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Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM PDT

No GOP Booth Today

by Linda in Ohio

Just a short diary about that enthusiasm gap. I live in a first-ring suburb of Cleveland, and I just got home from our annual community festival. The festival is held on one of our parks. and is exactly what the name implies. Churches have booths and sell what we lovingly call "church lady" food -- and when the churches range from Romanian to Korean, there are some wonderful goodies to be had. The Kiwanis group sells candy bars. The PTA gives away coloring books. You can pick up chip clips and yard sticks and re-usuable tote bags. I even got a wooden harmonica for my daughter. For entertainment local bands set up on the tennis courts, and area dance groups perform. There is a lot of polka music. (And this year -- a harmonica group.)

The festival had to be postponed from last weekend because of the weather, so it was a little smaller than usual. Still, there were plenty of local business and groups with booths. The local Democratic group was there, with yard signs for Obama, Sherrod Brown. and our state rep, Nikki Antonio. (I imagine you'll hear about her nationally some time soon. She rocks out loud.) Half a dozen or so volunteers were at the booth, cheerfully handing out the usual stickers and flyers and such. Nothing very extraordinary.

What was surprising, though, was that there was no GOP booth. No presence at all. I might have missed them, but I walked through the whole park and looked and couldn't find them. Now i get that Cuyahoga County is pretty solidly blue, and the rain date may have kept down participation, but seriously ... they didn't show up. Not for Romney, not for the state-wide races, not for the local races. They didn't show up.

They didn't show up at all.


Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:49 AM PDT

Pete Sessions/NRCC Fail

by Linda in Ohio

In honor of September 11, the presidential candidates have taken the day off from campaigning. However, the National Republican Campaign Committee has not. I work for one of those fabled "small businesses" and this morning my boss received this fax from Congressman Pete Sessions (R-asshole).  It asks him to sign an open letter containing the “you didn’t build that” misquote by President Obama.  

I offered to call and have our fax number taken off their list, but my boss told me to go ahead and let them waste their money. (Yeah, I like my job!) I'm not sure how this is supposed to swing undecided voters. It's barely even coherent.

(And aside from the general dickishness of the fax and the fact that it was sent out today—shouldn’t “over regulation” be “over-regulation”?)

Mr. _____

As a business owner, I'd like to include your name in our open letter to President Obama in response to his lack of understanding of how jobs are created.

Please review the attached and call my assistant at 1-855-402-0739. Thanks.

-- Pete


Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC  20500

Dear Mr. President,

In a speech yon July 13, 2012 you said:

    "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Have you ever started a business? Have you ever personally met payroll? Have you ever gone without so you could pay employees? Have you ever managed cash flow? Have you ever had to comply with government over regulation ?


Therefore, we the undersigned Business leaders, along with the Republican Leadership, are proposing an alternative solution. Make the current tax cuts permanent for EVERYONE!

Economic revival will begin where it always does-- with entrepreneurs and America's small businesses.



We want to add your name to this open letter. Call 1-855-402-0739

According to the Wiki, Pete Sessions spent most of his pre-congressional career working for Southwestern Bell for 16 years. He was eventually a district manager, in charge of a budget and employees ... but oddly, I don't see anything about the small business he started, or that he ever missed a paycheck so that his employees didn't. Go figure.

Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 03:46 PM PDT

Please Speak Up for Zoey!

by Linda in Ohio

This is going to be short, but it needs to be said soon and loud.

We Are Ohio, the group which is running ads against Ohio SB 5 (The Vote No On 2 Folk) have a wonderful ad featuring Marlene, a great-grandmother, talking about how important firefighters are to her. It features a picture of a fireman climbing down a ladder outside her burning home, with her great-granddaughter Zoey draped over his arm. She goes on to say that No on 2 will insure that firefighters can negotiate for adequate manpower. Very specific, and very powerful stuff.

The rat-fuck bastards who are supporting this bill have stolen bits of Marlene's commercial and are using it in their own.

Please sign this petition urging tv stations to pull this horrible ad off the air right away. The petition campaign is already getting some results, but nationwide screaming can only help.

Thank you.


The good people at Amazon have made a small change to the way you can search for books. It’s Easter Sunday, so you’re probably not supposed to notice. The target of their new approach is anything that they consider to have adult content, and especially anything that might involve GLBT issues. The writing community is already staring to blaze about this, but it needs much wider attention.

Basically, any title that Amazon consider "adult" will no longer be included in the "Best Sellers" lists – or ranked at all. These titles will not show up on all searches, even when the exact title of the book is entered. Who decides what books are "adult"? That’s not at all clear. But whoever’s making the choices is casting the net far and wide, and hauling in an awful lot of GLBT books.

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 06:50 PM PDT

Driving South in Central Ohio

by Linda in Ohio

Route 58 starts almost at the Lake Erie shoreline, just west of the Cleveland suburbs, and runs due south.  I drove about 50 miles of it today, and the signs along the way were wonderfully encouraging!

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Dobay studied the piece of paper, and then it hit her.

"You just became a citizen this morning," she said.

He nodded and smiled.

Connie Shultz is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. (Full disclosure:  She's also married to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) -- but that's got nothing to do with this story.)  She wrote a piece that appeared in yesterday's paper about her visit to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on the last day of voter registration.  If you're losing faith in your democracy, even a little, it's worth the read!

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