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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

For Congress it's time to start acting like grownups

From the AP:

Congressional leaders scrambled Tuesday to find enough changes to sell the multibillion-dollar financial rescue to their rank-and-file, with long-distance prodding from John McCain and Barack Obama on the presidential campaign trail.
Both McCain and Obama announced their backing for a plan that some House Republicans had pushed earlier: raising the federal deposit insurance limit from $100,000 to $250,000 in a bid to reassure nervous Americans and to shore up the economy. President Bush sought to avoid being marginalized, making another statement at the White House. "Congress must act," he demanded. ...Republican House aides said the FDIC proposal might be attractive to some conservatives who want to help small business owners and avert runs on banks by customers fearful of losing their savings. The leadership needs to find sufficient changes to attract about a dozen more votes, the number needed to avoid the kind of stunning defeat that supporters of a bailout suffered Monday. ...Obama's embrace of the idea might attract some Democratic votes. ...Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said it was time for all lawmakers to "act like grownups, if you will, and get this done for all of the people." ..Bush warned that failing to pass such a plan would bring severe consequences to the U.S. economy. McCain and Obama echoed his sentiments. Both the Republican and Democratic nominees spoke with Bush on Tuesday, and both have let colleagues know they embrace the higher FDIC insurance idea.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Virginia Congressional Delegation rejects Socialism

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Here is how the Virginia Congressional Delegation voted for the Socialist Bail Out Bill today in Washington DC:

Voting for the bill: (5)

Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th
Rep. James P. Moran, D-8th
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th Rep.
Frank R. Wolf, R-10th
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, R-11th

Voting against the bill (6)

Rep. Robert J. Wittman, R-1st
Rep. Thelma Drake, R-2nd
Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-3rd
Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-4th
Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., R-5th
Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-6th

Thank you to a majority of the Virginia Congressional Delegation (including one Democrat) for sticking up for Democratic principals. If this damn Wall Street Bail Out, check that--CORPORATE SOCIALIST RELIEF PACKAGE, was so necessary to get the economy moving again, why isn't Congress instead focused on developing a plan to capture and invest the $700 Billion annually that we expend on foreign sources of energy (oil imports). If the Liberal Democrat controlled Congress, and the Liberal Bush/Cheney Administration can step up for socialization of the markets, why the hell can't they stand up for a plan, a simple plan to get America off of foreign oil? Why can't they when we have the resources here to power our own vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Wind Power? The plug in vehicles will be on the market in about a year and we can make this happen. When a hybrid vehicle runs off of CNG and plug in power, then we can finally give the Saudis and Venezuela the middle finger. This would cut our dependence on foreign oil and we would be INVESTING $700 Billion dollars into the American economy instead of giving it to Terrorist States like Saudi Arabia. There is a free market solution to this problem, instead of a $700 Billion give away to the Pirates who got us into this mess, why the hell not pump $700 Billion of free market money back into our Economy on a yearly basis by coming up with an energy plan that keeps American Dollars in America?

Keep up the good work Congressmen Rob Whitman, Thelma Drake, Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Virgil Goode, and Bob Goodlatte. Don't let America down, I know you won't...generations of us (born and unborn) are depending on you to get this right. You have wisely voted down a consumable socialist relief package that was designed by the elite for the elite that bears no tangible re-investment plan for the United States. Instead, please fashion a sustained package of long term relief that keeps $700 Billion of our energy dollars here at home each year through harnessing American ingenuity and know how as it relates to energy production and delivery. That would be doing something. We have the domestic resources in CNG and Wind that will act as a bridge until other energy sources are developed through technological innovation in the coming years. We are begging you, do your jobs FOR THE ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, not just the ones who bankroll re-elections. Again, thank you for voting down this beast!!

Bailout fails, Cangtor leads march for conservative values

Bailouts are dangerous things and this bill didn't pass ... Sometimes it takes failure to learn from our mistakes, this bill just allowed America to keep on doing what caused this situation in the first place. From the AP:

The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering financial industry. ...Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was announced on the House floor. ...When the critical vote was tallied, too few members of the House were willing to support the unpopular measure with elections just five weeks away. Ample no votes came from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. ..Bush and a host of leading congressional figures had implored the lawmakers to pass the legislation despite howls of protest from their constituents back home. ....The vote had been preceded by unusually aggressive White House lobbying, and spokesman Tony Fratto said that Bush had used a "call list" of people he wanted to persuade to vote yes as late as just a short time before the vote. ...Lawmakers shouted news of the plummeting Dow Jones average as lawmakers crowded on the House floor during the drawn-out and tense call of the roll, which dragged on for roughly 40 minutes as leaders on both sides scrambled to corral enough of their rank-and-file members to support the deeply unpopular measure. ...They found only two. ...Bush and his economic advisers, as well as congressional leaders in both parties had argued the plan was vital to insulating ordinary Americans from the effects of Wall Street's bad bets. The version that was up for vote Monday was the product of marathon closed-door negotiations on Capitol Hill over the weekend.

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Cantor Blames Pelosi.....from the RTD:
Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, is blaming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the failure of the $700 billion bailout bill….Pelosi had struck "the tone of partisanship that frankly, was inappropriate in this discussion," Cantor said…."This is not a partisan crisis," Cantor said. "This is an economic crisis facing everyone."…He noted that 94 Democrats voted against the measure, as well as 133 Republicans…..Cantor said it reflected "Speaker Pelosi's failure to listen [and] failure to lead."…Cantor said Republicans will "go back to the drawing table and look to see where we can come together, listen to our members and produce a solution for the American people."…Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-3rd, was the only Virginia Democrat who voted against the measure. The Congressional Black Caucus had come out against the bill, saying it did not do enough for homeowners.

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Major Points of the Bailout Plan

Following are the major details of the $700 billion rescue package that congressional negotiators approved on Sunday as reported by the AP:

- Provides up to $700 billion, starting with an initial $250 billion, to allow the Treasury Department to purchase troubled assets, mainly in the area of mortgages, that are weighing down the U.S. financial system.
- Gives the Treasury Department, working with experts chosen by the government, the authority to fashion the asset purchase program. Treasury officials have suggested that a key approach will be the use of 'reverse auctions' in which financial firms who succeed in selling their assets to the government will be the ones willing to take a lower price than other bidders.
- Restrictions will be imposed on the pay and benefits received by executives whose companies are selling some of their bad assets through the government's purchase program.
- The Treasury would be required to provide details of its purchases within two days of the transactions and various oversight boards would be created to monitor the operation of the program.
- Taxpayers would be given ownership stakes in companies whose bad assets are purchased. After five years, if the government is facing a loss in the program, the president will be required to submit a plan recommending how the money can be recouped from financial companies.
- Establishes a program whereby banks could buy government insurance that would cover the principal and interest on certain troubled assets, rather than selling them outright. Premiums will vary depending on the assets' risk profile.

CitiBank and Wachovia

From the AP:

In the latest byproduct of the widening global financial crisis, Citigroup Inc. will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corp. in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp....Citigroup will absorb up to $42 billion of losses from Wachovia's $312 billion loan portfolio, with the FDIC covering any remaining losses, the government agency said Monday. Citigroup also will issue $12 billion in preferred stock and warrants to the FDIC....The deal greatly expands Citigroup's retail outlets and secures its place among the U.S. banking industry's Big Three, along with Bank of America Corp. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. But it comes at a cost -- Citigroup said Monday it will seek to sell $10 billion in common stock and slashed its quarterly dividend in half to 16 cents to shore up its capital position....The agreement comes after a fevered weekend courtship in which Citigroup and Wells Fargo & Co. both were reportedly studying the books of Wachovia, which suffers from mounting losses linked to its ill-timed 2006 acquisition of mortgage lender Golden West Financial Corp....Wachovia, like Washington Mutual Inc., which was seized by the federal government last week, was a big originator of option adjustable-rate mortgages, which offer very low introductory payments and let borrowers defer some interest payments until later years. Delinquencies and defaults on these types of mortgages have skyrocketed in recent months, causing big losses for the banks

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Friday, September 26, 2008

No Deal Reached

As reported by the AP Chaos is in the air....From the AP:

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee declared Friday that an agreement on legislation to relieve a spreading financial crisis depends on House Republicans "dropping this revolt against President Bush."...Rep. Barney Frank said leading Democrats on Capitol Hill were shocked by the level of divisiveness that surfaced at a White House meeting Thursday, not long after key congressional players of both parties declared they'd achieved the broad outlines of an agreement on a bill implementing the administration's proposed $700 billion bailout plan....Frank said he did not think that Democrats were going to see a substantially different proposal from the plan the administration has been trying to sell to lawmakers and which had been the focal point of closed-door talks for days. "It's an ambush plan," he said....Participants in a meeting late Thursday afternoon that Bush had at the White House with congressional leaders and presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama said it descended into arguments...."I didn't know I was going to be the referee for an internal GOP ideological civil war," Frank, D-Mass., said on CBS's "The Early Show."...Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who appeared on the same show, said many GOP lawmakers dislike the proposal that has been pushed on the administration's behalf principally by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson...."Basically, I believe the Paulson proposal is badly structured," Shelby said. "It does nothing basically for the stressed mortgage payer. It does a lot for three or four or five banks . ... "

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Gov. Tim Kaine Whines about State Trooper Chaplins who resigned over Gov.'s edict banning Jesus Christ

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The excerpts from this story from the Times Dispatch says it all. Tim Kaine is a gutless wonder, but does he say the prayers at all of the Obama rallies in Virginia?

Kaine lashes back at Griffith
Dispute centers on prayer policy for state police chaplains

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 - 12:08 AM


When it comes to religion in politics, it's hard to say what Jesus would do.
But Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday fired back at House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, for what he termed "inaccuracies" and "misinformation" in a news release criticizing Kaine for a policy asking state police chaplains to deliver nondenominational prayers at public events.

"My office gave no directive to the state police, there is no mandate prohibiting police chaplains from mentioning Jesus Christ," Kaine wrote to Griffith. "No one has lost their jobs or positions because of this. All of which was stated or implied in your press release."

Rather, Kaine said a recent ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals established that remarks in such public events such as trooper graduations or annual memorial services constitute governmental speech. State police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty, after consulting with the attorney general's office, asked chaplains to offer nondenominational prayers at public events. The directive did not apply to private ceremonies like counseling sessions or funerals.

Six of the department's 17 voluntary chaplains have resigned their ministries in protest. They retain their offices and salaries.

On Wednesday, Griffith said the Kaine administration prevented state police chaplains from referencing Jesus Christ and violated their First Amendment rights by forcing them to "disregard their own faith."

Kaine, a Catholic who served as a missionary in Honduras, clearly was not content to turn the other cheek after Griffith's political slap in the face.

He said Flaherty "gives the chaplains the opportunity to serve spiritural needs at state-sponsored events in a way that does not exclude any trooper," while respecting a chaplain's ability to practice his religion in private services. Link to the story here:

Queston for Governor Kaine, Why did the Troopers resign their Chaplin duties in protest when you state all is well with using Christ's name in prayer?

Thursday, September 25, 2008


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I agree with Newt Gingrich. The bail out plan is horrible. The federal government will swallow up all of the bad paper debt currently clogging up the credit arteries in our nation's financial system. We need a work out for these companies, not a bail out.

From Newt Gingrich's appearance on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes show tonight: [Paraphrased] "We need a plan that the Country can support, not one supported by Wall Street....Paulson has failed."

Gingrich went on to say [paraphrased]: "Obama's miscalculation in this whole ordeal? Wanting to talk politics during a crisis. John McCain is not...he realizes the gravity of the situation and is rightly in Washington to deal with this ordeal. McCain is not going to show up for a debate, so why is Obama? McCain should be trying to solve the crisis...and he is. None of the House Republicans have agreed to support this deal from the Senate...just because the Senate wants it (alone with Paulson and Bernake) doesn't mean the House Republicans will go along with it....I know for a fact that there is no deal yet." The conservative wing of the GOP is opposed to the Paulson Bail out....and the Democratic Bail out plan in the Senate. The American people will support lending the money, not giving it away by a range of 80% to 20%...."

The money quote from Newt Gingrich, "The conservative wing of the GOP is opposed to to the Paulson bail out."

President George W. Bush is a liberal, not a conservative. Vice President Dick Cheney is a liberal, not a conservative. Paulson and Bernanke have a plan to bail out Wall Street, not Main Street. Welcome to socialism America, welcome to this point in history. We are violating our free market principals as espoused in the Republican Creed, to wit:

"That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice"

"That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government"

"That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations"

In Virginia, Conservatives are encouraged to watch how our Federal Delegation votes on the bail out as presented: Congressman Whitman, Congressman Drake, Congressman Forbes, Congressman Goode, Congressman Goodlatte, Congressman Cantor, Congressman Wolf, Congressman Davis, and Senator John Warner. Will they stand up to the test voting against this government hand out and thereby actually live up to the principals of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and budgetary restraints?

Will Republicans in our Virginia Congressional Delegation actually vote like conservatives?

Will they abide by the principals espoused in the Republican Creed?

Will the Republican Congressmen from Virginia cave to the liberal Republican President, the liberal Republican Vice President, and the inside Wall Street self enrichment bailout baseball being pitched by Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke?

Will America truly become a socialist society? With the passage of the bail out as presented, the answer is YES!!

Contact your Congressman, YOUR REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSMAN, and ask them to vote against the bail out. Will Whitman, Drake, Forbes, Goode, Goodlatte, Cantor, Wolf, Davis, and John Warner vote with the liberal President and his oh so willing Democratic majorities in Congress or will they chose to actually live up to the principals in the Republican Creed? This will be a defining moment in Virginia Conservative Circles. We elected Conservative Republicans to Congress to represent us, not liberals. I am sure our Republican Delegation will live up to the Republican Creed when they cast their votes against this bail out plan.

Barrack Obama's Magical garden

There is a probe By Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan into alleged misdeeds in the $100,000 grant to build a garden, that has never been built, that was awarded by Barrack Obama to friends and a campaign volunteer. From the Sun-time:

A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent....The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood....Smith wrote another $20,000 in grant-related checks to K.D. Contractors, a construction company that his wife, Karen D. Smith, created five months after work on the garden was supposed to have begun, records show. K.D. is no longer in business....Attorney General Lisa Madigan -- a Democrat who is supporting Obama's presidential bid -- is investigating "whether this charitable organization properly used its charitable assets, including the state funds it received," Cara Smith, Madigan's deputy chief of staff, said Wednesday.

Read Here:,CST-NWS-watchdog25.article

Is Chicago political machine corruption trying to go national....hope not

Principle over Power - McCain shows resolve for doing the right thing

In his prepared remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative, John McCain Shows his resolve to do what is right for America:

"It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration's proposal to meet the crisis. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time. So I am returning to Washington to seek five fundamental improvements to this critical legislation. I have laid out these principles over the past week:

First, there must be greater accountability included in the bill. I have suggested a bipartisan board to provide oversight for the rescue. We will not solve a problem caused by poor oversight with a plan that has no oversight. Never before in the history of our nation has so much power and money been concentrated in the hands of one person, and there must be protections and oversight in place.

Second, as a part of that oversight, there must be a path for taxpayers to recover the money that is put into this fund. When we're talking about 700 billion taxpayer dollars, that money cannot simply go into a black hole of bad debt with no means of recovering any of the funds.

Third, there must be complete transparency in the review of this legislation and in the implementation of any legislation. This cannot be thrown together behind closed doors. The American people have the right to know which businesses will be helped, what that selection will be based on and how much that help will cost. All the details should all be made available online and elsewhere for open public scrutiny.

Fourth, it is completely unacceptable for any kind of earmarks to be included in this bill. It would be outrageous for legislators and lobbyists to pack this rescue plan with even more taxpayer money for favored companies. And frankly, members of Congress who would attempt such a thing are scarcely better than the most reckless operators on Wall Street.

Fifth and finally, no Wall Street executives should profit from taxpayer dollars. Let me put it this way: I would rather build a bridge to nowhere -- and put it square in the middle of Sedona, Arizona -- than take money from teachers and farmers and small business owners to line the pockets of the Wall Street crowd that got us here in the first place. And I can assure you: if I have anything to say about the matter, it's not going to happen.

It is difficult to act both quickly and wisely, but that is what is required of us right now. Time is short, and doing nothing is not an option. I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people.

I have seen Republicans and Democrats achieve great things together. When the stakes were high and it mattered most, I've seen them work together in common purpose, as we did in the weeks after September 11th. This kind of cooperation has made all the difference at crucial turns in our history. It has given us hope in difficult times. It has moved America forward, through all adversity. And now, in this crisis, we must work together again and put our country first."

Country First – McCain suspends campaign head to D.C.

Living his motto “Country First” John McCain heads back to Washington D.C. to help with the economic bailout package and asks Obama to postpone Friday’s debate…..since the only thing Obama can do is campaign he is refusing to move Fridays’ contest. Some say it is just political maneuvering, I think McCain’s act yesterday is a man following through on the promises he made during the course of his life, Country First. As many of you know I was a Mitt fan through much of the primary season but the more we have McCain as our candidate the more I get excited about the prospect of a McCain/Palin administration. In a time were far to many American’s have there hand out for what they can receive and forget to think of the well-being of their country first, it’s good to know that someone with so much at stake it willing to sacrifice their personal gain and being elected to the most powerful position in the world for the sake of bettering their country’s future. Even Bill Clinton,for God's sake, thinks McCain acted in good faith...and that it is only a good political move if Obama agrees, which he hasn't yet agreed to do. I may have been wobbly in my support of McCain in the past but over the last two months MCain has proven himself to be THE candidate that America needs right now to more forward...

From Reuters the story here:

Republican White House hopeful John McCain threw the U.S. campaign into turmoil on Wednesday by calling for a delay in the first presidential debate to try to forge a Wall Street rescue plan -- a surprise move promptly rejected by Democrat Barack Obama….The political stunner came as some polls showed McCain falling behind Obama in their race for the November 4 election. Republicans and the White House welcomed McCain's move as a needed appeal for both parties to work together, while Democrats suspected a publicity stunt ahead of Friday's scheduled debate…The Arizona senator announced he would suspend his campaign, pull television advertising, halt fundraising and return to Washington on Thursday to try to help negotiations over a stalled $700 billion bailout plan for Wall Street.

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Governor Tim Kaine Outlaws Christ

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From the House Republican Caucus: Kaine Administration prohibits State Police chaplains from mentioning Jesus Christ. Chaplains step down over Administration directive. House Republicans decry “misguided” action by Kaine Administration.

Richmond, Virginia, 24 September 2008: Several State Police troopers who serve as chaplains for the Department have resigned those duties over a Kaine Administration directive prohibiting the troopers from referencing Jesus Christ in public prayers. The instruction to halt references to Christ was delivered by State Police Colonel W. Steven Flaherty to the chaplains at a meeting earlier this month.

“With one misguided action, the Kaine Administration has put the chaplains in an impossible position,” noted House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem). “When troopers take on the added responsibility of serving as chaplains, they reinforce their commitment to serve the public. To then require those troopers to disregard their own faith while serving violates their First Amendment rights and prevents them from serving effectively as chaplains. These men had little choice but to resign.”

Delegate Charles W. “Bill” Carrico, Sr. (R-Grayson), a former state trooper, has been leading an effort to get the Virginia State Police to reverse its decision. He is currently preparing legislation to overturn the action.

“Colonel Flaherty needs to abandon this attack on Christianity,” declared Delegate Carrico. “This decision wasn’t based on any complaints about the chaplains, because I’ve been told there haven’t been any. It aggravates me when public servants act unilaterally out of a supposed fear of getting a complaint, instead of actually having to deal with one. That ‘fear’ is being used by the Administration to justify a decision made in the name of political correctness. Instead, all they’ve achieved is another needless attack on faith, free religious expression, Christianity, and the First Amendment.”

Delegate Carrico, who has been contacted by many of his former colleagues in the Virginia State Police since the directive was issued, is now preparing a website and online petition to garner public support for the chaplains. The website,, will be released this week. It includes details about the situation and an online petition calling on Governor Timothy M. Kaine to reverse the decision.

“For those of us who understand the importance of religion in American life and value the free expression of religion as one of our essential rights, the Kaine Administration’s directive is disappointing and disheartening,” Delegate Griffith remarked. “In January, House Republicans will work to right this situation, and we believe we’ll get bipartisan support for our legislation. But because of the Administration, damage has already been done to these chaplains and to free religious expression.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gilmore Supporters don't be discouraged

A Campaign Memorandum from Dick Leggitt Campaign Manager Gilmore for Senate

To: Jim Gilmore for Senate Supporters
From: Dick Leggitt, Campaign Manager
Date: September 24, 2008
Re: Washington Post Poll

You may have seen or heard of the new Washington Post poll which shows Mark Warner with a 30-point lead – very similar to the Washington Post poll taken almost a year ago. Do not be discouraged or disheartened by the Post’s attempt to influence the U.S. Senate election. It is, after all the Washington Post. Their coverage is pro-Democrat, pro-Obama and pro-Mark Warner and voters who have watched the Post's unfair coverage of Republicans including John McCain, Sarah Palin and Jim Gilmore know this.

Please remember that in late September of 1997, the Washington Post poll indicated that Jim Gilmore was getting 38 percent of the vote in the race for Governor of Virginia. On Election Day when the voters finally had their say, Jim Gilmore won the election with 56 percent of the vote! Don’t let the media and the pollsters decide this election. The most important thing you can do to combat the Washington Post poll is to remind your family, friends and associates to vote for John McCain, Sarah Palin and Jim Gilmore.

Thank you.

No way is Clay Aiken Gay… hehehehehe never guessed THAT one!

It what has to the most shocking announcement in days (more than the collapse of the US Economy, Presidential race or the speech by AHMADINEJAD) Clay Aiken admitted to being gay…DUH, who else has a child with a female “friend” with trying the normal way first. This one was a no brainer ..From Fox News:

Clay Aiken appears on the cover of the latest People magazine holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Gay."…The 29-year-old former "American Idol" runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star credits his son, conceived by in-vitro fertilization with friend and producer Jaymes Foster, with making him realize that he could no longer hide his homosexuality from the world…."It was the first decision I made as a father," Aiken told the magazine, which arrives on newsstands Friday. "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."

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I think I’ll stick with Häagen-Dazs

Now the wackos at PETA want Ben and Jerry’s to use human milk because it’s better for the cows…I think PETA has officially run out of things to protest and they are just making stuff up. Being from Iowa and knowing a little about cows, I think PETA fails to understand that milking cows is actually good for the cow and that abuse of milking cows is such a low percentage that it does not warrant this stupid action……why would use abuse a cow if you need to milk it in the future just doesn’t make good business sense.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.
"PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says.
PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health

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Read PETA Letter of distorted facts and lies Here: September 23, 2008

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.
Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.
Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.
Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.
And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to 17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.
The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.
Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President

Join Team Sarah

Join Team Sarah and show support for the Vice President Nominee and the McCain/Palin ticket for a grreater America. Fact about Governor Palin:

Under her leadership, the state invested $5 billion in savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program to provide support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to oversee and maintain oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bill Clinton has a crush on Palin

At least one DEM like Governor Palin....yes it's no surprise that it's Bubba...just read his diescrition. From the Seattle Times:

Bill Clinton said Monday he understands why Sarah Palin is popular in the heartland: because people relate to her."I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there," Clinton said. "Why she's doing well."

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Obama Rallies have lower than expected turnouts

From the Sun Times:The numbers in Wisconsin and Minnesota are getting close enough that the Obama campaign closed its 11 campaign offices in North Dakota and moved the 50 staffers there to these two states....Just a week ago, John McCain and his vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin — who can bring out crowds the way Obama can — appeared in this same stadium, Resch Center, to a crowd of 10,000 fans. There were an uncharacteristic amount of empty orange seats for Obama’s rally.

Read Here:,obamarally092208.article

Monday, September 22, 2008

Independents flocking to McCain in Virginia

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According to the Rasmussen Reports, Independents are clearly flocking to McCain in record numbers. What started as a trickle is now a flood. Why is it that Virginia Independents are abandoning Barack H. Obama in droves?

According to Rasmussen, "In the survey taken Sunday night, McCain has regained the lead among unaffiliated voters he had two weeks ago. He now tops Obama 54% to 41% among this group of voters." Link here:
The more Virginia is exposed to Barack H. Obama, more Virginia voters begin to question his judgment and capacity to become the next President of the United States.

McCain takes lead in Virginia

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Breaking news from Rasmussen Reports on the Presidential race in Virginia. Rasmussen took a poll last night, Sunday 9/21/08 and here are the results:

John S. McCain 50%
Barack H. Obama 48%

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Obama camp already lowering expectations on debates

From the Washington Times: Sen. Barack Obama will hunker down nearly all week to prepare for the most crucial 90 minutes of his political life - the first presidential debate - and has chosen a famous Washington lawyer who defended the would-be assassin of President Reagan to play Sen. John McCain in preparations. ......Aware of how high the stakes are, top Obama advisers Sunday sought to lower expectations for the debate, which will focus on foreign policy. ...."John McCain has boasted throughout the campaign about his decades of Washington foreign-policy experience and what an advantage that would be for him," senior adviser Robert Gibbs said. "This debate offers him major home-court advantage and anything short of a game-changing event will be a key missed opportunity for him.".....Political pundits say that if Mr. Obama can hold his own on foreign policy, voters may look past his little experience on the topic as a first-term senator. He delivers nearly all of his speeches using a teleprompter, and he had several uneven performances in debates during the Democratic primaries......Mr. Obama will hole up in Tampa, Fla., where veteran lawyer Greg Craig will play the role of Mr. McCain in practice sessions. Mr. Craig was a member of President Clinton's defense team during Senate impeachment proceedings after the president lied about his sexual affair with a White House intern.

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Hack into e-mail, go to jail...Surprise the guy is the son of a DEM state representative

From WBIR in Knoxville:

The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the possibility that a University of Tennessee student hacked into the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin....A person who identified himself as a witness tells 10 News that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning. Kernell lives in the Commons apartment complex at 1115 Highland Ave.....David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis......A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed there has been "investigatory activity" in Knoxville regarding the Palin case, but she said there are no publicly available search warrants, and no charges have been filed......A separate law enforcement source confirmed to 10 News that a search warrant was served on Kernell's apartment....According to the witness, several agents arrived at The Commons of Knoxville around midnight. ...They presented their badges upon entering Kernell's apartment, where several students were having a party, and took down their names......The witness tells us they asked him and those who did not live in the unit to go outside. He believes the investigators took about 1.5 to 2 hours taking pictures of everything inside the apartment. ...Witnesses say Kernell and his friends fled the apartment when the FBI agents arrived......Kernell's three roommates were also subpoenaed, and must testify this week in Chattanooga, according to the witness.....Knoxville blogger and WBIR contributor Terry Frank has posted what she says are images from Kernell's Facebook page....Numerous web sites say someone going by the name "Rubico" has admitted to hacking Palin's email. According to, "Rubico" made the claim in an internet posting. This person said it was easy to access Palin's yahoo account by using information like her zip code and birthdate. Various people on the internet have quickly associated Rubico with David Kernell.....Previous Story...The son of state Rep. Mike Kernell has been contacted by authorities in connection with a probe into the hacking of personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Kernell confirmed on Thursday. ....Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, said his 20-year-old son David had been contacted by authorities investigating the hacking of Palin's personal email account. .....The FBI and the Secret Service started a formal investigation on Wednesday into the hacking. .....

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50 Richest Congressmen proves that DEMS are not for the people any more than REPS

Top two are Dems, 6 of the top 10 are DEMS....enough with the Rich Republican Here:

Friday, September 19, 2008

Wilder's plan to resolve budget dilemma with City Council

Wilder's plan to resolve budget dilemma with City Council From Times Dispatch's Will Jones:Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder announced today a proposal to settle his administration's budget dispute with the City Council and to pay city retirees a 1 percent cost-of-living increase...."After productive discussions between staff, both sides agreed to provide a COLA for city retirees and a balanced budget," Wilder said in a statement. "Both sides made measured adjustments to the budget and considered each other's requests to reach this agreement, and we are satisfied that it will resolve the budget issue for [fiscal] 2009."...Richmond has been operating under Wilder's proposed budget since July 1 after the mayor declared the budget adopted by the council invalid. Officials have been meeting privately for weeks on an agreement to produce a balanced budget outside of court....The proposal announced today calls for reappropriating $2.2 million in surplus funds from fiscal 2006-07, in part to pay for 1 percent cost-of-living increase for retirees.....The proposal also would bridge a $6 million shortfall that stems from the council's decision to cut the real-estate tax rate from $1.23 to $1.20 per $100 of assessed value. The proposal would reduce fiscal 2008-09 spending by $4.8 million by applying a 1 percent cut to city departments, excluding police, fire and social services. An additional $1.2 million in specific cuts also would be made.....Under the city charter, the council has the option to approve or reject the amendments without changes, with approval requiring at least six votes, according to the city administration. Wilder said, as a precaution, he's instructed his staff to be prepared to make administrative cuts to balance the budget if the proposed amendments are rejected by the council.

Is this a good overall plan to resolve the issues at hand or just a slight of hand trick that moves money around and make the "at hand" issue go away? I do like the reduction in department spending, but is it adequate and can the city be more fiscally responsible?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hi, I'm stupid and this outfit isn't helping any

Is this reeeeally fashion or just stupid? I can't imagine Mrs. Contemporary Conservative wearing this to the supermarket...the fashion world is even more weird than Hollywood....

Here is the link if your interested: Fashion News

The Chicago Tribune, WGN and Barrack Obama

This "list" is scary and defines "liberal fascism" perfectly. Chicago Tribune front page, 'Obama mobilizes rapid response on Web: Campaign targets media when attacks aired,'

'Much of Barack Obama's political success can be traced to a database listing contact information for millions of people, a tool that has proved invaluable in raising record sums of money and organizing a national volunteer network. Now Obama's presidential campaign is increasingly using the list to beat back media messages it does not like, calling on supporters to flood radio and television stations when those opposed to him run anti-Obama ads or appear on talk shows. ...'It did so ... Monday night, when it orchestrated a massive stream of complaints on the phone lines of Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM in Chicago when the radio station hosted author David Freddoso, who has written a controversial book about the Illinois Democrat. The latest use of the database, called the Obama Action Wire, is proving yet another new and potentially powerful tactic in the closing weeks of a campaign that has already been dominated by Internet-based messages and media.'

US Embassy attacked in Sanaa

From the AFP,

'US embassy attack leaves 16 dead in Yemen,' on the Arabian Peninsula, under Saudi Arabia: 'Islamist militants attacked the US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa with a car bomb and rockets on Wednesday, leaving 16 people dead, in the second strike on the high-security compound in six months. The dead were six Yemeni soldiers, four civilians including an Indian and six attackers -- one wearing an explosives belt, the interior ministry said, while a US official in Washington said there were no American casualties.'

Sachs and Morgan Stanley vow Wall Street Independence

From the AP:

'Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, with three of their rivals vanquished this year, on Tuesday vowed to remain independent as Wall Street faces its biggest shake out since the Great Depression. The last two major independent investment houses both posted third-quarter profits despite continued chaos in the financial markets. And, their top brass rejected suggestions they must find partners to survive the ongoing credit crisis. ... [B]oth Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are demonstrating that they have the business model needed to take advantage of the market's dislocation and remain independent.'

Cause and Effect of bailing out failed businesses

From Bloomberg:

'The casualties of continuing tumult on Wall Street will include campaign promises of the next U.S. president, whether it's John McCain or Barack Obama. The federal government has committed hundreds of billions of dollars this year to stimulate the economy, rescue failing Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc., and take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It may extend hundreds of billions more to buy distressed mortgage debt, prop up Detroit automakers and stave off recession. Those expenses, on top of a 2009 budget deficit projected to approach $500 billion, will make it hard for Obama to find money for universal health care, clean energy and early education, or for McCain to enact $3.3 trillion in promised tax cuts over eight years.'

Out of Sight, Out of mind I guess

As Hillary Clinton continues to ignore the Governor Sarah Palin effedct on this campaign...and effect she did not have the chance to have(or would have had).From the AP:

'Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, aides to the senator said Tuesday. Several American Jewish groups plan a major rally outside the United Nations on Sept. 22 to protest against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Organizers said Tuesday that both Clinton, who nearly won the Democratic nomination for president, and Palin, Republican candidate John McCain's running mate, are expected to attend. 'That would have set up a closely scrutinized and potentially explosive pairing in the midst of a presidential campaign, one in which the New York senator is campaigning for Democratic nominee Barack Obama while Palin actively courts disappointed Clinton supporters. Clinton aides were furious. They first learned of the plan to have both Clinton and Palin appear when informed by reporters. 'Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event,' said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines. 'Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending.'

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wall Street Reform McCain Style

From reuters:

Republican presidential nominee John McCain said on Tuesday he would set up a commission like the one that investigated the September 11 attacks to study what led to the current U.S. financial crisis and offer solutions....McCain would craft Wall Street reforms based on several principles including better corporate governance, consumer protection, a "derivatives clearing house" and an effective safety and soundness regulator for every financial institution, a senior adviser to the Arizona senator said....."We're going to need a 9/11 Commission to find out what happened and what needs to be fixed," McCain said on the ABC's "Good Morning America" a day after the financial crisis slammed global markets......"I warned two years ago that the situation was deteriorating and was unacceptable, and the old boy network and the corruption in Washington is directly involved," he said.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

More possible Tax relief for the Elderly and Disabled program in Chesterfield

From RTD:

Chesterfield County leaders are considering expanding the county's Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled program....Next week, the Board of Supervisors will hear from the public on recommendations that would broaden the base of those eligible for assistance from the county in paying their real estate taxes...."What this would be doing is really expand the potential for participants to have a better benefit and more relief. It may even open the program up to more participants," said Allan Carmody, director of the county's Department of Budget and Management....The original proposal, brought forth a month ago, suggested raising the cap on annual relief from $2,000 to $2,500 and bumping the cutoff for full relief from a $37,000 income ceiling to $39,000. It also would have raised the limit on eligible participants' net worth -- the calculation of a person's assets and liabilities excluding the value of their home -- from $200,000 to $275,000.

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Fed expands loan programs

From the AP:

The Federal Reserve announced late Sunday several steps to cope with the worst credit crisis in decades, including broadening the types of assets that investment banks can put up to get emergency loans from the Fed....The action came as U.S. and foreign commercial banks were hashing out a plan to inoculate the global financial system against the possible failure of Lehman Brothers....Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the actions in a statement, saying they were being taken after a weekend of discussions with officials from the Treasury Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission and top executives of financial firms....Those talks were aimed at seeing whether another financial institution would be willing to take over venerable investment bank Lehman Brothers and failing that, how other institutions could pool resources to protect the global financial system....Bernanke said the discussions had been aimed at identifying "potential market vulnerabilities in the wake of an unwinding of a major financial institution and to consider appropriate official sector and private sector responses."...."The steps we are announcing today, along with significant commitments from the private sector, are intended to mitigate the potential risks and disruptions to markets," Bernanke said....Besides expanding the types of collateral that can be used, Bernanke said the Fed would also increase the frequency of some of the auctions being used to get loans to banks from every other week to a weekly basis.

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Obama needs cash

From Politico:

'Barack Obama's $66 million haul in August donations may set records but it's only a down payment on the huge sums the Democratic presidential nominee must continue to collect in order to compete through the Nov. 4 election. Obama is attempting to become the first candidate to privately finance the general election phase of his campaign, and his August performance seems to be a good start. His announcement that he had $77 million in cash in the bank at the end of August came strikingly close to the roughly $85 million in taxpayer funds that Republican John McCain has to spend on the entire general election.'

Is McCain being more Bi-partisan than Obama a Good Thing?

I think it shows McCain is more willingly to work with all sides to get things done, but this campaign seems to becoming more about which side is right.....I tend to like the fact that McCain is shown to be more bi-partisan to actually get things accoplished....shows that he is using his long as he doesn't go TOO far(ehich he has in the past.) From the Washington Times:

'Sen. John McCain's record of working with Democrats easily outstrips Sen. Barack Obama's efforts with Republicans, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of their legislative records. Whether looking at bills they have led on or bills they have signed onto, Mr. McCain has reached across the aisle far more frequently and with more members than Mr. Obama since the latter came to the Senate in 2005. ....'In fact, by several measures, Mr. McCain has been more likely to team up with Democrats than with members of his own party. Democrats made up 55 percent of his political partners over the last two Congresses, including on the tough issues of campaign finance and global warming. For Mr. Obama, Republicans were only 13 percent of his co-sponsors during his time in the Senate, and he had his biggest bipartisan successes on noncontroversial measures, such as issuing a postage stamp in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.'

Friday, September 12, 2008

Meet Virginia's Presidential Electors

Posted by MAXIMUS

When Virginian's vote for President this November, the vast majority of folks will cast a ballot for either John S. McCain (and Sarah Palin) or Barack Hussein Obama (and Joe Biden) and that's it. That's who voters THINK they are voting for.

The reality is that if McCain carries Virginia, a slate of 13 Republican Presidential Electors will be invited to the Governor's mansion after the election so that each one may individually and officially cast one elector vote for John McCain. Virginia has 13 Electoral Votes--Eleven of the Presidential Electors were elected at their respective 2008 Congressional District GOP Conventions and the other two were elected at the 2008 Republican State Convention. The Democratic Party in Virginia elects their Presidential Electors in the same manner....if Obama wins Virginia this fall, then the Democrat Electors will be invited to the Governor's mansion to cast their votes for Obama.

While Virginian's THINK they are voting for either McCain or Obama this fall, the reality is that they are voting for the Presidential Elector to go and cast a Elector vote for their respective party nominee immediately after the election. So, in essence, voters in Virginia are voting for their Presidential Elector to carry out their will at the Presidential Elector Ballot Box. Though the name of the Presidential Electors (Democrat or Republican) does not appear on the ballot, these 26 folks are the ones who will turn Virginia Blue or Red on election day 2008. Here they are the Republican and Democrat Presidential Electors for the 2008 Presidential election in Commonwealth of Virginia: (from the Virginia State Board of Elections website at

Do you know who you are actually voting for on election day? Here they are, meet your Virginia Presidential Electors:

November 4, 2008 General Election

REPUBLICAN PARTY Electors for John McCain, President, Sarah Palin, Vice President

1st District Janet A. Jackson, Remington, VA
2nd District David E. Nygaard, Virginia Beach, VA
3rd District Arthur Lee Talley, Jr., Portsmouth, VA
4th District Wayne Junius Ozmore, Jr., Chester, VA
5th District George A. Sterling, Hardy, VA
6th District Richard Allen Claybrook, Jr., Broadway, VA
7th District Linwood M. Cobb III, Henrico, VA
8th District R. Christian Hoff, Arllington, VA
9th District Sydney Strother Smith III, Abingdon, VA
10th District Barbara “Bobbie” Greene Kilberg, McLean, VA
11th District William Wickham Hanks, Fairfax, VA
At Large Thomas E. Foley, Saluda, VA
At Large James K. “Jay” O’Brien, Jr., Clifton, VA

DEMOCRATIC PARTY Electors for Barack Obama, President, Joe Biden, Vice President

1st District Christia V. Rey, Williamsburg, VA
2nd District Sandra W. Brandt, Virginia Beach, VA
3rd District Betty L. Squire, Richmond, VA
4th District Susan Johnston Rowland, Chesapeake, VA
5th District Marc L. Finney, Lawrenceville, VA
6th District Dorothy S. Blackwell, Lexington, VA
7th District James Harold Allen Boyd, Culpeper, VA
8th District Marian A. Van Landingham, Alexandria, VA
9th District Robert Edgar Childress, Jr., Rosedale, VA
10th District Rolland D. Winter, Leesburg, VA
11th District Janet A. Carver, Springfield, VA
At Large Michael Jon Khandelwal, Norfolk, VA
At Large Sophie Ann Salley, Richmond, VA Cruel, STUPID, Sadistic, Antisocial personality disorder enduced "psychopath".

Do the people at (and the 5 or 6 people that actually go to read or watch the crap there) really believe the material that they post there? Maybe they're really genius satirists showing us the absurdity of the liberal mind? I think we all know the answer to that question. COBALT6's recent post: Sarah Palin: Cruel, sadistic, sociopath is so devoid of value that I would be speechless if that were possible; since it is not, I will just state that these smears will only backfire on the these liberal nuts come November. As I said earlier these liberal un-hinged people can try to change Gov. Palin's record and spread lies anyway their "crazy" filter allows them to but the fact is they're just uber panicked and on the cusp of loosing yet another election on account of their own elitist super ego, an American patriot in John McCain, and yes a good, decent, Christian, conservative, reforming, Alaskan Hockey mom, who will be the downfall of the Obama campaign as we knew it prior to the Republican Convention...and there is nothing they can do about it.

Just for the record the symptoms of a Antisocial personality disorder induced "psychopath" (or APD for short are:)
Persistent lying or stealing
Recurring difficulties with the law
Tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others
Substance abuse
Aggressive, often violent behavior; prone to getting involved in fights
A persistent agitated or depressed feeling (dysphoria)
Inability to tolerate boredom
Disregard for the safety of self or others
A childhood diagnosis of conduct disorders - this is not a symptom but "a history of"
Lack of remorse, related to hurting others
Superficial charm
A sense of extreme entitlement
Inability to make or keep friends
Recklessness, impulsivity[5][6]
People with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder often experience difficulties with authority figures.

Sounds like a lot of the liberal people I know...
I'll even give COBALT6 a plug because Friday's should be a day to laugh Go, its okay to laugh your heads off, they're funny over there..each and every post....
They even have a link for "Deadheads for Obama "for god's sake and that is enough to last me all weekend (Hippies, god bless each and everyone of them.)

Note: I bet someone will comment on some grammatical error in this post to really emphasize their superiority...I always cry a little when people point out grammatical errors because it cuts me to the my very Core!

This is why Democracy is a great thing

Say what you want about the other side (Liberal or Conservative) but this is why democracy is an incredible thing and America is the great country that it is.

Gibson interviews shows Gov. Palin is the real deal...

Governor Palin is the real deal and no matter how much spin is put on these interviews by the liberal press and Obama campaigns, she is only going to win supporters...Conservative candidates have always had to go above and beyond their liberal counterparts with the media and I thought Gov. Palin did an exceptional job. From ABC NEWS: Sarah Palin may toe John McCain's line on national security issues, but when it comes to global warming and drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the running mates will "agree to disagree," the Alaska Governor said in an exclusive interview with ABC News's Charlie Gibson. …Gibson for the first two of three interviews, discussing national security and then energy policy and climate change. …The interviews took place in Alaska Thursday immediately before and after a deployment ceremony for her son Track, 19, a private in the U.S. Army who will leave for Iraq later this month. …Palin, just two years into her first term as governor, made a name for herself as a "reformer" and used the day's second interview to trumpet her record of taking on Big Oil and the Republican mandarins of Alaska. …In the day's first interview, Palin hewed closely to the McCain talking points, mirroring the presidential nominee's positions on foreign policy and national security. …In the day's second interview, when it came to the discussion of energy policy, turf the Alaska governor is far more comfortable discussing, many of the differences between she and McCain were exposed. McCain has said he believes humans are responsible for climate change and that the government should not allow drilling in ANWR, positions opposite to those of his running mate. …"Do you still believe that global warming is not man made?" Gibson asked Palin…."I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. Here in Alaska, the only arctic state in our Union, of course, we see the effects of climate change more so than any other area with ice pack melting. Regardless though of the reason for climate change, whether it's entirely, wholly caused by man's activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet -- the warming and the cooling trends -- regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it and we have to make sure that we're doing all we can to cut down on ...

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Chesterfield and Richmond emergency crews seek answers to collapse of a building at Chester Village Green.

From the RTD:

The search has ended and the investigation has begun....Authorities late yesterday wrapped up the dangerous, two-day rescue mission of climbing through an obstacle course of rubble inside a condominium building that collapsed around noonWednesday at Chester Village Green.....Investigators have now begun the tedious task of examining the debris for answers. Why did the 60-foot long structure, presumably built to tough, modern construction codes, suddenly collapse in seconds, killing one worker and injuring another?

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Pamela Anderson Stupid Bimbo, Political Expert

From the brain of that crazy PETA spokesperson who still wore Ugg fur boots because she didn't realize they were made of fur comes these really illuminating comments about Sarah Palin...from the Daily Telegraph:

Anderson, 41, was recently in Toronto speaking out against the abuse of animals in Hollywood....When asked by E! News Weekend Canada about Palin, she has some choice words for the Republican hopeful. ....The reporter asked Pam if she saw a recent Newsweek article, which showed a gigantic bear hide in the office of Palin’s house. ....“I can’t stand her,” Pam blurted out. “She can suck it!”

Wow Pam, nice insight...I here MSNBC is hiring political commentators

Thursday, September 11, 2008

An Extra Reminder: CCRC Special Meeting In memory of the Victims of September 11, 2001 today at 7PM Monacan High School

Join the Chesterfield County Republican Committee

For a Special Program and Presentations
In memory of the Victims of September 11, 2001 and in honor of those who served so heroically on that day
Including a Special Presentation by
The Honorable Wayne Huggins
Former Superintendent of the Virginia State Police
Former Chairman, Commonwealth Preparedness & Security Panel

September 11, 2008 7:00 PM
Monacan High School
11501 Smoketree Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23236

Obama calls for a sense a purpose now but still voted not to punish those responsible then

From the AP:

President Bush has led a moment of silence at the White House, joining scores of invited guests and staff people in observing the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. ... New York marks 7th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks with moment of silence at ground zero. .. On the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called on Americans to renew 'that spirit of service and that sense of common purpose' that followed the terrorist assaults that killed nearly 3,000 people.'

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Violence to Christians in India could reach "ethnic cleansing" proportions

From One New Now:

The founder of Gospel for Asia says recent violence against Christians in one Indian state is leading to ethnic cleansing.....Anti-Christian extremists in Orissa state began attacking homes last month. They also attacked churches and other Christian ministries after a well-known Hindu leader was murdered. While the attacks seem to be subsiding in larger cities, they continue in more remote areas.....Gospel for Asia (GFA) missionaries on scene say the current wave of attacks is planned out and now involve nine districts. K.P. Yohannan, president of GFA, says it appears the attacks are a type of ethnic cleansing....."Hindu radical fundamentalists want to kill out all the Christians they can possibly find and they're hunting them down…800 plus houses [have been] destroyed and burned down and 26 of our church buildings destroyed," he decries....The ministry leader reports that at least 24 GFA missionaries have been attacked and some have joined thousands of other Christians seeking refuge in the forests. At least six people have been killed.

MSNBC drops Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of its political night coverage

From One New Now:

A conservative media analyst says the decision by MSNBC to drop Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of its political night coverage is an effort to regain some of the credibility that the network lost when the liberal bias of the two hosts was challenged on the air by their colleagues....Veteran reporter David Gregory will now anchor MSNBC's coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates, along with election night. Olbermann and Matthews will remain as commentators on the cable news network's coverage. During the Republican and Democratic conventions, Olbermann, Matthews, and MSNBC pundits engaged in a series of spats.....Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute, believes MSNBC did not make the move sooner because it had risen in the ratings....."There is a segment of the population out there that likes to hear Keith Olbermann rant against any conservative, but you can only do that so much and still have credibility," Knight contends. "Over the last couple of weeks, obviously Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann unleashed so much venom toward Sarah Palin and other Republicans that they felt that the reputation of the network was at stake, so they finally made the move." ....According to Knight, it is yet another reminder that the major television networks are suffering from liberal bias....."It's not just MSNBC. There've been two revealing polls in recent days. One of them was of uncommitted voters, and 50 percent of them believe that the media were trying to elect Barack Obama – they saw that much bias," Knight adds. "And then another poll that just came out said that a large number of people thought the media were being very unfair to Sarah Palin. And then when you have US Weekly losing 10,000 subscribers [who were] furious at how they treated her on their cover, you can see the public rising up and saying 'enough is enough.'

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An American Carol

In less than a month, the side-splitting, right-thinking, hard-hitting comedy AN AMERICAN CAROL hits theaters nationwide. Finally, a movie for those who love America -- starring Hollywood conservatives Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Robert Davi, and Kevin Farley, and directed by legend David Zucker.

The success of AN AMERICAN CAROL on October 3 depends on you. You may ask, "But what can I do to help?"

Here's two ways that you can have a direct impact on AN AMERICAN CAROL and on Hollywood right now, the right way.

1. Take one minute to join the behind-the-scenes grassroots network of AMERICAN CAROLERS. Invite friends with one click. Watch exclusive clips. And earn points toward amazing prizes - including tickets to the LA premiere party, signed movie memorabilia, and your name on the DVD! It is fun, easy, and will help you spread the word. CLICK HERE:

2. Mark your calendar for October 3 and buy ten tickets. Opening weekend is the only weekend that matters in Hollywood; it is election day for movies. Your movie ticket is your vote for AN AMERICAN CAROL!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fannie/Freddie Bailout Makes America 'More Communist than China'

From Business and Media Institute:

Has America created its own variety of communism with the U.S. Treasury Department’s bailout of two beleaguered government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM) and Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE)? According to Rogers Holding CEO Jim Rogers, the answer is yes. ... “America is more communist than China is right now,” Rogers told CNBC Europe’s “Squawk Box Europe” September 8. “You can at least have a free market in housing and a lot of other things in China. And you can see that this is welfare for the rich. This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters." ... Rogers, known for launching the Quantum Fund with left-wing heavyweight George Soros, said the bailout was not benefiting homeowners or helping average citizens improve their standing for a home mortgage....“It’s not bailing out the homeowners who are in trouble, by the way,” Rogers said. “It’s not bailing out people who want a mortgage – it’s just bailing out financial institutions. This is not my idea of the way things are supposed to be, but if that’s what America wants, you know, it can elect people who are going to do it. I think it’s a mistake.”...The Rogers Holdings CEO had little confidence that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, Ill., or Republican vice-presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, would be able to do anything to steer Fannie or Freddie on a more stable path.... “This is a big huge mess and neither one of them has a clue as to what to do next year,” Rogers said. “Bank stocks around the world are going through the roof, that’s because they’ve all been bailed out. You don’t see the homeowners in Kansas going through the roof because they’re not being bailed out.”...Rogers had previously called for Fannie and Freddie to be allowed to go bankrupt. “They should not be bailed out,” he told “Worldwide Exchange” July 15. “This is outrageous. Who are these people who are taking our money and doing this and ruining America?”...“Let the patient go bankrupt,” he said. “We have courts in America; they will be reorganized.”...Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were “wove a mantle of invincibility” through lobbying according to a September 8 Wall Street Journal “Deal Journal” blog post. According to the Journal’s Heidi N. Moore, the mortgage giants had $170 million in lobbying bills in the past decade and spent $3.5 million on lobbying just in this year’s first quarter, spreading their largesse among 42 outside lobbying firms.

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False Palin claims continue to backfire


We've been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain's running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading....Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn't cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years. ...She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term....She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She's been registered as a Republican since May 1982....Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesty" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state....Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum." ...A few of these claims were included in a chain e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny. We'll be looking into other charges in that e-mail for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.

Since Republican presidential nominee John McCain tapped Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, information about Palin's past has been zipping around the Internet. Several claims are not true, and other rumors are misleading.

No Cut for "Special Needs" Kids
It's not true, as widely reported in mass e-mails, Web postings and at least one mainstream news source, that Palin slashed the special education budget in Alaska by 62 percent. CNN's Soledad O'Brien made the claim on Sept. 4 in an interview with Nicolle Wallace, a senior adviser to the McCain campaign:O'Brien, Sept. 4: One are that has gotten certainly people sending to me a lot of e-mails is the question about as governor what she did with the special needs budget, which I'm sure you're aware, she cut significantly, 62 percent I think is the number from when she came into office. As a woman who is now a mother to a special needs child, and I think she actually has a nephew which is autistic as well. How much of a problem is this going to be as she tries to navigate both sides of that issue? Such a move might have made Palin look heartless or hypocritical in view of her convention-speech pledge to be an advocate for special needs children and their families. But in fact, she increased special needs funding so dramatically that a representative of local school boards described the jump as "historic." According to an April 2008 article in Education Week, Palin signed legislation in March 2008 that would increase public school funding considerably, including special needs funding. It would increase spending on what Alaska calls "intensive needs" students (students with high-cost special requirements) from $26,900 per student in 2008 to $73,840 per student in 2011. That almost triples the per-student spending in three fiscal years. Palin's original proposal, according to the Anchorage Daily News, would have increased funds slightly more, giving intensive needs students a $77,740 allotment by 2011.

Independents shifting to McCain

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'McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents: Majority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52 percent to 37 percent' – 'John McCain's bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents, who are shifting to him in fairly big numbers ... The surge in political independents who favor McCain for president marks the first time since Gallup began tracking voters' general-election preferences in March that a majority of independents have sided with either of the two major-party candidates.'

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Senator Steve Martin's annual BBQ

I braved the rain today and attended Senator Steve Martin's annual BBQ with special guest Senator Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for Attorney General next year, and fun was had by all; not to mention some great BBQ. Besides Senator Martin and Senator Cuccinelli, other notables in attendance were CCRC Chairman Donald Williams, Chesterfield County School Board member David Wyman, Beckie Cox who ran for Treasurer last November in Pulaski County and is a strong conservative voice needed in Southwest Virgina and many more friends and supporters of Senator Martin. Senator Steve Martin, the State Senator for the 11th District of Virginia, is reaching iconic status in the General Assembly and is a prime example of the kind of conservative leadership we need in our state. The Senator's unswerving voting record on conservative matters is well documented and should serve as a template for those wanting to represent their constituents in a consistent conservative manner. Another state senator in attendance was Senator Ken Cuccinelli who has proven to be another strong conservative voice in the General Assembly and is now vying to represent the state as the next Attorney General of Virgina. Senator Cuccinelli has led the fight to limit government from unfairly seizing private property, toughened laws to keep violent sexual predators off Virgina's streets, passed laws cracking down on gang violence and has been a leader, along with Senator Martin, to lower taxes and eradicate wasteful spending by our state representatives in the General Assembly. Senator Cuccinelli is the candidate we need to pick up the mantle of our current AG Bob McDonnell, an impressive leader and a nice guy to boot....I predict that he will win the AG spot and be yet another great conservative Attorney General for the state of Virgina

Family Reunions, Riverboat casinos, Obama and you Part 1

So over the Labor Day weekend I went back to Iowa for a family reunion and that means a lot of food, drink and riverboat gambling and it got me thinking about how penny slot machines have a lot in common with this year’s presidential election (namely Obama’s policies for America.) For those of you that have never been in a riverboat casino - depending if it’s actually a boat or not – it is just not the same glitz and glamour of say Monte Carlo or Las Vegas. None the less, it is a serious place to play slot machines, smoke cigarettes (regardless if you are currently using a oxygen machine) and spend your social security check to pass the time. I made the mistake of yelling out when my wife actually won something and was met with the stern stares of rebuke from what had to be retired librarians for showing any sign that we were having fun, regardless if we won or loss. First rule of riverboat casinos – these are not places to have fun so stop your smiling, cheering or joking and just put your money in, push the button (you don’t even pull the lever any longer) and shut up. (Similar to the left’s approach to handling challenges to the theories evolution and global warming.) And while I’m on the subject, I think I was the only one on those boats that even tipped the cocktail / free soda waitresses.....that has to be the worst waitress job this side of IHOP.

But I digress; back to the point is those penny slot machines and Obama. So they have these slot machines that look like video games with funny leprechauns or mimicking game shows like “Shop til’ you Drop” or “Wheel of Fortune” and are fun because they do everything but remind you that you are gambling your money away for the chance that you might win. They talk to you, the pictures move around like on T.V. and if you get a certain configuration of “special” pictures you get to play an extra “bonus” game for the chance to win special bonus points that obviously equate to more pennies when you cash out. Here is the rub of the penny slot machine, most everyone can stand to loose a penny and play a fun game with the chance to win more pennies that you’ll probably in turn put into the slot machine because you might win a lot of pennies and what can you buy for one cent anyway…no harm no foul…and the pay off might exceed the pay in. But since the penny slots, with all it bells and whistles, keeps urging you to play more pennies for even greater rewards that MAY come, you find yourself putting in more and more pennies because you want a bigger payoff. Games constantly urge you to play the maximum amount of coinage and cover the maximum number of pay lines just to be safe (say .20 per line x 30 lines = 600 pennies or $6.00 a turn.) Now, fewer people can afford to play a $6.00 slot machine for very long on an average salary given that they also have to pay bills and eat food, so if they want to play the slots they either begin to eat less food, not pay bills or borrow money from friends and family that have extra

This is what brings us to the policies of Barrack Obama and the consequences of an Obama Presidency. Barrack Obama is a gifted speaker, a shiny icon for those disenfranchised with the struggles of daily life and their personal situation within that life and they see Obama as there chance or “jackpot” and a better life through getting the riches that he and his campaign are promising them. But like the casino and the slot machines these promises will cost us far more than we have readily available to pay and will, in reality, only be a mere fraction of the jackpot that so many thought was within their reach. Government programs rarely are enacted as promised (just study social security, welfare and the public schools as an example) and more often than not cost us far more, once in place, than we would have given at the outset. Higher taxes on American citizens and businesses, forced government programs that promote social agendas not accepted by the majority and bigger government may appear to solve our problems in the sort term, but in reality they limit our freedoms and put us in the predicament of having to constantly to pay (through higher and higher taxes). The way to continue the greatness that is our country is to lower taxes, putting more cash in the pockets of everyone, so they can help those in need. (America IS the most generous nation in the world in helping those less fortunate.) The best way to avoid the penny slots of life is to save the pennies for the future and not look at all the ways you can spend them on shiny chances at a big payoff. The Obama campaign is that slot machine and will cost us far more than we can pay no matter how exciting their game seems to be.

Friday, September 5, 2008



Thursday, September 4, 2008

I agree with Ann....

Coulter gets this one right...From Ann Coulter dot com:

John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, as his running mate finally gave Republicans a reason to vote for him -- a reason, that is, other than B. Hussein Obama. ...The media are hopping mad about McCain's vice presidential selection, but they're really furious over at MSNBC. After drawing "Keith + Obama" hearts on their denim notebooks, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews stayed up all night last Thursday, writing jokes about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the presumed vice presidential pick. Now they can't use any of them. ....So the media are taking it out on our brave Sarah and her 17-year-old daughter. ....They claimed Palin was chosen only because she's a woman. In fact, Palin was chosen because she's pro-life, pro-gun, pro-drilling and pro-tax cuts. She's fought both Republicans and Democrats on public corruption and does not have hair plugs like some other vice presidential candidate I could mention. In other words, she's a "Republican." ...As a right-winger, Palin will appeal to the narrow 59 percent of Americans who voted for another former small-market sportscaster: Ronald Reagan. Our motto: Sarah Palin is only a heartbeat away!...If you're going to say Palin was chosen because she's a woman, you're going to have to demonstrate that the runners-up were more qualified. Gov. Tim Pawlenty seems like a terrific fellow and fine governor, but he is not obviously more qualified than Palin. ....As for former governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge and Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, the other also-rans, I can think of at least 40 million unborn reasons she's better than either of them. ...Within the first few hours after Palin's name was announced, McCain raised $4 million in campaign donations online, reaching $10 million within the next two days. Which shortlist vice presidential pick could have beaten that? ...The media hysterically denounced Palin as "inexperienced." But then people started to notice that she has more executive experience than B. Hussein Obama -- the guy at the top of the Democrats' ticket. ...They tried to create a "Troopergate" for Palin, indignantly demanding to know why she wanted to get her ex-brother-in-law removed as a state trooper. Again, public corruption is not a good issue for someone like Obama, Chicago pol and noted friend of Syrian National/convicted felon Antonin Rezko. ..For the cherry on top, then we found out Palin's ex-brother-in-law had Tasered his own 10-year-old stepson. Defend that, Democrats.

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Joe Biden, Plagiarizer of faux Combat Experience, talks about the military in Virginia

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Joe Biden, Democratic Candidate for the position of Vice Plagerizer, brings his tale of two mouths to Virginia today. First, he starts off in Virginia Beach and then he ends his day in Prince William County.

As previiously chronicled here and elsewhere, Biden plagerized significant portions of former British Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock's speech without attribution. This intentional deception, a breech of trust with the American people, forced Joe Biden out of the Presidential race in the late 80's. Couple that with Biden's plagerisim during law school, an act that forced him out of a class, and we have a serial plagerizer on our hands.

Just when you thought the ethics hurricane sweeping around Biden had been downgraded to tropical thunder, here comes YET ANOTHER CASE OF BIDEN PLAGERIZING A MAJOR POLITICAL FIGURE. This time, Joe Biden plagerizes Hillary Clinton's falsification about being shot at in Iraq. Hat tip to the Write side of My Brain. link here:

All of this begs the question, What do you call a candidate who Plagerizes a faux combat experience from a former rival? Qualified to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Liberal Media going INSANE over Palin

From Politico:

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? ...We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?...Bad questions. Bad media. Bad....It is not our job to ask questions. Or it shouldn’t be. To hear from the pols at the Republican National Convention this week, our job is to endorse and support the decisions of the pols....Sarah Palin hit the nail on the head Wednesday night (and several in the audience wish she had hit some reporters on the head instead) when she said: “I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.”...But where did we go wrong with Sarah Palin? Let me count the ways:First, we should have stuck to the warm, human interest stuff like how she likes mooseburgers and hit an important free throw at her high school basketball tournament even though she had a stress fracture.....Second, we should have stuck to the press release stuff like how she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere (after she supported it)....Third, we should never have strayed into the other stuff. Like when The Washington Post recently wrote: “Palin is under investigation by a bipartisan state legislative body. … Palin had promised to cooperate with the legislative inquiry, but this week she hired a lawyer to fight to move the case to the jurisdiction of the state personnel board, which Palin appoints.”...Why go there? What trees does that plant? ...Fourth, we should stop making with all the questions already. She gave a really good speech. And why go beyond that? As we all know, speeches cannot be written by others and rehearsed for days. They are true windows to the soul....Unless they are delivered by Barack Obama, that is. In which case, as Palin said Wednesday, speeches are just a “cloud of rhetoric.”...Fifth, we should stop reporting on the families of the candidates. Unless the candidates want us to....Sarah Palin wanted the media to report on her teenage son, Track, who enlisted in the Army on Sept. 11, 2007, and soon will deploy to Iraq.....Sarah Palin did not want the media to report on her teenage daughter, Bristol, who is pregnant and unmarried.....Sarah Palin thinks that one is good for her campaign and one is not, and that the media should report only on what is good for her campaign. That is our job, and that is our duty. If that is not actually in the Constitution, it should be. (And someday may be.)

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Nice Political discourse

From the Pioneer Press:

A year ago, the Ramsey County sheriff's office began looking closely at a group called the Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee. ...What it found, according to an 18-page search warrant application and affidavit, led to weekend raids on two Minneapolis homes and a temporary St. Paul office for the self-described anarchist group. ...According to the document, investigation learned: The self-described anarchist group — whose main goal was to "crash" the Republican National Convention," according to its Web site — traveled to or communicated with affinity groups in 67 cities to recruit members and raise money. ...Group members discussed the possibility of kidnapping delegates, blockading bridges, using liquid sprayers filled with urine or chemicals on police and throwing marbles to trip police and their horses. ...At an "action camp" held from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Lake Geneva, Minn., one member talked of concealing inside giant puppets "materials" that could be used on the street. Others discussed the need for Molotov cocktails, paint, caltrops (devices used to puncture tires), bricks and lockboxes for protesters to lock themselves together. ...Erik Oseland, one of the six group members arrested here, produced a video called "Video Map of the St. Paul Points of Interest." It included such major companies as Travelers Insurance and Qwest, hotels such as the Embassy Suites and the Crowne Plaza. Also included: the Pioneer Press building.
The main sources for the information were "regular surveillance" of the group and three people who posed as members — two informants and an undercover investigator. The informants monitored e-mails and conversations. ...Geneva Finn of the National Lawyers Guild, which represents many of those arrested, said it was hard for her to weigh the evidence in the affidavit because "it's all based on the testimony of people who are not identified, and that's a real problem." ...Police and the Sheriff's Department characterized the anarchists as troublemakers who had come from other cities and states to disrupt the convention. ..."Yesterday, there was a group of people, not the protesters ... but a group of criminals who came here with a very express goal and intent," St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington said Tuesday. "They came here to try to stop the convention, to crash the gates, to stop the buses and the delegates. ... They failed." ...Many of the people arrested during violence Monday on the convention's first day were listed in the Ramsey County Jail log as John or Jane Doe because they wouldn't disclose their real names. ...The people who did identify themselves came from at least 19 states, the jail log showed. Sheriff Bob Fletcher said most of the felony arrests were anarchists from elsewhere. ...Only one person, Vernon Alexander Rodrigues, 22, of Mt. Eden, Calif., was charged with a felony, obstruction of legal process, in Monday's protest activities. ...He made a first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, during which prosecutor Mark Hammer said Rodrigues had originally told police his name was Jesse Sparkles. Several other protesters also gave that name, Hammer said. ...Amy Goodman, host of the independent news program "Democracy Now!," questioned Harrington about why police arrested her and two of her producers. The producers had been reporting on Monday's arrests when they were swept up in the arrests themselves, she said. ...She rushed from interviews with delegates at the Xcel Energy Center when she heard the producers had been arrested and were bloodied, Goodman said. She said she asked officers why the journalists were being detained, and they arrested her. ...Goodman was cited for obstructing legal process; the producers were arrested on suspicion of felony riot. ..."What is your policy with the press?" Goodman asked Harrington. "How is the press to operate in this kind of environment?" ....Harrington said "if there's an unlawful assembly or we're in the midst of a riot," police announce loudly that people need to leave the area. ..."If reporters fail to do that, if they are in the midst of the riot, we can't protect them," he said. "It would be very difficult for us in a moment of that kind of chaos to be able to make those kind of fine distinctions." ...The ACLU and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild also criticized the police response to the protesters. ...ACLU of Minnesota Executive Director Chuck Samuelson said he believes an excessive number are being charged with serious felonies such as conspiracy to commit riot. ...Of the 284 arrests Monday, 130 were made on suspicion of felonies and 51 on gross misdemeanors. Samuelson said that in similar mass arrests during demonstrations, two-thirds are charged with misdemeanors. ...Representatives of the Welcoming Committee gave a brief statement during a Tuesday news conference in which they applauded the skirmishes downtown, but did not take credit for them. ...."We understand that it must be intimidating to see people organizing for themselves around the idea of mutual aid and solidarity, but in doing this we are actively creating the world we want to live in," said Rose DeBarr of the Welcoming Committee. ...In related action Tuesday, Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled that a group could not get literature, buttons and other protest materials released after they were seized in the weekend raids by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department. ....Albert Goins, an attorney with the Minnesota ACLU, said there was an "extremely strong" possibility Gearin's decision would be appealed to federal or state court. ...

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