Editorial

Editorial

The Toledo Blade Letter: High price of political hay

High price of political hay
Sat. July 31, 2010
http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100731/OPINION03/100739949
Rich Iott a political candidate with views from a privilege life.

It's Time to Stand Up to Right-Wing Propaganda!

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By E.J. DIONNE, JR.
http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100727/OPINION04/7260341/-1/RSS02
THE smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in U.S. politics. This is not a "teachable moment." It is a time for action.

The mainstream media and the Obama Administration must stop cowering before a right wing that has persistently forced its propaganda to be accepted as news by convincing traditional journalists that "fairness" requires treating extremist rants as "one side of the story."

The Toledo Blade Letter: Rich Iott faring better than ex-workers

Letter-to-the-Editor July 20, 2010
Iott faring better than ex-workers
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100720/OPINION03...
Rich Iott is lending himself $800,000 for his campaign (“Iott loans $823,100 to House campaign,” July 17).

It appears the man who ran the Seaway Food Town grocery stores out of town is doing much better than the 4,000 or so former Food Town employees.

I wonder how many of them will donate to his campaign.

Hal Simon
Maumee

Electing the Next Statist

From Ken Matesz, Candidate for Governor of Ohio

July 16, 2010

Many supporters of my campaign are aware that I teach classes about the US Constitution. In fact, my first public announcement of my candidacy for Governor of Ohio occurred at the very end of one of my classes last winter. A month or so later at a tea party gathering where I briefly spoke, one of my students came to me and said, “I really appreciate your class and everything you are doing, but I will not be voting for you. I have to cast a vote for the Republican candidate. We can’t let the Democrats stay in office.”

Conservative class war needed

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by Ross Douthat
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/opinion/12douthat.html
Quote from article:
"In case after case, Washington’s web of subsidies and tax breaks effectively takes money from the middle class and hands it out to speculators and have-mores. We subsidize drug companies, oil companies, agribusinesses disguised as “family farms” and “clean energy” firms that aren’t energy-efficient at all. We give tax breaks to immensely profitable corporations that don’t need the money and boondoggles that wouldn’t exist without government favoritism.

Boehner: The most unhappy fellow in Washington

The Most Unhappy Fellow
June 30, 2010
Author Gail Collins
Quote from New York Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/opinion/01collins.html?_r=1&ref=gailco...
"Boehner looked burned-out in the interview, like a sullen college student sitting through a boring seminar. A very tanned, puffy-eyed, 60-year-old college student.

What was his problem? Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC talk-show host and former Republican congressman, volunteered an answer: Boehner had the work ethic of a sullen college student as well.

Doomsayers disputed

The Toledo Blade Opinion June 28, 2010
http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100628/OPINION02/6280315/-1/OPINION
A certain portion of the population responds to every hike in a city fee or reduction in a city service by saying: See! It's no wonder people are leaving Toledo in droves.

Problem is, they're not.

According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Toledo lost fewer than 500 residents between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009. That's hardly a flood, and it's better than how Akron, Dayton, or Cleveland fared over the same period.

Have you heard?

Recently I told someone that my doctor said I was definitely in "decline" (I have AIDS).

Terror Kitty and the Photojournalist

One of my first posts out here was a little rant regarding the use of photos in news stories. My point was that pictures can affect the way we view the story, and that the media knows it. The NY Times just hit me in the face with this one today: Really? "Awwww.... look at the sad widdle tewowist wid his widdle puddy tat."

Poor misguided, attempted-mass-murdering puddy tat! Sheesh.

Below are links to the NY Times story, and the original Swampbubbles discussion.

More Muslim Arab terrorists from Toledo?

Article published in The Blade June 04, 2010
Toledo couple held for alleged aid to terror organization Hezbollah
Case based on informant once arrested by immigration services

Hor and Amera Akl ...

...After an eight-month federal investigation, the West Toledo husband and wife were arrested yesterday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, Hezbollah...

Junk: Online gripes, corporate lawsuits, and "Precision Marketing".

The New York Times (read it and all the rest of our "Nation's Newspapers" while they still exist) finally does a brother some good. According to this article, a FaceBook group criticizing a towing company in Kzoo, MI has drawn a lawsuit from those same-said blacktop pirates. The question raised by an anti-defamation suit of this nature is: can online griping really get us in trouble?... Let's find out:

Prophet Paparazzi Throughout the Ages

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Yeah… so apparently it wasn’t illegal to depict Mohammed until a few hundred years ago. Before that, ancient (and even not-so-ancient) artists and sacred documents included snaps of Mohammed on the mountain, on a centaur, shopping rodeo drive, and wasted and panty-less getting out of a limo...

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BravoBox June in the works

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BravoBox is in the throes of a June edition. We'll be pimping Perrysburg, talking books, and knocking a few back on the front porch. Suggestions needed:Best Midwest Craft Brews? Any thoughts?

Social Media and the Arts: Pimp-ass Grandstanding

A professional stage director, and a man who I very much respect once said to me, “If your friends talk about theater, get new friends.” I don’t think he meant it as an indictment of the slobbering neurotic crowd as a whole, but more as a lifestyle warning: a hedge-bet against the immersive tendencies of a life in the arts. He meant: “If they talk it, they’re not doing it. You’re doing it and you need to stay sane. You must find a way to disconnect.” I’m only now sorting out that lesson as it applies to social-networking.

George Carlin ~ The American Dream~

Rebooting Mankind – words n stuff.

Usually, if BravoBox takes on a singular book, it's because it has become so popular, and so thoroughly pimped, that there is no choice but to chop it to shreds, debunk its claims, and hopefully libel its author and acolytes so succinctly as to land us in hot water with a gaggle of bloggers, historians, amateur journalists, and rpg-ers typing one-handed from their parents' basement.

Sometimes, however, we run across a work that is not quite well-known enough to earn our literary "scorched-earth" policy. Sometimes, we just like it, and think you should too.

Opera's Silly Answers to Real Problems

Now this is just silly - it is also why BravoBox publishes under-cover.
We probably shouldn't have this opinion, and sure as hell shouldn't be saying it, but... The Toledo Blade (yes... I know) published an article on Sunday's front page about the financial struggles at the Toledo Opera. The numbers (and the "solutions") are simply astounding:

BravoBox May 2010 edition:

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Pandora - Neo-Luddites in Cyberspace: Exactly how dystopian does a brother’s world-view need to become in order to anticipate the ever-present, 24/7 need in potentia for a titanium spork?

Foreign Invasion

Stand Up for Arizona
By Patrick J. Buchanan

The World is Flat: 4 1/2 steaming piles out of 5

Thomas Friedman’s "The World is Flat" has been ubiquitously referenced in the last several years. Friedman is a hack.

Friedman is a journalist. That’s his gig, and in that capacity he bears one specific qualification: He is able to crank out a few hundred words a week at a fourth grade reading level. That’s the sum of the man’s gifts, and the full breadth of his expertise on the global economy.

Full article moved to BravoBox Archive
http://bravoboxarchive.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/2010-04-thomas-friedman-...

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