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I Put a Spell on You

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2005
I. You are getting sleepy. Ding-dong, the bitch is dead. I've lived a decade as a columnist. This is tour No. 201 and the final YNTG. Roll call. To the white man whose anonymous voicemail mess  

Burn This

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2005
The extravagance embedded in President Bush's $40 million inauguration while fatigued U.S. troops stranded in Iraq navigate suicide bombers and roadside ambushes with makeshift armor reminds me of t  

Deters' To Do

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Yes: Fire Rebecca Collins Also, fire nine others in the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office to make it look like I'm not just getting rid of Mike Allen's leftover affairs though, in reality, I'm pu  

The Passion of the Right

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2004
In the year that was, the evangelical right miscast morality as fact. Factor in fear and 2004 shaped up to be the highest rated reality TV show that never made it to TV, but whose name could've bee  

Leggo My Ego

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Anyone with an ego so big his visage fits only across the side of a building (see June Bug's in the West End) is bad-ass enough to tongue lash a judge, bum-rushing the bench without so much as "Your  

Tune in Tomorrow

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 8, 2004
On Dec. 1, the same day I recorded a commentary for National Public Radio's All Things Considered after a lengthy and anxious absence, reports announced Tavis Smiley's imminent network exit. Smiley  

What Can Brown Do for You?

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2004
These aren't your vice mayor's black firefighters. They're not the lifesavers, unbeknownst to them, vengefully co-opted and "dispatched" in a threat leveled by Alicia Reece to settle and salve her w  

Go Away, Little Boy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I'll keep this short. Like Mike Allen's rise through the ranks of the Hamilton County GOP. Like Rebecca Collins' law career in Cincinnati. Former Hamilton County Prosecute Her Allen's $5 million co  

Don't Leave Me This Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 10, 2004
I got my period on Election Day. Shoulda known shit was headed downhill from there. Now that we've gotten distance on Nov. 2, everybody wants my take on the outcome. By "everybody" I mean my clique  


0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2004
President Bush will not save us. And by us I mean the U.S. Yet all shades of the Republican Party -- McCains, Rumsfelds, Condoleezas and Colins alike -- will swear he did, does and still can. But   

Rock the Board, Rock the Boat

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2004
I always thought the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County was like Switzerland. Accepting yet neutral. The library system gives shelf space to the Bible and the Koran, Shakespeare and t  

Issue: We

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2004
I can be evicted and fired because of whom I fuck. Citizens for Community Values (CCV), by its very designation, is an elitist and separatist collection of "citizens" threatened probably as much by  


0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Race seems tired. Race is that badass kid who terrorizes and exasperates her teachers, family and onlookers. We cluck our tongues and talk shit about what we'd do if she was ours, but nobody wants   

The (Un)Invisible Man

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2004
JoCardo Edward Ralston is a beautiful man. His triangulated identity -- sexuality, race and size -- swirl and tangle in a morass of emotion and memory. JoCardo is an Other, an out-sized large, bira  

Cool Like Dat (Version 39.0)

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Squishy stuff, that cool. Cool is like soul: You embody it (or it imbibes you) or you do not (or it does not). If you've got cool, you don't flaunt it. It just oozes. When I was a teenager, I neve