From the monthly archives: September 2017

Trump: The Bard Of Lexicon

On September 22, 2017 By

The Economist magazine arrived recently with word that it was searching for Shakespeare in Donald Trump. The response from a Canadian letter writer tersely pointed the reader in the right direction for a smash landing.

Anthony Peterson, of Peterborough, wrote:

Mr. Trump’s tweets are straight out of Macbeth… ”a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’’

Trump’s mumbo-jumbo is becoming Topic One for linguists. Prof John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguist, says the president’s way of speaking is “oddly adolescent” that is “linguistically unadorned.” Forever unsure of himself, Trump relies on such verbal crutches as […]

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Talk about being a stranger in a strange land, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be on the menu of speakers at the 50th Anniversary Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium with others who not only didn’t vote for him for Buckeye State governor (twice), or for president in last year’s Republican primary, but who likely disagree with him on most everything else, especially women’s issues.

Kasich’s appearance at the symposium, to be held at Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 13, will reward those in attendance with a free copy of his last book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” […]

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If clinics that did plastic surgery or colonoscopies inspired violent protests and vandalism, state legislators would pass laws to try and stop it. But rising violence at reproductive health clinics is tolerated.

A bill to make it a crime to impede access to reproductive health clinics remains stuck in an Ohio House committee. A nearly identical bill received just one hearing in the previous legislative session.

Just this past weekend, the Founders Women’s Health Center in Columbus was targeted by the “Bible Believers,” an organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Protesters used megaphones to […]

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Ohio Seniors Could Face an Increase of $13,563

A new report released by AARP shows just how devastating the latest health care repeal plan would be for seniors in Ohio. According to the advocacy organization, premiums and out-of-pocket costs would increase significantly, and older adults could face an unaffordable “age tax.”

Graham-Cassidy “threatens to make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of older Americans. The bill eliminates two sources of financial assistance – premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions – critical to ensuring that low-to-moderate income older adults are able to afford the coverage they need,” according to the […]

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First I learned about a strange and mysterious place called Area 51. Two weeks ago I learned about yet another place identified by a number.

There are some things that you just can’t make up. Here’s one for the books, a happenstance that Mel Brooks or Woody Allen couldn’t imagine.

At the very time I finished reading a Cleveland Plain Dealer article on the latest machinations of the charter school industry, where a charter school organization is splitting off from its parent body so that it can continue doing Full Story...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his long-time Republican friend, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, have been political soul mates for decades, adopting and defending virtually all Republican policies and programs that have done so much to harm and hurt Buckeyes across the board.

Readers are again reminded that Kasich is not the popular “moderate” leader elite east coast and DC beltway media make him out to be, but a radical rightie who wants to put Planned Parenthood (PP) out of business as much as he wants to shutter the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has helped more than […]

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I never get tired of quoting James Madison’s line that “knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives.”

This quote is at the heart of what the “American Experiment” achieved when we established self-governance with our new Republic 230 years ago, after millennia of almost entirely autocratic rule throughout the history of human civilization.

The late columnist Molly Ivins noted that “it is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to […]

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Apparently the Donald Trump regime is scared of Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, including him as a target in next year’s mid-term election with the hope of weakening him before the 2020 U.S. Presidential cycle.

From Politico:

Allies of Donald Trump have begun plotting to take down or weaken potential Democratic challengers in 2020, including several who will be on the ballot in next year’s midterms.

The 2018-focused work ranges from a major donor-funded super PAC designed to blemish Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s image, to a full-scale effort to defeat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown outright before he […]

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Anyone who followed the governor’s race in 2014 knows Ohio media regularly allowed Gov. John Kasich to get away with murder, so to speak, by not confronting him on his many scandals, choosing instead to pound his Democratic opponent for what in hindsight were merely minor shortcomings.

Kasich won his first term in 2010 by only 77,127 votes statewide, so he needed a solid second win to justify running for president in 2016.

The former congressman who represented a reliably Republican district in central Ohio for 18 years has accumulated a terrible record since 2011 that includes, but isn’t limited […]

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Ripping health care coverage aways from millions of Americans is the mistress Republicans just can’t quit, in Ohio’s General Assembly or the U.S. Congress.

As news broke Sunday that U.S. Senate Republicans haven’t given up on their dream of devastating millions of people by denying the access to health insurance by repealing Obamacare, it turns out Ohio House Republican leadership also hasn’t given up on freezing Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. If they do, they will steal health care coverage away from 500,000 Ohioans over the course of about 18 months.

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Last month Ohio Gov. John Kasich matched baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak with his own streak of 56 months below the national average for job creation. This month, Kasich’s streak extended to 57, the same number of pickle varieties the H.J. Heinz company located in Pittsburgh, PA made famous in its “57 varieties” advertising campaign.

New estimates of Ohio employment for August 2017 were released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, showing that current sub-par job growth, including all months between December 2012 and August 2017, has reached 57 consecutive months, […]

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