From the daily archives: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Low Road to Victory

On April 22, 2008 By

Best summed up by the NYT (who endorsed Hillary mind you):

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

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After 50-odd posts about the Marc Dann scandal- I’m sure Matt Naugle is really, really pissed to hear this news:

Columbus police say they won’t file criminal charges against an aide in the Attorney General’s office over a junior staff member’s allegation that he sexually harassed her.

In a brief statement, police said Tuesday that an interview with Cindy Stankoski did not yield enough evidence to proceed with such charges.

Got any other topics, Matt?

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Willie Horton Redux

On April 22, 2008 By

Yep. The bastards are back!

Starting Tuesday, a group of conservative activists led by Floyd Brown, author of the famous Willie Horton ad used so effectively against Michael Dukakis in 1988, will begin a campaign to tar Obama as weak on crime and terrorism, a strategy that aims to upend Obama’s relatively strong reputation among Republican voters.

The original:

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Happy Equal Pay Day

On April 22, 2008 By

If you are an average woman, today you caught up with your male peers… for their 2007 income.

Today is Equal Pay Day. If you’re a woman, today marks how far into the year you must work, on average, to earn as much as man with a comparable job earned in 2007. It’s sickening to think about, really.

Visit the ACLU’s blog (link above) to learn about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which is scheduled to be voted on tomorrow.

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Expelled!

On April 22, 2008 By

I mentioned this a few months back (and am not motivated enough to track it down), but this past weekend Ben Stein’s new “documentary” Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed opened to sub-Uwe Boll numbers. And it’s been absolutely eviscerated by anybody who knows anything.

Rarely has a movie subtitle so capably assessed a movie’s content as does “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” There is not a shred of intelligence on display in this just released “documentary” purporting to be a careful examination of the fight over teaching creationism and evolution in America.

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Until this morning, a seller on ebay was offering the half-eaten leftovers from Barack Obama’s breakfast at the Gilder Diner in Scranton, PA…

The item description:

THIS IS BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S BREAKFAST FROM THIS MORNING, 4-21-08 AT THE GLIDER DINER IN SCRANTON, PA. WINNER GETS HIS USED DINER PLATE WITH HIS USED SILVERWARE AND UN EATEN PORTION OF HIS WAFFLE & SAUSAGE LINK. IT WAS WRAPPED WITH SARAN WRAP IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS DEPARTURE AND IS NOW IN THE FREEZER AWAITING THE LUCKY WINNERS BID!!! THIS IS 100% AUTHENTIC AS YOU CAN SEE HE WAS AT THE DINER BY […]

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I know AEP is pissed about the new energy bill that just passed the house this morning because the bill – thanks to a lot of push-back by Governor Strickland – won’t let AEP immediately raise our rates like they wanted.

Funny coincidence though. Not but an hour after the bill was passed my power went out.

So I went to AEP Ohio’s website (my laptop battery is fully charged) and soon discovered that I’m not the only one.

8,584 AEP customers are without power in Franklin County right now. That’s 1.7% of their customers in the county.

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It appears the American people have spoken: No Deal!

(USA Today) Only 28% of Americans approve of George W. Bush’s handling of the presidency, a new low for his administration, USA Today reports. In addition, his disapproval rate—69%—is the lowest in the 70-year history of the Gallup poll. Dissatisfaction over war in Iraq and the soured economy continue to pummel Dubya, whose 90% post-9/11 approval rating also set a record.

Support for Bush continues to show a partisan split:

* 66% of Republicans approve, 32% disapprove
* 91% of Democrats disapprove
* 23% of independents […]

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I just heard that the House FINALLY passed the revised energy bill 91-1. Don’t hold me to that number- but it definitely did pass.

It looks like Tom Patton (R-18) from Strongsville is the only one who voted no.

UPDATE:

The actual vote was 93-1.

UPDATE:

My power went out about 15 minutes after this vote finished and it’s still off! I hope this isn’t AEP’s way of protesting the passage of the energy bill.

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Get ready for more of this:

Pastor Roger Byrd said that he just wanted to get people thinking. So last Thursday, he put a new message on the sign at the Jonesville Church of God.

It reads: “Obama, Osama, hmm, are they brothers?”

Byrd said that the message wasn’t meant to be racial or political.

“It’s simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ,” he said.

Unreal.

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Liam Says Happy Earth Day!

On April 22, 2008 By

Gosh. Have a baby and all of a sudden everything becomes about them. I’ve got a decent enough segue though. We’ve decided to eschew normal disposable diapers for a new “hybrid” design called “g diapers“. They are a study in both design and ingenuity.

Normal diapers are all in one designs that you take off, fold up, and toss. Disposable diapers are the #3 consumer item in landfills. 20 billion of these are sold annually. They take about 500 years to completely break down. Talk about a legacy! We didn’t want to add to that. But we […]

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