Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ohio Campaign Notes

Swing State Project has the results of two different polls for the Ney vs Space (OH-18) match up. Although the polls have different numbers, it is interesting to see how the electorate is responding to the scandal-plagued Ney's continuing troubles.
Why the heck is Rudy Giuliani running around Ohio campaigning for Republicans? There are some people who view Giuliani as some sort of moral leader. However, I am not one of them. Giuliani who has been married three times, divorced twice, and had a very visible extra-marital affair, is not someone I'd look to for moral leadership or any leadership for that matter.
In an effort to beef up their military recruiting, the government has been allowing members of hate groups to our armed services. From the New York Daily News:
...But the Army also is being accused of overlooking gang and hate-group affiliations. Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization, issued a startling report, "A Few Bad Men," describing how neo-Nazis and white supremacists have infiltrated the military.

"Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces," says Scott Barfield, a Department of Defense investigator. "It's not epidemic, but there's plenty of evidence - we're talking numbers well into the thousands," he says.

Barfield found and reported 320 cases of white-power extremists in the past year alone - but only two were actually removed from service. The report cites the case of Matt Buschbacher, who posed in front of a flaming swastika giving a Nazi salute at a KKK rally in 2000 - then became a Navy SEAL in 2001, served in Iraq and received an honorable discharge...

*Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce wants you to know about the GOP accomplishments. CNN has this:
"If we don't let our constituents know about our accomplishments, no one will," House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) writes in a letter accompanying the House GOP's recess packet. "The Democrats are not going to be out there this recess touting our accomplishments for us."

Here is a list of Pryce and her GOP's successes:

Did you see them all? You didn't see them? Do you know why? There are no accomplishments! However, here are the Republican failures: supporting an unending war, no oversight, no ethics, rewarding oil companies, failure to raise the minimum wage, corruption, promoting a confusing Medicare Part D program, granting higher tax cuts to the wealthy, etc. To Pryce and the Republicans I say---Thanks for nothing!