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I must confess:

I was the mysterious man escorted out of the Paul Ryan Westlake,OH today.

What did I do?

1. I made it to the first row.

2. As Mr. Ryan got to his usual blaming of Obama for the national S & P credit downgrade,  I simply asked him whether the S & P report named the Congressional Republicans explicitly as responsible for the credit downgrade and whether he Rep. Ryan was /is one of these congressmen.

3. As the crowd attempted to drown me out with "U.S.A., U.S.A" chants, Ryan quipped  that I could "shout and use words all I want, but not escape the facts". . The sleaze and mendacity of this man!!!

4. After temporarily (and regrettably) losing my composure and calling him "liar, liar", I calmly regained control and asked why he never mentions that in his proposed budget, that he, too, would use the 700 plus billion dollars in Medicare savings that Obama created, but not to reduce profits to the health care industry, but, instead, to cut patient benefits.

5. After more shout-downs, I captured another of  moment of silence, reminding him of his October 2008 memo announcing the closing of the Janesville plant, and the plant's last car shipment in December 2008 and his words last Wednesday.

6. At this point, I was approached by a Romney official and told I was no longer welcome. Luckily, the police also came to my safety.  But as I was leaving my front row place, I could not pass over my final chance to remind Mr. Ryan and the 'patriotic' crowd that our 'monster' national debt is largely due to the still unpaid for unjust war with Iraq and Bush era tax cuts, which the congressman supported. And, getting in my last word, I added that Ryan's foreign policy advisor is the one who recently urged to Congress an unjust attack on Iran, which only would be another hugely costly, most likely world-wide, war.

The crowd's shouting U.S.A. and Mr. Ryan's smooth using of the words "Hey, Buddy" did not--I hope--get in the way of the facts. I believe in America.


     Now it's official. Hillary gets her first PA newspaper endorsement, with this from Richard Mellon Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

    In an obvious effort to up sagging sales, Dimitri Vassilaros, an editorial page columnist for the paper and fill-in weekend talk show host, gave a "teaser" yesterday on KDKA Radio 1020, announcing that "there will be a very surprising editorial in tommorow's paper, for anyone who has followed national politics since 1992."
     Scaife, we should recall, was largely responsible for outing many  of the Clinton scandals of the '90s.

     Does this endorsement mean anything? Definitely not! The Tribune Review has one third of the readership of its competitor, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The fledgling paper is commonly used to line birdcages, clean up spilled whiskey and wrap freshly shot Pennsylvania game, particularly ducks. Actually, the whole affair is an embarassment.



Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 08:46 AM PDT

PGH Post Gazette Endorses AGAIN

by pittdem

    In today's main editorial, entitled "Gotcha Politics, Meanwhile the war continues and the economy tanks," the Pittsburgh Post Gazette endorses for a SECOND TIME in one week Barack Obama. This comes a day after our County Executive, Dan Onorato, and his boy wonder sidekick, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl,both in the back pocket of the master of PA old boys' school politics, Gov. Eddie Rendell, took the day off to travel around with Bill Clinton and BOWL for Hillary Clinton in a KDKA Radio primary contest/radiocast.
    At the KDKA BOWL-A-THON, Mr. Onorato asked his Hillary supporters, "Wasn't that a great debate Wednesday night?" In fact, he had to ask twice, but only to get a most tepid response. Apparently, even these supporters realized just Hillary was "in her element." But kudos to the Post Gazette, however, for standing up to its MSM cohorts.

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It took some time--and bucking the whole Western Pennslvania Democratic establishment-- but it's here:

Pennsylvania -- this encrusted, change-averse commonwealth where a state liquor monopoly holds on against all reason and where municipal fiefdoms shrink from sensible consolidation -- needs to take a strong look at the new face and the new hope in this race. Because political business-as-usual is more likely to bring the usual disappointment for the Democrats this fall, the Post-Gazette endorses the nomination of Barack Obama, who has brought an excitement and an electricity to American politics not seen since the days of John F. Kennedy.

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