Bob Mayo is a god. Alecia Sirk is … not.

(Site news:  My site is being spotty and kind of down-timey/up-timey today.  Woy is presently unleashing hell upon her.)

So City Hall went and blocked Blogger, MySpace, and Facebook, or rather they claim it came down from their Websense software and they’re just going along with it. The city also has a time limit on their employees’ Internet usage.

I don’t believe this affects city employees’ ability to read The Burgh Blog because I don’t use Blogger any longer, thanks to Woy.

WTAE’s Bob Mayo wrote on his blog:

The PG’s Early Returns reports that City of Pittsburgh government employees are now blocked from reading many popular blogs dealing with local politics. It says ‘the city’s Internet security provider, Websense Enterprise, recently updated its settings to eliminate access to all social networking and personal sites.’ The story prompted me to do some googling about government blocking of access to websites.

It seems that China, Iran, and Uzbekistan are among more than two dozen countries now blocking web content, says the Economist.

Do you see what he just did there? He is comparing The City of Pittsburgh to China, Iran and Uzbekistan. Heh. Bob Mayo is a god.

On the other hand, Alecia Sirk, Mayor Ravenstahl’s Chief of Being the Shittiest Press Secretary Since the History of Time, is a moron.

Ravenstahl’s own press secretary, Alecia Sirk, was unable to view Reichbaum’s blog. “I went to check the Pittsburgh Comet and like, whoa, I can’t get to it,” she said. “Bram even comes to some of the news conferences, so I do check his blog as a gauge of where the city is as well, and what people are talking about.”

First, you’re going to speak on the record, in front of a camera, into a microphone, basically kind of questioning the policy that your boss, the Mayor, is allowing?

WTF kind of press secretary is she?! Can you imagine Dick Skrinjar doing this? I miss that good ole’ Chief of Making Shit Up.

Secondly. “Like, whoa!”



  1. Woy
    January 18, 2008 10:45 am

    Blaming it on Websense is ridiculous. Web/monitoring software has mechanisms allowing for exceptions over the default criteria.

  2. dwight
    January 18, 2008 11:53 am

    Hey, PG, tell your readers who work for Big ‘Burgh Brother to subscribe to their favorite blogs through (or other sites like it if there are any).

  3. spoon
    January 18, 2008 11:54 am

    woy is right. I deal with websense on a weekly basis and there are always exceptions. Why else would SIDT viewable at my office :)

  4. Danielle
    January 18, 2008 11:57 am

    My company uses Websense as well and I get around it by subscribing to my favorite blogs through Google Reader – although any RSS reader should work. I can’t always see the whole post, particularly if there are embedded photos from Flickr or videos from YouTube, but I can get the gist of the text.

    What I can’t do is post to my own blog through work (I’m still currently on Blogger.) I’m still trying to figure out a way to get around that. (“Proxy Avoidance” sites are blocked through Websense, too!)

    And Websense absolutely lets you make exceptions to default criteria. At my last job I moved from peon level to department head, and the sites I could access increased with each promotion.

  5. City Girl
    January 18, 2008 12:53 pm

    With all due respect, why is Alicia Sirk bald? Is she on chemo or is it a fashion statement? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  6. In Sewickley
    January 18, 2008 1:13 pm

    Shouldn’t Alecia Sirk be in daycare? She’s got to be about 23? When I saw her on TV during the elections, I asked, “Really? This is the best person Lukey could find?”

    Like whoa! Reminds me of Joey from Blossom. WHOA!

  7. bucdaddy
    January 18, 2008 2:18 pm

    Poor Lish. She’s a good person, really. (And a bit above 23.) I don’t envy anyone who has to deal with the 800-pound Gorillastahl.

    But yeah, I’ve been wondering about the hair too.

  8. beatrix
    January 18, 2008 2:47 pm

    Maybe she wants to look like her hubby.

  9. unsatisfied
    January 18, 2008 2:54 pm

    if my iffy memory serves, wasn’t there once a rock band by the name of “like whoa” here in pittsburgh?

    I’d swear it’s true….

  10. Bram R
    January 18, 2008 3:23 pm

    Yeah so Bob Mayo calls me yesterday morning and asks if he can come out to my house so we can shoot some video out the back of his van. Most subversive man ever.

  11. BBM
    January 18, 2008 3:39 pm

    Lukey’s comment that he doesn’t look at “that kind of site much anyway” is such crap. You just know he checks The Burgh Blog every day to see if PittGirl likes him yet.

    “Hmm . . . PittGirl likes country music. Maybe if I go to a country concert THEN she’ll like me. Oooh, if I steal a car to go then she’ll DEFINITELY like me.”

    “Crap. That didn’t work. OK, OK, maybe I’ll do something like get UPMC to donate a shitload of money to kids.”

    “Damn it! That didn’t work either.”

    Lukey lives and breathes by the word of PittGirl.

  12. bucdaddy
    January 18, 2008 5:11 pm

    Lish appears to be Bridgeport (W.Va.) High Class of ’87, which would make her around … 38 now.

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  14. NoSide15212
    January 21, 2008 11:40 am

    Mayo is an idiot if he is incapable of discerning between a government unilaterally blocking web access to private citizens and a government blocking web access to its employees during the workday because they sit on their ass all day and surf myspace and porn. And PittGirl, of course…

  15. Ashley Smith
    May 7, 2008 12:24 pm

    To City Girl

    Alecia Sirk is bald because of health reasons. so before you start the imaturity do a little research.