Ohio Bloggers (Political or Otherwise)

I’m doing some digging for Ohio Bloggers, preferably political and leaning libertarian. For what I’m doing I’ll take what I can get (you know, because when you put a blog on a campaign website, you have to link to other people and stuff).

If you know any blogs or lists, add them to the comments. If you are a Ohio blogger, feel free to add your blog here. I’m pretty sure Hammer of Truth has big ups on the pagerank enough to get this to be a nice list in the coming weeks.


Howard Dean: Hide the What?

My roommate Ken was watching Hardball yesterday and he runs in to tell me that Howard Dean was talking about hiding the salami on TV. You know, because Dean is so hip, he knows what that means and all:

MATTHEWS: Do you believe that the president can claim executive privilege?

DEAN: Well, certainly the president can claim executive privilege. But in the this case, I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can’t play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it’s called. He’s got to go out there and say something about this woman who’s going to a 20 or 30-year appointment, a 20 or 30-year appointment to influence America. We deserve to know something about her.

I thought we covered that game last decade with Clarence Thomas’s thing for Coke cans?

Then again, Dean could be hinting that Harriet Miers is a tranny. Who knew?

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Libertarian Rally Hits FrontPage Magazine

While co-blogger (and friend) Stephen VanDyke is posting entries with titles like “The Anti-War Movement is a Joke”, I’ve been busy promoting certain anti-war ralliesa recent rally in Alabama where Lew Rockwell spoke, in particular.

FrontPage Magazine is rendering an opinion on the topic, as well.

In late September, as throngs of placard-wielding protestors were descending on the nation’s capital, Lew Rockwell, the nominally libertarian proprietor of the website LewRockwell.com, was holding forth at an anti-war rally convened by the far-left Alabama Peace and Justice Coalition (APJC).

That the APJC’s rallying cry — “Spend money for human needs, not war!” — was of questionable accordance with principled libertarianism’s aversion to government largesse, didn’t seem to phase Rockwell, who joined a roster of speakers with an altogether different view about the proper role of the federal government. “I was aware that I was a token non-leftist speaking to a largely leftist audience,” Rockwell later explained on his website. Nonetheless, he noted that, despite some political differences with the gathered crowd, his “speech seemed well received.”

Jacob Laskin, who wrote the article, went on to froth at the mouth about Rockwell selling out to the liberal left.

With its foam-flecked denunciations of the United States for “the evil of imperialism, the immorality of enslaving a foreign people, the malice of colonialism, and the intolerable brutality of authoritarianism,” its paranoiac allusions to a dissent-crushing “state,” and its unelaborated call for “resistance,” Rockwell’s speech could have been given by any of the more literate ringleaders of the anti-war left.

Laskin must not have been at the event. If he was, he would have noted some clear distinctions between the libertarians and the leftists attending the rally. The top rally poster in the photograph above should provide a case-in-point. Our profile on the issue was not low key, as the media covered on our position even before the rally.

The point of greatest applause may have been when one of the speakers (not Rockwell) spoke about tax resistance. Thoreau was the obvious topic of conversation I had with many leftists attending the rally following this comment. The ensuing conversations certainly opened the door to at least some liberals and progressives reconsidering their devotion to big government.

While Rockwell did have to keep his intended audience in mind (one will not gain much by attempting to sell ice cubes to Eskimos), he did not sell out libertarian positions. In fact, his speech was well-received, despite the inclusion of lines like this:

Of all forms of collectivist central planning, war is the most egregious. It is generated by the coercive force of taxation and monetary depreciation. Its means are economic regimentation and the violation of the freedom to associate and trade. Its ends are destruction and killing — crime on a mass scale.

While a majority of Americans currently believe that we should withdraw from Iraq, many libertarians are more concerned about the reactions of publications which list names like David Horowitz and Ann Coulter as contributors. I tend to favor the approach suggested in Rockwell’s closing paragraph:

Stand up to the state. Be a dissident. Tell what is true. And do not fear the emperor-pirates. They, after all, fear you. For you help tilt the balance of history against their barbarism, and in favor of peace and freedom


The Washington Nationals May Suck at Baseball, But They Excel at Stealing Home(s)

Washington Nationals plansThe Washington Nationals are strong-arming residents in DC to sell their land to them, whether they want to or not:

The city made offers to all 23 landowners on the site last month but received no response from 10.

“We think there are some that we’ll have good-faith negotiations with,” said Steve Green, director of development in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. “There are some we haven’t heard from at all.”

Many property owners on the site said the city’s offers are inadequate. Others are suing the city on the grounds that it has no right to use eminent domain to acquire land at the site, despite a Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of municipal governments to take private property for the purpose of economic development.

In April, the city notified property owners on the site that they would be required to move out by Dec. 31.

I would be camping in a tent in Steve Green’s yard on January 1st if this happened to me. I hope the residents band together and make a big public stink about this in coming months.

You can also see more info about the overblown expansion plans (where I found that graphic). Note that the financing all comes from city bonds, so this isn’t simply a private use issue where Kelo applies easily.

Here’s a Google Maps link that you can use to compare to the proposed construction and get an idea of how large a swath they are hoping to steal.


Bill Clinton Condoms

Word comes from The Changing Face of America that a Chinese company is honoring former President Clinton by naming a new line of condoms after him.

A Chinese company is honoring ex-president Bill Clinton by naming a new line of condoms after him – along with a companion line of condoms that will be named after his ex-girlfriend, Monica Lewinsky.

Reports Britain’s Sky News: The Guangzhou Haokian Bio-science company has registered their names as trademarks for the contraceptives.

The condoms will display Chinese spellings: Kelitun and Laiwensiji.

Read full story.

I can think of a long list of sex toys that may be named in the future for our elected leaders. Once again this just goes to prove the government will screw you one way or another.


WTF, Over! – Vic Blazier

This OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Veteran, Vic Blazier, echoes sentiments on the Iraq war perfectly.

From his blog article “Wet Tea Used To Be Patrtiotic”:

Suppose the Peoples Pinko Republic of China preemptively invaded the United States of America, with or without UN approval, under the auspices that we Americans possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction (we do) which we refused to yield (we don’t), and that our head evildoer (he is in my opinion) presided atop a corrupt, torturous, human-rights violating regime (he does -my opinion again)…

… I’m convinced that after about two years of purple finger tips, midnight home invasions, obtrusive cordon searches, ugly Bremer Barriers, persistent utility failures, inhumane raising of cities, and of having communism and all the good that it brings to China forced on me at gunpoint, I’d start getting a little pissed off. Bring it on! This is MY country. You want it, you’re going to have to fight me and my indigenous buddies for it. As a patriotic American I’d do whatever I had to in order to protect my family, my neighbors, my town, and my people. I’d organize with others who share my nonconformity in an effort to uproot the occupying forces. In short, I’d get medieval on em’. Wouldn’t you do the same? In this scenario, God forbid, wouldn’t it be time again for all good men to come to the aid of their country? Shouldn’t the people in this occupied America start tossing barrels of tea into the water?

FUCK YEAH! If China or any foreign power was occupying us, you can be damn sure that ordinarily non-violent Citizens like myself would go apeshit and try to off as many of them as possible, in any way shape or form. So why are we so amazed that this is exactly what is happening in Iraq? It’s amazing how the word “insurgent” seems to be synonymous with “Iraqi Citizen who fights back” isn’t it?

His closing signature tag explains clearly that the “if you don’t support the war, you hate our troops” argument is complete bullshit.

Anyone reading this blog entry and thinking I’m applauding or encouraging the death of American service members, or anyone else for that matter, is WRONG. I detest any and all loss of life due to this war in Iraq and I blame Bush and his ilk for creating this situation with lies, ignoring his military advisors, antagonizing the enemy, not admitting to his many errors, and failing to adjust his faulty foreign policy in ways that would end the steady stream of lost lives. I support our troops by demanding their valuable lives not be wasted on this fruitless war. After all, I was one of them, over there. -VB

Bookmark this puppy and send it around folks. It’s a perspective that is often not heard.

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Bush Aides Buy Propaganda

The Libertarian Party should look into doing this after all it has worked so well for the Republican and Democratic parties.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 – Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush’s education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

Read full story.

I had to take so many damn tests last year because of these so called educational policies that I will give you my opinion of them they are the biggest unconstitutional b.s. around. Schools prepare the children for the tests not for work. People work in America do not set around taking tests all their time they work.

Just one more piece of evidence against this administration.

Thanks to Rick Rajter for the link.


FEMA’s Odyssey of the $100mil Ice

melting iceIt’s really FEMA-tastic how the deer in the headlights, say-anything-to-placate-the-masses mentality of FEMA leads to the Keystone Kops arriving and running up a hefty tab of stupidity:

Finally, 10 days after he started, the driver was told to take the ice to storage in Bettendorf, Iowa, Mr. Hohnstein said. The truck had traveled 3,282 miles, but not a cube of ice had reached a hurricane victim.

“Well,” Mr. Hohnstein said, “the driver got to see the country.”

His company’s bill to the government will exceed $15,000, he said, but the ice was worth less than $5,000. “It seemed like an incredible waste of money,” he said.

Multiply that by about 4,000 drivers… a lot of whom unwittingly donated their own time, gas money and patience, and you have a trucking industry that suddenly isn’t a big fan of big government.

Ironically, even Micheal Brown isn’t a fan of his own incompetence:

“I feebly attempted to get FEMA out of the business of ice,” Mr. Brown told a House panel this week. “I don’t think that’s a federal government responsibility to provide ice to keep my hamburger meat in my freezer or refrigerator fresh.”

Uh, yeah except it’s not used to chill your daiquiri, schmuck. It’s for hospitals to keep patients from dying of heat stroke in baking hospitals.

But let’s focus here on the truckers, and the political opportunity they represent (and the potential advertising on the backs of semi-trailers). Hell, a website calling itself The Trucker’s Report even has a manifesto of sorts:

Our goal is to help provide a voice to all people involved in the trucking industry in one form or another and to the motoring public as well whose lives are in jeopardy daily. Many of us are in an utter state of consternation as to why nothing is ever done or ever changes.

The only way things are to change is if we actually do something instead of just talking. We absolutely must have the motoring public’s support in achieving these goals. […]

[…] Yet the Democrats and others, who say they are for the working man, turn a blind eye to this because there is a lot of money involved and a lot of it shows up in their coffers at election time !

Seriously, any organization who’s motto is Hammer Down gets a thumbs up from us.


Join The Military For Free Music

They must really need some help so I encourage everyone to take advantage of this offer. If you are a supporter of President Bush, and the War in Iraq please sign up today so people like myself are never drafted. So hurry up download some free Green Day anti-war songs and then sign up for the military. Click here to sign up for this offer. Or you can click here to join the Libertarian Party but sorry no free downloads.

Receive 3 FREE iTunes music downloads when you sign up to be contacted by the Army National Guard!

Read more about this exciting offer.

Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the link.


Tom Delay Is The Federal Government

And that is what scares me. I have decided with all this talk about Tom Delay the Hammer of Truth should provide some quotes by our friend and political hero, God bless him.

“I AM the federal government.” — Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003

“So many minority youths had volunteered… that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself.” –Tom DeLay, explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War.

“Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?” — Tom Delay, to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005.

Click here for more quotes.


Katrina Reconstruction Contracts – $2480 for 2 Hours of Roofing

Certainly, if there was competition for these contracts, the home repairs in New Orleans could be done MUCH cheaper than these inflated prices. I’m sure some of new 200,000 unemployed members of this community have the skills required to do this, and at a fraction of the cost.

No wonder government cost estimates are 200 billion. It’s so easy to be generous with the taxpayer’s money.

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Plamegate: Judy Miller Released

Karl Rove thumbing noseHot on the heels of the Tom DeLay indictment, it appears progress may be happening with the Valerie Plame CIA outing by Karl Rove.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Another indictment by an upper level member in Bush’s camp would be another nail in coffin for the 2006 elections. Face it, the GOP is definitely hitting rock bottom. Approval ratings are down, the war in Iraq has lost support, the economy is tanking, the Katrina response was abysmal… the LP has been handed a golden opportunity to make some headway. Instead, we hear very little.

I have this fear of Hillary in 2008. This after 4 years of GHW Bush, 8 years of Bill, and 8 years of GW Bush… shoot me now.

Update: Sweet, she is going to testify. Let’s see if she really brings the hammer down on the people responsible, and not just a lowly intern.


Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Photos

No no, this is not Playboy Shoot ( “The Women of Abu Ghraib – Ready to Whip You Into Action”). A District Judge has ordered the next round of Abu Ghraib photos to be released to the public. I’m sure this year’s calendar of photos will be just as exciting as last years edition.

The army didn’t want these photos released for fear of the safety of the troops. And I personally don’t blame them for trying. I imagine the public outcry will be fierce and violence in Iraq will stir up considerably.

So do I support the release of the photos? Absolutely.

This is not a case of accidents or mistake. This was just torture. This was just boredom. As one soldier put it, it ‘was sport’. Though, I imagine we won that game, despite being the visiting team. The ACLU fought for their release, and it looks promising that they’ll get their way.

Look, war is hell, that’s for sure. But our soldiers shouldn’t be involved or condone the raping of little boys. I know I’m old fashion, but these types of torture chambers are so middle ages.

But we’ve learned a lot of good intelligence on where Osama is… we’ll find him any day now.

Update: This article helps shed light on one soldier’s attempts at going through the standard chain of command to end the abuse. He described the mentality of the abuse as the following:

“They wanted intel,” said a sergeant, one of the ordinary, untrained grunts pressed into duty as interrogation muscle. “As long as no [captives] came up dead, it happened. We kept it to broken arms and legs” — sometimes with baseball bats, and occasionally augmented by scalding naked prisoners with burning chemicals. The soldiers learned their “stress techniques” from CIA interrogators, dropping into Iraq from their “unleashed” torture centers in Afghanistan, Diego Garcia and points unknown.

But of course they didn’t always “keep it” to broken arms and legs. Fishback, who had been trying desperately to get his superiors to act on the atrocities he’d witnessed himself, discovered that a captive had been “interrogated” to death.

So apparently the detainees have important information, but not so important that killing them and losing this intel forever is a big deal.


DeLay Indicted; Successor just as Corrupt

DeLay indictedRep. Tom DeLay is no longer the House majority speaker, due to a pesky fundraising fuckup that might land his ass in jail:

The grand jury accused the men of conspiring to route corporate donations from DeLay’s Texas committee to the Republican Party in Washington, then returning the money back to Texas legislative candidates. It was a scheme intended to evade a state law outlawing corporate donations going to candidates, the indictment said.

Criminal conspiracy is a Texas felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The potential two-year sentence forced DeLay to step down under House Republican rules.

Of course, his replacement as speaker — Rep. Roy Blunt — might as well toss the gavel in the air and hope a decent Republican catches it (*cough* Ron Paul *cough*), because he’s just as mired in the corruption:

A consultant under indictment with Rep. Tom DeLay has been paid roughly $88,000 in fees by the political committee of Rep. Roy Blunt, who is temporarily replacing DeLay as House majority leader, according to federal records.

Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show the fund linked to Blunt retains Ellis’ firm, J.W. Ellis Co., and has made periodic payments for services. Political Money Line, a nonpartisan Internet tracking service, places the total at about $88,000.

Ellis is one of three political associates of DeLay, R-Texas, who have been indicted in an alleged scheme to use corporate political donations illegally to support candidates in state elections. Ellis also runs DeLay’s national political action committee, Americans for a Republican Majority.

Face it, Democrats and Republicans are both corrupt, the Libertarian Party can’t stop acting like a debate club, and we’re stuck in the middle, fucked.

Update: Bill Frist is also under investigation for insider trading. From IO Error:

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Frist is being accused of insider trading for divesting himself of Hospital Corporation of America stock just before the company announced its second quarter earnings were less than expected, resulting in a drop in the stock price. Frist claims he sold the stock to eliminate a potential conflict of interest, as his father is one of the company’s founders and his brother one of the company’s board of directors.


Update on Operation Clean Sweep

clean sweep pigAs previously covered here at the Hammer of Truth, Pennsylvania residents are pissed off with their state legislators… and they are not going to just sit back and take it this time.

They recently organized a ‘Rock the Capital’ rally to protest the exorbitant pay raise that the officials gave themselves at 2 a.m. on the last day they were in session, right before they left on vacation. Well do you like that? It’s funny how tax cuts can take years of debate before implementing, but a pay raise can be done in a single day!

Anyway, the protest drew in approximately 1500 people and of course, a 25 foot tall pig. They served a 129,000 signature petition to repeal the pay raises, which ranged from 18 to 54 percent and made them the second highest paid state legislators in the country (behind California).

Kudos to all of those that made it happen. It looks like the campaign to vote out every incumbent has been started quite successfully… I wish them the best of luck and applaud their activism.

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The Snuff for Porn Photo Trade

Soldier SnuffDespite what others may say, I’m generally very supportive of our troops but not the Iraq war (there’s a difference between supporting our own people and supporting our cause). But it’s this kind of activity which makes it harder to sympathize for SOME of our troops.

NOTE: I know this is probably the exception and not the rule, but it’s still despicable . Basically, here’s what happened in a nutshell. US Soldier kills insurgent and leaves him extra crispy. Soldier then decides to photo op with his kill, as if he was big game hunting. He then shows it to a friend who says “wow, now that’s fucked up.com (and NSFW). A small deal is then made to trade more of these “prize shots” for access to a site with “money shots” of barely legal teens.

Now, I’m all for capitalism. And certainly, these soldiers are providing some gruesome pictures for a company that needs them for their customer base (aka sick fucks). But, shouldn’t the army not condone such behavior? I know these guys are under a bit of stress, but come on. And besides, it’s not like it’s hard to find free porn on the web.

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NASA Admits They Blew It

The MoonNASA chief Michael Griffin recently admitted that the change of direction from lunar missions to international space stations was a bad idea.

So what’s the cost of this mistake? Well, from the article.

“It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path,” Griffin said. “We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can.”

The shuttle has cost the lives of 14 astronauts since the first flight in 1982. Roger Pielke Jr., a space policy expert at the University of Colorado, estimates that NASA has spent about $150 billion on the program since its inception in 1971. The total cost of the space station by the time it’s finished — in 2010 or later — may exceed $100 billion, though other nations will bear some of that.

To be fair, the results aren’t all bad. Sure, 150 billion is a big kick in the pants, but at least we got some cool technologies out of it. My favorite, is my tempur-pedic pillow. Shit, this thing has cured all my neck problems. So I guess all was not lost.

And why is the next moon mission being planned for 2018? Considering how much farther we are technologically, why the hell is it going to take 13 years to plan how to get back there? Shit, we seemed to get their quite quickly in the 60’s.


$1,000 And 90 Days For Sitting

What the hell!! Yes it is true you can’t even make a mistake without getting a fine unless of course you are Michael Brown.

The Rivington Playground on Manhattan’s East Side has a small sign at the entrance that says adults are prohibited unless they are accompanied by a child. Forty-seven-year-old Sandra Catena says she didn’t see the sign when she sat down to wait for an arts festival to start. Two New York City police officers asked her if she was with a child. When she said no, they gave her a ticket that could bring a one thousand dollar fine and 90 days in jail.

Read full story.

Thanks to Rick Rajter for the link.

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Dude Where’s My Rights

In this post 9/11 world the government has been very eager to take our rights and the sad thing is many Americans are very eager to give up their rights for this so called security.

Read this article to see how the Patriot Act is still around and will be for a long time. And then read about the government terrorizing nuns. We now are going to have the Real ID in 2008.

Has it now became apparent to you that the Democrats and Republicans aren’t for smaller government and they don’t give a damn about your rights.

The government works for us, we created the government, we can take it out. They have privileges granted by the people not rights from God. So stop voting for someone (democrats and republicans) who are going to violate you rights you were born with.

Why don’t they just make this change.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Changed to

“The right of the government to use unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no lawsuits shall be issued against the government.”

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Liberty Films: Good Idea or Pipe Dream?

When I first received the e-mail from Bernard Von NotHaus, the founder of the liberty dollar, I thought this was a joke. From the e-mail:

Dear Fellow Liberty Dollar Supporters,

Swwooosh. During the 60s, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and his crew took many of us to the “final frontier” to “explore new worlds” as they sought out new civilizations and developed deep thought-provoking plots. You didn’t have to be a “trekkie” to enjoy “the voyages of the starship Enterprise.” Now, Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and members of the various Star Trek crews will star in Liberty Films, a new venture launched by the Liberty Institute and will feature Liberty Dollars!

Can you imagine, liberty themed movies using Liberty Dollars? Can you see yourself in such a movie? Can you contemplate the enormous impact when liberty based concepts are presented in a hip entertaining media like movies? While the message can be subtle, the impact is very strong. That is exactly what is happening.

Now, I’m a proud user of The Liberty Dollar and I was certainly a fan of Star Trek back in the day, but I’m a little skeptical for now. However, feel free to check out their website, Liberty Films and see what you think. They have a lot of actors from the old Star Trek series and they are already in production.


Greenspan: Holy Crap, We’re Freagin Doomed!

In a rare moment of honesty, the monetary maestro, Mr. Greenspan himself, declared triumphantly in front of millions that the “US lost deficit control”.

Well, actually that’s not quite the case. If by millions of people, I meant France’s Finance minister and by triumphantly I meant in private away from cameras and reporters, then yes – Greenspan finally said what we all knew. Deficits have been appalling. 2005 is looking to put us 781 billion more in the hole. No worries though, they’ll get the budget balanced next year, they swear!

If I were you, and you’re probably glad you’re not, I would start stocking up on all the essentials (tuna, doritos, beer), because when the FED finally starts admitting that they are up shit creek, they start tightening monetary policy to end the party. But it was fun while it lasted.

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Bush’s Plea for Cash to Rebuild Iraq Nets $600

You know support is low for your cause when a girl scout bake sale could pull in a larger hunk of cash. Obviously, the administration didn’t really push this, so it’s no surprise few donated. But still. 600 dollars? Sure, that’s enough to have a few fun days in vegas, but it’s certainly not enough to stop ‘insurgents’.

I personally thought it was a stupid plea to begin with (and this has nothing to do with being for or against the war). The spending in Iraq is on the order of 100’s of billions. What sort of cash was Bush expecting the people to donate? Even if it was on the order of millions, that’s still dwarfs the billions of dollars that were somehow got “lost” on the balance sheets.

However, people poured out their hearts and wallets to help for Katrina, Rita, and many other natural disasters in recent years. And it’s not that Americans don’t care about the lives of the Iraqis or any other group of people. It’s just that we’ve seen little to no results from the government’s billions. Throwing more money at the problem is unlikely to solve it (just like the war on drugs, the war on poverty, etc).

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Your Advice, Please

We hit our first two debates in the Birmingham race I am managing last night. Bodenhausen did fairly well in the first one, and significantly better in the second one. It was mostly an issue of the candidate getting over the jitters and regaining that competitive campaign composure in the first debate. In the second debate, he did well except for one blown answer opportunity — but we have that problem fixed now.

There are six candidates in the race. The incumbent has used eminent domain to bring a new Wal-Mart to town in the very same district in which we are campaigning. We managed to turn a general debate into one primarily about eminent domain.

In debate one, Bodenhausen spoke first, and in his first three minute block he hammered away on eminent domain. Following Bodenhausen was the most conservative of the remaining candidates. Although we have inside information to the contrary, this forced that candidate to join the “Yea, Me Too!” club. The conservative-leaning candidate stated, “I absolutely agree with Bodenhausen on using eminent domain to the benefit of private developement.”

The topic came up a few more times in the first debate. During the second debate, it came up more often, and was used to some degree by all the candidates there to challenge the incumbent’s record. Responding to the applause we drew, even the most liberal of our opposition saw and seized upon the opportunity to torment the incumbent on this issue.

The problem is that the incumbent drew applause, too. She has a great, snappy response to the issue — which we need to overcome. She used it both times to great effect, improving upon it the second time. It goes something like this: “… [same old blah, blah, blah lines about economic development and job creation you’ve certainly heard countless times]. I’m proud of what I have accomplished and stand on my record. Anyway, we only used eminent domain one time, against a bookstore selling pornography.”

Both times she used this line, she drew a lot of applause. She doesn’t have to use her remaining time after that line, and promptly sits down.

To the best of my knowledge, she is technically correct. Most of the businesses that were relocated did so “voluntarily” because they were forced to do so. An article pertaining to this same case provides:

“Chris Curran, owner of Spuds Pub, told the newspaper that the city has put a gun to owners’ heads. “Anybody who has been signing contracts with Wal-Mart is signing under duress,” Curran said. “That means: Here’s our contract, sign it and if you don’t sign it, we’ll take it. … They (city officials) just want a trophy, and they don’t mind pushing us out of the way to have that trophy.”

I don’t normally cross-post blog entries on the various sites where I write, but in this case, I’m going to make an exception. We have another debate in just a few hours, and I’d like to get as many ideas as possible on how to defeat the incumbent’s most effective line. Especially a sound-byte which combines brevity and impact. Ideas?