October 13, 2006

Pullins Report Obtains Strickland Mid-1990s Hire-Related Documents

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:50 pm

Pullins’ post adds to information about the staffer mentioned in the latter portions of an October 11 WorldNetDaily article.

Why Ted Strickland’s 1999 ‘Present’ Vote on H CON RES 107 Matters, and What It Means — INDEX, Disclosure, and Overview

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:25 pm

OCTOBER 13 NOTE: This post has been carried forward to today (Friday) because of continued interest in the topic. This supplemental post that went up this morning is also important, because it makes this fundamental point at the end about Strickland’s 1999 “Present” vote that wasn’t made crystal clear on Tuesday:

Nobody can fairly say that Ted Strickland supports pedophilia, but no one can deny that Ted Strickland’s 1999 “Present” vote on H CON RES 107, and especially his subsequent reaction to Congress’s unanimous support of it, provided aid and comfort to those who do. The only debate is over how much.

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NOTE: These posts cover Ted Strickland’s 1999 “Present” vote on a House Resolution that condemned a research study published (and later withdrawn) by the American Psychological Association that was widely seen as an attempt to set the stage for eventual normalization of what the study wanted to call “adult-child sex,” but which the civilized world still refers to as “pedophilia.”
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INDEX to supporting October 10 posts:
Part 1 — Why It’s Being Brought Up
Part 2 — The Resolution, and Strickland’s Floor Speech
Part 3 — The Reason Why He Said He Opposed It (and My Conversation with Him about It)
Part 4 — What It Reveals about How He Might Govern
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DISCLOSURE (and note to anyone tempted to ignorantly apply the “Blackwell/GOP shill” label to the author, or to these posts):

Yes, I said with some reluctance that I would vote for Ken Blackwell after the May primary, and here is the full context –

(I have learned) that the “Christian Right” can be taken in by clever messengers who say the right things and are successful at not revealing their true selves. Yes, that goes for David Smith and Bob McEwen. Yes, that makes me hesitant to jump up and down for joy about Ken Blackwell, because I believe his close alignment with the Ohio Restoration Project is causing an ugly strain of condescension and a bit of a detachment from reality to emerge in him, and I never thought I’d say either thing (though I will vote for him, given the alternative).

I would suggest that this hardly qualifies as cheerleading. But I’ll always take someone who occasionally detours in the directions of condescension and detachment over someone like Ted Strickland who, as you will see in this series of posts, despite normally disguising them, has shown that both are integral parts of his personality, along with an opposite-end-of-the-spectrum strain of self-righteousness that would even embarrass any supposedly “judgmental” Christian-right evangelist.

The preference just described definitely includes my vote this coming Election Day.

I’ve already received criticism for engaging in slander and the like in these posts. Please — What that criticism really shows is that these posts are indeed on target, accurate, and worthy of serious consideration by Ohio voters. It also demonstrate a convenient memory loss as to which party the gubernatorial candidate who raised the issue earlier this year happens to be a member of.

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OVERVIEW:

Part 1Why It’s Being Brought Up

Ted Strickland’s 1999 “Present” vote on H CON RES 107, his reaction to the Resolution in question, and his stated reason for opposing it are relevant to the 2006 Ohio gubernatorial campaign because:

  • There’s a big difference between serving 600,000 people in Congress and governing an entire state of 11 million people.
  • The Strickland campaign has been widely agreed to be painfully short on specifics, so we must look elsewhere for clues as to what kind of governor he might be.
  • The conduct of Strickland’s party in Washington during the past two weeks has made it clear that the seven year-old Strickland controversy needs to be fully vetted.

Part 2The Resolution, and Strickland’s Floor Speech

H CON RES 107 was an outraged response by Congress to an attempt by a professional publication to quietly begin the process of normalizing what the authors of a research study in that publication wished to call “adult-child sex,” but which the rest of the civilized world refers to as “pedophilia.”

The resolution passed 355-0; Ted Strickland was one of 13 who voted “Present.”

15 days later after the Resoluion passed unanimously, Strickland made a blistering one-minute speech on the House Floor that was so critical of his colleagues that it must be read to be believed. (ADDED at 5PM — For the benefit of those who don’t want to slog through all the detail, Strickland in essence called 355 of his colleagues a technically unqualified pack of liars who had no right to criticize his professional colleagues in the psych business. Read the one-minute speech [saved at blog host] yourself).

Part 3The Reason Why He Said He Opposed It (and My Conversation with Him about It)

As intensely critical as that one-minute speech was, it did not contain what Ted Strickland claimed to be his primary objection to H CON RES 107, namely that he would support any resolution claiming that anyone who has had a childhood sexual relationship with an adult can never have a healthy and loving sexual relationship in later life, or that healing and recovery from being sexually abused as a child are not possible.

The fact is, as is clear from reading the Resolution, and as I told Strickland myself when I spoke to him in 2001, that what Congress “Resolved” in H CON RES 107 did not make either statement; the full language in the Resolution made one “whereas” reference to a 1982 Supreme Court decision that did. Ted Strickland’s “big objection” to the Resolution, was, and still is, specious.

Part 4What His Vote, and His Conduct Surrounding That Vote, Reveal about How He Might Govern

Ted Strickland’s 1999 vote, his reaction to the Resolution in question, and his stated reason for opposing it have potentially profound implications relating to how Ohio might be governed should he reach the Statehouse. Causes for concern include:

  • His intense belief in being non-judgmental.
  • His stated willingness to hire ex-convicts for state jobs.
  • His track record of having an employee with a known criminal record who he kept on his payroll and used as his campaign manager.
  • The unique ability a sitting governor has to grant pardons and commutations.
  • Ohio’s experience almost 16 years ago with how another notoriously non-judgmental governor used his pardon and commutation powers.

Mid-Day Roundup

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:45 am

The craziest week I’ve seen in a while continues. First, some quick ones, then an outrageous downplay headline from Reuters.

  • DO NOT MISS “The View with a Clue.” Besides being better TV, it’s easier on the eyes than the original. There were some dead-air moments, but all in all it was a very good first outing by a group of with divergent views who nevertheless have a civil conversation (what a concept). Michelle Malkin continues to push the Internet broadcasting envelope, which is a good thing, because YouTube and others seem intent on shrinking it (here’s yet another example).
  • Porkopolis is on Ted Strickland’s case for what has to be seen as yet another example of extreme non-judgmentalism — voting against a resolution declaring that the US will prevail in the War on Terror. What, he doesn’t care? Doesn’t think it matters? Hopes we’ll lose?
  • It was thought to be imminent about a month ago, but now it’s official — Air America Radio has filed for bankruptcy. I would have thought that they would do anything to hold on past November 7. The Smoking Gun has a 26-page list of AAR creditors that, to quote Zell Miller, “goes on and on and on.” Things must have been really dire.

Finally, what a bland headline from Reuters for this report:

Oct consumer sentiment rises more than expected

Friday October 13, 10:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose more than expected in October, a preliminary report showed on Friday, as consumers’ view of both current and future conditions improved.

The University of Michigan’s preliminary October reading on its consumer sentiment index was 92.3, up from September’s final 85.4, said sources who saw the subscription-only report.

The median forecast of Wall Street economists polled by Reuters was for the index to read 86.5.

The survey’s index of current conditions jumped to 106.1 on a preliminary basis in October from 96.6 in September, while consumer expectations climbed to 83.4 from 78.2.

“Happy days are here again,” said Patrick Fearon, senior economist at A.G. Edwards and Sons in St. Louis, Missouri. “It was a stellar number compared to what we’ve been seeing for the past many months.”

Those differences between actual and expected show that economists were caught totally flat-footed. How about “October Consumer Confidence Blows Away Forecasts”? Or “Reuters Is Really Hoping You Won’t Read Past This Headline”?

Oh, That ‘Lame’ Strickland Residency Controversy Is Getting Around Quite Nicely

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:38 am

The “lame” story gets legs:

More coverage is at Lincoln Logs, which has been the primary source on this issue, including being the guy who was told by The Plain Dealer a week ago that the story was “lame.”

No, silly reader, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s blog has nothing (now it does — see Update 2), even though yours truly literally dropped the story in their lap a few days ago. Now THAT, from the paper that brought you three or more print articles articles and a dozen blog entries on Jean Schmidt’s 1993 marathon picture, is lame.

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UPDATE: More — Salem News (lots of interesting info in this one), NixGuy at his AOLelectionsblog outpost, and the Lisbon Morning Journal News.

UPDATE 2: The Enky Blog got to it about an hour after this post went up, and the print edition had a story on Saturday.

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Previous Post:

  • October 5 — Ted Strickland’s Ohio Gubernatorial Candidacy Challenged on Residency/Voting Grounds

Psychologist Michael Miller Violates First Rule of Holes (Keeps Digging), Ignoring Why Strickland’s 1999 Vote Was So Important

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:24 am

In the previous e-mail exchange between Miller and WTAM 1100 morning talk-show host Bob Frantz, Miller went after Frantz for allegedly saying that Ted Strickland supported pedophilia (wrong), that Strickland objected to the “politicalization” of science (he didn’t say that; he criticized his collleagues’ competence to render an informed vote — BIG difference), and acted as if Strickland’s reference to the 10 Commandments in his one-minute House Floor speech was redemptive (no, Strickland used the 8th commandment as a club to call 355 of his fellow congressmen liars).

Then Miller went into an unrelated direction about “a real parallel between the effects of child abuse and the effects of war experiences” and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Frantz fortunately took none of the bait and simply recited back the resolution language that Strickland would not support.

Miller wouldn’t let it go, and here is his follow-up e-mail to Frantz yesterday evening. What follows is a full-fledged descent into the land of the Democratic Underground:

I am a concerned citizen, NOT a campaign worker. I can see you are as fair and balanced as Rush, Chris Wallace, et al. You claim to be an Independent? By your logic, if one has any constitutional issues with say the Patriot Act and does not give President Bush another blank check to do whatever he wants, you are providing aid and comfort to the enemy. Reread the Constitution and look for references to checks and balances – something that has been absent for 6 years.

One thing that I have to complement (sic) you, Rush, et. al, on is NOT letting the lack of facts get in your way of knowing the truth. As an active Christian and Sunday School teacher, I am tired of litmus tests of anti-gay and anti-abortion defining one as a person of faith. Jesus said nothing about either of these in the Gospels. When I listen to Rush, I NEVER hear any of the lessons of Jesus put into play. He recently stated that liberals complain about the far right being judgemental. If he were familiar with the Gospels and Jesus, the radical, he would have known that Jesus taught “Judge not lest ye be judged.” These are the lessons that true Christians struggle with and attempt to put into play. Yes, these comments reveal that I have further to work on this lesson.

It is distressing that the Bush administration and the far right (I realize that this occured when he was still Governor) continue to try to minimize and politicize science to supposedly “report” what they want to hear.

Thank you for your time.

Dr. Miller

Mostly speaks for itself, eh?

In Michael Miller’s world, only “the far-right” would be so “judgemental” as to condemn a study suggesting that adult-child sex pedophilia is not always such a bad thing. Miller “forgets” that 160 or so Democrats supported the resolution. If Millier is implicitly suggesting that those Democrats were intimidated into voting as they did by the “far-right,” he appears to be saying that Democrats are the party that would have been just okey-dokey with the legitimization of research reports like the one orginally published by the American Psychological Association designed to begin the process of normalizing pedophilia. That doesn’t sound like it has much potential to turn into a workable campaign slogan, and as much as I have a problem with a lot of the liberal agenda, I do not believe that the large majority of even hard-left Beltway libs would disagree with how 160 of their colleagues voted in 1999.

But Mr. Miller’s anti-Bush rant had one phrase that he (Miller) clearly detests — aid and comfort. Michael Miller’s apparent refusal to acknowledge that there is such a thing as providing aid and comfort to a hostile cause has direct applicability to that 1999 House resolution.

Let’s revisit the Weekly Standard’s January 1, 2001 article “Pedophilia Chic, Revisited,” that was previously mentioned in Part 2 of the original series on Ted Strickland’s “Present” vote, and you’ll understand what I mean. Read this paragraph from that article very carefully as it QUOTES from the research report Congress condemned:

What was equally radical about “Meta-Analytic,” ….. was its specific comparison of pedophilia to “behaviors such as masturbation, homosexuality, fellatio, cunnilingus, and sexual promiscuity.” All such, the authors noted, “were codified as pathological in the first edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (1952) ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’”; and all are so codified no more. What this analogy tacitly suggested, of course, was the assurance that pedophilia, too, would someday take its place at the liberationist table. In the meantime, as the authors put it, “This history of conflating morality and law with science in the area of human sexuality by psychologists and others indicates a strong need for caution in scientific inquiries of sexual behaviors that remain taboo, with child sexual abuse being a prime example [emphasis added].”

How clear does the agenda of the research report’s authors need to be? The five behaviors mentioned were once considered taboo by a major professional organization; now, for better or worse, they’re not, and those genies aren’t going back into the bottle on a societywide basis anytime soon, if ever. Most (but not all) of those Americans who still disapprove of some or all of the identified behaviors have made peace with the idea that many of their fellow citizens find them either acceptable or none of their business, that we live in a pluralistic society, and that we generally live and let live.

Which brings us to pedophilia. The American people are not stupid; they often don’t pay enough attention, but they’re not stupid. It took a number of months before “Meta” got noticed by anyone outside of the psych community, but once it did, the consensus was about as instant, overwhelming, and across-the-board as you’ll ever see — pedophilia, contrary to the agenda of the APA study’s authors, would not be allowed to start down the researchers’ desired (and once done, undoable) path to normalization. Therefore, the people, once informed, made it crystal clear that the conclusions and implications of the research must, and would, be repudiated.

The House resolution that passed 355-0 is fairly seen as a bi-partisan statement that with pedophilia, “That’s not, gonna, happen.”

….. Except for those 13 congressmen who voted present, and especially for Ted Strickland, who furiously took after his colleagues in a one-minute speech a full 15 days after the vote on the resolution and, in essence, called them an unqualified pack of liars who had no right to criticize his psych profession colleagues.

Especially because he is a professional psychologist, and as such had a special responsibility to take a stand, Ted Strickland’s “Present” vote, and his extraordinary reaction to what his congressional colleagues did, gave aid and comfort to those who hold on to “the dream” that someday society will normalize a behavior it currently abhors. And it doesn’t matter how many times Strickland shouts “No it didn’t,” the stubborn and immutable fact is that, yes, it, did.

Nobody can fairly say that Ted Strickland supports pedophilia, but no one can deny that Ted Strickland’s “Present” vote, and especially his subsequent reaction, provided aid and comfort to those who do. The only debate is over how much.

Ohio Governor’s Race Mini-Reminder (on Taxes)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:10 am

Ted Strickland voted for the 1993 tax increase (HT Club for Growth).

Among other things, it:

  • Raised the highest tax rate to 39.6%.
  • Limited the deduction companies could take for executive pay to $1 million each, leading to the era of stock options, and related abuse.
  • Made as much as 85% of Social Security benefits taxable (was 50% before the law passed) Later thought — And since the limits involved aren’t indexed to inflation, more US retirees get sucked into paying tax on their Social Security benefits every year.
  • Raised the taxes of nearly most people who were already paying taxes (i.e., the “middle class tax cut” promised by Bill Clinton during the 1992 campaign strangely evaporated).

The vote was 218-216, so you can claim that Strickland’s vote was the tiebreaker. One of my biggest regrets is not saving a letter Ted Strickland sent to me defending this vote and regaling me about the economic evils of the Ronald Reagan era. We should be so “unlucky” again.

BBC Helps Enviros Try Out New Focus-Group Words

Here’s a partial list from this BBC article:

  • Ecological debt
  • Eating the planet
  • Ecologicald debt day
  • Planet’s life-support mechanisms
  • Eco-footprints
  • Ecological credit card

There is a guy at the end who pokes holes in these ideas, but expect these terms to get additional tryouts in US 527 Media outlets soon.

There’s Only One Thing the Hotel’s In-House Phone Is Good For

Filed under: Money Tip of the Day — Tom @ 8:00 am

That’s calling the front desk. Oh, and local calls, but only if free. Otherwise, as this USA Today article addresses, if you travel, you should have a wireless plan with sufficient minutes and free long-distance.

Free Roger Ailes?

Filed under: Business Moves — Tom @ 7:55 am

My understanding is that the man behind Fox News Channel’s rise and dominance is taking on a lot of other duties at News Corp., and is not as hands-on as he used to be at the cable news network.

If I’m right, and this is a typical evening’s result against the competition, he needs to refocus. Fox’s competitors are still a distant 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, but they are a lot closer than they were earlier in the year. Take this one from February as an example.

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UPDATE: A semi-celebratory Toledo Blade editorial also thinks that Fox’s slip might be showing:

Despite having built an audience more than twice the size of CNN’s in less than a decade, Fox News has recently seen a sharp drop in prime-time viewership. The falling fortunes of political conservatives along with declining interest in cable news may be taking some of the swagger out of Fox News’ gait.

Bob Taft’s Final Legacy

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:50 am

Ohio’s business climate is ranked 49th in the country, better only than New Jersey.

One of the first things the next governor needs to do is kill the CAT (Commercial Activities Tax). I argued a couple of months ago that the CAT’s existence may be the reason Honda chose Indiana over Ohio for its new plant.

Which candidate is more likely to do kill the CAT to make Ohio come up from the basement?

Positivity: South Florida’s Famous Survivor Turns 90, Six Years After Ordeal

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

Then 84, Tillie Tooter survived three days in a swamp after her car was run off an interstate bridge (a slideshow and links to previous stories are also at the link):

UPDATED: 6:48 pm EDT October 4, 2006

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — A South Florida woman, whose story of survival captivated the nation six years ago, has passed another milestone in her life.

Tillie Tooter, the grandmother who survived three says in a snake-infested mangrove swamp in August 2000 when her car was run off the road, has just turned 90-year-old.

Tooter talked exclusively to Local 10, and said she approached her birthday like she has every day of her life since the rescue – with a positive attitude,

“It’s a miracle. My whole life was a miracle,” she said.

She survived her ordeal, upside down in her wrecked car after it flew off a 595 overpass and into the swamp. She lived on rainwater, chewing gum and a cough drop until she was rescued after a teenager Justin Vanelli, who working on a road crew, spotted her.

“I feel wonderful about living this long. I never expected to. If it wasn’t for a 15-year-old boy who was curious, they never would have found me,” Tooter said.

She emerged from the crash with painful injuries to her neck and right arm, but also with a new focus.

“Every minute counts,” she said. “Take whatever you can out of this life. Every bit of joy and every bit of pleasure and give as much as you can.”

Since the wreck, she’s spoken to dozens of groups, many at retirement homes. Her lecture tour has raised more than $25,000 that has gone to the families of the victims of 9/11.

“This is the reason I go to these places. I’m told I inspire them at these homes. I don’t consider myself old, because age is a number. It’s just a number and up here I don’t feel old, because I don’t think I’m old.”

Tooter savors simple pleasures: poker with friends, visits with her children and her grandchildren — and her birthday.

….. When asked what she would like to get as a gift, Tooter said, “An extension of life. What more can you ask for — to be with the people you love and who love you.”