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Cleveland in crisis

A new census report exposes more of the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, showing sharp population declines in waterfront counties of Louisiana and Mississippi. But it may also leave some observers wondering what natural disaster struck Northeast Ohio.

Cuyahoga County saw the sixth-largest drop in population among American counties, losing about 16,000 people between July 2005 and July 2006.

Four of the five counties with steeper losses lay in the path of a hurricane in August 2005. (more)

I’m disappointed that the article didn’t touch on the horrible state of Cleveland’s schools. If you want to attract people, you have to attract businesses. No business person is going to want to relocate anywhere where the school system is sub-par (which for Cleveland is an understatement). I believe the county’s politicians should be focusing on 2 core efforts:

  1. Make Cuyahoga county as safe as possible
  2. Make the school systems as strong as possible

With good schools and safe streets, everything else will take care of itself.

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“Give me liberty or give me death”

232 years ago today Patrick Henry spoke those memorable words in St. John’s Church in Richmond Virginia. The spirit of the American Revolution summarized in 7 powerful words ❗

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Goodbye (and good riddance) Jacques

After years of being a general pain in the @ss for the United States, French President Jacques Chirac will soon be succeeded by a new leader. According to this article, many of the candidates will be open to strengthening France’s relationship with the US.

I have to admit a real dislike for Chirac. His only claim to fame is that he likes to “stand up against the US.” Which apparently many French saw as an asset… Like an opposition democrat in the US, he was great at dissent, but had no substance of his own.

I’ve been to France, a couple times (and would love to return). I have the utmost respect for the French and their culture (as do I think most Americans). And I want to see France prosper. But I think, as history has shown, it should thrive as a partner of the US, not as a competitor.

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Muslim Violence

To protest against a Christian preacher who suggested that Muslims might have violent tendencies, Muslims in the Philippines called for him to be beheaded. (much more @ LGF

Same old…same old. Someone is critical of Muslims, they call for his head on a platter. Just once I’d like to see some mainstream news outlet focus on the violence of Islam. Heck, can you imagine if Christians dared to threaten people like this…the press would have a field day. There’d be a frig’n reporter at every church to interview members about the violence of religion.

I think the reason we see this behavior hushed in the media is twofold. One, radical Muslims and the press have a common enemy, specifically Bush (generally America). Secondly, no one has the balls to say anything, they’re afraid of being 1) labeled a racist [which is the ultimate low for a liberal] or 2) having a violent act perpetrated on them or there families by the radicals they’d be speaking out against.

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What’s the point of artificial Iraq withdrawal time lines?

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday proposed legislation that would bring American combat troops out of

Iraq by August 2008 at the latest. (more)

Does this make any logical sense? If you’re convinced the war is wrong, why not demand a withdrawal right frick’n now! On the other hand, if you actually want to win, you tell the world “We’ll leave Iraq when we are convinced that its democratic government can stand on its own — and not a minute before!” Heck you might also want to mention that for every bomb blast, we’ll extend our stay even longer.

But nooo, the democratic leadership in all their brilliance says, “This war is very bad so we’ll pull out in a year and a half” [my paraphrase]… Heck, I bet their base thinks this is as stupid as I do.

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Is Bill Maher serious??

In a nutshell, the host [Maher] said the world would be a safer place if the assassination [of Dick Cheney] attempt succeeded. And, he even had the nerve to reiterate it. (more)

He’s all about peace with terrorists, but advocates the death of the Vice President! Part of me thinks he can’t really be serious, maybe he just gets off on the publicity? I guess the thing that really pisses me off about Maher is that he’s always sooo smug, you can tell he thinks he’s so damn smart. Well maybe compared to the Hollywood crowd he “rolls with” he’s a genius, but to me he comes off as pompous, arrogant, and uninformed to a fault.

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A Bad Apple in Obama’s Family Tree

Reitwiesner’s research identifies two other presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Democratic Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, as descendants of slave owners. Three of McCain’s great-great-grandfathers in Mississippi owned slaves, including one who owned 52 in 1860. Two ancestors of Edwards owned one slave each in Georgia in 1860.

It was unclear last night whether Obama was aware of any slave-holding ancestors, but he makes no mention of them in his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. (More)

Something tells me that somewhere the Clinton campaign is jumping for joy! Is it a coincidence that 2 of Hilary’s biggest competitors for the Democratic nomination are linked to slavery in this article, and the 3rd is a likely Republican nominee? I’m no fan of Mr. Obama, but I will not fault him for the transgressions of his ancestors… Let me suggest this is part of a subtle Clinton strategy to try an show that Mr. Obama really isn’t “black.” Heck, if they were able to convince people Bill is, I guess they think they can convince the same people that Barack isn’t.

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