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Worst Week Ever!: Oct. 2-8

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Walmart Finds New Way to Look Like Assholes, Surprises America: Halloween is coming up soon, and that means you’ll probably get roped into attending a party and binge drinking to avoid thinking about if it’s dumb or not to be in costume at your age.   

Hate, with a Passion

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
 I feel some of the same vitriol expressed in many of these angry tweets. But it’s not that hard to resist the urge to publicly express irrational rage related to a sporting event. Especially so pointedly directed at a single person.  

Cincinnati vs. the World 10.09.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Not too hot, not too cold, just right: A Russian bear broke into a couple’s Siberian country cottage and instead of eating them, it devoured an entire pot of borscht. WORLD +1  

Curmudgeon Notes 10.2.2013

Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond

0 Comments · Friday, October 4, 2013
I was covering federal courts and agencies for the Enquirer 17 years ago during the previous lockout. One impression remains unshakable: most federal employees told to stay home were offended by the “non-essential” designation. They didn’t think of themselves as bureaucrats, but more as civil service; apolitical and doing the best job they could with the resources provided by Congress.   

Verify Before You Vilify

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Professionally and in my journalism ethics classes, we ask whether the harm we do is justified and to whom. I already know Rollie Chance’s answer.  

Good Customer Service

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Walking home, I remembered being in a decent mood before I entered the store and now I felt pissed off. I’m in that damn Walgreens at least three times a week spending plenty of money. Why the hell would a cashier try to squeeze a little bit more out of me? And what business is it of hers if I want to drink Diet Coke? If I wanted to drink a gallon of Tide detergent, that’s my business and not hers.
  

Beautiful Losers/We're a Winner

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Some of these folks have been around too long or they keep reappearing as council candidates/members because perhaps there is nothing else for them to do in the private sector. But what’s their platform?  

Ghost Fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I think that we, as humans, are natural participators, but maybe we, as Cincinnatians, are isolated in the Hinterland. We are so self-conscious about making a good impression that when we are finally in close contact with other humans we become afraid to break convention and make noise in support of something we purport to love.
  

Worst Week Ever!: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Local News Stations Restructure After Broadcasts Mistaken for Parodies of News Coverage: There are things you can almost guarantee will be on the local TV news if for some reason you find yourself stuck watching it. They are: things on fire, poor people committing crimes and things about people in the community doing something nice :)  

Cincinnati vs. the World 10.02.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
An Ohio KKK chapter has been posting recruitment fliers on cars all across Hillsboro. Unfortunately for the hate group, the residents are really upset about it because even though the population is like 90 percent white doesn’t mean they’re racist assholes. CINCINNATI -2  

Dear John

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I have seen Boehner’s political rise — from courtside seats in the early days — and I am amazed but not surprised by it because it’s easy to be “impressive” and to be passed up the ranks and into many branches of American politics; it’s a trait politicians share with student/athletes in higher education.
  

21st Century Bigots

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
 I know that racist people still exist. I know that people who hate gay people still exist. But even if you have those kind of tiny, dark asshole thoughts, at what point are you so comfortable with your surroundings that you assume everyone around you agrees with your limited worldview?  

Worst Week Ever!: Sept. 18-24

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It’s difficult to consider the Cincinnati Bengals to be one of the NFL’s more innovative franchises — aside from winning the most lopsided stadium deal in the history of football and then hiring the guy who negotiated it for the county, the team is really only known for losing Super Bowls to the 49ers and a funny 1990s touchdown dance.   

Cincinnati vs. the World 09.25.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
 The state of Ohio has to remove 7,200 healthy trees from the area surrounding the East Fork Lake State Park in Bethel because they’re considered “high-risk” from the invasive Asian long-horned beetle, which is basically the Once-ler of the bug world. CINCINNATI -2   

Absorbing Foreign Media Coverage Vital for Syria Context

0 Comments · Thursday, September 19, 2013
For a news junkie, the Internet helps me understand the Middle East where someone always seems ready to make life miserable for someone else.