Thursday, September 30, 2004
THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE DRINKING GAME
Rules: print up identical small slips of paper, each with one of the following words or phrases:
Fold the individual slips of paper in half and put them into a bowl or hat. Have each guest draw one slip before the debate begins. Every time one of the candidates says the word on your slip, you must take a drink. Given how scripted the debates are, the game should end with every player becoming legally drunk.
During the '96 debates, I was unfortunate enough to draw "taxes" and was inebriated before the end of Dole's opening statement.
LAST-MINUTE REMINDER TO REGISTER TO VOTE!
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
YINZER THINK TANK WORTH CHECKING OUT
BLACKWELL BACKS DOWN ON CARD STOCK
OBERLIN VOTES! BARRED FROM JAIL
Monday, September 27, 2004
JOHN EDWARDS AT CARNEGIE MELLON TOMORROW
Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate, John Edwards, will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, at Carnegie Mellon. Senator Edwards' speech will focus on health care issues and will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.
The event will be held at the Weigand Gym in the University Center from 11 a.m. until 12 noon tomorrow. Approximately 1000 tickets will be distributed through the Kerry-Edwards Headquarters located at 225 Ross Street in downtown Pittsburgh, 412/434-0524.
Carnegie Mellon will simulcast the meeting to McConomy Auditorium; Carnegie Mellon ID-holders will be welcome to watch the event from McConomy on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We also invite you to participate in the myriad additional events and opportunities to engage in the political process that will be hosted on campus throughout the coming 5 weeks prior to election day.
This event will be co-hosted by Student Government and the College Democrats.
IT IS THE CLOSEST THING TO THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW ON TV, AND IT'S HILARIOUS
I was a budding young news junkie in the 1980s; glued myself to ABC News for senate elections in '86, watched CNN all of the time when I finally got cable. If I watch CNN now more than once a month, it's unusual; the network has gotten worse at informing and reporting. I still read plenty of newspapers (moreso online), but find the "serious" news organizations to be a good deal less serious than they used to be. Jon Stewart is Walter Cronkite compared to Aaron Brown or Brian Williams; he's capable of asking questions about the big picture, not talking points.
The sad thing about Dan Rather getting flummoxed in the memo scandal is if he goes, he'll actually be replaced by someone less in touch with the important stories facing the nation. Now that CBS has shelved Ed Bradley's story on WMD in Iraq until after the election (heaven forbid the electorate is informed about why the United States has allowed a thousand of its citizens to die over the past couple of years) it has effectively castrated itself to support Bush at a time the media perceives CBS is attacking Bush. Could Karl Rove be behind this? Naw.
NY TIMES STORY ON OHIO REGISTRATIONS: EXCELLENT NEWS
The analysis by The New York Times of county-by-county data shows that in Democratic areas of Ohio - primarily low-income and minority neighborhoods - new registrations since January have risen 250 percent over the same period in 2000. In comparison, new registrations have increased just 25 percent in Republican areas. A similar pattern is apparent in Florida: in the strongest Democratic areas, the pace of new registration is 60 percent higher than in 2000, while it has risen just 12 percent in the heaviest Republican areas.
There's a lot more in the article; this is the big story of the election and very good news for both Kerry and the prospects of getting Nancy Pelosi the speakership in the House. (Jane Mitakides in Dayton will benefit from these drives.) Now the question is getting the state to recognize all of these registrations: Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is attempting to impose guidelines throwing out registrations that aren't printed on thick card stock, and to deny provisional ballots to voters who show up at the wrong polling place. You can join Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones in calling for him to reverse those guidelines.
J. Kenneth Blackwell-R
180 E. Broad St., 15th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Friday, September 24, 2004
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
President Bush has said he believed all the charges he made before invading Iraq. But Thielmann said the administration knew better.
Before retiring in September 2002 after 28 years of federal work, Thielmann ran the Office of Strategic Proliferation in the department's intelligence bureau.
Thielmann said the bureau debunked myths about Saddam Hussein's importing uranium, using aluminum tubes to make nuclear weapons and helping the al-Qaida terrorists, his longtime enemies.
Yet Bush and his aides still spread some of those claims.
"They had what I call faith- based intelligence," Thielmann said. "They weren't looking for the truth. They were looking for propaganda."
Bush has said the world is better off without the brutal Hussein.
But Thielmann said, "We're much less safe because of the Iraqi war." He called our military overstretched, our ports undermanned and our enemies inflamed.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY FROM OKLAHOMA
KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES
Monday, September 20, 2004
KONOP BEHIND, BUT NOT BY MUCH
Kos speculates that these numbers, and Kerry's 10-digit deficit in a conservative part of Ohio, are very good news for Democrats. I'll take the good news; but what I really want to know is how voter registration in Hamilton County is shaping up. That's Bush's core, and if it's comparatively lagging behind the vigorous registration in the northwest part of the state, Kerry will be in excellent shape.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE IN CINCINNATI
MOVEMENT IN THE PLAME CASE?
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
JOHN LOTT MIGHT ENDORSE KEYES
Keyes's candidacy is having the effect of making one of the most progressive political candidates in national politics sound like a moderate from Kansas. Obama's staff should give Keyes a giant fruit basket for Christmas this year as this lunacy will help Obama's reputation for years to come.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
NYC IS BACK IN THE RECYCLING BIZ
Recycling is not without its problems (no, the link isn't to John Tierney or the Cato Institute, but a thoughtful look at the environmental inequalities in American waste management by David Pellow), and the residents of Brooklyn may find grievances in the new system. The dramatic reversal by Bloomberg indicates how much recycling is a part of contemporary environmental values.
HYDE PARK POLS (OBAMA AND CLEVELAND CONTENT)
EVEN MORE VOTERS IN OHIO
No idea how many people affected will register (or where -- the story doesn't specify which county's election offices allegedly gave the incorrect information), but this can't hurt turnout.
Under the agreement reached Monday, felons will receive written notice during regularly scheduled meetings with their parole officers, Singleton said.
Election officials denied any wrongdoing, but state officials agreed to furnish the written notices to end the suit, according to court papers.
Singleton said it was important to resolve the matter before the Oct. 4 deadline for voter registration.
Fingerhut said one way to encourage job growth in the state would be to force Ohio's many coal-burning electric power plants to upgrade pollution-control equipment.
He said that would do two things: put companies to work that make the equipment and allow the electric plants to burn the state's home-mined, but more sulfurous coal.
"Eric, I think your problem is that you don't understand Ohio's economy," Voinovich snapped back. "If you put coal out of business in Ohio, you put manufacturing out of business . . . and the jobs go to India or elsewhere."
Fingerhut responded to Voinovich quickly and curtly: "With all due respect, senator, you're not looking at the future of Ohio's economy."
He added that "the companies of Ohio's future are being stifled" because the pollution- control standards now being applied to coal plants don't have to be followed stringently "because they're not the law."
Let's see if there's followup in the next debate.
Monday, September 13, 2004
JUST TRYING TO BE HELPFUL
The unusual nature of this contest has led the Obama campaign to throw out the traditional playbook. For example, most campaigns are not in the business of promoting an opponent's public appearances, but Obama's aides often mention to reporters the moment they hear of a Keyes' event. Apparently, they believe the more exposure Keyes gets, the better it is for Obama.I will miss this race when it is over. And I wish the DNC would somehow pin Keyes to Bush; Keyes is an opposition researcher's most vivid fantasy.
"Just trying to be helpful," a smiling Gibbs explained last week after informing a reporter that Keyes had called a news conference just a couple of hours later.
POLLS NOT PUBLISHED
Cuyahoga County is experiencing a similar influx of registrations.
Unfortunately, every kind of poll has Voinovich up by double-digits on Fingerhut. Maybe it's time for another walking tour.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
SOME PERSPECTIVE ON 9/11
And while we are remembering, today is also the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David accords. Perhaps one day, we will come back to the table instead of bombing it.
BUT IT DOES PROVIDE JOBS
Friday, September 10, 2004
THESE MORONS RAN OFF HARRY CARAY, SO ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE
Thursday, September 09, 2004
NOT ALL DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGERS ARE STRAPPED FOR CASH
RUST NEVER SLEEPS
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
LIGHTEN UP, FRANCES
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
YES, HIS FEET HURT. A LOT.
I'VE GOT FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES
Monday, September 06, 2004
A CLEAR CONFLICT OF INTEREST
"It's a clear conflict of interest," said Ben Konop, Oxley's Democratic opponent in this year's race to represent Ohio's 4th District. "He takes money from the very entities he's supposed to be regulating."Since Oxley has massive advantages in name recognition and fundraising, free media is an absolute must for Knonop two months from Election Day.
The district Oxley represents "has nothing to do with Wall Street," Konop said.
(And if you'd like to help Konop in his fight, visit Democratizing Ohio in the links section of this site.)
Friday, September 03, 2004
BORN ON THIRD BASE (THE NEXT GENERATION)
WORDS SPEAK LOUDER THAN ACTIONS
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
GET YOUR HANDS FILTHY
THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE WALKER
Buy Eric some new shoes by dropping over to "Democratizing Ohio" in the links section. Any Democrat elected makes it less likely that Bill Frist remains Senate Majority Leader, and that is good for the country.
This innuendo is dangerous ground for Hastert. Aside from the effects of a possible lawsuit, he leaves himself open to speculation. The man coached boys' high school wrestling, and who can say if a boys' high school wrestling coach did or didn't take liberties with his young charges? Who knows?