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From all indications, it appears that Salam Rasoul will win the Democrat Nomination to run for Congress in Virginia's 6th Congressional District. At present, the 6th Congressional District seat is admirably and competently filled by Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte. If Salam does win the Democrat nomination, he will be running hand in glove with the probable Democrat Presidential nominee--Hussein Obama.
Salam Rasoul has an incredibly tall mountain to climb to defeat Bob Goodlatte in this November's elections. The Valley of Virginia is one of the strongest GOP enclaves in the nation. However, if Salam were to beat Bob in the upset , Salam would be only the second Muslim ever elected to the United States House of Representatives--the first being Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). Further, Salam would be the first Muslim ever elected to Congress from Virginia. Many first's there.
In the run up to this November's elections, will Salam Rasoul run on a ticket with Barrack Hussein Obama? Will they have both names printed on joint yard signs, joint literature...and will they run joint commercials, etc.? Will Hussein and Salam make joint appearances in the Valley this Summer? Pretty safe bet they will, Demorats tend to flock together.
Monday, March 31, 2008
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Sunday, March 30, 2008
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I did not want to go here. However, a recent post from "GLADE" at the Dem blog COBALT 6 argues that John McCain is somehow treating veterans wrongly for not having yet signed onto a bill enhancing education benefits for Vets of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Link here:
http://www.cobalt6.net/showDiary.do?diaryId=1109 This dude GLADE goes on to say how Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton are supporting it, trying to set up the argument that McCain is somehow against Veterans.
What GLADE fails to mention is this: the new GI BILL that Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary are supporting FAILS to cover an educational increase for combat veterans that served during the first Gulf War, FAILS to cover an educational increase for combat veterans that served in Bosnia, FAILS to cover an educational increase for combat veterans that served in Somalia.
I doubt this punk GLADE ever served in the military, yet he is gonna somehow play the punk gotcha game on McCain with this tripe. The ethos of the modern military is this: LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND....extended to veterans, this means, LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND.
So, since GLADE and COBALT 6 went here, all is now fair in this BS argument. Since its Senator Webb's idea to extend additional educational benefit for only vets of the Iraq War and the Afghan War, does this mean that Senator Webb is intentionally leaving behind combat vets of the first Gulf War because including them in the new enhanced educational benefits under the new GI BILL is too expensive? Sadly, this is the case. Many Gulf War Veterans, those of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Provide Comfort, have racked up huge student loan debts because the $10,800 under the present GI Bill simply is not enough to pay tuition for one year of college, much less four years of college. I am confident that Senator McCain will support a form of this bill when it includes all combat veterans, INCLUDING GULF WAR VETERANS.
Hey COBALT 6, next time you see Senator Webb, thank that pious punk for only looking after his son (a Marine Combat Veteran in the Iraq War) and not after all combat veterans. It's real nice when Daddy's a Senator. Hey "GLADE" Let's start the discussion....pack a lunch.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:29 AM
Friday, March 28, 2008
It’s time to help make a positive change in Chesterfield County. On March 31st, the Chesterfield County Republican Committee (CCRC) will elect a new executive board by Canvas at Manchester Middle school from 5:30pm -8:00pm. Any registered voter in Chesterfield County may come at anytime between 5:30 pm -8pm to cast his or her ballot. It will only take 10 minutes and be sure to bring ID (valid VA Drivers License or Registered Voter card.)
The CCRC serves an important function in that it helps select and endorses viable Republican candidates that will represent you in local and state races to help build a better Virginia. We need a strong Executive committee to ensure that we endorse principled conservative candidates who will represent the best interests of our community and county. I am running for the office of Vice Chair of Special Projects to assist in growing the committee through innovative ideas and by reaching out into the community to bring new Republican and conservative minded Independents into the CCRC so that we can get representation in our local government that reflect our ideals. The reason I am running for Special Projects Vice Chair is that we need to reach the changing demographic of Chesterfield county to ensure that our party, the party of ideas, engages the voting public to vote as they live. As last November’s election and most recently the Presidential primary if Chesterfield’s residents are engaged they will turn out to vote for what they think is positive change to their lives.
The vast majority of people in Chesterfield live the conservative lifestyle that helped mold the Republican creed but they do not always vote as they live so it is up to us to show them the conservative way of life is best expressed by voting for Republican candidates. The use of the new media is the most recent way to reach the most people at the least cost to start the dialogue of how we Republican are the party of ideas. With the use of the internet, blogging, YouTube Technology, Upgraded Websites with interactive components and the use of virtual forums where participants can ask questions “real-time” the voters are engaged and brought into the discussion of ideas; a discussion conservatives (and Republicans) will win every time. The sponsorship of actual live forum’s and debates, on a variety of ideas around the county, will help get the message out to inactive Republicans, right leaning independents and those not involved in the political process at all that the increased Liberal Democrat presence in Chesterfield demands we all get involved now to make sure that our standard of living stays strong to the Republican creed and in the best interest of all people living in our county.
What: Chesterfield County Republican Committee Canvas
When: Monday, March 31st from 5:30PM – 8PM
Where: Manchester Middle School 7401 Hull Street Road, Richmond, VA
Process: Any registered voter in Chesterfield County may come anytime between 5:30-8PM to cast his or her ballot. Please bring ID (Valid VA Drivers License or Registered Voter Card)…..It will only take 10 minutes.
Jody Wilcox for Vice Chair of Special Projects
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Funny that all three were against the war...From the AP:
Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. ..The three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002, while the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq. While traveling, they called for a diplomatic solution. ...Prosecutors say that trip was arranged by Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a Michigan charity official, who was charged Wednesday with setting up the junket at the behest of Saddam's regime. Iraqi intelligence officials allegedly paid for the trip through an intermediary and rewarded Al-Hanooti with 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil...The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. None was charged and Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said investigators "have no information whatsoever" any of them knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam. ..."Obviously, we didn't know it at the time," McDermott spokesman Michael DeCesare said Wednesday. "The trip was to see the plight of the Iraqi children. That's the only reason we went
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:15 AM
From thw Washington Times:
Are Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elton John breaking U.S. laws by allowing the British pop singer, a foreign national, to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign by performing a concert on her behalf?..That's the question Inside the Beltway put to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) yesterday, which does not rule out the possibility...First, some background supplied by the FEC: The goal of the 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was to "minimize foreign intervention" in U.S. elections by establishing a series of limitations on foreign nationals. In 1974, the prohibition was incorporated into the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), giving the FEC jurisdiction over its enforcement and interpretation....According to the FEC, FECA "prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment."
Read Artcle Here:http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080327/NATION02/615066787
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:11 AM
From Bloomberg News:
'The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said he wants to know whether Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pressured Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke into brokering the deal that allowed the sale of Bear Stearns Cos. to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, who will be involved in one of two congressional inquiries into the deal, asked in an interview with Bloomberg Television yesterday whether Paulson pushed Bernanke into authorizing the $29 billion loan needed to make the sale or if the agreement was the result of an 'independent Fed decision.' 'We want to know the extent to which Paulson was involved in the deal,' Grassley said. 'The extent to which this was a political decision by a political branch of government that was urged on the Fed is very important to me - that that not happen.' The inquiries - one by the Senate Finance Committee of which Grassley is the ranking Republican and the other by the Senate Banking Committee - may herald a broader congressional backlash against the agreement, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has described as a 'bailout.' '
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:08 AM
From the N.Y. Daily News:
Gov. Paterson said Wednesday he's zipping his lips when it comes to talking about his personal life. ... 'More than any other elected official on this planet, and probably in outer space, I have discussed my personal situation over the past week,' he said during a news conference in this gritty city. His eyebrow-raising revelations have threatened his ability to govern effectively, and made him the butt of jokes on the late night talk show circuit.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:06 AM
From the Wall Street Journal
'Farm Lobby Beats Back Assault On Subsidies,' by Lauren Etter and Greg Hitt: 'With grain prices soaring, farm income at record highs and the federal budget deficit widening, the subsidies and handouts given to American farmers would seem vulnerable to a serious pruning. But it appears that farmers, at least so far, have succeeded in stopping the strongest effort in years to shrink the government safety net that doles out billions of dollars to them each year.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:05 AM
PRESIDENT BUSH will deliver remarks on the war on terror at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, in Dayton, Ohio. Per the White House,
he will outline 'the 'bottom up' political progress taking place, including the grassroots movement that began in Anbar Province and former insurgents that have switched to the Coalition side. He will discuss how the national government is incorporating some of these 'Sons of Iraq' into the security forces, and funding jobs programs for the others.' He will acknowledge 'the challenges Iraq still faces, particularly in the areas of political and economic progress.'
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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Drudge is reporting on a recent poll from Gallup with fascinating results. According to the poll, if Clinton looses the nomination, 28% of her supporters will vote for McCain. If Hussein Obama loses the nomination, 19% of his supporters will go for McCain.
"The data suggest that the continuing and sometimes fractious Democratic nomination fight could have a negative impact for the Democratic Party in next November's election. A not insignificant percentage of both Obama and Clinton supporters currently say they would vote for McCain if he ends up running against the candidate they do not support. Clinton supporters appear to be somewhat more reactive than Obama supporters. Twenty-eight percent of the former indicate that if Clinton is not the nominee -- and Obama is -- they would support McCain. That compares to 19% of Obama supporters who would support McCain if Obama is not the nominee -- and Clinton is."
Link to the poll here:
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 10:07 AM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
From the N.Y. Daily News:
'Governor Paterson Monday night admitted to using cocaine and marijuana when he was in his 20s. The 53-year-old Paterson - who's already admitted to cheating on his wife and making some questionable uses of campaign money - made the revelation in a rapid-fire Q-and-A session with New York 1 anchor Dominic Carter.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:19 AM
It looks like SENATOR McCAIN will resist pandering when he speaks later today on the HOUSING CRISIS, to the Orange County Hispanic small business roundtable. From his prepared remarks:
'Let's start with some straight talk. I will not play election year politics with the housing crisis. I will evaluate everything in terms of whether it might be harmful or helpful to our effort to deal with the crisis we face now. ...'I have always been committed to the principle that it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers. Government assistance to the banking system should be based solely on preventing systemic risk that would endanger the entire financial system and the economy. ... I will consider any and all proposals based on their cost and benefits. In this crisis, as in all I may face in the future, I will not allow dogma to override common sense.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:17 AM
From the N.Y. Times
'[I]t now appears likely that any decision on major reductions in American troops from Iraq will be left to the next president. That ensures that the question over what comes next will remain in the center of the presidential campaign through Election Day.'...
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:15 AM
From the AP -
European and Asian markets surged Tuesday as investors returned from the Easter holiday in a mood to buy, encouraged by upbeat U.S. housing numbers and overnight gains on Wall Street. U.S. stocks headed for a moderately higher open as investors awaited readings on consumer sentiment and housing.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:14 AM
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From this weekend's Richmond Times Dispatch:
Passing the Buck
Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 - 12:05 AM
The so-called abusive-driver fees provoked citizen outrage that recalled the Boston Tea Party. A unanimous Virginia Supreme Court threw out attempts to allow unelected transportation authorities to levy regional taxes. The virtual collapse of last year's celebrated transportation package cast unflattering light on just about everyone.
Certain partisans want to pass the buck. Democrats blame Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell for failing to alert legislators to constitutional problems. He supposedly should have foreseen the outcome in the courts.
The rap against him is bum. Here's a reason: According to the summary of the package as introduced by House Speaker Bill Howell, the bill "provides . . . authority to localities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to impose additional fees for transportation." Identical language appeared in the version passed by the General Assembly and sent to the governor. Gov. Tim Kaine subsequently submitted amendments, which were incorporated in the version that became law. The final summary said the bill "provides . . . authority to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority to impose regional fees and taxes in their respective areas."
The new language shifted the power to raise fees and/or taxes from localities to authorities -- i.e., presumably from elected bodies to unelected ones. Democrats critical of McDonnell apparently are dismayed the Republican did not denounce their fellow Democrat.
The tale grows more amusing: When the House of Delegates passed a transportation bill that had a better chance of passing constitutional muster, the chamber split 64-34. The vote on the legislation that flunked the Supreme Court's test split 85-15. The difference came primarily from Democratic legislators who opposed the plan when it was associated with the GOP but supported it when Kaine signaled his willingness to sign an amended bill.
The blame game is unseemly, which is to say typical. House Democrats have no basis for passing the buck to McDonnell or anyone else. The transportation debacle embarrasses almost every senator and delegate, as well as the governor. Del. Bob Marshall led the constitutional challenge. The Republican from Manassas does not rank among our favorite lawmakers, yet he is one of the few to emerge from the debate with his image enhanced.
Link to this story:
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Editorial: Transportation wreck isn't McDonnell's fault
Democrats in Richmond try to blame the attorney general for a plan they helped craft.
When the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 29 that unelected bodies may not levy taxes for roads, the state transportation deal collapsed. Many Democrats now refuse to accept their share of the blame for the fiasco. Instead, they attempt to scapegoat Attorney General Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell has issued plenty of bad legal decisions as attorney general. The Regent University law school graduate too often caters to the far right of the GOP over the good of the commonwealth and the law. When it comes to the transportation plan, though, his hands are clean, or at least no dirtier than those of Democrats or anyone else.
Legislative counsel advises lawmakers on the constitutionality of their bills. The attorney general might take a look and weigh in, but it isn't his responsibility to tell the General Assembly not to pass a law. Besides, a year ago, practically everyone thought the plan was fine.
Then the Supreme Court ruled that taxation without accountability doesn't work in Virginia. It isn't McDonnell's fault legislators forgot such a basic principle.
Democratic motivation for trying to tar McDonnell is obvious enough: He's a likely Republican candidate for governor next year, especially now that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has decided not to seek the office. If Democrats can tarnish McDonnell, so much the better for their candidate.
This political gamesmanship will not fix the state's highways, nor will it generate the billions of dollars needed for upkeep and construction.
It will, however, alienate Republicans and make the hard compromises necessary to raise money for roads all the harder.
Democrats should take a cue from Gov. Tim Kaine. He's pushing ahead in search of a new transportation plan, one that keeps funding with the state where it belongs.
Coming up with the money will require raising taxes -- most likely the gas tax and the automobile sales tax. And accomplishing that will require support from the rational wing of the Republican Party. Wild Democratic attacks on McDonnell won't bring them around.
Link to this Editorial: http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/wb/155811
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 8:22 AM
Monday, March 24, 2008
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A story running at the Drudge Report indicates that Chinese Police have fired on unarmed monks and nuns. At this point, is there any reason NOT to boycott the Olympics in China? This is precisely the reason for that the United States SHOULD boycott the games. If we participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in China, then we condone the activity of the Communist Chinese Government. Reports indicate one monk was killed. When will America take a stand against China? H/T Drudge Report: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3612661.ece
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA 10) is arguably Congress' most outspoken critic of the ongoing human rights abuses in China. We need to hear from him now..we need his outspoken leadership to speak for us, to articulate a direct message in opposition to the actions of the Communist Chinese Government. Why? It is increasingly apparent that a majority of Congressmen in Washington D.C. have sold their souls to support the Communist Chinese, what other reason for the silence?
Congressman Wolf, America needs to hear your voice about these recent events in China and we need to know where Congress stands in support of the Olympics in light of their recent actions.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 6:39 PM
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As you may know, earlier today Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling announced that he will seek re-election as Lieutenant Governor next year. I strongly endorse Bill in his re-election effort. As I begin to prepare for my campaign for Governor, I greatly look forward to running with Bill on a Republican ticket that will advance prosperity and opportunity and bring new energy and conservative leadership to Virginia.
Bill Bolling is a talented, principled Lieutenant Governor. He has led on the floor of the Senate, in the halls of the Capitol, and all across Virginia. This past session alone, Bill Bolling discovered the unconstitutional misappropriation of lottery funds in the state budget process. I was pleased to be able to back Bill up on this with an official legal opinion verifying his findings after he brought them to my attention. Bill also fought hard to restore budget funding for abstinence education. Rarely has a Lieutenant Governor taken the lead on two such high profile issues during a legislative session. Virginia is better managed because of Bill's leadership.
Bill and I have spoken at length about his decision to seek reelection. We speak often, discussing everything from how our children are doing to the crucial issues facing our Commonwealth. Bill is someone whose opinion I place in the highest regard. We are friends who share the same values, and the same commitment to solving problems, making government work better, and improving the quality of life for all our citizens. In the course of our recent conversations Bill and I discussed next year's elections, and the tremendous opportunity in front of us. Virginia Republicans have not held the office of Governor for the last two terms. That is a lifetime in the public policy arena. There are pressing challenges in education, immigration, spending, public safety and other areas that demand innovative Republican leadership to be effectively addressed. The first key to winning back the office of Governor is returning unity to our party. By Republicans uniting early, and listening to all Virginians, while the Democrats face a lengthy primary contest, we will gain a significant and powerful advantage heading into the general election next November. Bill and I will work hard to ensure this happens.
We are prepared to do something rare in Virginia politics. We will run as a ticket: McDonnell-Bolling. Bill will have a significant and visible role in my campaign. He will not only be my running mate, he will be a trusted advisor and sounding board. We will travel Virginia together, to earn the trust of the citizens in order to return practical, conservative leadership to Richmond. Over the next year, while continuing to serve you as Attorney General of this great Commonwealth, I will also be speaking more about the upcoming campaign, meeting with all of you, and preparing to meet the opportunities that lie in front of us. And, I will be vocally and vigorously promoting the reelection campaign of my great friend, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.
It is time we bring conservative common-sense leadership back to Richmond. That effort starts today. Bob McDonnell
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 3:12 PM
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During a pivotal time for the GOP in Virginia, Republican Office Holders and Grass Roots activists are uniting for the 2009 statewide election--clearly, this is a huge day for Virginia Republicans. We have never, in the modern era, had two GOP statewide office holders not compete for the gubernatorial nomination, but instead run as a ticket. That ticket will be (in part) McDonnell for Governor and Bolling for Lt. Gov.
McDonnell endorsed Bolling today for his re-election as Lt. Gov. and Bolling has endorsed McDonnell for Governor. This duo two will be incredibly hard to beat.
While the Democrats fight for the next 15 months between Deeds and Moran, Republicans will be united behind McDonnell- Bolling. This will be a ticket with personal ties to Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, and Southwest Virginia.
McDonnell/Bolling will be a ticket with a record of conservatism that enjoys deep support within the base of the party. McDonnell, as a veteran, catholic, NOVA native, having represented Virginia Beach in the House of Delegates, and his strong record as AG, including leading the national effort to combat sex predators and online predators, will be a candidate who will have the base behind him, and able to reach out to independent and moderate voters. McDonnell's name ID and record give him a huge advantage over either of the possible Democrat candidates.
Bill Bolling will be a tremendous running mate, he commands great respect within the Party, and has direct ties to Southwest Virginia and the Richmond area. Make no mistake, the Republicans just gained a huge advantage in the 2009 campaign. Republicans need to unite around this ticket now. We have lost the last 2 gubernatorial campaigns, are you tired of being in the wilderness?
For the sake of the Party, and Virginia, we need Bob McDonnell as Governor, and Bill Bolling as Lieutenant Governor. This is the beginning of conservatism’s return to the Old Dominion.
A unified GOP supporting a McDonnell- Bolling ticket will be an unstoppable force. For six years and three months, the Democrats have occupied the Governor's mansion. Have you had enough? McDonnell and Bolling have enough. The tide turned today.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 2:22 PM
I don't mind in the least to read a biased book but I want to know of its bias before I start page 1. Burt Prelutsky at Pajama Media writes a great article about his worries that he might miss the subtle biases of nonfiction books:
Often, people are surprised to learn that I much prefer reading fiction to nonfiction. The main reason is that those who write fiction tend to be people who write for a living, whereas the folks who crank out history books and biographies are very often those whose first love is research...The other reason is that in a novel, the author is free to divulge everything the characters know, think, feel, and do. When it comes to nonfiction, we are often dealing with what the writer imagines took place, and we may not be aware of his bias. There is a reason, after all, why there are so many different accounts of historical events...A German historian is probably going to have a different take on the Third Reich than an Englishman will. A devout Christian will not write the same book about Jesus that an atheist will. Someone once observed that history is written by those who win the wars. That’s not entirely true. But those on the winning side certainly write from a very different perspective from those whose countries were vanquished...I just finished reading Jeffrey Toobin’s The Nine, a book subtitled “Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.” I have no way of knowing if what he wrote about the various justices is true. A lot of it sounds like gossip, which I don’t mind. After all, I didn’t read it because I’m prepping to argue a case before the Court, but because I was curious to know more about these people who, in many ways, have a greater influence on our lives than the president or the hundred members of the Senate.
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/03/biased_schnooks_write_slanted.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:11 PM
From Newsweek cover sotry "WHEN BARRY BECAME BARACK It's simple why he changed his name in college...people named Barry don't get the girls. Seriously, Isn't that the reason for everything we did back in college? This has to be the biggest fluff piece since Newsweek did an article on how good a mother Brittney Spears was going to be.
"So when did Barry become Barack? In 1980-81, a period in which he was a student at Occidental College in California and was heading to New York, where he would finish college at Columbia. 'It was when I made a conscious decision: I want to grow up,' Obama told us last week. In our cover, reported by Richard Wolffe, Jessica Ramirez, Eve Conant, Sarah Kliff, Andrew Murr and Miyoko Ohtake and written by Jeffrey Bartholet, we reconstruct Obama's journey from one name to the other, and explore what light that journey sheds on his character. ..."In electing presidents we are also choosing stories, and Obama's personal narrative is a crucial element of his campaign. We should not allow the politics of the primary season to muddle that truth. Senator Clinton has very effectively cast Senator Obama as all story and no substance, which he is not, any more than she is all past and no future, which is Senator Obama's caricature of her. ... His story is one that crosses at least two worlds, and he will have to keep telling that story-clearly and honestly, in the way he addressed race in Philadelphia- if he wants to lead THE world..."Barry Obama decided that he didn't like his nickname. A few of his friends at Occidental College had already begun to call him Barack (his formal name), and he'd come to prefer that. The way his half sister, Maya, remembers it, Obama returned home at Christmas in 1980, and there he told his mother and grandparents: no more Barry. Obama recalls it slightly differently, but in the same basic time frame. He believes he told his mom he wanted to be called Barack when she visited him in New York the following summer. By both accounts, it seemed that the elder relatives were reluctant to embrace the change. Maya recalls that Obama's maternal grandparents, who had played a big role in raising him, continued long after that to call him by an affectionate nickname, 'Bar.' 'Not just them, but my mom, too,' says Obama..."Why did Obama make the conscious decision to take on his formal African name? His father was also Barack, and also Barry: he chose the nickname when he came to America from Kenya on a scholarship in 1959. ... The choice is part of [the candidate's] almost lifelong quest for identity and belonging-to figure out who he is, and how he fits into the larger American tapestry. Part black, part white, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, with family of different religious and spiritual backgrounds-seen by others in ways he didn't see himself-the young Barry was looking for solid ground. At Occidental, he was feeling as if he was at a 'dead end,' he tells NEWSWEEK, 'that somehow I needed to connect with something bigger than myself.' The name Barack tied him more firmly to his black African father, who had left him and his white mother at a young age and later returned home to Kenya. But that wasn't the primary motivation. ..."Old friends contacted by NEWSWEEK who were present during the time he changed his name recall or intuit a mix of reasons-both personal and social. By Obama's own account, he was, like most kids at that stage of life, a bit of a poseur-trying to be cool. So that could have played a part. He was also trying to reinvent himself. 'It was when I made a conscious decision: I want to grow up,' says Obama. ..."Occidental-like Hawaii before-became too small for Obama. ... Obama wanted a clean slate. 'Going to New York was really a significant break. It's when I left a lot of stuff behind,' he says. 'I think there was a lot of stuff going on in me. By the end of that year at Occidental, I think I was starting to work it through, and I think part of the attraction of transferring was, it's hard to remake yourself around people who have known you for a long time.' It was when he got to New York that, as he recalls it, he began to ask people to call him Barack: 'It was not some assertion of my African roots ... not a racial assertion. It was much more of an assertion that I was coming of age. An assertion of being comfortable with the fact that I was different and that I didn't need to try to fit in in a certain way.'.."He stopped drinking and partying, leading what he calls 'a hermetic existence' for two years. 'When I look back on it, it was a pretty grim and humorless time that I went through,' he recalls. 'I literally went to class, came home, read books, took long walks, wrote.' ... Obama kept detailed journals in New York. It was good practice. 'Writing journals during those two years gave me not only the raw material for the book, but also taught me to shape a narrative in ways that would work,' he says. When he later became a community organizer in Chicago, part of his job was storytelling."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:55 PM
From the Miami Herald -
"Almost four months before Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, a lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging that Spitzer 'used the services of high-priced call girls' while in Florida. The letter, dated Nov. 19, said Miami Beach resident Stone learned the information from 'a social contact in an adult-themed club.' It offered one potentially identifying detail: the man in question hadn't taken off his calf-length black socks 'during [bed].' .."Stone, known for shutting down the 2000 presidential election recount effort in Miami-Dade County, is a longtime Spitzer nemesis whose political experience ranges from the Nixon White House to Al Sharpton's presidential campaign. His lawyer wrote the letter containing the call-girl allegations after FBI agents had asked to speak to Stone, though he says the FBI did not specify why he was contacted. 'Mr. Stone respectfully declines to meet with you at this time,' the letter states, before going on to offer 'certain information' about Spitzer. 'The governor has paid literally tens of thousands of dollars for these services. It is Mr. Stone's understanding that the governor paid not with credit cards or cash but through some pre-arranged transfer,' the letter said..." 'It is also my client's understanding from the same source that Governor Spitzer did not remove his mid-calf length black socks during [bed]. Perhaps you can use this detail to corroborate Mr. Stone's information,' the letter said, signed by attorney Paul Rolf Jensen of Costa Mesa, Calif. ... James Margolin, a spokesman for the FBI's New York office, would not say whether the bureau had received the letter."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:51 PM
From the AFP -
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday wrapped up a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories aimed at energizing the faltering Middle East peace talks. Cheney had breakfast with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and was later to fly out to Turkey for the last leg of a regional tour that has also taken him to ...'Arriving in the Holy Land during the Easter weekend, Cheney vowed Washington's 'unshakeable' defense of Israel's security, assured the Palestinians of U.S. 'goodwill,' and said both sides would have to make 'painful concessions' if they were to strike a deal to end their decades-old conflict...'The vice president also discussed what he called 'darkening shadows' in Israel's arch-foe Iran, Syria and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement. In his first trip to the occupied West Bank as vice president, Cheney warned the Palestinians on Sunday that continuing attacks on Israel were killing hopes for their 'long overdue' state.
From the Wall Street Journal lead story -
'The idea that less regulation is better for the economy has held sway in Washington since the Reagan administration. Now that consensus is crumbling, posing a potentially costly challenge to business no matter who wins the White House in November....'Even under the pro-business Bush administration, it appears the question isn't whether the government will enact tougher rules for various parts of the economy, but just how much stricter those rules will be. The new climate has some business groups girding for battle against what they fear could be onerous new requirements.
Let the free enterprise system work and the economy will fix itself
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Delegate Brian Moran (D-Alexstan) has begun to build up his campaign team to take on Creigh Deeds for the Democrat nomination for Governor by hiring Jean Jansen, former Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections, as his senior advisor. http://www.raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=13515
Does Moran know that with his appointment of Jean Jansen, he just brought on a former state agency head whose agency engaged in racial discrimination against a female African American employee WHILE JEAN JANSEN WAS THE BOSS?
Here is an excerpt from the Hearing Officer IN RE: CASE NO. 8658 from the Virginia Department of Employee Dispute Resolution, Division of Hearings (the full ten page document is linked below):
"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"......The retaliation case was upheld as well.
In appointing Jansen to his team, is this Moran's way of appealing to Creigh Deed's more conservative base? Was this an idea hatched up by Steve Jarding? I wonder if Delegate Lionell Spruill, Outreach Coordinator for the Moran Campaign, knows about Jansen's history at the State Board of Elections when it comes to the treatment of African American employees? DEVELOPING....Read the full ten page document by clicking on this link: http://www.edr.state.va.us/searchhearing/2008-8658%20Decision.pdf
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 10:30 AM
Saturday, March 22, 2008
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Video and story courtesy of Clinton supporter Not Larry Sabato:
Any comments from Hussein's National Co-Chairman Tim Kaine?
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 12:22 PM
Friday, March 21, 2008
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Our liberal, blame America first "friends" over at Raising Krybabies, aka Raising Hypocrites, aka Raising Kaine (D-Obamastan) are going through a pouting phase right now. They're all shook up and pouting about alleged "media bias" in the news coverage of the implosion of Hussein's Presidential campaign. Click on the link here: http://www.raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=0CE864A9BB14DFEC6231D7998F62D4BA?diaryId=13497
Hypocrites, like the folks that post on Lowell Feld's blog, basked like fat sea lions in the warmth of the red hot attention that the Maccaca incident wrought on George Allen's campaign in 2006. They posted stories on it nearly every day.
Now that Hussein Obama is caught being a 20 year member of church with a racist pastor, Now that Hussein Obama is caught racially profiling "typical white people," Now that Hussein Obama has dropped anywhere from 10 to 14 points in the polls, Now that Hussein Obama's Presidential Campaign has begun a long downward spiral to irrelevancy, suddenly "media bias" is an issue.
Hillary and Bill Clinton, the Dirtbag Duo, have once again outsmarted the almighty liberal intelligentsia that defines Hussein's campaign. They deserve the things that Hill and Billary are hitting them with. I enjoy watching the folks at Raising Krybabies eat this, own this, and then try to disown this. Above all, I want them to keep crying about it. Obama's been been punked by Hillary and Bill for all to see. Great stuff for uniting the Democrat base. You Rock Lowell!
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:50 PM
From the AP -
Scientists who conducted the most comprehensive survey to date of New Zealand's Antarctic waters were surprised by the size of some specimens found, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish.
A 2,000-mile journey through the Ross Sea that ended Thursday has also potentially turned up several new species, including as many as eight new mollusks.
It's "exciting when you come across a new species," said Chris Jones, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "All the fish people go nuts about that - but you have to take it with a grain of salt."
The finds must still be reviewed by experts to determine if they are in fact new, said Stu Hanchet, a fisheries scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
Read Here: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080321/D8VHQ0MG0.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:47 PM
From Bloomberg News:
'The biggest commodity collapse in at least five decades may signal Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has revived confidence in U.S. financial firms. ... 'Bernanke took care of the commodity bubble,' said Ron Goodis, the retail trading director at Equidex Brokerage Group Inc. in Closter, New Jersey. 'Commodities are coming back to earth. The stock market looks OK, and Bernanke is starting to look a little better.' '
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:44 PM
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The ACLU Definition of Racial Profiling includes (in part): "Racial Profiling" refers to the discriminatory practice [of] officials targeting individuals for ... the individual's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin http://www.aclu.org/racialjustice/racialprofiling/21741res20051123.html
Barack Hussein Obama on his experience to be President:
"Its not a question of how long you've been in Washington, but the kind of judgment you bring to bear on the problems that we face."
Barack Hussein Obama on White People:
"[A] typical white person, who if she sees someone on the street she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away."
Obama is talking about me because he is an elected official who is targeting individuals for their race--I guess this makes me guilty of "WALKING WHILE WHITE." Quick, draft a law, enact legislation, stop this contrived practice now.
By any reasonable judgement, Hussein unjustly engaged in the racial profiling of more than half of the population of the United States.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 6:43 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2008
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What follows are the exact words that Barack Hussein Obama used during a radio interview that aired in Pennsylvania earlier today. His below words earn him the coveted "DIMOCRAT OF THE WEEK" award.
A question was posed to Hussein about what he meant by referencing his grandmother's insensative racial comments during his "Race Speech" this past Tuesday. Here is Hussein's response:
"[A] typical white person, who if she sees someone on the street she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that [sic] don't go away."
What's a "Typical White Person?"
Obama just racially profiled half of the country. For that, he is the clear DIMOCRAT of the week.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 10:26 PM
Great article about REPS squandering opportunities to recuit minorities into their ranks.
I once met a Republican activist here in L.A. who wanted to take the GOP message of smaller government and social values to the congregations of the city’s black churches, places where religion and politics have eagerly intersected.
But his plan was met with inaction by the GOP pooh-bahs that be, likely falling to the same excuses of no time, no money, no incentive to go to a place with few votes. In other words, accepting failure before even trying.
So the African-American man, believing strongly in the power of political rethinking to turn around some of L.A.’s poorest neighborhoods, hit the pavement, knocking on his neighbors’ doors to try to spread the GOP message.
This is the profile of America’s minority communities: not politically or ideologically homogenous, willing to consider new solutions, and willing to listen to new ideas and voices — if those voices would bother to make the effort to show up.
However, this election season is shaping up to be yet another year when the Republican Party quickly kisses off the black vote, and halfheartedly reaches for at least a decent portion of the Latino vote. It’s a mistake with the same script every time, like a political “Groundhog Day.”
And it could particularly be a colossal failing to ignore minority communities this election season, when the flap over Barack Obama’s questionable associations has seen the racial debate taken in a disturbing direction that strays from the colorblind, hand-in-hand path of brotherhood envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Former Congressman J.C. Watts, R-Okla., once the fourth-highest-ranking member in the House (and an excellent option for vice president — nudge-nudge, Mac), wrote in an October column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the GOP was exerting pathetically little effort at outreach. “Once in the general election, and safely out of the cloistered world of Republican primary politics, our nominee will want to trot out black faces — usually black Republicans — to try to win the black vote. This is insulting when you consider he likely didn’t show up at events that were established to reach out to the black community. Trust me, these candidates will pay a price in the general election.
“Republican candidates avoiding the Urban League and the Morgan State debate is as nonsensical as saying ‘I want a bath, but I don’t want to get wet,’” Watts continued. “The excuse du jour — ‘I had a scheduling conflict’ — is the campaign equivalent of ‘my dog ate my homework.’ All of us, in campaigns and life, make time for things that are important to us. It’s a matter of priorities. One can only conclude that growing the base of our party isn’t a priority to the GOP establishment.”
We live conservative lifestyles, we need to teach all voters to vote the way they live...
Read Here: http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/03/gop_squanders_opportunities_wi.php
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:24 AM
RPV NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Washington Post: Donors to Wolf’s Foe Mostly Outside of Virginia
RICHMOND, VA – Republicans look poised to continue representing Virginia’s 10th congressional district as Democrat Judy Feder fails to gather support from residents of the Northern Virginia district.
“Virginia’s 10th district has sent a Republican to Washington for nearly three decades,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Hager. “This strong support for Republicans within the district could explain why Judy Feder has been forced to go to some of the most liberal states in the country to find people willing to donate to her campaign. If she continues to struggle to appeal to people who actually live in the Commonwealth, it will mean another double-digit win for Republicans in November.”
According to a March 18, 2008 Washington Post article, “Donors to Wolf’s Foe Mostly Outside Virginia,”
“…Nearly three-quarters of Feder's individual contributions of $200 or more came from outside the state, including donations from Maryland, the District, New York and California, according to campaign finance records…”
Feder lost by 16 percent to Republican Congressman Frank Wolf in 2006, and her weak support among Virginians doesn’t bode well for her chances at the ballot box this November:
“…Only 28 percent of the money from Feder's individual contributions through the end of last year came from Virginia, according to CQ MoneyLine, a campaign finance data service. Of those donations…fewer than half the donors listed addresses within the 10th Congressional District, a Washington Post analysis found… Allowing for some donors who may have listed business rather than home addresses, that means only a small minority of Feder's contributors could actually vote for her in November…”
Per the L.A. Times' Ron Paul reported to having raised $34.65 million since he launched his (get ready, Paulunteers) longshot White House bid last year. Paul reported spending about $29 million as of Feb. 29. And he reported having an impressive $5.57 million cash left in the bank. The Ron Paul presidential campaign reported no debts."
From the Wall Street Journal:
Vice President Dick Cheney paid a surprise visit to embattled Afghanistan, seeking to stoke international support for the fight against the resurgent Taliban and boost the international effort to build up the country's meager economy. The visit - coming in a Mideast tour that had focused on Iraq - reflects the Bush administration's growing worries over the international effort in Afghanistan. President Bush and his advisers think the outlook in Afghanistan is even more uncertain than in Iraq, due to the growing Taliban violence and the apparent slow progress being made by the government of President Hamid Karzai in building up Afghanistan's own security forces and controlling drug trafficking and corruption.
From the L.A. Times: The Pentagon seems in conflict over Iraq strategy:
Ground commanders want to keep a large troop presence but the Joint Chiefs worry about the strain of long tours of duty. The differences carry broad implications for the U.S. role in Iraq...[I]nside the Pentagon, turmoil over the war has increased. Top levels of the military leadership remain divided over war strategy and the pace of troop cuts. Tension has risen along with concern over the strain of unending cycles of deployments...In one camp are the ground commanders, including Gen. David H. Petraeus, who have pushed to keep a large troop presence in Iraq, worried that withdrawing too quickly will allow violence to flare. In the other are the military service chiefs who fear that long tours and high troop levels will drive away mid-level service members, leaving the Army and Marine Corps hollowed out and weakened. ... In the short run, supporters of Petraeus would like to see about 140,000 troops, including 15 combat brigades, remain in Iraq through the end of the Bush administration. Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their advisors favor a faster drawdown. Some are pushing for a reduction to 12 brigades or fewer by January 2009, which would amount to approximately 120,000 troops, depending on the configuration of forces.
Nearly a week has passed since the hateful heart of the Rev. Dr. Wright, Hussein Obama's pastor, has been exposed for all to see. If you need to refresh yourself, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72B3tUAqpo4
Incredibly it took Gov. Tim Kaine, THE National Campaign Co-Chairman for Obama's Presidential race, nearly a week to speak out against the Reverend Doctor Wright's statements. Link to Kaine's lukewarm comments here: http://www.mydailyprogress.com/index.php/bobgibson/comments/kaine_obama_speech_well_done/
Governor Kaine managed to find his moral compass. Where was it? Hiding under a transportation plan? Nope, scratch that, Kaine can't find that either.
If Kaine spent as much time on Virginia issues, such as transportation, instead of critiquing Presidential politics on the national scene, he might just "Move Virginia Forward."
One last shout out, since Governor Kaine now regularly finds time to be a plya on the national political scene, why can't he find time to enforce his own Executive Order #1 against the
employee(s) of the Virginia State Board of Elections that engaged in racial discrimination and retaliation against one of their employees? This specific case can be found by clicking on this link to the Virginia Department of Employee Dispute Resolution: http://www.edr.state.va.us/searchhearing/2008-8658%20Decision.pdf
Gov. Kaine shows oh so great courage in summoning the moral moxie to criticise the Reverend for Barack Hussein Obama. So then why does he fail to take action against racist employee(s) at the Virginia State Board of Elections?
It is becoming clear to me that Tim Kaine is less and less the Governor of Virgina and more and more the Governor of Barack Hussein Obama's Presidential campaign.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 6:41 AM
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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Stanley Kurtz on Obama --
"Obama says he’s too close, and too personally indebted to [the Rev. Dr.] Wright, to break with him. But how did he get close to Wright to begin with? Wright could not have taken up so huge a space in Obama’s life unless Obama had let Wright in. And Obama let Wright in because of Wright’s sermons, not in spite of them."
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times on Obama --
"Obama admitted in his speech that he personally heard some of Wright’s fiery rhetoric. “Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in the church? Yes.”
On Friday, Obama, in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama said something different. “I'll be honest with you. I wasn't in church when any of those sermons were issued.”
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 4:52 AM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."
Okay, Don Imus may never work for Obama, but does Imus now qualify to be his Reverend?
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 8:29 PM
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During tonight’s NBC Nightly News, Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Writer for the Washington Post , appeared with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and NBC News Anchor Brian Williams to discuss the speech that Barrack Hussein Obama gave today. Of course, Hussein’s speech was necessitated by the incendiary revelations that Hussein’s Pastor, the good Reverend Doctor Jeremiah Wright, blames 9/11 on America, blames AIDS on America, and he literally takes the Lord’s name in vain (with church fully attended) while cursing America for a myriad of ills.
With the exception of Joe Scarborough’s insightful analysis, this was just a typical gobble-de-gook-feel-good-forgive-a-politician-day-because-his-bad-friend-screwed-up political punditry. Typical that is until I heard Jonathan Capehart say that Barrack Hussein Obama’s speech about his Reverend Doctor was a “GIFT.”
Barrack Hussein Obama sat in the pews of the Reverend Doctor Wright’s church for over twenty years listening to speeches about blaming the United States Government for Aids, 9/11, among other topics and Washington Post Employee Jonathan Capehart says Hussein's speech is a gift for the rest of us?
The only reason that Hussein gave the speech is because he is desperately trying to throw the Reverend Doctor Wright under the bus now that the light of truth has shined down upon him—exposing him as a vile America hating “man of the cloth.”
Did it ever occur to Mr. Capehart that Hussein has been listening to these hate filled sermons for over twenty years without ever criticizing the content and without ever directly criticizing the Reverend Doctor Wright for spewing the content? Hussein Obama is not distancing himself from this “man of the cloth” at all. Rather, Hussein Obama embraced him today. Obama’s silence and failure to criticize hate speech until today actually condones the thoughts that flowed from Wright’s mouth over the past 20 years. Hussein, your busted dude.
If Mr. Capehart considers Hussein Obama’s speech a gift, I'm in need of a receipt because I want to exchange it for something---anything! It’s funny how folks act when they get caught. The Rev. Dr. Wright’s radical anti American beliefs were in accord with Hussein’s beliefs, that is until Hussein started to run for President.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:25 PM
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Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:08 PM
'Setting the stage for a contentious fight well into the summer, Florida Democrats gave up Monday on redoing their Jan. 29 presidential primary, leaving it to the national party or rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to hammer out a solution to make the state's delegates count. Florida Democrats, who had already closed the door on holding a full-scale conventional election or a caucus, scrapped the controversial vote-by-mail primary they had proposed less than a week ago as their best option, saying it just isn't possible.'
Detroit Free Press:
'LANSING - Legislative leaders got their first look Monday at a draft bill that could be taken up as early as today ordering a second Democratic presidential primary in Michigan on June 3. The primary would be paid for with money that would be raised privately by the party. Democratic Party leaders who developed the plan, which also would move scheduled school elections from May 5 to the primary date, back it as a way out of the impasse between the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over the legitimacy of the state's Jan. 15 election, which was held in violation of national party rules.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:04 PM
From Bloomberg News:
'Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke may be readying the deepest interest-rate cut in a generation as the central bank struggles to prevent a meltdown in financial markets and a recession. Traders predict the Federal Open Market Committee, meeting today in Washington, will lower the overnight lending rate by a full percentage point or more, based on futures prices in Chicago. That would be the biggest reduction since 1984, when Paul Volcker led the central bank, and would bring the benchmark rate down to 2 percent.'
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The Rev. Dr. Wright says "God Damn America" --- cursing and condemning the very country that provided the opportunity to Obama --- yet Obama still embraces him as family? Obama calls the attention placed on the Rev. Dr. Wright a distraction....A DISTRACTION?
Obama, the Rev. Dr. Wright is condemning you along with the rest of us. His comments are distracting you from your front runner status for the Democrat nomination for President. Sure, the media is DISTRACTING US from your message right? Self indulgent loser.
The Rev. Dr. Wright's comments are being criticized by everybody in the country, that includes Barack Obama. So then WHY is it that Gov. Kaine STILL cannot bring himself to condemn these comments? Why?
Welcome to the new Progressive Virginia folks---a new Virginia where Obama's National Campaign Co-Chairman, Governor Tim Kaine, stands in the schoolhouse door, refusing to condemn morally repugnant statements from a prominent supporter of Barack Hussein Obama. The 2009 statewide elections can't get here soon enough.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 11:08 AM
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Barack Hussein Obama calls himself a "BLANK SLATE" meaning that he is largely undefined by his involvement in politics and he is largely undefined to the American people.
Courtesy of Bearing Drift and the Gateway Pundit, we find out the below links between the Rev. Dr. Wright and Barack Hussein Obama: http://bearingdrift.com/2008/03/18/person-of-the-week-rev-jeremiah-wright/ In light of the incendiary racial statements of the Rev. Dr. Wright, it now seems that Obama is now in the midst of a "David Duke" problem that he just can't shake.
Obama has been a member of the Rev. Dr. Wright's church for 20 plus years;
Obama was married by the Rev. Dr. Wright;
Obama's children were baptized by the Rev. Dr. Wright;
Obama gave tens-of-thousands to the Rev. Dr. Wright's church, FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING THE MESSAGE OF THE REV. DR. WRIGHT;
Obama titled his book "The Audacity of Hope" after one of the Rev. Dr. Wright's sermons;
Obama regularly listened to the Rev. Dr. Wright's sermons on tape while at grad school;
Obama appointed the Rev. Dr. Wright to his PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN;
SOMEHOW, AFTER ALL OF THIS, Obama is only vaguely aware of the policies, teachings, and past of the Rev. Dr. Wright?
Come on, OBAMA just figured out that his Rev. was a problem? America is no longer buying the snake oil.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 10:36 AM
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Senator Barack Hussein Obama on the Rev. Dr. Wright, "I will not repudiate the man."
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, the National Co-Chairman for the Obama campaign, on the Rev. Dr. Wright, [... ... ... CRICKETS]
Also, Barack Hussein Obama said that the Rev. Dr. Wright was the inspiration for his book, "The Audacity of Hope."
It's been nearly a week since Obama's preacher was revealed as a vile demagogue when it comes to relations with folks that are different from him.
AND it's been close to a week that we've not heard from Obama's National Co-Chairman, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, regarding this issue. Silence is acquiescence to the lurking evil. Silence condones the injustice. Governor Kaine's silence condones the words and beliefs of the Rev. Dr. Wright. Governor Kaine has spent a lifetime fighting against injustice, so why is he now actively perpetuating one?
Suggested title for Kaine's first post-Gubernatorial novel? "The Audacity of Silence."
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:04 AM
Monday, March 17, 2008
Politico has a good article on the DEM fight for President and the potential of a tie.
The Democratic race has entered its World War I phase, a bloody fight between two adversaries making only the most incremental of gains. And there is no reason to think either side will emerge from the trenches anytime soon. There are 10 scheduled contests left, but thanks to proportional allocation, not enough pledged delegates to be had for either Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton to clinch the nomination. And, because of increasingly firm demographic voting trends, it appears to be a foregone conclusion who will capture most of the remaining states. So on June 3, when South Dakota and Montana end the current voting calendar, the contours of the race aren't likely to be much different from what they are today. That means 2 1/2 months of conference calls, attacks, counterattacks and millions of dollars spent, all to move the political needle just a few inches.
'A March 6-9, 2008, Gallup Poll finds only 19% of Americans satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today. This is similar to the 20% found in early February and in November 2007, but is technically the lowest Gallup has recorded since August 1992.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:32 AM
From the AP:
'Global markets plunged Monday on news that JPMorgan Chase, backed by the U.S. government, had to rescue troubled Bear Stearns, with investors struggling to gauge how much worse financial markets could get. Oil prices hit a record in Asian trading, U.S. stock index futures fell sharply and the dollar hit record lows.'
From Reuters -
'Vice President Cheney made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday to assess the success of a troop build-up five years after the war began. Cheney arrived as John McCain was meeting Iraqi leaders as part of a Senate Armed Services Committee fact-finding mission. Like McCain, Cheney is in Iraq as part of a wider tour to the Middle East. Cheney will also visit Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, the Palestinian territories, Turkey and Oman on a nine-day tour. ... Cheney was met on his arrival in Baghdad by General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.'
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Our friends over at Below the Betlway (BTB) have caught Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Hussein Obama in a lie. http://belowthebeltway.com/2008/03/17/is-obama-caught-in-a-lie/
How? Doug Mataconis, proprietor of BTB, reports that when Barack Hussein Obama denounced the rhetoric of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright last week, Hussein claimed that he had never been in attendance when Wright made the type of remarks that have aroused controversy last week.
BTB states then states:
"Well, that may not be necessarily so:
Presidential candidate Barack Obama preaches on the campaign trail thatAmerica needs a new consensus based on faith and bipartisanship, yet hecontinues to attend a controversial Chicago church whose pastor routinely refersto “white arrogance” and “the United States of White America.”In fact, Obama was in attendance at the church when these statements were made on July 22. . . . Wright’s strong sentiments were echoed in the Sunday morning service attended by NewsMax.
Wright laced into America’s establishment, blaming the “white arrogance” ofAmerica’s Caucasian majority for the woes of the world, especially theoppression suffered by blacks. To underscore the point he refers to the countryas the “United States of White America.” Many in the congregation, includingObama, nodded in apparent agreement as these statements were made. [Emphasis added]
The sermon also addressed the Iraq war, a frequent area of Wright’sfulminations. “Young African-American men,” Wright thundered, were “dyingfor nothing.” The “illegal war,” he shouted, was “based on Bush’s lies” and isbeing “fought for oil money.”
In a sermon filled with profanity, Wright also blamed the war on “Bushadministration bulls–t.” Those are the types of statements that have led toMSNBC’s Tucker Carlson describing Wright as “a full-blown hater.”
And what about the remarks he made after 9/11 ? Are we to believe that the Obama family skipped church that Sunday?"
Why exactly is Governor Tim Kaine still Hussein's National Campaign Co-Chairman and why hasn't Gov. Kaine denounced these comments and now the mis-statement from Obama? This is your Governor folks. Incredible, Timmy can't seem to sack up and drop this silver tongued loser.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 6:40 AM
Sunday, March 16, 2008
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Folks, Barak Hussein Obama is the person that Democrat Governor Tim Kaine wants in the White House.
The more I find out about Hussein Obama's associations with radical left wing religious leaders, the more concern I have in Governor Kaine's judgement. Join me as as we draw a bead on the truth that defines Tim Kaine's political beliefs. Just this past summer in Hampton, Virginia, Barak Hussein Obama joined with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. at a religious conference. This is what Hussein Obama said about the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr:
"And then I've got to give a special shout out to my Pastor. The guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife...He's a friend and a great leader not just in Chicago but all across the country, so please everybody give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Trinity United Church of Christ. Check out the video clip here: http://email@example.com
in April of 2007 The New York Times quoted Wright about their close relationship:
"If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me," Mr. Wright said with a shrug. "I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen."
I found more comments from the Rev. Dr. Wright that are disturbing. These are comments that Governor Kaine, the National Co-Chairman of Obama's Presidential Campaign, has yet to repudiate or distance himself from. The Virginia Press Corps is not holding Kaine accountable for his support of Obama's beliefs. This blogger will fill that void by striving to tell you the whole truth about the nexis between Gov. Tim Kaine, Barak Hussein Obama, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., and the political beliefs they share.
Here are more snippets from Obama's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Wright:
"Racism is how this country is still run! We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God .... We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means! And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS SHIT!"
Folks, these are the beliefs of Hussein Obama and the Rev. Dr. Wright. Gov. Tim Kaine supports Hussein Obama for President. Gov. Kaine's silence is condoning the beliefs of Hussein Obama and the Rev. Dr. Wright. To this day Gov. Kaine has not distanced himself from Obama's beliefs or the beliefs and comments of the Rev. Dr. Wright.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:59 PM
Gov. Tim Kaine, National Co-Chairman for Barack Hussein Obama's Presidential Campaign, has a judgement problem
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Governor Kaine is a national co-chairman of Barack Hussein Obama's Presidential campaign.
According to today's Richmond Times Dispatch, Kaine says that he does not expect to be Hussein's running mate--however Kaine would not rule out accepting the offer. Link to the story here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-03-16-0234.html
Furthermore, Kaine has made it fairly clear that he would readily accept a Cabinet position in a future Hussein Administration. Kaine goes on to say that he wants to "improve and fix....mistakes and be better."
Really? As of today, Governor Kaine has not publicly stated if he plans on Enforcing his own Executive Order number 1 on Equal Opportunity. More specifically, Gov. Kaine has failed to take action that would lead to the termination of employees at the State Board of Elections for engaging in proven racial discrimination and then engaging in retaliation against the very employee for filing the racial discrimination complaint. Below is the link to the actual document from the State Employee Dispute Resolution Agency for Virginia regarding a finding of discrimination against the Kaine Administration. Why was this against the Kaine Administration? Because the head of the State Board of Elections, Nancy Rodrigues, is a political appointee who serves at the pleasure of Gov. Kaine. Read the full ten page document here:
As his National Campaign Co-Chairman, Gov. Kaine watches as Hussein Obama plays the race on a daily basis. However, isn't it ironic that Gov. Kaine cannot himself enforce his own Executive Order number 1 on Equal Opportunity and terminate responsible staff at the State Board of Elections for discriminating and retaliating against the female African American employee in the above linked case?
In the same article, Gov. Kaine goes on to say that voters "want somebody who they think has ideas and a moral compass..." Really? What direction was Gov. Kaine's moral compass pointing in when he dined with disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer just a few weeks ago?
Kaine states that "I have a great deal of confidence that he [Hussein] can be president," Really? After listening to Hussein's Reverend go off on Hillary Clinton and curse the United States using the Lord's name in vain in the process, what confidence can the American people have Obama when he sat idle in the pews condoning hate speech from his Reverend for the last twenty years? Link to the speech from Hussein's pastor here: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4443788
Kaine ends his interview with the Richmond Times Dispatch stating, "The bottom line at the end of the day, [is that] everything I do is about judgment...I'm a judgment machine...That's what a governor is. You just make one judgment after the next, so I've got to keep it as clear as I can."
Gov. Kaine is exercising poor judgement in not terminating racist employee(s) at his own State Board of Elections.
Gov. Kaine, in his role of National Co-Chairman of the Obama Campaign and in his role as the Commander in Chief of the Virginia National Guard, is exercising poor judgement in failing to criticize the delirious 9/11 conspiracy comments from Obama's preacher, the Rev. Wright.
Gov. Kaine is a judgement machine alright---one of poor judgement.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 10:41 AM
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Posted by MAXIMUS
Barack Hussein Obama has a racist preacher named Rev. Wright. Barack's racist preacher is now a liability for the progressive socialist movement that is involved with Hussein's campaign---everyone except for Gov. Tim "Short List" Kaine who has yet to publicly rebuke the Rev. Wright's comments.
This is what Obama's Rev. said and these are the words that Gov. Kaine has yet to distance himself from: "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America'. No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people...God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." Barak Hussein Obama's Preacher said this during 2003 sermon. If you haven't seen the video, you must check it out here: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4443788
Short List Kaine has yet to renounce Barack Hussein Obama's decades old involvement with Rev. Wright. Gov. Tim "Short List" Kaine has not even publicly questioned the Hussein campaign about why Obama continued to attend this church several years after these comments were made.
This Rev. was good enough for Hussein to hang out with during the "organizing days" in Chicago. For over ten years, Hussein soaked up Rev. Wright's sermons and he did not complain one bit. Failure to act against an injustice is complicit to the act itself.
I now seriously question Governor Tim Kaine's judgement in backing Hussein. I question Tim Kaine's judgement in convincing the Democrat establishment in Virginia to follow his lead in backing Hussein. I question Governor Tim Kaine's capacity to lead considering he will not distance himself from Hussein's campaign now that Obama has been exposed for tolerating and condoning anti American sermons in his own home church!
This really calls into question the overall judgement of Gov. Tim "SHORT LIST" Kaine. Rumor has it that Kaine is being eyed as a possible Vice President candidate for Barack Hussein Obama, or a very significant role in a future Hussein Administration. So, this being the case, why hasn't Gov. SHORT LIST distanced himself from the comments of Hussein's Reverend?
Then again, what else can you expect from Gov. Kaine considering he just had an intimate dinner with Gov. Eliot Spitzer---the same Eliot Spitzer who just resigned the Governorship of New York for having multi year relations with a prostitution ring.
This truly is a highpoint of Tim Kaine's "PROGRESSIVE" movement in Virginia folks. Amazing.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 5:43 PM
Friday, March 14, 2008
Posted by MAXIMUS
Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) supports life from conception to delivery. Marshall is running for the GOP nomination for Senate in Virginia this year.
With Bob Marshall as our nominee for the "John Warner" Senate seat, pro-life conservatives now have a candidate to support in this race.
With Bob Marshall as our nominee for the "John Warner" Senate seat, pro-life conservatives have a candidate to be proud of in this race.
With Bob Marshall as our nominee for the "John Warner" Senate seat, pro-life conservatives have a candidate that that speaks in favor of our issue without equivocation or hesitation.
Pro-life conservatives, this is your call: We need to fill the "John Warner" Senate seat with a true pro-life candidate. This is your time. This is your Senate seat. You know what to do.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 10:58 PM
From Liberty Pennsylvania..
A Pennsylvania man is accused of attempted bank robbery—and if poor planning were a crime, he might be charged with that, too...Police say a man arrived at the Citizens and Northern Bank in the borough of Liberty on Thursday and waited in his car for about 20 minutes. Shortly after noon, he tried to enter the bank 100 miles west of Scranton wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle. But the bank's Liberty branch closes at noon on Thursdays, foiling his plans...The man fled the scene, but bank employees took note of his license plate number. A 28-year-old suspect is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:42 PM
From the AP: AP) -
A raw turnip was at the root of a bomb scare that last for hours at a law office. An employee at Haller & Colvin Attorneys at Law called 911 Thursday after opening a U.S. Postal Service box and finding a suspicious gift bag inside, police said...Officers then called the city's bomb unit, which brought in a robot to carry the package outside to a parking lot. X-rays showed no signs of an explosive, but bomb technicians decided to detonate the package with a water cannon just to be safe, police spokesman Michael Joyner said...After that, they opened the box and found the turnip, wrapped in lettuce-green tissue paper inside a sandwich bag...It was unclear who was supposed to receive the vegetable.
They actually X-rayed a raw Turnip...no that is funny.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:37 PM
From the RPV:
Kaine’s ‘Poison Pill’ Amendments Have Put Transportation Funding at Risk
Submitted by Josh Noland on Tue, 03/11/2008 - 11:18. Press Release
RICHMOND, VA (March 11, 2008) - Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly worked hard in 2007 to solve one of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth: transportation. Unfortunately, two of Democratic Governor Tim Kaine's amendments to that carefully crafted compromise bill, H.B. 3202, have resulted in two major setbacks to this landmark legislation.
"Governor Kaine's poison pill amendments to last year's transportation bill have put important funding for new roads at risk," said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Hager. "The Republican-approved bill covered all drivers, but Governor Kaine amended the bill to let out-of-state drivers off the hook by applying the law only to Virginia residents. The General Assembly also proposed that only elected officials would have the power to raise taxes. However, Governor Kaine amended the bill again and gave taxing power to the unelected bureaucrats on regional transportation authorities."
Judicial decisions have since declared that both amendments are unconstitutional. Republican legislators in Richmond are now working to repair the damage done by the Kaine amendments. Much of H.B. 3202 remains intact and solutions are available that do not rely on the statewide tax increase being proposed by Democrats in the Senate.
"As a result of our governor's poor choices, Virginia legislators have to fix what Governor Kaine has broken, and Virginians are left wondering how many more hours will be lost as they sit in traffic," added Hager.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:22 PM
From the AP: from AP:
'Bargain-hunting at the local jewelry store just got harder. Gold, which has soared to record levels in the past year, hit a new milestone Thursday, rising to $1,000 an ounce for the first time in futures trading - a boon for investors, but a deterrent to consumers shopping for jewelry. ... The price of gold has jumped nearly 20 percent since the start of the year after rising nearly 32 percent in 2007. The huge advance is mainly the result of a weaker dollar and record-high crude oil prices. ... Lower interest rates - and the prospect of more cuts - bringing the dollar's value down makes dollar-based commodities like gold cheaper for foreign buyers. The weak currency has also made gold more attractive because the metal is a hedge against inflation.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:20 PM
'The National Republican Congressional Committee said Thursday that its former treasurer, Christopher J. Ward, may have embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the committee, but GOP sources said the total lost by the NRCC and other Republican committees could be as high as $1 million.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:19 PM
From the AP:
'The Senate rejected calls from both parties' presidential candidates to take an election-year break from pork-barrel spending as a Democratic-run Congress passed budget plans that would torpedo hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts won by President Bush. John McCain, the GOP nominee-to-be, couldn't attract even a majority of Senate Republicans to vote with him Thursday night behind the earmark moratorium touted by party conservatives as a way to restore the GOP's credibility with voters...'It failed on a 71-29 vote. Only three Democrats joined with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in voting for it. The underlying House and Senate Democratic federal budget plans for 2009, though nonbinding, drew blasts from Republicans for allowing some or all of Bush's tax cuts to die in about three years.'
Thursday, March 13, 2008
From the International Herald tribune bashing and wishful thinking from the French:
Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France and a longtime humanitarian, diplomatic and political activist on the international scene, says that whoever succeeds President George W. Bush may restore something of the United States' battered image and standing overseas, but that "the magic is over."
In a wide-ranging conversation with Roger Cohen of the International Herald Tribune at the launch of a Forum for New Diplomacy in Paris, Kouchner on Tuesday also held out the hope of talking with Hamas, the Palestinian faction that rules the Gaza Strip but has been ostracized by the West and by its Palestinian rival, Fatah, because it opposes peace talks with Israel and denies that Israel has a right to exist...Asked whether the United States could repair the damage it has suffered to its reputation during the Bush presidency and especially since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Kouchner replied, "It will never be as it was before."
"I think the magic is over," he continued, in what amounted to a sober assessment from one of the strongest supporters in France of the United States.
U.S. military supremacy endures, Kouchner noted, and the new president "will decide what to do - there are many means to re-establish the image." But even that, he predicted, "will take time."
Read Here: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/12/europe/france.php The international herald tribune
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:52 PM
'Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and other U.S. regulators will propose greater scrutiny of lending in a report on lessons from the mortgage crisis, a government official said. The results of the review by the President's Working Group on Financial Markets will be released today, two officials said on condition of anonymity.'...Paulson, who leads the Working Group, told The Wall Street Journal that recommendations 'include strengthening state and federal oversight of mortgage lenders and brokers. The group will also recommend implementing what he termed 'strong nationwide licensing standards' for mortgage brokers, a move that will probably require legislation.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:55 PM
From the Financial Times lead story:
'Fed believes US will avoid deep recession.' The FT reads tea leaves to conclude Fed officials see no 'prolonged recession similar to Japan's in the 1990s because US policymakers will do whatever it takes to avert such an outcome.'
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:53 PM
GILMORE CAMPAIGN DEMANDS BOB MARSHALL APOLOGIZE
AND STOP ATTACKING PRO-FAMILY LEADERS
ALEXANDRIA - The U.S. Senate campaign of former Gov. Jim Gilmore today demanded that Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, who is also seeking the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, apologize and stop attacking Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, and the long list of prominent pro-family Republican leaders who are supporting Jim Gilmore.
"To say that Jim Gilmore or the many prominent Republican leaders who support him have a "death wish" or are not pro-life is, at best, ill informed and, at worst, out of control political opportunism," Gilmore's campaign manager, Dick Leggitt, said. "Del. Marshall's unfortunate attacks on these distinguished Virginians are repugnant."
"Del. Marshall should apologize to the Republican leaders he has unfairly attacked and take a moment to remember the alternative is electing Mark Warner to the U.S. Senate to vote with liberals Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Chris Dodd and Ted Kennedy on this and other important issues like taxes, spending and national security."
"It's a shame that Del. Marshall's rhetoric is becoming so overheated. He needs to remember that the goal of Virginia's nominee is to defeat liberal Mark Warner in November," Leggitt continued. "The fact is, the objective of this campaign is to prevent liberal Democrats like Mark Warner from taking complete procedural control of the U.S. Senate. To that end, it would be helpful if Del. Marshall would either come in out of the sun or put on a hat."
"Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Atty. Gen. Bob McDonnell and the more than 30 pro-family Republican leaders who are actively supporting Jim Gilmore as the Republican candidate who can defeat liberal Mark Warner know that as Governor of Virginia , Jim Gilmore stood for the preservation of traditional family values time and time again," Leggitt said.
"These Republican leaders know Governor Gilmore is the only active statewide Republican leader who has carried the state twice and carried Northern Virginia twice and they also know he pushed through successful legislation that created a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion," Leggitt said.
"Governor Gilmore successfully worked for legislation which required parental notification for minors seeking an abortion and helped enact legislation which banned partial birth abortion. He also created the Virginia Abstinence Initiative, dramatically increased funding for adoption services and signed into law legislation banning human cloning," Leggitt said.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:46 AM