Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Poll Shows Ohioans Would Support Immigration Law Like Arizona's

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 9:30 AM

The first result when you do a Google image search for dumb and Ohio.
  • The first result when you do a Google image search for "dumb and Ohio."

Cleveland might be a progressive, loving, welcoming town built on the backs and hearts of immigrants grandparents — at least we'd like to believe that — but the rest of Ohio apparently is not so trusting. Half the state is basically below the Mason Dixie line and "half" voted for Bush, so that shouldn't be surprising.

In a new poll by Quinnipiac University, almost half of Ohio voters approve of the controversial, racial-profile-welcoming law instituted by Arizona which allows police to check on your citizenship if you don't look like you're a citizen.

45 percent said they would like Ohio to be as blindly xenophobic and profile-y as Arizona, even if the merits of such a law here are fuzzy, at best.

By 45-35 percent, voters say they'd like to see Ohio pass legislation similar to Arizona's. And, by an overwhelming 79-10 percent, they think boycotting Arizona because of its law is a bad idea.

The survey of 1,107 registered Ohio voters was taken June 22-27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

With any luck, Ohio can be the state where you can not only be legally stopped by a cop who thinks you maybe, might be speeding but also because you maybe, might be an illegal immigrant.

Someone alert the tourism board!

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And We Have Our First Fireworks Accident of the Holiday Week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Pretty... until it blows off your extremities.
  • Pretty... until it blows off your extremities.

It seems like a good idea every time. A neighbor, a friend, a drunken uncle who's an "expert," or someone brings out the explosives around the Fourth of July. It's fine, I've done this before, it's no big deal, they say. Whatever homemade ammunition they've pulled from their garage or whatever brightly colored package bought from a shack on the side of the highway, it's never a good idea, and it is a big deal.

Safety first, kids. Let the experts deal with the explode-y stuff, otherwise you'll end up like this young man from Olmsted Falls who just about blew off his foot recently.

He was in the passenger seat of a car, lighting fireworks and then throwing them out the window. Apparently that counts as a prank these days. Unfortunately for him, he dropped one on the floor of the car. It "severely damaged" his right foot. On the bright side: stumps are great for pranks.

The man was in the passenger’s side of a 2005 Mazda driving near the intersection of Howe and Royalton roads when the accident occurred, Police Chief Charles Goss said.

The man was attempting to play a prank by lighting fireworks and throwing them out of the window of the car while it was moving.

The man accidentally dropped one of the firecrackers and it exploded on his right foot, Goss said.

“He was just trying a simple prank, but it all went wrong,” he said

The Olmsted Township woman who was driving the vehicle then drove to the Circle K on Boston Road in Brunswick, where she called 911. The Brunswick Fire Department transported the man to Southwest General Medical Center.

Expect 17 more of these before the weekend is over. People are not bright.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ohio Falls to 13th Fattest State, Still Fatter Than Before

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Jimmy Dimora is really not helping our average at all.
  • Jimmy Dimora is really not helping our average at all.

The hotbed of obesity that is the Rust Belt continues to pack on the pounds, even if it's at a slower pace than some of the other unhealthy regions of the country.

Congratulations, Ohio, you are the 13th fattest state in the nation. Sure, that's better than the 10th spot you claimed last year, but you didn't lose any weight. You gained more, just slightly less than others.

That according to a report entitled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Turns out pierogies, hot dogs, fast food and all that bakery from the West Side Market makes you fat. Who knew? Just imagine if the market was open seven days a week.

Now, 29 percent of your adults are obese, up from 28.6 percent last year.


Here's something else you should know, Ohio.

When it comes to diabetes, you're in the Top 10. You tied for ninth place, with Texas and Georgia. Now, 9.8 percent of your adults are diabetic.

This is costing you a fortune. The bill, statewide is more than $3.3 billion a year, according to the National Council of State Legislators.

All that and your lawmakers are just now getting around to making changes many other states already have made to help your children stay healthy.

Put down the Double Downs, Ohio. Or not. They are quite delicious.

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Next week buy local

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Hang onto those benjamins, Northeast Ohio
  • Hang onto those benjamins, Northeast Ohio

The small business boosters over at COSE have come up with a novel idea for giving the local economy a bit of a jolt: Buy Local Week. The title kind of gives away the plot on this one, but basically the organization is urging Northeast Ohioans to keep their hard-earned dollars in the region next week by shopping at locally owned stores, steering clear of chain restaurants, and buying their drugs homegrown — just the normal everyday things you’d expect.

You can sign up at COSE’s I Buy NEO web site; interested locals are being asked to pledge $100 to regional stores and services from July 3 — 10; those who enlist will get a discount card good for 40 area eateries and attractions.

We know some of you are probably on the fence doubting whether you could actually go a whole week without succumbing to the siren call of a Whooper or basking in the warm fluorescence of Walmart. In that case, COSE has some stats that could change your mind.

“For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the region's tax base,” the site says. “For every $100 spent at a national chain store, only $14 remains in the community.” Also, according to the site, if every person in the region spent a $100 locally, it would mainline a hefty $48 million into the area. Recession, what!

This is the second year the group has sponsored the event; last year 531 peopled pledged, representing an estimated $53,100 of regional business.

We like the idea here, and pat COSE on the back for trying to drum up local business. But really, we’ve got to take issue with this list here, aptly titled “100 Ways to Spend $100 Locally.” Not sure which government think-tank cooked this up, but it’s filled with head-slapping obvious suggestions like “Get fresh meat at a local butcher,” and “Play a game of putt-putt at a local course,” and (our favorite here at Scene) “Hire a party clown.” Really, shoppers? Having trouble thinking up ideas for local buying? There’s a time tested formula: [Insert activity] at [insert local business].

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Threat Averted: The Rogue Croc's Tragic End

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

No need to thank me, mate
  • No need to thank me, mate
For all who scoped the Morning Brew this morning and are curious to know what happened to Cleveland's new reptilian friend, we have some unfortunate news to deliver, at least on the behalf of the crocodile.

The 2-foot caiman croc, originally reported to be a 4-foot alligator, was put down by the Ohio Division of Wildlife this morning after it was found last evening near Ridge Square Park.

Today, an officer from the Division of Wildlife met police at Edgewater Park, took the crocodile and shot it in the head with a .22-caliber rifle. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo would not take the crocodile, not even temporarily, citing that fact that no one knew where it came from. According to Plain Dealer reporter Donna Miller's comment on the story, however, the zoo would have been happy to welcome an alligator for a temporary stay.

In 2008, a 7-foot alligator guarding a marijuana-growing operation was discovered, and temporarily housed at the zoo until being relocated to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Moral of the story: You better have a damn good explanation for where you came from next time police pick you up. And, the zoo discriminates against crocodiles.

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Cleveland Named One of the "Coolest" Summer Cities

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Cleveland is almost as cool as this guy
  • Cleveland is almost as cool as this guy

San Francisco, Honolulu, Denver,....Cleveland? Turns out we are just as "cool" a summer city as these U.S. hot spots, according to AOL Travel. AOL seems to think our lovely city is one of the best places to visit this summer where you won't be melting in ridiculous 100 degree heat. Referencing our usual awesome attractions, such as the Great Lakes Science Center, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Botanical Garden and even the Burning River Fest, as well as our 69.9 degree average summer temperature, Cleveland sounds pretty darn appealing this time of year. Plus, sweating is gross and women don't like it.

Other cities in the "cool" category were Traverse City, Mich., Asheville, N.C., Anchorage, Alaska, Portland, Maine and Missoula, Mont.

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Now We Know Where Gov. Strickland Keeps His Alcohol

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Yes, I had this much Ciroc left, and now its gone!
  • "Yes, I had this much Ciroc left, and now it's gone!"

Chris Rock had "No Sex in the Champagne Room." Now, Gov. Strickland has "No Drinking at the Governor's Residence." Strickland has suspended a program that let inmates from various counties work in his mansion, cooking, cleaning and doing whatever other jobs were needed. Why? Well, two of those inmates, Nicholas Hoaja and Dallas Feazell, decided it was time to get drunk. Perusing through a refrigerator and a cabinet in the kitchen, the inmates popped the proverbial bottle, and while the details are vague, Hoaja and Feazell were said to have consumed wine or some sort of liquor (Strickland has to be a Grey Goose man, right?).

Hoaja drank enough of whatever the substance was for his blood-alcohol level to reach 0.27 percent, more than three times the legal limit. Feazell only registered at 0.05 percent, meaning he was standing off to the side yelling "Chug, Chug, Chug!"

No charges were filed against the two inmates since they are both imprisoned for felonies and cannot be charged with the misdemeanor of stealing and consuming Strickland's alcohol. Strickland hopes that the program can one day continue, but he might want to find a better hiding spot for his alcohol before that happens. I mean really, a fridge and a cabinet? Didn't you learn anything from college?

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