April 20, 2012

North Carolina? That’s Nothing; the ORP (aka OSP) Easily Beats Tar Heel State Dems

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:43 pm

There’s a lot being made of the chaos which recently enveloped within North Carolina’s Democratic Party.

Psst — Don’t tell anyone that the Ohio Republican Party, aka the Ohio Stupid Party, makes North Carolina’s Dems look like angels.

A post by Captain Ed at Hot Air (original Daily Caller item) tells us that Governor Bev Perdue first wanted the party’s state chair to resign immediately in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal involving Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley and a male co-worker.

Then she changed her mind when seeing what would happen (original Politico link):


So the Tar Heel State’s Dems, while not in an ideal situation, seem at least to have things under a semblance of control, purging their ranks of a sex harasser while keeping someone with a history of writing checks not supported by funds in their bank account out of power.

In Ohio’s Republican/Stupid Party, the best you can say is that no sex harassment allegations have surfaced. But instead of keeping a writer of checks not supported by funds in their bank account away from power, the ORP/OSP has promoted him.

As noted last Saturday, unlike in North Carolina, which kept their check-kiter away from a responsible position, former Congressman Bob McEwen has been elevated to a prominent position in the ORP/OSP:

During his remarks, (new ORP/OSP Chairman Bob) Bennett described a special role for former Congressman Bob McEwen, one of our SCC candidates who won in 2010. He envisioned McEwen, whose speaking skills are considered to be on the Reagan/Palin/Rubio level, fulfilling a new function as spokesman. The role will not be directed so much to “preaching to the choir”, except as necessary for motivational purposes, as to educating and persuading the pubic about our conservative beliefs, especially on college campuses and in “swing” communities. If your organization is in such an area or can stage an event in such an area, Bob McEwen is your guy.

NoToMcEwen2012This is the same Bob McEwen who was found to have written over 160 checks not supported by funds in his bank account during the House Bank Scandal in the early 1990s.

McEwen initially denied bouncing any checks. Later, he admitted he had bounced a few. Then when the full totals were released by Ethics Committee investigators, the number was revealed to have been 166 over thirty-nine months.

McEwen’s subsequent loss to Ted Strickland in the Sixth District congressional race in 1992 gave Strickland a political career he never, ever would otherwise have had, up to and including standing by while Ohio lost 400,000 jobs, its good credit standing and much of its former industrial eminence under his watch as Governor from 2007-2011.

Oh, but there’s more.

You see, Bob McEwen is also a proven voting scofflaw, who voted illegally from at least 1999 through 2002 as an Ohio resident while actually living in Virginia. This is a matter of historical fact as found the by the Highland County (Ohio) Board of Elections.

If the North Carolina situation is an embarrassment to Democrats, what does that make Bob McEwen’s role in the ORP/OSP as (I can’t believe I’m typing this) an outreach representative to voters in “swing” communities?

I call it a scandal, a disgrace, and a handy weapon for Dems to employ at will as they try to win the single most important swing state in the union in November.

IBD: ‘Culture of Irresponsibility’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:28 am

In the Obama administration, a lot of “little” things in isolation have added up to a lot.

An Investors Business Daily editorial Thursday evening characterized it exactly correctly, and threw Obama’s own words back at him:

New Culture Of Irresponsibility

What do the GSA spending scandal, the Secret Service sex scandal and Leon Panetta’s expensive weekend trips home have in common? They stem from a culture of irresponsibility set by the man in the White House.

When President Obama came to Washington, he promised to usher in a “new era of responsibility,” one where everyone would recognize “duties to ourselves, our nation and the world.” But Obama has delivered the opposite.

He’s used the presidency to lavish himself and his family with hugely expensive perks. He’s used the Treasury as a piggy bank to reward donors and friends. He’s blurred the line between campaign trips and presidential business. And let’s not forget the fact that he’s driving the country towards a financial cliff.

Since taking office, for example, the Obamas have jetted off on 16 vacations, with one — their 2011 Christmas vacation in Hawaii — costing taxpayers more than $1.5 million. His daughter’s spring break in Mexico required a massive protection detail.

All this excess comes when the country is facing financial ruin, with $5 trillion more in debt to pay off, thanks to Obama’s reckless fiscal policies.

Is it any wonder that officials at General Services Administration — the agency dedicated to managing government procurement — thought nothing of throwing themselves an $823,000 Vegas “conference,” complete with clown and mind reader?

Or that Secret Service agents thought it perfectly reasonable to arrange a sex party with at least 20 prostitutes while preparing for Obama’s arrival in Cartagena?

Is it surprising that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta would travel home to California almost every weekend, even though the trips cost taxpayers $860,000 so far?

… We’re hearing a lot lately about “culture” problems at these agencies and how they contributed to the recent scandals. That’s a good point. But guess who is responsible for establishing the cultural environment in Washington in which such recklessness could blossom?

IBD didn’t even get to the excess, both in number and expense, of over-the-top White House parties.

The guy who is responsible is the Punk President who instead of being the ultimate custodian of the federal treasury has been acting as if owns it — and to make a tired but necessary point, the establishment press would be making IBD’s “culture of irresponsibility” point on a 24-7 basis if a Republican or conservative administration were engaging in such behavior.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: Girl born with no hands wins national penmanship award

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (video at link):

Apr 19, 2012

A first-grader who was born without hands has won a national penmanship award, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Annie Clark, a 7-year-old at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pa., got a trophy and $1,000 as one of two national winners of the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship from the Zaner-Bloser language arts and reading company.

Annie writes by wedging a pencil between her arms, the same way she feeds herself and even paints her toenails, the newspaper reports.

The national award is one of two given to students with disabilities — the other went to an Ohio student with a visual impairment.

But no one even knew there was a special category for the disabled until after Annie had won top penmanship honors among all students at her school and the entry was forwarded to the state competition.

Contest organizers, reading a letter accompanying the entry, noted her disability and suggested that she also enter the special category, the newspaper reports. …

Go here for the rest of the story.