Sunday, August 14, 2005

New Beginnings

Ohio Liberal is dead. But you can now find me at Bring Ohio Home, where I'll actually be posting every day and keeping up with things. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Adventures in Spam Email

This has to be the best spam email I've ever received:



She looks like my kind of Christian.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Fox News: London Bombings a Good Thing

From Media Matters:
Fox News' Brian Kilmeade: London terror attack near G8 summit "works to ... Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together"

The following exchange between Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and Fox News business contributor and substitute host Stuart Varney occurred during breaking news coverage of the attacks on London subways and buses on the July 7 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

KILMEADE: And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 --believe it or not-- was global warming, the second was African aid. And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that terrorism should be Number 1. But it's important for them all to be together. I think that works to our advantage, in the Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened.

VARNEY: It puts the Number 1 issue right back on the front burner right at the point where all these world leaders are meeting. It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner. It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again.

KILMEADE: Yeah.
It's amazing how low that network will sink.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

October 6, 2003

Interesting.
Q Mr. President, on another issue, the CIA leak-gate. What is your confidence level in the results of the DOJ investigation about any of your staffers not being found guilty or being found guilty? And what do you say to critics of the administration who say that this administration retaliates against naysayers?

PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all, I'm glad you brought that question up. This is a very serious matter, and our administration takes it seriously. As members of the press corps here know, I have, at times, complained about leaks of security information, whether the leaks be in the legislative branch or in the executive branch. And I take those leaks very seriously.

And, therefore, we will cooperate fully with the Justice Department. I've got all the confidence in the world the Justice Department will do a good, thorough job. And that's exactly what I want them to do, is a good, thorough job. I'd like to know who leaked, and if anybody has got any information inside our government or outside our government who leaked, you ought to take it to the Justice Department so we can find out the leaker.

I have told my staff, I want full cooperation with the Justice Department. And when they ask for information, we expect the information to be delivered on a timely basis. I expect it to be delivered on a timely basis. I want there to be full participation, because, April, I am most interested in finding out the truth.

And, you know, there's a lot of leaking in Washington, D.C. It's a town famous for it. And if this helps stop leaks of -- this investigation in finding the truth, it will not only hold someone to account who should not have leaked -- and this is a serious charge, by the way. We're talking about a criminal action, but also hopefully will help set a clear signal we expect other leaks to stop, as well. And so I look forward to finding the truth.

Q What about retaliation? People are saying that it's retaliation --

PRESIDENT BUSH: I don't know who leaked the information, for starters. So it's hard for me to answer that question until I find out the truth. You hear all kinds of rumors. And the best way to clarify the issue is for full participation with the Justice Department.

These are professionals who are professional prosecutors who are leading this investigation, and we look forward to -- look, I want to know. I want to know, and the best way to do this is for there to be a good, thorough investigation, which, apparently, is going to happen soon. And all I can tell you is inside the White House, we've said, gather all the information that's requested and get it ready to be analyzed by the Justice Department.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Friday, June 24, 2005

Pryce

I think it's fair to say that Rep. Deb Pryce has her head up her ass:
House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) chuckled when asked if that was a conflict and suggested that anyone who sees one is looking at the world through blue-colored glasses. "You know, this is probably as relevant to people's lives now as any other time," she said, "because of what's going on with Democrats putting everybody in the world before our soldiers and the American safety. They're so worried about what's going on at Guantanamo Bay. And the flag has a place in that debate."
Via Bring Ohio Home.

I personally wish Pryce was worried about all the jobs fleeing Ohio, but I guess the flag burning epidemic is just too damn pressing.

Supremes

Disappointing, but not surprising:
Seven homeowners in this small waterfront community lost a groundbreaking
U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday when justices ruled that City Hall may take their property through eminent domain to make way for a hotel and convention center.
How long until beseiged home owners start fighting back in ways that don't involve courts? The rich get richer, the poor poorer, la di da, la di da.

This decision stings even more because the so called "liberal" wing of the Court ruled against the homeowners. Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer all ruled for the hotel and convention center.

I don't think I've ever agreed with Scalia before. I feel dirty.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Blogging Preacher

Somehow I ended up at this blog tonight. It's written by a pastor named Scott Stiegemeyer based in Pittsburgh. His Lutheran church offers "Christ-centered ministry", which seems like fundamentalist code to me (which Christian church isn't Christ centered?), but whatever. What I found amusing was this post about 5-10 books he'd recommend to youth:
3. How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) by Ann Coulter. This one is to fulfill the humor requirement. Not only do I think Ann's perspective on politics and culture to be generally very clear-headed, but her acerbic wit slays me. She truly makes me giggle like a little girl. Her bit on Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ is the number one best review essay I saw. She totally gets it. Her understanding of the atonement is refreshingly blunt. I quoted her in a sermon once. Her earlier book, Slander, is good too.
Ann Coulter makes this man of God "giggle like a little girl". I wonder which Coulter quote in particular made him giggle so uncontrollably? Maybe it was this quote:

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Or perhaps this one:

"When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors."

Or possibly this one:

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

Ok, I'll stop because it's far too easy to find quotes that make Ann Coulter look psychotic.

It's honestly disturbing to think that people look to this pastor for spiritual guidance ... and he thinks Ann Coulter is clearheaded. Not only does he recommend her books to "youth", but he also quotes her in sermons. There's something very wrong with a pastor so fervently mixing politics and God. It's guys like this that give organized religion a bad name.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Downing Street Memo

So now the Republican blogger wunderkinds have to decided to attack the Downing Street Memo, saying that it's essentially fake and scrutinizing the typeface.

Make no mistake: this is all about casting a pall of doubt over the issue, muddying the waters so that the average American doesn't know what to believe, just like "Rathergate" and just like the Schiavo Republican talking points flap. This kind of cowardice is now standard operating procedure for Wingnut bloggers, and we need to expect more of it in the future.

It doesn't have to be this way, but it's altogether possible that US journalists, who've essentially ignoring the documents for the past seven weeks, will now be attacking this story from the "fake" angle. The fourth estate is crooked, blind, and probably on the take, and Democrats need to start doing whatever is necessary to get out the truth.

More DSM reading:

Newsday: Memo Shows US Push for War
Knight Ridder: British documents portray determined U.S. march to war
Iraq, Tony, and the Truth

Friday, June 17, 2005

Someone Worth Listening To

Democrats should probably listen to this guy:
Mudcat (a childhood nickname earned by tireless bottom-fishing of the Roanoke River) was serving as Graham's "Bubba Coordinator." A couple of years earlier, Mudcat and his mentor, Steve Jarding, had become a hot ticket: They'd masterminded Mark Warner's ride to the governor's mansion in Virginia by figuring out how he could pick off the rural vote, a feat Democrats hadn't accomplished in the state in nearly a generation. Subsequently, the two formalized their partnership and hung out a shingle, calling the firm "Rural Renaissance." After a brief stint with John Edwards, whose campaign they fled over philosophical differences with other staffers, the pair signed on with Graham, who himself had entered the race so late that his poll numbers never stopped resembling those of Dennis Kucinich.
It's lengthy, but read the entire thing, it's worth it. Definitely made me think twice about writing off the South. This especially resonated with me:
Jarding, who nearly entered the priesthood before casting his lot in politics, says, "It's a moral argument. How morally right is it for our Democratic nominee for president to tell 60 million people, 'You don't matter to me'?"
He's absolutely right, and I'm actually a little ashamed that I've never approached the issue from that angle before.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hunter

A Technical Guide for Editing Gonzo by Robert Love:
I never drank with Hunter, nor did I do drugs with him, but I was his editor on about a dozen pieces over three decades and with three magazines.
Great piece. I think if I ever have a son that I'm going to name him Hunter.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Peak Oil

Political Animal recently did a series of entries on Peak Oil that I found to be very enlightening. If you've never heard of Peak Oil, then go here first:

Peak Oil Primer

Don't freak out, as lots of people do. Life After the Oil Crash presents things in as terrifying a manner as possible, and it's just no fun to live life that pessimisticly. It's a bit of a downer. Anyway, here are the links to the series:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Coda

Highly recommended. I pity the politician who finally deals with this issue, because the solutions probably aren't going to be popular or easy.

Seeing the Light

It's nice to see that some people eventually come to their senses:
Two years ago I was a neocon. I supported Bush’s war on Iraq and I called everyone who didn’t a liberal Kool-aid drinker. I voted for Bush in 2000 and I listened to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and just about any right-winger on the radio that I could get a four-word talking point from to use against liberals. I would say things such as "liberals won’t defend America," "shut up and sing," "freedom is on the march," and "you’re a great American." I supported the war at first because I bought into the lies and propaganda.

I no longer do. I’m a recovering neocon.

The fact is, the neocon movement is a lot like a cult. I don’t remember how I got so involved and the details are hazy on how I got out. I just woke up one day and said "WTF!" and then ran outside to rip the "bring it on" sticker off of my car bumper. What pulled me in to the neocon cult however was a combination of American nationalism and group mentality. It was a time when questioning the government’s response to Iraq divided you between being with your country and government at a time of need, or against them. I wanted to be with them.

Rude Pundit on Dean

Awesome.
This manufactured uproar over Dean all started in earnest (this time) with his appearance on Meet the Press on May 22, where, in so many words, Dean said, "Republicans are vile cocksuckers who deserve nothing less than to be shit on by legions of diarrhea-ridden cows. They have fucked up the Congress, the Presidency, the judiciary, and the world. Now why should I play nice with those goddamn evil powermad assholes like Tom DeLay?"
That pretty well sums it up.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Rally, Wednesday June 15th

A rally will be held this June 15, concerning subject matter that I'm absolutely behind:

Fiscal responsibility
Academic success and access to health care
Investment in families and communities
Tax reform that is fair to everyone
Hope for a better Ohio

That's a faith based initiative that I can support.

The rally will be Wednesday at 3:00, on the West side of the Capital building (High St.).

If you'd like more information then contact the office of Senate Minority Leader C.J. Prentiss at 614-466-4857.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

American Taliban

Brilliance.

This was a quote I found interesting, from a fellow named Gary Bauer:
"We are engaged in a social, political, and cultural war. There's a lot of talk in America about pluralism. But the bottom line is somebody's values will prevail. And the winner gets the right to teach our children what to believe.">
The reason I find it interesting is that I agree with it (save for the idiocy about pluralism).

And the Democrats need to start realizing that we are in a cultural war. These people want to crush people who hold progressive beliefs, and so the only way for us to move forward is to, in turn, crush them.

We must be even more ruthless and dedicated than the American Taliban themselves. We must be willing to go every bit as far as these nutters in our pursuit of dominance.

Because do you really want this:
"Hear the word of the LORD, America, fag-enablers are worse than the fags themselves, and will be punished in the everlasting lake of fire!"
being taught to your children?

Yeah, me either. This is especially important in Ohio, because we're turning towards ignorance more and more with every election.