Nugent not holding his tongue
Outdoorsman Ted Nugent, rock 'n' roll's notorious “Motor City Madman,” didn't let down his fans who share his enthusiasm and support for the National Rifle Association and firearms when he appeared with Styx and REO Speedwagon a week ago at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Washington County.
Nugent, whose political statements once prompted a visit from the U.S. Secret Service, woke up the seemingly adoring audience by rattling off epithets for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were anything but fit for publication in a family newspaper.
The 64-year-old NRA board member apparently does not go by the old axiom about not saying anything if you have nothing nice to say.
But not all members of the Nugent family believe in the Second Amendment as strongly as Ted does.
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, his brother, Jeff Nugent, said he favors expanded background checks for gun buyers.
“I believe strongly that expanding and improving mandatory background checks will keep a lot of people who aren't entitled to Second Amendment rights from having easy access to guns,” he wrote.
Maybe Jeff should be carrying the next time he sees his bro.
OUT OF RACE, LUKE HITS LINKS. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, whose absences from the public eye have attracted reporters' attention, spent May 17-18 playing in a golf tournament — during working hours — at Shannopin Country Club just outside Pittsburgh.
He placed first, winning a $500 club credit.
The day before the tourney, he was at the driving range from morning until after lunch, then hit the course.
Having dropped his bid for re-election, perhaps the Lukester is thinking about going to “Q school” to qualify for the PGA Tour.
Pittsburgh's lame-duck mayor has been in stealth mode since he announced on March 1 that was he abandoning his re-election campaign in the wake of the indictment of Nate Harper, former city police chief. Ravenstahl made a brief public appearance on March 20 and held a press conference in April but refused to explain where he'd been and what he'd been doing. He's also refused to release his public schedule, so reporters don't know exactly where he'll be, when and with whom.
MAYORAL MOVE. Speaking of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, he recently changed his address to 2251 Hazelton St. in the Fineview neighborhood of Pittsburgh's 26th Ward, according to Allegheny County property records.
He paid $110,000 for the house, which is undergoing renovation by contractor William Rogers, who has done work worth more than $2 million for the city.
The outgoing mayor's new home has a full market value of $102,000, according to tax records. It has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a fireplace.
If you see Democrat mayoral nominee Bill Peduto, you might suggest that he not hold his breath while awaiting an invite to Ravenstahl's housewarming.
WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?Josh Wander, the Republican nominee for Pittsburgh mayor, is accusing Democrat candidate Bill Peduto, who has pledged a “top-to-bottom” purge of Pittsburgh government, of planning to hire his friends for city posts if he wins in November — a virtual certainty, given Democrats' overwhelming voter-registration edge.
Peduto told the Trib for a news story that he would not be looking at résumés when choosing members of his administration. Wander said that leaves Peduto only one option — hiring his friends.
“Mr. Wander's administration will include the people who know how to do their job and are committed to the changes Pittsburgh must make to ensure a thriving city for the future,” the GOP nominee wrote in a press release.
“If you are a qualified person and want to see Pittsburgh succeed, please send your résumé to Josh Wander.”
REGISTRY VS. DATABASE. State Rep. Tim Krieger, R-Delmont, has introduced a bill that would require Pennsylvania State Police to destroy their existing database of handgun-sale records.
The state's Uniform Firearms Act of 1995 prohibited law enforcement from creating a registry of firearms owners. Krieger said that despite that ban, the state police have continued to maintain their database of all handgun sales in Pennsylvania.
Krieger's House Bill 1430 would expand the definition of “registry of firearm ownership” to include the state police database.
“Many gun control proponents argue that background checks do not lead to registration or confiscation,” said Krieger. “Our experience in Pennsylvania, however, proves otherwise, as background checks have led to the creation of a registry, despite the Legislature's clear intent to the contrary.”
SAME OLD SAME OLD. Ligonier Township supervisors are taking some teasing from residents over their recent choice to replace Keith Whipkey after Whipkey's surprising, abrupt and mysterious resignation as a supervisor and secretary-treasurer.
Supervisors Tim Komar and Grover Binkey appointed Albert “Mike” Shadron, a township employee for more than 30 years, to fill the vacancy.
The word is that the only clear path to a seat as supervisor in Ligonier Township “is through the township's garage door.”
Supervisors had appointed Binkey, a former township roadmaster and supervisor, to fill the unexpired term of William C. Penrod Jr. last November.
Shadron's term will expire on Jan. 6, 2014, unless he's elected to a term of his own via a last-minute write-in campaign.
-- compiled by Tribune-Review staff