CityBeat - Porkopolis http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-105-1-porkopolis.html <![CDATA[Government’s Case Against Manning Has Scary Implications - ]]>

A nagging question at the heart of the case against alleged WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning is who, exactly, does the U.S. government want to keep from knowing its secrets.

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<![CDATA[Winburn, Smitherman Grandstand on Serious Issue - ]]>

Many people think the mention of religion, politics or sex are the topics that are most likely to cause frowns, anxious looks or angry stares if they’re brought up during conversation in mixed company. I humbly submit, however, that they’re wrong.

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<![CDATA[Enquirer Praises 3CDC, but Omits Publisher’s Ties - ]]>

For a company whose main purpose is disseminating information to the public, The Enquirer and its corporate owner sure are keeping tight-lipped about an article that was published April 15. The long, splashy article focused on the ongoing redevelopment of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and the central role of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Is Too Eager to Kill its Own Citizens - ]]>

Some people believe in a feel-good theory that’s known as “American exceptionalism.” It holds that the United States is unique among nations in its regard for liberty and egalitarianism, and is destined for great things due to the defining characteristics of its hard-working, freedom-loving people.

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<![CDATA[ObamaCare’s Fate Will Affect All Americans - ]]>

Sometime in the next 10 weeks or so, U.S. citizens will learn whether the Supreme Court will uphold the first significant health care reform in nearly a half-century. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in politics or couldn’t give a hoot, the decision will directly impact you, your family and your friends for years to come.

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<![CDATA[UC Gets Drawn into Free Speech Battle - ]]>

Our own University of Cincinnati is at the very top of a new national list of colleges and universities released March 27, ranking above such hallowed institutions as Harvard, Yale and Johns Hopkins. Unfortunately, the list doesn’t involve academics or athletics, and isn’t exactly anything to brag about.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Soldier’s Shooting Spree Reveals Futility of War - ]]>

As I’ve read articles and listened to media reports during the past week about the U.S. soldier who went on a bloody shooting spree March 11 in Afghanistan, one thought keeps going through my mind: It’s all so completely unnecessary.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Should Be Proud of Occupy Settlement - ]]>

After an absence of nearly four months, protesters from Occupy Cincinnati could begin spending the night again in downtown’s Piatt Park beginning March 19 — just in time for warmer spring weather. That’s when a landmark settlement between the protesters and Cincinnati officials fully takes effect.

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<![CDATA[Truth and Rules Pose No Hurdles for Schmidt - ]]>

In all likelihood, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt will be safely on her way to running in the November general election by the time this column is published. Although I’m writing this on March 6, the day of Ohio’s primary elections, and Schmidt is facing three opponents for the Republican nomination.

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<![CDATA[GOP Vexed by Insignificant Differences, Failed Policies - ]]>

If you happened to hear National Public Radio’s report last week from Price Hill Chili, you know that local Republicans seem just as confused and fickle as their national counterparts.

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<![CDATA[Crowley’s Legacy Lives On - ]]>

March 25 would have been David Crowley’s 75th birthday, and his family is planning an event that day which would bring a smile to his face. For those who didn’t know Crowley, he served on Cincinnati City Council for eight years, from 2001-09, the maximum allowed by term limits.

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<![CDATA[Hey, Obama: Mortgage Deal Falls Short - ]]>

At first glance, the $25 billion deal reached last week between state attorneys general and five major banks to provide mortgage relief to homeowners sounds like a good thing. In reality, though, it’s a case of bait and switch in which the banks get off too easily.

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<![CDATA[Archbishops, Politicians Bear False Witness - ]]>

Don’t believe the tall tales spouted by Newt Gingrich, Steve Chabot or Dusty Rhodes. Despite what some overly excitable white, middle-aged men will tell you, recent federal rule changes that mean women will be able to get free birth control don’t infringe on religious liberty.

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<![CDATA[Heed Jefferson and Stand Up Against Corporations - ]]>

It’s got to if we want to preserve any semblance of a functioning democracy in our nation. “It” is overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s dreadful Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. The decision undid nearly a century’s worth of campaign finance regulation in the United States.

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<![CDATA[It’s True, Good Things Come to Those Who Wait - ]]>

More than a decade after Cincinnati voters decided they wanted to change the way the city’s Police Department operates, they’re finally seeing real, significant results.

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<![CDATA[COAST’s Skewed Worldview and Bortz’s Flip-Flop - ]]>

Last week’s ruling by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission that a Greater Cincinnati landlady violated a girl’s civil rights by posting a “whites only” sign at an apartment complex’s swimming pool is a decision that most rational people would say is just.

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<![CDATA[Kasich, GOP Play Politics with Public Health - ]]>

Regular readers of this column and CityBeat already know plenty about Gov. John Kasich’s obnoxious, grating personality and autocratic, regressive style of governing from his dismal 12 months in office so far.

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<![CDATA[The Audacity of Inexperience and Obfuscation - ]]>

President Obama’s actions on New Year’s Eve finally dispenses any shred of doubt about him being a fraud and a huckster. In a reversal of his previous position, Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act.

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<![CDATA[Through a Calendar Darkly - ]]>

Now that Christmas has come and gone, we enter that strange time of year where many people get reflective and try to make some type of sense and discern meaning from the previous 12-months’ worth of random occurrences. 

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<![CDATA[They’re Getting Super-Rich at Our Expense - ]]>

A new report released this month found that 30 large U.S. corporations paid more to lobby Congress than they paid in federal income taxes for the three years between 2008 and 2010, despite all of them being profitable. Merry Christmas!

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