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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jeff Frederick - the list grows

Here is the last email I received.

March 27, 2009

Chairman Jeff Frederick

Republican Party of Virginia

901 East Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Dear Jeff:

As fellow conservative grassroots Republican leaders, we join the
congressional delegation, our gubernatorial nominee, the General
Assembly leadership, ¾ of our elected state central representatives
and our fellow Republican county chairs in urging you to resign as
chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. For the sake of party
unity and to ensure that we can win in November, we believe this is
the proper course of action.

There is much to be done in the coming weeks and months, and we
believe this is the right time for new leadership.

Sincerely,

Evans Thomas

Chairman, Appomattox County GOP

John Wood

Chairman, Colonial Heights City GOP

Don Lawson

Chairman, Henry County GOP

John Hubbard

Chairman, King William County GOP

Colin Cowling

Chairman, Northampton County GOP

John Anderson

Chairman, Poquoson City GOP Chairman,

Debbie Harper

Chairman, Richmond County GOP

Rear Admiral Robert Fountain (ret)

Chairman, Westmoreland County GOP

Jeff Sili

Chairman, Caroline County GOP

Blake Hite Slusser

Chairman, Essex County GOP

Bill Rilee

Chairman, King & Queen County GOP

Lee Davis

Chairman, Middlesex County GOP

Linas Kojelis

Chairman, Petersburg City GOP

John Marsden

Prince Edward County GOP

Stephen Trent

Chairman, Suffolk County GOP

Doug Meade

Chairman, York County GOP

Powerful indeed. Spanky has a different view here.

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John Brownlee - REPEAL THE "TRIGGERMAN RULE" - Will Ken Cuccinelli Stand With Tim Kaine Again?

I bet he does.

Republicans in the Virginia House and Senate, as well as a few right-minded Democrats, voted in 2007 to abolish the Triggerman Rule.  The bill passed overwhelmingly, but was vetoed by Governor Kaine.  Every Republican - and several Democrats - in the House of Delegates voted to override the Governor's veto, and they were successful.  Unfortunately, the Senate voted to sustain the Governor's veto and the bill died.
Pro-law enforcement legislators tried again in 2008 to repeal the Triggerman Rule and again the bill passed both the House and Senate by wide margins.  Once again, Governor Kaine - who is opposed to the death penalty -- vetoed the legislation.  Once again, the House overrode the veto.  And, once again, the Democrats in the Senate, with the assistance of only one Republican -- Ken Cuccinelli - sustained the Governor's veto.

Law enforcement have been begging for years to repeal the rule. Read the rest of the email.

How important is repeal of the Triggerman Rule to the pursuit of criminal justice in Virginia?  Take a look at those who agree with John Brownlee that this rule needs to be eliminated:
Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling - long-time, solid supporters of law enforcement and victims' rights in Virginia - support repeal of the Triggerman Rule.

Even more interestingly, all three Democrat candidates for Governor support repeal of the Triggerman Rule.  Tim Kaine is so far outside the mainstream on this law enforcement issue that all of his own Party's candidates to replace him disagree with him on this issue.

The Virginia Sheriffs' Association supports its repeal.

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys supports its repeal.

The Virginia Crime Commission supports its repeal.

The likely Democrat nominee for Attorney General, Steve Shannon, supports repeal of the Triggerman Rule, as does one of John's Republican competitors, Dave Foster.

Earlier today, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police issued a press release calling for the legislature to override Governor Kaine's veto (the text of that release appears below). 
Repeal of the Triggerman Rule is an important step in making Virginia's citizens safer from violent crime, and will assist law enforcement in its efforts to rid our streets of the most violent, despicable criminals in our midst.
PLEASE contact your legislators right away, prior to the "Veto Session" of the General Assembly on April 8, and ask them to vote to override Governor Kaine's veto of the Triggerman Rule legislation. 
Information on contacting your legislators can be found here.
Together, we can remove this anti-justice rule from Virginia law and give law enforcement another weapon against violent crime.

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The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police strongly urges the Virginia General Assembly to overturn Governor Kaine's veto of 2009 passed legislation which redefines the "Triggerman Rule" as it pertains to capital punishment.


As an organization comprised of law enforcement leaders, our members have seen firsthand the negative impact that Virginia's Triggerman Rule has had on the pursuit of justice in our Commonwealth's most heinous crimes.

The Triggerman Rule is clearly a loophole in Virginia's death penalty laws, benefiting the most brutal criminals in society while standing in the way of justice for many victims of violent crime. We strongly support the repeal of this rule.


As a matter of public safety, we encourage the Virginia General Assembly to overturn Governor Kaine's veto of the repeal of this anti-justice rule during the reconvened session on April 8.

March 30 Press Release from The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police

For Cooch to refuse to support this is a slap in the face to law enforcement.

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Terry McAuliffe and his out of state cash....

The WAPO has a decent read - McAuliffe's Fundraising: High-Dollar, High-Mileage.

RICHMOND -- While his Democratic rivals confined their travels to Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe quietly slipped out of the commonwealth a dozen times in recent weeks to attend fundraisers in his honor hosted by some of the nation's top Democratic donors. One day this month, he dashed from a morning roundtable in Roanoke, caught a United Airlines flight to Phoenix and landed in time for an evening event hosted by an Arizona Democratic activist. On another, he left on a pre-dawn U.S. Airways flight that required a plane change in Charlotte to get from a Chicago fundraiser to a midday event in Lebanon, Va., near the North Carolina border.

Near the N. Carolina Border? Good reporting there (LOL). Anyway, the writer brings up a good point -

Although McAuliffe's national contacts will help him raise millions, his energetic fundraising outside the state risks giving ammunition to rivals who say he is an outsider in Virginia, out of touch with state politics and residents' concerns. But McAuliffe says he sees no problems with the out-of-state money.

"The nice thing is people are helping me from all over," McAuliffe said. "I've had a lot of long relationships. These folks don't want anything from Virginia. They think I'd make a great governor."

I'm Terry McAuliffe and people from other states think I will be a great Governor of your Virginia" That's a winning slogan! The only chance the dems have to win is by outspending McDonnell.

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McDonnell-Huckabee Rock Bristol

The duo stopped in Bristol for a fundraiser(over $130K) and to play a little Rock n Roll. Check out McDonnell on the skins!

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Purging General Motors

Purging: so that's the PC name for it this season.

According to the WSJ

"The Obama's administration's leading plan to fix General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC would use bankruptcy filings to purge the ailing companies of their biggest problems, including bondholder debt and retiree health-care costs, according to people familiar with the matter."

OUCH! Weren't these big auto unions pushing for Obama?

As Kilo says " Hows that hope and change working out for you?"

Better stock up in Vaseline, sounds like you might need it.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Snicker

An Israeli doctor says, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one person, put it in another and have him looking for work in six weeks.”

A German doctor says, “That is nothing, we can take a lung out of one person, put it in another and have him looking for work in four weeks.”

A Russian doctor says, “In my country medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another and have them both looking for work in two weeks.”

An Illinois psychiatrist, not to be outdone says, “You guys are way behind. We recently took a man from Chicago without a clue, put him in the White House and after only six weeks, half the world is looking for work.”

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Wind Power Blows

The BHC  - Is the Answer to Region’s Energy Needs Blowing in the Wind? tells one story. the NYT tells another - Cost Works Against Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources in Time of Recession.

Some experts not aligned with either camp estimate that wind power is currently more than 50 percent more expensive than power generated by a traditional coal plant. Built into the calculation is the need for utilities that rely heavily on wind power to build backup plants fired by natural gas to meet electricity demand when winds are calm.

And who will pay for this? YOU and ME.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Creigh Deeds Campaign Slogan Contest

Jerry From on High takes top spot with

Vote for Creigh Deeds. He's going to do for Virginia what he's done for Bath County.

Jerry points out we also would not have to deal with traffic lights. Throw overcrowding into that mix.

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Geithner 'open' to China currency proposal?

Interesting. He is not to be trusted.

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The Orator

"Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason." --Benjamin Franklin

I'm just sayin...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wise County Wind Farm...

Wise County Wind Farm....Yep. That's what we need.

APPALACHIA — Local interest was brisk as British Petroleum (BP) Wind Energy and Dominion, partners in wind energy projects, aired their interest in possibly developing a “wind farm” in Wise County during a public information meeting held in Appalachia on Tuesday.

The two energy companies began assessing Wise County’s potential as a wind energy locale in January on roughly 25,000-acre sites north of Big Stone Gap and Appalachia. The Penn Virginia properties known as Bluff Spur, Nine-Mile Spur and Rogers Ridge are ridgetop abutments to Black Mountain along the Kentucky border. - KT

They go on to tell how many jobs it would create and tax revenue the farm could provide. Sounds reasonable enough to me. Green energy in Wise County would be a good thing right? Enter the anti Dominion nutjobs..

Kimberly Hay, an environmental activist from Big Stone Gap, said she is suspicious of Dominion’s motives. Dominion is the utility building a 585 megawatt coal-fired power plant in St. Paul, a project opposed by environmental organizations. A consortium of environmental groups recently argued against the power plant before the Virginia Supreme Court.

“I’m thinking this is a lovely cover-up,” Hay said of Dominion’s interest in developing a wind farm. “They’re still clearing trees and eating up ridgelines. I think this is just an attempt to cover up for raping the mountains here. Use that word, ‘raping,’ because that’s exactly what it is. This wind farm thing, it’s just (public relations). There will be no trees here, no mountains or anything left when they’re done (mining the coal).”- KT

Dominion Haters? They are offering a wind farm we get that anti coal - raping the land crap? It's to early for a drink...

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Monday, March 23, 2009

The Cross - The Movie Opens the 27th

The Cross Movie - Arthur Blessitt Movie Trailer


Amazing story of faith.

Arthur Blessitt: A world traveler, world record holder, and a follower of Jesus Christ has accomplished the following with the help of God and the love he has for all the people of the world.

  • Walked around the world since Christmas Day, December 25, 1969 carrying a 12 foot cross for Jesus.
  • Now 38,102 miles (61,319 k.m.).
  • 315 countries, Island Groups and Territories.
  • Walked on all seven Continents including Antarctica.
  • Been through 52 countries at war.
  • Arrested or jailed 24 times (Not for Crimes)
  • Listed in the Guinness World Records for the 'World's longest walk'.
  • Arthur says, "I Love God, I love people, I try to keep it simple".
  • Of the journey he says, "Jesus did it, I give Him all the glory".
  • He has traveled constantly with his wife, Denise, since their marriage in 1990.

This shows the power of God.

In 1973, I was lying under a mosquito net in Freetown, Sierra Leone ready to start a walk across Africa. I had just been informed of all the horrible diseases there. "Don't eat the local food, don't drink the water, don't bathe in the rivers...there is malaria, yellow fever, cholera, etc..." I had 'no' supplies as I do today, I only had God. As I opened my Bible by candle light that first night, I read the words of Jesus from Luke the 10th Chapter "Go your way...whatever house you enter, first say "Peace to this house...remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give...Do not go from house to house...Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them "the kingdom of God has come near you". That night I made a commitment to God to do what Jesus said.

  1. Enter the first house that invites me.
  2. Eat whatever is given before me.
  3. Drink whatever is given me.
  4. Pray for the sick there in the house.
  5. Say the Kingdom and God has come near.

Over and over again, around the world through the years I've eaten things I did not want to touch, and drank water I would not want to bathe in. I have said, "Lord Jesus, kill them all!" And quickly eat it and drink it. And by God's grace I've never been sick from food or water and parasites ...Jesus did it! I give Him all the credit.

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Not My Guns....

From on High has the list of guns that are being targeted. Here are a few-

M1 Carbine,
Sturm Ruger Mini-14,
AR-15,
Bushmaster XM15,
Armalite M15,
AR-10,
Thompson 1927,
Thompson M1;
AK,
AKM,
AKS,
AK-47,
AK-74,
ARM,
MAK90,
NHM 90,
NHM 91,
SA 85,
SA 93,
VEPR;
Olympic Arms PCR;
AR70,

Go check out the complete list. I own several of the listed firearms. Will my government try to come to my house and take them?.....I Will Not Go Quietly.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

In Color

I talked to my Papaw on the phone today. He is in his eighties. He lived through the depression and is a WW2 hero. He now talks a lot about the old days and the war. He married his school days sweetie and she is still by his side...under his arm...in his heart. When I visit him we look at old B/W pictures and he speaks to my heart. I wonder if this generation is like his? This reminds me of him.

Jamey Johnson More CMT Music More CMT Music Videos
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Ramos & Compean - Imprisoned border guards speak out

The Washington Times has the exclusive here.

Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos wakes up in the middle of the night expecting a guard to shine a flashlight in his face. Jose Alonso Compean, his colleague, still has nightmares that he's not really home.

It has not been easy readjusting to life outside their one-man prison cells where they spent the last two years of their lives in segregation.

Since the commutation of their sentences by President Bush on his last day in office, the former agents, who were charged with the non-fatal shooting of a Mexican national after he abandoned a load of marijuana near the border, are learning to live in the world again.

Since being released from prison on Feb 17, both men were confined to house arrest for 31 days and were barred from speaking to the media until their sentences ended Friday.

In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times........

I hope these men can go on with their lives and enjoy their families. I got mad at Bush over many things and his slow action on this was one of them.

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You Must See This - We The People Stimulus Package

Indeed.

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United States Army Sergeant First Class Ed Malone

It sickens me to read that our President wanted to take away benefits from those that protect each and every one of us. Good Sense has that story, as does Jerry From on High. Unlike Obama, The following tears me up.

Profiles of Valor: U.S. Army Sgt. Malone

Malone

United States Army Sergeant First Class Ed Malone was serving with the 3rd Platoon, Grim Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in 2005 and was conducting a joint combat patrol with the Iraqi Army in the extremely hostile Surai district of Tal'Afar, when the unit was attacked. Without immediate direct fire support from his Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Malone ordered his men to take a defensive position and return fire. He directed his grenadier to eliminate several enemy targets firing from a rooftop. Malone also repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire -- once to retrieve important equipment, another time to evacuate women and children caught in the crossfire, and finally to drag a wounded soldier out of the line of fire. His actions sped medical treatment and evacuation, saving the soldier's life. Malone refused to give ground until reinforcements arrived, and he and his unit held their position for more than an hour. He led a three-man team to clear a courtyard of enemy fighters, relieving pressure on his unit. There, while administering aid to an enemy combatant, Malone was shot in the foot. For his brave actions that day, Malone was awarded the Bronze Star with combat "V" for valor.

Only a low life SOB would consider charging this man for his Valor.

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My Heart Drives Away


After spending a whole week together The Wise Girl is off again to work. This lifestyle is something we have accepted...but I swear departure day is hard on the heart and spirit. The current deal is in the works and if all goes as planned this lifestyle will be exchanged for domestication. No more departure day...Forever.

Yes....Kilo is blue but excited and hopeful the deal goes as planned.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Go Read

An Observation on Chairman Jeff Frederick

at Spank That Donkey

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obama Bumper Stickers



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Our Teleprompter President

"First, I'd like to say thank you to President Obama!" said President Obama, who went on to remark that Guinness "tastes different in Ireland" - despite the fact that he has never traveled to the country.

What a goofball.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Some Bling


About 5 carats worth....Daaayum! Click pic to embiggen.

I know it is a bit much. Five carat is one heck of a rock but I'm worth it. LOL.
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The Bristol Herald Courier's J Todd Foster - Crying A River

As the BHC's rival newspaper The Kingsport Times sales increases, old Jtodd cry's a river - J. TODD FOSTER: When Newspapers Die, So Does An American Linchpin

The year will be 2039 and my 10-year-old grandson will climb onto the porch swing and sit next to me. He’ll be holding a yellowed newspaper – one of many that he found boxed in my attic.
“What’s this giant piece of paper, grandpa?” he’ll say.
A tear will form in the corner of one of my eyes and I’ll say softly: “It’s a newspaper.”

Jtodd continues to give reasons of why they failed. He blames those internets, bloggers, blah blah. Not once does he mention the shitty reporting, biased reporting, and the dim witted one sided editorial pages that he and others have used to turn away readers one by one. As I said to his fellow BHC writer Ms Tate - Look in the mirror sir. Tell your grandson the truth - We sucked son and the readers stopped buying it. Just like in the piece above that I proudly mention bringing down a corrupt president (Nixon) yet I forgot to tell you about the one that was impeached(Clinton). Yes son...Just like the unmentioned president and the lady he was involved with---We blew it.

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The Bristol Herald Courier's Suzanne Tate - What is She Smoking?

You have got to read this: SUZANNE TATE: Bowling Excursion Fun, But Smoky Air Ran Us Off

"My family spent a little more than an hour bowling two quick rounds in Bristol last week. It was all my teenage daughter could stomach.
She eventually holed up in the women’s restroom with a book because, sadly, it smelled better in there. As hard as it is to believe, I had to agree."

Can you believe trees were cut down to print this trash? I will tell you Ms Tate must be smoking something if she knowingly takes her kids to a place were smoking is legal, her kid hides in a bathroom, and then she writes this trash complaining about it. My comment on the BHC

Posted by ( carl ) on March 17, 2009 at 3:40 am

Why did you subject your children to this environment? My God your child hid in a bathroom and you did nothing? That is pretty damn disturbing.
Looking for someone to blame ...look in the mirror.

Geeeesh...Just shoot me now.

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Checker’s Mutt Strutt and Charity Bike Ride - Badrose Has The Info

My blog sister Badrose has some info on a very cool event coming up at Martinsville Speedway. I think I might cruise over and walk with her. Republished here without permission:

Please join us for a fun day and a very worthy cause: hdg_logo_1

Checker’s Mutt Strutt and Charity Bike Ride will be at the Martinsville Speedway on APRIL 4th!

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m.

Charity Ride will begin at 10 a.m.

A Strut with your Mutt will begin at 11 a.m.

Enjoy a Picnic With Your Pet at noon!

Registration is $15, which includes refreshments, entertainment, and (if you register by March 15) you will receive a long-sleeved event t-shirt!!!

Contact the SPCA at 276-638-PAWS for more information, or register and create a team online at www.firstgiving.com/spca. Feel free to walk/ride as an individual or as part of a pack (two or more participants).

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The Old Dominion Blog Alliance

Check out the new site!

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The Fight Against Stonewall Jackson Continues...

A while back some bloggers made the cry to do away with Lee/Jackson day here in Virginia. In West Virginia the Charleston Gazette made this point:

West Virginia has Stonewall Jackson Lake, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Stonewall Resort, Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, a Stonewall Jackson statue on the Capitol lawn, and many others. Is it odd that so many tributes honor a general who fought against the United States in defense of slavery?

That is pretty much the same argument the Virginia bloggers stand on. "Defense of slavery" blah blah. My friend Jerry From on High sums it up:

Odd? Maybe.
But not to those West Virginians who paid for and erected those monuments that honor one of America's most famous - and successful - generals in its history, one who happened to be a native West Virginian.*
I wonder: Do the holier-than-thou dunderheads at the Gazette find it "odd" that the nation's most profoundly venerated cemetery - Arlington - also has a memorial dedicated to those who fought "in defense of slavery"?

Indeed Brother!

“Not for fame or reward
Not for place or for rank
Not lured by ambition
Or goaded by necessity
But in simple Obedience to duty
As they understood it
These men suffered all
Sacrificed all
Dared all - and died”


-Rev. Randolph Harrison McKim
Confederate Memorial Arlington National Cemetery.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

John Brownlee on Jeff Frederick

Via Shaun Kenney's live blog of the AG debate.

Q6.  As someone seeking a statewide office, you will have a role in leadership.  McDonnell has called for Frederick to resign.  Where do you stand?

Brownlee: I look at this question from the perspective of a U.S. Attorney.  First thing you do is look at the evidence.  No one has shown me the evidence against Frederick.  I’ve seen the allegations, and they are very serious.  It would be inappropriate for me, particularly as a former U.S. Attorney, to sit here this evening to make a judgement about someone and make a judgement about someone else.  Cuccinelli has seen the evidence, so I will let him.  As a prosecutor, I have a great respect for jury verdicts, and a great respect for elections.  The SSC will review this evidence.  It should be open and transparent, and the leaders of the party will make that judgement based on the evidence, and evidence alone.  That’s my advice as a former prosecutor.

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Jeff Frederick is only the Beginning

The Jeff Frederick story continues over at Too Con. LI hits a new angle with his post - Three of a Perfect Pair (Not!)

Fellow Too Con author VA Blogger takes issue with LI's post and counters with - Unfair Associations.

I have made it clear that I believe Frederick should step down. That is the issue at hand, but in healing the party that is only the beginning. There is plenty of blame to go around. So if the SCC wants Frederick removed so be it. The we address the SCC's lack of guts to remove the powers so many chairpersons abuse. We must demand it. We must fight tooth and nail for it.

I supported Frederick but I cant condone his actions. I do not believe he can be an effective leader after this. But this battle to make our party better has only begun. I fully expect those calling for Frederick's head to also call for some cleaning up of the SCC. Are the grassroots up for the fight? I am.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Obama's Poll Numbers Lower than Bush

As the new wears off the boy king -

Obama's Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

Polling data show that Mr. Obama's approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama's net presidential approval rating -- which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve -- is just six, his lowest rating to date.

Overall, Rasmussen Reports shows a 56%-43% approval, with a third strongly disapproving of the president's performance. This is a substantial degree of polarization so early in the administration. Mr. Obama has lost virtually all of his Republican support and a good part of his Independent support, and the trend is decidedly negative.

A detailed examination of presidential popularity after 50 days on the job similarly demonstrates a substantial drop in presidential approval relative to other elected presidents in the 20th and 21st centuries. The reason for this decline most likely has to do with doubts about the administration's policies and their impact on peoples' lives.....Read it all

A lot of people that voted for Hussein are already wanting a refund.

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A Couple Timely Quotes

For those smoking the Bong of Obama:

"It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth -- and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts." --Patrick Henry

For the good folks in SWAC Land:

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents... If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions. ... The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. ... There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."--James Madison

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Sarah Palin Speech about 2009 Special Olympics

H/T--PW Conservative.

A heart touching speech by a wonderful woman. Sarah has my vote!

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Bob McDonnell's "March Madness" Removed - Tucker Martin's Air Ball?

Leave it to the Bristol Herald Courier! It seems the basketball pick um game was in violation of trademark rules.

By Bristol Herald Courier Editorial Board
Published: March 13, 2009

It was a fun idea and nifty example of alliteration, a political slam dunk, but campaign organizers for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell dropped the ball on a contest idea that infringed on a trademarked name.

McDonnell, a Republican, this week on his Web site unveiled a contest called “McDonnell March Madness” patterned after the NCAA basketball tournament.

Problem is that the words “March Madness” are under trademark protection by the NCAA. On Wednesday, Gail Dent, NCAA associate director of public and media relations, said in response to a Bristol Herald Courier inquiry that the organization can allow other groups to use the term through a licensing agreement – i.e. in exchange for big bucks. McDonnell’s campaign, however, did not ask.

Furthermore, because the NCAA is a nonprofit organization for tax purposes, it could not grant permission to a politician to use the words in a political campaign.

On Thursday, McDonnell’s director of communications, Tucker Martin, took the heat for the misnamed promotion. He said he’d been so focused on making sure the campaign wasn’t violating any other rules or laws – that it really isn’t gambling, that no money is changing hands, that people understand it’s just for fun – that the name thing got past him.

The contest has been renamed to McDonnell’s Bracket Madness. March Mayhem would have been my choice... But anyway, this is just another example of J. Todd Foster's hard hitting reporting. I gotta go. there is a March Madness sale on at the kitchen supply store. I'm gonna pick up a couple Super Bowls and a Stanley Cup.

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Barney Frank Humor....

This just fits! Via Spank that Donkey -

IBD lights Barney Frank's backside up in this editorial... sadly he probably likes a little 'discipline'....

Ha!

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Everyone Calls for Jeff Frederick to Resign and He Responds by Locking the Doors on Executive Committee Meeting!

Today Eric Cantor called for Jeff Frederick to step down. We can now add Frank Wolf, Robert Goodlatte, Randy Forbes, Robert Wittman to the list also. They join the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus and our next Governor, Bob McDonnell in those wanting Frederick to abandon ship.

Now Maximus is reporting Jeff Frederick has locked the doors on RPV's Executive Committee...bars them from meeting tonight at RPV HDQ....What's next? Jeff and Tim Boyer chaining themselves to the RPV HQ doors?

I am amazed at Frederick's actions. After Thursday's revelations and being caught in a outright lie I had hoped he would step down and ride off into the night. It is clear that is not going to happen. I think we are witnessing what was once a promising career being flushed down the crapper. The sad part is Jeff is pulling the chain himself. It is now obvious that we made a mistake supporting Jeff last year. Ohhh the damage done.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Jeff Frederick Gets Caught Lying? - You Wanted the Dirt and Now You Got It - GREED

The AP broke the 10 charges against Jeff. Needless to say everything many of us were hearing appears to be true. I told you it was ugly and a MESS.  Most troubling to me is this charge

1. Failure to transmit, in a timely manner, online contributions made to the Republican Party of Virginia and processed by his own company. Withholding 7% of online contributions made to the RPV for a period of weeks during the summer of 2008 after repeatedly assuring the Executive Committee that he was not using his company as a vendor for RPV.

Jeff Frederick said that was untrue - “false and without merit.”........Well JR at Bearing Drift offers up some very damning evidence.

"Of note is this FEC form obtained by Bearing Drift is a payment from RPV of $1384 in October 2008 to “ChargedContribution.com”. This site is managed by Gen-X Strategies - Frederick’s firm."

Is this not the same shady bullshit that plagued our past leaders? The same BS that led many of us to support Frederick last year only to get slapped in the face with it again.

Is the above act illegal? I am not a lawyer but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express long enough to know it is some shady unethical BS. If Frederick is dumb enough to do this and not understand the ethical problems it presents then he dang sure needs to be removed. I don't see how anyone can now argue that he remain chairman...Or that he can be an effective leader. What a embarrassment to our party. I supported him on the blog last year, but never again. Until we purge the party of this type of behavior we will never  unite and win. What a shame it had to come to this. The SCC gave Jeff ample time to resign. He chose this spotlight to shine on himself and unfortunately the party. It is no wonder McDonnell and the GOP Caucus wanted to distant themselves from Jeff.

Illegal or legal I dont know. Greedy, dishonest, and plain stupid is there for all to see. Frederick must be removed.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

VIRGINIA SENATE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS - Jeff Frederick Must Go

The Email -

**VIRGINIA SENATE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS**

**March 6, 2009**

RPV State Central Committee

c/o The Honorable Michael E. Thomas

901 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Dear Mike:

We write on behalf of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus to
express our support for the recent actions taken by members of the
State Central Committee in relation to Chairman Jeff Frederick. An
overwhelming majority of our Caucus has expressed grave concern over
the state of affairs at the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) in
recent months and has lost confidence in Delegate Frederick’s
leadership.

While we recognize the recently circulated petition is a State
Central Committee matter, we stand in full support of your effort. Our
Caucus has engaged in conversations with other elected Republican
leaders in recent months as it became clear that Delegate
Frederick’s lack of judgment was hurting our Party. Each time, we
have decided that it is not our role as elected officials to pick the
Chairman of RPV. We are gratified to see this movement initiating from
the “grassroots.”

Our members recognize the importance of this year’s elections –
both statewide and local. As a slim minority party in the Senate, it
is critical to our Caucus that we retain the Lieutenant Governor’s
office, retain control of the House of Delegates, and regain the
Governor’s mansion. We are confident in the ability of our ticket
this year to succeed, but their job would be made easier with a
functional state party behind them. Heading into such an important
year, it is critical that our state party have the full confidence of
our candidates, our elected officials, and our grassroots. Like you,
we are convinced that the only way to ensure this is a change in
leadership at RPV.

Accordingly, we support and appreciate your efforts in this regard
and stand ready to assist as needed.

Sincerely,

Sen. Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Republican Leader

Sen. Stephen D. Newman

Republican Caucus Chairman

Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle

Republican Leader Pro Tempore

Sen. Walter A. Stosch

Republican Leader Emeritus

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain

Sen. Frank W. Wagner

I am troubled with how this is all happening. I have not taken a side on this but if what I am hearing about Frederick is correct he should step down. I fully respect the fact that Jeff was elected by the grassroots. I tell you though...If what I am hearing is correct I don't see how I or anyone can support him in this battle.

Some are calling for the reasons to be made public. Is that what we really want to happen? IMHO the RPV SCC and those supporting removing Frederick have the dirt on him. I don't think these folks are supporting this action without good reason and verifiable evidence. If they are then they will pay big time for this. WHAT A MESS.

What ever the outcome - My question is after all this can Frederick ever be a effective leader? I have my doubts.

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Ripples - "Lack of confidence in the Administration continues"

I have been reading this Floyd County blog since he started. He was never what I would call a political blogger. It seems the new President and the bailouts have sparked him up. Check out Ripples because he speaks the truth. In one sentence he sums it up.

"I do not feel that borrowing money from our grandchildren will get us out of this situation and I wish that our current administration felt the same."

Click that quote to read the entire post. We are in trouble my friends and the current leadership is writing checks our grandchildren will struggle to pay.

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Powell Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Ricky Dale Webb - Dope Dealer at School

I hope they throw the book at this piece of sh*t. He is facing four charges.

• Distributing Oxycontin, a Schedule II controlled substance, which is an unclassified felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000;
• Conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin, a felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000;
• Distributing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property, an unclassified felony punishable by one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000; and
• Conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000.

125 years in prison sounds about right to me...or a tall tree and a short rope. I think most of us that work for a living get drug tested. Why are our teachers and school officials not intensively drug tested? I mean if you drive a school bus you get tested...In my opinion if you work for the school system or have anything to do with children you should be tested. What if a kid had found his stash? This was a tragedy ready to happen.

Thunderous Applause to Wise County Law Enforcement and The Commonwealth Atty's Office! Now slam the door on this twit.

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Oh My - Michelle Obama


H/T-Free Republic

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Wise County Real Estate Reassessment - Tax Me!

SWAC Girl and Yankee Phillip have kept me up to date on the fight over the tax rate in SWAC land. I'm Not Emeril has a good post up that offers a lot of info on where to lay the blame. Here in sweet home Wise County the BOS will open up the mic tonight.

When county supervisors meet this Thursday, they will open up the podium and microphone to anyone with an opinion on the county’s tax rate.
Due to this year’s real estate reassessment, if supervisors maintain the current tax rate of 57 cents per $100 of assessed value, the county will realize more than a 1 percent increase in real estate tax revenue. To keep real estate tax revenue the same as last year, the board of supervisors would have to vote to cut the tax rate back to 50 cents.
After this Thursday’s public hearing, supervisors are expected to pick a tax rate and vote on it by the end of the month. They are expected to officially vote on the tax rate March 31, at a meeting specifically set for that purpose. - From The Coalfield Progress
. (It's Our Great Paper and you cant read it free!)

The board has a GOP majority so I look forward to the outcome. To be honest, I think our tax rate is reasonable compared to other locations.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Today's Music...It just falls short-Part Two

On my Wish List.

Check out Part One

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The Kid In Me....


What more needs to be said...

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Congratulations John Cook

Cook Serves up Victory in Fairfax Special Election

Third time’s a charm for Republicans in Northern Virginia as John Cook wins Braddock District Supervisor seat in Fairfax County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Woodbridge, Virginia - Republican John Cook accomplished what two prior Republicans in Northern Virginia special elections came very close to doing earlier this year, winning a seat in what pundits refer to as solidly Democratic Northern Virginia.

Recent special elections saw Republicans come heartbreakingly close to victory in Pat Herrity's campaign for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Joe Murray's campaign for the 46th House of Delegates seat vacated by Brian Moran. The third time, however, has proven to be the charm for the GOP in re-establishing itself on equal terms with the Democrats in vote-rich Northern Virginia.

"I want to congratulate John Cook, campaign chairman Tessie Wilson, campaign manager Kevin McNulty, deputy campaign manager Ben Bush, campaign political director Patrick Lee, communications director Stephen Spiker, and field operations director Ryan Thompson, for an absolutely fantastic campaign and for their historic win in yesterday's special election for Braddock Supervisor," said Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. "Not only did John win a seat Barack Obama carried by 57%, but his victory will make him the first Republican Supervisor from Braddock in a generation."

"This victory is a tribute to our hard-working Republican volunteers and activists in Fairfax County and across Northern Virginia. Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Anthony Bedell and Supervisor Pat Herrity merit special recognition for their leadership in this effort. Also, the assistance of Rick Neel, Chris Craig, and Joe Underwood was critical for the campaign during the vote-counting process."

"John's victory and exceptional showing provides rock-solid proof for those who may still not have received the message that when Republicans run campaigns based on providing common sense solutions to the problems people face every day, we can win anywhere."

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Salem's Mass Meeting - Another John Brownlee Win?

Roanoke Valley Republicans has great news about last nights mass meeting. Check out "Salem Sets Convention Delegate Record - Another Win For Brownlee?"

Greg reports record numbers of people turning out to be delegates!

"Once again we packed the Salem Courthouse (time to look for a new location). More exciting than that though was the number of Delegates who signed up. Last year Salem took 6 delegates to the Convention. This year we have 85+ signed up."

AWESOME! Same thing for my tiny unit in Wise County. We will be sending twice the number of delegates as last time and we are united to support John Brownlee. Salem is not completely united, but Greg reports -

"As for who "won" the Delegate count, I can't give a precise answer. What I do know is that the Brownlee people personally delivered about 20 Delegates, Cuccinelli personally delivered about 10 Delegates (handwritten on a crumpled up piece of paper) and Foster didn't deliver any Delegates. Adding in the other "committed" folks I'm aware of I'd say Brownlee has +/- 50% of the Salem Delegates and Cuccinelli probably has +/- 15% of the Delegates. The remaining 35% are either undecided or have not indicated their preference."

I would say advantage Brownlee for sure! I hope they can unite behind Brownlee like Wise County has.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jerry Lester Talks about John Brownlee

Jerry Lester, Buchanan County Chairman

A few years ago, Buchanan County was hit by a horrible flood, one of the worst natural disasters I have ever seen in this region. My 99 year old grandmother was carried out of her flooded home in a bed sheet. A few minutes later, the home was washed away, she barely made it out alive.

However, she died a few months later and did not live to be 100 years old. The flood simply took away her desire to live.

Local contractors were hired to clean up the community, but somewhere along the way they started conspiring with elected officials as well as business owners how they could fix the bids and pocket thousands of dollars for themselves. They thought they had gotten away with their scheme.

But the citizens of Buchanan County had a hero in a United States Attorney named John Brownlee. These people were convicted and sent to prison and over $1million was returned to our community due to the hard work of Mr.Brownlee. This is one of many reasons I support John in his campaign.

He is a person who has made a lifetime commitment to public service, whether it be as a soldier, a prosecutor or as a God-fearing man, John Brownlee will not need on the job training as Virginia's "Top Cop".

I have witnessed, first-hand, the work he has done as United States Attorney and I know John is a man of honor and integrity and will be a great Attorney General!

This is Brownlee Country!

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Spend Spend Spend and Obama Breaks his Promise..Again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of both parties Monday voted to keep their cherished home-state projects as the Senate resumed debate on a spending bill covering foreign aid and domestic agency budgets.

By a 63-32 vote, lawmakers rejected a bid by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to effectively strip about 8,000 of those earmarks from the $410 billion measure.

"If the president really wants to change Washington, as soon as this bill reaches his desk, he should veto it and send it back and say, 'Clean it up,'" McCain said.

Instead, the White House says President Barack Obama will sign the measure, despite all the projects. During last year's campaign, Obama he promised to cut the number of earmarks way back and institute other changes.

But lawmakers in both parties defend the practice, and 10 Republican joined most Democrats to defeat McCain's amendment.

The Big O really fooled folks with the Hope and Change bullshit...Lets look at this again - "Instead, the White House says President Barack Obama will sign the measure, despite all the projects. During last year's campaign, Obama he promised to cut the number of earmarks way back and institute other changes."

And 10 Repubs joined the Pork Team. Spending up 8%. Trillion $ stimulating...When will it end?

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Democrats in Control - More Hope and Change

This is just wonderful....

BREAKING NEWS: Eastman To Cut $100 Million In Spending, Up To 300 Jobs

KINGSPORT, TN - Just 2 months after slashing spending by $100 million, Eastman Chemical Company announced another round of spending cuts Monday morning in an effort to increase cash flow. As part of the cost cuts, the company plans to cut between 200 and 300 within the next 4 to 6 weeks. Employees will see a base pay reduction of 5%.

Round two of the cuts will slash spending by the Kingsport-based chemical company by another $100 million, bringing Eastman’s expected total cost savings this year to more than $200 million, according to a news release issued early Monday.

Democrats in control since 2007 and the Big O's stimulating stimulus we have this on 3/9/2009:

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 79.89, or 1.2 percent, to 6,547.05.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 6.85, or 1.0 percent, to 676.53.

The Nasdaq composite index fell 25.21, or 2.0 percent, to 1,268.64.

For the year:

The Dow is down 2,229.34, or 25.4 percent.

The S&P is down 226.72, or 25.1 percent.

The Nasdaq is down 308.39, or 19.6 percent.

Hope and Change...Hope and Change...Hope and Change...

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Bill Bolling - New Ideas For A Better Virginia

Bill Bolling has my support.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

John Brownlee - Delegates

From the campaign: (Emphasis Mine)

In our last Report, we mentioned that we had just received news of winning 100% of the delegates in King & Queen County.  Shortly after that report was sent, we were told we had secured 100% of the delegation in Wise County.

Tonight, John was the only candidate present at the City of Staunton mass meeting.  Staunton elected 27 delegates to this year's convention, and John reports a majority of those delegates indicated support for his campaign.

In Dickenson County, 20 delegates were elected tonight; All but one of them support John Brownlee.

Good news for John! 100% of Wise County Delegates are united for John Brownlee.

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Wal-Mart Humor

It made me smile...From email:

Yesterday, I was at my local Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog, and was in the checkout line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant?  So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again.  I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pocket s with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry.  The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again.  (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)  Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me.  I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.  Wal-Mart won't let me shop there anymore.

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