See liberals don’t understand the concept of the “burden of proof.” When James Cameron accuses Glenn Beck of calling him the Antichrist, the burden rests squarely on his shoulders to prove it. The problem lil’ Jimmy has here is that there is none. There is however, documented proof of him calling Beck a “f*cking a*shole.” The same applies to Sean Penn. Some critics very well may have verbally assaulted him with a veritable medley of profanities, but we have no evidence of it. We do however, have the obvious recorded proof of Sean Penn claiming that he wished they would all “die screaming of rectal cancer.”
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:36 PM
Reposted from 3/3/2010
No one likes to be a spoiler, we all want to be part of a winning team and this is why, at least in America, the third party has been thus far unsuccessful in overtaking the big two. I know my history and all about the Whigs, Federalists (anti-Federalists) etc. but today we have two major parties (one could argue two factions of one party... but I digress) that we are compelled to funnel our beliefs through and elect people to represent us in our Country’s government. The dilemma that the active Tea party movement will need to address, now that they have become a legitimate political force, is should they try to reform the party they most closely resemble or create a third party from scratch….whether it be called GOOH! (Get Out Of Our House), Tea-Party, Patriot Party or a hybrid of the numerous already established third parties (Constitution Party, Libertarian, Green.) The next two years will be critical for this movement to make the changes they see as vital to our country. As the movement moves from being against taxes and radical liberal policies and for various policies they will need to search out effective platforms and candidates to share their ideas with the voters.
The Tea Party movement, no matter what any one says, is a conservative movement (I support the Tea parties full heartedly) and the Conservative movement, at the present time, is best served by the GOP. Despite all it’s faults inherited from the last term of the Bush Administration and the McCain Campaign that left Conservatives, who wanting smaller Federal government and responsible debt management, with a bad taste in their mouth the GOP still has the best chance to foster positive (and conservative) change in American, we just need to work to make that happen. Change is best gained by an organized effort at the grassroots level, state level and national level and the GOP has been doing that longer than anyone of use have been alive so to abandon that in a time of turmoil seems like political suicide for those wanting to make real effective change. I am a big believer in trying to effect change from within an organization rather that leaving for the simple reason that in the time it takes for a new organization to get going the damage inflicted by what you left can become insurmountable. If you have a problem with the GOP, RNC or DNC, for that matter, get involved, work to change it from within so that reflects the values of the community….. as those currently involved in the local political scene and political process in Chesterfield, Richmond and Virginia right now. Our local political organizations are a collection of political activists that are driven by a common understanding of what is best for our city, county and state and we must work through are differences to promote real change that is for the best long term success we all can enjoy. Do Republicans promote Republican candidates even though we may not be happy with them a 100%, obviously, but that is because we see the Republican ideal as the best way to achieve a better America. The GOP IS part of the movement of change in this country and was a major reason for the McDonnell victory (the stats don’t lie) this past election and will be just as effective in 2010, 2011, 2012 and beyond. To think you will find a “perfect” candidate, as in one that agrees with you 100% of the time is not as reality since we all have different experiences that shape our decisions….we can only hope to get a candidate that has believes in conservative values (the Republican Creed), integrity, insight and will work for the long term success of this country. We should all hold our elected officials accountable and let them know when we are both pleased and displeased with their actions to constantly second guess every decision of every elected official after the fact is overkill….since few of us have read every bill presented and at most go by the title, what the news states about it or a summary provided by a website or blog.
Whether it is the Tea Parties, Patriot or Republican we must all work together at the grassroots level to fight the dangerous policies that are currently being implemented and elect those candidates (as do people across the isle) that best reflect our beliefs. Only then can we be effective in implementing change and not split the vote allowing yet another group of radical liberals guide this country down a path we neither need nor want.
More detail and suggestions to come….
Whether it is book burning or trying to silence outspoken Tea Party patriots, the hypocrisy in the First Amendment debate continues to escalate with each side defending their view of the freedom to express themselves while condemning those things that they view as egregious or offensive as not worthy of such protection. In our continuing PC country we need to ensure that we all have the right to express ourselves, as defined in the Constitution, or we will become a country more divided than ever and unwillingly or unable to reach a common direction that is not defined and redefined by who or whom is currently in Washington. We all should determine how our country acts as a collective to avoid that direction changing on a whim of a few with no impact from the people. The language itself of this civil liberty “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, almost guarantees that someone is going to be offended by what another American is going to say and thus should be protected by all who hold our freedoms dear. This is where the hypocrisy of the current state of the debate comes into play and why it is so dangerous where this might lead our country in the future. If we truly want the first amendment to mean any thing that we need to be willing to be offended at the subject matter but tolerate it’s expression in order to be able to express ourselves when the time comes and not be suppress by those that oppose us and our views….it’s a two sided coin of cause and effect.
The first thing we need to concede is the difference between tolerance and acceptance and that they are neither mutually exclusive nor synonymous. The sheer nature of this country means we need to tolerate a lot for the larger good: a car blaring offensive music, a preacher on the street corner yelling to the unsaved, a politician in office that we didn’t support at election time, a viewpoint we can neither understand nor believe in. These are all things that we need to tolerate, whether we think they are right or note, since we are members of a free society but we do not (or should not) necessarily accept these things and constantly be changes our inner convictions at every idea that comes down the pike thus we become a society of no conviction or faith. We also need to realize that the people we meet or more than likely tolerating us more that accepting us and that that is okay…..as the saying you can lead a horse to water but you cannot scream at him to make him drink. I continually find the irony in the argument of people who want to change the world to view things their way but are not open to hearing an idea that may actually help their cause because they’re to busy talking. There is nothing more annoying than a person that believe they have all the answers (both liberal and conservative) or what I call the Oracles….they are just a little more annoying than those people who have no conviction, no nothing of what is going on and are unwilling to make up their own minds - the “Mamby-pambies.” So, between the Oracles and the “Mamby-pambies” is where most of us sit having convictions and wanted the stimulation of debating and discussing those ideal with those who may oppose or agree with us and if we come to a common understanding great, if we only agree to disagree that is okay as well and let’s share a beer and be grateful that non of us got killed in the process. This scenario has been the catalyst of the great experiment that is the United States, fifty separate states united by one common goal, but is also over the last two decades the thing that has most suffered as we continue to hang with our crew that agrees with us and only reaching across the aisle to slap the hand of those that oppose us to detriment of all. Do I think President Obama wants to harm American and make it a worse country than before he took office? Definitely not. Do I think what he has implemented, his policies, his administration and his allies in Congress are good for America? Definitely not as well. I had Problem with “W” big government plans I’m definitely going to have more issue with the current president but then again you don’t have to accept my view but for the good of the country you do need to tolerate them and not demonize me for having an opposing view….why, because you believe in the First Amendment for your views so you believe in the first Amendment for mine as well…not to would be hypocritical and you’re no hypocrite are you?
If we only defend the First Amendment to protect our personal point of view and set out to destroy the opposing viewpoint then we can rest assure that when that opposing viewpoint is able to they will do everything to retaliate and then our right our infringed like a candle burning at both ends and we cease to become a society of free expression any longer.
Part II example from all sides…..passion is not an excuse to eat with you mouth full
Part III The Issue which making the opposition evil
As we head into the next two election cycles it is the perfect time for us Republicans to invigorate the grass roots of our party to be, once again, a raging force of positive change in U.s. Politics. The grassroots movements that swept across this country to elect Ronald Reagan in 1980 and Barrack Obama last year should show all politicians that no matter how technology is used to effect elections (internet, social media, new media radio and television) we are still a country that needs some kind of personal contact with a candidate to flip that lever or mark that box for them in the end. The key to this revitalization is to get back to basics, use all the tools at our disposal to grow the party and tap into the natural conservatism of the voters in Chesterfield, Virginia and the United States to illustrate that the GOP is the party that best represents the voters. The first thing that we need to do, locally, statewide and nationally, is get back to the Republican creed and start living what we preach. The Republican creed states:
That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice
That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society
That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government
That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations
That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation
I would state that few Americans disagree with any of these statements and argue that these states are the very core of what it is to be an American. The problem is the rhetoric of the words has become more important that the meaning and the “watering-down” of the meaning by politicians, that do not believe in them, has caused the decline in those of a conservative mind to become disillusioned and either not vote our vote for alternate party candidates and the driving force of the Patriot and Tea Party movement. Those of us that live the creed need to reach out to all of our fellow citizens and show them that these six phrases are to betaken seriously and that the candidates we support feel the same way. We Republicans and conservatives can no longer live by the status quo electing candidates that compromise our values just so the “other” guys loose. We must seek out true conservative candidates, stick with them win or loose and let the GOP leadership know that it is our beliefs that drive this party and will lead us to victory in the next two election cycles. Only my sticking to our guns can we begin to Virginia and the United States back on the path to greatness. These phrases taken lightly, promised but not delivered or skewed to a different end cause also widen the gap of disillusionment and further the chasm of less sound tenants
We also need to look at the fractured culture that has invaded the Republican apparatus in the last several years and how a unified underdog (either Democrat, or Independent candidates) candidate can invigorate a populous to engage, as a change agent, and vote for the alternative in mass as oppose to the individual candidates as we recently saw in this past Presidential election. With the ideals of the Republican creed, the Republican Party should always be seen as the more inclusive, financially responsible, ethical and “of the people” party compared to any other options available. What the challengers, in this last election cycle, were able to do was to use Conservative rhetoric that resonates with the voters against the very people that live it to gain political office.
As we have seen the “moderate/conservative" language was just spin and as the Healthcare bill is poised to become the biggest socialist shift in our countries history we must re-energize our base to ensure we can stop the train, to a government controlled country instead of a people lead country, dead in its tracks. Only by giving the country back to the people and away from the growing "ruling" class in Washington D.C. that is growing more powerful each day can we once again the beacon of freedom and democracy that we claim to be.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:01 AM
Sunday, March 28, 2010
"President Barack Obama on Saturday announced he would make 15 recess appointments held up by Republicans, including two top Treasury Department positions and two on the National Labor Relations Board that have been vacant for more than a year."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:50 PM
"Six months after the revelation of a secret nuclear enrichment site in Iran, international inspectors and Western intelligence agencies say they suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more sites in defiance of United Nations demands."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:49 PM
"The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan has roughly doubled in the first three months of 2010 compared to the same period last year as Washington has added tens of thousands of additional soldiers to reverse the Taliban's momentum."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:48 PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Best Man for the Job - Governor McDonnell Appoints Delegate Sam Nixon to Head Virginia Information Technology Agency
March 24, 2010
Governor McDonnell Appoints Delegate Sam Nixon to Head Virginia Information Technology Agency – As Chief Information Officer, Nixon Will Report Directly to Governor through Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey; McDonnell Legislation Changes Reporting Structure to Increase Accountability in Agency –
Nixon to Take Office April 5th; McDonnell to Set Date for Special Elections in Weeks Ahead
RICHMOND– Governor Bob McDonnell today appointed Chesterfield Delegate Sam Nixon to serve as Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technology Agency. With General Assembly passage of the Governor's legislation to increase transparency and accountability in the agency, the Chief Information Officer will now report directly to the Governor, through the Secretary of Technology, for the first time. Nixon currently represents the 27th House of Delegates district in Chesterfield County. He will step down from that office. A special election will be held to fill the vacancy, as well as the other legislative vacancy created by the recent appointment of Harrisonburg Delegate Matt Lohr as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. A date for the elections will be set in the weeks ahead.
Speaking about the appointment, Governor McDonnell noted, "Sam and I served together for twelve years in the House of Delegates. During that time I came to greatly admire and respect Sam's intellect, character and understanding of the important issues facing the Commonwealth. Sam is a thought leader on information technology issues, both as a legislator and as a Senior Consultant at Richmond–based IT consulting firm CapTech Ventures. Sam's experience in this fast–changing industry will be of tremendous benefit at VITA. I know he will do a great job for the citizens of Virginia."
McDonnell continued, "Ensuring Virginia's information technology agency provides excellent service in a cost–effective and fiscally responsible manner is a top priority for me, Secretary Duffey and the entire Administration. The successful restructuring legislation this past session was an important step forward in this effort. The appointment of Sam Nixon is the next. The final step in our reform of the agency will be the successful completion of the renegotiation of the Commonwealth's outsourcing agreement with Northrop Grumman, and Sam will play a key role in finalizing this matter."
McDonnell concluded, "I also want to thank outgoing CIO George Coulter for his work in leading the agency over the past seven months. George came in to help steady the agency during a tumultuous time. He has done that, and he has been instrumental in helping advance our reforms to the agency over the past session. I wish George the very best moving forward, and thank him for playing a pivotal role in improving the operations of this vital state agency."
Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey commented, "Sam Nixon will be one of the leading state CIO's in the nation. His background is tailor made for this role. After 16 years of legislative experience and 25 years of working in the IT industry he is uniquely qualified to pick up where George Coulter leaves off and lead VITA and Virginia into the next phase of IT modernization."
Sam Nixon noted, "I'm honored that Governor McDonnell has appointed me to serve as Virginia's Chief Information Officer. The Governor's reform–minded, business–like approach to governing offers great promise and I look forward to serving the Governor and the citizens of Virginia in this new capacity. I have a great passion for public service and technology, and share the Governor's goal of improving IT management in Virginia. I look forward to working closely with the Governor's cabinet, state agencies, the professionals at VITA and all of our private sector partners to align Virginia's technology with the business needs of government."
About Sam Nixon
Sam Nixon was first elected in 1994 and is currently serving his ninth term in the House of Delegates. His district includes central and northeast Chesterfield County.
He currently serves on three House committees: Health Welfare and Institutions (Vice Chair), Commerce and Labor, and Science and Technology. Sam also serves on the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), and the Joint Commission on Unemployment Compensation. He is a past member of the Virginia Graphical Information Exchange Board, and has led numerous JCOTS advisory committees such as Integrated Government, IT Procurement Reform and Health IT. He served as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus from 2008 to present. He also serves on the St. Francis Hospital Community Advisory Board and is a Life Member of the Chesterfield Jaycees.
As a state Delegate, Sam is known as a practical problem solver whose attention to detail and work ethic has earned him the respect of legislators on both sides of the aisle. He consistently ranks as one of Virginia's most effective legislators by Virginia FREE for his work on business related issues. He known for his work on issues related to families, technology, health care, corporate governance and utilities regulation. He has a reputation for tackling large, complex issues such as telecommunication tax reform, electrical utility de–regulation, technology governance, health care IT standards, and group homes reform.
He has 25+ years experience in the Information Technology field and has held various positions during his career including Practice Manager, IT Director, Marketing Support Manager and Operations Director. He has worked for Fortune 100 organizations, consulting firms, a 26–store retailer and once owned and ran his own Network Services company. Sam is a Sr. Consultant with CapTech Ventures, an IT and management consulting firm based in Richmond, VA where he utilizes his skills in project management, business process re–engineering and change management for Fortune 100 clients. Sam graduated from James Madison University in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration.
Sam has twice been recognized by the Northern Virginia Technology Council as a 'Tech Ten' legislator and was the first person, other than a sitting Governor, to receive the 'Chairman's Award' from the Richmond Technology Council. During his legislative career, he has been honored with Delegate of the Year awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Retail Merchants Association, the Virginia Family Foundation, the Virginia Manufacturer's Association, the Virginia Association of Health Plans, the Virginia Association of Commissioners of the Revenue, the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police, the Virginia Association of Health Plans, and the Virginia Biotechnology Association.
Sam is happily married to Carol Gibbs Nixon of Dinwiddie, VA. They have one son, Johnathan, who attends Christopher Newport University and is in the President's Leadership Program. The Nixons are active members of Southside Church of the Nazarene, where Sam plays keyboards in the church praise band on most Sundays. Sam is an avid photographer and motorsports fan. He once held a NASCAR short–track crew license and has twice worked as a spotter at 24 Hours of Daytona.
About the Virginia Information Technology Agency
The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) is the Commonwealth's consolidated information technology organization. VITA's responsibilities fall into four primary categories:
Governance of the Commonwealth's information security programs in support of the responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth;
Operation of the IT infrastructure, including all related personnel, for the executive branch agencies declared by the legislature to be "in–scope" to VITA;
Governance of IT investments in support of the duties and responsibilities of the Information Technology Investment Board and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth;
Procurement of technology for VITA and on behalf of other state agencies and institutions of higher education.
During the most recent session of the General Assembly, Governor McDonnell successfully advanced legislation to restructure VITA to streamline operations and provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the agency. The legislation, which became effective immediately due to an emergency clause, requires both the agency and its director to now report to the Governor through the Office of the Secretary of Technology, a reorganization broadly supported by Virginia's technology community. Prior to McDonnell's legislation, VITA and the CIO fell under the oversight of the Information Technology Investment Board (ITIB).
You can read more about the Governor's VITA restructuring by visiting this link: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=75
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:37 PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Homebase comes in at number 29 From the Daily Caller:
29. Chesterfield County, Va.
Largest community: Midlothian
For those looking to locate the change of the Old South into the New, Chesterfield County is a textbook example. Chesterfield contains the southern suburbs of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. The area was tobacco country, giving name to the once prominent Chesterfield cigarettes. About 50 or 60 years ago, the rough-hewn nature of the county changed when Richmond, a city with much racial turmoil, began to move out to the suburbs. The county has moved in a white-collar direction, focused on the emerging edge city of Midlothian, a former mining community. Historically conservative, Chesterfield supported Bob McDonnell in last year’s governor’s race by a 2-to-1 margin.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/18/americas-most-conservative-friendly-counties-numbers-21-40/2/#ixzz0j1jOedwr
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 2:48 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
From the AP:
A transformative health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats' improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage.Read Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_health_care_overhaul
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:10 AM
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
“…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Those fourteen words conclude the most important document ever written in American history – the Declaration of Independence. Fifty six men signed their names to that declaration out of a firm belief and conviction that what they had written were truths granted to all men equally by a Creator. Those fourteen words came fittingly close to what many people at the time felt was a death warrant – a sure way to bring havoc upon the colonies by the English monarchy. What is lost over history is the fact that those fifty six men were so committed to their beliefs – that all men had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that they were willing to put their lives on the line. And they did so without hesitation.
This week, nearly 234 years later, our country finds itself at what may be the end of a long and heated discussion on health care legislation. 435 men and women, chosen by the people, have been asked to make a public decision - a vote - on the merits of proposed healthcare reform legislation. If only 216 of them stand up and cast their vote in the “aye” column it will become the law of the land. Yet, there is great hesitation to do so. Many know that the proposal is not what the American people want. They know that fundamentally it will hurt American jobs and American families. Yet in Washington they face tremendous political pressure to capitulate to those in powerful leadership positions.
And so, rather than taking a page from American history and pledging their “Lives, Fortunes and sacred Honor,” there are those in Washington that are looking to “Deem and Pass” this massive overhaul of 1/6th of our nation's economy. The political maneuver would essentially pass the measure without having members vote on it - without having them sign their names to the policies and the impacts of the legislation.
If what has been written on 2300+ pages is as “right” as those ideas endorsed by our Founding Fathers, then those who believe as such should be willing to stand up and be counted and allow history to judge their actions.
I am willing to be counted. My vote is no. I think this proposal is wrong for America.
Yours in service,
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:53 AM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Guest Post by Tim Early,
President/CEO, Hampton Roads Technology Council
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has awarded $21.5 million in broadband stimulus projects in southern Virginia. Although these projects are directed specifically at connecting Virginia Tech campuses and bringing broadband to public schools in Blacksburg, Bedford and six counties in the Appalachian region of Virginia, one report states “the projects will be high-speed and open to any ISP to build out to the community.” That means many households and businesses, which have not had broadband available to them will be able to have the benefits of high-speed access to the Internet.
It is no secret that Virginia is bifurcated. The high-tech/military/government-based region in the northern portion of the Commonwealth has not been as negatively impacted by the economic slow-down as other regions. However the farther you go down I-95, the greater the impact of the recession. In southern and southwestern Virginia unemployment is running much higher than in the north, and is higher than the national average. Most economists and just about every politician is pointing to small businesses as the principal driver in creating jobs. Many of those small businesses cannot exist without broadband.
Over the past several years the technology sector has been one of the few which has added jobs while the rest of the economy was shedding over eight million jobs. These jobs range from the major network providers, which have invested over $100 billion over the past two years, to individual programmers writing smart-phone apps in their homes.
The value of broadband extends well beyond high-tech activities. Utilizing broadband, retailers and small manufacturers can expand their marketing area from anywhere in their town or county, to anywhere in the world. Anyone who has lived in a smaller city or town knows how a relatively few new jobs, bringing a few new families can have a major economic impact because 30 – 100 new families need everything from groceries to shoes, to haircuts providing a significant multiplying effect. Broadband access to the Internet may well turn out to be the fuse which lit the economic recovery in southern Virginia – and the nation as a whole.
As a member of the newly created Broadband for America Virginia Advisory Board, I am working with a group of citizens in the Commonwealth to develop programs that deliver the message that broadband Internet creates jobs and provides opportunities, which foster the growth of small businesses and enhance the lives of every citizen. Broadband for America’s core mission is bringing broadband Internet to every home and business in the nation, and there is no better to place to start than right here, in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Posted by ccMAXIMUS at 7:29 AM
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:17 PM
"In mid-January, a who's who of Wall Street gathered to hear Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman whose role in the White House seemed at best unclear....As the members of the Economic Club of New York tucked into their wild mushroom bisque and basil roasted chicken at the ornate Grand Hyatt ballroom in Midtown Manhattan, Volcker, 82, warned them against post-crisis complacency."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:14 PM
"Israel's relationship with the United States, a defining feature of the troubled Middle East, was under severe strain as diplomats scrambled on Saturday to save newborn U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:12 PM
"But a funny thing happened on the way to the courthouse: relatively few Google Buzz users seem to mind. Within four days of its launch, millions of people proved Brin right by using the messaging service to publish 9 million posts. A backlash to the backlash developed, with more thoughtful commentators pointing out that Google Buzz disclosed your 'followers' and who you were 'following' only if you had elected to publish that information publicly on your Google profile in the first place....My hunch is that Google Buzz will continue to grow because, after nearly a decade of social-networking experiences (its great-granddaddy, Friendster, started in early 2002), Internet users have grown accustomed to informational exhibitionism. The default setting for a Buzz message is public, and Buzz-ers using mobile phones are prompted to disclose their locations"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:10 PM
"Attorney General Eric Holder failed to tell the Senate about seven legal briefs he signed when lawmakers considered his nomination to his current job, according to a letter released on Friday."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:08 PM
"Sitting in an airport, on his way home to Michigan, Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, is chagrined. “They’re ignoring me,” he says, in a phone interview with National Review Online. “That’s their strategy now. The House Democratic leaders think they have the votes to pass the Senate’s health-care bill without us. At this point, there is no doubt that they’ve been able to peel off one or two of my twelve. And even if they don’t have the votes, it’s been made clear to us that they won’t insert our language on the abortion issue.”"
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:06 PM
"Newly arrived Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts accused President Barack Obama and Democrats on Saturday of a 'bitter, destructive and endless' drive to pass health overhaul legislation that Brown warned would be disastrous....'An entire year has gone to waste,' Brown said in the weekly GOP radio and Internet address. 'Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the president still hasn't gotten the message."
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 9:05 PM
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Pelosi To Pass Senate Version of Obamacare WITHOUT a Single Vote
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Welcome to America. Our media is hyperactive, our justice system bursting with young attorneys eager to take on the man and make a name for themselves, and both hold our representation publicly accountable. ‘Allegedly’. How then, pray tell, can Nancy Pelosi flat out SAY to the American people that the new plan is to pass the Senate version of Obamacare without a single vote? Somewhere along the way they must have realized that if they out their evil plans themselves then we just assume it’s a harmless tactic that our introduction to Political Science didn’t cover. We can’t possibly understand. However, if it were anything ‘inappropriate’ they wouldn’t be saying so on National Television. Sure guys, run with that one. From this point on we will refer to this specific affront on Democracy as THE SLAUGHTER SOLUTION. It gets straight to the point, and conveniently also heralds the woman responsible; Chairwoman Louise Slaughter.
READ MORE AT THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Thursday, March 4, 2010
March 4, 2010
If you are finding the daily news accounts of the General Assembly somewhat confusing, that is understandable. Each day it seems that some bill seemingly cruising to passage somehow abruptly runs aground. In the latter part of every session, this often happens. It may be puzzling but there are explanations.
Once a bill crosses over from the house of origin to the other body, the patrons must deal with a new cast of characters, if you will. Legislators present their bills before committees filled with members with whom they have less of a working relationship. You can imagine how that makes more difficult the "sales job." For bills that pass the committee and go on to the floor, the patrons are not present for floor debate. They must depend on surrogates to plead their case, who, at times, may be less effective.
Sometimes new information becomes available after crossover. Sometimes interested parties just discover the implications of a bill. New proponents and opponents spring up attempting to persuade the legislators.
Then there is the simple political arithmetic. I think it is fair to describe the Republican majority in the House of Delegates as a center-right coalition and the Democratic majority in the Senate, a center-left coalition. They often pass legislation with a decided ideological slant. What may pass in the House by a lopsided margin may be doomed in the Senate and vice-versa.
Finally, there is our sometimes complicated process. Our founding fathers employed nothing less than genius in devising our democratic republic with checks and balances and separation of powers. It is not designed to pass new laws easily. That may be frustrating from time to time, but is in our best long-term interest.
The process is complicated enough without anyone needlessly tampering with it as was done in the Senate this week. You may have read of a new sub-committee of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee that will consider gun legislation. I use the word "consider" loosely. It is stacked with four Democrats and one Republican. Only one of the Democrats is a lawyer. While that is not a prerequisite to possessing sound judgment, when changing the criminal code it certainly helps.
Fully 25 bills have been dumped into this sub-committee in the next to last week of the session. Sub-committees play a valuable role when used properly. With a balance of members, they can go into detail on bills, hear extensive testimony by citizens, and make recommendations to the full committee that bear weight. I fear this may not be the product of this last minute committee.
Balancing fundamental rights and responsibilities regarding firearms is serious business. All sides deserve a fair hearing and all the implications of every bill should be fully vetted. Anything less is a disservice to our citizens.
So the closing 10 days of this 2010 Session will be full of activity. We can only hope it will be filled with progress as well. I will continue to report to you my views and comments and trust you will find them helpful in sorting out the sometimes conflicting reports.
John C. Watkins
Senate of Virginia
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Making mealtime prayer Illegal and the 1st Amendment, we’re in this together
A misnomer of the separation of church and state is that this ideal prevents Christians, Muslims, and Jews etc from prayer in government sponsored institutions (e.g. schools, government offices.) What the principle of separation of church and state states is that the government should be prevented from endorsing or sponsoring a particular religious belief or sect of religion (i.e. the Church of England during our Revolution) over another one. It was put in place to foster discussion between sects of religions and between various religious beliefs; it was never meant to stifle religious expression as dictated in the 1st Amendment…in a nutshell separation of church and state was put into affect to protect religion from the government not the other way around….. The ACLU recently went after Santa Rosa County, Florida, school Principal Frank Lay and AthleticRead more about this case http://www.northescambia.com/?p=10035
Director Robert Freeman for a prayer over a meal at an appreciation luncheon with booster club members and other adults. The case against the Principal and A.D. stems from an ACLU lawsuit filed last year against Santa Rosa County schools where a federal judge ruled to a broad court order that banned any prayer or religious activities by school employees before, during or after school….which is unconstitutional, please refer to the 1st Amendment……… and without hearing any legal argument, U.S. District Court Judge Casey Rodgers initiated criminal contempt proceedings and referred the case to the U.S. Attorney's office…yes that’s right the principal and the A.D. could got to jail for praying over a meal….the funny thing is in San Francisco , the school district is allowing Muslim students time to observe their prayer right (which they do several times a day) in a room set up for just this practice…..is this separation of church and state or Christianity and State? In a free society we need to be tolerant of all beliefs, creeds, colors and the like but this shouldn’t mean that the public expression of those ideal should be suppressed for the sake of political correctness or not offending those that believe to the contrary of the views expressed. I tolerate everything (and listen to it all trust me), accept less than I tolerate and believe what my heart, mind and soul leads me too. If I have to tolerate you then you have to tolerate me…that’s how it works in a supposed free society…..we’re not free if we hide are beliefs and only take them out when we’re alone or with like minded people we feel safe with…..We may not WANT to hear opposing views and beliefs but we must, at the very least, let those beliefs be heard hence we all loose our right to express our view and beliefs……
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 12:56 PM
Monday, March 1, 2010
A good night for Laura Cummings meant being allowed to sleep on the kitchen floor in her family’s North Collins home...Usually in the weeks leading up to her death, she was forced to sleep shackled to a metal chair with a sack over her face...Days were even more nightmarish for the 23-year-old mentally disabled woman, who was held captive and brutalized, allegedly by her own mother and half brother, according to an Erie County Grand Jury indictment returned Friday....Cummings’ short life ended Jan. 21 with a long, tortuous death and a trail of missed chances to get her to safety....A grand jury indicted Cummings’ mother, Eva M. Cummings, 51, and her half brother, Luke J. Wright, 31, on charges related to the homicide, but authorities continued to be confounded by the apparent lack of community concern for the defenseless woman’s welfare.
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:45 AM