From the monthly archives: February 2016

Over the past few days I’ve become fairly well convinced we’re going to see a Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump general election for the Presidency of the United States. Of course, I could be wrong. So much could happen. But right now, that’s what it looks like.

In perfect honesty, I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter. For a while now, the anti-poverty effort and its offshoots (such as highlighting the injustice of wage stagnation and wealth and income inequality) have been primary concerns for me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that in the Democratic Primary, I support the candidate who […]

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We’ve heard for nearly a year that the Ohio Local Report Card Data would be a mess due to the new (one-time-only) assessments, new cut scores, etc.  Patrick O’Donnell from Cleveland explained some of the problems last week, the day before the majority of the grades were released:

The state will be issuing its grades tomorrow for how well kids met math and English expectations and for how much they learned over the 2014-15 school year – the first year that Ohio tested students on the new multi-state standards.

Just don’t expect any neat and tidy answers – only lower […]

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In last Thursday’s Republican debate in Houston, Texas, the tenth internecine combat day so far, Gov. John Kasich was on the end again. But that may have helped him escape having to answer the question posed to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz regarding when they would release their tax returns.

In 2012, the issue of tax returns came to haunt Republican candidate Mitt Romney. He initially refused to release his tax returns but relented until his wife Ann said they wouldn’t release any more, because critics would just use them to raise more questions. This year, Romney said […]

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For fans of Game of Thrones, Donald John Trump auditioned for and won the role of The Mountain Thursday night in Houston, Texas, as he brutalized his nearest would-be challengers, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in the 10th Republican debate.

The combination shouting match and political blood bath offered viewers watching it on CNN a front row seat to the final five candidates hoping to win the Republican nomination for president. Who that nominee will be will be determined in July, in Cleveland, where Trump will either enter the foregone winner or have to fend off […]

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Perhaps no American comedian’s material has remained so relevant for so long after his death like that of Bill Hicks. Twenty-two years since he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32, Hicks’ jokes slice through the bullshit of everyday reality in our country’s culture and politics with the brutality of a Maximilian Robespierre.

Hicks paraded the tyrant hypocrisy through the town square and past the gawking masses like the eternal enemy it is, kneeling it down in the guillotine and dropping the curved blade of his wit with an efficiency and finality that left the target’s head staring […]

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As a child, I refused to try new foods. Unless Spaghetti-O’s or PB&J had without warning been renamed something called cole slaw, it would not be meeting my palate. I was fairly dogged about this, and no amount of cajoling or punishment could get me to change my mind. 

I would sit for what seemed like hours after everyone else had finished their food and cleared the table, staring at a plate of what looked to me to be congealed slop specifically designed to turn my sensitive stomach. But at least I got a good, hard (and long) […]

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Kasich Ohio’s Man of LaMancha

On February 25, 2016 By

Ever since John Kasich piled up a 60 pct. landslide victory over Donald Trump (3 votes to 2) in Dixville Notch, Coos County, N. H. in the flagship round of the Republican primaries, there’s been no dimming of the Ohio governor’s moonbeams in his good-will journey of boasts and Bibles.

Moonbeams? Even as he finished dead last in Nevada and a new poll showed him behind Trump in Ohio, his cup-bearers have concocted a new commercial called “Never Give Up” to be aired in Vermont for Heaven’s sake. It’s heroic thematic line: “Like the people who make America great, John […]

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After Kasich, We Can Again Eat In

On February 25, 2016 By

Ever since John Kasich decided that he’d rather be president than governor he’s been delivering all of us decades into his past: the blue-collar kid from Western Pennsylvania whose father was a mailman; the former chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee who singlehandedly (the way it sounds in his current speeches) balanced the federal budget; the former member of the Armed Services Committee who opposed the B-52 bomber: the can=do politician who insists that he is “surging” in the presidential race even when he’s not. In his long history in Ohio he’s assured us that he can accomplish everything […]

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Gov. John Kasich has offered no apologies for a billion dollar per year for-profit charter school system that over five years of his administration has been downgraded to national joke status.

The Washington Post recently dubbed Ohio’s for-profit charter school system a “mess,” even as Kasich says his record in Ohio makes him the best Republican candidate for president.

Documents including emails recovered through requests for public records provided more clarity Wednesday morning on the large sums of taxpayer dollars involved and the web of state players who helped orchestrate a scheme to milk taxpayers of millions that went […]

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By the time the witching hour arrived on the east coast and in heartland states like Ohio, way out west in Nevada, Donald Trump had racked up a 45.9 percent win margin as GOP caucus voters bet big on the New York real estate billionaire and reality TV star.

Trump’s huge win tonight will put pressure on the remaining weak Republican candidates, like John Kasich in Ohio and former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, to get out of the race. More intense matchups between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who are competing for second place.  can […]

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It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Ohio Gov. John Kasich works in “Candyland,” as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the easy Republican-led legislature and state Kasich was gifted in 2010 and has enjoyed ever since.

Yet even though he has Ohio media under his thumb—first demonstrated in 2010 and then again in 2014 when he refused to debate his challengers and performed so miserably in an editorial meeting with the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Camp Kasich forced its take down because it showed just how obnoxious their leader can be when he thinks no one […]

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