From the monthly archives: August 2006

So today is the day. I’m making the transition from obsessed hobbyist political blogger to having a job as online organizer/webmaster/blogger/strategist for a new progressive political non-profit called Progress Ohio. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. To say I’m humbled would be an even bigger one.

There is alot I want to say as I leave Plunderbund behind and take on this new role, but the biggest thing that needs to be said is THANK YOU! Thank all of you. It would be incredibly hard to name everyone I want to thank. Suffice to say pretty much […]

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Nothing Endures But Change

On August 28, 2006 By

Heraclitus said it, we live it. Hell, even Jack Johnson sang about it once:

Who?s to say what?s impossible?
Well they forgot this world keeps spinning.
And with each new day,
I can feel a change in everything.

And as the surface breaks, reflections fade.
But in some ways they remain the same.
And as my mind begins to spread it?s wings
There?s no stopping curiosity.

Alot going on for me starting on or about vacation time. Some changes coming, hopefully for the better. You might see some new voices here – I’m hoping […]

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We’re Blessing Schools Now?

On August 28, 2006 By

So we’re blessing schools now? Christ! This drives me nuts:

(Dispatch) About 180 members of four local churches surrounded a public middle school yesterday to bless the building and those who use it, despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union about the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.

What is it going to take to get people to understand the separation of church and state? I’m not an Establishment Clause expert, but it would appear that the school’s support of a “blessing” in such a public manner might just be construed as establishing that religion for the […]

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From the inbox:

Internet freedom is under attack. The House of Representatives has voted to give giant corporations more control over what you see and do online, and corporate lobbyists are pushing for a quick vote in the Senate. Senator Mike DeWine could be the deciding vote, but he has remained silent on Net Neutrality. We can change that next Wednesday at noon.

In Columbus, we will deliver thousands of petition signatures from Ohio residents to Senator DeWine’s office. The media will be invited, and we need a big crowd to show Senator DeWine how important protecting […]

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Brown camp responds online to the latest DeWine “I’m an Indy porch ad”.

View the video and help the Brown campaign here.

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New Blackwell Ad Out

On August 27, 2006 By

New attack ad out by Krazy Kenny goes after Ted on taxes. Probably just a warm up toward gays and god. Working on a copy of it…

Update: Here ya go!

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Remember the DeWine cookie cutter Chamber ad? Guess what?

[cue Gomer Pyle] “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

via PD: Drug industry group helped pay for ads backing DeWine and others

Washington – The pharmaceutical industry quietly footed the bill for at least part of a recent multimillion-dollar ad campaign praising lawmakers, including Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio, who support the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, according to political officials.

You don’t say!

Aides to Rep. Sherrod Brown, the Avon Democrat challenging DeWine for re-election, said it’s logical that PhRMA would help DeWine and other lawmakers.

“Mike DeWine has received […]

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OH03: Blogesque Sanders Interview

On August 27, 2006 By

I haven’t been commennting much on the Third. I’m still in a bit of shock over what has transpired (part of the vacation hole). Appears to be a two horse race for the nomination at this point. Thanks to blog regionalism and BSB, we have killer coverage. Len at Blogesque has posted an exclusive interview with Charles Sanders. Chema has one coming according to the site. I don’t hold out much hope for this district, but we gotta fight on all fronts.

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Update: Russell on new DeWine ad – is Mike retarded or drunk?

Well, since Mikey got his ass handed to him with the last attack ad, he has decided to take the weiner route and sit on a porch and tout “bipartisanship”. Has anyone that’s been paying attention noticed any “bipartisanship” lately? I keep remembering vote after vote getting crammed down our throats – the ones that matter at least – complete with middle of the night armtwisting. Bipartisanship’s ass!

Mikey is a Bush puppet, taking embattled Bush fundraising money and voting time after time for the agenda of […]

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File Under: WTF?

On August 24, 2006 By

Apparently, tinfoil comes in blue and red now:

A little-known candidate in New Hampshire’s Second District congressional race says the American government had a role in the September 11th terrorist attacks and criticized the media for not reporting on it.

Republican Mary Maxwell of Concord told The Telegraph said the government was complicit in the attack so it could make Americans hate Arabs and allow the military to bomb Muslim nations such as Iraq. She also says the attacks were meant to make Americans more willing to accept laws that restrict civil liberties.

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So we ended up in a PR cage match on healthcare today, pitting Krazy Kenny Blackwell versus Ted “Turnaround” Strickland. Kenny got a Teducation by doing the look over the shoulder routine. Too bad us big bad bloggers were watching. The old flip flop flipper got busted, to be sure.

What was the answer from the Krazy Kenny Klan? Basically copy Ted BUT (big but) add in a personal mandate. No, I’m sorry, it’s not a mandate (though it would be required) – it’s just a requirement for “personal responsibility”. Implied here is that the 10% of […]

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