From the daily archives: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

State Senator Chris Widener’s Twitter account is something to behold!

His Twitter profile description appears to have been ripped straight from some Tea Party dating website (OKStupid?), with claims that he is a “Conservative” and an “Outdoorsman” and someone who is working to “Support tax payers” and “connect job seekers – employers.”

Dating jokes aside, it’s clear this account is not personal since his Tweets are almost always related to senate business, and his profile provides a link to his official Ohio Senate webpage.

Oddly, according to Twitter, Plunderbund has been “blocked from following @ChrisWidenerOH and viewing @ChrisWidenerOH’s Tweets.”

It’s true that we’ve written about State Senator […]

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TODAY’S QUIZ:

Republicans oppose President Obama’s immigration plan because…

(1) Latinos are not skilled in working as greeters at Sam’s Club

(2) More Taco Bells would force Chick-fil-A into bankruptcy

(3) Major League baseball teams already have too many shortstops on their rosters

(4) The illegals’ buttocks are bulging with diseased cantaloupes

Republicans oppose same-sex marriage because…

(1) Most have no idea how gays do it in bed

(2) God is reacting to the rise of such abominable unions by casting a measles plague on America with gay locusts

(3) If Obama supports it, it must be bad

(4) Polls […]

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On Sunday we detailed many of the major changes that school districts will be forced to change surrounding the implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).  Those changes would be onerous and certainly untimely for school districts as they are not likely to be officially adopted until some time this summer.  Such a late adoption of the sweeping changes will once again leave school districts scrambling and leave teachers and administrators questioning what, exactly, the latest iteration of the OTES actually is in practice.

There are, however, two positive(?) changes to the evaluation system that, while still leaving school districts […]

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John Kasich on Language: Educators, Superintendents and Politicians
by Denis Smith

Ohio Governor John Kasich has a way with words. Without resorting to understatement, let’s just say that with his practice of oral communication, he is certainly no Prince Charming.

In January 2011, just weeks into his term as the state’s chief executive, he gave a speech to a group of state employees in which he described an encounter with a police officer in 2008. Kasich used the word “idiot” three times to characterize the officer who ticketed him for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.  Following an […]

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In 2013 Salon ran a piece titled “Fetal pain is a lie: How phony science took over the abortion debate.”   That same phony science will be coming to Ohio soon.

“Close to a dozen state legislatures across the country have passed laws banning abortion at 20 weeks,” wrote Salon’s Katie McDonough two years ago. “Most of these restrictions are given grave-sounding titles like the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

The article went on to thoroughly debunk the whole concept.  “The fetus at 20 weeks can’t actually feel anything at all. Which is to say, the fundamental justification for these laws is a […]

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