Here in Ohio, everyone I have talked to is sick and disgusted with this coingate and Taft scandal. I think the Ohio Dems have to keep hammering and hammering on how the Ohio GOP and their arrogance has lost money and public trust. We cannot let people forget about the Ohio GOP's record of corruption.
I have heard that some entities will have a rotating group of clergy start meetings. This group would include all local religions represented in the community. However, commissioners leading prayers sounds a little weird. Why couldn't they just start with a pledge to the flag and leave it at that?
It is Mike Gallagher who is leading the protest against against Cindy Sheehan. According to his bio, he and his wife have 4 kids Bryan, Trevor, Matthew, and Micah are grown and "either in college or working." http://www.mikeonline.com/pg/jsp/general/bio.jsp
His website sponsored a pro-America bus trip to Crawford, Texas. http://www.mikeonline.com/site
Can someone post this at Cindy's site so they can see what they're dealing with?
If he is so pro-war, why didn't he convince his 4 sons to enlist and go to Iraq?
Oil? Attacking the country that tried to assassinate Bush 41? Trying to prove to everyone that you're a cowboy? Helping your friends and Halliburton get rich? I honor our troops service. According to http://icasualties.org/oif/ 1846 of our young people have died in Iraq. Tomorrow, here in central Ohio, two of them will be buried.
Zogby was on the Kudlow show this afternoon. Kudlow can't get it through his thick head that the reason Bush is doing so poorly in all the polls is because of the war. Kudlow said that the economy is great (he must be making money in the stock market and he must not live in Ohio!!!!). Zogby kept saying 'its the war.'
Ohio's GOP has cost Ohio taxpayers MILLIONS of dollars. By giving Bureau of Workers Compensation state investment money to GOP contributors, Ohio will be paying the penalty for years. According to today's Columbus Dispatch http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2005/08/11/20050811-A1-02.html the investigation into "coingate" and Tom Noe has already cost over $6.7 million. Wait there is even more corruption!!!
Noe has acknowledged a shortfall of up to $13 million from the coin funds, and the bureau has lost millions on other investments -- including $215 million from a high-risk investment by MDL Capital Management, of Pittsburgh, last year.
Gary, I agree with you on this one. Republican = Failure and Corruption Here in Ohio, we have prime examples of how the GOP screwed the people by participating in pay to play contracts, coingate, the governor's unreported golf outings with contractors, misuse of public trust with Bureau of Workers Compensation Fund investment monies, interference with citizens voting rights, lies, kickbacks, etc. etc. Although I like your equation, I think we need something that rolls off the tongue a little easier:
GOP = Greed+?+? Any ideas????
I get sick to my stomach just thinking about our young people sent to war with inadequate armor. O'Reilly, Coulter, and the other righties have made no sacrifices for this country that allows them to attack the Cindy Sheehans of America. O'Reilly and Coulter should just stick to things they know about falafels and weird stuff.
Ohio has lost over 150,000 jobs since bush became president in 2001. Ohio's unemployment for June was 6.1% and there are 10 Ohio counties with unemployment above 8%. My questions for bush and the dept. of labor are---How many fulltime jobs were created in Ohio last month? What types of "new" jobs have been created? What part of the country has had the most job growth? If a person has received a bachelors degree from a major university, where should they look for a job (other than the military or Wal-mart)?
My husband and I watch Keith Olbermann every evening. However, last night the new woman, Rita Crosby, appeared and we had to change the channel. The woman has the MOST ANNOYING voice and her interview style is very third rate. Perhaps MSNBC is trying to lose money by having horrible hosts (Matthews, Carlson, Scarborough, and now Crosby), but MSNBC is losing out. My husband and I are educated consumers and we just are not buying the waste on MSNBC. It is possible that MSNBC is trying to compete with Faux News by having stories on Michael Jackson, runaway brides, and white girls missing, but we're not watching it.
I like Paul's chutzpah and I hope that other Dems get some of it. Rush IS a fat ass oxycontin-loving big mouth. From his "special" studio, he can isolate himself from real people and real issues. Paul Hackett is a real American hero. I think we need to get him out to other parts of Ohio and this country and get people fired-up!
Here is the text from the "rush" transcript from CNN:
BLITZER: Welcome back.
The war in Iraq has claimed more than 1,800 U.S. service men and women. One mother who lost her son in Iraq is protesting outside of the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Baghdad's Sadr City in April 2004. She's a founder of Gold Star Families, joining us now live from Crawford, Texas.
Our deepest condolences to you, Cindy Sheehan, on the loss of your son.
Talk a little bit about Casey and the circumstances surrounding his death.
CINDY SHEEHAN, FOUNDER, GOLD STAR FAMILIES: Casey was a very amazing, indispensable part of my family.
He got to Sadr City, Baghdad, we think about five days before he was killed. The command changed at 6:00 p.m. on April 4, 2004. By 6:54 Casey had been killed in an ambush.
BLITZER: And he was in the Army. His rank?
SHEEHAN: He was an Army specialist.
BLITZER: How long had he been in Iraq to begin with?
SHEEHAN: He had only -- from what we understand, he'd only been in Iraq about five days. He was in Kuwait for a couple weeks before they deployed to Iraq.
I only heard from him once when he was in Kuwait. I didn't hear from him again. That's the last time I spoke to him.
BLITZER: Was he onboard when he went there? In other words, was he fully committed to this war?
SHEEHAN: He was not committed to the war at all. He was committed to his buddies.
I begged him not to go because my family knew that the war was wrong. And he said, "Mom, I have to go because my buddies are going. If I don't go, someone else will have to do my job."
BLITZER: All right. So tell us a little bit about what you're doing now. You had a chance to meet with the president, we're told, last summer. Is that right?
SHEEHAN: I met with him, I think, about June 17th last year. It was about two and a half months after Casey had died. And it was me...
BLITZER: Was that a private meeting, just you and the president?
SHEEHAN: It was me and my family, my other three children and my husband.
BLITZER: What did you say... SHEEHAN: And we met with about 15 other -- about 15 other families were there also. But we got to -- he came in individually and met with each one of us individually.
BLITZER: And so, what did you say to him then?
SHEEHAN: It was -- you know, there was a lot of things said. We wanted to use the time for him to know that he killed an indispensable part of our family and humanity. And we wanted him to look at the pictures of Casey.
He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name. He came in the room and the very first thing he said is, "So who are we honoring here?" He didn't even know Casey's name. He didn't want to hear it. He didn't want to hear anything about Casey. He wouldn't even call him "him" or "he." He called him "your loved one."
Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party.
BLITZER: Like a party? I mean...
SHEEHAN: Yes, he came in very jovial, and like we should be happy that he, our son, died for his misguided policies. He didn't even pretend like somebody...
BLITZER: So now you're trying to meet with him again. What's the point? What are you trying to achieve?
SHEEHAN: This week we had a terrible loss of life in Iraq. Everybody knows about the National Guard unit of Marines from Ohio. And that enough saddened me and broke my heart because I know what those families are going through. And it also broke my heart because I've been working very hard for a year to end the war in Iraq. And every day that another soldier, another Iraqi person gets killed just rips my heart open. But then George Bush, in a luncheon he was giving a talk at or something, he said that the families can rest assured that their children died for a noble cause. And he also said that we have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers by continuing the mission, by staying the mission in Iraq.
And I have said this so many times: I do not want him to use my son's name to continue the killing. It's bad enough that my son is dead, and I'm a mother whose heart was ripped out on April 4, 2004. Why would I want one more mother, either Iraqi or American, to go through what I'm going through?
I don't want him to justify my son's honorable sacrifice to continue his murderous killing policies.
BLITZER: The president did allow his national security advisor, Stephen Hadley, and other top White House aides to go out yesterday where you are, outside the ranch in Crawford, Texas, and meet with you.
How did that meeting go?
SHEEHAN: Well, they were very respectful.
And I don't think the White House even knew they ever met with me until I told Joe Hagan that I had already met with the president. Because Joe Hagan, the deputy chief of staff, said that, "I can tell you the president really cares." And I said, "You can't tell me that because I've met with him and I know that he doesn't care."
And I told them that, "I feel that my son didn't die for a noble cause." And they told me the party line of why we are in Iraq. And I don't believe that. And I told them that I don't believe that they believed that.
And I said, "Just because I'm grieving mother doesn't mean I'm stupid. I'm very well-informed of the facts that are going on here." And they said, "OK, we'll convey your concerns to the president."
BLITZER: Well, our condolences to you, Cindy Sheehan.
SHEEHAN: Thank you.
BLITZER: You've got a tough struggle that's never going to end, I'm sure. But we appreciate your spending a few moments with us.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Sadr City in Iraq a year ago.
I'll just read the statement the White House yesterday on behalf of the president. "Many of the hundreds of families the president has met with know their loved one died for a noble cause. And the best way to honor their sacrifice is to complete the mission."
The White House statement goes on to say it is a message the president has heard time and again from those he has met with and comforted. Like all Americans, President Bush wants the troops home as soon as possible, but the U.S. will not cut and run from terrorists.
That's the statement from the White House.
Cindy Sheehan, again, thank you very much.
We need to email news services, cable news stations, and local stations and tell them to follow up on this story. We cannot let this woman get hurt or her message get shut down.
Gary! Thank you for the great theme! I think you are correct in summarizing what the GOP has given this country = corruption and lies. The GOP has provided us with corruption in Ohio, California, Illinois, Texas, and D.C. Besides corruption, citizens are also suffering because of the GOP lies: No WMD's, no real homeland security at our ports, and no real protection for our soldiers in combat zones (unarmored vehicles in combat, soldiers having to pay for their own body armor, soldiers still having problems getting paychecks and medical care). People here in Ohio are also talking about the decision to sent 14 troops into a battle zone in an airtight amphibious vehicle. Who the hell made that decision?
The ethics investigations are going on all over the state of Ohio. It is just a matter of time before Schmidt gets charged with her kickback for trying to lobby Taft for an online lottery. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that her term in congress will be only a few months.