Friday, March 17, 2006 

Faded Yellow Ribbons

I really enjoyed this diary about the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq...
In commemoration of this event, for the next three weeks I will be posting pictures of faded yellow ribbon magnets on vehicles in my community...

I suspect that one of the reasons the bright yellow magnets caught on so quickly in 2003, was because they subconsciously represented the attitudes and expectations of many Americans towards the impending war: Easy to apply and dispose of afterwards... just like everything else in our consumer-driven culture.

The yellow ribbons quietly re-enforced the Bush Administration's assurances that the invasion of Iraq would be a simple undertaking which will quickly be rewarded with feelings of patriotism and security. Support the troops, and like the magnets, this war will come off without a scratch.

Today, the yellow ribbon magnets are weathered to white or beige. They are a physical reminder of the blind trust Americans put into their leaders, and how these leaders abused that trust...

Read the entire post at

View the Photo Collection here.

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Ginsburg and O'Connor recieved death threats from Republican Activists

Sad but predictable....

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor have been the targets of death threats from the "irrational fringe" of society, people apparently spurred by Republican criticism of the high court.

Ginsburg revealed in a speech in South Africa last month that she and O'Connor were threatened a year ago by someone who called on the Internet for the immediate "patriotic" killing of the justices.

Security concerns among judges have been growing.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter joked earlier this year that Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned. Over the past few months O'Connor has complained that criticism, mainly by Republicans, has threatened judicial independence to deal with difficult issues like gay marriage.

Worry is not limited to the Supreme Court. Three quarters of the nation's 2,200 federal judges have asked for government-paid home security systems, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said this week...

According to Ginsburg, someone in a Web site chat room wrote: "Okay commandoes, here is your first patriotic assignment ... an easy one. Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and O'Connor have publicly stated that they use (foreign) laws and rulings to decide how to rule on American cases. This is a huge threat to our Republic and Constitutional freedom. ... If you are what you say you are, and NOT armchair patriots, then those two justices will not live another week."

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Sherrod Brown - at Sullivan's Irish Bar in Lakewood

Sherrod Brown will speaking to the Lakewood Democrats this Sunday at Sullivan's Irish Bar at 7 PM.

You're invite to bring your friends and family to meet Sherrod, and hear about his bid for U.S. Senate.

WHAT: Lakewood Democrats with Rep. Sherrod Brown
WHEN: Sunday, March 19 @ 7 PM
Sullivan's Irish Pub & Restaurant
13368 Madison Ave
Cleveland, OH 44107

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Cindy Sheehan to speak at Cleveland Town Hall Meeting March 25th.

Cindy Sheehan to speak at Cleveland Town Hall Meeting March 25th.

Progressive Democrats of Ohio present Gold Star Mother and PDA Board Member Cindy Sheehan at a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 25th from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road in Cleveland's North Collinwood neighborhood.

Topic: Examining The Cost of Iraq: Lives, Jobs, Security, Community

Panelists include:

Tim Carpenter, National Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Francis Chiappa, President, Cleveland Peace Action
Paul Schroeder, NE Ohio Gold Star Father and co-founder of Families of the Fallen For Change
Farhad Sethna, Immigration attorney and concerned citizen

Event emceed by actress Mimi Kennedy

Please distribute far and wide. Please forward to news desks and other media.

Email or call 216-320-1316 further information.

This Town Hall is produced with the support of Cleveland Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, Artists For Peace, Campaign for a New Ohio, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition, The Peace Alliance, Tikkun, The Tyrian Network, Women Speak Out For Peace and Justice, UFPJ

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs. If you haven't seen the James Spader/Boston Legal video check it out at Daily Speech. Americablog has an amusing story on the AFA and using "Jewish Words". Locally there are some interesting interviews of Zach Space, Strickland, and Hackett.

GrandpaBoy - Interviewing Zack Space (Running for Congress) at MTB Columbus
UAPA - Interview with Ted Strickland, Paul Hackett on Ed, and DeWine votes to increase Birth Tax.
DispassionateLib - Getting a lot off his chest and summerizing how a lot of us feel.
Openers - Judge O'Conner Irishman of the Year despite smear attacks by right-wing media, NRA endorses Capri Cafaro.
CitizenAction - Group learns more about Valley’s air quality
AtheistMama - Bush identifies Iran as major challenge to security. Doesn't this sound familiar??
StubbornLiberal - Republicans vots AGAINST port security.
DailySpeech - Links to the must see James Spader speech on Boston Legal.

Lets see if anything is happening in the National Blogs...

DailyKos - Down for Maintenence
AmericaBlog - Bush urges GOP to continue agenda of dangerous incompetence and Donald Wildmon, of the American Family Association, warns against using "Jewish words" (The AFA Jewish Words story is worth the click. Amazing)
HuffintonPost - Pew Poll asks Americans to describe the President: “Out Of Touch” “Incompetent” “Good” “Idiot” “Liar”..., Alec Baldwin posts on "Tax Cuts and the Republican Legacy" and Cenk Uygur comments on"Three Crazy Things Democratic Politicians Believe"

At lot of blogger based blogs were also down this morning.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006 

Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

PeanutButterKnife - Quiet now but working on "7 blunders Cleveland/ NE Ohio". He is looking for your input so drop by and leave a comment on what you think are NEO biggest Blunders. I added mine. :-)
UAPA - Dewine: Bush Says Thanks "Big Spender" and Blackwell doesn't make the sale.
StubbornLiberal - Jessica Simpson refuses to meet with Bush or Republicans. Ha :-) That's funny.
LickingCountyPAC - Blue Networks, Red Counties: Redfern is properly putting great stress on bulking up Democratic organizations in these outlying counties.(Thank goodness)
DispassionateLib - Serious About Censure (A Good Read!)
TheChiefSource -Remember Leviticus 24:16 when, especially in the wake of this Muslim cartoon protest, Christians talk about the ultra-violence of the Koran that separates Islam from non-violent religions like their own.
Blogesque - Is our candidates learning?
PeopleHavethePower - Cincinnati City Council voted to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
LiberalCommonSense - Bill O'Reilly attacking Ohio judges

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

Subodh Chandra at Cleveland City Club

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 12:00 PM
Democratic Discussion Table
Subodh Chandra
Candidate for Attorney General


Subodh Chandra just completed service as director of Law of the City of Cleveland, where he led the work of an 82-lawyer department with both criminal and civil divisions. He also served as acting mayor in the mayor’s absence. As Cleveland’s general counsel, Chandra slashed by nearly 90% spending on outside counsel, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Under Chandra’s leadership, Cleveland handled legal work in-house and moved vigorously through in-house investigations to clean up corruption, including bribery schemes involving city inspectors and purchasing officials.

Previously, as federal prosecutor, Chandra successfully fought health-care fraud and corruption—winning an award from FBI director Robert Mueller. Before that, Chandra worked in large firms in both Cleveland and Los Angeles and served as special presidential counsel at the American Bar Association.

Chandra is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. He also graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University. Stanford awarded him the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship to work with Governor Richard F. Celeste. For Celeste, Chandra created a program training young leaders from newly emerging democracies in Central & Eastern Europe, after the Berlin Wall fell, about the organizing skills required in a democracy.

Chandra is the recipient of numerous awards including Crain's Cleveland Business's "40 under 40" award for outstanding rising leaders.

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Ohio next battleground for Roe v Wade?

The Toledo Free Press has an interesting article about the abortion fight and Ohio House Bill 228. The bill would prohibit abortions in the state, making no exception for cases of rape or incest, and would also make travel to another state for the purposes of obtaining an abortion a felony.
HB 228, which has 18 sponsors, should be seen as more than just election-year posturing by conservatives, Brinkman said.

"We are getting ready for the first testimony in the House Health committee," he said. "There is clearly a trend across the country in states like Michigan, Georgia and Tennessee to enact legislation that restricts or prohibits abortion, and which will then act as a trigger for the Supreme Court to take another look at Roe v. Wade."...
Brinkman's bill is not the only legislation in the House associated with abortion. HB 239 would prohibit public funding for abortion, while HB 469 would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or RU-486, the so-called "morning after" pill.

Kellie Copeland, the executive director of Ohio's chapter of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League said Ohioans should be "very concerned" about the introduction of such legislation.

"People who care about reproductive rights and who thought they were secure need to wake up," Copeland said. "Rights are in jeopardy now more than any time since the Roe decision in 1972."

Copeland said HB 228 is the most threatening to reproductive rights.

"What is most troubling is that the bill allows for no exceptions, even in the case of a mother's life being in danger," she said. "The supporters of this bill demonstrate a shocking ignorance toward women's health issues."

The hidden costs of such legislation are worrisome, Copeland said.

"Outlawing abortion will only make it more dangerous," she said. "We will wind up with women in morgues and hospital emergency rooms; laws such as HB 228 will push women back 40 years..."

"I believe in a woman's right to choose," said Ted Strickland, the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate. "I would veto any attempt to outlaw a woman's right to choose if Roe v. Wade were overturned."

Strickland, a U.S. House representative from Ohio's 6th District, said he favors a moderate approach to the issue of abortion.

"Abortion should be safe, legal and rare," he said. "And, in Congress, I have supported middle-ground legislation on this subject, such as the partial-birth abortion ban."
Full story here.

Wow. Well, that is one of our families markers for leaving the state. I am sure we are not alone. Talk about Brain Drain - I bet there are alot of educated men and women who will just move instead of fight this stuff. That is not going to help the economy and it isn't going to help any poor children.

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

AStraightShotofPolitics - Feeling under the weather (Hope you feel better soon!) and drawing attention to the fact that -
"the covers of 2,600 CIA agents have not only been blown, but that all the knowledge about them is readily available to anyone on the planet who can use a computer, has passed through the global public consciousness with hardly a ripple."
It is depressing, even for those of us that are healthy.

LiberalCommonSense - Skin recalled and BGSU health coverage and abortion.
Ohio13 - Anti-Capri wear, Cafaro Infomercial #2 and Candidates without websites. Plus the Ohio Bloggers Bracket Fanatsy Sports Tournament.
Grandpaboy - Boobs.
Openers - Kuncinich trading cards
LawDork - Hackett on the DailyShow, The Federalist Society speaks on law blogging.
TheChiefSource - Low poll numbers, especially with Independents, sends the President out and about to selling the War in Iraq
Ohio2006- Republican open seats
StubbornLiberal - When should we start to worry? Bird Flu, Mad Cow and more incompentent cronies in the adminstration also "Republican Elitest".
UAPA - Upper Arlington Library Gay Papers Controversy and NASA Confirms Effects Of Global Warming
Pho - Farewell to Knight-Ridder, History and memories from Akron
AtheistMama - Iraq and civil war, reading Baghdad Burning, national and international papers to get a better picture.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006 

Meet Sherrod Brown and other Ohio 2006 candidates at CSU

NEODFA and other progressive organizations in Northeast Ohio are sponsoring a statewide candidates this Saturday. Speakers include Senate candidate Sherrod Brown and Secretary of State candidate Jennifer Burnner, both of whom have been endorsed by NEODFA. Plus there is free food! Hope to see you all there.


Location: CSU Marshall College, Moot Court Rm
1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH View Map
When: Saturday, March 18, 9:30am

Meet the Democratic Candidates Running for Statewide Offices

Join us for the first of two Democratic Candidate Forums. This is your opportunity to learn about each candidate, decide who to support in the primary, and/or volunteer for a political campaign.

Come and meet the following Democratic candidates:

U.S. Senate = Sherrod Brown
Ohio Secretary of State = Jennifer Brunner
Ohio State Treasurer = Richard Cordray and Hugh Quill
Ohio Supreme Court Candidates =
William O'Neill
A.J. Wagner
Ben Espy
Peter Sikora

WHEN: Saturday March 18th, 9:30 a.m. A light continental breakfast will be available on a first come first serve basis at no cost to you.

9:30 - 10:00 am: Registration and continental breakfast (on a first come, first serve basis)

10:00 am - 12:00 noon: Candidate presentations and Q&A Sessions

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm: Sign up for campaigns and learn about co-
sponsoring organizations

WHERE: Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law, Moot Court Room, Euclid Avenue at East 18th Street

Enter on Euclid Avenue into the Atrium Lobby. For a map of the CSU campus and available parking facilities, go to .
Please note that parking rates in the garage have NOT been confirmed, but parking meters around CSU are free on Saturdays.

This event is free and open to the public. Question and answer period to follow short presentation by each candidate. The program will be moderated by Renita Jablonsky, WKSU radio.

This event is sponsored by the newly created Democratic Constituencies Coalition in Northeast Ohio and includes the following organizations: Blacks United in Local Democracy (BUILD) + Blue 88 + Campaign for a New Ohio (CNO) + Cleveland AFL-CIO + Cleveland - Democracy for America (DFA) + Cleveland Stonewall Democrats (CSD) + Cuyahoga County Young Democrats (CCYD) + Ohio Women’s Leadership Forum (OWLF) + Ohioans for Democratic Values (ODV) + National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) + Westside Democrats

To visit NEODFA - Northeast Ohio Democracy for America, go here:

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Former Bush advisor may use "Evil Twin" defense

In can't get much more surreal than this.

Claude Allen, former top advisor to President Bush, hints at using the "Evil Twin" defense.

Via NPR:
...He has an identical twin brother who even close friends can’t tell them apart when they see them. And people have seen him and close friends say that Mr. Allen has indicated to them that maybe his brother holds the key to this entire puzzling affair.
In 2001, the "evil twin" declared bankruptcy in Virginia; a year earlier he was ordered to pay $6,450 in a civil suit brought against him by a travel company, according to state and federal records.

Talking Points Memo has the entire story with photos!

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

TheChiefSource - The Possible Censure Of President Bush
WorkingwithWords - How many of the 25 most memorable books of 2005 have you read?
DemocraticVeteran - The Fellating Media strikes again.
PsychobillyDem - The Ohio 13th, Tom Sawyer and Conventional Wisdom
PeopleHaveThePower - Blackwell cozies up with a former Ku Klux Klan leader, an ardent supporter of the former apartheid South African regime, and other nativists, xenophobes, white racial supremacists, homophobes, sexists, militarists, authoritarians, reactionaries and “in some cases outright neo-fascists.
LawDork - NYT covers Ohio "wrongful birth" suit and looking at the Presidency.
UAPA - We pay for Bob Neys car! ($1,078.21 mo) Strickland working to close Digital Divide,and Religions role in Politics discussion.
StubbornLiberal - Still no plan for Iraq.
Pho - Thoughts on Blackwells Payola Problem.
AStraightShotofPolitics - This Is Utterly Insane And No One Is Paying Attention: Internet blows CIA cover
GlassCityJungle - Puerto Ricans Rock: Councilman Joe Santiago and HR 4437
PeanutButterKnife - Broadband for Ohio

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Monday, March 13, 2006 

I've been had

MYTH! - A box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer absorbs odors

"This is a very clever and successful marketing ploy by the baking soda people, but the fact is that baking soda is very poor at absorbing odors. It seems to make sense, however, so lots of people have spent untold billions of dollars to put boxes of baking soda in their fridge or freezer to no effect. Activated charcoal would work much better but is expensive. Better to wrap your food and clean the fridge once in a while."


I've been doing this for years. HeightsMom - a victim of Arm and Hammer marketing! (But, you gotta hand it to that marketing dept - that sure was clever - You think it doubled sales?)


Bush Admin and the Don't Blame Me Generation

The WP has an interesting article about the "Don't Blame Me" Generation. A generation that refuses to be held responsible for it's shortcomings/bad deeds and instead relies on their parents to bail them out.

What is interesting is this author links the attitude to the Bush Administration and thier cronies (like Ken Lay)
...The tendency to shirk the burden of responsibility permeates our family rooms and our boardrooms. I saw it in Vice President Cheney's belated response to the shooting incident last month...

Lay sounds like the spokesman for our culture of victimhood. It is a culture that reflects a studiously nonjudgmental attitude toward one's own behavior, while ignoring its effects on others. And it is based on a belief system like this: I am more important than most people; I am good; therefore, I am incapable of doing bad things...

A generation ago, this kind of behavior would have been almost inconceivable. Parents' tougher approach taught us lessons critical for later life -- like that lying doesn't pay.
For info on setting limits, teaching responsibility and effective discipline check out Dr. Sears Discipline site or you might just end up with a little Dick Cheney or Ken Lay in your household. Scary. :-)

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Brown on National Security

Putting the safety of American families first, securing the borders, including national security reviews in trade deals -Sounds good.

...For Democrats, this comes down to a simple principle: Our families' safety cannot be compromised in the name of commerce...The nation learned of the Dubai deal by chance. We cannot leave our national security to chance. is essential that the United States implement a national security review of all U.S. trade deals to better secure our borders while promoting fair trade. The U.S. is about to negotiate a trade agreement with Malaysia, and is expected to return to trade negotiations with the U.A.E.

Neither of these agreements includes national security reviews.

Read the entire article here.

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

Openers - Schmidt really wanted to be an aerobics instructor? Karl Rove thanks Ohio.
AndrewWarner - As we approach the war's 3rd anniversary...
Pho - On Education: This diary covers alot including - The Weekly Reader, a fully funded universal pre-school, how traditional public schools should respond to charter schools, mind of the average voter considering school funding reform, and a a survey of high schools dropouts. Best quote:

If a privately operated public works company was making crumbling road and failing bridges, I don’t think the defense would be “But just look at our balance sheet!” Yet somehow that’s an actual argument in education policy.

DemocraticVeteran - Rx for disaster...Pharmacists say they have been losing money under Medicare's new prescription drug benefit.
ClevelandAFL-CIO - Minimum wage as a moral issue.
WorkingWithWords - Yet Another Must-Read Book On Bush Gang's Incompetence
"CobraII-The inside story of the invasion and occupation of Iraq".Grandpaboy - The Franklin County Democrats need you! plus some DFA info (although the link seems to be broken)
AtheistMama - A bit on Tom Fox.
TheChiefSource - "The Older Brother Effect" - the more brothers you have the more likely you are to be gay due to hormones in utero. This is from 60 minutes last night. (My husband saw this and said it was very interesting) Kyle links to the orginial article here.
UAPA - Video of Daily Show's John Stewart on Black Republicans with Ken Blackwell.
StubbornLiberal - Blackwell takes a chuch owned plane. (It sures sounds like that church is a lobbying group)John Murtha wins John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
LiberalCommonSense - A lot of people were tagged this weekend and Lisa looks at what we have in common.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006 

Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

Moms and dads, if you're watching right now, I can't emphasize this
enough: don't let your kids go hunting with the vice president. I
don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land
or energy regulations they're trying to get lifted -- he'll shoot
them in the face.
-- Jon Stewart

The relentless pursuit of corporate dollars by practically all of
our top political leaders shows that we no longer have elections --
we have auctions.
-- Jim Hightower

My creed is this. Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy
is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to
make others so.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

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