From the monthly archives: May 2008

Clinton propaganda poster

On May 29, 2008 By

So… this is a fine piece of propaganda art. As an art piece, I actually like it quite a bit – I might even buy one to frame and display in my home.. But I can’t be the only who notes the irony here, right? Clinton is clearly ripping off the Obama campaign’s use of Shepard Fairey artwork; the concept of political propaganda in the “Che Guevara style.” Heavy influence of old-school socialist art style.

Who is this Shepard Fairey? He is a skate punk — with a secretary. A CEO in Puma sneakers. The rebel […]

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Ken Blackwell seems to believe that gay marriage is going to be a central issue in the 2008 presidential race.

It sounds to me like he needs to get out of the house more. Maybe talk to some people who aren’t right wing nuts jobs. It sounds like Ken has finally lost what little perspective he had.

For starters, both Democratic candidates have publicly said that they don’t support gay marriage- just like John McCain.

It’s pretty damn hard for an issue to be a factor in a race if everyone is on the same side of it.

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In a blatant act of executive activism, NY Governor David Paterson issued a directive to all state agencies instructing them to “revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada.”

So far the moral fabric of society has not come unraveled and no one is trying to marry their pet. But we’ll be sure to follow the story and let you know when it does.

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AG’s SUV Back At Work

On May 29, 2008 By

The AG’s parking space in the State House garage has been empty for weeks- ever since Marc Dann resigned.

As of yesterday, infamous black Chevrolet Suburban was back in it’s parking space.

No word yet on whether newly-appointed Attorney General Nancy Rogers will be trading in the SUV (and the gun-carrying driver) for something a little smaller and more-efficient or if she plans to keep the big truck and decorate it with flames.

I’m pushing for the first option.

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Every day the Dispatch website does a survey that it calls “The Hot Issue“. In addition to voting, they also let readers leave comments.

The comments aren’t nearly as funny as the ones over at the Plain Dealer, but there is definitely a pattern to both.

I’m starting to think it’s the same people voting and commenting every day.

Today’s question is really loaded…

Do you think most people are poor because of their own actions or because of circumstances beyond their control?

And the responses are exactly what you’d expect.

Some people just make up statistics…

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A new piece in The New Republic by Michelle Cottle offers a glimpse into what went wrong with Hillary’s campaign.

Bottom line: I just don’t think she was hungry enough for it in the beginning. It wasn’t really until the ten-in-a-row loss that she started doing stuff like ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Jon Stewart. In the beginning, it was hard to get her to do those things.”

i think it was 11 in a row, but whatever. There are many more examples given by those in the know. Some we knew and others that were a bit surprising. […]

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I am continually amazed at the high quality snark to be found amongst NFL blogs. (The post from a Chicago blog opining about what really goes on in Sexy Rexy‘s head is one of my all time favorites – and is now a general internet meme: ‘fuck it, I’m going deep’.) This time, Kissing Suzy Kolber – named after one of the all-time uncomfortable moments in television history – has an exclusive statement from one Hillary Rodham Clinton.

You know, during this very long campaign season, I have traveled this country far and wide. I have been […]

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According to Ohio law “Fetal death” means “death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception of at least twenty weeks of gestation.”

A fetal death certificate can be issued by the state if you lose your baby after 20 weeks- which makes sense since that’s right around the time your fetus would be considered “viable” – i.e. able to survive outside the womb.

If Kevin Couglin has his way, “fetal death” is going to be redefined in Ohio to mean ANY “product of human conception”- including that tiny mass of cells […]

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I just heard that the Republicans added a provision to the jobs bill to prohibit biomedical research money from being used for stem cell research.

These guys are ridiculous.

This is supposed to be a bipartisan effort to help bring jobs to Ohio and kick-start our economy.

It is NOT supposed to be a forum for the GOP’s divisive, christofascist political agenda.

Can’t you, just once, leave that crap at home?

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So Why Nancy Rogers?

On May 28, 2008 By

Despite all of our speculation and discussion about who would be Ohio’s New Attorney General (Plunderpoll predicted Jerid Kurtz), I don’t think anyone guessed it would be an outsider like Nancy Rogers.

In all of the excitement, it seems like we overlooked a lot of obvious problems that Marc Dann brought to the AG’s office.

Fortunately, the Governor appears to have been a little more thorough in his analysis than Ohio’s political bloggers. Just off the top of my head I can see three big benefits to choose Nancy Rogers over some of the other candidates:

1. She’s not […]

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It looks like Mecklenborg’s useless, English-Only bill is currently moving through the Senate and will probably hit the floor for a vote tomorrow.

According to the Senate committee schedule, the second hearing for HB 477 is being held today.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, HB 477 will make English the “required language for official proceedings” of State Government.

Mecklenborg, the bill’s sponsor, claims it is not an English-Only bill and that it will help promote English learning among immigrants.

Unfortunately, both of these statements are lies. The bill IS, in fact, an English-Only bill […]

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