Missed deadline to use it
    State loses $108 Million in mortgage,
    rent assistance
    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
    mortgage assistance.  

    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
    be processed.


    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)

    https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-misses-deadline-to-spend-108m-in-rent-mortgage-
    relief-from-cares-act/


    "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."
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "21 Hours in Uniontown Hospital's Red Zone: Tears, frustration
    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

    https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/21-hours-in-uniontown-hospitals-red-zone-tears-
    frustration-and-grit/


    Merry Christmas!

    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
    recent months.

    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
    "Constitutional sheriff."

    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
    murder.   

    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)

    https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/12/13/COVID-19-vaccine-
    distribution-butler-health-system-geisginer-main-line-Redstone-highlands-presbyterian-
    seniorcare/stories/202012130092

    The Constitution Matters
    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
    secretaries.

    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.”
    Fayette County Commissioner Scott Dunn, as county commissioners voted 2-1 to place on the
    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."
    Pete, commenting this morning at the diner picking up breakfast, adding that he wishes he somehow could
    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?"
    Moi, in reply, before laughing and asking how he knew all those details

    "Our wives are all facebook friends."
    Pete, replying, then saying he was going home to wait for his realtor to install his "For Sale" sign, the only
    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."
    Joe Biden, explaining to CNN yesterday how he broke his foot, naked and wet, chasing his
    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."
    Biden, again to CNN, recalling how he told a former president that he would react to any
    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
    of Pennsylvania."

    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
    since 2013.

    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
    unprovoked attack.

    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.



    Happy Thanksgiving!





    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
    hours.

    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
    politics.

    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
    sickening cake.

    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)
    Editor's Note: In no way is Rants&Raves implying that anyone at the local county election
    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
    election.   

    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
    America.

    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
    20)


    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
    attacks.

    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
    week.

    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."
    Rev. Al Sharpton, this week, at a podium press conference, at an uncharacteristically stoic and low
    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
    NYC.

    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.

    fromhttp://www.julietoye.com/rants40.html


    9-11 history cannot be deleted, forgotten
    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
    the trauma!

    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
    wants.

    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.

    "Was that in June, I think?... The statistic for Pennsylvania looked very different then that it
    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)

    https://21133.mc.tritondigital.com/OMNY_KDKAMORNINGNEWSWITHLARRYRICHERTANDJOHNSHUM_P/media-session/3c864582-
    cd2b-4f6c-b56c-464a1cc50803/d/clips/4b5f9d6d-9214-48cb-8455-a73200038129/23d39bcc-80d0-4a91-abb0-
    a78e00b60011/5e035b8e-4d50-487e-8922-
    ac2200d17d13/audio/direct/t1598359996/Governor_Tom_Wolf_on_Carlisle_Auto_Show.mp3?t=1598359996





    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
    department.

    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)


    Dems silence: same as approval for
    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
    zones.

    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
    employees.

    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
    condos.

    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
    elsewhere?





    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)
    https://twitter.com/ThoughtSoup1/status/1293816196282716161



    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.
    https://www.jobcase.com/hiring_fairs/aa0dbf2a-85d6-49eb-8068-c5d84900e6b1?odin=qH05rv3rN-
    1tkxi48X74bOch&mid=7201663&_e=1185455_76&utm_medium=email&utm_content=JC_MS_JES_Combined_Events&utm_
    campaign=JC_MS_JOB_Combined_Events_A&utm_source=Jobcase&utm_term=1185455_76

    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
    areas.

    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)  


    They're hungry?
    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
    surprise.

    So many white people, without being asked, immediately took to the streets to peacefully protest
    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-
    dark cause.




    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.

    They're 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
    it.

    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
    courthouse, prison

    "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."
    Pete, today from the diner, waiting with his mask on for his carry out lunch, watching Fay's district attorney
    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."
    Moi, replying to Pete and agreeing to dig through Rants&Raves archives for that 2018 pharmacy
    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

    http://julietoye.com/Fayette_County_Prison_Pechin_Pharmacy_Tab.html




    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
    party's election.


    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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXY6RjLm-vE

    Sidewalk Romeo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF21gtgZPj8

    Shiver and Shake
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_emc8p_WR6Y&list=RDOF21gtgZPj8&index=4

    "The Voice," Frank Czuri, Singing On Strongly After 40 Years,"
    Julie Toye, for the Herald Standard, April 17, 2005
    http://www.julietoye.com/frankczuri.html


    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)

    Editor's Note: Current day political conservatives are asked to reserve snide comments and to
    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.  

    Love Dog
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxznnITqXGk

    If you don't want me
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUQK7arIRUM

    Round and Round    
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA6D1WHqnDU

    "Local Rocker releases 'Redemption' CD," from The Herald Standard
    http://www.julietoye.com/normannardini.html


    Good Samaritan draws righteous
    raves!
    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
    explode.

    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
    American Legion.  

    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
    months.

    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?"
    Pete, asking from seven feet away

    "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."
    Moi, adding that two particular Dems coming to mind likely would have even offered their
    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
    negative commentary.

    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
    received UC?"


    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
    among them.

    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
    host.

    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)







    Seriously?
    Can someone loan Fay a dime... for election poll
    worker masks?
    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
    workers.

    "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
    an election.  



    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
    20)   


    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,
    not ill?
    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
    and recovered.

    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:

    https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/05/pa-officials-revoked-business-waivers-the-
    night-before-publishing-list-of-recipients.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggIwLfTAVkE&feature=youtu.
    be&t=1101&fbclid=IwAR1C60gp0tGipFRU5HcBjHcJ2b1JsHEm9PxxZnCTgJJ-
    q0r33999zg2KQdA

    https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/05/we-need-more-from-gov-wolf-in-the-coronavirus-
    crisis-transparency-opinion.html

    https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2020/04/business-waivers-list-audit-subpoena-tom-wolf/?
    utm_source=The+Investigator+Newsletter&utm_campaign=844215b765-investigator-2019-10-
    03_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0466df5ab5-844215b765-371304641

    https://papost.org/2020/04/30/as-wolf-administration-fails-to-produce-waiver-documents-
    republican-senators-move-closer-to-subpoena/

    https://www.dailyitem.com/news/state-dragging-feet-on-releasing-list-of-business-
    waivers/article_7956c73a-03ba-5194-8e40-c7b8947e605a.html




    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
    early.

    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
    party.

    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
    delivery.



    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
    worst time.

    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
    place.

    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
    officer.

    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
    place.

    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
    that.  


    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)



    Happy Mother's Day! Rants&Raves wishes all moms out there a truly
    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
    away.

    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
    them.

     



    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
    now there.  


    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
    age 56.

    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
    an area.

    RANTS that delivery of the wonderful tool to the prison and first responders may take up to two
    months.  



    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.

    https://www.ibtimes.com/scientists-university-pittsburgh-hopeful-possible-coronavirus-vaccine-
    2952108


    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)

    https://myfayettenam.com/vicities-and-lohr-say-they-will-not-cancel-fayette-county-fair-because-
    of-covid-19-concerns/


    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."
    Dave, more than just a bit sad in the diner parking lot alone this morning on group chat,
    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.

    "I like the two physicians on the president's task force, but I love Dr. Oz chiming in. I trust the two
    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."
    Dave's wife, adding, by chat from home, her thumbs up to the popular television doctor
    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."
    Moi, from home, via chat to them and Pete, whining about some impatient men in their 50s-
    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!"
    Pete




    Cruel Corona's wallop on The Courier
    RANTS for Cruel Corona's domino, walloping impact on us and our community employers and
    businesses.

    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
    anywhere.  

    No, no, we're not there yet with the Connellsville paper and so hope that the paper long outlives
    Corona.



    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
    information.

    https://www.facebook.com/274720199713266/posts/836165150235432/?
    sfnsn=mo&extid=8oDirfpAMt4IZfjD


    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!"
    Moi, reacting to the expected, but still painful to hear news, that Fayette County today has
    seen its first resident to test positive for Corona Virus

    To Spring 2020!
    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."
    Pete, this morning, outside the diner, projecting his voice louder than usual, so that his
    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."
    Dave's wife, adding she's still out of hand sanitizer, but could mix and split home made, if
    she found
    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
    driving on."
    Dave, via his wife's cell speaker phone, sharing his secret to lower stress shopping and that
    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!"
    Pete, trying not to tear up because he misses his daily hugs and interactions with his young
    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."
    Melissa Dellarose, Fay assistant district attorney, as stated to heraldstandard.com* four
    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.
    com
    ** "Norwin officials identify Connellsville man as musical volunteer with criminal record," Tribune
    Review
    https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/norwin-officials-volunteer-who-didnt-have-clearances-
    worked-with-musical-students/

    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
    heraldstandard.com today.         

    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.

    As per public records, the former funeral director sentenced recently to four to eight years in
    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
    donated money?

    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
    restitution debt.   

    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)

    Courier propaganda
    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
    funerals.

    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
    having help."


    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,
    huge debt.


    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)

    Related Reading:
    http://julietoye.com/Audit_2018_Controller_District_Attorney_deficiencies.html
    https://www.fayettecountypa.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_01162020-376


    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)  

    References:
    https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/most-dangerous-cities-2020-pa/?
    fbclid=IwAR09IHIpldeR5IR93kcbnKTF-Zw9lgFuKatGENCQAEkVrBJxo-BhTx16cro
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/tables/table-8/table-8-state-
    cuts/pennsylvania
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/home



    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)




    Copyright Protected

2019 R&R
Shown below, Fayette County Commissioner
Dave Lohr and one of his two radio talk show
guests share and hold a small studio
microphone at the same time, while sitting
closely in a lengthy interview on May 20, 2020..

In the second photo below, Lohr is shown
bare faced, sitting about two feet away from
one of his two radio show guests.