Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reader: Does Tim Hagan Have a Conflict in Medical Mart Deal?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Isn't there some law or governmental rule that required County Commissioner Tim Hagan to recuse himself from the vote for the county sales tax increase, because of his close relationship with the Kennedy family, who would profit from this Medical Mart they would own? Hagan is godfather to a Kennedy child or something like that and certainly he is very close to them. If he had recused himself from that vote, then it would have failed, since Jimmy Dimora voted for it and Peter Lawson Jones voted against it. Mike Hoffer
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More Evidence That the Trident is an Underused Tool in Office Homicides

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Somebody posted this on Thank God for somebody. -- Joe P. Tone
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PD Readers: "Enough with that cute shit. Let’s get racist!"

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Yesterday, The Plain Dealer published a front-page article on recent census results that found that Latino surnames Garcia and Rodriguez have creeped into the top 10 most common surnames in America. The PD, never one to pass up a chance to be cutesy — this is the same paper that provided cut-out midge masks after bugs swarmed against the Yankees — gave the story to a guy named Smith, who began the article, “Congratulations Garcia and Rodriguez. Welcome to the club.” Robert Smith then extolled some of the hassles of having such a common name — like ordering pizza. “If a surname signifies numbers in America,” Smith continued, “you and other Latinos have made a lasting mark.” Hey PD: Thanks, man. I’ll watch out for the pizza shit, esse. Understand what I did there? See, my name’s Garcia (forget about that Anglo shit after the hyphen; I just use that to get tables at fancy restaurants). So I, Latino Last Name Guy, responded to Smith, Common White Dude Name Guy. Trust me -- it was historic. Of course, the real story is the comments posted in response on the PD’s website. Sort of like wearing a leather gimp suit and waving a gay pride flag outside of the Westboro Baptist Church, mentioning Latinos in Cleveland is bound to spark a healthy, reasoned debate. Good ol’ “rael1” kicked off the roundtable with, “I wonder how many of those are legal immigrants?." Noted pundit “Chappell” then started his rant engine slowly, with “I don't hate Mexicans but they really have no business here when we have so many issues that need to be worked out among ourselves.” He blasted into third gear for his next comment, mimicking a foreign accent and declaring, “Yes, you be a like Native Americano a defeated people. We kick a you butt and take a you land. Now go away!” You see what happens you try to publish a nice, cutesey article, PD? Readers sign on and denigrate Native-Americans and Mexicans, typing with an inadvertently Italian accent. You just can’t win. -- Gus Garcia-Roberts
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Lunch at Table 45: In and out before anyone knows you're gone

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 10:06 AM

A business lunch at an elegant boîte is always a nice treat – if you can afford being away from your desk for two or three hours. So cheers to the staff at Table 45, the swell salon in the InterContinental Hotel featuring chef Zachary Bruell’s award-winning world cuisine, for making mid-day indulgence as time-efficient as it is delicious. Their solution? “Lunch in 45,” a four-course combo featuring soup, salad, entrée, and dessert -- each individually plated, but presented all together, thereby eliminating that time-consuming lag between courses and getting you back in your desk chair before the boss even knows you’ve been gone. (Unless, of course, you are the boss, in which case we recommend ordering another martini or two.) The four-course combo changes daily, but a representative roundup might feature tomato bisque, fresh greens tossed in tangy lime-cilantro dressing, a smoked salmon sandwich with brie, and Amaretto-orange cheesecake. The cost is $16, and the combos are offered Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m. In the interest of efficiency, substitutions are not available. And yes, valet parking is now free. – Elaine T. Cicora
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

House Speaker Defends Laziness: "If we don’t work, we can’t screw up."

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 4:12 PM

The Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that Ohio lawmakers are having their least productive year in a decade, which is sort of like saying Jason Priestley is a worse actor than he was in 1997. Yet, as hard as it is to believe, it’s actually true. In the past six months, the Ohio House has met only 10 times. The Ohio Senate isn’t much better, meeting only 12 times over the same time-span. That’s not a bad work schedule, if you’re a firefighter recovering from 1st degree burns over your entire body. Unfortunately for state lawmakers, who are paid a base salary of $58,933, they don’t have such an excuse. And don’t think they’ve just learned to be more efficient with their time. The state legislature has passed just 27 bills into law this year. That’s half the number of bills passed in 2005, and one quarter the number passed in 2001. Confronted with such a dismal report card, you’d expect Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, a Republican from Kettering, to offer some long-winded explanation, leaving you confused yet unable to argue with him. But he was apparently feeling a bit uninspired himself when interviewed by the Dispatch reporter. “There’s just not a lot of things ready,” he said. “I don’t really have a more extensive reason than that.” Husted even questioned whether not doing anything was actually a bad thing. “Believe me,” he said, “you may not be so excited about some of the things that people might want to move on the floor.” Paying politicians to do nothing? The idea’s so crazy, it just might be brilliant. The only thing left to figure out is how we can avoid paying them at all. -- Jared Klaus
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Kate Voegele, Bay Village Pop Star-in-Training, to Pop up on One Tree Hill

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Bay Village singer-songwriter and MySpace fave Kate Voegele will have a recurring role on tween hit One Tree Hill starting on January 22. The 20-year-old Voegele will play a singer-songwriter in several episodes. She’ll also perform songs from her debut CD, Don’t Look Away. Voegele’s character steps into the spotlight after her old band’s frontman becomes a real prick. The dude is played by Britney Spears’ ex, Kevin Federline, who probably didn’t have to study much for his role. -- Michael Gallucci
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Money Where Your Mouth Is: Black Diamond

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 10:21 AM

This time, Neil Diamond impersonator Theron explains why you should sing "Sweet Caroline" with him this weekend. Band: Black Diamond Show Website/Myspace: or Hometown: Kalamazoo Sounds like: "Neil Diamond" Recommend for fans of: "Neil Diamond and feel-good tunes." Fun fact: "The planet's ONLY African-American Neil Diamond tribute singer." Playing Where/When: Saturday, December 1 at Around The Corner Cafe (186120 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-4413) Why They Should Come See You: "It's a cool show,with serious emphasis on Mr. Diamond's great songs!" -- Theron, vocalist
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