May 18, 2007

Clarification Requested by Subject of Prior Post

Filed under: General,OH-02 US House — Tom @ 12:15 pm

Eric Scheibeler has requested that I make a clarification at the following June 2005 post:

2nd District (OH) Race: The McEwen Connections, Part 6–The McEwens and Amway Quixtar (AQ)

Two sentences of text in the first paragraph of what was published at that post from his e-mail to me have had “strikethrough” applied to them, with reference to a just-added “Update 3″ at the end of the post.

The text of Update 3 at that post follows.


(Beginning of Update 3 text)

UPDATE 3, May 18, 2007: Mr. Scheibeler contacted me and asked me to add the clarification that follows to replace the text that has had “strikethrough” applied to it in the first paragraph of his e-mail above –

“A posting on an article about Amway and Quixtar contained statements that should be clarified.

Quixtar has filed a lawsuit against me

I discovered deception in the Amway Quixtar distributor force and reported it to Dick DeVos. Long after that, my wife and son received an anonymous death threat on the telephone. I had been threatened in a meeting by a person known to me who is not an Amway employee nor acting upon their direction. The threats have never been attributed to either Mr. DeVos nor Amway, Quixtar nor any of their employees. I am issuing this statement in order to clarify publicly that I did not receive a death threat either from Amway or from Mr. DeVos. As I indicated in my book, Merchants of Deception, I do not know who threatened my wife and son on the telephone.”

(End of Update 3 text)


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Small Tip, Big Iceberg

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:43 am

From Texas:

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have registered to vote in Bexar County in recent years and dozens of them have actually cast ballots, canceling out the votes of U.S. citizens, 1200 WOAI news will report Thursday morning.

How many “path to citizenship” people will demand the right to vote before they are truly “citizens” (if the word even has meaning any more) under the quasi-amnesty being whipped through the legislative process in Washington?

Do Most Ohio Voters Think This Is What They Voted For?

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:38 am

I have my doubts:

Judge rules no smoking in private clubs

AP Statehouse Correspondent
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Private clubs can’t allow smoking despite language in Ohio’s statewide smoking ban that seems to allow it, a judge ruled Thursday.

The state overstepped its authority when writing rules exempting private clubs, including VFW halls that had fought to be excluded from the ban, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David E. Cain said. He blocked the exemption from taking effect at the request of a restaurant and bar owners’ group.

Cain described as overbroad the Ohio Department of Health’s attempt to resolve contradictory language in the SmokeFree Act, which both allowed smoking in private clubs and restricted smoking in most workplaces.

Smoking at clubs would violate an intent of the ban to keep workers from being exposed to secondhand smoke, he said.

“The court cannot think of a scenario under the SmokeFree Act in which the ‘private club’ exemption would actually apply,” he wrote.

It seems like the Friday night poker game might be next.

Positivity: World’s Largest Hospital Ship

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Shipping Times, based in the UK (HT Daily Good e-mail):

24 April 2007

After eight years, AFRICA MERCY is ready for Africa

The world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the AFRICA MERCY, is set to sail to Africa from the Tyne – following eight years of conversion work and global fundraising.

The former Danish rail ferry, has been converted into a state-of-the-art hospital ship at a cost of over £30million and will provide free healthcare and community development services to the poorest people of Africa. The AFRICA MERCY is due to sail on its inaugural trip to Liberia on May 4.

UK based philanthropist, Ann Gloag, who has donated substantially to the project, said today: “When I originally put up the first donation to buy the ship I knew it would be a long, tough project and it certainly has been. However when you consider that this ship used to be a rail ferry and is now a state-of-the-art hospital ship, all the hard work has been well worthwhile.”

The AFRICA MERCY is the fourth ship to be operated by the international charity, Mercy Ships, which has provided more than £350million worth of services since its inception in 1978.

More than 400 volunteer crew will be taking part in the ships first field service in Africa providing free medical care, capacity building, relief aid and community development programmes to the people of war-torn Liberia.

£1million worth of hospital supplies, equipment and materials have been loaded onto the ship in the last week, transforming this vessel from an empty shell into a state-of-the-art hospital ship and small village. In addition to the hospital supplies, essential goods including 3000 toilet rolls (three month supply), 400 waste paper bins, 26.8 tons of frozen meat and fish (4 months supply), 420kg of coffee courtesy of Starbucks and 4,000kg of breakfast cereal have been loaded.

The projected surgical capacity onboard the AFRICA MERCY is approximately 7,000 operations per year including, cataract removal/lens implant, tumour removal, cleft lip and palate reconstruction, orthopaedics and obstetric fistula repair.

Go here for the rest of the story.