From the monthly archives: October 2005

Brainstorming Needed

On October 31, 2005 By

Happy Halloween first of all. Seems here locally we have a bunch of tricking going on as it relates to RON yard signs and theft. It is a good sign that we are on the right track with these reforms to cause the opposition to go to such extremes as trying to limit free political speech, but I’d just as well see it stop. I’ve posted on this before, but wanted to use this space to ask for suggestions on how to prevent this and/or devious ideas everyone has that might, shall we say…uh…act as a deterrent.


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Well, this article in today’s Toledo Blade gives you many.

YES on Issue 3? Here you go:

The success of Mr. Voinovich’s $8.7 million campaign, along with Republican Bob Taft’s $2.7 million bid for secretary of state, ignited a political machine that would dominate Ohio for the next 15 years – and nurture a network of donors who helped Mr. Bush win the state’s wallet and votes in 2004.

YES on Issue 4? OK:

With elections looming in 1990, Mr. Bennett focused his resources: By winning at least two of the three races for governor, auditor, and secretary […]

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The Battle Over Hackett

On October 31, 2005 By

Good story today over at Tom Paine from the writer of the Mother Jones piece.

The bottom line (literally):

With the Republican establishment buckling from the rot of corruption, and the risk-averse Democratic leadership offering precious little leadership, Paul Hackett represents a rare alternative: a straight-shooting, independent-minded populist who is unafraid to call it as he sees it. He has already made clear how threatening he can be to Republicans. The question for Democrats is: Where Major Paul Hackett leads, do they have the guts to follow?

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Hate to Say I Told You So

On October 31, 2005 By

…but I think I may have. Bush makes his next SCOTUS pick in Samuel “Scalito” Alito (a favorite of conservatives CNN notes). Of course he did. I had a feeling about this. So we get a plant who gets ripped as being a crony and the real nominee steps up. All this just in time to be talked about during the expected Fitzgerald decision.

Charles Schumer hits the nail squarely on the head:

“It is sad that the president felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the […]

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Delaware Repubs Pushing Bush on RON

On October 30, 2005 By

Stumbled upon my local Repub website tonight. I found this quite comical actually:

Don’t undo the Bush Victory last year…
Vote NO on State Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Do they REALLY want to be pushing Bush right about now? Maybe they should have checked this first. Sounds to me as if some DO want to undo the Bush victory [laughs].

They link to a wonderful piece by Richard H. Finan in which he states (among other things):

Does anyone believe that voters are better served by faceless people on boards […]

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Ed Schultz, one of the most important progressive voices in talk radio, is being prevented from being heard on Armed Forces Radio. Due to start on October 17th, the deal that had been struck (broadcasting the first of 3 hours of the show) was summarily nixed. Please join me in sending letters to your Senators and Representatives urging them to pressure the Pentagon to hold up their end of the deal.

Go to Gen. Wesley Clark’s site WesPAC and use their form letter tool. I recommend also saving them to print out and mail along with your emails. The […]

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What Would You Spend $690,000 On?

On October 30, 2005 By

Me? I’m not sure, but it certainly wouldn’t be on a crappy 1975 Ford Escort GL! Can we make a new rule? All the people who are silly rich have to be ingrained with the responsibility to use that wealth in a way that will change the world. That too much to ask? Sheeh. I’m sure the Pope would dig this rule.

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Progressive Honor Code

On October 30, 2005 By

One of the many things I took with me from my time at West Point was the Cadet Honor Code:

A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do

Though some may think the first three hard and demanding a great deal of discipline and self control (they do), the last is the most important in my view. It requires not only holding yourself to a high standard, but having the courage (intestinal fortitude we called it) to stand up to others and hold them accountable should they try to get away with any of the […]

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Doing the math on RON

On October 30, 2005 By

Tim at GrowOhio has two good posts (one two) about the math as it relates to Reform Ohio Now.

First is relative to State Issue 3 and money. The contrast is stark:

Ohio First has raised $2.2 million and has a grand total of 170 reported donors towards their effort. That’s an average contribution of $12,941 dollars to Ohio First. Reform Ohio Now’s average contribution? $545 dollars.

Second up relates to State Issue 4. A Dkos poster notes:

Number of votes for Republican congressional candidates in Ohio, 2004: 2,650,045 Number of votes for Democratic congressional candidates […]

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It has been a busy week keeping up with audio clips. While over at The Sherrod Brown Blog the crickets are chirping, there has been a flurry of activity as it relates to Paul Hackett this week. Let’s do a quick tally:

Paul was on Air America not once, but twice Hackett was interviewed by prominent videoblogger John Amato of Crooks and Liars Tim Ryan keeps his promise and is a Hackett backer Paul is a featured guest on the Ed Schultz Show

Of course, Brown06 tells us “the general public doesn’t care about this […]

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Here Come The Bastards Pt III

On October 30, 2005 By

Those curious enough to peek into my little audio window on the canvassing world might have heard about this, but I wanted to expand.

Apparantly, the shit has been scared out of the Corruptlicans as they are now in full on frontal assault mode as it relates to RON. I’m talking activist insurgencies. 3 prime locations here in Delaware have seen RON signs disappear repeatedly. One location where I replaced a sign today was suspicioiusly close to where a new anti-RON sign had been placed. How odd. Another location driving down Sawmill Parkway saw two RON signs that had […]

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