Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ken Blackwell on the Daily Show

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell was on the Daily Show last night to pimp his new book, The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency . It was one of those interviews that runs way longer than the allotted time on air as Jon Stewart grilled Blackwell for quite some time as Blackwell fell back on generalizations and cliches and generally came off... how do you say it?... not good. The first part is embedded below, the others after the jump.

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Parts 2 and 3 after the jump.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rest Easy, Councilman Terrell Pruitt Will Get Those Guns Portable Basketball Hoops Of Our Streets

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 3:33 PM

The AK-47 of outdoor sporting equipment.
  • The AK-47 of outdoor sporting equipment.

Cleveland City Councilman Terrell Pruitt has had enough of this healthy, outdoor exercise crap. He wants those portable basketball hoops, and gosh darn it, he wants them now. Nevermind the wholesome and long-standing tradition of congregation around hoops during the summer. He'll go door to door until he gets those menaces off the streets if he has to. Those kids will just have to find something else to do with three months of free time. I'm sure they'll find something. Maybe knitting or origami.

Pruitt is pushing to allow cops to confiscate these obviously dangerous apparatuses of entertainment if they are being used in the streets.

Read his rationale after the jump.

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Dale Zucker, Alleged Ponzi Schemer And Former Cleveland Lawyer, Arrested at Wal-Mart in California

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Dale Zucker: Sad because the Wal-Mart greeter didnt say hi to him.
  • Dale Zucker: Sad because the Wal-Mart greeter didn't say hi to him.

Former Cleveland lawyer and current scumbag Dale Zucker was supposed to go on trial in January on fraud charges. Problem was, he never showed up.

Instead, Zucker, who allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors and clients out of almost a million dollars, fled the state. Zucker was a practicing attorney with offices in Cleveland and Chagrin Falls, but not since he saddled up his bags and headed for greener, less-jumpsuity pastures.

Federal authorities and the Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force had tracked Zucker out west, to Texas and California, before the manhunt nabbed him recently in a Wal-Mart parking lot, presumably on his way to stock up on tube socks and "I'm sorry" greeting cards.

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More Rankings! Cleveland 23rd Funnest City in the Union

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Of course were fun, weve got a store and everything.
  • Of course we're fun, we've got a store and everything.

Another day, another set of rankings from a magazine. This time the topic is "The Top 100 Fun Cities" and it comes from Portfolio.

Cleveland comes in at 23rd on the list, which might sound like quite the badge of honor until you see that Youngstown came in at 28th. Needless to say, we're a little skeptical at the science behind all this. (Love you, Youngstown!) We'll take it though.

Various factors in the rankings: Shopping, food and drink, sports, popular entertainment, and average level of daily sobriety. That last one may or may not be official, but it should be included.

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What's Cooking at the Dewines?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

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For nearly eight months, former Senator Mike DeWine (who got kicked out of his seat in 2006 by Sherrod Brown) seemed to have forgotten he’d declared his candidacy for Ohio attorney general. After posting his announcement speech last July, his website wasn’t updated until recently. And we’re delighted to see that Fran DeWine’s recipes are back!

So even if you don’t like politics, you can try her Amish barn soup, her “favorite rolls,” and even her Play Dough recipe, perhaps concocted to keep her 13 grandchildren out of her hair. She promises to update and add new recipes regularly, so we’ll be back! — Anastasia Pantsios

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How Much Gas Do Ohioans Use?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Because graphs are pretty...

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Dan Gilbert Pushes Cleveland Casino Back to 2013

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM

No blackjack til 2013? Why are you smiling?
  • No blackjack til 2013? Why are you smiling?

The Cleveland casino, though on no firm timeline, was expected to open in late 2011 or early 2012. News this morning from the Plain Dealer has Dan Gilbert pushing back that date to mid-2013. Doesn't he know we're all degenerates and can't wait that long?

While Gilbert and his team have the ability to open a temporary casino in the Higbees building until the glimmering $600 million palace is complete, there's been no word on whether the new delay, which would put Cleveland as the last of the four Ohio casinos to officially open, will nudge the temporary location into action.

Seriously, doesn't he know we're all degenerates and can't wait that long?

Problems with acquiring the land needed to build the casino are at the root of the delay. Gilbert has his eyes on land just west of Tower City. Apparently, it's a "complex" situation, like trying to understand craps.

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