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Now that John Edwards has dropped out, if the election was held tomorrow, who would get your vote?

Barack
61% (17 votes)
Hillary
21% (6 votes)
Bill
18% (5 votes)
Total votes: 28

Is the Urban Coalition for or against the upcoming school levy?

For:
15% (4 votes)
Against:
19% (5 votes)
noncoalition members for levy:
37% (10 votes)
noncoalition members against:
30% (8 votes)
Total votes: 27

Do you believe the mayor discriminates against blacks?

Interesting interviews are transpiring on the Troy Neff Show pertaining to the racial tensions in Toledo.

Check out this audio when Troy asks Art Jones (former city council member) "Do you believe the mayor discriminates against blacks?"
http://www.troyneff.com/podcast/podaudio08/012908/thequestion.mp3

Also listen to the other interviews about this subject at http://www.troyneff.com

Toledo schools levy campaign kicks off, why should we vote for it?

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080130/NEWS04/80...

you can read the blade article seems to me like the same old same old, but my question is, what accomplishments have been made to encourage us to vote for it?

Check the bridges you cross

Here is a useful tool to check the condition of bridges you use to go to work or you take on that next trip. Shows when it was last inspected and what the current status and condition that the bridge is in. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21840954

The Key To The Massa's House

THE KEY TO THE MASSA'S HOUSE
By: Bishop Stephen Ward

On January 21 members of the African-American community gathered at the Kitchen For The Poor in support of a chapter of the SCLC being formed here in Toledo. While that press conference was going on...at another MLK event, the massa issued keys to the city.

Recycling Gets Blown to Hell

Well, I just spent about 15 minutes going along my block collecting my recycling (I have two cans, one for mostly newspaper, and the other for everything else).

Game Consoles

I am considering buying a new game console but I am undecided which one. Amongst the 3 leading contenders (X-box360, PS3 or Nitendo Wii) I am leaning towards the PS3. The price tag is a bit steep for my wallet right now ( guess I will wait till my rebate comes in) but the game play looks awsome and I cant wait to play Call Of Duty on it.

Drunk Michigan Man Makes National News

Another person driving with an alcohol level twice the legal limit. Except this guy was driving a tractor to get more wine.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,326227,00.html

Toledo Board of Education President Steven Steel - conflicted or not?

A lot has been said and written as to whether Steven Steel has a conflict of interest or not, well we did some research.

The Urban Coalition has investigated the situation including the definitions of a Conflict of Interest, Ohio Ethics Commission advisory opinions, the Ohio Revised Code, why public service unions such as the Toledo Federation of Teachers participate in selecting their “bosses” through election and much more.

Old South End on GoogleEarth

I was looking at GoogleEarth, and found they listed churches in my area. I thought it would be neat to include pictures of them, and other public places. I usually get some nephews every other weekend to visit, and one of the things we do is go on a Sunday morning walk. The last couple of times I have taken my camera along, and taken pictures of churches, parks, etc.

'Probable cause' for bias found in cases

"The staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission
found "probable cause" that the administration of Mayor Carty
Finkbeiner discriminated against three black city officials when they
were fired last year.

Healthcare

I think I may have one possible solution for the healthcare needs of our children. I posted a link to the article I posted on Toledotalk.com. Please read it and let me know what you think. And Please excuse the spelling errors, it was pretty late.

Waving Goodbye to Hegemony

Here is a fascinating analysis of where we are going in the new century and our changing relationship with the rest of the world. "So let’s play strategy czar. You are a 21st-century Kissinger. Your task is to guide the next American president (and the one after that) from the demise of American hegemony into a world of much more diffuse governance.

US shift seen to Pakistan, Afghanistan

"WASHINGTON - In a shift with profound implications, the Bush
administration is attempting to re-energize its terrorism-fighting war

Unprofessional political cartooning from the Toledo Blade.

Unprofessional political cartooning. With TPS’s 96,000 days of missed school due to suspensions(in school and out of school) and expulsions it would seem that this would be a matter of concern not a matter of derision from the Toledo Blade.

Fostoria is in a state of growth, according to Mayor John Davoli-$500,000 in the general fund

If little Fostoria can have half a million dollars in the piggy bank , why can't Toledo?
Ok , I know the answer. It 's all about the city leaders .

FOSTORIA — Fostoria is in a state of growth, according to Mayor John Davoli.

"We are a city expanding, we're not a city in decline," he said Friday at his annual "state of the city" address.

bicycling safety

It will be Springtime again soon, is anyone else an avid cyclist?
When I go to Seattle to visit my son , every major road has a white stripe on the side to separate cyclists from cars. This is inexpensive , safe , and encourages bicycling.
Is there anyone else who would want to start a campaign to see this road marking happen in Toledo ?

Funny Texas Cell Phone Accident Report

It gets better if you picture Carty as one of the main characters that gets out of his car........

This is very funny. The laugh is contagious!

Whatever you do, you have to listen to this !!!!! Turn up your sound and click on the website below.

This accident happened in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and you must listen to it.

What's your opinion on The Ford's weekend morning show?

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