Raise your glassIf you can't do better than me, then you really aren't trying.
Shout your name
Shut up you fool
You are an ass
Cheer Spring Forward
and Boo Fall Back
is Still a Hack
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Candace Klein, chair of the Mayor's YP Kitchen Cabinet came up with the idea initially, but for some odd reason this effort didn't get included in the Mayor's speech this week on the State of the City. Odd.
The interesting part is that the coffeehouse is moving from Northern Kentucky to OTR.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
It sounds like the YP Kitchen Cabinet is doing next to nothing:
Last year, my office created the Young Professional Kitchen Cabinet to help develop strategies to attract and retain young professionals. They are an energetic and passionate group, and they are already working on all types of ideas.How does this do anything for YP's? A big thing for people to understand is that YPs most of the time DON'T HAVE KIDS!. Sure volunteering is a plus for some YPs, but this is not going to do a damn thing to attract more people to town, it does nothing to keep people here, and it doesn't make the city more interesting for suburban YPs. What real ideas did they have and is the Mayor going to consider or act on any of them? If this is the best they can do or if this is the only thing Mallory can (or will) announce, then I think the YP Kitchen Cabinet is, so far a failure, and waste of time.
In fact, my office is about to launch one of their ideas. The Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet with the help of the Youth Council and Rumpke will be running a pilot recycling program in 6 Cincinnati Public Schools. Recycling containers are being delivered this week, and the students will be competing to see which school can recycle the most.
UPDATE: CityBeat's blog has more.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
In preparation of the speech, the Enquirer reported on public opinion of the City comparing 2006 to 2007 here is what they stated:
- Approval Rate of Mayor Mallory: Positive 2006-60%, 2007-50% That is a damn large drop.
- Wrong Track: Yes 2006-59%, 2007-57% About even.
- Are You Safe in Your Neighborhood: Agree 2006-42%, 2007-49% A gain!
In a Quinniapac University poll of Ohio Republican voters last month, Brownback had only 1 percent support. Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani led the poll with 30 percent, following by McCain at 22 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 11 percent.1% isn't going to get you on stage for a primary debate.
Monday, February 19, 2007
I also don't like the Loop, but I agree on changing the name from the "Main Street Entertainment District."
UPDATE: More from the Enquirer.
At this point, what are the reasons it has not yet moved? Here are the reasons I think I hear the feet draggers either saying or thinking.
- 'We' can't move it because the Homeless know where to go now, would suffer when they can't find the new location.
- 'We' can't move it because it would be admitting that we don't want the extreme poor around.
- 'We' won't move it because we don't want to cave into the business crowd.
- 'We' can't move it because we don't have the money.
- 'We' can't move it because we can't find a good enough location.
- 'We' won't move it because the homeless are our battering ram to force our political views down the upper classes.
Numbers 1, 4, and 5 could be valid reasons, but would be short run issues that with money can be solved. I think the money would be there if those who use the homeless as a political tool would worry more about sustaining the effort to provide services to the homeless, instead of using homelessness as a means to make your political foes look bad.
Are there other legitimate or not-so legitimate reasons to not move the Drop Inn Center?
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I'll be waiting for the Eastern branch of the South by Southwest Hamilton County Know-nothing Party Club's straw poll where Bob was victorious over Jack, 3 votes to 1 in their straw poll.
This is a picture of a sunset on the beach in the small town on the West coast of Florida where my parents live. It was taken in winter about 5 years ago and it was warm that day.
What does everyone else have?
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Jason Mallott of Cincinnati is stationed in Baghdad. "Yesterday I found out about the vote from a younger soldier who came up to me and asked why my hometown does not support us," he wrote. "I have lived in the city for over 25 years. I was even thinking about applying for a job with the Police Department when I returned. I am just confused on why City Council would not be supporting us.Bold Added. I guess Peter and Jason Mallott didn't read the resolution when it says this:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Cincinnati:Peter Bronson, stop spreading Lies!
Section 1. That Council supports the U.S. troops currently serving Iraq, as well as those that have previously served, and those that have been killed or wounded during such service, and their families.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
That idiocy aside, I find myself rather conflicted. On the surface I am strong believer in the City sticking to City Business and staying out of national issues, like abortion. I hope Monzel keeps his trap shut about the Iraq War resolution if he wants to forget about his push to outlaw abortion using City policy. That issue is decided, abortion is legal. He wants to change that, petition your Congressman.
That being said, I agree with what the resolution says, for the most part. What the resolution is missing is making reference to what Bush did right here in Cincinnati by misleading the American people during his speech at Union Terminal. That brings the issue home and has a sliver of relevance to Cincinnati.
The beautiful Lyric Piano Building near the corner of 7th and Race is currently undergoing renovations. In the past, the ground level of this building served as a Hardees restaurant (and Burger Chef) and there was speculation a number of years ago that the former owners of The Temple Restaurant were planning a new restaurant at that location. But, I spoke with a lady who works at one of the jewelry stores next door and she said that a very nice couple has purchased the building with plans to use a portion of the structure as a new architectural office and the remaining square-footage as a private residence. It will be great to see this handsome building, which is a favorite of architecture lovers throughout the area, returned to its former glory.Race Street has for a long time needed more renovation. I hope this is just a start with Sully's going in just up the street.
Here's a link with information about the structure, crowned a "blight of the week" by CityBeat in 2002.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
What else? Well, there's the death of public civility on streets, trains, buses and in cars, and the failure of American parents to teach their children anything at all about manners and etiquette. This has led to the Cincinnati rock concert philosophy of life: that we all must be in a constant battle for supremacy with one another, whether it's who goes through a door first, gets a parking space, or gets to change lanes. All of this is directly anathema to the idea behind etiquette: that in order to create a tolerable and decent community, we must all behave graciously and with grace toward each other, meaning at times we back off, suppress our egos, and let someone else have something at our own expense out of sheer kindness. Meaning we treat others as if they were our dear friends, or at least unfortunately demented relatives not responsible for their own behavior.I don't necessarily disagree with the point of the whole post, but do we have to create another term that denigrates a city and a horrible tragedy that occurred well over 25 years ago? This city has certainly suffered enough from that event and we don't need it put back into our faces, or more importantly, not hung around our collective necks. Including "Cincinnati" is really the injustice in the term. The City didn't create the tragedy. It was truly "the mob", which I believe is the point of the term. Having Cincinnati confused with "the mob" does nothing but put blame were none is deserved.
Second is word that McFadden's has bought several store fronts and will open a new bar called Lodge, and as Joe states it will be similar to the one in Columbus. I wonder where this space will be. I assume it is on 7th street, but not sure where.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
If Ghizzy had black skin, the white media -- especially her boosters at The Cincinnati Enquirer, CityBeat, and The Cincinnati Blog -- would tear her apart like they did to former Vice Mayor Alicia Reece. The only reason Ghizzy gets a free pass is because she is a white girl. Period.This is of course false, but that doesn't usually matter in this type of discussion when Nate is involved.
Friday, February 09, 2007
I am eagerly awaiting the documentary.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Andre Harper is this the same person?
Pat Fisher (President of P-Ridge CC?)
UPDATE: CityBeat's Kevin Osborne has more.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Yesterday, on the 19th floor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, a room of arts critics (including theater critic Jackie Demaline, classical music critic Janelle Gelfand, art critic Sara Pearce, entertainment reporter Jim Knippenberg media critic John Kiesewetter, former arts editor Pam Fisher and food critic Polly Campbell) along with features writers were told they will be pulled off arts beat to staff phones on the Saturday general assignment reporting desk.Please keep in mind this is one writer's opinion and I have no confirmation of anything in this email. For those on the inside there are enough details to determine if this is authentic. I find it very credible for the simple fact that the issue at hand is a detail on how the inner workings of the newspaper happens. This is clearly someone with knowledge of the Enquirer.
Apparently, one body is as good as another in the new "Info Center" reich over at Third and Elm -- although it seems counterintuitive in Gannett's penny pinching culture to stick high priced talent (several old timers rumored to be at six figures) manning the phones on one of the worst news days of the week -- not exactly fiscally savvy.
Oddly, this news comes just days before Enquirer publisher Margaret Buchanan kicks off the citywide Fine Arts Fund drive Sunday as its chair.
Shortly after arriving in Cincinnati, Buchanan took a spot on the symphony board and launching a new Sunday Arts section, promising better arts coverage to a disgruntled arts community.
If today's Enquirer is any indication, looks like a snow job: less arts coverage, but complete sledding hill lists in Cincinnati and diagrams for making snowmen.
Printing this email is not a great journalistic act, but it is a reasonable act for a blogger. Is this just another sign that the Enquirer is abandoning content creation in favor of press release publications? Will this act affect the many blogs on the Enquirer?
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
UPDATE: The Enquirer's website has the full snow coverage overload.
drop off of school groups visiting the arts is the misguided education philosophy sweeping most school boards, administrators, and politicos. It is the belief that test scores are the only thing that matters. Being a well rounded student is not going to get grant money. This is not an new conflict, but one that is ugly and is the true sign of the death of culture in this country. Those in power in Ohio and Kentucky for last 10 plus years have the idea that schools are meant to turn out machines to fuel the economy. Schools are meant to turn out adult human beings and citizens who can think for themselves, reason, and express their views and ideas. The Arts are one of the best ways to do that. If schools fear time constraints, why not cut back on sports?
Monday, February 05, 2007
Well, it was a slow news weekend, with the superbowl and all. I watched the game for the first time on DVR last night while at a friend's house. We all were going to be late to the start of the game, so we agreed to meet later at the one friend's house. It was strange knowing that we were about a half an hour behind what was really happening. I am very glad no one called to ask about the game after it ended.
Props to Prince for playing in the rain.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Also in this article, one is getting the sense that Council member Jeff Berding is sucking up to the Westside:
Council member Jeff Berding asked that Westwood and Price Hill be added to the list.The FOP is screaming about this, but frankly, who gives a rat's ass?