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(Toledo Blade)   Burglars make off with $300,000 worth of wine, two cars, Cuban cigars, guns, paintings, autographed guitars, jewelry -- and also, conicidentally, the State of Ohio's reputation.   ( divider line
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2005-06-15 09:23:01 AM  
"Clearly, this is more than a coincidence, he said. I hate to be cynical, but I think Im a little bit suspicious. This whole thing gets weirder and weirder.

too true too true, way to go Ohio
2005-06-15 09:38:20 AM  
What a clever cover-up! Go on vacation and have your buddies loot your house of evidence.

/from Back to the Beach (pops): "Why-o, Why-o, Why-o, did I ever leave Ohio?"
2005-06-15 10:15:31 AM  
Dear Ohio, the state of my birth:

You so deserve this.
Oh, and see you soon.

2005-06-15 02:04:51 PM  
You can't steal what isn't there.
2005-06-15 02:06:05 PM  
oh great.
now there's nothing left for anyone else to steal in Ohio.
all the good stuff is taken.
2005-06-15 02:07:58 PM  
Amazing. Just amazing.

It will be a cold day when any of these guys serves time for these crimes.

2005-06-15 02:09:13 PM  
Ah that explains the whole November thing.
2005-06-15 02:09:37 PM  
"No, really! There's an international band of, uh, wine thieves, right here in central Colorado."
2005-06-15 02:10:14 PM  
cease being surprised
2005-06-15 02:10:53 PM  
George Clooney wanted for questioning.
2005-06-15 02:14:31 PM  

A paid Hocking County Election Board staff official, Eaton gained national notoriety when she blew the whistle on a Triad vote count technician. The technician swapped-out a hard drive in the tabulating computer located at the Board of Elections office before a statewide recount could be completed. According to a December 3, 2004 affidavit sworn by Eaton, the Triad technician "advised" the Hocking County Board of Elections' Republican Director Lisa Schwartze on how to "post a 'cheat sheet'" to make the recount match the officially reported election total. Advocates of the recount complain that the unexplained intrusion by the technician compromised the integrity of the vote count.

skulduggery afoot in Ohio. par for the course.
2005-06-15 02:15:20 PM  
Isn't it a federal crime just to have Cuban cigars? Why isn't he under arrest?
2005-06-15 02:15:21 PM  
wine, cigars, guns, money, and some rockin' guitars......
um, when is the party?
2005-06-15 02:15:34 PM  
i going to need to examine those 256 cigars to verify their country of origin. i promise to do whatver is necessary to get to the bottom of this... even if i have to smoke every last one! the truth can not hide from me!
2005-06-15 02:15:52 PM  
And it all leads back to our leader...

Thank you Mr. Bob Taft
2005-06-15 02:15:52 PM  
What a shocking turn of events!

If by "shocking" you mean "perfectly predictable."
2005-06-15 02:15:57 PM  
my thinking exactly aggrazel...
2005-06-15 02:17:10 PM  
I don't know where to start.

First off hmmm maybe a cover-up?!?!?

Why in the heck would anyone store this at their own house?! Why would they be allowed to do this?!

I don't think most governors basically store their general fund of their state in their matress.

Lastly how in the hell did people allow him to "invest" in these stupid things anyways? How many comic books, beanie babies and Magic the gathering cards did they invest in?

Is it too late can we trade Ohio in for the Dominican Republic or something?
2005-06-15 02:21:41 PM  
It's sad that a newspaper doing what newspapers should is exceptional and noteworthy.

But it's great that the Toledo Blade is having a full court press on the corruption in Ohio.

Keep following the money, guys.
2005-06-15 02:22:56 PM  
They were extremely upset that they felt this was a result of what was portrayed in the media, Investigator Nelson said. He said that was to blame for the break-in to his house."

Wow. Even this is the fault of the damn liberal media.

I need to get into this crony thing. I would like Ohio to give me some money to invest in my wine and cigar collection. Or maybe just in my exotic cannabis and hundred dollar bill collection.
2005-06-15 02:23:07 PM  
the State of Ohio's reputation.

The Florida of the Midwest.
2005-06-15 02:24:33 PM  
"Behave, or we shall banish you to the midwest!"
2005-06-15 02:25:01 PM  
We are not ruling anyone out as a possible suspect, she said. Anyone is a possible suspect.

Said Miss Redundant stated.
2005-06-15 02:25:11 PM  
State Sen. Marc Dann, a Democrat from suburban Youngstown, called the reported burglary an amazing coincidence.

"Clearly, this is more than a coincidence," he said. "I hate to be cynical, but I think I'm a little bit suspicious. This whole thing gets weirder and weirder."

Can someone hold this dope accountable if he's wrong?
2005-06-15 02:25:45 PM  
$50 million Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation rare-coin fund???
Why do crippled unemployed people need $50 million worth of rare coins?
2005-06-15 02:26:22 PM  
Ohio HAD a reputation? Everyone I know who lives there always apologizes for doing so...
2005-06-15 02:27:31 PM  

owning, no... as long as you can prove they are pre-embargo. without proof, yes. it is even illegal for a US citizen to smoke cubans in another country.

/not that i know about smoking cubans... *wink, wink*
//not nearly as great as they once were from what i read
2005-06-15 02:27:43 PM  

$50 million Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation rare-coin fund???
Why do crippled unemployed people need $50 million worth of rare coins?

It was an investment. Unfortunately it made just as much money as is missing from the fund, so it broke even.

Move on, people.
2005-06-15 02:29:09 PM  
"You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy"

These are not the state general funds you are looking for.
2005-06-15 02:29:23 PM  
Has anyone looked into where G Gordon Liddy was at the time of the alleged burglary?
2005-06-15 02:31:03 PM  
Sussman: Move on, people.

Sure, Sussman. There's nothing to see here. Everybody already knows that you can't trust Republicans with your money.
2005-06-15 02:34:11 PM  
Jacki Tallman, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, said the investigation is ongoing.

We are not ruling anyone out as a possible suspect, she said. Anyone is a possible suspect.

We are all suspects.
2005-06-15 02:36:02 PM  

Sure, Sussman. There's nothing to see here. Everybody already knows that you can't trust Republicans with your money.

Beyond Noe, name one other Republican who's undoubtedly tied to this.
2005-06-15 02:36:20 PM  
Can I just have the guitars?

/priorities out of whack - so sue me, I love blues
2005-06-15 02:37:58 PM  
Ohio, please invest in my asian hooker and malt liquor fund. It provides great returns (for me), you know right where the money is going up front, and costs the state much much less; maybe 16K a year tops.

You know what is crazy about half that wine... it is probably shiat. Just a bottle to look at and show friends.
2005-06-15 02:39:50 PM  
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2005-06-15 02:42:39 PM  
If there'd been a couple kilo's of pure Peruvian flake in that list I'd have suspected someone knocked off HST's place now that the Man is gone.
2005-06-15 02:44:29 PM  
Don't you think there are a few things you just don't report missing to the cops? Maybe she wants to file a homeowner's insurance claim...

2005-06-15 02:49:08 PM  
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Wanted for questioning
2005-06-15 02:50:26 PM  
Sure looks like an inside job to me.

But you need evidence of this to convict. "Plausible deniability" wins again.

/I would report a missing crack rock the size of the Hope Diamond before I would report a missing dildo.
2005-06-15 02:52:12 PM  
Guess they've never watched

'It takes a theif' on the Discovery Channel
2005-06-15 02:59:08 PM  
Must've been Ann Coulter looking for his detatchable penis
2005-06-15 03:04:47 PM  
I'm not going to race to any assumptions, but this looks really fishy. The again, it would be such an obvious act that I can't imagine anyone planning this. But who knows? There are people whose money is tied up in the coins, cigars, wine, etc, and not just the taxpayers of Ohio. Having it be lost to evidence sets you back a long ways and with nothing to show for it.

But, like I said, while it looks suspicious I'm not gonna start believing that it's all a big scam. The biggest scam in this case has been well-documented the Blade, and if you're a citizen of Ohio you're the mark.
2005-06-15 03:09:33 PM  
Race any asssumptions? Man, what am I on? And add a "by" after "well-documented" and before "the Blade".

/left that assumption in my dust
2005-06-15 03:10:07 PM  

FUNNIEST picture I've seen in a long time! It just begs the question "What kind of woman would wand a used dil.."?

2005-06-15 03:11:07 PM  
I'm on something, because that made perfect sense the first time. Good god, I can't even comprehend my own writing. Guess I raced to an assumption, there, eh?

/keep walking, don't stare
2005-06-15 03:15:40 PM  
er... "want"

/move along please
2005-06-15 03:17:01 PM  
Sussman: Beyond Noe, name one other Republican who's undoubtedly tied to this.

George W Bush, as Noe was a Pioneer fundraiser for him, collecting over $100,000 from donors. Bush was shamed into returning the money after initially saying he'd keep it

Arnold Schwarzeneggar, who also was shamed into returning Noe donations after initial resistance

Governor Bob Taft of Ohio, ditto

Former Gov and current Senator from Ohio George Voinovich, ditto

Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State and head of Bush/Cheney 04's Ohio organization and gubernatorial candidate

Betty Montgomery, Ohio State auditor and gubernatorial candidate

Brian Hicks, former chief of staff for Taft, who vacationed at Noe's Florida Keys home for a well-below-market rate in 2001 and 2002 without filing proper disclosure forms

H. Douglas Talbott, former Taft and Voinovich aide, who got a $39,000 LOAN from Noe to buy a lakeside home without an agreed-upon interest rate or repayment schedule

Thomas J. Moyer, Evelyn Stratton, Maureen OConnor, Terrence ODonnell, and Judith Ann Lanzinger: five (of seven) Ohio Supreme Court justices who had to recuse themselves from hearing a lawsuit filed to get a full accounting of the monies invested through Noe because they had all accepted campaign contributions from Noe

James Conrad, administrator of the Ohio Workers Compensation Bureau, who authorized the investments, who has since resigned

Jim Petro, Ohio Attorney General, a recipient of campaign contributions from Noe

Mike DeWine, U.S. Senator from Ohio, a recipient of campaign contributions from Noe

Several U.S. Representatives who've received Noe largesse

The Toledo Blade should give you the appropriate details.

Suck it, biatch.
2005-06-15 03:19:00 PM  
Forgot to mention: Taft knew in October 2004 that a questionable WCB investment had lost its full $225 million value, and kept it out of the public eye until June '05.
2005-06-15 03:22:31 PM  
Sorry, I was wrong about something.

Bush has NOT returned the money Noe had raised for him. He only returned the money that Noe contributed personally.

I also failed to mention that Noe reportedly had people give him $2,000 contributions for Bush and then gave them back the money. Bush got the contributions, the people got their money back; where did the money come from?
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