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Perhaps the only thing more heartbreaking than the string of child cancer cases in Washington County in recent years is the total lack of accountability by the region’s elected officials. A quick look at the political landscape makes it easy to understand why. State Senator Camera Bartolotta and State Representatives Jason Ortitay and Tim O’Neal all owe their political existence to campaign money from the oil and gas industry, with O’Neal even working in the industry before being elected. Not surprisingly, they collectively assumed the mantle as ardent defenders of the companies operating in and around their districts. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in response to the public outcry over the cancer cluster in Washington County. Bartolotta, Ortitay, and O’Neal: The Oil and Gas Industry’s Three Stooges The…

The chief frustration among Democrats regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump, aside from his brazen disregard for the law, is his unprecedented stonewalling. By ignoring lawfully issued subpoenas and refusing to allow members of his administration to testify before Congress, Trump has effectively forced Democrats into a political corner. Waiting for the battle to play out in the courts will take longer than the limited timeline of 2020 will allow. Moving forward without the “smoking gun” that undoubtedly lies somewhere within Trump’s Fortress of Criminal Solitude leaves room for Trump sycophants to defend him and muddy the political waters. Both paths seem to lead to a place that allows Trump to proclaim victory not based on the substance of the allegations, but on his continuous and unprecedented disregard for…

NOTE: THIS POST IS SATIRICAL IN NATURE. THE INTENT IS TO SHOW THE FAILURE OF LOCAL LEGISLATORS TO PRIORITIZE HEALTH AND SAFETY OVER EVERYTHING ELSE, ESPECIALLY MONEY. With tens of thousands of residents from southwestern Pennsylvania reaping the consequences of the region’s booming oil and gas industry, local state legislators and senators are joining the rush to make sure they don’t miss out on the financial benefits. Recently, Senators Camera Bartolotta and Elder Vogel joined forces with their colleagues State Representatives Jason Ortitay, Josh Kail, and Tim O’Neal to form a new company to address the needs of the region. Their new venture, Kiddie Koffins, is aimed squarely at the rising rates of child cancer from a cancer cluster primarily located in Washington County. Representative Kail recalls the initial brainstorming session that led to the formation of Kiddie Koffins. “We…

So Donald Trump’s tweeted that four progressive women of color serving in the House of Representatives should go back to the countries they came from, with the clear implication being that they are somehow less than American because of the color of their skin. The fact that Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib were all born in the United States and Ilhan Omar is a naturalized U.S. citizen is meaningless to Trump’s supporters because their definition of “American” begins and ends with the color of their skin. So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……— Donald…

Congressman Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican representing Pennsylvania’s 14th District, recently traveled to the United States/Mexico border to take photos designed to make him look important as a way to compensate for his shortcomings as a legislator, his lack of compassion for people of color, and presumably, a small penis. Reschenthaler and several Congressional colleagues visited Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in McAllen, Donna, and Los Fresnos, Texas, where they saw firsthand the security and humanitarian crisis currently unfolding due to the inhumane actions of the Trump administration, (which Reschenthaler blindly supports). “This Crisis at the Border is Deeply Troubling, Even Though I Totally Support Trump Putting Brown Kids in Cages.” “What I witnessed in the Rio Grande Valley was deeply troubling,” said Reschenthaler. “Even…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let’s get one thing straight right up front. Lindsey Williams won. Nobody can dispute the results of the election for the vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s 38th Senate District. Lindsey Williams: 62,361 Votes Jeremy Shaffer: 61,568 Votes I’m no mathematician, per se, but I checked my work several times and used the calculator app on my phone to be sure. Senator-elect Lindsey Williams beat Republican Douchey McDoucherson Jeremy Shaffer by 793 votes. Done deal, right? You’d think so, but never underestimate the enduring petty dickishness of Republican legislative leaders in Harrisburg. Here’s a quick breakdown of this utterly bullshit “issue” making equally bullshit headlines.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] What Are The Legal Issues? Article II, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution lays out the requirements to be a state senator as follows:[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Qualifications of members. Senators shall be at…

One of the cardinal rules for Thanksgiving dinner in recent years is to avoid talking about politics at family gatherings. In fact, the concept of the racist Drunk Uncle is now equally identifiable with Thanksgiving as cranberry sauce, with the common denominator being that nobody wants to put either of them anywhere near their mouth. But if you’re looking for some cutesy Buzzfeed-style garbage about “navigating politics at Thanksgiving”, look elsewhere. This year, with some notable exceptions we’ll discuss shortly, you need to talk about politics with your family at Thanksgiving. Here’s why. A Country Divided (Like Crazy Divided) Not only is America now more divided than any time in recent history, but our ability to pick and choose our news sources based on our political biases also leaves us…

As has been widely touted by Camera Chatham Bartolotta, Goose in the Gallows received a “cease and desist” email from her attorney, Matthew Haverstick of the Philadelphia law firm Kleinbard LLC/ This notice comes in response to the article we published several days ago regarding questions about the potential use of taxpayer-funded resources for political purposes, specifically email addresses submitted to Bartolotta’s official website showing up on campaign mailing lists.   To be blunt, this threat by Senator Bartolotta is utter nonsense, and we are treating it as such. But instead of restating our points and in the sake of transparency, here is the response we sent to Mr. Haverstick upon receiving their initial threat. At this time we have no further comment on this issue and plan on focusing…

American Exceptionalism, a phrase coined by Alexis de Tocqueville nearly two centuries ago, refers to independence, strength, and superiority of the American experiment. Well, at least that’s what it used to mean. These days, American Exceptionalism means you get to be a dick whenever you want because… ‘Murica. Not only do you get to be a dick, but you’re also pretty much required to be a dick if you want to earn respect and adoration of a large swath of an electorate so oblivious to their self-destruction it’s almost impossible to believe. Not All Heros Wear Capes, But Most of Them Are Dicks And hey, not that we’re keeping score or anything, but if you’re a white guy, you get to be an even bigger dick. Oh, you’re a rich…