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The Only Good Thing About Football Is That Taxpayer Subsidized Cincinnati Bengals Never Stop Losing

The only good thing about the awful violent sport of football is that the Cincinnati Bengals always find a way to lose.

Yesterday the Bengals blew a game at home in the final minutes. It looks like yet another season of losing is ahead.

The Bengals, my former hometown team, lose year after year despite the massive public subsidy for a staduim they recived from taxpayers after they blackmailed the people of Hamilton County, Ohio with threats to leave Cincinnati.     

( Above—Two taxpayer funded stadiums that I voted against. The one closer to the bottom of the picture is where the Cincinnati Bengals play. The other is where the Cincinnati Reds play.)

The Cincinnati NAACP has it right that the people were scammed in the stadium deal. 

You’d think that with all the free money, that the Bengals could win much more often than they do.

Click here to see how much losing the Bengals have done. Beginning with the 1991 season, the Bengals have had just one winning season.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Cincinnati NAACP Hires Right-Wing Attorney With Poor Civil Rights Record—Can’t Black Folks And Gay Folks Get Along Better?

The Cincinnati NAACP has hired conservative lawyer Christopher Finney to serve as it’s Director of Legal Redress.

The Cincinnati NAACP has done this despite Mr. Finney’s record of opposing the rights of gay folks in Cincinnati.

(The links above are to my blogger friend at Queer Cincinnati.  Texas Liberal is always glad to be listed at that shop as a Queer Cincinnati blogger.) 

Mr. Finney had a large hand in the passage of the terrible Issue 3 in Cincinnati back in 1993. This measure denied legal protections to gay citizens of Cincinnati that were extended to all other Cincinnatians.( It has since been repealed.)

The rights all people are connected.

I’ve long had the frustration that some advocates of gay rights don’t look behind their own interests. They don’t always seem to see the link between their rights and the rights of all people. Sometimes they come of as elitist and looking for more of a kind economic empacipation rather than looking for the freedom of all people.

Yet what impression can be left with gay rights advocates and with all freedom-loving people in the Cincinnati area when  Christopher Finney is hired to work for the Cincinnati NAACP?     

Why can’t black folks and gay folks get along? When will leaders in the black community speak more forcefully about accepting all people as they were born? Black folks and most gay folks came together to vote for Mr. Obama last November.  Can’t this fact be used as a starting point for better relations between the two groups?  

Writing about this issue and seeing that Chris Finney is still causing trouble after I’ve been away from Cincinnati for 11 years reminds me of the Jean Sartre play No Exit. The same people year after year after year afflicting each other by dredging up bad memories and the inability to leave the room even though they may in fact have the option to go elsewhere.

It’s not really different anywhere else. Though in a big spread-out place like Houston, with a young and often transient population, fewer people make the pretense of caring.  I don’t advocate widespread apathy, though sometimes I see its virtues. 

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Books, Cincinnati, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments