Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Brownlee and Foster are on stage wearing Cuccinelli stickers. They jointly asked that he be nominated by acclimation and promise to support him.
The cheer for Cooch was deafening!
Bill Stanley asked that Mullins be chosen by acclimation.
Presenting the candidates for the Republican Party:
Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli
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I've got him now.....
He's thinking, "Man, is getting elected worth this?"
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Bolling has the cheers, but Muldoon had a surprising amount of of the crowd.
Cuccinelli has the nomination for AG. The cheers were deafening.
Mullins and Stanley had about an equal amount of cheering. Hmmmm.
And away we go. Ten minutes and then the clock kills the mike.
Bolling: (Heck. If you don't know his positions yet, I can't help you....I can't do justice to his speech)
Muldoon: Cheers aren't so loud as Bolling's. "First, the bad news. I am an attorney." I'm also a Farmer that believes the government that governs least, governs best. I'm an engineer, the best solutions are simple ones."
Basic message: The current Republican estabishment is out of touch with the grassroots. Placing himself as the populist grassroots leader. Attacking Bolling for an impressive list of actions. Perhaps he hasn't learned the lesson that you may affect a campaign or party with attacks, but can't get elected with only attacks. His solution is that HE will give a voice to the conservatives.
Hmmmm, the crowd IS responding to ALOT of his statements. I hope the "establishment" is listening. However, he is losing the crowd because he is not presenting any substantial solutions.
His applause lines are falling flat. "I will give Bob McDonnell a good wing man, not a yes man."
He's got the passion. And he does have a good point of view, but trying to present Bolling as a liberal is a little far-fetched.....
He's got about third of the crowd.
Brownlee: Oops. Missed 6 minutes. Eric Cantor stopped by and he's my Congressman. Had to let him know what I thought about his voting record. That was fun.
So far, Brownlee is touting his prosecurtorial experience. And he's a vet! (What's that got to do with being AG?) Now he is stating that we need a candidate that can get elected statewide. Hmmmm.....Cooch is too conservative except when he's to liberal.....so vote for Brownlee because he's MORE conservative than Cuccinelli.....Except being conservative would hurt Cuccinelli in getting elected....
Cuccinelli: BANG! Rock Star entrance. Lights dim. And he's there when the lights come up. A+ on the staging.
Starts off with the DHS report on the "extreme right wing." HUGE Don't Tread on Me Rattlesnake flags. Gets a bigger cheer than HANNITY!!!! Standing ovation!
Hmmm.....could this be the start of his campaign for governor?
"We are a minority because Republicans abandoned its core principles."
"This is important because if we don't protect the Constitution, there's no one left to do it."
"I don't just vote as a conservative. I have LED as a conservative."
"Constitutions don't evolve. They are either amended or they stay the same."
"We need an attorney general that will defend the sovereignty of the state of Virginia."
Leading as an unapologetic pro-2nd Amendment conservative in Fairfax and getting re-elected there, means that he can get elected statewide.
He's hitting with the crowd with basic principles and big ideas. And his supporters have filled the stadium with Gadsen flags. The presentation was amazing.
Foster: Has a core group of supporters in he Arlington section. Not too many other posters elsewhere.
Because we won in liberal Arlington, we can win throughout the state without losing our common sense conservative prinicples.
So far, nothing impressive. His stance is "elect me because I can win in liberal areas and Virginia is turning blue."
He is touting his business background and that he is best to attract business due to his commercial background.
Winner: Cuccinelli. Heck, vote him for Governor.
Stanley: Smattering of applause. First, he's hittig the dems and how they've put a "smiling face" on their "bankrupt proposals."
He's hitting his points of the need of Republicans to be conservative. His whole platform is that HE is the grassroots chairman. But he doesn't even cover that he is until almost 8 minutes into his speech. Whoever wrote his speech should be fired. NINE MINUTES into his speech he hits his 14 point agenda. He didn't cater to HIS strengths. Oh, and the timer works. The last few words were cut.
Mullins: Aggressive. Right to the podium. "I'm a Republican, I'm a conservative, and I want to win!" He's hitting his points with energy and passion. He's presenting his resume effectively and touting his experience in getting the grassroots organized.
He is just slamming the Dem candidates. Outstanding. And he's funny too.
Well, he won. He just gave Blogger's Row a shout out. And he's the first one to do so.
He gives a HELL OF A speech.
Well, that's that. Gotta go vote. And eat lunch.
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And the crowd goes wild!
Shouts out the Candidates. Eric Cantor gets a special mention for the job he's doing against Pelosi.
Welcomes Obama's teleprompters for showing up!
Its time for change, Virginia. We can do better and its going to start in Virginia!
He's doing a great job of tying the local race to the national stage.
If George W. Bush did......Obama gets away with it.....
(I would love to post his stuff, but, I can't do it justice.)
He is reading from the 1975 Reagan speech. Outstandng speech!
Why doesn't ANY OTHER FREAKING REPUBLICANS OR CONSERVATIVES PUT OUT A SPEECH LIKE REAGAN'S SPEECHES OR IDEAS?
Why do we need to listen to the "entertainers" to get these ideas out again?
The first candidate that can sound like Hannity or Reagan will get elected.
"I think that Terry McAullife will teach Virginia how to turn $100,000.00 into $18 Million."
The Republican party supports immigration. LEGAL immigration.
Secure the border.
We have an obligation to reform Medicare and Social Security.
We appoint judges that don't legislate from the bench.
Unleash the spirit of capitalism.
The Republican party will take on the responsibility of being the party of the American Dream.
American is the last, best hope for man on Earth! And the country is counting on Virginia!
C'mon candidates! Start talking like the talk show hosts.
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Bob McDonnell just walked on stage. Rock star welcome. 15 seconds later.... "I accept your nomination to be Virginia's next governor."
Bob just did a shout out to is friends in Virginia Beach, Fairfax, and Henrico, "No matter where you live, I'm your local candidate."
Heh. Kilo doesn't think so....
So far, Bob is hitting all the right notes. He is sounding properly conservative. Lets hope he walks the walk.......
Pro-business, pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Virginia
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First up, Bob McDonnell's shindig was well attended. Good music, good food, very little dancing....what is it with Virginians...In Louisiana, if there is free booze, there's ALOT of dancing.
Mullins had FREE ICE CREAM!
Cuccinelli's bash was packed! And packing! That was where the action was.
I hit the Jeffersoniad party and got to meet more bloggers. Free booze and politics! We solved all the nations problems in the first hour. The second hour we decided that the nation deserves what it votes for. I think we turned into mean drunks......
Waking up this morning was interesting.......
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Aaaaand we're off. Sitting here with Spanky, Kilo, Alton, Swac Girl, YankeePhil and other bloggers. And we haven't caused a riot yet....
The Coliseum is packed! So many middle aged white people in one place, heck it looks like a mainstream media press room.....
We have a front row seat. Kudos to the RPV support team. They quickly fixed some tech glitches (we lost power).
The UVA Men's Accapella Choral group sang the Anthem. Beautiful!
Lt. Gov Bolling is opening things up. He's introduing McDonnell. Verrrrrryy... Clever. He gets to speak his piece twice.
Chanting of "Go Bob Go!" WooHoo!
Commercials for Bob starting. Why? He's unopposed....
Bloggers (well, me) are thinking of starting a chant, "HANNITY, HANNITY, HANNITY!"
Ooops, apparently I'm supposed to take this seriously. I just have to keep an ear out when the votes are happening.
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Investment questions dog McAuliffe in Va. gov race
In a governor's race that's all about jobs, Terry McAuliffe is facing questions about huge profits he made from a company that collapsed two years later, leaving 10,000 people unemployed.
The multimillionaire businessman and former Democratic National Committee chairman, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, is pledging to use his business savvy to land more jobs for his state than any of his fellow governors.
But since he entered the race in January, he's been dogged by questions about his investments in telecom giant Global Crossing. He faces two opponents in a June 9 primary.
In 1997, McAuliffe sank $100,000 into the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based startup's bold plan to link North America and Europe with a trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable, a super-fast conduit for voice, video and digital data.
"When I invested in Global Crossing, understand that it was a very risky deal," McAuliffe said in an Associated Press interview about his finances. His return was $8.1 million, mostly on the sale of 176,017 shares in 1999, the year Global Crossing stock peaked beyond $60 a share.
He could have made much more _ closer to the $18 million in some published reports _ had he sold all of his shares in 1999. Stock transaction records he provided to the AP show his last shares were sold in January 2002, after the company's stock had plunged to 14 cents per share. And, as McAuliffe notes, he was never a board member or officer of the company.
When Global Crossing filed for bankruptcy protection that year, investors lost $54 billion and 10,000 employees lost jobs. Even after 2008's spectacular Wall Street failures, Global Crossing's bankruptcy still ranks among the largest in U.S. history.
McAuliffe's most bitter primary rival is pounding him on it. State House Democratic Caucus leader Brian J. Moran's only television ad, which debuted last week, accuses McAuliffe of "working insider deals for himself."
Moran maintains the jobs lost at Global Crossing counter McAuliffe's claims that he can generate jobs for Virginia.
Business savvy my ass. Just another greedy, heartless, blood-sucking dhimmicrat who will do more damage to Virginia's economy than Timmy ever thought about doing.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The Obama Justice Department has dropped Election Day charges against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
According to Fox News, the charges are related to an incident on Election Day 2008 at a polling place in Philadelphia, when three members of the New Black Panthers were accused of intimidating voters and blocking poll and campaign workers. (View Fox News video report)
A home video, posted on YouTube, shows one of the men -- who was later escorted away by police -- brandishing a nightstick. In the final days of the Bush administration, the three men were charged in a civil complaint with violating the Voting Rights Act by using coercion, threats, and intimidation.
Fox News discovered an affidavit provided to prosecutors by a poll watcher, who said he saw two uniformed men confront voters and attempt to intimidate voters.
Three black men, dressed in black para-military outfits with Black Panther insignia, one of them has a baton in plain view and is reported to have said to whites walking in to cast their ballot: "Now you're gonna see what it's like being ruled by a black man, cracker."
So the Obama Justice Department says it's not big enough to waste their time.
Well, gee wally wonkers. Is anyone surprised by this?
The New Black Panther Party should be on the terrorist watch list, and their leader Mohammad Shabazz Shabamm Shamwow, whatever he calls himself, along with the Nation of Islam and any other group which promotes seperatism or supremacy.
Idiots...(can be applied to the Black Panthers, the Holder Justice Department, or The Annointed One (may peace be upon him), as needed.
Purely routine stuff happened. Things were approved. No drama. I got to play tourist and have candidates come up to me instead of vice versa. That was nice. Having a delegate name tag always helps. The highlight was meeting She Who Must Be Obeyed at the convention. She was nice enough to lend me her laptop. Meeting SWAC Girl for the first time was a bonus. Now that I've found out where the bloggers hang out, I can
Well off to the real power struggles. I'm going in deep, into the deepest darkest intrigues.....
OFF TO THE HOSPITALITY SUITES!
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Oh. Did I write that "out loud"......?
Well, anyway, I'm off to the convention. I'm a delegate. Me. Yes, me. I know, I know. I think they were desperate. More openings than volunteers.......
Reports to follow. I may even have a laptop and blog from the site. WooHoo! Now if I can just figure out how to work it......
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Is that judgemental? You damn skippy it is. Will I be judged based on my belief that the enemy is dangerous and the world is safer without them? I hope so.
Its a Marine thing. If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand anyway.
You want to stop illegal detention?
Stop taking prisioners.
H/T Major Pain
Gitmo? No, Kill Thugs On Spot
By Ralph Peters
WE made one great mistake regarding Guantanamo: No terrorist should have made it that far. All but a handful of those grotesquely romanticized prisoners should have been killed on the battlefield. The few kept alive for their intelligence value should have been interrogated secretly, then executed.
Terrorists don't have legal rights or human rights. By committing or abetting acts of terror against the innocent, they place themselves outside of humanity's borders. They must be hunted as man-killing animals.
And, as a side benefit, dead terrorists don't pose legal quandaries. Captured terrorists, on the other hand, are always a liability. Last week, President Obama revealed his utter failure to comprehend these butchers when he characterized Guantanamo as a terrorist recruiting tool.
Gitmo wasn't any such thing. Not the real Gitmo. The Guantanamo Obama believes in is a fiction of the global media. With rare, brief exceptions, Gitmo inmates have been treated far better than US citizens in our federal prisons.
But the reality of Gitmo was irrelevant -- the left needed us to be evil, to "reveal" ourselves as the moral equivalent of the terrorists. So they made up their Gitmo myths.
Now we're stuck with sub-human creatures who should be decomposing in unmarked graves in a distant desert. Before reality smacked him between the eyes, Obama made blithe campaign promises and quick-draw presidential pronouncements he's now unable to fulfill.
Everything's easier when you're campaigning and criticizing, but the Oval Office view is a different matter. And suddenly your old allies, who rhapsodized about the evils of Gitmo, no longer have your back.
Odious senators, such as John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, damned Gitmo to hell. But they don't want to damn the prisoners to Massachusetts (given that few al Qaeda members can swim, Cape Cod seems a splendid place for a prison). Don't the icons of ethics want to solve the problem?
Or should we send the Gitmo Gang to California's Eighth Congressional District, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's constituents could guarantee an end to waterboarding? The good voters of San Francisco could put up their new guests in a grand Nob Hill hotel and stage teach-ins to explain why America's so nasty.
Another option -- which would save taxpayers millions -- would be to encourage a coalition of MoveOn.org, Code Pink and ACORN to sponsor an "Adopt a Terrorist" program.
The only requirement would be that the terrorist has to live full-time with the sponsor's family so he'd always get plenty of hugs.
On a serious note, it's not just voter NIMBY-ism that makes this problem so difficult. The practical catches came home to me when last I visited Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
The grounds of a massive federal penitentiary adjoin that venerable Army post. One Washington-isn't-thinking proposal would park the terrorists right there in the Big House. But here's the catch: Ft. Leavenworth's home to the Army's Command and General Staff College, attended each year by hundreds of elite foreign officers.
At CGSC, our officers build international relationships that benefit our country for decades to come, while allies and partners learn how to work together. But with Islamist terrorists confined next door -- hardly a mile as the crow flies from the Staff College -- Muslim countries would withdraw their students from the program under pressure from Islamist factions at home -- who'd claim that Ft. Leavenworth was the new Gitmo.
Do we really want to sacrifice our chance to educate officers from the troubled Muslim world? Do we want to destroy an educational program that's been of tremendous benefit? One that's advanced the rule of law and human rights?
Other proposed prison locations have their own challenges (although Cape Cod still looks pretty good to me). Meanwhile, our foreign "friends" who shuddered at the imaginary horrors of Gitmo are unwilling to share the burden.
Which brings us back to this column's opening credo: Terrorists are anathema to civilization and the human race. By their own choice, they've set themselves beyond the human collective. Better to eliminate them where you find them than to let them live to become a lunatic cause.
Telling them that we'll just lock them up and treat them really nice is a better terrorist recruiting tool than Gitmo ever was. Why not become a terrorist, if the punishment's three hots and a cot, along with better medical care than you've ever had in your life?
Plus, you get your own fan club.
Those who worry about the rights of terrorists ensure that these beasts will continue to slaughter the innocent. In your back yard.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A Bill of Federalism
A proposed Constitutional Convention to affirm the validity of the Constitution of the United States and prohibit the legislature from interpreting the Constitution in any manner other the original intent.
The Constitution of the United States, with all amendments as written, is the supreme law of the land and applies only to legal residents of the United States.
Update: embedding canceled.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In May 2008, a known member of an al Qaeda cell, Ali Mansur, was suspected of having organized an attack on the young Army Ranger’s platoon, which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more under Lt. Behenna’s command. For some unfathomable reason, Army intelligence ordered that Mansur be released and ordered Lt. Behenna, who was then 24, to escort the terrorist to his home.
On the way, Behenna questioned Mansur in an effort to learn additional information about other members of the terrorist cell, as well as who was financing it. During the interrogation, Mansur attacked Lt. Behenna, who killed the terrorist in self-defense.
But instead of expressing relief that one of their own had survived the attack, the government cast Mansur as the “victim” and prosecuted Lt. Behenna for premeditated murder! The following timeline was taken, in part, from the website that has been established in support of Lt. Behenna – Defendmichael.com – and confirmed by his mother, Vicki.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Emma sings the Star Spangled Banner. Salute to her dad, Captain Conatser, and the Troops!
She reminds us why the sacrifice may be necessary.
The Marines remind us what combat troops think of this! Semper Fi!
To Absent Friends
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Well, I state that I'm the King of England.
And both mean about the same.
Mr. Powell believes that the Republican party needs to "broaden" its base, declaring, "I am still a Republican."
In what way? Either you believe in Republican principles of smaller government, less spending, more freedom,....or you don't. Either you support the Republican candidates (yes, I know, McCain barely qualifies, but he did.) or you don't. I wonder what his fellow soldiers might say if he had applied his reasoning to military matters and loyalty to the US...... "Oh, I'm just helping out THIS enemy of the US. This one's ok...."
Either Mr. Powell is disloyal or an idiot. Either way, he should be shunned by the party:
"I would like to point out that in the course of my 50 years of voting for presidents, I have voted for the person I thought was best qualified at that time to lead the nation. Last year, I thought it was President Barack Obama. For the previous 20 years, I voted solidly for Republican candidates."I'm banking on DISLOYAL, SELF-CENTERED IDIOT. (empahsis mine)
Is he serious that we should believe that he actually thought, with all of his decades of training and experience, that OBAMA was the best candidate to lead this nation? Would he put a 2nd Lt. in charge of a division of troops? Rush Limbaugh insists that Powell voted for Obama on the basis of race. I believe that Rush was not insulting him. rRather, he was giving Powell the benefit of the doubt, because Rush probably could not believe this either. There had to be at least one reason why Powell was abandoning his party for this wet behind the ears novice.
"Let's debate the future of the party and let all segments in… What we have to do is debate and define who we are and what we are, and not just listen to dictates that come down from the right wing of the party."So says Colin Powell. By his own words, he shows that he has very little basic principles on which he stands. He will let others define what he stands for......except for the "right wing." I thought that was what the Republican party was doing: debating and fighting for the direction and control of the the GOP. Except that he and other so-called moderates get upset when he realizes that conservatives mean what they say. Conservatives want Republicans to vote on the basis of the platform and conservative principles. Surprise! Its not just lip service. And the moderates get worried when the realize that the party may not become a majority party without those conservatives busting their collective butts in the trenches. And conservatives are fed up and are willing to stay home.
"I have always felt that the Republican Party should be more inclusive than it generally has been over the years and I believe that we need a strong Republican Party that is not just anchored in the base but has built on the base to include more individuals. And if we don't do that, if we don't reach out more, the party is going to be sitting on a very, very narrow base," he told "Face the Nation."Include more individuals? As opposed to groups? Collectives? If those individuals decide that the Republican principles are worth something, then they are welcome. If they intend to pay lip service to them and then vote their own self interest,.....NO THANKS.
Colin Powell apparently has been dissatisfied with the direction of the party FOR YEARS. He said so. And we've heard SO MUCH FROM HIM TO GUIDE THE PARTY. So, words are cheap. What does he want?
“I think the Republican Party has to take a hard look at itself and decide what kind of party are we,” Powell said. “Are we simply moving further to the right and by so doing opening up the right of center and the center to be taken over by independents and be taken over by Democrats."Since the GOP has moved left since the invention of "compassionate conservatism" just how far right does Powell think the GOP will go? Back to center is obviously too far. Shouldn't, in the logic above, moving right, ENCOMPASS those voters that are already there? How does moving "right" open up this area to Democrats and Independents? The only way you get "right wing independents" is by having the party move to the left and leaving them behind.
Shouldn't the GOP stand for something? What principles should the party change? Should we let in the likes of MoveOn.org and let them change the platform? That would lead to a debate. Why is Colin Powell so hostile to the "right wing" of the party? Whom has the GOP excluded that Powell would like to see included? Black people? Brown people? Purple people? Gay people? Women? Men? Asians? Native Americans? Punks? Rockers? Golfers? Guess what? These people are already included. All they have in common is a belief in basic principles. And all of them could be conservative. Why is Colin Powerll against having standards? Why shouldn't an association of people that profess to stand for certain principles decide on whom they wish to represent them, demanding that those same people ALSO stand for those principles?
Shouldn't the GOP "reach out more" by convincing the so-called "moderates" that the conservative principles of the Republican party are more desirable than the wasteful policies of the Democratic party? Of course, the only way the GOP can do that is by doing some hard work, primarily by LIVING BY THOSE PRINCIPLES!
I believe that Colin Powell is trying to redeem himself in the eyes of the press and the political elite. He disappeared after serving as Secretary of State. He was consigned to the wastelands by the powers in DC, both Democratic and Republican. He is naming himself as a Republican, thereby standing out as a "good Republican" that agrees with the "common sense" of the current powers that be. If he identified himself as a Democrat, he would be one among many, hidden in the crowd of other syncophants. He is positioning himself to take advantage of prevailing winds. He wants to ride the coattails of the winners.
The best way to do so is to disagree with those most articulate about the Republican policies:
Reiterating his support for closing down the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Powell said Cheney’s opposition was an affront to Obama’s predecessor as well.“Mr. Cheney is not only disagreeing with President Obama’s policy, he’s disagreeing with President Bush’s policy,” Powell said.
And, citing Cheney’s suggestion in a speech last week that President Obama only wanted to close Guantanamo to make Europeans happy, Powell said, “No, we’re doing it to reassure Europeans, Muslims, Arabs, all the people around the world, that we’re a nation of law.”
Since when did President Bush want to close Guantanamo's Camp Delta? And more proof that Powell is nothing more than a political hack is is word above. HE CONFIRMS THAT CHENEY WAS CORRECT! And bashes the US as it was when Bush was President and when HE was Sec. of State by implying that having the camp in Cuba, the US is NOT a nation of laws. If the US was not "a nation of law" because of Gitmo, why didn't he resign in protest? He was part of it.
Colin Powell is a self-centered political hack whose opportunism is disgusting. All Republicans should shun his participation in the party. At least Arlen Specter had the courtesy to change his affiliation when his disloyalty was too obvious to hide.
h/t CNN and Politico
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Offered February 26, 2009
Referred to Committee on Rules
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people"; and
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and
WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and
WHEREAS, the states today are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state of the United States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and
WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 4 says that “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican form of government,” and the Ninth Amendment states that ”The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 505 U. S. 144 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and
WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations, and other proposals that may be anticipated, may further violate the Constitution of the United States; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That the Congress of the United States be urged to honor state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The Commonwealth of Virginia hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States. The Commonwealth by this resolution serves notice to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers. Further, the Commonwealth urges that all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding shall be prohibited or repealed.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Perhaps Last Peaceful Path to End Nuclear Weapons Program
Washington, DC (May 20, 2009) -- The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said that Iran's successful test of a medium range missile showed the need for tough sanctions and other steps to stop Iran from importing the gasoline that it needs to fuel its economy and military.
"This latest test-firing of an Iranian missile and the regime's aggressive pursuit of its illegal nuclear program threaten the region as well as American security," said FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz. "If talks with Iran are to succeed in ending Iran's nuclear weapons program, the Obama administration will need some real leverage when it sits down with Tehran's master negotiators. Iran's heavy dependence on foreign gasoline may be the last, best chance we have to peacefully change the regime's behavior."
Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) today introduced an amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill being considered by the Senate to prohibit companies that sell refined petroleum to Iran from receiving contracts to fill the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In the last month, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House introduced three bills focused on limiting Iran's ability to import gasoline.
"Iran's need to import 40 percent of its gasoline is its economic Achilles' Heel," said Orde Kittrie, an FDD senior fellow, law professor at Arizona State University, and former U.S. State Department official. "Iran relies on a handful of foreign energy companies, all with significant business interests in the United States, to supply it with the gasoline it needs. If these companies end their business relationships with Iran, Iran's economy will slow dramatically, its military will have to look elsewhere for fuel, and the Iranian people may demand that their government start investing in refineries rather than continue pouring money into its illegal and dangerous nuclear program."
Although Iran is a major producer of crude oil, it must import approximately 40 percent of the gasoline it needs because it lacks adequate refinery capacity at home. Companies supplying gasoline to Iran include Vitol, Trafigura, Reliance Industries Ltd., and Total. Glencore and Shell have also provided periodic shipments.
FDD has provided substantial research and analysis on Iran's dependence on imported gasoline, including identifying points of leverage over the foreign energy companies that supply Iran with the majority of gasoline it imports.
FDD's work includes:
FDD National Post oped on the prospects for using gasoline sales to end Iran's nuclear program is here.
FDD Wall Street Journal oped on the companies supplying Iran with gasoline is here.
Wall Street Journal editorial quoting FDD's Mark Dubowitz on the effectiveness of gasoline sanctions is here.
FDD document outlining the strong, bipartisan support that sanctioning gasoline sales to Iran has received is here.
A summary of Congressional action taken to address Iran's dependence on imported gasoline is here.
For more background on the issue, please visit FDD's Iran Energy Project page here.
Please CALL your representative and these key members of the Committee:
Key Energy and Commerce Committee who need to hear from grassroots Americans:
Rep. Michael Ross (AR) 202-225-3772
Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA) 202-225-4031
Rep. G. Butterfield (NC) 202-225-3101
Rep. Zack Space (OH) 202-225-6265
Rep. Michael Doyle (PA) 202-225-2135
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Rep. Rick Boucher (VA) 202-225-3861
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Rep. Jay Inslee (WA) 202-225-6311
>>> Talking Points
1. I am disappointed that Rep. Waxman is rushing the 1,000-page cap-and-trade Carbon Tax through the Energy and Commerce Committee this week.
2. This bill deserves full deliberation and should not be rushed.
3. I oppose the cap-and-trade Carbon Tax. This is an outrageous power grab by the federal government that will greatly expand government control and increase my taxes.
4. Especially in these difficult economic times, Congress must not pass this tax on the American people!
I saw a news item that indicated oil companies were reducing exploration and recovery due to the Cap and Trade. No exploration, no new wells.
Power companies which are currently expending millions for clean-coal technology are going to be hit hard with this Carbon Tax, and electric rates are going to go up.
Obama continuously critiques the Bush Administration on Guantanamo, "enhanced interrogation", and detention without trials for terrorist prisoners. So now we learn this.....
Hmmmmm, can we think of anyone that might be described as a possible terrorist that the government can't charge.....
Hope n change. Obama is SO worried about American values that we lost since 9/11.
President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.
They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents. He raised the issue of preventive detention himself, but made clear that he had not made a decision on it.
“He was almost ruminating over the need for statutory change to the laws so that we can deal with individuals who we can’t charge and detain,” one participant said.
The other participant said Mr. Obama did not seem to be thinking about preventive detention for terrorism suspects now held at Guantánamo Bay, but rather for those captured in the future, in settings other than a legitimate battlefield like Afghanistan. “The issue is,” the participant said, “What are the options left open to a future president?”
h/t Hot Air
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
You will not be forgotten.
From Andrea Brown at Gazette.com
The Colorado Springs man who designed the black and white POW/MIA flag flown everywhere from federal buildings to Harley-Davidson fenders died Thursday at his home.
Newt Heisley was 88.
"Newt wanted no hoopla. All he wants is a celebration," his fiancee, Donna R. Allison, said.
That's what he'll get on Flag Day, June 14, from 1-4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 38 in Security. The public is invited. He will be entombed at Shrine of Remembrance next to his wife of 61 years, Margaret "Bunny", who died in 2005.
h/t Cold Fury
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The New Bill Of Non-Rights
"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."
You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.
You do not have the right to never be offended continue reading.....
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
If you receive a call on your cell phone and it says UNAVAILABLE, RESTRICTED, or begins with 800, 866, or 888, DON'T ANSWER THE DAMN PHONE!!!!!!!!
Let your voice mail take the call or just ignore it.
I get them all the time. You can always call the Do Not Call service from the Consumer Services bureau.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I will be heading south to attend the Memorial Service for this newly assigned Sky Angel. Even though we only saw each other a few times a year, he was a friend and Brother. He made a difference in the lives of people. He was a Warrior and and a Patriot.
This blog salutes the Warrior and the Patriot and the man Ted Sampley. He is in good company now, as he was before he was called.
KINSTON - Theodore Lane "Ted" Sampley, 62, of 2317 Hull Road, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the Veteran's Hospital in Durham. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Higgins Sampley; his son, Tim Sampley; his half-brother, Michael Smith; and his first wife, Wendy's mother, Kiku Uehara Sampley Penley. He was born July 17, 1946, and left Wil-mington in 1963 at the age of 17 to join the United States Army.
He went through Basic Training, Advanced Infantry Training and Airborne School. In June 1964, he was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade on the island of Okinawa.
On May 5, 1965, Sampley was deployed to Vietnam with the 173rd, where he served as a combat infantryman until April 1966. He participated in combat operations in the Iron Triangle, War Zone D, Ben Cat, the Ho Bo Woods and other areas of South Vietnam.
After being chosen to be trained as a Green Beret (United States Army Special Forces), Sampley was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa. While in Okinawa, Sampley took advantage of his off duty time to study ceramics and the many traditions, designs, techniques, and forms of handcrafted Okinawan pottery.
Local craftsmen contributed a wealth of knowledge for Sampley, allowing him to eventually create his own distinctive works. In Viet-nam, Staff Sergeant Sampley served as company commander of a B-36 Mike Force, civilian Irregular Defense Group Company (CIDG), assigned to operate along the Cambodian border.
During that year of combat service, Sampley was awarded four Bronze Stars, the Army Com-mendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
In 1970, Sampley was reassigned to the 3rd and later the 6th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg where he continued his military training. Sampley's training in the Army included Operations and Intelligence, methods of pris-oner of war interrogations, escape and evasion training, guerrilla warfare training, understanding, the Viet Cong infrastructure and High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachuting.
He had a working knowledge of two languages, Arabic and Japanese.
From 1971 to 1973, Sampley worked during his off-duty time as a volunteer for Americans Who Care, a POW/MIA group in Fayetteville, N.C. that was lobbying for the safe return of all U.S. POWs held by the communists in North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
After 10 years of service, Sampley left the Army with a Honorable Discharge in 1973.
Sampley returned to Wilmington where he worked for a television station and then a local weekly newspaper. He eventually succumbed to the lure of pottery and built his own kiln and began teaching pottery. He soon established a production pottery busi-ness called The Potters Wheel and began mass producing good quality functional and decora-tive glazed stoneware.
In 1983, after he became aware that Hanoi had not released all living American POWs in 1973, Sampley became re-involved as a POW/MIA activist demanding for the U.S. government to put more pressure on Hanoi to either release the men or explain what happened to them. Sampley has led many demonstrations in Washington, D.C. demanding that both the U.S. and Vietnamese governments account for the U.S. servicemen known to have been alive in captivity but never released.
He was honored for "Exemplary Service to Veterans" by the Washington, D.C. based National Vietnam Veterans Coalition on May 6, 1985, in New York at the Coalition's Leadership Breakfast.
During Kinston's "All America City" celebration, Sampley was awarded a "Key to Kinston" as recognition for his support for Kinston. Sampley was publisher/editor/writer of the U.S. Veteran Dispatch. He was appointed chairman of the non-profit Last Firebase Veterans Archives Project in 1988. That group created one of the largest collections of privately held POW/MIA files.
From 1986 to 2003, the Last Firebase kept a non-stop, manned 24-hour vigil for POWs and MIAs in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Sampley testified in 1991 before the Senate Select Committee of POW/MIA Affairs.
The Lenoir County Cham-ber of Commerce gave Sampley special recognition in December 1991 for his help in the restoration of Kinston's historic downtown. North Carolina's Raleigh News and Observer honored Sampley on September 28, 1992, as their "Tar Heel of the Week and member of a very special group of North Carolinians who have contributed their time, skills and talents toward making North Carolina a truly great state and a wonderful place to live."
After conducting many hours of research, Sampley found compelling evidence proving that the remains buried in the tomb of the Vietnam War Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery belonged to Air Force Lt. Michael Blassie. It was evidence that Sampley said the Pentagon had deliberately over-looked.
Sampley first made the Unknown Soldier's identity public in the July 1994 issue of the U.S. Veteran Dispatch. Five years later (1999), the U.S. Government, under pressure from CBS television, finally used a DNA sample and confirmed that the Vietnam War Unknown Soldier was indeed Lt. Blassie.
A military honor guard returned Lt. Blassie's remains to his family in St. Louis, Missouri where he was buried again with full military honors in a national cemetery.
In February 1996, Sampley was nominated for the Kinston Free Press "Citizen of the Year" award. The Free Press cited Sampley for the "good work" he was doing in the community. VietNow, a national veteran's organization, named Sampley Veteran of the Year. He was also named Citizen of the Year by the Wheat Swamp Ruritan Club of Lenoir County. He was a founding member of the National Alliance of POW/MIA Families and was one of their annual guest speakers.
Sampley was co-founder of Kinston's annual Salute to Veterans celebration. He led two community service programs in Kinston; the building of a 158-foot replica of Kinston's Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the National Walk of Honor for Veterans.
Sampley was currently Vice President of Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally in Washington, D.C. He was one of the original founders of the 22-year-old veterans organization. Last year, nearly a half million veterans and Rolling Thunder supporters attended the annual rally in the nation's capital.
Rolling Thunder has developed into Washington's largest annual special event.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2009, from Tanglewood Church of God, 2103 Rouse Road with the Reverend Allen Stocks, Pastor Allen Ham and Robert Register officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service at the church.
Interment services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, from the Dyson Family Cemetery in Ivanhoe, N.C. with full Military Honors.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Pate Smith of Wilmington; his daughter, Wendy Sampley Shehane of Columbus, Ga.; his son, Owen Lane Sampley of Kinston and his son's mother, Robin Owen Goodman of Wilmington; his granddaughter, Chaney Huan Shehane of Columbus, Ga.; his brother, Ronnie Sampley and wife Debra, of West Virginia; his special cousins, Janice Lanier of Leland and April Jones and her son, Kevin Williams of Leland; other cousins, nieces, and great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lane Sampley Education Fund, c/o Frances Parrott at First Citizens Bank, 607 Plaza Blvd, Kinston, NC 28501. Garner Funeral Home in Kinston is in charge of the arrangements.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nations trembled, the world wondered, and The Rolling Stones came together to celebrate his birth!
I have no idea who the above person might be......
47 years ago, I too, was found under an elephant ear plant.....
And I'm still alive! Sorta. I'm OLDer and BROKEn. And FATter, though I am, I'm having a great time!
(Pay no attention to that screaming, suffering 21 year old trapped inside my head.)
While I had planned to ride a motorcycle from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, skydived, scuba'd, bicycled across country, by now, well......screw it. Reality happens. I have a wonderful wife. And an angel of a child. And a great life. Hallelujah!
Happy Birthday to ME!
Labels: Happy Birthday To Me
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
In 2005, code pink and SEIU thugs were demonstrating their contempt and hatred of our military and wounded soldiers by lining the sidewalk in front of the Main Gate on Friday nights with flag-draped coffins and holding signs with slogans such as " Your son was maimed for a lie" "Sign-up here to die for Halliburton".
Ted detested the anti-war/anti-military crowd with a passion only a Viet Nam veteran could understand completely. But he was particularly disgusted with code pink.
We hit it off immediately.
He confronted moonbat protesters on their turf and he scared them. (Hell, he scared me, sometimes.) He made our favorite moonbat, nicknamed Squeegee Boy, cry and run to the code pink hags for protection.
In October of 2006, we re-united at the BootMurtha rally in Johnsown PA. and had a great time.
In 2007, at the first GoE event, Ted was taking moonbat prisoners and performing early morning wake-up calls on the code pink hags at their rally point.
That was the last time I sw him. Ted Sampley called me friend and Brother. I will miss him.
POW advocate, Vietnam veteran Ted Sampley dies :: WRAL.com
National and local political activist, decorated veteran, POW advocate, businessman and master potter Ted Sampley passed away Tuesday. He was 62.
Sampley, who was recovering from heart surgery a week earlier, was experiencing difficulties from the surgery at the Veteran's Hospital in Durham on Tuesday. He died while being rushed to surgery.
His sudden passing surprised many in Kinston.
"This is a shock to me," said master shipbuilder Alton Stapleford, the architect of the CSS Neuse II, which Sampley helped bring to fruition. "It's really hard to comprehend right now."
Sampley served several tours of duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Army and won four Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, among other honors. He was honorably discharged during 1973.
His work with prisoner of war and missing in action groups didn't start in earnest until 1983, when he led groups demanding that the United States put pressure on Vietnam to release POWs or explain what happened to them.
Sampley was well-known on the national stage. He formed Web sites and led veteran groups against the candidacies of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh mentioned Sampley on his national radio broadcast in 2004 for an incident with Kerry when the senator from Massachusetts allegedly gave Sampley a vulgar finger gesture in front of school children at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sampley also helped create the Web site "Vietnam Veterans against John McCain."
Sampley was also busy on the local front. During the past decade or so, Sampley helped found the local Salute festival, started construction on the CSS Neuse II and helped begin the National Walk of Honor at Neuseway Park that also honors veterans.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The ditch carp of democracy
Some great quotes:
We live in democracies. Rule by the majority. Rule by the people. Fifty per cent of people are below average in intelligence. This explains everything about politics.
The Left is the party of government activism - the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, slimmer, taller, and take a dozen strokes off your golf game.
The Right is the party that says government doesn't work. And then they get elected and prove it.and
The worst thing in politics is ''bipartisan consensus.'' Bipartisan consensus - that's like when my doctor and my lawyer agree with my wife that I need help.
"...envy coddling tax lice"
All the stuff in between is just as good.
Labels: PJ O'Rourke
This video would make me join the Marine Corps, if it had been around when I was in high skool....
Thank God, there was no
From Mike the Marine, blogger and combat veteran. He was in Iraq one year ago. Current location unknown.....
From the Halls to the Shores
Go there. Now.
And be sure to read his archives. Very, very good. Just don't tell him the the Navy Expeditionary Force seems to be stealing OO-RAH from the Marines.....
Sunday, May 10, 2009
“Sen. Reid assured me that I would keep my committee assignments and that I would have the same seniority as if I had been elected as a Democrat in 1980,” Specter said. “It was understood that the issue of subcommittee chairmanships would not be decided until after the 2010 election. Some members of the caucus have raised concerns about my seniority, so the caucus will vote on my seniority at the same time subcommittee chairmanships are confirmed after the 2010 election. I am confident my seniority will be maintained under the arrangement I worked out with Sen. Reid.”
...Tuesday night: On a voice vote, the Senate voted to strip Specter of his 29 years of seniority, effectively transforming him in a blink-and-you-missed-it-moment from one of the most senior senators in the body to a lowly freshman on most committees.
I had to add the additional keywords. Specter was the one who decided that a bullet could reverse directions in mid-trajectory.
This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?"
This article was one of the ideas submitted...
This guy nailed it!
Dear Mr. President:
Please find below my suggestion for fixing Americaâ€™s economy.
Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.
You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:
There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.
Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:
1) They have to retire.
Â· Forty million job openings.
o Unemployment fixed.
2) They have to buy a new American CAR.
Â· Forty million cars ordered.
o Auto Industry fixed.
3) They have to either buy a house or pay off their mortgage.
Â· Housing Crisis fixed.
It can't get any easier than that!
If more money is needed, have all members of Congress and their constituents pay their taxes... If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.
This will probably work just as well as what the government is doing. Probably more so. Talk about a trickle down economy.....
Now, figure the odds.......
Labels: fix the economy
Saturday, May 09, 2009
UPDATE: WELCOME to all of Theo's friends! Sit and stay a while. Click the UCV banner and have a look around.
The Richmond Tea Party coordinators and all of their hardworking help deserve a round of applause! The Party was a FANTASTIC success! Don't forget to hit their site and see what's next. Sign the Petition!
Expecting "several hundred" people, the attendance has been estimated at OVER 3000 persons! IN THE RAIN AND COLD! Kanawha Plaza was Filled! One Party coordinator was told by security that the police had to actually turn some away due to overcrowding, though this is unconfirmed.
Kudos to local channel 6, WTVR, for sticking with the Party throughout the day.
Video here and here.
NBC12, has video at the article. Click on the video next to the article. Wait for the 7 second commercial to finish.
Channel 8, WRIC, took video, but it does not seem to be working.
Arriving just before 5pm, I found hundreds of people braving the rain. I took advantage of the early arrival to snap a few shots.
Whole families braved the foul weather to stand up for their rights. Radical extremists were everywhere!
Dangerous radicals arrived every second! They were everywhere! EVERYWHERE I TELL YOU!
This DHS defined possible terrorist was standing tall in defense of his rights. God love ya! (I'm channeling Joe Biden.....get it?)
Even this young lady gets it:
And again, because she's just so darn cute.....
Signs were everywhere! I've never seen such radical, extreme messages! I don't think such messages have EVER BEFORE been presented to a government before.....oh, wait....
Do these messages seem radical and dangerous to you?
Well, this one might make a few of our supposed representatives go review the Founding documents...
Especially when found in conjunction with THOSE flags.....
Some messages are dangerous.....
Most reports from across the nation are reporting crowds of several hundred to several thousand. The national media have not covered these events except in minor or derogatory ways. One target of the protests is saying that this is "astroturf", that this movement is run by "corporate interests." Judge for yourself.
These next photos are a crowd shot in sequence looking from my left to my right. I am positioned to the front along the stage right edge of the crowd.
The speakers roused the crowd to cheers and shouts. "USA! USA! USA!" was a common cry. Obama was not really mentioned in either speeches, comments, or signs. The crowd emphasized the actions of Congress. Both parties were condemned for their actions for the past few years, not since the last election.
But the chant that had the most energy and feeling?
Are you listening Congress?