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October 31, 2004

John Kerry's Dishonorable Discharge? - "There is overwhelming evidence that the Navy gave John Kerry either a dishonorable discharge or an undesirable discharge – which is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge without the felony conviction – and that, as a result of such discharge, he was stripped of all of his famous but questionable Navy awards and medals. And the kicker? The evidence is on his website!" - More>>
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Iraq Liberation Act six-year anniversary - The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 was overwhelmingly passed by the House and unanimously passed by the Senate. Bill Clinton signed it into law on October 31, 1998. The act says, "Declares that it should be the policy of the United States to seek to remove the Saddam Hussein regime from power in Iraq and to replace it with a democratic government." In December 1998, Bill Clinton ordered missile strikes on Iraq. Clinton said, "Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons." - More>>
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October 30, 2004

Porn industry hates Bush - Well that's a bad play on words. "It has been become painfully clear to adult industry publisher Dave Manack that if George W. Bush is re-elected next Tuesday, it would not be good for the pornography industry across America. Adult Video News, the adult industry's trade magazine -- which has labeled Attorney General John Ashcroft as "the American Taliban" -- also has come out forcefully against President Bush. And CBS News reports that Michael Ocello, president of the Association of Club Executives -- which includes adult businesses -- said his group believes the president's brand of conservatism is bad for the strip club business."
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October 29, 2004

Question on the 3/4 Tax Levy - Someone help me out here. Wasn't this suppose to be a temp tax? Why are we seeing it every couple of years? (Or am I wrong?) - More>>
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New Al Qaeda video, who cares? - The video looked hokey to me. I busted out laughing when I saw it. You got to be kidding me. If the chap in the video was wearing a Detroit Tigers ballcap, I'd say it was Michael Moore dressed up in a bad Halloween costume. Maybe a new documentary. Hey, it's not the first time the world was duped by a terrorist video. Remember the California dude who faked his own beheading? - More>>
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October 28, 2004

Films to See Before You Vote Tour - Showing in Toledo Nov. 1st - For Immediate Release

FILMS TO SEE BEFORE YOU VOTE TOUR
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Voting Issues - Is there a web site that details what issues are on the ballots next week?
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October 27, 2004

Lunar eclipse - Takes place tonight. "The event will begin at 8:10 p.m. although the most striking activity won't start until 9:17 p.m. The moon should be totally darkened at 10:25 p.m. and the total eclipse portion will end at 11:43 p.m. A partial eclipse will continue until 1:58 a.m. The full moon -- nicknamed the hunter's moon or the blood moon -- will gradually dim, darken, turn red-orange and then brighten again as it slides into and then out of Earth's shadow." Next lunar eclipse is March 2007.
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'Halloween Happenings' - Toledo Parent has a list of the local Trick or Treat times for this Sunday and a list of other Halloween events. Just remember to be sensitive to the witches.
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Barlos upset with Gerken ad - "Lucas County Commissioner Harry Barlos has asked the Democratic Party Chairwoman, former commissioner Sandy Isenberg to use her influence to get Democrat Pete Gerken to pull a TV ad which claims Barlos took a Hawaiian trip on the taxpayers dollar. Barlos reminds Isenberg that she was on the trip to a County Commissioners Association convention also, and that it was a legitimate expense approved in public at a county commissioners meeting. Barlos says the TV ad is a violation of the "clean campaign" pledge they signed on "The Morning News" with Bob Frantz earlier this year. Gerken says the ad is factual and he won't apologize for it." Factual, sure, but the ad doesn't contain all of the facts. So it's intentially deceiving. And don't hold your breath for an honest response from The Berg.
posted by jr to politics at 1:18 P.M. EST     1 comment

Local debate transcripts - I must be looking in the wrong places, because I can't find the text transcript for WNWO's Issue 4 debate. I also can't find the transcript for WTVG's Kaptur-Kaczala debate. What a disservice to the public if the transcripts are not available. Maybe it's my search skills. Or is the local media stuck in the dark ages? If a media outlet sponsors a debate, they should be required to post the transcript. WSPD has hosted a few debates, but I don't see their transcripts either. I don't understand that. It takes a little work, but isn't that the role of the media? Believe it or not, not everyone can watch and listen to every show.
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Smoking ban debate - According to restaurant Owner Arnie Elzie, "Millions of dollars have been lost along with 600 jobs since the ban was enacted." Elzie believes "those jobs and dollars, have been going to bars without a ban in surrounding suburbs such as Maumee and Sylvania, while Toledo remains isolated."
posted by jr to business at 1:03 P.M. EST     4 comments

Future budget problems for TPS - "Without discussion, the Toledo Board of Education approved last night a five-year financial forecast for the school district that projects a future deficit even if a renewal levy passes next week. it projects a growing deficit that's expected to be $55 million by the end of the 2008-09 school year." TPS should take some money from that huge-ass building levy passed two years ago. Oh, but they can't. The building levy is only for bricks, concrete, steel, and wiring. What a scam that is. 55 new Toledo schools to be built. Take some money from the building levy and only build 45 or 50 new schools. That won't happen. So property owners will have to pay for it.
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New school bully rules - "The Ohio State Board of Education adopted what they're calling School Climate Guidelines, an anti-harassment/bullying policy. The rules describe school environments that promote the safety and well-being of students and staff, and parental and community involvement." It's a worthless read. It's a feel-good attempt by the Board of Education to appear to be doing something worthwile. Look at part C of the policy: "C) Design a plan and process to evaluate the effects of this policy." We need to have a meeting to determine the best time to have the meeting to discuss what will be presented at the meeting.
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October 26, 2004

More mainstream media fraud? - On Monday, the NY Times reported that a large weapons cache vanished from Iraq. While in Toledo Monday, Edwards was quick to rip Bush for not securing the weapons site. Kerry is also blaming Bush. But according to NBC Nightly News on Monday, the weapons were missing before our military troops reached the site. Baghdad fell on April 9, 2003, and on the next day, "NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army's 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al Qakaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing." - More>>
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Toledo financial woes - "Members of Mayor Jack Ford's top staff have approached city unions about giving back some of the wage increases planned for next year to help bail the city out of a $14 million deficit. Two union leaders said yesterday that, at this point, they are not willing to make contract concessions."
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October 25, 2004

Vatican book-of-the-month club - "A Vatican handbook made public Monday questioned preventive war and denounced the “horrendous crime” of abortion, but Vatican officials denied they were trying to influence the U.S. presidential election campaign." (Handbook? What in the hell is the Bible? Sorry. I mean, what in the heck is the Bible for?) "Officials sidestepped questions on whether the war in Iraq was illegal and whether Roman Catholics can vote for politicians who back laws permitting abortion." (It's a 524-page handbook. How can anything be sidestepped?) - More>>
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Toledo is a hot attraction - At least for the next week in the world of politics. John Edwards, Michael Moore, George Soros, John Kerry, and Sean Hannity will be visiting Toledo this week. George Bush will be in Findlay on Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, C-SPAN will televise the Denny Schaffer radio show, which airs on AM 1370 WSPD. After November 2, it will probably be, "Toledo who?"
posted by jr to politics at 7:59 P.M. EST     4 comments

2003 violent crime stats - "Murder was the only violent crime that increased in 2003, with the 16,503 slayings reported by police to the FBI representing." Also, 17,000 Americans are killed each year by drunk drivers. Let's see, since Sep 11, 2001, about 100,000 Americans have been killed as result of murder and drunk driving. With numbers like that, who needs terrorists? We kill ourselves.
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October 22, 2004

Blackwell Compares Gay Couples, Farm Animals - "Ohio's Secretary of State is coming out strong in support of Issue One, the measure that would ban same-sex marriage. Kenneth Blackwell spoke to an energized crowd at the Cathedral of Praise Tuesday night. Blackwell said it's time for people of God to take a stand. He even drew a comparison between same-sex couples and farm animals. "I don't know how many of you have a farming background but I can tell you right now that notion even defies barnyard logic ... the barnyard knows better," said Blackwell."
posted by jr to news at 11:00 A.M. EST     5 comments

Battleground states - Just like what the political nerds have been saying for months, it appears the presidential election will now be decided by four states: Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. 85 electoral votes among those states. And based upon a zillion recent polls, those four states are toss ups.
posted by jr to politics at 10:42 A.M. EST     6 comments

BG native in Playboy - "The 24-year-old [Cara] Zavaleta, a Bowling Green native who has also called Toledo home in recent years, is occupying eight pages (including that coveted tri-fold section in the middle) of the longest-running, most famous men’s magazine around — Playboy. Gentlemen (and ladies), meet Miss November. ... modest proportions (34”-25”-34”, to be exact) ... “I would be happy on a Friday night with yarn and a bunch of sticks,” she says, referring to her love of knitting. Zavaleta will meet the public Wednesday, Oct. 27 to sign copies of the November 2004 issue of Playboy at the following times and locations: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Leo’s Book Store, 333 N. Superior St.; 4-6 p.m., Mike’s Party Mart, 834 S. Main St., Bowling Green." - More>>
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Halloween offends witches - Holy hellfire. Even our witches today are a bunch of over-sensitive, thin-skinned wimps. Somewhere out in the great state of Washington, "There will be no kiddie costume parade, no classroom candy handouts this year in Puyallup's public schools. District officials say the ban is largely a matter of religious sensitivity -- to Wiccans. Pumpkins and cornstalks are fine, he said, but witches, black cats or "similar decorations that are intended to frighten or scare individuals" are not."
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October 19, 2004

ACORN - "The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families, with over 150,000 member families organized into 750 neighborhood chapters in more than 60 cities across the country." Sounds noble. Probably are. But ACORN is also associated with voter fraud. - More>>
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Urban Coalition opposes TPS renewal levy - "The Urban Coalition says it will not support Issue 35, the levy renewal issue for Toledo Public Schools. Spokesman Steven Flagg says the district has not kept some promises made, including one to review the Toledo Plan for evaluating new teachers. Flagg says the group has serious concerns about the building program, a new discipline code for the district, and what he calls a lack of action on the action plan released last year by the Committee for School Reform."
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Flu vaccine info - John Kerry and Hillary Clinton blame Bush for the shortage of flu vaccines. Others say the shortage is due to regulations implemented by Hillary and Bill Clinton in the 90s. No profit, no point in producing a vaccine. Lawsuits against vaccine producers are a problem. Whatever, it apparently makes for a good news story. - More>>
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Vices hurt economy - "Excessive eating, smoking and drinking by Americans is partially responsible for rising health care costs causing a drag on the U.S. economy, Treasury Secretary John Snow [Toledo native] said on Tuesday. Snow, who has often singled out "frivolous lawsuits" as the main driver for a spike in U.S. health care costs, told business leaders meeting at a Pennsylvania hospital that over-indulgent lifestyles were also a factor." Okay, well we got the smoking ban in place, although the sale of tobacco is still allowed for some reason. I expect we'll soon see bans on junk food and booze too. Obesity-related ills cost taxpayers money. Someday, obesity is expected to surpass tobacco as the number one preventable death. Therefore, we need our government to control what we eat. To protect us from ourselves. We'll be healthier, and health care costs will drop.
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Toledo Opera Presents The Pirates of Penzance - Here’s your chance to get carried away by pirates! Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty "model of a modern Major-General" for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus, and vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power while the company's vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting to a modern audience.
"The Pirates of Penzance" - they'll steal your heart away!
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October 18, 2004

Provisional ballot problems - "The decision by federal Judge James Carr of Toledo last week that voters can cast provisional ballots at a precinct anywhere in their home county means that we could be in for a very long wait to find out who will be the next president of the United States. The ruling simply means that voters no longer have to worry about getting to the right precinct anymore." (Today in Florida where people there are allowed to start voting ...) "People who cast a provisional ballot at the wrong precinct aren't entitled to have their votes counted, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday, rejecting an argument by labor unions that the rule wrongly disenfranchises voters." - More>>
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Kaptur, Kaczala debate on Wednesday - "U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, and Republican challenger Larry Kaczala will square off in a live televised debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nitchske Auditorium on the University of Toledo campus. The forum, which is sponsored by The Blade and WTVG-TV Channel 13, will be the only chance to see the two side-by-side before the Nov. 2 election." The only chance? Isn't that because Kaptur has backed out of one or two other debates?
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