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problems navigating swampbubbles site

I realize I'm not the brightest bulb in the box, but I'm having problems figuring out how to navigate Swampbubbles. The Chat room says to turn on 'Java' - don't know what that is, or how to 'turn it on' (no instructions on site). I like the user friendly style of toledotalk where you can scroll & see posts easily.

TPS Superintendant Finalists to meet with Carty?

I had to make a quick run to the hardware store this evening, and I briefly heard them saying that three of the candidates for TPS superintendent will be meeting with Carty.

Nashville mayor vetoes English-only bill


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - "Mayor Bill Purcell vetoed a measure Monday that would have made English the official language of Nashville, saying it was unconstitutional, unnecessary and mean-spirited."

How so?? The article goes on to say that:

Friends with Benefits segment on 13 ABC

I've been seeing the promos for this segment on 13 ABC in the past week. Don't get me wrong, I am not a prude. Far from it, ha ha. But does anybody else think that this is just un-needed, trasy, tacky jounalism? I thought it was kind of "low" the way the whole thing was presented. Interested to hear others' thoughts...


And so it continues - in another city...

From the Carnival of Ohio politics is a link to KingsRightSite blog...interesting article on our former TPS superintendent and the troubles with a school construction oversight committee..


the war we will never win



lou dobbs is far from being one of my favorites and this piece doesn't improve my opinion of him.

he fails to mention the possibility of ending the drug war. lou does comment, though, on a few big reasons why our current drup policies are dim-witted and simple-minded. see for yourselves.

Chrysler: Wiedersehen Germany; Ni Hao China?

DaimlerChrysler to eliminate 13k jobs. Sale of Chrysler is an option-possibly to China.


"FRANKFURT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler raised the prospect of parting company with its loss-making U.S. Chrysler arm on Wednesday, a move which could unwind a blockbusting 1998 merger creating the world's No. 5 car maker."

What are you going to do during the Blizzard of 2007 with everything closed?

Try to figure out what my pet is saying by how it looks at me
14% (6 votes)
Get caught up on housework
14% (6 votes)
Relax and not do much
19% (8 votes)
Watch TV or movie on TV
7% (3 votes)
Hey it is Valentine's day, I am going to be busy
5% (2 votes)
I need to work regardless
29% (12 votes)
Frequent my favorite Internet site
7% (3 votes)
Learn something new
5% (2 votes)
Total votes: 42

Positive things are coming!

I just wanted to share a dream with all of you. Ya know - let ya in on something really wonderful that's shaping up in our fair city!

Take a gander at this site http://groundz4change.blogspot.com/ and make sure you read the manifesto.

Anyone haing problems with Buckeye Express today?

I don't know if this is weather-related, but my Buckeye-Express Internet connection has been lousy all day. It will work for about two minutes, then PHHHHT. Down for 20 minutes.

Then you call, wait on hold for an eternity, only to have a rep tell you that they are "working on it," and that it is system-wide in nature.

Getting Ready for the Blizzard of 2007?


Everyone ready for the Blizzard of 2007? Care to make a prediction?

School boards hard to contact

I saw a reference to this on http://www.TalkingTPS.com. I think it is great the Cinci Enquirer is doing this investigation and they are taking a stand on board being accessible to the public at meetings and virtually. These stories sound oh, so familiar.

2 new sites to encourage open government

February 12, 2007

Chris Myers, is announcing the creation of two new Web sites for the Toledo area to encourage openness and promote tech friendly citizen government.

In the spirit of http://www.ideasfortps.com, http://www.ideasfortoledo.com, and http://www.tpssearch.com, Chris is announcing the http://www.GreatOpenSwamp.com and http://www.Governmentfor.Us .


I live in the back part of a sub-division which is near a main commerical road. The back lot of one of the businesses has four trailers with people living in them which come right up to our back yard fences. The people living there collect large appliances and old cars and strip them.

Changing Toledo City Government

A new citizens based organization is formed to advance changes in Toledo city government. Changes include, reducing the size of council and making it more representative of Toledo, changing the appointment process, reviewing the form of government - strong mayor v. city manager, and transparency measures. www.toledocobra.org is packed with information on the movement and changes it seeks.

Barack Obama announces his campaign - was anyone actually surprised?

What do you think about Barack Obama's announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2008? Is there anything to the Illinois senator beyond the surface charm?

tax day = election day?

New & notable legislation:

Democratic Presidential Candidates

Hillary Clinton
16% (9 votes)
Barack Obama
36% (20 votes)
Joe Biden
5% (3 votes)
Chris Dodd
0% (0 votes)
John Edwards
20% (11 votes)
Dennis Kucinich
9% (5 votes)
Bill Richardson
9% (5 votes)
Tom Vilsack
5% (3 votes)
Total votes: 56

Putin Says U.S. Is Undermining Global Stability

MUNICH, Feb. 10

Ad on Toledo's official Web site sparks debate

The city of Toledo, already accused of competing with the private sector in its quest for revenue, is now in the advertising business.

Paid advertising started showing up this week on the city's Web site, www.ci.toledo.oh.us.

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