Wednesday, January 31, 2007

No more F-14 parts

Pentagon stops F-14 parts sales amid Iran concerns

Wed. 31 Jan 2007 Iran Focus
By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
The Pentagon said on Tuesday it had stopped selling surplus parts for the F-14 fighter jet, saying it was the "right thing to do" given U.S. congressional concerns that some parts could land in the hands of Iran.

Iran, facing strong Western opposition to its nuclear program, is the only country still flying the F-14 since the U.S. military retired the plane in July.

Iran bought the two-seat, twin-engine jet -- also called the Tomcat and made famous in the 1986 movie "Top Gun" -- in the 1970s when it was a U.S. ally.

The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency said it halted sales of certain sensitive F-14 parts in February 2006 but the ban now covered all F-14 parts until the government completed a comprehensive review of what to do with them.

"It was the right thing to do," said Dawn Dearden, spokeswoman for the Pentagon agency, citing what she called "the situation in Iran.

"Western governments accuse Iran of seeking to build atomic weapons. Tehran denies the charge, saying it wants only to make electricity.

The Pentagon's move took effect on Friday and came after congressional criticism of security weaknesses that gave buyers for Iran access to the aircraft parts.

The agency, which did not disclose details of those incidents, formerly held liquidation sales of surplus parts.

The earlier halt in sales affected what the agency called "unique" F-14 parts and those "deemed critical to F-14 operations" that could be used for other aircraft.

Dearden said about 60 percent of the roughly 76,000 parts for the F-14 were general aircraft hardware that could be sold safely to the public without restrictions, but that even those sales would be halted for now.

She said the Pentagon planned to destroy some 10,000 components unique to the F-14 and was reviewing what to do with 23,000 parts that could be used for other aircraft.

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and member of the Senate intelligence committee, has written legislation to eliminate all Pentagon sales of F-14 parts.

"I'm glad that the Pentagon is shutting the door on these weapons sales. National security, however, demands that we lock it," Wyden said. "The only way to ensure that America doesn't arm Iran is for the U.S. to permanently stop selling these weapons parts.

"Wyden's bill would also ban previous buyers of surplus F-14 parts from exporting them to third parties.

The Government Accountability Office has issued several reports in recent years raising concerns about the lack of adequate security in the Pentagon's property sales.

For instance, its undercover investigators found several sensitive excess items, including 12 digital microcircuits used in F-14s, were improperly sold to the public.

Missing Mayor Gets Check Book

Council cedes power to Jackson
Mayor gets say-so on projects

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Susan Vinella Plain Dealer Reporter


As Cleveland City Council president, Frank Jackson fiercely protected his members' power to spend money on neighborhood projects as they saw fit.

Now, as mayor, he has asked council to give up some of that power - and council agreed, voting 20-1 Monday night to let Jackson and his administrators determine how to spend $2.8 million to improve parks and recreation centers this year.

Traditionally, council has divided the money equally among members to spend on neighborhood projects such as water parks and swimming pools.

"They asked us to trust them; we'll trust them for a year, and we'll see," said Councilman Ken Johnson, who voted in favor of the change. Ken Silliman, Jackson's chief of staff, sold the change as a way to get the money where it is needed most and to develop a more trusting relationship between the 21-member council and the mayor.

Silliman said the mayor's spending plan is based on a "worst-to-first approach." The neediest neighborhoods, buildings and parks will get the most money. The stabler ones will have to wait - or settle, at least temporarily, for less investment. "We do not want to . . . write off the worst neighborhoods," Silliman said.

But council members complained that the mayor has not explained how his staff determined which projects are the neediest. Councilwoman Fannie Lewis, for example, said $275,000 has been budgeted to improve a park in her Hough neighborhood that has become a haven for drug dealers. She said she wouldn't invest a dime in it.

Some council members also question the mayor's worst-to-first approach, saying more investments should be made in the city's strongest neighborhoods to keep them stable.

"On that analysis, I'll always get the short end of the stick," said Mike Dolan, who represents the Kamm's Corners neighborhood in West Park, one of the city's more prosperous areas.

"That's correct," Silliman said, noting that stable neighborhoods will have to wait.

Mark Rosentraub, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, said the dilemma is to find money to support both needy and stable neighborhoods.

Johnson agrees. "If you don't invest in the middle-class neighborhoods, then those are the people who are going to leave because they don't have to stay," he said.

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Wow, Councilman Ken Johnson he's a smart one - those people are going to leave because they don't have to stay!?!

Seems like Fannie Lewis is the only one with common sense, maybe. If several council members have misgivings the missing Mayor this authority, why did they vote for it?

You would think a person with common sense would clean up crime in the worst neighborhoods before investing millions of dollars. This is the most a** backwards idea I have ever heard.

While investment in neighborhoods is important, using common sense should dictate allocation of the money for proposed projects. By not "keeping up" with the stronger neighborhoods, they will allow them to slide into the abyss of violence and drugs, like the others.

KING

Poor Teachers

Study: Teachers well paid.
Union: Not so fast

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Joseph L. Wagner Plain Dealer


Northeast Ohio teachers earn about 36 percent more than the average white-collar worker in the region, reflecting a national trend, a research institute is reporting today.

A study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research says teachers in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties earn an average $38.36 per hour. The average white-collar job here pays $24.66 an hour. The study cites the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Cleveland area teachers are the highest-paid in the state, exceeding teachers in Dayton ($37.08) Cincinnati ($36.72) and Columbus ($35.67).

Teachers here exceed the national average by more than four dollars an hour. The report does not cover benefits such as pension, medical insurance and days off. Detroit clocked in with the highest hourly teacher wage at $47.28 while Greensboro, N.C., was the lowest among 66 regions with $21.67.

"It's a widely held belief that public school teachers are horribly paid," Greene said in a telephone interview. But, he added, "The facts are public school teachers make more than other professionals."
Greene said the report does not take a position on whether teachers are paid too much or too little. He said he hopes the document prompts policy-makers "to look at smarter ways to pay teachers rather than simply increasing it across the board."

Joanne DeMarco, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union, said the report is simply more teacher bashing and does not reflect the total picture about teacher pay. She noted the Manhattan Institute is a conservative think tank.

Her comments came during a break in the second day of contract talks with the Cleveland Municipal School District. Cleveland teachers have not had a raise since July 2004. More...

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This study shows why teachers pay should be tied to their performance. A performance audit of all our school districts is needed. We continue to throw good money after bad.

Demarco, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union, makes a lame excuse about the Manhattan Institute being conservative. How the hell does that play in when they are just comparing wages with other professions. Of course her remarks come up during contract negotiations.

The residents of Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio, need to stand up and say enough is enough. It seems all the under performing districts and teachers can do is tell us why they can't get the job done.

Well, in my opinion, we pay them to get the job done, not tell us why they can't!

These teachers are being paid more than nurses, engineers, architects, etc... and they are going to complain working 60-65 hours a week.

I am of the thought, you chose the profession, don't complain about the hours. Most people I know would be happy to work 60-65 hours a week at an average wage of $34.06 AN HOUR.

School funding does need to be addressed and we need to start with trimming all the fat from the administrations and demanding our teachers perform at the rate they are paid.

KING

Full text of Bush’s statement on Lebanon violence

Iran Focus

Jan. 30 - The following is the full text of a statement by United States President George W. Bush over the recent violence in Lebanon:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 29, 2007

President Bush Disappointed by Recent Violence in Lebanon

I am deeply disappointed by the recent violence and bloodshed on the streets of Lebanon. It is all the more troubling that the violence occurred while Lebanon's legitimate leaders and friends were gathered together in Paris to help secure a peaceful and prosperous future for the country. Lebanon's friends have pledged a total of $7.6 billion at the International Conference on Support for Lebanon. I will ask Congress for $770 million to contribute to this cause. With this pledge, total U.S. support for Lebanon since last summer's conflict, including the $230 million pledged at the Stockholm conference last August, will equal approximately $1 billion. This is a strong symbol of the American people's support for and commitment to the future of Lebanon.

All those who seek a peaceful, constitutional solution to the crisis in Lebanon deserve the support of the international community, but those responsible for creating chaos must be called to account. While Lebanon's friends seek to help the Lebanese government build a free, sovereign, and prosperous country, Syria, Iran, and Hizballah are working to destabilize Lebanese society. Their goals are clear. They foment violence in order to prevent the establishment of a Special Tribunal in response to former Prime Minister Hariri's assassination, to prevent full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for Hizballah's disarmament, and to bring down Lebanon's democratically elected government, in violation of its constitution. The United States will continue to support Lebanon's government as it seeks a peaceful and prosperous future for all the people of Lebanon.

Hugo & Fidel

Cuba TV Shows Castro Meeting With Chavez
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer / Fox News

HAVANA — Cuban state television Tuesday showed a video of a healthier looking Fidel Castro meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and saying his recovery was "far from a lost battle," in the first images of the ailing leader in three months.

Cubans watching the video being shown repeatedly on nightly television news as they sat in open cafes and restaurants said the images reassured them about Castro's health.

The broadcast came six months after Castro stunned the nation with a July 31 announcement that he had undergone intestinal surgery and was provisionally ceding power to his younger brother Raul.

The date that Tuesday's video was taken could not be immediately confirmed. In it, Chavez said the two-hour private meeting took place on Monday and ended at 3 p.m. on Jan 29. In Caracas, a presidential spokeswoman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, confirmed that Chavez made a one-day visit to Havana on Monday.

In the latest video, Chavez said he found his friend to be "of good humor, with a good face and in good spirits." He said the pair discussed a variety of issues, including the world's energy crisis, and that Castro showed "much clarity, as always in his ideas and analysis."

Cleveland Water Dept. probe continues...

Plain Dealer Jan. 30, 2007

A ninth person was accused Tuesday of taking part in a bribery scheme run out of the Cleveland Water Department.

Peter Zappola, 54, of Aurora, was charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to bribe a public official. Zappola worked for a variety of companies that had contracts with the Water Department, including Saints Supply, US Filter and National Waterworks Inc.

Prosecutors said that between 2001 and 2003, Zappola paid bribes to Norman Gore, a Water Department official now serving five years in prison. In return, Gore steered work and approved payments to companies where Zappola worked, prosecutors said.

Three Water Department officials, including Gore, and five contractors have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Black Eye" Blackwell At It Again

Once again Ken Blackwell's childish behavior gives democrats more reasons to complain about Bad Republicans!

The Plain Dealer reported --- business owners can take heart that 50,000 letters left behind by former Secretary of State and failed Republican candidate for governor Ken Blackwell are finally arriving in mailboxes throughout Ohio.

The letters, dated Jan. 4 and signed by Blackwell, advise businesses that their articles of incorporation have been canceled because they either haven't filed corporate tax returns or paid their tax bills.

NEW Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, blames the delay on Blackwell, saying her staff discovered the letters on Jan. 17 and contends that Blackwell's office destroyed envelopes...

"This is something that was supposed to be completed before we ever came into office," said Patrick Gallaway, a spokesman for Brunner.

And here is the typical Blackwell response --

Blackwell's former chief deputy said that no senior managers authorized the destruction of any envelopes.... "There's no way," Monty Lobb said.

"It's unfortunate - she just continues to play politics." He said Brunner fired the manager who had been overseeing the mailings...

"It makes no logical sense why he would sabotage something," Lobb said.

No logical sense? Nothing Ken Blackwell did during the election made sense, why would he start now!

Why would he sabotage something? Because Blackwell is a poor loser, childish, vindictive, and still blames his embarrassing loss on everyone but himself.

Gallaway said the office had the letters but no envelopes. "We were told they did have envelopes and they were somehow taken out of here and disposed of," he said.....

It is pretty sad when I believe a democrat over a republican! But in light of Blackwell's actions during and after the election, I could never believe the man again.

How a man conducts himself in victory and in defeat is a good measure of their character.

Unfortunately, his conduct during the campaign and after the election, makes me happy Blackwell did not win. This is not a man we want leading our party as he has no leadership skills!

Mr Blackwell's columns on Town Hall are nothing more then pretty conservative catch phrases that try to justify the reasons of his loss.

And since he intends to remain in Ohio politics "Black Eye" Blackwell will do nothing but continue to divide and do irreparable harm to our party.

KING

Kucinich on Drugs

Waking up early this morning and sick of reading the daily Cleveland Rag Dealer, I looked on the internet for some funny reading material. Working outside all day, it is much easier to head off to work after a good laugh.

Well, I wandered over to Dennis Kucinich's web site. WOW! This guy and his supporters are really out there. With his views, I cannot understand how anybody in Cleveland can vote for him.

After reading his website, anyone with a lick of sense would realize Dennis will never be president. Why he continues these runs, with two left feet, for presidency is beyond me.

You have to wonder what goes through this guys head at night!


Dennis on Marijuana Decriminalization
With the enactment of the Volstead Act in 1919, America embarked on a social experiment known as Prohibition. Prohibitionists rejected the idea that people could be trusted to drink in moderation, arguing that alcohol use inevitably led to moral corruption and undesirable behavior.

Unfortunately, current drug policy fails to take into account the lessons of Prohibition. The law regards all users as abusers, and the result has been the creation of an unnecessary class of lawbreakers.

The rationale for continuing this draconian policy of marijuana prohibition is unclear. Statistical evidence shows that marijuana use follows a pattern very similar to that of alcohol. Most marijuana users do so responsibly, in a safe, recreational context.

These people lead normal, productive lives -- pursuing careers, raising families, and participating in civic life. ...there is no rational justification for criminally enforced prohibitions. More...


Dennis on the "War on Drugs"
My position on this issue is to face it directly, though other politicians run away from it... ... our "War on Drugs" has failed. It only creates thousands and thousands of Al Capones.

California was able to cut teenage tobacco use in half with a straightforward ad campaign that was financed by a tax on cigarettes.

The shredding of our rights to privacy and property promoted by the Drug War is inconsistent with a free society. Criminalization of private or self-destructive behavior is not acceptable in a free nation.

The rampant corruption of the criminal justice system spawned by the $400 billion-a-year black market could be ended with the stroke of a pen. So also would be the wholesale devastation we have brought to other countries.

Allowing doctors to treat drug addiction humanely and intelligently, including the prescription of maintenance doses....

It is time for an honest dialogue on this issue. Time to stop the documented lies, half-truths, and propaganda that got us into this mess in the first place. It is time to face the facts. More...


Ideas from his supporters (these are good!) -

Halt global warming ! Legalize cannabis/hemp today!

Cannabis hemp is the single most important tool to revitalizing our enviroment and promoting new global concern.

It is possible to produce all of our energy with Cannabis Hemp. The unique growing properties of the plant make it the ideal crop for our energy needs. Cannabis Hemp for energy is the necessity of the future and will soon be in place all over the world. More...

Now is the time to bring up hemp for ethanol
To bring up using hemp for ethanol.... I also think this could/would be an economic boom in this country from top to bottom.

Sure hope these supporters are not from Cleveland!

KING

Cleveland Wastes More Money

Inspectors refuse to use their computers
Finding $60,000 worth of missing PDAs is not a priority

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Olivera Perkins Plain Dealer Reporter


Dozens of Cleveland building inspectors refuse to use hand-held computers issued to them at a cost to taxpayers of about $60,000, and the administrator who oversees the inspectors says he is too busy to deal with the problem.

Just three of 75 inspectors trained to operate the devices actually use them to create and file reports on the condition of houses and buildings, city records show. And city officials are unable to say what became of the unused computers.

Yet Building and Housing Director Edward Rybka said getting inspectors to use the computers - and finding out what happened to the unused ones - are not top priorities....

The city bought 160 of the devices in July 2005, under the administration of Mayor Jane Campbell, to quell complaints from council and residents about rundown buildings not being inspected.

As of last week, Building Department officials could not say whether the unused computers were in storage, lost or stolen. Seven years ago, Cleveland inspectors tried laptops and found them too difficult to use.

They were replaced with the PDAs. More....

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More waste, more incompetence, more excuses! Seems like the missing Mayor, Frank Jackson, is more worried about bike paths on Kinsman and regionalism.

Jackson's Wish List:
Jackson proposes bicycle lanes through neighborhoods, more-aggressive demolition of rundown buildings and a pedestrian bridge over North Coast Harbor.

The mayor proposes to spend $1.5 billion over five years on
projects that include the pedestrian bridge connecting Voinovich Park and Dock 32 downtown near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

In addition, the mayor said he wants to spend at least $3 million annually to demolish vacant houses, a citywide problem that lowers property values and fosters crime. Council President Martin J. Sweeney said council will ask Jackson to increase that amount to $6 million annually, and he expects the mayor to agree.

Jackson wants to put more than $12 million toward building roadside bike routes and off-road bike trails. His grander vision, covering the next 13 years, focuses on developing all 36 of the city's neighborhoods.

Yeah Frank, spend and waste more money on visions of grandeur! Again, many of these ideas will be funded with tax payer dollars. Amazing huh?

Guess Cleveland's Council doesn't think they are wasting enough money now.

With the current way Cleveland oversees work being done for the city, I would have problems letting them play with lincoln logs!

KING

Monday, January 29, 2007

The New George Bush

By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
January 26, 2007 --


The Bush administration — as we know it — has come to an end.

Clinton changed when the Republicans took over Congress in 1994 ... and we’ll see something similar happen with Bush and his administration before our very eyes.

The right wing won’t like it, but Bush must feel that now that the Republican base has failed to produce a GOP dominated Congress, he must wander to the center in search of higher approval ratings.

Why does Bush care? He can’t, since he’s finished all his runs for re-election. He cares because no president can govern effectively with a 30 percent approval rating. He becomes a target for any stray pot shot from any member of Congress, former foe, or former friend.

Regardless of his formal powers as commander in chief, he will find his wings clipped soon enough by a rebellious Congress, unless he can rally more than one-third of the nation to his cause. To stay in Iraq and to have any hope of victory —and to survive for the remaining two years of his presidency — Bush must bring up his ratings. If it takes moving to the center to do it, a la Clinton, that’s just what he will do.

Bush signaled his new intention right after losing Congress and when he fired Rumsfeld and brought in a centrist, Gates, to take his place as Defense Secretary. He then took the next step by retreating over the issue of NSA wiretaps. Unfortunately, he decided that it was OK to go to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to get a warrant after all. (He’s making a big mistake on that one for which we will may all pay in future terrorist attacks.)

Then, in his State of the Union speech, he signaled a further move to the center. He spoke about the importance of countering global "climate change" after six years of saying that it was due to natural causes and that we couldn’t do a thing about it. He backed an increase in the "CAFE" motor vehicle fuel economy standards. He came out for expansion of health insurance through subsidies and tax breaks. He renewed his call for immigration reform and didn’t mention the border fence. He spoke of Social Security reform and failed to rule out an increase in taxes (most likely a rise in the ceiling on which taxes apply.)

The right will not like this new drift to the center any more than the left liked it when Bill Clinton did it in 1995-1996. And Bush will deny that anything of the sort is happening, just as Clinton did when he was in office.

But Bush realizes that the right wing base has proven faulty and that he can no longer rely on it for a majority of public opinion, any more than he could for a Congressional majority. So he is moving to a new home in the political middle.

But don’t expect any retreat on the core areas in which Bush remains personally deeply invested. His focus on victory in Iraq is as sharp as ever and his commitment to fighting terror abroad and promoting pro-life values at home will remain in tact. But on a host of other issues, the Bush of the past will be a fading memory as he seeks a new home in the political middle.

Ironically, when presidents are forced by necessity to reach out to the other side, a lot of progress is possible. Perhaps even more than when one-party control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue enforces an orthodoxy on the president and his Congress. Just as Clinton passed the minimum wage, portable health care benefits, the balanced budget, welfare reform, and a host of other bills in June and July of 1996, expect Bush to have some successes as he moves to the center in the upcoming months.

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George W. Bush Presidential Library

Sam Miller, Co-Chairman of Forest City Enterprises, recently speaking with fellow Cleveland State University trustees offered up an idea that had them diving for cover.

Millers idea - George W. Bush Presidential Library to be housed at CSU.

The reaction? "Everybody fell under the table" and "It would be a tourist boon" Miller said. Miller who also wants to send a letter to the President, was undeterred.

"I would go out and raise money for it. May God kill me if I'm lying," Miller said. "In 20 years, he will go down as a presidential great. History will treat him much better than we have".

Let's hope Sam Miller is right! Nothing would bother the local democrats in Cuyahoga County more than a Bush library in their backyard.

But back to reality, this is Cleveland! All we get is a black eye from Voinovich.


King


More talk on Convention Center Tax

Cuyahoga County Commissioners - Jimmy Dimora, Peter Lawson Jones & Tim Hagan, are again discussing financing (tax increase) for a new convention center and a possible "medical mart".

Part of the financing being considered, by the three democrat commissioners, would come from a county wide sales tax increase of one quarter of a penny.

The Plain Dealer quotes;

Commissioners aren't in agreement about whether taxpayers also should have to pay for a medical mart - promised for at least a year - either as part of the convention center or as a new tenant of the Higbee Building.

Business and political leaders desperately want the medical mart, a year-round exhibition center for medical equipment and devices that brings tons of business visitors.

Medical mart officials met with city and county leaders last week - it is unclear if the project will move forward without taxpayer aid.


Once again, the suburbs will be asked to pay for something in Cleveland. I am sure this tax increase will also effect cigarettes, you know them things we can't smoke anywhere.

Wasn't Cleveland just voted seventh poorest city in the nation? Of course they should be taxed more, maybe we could become #1.

If the so-called "business and political leaders" want the medical mart so bad, they should ask the business and medical community to foot the bill, NOT the taxpayer.

Never fails though, every time one of the so-called "business or political leaders" in this area has an idea, we the taxpayers end up paying for it.

Glad only the republicans are for big business!?!


KING

Lieberman The Only Smart Democrat?

Lieberman may back Republican in 2008

WASHINGTON - AP Mon Jan 29, 12:00 AM ET

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman' the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2000 who won re-election as an independent last year, says he is open to supporting any party's White House nominee in 2008.

"I'm going to do what most independents and a lot of Democrats and Republicans in America do, which is to take a look at all the candidates and then in the end, regardless of party, decide who I think will be best for the future of our country," Lieberman said Sunday.

"So I'm open to supporting a Democrat, Republican or even an Independent, if there's a strong one. More....

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From the current field of candidates I think it would be safe to say, Leiberman will be endorsing a republican.

Other than Obama the current democrat candidates appear to be campaigning with the same "republicans are bad" & "get out of Iraq" message, as in the last election. A campaign tactic which may backfire on them by the presidential election.

Leiberman is the one democrat who I feel uses common sense, has a true understanding of the "Big Picture" in the middle east and does not act like your "typical" democrat.

His refusal to support the non-binding resolution against the "troop surge", and willingness to filibuster this resolution, shows he is more republican than some of the republican disappointments we have in Washington, George Voinovich being one of them.

King

Red Cross Strikers in Cleveland

Red Cross Provokes Strike Over Excessive Demands
to Diminish Health Care Benefits to Employees

JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About 160 Red Cross workers, members of Communications Workers of America Local 13000, prepared for an unfair labor practice strike against Johnstown-based American Red Cross' Greater Alleghenies Regions. As of 12:01 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, workers will likely be off the job, despite their efforts to negotiate a fair contract.

"It's extremely unfortunate that the Red Cross has caused this strike," said Marge Krueger, administrative assistant to the CWA District 13 Vice President. "CWA members have been working hard to reach a fair agreement, but the Red Cross has refused to provide the information on health care costs that we need to bargain intelligently. That's not bargaining in good faith."

The workers staff bloodmobiles and blood banks in counties across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia.
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Channel 19 News reported this morning, the striking Red Cross workers will be here in Cleveland today.

I am pro union, but the workers need to understand the costs of healthcare continues to sky rocket. It is only fair that some of these costs be passed on to employees.

On the other hand, Red Cross should also show the increases to bargain in good faith with the unions.

King

Who's Next?

Ready for a (Fill-in-the-Blank) President?
By Clarence Page January 29, 2007

CHICAGO-A conservative Midwestern talk radio host recently asked me a question that I'm certain haunts many minds these days: "If Barack Obama doesn't get elected, are black people going to say he lost because he is half-black?"

Sure, I responded. Some black people will presume the worst if the Illinois senator's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination fails.... Welcome to the subtext of Campaign 2008. In that exchange, you can hear echoes off a canyon-like perception gap that still divides the races.

For example, a Newsweek poll taken before Christmas found that 86 percent of registered voters would vote for a qualified woman for president and even more, 93 percent, say the same for a qualified African-American. But when asked whether "America is ready to elect a woman president," the "yes" answers dropped to only 55 percent - with 7 percent fewer women than men!

When sensitive issues like race and gender are involved, polls don't tell us the truth; they only measure our perceptions of the truth. More....

Sunday, January 28, 2007















Clay Jones, Virginia -- The Freelance-Star, Fredericksburg.

Who's the Pariah?

Saudi King - Iran putting region in danger

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia told an Iranian envoy this month that Shi'ite power Iran was putting the Gulf region in danger, in a reference to Iran's conflict with Washington over Iraq and nuclear policy, a newspaper said.

In the interview in Kuwait's al-Seyassah on Saturday, King Abdullah also issued a veiled warning to Iran to quit what he said were efforts to spread Shi'ism in the Sunni-dominated Arab world.

The United States and its key ally Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of "interference" in Iraq, through backing Shi'ite militias and parties.... "The dangers it (Iranian government) could fall into will fall upon all of us." More...

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Egyptian state paper attacks Iranian policies

CAIRO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The editor of Egypt's most prestigious government newspaper said Iran was trying to spread Shi'a Islam in Arab countries that have no Shi'ites in an attempt to recreate an Iranian empire in the Middle East.

In a front-page editorial in al-Ahram on Friday, editor Osama Saraya accused the Iranian government of infiltrating hundreds of thousands of Iranians into Iraq.

Saraya, whose newspaper usually reflects government thinking. Continued Iran is working actively towards spreading Shi'ite doctrine even in countries which do not have a Shi'ite minority, for reasons...which have political dimensions, More...

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Iran a source of tension in Afghanistan's western Herat

by Sylvie Briand HERAT, Afghanistan, Jan 25, 2007 (AFP) - The influence of Iran is a source of tension between Shiites and Sunnis that recently exploded into deadly violence in Afghanistan's western city of Herat, residents say.

It is even seeing some Shiites lean towards the hardline Taliban movement waging an insurgency that occasionally shatters the city's calm, some say.

Herat, 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the Iranian border, has long been under Persian influence: even today most women prefer the chador to the burqa, the markets are filled with Iranian products, and mosques are financed by Tehran. More...

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Iran nearing satellite launch

Iran Focus Iran has converted a 30-ton ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle that will be used to send a satellite into space soon, a move that could have wider security implications, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reported.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, spoke about the upcoming launch to religious students and clerics in Qom.

The launcher is a version of the Shahab 3 missile that has a range of 800 to 1,000 miles, the magazine said, citing unidentified U.S. agencies. A missile of its kind could reach Saudi Arabia and as far west as Turkey.

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Lebanese PM blames Iran, Syria for deadly protest

Jan 24, 2007 (AFP) - Lebanon's embattled premier has pinned the blame on Iran and Syria for a Hezbollah-backed nationwide opposition strike during which three people died, in remarks published here Wednesday.

Lebanon has "been paying the price of imposed decisions coming from outside countries, like Iran and Syria," Prime Minister Fuad Siniora told Japan's Kyodo News. More...

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Jordan king urges Iran to avoid 'rattling' stability in region

AMMAN, Jan 24, 2007 (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah II called on Iran to avoid "rattling stability" in Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon, in an interview published Wednesday.

"We wish to see positive and balanced relations between Iraq and Iran, and between Arab countries and Iran," the monarch told the London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat, also carried by Jordan's Petra news agency.

"We believe that Iran must refrain from seeking to rattle stability in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq and any other part of the region so that we can make progress towards building such relations," he said. More...

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Great way to defend your country again John! After all these years and still a traitor!

So I guess in a couple days, we will get the "real" explanation of what he meant! Another apology and explanation is no longer sufficient.

John Kerry is the PARIAH!

King

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Trial of Terror - Update

Judge Threatens Kidnapping Charges
to Force Lawyer to Testify Against His Client Mrs. Ghawji

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 8 LAWFUEL --

Rosine Ghawji, a woman who married a prominent Memphis doctor with ties to terrorism, has filed acomplaint before The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary (TCJ) swearing, under oath, that Judge Donna Fields of Circuit Court of Shelby County for the Thirteenth Judicial District at Memphis has grossly violated the Canons of Judicial Ethics.

Judge Fields is alleged to have allowed Mrs. Ghawji's local Tennessee counsel to withdraw, without good cause, during the Christmas holiday period, and just days before the trial, to prevent Mrs. Ghawji from effectively presenting her case.

To make matters even worse, after the trial began, Judge Fields put one ofMrs. Ghawji's out of state lawyers on the witness stand, who was simply there taking notes, but who could not participate as counsel in the day'sproceedings because he is not a Tennessee lawyer, and ordered him totestify about attorney client communications with Mrs. Ghawji.

To coerce the lawyer to testify Judge Fields threatened him with fabricated criminal charges of kidnapping based on the simple fact that the Ghawji children had not gone to school that day.

The attorney client privilege is the most sacrosanct of all client rights. This conduct by Judge Fields warrants the most severe punishment, Mrs. Ghawji argues in her complaint.

Mrs. Ghawji's private general counsel, out of state lawyer and JudicialWatch founder and past chairman Larry Klayman, who previously was excludedby Judge Fields from participating as trial counsel in the case. More....

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Woman seeks feds' protection from judge
Case links husband to threats against sons, terror groups
Posted: January 25, 2007© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

A new federal court filing in Tennessee is asking for protection for a woman seeking a divorce from her husband because of his ties to terrorism, and names as a defendant a divorce court judge who imposed a "house arrest" on the woman. The case, as WND has reported, involves Rosine Ghawji. More.....

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Hearing set in terror-linked divorce trial
Federal court to consider preliminary injunction
Posted: January 27, 2007© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

A hearing has been scheduled before a federal judge on a request for a temporary restraining order against a Tennessee state judge handling a divorce case that has been linked by testimony to terrorism.

The order was signed by Jean Lee, the case manager in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and confirms the hearing on a request by Rosine Ghawji for an order concerning Donna Fields, a state judge handling Ghawji's divorce action.

The court filing is seeking federal court intervention because Mrs. Ghawji is seeking a divorce from her husband because of his ties to terrorism, and alleges the state judge violated her civil rights. More...


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I am not an attorney, but this just seems unbelievable to me. How is a judge able to get away with such impunity? This judge need to be removed from the bench and her law license suspended forever!

This is an update of my original post of ; Trial of Terror

King

More CWD Corruption

Businessman gets prison term
Cleveland Plain Dealer January 26, 2007

The owner of a large trucking company was sentenced to two years in federal prison Thursday after admitting that he bribed a Cleveland Water Department official with cash and three used cars. Sebastian Morabito, 61, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to bribe a public official.

Morabito paid bribes to Norman Gore, who was a supervisor at the Water Department's Harvard Yard. In exchange, Gore approved payments to Morabito Trucking and Cleveland Central Enterprise -- both owned by Morabito -- for loads of slag and limestone that were never delivered. Between 1998 and 2003, Morabito's companies made an extra $75,000, prosecutors said.

Seven people, including Gore, have been convicted of paying or accepting bribes tied to Water Department business at Harvard Yard on the city's southeast side. Gore ran Harvard Yard's warehouse and handled purchasing. He is serving a five-year prison sentence for accepting bribes.

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Here is a link to the history of stories relating to the bribery and fraud in Cleveland Water Dept. More Cleveland Water Dept. Corruption

Hopefully the residents of Cuyahoga County will open their eyes and see an overhaul of all Cleveland and Cuyahoga County leadership is needed.

Like the airport runway project, this is just another example of failed leadership in our area.

King

Back Off Granny!

Man Zaps Wife's Grandmother

Saturday, January 27, 2007 Fox News

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. — A man who used a stun gun on his 79-year-old grandmother-in-law after an argument over how to discipline his toddler son was arrested for investigation of domestic violence assault.

Aaron de Bruyn, 26, was cited with fourth-degree domestic violence assault Wednesday and was released from the Skamania County Jail Thursday afternoon, said Calvin Owens, police chief in this town about 30 miles up the Columbia River from Portland, Ore.

The argument began Wednesday morning when his 7-month-old son tried to reach behind the family's entertainment system to grab the electrical wires, de Bruyn told The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver.

Fearing the boy would shock himself, he told the boy "no" a couple of times and gave the child a swat on his diapered bottom. De Bruyn said his grandmother-in-law, Rosemary Garlock, told him that was child abuse and threatened to have the child taken away. He said he then told Garlock to leave and she refused.

After an argument that lasted several minutes, he pulled out his Taser stun gun and told her he would use it on her if she didn't leave within 60 seconds. He counted down, and when she didn't leave, he shocked her on her right shoulder as she sat on the living room couch. More.....
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I would have done the same thing! That's what granny gets for sticking her nose where it did not belong. This child could have been severely injured, and the father did the right thing.

You got to wonder if granny was senile. To sit, watch and allow a child shock themselves would be "child abuse". The little slap is a reinforcement of the word "NO". Hopefully, in the child's mind a connection is made, that it is bad to touch wires.

I hope this guy gets off easy from the judge. Hopefully he does not get "Shock Probation"!

King




Friday, January 26, 2007

Sharpton: Step up or I'll run in '08
By Brian DeBose THE WASHINGTON TIMES January 26, 2007

The Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday threatened to again seek the Democratic presidential nomination unless current contenders, including four senators he visited on Capitol Hill, commit to focusing attention on civil rights issues.

"If somebody picks up a strong agenda, I won't. But if not, maybe.....

Mr. Sharpton's comments came as he visited Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Barack Obama of Illinois and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, the four senators seeking the party's nomination. More...

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Let's see from inciting racial tensions and false accusations of rape to running for President.

Only in America!

It's About Time!

Troops authorized to kill Iranian operatives in Iraq
Fri. 26 Jan 2007 Iran Focus


Dafna Linzer Washington Post Staff Writer

The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran's influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort.

For more than a year, U.S. forces in Iraq have secretly detained dozens of suspected Iranian agents, holding them for three to four days at a time. The "catch and release" policy was designed to avoid escalating tensions with Iran and yet intimidate its emissaries. U.S. forces collected DNA samples from some of the Iranians without their knowledge, subjected others to retina scans, and fingerprinted and photographed all of them before letting them go. More...

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Catch and Release? You would think they are fishing!

Here we are worried about escalating tensions with a country that is a sworn enemy of the United States. maybe they would think twice about meddling if they have their agents sent back in body bags.

If anybody, in anyway, shoots, or tries to harm one of our soldiers or Marines, our troops should be allowed to fire back at will with the use of every weapon at their disposal.

It is about time we took the handcuffs off our troops and let them kick some muslim ass. Rules of engagement and assessing threat should not be done from behind a desk in Washington.

King

Now what? We Won!



Thursday, January 25, 2007

Separated at birth?

Posted by DarthDilbert at Return of the Conservatives

Sorry, I am laughing to hard to remark!

King

USA - USA - USA

Wisconsin School Bans 'USA' Chant at Athletic Events
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Fox News


One Wisconsin high school is catching flack for banning the use of the chant "U-S-A" at athletic events.

Baraboo High School officials have banned the chant after hearing that it had a double meaning for some students, the Capitol Times in Madison, Wis., reported Tuesday. Click here to read the Capitol Times story

Citing the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association code, Baraboo administrators banned "U-S-A" after learning it meant "U Suck [explicative]" to some students.

The WIAA code only allows positive cheers supporting one's own team and bans put-downs and other cheers fraught with innuendo, the paper said.

The decision to ban "U-S-A." had parents crying foul at a school board meeting last week, the Times reported.

"Any cheer you can come up with, if you want, can be perceived differently," parent Mary Williams told the paper. "In my opinion, it stands for 'USA.' More...

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Wow! Now our countries initials are offensive! What about people that find these type of attacks on our rights offensive?

Burn the Flag - OK

Protest soldiers funerals - OK

Cindy Sheehan meeting with our enemies - OK

Protest in the name of "Free Speech" - OK

Chant USA - NOT OK

Dick Morris on Bush

Bush Expands His Presidency, May Gain Credibility On Iraq

By DICK MORRIS

January 25, 2007 -- As Jimmy Carter’s dismal presidency drew to a close, his field of vision was narrowed to an embassy in Tehran. On Richard Nixon’s last day, all he could see was a tape recorder. When Lyndon Johnson left office, all was forgotten but Vietnam. After his speech to the nation last week urging a larger troop commitment in Iraq, it seemed President Bush was destined to go down the same narrowing road to oblivion.

But his State of the Union speech Tuesday night boldly broadened his presidential agenda and vision. He once again became the president of the United States, not the mayor of Baghdad. By articulating viable, and potentially bi-partisan, proposals on energy independence, global climate change, healthcare, immigration reform, education standards and a host of other issues, he renewed the 360-degree mandate that should be the span of vision of any president.

And even as he hewed to a strict line on Iraq, he broadened his foreign policy vision to encompass the danger posed by Iran’s potential for acquiring nuclear weapons and his domestic agenda to highlight his administration’s breathtaking success in thwarting terrorist attacks at home. Missing only was a focus on North Korea, which cannot be allowed to keep its nuclear arsenal without provoking a nuclear arms race among China, Japan and North Korea that will leave Washington, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing scared to death.

President Bush even found time to discuss his singular achievements: the economy, oil prices and the falling deficit. In recent months he has seemed to ignore his own track record as he pleaded for a longer tenure in Iraq. But the economy is growing nicely and its surging tax revenues — particularly from capital gains — lead some experts to predict the same kind of rapid deficit eradication as buoyed Clinton’s last years as president. And oil prices are dropping; we see their reflection as gas prices hover around $2 per gallon.

George W. Bush finally seems to have grasped a crucial but ironic fact: The only way he can keep sufficient credibility and power to continue his commitment to victory in Iraq is to raise his approval ratings. The presidency’s inherent powers are largely titular unless animated by national support and popularity. While an unpopular president still gets the corner office, his practical ability to act is severely constrained. There is an ongoing need for a daily majority in his national approval ratings for him to govern.

But the only way he can get those ratings — in order to continue to fight in Iraq — is to talk about issues other than Iraq! Even if the war begins to go well, the blood and violence will continue and he will always come out on the short end of the national debate about the war. But if he expands his constituency by addressing issues like global warming, energy independence, and the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats, he can achieve the approval ratings he needs to govern — and to fight on in Iraq.

Americans will always make time to listen up when the subject is the possibility of a nuclear war. Bush can command a national consensus as he moves against Iran and North Korea. We will pay close attention to anything he does to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and will hail any initiatives that lead to greater consumption of alternatives to gasoline. And Americans are sufficiently cognizant of the dangers posed by climate change to welcome the president to the fold if he indicates a real desire to turn the corner and stop the progression of deadly worldwide warming.

In our hearts and our heads, we realize that the stakes involved in these issues are more important than those in Iraq. If Bush leads the way on these subjects, Americans will follow and even cheer. If he insists on slogging on in Iraq, a majority will continue to be pessimistic and discouraged, but Bush will still be able to summon their support by a focus on the broader agenda on display in Tuesday’s address.


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Traitor Backs Out

Kerry decides against 2008 presidential run

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, announced Wednesday that he will skip a second run for the White House to concentrate on bringing the war in Iraq to an end.

"As someone who made the mistake of voting for the resolution that gave the president the authority to go to war, I feel the weight of personal responsibility to act to devote time and energy to the national dialogue and an effort to limit this war and bring our participation to a conclusion," he said in a speech on the Senate floor.
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Senator Kerry to Skip 2008 Presidential Race
January 24, 2007 Fox News


WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, announced Wednesday that he won't make a run for the White House in 2008.

"I’ve concluded this isn’t the time for me to mount a presidential campaign," Kerry said on the Senate floor. "It is the time to put my energy to work as part of the majority in the Senate to do all I can to end this war and strengthen our security and our ability to fight the real War on Terror." Click here to watch the full video.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took to the Senate floor after Kerry's announcement to thank him for his work in the Senate.

"He is one of those people that has meant so much to me. And being a role model for the things that I do and for the things that I think the American people should focus on," Reid said. More...

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Thank God, this traitor pulled out of the race. I am quite sure mine and Ron L's buddies with the Swift Boat Veterans and POW's for Truth were waiting to get going again about Kerry's traitorous actions during the Vietnam War.



King

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dick Morris on Hillary

HILLARY IN TROUBLE
By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

January 21, 2007 -- Pressured by former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' bold foray into her own backyard -- when he challenged her silence over the war during a speech at Riverside Church, the shrine of liberalism -- and by Sen. Barack Obama's formation of an exploratory committee, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has rushed to signal her intention to run for president.

She has told friends that she hadn't seen why she should wait until the fall of the year before the election, as her husband had done, to announce.

But she was so panicked by the Edwards and Obama initiatives that she announced her candidacy on a Saturday! That's the worst news day of the week, and the Clintons usually reserve it for announcements concerning their scandals.

And the latest Rasmussen Poll shows her plummeting down to 22 percent, with Obama at 21 percent and Edwards, a former and vice presidential nominee, up to 15 percent. Her campaign staff has been flatfooted, and her reaction to the Edwards offensive over the war has been slow.

When she should have been in the United States protesting President Bush's speech, she was in Iraq posing for photo ops.


Edwards is winning the race to the left -- the key place to be in the Democratic primaries.

Hillary's assertion that she would vote for a troop cap only begs the question of what she would do if Bush, as commander-in-chief, sends in the troops anyway.


Would she then vote to cut off funds -- to make him respect the congressional intrusion into the powers of the president? Hillary says she would not.

So Hillary will be reduced to what are essentially symbolic actions against the war. Meanwhile, Edwards, who is comfortably out of the Senate, can go as far to the left as he needs to go to win the primaries. The latest Fox News Poll shows Democrats support a total cutoff of war funding by 59 percent to 33 percent.

Will the role of Ned Lamont in the upcoming primaries be played by Edwards while the role of Sen. Joeseph Lieberman is shared by Hillary and -- depending on how he votes -- Obama? We all know how the Connecticut primary turned out last August!

Bear in mind, however, that Hillary was similarly awkward in the opening months of her New York state race for the Senate in 2000, committing blunder after blunder until she got her act down pat.

But the fact is that Hillary has not run in a real election in her life. She was almost unopposed for the Senate last year, and she drew wet-behind-the-ears former Congressman Rick Lazio as her 2000 opponent, rather than heavyweight Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor. And Hillary has never run in a Democratic primary in her life (unless you count her nominal race in 2006).

Her inexperience and the age of her staff is showing. She and they appear at a loss to adjust to the fast-moving pace of modern politics.

Dick is always saying, as he approaches 60 years of age, that 60 is the new 50. By the same token, 2007 is the new 2008. And Hillary seems not to have grasped this fact. By the time the Iowa caucuses are held, the race for the nomination will be over, just as it was in 2004.

Remember how Howard Dean surged out to a lead in September 2003, months before the first votes were cast, and then lost his lead to Sen. John Kerry in December 2003 amid a barrage of negative publicity?

By the time Iowa voted, it merely mirrored the results of the American-media primary, which had already been held the autumn before.

Will she win? Probably yes.

Still -- Hillary has the capacity to draw out a large number of voters who have not previously cast ballots. In 1996, 49 percent of Americans of voting age participated in the presidential contest. In 2000, 51 percent did. In 2004, the percentage was up to 55 percent.

Increasing turnout is the central fact of presidential elections these days. Karl Rove's ability to maximize the turnout of white married couples and single white men was the key to Bush's 2004 victory. The president got 12 million more votes in 2004 than he got in 2000.

But Kerry was also able to attract almost 6 million new single women to the polls who did not participate in 2000. They formed a large part of the 9 million extra votes Kerry got that former Vice President Al Gore did not.

Hillary, to a great extent, and Obama to a lesser degree, can impel large numbers of new voters to flock to the polls in the primaries and the election itself, which gives them a huge advantage.

But, to win, Hillary better get used to the pace of politics in 2007!

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Another Quality Strickland Appointment

Ted Strickland just named Henry Guzman as our states public safety director. This is the man who was in charge of the department overseeing the contracts on the runway project at the airport.

Overseeing the contracts which were "rife with fraud" as the PD qouotes;
On Friday, he appointed longtime Cleveland administrator Henry Guzman as the state's public safety director overseeing the State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Emergency Management Agency.

Guzman served as Cleveland's service director and then safety director from 1993 through 2001. His last job in Cleveland City Hall was in 2002 and 2003 when he ran the Office of Equal Opportunity, which oversaw minority participation in the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport expansion and other city projects.

Recently released reports say the airport project was rife with fraud in which white contractors paid minority firms for doing little or no work.

Guzman said in an interview Tuesday that he was unaware of the fraud but knew that the FBI was interested in the primary airport expansion contract with Anthony Allega Cement Contractors Inc.

He said he tried to thwart sham minority contracts by requiring officials from both the white- and the minority-owned companies to sign sworn affidavits stating that the money was paid and that the work was performed.
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The airport project will soon be one of the biggest cases of fraud and corruption in Cleveland's history. The link, as they are now showing, will go all the way back to former Mayor Mike White and Nate Gray.

Now Rev. Ted will put him in charge of Public Safety, before the investigation is complete. In case anyone is unaware of the on going investigation and scandal on the Hopkins Airport Runway project click here.

I am not accusing the guy of being crooked. Incompetent - Hell Yes!

More Blackwell Babble

On Keeping Perspective and Beginning Again
By Ken Blackwell January 23, 2007 Reposted from; Town Hall

Although Los Angeles Dodgers’ center fielder Willie Davis was widely considered the fastest man in baseball throughout the 1960s and 70s, he is perhaps more often remembered for a remark he made following game two of the 1966 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

In the fifth inning Davis committed three errors on two consecutive plays. L.A. lost the game 8 to 4 and was swept in the series. When asked about his less than stellar performance, Davis dryly remarked, “It ain’t my life, and it ain’t my wife, so why worry?” Even more important than his amazing speed, Davis had extraordinary perspective.

More than once since the release of the November 7, 2006 general election results, I’ve given some thought to Mr. Davis’ quip.... While the results of the 2006 election represent a temporary set back to me......

In more than thirty years of pubic service one thing I have learned is that the only way a cause is truly lost is if the army is scattered and resolved to defeat. We are not defeated. Indeed, there is still work to do. More...

Ken Blackwell is the former Secretary of State of Ohio.

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This guy ceases to amaze me! Blackwell of all people wants to compare his election to a team sport?

Ken Blackwell does not even understand the basic concept of being on a "Team". In thirty years he learned pretty darn good how to SCATTER an army!

We are not defeated? ONE MILLION VOTES

He thinks he has more work to do? There is no doubt this man intends to run for office again.

He can't even get his story straight - LA got shut out that game much like Ken in his election!

Maybe it it's how he figured the bonuses 9x0= $80,000


1966 World SeriesGame 2
Box Score
For Game 2, the Orioles' Jim Palmer was given the monumental task of keeping pace with Sandy Koufax... Silencing his critics, Baltimore's twenty year-old "underdog" finished on top by allowing only four hits for the 6-0 win. More...

Good story Ken!! Will you please move out of OHIO?


Hanoi Jane; At it again!

Jane Fonda alert
By Michelle Malkin · January 24, 2007 04:18 PM

Hanoi Jane is scheduled to appear at an anti-war protest at the Navy Memorial this weekend. From the United for Peace website:

10am: Women Say Pull Out! Women's Convergence for DC Mobilization

Join Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Lynn Woolsey, Rhea Perlman, Eve Ensler, Mimi Kennedy, Q'orianka Kilcher, the Co-founders of CODEPINK and many other amazing women.

Other co-sponsors include: National Organization for Women, V-Day, WAND, Feminist Majority, Feminist Peace Network and WATER. Don't forget your PINK!

Where: Navy Memorial, 7th and Pennsylvania NW When: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 10am

We will rally at 10am then meet up with the UFPJ rally and march!


FReepers will be there to counter-protest. Should be interesting.

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This women is a disgrace! I am suprised not to see Cindy Sheehans name on the list. You know, the "other" good American.

Hopefully Free Republic will get a good turn out for their counter-protest.

God knows they could not do any worse than the counter-protest we tried earlier this year when Cindy Sheehan came to Cleveland!

All that tough talk from Senor Taco, oops I mean Senor Toad and his frogs at The Ken Blackwell Blog Site (RAB), I figured we would have a good turn out. Nope, they chose to act tough behind their keyboards and stayed warm.

Mom, can I have some m,m,m,m, more hot chocolate?