From the story: Environmental experts tout real trees, noting that it takes four to nine years to grow a real, six-foot tree. By choosing one, people are supporting tree farmers and the industry, they add. "One of the biggest misconceptions of the general public still today is that harvesting of Christmas trees is cutting down forests," says Peter Danley, a landscaping expert. "This is not the case." In its afterlife, a natural tree can be reused as mulch. The huge Rockefeller Center Christmas tree put up in New York City produces three tons of mulch annually, according to Rick Dungey, spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association.
Well I'm glad I unknownly did my part to save the earth....

Note: The "tree" in the photo is made out of empty Mt. Dew cans(they are green) complete with a 2 liter topper. That's extreme recycling!
See for yourself!

Pittsburgh’s Worsening Policy Spiral

Pittsburgh's City Council is holding debates over proposed prevailing wage legislation. The legislation requires that any tenant of a subsidized development "would have to pay hotel, cafeteria, grocery, and building service workers prevailing wages, based on the averages paid to their peers in the city". This language is accompanied by feel good rhetoric and, not surprisingly, is heavily supported by the local labor unions. The proposed ordinance is sponsored by seven of the nine council members. This latest market interfering bill is opposed by the mayor and developers who argue strenuously that development in the City will come to a virtual standstill if the mandate is enacted.

No Health Plan Under the Tree

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But he's old and the government doesn't think it's wise use of funds to keep him alive....

This year it's more about what we don't want. And be it Christmas or Hanukkah, nobody in theor right mind want governemt health care. You can add Sen. Joe Lieberman to that list. He threatened Sunday to join Republicans in opposing health care legislation if it permits uninsured individuals as young to 55 to purchase Medicare coverage.

To some this sounds like a good idea, except for the fact that it would swamp the system. You can't fit a thousand people in a row boat. It's not what Medicare was designed to do.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hoping to pass the legislation by Christmas, but needs 60 votes to overcome Republican objections and has been counting on Lieberman to provide one.

If Lieberman follows through on his plans, he leaves Democrats with few options. It could be payback though as Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination for re-election the last time he ran, in 2006, then won a new term as an independent. Even so, he retains his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, a post he holds at the pleasure of the Democratic-controlled Senate.

You're Invited

Join Pierce Events along with the National Association of Post Graduates for a holiday get together.

Join us @ The Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville

Wed. Dec 9th

3595 Butler St. Pgh, PA 15201


$20.00 includes food, drinks, live Jazz, auction, valet parking

Tickets are available at the door

Proceeds benefit NAPG
Come on out, have a great time and learn more about this organization.

Radio Waves

Sad passings:
Joe DeNardo's wife, Dolores passed away at the age of 78.

Paul Chedwick son of Porky Chedwick passed away.
Former WAMO personality Sir Walter Raleigh, whose real name was John Christian, passed away late at the age of 92
Laurence Gaines who spent many years at WTAE Radio (1250) most notably producing Doug Hoerth's program also passed following a stroke.

WLTJ has pushed its format ahead from AC to Hot AC. I'm sure you noticed.....

Former WTAE-TV and KDKA-TV anchor man Don Cannon was arrested in California Tuesday night for failure to report for his sentence of house arrest in two separate DUI cases.

Wal Mart becomes Brawl mart

A 72-year-old Wal-Mart greeter near Pittsburgh was punched in the face outside his store and now is in the hospital.
Surveillance video shows the employee, Thomas Jenkins, walking near the entrance to the Wal-Mart in North Versailles on Tuesday night. A man comes around the corner, punches Jenkins in the face and Jenkins falls to the ground.

Fifty-five-year-old Paul Washington, of North Versailles, was arrested and charged with assault, public drunkenness and other counts. It is not clear if he has an attorney or a sense of decency.

LA Episcopal bishop vote includes gay candidates

Clergy and laypeople voting to replace two retiring assistant bishops in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles will choose Friday from a pool that includes two openly gay candidates.
The selection of one or both of the gay candidates at the diocese's annual convention would mark the first election of a bishop in a same-sex relationship since Bishop V. Gene Robinson was chosen in New Hampshire in 2003. Robinson lives with his longtime male partner.

Robinson's win six years ago led dozens of conservative parishes and four dioceses to vote to leave the 2.1-million member U.S. denomination and pushed the 77 million-member Anglican fellowship to the brink of schism.

There are six candidates in this week's election, including the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool of Baltimore, who are openly gay.

My Hero

As our goverment develops deeper into a communist regiem everyday, it's nice to know some are fighting back in ways large and small.

A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "Kill Bin Laden" as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York