Catching up… This last week I gave a talk at the Consistent Life Ethic 25th Anniversary Conference just outside of D.C. I said that I saw abortion, global warming, world hunger, one billion people living in slums without clean water or adequate housing… all as “pro-life issues.” This was preaching to the choir here… I also did some campaigning on the way out to D.C. While Romney and Santorum were battling it out for all of Mississippi and Alabama, I focused on Haysville, Ohio (pop. 1,000). While in Haysville, I stumped with a guy named Rich on the street about the economy, then passed out some campaign cards at the local barbershop with an actual operating candy cane poll, the whole thing, and then put up a “Joe flyer” at the Route 30 Inn. Since my sidekick, Matt, and I were already in the Inn [notice the play on words], we decided on a couple fish sandwhich platters. Instead of $1,000 a plate, they were $3.95 a plate, and that included fries! Incidentally, a trivia note about the restaurant: The seats at the counter are metal milk pails with John Deere tractor seats affixed to the top of them. They were actually quite comfortable, and definitely distinctive. (I’m obviously trying for the rural vote here.)… After staying at a small motel in Lisbon, Ohio, later that evening — 35 bucks a night and a view of a motel sign that was missing a few bulbs — we headed further east onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We stopped at a plaza at one point, and I passed out campaign cards to people coming out. The great thing about Turnpike plazas is there are people from all over. Who needs those millions of Super PAC dollars in TV advertising money, huh?