0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In some European communities, Christians
sought to avoid or mitigate plague with processions of men whipping
themselves bloody as they moaned through the narrow streets. Those unfailingly ineffective attempts to
appease a loving God came to mind as I followed the comments of today’s
penitent political journalists.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
After U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz departed the GOP
presidential primary following Donald Trump’s big win May 3 in Indiana,
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was, for a moment, Trump’s sole challenger in one
of the strangest primaries in memory.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
when I clicked on a Jimmy Kimmel Live!
video a few months back and saw Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom and
Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, I thought it was a scene from that Tony
Award winner. They were hatching a scheme to make money — but this time
not with a stinker of a Broadway show. Instead, they needed a stinker of
by Danny Cross
39 days ago
Posted In: News
at 08:11 AM | Permalink
Sittenfeld suffers scare, group offers recommendations for reducing violent crime, Trump and Clinton get through N.Y.
City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld suffered a scare yesterday when he collapsed during a press conference at City Hall. Medics quickly tended to the councilman and former Senate candidate, who later said he was simply overheated and had low blood sugar.Sittenfeld said he’ll get the A/C pumped up at City Hall and will be fine. The incident occurred toward the end of a press conference to announce a new city-wide initiative intended to combat sexual assault on campus. • On Monday, a group working on recommendations for the city to help combat violent crime announced its findings to a City Council committee. Spearheaded by City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, the Violence Prevention Working Group was created in late 2014 when Council cut $400,000 from the city’s Human Services Fund dedicated to violence prevention. The group has been working with neighborhoods and nonprofits to determine effective paths forward. Participants suggested looking at violent crime as a public health problem and performing a sort of intervention for children who are sometimes being shaped by adults involved in violence.Working group members from the Cincinnati Health Department, the Cincinnati Police Department and local nonprofit the GLAD House recommended that the city provide $500,000 toward violence prevention to be matched with $250,000 in private funding, appoint a representative from CPD to the Human Services Advisory Council and support the appointment of one organization to serve as the backbone of the plan.CityBeat covered the announcement in more detail here. • Walnut Hills High School and Wyoming High School ranked first and second, respectively, in U.S. News and World Report’s latest Ohio high school rankings. Cincinnati in total has five of the top 10 Ohio schools, while Northern Kentucky has four of the top 10 in that state. • In bad school news, Miami University suspended two fraternities for hazing. Miami reportedly investigated 21 hazing allegations in February at 12 sororities and fraternities. Bad college kids. • Local air quality is pretty bad, but it’s improving according to an annual air quality report by the American Lung Association. • Cincinnati parking meter revenues are up, which is a common occurrence after raising rates and increasing hours of enforcement. Assistant City Manager John Juech says the city is gleaning a lot of information from the newer smart meters, such as where people park a lot and where they don’t. Revenues are up 60 percent, the city says. • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their home state primaries in New York yesterday. You don’t have to be a delegate math wizard to realize America is one big step closer to a Clinton-Trump presidential race, but here’s the requisite note from the Washington Post.Trump’s victory puts him closer to clinching the GOP nomination and should at least temporarily quell speculation that he will fall short of the votes needed before the July convention.Clinton held a comfortable lead throughout the campaign and her victory makes it near-mathematically impossible for Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) to overtake her lead in the race for convention delegates.But is Trump’s jet still registered to fly?• Vox explains why 4/20 is national weed day. One theory involves high school students getting high every day at 4:20 p.m. and then using 4/20 as a code word. Stoners are extremely creative. • The Reds played a team with a dumb name from Colorado last night, beating the Mountains 4-3 and stealing five bases in a single inning.
by Natalie Krebs
46 days ago
Posted In: News
at 10:01 AM | Permalink
Preservationists fire back against plans to demolish Dennison building; UC police begin search for new chief; Ohio House to lay out proposal for medical marijuana
Preservationists are pushing back against a plan to demolish the historic Dennison Hotel building on Main Street. The Joseph family, of Joseph Automotive Group wealth, has released renderings of a potential Fortune 500 company's headquarters it could potentially develop, should the Historic Conservation Board OK the building's demolition. Opponents of demolition have been circulating copies of a Cincinnati Enquirer article from the 1980s via social media as an example of the Joseph family failing to deliver on promises of shiny new office complexes after demolishing historical buildings in the past. Documents filed by the family's attorney with the Historic Conservation Board show that the family purchased the Dennison Hotel in 2013 in part to stifle plans to convert the structure into affordable housing. The family will present its case for demolition in front of the Historic Conservation Board on April 18. • Hamilton County library employee Rachel Dovel might file a federal lawsuit against the library for failing to cover her gender reassignment surgery via its insurance policy. Dovel, who has worked for the library for the past decade, has been transitioning from male to female for the past two years and said the library's insurance policy won't cover gender confirmation surgery necessary to complete her transition. The library's trustees are currently debating adding the procedure to the employee medical plan in August, but Dovel says she feels she's already waiting long enough.• The University of Cincinnati Department of Public Safety announced it is launching a nationwide search for a new chief of police and assistant chief of police. Previous Police Chief Jason Goodrich and Major Tim Thornton both resigned last February following a review into the department after the July shooting death of Mount Auburn resident Samuel DuBose by UC Police Officer Ray Tensing. The 11-person search committee will be lead by S. Gregory Baker, UC's director of police community relations, starting at the end of April. The university said the search will go on until the right people are found. • The issue of medical marijuana is inching back this year for Ohio. The Ohio House is expected to lay out its proposal for medical marijuana today. Both the House and the Senate have had separate hearing on the issue, and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Clarksville, says the legislation will likely be a joint effort. The Senate is currently wrapping up its own hearings on the issue. Polls have shown Ohioans support the legalization of medical marijuana. And it seems whatever plan legislators roll out will probably have a better shot at passing than ResponsibleOhio's failed attempt last election at getting voters to approve a constitutional amendment to legalize all marijuana. • Donald Trump has fired back against those tricky Republicans who are trying to figure out a way to deny the GOP frontrunner the presidential nomination. As Republicans stumble toward a likely contested convention in Cleveland this July, Trump has started accusing the party of trying to steal the election from him. Trump told the crowd at a campaign event in upstate New York that the system is "absolutely rigged" and that the Republican National Committee should be "ashamed of itself." Trump, who has with 742 delegates, leading rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's 529 delegates, looks unlikely to secure the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination by July.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
President Obama and Fox’s Megyn Kelly could be a Saturday Night Live duo, satirizing Obama and Kelly. Their latest schtick is to blame the news media for the rise of Donald Trump. Seriously?
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to
campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, despite the nearly
hopeless delegate math that has him trailing far behind frontrunner
Donald Trump and second-place candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
To quote columnist Robert Fisk in a different context, “If this wasn’t tragic, it would be farce.” The tragedy is the ease with which Republican presidential aspirants manipulate news cycles.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
have been intently listening to and reading the invisible ink between
the lines of Trump’s utterances, and we have not given him nearly enough
by Steve Beynon
62 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 11:28 AM | Permalink
John Kasich was crushed in the last round of primary contests, even losing to
the ghost of Sen. Marco Rubio in Utah from early ballots casted before the
Florida senator terminated his campaign. Between the recent contests in Utah
and Arizona, Kasich failed to pick up any delegates.
This battle for
the Republican nomination has not been kind to governors. Chris Christie, Scott
Walker, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee have all been casualties in a rambunctious
political climate that seeks mischief and is giving the finger to the
establishment by hopping on the Trump train or embracing the rebellious Texas
Senator Ted Cruz.
Kasich sits with a mere 143 delegates. Trump is far in the lead with 739,
followed by Cruz’s 465. It is a long shot for the Texas senator to halt Trump’s
warpath to the nomination — it is mathematically impossible for Kasich. It
takes 1,237 delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Even if the Ohio governor
won every contest moving forward, there are not enough delegates for him to be
victory was Ohio — a contest he won by 11 points. However, Trump defeated the
governor in virtually all of Ohio’s southern counties and every county that
borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia. While Kasich’s victory in his home
state was a moral victory, it highlighted that even with a home field
advantage, he still could not get a sweeping victory like we saw with Cruz and
Sen. Bernie Sanders in their states.
that, he probably holds the record for most fourth-place victories. Outside of
the Buckeye State, Kasich has struggled with name recognition or gathering any
meaningful traction — a weakness that is entirely understandable when you have
to make noise while in the same room as a man that flies
around on a private jet with his name on it.
strategy is digging in northeastern states like Pennsylvania, where Cruz is not
expected to perform well. His campaign is not about defeating his opponents
with delegates — it is about denying Trump every vote possible.
This points to
both Kasich as a weak candidate and the power of Trump’s message. Kasich has
never had a real message in his bid for the presidency — other than not being a
jerk on stage. Instead of building his vision for the Oval Office, he hides in
the corner biding his time for Trump’s self-destruction. However, that
destruction never happened and is unlikely to ever occur.
either tapping out, accepting Trump will be the nominee — and possibly our next
president — or they’re holding their noses and siding with Cruz, a candidate
that in any other presidential run would be seen as the fringe candidate that
needs to be stopped at all costs.
It is hard to
tell if Kasich actually thinks he can show up to the GOP convention with a few
hundred delegates and deny Trump the nomination, or if this is a last-ditch
effort to put the Ohio governor out there to take humiliating defeats while
trying to soak up handfuls of delegates in hopes of putting some dents in
Trump’s almost inevitable nomination.
To deny Trump’s
nomination would be the GOP spitting in the faces of their voters. The
democratic process picked Donald Trump, and it is hard to not take Trump
seriously when he suggests there will be riots if the party robbed him of his
Bernie Sanders won the delegate game only to be toppled by Hillary Clinton’s
superdelegates. There would certainly be some liberal-on-liberal violence in
the aisles of Whole Foods.
If this is
Kasich’s strategy, it should raise concerns of how much respect for the
democratic process he has. If he is just crossing his fingers that Trump’s
plane crashes, he should admit it instead of suggesting he is going to upset
Republican voters of their candidate to lead the free world.