Monday, April 30, 2007

Hubby's job

J is FINALLY back on the road again. And he's beside himself. I know I've said it before, but I was spoiled by him being off most evenings and weekends. And the OT money was awesome! But he's going to days, and with all the OT he's already accrued for the year he won't get forced on any more until it gets reset.

We're in the very last days of my pregnancy, hence the lack of updates. Also, we moved so it's been a little hectic. Everything's settled in the new house, and we're as ready as we can be for the baby. Obviously once he arrives (did I mention it's a boy?) I won't be updating much except an announcement. J is taking off a good chunk of time, so we're both looking forward to that. Still, it's exciting but nerve-wracking. I just hope we're mentally ready, as well.

Remember this story from several months back? Ironically that post got the most debate of any of my posts. Well finally the grievance was reviewed and it was getting almost to arbitration, but Ryan Saylor got his job back. Good. At least there was some justice in the situation.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Neo Nazi group's planned march - update

Cincinnati City Council passes ordinance in effort to affect march.

Well that was quick! Part of the article says that groups that use 'fighting words' (that's kind of generalized) will have to pay for their own protection. I wonder how this will fly with state and national supreme courts? I am glad to hear that this group can't expect to spread hateful propaganda on taxpayer dollars, but I do wonder how they are protected by the first amendment? It's also stunning to me that a city council was able to band together so well and get an ordinance passed so quickly.
I do know my husband would not be happy at all to be assigned to protect a hate group. Especially given Cincinnati's past racial tension, I can't imagine that this march will end very well. Naturally, that's the reaction the group is looking for.


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Cincinnati racial problems

Neo Nazi group says it will march in OTR

*sigh*...OTR is Over The Rhine, a section of neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati that is notorious for high crime and high racial issues. It was the main site of the riots in 2001. Also, if you've ever been to Ellis Island, there's an old picture of a neighborhood that filled with German immigrants 100 years ago. That's Over The Rhine. Needless to say, there are no German immigrants or descendants living there now.

This Neo-Nazi group, already responsible for being the direct cause of riots in Toledo, is planning on marching through the neighborhood on April 20. They're demanding that police make the area safe for white people to demonstrate. They want to draw attention to the 'need' for black people to be 'exported' out of the country. Right. Geniuses. Like we need MORE racial problems in that area. If you ask me, the only thing they'll be demonstrating is the need for bigots to be weeded out of the gene pool.

Prison Comforts. There's no place like home?

So the other day we're sitting around with some friends, grilling out food. One friend is with Hamilton County S.O. but works at the jail. And J is still in court services, so naturally the conversation turns to prisoner transports and such. As it turns out, some of the inmates have figured out which correctional facilities they'd rather be at, based on the amenities. Some of the prisons have cable, and TVs in most of the cells. Other facilities have CD players in each cell. My argument is that they broke the law, why do they get extra comforts paid for by our tax dollars? This pisses me off, actually! I'm pretty liberal, especially for being a LEO wife, but hell no! They do not deserve comforts!
Our friend working at the jail didn't exactly argue that they deserved them, but he did bring up a good point. They are low-cost means of keeping prisoners subdued. I can see the point, but really, are prisoners more likely to riot or cause trouble if they don't have high-tech entertainment?