Thursday, July 10, 2008

Carnival of Politics #125: Ode to Blog Edition

Friends, not these posts! Let us lift our hearts up in more pleasing and joyful blogs!

Beethoven's opus 125 is his Ninth Symphony. In is known as the Chorale Symphony because he included choral passages, defying convention of the day. The third movement in particular, known commonly as the Ode to Joy, is probably his second-best known piece (after the Duhn-da-da-DAAAAHHHH intro to the Fifth) and, along with Carmina Barata, has become synonymous with grand crescendo.

And we have video, of course. In this case, the finale of a classic Leonard Bernstein performance:

We now move from classical music to one of the nation's great classicists -- Tim Higgins starts us of with a paean to Thomas Jefferson. He also notes the utility in spotting what is necessary but not sufficient. Finally, he argues specifically against the ballot proposal guaranteeing paid sick leave.

Ohio Republic goes similarly historical with a reminder of a speech given in Ohio "Against the Degradation of the States."

Roland Hansen wonders if Gov. Ted Strickland is a gambler or a politician (in reference to his advocacy of keno licensing), and ends up concluding that there is little difference.

Lisa Renee also takes up the keno issue, coming to much the same conclusion. She also asks many questions about a Washington Post article about Findlay Ohio, including how the Blade treated the article and how the blogosphere responded to it.

Both Roland and Lisa Renee were responding in part to a Rowsey Blog post covered in last week's Carnival. This week Rowsey blogs about the jobs being sucked out of Ohio.

Publius accuses Sen. Barack Obama of shifting his stance on Ohio's importance in the general election. He also examines the issue of whether Obama and Sen. John McCain are "natural born citizens" and thus eligible to run for President.

At Whaletly Barga rants about Columbus's Red, White and Boom Independence Day festival.

Ben Keeler notes both the new uniform policy adopted by Akron Public Schools and a report of the cost of Cleveland's policy. He also argues against Akron's plan for a free WiFi zone downtown. His counterpart at The Point, Kyle Kutuchief, reports on Ted Strickland stumping for State Sen. John Boccieri.

At the View from Out Here, the blogger takes on Rep. Charlie Wilson's stance against expanded oil exploration rights. He also notes with amusement a local school board president's reaction to the superintendent's vacation.

Bearing Drift Ohio derides a new law requiring environmental impact labels on cars. He also exhorts Americans to be proud of being Americans on Independence Day. Finally, he reports that an African-American cable network will be covering the Democratic convention, but not the Republican.

Valdis Krebs also has thoughts for Independence Day.

OhioNewsBureau offers a round up of possible Election Day concerns from a number of experts. He also reports on efforts by consumer advocates as the state considers utilities deregulation.

The Dean of Cincinnati prescribes a cure for Congressional candidate Vic Wulsin's ills: blowing the whistle on controversial experiments done by the Heimlich Institute. He also offers video regarding McCain, Obama and Blackwater.

Brad Cromes, the liberal half of Buckeye Punditeers, profiles the young Democratic Mayor of Bellefontaine, Ohio.

ProgressOhio offers posts on three events -- Camp Wellstone coming to Ohio, the Human Rights Campaign's Camp Equality and a screening of the film Gas Hole.

Jill Miller Zimon questions whether the Mayor of Bay Village has flip-flopped on Med Mart. She notes a report that changes at the PD have failed to generate web site traffic. And she wonders about a fundraising appeal suggesting that Rep. Josh Mandel is "in trouble."

Finally, a disclaimer on a library tracking program prompts History Mike to meditate on privacy in the age of the PATRIOT Act.

Blogging time has been scarce for me (you might have guessed by the lateness of this Carnival.) But I did note the latest figures on population shifts in Ohio's major cities.


Guy said...

Picky point, but it's Carmina Burana.

Bradley L. Cromes said...

I saw the WaPo article about Findlay and thought much the same...I recently posted on something similar. I'm working under the hypothesis that if Obama loses Ohio, we'll need to ask how much of the loss what simply latent racism.