From the daily archives: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

From the Hamilton Pulse Journal:

“What a piece of artwork that just gets your attention,” Jacobs said. “It’s something that when you see it, it’s always embedded in your mind.”

How true…

Said 41-year-old Oxford resident Kimberly McAllister: “When I heard about it, my first thought was ‘How am I going to find Monroe now?’ ”

How ’bout that Exit sign you’ve never seen that says “Monroe” because you were too busy staring at the Holy Interstate Son of God?

“I think it’s a sign of the end of the world,” said Paul Wright, 21, of Oxford. “If […]

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Congresswoman Jean Schmidt cannot let David Krikorian go.  The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that she has sued Krikorian for defamation in Clermont County over Krikorian’s 2008 campaign in which he alleged that Schmidt was a denier of the Armenian genocide in Turkey and had accepted “blood money” from the Turkey government for her silence.

These same campaign statements were part of a successful Ohio Election Commission complaint Schmidt filed against Krikorian last year.

The suit, filed last week in Clermont County Common Pleas Court, seeks $6.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages for what it said were false allegations […]

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Back in April, the Ohio Democratic Party noted a few highly questionable donors giving money to Republican State Treasurer candidate Josh Mandel.  One of those donors was Roger Hertog who, the Ohio Democratic Party, had quite the business resume:

Roger Hertog, Vice Chairman of Alliance Capital Management, contributed $11,300 to Mandel. [Ohio Secretary of State, Campaign Finance, Accessed 4/13/10; contributions made 7/28/09 and 09/21/09] Hertog was in “hot water” over Alliance Capital Management’s loss of $335 million in Florida’s state pension funds [Washington Monthly, 3/1/02] Company settled with State of New York for $600 million for abusive trade […]

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I’ve been waiting for this shoe to drop in my county council race, and boy is it a stinker.  Wow.

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You really have to wonder how committed John Kasich is to his campaign for Governor of Ohio when his plans for this week include a trip to New York City to promote his new book.

According to his publisher Simon and Schuster John’s going to be in NYC on Saturday promoting his book on Fox News and MSNBC. And on Sunday he’ll be doing the same on Fox News Radio.

I’m not exactly sure how pimping your new book on Fox News in another state is going to help convince the people of Ohio that you’re the most qualified […]

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Today, Dirk Thompson from 610 WTVN, a talk radio host in Columbus played a clip from an interview John Kasich gave an interview to Brian Wilson of Newstalk 1370 WSPD last week in which Kasich talks about his gun views.  (So, Kasich now we know that Kasich will be accessible to right-wing talk radio in Ohio, Fox News, but not the Ohio newspapers and television stations.) Let’s all take a listen to see how that goes:

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When asked if Kasich would support re-instituting an assaults weapons plan like he support multiple times in the 1990s, Kasich […]

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Big Butter Jesus, a Southwestern Ohio national landmark/eyesore, was destroyed last night in a venegeful act of God/irony.

Here’s the before:

Here’s the after:

(HT: WLWT in Cincinnati for the images)

And here’s the Heywood Banks song that made Big Butter Jesus into a national treasure:

And here you can watch the statute burn in its sacrilegious glory:

This clearly was an Act of God and nothing to do with what happens when you wrap flammable Styrofoam in a big metal statute, drop it in a body of water in […]

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…and burns to the ground.

The large Jesus statue iconic to Interstate 75 in Monroe was destroyed following an apparent lightning strike during a thunderstorm.

Motorists were stopped along the highway and along Union Road in Monroe to watch the 62-foot King of Kings statue burn. The fire was reported at 11:15 p.m. Monday, June 14. Within minutes, all that was left was the steel frame of the statue at Solid Rock Church, 904 N. Union Road.

My favorite bit? This:

“It sent goosebumps through my whole body because I am a believer,” said Levi Walsh, 29. […]

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