TUESDAY FEB. 5: The Boy Scouts of America has decided to
realize that a gay guy can play the role of gruff scout leader who
probably drinks too much and yells at his kid too often just as well a
WEDNESDAY JAN. 23:
State Board of Education President Debe
Terhar has made some folks not so happy. She shared a link on Facebook
from some pitiful source who posts things like photos of our president
with the caption “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswalt when you need him?” (their
misspelling, not ours).
WEDNESDAY DEC. 26: The Community Recorder today
profiled a Florence, Ky., man named Tim Atkins for being an awesome
neighbor. People call him “The Mayor of Lloyd Avenue” or “Tim the Tool
Man” because of his willingness to help and let people use his tools.
We at CityBeat have come to terms
with the fact that expectations of just about any kind usually end up
blighted. In honor of arming you for a story that, in all likelihood,
won’t be nearly as glitzy as you may envision, we’ve gathered anecdotes
from CityBeat staffers that make for a collection of
nontraditional holiday testimonials that are sometimes lame, sometimes
nerdy and, in general, pretty anticlimactic.
FRIDAY DEC. 14: The Enquirer recently published a
six-part series on Barbara Joly, better known as the “Granny Robber.”
Joly is currently doing prison time for robbing banks back in 2008 to
support her adult son.
THURSDAY DEC. 6: Cincinnatians often offend local
sensibilities when they travel to coastal states by calling soda “pop”
and refusing to let anyone off the hook if they profess to not thinking
chili spaghetti is better than cold-water lobster tail.
Conservatives claim GOP Ohio Senate prez declared war on babies by killing anti-abortion bill
America is a country at war. While the war in Iraq
ostensibly drew down in December 2011, the United States has been
quagmired in a war in Afghanistan for more than a decade.
But we're also in the midst of a number of other wars — cultural wars. It started with Nixon’s War on Drugs, then quickly escalated.
President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations on coal
mining caused proponents to claim he had declared a War on Coal. The
Affordable Care Act’s mandate that companies pay for employee
contraception caused many faith groups to claim a War on Religion.
Statements from Republican politicians about “legitimate
rape” and “binders full of women” caused some Democrats to claim the GOP
had declared a War on Women.
And the ever-vigilant conspiracists news hounds at FOX
News have exposed a scheme by Jesus-hating liberals to wage a War on
Christmas for trying to remove constitutionally questionable dolled-up
trees and pastoral scenes of babies in unsuitable barn-life cribbery
faith-based displays from public property.
But by far the most heinous altercation being waged
originated with Republican Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus, who has
declared a War on Babies.
As first reported by The Enquirer, conservative groups
this week sent out a press release vilifying Niehaus for killing tons of babies in a
mass effort to wipe out the state’s youth population a 17-month old bill
that would give Ohio one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.
Niehaus moved the so-called Heartbeat Bill — which would
ban all abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat — from the
Health Committee to the Rules and Reference Committee to avoid a forced
vote on the legislation. He also removed staunch anti-abortion Senators
Keith Faber and Shannon Jones from that committee.
“I’m shocked by Tom Niehaus’ war on pro-life women,” wrote Lori
Viars in the news release. Viars is the vice president of Warren County
Right to Life and vice chair of Warren County Republican Party.
Viars called for Republicans to remove Niehaus from Senate
leadership. Niehaus is term-limited and will not continue on in office
after this year.
Niehaus blamed Romney’s loss for his decision to kill the
bill, saying that the Republican’s victory would have increased the
likelihood of a U.S. Supreme Court lineup that would uphold it against a
With tax hikes and spending cuts known
as the “fiscal cliff” on the horizon and a Congress that has been
unwilling to meet under the mistletoe to decide how they will rear the
2013 New Year’s Budget-Baby, it seems that we as citizens need to
provide our elected officials an example of how to kiss and make up this
MONDAY NOV. 19: Justin Bieber won artist of the year at the AMA awards last night,
leading readers of things everywhere to become less jaded by all the
publications that run “Signs of the Apocalypse” blurbs within them.