Friday, September 29, 2006

Sherrod Brown's Security Votes

AGAINST the Patriot Act renewal, voted July 21.

FOR the Military Commissions Act, voted September 27. HIs justification is here. The antiwar faithful will not be pleased.

I would suggest that Brown's YES vote for the Military Commissions Act was not only a vote against what he truly believes, but a politically opportunistic vote reflecting concern that, despite the polls we get to see, he is playing catch-up against DeWine.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

MoveOn.org To Invade OH-06

This just in via email:
MoveOn.org has started a new campaign to help out their good friend Charlie Wilson. The ultra-liberal organization is attempting to muscle its way into our local communities with a phone call blitz. MoveOn is here to scare voters into voting for their good pal Charlie Wilson, and the intimidation is scheduled to begin the week of October 2.

“MoveOn.org represents what is wrong with the political system in America ,” said Blasdel Campaign Manager Ryan Stenger. “The voters of the 6th District do not support MoveOn’s values, such as gay marriage, higher taxes and expansion of the government’s control on our lives and I’m confident they will see through these negative tactics.”

MoveOn.org has a track record of distorting the truth in attempts to influence other elections in Ohio and around the country. In multiple districts, MoveOn television ads were either refused or pulled by local television stations because they contained misleading information.

MoveOn has most recently sent emails to its members here in Ohio-6 asking them to participate in local phone call parties. They are going to attempt to exert their influence over our local elections by contacting thousands of local voters next week.

“Charlie has continued to campaign on his so-called conservative principles, but it was only a matter of time before his good friend George Soros came to the rescue,” said Stenger.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Montgomery Campaign Blog

It looks like it has been up for a week or so, but Betty Montgomery's campaign has joined the blogosphere. Check it out here.

New Member Announcement

The State of Ohio Blogger Alliance is pleased to introduce it newest member, Steve Fritsch of the Cincinnatu Standard website and blog. Please welcome Steve to the SOB and be sure to visit the Cincinnatus Standard.

Carnival Time

Check out this week's Carnival of Ohio Politics hosted by SOB Alliance member Newshound.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Herman Cain and Americas PAC in Ohio

A new voice in the fight for conservative values in Ohio with a $300,000 ad buy (via email):
Conservative commentator Herman Cain and Americas PAC has purchased $300,000 in radio ads in the State of Ohio to bring the conservative message to African American and Latino voters. Ads on urban radio include address a number of key messages including school choice, the sanctity of life and the war against terrorism.

“A growing number of African Americans support conservative values of free enterprise, a strong national defense and an effective war against terrorism,” Cain said. “Its time for them to ‘vote their values.’ That’s what this campaign is all about.”

Cain announced the creation of www.voteourvalues.com a website where people can hear all the ads being run to date.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Desperate Dann Deliberately Dishonest

This just in from the Montgomery campaign:
For more than a year Marc Dann has been deliberately making false accusations about Betty Montgomery. And now, yet again, he has been caught in his own web of lies.
"Marc Dann, a career political operative, is relying on a cynical and calculated strategy of lies - repeat the lies often enough and maybe someone will believe them," Montgomery Campaign Manager Shane Ostrowski said.

Dann has accused Montgomery of sponsoring legislation making it possible for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to invest in rare coins, a wholly false accusation. Dann admitted this was false in the Columbus Dispatch in early August. More than a month later, however, his campaign repeated the lie in an online blog.

In his latest attack, Dann accuses Betty Montgomery of not returning a campaign donation from a questionable source. Dann was so zealous in his dishonesty that he went so far as to make this accusation in a sworn complaint filed with the Ohio Elections Commission on September 19.

Unfortunately for Desperate Dann, a September 13 editorial board debate recorded by the paper reveals that Montgomery explicitly told Dann that the donation in question had indeed been returned (within 24 hours of learning of the allegation). In yet another attempt for press attention at any cost, Dann is now pretending he doesn't know this and has publicly accused Montgomery of not returning the funds.

Dann has once again been caught in a bold-faced lie. The debate recording shows that Dann knew his allegation was false. In Ohio, it's illegal to knowingly make a false statement in a political campaign.

"Tapes don't lie - Marc Dann does," Ostrowski said. "These constant dishonest and deceitful attacks are signs of a hopeless candidate who can't compete with his opponent based on merit, qualifications and experience. Marc Dann has left us no other choice than to expose his deceitful strategy of lies."

Marc Dann's most recent lie is just one of his greatest hits. He has developed a reputation for his deficient ethics. "I guess we shouldn’t expect much more from someone who was one step away from losing his law license after being publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for misconduct."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Another Endorsement for Montgomery

This just in from the Montgomery Campaign:
The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association announced today that it is endorsing Betty Montgomery in the race for Ohio Attorney General. The organization, which represents more than 1,500 officers in the greater Cleveland area, cited Montgomery's record of supporting law enforcement as making her the best candidate for the position.
"Throughout her years of public service, Betty Montgomery has consistently worked to further the efforts of the officer on the street," said Don Meel, 1st Vice President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. "She has the experience, the knowledge and the drive to continue advocating for our members as Ohio's next Attorney General."

Montgomery was honored to receive the group's endorsement. "I understand the importance of law enforcement officers and the protection they provide our citizens," she said. "If Ohioans choose to elect me as their Attorney General, I will use all resources available to the office to support the efforts of local law enforcement across the state."

Montgomery has a strong record of supporting law enforcement. During her eight years as Attorney General, she made crime fighting the top priority and guiding principle of her office, fulfilling commitments to provide increased state support for local law enforcement and to upgrade the state's crime labs. Her office won numerous national awards for criminal justice, consumer protection and work before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to this important endorsement, Montgomery enjoys the support of the Ohio State Troopers, the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association (TPPA), the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio (FOP), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Prediction: DeWine and Voinovich Will Vote for Secure Fence Act

Our RINO senators, who supported the amnesty-lite that came out of the Senate a few months ago, will have to support the Secure Fence Act, which Bill Frist had indicated will be brought to the Senate floor for an up-or-down vote.

Why? Sherrod Brown voted "yes" in the House. No way they will let Brown get to the right of either of them.

Unfortunately, if Brown had opposed it, I'm not sure our RINOs would have done the right thing.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ohio Society of CPAs Endorses Blackwell

I was worried about this one, given the Society's past misguided endorsement of Strickland in at least one of his Congressional races (2002, when the better candidate was Mike Halleck).

But they came through this time:


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Monday, September 18, 2006
Contact: Carlo LoParo
Blackwell Wins Ohio CPAs Endorsement

COLUMBUS – Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell today welcomed the endorsement of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. The Ohio CPAs chose Blackwell, a former state treasurer and Cincinnati City Council finance committee chair, because of his solid understanding of fiscal issues and financially prudent solutions to Ohio’s job creation and economic growth challenges.

“Ken Blackwell impressed the society’s endorsement and executive committee with his clear vision for Ohio,” said Barbara Benton, Vice President of Governmental Affairs of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. “He has a strong sense of how to drive Ohio’s economy, control government spending, limit the tax burden on individuals and businesses and improve Ohio’s K-16 educational system.”

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Go to the link for the rest.

George Voinovich Does History

Sen. George Voinovich gives a short Ohio history lesson. I knew most of the items, did you?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Breaking News: Bob Ney to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Fraud

From the AP via ONN:

Rep. Bob Ney agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal criminal charges he made false statements and conspired to commit fraud and violate federal lobbying laws in the congressional corruption probe spawned by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Ney, R-Ohio, had defiantly denied the charges for months. Now he faces up to 10 years in prison. The Justice Department said prosecutors will recommend that he serve 27 months based on federal sentencing guidelines. Ney became the first lawmaker to admit wrongdoing in the election-year investigation.

Ney agreed to plead guilty to making false statements and conspiracy to commit "wire and mail fraud," make false statements and violate post-employment restrictions for former congressional staff members.

FOXNews is reporting that there may be some supervised probation after his 26-month sentence.

More later...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Unhinged Obey Calls Boeher "Third-Rate McCarthy"

In a humorously headlined piece ("Obey promotes the patriotism of Democrats"), David Obey of Wisconsin was quoted as having said this about House Majority Leader John Boehner today in Washington:

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"I come from the state of Joe McCarthy," said Obey, D-Wausau. "(I) know a third-rate McCarthy when I see one. And we saw one yesterday."

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Note to Diana Irey: John Murtha was also there, and equally unhinged.

Oh, and welcome to Tom Delay's world, John.

'BET's 'Cousin Jeff' Johnson: Hip Hop Traitor???'

From HipHop DX:

BET's "Cousin Jeff" Johnson of Rap City and Jeff Johnson Chronicles fame recently signed on to represent Ohio Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell, who some suspect of helping George W. Bush "steal" the 2004 presidential election. The question remains however, if the television star's new role as Blackwell's campaign advocate to young and urban voters is worth the cost.

Since his endorsement Johnson, who owns a political consulting firm called Truth to Power, has been praised by a few who see his support of the Republican politician as a power move, and bashed by many more who are confused and upset by his latest alliance.

Blackwell, currently Ohio's Secretary of State, has been under an umbrella of suspicion after several well-documented voting irregularities occurred in Ohio during the 2004 presidential election which affected mostly poor and minority voters. At the time of the election, Blackwell was also serving as co-chair of the Ohio Committee to Re-Elect George Bush. Due to the incessant rumors and outright accusations of his involvement in "handing" Bush the election, today he continues to be vilified by many Democrats as nothing short of a black devil.

...with Strickland [Blackwell's opponent in the race] I see visionary rhetoric and with Blackwell I see strategy. I hear Strickland saying he wants to support public education, but I don't hear him saying how. I hear him talking about economic development but I don't hear him saying how. I hear him talking about supporting black people, not necessarily within his agenda, but within some of his speeches, but he never showed what his agenda for black people is, nor does he have a record of hiring black people, nor does he have a record of encouraging black business, nor does he have a record of utilizing black contractors within the offices he's held. Blackwell on the flip side, even as a conservative -- somebody who supports vouchers, which I've never been a fan of -- I believe his 65 percent plan is a step in the right direction for public schools…a strategy that says we need to begin reforming public schools in a way where 65 % of every dollar follows the student. We don't see that in many other urban school centers. And if you did not know, Cleveland again was labeled the poorest city in the country. So we've got one of the poorest cities in the country, one of the worst public school systems in the country, and we need to begin having real conversations and strategies about reform and that's what I'm seeing from Blackwell's 65 % plan. As it relates to economic stimulus packages, and increasing jobs, he's hired on average 40 percent people of color on his own staff and with the state of Ohio in the positions that he's served in, from 27 to 42 percent of all the contracts that he's utilized state funds for have been with black firms, so this is not rhetoric that he's serving, this is substantiated fact.

There's a lot more; make sure that you check it out.

Ted Strickland Will!

More brain ooze from The Columbus Dispatch's Joe Hallett: Who will have the guts to tax?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Porkopolis Hits the Big Time

USA Today gave long-overdue recognition to SOB charter member Porkopolis in a Monday evening article about the blogoshpere's Porkbusters effort:

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(Porkbusters are) people like Mario Delgado, the publisher of Porkopolis, a Cincinnati-based blog that determined Ohio stands to gain nearly $34 million from 135 projects in the pending House appropriations bill that funds health, education and labor programs.

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Well done. His follow-up is here.

If You're Fooled by This, I've Got a Bridge, in Brooklyn

This goes back a couple of weeks, but is worth bringing up in light of Hillary Clinton's apparent cruise to a second Senate term.

It's from the Club for Growth:

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Huge Opening To The Left Of Clinton In '08?

Byron York of National Review notes that MoveOn won't be making an endorsement in New York's U.S. Senate Democratic primary between Hillary Rodham Clinton and antiwar candidate Jonathan Tasini.

Matt Stroller of the leftwing MyDD believes that the results suggest "that there is a large opening to the left of Clinton in 2008."


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Oh, stop it. This is all part of a longer-term plan to make her look more "moderate" for her presidential run.

Carnival of Ohio Politics

Get this week's carnival here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Noe Sentenced

AP News Alert:
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) A GOP fundraiser has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison for illegally funneling $45,000 to President Bush's re-election campaign.
Now, can we get back to discussing solutions for Ohio's problems?

Charlie Wilson Vacations in San Francisco; Ohio Taxpayers Foot the Bill

This just in from the Blasdel campaign:
LISBON, OH – Charlie Wilson is a millionaire. So that begs the question, why did Wilson take a boondoggle to America ’s liberal playground, San Francisco , and make Ohio ’s taxpayers foot the bill?

“It’s hard for me to understand why a millionaire would need to take taxpayer dollars to pay for his plush accommodations at the San Francisco Marriott,” said Blasdel Campaign Manager Ryan Stenger . “This is not the kind of stewardship of taxpayer money that voters look for in their representative to Congress.”

In July of 2003, then State Rep. Charlie Wilson needed a summer vacation from his home in the 18th Congressional District so it was off to San Francisco , for a so called legislative conference. The National Council of State Legislators, NCSL, proved to be, for Charlie at any rate, a way to get Ohio taxpayers to pay for a vacation. Tanned and relaxed, Charlie returned and submitted a request to be reimbursed from the State of Ohio , and was given $800.

“Charlie should pay back every penny of that money to the State of Ohio ,” said Stenger. “This just shows how out of touch Charlie is with the voters of the 6th district. I can’t believe anybody in Southeast Ohio would be happy to know that they helped pay for Charlie to tour Haight/Ashbury.”
For supporting documentation on the reimbursement please click here.

Friday, September 08, 2006

This just in from the Montgomery campaign:
COLUMBUS (9/8/06) – Taking his hypocrisy to a new and unprecedented height, Marc Dann admitted in today’s Toledo Blade that he accepted $60,000 in campaign contributions from a convicted racketeer and members of his family.
“Marc Dann should be ashamed of himself,” said Montgomery Campaign Manager Shane Ostrowski. “Once again, he is holding those around him to a higher standard than he holds for himself.”

News reports show that since 1998, Dann has received $60,000 in campaign contributions from convicted racketeer Sam Lucarelli and members of his family – more than any other candidate.

“Nearly 10 percent of Marc Dann’s current campaign efforts have been underwritten by a convicted racketeer and his family,” Ostrowski said. “It’s shocking that, as a candidate for attorney general and potential chair of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, he would accept these dollars. Ohioans should have grave concerns about Marc Dann’s ability to serve as the state’s top law enforcement official.”

In light of these facts, the Montgomery campaign today called on Marc Dann to provide Ohio voters with a list of all contacts and conversations he has had with anyone from the Lucarelli family and to provide answers to the following questions:

1. As a candidate for attorney general and potential chair of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, do you think it’s appropriate to accept campaign contributions from a convicted racketeer or members of his family?

2. What promises did you make in return for contributions from any member of the Lucarelli family?

3. Why did you wait until the Toledo Blade publicized your relationship with a convicted racketeer before agreeing to return the tainted money?

4. How many times did you meet with any member of the Lucarelli family, what was discussed and who was present?

5. When did you first learn that Sam Lucarelli was a convicted racketeer?

6. As a criminal defense attorney, how many organized crime figures have you represented?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

To the 40% or So of the GOP not United.....

(crossposted at Weapons of Mass Discussion)
You get the government you deserve and vote, or in this case, don't vote, for. I was reading over on VikingSpirit's blog about numbers that show Ken Blackwell is only getting about 55-59% of Republican support. That jibes with the primary numbers, where Petro earned support in the 40s. It seems the Petrophiles only care about being sore losers. It seems their "unity" talk was all b.s.

Funny, folks, I thought we were all on the same side here. I thought we were all for moving Ohio forward, that we were for getting a governor who would LOWER TAXES, not raise them. Funny, I thought it was about keeping a kook Lefty out of office. I thought it was voting for the better of the two candidates, and obviously it is Ken Blackwell vs. Ted Strickland. However, all you Petrophiles who are withholding support are doing is crying in your beer. You would rather lose because it is not your guy rather than in doing what YOU KNOW is best for this state and for the party. No, rather to act like the Democrats, to whine and piss and moan because you didn't get YOUR candidate, you didn't get a candidate who will follow in full lock step. This has already been played out--in Connecticut. Rather than voting for the best person, people held out support for Lieberman based on a few issues, rather than the vast majority of issues where he agreed with him. Instead, they voted just based on some visceral dislike. And you know what is going to happen? The Dems will lose and Lieberman will win in November.

In this case, you Petroites are acting like Connecticut Democrats and moveon.org. You don't like Blackwell because he doesn't bow at your altar, he doesn't have nuance, whatever, he is not pure enough or moderate enough for you. Wow, how open of you. How great you are thinking of the state. And, if it is in fact true that the Ohio GOP is pulling back support, it doesn't surprise me because Bennett is nothing more than a RINO hack himself from Cuyahoga county. He is no more conservative or truly Republican than Lincoln Chafee.

Look, Petroites...you don't like many of my positions. You don't like many of Blackwell's positions. However, anyone with a clear bit of rationality, and I will give you all the benefit of the doubt because you are Republicans--cannot think that someone who is going to take Ohio from being the 3rd most taxed state to the 1st most taxed is good for the economy or the people of Ohio. Yet, that is exactly what YOU ALL are going to make happen if you don't vote for Blackwell come November. If you sit out and pout, if you vote for Strickland, you are voting against progress. You are voting for someone worse than Dick Celeste. You will see Ohio go down the sh**ter. And all because Blackwell doesn't fully speak your language. All because you think he doesn't have the common sense to listen to you and work with you once in office. For God's sake, he is a consummate politician. He follows the Reagan model. Reagan listened to even the moderates of his party and worked with them. Blackwell will do the same. Do you think Strickland will? Come on now. In these divisive times? Come on now. Get real.

So, I implore you. Think with your brain, not your bruised ego. Think about what is good for the state, not petty vengeance. Otherwise, you are going to give us all a horrible governor, and one who will not listen to any of us, conservative or moderate, all because we have an R next to our name. His rhetoric and his rhetoric prove it. And he says he stands by his rhetoric.

How many statements of unity and openness does it take for you Petrophiles? How many commissions must Jim be named to? How many RINOs does Blackwell have to promise jobs in the administration? Think about Ohio, not your slain ego.

Path to 9/11 Update: Clintonistas Win?

It appears that the poo-pooing by the Right blogosphere of possible creative editing to shield the Clinton legacy my have been premature. It appears ABC is reneging on their previous statements that the film was in the bag and that it was too late to edit it. It appears that despite the fact that many on the Right have seen the film in its final cut, ABC may be kowtowing to the pressure. In fact, they HAVE EDITED the key scene in which Sandy Berger callously calls off the operation against bin Laden. From calendarlive.com:
ABC's upcoming five-hour docudrama "The Path to 9/11" is quickly becoming a political cause célèbre.

The network has in recent days made changes to the film, set to air Sunday and Monday, after leading political figures, many of them Democrats, complained about bias and alleged inaccuracies. Meanwhile, a left-wing organization has launched a letter-writing campaign urging the network to "correct" or dump the miniseries, while conservative blogs have launched a vigorous defense.

To the Clintonistas, correcting the miniseries means to lie about the truth. The fact is that Clinton and Co. did mishandle and bungle terrorism, from the first WTC attack to the op against bin Laden, to the Khobar Towers, to Kenya and Tanzania, and to the USS Cole. However, the Left wants correction, ie, whitewashing and lying. But wait, there is more, from the same site:
After a screening of the first episode in Washington last week, some audience members attacked the film's depiction of the Clinton administration's pursuit of Osama bin Laden. Among those unhappy was Richard Ben-Veniste, an attorney and member of the 9/11 commission whom some conservatives have dismissed as a Democratic attack dog. Richard A. Clarke, the former counterterrorism czar, has criticized the movie for suggesting that the Clinton administration was in a position to capture Bin Laden in 1998 but canceled the mission at the last minute.

Funny, Mr. Clarke, but in the Richard Miniter book "Losing Bin Laden," you were among the sources that said Clinton did in fact, have such opportunities and positions to capture bin Laden. Which is it, Mr. Clarke? And as for bin Veniste, he is nothing more than a partisan hack.

After much discussion, ABC executives and the producers toned down, but did not eliminate entirely, a scene that involved Clinton's national security advisor, Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, declining to give the order to kill Bin Laden, according to a person involved with the film who declined to be identified because of the sensitivities involved.
"That sequence has been the focus of attention," the source said, adding: "These are very slight alterations."

In addition, the network decided that the credits would say the film is based "in part" on the 9/11 commission report, rather than simply "based on" the bestselling report, as the producers originally intended.

ABC, meanwhile, is tip-toeing away from the film's version of events. In a statement, the network said the miniseries "is a dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 commission report, other published materials and from personal interviews."
The statement adds: "The events that lead to 9/11 originally sparked great debate, so it's not surprising that a movie surrounding those events has revived the debate. The attacks were a pivotal moment in our history that should never be forgotten and it's fitting that the discussion continues."

None of ABC's moves is likely to quell the debate, however.

No, it should not quell the CONSERVATIVE AND OBJECTIVE UPROAR. This is nothing beyond Stalinistic, beyond the worst brands of censorship. Conservatives, or at least sensible ones, did not demand Fahrenheit 911 not been seen. They just asked for facts. We did not ask for alterning of the film. However, these people, the Left, want to control history, want to control what you the American Public sees. Anyone who is an advocate of free speech, R or D, should be outraged about this craziness.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a liberal advocacy group, said on Wednesday it had collected 25,000 letters asking ABC to either correct or cancel the miniseries. "The miniseries presents an agenda that blames the Clinton administration for the 9/11 attacks while ignoring numerous errors and failures of the Bush administration," the center said in a news release.

Well, if these liberal jackbooted types would read the synopsis of the film, it covers the period from the 1993 WTC bombing to the 9/11 attacks. What numerous and heinous failures could Bush and Co. have seriously racked up in less than 8 months? Some people need a bit of a reality check.

I cannot believe that the Left in this country is going to get away with this. It is a travesty, it is a shame. I never want to hear the networks talk about freedom of expression again. They don't believe in it. They believe in whatever Bubba tells them.

Here is what the Maja Rushie had to say:
Okay. So there's the statement. Now, you want me to analyze this? (interruption) You think what? It sounds like -- yeah, the admission that they're still editing this. Well they can't shoot a different ending. If they start shooting a different ending, then we know something's up here. But there's something about this, and I said when I first got word that nobody has seen the final version. Uh-oh. Uh-oh. Now, I don't want to be conspiratorial, and I'm not trying to be paranoid, but there are certain things that we know to be true about the Drive-By Media and the entertainment media. Okay, The Path to 9/11 is not a documentary of the events leading to 9/11. It's a dramatization drawn from a variety of sources including the 9/11 Commission -- by the way, I had heard all these changes were going to be made.

This is not news that they were going to put -- I said earlier today, they were going to put graphics in front of this thing and say, hey, hey, hey, "This is not a documentary, it's a dramatization drawn from a variety of sources: 9/11 Commission report, other published materials, and personal interviews. The movie contains fictionalized scenes." The version I have does not say that. So that's, you know, probably been added. "No one has seen the final version of the film because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible." Well, they may not have seen the final version, but we've seen enough to know that they're editing things out of it.


I, on Monday, will be able to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, what has been taken out of this, if anything. Because if they are responding to the Democrats, if they are responding to the thuggery and the bully tactics in the Clinton administration, if they do take those scenes out of there, I will know. Not only I, but the others who have seen it. Richard Ben-Veniste, a whole room of Democrats, saw the whole thing. I'm not the only one that's seen it. So now they're still editing. And when they announce that they're editing it in the face of criticism from one political spectrum, the libs and the Democrats and the Clinton administration, well, the little red flags of curiosity start darting up. We will keep a sharp eye on this.

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I'm still looking at this statement from ABC Entertainment on The Path to 9/11. Now, don't get confused. Folks, there's a couple stories out there, and some of them hit this morning and some of them hit yesterday about edits due to artistic consideration. There's a list things. In fact, Hugh Hewitt had them on his blog yesterday, and I mentioned it but I didn't get a chance to read them to you on the air so we linked to his blog at RushLimbaugh.com. Always go to RushLimbaugh.com. Despite what you hear on this program, there's always even more there, at the end of each day. These edits, these artistic edits that are going around now, there's an LA Times story, a Tribune Services story, the ones that Hugh Hewitt mentioned, they're the kind of edits that, for those of us who have seen this thing we probably wouldn't even know they had been made, from what Hugh says.

They're not substantive and so forth. But I tell you, the Clinton people are making a big scene out of this, and it just strikes me again. It's all about them. Are they concerned that maybe George Tenet has been misportrayed here? Are they concerned that the CIA maybe has been not fully accurately represented? No, they don't care about any of that. It's just about them. It's just about them. If they're making ABC, if they're really pressuring Bob Iger at ABC to make substantive changes in this to please the Clinton people, then they're going to have a big problem after this because they're going to have shown that they will buckle. This is all premature. I'm just saying the way I read this, "No one has seen the final version of the film because the editing process is not yet complete so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible."

Well, they know what the main criticisms are. They know what the controversial parts of the movie are, and if they take them out, it's not going to be good for them. And, you know, got the Clinton guys, even on TV, throwing Tenet under the bus. They don't care. They will throw anybody under the bus, in the park, whatever, in order to save themselves. This legacy they have is just so flimsy, it's so phony, built totally on spin. The idea that a five-hour TV movie can upset this legacy that they have established for themselves or that they think they've established for themselves.

Taxin' Ted

Seems that Ted Strickland is having some fun with Blackwell's recent ads.

http://taxinted.com

Ted, we know that if you're elected Ohio will move from number three to number one on the nation's most taxed list. Glad to see that you're proving us right.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Coming to Columbus: Another Gun Ban

From The Dispatch Dispatch:

Now that a court has upheld Toledo's ban on guns in parks, Columbus should pass a similar law, Mayor Michael B. Coleman said yesterday.

The statement came after a news conference in which Coleman showcased 1,000 guns that had been confiscated this year on Columbus' streets.

Police picked up the sawed-off shotguns, AK-47s, Tec-9s and other guns at crime scenes and during traffic stops.

Coleman wants officers to be able to arrest anyone carrying a gun in a city park and confiscate the weapon. A court ruling released last week by the 6th District Court of Appeals in Toledo upheld that city's law banning guns in parks.

News of the ruling interested Coleman and Councilman Michael C. Mentel, who had considered such a law in Columbus a few years ago.

"My eyes went wide open when I saw that this weekend," Coleman said.

There has been talk of the General Assembly doing away with such nonsense and ensuring that the 2nd Amendment can't be repealed by petty dictators like Coleman and Mentel. Considering that Ted Strickland is highly-rated by the National Rifle Association, he might even sign such a bill into law.

As for Ken Blackwell, as of the second that I clicked the "Publish" button, guns remained one of the few issues over which he hasn't screwed conservatives. There's always tomorrow.

Ohio State and the Boy Scouts: A Tale of Greed

Just call them the $Bucks$

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Boy Scouts can return to Ohio Stadium during the next home football game, but they won't usher, an OSU official said last night.

"We're going to let them back in," Associate Athletic Director Steve Snapp said. "We're not sure what their functioning is going to be. ... They are certainly back for this next game and I think for the foreseeable future."

"We need to ensure their safety first and foremost," Snapp said.

University officials will meet with local Scout leaders this week to help determine an appropriate job for the group, which consists of boys ages 11 or older.

For years, Scouts have been helping paid ushers, the so-called Red Coats, at the stadium in exchange for free tickets. Last year, the Scouts didn't get seats, but were permitted to watch the game while ushering.

A decision last month ended that tradition when the Scouts were informed they wouldn't be needed for ushering. Yesterday's announcement reverses that, to some degree.

"We have rethought it, and I think we have come up with a pretty good solution," Snapp said.

Ronald S. Green, executive director of the Simon Kenton Council for the Boy Scouts, said last night that he'll discuss safe, productive and appropriate tasks for the Scouts with the university. He doesn't want to see them picking up trash, he said.

"I have no idea what the scope of jobs will be," Green said.

Scout ushering worked well and was well-received by fans, Green said.

"It was expected and part of the lesson we wanted to teach. We wanted to earn our way," he said. "Many ushers started as Scouts."

Come now; this decision had nothing to do with safety.

What? The millions and millions of dollars that the university earns from athletics wasn't enough they had to pick on a few kids to scrounge an extra couple hundred bucks?

Disgusting!

NOTE: Cross-posted from A Face Made 4 Radio, A Voice Made 4 the Internet.

Carnival of Ohio Politics #38

The Carnival of Ohio Politics #38 is up -- check it out.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Law Enforcement Groups Continue to Line Up Behind Montgomery

Kathryn from the Montgomery campaign emails:
COLUMBUS, OHIO 9/5/06 - Troopers for a Safer Ohio announced today that their members voted to endorse Betty Montgomery in the race for Ohio Attorney General. The group, which represents Ohio's 1,600 Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, Sergeants and Communications Officers, is the third law enforcement organization to endorse Montgomery.
Members of the Ohio Troopers Coalition and the Ohio State Troopers Association voted for their preferred candidates through an online interactive ballot at OhioTroopers.org. A strong majority of voters chose Betty Montgomery in the race for Attorney General.

"Our members gave Betty a decisive endorsement," said Jim Roberts, Executive Director of Troopers for a Safer Ohio. "I'm sure it had a lot to do with the long- standing and productive relationship we've had with her during her many years of public service."

Montgomery said she was very grateful for the group's strong show of support. "State Troopers are very dedicated individuals who perform an important duty – guarding the safety of our citizens," said Montgomery. "I am honored to have their support and I will work to address their needs and concerns as Ohio's next Attorney General."

Montgomery has a strong record of supporting law enforcement. During her eight years as Attorney General, she made crime fighting the top priority and guiding principle of her office, fulfilling commitments to provide increased state support for local law enforcement and to upgrade the state's crime labs. Also, as Attorney General, Montgomery directed 40% of her budget towards law enforcement - an all-time high.

Other law enforcement groups supporting Montgomery include the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association (TPPA) and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio (FOP).

Friday, September 01, 2006

"Somebody" Has Engaged in Sock-Puppetry, and Has, under Pressure, Admitted to It

In addition to being a nationally infamous Election Commission complainer, he's now a nationally infamous sock puppet.

This "somebody" admitted it under questioning by someone (HT Instapundit) who clearly was ready to roll out the IP proof if the admission didn't occur.

In the process he essentially acknowledges that he's not able to hold his tongue when he needs to, or is even strongly advised to.

I can just imagine how safe information that shouldn't be made public would be if lightning struck and this "somebody" ever attained political office.

ADDENDUM: I think Gleeson gave "somebody" more of a break than he deserved in his post.

UPDATE: The infamy spreads -- Ace has picked up on it:

("somebody") got caught sock-puppeting in a post trashing his allegations that an opponent of his had been photoshopped into a newspaper picture showing her finishing a marathon. Making a false fauxtography claim, he got busted sock-puppetting. When worlds collide.

Don't Let Clinton Censor "The Path to 9/11"

Ladies and Gentlemen, those of you on the Left Coast may have already heard about this on your morning shows, but I just heard about this. It seems ABC is going to air on Sept. 10-11 a 4 hour mini-series called "Path to 9/11." This film takes an unflinching look at the failures of the Clinton administration. It was screened a few weeks ago in Washington by the producers and directors. Richard Ben Veniste, Clinton hack and 9/11 Commissioner, was outraged at what he saw and demanded it be destroyed. Of course he would, Gorelick, himself, and Roemer were the Clinton filters on the Commission. Therefore, anything that would present the REAL story, and not revisionist history, would be anathema to these types. Michael Barone loved it.

Well, here is what is going on. President Bill Clinton is supposed or was supposed to call no less than the head of Disney, Robert Igar, to get this re-edited or cancelled. This call may have already happened. Why is it liberals are allowed to engage in censorship but when we just raise factual issues with drivel like Fahrenheit 911 we are called censors and anti-1st Amendment?

I think it is about time we strike back. Flood Disney's switchboards and emails. Go to http://corporate.disney.go.com to look for the contacts to make and flood those emails. Tell them we demand to see the true, unedited product. Tell them to let the American people make their own decisions, and not allow Bill Clinton to engage in censorship on the level of Stalin or Mao just to protect what little of a legacy he has left.

One of the most damning scenes is when a CIA team along with the Northern Alliance has UBL's house surrounded, and they seek the go order from Washington. They finally get connected and Sandy "Burglar" Burger tells them no way is Bubba going to condone this because it might hurt us politically. He tells them they can go in on their own, without authorization. The stunned CIA agent says, huh? You can't be serious? Is this really what you want?" Burglar hangs up on him, and the op is cancelled. A few weeks later, UBL bombs the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

See, folks, this is the truth that the Clintonistas and the liberals do not want us to see. They wanted us to see the lies of Michael Moore and BenVeniste and Gorelick and call it freedom of expression and full disclosure, but when someone makes a film criticizing them or revealing their own inadequacy and incompetence, by God, it must be stopped. Instead of refuting it, as we did with that propaganda piece by Michael Moore, they instead demand it never see the light of day and assault people for questioning their patriotism.

Don't be fooled. Flood Disney and ABC with calls. Don't let this go unheeded. Tell them to air the film as is. We need to see the true path to 9/11.

Related Links:
Will ABC Cave? by Andy McCarthy@NRO
Accuracy in Media Review of the Film
Interview with Filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh
Conservative Voice: Clinton Machine to Attack
MovieWeb Synopsis

Crossposted at Weapons of Mass Discussion