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A Crash Course in (Real) U.S. History

7 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The First Amendment's Establishment Clause prohibits the establishment of a national religion by Congress or the preference of one religion over another, or — and this is the part most often overlooked today — religion over non-religion. In other words, U.S. citizens are free to believe whatever they want, including nothing at all, when it comes to supernatural explanations for reality.   

Goodbye and Good Riddance

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Really, he's not as bad as you think. As if they could possibly pull the wool over a jaded publics eyes one more time, many of George W. Bush's advisers and friends have been in full spin mode the past few weeks trying to convince us that his presidency wasn't nearly as disastrous as most think.  

A Look Back at the Year's Irritations, Blusters and Coincidences

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wrapping up my first full year of writing a weekly opinion and analysis column, I’ve come to appreciate the absurdity of politics in a way I couldn’t fully fathom as a news reporter. Oh, sure, I’ve always realized that politics — both locally and nationally — really represents the human drama in microcosm, with all of the assorted hopes, fears, foibles and quirks that go along with it  

Cintas Gets a 'Pardon' on Safety

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
If you're like most people, when you got in trouble as a kid you knew which parent you preferred to find out first. Inevitably, one was more of a pushover and wouldn't punish you as severely as the other. Executives at Cintas Corp. in Mason, it appears, still operate by that philosophy.  

Local GOP Shocked (Shocked!) by County Job Patronage Charges

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Like their national counterparts, Hamilton County Republicans often preach about how they dislike government and want to reduce its size. The truth about county government, however, is that it’s been rife with wasteful spending for decades, a period in which the local GOP had a lock on virtually all of its elected positions.  

Crazy Simon's Year-End Tank Sale

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
When individuals and families are facing a tight budget because of job layoffs or rising costs, the first thing they usually do is cut luxuries like going to the movies or eating out. They might even sell unneeded items at a yard sale or on eBay. With that spirit in mind, it's time for Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. to sell his tank. And throw in the speedboat while he's at it. The county budget needs his help.  

An Old Comrade's Perspective

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It's interesting to hear what Mikhail Gorbachev, an esteemed statesman credited with helping to end the Cold War, has to say about current events in the United States and the world. Because many Americans typically don't like to hear diametrically opposing views to their government, the former Soviet leader's comments have gone largely ignored here.  

Decision Time at City Hall

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Just like a binging consumer who continues using credit cards to buy new items while making only minimum payments on the bills, Cincinnati officials now face the harsh reality of a financial problem they've tried to ignore for the past decade: properly funding the troubled pension fund for retired city employees.  

Separate but Equal ... Isn't

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
There she was, an unexpected guest braving the cold drizzle and gusty wind on the steps at Cincinnati City Hall in a show of solidarity on a gloomy autumn Saturday afternoon. In town for a performance later that night, comedian Margaret Cho strummed her guitar and sang a tune she’d written to entertain those who showed up downtown Nov. 15 to protest the passage of Proposition 8 in California.   

Mallory Might Go, Singleton Says No

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Every election has repercussions, and not just the obvious ones like new policies set by new politicians. Whenever an incumbent politician moves up the ladder to a new office — local to state or state to federal — a round of musical chairs typically ensues. This time, it might involve Cincinnati's mayor.  

Wrapping up Loose Election Threads

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
By the time this issue of CityBeat is published, the long and hard-fought presidential election will finally be over. Here are a couple of items to ponder as you're either celebrating or crying in your beer.  

All the News Isn't Fit to Sell

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Proponents of the First Amendment and freedom of the press might want to think twice the next time they're considering popping into their corner United Dairy Farmers store for a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread.  

A Prosecutor's Moment of Truth

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
As Republicans become increasingly desperate about John McCain's prospects on Election Day, reasonable people are asking whether Joe Deters' position as McCain's Southwest Ohio campaign chairman is influencing his actions in his day job as Hamilton County prosecutor.  

Karl Rove Still a Turd

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
When President Bush, one of Karl Rove's best friends, gave Rove the nickname of "turd blossom," it spoke volumes about both men. Just as the name implies, a turd blossom is a flower that grows out of a pile of shit. Specifically, it's a desert wildflower in west Texas that flourishes among cow droppings.  

Local and National GOP Out of Touch

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
There's an old saying: "All politics are local." The phrase, attributed to longtime House Speaker Tip O'Neill, emphasized his belief that a politician's success is directly tied to an ability to understand and influence the issues of his constituents.