. . . and the battle rages on …

Lukey has enlisted a new detachment of soldiers in the War on Snow to attack its staunchly loyal allies, The Potholes:

1. Rich Lord loves me and that is why Rich Lord went with such a militarily minded headline. God bless you, Rich Lord!

2. And then if “City attacks potholes” wasn’t awesome enough, Rich Lord wrote this line:

[Ravenstahl] said 84 percent of public works operations staff has been assigned to the war on potholes, with the rest working on litter control.

Screw the war on crime. The war on drugs. The war on pigeons. The war on brain drain. The war on fat women in spandex. Lukey has chosen his war from which his legacy as Mayor will rise and he has chosen snow and potholes.

3. Also:

Mr. Ravenstahl said. “When we are not aggressively salting and plowing City streets, we will be aggressively attacking potholes.”

I’m not worried about Snow’s ability to withstand this latest onslaught on its land mines, simply because, holy shit, have you ever known a pothole to wither in the face of mere asphalt? Those sons of bitches laugh at asphalt.

Potholes are resilient, rising like the Phoenix, resurrected like Lazarus, ass-kicking like Chuck Norris. They’ll have your undercarriage if it’s the last thing they do.


(h/t BagitTagit and Sean)


  1. BagitTagit
    March 5, 2008 12:23 pm

    “Steve… I heard you’re part of the 84% detachment to the pothole wars…”


    “My God man, good luck…”

    “Thanks… What about you Stan? If you’re not part of the deployment, what are you doing?”

    “Dog Shit… dog Shit”

  2. pittgirl
    March 5, 2008 12:25 pm


  3. Ed Heath
    March 5, 2008 12:29 pm

    I remember an NPR story about how in Europe, when they build a road, they apparently spend a lot more time compacting the ground beneath the road (at the beginning) than we do. Apparently doing that results in a lot fewer potholes and road repairs. For us to do that, though, the ratio of one Penn DOT worker doing things to five or six standing around talking would have to change (you know you have seen it when you are driving by a work site on the highway).

    I appreciate how hard the city is working on potholes. I have noticed potholes filled in neighborhoods I would have expected the city to ignore for months. Its nice that all the city’s financial difficulties are behind us, and we don’t need to worry about the future, or city bond debt, or balloon payments (sounds fun!), or pesky under-funded pension funds.

    But I (and my alignment and suspension) do appreciate having smoother roads to drive on.

  4. unsatisfied
    March 5, 2008 12:31 pm

    methinks lukey’s gonna lose this war on potholes much like the war on snow.

    though, can y’all please send your pothole warriors to southern butler county, please — stat? rt. 228 is like the f-ing moon up here! and, this is 2 weeks after it was allegedly patched by penndot.

    they probably won’t win the war up here, either — but, to just have a semi-smooth ride for one day might be nice…

  5. Jim
    March 5, 2008 12:41 pm

    Mr. Ravenstahl said. “When we are not aggressively salting and plowing City streets, we will be aggressively attacking potholes.”

    How long can it be until we’re “aggressively moving forward” ?

  6. Chad
    March 5, 2008 1:04 pm

    I always think it’s cute that The Boy Who Would Be Mayor labors under the delusion that we won’t notice what a half-assed job he’s doing as long as he keeps assuring us that he’s being “aggressive.”

    We get it, Luke. You’re aggressively inarticulate, aggressively incompetent, and, to most people outside your circle of ineptitude, aggressively indifferent.

    What we really want is for you to aggressively resign.

  7. Brother Anthony
    March 5, 2008 1:43 pm

    Is the salt (War on Snow) contributing to road decay (War on Potholes)?

  8. John
    March 5, 2008 2:24 pm

    Seriously, does Lukey get up every morning and think up new ways to make his way onto PittGirl’s blog? Talk about your lay ups…

  9. lolo
    March 5, 2008 2:28 pm

    The war on snow using plows in the frontline has created the domino effect war on potholes. It’s kind of like the snow is Afghanistan, and the potholes are Iraq.

  10. Steve S
    March 5, 2008 2:40 pm

    Well the freeze thaw cycle is actually the biggest weapon the weather has against Lukey in the war on potholes…So I guess indirectly the salt is actually contributing to TEAM SNOW on the pothole front by broadening the range of temperatures for freezing water. (ie ~ -20 deg C — 0 deg C )

  11. coach99
    March 5, 2008 4:39 pm

    Winston Luke speaking to the nation …Steeler Nation…”we will patch them on the highways..we will patch them on the ramps…we will patch them on the side streets…we will never give up..never!”

  12. Dan (Not Onarato)
    March 6, 2008 7:37 am

    Schmuck….at least I didnt vote for him

    Hes probably leaving his car run overnight to help with global warming


  13. Still A Fan
    March 6, 2008 7:50 am

    i like to destroy doritos after attacking potholes

  14. wshicldtel
    March 6, 2008 10:53 am

    I am now in China. Lukey’s war is definately not working!

  15. Jackie
    March 6, 2008 11:28 am

    Potholes don’t just attack vehicles. I was crossing Murray Avenue and twisted my ankle in a monster pothole.