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Friday, April 11, 2008

Flannery: "Rosa bites."


Out of Cincinnati Public Schools last weekend, a reminder that politicians and humor are a dangerous mix.



Former stand-up comedian and CPS board member Michael Flannery agreed to do a comedy routine at a fundraiser for Walnut Hills High School last Saturday.


According to several witnesses, during his performance, an audience member asked him why he was wearing a protective ankle brace. In the midst of a comedy routine, Flannery responded:


"I came to find that, in fact, Rosa bites."


The insinuation that Superintendent Rosa Blackwell, who's had her fair share of disagreements with the school board over the years, had something to do with his injury, got a big laugh.


But when discussing the act today, Flannery wouldn't confirm he made the joke at all.


"Anybody who saw the show heard everything I said," he said. "If it's in print, it's not going to work. It would be misunderstood."


CPS spokeswoman Janet Walsh said she'd ask Blackwell if she wanted to respond, but doubted, while laughing, that she'd have anything to say.


For his part, Flannery said the show went well, and thinks comedy could be a winning fundraiser for more schools. However, he was clearly concerned his joke, transmitted out of the comedy context, could hurt his relationship with Blackwell.


"I'm not a politician," he said. "Is it my fault that they elected a comic? I never said I was a politician."


14 Comments:

at 4:10 PM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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What a great sense of humor and we suspect 'Rosa' would enjoy the comedy !

Certainly, 'Flannery' is not the first board member that 'Rosa' has nipped at the heels !

We laughed our 'finney fanny' off !


 
at 7:04 PM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One big fat fanny at that"

 
at 9:50 PM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh there's our gay member with the 1st post...you wit! kisses!

 
at 9:37 AM, April 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure he's a comic either.

What I am sure of is that he's a CFT hack who wouldn't be on the BOE were it not for Teachers Union money and votes.

 
at 7:34 PM, April 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:37
Did you miss the election? Flannery really did not need the CFT backing to win.

 
at 12:25 PM, April 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and the fact that potential "name" opponents didn't collect enough petition signatures.

 
at 1:48 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, I saw the election, and the three CFT-financed union hacks got elected. What's your point?

 
at 3:52 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's not my fault they elected a doofus. They knew I was a doofus when they voted for me."???

The union would have backed anyone but Williams--in fact, they did!

Flannery would never have been elected if the CFT hadn't backed him. Look at the campaign contributions for the triumvirate of Flannery, Nelms & Bolton--pretty much just the union. And they put a lot of money into it just to make sure all of them were elected and Williams was out.

So now we have this guy who doesn't know what's going on.

 
at 7:48 PM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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" Anonymous said...So now we have this guy who doesn't know what's going on. 3:52 PM, April 14, 2008"

Flannery is a father, he knows exactly what's going on !

And, so did the voters, PERIOD !


 
at 4:42 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he knows what's going on, why does he abstain from so many votes?

 
at 4:43 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

That reminds me of that adage that everyone thinks they can run a school because they went to one.

Sheesh, just because he has kids doesn't mean he's an effective school board member.

 
at 5:07 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...That reminds me of that adage that everyone thinks they can run a school because they went to one. Sheesh, just because he has kids doesn't mean he's an effective school board member. 4:43 PM, April 15, 2008"

Typical wRong wingnut whacko spewing the elephant dung propaganda !

Sheeesh, all it takes to manage a school system is: GET ELECTED !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 12:19 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, all it takes to TRY and manage a school system is to get elected.

He hasn't done much in the managing department, from what I've seen.

And yes, I have kids in CPS as well. I don't think I'm qualified to run the district either.

 
at 1:01 PM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"Anonymous said...No, all it takes to TRY and manage a school system is to get elected. He hasn't done much in the managing department, from what I've seen. And yes, I have kids in CPS as well. I don't think I'm qualified to run the district either. 12:19 AM, April 16, 2008"

Additionally, not qualified to be un-bias either, we might add.

Perhaps because you lack the education that 'flannery' has ?

Perhaps, you never were involved with 'helping' kids with a nationally recognized T.V. segment called "9 on your Kids side" !

Perhaps, you lack the comedic wit to do 'stand up' as an entrepreneur and additionally turn politics into a humanistic venture ?

You are right: You are not qualified, PERIOD !


 
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