(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Yo, boss, you remember Gene Stilp, right?
BE: Sure, Harrisburg activist, political gadfly, creator of the pink pig to protest the legislative payraise.
JB: We'll he's back in action for Halloween with, count `em, two political tricks that, for many, are a real treat.
BE: Do tell.
JB: Today, he scheduled a Capitol news conference condemning the attempt to change the state's system of awarding Electoral College votes in next year's presidential election.
BE: The plan put forth by Senate Republican Leader Dominic Pileggi to award the votes on the basis of congressional districts instead of the current winner-take-all system.
JB: Key-rect. Stilp's visuals? A six-foot depiction of Pileggi as Count Dracula, complete with fangs, and a silver stake to "drive through the heart" of Pileggi's plan.
BE: Oh boy.
JB: While Stilp was passing out his press release he told me Pileggi wants to count, "Vun, two, tree electoral votes!"
BE: A funny guy.
JB: There's more. He recently distributed homemade Halloween masks of state Sen. Jane Orie of Pittsburgh.
BE: The former Senate leader, still in office but facing a corruption retrial and possibly new charges related to forgery and perjury that grew out of her first trial, which ended in a mistrial.
JB: You know your stuff. Anyway, Stilp made life-size masks out of a full-color reproduction of an Orie photo in which she's offering a classic Orie scowl, sorta like this.
JB: You can cut it out and wrap around your face. The directions say: "Cut along lines. Put on head. Go Insane."
BE: That Stilp is one creative guy.
JB: Yeah, but that Orie mask? Pretty scary, kids. Grrr.