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And now, we hear from someone who has a completely different set of concerns about the Episcopal Church...

December 30, 2006 10:34 PM

Up and down, man-from-Atlantisly

December 28, 2006 02:35 PM

Literary Review, an esteemed publication, is out with their annual awards.  For Bad Sex in Otherwise Good Fiction.  You can read excerpts from the finalists here.  Go on.  You know you want to.

This is from one of the finalists, David Mitchell, and his novel Black Swan Green:

If Dawn Madden's breasts were a pair of Danishes, Debby Crombie's got two Space Hoppers. Each armed with a gribbly nipple. Tom Yew kissed them in turn and his saliva glistened in the April sun. I know watching was wrong but I couldn't not. Tom Yew slipped off her red panties and stroked the cressy hair there.
'If you want me to stop, Madam Crombie, you have to say now.'
'Oooh, Master Yew,' she croodled, 'don't you dare.'
Tom Yew got on her and sort of jiggled there and she gasped like he was giving her a Chinese burn and wrapped her legs round him, froggily. Now he moved up and down, Man-from-Atlantisly. His silver chain jiggled on his neck.
Now her grubby soles met like they were praying.
Now his skin was glazed in roast pork sweat.
Now she made a noise like a tortured Moomintroll.
Now Tom Yew's body jerkjerked judderily jackknifed and a noise like a ripping cable tore out of him. Once more, like he'd been booted in the balls.
Her fingernails'd sunk salmony welts into his arse.
Debby Crombie's mouth made a perfect O.

Perfect O?  It should be oh no!  What was the author thinking?  And where were his editors?

John Edwards has announced he is running for President...

...which is a great reason to remind people of:

Peace of Mind and Clarity of Thought

Amy Alkon, a Jewish atheist (if there can be such a thing) and a fairly prominent writer, wrote to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff in prison.  And he wrote her back.  She posts about it, on her blog.

 JackAbramoffreply.jpg

He's right, Amy.  You do seem full of hatred.  What kind of person writes to someone who is in prison (for non-violent crimes, no less) and says "You're why people hate Jews"?

People who are in prison should be corresponded with nicely, or not at all.  That's not because someday they might be let out and track you down.  It's because it is the right thing to do.

What is this, Europe?

December 27, 2006 05:14 PM

Dear Packaged Home Solutions,

If you actually want people to hire you and buy your products, you might want to be open for business.  I just got through to your recording that says you'll be back January 2nd.  No one, apparently, is maning the store.  Instead, you've just decided to shut down for the entire week between Christmas and New Year's.

You're Americans.  You need to be working.

Also: You need to put you g.d. phone number on your website.

UPDATE: A representative of Packaged Home Solutions called in response to the voicemail I left, and will be meeting with the us tomorrow to discuss renovation plans.  So someone is working this week.  They ought not say they are closed on their voicemail, though, when they are not.  Inexplicable.

Gerald Ford has died...

...but the big question for me is, how will the media react to this?  I think they will be inclined to try to turn it into a Big Deal, because of the way the public reacted to Ronald Reagan's death a few years ago.  They'll feel like they have to give Gerald Ford equal time.  And, they'll be doing it as a back-handed jab at Reagan, who they never really liked.  See, they will say.  Every ex-President's death is a big deal.

But I think they'll find that it's not.  With all respect to Gerald Ford--who was certainly a nice man--Reagan was in a different league.

Relatedly, a bit of NBS trivia:

Q: What was NBS's earliest political memory? 

A:  It was campaigning for Ronald Reagan, by licking stamps and stuffing envelopes in my parents' living room.  This was not in 1984, when Reagan was running for re-election.  Or in 1980, when Reagan secured the Republican nomination, and beat Jimmy Carter.

No, this was in 1976, when Reagan challenged the incumbent--Gerald Ford--for the Republican nomination.  I was 3.  Ford won the nomination, then lost to Carter.  And then, I remember sitting in a hot station wagon, waiting in line for gas.

"Do you celebrate?"

December 26, 2006 08:39 PM

That was the question I was asked several times last week, and over the weekend.  It was a new one to me.  It's said with an infliction so you know exactly what the speaker is talking about: Christmas.  When you answer "yes," then the response is a cheerful "Merry Christmas!"

I don't know what the response is if you answer "no."

But it's a weird social scenario, and it's obviously part of the whole overt-discussions-of-Christmas-are-a-no-no thing.  And it's a strange etiquette dynamic.  First you ask, basically, if someone is going to be offended by a religious remark.  Once you establish that they're not going to be offended, then you go ahead and make the religious remark.  How is it socially acceptable to ask someone about their religious practices, in an effort to avoid offending them with a "Merry Christmas"?  It makes no sense to me, and that's just from Miss Manners perspective.

And functionally, it's like "Do you celebrate?" is a request for a password, which provided, allows one to go ahead and exchange illicit information.  It's like walking up to someone in a park near CIA headquarters and whispering, "The pale man walks alone."  Which I do think would be fun to do some time, just to see what kind of response you get.

But isn't it kind of rude to suggest that "Merry Christmas" is illicit or offensive?  Surely that's what is being implied.  Otherwise, why not just say it?

"Do you celebrate?"  What a weird question.  It's much more of a personal religious inquiry than "Merry Christmas."  It's an interrogatory, not a declaratory sentence.  It's like "hey, are you on my side?  Oh.  Okay, good.  Merry Christmas!  I didn't want to offend you if you were Jewish or anything.  Thank God you're not.  Offended, I mean.  Not Jewish!  It's perfectly fine to be Jewish!  If you were Jewish, I wouldn't wish you a Merry Christmas, but since you're not Jewish, well, then, Merry Christmas!"

Yes, "Do you celebrate?" is a question I'd stay aware from, if you're ever conducting job interviews in December.  Just say "Merry Christmas" and be done with it.  It won't get you sued.  Yet.   

I think next year if someone asks me "Do you celebrate?" I'll just say "Oh no.  I'm a member of the laity."  Sadly, I think that will probably just confuse the questioner, and I'll get a "Oh, well Happy Holidays, then!"

To see why feminists should not be mothers...

...read excerpts from Peggy Orenstein's new book in the New York Times Magazine.

I finally came unhinged in the dentist’s office — one of those ritzy pediatric practices tricked out with comic books, DVDs and arcade games — where I’d taken my 3-year-old daughter for her first exam. Until then, I’d held my tongue. I’d smiled politely every time the supermarket-checkout clerk greeted her with “Hi, Princess”; ignored the waitress at our local breakfast joint who called the funny-face pancakes she ordered her “princess meal”; made no comment when the lady at Longs Drugs said, “I bet I know your favorite color” and handed her a pink balloon rather than letting her choose for herself. Maybe it was the dentist’s Betty Boop inflection that got to me, but when she pointed to the exam chair and said, “Would you like to sit in my special princess throne so I can sparkle your teeth?” I lost it.

“Oh, for God’s sake,” I snapped. “Do you have a princess drill, too?”

She stared at me as if I were an evil stepmother.

“Come on!” I continued, my voice rising. “It’s 2006, not 1950. This is Berkeley, Calif. Does every little girl really have to be a princess?”

My daughter, who was reaching for a Cinderella sticker, looked back and forth between us. “Why are you so mad, Mama?” she asked. “What’s wrong with princesses?”

Nothing's wrong with princesses, sweetie.  The problem is your mother.

There's all kinds of laws in Ohio about dogs, but a bear can attack or even eat you and nothing is done about it."

After the Symmes Township boa constrictor attack of a few weeks ago, and a recent pet bear-on-innocent-neighbor mauling, an incoming legislator is seeking a crack-down.  He wants new regulations on exotic animal ownership.  He wants to mandate perimeter fencing, annual inspections, and posted warning signs.

Sounds reasonable to us.  Why do people own exotic animals anyway?  Freaks! 

The regulations would apply to bears, as well as "lions, tigers, cougars, certain venomous species of snakes and other snakes, including boa constrictors and pythons, that potentially could exceed 8 feet."

But what do you do if the law passes, and your neighbor builds a fence and posts signs that say he's raising boa constrictors?  Wouldn't ignorance be bliss?

Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas, Now.

December 23, 2006 09:11 AM

The Wilton Diptych (right), (1395-1399), The National Gallery, London

 

And be careful if you decide to roast your chestnuts!

Cheers,

--NBS

Why haven't I heard from you...

December 22, 2006 02:31 PM

...mediator-man?  I am waiting with baited breath for any news that will allow me to leave the office.  It's 2:30 the Friday before Christmas.  Why haven't I heard from you?

Oh good.  Someone's passing out glasses of champagne.

Sloooooooooow News

December 21, 2006 09:31 AM

Sorry that it's gotten quiet here at NBS folks.  We're just in a bit of a news slump, and we're slammed with work for the real job (it's not supposed to be that way in December).  And on top of that there's all the parties and the family must-dos.  It's so much more exhausting to go out drinking every night, rather than staying in and drinking at home!

Stay tuned.  Hopefully things will pick up after the big end-of-the-year performance evaluation and bonus check conversation that occurs this afternoon.  Wish us luck.  We've got a kitchen to remodel.

UPDATE: Thank God.  Anybody need a really bad stove?  It burns on the outside, leaves food raw on the inside.

Hero of the Day: Robert of the Llama Butchers

December 19, 2006 10:35 AM

Fellow litigator and very established blogger Robert, of the Llama Butchers, has been stewing about what to do about the Episcopal crack-up.  He's very up on the issues, and his parish in Virginia is not.  And, it sounds like the rector is pretty liberal.  Last night, Robert's parish had its vestry meeting, and Topic A was the decision of several major parishes in Virginia to re-allign with a different province of the Anglican Communion (and sever their ties with the Episcopal Church).

Robert's been struggling with finding the most effective approach.  Last night's vestry meeting started pretty rough.  He was expecting the usual liberal talking points...

But what I wasn't expecting was the viciousness with which these talking points were paraded. Usually, there is much head-shaking and tsk-tsking, accompanied by sorrowful laments about those who are troubled, challenged or confused in their journey and a call for those of us still on the right path to pray for them, for ourselves and for reconsiliation in Jesus' big ol' tent.

Not last night, though. No, instead the tone was positively brutal. Not only are the ringleaders a pack of tongue-swallowing reactionaries, besotted with delusions of grandeur and hell-bent on a political and economic coup, their followers are nothing but dupes and morons. Further, their project is doomed to failure. Currently, they are all united only in hate (an actual quote, btw); once the thing they hate is gone, they'll proceed to fracture and splinter even further. Indeed, the Rector was positively gloating over the eventual downfall of the Rector of Truro or, as he called him, "the new self-styled African Bishop of North America." Even the results of the secessionist parishes' voting was questioned, with dark hints tossed about concerning vote suppression and manipulation. As for the Diocese' handling of the property issue? Well, I think they're probably going to let the smaller fry go, largely because there isn't much property involved anyhow and also because the Church believes these groups will come back begging for re-admittance in a year or two anyway. But the big fish? It's hammer time. Truro and Falls Church have struck a very sore nerve and I don't see the Diocese compromising with them at all, at all.

So what do you do after someone suggests that the people who share your point of view are "all united only in hate?"

Well, I sat through the presentations by the Rector and the Property Committee representative quietly stewing, while most of those around me appeared to swallow the Party Talking Points hook, line and sinker. Indeed, the thing became a regular pep rally. Go Church! Rah Rah! Rah! But then somebody proposed a vote of thanks by the vestry to the Bishop for all his hard work. Here was where I thought I had an opening.

"I'm very sorry," I said, "but I'm afraid I'll have to abstain from such a vote."

"Whaaaaaaa...????" said the meeting.

Yea, Robert!!!  We don't want to steal his thunder, so to read the rest of what he said, go here.

Tammy Bruce, "who by the way...

...is a lesbian" (to quote John Kerry talking about Mary Cheney), has this to say about the Episcopal crack up:

I have to tell you, being gay myself I am not someone who advocates forcing individuals or groups to adhere to a point of view they disagree with. Homosexuals *should be* a group that supports the rights of others to believe as they wish, even (especially) when that belief does not correspond with our own. After all, that's what the gay community has asked of everyone else--accept us even though who we are contradicts your POV.

So, I think the churches which have split off have every right, and even a responsibility, to do so if they believe their diocese no longer represents their view of the faith. It's a completely legitimate action.

And leaving a church, or splitting off, over the gay issue, is a matter of faith and certainly should not be some sort of clarion call indicative of so-called homophobia. Personally I have found people of faith, who diametrically oppose my homosexuality, to be much more tolerant of me than what I term the Gay Gestapo--the Far Left Gay Elite who seek to punish anyone who does not conform to the leftist POV.

Indeed.  Tammy is a great person to turn to for clear headed thinking.

UPDATE:  I should clarify that Tammy Bruce is not Episcopalian, and is just viewing this from the outside--which is why she is under the impression that the Episcopal crack-up is "over the gay issue."  That certainly is the impression the media gives, and it is incorrect.  The Episcopal crack-up has been caused by the radical left-wing hijacking of the church, which has snowballed over the past 30+ years to the point where it has caused an unstoppable avalanche.

“The question I have is, 'Why me? And why Frosty?'"

December 18, 2006 05:53 PM

...so says Matt Williquette, victim.  In the case of the inflatable snowman stabbing!  The Enquirer's Kimball Perry reports from Colerain Township:

Williquette, 26, has a 12-foot inflatable snowman in his Crest Road front yard that has been vandalized three times in the last two weeks.

Tired of having Frosty punctured, Williquette bought a digital video recorder and stuck it in a nearby tree.

This is what the camera revealed:

Ouch!  Right in the coal button.  That had to hurt!

The good news is, they've already arrested two suspects.  So the streets front yards are safe again!

“I’m very relieved,” said Williquette, a packaging designer for Procter & Gamble.  “People can finally sleep better around here.”

Indeed.  Who has been sleeping, knowing the Frosty-stabbers were on the loose?

So much better than more clothes from Kmart

December 16, 2006 09:32 AM

Remember back before the election, when Kimball Perry from the Enquirer reported that Hamilton County Commission Candidate David Pepper grew up wearing clothes from Kmart, was reared by parents who "never indulged him," and comes from a family that has never inherited a dime?

The whole gist of the story was that nobody's ever given David anything.  Remember that?

Well, the Enquirer's Howard Wilkinson reports this morning that during the late days of the campaign, David got a $450,000 campaign contribution.

From his parents.

It's so hard to make it in this world, when no one gives you anything, isn't it?

NBS Today...

December 15, 2006 10:23 AM

...plenty of real legal work to do, plenty of Christmas presents to wrap, plenty of errands to run...

And still...

 your car

There's nothing out there, though.  Wish I'd see another Episco-car.  Who knew people loved Episco-cars so much?

Cartoon courtesy of Dave Walker.

Buttocks Painting Teacher in Trouble in Virginia...

December 14, 2006 09:52 AM

...no, he doesn't paint pictures of buttocks, he uses his buttocks to paint pictures!

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Monacan High School art teacher Stephen Murmer was placed on paid administrative leave recently after school administrators learned of an online video in which he's demonstrating how he paints with his buttocks....

His paintings, typically depicting flowers and butterflies, are priced from $480 to $900.

Yes, the school board has recently discovered that the art teacher is "moonlighting."  And they aren't happy.  They have to launch an investigation!  They have to think of the children!

But rest assured, folks.  The ACLU is coming to the teacher's rescue:

"Schools need to respect the rights of teachers to have private lives," [Kent] Willis, [Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia] said, as long as what they do doesn't disrupt their abilities to be a teacher.

Where would the buttocks painters be without the ACLU? 

HT:  Above the Law

Ohio legislature overrides Governor's veto...

December 12, 2006 10:11 PM

...for the first time in nearly 30 years.  On a very important anti-gun control measure:

When it becomes law in 90 days, House Bill 347 will wipe out more than 80 local gun laws including Cincinnati's ban on assault weapons...

Thanks to the Republicans in the Ohio legislature, for this fitting rebuke to Governor Taft.

All of Episcopal Church's Problems Helpfully Summarized on Back of Hybrid Vehicle

December 11, 2006 12:00 PM

Here's a photograph of a car I see around town quite a bit:

So here's the question: which one of those stickers makes all the rest redundant?  Is it the 2-year old Kerry-Edwards sticker?  The sticker for the Human Rights Campaign?  The one that says "Prayerfully Pro-choice?  The Episcopal Shield?  Or the fact that they are all slapped on the back of the world's ugliest hybrid car?

Couldn't any one of those things, by itself, make the same point about the driver of this car?  Yes, we get it.  You are liberal.  We had you pegged at hello.  We are not confused in any respect about your world view.

It is incredible, though.  I am a lifelong Episcopalian--and I have absolulely nothing in common with the driver of this car.  Nothing.  In fact, the driver of this car is for everything I am against.  Kerry-Edwards?  Please.  Gay Marriage?  Sorry, no.  Pro-abortion?  Definitely no.  Believer in global warming?  Heck no.  If we need more dinosaurs to turn into oil, we can always burn the liberals.    

I even find the color of the car offensive.  Honda describes it as "citrus-yellow."  In reality it is a hideous, puke shade of chartreuse.  The color is an affront to the senses.  As is the entire shape of the car. 

And yet, the driver is an Episcopalian.  Everyone thinks that Episcopalians still have great aesthetics in common.  This car certainly disproves that.

The car is a Honda Insight, which was discontinued in 2006, after Honda was unable to sell more than 14,000 of them.  Over a six-year period.  Does that say something about whether this driver's choices are in line with the general public's?  Does it say anything about the modern Episcopal church's realistic chances for evangelism?

What does it mean when no one's buying what you're selling?

Every Cincinnatian Will Love...

December 10, 2006 12:11 AM

...this New York Times article "Yes, You Can Surf in Cleveland, Before the Brown Water Freezes."  They report:

To reach the lake, surfers drag their boards across snowdrifts and beaches littered with used condoms and syringes, Mr. Ditzenberger said. The most popular surf spot is Edgewater State Park. It is nicknamed Sewer Pipe because, after heavy rains, a nearby water treatment plant regularly discharges untreated waste into Lake Erie.

Ha!  Democrats!*  The article continues:

“Surfing Lake Erie is basically disgusting,” said Bill Weeber, known as Mongo, 44.

Again.  Ha!  Democrats!*

 *For those who aren't in the know, Cleveland's liberal Democratic politics drag down the rest of the state.  So we here in the 'Nati are not too sympathetic when we learn they have to surf in poo.

Ohio State is now tied...

December 9, 2006 11:55 PM

...with Notre Dame and U.S.C. for the most Heisman trophy wins (7 each).

Go Bucks!

U.S. Secret Service Was Spying on Diana...

...when she died in 1997.  So say British officials in a report on her death to be published this week.

Mrs. NBS has the exact same initial reaction as Mr. NBS did:

What was going on between her and Bill Clinton?

Severed Foot Not Human

That get your attention?

Yes, Mr. and Mrs. NBS were riveted disgusted earlier this week when the 11:00 news reported that some poor woman had discovered what appeared to be a severed human foot lying next to a gas pump in Colerain Township.  Naturally, Channel 9 replayed the 911 call.

Well, the Enquirer reports this morning that it is a foot, but it's not human.  Instead, it is that of a "non-hooved animal."

But what kind of animal has a foot that looks human?

Tone Deaf

December 8, 2006 02:46 PM

John Kerry had a few dozen Democrat big-shot donors over for dinner on Tuesday night.  And he asked them if they thought he should run for President again.

No one said anything.

Maybe that should be his first clue?

The article also reports:

Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz, wasn't feeling good and didn't stay with the group very long.

Wasn't feeling good?  We catch some flack for criticizing other folks's writing.  But really, are we supposed to let this go?  Wasn't feeling good?  It makes the ears bleed!

The Enquirer Profiles Cincinnati's "Hottest" Doctors...

...in an attempt to play off of the popularity of Grey's AnatomyNewsAche thinks this project was a waste of a reporter's time.  Usually we love you, NewsAche, but lighten up!  We think the story was totally worth it... we're all for saluting hotness, here at NBS!

But what really made us smile was reading that several doctors slammed the Enquirer for the premise of the story.  For example, Dr. Janice F. Rafferty--a colon and rectal surgeon--told the Enquirer that it's what's on the inside that matters:

"Health care professionals, in general, strive to conduct themselves in a serious and professional manner, not to look 'hot,' "said Dr. Janice F. Rafferty, chief of colon and rectal surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Booo-hooo, Dr. Rafferty.  You are no fun!  And who wants a colon and rectal surgeon that's no fun?

UPDATE:  A photo of Dr. Rafferty is available here.  She's mousy.  And could maybe lose the glasses.  But she's not buck ugly or anything, so we don't really know what her prob. is.

The Middle East Fellow at the Carter Center...

December 6, 2006 10:17 AM

...has resigned because of Jimmy Carter's new book, Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid.  Emory University Professor Kenneth Stein was the first director of the Carter Center, and co-authored a book with President Carter in 1984.  Professor Stein writes in his letter of resignation:

President Carter's book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments. Aside from the one-sided nature of the book, meant to provoke, there are recollections cited from meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book. Being a former President does not give one a unique privilege to invent information or to unpack it with cuts, deftly slanted to provide a particular outlook.

Can you imagine the press letting this kind of news slide if we were talking about a conservative Republican?  Hello?  Media?  The former Director of the Carter Center says that Jimmy Carter is a liar and a cheat... isn't there a story here worth covering?

HT: The Corner at National Review Online.

Crocodile Tears from George Voinovich...

December 5, 2006 11:35 PM

...about the resignation of John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador.

Remember when the President nominated John Bolton to be U.N. Ambassador in 2005?  George Voinovich cried.  Because he believed John Bolton was "too mean."

Well, now George Voinovich is mad because the U.S. Senate--which is still controlled by Republicans, for now--won't confirm Bolton as U.N. Ambassador.  He thinks John Bolton has actually turned out to be okay.  He's disappointed that the Senate (where his party has now lost control) does not agree with him.  Gee, Senator.  Thanks for nothing!  Where were you when it was time to do what was right?  You were standing in the way.

The only tears you should be shedding, George, are tears of joy.  Because you should be thankful you weren't on the ballot this fall, to meet the same fate as Mike DeWine.  You are such an embarrassment to the people who elected you.

UPDATE:  Lovers of literary history that we are, we ran a search on the phrase "crocodile tears."  If we are using it in a blog post, after all, we should know what it means.  It turns out:

This story seems to have been taken up by medieval French and English writers and that’s where we get it from. For example, in 1565 Sir John Hawkins wrote: “In this river we saw many Crocodils .. His nature is ever when he would have his prey, to cry and sob like a Christian body, to provoke them to come to him, and then he snatcheth at them”.

The first example known in English seems to be in a travel book of about 1400, The Voyage and Travail of Sir John Mandeville (I’ve modernised the spelling somewhat): “In many places of Inde are many crocodiles—that is, a manner of long serpent. These serpents slay men and they eat them weeping”. One version of the story says that the beast weeps over the head after having eaten the body, not from repentance but from frustrated gluttony: the head is simply too bony to be worth consuming.

The story was taken up by Edmund Spenser in The Fairie Queen and then by Shakespeare. Having such authorities on its side made it almost inevitable that the reference would stay in the language...

Fascinating!  The "tears" aren't real, though:

My naturalist friends tell me that crocodiles can’t cry, because they have no tear ducts—they would be useless in an animal that spends so much time in the water. The eyes can produce secretions to moisten the lids if the animal is out of the water for a while, but these are hardly tears. I am told, though, by people well versed in crocodilian biology that the glands that moisten the eyes are so close to the animal’s throat that the effort of swallowing forces moisture from them, so giving the impression of tears

People have apparently spent a lot of time watching crocodiles down their prey, and looking at their eyes!

More fun with headlines

This is currently running on the Drudge Report:

Flatulence forces plane landing in Nashville...


HELLO, IOWA!

Wait, I thought it was Nashville???

Breaking: Westsiders are lazy!

So says Rick Hines at the Cincinnati Nation.  We have posted on Rick and his website before.  The premise of his site is to take news stories written by real news sources, slap a different headline on it, link to it, and then claim that you are "Cincinnati's Daily Newspaper on the Internet."  If it's possible to put a radical left-wing slant on the article, then he goes right ahead and does that too.

Sometimes the sheer audacity of this business model makes us laugh.  Sometimes it's unabashed, sterotypical liberalism.  Check out the head and sub-head he gives to a Business Courier article about a woman who is fighting to stop the construction of a condo tower on the westside. 

Westsider working hard to stop
economic progress in Cincinnati

The only time people on the westside really, really work hard is when they want to fight progress.

No conservative could ever get away with the patronizing and snotty remarks that the left can!

I'd like to see a cat do this No. 2

Shana, a 7 year-old german shephard/timberwolf mix rescued her owners, 81 year-olds Eve and Norman Fertig, in October by digging a 20 foot tunnel through the snow.

Shana barked but, the couple hesistated, so they say the dog came back and tugged on Eve's jacket. She says the 160 pound dog actually pulled her onto its broad back and crawled through the tunnel. Her husband held on as well as they slowly crawled all the way back to their home. They made it back to the back deck, opened their door and fell in to the house exhausted but safe.

Cute video of Mrs. Fertig is available here.

Bloggers Paid to Praise, Slam Politicians...

December 4, 2006 12:07 PM

...so where's my cash?

Yes, the New York Times has an interesting article out on the money that politicians paid to bloggers in the last election cycle.

But this year, candidates across the country found plenty of outsiders ready and willing to move inside their campaigns. Candidates hired some bloggers to blog and paid others consulting fees for Internet strategy advice or more traditional campaign tasks like opposition research.

And the money the big bloggers made wasn't that bad.  John McCain paid Patrick Hynes from Ankle Biting Pundits $37,000.  For praising John McCain.

Here in Ohio, Jesse Taylor of Pandagon and the Strickland for Governor blog was paid $2,050 a month.  For writing things like "Ted is fighting to take back the statehouse for all Ohioans." 

Sherrod Brown paid $17,000 to Tim Tagaris of Grow Ohio, MyDD and Daily Kos.

From the politician's perspective, this is money well-spent.  But it sure makes bloggers appear a lot less sincere.