From the daily archives: Friday, July 13, 2007

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What is great about Ohio

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Bill Sloat over at The Daily Bellweather has challenged the Ohio blogosphere to post something positive about Ohio, to help pull us out of the blues, as diagnosed by Gov. Strickland.

Piece of cake.

You might not be aware of it, but Ohio hosts quite a diversity of cultures. Many of the immigrant communities are older – ie, their ancestors came to Ohio many generations ago – but the local flavor imparted by those Old World cultures can still be found. You’ve got Irish working communities. Polish and German subcultures. Many small towns in Ohio have their own unique […]

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If we are going to allow invocations at government functions, we should represent the diversity of faith expressed by our citizenry. Unfortunately, wingnuts don’t want that – obviously.

I’d suggest that perhaps the way to avoid this kind of controversy is to remove all vestiges of religion from government, but then the wingnuts would claim that I’m anti-Christian, or anti-freedom-of-religion.

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Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona appeared Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, charging that top Bush administration officials silenced him in his public health reports. According to Carmona, during his four-year term (2002-2006) he was not allowed to speak or issue reports regarding stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental, and global health issues.

Regarding the politicization of his office, Carmona added that some other former Surgeon Generals told him, “We have never seen it as partisan, as malicious, as vindictive, as mean-spirited as it […]

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Must-See YouTube

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Just want to make sure none of my fellow plundermonkey patriots miss out on this one:

Senator Leahy to former Bush aide Sara Taylor re: Taylor’s mention of her “oath to the president”:

“I know the president refers to the government as being his government. It’s not. It’s the government of the people of America.”

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