From the daily archives: Thursday, June 14, 2007

Just as this news was being linked, the Dispatch.com site crashes. Ohioans are obviously very interested in Republican corruption and the recommendation that Armbruster be charged criminally!

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(ht Dave at PO)

The Dispatch has the headline: “Armbruster abused office, ethics probe finds: Ex-senator should face criminal charges, report says”

According to documents released by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Armbruster, a North Ridgeville Republican, met in his Statehouse office with bureau officials and also had phone conversations in early 2006, pushing to get rates lowered for his company.

Armbruster, who then was vice chairman of a committee that dealt with most bureau-related legislation, eventually got an 88 percent rate reduction for his gas stations.

Another first given to us by corrupt Republicans:

For the […]

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Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Just get your ass in jail.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to report to prison while his attorneys appeal his perjury and obstruction convictions.

Libby’s attorneys asked that the order be stayed, but U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton denied the request and told Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff that he has 10 days to appeal the ruling.

Libby was sentenced to 2? years in prison for lying and obstructing the investigation into who revealed Valerie Plame Wilson as […]

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My good buddy Matt Dole pointed me to this juicy bit coming out of the UK. I think this is a wonderful example of the free market at work trying to reach the male business commuter market via viral marketing. Reminds me of the KFC from outer space thing. Brilliant!

I wonder if Dancers for Democracy might be planning to use such creative outdoor advertising methods? Based on this artists rendition sent to me by a reader, they might just be:

Then again, maybe such an ad would be better placed in Cleveland?

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I don’t mind MoveOn.org. In fact, you can generally count me in the MoveOn set. This latest pitch from the inbox is a bit much though and offers me a good opportunity to point out something inherently wrong with the “high gas price” political maneuvering.

MoveOn says:

Americans have spoken?in fact, we’ve yelled?that we need relief from high gas prices and a smart energy policy. But in the dead of the night, Congress weakened the bill that would make gas price gouging a federal crime.1 Now it’s virtually unenforceable.

They want us to all chip in $3.29 (average price […]

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Aussie Aussie Aussie!

On June 14, 2007 By

This curious map replaces state names with the names of nations with roughly equivalent raw GDPs. As the Strange Maps blog points out, these numbers might be more interesting – and relevant – if they were adjusted to per-capita numbers before assigning countries.

If the title of this post doesn’t tip you off, Ohio’s GDP is roughly equivalent to Australia’s. Not bad.

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