From the daily archives: Friday, June 1, 2007

As you may remember, Speaker Husted (R) recently changed the rules about session-opening prayers after a Minister from Lima used his invitation “as an opportunity to proselytize”.

But Rep. Diana Fessler (R-New Carlisle) didn’t like Husted’s decision- so she’s bringing in some lawyers to review the decision. And not just any lawyers. She’s got lawyers on a mission from God: the Alliance Defense Fund, “a legal group formed by 35 ministries in 1994 to advocate for religious freedoms” (from Gongwer).

So why would Diana Fessler challenge Husted on something like this?

She’s a little-known, Republican representative from the […]

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“Russians Know How to Handle ‘Gay’ Parades”

That’s the headline the kooks over at ran for the story about the violence at a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow the other day.

The Gulf Times provides a less-homophobic view:

Russian police detain gays as punches and eggs fly

MOSCOW: Russian nationalists shouting ?death to homosexuals? punched and kicked demonstrators calling for the right to hold a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow yesterday while riot police detained dozens of gay protesters.

Two European parliamentarians were among those held as they tried to present a petition asking Moscow mayor […]

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Bird craps on George Bush…

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It’s no wonder the wingnut blogosphere attacks Jerid and BSB. They don’t come up with killer ideas like this. They are unimaginative. Dare say even if they did, they wouldn’t follow through with it and make it the success that Jerid is obviously on his way to doing.

The only thing they seem capable of is carpetbombing sycophantic right-wing talking points and talking about how “influential” they are. Hah. Let’s measure influence on results. You got Mary Taylor elected. Congrats. (but I digress)

The BSB NH Project makes The Blogometer today (Obama III section – sucks to […]

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Jill gives us the rundown over at Progress Ohio. We’ve covered a great deal about the charter school scam here at Plunderbund and the continued profiteering amidst failure after failure. Jill makes a very good point: charters are not bad in and of themselves. What they’ve been turned into is. Leave it to a bunch of wingnuts and un-checked Republican power brokers to turn something good bad.

Follow the money and understand the arrangement behind the headlines and the political rhetoric. (Graph made at Ohio Money Tree)

Pretty good report on Brennan and White Hat […]

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Ruh Roh:

The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors’ rebellion over President Bush’s immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Friday in The Washington Times.

Faced with an estimated 40 percent fall-off in small-donor contributions and aging phone-bank equipment that the RNC said would cost too much to update, Anne Hathaway, the committee’s chief of staff, summoned the solicitations staff last week and told them they were out of work

This is obviously horrible news for the economy, great news for most Republican households at dinner time, and especially […]

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Update: Scott Pullins wades into the thread to comment. Stop in and say hi.

Brian takes on Scott Pullins in this week’s edition of “Shadows on High“:

a law license in Ohio is not a club for revenge. The Ohio Revised Code is not designed as an enticement to bully the wives of bloggers, or to settle scores with ideological rivals and political enemies, or even to split hairs over rumor and innuendo.

The Bully of the Blogosphere has to understand that a line is crossed when all he publishes is little more than rumor, or name-calling or […]

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