Friday, September 22, 2006

Kreider Update Update (Pick a bag...)

For those of you who can't make the Fundraiser at the Nelson Rd. Old Bag of Nails, you have other options:

Tuesday, September 26th, 6pm to 8pm
at Old Bag of Nails in Westerville
24 N State St
Westerville 43081
Thursday, September 28th, 6pm to 8pm
at Old Bag of Nails in Gahanna
63 Mill St
Gahanna 43230

Pick your contribution . . .
$25 $250 $2500
(and anything in-between)
Make contributions payable to:
Committee for Emily Kreider
121 Triesta Place
Westerville, OH 43081
Please RSVP by responding to this email or call Nicole Harrison at:

And if you're looking for an incredibly easy volunteer opportunity that can make a difference in this race, contact the Kreider campaign about their weekend door-hanging activities. For those of you who are shy, it's a way to spread a message without actually speaking to anyone.

Of course, the person who left my door-hanger Wednesday night in Bexley would have been welcome to stay and chat a bit, but I'm glad that he/she had made it out here.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Kreider Update

Posted on Eastside Democrats:

Eat. Drink. Get yardsigns and bumper stickers. Keep Emily on TV

Wednesday, September 27th, 6 to 8 p.m., at the
Bexley Old Bag of Nails, 18 N. Nelson Rd

Pick your contribution . . .
$25 $250 $2500 and anything in-between

License Plates

According to the Dispatch, the ACLU has dropped a lawsuit that sought to prevent Ohio from selling/distributing specialty license plates with the message "choose life." I am almost always on the side of the ACLU, but they had this one wrong from the get-go. I'll leave the legal reasons to legal scholars, but less formally: Choosing life entails having a choice. I am pro-choice. Would I encourage people to make responsible choices that lead to fewer unintended pregnancies? Yes. Would I encourage women with unintended pregnancies to carefully consider their options? Yes. Do I think that some abortions are performed with total disregard for the potential ramifications of that decision. Yes.

I am not pro-abortion.

Do I think that abortion is always the wrong choice? No. Do I think that it is possible to justify some abortions that I would not have personally approved of? Probably. Do I think that a woman should have to justify herself to some random blogger, or seek the personal approval of the people in her neighborhood, when she makes a very difficult and personal decision? Absolutely not.

I am pro-privacy, and pro-rights.

Telling your fellow motorists that you would encourage them to "choose life" is exactly the way you should be exercising your freedom of speech and participating in a free and democratic society.

Choosing it for them is not.

So now, ACLU... how about doing something about them "One Nation Under God" plates?

Monday, September 18, 2006

See, it's that easy.

On Thursday, I said that the short term goal of this blog was to raise the profile of the race in OH-12.

Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee designated the race as "emerging," which does not put it into the realm of the 3 "waves" of targeted races, but places it on the official radar of the big guns in D.C.

Radar bounces. The Red-2-Blue announcement by the DCCC has been front-paged by Kos and Chris Bowers at MyDD, and the specific news that Shamansky is in line for DCCC support has been noted by many of the usual suspects.

4 days. I'm that good.

Anyway, now that the narrative has become "Dems think OH-12 is a winnable race," it's time to start letting people know why they might prefer Bob Shamansky to Pa(rro)t Tiberi. I'll go on the record saying that I don't think Tiberi is a Christian Reconstructionist, although I'll oh-so- innocently provide a link to this story from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (blogged by Tiberi-watch veterans LiCoPAC, and revived today by BSB), which has led some to insinuate a relationship.

The fact is that truly extreme religious leaders are an important constituency for the Republican Party, nowhere moreso than here in Ohio. Would Pat stand up and refuse to carry water for religious extremists? Or would he vote against stem-cells and for feeding tubes? Would he stand up against any high profile right-wing special interest? I haven't seen it.

Am I worried that Bob Shamansky will be the puppet of special interests? Nope. And I'm not alone.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Tiberi joins list of Reps sponsoring Bulls**t Legislation

Seriously. According to CattleNetwork.Com, Pat has signed on as the most recent co-sponsor of H.R. 4341. What is H.R. 4341? It's an amendment to the Superfund Environmental Cleanup legislation, specifically, an amendment that excludes manure from being considered a pollutant. According to the proposed bill, this is manure:

3 ‘‘(d) DEFINITION.—For the purposes of this section,
4 the term ‘manure’ means—
5 ‘‘(1) digestive emissions, feces, urine, urea and
6 other excrement from livestock (as defined by
7 7 C.F.R. 205.2);
8 ‘‘(2) any associated bedding, compost, raw ma-
terials or other materials commingled with such ex-
crement from livestock (as defined by 7 C.F.R.
11 205.2);
12 ‘‘(3) any process water associated with the
13 items referred to in paragraph (1) or (2); and
14 ‘‘(4) any byproducts, constituents, or sub-
stances contained in, originating from, or emissions
16 relating to the items described in paragraph (1), (2),

According to the original legislation, a pollutant or contaminant is:

(33) The term "pollutant or contaminant" shall include, but not be limited to, any element, substance, compound, or mixture, including disease-causing agents, which after release into the environment and upon exposure, ingestion, inhalation, or assimilation into any organism, either directly from the environment or indirectly by ingestion through food chains, will or may reasonably be anticipated to cause death, disease, behavioral abnormalities, cancer, genetic mutation, physiological malfunctions (including malfunctions in reproduction) or physical deformations, in such organisms or their offspring; except that the term "pollutant or contaminant" shall not include petroleum, including crude oil or any fraction thereof which is not otherwise specifically listed or designated as a hazardous substance under subparagraphs (A) through (F) of paragraph (14) and shall not include natural gas, liquefied natural gas, or synthetic gas of pipeline quality (or mixtures of natural gas and such synthetic gas).

Okay. Would one of these fine co-sponsors care to personally demonstrate how the direct ingestion of feces, urine, urea and other excrement is perfectly safe? Why not save all the money that is currently being spent on segregating the storm sewer overflow from the sanitation sewers, and just let the human excrement back into the Scioto?

Nobody wants to see a farmer get crippling fines for using organic fertilizer on her/his crops. Of course, family farms are not the problem. The problem is entities like mega-pig farms:

(PBS Correspondent) JEFFREY KAYE: In 2001, the meat industry persuaded the EPA to delay strict enforcement of clean air rules, and to instead fund a National Academies of Science study of the issue. Their report, released one year later, found industrial farms were sources of several critical pollutants.

(NAS report co-author) RUSSELL DICKERSON: Pollutants that are tied to: Morbidity and mortality among American people; to eco-system damage; surface systems; forests and grass lands; aquatic systems like estuaries and fresh water lakes and streams.

Once again, I understand the concerns that family farmers might have with the regulation of manure as a hazardous substance. On the other hand, I don't think the answer is, in a paraphrasing of Tiberi's HR 4341:

'Hey, America! Eat S**t and Die!'

Fair is Fair

The Dispatch did (yet another) story on the role of faith in politics. The piece ends with quotes from Tiberi and Shamansky:

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, and his challenger, Democrat Bob Shamansky of Bexley, agree that their faith helps shape their outlook and value system. But neither spends much time discussing religion on the campaign trail.

Tiberi, a Catholic, says he prefers attending his own church on Sundays rather than campaigning in other churches.

"For me, (my religion and faith) is something important to me that I don’t talk about in my campaign. I don’t go around making speeches about it. It’s clear on my Web site I am active in my church."

Shamansky, who is Jewish and belongs to three synagogues in central Ohio, voiced similar sentiments. He quoted the famous Rabbi Hillel in discussing how his religious upbringing conveyed a moral code "compatible with the American experience." He said: "That which is hateful to you, do not do onto your neighbor."

While Shamansky said that philosophy has "held up pretty well," he added that he is not inclined as a politician to "advertise my religious practices or affiliations. ... I am not going to prove I am holier than somebody else."

If the candidates can stick to those positions, I applaud them both.