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Midpoint Music Festival- Thursday

I went with a friend to the Midpoint Music Festival on Thursday, buying a three day pass for $49.  You can buy a ticket to any stage, but the three day pass is by far the most convenient and economical way to listen to a lot of music.  My friend had heard of a guitarist Kaki King, so we headed over to SCPA to check her out.  Kaki King played instrumental guitar, but it was not like any guitar I’ve ever heard or seen.  She was absolutely amazing.  You can see her technique in this YouTube video of one of the songs she played last night.    


Ohio district 1 after Republican redistricting

Due to population decreases, Ohio has lost two seats in the House of Representatives forcing changes in Ohio’s districts. Ohio’s state government, dominated by the Republicans have gerrymandered the districts to strongly favor Republicans.

Here’s the old District 1, Steve Chabot’s district.  It seems reasonable geographically, covering Southwestern Ohio.

Old District 1.jpgHere’s the new District 1 that was passed by Ohio’s congress yesterday.
Revised Congressional District1.jpgThe new district is a convoluted mess which makes no sense geographically.  But politically, by adding suburban areas of largely white voters and subtracting predominantly black neighborhoods by pushing them into District 2, the Republicans have neutralized the urban and black vote that leans more Democrat in District 1.  

Just looking at race, on this mashup map that I created of a population map by race of Cincinnati from 2010 census data and the new district, you can see that the Republicans have divided the black population into District 1 and District 2.   
District1Race.jpg By doing this, the Republicans have created a mishmash district with mismatched groups of urban and suburban voters. How is a representative to effectively serve this disparate group? Effective governing doesn’t seem to matter to Republicans, just keeping the power of the Congressional seats.  Cincinnati as the largest population center in the region should have a representative advocating the needs of the urban core and inner ring suburbs.

Cincinnati Photos: Mallory as ‘Undercover Boss’ Photos: Mallory as ‘Undercover Boss’

I watched the show last night and came away with a few things:

  1. Mark Mallory in disguise pretty much looks like Mark Mallory.  It’s his distinctive faces and glasses.  Occasionally he’d slip and speak to clearly.
  2. City Workers are definitely under-appreciated for the work they do.  Who knew that there was only ONE person that picks up all the dead animals in the city.
  3. The Undercover Boss ending where the boss helps his employees doesn’t quite feel right for public employees.  It just seemed a little off when the Mayor is giving gifts donated by corporations to the specific employees.  
  4. Mark Mallory is an excellent spokesperson for the city.  You can tell his love and passion for the city and its people.

Overall, it was entertaining and a good thing for the nation to see a mayor who cares about the city and its employees.

You can watch the episode at

Cincinnati Casino to pay for streetcars Casino to pay for streetcars

Other priorities were approved without showing up on a public agenda and without public input: 25 percent to streetcar operations, 14 percent to city facilities, 10 percent for decks over Fort Washington Way and 1 percent for outdoor sculptures.

The article portrays this spending in a negative light, but I think that these are all positive investments into the city.  Even the sculptures.  If you’ve ever been to the Minnesota Sculpture Garden, sculptures can be a tremendous attraction.


Cincinnati Chad Ochocinco Cereal Promotes Phone Sex Line Chad Ochocinco Cereal Promotes Phone Sex Line

The phone number printed on Ochocinco’s cereal boxes directs callers to a phone sex line that offers “the sluttiest girls your nasty imagination can dream.” The voice who answers the call promises that “me and my ultra-hot girlfriends will do whatever it takes to pleasure you,” and the woman does not spare detail when mentioning multiple sexual positions.

Ochocinco says the erotic number is all one big mistake.

The number should have been 888-HELP-FTC, instead the number is printed as 800-HELP-FTC. 

I actually have this same problem with one of the toll free numbers for my business.  It’s listed everywhere correctly, but if the customer dials in 800 instead of 888 they get a sex line.