Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ohio Gooper Roundup

Ohio's Wingnut Cobag of the Week

This award goes to Ohio State Representative Tim Grendell.

Ohio state Rep. Tim Grendell (R) said today that he will introduce legislation requiring Ohioans in need of unemployment benefits, welfare, or other government aid to take a drug test first. Patterned on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) new law, the bill, Grendell says, will force those seeking state aid “to pay for the drug tests” upfront — a payment that would only be repaid “if they pass.” If anyone fails the test two times, they will be banned from receiving aid for three years.

Meanwhile, in Florida Rick Scott's assertion that people on welfare are more likely to use drugs has been proven false: since the state began testing welfare applicants for drugs in July, about 2 percent have tested positive.

Of course, this isn't about saving the state money. It's about demonizing the poor and the unemployed: "Those people who are taking our tax dollars."

In other recent Ohio Statehouse news, a bar is proposed for the basement.

Former Ohio State Representative Robert Mecklenbourg pleaded guilty to DWI in Indiana on Thursday. Bob resigned August 2, below is a summary of his body of work.

1) Ohio ‘heartbeat bill’ would ban most abortions
The Plain Dealer noted that the "heartbeat bill" is only one of five anti-abortion measures put forward in the Ohio state legislature since the start of the new session.
Legislators from Georgia and Texas have already asked for copies of Ohio's bill so they can introduce similar bills in their own states, the Plain Dealer reported.

"Let's just remember when 50 million lives are snuffed out - plus-50 million - think of all the artists, think of all the musicians, think of all the athletes, all the surgeons, all the science, all of the gifted children that we have lost because of this," he said. "What do we hear now? We hear statements such as there's not enough workers, there's not enough people working to support our Social Security, we don't have enough people working to support our pension systems. I guess that's what 50 million people lost will do to you."

2) Debate continues on bill requiring photo ID at polls
Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, R-Cincinnati, said it is now his expectation that the Senate will vote on the House-passed photo-ID bill when it returns to session on July 13. Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, said there is an agreement with the Senate to move the bill.

So what else was Bob up to this summer besides lady-parts regulatin' and voter disenfranchisin'?

3) State Rep Mecklenborg likely arrested with a stripper

WLWT has been working to confirm reports that the woman works as a stripper at a club in Lawrenceburg. No one at the club would confirm her employment, but an employee at the club told WLWT they would pass along a message to her.

The dashboard cam video below is presented for your amusement. While Bob was not heard saying "I know someone who can get me off (and she's in my car!), I believe it's implied.

Finally, in not resigning from the Ohio Statehouse news, we have Ohio State Representative Jarrod Martin.

Martin is a conservative Republican. He is a member of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, the Greene County Fish and Game Association, and the National Rifle Association. He is an active advocate for gun rights and has supported multiple bills which would make their purchase, usage, and carriage easier. Martin is also a staunch supporter of States' Rights and supported resolutions declaring this to the federal government.

What else?

Maybe putting that bar in the basement of the Statehouse is a good idea, after all.


M. Bouffant said...

Would I be correct in assuming that all three of the formal, coat & tie pix of these odd-looking buffoons are their "official" portraits?

Smut Clyde said...

After due consideration I prefer the butterflies.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You are correct, M.B. I think that 2nd portrait of Robert Mecklenborg is also "official".

S.C., we agree!

Jennifer said...

After due consideration I prefer the butterflies.

Those lazy-ass butterflies need to get a job! Perhaps for Monsanto.

fish said...

OMG!!! Tim Grendel is going to explode!!!!!

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...


Randal Graves said...

Basements aren't for bars, they're for hiding pilfered bicycles.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

She shoots! SHE SCORES!

P.S. Though the video is 18 minutes long, it is worth it. "It gets better", as they say.

Jennifer said...

Did Mecklenbourg actually ask where his car was?? As he was standing with his back to it??

mikey said...

Pretty sure that picture purporting to be of Jarrod Martin is a dead guy. Lividity has set in, and the way that suit fits I think it probably has no back. Maybe he's undead?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

He was about as high as a 190 pound, 5' 8'', 59 year old man with a 26 year old friend in the car could get, Jennifer.

Smut Clyde said...

OMG!!! Tim Grendel is going to explode!!!!!

Has anyone sent that photograph to the "Taxidermy Disasters" website?

Compare and contrast.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Maybe putting that bar in the basement of the Statehouse is a good idea, after all.

I think it's a great idea, it would cut down on incumbency. Just make sure no innocent strippers are down there, don't want productive members of society getting hurt.