Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Local Vandals for Mike Dewine had a field day on N. High Street between Duncan and Clinton last night or early this morning. Dozens of Sherrod Brown and Issue 3 signs were slashed, torn down, and scattered on sidewalks and yards. Not surprisingly, Dewine signs were untouched.

Patrick J’s was hit the hardest. The neighborhood grill was probably singled out because of its visible support for those damned Irish Democrats Mary Jo Kilroy and John Patrick Carney. Damage seems to have been limited to about a two block area on High. I saw no damage on streets off the east side High except for one Mary Jo Kilroy sign up a couple blocks. While sign vandalism is common during campaigns and not such a big deal, I don't remember ever seeing so much damage in so small of an area. There were so many dead and damanged signs thath I wonder if somebody just didn't do a grab and run through the neighborhood and toss them in Patrick J's grass. That it was done in public view on Columbus's busiest street with no fear of apprehension is bothering.

The paucity of Republican signs in the upper OSU-lower Clintonville area has been resounding. A veritible political sound of one hand clapping. Interestingly, last spring I attended a neighborhood pre-primary Republican meet and greet and no one I spoke to was the least bit enthusiastic about the possiblity of a Blackwell ticket. But that was then.

As of 9:00 pm both Blackwell and Dewine are out Should we expect Clinton Republicans to riot?




Thursday, October 26, 2006


Theoconia is commentary. This is the first and probably the only time I'll reprint in full, an article by someone else, but I think it's important and needs wide distribution.

I'll have a new Theoconia of my own up in a couple days.

Will Ken Blackwell find the ways to steal Ohio 2006 as he did in 2004?
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
October 25, 2006
Columbus Free Press, October 25, 2006

All photos by Marley Greiner

The man who stole Ohio for George W. Bush in 2004 is now trying to steal it for himself in 2006. The question is: who will stop him, and will he also affect the balance of power in the U.S. Congress?

As election day approaches, Blackwell's dirty tricks sink ever deeper.

Blackwell is now using "push polls" made infamous by Karl Rove. True to form, child molestation charges are front and center. He has also escalated the mass disenfranchisement of Ohio voters, trashing the ballots of some ten percent of absentee voters. He has eliminated the state-wide ballot initiative meant to save workers rights and wages. He's even tried to strike the Democratic gubernatorial nominee from the ballot altogether. All of which could affect not only his race for governor, but key U.S. Senate and House races as well.

Blackwell is using Rove's notoriously deceptive push poll device to spread an unsubstantiated smear against his Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Ted Strickland. Push polls were rendered infamous when Rove used them in South Carolina to falsely suggest that Senator John McCain had fathered a mixed-race child. Often the impact of push polls is magnified by callers to talk shows that spread additional street rumors, as in the lie that McCain impregnated a black hooker. The reality in McCain's case: he had adopted a child from one of Mother Teresa's orphanages and prominently displayed her in his campaign literature.

In Strickland's case, the Free Press has obtained a statement from Barbara Mooney of Fremont, Ohio describing in detail the phone call she received from the Blackwell for Governor campaign. On October 23, Mooney picked up the phone and heard: "This is a 45-second survey. Please answer yes or no."

Then came: "If you knew Ted Strickland had hired a child molester would you still vote for him?"

The electronic voice continued: "Are you going to vote for Ted Strickland?" and "Are you going to vote for Ken Blackwell?"

Mooney answered yes for Strickland, so the next question was "Are you black or white?" followed by "If you knew Ted Strickland had hired a child molester who had gone on to a playground and exposed himself to them, would you vote for him?"

A yes answer prompted: "Are you a Democrat?" and "Are you a Republican?"

The push poll then asked: "How old are you?" and "Are you male or female?"

The push poll then ended, identifying the Blackwell campaign as the party responsible for the "survey."

On Tuesday morning, October 24, the Columbus Dispatch confirmed Blackwell is using this push poll in Ohio. It reported that a former Strickland aide had committed a misdemeanor for public indecency, but his record had been expunged. There is no evidence Strickland knew of the expunged charge when the aide was later hired.

At the final Oct. 16 Ohio gubernatorial debate, freshly scrubbed Republicans swarmed outside the Channel 10 studio in Columbus, chanting for Blackwell. Members of the Ohio State University campus-based young Republicans and fundamentalists gloated that Strickland's "child molester" scandal would elect Blackwell. In the televised debate, Blackwell tried to link Strickland to the North American Man-Boy Love Society.

The next day, The Dispatch revealed that when he was treasurer of Ohio, Blackwell had on his payroll a felon convicted of cocaine possession. The Dispatch said that when Blackwell learned of the conviction, he kept the felon on staff. Three months after leaving the treasurer's office, this same former Blackwell employee was sent to prison for four years for sexually abusing a young girl.

Blackwell attained national notoriety after serving as state co-chair of the Bush-Cheney Re-election Committee while also, as Ohio Secretary of State, running the dubious vote count that gave Bush a second White House term.

This year Blackwell will count the votes in his own race for governor, in the crucial U.S. Senate race between GOP incumbant Mike DeWine versus Congressman Sherrod Brown, and in a number of cricital House races hotly contested for the first time in years.

As he does so, Blackwell is conducting the largest purge of voter rolls since the apartheid nightmare of the post-Reconstruction Jim Crow south.

Since 2000, under Blackwell's supervision, Boards of Elections in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo have eliminated some 500,000 voters from their registration rolls. Nearly all are in heavily Democratic urban areas. In a state where some 5.6 million people voted for president in 2004, this represents nearly 10% of the electorate. George W. Bush's alleged majority in Ohio 2004 was roughly 118,000 votes.

Skeptics claim Ohio's 88 county boards of elections are bi-partisan, because each has two Democrats and two Republicans. But all appointments, and all tie votes, are controlled by the Republican Secretary of State, meaning that all decisions by all Ohio BOEs are actually controlled by Blackwell.

Blackwell is now imposing restrictive voter ID requirements aimed at crippling his opponents. Passed by the Republican legislature, these strictures aim to eliminate from the 2006 vote count tens of thousands of mostly poor and black-and thus mostly Democratic-voters who cannot or will not obtain the required identification cards.

The Free Press has further learned that even at this early date, some ten percent of absentee votes are being trashed by Blackwell's BOEs. Ohio's new "no-fault" rule allows anyone to vote absentee for this election, so absentee voting is estimated to increase 20-30%. Many Ohioans are opting for the absentee ballots to avoid electronic voting machines, which are notoriously vulnerable to tampering.

But Democratic sources in the Ohio Board of Elections have confirmed to the Free Press that about 10% of the absentee ballots cast so far are being rejected because of a technicality involving obscure driver's license numbers demanded on the ballot. Ohio driver's licenses contain two separate numbers: an eleven-digit number above the photo, and a much smaller eight character license number that begins with two alpha-numeric characters, followed by six numbers. It is the eight-character license number the BOEs demand on the absentee ballot. But many Ohio voters don't know that, and are using the wrong number---and thus having their ballot invalidated. Absentee ballots cast in Ohio tend to be overwhelmingly Democratic.

This absentee vote purge echoes another Blackwell dirty trick: the 2004 trashing of thousands of provisional ballots on which voters had not included their birth date. There was no statutory requirement to include the birth date, and thousands of provisional voters (and election officials) were never informed of Blackwell's special requirement. But he thus eliminated large numbers of mostly Democratic provisional ballots, benefitting Bush---a service he is now repeating for his own benefit with the absentees.

Blackwell has also attempted to eliminate his Democratic rival from the ballot outright. Seizing on a residency technicality, Blackwell's attack has elicited widespread scorn, including a lead editorial in the New York Times. Thus far, Blackwell has lost a series of court battles. The Columbus Dispatch has reported that the woman who originally filed the complaint---allegedly a Democrat who supports Blackwell---has asked that it be withdrawn. It remains to be seen if Blackwell has defnitively given up the effort.

The GOP has already eliminated a statewide referendum on worker rights. Issue One would have rejected parts of the Ohio legislature's vicious anti-labor Senate Bill 7, and was expected to draw pro-worker voters to the polls. But Blackwell disqualified thousands of signatures from the ballot petition, then sabotaged attempts to bring in more. On October 20 the GOP-dominated Ohio Supreme Court killed Issue One altogether. Fittingly, it will appear on many Ohio ballots, but will not count.

Overall, Blackwell currently trails Strickland by 20 points and more in state polls. Ohio Democrats have begun to crow that Blackwell's defeat is a done deal, just as they celebrated John Kerry's "victory" in 2004.

But Blackwell's push polls, voter elimination campaigns and ballot attacks cannot be underestimated. At very least, they could tip the balance in the state's hard-fought U.S. Senate and Congressional races, any one of which could help determine whether the Democrats re-take control of the Congress. Local pundits are already talking about a last-minute shift toward the Republicans, and bracing for thousands of alleged fundamentalist voters who will supposedly swarm the polls at the last minute.

In-depth studies of the 2004 ballots now cast serious doubt on the actual existence of such alleged voters, then or now. But unless Americans truly committed to tangible democracy are careful, J. Kenneth Blackwell just might find the ways to steal Ohio 2006, as he did in 2004.

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman are co-authors, with Steve Rosenfeld, of WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO?, just released by The New Press. They are of counsel and a plaintiff in the King-Lincoln lawsuit that has preserved the Ohio 2004 ballots. Fitrakis is an independent candidate for governor of Ohio, endorsed by the Green Party. Wasserman is author of SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED PLANET, A.D. 2030, available via www.solartopia.org.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


BOO! Just in time for Halloween, Dr. Patrick Johnston, Minutemen United & Friends plan a very special "outreach" to Central Ohio abortion providers

This was posted by Dr. Patrick Johnston on the Minutnemen United page on October 12:

Group to Visit Abortionists Neighborhood
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hello, rescuers of the pre-born! I want to invite you to a scary Halloween outreach! Ha! Scary for the devil, that is, not for you brave warriors for Jesus' kingdom!

We have obtained and confirmed the home addresses of at least two Columbus abortionists. On October 28, we'll kindly inform the residents of this neighborhood of the murderer that lives beside them, and we'll encourage them to "Not hate thy brother in thine heart... (but) rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him." (Lev.19:17). At least one of these neighborhoods has good public sidewalk for ministering, and we'll research the second neighborhood soon.

Our theme will be "The Scariest Neighborhood in Town." I'll have a banner made, and we'll have brief tracts made for the occasion. The tracts will simply inform the residents of the abortionist that resides in their neighborhood, provide a pic of them entering the child-killing facility. There will be a brief message about abortion, and we'll close with a Gospel message about Paul, the murderer, repenting and trusting in Christ and being mightily used of God, and inviting the reader to do the same.

It's a bold outreach, but hey, they're really killing babies! We'll walk around the neighborhood once or twice with banners, distribute our tracts, then head for the next site. We'll go to two neighborhoods, close with prayer, then leave. Let's start at Noon, and I suspect we'll conclude by 2:30 p.m. Please keep this event bathed in prayer. Thank you.

The gates of hell will NOT prevail!
Dr. Patrick Johnston


For the last 18 months Patrick and his crew of have been documenting the comings of goings of clinic staff and patients at Capital Care and Founders and putting the pictures up on his Stop Columbus Killing webpage.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Friday noon (Oct. 6) the annual anti-abortion Life Chain Be-In met at the statehouse. About 140 "silent witnesses" including a priest and nun, lots of couples, and about two dozen children and babies, lined High and E. Broad Streets to "prayerfully and peacefully" spread the news that "abortion kills children" "abortion hurts women" and plead: "Adoption: the loving option." They didn't seem to kick up much dust one way or the other.

Life Chain prides itself in its civility. It's Code of Conduct admonishes participants to, "in the spirit of Christian love, commit to being peaceful, prayerful, and polite in word and deed."

But the Christians for Social Justice crowd, headed by"Radio Activist" Mark Harrington, director of the anti-abortion Center for Bio-ethical Reform--Midwest-- aren't hindered by such polite restrictions. About half way through the prayerful protest, CSJ's "Truth About Ted Truck," plastered with giant baybee blender bits pictures and the warning that Democratic guebenortial candidate Ted Strickland "supports abortion and homosexual unions," wound its way through downtown Columbus and around the Statehouse a couple times gloming on to the event. Nobody missed a beat, though, except for a group of 10-year old smirking snarky Life Chain boys who know a cheap horror show when they see one.

Christians for Social Justice/The Truth About Ted is just the latest in a line of Harrington projects including Reform America, Project Restore Justice, and the Genocide Awareness Project (and here.) You may have seen some of Harrington's work before on "truth trucks" or on big airplane banners flying over your town featuring gory pictures of severed heads, dismembered bodies... and lots of blood. Harrington is careful to separate his work with Center for Bio-ethical Reform from his other projects, though they all overlap and carry the distinct CBR brand of Christo-porn.


Undoubtedly, some of the Life Chainers were put off by the graphic display of body parts, but at the end of the day, there is little difference between Life Chain and CBR ideology. Only tactics and aesthetics differ.

Logo: Happy fetus in an uncomfortable breach birth position surrounded by a heart.

Logo (more or less): Disembodied bloody fetus parts

Adult America equates terrorism with brutal beheading and heartless bombing perpetrated by radical Islamists; but if tens of millions of our fellow citizens could speak to us, with their questioning eyes piercing our hard hearts, they would recall fellow Americans who mercilessly suctioned dismembered, tore and cut, crush, burned, and starved them to death, while no institution in their culture defended them with serious resolve...
...Royce, Dunn, National Life Chain Director, October 1, 2006 press release.

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform exhibits large photo murals comparing aborted babies with Jewish Holocaust victims. African Americans killed in racist lynching. Native Americans exterminated by the US Army. Our purpose is to illuminate the conceptual similarities which exist between abortion and more widely recognized forms of genocide. This is important because perpetrators of genocide always call it something else and the word "abortion" has, therefore, lost most of its' meaning...
..."Why Abortion is Genocide" published by the Center for Bio-ethical Reform and Genocide Awareness Project

Life Chain believes God still judges nations and that legalized abortion is closely linked with the prevailing terrorist threat America faces from abroad...
...Royce, Dunn, National Life Chain Director, October 1, 2006 press release.

Interestingly, more Americans were killed by abortionists on September 11 (about 4,300) than were killed by Islamic terrorists (about 3,000). Assuming 3,000 deaths among the 50,000 people who worked at the World Trade Center, about one in seventeen was killed. One in three unborn babies is killed by abortion every day. On September 11, it would have been six times safer to be a worker in the Twin Towers than it was to be a baby in her mother’s womb...Why do Americans support the “War on Terror,” but ignore the plight of the unborn?
...Terror in the Womb: The Forgotten Victims, Mark Harrington, Mark Harrington Live, September 14, 2003.

Today our culture is sinking beneath abortion's bond with aggressive homosexual demands with unabated pornography and sexual addiction, with illegitimacy now producing one-third of US births, with STD’s at epidemic level, and with cohabitation and divorce's assault on traditional marriage and family.
...Royce, Dunn, National Life Chain Director, October 1, 2006 press release.

Ted vs The Bible (the whole thing)
...The Truth About Ted.com


Abortion = "Islamofacism"
Abortion = The Holocaust
Abortion = Terrorism
Abortino = Genocide
Abortion = Osama bin Laden
Abortion = Pol Pot
Abortion = Hitler
Abortion = KKK
Abortion = Homosexuality
Abortion = Hustler

All photos by the author

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Overheard along the E. Broad Street wall of the Statehouse:

Man #1: He’s a lunatic.

Man #2: Who? Bush?

Man #1: Yeah, man. Bush.


Thursday afternoon (October 5) about 100 local anti-war protestors converged on downtown Columbus as part of the national World Can’t Wait Drive Out the Bush Regime Day of Repudiation. Over the next few hours chanting “Bush Step Down” “Impeach Bush Now” and “Blackwell is a Nut” they spread out over the downtown area hitting the State House, Federal Building, Ken Blackwell’s office, the Dispatch, and Ohio Republican Party headquarters. I hung out with them for about an hour mainly taking pictures and gauging the reaction of downtown workers and folks driving by. My informal survey indicates that, as I expected, Bush is in lots of trouble. Dozens of high fives, honks, and cheers and only one mild rebuke. But, does BushCo care?

Shouting "Jump! Ken, Jump!" at the Borden Building, marching through downtown with a frog on your head, or wrapping up your face in a scarf pretending to be anarchists may be fun (and why were the "anarchists" waving a Soviet flag?), just what was the purpose of this mastubatory side trip on the road to oblivion?

ONN showed up to report on the demo, but according to protesters, cameramen said they wouldn’t do a shoot unless the protest focused on the Foley scandal. Friday I looked at the ONN and Dispatch pages and there was nothing. If a tree falls in a forest and nobody hears it....

Sunday, September 24, 2006


NOTE: I will expand a bit on the NSM's Columbus City Hall event later this week in this same article. (All photos by the author)

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) paid Columbus a visit on September 23. 45-50 Nazis, skinheads, Klansmen and assorted hangers-on converged on City Hall Plaza to spread their peculiar brand of “patriotism” and "Christianity" to the masses. But the only masses they encountered were 50 local protesters. and about 75 Columbus City Police, diverted from the OSU-Penn State game, to keep Nazis and Cowtowners separated by chain link fences, a cordon of riot-geared troops, and the mounted patrol.

Advertised ostensibly as an“anti-immigration,” demonstration, Nazi speakers left no cowpie unhurled, attacking Hispanic immigrants (legal and illegal), blacks (“niggers“ and “tarbabies),“ Jews (they own the media) , and “homosexuals,” a word that slithered off the collective tongue like snake oil running through a tent meeting. A Lady Nazi, paused during her soliloquy on Hispanic kidnappers, rapists and pedophiles to complain that American men who don’t open doors for women anymore. All of this was met by a din of drummers and protestors shouting “Nazi douche bags,” and “Fuehrer fuckers.” During “Sieg Heil” moments, protestors responded with “Seek Help! Seek Help!” When two Nazis ripped up an Israeli flag a man in the protest pen responded by waving a strip of a NSM flag he’d ripped off from the Nazis earlier.

The NSM bills itself as the largest neo-Nazi organization in the US. Founded in 1974 by remnants of George Lincoln Rockwell’s storm troopers, today it attracts a younger crowd of skinheads and unrepentant Hitler worshippers. Unlike its chief rival, the National Alliance, NSM has no problem working with Klans and other white power groups. Speakers urged cooperation among racist organizations to meet the goal of a white America.

NSM, located in Minnesota, says it has Ohio units operating in Covington, Fremont, Kenton/Lima, Lewisburg, and Cincinnati but many on the city hall steps appeared to be from out of state. NSM’s October 15, 2005 rally in Toledo created a rock-throwing melee that ended in looting, vandalism, and the burning of a neighborhood bar.

NSM's “25 Points of American National Socialism” is an amalgam of racism, anti-capitalism, universal healthcare, living wage, and the nationalization of anything that can’t be nailed down. Only those with “pure White blood” need apply. Warning that NSM and its Klan friends intend to elect members to public office, speakers promised the Bush administration, “If you don’t do your job, we’ll do it for you.”

I was unable to attend the NSM post-event "press conference" on the other side of town, but it appeared that most of the press was going elsewhere anyway. I also missed the meet and greet later in the day which NSM described as a bonfire and barbeque.

I took over 100 pictures, mostly from inside the press pen. Unfortunately, the chain link fence distorted the view for many of them.

A patriot.

Drumming the Devil out of town

A few horses

Protest pen

Inside the protest pen

Lady Nazis: It's the immigrants' fault! Men won't open doors for us.

Sieg Heil!--Seek Help!

The cordon


FLA: Future Legislators of America

Ripping up the Israeli flag

Packing it in


Wednesday, August 23, 2006


In the August 21 edition of the Canton Repository, letter writer John Reinier pointed out the obvious contradiction between George W. Bush’s "respect for life” rhetoric and his very real war in Iraq. The letter is worth a read in its entirety, but I’ll quote a few lines here.

There is no disagreement about war among men who sanctify human life. It’s the last thing on their minds, not the first thing. Unnecessary war never enters their minds. Being bent on waging war sealed the president’s response to the current Middle East crisis, even after it developed into a caldron for sacrificing children. The reality of children bearing the brunt of war didn’t warrant stopping it.

Mr. Rainier’s letter reminded me of a discussion I had in June when I covered the HB 228 hearing at the statehouse. HB 228 is Rep. Tom Brinkman's bill that if passed would ban all abortion in the state for any reason and make it illegal for anyone, including husbands and parents, to transport Ohio women across a state line to get an abortion. It is considered the most Draconian anti-abortion bill introduced in any state legislature. I cut the discussion from my original article for space purposes. It bears telling now.

The hearing room was packed and I got there just before the hearing started (ironically, because I was also covering the anti-war exhibit “Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War," installed on the statehouse lawn--right), so I sat in the overflow in the atrium. Seated next to me was a congenial middle-aged man from Mansfield, a self-described Christian and supporter of the bill who told me he considered abortion murder. He was also gung-ho for Bush and the Iraq War. I asked him how that jibed with his "pro-life" beliefs since hundreds if not thousands of Iraqi babies and children have died and fetuses have been lost through miscarriage or stillbirth due to US "intervention." I also pointed out that some of the ultra-militant anti-abort crowd (such as Dr. Patrick Johnston) oppose the war for several reasons, including the loss of fetuses and "potential life." He didn't even pause to think about it.

"That's different," he told me.…“They're out to kill us all, so we have to kill them first. We can't let them be born."

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Last month while you were sleeping, the Christian Coalition of Ohio (CCO) went out of business. But don’t get too excited. It re-formed under a new name, The Ohio Christian Alliance

On July 22, CCO executive director Chris Long issued a press release announcing the name change and CCO disaffiliation with the moribund, financially strapped, and ethically challenged Christian Coalition of America (CCA) national office.

Taking a swipe at his former mother, Long wrote of CCA:

“We will only be of service to our Lord and our fellow man if we uphold standards of moral integrity. We are choosing not to compromise our original mission of restoring righteousness to our land through voter education and working for pro-life, pro-family traditional values…It was a sad day when our board found it impossible to continue to maintain a name that was associated with the national organization, the Christian Coalition of America. We desire to carry out the original mission without compromise and with integrity.”

A few days later, Long elaborated. In a short article in the July 28 Columbus Dispatch Faith & Values section, Long says that National didn’t “pay a lot of attention” to two key OCC issues argued recently on Capitol Hill: the federal marriage amendment and the expansion of stem cell research--issues he says are the “core issues that we’re all about.”

The Ohio problem is part of a larger National willful disregard for state organization priorities, a problem which has led at least two other state organizations, Iowa and Maryland, to break away from the National office. This spring, Iowa disaffiliated and reformed as the Iowa Christian Alliance and Maryland merged with the Association of Maryland Families/Maryland Family Protection Lobby. More may be on the way.

The Christian Coalition, founded in 1989 by televangelist Pat Robertson and political operative Ralph Reed, has been hinky from the get-go. In 1996, CCA’s chief financial officer Judy Leibert, reported Reeds’s alleged financial shenanigans with a vendor to federal prosecutors. Reed was never prosecuted, but resigned the following year to set up a political consulting firm. In 1998, People for the American Way asked the IRS to investigate CCA's political activities including its “voters guides,“ which resulted in CCA losing its provisional tax exempt status a year later. Other observers say, though, that CCA’s downward spiral didn’t really start until 2001 when the controversial Robertson, saying he wanted to get out of politics, stepped down after coming under fire from the Right when he agreed publicly with China’s 1-child policy and -- in the eyes of his grassroots constituency--abortion.. His replacement, Roberta Combs, Robertson’s 1988 South Carolina presidential campaign chair, has been blamed for much of CCA’s cognitive dissonance since then, such as the 2003 Alabama dust-up when National supported a proposed state tax increase that the Christian Coalition of Alabama, the Eagle Forum, National Taxpayers Union, and other rightwing groups opposed. The proposal was defeated. There has also been bickering between state organizations and National over the protracted IRS investigation with states arguing that the agreement National made with IRS about its “voter guides” in order to restore its tax exempt status, makes the guides less effective. The camel’s back finally broke, though, when National joined what Dick Armey calls “a sit-in with the far left activist group MoveOn.org” and a bevy of other liberal organizations to support the federal net neutrality act--a bill that CCA state organizations and numerous conservative organizations despise.

Perhaps Mrs. Combs (right) and National have been too busy fending off lawsuits, bill collectors and accusations of racism and nepotism to bother with what is happening in the sticks. In 2002, around the time Mrs Combs took the reigns, CCA was socked with a racial discrimination suit filed by 10 African American employees and former employees who said they'd been forced to come to work through the backdoor and eat lunch in a separate dining space. CCA eventually paid out close to $1 million in an out-of-court settlement ($300,000 to plaintiffs and nearly $700,000 in legal fees).

And a lot more money leaked out or dried up depending on who’s telling the story. Combs daughter Michele Combs (Ammons), claims that it’s hard to raise money when your man is in the White House. Steve Scheffler, director of the Iowa Christian Alliance, complained recently in the Washington Times that since 1996 National’s annual budget dropped from $26 million to $1 million and is $2 million in debt, a figure that Combs doesn’t dispute. CCA, in fact, has still not paid off its big name 2002 Road to Victory conference (which I attended) in Washington and is up to its neck in creditor lawsuits.

According to a recent report in the Washington Post, CCA’s longtime law firm, Huff, Poole & Mahoney PC in Virginia Beach says CCA owes it over $69,000. The Virginian-Pilot earlier reported that the firm had secured a 2003 judgment of $63,959 against CCA that resulted in a garnishment of the organization’s bank account and a partial payment of $21,136. Oklahoma fundraising firm Global Direct says its owed $87,000. Focus Direct Inc. a San Antonio direct-mail company was stiffed for tens of millions of CCA 2000 presidential election voter guides it printed and mailed. The company received a $200,000 settlement in 2004. CAA’s former Chesapeake, Virginia landlord sued the group in 2001 for $76,546 in back rent. Even the company that packed up furniture when Combs moved the national office from Washington Metro to Charlestown in 2002 is standing in line for $1890. Pitney-Bowes and FedEx are also suing. Tammy Farmer, a bookkeeper for National in 2001 filed an affidavit saying that phone service was cut off occasionally and vendors refused to do business with them. “I witnessed a very consistent and chronic pattern of Roberta Combs intentionally refusing to pay valid debts, salaries and accounts for no discernible reason,” she said . “Don’t pay, they’ll never sue,” Combs told her. Steve Scheffler commented:. “We believe, our board believes, any Christian organization has an obligation to pay its debts in a timely fashion.”

To add insult to injury, in 2003 Mrs. Combs pulled National into the messy divorce and child custody battle of her daughter Michele Ammons, who she appointed CCA events coordinator (and later its vice president ) and her soon-to-be former son-in-law Tracey Ammons, CCA’s former lobbyist. In a complex 2004 post-divorce action, Tracey Ammons claimed National owned him around $123,000 in back pay which he alleged was held by Millennium Consulting a company set up in 2002 by Michele, and owned solely by her. The complicated arrangement set National against IRS “excess benefits” regulations and reportedly created questions of insurance fraud. Pretty heady stuff for the traditional values crowd.

And, of course, there’s the Jack Abramoff-Ralph Reed mess.

Stench sticks.

On August 21, the Ohio Christian Alliance will throw its annual golf outing fundraiser at the Rosemont Country Club in the Akron suburb of Fairlawn--with a very interesting speakers list: Assistant Secretary of State Monty Lobb and Jerry Corsi, co-author of Ken Blackwell’s “visionary” plan for Ohio (and the country if he gets his way) Rebuilding America.

Monty Lobb (no downloadable photo available) is not a household name. He should be. Appointed Blackwell’s chief of staff in 1999, since March he’s been the secretary of state’s mini-me breaking tie votes in county election board disputes and signing off on directives and advisories, duties which Blackwell is mandated under Ohio law to do himself. Blackwell spokesperson Carlo LoParo tried to brush off criticism of the hand-over, saying Blackwell outsourced the work to Lobb under a vaguely worded regulation. And as both the SOS and Republican gubernatorial candidate Blackwell wanted a “level of insulation for the decisions in his office,” but he remains “ultimately responsible” for every decision Lobb makes. The implications of this arrangement are obvious. Steve Harsman, Director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections and president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials says that election officials are concerned that Blackwell isn’t breaking the ties or making other decisions himself. He told the Columbus Dispatch that the SOS decisions have larger ramifications because they set precedents for similar disputes and officials need guidance because of changes in this year’s election laws. “These are critical items, and we need that leadership from Mr Blackwell.”

One of Lobb’s tie-breakers involves the bid of conservative Columbus Republican Charlie Morrison (right) to run as an Independent against incumbent moderate Republican Cong. Deb Pryce in November. When the Madison County BOE deadlocked on Morrison’s certification, “Blackwell” stepped in and ruled that Morrison was disqualified under Ohio law to run as an Independent because he held Republican Party affiliation. Morrison had not only run for Republican Party posts in the May primary, but had voted Republican in that primary--just one day before filing his papers in Madison County. Ohio's"sore loser law" is up to interpretation and Morrison has filed an appeal in Federal Court. But it appears that Blackwell & Co's' real deal is to keep Morrison, who until recently supported Blackwell, from snagging conservative votes from Pryce who is taking a pounding in the polls from Democrat challenger Mary Jo Kilroy.

Lobb also broke a tie vote in Clermont County which favored Republicans in a hiring dispute over a new deputy director.

Of equal interest: Lobb is director of Blackwell’s Ohio Center for Civic Character, the character building scheme run out of the SOS office, which has come under scrutiny since the Cincinnati Beacon and Akron Beacon Journal investigated its connection to Bill Gothard's cultish Institute for Basic Life Principles. A few years ago I did a preliminary investigation of Gothard. It needs serious updating, so for now I‘ll remain silent on this intriguing topic. But if the Gothard-Blackwell connection is solid, and it appears it is, it could cause a bit of a hurley-burley amongst some important Ohio theocons, especially in the Cinci area, who don‘t go with some of Gothard‘s nuttier ideas. For a detailed look at Gothard connection to Cinci’s rightwing political establishment see “The Grand Unification Theory: From Local Republican Phil Heimlich to President George W. Bush” published in the August 5, 2006 Cincinnati Beacon. For a number of other Hamilton County Gothard sightings go to the CB’s search engine and type in “Gothard.”

Lobb is no political innocent. He’s a longtime theoconic player with an historical relationship to Cincinnati‘s right wing. From he was president of Citizens for Community Values (CVV). CCV was founded in 1955 as Citizens for Decent Literature by anti-porn loon and later Lincoln Savings and Loan felon Charles H Keating, Jr. After several name and leadership changes in 1983 it became CVV, and is now run by Blackwell’s best bud, self-described “recovering pornocholic,” Phil Burress (left). CCV is a local affiliate of Focus on the Family and works with Russell Johnson‘s Ohio Restoration Project and Rod Parsley‘s Reformation Ohio. CCV spends a lot of time running porn shops out of business, shutting down strip clubs, removing Playboy and Penthouse from newsstands, cleansing local cable of unwholesome displays of sex, demanding that the Marriott remove its soft-porn pay-per-view movies from its hotels, and protecting Ohio from the queer menance. It enjoys support from Cincinnati millionaire businessman Carl Linder, former Bengal’s coach Sam Wyche and retired Bengals players Jim Breech and Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deeters, and Larry Flynt ‘s porn- obsessed stalker Hamilton Count Sheriff Simon Leis. In 1992, CCV sent out an X-rated mailing to members warning of “women’s genitals, sexual intercourse, masturbation, oral and anal sex, mechanical vaginas. penis enlargers, vibrator use, and excretory functions” on the “public airwaves.” CCV’s thousands of worker bees, in collusion with Ken Blackwell, and the Parsley and Johnston groups were largely responsible for passage of the 2004 Draconian “anti-gay marriage” amendment to the Ohio Constitution that lured conservatives to the polls not only to “save marriage,” but to push Bush over the top (if indeed he did go over the top)

In 1990 Lobb and Simon Leis, spearheaded letter-writing and fund withholding campaigns and the eventual prosecution of the Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center director Dennis Barrie on pandering charges when he refused to remove nine pictures (later seven) deemed pornographic by CCV from the center‘s Robert Mapplethorpe show, "The Perfect Moment." Lobb even shows up--or rather an actor playing him does--in the Showtime production, Dirty Pictures, a made-for-cable movie about what might be the most controversial art show in American history. Lobb remains proud of his role in of art critic, even though the jury acqutted.

Lobb has a whiff of Republican piety and respectability, but Jerome Corsi, who unaccountably holds a doctorate in Political Science from Harvard and bills himself as an expert on terrorism carries the stench of rotten meat. He is best known as the co-author of the 2004 best seller Unfit for Command--Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. His new book, Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America’s Borders, written with Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist and Cong. Tom Tancredo, is just out. No one should be surprised then that Corsi is in Ohio flogging his book(s)--and Blackwell.

Before the publication of Unfit for Command, Corsi was a frequent contributor to Free Republic.com forums where he routinely red-baited “BJ“ and “HELLory Clintoon.“ John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Katie Couric, Peter Jennings, and John Lennon. A certified homophobe, he speculated routinely on the sexual leanings of liberals, Democrats, “ragheads,” movie stars, and the Pope.

I took a break from writing this and went through literally hundreds of Corsi’s Freeper posts written between to get a feel for what this guy is about. It‘s not so much the vileness of the juvenile rantings of this chickenhawk bully, (though they are bad enough, but then I have a high tolerance for hyperbole and BS), the type of which can be found on most any Internet Usenet group, but the sheer volume of the work that is overpowering. In nicer times Corsi would have wasted his fetid life writing poison pen letters to his neighbors or beating up queers in back allies or turning his co-workers over to Joe McCarthy, but in these unnice times, he’s ascended to the heights of political relevancy and praise as pundit, respected authority, truth-teller, and well-paid, after diner speaker, legitimized by Ken Blackwell, the Republican Party, and born again Christians who claim to value character, ethics, and morality.

Shortly before publication of Unfit for Command, Corsi issued a pre-emptive “apology” to all the groups he offended in his Freeper Days. Those comments certainly didn’t reflect Corsi‘s “real“ beliefs he cried. They were only meant to provoke discussion. He told the Washington Post in 2005 that the posts were “old news” and feigned surprise that anybody cared.

The Freeper posts resurfaced when Blackwell’s book came out earlier this year, and at least some of the Blackwell camp were unaware of Corsi's Freeper history. Blackwell’s campaign spokesperson Gene Pearce was charged with clean-up duty. Dan Williamson in his weekly political column in The Other Paper (February 9-15, 2006, no longer online) quoted Pearce who practiically held his nose. “What Corsi said goes beyond reasonable rational discourse, and it’s appropriate that he apologized.” Pearce averred that didn’t know if his boss had known about the posts before the book deal was signed.

How could Blackwell NOT have known? But then, if Blackwell doesn’t mind sharing the podium in front of the statehouse with Qu’ran burning Operation Save America's Flip Benham, why would Corsi bother him?

Ohio Christian Alliance press release, July 22, 2006: We will only be of service to our Lord and our fellow man if we uphold standards of moral integrity"

Monty Lobb, The Spirit of Citizenship and Democracy newsletter, Summer 2004, published by the office of the Ohio Secretary of State:"Demonstrating high character is intentional. One can show high character simply by respecting others by keeping promises and trusts, by forgiving the transgressions of others, or seeking the forgiveness of ones we may slight. People with high character simply strive to treat others as they expect to be treated."

Ken Blackwell from“Declaration of Character: Noble visions, worthy missions and guiding values all require and are validated by character ethics. Thus, a strong character foundation is and always will the key predicator of the true personal health, impersonal vitality, and organization success".

Uncommon Sense ™: from the American Center for Civic Character published on the Ohio Secretary of State webpage: “COMPASSION FOR OTHERS: High-character people are compelled by wisdom, fidelity and integrity to extend unmerited kindness to others as an act of the will, They are compelled by a operative conscience (rather than their emotions alone) to be genuinely benevolent and sacrificially giving. They abhor meanness, cruelty, and neglect of others. Act-of the-will compassion makes loving the “hard-to-love” possible. (Observable Virtues: kind, gentle, patient, benevolent, generous.)”

Jerry Corsi to Freeper Forums, January 29, 2003: Only HELLary supports terrorists who torture and kill childre -- "It takes a Mosque" ought to be her next book. Kissey, Kissey, Mrs. ARABrat. Anyone out there looking into the terrorist connections into HELLary's campaign fundraising efforts?"

Me, August 18, 2006: If it looks like a duck.

Stench sticks

Between September 26, 2001 and August 7 2004, Jerry Corsi under the sig “jrlc” slung hundreds of cow pies on to the Freeper Forums. Below is a selection of my personal favorites (spelling has not been corrected). Media Matters has culled its favorites here. If you prefer the Corsi Immersion Program, go directly to Free Republic.

*Maybe while he's there he can tell the UN what he's going to do about the sexual crimes committed by "priests" in his "Church" during his tenure. Or, maybe that's the connection -- boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press. (March 3, 2003)

*(On Cardinal Law’s Resignation): So this is what the last days of the Catholic Church are going to look like. Buggering boys undermines the moral base and the laywers rip the gold off the Vatican altars. We may get one more Pope, when this senile one dies, but that's probably about it. (December 16, 2002)

*The liberal press needs to take off the eye shades. The valued sexual "property" in Saudi Arabia is a boy prior to the age of puberty. Boy Buggering is the prefered sexual outlet -- women are considered dirty -- worthy only for procreation. Women bleed, as the Rolling Stones liked to point out -- so in this Muslim world, they are dirty. A little boy is a precious fruit -- too bad the Catholic Priests hadn't discovered Saudi Arabia. Their Muslim brethern would have welcomed their "boy love" society. (September 14, 2002)

*Isn't the Democratic Party the official SODOMIZER PROTECTION ASSOCIATION of AMERICA -- oh, I forgot, it was just an accident that Clintoon's first act in office was to promote "gays in the military." RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters -- it all goes together. (November 11, 2001)

*Has anyone cross-referenced the list of terrorist organizations and funding fronts with the lists of donors to Bill, Hillary and the DNC while Clinton was in office? Could be worth the effort to see if there are any in common. September 26, 2001`)

*(Presidential aspirations):Let the FAT HOG run!!! (August 30, 2003)

*The only way to beat this bitch is to nail her on the issues. She's got the victim role down. Get her to go public on all the details of her voting, her speeches, her health care program -- detail, detail, detail. Force her to deny, change ground and recant ON THE ISSUES. All this personal BS is all too easy for HELLary. Make her be the communist she is ON THE ISSUES or get her to abandon her socialist base in an attempt to move to the center. Get her to LIE, LIE, LIE but only ON THE ISSUES -- forget all this BJ Bill BS. (June 8, 2003)

*Anybody ask why HELLary couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she? (June 8, 2003)

*Only HELLary supports terrorists who torture and kill childre -- "It takes a Mosque" ought to be her next book. Kissey, Kissey, Mrs. ARABrat. Anyone out there looking into the terrorist connections intoHELLary's campaign fundraising efforts? (January 29, 2003)

*(caption of 1971 picture of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy) "First let's undermine the US in Vietnam. Then we can go for gay marriage. When you get to be Pres. JFK-lite, there will be no end to how much of America we can destroy.” (May 17, 2004)

*The LIMOUSINE LIBERAL candidate, JOHN KERRY, has a problem -- nobody wants to run with him. It's like even the RATS see him as a ship going down and they know that if they got on, they'd have to jump off in the end. Maybe he can run with a dead Communist guy, John Lennon” (April 11, 2004)

*Pacifist. Communist. Liar. These are the words that come to mind listening to Kerry promote himself even 30 years ago. (March 21, 2004)

*Kerry is a Manchurian Candidate, he wants to capture the White House to promote his anti-American, Communist-leftist agenda. Any victory for the enemies of the USA, will be perceived as a victory for him. Kerry has supported Socialists and Communists since he got back from Vietnam (March 14, 2004)

John F*ing Commie Kerry discusses trashing Joe L. with his top advisor (February 4, 2004)


*Let's see exactly why it isn't the case that Islam is a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion? Where's the proof to the contrary? (May 4, 2004)

*Sharon sets the trap and invites mad-dog rag-head homide bombing after agreeing to the "roadmap." ArabRAT won't be able to stop his coward terrorist buddies from being themselves. Let's see how long it takes GWB to decide he has no alternative but to crush Hamas, the other BS groups like Hezbollah -- why stop there -- on to Damascas and Riyahd. (May 30, 2003)

*Time to pound Syria -- no more Hamas, no more Islamic Jihad, no more Hezbollah -- Talibanize them (May 15, 2003)

*Islam is like a virus -- it affects the mind -- maybe even better as an analogy -- it is a cancer that destroys the body it infects. A throwback, Medieval, anti-modern, anti-science, anti-knowledge doctrine. Then too, Islam is a peaceful religion only so long as the women are beaten, the boys buggered, and the infidels killed. Worthless. No doctor would hesitate to eliminate cancer cells from the body. (November 26, 2002)

*Exatly, Grandpa Dave -- the only thing you forgot was that the RAG HEADS are also Little Boy Humpers, not just Goat Humpers. This goes along with their hatred of women. When is the leftist media going to start reporting on the homosexuality at the core of these Arab societies -- Oh, I forgot, ISLAM IS A PEACEFUL RELIGION. Yeah, right (November 16, 2002)

COMMUNISM -- it's simple NBC = NOTHING BUT COMMUNISM (April 19, 2004)

Chris Matthews belongs in France -- disgusting NBC (Nothing But Communism) show. Clinton Chris or is it Commie Chris should wake up and realize Tip O'Neill is dead and his form of warmed-over liberalism is dead as well. Commie Chris would be the first to echo HELLary in asking "What did he know and when did he know it" if Bush did nothing against Iraq (as Matthews and the French now urge) and Iraq or Iraq-backed terrorists (March 9, 2003)

Little Katie Communist -- proves the point -- all you have to do to advance at NBC is be a raving leftist a$whore. December 19, 2001)


Protestors greet Jerry Corsi, August 28, 2004 Borders Books and Music, Canton, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of Gust Andrews).