From the monthly archives: December 2012

Kasich has been working hard to revive his image after the huge loss of his anti-union SB5 bill.  You won’t hear Kasich throw his support behind any Right-To-Work proposals and, more than likely, you’ll find his people actively working behind the scenes to keep it off the ballot until after 2014 so he doesn’t have to take a public position.

But this doesn’t mean Kasich has changed his tune on the rights of Ohio’s workers. Instead, he and the rest of Ohio’s Republicans have turn to taking smaller, more winnable shots at their rights.

One such example is HB380, which […]

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During a speech announcing his plans to use the Ohio Turnpike to help fund ODOT, the Governor claimed he was stunned to find out no one had done something similar in the past 25 years.

Funny story: Strickland proposed a plan to use turnpike revenue to help fund roads four years ago.

As part of his 2008 jobs bill, Governor Strickland worked on a plan, with legislative leaders from both parties, to shift some Turnpike Revenue to ODOT to help fund road construction projects.   The plan did not require the Turnpike to take on debt to fund ODOT. […]

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Four months ago, two NYC police officers faced down an armed man in Midtown Manhattan.  They fired a total of 16 shots – seven struck and killed the assailant before he was able to fire his weapon.

In the process, nine bystanders were also wounded.

Keep in mind here: these were trained, experienced, on-duty law enforcement officers who were firing less than eight feet from their target. And nine people were wounded directly or indirectly from their gunfire.

Also keep this in mind: Range training for an Ohio Concealed Carry permit typically requires hitting a target at somewhere between […]

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Columbus City Schools teacher Daria DeNoia discusses her recent Plunderbund guest post and gun violence in schools as part of a panel on HuffPost Live.

Daria, by the way, is the level headed teacher.  Not the one who wants to “hug it out” with school shooters.

Great job, Daria!

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The late Ohio Republican congressman Buz Lukens once arrrived at Akron-Canton airport for a press conference that would fashion another  lesson on the imperatives of true conservatism.

But before he blazed  into the room to address a handful of reporters, a couple of his aides entered with an American flag as the congressman’s ever-present stage prop  for Americanism. It was a struggle because the mast was several inches too tall for the room and was finally tilted slightly  to unfurl the flag.  The congressman, an aide explained, was never without his patriotic loyalties.

I later asked Lukens, a rapid-fire speaker […]

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters have apparently joined in calls for school districts to consider allowing teachers and staff members to carry guns on school grounds.  The Republicans seem to favor not only having armed police officers in the schools, but also having guns available for teachers and administrators.

We have heard the same thing from friends and family.  A similar proposal was floated in Tennessee, and it seems like our Facebook page was full of this sort of proposal all weekend.

We are, to put it mildly, skeptical.  But what do […]

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Buried in the Vindicator a few weeks back was this gem of a letter, titled “Misfits and deviants who voted for Obama will rue the day”, from a reader in Pennsylvania.

If you paid me I don’t think I could have come up with a more offensive rant about women, African Americans, Hispanics or LGBT individuals. Sadly, the author didn’t come up with this crap on his own.

It’s all commonly heard on America’s proud, freedom-loving, conservative radio and television programs and the author, Joseph K. Waltenbaugh of New Castle, Pa., simply summarized what he’s been hearing for months down into […]

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I’d like to start by saying that every reporter in Ohio has missed one important fact about the new gun bill Kasich plans to sign: it is NOT limited to concealed carry permit holders.

Instead, it allows anyone and everyone who is carrying a gun in their car to bring that gun into the Ohio Statehouse garage, as long as they aren’t breaking some other law in the process.

Last year, after the big anti-SB5 rallies, Kasich =made a huge deal about safety concerns at the Statehouse, asking for metal detectors to be installed.   It seems his concerns […]

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No parent sends their child to school thinking that they might get killed in the coatroom among the backpacks and winter coats, and no parent thinks that when the bell rings at 3:30 their child will not be leaving school alive. No teacher thinks that while they are taking attendance or reading aloud to their students that they might have to stand between the children they teach and a person armed with a gun trying to protect them from being killed. This is what happened on Friday in Newtown, Ct.

I am a teacher and a parent, and I have […]

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This anti-gun post doesn’t matter

On December 17, 2012 By

Among the various contributors on Plunderbund, we don’t always agree on every issue.  A significant and timely issue that we have diverse opinions on is gun control.  Occasionally we will engage in heated, but respectful debates on the issue, and I admit that it is nice to have a forum in which we can do so.

Whatever.  It doesn’t really matter anymore because this anti-gun post is completely irrelevant in America today.

I can write all I want about our need to eliminate the tools of execution used in the massacre of twenty small children caught innocently in the safe haven of […]

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With the entire country in shock over the killing of 20 grade school children in Connecticut, Governor Kasich is preparing to sign a gun bill that will allow anyone to bring a gun into the Ohio Statehouse parking garage and will allow anyone to carry a loaded magazine or speed loader along with their gun within reach of the driver.

To be fair, there’s a case to be made for the statehouse provision – though I do think the way they made it is pretty weak.   No one really believes a legislator is going to show up […]

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