From the monthly archives: May 2007

Hanging together.

On May 31, 2007 By

Ben Franklin: “We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

RABid: “Eww, collectivism!

This was RABid’s response to a speech by Hillary Clinton where she said this:

“There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets. But markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed,” she said. “Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

There are plenty of examples around the world of societies where the rich got richer on the backs of the poor – and none […]

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x-posted at Progress Ohio

Here’s a lovely little story. For a week now, I’ve been hearing that the wife of Scott Pullins, Kathryn Elliott Pullins, has been contacting several bloggers and trying to get them to delete comments and posts, and generally intimidate people into not blogging about Scott – especially in a bad light. I didn’t think much of it until we got a call on Monday.

Phone rings. I pick it up. Female voice. “Is Holly there?”. “Sure, hang on”, I say, figuring it for a massage client or a friend of Holly’s whose voice I didn’t […]

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1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control are not natural.

2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people cannot get legally married because the world needs more children.

3. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children because straight parents only raise straight children.

4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful, since Britney Spears’s 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.

5. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and it hasn’t changed at all: women are property, Blacks can’t marry Whites, and divorce is illegal. […]

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Given that Bill Todd is a lawyer, you’d think he’d take a look at the law i.e. the relevant Ohio Revised Code (ORC) sections prior to throwing out accusations against the Strickland administration and Mayor Michael Coleman.

Here’s the video from yesterday

In it, Bill Todd claims that Mayor Coleman hired his own wife while serving as the voluntary chair for Strickland’s transition team. But, according to the ORC (Sec. 107.29 Gubernatorial transition committee), the voluntary chair has no hire/fire authority- he merely assists with recommendations for cabinet-level appointments.

Bill Todd also charges that the Strickland […]

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The “culture of fear” fomented by our current government and the media seems to have really taken hold in Boston.

In a scene reminiscent of the Cartoon Network bomb scare that paralyzed the Boston area in January, police shut down a strip mall yesterday in this small western suburb after employees at a Bank of America branch mistook a botched fax for a bomb threat.

Sigh.

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The phrase “enhanced interrogation” has been used by the Bush Administration to justify the torture of Iraqi insurgents, often with the claim that since they are not uniformed military, they are not subject to the Geneva Conventions. This is not the first use of this kind of this kind of language to defend this kind of act:

The phrase “Versch?rfte Vernehmung” is German for “enhanced interrogation”. Other translations include “intensified interrogation” or “sharpened interrogation”. It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save […]

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The Toledo Blade has an interesting article today about students at a Toledo charter school demanding fair treatment for their teachers.

Their school, like many other Ohio Charter schools, has been horribly mismanaged and the school is in debt.

As a result, the school cancelled teachers’ health insurance, and cut back the hours of other teachers.

The students are demanding that they be able to attend their school next year (i.e. the school won’t be closed) and that their teachers be paid through the summer.

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Another shocker: only a tiny fraction of cases filed by DHS are terror-related.

Despite repeated claims by high officials of the Bush Administration that fighting terrorism has been the central mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since it began operating, the data show that in the last three years a claim of terrorism was made against only 12 (0.0015%) out of 814,073 individuals against whom the DHS has filed charges in the immigration courts.

Government rhetoric is about how the threat of terrorism requires vigilance in monitoring our borders. In fact, that canard is often thrown […]

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Despite what many wingnuts might lead you to believe, human brains are wired to reward generosity.

Neuroscientists Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman of the National Institutes of Health say experiments they conducted have led them to conclude unselfishness is not a matter of morality, The Washington Post reports.

Rather, the two say altruism is something that makes people feel good, lighting up a primitive part of the human brain that usually responds to food or sex.

Grafman and Moll have been scanning the brains of volunteers who were asked to think about a scenario involving either donating a […]

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In honor of our beloved Matt Naugle – so that he might learn to feel more comfortable around the brothers. Don’t be skeered Matt. Don’t be skeered! Tho some dees on dat bitch!

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I’m sure the troops were hoping for a visit from someone like Brittany Binger, Playboy’s June 2007 centerfold model from Bellevue, Ohio.

Instead they are getting a visit from Mean Jean Schmidt, Republican Representative from Ohio’s Second District.

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