From the monthly archives: December 2006

For two days now CNN has been telling me that Saddam Hussein was going to be executed- soon- very soon.

They showed me footage of other people being killed in Iraq.

They even had a doctor show me how hanging kills a person.??

They told me who was going to claim the body and his personal effects.

And they kept saying “soon”.

And, I suppose, they were right; if you count “sometime between today and Saturday” as an accurate estimate of “soon”.

And now, as?you probably have heard, he is dead.

But I didn’t hear the news from CNN.?

Nope.

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Plunderbund would like to congratulate Matt Naugle, Ken Blackwell’s official 2006 campaign blogger, for winning the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s “Terrell Owens Good Sportmanship Award”? for his bobble-head video.?

Great job, Matt!? Keep up the good work.?

OPEN’s Political WMD Awards
With the 2006 election in the rear-view mirror and steaming corpses littering the landscape, we hand out this year’s OPEN Awards in recognition of memorable contributions to the annals of political discourse in Ohio:

With the 2006 election in the rear-view mirror and steaming corpses littering the landscape, we hand out this year’s OPEN […]

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In a recent, RAD-ripping post, Jerid at BSB says:? “the Republican party is built on a homophobic message that is largely based off hate and fear.”? This time, Jerid, I’ll have to disagree.?? Fear and Hatred of same-sex couples DOES get the wing-nut base motivated and energized, but you can’t build a whole party on excitement alone.No, the GOP has a really big tent- and homophobia is just one of many, many stakes holding it in the ground.? A party this big needs lots of things (i.e. people) to fear and hate- and there certainly is no shortage.But with […]

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Best of Wishes to Staff!

On December 21, 2006 By

Our friend over at the Buckeye State Blog announced this evening his retirement from the blogosphere.

Present Plundercrew (Jerid, Joe and Brian), along with Plundermonkey alumni (Eric) want to wish Russell all the best in his new endeavor with Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray. The blogosphere is losing one of it’s best today, but the state of Ohio is gaining a tremendous asset. Stop by BSB and give Mr. Hughlock a warm sendoff in the comments.

All the best Russell!

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On Pandagon yesterday:

The evidence that Christmas exists is overwhelming, and since a lot of us atheist sorts are kind of fond of evidence-based conclusions, we?re going to believe in Christmas. In order to deny the existence of Christmas, you?d probably have to be a religious nut whose religion teaches you that there is no Christmas and so you go out there denying the massive amounts of evidence in the favor of Christmas and deny that it exists on faith. You know, like creationists do.

Heh. Of course, Amanda is responding to an article in the NY Times […]

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In today’s NY Times:

One night in mid-April, the steel door clanked shut on detainee No. 200343 at Camp Cropper, the United States military?s maximum-security detention site in Baghdad.

Notes he kept during his detention in a maximum security American military prison in Baghdad, and the Bible he kept, in which he wrote some of the notes.

American guards arrived at the man?s cell periodically over the next several days, shackled his hands and feet, blindfolded him and took him to a padded room for interrogation, the detainee said. After an hour or two, he was returned to […]

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Who is your ideal candidate?

On December 18, 2006 By

Having a hard time figuring out which candidate best matches your views? Try this.

My results:

(100%) 1: Sen. Barack Obama (D)
(98%) 2: Sen. Russ Feingold (D)
(90%) 3: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D)
(87%) 4: Gov. Bill Richardson (D)
(86%) 5: Sen. John Kerry (D)
(85%) 6: Retired Gen. Wesley Clark (D)
(79%) 7: Ex-VP Al Gore (D)
(78%) 8: Ex-Sen. John Edwards (D)
(78%) 9: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D)
(73%) 10: Gov. Tom Vilsack (D)

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Ohio’s Lawmakers

On December 15, 2006 By

Taking a break from?the hard work of preempting local gun laws?and screwing the incoming democratic governor, Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature?is finally focusing on something that all Ohioan’s care about:? indigenous fruit and Nascar…

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Score one for the mighty pawpaw

It was getting late in the evening on Thursday, and as the Ohio Senators milled around waiting to finish up the day’s business, State Sen. Steve Stivers had a confession to make.

“I’m bought and sold by the pawpaw industry,” the Columbus Republican said. “Yep, it’s true.”

Stivers was just joking around with a […]

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They didn’t do much, but they did manage to rename a heck of a lot of post offices

Of the 383 pieces of legislation that were signed into law during the two-year 109th Congress, more than one-quarter dealt with naming or renaming federal buildings and structures – primarily post offices – after various Americans.

That’s clearly the most important use of the two days a week Congress worked this past two years.

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The American Union of Concerned Scientists are speaking out about the politicization of science.

Some 10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about political interference in the scientific process.

The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy.

We all know why this matters – but just in case:

“It’s very difficult to make good public policy without good science, and it’s even harder to make good public policy with bad science,” said Dr Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and […]

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