Monthly Archives: January 2011

That’s why the NFL runs itself in a way that would fit nicely on Glenn Beck’s chalkboard – they literally share the wealth, through salary caps and revenue sharing – TV is their biggest source of revenue, and they put all of it in a big commie pot and split it 32 ways. Because they don’t want anyone to fall too far behind. That’s why the team that wins the Super Bowl picks last in the next draft. Or what the Republicans would call ‘punishing success.’

Bill Maher, New Rule: Americans Must Realize What Makes NFL Football So Great: Socialism

I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

Thomas Edison, 1931

Imagine a wall where it was easier to remove graffiti than add it: the amount of graffiti on such a wall would depend on the commitment of its defenders. So with Wikipedia; if all its passionate participants were to stop caring, the whole thing would be gone by next Thursday, overrun by vandals and spammers. If you can see Wikipedia right now, it means that again, today, the good guys won.

Wikipedia – an unplanned miracle, The Guardian

Mayor Mark Mallory To Be on TV; Ghiz is Pissed

Brian Griffin of Cincinnati Blog:

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory reportedly will be featured in the reality TV show ‘Undercover Boss’, where he goes to work along side city workers, but does so in disguise. The rumor mill indicates that his disguise includes dreadlocks. […]

In what sounds like a plot line from an episode of the television show Parks & Recreation, council member Leslie Ghiz is the party pooper. Here’s some of what WVXU reported:

Ghiz says she is working on a motion with at least one other Council Member to find out if any city money was involved and how much employee time was devoted to the project.

She may also ask the show’s producers in her words, “to cease and desist” from airing the mayor’s episode.

I’m at a loss on why Ghiz is not talking about another TV show airing where Four Cincinnati Police officers are on the job during the filming. Were police department funds used to film that television program? […]

I’ll speculate on the “real” reason Leslie Ghiz is pissed about the ‘Undercover Boss’ episode featuring the Mayor. I would guess jealously.

At least a few people have found work since Kasich took office, however. He has decided not to live in the well-guarded governor’s mansion, which means the state taxpayers… will now pay around-the-clock salaries for additional security guards at his own residence. (They’ll also keep paying for the mansion security, which for some reason will continue.)

Eric Jaffe, The Infrastructurist

UrbanCincy reports that in it’s latest five year construction plan, the Ohio Department of Transportation, an agency that doesn’t have enough funds to maintain the roads it has in a state in the middle of an acute economic and fiscal crisis, has allocated $809M to extend I-74 through Hamilton County.

Huh? I can’t believe anyone would put this high on a needs list, if indeed it is needed at all. I certainly don’t think so. Hamilton County actually has fewer people today than it did in 1970s, the region is growing more slowly than the national average, and it may already have more miles of six-eight lane freeway than any peer city in America.

Here’s a great chance for new Gov. Kasich to show his conservative bona fides. He cancelled the less expensive 3C rail project as something that state couldn’t afford. (I was also not a fan of that project). Here’s another one he can kill.

I’m a big believer in building infrastructure, and yes, even in building more roads where appropriate. But even among nominally fiscal conservative governors, it’s tough to find any highway boondoggle big enough that they are willing to cancel it. Here’s a perfect opportunity for Kasich to distinguish himself and step up to the plate.

Aaron Renn, The Urbanophile

I-74 boondoggle

Cost ComparisonUrbanCincy just broke a story that the Enquirer and our city’s other mainstream media didn’t even know about.  ODOT is about to spend at least $809 million to expand I-74 through the east side of Cincinnati.

The chart above show the huge expense of our region’s highway investments (I-74 extension and I-75 reconfiguration) compared to the much smaller costs of the Cincinnati Streetcar and 3C Corridor projects.  Yet, which projects do our media choose to criticize?

With younger Americans less interested in driving, is now the time to be expanding our Interstate highway system?

I’m waiting for tea party groups to announce their outrage at the “I-74 boondoggle”.