September 30, 2007
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S-CHIP By The Numbers

Category: Affordable Healthcare

$35 billion: The additional funding allocated over five years in Congress’s S-CHIP bill. This cost is entirely offset by an increase in the tobacco tax.

$195 billion: The additional funding that President Bush has requested for the next one year of the Iraq war.

$83,000 per year: Average family income that President Bush claims will be covered under the new S-CHIP reauthorization bill.

$34,340 per year: Average family income under which 70% of families to be covered in the new bill fall. The current bill does not include any provisions changing income eligibility caps.

32% – The percentage of children estimated to gain coverage under the new bill who would otherwise have some sort of private insurance (The ‘crowd-out effect’).

77% – Estimated crowd out under the Bush administration’s proposed health tax proposals submitted last year (more than twice as bad).

18,000 – Number of deaths each year due to a lack of health insurance.

108,000 – Number of lives that could be saved by increasing the tobacco tax to $1 a pack.

412-1: The House of Representative’s vote on Monday on supporting National Life Insurance Month.

265-159: The House’s vote on Tuesday on supporting the S-CHIP bill, which is less than the two-thirds majority needed to override the president’s expected veto.

1.9 million: Number of children who are estimated to lose coverage over the next five years if S-CHIP remains unchanged.

3.5 million: Number of uninsured children who gain health care coverage if Congress can override Bush’s veto.


September 29, 2007
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It’s been almost two months since joining the internet world of “blogging”. I did not start this discourse with much of a plan in mind, just some vague ideas about runnin’ my mouth about things I’m interested and, in the process, do both some enlightening and enraging, some informing, some dissembling and posting of some provocative opinions.

Inspired [?] one day by the umpteenth prostitute struttin’ past my storefront, eyes flickering from car to car, trying to catch a look-an acknowledgment for an assignation, I grabbed the keyboard and started peckin’ . You can call the Man, but the Man has other priorities in a city where crimes far more “serious” than some hooker trying to make a 20 spot demand their response. Not that there isn’t enforcement of laws, it is just that the laws don’t really work…and talking about that got me started on this blog, a place to holler about hookers…[!}. You can read more about that subject in the archives.

I’m cribbin, compiling and copying, plus adding my own commentary. I don’t have very many answers. The cliche is that the more you know the more you know how really very little you DO know { a tip of the hat the GWBush on that one…]. So you come up with more questions & I like sharing what I think are answers, and or, discussion points., that may or may not develop into answers. Some of you have already joined the conversation, there is plenty of room for other voices. My focus is The War in Iraq/Afghanistan, the First Amendment, Educational issues, Blue Dog Democrats, city living and it’s too early to tell what else . The blog title says it all.

Your thoughts, comments, ideas, are most welcome. Please share them.

A listing of other Dayton area blogs can be found at:


rREV cool Sez: Seefari @ Trolley Stop [E5th & Wayne]Sat Sept 29

September 28, 2007
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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM Rev. Cool forwarded to you…….


SEEFARI will be performing live with his band this Saturday, September 29 @ The Trolley Stop on E 5th St in Dayton’s Oregon District www.trolleystopdayton.com

SEEFARI will be performing songs from his new CD “Rasta Italist” as well as old favorites and reggae classics.


“Rasta Italist” – Brand new CD from SEEFARI !!!

get it now @ www.cdbaby.com/seefari

download it @ www.digstation.com

free downloads @ www.myspace.com/seefari

The Drumbeat of War: More Lies from G W Bush & Associates

September 27, 2007
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Bush Administration hacks, including generals, intelligence agents, Senator’s Lieberman & Kyl, & the Prince of Darkness [Dick Cheney] have been trying to make a case for what seems to be an imminent attack on Iran. To do so they have flooded the media with various arguments about how Iran is the primary backer of the insurgency in Iraq, supplying weapons and raw material for bomb making. The reality is that there is actually very little, if any, in the way of concrete evidence supporting these arguments. Testimony from various military figures has been rife with contradictory statements, denial of Iranian involvement etc. Today’s Huffington Post has an excellent article that speaks directly to this issue, debunking the administration claims point by point.

In the past, false claims of aggression against the USA include the attack on the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, which led to the Spanish American war, and the Gulf of Tonkin “Incident”,  which served as a pretext for an escalation of our involvement in Vietnam, have long since been proven to be false, conjured up to provide cover for imperialistic aims. The Bush claims about Iran bears an terrible resemblance to these past transgressions & falsehoods. We must not fall into the same trap.

Gareth Porter’s article is a must read.


A FILBUSTER TO END THE WAR?? Senator Sherrod Brown to the Front, Please…

September 27, 2007
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My friend Neal sent me a link to an article that addresses a question I have had for sometime about the vote situation in the US Senate regarding the war in Iraq. John Walsh from Counterpunch asks, if the Republicans can threaten use of the filibuster to prevent anti war legislation from passing :” it takes 60 votes to continue debate but by the same token it only takes 41 to terminate a debate–and then the bill is dead. So why not filibuster Bush’s forthcoming spending supplemental?

Last week I wrote Sherrod Brown and asked him the same question. As a stalwart anti-war Congressman and Senator, Brown should stand up get the ball rolling. It only takes one Senator with courage and solid beliefs to start a filibuster. Is he the one??

Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH)   202-228-6321 http://brown.senate.gov/contact/

Read Walsh’s whole article @ http://www.counterpunch.org/walsh09222007.html

Yesterday. the Senate passed   S.Amdt. 3017  by a vote of 76-22. The amnedment,  offered by Senator’s  Lieberman & Kyl  is a back door attempt to set the conditions for war with Iran. Glad to note that Ohio Senator Brown was one of 22 courageous solons who stood against this blatant attempt at  war mongering…too bad the same can’t be said of other “leading” Dems, including Ms Hillary.


September 27, 2007
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Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, delivered a powerful speech September 20th where he stated “I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I would call a police state.”

Ellsberg’s argument is that the apparatus of repression is already in place and that all it is going to take to implement an even more overtly fascist state of affairs is another event like the 9/11 attack. His warning should be heeded. Read more: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18456.htm


Poll: Edwards Best Dem For Ohio

By Eric Kleefeld – September 21, 2007, 3:30PM

A new SurveyUSA p0oll of Ohio shows John Edwards as the strongest Democrat in the key swing state, well ahead of Hillary Clinton’s performance:

Giuliani (R) 48%, Clinton (D) 47%
Clinton (D) 48%, Thompson (R) 47%
Clinton (D) 52%, Romney (R) 42%
Giuliani (R) 52%, Obama (D) 39%
Thompson (R) 50%, Obama (D) 42%
Romney (R) 46%, Obama (D) 45%
Giuliani (R) 48%, Edwards (D) 47%
Edwards (D) 52%, Thompson (R) 43%
Edwards (D) 56%, Romney (R) 36%

Edwards’ focus on class issues appears to play well here, while Obama’s more cerebral approach doesn’t look like it’s hitting a nerve. Hillary Clinton could well win Ohio herself, but based on these numbers it would be a tight race. http://tpmelectioncentral.com/2007/09/poll_edwards_best_dem_for_ohio.php


House Passes Children’s Health Bill/Rep’s Boehner & Schmidt VOTE NO

September 26, 2007
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The US House of Representatives has passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program 265-159 with 3 out of 5 area Congresspeople voting for it. US Rep’s Hobson, Turner & Chabot , Republican’s all, broke with party leadership and voted for the legislation, while hard liner’s Boehner and Schmidt voted against it.

The Washington Post reports “The compromise package would expand the $5 billion-a-year children’s health insurance program by an average of $7 billion a year over the next five years, for total funding of $60 billion over the period. That would be enough to boost the program’s enrollment to 10 million, up from 6.6 million, and dramatically reduce the ranks of America’s 9 million uninsured children, supporters said.”

According to the AFL-CIO, in Ohio, 5.7% of children are uninsured, resulting in 1, 500,000 kids without health care alternatives. Mr Boehner and Ms Scehmidt, both ardent supporters of the Bush administrations failed policies in Iraq, apparently think it is more important to continue spending Billions to intervene in a civil war we started in Iraq [where tens of thousands of children have been both wounded and killed] rather than attending to the needs of people right here in SW Ohio. Kudo’s to Hobson, Turner and Chabot for their vote, a big fat raspberry to Boehner and Schmidt!!

It looks like the Senate will pass their version of the S-CHIP bill later this week with a veto proof majority. Unfortunately the House is 35 votes short of doing the same thing.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/25/AR2007092501474.html




September 25, 2007
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Congressional Directories
September 24, 2007

In this MegaVote for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes –
* Senate: Motion to Invoke Cloture: District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007
* Senate: Levin Amendment: To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq
* House: Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007
* House: Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act
* House: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007

Upcoming Congressional Bills –
* Senate: National Defense Authorization Act, FY2008
* Senate: Water Resources Development Act of 2007
* House: State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007
* House: Making continuing appropriations for FY2008
* House: Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act
* House: Small Business Investment Expansion Act of 2007
* House: Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007

Recent Senate Votes
Motion to Invoke Cloture: District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 – Vote Rejected (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate failed to move forward with this bill that would create a new seat for the District of Columbia in the House of Representatives.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Levin Amendment: To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq – Vote Rejected (47-47, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate voted against setting a nine month deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.

Sen. George Voinovich voted NO……send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007 – Vote Passed (348-72, 12 Not Voting)

The House easily passed this bill that will give the Federal Housing Administration the authority to assist struggling homeowners in making their mortgage payments.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act – Vote Passed (312-110, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill that would help the insurance industry cover costs in the event of a terrorist attack.

Rep. Michael Turner voted YES……send e-mail or see bio

FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 – Vote Passed (267-151, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure obliging airlines to change flight schedules if the airlines are worsening delays with too many peak hour flights at the most trafficked airports.

Rep. Michael Turner voted NO……send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes
National Defense Authorization Act, FY2008 – H.R.1585

The Senate is scheduled to continue work on this $459.3 billion bill that would fund the Department of Defense for the upcoming fiscal year.

Water Resources Development Act of 2007 – H.R.1495

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Conference Report of this bill that would reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 – H.R.___

The House is scheduled to once again work on legislation to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Making continuing appropriations for FY2008 – H.J.Res.___

The House will take up this resolution to fund government operations, as the 2007 fiscal year ends on Sunday, September 30.

Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act – H.R.2693

The House is scheduled to vote on this bill that calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a standard regulating worker exposure to diacetyl.

Small Business Investment Expansion Act of 2007 – H.R.3567

The House will vote on this bill that would expand opportunities for investment in small businesses.

Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007 – H.R.3121

The House is also scheduled to vote on this bill that is intended to restore the financial solvency of the national flood insurance program.

MegaVote is powered by Capitol Advantage © 2007.


September 24, 2007
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The shift in political direction at the state level becomes ever more evident with each passing day. Charter schools [a category in which Dayton leads/bleeds the state] are notoriously UNACCOUNTABLE for the millions of dollars they siphon off from the city school system. This loss of funds is a major factor in the overall performance of and support for the City’s school system. The failure of the last School levy, which I believe was at least partially racially motivated, has exacerbated this difficult situation. Public Money that could be going to improve our schools, teacher pay etc has been going to fund privately operated “schools” which have consistently [with exceptions] been shown to under perform their public counterparts. Accountability has to trump hype. I am glad to see the Attorney General taking such an aggressive stance. Following is the press release from Mr Dann’s office:


September 21, 2007

DAYTON ~ Citing a continued failure to educate children, Attorney General Marc Dann asked the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to declare the Moraine Community School to be a failed charitable trust and to enjoin its governing body from further operating a charter school.

The Attorney General filed similar suits against two other Dayton-area community schools, Colin Powell Leadership Academy, and New Choices Community School last week in a drive to hold the state’s publicly funded charter schools accountable for their performance.

In the complaint filed today, the Attorney General states that Moraine Community School, which has received $5,879,111 in public funds since opening five years ago, has failed to achieve its stated purpose of establishing a “high quality program” in which “all children will achieve success.” As evidence of that failure the complaint notes that over the past five years Moraine Community School has:

  • Met only three of the 32 applicable indicators for school performance;
  • Amassed persistently dismal Performance Index Scores, averaging 66.1 our a possible 120, giving it an institutional GPA or “F”;
  • Failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the past four school years;
  • Consistently lagged behind the performance of the West Carrollton City School District on State tests.

“By any measure, this school, like those we filed suit against last week, is an utter failure,” Attorney General Dann said. “I am using my authority to regulate charitable trusts to protect the kids MCS is not educating and to protect the taxpayers whose money is being wasted. Hopefully, as a result of this suit and the others we’ve filed and may file in the future, that money will now be redirected to traditional public schools and community schools that will use it to prepare Ohio’s children to compete and succeed in the 21st Century.”

Ohio report cards use muRiple measures to determine each school’s designation. To earr
one of the 30 indicators for 2006-07, at least 75% of students tested must score proficient
or higher on a given assessment. Any resutt at or above the state standard is
shown in bold.

TO view details of the suit,  which outlines the schools failures  in specific detail,  visit :  http://www.ag.state.oh.us/press/07/09/pr070921_case.pdf


September 24, 2007

University of Florida police subdued student Andrew Meyer as he tried to question Senator John F. Kerry while time ran out Monday. Video of Meyer’s arrest and the use of electric current on him became an Internet sensation yesterday. Kerry said he tried to calm the situation.
University of Florida police subdued student Andrew Meyer as he tried to question Senator John F. Kerry while time ran out Monday. Video of Meyer’s arrest and the use of electric current on him became an Internet sensation yesterday. Kerry said he tried to calm the situation. (Jarrett Baker/ The Sun/ Associated Press)

Student at a Kerry event is Tasered

Senator’s speech in Fla. becomes YouTube fodder

WASHINGTON – Senator John F. Kerry thought he was pacifying a potentially volatile situation when he allowed Andrew Meyer to approach the microphone Monday afternoon, even though the time allotted to Kerry’s speech at the University of Florida had already run out.





“His first words were, ‘Senator Kerry, they’re trying to arrest me,’ ” Kerry said in an interview yesterday. “I tried to calm him down and I stopped them from arresting him. I began to answer his question.”

Meyer never got to complete his questions, but did help to create a series of video clips that yesterday became YouTube hits.

In the videos, campus police are seen attempting to separate Meyer, a 21-year-old telecommunications major, from the microphone as he asked Kerry why he conceded the 2004 presidential election despite claims of vote fraud. As Meyer refused to yield, officers eventually pulled him to the back of the auditorium and shot him with a Taser, a gun that releases an electrical current of up to 50,000 volts.

While Meyer shrieked repeatedly for officers to stop, saying “Why are they arresting me?” and “Don’t Tase me, bro.” Kerry could be heard in the background from the stage. “I want to answer his question,” the senator said, adding, “Unfortunately, he’s not available to come up here and swear me in as president.”


In the interview, Kerry, who said he was unable to see police use the Taser on the man from his position and did not know about it until he had left the university, declined to comment on the police’s actions. “I was trying not to have a riot started,” he said. “I thought it was important to keep the place contained, I guess would be the best way to put it.”

Allegations of police brutality triggered campus protests, while Kerry’s conduct during the incident drew scrutiny elsewhere. “His behavior here is pathetic,” wrote Nick Antosca, a blogger at The Huffington Post. “Listen to him droning sonorously on in the background as a guy is dragged down the aisles and pinned to the ground.”

Meyer, who has a history of chronicling his public hijinks, was released yesterday following a night in jail on charges of disturbing the peace and resisting an officer. In a press conference, university president J. Bernard Machen described the incident as regrettable and announced that two officers involved had been placed on paid administrative leave.

In addition, agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrived on campus to review the use of force at the university’s request. A spokesman for Kerry said he did not expect the senator to be interviewed as part of the investigation.

Throughout the day yesterday, new perspectives on the encounter became public. One cable-news network appeared to combine footage from five camera angles. At one point, three different recordings of the encounter appeared on YouTube’s list of the day’s 20 most-viewed videos. They joined selections featuring actress Sally Field’s Emmy remarks, a pair of flamboyant Spanish-soccer highlights, and something entitled “Let Me Borrow That Top.”

In addition to footage shot by two local news cameras and what appear to be a variety of individual camera-phones, Meyer apparently contributed to the thorough documentation of his dramatic arrest. “The student who was Tasered had handed a camera to another person who was with him before he went up to speak,” said Steve Orlando, director of the university’s news bureau.

In addition to raising the issue of vote fraud in 2004, Meyer asked Kerry about the possibility of impeaching President Bush and whether the two former opponents were members of the secret Yale University society Skull and Bones. Meyer said his questions were based on Greg Palast’s book “Armed Madhouse,” a year-old muckraking anti-Bush bestseller that Meyer waved wildly as he was being subdued by police.

“Those are good questions. I would have liked to have finished answering the questions,” Kerry said in his interview. “I have the book; I have it at home. It has an important chapter in it on the election.”

That the event generated such attention appeared to puzzle Kerry yesterday, yet he acknowledged that even after a presidential campaign and numerous antiwar demonstrations he had not previously witnessed such a startling end to an otherwise civil speaking engagement.

“In all of the Vietnam protests and everything I’ve ever done where emotions were charged, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

Kerry, known in the Vietnam era for his gutsy confrontations with senators, noted a difference between Meyer’s style and his own at a similar age.

“He barged to the head of the line,” Kerry said. “This wasn’t someone who waited patiently for his turn and asked a question.”

YOUTUBE VIDEO @      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgrFSHZfD1o

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