Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
I have never written or spoken fondly of the Washington Post. That all changes today. This may be a one time occurance. This may be my first and only date with the Post, we'll see.
I will give WP reporter Tim Craig credit. He nailed Gov. Tim Kaine today on an issue I tagged the Gov. with yesterday--an exclusive blogosphere criticisim from your benevolent MAXIMUS that said instead of campaigning for Hussein in Kansas and Texas , Gov. Kaine should be spending quality time in Richmond dealing with the diverse array of problematic issues facing Virginia.
Gov. Kaine may need a refresher on the issues important to Virginians, to wit: TRANSPORTATION, TRAFFIC CONGESTION, CROWDED SCHOOLS, BUDGET SHORTFALL, WRONGHEADED BIG GUB'MENT EXPANSION OF PRE-K PROGRAMS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN, ETC.
I know what you are thinking, "MAXMIMUS, Gov. Kaine is experiencing a puppy love ecstasy moment right now, he has a front row seat in Hussein's Harem. Why should Gov. Kaine worry about meeting the needs of the citizens in his adpoted Virginia?
My dear Plebes, allow me to quote Washington Post Reporter Taim Craig on the Governor's absenteeism, "Gov. Kain found himself needed at home today when the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that parts of the state's transportation plan are unconstitutional. But Kaine decided to stick with his plan to speak at a Kansas Democratic Party event tonight and then campaign for Obama tomorrow in Texas."
Governor Kaine's national ambitions have now eclipsed his duties and solemn obligations as an elected Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
What are his priorities now?
Traveling thousands of miles away to LISTEN to Presidential Speeches instead of finding a
fix to fund our Transportation network now that the Regional Transportation Authorities
are ruled unconstitutional.
What are his priorities now?
Partisan gamesmanship with fellow Democrats in Kansas over more mental health
What are his priorities now?
Nibbling cheese, eating grapes, and sipping wine in Kansas instead of working with our
Colleges and Universities to develop a plan to make the Virginia economy more energy
independent from foreign oil.
Governor Kaine's national ambitions are now eclipising his duties and solemn obligations as an elected Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
What are his priorities now? Landing a future job at the expense of his current job.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 9:05 PM
Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
Man oh Man. Would I like to be a fly on the wall at his weekend's annual gathering of local Registrar's from across Virginia. Topic of discussion? Uhm.....how about racist activity against one employee at the State Board of Elections and then retaliation against said employee for having the audacity to file the racial discrimination complaint. I'm sure that State Board of Elections Chairman Nancy Rodriques will be there to tell everyone that all is well at the State Board of Elections. However, if these registrar's read the founded racial discrimination complaint (and the subsequent founded retaliation complaint) from this particular SBE employee, the Registrar's might think otherwise. Here is the link to the founded complaint of racial discrimination and the finding of retaliation: http://www.edr.state.va.us/searchhearing/2008-8658%20Decision.pdf
Also, I am hearing that the Registrar's, both Democrat and Republican, are furious at Nancy Rodrigues for grandstanding about the ballot shortage in Chesterfield. Why? Because according to the Code of Virginia, the SBE is supposed to REVIEW the ballot order from each locality in Virginia . On review, SBE officials look at PROJECTED TURNOUT and compare it to the local registrar's ballot order. If SBE feels that said ballot order is too short for a particular locality, the SBE is supposed to discuss increasing the ballot order with that locality. These Registrar's know that if Rodrigues tries to hang Larry Haake out to dry by communicating with him through press conference instead of teleconference, she'll hang the rest of them out to dry.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:06 PM
Exterminators looking for termites in a monastery in Brazil's biggest city of Sao Paulo found a mummy and a skeleton believed to be at least 200 years old, the head of the monastery said on Tuesday..."There were some mounds of termite dust and the exterminators broke into the walls to see what was in there," Father Armenio Rodrigues Nogueira, who is in charge of the monastery, one of the city's oldest, told Reuters..."It was a huge surprise."..The bodies, believed to be two nuns, were found weeks ago, but officials at the Mosteiro da Luz (Monastery of Light) decided to keep them secret while the Institute for National Artistic and Historical Heritage did further research...The Catholic monastery was founded in 1774 by Brazil's first saint, Antonio Galvao, about 50 years before the nation's independence from colonial power Portugal.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:14 AM
This is a bit scary...
Jonathan McCullum was in excellent health at 155 pounds when he left last summer to spend the school year as an exchange student in Egypt...But when he returned home to Maine just four months later, the 5-foot-9 teenager weighed a mere 97 pounds and was so weak that he struggled to carry his baggage or climb a flight of stairs. Doctors said he was at risk of a heart attack...McCullum says he was denied sufficient food while staying with a family of Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians....But he does not view the experience as a culture clash. Rather, he said, it reflected mean and stingy treatment by his host family and a language barrier that made it difficult to communicate..."The weight loss concerned me, but I wanted to stick out the whole year," he said in an interview at his family's home outside Augusta...Friends and teachers at his English-speaking school in Egypt urged him to change his host family, but he stayed put after being told that the other home was in a dangerous neighborhood of Alexandria.
Read Here: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/02/28/exchange_student_says_he_was_denied_adequate_food/
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:10 AM
From the AP:
President Bush said Thursday the country is not recession-bound and, despite expressing concern about slowing economic growth, rejected for now any additional stimulus efforts. "We acted robustly," he said.
"We'll see the effects of this pro-growth package," Bush told reporters at a White House news conference, acknowledging that some lawmakers already are talking about a second stimulus package. "Why don't we let stimulus package 1, which seemed like a good idea at the time, have a chance to kick in?"
Bush's view of the economy was decidedly rosier than that of many economists, who say the country is nearing recession territory or may already be there. "I'm concerned about the economy," he said. "I don't think we're headed to recession. But no question, we're in a slowdown."
Need to let the effects of the stimulus package work before we declare it a success or failure.
Read Here: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080228/D8V3GT1O2.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:08 AM
David J. Rusin of Pajama Media has an interesting article on the trend of Islamic men taking multiple wives and how it is heading west. Rusin writes:
Myra Morton approached her sleeping husband on the morning of August 5, 2007, with pain in her heart and a gun in her hand. Once the smoke had cleared at the couple’s upscale home just outside Philadelphia, a man would lie dead, a family secret would be exposed, and a spotlight would shine on the emergent phenomenon of Islamic polygamy in the Western world...The slaying took place just hours before Jereleigh Morton was scheduled to leave for Morocco on a mission to impregnate his other wife, Zahra Toural. Niqab-clad Myra, a convert to Islam two decades earlier, acceded to his bond with the younger woman, whom he had met online in late 2006. Privately, however, the 47-year-old mother was shattered, recording her dismay in a journal and lamenting to friends that she no longer received attention. Myra even mailed a letter to immigration officials falsely claiming that Toural had terrorist ties and should thus be prohibited from entering the country. Her husband’s plan to conceive is apparently what sent her over the edge...Islam did not kill Jereleigh Morton; Myra Morton did. She bears full responsibility for her brutal deed and should be punished accordingly. Regardless of the circumstances, murder is anathema to Western legal and moral standards. Yet so too is polygamy. Recent evidence, however, indicates that governments tend to look the other way as the conjugal mores of seventh-century Arabia — and the problems that travel with them — take root in our backyards. Just as Myra Morton faces justice in a court of law, these drowsy cultural watchdogs must be made to answer in the court of public opinion.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:00 AM
RPV NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, February 28, 2008
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Richmond Times Dispatch: Senate Republicans Stand United to Advance Fiscal Responsibility
RICHMOND, VA – Democratic Governor Tim Kaine and Senate Democrats have once again demonstrated that they can’t quite kick their habit of overspending. In response, Senate Republicans stepped up in defense of fiscal responsibility Wednesday.
“During this time of economic uncertainty, taxpayer dollars should be used to support education, transportation and other core services, not to prop up special interests groups such as Planned Parenthood,” said RPV Chairman John Hager. “For weeks, we’ve been hearing from Senate Democrats and Governor Kaine that there is no fat left in the budget. In fact, just two weeks ago they were calling for higher taxes in order to erase the budget shortfall. It appears, though, that there was a little fat left in the budget afterall, and I commend Senate Republicans as well as Senator Colgan for taking a stand against this unwise use of the taxpayers’ money. The question now is whether Governor Kaine will follow the lead of Republicans or whether he will cave to special interests and veto this amendment.”
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch’s February 28, 2008 article, “Abortion factor in budget talks: Senate passes measure that denies some funds to Planned Parenthood,”
“Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles J. Colgan, D-Prince William, backed a Republican amendment denying more than $200,000 in state aid to Planned Parenthood…”
Republicans in the Senate and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling were united in their opposition to this irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars:
“…The anti-abortion amendment, directed at Planned Parenthood by Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, R-Fairfax, was adopted when Bolling broke a 20-20 tie. He joined the 19 Republicans and Colgan to attach the spending ban into the Senate draft…”
The final decision on whether to use limited taxpayer dollars to support special interest groups will likely rest with Gov. Tim Kaine:
“…Because the House-written budget contains similar but broader language, it is possible the reconciled version sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will include restrictions that many Democrats predict he will remove by item veto.”
For the full article Read Here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/politics/general_assembly.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-02-28-0139.html
From the Financial Times
Concerns over Obama's shift to left on economic issues...'Scenting, perhaps, the chance of settling the nomination next week (when Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont go to the polls), Mr Obama has indulged in a bidding war with Hillary Clinton to see who can rail most strongly against globalization. ... Last week Mr Obama came out against 'open trucking' with Mexico in which freight lorries would drive across the border instead of unloading on to American trucks. His new stance coincided with the endorsement of the Teamsters union, which is opposed to competition in road freight. ... Mr Obama's proposal to levy lower corporate tax on companies that reverse the offshoring of jobs has caused disquiet.
From Bloomberg -
Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, will be withdrawn from fighting alongside his regiment in Afghanistan immediately, the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense said. 'This decision has been taken primarily on the basis that the worldwide media coverage of Prince Harry in Afghanistan could impact on the security of those who are deployed there, as well as the risks to him as an individual soldier,' a spokesman for the ministry said in an e-mailed statement in London today.
You have to give the Prince respect for stepping up
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Posted by MAXIMUS
The Virginia legislature is in town. The Virginia budget has an alleged shorfall in the amount of $2 Billion. The Governor wants to increase spending on big new government programs like free daycare for the children of illegal immigrants (aka Pre-K). Virginia's transportation system needs a complete overhaul, upgrade, and substantial improvement.
The issues facing Virginia are diverse, however they all have this in common: THESE ISSUES REMAIN UNRESOLVED BY GOVERNOR KAINE. At this very moment with his state facing so many challenges, does Governor Kaine really need to be campaigning in Texas for Barak Hussein Obama?
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 8:35 PM
From the Times Dispatch:
Wesley Earnest, the assistant principal at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, is charged with first-degree murder and use of firearm in commission of a felony in the death of his estranged wife, officials said...Earnest is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond, according to Mark Cahow, the site administrator at the jail.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:59 PM
From the Pres shop blog about the downward spiral of Christine Jennings' and her Campaign's Legal Advisor Indicted in Alleged Money-Laundering Scheme
Last night, the entire House of Representatives unanimously rejected Christine Jennings' congressional challenge that she has been contesting for the last 16 months. Christine Jennings' failed congressional bid now seems to be a minor issue compared to the latest news that Jennings' campaign legal advisor has been indicted on money laundering and other charges related to the case of Colombian drug kingpin Fabio Ochoa Vazquez.
The most recent news sheds even more disturbing light on Jennings' campaign practices. First, it was discovered that during her run for Florida's 13th Congressional District that she failed to pay payroll taxes for over three years. The next piece of bad news came when her sour-grape lawsuit was rejected by multiple independent investigations.
Now, the latest breaking news exposes the impending scandal of the indictment of Jennings' campaign legal advisor. According to the Miami Herald:
"Ben Kuehne surrendered Thursday on federal criminal charges for his behind-the-scenes role in a complex international drug-trafficking case."
"An indictment, unsealed at his morning court appearance, charges Kuehne in a money-laundering conspiracy with approving tainted legal payments by an accused Colombian drug kingpin to his defense attorney in Miami." (Miami Herald, 2/7/08)
"From failing to pay taxes on campaign salaries to her campaign's association with a lawyer now under criminal investigation, Christine Jennings continues to prove that she is her own biggest political liability," NRCC spokeswoman Julie Shutley said. "Christine Jennings has piled up a record of distrust with the people of Florida's 13th Congressional District that will be obvious at the ballot box in November."
Christine Jennings' downward spiral is sending the message to Florida's 13th District that Jennings would bring more problems and politics as usual to Washington. The "issues" that Christine Jennings campaign has brought to the table are not the agents of change that voters want.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:50 PM
Below is a press release from The National Republican Congressional Committee about the FEC fiasco of non-enforcement againstPaul Kanjorski
FEC Fiasco: Kanjorski Gets Slapped with Fine
Kanjorski’s Cornerstone of Corruption Adds FEC Fine to His Laundry List of Questionable Practices
Washington- Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) has earned a reputation for being more than just a repeat offender when it comes to skirting the Federal Elections Commission’s (FEC) guidelines over the years. Kanjorski’s latest set of infractions caused the FEC to fine him for failing to file timely reports on campaign contributions and expenditures.
“A $900 fine was levied against Citizens for Action, a political action committee affiliated with U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-11. Citizens for Action is a leadership PAC, a committee affiliated with a member of Congress that accepts donations, largely from special interest groups, and makes contributions to support other candidates.” (Standard Speaker 02/27/08)
The story also note that just as Kanjorski has tied himself to his nephew's company, Cornerstone Technologies, by questionably earmarking millions of dollars of taxpayer money for a company that later went bankrupt, Kanjorski is also making his campaign committee a family business:
“Since 2006, Peter A. Kanjorski has been paid $44,666 for consulting fees and travel expenses by his uncle’s leadership PAC, FEC records show. The congressman’s wife is the volunteer treasurer for the PAC.” (Standard Speaker 02/27/08)
When it comes to playing by the rules and abiding by campaign finance laws, Paul Kanjorski has failed miserably. His FEC fiasco goes hand-in-hand with his questionable earmarking practices that once landed him in the midst of an FBI investigation.
“If Paul Kanjorski and his Democrat friends in Washington want to run a campaign based on integrity and ethics, his challenge is certainly welcomed,” said NRCC Spokesman Ken Spain. “Paul Kanjorski is on the run not just because he has supported a record of higher taxes and broken borders, but also because he has come to exemplify business as usual in Washington. Pennsylvania voters want change and Paul Kanjorski is offering nothing more than the status quo.”
Joanne Jacobs of PJM has an article about the use of tax funds being used to “create public schools organized around a left-wing political vision.” This is scary stuff:
Vouchers could end up funding a “school of the jihad,” Hillary Clinton told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recently. Other choice critics warn of the School of Satan or Klan Kollege Prep.
But eccentric public schools don’t require vouchers. As districts start small schools and innovators create charters, tax funds already are going to create public schools organized around a left-wing political vision. “The movement to link education, social justice and activism is appealing to a growing number of educators and community organizations around the country,” writes Adam Doster in The Nation. Social justice charters and district-run programs have opened in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Oakland in recent years.
Social Justice High at Chicago’s Little Village Lawndale High School campus tries to teach “critical inquiry through projects and problems centered on race, gender and economic equity,” as well as skills that will prepare students to excel on tests and go on to college.
One day a week is set aside for discussion groups. As Doster describes it, students in one class discuss the meaning of “community,” looking for a local issue they can work on, while another group down the hall talks about “racial stereotypes in the media as an entree into the idea of hegemony. Hands pop up across the packed classroom as students argue about how advertisements influence the way society views larger populations.”
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:40 PM
Meir Javedanfar of Pajama Media writes that it is not only the U.S. and Israel that distrust Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but his own party.
Isolated and losing popularity, in a surprising move, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decided to split ranks with the very political party who helped him come to power in 2005.
It is the second time he has done it. The first incident occured during the Municipal elections in Iran in 2006, whereby his sister Parvin, and other supporters decided to split ranks from members of the right wing Principalist Party (known in Farsi as Osulgarayan) to whom Ahmadinejad originally belonged. Called The Scent of Good Service (Rayehe Khosh Khedmat in Farsi) coalition, his new coalition labelled itself as pro-Ahmadinejad’s policies during the 2006 elections.
With parliamentary elections scheduled for March 14th, members of the right wing Principalist Party have been trying to form a united coalition. Their goal is to improve their position against reformists and pragmatists in the next Parliament (Majlis).
This despite the fact that some prominent members of this movement such as Ali Larijani (former top nuclear negotiator), Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (current Tehran Mayor), and Mohsen Rezai (deputy head of Expediency Council), have one time or another competed against, or have had some kind a dispute with the President.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:35 PM
Ralph Nader has already picked a running mate and he hasn't even gotten a vote....come on Ralph your ego is so big you don't even need a VP. Nader is quoted as saying,"I want someone who shares my sense of justice and opposition to corporate state control over our society," He chose Matt Gonzalez, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, to be his running mate...Wow from the Board of Supervisors to VP of the U.S. now that is a jump.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:27 PM
Are we more lawless or more strict? In a report from ABC affiliate wcbstv in New York it looks like 1 in every 99 Americans are behind bars:
For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population...The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.....Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 -- one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world...By contrast, in mid 2002 the ratio was 1 in 142, with the prison population surpassing 2 million for the first time...The steadily growing inmate population "is saddling cash-strapped states with soaring costs they can ill afford and failing to have a clear impact either on recidivism or overall crime," said the report.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:21 PM
From the AP: "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to the Middle East next week to gauge prospects for peacemaking with Palestinian and Israeli leaders amid a new breakout of heavy fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza. State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters Wednesday that Rice will be in the Middle East and then at NATO talks March 3-7. "
From Politico's Ryan Grim :
The nation is facing the prospect of a presidential contest with no referee, because the Federal Election Commission is too short-handed to call a quorum. With the economy in peril, the Council of Economic Advisers is plodding along with a lone member. The National Labor Relations Board, the body that adjudicates disputes between workers and bosses, has only two of its five commissioners still on the job.
"An explosion at a sugar refinery in Georgia took nearly a dozen lives in February, but the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is missing two of its five members - one of them the chairman. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission's two remaining members leave it one short of a quorum. Close to 200 nominees for federal appointments stand unconfirmed. The federal government is running on fumes, and roadside signs suggest the next gas station won't come until January 2009."
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8744.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:17 PM
In a recent N.Y. TIMES OP-ED piece Mayor Bloomberg hints at getting an endorsement on his potential Presidential bid "In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to work to steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance. And while I have always said I am not running for president, the race is too important to sit on the sidelines, and so I have changed my mind in one area. If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach - and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy - I'll join others in helping that candidate win the White House."
Shall Governor Kaine's Executive Order Number One regarding Equal Opportunity be invoked against State Board of Elections Chairman Nancy Rodrigues?
Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
Is Nancy Rodrigues, Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections, in possible violation of Executive Order Number One regarding Equal Opportunity as issued by Governor Kaine on January 14, 2006?
Given that a management principal or supervisor at SBE was found to have racially discriminated against said employee coupled with subsequent retaliation against said employee for filing a racial discrimination complaint in case no. 8658 with the Dept. of Employment Dispute Resolution Division of Hearings, does this constitue probable cause or a proponderance of the evidence that a violation of Executive One Occured in this instance? I think we are now way past the pleasantries here.
The full text of Executive Order number One appears below. However, the relevant section is here, to wit:
"No state appointing authority, other management principal, or supervisor shall take retaliatory actions against persons making such allegations [of racial discrimination]. Any state employee found in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action."
Here is the basis of the possible violation of Executive Order number One:
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT DISPUTE RESOLUTION
DIVISION OF HEARINGS
DECISION OF HEARING OFFICER
In Re: Case No: 8658
Hearing Date: September 17, 2007
Decision Issued: October 2, 2007
"On December 9, 2005, the Grievant filed a grievance alleging race discrimination, failure to receive the same opportunities to provide input as other employees, preferential treatment for certain employees and a request that the Agency’s organizational structure be reviewed by an outside entity.The Grievant’s position in these grievances was substantially upheld. On April 9, 2007, the Grievant filed a grievance alleging that, since the prior two (2) grievances, she has been subject to a hostile work environment and also subject to retaliation.
Now here his the full text of Executive Order number One from Governor Kaine:
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government.
This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. The policy permits appropriate employment preferences for veterans and specifically prohibits discrimination against veterans.
State appointing authorities and other management principals are hereby directed to take affirmative measures, as determined by the Director of the Department of Human Resource Management, to emphasize the recruitment of qualified minorities, women, disabled persons, and older Virginians to serve at all levels of state government. This directive does not permit or require the lowering of bona fide job requirements, performance standards, or qualifications to give preference to any state employee or applicant for state employment.
Allegations of violations of this policy shall be brought to the attention of the Office of Equal Employment Services of the Department of Human Resource Management. No state appointing authority, other management principal, or supervisor shall take retaliatory actions against persons making such allegations. Any state employee found in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
The Secretary of Administration is directed to review annually state procurement, employment, and other relevant policies for compliance with the non-discrimination mandate contained herein, and shall report to the Governor his or her findings together with such recommendations as he or she deems appropriate. The Director of the Department of Human Resource Management shall assist in this review.
This Executive Order supersedes and rescinds Executive Order Number One (2002), Equal Opportunity, issued by Governor Mark R. Warner on January 12, 2002, and revised on December 16, 2005.
This Executive Order shall become effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect until amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 14th day of January 2006.
Timothy M. Kaine, Governor
Governor Kaine needs to weigh in IMMEDIATELY and determine the following:
1. Who was the management principal at the SBE or supervisor (or any combination thereof) that did racially discriminate against said grievant in case no. 8658?
2. What management principal at the SBE or supervisor, or combination of the two, engaged in subsequent retaliation against said grievant in case no. 8658?
3. If this SBE management principal is a political appointee, is that individual an at will employee of the Governor's and is that at will employee subject to immediate termination?
4. Does the Governor's Executive Order no. 1 apply to the Executive Branch?
5. Is the State Board of Elections above the law?
6. When will complete justice be served for the grievant in case no. 8658 considering she has been racially discriminated against and subsequently retaliated against for filing said racial discrimination complaint? When will justice be served?
7. Is the State Board of Elections in complaince with the proposed remedies for satisfying an employee who has been subjected to racial discrimination in the work place and subsequent retaliation?
8. Shall Governor Kaine's Executive Order Number One regarding Equal Opportunity be invoked against State Board of Elections Chairman Nancy Rodrigues? If not, why not?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Racisim and Retaliation exposed at the Virginia State Board of Elections under the watch of Nancy Rodrigues and Jean Jansen
Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
I am pleased to provide the blogosphere with an exclusive about racist activity at the Virginia State Board of Elections. The full story about racial discrimination, retaliation for filing said complaint, and hostile work environment at the State Board of Elections under former Director Jean Jansen and current Director Nancy Rodrigues---this TEN PAGE story can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.edr.state.va.us/searchhearing/2008-8658%20Decision.pdf
But Maximus, how can we have racial discrimination and then retaliation for filing the complaint under two Democrat Governors? And MAXIMUS, why hasn't the mainstream media reported on it? Because my plebes, the Dems turn a blind eye when folks engage in this activity in a Democrat Administration. We will have none of that...the MSM has been scooped by the benevolent MAXIMUS who is fearless about sharing the facts with you.
The above document link is a TEN PAGE document...so don't just stop reading at page one...it gets interesting. This is what we have learned about the leadership of Jean Jansen and Nancy Rodrigues. Here is an excerpt:
Issue: Retaliation (grievance activity participation and hostile work environment; Hearing Date: 09/17/07; Decision Issued: 10/02/07; Agency: State Board of Elections....
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Decision Issued: October 2, 2007
"On December 9, 2005, the Grievant filed a grievance alleging race discrimination, failure to receive the same opportunities to provide input as other employees, preferential treatment for certain employees and a request that the Agency’s organizational structure be reviewed by an outside entity.
The Grievant’s position in these grievances was substantially upheld. On April 9, 2007, the Grievant filed a grievance alleging that, since the prior two (2) grievances, she has been subject to a hostile work environment and also subject to retaliation.
Subsequent to filing this grievance, the Grievant requested that the Director of EDR issue a ruling that her grievance qualified for a hearing. Such a ruling was issued by the Director of EDR on July 2, 2007 and the issue of hostile work environment and retaliation was qualified for a hearing. On August 10, 2007, EDR assigned this appeal to a Hearing Officer. On September 17, 2007 a hearing was held at the Agency’s location. APPEARANCES Grievant Grievant Representative Agency Party Designee Agency Representative Witnesses ISSUE Whether the Agency, since an earlier grievance filing by the Grievant, has subjected the Grievant to a hostile work environment and retaliation.
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BURDEN OF PROOF In claims of hostile work environment or retaliation, the burden of proof is upon the Grievant to present her evidence first and prove her claim by a preponderance of the evidence. A preponderance of the evidence is evidence which shows that what is sought to be proved is more probable than not. 1 FINDINGS OF FACT After reviewing the evidence presented and observing the demeanor of each witness, the Hearing Officer makes the following Findings of Fact: The Grievant filed a timely grievance asserting that she had endured a hostile work environment and that, because of the filing of prior grievances on her behalf, she was subject to retaliatory treatment from management. 2 The Agency declined to qualify the grievance for a hearing and the Grievant requested a compliance ruling from EDR. On July 2, 2007, the EDR Director ruled that the grievance was qualified for a hearing. The State Board of Elections (“The Agency”) has employed the Grievant for approximately twenty (20) years. Her current position is that of the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (“VERIS”) Operational Manager. On December 8, 2005 and December 9, 2005, the Grievant filed grievances alleging race discrimination, failure to receive the same opportunities to provide input as other employees, preferential treatment for certain employees, a request that the Agency’s organizational structure be reviewed by an outside entity and the issuance of an arbitrary or capricious performance evaluation. 3 The Grievant’s allegations and position in these grievances were substantially upheld. It is of particular importance that in one (1) of these grievances, the phrase “As recently as late July, she was still clinging to the familiar VVRS” was deemed by the reviewer to be inaccurate and was, pursuant to the grievance, removed from the Grievant’s performance evaluation. 1 Grievance Procedure Manual (“GPM”) Section 5.8 and Section 9 2 Agency Exhibit 1, Tab 1 3 Grievant Exhibit 1, Tab 4 and Tab 1 The Hearing Officer heard testimony from many witnesses and all indicated that the Agency had difficulties as it transferred from the Virginia Voter Registration System (“VVRS”) to the new VERIS program. The Hearing Officer heard testimony from the Deputy Project Manager for the implementation of the VERIS program that she had been told by various employees of the Agency that the Grievant was difficult to work with, and that she did not want to implement the changeover from the VVRS program to the VERIS program. In point of fact, she found her to be a wealth of information and very easy to work with...."
click on the above link for more on this story of racial discrimination and retaliation at the hands of management of the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 9:31 PM
Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist of Arlington Oregon was recalled after she posed in her underwear on a firetruck on her myspace site. The vote was 142 in favor and 139 against the recall the Mayor who stated that she had no regrets about the picture. Unbelievable, she is also planning on selling posters of the picture on EBAY...at least it isn't Edward Kennedy in his underwear posters that are being sold.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:27 PM
From the AP "The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Sen. Barack Obama gave at its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president, the denomination said Tuesday. ... Obama, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, spoke about faith and public life at the denomination's June 2007 General Synod in Hartford, Conn."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:57 PM
From Politico...Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. has died at age 82, according to the Associated Press.
The book "God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of "Academic Freedom," was the first book I ever read by a conservative at the age of 14 (many decades after it was first published) in a public library and molded many of my beliefs to this very day day. The last book I read "Miles gone by" was a collection of articles and journals that gave an insight into Bill Buckley that no biography or autobiography could have since his soul was in his conservative views and the words he used to express them.
Senator Jim DeMint has just thrown down the gauntlet to his congressional peers, and he needs our help! In an effort to force a vote on a year-long moratorium on
congressional earmarks, Sen. DeMint will offer an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Resolution. In other words, this vote will separate the wheat from the chaff--those who are serious about earmark reform and those who aren't.
The most substantive vote of the year
The above quote came from the Senator's communication director,just before he asked us to help rattle congressional cages over the next two weeks leading up to this vote.
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Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:09 AM
Guest posted by MAXIMUS
Last September (2007) Chesterfield Voter Registrar Larry Haake had occasion to represent an African American employee of the Virginia State Board of Elections in a grievance hearing granted by state Employee Dispute Resolution (EDR). In this grievance hearing, the African American female alleged retaliation against her by SBE management for having previously filed a successful (founded) grievance of racial discrimination against the previous SBE secretary, Jean Jensen.
In the grievance hearing Larry Haake argued that the racial discrimination was ongoing and had a definite pattern. Further, the racial discrimination and retaliation had spilled into the term of the current SBE secretary, Nancy Rodrigues. The grievant had been moved from a large office to a small office, her duties had increased and her staff decreased, she had been pulled from her normal reporting chain to the Deputy Secretary and made to report to one of Gov. Kaine’s at-will policy advisor, and there was a general hostile work environment towards her. The remedy asked for was threefold: 1) Adequate work space - not necessarily return to the old, larger office, but be provided adequate work space 2) Return her to the normal reporting chain to the Deputy Secretary and 3) Discontinue the hostile work environment.
The African American female and Larry Haake (who represented her for free because she could not afford an attorney) won the grievance hearing. SBE secretary Rodrigues appealed the decision to EDR and Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). Larry filed a rebuttal to their appeal on behalf of the employee, in which Larry declared Secretary Rodrigues in violation of the Governor's Exec Order #1, prohibiting racial discrimination or retaliation for reporting racial discrimination. Larry argued that since retaliatory racial discrimination was an on-going behavior and the circumstances that promulgated that activity continued to exist with no intervention from Secretary Rodrigues, then she was as guilty of the retaliation and racial discrimination as her predecessor, Jean Jensen.
Larry Haake and the African American female employee also won on appeal.
Secretary Rodrigues has refused to abide by the hearing officer's decision in item 2 above by returning said African American female to her normal reporting chain.
Given the verdict ruling for retaliation by SBE management against the African American Female Employee who succeeded in a racial discrimination grievance, why wouldn't Nancy Rodrigues and the SBE take this chance to retaliate against Larry?
Don't forget, Jean Jensen a Mark Warner appointee - racial discrimination proven!
Nancy Rodrigues, a Tim Kaine appointee - retaliatory racial discrimination proven!
Sec. Rodrigues and others have seized upon the emotions of some Clinton supporters in Chesterfield that are upset over the outcome of the election to stir up a hostile environment against the Registrar. This is a pattern of behavior for her and her office. The Democrats in Chesterfield are doing her bidding and may or may not even know the true reason behind these
personal attacks against Larry Haake.
Ask yourself a few questions, that don’t make any sense if this were not the case:
Who is in control of the Chesterfield Registrar’s Office? The Electoral Board
Who composes the Electoral Board? Under Democrat Control (Two Dems, 1 Republican)
Why didn’t any State Democrats call or talk to their Democrat Electoral Board Members in Chesterfield over the ballot shortage?
Why are no Electoral Member’s names being attacked when they had the last word on the decisions coming out of the Registrar’s Office?
Why are the Democrats trying to round people up to make complaints in Chesterfield and tell them exactly what to say?
Why is Jim Holland meeting downtown with Nancy Rodrigues?
Why with such a large win are the Democrats not celebrating but attacking the Registrar?
Why did in 2005 SBE agree to allow ballots of individuals that were not listed as registered voters because DMV failed to send in the information and they didn’t feel it fair to not accept their votes because of Government era, and they were concerned about allowing all votes to count but using the same argument this time they reverse their opinion on the situation, unless, just unless this really has nothing at all to do with voting but with RETALIATION toward Larry Haake for winning a case against Nancy Rodrigues and SBE. And Nancy Rodriques with SBE is using the emotions of some people to get the job done!
Nancy Rodrigues is very clever, but now she has proven herself to be over partisan. She did use to work for a Democrat Delegate and her husband still works at the General Assembly in the Senate. And Jean Jensen has gone to work for Moran on his campaign. These ladies are true politicos. Unfortunately they have no back ground in what it takes to run the SBE.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:14 AM
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
On the job Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Employment case entered against State Board of Elections Chairman Nancy Rodrigues
Guest posted by MAXIMUS
BREAKING...Nancy Rodrigues carries out personal vendetta against Chesterfield Votger Registrar Larry Haake. The ballot shortage is just a cover for Secretary Rodrigues to go after Haake.
Exclusive details coming to The Contemporary Conservative in the morning. Developing.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 11:02 PM
From the L.A. Times: The three-hour-plus show plunged to a record-low average of 32 million total viewers, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research. That's a 21 percent dive from last year's ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and the least-watched Oscars since at least 1987. It sank even beneath the mark set by the 2003 Academy Awards show (33 million), which was marred by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The worst news for academy officials might have come in the results for the age group most eagerly sought by TV executives. Sunday's show posted a 10.7 rating in the demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. Much blame might rest with the year's Oscar contenders, which, as [host Jon] Stewart noted, consisted of exceptionally dark films with limited popular appeal, such as 'There Will Be Blood' and best-picture winner 'No Country for Old Men.' Nothing lures viewers like blockbuster nominees; in 1998, the year 'Titanic' won best picture, the TV audience numbered 55.2 million. Schedule disruptions caused by the recent writers strike also might have hurt ABC's efforts to bang the promotional drums for the show. The Oscars at one time were linked with the Super Bowl as the twin emperors of broadcast TV ratings, the only perennial programs that could be relied upon to attract great masses of viewers. But whereas this month's Super Bowl on Fox attracted a record-high 97.4 million total viewers, the sheen clearly is off the Academy Awards. By way of comparison, the Oscars now routinely are out-rated by Fox's 'American Idol.' Just last month, the singing contest delivered its season-to-date high of 33.5 million total viewers. ABC officials, accustomed to bragging about Oscar numbers, on Monday could say only that the telecast humbled other award shows this season, including CBS' Grammy Awards (17.2 million) and NBC's strike-destroyed Golden Globes (6 million).
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:24 AM
From the (AP) - Former Attorney General John Ashcroft has agreed to appear at a federal hearing looking into no-bid contracts he and others received to monitor out-of-court corporate settlements. A House Judiciary Committee subcommittee announced the agreement with Ashcroft in Washington, D.C., on Monday, the day before the committee was to consider authorizing its chairman to issue him a subpoena. The committee hearing was hastily postponed after Ashcroft said he would voluntarily testify. The former attorney general is considered a key witness in the inquiry into lucrative federal monitoring contracts awarded by federal prosecutors to hand-picked monitors to oversee deferred prosecutions.
Donald Williams, a candidate for Chair of the Chesterfield County republican Committee will hold a meet and great on March 4th at La Siesta Restaurant (9900 Midlothian TRPK) at 7:30 to discuss his plans for the committee. I'll be there attending so I can answer any questions about the Vice Chair of special Projects that I'm currently running for as well.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:09 AM
At the CCRC meeting last night Delegate Jeff Frederick came to discuss his run as the Chair of the VGOP. Jeff Stated:
I’m optimistic about what we can do together and the opportunities before us – if we’re up to the task of better positioning ourselves for the challenges ahead.
At our core, Republicans are the party of reform, ideas, solutions and common-sense conservatism. But we have diluted our brand. Yet, we’ve also distracted ourselves by too often making our intra-party fights more important than defeating our true opponents.
Our ideas and solutions mean nothing if we don’t win the right to govern with them. Further, winning must stand for something – not simply an effort to accumulate power.
I firmly believe, however, that we can reverse the trends of recent election cycles.
Our state party exists for no other reason but to win elections – by electing Republicans to lead Virginia at the local, state, and federal levels.
Winning again is going to take a lot of hard work, however, and it will be no small task. Efforts in recent years to improve the condition of our party have been helpful, but as we saw just months ago, those efforts may very well have been too little, too late.
In the end, effort is commendable, but results are all that count.
We’re one election away from losing all of our majorities in the General Assembly. If we have another election in 2009 like those in 2007, 2005, or 2003, we will lose control of the House of Delegates, and thus, any control over the redistricting process. Such an event will relegate Virginia Republicans to minority status for years to come. We simply can’t afford any further losses – at any level.
Guest posted by MAXIMUS
Nancy Rodrigues has a secret she does not want anyone to know about. She has kept it hidden from the public for several weeks now. Some people want her to bring it out in the open. Transparency in government---who wants to hide from that?
Yesterday, the State Board of Elections (SBE) held a "news conference" where it was kind of sort of explained that they want a hearing with Chesterfield Registrar Larry Haake to explain how he accurately accounted for vote totals during the Democrat Presidential Primary. Seems SBE is still into fuzzy math. The Chesterfield Electoral Board, a Democrat Board by the way, said all votes are accounted for.
During the news conference, Nancy Rodrigues failed to mention that she and the SBE are keeping a secret. She is not releasing the name of the bureaucrat who, under high command of the Code of Virginia, reviewed the total number of ballots that were ordered from Chesterfield County for the Democrat Presidential Primary.
Why? Nancy Rodrigues can spend her time breaking camera lenses during news conferences, but she can't find the time to release the name of the person in her agency that reviewed and was supposed to amend or increase the ballot order from Chesterfield. The SBE and Nancy Rodrigues failed to do their job because they failed to increase the ballot order. They failed to accurately predict an increase in the voters that showed up for the Democrat primary. They had the macro view, to increase the ballot order was their job based upon national turn out data that they are the experts at reading. They had the models to predict an increase.
Nancy Rodrigues and the SBE are hiding the name of the employee who reviewed the ballot order from Chesterfield for the Democrat Primary. That employee was supposed to contact the Chesterfield Registrar if the State Board of Elections foraw a shortage in number of ballots ordered when contrasted with an increase in expected turnout. Why is Nancy Rodrigues hiding the name?
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:50 AM
Monday, February 25, 2008
From the AP - "A former Paxson Communications president said Saturday he never met with John McCain about the Arizona senator writing letters to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the regulatory delay of a Pittsburgh TV station sale. Dean Goodman, who was in charge of the company's lobbying efforts in 1999, told The Associated Press he also doubts that chief executive Lowell W. 'Bud' Paxson met with McCain over the issue, and said he doesn't recall such a meeting."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:39 AM
Nancy Rodrigues, Chairman of the State Board of Elections (SBE), is playing politics with election officials in Chesterfield. Just this past Friday afternoon, the SBE demanded that the Chesterfield County Electoral Board explain how the ALLEGED number of votes cast in some precincts exceded the number of voters who showed up to vote. The SBE set a deadline for Chesterfield to respond by today. Chesterfield has responded that all is in order and the SBE misread the reported results.
Nancy Rodrigues, ACTING AS THE HEAD OF AN OFFICIAL STATE AGENCY, took it upon herself to communicate on this matter through press release instead of just simply going to the appropriate officials for what appears to be a simple explanation. The Chesterfield Electoral Board responded that the SBE misread the Chesterfield totals. The Chesterfield Electoral Board affirmatively states that all votes have been accounted for. Had the SBE simply called them up or contacted them, this could have easily been explained. The new vote tabulation (from the Democratic Presidential Primary) reported from the Chesterfield Electoral Board to the SBE is the same as the old tabulation. The ball and the burden is now squarely on the Democrat political hack Nancy Rodrigues and the SBE to disprove the Chesterfield vote tally. The SBE misread the results. Period.
Sure, voter turnout exceeded expectations during the Democrat Primary in Chesterfield. Sure, there were not enough paper ballots at some polls. What do you do? Make every vote count. To accomplish this, a decision was made by the Chesterfield Electoral Board and Larry Haake to allow voters to write down their choice on a piece of paper to have their voice heard in the Democrat Primary. Their voices were heard and their votes were counted by the Chesterfield Electoral Board and Chesterfield Registrar Larry Haake.
Funny thing is that the Chesterfield Electoral Board is a DEMOCRAT Board. Funny thing is that instead of going to the Chesterfield Electoral Board or Larry Haake for an explanation of the alleged vote anomaly, the newly elected idiot from the Dale District, Jim Holland, went to the Virginia Democratic Party and the SBE to whine about the situation. Way to throw your people under the bus Jim.....ergh, I mean way to TRY to throw your people under the bus.
Prior to the Democrat Presidential Primary, Chesterfield Voter Registrar Larry Haake submitted his ballot order for the Presidential Primary to the SBE for their review and reccomendation for more ballots if they thought it was necessary.
FACT: According to state code, the SBE must review the Registrar's ballot order.
FACT: The SBE failed to properly amend the Chesterfield Ballot order to accurately reflect the total number of voters that actually showed up to vote in the Democrat Primary.
Nancy Rodrigues, the Chairman of the SBE is not supposed to play politics, just manage the electoral process in VA. In this world of partisan gotcha, is it unreasonable to expect the Chairman of the SBE to pick up the phone and call for clarification instead of grandstanding through press release?
The accounting on the Democrat Primary vote for President in Chesterfield is in order. The conduct of the SBE, and Nancy Rodrigues is out of order. The knee jerk reaction of Jim Holland is out of order. Your move SBE, make it wisely since you can't master basic math. As for Jim Holland? I'll send him some diapers and some tissues. He may be an official within the Chesterfield Democrat Party, but that does not excuse him from acting like a man instead of a crybaby crying WOLF. Man-up dude!
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 6:05 AM
Saturday, February 23, 2008
This morning I attended a breakfast with Attorney General Bob McDonnell, State Senator Steve Martin, Delegate Sam Nixon and the state Director of the grassroots Organization Americans for Prosperity, Benjamin Marchi. Americans for Prosperity is America's premier Grassroots Orhanization dealing with economic policy in the United States. Americans for Prosperity's mission is to educate citizens about economic policy;mobilize citizens to acheive fiscal and regulatory restraint by state governments; and return the federal government to its Constitutional limits. AFP's vision is to ensure greater economic growth, opportunity. and properity for all citizens through strong ethical foundations, government restraint and private sector productivity and competition. I enjoyed talking with Ben after the presentation and was impressed with this organization and with Ben himself as he carries AFT's message across the state. As a fiscal conservative I believe that all sound legislation stems from being fiscally responsible and that the federal governement as overreached in its power on this matter while the state budget has grown to an at an alarming rate. AFP's efforts are going a long way to resolve these issues and efveryone at the grassroots should contact this organization and participate in their efforts.
For more info visite thir website at www.americansforprosperity.org
Friday, February 22, 2008
The only people that don't think that there is a Polar Bear crisis are in fact the actual people that live there...another example of the government thinking they know best. Interesting quotes:
The polar bear can be found in just one place in America -- Alaska -- and is perhaps as much a symbol of the state as, say, alligators are of Florida. So you might think Alaska's politicians would be pounding on doors in Washington to protect it...You'd be wrong...As the federal government decides whether to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, Gov. Sarah Palin and the state's Republican congressional delegation are solidly opposed to the idea...Listing the polar bear would trigger a plan to protect the shrinking Arctic sea ice. And that, Alaskans fear, could dim chances for a proposed project that could bring the state's next big boom: a natural gas pipeline that would tap the North Slope's vast reserves.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:28 PM
Tom Blumer of Pajama Media argues that with the British and Massachusetts healthcare systems failing miserably“If we ever see a nationwide state-run healthcare system in the U.S., the mainstream media will have played a large role in its arrival by ignoring its myriad failures, both overseas and at home.” Some interesting quotes:
The first comes from just outside of many British hospitals (known as “trusts”), in the UK Daily Mail:
A&E patients left in ambulances for up to FIVE hours ‘so trusts can meet government targets’
Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets.
Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge.
The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls.
Doctors warned last night that the practice of “patient-stacking” was putting patients’ health at risk.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:16 PM
Pentagon on Friday shed suspicion on an account of military equipment shortages mentioned by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a debate with rival Hillary Clinton.
I find that account pretty hard to imagine," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.
"Despite the stress that we readily acknowledge on the force, one of the things that we do is make sure that all of our units and service members that are going into harm's way are properly trained, equipped and with the leadership to be successful," he said.
Whitman's remarks were unusual as the Pentagon often declines to talk about comments from political campaigns.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:42 PM
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal a doorman at a nightclubs clears $500,000 per year...I picked the wroooong job.
Sources have been telling me that doormen at several clubs are clearing $8,000 to $10,000 a night before they share tips. So much cash is pouring in that some doormen are making $400,000 to $500,000 a year, several nightclub executives told me..."Pure has guys at the door making more than the president," said one executive with intimate knowledge of the cover-charge system. He was referring to the annual salary of the president of the United States, which is $400,000, plus benefits...About six months ago, on a busy night at Pure, I overheard two men bitterly complaining about the cover charge. "They wanted $1,000 per person. I said the highest I'd go was $800!" one said.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:38 PM
From Politico: Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign claimed vindication Thursday night after a sophisticated 24-hour counterattack turned a potentially lethal story in The New York Times into a conservative call to arms.
It was a vivid illustration of the power of the longstanding anti-media grievance among conservatives. In the past, McCain’s cozy relationships with establishment journalists (“My base,” as he sometimes jokes) has been a major reason the Arizona senator is viewed with such jaundiced eyes by many on the right. McCain was able to leverage these feelings to turn a potentially devastating story into something that arguably lifts his political standing.
McCain campaign officials began their day-long effort by working furiously behind the scenes to reassure donors, and coordinate an anti-Times message with Republican supporters and conservative commentators
Read Here: "http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8629.html"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:27 PM
The New York Times has a story about a new Bush proposal for those indebted by their mortgage. The story "Rescues Weighed As Homeowners Wallow In Debt" goes into the proposal and why thye think it is needed
Prodded in part by some of the nation's biggest banks, the Bush administration and Congress are considering costly new proposals for the government to rescue hundreds of thousands of homeowners whose mortgages are higher than the value of their houses....And policy makers are listening to proposals from industry and community groups to use government funds to purchase and refinance billions of dollars in mortgages now in danger of default....In Washington, it will be difficult to engineer a bailout similar to the one for savings and loan companies in the early 1990s, because Democrats and Republicans alike cringe at the very word bailout and fear a backlash by people who never became overextended.
Read here: "http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/business/22homes.html?_r=1&ref=washington&oref=slogin"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:19 PM
House Bill 719 was rejected by the Courts of Justice Committee. The bill would stiffen penalties for underage drinkers in the Commonwealth. The consumption of any alcohol by an underage driver who gets behind the wheel would have been considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and up to 12 months in prison, in addition to a one-year suspension from driving. Why this was rejected is beyond me since we need to do more that just tell our children not to drink and drive, we need to show them that there are consequences if they do.
Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
I'm old fashioned. More and more, things I believe in are turning out to be mere moral and ethical relics of a by gone era. Here are a few examples: I believe you should wait to be married before having babies; I believe that Washington D.C. belongs not the K Street lobbyists, but to the American People; I believe that our Federal Government should have NEVER put itself in the position of borrowing money from the communist Chinese Government to finance the daily operating expenses of our country; and I believe you should actually know the boundaries of any political office you seek to run for as a candidate. Can we all agree on these basics? Pretty fundamental bread and butter beliefs. If we can't agree on everything listed above, at least join me in stipulating that a candidate for political office has to know the boundaries of the district they are running in. Agreed? Good, keep reading.
Andrea Miller, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 4th Congressional District, has some beliefs she would like you to know about. Try these on: Member of the Virginia Anti-War Network; Member of the Progressive Democrats of America; and she was the Regional Coordinator for MoveOn.Org in Central, Southwest and the Tidewater areas of Virginia.
It gets uhm ..."better." Andrea Miller was a part of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaign, first as Statewide Coordinator for Virginia and subsequently as Regional Coordinator, until Mr. Kucinich dropped out of the campaign.
Ms. Miller lives in Chesterfield County, which is in the western portion of the 4th Congressional District. That bears repeating. Ms. Miller lives in Chesterfield County, which is in the western portion of the 4th Congressional District. Under the "Newsflash" section of her website (a recurring section with changing headers), Ms. Miller states: "On Friday, January 18, 2008, Andrea Miller announced that she was running for U.S. Congress in the 4th Congressional District of Virginia. District 4 includes Chesterfield, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Chesapeake and Bon Air."
Anybody see the problem with that statement? Bon Air, a community located in Chesterfield, is in the 7th Congressional District, not the 4th Congressional District. Ms. Miller's adopted home is Chesterfield County. It is gravely unfortunate that Ms. Miller clearly doesn't know the boundaries are of the 4th Congressional Distict--not even in her own county! The Bon Air Section of Chesterfield is approximately ten miles north of the boundary of the 4th Congressional District in Chesterfield. Use Hull Street Road as the DMZ line. You cannot overlook this, espicially when the candidate lives in very County where she can't seem to get the boundaries straight.
If this was not bad enough for you, how will Ms. Miller's membership in the Virginia Anti-War Network play out in this region where Fort Lee just gained 10,000 jobs as a result of Congressman Forbes efforts on BRAC? Ms. Miller, meet your running mate--Barack HUSSEIN Obama. McCain/Forbes versus Hussein/Miller in a military district during time of war. Good luck in the campaign Ms. Miller. My advice? Keep campaigning in Bon Air. We call it the DIMOCRAT party for a reason.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 4:50 AM
Thursday, February 21, 2008
From Reuters Tabassum Zakaria and Deborah Charles write an article "Bush in Liberia to show support for African ally," Interesting quotes below:
"During his one-day visit to the small English-speaking West African state, Bush will hold talks with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who took office in 2006 as Africa's first elected female leader. He was due to speak at a U.S.-funded military training facility where U.S. defence contractors have been training the new Liberian army following the end of a devastating 1989-2003 civil war which killed 200,000 people.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:11 AM
The New York Times has prinyed an article aimed at the core of Senator McCain's appeal - his integrity, personal and public. The headline of the article is, "For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk," and the piece strongly suggests the soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee had an affair with a female telecomm lobbyist when he was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
From the AP - A U.S. Navy cruiser blasted a disabled spy satellite with a pinpoint missile strike that achieved the main mission of exploding a tank of toxic fuel 130 miles above the Pacific Ocean, defense officials said."
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Guest posted by MAXIMUS
You may be aware that Barack Hussein Obama, and his Virginia propogandist Lowell Feld of RK, mock the Virginia GOP for holding illegal aliens accountable when they violate the laws of to the laws of Virginia and the United States.
I hope that Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Lowell Feld send a belated Valentine's card to AG McDonnell and ICE for their leadership in getting 171 criminal alien sex offenders off the streets of Virginia. Nope....nada...nyet...aint gonna happen....Why? Hussein and Feld HEART illegal aliens too much. This leads me to wonder...Do Hussein and Feld love the sinner along with the sin? Make fun of the Virginia GOP all you want for enforcing laws against illegal immigrants in Virginia to your peril. We need no apologists for illegal alien pedophiles in our ranks.
Here is an initial list that contains the Nationalities, Localities and the Criminal Offenses of the recently detained criminal aliens. Due to Federal Privacy Act Provisions, names cannot be provided.
Illegal Alien from Ethiopia --Alexandria, VA, Rape
Illegal Alien from India--Alexandria, VA, Use of Communications System to Contact a Minor;
Illegal Alien from Peru, Alexandria, VA, Attempted Aggravated Sexual Battery;
Illegal Alien from El Salvador, Alexandria, VA, Indecent Exposure; Indecent Exposure; Indecent Exposure
Illegal Alien from Honduras, Alexandria, VA, Taking Indecent Liberties with Children
Illegal Alien from El Salvador Alexandria, VA Carnal Knowledge of Child 13-15
Illegal Alien from Argentina, Arlington, VA Rape
Illegal Alien from Laos, Beaverdam, VA, Rape; Assault
Illegal Alien from Mexico, Blacksburg, VA, Taking Indecent Liberties with Children
Illegal Alien from El Salvador Burke, VA, Aggravated Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Iran , Burke, VA, Taking Indecent Liberties with Children
Illegal Alien from Cuba, Chester, VA, Indecent Liberties with Child by Custodian
Illegal Alien from Honduras Clifton Forge, VA, Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Honduras Culpeper, VA Carnal Knowledge of Child 13-15; Failure to Register
Illegal Alien from Mexico Dumfries, VA Lewd/Lascivious Acts with Child under 14
Illegal Alien from Peru Fairfax, VA Lewd/Lascivious Acts with Child; Failure to Register
Illegal Alien from Mexico Front Royal, VA Communicate with Minor for Immoral Purposes
Illegal Alien from Thailand Harrisonburg, VA Taking Indecent Liberties with Children
Illegal Alien from Scotland Lorton, VA Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Germany Manassas, VA Indecent Liberties with Child by Custodian; Aggravated Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from El Salvador Manassas, VA Aggravated Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Guatemala Manassas, VA Carnal Knowledge of Child 13 to 15 years old
Illegal Alien from El Salvador Manassas, VA Carnal Knowledge of Child 13 to 15 years old
Illegal Alien from India Norfolk, VA Taking Indecent Liberties with Children
Illegal Alien from Mexico Purceville, VA Taking Indecent Liberties with Children
Illegal Alien from El Salvador Richmond, VA Aggravated Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Cambodia Richmond, VA Aggravated Sexual Battery; Aggravated Sexual Battery, Failure to Register
Illegal Alien from Jamaica Spotsylvania, VA Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Haiti Stafford, VA Use of Communications to Contact a Minor
Illegal Alien from El Salvador Sterling, VA Sexual Battery
Illegal Alien from Honduras Waynesboro, VA Rape
Illegal Alien from Turkey Williamsburg, VA Use of Communication System to Contact a Minor; Attempted IndecentLiberties with Children
Illegal Alien from Guatemala Woodbridge, VA Indecent Liberties with Child by Custodian
Illegal Alien from Philippines Woodbridge, VA Sexual Abuse
Illegal Alien from Egypt Woodbridge, VA Aggravated Sexual Battery
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 8:12 PM
Guest Posted by MAXIMUS
Results Matter to the people of Virginia...if you are Governor, Lt. Governor, or Attorney General.....results matter. Empty rhetoric simply does not count any more. AG McDonnell is a man of results. Wow...this is stuff Governor's are made of!
Attorney General Bob McDonnell and I.C.E. Announce Arrests of 171 Criminal Alien Sex Offenders in Virginia. 171 Illegal Alien Sex Offenders placed into Removal Proceedings. Attorney General Bob McDonnell Requested Review of Sex Offender Registry; Offers it as National Model.
RICHMOND - Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, joined by leaders of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Virginia State Police, today announced a major law enforcement action to remove 171 convicted criminal alien sex offenders from Virginia. The joint action will serve as a model for other states. ICE called this "Operation Cold Play," and said it was a component of "Operation Predator," which is a multi-year effort targeted at sex offenders nationwide. Today's announcement concludes Phase I of this ongoing operation.In 2006, Attorney General Bob McDonnell worked with the Virginia General Assembly on numerous improvements to Virginia's Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. In addition, the Attorney General assisted in securing 45 new state trooper positions to ensure compliance with Registry regulations and investigative violations. In July of 2007, with the additional investigative resources dedicated to the Sex Offender Registry, the Attorney General requested that the Virginia State Police check the birthplace of each individual on the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, and share this information with ICE. The Virginia State Police compiled the list and turned it over to ICE in July of 2007. The original list consisted of 527 names.ICE agents ran the list against two different federal databases. The process led to the following findings and action:84 Convicted criminal alien sex offenders on the list had already left the country or been deported 135 Convicted criminal alien sex offenders were incarcerated in the Commonwealth of Virginia (state and local facilities) and are now being processed for removal from the U.S. upon completion of their incarceration 36 Convicted criminal alien sex offenders have been recently taken into federal custody through a joint action involving ICE and Virginia State Police and have been put into removal proceedings. "This is a milestone in our effort to remove criminal illegal aliens from the Commonwealth," McDonnell said. "Using the data from our improved Sex Offender Registry, and the additional manpower of the troopers assigned to the new State Police Sex Offender Investigative Unit, we were able to get specific information to ICE and remove dangerous criminal alien sex offenders from Virginia. We have the resources in place to make significant progress in removing criminal aliens from our Commonwealth. Public safety demands that we utilize these resources."McDonnell continued, "I trust all Virginians agree that there is no place in Virginia for criminal alien sex offenders. We must take every possible step to remove these dangerous criminals from our Commonwealth and nation. Criminal aliens threaten our citizens and our communities, and they undermine the rule of law. I thank the dedicated officers at ICE and the Virginia State Police for their important, and continuing, work on this public safety initiative. Virginia will be safer because of what we have accomplished today."
This my friends is the stuff that future Governor's are made of! AG McDonnell is a man of results, not empty rhetoric.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:47 PM
From Leigh Hornbeck at the Albany Times-Union Blog
Update: Rocque does have some thoughts on FISA, as it turns out. He also said Gillibrand “puts party politics ahead of our national security.” And, “I would have voted for legislation that takes into account the massive changes in communication technology - changes that our enemies understand and exploit in their efforts to organize and execute attacks against us and our allies. I understand the threat our country faces and would not have voted to extend the current law.”
Sandy Treadwell and the National Republican Congressional Committee accused Kirsten Gillibrand this week of playing fast and loose with national security. Gillibrand’s votes show during the debate over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, she supported a 21-day extension, but voted against taking up the Senate-approved bill on the House floor. House Republicans opposed the extension because they wanted a vote on longer-lasting amendments to FISA.
In Treadwell’s words, “The (Senate) bill authorizes surveillance of foreign-to-foreign communications of terrorist suspects without having to obtain a prior court order, which is a necessary tool to ensure our ability to take timely action against terrorist plots.”
In a story published yesterday, Congressional Quarterly described the Republican and Democratic differences this way:
“A major sticking point for House Democrats is retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies facing lawsuits for their alleged participation in warrantless surveillance. The Senate bill would grant such immunity, while the House-passed measure would not. Bush has said he would veto the House version.”
Despite the press release from the NRCC screaming “Kirsten Gillibrand and House Democrats play political chicken with America’s security,” because they adjourned Thursday for the holiday without reauthorizing the Protect America Act, the congresswoman was one of 10 Dems who went against Speaker Pelosi and voted to stay at work.
“The Senate bill contains immunity for telecoms, which the Congresswoman doesn’t support,” spokeswoman Rachel McEneny said Friday.
The current PAA bill expires Saturday. Congress is on vacation next week.
Mike Rocque and John Wallace, who plan to primary Treadwell in September, didn’t comment on this issue.
Read Here: http://blogs.timesunion.com/localpolitics/?p=1148
The National Republican Congressional Committee Press Release:
FISA Fallout: DCCC Chair Pointing Fingers
Instead of Protecting Americans
Fearing Political Fallout for Protecting Trial Lawyers, Van Hollen
Resorts to Desperate Accusations
Washington- Last week, the Democrats abdicated their responsibility to protect the American people and allowed the terrorist surveillance program to expire in favor of allowing trial lawyers to tie up the court system with frivolous lawsuits against telecommunications companies.
Fearing political fallout, Van Hollen has resorted to pointing fingers and lashing out under increasing political pressure:
“He [the President] wants to immunize telecommunications companies that may have helped him illegally listen in on the phone calls of innocent Americans.” (C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” 2/17/08)
House Democrats are resigning themselves to throwing partisan barbs as they come under fire for endangering American lives by allowing the terrorist surveillance program to expire. Speaker Pelosi and her fellow Democrat leaders have quickly abandoned their promise to protect the American people, and instead are protecting trial lawyers:
“The true reason for blocking the bill was Senate-passed retroactive immunity to protect from lawsuits private telecommunications firms asked to eavesdrop by the government. The nation's torts bar, vigorously pursuing such suits, has spent months lobbying hard against immunity.” (Washington Post, 2/18/08)
“Democrats are trying to cast blame and play a game of misdirection, but this failure falls squarely on their shoulders and has potentially dangerous consequences,” said NRCC Communications Director Jessica Boulanger. “Chris Van Hollen’s comments illustrate the Democrats’ priority of protecting trial lawyers over the security of the American people.”
While Democrats are enjoying their weeklong vacation, they have significantly hamstrung our intelligence officers from identifying and combating potential threats to our national security. Chris Van Hollen’s finger-pointing tactics won’t distract voters from punishing Democrats at the polls.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:35 PM
Martin Solomon at PJM discusses the alarming occurrence of academics traveling abroad to meet with terrorists and doing so on our tax money. Below are some very interesting quotes:
On January 9th of this year, an Iranian news agency reported that a group of Columbia University “professors and deans of faculties” had made plans to travel to the Islamic Republic to “officially apologize to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” in person. Ahmadinejad, it will be remembered, had visited the university by invitation a few months earlier and against all expectations had received a forthright introduction by President Lee Bollinger. So forthright, in fact, that a group of professors began circulating a petition decrying Bollinger’s behavior as “not only uncivil and bad pedagogy, [but his remarks] allied the University with the Bush administration’s war in Iraq.” Horror.
Well, according to this petition-signing faculty, criticizing the Iranian madman puts you on the side of the Texan commander-in-chief. It was their own version of “you’re either with us or with the Bush administration.” By their own logic, therefore, where did that put them — being against the American administration and apologetic toward the homosexual-hanging Iranian as they were?
The editors of The National Review have a great column on Cuba and what Castro's exit really means for the country. Here are some interesting quotes:
Fidel Castro has been one of the cruelest dictators in living memory. He has also been the longest-“serving.” What has Castro served? Repression, torture, and murder. He seized power in January 1959. He is now “retiring,” just short of his 50th year in power. His golden jubilee will surely be marked, regardless; seldom have 50 years been less golden or more awful.
Castro and his fellow revolutionaries overthrew a bad regime, that of the dictator Fulgencio Batista. Castro installed a much worse regime, with himself at its head. Before taking over, Castro promised an open and democratic society with respect for all people. He immediately betrayed that promise — and imprisoned many of his comrades who clung to the democratic dream. Others managed to flee to the United States.
Castro may now have bowed out, but his dictatorship, and Cuban Communism, are firmly in place. People ask: To whom will the island “transition”? Castro’s brother, Raúl? Ideally, the island would transition to democracy: to the Cuban people themselves. But a say in their own destiny does not seem in the offing anytime soon for the Cuban people.
An interesting article on Pajama media by author "The Anchoress" about the perceived more of the REP party to the left as illustrated by McCain's eventual nomination. Here are some interesting quotes:
If anyone is keeping tabs on it, the Great Impure Conservative Purge is continuing apace. It seems both Cal Thomas and Oliver North — yes, Oliver North — have suggested that right-wing voters unify behind presumptive nominee Senator John McCain, and thus they have been tagged in right-wing internet forums as impure RINOs. Having failed to meet the exacting standards of the “true conservatives” within the GOP, these two are the latest heretics and infidels to be identified as “Republican In Name Only.”
A few days ago, Douthat wrote:
With their inflexibility, grudge-holding, and eagerness to evict heretics rather than seek converts, too many of conservatism’s leaders sound like the custodians of a dwindling religious denomination or a politically correct English department at a fading liberal-arts college.
Or like yesterday’s Democratic Party. The tribunes of the American right have fallen into the same bad habits that doomed their liberal rivals to years of political failure.
Yes, it is entirely possible that the purist TCs, forming their True Conservative Party with their impeccably conservative candidate, will someday be courting the CINOs and other filthy moderates for their votes, and relying on the very open-mindedness, pragmatism, and flexibility they currently abhor, to bring about the Great Conservative Nirvana that they seek.
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/02/mama_were_all_rinos_now.php
House Bill 875 would allow Richmond to regulate the soliciting of contributions and the distributing of materials in all highway rights-of-way...The Bill was sponsored by Del. G. Manoli Loupassi;
Democrat Albert C. Pollard Jr. beat Republican Lee Anne Washington for the 99th District seat in the House of Delegates with 6,908 votes to Washington's 5,086 in a special election held to fill the vacancy left by Republican Del. Robert J. Wittman.
Superdelegate Donna Brazile on CNN: 'Senator Clinton has replaced her campaign manager. She's replaced her deputy campaign manager. Someone needs to replace the speechwriter. There's no reason to keep talking about 35 years and how - how much of a whipping and beating she's gotten from Republicans. It's time now to talk about what she can do to lift up those - the people out there in this country who want change, who want to see a difference in the White House. She has the credibility to make that argument. It's time she makes that argument so that she can pick up the 820-some-odd pledged delegates that are still at stake.'
New ideas win elections!
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:58 AM
NBC's Chuck Todd stated 'Suddenly, she needs 65 percent of these remaining states, of these delegates, just overturn that delegate lead that he has. It's about 150, 155 now. With these states, a conservative approximation, that number could get close to 200. So to overturn it, she'd have to win 65 percent of the remaining delegates in order to get that lead.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:55 AM
From Reuters - President Bush reassured Africa that the United States was not preparing to build new military bases there and played down the risk of rivalry with China for influence on the continent. Speaking in Ghana on the fourth leg of a five-nation African tour, Bush said the U.S. military command for Africa created last year was intended to help African leaders solve the continent's crises, not boost the U.S. military presence there.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The Contemporary Conservative is growing and is very excited to add two new authors to the blog. The first one to come aboard will be "Maximus" the second one will come along a little later. Maximus's insights into Virginia and Chesterfield politics will be a great addition to The Contemporary Conservative as we attempt to make the best blog possible. Welcome aboard!
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:12 PM
RPV NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It Didn’t Take Long: Tax and Spend Democrats Are Back
RICHMOND, VA (February 19, 2008)– It took only five weeks, but Democrats in the Virginia Senate have used their new majority status to pass a tax hike and advance new spending increases.
In a classic tax and spend two-step, the full Democratic-controlled Senate passed a five-cent hike in the gas tax on one day. Then, two days later, the Democratic majority on the Senate Finance Committee put its stamp of approval on Governor Tim Kaine’s budget-busting requests for tens of millions of dollars in new spending.
“Democrats in Virginia claim they’ve moved past their ‘tax and spend’ ways, but it appears old habits die hard” said Republican Party of Virginia Director of Communications Josh Noland. “Virginians are facing a slowing economy, a budget shortfall and record high gas prices, yet Democrats in the Senate insist on raiding the rainy-day fund, supporting Tim Kaine’s new spending programs, and raising prices at the pump. Instead of passing the buck on to Virginia taxpayers, Senate Democrats should make the tough choices to rein in spending and close the shortfall without raising taxes. Families across the Commonwealth must do this each month, and Senate Democrats should be able to do the same.”
(Reuters) - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's opponents won a big election victory on Tuesday after voters rejected his former ruling party...this could be a big blow to US Pakistan realtions since Musharraf has been in power since 1999 and has been an our ally in many conflicts.
The New York Times is reporting: Fidel Castro stepped down Tuesday morning as the president of Cuba after a long illness, ending one of the longest tenures as an all-powerful, communist head of state in the world, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party. In late July 2006, Mr. Castro, who is 81, handed over power temporarily to his brother, Raúl Castro, 76, and a few younger cabinet ministers, after an acute infection in his colon forced him to undergo emergency surgery.
The United States formally recognizes Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state on Feb. 18th. Secretary of State Rice is quoted as saying, " “In light of the conflicts of the 1990s, independence is the only viable option to promote stability in the region," ...Kosovo has been a U.N. protectorate since 1999 policed by 16,000 NATO-led forces
Read article from the US Dept. of State Here:http://www.america.gov/st/peacesec-english/2008/February/20080218144244dmslahrellek0.9832117.html
Wikileaks.org, a website that lets whistle-blowers anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken down in the US after a recent ruling in California court. The suit was brought against the site after documents were post by Rudolf Elmer a former vice president of banking group Julius Baer.
Drop from the #1 spot this week in the BNN rankings but The Contemporary Conservatives will back in the top Spot soon. We have some changes happening around here, in the near future, that will really boost the blog to the next level.
House Bill 403, sponsored by Del. Phillip A. Hamilton, was approved by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. This bill protects workers from liability for injury or wrongful death during an emergency, if the problem was the result of a lack of resources at the scene.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The Senate Republicans in the General Assembly are using what power they still possess to stop the withdrawal of more than $420 million from the rainy day fund. Interesting quotes:
Sen. William C. Wampler Jr. of Bristol, the finance panel's ranking Republican, said the GOP would resist the budget because it relies on a Kaine-recommended $420 million withdrawal from the rainy-day account while expanding programs the governor favors....the seven Republicans on the 16-member Senate Finance Committee opposed the panel's recommended changes to a budget for 2008-2010.
Read Here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-02-18-0124.html
China has added horror videos to its list of banned video and audio content as it intensified things not allowed in the country ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Quates from reuters:
Offending content included "wronged spirits and violent ghosts, monsters, demons, and other inhuman portrayals, strange and supernatural storytelling for the sole purpose of seeking terror and horror," the administration said.
The new guidelines aim to "control and cleanse the negative effect these items have on society, and to prevent horror, violent, cruel publications from entering the market through official channels and to protect adolescents' psychological health."
If the "banned" this keeps growing at this rate there will be nothing to do for those going to the Beijing Olympics. Maybe they can run dubbed versions of Giligan's Island..oh wait Ginger is a little to scandalous.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:38 AM
Attacks by insurgents and rival sectarian militias have fallen up to 80 percent in Baghdad and concrete blast walls that divide the capital could soon be removed.
The surge is working in Iraq.
Read Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1880448320080216?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:29 AM
In a another esample of schools teaching more than reading, writing and math; a California nill would require learning institutions to teach about the liberal view of Global Warming. The San Jose Mercury reports, "A Silicon Valley lawmaker is gaining momentum with a bill that would require "climate change" to be among the science topics that all California public school students are taught...The measure, by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, also would mandate that future science textbooks approved for California public schools include climate change."
Although the bill has passed there was dissention, "I find it disturbing that this mandate to teach this theory is not accompanied by a requirement that the discussion be science-based and include a critical analysis of all sides of the subject," said Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, during the Senate debate."
Do scientists get to approve these texts? They will be approved my people not learned in the science of global change and thus wil include ideology (similar to the THEORY if evolution) that will be taught to our youngster as fact. This opens a door for this mandate of a another unproven theory to spread across the schools of the US.
Read Here: http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_8269190
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:17 AM
Saturday, February 16, 2008
David Brooks of The New York Times is quoted as saying: "John McCain travels with Hillary Clinton many times on congressional delegations. They get along great; they love each other. Whereas John McCain has negotiations with Barack Obama on the immigration bill; McCain believes Obama broke his word in some of those negotiations and has much less respect for him. It was about ethics when they had a public blowup, but the private animosity goes to immigration."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:20 PM