From the monthly archives: October 2007

Republicans Continue to Suck

On October 31, 2007 By

Another mustachoed, hypocrite, republican lawmaker is about ready to resign after being accused of soliciting gay sex.

CNN is reporting that…

Washington State lawmaker Richard Curtis resigned his office tonight after a man he allegedly paid for sex spoke to the media about the encounter. Curtis is the third conservative lawmaker in just as many months to resign amid allegations of soliciting gay sex.

“I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused,” Curtis wrote in a statement. “This has been damaging to my family, and I don’t want to subject them to any additional pain […]

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Liberal Bloggers Depart Plain Dealer Over Campaign Contribution, Political Pressure. Jeff is quoted:

“If you’re going to have a rule about campaign contributions, have it at the outset and don’t adopt it in response to a complaint,” he said. “But it’s a bad policy. I was specifically hired as a partisan, to argue my side. If you want partisans to blog, it’s absurd to rule out campaign contributions. Conceptually it doesn’t fit the situation.

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Bill Sloat has the fedora on and is doing the virtual beat walking. So far, my take is he’s getting sunshine blown up his skirt relative to LaTourette’s involvement in getting Jeff Coryell fired from the PeeDee’s failed “Wide Shut” experiment.

All he said was “wassup wid dat”?

Yeah. Right. Whatchoo Talkin’ ’bout Willis?!

The Congressman is looking for cover because he knows this thing has blown up in both his and the PeeDee’s faces. It wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have a strong challenger this time out. He’s staring at Bill “Mo’ money from […]

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Cleveland Plain-Dealer Fires Blogger After Congressman Complains

In the end, the newspaper valued its relationship with a congressman more than it valued one of its employees. Simple as that.

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Day 1 Roundup

PeeDee?s Susan Goldberg, in attempt to wipe shit from shoe, falls back into it

4 PeeDee Employees Contributed to Political Campaigns

Columbus Dispatch Executive Contributed to State Senator?s Campaign

Note to 3 Remaining PeeDee ?Wide Shut? Bloggers: Resign Now!

Day 2 Roundup

PeeDee ?Wide Shut? Fiasco Dies as Jill Miller Zimon Resigns

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The “Wide Shut” project will now either die or become purely wingnut…either of which will render it useless. Jill has resigned:

Earlier today, I resigned as a freelance blogger for the Wide Open blog. Jean Dubail gave me the choice to post about my decision, or let him do it. I decided to write about it, and that?s why this post is here.

You can read the rest at Jill’s place, but she does agree with me that the mad experiment is over:

This experiment is, in my estimation, over. It may continue on, but it will be something […]

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RIP Ozzy

On October 31, 2007 By

Sorry for the deviation into personal stuff, but this is important to me – and I’m pretty devastated. If I don’t post for a while, you can assume I’m taking another spontaneous mental health sabbatical.

A picture of my dogs, Buddy (left) and Ozzy (right). This was taken last January, just a week or two prior to Ozzy herniating a disc in his back and being paralyzed. We put Ozzy to sleep today – he just recently started exhibiting signs of extreme pain, and x-rays showed a calcified disc above his paralysis, and he didn’t react well to steroids […]

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ONN is reporting that utility companies are donating tons of cash to Ohio’s GOP lawmakers who are responsible for shaping the state’s new energy policy.

Investor-owned utilities most affected by changes coming in Ohio’s $14 billion electric power industry have lavished thousands of dollars on the political campaigns of Republicans who will steer those changes.

Campaign finance records show that the political action committees of FirstEnergy Corp., American Electric Power Co. and Duke Energy have given at least $80,250 to the campaigns of House and Senate leaders and their caucus campaign funds so far this year.

The Senate version […]

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Pinning to the top and had to break off from earlier roundup post because it’s still blowing up!

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Poynter: Liberal Bloggers Depart Plain Dealer Over Campaign Contribution, Political Pressure

Mother Jones: Cleveland Plain-Dealer Fires Blogger After Congressman Complains MJ says:

In the end, the newspaper valued its relationship with a congressman more than it valued one of its employees. Simple as that.

Think Progress: Rep. LaTourette pressured paper to fire blogger

ePluribus Media: Political Blogger Claims Ohio Cong. LaTourette Pressured Cleveland Plain Dealer to Fire Him

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Voices as disparate as Chris Baker and Matt Naugle have already called for it and I will echo those sentiments. The Wide Open experiment is over. They failed. Steve LaTourette jerked and the PeeDee blinked. Game over. There will be no more credibility in the failed experiment.

Baker is, as one might expect, on point:

The right thing to do for Jeff’s fellow Wide Open bloggers is to resign. The actions by the Plain Dealer have proven the exercise to be a farce. Before last years Governor’s race I had a lot of respect for NixGuy and BizzyBlog, […]

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Earlier this week Dennis Kucinich questionioned George Bush’s ‘mental health’ in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health. There’s something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact.”

I don’t necessarily disagree with Dennis on this. I’ve seen the President do some pretty crazy stuff.

I mean the guy DOES believe God told him to invade Iraq. That sounds pretty crazy to me.

But here’s the problem: there is nothing anyone can do about it except Dick Cheney.

Section four of […]

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