Saturday, February 25, 2006 

Camp Wellstone: Cleveland ,Ohio

Camp Wellstone: Cleveland, Ohio
3/10 - 3/12/06
Registration for Camp Wellstone Cleveland is now open!

Camp Wellstone is a training program that teaches progressives how to win on issues and elect good candidates. We use a distinctive approach to politics, based on Paul Wellstone's success at integrating grassroots organizing, electoral organizing, progressive public policy and ethical leadership.

The training is highly interactive, combining exercises, lectures, and simulations over the course of 2.5 days. Camp runs Friday from 2:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am-3:00pm. We keep you busy the whole time! The exact location of each camp will be announced in the coming weeks.

Camp Wellstone is divided into three tracks:

  • Candidate track. This is for people who have made the decision to run for office.
  • Campaign track. This track focuses on how to be an effective staff or volunteer member of a winning progressive campaign.
  • Citizen activist track. For people interested in citizen lobbying, issue advocacy, and community organizing, this track provides skills in how to win on issues.
The cost is $75 or just $35 for students, low-income, or unemployed participants. We are not able to guarantee your space for the the camp unless payment is received 2 weeks prior to the starting date. Camp participants are responsible for their own accommodations.

Click here for more info: Wellstone Action / Camp Wellstone Cleveland

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Proposed Ban on GOP adoptions

Via HeraldToday:

If an Ohio lawmaker's proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents.

State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to "introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents."...

Hagan said his "tongue was planted firmly in cheek" when he drafted the proposed legislation. However, Hagan said that the point he is trying to make is nonetheless very serious...

To further lampoon Hood's (anti-gay adoption) bill, Hagan wrote in his mock proposal that "credible research" shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing "emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities."

However, Hagan admitted that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims.

Just as "Hood had no scientific evidence" to back his assertion that having gay parents was detrimental to children, Hagan said.

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Morning Round Up

DailyKos- Zero Iraqi Battalions are ready to fight without US support
AmericaBlog - Profile in Spinelessness: Paul Bremer
HuffPost - Bob Dole lobbies for Dubyai port firm causing major problems for his senator wife

DispassionateLiberal - Tipping Point in Iraq, Conservatives jumping ship on Adminstration
StubbornLiberal - It's actually 21 ports not 6 in UAE deal and cancelling SD travel plans.
Pho - A must read commentary on Hackett/Brown fiasco which includes these tidbits
"...everyone I have read has given Hackett that benefit of doubt. Of course, he hasn’t returned the favor to Sherrod Brown...."

"The Hackett Brigade loves to remind us that Hackett getting run out of the primary has alienated his supporters. True. Hackett's subsequent actions have alienated those of us on the fence about him. He better be happy that his political career is over; he’s pretty much burnt down what’s left of it"
Ohio2006 - New polls in AG race
Openers - Chocolatier produces commerative coins featuring NOE and his 53 indictments.
AtheistMama - Port Authorities of NY and NJ file lawsuit & injuctions against port deal

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Friday, February 24, 2006 

MYDD - Senate Forecast

Chris Bowers of MYDD think the Dems chances are better overall but - Ohio is barely holding in there:
"Ohio and Minnesota barely maintain their standing in this category. Minnesota becomes competitive as a result of the thinning of the Democratic primary field, and Ohio almost drops out of the category because of the thinning of the Democratic primary field. In both of those cases, I think we would have been helped by a little intra-party competition. Candidates would have honed their message, raised their name ID, and generated increased on-the-ground activism statewide. Sadly, we seem to have decided that saving a few bucks is better than all of that. When it comes to primaries, I am a big believer in the free market."
This news will make many gloat but I just don't see the point. DeWine sucks - or as one commentor on Kos put it "Sour grapes leads to Mike DeWine"

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Looking bad for Carolyn Fisher

The Cleveland Heights Police department states it has 4 witnesses while Carolyn Fisher (who was arrested for hanging posters) is still unsure if any of hers will come forward.

Via Sun Press:
The prosecution supposedly has four witnesses who will back up claims that Fisher attacked Cleveland Heights officers Daniel Downey and Mike Frinzel.

Fisher claims she was the one who was brutalized,'' but is still looking for witnesses to back up her side of the story.

Fisher's friends and supporter have been out on Lee Road the past few weeks looking for people who may have seen what happened.

We have talked to a lot indivudals,'' Shields said. Some may be coming in. Some may not.''

Sitting alone quietly in the courtroom last week, surrounded by others waiting to be arraigned, Fisher said, It never should have gotten to this point, but it looks like it's going to trial.
It is starting to look more like her claims are exaggerated. When someone brags about causing a controversy while in the middle of one? Not Smart. Regardless, I wish the CH police department would have been better equiped to handle this.

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Blogger exposes Rumsfeld post 9/11 orders

Via The Guardian
Hours after a commercial plane struck the Pentagon on September 11 2001 the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, was issuing rapid orders to his aides to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement, according to notes taken by one of them.

"Hard to get good case. Need to move swiftly," the notes say. "Near term target needs - go massive - sweep it all up, things related and not."

...These notes confirm that Baghdad was in the Pentagon's sights almost as soon as the hijackers struck.

Wow. How can people continue to believe in this administration and the so-called "War on Terror"? No wonder Bin Laden is still out there - they never even seriously tried to find him. They just wanted to get there hands on Iraq. Jerks.

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Two Views of Tom Delay

From Bill Moyers
"DeLay was a man on the move and on the take. But he needed help to sustain the cash flow. He found it in a fellow right wing ideologue named Jack Abramoff. Abramoff personifies the Republican money machine of which DeLay with the blessing of the House leadership was the major domo. It was Abramoff who helped DeLay raise those millions of dollars from campaign donors that bought the support of other politicians and became the base for an empire of corruption. DeLay praised Abramoff as 'one of my closest friends.' Abramoff, in turn, told a convention of college Republicans, 'Thank God Tom DeLay is majority leader of the house. Tom DeLay is who all of us want to be when we grow up.'"
And from the GOP
U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay was likened to Stonewall Jackson, Lyndon Baines Johnson and a courageous World War I officer today as members of the Texas Republican congressional delegation joined the former House majority leader to endorse his re-election....

The Republicans took turns singing DeLay's praises as a selfless leader who not only helped get them elected, but also won Republican majorities in Congress and the Legislature...

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Morning Round Up

DailyKos - Following the birdFlu and Jerome kills off the Iranian Oil Bourse story.
AmericaBlog - Not sure where "civil war" fits into Bush Iraq Victory Plan
HuffPost - New commercial has tech to get around Tivo ad skipping, Murtha: We've Lost the Hearts & Minds of the Iraqi People

AtheistMama - Is worried about her father in Iraq and reading Baghdad Burning.
StubbornLiberal - Makes a great point about Bush using the term "My Goverment" and points our his "flip flops" on national security and continues folowing the port scandal.
DispassionateLib - Points out that a sheik for UAE donated over 1 million to the Bush Library Foundation
Openers -
Confirming Roves role in Ohio 2006
Psychobilly Democrat - Mutual Assured Destruction
GrandpaBoy - Joe Sulzer interview
Ohio 13 - Gary Kucinich in the PD
Pho - Must be busy with his new job at the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign,(take the school funding survey here) maybe he'll find time to post over the weekend.

TechLink - Weighing in on the "incident" Self-righteousness -- A Virtue of the NE Ohio Blogosphere

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Thursday, February 23, 2006 

An Elegy for GM (When GM goes down, it is taking us with it)

Via The Nation
...When the news of GM's bankruptcy filing does come, it will jar Americans and foreigners of a certain age, as even the end of such landmark corporations as AT&T did not. They may not be able to believe it. General Motors was the apotheosis of American industrial might, the greatest manufacturing organization in the history of the world...

While business propagandists try to convince us of the superiority of being a service economy, we resist the idea and turn back to the time when we made things. GM, wizened as it may be, reminds even younger people of a nation that had a vigor, a power and a productive independence. Now we see ungainly, top-heavy container ships lumbering into our ports, bearing merchandise we used to make for ourselves...

When GM goes down, it will take us all down with it. It will devastate its own workers and the workers in the companies that supply it. It may bring trade unionism to death's door. The nation will become yet more dependent on foreign imports, because when GM finally emerges from bankruptcy, it will be as a smaller, slighter company.

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Morning Round Up

DailyKos:UAE and White House had a secret deal, The Cost of Republican Corruption
AmericaBlog: O'Reilly says it is time to "cut and run"
HuffPost: Iraq on Brink of Civil War, many interesting diaries today in featured posts.

ClevelandHomeless - Asks us not to see DateMovie (I wouldn't) also a neat diary about homeless bloggers (a little older but still worth reading)
Callahan - Has some great comments on the "incident" at his new diary see here and here
ClevelandUberAllies - Supporting college radio, (nostaligic and fun reading-We really do have some great college station in Cleveland!)
Ohio2006 - Updated Candidate list, Grassbaugh and Collier in the 90th
Ohio13 - An invitation to all campaign managers and staff (like MTB without audio - great idea, I hope we see some takers)
StubbornLiberal - How Republicans have hurt us
AtheistMama - Local man arrested for drinking childrens urine! (Yikes, I guess this is one of those "you can't make it up stories")
PsychobillyDemocrat - The things a Campaign Should Do.
PeopleHavethePower - From Day #1, Tom Noe was pocketing funds with mugshot photo
DispassionateLiberal - K.I.S.S. Advice for Dems (I especially liked " They're greedy, we're for the needy.")
LawDork - ODP PrePrimary endorsments with rough transcript of the Endorsment Meeting

And a funny from Bill Maher:
"To the vice president's credit, he did own up to it. On FOX News he said the fault was his, he can't blame anybody else. Boy, it's amazing, the only time you get accountability out of this administration is when they are actually holding a smoking gun." --Bill Maher

Thanks everyone, I'll be away from the computer today. So I won't be able to update until late.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 

Osama Bin Ladens connecton to UAE (port security)

The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden once he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan, the agency's director, George Tenet, told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States...
Had the CIA targeted bin Laden, half the royal family would have been wiped out as well, he said.
I am glad we didn't wipe out the royal family but do we really want to give our port security to a country this close to BinLadin?
Former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke has charged that fighting terrorism was not the top priority with the Bush administration. The top priority, he suggested, was Iraq, not Al Qaeda,...

Clarke alleged that the White House delayed implementing the proposals he had made for eight months and adopted them only after 9/11.
And these are the tough on security guys? Geesh.

From ReDiff.

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Morning Round Up

I missed a day, so some might be a little behind.

DailyKos: Alot on the Port Security scandal, a nice diary in reply to Why Bubba Votes GOP.
AmericaBlog: Supreme Court hears Colorado redistricting case
HuffPost: Republican Revolt and a round up of Cheney jokes

Pho: "The Good Soldier" (excellent commentary on the Hackett leak)
PeopleHavethePower: A challenger in every district, recent poll analysis
Plunderbound: I enjoyed this diary on "Bush and Alternative Energy, Like Oil and Water." heh :-)
Openers: Brown was going too fast and a Flannery interview.
Stubborn Liberal: Watches Oprah and has to wash his brain! (port security issues)
Dispassionate Lib: Democrats, Who inspires you?
PsychobillyDem: First read this post by Palehorse explaining the dueling blogs and then go read the diaries about Betty Sutton and recent poll analysis.
GlassCityJungle: Lisa transcribes Sherrod Browns visit to LCYP and UCDems (lengthy but worth it)
WordofMouth: Good News from Lorain.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for thier feedback these last few days. I appreciate the kind words and encouragement that I have heard from so many of you. For some, We'll have to agree to disagree.

Again, thank you for taking part in this conversation.

I'll leave you with a Letterman Top 10 Cheney Joke.
Top Ten Reasons Not to Go Hunting with Dick Cheney:

10. Jack Daniels
9. Makers Mark
8. Old Crow
7. Old Grandad
6. Old Forester
5. Jim Beam
4. Rebel Yell
3. Canadian Club
2. Southern Comfort

And the Number One Reason not to go hunting with Dick Cheney: Wild Turkey.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 

While I'm at it - more commentary on anonymous blogging

Does anyone think it is weird that Redhorse and in fact all the "other" bloggers on both his sites are anonymous? Why isn't he held to the same standards that Tim demands of everyone else? Also, why does he claim to be a democrat on one blog but then state he is a republican on the other?

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Monday, February 20, 2006 

Facts Facts Facts

I am happy to clarify and correct any misunderstandings I may have had. This blog, as all blogs, really are only worthwhile if they start a conversation. Tim is welcome to post a follow up diary on my blog.

Okay - let's set the record straight. First off, there seems to be some -- lets call it "confusion" -- about my use of the term sex offender. Even Tim says in an email to me "no court has adjudicated me a "sex offender". Personally, I don't know whether "sex offender" is a legal term with some special meaning as I am not a lawyer. To me, if a person pleads guilty to a crime listed in the Ohio Revised Code in the chapter (2907) titled "Sex Offenses" then he agrees that he has commited a sex offense, and that makes him a sex offender. It is correct that Tim is not in the sex offender registery. But in the Court Docket, Tim pled guilt to importuning which is a sex offense and involves minors.
From Docket -- (click on link to view docket, enter with Tims name or case # under criminal cases and then when the case appears click on the tab marked Docket above, it will list all of the crimes Tim pled guilty to)

Tim states in his email "i have committed no crime against children". I am not claiming that he actually committed a crime against a child, I am simply copying from the record which indicates Tim was indicted in crimes against minors under 16 - which in my book are children. We should be thankful that the police stepped in when they did.

Tim also states he is not "excluded by law from the political process". I never said he was -- I said he "probably was" because I seemed to remember learning in High School that felons were not allowed to vote. But Tim is right -- in Ohio, Felons are excluded from voting only during the period of their incarceration.

Normally - I would not have posted on this, as it has no relevance on Tim's political views and regular postings . However, when a person tries to lay down a new moral standard, as Tim did, they necessarily imply that their morality is superior to that of everyone elses. It is at that point that this piece of information on Tim's own morality became very relevant and thus I felt needed to become public. I do not care whom Tim supports or doesn't support. If you check into my background you will see that I gave my money to Hackett not Brown, and when you read my archives you will realize I was pretty ambivalent about the primary going back and forth between the 2. So, don't turn this into a Ohio Senate race blog - It isn't. I was sincere when I said - I am concerned about the NEOblogospheres reputation.

Update: I fixed some grammar errors at 10:56. Thanks everyone!

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Morning Round Up

DailyKos- Permanent bases in Iraq, Privatizing the national forests and public lands
AmericaBlog- Navy General Counsel warned about torture 2 years before Abu Ghraib.
HuffPost-Play the Dick Cheney Hunting Game (really - it's an online game)

GlassCityJungle- Primary Candidates and the Internet
StubbornLiberal - Trusting Bill Frist? 50K infants on terrorist list and UPS moving from Brown to Green. (Fun and interesting diary)
Plunderbound - Moving toward podcasting (throw some money in the hat)
WritesLikeSheTalks- ODP endorsement process
Pho - info about taking the Fair Schools Campaign Survey (if you have time, take the survey here)
Psychobilly Dem - Polling Ohio (Dramatic and emotional anaylsis of lastest poll)
Openers - Foltin not worried about release of sex tapes (Hmm, telling someone they have a great bum is a sex tape? I suspect there is more but we'll see)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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65 Democratic Veterans running in 2006

Via: NoelSchultz

Band of Brothers is a growing and supported Democratic movement. Currently, 65 Democratic Veterans are running, 4 in Ohio (FIERST, David OH-03, SHIRA, Jack OH-13, WOLFE, John L. OH-13, SULZER, Joe OH-18) There are currently only 2 veterans nationwide running as republicans.
The leader of the Band of Brothers is Eric Massa. He organized the whole group and got the BoB2006 group started and VetPAC to support them. He is endorsed by Wesley Clark. He was running before Hackett entered the scene. Many other vets were as well. Just in the past few hours Mishonda Baldwin and Bill Winter posted here. Read there diaries and see if you see any hint of being cast down. So the luster may have gone out for some bloggers who liked Paul, but not for the fighting Dem candidates.

Of the vets running, 25 are unopposed. So the question is not about the primaries, here, but about the how well they can do in the General Election. Undoubtedly, there will be casulties, but the are building the Democratic Party from the ground up in their districts, so even if they lose they have made a step towards turning red districts to blue.

There are another 13 vets only opposed by one other Dem primary candidate and their vet status is likely to help them win the primary in most of them.

There are another half dozen with only two opponents in the Dem primary. Some of these have a good chance. An example is Andrew Horne who has gotten the support of DFA in his KY district over two non-vet candidates.

The others, about 20 or so, are large fields of candidates, mostly in open seats or where there is an especially vulnerable GOP candidate. Some of these have strong non-vet Fighting Dems that will deserve our support if they win. But maybe half a dozen to ten FDs have a shot at winning.

So this analysis shows that somewhere between a third and two thirds of the Fighting Dems might be running in the General Election.

We only need 15 seats to take over Congress. A combination of good non-vet fighting Dems and Fighting Dem vets bring a landslide victory to the Dems.
The Fighting Dems Website.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006 

Questionable Hackett Site Wants your Money

A site claiming to want your help "Drafting Paul Hackett to the US Senate" has some questionable aspects to it. I suspect it is a scam. has only existed a few days but it is already accepting funds to a PO Box, it has not disclosed it's FEC number, there is no record of them at the states business inquiries site and they don't provide contact information. Even more suspicious, it is impossible to determine the owner of the domain name because it is officially held by a middle man service - (Domains by Proxy is private registration firm that allows individuals to get around the ICANN requirements. ICANN requires every registrar to have a publicly accessable whois).

Who would pay to get around the requirements and keep thier identity a secret?

Whatever the reason, I would not give them any money. It just seems too fishy.

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Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

What, exactly, is patriotism? Is it a yellow car ribbon or is it calling for truth and dignity in the conduct of this nation?
-- Floyd J. McKay

What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor.
-- Gore Vidal

Women, like men, have a duty to their minds and talents and selves that cannot be fulfilled by living vicariously through husbands and children. An equal cannot live a happy subordinate life.
-- Katha Pollitt

From the book The Best Liberal Quotes Ever - Why the Left is Right.