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Chris Johnson with the Cincinnati Beacon recently took his camera to cover a right-winged political forum to see what they're talking about in the early stages of the post-healthcare era.  What he didn't expect was for the campaign of Republican Josh Mandel, candidate for Ohio treasurer, to block video cameras while Mandel touted the importance of transparency!

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When education critic Gerald Bracey died October 20, he was about to publish "The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet" as his next Huffington Post column. I was one of the defendants in a now-withdrawn, ridiculous lawsuit that figures into Bracey's article. The following is a closer look at key documents upon which Bracey's allegations are based.

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From The Cincinnati Beacon

According to her public Facebook page, Anne Marie Harpen is a conservative Republican and a Catholic.  She uploaded this photo to the Cincinnati Tea Party Facebook page.  The picture features two white people, a man and a woman, holding a sign:  "Obama Is Commie Scum."  The sign continues to reference two web pages:  natall.com and natallnews.com, both of which are pages for the National Alliance.  

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Benjamin T. Jealous, President and CEO
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore MD 21215

Dear Mr. Jealous:

We're writing to request your help regarding published claims that Joe Deters, the County Prosecutor here in Hamilton County, shared assassination and racist jokes about President Barack Obama.

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Photo:  Former OH Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Jim Schifrin

Along with the familiar racist material in the "Whistleblower" newsletter, last week author Jim Schifrin posted a limerick welcoming the death of President Obama. This comes about a month after the US Secret Service was made aware of multiple assassination jokes originating from Schifrin's publication.

From the February 20, 2009 Whistleblower:

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Is Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters being "used" by Jim Schifrin, author of The Whistleblower Newswire, a racist political tipsheet? In a deveoping controversy about the relationship, that question has been raised by Tim Burke, chairman of the local Democratic Party.

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Copies of this article (which is cross-posted at The Cincinnati Beacon) and a cover letter requesting an investigation have been sent to the United States Secret Service. We’ll keep readers updated as new information becomes available.

January 22, 2009
Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney
Hamilton County
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 4000
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Mr. Deters:

Reportedly you recently shared a joke about the potential assassination of Barack Obama. I’m writing today in an attempt to verify the facts.

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So the big news is that John McCain picked Sara Palin as his VP running-mate, with the obvious issue being Palin’s gender.  That’s why I found McCain’s campaign slogan so interesting.  I saw several television shots of the duo in front of a McCain-Palin graphic that says "Country First." It reminded me immediately of the phrase "Country Matters," which comes right out of Hamlet.  So for all you Shakespeare lovers out there—and even for those less familiar with The Bard—let’s take a tour of Hamlet and the world of Elizabethan sex jokes.

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Via The Cincinnati Beacon

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John McCain came to Cincinnati this week to court the black vote at the national NAACP convention.  McCain has a miserable record with the NAACP, receiving multiple grades of "F" from the organization in prior years.  Meanwhile, the McCain campaign has just named Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters as its local chair, a move which has already caused Ohio Democratic State Chair Chris Redfern to issue a denunciation.  

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Filmed by Justin Jeffre at a January, 2008 event at the University of Cincinnati, this film features two speakers on the topic of what's really happening in Iraq: Fedaa Jaism, an Iraqi-American student, and Aiden Delgado, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW).

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First came the Body Snatchers. Then the Night of the Living Dead. Now our nation must face what may the most cunning and relentless invaders ever. Yes, America, I’m talking about Gothardite Zombies for Huckabee!

As reported by The Cincinnati Beacon, it began in Arkansas. If only we’d heeded the warning signs in plain sight. If only someone had listened when Governor Mike himself admitted that he walked among them:

"As a person who has actually been through the Basic Seminar, I am confident that these are some of the best programs available for instilling character into the lives of people."

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Bill Gothard PhD, Founder/President
The Institute in Basic Life Principles
Oak Brook, IL

Dear Dr. Gothard:

For the past couple years, my colleague, the Dean of Cincinnati, has been writing articles about you and your various enterprises.

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