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Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 08:31 PM PDT

Hitting Josh Mandel With Comedy

by CB in the OH

I've seen a lot of discussion on here about the Ohio Senate race between Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel.  What I've yet to see (and I apologize if I've missed it) is a diary that features a northeast Ohio comedian just eviscerating Josh Mandel through a fake "outtakes" video.  The video and a bit of info below...

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Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:06 AM PDT

Pattern of Behavior

by CB in the OH

I wanted to take a few minutes and share a story I found from the Pittsburgh newspaper about everything that's taken place there in the last few days.  

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Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 11:06 PM PDT

Tales from Home

by CB in the OH

For the most part, I left my hometown when I was 18.  Family and friends still live there, and I manage to visit at least a few times a year.  I like to feel "in the loop" in many ways, so I take a look at the local newspaper's site occasionally to keep up on recent news.

There were a few stories in the last couple of weeks that caught my attention and I wanted to share them.  The one involes a shoutout to Daily Kos and a (slightly outdated) update on the PA-03 congressional race.  The others show the levels of poverty and hardship that exists in the area where I grew up.  However, it is not alone - my former county ranks 17th in unemployment out of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.  Things seem bad enough there, I'd hate to see what it's like in the other 16 counties.  

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    With the crowning of the National League champion last night and the final presidential debate, I can't help myself from blabbing about a classic baseball/politics parallel.  Don't worry, this isn't going to be some cheesy string of metaphors, I have an honest-to-goodness connection that I've been thinking about since last night.

    I love the study of sports history, specifically as it pertains to baseball.  I'm a stats history geek, but I also love to discuss the impacts of baseball (and sports in general) on society.  The whole "Joe the Plumber" schtick reminded me of something and I just couldn't put my finger on it.  Then I remembered a story about the 1940s Cleveland Indians, their owner Bill Veeck, and good 'ol Joe Early.  Sports and politics aren't really that different.

    Oh and by the way - Obama hit the ball out of the park last night.  Now that I've gotten my cheesy metaphor out of the way...

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Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 04:40 PM PDT

Palin in trouble yet again?

by CB in the OH

I just saw this story from the Washington Post and have yet to see much discussion on it.  It seems that just a few days before she was chosen as McCain's running mate, Palin injected herself into a proposition vote on Alaska's ballot.  

About the vote: One one side were companies that hoped to open Pebble Mine near one of the world's largest salmon runs, Bristol Bay.  On the other side were environmentalists and fishermen that wanted a referendum to make it harder for the mine to open.

Throughout the prolonged (and expensive) battle between the two groups, Sarah Palin remained quiet.  And for good reason...

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Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM PDT

by CB in the OH

Many of you have likely heard about this by now.  I have yet to see any diaries on it though, so I thought I'd post something for those who may have missed it.  (I also found some interesting statistics as well)

Rep. John LaBruzzo (R), second-term state rep. of Louisiana's 81st district, is definitely not the first idiot to suggest forced sterilization of the poor, and I highly doubt that he'll be the last.  It still didn't prevent me from being absolutely floored and horrified when I saw his views expressed in a short video from  He claims that he's received a stack of letters since he's introduced his idea, and that those in agreement with him outnumber the disagrees by nearly 2 to 1.  (Frightening, but again, not that surprising...there are lots of crazy people out there)  I've since tracked down a few more stories about this guy and his "plan" and I'd like to share some of the quotes and figures I found...

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Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 08:31 PM PDT

The Perils of Inequality

by CB in the OH

Throughout this election season I've seen a lot of snark from the McCain campaign, but very little substance on solving the economic woes of this country.  In general, the conservative mantra harps on things like "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" through the wonders of trickle-down economics.  You're poor?  Then it's your fault, do something about it!  

I try to think of ways to combat this ideology, to make people realize that equality in society is a good thing.  It disappoints me to see people of modest means attack those less fortunate than them, rather than strive for a society that would place everyone on more even footing.

I'm sure that there are others out there that feel the same way as me.  That's why I wanted to share this great article on the causes and consequences of an unequal society...

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