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    Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    They moan to the Plain Dealer, I talk back, and as a bonus, be sure to check out my rant about Browns PSLs after I sent the Browns this email offering my PSLs back to them.

    "There are too many so-called 'reality' shows on TV. Let's have more intelligent, creative and imaginative programs. I have sufficient reality in my daily life, thank you!" - No city

    "More intelligent, creative, imaginative programs" -- then they'd have to hire writers and stuff. Reality TV is cheap to make. And unlike the news (which is true reality TV) they don't have to follow journalistic standards or anything. They will keep making this cheap and nasty TV as long as anyone will watch it. In the meantime, perhaps you should seek out "intelligent, creative, imaginative" pursuits in your daily life. Or on my blog.

    "Is it any wonder that the so-called Republican Party in Cuyahoga County is brain dead? One only needs to look at how well their leaders have and continue to serve the residents on the Board of Elections. Resign now!" - Parma

    Bob Bennett, the lone holdout fighting in court to keep his seat on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections after Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner demanded that all board members resign, is not the chairman of the county GOP but the state GOP -- and except for this last election, he's got a pretty remarkable track record as chairman. Ohio's Republican party has swept most of the statewide elections this decade and last decade, except for the last election. Scoreboard.

    The Board of Elections in this county was a royal mess long before Bob Bennett ever got on it. As state GOP chairman, I doubted that Bob would just agree to resign like the others, and he hasn't. Can any face saving move that allows him a graceful exit, or compromise that allows him to stay on? Here's my proposal -- he and Brunner strike a deal whereby Bennett stays on to provide continuity, and he agrees to step down from the board of elections after the Fall 2008 elections. It makes sense: a clean sweep of the board would mean the clean sweep of any institutional memory.

    "Congratulations to Gov. Strickland on approving Sunday lottery sales in order to keep up with the surrounding states. Too bad he doesn't feel the same about having casino gambling in our state. At least that would create more jobs, and our hotels would be booked. I guess when it comes to the lottery, he isn't worried about people becoming addicted." - Lakewood

    Others have said it and it bears repeating: the lottery is a tax on people who don't understand math or statistics. The last casino gambling proposal in this state was toxic because it would have rewritten our constitution to essentially give a monopoly to and line the pockets of a few private interests. I'd be fine with casinos in Ohio, but can we stop the nonsense that it is an economic elixir?

    "It seems that every time a teenager is shot by the police, the TV people appear with cameras and microphones to interview the family and be told what wonderful people they were. I do not believe that wonderful people are driving around in stolen cars full of stolen merchandise." - Cleveland Heights

    I don't either. And do the reporters ask those sorts of questions in follow up? No, because they are tough to ask, and the point of seeking out the families to show their suffering on the camera, not to get in their face about what shitty parenting must have gone on to lead to this outcome.

    "So the woman got sprung from the slammer. Seven kids, two boyfriends, one husband. I finally learned what multitasking means." - No city

    Only if she was servicing them all at the same time.

    "Sometime Saturday evening, the 17th, someone dropped off a brand-new phone book for us in the mud at the foot of our curbside mailbox. I found it the next morning. It was hanging out of its plastic bag, and it was soaked. So were all the others on my street. I'm sure all these new phone books went straight into the garbage. What a waste." - Strongsville

    Same thing happens to me -- they toss the phonebook by my front door, which I rarely ever open, and the phone book sits on the step soaking up rain till I happen to see it.

    "To all those neighbors who insist on letting their dogs bark continuously without any regard for anyone else. Welcome to spring." - Brook Park

    Sounds like the dog next door, Killer. I live next door to an undetermined number of people whose names I can't ever remember, and their dog, Killer, who has barked every waking minute of his life since he was a puppy.

    "Paying at the pump only to be directed into the service station to get a receipt. If I wanted to go into the service station, I wouldn't have paid at the pump to start with!" - Reminderville

    Sometimes the pumps run out of paper. It happens, and it probably isn't obvious until people start coming in asking for receipts. What is really annoying are the stations that don't keep the bug-buckets full of window wash with plenty of squeegies to wash the windows while you pump. And the ones that don't have the hold open latches on the pumps so you can wash your windows while you pump. Those are the stations that suck.

    "There's an old saying about federal workers that you can't get them to work and you can't fire them. They must have had post office employees in mind to come up with that truism." - Lyndhurst

    Most post office employees work very hard at what they do. They have to get up early and be at the post office when the truck arrives with 50 to 100 pound bags of mail, then they have to "case" (sort) the mail for the various routes, and get it all out, while avoiding unleashed dogs and assholes like you. And the post office is open 6 days a week.

    "For years I have enjoyed watching WEWS Channel 5 and considered the news announcers some of the best. However, the news is no longer the star feature since becoming the weather channel. The chief meteorologist has become star entertainer. And yes, I no longer watch him." - North Royalton

    Good for you. Hope you feel good next time you get caught out without your jacket or umbrella.

    "If there is a mass exodus of people leaving Cleveland, like I'm always hearing about, then why is it that I'm standing in line everywhere I go?" - Garfield Heights

    Because cashiers leave too.

    "People who are not handicapped or whose handicap status has improved, should not use handicapped spaces to park in. This would include people who have a handicapped person in the family, but they are not with them. . . . For you, it is a nice chance to park near the door. For me, if there are no spaces, I can't go in. I need the space next to the car for my mobility device, as do many others. Without that space, I can't get out of the car. Which is also the reason why people shouldn't use the striped area to park. These people seem to think that they don't even need a legal permit to park here. Please, count your blessings, and use regular parking spots. Keep in mind the saying, 'Don't tempt God.' " - Lakewood

    We shouldn't park in the designated spots unless they are for us and we actually need them. I'm with you on that. But we shouldn't park in the designated spots, because if we do, an angry god will throw a lightning blot and take our legs? Just goes to show that handicapped people can be assholes too.

    "I'm sick of the bigwigs in the companies laying people off because of sagging profits and then you read that they are giving themselves a hefty raise later on." - Beachwood

    I'm sick of the Browns fielding a crap team every year, and that they have us season ticket holders over a barrel because they sold us a bunch of worthless PSLs that more or less guarantee that we'll keep buying the tickets no matter what crap they put on the field. Read more about my email to the Browns and their response.


    Comments on "Tuesday Talkback"


    Blogger Kristen said ... (8:18 AM, April 03, 2007) : 

    1. I'm having a hard time remembering ever seeing all the handicapped spaces taken up at a single store or shopping plaza so I'm not sure what the moan about handicapped parking is about.

    2. Dude, the PSL talk is getting boring for those of us who don't care (girls). Could you bitch about not being able to find a bra that fits or gaining 10 lbs drinking non-fat lattes? Just to make us feel like part of the conversation.


    Blogger James said ... (8:52 AM, April 03, 2007) : 

    Rough time this week, eh?

    I am listening to a little Marillion - Somewhere Else...too bad it was shipped with a broken case...


    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (9:10 AM, April 03, 2007) : 

    Killer does get the occasional walk from the kid who tosses ciggies in the driveway.

    I dont understand the following: limited Sunday liquor sales, complaining about Sunday lotto sales, vengeful gods chucking lightning at those who park in handicap spaces.


    Blogger anne said ... (12:20 PM, April 03, 2007) : 

    The guy who is sick of the bigwigs laying people off should work harder to BE a bigwig. Then he can sit at his desk and lay people off and complain that the workers don't do anything to help the company.

    And may a vengeful god chuck lightning at the entire University of Florida to stop making so much trouble for all Buckeye sports. Amen.


    Blogger jessica said ... (10:37 PM, April 05, 2007) : 

    i'm just wondering what family member of a handicapped person is actually parking in the spaces. and i don't mean the "handicapped" as the lazy people who con their doctors for a permit form signature or the old people who think old age and grey hair entitles them to rad spots, either. family members of truly handicapped people wouldn't consider parking in their spots.

    my question, though, is why do pregnant or new moms get good spots? maternity parking is bullshit, as well as the fact that home depot has 15 handicapped spots. i'm all for being nice to the handicapped, as i've been related to one my entire life, but seriously, when have you ever seen wheelchair relay at the home improvement store? better yet, why was i there in the first place?


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