Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Browser plug-in that tells readers about campaign donations when seeing the name of a Congress Critter

Great idea and use of technology from a youngster.

Vote for Miss Pennsylvania 2014 Amanda Smith, a CMU Student via Florida

Fwd: Girls Golf Member Benefits

From: Eric Amato <>

Dear Ladies of The First Tee,

The First Tee of Pittsburgh is proud to continue its partnership with the LPGA-USGA girls golf program.  This will be our fourth year participating in the program and we want everyone to sign up for the program.  For signing up  each girl will receive the following benefits

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf membership benefits include:

      • Quality junior instruction from LPGA/PGA Professionals

      • An LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Membership Kit (equipped with Girls Golf logoed golf accessories)

      • FREE entry into all LPGA Tour, Symetra Tour and USGA Championships

      • Scholarship opportunities through the LPGA Foundation

      • Access to National Girls Golf events, including the Girls Golf Academy

      • LPGA-USGA Girls Golf e-Newslette

To enroll please follow the link below, enrollment is open to all members of The First Tee of Pittsburgh. If you know someone that would like to get involved please contact Coach Eric at

Thanks and sign up today

LPGA Sign up

Eric Amato
Associate Executive Director
The First Tee Coach and National Trainer
The First Tee of Pittsburgh
5370 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 
412-682-2405 (fax)

The mission of TFTP is To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The First Tee of Pittsburgh is a United Way Donor Choice Agency.  You may direct your United Way contribution to #1436656
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lifeguarding from the second floor balcony

Shaw Suffers Injury While Rescuing Nephew

By Jordan Moore

On Saturday night, USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw was named a team captain at the annual Salute to Troy dinner. For Shaw, leadership is bigger than how he acts on a football field, and he put that to the ultimate test later that night.

While attending a family social function at his cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby. Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below.

He was able to crawl into the pool and ushered his nephew to safety. Despite the intense pain in his legs, he was then able to grab the ladder and lift himself out of the pool with his upper body.

Shaw's nephew Carter is a bit "traumatized," but physically okay. Shaw was taken to the hospital and subsequently diagnosed with two high ankle sprains, which will sideline him indefinitely.

"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said today. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."

Said head coach Steve Sarkisian: "That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. But that's the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he'll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he'll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fwd: [wplug-announce] Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2014

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Vance Kochenderfer" <>
Date: Aug 22, 2014 8:29 AM
Subject: [wplug-announce] Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2014
To: "" <>

Daniel Wright <> wrote:
> The Pittsburgh Perl Mongers are looking at doing another Pittsburgh
> Perl Workshop this November 7th and 8th.  It will be at the downtown
> DoubleTree hotel.  But, only if we have enough people sign up by labor
> day:

The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop is a long-standing event - and *you*
can make it happen this year!  They are selling tickets at the link
above, and need to reach 30 by September 1.

As of this moment, 17 have been sold, so you could be the one to
push them over the edge!  (Note that if the goal isn't reached, you
will be refunded.)

For more details and history on PPW, visit <>.

Vance Kochenderfer
Vice Chair, Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group
wplug-announce mailing list

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


What a rant!

Monday, August 18, 2014

viral Syncro Skit

Movie to prevent violence among youth

The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP) And Black Women For Positive Change Invite You to A Free Movie Screening

The free film screening will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at, East Liberty Presbyterian Church located at 116 S. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 RM. 234. For directions please call 412-441-3800. A second screening will be hosted on August 21st at 6:30 Project Destiny Inc, 2200 California Ave. Pgh. PA 15212. For directions, call 412-231-1258. We are urging local churches to bring young people to these screenings. Rev. David McFarland, MADDAD's, and Assistant Chief of Police Maurita Bryant urge youth and their parents to attend and participate in the post-film discussions. The film "On 2nd Thought" is available free for download on IPhones, tablets, cell phones via YouTube at Order for DVD copies can be made from the same website. For information contact Diane Powell, 412-302-2952.

Rick Perry's quagmire

From Reason magazine, online.
The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) for trying to force a district attorney charged with drinking and driving out of office is illustrative here. A district attorney who drinks and drives shouldn't be allowed to keep that job, given how often a district attorney prosecutes drunk drivers. And it's rich to see a prosecutor charge a governor with "coercion" for threatening funding if a DA embroiled in a scandal wouldn't resign, when prosecutors coerce defendants into plea deals all the time. Is Perry enjoying widespread support for trying to force a DA that damaged her reputation out of office? Of course not, the DA is a Democrat so a significant amount of Democrats will back her. Her job is to monitor public integrity. It would seem her job should obligate her to resign after being charged with drunk driving. But prosecutors and cops will act in their own self-interest, especially when their jobs are on the line. And so bad actors are incentivized to help each other. Add partisan tribalism into the mix, and you have a recipe for a big old heap of nothing else happening.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

B.F. Water Polo. You heard it here first. Bottom Friendly Water Polo.

Any Trademark Attorney want to pick up a cause pro bono?

I think this could have legs. Pun intended.

BF Water Polo makes it okay to stand on the bottom with the ball. It is okay to swim too. And, it is faster to swim. But, when you get the ball, stand up. The jumping off the bottom element is something to consider, but the verdict is still out on that.

We've been playing water polo in the shallow water. Then those who are not such great swimmers and those without the fitness to play deep pool water polo can join along. I've called this "Community Water Polo" but it needs a better name. Community water polo is legal water polo but in a co-ed style and without the crashing into the other players that can unfold in real water polo. But around here, our pools are often with both a deep-end and shallow-end, so we get to be on the bottoms more at certain times.

B.F. Water Polo is well suited for kids. But, adults can play too.

B.F. Water Polo could be a great activity for Pittsburgh Sports League, PSL. They host kickball leagues. Why not B.F. Water Polo evenings, leagues, teams, clinics and end of season tournaments?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Greatest Article of All Time -- Trib gets it right in coverage of our Summer Dreamers and visits with Elite Runners and the Liberty Mile Efforts

Thank you Karen Price.

By Karen Price
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:39 p.m.

Jordan McNamara stood in front of dozens of Summer Dreamers Academy campers at Helen S. Faison Arts Academy in Homewood on Wednesday and asked a question.

“Who likes to run?” he asked, followed by, “Why do you like to run?”
Hands shot in the air.

One boy said because he was the fastest kid in the world. A girl said because it helps her build muscles. Another child said it keeps her energized.

Before long, McNamara and two other professional runners in town for Friday's Liberty Mile race, Heather Kampf and Leo Manzano, were running through the grass with the kids. They jogged around the perimeter of the field, set up mini races and ended with some stretching and strengthening moves.

For the past five weeks, approximately 120 campers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools program have been training with a coach from the Liberty Mile in preparation for the race through the streets of Downtown on Friday. The Liberty Mile, in its third year, is produced by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc. A total of 1,200 runners competed last year.
McNamara, who has finished second at the Liberty Mile each of the past two years, said Pittsburgh is the only place where race organizers get the elite runners involved in the community at this level. The elite runners also visited campers at Langley K-8 on Thursday.

“There's always some level of involvement with the race but in terms of going to kids' elementary schools and all that, I think that's different. It's cool,” said McNamara, 25, of Eugene, Ore. “Liberty Mile is really the first race that takes the professionals and integrates them directly into the community at ground level, which I think is really special.”
Manzano, a two-time Olympian from Austin, Texas, told the children at Faison that he wasn't the fastest runner when he started in the fifth or sixth grade, but he wanted to be the best. He talked about perseverance, and the importance of never giving up. Then he told them about racing in the 1,500 meters in the London Olympics in 2012.

He was in ninth place early in the race, he told them, and wanted to give up. He started thinking about his family and his community and started to pass other runners. With 100 meters to go he was in sixth place and ultimately won the silver medal with a time of 3:34.79.

“Not giving up is the important message,” Manzano, 29, said. “I feel like it applies a lot to life as well. Sometimes in a race you come across hills or mountains and you have to continue and push past those, but you know that eventually things will be better. You'll be done and you'll be celebrating.”

Kampf, 26, of Minneapolis had a similar message and told the story of when she fell during the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 2008 and went from last place to first in the 600 meters.
“Running is the ultimate blue-collar sport,” she said. “It's just good, pure, hard effort.”
All three hoped to show the kids that while being a top runner takes hard work, running in general can be a sport they can enjoy their entire lives.

“A lot of these kids at this age, you can tell running is awful to them,” McNamara said. “For us to come in and introduce a little bit of seriousness, a little bit of inspiration but also playfulness and silliness, it makes it so they can associate running with fun and it will be something that they'll want to do and enjoy.”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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