Daily Archive: July 13, 2011

Opinion

Guest editorial…Washington favors fat cats over public

It is painfully clear, members of the U.S. Congress—especially the Republicans and the so-called Blue Dog Democrats who mimic them—and the Obama administration have no fear of the American electorate. Despite overwhelming evidence that people want Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security left alone and for corporations and the top two percent of the income scale to pay for the deficit reduction, these Beltway Bunglers—who got us in this mess because of 30 years of failed supply-side economics and unnecessary wars—insist on doing what their big-money donors want them to do. This country is not broke. That is the Big Lie that rings in the ears of ignorant people and is repeatedly transmitted over the airways and in the journals of the corporate-dominated mainstream media.

Opinion

Guest editorial…Corbett wrong to ­expand castle doctrine

Governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill to widen the right to use deadly force in self-defense. This misguided bill takes Pennsylvanians in the wrong direction when attention should be focused on gun violence plaguing communities across the state. The bill would expand the state’s castle doctrine to allow the right to use a gun or other deadly force in self-defense in situations outside a person’s home or business. Previously, the use of deadly force was not justifiable if the person could safely retreat except when the threat is made inside his or her home or business. The bill’s backers, including the National Rifle Association, call the legislation a way for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from criminals.

Opinion

No extortion for debt ceiling vote

(NNPA)—“We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rarely have the divisions in American politics been more clear—or more onerous. In less than a month, on August 2nd, if Congress refuses to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, the United States economy could be thrown into a fiscal tailspin that would eviscerate America’s credit rating, lead to sky-high interest rates, rip a giant hole in the social safety net, jeopardize the well-being and savings of millions of working and middle-class citizens and result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Entertainment

Ty Stone keeps James Brown music alive

Chicago soul singer Ty Stone has been impersonating his idol, James Brown since he was a child. “When I was a kid I went and saw him in concert and it was an amazing and exciting show,” recalls Stone. “Whenever you’d see him in town it was like an army. The band was tight and organized and it was like going to a circus. It was very exciting and James would suck you in.” TY STONE AS “THE GODFATHER OF SOUL” JAMES BROWN (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) That excitement and reverence for the Godfather of Soul and his stage presence is why Stone decided to start doing “The Return of James Brown Tribute” show about five years ago. “James Brown is an art form. Everyone is doing the Beetles and Elvis tribute shows but no one is doing James Brown. He is an icon. A lot of the young singers today are sampling his music and a lot of young kids have forgotten that. Someone needs to represent that.”

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, Doc’s in Shadyside, Savoy Restaurant and Lounge in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Capri’s in East Liberty and Club Obsessionz in the Strip District My first stop was at Club Obsessionz in the Strip District where Leslie held a birthday celebration with family, friends and great food. Thanks for the invite because I had a great time. Birthday girl Leslie and family had a great time at Club Obsessionz in the Strip District.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Friday 15 Gallery Crawl The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Department of Education and Community Engagement presents the Gallery Crawl from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Cultural District. Attendees will be able to visit 21 participating venues of cutting edge exhibitions, live bands, dance, DJs and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Business

Ice cream shop offers A Sweet Spot

I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream is the old school phrase that Ben Calvert and James “Auto” Ellis relish to hear as their new business strives to become a popular spot in the community of Bellevue. “We want people to view A Sweet Spot Pittsburgh not only as an ice cream parlor but as a place to relax and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere,” indicated the duo glancing around the well-lit and colorful establishment with an urban mix of music flowing. With the flavor of an Internet café, A Sweet Spot toting the motto “where a scoop meets love,” according to Calvert and Ellis is a one of a kind ice cream place offering a family friendly environment. READY TO SERVE—James “Auto” Ellis, left, and Ben Calvert assure that the soft serve ice cream machine is ready to handle the customers of the day. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) In business for over a quarter of a year, Ellis said they have regular customers of all ages that consider their 16 flavors of ice cream and 24 varieties of toppings as a great reason to return. “We find that Chico Stick, Fruity Pebbles and cereal toppings are the most popular,” said Ellis. But at the same time he pointed out that they sell soft serve and hard ice cream as well as the typical items like milk shakes, sundaes, floats and banana splits. Slushies, Italian Sodas and a variety of ice cream drinks are also sold as well as Pepsi products.

Business

Proposed budget cuts could end HUD counseling

(NNPA)—As President Obama and Congress strive to resolve different priorities in the nation’s 2012 federal budget, some are proposing an end to the only federal program that provides valuable housing counseling to millions of Americans. Majority members of a House subcommittee seek to zero out the $87.5 million program offering at-risk services has helped serve more than 11 million Americans since 2006. The range of services offered benefit homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and the homeless. Housing advocates are also warning against the likely scams that will result from the service void.

Business

Your financial bucket list

“The Bucket List” is an outstanding movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It is a story of two terminally ill cancer patients that decide to “go out in style” by completing a “bucket list” of things before they die—sky diving, driving a race car, visiting exotic places, etc. As the adventure unfolds and their lives wind down, they discover that the best time of their life is right now and when they are sharing it with the people they love. What is “your financial bucket list? What are the things that you and your family want to accomplish financially? Whether you accomplish your financial goals depends on the steps you take right now. Procrastination, not planning and making inappropriate financial choices are the three biggest roadblocks to financial success.

Business

Business Calendar

QuickBooks advanced JULY 14—The Small Business Development Center of Duquesne University will host QuickBooks Advanced Seminar from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the University’s Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The seminar will help individuals become more knowledgeable with the program that is the number one management and accounting tool utilized by start ups and small business entrepreneurs and help one learn how to save time and money through its use. Topics will include inventory, sales tax, payroll, business credit cards, job castings and time tracking. Registration is requested and the cost is $45. For more information, visit http://www.sbdc.duq.edu.