Gee willikers, you have a pretty state. All those painted barns and Amish buggies and the fall colors...especially out in Kirtland, where the Crawfords threw that swell fundraiser for me. Don't even want to tell you what I said there. By the way, did you know that Joseph Smith built a temple in Kirtland? Oops, never mind, I'm not supposed to talk about my religion.
Anyway, Ann and I were thinking it would be more fun to tour Ohio in one of her Caddies. But it's so hard to get a good driver nowadays. And he would probably be colored, which might not go over so well. Can I say that?
Oh, and one other thing: Can you tell us where to find the middle class?
On the bus
We have a feeling this all started out as a polite disagreement about the replacement refs.
Tell us if this sounds familiar. A business lands a contract with a government entity. Both parties lock in on the terms and figures, and the whole deal gets rubber-stamped by the legislators. But . . . somehow . . . mysteriously . . . somewhere along the line . . . the numbers involved start heading skyward and the business walks away with a higher billing, and the government entity tosses its hands in the air and coughs up a resounding “Oops.”
Pretty much a tale as old as government contracts, no? And that's exactly what has unraveled at Cleveland Public Power. A recent city auditor's investigation shows that a business contracted with CPP was allowed to over-bill the city to close to a million dollars. City council never approved the increased billings, and CPP failed to monitor the company's activities.
According to the Plain Dealer, Terry the Plumber — a business run by Terrence J. Kordiac — originally inked a two-year contract with CPP to replace the piping in the agency's buildings and other repairs. The price-tag on the work was $160,000. Because the contract was for more than $50,000, Cleveland City Council signed off on the work.
But according to the auditor, the billings would eventually top out at around $1 million without council approval.
Photos by Joe Kleon
Steve Vai is the hard rock equivalent of a diva. He made that apparent last night at the House of Blues during an extremely flashy two-hour set that featured wardrobe changes and the kind of indulgent soloing you’d normally associate with female singers in the pop and R&B worlds.
Vai, who arrived on stage wearing a wide-brimmed black hat and brightly colored slacks that he said gave him “Prince legs,” admitted the band was playing its fifth show in as many days and confessed he was feeling a bit “slap happy.” That didn’t keep him from shredding away on the three opening numbers from his new album The Story of Light. The flickering strobes only enhanced Vai’s performance, which was the musical equivalent of a high wire act.
And that's about all that needs to be said about that.
If you're waiting to decide which candidate will get your precious vote in the presidential election in November, take note that a millionaire who wears hats and drives trucks and interviews people who clean up dirty things is supporting Mitt Romney. Or don't take note. Either way.
Via Cleveland.com comes news that Mike Rowe, he of "Dirty Jobs" fame, will join Mitt Romney in Bedford Heights Wednesday for a campaign stop. [Insert joke about "Dirty Jobs" and mud-slinging political campaigns here.] So, take that, Obama and your darling sweethearts like Martin Sheen and Jay-Z. We got a real man on the job here over on the GOP side. Oh, but it could have been the other way around.
Romney's campaign announced the Rowe endorsement late Monday when confirming Romney's Cleveland-area itinerary for the final day of a two-day bus tour through battleground Ohio.
Rowe made headlines this month for an open letter he wrote to Romney, seeking a "national conversation" on skilled labor and "about what we value in the workforce." Rowe opened the letter by pledging to vote for Romney if he read the whole thing. A campaign aide later tweeted a photo of Romney reading the letter.
(Rowe closed the letter by saying he wrote to President Barack Obama four years ago but received no response.)
Sucks to be you, Mr. President. You had your chance to have the trucker hats fighting for hope and change. Whoops.
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