Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Carnival 158 the Almost Spring Edition!

The picture is to get us in the mood for Spring, there is at least 158 flower petals, if you are wondering how I somehow managed to tie in the theme of Spring and 158. When I'm not sitting at my computer I've been watching a patch of ground that looks similar to this one, waiting for signs of life to appear. A quote I came across that relates to the current economy many of us in Ohio are going through and blogging about seemed to fit, by Bo Bennett:

As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.

As it worked out, our first submission this week from The Ohio Republic is also related to a quote, though not spring. It's an interesting look at Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians and how the two schools of thought impacted us as a State.

While Robin Williams is quoted as “Spring is nature's way of saying, Let's party!" Over at Whalertly they are blogging about a different kind of a party, a tea party. Then an interesting suggestion on how to make the Amber Alert system work better using bloggers.

Borrowing inspiration from a well known quote, on Writes Like She Talks comes a post titled, From the Glass Houses Department. Jill would like the political posturing to stop and the work done. Marcy Kaptur scolds some name calling behavior on the floor of the House that gets some blog space and then some bias in a political editorial in the Plain Dealer draws Jill's ire.

While Borland may have said, "“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” Our litigous society would appear to have no season when you read Just Blowing Smoke. When I saw the next submission involved posture, I was ready to say how can that possibly involve politics. Until I read it, it's worthy of posturing about.

The title of this next post from The Network Thinker made me think of a popular spring pastime, where you yell, "play ball" though it can be said that is not the type of Operation Air Ball being written about. The post focuses on political corruption in Cuyahoga County.

At the Cincinnati Beacon while Tennyson may say "Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love", the one thing the The Dean of Cincinnati would love right now is for Joe Deters, the County Prosecutor to answer questions about racist comments. The blog post shares a letter written to NAACP President Benjamin T. Jealous.

Spring is the time of year when many decide to take up running, Keeler Political Report focuses on running, but the political type. Dennis Kucinich announcing he's not running for Senate is the focus. Ben shares that thanks to gerrymandering, Dennis would be foolish to run.

Conservative Culture blogs about State Sen. Keith Faber on the importance of State's Rights with the Stimulus Money. Then it's asked, Is there more at stake besides money? While it's not really politically related, former Lima Senior player Travis Walton gets some kudos and does bring up visions of the spring ritual of "March Madness."

When I read the title of the post from Buckeye RINO I couldn't get the quote "A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring" out of my head. In Smackdown on Women in Sandusky Daniel covers what he feels is misogyny as well a possible cover up. When you read this well thought out post and the linked material? It'd be hard to disagree.

While the opening quote I used for this mentioned this recession would pass, History Mike takes a tour around the Toledo area, noticing the recessonary carnage. Next, Mike is tired of people trying to demonize Kumbaya. This inspired me to additionally share one of my favorite versions of the song by Joan Baez.

As for me and Glass City Jungle, one of the reasons why Spring is my favorite season can be found in this quote, by Margaret Atwood, "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." In my case the first day of spring will mean I am older than dirt...almost officially...I have a bit different of a view on the Mary Taylor saga, though I agree people should be focusing on doing their jobs. My party too...Some were a bit surprised that Governor Strickland used the word damn in responding to some of the media attention he's had recently that he takes issue with. Perhaps he was quoting Rhett Butler, the sentiment was the same.

That's it for the it's almost Spring edition of the Carnival of Ohio Politics, I hope you enjoy all of the posts shared this week.


Barga said...

thanks lisa

historymike said...

Lisa's quote reminds me of this scene from the 1979 film Being There. For those of you unfamiliar with the movie, Peter Sellers plays a simple, perhaps mentally challenged gardener who - after a few strange twists of fate - powerful folks in Washington mistake as a genius:

President "Bobby": Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?
[Long pause]

Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

President "Bobby": In the garden.

Chance the Gardener: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

President "Bobby": Spring and summer.

Chance the Gardener: Yes.

President "Bobby": Then fall and winter.

Chance the Gardener: Yes.

Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we're upset by the seasons of our economy.

Chance the Gardener: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!

Tim Higgins said...


Another outstanding Carnival and another marvelous job of mixing prose and poetry while attempting to find meaning and metaphor from the seeds and bulbs planted in this garden.

Lisa Renee said...

Mike, good reference, that is a movie I've watched more than once. Tim, thank you! I look forward to my turn at the carnival, it's always a great time and you all make it easy by giving me good content to draw inspiration from.


Tim Higgins said...

Lisa Renee,

I was looking back over my comment, and want to thank you for making no mention of fertilizer where my past contributions have been concerned.

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