October 21, 2006

Ted Strickland and Bob McEwen: Two Voting Scofflaws Meet to Congratulate Each Other

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:32 pm

This post has been moved to the top for the rest of Saturday.

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  • October 20 — “Strickland Votes Early Amid Residency Flap;” for perhaps the first time in US history, a gubernatorial candidate casts his own ballot on a day other than Election Day

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NOTE: Unbeknownst to all but BizzyBlog, Ted Strickland and former congressman Bob McEwen met last night in an undisclosed location somewhere around Washington, DC; Fairfax Station, VA; Lucasville, OH; Lisbon, OH; Columbus, OH; Hillsboro, OH; Cincinnati, OH; or at some other yet to be determined place where one or the other of these two peas in a pod claims to have lived over the years.

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Well, if it isn’t my longtime enemy Bob McEwen! I always wanted to shake your hand as Ted Strickland, the Congressman and the Ohio gubernatorial candidate. I didn’t get to do that when I whipped your a–, uh, beat you (sorry, I have to keep this ministerial appearance thing going) 14 years ago.

Yeah, Ted, it’s me. Y’know, I’ve never gotten over that loss and having to leave the House. I’ve tried to get back into Congress three times …..

Zip it, Bob, I know. What brings you here?

Well, Ted, I always thought you were a lousy campaigner and a compete zero until today. You never would have beaten me in ’92 if I hadn’t …..

Yeah, yeah, written all those NSF checks on the House Bank.
I gotcha good with that one, didn’t I?

Ted, even someone who’s blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other one could have capitalized on that. But that’s not my point. I wanted to congratulate you on casting your ballot today.

Yeah, Bob, as much as I think you’re one of the most sanctimonious fools ever to enter politics, I have to admit that I learned something from you during this spring’s congressional primary in Ohio’s Second District. That tactic of voting early when that residency controversy got too hot was a stroke of geniu–, er, that was a really slick move.

You’re right, Ted. Who ARE these people who think that actually living in the congressional district you want to serve, or even living where you’re registered to vote, is important? Hey, how is that condo in Columbus anyway?

Oh, it’s fine. It sure beats that piece of cr–, er, that upstairs apartment in Lisbon above my campaign headquarters that I’m trying to pass off as my voting residence. But you’re right, Bob, they have some nerve criticizing us. I pay rent in Lisbon, I get my mail in Lisbon, I have furniture in Lis –

Zip it, Ted. I don’t need to hear
that TV routine you did the other night again.

Sorry, Bob. I have to stay on message.

That’s okay, Ted. Even though you’re the most self-righteous and condescending person I’ve ever met, I have to admit that even you obviously learned something from me….

Yeah, that when the voting gets tough….

The tough get VOTING! Ha-ha!

We’re just two wild and, shady guys!

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Hey, Bob, before you go…..

Yeah what, Ted?

Well…. Why DID you lose in May, anyway?
And why are you smiling?

Previous Strickland Residency-Related Posts:

- Oct. 19 — What Touchy Ted Didn’t Say About His Residency Yesterday at the Dayton Daily News
- Oct. 18 — That ‘Lame’ Strickland Residency Story Has Travelled Quite a Bit
- Oct. 14 — Et Tu, AP?
- Oct. 14 — How Important Is It to Voters That a Congressional Candidate Live in the District?
- Oct. 13 — Oh, That ‘Lame’ Strickland Residency Controversy Is Getting Around Quite Nicely
- Oct. 6 — Should One Columbiana Co. BOE Member Disqualify Himself in the Strickland Complaint?
- Oct. 5 — Ted Strickland’s Ohio Gubernatorial Candidacy Challenged on Residency/Voting Grounds

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Oct. 22: Conservative Culture Suddenly Sunday Trackback participant.

Weekend Question 1: What’s Your ‘Best’ Reason for Opposing Ohio Issue 2 (Minimum Wage Increase)?

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government,TWUQs — Tom @ 4:34 pm

ANSWER: The one articulated by the Toledo Blade (of all papers).

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The Blade identifies THE reason to oppose Issue 2, even if you are enamored of the idea of increasing the minimum wage (which BizzyBlog is not):

No on State Issue 2

SUPPORTERS of State Issue 2 are right about one thing: The minimum wage, currently $5.15 both for workers in Ohio and across the nation, has been too low for too long. What they’re wrong about is putting wage regulation into the Ohio Constitution.

That’s why we recommend a vote of No on Issue 2 on the Nov. 7 ballot.

A persuasive case can be made for increasing the minimum wage, which has plunged to its lowest value in terms of purchasing power since 1955. But any such change should be made by the General Assembly in statutory law, not by inscribing it in an already cluttered and overstuffed state constitution.

….. As with most controversial issues, the devil is in the details, in this case a page-and-a-half of densely worded text that would be added to the constitution and would cover such allied topics as specifically how violations by employers would be adjudicated.

This is the kind of detail that normally would be included in a statute or in rules promulgated by the legislature to carry out a statute but which we believe does not belong in the constitution. The constitution should be reserved for general principles of state policy, not the minutiae of enacting the policy.

….. Despite the business-labor battle, we see defeat of this issue more as a matter of good government. The cause of raising the minimum wage may be just but it should not be written into the constitution of the state of Ohio.

Discussion, over. There is no reason to even begin a debate on the merits of a minimum-wage hike. It simply does not belong in Ohio’s Constitution, PERIOD.

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UPDATE, Oct. 22: The Plain Dealer agrees with the constitutional clutter argument, and on Thursday opposed Issue 2 on that basis.

Positivity: A Hero Award for a Sea Rescuer of Six

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:31 am

From the Palm Beach Daily News, about a rescue that took place in Massachusetts:

‘YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HELP’
L. Rodger Currie, along with a friend, honored with Carnegie Medal for helping to save six from burning boat.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

It seemed like a normal day to L. Rodger Currie and his friend, Richard Gallagher, when they set out for breakfast the morning of July 12, 2005.

They boarded Currie’s 24-foot power boat in Hyannisport, Mass., crossed Nantucket Sound to Martha’s Vineyard and ate breakfast at the Harbor View.

“The Harbor View has a great breakfast,” said Currie, a Palm Beach resident who summers in Hyannisport. “The routine is always the same.”

But their routine changed drastically on the return trip, when they saw a boat burning about a mile away and no other boats in sight.

In the ensuing minutes, the two men, working together, rescued the six people aboard the 48-foot yacht Priscilla before the burning boat sank.

For their efforts, the longtime friends have been awarded the Carnegie Medal for heroism from the Carnegie Hero Fund. Among 16 award recipients announced last week, the men each will receive a medal and a $4,000 grant from the fund.

“If anyone deserves the award, it’s those two,” said Daniel Adams, owner of the yacht. “Things don’t get much more dire. My 3-year-old daughter was extremely scared. There were flames all around us. There were three people over the age of 70 — one with a heart condition. There was nowhere to go but in the water. I can tell you that without the two of them willing to do what they did, all of us would not have survived.”

One problem was that the adults were unable to get to the life preservers, housed in the section of the boat already engulfed in fire. Only 3-year-old Elisabeth, who had a life preserver on before the fire broke out, was wearing one.

With Gallagher piloting Currie’s boat, the two men quickly assessed the situation. Currie threw the life preservers from his boat onto the bow of the Priscilla, where all six people stood huddled away from the fire.

“It was a very intense fire,” said Gallagher, 55, who is the Hyannis Fire District commissioner. “On a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 10. It was a very serious situation. There would have been loss of life if we didn’t come along. There were no other vessels in the area. They were down to absolute seconds. The fire advanced very quickly.”

“We both instantly agreed to get the kid off first,” said Currie, who was 81 at the time. “I said to the mother, ‘Hold that baby just the way you’re doing it, and when I tell you to throw the baby, throw the baby.’ We came right alongside. I said, ‘Throw!’ and she threw the baby and I caught her, which would have surprised my baseball coach.”

The child’s mother, Adams’ wife, Priscilla, jumped into Currie’s Waverider next. One by one the others followed.

….. Adams was the last one to jump to safety. But by that time, Gallagher and Currie thought the boat might explode and didn’t want to risk getting too close.

“I was holding a rope in my hand and I said, ‘You’re going to have to jump in the water.’ And he said, ‘I can’t swim.’ And I said, ‘You’re about to learn.’ ”

By that time, a Coast Guard helicopter had arrived and was hovering above the two boats, watching the drama unfold.

As soon as Adams jumped into the water, Currie threw the rope. Adams grabbed it and was pulled to safety.

From the helicopter came the words, “Well, done, Waverider.”

Adams said, “It’s amazing that they were willing to come near a boat engulfed in flames, getting close enough that we could jump from our boat to theirs. They risked their lives to save ours.”

Currie and Gallagher also received bronze medals from the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a maritime organization founded in 1787 to aid shipwrecked mariners and to award citizens for their efforts in lifesaving.

“The rule of the sea is that when a boat is in distress, whether it’s Waverider or the Queen Mary, you have an obligation to help,” Currie said.

Currie, now 83, is a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran of World War II, where he flew dive-bomber missions in the South Pacific. He and his wife, Patricia, bought their Palm Beach apartment overlooking the Intracoastal in 1974 and became Florida residents in 1989. The couple have six living children, one that has died and 12 grandchildren.

“It was a busy day and all we wanted was to get a good breakfast,” Currie said.