Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Congratulations Steve Chabot; 2 More Years of Boredom


At 1:40 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think my favorite part of this blog was that you pretended, even from the beginning, to be non-partisan. however, we all see how well that worked out.... about as well as John Cranley's congressional campaign. (too soon?)

you deride partisan politicking, yet at the same time you've become enveloped in it yourself. in a sense, you encapsulate (that's probably too big a word for you, so i'll just say it also means "to epitomize". still not helping? look it up, for once in your life) the problems with much of democratic politics- you claim to be one thing, and are quickly discovered as something else.

oh, and i'm not some Chabot campaign worker. not everyone who supports him and the fine work he's done in the last 14 years has to work for him. to think otherwise would just be sheer ignorance and ineptitude

At 3:49 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you republicans can gloat about Chabot winning, but your party got slammed last night. Even if he tried to do something - a change from the last 12 years - you don't have the power.

At 8:40 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its really sad how Cranley and his supporters spent this entire campaign trying to tear down the character of a good man. Next time maybe you will debate the issues instead of basing the entire campaign on personal, and very partisan, attacks. The juvenile, mean-spirited attacks on this website hurt Cranley much more than they could have ever helped.

At 8:44 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this was a "First District" blog? What does it matter how other Republicans did. Chabot once again showed he can win a race in any political environment, despite all the big labor special interest money that was thrown at him. This "non-partisan" blog is a complete joke!Good to see you can't trick the voters.

At 2:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess it wasn't time for a change after all.

At 3:37 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Corporate welfare that government can't afford" was how Chabot described it to The Enquirer in 1995. But he was talking about royalty relief - forgiving the royalties that oil companies pay for drilling on federal lands - not tax breaks.

The energy bill Chabot voted for this year did provide for tax credits to encourage more domestic oil exploration - and also included royalty relief and other subsidies. In fact, Chabot was on the House-Senate conference committee that hammered out the final details of the bill. Chabot's campaign has taken more than $175,100 from energy and natural resources interests (including PACs and individuals) over his career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That number represents about 2 percent of his total fundraising.

Members of Congress are required to disclose the companies they own stock in, but not the exact amount. As of his 2005 report, he owned $1,000 to $15,000 in each of the following companies:

Gulf Island Fabrication, which makes offshore drilling platforms.

Encore Acquisition, an oil exploration company with holdings from Texas to Montana.

Matrix Service Co., which builds, repairs and maintains refineries, power plants and other energy facilities.

He bought all three - along with 11 other stocks - in July 2004. He reported less than $200 in annual dividends from each company.

Again, congressmen have to report only vague ranges of their investments, so Chabot's net worth could be anywhere from $385,027 to $1.1 million. That means his oil company holdings can be no more than 12 percent of his portfolio - but probably closer to 2 percent.

The Chabot campaign says he bought the stocks when they appeared in Business Week's "The 100 Best Small Companies" list.

Which specific oil companies receive tax breaks is not a matter of public record. But for what it's worth, Chabot's investments have done quite well. Not including some small dividends, GIFI is up 24 percent since Chabot bought it. EAC is up 34 percent, and MTRX (boosted by some private contracts to repair facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina) is up 74 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 19 percent over the same period.

At 8:08 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous Fact Check poster:
You LOST. Get over it. Steve Chabot clearly was the better candidate and ran a better campaign. Deal with it.

At 4:48 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5:39 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincinnati has the represntation it deserves: a homophobic, racist, middle aged lump of a man stuck in the 1950's.

Let him run uncontested in the future. Chabot is now a powerless minority member of congress. He really isn't worth anyone's effort.

At 11:55 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad John did not win. Guess Steve's mud about the riots worked. Republicans are simple minded old people and Chabot is someone they can identify with.

Chabot has a million dollars in stocks yet people still think that his old car means he has not changed. Suckers.

At 6:17 PM EST, Anonymous Enlightenment said...

Well, the most important thing is that overall our side won. Now that our side has a majority in both houses they should actually USE the subpoena power in January and launch a REAL independent investigation into 9/11.

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name ("Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham"), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Poopular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
Naudet brothers' video footage of the North Tower crash:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
Several accused "hijackers" still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:
Yet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the "hijackers" really were the "hijackers":
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

At 6:38 AM EST, Blogger Tom said...


He likes this site !

At 12:34 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranley is the man.

Budget battle turning point: $3.5M
Health clinics, swimming pools and recreation centers will stay open. More police officers will walk the streets. Programs for the poor will continue getting help from city tax dollars. The city’s savings account will grow.

After working into the early morning hours two days in a row, Cincinnati City Council unanimously passed a budget early Friday that avoided many of the most unpopular cuts in programs that some council members considered luxury items the city can no longer afford. It also invested in the city’s future by addressing lingering financial problems – bolstering surplus cash on hand and fully funding the city’s retirement system – that could cause problems later.

Council also spent more freely on neighborhood development, jobs attraction, the demolition of vacant buildings and the creation of an office to oversee environmental issues.

In addition, the budget calls for hiring 60 new officers over the next two years and sets aside more than $1 million to pay for police overtime so there is an increased presence on the streets immediately.

“We were able to balance citizens’ needs today with the city’s long-term fiscal health,” council member Jeff Berding said.

It wasn’t easy.

The negotiations lasted more than 30 hours Wednesday and Thursday, and pitted two drastically different philosophical points of view against each other.

A majority five members of council – Jeff Berding, Chris Bortz, Laketa Cole, Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel – felt the city should get out of funding social services for the poor, shifting the vast majority of that responsibility to the federal government through Community Development Block Grants. A minority group - John Cranley, David Crowley, Jim Tarbell and Cecil Thomas - believed it critical for the city to continue playing a role in those programs. That caused heated, and sometimes personal, arguments.

“There was a lot of bad blood there,” Cole said. “But the fact that we were able to get past that made me very happy.”

The $350 million agreement turned on a mere $3.5 million.

There had been an on-going argument all week about the amount of the city’s year-end carry-over balance for 2006. The more conservative majority of council said the 2006 carry-over cash would amount to $10 million because that’s what city Finance Director Joe Gray testified to during a hearing on Monday. But by Thursday night, Gray said he could back council member John Cranley’s contention that the surplus was really going to be more, about $13.5 million.

That extra money allowed Cole and her team to allocate $2 million to city savings, and Cranley’s group to spend an additional $1 million on the programs they believe in.

Problem solved.

“We’d probably still be there if not for that $3 million,” said Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, who supports the budget. “That money was confirmed late in the process, and it was very helpful because the other five members were uncertain about it and didn’t want to make plans with that money.”

The money won’t actually be spent until after the city’s Finance Department certifies the city’s year-end revenues in January. It will allow the Cranley team to boost spending on a number of programs they think are critical:

• Social Services: The approved budget has $2.2 million allocated for human services – a $200,000 decrease from last year. Once the additional revenue is certified, another $400,000 will be allocated.

• The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission: $150,000 will keep afloat this 60-year-old non-profit organization that works on race, ethnic and religious relations in the city.

• Yard waste pickup: $100,000 and $150,000 for recycling – programs that Cranley believes are important to attracting middle-class residents.

• The Cincinnati Film Commission gets $75,000.

“We felt all along that their group had ideological opposition to the city providing basic health and human services,” Cranley said about the majority group. “This wasn’t a financial debate. Both of our (proposed) budgets were balanced. Out of all the councils I’ve been on (since 2000), there has never been a majority that wanted to cut social services for philosophical reasons. That was a real departure.”

But that wasn’t the only difference to overcome.

The majority group initially argued for a $3 million cut to the Health Department, which they felt was bloated and inefficient. That deep a cut would have almost certainly led to closure of a health clinic or elimination of a program such as providing nurses to look after children in Cincinnati Public Schools. The majority also proposed the closure of nine swimming pools and two recreation centers.

At the same time, those council members wanted to spend $1.5 million on a jobs attraction program, $3 million on an Economic Development Opportunities fund, and give $150,000 to the chamber of commerce.

Clearly, the two groups had very different sets of priorities.

“Cincinnati has, over a long period of time and through many different councils, said we should provide for poor people,” Crowley said. “With them, it’s not how much but should we be doing it at all. This was their first serious run at that.”

Bortz said that’s not true. His group proposed using federal dollars to fund many of the social service agencies. He also said a decline in population over several decades made it unnecessary to keep open all the city’s pools and clinics.

Berding said the cuts were necessary because past councils had under-funded the city’s retirement system and consistently spent carry-over money, leaving the city on shaky financial ground. Compounding the problem is the potential loss of revenue in 2010 – namely the estate tax that brings in about $16 million a year.

“This council unanimously agreed to do some long-term planning now,” Bortz said. “That’s a good thing.”

With such sharp differences between the two factions, Cranley said he is amazed that the budget was passed unanimously. “Despite our differences, this council still wants to come together and move the city forward. That’s very encouraging.”
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