New Yorker Cover Illustration: Stupidity or Satire?

coverIs the New Yorker way off base? Or right on target? The magazine famous for its satire has generated a lot of attention for its July 2008 cover illustration of Barack and Michelle Obama in the Oval Office, with abundant terrorist symbolism.

According to CNN, New Yorker editors say the drawing is a comment on how the media has passed along ridiculous claims about the Democratic candidate. (Don't forget www.FactCheck.org is a great place to find out the truth when you hear allegations.)

The New Yorker magazine says its latest cover is satire.

Meanwhile, the Obama camp calls the cover " tasteless and offensive." McCain's campaign repudiated it. Liberal Liberal radio talk-show host Laura Flanders takes another view. She told CNN's "American Morning" on July 14 that Obama campaign "should have come out strongly endorsing this cover."

She said, "This isn't a jab at them, terrorist or any other kind. This is a jab at the media. ... It should be cause for our conversation to focus on the kind of fear mongering that the media and people on the right have engaged in." What do you think?

McCain is trying to divide us!

Abraham Lincoln famously said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." That is what John McCain is hoping when he urges Hilliary Clinton supporters to switch to the GOP. We cannot let him succeed.

The primaries were exhausting and sometimes acrimonious and divisive. We know and understand the utter disappointment of Hillary Clinton's supporters; many of our group are among that number. But we must look to the future and November.

hands2UAPA wants to foster an atmosphere of unity. We are dismayed by some voters who seem to be walking away in anger from the progressive cause. That decision will only ensure a Republican victory in November, giving us eight more years of the Bush presidency; degrading environmental policies; disastrous foreign policies; a destructive conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and more of the same in Iraq with no end in sight. With apologies to Aesop, it can be summed up like this: "United we conquer; divided, we elect McCain."

Our goal is a Democrat in the White House. Hilliary's goal is a Democrat in the White House. Right now, her aides are working with Obama aides at the convention in Denver to heal any lingering wounds.

Don't let Hilliary down. Vote for Barack Obama

UAPA needs you now more than ever -- because the Democratic candidate for President needs our help to capture Ohio. Let's do our part -- together -- to win this state and nation for the Democrats.

Kingsdale: A new plan from Regency

Regency Centers, owners of Kingsdale Shopping Center, have a new proposal for redeveloping the aged mall at the heart of Upper Arlington.

The new plan, submitted to UA City Council in an April 28 letter, does not include a Target store. Instead, according to the May 15, 2008, UA This Week, a new Giant Eagle would be built on Northwest Boulevard.

Regency is offering 5 acres of the site to the city, including the current Giant Eagle building and the former medical office on Zollinger. Company officials suggest the purchase would allow UA to seek its own proposals for office development, a mixed-use called for in the Master Plan.

Memorial Day: Celeste bill aids Ohioans fighting PTSD

What do we mean when we say soldiers deserve a hero’s welcome? Many troops wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have traumatic brain injuries, yet the number of uninsured veterans increased by 290,000 between 2000 and 2004.

This weekend, Americans will remember our loved ones who have been lost -- some in war, some through illness, some through injury. Some have been lost because they cannot get the help they need to overcome the trauma in their lives.

State Rep. Ted Celeste was shocked to learn that insurers in Ohio can deny coverage to men, women and children needing therapy to recover from war, sexual abuse, physical abuse or mass violence. He responded by sponsoring House Bill 249. It would require private insurers to extend mental health coverage to veterans and all others suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

One Day of the Iraq War

Earn $$ as Democratic Poll Worker

There remains a critical need for Democratic poll workers in Franklin County for the March 04 Primary.

This need includes Presiding Judges (who manage the polling place and supervise the other judges) and regular Judges (who variously oversee the poll books and voter indentification and signature requirements; oversee the provisional ballot process; or oversee the operation of the voting machines).

Presiding judges are paid $160 for the work, training and transportation costs. The presiding judges are required to take a four-hour training course.

The other poll workers are paid $110—$95 for Election Day and $15 for the 2-hour training.

Even young adults can be presiding judges. Pass this on to anyone interested.

Those interested in working can register online at or call the Board of Elections at (614) 462-3100 or sign up at http://vote.franklincountyohio.gov

Judges are needed because Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, won all but 22 of Franklin County's 854 precincts last year. State law requires a presiding judge to the the same political party as the gubernatorial candidate who last won that precinct.

Currently, there are 41 Democratic Presiding Judge slots that are uncommitted for the Primary. There are 210 Democratic regular Judge spots that are still uncommitted for the Primary.

Those interested in working can register online at or call the Board of Elections at (614) 462-3100.

A UAPA supporter, who served as a Presiding Judge for the last election and will be doing so again for the Primary would be happy to share experiences and/or assist in getting you involved as a poll worker. Sign up here if you would like to be contacted.

CoolUA nominated for 2007 UA Community Enrichment Award

On January 15th, 2008 Virginia Barney, UA's City Manager, sent CoolUA a letter stating that CoolUA had been nominated for the 2007 Community Enrichment Award.

A presentation to the final award winner will be made this Monday, January 28th at the UA Municipal Building at 6:30pm.

Congratulations to everyone at CoolUA for raising community awareness about the environment and encouraging local officials and individuals to adopt energy efficient policies!

Videos of the excellent presentations from CoolUA's 2007 Town Hall Meeting can be found here.

Not One--But Two--New Columbus Radio Stations Geared to Progressives

"Information is the lifeblood of democracy — and when viewpoints are cut off and ideas cannot find an outlet, our democracy suffers."

Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media

New to Columbus: Progressive Talk Radio

WVKO, 1580 AM

Just over a year ago, central Ohio's only progressive radio station was pulled from the AM dial leaving a tremendous void for those of us who spent a part of each day tuning in to hear thoughtful interviews, discussions and a little bit of silliness (for those Stephanie Miller fans). It's been a long road back, but Progressive Talk Radio can be heard once again at WVKO, 1580 AM. Check to see the impressive lineup of shows.

During the work week, may we suggest Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann and Rachel Maddow--three insightful radio hosts who will wow you with their intellect and thoughtful commentary.

For Progressive Talk Radio to continue, listener support is essential. Please listen to 1580 AM and spread the word to your friends. And please support the station's sponsors and ALWAYS let them know where you learned of them. And if you own a business of your own, remember that this format is "loved by its listeners" (to quote Dispatch media reporter Tim Feran), and 1580 AM serves a devoted and loyal audience.

 

New to Columbus: Community Radio Station

WCRS, 98.3 FM in Columbus and UA; 102.1 FM in Westerville, Gahanna, New Albany and Bexley

WCRS is a community radio station new to central Ohio and like most community radio stations it provides music and news that is popular to local audiences but is overlooked by more powerful broadcast groups.

During evening drive time, may we suggest Democracy Now! (3:00 to 4:00 pm and again at 7:00 to 8:00 pm) and Free Speech Radio News at 5:30 pm.

The beginning of a more productive City Council?

Table 1: Progressive voters made the difference. Only 1 vote per precinct separated the 2nd and 3rd place finishers
and the 3rd and 4th place finishers.
Official City Council Results
Candidate Votes % Vote Margin Vote Margin / 34 UA Precincts
Erik Yassenoff 6,18623.3%71721.1 votes
Mary Ann Krauss 5,46920.6%
31.91 votes
Ed Seidel 5,438 20.5%
391.15 votes
Dan McCormick 5,399 20.3%
1,322 38.9 votes
Leslie Heath 4,077 15.3%

UAPA's endorsed candidates win re-election

After waiting well over a month for certified election results and taking a break for holiday merriment, we can finally announce that UAPA's best-outcome election scenario won the day in UA's City Council race! A belated thank you to the UA progressive community for realizing the importance of this City Council race and coming out to vote. Our endorsed candidates, Mary Ann Krauss and Ed Seidel, were re-elected in a race that was very close.

Election Analysis

1. The progressive vote had a race-determining impact --- only one vote per precinct separated the candidates in 2nd and 3rd place and the candidates in 3rd and 4th place. Table 1 shows the official vote tallies.

2. Kingsdale was arguably the single biggest election issue. The election of Seidel, Krauss and Yassenoff, who all share a common mixed-use vision for Kingsdale, strongly suggests that voters believe the City has a responsibility to UA citizens to negotiate for the best possible use of this scarce, commercial property in the very heart of UA.

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