Trending Topics 2.0

1. The Browns have finally found a veteran quarterback to come in and push Brandon Weeden for the starting job…as former Redskin, Raider, and Bear QB Jason Campbell was signed Tuesday night. Will Campbell beat out Weeden for the starting job?

There are some days I feel like I can beat Weeden for the starting job. I just hope Colt McCoy is involved in the competition for the job this summer.

2. The Strongsville teachers union met with the school board and the federal mediator for over 10 hours last night…and the result, according to Superintendent John Krupinski was: NO PROGRESS. What do you think was going on behind those closed doors, if they met for that long without making any progress. And will this strike last for the rest of the school year?

More than likely. There is more to this story than any outsider knows so anything we hear or say would be speculation.

3. An education video being shown to children in Texas and at schools around the country appears to teach kids that the United States was responsible for the terror attacks on 9/11 due to American policies that anger people in other countries. Should kids be taught that America is to blame for its own attacks by terrorists around the world?

Not necessarily. But they can easily hop on YouTube and watch videos about how our Government planned those attacks. They days of being taught by one voice or ideal is over. Now, more than ever, it’s up to the parents to teach and guide our children to formulate their own opinions.

4. A New Jersey man won $338 million dollars in the Powerball lottery; that’s $221 million dollars after taxes. If you won that much money what would you do with it? Would you quit your job?

In a word, YES!!! If you think about it, taking 20 million dollars and putting it in an account bearing 5% annually will give you ONE MILLION DOLLARS every year without touching the principle. The remaining $201,000,000 becomes completely expendable. You can live on a million a year, can’t you?

5. How do you think the Supreme Court will rule on the same sex marriage ban? Would you vote to allow same sex marriages?

I’ve never seen the threat of the homosexual community. I don’t understand why this is such a hot button issue. Don’t give me any biblical references, I’ve heard it both ways.

6. Troubled Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o showed major improvement in his pro workout day, and many draft analysts have put him back in the first round of the upcoming draft. Reports are the Bears and Ravens are interested in him. Would you like to see Manti Te’o in a Browns uniform?

No. Next question.

7. The 2013 Cleveland National Air Show has been cancelled, along with air shows across the country, due to federal budget cuts. WTAM news reports the Blue Angels are still scheduled for 2104. Should military exhibitions be cancelled this year and even in the future to save money?

Yes. Along with any salary that an elected official would normally be receiving.

8. Scott Kazmir was just named 5th starter in the Indians’ rotation. He had a 3.46 ERA this spring but his last start in the big leagues was in April 2011. Are you concerned about the Indians starting pitching with one week to go in spring training?

I’m a long time Indians fan. Of course I’m concerned about the pitching!!!

9. The Department of Homeland Security has purchased over 2 BILLION rounds of ammunition, most of them hollow-point bullets, within the last calendar year. Homeland Security is NOT the war department…which means these bullets are not for the military. What do you think they are planning to do with that ammo?

This is what the government meant by “dot ask don’t tell”. I can’t even pretend to answer this further without sparking a conspiracy theory debate.

10. Senator Rob Portman is again being spotlighted for his changing position on gay marriage, after his son told him he was gay. Do Portman voters have the right to be angry for a political shift on a key issue after he is already in office?

See answer to #5.

11. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says drones will patrol New York City, and there is nothing we can do about it. Should Americans sacrifice privacy for safety?

Not sure how the drones will invade our privacy anymore than security cameras already do.

12. Scott Fujita wrote an op-ed that ran in the New York Times over the weekend in support of gay marriage. Actor Jim Carrey just released a song in which he ridicules gun owners for “not caring about the safety of our children.” Do athletes and entertainers have ANY effect on the way the public thinks when they speak out about social or political issues?

Unfortunately, they do. There are a lot of sheep in “the public”.

13. Should Ohio laws been changed so adoptees can get their birth information? Does access to their birth parents medical records outweigh the privacy issues of the birth parents?

As an adopted child, I am all for getting medical history of my biological parents. These days, that could be a life-saver.

14. The Supreme Court announced Monday it would include a Michigan law that would bar public universities from considering race as an admissions factor in its review of affirmative action in higher education. Should college applicants get extra points on their admissions applications for the color of their skin?

Again, no. Want a longer answer? Fine. Nooooooooooooo.


Blanket Statements

“All Muslims are terrorists.”
“Nobody believes that rape is okay.”
“All men are no good lying dogs.”

The only true blanket statement you can make is that blanket statements are always wrong.

Not all Republicans are conservative, not all Democrats are liberal, not all Tea Partiers are racist. Not all men are pigs and not all women are witches.

Generally speaking, people who use blanket statements don’t have the time or mental capacity to dig deeper to the root cause of their frustration/anger and coping with it.

“Intelligence is the ability to make finer distinctions.” It’s time we all got a little more intelligent since we all have more of an opportunity to be heard by others.

The Spew: Monday’s Trending Topics

For those who don’t know, “The Spew” is a radio show on WTAM 1100am in Cleveland where Bob Franz and Mike Trivisonno discuss the top trending topics of the day. I have listed the topics below and have added my own opinion afterword. Please feel free to comment as I will post each one, barring a personal attack.

1. To prevent a bankruptcy, the European Union wants the government of Cyprus to declare a one-time tax on large bank deposits…20 to 40% of deposited funds…to bail out banks. The move would ensure that specific banks won’t go bankrupt, and account-holders’ deposits won’t be at risk. But they’ll have only 80% of their money, safe and guaranteed by government deposit insurance. Could something like this happen in America? And what would you do if they tried?

I am not in favor of bailing out banks. However, a theory that bears attention is to add a .5% tax on all Wall Street transactions. With an estimated 40 billion dollars traded daily, that would be about 200 million dollars per day in taxes that would help pay off the debt in this country.

2. Aaron Craft is the best defensive player in college basketball, and has been called the best leader with one more year to go at Ohio State. His 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on Sunday put OSU into the Sweet Sixteen. Does Craft have enough game to be an NBA player, or is he done when he’s done as a Buckeye?


3. The final map of Cleveland City Council’s newest wards is due out today. A population drop in the latest census means redistricting is due, cutting the number of wards from 19 to 17. How many wards, and how many councilmen, does the city of Cleveland really need?

Sorry, I am not an actual Clevelander so I have no opinion on this one.

4. Florida Gulf Coast beat San Diego State on Sunday to become the first #15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to make it into the Sweet Sixteen. In a tournament known for its upsets, what’s the best upset YOU ever saw in the NCAA’s?

This year’s tournament is KILLING my brackets. The only upset I am worried about is my being upset at losing the office pool!

5. A young professionals group that hosts parties, concerts, and charitable events, has asked the city of Cleveland for permission to hold a large party downtown on Public Square on New Years’ Eve…a mini Times Square. Would you spend New Years Eve downtown…and do you think Cleveland should do this?

This would be great for Cleveland and Ohio in general.

6. Scott Fujita wrote an op-ed that ran in the New York Times over the weekend in support of gay marriage. Do athletes and entertainers have any effect on the way the public thinks when they speak out about social or political issues?

Not me. I can think on my own and don’t need to blindly follow celebrities and athletes just because they have a higher soapbox than mine.

7. The new competitive balance proposal for high school sports, instead of having separate tournaments for public and private schools, would add enrollment to schools who have a majority of athletes from outside school district boundaries, potentially pushing smaller schools into bigger divisions. Is this a good idea?

All is fair in sports.

8. Hundreds of postal workers who oppose plans to cut home delivery from six days to five have picketed outside U.S. Postal Service offices around the U.S. How many days per week do we need to have mail delivery in the United States?

Cut down all the junk mail and you can probably do it in one.

9. Tiger Woods has a 3-shot lead heading into this morning’s completion of the Arnold Palmer Classic at Bay Hill, which would give him 3 wins already this season, heading into the Masters next month. Will Tiger win the Masters, or ANY major this year…and if so…how many will he win?

Don’t know, don’t care. He’s Pete Rose, Mark McGwire and O. J. Simpson. All bad moral characters off the field, so I don’t care about them.

10. Browns’ lineman Jason Pinkston said on Twitter that he’d pay all the fines and costs for LeBron James fan James Blair, who rushed onto the court during the Cavs/Heat game to beg James to come back to Cleveland. Blair’s Twitter account exploded with new followers after the event. Is the media wrong to pay so much attention to crazy fans who break the law and interrupt games like this?

Yes! Imagine what will happen next time because they think they’re going to be famous for being stupid.

11. Community activists from around the country will meet in Cleveland this spring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the nation’s first gang summit…and to discuss solutions to stop violence and inter-generational poverty in urban cities. Will gang violence and poverty EVER be stopped in a place like Cleveland?

No. Slowed, sure. But evil cannot be fully stopped.

Father of the Year or Wanted Felon?

2011 was a big year for my daughters, especially the oldest.  She had the opportunity to be an extra in the movie “Fun Size” starring Victoria Justice and the both had a chance to meet her in person.

For those who don’t know who she is, there is a show on Nickelodeon called “Victorious” that she is the lead actress in.


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