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Ohio Dep't. of Transportation forced to switch TVs to Fox News


Thank you to Keith Olbermann for tweeting the link to this typically frustrating story of ClusterFox infiltration.

Or is that "indoctrination"?

Hey, aren't mandates supposed to be unconstitutional? Apparently not:

You watch, we decide what:

The TV in the first-floor cafeteria at the Ohio Department of Transportation headquarters in Columbus (1980 W. Broad St.) has been mysteriously changed from CNN to Fox News under the new regime of Gov. John Kasich. [...]

Asked why it was Fox News, Ayers said, "No particular reason."

So it doesn't have to do with the fact that Kasich had a weekend show on Fox News until 2007, and had more recently filled in for popular host Bill O'Reilly.

And it's not related to Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch making a $1 million contribution to the Republican Governor's Association last year and telling Politico that it was solely because of his friendship with Kasich. (Oh, by the way, during last year's election, the RGA ran a series of ads targeting Kasich's opponent, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.)

Ayers denied a report from an angry ODOT employee, who wished to remain anonymous, that all of the other channels were blocked on the TV, but said, "I'm not sure there is a remote for it down there."

No remotey, no changey.

Of course, the upside is that DoT employees will lose their appetites from being exposed to ClusterFox during meal time, hence they will see an uptick in overall weight loss, which can only be good for cholesetrol levels, which in turn will have a positive effect on their overall health, which could very well lower health care costs, which as a result could very well screw with Big Insurance.

See? There's always a silver lining.


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Yeah, Ray LaHoode doesn't think he's unsuccessful. Click to enlarge, via.


Obama Eyes Hi-Speed Trains to Create Jobs


Well let's get it going already. I am convinced, though not as much as Duncan, that high speed rail would be hugely popular.

(CBS/AP) A day after delivering a State of the Union address aimed at showing recession-weary Americans he understands their struggles, President Obama intends to award $8 billion in stimulus funds to develop high-speed rail corridors and sell the program as a jobs creator.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce grants for 13 major corridors during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, the president's first public appearance following his speech to the nation. It's an attempt by the White House to show that getting Americans back to work is the president's top priority and that he has a plan for how to do it.

The president's visit to the region means Florida's proposal for a high-speed line connecting Orlando and Tampa is likely to receive funding. California's proposal for an 800-mile-long rail line from Sacramento to San Diego and a nine-state proposal in the Midwest are also considered strong contenders.

The $8 billion in funding for high-speed trains and other passenger rail projects is part of the $787 billion recovery act. Besides the 13 corridors receiving grants, a White House official said several smaller awards will be made for improvements to existing rail lines. Overall, 31 states will receive funds.