Archive for July, 2013

The Pirates and hope

I don’t really follow baseball.  I mean, I root for the Pirates, I wouldn’t think of rooting for another team.  But hockey is my sport, so I don’t know much about the roster, stats or anything else, really (same with football, I know, a sin here in Pittsburgh).

So I have cautious optimism while we’re doing so well.  Fool me 20 times, shame on you.  Fool me 21 times, shame on me.

The Good Men Project took a look at the Pirates.  Does this resonate?  Is it missing something?  Let me know, and maybe I’ll see you at the double header later today!

Let’s go Bucs!

Pa’s DOMA case

After the Supreme Court ruled on the Windsor case, the ACLU moved swiftly, and their first lawsuit was here in Pennsylvania, challenging our state-wide DOMA in Whitewood v. Corbett.

Our Attorney General has decided to not defend the state, as in her professional opinion, the law is unconstitutional and she would not be able to defend it.  Please note, while this is her personal opinion, as a lawyer, her professional opinion is that the law is unconstitutional, and defending it would be a waste of tax-payer time for a frivolous exercise.

The Judge randomly assigned, John Jones III, is a bit of an enigma.  He is conservative, and has the backing of, of all people, Rick Santorum.  But he also ruled that a public school could not teach Intelligent Design in a science class.

Talking about that case:

“I take every case as it comes, but beyond that, anybody who is familiar with the Kitzmiller case understands that I gave both sides ample opportunity to present their cases, and I’ll certainly do that in this case as well.”

So we’ll see what happens, the courts seem to take a while, so we’ll be waiting for a bit.  But watch this space, I’ll keep you updated.

Venture Outdoors Fireworks Paddle

And I’m back.  I wanted to take a minute to talk about the most recent adventure I went on with Venture Outdoors: Fireworks Paddle.

At the start of the Pirates game, we headed down underneath the Clemente Bridge, got our kayaks, PFDs and paddles and after some brief instruction, headed out onto the water.

There were a lot of us, and we were much more spread out than on other VO events (since the boats bounce into once another and it’s generally annoying when you do), so it was more of a relaxing, solitary look at the setting sun bouncing off the skyline.

We made our way up to Herr’s Island and then headed back towards PNC Park, all the while, in my head, singing Ride of the Valkyries.  As the sun finished setting, the game finished up (Pirates won by the way) and we had the best seats in the house for the fireworks.

It was mentioned beforehand, but I was surprised how much the water and boats were rocked by each blast.

Aside from a jagoff motorboat boat operator (who said he couldn’t see us even though we had lights and to get out of his way as he started to move), it was an awesome night.  The staff at Kayak Pittsburgh are amazingly efficient and helpful.  VO talked about it on their blog, and there’s another one scheduled for August.  Make sure to check it out if you want to see Pittsburgh from a new perspective.  I’ll have some pictures posted soon!

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