Monday, March 31, 2008

Bosnian Misadventure

This just keeps getting worse and worse for Hillary.
Hitch weighs in:

Friday, March 28, 2008

Long time coming, don't you think?

Welcome Dickapedia to the internets, though it is hardly comprehensive, but give it time.  It is a wiki, after all.
Yes, HRC has an entry.  And Obama.  But not McCain. At least not yet.  Huckabee and Romney have entries though.

Losers' Day Parade

Maverick, well do you recall the feelings you were sold?
Like Manhattan in the fall and all the washed away brigade within the soul
How it flickered in the neon by the seventh,
And so meaninglessly sentimental

Maverick, now we only want the feelings we can sell
Near the bridge beyond eleventh where you contemplate the candle on the wall
Mesmerizing, how it flickers by the subway, yeah,
Well we can sell it all

Now you turn to me like a friend
Your stock is rising again
Sell yourself and I'll try to pretend
At least that's something
Figures up but predictions are low
Carry you all the way to the show
So for now you've got nowhere to go
I'll drop you later

These are the days and the stakes are so high
No one will say that they care as much as I do...

She waits for you by the stage
So glittering and engaged
Much too late for you to engage
In awkward silence
Say the word and she'll always be there
Intentions perfectly clear
Telling you all that you need to hear
And it's all for you
And she says...

These are the days when you make me alive
No one will say that they love you as much as I do...

Shut up! Shut up!

Hair spray, deranged, the smell of in-between still lingers
And the cheapness just keeps reaping to the old refrains still lingering
The only sound you hear, the quiet falling of the rain inside
Your beautiful playground on this Losers' Day parade

Maverick, you idiot, the makeup and the fakeup,
All the falsy just like palsy and you still don't learn
Excuses are so stupid, your remedial behaviour
With all this comfort purchase and you still won't learn

So to the ironbound section of the Avenue L
Where the disperate faces come to see what you sell
Live divine, feelings once mine, charcoal color of your soul

If I carved you heart right onto my skin
You were never in my thougts when I turned to sing
Cut the wire, wait a pointless hour, meaningless never should have been

So the architect wants a prettier song
Like a dead end anthem for the kids gone wrong
Immaculate dreams chasing beautiful scenes, designs for life (into your heart)

Hey Mr. Nameless, do I seem a bit insensitive?
I'm trying to forget what you are...
Well I'm hoping you have seen us and it will not come between us
So how could you let it go this far?
Dead nobodies in company cars...

Is this the radio that's safely saturating you,
I pray that you rmemeber when the wheels stop spinning
I walk to the wreckage and I dream of middle England
This consolation travelled so far...
Dead nobodies in company cars...

This lonliness wherever you are...
Dead nobodies in company cars...
-- John Mitchell

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday Talkback

Those silly moaners.
"If China and India are so desperate to buy our gasoline, why don't we charge them the high prices and lower the price for the American public? Isn't that what the Middle East does to us with their oil?" — Elyria
Our gasoline?
Our gasoline?
"Sports figures are in trouble for using drugs to enhance their playing abilities. Musicians/rock stars/movie stars use drugs probably 100 times as much and the drugs do not enhance their abilities at all and they get paid big bucks, get awards and are left alone." — Brunswick
Isn't it funny how music is not like sports in this respect?  I disagree that drugs have not "enhanced" the [creative] abilities of musicians, even though you don't hear about anyone getting stripped of a Grammy for the use of performance enhancing drugs.  Sorry, Pink Floyd and The Beatles -- none of those album sales count, and now the Rock Hall is going to kick you out.  Goo goo ga joob, you crazy diamond!  

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Kent Read, Kent Write, Kent State ... and...

...Kent play basketball.
8 seed UNLV is leading 9 seed Kent 31-10 at the half. 
I am so embarrassed for the MAC sometimes.
Thanks, Kent.  You stand to be the first loss on my "sheet of integrity."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

No Talkback

They didn't post it.  Again.  Bah.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Don't call her Kristen, she's Ashley something or other...

that is apparently her singing that song too.
Who needs Britney or Paris or other slutty starlets who just act like hos -- when we've got a real ho right here.
Nice pictures in the New York Post today too.  But please, if you can turn tricks at that price, can't you pay for a nose job?  C'mon.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


A ghost of a mist was on the field
The grey and the green together
The noise of a distant farm machine
Out of the first light came

A tattered necklace of hedge end trees
On the southern side of the hill
Betrays where the border runs between
Where Mary Dunoon's boy fell

Easter here again, a time for the blind to see
Easter, surely now can all of your hearts be free

Out of the port of Liverpool
Bound for the North of Ireland
The wash of the spray and horsetail waves
The roll of the sea below

And Easter here again, a time for the blind to see
Easter, surely now can all of your hearts be free

What will you do?
Make a stone of your heart?
Will you set things right?
When you tear them apart?
Will you sleep at night?
With the plough and the stars alight?

What will you do?
With the wire and the gun?
That'll set things right
When it's said and done?
Will you sleep at night?
Is there so much love to hide?

Forgive, Forget
Sing "Never again."
-- Steve Hogarth

Another Candidate...

That's the winning ticket, right there!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Browns PSLs for Sale

Last year around this time, I couldn't unload my Browns PSLs because the team was doing so badly -- who would want them?
The Browns went on to have a 10 win season, and just missed the playoffs. 
This Fall, they are in a position to join the elite of the AFC.  New England, Indy, San Diego, CLEVELAND.
These PSLs would cost $1500 if you bought them directly from the Browns.  I have opened the bidding at $750 with no reserve.  If the minimum bid were to win it, it would be like buy one get one free.
No bids yet -- but a lot of people have put this auction on their watch list.
Let's see what happens.  Auction ends this Sunday around 6pm.

Done with Clinton

Here is a short essay by a Clinton supporter who is done with her. 
This was posted March 9, so this was even before the Ferraro mess.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pot and Kettle Alert

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept. "

-- Geraldine Ferraro, Clinton fundraiser, member of Clinton's campaign financial committee, and former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate.

Make no mistake about it: this is the original token candidate crying "token candidate." Do you think I am being harsh? Geraldine admitted as such in the same interview:

"In 1984, if my name were Girard instead of Geraldine, I never would have been picked as the vice-presidential candidate."

Hear the interview here:

Will Clinton distance herself from this surrogate? If she doesn't, then Clinton must think it is ok to call someone, in essense, a token black, as long as you don't call him a monster.

Hypocrisy alert

I have just two questions for Elliot.

1. When will Spitzer resign?

2. Did she spitzer swallow?

Gina said the same thing I was thinking ... how can his wife stand there like that, next to him? Isn't that about the most harrowing thing a spouse can face -- standing at a podium next to your spouse, who got caught in a prostitution ring, like the prostitution rings he used to break up?

Governor Spitzer pledged his support a superdelegate to Clinton. So, is Clinton going to distance herself from him? Also, when he resigns, he will no longer be a superdelegate to the convention.

Then again, HRC has been able to look past that cheating spouse thing before. So if she distances herself from Spitzer, doesn't that make her a hypocrite too?

Tuesday Talkback

This moan caught my attention:
"How about some truth-in-advertising? 'The Ohio Lottery: Odds are, you'll win none.' " — Streetsboro
I have observed before the logical nonsense of the Ohio Lottery slogan, "Odds are, you'll have fun."  Odds are, you will lose when you play the lottery, so the slogan can only be true if you have fun losing.  Oh, I suppose someone from the lottery would say that the anticipation of waiting for the drawing, or as you scratch your ticket, somehow constitutes "fun." 
But I've moved on.  The advertising slogan that bothers me now is Chevrolet's "From gas friendly to gas free."  Walk into any Chevy dealer and ask them where the gas free car is.  They don't have one.  The gas free Chevy Volt is still just a concept car -- one that is gas free for commutes of 40 miles or less.  And the slogan is misleading because it suggests that Chevrolets have a range of efficiency, from gas friendly to gas free.  But get to the dealership and you'll see that many of the same old gas guzzlers are still for sale.  But the slogan "gas hogs to maybe gas free someday for trips 40 miles or less" just isn't elegant, even if closer to the truth.
This site says the Volt is targeted for release in the 2010 model year.  We'll see what really happens.  But until it is released, there is no gas-free Chevy.  And for trips over 40 miles, there is no gas-free Chevy -- the Volt has to use something for trips over 40 miles. Which is smart, because no one is going to buy a car that has only a 40 mile driving range.  So that makes the Volt a hybrid -- different from the Prius, yes, because it supposedly will operate as an electric car for trips under 40 miles, but it will be a hybrid all the same -- because how many drivers never go on trips over 40 miles?  

Monday, March 10, 2008

Vice President of Nothing

First of all, Clinton has no business offering the vice presidential spot to anybody.  Not only is she not the nominee, but she isn't even the frontrunner.  But to offer the second spot to the frontrunner is somewhere between laughable and insulting.  
Secondly, there are no mulligans, no do-overs in presidential politics.  Michigan and Florida failed to play by the rules.  Their delegates don't count.  If they are mad about that, they should take that up with their state legislatures and their governors for next time.  The state governments were warned repeatedly by the DNC and the RNC that moving their primaries would have these consequences (DNC excluded them all, RNC excluded 50%).  Their delegates should not be seated at the convention.
Thirdly, Governor Rendel said on Meet the Press yesterday that if Hillary wins a majority of the popular vote in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida (I might have missed one or two more states that he mentioned, but in essence, the large swing states), then she should be the nominee, regardless of the outcome in all of the other primaries. Will Governor Rendel move the DNC to not even run primaries in all of those other states in the 2012 election -- I mean, if they don't matter, why waste the money and the effort?  The answer, of course, is that all of the states and their delegates matter.  And that Rendel's argument is bullshit.
Fourth, just because Hillary won more primary votes than Obama in some of the larger states does not mean that Obama can't win those states in the general election -- or that Hillary will win those states in the general election.  If Hillary is the nominee, anyone want to bet that Hillary will win Texas?  Really?  And speaking of Texas...
Fifth, I wish the media would quit reporting that Clinton won Texas.  All Clinton won was the popular vote.  Texas has a hybrid system -- a primary during the day followed by caucuses that night.  Not only did Obama win the caucuses, but as a result, Obama won more delegates total from Texas than Hillary did.  Yet when MSNBC puts up their map of the states, they color in Texas for Hillary, even though Obama won more delegates.  It is the delegates that count at the convention.  Not the popular vote.
Sixth, and I didn't come up with this myself, someone commented on it on Kos: to say that Hillary Clinton has executive experience is to say that Yoko Ono was a Beatle.  Being in the building when something happened doesn't mean you did it.
Seventh, Bill Bradley took off the gloves on PBS over the weekend about the Clintons' failure to release their tax and financial records.  About time.
Eighth, is Hillary a "monster"?  Is Obama "Ken Starr"?  Hillary said it was ok for her staffer to call Obama "Ken Starr" because one was an ad hominum attack, and the other was a reference to an historical figure.  Really.  So I guess it would have been ok for someone to say, Obama's middle name may be Hussein, but Hillary acts like Saddam Hussein.  Or Atilla the Hun?  Or Eva Peron?   

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Guilty of Partaking in Trash Culture

Grease 2 is an awful movie.  Dreadful songs, hokey story, as a big a drop off as you'll see in a movie sequel -- this movie should have stopped Michelle Pfeiffer's career dead in its tracks.
I know this movie is awful, because I've watched it at least a dozen times over the years.  Probably more.  I know what I'm talking about.
It is on Bravo now, as I type this.  Of course I have it on.  Have you looked outside?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Another Example of Clintonian Sophistry

So. It looks like it was actually the Hillary Clinton campaign that contacted the Canadians and told them not to worry about the chest-beating on NAFTA in Ohio:

At the end of an extended conversation, [Prime Minister Harper's Chief of Staff Ian] Brodie was asked about remarks aimed by the Democratic candidates at Ohio's anti-NAFTA voters that carried serious economic implications for Canada.

Since 75 per cent of Canadian exports go to the U.S., Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton's musings about reopening the North American free-trade pact had caused some concern.

Mr. Brodie downplayed those concerns.

"Quite a few people heard it," said one source in the room.

"He said someone from (Hillary) Clinton's campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt. . . That someone called us and told us not to worry."

Government officials did not deny the conversation took place.

So, it was NOT the Obama campaign, as originally reported. This, of course, did not stop the Clinton campaign from running this negative radio ad here in Ohio:

This is an election news update with a major news story reported by the AP. While Senator Obama has crisscrossed Ohio giving speeches attacking NAFTA, his top economic advisor was telling the Canadians that was all just political maneuvering. A newly released document from the Canadian government shows that Obama's senior economic advisor met with the Canadian Consul General and made clear that Obama's attack on NAFTA were just, quote, "political maneuvering," not policy. Political maneuvering, not policy. In fact, the document shows that Obama's advisor also assured the Canadians that these attacks against NAFTA would not continue. Obama would not want to be, quote, "fundamentally changing the agreement." As Senator Obama was telling one story to Ohio, his campaign was telling a very different story to Canada. How will Ohioans decide whether they can believe Senator Obama's words? We'll find that out on election day. Paid for by Hillary Clinton for President.

Another fine example of Clintonian parsing of the facts and sophistry. The ad begins with calling this a "news story reported by AP." So it isn't Clinton campaign saying it, it is the AP reporting it. Even though the Clinton campaign knew that the AP story was inaccurate, as they were the ones that contacted the Canadians about NAFTA, they ran with it anyway. And they can techincially say that they weren't lying about it because all they did was pass along what the AP reported -- they weren't actually saying it themselves.

Anyone remember what the definition of "is" is?

Just another reason I do not and cannot support Hillary. While it might be fun to watch such sophistry and bullshit fly at McCain in the general, the downside would be having to deal with that sophistry and bullshit for the four years after that. Schadenfreude is still a hobby of mine; I can take sick pleasure in John McCain's electoral suffering this year, but not the nation's over the next four years.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Inside the Mind of the Ohio Voter

So, why didn't Obama fare better in Ohio?

I think it is worthy to note a long standing trend in Ohio politics.

With little exception, Ohio voters do not favor candidates in statewide races that they have not run statewide before. Ohio voters seem to need the comfort of familiarity.

Voinovich, DeWine, Brown, Metzenbaum, Glenn, Celeste -- all had to lose statewide races before they won statewide.

Strickland was an exception, but his running mate, Lee Fisher, and both lost and won statewide previous races. Plus there was a lot of ill will toward Taft, Blackwell, and the state GOP itself when Strickland ran for governor.

Hillary Clinton had never run statewide in Ohio before, but she was a far more familiar quantity. Ohioans have known her for years, warts and all.

So here is the upside to the Obama loss yesterday: if Obama is the Democratic nominee, he already has his Ohio statewide loss under his belt.

And while Hillary can crow about how she was won the "big" states, many of which tend to vote Democratic for president -- the fact that Obama has done well in so many other swing states that makes him attractive on the basis of electoral math. Polls show that Obama (unlike Clinton) would contend in Kansas. Kansas! Sure, it isn't a major electoral vote stronghold -- but what would it say about McCain's chances if he has to dump resources and effort just to secure Kansas?

Still, the electoral math is interesting and worthy of analysis and consideration. But the overriding consideration remains: who would be the best president? McCain, Clinton, or Obama? You know my answer.

Hillary Takes Ohio By 10 Points

I figured she'd win here.  But 54-44 -- I am disappointed. 
And she won Texas, but it was much closer, 51-47.
And she picked up Rhode Island while Obama took Vermont.
Meanwhile, McCain goes to the White House today to stand with W to "start" his campaign for the general.  But standing with W ain't all that.  And he's still got money issues, and issues with the FEC, so it may not be as big an advantage as suggested last night. 
Coverage on the Democratic race will continue to dominate because it is unsettled.  But will the eventual winner be worn out by this primary race?  Or more to the point, will the voters be fatigued with the Democratic nominee? 
On another level, it is fascinating to see a primary process last this long. 
So... onward we go.  Wyoming on 3/8, Mississippi on 3/11 --- then nothing till Pennsylvania on 4/22. 

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Stupid Voter Tricks

If I were this dumb, I wouldn't want people to know my name.

Mistake keeps Middleburg Heights man from voting his choice

Posted by Donna J. Miller March 04, 2008 11:28AM

Joseph Romano says the ballot confused him this morning, causing him to vote for Dennis Kucinich for president.

When Romano realized his mistake and asked a poll worker how he could correct it, he was told to drop his ballot into a box. He did so then asked for a new ballot.

"They told me I couldn't get another ballot because I had already put one in the box," he said. "I've voted for 50 years. This was the worst ballot I've seen."

If they make mistakes, voters can receive up to three ballots, as long as the botched ones are discarded rather than placed in the white ballot box, officials said.

The primary

I voted this morning around 7:30 A.M., in an inner-ring suburb on the east side of Cleveland (University Heights).  The weather was (and still is) cold and gray, and the sidewalks were slippery and frozen this morning.
My polling place was busy, but the line for my precinct was only three deep.  Cuyahoga County has just switched to optical scan ballots (after some dreadful problems with touch-screen machines.) 
When I got my ballot, all the booths were full.  The poll worker offered me a board to use to fill in my ballot, if I didn't want to wait for a booth.  I took it, took a seat in the corner, and filled in my circles with a black rollerball pen (also provided). 
Unlike other optical scan counties, there is no scanner at the polling place that scans your ballot in front of you.  So, unlike other counties, if a Cuyahoga voter doesn't adequately fill in the circles, there is no second chance at darkening them.  Also, because my ballot was not scanned before it went in to the ballot box, I am a little concerned about the ballots themselves.  I had to force my ballot into the box, as other ballots were all bunched up within the box.  I wonder how the ballots will scan if they are all creased up and mangled from being stuffed into the ballot box.
And then there was the "stub" issue.
The ballots have a perforated stub on the bottom of them that say "DO NOT REMOVE."  But when I got up to the ballot box, they told me to remove the stub before placing the ballot in the box.  While I was voting, I overheard someone arguing with a poll worker over whether that would spoil the ballot, but she insisted this was correct.   So, I removed the stub and handed it to the poll work, who deposited it into an envelope on the table in front of her.
On my way out, I saw a card from the BOE with detailed instructions on how to vote with the new ballots.  Of course, there was no mention either way about this stub.  So I took the card and called the county BOE about it, just to be sure.  They told me that removal of the stub from the completed ballot in front of the poll worker was appropriate.  So, I hope that is actually the case.
The ballots won't be scanned until tonight at the county Board of Elections.  Cuyahoga is a large and populous county, and heavily Democratic. If this election is close, we probably will not know tonight who won Ohio, since Cuyahoga's outcome is critical on any statewide election.   
As it is, one of the scanners failed in a test last week.  If the replacement were delivered as promised, there will be just 16 scanners counting all of these primary votes in our county tonight.
I'm still thinking about the bunched up ballots.  And that stub.  And I see now that the stub issue is being discussed on

Tuesday Talkback

The moaners are back.

“The people who call into Monday Moaning don’t leave their age. I bet the average age is 90.” — Cleveland, 36

Thanks for bringing the average down, kid.

“If car dealers are going to use nonprofessionals in their TV ads, please teach them to speak words correctly and not say ‘sentcha’ instead of ‘sent you.’” — Richfield

I wonder where they get these women. I usually wonder this whenever I see the Sunnyside Honda ads. This woman in the ads -- I assume she is family. And the Crestmont ads -- why should we care that she is Christine from Crestmont? And who is this chicky in the Fred Martin ads -- someone must have taught her to talk that way, yet it seems so forced.

“What a ‘sick’ city Cleveland has become! Jacobs Field has been renamed for an insurance company, the basketball arena for a loan agency, and now our new transit line becomes HealthLine! What’s next, ‘Cemetery Row’ for Lake Shore Boulevard? We already have ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ which they haven’t been able to make less deadly! It seems anymore, that naming rights money can buy anything! — Euclid

You forgot "terminal" tower. But I don't understand how it is worth $6.25 million to UH and the Clinic to name the overrated Euclid Corridor busline the "HealthLine." At least when Progressive bought the naming rights to the ballpark, Progressive will get mentioned in every baseball game broadcast and article about games played there. After the HealthLine has been running for a few years, the only time you're going to hear about the HealthLine is if someone gets shot on the bus.

“What message are we sending our children when we close schools because of two inches of snow or it’s too cold? As a business owner, I know they call in off from work just because their children are off. Sad.” — Parma

See, you don't care about the kids at all. You just are mad because your employee, Bob Cratchitt, called off from work when his kids had to stay home.

“It’s disheartening to read the nasty, sour grapes remarks a couple of people wrote about the Oscars. They must resent anyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.” — Cleveland

Were the Oscars on?

“I lived in Parma for 50 years. Reason No. 1001 for leaving: Suspending a kindergartner because of his haircut. Good OLD Parma — it hasn’t changed.” — Summerfield, Fla.

Well, it has changed in this respect. This wasn't a public school suspension. It is a charter school. I guess they can cast off mohawk kids and other undesirables at their whim.

“My moan is about idiotic drivers who do not know how to use a ‘left-turn-only’ lane. They either sit in the through lane holding up traffic, or they angle the front end of their car into the turn-lane leaving the rest of the car in the through lane still blocking traffic. If you’re too stupid to drive it, then park it.” — Euclid

It is called a "horn" and it is located in the middle of your steering wheel.

“Gee, maybe we could enlist those news people who found Prince Harry’s location to find Osama Bin Laden. Instead of wasting air and TV time on this bit of trivia, they might actually give us some useful news.” — Euclid

Why would they start now?

“When our power is out and we turn on our battery radio, we hear the announcer saying, ‘Go to .com for information.’” — Avon

Use your battery-powered laptop, duh! Don't you keep a laptop charged up for emergencies? Heh.

I have many things to moan about this week, but I don’t have the time because I have to shovel 8 inches of global warming off my driveway.” — Middleburg Heights

Who are these idiots who don't know the difference between weather and climate?

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Monday, March 03, 2008

"We are the ones we've been waiting for."

Tomorrow is the primary election.  I will take the Democratic ballot for the first time in years, and I will vote for Barack Obama.
There are lots of reasons why I am happy to vote for Obama.  I do admire his accomplishments, his work on ethics reform, on loose nukes, and (as a state senator) passing the first law in the nation requiring the videotaping of police interrogations and confessions.  When he proposed this law as a state senator, it was widely assumed that it would go nowhere, that it would never pass.  Yet he masterfully worked with all of his fellow senators to achieve unanimous support for this groundbreaking law. 
There are those who are skeptical of his rhetoric.  Those who think that if he sounds so good, he must be too good to be true.  It is reasonable to be skeptical of any politician.  But I do not believe his rhetorical skills are exclusive of skills to lead this country.  Indeed, being well spoken is a part of effective leadership.  What would Winston Churchill have been without his rhetoric skills?  Or Franklin Roosevelt?  Or Ronald Reagan? 
And speaking of Reagan, another key difference between Clinton and Obama: Clinton speaks of what she will "do" for us, and what she will "give" us.  Obama speaks in terms of what we will do together.  In this respect he is more like Bill Clinton than Hillary is.  Bill once spoke of levelling the playing field, and making it so people who "work hard and play by the rules" could make their own way.  Obama is not a savior, and he doesn't tell us to wait for one.  Instead he says things like, "we are the ones we've been waiting for."  That it is up to each of us to step up and make the changes we want to see in this country.
If there is any trouble I might have with Obama, it is on Iraq.  Leaving Iraq will not be as simple as declaring that we are leaving.  But I think he'll see that as president.  And I would rather have someone in there who is committed to ending our occupation of Iraq finding the best way to get us out.  Therefore, Obama is the candidate I trust to resolve this. 
These are just a few of the reasons I'll be voting for Obama tomorrow.
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If you are voting in the Democratic primary in Cuyahoga County, there are several judicial primaries on the ballot, and if you want some help sorting through those, please take a look at this site:
Of the several judicial races, I would specifically urge selecting Brendan Sheehan over Ann Mannen.  
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Cuyahoga election results... I wonder how many days it will be before we know the results?  I would prefer to be wrong about this, but I expect there will be a lot of problems tomorrow, first at the polls and then with the count.