What Fresh Hell Is This?

February 22, 2009

Pittsburgh Pundits!

Let me first say that I had a blast last night at John McIntire's "Pittsburgh Pundits" show.

We arrived about 10 after seeing the PSO perform Carmina Burana (great performance, by the way) and after getting some drinks we settled down to some comedy.

Gab Bonesso did the first set. Unfortunately two things got in the way; the crowd didn't seem in the mood and Gab was fighting the flu.

Once the panel discussion (Heather Heidelbaugh, Cat Specter and me) got under way, though, things were fine.

That is, until Cat and Heather started discussing Sex ed and Abortion. It was a heated discussion to say the least. I was glad (though a tad frightful) to be sitting between them.

Ok, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

There were some craaaaazy questions from the audience. There was an animal rights activist (who was wearing a leather jacket, by the way) who suggested that the chimp-mauling the woman in Connecticut received was "justified." I don't want to take things out of context too much, but I think she thought it was justified in light of the overwhelming amount of animal cruelty that humans commit. Somehow I doubt that the chimp in question (a 200 pound lobster-eating former TV "actor") even knew about all those mistreated circus elephants.

But I digress.

Here's me and Cat:

(Hint: DON'T ask her about the beret.)

And me and Heather:

She takes a TON of crap at these shows. I wonder how she does it.


Sherry said...

i don't know how anyone does it. i'd go home and hide for at least a week if i had to debate in public.

tho i just might have taken on the "person"(that's debatable, ha!)

who made the awful comment about that poor woman and the chimp.

Just a viewer said...

Is Heather now channeling Janis Joplin?

Dayvoe said...


EdHeath said...

I remember reading in the Omnivore's dilemna that within the vegetarian mvement there is a serious sub-grup that argures that animals have souls, making it a sin of sorts to eat them. This group has serious problems with the existence of predators. Of course we are abomniable to animals and also fed really lousy food by agribusiness. But I think the solutions to those issues lie in fcusing on sustainable agriculture, not on not eating animals.