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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Still Doing This Blog and I Am Sure I Will Piss Someone Off

This is where you might expect me to insert a large microphone graphic and ask a trite question.  I'm not going to do that.  It has been months since I posted anything.  Well, there's not been much I've wanted to post about. I have been plenty angry about things going on in the world, in the United States, in Ohio and right here in Cincinnati.  I've used my Twitter account (@cincyblog) to vent most of my indignation.  Twitter is find for doing that, just posting angry rants is not what I ever wanted this blog to be about.

This blog is not one thing, but most importantly is for my views and the information that I believe is important.  I am not a professional journalist, just in case anyone was foolish enough ask, but I've been doing this for over 20 years.  Yeah, I let my 20th anniversary go unnoticed over the last few months.  That's not a big deal, even for me.  If it were a big deal, I'd have done something.  I would have remembered it, for one thing, so other than pointing that out, I am not dwelling on the past.

One of the reasons I started this blog was for me to express myself.  I've enjoyed having my own small soapbox.  I never did much to cultivate an audience. I am not going to change that much now. I honestly don't do this to get people to like me. You can't express vies that are critical of others and expect for them to like you. I do want to say thank you to those who do read it.  There are few of you still around and I thank you for reading.

What brings me to blogging again today is that I need a better means to express myself. My attempts on Twitter just don't cut it.  That site is good for somethings, but it is not good for expressing yourself.  A couple of sentences is just not how I write.  I have this blog as a platform and I need to use it.  I can ramble on for thousands of words with no realistic limit and be myself.  Twitter is limiting.  Don't get me wrong, I am still going to use Twitter (unless Musk mucks it up.)  It is still the only real-time social media tool that delivers news. It only works well, however, when it's used to deliver links from other sources with real content, like this blog.

With that in mind, I'm going to deliver from here more often.  I will try to link my blog posts out to my various social media accounts, but am not going to go overboard on that. I want to spend more time with ideas.  Those ideas may take this blog beyond Cincinnati more often than before.  It may also be the case were Cincinnati becomes the template for those ideas. I am going to explore a bit.  I will still have political coverage.  I will take out the knives on occasion, but won't make that my emphasis. 

I won't be holding my punches, but I will do my best to hit the ideas, not someone's nose.  I will, however not hold back on my critique of the actions and inactions of people who venture out into the public sphere. I've been attacked for daring to question the motives of people.  I am not going to stop questioning people's motives.  Feigning righteousness is not a defense and the ends do not justify the means. No-one's views are beyond reproach, but their right to exist is.

Time to have some fun.

Friday, January 01, 2010

A New Year, and a New Disclaimer

Since joining Brian here at the Cincinnati Blog a little more than two years ago, I've been a solo practitioner. That's meant that I've never had to worry about anyone attributing my words to anyone else.

As of today, though, I'm a proud partner in Caster, Dutta & Seibel, LLC. My point is not to advertise (though you should certainly contact us with any of your criminal defense, civil rights, employment, or appellate needs!). Instead, I just want to make it clear--as it should be to anyone who isn't an utter moron--that when I write, I do so only for myself. My musings here are my own thoughts, and should not be attributed to any entity in which I am a member or any of the other members of those entities.

And as you all know, Brian and I don't always agree, so I don't write for him, either.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Commenting System

I'm in the processing of changing commenting systems, so comments may be sporadic. Please bear with me over the next few days. I will be playing with the method of commenting once I am fully up and running, so they functionality may very. Let me know if there are opinions on things that work or don't work and I will take it under advisement.

For those wondering, Haloscan, the system I was using, is ceasing operations and being absorbed by a system called Echo, which I the system I am converting to.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

One Blog, Several Voices

Any reasonable person knows this already, but I thought I'd point it out in case there was any doubt.

When we post here, each of us speaks for him- or herself. When I express ambivalence about the streetcar, it should be obvious that Griff does not share this sentiment. Griff doesn't need to specifically rebut me in order for his disagreement to stand. Conversely, I don't agree with everything others write here, though I don't typically write rebuttals. (The exception, of course, is Jack. As he is the oldest wisest of the four of us, I always reflexively agree with him.)

Back to regular blogging.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Please join me in welcoming three new blog contributors: Julie, Donald, and Jack. I'll still be blogging, so you've not rid yourself of my brilliant typing.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Yet Another Introduction

"I went on to Cincinnati. I had got a taste of the big cities and them bright lights. I stayed there until I was about 18 or 19 and then I went on to Detroit."

John Lee Hooker

In responding to Brian's gracious invitation for additional contributors to this blog, I told him that if he wanted a grumpy gay curmudgeon's perspective, I was the guy for the job. I am a 51 (almost 52, if anyone wants to get me a birthday present soon) year old attorney, a partner in a large downtown law firm -- so not a YP by any stretch. I am a civil litigator and also coordinate all of the pro bono work done by my firm. I also teach at the law school at the University of Cincinnati in areas related to legal ethics and sexual orientation/identity and the law. For the first 15 years I was in Cincinnati, I lived in Clifton (3 years) and then downtown (12 years). Currently, I live in the vicinity of Mariemont. I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and have been in Cincinnati for 17 years, having lived on the east coast for a number of years before that. Being an attorney is only one of several careers I have had in my life, having worked in prior incarnations as a political professional and then as a religious professional. I try to be an active contributor to the arts in Cincinnati, and I currently serve on the Board of the Cincinnati Opera. I am also active in a number of local, regional and national GLBT organizations, including serving on the Board of the Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students across the country who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a love / hate relationship with Cincinnati, having been frustrated by its narrowness and provincialism and elevated by its beauty and its artistic heritage. In my blogging I want to give voice to this tension, recognizing the beauty and potential of this town and calling out those forces that hold us back. And I hope to have some fun in doing this. (Posted by Jack)

Another introduction.

Thanks, Brian, for allowing me the opportunity to guest blog. A little about me: I'm a 27-year-old, life-long resident of Cincinnati. I grew up on the west side, lived on the east side, and call Over the Rhine home these days. I graduated from both UC (BA) and Xavier (MEd) and work in the publishing industry as an editor. I'm very active in the arts here in Cincinnati (theatre in particular), and my blogging with primarily revolve around the Cincinnati arts community, education issues, general politics and an occasional food post for good measure. (Posted by Julie)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

An Introduction

Brian has graciously decided to permit me to guest-blog here from time-to-time. A little about me: I'm a thirty-three year-old criminal defense and civil rights attorney who has lived in Cincinnati since 2000. I live and work downtown. As you might expect, my blogging proclivities will tend towards legal happenings in town as well as downtown issues (including development, gentrification, or simply fun things going on). [posted by Donald]

Thursday, January 01, 2004


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is Brian Griffin? - I am a thirty something blogger living in Cincinnati. That would be middle thirty something, however. I feel old most of the time, so don't think I am old just because I may write or rant that way.

2. Is Brian Griffin your real name? - Shhhh! Yes, it is.

3. Are you a professional Journalist? - No, I am not a professional journalist. I am at best an amateur journalist, if you believe blogging is a form of journalism.

4. What is a Blog? - A contraction of the term "web log", a form of on-line writing characterized in format by a single column of chronological text, usually with a sidebar, and frequently updated. From

Blogger has this definition:
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.

Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

5. Where can I find out more information about Cincinnati? - Try one of the following websites: or

6. What do you write about? - I write about what ever the Hell I feel like. I mostly write about Cincinnati news, politics and media, but I will venture into national politics and media coverage as well. I will dabble in culture and other random PR for friends or other groups I care to support.

7. What are you, a Democrat? - No, I am not a registered member of any political party, and I will be staying that way. I am a liberal, but don't assume a meaning of that based on your perspective, you might be wrong. I consider myself an Independent Liberal. My views on various topics vary from the typical Liberal. I would be considered ultra Liberal on personal social issues, but moderate on economic issues. I don't fear corporations, but I don't trust them either. My views can surprise people sometimes, and I like it that way.

8. How Often Do You Post? - I post everyday. During the week I try to post early mornings and then at night if I am up to it. On weekends I post when I get the fancy to write. I try to write more thought out elements on Weekends vs. Weekdays, but that is my goal, not always my reality.

9. What's the best browser to use with your site? - The most current version of Firefox works best. MS Explorer works fine, but has minor formating issues that I have yet figured out.

10. Weren't you in the newspaper or something? - Yep, I have been written about a few times in the local mainstream press. I am starting to keep track on a blog post here, so you can check out some of My Press. Geesh, I sound like a PR machine.

11. Are there other fine print items you need to point out? Why yes there are: The view points here are my own or that of the individual blogger. None of the view points expressed by Brian Griffin or any individual blogger on this site represent the view point of my employer or any organization I am affiliated with.

Got any more questions? Email them to me: cincyblog at