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What in the world happened in Zanesville, Ohio yesterday?

In one evening, this town of 25,000 saw a Tea Party, an entirely separate protest with a 70 foot hot air balloon and a Koran-burning extremist undertake a three county "chase" and stake-out of Rep. Zack Space.

You can thank Fox News, who was there every step of the way.

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From the Plain Dealer's coverage of Rep. Marcia Fudge's townhall:  

About an hour into the meeting, a man shouted that the proposed bill would lead to killing old people, apparently referencing a claim that the health-care act would lead to "death panels" relegating some people to die because caring for them is too expensive. A few minutes later, a second man created an outburst and also was removed.

Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, told the audience she doesn't mind debate, but, she said, "This is still my meeting. I will be respectful of you, and you will be respectful of me."

It's unclear what happened to the two men.

Well, we can clear up  what happened to one of them:

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Last night the AP put out a story about Sarah Palin's outrageous, possibly illegal six figure shopping spree.

Defending Palin was one Page Growney, identified only as a "hockey mom", "mother of four" and resident of New Canaan, CT:

But another hockey mom defended Palin. "I can certainly imagine her clothes would cost that much," said Page Growney, a mother of four in upscale New Canaan, Conn. "What did you want to see her in, a turtleneck from L.L. Bean?"

Page Growney isn't a middle-class mom, she's a realtor with Sotheby's.

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Can we trust anything that Ken Blackwell says? Even President Bush
thinks he is a nut. In Bob Woodward's book, State of Denial Bush is
quoted as saying, "I'm the President of the United States waiting on a
secretary of state who is a nut."

Two days after Blackwell condemned ACORN for causing the financial
crisis he wrote an article about the cause of the financial meltdown
that never mentioned ACORN. "But we must look at the root cause. It is
not the loosening of regulations from the Clinton years, or the push
for home ownership by the administration and certain congressional
leaders." Blackwell blamed the collapse on the "instant-gratification
culture," and "the 24-hour news cycle.

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Bushmask hits the streets to buy gas and chuckle it up with the common folk, five years after his doppleganger declared Mission Accomplished.

There are more American troops in Iraq now than on that May 1st, 2003.

"The idea that it's going to be a long, long, long battle of some kind I think is belied by the fact of what happened in 1990.  Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that . . . It won't be a World War III." - Donald Rumsfeld,  11/15/02

"It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam's security forces and his army. Hard to imagine."  - Paul Wolfowitz, 3/27/03

Yesterday a story came out about Ohio Republican Secretary of State candidate Greg Hartmann insulting a rape victim and failing to prosecute the man who eventually killed her. More details keep have come out on this and it looks worse and worse.

After reading this new timeline of events, I felt sick.

It looks like Hartmann was all along "juggling" a second job - covering up a massive Republican money laundering scheme, when he should have been doing his real job - keeping people like Tracy Walker safe.

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Ohio Secretary of State candidate Greg Hartmann (R) refused to prosecute a man for rape.
When Hartmann moved to dismiss the charge, the judge said "I'm worried he's going to kill her.". Hartmann showed no compassion, complaining that the victim hadn't shown him "courtesy".

Hartmann later billed the county for a vacation day he didn't even have on the very day the trial was to haved started. What makes this even more troubling is what Hartmann was most likely busy doing: his other job, Hamilton County GOP chair. Soon after he was demoted to part-time assistant prosecutor so he could spend more time playing politics.

A year later the judge's intuition was right... the man Hartmann wouldn't charge killed his victim.

More after the jump.

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