Wednesday, April 29, 2009

THE TRUTHINESS HURTS

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM

5b11/1241020785-stephen-colbert.jpgIt’s official, kind of: More conservatives than liberals don’t “get it.” At least when it comes to The Colbert Report, they don’t. And who do we have to thank for this juicy but foregone conclusion? The Ohio State University. And Daddy Reagan, of course.

The Huffington Post reports that an OSU faculty member's study determined that most respondents found Comedy Central’s faux-conservative Stephen Colbert to be funny, but “conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements.”

More succinctly: “Conservatism also significantly predicted perceptions that Colbert disliked liberalism.” If you’re a conservative, and still don’t get it, we’ll break this down even further for you: The joke’s on you. — Dan Harkins

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NEW HEALTHCARE PLAN: A MEDICAL MART IN EVERY CITY!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM

From Washington Post's The Fix:

A Kennedy for (Illinois) Senate? Chris Kennedy, the son of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is seriously considering entering the Illinois Senate race in 2010 — a move that would have a significant impact on the field. Chris Kennedy is the head of Merchandise Mart Properties, a commercial real estate venture and would bring not only his famous last name but also considerable wealth to the race. The news of Kennedy's interest, which was first reported by Michael Sneed in the Chicago Sun-Times, comes on the same day that Rep. Jan Schakowsky sent out an email to her backers touting a poll she conducted that shows her leading the Senate race with 24 percent followed by state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias at 22 percent and appointed Sen. Roland Burris at 18 percent. (Kennedy was not tested.) Schakowsky will announce whether or not she will run on June 8th — allowing her another month or so to judge how the field will shake out. A decision by Rep. Mark Kirk, widely seen as the lone Republican who could keep the race close, is expected sooner — perhaps by the end of this week.

Kennedy and our own Tim Hagan are partners in Cleveland-based Hubris Industries, the publicly funded private firm currently force-feeding Cuyahoga County a "medical mart."Frank Lewis

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THEY'RE HERE

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Stand down, amateur apparition hunters: Cleveland just got its very own Ghostbusters. The non-profit Munroe Falls Paranormal Society, at your service.

The seven-member crew includes a historian, an electrical engineer, a psychic and a fear counselor, boasting 40-plus years of investigative know-how. And it just announced in a professional-enough release that it’s expanding its turf to include all of Northeast, Northwest and Central Ohio. And just in time: Chief among our area’s most pressing woes is this glut of do-nothing ghosts watching all of us fuck.

77b4/1240894010-ghosts.jpg“While MFPS offers its services free of charge, we are still able to provide a professional quality investigative service utilizing the latest technologies and practices in the paranormal research and investigation field,” the statement reads. “The MFPS team provides community support for home owners, property owners, business owners, historical sites or anywhere this phenomena may be reported to exist.”

Though he’s been looking into paranormal activity for two decades — the result, he says, of experiencing a “dark mass, or shadow person,” in a house in Bratenahl — Eric Haney (programmer and engineer by day, MFPS founder and lead investigator by night) didn’t start the group until about two years ago in his sleepy little town of Munroe Falls. Population: about 5,000. Total stoplights: two. Most famous resident: murderer Richard Cooey, chief contributor to the psychic malaise.

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SOMEBODY WATCHED THE WATCHMEN TOO MUCH

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Cincinnati man dons mask, fights crime, refers to himself in the plural:

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He calls himself Shadowhare, and he wears a mask and a cape to conceal his true identity. He's Cincinnati's own version of a superhero fighting crime and injustice where he finds it.

"We help enforce the law by doing what we can in legal standards, so we carry handcuffs, pepper spray … all the legal weapons," said Shadowhare. "We will do citizen's arrests. We will intervene on crimes if there is one happening in front of us."

Yes, precious. We hates purse snatchers, we hates them forever! Read more about Cincy's Dork Knight here.

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EAT WITH THE CHAMP

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 8:21 AM

aa37/1240892669-pavlik.jpgYoungstown middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and trainer Jack Loew will visit Cleveland for a fundraising dinner Wednesday, April 29, at Sterle’s Restaurant (1401 East 55th St.). Proceeds benefit the Lake Erie Association of USA Boxing, part of the amateur ranks that Pavlik and Loew rose through on their way to world renown. Pavlik and Loew will speak and mingle at the event. Local boxers will salute the team. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., tickets are $50; call Gene Glen at 216-721-1674. — D.X. Ferris

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Monday, April 27, 2009

PEACE WARRIOR

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Cleveland Network of Spiritual Peace Activists will host a visit by international peace activist Father Louis Vitale on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd. Vitale does not mess around:

SANTA BARBARA - Father Louis Vitale has lost track of how many times he has been arrested. More than 200, he figures, maybe 300. The gaunt Franciscan friar figures he's spent a year and a half behind bars. At 76, he is ready to go to jail again.

ca6d/1240868700-fathervitale.jpgLast month, he appeared before a federal magistrate in Santa Barbara.

Dressed in the traditional brown robe and the knotted rope belt that signifies vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, Vitale explains in his gravelly voice that he had a higher purpose when he trespassed two years ago at Vandenberg Air Force Base: calling attention to the perils of nuclear war and persuading military personnel to embrace nonviolence.

"The biggest threat to the world is our nuclear arsenal," he tells Magistrate Judge Rita Coyne Federman.

More than two dozen family members and friends, including actor Martin Sheen, are in the courtroom to show support for the friar and his three co-defendants.

Vitale tells Federman, who had found him guilty in December, that sending him to jail would only make him more determined to break the law again to protest injustice.

"I am committed to doing anything I can," he says.

The judge, rejecting the prosecution's call for five months in jail, concludes that more time behind bars would not change the priest's ways. She orders him to pay a $500 fine.

Sheen, sitting in the second row, expresses surprise. "The government needs the dough," he cracks.

Outside court, Vitale admonishes friends and family members not to pay it. He would rather go to jail.

Read more here.

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WE DO WHAT WE CAN

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

From a press release from social justice organization Community Shares:

The Social Justice Reporting Award will recognize Dan Harkins of Cleveland Scene for his report “Disparate Times.” This in depth article uncovered the unequal and unfair drug charges given to white suburbanites versus people of color in Cleveland. Harkins’ report led the way for future articles by Scene, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and the Call & Post. In late 2008, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced that he would suspend the city’s policy of charging cases where only drug residue is found as a felony.

In addition to Harkins, Community Shares will honor Cleveland Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, Policy Matters Ohio, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry co-founder George Hrbek, Mike Brickner of the ACLU of Ohio, the LGBT Community Center and the NAACP of Greater Cleveland. The June 19 ceremony is open to the public. For tickets ($30) call 216-361-9920 or visit the web site.

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