From the monthly archives: December 2013

“It is time.”  — Rafiki.

Big News.  A federal judge on Friday ruled Utah’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

You read that right.  Utah.  The headquarters of the Mormon Church.  The state that voted 71% for George Bush in 2004 and 73% for Mitt Romney in 2012.  THAT Utah.

These men (photo from AP and USA Today) were able to be married in Utah.  How F’n awesome is that?

The Utah federal judge wrote, “The State’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so […]

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Kasich Decides To Push Up Ohio Image

On December 20, 2013 By

Stopped by Victoria’s Secret at the mall today.  No, not as a voyeur, for heaven’s sake.  Rather,  I was curious about Gov. Kasich’s Ohio Miracle 2 to make Ohio sexier to the world.

Sexier not my word.  It appeared in newspaper headlines, as in Sexier image sought for Ohio,  so it must be true.  As sort of a pun, it drew from the announcement that Gov. Kasich  had engaged his friend,  billionaire Les Wexner, whose retail empire includes Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, to make the two “O’s”  in Ohio stand for…um… Oomph!

Not that it isn’t needed.  Except for […]

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In a year-end appearance hosted by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Republican State Senate President Keith Faber and Governor John Kasich continued to blame Washington for Ohio’s unfortunate economic condition.   According to Karen Kasler, Faber told the group that he blamed the “dysfunction in DC for a lot of Ohio’s bad economic headlines”; a rather hilarious statement considering the U.S. economy continues to show strong improvement, while Ohio continues to fall behind.

A report released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that Ohio continued to fall behind the other states in November.

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A Rambling Christmas List

On December 19, 2013 By

It’s that time of year. Lists abound. Best of. Worst of. Funniest. Saddest. Who we’ve lost. Then there’s the old Christmas Wish List. An old chestnut, not the roasted kind. Here’s mine in no particular order other than how they fell out of my tangled, dark mind.

1)      World Peace.  Trite, I know.  However that doesn’t lessen it as a goal and wish.

2)      Equal means equal. A basic concept that escapes so many of us. Gender, orientation, gender identity, race, creed or anything else. All people deserve the respect to have the same rights as anyone else. They are […]

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A columnist for the Orange County (Ca.) Register has plunged into the annual December  best-worst mix by listing 2013’s ten most annoying celebrities.  Although the idea was  a modest diversion to relieve the holiday stress, Barry Koltnow lost me in his top 10 selections because nine were Kardashians, a name I haven’t yet been able to associate with  any life forms.   Kardashian is more of brand name, don’t you think?

Miley Cyrus (sp.) topped the list.  I should admit that it took me weeks to discover it   was a girl’s name.   As you can see, I’ve been away […]

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has known William Schenck for decades.   Which may explain why DeWine has chosen not to suspend or fire Schenck from his job at the AG’s office after his December 2nd DUI arrest.

Schenk worked with DeWine in the Greene County Prosecutors Office.   They worked in private practice together at the firm DeWine, Schenck and Rose.   When DeWine served in the senate, Bill’s wife managed DeWine’s state office.   In the Senate, DeWine nominated Schenk for job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

So, when DeWine came into the Attorney General’s office, he […]

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Donald Trump, the modern wannabe gold standard for inquiries into birthplaces, reportedly was distressed to learn that Santa Claus was born in Turkey. With a Dutch name. With a sack loaded with entitlements. Right. For a birther with Trump’s credentials, it left him no choice but to demand that Santa be fired.

Of all places, Turkey, which tilts toward secularism with its renowned Grand Bazaar in Istanbul that can be shopper-crazy on most days. Still Santa arrived through the auspices of Saint Nicholas, the 4th Century Christian icon who gave away a lot of stuff. (I’m not sure how Santa […]

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Kasich in 2016. Really?

On December 18, 2013 By

Kasich in 2016. Really?
by Thomas Givens

I know a guy who works in state government. He got the job because he was very active in GOP politics. We were talking recently and he said, John Kasich was going to be the next President of the United States. He said this with a straight face and a gleam in his eye you only see in true believers. The Manson Family had that look as did the followers of Jim Jones.

I was speechless for a moment and said “Really?” He said John would be the best candidate fielded in years. […]

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Mike DeWine has taken another step against marriage equality.  He is continuing to fight against a federal court decision requiring Ohio to recognize a same sex marriage legally performed in another state.

The facts of this case, in case you forgot, are definitely compelling.   Two men, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, wished to get married before Arthur died of ALS.  So they took a charter flight to Maryland, got hitched, and then sued to compel Ohio to recognize the marriage on a death certificate.  We can’t link enough times to the Cincinnati Enquirer must read story.

The couple won in […]

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A new poll shows the Ohio governor’s race is a toss- up, and it signals trouble ahead for Gov. John Kasich’s re-election.

The survey of likely voters shows Kasich polling at just 40% against little-known Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who is Cuyahoga County’s executive.  Kasich’s trouble among conservatives is reflected in a 6% showing for Libertarian Charlie Earl, and the remaining 16 % are undecided, according to Public Policy Polling.

A survey in early November found Kasich and FitzGerald tied at 41 %.

“Although there’s been a fair amount of movement toward Republicans nationally since that time, the state of this […]

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A month ago we reported that Joe Rutherford, Kasich’s District 5 Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT),  had been fired and District 5 Business and Human Resources Administrator Colleen Ryan had been placed on administrative leave.   At the time we hinted that an IG’s investigation into Rutherford and Ryan was likely ongoing.

Since that last report, we have confirmed that the Ohio Inspector General is indeed investigating Rutherford and Ryan.    The Inspector General’s Office has not yet released the report and is not commenting on the investigation.

We have also confirmed that ODOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity has a […]

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