Archive for February 27th, 2008

RIP, Myron Cope

Alas, I cannot find any YouTube videos of Myron in action.

WTAE does have un-embeddable videos of him singing “Can’t Touch This” (in full MC Hammer regalia), “Achy Breaky Heart,” and… “Macarena.” And if that’s not enough for you, there’s a bunch of audio clips here and here.

My first memory of Myron Cope is from over 16 years ago, my first winter in Pittsburgh. He appeared on the local news around Christmastime to perform his surreal rendition of “Deck The Halls,” with a chorus something like “Fa gha gha gha gha, gha gha gha gha.” I heard lots of him after that – he was kind of everywhere. He punctuated his speech with a language all his own, words and phrases like “Yoi!”, “Double yoi!”, “Hm-HA!”, and “okel dokel.”

One of my fondest Myron Cope moments that may have amused only me was several years ago, when I was listening to the NFL draft on the radio, God only knows why. The Steelers had just drafted an offensive tackle named Leon Searcy in the first round, and the very first Pittsburgh media person to get Searcy on the phone was… Myron Cope. Imagine this poor kid, wondering what his new home will be like, and the first person he talks to (after the coach and/or GM) is Myron. I can’t imagine what kind of city of madmen he thought he was headed to.

Goodbye, Myron. I’ll miss you, you one-of-a-kind crazy bastard.

Oh, and William F. Buckley died too, but I don’t really have anything to say about him. But Rick Perlstein does.

February 27th, 2008 at 08:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Pittsburgh/PA,Sports

IRS Finally Gets Serious About Religion And Politics

Yes, the IRS is finally investigating a church for possible political activities:

The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Barack Obama gave to its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president.

Obama is a member of the church.

A spokesman for the denomination says it received notice of the inquiry on Monday.

The IRS says there is reason to believe the speech violated restrictions on political activity for nonprofit groups. The denomination denies any wrongdoing.

Church officials say they had consulted with lawyers before the Democrat’s June 2007 speech and made clear before Obama’s address that he was speaking as a church member, not a political candidate.

Sure, it’s not like there’s a bunch of fundie preachers and leaders out there endorsing candidates and telling their congregations that the Baby Jesus wants them to vote Republican or anything. Way to go, IRS.

(h/t twolf)

February 27th, 2008 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Obama,Politics,Religion

Republican Candidate Oberweis Tries To Pull A Fast One

From the DCCC, by way of ArchPundit:

Jim Oberweis, the Republican Congressional candidate in IL-14, appears to have broken federal election law by triggering the Millionaires’ Amendment without notifying his opponent as required by law.  This would not be the first time Oberweis broke the law or tried to deceive voters.

“Jim Oberweis has a disturbing pattern of violating federal election law and deceiving voters” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “This time, it looks like Jim Oberweis personally and deliberately failed to follow the law, pouring money into this race that he made investing in Chinese companies that threaten American jobs.  Jim Oberweis acts like the rules and law don’t apply to him – Illinois voters deserve better.”

According to his most recent FEC filing, Oberweis put in $640,000 of his own money.  []

  • $300,000.00 on February 7, 2008
  • $340,000.00 on February 11, 2008

The Millionaires’ Amendment is a part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law.  McCain-Feingold increases contribution limits for candidates facing opponents who put substantial sums of their personal funds into their own campaigns.  An individual who puts in more than $350,000 into their House race risks triggering the Millionaires’ Amendment.  Once the millionaire candidate trips this threshold, the candidate must notify his opponents and the FEC by filing a FEC Form 10 within 24 hours.  The opponent can have access to higher limits depending on his or her own spending and fundraising. []

How interesting that his second contribution is a mere $10,000 under that $350,000 threshold. Almost as if he knew exactly what that threshold was and was trying to duck it. He looks an awful lot like a money launderer making multiple $9,000 deposits to dodge the $10,000 reporting threshold.

Of course, we don’t have a functioning FEC right now, thanks to Bush and McConnell’s insistence that Hans von Spakovsky be included in the slate of commissioners to be confirmed, so I’m skeptical that Oberweis will face any consequences. Look for a lot more of this before November, or until the FEC gets a quorum that isn’t completely corrupt and in the bag.

February 27th, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Republicans

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