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Stockholm in the rearview mirror

Interesting column from Mr. Miller at the Toledo Free Press:

It's not accurate or fair to use the geographical terms

Karloffornia Strikes Again-Nanny State Marches On

Doesn't look like it's ever going to end, does it??


What's the party affiliation?

The Blade (http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070124/NEWS09/70...) has a story about election workers being convicted in Cleveland for secretly reviewing pre-selected ballots before the recount in order to avoid a more costly, time-consuming hand count of all votes.

But they don't give the party affiliation of the workers. A rule in the Board of Elections is that any time a ballot is handled, there needs to be at least one Republican and one Democrat together, to ensure 1) that nothing goes wrong with the ballot and 2) to protect the sanctity of the process being fair.

Council might give cat funds to pet agency


Toledo stopped enforcing its cat license ordinance years ago, but the law has remained in effect for 16 years, accumulating a fund of about $38,000.

City council now is considering an ordinance that would give that money to Humane Ohio, a nonprofit agency that spays and neuters cats..


Different circus, same clowns

Did you read this?

A PROPOSED ballot issue on school funding - a constitutional amendment intended to bypass the Ohio General Assembly - is just one more devious attempt to direct a never-ending stream of taxpayer dollars straight into the pockets of the usual suspects.

By usual suspects, we mean the militant teachers' unions, school administrators, and school boards, all of which are behind a constitutional amendment with the deceptively bland title "Getting It Right for Ohio's Future."

Strickland wants to subsidize health coverage for children

COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday stopped short of promising that all Ohioans will have health insurance under his administration, but he said making sure all children are covered is doable.

"That is a goal that I believe is very achievable," he told an Ohio State University conference of health-care professionals, insurance companies, employers, and consumer groups. "I think that would be an incredibly positive first start, to make sure all the children in our state have access to coverage," he said.

Fifth Third will move into O-I's old home; downtown tower to be renamed

Downtown Toledo's signature office tower has a signature tenant coming: Fifth Third Bank will move its local headquarters into the 32-story One SeaGate structure this year.

The announcement yesterday means the bank will replace Owens-Illinois Inc. as the prime tenant and fill perhaps as much as half of the building's vacant space. O-I moved its global headquarters to Perrysburg last summer.

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No Surprise There...

Fox News is letting viewers vote by text message on how the President did tonight. The vote as of this post:
POOR - 10%

Parenting. At it's finest....

Girl Kicked Off Plane After Tantrum

Jan 23 12:06 PM US/Eastern

AP Writer

Nancy Pelosi comes out solidly on the the Presidents' side

I was sitting through the State of the Union address tonight.

I was so happy to see Nancy Pelosi giving the President the lead for one after another standing ovation.

This is a great sign for healing, for our leadership to work together. I taped this - and I am so glad that I did. Nancy P. has crossed all boundaries and any aisle - in her support for the President.

I am so happy to see her solid support of the President.

TPS Candidate Resumes

The candidate resumes for TPS superintendent have been posted at talkingtps.com - here is the link


As I have said....here is our future. Barring real change....

I notice there is no "I'm just very sad" under the Post Feelings....there can be no argument that this is the track TPS is on..all the divisive 'who likes who' and who is getting a contract for what amount of money. The children lose. Big time. All the way around. Time for change???

I say - - oh hell yes.


Climate scientists feeling the heat

Scientists long have issued the warnings: The modern world's appetite for cars, air conditioning and cheap, fossil-fuel energy spews billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, unnaturally warming the world.

i can't believe i'm about to type this.....

i can't believe i'm about to type this, but i found this blade editorial piece to be a good read. of course, the writing was from an outside source.

nonetheless, it address the feel-good political issue of the moment.....the minimum wage.


Tom Maher as a candidate for Super.

This is from a news story from my Local paper: "SCHOOL BOARD A BATTLEGROUND

The controversy over the dismissal of Indian River County School Superintendent Tom Maher in late 2005 continued through 2006 as a divided school board battled over school construction plans, personnel and school sites. This led to voters electing three new members in 2006."

Website offers whistleblowers chance to go global

THE internet could become even more difficult for governments to regulate with a new website, Wikileaks, promising to provide a safe haven for whistleblowers to upload confidential documents.

Australians are among the volunteers behind the site. "Your country's support for the underdog and for a fair go is showing through," a spokeswoman said.

Comparing themselves with the leaker of the Pentagon papers that damaged the Nixon administration and eroded US public confidence in the Vietnam War, Wikileaks' creators say they will uncover unethical behaviour by developing "an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis".

My take on First Amendment Rights story

Wonder of wonders: the Toledo Free Press supports WSPD

Pricey council campaigns deter some from running

The bidding for a Toledo City Council seat this year starts around $25,000, candidates and analysts estimate, and it could go higher than $50,000.

Ellen Grachek says that's untenable.

Others say it's a bargain.

In Toledo's relatively unfettered campaign finance world, nearly everyone agrees it's reality.

Ms. Grachek, a Democrat, announced last week that she won't run for a second term representing council District 5. She doesn't like fund-raising, she explained, or the debts to donors it implies.

Book depository funds misused for years; 400k gone

Inside the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository, more than a million old books and journals line cardboard trays stacked on shelves a staggering 30 feet into the air.

A modified forklift sits at the ready to transport employees to the upper shelves when requests come in from area universities for the rarely used books that are stored there.

It is, by all accounts, a low-tech operation. Yet it was in the near anonymity of the quiet operation in Perrysburg's Levis Park that depository manager Michael McHugh, a Bowling Green State University employee since 1995, allegedly used the university's money to buy more than $400,000 worth of computers, printers, digital cameras, Palm Pilots, and other high-tech gadgets. When his purchases raised no eyebrows at BGSU, investigators say he then sold the electronics on the Internet auction site eBay or kept them for his own use.

On Used Cars, Terrorists, and Small Businessmen


If you did not see History Mike's posting on Ram Auto and how some innocent people got caught up, please stop over and look.


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