March 3, 2010

Cuyahoga County Endorses Seth Morgan (UPDATE: DeWine Challenger Horner Reportedly Prevented from Speaking)

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 pm

From the Morgan campaign, via e-mail:

Auditor of State candidate Seth Morgan, CPA was endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Republican Party on Tuesday, March 2.

“Seth Morgan is the most qualified candidate of either party for Auditor of State,” said Rob Scott, Friends of Seth Morgan Communications Director. “Cuyahoga’s endorsement solidifies Seth’s support across Ohio.”

During the endorsement meeting, former Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett moved to endorse both Auditor of State candidates Seth Morgan, CPA and Dave Yost which was promptly struck down. Immediately after, the Cuyahoga County Republican Central Committee endorsed Seth Morgan overwhelmingly for Auditor of State.

Both Morgan and his primary opponent Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost were in attendance to ask for the county’s endorsement for state auditor. The Cuyahoga County endorsement is the third county endorsement Seth Morgan, CPA has received.

Seth Morgan, CPA was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2008 after serving seven years on the Huber Heights City Council. He is a Small Business Owner and Certified Public Accountant.

The best sign that this really means something is when this guy says it doesn’t. Dave Yost must not agree as to its insignificance, because he was there, and lost.

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UPDATE, March 4: Go to this post from Matt at WoMD for the details about how the Old Guard, “led” by the person who used to be in charge of ORPINO, attempted to shut out Seth Morgan from a one-on-one vote against Yost.

Also at that post is a clear indicator of how NOT-confident Mike DeWine is about his supposedly sure-thing Attorney General candidacy now that Yost has moved to the Auditor’s race:

As for Steve Christopher….. (he) was not even allowed to speak as is customary and allowed for every other candidate.

Steve Christopher is a legitimate, on-the-ballot candidate, at this point no better or worse than DeWine (who I would guess didn’t bother to show, but that’s HIS problem), and there was no reason for this treatment if every other candidate was indeed allowed to speak.

So if this indeed happened — Bleep you, Bob Bennett and whoever else was behind this. A silver lining would be that Ralph King and the Cleveland-area Tea Partiers will probably be able to effectively leverage this disgraceful episode into a few thousand, if not more, Christopher votes in early May when it counts.

Lucid Links (030310, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:55 am

Via the Associated Press on March 1 (“Not much impact from repeat buyer credit”):

It sounded like a great idea three months ago: Hand homeowners a $6,500 tax credit to find a new place to live, giving a thrust of energy to the housing market’s recovery.

So far, people are staying put.

The credit is scheduled to expire at the end of April. Despite the fact that it’s not working, look for attempts to extend it and the $8,000 new-buyer credit.

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It’s easy to appreciate the sentiment, but the bitter background behind this suggestion in a letter to the New London Day is really hard to take:

After New London took by eminent domain the Fort Trumbull neighborhood, the neighborhood has been sitting idle.

People are unemployed and food banks are struggling. The city should work now to fence in one acre, have it tilled, fertilize it with donated composted cow manure, sign up residents struggling to feed their families and plant a garden.

3-1/2 years later, the best they can do with the area that was the subject of the Kelo Supreme Court case … is a garden?

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Astroturfing defined, and of course it comes from the left – From Allah at Hot Air: “Oh, by the way, Coffee Party leader volunteered for Obama and worked for the NYT.”

The gal is so proud of her work at the Times that her LinkedIn profile noting that work has disappeared — which makes it a good thing that Instapundit saved it.

It took the Times a couple of months to even recognize the existence of the genuine grass-roots Tea Party movement.

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At Investors Business Daily, an item brought up during the TIB broadcast last Saturday:

DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on?

…. “It’s like they’re bringing al-Qaida lawyers inside the Department of Justice,” said Debra Burlingame, whose brother was the pilot of the plane driven by terrorists into the Pentagon, following KSM’s plan.

We still have not been told all the lawyers’ names. Like the detainees they represented, presumably they have the right to remain silent. So much for transparency.

As noted several weeks ago, the left only cares about conflicts of interest when conservatives and Republicans are involved.

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Russian billionaire loses £36m (roughly $60 million) deposit he put down on the world’s most expensive home.”

That’s unfortunate, but it would appear that he can survive the loss.

But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lost a combined $96 billion in just one year ($74.7 bil at Fan and $21.5 bil at Fred, per this AFP story). That’s $263 million a day, every day, all year long, with no vacations or holidays.

The two “government-sponsored enterprises” that have become de facto wards of the state have been losing money at a similar clip for well over two years, and there’s no end in sight. The country can’t afford to do this indefinitely, and certainly can’t afford to pile the moral clunker known as statist health care on top of it.

Positivity: Chicago archdiocese opens canonization cause for first African-American priest

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:59 am

From Chicago:

Mar 3, 2010 / 03:08 am

Fr. Augustus Tolton, a man born into slavery who became the first American diocesan priest of African descent, is now being considered for canonization. Cardinal Francis George announced on Monday that the nineteenth century priest’s cause for sainthood has been introduced in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“Many Catholics might not ever have heard of Fr. Augustus Tolton; but black Catholics most probably have,” the Archbishop of Chicago wrote.

Born in Missouri on April 1, 1854, John Augustine Tolton fled slavery with his mother and two siblings in 1862 by crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois.

“John, boy, you’re free. Never forget the goodness of the Lord,” Tolton’s mother told him after the crossing, according to the website of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Chicago.

The young Tolton entered St. Peter’s Catholic School with the help of the school’s pastor, Fr. Peter McGirr. Fr. McGirr would later baptize him and instruct him for his first Holy Communion. Tolton was serving as an altar boy by the next summer.

The priest asked Tolton if he would like to become a priest, saying it would take twelve years of hard study.

The excited boy then said they should go to church and pray for his success.

After graduating from high school and Quincy College, he began his ecclesiastical studies in Rome because no American seminary would accept him on account of his race.

On April 24, 1886 he was ordained in Rome by Cardinal Lucido Maria Parocchi, who was then the vicar general of Rome. Newspapers throughout the U.S. carried the story.

Fr. Tolton was ordained for the southern Illinois Diocese of Quincy. Upon his return in July 1886, he was greeted at the train station “like a conquering hero,” the web site of St. Elizabeth’s Parish says.

“Thousands were there to greet him, led by Father McGirr. A brass band played church songs and Negro Spirituals. Thousands of blacks and whites lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the new priest wearing a black Prince Albert and a silk hat. People marched and cheered his flower-draped four-horse carriage. Children, priests and sisters left the school joining the procession heading towards the church.”

Hundreds waited at the local church where people of all races knelt at the communion rail.

Fr. Tolton served in Quincy before going to Chicago to start a parish for black Catholics. The new church was named for St. Monica and opened in 1893.

On July 9, 1897 Fr. Tolton collapsed during a hot day and died from sunstroke at the age of 43. Cardinal George explained that most priests in the nineteenth century died before their fiftieth birthday.

“Visiting the sick on a daily basis was risky in an age before antibiotics,” he explained. …

Go here for the rest of the story.