Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will operate an OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) checkpoint in the East End today from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Drivers will be stopped on Ohio 32/Beechmont Avenue near Wilmer Avenue and given a test to determine if the operator of the vehicle has been drinking.
County OVI checkpoints are paid for by fines of impaired drivers and other federal funding.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Probably, the most memorable time in my relationship with my father was when he broke his neck in a car accident. I was in the fourth grade at the time and I remember telling my teacher how my dad was in a "contraption" at the hospital. My teacher kindly corrected me by saying. "No dear that's traction". To which I said, "that's right a contraption".
Regardless, after about three months in the hospital, my father came home in neck brace. Given that finances were tight in the family, he didn't have the luxury of taking care of five kids on no income.
So he did what dads do when the going is tough... he got going. He spent many a day climbing ladders (with a neck brace on I might add) to paint houses for under the table income. He took cash jobs with the Teamsters to go and picket at wildcat sites, he delivered pizzas, he did what ever he could to take care of his family.
My father could have sat around and been depressed about his physical issues but he never had time... He was too busy working.
When I entered college, my dad got me a summer job at the beer distributorship he worked at. Throughout the entire city of Columbus, it didn't matter what bar or pony keg I walked into, if someone introduced me as "Tommy's son" I got the red carpet rolled out for me. That's when I started to really appreciate who my dad was as a man.
A long time ago, I learned that you can't be everything to everybody. But living life means leaving a legacy with every single person you meet. In my case, I make sure that everyone that meets me knows me as a person who is honest & hard working. I don't think it's a coincidence that those are the qualities I would use to describe my dad.
In a world that continually minimizes the role of fathers in families, I can't imagine what my world would have looked like without my dad in it. I know one thing, I wouldn't have a college sheepskin and a CPA certification on my wall.
In the end, if I can be half the man my father is, that would put me a couple of notches above Chuck Norris. I think that's pretty damn good.
Here's some of their evidence of this "science".
The evidence for the consequences of global warming is appearing with alarming frequency. This morning's headlines are filled with tales of deadly weather: "At least four people were killed and about 40 injured when a tornado tore through a Boy Scout camp in western Iowa on Wednesday night"; "two people are dead in northern Kansas after tornadoes cut a diagonal path across the state"......
Given that ole Gordon is a history buff, he remembered a day in 1974 when we had a few tornadoes in April of that year.
The tornado superoutbreak of April 3-4, 1974 resulted in 148 tornadoes in 13 states. Across the United States, 315 people were killed, more than 6,000 injured, and 27,000 families suffered property losses. The Xenia Tornado caused the most deaths of any tornado in the outbreak. In Ohio, 12 tornadoes touched down, killing 36 people.
The Xenia Tornado touched down at 4:30 PM nine miles southwest of Xenia and entered the city about ten minutes later. It continued northeastward on a path of 32 miles through Xenia and Wilberforce into Clark County. The Xenia Tornado killed 32 people from Xenia to Wilberforce. About half of the buildings in the city of 27,000 were damaged and 300 homes destroyed. Nine Xenia churches were destroyed, as were seven of the twelve schools in the city. Fortunately, the tornado occurred an hour after classes had been dismissed. The roof and windows were blown from the Greene County Courthouse. A train passing through Xenia was struck by the tornado and 7 of the 47 cars were blown over, resulting in the blockage of Main Street.
Question. Were the tornadoes that year a result of global warming or a result of the incoming "Ice Age" as reported by Time Magazine in June 1974?
Here's an excerpt from that article...
Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world. Indeed it is the widening of this cap of cold air that is the immediate cause of Africa's drought.
Remind me; what's so "progressive" about being a dumbass?
By the way the global warming challenge score Warm - 166; Cool 176.
As soon as we know the exact location and time we'll post it right here.
For the record Hamilton county seems like a bad place to hold a DUI checkpoint. Cedric Benson is due to run either a train or a jet under the influence, you might want to start there.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 5-4 high court majority, acknowledged the terrorism threat the U.S. faces - the administration's justification for the detentions - but he declared, "The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times."
Well, of course, if you're an unborn baby then this little document doesn't mean a damn thing for you.
The United States Supreme Court...... The people who brought you "separate but equal".
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Our severe Storm Safety Helmet™ is NOT an "ordinary" hard-hat or "conventional" sports-helmet. The Tornado Safety Helmet™ is a space-age product of revolutionary advanced engineering and computer design. This state-of-the-art personal head protection device is constructed with high-impact foam pads and air-bag technology to minimize possible head injury and brain concussion. It is lightweight without compromising integral strength and comes complete with an adjustable chin-strap.
They don't have photos of what the helmets look like but they range in price from $129.00 - $199.00.
Nowhere on the form do they indicate color so I'm guessing that you probably not going to be able to have a matching clothing ensemble with the helmet.
At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.
Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war.
Before the democrats get all uppity on that news, there's a number of democrats who feel the same way about Obamania.
Nothing personal, Sen. Obama, but our re-election comes first. Barack Obama, for all his attention and primary successes, does not go over so well in a fair number of Democratic lawmakers' home districts. So it seems there is little chance that some will endorse him for president.
Some are counting on Republican votes in their re-election bids. Some are newly minted and in rematches with 2006 opponents. Some may be wary of how their constituents will react to a black presidential candidate. Some, too, have made it a practice of distancing themselves from the national party, fearing the inevitable campaign ad that has their face morphing into Howard Dean, the party chairman, and Obama.
Is it possible to yell "do over"?
What's John Kerry in the news for?
John Kerry, who's served in the past as Obama's heavy-hitter on national security, expressed incredulity at McCain's remark this morning that the timing of troops return is "not too important."
"It is unbelievably out of touch and inconsistent with the needs of Americans and particularly the families of troops who are over there. To them it’s the most important thing in the world when they come home," he said. "It’s a policy for staying in Iraq."Kerry and Obama aide Susan Rice also both said McCain is "confused"* -- a line some in McCain's camp will surely take as a shot at the candidate's age.
Unbelievably out of touch? Coming from the man who goes wind surfing for a photo op that's a big time statement. Now pass me the arugula.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money -- more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.
The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall and its affiliated Capitol Hill restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops has become so dire that, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers, the Senate won't make payroll next month.
The embarrassment of the Senate food service struggling like some neighborhood pizza joint has quietly sparked change previously unthinkable for Democrats. Last week, in a late-night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the operation of its food service, a decision that would, for the first time, put it under the control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits for the outfit's new hires.
Out of curiosity, how much money can the US government lose on our national healthcare system? Well, so far they've lost 27 trillion just for healthcare for our seniors.
I wonder if they sell arugula at that cafeteria?
Two months ago, I posted a piece on Obama's mortgage based on his obviously low income reported on his previous three years worth of tax returns. Basically, you're average joe could never have qualified for that house. How did the Obama's?
A Johnny come lately provided me with this comment yesterday....
1. The deal could have gone down without Rezko. While it's true that the couple who sold the house to the Obamas and the adjoining vacant lot to Rezko's wife required the deals to close on the same day, there was at least one other serious bidder on the lot......First, my initial post really had nothing to do with Rezko. My main point was how did the Obama's qualify for a mortgage on a 1.65 million dollar mortgage with an annual income of $250,000. Especially, when they were loaded with $100,000 plus in student loan and credit card debt (per Mrs. Grievance, Michelle) .
Second, since you did bring up Rezko, Mr. Anonymous, let's look at Tony and Obama's real estate deal.
You're telling me that it's a coincidence that Obama and Rezko closed on the purchase on a house and the lot right next door on the same day?
That it's a coincidence that the Obama's got $300,000 knocked off of the purchase price on the home but Rezko paid full price on the lot? I find that hard to believe.
It looks to me that Obama needed to trim the price for the house so he could get his sub prime mortgage. That meant knocking off the lot and reducing the price of the house. The sellers were willing to do that since Rezko would pay the full asking price for the lot.
My guess is someone wanting to own the lot next to the Obama's would buy the property to build on it; not hold it so they can sell a strip of it to the neighbors. Look at the above picture, selling that strip of property to the Obama's essentially makes the lot next to them worthless. Who can build on that site now?
The Obama's ended up with 2 million dollars worth of real estate and only had to pay 1.3 million for it. As a friend of mine use to say, "it's not the wealth you own, it's the wealth you control that counts". In this case, the Obama's effectively own both lots without having to pay for both.
The whole train of events on the property transfers can be found here.
My whole point in my previous post was that Obama could never have qualified for that mortgage under normal mortgage credit standards. He had to have qualified under a stated income loan (or as mortgage lenders call them "stated lies").
That is the crux of this sub prime mortgage mess that The Messiah himself has been critical of. Now, if we find out that Countrywide was the loan originator, the stench from this deal would be unbearable.
Speech #1: "Eight years ago, many of you voted for Mr. Bush because he promised you'd be better off. And today, the rich are better off. But working Americans are worse off, and the middle class is standing on a trap door. ...First, there was Mr. Bush's tax program. What happened was, he gave each of his rich friends enough tax relief to buy a Hummer—and then he asked your family to pay for the hubcaps.... And John McCain believes that the genius of America is in the boardrooms and exclusive country clubs. I believe that the greatness can be found in the men and women who built our nation, do its work, and defend our freedom.... To the corporations and freeloaders who play the loopholes or pay no taxes, my message is: Your free ride is over. When the American economy leads the world, the jobs are here, the prosperity is here for our children. But that's not what's happening today. This is the worst trade year in American history. Three million of our best jobs have gone overseas. Mr. Bush has done nothing about it. They have no plan to get our competitive edge back. But we do. We will cut the deficits, reduce interest rates, make our exports affordable, and make America No. 1 again in the world economy.... We will launch a renaissance in education, in science, and learning. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. And this must be the best-educated, best-trained generation in American history."
Take the quiz and figure out who's speech is who's.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama told reporters in St. Louis today that he has fallen off the wagon and smoked cigarettes in the last few months.Watch the VIDEO HERE.
Do you think Jesus ate arugula too?
President Bush has admitted to The Times that his gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a “guy really anxious for war” in Iraq. He said that his aim now was to leave his successor a legacy of international diplomacy for tackling Iran.
In an exclusive interview, he expressed regret at the bitter divisions over the war and said that he was troubled about how his country had been misunderstood. “I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric.”
George buddy.... Take it from a guy that has supported the war effort. You have no one to blame but yourself.
I still have to believe that there are things we may never know about this war effort. Regardless, this administration did the poorest sales job on this war and the aftermath in the history of the world (to quote Bill Walton).
Time and time again, he and his administration failed to link the Iraqi invasion to the larger war on terror. I never heard one time about Abu musab al-Zarqawi link to Iraq and Al Queda. I had to learn about it by reading thousand of articles on the subject.
It's a given the media never helped the cause, but he is president of the United States for crying out loud. He has the largest bully pulpit in the world. Use it.
Even now, as our country is being victimized with spiraling oil profits, Bush has the perfect opportunity to help is country and stick it to democrats by pushing for domestic drilling. What do we hear instead? (Birds chirping)
Part of being president is to rally support for your agenda. In Bush's case, he gets a big fat F.
I can't tell if it's because he actually lacks an agenda, or thinks that he doesn't need to push one.
Well, maybe we should all kick you in the balls for the size of your carbon footprint.
Consider the eco-conscious automobile par excellence, the Toyota Prius. As it turns out, manufacturing the Prius's battery is extraordinarily carbon-intensive. Paying off this carbon debt through fuel savings will take 46,000 miles, according to Wired. Only after 100,000 miles would the Prius catch up with carbon savings offered by a ten-year-old Toyota Tercel. And the Prius would never catch up with a 1994 Geo Metro XFi.
By now the Prius is a cliche. Tooling around in an ancient, airbag-less deathtrap, by far the greener choice, is not. So one hopes the celebrity avant-garde will start bidding up the price of aging Tercels and Geos and Chevrolet Sprints, tricking them out and inspiring America's Joneses to keep up. Soon we'd see almost-new automobiles sporting faux rust, the better to convince us of their owners' environmental virtue. But somehow I doubt that Planet Green and the world's leading automobile manufacturers will push this line too hard. After all, used car dealers generally don't have big advertising budgets.
Yeah. This guy is great off the cuff.... Here he is talking about his Veep vetters, a couple of scumbags and a ding dong.
Don't believe me? Here's a liberal eating their own on Johnson as a vetter.
took at least five real estate loans totaling more than $7 million from Countrywide Financial Corp. through an informal program for friends of the company's CEO, Angelo Mozilo. ...
Mozilo and Countrywide were deeply enmeshed in the subprime meltdown, of course, and Mozilo has been denounced by Obama for his business practices and multi-million dollar compensation. ...
Here's an idea I'll float by Obamania. You don't want to hire vetters to vet the vetters? Try this new invention called google. You'll find all this crap out about your scumbags right there.
Two conservation groups have given the federal government formal notice they intend to sue to protect polar bears from petroleum exploration and drilling off Alaska's coast.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment said Monday they will sue under the Endangered Species Act to protect polar bears, which were listed as threatened last month by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
Polar bears are threatened -- likely to become endangered -- because their sea ice habitat has melted dramatically and computer models predict further losses, Kempthorne said. Summer sea ice last year shrunk to about 1.65 million square miles, nearly 40 percent less than the long-term average between 1979 and 2000.
However, Kempthorne said, the best scientific judgments did not conclude that polar bears were threatened by oil and gas development.
The conservation groups do not agree.
Whit Sheard, of Pacific Environment in Alaska, said Bush administration officials have been so keen to grant offshore leases, they have not given proper consideration to the potential harm to polar bears.
Not this time. This one is about the public pandemic regarding AIDS/HIV.
A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.
In the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO's department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.
Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients.
Now that's a shocker! A politically based over reaction to an issue. You may be asking, "what would be the motivation for scaring the public?"
The fact is, how much money and research would be done on AIDS/HIV if the disease was confined to gays and intravenous drug use? Very little. It wasn't until "science" could link it to billions of infections that public policy would follow suit.
Sound familiar? Then yes, this is another global warming post.
Remember Alar? From Wiki
Elizabeth Whelan and her organization, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) worked to establish a narrative of the Alar episode as a scare. The ACSH claimed that Alar and its breakdown product UDMH had not been shown to be carcinogenic. Whelan's campaign was so effective that today, Alar scare is shorthand among news media and food industry professionals for an irrational, emotional public scare based on propaganda rather than facts.
How about Red Dye Number 5? From Wiki
Upon its introduction into the market, there were fears that Allura Red AC was carcinogenic; however, studies have since shown that this is not the case. The initial reports of its consumption causing tumors have since been shown to have been caused by the presence of para-cresidine. Although para-cresidine is an important reactant in the manufacture of Allura Red AC and is a known carcinogen, further studies conducted since have found no trace of para-cresidine to be present in food-grade Allura Red AC.
Ten years from now, we'll be saying the same thing about global warming.
He's only the fourth non steroid player to achieve this benchmark.
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey Jr. 600
For the record, I was not a fan in favor of the Red's signing of Griffey. Not because I objected to Griffey's skills but because the Red's don't have the available money to lock up into one player (see also Adam Dunn).
None the less, the guy was a stud from the first day he took the field and this achievement puts him among the leagues greats.
Nice job Grif.
If you've never given blood, I would encourage you to do so. It only takes about a half an hour with most of that time being subjected to questions like, Have you ever shared a needle with someone named CoCo? Have you ever had anal sex with someone named A-train?
Regardless, it's a good cause and it doesn't cost you anything; something you'd think would attract liberals.
Speaking of which, I think I know why conservatives give more blood than liberals. Because, unlike liberals they can actually answer no to the questions above.
But here's somebody ready to step out.
Obama is a conservative’s candidate in many ways; his sunny energy, non-victimological approach, having lifted himself up by his own bootstraps. I think the McCain camp could get very lonely as the election approaches. This has the potential to be a landslide election. I think it could rival Reagan’s 49-stste sweep in 1984. In the future, we will be speaking of ‘Obama Republicans’ in the way we now speak of ‘Reagan Democrats’.
I think there is a tremendous amount of dope smoking going on at Andrew Sullivan's site. He's the perfect case of why shouldn't pick your candidate based on who you'd rather date.
Monday, June 09, 2008
This month's trial of former state Sen. John Ford on corruption charges could last up to a month.Ford is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from TennCare contractors to promote those private companies' interests with the state's expanded Medicaid program.Ford was known for his flashy attire when he was a lawmaker. On Monday he was led into court in a dark green jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind his back.He was convicted earlier this year of taking $55,000 in bribes during the unrelated federal Tennessee Waltz investigation and is serving a 5 1/2 year sentence.
Nowhere in the body of the story is Mr. Ford's political affiliation. So I throw it to the masses.
What party is he?
Hint... He's related to former US congressman Harold Ford, Jr. which is also conveniently not mentioned.
A city Health Department study finds that more than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with the virus that causes genital herpes.
The study, released Monday, says about 26 percent of New York City adults have genital herpes, compared to about 19 percent nationwide.
The department says genital herpes can double a person's risk for contracting HIV.
Herpes can cause painful sores, but most people have no recognizable symptoms.
Among New Yorkers, the herpes rate is higher among women, black people and gay men.
The health department urges consistent use of condoms, and says its STD clinics offer free, confidential herpes testing.
Funny, I've never worried one bit about herpes or HIV. Am I an idiot?
No. I just somehow managed to keep my junk in my pants and not screw around with life's skanks and ho's. I also managed, with considerable effort, to avoid using intravenous drugs.
It seems like a simple formula; one that I managed to follow all these years and I'm no superman. And I'm also not walking around with recurring canker sores.
So the lesson from all this. Let's make sure we teach our kids to abstain from smoking, they might get lung cancer. But a life long prescription of Valtrex and the various HIV cocktails is A-OK.
Number 9 - Philosophy
Why It Won’t Help You Get a Job: This isn’t ancient Greece: No one is going to pay you money, or allow you to sodomize their attractive son, in exchange for your knowledge of existence. Never has there been an employer who’s said “Man, we’re having all kinds of problems, I wish we had someone on our team who could reference and draw conclusions from the story of Siddhartha that would pull up our fourth quarter numbers.” I took many philosophy classes and it involved reading and smoking a shit pile of weed. You don’t need to pay 20,000 dollars a year to do that. All you need is twenty dollars and a library card.
A must read for any parent doling out 20 grand a year for tuition.
On Saturday, I kept hearing about the Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik / Gary Locket middleweight championship fight on Saturday night. Pavlik's a Youngstown native so all the slovak's in the family were really interested in the fight. Fortunately, our room had HBO, so I got to watch Pavlik destroy this Locket guy.
It was probably the first championship boxing match I've seen since the great Pryor/Arguello fights of the mid '80's.
Congratulations Kelly Pavlik. You did Youngstown proud. Hopefully, you can restore some honor to the game of boxing. And if you can do the same to the NBA as well, it would be appreciated.
Mark Steyn on how Obamania wants to take the best thing in the world, America's freedom, and turn it into something else.
Speaking personally, I don’t want to remake America. I’m an immigrant and one reason I came here is because most of the rest of the western world remade itself along the lines Sen. Obama has in mind. This is pretty much the end of the line for me. If he remakes America, there’s nowhere for me to go — although presumably once he’s lowered sea levels around the planet there should be a few new atolls popping up here and there.
This is one of the things that has always bothered me about "progressive" thought. "Progressives" are continually wanting to turn the US into Europe. But why?
Europe is already available, if you want Europe you're always free to go there. This is the US. There is a reason millions upon millions of people emigrate from Europe to here. It's because we're not Europe.
Haven't these people heard? We don't have socialized medicine. We also don't have 10% unemployment and a decaying society as a result of the rampant socialism where workers have a disincentive to work.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Last year, I had this post on a couple who effectively starved their child on a vegan diet. Now this....
A 12-YEAR-OLD girl in Scotland brought up by her parents on a strict vegan diet has been admitted to hospital with a degenerative bone condition said to have left her with the spine of an 80-year-old woman.More....
Doctors are under pressure to report the couple to police and social workers amid concerns that her health and welfare may have been neglected in pursuit of their dietary beliefs.
The girl, who has been fed on a strict meat and dairy-free diet from birth, is said to have a severe form of rickets and to have suffered a number of fractured bones.
The condition is caused by a lack of vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium and is found in liver, oily fish and dairy produce. Decalcification leads to the bones becoming brittle and can cause curvature of the spine.
"Dietary beliefs"? I would say this looks like religious fanaticism to me. But you probably won't hear the media call it out.
It's always been my belief that Obamania is awesome on a teleprompter but a poor extemporaneous speaker because he's so uninformed. I think McCain can wipe him out early if they can go head to head. I think this video proves it.
You may say, it's not the city's fault, they're trying to get rid of the guy. Except this is the same city that negotiated a contract where you can't get rid a non performing cop if you had video of him shooting a grandmother.
A Cincinnati police supervisor, fired for allowing officers to goof off, got his job back this week.
Sgt. Eric Schneider’s dismissal was reduced to a 20-day suspension as part of a settlement between city officials and lawyers for the Fraternal Order of Police. He returned to work June 1.
It’s the second time in five years Schneider has been fired and then re-hired by the Cincinnati Police Department.
The first firing came in 2003 when his supervisors accused him of filing false time sheets that charged the city $2,200 for hours he didn’t work. He was acquitted of criminal charges and reinstated in a settlement with the city.
City officials say the latest settlement came after they became concerned they would lose if Schneider’s appeal of his firing went before a labor arbitrator.
Remind me again, why people have been leaving the suburbs in droves to the sanctity of "Redville".