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You know, people are starting to wear me down, and for people who know me, I mean, who really know me, and have heard or witnessed me go on a tear, that can only mean one thing – eschewing all decorum and being unforgivingly and unrelentlessly and unapologetically obnoxious.

Consider yourselves warned.

1. Two-fer from Wendy Hoke at Creative Ink:

-Joe Biden rocks, with video

-audio and article on the foreclosure crisis, done by Wendy and published in the Christian Science Monitor

2. What was it, barely two or three years ago when CWRU Professor Lawrence Krauss made a big stink, and now he’s leaving? I interviewed him once, when he picked up the phone not expecting it to be me. He was fine, but he definitely seems very self-assured, to put it mildly.

3. Is Cleveland losing an art director?

In the meantime, what’s it look like as far as the Met succession? According to press reports, Cleveland Museum of Art director Timothy Rub is on the short list of candidates to become the Met’s new director. One problem — Rub told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s not a candidate. “I’m happy in Cleveland,” he said.

4. Wouldn’t you know that just as I’m gearing up to get up to speed with the Cuyahoga County reform stuff, the language is pulled from the Ohio GA’s bill?

5. See who tweets. Hattip to Beth Kanter.

6. Working with Words has no link back to where this info derives, but according to John Ettorre, there will be a Family Guy spinoff called Cleveland. Here’s a bit more.

7. I’m sorry, but there is just no way that anything in this case in Woodmere is going to come out smelling good. Use your vote, people. (Woodmere is one of the towns whose residents are in the Orange school district.)

8. Logophile reminds us that there have been many women who’ve run for president before Hillary Clinton.

9. Interesting Politico column about how blogs wag the news.

10. Wanna see what a country whose kids outperform ours does to keep those kids outperforming ours? Japan wants to limit cellphone use for kids.

11. Last but definitely not least (and there are many more I still have in open tabs that I’m not including tonight), The Chief Source’s Annie has a fantastic post and comment thread going about contraceptive equity. My contribution? Anyone who cannot afford contraception can babysit my kids. That should do the trick for a good chunk o’time.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:47 pm May 27th, 2008 in Politics, Remains of the Day | 4 Comments 

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RANK   DISTRICT  CITY STATE Index Subs Lunch E&E (see here for an explanation)

1202 Turpin Cincinnati Ohio 1.182 4.2 33.6
593 Sycamore Cincinnati Ohio 1.881 8 40.7
1183 Westerville South ** Westerville Ohio 1.204 19.6 11.4
1334 Mason Mason Ohio 1.054 n/a 28.4
1385 Glen Este Cincinnati Ohio 1.003 14 12.3
915 Kenston Chagrin Falls Ohio 1.464 5 9.1
1256 Bellbrook Bellbrook Ohio 1.132 5 24.8
704 Dublin Coffman Dublin Ohio 1.709 6 30.4
1356 Kirtland Kirtland Ohio 1.033 2 20.5
895 Dublin Scioto Dublin Ohio 1.478 16 27.2
290 Dublin Jerome Dublin Ohio 2.485 1 45.9
89 Wyoming Wyoming Ohio 3.763 5 79.5
1044 Westlake Westlake Ohio 1.334 7 31.4
752 Upper Arlington ** Upper Arlington Ohio 1.644 0 85.5
131 Solon Solon Ohio 3.283 2 52.5
370 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights Ohio 2.278 23 41.8
380 Olentangy Liberty Powell Ohio 2.258 3.7 46.2
574 Perry Perry Ohio 1.912 14 9.7
263 Orange Pepper Pike Ohio 2.567 8.5 40.6
591 Ottawa Hills Ottawa Hills Ohio 1.882 0 65.8
1072 Jackson Massillon Ohio 1.304 8.8 29.5
455 Mariemont Mariemont Ohio 2.088 5 47.1
442 Olentangy Lewis Center Ohio 2.117 9 29.2
891 Hudson Hudson Ohio 1.483 <1 44.7
566 Oakwood Dayton Ohio 1.922 1 52.5
1168 Cuyahoga Heights Cuyahoga Heights Ohio 1.221 13.6 27.1
1322 Columbus Alternative Columbus Ohio 1.069 59 39
57 Walnut Hills Cincinnati Ohio 4.227 16 78.5
123 Indian Hill Cincinnati Ohio 3.374 1 68.8
134 Chagrin Falls Chagrin Falls Ohio 3.263 1.3 62.4
410 Bexley Bexley Ohio 2.191 5 46.6
896 Bay Bay Village Ohio 1.478 5.3 44.4
1084 Firestone ** Akron Ohio 1.291 31 26.8

You can see all the results here. And here’s the cover story, Small Schools Rising. You don’t say, says the storyteller for the Euclid small schools effort from 2004-2006.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:13 pm May 27th, 2008 in Education, Ohio | Comments Off 

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Here’s the original post (with the update too).

From Ben Smith at Politico:

Earlier, the Republican National Committee pounced on Obama’s improbable statement that an uncle had served in the unit that liberated Auschwitz.

In fact, campaign spokesman Bill Burton says, his great uncle was a member of the 89th Infantry Division that liberated the Ohrduf camp, part of Buchenwald and, according to the Holocaust Museum, the first concentration camp liberated by U.S. troops.

The soldier in question, Burton said, is Obama’s grandmother’s brother, who’s still alive.

UPDATE: “Senator Obama’s family is proud of the service of his grandfather and uncles in World War II – especially the fact that his great uncle was a part of liberating one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald. Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically,” Burton says.

Having been to Dachau and lived through years of education about the Holocaust, it’s a little disconcerting. But it’s not the worst gaffe ever made about WWII heroics, or suffering (remember best-selling authors who fabricated entire stories of claiming to be Holocaust survivors, when they weren’t?). He could have just used the generic “Nazi concentration camps.” But whatever – sadly, I imagine that many if not most Americans would make the same mistake too.

Good fast correction.

Moving on.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 5:31 pm May 27th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Democrats, Foreign Affairs, Jewish, Military, Politics, Religion, WH2008 | Comments Off 

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UPDATE: From Ben Smith at Politico:

Earlier, the Republican National Committee pounced on Obama’s improbable statement that an uncle had served in the unit that liberated Auschwitz.

In fact, campaign spokesman Bill Burton says, his great uncle was a member of the 89th Infantry Division that liberated the Ohrduf camp, part of Buchenwald and, according to the Holocaust Museum, the first concentration camp liberated by U.S. troops.

The soldier in question, Burton said, is Obama’s grandmother’s brother, who’s still alive.

UPDATE: “Senator Obama’s family is proud of the service of his grandfather and uncles in World War II – especially the fact that his great uncle was a part of liberating one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald. Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically,” Burton says.

ORIGINAL POST:

Daily Kos is the first lefty blog I can find (out of tens of righty blogs and news outlets) that even mentions, albeit with not much info, how Barack Obama said in a Memorial Day appearance in Las Cruces, New Mexico that his uncle helped liberate Jews from Auschwitz.

The factual problems are that his mother was reportedly an only child and the Americans didn’t liberate Auschwitz – the Russians did.

A few of the commenters at Kos suggest Obama get out there ASAP and clarify.

I think that’s very good advice.

Here is the CNN clip of where he is discussing PTSD and, trying to empathize, no doubt, he says,

I had a uncle who was one of the — um — who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps. And the story in our family was is that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and didn’t leave the house for six months. Right? Now obviously something had had really affected him deeply. But at that time there just weren’t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 4:15 pm May 27th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Democrats, Elections, Jewish, Military, Politics, WH2008 | 8 Comments 

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Last week, I wrote about this issue regarding the Democratic National Committee’s credentialing of bloggers for the DNC convention here. The Washington Post picks up on it today:

Natalie Wyeth, spokeswoman for the convention committee, says criteria for selecting State Corps bloggers were readership, online ratings and focus on local and state politics. The General Pool will also be selected on the basis of readership and online ratings, she adds, with an emphasis on bloggers covering “national politics to niche issues of interest to specific communities.”

Race was not a factor in the selection of the State Corps, Wyeth repeatedly says.

But, to the frustration of black bloggers, the list appears to be mostly white — during a primary race in which black voters turned out in droves in Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi. And, they add, this pool is for coverage of a convention that might very well see the first African American presidential nominee.

In other words, this constitutes convention drama and, rightly or wrongly, people are getting called out, e-mails are being exchanged, accountability is being demanded. Francis L. Holland, one of the vocal black bloggers, sent e-mails to DNC officials asking that 15 black-operated blogs be added to the State Corps. “There is nothing ‘Democratic’ about an all-white Democratic National Convention floor blogging corps,” he wrote in an e-mail. Holland is also asking for the inclusion of 15 Latino-operated blogs.

L.N. Rock, a Silver Spring-based information technology professional and founder of the African American Political Pundit blog, likens this “black shut-out” in the State Corps to an “I’m sick-and-tired-of-being-sick-and-tired” Fannie Lou Hamer moment. The civil rights activist and Mississippian challenged her state’s all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic convention.

“This is all very puzzling to me — and to a lot of black bloggers,” says Rock, who didn’t apply for the State Corps because he blogs about national issues. “The Democratic National Committee says it wants to be inclusive. It wants to have a big tent. And then this? What were they thinking?”

Hattip to John Ettorre of Working With Words.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 12:00 pm May 27th, 2008 in Blogging, Democrats, Media, Politics, Race, Tech, Writing | 8 Comments 

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So says a new study:

[Dr. Davaasambuu] Ganmaa and colleagues assessed coffee, tea, and caffeine consumption among 85,987 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study.

The women were between 30 and 55 years old at the start of the study. Over 22 years of follow up, 5,272 women developed breast cancer.

After accounting for other factors potentially associated with breast cancer risk, such as age, smoking status, body mass, physical activity, alcohol intake, family history, menopausal status, history of hormone therapy, and number of children, the researchers found no elevated risk of breast cancer among women who reported drinking 4 or more cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee or tea per day, compared with those who drank less than 1 cup daily.

They also found no apparent association between the occurrence of breast cancer and intakes of other caffeinated soft drinks and chocolate, which contribute to overall caffeine intake.

Here’s the home page for the Nurses’ Health Study.

This is a relief for me, even though I can’t imagine drinking four cups or more a day.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:32 am May 27th, 2008 in Gender, Health Care, Science, Women | 4 Comments 

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Wow, was I suprised to see this obituary today in the New York Times. Oddly, the first thing that came to my mind when I read that Sydney Pollack had died was the creepy guy he played in Eyes Wide Shut.

I adored him in Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, and Tootsie, which he directed, is one of the all-time best movies ever.

According to the NYT obit, he had been diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago.

May he be of blessed memory. Here’s Pollack on the Charlie Rose show.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:07 am May 27th, 2008 in RIP | 3 Comments 

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