Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Top 10 Halloween Costumes
  • Black teenager in jeans & a sweatshirt
  • 30 something White male wearing a sweatshirt, jeans & carrying a 'baby' prop
  • 30 something White female wearing a jacket, jeans & carrying a 'baby' prop
wait - there were 10?
Spreading STDS ?
You can thank Chris Monzel for grandstanding instead of working for a healthier Hamilton County.
FishWarp article here

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Go Poland
Archbishop Andzej Dzięga is warning folks of he dangers of celebrating Halloween in American fashion which has become increasingly popular since they ditched commieism.
Bear in mind, this is a country where exocism is catching on like wildfire. The 30 fold growth in exorcists over the last 15 years has led Father Aleksander Posacki to launch a magazine on the topic, Egzorcysta.
WTF is in that Polish communion wine anyway?
And can I get some?

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Boundaries of Life and Death

by Saskia Kretzschmann
"The Boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?"
~ Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fishwarp Endorses Sammarco
Read all about it here
Seriously, the differences in the candidates for this office are huge. Dr Lakshmi Sammarco is way more suited to this office than Al's cousin.
Happy 'Visit a Cemetery Day' Everybody !
The fine folks at My Send Off have decreed October 28, 2012 Visit a Cemetery Day. To make it more family friendly they have concocted a sort of scavenger hunt with this card
Anyway, every day is 'Visit a Cemetery Day' around Blogging Isn't Cool HQ. Or maybe it's more like 'Visit a Body Farm Day'.
More from Spring Grove Cemetery

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Devil Doll meets Lars…..
Springfield's South Fountain Porch Festival & Ghost Walk
Saturday, 10/27 The South Fountain Preservation Association will present their third biennial Porch Festival starting at 2PM. At 5:30 they will commence a 'Ghost Walk' in a haunted cemetery and from 6-8PM Springfield's non-Halloween Beggars Night.
What more could you ask for?

Details from the Noose Son

Friday, October 26, 2012

Be a Hit at Your Hallowe'en Party!
Gross finger food is always welcome around Halloween and, if you think about it - year 'round.
This exotic delicacy is salami wrapped around cream cheese & topped off with a half olive. Pimento & Tabasco are added to the cream cheese for more zing. You can use tomato instead of olive but - why?
If you need a recipe, you're dumber than the Blogging Isn't Cool culinary staff that frequently can't even keep the dishes clean. For our next recipe? - How to Order a Pizza !.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Horror Sells - Emergency Preparedness
Criminy, now the Red Cross is getting in on the act tying zombie apocalypsos in with Mayan endtimes…..
The guys with the Go Bag videos have some seriously lame Go Bags

Saving Zombies

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Who Won the Debate ?
OK, folks, who do you think won the presidential debate on 10/23 in breezy Chicago?
  • Rocky Anderson (J)
  • Virgil Goode (C)
  • Gary Johnson (L)
  • Jill Stein (G)
Or one of the 2 chickenshit losers who didn't even show up?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Horseshoe Casino Seeks Zoning Variance For signage That Can Be Seen From Space
Meanwhile Duke Energy has said it will need a rate hike to power the sign.

More at UrbanCinti
District 28
Pillich speaks sense & maturity while Wilson spews hot air & childish rhetoric & skewed history.
Have Gun Will Vote
Of course I'm not sure why I need a license to exercise my second amendment freedoms, but…..

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ohio Teabaggers Challenges for Naught
Well, except if their purpose is harassment….
Texas based TeaBag group challenges 1,800 Ohio voters & comes up with next to nothing. Some of the challenges had already ben caught by local BOEs.
'No one at our office, and some have worked there for decades, could remember seeing so many challenges at one time,' said Franklin County board spokesman Ben Piscitelli.
Franklin County dismissed all the challenges as did Butler, Lucas & Cuyahoga.
It seems as though some groups are filing these challenges based on very scant evidence and in doing so they’re walking right up to the edge of voter intimidation,' said Ellis Jacobs, an attorney with the Miami Valley Voter Protection Coalition. 'Unfortunately they don't seem to take very seriously people’s right to vote.
One couple targeted by the Barely Legal vigilantes were a pair of entrepreneurs who travelev around the country selling jewelry at renaissance fairs.
Reaa the whole mess at the Springfield Noose Son ~ for free!
More from the New Yorker
The Real Presidential Debate
The presidential candidates for the Constitution, Green, Justice & Libertarin Parties will meet October 23 @ 8PM CDT in breezy Chicago to debate their policies & ideas.
These candidates are shut out of the Republicrast debates & virtually shut out of the Lmestream media. Internet's a bitch, tho and this debate will be available online at Free & Equal. org, on LinkTV and Al Jazeera.
The corporate world is highly invested in the Republican & Democratic parties. The Financial, Insurance & Real Estate lobbies pour small fortunes into their coffers - not to get one or the other elected but to make sure they own whoever gets elected. They don't want to have to deal with 4 more parties and have to actually prioritize…..
And they certaily don't care about YOU

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Racism and Intimidation ?
A billboard in Clevo essentially states facts. It was paid for by an out of state organization that, apparently, just loves Ohio. But groups up there claimed the billboards were tantamount to racism & intimidation & wanted the billboards taken down. When the billboard owners, Fear Charnel, found an issue with their clients anonymity they did remove the billboards. It says on the billboards who sponsored them so I don't understand the anonymity thing.
Thing is, if you run around making frivolous claims of racism & intimidation, people will stop taking you seriously. It's happened with the GOP's hyperbole over voter fraud. I say, let 'em post their pointless billboards - they're only wasting their own money. If you're afraid you are committing voter fraud - you probably are.

Plane Dealer article here

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lipstick on a Pig
Horrible service, brain dead employees….
From the Fishwarp:
Queen City Centre Kroger store is poised for a $4.5 million facelift starting by early next year.
What they need to do is educate employees. Routinely blocking the bike rack is ridiculous. The recent reorganization of the wine section is an example of complete incompetence. The racist BS in the deli is unacceptable. The butchers not knowing what calf's liver is is utterly astonishing. Not keeping the electric scooter cart things charged is lame. Spreading related items across the store is maybe a good strategy but is insulting to the customer.
But then the customer is generally treated as a nuisance to be eradicated & if service is the best way to get the customer out the door, well, ok. Filthy bathrooms, arrogant customer service desk reps, shitty selection, slow, inattentive clerks, and the solution is a $4.5M facelift?
Keller's IGA in Clifton, with inferior facilities, was always like a breath of fresh air compared to the dumbassery of the Queen City Centre Kroger. Talk about some misplaced priorities.

More from the Fishwarp (for a fee) here.
Top 20 Songs Requested for Funerals
Of course, your church may object to some of these & technically, it's a public performance so you're supposed to pay royalties, so.......
YMMV (That'd be a good title for a lifey/death song !)
1 Frank Sinatra - 'My Way'
2 Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli - 'Time To Say Goodbye'
3 Bette Midler - 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
4 Eva Cassidy - 'Over The Rainbow'
5 Robbie Williams - 'Angels'
6 Westlife - 'You Raise Me Up'
7 Gerry & The Pacemakers - 'You'll Never Walk Alone'
8 Vera Lynn - 'We'll Meet Again'
9 Celine Dion - 'My Heart Will Go On'
10 Nat King Cole - 'Unforgettable'
11 Tina Turner - 'The Best'
12 Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton - 'I Will Always Love You'
13 Monty Python - 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life'
14 Luther Vandross - 'Dance With My Father'
15 Louis Armstrong - 'Wonderful World'
16 Daniel O'Donnell - 'Danny Boy'
17 Eva Cassidy - 'Fields Of Gold'
18 Righteous Brothers (and various) - 'Unchained Melody'
19 Westlife - 'Flying Without Wings'
20 Eva Cassidy - 'Songbird'


Friday, October 19, 2012

Issue 2
Like the Cincinnati Biniz Courier, Blogging Isn't Cool supports Issue 2.
In this interview, Dan Hurley describes the bill better than most elements of the media while Rebloodlican Kevin DeWine (recently ousted as Ohio chairman of the GOP by Lord High Kasich & a cadre of Teas) spouts a lot of FUD & buzzwords.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Folks - Just steal the Damn Signs…
Obama yard signs burned
Good old Green Township, no less…..
Cincinnati Harold story here
Fishwarp Claims Hamilton County Needs a New Vision
Talk about the blind leading the blind…
So what the hell, I'll chime in too.
Portune is a mature, reasonable, experienced adult. But his vision is getting kinda stale. Hartmann, though less experienced seems to also be a mature adult but he seems kinda short sighted. Monzel is an utterly useless ideologue with no vision at all.
I agree with the Fishwarp, but with these 3, we can't expect much if anything at this point. But they are virtually unchallenged in the upcoming election.
I endorsed Hartmann & Portune but I'm kinda thinking about voting for neither them nor Portune's challenger. Unfortunately, I don't think any of these guys count their votes. They either win or lose and consider either a mandate.

Fishwarp's pay article here

Gannett really oughtta be paying me for driving so much traffic to their site…….
Traditional v. Natural Burial
Caitlin Doughty of Order of the Good Death discusses the differences between natural & traditional (which has only been 'traditional' for less than 200 years) burial.
Seriously, the burial vault ($$$$) was designed to thwart grave robbing but since the average criminal is too lazy to dig up a grave nowadays, that ain't a problem. Now the vault is indeed used to keep the lawns looking nice.
Well, that & so you don't hit soft spots while strolling through the boneyard. That's always a little disconcerting - especially when your foot gets stuck in a hole.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Horror Sells - Operating Systems

Monday, October 15, 2012

Final Notice

I've been getting these final notices for, I think, ever. Usually don't get 2 in a day….

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Batcave is in Dayton? Whuldathunkit?
This is pretty cool because what BATMAN produces is a lot like what Batman uses in the comics.
Check out Dayton Daily Noose, BATMAN labs makes gear that helps warfighters

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Johnny Lytle 10/13/32 - 12/15/95
Springfield, Ohio jazz musician - vibraphonist, Johnny Lytle:

Walk a Soul Mile

Blue Vibes


Wendy - Another Year Older
Wendy's has updated their graphics - both Wendy & her signature. The changes in Wendy are kinda interesting. She seems to be wearing the same blouse but it's been cropped off to hide the old timey fashion. The big difference is that she seems to be holding her head high instead of looking up - head slightly bowed. The eyes seem to be the big difference. Well, ok, that & the angle of her eyebrows & pigtail ribbons.
But the biggest difference is the shitty type. I can see ditching the old type which went out of style decades ago but for this? gah
There was a phase around 1970 where 'old timey' was in. Silent movies had a resurgence in popularity. The movie Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid was huge. But that went out by the mid 70s. While the restaurant's decor has changed & the menu has expanded the graphics did just kinda sit there. I guess it's about time for a change & Wendy looks ok (and a new blouse would be AOK) but that type is seriously lame.
Does anybody even wear pigtails anymore? The Little Mermaid chick might have been a better way to go on the hair.

Brand New article here

Friday, October 12, 2012

From the Ain't Nothing To Do Dept.
Need to get out of the house & away from the robocalls, YouTube ads & TV commercials? Is it obvious I don't have a smart phone?
Friday thru Sunday The Church of the Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin Mary in wind swept Clifton, hosts the most un-German Oktoberfest in Cincinnati. It's more of an Italian celebration with Italian sausage & LaRosa's pizza.
Saturday afternoon historic Walnut Hills will host the Cincinnati Street Food Festival from 11 to 5. Food trucks & music from around the region!
This will give you an hour to roll over to eclectic Northside for the Northside Second Saturday from 6 to 10. This month's festivities feature a Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Django Western Taco.
Sunday, get your Italian going again with the Sacred Heart Church Italian Dinner in campy Camp Washington starting at 10AM.
In the afternoon, head on up to creepy Spring Grove Cemetery for the Cruise In car & hearse show from 3 to 7 with loud music & more grub provided by CAIN.
OK? So don't come crying to me if you're fucking bored…..

UPDATE - The Cruise In is canceled

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Elmwood Place has installed speeding cameras that have issued 6.600 tickets in less than a month.
For a 2 week period of testing, they noted 20,000 speed violations. Given those numbers, I would guess they are giving criminals some leeway, but the criminals packed a village council meeting crying foul over the use of technology that renders their game strategies obsolete & saves police officers to do more important work befitting their expertise.
However, while the cameras found an outrageous disdain for safety with the 20,000 recorded violations, the Fishwarp article never mentions any safety issues. Have there been accidents? Has anybody been injured? If so, how frequent & severe were the accidents?
Maybe the issue is too low speed limits.

Fishwarp article here

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Studies by the CDC show about 23% of American teens smoke marijuana. They compare it to smoking cigarettes, which makes no real sense - comparing the number of teens drinking would be more logical.
But still, do the 50% of Americans who oppose the legalisation of marijuana believe we should brand almost a quarter of our teens criminals & prosecute, fine & jail them?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Hallowe'en Sells
Forget about new car sales & housing starts, the new economic bellwether is Hallowe'en sales - candy, costumes, pumpkin futures…..
US News & World Report sez that to get a handle on the economy - just walk down the street & look at Hallowe'en decorations on your neighbor's porches.
170 million people are planning to celebrate Halloween this year - that's 71.5% - up from 68.6% last year. Hallowe'en spending is expected to reach almost $8B - up 17.5% from last year. Folks are going to spend $2.5B on costumes for themselves & $370M on their critters. Dunno about spending on concrete geese.

MoneyLand article here.
ArtWorks Installs New Sculptural Bike Rack in Northside's Jacob Hoffner Park

Bike Rack is Ninth to be Installed through Queen City Art Racks Project
~Press Release:
On September 11, ArtWorks installed their latest sculptural bike rack on Hamilton Avenue in Northside's Jacob Hoffner Park. The bike rack is a part of ArtWorks' Queen City Art Rack project, and was designed by local artist and metal worker Kate Demske.
Queen City Art Racks is an ongoing initiative to bring artist-designed, functional bike racks to public spaces throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In the process, it engages community stakeholders, employs professional artists, and strengthens the region's transportation options by creating awareness around bicycle parking. Since its launch in the spring of 2010, Queen City Art Racks has created 14 opportunities for artists. The new art rack in Northside is the ninth to be installed.
The design for this art rack was inspired by Northside history. Demske, who lives and works in Northside, shared, "This park was once the estate of Jacob Hoffner, noted Northside land owner and philanthropist. He was also an avid gardener, and Palm Street was named for the most famous plant in his greenhouse: a Sago Palm which had been owned by Robert Morris (one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence) before and during the Revolutionary War. This palm lived more than 130 years and was eventually donated to Horticultural Hall in Philadelphia. It's said that the only specimen that could rival it was owned by George Washington."
The project was sponsored by John Castaldi and Terry Bazeley, with additional support provided by MoBo Bicycle Co-op. Castaldi stated, "Terry and I see art created through ArtWorks every single day and believe very strongly that public art enriches the lives of all Cincinnatians. We are also very committed to Northside and our neighbors here and wanted to do something for our community. Finally, we wanted the rack to be designed by one of our neighborhood's many artists and were thrilled with the choice of Kate Demske and the final result."

Monday, October 08, 2012

LTE of the Day
Concerning the Fishwarp's endorsement for Sheriff,
'You endorsed the Republican for sheriff even though he is a "double-dipper" in "an economically challenging time, [you] didn’t hear much in the way of specifics, he’ll need to bring new ideas, approaches and energy" to the job, he has no specific recommendations, he “should actually borrow some ideas from Neil, his opponent, including an independent audit…"
So you endorse him anyway.

Well, whoever said the Fishwarp was partisan?

For a fee, you can read the entire letter here

oh, and BTW

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Party of Bizarro World Condemns World of Warcraft Candidate
In what kinda sounds like a Dr Who v. Star Trek battle, the Maine GOP BOP have attacked Democratic state senate candidate, Colleen Lachowicz, for playing World of Warcraft. I can understnd their fear. Who wouldn't vote for a candidate that looks like this?
They seek to confuse voters with the real life politician & her past time RPG character. If you're old enough you might remember the Dan Quayle / Murphy Brown nonsense. The slips into dementia were sporadic back then. It seems the total break with reality is nearly complete as the Bizarro Old Party grapples with modern technology.

Lachowicz' rebuttal here

El Reg article here.
State Cuts Cause Counties to Raise Taxes to Cover 911 Services
WOW who could have seen that coming?

Champaign County in the Springfield Noose Son

Friday, October 05, 2012

Horror Sells - Perfume
OK, maybe not horror, but Gaga definitely gets into the creepizordial on this ad for her new perfume, Fame.
Steaks & Skates
The C&D Cafe @ 1714 Hanfield will be hosting the Cincinnati Rollergirls annual Steak Out Sat., Oct. 6, 2012 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$10 for a steak dinner (or a delicious marinated and grilled portabella mushroom) with profits going to fund the 2013 roller derby season.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Counting on Your Suicide

An ad campaign by Elvis Communications that won a Chip Shop award & inspired this article at NewsBiscuit alarmed a few folks this summer.

Extra Credit
Horror Sells
You'd think a race in California could have better special effects but tying the candidate to the occult is pretty good.
Al Jones of course spilled the guts on W's affiliation with the occult in his Secrets of the Bohemian Grove.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Virtual Autopsy in Hamilton County ?
You might have seen it in CSI but, actually none of the cities the shows are set in actually have the technology. It's not exactly new, it's been bobbling around for maybe 10 years. Most of the leadership in the field seems to be coming from Europe but Hamilton County Coroner, Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco is pushing for it right here. In an interview on Newsmakers, Dan Hurley brought up that she was involved with folks in dead Los Angeles in setting up a system there.
A virtual autopsy uses a CT scanner to make a 3D model of the body avoiding invasion of the actual body. This may be handy for folks who oppose post mortem dissection on religious grounds but it more likely will aid in typical autopsies by guiding the coroner in his operations, resulting in more efficient operations and preserving evidence that might be ruined when cutting blindly into the cadaver. It also generates a permanent file of the body prior to burial & subsequent decomposition. This can save time & money & dubious results from exhuming the corpse at a later date.
The CGI image is also less jarring to the juror than photographs of the actual cadaver thus giving the juror better insight as to what's going on.
But how much is this gonna cost us you ask.
Dr Sammarco points out that, besides resolution, some of the advances in the CT scanning technology don't apply to corpses. Reduced radiation exposure & image stabilising to compensate for the slight movements of living patients don't matter when the patient is deceased. So the coroner's office could use yesterday's used scanners that the hospitals want to replace. She believes the county could possibly find the equipment for free. And as an added bonus, since we would be leading the region, if not the entire midwest, in the tech we could charge nearby counties for the service, hence, it could actually generate revenue.
The Cincinnati Blog expects no political issues to write about in this race but I disagree. Republican candidate for the office, HamCo GOP chairman Triantafilou's cousin Dr. Pete Kambelos, besides being an ideologue, isn't interested in new technology and insists we should just keep plugging away, doing things the way we always did it.
This race is about Hamilton County being a leader in forensics or just sitting on our hands Monzel style & watching the world pass by. This could be one of the most pivotal local races this fall.

More info:

Some cool video candy of the maturing of the tech:

Inside the skull of a suicide victim

Discovry News

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

John Husted's Wet Dream
Break the Cycle
Imagine a Libertarian president calling out Democrats on what they're supposed to be doing and Republicans on what they're supposed to be doing. yeah Pundits have said the debates between Romney & Obama will do next to nothing to sway voters one way or the other. As Johnson points out, however, he can only do better with the visibility & that can only hurt the Rebloodlican/Democrip cabal. And my fave - if everybody wasted their vote on Johnson - he would be elected president.

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Fishwarp's Advice
The Fishwarp recently posted an editorial that, in COA T's words:
'It's almost like these words might have come off of COAST's keyboard.'
advises the city stop all work on it's streetcar plan, years in the making, and come up with a brand new economic plan.
Of course this comes right at the time the the Fishwarp unveils it's new business plan to offer subscribers nothing new but raise their subscription rates 68% and to restrict their website access effectively shrinking the audience that they market to advertisers. I can only imagine Danny Partridges reaction to this scheme.
Should the city take advice from such an organisation? Apparently the community annihilating political whores at COA T think so - which speaks volumes.