Nancy Pelosi: "Congress is rigged against women"

Excellent story in which Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tells it like it is:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/nancy-pelosi-congress-rigged_n_...

The day after Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and an all-male panel of his colleagues advanced a bill to restrict abortion rights across the U.S., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress is "rigged" to suppress the interests of women and keep their voices out of the discussion.

The worst part of it is that it's not just myopic men in charge who simply don't relate to what women deal with. It's men with some real issues about women acting out their hated disdain and disgust toward women to the detriment of the entire country.

Many of us recall Congressman Darrell Issa's all-male panel on contraception last year when he insisted women had nothing to add to such a discussion (but a Catholic bishop did!) That was emblematic of how many of the men in the House — men who now control virtually every aspect of its functioning — regard women — as having nothing to add to any discussion, even discussions about their own lives.

Pelosi also points out something man of us have seen in the last two years; the fundamental lie underpinning the anti-choice movement — that it's all about a deep compassion for "unborn babies."

"For 23 years, I have been saying to people, whatever you think about abortion, [Republicans] are against family planning and contraception. But they never believed it," she said. "The one satisfying thing for me last year was that at last the world could see they would shut down the government rather than fund Planned Parenthood. [I said,] 'Now do you see how extreme they are?'"

I think we do.

Trouble for Josh Mandel

Josh Mandel, as treasurer for the state of Ohio is in charge of deciding what banks Ohio's retirement funds will contract with. Has Josh Mandel entered into the most cost effective agreements? A new study finds he may not have. According to the Columbus Dispatch...

"Ohio’s public pension funds could be losing millions of dollars a year because of a little-known arrangement that allows the state treasurer to pick where their money is deposited and what bank fees the funds must pay.

A study last month showed that the obscure law might be costing the School Employees Retirement System more than $900,000 a year."

Yikes!

And that's just one retirement system. The potential for losses only gets worse. You can read about it here...
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/06/02/does-law-hike-p...

Freedom Ohio Shoots for 2014 Ballot

It's coming. You know it's coming. I know it's coming. The Ohio Democratic Party, which already endorsed it, knows it's coming. It's almost certain that thrice-married self-admitted porn addict Phil Burress of Cincinnati's Citizens for Community Values knows it's coming, and he's probably curled up in a ball in his closet whimpering.

We're talking about marriage equality.

Today the Freedom Ohio campaign put out a press release stating clearly they are going for 2014, not this year.

We have decided to be on the ballot in 2014 to allow for a continuing dialogue with voters across Ohio about why marriage matters. We will continue to build upon the hundreds of thousands of conversations we’ve had already, to identify supportive voters, and to raise the resources necessary to mobilize a full-on campaign.”

“We are also excited to announce that the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Ohio, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, National Freedom to Marry, the Gill Action Fund, the American Unity Fund and the BISC met today and discussed how to become involved in the campaign to bring marriage equality to Ohio in 2014.

This is super good news.

Previously there had been some tension between the snowballing grassroots movement Freedom Ohio and the "big boys" at the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Ohio, who tend to like to err on the side of caution. They had been saying that Ohio should be further down the list of states to prioritize because it has not yet passed a housing and jobs non-discrimination act, and because marriage equality was not polling high enough to guarantee victory.

Freedom Ohio has been saying, let's just do it — the energy and momentum is there.

This will place marriage equality on the ballot for the 2014. And undoubtedly some cowering doomster Democrats think this will kneecap our chances of winning the governorship (Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald is on board) and other statewide offices.

Yet Another Secrecy Scam to Steal Tax Dollars From Our Legislature

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130604/NEWS010801/306040159?nclick_...

Local governments could discuss economic development in secret under a change to the Ohio Senate’s latest version of the 2013-2015 budget.

The amendment, unveiled Tuesday in the Senate Finance Committee, would create an exception to the Open Meetings Law: Governing bodies could call closed sessions to discuss businesses’ requests for tax breaks.

Look: this is very simple. Businesses exist to make a profit, to enrich themselves. As we have seen, many of them are not particular about skirting ethics and legality to do so.

That's bad enough when their own money is all that's at stake. When tax dollars are involved, there should NEVER be secrecy and closed doors. And if these businesses are concerned about their privacy, a fear expressed by a representative of the Greater Cleveland Partnership in the hearings on the JobsOhio audit bill, then they should not take tax money.

Claiming that businesses should be coddled like this because of "job creation" is bunk. Most businesses will go out of their way to NOT create jobs if they can avoid the expense. We've already seen that with a couple of genius Kasich's big tax giveaways to businesses that then shed jobs.

Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, told the CIncinnati Enquirer, "We learn again and again and again, unfortunately, that when things are secret, bad things can happen."

That's the understatement of the year.

Kasich Gives Corruption the Green Light

Yesterday Governor Kasich signed the bill that was rushed through the legislature last week prohibiting the state auditor from examining the books of JobsOhio — hardly unexpected since this bill was mostly likely at his request. With the stroke of a pen, he's turned tax money into his own private slush fund.

bhttp://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/06/05/bill-signed-to-close-jobsohios-books.html

The bill ensures that the $100 million a year JobsOhio will be getting from a lease of state wholesale liquor profits is considered private money and cannot be audited by Yost. The funds will undergo an audit by a private firm.

According to the Dispatch article, progressive advocacy group ProgressiveOhio and some Democratic legislators are suing to prevent this "investment." The arrogant and off-topic response from Kasich's spokesman: "ProgressOhio and the secret donors who fund it are fundamentally opposed to bringing innovation to job creation in this state.”

We won't even get into the "secret donors" who put people like Kasich into office — but ProgressOhio is not getting its mitts on $100 million of tax money and refusing to account for its spending. Its "private donors" are just as entitled to privacy as the Koch brothers.

And JobsOhio has not been shown to be "bringing innovation to job creation in this state." As far as anyone can tell — and they've muddied the record on this too — JobsOhio has brought next to nothing in the way of job creation to Ohio, unless you're counting more jobs for Kasich's cronies.

The Dispatch's Joe Hallett wrote a column about this over the weekend that began "I can't shake this premonition that JobsOhio is a scandal waiting to happen." DUH.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2013/06/02/1-jobsohio...

Study finds Cancer Patients twice as likely to go bankrupt

Via ThinkProgress this is sad...

"Cancer patients are much more likely to go bankrupt than Americans who aren’t faced with a cancer diagnosis, a new study finds. Even the Americans who have access to health insurance aren’t necessarily safe from bankruptcy, since the high cost of treating cancer can still put an untenable strain their finances."

Even people with health insurance are going bankrupt. It continues...

"Although the study didn’t specifically look at insurance coverage, previous research has demonstrated that the Americans who cite major health issues as the reason they filed for bankruptcy are actually often insured. One 2006 study found that more than 60 percent of bankruptcies in the United States are due to high medical bills, and in those cases, three-quarters of those Americans had insurance when they got sick."

And then there's this...

"That rings true for Janet Literski, 57, who had purchased health insurance as an independent contractor working in sales. When she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008 Literski discovered her insurance covered only part of her surgical costs and none of her diagnostic tests. Then there were co-payments and deductibles. By the time she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years later, she was about $150,000 in medical debt."

The entire article can be found here:
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/05/16/2022881/cancer-americans-bank...

Boldly Ignoring Ohio Voters, Legislature Moves on More Union-Busting

Protestors gathered in Columbus today as the state House held hearings on two bills — HJR 5 and HB 151 designed to weaken the position of workers and depress wages in Ohio.

HJR 5 would limit private-sector employees' negotiation rights, which currently pale next to the power of employers. And HB 151 is right to work — it would place a constitutional amendment making Ohio a right to work (for less) state on the ballot.

That's pretty nervy. A right to work (for less) campaign would simply awaken the forces that opposed SB 5 in 2009 and remind them why they repealed it with 62% of the vote. It would certainly damage Governor Kasich's re-election chances.

That's why there's a good chance this will not progress to the end. Kasich is already in election mode, pretending he doesn't have opinions or positions on anything. It's very likely he doesn't want to revisit the SB 5 debate when he's campaigning for re-election.

House minority leader Tracy Heard of Columbus released a statement that said,

I sincerely hope that my friends across the aisle heard the millions of Ohioans who stood up and spoke out during senate bill 5, and that this will be the only hearing on these anti-workers’ rights bills. We have watched in other states as so-called ‘right to work’ legislation was quickly and quietly rammed through in the middle of the night, and we will work tirelessly to prevent Gov. Kasich from doing the same thing to Ohio’s working families, in an attempt to appease the extremist right wing.

http://www.ohiohouse.gov/tracy-maxwell-heard/press/leader-heards-stateme...

John Kasich Acolyte, Gordon Gee, to retire

Well, who would have seen this coming. Gordon Gee, the president of The Ohio State University (OSU), announced his retirement after sticking his foot in his mouth. President Gee had made some less than flattering comments about Catholics.

Hmm... imagine that, a Kasich, follower randomly flying off at the mouth. Were does it come from?

When John Kasich first got elected, Gordon Gee ran to embrace him. At some point early on, Gordon Gee had stated he thought John Kasich was the best politician ever. Gee, making millions as the highest paid university president in the nation, stood ready to embrace John Kasich's radical agenda. He was more than happy to look at ways to privatize all of OSU and I'm sure would've tried to monetize the students if John Kasich asked him to. If you followed some Facebook posts of students going there, you'd find some people who were not at all happy with him.

So, Gordon Gee is retiring, and I'm sure many are thankful. I'm sure if Gordon Gee wants, John Kasich can bail him out and find something for him to do. Gee is already on the JobsOhio board ,and I'm sure must be thrilled with their secrecy-is-the-only-way-we-do-things policy.

Making Change at WalMart: Protesting for decent wages and benefits

Previously, we had written about plans by past and present WalMart workers to gather at the world headquarters and protest for decent wages and benefits. The protest is to take place at WalMart's annual meeting, which is June 7. For the past two days protesters have been arriving and it looks like things are in place for a good peaceful demonstration. OUR WalMart (Organization United for Respect WalMart) an organization that is backed by the UFCW has been documenting the gathering. They write...

"What a week! After an action-packed journey, the six Ride for Respect caravans all arrived safely in Bentonville, Arkansas over the weekend. But the buses of #Walmartstrikers were not about to sit around until Friday, when Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting will take place–that’s for sure!

Yesterday morning, a group of 200 OUR Walmart members and supporters marched through the misty dawn to Walmart’s Home Office, and arrived just as the employees at the headquarters were filing into work. Quietly, the throngs of green shirts spread out in front of Home Office–many in the crowd had tape-covered mouths with “ULP strike” written across, symbolic of how many of the workers had been silenced by Walmart when speaking out on the job."

They also offer this real-life testimonial from a WalMart employee, Esmeralda Uvalle...

"I’ve worked at Walmart store number 2596 in Mount Vernon, WA as a cashier for 10 years. I make 12.70/hr, and have to live paycheck to paycheck. I find it hard to support my family, and even as a full-time Walmart associate, I’m still unable to afford health insurance for two my teenagers."

Ms. Uvalle, describes working conditions...

Jon Husted for Governor!

In reading some right-wing blogs it's become clear: John Kasich, is disappointing his base. His push for expanding Medicare via Obamacare goes against their brainwashing. It's bad, it's evil - - it's some ploy by Satan - - people shouldn't have affordable health care in the richest county in the world: that's communist radical Islamic thinking. Whatever.

So the right-wingers are looking for a new hero in Ohio. And based on comments I've seen, it seems to be: Jon Husted.

Alright! We're onboard with that.

Come on Jon Husted, you know you want to run. God's calling you. Kasich is weak. Go Rogue, like Sarah Palin. Who knows, maybe she'll come here and stump for you.

And you know John Kasich doesn't respect you. Everyone knows he thinks you're a little twirp. It's no secret in Ohio politics.

Are you going to take that? Or are you going to be a man and earn back some respect you've lost? Come on Jon, primary Kasich. We'll even donate to the challenge.

Andy Borowitz Ridicules the Shame of Cleveland Heights

I guess y'all know that my favorite satirist is that one-man Onion, Andy Borowitz. If you don't subscribe to his column, which appears in the New Yorker, you should. They'll send it directly to your email box.

Today he mocked arsonist/car thief/Cleveland Heights High School dropout, California Congressman Darrell Issa (R- of course), and his endless, baseless hearings into something or another he imagines President Obama is guilty of.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/06/issa-demand...

"ISSA DEMANDS HEARINGS INTO WHY NO ONE LISTENS TO HIM"

He said that he first became aware that people might not be listening to him when he read a recent poll indicating that Americans’ primary concerns are jobs and the economy.

“Anyone in his right mind would know that this nation’s No. 1 problem right now is Benghazi talking points,” he said.

The California congressman said that he also intended “to investigate the chain of events that have led to people changing the channel the moment they see my face.”

“There is a consensus out there that I am an odious, self-serving tool who uses congressional hearings to advance my own petty political agenda,” he said. “I think it’s important to know who created that impression.”

Well, I think we can answer that!

Go click on the article, and then sign up to get all his columns. His recent takedowns of Scalia have been brilliant. You don't want to miss his next one!

John Kasich seems to say, you can never retire

John Kasich apparently gave a speech to the Ohio AARP. It was covered by the Plain Dealer and based on their writing nothing he said made sense or seemed connected with reality. I think a very real headline for the article could have been: Theocratic Nutcase Spends Time Blurting Out Whatever Comes Into His Head. Seriously.

According to their report he started with...

"""We want to be able to communicate to all of our seniors that you can be such a great participant in improving our culture, for everyone,""

He never really says how he thinks seniors can kept participating in society. One would think that he was talking about volunteerism, but as the speech goes on it sounds like what he's really getting at is that you can never retire. Of course with the Plain Dealer (or Pain Dealer), reporting the reporter doesn't see the vagueness, so we never get a clarification, just a transition to this...

""We want to . . . convince our seniors to fight to be healthy,"" Kasich said."

And then Kasich rolls out this...

"And the state, he said, has a role in encouraging health and fitness to promote a healthier work force, better manage health costs and give people roles in society."

What?!!!

Doesn't this go against every bit of the Republican's "nanny-state" stay out of my life babble?

"better manage health costs"?

Like Obamacare? Universal health care coverage?

"give people roles in society"?

Does this guy know who he is or what party he belongs to?

And then there's this from his director at the Ohio Department of Aging, Bonnie Kantor-Burman...

"The view used to be "as we get older, we get frail," Kantor-Burman said. "Now we know that's not happening."

Innovation Ohio tracks changes the Ohio Senate makes to budget

Innovation Ohio (a Columbus based think tank) highlighted changes the Ohio Senate made to the budget last week. Some of it was reported in news outlets and some people might have gotten e-mails from activists organizations about it. The Ohio Senate included a misguided provision that would defund Planned Parenthood. Innovation Ohio did a nice wrap up of everything though making some good highlights. They reported...

"After weeks of deliberation, the Senate Finance Committee accepted the newest version of the state budget, on Monday. Highlights included:
◾Senate Republicans decided to swap the 7 percent income tax cut that House Republicans had inserted for Gov. Kasich’s original small business tax exclusions;
◾Gov. Kasich’s Medicaid expansion was not included but Republican leaders said standalone legislation could be introduced soon;
◾Republicans punted on changes to the school funding formula and plan to introduced their recommendations as an amendment to the bill next week;
◾The Senate dumped the contentious provision requiring universities to charge in-state tuition to out-of-state students who receive documents for proof of residency when registering to vote;
◾And, Republican leaders kept in language that effectively denies funding to Planned Parenthood here in Ohio."

They gave special attention to...

"The most noteworthy change is the decision to bring back Gov. Kasich’s small business tax cut. Originally touted as a job creation effort, the provision creates a new 50 percent income tax deduction on up to $750,000 of income for individuals who receive business income and who are a sole proprietor or a pass-through entity. Many of these individuals are lawyers, hedge-fund managers, or “passive investors” who have no say in the hiring decisions of the companies they invest in."

The College Educated Poor

Interesting read on DailyKos from a diarist's own account of being college educated and poor. They write...

"I was a stockbroker for years, I've run teams in contact centers, I am comfortable with technology and handle emotional customers well. I've worked at this particular company for three years and in 2012 I was the top performer in the entire department of hundreds of people and have turned in similar results at other firms. I can rip through the hairiest math you can imagine. In short, with a facility for very complex subjects and decades of success explaining complicated things to the general public and co-workers, I'm the guy you want in your contact center.

But all I have to show for that hard work is a goofy-looking coffee mug and a heart attack."

They continue...

"I am a new member of a new group of poor people: the college-educated, middle-aged working poor. When you make what I now make, about $1,500 take home, forget about saving any money, every cent will be spent. It's not a lifestyle choice or lack of discipline, it's just math. Take out $600 for rent, $400 for bills and what's left over has to cover co-pays for my heart meds and cardiologist, food and sundries, and any unplanned expenses. That means you're always running out of things you previously took for granted, from toilet paper to shaving cream. Things like an iPad are unthinkable luxuries. Going to a movie is a splurge."

Former Chairman of the Texas Republican Party states Grover Norquist converting to Islam because he has beard

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with the Republican/Tea Party?... (Reported by the Huffington Post)

"Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, made questionable remarks about anti-tax activist Grover Norquist during a recent speech on “Radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

In a video posted by the Far North Dallas Tea Party and reported on by Right Wing Watch, Adams can be heard saying Norquist is “showing signs of converting to Islam himself," citing his beard as evidence.

"Many of us know him because often times we like what he says about economic issues, but Grover Norquist is trouble with a capital T," Adams says in the video. "As you see he has a beard, and he's showing signs of converting to Islam himself."

This lady is the former chairman of the Texas Republican Party? Is the Republican/Tea Party capable of doing anything other than spouting paranoid BS?

Enter story can be found here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/01/cathie-adams-grover-norquist_n_...

America the lost

This is just sad: the following is a story from NPR about America's aging infrastructure. The story came about in the wake of the I-5 bridge collapse in Washington. It starts out...

"As you head out for summer vacation, ponder this: There's a 1 in 9 chance that the bridge you're crossing has been deemed structurally deficient or basically in bad shape by the federal government."

One in nine bridges on America's highways and byways have been deemed structurally deficient.

Then there's this, which, is quoting, Barry LePatner, a New York real estate and construction lawyer...

"LePatner says for decades the nation has starved its roads and bridges. The federal gas tax, which provides the bulk of the funding for the Highway Trust Fund, hasn't been raised in two decades. And the trust fund, which pays the federal share of road and bridge construction, is expected to go broke next year."

Nice.

We could solve these problems if we were just honest about the situation. But there are some in our society who allow themselves to be brainwashed into believing some mythical spend-monster is a bigger threat to their livelihood than failing infrastructure they traverse everyday. They are content to live with less, live amongst decay, because they are too stupid to demand better from their "leaders."

Entire article can be found here:

http://www.npr.org/2013/06/01/187599868/many-bridges-are-unsafe-but-few-...

Ed FitzGerald calls on Kasich to veto JobsOhio secrecy bill

The Dayton Daily News reports...

"Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor in 2014, has called on Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto a bill that would prevent any state audits of JobsOhio."

They quote FitzGerald as saying...

""Clearly, Governor Kasich wants to shield his underperforming JobsOhio program from scrutiny, but he should do the right thing and veto this misguided bill. This bill was rammed through the Legislature and seems to confirm Ohioans’ fears that their government is working for the wealthy and well-connected, and not on their behalf,""

There's this response from Republicans...

"Republicans who pushed the amendment, with the support of some business groups, say it helps clarify that JobsOhio and other private groups don’t make themselves subject for a full state audit just because they accept government money. JobsOhio would still be audited annually by a private firm, selected with input from the Ohio Auditor."

Let me highlight part of a sentence here...

"JobsOhio would still be audited annually by a private firm,

Hmmm... like Arthur Anderson?

...Oh wait, they don't exist anymore. Private auditing firms never help cook an organization's books. They never collude to make financial situations seem better than they really are.

Entire article can be found here:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/ohi...

What Many Democrats Won't Give to the Big National Groups like the DCCC

No.

Just NO, DCCC.

http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/may/31/two-democrats-consider--run-for-co...

It appears that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the D.C.-based group charged with filling congressional races with Democrats — is actively recruiting the woman who was a key factor in Governor Strickland's loss to John Kasich in 2010.

That's right. Welcome back to the political stage anti-choice, anti-gay "Democrat" Jennifer Garrison, whom the DCCC apparently would like to see run for the 6th district congressional seat.

Lots of progressive Democrats can recite a litany of why they would never give a penny to the DCCC. But this really takes the cake.

Sure, it's a conservative district represented by teabagger Bill Johnson, who beat the late Charlie Wilson in 2010. Johnson beat Wilson last November in a district drawn to be more Republican. It was said Wilson was considering a comeback when he died of a stroke in April.

Wilson was a Blue Dog — a conservative Democrat. But many of us believe that this tactic — trying to be as conservative as possible and as much like the Republican as possible in a right-leaning district — is a loser's game.

After all, why would conservative voters choose a candidate from a party they perceive as liberal who expresses many conservative positions when they could just have a pure conservative from a dyed-in-the-wool rightwing party you can trust to always support the furthest right position? Why would conservative voters vote Conservative Lite when they could have the Real Thing?

Meanwhile, voters hungry for something else, whether it's the silent liberals in the district or just those people tired of divisive social issue and guns guns guns all the time and longing for a candidate who addresses the economic woes which are massive in this southeastern Ohio district, don't have anywhere to turn. They have a choice of eeny and meeny.

The Poverty Creators... WalMart: Always low wages

The Huffington Post has a report on a study released by the Congressional Democrats. The report found that just one WalMart could cost tax-payers as much as $900,000. They state...

"The study uses Medicaid data released in Wisconsin to piece together the annual cost to taxpayers for providing a host of social safety net programs, including food stamps and publicly subsidized health care, to workers at one Supercenter in the state.

According to the report, Walmart had more workers enrolled in the state’s public health care program in the last quarter of last year than any other employer, with 3,216 people enrolled. When the dependents of those workers were factored in, the number of enrollees came to 9,207.

"When low wages leave Walmart workers unable to afford the necessities of life, taxpayers pick up the tab," the report says."

The entire article can be found here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/walmart-taxpayers-house-report_...

Unions and their multiplier effect: helping to build wealth in our communities

Working America (an affiliate of the AFL-CIO) has a great read about the multiplier effect unions have on local economies. It offers additional proof that economies don't grow from the top-down (forcing us all to pray to a bunch of elitist Job-gods), but from the middle-class out. They state...

"Manufacturing has long been a cornerstone of our national economy. This crucial sector is central to the creation and retention of good jobs and a good standard of living for working families. In both larger cities and smaller communities, manufacturing jobs – especially unionized jobs – offer powerful economic benefits. As a sector, manufacturing firms are especially valuable to the economy because, when they export goods, they bring back to their communities much of the wealth earned from sales around the country and the world.

The positive effects of a healthy industrial sector spread far beyond manufacturing itself. Reports from the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) indicate that each dollar’s worth of manufactured goods creates another $1.43 of activity in other sectors, twice the $.71 multiplier for services. Also, two thirds of U.S. research and development capacity is concentrated in manufacturing. Manufacturing has long been a dynamic economic sector, registering remarkably sustained productivity growth. The Industrial Union Council of the AFL-CIO points out that, "Annual labor productivity growth in manufacturing averaged 2.57 percent in the 1980s and 3.51 percent in the 1990s, compared with .57 percent and .71 percent, respectively, in non-manufacturing sectors."

They also state...

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Our site went down and we lost a post. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but I'm told everything is running smoothly now. The lost post was about ModernEsquire's reporting on SB67. His reporting can be found here: www.plunderbund.com

Michele Bachmann is leaving Congress: maybe there is a God

Well this was welcome news, Michele Bachmann, probably America's loudest Theocrat, is leaving Congress. She made an announcement late last night that she won't seek re-election
in 2014.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/30/us/politics/michele-bachmann-wont-seek...

Hallelujah! Can I get an "Amen!"

Michele Bachmann, the person who seemed to think every clash of thunder was God communicating to us his anger about gay marriage. (somehow, I imagine God to be a little more articulate than that)

Michele Bachmann, who seemed to think anyone who looked slightly Middle-Eastern walking around Washington DC was part of the Muslim Brotherhood trying to infiltrate America.

Michele Bachmann, who ran for President declaring she had a "titanium" spine...

is quitting.

Many people are speculating the reason why she is quitting is because she's facing a House ethics investigation. I'm sure she believes what's happening is just some politically motivated ploy by Satan.

Whatever the reason, it's good news.

Huh... maybe I'll go to church on Sunday.

Emily's List Endorses Connie Pillich for Ohio Treasurer.

Emily's List, the national group which supports pro-choice women candidates, has jumped into the relatively obscure (from a national viewpoint) Ohio treasurers race early, endorsing state. rep. Connie Pillich.

http://emilyslist.org/news/releases/emily’s-list-endorses-connie-pillich-ohio-treasurer

They said,

"As a decorated veteran, attorney, and member of the Ohio State House, Connie Pillich has proven herself to be an extraordinarily qualified leader who is dedicated to fighting for women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “And with her dedication to helping small businesses, expanding access to quality education, and protecting seniors and veterans, it’s clear she has what it takes to help Ohioans succeed in a 21st-century economy. The EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members from coast to coast – is excited to support her campaign for Ohio Treasurer."

Hmmmm, I wonder if this has anything to do with it:

http://www.progressohio.org/blog/2012/10/video-josh-mandel-confirms-that...

"Josh Mandel Confirms That He Does Not Support Exceptions For Abortion Even In Rape Cases"

Or this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/23/foster-friess-josh-mandel-ohio-...

"Foster Freiss Backs Josh Mandel, Ohio GOP Senate Challenger" (the "best method of birth control is a woman putting an aspirin between her knees" guy)

Or this:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/25/1150241/-Josh-Mandel-says-Richa...

"Josh Mandel Says Richard Mourdock Is a 'Class Act'"

Josh Mandel wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Josh Mandel supports the "Heartbeat" Bill. Josh Mandel will support any anti-woman position that big-money donors like Freiss want him to take. And Josh Mandel is the opponent Connie is taking on.

Jon Husted's voter fraud investigation: Shouldn't he have reported himself?

Well this is just hilarious: and sad.

Jon Husted, Ohio's illustrious Secretary of State decided to do a voter fraud investigation following the 2012 Presidential election. In his very serious investigation he concentrated on...

"County boards of elections have referred voters to local law enforcement for double voting, voting for other people (including for those who had passed away before Election Day) and for voting from an address from which they were not eligible."

Source: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/mediaCenter/2013/2013-05-23.aspx

Let me highlight part of a sentence here...

"and for voting from an address from which they were not eligible."

Jon, buddy... that's you.

To refresh people's memories, back in 2009 Jon Husted was at the center of a residency controversy. Essentially, Husted was living in one city (Upper Arlington), but had his voter registration and residency declared in another (Kettering). He was also technically the state senator for the area he was not living in. There was an investigation by the local board of elections and the evidence against him was overwhelming. From pulled water meter records that showed no usage, to neighbors who stated they never saw him, it was clear Jon Husted was not living at his Kettering residence. During the investigation, Jon Husted, gave some of the strangest quotes to explain his situation; like this...

"Husted, a candidate for Ohio secretary of state, has said the demands of his job in the State Legislature keep him in Columbus so he sometimes lives with his wife and kids in her Upper Arlington home. But he said his legal residence is in Kettering, where he intends to return when his term in public office ends."

Source: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/state-regional/husted-sues-brun...

Real costs of war: caring for those after they have served

The following is from a New York Times article written in 2011. It starts...

"WASHINGTON — Though the withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq and Afghanistan will save the nation billions of dollars a year, another cost of war is projected to continue rising for decades to come: caring for the veterans."

It covered the Republican's nutty cries of "cut spending! cut spending! cut spending!!!"

"Though there is currently strong bipartisan support for veterans programs, some budget proposals, including from Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, and Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, have called for trimming benefits for veterans and military retirees.

“Those proposals have been batted back so far,” said David Autry of the Disabled American Veterans. “But we’ve got more vigorous budget hawks today. If they are willing to bring the nation to the brink of insolvency, who knows what else they might do?”

In contrast there was this quote from Senator Patty Murray...

"No one is thinking about the lifetime costs this country is responsible for,” said Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat who is chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee."

Yes, we really do need to think about what war means in the long-term for our country. About a year ago, I read a statistic that almost half of those who served in Iraq will need some kind of treatment. It's possible the percentage could go up.

Republicans seem so eager to start wars, but seem to lose interest when managing the details gets too complex.

What exactly do you call those kinds of people?

The entire article can be found here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/28veterans.html?_r=0

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