Thursday, March 23, 2006 

4th Admendment shipping tape - Clever and Informative :-)

The 4th Admendment:

"The right of the people to be secure in thier persons, houses, paper and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and No warrants shall issue, but upon probabale cause, supported by Oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Printed on shipping tape - Brillant.

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"The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion" - When the Anti-choice choose.

Via ck4829:
When the Anti-Choice Choose
By Joyce Arthur

Abortion is a highly personal decision that many women are sure they'll never have to think about until they're suddenly faced with an unexpected pregnancy. But this can happen to anyone, including women who are strongly anti-choice. So what does an anti-choice woman do when she experiences an unwanted pregnancy herself? Often, she will grin and bear it, so to speak, but frequently, she opts for the solution she would deny to other women -- abortion.

In the spring of 2000, I collected the following anecdotes directly from abortion doctors and other clinic staff in North America, Australia, and Europe. The stories are presented in the providers' own words, with minor editing for grammar, clarity, and brevity. Names have been omitted to protect privacy.

"I've had several cases over the years in which the anti-abortion patient had rationalized in one way or another that her case was the only exception, but the one that really made an impression was the college senior who was the president of her campus Right-to-Life organization, meaning that she had worked very hard in that organization for several years. As I was completing her procedure, I asked what she planned to do about her high office in the RTL organization. Her response was a wide-eyed, 'You're not going to tell them, are you!?' When assured that I was not, she breathed a sigh of relief, explaining how important that position was to her and how she wouldn't want this to interfere with it." (Physician, Texas)

"Recently, we had a patient who had given a history of being a 'pro-life' activist, but who had decided to have an abortion. She was pleasant to me and our initial discussion was mutually respectful. Later, she told someone on my staff that she thought abortion is murder, that she is a murderer, and that she is murdering her baby. So before doing her procedure, I asked her if she thought abortion is murder -- the answer was yes. I asked her if she thought I am a murderer, and if she thought I would be murdering her baby, and she said yes. But murder is a crime, and murderers are executed. Is this a crime? Well, it should be, she said. At that point, she became angry and hostile, and the summary of the conversation was that she regarded me as an abortion-dispensing machine, and how dare I ask her what she thinks. After explaining to her that I do not perform abortions for people who think I am a murderer or people who are angry at me, I declined to provide her with medical care. I do not know whether she found someone else to do her abortion." (Physician, Colorado)

"We have anti-choice women in for abortions all the time. Many of them are just naive and ignorant until they find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. Many of them are not malicious. They just haven't given it the proper amount of thought until it completely affects them. They can be judgmental about their friends, family, and other women. Then suddenly they become pregnant. Suddenly they see the truth. That it should only be their own choice. Unfortunately, many also think that somehow they are different than everyone else and they deserve to have an abortion, while no one else does." (Physician, Washington State)


(More testimonials here)

Although few studies have been made of this phenomenon, a study done in 1981 (1) found that 24% of women who had abortions considered the procedure morally wrong, and 7% of women who'd had abortions disagreed with the statement, "Any woman who wants an abortion should be permitted to obtain it legally." A 1994/95 survey (2,3) of nearly 10,000 abortion patients showed 18% of women having abortions are born-again or Evangelical Christians. Many of these women are likely anti-choice. The survey also showed that Catholic women have an abortion rate 29% higher than Protestant women.

From a clinic director in a mid-western state: "One of the most remarkable cases was a woman who came [from another part of the state] and said she was the Right-to-Life president in her county. 'But,' she said, she 'had become pregnant and had to have an abortion.'"

The medical director of an Indianapolis clinic recalled one prospective patient who phoned to ask whether the clinic had a back door. He said no. How, she asked, could she get inside without being seen by fellow picketers outside? Pointing out that two orthopedists practiced with him, the doctor told the woman "she could limp and say she was coming to see the orthopods."


Many anti-choice women are convinced that their need for abortion is unique -- not like those "other" women -- even though they have abortions for the same sorts of reasons. Anti-choice women often expect special treatment from clinic staff. Some demand an abortion immediately, wanting to skip important preliminaries such as taking a history or waiting for blood test results. Frequently, anti-abortion women will refuse counseling (such women are generally turned away or referred to an outside counselor because counseling at clinics is mandatory). Some women insist on sneaking in the back door and hiding in a room away from other patients. Others refuse to sit in the waiting room with women they call "sluts" and "trash." Or if they do, they get angry when other patients in the waiting room talk or laugh, because it proves to them that women get abortions casually, for "convenience"...

(There is a section here about denying the procedure to anti-abortionist, you can read it at the original source)

At times, clinic staff understandably become frustrated and angry when they have to deal with abusive, hostile, or hypocritical patients. And it is rare for anti-choice women to express appreciation for the service they've received. But most clinics perform abortions on anti-abortion women because they feel it's their obligation to help all women. They provide more thorough and specialized counseling to these women to ensure they take ownership of their decision, as far as possible. Here's a couple of examples of counseling techniques:

"When a patient comes in with my 'favorite' sentiment: 'The only moral abortion is my abortion,' I try to expand her understanding that a few more of us have had and deserve a 'moral' abortion. When a woman expands her need for care beyond herself, you no longer have an 'anti'." (Clinic Administrator, Louisiana)

"Sometimes I say to patients who have that 'I have no choice, I know I'll regret it, just do me' attitude: 'You may not care, but we do. We only do abortions on women who want our services. We will not knowingly contribute to any possible trauma of any woman.' They seem surprised that we care how we do our work, but they also accept it." (Counselor, New York)


These are just excerpts from a much longer article. Please read it in it's entirety here. Some of the comments on Kos have been pretty right on. I especially liked these:

"Like so many things the neocons and theocons think they are Special, and that the rules they'd like to apply to the rest of society don't apply to them.

your abortion is wrong. Mine/my daughter's has a good reason...

your extramarital affair is wrong. I had a good reason for mine...

your lying to the public is wrong. My situation is complex and not what the liberal media makes it sound like...

your homosexuality is wrong. Me, I'm not gay- I just like getting blown by strangers in dark rooms or no-name hotels. I love my wife..."


When someone asked how these women could go back to picketing someone replied:

Here's how it works: First, they lay on the guilt. Then, they show you how to transfer the guilt:

"Yes, you killed your baby, but weren't you pressured to do so? They didn't really tell you about all your options, did they? And they never told you about the real consequences, did they? You're not really a killer, you're really a victim. Good, now hold this sign and shout at those women over there."

Anyways - I thought this was interesting enough to pass on.

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Volunteer Opportunities with Subodh Chandra

Come out and show your support for Subodh Chandra’s campaign for Ohio Attorney General! Volunteers are needed to help pass out literature and bumper stickers at the following community and candidate events:

Cleveland
Tuesday, March 21, Eastside of Cleveland -
Cleveland Candidate’s Night at 6pm

Monday, March 27, Eastside of Cleveland -
Public Officials Reception at 1pm

Saturday, April 1, Downtown Cleveland -
Statewide Candidates’ Forum at 9 am

Columbus
Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25, Columbus -
Ohio Boys Basketball Tournament,
Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 10am, 1 p.m., 4:40 pm or 7:45 pm

Akron
Sunday, March 26, Akron -
Statewide Grassroots Forum from 1 pm - 5 pm

Montgomery County
Tuesday, March 28 in Dayton -
Dayton Democratic Party Fundraiser at 6 pm

Geauga County
Sunday, March 26, Bainbridge -
Geauga County Democratic Party Candidates Forum at 1pm

Portage County
Saturday, April 1, Kent - OYD State Conference at 12:30

Mahoning County
Tuesday, March 21, Poland - Candidates’ Forum at 6 pm

Darke County
Thursday, March 30th, Greenville -
Darke County Democratic Party Spring Dinner at 5:30pm

Muskingum County
Sunday, March 26 in Zanesville -
Candidates’ Forum at 2pm

If you can attend, please contact Kathy at Kathy.Berta@ChandraForOhio.com or by phone at 216-533-2211 for the event details and to get materials to distribute.
Thanks you for your help. We look forward to seeing you!

Kathy Berta
State Field Director
Subodh Chandra for Ohio Attorney General
(216)533-2211
http://www.chandraforohio.com/

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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.

Ohio13 - Did Tom Sawyer write the script? Ignoring Tom Sawyers shortcomings while focusing on Capri Cafaro.
DemocraticVeteran - "Big Words from a man who can't seem to convince a single member of his own extended family of the value of military service in the CENTCOM theatre of operations, either Afghanistan or Mess O'Potamia."
LICOPAC- Campaign Training in Columbus
TheChiefSource - Tax Pains
Openers - More Republicans jump on the "Anybody but DeWine" bandwagon
LiberalCommonSense - It's DARE time once again
ClevelandAFL-CIO - Guest blogger Michael Charney blogs about "The hidden issue in the 2006 election tax giveaways"
AtheistMama - On trial for being a Christian in Afganistan (so much for freedom and religious tolerance huh?)
DispassionateLiberal - The first rule of "Civil War Club" is to never talk about "Civil War Club."
Truth,ForaChange - Honey, have you seen my anthrax? I know I left it here somewhere.
UAPC - Video of the Daily Show Spoofing Bush's Cleveland Appearance
PsychobillyDemocrat - More Republicans incumbants refusing to be seen with the VP, they'll take his money but not a photo.
Pho - Phos Back! Yay. Glad to hear he is feeling better.


If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at cindyREMOVE@urbancode.com. (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 

Funny Baby Diversion

 

Horrifying

Iraqi children being executed by US forces...
Iraqi police have accused American troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, in the aftermath of a raid last Wednesday on a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

The villagers were killed after American troops herded them into a single room of the house, according to a police document obtained by Knight Ridder Newspapers. The soldiers also burned three vehicles, killed the villagers' animals and blew up the house, the document said...

The report identified the dead by name, giving their ages. The two men killed were 22 and 28. Of the women, one was 22, another was 23, a third was 30 and the fourth was 75. Two of the children were 5 years old, two were 3, and the fifth was 6 months old, the document said.
Complete story here.

And another story of Iraqi children being executed by US forces -
After a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine in western
Iraq, American troops went into nearby houses and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old-girl
Complete Story here.

Horrible and sad.

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Free Campaign Training in Columbus and Cleveland

We are pleased to invite you to free campaign trainings that are being sponsored by the America Votes coalition, Blue 88, and allies.

Join us in Columbus on April 1st and Cleveland on April 22nd for skills development that will help strengthen Ohio's progressive community.

Each training will have three tracks:
(1) Voter Contact --- Methods and Targeting;
(2) Communications --- Building Relationships with the Media and Message Development; and
(3) Fundraising --- Strategy and Legal Considerations.

Sign up here today for the trainings and an America Votes staffer will contact you to determine which track you would like to take. The events are open to anyone at no cost, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. In May, a training will also be conducted in Cincinnati.

Details will be sent in the coming weeks about that opportunity, as well.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Paid for by Blue 88 PAC, P.O. Box 992, Westerville, Ohio 43086-0992, Micah Berman, Treasurer.


Central Ohio Campaign Training
April 01, 2006
From: 09:30 AM until 04:00 PM
Address
The Ohio State University, Ohio Union 1739 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43210 Parking: 1780 College Drive (OSU lot)

Register Here.


Northeast Ohio Campaign Training
April 22, 2006
From: 09:30 AM until 04:00 PM
Address
The Doubletree Hotel 6200 Quarry Lane Independence, Ohio 44131

Register 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.

AtheistMama - Baghdad Burning and the 3rd anniversary of the war in Iraq.
LiberalCommonSense - Wants the Libertarian on the ticket.
TheChiefSource - Is Iran Next? and that Damn Liberal Media.
PsychobillyDemocrat - Bush at Cleveland City Club (or Why Bush should Run for Mayor of Tal Afar)
AndrewWarner - Lame Duck President No Longer Cares, with this little nugget of information:
One small piece of truth is the near $250 Billion that the American tax payer has spent on a war that was unjust from the beginning. Go to costofwar.com and get some perspective on how much money that really is. A few examples of what that money could have been used for:

Over 12 million college scholarships
Health insurance for 150 million children
Over 2 million housing units for the needy
10 full years of completely fighting world hunger

There is a lot the government could do with the money that has been spent on a war the country doesn't even believe in.
PeanutButterKnife - On CEO presidents...
ClevelandAFL-CIO - DeWines Doublespeak:

On television this week, DeWine claims he is a "true champion for children." The problem is last week, DeWine was the deciding vote on a bill that let insurance companies eliminate health care for newborns and children for well-childcare, immunizations and juvenile diabetes supplies (the Health Insurance Marketplace Moderinization and Affordability Act (HIMMA). The bill preempts over 100 state laws covering health care coverage.

By voting to slash health care for children, DeWine sided with insurance companies instead of health care advocates like Families USA.
Openers - Boehner's -- and others' -- booze bills also DeWine and Bush both favor cheap illegal labor for corporate farmers over enforcing border control and proper immigration channels
UAPA - Cordray Calls for Strong Measures on Predatory Lending

If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at cindyREMOVE@urbancode.com. (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 

Subodh Chandra - He's got your back

I just returned from the Cleveland City Club lunch with Subodh ("sa -bode") Chandra ("chun - dra"). Mr. Chandra is running for Attorney General.

First, let me say, that he made a great impression on me as he stressed the importance of the AG position. The Attorney General's job is to hold other government officials, businesses, and individuals accountable--and to protect Ohioans from harm and loss. He spoke with humor and charm and his conviction often reminded me of the Law and Order prosecuter.

Here are some of the highlights as I remember them:

  • He is extremely qualified (A former federal prosecutor who cleaned up corruption and fraud in the health-care industry, to acclaim from the FBI Director. Served as Cleveland Law Director and Prosecuting Attorney, helped clean up corruption in City Hall.)


  • He is dedicated to the people of Ohio


  • He fights for and has a record of being fiscally conservative (Slashed spending as Cleveland's general counsel saving the city millions)


  • He will hold people to the law regardless of their political affliation or thier ability to help his career. He works for the people of Ohio. (He spoke very harshly against politicians that use the AG office as a political stepping stone and fail to do an adequate job in the process . He mentioned Betty Montgomery who as auditor did an audit of the BWC and didn't even notice the millions missing)


  • Unlike the current Ohio Republican politicians, he will work to recover the money stolen from Ohio in the BWC scandal and others


  • He thinks the concealed weapons law is okay. He says that the fears associated with the law have failed to come true.


  • He has the respect of and is dedicated to law enforcement. He stated that many departments have to wait months for evidence from the state crime lab because it is under funded and unable to do it's job correctly - to the frustration of many sheriff departments. This lack of caring about the states crime lab ,by the current AG, often lets many criminals roam free for months while investigators wait for information to return from the lab. Mr. Chandra would change that.


  • He is concerned about the school funding issues, Ohios current system has been found unconstitional but yet not one current state politician has done anything to fix it. He would hold the state accountable.


  • He was confident Southern Ohio would vote for his experience - regardless of his unusual name and heritage. On top of his strengths and experiences - he said he could raise enough money to give Betty Montgomery the fight of her life.

As one person said as they left the lunch "Anyone who has heard Subodh Chandra talk would vote for him". He was very compelling and offers a complete package for the Attorney General position. He is not a career politician, in fact - I think this is the first office he has run for, so when he says "He'll watch our back and work for the people of Ohio" - I believe him.

Oh - Did I mention he has cute kids?




Visit ChandraforOhio.com for more info.


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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. (Kinda slim today but those that are listed are really good reads)

LICPAC - Democrats are not the Answer?
Truth,ForaChange - Tolerance for your fellow man. What a concept!
PsychobillyDem - Thoughts On the 88 County Strategy (Great Diary)
WorkingwithWords - Childrens Defense Fund's Edelman at JCU: Jail is Fast Becoming New Form of Slavery (Another good dairy)
Openers - DeWine creates hypocritical ad about childrens rights, Bush asks if anyone in Cleveland works.

On DeWine: "It's ironic that Senator DeWine is releasing an ad today bragging about being an advocate for children's healthcare a week after he voted to
make it easier for insurers to drop health benefits for kids," DSCC
spokesman Phil Singer said in the e-mail.


If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at cindyREMOVE@urbancode.com. (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Monday, March 20, 2006 

How to Spot a Baby Conservative

Although the article is kinda vague and doesn't address the broader spectrum of politics it is still an interesting read.
Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.

The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isn't going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar conclusions a few years ago from another academic saw him excoriated on right-wing blogs, and even led to a Congressional investigation into his research funding.

But the new results are worth a look. In the 1960s Jack Block and his wife and fellow professor Jeanne Block (now deceased) began tracking more than 100 nursery school kids as part of a general study of personality. The kids' personalities were rated at the time by teachers and assistants who had known them for months. There's no reason to think political bias skewed the ratings — the investigators were not looking at political orientation back then. Even if they had been, it's unlikely that 3- and 4-year-olds would have had much idea about their political leanings.

A few decades later, Block followed up with more surveys, looking again at personality, and this time at politics, too. The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity.

The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests. The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective.

Block admits in his paper that liberal Berkeley is not representative of the whole country. But within his sample, he says, the results hold. He reasons that insecure kids look for the reassurance provided by tradition and authority, and find it in conservative politics. The more confident kids are eager to explore alternatives to the way things are, and find liberal politics more congenial.

In a society that values self-confidence and out-goingness, it's a mostly flattering picture for liberals. It also runs contrary to the American stereotype of wimpy liberals and strong conservatives.

Of course, if you're studying the psychology of politics, you shouldn't be surprised to get a political reaction. Similar work by John T. Jost of Stanford and colleagues in 2003 drew a political backlash. The researchers reviewed 44 years worth of studies into the psychology of conservatism, and concluded that people who are dogmatic, fearful, intolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty, and who crave order and structure are more likely to gravitate to conservatism. Critics branded it the "conservatives are crazy" study and accused the authors of a political bias....

Part of the answer is that personality is not the only factor that determines political leanings. For instance, there was a .27 correlation between being self-reliant in nursery school and being a liberal as an adult. Another way of saying it is that self-reliance predicts statistically about 7 per cent of the variance between kids who became liberal and those who became conservative. (If every self-reliant kid became a liberal and none became conservatives, it would predict 100 per cent of the variance). Seven per cent is fairly strong for social science, but it still leaves an awful lot of room for other influences, such as friends, family, education, personal experience and plain old intellect.

For conservatives whose feelings are still hurt, there is a more flattering way for them to look at the results. Even if they really did tend to be insecure complainers as kids, they might simply have recognized that the world is a scary, unfair place.

Their grown-up conclusion that the safest thing is to stick to tradition could well be the right one. As for their "rigidity," maybe that's just moral certainty.

The grown-up liberal men, on the other hand, with their introspection and recognition of complexity in the world, could be seen as self-indulgent and ineffectual.

Whether anyone's feelings are hurt or not, the work suggests that personality and emotions play a bigger role in our political leanings than we think. All of us, liberal or conservative, feel as though we've reached our political opinions by carefully weighing the evidence and exercising our best judgment. But it could be that all of that careful reasoning is just after-the-fact self-justification. What if personality forms our political outlook, with reason coming along behind, rationalizing after the fact?

It could be that whom we vote for has less to do with our judgments about tax policy or free trade or health care, and more with the personalities we've been stuck with since we were kids.


Read the entire story at the TorontoStar

 

OH Voter Disenfranchisement / Elections Documentary at Cleveland Film Festival

I was able to visit the film festival a few times this weekend. What a great and cheap mini-vacation in March. American Blackout is a film that has been highly recommended. It is about the Ohio 2005 elections and voter disenfranchisement:
AMERICAN BLACKOUT at Cleveland International Film Festival...see what all the outrage is about.

AMERICAN BLACKOUT is:

"Engrossing, fast-paced, stylish... a powerful examination
of voting rights in America."
- Sura Wood, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"...a provocative look at black disenfranchisement in the
2004 election."
- David Halbfinger, NY TIMES

"...a muckraking indictment of the systematic
disenfranchisement of African-American voters"
- Kenneth Turan, LA TIMES


To whom it may concern:

I'd like to make you aware of AMERICAN BLACKOUT-- a "powerful" and "provocative" feature-length documentary on voter disenfranchisement. The film was recently named Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival and awarded a
Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival '06. (Please see additional information below.)

With the plight of 2004 Ohio voters at the heart of the film's story, we feel that you can play a critical role in ensuring that their stories are heard.


Please join us next week for screenings of AMERICAN BLACKOUT at the Cleveland International Film Festival:

March 25, 2006 : 7:15 pm, Tower City Cinemas
March 26, 2006 : 5:00 pm, Tower City Cinemas

Ticket information available at: www.clevelandfilm.org

This film is uniquely poised to mobilize voters and promote integrity in our electoral process in '06 and election years to come. We look forward to seeing you then and exploring with you the many ways AMERICAN BLACKOUT can be utilized to educate and mobilize voters in advance of the fall elections.

americanblackout@gnn.tv
Www.americanblackout.org
So, if you have a chance to make it to the film festival this week - this looks like a must see.

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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 can only read one visit Ohio2006 and read the great liveblogging of the DCC Candidates Forum.

DemocraticVeteran - Clear Skies act ruled illegal
UAPA - Charles Badin(R) running for Stricklands seat owes $54,915.87 in back taxes due the State! Blackwell violates his own rules for "Candidates of Character".
Openers - Republican politicians often avoiding public appearances with the President today in Cleveland where he is promoting the Iraq War. (Maybe because the Dems are right)
Democrats like U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Sherrod Brown say Bush has botched the Iraq war and ignored problems, like unemployment, that plague areas like Cleveland. "This administration underequipped the soldiers who went to Iraq, underfunded veterans benefits now that they're home, and is doing little or nothing to help them find jobs," says Brown.

Blogesque - Has an interesting link diary which includes: review of the book "American Theocracy", an archive of old Edison wax cylinder records,"witchcraft" murders in India, The War Against Terror (TWAT) isn't happening in Iraq, desertion of British forces and more.
PrissyPatriot - Photos of the Protest in Columbus. There were NO counter protestors. Police were positive and noted that this was middle america.
MedinaCountyDAC - DeWine Votes to Privatize Social Security
Ohio2006 - A lot of work from YellowDogSammy as he liveblogged the DCC Candidates Forum
Highlights include:
Sherrod Brown (Senate) - Brown says small businesses are misled when they think the Bush administration is their friend, because Bush favors large international companies over smaller domestic companies. Democrats are trying to reign in health care costs, Republicans are not.

(When asked)What are we doing as Democrats to reclaim the area of religious faith? "A lot of us have political views because we learn about social justice through our religious education." Brown doubts that the controversial Columbus-area right-wing paster Rev. Rod Parsley and his ilk are really that effective in getting their parishioners to vote for Blackwell, because the Democrats are going after the same voters in other contexts.

Jennifer Brunner(SOS) - As to voting machines, Brunner explains system for validating and counting provisional votes, which is totally bogus: officials can peek at how votes were cast before deciding whether to count them. Brunner is working on a measure to prevent vote counts from going over the internet (grim laughter in crowd). Brunner will be working with voting machine companies and voting experts to make sure that the voting system is reliable.

He also liveblogged Richard Cordray, Peter Sikora, Ben Espy, A.J. Wagner, and William O'Neill

SevenCentNickle - Just because "V for Vendetta" features an out of control government that controls the media, clamps down on civil liberties, listens in on private conversations it is not anti-Bush.
TheChiefSource - Marking the 3rd Anniversary of the War in Iraq: Americans Killed: 2,300, Wounded and injured: 17,000, Cost: $150 Million a Day, Troops still in Iraq 130,000
ClevelandHomeless - National Debt and Homelessness
WorkingWithWords - A Dozen Years Later, TNR Changes its Mind: In this week's New Republic, the magazine re-thinks its 1994 opposition to universal health care coverage with a strongly written editorial whose headline puts it bluntly: "Moral Imperative." (Wow)

If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at cindyREMOVE@urbancode.com. (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006 

Protest George Bush in Cleveland on Monday

From the New Century Ohioans
George Bush will be in Cleveland on Monday, March 20, 2006 to make a public relations pitch to sell the war and occupation in Iraq. The sales pitch for more troops, more money and more weapons must be responded to with a resounding NO! We must say, Enough! Bring the Troops Home Now! End the War and Occupation Now! Money for Human Needs, Not War Now!

Bush will be speaking at the Renaissance Hotel, 24 Public Square, next to Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland.

NOAC calls for everyone to protest Bush's PR pro-war pitch and join us at 11:00 AM. Bring signs.

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Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

Support our troops in the only way that word support can have real
meaning -- by saving their lives, their limbs, their sanity. By
bringing them home.
-- Howard Zinn

The great progressive struggles in our history have been waged to
make sure ordinary citizens, and not just the rich, share in the
benefits of a free society.
-- Bill Moyers

If anyone is "ruining" the American family, it's all the employers
who refuse to recognize that their employees have family
responsibilities, as well as jobs.
-- Barbara Ehrenreich



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


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