A super-conservative Christian consultant group tried to
ease equally super-conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann’s migraine pain by
gifting her with a head massager but accidentally bought her a “female
pleasure machine” instead. WORLD +2
If Zimmerman is guilty of anything, it was prosecutors,
not jurors, who let him walk free. That kind of over-charging isn’t alien
to Hamilton County, but it too rarely is questioned by reporters,
especially when pleas to lesser charges are accepted by prosecutors and
Northern Kentucky’s Sarah Jones is a statistic, one of
many public school teachers caught having sex with students. Jones’
conviction joins her local identity with “former Bengals cheerleader.” Now, she could become more widely known as winner of a
vexing First Amendment case.
I talked to my kids about Trayvon Martin,
the flaws and intricacies of the American judicial system, about racial
profiling and about how the smallest of bad choices can keep them from
coming home at the end of the day.
Finding yourself subject to foreign ogles
comes with the territory when you’re a female urban-dweller, I’ve
accepted. It’s part of the rhythm of every day, and it’s often more an
annoyance than an actual physical threat. But it’s a meaningful
SATURDAY JULY 13: There are only so many ways to hurt
somebody with a tampon, but Texas state troopers today made sure that society
would see none of them during the Texas State Senate’s vote to restrict
undecided about the value of the redesigned Cincinnati Business Courier
print edition. Previously, the weekly was helpful to a general reader
who wanted to follow corporate doings and influence in Cincinnati. Now,
I’m less sure of its usefulness.
A research study found that
China’s policy of giving residents free coal to heat their homes has
reduced life expectancies of its residents by about 5.5 years, causing
increased cardio-respiratory deaths and higher rates of heart and lung
disease. WORLD -2
We’re all, most of us, anyway, waiting together for 93-year-old Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela to go. But, really? How much can one man bear? How much beating? How much ostracization? How many lies? How much defamation, alienation and starvation?
Without thumbs we couldn’t hitchhike; give thumbs up; give a
handjob; use a hammer; use the full vocabulary of sign language; pick up
a cup; make a phone call; recreate Star Wars with only thumbs (see: Thumb Wars);
use a lighter; do an accurate Fonzie impression; text while driving; or
tweet without a laptop on the toilet.
SUNDAY JULY 7: It must be difficult to be a business owner during today’s
changing times — 50 years ago no one had to pay women an equal wage or
even hire black people, and now there’s all this social media and
Obamacare making everything confusing.
Thirty-nine years ago, Enquirer editors agreed to cover a global story that still reverberates through some of Christianity’s oldest denominations: the acrimonious debate over whether women may be priests.
I have noticed during more than 25 years
of paying attention to it that many gays and lesbians of color in this
still greatly segregated city further segregate ourselves because
sometimes we feel pressure to choose
between our selves of color and our same-sex-loving selves.