainment's wealthy and spends
only on fines for those arrested trying to kill cops and black writers and burn buildings and for
travel for the organizers from one burned out, destroyed inner city to the next. It's almost as
though some are shopping for prime real estate at really cheap prices, no?
Fayette County is poor, but if AOC can assure a truck's safety from the violence and lawlessness,
surely, even Fay's downtrodden would share food if some neighbors truly are hungry. You know
To date, the looters and killers already stole tens of millions in high end goods from stores after
they highjacked peaceful protests. Why aren't they fencing the goods they view as reparations
and sharing their wealth to feed the hungry in the Bronx, Queens and Rykers?
Isn't that what socialism is all about? (15 Aug 20)
"Quote Of The Day" on Grand Jury level corruption at Fay's
"Why in the world would an inmate need Suboxin smuggled into the county jail? Put that list up
again of medications and pages of invoices from Pechin's Pharmacy for jail prescriptions. An
inmate can get Suboxin, psychiatric medications, codeine and the kitchen sink, very easily and
legally prescribed, just by asking for it. The county paid over $100,000 in a year for those things."
announce in a press conference how he had no idea some jail staff smuggled Suboxin, Xanax, synthetic
marijuana and other contraband into the jail
"Unless maybe it's a high profile inmate or a relapsing addict jail staff who might not want their
names associated with needing a Suboxin prescription... but I agree with you. One would think it
should have been more likely that some of the Suboxin prescribed legally for inmates would
have walked out the door."
information in light of today's show and Grand Jury summary, recommending charges be filed against a
now retired deputy warden (1/20), guards, inmates and outside contacts
Joe Biden's pick: pick again!
RANTS that the very best that the Democratic party came up with for a vice presidential
candidate is a shamefully corrupt, former public servant prosecutor who hid evidence to protect
priest child sex predators, while she sold her soul and held out her grubby little hand to accept
political campaign contributions from the law firms representing the Catholic Church.
RANTS that the woman who protected child sex predators by hiding evidence for a fee possibly
will be the 47th president of the United States -- or maybe even the 46th president if Biden or 45
don't make it to November 3.
Undoubtedly, yesterday was a jubilant day for some non-caucasian little girls, as the media
heralded it to be, when a non-caucasian woman was named as a vice presidential candidate.
Imagine, though, how disillusioned, betrayed and disgusted those same children will feel one
day, when they grow up to learn that awful truth, that their hero or role model protected the priest
child sexual predators.
Given that the Democratic Party's choice for a vice president also held non violent inmates
incarcerated after scheduled release dates for free or cheap slave labor, it will be no wonder if
future generations also protest, loot and burn down cities again demanding change. (13 Aug 20)
Is this still America?
RAVES to protesters who protest without breaking the law and RAVES to good cops who police
without breaking the law.
That said, RANTS of the most shamefully destructive, despicable kind that this country's top
Democratic leaders gleefully ignore and bend over backwards without gel, to graciously allow
violent anarchists who hate America, to bomb, burn buildings, violently attack peaceful fellow
protesters and cops and even stab one or two black journalists in the back.
RANTS that the country's top Democrats and those sucking up to them turn a blind eye to the
violence and surreal chaos. RANTS because it seems more and more probable that they fear the
radically extreme left will name an alternate presidential candidate over the former vice
president, presumed to be nominated soon as his Democratic party's choice.
RANTS that this country's top Democratic leaders and top leaders of the BLM groups push to
elect a man, who, in the 1970s, seemed almost as racist as Lester Maddox on Atlanta tv muttering
the N word every other sentence. They were too comfortably joined at the hip together in hateful
belief opposing school integration of the races.
While it is unknown whether Maddox, too, possibly may have got off begging little kids to rub the
curly, wet hair on his legs straight, as the former vice president recently babbled on that he did, it
is known that the anarchists who hijack the peaceful protests would kill their own mothers or one
another to further their destructive cause.
RANTS to this country's Democratic leaders and officials -- and, pitifully, most of organized media
-- who so stupidly made conscious traitor choices to align forces with violent anarchists to win a
Why are editors at liberal newspapers reprimanded for printing quotes from the late Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.?
It's not our America anymore. (7 Aug 20)
The Silencers part of MTV's debut history
RAVES that 39 years later, some of us running through the strip district parking lot in the 39th
video ever played on MTV's premier day in 1981, are still around to toast Pittsburgh band, The
Silencers, for achieving that little piece of big time music history.
RAVES for the sweet memories that came gushing back, when learning that today marks that
music video network's 39th anniversary on the air -- the day we thought all our burgh bands
surely would be next.
Playing right along with the likes of The Who, The Pretenders, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, David
Bowie, The Cars, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, The Silencers' little video, "Rock N
Roll Enforcers," combined three of songs played in regular rotation. Most notably, The
Silencers' video was voted MTV's third most popular video in 1981.
Imagine that! The band we saw for free or a few bucks a couple times a week back then was more
popular than the powerhouse bands named above!
MTV played the Silencers' video on several of its anniversary shows, including the 25th
anniversary show in 2006, when they replayed the complete first day.
RAVES for the sweet flashback and another reason to hit "play" and smile. (1 Aug 20)
Rock N Roll Enforcers 81 MTV Pittsburgh Complete version
Shiver and Shake
"The Voice," Frank Czuri, Singing On Strongly After 40 Years,"
Julie Toye, for the Herald Standard, April 17, 2005
Nardini podcast #9: tonight at 7:30 PM
RAVES to Pittsburgh music founder, Norman Nardini, for continuing to hold church during this
dreadful pandemic, with his ninth podcast show. His series that started last spring, when bars and
venues were shut down, highlights his 50 plus years entertaining us.
Norm returns to his Swissvale studio tonight, for another live gig, shooting the breeze and
performing, at 7:30 PM, Pennsyltucky time.
Readers afflicted with The Music Sickness in dire need of a show, or those who want to learn
more about burgh music history from the man who started it all, can get their fix at this link.
Before 7:30 tonight, though, RAVES of hope that all the DoubleN fans, who check in here
occasionally -- and those brave, pure minds never yet exposed to his music and wit -- can take a
brief look back at classic performances in these couple classic videos at the below links.
RAVES to Norm for caring to perform on the web for all of us chronically afflicted with The Music
Sickness and sheltering at home. He's a great story teller, still this column's favorite song writer
and such an undeniable burgh treasure.
Contrary to what some of our parents said, we really would not have been normal if we hadn't
ever heard of Norm. (31 Jul 20)
try really hard to not close out the first video just because you know happened to be that
year's entertainment show host in New York, when Norm and the late burgh guitar wizard
Warren King showed up to play with Rick Derringer on her show.
If you don't want me
Round and Round
"Local Rocker releases 'Redemption' CD," from The Herald Standard
Good Samaritan draws righteous
RAVES of the most righteous kind that a Good Samaritan jumped into action following a vehicle
collision and pulled an injured Uniontown City cop from a burning police car vehicle about to
RAVES because the Really Good Samaratin's name all over television news rung familiar here,
recalling that Rants&Raves ended 2018 writing about the same Good Samaratin, framed once by
state police and wrongly jailed for one year for shooting twice at police after hours outside of an
Rants&Raves readers, judging from recent mail, also remembered the Good Samaratin's name.
Nobody prosecuting the 2017 case back then ever viewed surveillance video of that outdoor
brawl that showed the same man was truthful and was framed by cops. He, actually, was
recorded on surveillance video disarming a shooter and tossing the gun away from the shooter.
That he spent one year in jail before being acquitted is shameful.
RAVES, especially given that it's 2020 and none of that and none of much of the country's current
pain over racial divide mattered when he saw a wrecked police vehicle on fire and someone
incapacitated inside needing help. This same Good Samaratin still cared enough about the life of
a cop in 2020 that he risked his own life to save the cop's life.
RAVES of the most righteous kind, indeed! (23 Jun 20)
Editor's note: Bob Mangold resigned from the Albert Gallatin School Board today, claiming that his
social media account was hacked.
Mangold, race track owner, please meet Emit Till
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note to those painfully unaware that the rebel flag from
America's south is commonly substituted, carried and displayed proudly by white supremacists
in foreign countries where the swastika itself is legally banned.
That said, one would think that the misguided in modern day America -- especially a Fay race
track owner encouraging fans to bring rebel flags to this weekend's race event -- would quickly
move to light a bond fire from a big pile of the rebel flags and not shelter behind convenient
protection from America's First Amendment to remain hate mongers the rest of their days.
RANTS that kids these days are not taught in school or home about 14-year-old Emit Till and his
brave mom's decision in the 1950s to allow her murdered child's casket to be open. She wanted
to show what grown men who ironed their bleached sheets for night time kicks did to her baby.
RANTS, indeed, that today kids in Fay's Albert Gallatin School District have the same kind of
shameful example in Bob Mangold, serving on their school district board of directors, who
proudly displays the southern flag on social media and other hateful memes showing racial bias.
RANTS because it seems to be painfully obvious that even educated directors never learned
about Emit, the clan of evil townspeople and bad cops who fabricated lies about the child and
copped to the truth only on their death beds.
Perhaps in a cowardly attempt to escape what they knew had to be their truly earned, reserved,
special spot burning in hell for all eternity did any of them tell the truth.
Only a sociopath could have seen the last photo taken of Emit or photos from Auschwitz and not
thrown down his southern flag on the burn pile. We're probably being too kind, but will at least for
now assume that Mangold and the race track owner never had a chance to be introduced to Emit.
(12 Jun 20)
Black, brown cops charged in unprovoked attack
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that five of the six Atlanta police officers charged in a
widely publicized, brutal, unprovoked attack of two African American college students four days
ago, surprisingly, are not white.
The officers are charged after body camera video showed them breaking the couple's car window,
excessively tazing and dragging them from their car stuck in traffic, as police and protesters
clashed around them earlier this week.
RANTS because the problem solvers out there really have their work cut out for them. It's not just
some rotten white cops who must learn to respect that all lives matter. The problem is bigger
than what Rev. Sharpton believes, no? (4 June 20)
Rob James adds spark to weekly pod cast
RAVES that Pittsburgh guitar hero Rob James of The Clarks showed up for Scott Blasey's weekly
pod cast, with guitar in hand and spark of vocal harmony magic that pushed last Saturday's show
way over the top.
Blasey vows to keep entertaining during the pandemic with weekly pod casts until bands resume
playing again in bars. The Clarks front man Blasey and James hadn't played together for a few
While past weekly pod shows have been enjoyable, RAVES that James' arrival energized and
pushed Blasey into a stepped-up, great little pod cast.
It was one of those kind of events or things that those of us who suffer from The Music Sickness
so sorely needed, probably almost as badly as they did.
"Quotes Of The Day"
"What could be more evil or sad to witness than peaceful demonstrators getting smoked or
gassed and attacked with rubber bullets so that a president and his advisors can clear a path to
take a photo op and film a political campaign ad in front of a historic church damaged in the
rioting following the murder of Mr. Floyd?"
"Nothing, except possibly that there have to be some Democrats out there who would have
gleefully gone along for the walk and photo op had they been asked, regardless if they knew the
truth about the shocking clearing of the path."
Bibles to be
used for props
Jeeeeeez, more Rants for Jeers
RAVES to the smaller victory -- i.e., that PA State Rep Ryan Warner got a retraction of sorts on
heraldstandard.com's "Cheers and Jeers" -- to convey that he previously spoke of the perils of
"social isolation" and did not mean "social distancing" at all, as the paper stated in previous
But it, getting that retraction or clarification, no doubt, is only a teeny, tiny, small victory.
RANTS that the paper, in its retraction or update today assumed no ownership of the
misunderstanding. It was still his fault that he typed the word "isolation" in a letter to the editor
piece, which eyes at the paper, a few days later in editorial, misread or intentionally misquoted to
be the word "distancing."
The paper never apologized for putting words in Warner's mouth that he did not say.
Then, there's the other shameful reason that the paper's retraction or clarification of sorts is
considered a small victory.
Sources stated here that the paper initially said no to any clarification, and days later, bowed to
pressure by reader protest email to the paper and a threat or two from businesses to pull paid
advertising dollars, unless the clarification was made.
That said, a shallow victory the retraction must be.
Any publication to bow to that kind of pressure, undoubtedly, will bow again the next time the
next guy's write-in protest follows, even if that future pressure to retract and retract might not be
the right things to do. (29 Jun 20)
RANTS for Jeers
RANTS to heraldstandard.com* for showing its own possible bias or bipartisan colors, pointing
fingers at PA State Rep. Ryan Warner for introducing legislation and ranting about the governor
keeping some small businesses shuttered.
Seems that the think tank at the paper thinks that Warner's time in recent weeks, instead, should
have been spent "praising our local heroes and preaching safety instead of spewing negativity
and pointing fingers."
While Rants&Raves loves to RAVE the nurses, the ambulance workers, doctors and food
giveaway volunteers, we know what kind of mail comes in first.
It's pretty silly of the paper to ignore the fact that a minute after any online publication allowing
public comment posts an announcement or reporting on a food distribution giveaway, someone
always quickly asks, "Yes, but where are our jobs, the Unemployment Compensation, the never
Three days ago, Warner and some of his peers in Harrisburg attempted to override the governor's
veto of House Bill 2388, which would have allowed the reopening of manufacturing businesses,
barbershops and salons, garden centers, vehicle dealers, messenger and agent services, and
animal grooming services.
Joining Warner in that vote, however, were a few Democrats, including PA State Rep. Pam
Snyder. Yes, we're serious.
Apparently, nobody at the paper knew Snyder felt so strongly that her district, largely in next-
door Greene County, should also be fully open and was so disappointed the veto vote fell short.
Hark, though, because a local Democrat voted to override the governor, too!
A local Democrat joined in with the local GOP lawmaker-led vote to open all businesses. Not only
that, but that Democrat was ticked off enough to post this video ranting the governor's choice
yesterday to keep some businesses in her 54th District closed.
So much, right, for the bipartisan propaganda and hsbs? (22 May 29)
*heraldstandard.com "Cheers & Jeers"
Is Fay liable if Lohr's radio guests get sick?
RAVES of hope that Fay Commission Chairman Dave Lohr, his radio guests and talk show host
are all healthy, healthy folks ignoring social distancing, with no asymptomatic Covid-19 virus
As shown in the photo to the right, taken at one point in today's "What's Working In Fayette
County" talk show segment, hosted by Lohr's assistant's spouse, Lohr and his one guest hold the
radio station's studio microphone at the same time.
He and his two guests in the small room likely were six feet -- or close to it -- from the show's
At another point in the live segment, Lohr's bare face and head popped again into the screen
even closer to the guest, when the commissioner leaned in toward the microphone to speak.
They, otherwise, sat on chairs set about 2-feet in distance apart for the interview. The
commissioner and his one guest moved the shared microphone toward the other as the two
spoke about the man's Fay business.
Meanwhile, a mile or so away in every which direction, some county workers returning to work
this week (working from home next week) are required at their desks to wear masks when
anyone approaches to engage them in conversation, from six feet away.
Not their boss, though. (20 May 20)
Is Fay liable if Vicites doesn't release RTK info?
RANTS because it appears another civil suit is brewing downtown.
This time around, filing is one, who previously requested to learn through a Right To Know
request the names of all citizens banned over a two-year period, from 2017 through 2019, from
reading or commenting on the political web page of Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites,
on which he titled himself as county commission chairman.
That RTK request was denied, then won under appeal to the Office of Open Records, yet Vicites
has not released that information and list.
RANTS that Vicites did not release the information -- or didn't simply unblock those he blocked,
whose posts were not advertising spam or commentary that was vulgar, crude, overly
disrespectful or exceptionally inappropriate.
RANTS, though, that Vicites isn't as thick-skinned as he should be by this time. Why does he care
if someone respectfully states a different opinion or questions motives or decisions?
Vicites shouldn't mind criticism, even on his social media page, on which he identified himself as
the county chairman.
No citizen behaving respectfully and posting under his or her own real name should be banned
from reading any page and commenting on any page containing announcements of often
breaking, key county business and industrial development news, sometimes even before the
county public relations writers had their crack at it.
RANTS because this suit probably will be settled out of court to make it go away, just to stop the
release of the information.
Vicites should have known better. (20 May 20)
Can someone loan Fay a dime... for election poll
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a chuckle over this morning's hot beverage reading on
heraldstandard.com of the county's plea for donated masks for 35% of its county election day poll
"While the Department of State's Bureau of Elections and Notaries is providing every county with
COVID-19 safety kits including masks, wipes, gloves and hand sanitizer to cover 65% of their
voting precincts, more will be needed," said the paper's story, "Fayette Election Bureau looking
for additional protective supplies."
No, it was more than just a chuckle hearing that plea. It was a laugh out loud, heard way upstairs.
RANTS that long-time financially strapped Fay could afford not to lay off staff over this pandemic
-- as so many other government officials did -- but goes to the media to ask for donated masks for
No matter how much Fay officials pay writers to write fluff public relation pieces, publicity such
as this silly, needy plea in the paper for relatively inexpensive masks for 35% of its poll workers
speaks shameful volumes.
Why would anyone want to invest in or move a company here if she or he heard that? (20 May
Fay cancels staff return to work Monday order?
RANTS this late Friday afternoon that the county staff that were to return to work on Monday now
are told they'll work from home until a plan is devised for that return.
Your staff are home working for weeks and nobody thought of this till this late Friday afternoon,
three days before the return date?
Meanwhile, outside sources relay that other nearby counties are phasing back in their staff to the
county offices over the next month or two period of time.
Some Fay staff have told Rants&Raves that they previously were told to return to work Monday
or take vacation or personal time. (15 May 20)
How many in daily count are antibody positive,
RAVES that we know a little more than last month, but RANTS that we do not know if government-
issued daily stats on new cases of Covid-19 include new positive diagnoses today or additions to
the count of positive antibody tests for those who previously had infections, but are now healthy
Not that those antibody tests should not count.
But daily changes in the count of positive Covid-19 cases should include a note of the number of
those that came from antibody detections and not from those tested who are currently ill.
This distinction in the total numbers of positive Covid-19 must be emphasized as more people
may seek antibody tests before feeling safe enough to return to work.
Plus, RANTS because there's too little trust that the governor wouldn't use those positive
antibody tests of now healthy again people to add up in the future to shut down a section of the
state or to continue to keep an area closed or in the red.
And that of some of her critics
PA Secretary of Health's hypocrisy
RANTS that the state secretary of health in one breath assures us that our elderly are safe in
nursing homes, but in another does not explain why she moved her own mother out of one as
Covid-19 has killed so many in those settings.
That said, RANTS to all the current pillars of the community, including some women who once
had sex with other women and Fido on video, and some men, possibly still strongly denying
latent homosexual ideation, who act as moral compass, taking such shocking, easy aim on local
social media at the secretary's sexual reassignment surgery and trans gender status.
RANTS because there's so much a worthy opponent or critic could take issue with, with her job
performance, if they want to take a swipe that doesn't violate moral and general hate law.
She might not quite be the gal many of us would want our sons to bring home with them, but she
is still a human being who needs fired for other sound reasons. (14 May 20)
Editor's Note: In response to high interest in the state's list of businesses allowed
exception to operate during the pandemic, please check out the following pieces:
PA gov plays hardball
RANTS that the commonwealth's governor opts to play hardball by withholding funds under the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to any county or region whose
elected or appointed officials encourage businesses under the governor's lock down to open
RANTS that the governor opts not to talk about it, as some businesses ordered closed in mid-
April surely could have operated safely -- possibly even much safer than Walmart and grocery
stores have operated in the pandemic.
The hypocrisy of allowing curbside liquor pick ups from state liquor stores, but not allowing
places such as Colebrook Chocolates or Gene and Boots to do the same, to move their Easter
stock, leaves too many resentful of the political divide.
RANTS that so many businesses that applied for exceptions to be open never heard back or were
flatly denied, when similar businesses got permission to stay open or re-open. RANTS that the
governor would not engage in communications with elected officials from outside his political
The initial closure order in April was to buy scientists time and to reduce chances that hospitals
would be overwhelmed. The initial closure order was based on the belief that we should work in
our essential, life-sustaining businesses, shelter at home, go out only to buy necessary groceries
and medications to reduce the chance of carrying home the Covid-19 virus on purchased items or
from catching the highly contagious virus in the air in a store or pharmacy.
We get that.
RANTS that a pandemic over eight weeks, however, did not stop kitchen appliances from
breaking down beyond repair or jagged mattress springs from popping through the top. The
governor did mandate unfairly that the replacement purchases could not be made at the
preferred local furniture stores, such as Cheslers or Craig's Appliance.
No, the governor's order required that we went without the essentially needed household items,
rented them or purchase them only at the big box stores, or through QVC or online ordering and
RAVES that on Friday, more of the area businesses will be permitted to open. Enter the specialty
store owners and staff, area manual laborers, lawyers and miners, deemed by the governor as
non-essential, allowed to return to work.
Except for the specialty stores opening -- if they can still afford to re-open, that is -- or some
construction sites, many of us won't see much difference driving through town Friday that we
have seen since the lock down began in April.
On paper, the governor's plan seems logical. Had Unemployment Compensation for the masses
and Small Business loan applications gone smoothly, perhaps there would not have been such
despair and discontent. The plan on paper, sure, seemed logical, but in reality, bites.
For ignoring opportunities to respond respectfully to the proposed plan that a Fay commissioner
sent him last month or the umpteen letters and emails that the public and our other elected
officials sent since mid-April, the governor draws shameful RANTS for playing politics at the
He completely ignored the fact that his secret list of businesses granted operational waivers
created a sense of mistrust and disrespect. He also ignored the dark reality that his online
unemployment benefit registration system, even today, has still failed 30% of those who applied
and have not yet received benefits or an answer.
It is the governor's chat with God as to why he ignored those pleas to talk with or negotiate with
any official from a different political party to re-open some businesses, since the governor claims
to represent all of the state. (13 May 20)
Fay fires prison warden's son
RANTS that the adult child of the county prison warden was ever hired to work there in the first
Bigger RANTS, though, that the son returned what seems to have been a pure political favor and
nepotism by getting fired for unspecified reasons that drew negative media attention this week to
the situation and county.
While county officials cannot disclose specifics about this week's firing, sources in 2019 told
Rants&Raves that the then newly hired son reportedly had sex in an elevator with a corrections
He, reportedly, later received promotion to a lateral or higher paying position closer to
management before this last disciplinary action and firing.
That all said, yes, RANTS that the warden's adult child was hired at the county prison in the first
The 2019 hiring was wrong. The 2020 firing just might have been long overdue. (10 May 20)
New red flag: Covid related coming for Fay kids?
RANTS that Covid-19 may be fatally harming the young, the very young thought previously to be
spared from serious harm.
RANTS that most media and too many people held up at home for nearly two months are too
eager for Chinese buffet or to bump beer bellies and ignore a new red flag because, well, gee, it
only kills -- or has to date - a small, small percentage of other peoples' kids.
RANTS because social distancing hasn't got the full respect it deserves. Kids are impacted.
Speakeasy patrons, in other words, should not be swaying shoulder to shoulder, bear hugging,
arm wrestling or going outside to share a joint or three. Pop up kitchens with sit down patrons
shouldn't be jammed into small rooms that probably won't get cleaned again till next week, if
Almost 80 kids in New York have become critically ill and five have died. Health experts don't
believe kids are at any greater risk than adults are of contracting Covid-19, but some healthy kids
are still dying or surviving only after being close to death for some time, from different types of
medical nightmares, such as toxic shock or Kawassaki Disease, thought to be Covid-19 related.
RANTS because this can't be happening just in New York, right? (10 May 20)
wonderful day. This includes all who also acted as moms for those of
us who lost ours.
As higher courts dismiss similar suits
Fay to try to sue governor
Two Fayette County commissioners voted today in a special meeting to join in state senators,
legislators, other county commissioners and private company owners, to try to sue the governor
for shutting down businesses during this Covid-19 pandemic.
While Fay's minority Dem commissioner opposed suing, he said he wants businesses to open
and felt confident that it would happen tomorrow in a press announcement from the governor.
Why piss off the governor, in other words, he reasoned, in his own different words, of course.
Perhaps -- especially if it's really true that staff recently smuggled out a concealed business
meeting recording of the highest ranking state officials nixing Stimulus funds for small business
in favor of their favored businesses -- the minority Dem commissioner may believe, even more
strongly than some Fay Republicans might, that it was a political, personal dig last week to keep
Fay on the governor's red or closed list this week.
After arriving a few minutes late for the meeting, the minority commissioner did remind and warn
the other two today that the state decides when and if to doll out money to the counties. The
minority commissioner, not used to being a minority and not having his automatic second vote,
touted that he has always tried to "be the voice of sense and reason."
Unswayed by his pitch, the majority opted to join in on the lawsuit after saying the governor and
state ignored all of their letters and emails about non-essential businesses being closed.
RANTS that the county commission chairman reasoned aloud that the lawsuit might prevent a
second shut down in the fall, when Covid-19 may become more of a problem again. He has to
know the higher courts will toss this suit right out and that it in itself won't have any impact on a
possible second shut down from happening in the fall -- or anytime in the meantime if more
Covid-19 cases pop up.
RANTS that none of the government officials who signed off on the lawsuit and none of those the
minority commissioner listed today opposed to the lawsuit, screamed loudly enough weeks ago
to allow more businesses that could operate safely to open and operate safely since government
loans that could be forgiven were not coming their way.
RANTS that earlier grumbling might have saved more shuttered, small businesses and offered
more healthy, laid off residents a lifeline of wages to stay afloat these past 7 weeks. Tonight's
news says 9 million kids in America tonight will go to bed hungry, and we know there has to be
some here in Fay or could be soon, if things don't change.
RAVES of hope, too, that today's unrelated positive test result with the presidential valet might
inspire more masks to be worn and social distancing to be a necessary given to many who
believe they're special and immune, too. (7 May 20)
Happy National Nurses' Day!
30% of PA UC claims still waiting
RANTS that 30 percent of Pennsylvanians who filed for Unemployment Compensation (UC) seven
long weeks ago at the start of the Covid-19 business shut downs still have not received one cent
of their UC funds to pay their bills and buy food.
RANTS because this is America and people should not have to be sitting in parked cars for hours
to wait for a box of much appreciated food to feed their families.
RAVES to all the volunteers out there gathering, boxing and distributing food to those who need
it. It's time to stop pretending that the people in cars are all addicts, traveling from one food
giveaway to another, waiting to swap the box for drugs down the road.
It's also time that the state catches up with the 30 percent of UC recipients still waiting for their
checks to start. (6 May 20)
Failed UC system years beyond targeted
2018 replacement date
RANTS, all these weeks since the Covid-19 business shut down, that tens of thousands
Pennsylvanians daily still are unable to get through to file their Unemployment Compensation
(UC) information to receive payments.
RANTS that state government so stupidly allowed a now 50-some-year-old UC computer system
to go two years past its contracted replacement date, with a company paid long ago to update.
Under the circumstances, they still require another six months to fix the problem?
RANTS that the antiquated system, that so correctly accepted employee and employer UC
contributions all these years to be paid to the state, crashed when people needed it the most.
Video nails scary Fay perv in municipal uniform
RAVES that a young woman in the Fay media had surveillance camera video that showed a
Uniontown municipal parking ticket officer breaking into her home to stalk her and learn more
about her -- in the creepiest, most twisted way possible -- from rooting through her belongings.
He, apparently, broke in a few times, too.
RANTS if anyone in authority pulls strings to minimize the man's serious issues, to make it all go
RAVES that he was caught on video and never had an opportunity to return through a window he
previously left unlocked when she was home. (28 Apr 20)
Covid-19 traces in Seine's water
RANTS of the most heartbreaking kind that traces of Covid-19 have been found in Paris' Seine
River, a water source used to clean the city streets, water the greenery in the city’s parks and
gardens, as well as supply the magic to Paris' massive ornamental fountains.
No, this particular water source from the Seine is not water that feeds into the city's drinking
water supply, but the news that traces of the dreaded virus were identified in the Seine's water
threw us for a loop.
RANTS that the surreal news about the Seine wasn't in the network news today, with attention
and air time focusing on various demonstrations in a few cities, with shoulder to shoulder
Pennsylvanians, few with face masks, hell bent, foolishly, on daring Covid-19 to go home with
Pandemic feeding some Fay restaurants well
RAVES that so many area restaurants forced last month to close for customers dining in and to
sell food only by take out or delivery have been doing much better business these days than
they ever did.
RAVES that some of Fay's take out restaurants these days profiting more than they did prior to
the Covid-19 shut downs seem to be coming through the ordeal far better than some Pittsburgh
eateries "down about 70-80 percent," as per those owners on television news.
Over the river, through the woods for milk, ice cream
RAVES, too, of the happiest kind, that two area dairies about to spill their milk and lose a lot of
money -- due to Covid-19 shut downs and no milk being sold to schools and some restaurants --
quickly sold out after their situations came to light through social media.
Granted, some, no doubt, who heard about the dairies in trouble may have jumped up quickly to
help more so out of boredom and a need for distraction from being sheltered in place so long at
home and sheer excitement over learning of another type of store to visit.
But RAVES that cabin fever of some might have helped fuel the trip out with the rest for some
local milk or ice cream to help out two local dairies. RAVES that those owners will never forget
these days and that they made such an unexpected, wonderful, little profit.
Redstone Township's Jackson Farms told the local paper it was the busiest day there in 60 years
of business. That's special.
Herald Standard cans more staff
RANTS, as the publisher of the local rag announces a million-dollar giveaway of matching
advertising dollars for companies rebounding from the Covid-19 business shut downs, that
Ogden Newspapers, reportedly, at the same time, laid off even more of its Uniontown paper's
writers last week.
RANTS that so little local news actually is mentioned in the paper anymore. With even less staff
now than what the paper had a month ago, RANTS that we'll likely get even less and less news
RIP Vince Zapotosky
Rants&Raves' readers are asked to keep in their prayers the family of Vince Zapotosky, former
county commissioner and legislative aide, who passed away from undisclosed cause today at
Zapotosky leaves behind a wife and son at home.
Hark! DA spends public money wisely
RAVES that we finally witness a rare, righteous spending of public funds that legally can be spent
without prior public meeting discussion and approval. This may very well be a first.
RAVES to Fay's newest county commissioner and emergency service chief for shaking down the
district attorney for $32,000 to buy two viral decontamination machines -- one for the prison and
one for ambulances and municipalities, to use to kill any Covid-19 virus that might be present in
RANTS that delivery of the wonderful tool to the prison and first responders may take up to two
Burg scientists discover Covid-19 vaccine?
RAVES, from the folks who brought us the Salk Polio vaccine, that scientists from the University
of Pittsburgh believe they've discovered a Covid-19 vaccine.
While we hear a lot in the news of numerous labs and companies shifting to manufacturing 3D
prints of face masks and shields, hand sanitizer and ventilators, Pitt's wonderful announcement
today gave many praying for a vaccine goose bumps.
May all that work out.
Blog delivers much needed humor
RAVES to the mysterious folks over at Fayettenam Times for the satire and that elusive laugh
that nobody at this column thought was possible this otherwise somber April Fools Day.
RAVES to them for the unexpected and much appreciated laugh today. Rants&Raves has taken
issue in the past with any Nam references to Fay, but, nah, just this one time the much needed
laugh today draws respectful RAVES and oodles upon oodles of sincere thanks. (1 Apr 20)
Believe! There's video!
Westmoreland Pastor, wife, children, knocking
on Bullskin doors during Covid-19 pandemic
RANTS to the Ruffsdale area pastor of Mendon Baptist Church, Greg Leonard, who ignored the
commonwealth's stay at home order for Westmoreland County yesterday, to venture 15 miles
into Bullskin with his young daughter, wife and three sons to work, knocking on doors during the
Corona Virus pandemic.
Even bigger RANTS to the pastor working the township with his young daughter, for ignoring the
caution of one Fay resident, a nurse, who answered the pounding on her door and relayed that
she had contact with someone who tested positive and was waiting on her own test results.
RANTS that Leonard and his sons vehemently argued for about 15 minutes what they felt was
their twisted, inherent right to refuse 17 recorded directives to leave privately owned, posted
property with no solicitation or trespassing allowed.
Even without the pandemic and even without threatening to sue as they did because they were
put off the privately owned property, their behavior still would have been ridiculously illegal.
Add the pandemic and the nurse's ignored caution to the mix when the pastor and his little girl
stood at her door and he announced he was not afraid of Covid-19, their behavior was just plain
crazy. (1 Apr 20)
More "Quotes Of The Day" on social distancing, the virus,
business closures, and the run on toilet paper
"We have lost more already than Italy or China."
seeming to be dazed, thrown for a real loop, by the grim statistic that more have died in
America in a few recent weeks than have died in Italy and China since the pandemic started.
but Dr. Oz made them more credible to me by speaking out that social distancing must continue
and hospital supplies have to get where they're needed."
known not to mince words, publicly spouting off about supplies and supporting city shut
downs, given that New York and New Orleans' tragic crisis keeps escalating and experts are
now warning of another mean, viral round to pass through in about a month
"I would like to find a six-foot-wide blow up Sumo wrestler costume to wear next time shopping."
60s or impatient young moms with babies and toddlers in the cart not waiting to wait a few
seconds to pass safely six-feet away in super market shopping aisles or turns
"Some in those two groups -- some older males and young moms packing cart kids -- might need
those Sumo costumes, too!"
Cruel Corona's wallop on The Courier
RANTS for Cruel Corona's domino, walloping impact on us and our community employers and
That said, RANTS that Corona seems to have brought one of Fay's two hard-copy, daily
newspapers to change or close more than just its lobby or office to the public.
RANTS that the Daily Courier will cease six-day hard-copy publication and six-day online
publishing and opt for hard-copy publication only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and
online reading only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Additionally, the parent company owner of The Courier will stop publishing its Mount Pleasant
and Scottdale papers entirely.
Minus paid ads for closed restaurants, stores and non-essential businesses or specialty shops,
minus sports news, minus school articles and school pictures, minus social group meeting and
photos, it can't be easy to put a small daily paper on newsstands or outside front doors.
Readers here know that anyone affiliated with Rants&Raves whines and sheds a tear when any
daily newspaper goes out of business. We didn't just take it hard when three of the four other
papers this editor's work appeared in over the decades closed.
Anyone who ever wrote for any paper for any length of time feels the pain when the presses stop
No, no, we're not there yet with the Connellsville paper and so hope that the paper long outlives
There needs to be a second paper in the county for many reasons, but, mainly, to report news
without bias and force the other paper sometimes to cover news it would rather ignore or edit.
This column can't always do that alone. (23 Mar 20)
Hiring second shift at Berkley Surgical Supplies
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the below mentioned Uniontown company that
manufactures medical supplies put out an urgent need today through county development to hire
additional staff for its Fairchance factory.
Anyone needing a job is strongly urged to apply. Please see the following link for more
Can masks be made again in Fay?
RAVES of hope that the Uniontown company that once manufactured surgical masks -- or the
corporation or subsidiary of it still in town manufacturing other surgical supplies -- can reboot the
old product production or point someone in the right direction to pursue the idea.
RAVES of hope that Fay Penn beats a quick path over to Virginia Avenue to give away every free
funding cent to make someone an offer he can't refuse. Rants&Raves reached out for comment
to the company producing surgical equipment. More to come. (21 Mar 20)
"Quote Of The Day" that must include an expletive
"Holy Fuck, it's here!"
seen its first resident to test positive for Corona Virus
RAVES to the wonderful diversion to the viral nightmare, with a blessing of a 73-degree, often
sunny afternoon, this first full day of spring.
"Quotes Of The Day" on social distancing, the virus,
business closures, and the run on toilet paper
"We're all O.K. at home so far and hope we all still stay that way."
regular coffee or lunch buds standing by or still in their vehicles, six feet apart from one
another in the parking lot, could hear him
"I was getting a little anxious, but I found toilet paper yesterday."
someone with impossible to find or buy aloe vera oil, to mix with her rare find, rubbing
alcohol, drawing a laugh from Dave listening from home on speaker phone, who estimated
they drove 60 miles to find it
"On Saturday, the shopping got easier by the third or fourth store just asking customers coming
out if the store had meat, toilet paper and bleach products. If not, we didn't go in and just kept
it was nice to hear people in stores sharing with others which stores did have meat, anti-
bacterial cleaning products, paper towels, etc.
"We should be going. We have to keep ordering take out from these small restaurants as often as
we can or buy giftcards for their businesses to help them stay in business. This is all so surreal!"
grandchildren, then suggesting tomorrow that his group of diner pals count on skipping
coffee due to rainy and windy weather predicted
Defense says Kez stole less than $550K
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that things really can get weirder than we thought
possible in the case of former funeral home owner Stephen Kezmarsky, recently sentenced to
four to eight years in prison for the theft of $550K from sweet old people.
This week's new twist to the district attorney's request for the judge to consider a longer
sentence is that the defense now says Kezmarsky stole way less than that and wants restitution
amounts lowered to reflect that unspecified difference. Read More.
"Quote Of The Day" from Michael D. McCumber's faywest.
com that should be of interest to investigators to disprove or confirm
"The good judge will also be able to take into account that many of the people who said
they prepaid for funeral services in fact only invested in the business of the funeral home
and should lose their investment money as part of a failed business just like the good
funeral director did."
Anonymous, as posted two days ago, on web developer McCumber's online public
communication board, faywest.com, supposing that some supposed crime victims were actually
greedy investors from a failed business once known to do "record breaking business"
Judge too busy till June to revisit Kez sentence?
RANTS the earliest date that a Fay judge has to hear a motion on the sentencing of former funeral
director Steven Kezmarsky is three months away, on June 11.
The county DA, as we all know, disputes the four to eight year sentence that Judge Steve
Leskenin handed down to Kezmarsky last month, and, additionally, is burned up that a check for
$50K towards restitution bounced from a former funeral home investor/relative. Read More.
2019 "Quote Of The Day" comes to haunt Fay DA office, given Geyer
caught helping with kids' 2020 theatrical play** in Southmoreland
"He is under the court's jurisdiction and supervision for the next three years. We are satisfied
with the way this case resolved."
months ago, in "Former Connellsville councilman receives probation in sexual assault case,"
discussing the dropping of 11 counts of sexual assault and some corruption of minors
charges from 2018, against former Connellsville councilman Brad Geyer, for shamefully
plying a 14-year-old girl with liquor on multiple occasions and inappropriately touching the
child sexually on multiple occasions;
Dellarose, at the former councilman's sentencing last year, during which Geyer, essentially,
was given probation and was not made to register on Megan's List
* "Former Connellsville councilman receives probation in sexual assault case," heraldstandard.
** "Norwin officials identify Connellsville man as musical volunteer with criminal record," Tribune
PNA media newsletter mentions Vicites'
Facebook blocking of Fay citizen
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the case of a Fay citizen reportedly blocked from
County Commissioner Vince Vicites' social media page and lawyered up is included in the
weekly newsletter of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, sent throughout the state to
media outlets, newspapers, and citizens involved in obtaining Right To Know documents from
public funded offices or agencies.
"The PNA Legal Update," the weekly newsletter, informed its subscribers in "Office of Open
Records rules in favor of request seeking names of those blocked by Fayette commissioner" that
the Herald Standard wrote an article about the Fay citizen who recently won a Right To Know
appeal with the state Office of Open Records, to learn the names of all others Vicites blocked
from that same social media account.
The local case against the commissioner was one of four that the PNA newsletter featured in its
"Legal Issues Around The Commonwealth" weekly run down. (1 Mar 20)
Commissioners cry the blues in letter to ed
RANTS that the Fayette County Commissioners, two months into a new annual budget and tax
hike, are still trying to distance themselves from the county deficits and dismal financial status,
crying the blues in a letter to the editor, "Tax hike was unavoidable," appearing on
They said nothing new in today's letter. We've heard it umpteen times.
Maybe we'd respect them more if they admit the true deficit numbers were hidden from the
public. The 2020 county budget did not include a several million dollar transfer from the general
fund to the tax claim fund to pay off that debt.
Till we hear the whole story, RANTS that today's letter to the editor was mostly just more wasted
newspaper copy space. (1 Mar 20)
Four donate $160K to Kez crime
victim restitution fund
RAVES to the generosity -- and what appears to be a genuine compassion for former funeral
director Stephen Kezmarsky -- of his family and friends that at least $160K of the $500K he
swiped from elderly customers was put down at the courthouse, to allow some restitution to
begin to victims.
prison, got doctors Lawrence Glad and Alan George to kick in $50K each. He also received $25K
from Robert Kezmarsky and $35K from Matt George, recently appointed in controversial moves
by the new Uniontown mayor to replace seats on the city's redevelopment authority.
Sentencing had been delayed for a month to allow the defendant time to get some funding raised.
RAVES of hope that Kezmarsky's family and friends hold organized fund raising events. Tickets, a
Pay Pal account for donations, even a telethon if they are up to it. Who with even an extra dollar
or two wouldn't want to donate, if the actual crime victims in the case would actually get all of the
RAVES, though, again to the four named above gentlemen for their $160K donation to the
restitution fund. RAVES of hope that the full $500K owed is raised quickly.
Full repayment would put to rest the argument heard from every caught and prosecuted thief,
that they need to be released from prison to work, to earn money to repay their crime victim
Kezmarsky's crime victims deserve to be repaid for the money he stole from them, but he needs
to be in prison certainly longer than four years. (28 Feb 20)
RANTS of the disappointing kind, to the Courier, for shamefully allowing two Fay commissioners
so much press to whine and wrongly blame Fay's 2016 debt for a 2020 tax increase.
From 2019 primary election and campaign photos out there, we know that the Courier was around
to hear incumbent candidates brag about Fay's financial stability under their leadership.
Yet, the paper today gave both now re-elected and sitting commissioners a pass to blame 2016
debt that caused a 2017 tax increase to be brought up again, these four years later, as the reason
the commissioners raised taxes again in 2020.
RANTS that the Courier opted to skip the truth and, instead, only feed the propaganda machine
today to protect the "integrity" of two commissioners, who truly knew how financially strapped
the county is -- even when everyone's ignoring the $2-5 Million owed from the county's general
fund to the county tax claim sale fund -- but still planned a $1.4 million commissioner office
redecoration project as of late 2019.
We expected better, and today's journalism did nothing to make the two officials accountable or
better officials. (25 Feb 20)
DA to appeal Kez case
RAVES to the county district attorney for vowing to appeal the case of former funeral home
operator Steven Kezmarsky in light of a weak sentence passed down today, of four to eight years
in prison and 10 years of probation, for stealing over $500K from customers purchasing pre-paid
RANTS, though, that a stronger sentence didn't come down today. A pre-sentencing judge
cautioned Kezmarsky the he may end up spending much of the rest of his life in prison, yet today
handed down the brief stay and demand that restitution be made in full.
The former funeral home operator, initially denied bail, was pretty quickly released from county
lock up for cardiac health concerns after his initial arrest in 2018 for theft, and was known to be
mowing lawns. About a year later, cremains and business records were found in a storage shed
leased to the former funeral director's step mother. Those charges of abusing corpses were
dropped and he was released again from prison.
To date, he repaid about $150K in restitution.
While about $500K was said to have been stolen from largely elderly customers and misused for
his own personal expenses, Rants&Raves previously obtained a written statement from a former
state legislator, who claimed that his good friend, the current Uniontown mayor, also lost over
$400K investing in the funeral home. (25 Feb 20)
Fay first responders are first rate
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of a big lump in the throat request for readers to be
especially sensitive to the truly gut-wrenchingly awful day at work that first responders had here
in the Connellsville area today.
With tragic news of a young man everyone knew taking his own life and then the horrible head on
collision a few miles away that took two lives on Route 201, today has been overwhelmingly
rough for first responders.
Three people shouldn't have died today but did.
Please, yes, say a prayer for those lost, their families and friends, but also include the men and
women who arrived first on the nightmare scenes, to do whatever they could to try to save lives.
When they can't help, that feeling of helplessness has to be most overwhelming. (28 JAN 20)
Update on the missing, misspent $1-5 million Fay
property tax claim funds
RAVES that Uniontown resident and Laurel Highlands School Board Director Randy Raymond
continues to pursue his push for full payment of $1-5 million owed for up to 10 years to school
districts from the county property tax claim sales.
Raymond began to request Right To Know documents about six months ago to obtain financial
records of property tax claim sales, transfers of money and payments to school districts,
creditors and municipalities once it became known that only about half of the $5+ Million taken in
during property tax claim sales was properly transferred to the tax claim account.
Fayette County commissioners misspent the remaining $1-2.5 funds for county general fund
expenses and did not distribute any payments in 2018, in spite of putting $600,000 on a county
budget into the tax claim fund.
Raymond told Rants&Raves on Saturday that his 12-hour workday during the busy holiday
season slowed him down a bit, but that he's resuming the push for transparency and payments
owed from the county property tax claim sales.
"I’ve recruited some help this time," Raymond explained, adding that it has "been tough without
To date, neither the state attorney general nor state auditor general has intervened in the matter,
in spite of getting a few signed complaints and requests for action.
The debt owed to the county property tax claim sale fund was not addressed in any recent year
county budgets, with the exception of the 2018 funding of $600,000 previously mentioned. All
three current county commissioners signed off on the 2020 budget that did not address this huge,
County commissioners, as readers here know, have not issued any additional refunds since the
single distribution of $300,000 in payments was made last year after the controversy surfaced in
the media. Current commissioner Vince Vicites and the county solicitor told their pre-election
audience last summer that the county had several years of payments "knocked out."
Again, however, no subsequent checks were inked and cut.
"There’s got to be something done," Raymond concluded Saturday. We couldn't agree more!
RAVES that Raymond got some help with his push for the misspent funds to be distributed to
school districts and others owed for such a shamefully long time. Only the Laurel Highlands and
Albert Gallatin districts have notified the county that legal action will follow if prompt payments
are not made.
RAVES of hope that the other districts in the county jump on the band wagon as well and hold the
county leaders responsible for misspending the funds targeted for payments to school districts,
municipalities and creditors. (28 JAN 20)
The kids in the shiny red Honda
RANTS, given the new law banning smoking and vaping of tobacco by those under 21, that there
seems to be an increase in cars of teens parking on country roads, secluded private driveways
and large parking lots where they think they can surely go unnoticed long enough to vape.
RANTS, seeing how quickly in that couple minute park and vape session -- i.e., till an adult goes
out and asks them to leave -- that the kids' car windows were covered inside from white vape
film, even with some car windows partially or fully down.
It goes without saying, RAVES of hope that the kids are vaping nothing more the run of the mill,
potentially harmful tobacco vaping products, and not black market street drug mixed oils, or
whatever else goes in those vaping devices. (23 JAN 20)
Fay pays Z&A another $80K for audits
RANTS that county commissioners are poised to spend about another $80K on audits to
Zelenkofske & Axelrod, for 2019 audits for the magisterial judges and tax collectors and a 2018
audit of the county prison's inmate fund.
Fay's 2018 county audit released only in recent months, largely criticized the county controller
and district attorney for poor management. The 2018 county audit pointed out stupidity at its
finest example of not knowing which county contract is the current one and not following County
Code which requires that current contracts be maintained on file with the controller.
The 2018 county audit also was critical that audits of the county tax claim fund, district justice,
row offices and tax collectors were not timely audited.
RAVES of hope this time around, though, that Fay doesn't pay for the audits a year or two before
actually receiving the audit reports, as what inevitably happened with the long awaited 2018
county audit that Z&A conducted. (15 JAN 20)
Grand Jury to convene
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the county district attorney wants to convene a Grand
Jury to investigate criminal activity.
Given the umpteen legitimate possibilities, and endless other topics which we may never have
even considered to be issues, it's anyone's guess where he'll lead the investigation.
We just hope that the effort makes Fay a better place, where new industry and business want to
call home instead of avoid. (9 Jan 20)
FBI: Uniontown second most
dangerous PA city
RANTS -- almost to the point of tears -- that the feds, in a recent FBI listing, officially cited
Uniontown, Fay's county seat, as the state's second most dangerous city.
Only McKees Rocks, as per the feds' list, is worse off in first place, with rampant murders, cases
of nonnegligent manslaughter, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary,
larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, etc.
Not that McKees Rocks' crime stat numbers across the board were much higher than Uniontown's.
McKees Rocks' numbers were lower in some categories, actually, but topped the Worst list due
to having 3,000 less residents than Uniontown has, when crime statistics based on population
percentages were calculated. The report, though just recently released, highlighted two-year-old
data of criminal crimes brought through arrests and courts in 2018.
Approximately 9,751 Pennsylvanians live in Uniontown, as per the feds, a city which saw a total
of 136 violent crimes – 111 aggravated assaults, 22 robberies, two rapes, and one murder.
Property crimes were significantly higher, coming in at 455, of which 369 were larceny/thefts.
RANTS that the city, whose downtown streets were once this editor's comfortably safe 10-20 mile
bike path at the crack of dawn, now made its way to the second worst city list in the state.
RANTS that we're more likely to be a victim of crime here than we would in the big city of
Philadephia. (9 Jan 20)
Editor's Note: The below RAVE was written in the wee hours of New Years Day, carefully
placed on hold till the strike of midnight as not to jinx the record as 2019 came to an end.
Then, as the day started and shocked sources began relaying horribly tragic news, the
below piece was quickly pulled out of respect for everyone whose hearts broke that day
when Fay's first homicide of 2020 became known.
Fay had no 2019 homicides
RAVES reading heraldstandard.com's, "The news that impacted our communities in 2019," and
learning the wonderful news that there were no homicides in Fayette County this past year.
RAVES for no homicides, no false arrests for homicide in 2019, no 2019 homicide charges to be
dropped for a lack of evidence months in the future... because in Fay there just were no 2019
homicides, and we're tickled as pink for that. (1 JAN 20)
WMBS radio news kicking newspaper butts
RAVES to WMBS radio news for its live coverage of the heated Uniontown City Council meeting
yesterday, during which the treasurer-elect, her lawyer and a bunch of angry townsfolk jammed
the room, questioning why a councilman allegedly interfered with the treasurer-elect's process of
getting bonded for her new position.
The councilman, supposedly, made an inappropriate racial comment when he contacted a
bonding company that then cancelled the newly issued bond in the elected woman's name.
As a result of whatever their reason, council did not permit the treasurer-elect to be sworn into
office, and, in her lawyer's opinion, violated law which says that she should have been sworn
into office and been given a required 14-day period to get bonded.
RAVES to the radio coverage live stream of the meeting -- especially since some 24 or more
hours later and the local newspaper right in Uniontown still has not written one word about the
meeting or the court injunction that the treasurer-elect's lawyer is filing to have a judge override
the city and install the treasurer-elect into office.
RAVES to WMBS for making this council meeting video available online and for informing the
public with a link for a first-hand look at what actually was said and happened. (7 Jan 20)