From the daily archives: Monday, December 21, 2009


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All Time Wins: 2000 (NCAA rank #1)
All Time Winning Percentage: .759 (NCAA rank #1)
NCAA Championships: 7 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 10 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Final Four Appearances: 13 (NCAA rank #4)
NCAA Final Four Wins: 17 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Elite-8 Appearances: 31 (NCAA rank #1)
NCAA Sweet-16 Appearances: 40 (NCAA rank #1)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 49 (NCAA rank #1)
NCAA Tournament Wins: 98 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Tournament Games Played: 142 (NCAA rank #1)

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Unlike some of the other guys here at PB I’m not hell-bent on destroying Lee Fisher.

He’s not my favorite Democrat in the Senate race. But I also don’t think he’s a bad guy and, as the party favorite and assumed nominee, he’s probably been wise to follow the standard playbook for a candidate in his position: shut up, raise a lot of money and wait for your underfunded opponent’s campaign to shrivel and die.

Two months ago I was convinced his strategy was going to work. I sincerely believed that the Brunner campaign was doomed and Fisher was going […]

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Governor Ted Strickland just announced he’s not backing down in his re-election fight in today’s year-end-review interview with the Statehouse press corp.  What is usually a dry event, turned into quite the story.  The Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer already have the story up.

On the budget compromise:

In a year-end interview with The Dispatch, Strickland said Ohio still would be dealing with its budget crisis and likely facing punishing cuts in education and other services “if a majority of Republican senators had had their way.”

The governor referred to last week’s vote […]

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Can you guess what? “Death panels”.

On July 16, Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York and a conservative health care commentator, suggested that the Democratic plan included a measure requiring seniors be told how to end their lives. “Congress would make it mandatory ? absolutely require ? that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner,” she said on a radio show hosted by conservative Fred Thompson.

PolitiFact gave McCaughey a Pants on Fire rating for that statement. There were no mandatory sessions […]

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Just heard it on the teevee. This is great. I suspect Holmgren was convinced by the notion of Josh Cribbs, who yesterday broke the NFL record for kick returns for a touchdown, and Jerome Harrison, who yesterday broke Jim Brown’s single game rushing record for the Browns, and ran for the 3rd most yards in NFL history.

I’ve been resisting writing about this team, because they’re so damn depressing. But the recent improvement, the emergence of some talent, the prospect of developing a QB, and the lure of one of the most valuable franchises in the NFL, with one of […]

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This is what it means to be a modern day Republican. Obfuscate to the point where a late night (early morning) vote is necessary and then pray that those who might vote for health care reform cannot make the vote. They prayed for rain on Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. Now they pray that the ill are either too sick to make it or die before they are able to?

At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon — nine hours before the 1 a.m. vote that would effectively clinch the legislation’s passage — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) went to the Senate […]

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Epic Kasich defense fail

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So, Eric caught a campaign intern for the Kasich campaign astroturfing in the comments on my post about Kasich today.

If that failure to hide his obvious bias wasn’t enough, the kid’s entire point seems to be that anyone with access to Google would realize that John Kasich is full of shit every time he claims credit for balancing the budget and the budget surpluses in the 1990s.

He’s right.? It is amazingly easy to find ample data to show that John Kasich is full of shit, which is why the media should be reporting […]

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Keeling last week: “Budget deal is a huge victory for Kasich and a disaster for Governor Strickland.”

Keeling today: “Strickland’s budget victory is meaningless.”


Even the column Keeling cites is headlined that Strickland won on the budget fight.

Yes, it’s entirely in Kasich’s own history to think that constantly losing budget battles is not politically significant in voters’ minds.? How else do you explain a guy that got his ass handed to him constantly by Bill Clinton thought he should run for President?

Which gets me to my next point, here’s why Keeling is forced […]

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Remembering How Far We’ve Come

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Amid all the HCR disappointment, Copenhagen hand wringing, and teabag nonsense, let’s remember just how far we’ve come. While the media and the right want to make a big deal of some White House attention seeking party crashers, today we note a report that a known liar and thief duped the Bush Administration into believing he could decode broadcasts from Al Jazeera into future actions of terrorists.

(Note: When your own attorney brands you a “habitual liar engaged in fraud”, that’s a bad thing)

You may remember some hinting among the right about terrorists using secret codes in […]

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Aside from writing, this is the most power I have in letting my opinion be known relative to the whole Jane Hamsher Kill Bill fiasco currently ripping through progressive politics:

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Modern’s piece on Kasich is up. It’s all I promised and then some. Maybe not what you expected, but there’s a point to that. The right in Ohio has historically gone down the nasty rumor mill road more times than not. They typically do it when most vulnerable. You’ll remember the NAMBLA flailing about that eventually even made it into a debate between now Governor Strickland and his opponent Ken Blackwell (now fringe wingnut columnist).

Then there’s the “Strickland is gay” stuff, lead by Scott Pullins and other right wing bloggers. Now we have the “Ted may […]

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