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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I think there was an oversight on People's 50 most Beautifull people list

I even sent them a bio with my picture this year... :) Never understood these kinds of lists but we can't always talk about politics, celebrities need their press and the Academy awards are many months away?
Jessica Alba
• Jennifer Aniston
• Drew Barrymore
• Mischa Barton
• David Beckham, International soccer star
• Halle Berry
• Orlando Bloom
• Penelope Cruz
• Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
• Johnny Depp
• Hilary Duff
• Sara Evans, Country singer
• Colin Farrell
• Jamie Foxx
• Tim Green, former NFL star and best-selling author
• Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
• Tyler Hilton, One Tree Hill
• Josh Holloway, Lost
• Scarlett Johansson
• Angelina Jolie
• Juanes, Colombian musician
• Alicia Keys
• Heidi Klum
• Jude Law
• Lindsay Lohan Sophie Okonedo, Clive Owen
• Eva Longoria
Jennifer Lopez
• Ann-Margret
• Matthew McConaughey
• Eva Mendes, Hitch
• Jesse Metcalfe, Desperate Housewives
• Sienna Miller, Alfie
• Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
• Sandra Oh, Sideways, Grey's Anatomy
• Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda
• Clive Owen, Sin City, Closer
• Tyler Perry, Diary of a Mad Black Woman author
• Brad Pitt
• Julia Roberts
• Seal
Just to name a few

Read Here:http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1046248_1054061,00.html

Taxing fast food in Jersey

From WCBSTV.com :

The sputtering economy has caused an increase in prices of many staples including gasoline, rice, ice cream, even beer. Now some lawmakers in New Jersey are considering taking food taxes a step further and install a proverbial "sin" tax on fast food. ...Yes, the idea of marking up your favorite fast food burger or pack of fries is actually being tossed around, and it's not settling well with many residents. ..."They're taxing everything. Now you're gonna tax fast food? That's crazy," said Newark resident Miriam Robertson.


Lucky I don't live in Jersey or eat fast food...when will the government learn you can't tax people into changing their habits nor should you. Freedom of choice means being able to choose things that are not neccessarily good for you.

Read Here: http://wcbstv.com/local/fast.food.tax.2.712510.html

Short term solutions to long term problems rarely wotk

From the AP -

'The Federal Reserve, which began the year aggressively fighting a severe credit crunch and economic weakness, may push the pause button after delivering what's expected to be one more quarter-point cut in interest rates.'

We're not in a Reccession?

From the AP -

The bruised economy limped through the first quarter of this year at a six-tenths of a percentage point growth rate as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses alike to hunker down. The country's economic growth during January through March was the same as in the final three months of last year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday - but not the kind of statistic that economists define as a recession. Although the economy is stuck in a rut, it is still managing to keep growing - however slightly.'


Does the actual definition of a recession matter or are recessions more of a feeling that we're not doing so good?

Real ID or End of Days?

In 2005, the REAL ID Act (Public law 109-13) was attached to the military appropriations bill (HR 1268) in essence creating a national ID card. The Real ID card must have a “common machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements.” The element could be a bar code or it could be an embedded RFIDs. RFIDs are small computer chips, embedded under the skin, which contains data and can be read with a RFID reader. Real ID also requires each state to share their Motor Vehicle database with every other state. Even though Real ID is a voluntary program, a person who opts out will be denied access to federal services, entry into federal facilities, boarding on a plane and the opening of a bank account ….sounds a little end days prophesy-ish to me…….and it takes affect May 2008

For more info go here: http://stoprealid.info/site, www.norealid.com, www.sevafreedomrevolution.org, www.legislatorsagainstrealid.com, www.unrealid.org

Can being a "Pro-Lifer" live in a shade of Gray?

First off this is the first many posts to discuss the gray areas on issues using highly visible candidates and is not meant as an endorsement of a particular candidate...
Last night at the Chesterfield County Republican Committee meeting (thanks for the appointment Chairman Williams) we had a number of speakers from the current races in Virginia, namely the Senate race and the RPV chair. One thing that kept haunting me as I heard the stump speeches was that the Senate candidates: Jim Gilmore (his representative did a fine job speaking on his behalf) and Bob Marshall, both state they are Pro-life (and I think believe themselves to be) but there is a bit of a gray area in their execution of that philosophy…. when does life begin, when in that process can you join and still be “pro-life” and more importantly, does it matter. Bob Marshall emphatically declares that life begins at conception and his voting record indicates that he votes his believes so he is obviously lives in a black and white view of this issue…which is, if you have sex and become pregnant Delegate Marshall does not believe abortion should ever be an option from the moment you know your going to have a baby until you deliver it at the hospital (my phrasing not his.) Former Governor Gilmore has a more textured view of the Pro-life viewpoint. Gilmore believes that an abortion should be legal for the first eight to 12 weeks after conception and that once that time limit has passed then abortion should be illegal and his record also proves that he votes this belief as well so he is obviously living in a more gray view of this issue. SO both viewpoint are pro-life, in the sense that they save more baby’s lives than if there were no restriction, but does the eight-week “grace” period Gilmore allows make him a true pro-life, pro-life with a caveats or pro-choice? So the question is (and I think this is even a valid question for those who take sides on any issue) do you want a representative in government who is black and white or one that can live in a gray area on any given issue….on some issues subtleties matter on others they do no. Not picking sides here (just yet) anymore but I am more interested the answers you all have

…and to complicate things more I will be posting later on the question “if you are “pro-Life” can you really be “pro-death Penalty” and how do you reconcile the two?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mark Warner broke his Word

In politics, a candidate’s record of keeping his or her promises is the only guarantee you have of what that candidate will do in the future. So here is a little straight talk about liberal Democrat Mark Warner and his record.

When he ran for Governor, Mark Warner repeatedly promised to finish the elimination of the car tax, but he broke his word.

Mark Warner promised to eliminate the death tax, but he broke his word.

Finally, Mark Warner promised again and again he would not raise our Virginia taxes. But he again broke his word.

He raised taxes by 1.4 billion dollars, the largest tax increase in Virginia history!

Now liberal Democrat Mark Warner supports elimination of some of the 2001-2003 federal tax cuts.

Eliminating these cuts will raise taxes on average by more than $3,000 per family in Virginia and give America the highest personal tax burden in history.

Mark Warner and the liberal Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, support the following policies that will damage our economy further, cost jobs and make our nation less safe:

- Support for universal healthcare run by the government

- Support for the scheduled tax increases caused by the elimination of the 2001-2003 federal tax cuts.

- Opposition to drilling for oil in Alaska and offshore in an effort increase our domestic oil supply and lower gas prices.

- Support for beginning withdrawal from Iraq immediately no matter what the consequences.

- Support for providing in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

If this campaign is about the future, should we be raising taxes when the nation is on the brink of recession? Should we raise taxes when people are losing their houses and can’t afford gasoline for their cars? Should we be adding more big government programs, like universal healthcare, when government spending is already out of control?

Now Sharpton jumping on the bandwagon...Hillary has to be smiling today

After the Rev. Wright fiasco yesterday, Obama doesn't need more critism but Rev. Sharton is piling on. From the NY Post:

Barack Obama made a call for nonviolence in the aftermath of the Sean Bell verdict - infuriating the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the presidential candidate of trying to "
grandstand in front of white people
," sources told The Post. ...During what a source described as a "heated" phone call yesterday, Sharpton told Obama he was disappointed with the Illinois senator's words on Friday, when Obama said "resorting to violence to express displeasure" was "completely unacceptable and counterproductive." ..."[Obama] issues this statement and not a single rock had been thrown," said a source. "How does the candidate of change ask people to accept a verdict that is unjust?" ...The source said Sharpton had hoped Obama would "side with the Bell family" and not use it as an "opportunity to grandstand in front of white people."
...

Read here:http://www.nypost.com/seven/04292008/news/regionalnews/sharpton_raps_obama_108577.htm

Hillary and Reverand Wright

An interesting perspective from Errol Louis (from the Daily News) on Rev Wright, Clinton and Obama. From his article:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn't have done more damage to Barack Obama's campaign if he had tried. And you have to wonder if that's just what one friend of Wright wanted. ...Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club Monday, Wright sat next to, and chatted with, Barbara Reynolds. ...A former editorial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister). ...It also turns out that Reynolds - introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club "who organized" the event - is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter. ...On a blog linked to her Web site- www.reynoldsnews.com- Reynolds said in a February post: "My vote for Hillary in the Maryland primary was my way of saying thank you" to Clinton and her husband for the successes of Bill Clinton's presidency. ...The same post criticized Obama's "Audacity of Hope" theme: "Hope by definition is not based on facts," wrote Reynolds. It is an emotional expectation. Things hoped for may or may not come. But help based on experience trumps hope every time." ...In another blog entry, Reynolds gives an ever-sharper critique of Obama: "It is a sad testimony that to protect his credentials as a unifier above the fray, the senator is fueling the media characterization that Rev. Dr. Wright is some retiring old uncle in the church basement."


Read the comments to the article some of the more conspiratorial ones are priceless

Read article Here: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/louis/index.html

From Christian Today: 'J.I. Packer, one of the world's most renowned evangelical theologians, has left the Anglican Church of Canada, citing 'poisonous liberalism' in the church body. Packer, 81, who was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the world by Time magazine in 2005, quit the Canadian arm of the global Anglican Communion with 10 other BC Anglican clergy last week, he said, according to The Vancouver Sun. They joined the more conservative and orthodox Province of the Southern Cone in South America. The Oxford-trained theologian said he can no longer serve under Vancouver-area Bishop Michael Ingham, arguing that he 'appears heretical'. Ingham sanctioned same-sex blessings in 2002 in the British Columbia Diocese of New Westminster, sparking international uproar.'
Being an Anglican and former Methodist, I will e writing on this issue at a later time but we need to open the dialogue to work throug these issues that now face the church instead of leaving. I am a strong eliever that as Christians we all have far more in common that not and we should pray for resolution instead division....

Obama seemly "set-up" as just a politician by his mentor

At the National Press Club, Wright claimed:

'I said to Barack Obama last year, 'If you get elected, November the 5th I'm coming after you, because you'll be representing a government whose policies grind under people.' ... He didn't distance himself. He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American. ... He did, as I said, what politicians do.'

From the Washington Post:
'Should it become necessary in the months from now to identify the moment that doomed Obama's presidential aspirations, attention is likely to focus on the hour between nine and ten this morning at the National Press Club.'
and...
'From the moment he entered the room, Wright seemed to be looking to stir controversy; he was escorted by Jamil Muhammad, a leader of the Nation of Islam, which contributed to the minister's prominent security detail. Speaking before an audience that included Marion Barry, Cornel West, the New Black Panther Party's Malik Zulu Shabazz and Nation of Islam protocol director Claudette Muhammad, Wright praised Louis Farrakhan, defended the view that Zionism is racism, accused the United States of terrorism, repeated his belief that the government created AIDS to extinguish racial minorities.'

Pelosi's power play

From Politico

'GOP fears Pelosi power grab on Iraq': 'Republicans are howling over what appears to be Nancy Pelosi's plan to bypass the House Appropriations Committee on the upcoming Iraq war supplemental ... Republican and Democratic appropriations staffers say Pelosi's office is seriously considering skipping over their committee to take a $178 billion war funding bill - $70 billion more than the president wants - straight to the House floor.'

Gov. Kaine rejects Road Expansion in Tornado Alley...Jeopardizing Public Safety Response Time and Lives

Posted by MAXIMUS

The Colonial Heights/Chester/Petersburg/Prince George Corridor that abuts the Appomattox River is quickly becoming the Tornado Alley of Central Virginia. In 1993, a Tornado struck Old Town Petersburg, the Wal-Mart in Colonial Heights, and the tall Varina/Enon Bridge of I-295 area of Chesterfield.

Fast forward nearly fifteen years later, a Tornado strikes the Target and other stores at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights, VA. The tornado touchdown in Colonial Heights, VA in 2008 is located appx. 200 yards away from where the tornado landed in Colonial Heights, VA in 1993.

The localities that abut the Appomattox river in this condensed area are: Chesterfield, Prince George County, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Hopewell, Charles City, Fort Lee, and Dinwiddie.

Given the propensity of tornado's in this area, why is the Kaine Administration, specifically the Commonwealth Transportation Board, cutting the Route 10 expansion project from the six year transportation plan when this heavily congested corridor plays such a vital role for the ingress and egress of public safety vehicles that respond to natural disasters? Traffic on this stretch of Route 10 tends to back up two miles during peak times--such as the time of yesterday's tornado touchdown. Every second counts when our first responders are rushing to travel to the scene of massive injuries, like the 18 that were experienced in Colonial Heights yesterday. When a disaster strikes of this magnitude, a regional response is in order to deal with the aftermath. Public Safety vehicles from adjoining jurisdictions rush to arrive on scene to help out the locality where the disaster happened. Slowing the response time of our first responders by failing to ensure that our roads are not congested is an enduring sorry legacy of the Kaine Administration.

In denying funds to expand a critically congested route of ingress and egress that first responders depend upon in Central Virginia's Tornado Alley, The Kaine Administration is jeopardizing public safety and carelessly gambling with lives. The Kaine Administration's legacy is to value Pre-K programs for the children of illegal immigrants over Public Safety enhancements for tax paying citizens.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gilmore won't debate Marshall

I can't say I like the fact that Gilmore isn't going to debate Marshall...From the Washington Post:

Former governor James S. Gilmore III will not debate his rival for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), next month in an event sponsored by three Young Republican clubs in Northern Virginia...."We're past the point of debate,'' said Ana M. Gamonal, Gilmore's spokeswoman....Gamonal said Gilmore's schedule is packed between now and next month's convention when delegates from across the state will choose a nominee....But, she said, Gilmore and Marshall have already appeared together many times including the recent shad planking in Wakefield...."Delegates already know where Gov. Gilmore stands on the issues,'' she said....Gamanol said Gilmore's goal now is to get delegates to turn out and to find out where presumptive Democratic nominee former governor Mark R. Warner stands on the issues.


I'm not a fan of perceived presumption.

Fat Man in prison = weight lose

From Yahoo News:

An inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge is suing the county, complaining he has lost more than 100 pounds because of the jailhouse menu. ...Broderick Lloyd Laswell says he isn't happy that he's down to 308 pounds after eight months in the Benton County jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit complaining the jail doesn't provide inmates with enough food....According to the suit, Laswell weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed in September. Police say he and a co-defendant fatally beat and stabbed a man, then set his home on fire...."On several occasions I have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out," Laswell wrote in his complaint. "About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again."...But Laswell then goes on to complain that he undertakes little vigorous activity...."If we are in a small pod all day (and) do next to nothing for physical exercise, we should not lose weight," the suit says. "The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death."...The suit also asks that the county be ordered to serve hot meals. The jail has served only cold food for years....The meals, provided through Aramark Correctional Institution Services, average 3,000 calories a day, jail Capt. Hunter Petray told The Morning News of northwest Arkansas for a story Saturday....A typical Western diet consists of 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day....Laswell's suit was filed without a lawyer in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.



Read Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080427/ap_on_fe_st/odd_jail_diet

Lets show the exception in Iraq not rule

In a continued media biased report on Iraq the AP reports on people celebrating Saddam's birthday....things are better in Iraq because of our involvement not because of Saddam Hussein for cripes sake. From the Reuters:

Hundreds of Iraqi schoolchildren were brought to the modest mausoleum of Saddam Hussein on Monday to celebrate the birthday of the executed dictator in the village where he was born....Saddam, who was hanged in late 2006 for crimes against humanity, is hated in much of Iraq. But in parts of his native Salahuddin Province, especially among his fellow Sunni Arabs, he is still revered...."Bush, Bush you low-life! Saddam's blood is not cheap!" a crowd of pupils in white uniforms from a nearby girls' school chanted while standing around Saddam's grave in the mausoleum where he is buried among displays and photos of his reign...."There are two things we will never give up: Saddam and Iraq!" the girls chanted. Several of them wept....They entered the building carrying a banner which read: "We will not forget you, Papa Saddam," and kissed the dictator's grave...."There is no martyr like Saddam. We are here to celebrate his birthday. Happy birthday, and God willing he will go to paradise," a girl named Tiba, 11, told Reuters.

Read Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL2876867520080428?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Is Bubba loosing his mind

From the N.Y. Daily News, "

Think of him like Michael Jordan - only the past-his-prime version, playing for the Washington Wizards. ... Colleagues point to a slew of potential reasons for Bubba stepping in it so often, including psychological and medical. ... Some think he's not up to speed with the instant news world of the 21st century and spending too much time with wealthy, globe-trotting pals. ... Others theorize he's frustrated that Obama has co-opted the same 'change message' that got Clinton elected in 1992. Many think he's just older, and perhaps his heart bypass surgery in 2004 took more of a toll than people realize. 'It is possible that Bill Clinton's recent gaffes are a result of his bypass operation,' said Dr. Marc Siegel, an NYU associate professor who has interviewed Clinton's heart surgeon. Siegel was referring to a personality-change phenomenon sometimes seen in bypass patients."

Obama supporter received favors? Politics as usual not change

From the L.A. Times article "Obama donor received a state grant," By Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger: "After an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2000, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama faced serious financial pressure: numerous debts, limited cash and a law practice he had neglected for a year. Help arrived in early 2001 from a significant new legal client - a longtime political supporter. Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr. paid Obama an $8,000-a-month retainer to give legal advice to his growing technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange. It allowed Obama to supplement his $58,000 part-time state Senate salary for over a year with regular payments from Blackwell's firm that eventually totaled $112,000. ..."A few months after receiving his final payment from EKI, Obama sent a request on state Senate letterhead urging Illinois officials to provide a $50,000 tourism promotion grant to another Blackwell company, Killerspin. ... The day after Obama wrote his letter urging the awarding of the state funds, Obama's U.S. Senate campaign received a $1,000 donation from Blackwell. ..."Obama's presidential campaign rejects any suggestion that there was a connection between the legal work, the campaign contribution and the help with the grant. 'Any implication that Sen. Obama would risk an ethical breach in order to secure a small grant for a pingpong tournament is nuts,' said David Axelrod, Obama's chief political advisor.

Romney still gets cheers

From the AP - Nevada Republicans cheered Saturday as former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney urged support for John McCain ... at the state GOP convention ... Romney ... said his job now is to make sure McCain wins the presidency. ... In comments to reporters, Romney also said he's not stumping for McCain to improve his odds of having his former rival pick him as his running mate. ... Speaking to more than 1,300 convention delegates, Romney praised McCain as 'a man who has been tested and proven, a man who knows how to strengthen our economy, a man who knows how to help us defeat radical jihadists and terrorists throughout the world.' "

The AP breaks it down..

The Associated Press breaks down the upcoming general election using stats from the lay Presidential election (2004) between between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Electoral votes are in parentheses. While this is a good approach, I think this election will be quite different than the one in 2004 and so the map as depicted below may by turned upside down come this November...

BATTLEGROUNDS:

- Colorado (9): Bush by 5. Population growth and Hispanic voters give Democrats hope.
- Florida (27): Bush by 5. Always a hard-fought state given its large cache of votes.
- Iowa (7): Bush by 1. High Democratic priority.
- Michigan (17): Kerry by 3. McCain hopes Reagan Democrats and independents help despite a dreadful economy.
- Minnesota (10): Kerry by 3. One of McCain's top targets with a Republican governor.
- Missouri (11): Bush by 7. A perennial competitive state.
- Nevada (5): Bush by 2. Another Western state Democrats aim to pick up.
- New Hampshire (4): Kerry by 1. McCain is beloved; the state made him in 2000 and saved him in 2008.
- New Mexico (5): Bush by 1. Democrats hope Hispanics and new residents help here, too.
- Ohio (20): Bush by 2. Recent GOP statewide defeats may make this bellwether poised for a switch.
- Oregon (7): Kerry by 4. McCain's independent streak and environmental focus could be appealing here.
- Pennsylvania (21): Kerry by 3. Republicans see a chance, given McCain's broad appeal.
- Virginia (13): Democrats see opportunity, particularly with Obama.
- Wisconsin (10): Kerry by 1. Another Great Lakes state McCain is targeting.

WILDCARDS:

- Arkansas (6): Bush by 9. Competitive if Clinton is the Democratic nominee.
- California (55): Kerry by 10. McCain talks big but a Republican hasn't won it since 1988.
- Delaware (3): Kerry by 7. Among coastal states McCain may have an outside shot at if the tide turns toward the GOP.
- Georgia (15): Bush by 17. Democrats hope Obama's draw among blacks makes this competitive.
- Kentucky (8): Bush by 20. The state twice voted for Bill Clinton, and could be a target under his wife.
- Louisiana (9): Bush by 15. Democrats claim blacks would help Obama here.
- Maine (4): Kerry by 9. McCain's fight against climate change and rebel reputation give him hope.
- Mississippi (6): Bush by 19. Another state where Democrats say Obama could benefit from blacks.
- Montana (3): Bush by 20. The state last voted Democratic in 1992 but now has a Democratic governor.
- New Jersey (15): Kerry by 7. McCain's broad appeal makes this attractive to Republicans.
- North Carolina (15) Bush by 12. Democrats see an opportunity if Obama is the nominee.
- Washington (11): Kerry by 7. Another where McCain's moderate image could help.
- West Virginia (5) Bush by 13. Might be competitive with Clinton on the ticket; her husband won it twice.

LIKELY REPUBLICAN:

- Alabama (9): Bush by 25.
- Alaska (3): Bush by 25.
- Arizona (10): Bush by 11.
- Idaho (4): Bush by 38.
- Indiana (11): Bush by 21.
- Kansas (6): Bush by 25.
- Nebraska (5): Bush by 33.
- North Dakota (3): Bush by 28.
- Oklahoma (7): Bush by 32.
- South Carolina (8): Bush by 17.
- South Dakota (3): Bush by 22.
- Tennessee (11): Bush by 14.
- Texas (34): Bush by 23.
- Utah (5): Bush by 46.
- Wyoming (3): Bush by 40.

LIKELY DEMOCRATIC:

- Connecticut (7): Kerry by 10.
- District of Columbia (3): Kerry by 80.
- Hawaii (5): Kerry by 9.
- Illinois (21): Kerry by 11.
- Maryland (10): Kerry by 13.
- Massachusetts (12): Kerry by 25.
- New York (31): Kerry by 18.
- Rhode Island (4): Kerry by 20.
- Vermont (3): Kerry by 20.

Source: AP Research

Saturday, April 26, 2008

IT'S OFFICIAL...Tucker Watkins wins the vote for the Chairmanship of the 5th Congressional District Republican Committee

Posted by MAXIMUS

As was boldly predicted here just hours ago, Tucker Watkins has won the election to become the Chairman of the 5th District Republican Committee. Shaun Kenney liveblogged the event, link here: http://www.shaunkenney.com/2008/04/liveblogging-5th-district-convention.html

Of significant note, this years 5th Congressional District Republican Convention was only the 2nd GOP Congressional District Convention to ever be "live blogged." The first Congressional District Convention to be live blogged in Virgina was the 4th District Convention in 2006 when Wayne Ozmore was re-elected as Chairman (just some useless blogosphere trivia for you).

The final vote (based on apportioned Delegate vote count) was (H/T Shaun Kenney's BLOG):

Tucker Watkins: 268.33
Tim Boyer: 224.75

Congratulations Tucker...AND KEEP UP THE BEATING ON JOE "BOYFRIEND OF BEN TRIBBETT" STANLEY. Or would that be considered a hate crime?

BREAKING.....Tucker Watkins wins 5th Congressional District Chairman's race

Posted by MAXIMUS

Ok, so I am a little early, however, this will be the headline in a few hours after the vote is taken.
Will let you know vote totals when I get them.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Democrats start attacking Governor Tim Kaine

Posted by MAXIMUS

You knew this was coming. The day is at hand. Democrats are lighting the fire and putting Governor Kaine in the kettle--just to watch him boil. They are calling him an ineffective Governor. They are basically calling Governor Kaine a hypocrite for failing to live up to his campaign promise to be the "TRANSPORTATION GOVERNOR." They are saying that Kaine has no legacy and has basically done nothing in office. Think not? Read THIS from the Raising Kaine blog:

"Where does it leave Tim Kaine's legacy as governor? So far, unfortunately, also stuck in gridlock. Remember, after Kaine was elected he vowed to deal with transportation. Year #1 (2006) went by, nothing happened. Year #2 (2007) went by and we got something, but it's now been almost completely scrapped and/or declared unconstitutional. Year #3 (2008) is underway, and so far...nada. Year #4 (2009) will be an election year in which Tim Kaine will be a "lame duck" governor; how much do you think will get done then? In sum, it's very possible we'll end the 4-year Kaine governorship with no significant progress on solving Virginia's enormous transportation problems."

link here: http://www.raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=CEC26E455571D807C80195E07D4A41AB?diaryId=13946

Wesley's going to Jail

From the AP:

Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison on tax charges Thursday, a victory for prosecutors who sought to make an example of the action star by aggressively pursuing the maximum penalty.
Snipes' lawyers had spent much of the day in court offering dozens of letters from family members, friends—even fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington—attesting to the good character of the "Blade" star and asking for leniency. They argued he should get only probation because his three convictions were all misdemeanors and the actor had no previous criminal record. ...But U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for U.S. tax laws, and granted prosecutors the three year sentence they requested—one year for each of Snipes' convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return. ..."In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanors," Hodges said. ...Snipes apologized while reading from a written statement for his "costly mistakes," but never mentioned the word taxes. ..."I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance," Snipes said. ...Snipes said his wealth and celebrity attracted "wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat." He called himself "well- intentioned, but miseducated." ...Snipes was the highest-profile criminal tax target in years, and prosecutors called for a heavy sentence to deter others from trying to obstruct the IRS. The government alleged Snipes made at least $13.8 million for the years in question and owed $2.7 million in back taxes.




Read Here:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D908SAKO0&show_article=1

Do exceptions prove the rule on lasik

5 percent of patients are dissatisfied with Lasik surgery even a smaller amount have have serious issues, do the exceptions make LASIK a risky procedure or is there risk to every medical treatment out there and this is the chance you take? From the AP: A

decade after Lasik eye surgery hit the market, patients left with fuzzy instead of clear vision are airing their grievances before federal health officials.
Make no mistake: Most Lasik recipients do walk away with crisper vision, some better than 20/20. ...But not everyone's a good candidate, and an unlucky few do suffer life-changing side effects: poor vision, painful dry eyes, glare or problems seeing at night. ...How big are the risks? The Food and Drug Administration thinks about 5 percent of patients are dissatisfied with Lasik. How many struggle daily with side effects? How many are just unhappy that they couldn't completely ditch their glasses? The range of effects on patients' quality of life is a big unknown. ...So with a public hearing Friday, the FDA is beginning a new effort to determine if warnings about Lasik's risks are appropriate. The agency also is pairing with eye surgeons for a major study expected to enroll hundreds of Lasik patients to better understand who has bad outcomes and exactly what their complaints are. ..."Clearly there is a group who are not satisfied and do not get the kind of results they expect," FDA medical device chief Dr. Daniel Schultz said Thursday. The study should "help us predict who those patients might be before they have the procedure." ...About 7.6 million Americans have undergone some form of laser vision correction, including the $2,000-per-eye Lasik. Lasik is quick and, if no problems occur, painless: Doctors cut a flap in the cornea—the clear covering of the eye_ aim a laser underneath it and zap to reshape the cornea for sharper sight. ...The vast majority of patients, 95 percent, see better and are happy they had Lasik, said Dr. Kerry Solomon of the Medical University of South Carolina, who led a review of Lasik's safety for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. ...But doctors advise against Lasik for one in four people who seek the surgery. Their pupils may be too large or corneas too thin or they may have some other condition that can increase the risk of a poor outcome.


Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D908SCNO0&show_article=1

Shots fired in Persian Golf

From the AP -

The U.S. Navy says a Defense Department contractor's ship fired flares and warning shots at two small boats approaching it in the Persian Gulf.
Fifth Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Lydia Robertson says the Western Venture was in international waters in the central Persian Gulf when it was approached by two small boats of unknown origin. ...The Navy official said Friday the ship fired flares and warning shots with .50-caliber machine guns and M-16s at the boats, causing them to leave the area. ...Robertson says the Iranian Coast Guard radioed the Western Venture a few minutes later to determine its identity. ...Oil prices rose sharply on news reports that said the small boats were Iranian.

Did Franken pay his taxes?

From the Star Tribune:

Responding to new Republican charges that DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken hid income from California tax authorities for years, Franken's campaign said Thursday that his accountant is trying to sort out whether taxes are owed. ...Campaign manager Andy Barr said Franken is eager to resolve the matter, the latest in a series of controversies surrounding his personal corporation, Alan Franken Inc. ..."Al feels that because his name is at the top of the organization, he takes ultimate responsibility for everything that goes on," Barr said. "But if there's a mistake that's been made, he's pretty insistent that the accountant fix it. He's been pretty vocal with [the accountant] on this point." ..."Al spent the week doing an economy tour of the state," Barr said, adding "We're not hearing about this except from the Republican Party. ..." ...The latest questions about the personal corporation Franken set up to handle his entertainment enterprises came in the wake of news last week that Franken owes California $5,800 in back taxes and penalties for failing to file state income tax returns for the corporation from 2003 to 2007.


Franken didn't pay his taxes but I love how the whole issue is labeled as "Republican charges" not Al Franken broke the law..

Read here:http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/18160744.html

More on the Eric Cantor factor as VP

THE CANTOR FACTOR from the - National Journal:

'Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), an ambitious 44-year-old first elected to the House in 2000, is emerging as his chamber's most outspoken and active supporter of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. The only Jewish Republican in the House, Cantor has assumed a pivotal role in helping the McCain campaign build support-and raise money-in the Jewish community. And Cantor quite likely has his sights set even higher. As chief deputy whip for House Republicans, Cantor is a party stalwart and conservative leader.'

Mark Warner’s Tax Hike Pushes Date Back 11 Days

RPV NEWS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, April 25, 2008

Tax Freedom Day Finally Arrives

Mark Warner’s Tax Hike Pushes Date Back 11 Days



RICHMOND, VA – After 115 days, Tax Freedom Day has arrived, and Virginia taxpayers can finally stop working for the government and start working for themselves.

Tax Freedom Day is the day in which taxpayers have earned enough income to pay off their estimated federal, state, and local tax bills for a given year, according to the Tax Foundation.



Virginia had successfully moved its Tax Freedom Day to April 18 in 2003. However, Mark Warner’s historic tax increase in 2004 brought that trend to a screeching halt. Virginians’ tax burdens increased steadily for three consecutive years thanks to Warner’s massive tax hike, resulting in Tax Freedom Day not occurring until April 29 in 2007. The Tax Foundation attributes this year’s improvement to the tax stimulus package signed by President Bush earlier this year.



“Tax Freedom Day paints a clear picture of the burden that government places on Virginia’s taxpayers,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Hager. “Unfortunately, the policies of Mark Warner and his friends Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would only add to the number of days Virginians have to work for the government. Both Obama and Clinton will need to raise taxes to pay for their new government programs, and Virginians are all too familiar with Mark Warner’s support of tax hikes. In contrast, John McCain and the Republicans running for the Senate in Virginia understand that a low tax burden is a key component to a strong, competitive economy

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Barrack still backed by Oil Execs..I thought to liberals this was a bad thing

From the AP -

Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money, his campaign finance reports show. ...Obama has taken at least $263,000 from oil company executives, family members and employees since entering the presidential race last year, including $46,000 last month. At least $140,000 has come in chunks of between $1,000 and $2,300, the maximum permitted under federal law. ...Texas oil executive Robert L. Cavnar of Milagro Exploration and his wife, Gracie, have helped the Illinois Democrat raise at least another $50,000 by helping host a fundraiser earlier in the campaign. ...Other oil industry donors have included Sinclair Oil President Ross Matthews of Texas and John B. Hess, chairman of Hess Corp., a New York-based oil producer and retailer with operations worldwide. Hess, who has given to other presidential candidates, including Sen. John McCain, gave $2,300 to Obama last year, as did his wife, Susan. Hess gave $14,000 to Obama's Senate run in 2003. The oil executives did not return phone calls. ...In the weeks leading up to the Pennsylvania primary, Obama aired a campaign spot in Indiana and Pennsylvania that sought to reinforce his theme that he would change the Washington culture, while also tapping into voter distress about the high price of gasoline. In the ad, he called for a windfall profits "penalty."



Read Here:http://weblogs.newsday.com/news/politics/blog/2008/04/obama_still_takes_oil_money.html

Ford shows signs of life

From the Financial Times:

'Ford Motor on Thursday reported improved quarterly earnings and said it was on track to return its North American carmaking business to profitability by next year despite the tough US economic climate. The carmaker reported net income of $100 m, or 5 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $282m, or 15 cents, in the first quarter of 2007.'

Cantor for VP

Politico is pointing to our own Eric Cantor as being on the short list of Veep selections...From Politico:

'Cantor is 44. McCain is 71. As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Cantor brings the clout and experience on economic and tax issues that many believe McCain lacks. He was a businessman before being elected to the House in 2000 and has been an eloquent spokesman for pro-growth policies ever since. Cantor would energize economic conservatives in a way that McCain has not.'

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Chesterfield School Board trimming budget

From Richmond Times Dispatch:

The Chesterfield County School Board yesterday approved staff-recommended changes that shave about $8.5 million from the school division's 2008-09 budget. ...The changes keep the budget balanced after the Board of Supervisors and the state provided less money than school officials initially expected. ...The reductions, which were recommended last week by the school division staff, include 37 fewer new positions. In that number are custodians, middle school security officers, administrative positions and teachers for a second shift at the technical center


Read Here:http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/community/chesterfield.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-04-23-0189.html

McCain has his work cut out for him this election

Anyone that thinks this election will be easy for McCain betterthink again. From NRO.com:

Obama has real weaknesses, which, as liberal writer John Judis put it after the Pennsylvania vote, “grow more apparent with each successive primary.” Senator McCain can turn those weaknesses to his advantage if he devises a conservative program that can help lower middle class voters pursue their aspirations. We like both McCain’s corporate tax cut and his health-care plan, but it would be wise if he spoke more about the latter and less about the former than he has been doing.


Read Here:http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OWYwZDNiN2FhZTllOWJhMTQzZmIyZjAxMmUwNTYzNDQ=

Unions help Clinton

From NRO.com:

There is an intense struggle going on inside the ornate Grand Ballroom of the Park Hyatt Hotel at the corner of Walnut and Broad streets. Hillary Clinton will give her victory speech here in a couple of hours, and it’s not clear whether AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFT, the American Federation of Teachers, will have more signs and T-shirts spread throughout the crowd. AFSCME takes the early lead after workers haul in a giant box of green T-shirts, plus hundreds of green “AFSCME For Hillary” signs, at about 7:45. But AFT comes on strong when lots of red, white and blue “Hillary AFT” signs magically begin to appear in the crowd. There’s even a late surge of yellow “Hillary SMART Choice” signs, which you might think mean that voting for Hillary is a smart choice as a general proposition but actually convey the endorsement of the Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers — SMART.


Read Here:http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NjRjZjFlNjQwMTI5ODAyMTE3YThiYzQ5MGI4NzlhYTc=

Parents sue over anti-war tee shirt.

From Smoking Gun:

The parents of a 21-year-old soldier killed in Iraq are suing an online retailer for including their son's name on antiwar t-shirts that list the names of thousands of military personnel killed in the war. In a $10 million federal lawsuit, Michael and Robin Read allege that the manufacturer of the shirts is using their son Brandon's name in a commercial venture without their permission. The Reads's complaint, a copy of which you'll find below, was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee; it names Dan Frazier and his firm Lifeweaver, LLC as defendants. While the lawsuit makes mention of Frazier's free speech right, the Reads contend that protection ended when the Arizona businessman used Brandon's name "for profit." Frazier's sale of the t-shirts--which include the names of fallen soldiers in the background of bold messages like "Bush Lied/They Died"--has caused the Reads emotional distress, according to the lawsuit. Last year, when the Reads learned that Brandon's name was included on Frazier's shirts.


Read Here:http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0423083soldier1.html

Stare at some poeple and go to jail

From Reuters:

An Italian man was given a suspended jail sentence for staring too intensely at a woman sitting in front of him on a train. ...A judge sentenced the man in his 30s, whose name was not revealed, to 10 days in prison and a 40 euro ($63) fine after a 55-year old woman filed a complaint for sexual harassment. ...His lawyer said on Friday he would appeal the sentence. The court will explain its verdict later. ...The two met on two separate occasions in 2005 on a commuter train going from Lecco, a town in northern Italy, to Milan.


Read Here:http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSN1845257120080418?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Victoria's Secret stole my Bra!!

This is weird...from Reuters:

A New York woman filed suit against Limited Brands Inc Monday alleging the parent company of Victoria's Secret stole her idea for its Very Sexy 100-way strapless convertible bra. ...Katerina Plew sued in U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan, saying Victoria's Secret infringed her May 2004 patent and knew about the patent since at least April 2006. ..."I came up with the idea when I was trying to find a bra to go with one of the two dresses that I could wear to my triplets' christening," said Plew, 38. "I went crazy looking for a bra where the straps wouldn't show and couldn't find anything." ...Her triplets are now nine years old.


Read Here:http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSN2246252420080422?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Teens says he made pipe bombs

From the AP:

A prosecutor says the 18-year-old accused of planning to bomb his South Carolina high school has told law enforcement that he placed several pipe bombs around his family's home....However, state prosecutor Jay Hodge says a search has found no bombs. ..Hodge said Wednesday that he thinks Ryan Schallenberger may have just been bragging when he claimed he planted the bombs.


Read Here:http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SCHOOL_ATTACK_PLOT?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US

Where the gas plan Pelosi?

Congress is looking for a solution to the gas price hike and as usual Pelosi is no where to be found on creating a solution. From The Hill:

House Republican leaders on Tuesday challenged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to release a plan to lower gas prices that they say Democrats touted when they were in the minority. ...“Two years ago this week, you stated that House Democrats had a ‘commonsense plan’ to ‘lower gas prices,’ ” the letter said. “In light of the skyrocketing gasoline prices affecting working families and every sector of our struggling economy, we are writing today to respectfully request that you reveal this ‘commonsense plan’ so we can begin work on responsible solutions to help ease this strain.” ...The letter is signed by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), Policy Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) as well as other members of leadership: Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Eric Cantor (R-Va.). In a press release dated April 24, 2006, Pelosi said, “Democrats have a commonsense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price gouging, rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies, and increasing production of alternative fuels.” The letter cited policies put in place during the GOP control of Congress that the Speaker claimed had raised prices on American consumers to benefit oil companies.

Read Here:http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/house-gop-challenges-pelosi-for-gas-price-plan-2008-04-22.html

Florida man is elder abuse charges after he filmed his senile 85-year-old grandmother wearing a ski mask and holding a gun Like a Gansta

From Smoking Gun:

A Florida man is facing elder abuse charges after he allegedly filmed his senile 85-year-old grandmother wearing a ski mask and holding a gun for a "Gangstas and Thugs" street DVD series. Michael Alfinez, 18, was arrested yesterday by Palm Beach sheriff's deputies, who began their probe after a troubling video was seized earlier this year during a traffic stop. According to a sheriff's report, a copy of which you'll find below, Alfinez admitted filming his grandmother, Marie Huertas, and placing a ski mask on the senior citizen. He also acknowledged telling Huertas what to say on the video.


Read Here:http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0423081granny1.html

U.S. commits to WTO outcome by end of the year

From Reuters:

'The United States is fully committed to an outcome to the Doha round of global trade talks by the end of the year, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Wednesday. 'We are at a critical juncture in the Doha round,' DAVID McCORMICK, Treasury Under Secretary for international finance, said in a speech prepared for a conference in the southern Indian city of Chennai. 'This spring, we need to see progress on services and agreement on modalities for agriculture and non-agriculture market access if an agreement is to be completed by year's end,
' the text of the speech is available on Reuters.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Does the Internet need more regulation?

From the AP -

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday his agency has all the authority it needs to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against Web surfers and that new legislation is unnecessary. ..."I do not believe any additional regulations are needed at this time," Martin said at a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. "But I also believe that the commission has a responsibility to enforce the principles that it has already adopted." ...The FCC has conducted two hearings on "network management" following admissions by Comcast Corp. that it sometimes delayed file-sharing traffic for subscribers as a way to keep Web traffic flowing. ...The hearing was called at a time when the issue of "network neutrality"—the principle that people should be able to go where they choose on the Internet without interference from network owners—has heated up. ...The network neutrality debate has divided Congress, with Democrats largely in favor and Republicans mostly opposed, a point that became clearer at Tuesday's committee meeting. ..."It is a political division now and it's getting more so," said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. "It is unfortunate." He said a return to "intense regulation" of the Internet is "entirely unwarranted."


Read Here:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D90739VO2&show_article=1

TCC endorses Tucker for 5th District Chair

From the man himself Tucker Watkins:

In the past ten years while I have been chairman, the Fifth District has been recognized as one that finds and elects solid conservatives to Congress and the General Assembly. I am proud to have been a part of making the Fifth District recognized as one of the most conservative in Virginia. I have worked to find candidates and am working now to find even more in order to gain seats in the fifth district. I have been humbled over the past several months as I have been traveling in the district with the outpouring of support from over thirty current and past unit chairmen and republican leaders who have offered me their vocal support. I hope you will join us because together we can do a great deal more than we have even dreamed of before


Visit his blog here: http://blackwalnutfarm.blogspot.com

Bush warned Carter

From the AP -

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday the Bush administration explicitly warned former President Jimmy Carter against meeting with members of Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip and which is regarded by the U.S. as a terror group.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bob McDonnell participates in a "Miracle"

Posted by MAXIMUS

Attorney General McDonnell stepped up to the plate. He pointed his bat way over the top of the stadium. He swung. He hit a home run. The Attorney General became the chief cheerleader in helping to raise appx. $900,000 to keep open the St. Joseph School in Petersburg, VA. The school is a private Catholic institution that has deep roots in the community...going back over 138 years.

The School was given a mandate to raise 1 million dollars or face closure by next week. Enter McDonnell and his fundraising list, and his visit with the Pope in D.C. last week, and the earned media that came along with the high profile fundraising effort. Stories on the school's looming closure due to lack of funds ran on the nightly news, in the Richmond Times Dispatch, in the Washington Post, etc.

A decision was handed down earlier today to keep the school open.

According to today's Richmond Times Dispatch, school principal Ruth Bonner said, "It's a miracle," regarding the Richmond Diocese's decision to keep the school open. Also, when asked about the Diocese's decision to keep the school open, the Richmond Times Dispatch quotes the school's secretary, Anna Keyser, as saying "We call it miraculous."

The Hail Mary worked.

Link to the story here: http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-04-21-0199.html

The Stupidest Election year poll ever...Clinton leads poll with bowlers

From McClatchy Newspapers -

"Hillary Clinton leads among bowlers, gun owners and hunters in Pennsylvania, a blue-collar trifecta that is helping her hold an edge over rival Barack Obama heading into Tuesday's pivotal primary there. The New York senator leads by solid margins in all three slices of working-class Pennsylvania - the political battleground where the two Democrats have waged war for control of the state, according to a new poll conducted for McClatchy Newspapers, MSNBC and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The one group where she does not have a solid lead is among beer drinkers; they split evenly between her and the Illinois senator. ..."Overall, Clinton leads Obama by a margin of 48-43 percent, with 8 percent still undecided. The telephone survey of 625 likely Pennsylvania voters was taken April 17-18 and had an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 'Clinton leads in Pennsylvania,' said Brad Coker, the managing partner for Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the poll. 'However, the lead doesn't indicate she's going to win by a large enough margin to make a serious impact on Obama's overall delegate lead.' ... 'Clinton seems to have won the better part of the culture clash, leading among hunters by a margin of 56-31 percent, among bowlers by 54-33 percent, and among gun owners by 53-28 percent. Her shot and a beer gambit apparently didn't pay off, however; self-identified beer drinkers split 44-44 percent between the two. Coker said one reason could be that beer drinkers include more African-Americans - Obama supporters - than the bowlers, gun owners or hunters."
This poll is both stupid and condesceding....the press is out of control in this country

Schools overreacting yet again

From the AP:

"In an attempt to prevent bullying and intimidation at recess, Marvin Moss Elementary School principal Kristen McNeill has prohibited some students from hanging out in groups of four or more during recess unless they're involved in a 'structured activity.' ... The rule applies to students in grades four through six."

Obama's Condescension

RPV Press Release:

RICHMOND, VA - Barack Obama's condescending comments at an April 6 fundraiser prove once again that he is out of touch with mainstream American voters.

In front of a San Francisco audience, Obama stated that Americans experiencing tough economic times become "bitter" and then "they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." (Huffingtonpost.com)

"Americans with a deep religious faith, an appreciation for the Second Amendment, and a healthy respect for the rule of law have long been the heart and soul of America," said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Hager. "That Barack Obama thinks that these Americans turn to God out of bitterness just shows how out of touch he really is. Many voters have looked at Obama's liberal voting record and suspected he falls outside of mainstream America, but now he has opened his mouth and removed all doubt."

Tax-cuts and gas tax holiday being stressed by McCain

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A day after unveiling an economic agenda built heavily around cutting taxes, Republican John McCain is to bring the debate over how to revive a wilting economy to South Milwaukee today. ..."I intend to act quickly and decisively," McCain said Tuesday in Pittsburgh. "We need reforms that promote growth and opportunity. We need rules that assure fairness and punish wrongdoing in the market. We need tax policies that respect the wage-earners and job-creators who make this economy run, and help them to succeed in a global economy." ...McCain is to host two roundtable discussions at Bucyrus International this morning with a group composed largely of business executives, part of an effort to promote the economic ideas of a candidate far better known for his foreign policy views. ...The plan that McCain outlined Tuesday mixes an array of tax cuts with pledges to scale back domestic spending and offer some relief from the most urgent economic pressures facing many Americans: gas prices, college loans and home mortgages. ...Among the highlights: lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% (the biggest tax cut in the plan); elimination of the alternative minimum tax; doubling the personal exemption for dependents from $3,500 to $7,000; making wealthier Americans pay higher premiums for Medicare prescription drugs; and giving drivers a summer-long holiday from federal gas taxes. ...McCain's blueprint drew immediate fire from Democrats, who said it would drive up the deficit, favor the wealthy and reprise the priorities of the two-term Bush presidency. ...In an interview Tuesday with the Journal Sentinel, McCain backer and former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina said McCain's plan featured several elements that President Bush never proposed, including the corporate tax cut and a proposal to create a system of training and education programs for displaced workers based on the community college system.


Read Here:http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=739871&format=print

Fund raising numbers for Presidential Election for March

CBS NEWS Political Unit have a handy chart extracted from the filings:

OBAMA
Total Raised (3/1/08-3/31/08): $42,832,121
Total Spent (3/1/08-3/31/08): $30,591,210
Cash on hand (3/31/08): $51,074,000 ($42.5 million available for primary, according to his campaign)
Debt (3/31/08): $662,785
Total raised (1/07-3/31/08): $240,175,070

McCAIN
Total Raised (3/1/08-3/31/08): $15,428,882
Total Spent (3/1/08-3/31/08): $11,845,764
Cash on hand (3/31/08): $11,579,714
Debt (3/31/08): $707,042
Total raised (1/07-3/31/08): $81,858,086

CLINTON
Total Raised (3/1/08-3/31/08): $20,931,871
Total Spent (3/1/08-3/31/08): $22,372,765
Cash on hand (3/31/08): $31,712,198 ($8 million available for primary, according to her campaign)
Debt (3/31/08): $10,321,563
Total raised (1/1/07-3/31/08): $194,793,407

Do you really trust the word of Terrorists ?

From Reuters:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Monday Hamas leaders told him they would accept a peace agreement negotiated by their rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, if Palestinians approved the deal in a vote. In a speech, Carter said Hamas 'said they would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders if approved by Palestinians ... even though Hamas might disagree with some terms of the agreement.'



I think this approach has already been tried and has failed.

Rice called for Arab states to answer security call

From the AP:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged Arab states to answer security improvements and political advances in Iraq, saying there are few excuses left for delay. She began a three-day Mideast trip with a visit to Baghdad on Sunday, where she said she was encouraged despite a recent uptick in violence.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

CNN Reporter Jack Cafferty takes on Communist China

Posted by MAXIMUS

Step aside McCain, Obama, and Clinton. Someone has finally found a voice and backbone to criticize the thugs and goons that moonlight as the leaders of Communist China. Who is it?
Mr. Jack Cafferty, a reporter for CNN.

I can't believe I am openly rooting for a CNN reporter but David (Cafferty) had the audacity to criticize Goliath (Government of Communist China). How dare he!?!

The reaction of Communist China? They march out their communist sympathizers living in the United States, order them to plan and organize protests that target Cafferty and CNN in retaliation for Cafferty calling the communist leadership of China, "GOONS AND THUGS." Link here: http://www.amny.com/news/local/la-me-cnn20apr20,0,2143124.story?track=rss

Folks, welcome to the future of life in America. Criticize China and the hypocritical Communists target and attack you in your own backyard using the very freedoms (press) that they deny to their own people. Mr. Cafferty, don't give in. CNN, don't give in. The time to turn up the heat on Communist China is now. Educate the American public about the goons and thugs that run communist China. Expose the American politicians who rely upon dirty Communist Chinese money to fund the deficit spending of the United States Government. Turn up the heat CNN, prove your worth in the arena of good and evil. OR, is CNN simply too relient on advertising revenue from Dollar General (major pusher of communist made products) to actually take the fight against China to the next level?

TUCKER WATKINS for 5th Congressional District Chairman

Posted by MAXIMUS

Gotta call it like you see it. After taking a brief break of about nine months, Tucker Watkins, the longtime Chairman of the 5th Congressional District, is again seeking the office of Congressional District Chairman. Tucker previously held the job for ten plus years and he is stepping back into the arena. Presently, there are no other GOP Congressional District Chairman that can singularly reach out to the blogosphere, recruit effective conservative candidates for various local, state, and federal offices, raise money, effectively motivate grassroots activists, train his unit chairmen to do everything they need to do, and he can school damn near everybody on the RPV State Central Committee on any topic. He has sufficient b**** and backbone to back up what he says under any circumstances.

Tucker's hand selected candidates have whipped those selected and supported by Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, Governor Kaine, Governor Warner, Delegate Brian Moran, Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, Senator Chuck Robb, Senator Creigh Deeds, Leslie Byrne, et. al. When folks step in the 5th Congressional District for battle, they better bring their A game and a lot of luck to take out the silver haired wolf (who passed the eligibility age for Social Security ten years ago). Tucker has gone toe to toe with the best the liberal Democrats have to offer. At the end of each round, it has been Tucker with his arm victoriously raised in the arena. Tucker Watkins is an old school ass kicker who has the ability to exceed expectations by doing things the old way--building a team, setting goals, and following through, while providing the necessary resources (training, financial, etc.) to empower others for success.

He is a Vietnam veteran, a fiscal and social conservative, and one of the hardest working District Chairman that RPV has ever had. He is the same man on Sunday morning as he is on Saturday night. His principals are unshakable and his political instincts are innate. His political acumen and brutally effective Sun-Tzu influenced strategies are only eclipsed by the congenial "aw shucks country boy" persona that most outsiders use to define him to their peril. RPV, and the 5th Congressional District would be well served with Tucker Watkins back in service to the party. Folks underestimate his skill and abilities to their detriment.

The 5th Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia will be conducted on April 26, 2008 at 10:00AM at Hampden-Sydney College. Please attend and vote for Tucker Watkins for Chairman.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Pope to Tim Kaine: Stay away from me.....

Posted by MAXIMUS

Lets see....Tim Kaine ran on his faith during the 2005 election, promising to be a new kind of post partisan Democrat.

Well, the leader of the Catholic faith came to D.C. this past week and guess who wasn't on his public invite list? Governor Tim Kaine. Getting snubbed by the Pope has to be humiliating if you're of the same faith AND a Governor of a state neighboring Washington D.C.

Could it be that the Pope is tired of being around politicians of faith who promise to be one thing and then govern without principals?

MEET ANITA HARTKE....THE DEVELOPER'S DREAM CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS

Posted by MAXIMUS

You hear these phrases all the time: Smart Growth; Planned Growth; Managed Growth; Infrastructure in-place-before-growth; Larger lot sizes to curtail suburban and exurban sprawl; and on, and on, and on....Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA 7) gets it. His pro-developer opponent does not.

The Democrats in Virginia's 7th Congressional District are tone death to what the people in the District are really talking about. Why? Because they are running a PRO-DEVELOPER, REAL ESTATE BROKER candidate for Congress named Anita Hartke who also happens to be a real estate broker. Hartke says folks are "frustrated by the gridlock" in Washington D.C.

Well, if Hartke is elected to Congress on the "anytime, anyplace, pro-residential growth platform," they don't know the level of gridlock she has in store for the 7th District.

Hartke has over 20 years worth of experience in promoting and selling haphazard unplanned residential growh products. If you like waiting five or six turns to get thru the traffic light; if you like having 40 kids in your child's 2nd grade classroom; if you like having your real estate assessment skyrocket to subsidize new residential growth in your county; if you like choking off your streams and creeks with untreated storm water runoff from new residential neighborhoods; if you like endless rows of strip malls stacked three or four deep; if you like governmental give away programs to finance private development projects with taxpayer money, then by all means, VOTE FOR DEMOCRAT ANITA HARTKE FOR CONGRESS....SHE IS THE DEVELOPER'S DREAM CANDIDATE AND A NIGHTMARE CANDIDATE FOR THE TYPICAL HOMEOWNER.

Partisan Kaine blows off VA--goes to PA for Obama

Posted by MAXIMUS

Once again Governor Tim Kaine is blowing off his responsibilities as an elected official. By campaigning for Barrack Hussein Obama in Pennsylvania today, he is putting the partisan interests of the Democrat Party ahead of the interests of the Virginians he was elected to serve.

Governor Kaine has no accomplishments and no agenda to improve the lives of the ordinary Virginia family. Instead, here a just a few things the Governor of Virginia should be doing:

1.) Holding talks with the legislature on how to increase transportation funding without raising statewide taxes;

2.) Holding talks with the legislature about how to redact his unconstitutional amendments to the Transportation compromise;

3.) Holding talks with the families of slain police officers to explain why he previously issued a needlessly stay on Executions in Virginia without being ordered to do so by the U.S. Supreme Court;

4.) Figuring out a way to reduce local real estate tax increases instead of creating new social welfare entitlement programs like free day care for the children of illegal immigrants;

5.) Figuring out a way to hire Veterans into his Administration considering he has none in his Cabinet;

Governor Kaine's ineffectiveness in solving the problems of Virginia is only eclipsed by his partisan quest to elect a man to the Presidency who thinks half of Virginia clings to guns and religion as a type of tonic against the "bitter" resentment associated with the globalization of the job market. Tim Kaine is like a Democratic "ROADIE"----Retired on Active duty despite having one year and eight months left in his term as Governor. Can Kaine manage to accomplish something beneficial for the people of Virginia before the end of his term? Anything?

Comedies about 9/11, blodd is now shooting out my eyes

I admit that I did like "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle" but Guantanamo Bay may be a bit much..I mean the burgers are better at White Castle (or so I've heard)than the terrorist prison and puppet racoons are always good for a laugh or two. From Politico:

The conflict in Iraq may go on for years, but it appears the end is nigh for Hollywood’s ponderous, heavy-handed treatment of the war on terror. That’s because most new movies about the subject this season are lowbrow and cringe-inducing comedies. ...Over the next few weeks, theaters will be screening far-out fare such as an Osama bin Laden documentary by the maker of “Super Size Me”; an absurdist slam against merchants of war featuring John Cusack; a zombie soldier flick with XXX star Jenna Jameson; a stoner movie about Guantanamo Bay; and a Sept. 11 parody — yes, parody — made by Uwe Boll, a little-known filmmaker often ridiculed as the worst director in Hollywood since Ed Wood. ...Just how off-the-wall is the genre getting? Over the past six months, filmgoers have been turned off by overearnest snoozers (“Lions for Lambs,” “A Mighty Heart”), low-budget losers (“Redacted”) and far worse. ...With the arrival of a half-dozen comedies, however, the post-Sept. 11 movie has quite possibly reached a new low


Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0408/9695.html

New York Times whines because no one's reading there paper

...maybe they should try more objectivity..plus isn't it a bit futile to whine about people not reading your paper in the paper no one is reading? Just a thougt...no, we'll blame Bush and the economy. from the NYT:

The New York Times Company, the parent of The New York Times, posted a $335,000 loss in the first quarter — one of the worst periods the company and the newspaper industry have seen — falling far short of both analysts’ expectations and its $23.9 million profit in the quarter a year earlier. ...The company did break even on a per-share basis, compared with the average analyst forecast of earnings of 14 cents, down from 17 cents in the first quarter of 2007. ...The company’s main source of revenue, newspaper advertising in print and online, fell 10.6 percent, the sharpest drop in memory, as the industry suffers the twin blows of an economic downturn and the continuing long-term shift of readers and advertisers to the Internet. ...In a conference call with analysts, Janet L. Robinson, president and chief executive, said it was “a challenging quarter, one that showed the effects of a weaker economy,” compounded by “a marketplace that has been reconfigured technologically, economically and geographically.” ...Looking ahead, she said, “We see continued challenges for print advertising in a faltering economy.”



Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/business/media/17cnd-times.html?ei=5065&en=27ae5edad023fa83&ex=1209096000&adxnnl=1&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1208610050-NEuzqg5hE119Y5ajFVAiRw

Isophorone Blog goin' to the Big Time!

One of my favorite blogs and fellow ODBA member, Isophorone Blog, was quoted in the Wall Street journal about left wing robocall from the group American Family Voices and the Wolfe name debacle:

Blogger "Isophorone" quotes a recorded phone message he received from a liberal group called American Family Voices:

Under the watch of Bush-Cheney and Congressman Tom Wolfe, America has grown weaker. Despite billions of dollars spent to enrich private contractors in Iraq, not a single active duty or Reserve brigade in America is considered combat ready. Call Congressman Tom Wolfe at [district office number] and ask him what he is doing to change this. We can't allow our military to be stretched so thin that we become vulnerable. Tell Congressman Tom Wolfe that something's got to change. ...Tom Wolfe, of course, is the author of "Bonfire of the Vanities" and "I Am Charlotte Simmons," among others. He has never served in Congress. AFV apparently mixed him up with Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia's 10th District--or perhaps conflated him with Rep. Tom Davis of the neighboring 11th District. ...Come to think of it, didn't Tom Davis use to be part of a comedy act with Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken?


Check this blog out..it's always worth a read...
Read it here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120853768406126721.html?mod=Best+of+the+Web+Today

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mad about Politics? Just eat your vote, that'll show'em!!

From Reuters:

Ballot stuffing took on a new meaning in Italy's parliamentary election on Sunday when a man ate his ballot paper in protest at the country's politicians. ...Police in Naples said they had charged the 41-year-old businessman with destroying election materials. He said all Italian politicians and politics "are crap" and that he was protesting "against the system."

Holy Crap! 66 runs in two innings - somebody needs more practice

From Reuters:

A Japanese high school pleaded for a regional game to be abandoned after surrendering 66 runs in less than two innings, local media reported on Thursday....The coach of Kawamoto technical high school threw in the towel to spare his pitcher's arm with his team losing 66-0 with just one batter out in the bottom of the second. ...The hapless hurler had already sent down over 250 pitches, allowing 26 runs in the first inning and 40 in the second before Kawamoto asked for mercy. ..."At that pace the pitcher would have thrown around 500 pitches in four innings," Kawamoto's coach was quoted as saying. "There was a danger he could get injured." ...Opponents Shunshukan were officially credited with a 9-0 victory, giving the scoreline a tinge of respectability for the luckless Kawamoto school

What's in a name? everything! My Parents have some explaining to do

Survey says you better pick the right name or your kid will be a failure...no pressure. From Reuters:

British parents spend 30 million hours a year picking the names of their newborn children, a survey showed on Thursday....And choosing the right name can be crucial -- if you want your child to get on in life. ...The survey by Abbey Banking showed that parents agonize for up to 45 hours over the name of their child -- a combined 30 million hours annually in Britain. ...One in three parents believed the right name can give a child confidence while up to two million thought it could help their child's career prospects. "There is no doubt that children's names reflect people's aspirations and parents believe names can affect career prospects," said Abbey Banking director Steve Shore.


Read Here:http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL1747226920080417?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Do you think the USA Today Editors wants Hillary to win?

A thinning veiled hit piece from USA Today (the paper one rung higher that the National Enquirer)and their editorial staff:

'Although Obama refuses direct campaign contributions from 'Washington lobbyists,' he takes money from lobbyists' spouses and holds fundraisers at the offices of law firms that lobby Congress. He won't touch money from PACs or lobbyists representing big oil and drug companies, but he happily accepts huge amounts of money from executives at those companies and many others. In fact, he's relying on two oil company executives to raise $50,000 apiece for his campaign. Obama may like voters to think he'd cross the street rather than deal with a lobbyist, but nine of his campaign staffers are former lobbyists, and some of his informal advisers are current lobbyists.'

Unorthodox campaign for McCain for general election...will it work?

From Politico.com: McCain readies unorthodox campaign':

'For reasons of financial necessity, personal preference and plain politics, John McCain is gearing up to run one of the least traditional presidential campaigns in recent history. The problem is that even prominent strategists within McCain's own party wonder if his unorthodox strategy will work. ...'Facing the prospect of competing against a Democrat who is on track to shatter every fundraising record - and confronted by his own inability to rake in large bundles of cash - McCain and his key advisers have largely been forced into devising a ... strategy that they hope can turn their general election weaknesses into strengths. McCain will lean heavily on the well-funded Republican National Committee. ...'McCain will rely on free media to an unprecedented degree to get out his message in a fashion that aims to not only minimize his financial disadvantage but also drive a triangulated contrast among himself, the Democratic nominee and President Bush.'

SBA Administrator Steven Preston to be new HUD chief

From the AP:

President Bush will name SBA Administrator Steven Preston as HUD chief to oversee the nation's housing policies at a time of crisis in the industry.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

THIS IS FUNNY....

Posted by MAXIMUS

From the QandO blog:

"Last night was the the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington and Dick Cheney filled in for the President. As you know, one of the things the speaker is supposed to do is take take a few humurous potshots at himself. Of the three Cheney used, or that were reported, this one actually got a laugh out of me":

And the Veep recounted how he asked his wife at the breakfast table if it bugs her that people call him "Darth Vader." He said she answered, "Not at all. It humanizes you."

Link here: http://www.qando.net/details.aspx?entry=8351

Are unhappy Republicans coming to their senses about McCain?...

...I really don't know the answer to that one yet...ask me in November. From the AP:

Republicans are no longer underdogs in the race for the White House. To pull that off, John McCain has attracted disgruntled GOP voters, independents and even some moderate Democrats who shunned his party last fall. ...Partly thanks to an increasingly likable image, the Republican presidential candidate has pulled even with the two Democrats still brawling for their party's nomination, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo news poll released Thursday. Just five months ago—before either party had winnowed its field—the survey showed people preferred sending an unnamed Democrat over a Republican to the White House by 13 percentage points. ...
Of those who have moved toward McCain, about two-thirds voted for President Bush in 2004 but are now unhappy with him, including many independents who lean Republican. The remaining one-third usually support Democrats but like McCain anyway.


Read here:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D903LAEO0&show_article=1

Couple puts boy in trunk and the TV in the car seat

unbelievable...I don't have kids but even I can see the error in judgement on this one...trunk and children just don't really go together. From WOAI.com:

What started as a suspected kidnapping ended with a surprise for sheriff's deputies in Cumberland County, Tennessee on Monday. ...A 911 caller told police that she had seen a boy being forced into the trunk of a car....Deputies quickly located the Toyota Corolla described by the caller and pulled it over. ...When the boy got out of the trunk, the driver and passenger, Cory McDaniel and Rhonda Howard, told the deputies that a big television wouldn't fit in the trunk, so they put the boy in the trunk and the TV in the back seat.


Read Here:http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=73bc5377-6f02-472c-9ee3-15e5c24ae721

Please don't tell my wife there is an unclaimed diamond floating around.....

In this the article to follow the writer actually states that the reason a 72 carat (yes 72 carats) did not go in an Asian Sotheby's auction is the declining world economy and diamond trade. How about the fact that a 72 carat diamond is, in itself, just ridiculous. From Reuters:

Global auction house Sotheby's failed to hammer off a 72.22-carat, "D" flawless white diamond at its Asian sales last week in a possible sign of weakness in the global diamond trade. ...The large diamond which had a pre-sale estimate of $10-12 million, attracted a final bid of HK$73 million ($9.24million) that fell short of the reserve price and went unsold, said Sotheby's press officer Rhonda Yung.


Please don't tell my wife there is an unclaimed diamond floating around...

Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/detail.php?ch=BNREUTERSODD&catnum=9

Governor Romney's 'Top 10 Reasons for Dropping Out of the Race

Governor Romney delivered his 'Top 10 Reasons for Dropping Out of the Race,' which he at last nights Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner:

10. There weren't as many Osmonds as I thought.
9. I got tired of corkscrew landings under sniper fire.
8. As a lifelong hunter, I didn't want to miss the start of the varmint season.
7. There wasn't room for two Christian leaders.
6. I was upset that no one had bothered to search my passport files.
5. I needed an excuse to get fat, grow a beard and win the Nobel prize.
4. I took a bad fall at a campaign rally and broke my hair.
3. I wanted to finally take off that dark suit and tie, and kick back in a light-colored suit and tie.
2. Once my wife Ann realized I couldn't win, my fundraising dried up.
1. There was a miscalculation in our theory: 'As Utah goes, so goes the nation.'

Bank will be under more scrutiny and regulation

From the Financial Times: 'Banks face closer scrutiny: The world's top banking regulators moved to tighten the screw on the industry on Wednesday with new rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the crisis that has rocked the financial system. The proposals from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which sets global standards for banking regulation, underline the determination to press ahead with specific measures quickly in the aftermath of the credit turmoil, which has exposed glaring weaknesses in the global regulatory structure. 'There is huge political pressure to be seen to do something - there has to be action,' said one senior US policymaker.'

Obama on the defensive in debate

From the Philidelphia Inquirer:

'Obama had the tougher night,' by Thomas Fitzgerald: 'Sen. Barack Obama was thrown on the defensive about everything from comments by his former pastor to his friendship with a member of the radical Weather Underground, to why he rarely wears an American flag pin in his lapel. It could not have been the performance Obama wanted to have six days before the state's primary, at a time when he needed to reassure voters who might have been put off by his recent remarks about 'bitter' small-town residents in the state who 'cling' to religion and guns because of their economic frustration.'

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Supreme Court's 7-2 vote upholds lethal injection

From Fox News:

The Supreme Court upheld Kentucky's use of lethal injection executions Wednesday, likely clearing the way to resume executions that have been on hold for nearly 8 months. ...The justices, by a 7-2 vote, turned back a constitutional challenge to the procedures in place in Kentucky, which uses three drugs to sedate, paralyze and kill inmates. Similar methods are used by roughly three dozen states. ..."We ... agree that petitioners have not carried their burden of showing that the risk of pain from maladministration of a concededly humane lethal injection protocol, and the failure to adopt untried and untested alternatives, constitute cruel and unusual punishment," Chief Justice John Roberts said in an opinion that garnered only three votes. Four other justices, however, agreed with the outcome. ...Roberts' opinion did leave open subsequent challenges to lethal injection practices if a state refused to adopt an alternative method that significantly reduced the risk of severe pain. ...Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented. ...Executions have been on hold since September, when the court agreed to hear the Kentucky case. There was no immediate indication when they would resume. ...The argument against the three-drug protocol is that if the initial anesthetic does not take hold, the other two drugs can cause excruciating pain. One of those drugs, a paralytic, would render the prisoner unable to express his discomfort.


Read Here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351456,00.html

He cried about his devotion to Harry Potter; sorry bud you still plagarized

From Reuters:

'The author of a Harry Potter encyclopedia cried Tuesday as he told a New York court about his devotion to the series of books about the boy wizard and denied accusations by J.K. Rowling that he plagiarized her work. Rowling and Warner Bros. are suing independent U.S. publisher RDR Books, which plans to publish 'The Harry Potter Lexicon,' a 400-page reference book written by Steve Vander Ark. ... Rowling, 42, told court Monday that Vander Ark's plans for an unofficial encyclopedic Harry Potter companion book and the stress of the lawsuit had stifled her creativity and caused her to stop work on a new novel. On Tuesday Vander Ark, 50, wearing round spectacles similar to those worn by Harry Potter, said his Potter encyclopedia was merely a companion reference guide to help fans and readers and was intended to celebrate Rowling's work. With Rowling sitting directly in front of him with her lawyers, Vander Ark broke down in tears after more than three hours on the witness stand when asked if he still thought of himself as part of the Harry Potter fan club community.'

Merrill Lynch will report $6 to $8 billion in new write-downs

From the Wall Street Journal

'Some 10 months after the mortgage hurricane made landfall, Merrill Lynch & Co. is still trying to dig out. On Thursday Merrill will report $6 billion to $8 billion in new write-downs, according to a person familiar with the matter. The latest would bring its total since October to more than $30 billion and mean that Merrill reports a third straight quarterly net loss, the longest losing streak in its 94-year history. Now the firm is readying a cost-saving plan that includes job cuts of 10% to 15% in some areas where business is off, such as bond finance.'

Kazakhstan stops foreign wheat sales

From the Financial Times:

'The global food crisis intensified on Tuesday as Kazakhstan, one of the world's biggest wheat exporters halted foreign sales and rice prices shot to a record high after Indonesia stopped its farmers from selling the grain abroad.'

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Communist China uses Freedom of the Press to Demand Apology from the Press

Posted by MAXIMUS

Here are some typical commandments of the Communist Chinese: Do this because I say so. Shut up your criticism or you will be prosecuted. One child or else. Work all your life without the right to own land. Openly worship your religion and run the risk of being taken to a re-education camp. Praise the Government, the center of all that is good, and you will be rewarded. Falsely claim sovereignty over nations like Taiwan and Tibet

Add this one: Use the freedom of the western press to demand an apology from someone at CNN for calling the Communist Chinese Government a "bunch of goons and thugs." Link here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080415/ap_on_re_as/china_cnn

When can the people of Tibet expect an apology for the jack booted martial law that China has imposed on them for the past sixty years? President Bush, boycott the Olympics, soon. Silence on the issue is condoning the issue. And while you're at it, free trade should only be with free people.

The Taxmen Campaigneth

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Taxmen Campaigneth
Warner-Obama-Clinton Think Virginians Don’t Pay Enough Taxes

RICHMOND, VA – As Virginians finish filing their tax returns today, they can be sure that Democrats campaigning in the Commonwealth cannot be trusted to reduce their tax burden if elected.

“When it comes to taxes, the contrast between Republicans and Democrats couldn’t be clearer,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Hager. “Mark Warner, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton have made no secret where they stand on this important issue that impacts taxpayers of every age and background. Mark Warner advocated and pushed through the largest tax increase in Virginia history. Obama and Clinton support massive tax increases to fund billions in new government spending. In contrast, John McCain understands that Americans already shoulder a heavy tax burden. That’s why he advocates pro-growth tax relief policies that entrust working Americans – rather than Washington bureaucrats – to spend their hard-earned money.”

Virginians already know they cannot trust Mark Warner on taxes:

“[Warner] was elected governor in 2001 in part by declaring, ‘I will not raise taxes. I will not raise taxes. I will not raise taxes’; he then proceeded to make his seminal achievement as Virginia’s chief executive a $1.5 billion tax increase.” (“Re-Enter: Warner?” Richmond Times Dispatch, 12/22/06)

Clinton and Obama have also made it clear that they support higher taxes, including raising the capital gains tax rate, which adversely impacts middle-income Americans:

Clinton: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." (Beth Fouhy, "San Francisco Rolls Out The Red Carpet For The Clintons," The Associated Press, 6/29/04)

Obama: "I think that we can have a capital gains rate that is higher than 15 percent." (CNBC's "Closing Bell," 3/27/08)

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo: "Right now the capital gains tax is 15%. [Obama] wants to take that up to possibly 28%. ... That's a big deal. Because you're not just talking about the rich. You're talking about 100 million Americans who own stocks that will get impacted by that capital gains tax increase." (MSNBC's "MSNBC Live," 3/28/08)

PREDICTIONS ON TOMORROW'S SHAD PLANKING

Posted by MAXIMUS

Your beloved MAXIMUS will be at tomorrow's Shad Planking, stealthily monitoring the gripping and grinning betwixt the various factions of the Virginia political scene. Herewith are my predictions about SOME of what will go down tomorrow:

1.) Person most despised by Virginia Veteran Groups: Governor Tim Kaine for signing executive order #19 which directs all state agency heads to hire veterans into state government positions when he fails to have any Veterans in top cabinet positions.

2.) Person most laughed at by the 4th District natives (the Shad Planking is in the 4th District folks): Andrea Miller, presumptive Democratic nominee for the 4th District who says Chester is a City and Bon Air is in the 4th District. Question? Can this MENSA genius find her way to Wakefield without a map or will she call up Congressman Forbes for Directions?

3.) Best Dressed at the Shad Planking: Hmmm.....I say toss up between Janet Polarek and the local red neck chicks hanging out by Gil Davis' wild turkey whiskey station.

4.) Most popular lapel stickers on shirts: McDonnell and Bolling combo stickers

5.) Most popular beer truck: Is there a such thing as a bad beer truck?

6.) Most sought after picture at the Shad Planking: Ben Tribbett being hog tied and serenaded by the banjo playing Deliverance folks as they share a moment of privacy behind the port-a-johns.

7.) Most in need of a translator: Brian Moran. He'll have folks looking very strangely at him WHENEVER he opens his mouth.

8.) Most Shad consumed at one sitting: Tie: Delegate Donald McEachin, Senator Fred Quayle

9.) Most likely to be kicked out for climbing onstage to speak without an invitation: Senator Stephen H. Martin

10.) Most likely to win the sign war: Delegate Bob Marshall (not). OK, Mark Warner

Real results to be posted tomorrow night....Developing......

...But it's true

Should you have to apologize for comments that offend if they're true? From Reuters:

on Tuesday demanded that television news channel CNN apologize after one of its commentators said the Chinese were "goons" and that their products were "junk". ...Jack Cafferty made the comments earlier this month on CNN's political program, The Situation Room. ..."We are shocked at and strongly condemn the evil attack by the CNN anchor on the Chinese people," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news conference. ..."Cafferty used the microphone in his hand to slander China and the Chinese people, and seriously violated reporting ethics." ...Cafferty said the United States imported Chinese-made "junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food", adding: "They're basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years," according to a copy of his comments carried on YouTube.

anything to distract the world from China's atrosities against the rights of it's citizens. These comments are hardly directed and the masses in China.

Read here: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSPEK25098920080415?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true

another example of our children being wussified

From the WashingtonPost: A

playground pastime is getting a timeout this spring at a McLean elementary school. ...Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling "You're it!" had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression." ...The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe and that she hopes to restore tag (as well as touch football, also now on hold) after teachers and administrators review recess policies....The decision has touched off a debate among parents. Some call the restriction an example of overzealous rulemaking that fails to address root problems and undermines children's development; others say it's best to err on the side of caution. "We are regulating the fun out of normal childhood activity," said Jan van Tol, father of a Kent Gardens sixth-grader. "In our effort to be so overprotective, we are not letting children be children."


Read Here:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/14/AR2008041402988_pf.html