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I couldn't decide if this a story about a "gun fail" or about white privilege or a story about the police that would likely have had a much different ending had it taken place in a black (or Latino) neighborhood.  The reality is that all of these things can be true.  This is a story about a likely disturbed woman who had access to a firearm and went on a drive-by shooting spree.

Clouse did not recognize the driver, but the woman arrested for attempted murder, Julia Shields, 45, lived just up the street at 1504 Cloverdale Drive.

Police said Shields, blonde and wearing body armor, raced through the neighborhood, past well-manicured lawns and simple brick houses, firing multiple shots out her window at people and cars.

It's also a story that would likely have had a much different ending had it taken place in another part of town.
Shields sped away in her car and led officers on a chase down Highway 153 and Hixson Pike, still pointing her firearm at vehicles she passed.

Eventually, officers stopped and arrested Shields at Cloverdale Drive and Koblan Drive, near the spot where the shootings occurred and just blocks from her house. She pointed her firearm at an officer, but was taken into custody without incident or injury, the release stated.

I'm not a police officer and I'm sure that if this suspect had actually fired at the police, then they would have fired back.  But, I do wonder a bit as to how/why a suspect who has fired at multiple people, houses, and cars, led the police on a chase, and aimed a gun at an officer, is taken into custody "without incident" while unarmed kids, kids playing with toys, and adults looking at toys in a discount store aren't afforded the same discretion and restraint.

Who could have possibly seen this coming?  An intoxicated man at Buffalo Wild Wings threatened to shoot a little league team at Buffalo Wild Wings because they were being too loud.  Fortunately, he was only unarmed, drunk and stupid, as opposed to being armed, drunk, and stupid.  This comes shortly after the the governor and legislature legalized guns in public parks and pools.

See the story here


In an interview with John Calipari earlier this week, Bill O'Reilly went into full dog-whistle mode.  Whether it's referring to "rap stuff" or "hip hop stuff" or assuming that all players are fatherless, swearing, drug using thugs, Bill O'Reilly does what it seemingly impossible, he makes Coach Cal sound like a decent human being. The video and the transcript can be found at Deadspin via:

Here's one of my favorite Bill-O moments from the interview:

So they go out with a girl and the girl said hey you raped me. There is drugs everywhere. They are giving the kids drugs for free. How do you keep them away from that?

Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM PST

Ohio Voter Suppression: Part Deux

by n8vtnn

In another blow to voting in Ohio, the Secretary of State, John Husted (R) has eliminated weekend and evening early voting hours, a move that basically eliminates "Souls to the Polls" voter drives and negatively impacts voting participation particularly among African-American and senior voters.

In Tuesday's press release, Secretary Husted stated:

“Our goal is to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat and to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity in the voting process no matter which method they choose.”
Of course, what isn't being said is that the decreases in weekend voting and evening hours can lead to longer lines and hours long waits on election day.  And, we don't have to look too far back to find evidence of that in thee 2012 election, where due to shortage of functional equipment and reduced early voting hours, voters in a number areas, especially urban areas, were faced with long lines at the polls both on the weekend prior to the general election (the only weekend of early voting not cut by Husted) and on election day.

The full press release can be found here:


Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 01:38 PM PST

Ohio Voter Suppression: 2014 Edition

by n8vtnn

Ohio governor, John Kasich (R) is expected to sign two bills to reform "Ohio" election law in time for the 2014 midterm elections.  The first bill, SB 238, cuts ..."

six early voting days referred to as "golden week," when people can both register to vote and cast an in-person absentee ballot.
While this bill is bad enough, the second bill, SB 205 prohibits "
...individual county boards of election from sending out unsolicited absentee ballot applications. The bill allows the Ohio Secretary of State to send them out, statewide, if lawmakers appropriate money to pay for it."
Not surprisingly, both bills passed along party line votes.  The Ohio Democratic Party is expected to file a federal lawsuit over the measures. The full story can be found at:

Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 05:41 PM PST

My Healthcare.Gov Experience

by n8vtnn

I have insurance, but I wanted to kick the tires so I created an account on October 1 and ran into all of the problems that others described (long page load times, errors, etc.).  I live in Ohio, so we don't have a state-run site, thanks to our Republican governor and legislature. I went back on Halloween, and everything that I got hung up on the first time, worked fine.  The pages loaded almost instantly and I was able to do the ID verification, subsidy eligibility, and view plans.

While I have no intention of leaving my employer-sponsored plan, I was impressed with the options on the exchange.  I'm not eligible for a subsidy, so The gold plan that's closest to my current plan has a monthly cost of $387.  My employer-sponsored plan is about $530 per month (I pay $70, my employer pays the rest).  The exchange plan is about $150 cheaper, for similar, but not identical coverage.  My current plan has an $800 max for out of pocket expenses, while the exchange plan has $1000 max; I currently play $20 co-pay for doctor visits and $35 for specialists, the exchange co-pay is $35 and $45 respectively.  It's from the same company as my current, employer-sponsored plan. If I were paying my full premium out of pocket, it would be a no-brainer to go with the exchange.  The cheapest option, with higher deductibles and OOP maximums would have been much lower monthly premiums, around $250/month.

If I had wanted or needed to enroll, I've been able to access and use the system successfully in late October.  Getting online and getting enrolled is definitely doable, and since that's not sexy, "Obamacare is Doomed" narrative that the "liberal" media has embraced, we all need to be proactive in encouraging and helping those needing coverage through the process.


Here's a panoramic photo of the election day line at the Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) student union.  The polling location for on-campus residents is in the union and the line snakes out of the room and extended about 50 feet beyond the green pillars at the left of the frame.  Looks like a strong student turnout which will hopefully help carry Wood County.

250+ Students in line at poll closing time (7:30pm).

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