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.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Hiatus

Well it has been awhile since I've posted in this space, and I've been thinking lately of what I want to do with this site. I purchased the domain quite awhile ago (www.ohioliberal.com) so I'd like to move forward and not continue to let the site simply sit. The first step to doing that will probably be to get away from Blogger and to something different like WordPress or possibly Scoop, the platform that Daily Kos and my Reds blog both use. I'd like to build a community centered around Ohio politics, something that is sorely needed.

For now I'll at the very least be back to blogging, but in the next few weeks expect some changes in this space.