Monday, May 26, 2008

Well, I am not happy at all about the Libertarians picking Bob Barr as their presidential candidate. I felt Mary Ruwart would have been much better. At least they did not embrace an entertainer the way they have in the past with the likes of Howard Stern.
In this WSJ opinion piece, Bruce Bartlett suggests that a strong Libertarian candidate could bring out the Republicans who are currently vowing to stay home and not vote as a protest against John McCain.
This could cinch a win for the Democrat presidential candidate but help out Republicans in the congress and senate which would hamper the effectiveness of the Dem president.
Wonder what the Greens are gonna come up with.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Libertarian National Convention is ON !
C-Span will be covering it today from 10:30 AM on through the afternoon.
From what I saw last night, Mary Ruwart looks like the best candidate to me.
Bob Barr comes off as the most polished, but his experience in DC gives him the edge on that. Mike Gravel looks old and tired and the rest of the pack come off like late night infomercial hucksters.
While the Democrat convention might actually be interesting this year, the corporate parties' conventions are usually no more than dull coronations. Libertarian conventions are a trip. Things actually happen. Issues and ideas are discussed and real change is always the focus.
Never a dull moment.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

HamCo Comm DeWine's idea to create a website that chronicles every penny of county spending is nothing but a boondoggle.
It will make great fodder for bloggers and armchair politicians. It will be the first source of ammo whenever someone wants to slam a government program. It will be the number one bookmark for C.O.A.S.T.ers.
But, without an understanding of what the money bought, it will offer no real information or value.
On top of that, the website won't just appear out of thin air. It will need to be built and databases populated. Then, there are the long term costs as every bit of accounting will have at least one more step as the information will have to be entered onto the site. This will all add up to more and more man hours endlessly accrued and paid for by the residents and workers in Hamilton County who will see no real benefit.
It is merely one of Commissioner DeWine's last bits of feel good legislation - a legacy of a boondoggle that will continue on forever.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cool things you can do with a Mac Mini.

Read the article here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is the MSM picking our president for us ? Are they surreptitiously manipulating us ?

Monday, May 12, 2008


Stronger by Carlene Carter

Carlene Carter is seriously old school. She, whaddyacallit ? Tries ?
I saw June's daughter at Kettering's Fraze Pavilion some time ago and she just absolutely rocked. She worked the crowd in a way most younger performers just can't. They probably don't know how. CC learned from some masters.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Aronoff is a torture chamber.
I finally went to the Aronoff. Most of the events there don't appeal to me, but my sister dragged me to the ballet with her. The ballet looked pretty good to me. I know nothing about good or bad ballet, of course.....
The orchestra was pretty good and the Xavier chorus was good.
The %@*! seats, however were horrible. I felt like I was forced into a near fetal position for 2 hours. The seats are so low, my hips were bent more than 90 degrees. My knees, in such a position would, of course, also be bent more than 90 degrees, but with the short distance to the seat in front of me, I had to tuck my feet back in, making the angle of my knees even more severe.
I am not young but I am not old, either. I am only 6ft 2in - not freakishly tall. But when I rose at the end of the performance, I could barely stand. I barely made it to the end, tho, what with the pain in my knees, butt & lower back.
I guess a key to being a patron of the arts is to be short and skinny. It is a shame that such an expensive new facility was designed so poorly.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Saturday, May 10th is shaping up to be a Northside "Go To" day.
Starting at 9:00 AM a group bicycle ride to Findlay Market will meet at Hoffner Park. The ride is expected to return to the park by noon.
At 11:00 AM Mayor Mallory will dedicate the ArtWorks mural on the wall of 4119 Hamilton Ave (facing Hoffner Park).
Also, from 11:00 AM til 5:00 PM is the Northside Spring Art Fair along the sidewalks on Hamilton Avenue. Shop for locally made fiber arts, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, greeting cards, hand blown glass works and more !
From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 2 artists on Brookside (E of Hamilton between Chase and Pullan) will be having a "funky huge" yard sale.
Later in the evening, Blues Merchant will be playing at The Comet.
The Delusionals will be playing at The Northside Tavern
The Muttss and Watusi Tribe will be playing at The Gypsy Hut.
Of course, Northside's bevy of eateries, Gajah Wong, Melt, The Hideaway, The Blue Jay, Park Chili, The Comet, Portofino's, Boswell Alley and more will be serving up lots of delicious food and White Castle is open all night !

Saturday, May 03, 2008

How bad does the Cincinnati Enquirer suck ?
Would a Porktowner be interested in ODOT ? A city quartered by 3 highways ?
A search of the site gives me polka dot bridesmaid dresses, the odot website, and a link to a directory of rest areas.
Search Results
The Urbana Citizen actually links to a real article about a land auction.
Results here
The Dayton Daily News and the Cleveland Plain Dealer give up a whole buttload of articles.
Dayton Daily News results
Clevo Plain Dealer results
Of course, it could be worse, the Columbus Dispatch seems to come up with some decent results & then gives me an XML error.
Dispatch results

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Cedar Bog, near Urbana, Ohio, like many other sites maintained by the Ohio Historical Sociesty, has suffered considerable budget cuts in recent years. Threatened with closure, the volunteer group, The Cedar Bog Association, has stepped up to the plate to, not only keep the nature preserve open, but to continue the efforts to move forward with plans to build an education center and pay a person full time to manage the site.
Cedar Bog was "discovered" by Col. Israel Ludlow when he was surveying the Northwest Territory in the late 1700s. In 1942, the Ohio Historical Society designated the area a nature preserve because it was the best example of a boreal and prairie fen complex in Ohio with many rare plants and animals, excellent orchid and prairie wildflower displays. The Bog was threatened, briefly, when the construction of a new Route 68 was planned to go through it in the '70s. The bog prevailed.
Now the Cedar Bog needs YOU !
With your help in time or money we can keep this rare area of Ohio alive for generations to come.
Article from the Springfield News-Sun here.