Archive for May 2006

We Told You So

May 31, 2006

Last week’s recommendation of Eagle Realty as developer of The Banks was no surprise to us. We told you it was coming, in the April 26 edition of “Porkopolis,” before CityBeat had a blog.


A ‘Wicked Scheme’ Exposed!

May 30, 2006

So often politics is handled with such seriousness that it becomes painfully dull. Then every once in a while someone will serve up a load of horse shit with a straight face, and I get a big kick out of it.


War Makes Criminals

May 28, 2006

One must always be wary of comparisons to the Nazi atrocities. But I got a chill when I read the recent remarks of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Hagee . He was commenting on the slaughter of unarmed Iraqi civilians by his own troops. Reading his words, I couldn’t help but remember a 1943 speech by Heinrich Himmler , head of the SS.


Smitherman’s Back!

May 27, 2006

Having a Democratic majority on Cincinnati City Council has meant nothing in terms of ensuring inclusiveness and openness in the process of developing The Banks. The Old Boys Network and the corporate power brokers have had a free hand from Mayor Mark Mallory and his team. But former Councilman Christopher Smitherman is taking up the fight. In a letter to supporters (below), he defends the progressive principles that the city’s “new” leadership seem to have forgotten.

— Gregory Flannery


I Don’t Glow in the Dark

May 26, 2006

Last week I received a letter from the IRS, opening, “Dear Fernald worker…”


In Search of Food and the Truth

May 25, 2006

The sign on the door at Za, the restaurant across from the Aronoff Center on Walnut Street, might say, “Closed for remodeling.” But the reality seems to be that their doors have closed forever. The same holds true for the Red Squirrel restaurant on Vine Street. I found this out when I went there for lunch this week.


Burning My Cookies

May 25, 2006

When I approached a downtown street corner Tuesday I was asked by a clipboard-toting young woman if I’d like to support the establishment of scholarships for children in Ohio from kindergarten to some grade I can’t recall. I remembered reading about the casino gambling lobby’s ploy of slot machines supporting education and asked, “Is this about the casino gambling initiative?”