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Toledo's overtime budget sparks demand to rein in soaring costs

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner promised yesterday to clamp down on soaring overtime costs for city employees and admonished his top staffers for letting the situation get out of control.

"I am extremely disappointed in the directors of the city of Toledo and the staff of the 22nd floor," Mr. Finkbeiner said, referring to the floor of his office in Government Center.

Fred LeFebvre-Jon Stainbrook Exclusive

This Monday at 7:30 Fred LeFebvre has as a guest on his number one talk show Jon Stainbrook recently elected Chair of the Republican Party. He should not bring a softball bat. Phones will be open if time allows. Meghan W. Smith will be the ring girl, Don Zellers will be the referee.

More Peaceful Examples of Islamic Rule

Stalking Yemen's Streets: Self-Appointed Morals Police

By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, June 17, 2008; Page A13

SANAA, Yemen -- Call them vice and virtue vigilantes: Even as Islamic scholars and lawmakers push Yemen to create a police unit to enforce religious standards, gangs of bearded men have appeared ad hoc to police public mores.

Muslim Persecution of Infidels

I've decided that I'm going to start posting every article I read about the horrors of Islam. I'm sick and tired of pretending that it's not all of Islam. BS!

Pakistani Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy - This is the Religion of Peace?

Pakistani sentenced to die for blasphemy

The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 18, 2008; 6:08 AM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan --

Rauch Road: Follow Only if Ye Be Men of Valor

I nominate Monroe County's Rauch Road to be the absolute worst stretch of pavement known to mankind.

(with apologies to Tim the Enchanter)

To wit:

PESWiki - Awesome website to Explore! Learn about Clean Energy Technologies

This is the best website I've visited in a long time. I have been reading up and discovering so much about Oil Reserves, Oil Alternatives, Hydrogen, Biofuels, Oilgae, and so forth.


Militants found recruits among Guantanamo's wrongly detained

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Mohammed Naim Farouq was a thug in the lawless Zormat district of eastern Afghanistan . He ran a kidnapping and extortion racket, and he controlled his turf with a band of gunmen who rode around in trucks with AK-47 rifles.

Hundreds swept up in mortgage fraud arrests

WASHINGTON: More than 400 real estate industry players have been indicted since March — including dozens over the last two days — in a Justice Department crackdown on incidents of mortgage fraud nationwide that have contributed to the country's housing crisis.

The FBI put the losses to homeowners and other borrowers who were victims in the schemes at over $1 billion.

Why flooding worsens

Up and down the flood-ravaged river valleys of the upper Midwest, high water has inflicted billions of dollars of damage to homes, businesses, and crops. It has displaced tens of thousands of families and brought immeasurable suffering. It has also brought a new concern for the region’s river towns and cities: Flooding in the Midwest seems to be getting worse.

Thoughts of an Internet terrorist trying to move on

Another day another disappointment. Now I am an "Internet Terrorist".


McCain Urges Building 45 New Nuclear Plants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Senator John McCain said Wednesday that he wanted 45 new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States by 2030, a goal that he called “as difficult as it is necessary.”

Democrats sell America to OPEC

"...President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needs to increase its energy production. Democrats quickly rejected the idea."

Troy Neff Show: Ben Konop says, $7.50 is better than 0.

Troy and Ben disagree about $7.50 per hour being a living wage.

Do you think Ben is right? Are things that bad out there?

Troy Puts Ben's Feet to the Fire

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Patrick Kriner: Stainbrook does not have the authority to fire me, he said on the Troy Neff Show

Patrick talks to Troy about some of the threats and innuendos made by Jon Stainbrook. He said, “Mr. Stainbrook had been telling me that he is going to fire me as one of his first jobs as the party chairman.”
Also included, is an interview with Lynn Olman. When asked about the numerous complaints made to the Ohio Secretary of State he said they were groundless and false.

Troy Neff is interviewed by Andrew Z about the Charles Fackelman Case on 92.5 KISS FM

It's been a strange case. What started as an alleged road rage incident in June 2007 in Whiteford Township, turned into something more when the father of one of the victims threatened one of the suspects. The father ended up being sentenced to prison himself. But 1230 AM WCWA morning show host Troy Neff says he can't believe the way this is going.

Troy’s Interview with Andrew Z

Street View of Toledo comes to Google

Used Google maps to locate a place in the city and noticed that the street view is enabled now.

Pretty nifty


McCain calls for lifting ban on offshore drilling

Warning that America's security is at stake, Senator John McCain called yesterday for conservation, renewable energy, and more aggressive exploration, steps he said would help to end US dependence on Middle East oil.

In laying out his energy policy, the presumptive Republican nominee sought to woo voters angry over $4-a-gallon gas and to carve out his independence from President Bush.

Controversial FDA approved drug claims another life

 The FDA won't touch this because it is a political hot
button.  But scores of young women suffer big side effects ,
including death.    This death occured in the U.K.  Many
happen here too.  

A Christian teenager in Britain has become at least the 14th
person to die after using the controversial abortafacient RU-486.

Troy Neff Show: Lisa Renee from the Glass City Jungle interviewed about Stainbrook

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