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What Would Jesus Do in Iraq?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Here's another example of why many people are leery of Christians and their bellyaching about their faith being abused. Even though U.S. military rules prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Afghanistan or Iraq, it was revealed this week that a military contractor has been printing references to Bible verses on rifle scopes used by soldiers in those wars.  

Police, Fire Unions Use Fear to Protect Turf

13 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
When he was on trial in Nuremberg after World War II, Nazi leader Hermann Goering told a panel of judges how clever officials could manipulate the public to do their bidding. He was referring to persuading a reluctant population to go to war, but the same scare tactics apply to most matters of public safety. Above all, people want security and, if it seems threatened, they will panic and do almost anything.  

Oct. 7-13: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
When we at WWE! heard that NASA was scheduled to shoot a rocket at the moon today, we thought, "Good, that thing's too scary when it's full." It turns out that the scientists weren't doing it out of spite but were actually hoping to find evidence of water in the explosion that could help humans once we pollute all of ours.   

Berding Gets Blacked Out

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It was an all-around bad week recently for Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Berding. He was unendorsed by the local Democratic Party after a long history of opposing initiatives proposed by Mayor Mark Mallory and other Democrats on City Council and criticizing them on radio and TV. But even his day job as the Cincinnati Bengals' sales director caused him grief. It looked like the Bengals' regular season-opener wouldn't be broadcast live on TV because the game at Paul Brown Stadium wasn't a sellout. Fortunately, at the last minute the team, WKRC-TV (Channel 12) and Kroger stepped in to buy the remaining 5,000 tickets.  

Scare Tactics Bomb Locally, Win Nationally

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In an unfortunately all too rare case of political courage and discipline, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and a City Council majority ignored negative headlines and stuck to their guns last week in a budget showdown with the police union. The two unions that had balked at any furloughs to save jobs (the Fraternal Order of Police and Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees, representing middle managers) finally agreed to deals to save the city from having to eliminate employees, including 138 in the police department.  

Once Allies, Mayor Cuts Tony Fischer Loose

5 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
For the last few weeks, prominent leaders in the local Democratic Party have been privately talking about a dispute between Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and first-time council candidate Tony Fischer that could have serious consequences for Fischer's campaign. Well-connected sources at City Hall and within the Democratic Party say Mallory and Fischer recently had a stern confrontation during a meeting of the party's slate of candidates for City Council. Mallory told Fischer (a one-time political protege of sorts) not to mention Mallory's name or use the mayor's image on Fischer's Web site or in any campaign literature.   

Zealots on the Right and the Left

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last week's controversy about a homeless camp at the Hamilton County Courthouse and the subsequent proposal to tax panhandlers reminded a history buff like me of Barry Goldwater. When he accepted the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 1964, he famously said, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." Wrong.   

July 15-21: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint today loaded up his red, white and blue bus and took off on a book tour for his new anti-socialism release, 'Saving Freedom.' The book warns of a socialist movement occurring so slowly that no one has noticed it, with consequences as dire as those seen in the 1993 movie 'Jurassic Park,' which had a similarly foreshadowed plotline.   

Dems Meet to Discuss Berding

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
On July 8, an interesting private meeting will occur that could influence who sits on Cincinnati City Council next year. At the request of Mayor Mark Mallory, a high-powered group of Democratic officials will convene behind closed doors to discuss growing discord on council. He called the session after CityBeat's blog reported last week that some Democratic Party precinct executives were angry about recent actions taken by Councilman Jeff Berding, a Democrat who's running for his third term. Those precinct executives are trying to build support for calling for a special meeting of the party's Executive Committee to rescind Berding’s endorsement.  

Power to the People

Ghiz proposes elections, not appointments, for city council vacancies

2 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
If you think voters always determine who occupies a seat on Cincinnati City Council, think again. Some of the most memorable names in Queen City politics got their entry to City Hall by means other than winning at the ballot box, including Jim Tarbell, Todd Portune, John Cranley, Roxanne Qualls and Dwight Tillery, among others. Now City Councilwoman Leslie Ghiz is asking her colleagues to place a charter amendment on the ballot that would seek to change how council vacancies are filled. She says her proposal is fairer to voters than the current system for selecting replacements.  

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