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Give money more than prayer to the victims of Sandy Hook
Saturday, December 15, 2012

There are lots of stories online today about all the prayers being given about the Sandy Hook school tragedy.  Meanwhile, organizations like Newtown Youth and Family Services will be providing counseling all weekend to those directly affected.  Consider making a donation to them.

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Feeding the homeless banned in major cities all over America
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This article describes how many cities are creating bans that prevent people from feeding hungry people that are experiencing homelessness. Sadly here in Cincinnati Food Not Bombs has been harassed for sharing healthy food with those that are hungry.

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Celebrating Woody Guthrie at 100
Thursday, July 05, 2012

Woody Guthrie was born July 14th, 1912 and became one of the nation’s greatest songwriters. As this interview shows, Guthrie boldly spoke out for labor and civil rights and against fascism during the McCarthy era.

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More conservative media bias: reporters interrupting POTUS!
Saturday, June 16, 2012

I’ve said it once, honey, and I’ll say it again.  There ain’t no liberal media bias.  There is a conservative bias.  When have you ever seen “liberal media reporters” disrespect the President by interrupting him and arguing with him?  You haven’t.  That’s because they don’t.  There isn’t a liberal media bias.  There is a conservative media bias.  And if you haven’t seen this story, you need to see it, babe!

Posted by Karen Eliot
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Leon Panetta: Macho Renaissance Man
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Glenn Greenwald describes how the media cheerleaders at 60 Minutes gush over military leaders like Defense Secretary and former CIA chief Leon Panetta. It is really nothing new, but it is quite nauseating to see the liberal media lap dogs uncritically swoon over them. 

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Joe Deters & David Singleton, of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center debate death penalty
Monday, June 04, 2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and David Singleton, of the Cincinnati based Ohio Justice and Policy Center chatted about the death penalty with the Enquirer.

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Dr. Victor Garcia, Core Change & Cincinnati’s third world problems
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Today Dr. Victor Garcia, Founding Director of Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Trauma Services, outlined Core Change, an initiative to improve the quality and safety of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods for an AIR Inc forum at Christ Church Cathedral. He described some of our city’s similarities to third world nations.

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Did the Hamilton County corporate parties do another dirty backroom deal again? (Probably!!!)
Thursday, May 17, 2012

I find it hard to believe that neither party can find challengers to the incumbents in the upcoming County Commissioner races. Especially after they got so much back lash from the last dirty backroom deal.

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Governor Kasich’s Deeply Flawed Energy Plan on Fast Track for Approval
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Statement of No Frack Ohio Columbus, Ohio— Today, Governor Kasich’s energy bill, which will benefit the oil and gas industry at the expense of consumers and their vital resources, was approved by the Ohio State Senate. Members of No Frack Ohio, a coalition to stop fracking, denounced the development.

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CityBeat laid off Kevin Osborne!
Friday, May 04, 2012

CityBeat has laid off Kevin Osborne. This is terrible news. Kevin Osborne provided some of the best political reporting in Cincinnati.  I remember, one afternoon standing outside a Kroger with a fresh copy of CityBeat, when an elderly woman stopped me to remark that she reads CityBeat because the Enquirer is totally useless—and I marveled at the notion that elderly women read CityBeat.  I think that speaks to the appeal of writers like Osborne.  He provided real news that was interesting to anyone and everyone, from college students to retired people.  With Osborne, you always knew where he stood.  You knew his perspective, which was refreshing for its honesty, but at the same time he still knew how to get at the real details of a story.  And now, presumably due to a desire to save money, CityBeat has gotten rid of a good writer. I used to appreciate CityBeat for managing to keep bringing us that kind of work.  Now I have one less reason to bother with them.  Sad day for Cincinnati news.  I know how stressful and disorienting it can be to get laid off.  My thoughts are with Kevin as he figures out what’s next. 

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
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The anti-German hysteria that swept Cincinnati in 1917 is relevant today
Monday, April 30, 2012

It’s interesting to note the similarities between the hysteria that was aimed at the German population in the US during WWI & II and what’s happening today to Muslims and anti-war activists. Yesterday I had the pleasure of hearing a great speach sung by Eugene Debs-an anti-war activist-sung by Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Johnny Rockets at the Banks
Monday, April 23, 2012

Though I’ve been to the Moerlein Lager House which is hard to beat, I haven’t been down to the Banks much so when I was invited to go down and check out the new Johnny Rockets I decide to head on down. It was nice to see that they made an effort to make it unlike any other Johnny Rockets in the country.

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Are Thiemann Realtors slumlords? It sounds like it
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Below is a report from the executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, Josh Spring. He met with the tenants and saw firsthand how they were forced to live in unsafe squalor. The slumlords appear to be ready to demolish the building but they failed to properly communicate with their tenants.

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BAR: Honor Dr. King (and Real Black History): Oppose Obama’s wars
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Black Agenda Report notes that King broke with a Democratic president over the “giant triplets” of militarism, extreme materialism, and racism. According to them, “Obamite revisionists must, in effect, gag the actual Dr. King to make him compatible with the current resident of the White House. They portray all of Black history as preparation for Inauguration Day, 2009.”

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Killed at Home: White Plains, NY Police Called Out on Medical Alert Shoot Dead Black Veteran, 68
Thursday, March 29, 2012

NY Police killed a 68 year old black veteran in his home after being called for a medical alert. Police were responding to a false alert from his medical alert pendent. He told them he was ok and that he didn’t need them and they broke in, tasered him and shot him dead.

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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NAACP seeks help from UN to protect voting rights in the US
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

According to this the NAACP is seeking a U.N. delegation of experts to monitor the impact of voter identification laws, as well new restrictions on same-day registration, early voting, Sunday voting, and making it harder to run a voting registration drive. Since last year 15 states have passed new voting laws that critics say suppress the votes of the poor, students and people of color.

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Occupy the Hood’s ongoing fight to change the current foreclosure practices
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CityBeat’s Fabien Tepper has this story about the actions Occupy the Hood is taking to change the current foreclosure practices. They are shining a light on the effects of the predatory lending practices that have disproportionately targeted poor and minority communities.

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Know Theatre of Cincinnati presents The Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Know Theatre is pleased to announce our next mainstage production, the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP). Know Theatre commissioned playwrights Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek to curate a performance piece from the writings available on the project website (http://www.awwproject.org). Ms. Martin & Ms. Hynek will also co-direct the piece.  The staged reading will show March 8 – March 11, 2012. Following the Friday, March 9 performance, Executive Director Elizabeth Lehr of The Afghan Women’s Writing Project will lead a post-show discussion.

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Movie Review: “A Dangerous Method”: Freud, Jung, and Spielrein
Friday, February 10, 2012

Photo courtesy of here.

Written by Dan La botz (Originally published on the New Politics blog)

David Cronenberg’s new film “A Dangerous Method” begins in the opening years of the twentieth century with the delivery to the Burghölzli Clinic of the Zurich Hospital of a young woman named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly) who, suffering from hysteria, becomes one of the early patients to undergo psychoanalysis. Spielrein, a wealthy, well-educated, and lovely young Russian Jewish woman—whose hysterical outbreaks express themselves in fits, tortuous postures, tormented speech, and bizarre behavior—comes under the care of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Jung, himself a follower of the Viennese physician Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), decides to experiment with his mentor’s revolutionary new treatment called “the talking cure.”

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Freedom Center + Dunbar History = Road Name Change?
Monday, February 06, 2012

I just read this article in the Enquirer, about the now-vanished Cincinnati community of Dunbar, which, according to the Enquirer, was “first settled in the early 1800s by fugitive slaves fleeing from the South.  Located in a hollow at the western edge of Madisonville along what is now Red Bank Expressway, Dunbar became one of the first black neighborhoods in southwestern Ohio.”  It seems people connected to this historic community now want it to be remembered, by changing the name of Red Bank Expressway to Dunbar Expressway.  I wonder what role, if any, the Freedom Center has or could have with a project like this.

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Occupy the Super Bowl: Now More Than Just a Slogan.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Nation has an article about how the Occupy movement and labor will be teaming up to occupy the Super Bowl. They are protesting Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel’s anti-union law with the Orwellian name-“Right to Work”.

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Conservatives Gone Wild
Monday, January 16, 2012

I don’t really have much to add about this.  But in Arizona, the schools have banned books by Chicano and Native authors.  Apparently, the study of Mexican literature lies outside the context of “Greco-Roman knowledge,” and therefore is not part of “Western Civilization.”  I’ve never seen such blatant promotion of the American mythology till I read that article.  This is shameful.

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
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Cincinnati NAACP Encourages Construction Sites and Businesses to Close for MLK Holiday
Sunday, January 08, 2012

The Cincinnati NAACP encourages construction sites and businesses to close for the MLK Holiday.  The Martin Luther King Federal Holiday is still the least observed Federal Holiday by businesses in the United States of America.

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Engineer, WWII War Resister – from the “Greatest Generation​” Turns 95
Monday, January 02, 2012

6pm Monday, January 2nd, friends and supporters will gather at Frisch’s at 3226 Central Parkway in Clifton to celebrate the 95th birthday of Gordon Maham - seasoned activist, humanitarian and “right hand man” of Cincinnati’s civil rights leader, the late Rev. Maurice F. McCrackin.  As a civil engineer, Maham placed much of 1-275 in the 1960’s. Maham has been arrested numerous times for issues ranging from supporting the homeless and affordable housing in Over the Rhine to anti-death penalty and anti-war (Peace) efforts and most recently supporting the Occupy movement in Piatt Park.

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The Grand Old (KKK) Party’s plan to block your vote
Sunday, December 25, 2011

Here’s a good article about how the Republican Party is working hard to make it harder to cast a ballot in the 2012 election. Old Jim Crow just never gives up. When will the Justice Department Act?

Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Juvenile Justice System Continues to Fail Ohio Children Despite Improvements in State Law
Friday, December 16, 2011

COLUMBUS – On the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the ACLU of Ohio, Children’s Law Center, and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender released an updated report card on the state’s progress to reform the juvenile justice system. The report found the state continues to fail its children by permitting them to be routinely shackled, refusing to ensure that children accused of crimes are represented by attorneys, and by not collecting adequate data to measure ongoing problems and successes within the system. 

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Ohio GOP: No Double-Dipping, Except For Us
Monday, December 05, 2011

Bill Sloat of the Daily Bellwether reports here on how, “A new Republican-sponsored bill to eliminate “double dipping” in Ohio’s state pension programs contains a loophole that exempts elected officials from the proposed ban.  The Republicans go after state workers—but not themselves.  In other words, legislators could double dip even if the bill becomes law.”

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King Records’ story told in high-tech fashion
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friday afternoon, a small group of high school music students from Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts and local music aficionados will learn about Cincinnati’s legendary King Records in a cutting-edge way: Through two-way videoconferencing with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

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Good riddance! Leslie Ghiz’s utterly self-centered admission
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Leslie Ghiz apparently has no dedication to the city she has been elected to serve all these years, treating it instead as a place to earn $60,000 as a place to report a couple times a week while checking her phone. In this article in the Enquirer, she admits her plans to put her house for sale and to move out of the city.  Now that we aren’t bankrolling her lifestyle anymore, she has no use for us.  Good riddance.  We need less people like her in this city. 

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Council candidates on the issue of school nurses
Friday, November 04, 2011

Check out this table put together by Growing Well Cincinnati, featuring where the candidates stand on the issue of school nurses.

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Hunter sues to make sure all votes are counted (2010)
Obama to pardon genetically modified animal product (2009)
Bearman Cartoon: Sarah Palin’s Turkey Pardon (2008)
Trash-talking HamCo GOP Chair says conservatives more generous than liberals! (2008)
Cincinnati 2009 Budget Summary (2008)
Jeff Berding’s Costly Strong Mayor Primary (2008)
Lazy Enquirer can’t even get pornographic headline right (2007)
Bush Administration Can Do More than Pardon Turkeys To Honor Thanksgiving Spirit (2007)
Letter from No Jail Tax PAC to David Pepper (2006)
Leslie Ghiz:  Profiles on Council, Part 1 (2006)
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