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Progressive Toledo is Back

Progressive Toledo is back. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, after a long hiatus, I have decided to recreate the blog. Despite a takeover from a casino company, I have retained the rights to this blog. As many of you know, I shut down the previous Progressive Toledo because I was not happy with the economic environment of the area.

Jesus Family Tomb Believed Found

What do you think?

Feb. 25, 2007

Virtual terror strikes Second Life


From Yahoo news yesterday:

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - In an explosive display, virtual-world banes now mirror the havoc of the real one as terrorists have launched a bombing campaign in Second Life.

Slavery Ties Sharpton to Thurmond


This must be the new hot news since the Anna Nichole/Brittany stories have started to fade...

TPS Board struggles with confidentiality and Web sites at retreat

First I want to preface my report with I did not record the event. It was impossible to because the room was big, the air conditioning was turned up (loud) and there was no real good place to record. Also, below are summaries of what was said. I did not get all of the conversations and I could not hear every board member talk. I ended up getting there at 9:11.

1st Annual Community Education Forum Report

Today I attended the 1st Annual Community Education Forum at Mt. Pilgrim Church on Hoag off of Dorr St. A big congratulation goes out the Ajibola Green who put the whole event together and paid to get the word out. The turnout was phenomenal. There were around 150-200 people in the audience to hear Jawanza Kunjufu (keynote speaker) and others.

The Nanny State, PT.#69-Watch those happy feet

I'm reminded of the old Kevin Bacon vehicle, FOOTLOOSE

Court Backs NYC's Ban on Dancing in Bars

NEW YORK (AP) -- Come and meet those dancing feet, up on 42nd Street - but only in nightspots with special licenses.

The city's 80-year-old cabaret law banning dancing by patrons in ordinary bars and restaurants is legal, the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled Thursday.

Blog this - Michael Miller takes on anonymous posters (yes you)


But there remains an element of blogging and Web commentary that drags down the quality of conversation like a rotted corpse clinging to the heroine's ankles in a Stephen King story. Too many anonymous posters are electronic piss ants, crawling through the virtual dregs of more honorable people's thoughts and efforts.

Candidate Questions

Admin edit (informational to get truth out): This allegation had no merit, please see release below.

Press Release - Solicitor Bob Ariail Reviews Material Related to the Resignation of William E. Harner
June 7, 2004

Who is mostly responsible for the police shooting?

The Kid
63% (48 votes)
The Parents
30% (23 votes)
The Police
4% (3 votes)
I don't know
3% (2 votes)
Total votes: 76

Police Murder

I noticed no one has posted about this. What do you think about the policeman that was murdered? What is a 15 year old doing with a gun and out at 2 am? I have kids out in my neighborhood at 1 am many nights and I wonder why they are out wandering around so late.

Judge denies motion to dismiss

We thought we should bring you up to date on the Sunshine Complaint against the 3 for Children Coalition (Barnett, Steel & Sykes) by Steven Flagg on behalf of the Urban Coalition. On February 1, 2007 Judge James Jensen DENIED defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint filed June 28, 2006.

Nanny State, PT.#68-Girl Scouts Under Attack by Health Nazis

Smokers warned everyone else years ago. They were met with smirks.



Do You Think The Groundhog Was Right?(early spring 2007)

Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is not the Man of Steel

You can read my oped piece that appears in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution here

Toledo Among Worst Places For Men In 2007...


Men's Health Magazine has named Toledo the 3rd worst city in America for men to live in 2007...

Even Detroit finished ahead of us.


What do you think about TPS's decision to negotiate with Bill Harner?

Good choice
51% (21 votes)
Bad choice
22% (9 votes)
Don't know
17% (7 votes)
The fat lady is not singing
10% (4 votes)
Total votes: 41


I always heard the stories from my family about how nice the Old West End used to be. They lived there in the forties, fifties and sixties. Just the other day...going through my Dad's attic...I found an old reel of home made films my family took while having cook-outs and the like in their neighborhood. (about 1958-1960}.

Big Brother At His Best

From The Blade:

Public safety outweighs 'hip' for Toledo Wi-Fi
Potential cut in response times cited


How are the sidewalks?

The Blade reported this today; Snow hinders pedestrians Sidewalk owners ignoring 24-hour clearing rule.

And what the article fails to address and report is this;

"719.08. Location and maintenance of benches; specifications.

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