Monday, January 31, 2005
Even though the turnout was much less in Sunni areas of Iraq, the election went surprisingly well. This was an important precedent for the middle east: Democracy (at least voting).
Hopefully Iraq will be able to stay together as a nation.
Did you hear about the the mutual fund approach to Iraqi federalism? Iraq could had three federal regions (Kurds, Sunni, Shia) but oil production would be in hands of national government. Each Iraqi would "own" a share of the oil production, and each region would receive oil revenue based upon national productivity, and the population of the region (how many shares exist in each region). That way you would have decentralization for government (regional government) but the national oil "mutual fund" would keep national unity. Interesting!
Monday, January 24, 2005
Tom Mosser considers himself more qualified than most artists to create a line of colorful dolls that he's betting will become a collectible craze.
After all, the 43-year-old painter and illustrator spent seven years practically living inside a furry, lime-green bird costume from 1987 to 1994 when he was the Pirate Parrot, the city's baseball team mascot.
"I was paid to be a plush toy," said Mosser, who with partner David Noble created the dolls they call Bite-ables. They fit in your palm and feature Velcro mouths so that they will stick to backpacks, bikes, hats, clothing and computers. The first four characters in a series the partners plan to unveil are "Bed Buggs" that will be promoted with the catch phrase, "Let the Bed Buggs bite." Read more about these cute toys!
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Check out Sports Rock Cafe!
Friday, January 14, 2005
See for yourself!
Monday, January 10, 2005
the speech he gave in the rain in Indianpolis, on April 4, 1968, announcing to a crowd of Afican Americans that Martin Luther King had been shot. He said what we needed in America was "love." I have never heard a politician say that since.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
North Country Brewing.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
WYEP (91.3) is a great station. I especially enjoy their Saturday night blues show. They sponsor the Pittsburgh Blues Festival each summer. Last summer it was a the Penn Distillery (Iron City Beer) and there were two stages set up on the loading docks. Lot's of fun. The reception on the radio is bad from Slippery Rock, but I listen over the Internet. Reception is only good within 30 miles of the 'burgh. Check out the station on Internet Radio.
Gullifty's restaurant in Squirrel Hill is my favorite place to dine. The menu is diverse, and includes vegetarian and middle eastern selections, in addition to a wide selection of familiar American entrees. And they have a bar. Cross section of people dine there, all nationalities and ages. Check out their menu.