This article may seem a little self-serving, but what the heck, its my website, I can say whatever I like. Thats a little bit of the point here. In my continual search for what competitors are doing, I ran across an article about Patch http://www.ojr.org/ojr/people/robert/201107/1989/Now you may not have heard of Patch, but it is a hyperlocal network of news sites, like OurTown, of which Cincipulse is the local site, except that it does not have an active site in Cincinnati. And there is one other slight difference, Patch is owned by internet giant, AOL, who is pouring massive amounts of money into Patch.
Did you happen to catch John McCain's appearance on the Today Show this morning? Ann Curry asked Mr. McCain about his statement that "he will not cooperate with the Administration on anything for the rest of the year." He hemmed and hawed and told us about how hard he is working, but he stuck by that stupid statement. When asked about his former running mate, Sarah Palin and her incendiary comment, that we mustn't "retreat, but reload" and her Facebook page that shows a map of targeted Democratic congressional districts by putting "crosshairs" on the district, Mr. McCain said it was appropriate, "we are in a battleground."
I don't know about you, but I am so worn out by this health care debate in Washington that I can hardly stand to hear the words "heath care" anymore. Republicans are outraged about the bill being signed yesterday, but I'm not sure what they are outraged about. Other than the cost of the legislation, which is, of couse, a great concern, what is in that bill that has conservatives so upset. Let's see:
1) No lifetime limits on health care. I think that's a great thing! I had a cousin who had a lifetime $2 million limit on his health insurance. He surpassed that in a couple of months and had to go on Medicaid for seven years until he passed away. Who do you think paid for those Medicaid expenses? We, the taxpayer, that's who.
I had the opportunity to go to New York last week on business, but while I was there, I managed to sneak in a little sightseeing and shopping. You can't tell from shopping in New York that the country is in a recession. Since many of you won't be able to make the trip this year, I am including a picture of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It was beautiful.
My arrival back home was not all that exciting...I had a leaky toilet and a flooded bathroom. Fortunately, it was Roto Rooter to the rescue. I called the dispatcher and they were there within the hour and had my leak problem fixed about 20 minutes later.
I did have a little trouble finding their phone number. I called directory assistance and asked for Roto Rooter, I even spelled it out for the operator, but apparently she wasn't listening. "I can't find a listing," she replied, "would that be 'R-h-o-d-a' Rooter?"
As I sit here watching "Dancing With The Stars" and updating the website, I can't help but wonder why?
We've been loyal viewers (it's one of my guilty pleasures), why are they subjecting us to 2 hours of repeat performances in order to get to something that should take 5 minutes....the announcement of the winner. Making us sit through Tom DeLay doing the Texas Two Step should qualify as cruel and unusual punishment. And how could Ashley Hamilton, who looks so good in a tux, look so bad on the dance floor. You could actually see him counting as he waited for his partner. (I did like his sequin jacket though). They're bringing out Jerry Springer and Cloris Leachman next. Somehow I wouldn't be surprised to see Bob Dole trottted out to do a Salsa.
Sarah Palin is coming to Cincinnati this Friday and will be signing copies of her book "Going Rogue" at the Joseph Beth Bookstore in Rookwood Commons. Lines are already forming to buy the book that comes with a ticket to come back for the book signing. Someone can have my ticket.
We havent even had our first snow flake yet (thank god) and already I need a winter shopping intervention. I dont know exactly what happened. I was innocently walking through Macys in Kenwood, when this sign appeared telling me that if I bought 3 pairs of shoes, I would get 40% off.
Now those who know me, know that I need 3 more pairs of shoes like I need another nose, but before I knew what happened I was sitting on a couch at Macys trying on boots (remember, I dont need any shoes, but boots, well thats another mattermaybe). So because I have no sales resistance and if fate didnt want me to have the boots I wouldnt have been in Macys that day in the first place, I am now the proud owner of not only gray boots, but if you can believe it, purple suede boots. Naturally I had to buy that pair of Coach shoes just to make sure that I got the 40% discount.
There has been a lot in the news lately about apologies...Congressman Joe Wilson to President Obama, Kanye West to Taylor Swift. You may think this has all been overblown in the media. I would disagree. Both Congressman Wilson and Kanye West owed the President and Ms. Swift apologies. In my opinion, Congressman Wilson should have apologised on the floor of Congress. He showed disrespect for the institution as well as for President Obama personally and for the office of the President. Kanye West delivered his apology, not as promptly as should have been done, but it was delivered and accepted. People seem to think that freedom of speech gives them the right to say anything they want, any time they want. Freedom of speech is a right and a privilege. It does not give you license to intrude on the rights of others or hurt and mock them.
The last of the Kennedy brothers died last week. No matter what you might think of the Kennedys personally, or their politics, you have to feel that an era is over.
For those of us who were alive when Jack and Bobby were assassinated, you saw dreams die and a loss of faith in our government come to the forefront. It doesnt matter, at this point what we heard about Jack or Bobby or Teds personal life, or whether you agreed with their politics, I dont think there can be any doubt they dedicated their life to public service and that they wanted to make life better for all Americans.
I have done a little more investigating. It seems that the announcement that Mr. Garrido was paroled in 1999 was incorrect. He was paroled in 1988 from prison in Nevada. He was given a lifetime parole and that was transferred California when he moved there. He met the lovely Mrs. Garrido while he was on prison for kidnapping and rape.
I guess you have all heard by now about the 11 year old girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped and held hostage for 18 years in the backyard of a convicted sex offender, Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido.
How does something like this happen? Number 1, what is this guy doing out on the street. All the details haven't been released as yet, but he kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, yet he was paroled on a rape and kidnapping charge in 1999. So apparently he was incarcerated for some period of time while she was missing.
Though I moved to northern Kentucky several years ago, every August I make the trek back over to the West side of Cincinnati to the St. William Church Festival. The festival has changed very little since the time that I attended a whole lot of years ago. They still sell chances on $25 for $.25, they still have rides, poker, Bid and Buy, a fish fry on Friday nights. One of the things that I like best about the festival is that though there are a lot of new faces, there are a lot of faces that I remember as well. St. William has many loyal parishioners who are still in the neighborhood or come back every year for the festival.
I made the supreme sacrifice for our readers this weekend and went shopping. Actually it was kind of a sacrifice, I went to the new Premier Outlet Mall on Saturday and braved the traffic and the crowds to let you know what was happening. Not exactly hazardous duty, I agree, but if you are not a shopper the whole experience could be pretty harrowing.
First, the traffic. The Outlet Mall is about 30 miles north of downtown Cincinnati. Take exit 29 off of I-75. The first 25 miles were accomplished in about 20 minutes, the last five miles took an equal amount of time. There is a lot of construction at the exit, and traffic was at a standstill.
The good news is that there is plenty of parking once you get inside the lot. The bad news, for the shopper, is that the place was mobbed. You actually had to wait in line to get into the COACH store.
Walter Leland Cronkite, the most trusted man in America died Friday at age 92 of cerebral vascular disease.
If you remember the 60s and 70s youll remember the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. If Mr. Cronkite said thats the way it is, we knew we could count on those words to be true. We cried with him as he broke down at the announcement of John F. Kennedys death, we rejoiced with him as Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.
I guess all of us know stories of someone who has lost their job lately. Its a big wake up call. We think it can never happen to us. We all just rolled along for years thinking well, if I dont like this job, I can just quit and go out and get another. We dont have that luxury any longer.
People who choose to live in the urban core have a whole different
lifestyle. Our unusual space at home, our yards, mode of travel, eating
choices and shopping needs require some problem-solving and often,
input from our urban neighbors.