Monday, March 21, 2005

Boston Envious of Cincinnati

From The Boston Globe:
CINCINNATI -- Jean-Robert de Cavel, French born, French trained, and seasoned by seven years as chef de cuisine at Le Regence in New York, thought long and hard before taking a job at a five-star Cincinnati restaurant. When he did, he figured he'd spend three years, five tops, and then make his way back to civilization in New York.

A dozen years later, de Cavel is still here, a successful restaurateur who has opened three restaurants in three years, with a fourth on the way.

''There's something about this place," said de Cavel, 43. ''It starts as a destination for a job, and then Cincinnati becomes your home."

De Cavel is one in a long line of people who planned short stopovers in this Midwestern city and ended up staying -- a line reaching back to an English candle maker named William Procter, whose respite from a westbound riverboat eventually led to a partnership with an Irish soap maker, James Gamble. For the better part of two centuries, Cincinnati has won the affections of entrepreneurs and executives with its small-town friendliness, big-city attractions, and central location, convincing them not only to stay, but to keep their companies here, too.
Interesting article, you don't see much envy of the Midwest from the East Coast.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Army Failing to Recruit

Never say kids don't know what's going on:
In what could be a troubling sign for the military, the active-duty Army missed its February recruiting goal by more than 27%. It was the first time in almost five years that the Army has failed to meet a monthly target.
I'll go ahead and say it - anyone enlisting right now must have a death wish or be somewhat brainwashed. We're accomplishing nothing in Iraq, we've been lied to, and the only question remaining to be answered is what the final death toll will be for our mistake. I'm glad that young people seem to understand that, and are resisting enticements such as "the largest enlistment bonuses it has ever offered: up to $20,000 to some recruits willing to sign on for four years".

Via Bring Ohio Home.

Quote of the Day

"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: PRESIDENT CAN'T SWIM." - Lyndon B. Johnson

Sheen for Senate?

From Szollosi Toledo:
Sources tell me that President Bartlett is considering a run for the Senate from Ohio in 2006. Sheen is from Dayton. More details to follow...
Let's hope so. DeWine is damn near undefeatable for mere mortals, so we may as well bring in someone larger than life like Sheen to get the job done.

Good German

The "Good German" Syndrome. Great read, doesn't really provide any answers, but it resonates.

Eason Jordan

was right.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Seemann for Congress

Jeff Seemann announced his candidacy for House of Represenatives 16th District, a seat he ran for in 2004. Seemann is a true blue progressive, and I wish him all the luck in the world.

On the same subject, here's a fascinating look into Seemann's race in 2004. Very interesting, check it out.

Quote of the Day

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Supreme Court Rules Against Executing Children


Hard core for life. Especially when it comes to executing children.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states.
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The executions, the court said, violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia disputed that there is a clear trend of declining juvenile executions to justify a growing consensus against the practice.

"The court says in so many words that what our people's laws say about the issue does not, in the last analysis, matter: 'In the end our own judgment will be brought to bear on the question of the acceptability of the death penalty,"' he wrote.

"The court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation's moral standards," Scalia wrote.
Clarence Thomas wrote "What Scalia said goes double for me. Triple even."

Quote of the Day

"What has destroyed liberty and the rights of men in every government that has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating of all cares and powers into one body." - Thomas Jefferson

More Bronson Idiocy

At first, I wanted to be upset by this "editorial" where Bronson bashes the recently deceased Hunter Thompson, but I realized pretty quickly that Bronson just isn't worth it. Thompson was ridiculously superior to Bronson in every measurable aspect of life, and it's clear that Bronson is bitter. As a professional writer with opinions contrary to Thompson's I'm sure he felt it necessary to tear down Hunter in some fashion - and since he's a raving rightwinger the best way he knew how was to attack Hunter's drug use. It's sad to see a man who obviously feels so inconsequential that he has to attack his betters. But you see it often, especially from the Right.

Credit Report

Today is the first day that Ohioans can receive their free credit report since this law was enacted. To receive your credit report click here.