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Moody Comments On Wilkowski Plan

Wilkowski Economic Recovery Plan

Short On Specifics...Short On Solutions

Blogging in shades of clear gray

Since I did not do a good job at explaining my reasonings of the postings, I spent some time talking about them in the Free Press column this week titled "Blogging in shades of clear gray". Below is a slightly fatter version of that column. The Free Press had to get a certain word count so this one is a bit heavier.

SB meets da' Boor!

Article published March 05, 2009
Can Carty's flak explain trouble with 'bubbles'?

A few years ago, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner wanted to bring Wi-Fi to Toledo, even before - by his own admission - he'd brought himself to the Internet.

At the time, Hizzoner's city hall aerie had no functioning computer, a tidbit I gleaned from the mayor's then-spokesman, Brian Schwartz - and what made me think back on all of this is the current mayoral spokesman, Jason Webber.

Road rage suspect cleared of charges

WOOD COUNTY, OH - Felony charges against a Tennessee man accused of stabbing Toledo radio personality Troy Neff during a road rage incident in December have been dropped.

Last week the case against Jeffrey T. Hardeman, 42, was dismissed after the Wood County grand jury failed to return formal indictment against the Knoxville, Tenn., man.

Why it is wrong to say someone lied through hearsay

Lisa Renee, in the comments on her post about the PIO postings, made an interesting leap that I was saying two stories to her and the media based on very shaky reasonings. She went and posted on her blog some of the tidbits of information on the conversation I had with her but the interesting thing was the timing. Only an hour after I taped the interview on 13abc, Lisa made the pronouncement that I changed my story, which was really strange since she was not there and she said it before the broadcast.

Toledo Tweetup II: March 24

Do you Twitter?

Are you free any time 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 24?

Can you get to Arnie's in Westgate (3332 W. Central Ave.)?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are invited to Toledo Tweetup II. Meet other Toledo-area Twitterers in person and get to know the real them (at least share a drink or a bite).

National Train Day Celebration Event


TOLEDO, Ohio, March 3, 2009 - Toledo's Amtrak Station will host the
second annual National Train Day Celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2009
from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
located at 415 Emerald Ave. in downtown Toledo.

The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) and Amtrak are
hosting these nation-wide day-long events to celebrate National Train
Day which commemorates the completion of the first transcontinental
railroad system on May 10, 1869 at Promontory, Utah. The events will

Sylvania City Council Finds A New Way To Annex Township: WATER!!!!

When the attempt to annex Sylvania Township failed last fall, the folks at OneSylvania knew it would be three years before another attempt at a merger could take place. But Doug Haynam, a OneSylvania proponent and Sylvania City Council member, has already found a way to usurp the will of Sylvania Township residents. Hold them hostage for water!

Favorite non-chain Toledo area restaurants

Discuss your favorite Toledo area restaurants, preferably non-chain places. Even better, make it a hole-in-the-wall joint, like the dinner I had at Pat and Dandy's on Laskey Road tonight.

Truth moment: I really wanted to start a post so that DB-A's goofy mug and his book were no longer the first thing I saw when I loaded Swampbubbles. However, I did have a great slab of BBQ ribs at this neighborhood bar and grill, and at $12.95, it was a heckuva bargain. Meat fell right off the bones, and the sweet-tangy sauce was worth remembering, especially the ever-so-slight hint of cloves.

How can Carty's spokesperson help when he thinks Carty is digging his political grave? - updated

Jason Webber, the current spokesperson for the City of Toledo, must have a difficult job. On Jason's Myspace blog he says Carty is digging his political grave in a post titled "Workin’ for the man...":

Paul Harvey Dead, Will Taylor Kia Show Respect???

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I'm hoping that Steve Taylor at Taylor Kia/Cadillac will now find a new way to get people in his dealerships. I've always found his "celebrity voice" commercials offensive, especially since there's been no "celebrity voice impersonated" disclaimers. Here's a great opportunity to add some class to your dealerships. Please take it.

Top 15 Twitter users in Toledo

Here are the top 15 Twitter users in Toledo:

Rank Name Bio Followers
1 allenmireles

Moody's City Financial Speech Pt.1 & 2

Toledo start up company can make you 3D in less than 2 min

TechTol Imaging, LLC has developed proprietary software and an imaging studio that can
capture a 3D rotational image of any object in seconds. TechTol can produce 3D images of
items such as shoes, watches, and clothing featuring live models if desired. The
technology stands to revolutionize presentations by a multitude of industries including :
Distance learning
Clothing retail
Social Networks
Medical fields
Museum archiving
Their website http:// features a video demonstrating the process.

Please check us out and give us your feedback,
Zak Ward

The Stainbrook tapes

Michael Miller of the Toledo Free Press pens this week's column on the "Stainbrook tapes". An interesting read if you are following the whole saga. Also of fun are the proposed messages that Jon may have on tape.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Agriculture Committee, made the following statement today in
response to the Obama Administration's position on eliminating direct
payments to producers.

"Agriculture is the backbone of Ohio's, and our nation's, economy. Our
farmers already struggle to maintain daily operations and during this
time of economic uncertainty safety nets exist to provide support to
ensure our nation's food supply is bountiful and safe.

Provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill provide these safety nets and while

Toledo lobbies for expansion of rail project

Toledo lobbies for expansion of rail project

"One individual project that we spent a fair amount of time discussing was the intermodal proposal which we've been talking about for a couple of decades," Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said yesterday as he recounted his trip to the state capital Wednesday to lobby for a share of the $787 billion stimulus plan.

A couple DECADES???

CARTY - gets things done??

Printing machine model numbers on Cleveland schools invoices are phony, sheriff's detective says

Apparently the printers on the invoices never existed. Did I mention how good it is that this happened in Cleveland? At least we will probably hear the rest of the story.
Not only did the Cleveland schools fail to receive six printing machines at the center of a state and county investigation, but a detective says the equipment never existed.

Model numbers on the invoices are similar to some used by Ryobi, the company listed as the manufacturer. But the numbers are phony, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Detective David Lisy said.

Income Tax Hearing

I have received many, many emails inquiring about the proposed ordinance that would increase the income taxes for people living in Toledo but working in the suburbs.

Toledo City Council's Committee of the Whole will be discussing this issue and will take public testimony at a meeting Monday, March 2nd at 4:30 p.m. The committee meeting will be in City Council chambers at One Government Center on Jackson and Erie.

Tom Waniewski

Sears talks about the budget process

As the 128th General Assembly begins the task of improving Ohio's
suffering economy, the state operation budget is the focus of
deliberation here at the state capitol. As a member of the House
Finance and Appropriations Committee and the Human Services
Subcommittee, I am working to pass a budget that will create jobs for
Northwest Ohio, better fund our schools, protect our communities and
serve our citizens effectively.

The state budget is the basis for government operation for the next two
years. It is the foundation and the controlling document for the

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