There is no better example of a government busybody than the idiot who has been mayor or New York City for way too long.

Michael Bloomberg is pushing a law that would make it illegal to sell large sugary drinks in New York beginning in March.

This is all part of the anti-obesity campaign.

Apparently, there are a lot of Big people in the Big Apple.

Bloomberg says that obesity is a problem and he says he’s doing what the people want their mayor to do.

Think he’d be willing to prove that with a referendum?

Here’s what I would ask the mayor if I were at the press conference when this stupid law was introduced:

“Mr. Mayor, if you’re really concerned about all the big bellies that you see in the city, why wouldn’t you outlaw the sale of beer?”

Call me crazy but I think that beer might be contributing to some of those beer bellies.

I don’t know about you, but, I’ve noticed that, when people drink beer, they also tend to eat lots of potato chips, peanuts and nachos. Maybe even pizza.

How much skinnier would people be a year from today if tomorrow the federal government outlawed the sale of pizza and beer?

How do people like this get elected?

A bigger question: How the hell do they get re-elected?



Kordell Stewart came back to Pittsburgh so that he could retire a Steeler.

Despite being misunderstood and misused by several coaches here, including and especially Bill Cowher, he still has fond memories of his time as a Steeler.

If his former teammate Josh Miller said it once, he said it 10 times today on The Fan : The Steelers coaches didn’t know how to use him.

I started saying that in 1998 and became known as his number one apologist. And that’s basically all that I said and continue to say.

Miller also said several times that the coaching staff and some people in management didn’t have his back and that Stewart –considering what’s been happening with NFL quarterbacks lately — was ahead of his time.

Kevin Gilbride spent two years here trying to turn him into Eli Manning.

Stewart is the third best quarterback in Steelers history (Bobby Layne wasn’t here long enough) and ended up being a wasted talent.

And he’s one of the nicest guys ever to play in Pittsburgh.

Nice to see him have a little moment today.


Does taking PEDs to improve your athletic performance amount to cheating?

I never had a strong opinion on the subject.

Now I do.

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated makes the case by showing how players who decided to stay clean during baseball’s steroid era were cheated.

As I read this piece…which is ridiculously well written, by the way… I couldn’t help remembering the conversation I had with Dr. Charles Yesalis, the steroids expert from Penn State, a couple of weeks ago.

He said he finds references to MLB’s post-steroid era “hilarious” and says that he believes PED use in MLB is still rampant.

I also couldn’t help thinking about the NFL and how the culture must still be a lot like MLB’s  drug culture of 10 or 12 years ago described by Verducci.


The Pirates have won four games in a row.

Pedro Alvarez looks like he’s starting to come around.

Their starting pitching is looking as good as it ever has.

And the Pirates are a .500 team.

Where do they go from here? Will they make a surge like last season and spend some time in first place?

It’s Memorial Day. I’m too tired to look it up, but I’m guessing that there have been very few Memorial Days in the last 20 years when they’ve been above .500.

Let’s give this group some credit for not being as pathetic as most of the teams of the last 20 years have been, but let’s hold off on the parades and the celebrations over getting back to .500

Sorry, but .500 still stinks. The only thing that this team has proven is that it can look pretty good in spurts.

The trick is not to get tricked into drawing too many conclusions from the spurts- including the bad ones.

Last year I said let’s wait until July and by then they were in first place and people were buying “I Was A Pirates Fan Before It Was Cool” t-shirts.

I said then that it was all about the 162. It still is. They proved that last year by tanking worse than any team in MLB history.

I’ll give you this: It could be worse.



“For a start, voters are getting gloomier about the economy. Joblessness remains high and debt is out of control. According to one poll released this week, only 33 per cent of Americans expect the economy to improve in the coming months and only 43 per cent approve of the way that the president has handled it. Voters think Obama has made the debt situation and health care worse. The man who conducted the poll – Democrat Peter Hart – concluded that “Obama’s chances for re-election… are no better than 50-50.”


Nice gesture by the Pirates to wear American flags on their sleeves.

Unfortunately, it’s not appropriate. Not to be critical.

Thanks, to Jack Haller for the heads up.


Flag Etiquette

STANDARDS of RESPECTThe Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.



Displaying the Flag OutdoorsWhen the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.

When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.


Raising and Lowering the FlagThe flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.


Displaying the Flag IndoorsWhen on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.

The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.

When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.

When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.


Parading and Saluting the FlagWhen carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.


The SaluteTo salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance and National AnthemThe pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.


The Flag in MourningTo place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.

When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.

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