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With a special election just weeks away, very little coverage has focused on the GOP candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional district. Troy Balderson has posted some particularly swampy fundraising reports with energy companies effectively bankrolling his run for Congress.

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My New Toyota Prius GOT MPG

On May 1, 2010 By

I don’t do many consumer related blog posts at PB. This one, however, is quite positive compared to what you may be used to. [cough… Tim … cough … AT&T…]

I recently purchased a 2010 Toyota Prius. I’ve wanted one since they came out but always had some kind of new minivan for transport of the b?b? kids that required a decent payment and was never in the position to get rid of my so-called beater car.

Until now. The story of how I came to need a new car despite having just purchased a new minivan for […]

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Do you remember back in school when a kid would get in trouble? What’s the first thing the would do?

Yes. Point at some other kid and say something along the lines of “Well, Bobby did it too!”

Classic juvenile deflection.

Not surprising to see the wingnut radicals on talk radio and Internet media outlets doing the same thing with the recent gulf coast oil spill disaster. “Obama’s Katrina!,” they yell. “What’s taking the administration so long to respond?” they query.

It’s enlightening, really. Ignoring the obvious irony of conservatives calling for a faster government response to […]

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So, the Columbus Dispatch, has more details on exactly how the Senate GOP would fill the gap with less than a full freeze of the final income tax cut:

Raids $30 million from the Housing Trust Fund Removing the requirement that schools provide all-day kindergarten starting next school year, and the requirement that they meet class size restrictions. Restoring $25 million this year and $35 million next year to private, chartered schools, most of which are Catholic. The schools were hit with significant cuts in the two-year budget. Creating a commission to study state functions that could be […]

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The McCain Energy Trap

On August 6, 2008 By

Good piece from Sam Stein talking about how McCain has essentially painted himself into a no-win corner with his energy stand:

McCain is stuck in a conundrum: express support for the Gang of Ten and incur the wrath of anti-tax crusaders or continue rolling the dice against public opinion and risk being painted as a stooge of the oil lobby. His $1.3 million in oil and gas donations in June only furthers the frame.

The compromise just agreed to includes some offshore drilling and Obama has hedged on this to get a compromise. If he talks about it correctly, […]

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Tinfoil hats. Conspiracy theorists. That’s what people who argued this war was for oil were called. Um:

Influential former Pentagon official Richard Perle has been exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan, according to people with knowledge of the matter and documents outlining possible deals.

Mr. Perle, one of a group of security experts who began pushing the case for toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein about a decade ago, has been discussing a possible deal with officials of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan regional government, including its Washington envoy, according to these people and the documents.

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Offshore drilling. The equivalent of of a drug addict trying to figure out a new way to cook crack. It’s not where our focus should be and hasn’t been really for over 30 years now. Carter was right. The solution is not to find more of the stuff that we are addicted to (see latest GWB State of the Union address), but to kick the habit and find a better way.

These are probably the reason that John McCain once scolded the “special interests” that wanted offshore drilling leases and he supported a moratorium. Now McCain wants to […]

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