UCV Meeting Wednesday 03/01/06
UCV MONTHLY MEETING
WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2006
MARS BAR IN SHOCKOE BOTTOM
115 N. 18TH ST.
Don Knotts July 21, 1924 - February 25, 2006
From Episode #93, "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs"Opie: Pa, them dogs are out there. They are out there in that open field. (Thunder) I'm worried about 'em Pa.
Barney: What were dogs a million years ago, wild animals, right? Wolves, coyotes, they know how to hunt and fish and look for shelter. You take them two big Airedales. Why they looked as healthy as horses to me. And the little spotted one, he was in fine shape.
Opie: But the little one I first came in with, he was a trembler, wasn't he?
Barney: Him? why, the big ones will take care of him. The big ones take care of their own. (Thunder) And you know dogs have a way of keepin' dry. Ya know that, They're insulated, you see, they've got this fur...it keeps them cool in the summer and warm and dry in the winter. They're really set up better than human beings as far as that goes. (Thunder and lightning) And as far as the little one goes, why the big ones, they'll take care of him...the little trembly one...(Thunder) and they're short, you see, close to the ground, that way they can't get struck by lightning. Now if they wuz giraffes they'd have been hit by now, uh..., but dogs are short and they take care of their own. Giraffes don't. No, giraffes don't at all. Boy, giraffes are selfish, just run around looking out for number one, getting hit by lightning, but dogs....(Thunder) You just gonna sit there or you coming with me??
Barney: To get them dogs, are you coming with me?
Maybe we need a new word - senatorbrained:the reference is pretty clearly to the apparently stupidly senseless behaviour of legislators (specifically senators) in the general assembly sessionMaybe that is a little harsh, but that they believe new revenue (taxes) must be created or raised every two years is absurd.
As a four year old, Iraqikurd, was hidden away in the family home as his mother and father were killed just before the Gulf War by Saddam's Fedayheen. He was rescued by a United States special forces team operating in the area at the time and eventually adopted here in the United States. I have met Iraqikurd once at an anti-war demonstration where I saw him cursed and abused for supporting the War in Iraq and President Bush, have read other articles he has written and have met a few of his friends. He is the real thing. He has given me permission to post this on the UCV blog.
The other day while on my way to one of my class at GWU I was approached by one of my professors. He had asked me what I felt about the Iraq war and some other questions related to the conflict. I gave my typical responses and justifications for my support of the war but this time I was asked a question that I had never before been asked.
How do you reconcile your support for a campaign where you have witnessed your fellow countrymen die from?
I paused for a moment and then asked my professor to elaborate.
He was baffled at how I could support a war where I had to watch my fellow neighbors, young children, elderly, innocent men, and infrastructure destroyed.
I stopped in the hallway and thought for a moment. All I could see were the images of the wounded and dead, both Iraqi and American. I began to remember the images of the attack on Halabja as well as the images ingrained in the back of my mind of market places littered with bodies of the innocent.
I turned back to my professor and asked him, "How could you sit idely by and allow Saddam to continue with his mass graves."
Obviously he gave me the typical response of how he didn't support the atrocities of Saddam nor his regime in power, yet he couldn't reconcile the opposing of his ousting and "de-Ba'athification" of Iraq with equal copability.
So I sat down with the professor and explained to him that this really is a "with us or against us" type of campaign. Now I know being an ex Vietnam era hippie and openly professed radical socialist, that it may be hard for you to grasp such polarizing terms but this is no different than dealing with NAZI Germany.
I have never been one to compare any two wars but for arguments sake we all knew that WWII was going to cost us millions of lives. We also knew that a lack of action would cost the existance of entire groups of people and the domination of an evil regime. Which is more important, trying to protect human life or be willing to stand up and greet death if need be to do what is right?
To hap hazard, self centered, utopia invisioning liberals it is neither. For one that opposed the war in Iraq yet still openly admonishes Saddam Hussein and his brutal regime can not even be classified as on the right or wrong side of the issue. Rather they are on the side of the wicked in which they don't stand with justice yet do everything within their will to oppose justice if it doesn't fit within their construct for political wielding.
I turned back to the professor and told him, "If I have to sacrifice every man, woman and child to protect the integrity of ourselves and to stand up for liberty and justice where ever she cries, you bet your ass I will support a campaign where I must watch helplessly while I watch my countrymen die at the hands of the most diabolical elements within our world. I can't imagine a world where the 'just' no longer stand up for justice because I would no longer be in that world because I would have marched to my own death with the others in the cause of such a noble thing."As I thought about the conversation that night with some very close friends of mine we all held each other in confidence knowing that we are the future of the middle east and thank God that people like my professor are not. John Kerry is not, John Murtha is not, Jane Fonda is not, Hillary Clinton is not... we are the future and the future is bright. It is bright with hope and bright with the comfort in knowing that our moral clarity is clear and not clouded with the goggles of political partisanship or wicked campaigns of immorality in which we backstab justice and liberty just so that we can hold the title of 'The Elite'.
Lance Cpl. Steven Phillips was a Sept. 11 warrior. Once the twin towers fell and the Pentagon was struck, he gave up a comfortable life in Chesapeake, Va., and his dreams of one day flying into space, and joined the Marines.Legacy.com
He died Tuesday near Qaim, Iraq, one month before he was to return home for good. The Marines who knocked on the family's door explained that Phillips had been driving a Humvee and swerved to avoid something in the road. The Humvee rolled over an embankment and crushed Phillips's chest, killing him. No one else in the vehicle was injured.
"He was a very dedicated, compassionate person," his mother, Paulette, said quietly yesterday of her only child. "He believed very passionately in what he was doing."
"After 9/11, he felt the need to do more, to make sure the war didn't come here on our soil," she said. "He felt sure it would if more men didn't volunteer to fight over there."
At home, along Jay Phillips Hill Road, Phillips's relatives said they're slowly coming to grips with what happened. "We're saying that the Lord must have needed him. Whether in a Humvee or standing right next to us here, it was just his time," Paulette Phillips said. "We loved him, and we'll miss him. But we're very proud of him."
Excerpt from The Washington Post by Brigid Schulte 02-10-06
Stop New Transportation Taxes from Steamrolling Over Virginia's Families!
Governor Tim Kaine has proposed a misguided set of transportation tax hikes costing over $1.1 billion to pay for a massive new spending scheme. The plan would raise the gas tax 12.5 cents per gallon for a total of 30 cents per gallon, increase the automotive sales tax by 60%, and raise registration fees and even the tax on insurance premiums! The Virginia State Legislature is considering these tax increases right now.
If Virginia taxpayers don't act now, these tax hikes could set back each typical family in the Commonwealth over $678 a year! We must send a message to members of the General Assembly right away: Stop the transportation tax grab!
You can help us by:
1) Please call your Delegate now to say you want a NO vote on Transportation Tax Hikes.
2) Coming to a Capitol Rally in Richmond on February 22nd to join former Governor Jim Gilmore and other taxpayers to protest proposed hikes in transportation taxes!
You may find more information on the rally, the tax hike plan, and other ways to get involved at www.workingvirginians.com.
Before members of the General Assembly take more hard-earned money from Virginia families, lawmakers need to spend smarter and deliver better transportation solutions. We must convince our leaders to:
Stop using current tax money dedicated for roads to pay for other spending.
Start setting specific priorities for road projects, using money generated by today's taxes and economic growth.
Require VDOT to implement new traffic and mass transit strategies and cut bureaucratic costs.
Don't think for one minute this battle is won because our friends in the House of Delegates have already had votes against the tax hike package.Just like two years ago, the Governor and the Senate will use every legislative trick they can to pass these taxes during the 2006 Session.
Please make your call today and mark your calendar for February 22 -- thank you for doing your part!
Here's the problem: there's only so much time in the day. Do you honestly think we are going to tally up the responses and inform the delegate from Bumbleville, who has been in subcommittee since 7:30 and is heading to floor before his bill comes up in General Laws while he's supposed to be at the caucus meeting, about how the people of Bumtropolis feel about hb2341, The Virginia Organgrinder Registration Act of 2006? More importantly, should the delegate really care? Chances are he'll never have to work for your vote. And emailing all the Committee members? Try public comment. Certainly legislators want citizen input, but trust me; just about every bill will have SOMEONE saying SOMETHING about it. A subcommittee hearing on a "fish bill" today was met with an overflowing crowd of citizens ranging from suit-clad businessmen to flannel-wearing farmers to bushy-bearded environmentalists. I can assure you your voice is being heard. Now some may take offense to this, thinking that only lobbyists get our attention. First of all, lobbyist is a very loose term. Doctors, farmers, anybody with an agenda counts as a lobbyists. You don't need a crackberry, a checkbook (but only between sessions), and an id badge. If you've got an issue, we've got a second. I for one take a moment with anyone who comes to the office. Naturally, though, the delegate will only see constituents or lobbyists working on our issues. Secondly, constituents will always come first. A lobbyist will wait outside, and if they don't, you better believe there's going to be a stern word from the LA.
Rebuttal. Aaaaahhhh, good! Potty break!
Nora O'Donnell on MSNBC says there was "no backing down tonight" from George Bush.
Eugene Robinson, Wash Post columnist, said "nothing new", and pretty good speech for Bush.
Uh oh....Kaine's got a problem with that eyebrow.
oh lordie, what's up with his eyebrow?
What is up with this dude's (Kaine's) left eyebrow? :)
His eyebrow is leaning to the left..
It's his 'left' wing.
Best dancing eyebrow since Roger Moore retired as 007. Mark Steyn
I am going to dream about eyebrow man. I mean, how did his wife stand at the altar and take marriage vows to that eyebrow. I would have collapsed.
MAKE IT STOP, MAKE IT STOP!
All he needs above that left eyebrow is "Over l00 Million Sold".
Yes, definitely not low-brow!
Hair Plugs for EVERYONE!!!
I never saw a eyebrow like that before
OMG!!! This is the Democrat *plan*. Finally they have unveiled it: To get this eyebrow to speak. We all become so engrossed in the brow, we hear nothing they say. They are able to take over. Without firing a shot. Just that damned brow...rising...falling...rising...falling...
Girl I had to get my inhaler! I can't breath.
My wife was standing in front of the tv with an imaginary thread manipulating the eyebrow.
I laughed my --- off. I did not hear a word he said.
How now, brown brow?
Who is this guy?
Kaine is about to set a Laura Ingraham BUT MONKEY record.
Yeah, they think they can get some Red Staters to listen if he mentions that he was once a missionary, and then he secretly hypnotizes them with his eyebrow.
He is a missionary without a position.
I just woke up my wife and one year old daughter laughing so hard..
The People's eyebrow.. Do you know what the Rock is cooking!!!!
He would have made a wonderful game show host.
The height of the eyebrow is directly proportionate to the amount of emphasis on the phrase....
If he wasn't so illogical I would think he is Vulcan.
This is a parody right? Right?
Geeze, I am watching eyebrow man with the mute on and it is surrealistic.
He must have borrowed Boxer's stencil.
I was trying to not laugh about his eyebrow but it's really starting to be the only thing he's presenting that is making a point.
Holycrap. Someone has knitted his left brow into an eye scarf.
Is he saying something?
Cyrano says "that's not an eyebrow, that's a combover"
Isn't this guy a virtual rookie Governor? And he's going to talk about national security and Iraq? At this point I'm waiting for his jacket to start on fire to liven things up.
I'm gonna be needing a flow chart if he's on much longer.
What a trip! I found that I could not focus on what he was saying, because I was watching the northern portion of his face. How bizarre. Who is this guy, and will we be forced to watch him again?
I think that eyebrow had a mind of its own. It was like liberated from the rest of his body, yearning for freedom.
So is THAT what is meant by 'raising Kaine'?
Today was a good day, sorry to see it end.