4:03 PM EDT, Tue July 07, 2015
Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Despite the warming of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, there is still the matter of human rights violations. We could NEVER normalize relations with a Communist country that violates the human rights of its own people ... unless, of course, that country was China. 
Piece of Cake

Piece of Cake

The Supreme Court has made it official. As some had expected, they ruled in favor of upholding gay marriages from one state to another. This ruling, along with the precious ruling on DOMA, has pretty much settles the argument in terms of the law. Will it quiet the intolerant bigots out there who want to deny some people the right to legally marry the ones they love? No, but it's a start. 

Perry on Politics: Once lost, Obama now is found

The casket of Rev. Clementa Pinckney sits beneath the podium as President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy during his funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Pundits and commentators agreed that Barack Obama, in his second term in office, was a lame duck, a tarnished president who would spend the...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6568-perry-on-politics-once-lost-obama-now-is-found

Empty Netter Assists - Wrapping up the draft - 06-28-15

Penguins -General manager Jim Rutherford is still looking for a top-six winger. -Second rounder Daniel Sprong (above) took a tumble from first-round projections. -Scouting Sprong. -Scouting fifth rounder Dominik Simon. -Scouting sixth rounder Frederik Tiffels. -"I think Pittsburgh got the steal of the draft, and I think they feel the same way. I know they were surprised he was still there. We are really excited for Freddy, and it's a great situation for him there." - Western Michigan coach Andy Murray on Tiffels. -Scouting seventh rounder Nikita Pavlychev. -Co-Director of Amateur Scouting...
Failed Autopsy

Failed Autopsy

Once again, the Supreme Court has wisely ruled in favor of Obamacare. Does that mean the GOP will accept that it is the law of the land and a good thing for millions of previously uninsured? No, they will continue to try to kill it, claiming that greedy insurance companies know what is best for patients. 

Perry on Politics: It's not a flag problem, it's a gun problem

A Glock 9 mm pistol. (Mario Villafuerte/)The Chinese invented gunpowder (sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter) in the 9th Century. That led to fireworks and in no time at all to fire lances and hand cannons.And now, the Congressional Research Service estimated in 2009, we have 310 million firearms in the U.S., a little more than one for...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6562-perry-on-politics-it-s-not-a-flag-problem-it-s-a-gun-problem

Peduto: Building Pittsburgh's minor leagues

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (Allison Farrand/Post-Gazette)At the official launch of the city's new summer intern program Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Bill Peduto delivered remarks on Pittsburgh history and its struggles, office politics and the government balancing act of meeting infinite needs with finite resources.Then he did something else.He...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6559-peduto-launches-pittsburgh-summer-intern-program
Populist Race

Populist Race

Hey! All you other GOP candidates ... YOU"RE FIRED!!! Donald Trump is officially in the 2016 race! 

Robert Moir leaving Pittsburgh Symphony

Robert Moir, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's senior vice president of artistic planning and audience engagement, is leaving the organization following 26 years at Heinz Hall. His position is a significant one – arguably the most important on the PSO's management side in shaping the artistic direction of the orchestra. It's another big staff change at the symphony, whose president/CEO Jim Wilkinson and senior vice president/COO Michael Bielski are retiring this summer. Mr. Moir, who had been on sabbatical since December, was responsible for representing the PSO to the industry and...
Jobs Fair

Jobs Fair

Graduating seniors in the U.S. don't have much of a job market to look forward to. They will have a choice between low-wage fast food jobs ... or ones that involve travel and beheadings. 
China Hack

China Hack

Sure, we could demonize China for hacking our secure government web sites ... but do we really want to anger the bear who owns all of our debt? 

Empty Netter Assists - Lightning take Game 2 - 06-07-15

Penguins -Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Stephane Richer (above). A free agent signing prior to the 2001-02 season, Richer's Penguins career amounted to 58 games and 25 points that campaign. At the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Devils in exchange for a draft pick.