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Friday, May 30, 2008

IMMORAL NEWSPAPERS: THE SUFFOLK NEWS--HERALD

Posted by MAXIMUS

In the Letters to the Editor Section of the Suffolk News-Herald, the Editor made a decision to allow a false inaccurate hit piece to be printed about Congressman Randy Forbes.

Bearing Drift first wrote on this story a few days ago. Link here: http://bearingdrift.com/2008/05/29/suffolk-news-herald-biased/

The fat cat mouth breathing Editor of the Editorial Page at the Suffolk News-Herald took off the C-PAP machine, walked to the chair, sat down in front of the computer, ignored the posterior bed sore pain, and managed to authorize what many will consider to be a Pulitzer worthy piece to be printed in his/her paper. The only problem is that THE EDITOR DID NOT CHECK HIS/HER/IT'S FACTS PRIOR TO PRINTING THIS LETTER.

This COPD afflicted, non prom date having, Chef-Boyardee eating, non Grass Cutting Editor thought it was appropriate to run a letter called "Forbes misusing taxpayer dollars" link here: http://www.suffolknewsherald.com/articles/2008/05/29/news/opinion-comment/letters_to_editor/letter930.txt

Apparently, ignorance is the price of admission to write a letter to the editor of the Suffolk News-Herald. Blind ignorance, coupled with the failure to check the logical veracity of an allegation, is the apparent threshold that the Editor at the Suffolk News-Herald uses to successfully determine if a letter gets printed. Bravo. Mission Accomplished you Toads.

Here is the letter, in all of its beauty:

Forbes misusing taxpayer dollars

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:37 PM CDT

Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,I am writing to you today to express concern and ask to make a formal inquiry into my Congressman, Randy Forbes of the 4th Congressional District.Ms. Pelosi, I recently wrote a letter to my Congressional Representatives-Forbes, Senators Warner & Webb asking them to look into why my postal service delivery is so erratic, sometimes delivery at noon other times at 6:15 p.m. As a small business owner, whose office is in my home, I depend on mail service to conduct a portion of my business, as well as for personally paying my bills.My concern is that Randy Forbes, sent me two notices separately asking me to complete a privacy authorization which include my contact information, as well as my social security number. I have never in all my years of grassroots activism had any representative ask for this information. In fact, I would venture to say that this borders on a gross violation of my privacy. Now, I know he's up for re-election, unfortunately.

I've been a supporter of Congressman Norman Sisisky, the former 4th District Congressman who was a wonderful, caring man who represented the 4th district well! In Virginia we're fortunate to have great senators representing us as well as a very committed and caring congressman representing the 3rd Congressional District, Bobby Scott. Certainly, I am tempted to move into that district in the near future.Ms. Pelosi, I've lobbied the VA legislature as well as Congress, having led the effort to amend Virginia's Constitution from 1990-1995. The amendment passed successfully in 1994. I have worked with folks from both sides of the aisle and am not partisan in anyway, unlike Randy Forbes. Additionally, in 1993, I successfully garnered passage through Congress of a Senate Resolution as well as a Presidential Proclamation, therefore I know and understand the art of compromise in order to create viable legislative solutions.I very much appreciate your prompt attention in focusing and investigating Congressman Forbes gross misuse of his position as my representative as well as a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. Does Randy Forbes really think that his citizens are this stupid? It is evident he is just trying to suppress us and build a web of information similar to what was described in the book "1984" by George Orwell. Dulaney Collins, President Virginia Aqua Massage Inc.

First, in order for a Congressional Office to conduct an inquiry into a constituent request, the constituent must fill out and complete an authorization that GRANTS the Congressman permission to conduct the inquiry. This release is necessary to comply with the provisions of the Federal Privacy Act. The writer of this letter, Dulaney Collins, fails to realize that the Office of his beloved Congressman Scott REQUIRES THE SAME AUTHORIZATIONS AS CONGRESSMAN FORBES to conduct an inquiry on behalf of a constituent. Just go and check out Congressman Scott's website to verify this--obviously, the Editor of the Suffolk News Herald didn't bother to do this. Mr. Aqua Massage says, "My concern is that Randy Forbes, sent me two notices separately asking me to complete a privacy authorization which include my contact information, as well as my social security number. I have never in all my years of grassroots activism had any representative ask for this information."

Funny, but Congressman Bobby Scott's Office requires the same privacy authorizations to act on a constituent request. So, not only is this letter a sloppily written inaccurate portrayal of the necessary authorizations to conduct an inquiry that comports with the law, but, even more troubling, this letter was printed by a MAINSTREAM MEDIA Tidewater newspaper. The Suffolk News-Herald failed to even check out Congressman Scott's home page to co-oberate that his office requires the same authorizations as Congressman Forbes does when conducting inquiries on behalf of constituents.

Lazy Editor? Yes. Mouth Breathing Fat Cat Mainstream Media Type? Yes.

Sensational contrived headline specifically developed by the Editor of the Suffolk News-Herald that is designed to imply something that isn't there? Absolutely. Ethical? Not whatsoever.

Any wonder why the print media is breathing its last breath? I guess they really do need
the C-PAP machine after all. The death of an industry isn't pretty, but is it too much to ask for ethics, honesty, and allegation verification as they gluttonously gobble down their last self important breath?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Andrea Miller on 10,000 new military jobs at Fort Lee: "Disastrous initiative and proposal"

Posted by MAXIMUS

What does Andrea Miller think about the 10,000 new jobs that Congressman Forbes delivered to the Fort Lee area as a result of the BRAC process?

"Disastrous initiative and proposal"

source: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-safe-republican-seats-and-that-means.html

BREAKING....4th District Democrats try to deny Andrea Miller the nomination to run for Congress

Posted by MAXIMUS

In Andrea Miller's own words:

At the last minute my home [Chesterfield] Democratic Committee put up a candidate... One person asked if I would be perceived as a radical

source: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-safe-republican-seats-and-that-means.html

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Meet Andrea Miller, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia's 4th Congressional District

Posted by MAXIMUS

You read it here first. The Democrats in VA-4 nominated uber liberal Andrea Miller to run against incumbent Congressman Randy Forbes this November in Virginia's 4th Congressional District.

Lets have some Q and A about Andrea Miller.

Who is Andrea Miller? She was the head of Dennis Kucinich's Presidential Campaign in VA. She is a Virgina regional coordinator for MoveOn.org. For those wanting a refresher about her utter incompetency, check out this post that your beloved MAXIMUS wrote a few months ago:
http://thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com/2008/04/democrats-in-virginias-4th.html

Is Andrea Miller a Socialist in the mold of Che Guvera and Dennis Kucinich? Yes. She supports entitlement growth in the form of free on demand health care for able bodied adults. Cost to the American Taxpayer be dammed!
source: http://andreamiller.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=46

What does Andrea Miller think about the 10,000 new jobs that Congressman Forbes delivered to the Fort Lee area as a result of the BRAC process?
"Disastrous initiative and proposal"
source: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-safe-republican-seats-and-that-means.html

Does Andrea Miller support expanded G.I. Bill benefits for all combat veterans along with G.I. Bill student loan debt relief? No. Andrea Miller does NOT support expanding new G.I. Bill benefits to combat veterans of Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Provide Comfort. In another broadsided swipe at our nations finest, Andrea Miller does not support allowing the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs to assume student loan debts burdens of combat veterans that have served since 1990.
source:
http://andreamiller.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=10&id=49&Itemid=41

Does Andrea Miller support draining the U.S. Treasury to give physically fit, able bodied adults more spending money when they are looking for a job? Yes. 20 more weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to those who exhausted their benefits within the past year and are still unemployed. In states with exceptionally high unemployment, it would provide for an additional 13 weeks of benefits. It would also increase all individual benefits by $50 per week.
source: http://andreamiller.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=52&Itemid=82

Did Democrats in the 4th Congressional District try to block Andrea Miller from receiving the Democratic nomination to run for Congress? If so, why?
Yes. In Andrea's own words: "At the last minute my home Democratic Committee put up a "fake" candidate. One person asked if I thought it would be a problem being perceived as a radical."
source: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-safe-republican-seats-and-that-means.html

Oh, did I mention that Andrea Miller is going to be Barrack Hussein Obama's running mate in 2008? Game. On.

Monday, May 19, 2008

GOV. KAINE Designates May and June as TAX INCREASE PREPAREDNESS MONTHS in Virginia

Posted by MAXIMUS

Well, that didn't take long. Governor "NEVER TELL A LIE" Tim Kaine has designated the months of May and June 2008, as TAX INCREASE PREPAREDNESS MONTHS.

To wit: over the next two months, Timmy Kaine is conducting taxpayer financed townhall meetings across Virginia to demand that us backwater Virginians surrender more of our free flowing recessionary spare change to finance his pet transportation projects in Virginia's inner cities and across the urban crescent.

The Governor is going to travel to places like Hopewell, Danville, Radford, Staunton, and Marion to try and convince folks that they should subsidize the mistakes associated with poor land use planning decisions that has caused unprecidented suburban sprawl in places like Fairfax, Alexandria, Norfolk, Arlington, Falls Church, Reston, Newport News, and Hampton.

During Tim Kaine's TAX INCREASE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN, he will demand that the rest of Virginia bail out sprawl infected areas that have been victimized by dreadful land use planning associated with Wealthy Developers who, over the last three decades, have pirated millions of acres of pristine land for residential development. In advocating for a statewide tax increase, Governor Kaine is asking us to bail out the congested areas of our state whose failed land use planning decisions of yesterday makes for today's transportation gridlock in places Prince William, Arlington, and Fairfax.

Items in the Governor's tax increase preparedness kit include: five ten dollar bills ($50.00) to be spent on folks in far away places (this represents our new tax burden under his plan); a DVD of Robin Hood to remind us that we are being robbed to support traffic choked areas in NOVA and Tidewater--areas that elected him Governor in 2005; a few tootsie roll lolly pops to remind us that we are all suckers for believing him when he said that he would not raise our taxes; and lastly he will leave us with a few babysitter vouchers to remind us that he diverted $30 million from transportation projects into a dramatic expansion of his pre-kindergarten programs to provide early morning daycare for the children of illegal immigrants.

The winds that are blowing aren't from a hurricane. Rather, they emit from the bellies of these mouth breathing Democrats who demand that the rest of the Virginia subsidize transportation improvements in ONLY their areas.

Please choose one of the locations below to tell Timmy Kaine your thoughts on his proposal to increase your taxes to subsidize transportation projects in areas are hundreds of miles from your home. When you do, ask the Governor why he selected May and June as TAX INCREASE PREPAREDNESS MONTHS in Virginia.


Tuesday, May 13 — Woodbridge
(Note: No Unclaimed Property Division.)
When: 7:00 P.M – 8:30 P.M.
Where: Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building Auditorium
15941 Donald Curtis DriveWoodbridge, Virginia

Thursday, May 15 — Peninsula
When: 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center,
Conference Rooms A&B
1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, Virginia

Tuesday, May 20 — Marion
When: 6:00 P.M – 7:30 PM
Where: Hemlock Haven Conference Center
Hungry Mother State Park
2854 Park Boulevard Marion, Virginia

Thursday, May 22 — Staunton
When: 6:30 P.M – 8:00 P.M.
Where: James D. Francis Auditorium Pearce Science Center,
Third Floor
227 E. Frederick Street Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia

Tuesday, June 3 — South Hampton Roads
When: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center
Suite One, Second Floor
1000 19th StreetVirginia Beach, Virginia

Wednesday, June 4 — Radford
When: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Where: Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium
Radford University
Radford, Virginia

Saturday, June 7 — Danville
(Note: No Unclaimed Property Division.)
When: 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Where: Executive Auditorium at The Institute Conference Center
The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton AvenueDanville, Virginia

Wednesday, June 11 — Leesburg
When: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Where: Harper Parker Middle School Auditorium
701 Potomac Station Drive Northeast Leesburg, Virginia

Monday, June 16 — Hopewell
When: 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M Where: The Beacon Theatr
eFlannagan Family Grand Ballroom, Third Floor401
North Main Street Hopewell, Virginia

Thursday, June 19 — Fredericksburg
When: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Where: Jepson Alumni Executive Center Ballroom
1119 Hanover Street Fredericksburg, Virginia

Results from the 4th Congressional District GOP Convention

Posted by MAXIMUS

Below are the results from yesterday's 4th Congressional District Republican Convention in Windsor (Isle of Wight County). These folks are dangerously effective. They set the benchmark.

CHAIRMAN's ELECTION:

Jack Wilson, former Chesterfield County GOP Chairman 2000-02, was elected to the position of Chairman without opposition. Jason Gray, the immediate past Chair, decided not to run for a full term so that he can focus on new professional commitments. Congressman Forbes loves to put the Chesterfield County consigliari to work for him. First there was Chesterfield resident Chris LaCavita whom Forbes hired as the Executive Director of RPV. Second, Congressman Forbes has tapped the following Chester (a village in Chesterfield County) residents to run the 4th District Republican Committee in consecutive terms: Wayne Ozmore, Jason Gray, and now Jack Wilson. The Chesterfield/Great Bridge connection worked great at RPV and now it's working great at the Congressional District level.

STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS:

No big news here, all conservatives were re-elected to their State Central Committee seats to include: Delegate John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Irene Hurst (Chesapeake), Bill Flanagan (Colonial Heights and a legislative aide to House Whip Del. Kirk Cox), and Linas Kojelas (Petersburg GOP Chairman). The 4th District is returning a strong conservative contingent to the RPV State Central Committee.

DELEGATES TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION:

(Note to Gary Byler in the 2nd District, No Ron Paulites were elected to anything in the 4th)
Names include: Jason Gray as Delegate and Shirley Forbes as alternate Delegate. The other names were not reported into me in time for this article, but I have been assured they are not PAULITES.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR:

Wayne Ozmore, a resident of Chester and 4th District Chairman from 2002-2007, was elected to this position without opposition. Linas Kojelas, the current Petersburg GOP Chairman, initially filed to run for this office, but withdrew and threw his support to Ozmore.

BEST OF THE REST: SPEECHIFYING:

Former RPV Chairman and Nixon Administration Official Pat McSweeney gave a barn burner on behalf of Delegate Bob Marshall for the Senate nomination over Jim Gilmore. McSweeney noted that Marshall is the only 100% pro-life candidate in this race that believes in protecting life from inception to delivery. Of significant interest, McSweeney said that the government of the United States has ladeled $200,000.00 of debt onto every man, woman and child in this country--WE NOW HAVE A TEN TRILLION DOLLAR NATIONAL DEBT. What's worse is that if the Communist Chinese and or the Mullah's in Saudi Arabia (among other "friendly" nations), decided to demand a debt payment from our Government, every man woman and child in the United States would be forced to pay $200,000.00. Forget mortgage crisis folks, the nanny state masquerading as the United States wants you to believe they are "bailing out" citizens who signed on with sub-prime mortgages! The the nanny state can't even control spending to balance her own books, but we're gonna save idiots who should have never pre-qualified for a home in the first place? Go figure....another sop to the Mortgage Lender/Real Estate industry...free money for them for illegally granting loans to folks who couldn't afford them in the first place. There is no doubt that Bob Marshall is THE conservative candidate in the GOP nomination for Senate.

Delegate John Cosgrove spoke on behalf of Attorney General Bob McDonnell, John Hager for RPV Chairman, and Gilmore for Senate. Cosgrove, a Navy man, withstood a withering barrage of bad humor attacks from various Army vets in attendance. As usual, Annapolis beat West Point--even during a political convention. Though he did an admirable job for all of the candidates that he spoke for, his passion was evident as he spoke about McDonnell's run for Governor in 2009 and the crowd responded in kind. Delegate Cosgrove's speech on behalf of McDonnell was the best of the convention.

McSweeney delivered the 2nd best speech at this convention for Bob Marshall for Senate. McDonnell lapel stickers were every where, outpacing those of Gilmore, Frederick, and Hager combined. For the record, Congressman Forbes won the sticker war (duh), and McDonnell's show of support took a close second place--this was incredible since 2008 is a federal election year and McDonnell's race to reclaim the Governor's Office from occupied territory is well over a year away.

A speaker for Delegate Jeff Frederick was there and did a good job speaking about the positive message from Frederick. This is a welcome change from the negative campaign I've been bombarded with by the Frederick campaign. Speaker Bill Howell's wife also attended this convention and spoke about her support of John Hager for Chairman. She did a good job advocating for Hager. Then she broke some serious news: she told us that there is a high degree of probability that Delegate Frederick will only have one committee assignment in 2009, and it's a newly created one: The Toliet Reclaimation Subcommittee of the Police and Militia Committee. This subcommittee was set up in response from a request by the Virginia Department of Corrections. Somebody has got to figure out what to do with thousands of fine, albeit slighly used, repositories of high quality nutrition (just kidding, the Speaker's wife was not there, but the forshadowed committee assignment for Frederick just might become reality).

Speakers were also there for KC4AG and John Brownlee for AG. Powhatan Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Beasley spoke on behalf of Brownlee and did a great job. KC4AG's designated speaker did good as well. This will be an interesting race to watch.

Of the candidates for RPV Chairman, John Hager's supporters won the lapel sticker war, but the donuts from Camp Frederick were very well received and just may have bought some support. Note to Hager: have a breakfast buffet on Friday and Saturday morning at the state convention to get back into our good graces. Hager has the clear momentum and is leading in support from the 4th District Delegates that are heading into the State GOP Convention.

Congressman J. Randy Forbes arrived and provided folks with box lunches (Chik-Fil-A, awesome!) and he gave a great speech that focused on thanking the grassroots conservative activists for all of their hard work. Additionally, Congressman Forbes touched on national security, the desperate need for energy independence and the need for a "Manhattan Project" that focuses our nation's immense R&D capabilities to achieve that purpose. Forbes also told the convention about how the Democrats and other DC bureaucrats are trying to remove all inscriptions related to God, such as their attempt to remove the religious notes that are inscribed on the Washington Monument. Thank God for Congressman Forbes. We will see him in the future friends, not a moment too soon. His timeless rhetoric served as balm to the conservative faithful who have been chaffed by a party that has abandoned them at the Federal level. Keep the faith Congressman Forbes. The pendulum will again swing the conservative way and Congressman Forbes will there to guide it towards a rightful apex in the political debate.

Forbes' leadership and support of the grassroots in the 4th District has created a positive environment and has fostered esprit de corps---this synergy is presently unequaled on the Virginia Political scene. To wit: As other Congressional Districts seem to be trending downward in parts of Virginia and throughout the nation, the 4th District folks keep all wings of the GOP flapping in the same direction with remarkable results that defy current conventional wisdom. Since 2001, the 4th Congressional District is one of only two Congressional District Republican Committees in Virginia to not lose an incumbent member of the House of Delegates or Senate (during a primary or general election) while also winning the District for George Allen for Senate, Kilgore for Governor, Bolling for Lt. Governor, and McDonnell for Attorney General. The other Congressional District that matches this performance is the 9th Congressional District Republican Committee, but they have a Democratic Congressman, go figure. Thus, the 4th District stands alone. The party apparatus in the 4th District continues to exceed expectations when compared to other Congressional Districts. For example, in the 1st District Patricia Stall lost the Senate race for the seat being vacated by Marty Williams, the 2nd District went for Kaine in 05 and two Dems picked up HOD seats in 07, the 3rd District is....the 3rd--Mike Wade, the present District Chairman, seems to be all smoke and no fire, the 5th District went for Kaine in 05 and many fully expect Tucker Watkins to turn things around in Southside (he does have an excellent track record in Legislatvie races), In the 6th District, former Delegate Preston Bryant's HOD seat switched over to the dems whe Democratic Delegate Sharon Valentine won that race, In the 7th Congressional District, Bard Marrs' HOD seat switched to Independent Katherine Waddell (though Manoli Loupassi regained it in 07), the 8th is the 8th, In the 10th Congressional District, a GOP Senate seat and a HOD seat were lost to Dems and the District went for Webb. Same story in the 11th District. Clearly, the Republican activsts in the 4th District have proven themselves as an elite fighting force in Virginia politics. BZ.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spitzer refunding money to supporters...at least he has a little integrity

From N.Y. Post:

"Spitzer's Amends - Eliot Spitzer is doing the right thing - at least for the folks who contributed $2.9 million to Spitzer 2010. E-mails have been sent to supporters of the disgraced former governor, saying, 'We intend to re-distribute the campaign's remaining funds on a pro-rata basis.' The contributors have until June 15 to send in their official requests for refunds. 'Believe it or not, this is real,' one amazed Democrat told Page Six. 'When have you ever heard of getting a refund from a politician?' Most pols give such funds to their friends in office."

Karl Rove's insights on DEMS and Obama's general election problems

From Karl Rove article in The Wall Street Journal:

"Democrats shouldn't be complacent after Tuesday. Their problems start with Mr. Obama's 41-point loss to Hillary Clinton in West Virginia. Mr. Obama lost the primary because the rejection of him by blue-collar voters is hardening. The last Democrat to win the presidency without carrying the Mountain State was Woodrow Wilson in 1916. ..."Barely half of Mrs. Clinton's supporters in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia say they're ready to support Mr. Obama against Mr. McCain today. Without solid support from these voters, Mr. Obama will be in trouble in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Wisconsin and other battlegrounds. So far, Mr. Obama owes his success to elites captivated by his personality. But in the general election, most folks will care more about a candidate's philosophy and stand on the issues. And what's considered mainstream values in a general election is different than in a primary. ..."Mr. Obama knows this, which is why he peppered his North Carolina primary night speech with culturally conservative language. And it is also why he is reaching out to Jewish voters."

McCain will guarantee victory in Iraq by the completion of first term?

From remarks prepared for delivery in Columbus, Ohio:

"[W]hat I want to do today is take a little time to describe what I would hope to have achieved at the end of my first term as President. ... By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom. The Iraq War has been won. Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension. Violence still occurs, but it is spasmodic and much reduced. Civil war has been prevented; militias disbanded; the Iraqi Security Force is professional and competent; al Qaeda in Iraq has been defeated; and the Government of Iraq is capable of imposing its authority in every province of Iraq and defending the integrity of its borders. The United States maintains a military presence there, but a much smaller one, and it does not play a direct combat role.'

From Reuters
"Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday he believes the Iraq war can be 'won' within four years, leaving a functioning democracy there and allowing most U.S. troops to come home."

There has to be more than six ways...

Politicos Jim VandeHei hits it right on head with his article "Six ways the GOP can save itself": "

1. Get a clue: Republicans desperately need to cook up some new ideas and craft an attractive agenda to have any chance of success. Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney says it should be a modern edition of Newt Gingrich's 'Contract With America' [with a different name since it's a different time]. 'It's critical that our candidates have a very clear set of principles,' Romney says. ... Bill Frist, the former Senate majority leader and now a visiting professor at Princeton University, recommends the 'big idea' approach. His prescription: 'Take on health care in a way that focuses on consumer-driven health,' providing 'a contrast to the big government of Democrats.' ..."2. Cut the crap: ... 'The congressional leadership needs to be very proactive in addressing anything with a potential whiff of scandal forthrightly and immediately and with dispatch,' says former White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein. ... 5. Change the pitch - and your face: ... Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said it's time to return to a family values message - backed up by ideas families actually like. 'Our reforms and beliefs need to be framed in the context of how they help families. A family-friendly focus is really important, given the angst that people feel these days.' The image of the white men's club needs to go, too, says Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. 'The country is changing. The Republican Party has to have a message that reflects faces and voices of America. We have to do a better job of recruiting women candidates, candidates of color and diversity.' "

Read Here:www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10370.html

Death toll in China may reach 50,000

From Reuters:

"The death toll from China's massive earthquake could soar to more than 50,000, state media reported on Thursday."

Sean Penn Hates EVERYBODY

When given a canidate that Sean Penn should drool over, Obama, he still doesn't like him...which goes to show that Hollywood radicals whill only like you if you agree with them 110% of the time. They are too important to compromise...(crap, did I just defend Obama?) Sometimes I think I'm thinking German in a Spanish brain...From the Telegraph:

Penn joined fellow judge Natalie Portman on the red carpet for the premiere of the first night film, Blindness, a thriller starring Julianne Moore. ...
At a press conference beforehand, the actor, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, offered his views on the Democratic nomination race. ...Asked if he would be joining other Hollywood A-listers in pledging support for Obama, Penn gave him a less than ringing endorsement and warned that he has an awful lot to live up to.


Read Here:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/1955538/Sean-Penn-endorses-Barack-Obama-at-Cannes-Film-Festival-opening.html

Of course Edwards is Obama's Choice as VP

Answering the question why Edwards supports Obama...1.) Everyone wants to back a winner and 2.) e'll be the VP....proving that Obama is more of a politician than a the change makers he pretends to be. From The New York Times:

John Edwards gave his long-awaited endorsement to Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday, bolstering Mr. Obama’s efforts to rally the Democratic Party around his candidacy and offering potential help in his efforts to win over working class white voters in the general election. ...“The Democratic voters in America have made their choice, and so have I,” Mr. Edwards told a roaring crowd of more than 12,000 people here in the Van Andel Arena, on a day when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to capitalize on her victory on Tuesday in West Virginia and convince superdelegates and contributors that she still has a chance to capture the Democratic nomination....“There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to create one America — not two — and that man is Barack Obama,” Mr. Edwards said at an event that resembled the closing night of a party convention, with the two men standing arm in arm and waving as the crowd chanted “Yes we can!”...Mr. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina who dropped his bid for the nomination in January, said Mr. Obama represented hope and reconciliation to a nation buffeted by war and economic distress....His endorsement came after victories by Mrs. Clinton in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states with large working class populations indicated potential weaknesses along racial and class divides — weaknesses that Mrs. Clinton has tried to exploit to convince superdelegates, contributors and voters in the remaining contests that she has a better chance to beat Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, in the fall.


Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/15/us/politics/15obama.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&partner=MYWAY&adxnnlx=1210849832-eC01DEB%20sDJCHYAEvn4zaA&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

Bush in Israel

From the AP:

President Bush on Wednesday opened a celebratory visit to Israel where he'll make a new push for peace in the long-troubled Middle East. 'We consider the Holy Land a very special place, and we consider the Israeli people our close friends,' Bush said. The president arrived in Tel Aviv, then flew by helicopter to Jerusalem for events Wednesday and Thursday marking the 60th anniversary of Israel's birth in the wake of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Anonymous has a different view on the RPV/Frederick Dispute

In the aftermath of Monday's posting by RBHayes19P on the dispute between RPV and Delegate Frederick "anonymous" left a link in the comments section (me thinks a certain Delegate was reading the TCC) that details another view of the clash that warrants further exploration (link here http://64.74.151.36/RPV_Dispute.pdf.)

The PDF file has the title of:


Excerpts from that link state(click on image to make it bigger):





Sounds like there's two sides to every story. In the end there was no system delivered that could have helped elect more Republican candidates,which is a good thing, and the money due for work completed was slow in coming(so is anyone in the right on this one)...if we don't get our house in order, all around, and show the grassroots a plan for taking back the Senate and more seats in the House of Delegates the only thing that will happen is more seats lost to tax and spend DEMS, which is a bad thing for everyone. So matter what side you are on on this little scenario we've been covering that last couple of days or what you think of in it being posted...I personally don't care who the next Chairman of RPV is, I just want an RPV chair that is going to help pave the way to a conservative way of life in Virgnia....show me a plan and you have my vote.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

DoE Gets greater authority under new Student Loan Plan

From Reuters:

The Bush administration will get broad price-setting powers under a student loan market stabilization plan given final approval on Thursday by the U.S. Congress, lifting the stock prices of student loan providers.

The House of Representatives voted 388-21 to approve the bipartisan legislation that next goes to President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign it into law.

Bush said he was pleased Congress had quickly passed the measure he says could potentially help millions of students.

"By granting the Department of Education greater authority to purchase Federal student loans, today's action should ease the anxiety many students may feel about their ability to finance their education this fall," Bush said in a statement.

Read Here: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0146235520080501?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Obama not an elitist, He's just better than you(and can't bowl to save his life.)

From Reuters:

"Let's give low-income Americans a break for the summer and realize maybe they deserve it, given the increase in food costs, given the increase in the cost of gasoline, given the increase in expenses particularly when most of them are on fixed income or even worse, having lost their jobs," he said.

In Indianapolis, Obama castigated McCain and Clinton for backing the proposal, calling it an election-year gimmick.

The idea has appeal for a U.S. public anxious about rising gas prices and the prospect of expensive road trips during the vacation season. But it has been rejected by many economists who believe the savings would end up in the pockets of oil companies already reaping record profits, instead of easing the burden on consumers.




Read Here:http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN3055017520080502?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

ICE's largest raid in IOWA?

The raid in my home state seems to be the largest in ICE history thus far.... From the AP:

Federal officials say a raid at a northeastern Iowa meat processing plant this week was the largest in U.S. history.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 390 people have been arrested on immigration charges after Monday's raid at Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville. The facility is the world's largest kosher meatpacking plant.

The raid was aimed at seeking evidence of identity theft, stolen Social Security numbers and people who are in the country illegally.

Fifty-six of those arrested have been released on humanitarian grounds; many of them have to take care of children.


Living in Iowa can sometimes be confused with living in Mexico but you still have to be a U.S. citizen...even in Des Moines

Read Here: http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-immigration-raid,0,1269832.story

45 people die in Jaipur due to bomb blast

From the AP:

Bombs ripped through crowded parts of an ancient city in western India on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and wounding 100 others, police and hospital officials said.

The six explosions in Jaipur took place in markets and several other areas of the city in Rajasthan, a region dotted with palaces and temples that draws hundreds of thousands of Indian and foreign tourists every year, said A.S. Gill, the state's police chief. A seventh bomb was defused before it exploded, he said.

"Obviously, it's a terrorist plot," he told reporters. "The way it has been done, the attempt was to cause the maximum damage to human life."



Read Here:http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-india-explosions,0,4171845.story

On a lighter note

From Reuters:

Authorities in Texas have filed corpse-abuse charges against two men who allegedly removed a skull from a grave and used it as a bong.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office confirmed on Thursday that misdemeanor abuse of corpse charges have been filed in the case


Read here:

Death toll in China now reaching 12,000

From the AP: Bodies covered with sheets lined the streets Tuesday as rescue workers dug through schools and homes turned into rubble by China's worst earthquake in three decades in a search for more victims. The official death toll rose to nearly 12,000, and thousands remained missing.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Some Monday's are rougher than others

Wow...ever have one of those Mondays? Luckily there's always Tuesday to look forward too.

More on Myanmar

More from Reuters on Myanmar:-

A furious rescue worker accused Myanmar's military junta on Monday of crimes against humanity for refusing to give visas to aid officials desperate to enter the country to help the 1.5 million survivors of Cyclone Nargis. ... At least 100,000 people are thought to have died in the May 2 cyclone and storm surge in the Irrawaddy delta, a death toll that could rise dramatically if survivors do not get access to food, clean water and medicine in the next few days, experts say. ...'Reuters witnesses on the edges of the disaster zone say towns and villages are being swamped by huge numbers of cyclone refugees and cannot cope. There is virtually no government assistance and food is running out. Some residents say they are afraid the desperate evacuees will be forced to turn to looting. Against this backdrop, small groups of rescue workers are having to wait outside the iron-spiked, grey walls of the embassy compound in Bangkok while their leaders and local visa agents try to see if their applications have got anywhere.'

Stamps are going up again

Stamps go up a penny today, to 42 cents for a letter and 27 cents for a postcard...Stamps rose a year ago, when a first-class stamp jumped 2 cents.

Cablevision to acquire Newsday

From Bloomberg:

'Cablevision Systems Corp., the New York-area cable provider, agreed to buy 97 percent of Long Island's Newsday newspaper from Tribune Co. for $650 million. Cablevision will also acquire Newsday's website and the free New York City daily amNY, the companies said in a statement today. Tribune will keep 3 percent of Newsday.'

Sunday, May 11, 2008

SENATOR WEBB's END OF YEAR REPORT CARD

Posted by MAXIMUS

From Internet reports:

THE UNITED STATES BEFORE JIM WEBB & DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF CONGRESS...a little over one year and five months ago:

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

THE UNITED STATES SINCE JIM WEBB & THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY 2007:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soars to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and boy has Senator Webb delivered!

Part 2: Taxes...

Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing. www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html

Taxes under Clinton Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250

Barack Obama, along with Senator Webb, will return our country to the higher tax rates. It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever. If Obama is elected, he says he will repeal the Bush tax cuts and incredibly, a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie, The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even know what happened.

PART 3: Spending

You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? The Democratic Congress is spewing propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. Read this: the liberal big government handout programs supported by the Democrats are actually bankrupting us. Ergo, 14 verifiable facts, with URL's for verification:

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English! verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US. Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border; also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period." Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ." Verify at: http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

The total cost is a whopping $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. Thank you Senator Webb, Congressman Scott, Congressman Boucher, and Congressman Moran. Democrats like Senator Webb promised change. Virginian's didn't understand that change is all they would have left in their wallets after Webb was elected to the Senate. Looks like this Report Card gets Webb socially promoted to another year in the Senate.

Friday, May 9, 2008

HOLY CRAP! 18 kids?

...and the lifetime Walton's acheivement award goes to Michelle Duggar (she's only 41) of Arkansas for birthing her 18th child. From the AP:

It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman - she's pregnant with her 18th child...Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins...."We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing....The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old....The fast-growing family lives in Tontitown in northwest Arkansas in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children - whose names start with the letter J - are home-schooled....Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and the family is in the process of filming another series for Discovery Health....The new show looks at life inside the Duggar home, where chores - or "jurisdictions" - are assigned to each child. One episode of the new show involves a "jurisdiction swap," where the boys do chores traditionally assigned to the girls, and vice versa, Duggar said.

Read Here:http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/1/18_KIDS?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US

Professional Wrestling is Funny

Found this interesting...From the Steel Cage Blog: It seemed a lot of you really enjoyed my story from last week about the night I went home from Madison Square Garden with the World Heavyweight Championship. So I thought you might also enjoy this story about Brock Lesnar and the WWE Championship belt....It was the night after SummerSlam 2002, where Brock won the title from The Rock at Nassau Coliseum. The opening segment of the show was Triple H and Undertaker facing off, with Brock ultimately coming out. The segment would lead to a No. 1 contenders match that night, after which Brock would walk out of Madison Square Garden and RAW with the championship, ushering in the new era of the split-branded titles.....If you remember, Brock used to do this thing when he came to the ring where he'd do a standing leap from the floor to the ring apron before entering the ring. Well, Brock either didn't realize the size of the title belt, or forgot about it. Because we heard later in the night that when Brock had made the jump (on live TV), his legs hit the bottom of the title and he didn't get the height he was going for -- and he almost fell from the ring apron!...Can you imagine? The night after he wins his first title, in the show where we're going to usher in the era of the split titles, in Madison Square Garden, and Brock was thisclose to falling off the ring apron as he got into the ring?...Luckily, Brock made it, because the guy is a FREAK OF NATURE and has more athletic ability that just about anyone I've ever seen.

hahahahahaaaa, wrestlers are sooo crazy...this story really isn't all that funny come to think about it.... just kidding Al and Seth good work

If all else fails, put a spell on them

If you thought the folks at Code Pink couldn't get any weider, they are now resorting to witchcraft....Man, these people are devoid of anything resembling sanity. From Fox News:

Code Pink is now resorting to witchcraft to beef up the number of its supporters protesting Berkeley's controversial Marine Corps Recruiting Center....The women's anti-war group has told ralliers to come equipped with spells and pointy hats Friday for "Witches, clowns and sirens day," the last of the group's weeklong homage to Mother's Day...."Women are coming to cast spells and do rituals and to impart wisdom to figure out how we're going to end war," Zanne Sam Joi of Bay Area Code Pink told FOXNews.com.


Read Here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354400,00.html

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA Alec Baldwin the Politician

Alec, you little piggy do you really think any sane person would vote for you? Baldwin at 50 is still an ego maniacal, overrated actor who is past his prime but still craves the limelight....he did marry Kim Bassinger so I guess he isn't all that bad....or wait he is because they divorced and he likes to leave mean and vile messages to his daughter on answering machines because he is inconvenienced(not really a vote getter AL)and to think I have actually defended his acting in the terrible movie "The Shadow." From Reuters:

'At 50, Alec Baldwin ponders political career,' from Reuters: 'Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, who has played all kinds of heroes and villains on stage and screen, says he may be ready to take on a new role - that of real-life politician. Baldwin told the CBS '60 Minutes' in a segment to be aired Sunday that he is thinking about pursuing his longtime dream of becoming an elected official, CBS said Thursday. 'There's other things I want to do (besides acting). I mean, in a matter of weeks, I'm going to be 50,' Baldwin said. 'There's no age limit on running for office, to a degree. (It is) something I might do one day.' The interview took place before he turned 50 on April 3. The New York resident is known for political activism. In 2006 he told The New York Times that if he were a public official, he might like to be governor of his home state. Baldwin told '60 Minutes' he would be ready to face the public and the press, in part because of the scrutiny that accompanied his divorce and custody battle with actress Kim Basinger.'

Does McCain really even want to win or to just appear above it all

..or is McCain setting the DEMS up to appear uber mean if they begin to critizse him as they have each other in the bloddy DEM Primaries...is he really that smart? From Politico"

Snuffing out campaign sniping just for a night, Senator McCAIN raised a glass last night with a lighthearted yet clearly sincere tribute to Senators OBAMA and CLINTON during the exclusive TIME 100 GALA honoring 'the most influential people in the world' - including the three presidential candidates. Managing Editor Richard STENGEL calls it 'the greatest club in the world,' and the lamb-and-jazz bash at Manhattan's Time Warner Center featured performances by Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, and the 'Weekend Update' duo of Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers from 'Saturday Night Live.'

Speaking in front of a wall of glass with the night cityscape behind him, Senator McCain began: 'I'm informed that it is the custom to toast someone who has influenced our lives. In that case, please raise your glass to the discernment and probity of the people of New Hampshire. (Laughter) ... Running for President of the United States is an unusual experience: invigorating, fatiguing, flattering and humbling in equal measure. This long and surprising campaign seems to have exhausted reporters as well as your expense accounts. (Laughter) Imagine the effect it has had on the candidates: the strain of constant travel; the stress of never knowing what one of your supporters might say that at least temporarily puts your campaign on defense - or in my campaign, what I might say (Laughter) - and the terror of knowing that only one of us will be invited to this dinner next year. (Laughter)

'It's a tough business. And though we are rivals, we should respect each other's willingness to hazard it. Senator Obama is a man of unusual eloquence, who has performed the very worthy service of summoning to the political arena Americans who once wrongly thought it of little benefit to them. Senator Clinton has demonstrated great tenacity and courage; two qualities I have always esteemed. I count myself among their many admirers. Please join me, then, in a toast to my opponents and compatriots, Senators Clinton and Obama, and to the noisy, contentious, striving, beautiful country we hope to lead.'

The audience included Dan Senor, Campbell Brown, Rahm Emanuel, Paul Wolfowitz, Lance Armstrong, Brian Williams, Nancy Brinker, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Suze Orman and three former Princeton basketball stars - Senator Bill Bradley, Richard Stengel and Sean Gregory.

Just Get the Aid to the People

From Reuters:

'Myanmar will accept foreign aid but not foreign aid workers, the foreign ministry said on Friday, after a disaster rescue team from Qatar that arrived in Yangon on an aid flight was turned back. ... Frustration is mounting over Myanmar's generally feeble response to one of its worst disasters in memory and particularly the delays in giving visas to aid workers and landing rights for relief flights. Western aid experts in Bangkok will have to wait at least four more days to get into Myanmar to help cyclone victims because the Myanmar embassy in the Thai capital has taken a local holiday on Friday.'

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The one thing you have to say about Rev. Sharpton, He's persistent

From the AP:

A day after his carefully orchestrated protests briefly blocked rush- hour traffic, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday promised to stage another mass protest over three police detectives' acquittals in the 50-bullet killing of an unarmed man. ...the next protest is planned somewhere in New York City within seven to 10 days, said Charlie King, acting national director of Sharpton's National Action Network. He said no other details would be released until next week. ...
"Yesterday was the beginning of a long and sustained campaign of civil disobedience," King said. ...Sharpton, two survivors of the shooting, the slain man's fiancee and more than 200 other demonstrators were arrested Wednesday after they blocked traffic at the Brooklyn Bridge, the Holland Tunnel and other major transportation arteries. ...The protests were aimed at getting the U.S. attorney's office to pursue civil rights charges against the undercover detectives, who were acquitted of wrongdoing in the shooting last month in state court. Federal prosecutors are reviewing the case but declined to comment Thursday.


Read Here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D90HJOLG0&show_article=1

Lesson #1 in drug dealing on Campus - make sure the buyer goes to class there and isn't a NARC

From the AP:

Undercover agents who posed as college students to bust more than 100 suspected drug dealers at San Diego State University never had to crack a book to gain acceptance on campus. All it took was cash....The federal agents went to one or two parties but never actually went to class or lived in the dorms. Instead, they merely arranged meetings with suspected dealers and asked about buying cocaine, Ecstasy, methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs, authorities said Wednesday...."All it took was saying, `Hey, I go to State, can you hook me up?'" said San Diego County prosecutor Damon Mosler. "And then it was off to the races."...The day after the drug sweep landed members of three fraternities in jail and led to the suspension of six frats, investigators revealed how easy it was to penetrate the university's drug culture....Students who had gotten caught for fighting, drinking, minor drug offenses or other crimes quickly turned informants and used text messages to introduce their drug dealers to undercover agents. Dealers made handoffs in front of dorms, in parking lots or behind frat houses, sometimes in broad daylight in full view of surveillance cameras....They apparently made little effort to launder their spoils. One fraternity brother arrested Tuesday drove his Lexus directly from a $400 cocaine sale on campus to a nearby bank, where he deposited the cash, according to court papers.




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

The Challenge has been Made

RPV NEWS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Virginia Republicans Launch Statewide Effort to Strengthen Grassroots



RICHMOND, VA – Attorney General Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Chairman John Hager are leading an effort to build the party’s grassroots organizations throughout the Commonwealth.



The “AG-LG-RPV Challenge” calls on all local Republican committees to double their membership rolls by Labor Day. Those committees that meet this challenge will receive extra funding to support their organizations’ activities, including get-out-the-vote efforts for this fall’s elections.



“Reaching out to those Virginians who share our principles and getting them involved is essential to strengthening the Republican Party and winning elections,” said Chairman Hager. “This initiative reflects the unity within the Party and will pay dividends not only in 2008, but in years to come as well.”



With key congressional, Senate, and presidential elections on tap for November, Republicans see this as an excellent opportunity to bring new people into the party.



“We are calling on all Virginia Republicans to reach out to their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to get them involved in the Republican Party,” said McDonnell. “Recent elections have made it abundantly clear that Virginia is a competitive state. To be successful in future elections we must have a Party that is robust, active, and constantly growing. Through this challenge we will grow our Party, and we will spread our positive results-oriented message that is based on our conservative principles.”



Bolling pointed out the importance of a well-organized volunteer effort to a successful campaign.



“To win any election you have to have a good air war and a good ground war,” said Bolling. “The air war is television, radio and mass mail. The ground war is an energized and motivated group of volunteers at the grassroots effort who are willing to do lit drops, put up yard signs, knock on doors and work the polls on election day. The goal of the AG-LG-RPV challenge is to help our local Republican committees recruit a new generation of volunteers to help us get our message out and turn our vote out. If we do this effectively, it will improve our chances of victory in 2008 and 2009.”

Isreal at 60

From Nile Gardiner at Human Events:

Few countries in modern times could claim the title “warrior nation”. The United States and Great Britain definitely can, and Israel certainly qualifies for this distinction too. Today is the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding and a reminder of the heroism of the Israeli people. This tiny nation of just 7 million has fought seven wars and survived in the face of insurmountable odds, international hostility and massive intimidation, a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the willingness of Israelis to fight to defend their freedom. ...Six decades on from its establishment, Israel continues to fight for its very existence, and remains the most persecuted nation in the history of the United Nations. The UN has left no stone unturned in its hounding of Israel, a relentless display of hatred and prejudice that shames the world body. Despite being the freest, most democratic country in the Middle East, Israel is the whipping boy for the UN’s Human Rights Council, a discredited basket case of an organization that boasts some of the world’s worst human rights offenders as members, including China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Russia and Egypt. Roughly three quarters of the HRC’s resolutions in its first year were aimed at Israel, while brutal dictatorships such as Zimbabwe, North Korea, Burma and Sudan barely merited a mention.


Read Here:http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=26412

Jim Gilmore Notes Mark Warner's Lack of Substance on Issues Impacting Working Virginians



WHERE'S THE BEEF? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!
Jim Gilmore Notes Mark Warner's Lack of Substance
on Issues Impacting Working Virginians

Alexandria - Citing a stunning lack of substance on policy matters during Mark Warner's campaign kick-off earlier this week, former Governor Jim Gilmore today inquired, "Where does Mark Warner stand on the issues of the day? Does he believe he can hide his radical positions on the issues impacting working Virginians all the way to Election Day?"

On Monday, May 5th, the Virginian Pilot reported: "Advisers said he [Mark Warner] will begin to assert policy positions during his three-day swing across Virginia."

"Three days later and after another round of lavish campaign spending, Virginians were yet again left wondering, where's the beef? What if any policy initiatives is Mark Warner proposing to reduce the price of gas, reduce the burden of high taxes or get government spending under control?", said Gilmore. "Even the Virginia media gets this: Mark Warner does not want to talk about the important issues facing working Virginia families."

"[Mark] Warner offered little in the way of policies during a 20-minute speech..." (Virginian Pilot, 5/5/08)

"He [Mark Warner] favors creating "clean energy jobs" although he didn't specify how." (Free Lance-Star, 5/6/08)

"In his remarks Sunday night, [Mark] Warner's only touched briefly on his Senate campaign issues." (Washington Post, 5/7/08)

"The Democrat barnstormed in Virginia's four largest population centers amid...only cursory clues about how he [Mark Warner] plans to accomplish his lofty goals." (Virginian Pilot, 5/6/08)

"Please tell us Mark Warner, where do you stand on:

· Sen. Obama's plan to increase the payroll tax?
· Sen. Obama's plan to increase the capital gains tax back to 30%?
· Sen. Obama's plan to befriend sworn foreign enemies of the U.S.?
· Sen. Clinton's plan to garnish wages to provide universal health care?
· Sen. Clinton's plan to grant legal status to all illegal immigrants?

Is Stephanopoulos two faced or Objective?

With all the talk about the Stephanopoulos and his treatment of Hillary his most recent "Bottom Line"seems pretty straight forward...you know Hillary and George did not get along during the Clinton Administration. From George Stephanopoulos's "Bottom Line" on Good Morning America:

"The Democratic National Committee right now simply does not agree with the Clinton position [of full seating for the Michigan and Florida delegations]. ... Without Florida and Michigan, there's no realistic path to the nomination. The second big problem for the Clinton campaign right now is money. ... My sources are now telling me ... the campaign debt is far higher than $10 million. It could be double that, maybe even more. And the lack of money and the load of that debt could be driving the decisions inside the Clinton camp in coming days."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Endorsements are piling up in the US Senate Republican race

From the marshall campaign:

Marshall is conservative candidate in this race’

FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL ADVOCACY ARM ENDORSES MARSALL FOR SENATE

Organization Cites ‘Clear, Significant Difference’ Between Marshall and Gilmore on Human Life


FRC Action, the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council founded by Dr. James Dobson in 1983 to promote marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy, on Tuesday endorsed Del. Bob Marshall for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

“Delegate Marshall is the conservative candidate in this race,” Connie Mackey, FRC Action’s senior vice president said in a statement released from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. “There is a clear and significant difference between Bob Marshall’s claim to the pro-life mantle and Jim Gilmore’s.

“During his more than 17 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, Bob Marshall has exemplified what it is to be a statesman. It is a great honor for FRC Action to endorse Bob Marshall for the U.S. Senate.”

Marshall (R., Manassas) and ex-Gov. Gilmore are vying for the GOP nomination at the Republican State Convention on May 30-31 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. They seek the seat held by retiring Sen. John W. Warner (R.). Former Gov. Mark Warner, no relation to the current senator, is the presumptive Democrat nominee for the office.

“[Marshall] drafted and led the way for Virginia’s partial-birth abortion ban bill,” Mackey said in her statement. “He sponsored the successful ballot initiative preserving marriage. He protected the rights of Old Dominion taxpayers by dismantling the unelected tax authority in Virginia by winning a unanimous decision from the Virginia Supreme Court. He has proclaimed that he is a conservative, he has acted like a conservative, and he has won many battles as a conservative.”

Gilmore, on the other hand, “has insisted that abortion remain legal for up to the first eight weeks of pregnancy,” Mackey said. “Under Gilmore’s policy, it would be legal for approximately 700,000 unborn children to be killed each year.”

With Dobson’s leadership since it inception, the council, a 501(c)(3) organization, has exerted a strong national presence in promoting the traditional family unit and furthering the Judeo-Christian value system upon which it is built.

FRC Action, the council’s legislative advocacy arm, is a 501(c)(4) membership organization.

Newsbusters.org gets the Hypocrisy correct...and they reference one of the best blogs in the Blogosphere...this one.

...and yes, unfortunately, I did actually use the word "lame" and "puffpiece" in that post (this blog was rated Genius for reason) because I have such a vast command of the english language. From Tim Graham (who will soon be receiving 10's and 20's in the mail)of Newsbusters.org:

Jody L. Wilcox at The Contemporary Conservative blog mocks People magazine for a "really lame" puffball interview with Hillary Clinton in their 100 Most Beautiful People edition (Hillary was not on that list). There were the usual annoying pop-culture questions: "American Idol or Dancing With the Stars"? (Both.) "Tina Fey or Amy Poehler?" (Both.) ...Most Clinton critics would hone in on the usual soften-up-the-marriage questions. "When was the last time you and Bill had some quality time?" "What was the last present he gave you?...Your last present to him?" "What does he do around the house that drives you crazy?" You want to pen in answers like, "He also answers 'both' to Tina Fey or Amy Poehler." But the biggest pandering line came when she cited women's magazines as the solution to tough gas economics:

PEOPLE: You have proposed suspending the gas tax for the summer. What advice do you have for homemakers dealing with rising gas prices?

HILLARY: I'm a great reader of women's magazines. I always have, ever since I was a little girl, my mother had them in the house, and I really advise people to look for hints in those magazines. They are so down-to-earth. You can get some good advice


Read Here: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2008/05/06/hillary-tells-people-whip-inflation-womens-magazine-tips

Get it Straight, everything bad is caused by Global Warming. (Gore needs to get paid you know)

Now the Cyclones in Myanmar cyclone were caused by global warming. From Business and Media Institute:

“And as we’re talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated,” Gore said. “And last year a catastrophic storm from last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.”... Gore claimed global warming is forcing ocean temperatures to rise, which is causing storms, including cyclones and hurricanes, to intensify.

Read Here:http://
www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080506160205.aspx

Congrats to All !! We're 2.2% more productive YEEEEEAH!

Whatever that stat actually means...From AP:

Worker productivity rose by a better-than-expected amount in the first three months of the year while labor cost pressures eased. ...The Labor Department reported Wednesday that productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter. That was slightly higher than the 1.5 percent increase which had been expected. ...In a sign that inflation could be easing, labor cost pressures slowed a bit. Unit labor costs rose at an annual rate of 2.2 percent, down from a 2.8 percent rise in the final three months of last year. ...While rising wages and benefits are good for employees, those increases can lead to higher inflation if businesses are forced forced to boost the cost of their products to cover the higher payroll costs....However, if productivity is increasing it allows businesses to finance higher wages out of the increased output. ...The Federal Reserve, which is always on guard about the threat of inflation, closely monitors developments in productivity since wage pressures are often the key way that inflation gets out of control.


Read Here:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D90GQEF00&show_article=1

War protesters mad that they're alone

Interesting article about war protesters be mad that they're alone....Although I agree that apathy will, in the end, kill this country's greatness there is one thing these peacniks are not considering, they are in the minority. Also, check out the slant of the article..From the Post Gazette:

Three protesters, a half-dozen signs and a missing petition...."People walk past and say, 'I'm glad you're doing something,' " said Marty O'Malley, a Forest Hills council member who has attended more than 100 anti-Iraq war events, as he stood in front of Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's Downtown office last week with the small gathering of activists...."I want to shake them and say, 'Why aren't you doing something!?' "


Read Here:http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08126/879189-84.stm

Isn't this in Revelations some where?

Today, voluntary and can call 911, tomorrow used for purchasing goods (like in the netherlands) and required. From Reuters:

The Bluetooth wireless technology that allows people to use a hands-free earpiece while making a mobile telephone call could soon alert the emergency services when someone has a heart attack, Ofcom predicts. ...The communications regulator said that sensors could be implanted into people at risk of heart attack or diabetic collapse that would allow doctors to monitor them remotely. ...If the “in-body network” recorded that the person had suddenly collapsed, it would send an alert, via a nearby base station at their home, to a surgery or hospital. ...However, Ofcom also gave warning in its report, Tomorrow’s Wireless World, that the impact of such technology on personal privacy would require more debate.



Read Here:http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3883082.ece

Obama VS. McCain

Looks like it will be Obama versus McCain for the Heavyweight Championship of the WOOORLD! or for Presdent. No matter what McCain says about being civil look for this campaign to continue to amaze...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Don't Look just drive!

From Reuters:

China opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge last week aiming to cut travel time between two major ports, but hundreds of drivers have been fined already for, unexpectedly, driving too slow to enjoy the view....The 22.4 mile structure spans Hangzhou Bay in the booming province of Zhejiang, designed to slash travel time between its port city of Ningbo and the financial hub Shanghai from four hours to two and a half....But since its opening on May 1, police have fined more than 300 drivers, most for driving too slowly or illegal parking on the emergency lanes while enjoying the ocean view and taking photos, local media reported on
Monday.


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

What do politicians have to do to get kicked out

From the AP:

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated the City Charter in his handling of a text-messaging sex scandal but removing him from office would be difficult in the face of pending criminal charges, a report for the City Council concluded....The report delivered Monday to the Council and obtained by The Associated Press accuses Kilpatrick of violating the charter's provisions against using public office for private gain and settling city civil litigation without the Council's consent....The report, expected to be made public Tuesday, spells out options for removing the mayor but doesn't make any recommendation on that point....Kilpatrick General Counsel Sharon McPhail called attorney William Goodman's report and the Council's investigation a politically motivated witch hunt....Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel said she would not comment on the report until after a closed session Tuesday....The investigation results from a jury verdict won last summer by two former police officers: One claimed he was fired for investigating claims that the mayor used his security unit to conceal extramarital affairs, and the other said he was harassed for reporting those claims.

At the trial, Kilpatrick and his former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty denied having a romantic relationship, but text messages disclosed later contradicted them. Kilpatrick has said he did nothing wrong in approving a confidentiality agreement referencing the text messages.

The Council believes it was misled in approving an $8.4 million settlement from that trial, an amount that included $400,000 given to a third officer in a separate lawsuit.

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

former congressional candidate convicted after faking death

From the AP:

A former congressional candidate convicted of faking his disappearance is under arrest in New Hampshire for allegedly violating his bail conditions....Strafford County Attorney Thomas Velardi says Gary Dodds was arrested Tuesday morning near the apartment building he owns in Portsmouth....He had been out on bail pending appeal of his case....Prosecutors had asked for bail to be revoked when Dodds' wife reported that he had been acting irrationally and that they had gotten in a physical fight. Prosecutors also say he had been in Florida when he told the court he would be in New Orleans....Dodds had claimed nearly drowned after a crash two years ago. Authorities were suspicious, though, when only his feet were wet. He was never a serious contender in the election.

I swear this Primary/Election could not get any weirder.....I think I just jinxed myself

I like Rush and he is one of the five reasons I probably am a conservative (mad props to the man seriously) but the picture of Limbaugh and Hillary as couple makes me shiver in fright...that would be one unattractive couple I must say. I swear this election could not get any weirder.....I think I just jinxed myself. From the transcripts of Rush's show:

RUSH: Now, this crush business, ladies and gentlemen, I think I understand it now. I do. Mrs. Clinton is saying I have a crush on her. Obviously they think this in the Clinton household. So this probably explains why Bill Clinton hit on my date at the Kobe Club in New York last year. He used the mayor of Los Angeles to distract me while he came along and started chatting up my date. Then he brought Ron Burkle over to distract me, and he came over to the table three times. (doing Clinton impression) "Hey, Limbaugh, you're looking really good." I shook his hand, he left, comes back, the mayor of Los Angeles, I thought it was a Secret Service agent, maybe a shoeshine guy. Turns out he gives me his card, I said, "Oh, my gosh, it's the mayor of Los Angeles." I stood up, I said, "Hello, Mr. Villaraigosa." We started chatting, a minute later I took a glance to the left and Clinton's face is two inches from my date's. I was distracted. So obviously Clinton has known of this in the household of the Clintons, that I had a crush on his wife. He probably heard that sound bite on January 10th, (doing Clinton impression) "My God, nobody's ever called her sexy. What the hell's going on here?" This is her way of thanking me, by the way, for Operation Chaos.
RUSH: I just got a note from Cookie up in New York. "I'm worried," she says. "You did not deny the crush on Hillary." I wrote her back, you know, an instant message abbreviation, "LOL" for "laughing out loud." She writes back, "I'm serious. This could hurt you."


Read Here:http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_050508/content/01125106.guest.html

Another stupid list of yet another stupid topic

From "The Page" at Time.com, lists "Things You Will Hear Most Often on Cable TV Through Wednesday (Depending on What Happens...)":

1. "She did what she had to do."
2. "She didn't do what she had to do."
3. "John McCain is the big winner tonight."
4. "No matter what, Clinton can't overtake Obama's lead in elected delegates."
5. "There is no way the Democratic Party is going to take the nomination away from an African-American who is the winner of the elected delegate race."
6. "It was the fight over the gas tax that did it."
7. "This leaves us right where we were."
8. "Look at how he did with white, working-class voters in the exit poll."
9. "People are going to start telling her she needs to get out of this race."
10. "Once again, he missed a chance to put her away."
11. "Evan Bayh - he really worked it."
12. "She's a fighter."
13. "He looks tired."
14. "No doubt about it, the Democratic Party is in chaos."
15. "Could there be a dream ticket?"
16. "This thing goes on and on."
17. "Unbelievable!"
18. "Reverend Wright really hurt him."
19. "Reverend Wright really had no effect."
20. "This is really about 2012."

Can't win, redefine winning

From the WashTimes banners "Clinton campaign retools delegate math": "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign yesterday tried to redefine the delegate math for securing the Democratic presidential nomination, signaling its willingness to wage a divisive battle with front-runner Sen. Barack Obama through the summer. ... Top Clinton aides said the nominee must win based on a tally that includes delegates from Florida and Michigan, which held January primaries that were disqualified by party rules. ..."The campaign's 'Delegate Hub' website identifies 2,208 as the total delegates needed to be nominated, or 183 more than the threshold of 2,025 set by the Democratic National Committee's rules. 'That's what we believe is the standard for deciding this - who has the majority of the total delegates including Michigan and Florida to decide the nomination,' said Clinton strategist Geoff Garin."

Monday, May 5, 2008

How will Warner stretch the truth in this campaign

RPV NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, May 5, 2008

Tall Tales From the Campaign Trail:

Mark Warner Begins Senate Campaign

RICHMOND, VA – As Democrat Mark Warner kicks off another campaign, Virginians can rest assured that they have seen this story before: Mark Warner travelling around the Commonwealth making promises about what he will do if elected. This time they are prepared. ...Virginians have learned that Mark Warner will say one thing on the campaign trail, only to turn around and do the opposite once elected. He vowed repeatedly in his 2001 that he would not raise taxes:

“I will not raise your taxes.” (October 10, 2001 Gubernatorial debate transcript)

“The fact is I will not raise taxes. You can say it 20 more times, but the people will know the difference.” (October 10, 2001 Gubernatorial debate transcript)

Not only did he break that promise, but he pushed through the largest tax increase in Virginia history.

“This month, Mark Warner officially launches his campaign to represent Virginia in the United States Senate,” said RPV Chairman John Hager. “In doing so, Mark Warner is once again expecting Virginians to trust what he says on the campaign trail. This time, however, voters from the Commonwealth know that this Democratic candidate is not credible.”

The stakes are high in 2008 as the current Democrat majority in the Senate is banking on Mark Warner to help enact its liberal agenda.

“While Ted Kennedy and his friends in the Senate would like nothing better than to welcome another tax-hiking Democrat into their ranks, Virginia will have the final say in the matter,” Hager added. “Republicans are ready to unite behind our nominee and to send him to Washington to fight for limited government and Virginia values.”

Do they Blog in Sudan Africa?


Later this month, my wife and I with be traveling to Africa (Sudan to be exact) to help in the completion of a school and housing in the village of Atiaba and Akot. Sudan is one of the poorest nations in the world and since the beginning of Sudan's civil war in 1983, the people of southern Sudan have been denied an education. As a result, southern Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world: only 20% of its people can read. Hope for Humanity is committed to the development of the future leaders of southern Sudan through providing educational opportunities. The school opened today (well 1am our time) for their first classes. Class size will be limited to 25 students per class. The school will open with only ninth grade and add another level each year until the school is full at the end of four years. The civil unrest in Sudan is wreaking havoc on the region but through efforts to educate the youth, we empower the people to become self sufficient, productive members of society who can in turn pass along what has been given to them. ……wish me luck…I’ll say hi to Simba and Mufasa, from the Lion King, for you all while I’m there.



For more info please visit a great mission Hope For Humanity http://hopeforhumanityinc.org/mission.html

Friday, May 2, 2008

Do as I say not as I believe

In a series I started this week and that will continue over the next couple of weeks to include such belief dilemmas as:
• Is an environmental wacko that eats meat less wacky than one that is a vegan or just a bigger hypocrite?
• Should state election losses for a particular state party be blamed solely on the state party leader or on changing national trends or on local issues?
• Does separation of church and state hurt the state or the church more?
• If conservatism is the best way to enact government, why is it so hard to convince people?
• ....and many more.
I am a big proponent that people should not just have an opinion but a though out well informed opinion whether I agree with it or not.

So today, as promised, I pose the question, give an example and ask for your input. I know where I stand on these issues do you?


Why do so many people sell themselves and their beliefs to a Political Party instead of making the Political Party reflect those held beliefs?

A Democrat candidate is Pro-Life and you’re pro-abortion but you vote for him/her anyway just so your party will win and not those crazy Republicans….Are you really that ardent about your views? What is the percentage of common views you have to have with a candidate? Do you vote depending on the R and D or based on a certain number of core issues? Why do you think people sell their beleifs to a party and not stay strong to their convictions?

Top down or bottom up

In a series I started this week and that will continue over the next couple of weeks to include such belief dilemmas as:
• Is an environmental wacko that eats meat less wacky than one that is a vegan or just a bigger hypocrite?
• Should state election losses for a particular state party be blamed solely on the state party leader or on changing national trends or on local issues?
• Does separation of church and state hurt the state or the church more?
• If conservatism is the best way to enact government, why is it so hard to convince people?
• ....and many more.
I am a big proponent that people should not just have an opinion but a thought out well informed opinion whether I agree with it or not.

So today, as promised, I pose the question, give an example and ask for your input. I know where I stand on these issues do you?

Is the State party always responsible for the loses of candidates in state/local races or is there more to elections (especially state and local) that are beyond their control?

Example: Jody runs for the Board of Supervisors in Chesterfield and is endorsed by the RPV, they help him raise money, appear with other supported local candidates and do the same with Jody as all other supported candidates and he looses. Whose fault is it? Is each election different than the previous election? Does the amount of money raised and spent always the best sign of support? Can you even have a cohesive state wide candidate support system or are states now to diverse depending on the location of the election? Can you believe I have such a big ego that I put myself in the example?

GOP Leaders From Across Virginia Sign Letter Supporting Ticket


Richmond - In an unprecedented display of party unity, Republican leaders from across Virginia have signed a letter expressing their strong support of Bob McDonnell for Governor and Bill Bolling for Lieutenant Governor in 2009.



The letter, which will be mailed to party members statewide, was signed by all eight of Virginia’s Republican members of Congress, the General Assembly’s GOP leadership team and other party leaders, including all of Virginia’s GOP congressional district chairs and the leadership of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.



In the letter, these GOP leaders, along with other Republican notables from across the Commonwealth - including former Governor Jim Gilmore, former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and GOP Chairman John Hager – stated:



"We strongly endorse the ticket of Bob McDonnell for Governor and Bill Bolling for Lieutenant Governor in 2009 and urge all Virginia Republicans to join us. A McDonnell-Bolling ticket will unite our Republican party around its core conservative principles, while putting forth strong, experienced leadership to meet the challenges facing our Commonwealth."



Attorney General Bob McDonnell remarked, "A united Republican Party is the first step towards ending the Democrats eight years of control of the executive branch in Virginia. Today, we have taken a tremendous step forward in our effort to reclaim the Governor's Mansion, and to win all three statewide races next year. Bill and I are honored to have received the support of our Republican members of Congress, every Republican District Chair, the Republican leadership in the General Assembly, the leadership of the State Central Committee and a number of other prominent and involved Virginia Republicans. From the grassroots to the halls of Congress, Virginia Republicans have united in support of our ticket. Together, we are going to win next year, and bring innovative, vigorous, conservative leadership to Virginia."



Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling noted, "Bob and I are honored to have the support of such a distinguished group of Republican leaders. I am pleased that the Republican Party has united behind the McDonnell-Bolling ticket and our positive vision for the future of Virginia. We will offer the people of Virginia the most experienced ticket to ever seek statewide office in Virginia, and a clear blueprint for finding solutions to the many challenges we face today. We are looking forward to the campaign that lies ahead and to victory in November of 2009."