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Amy Winehouse and Oslo, Norway in More Than 140 Characters

One of the top “Headlines We All Saw Coming but Didn’t Want to Read” list happened Saturday when Amy Winehouse was found dead in London. She was undoubtedly unhealthy and irresponsible, but a father having to bury his 27 year old daughter is the kind of thing that can bring a tear to the most hardened eye.

The death being most likely drug related is both expected and irrelevant in the eyes of her friends and family. They love her, she’s gone.

One thing about the public reaction to her death bothers me a little bit. Its not the rehab jokes or some people’s “she had it coming” attitude. Frankly, while I sympathize with her family, the lifestyle she chose is what killed her. What bothers me is how some fans have compared her to the other legendary musicians that died at 27 years old.

The 27 Club is the name that refers to Brian Jones(founder and original guitarist of The Rolling Stones), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse was talented and popular, but her legacy does not belong on the same list as this group. Winehouse was talented and troubled, but that’s all. The history of music cannot be told without the names and legacies of the 27 Club. There should be greater restriction to membership than just death at a certain age.


Two days after a terrorist bombing of a public building and a shooting spree in Oslo, Norway, authorities have a single suspect in custody. I don’t know all the details, nor am I actively researching every nook and cranny of the web to uncover them, I only mention it to pass along an interesting idea.

Though police have not identified the suspect, local television and newspaper reports have identified the man in custody as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik. His identity is tied to a 1,500 page manifesto released the same day as the attacks. That document rallies against increasing Muslim population in Europe, and calls for a European civil war to overthrow governments, end multiculturalism and execute “cultural Marxists.”

That sounds an awful lot like what Muslim extremists want, also. My point is that Muslims aren’t evil or crazy or disruptive or violent people, evil, crazy, disruptive and violent people are.

Police Blotter of the Week:

July 12 – Someone contacted the police with questions about being in a cemetery while hunting for paranormal activity.

I can only hope the police responded that they’d get make believe arrested and fictionally held in a jail cell until the morning.

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Derek Jeter’s Ball and Google+ in More Than 140 Characters

I’ve been such a bad blogger lately, and by lately, I mean for six months.  Or more.  I’m not giving up, though, so don’t get used to me being a blog hermit.

The burning question in the sports world today is, “If you caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hit, what would you do with it?”

I would have done that same thing that Christian Lopez did with it, give it to Jeter.  I know how much easier that is to say that it is to do when the ball we’re talking about was estimated to make $400,000 at auction, but… wait… $400,000?!?!

Lopez got some sweet swag; four front row seats for this season and the postseason and bats, balls and jerseys signed by Jeter, but I’m pretty sure that $400,000 would buy lots of memorabilia.

That’s a tough spot, thinking about the historical significance of Jeter’s ball and the present day significance of my bank account at the same time.  I’d sell the ball, but not at auction like some wannabe Scrooge McDuck.  I wouldn’t be happy unless it ended up in Jeter’s hands, that is where it belongs, but a down payment on a house or a college fund or an early retirement are too good to pass up.

Google+ is taking the social media world by storm.  Normally I’d be all “Pffft, who needs another stupid social network.”, but Google+ is damn cool.  It’s so much cleaner than Facebook.  No ads (and probably won’t need ads, as that’s not how Google monetizes their sites), no games (some might see this as a downfall, but I’m so happy to not see all those game updates in my feed) and the circle sharing system that lets you choose who in your networks can see what.

(Unrelated update: Stephen A Smith is hosting Jim Rome is Burning on ESPN.  This guy finds a way to be awful every time he takes the mic.  I’m going to go channel surfing, maybe Dr. Phil is on.)

Anyway, Google+, in my book, is already better than facebook.  No one is going to know just how much better unless Google can 500,000,000 people signed up to G+ profiles, but it’s off to a great start.  It’s not quite as good at networking as Twitter has proven to be, but there’s no way to tell if that’s because there aren’t enough users yet, or if Twitter’s appeal goes beyond just yelling at each other for most users.

Either way, Google+ is going to be around for a while.  You can find me at +JoshFlagner.

Police Blotter of the Week:

July 2nd – A little before 10 pm a Miner Drive resident was hammering a hanger into the wall of his apartment, which angered his neighbor.  The 62-year-old neighbor allegedly threw a dish against his door, shattering it.  She was charged with criminal mischief.

Because that’s what I do when I’m angry, I break all of my own stuff.

I’d like to apologize about the rain in the area, too.  It was my fault, I forgot to cover the grill.


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The Cleveland Orchestra and Casey Anthony In More Than 140 Characters

It’s been a week since my last post, and a few inconsiderate ideas hanging around in my head won’t stop leaving their cigarette butts all over the place and burning holes in my couch.  I tried to reason with them, but they’ve been drinking, so I just have to kick their asses out.

The Cleveland Orchestra canceled the Star Spangled Spectacular, the annual free concert on Public Square to celebrate the Fourth of July, to make room for a free concert on September 11th to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

I dislike this decision.

I think that 9/11 needs every memorial and headline and concert that people are willing to devote to the memory of those that we lost.  I will never forget waking up that morning for a class, turning on the TV and seeing  the planes hit.  Never.  I can’t type these words recalling that morning without needing to take a couple of breaths and compose myself.  That day made me angry and sad to the point that I couldn’t talk about it right away, and I didn’t even lose a friend or family member that morning.  I cannot imagine the pain and anger that so many people felt, and still feel.

See, I’m not against having a free concert to commemorate this anniversary, I’m just against canceling the July 4th celebration to do so.

The Star Spangled Spectacular draws thousands of Clevelanders to Public Square for a day long celebration of our nation and our city.  So many people live in Cleveland and don’t even know that the orchestra exists that I think its bad form to take away the event that has the potential to educate Clevelanders about an amazing thing their city has to offer.  We don’t have many things here in Cleveland that are considered one of the world’s best, and it’s a shame that most of the public has never even seen the entity we have that fits that description.  Sure, people can come out and watch the concert in September, but that’s not a celebration.  It’s not a national holiday with a long weekend or an early summer day that’s filled with joy and anticipation.

That day will be a somber day spent in remembrance of lost loved ones and honoring those who sacrificed their lives to fight the flames of the Twin Towers and the bullets of the enemies in the Middle East.

That’s important.  But have two concerts.  Don’t take away a celebration from a city that is starving for things to celebrate.

Casey Anthony is found not guilty.  Holy shit did twitter go crazy.  I’ve never seen so much reaction all at once.  I wonder what would have happened if twitter was around for the OJ Simpson trial.

I have a hard time believing that Casey Anthony didn’t murder her daughter, but I know that all of us watching this on TV have seen and heard things that the jurors never were allowed to see.  Those jurors, whether or not I agree with them, followed the strict rules of our justice system and did one of the most difficult jobs anyone has had to do recently, especially considering the media scrutiny.

My opinion is that Casey Anthony is guilty but was acquitted because the prosecution didn’t do an especially good job of putting together enough physical evidence of Casey Anthony’s guilt.  Remember, those jurors only heard and saw the things that the judge allowed them to hear and see.

Families are torn apart and a little girl will never grow up, we should all spend more time deciding what we’re going to do about helping to move forward for those that are affected than we do relentlessly bitching about the injustice of it all.

Police Blotter entry of the Week:

June 22nd: There was a complaint of an unknown female giving someone dirty looks at a West Union Street apartment.

More Than A Fan is going strong.  We have five columnists now and are putting great stuff online every day.  I know there are at least four of you that would be happy to see me make it big, so come check out Lisa, Ryan, Deb, Stephanie and me do some work.

Now, I’ve got to get the grill warmed up for the last of our 1/4 pound hot dogs and corn on the cob.  Peace.


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