From the daily archives: Friday, February 1, 2008

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. … is investigating election irregularities, including long lines and challenges to voter registrations.

The committee recently sent Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s former wingnut Secretary of State, a letter politely ‘inviting’ him to attend the hearings.

Ken, fearing the truth might come out, has so far refused to accept the invitation.

A Conyers spokesman said it’s “not unlikely” that Ken will be subpoenaed “if he doesn’t appear voluntarily.”

All I can say is: IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

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When is this “liberal media” meme going to die? Would a true “liberal media”, that is allegedly trying to cram a liberal POV down the throats of their consumers ever do something like this?

In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

At a time that the nation is worried about a recession is that really the characterization […]

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Adverts from yesteryear

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Found this today: a great collection of old commercials. Man, the 1960’s were swell, eh? And you wonder why women wanted equality…

Of course, that’s a huge improvement over coffee adverts in the 1950s.

That’s not all there is. There’s an ad for Armstrong vinyl asbestos flooring (1965 – and asbestos never seemed more hip!), a racist ad for Jello (1959), a Dick Tracy toy gun set some kid uses to scare a crook (Otis Campbell!) into falling to his death with (1961), and Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble extolling the virtues of Winston cigs (1962). You can […]

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I have to agree with modernesquire – this kind of behavior is unacceptable. From the Dispatch:

Senate Minority Leader Ray Miller of Columbus, who hasn’t filed a valid campaign finance report since mid-2005, apparently did not do so again yesterday.

And modernesquire’s commentary:

There is absolutely no excuse for someone to violate our campaign finance laws this egregiously.

I agree completely. We don’t hammer on Republicans when they do this because they are Republican – we hammer on them because it’s wrong. I’m willing to give people the benefit of the doubt; after all, they are just human, and […]

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Not the US military, that’s for certain:

The U.S. military isn’t ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job, according to a report.

Even fewer Army National Guard units are combat-ready today than were nearly a year ago when the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves determined that 88 percent of the units were not prepared for the fight, the panel says in a new report released Thursday.

The US military, and especially the citizen reserves (ie, organized militia) of the National Guard, […]

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Schadenfreude Friday – Updated

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When I read this, I can’t help but feel this:

Me? I hope we can shrink conservatism down to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.

Update: But wait! There’s more! Act now and for 3 easy payments of $19.95, you’ll not only get the fall of conservative Republican candidates but the demise of right-wing news outlets as well! Act now. Don’t delay!

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Military suicides way up

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The War is taking a toll, outside actual combat deaths.

Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, a psychiatric outpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who was waiting for the Army to decide whether to court-martial her for endangering another soldier and turning a gun on herself last year in Iraq, attempted to kill herself Monday evening. In so doing, the 25-year-old Army reservist joined a record number of soldiers who have committed or tried to commit suicide after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“I’m very disappointed with the Army,” Whiteside wrote in a note before swallowing dozens of antidepressants and other […]

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It’s crap like this that makes me doubt man’s “innate goodness.”

A female Indian rhino and her calf have been killed for their horns in Kaziranga National Park, India.

The female survived for 35 hours after the attack, but slowly bled to death after her horn was sawn off and shot twice by poachers.

There’s a picture. It’s brutally graphic. I don’t recommend you look at it.

Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, from Aaranyak, a conservation charity based in India, told BBC News: “The vet tried to save her but it was not possible.

“It is the first […]

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nothing follows

Update: ROFL

Roger that.

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OH on the Radar

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So we got a debate coming, an ODP controversy, and bloggers taking the side of the fresh new voice for the most part. Yep, time to play in O-H-I-O:

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