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State rep found drunk was on House speaker's car | The Co...

Now it seems that Rep. Martins reason for not attempting the sobriety field tests was "he didn't want to be seen shirtless and sweaty" on the dashcam. Yet in the picture he is clearly wearing some type of garment on his upper torso. Could be a "shirt". hmmmmm  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #40)

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State rep found drunk was on House speaker's car | The Co...

Well the recent incident is that he was stopped for suspicion of OMVI - swerving out of his lane almost hitting a parked car as I recall. The older incident clearly is portrayed even by Lt. Ralston as 'Public Intoxication'. Never proven drunk as no tests were called for the first time and he refused to comply (which is his right) during the OMVI incident. I believe the suspension of his DL for a year will occur, however he will be given work driving privileges and so will essentially be free to come and go as he pleases.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #39)

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House passes debt-ceiling bill 218-210

My Gawd! Enzy Bob may be the most openly selfish person I have encountered. Don't worry Bob IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU!  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #113)

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House passes debt-ceiling bill 218-210

Interesting that an analysis of State budget battles shows a tendency for the public to blame the legislature rather than the executive - haven't been enough Federal budgets actually delayed to do a good study. However the one fight that sticks out in my mind is the fight between Gingrich and Clinton. Newt allowed the government to shut down by sending up budgets that he knew Clinton wouldn't sign, turns out ol' Newtie paid the price there. However, we are not currently talking about a refusal to fund the government by passing a budget or CR but rather whether we should pay the bills we have already incurred. See the budget Congress finally passed for 2011 (which should have been in place back in Sept. or Oct. of last year) was just passed a couple months ago. They haven't even begun to wrangle about the 2012 budget (the 2012 fiscal year starts in October). So lets not confuse this with a government shutdown - the government won't shut down - they just won't be able to pay their bills. Well some of them. We should take in about 170 billion dollars a month but our bills (under a budget passed by the Republican controlled House) amount to 304 billion dollars a month. So who gets paid? And I say "we" because we are the government. Government OF the People, BY the people, FOR the people. The government is us. Which is why I don't get the hatred towards it. Self hatred basically. Last time anti-government rhetoric got this bad on the right Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols et al decided to send a little message. Killed 168 people. Our own did that to us.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #111)

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Authorities identify 'Bonnie and Clyde' robbers | The Col...

Unwed mothers get paid by Social Security? **** ? And most of the unwed mothers I see around are 16 yr old white girls. Anyway.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #16)

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Boehner can't get votes on debt ceiling | The Columbus Di...

Article 1 section 8 of the United States Constitution: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. To borrow Money on the credit of the United States The President cannot sign a bill that Congress doesn't send him. What in fact is his leadership deficit in your opinion? Reference the spat between Press Sec. J. Carney and the Fox News reporter who tried to insist the President did not have a plan. The PressSec left no doubt that a Fox News reporter had been in the room with White House officials discussing details of the Presidents plan. But you have your talking points and are carrying the water quite well for them. I'll quit trying to throw facts in your way - darned inconvenient things those facts.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #41)

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Has defiance spelled doom for Jordan? | The Columbus Disp...

What's that oath that they take? I vow to preserve protect and defend my constituents boneheaded opinions .... no wait ... that's not it.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #59)

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Has defiance spelled doom for Jordan? | The Columbus Disp...

Say bob heres an idea - let us think about somebody other than ourselves shall we? We hope that our Representatives will balance their constituents wishes with the good of the country. Take Speaker Boehner. Fought to keep the alternative engine for the F-35, because GE makes it in southwest Ohio, yet he eventually yielded and let it die. Bad for his district, Good for the country. Now that we have established that you are only looking out for you and it's "root hog or die" for everybody else, we can ignore you. Looking out for the rest of the country ain't yor thang. That's cool. And I say to you:"Good Day, Sir"  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #56)

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Has defiance spelled doom for Jordan? | The Columbus Disp...

Bryan really. If your points are to be considered you must get your facts straight. TARP was signed by President Bush. And to Bob - the surpluses under Pres. Clinton continued right up 'til Pres. Bush signed the 2001 tax cut of 1.3 trillion. The smaller of the two. The worst tax cut was 2003. We are in one war (Afghanistan) and starting a second (in Iraq) AND we cut taxes?!? Unprecedented for a government to recklessly cut revenue when it is embarking on a vast expenditure. And Fords CEO Alan Mullaly on Charlie Rose the other night said the bailout of Chrysler and GM were essential - now this is the guy running the company that had the most to gain by seeing his competitors hit the skids. Maybe two million jobs saved in the auto industry related and support companies. That ain't nothin'.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #55)

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Has defiance spelled doom for Jordan? | The Columbus Disp...

And can we finally all admit that a government is NOT a family or a business with a checkbook. Government is fundamentally different than families or businesses and cannot be run the way these budgets are. I know it is a cherished belief by some that if government were just run like a business (do any businesses deficit spend? Hmmmm) all would be well. Well when your business has to face the Soviet Union or save the world from Nazi Germany we can talk.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #50)

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Has defiance spelled doom for Jordan? | The Columbus Disp...

"Maybe we need a default" That's either disingenuous party claptrap or you are revealing your ignorance. What does a triple A rating mean? Is it valuable? Should we try to retain it? Let's ask ourselves: If the United States gets downgraded on its credit rating and is no longer AAA, who or what entity is? All of those who would try default to see if it is really as bas as people say should look into how much extra interest we will pay on our debt as a result. If your point is that the US of A should try to save money then fooling around with our credit beacon is shooting yourself in the foot. We will pay significantly more in the future and nothing will be solved - we will spend as much or more but it will all be interest on the debt NOT new fighter planes, highway bridges that don't fall into the river, flak jackets (remember when Pres. Bush started the Iraq war and folks at home were buying body armor to send to their sons and daughters in country?) whatever, it won't be infrastructure.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #48)

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Has defiance spelled doom for Jordan? | The Columbus Disp...

Hey Enzyte - I thought it was an indictment and conviction that sent Rep. Delay "out on a rail". But I guess I should believe you and not my own lyin' memory. Two unfunded wars and a Medicare prescription plan that wasn't paid for created the historic deficits. Remember? Pres. Clinton handed a budget surplus to Pres. Bush, and while a tax cut may have been in order, one that was so large it put us back into deficit spending was not. I have heard the old canard about tax cuts increasing revenue - yet I was alive and paying attention and after two Bush tax cuts the economy tanked. So my best evidence shows that tax cuts DO NOT stimulate the economy. Thanks for playing - we have some lovely parting gifts for you....  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #45)

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Legislator accused of DUI was found passed out last year ...

Where are the jobs - Candidate Kasich and all OTHER Republican candidates vowed to focus on creating jobs. What have they done? Where are the jobs? WE WANT JOBS!  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #65)

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Longaberger CEO asking $15M for 200-acre estate | The Col...

If he's NOT sayin' it lemme tell ya who WAS sayin' it: President Theodore Roosevelt. As President, Mr. Roosevelt signed into law the Estate Tax (you might call it a death tax). He felt he was reflecting the fear of many of the founding fathers that generational accumulation of wealth may be an undesirable and dangerous thing. One of the things they disliked most about England and France was the aristocracy that grew in those countries to an institutional control of the levers of government by wealthy families and their scions. Our founders felt however that there was much to be gained by each generation having to start anew and build its future for itself. Passing down mass accumulated wealth often leads to indolence, apathy and indulgence of their whims and fantasies by the succeeding generations. Which leads us back to Ms. Longaberger. So 14 years ago it was unforseen that her kids would be grown and gone? Or that it might be difficult to find a buyer for a property like this? How many kids asked their parents for a BALLROOM last year for Christmas? Now the stables I get. We all wanted a pony. Hubris. Sure its her money and she can do what she wants. And we can say what we want.  (Jul 28, 2011 | post #104)

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So to Speak | Joe Blundo commentary: Politicians counter ...

And really isn't the bigger question about allowing concealed carry in the alcohol establishment? I mean if the Applebee's argument was persuasive enough to allow it in the general public why not here? The state legislators should stick by their guns and allow CCW in the statehouse "counter ".  (Jul 28, 2011 | post #2)