October 14, 2006

Et Tu, AP?

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:35 pm

The memo from the PeeDee telling everyone in the 527 Media that the Strickland residency story is “lame” must have gotten lost on its way to The Associated Press.

Weekend Question 2: What Are the Latest Reasons to Reject ‘Ohio Learn & Earn’?

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government,TWUQs — Tom @ 3:38 pm

ANSWER: Glad you asked.
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From Jill at Writes Like She Talks (original entry relating to Jill’s effort is here) –

  • Reason 28 — “Because the states with the highest-grossing gaming markets are also the states that lead the nation in several undesirable categories and the last thing Ohio needs is to be shouldering for space in some of those top ten lists.Think Nevada, then think tops in divorce rates, illegitimacy rates, suicide rates, rates of death from firearms and female incarceration rates.”
  • Reason 27 — “Because if you think I’m a kook – either for my reasons to vote against Ohio Learn and Earn, or because I’m reciting 57 of them, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Jill goes on to cite a dozen blogs carrying anti-Issue 3 posts. If you make the rounds of Ohio blogs on the left, the right, and in the center, and you won’t find much support for Issue 3 at all. That is as it should be.
  • Reason 26 — “Because we should focus on maximizing the use of currently available means for paying for higher education rather than on subsidies that will wind up going to students who will 1) qualify for assistance anyway, 2) have the ability to pay without state assistance and/or 3) head to college regardless of the existence of the gambling proceeds. Throwing money to these groups of students will fail to make college more affordable, fail to get more Ohio students to attend Ohio colleges and stay in Ohio afterwards, and fail to pay for college for those kids for whom college is least affordable. The idea that higher education isn’t affordable comes from the perception that institutions of higher education have ratcheted up tuition through unconscionable increases, in part due to state cutbacks in assistance. Thus, giving gambling proceeds to the top 5% of Ohio’s high school graduates doesn’t do a single thing to address or attack these roots of the affordability problem.

Bonus Reason at the end of Number 26

Imagine if this woman’s legal arguments succeeded in Ohio and every Ohio who had a “60-hour-a-week gambling regimen” which they called “a business” was able to convince the Ohio judiciary that they should be able to deduct all their gambling losses from their taxes.

In MN, “…Justices concurred that she was involved in a ‘trade or business,’ even if it wasn’t a particularly reasonable one to practice…”

Weekend Question 1: How Important Is It to Voters That a Congressional Candidate Live in the District?

Filed under: OH-02 US House,Taxes & Government,TWUQs — Tom @ 9:12 am

ANSWER: It’s a dealbreaker if he or she doesn’t and the voters know about it.

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Confirming that one of my alltime hot-button issues is not some lonely personal crusade:

1. Do you think a candidate for the United States House of Representatives should or should not be required to live in the district he or she wants to represent?
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2. Do you think you would or would not vote for a candidate for the House of Representatives who lived outside the district he or she wanted to represent?

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Apply to current electoral circumstances (e.g., Tammy Duckworth, Green Card Charlie Wilson, Ted Strickland’s previous congressional runs) as they fit.

The numbers are so overwhelming they don’t need much commentary, but I will make these three points:

  • Congressional candidates who do not live in the districts they plan to represent can ONLY win if they withhold the fact of their out-of-district residence from the voters. Winning a seat while living out-of-district is thus, in essence, winning the seat under false pretenses. (Of course, the opponent who doesn’t bring the non-residency up shares the blame.)
  • Even though what was involved in her case was a US Senate seat, and even if there hadn’t been legal requirements (which there were), the poll shows why Hillary Clinton had to buy a house with her husband in New York about a year before the 2000 election. Voters simply won’t accept interlopers and carpetbaggers, and Mrs. Clinton had to at least make some kind of effort to show herself to be a New Yorker.
  • Locally, THE ONLY REASON why Bob McEwen came within 5% or so of winning the 2005 and 2006 GOP primaries in the Second Congressional District was because, despite the best efforts of this blog and others (plus the Easter bombshell story in the Cincinnati Enquirer in the 2006), most voters did not know there was a residency problem with Carpetbaggin’ Bob. The above shows that any win he might have achieved would have been based on withholding the truth, and would thus have been dishonestly obtained. There’s a commandment about that, isn’t there?

Positivity: High 5 Goes to Man Who Saved Neighbor Girl

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:02 am

In Bountiful, Utah:

October 6th, 2006 @ 2:35pm

A Bountiful man had a suprise wake-up call today on live television when he was the subject of our High Five segement on Eyewitness News Today. Because of his quick-thinking, a 12-year old girl is alive and recovering well from a scary accident.

We’re in the business of surprising people, and hopefully it’s a good one. On April 1st of this year, Joe Dalto got the surprise– no, shock– of his life.

Joe Dalto:”At one point I thought she might be dead– just looking at her, she might already be dead.”

Joe was in his driveway when he heard a scream come from up the street. 12-year old Jamie Vaughan was riding her non-motorized scooter down a hill when she came crashing down on the sidewalk below. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Jamie Vaughan: “I kind of remember going down, but I don’t remember hitting, and that’s about it.”

Joe is a quality manager for Lifeflight and has a background in nursing so he immediately checked on her breathing.

Joe Dalto: “So I stuck my fingers in her jaw and I moved her jaw. And then she took and then I heard a gasp and it was like, that was good. I knew that was good.”

Jamie was taken by Lifeflight to Primary Children’s Hospital where she spent the next month in recovery.

Linda Vaughan, Jamie’s mother: “The impact was all right here on her head– and she shattered all her face bones.”

The plastic surgeon said her broken facial bones were like the crumbled potato chips at the bottom of the bag.

Joe Dalto: “I was fearful at first about going to the hospital, worried that she might die, and I wouldn’t know what I would do if she did.”

Scott Vaughan, Jamie’s dad: “Well, basically they saved her life. Without Joe and the others that were there, she would have died– it was such a serious injury.”

Luckily, she did recover and now is doing fine, better than fine.