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Monday, January 28, 2008

Ohio's Ex-Gov. Gilligan: Just Sit Right Back And You'll Hear A Tale

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Former Democratic Gov. John Gilligan, who served a single term in the 1970s and then came out of retirement to claim a seat on the Cincinnati School Board until this year, is the proud papa of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. She's making news today for delivering the Dems' response to W's final State of the Union -- and her impending endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential bid. Also in the headlines is Gilligan's grandson, John, who is peddling a $34.99 board game called "Don't Drop The Soap" out of the Kansas governor's mansion.

The game is about prison. The name is taken from an expression that means it is not a good idea to bend over and pick up the soap while naked in a penitentiary shower. The expression capsules the notion that male inmates are sexually deprived, there are no women, testosterone is flowing and a bare rump is a target of opportunity. Or something like that. In other words, the game is adult-themed and a promotion on the Web site marketing the game says:

"Fight you way through 6 different exciting locations in hopes of being granted parole, Escape prison riots in The Yard, slip glass into a mob boss' lasagna in the Cafeteria, steal painkillers from the nurse's desk in the infirmary, avoid being cornered by the Aryans in the Shower Room, fight off Latin Kings in Gang War, and try not to smoke your entire stash in the hole."

Kansas reporter Tim Hrenchir has the story in the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Associated Press is giving it a good ride nationally. Tokens to play the game include a bag of cocaine, a handgun and three humanoids.

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