April 30, 2006

Pierce-ing Posts (043006) — Special Pierce Principles Edition

Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:28 pm

Bill Pierce has laid out ten core principles in memorable fashion. They’re all great, but here are my five favorites:

Protect and Defend the Constitution. As your Senator, you have my solemn word I will protect and defend the Constitution with special assurances to protect America’s “first freedom” – the 2nd Amendment.

Less taxes and less regulation. Let’s renew the Reagan Revolution and free the spirit of American enterprise. We must make permanent the tax cuts enacted earlier and revise the Tax Code, and stay the hands of unelected federal bureaucrats who hamper small business creation.

Reign in federal spending. Pork, earmarks, uncontrolled growth in entitlement programs, and unnecessary spending will enslave our children into an intolerable level of debt. I will join Senators Coburn, Ensign, and DeMint to form a foursome of former small business owners who understand the need to balance the budget to reverse the fiscal “bad habits” of the past.

Secure border and control illegal immigration. A country that does not protect its borders will soon disappear. Our nation, built upon a foundation of the rule of law, must ensure that all laws are enforced or anarchy will reign – and, that applies to illegal immigrants and the businesses who employ them. Add the real threat of terrorism and there are plenty of reasons to secure our borders.

Address the crisis in the Judiciary. I will work to expose and correct the imbalanced case load versus staffing issues in the judiciary, and ensure that the President’s judicial nominations receive their “day in court” without delay by filibusters, which result in more vacant seats on the bench – justice not served is justice denied.

The differences between Pierce and DeWine could not be more stark, as Bill’s wrap-up demonstrates:

Finally – I do not, nor will I ever, subscribe to today’s prevailing attitude that Massachusetts and New York have sole patent rights for out-spoken Senators. I will speak out about the issues listed above and I will not hesitate to challenge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who work against our “common sense” approach to these critical issues.

The positions listed above are but a few of my central concerns. You may have noticed that Senator Mike DeWine supports the first one (prolife — Ed.), recently began to support the second (defense of traditional marriage — Ed.), and has either voted against one or more of the remaining OR not concerned himself with any of these “big” issues. I can and will do much better, but I need your help on Tuesday, May 2nd.


Ohio conservatives having to stop hoping for conservatism from Mike DeWine. He’s had 11 years to disappoint us. There is no good reason to endure more disappointment from Mike DeWine when there is a genuine conservative alternative in Bill Pierce, a man who will represent and defend our values in Washington.

Don’t forget to visit Bill’s site, his blog, and his Contribute page.

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NOTE: I have endorsed Bill Pierce for Senate, and have provided nominal financial support for his campaign. BizzyBlog is a member of Blogs for Pierce.

It’s Official: Only One Major Ohio Newspaper Thinks There’s a US Senate GOP Primary Race

UPDATE: Related FreeRepublic Post on the Dispatch editorial is HERE.

The Enquirer thinks the GOP US Senate Primary isn’t worth covering, or worth the effort of rendering an endorsement (scroll to bottom for list of endorsement links).

Enquirer searches for any kind of news on the race yield mere listings of candidates and isolated stories that are all over a month old.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer didn’t endorse anyone either (link skips from state offices to Congressional races). No evidence at The Toledo Blade either. Or The Dayton Daily News.

They’re assuming it’s not a race.

This may turn out to be an oversight on the level of “Dewey Beats Truman.”

The Columbus Dispatch endorsed DeWine for the primary (about halfway down):

Mike DeWine, of Cedarville, comes to his third Senate campaign with a solid reputation for integrity and a track record of independence in a Republican-dominated Congress. Though consistent in declaring his support for most Bush administration policies, he has held his ground when his position differs from that of the most-conservative wing of his party. His brand of civility and professionalism, not partisanship, yields results.

THIS is “civil and professional”? And what exactly are those “results” ?

Bill Pierce (site, blog, contribute) shows us in his “Campaign of Principles” post that Mike Dewine’s positions don’t differ from the “most-conservative wing” (that’s Dispatch code for “extremists”); Mike DeWine’s positions differ from time-honored conservative principles most of the time. Read the whole thing.

Don’t let anyone fool you. This is a race, and Mike DeWine has only two things left going for him: Apathy and intertia. If you doubt it, click over to this FreeRepublic comment from yesterday at a post about DeWine’s outrageous criticism of Donald Rumsfeld:

I live in Ohio, I am working on the Ken Blackwell campaign. Every single GOP voter I have spoken with says they are voting for Pierce. Of course my local media is 100% behind De”whine.” As active as I am in politics, I had no idea DeWhine criticized Rummy. (Which was the intent of the media who Did NOT report on it, no doubt). Anyway…..To all Ohio conservative voters, lets send a message to RINOs and dump Dewhine.

UPDATE: Yes, I’ve seen today’s the Dispatch poll on the US Senate race. No, I don’t believe it, with good reason — simply remember how dreadfully wrong (56-point swings!) they were about the Reform Ohio Now initiatives last year. Now they’re hoping they can find representative GOP members, a smaller group, when they couldn’t even get a representative sample of the state. B,S.

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NOTE: I have endorsed Bill Pierce for Senate, and have provided nominal financial support for his campaign. BizzyBlog is a member of Blogs for Pierce.

Bob McEwen’s Unholy Alliances–The R-Rated Whistleblower, Part 3

Filed under: OH-02 US House — Tom @ 1:05 pm

Go here for Part 1.
Go here for Part 2.

Warning: Some readers might find the material covered in this post offensive, though every attempt has been made to keep it at a PG-13 level. Click on links provided to the R-Rated Whisteblower at your own risk.

Not only has Bob McEwen willing associated himself with a publisher and a group whose concerns about opponent Jean Schmidt’s safety are at a minimum cavalier, he has associated himself with someone who has made frequent crude and borderline pornographic references to his opponent.

When Jean Schmidt made her trip to Iraq, the R-Rated Whistleblower posted the following (for those not as “well-educated” as the R-Rated Whistleblower, as I wasn’t, “Camel Toe” is a crude reference to the female genital area):

From the January 12 issue
If you think receiving a pre-recorded over-taxed payer funded telephone call at supper time from Congresswoman “Mean Jean” Schmidt, off on an over-taxpayer funded campaign trip (designated by the Department of Defense as Operation Camel Toe) in Iraq, would be outrageous, just check your mailbox to see “Mean Jean’s” glossy, full-color political self-promoting puff piece, prepared, published, and paid for by the over-taxed payers too. Postage rates just went up for ordinary Americans. But the franking privilege still allows multi-millionaires in Congress to send out their political puffery for free.

From the January 13 issue
“Mean Jean” Schmidt’s bad luck continues. First, on her over-taxed payer funded campaign trip to Iraq, folks hearing about “Operation Camel Toe” couldn’t stop laughing about how she showed up wearing her “I Love Cameltoes” T-Shirt. No wonder the press wasn’t allowed on this trip. At least she didn’t ask how they liked their Hummers. What’s next, will she be trashed on the Tigris? Booed in Baghdad?

From the January 14 issue
Friday in Iraq, on “Mean Jean” Schmidt’s over-taxed payer funded campaign trip to the Middle East, the news blackout continued about what the sergeant said when “Mean Jean” asked the troops, “Why do they call it Operation Camel Toe?”

When the Blower published his celebratory April 27 issue on the results of the day’s festivities at the Ohio Election Commission, the title of the issue was “Clusterf*** in Columbus” (spelled with a letter missing, I suppose to avoid the spam filters).

Many more examples could be provided, but I think that’s quite enough.

The evangelicals listed at Bob McEwen’s Endorsements page ought to ask him how associating with the lewd, crude, and borderline pornographic material described here is consistent with the tenets of the Christian faith he allegedly holds so dear.

At a more worldly level, voters in The Second District have to wonder what in the heck the relationship is between what has been described in this post and the previous one, and the idea of “Restoring Honor and Dignity,” and why someone who doesn’t seem to understand the obvious contradictions is deserving of their vote.

UPDATE: In the interest of space, these posts haven’t even attempted to chronicle The Blower’s other areas of attack on Schmidt (her height, her female attributes, her husband, her daughter’s wedding, her twin sister, etc., etc.), all of which should have been repudiated by the McEwen camp if its claim all along that the campaign should be about “the issues” had even the slightest bit of credibility to it. It again shows the candidate’s own contention to Bill Cunningham on April 20 that he had not been engaging (or by inference sanctioning) negative campaigning is, and has been, a pile of Camel doo-doo.

UPDATE 2, May 5: As if confirmation of the association were necessary, the Enquirer’s Politics Extra blog took note of the McEwen Election Night Party Wake attendees (HT to a frequent e-mailer):

Bob Schuler, Ohio state senator
Mark Quarry, Silverton city councilman
Russ Jackson, Anderson Township trustee
Jeff Hardin, vice chairman of the Clermont County Republican Club
Rick Brian, former mayor of Blue Ash
Bob Semple, former Adams County commissioner
Linda Rieg of Warren County, who started the Women for McEwen group
Jim Schifrin, author of the e-mail newsletter The Whistleblower

Bob McEwen’s Unholy Alliances–The R-Rated Whistleblower, Part 2

Filed under: OH-02 US House — Tom @ 1:02 pm

Go here for Part 1.
Go here for Part 3.

So what has the R-Rated Whistleblower published that make Bob McEwen’s association with it so hypocritical?

First, recall that McEwen was yukking it up in February with everyone else, including The Blower himself, when Tom Brinkman cut off Jean Schmidt’s head on a cake.

No big deal? I beg to differ.

On January 9, while she was either in or on her way to Iraq, the Whistleblower wrote:

Some folks are worried Mean Jean could even be abducted by terrorists. But even more people are worried that she might then be released.

People, there is humor, and there’s unspeakable meanness.

What happens to people who are kidnapped in Iraq? Think Nick Berg; they’re beheaded.

So, here’s the sequence:

  • The Blower’s says that if kidnapped in Iraq it would be nice if she stays kidnapped.
  • People who are kidnapped in Iraq tend to have their heads cut off.
  • Tom Brinkman figuratively cuts off Schmidt’s head on a cake in the presence of The Blower, the COASTers, and ….. Bob McEwen.

Now that the whole scenario has been laid out, readers not afflicted with Schmidt Derangement Syndrome might now understand why Jean Schmidt blew a gasket in reacting to COAST’s cake-cutting event. These folks can fairly be seen as wishing she were dead, and thinking that it’s all quite funny.

In fact, what was the counterreaction to Schmidt’s objection?

“No honoree before has complained of the honor, and we doubt anyone will again,” said COAST President Jim Urling. “In addition to being unable to control her urges to tax and spend, Ms. Schmidt obviously has no sense of humor.”

Point, proven.

This sad series of events brought mean-spiritedness to a new level, and Bob McEwen willingly associated himself with it. How that is consistent with his professed Christianity I will never know.

Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion had this reaction in late February:

I’m beginning to think that this crowd has more and more in common with the fever swamp liberals. Like them, this group has a terrible habit of projecting their problems onto others and hoping that the electorate doesn’t notice.

But wait, there’s more — in the next post.

Bob McEwen’s Unholy Alliances–The R-Rated Whistleblower, Part 1

Filed under: OH-02 US House — Tom @ 1:00 pm

Go here for Part 2.
Go here for Part 3.

The R-Rated Whistleblower is in his own way a Greater Cincinnati institution.

He’ll have to forgive me is my history isn’t quite straight. He began publishing on a permanent basis when Bill Clinton was first elected in 1992. His first missives were sent out as faxes. Then he converted to e-mail and added web pages that matched his e-mails. Several years ago, a mysterious person who has never identified himself named Artis Conception came along to provide the Whistleblower with the “artistic” enhancements that the publication is now so well-known for.

At his best, The Blower, as many refer to him, is the area’s version of Walter Winchell. Once, when I asked him why the people he skewered mercilessly in his publication were nevertheless out-of-their-way friendly towards him in person, he simply said “They know they’d better be.” The Blower can properly claim credit for exposing a number of things the local press here either won’t touch, hasn’t dug up, or is covering up.

But at his worst, he can be a borderline pornographic caricature of what many liberals think of every conservative — even after granting him license for comedy and satire, you realize that he’s right on the edge of racism, bigotry, homophobia, and sexism at an off-putting level.

What does this have to do with Bob McEwen? Not a darn thing until about, oh, August 2 at about 10:55 p.m. That’s roughly one minute after my live blogpost shows that Jean Schmidt was declared the winner in the 2nd Congressional District Special Election, defeating Paul Hackett.

You, see the Whistleblower really, really, REALLY doesn’t like Jean Schmidt. I would say he hates her, but hate is too mild a word. Whatever it is that drives the cadre of Schmidt-bashers bananas, the Blower has multiplied by 10.

Beginning almost immediately after the special election, The Blower began a daily countdown to this one, presumptively hoping that someone, ANYONE would come along and challenge Jean Schmidt in the primary. After her infamous House floor speech in November, it became the established wisdom in Blower e-mails and in the Schmidt-bashing community that anyone who challenged her could handily defeat her — never mind that her speech became associated with a 403-3 repudiation of the Democrats’ cut-and-run attempt; never mind that she became temporary Public Enemy Number One of the moonbatty Left, meaning that her stature became enhanced in a district that has almost no patience for the moonbatty Left; and never mind that her speech led to an invitation from the administration to visit Iraq.

Bob McEwen clearly became a Blower devotee, swallowed the idea of Jean Schmidt’s vulnerability whole, and ultimately threw his carpetbag into the ring.

Make no mistake: Bob McEwen has been and continues to be associated with the R-Rated Whistleblower, and is on that basis fairly associated with the The Blower’s material since that association began. In fact, the bobmcewen.org web site, which appears to have been an attempt to set up a campaign blog that never got off the ground, has had a link to The Blower’s web page (scroll down the left-hand sidd) since mid-January, if not earlier.

Some of what The Blower has published since it became clear that Bob McEwen intended to challenge Jean Schmidt, and McEwen’s failure to distance himself from it, not only makes a total mockery of McEwen’s claim that he wants to “Restore Dignity and Respect” to The Second District, but also makes one question his right to continue to proclaim his fundamentalist Christian beliefs.

What am I referring to? That’s coming right up.

Weekend Question 3: What Is Porkopolis’s Pre-Election Question of the Day for Mike DeWine (043006)?

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:03 am

Back in December, some S.O.B. Alliance members, and members to be, used Mike DeWine’s vote against ANWR drilling as an opportunity to endorse. Porkopolis used it as an opportunity to unload, and did he ever.

Porkopolis did the dirty work and asked our incumbent senator six as-yet unanswered questions. I’m doing what I can to call attention to them before balloting takes place next Tuesday.

So here’s the Porkopolis Pre-Election Question of the Day:

Why did you vote against Senator Coburn’s amendment to limit pork barrel spending earmarks?

This will not be a concern with Bill Pierce, who is fully behind Senator Coburn’s efforts. In fact, you can expect more good news from a Senator Bill Pierce like this news from Senator Coburn, who is achieving some success at cutting the pork and shedding light on the piggiest fo the porkers.

Don’t wait for answers from Mike DeWine that aren’t going to come. Instead, vote for fiscal conservative Bill Pierce on May 2, and you won’t be asking your senator questions like this six years from now.

Don’t forget to visit Bill’s site, his blog, and his Contribute page.

Pierce Bumper

NOTE: I have endorsed Bill Pierce for Senate, and have provided nominal financial support for his campaign. BizzyBlog is a member of Blogs for Pierce.

Weekend Question2: Is the Jig Finally Up on Milberg Weiss?

Filed under: Consumer Outrage,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:07 am

Possibly (NY Times link requires free registration):

Case Turns Toward Law Firm

A six-year investigation into whether lawyers at the influential securities class-action law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman used illegal tactics took a significant turn yesterday after a retired real estate mortgage broker agreed to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation.

The broker, Howard J. Vogel of Englewood, N.J., and Florida, received nearly $2.5 million in kickbacks from lawyers inside Milberg Weiss for agreeing to be, or having a family member agree to be, the lead plaintiff in 40 cases, including lawsuits against Oxford Health Plans and Barnesandnoble.com, prosecutors contend.

….. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have spent more than six years investigating practices inside the high-profile firm, which was Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach before a 2004 split. No charges have yet been brought against any lawyers or the firm.

Part of the challenge in building the case has been that witnesses have either been uncooperative or are viewed as having potential credibility problems, lawyers involved in the case said.

In February, two of the high-profile targets of the investigation — Melvyn I. Weiss and his former partner, William S. Lerach, who now heads Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins of San Diego — were told that no charges would be filed against them at this time.

Lawyers involved in the case, however, have said in recent weeks that two other partners, David J. Bershad and Steven G. Schulman, remain targets and could be indicted. Additionally, the firm itself could be indicted.

….. Mr. Vogel first approached Milberg Weiss to explore filing a class-action lawsuit against the Valero Energy Corporation in 1991, according to the court filings. In exchange for bringing the case to the law firm and serving as the lead plaintiff, Mr. Vogel said he expected to share in the legal fees that would be paid.

According to the filings, Milberg Weiss agreed to pay Mr. Vogel 14 percent of any fees it received in the class-action lawsuit against Valero. But two lawyers who were not named in the documents told Mr. Vogel that since he was a plaintiff in the case, a possible conflict of interest would arise from any payment made directly to him by Milberg Weiss.

Illegal payments to shareholder-suit plaintiffs are what have enabled law firms specializing in securities class actions to keep the case flow going. It is quite obvious from the machinations attempted to avoid detection that the parties involved can’t try to claim any kind of ignorance.

Successful prosecutions would be very helpful in putting a stop to this heinous illegal practice.

Previous Posts:

  • Dec. 14, 2005 — Quebec’s Lawyers Are Mimicking Milberg Weiss’s US Class-Action Tactics
  • Nov. 18 — Update: Investigation into Illegal Payments to Shareholder-Suit Plaintiffs
  • Aug. 19 — Update: The Multi-Billion Dollar Shareholder-Suit Payoffs Investigation Is Gaining Steam; Only the WSJ Cares
  • June 27 — Payoffs to Shareholder Suit Plaintiffs Alleged

Positivity: Brothers United after a Half-Century

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:15 am

One brother went from Scotland to Australia to see the other (HT Good News Blog):