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McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil'

• Sen. John McCain recruited the support of an evangelical minister, Pastor Rod Parsley, who describes Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil."

• Parsley is the pastor of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio.

Obama Searching for VP

Sen. Barack Obama is quietly beginning his search for a running mate.

• Former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson has accepted Obama's request to begin a screening and selection process for Obama’s VP spot.

• Johnson performed the same role in 2004 and 1984 for then-Democratic presidential nominees John Kerry and Walter Mondale.

Illustration of Obama in rifle crosshairs draws fire

A Roswell newspaper is defending a controversial cover illustration that placed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a rifle's cross hairs.

Toledoan of the Year 2007??

I was just on the city's website and noticed an ad for Toledoan of the Year 2007 award nominations. I was kinda thrown off, thinking maybe they put the wrong year. Reading further it says to nominate somebody who made a difference in the year 2007. By the time the awards are announced this summer, 2008 will almost be half over. I don't get it....

Apartment building near museum razed

Drove by this yesterday and saw the demolition.

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner looked on with contentment yesterday as a city bulldozer began knocking down the first "Dirty Dozen" property to be razed this year.

Toledo area healthcare coverage the nation's best

Came across a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute that shows Toledo's Metro Statistical Area (MSA) non-elderly healthcare coverage is among the best at 92.8%. And according to the chart, this is the best coverage out of the major metro areas (7.2% uninsured rate). Will this spell the end any more discussion on the City's contribution to CareNet? While the MSA includes Monroe County MI, and the larger Toledo area, it is still pretty good.

An interesting note:

Animal Human hybrid law in U.K.

Animal House of Commons

Help with TPS and IEP

My nephew has an IEP. TPS broke IDEA( Ind. with Disabilites Act) by writing the IEP ( Ind. Education Plan) and not contacting my sister or going through all three steps. Long story but is sister is not a strong advocate. But on this one they NEVER contacted her that I or she knows of and never wrote a letter or visited as is written in the statue.

Ben “The Pit Bull” Konop gets all fired up on the Troy Neff Show

On a fairly slow news day, Ben “the pit bull” Konop joins the show for his weekly interview. Ben starts to get a little fired up when talking about Matt Sapara’s $180,000.00 salary and the good ol' boy network that makes up the LCIC board.

Ben "The Pit Bull" Konop

Mike Craig will be on Eye on Toledo from 6-7pm 1370WSPD

Mike Craig will be a guest on Eye On Toledo tonight Wed. May 21 from 6-7pm. Feel free to listen in and call with your questions. Subject Marina District and the development of Toledo. Have any questions please post them here.


Must see clips!!!!!!!

Troy Neff Show: Chris Myers & Lisa Sobecki discuss the fact-finder report

Troy and Chris chat about the TPS boards’ decision to vote on the fact-finder report Friday. On the other hand, Lisa is a little more reserved with her comments.

Are they just going to rubber stamp it just to avoid a strike during the school year, or for personal gain?

Chris Myers



From an e-mail;

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2 - 3 pm.

Children Welcome! Please bring a chair & a snack to share..

ALSO: (list seperately if you need to)

Raymer History Walk
with Larry Michaels
Meet at Burnett Park
Starr Ave. & Spring Grove
Sat., June 14th, 3:00

Upset mayor challenges Toledo to get healthier

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner yesterday promised to convene a summit of health care providers and challenge them to promote healthier lifestyles for Toledoans.

Drupal site

I am thinking of reviving my Blogsite and have found a theme on Drupal which I like. I want it to have a newspaper look and feel. I think I can hack the theme to make my pages look like actual newsprint and maybe even create an e-reader version so that it can be read on ebook readers like Filament and Kindle.

U.T. prof openly rebuffs Jacobs and administrators

More interesting news, this in the Toledo Free Press.
U.T. prof and attorney Douglas Oliver says Jacob's action stifles open debate , that
it is hypocritical for administrators to boast of diversity while punishing those who speak out with diverse opinions.

UT: Diversity or hypocrisy?
By Douglas Oliver
Special to Toledo Free Press

Crystal Dixon notes unfairness in who can say what

An interesting article in the Toledo Journal. Some interesting parts:

It’s perfectly fine for a white homosexual official at the University of Toledo to make disparaging remarks about religious peoplem, Crystal Dixon says.
It’s another matter, though, when an African American UT official with strong religious beliefs expresses an opinion on homosexuality, she says

Ashford and LMAO moment, worthy of the Irony Award

I was watching NBC 24 this evening and during their 7 PM news they were talking about the Marina District vote. They said that Michael Ashford hesitated in his response, and they asked him why. Ashford said: I think it is wrong to give taxpayer money to a private business (or developer).



Over 300 students join Former Ohio Governor Bob Taft and other elected
officials, business leaders and education reform advocates to challenge
presidential candidates to fix America's schools

Columbus, OH - As students prepare to graduate this spring, about 40,000

W. House ignored FBI concerns on prisoner abuse

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - Top Bush administration security officials ignored FBI concerns over abusive treatment of terrorism suspects, which one agent called "borderline torture," a four-year Justice Department probe found.

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