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Lady Liberty Defended
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
  You'll know what's in it after it is passed....
Is this above-board, transparent, ethical representation? Nancy Pelosi thinks so, she said so at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties.
“Thank you, President Valerie Brown [of Sonoma County, Calif.] Don’t we all take pride in Valerie Brown recently being named County Official of the Year for her advocacy on behalf of all of America’s counties? Thank you, Valerie. Her wealth of experience – as a mayor, a state legislator, and an educator and a county executive - makes her an innovative and effective leader for the future. At this time of great challenges, her understanding of the different needs of NACo’s diverse counties is essential.

“I understand many other county officials are here from California. Any Californians to be heard from here? Thank you for coming the distance to Washington and for going the distance for our constituents. And I want to acknowledge all of you who are here.

“I had the privilege last year to acknowledge the work of the Executive Committee of NACo by welcoming them to the Speaker’s office in the Capitol. This year, I have the even greater privilege to come to you to speak to all of the members of NACo.

“On the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Counties, your leadership is more vital and more necessary than ever. You know that. I just want you to know that we in Congress do too.

“The diversity of America’s counties represents the diversity of America. And yet, you share common responsibilities, whatever the diversity. America’s counties are leading on the issues most important to Americans: the education of our children, the health of their families, and the security of our communities.

“Your common responsibilities bring you to Washington with a common cause: to strengthen the partnership between America’s counties and the federal government. It is in that spirit that I have come here today. It’s in that spirit that we will work together to, as your theme says, to ‘find solutions in tough times.’

“I noticed as I was reading your program, it is pretty intense what you have been through this weekend and the beginning of this week, that you have one workshop that was ‘Influencing Congress from Home’—the cyber influence, very, very important but let me say how important your presence here in Washington is, too. It is very important you have come to all the distance, all the diversity, to make your cumulative impact on the Congress. Please don’t underestimate how important your visit is to us.

“I know that you sometimes have felt that your partnership with Washington has not been a balanced one – that burdens have been put on you that you simply cannot fulfill. These difficult economic times have made your challenges even greater. We all know that.

“Together, here in this room, we have the opportunity to ensure that the partnership between America’s counties and the federal government is strong, productive, and balanced.

“Just a little more than a year ago, our President Barack Obama stood on the steps of the Capitol, just a little more than a year ago and called for swift, bold action now to restore our economic growth. In his budget, he set out a blueprint founded on three pillars for our prosperity: a highly-educated workforce, the future, a clean energy economy, good-paying jobs, and quality, affordable health care for all Americans. And he saw these critical building blocks as engines of job creation and economic growth.

“Answering that call, and responding to the needs of America’s counties, we passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, creating and saving up to 2 million jobs so far, and more to come.

“You know best what the Recovery Act means to American’s counties. I have traveled the country, visited many counties to dedicate, groundbreak, observe funding coming into counties, tens of millions of dollars in some counties, over $100 million in some counties, hundreds of millions of dollars. For the Port of Houston, for a highway in Colorado, whether it is keeping teachers on the job, cops on the street, we believe that the Recovery Act was essential to keep us from an even worse recession. But in fact, it has created or saved 2 million jobs.

“Of particular interest to America’s counties – we increased FMAP, providing immediate relief to counties in the 27 states that contribute to Medicaid, and shored up the safety net for families in difficult times. We provided $624 million for counties in Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants—and I know that is important to many of you, you have told me—to promote energy efficiency and conservation while creating jobs and lowering energy costs. I am committed to ensuring that this initiative is strong and ongoing. We have $178 million in Community Development Block Grants that helped you to expand community services, and modernize housing and wastewater systems. Transportation investments and broadband access that have strengthened business opportunities close to home.

“You’ve seen the results, many of you, you have told me about them and again, as I say, you have told me on the site right in your own counties. But I want to just tell you, give you a perspective from here as to what the difference the Recovery Act has made nationally to our economy. Consider this:

“In the last quarter of the Bush Administration, what was reported in the first quarter of last year, America’s GDP, the rate of growth of GDP was a minus 6.4 percent. Minus 6.4 percent. In the equivalent quarter of the Obama Administration one year later, it is at plus 5.9 percent. A swing of over 12 percent in the GDP. This is the fastest rate that we have seen in a long time.

“When we were debating the recovery bill a year ago, a year and a month ago, the stock market was about 6,500. Yesterday it closed 10,500—a swing of 4,000 points.

“Just last week, we learned that America’s manufacturing base grew for the seventh straight month – and is now at its second highest level in years.

“And think of this – jobs. In the first three months of 2009, but let me just state one month so that we can compare them. In January of 2009, the last month of the Bush Administration before we passed the Recovery Act, 779,000 Americans lost their jobs. 779,000 for January of 2009. This January 2010, 20,000 Americans lost their jobs—far too many, we want to move to the plus side of course—but a difference of over three quarters of a million people in just that one month. Thank you, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

“But our work is far from complete. We know that. Congress will stay focused on our top priority: putting Americans to work. And I said putting Americans to work, I didn’t say putting Americans back to work. Because we have far too people who will have no job, never had a job that they would go back too.

“So we must invest in training, apprenticeships, and vocational education for the chronically unemployed so we put all of America back to work—some back to work, some newly to work. I think you see this in your counties where we have some young people who have not had the opportunity that America must afford them so that as our economy grows with training and vocational training that many more people will participate in the economic prosperity that we see for our country.

“Just last week, we passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, that’s HIRE—Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, we write these acronyms—another step forward in our fight to put more Americans back to work.

“With $15 billion in critical investments, this bill includes: extension of the Highway Trust Fund. And though the investment is $15 billion and that is paid for, it will unleash tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure investment in your communities. And for small business, we can never do enough and more needs to be done but in this particular bill: a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers, to create some 300,000 jobs and an income tax credit of $1,000 for businesses that retain these employees. It’s very specific and targeted. And then we have specific support to small businesses with tax credits and accelerated write-offs.

“This bill is one key element, just one step of our broader agenda to expand lending to small businesses, build the infrastructure of the future, support job training, keep police, firefighters, and teachers on the job.

“Tomorrow, Congressman George Miller will introduce his local jobs bill, which allows for county governments and municipalities to retain workers. I think Valerie had a hand in this. I know he is grateful to the input of NACo in crafting this significant legislation. We believe at this time that nothing is more critical to the long-term economic security of American families and to our economy than comprehensive health care reform, health insurance reform.

“As you are in Washington this week, we stand at the doorstep of history, ready to realize a centuries old dream, started by a Republican President, Teddy Roosevelt. He was the one who started this country thinking in this direction, and we are deeply in his debt. But, we are a hundred years late. A century old dream of health care for all, and we will be prepared to send the bill to President Obama’s desk that ensures affordability for the middle class, accountability for the insurance companies, and access for millions more Americans, tens of millions more.

“Nobody knows better than you the strain on hospitals that never turned a patient away, and health care providers grappling with the challenges of the uninsured and shrinking reimbursement. You know as well as anyone, that our current system is unsustainable. It’s unsustainable to individuals and their families. It’s unsustainable for small businesses. It’s unsustainable for your communities. It’s unsustainable for our state, local, and national budgets.

“President Obama said, one year ago, when he called the first bipartisan, on March 5th of last year, the first bipartisan House and Senate meeting together with many outside stakeholders together at the White House, to find a way for us to come together. And at that time, he said: ‘Health care reform is entitlement reform.’ We cannot sustain the upward spiral of the increases in health care and what that means in Medicare and what it means in Medicaid. So from the standpoint of our national budget, and for your budgets, the current system, as I said, is unsustainable.

“Again, it’s unaffordable for families, individuals and families, for businesses of any size, and it is a cost to our economy. Imagine an economy where people could follow their aspirations, where they could be entrepreneurial, where they could take risks professionally because personally their families health care needs are being met. Where they could be self-employed or start a business, not be job-locked in a job because they have health care there, and if they went out on their own it would be unaffordable to them, but especially true, if someone has a child with a pre-existing condition. So when we pass our bill, never again will people be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition.

“We have to do this in partnership, and I wanted to bring up to date on where we see it from here. The final health care legislation that will soon be passed by Congress will deliver successful reform at the local level. It will offer paid for investments that will improve health care services and coverage for millions more Americans. It will make significant investments in innovation, prevention, wellness and offer robust support for public health infrastructure. It will dramatically expand investments into community health centers. That means a dramatic expansion in the number of patients community health centers can see and ultimately healthier communities. Our bill will significantly reduce uncompensated care for hospitals.

“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. Health insurance reform is about jobs. This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon.

“We must have the courage, though, to get the job done. We have the ideas. We have the commitment. We have the dedication. We know the urgency. Now we have to have the courage to get the job done. So proud that President Obama is taking the message so forcefully to the American people! This is long overdue, a hundred years.

“The challenges we face, the health, the education, the education of our children, the economic well-being of their families, the safety of neighborhoods, all of this, all roads lead to you. The challenges we all face are too great though for each of us to face them alone. We need to form the partnerships, strengthen partnerships at every level of government and with committed and compassionate leaders to understand that the need to focus on the next generation, we need to focus on the next generation, not the next election.

“With that in mind and with great enthusiasm and a sense of history that we have of this responsibility to ensure that health care in America is a right not a privilege; let us move forward in the spirit of restoring and strengthening our partnership, and finding solutions in difficult times. In so doing, we will realize the dream of a brighter future. Thank you for all that you do to make that so.

“Thank you NACo, for the opportunity to be with you. On behalf of my colleagues in the Congress, I welcome you to Washington, D.C. I hope we will see you on Capitol Hill. We want your advocacy either here or from home.

“Thank you, Valerie Brown, for the invitation to be here. Thank you all.”
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Mrs. Pelosi, there is no "fog of controversy". It is clear what the Senate or House bills will do and that is fundamentally change the country. It is NOT what we want. It is not what we deserve. It will help only to destroy this nation.

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Saturday, March 06, 2010
  ONLY 36,000 jobs lost! OH BOY!
Harry Reid sure could have put it another way but I think this is really how he thinks of it. No matter to him that his constituents in Nevada have lost a lot of jobs due to the stated opinion of his party leader, the President, that we shouldn't spend our money in their state.



This country needs to produce about 100,000 jobs every month too keep pace with workers coming into the job market. We need to have 200,000-300,000 jobs a month for several years to simply reverse this past year. So what ACTUALLY happened is that we went another 136,000 jobs in the hole. Thank you Harry Reid.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
  Health Care Debate Ended
The POTUS says the debate about health care is over (as does our own "esteemed" Senator Webb).
President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to vote "up or down" on sweeping health care legislation in the next few weeks, endorsing a plan that denies Senate Republicans the right to kill the bill by stalling with a filibuster.

"I don't see how another year of negotiations would help. Moreover, the insurance companies aren't starting over," Obama said, rejecting Republican calls to begin anew on an effort to remake the health care system.
The Dem/S have had the absolute majority in the Congress and been unable to even bring their own party members to an agreement. The people when polled are absolutely against any of the existing bills. What is it about "no" that the President doesn't understand.

Just like a man that forces himself on his date, President Obama doesn't understand that "no" means "no". He is determined to have his way with us and to hell with the consequences for us OR for his family (the Dem/S) or for himself. He arrogantly believes that because he wants it it must be all right.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has apparently become the Tonya Harding of the House attempting to cajole her friends to risk their political lives for this drastic rewrite of the American economy while threatening her enemies. At the same time she is pretending to be innocent of any wrongdoing, after all she's one of us, She's a tea party person!

Well, for me, the health care debate, such as it was, IS over. I've decided that NO health care reform beats what's been offered by Congress by a mile. I've decided that if they can't listen to me, I sure as hell don't have to listen to MY EMPLOYEES.

Let me put it another way Senators Webb and Warner. I vote and I don't have Alheimer's! You might have a couple of years until your seat comes up for re-election but I will be there working against you if you support this or any similar legislation.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
  Open letter to Senators Warner and Webb
Please vote NO on any health care bill that isn't limited to:
- tort reform
- health insurance portability

Our country cannot afford to spend more money we don't have. We can't borrow money. We must not steal from our grand children. We can not expand bureaucracy. We can not force citizens of one state to unequally pay for the benefits of those in other states while not receiving benefits. PAYOFFS to various states/state's representatives are an anathema to liberty!

Further, we can not allow the Congress to become a dictator unto the people who have made their feelings known on the current bills concerning health care "reform".

Which bill, how it is couched, whether or not the "nuclear" option/reconciliation/up-or-down vote, etc. are not opportunities nor excuses for votes in favor. VOTE NO.

Vote no on cloture, vote no on the bill, vote no on spending and you will be voting yes on liberty.

Please let me know what you are going to do but PLEASE leave out the mealy mouthed platitudes and spin.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010
  Media Collusion?
Reuters released this article, "Backdoor taxes to hit middle class"
Mon Feb 1, 4:09 PM

By Terri Cullen
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NEW YORK (Reuters.com) --The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.

In the 2010 budget tabled by President Barack Obama on Monday, the White House wants to let billions of dollars in tax breaks expire by the end of the year -- effectively a tax hike by stealth.

While the administration is focusing its proposal on eliminating tax breaks for individuals who earn $250,000 a year or more, middle-class families will face a slew of these backdoor increases.

The targeted tax provisions were enacted under the Bush administration's Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Among other things, the law lowered individual tax rates, slashed taxes on capital gains and dividends, and steadily scaled back the estate tax to zero in 2010.

If the provisions are allowed to expire on December 31, the top-tier personal income tax rate will rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent. But lower-income families will pay more as well: the 25 percent tax bracket will revert back to 28 percent; the 28 percent bracket will increase to 31 percent; and the 33 percent bracket will increase to 36 percent. The special 10 percent bracket is eliminated.

Investors will pay more on their earnings next year as well, with the tax on dividends jumping to 39.6 percent from 15 percent and the capital-gains tax increasing to 20 percent from 15 percent. The estate tax is eliminated this year, but it will return in 2011 -- though there has been talk about reinstating the death tax sooner.

Millions of middle-class households already may be facing higher taxes in 2010 because Congress has failed to extend tax breaks that expired on January 1, most notably a "patch" that limited the impact of the alternative minimum tax. The AMT, initially designed to prevent the very rich from avoiding income taxes, was never indexed for inflation. Now the tax is affecting millions of middle-income households, but lawmakers have been reluctant to repeal it because it has become a key source of revenue.

Without annual legislation to renew the patch this year, the AMT could affect an estimated 25 million taxpayers with incomes as low as $33,750 (or $45,000 for joint filers). Even if the patch is extended to last year's levels, the tax will hit American families that can hardly be considered wealthy -- the AMT exemption for 2009 was $46,700 for singles and $70,950 for married couples filing jointly.

Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:

* Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;

* The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;

* The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;

* Individuals who don't itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;

* The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.
and then pulled it.
Mon Feb 1, 8:07 pm ET

The story Backdoor taxes to hit middle class has been withdrawn. A replacement story will run later in the week.
Why? Because they don't want you to know that EVERY US citizen is going to have increased taxes to pay for the outrageous spending by the Democrat Congress and President Obama.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
  The State of the Union
Let me give you the abbreviated version...
The state of the union sucks but it is all George Bush's fault. I'm going to fix everything all by my lonesome by doing more of what already hasn't worked, i.e. throw away trillions of your great-grand babies' dollars. I'm sorry you were too stupid to understand what I was trying to do but that's ok as the Senate is also too stupid so I'm going to ignore them and the Supreme Court is too stupid and I'm going to try to work around them as well. Yes, I'm going to cut spending but only on things we should be spending money on. By the way, it is ALL about ME.
I couldn't stand to watch. My wife did watch and listen. I was wandering around the house doing chores while I got updates from my wife. Of course she couldn't hear the TV over herself so she turned the volume UP. Consequently I could hear Barack I throughout the house.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
  You can track 2010 Virginia firearms related legislation
Track 2010 Virginia firearms related legislation at http://www.vcdl.org/static/2010leg.html.

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Friday, January 22, 2010
  The True Face of Communism
The Soviet Story” is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
  Scott Brown Wins in Massachusetts and...
...the Dem/S seem to not slow down in the least...
- Obama to stick to agenda
- Obama to Nationalize $103 Billion Student Loan Industry
- Democrats' to lose 60-vote Senate supermajority
- Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday Democrats will push ahead with a sweeping healthcare overhaul
- Rep Frank: Determined To Look Into Wall Street Pay

They don't get it. We don't want them to look into Wall Street pay, we want them to cut taxes so that small business and give us a job that will get us some pay. We don't want the government to control our access to college, we want them to get the colleges to TEACH something useful (as if that will happen). We don't want them to change the rules so they can win, we want them to hear us and see the reality which is that we don't want them to win. We don't want them to stick to their agenda. It is un-American.

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  CNN rips on the POTUS
When one of your fawning media outlets starts to rip on you you know you've done something wrong. Well you should know. I doubt that President Obama cares what anyone thinks. After all, he can do our thinking for us.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
  Billed as 7 Lies in less than 2 Minutes
What do you think?

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
  If at first you don't succeed, delay
Seating Mass. Senate winner could be delayed
Massachusetts's top election official says it could take weeks to certify the results of the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. That delay could let President Barack Obama preserve a key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if the Republican who has vowed to kill it wins Democrat Edward M. Kennedy's former seat.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin, citing state law, says city and town clerks must wait at least 10 days for absentee ballots to arrive before they certify the results of the Jan. 19 election. They then have five more days to file the returns with his office.

Galvin bypassed the provision in 2007 so his fellow Democrats could gain a House vote they needed to override a veto of then-Republican President George W. Bush, but the secretary says U.S. Senate rules would preclude a similar rush today.
But even though a Democrat operative says they can do it, Bareny Frank lashes out over accusations that Mass. Dems would stall a Brown certification
However, while the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy has yet to be decided, the Brown campaign has already charged that Massachusetts Democrats will find a way to keep Mr. Brown from being certified, should he win, before the final vote on health care legislation happens in the Senate. Fox News spoke to Mr. Brown about his concern on this issue.:

"When I heard ... the machine, not only locally but nationally, is trying to manipulate the process and make sure that if I'm elected, a duly elected senator, I can't be seated in an effort to vote on this important piece of national legislation, it made me almost sick to my stomach," Brown said.

"Everything I've heard right now I don't like very much," said Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, noting the secretary is signaling he will "drag his feet"

"That is the stupidest thing I've been asked in a long time. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source," erupted Representative Barney Frank (D - MA), when asked by The Washington Times about what he thought of assertions that Massachusetts Democrats would stall the certification process should Mr. Brown win. "There isn't the slightest possibility of it happening---a way of doing it. That is conspiracy theory at its most contemptible."
No Barney not from the right wing of anything from the Democrat Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin!

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  Poor Martha Coakley
Martha Coakley is running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Teddy Kennedy.  Just like Chappaquiddick Kennedy, she's morally challenged.  The latest is that her staffer committed battery and as an Attorney General she did nothing and claims she has no knowledge of the incident.






The AP got a photo of her surveying the aftermath...

She was in D.C. to get campaign money from "Big Pharma", you know, so she can go to Washington and regulate "Big Pharma".  Yeah, right.







She doesn't know that Al Qaeda is still in Afghanistan.




She thinks traveling is the same as foreign policy experience.  So, I guess living in Korea for 5 years makes me a Far East expert...






Poor Martha. She thought she had it sewed up and now she's in such a tight race she had to leave Massachusetts and run to D.C. to beg for money so she can run some more negative ads...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
  Stating the Obvious, It is the PEOPLE'S SEAT!
Maybe the people of Massachusetts will stand up for the right instead of some perception of entitlement.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
  Tax Code is TOO Complex
When the IRS Commissioner has to use a professional tax preparer because the code is too complex for him to understand (and presumably too complex to oversee enforcement) he is either a mental lightweight OR the code is too complex. I'm willing to allow that Douglas Shulman is smart enough so I'm thinking the code is too complex. Just how does he oversee fair, equitable enforcement of the code he doesn't understand?
IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman does not file his own taxes in part because he believes the tax code is complex.

During an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that aired on Sunday, Shulman said he uses a tax preparer for his own returns.

"I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer," Shulman said.

Pressed on how he would make the tax code simpler, Shulman responded, "I don't write the tax laws. Congress writes the tax laws so that's a whole different discussion."

The IRS this month announced it will be scrutinizing the tax preparer industry. Shulman said the IRS is looking to set "a minimal level of competence in the preparer community."

Later in the C-SPAN interview, Shulman downplayed his use of a tax preparer, saying he has used one for 10 years. He noted that he and President Barack Obama are proponents of simplifying the tax code.
I don't buy that last comment. The POTUS is supporting many pieces of legislation which will create enduring complications to the tax code.

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  Lobby Day in Richmond - Bus from Staunton
The Shenandoah Vallley Tea Party Patriots are contracting a bus from Staunton to Richmond for Lobby Day on January 18.

It will leave at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Richmond by 9:00.

Cost will be $17.50 per seat.

VCDL members may contact Lyn Bing at icarvem@verizon.net to reserve a seat.

If the bus is not filled it will be cancelled.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010
  Harry Reid speaks the truth, finally...
That's the big news today, that Harry Reid, off the record, told the truth about Barack Obama.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
He's actually apologizing for telling the truth. This is exactly why Obama was selected as the counter-Hillary candidate. Schumer's behavior pretty much supports this. It also points up one of Obama's characteristics, that he'll lie to get his way.
with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.
We've seen him do that.

There are a number of pundits who are trying to make Harry Reid's comment seem racist. It isn't. It is reality. It is reality that many non-blacks wouldn't vote for somebody speaking like a gansta-rapper and/or with very dark skin tone. I'm not talking about just whites, I'm talking about people of Asian, Latin and even African descent. Such people aren't perceived by some in these groups as intelligent, capable or responsible. That's how it is. The reason that Michelle Obama's comments on pride in her country
...this is the first time I've been proud...
got the traction in the anti-Obama movement was because nobody who isn't black wants black people coming after them for something that their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc, MIGHT have done as much as 300 years ago.

Harry Reid finally spoke the truth and for the same reason we have elected Barack Obama as President of the United States, namely a majority too stupid to see reality for what it is, he might well lose his re-election bid. I guess that means some good will come of it...

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
  "We the People" by Ray Stevens

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
  Our effective President...
The POTUS came out yesterday, for the second time, discussing the Christmas day terrorist attack. This time he was "angry". I have to say that this is a put on. When "stuff" happens to me, to my folks, I get angry at FIRST and then get a cold, rational fix on the problem and solution. Not the other way around. I don't deflect criticism. I point out EXACTLY what was wrong...

Now we've also found out that a Somali national was found with the same set-up in November, prevented from boarding an aircraft and arrested. We also just discovered that not only did the Nigerian's dad turn in his name to the CIA but that once the info got to HQ it was IGNORED.

Friends, this is a function of the command structure, the POTUS, that this happens. What the command emphasizes is what happens. Since this POTUS has been sworn in we've had several such incidents.

In other words we are less safe now than we were under George W. Bush. YET, this POTUS is going ahead with plans to repatriate MORE Yemenis to Yemen to rejoin the attacks against the U.S. I suppose all the liberals consider this as pure genius. Well, not all. Sheila Jackson Lee has called for profiling. At least one liberal sees that we have a problem and isn't just saying so to deflect criticism.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009
  Senators Warner and Webb from the Commonwealth of Virginia, again...
It doesn't seem to matter what they said, supported, etc, they voted for the Senate "health care reform" bill. Different from the House bill, it does the same destruction to our country, our economy and our freedoms as the House bill. Further, they supported a bill that makes Virginians, the people they ostensibly represent, liable for at least $500-million in payoffs to Senators of other states. They can't even claim to have gotten anything for the people of Virginia.

Our current governor, Tim Kaine, who's also the DNC chair supports the bill as well. Isn't that special? He is a current sitting governor and doesn't give a rip that the Virginia taxpayer has been ripped off to give a boost to the careers of senators in other states. A traitor.

They think that we'll forget. I suppose many think that we've forgotten 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. We haven't. We won't forget this either. After we've paid taxes out the ass for 4 years and gotten nothing, we won't forget. After we get to the time all this goes into effect and see that in fact we will have death panels, rationed care and watch our parents and grandparents die because of this, we won't forget.

Senator Schumer says that EVERY state got special treatment in the health bill. In my view, NO STATE should have gotten anything special. The changes needed for true health care reform would apply to all states.

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Friday, December 18, 2009
  NEA opposes current "health care" legislation...
From the NEA e-mail newsletter:
Stop the Tax on Your Health Benefits!
Health care reform is critical, but the burden of its costs should not be shouldered by middle-class families, including millions of NEA members.
Contact Your Senators Today! Tell them to reject the tax on health benefits.
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No Excise Tax on Health Insurance Plans
The United States Senate is currently debating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) - a health insurance reform bill that would pay for needed reforms by imposing a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost insurance plans.

Although the tax would be paid by insurance companies and plan administrators (employers), not by employees, the ultimate result would be a dramatic reduction in benefits as the excise taxes payable would be so high that insurance companies and employers would do everything in their power to avoid paying it.

Tell the Senate to reject any excise tax on high-cost plans in health insurance reform legislation.

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Friday, December 11, 2009
  Yes, it is right to make you pay for murdering the unborn...

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Saturday, December 05, 2009
  I just don't understand...
Mr. Obama told us to vote for hope and change but now admits (yeah, like the reasonable among us didn't already know) that the economy won't immediately recover after he takes over. That's pretty good. He's compared the current economic recession to the Great Depression, he's apparently going to do a newer New Deal and he's fully supportive of printing trillions (that's $4,000,000,000,000-$7,000,000,000,000) of dollars to give to certain (i.e. the chosen few) of sufficiently obsequious businesses to "bail them out".
Twice during the opening moments of his most extensive interview since winning the presidency on Nov. 4, the president-elect said the economic situation "is going to get worse before it gets better," an unspoken plea with voters to have patience with the incoming administration.

Please, somebody, explain to me how hyper-inflation, devaluation of the dollar by a 200% or more, and choosing which businesses succeed or fail will help the economy?

John Stossell put it this way,
If an athlete injures himself and suffers great pain, we'd recognize the shortsightedness of giving him painkillers to keep him going. The pain might be masked, but at the risk of greater injury later.
So, what am I missing?

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
  Afghanistan
The POTUS has taken over 90 days (thats 3 months) to decide on a "strategy" (its really a tactic) to deal with Afghanistan (it isn't to win or to get out or to satisfy his political friends or enemies as it does nothing to satisfy any of those goals). He made a speech on the subject last night. In the same breath he said we'll send 30K more military people (Marines and soldiers) into the country but we'll pull out in 18 months. He plans to accelerate training of the Afghans so that they can take over before we leave.

Oh, there is just so much wrong with this. First and most important is that 18 months, maybe 18 years, is too short a time to get success in retraining either Afghani police, military, or government officials to do their jobs in a way that Americans find tolerable. In fact with actual deployments not being effective until sometime next summer, 12 months is the actual amount of time on the ground for these additional personnel. That the whole "surge" is predicated on a pre-determined withdrawal date is the real killer for this plan. In the end such a program will be viewed as failure.

He is apparently doing nothing to turn the Afghans against the Arabs who seem to dominate the Taliban. Perhaps this is part of his diversity initiative. It is necessary that the Afghans be united against an enemy other than the U.S. They aren't. Self interest tells them that if they want to survive, if they want their family to survive, if they want their clan to survive, if they want their tribe to survive, they need to separate themselves from the national government because in 18-20 months there will be no national government. You see that's how it is there. That's the rank of priorities there. Combined with pre-determined withdrawal date this tells the individuals who would enlist or who serve in the government to sit back to wait and see what happens. It also tells the Taliban that they only have to build up their forces over the next 18 months to win.

He did set some conditions on the Afghan government, benchmarks, which seem incompatible with the pre-determined withdrawal date.

Much of the speech was given to covering his ass. He spent a lot of time trying to justify his choices. In that he appears weak.

It sure seems to me that the strategy here is all about re-election in 2012 and really has nothing to do with beating the terrorists. The POTUS obviously doesn't think that we're really at war (nor does he care) with radical Muslims who have tentacles everywhere and have co-opted several governments to give them safe havens for training and planning.

I predict that this is what we'll see aside from the political wrangling in this country.
- summer of 2010, military strength upped to 30K or so
- summer of 2011, drawdown begins
- October 2012, withdrawal completed
- November 2012 to January 2013, Afghan government falls

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Friday, November 20, 2009
  Chicago Board of Education President (Obama Buddy) Kills Himself
Chicago Board of Education President Kills Himself


CHICAGO — The president of the Chicago Board of Education shot himself in the head along the Chicago River Monday morning, the medical examiner's office confirmed, according to MyFoxChicago.com.

Police found what was believed to be the body of Michael Scott, 60, floating in the river hours later.

Scott's family released a statement thanking Chicagoans for their outpouring of support during a time of "unimaginable grief."

"Our personal loss is also shared by many throughout Chicago, the home he loved so much," his family said. "We will miss him greatly. Arrangements for a public memorial service will be announced shortly."

Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Scott had a gunshot wound to his left temple and police discovered a .380-caliber gun underneath his body, which was found 30 feet from his blue Cadillac.

"I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my friend and colleague Michael Scott," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

"Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as president of the Board. He gave his time, energy and talents to improving the life chances of children. Chicago has lost a great leader, and the city’s school children have lost a devoted champion. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife and family."

Scott had been Mayor Daley's go-to guy for a long time. Over the summer he told the Chicago Sun-Times that he had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating how students were selected for the system's elite selective-enrollment high schools, MyFoxChicago.com reported.

Scott said he had done nothing wrong, the Web site reported.

Chicago residents grew angry when Daley appointed Scott to serve a second stint as school board president. Scott had recommended that sports agent Rufus Williams succeed him, but Williams resigned under pressure and Daley re-appointed Scott to head the school board and oversee the city's public schools — a top Daley priority, MyFoxChicago.com reported.

"My wife and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Michael Scott," Cook County Board President Todd H. Stroger said in an e-mail statement released Monday.

Stroger called his friend of nearly 25 years a negotiator held in high esteem, MyFoxChicago.com reported.

"Mr. Scott was a strong advocate for education," Stroger said in the e-mail. "His contributions to the minority communities of Cook County will be sorely missed. In particular, his love for the upward mobility of residents from Chicago's West Side where he spent his life."

The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived on the scene at about 7:30 a.m. local time Monday morning.

"Everything is just so wrong," Jackson said, according to MyFoxChicago.com.

Jackson said he spoke to Scott last week, as the former Chicago Public School Board president continued to deal with the brutal death of a Chicago student.

Jackson said Scott did not display any signs of emotional trouble recently, MyFoxChicago.com reported.

Scott reportedly disappeared from his Chicago home Sunday.

Emergency responders pulled the body out of the river at 4:30 a.m. local time Monday, after receiving a tip, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva told MyFoxChicago.com.

Chicago Public Schools could not be reached for comment, MyFoxChicago.com reported.
There are a few inconsistencies... They pulled his body from the river, 30 feet from his Caddy and found the .380 pistol underneath him? They did this at what we used to call 'oh-dark-thirty' (literally here)? Something is wrong with this report OR what happened. Has the smell of Vince Foster's 'suicide' about it.

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  34 hours to read 2076 pages now that's legitimate, transparent government...
Health bill could get 34-hour reading in Senate. But that's only because a Senator demands it. Sure isn't at the behest of that petty dictator Harry Reid.
The 2,074-page Senate health care bill would take 34 hours to read cover to cover -- and that's just what Sen. Tom Coburn wants done on the Senate floor.

The Oklahoma Republican has threatened to invoke parliamentary rules to force the Senate clerk (or more likely, a team of clerks) to read the massive bill before the full Senate begins formal debate on the legislation.

The move is strictly according to Senate rules, which say any senator can demand a bill be read in its entirety before debate begins. While Democrats could, if they wish, repeatedly make motions to end the soliloquy, Republicans on the floor could object, and the reading would continue.

What's even more interesting is that Senate Rule XIV (paragraph 2) states that every bill and joint resolution "shall receive three readings prior to its passage."

"Upon demand of a senator, these readings shall be on three different legislative days," the rules say.

A little quick math shows that at a minute a page -- an easily achieved pace since the pages are double spaced and in a rather large type face -- it would take 34.5 hours to read straight through the measure put together this week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Pity the poor Senate clerks.

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  Troops nothing more than a photo op...
White House aides: No Afghan decision before Thanksgiving
President Barack Obama will not announce his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the Thanksgiving holiday, senior aides said on Thursday.

The news came as the president greeted 1,500 troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea, just before boarding Air Force One and heading back to Washington after an eight-day Asia trip.

Obama and his top military and diplomatic aides have been deliberating for months over how to proceed in Afghanistan, where the United States and its partners have sought for eight years to defeat the Taliban and deny al-Qaeda a safe haven from which it can plan and launch attacks.
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Obama arrived on the base 3:19 p.m. local time (1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time), and received a rousing welcome from 1,500 troops in camouflage uniforms, many holding cameras or pointing cell phones to snap pictures.

"You guys make a pretty good photo op," the president said.

Standing on a riser wearing a blue suit and red tie, with a cluster of troops and a large American flag behind him, Obama expressed "the gratitude of the American public" and said his meetings in four countries over eight days in Asia will help deliver a "safer more prosperous world for all of us."

He got a huge cheer when he told them he was increasing military pay. "That's what you call an applause line," he said, before boarding his jet and taking off at 4:11 p.m.
Of course when I saw the event on TV they showed the soldiers standing in the background. However they seemed rather grim. I don't know that that is surprising as I would have been pretty grim myself. However, the news organization also dubbed in the "huge cheer" mentioned when the President mentioned some political act and never played the part about pay raises. You can see that the sound of cheering wasn't in sync with the soldiers in the frame with Obama. They were downright stony.

Breitbart.tv » Obama To Troops: ‘You Guys Make a Pretty Good Photo-Op’

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Sunday, November 15, 2009
  Why this man as a judge?
A.C.O.R.N. has several times in several places shown itself to be a criminal organization intent on subverting the election process, looting the national treasury and lord knows what else. As shown in the undercover films, many members are at least sympathetic to criminal enterprise. Why then is David Hamilton being nominated to a judgeship? Does the POTUS think his close association with A.C.O.R.N. is unimportant? Perhaps this is because of his own long and close association with the group. I would hope that he would re-think this appointment but I hardly see how we can convince him to do so. The only alternative is for the Senate to reject his nomination. Given the tendency to political purity over the duties which they were elected to perform, I doubt this will occur and the Democrat controlled Senate will confirm the nomination.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009
  Another, yet another, WTF moment...
You know what "WTF" means, I'm not going to spell it out. You might note that I don't cuss often but it seems appropriate here. High Costs Weigh on Troop Debate for Afghan War is the cause of that "moment". What peckerwood is so smart that he thinks $40-50 Billion (with a "B") is expensive when you've committed to or are trying to commit to throwing away $2-12 TRILLION (with a "T") through stimulus, health care "reform", cap-and-tax, and so forth?

Mr. Barack "Bow Down" Obama, let me lay it out for you.
1. Is it important to be in Afghanistan? You said yes.
2. Will it take more troops? You said yes. Your hand-picked general said yes.
So you need to either send the troops or do the equivalent of dropping your drawers, bending over and taking one for the good of all and pulling ALL the soldiers the hell out of Afghanistan. You are so very good and bending over. You did it for the Saudis, you did it for the Japanese, you can do it for yourself. Go ahead Barry, get it over with.
The latest internal government estimates place the cost of adding 40,000 American troops and sharply expanding the Afghan security forces, as favored by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American and allied commander in Afghanistan, at $40 billion to $54 billion a year, the officials said.

Even if fewer troops are sent, or their mission is modified, the rough formula used by the White House, of about $1 million per soldier a year, appears almost constant.

So even if Mr. Obama opts for a lower troop commitment, Afghanistan’s new costs could wash out the projected $26 billion expected to be saved in 2010 from withdrawing troops from Iraq. And the overall military budget could rise to as much as $734 billion, or 10 percent more than the peak of $667 billion under the Bush administration.

Such an escalation in military spending would be a politically volatile issue for Mr. Obama at a time when the government budget deficit is soaring, the economy is weak and he is trying to pass a costly health care plan.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
  Criminalize not purchasing health care and why not everything else?
Heck, let's criminalize not voting for the Democrats. The newest version, the passed version, of the House "health care" bill contains some pretty stiff penalities for an individual not buying health care insurance. The POTUS apparently thinks this is appropriate.

I suppose that the Dem/S thought that they could get away with this because we've been criminalizing all sorts of behaviors. Kids who draw pictures of guns while doodling in a boring classroom can be EXPELLED from school and have a permanent blotch on their record. Kids are being suspended and their lives altered through denial of education because they take the precaution of having a complete emergency kit in their car. We have made thought a crime in that you can't do something because you dislike another person's behavior (such as homosexuality) without additional penalties. The only possible victims who don't have these protections are straight, white, adult, males. These laws will enable the tyrants to control all those to whom they threw the bone of hate crime protection. Don't doubt for a minute that the struggling young mother, the poor immigrant (legal immigrant) or even the orphaned child will suffer from this over reaching, punitive legislation.

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Friday, November 06, 2009
  In light of yesterday, one has to wonder...
..., is the POTUS really wanting to kill us all albeit using our own government against us. Let's face it. We've had several Muslims who have sworn to defend the U.S. to actually attack the armed forces of the U.S. In some cases, the people they attacked were fellow members of their units. Tell me, why should I think that the POTUS is different?

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
  I think we won...
Since the 2008 election we've been seeing a tremendous acceleration in the destruction of our country by all means. Taxation, usurpation of private ownership and control by government,etc. There was a groundswell against that and those that were rallying against it, aka the Tea Party People, were ridiculed. This year I think we will see that change.

Last night we saw Republicans win against well funded campaigns which had Presidential support. The Republicans who won, won not because of their party but because they are about correcting the faults, about returning to the values most people support. In VA Creigh Deeds lost because he left those values to embrace the POTUS who is against those values, to move against his neighbors on the subject of gun control, and to go negative in the campaign. He lost in spite of the Presidential and DNC chair's (the sitting governor) support. He won only in his home district and in overwhelmingly Democrat controlled areas and then not by all that much.

Both the VA and NJ gubernatorial candidates pushed the jobs and economy as their concerns. In the NY 23rd congressional district the challenger apparently didn't do that. Although he managed to bump off the RINO and make a respectable showing it appears that he concentrated too much on national concerns and didn't make the connection between those and the jobs and economy.

I think there is hope for 2010. We need to work to convince our neighbors and friends and to connect the big national issues to the local problems of unemployment and taxes.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009
  If you want to see the Virginia Election results (after 7 PM)
You can get Virginia election results at the Virginia Board of Elections site. The link is to the interactive map but you can navigate all over the site from there.

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Monday, November 02, 2009
  Secretary Clinton says a mouthful...
LAHORE: The leadership of Al Qaeda is in Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

“I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to,” she added.

“Maybe that’s the case; maybe they’re not gettable. I don’t know... As far as we know, they are in Pakistan,” Clinton told senior Pakistani newspaper editors in Lahore, AFP reported. “The percentage of taxes on GDP (in Pakistan) is among the lowest in the world... We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan,” she said.

“You do have 180 million people. Your population is projected to be about 300 million. And I don’t know what you’re going to do with that kind of challenge, unless you start planning right now,” she said.

“If we are going to have a mature partnership where we work together” then “there are issues that not just the United States but others have with your government and with your military security establishment”.



I have to point out that the Democrats want to tax everything and then some some more.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009
  Open Letter to Senator Webb
Sir:

My e-mail might also be titled "Is Senator Webb Deaf on Health Care?" Why? Because here what I hear from or about you is an apologist view that this bill should be passed and you only need to convince the stupid voter to accept it.

You've set up a special e-mail account to hear from us but it seems to me that you aren't hearing those of us who have been contacting you through your regular contact page for months now. It makes me think that you are more beholding to the Democrat National Committee than you are to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. That is disturbing.

The government is killing, either through benign neglect or (with this bill) funding cuts, Medicare and Medicaid. The government is failing to support active duty veterans of the current conflict as well as veterans of all ages to whom much was promised for their service. The Veterans Administration support of veterans is a joke. Tricare seems a mere gesture especially for those of us considered "remote". Now you want to leave all that behind and support a public option (or whatever PC phrase by which the party might try to describe it today).

Additionally, at a time of economic difficulty the means of paying for this largesse is to STEAL via taxation from anyone who has a spare dollar (or not) and to do so for generations to come. In an attempt to disguise this theft, it has been proposed that we actually pay for this for FIVE years before anyone gets any benefits! Would you pay for a car for FIVE years before you could drive it?

You might think you are wiser than the vast majority of your constiuency but if you vote for this crap you certainly can't be. I want you to vote NO on any of these bills, particularly these 1500-page bills that seek to tax us all into poverty to pay for health care that you yourself (and your "peers" in congress) don't think is worthy of your participation. VOTE NO on more taxes, VOTE NO on more spending, and VOTE NO on more government control of OUR lives.

Let me know what you, as MY representative, are going to do.

Sincerely,

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Friday, October 30, 2009
  The Dems don't like Republican fundraising efforts...
They don't connect repulsive behavior on the national level with the tea parties and the tea parties with motivated voters supporting candidates who provide a clear alternative to Democrat behavior. Campaign donation sources scrutinized
With local Republican House of Delegate candidates far outraising their Democratic counterparts during this election cycle, some area Democrats are questioning the source of the donations.

"I think voters should look at where the money is coming from," said 20th District Democratic candidate Erik Curren. "I know my opponent gets a lot of money from trade groups, and I think with large donations, voters are going to wonder who you are loyal to."

A breakdown of campaign cash contributions of more than $100 for the period between Sept. 1 and Oct. 21 shows Republican candidates in the 20th, 24th and 25th District races all lead their Democratic opponents in contributions from individuals. But the greatest discrepancy comes in the cash lead the GOP candidates have in donations from political action committees, businesses and trade groups.
Dem/S don't believe that conservatives are capable of banding together to raise money to support those who oppose the Democratic rush to facist government and outrageously burdensome taxation. I know this is why we contributed to Republican candidates. While we have other purposes for our money, I would much rather support these candidates now than pay stupendously high taxes, suffer medical care denial, or endure government intrusion into the most private moments of my life for the rest of my life. We'll do it all again next year to oppose the facists and communists attacking our way of life.

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  The Attorney General Race
I haven't commented on the Virginia races this year. It seems self-evident that the Dem/S are willing to say or do anything to be elected. We're talking state-wide races here. Here is another example from the Washington Times.
With just days to go before the election, Virginia Democrats are getting desperate. In the race to become the commonwealth's next attorney general, state Delegate Stephen Shannon is trying to tar his opponent, state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, for purportedly giving guns to convicted felons. Mr. Shannon is sending around literature with a scary picture of a violent criminal claiming: "FACT: Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for attorney general, voted to allow violent felons to purchase guns in Virginia."

We hate to break it to Mr. Shannon but this isn't going to be his Willie Horton ad. Mr. Shannon's convoluted logic goes this way: Since Mr. Cuccinelli voted against regulating the private sale of guns at gun shows, that means he supports felons having guns. Never mind that it is still illegal for felons to have guns and the senator supports that ban.

What Mr. Shannon is really referring to is the misleadingly named "gun show loophole." There is in fact no loophole. The rules for buying guns outside a gun show are precisely the same as they are at a gun show. Two types of people sell guns: registered dealers and private individuals. Registered dealers must fill out the same forms and meet the same requirements regardless of where they sell a gun. Private transfers are unregulated, but they are unregulated both inside and outside of gun shows. When pressed, most gun-control advocates admit what they really want is to regulate the private transfer of all guns, whether they are between a father and a son or anyone else.
Mr. Shannon is in fact telling two lies at once. One about the "gun show loophole" and another about Mr. Cuccinelli. I wish I could say that I was surprised. It seems de riguer for Dem/S to tell a lie even if the truth would do.

Mr. Shannon can't say, "I hate guns and gun owners and want to make both go away. Mr. Cuccinelli trusts guns and gun owners. Vote for what I believe is right. Vote for me." That would be the truth.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009
  Pelosi's 1,990-page Health Scam Bill is now out
Yes, the Health Scam bill, a 1,990-page document detailing the destruction of the United States has bee released by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

1,990 pages is going to take some time to read.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
  No More Government Health Care Plans...
You can't get those you have to work correctly. Medicare is approaching bankruptcy and you aren't doing anything to eliminate the graft/fraud/corruption in/of the system. Dittos on Medicaid. Dittos on the Veterans' Administration health care.

I don't know about you but I find this last to be particularly galling. The Congress won't fund the VA doctors. In fact it has come to light that in Phoenix there will be no funding for 4 whole months and veterans will not receive care. These are people who have given nearly all they have for this country (and offered everything, their lives). We owe them. We've told them we owe them. When I enlisted I was told that if I did 20 years service I'd have health care for life. A lie. Lying to the folks who defend you from your enemies is a losing proposition.

Since we can't give folks health care without stealing money from others lets stop doing things we know won't work and not pass this $1-trillion "health care reform" plan. Lets do common sense things.

- permit private ownership by the insured of health care insurance policies purchased across state lines just like auto insurance. Allow employers to contribute as part of a compensation package.
- tort reform that limits punitive damages but still permits those suffering from malpractice to get reimbursement for actual damages

Don't do the following.

- no new taxes
- no increases in taxes

All this is about bills that the public can't read, that CONGRESSMEN can't read. Not won't read, CAN'T read. Why? Because the Congressional leaders are writing and re-writing the bill(s) in SECRET. This isn't transparent government! This isn't right!

I don't know why my Senators aren't listening. Their responses to my e-mails are mushy mouthed form letter attempts to mollify supporters on "both" sides of the issue. I have no idea what they will actually vote for but suspect from the language in the responses that they are going to vote the party line. In other words Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb are going to put party before the Virginians the ostensibly represent. In other words they lied in their campaigns.

Just how many more times do I have to say, "NO MORE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE PLANS..."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
  Obama plays golf while soldiers die...

The POTUS, Barack Hussein Barry Sotero Obama, said we wanted change. Apparently change didn't include concern for soldiers which he and the Dem/S accused Bush have not having. While soldiers are dying in Afghanistan the POTUS is playing golf.
President Barack Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he's already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.
What this means is that the POTUS has spent more time in ONE golf game than he has in conferring with his chosen commander in Afghanistan. What this means is that he's abandoned or avoided 24 opportunities to confer with General McChrystal. What this means is that his pleasure is more important than US Security, more important than HIS soldiers' lives, more important than the JOB he was elected to do. Remember, he works FOR us.

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Friday, October 23, 2009
  Dumping Deeds
I thought Deeds was finally showing his "true" colors and aligning himself with Obama. It seemed to me that he started (as did all the local Dem/S) by making it clear he'd support Obama/Kaine policies and then tried to back away from that. His now infamous clip where he was trying to talk out both sides of his mouth about taxes is illustrative of how he tried to back away from the tax and spend mantra the Dem/S have. Now he's back at it but some seem to think it is too late for him... Deeds ignored advice, White House says - Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss
Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign that failed to fully embrace President Obama until days before the election.

Senior administration officials have expressed frustration with how Democrat R. Creigh Deeds has handled his campaign for governor, refusing early offers of strategic advice and failing to reach out to several key constituencies that helped Obama win Virginia in 2008, they say.

Democratic strategists said that over the summer, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) offered Deeds advice on winning a statewide election. Among other things, Kaine, who is also chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told Deeds that he should lay out more of his own vision and stop attacking Republican Robert F. McDonnell so ferociously. But Deeds did not embrace the advice, according to a national Democratic strategist.

A senior administration official said Deeds badly erred on several fronts, including not doing a better job of coordinating with the White House. "I understood in the beginning why there was some reluctance to run all around the state with Barack Obama," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly about the race. "You don't do that in Virginia. But when you consider the African American turnout that they need, and then when you consider as well they've got a huge problem with surge voters, younger voters, we were just a natural for them."

A second administration official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia. Deeds chose another path."

A loss for Deeds in Virginia -- which for the first time in decades supported the Democratic presidential candidate in last year's race -- would likely be seen as a sign that Obama's popularity is weakening in critical areas of the country. But the unusual preelection criticism could be an attempt to shield Obama from that narrative by ensuring that Deeds is blamed personally for the loss, particularly given the state's three-decade pattern of backing candidates from the party out of power in the White House.

Deeds advisers insist the notion that he has distanced himself from Obama isn't true. "We've enjoyed a tremendous relationship with the White House," said Mo Elleithee, a campaign spokesman. "The campaign has worked very closely with them and the DNC and the [Democratic Governors Association] from the very beginning. They have given us just about everything the campaign asked for."
A key meeting

An adviser to the Deeds campaign said that on June 17, top campaign staffers held a meeting with the White House political team as well as representatives from the DNC and the Democratic Governors Association at the DGA's Washington offices. They came equipped with some requests of the White House: two visits by the president before Nov. 3, e-mails from the president to his Virginia supporters and a visit from Vice President Biden. Almost all of their requests have been met, the adviser said.

But national Democrats are contrasting Deeds with New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine and New York congressional candidate Bill Owens, who they say have more actively sought the White House's help and more vigorously and publicly backed its agenda. Polls show Corzine in a competitive position in New Jersey and Owens ahead, while Deeds has turned aggressively to Obama voters in recent days in an effort to overcome a significant deficit in the polls.

Although Deeds often praises the president on the campaign trail, he has distanced himself from Obama and Democratic policy priorities at times. At a debate in September, he declined the opportunity to label himself an "Obama Democrat." And just this week, he said he did not believe that a public health insurance option is necessary and that as governor he might consider opting out of one if Congress extends that right to states.

Deeds campaign officials said they're running a centrist campaign, in the mold of previous successful Virginia Democrats.

Obama will campaign with Deeds in Hampton Roads on Tuesday, and his political organizing group this week sent an e-mail signed by Obama to tens of thousands of Virginia supporters asking that they volunteer for Deeds to keep "the promise of change alive" in the commonwealth. The White House also signed off on a Deeds television commercial released Thursday in which Obama praises him.

But privately, administration officials said they see almost no way for Deeds to win on Nov. 3.

Asked to respond, a senior Deeds adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "I have no interest in doing a postmortem on a race that we're working hard to win and that we think is still winnable. I don't see a need for either side to be critical -- we're all fighting for the same thing."

Kaine said he spoke at length with Obama about the race on Tuesday, and the governor rejected post-game analysis of a race he said can still be won. "You've got to sprint through the tape," Kaine said. "Quite often, the successful campaign is the one that tunes out the background noise and the doubters. Every campaign has them, and you've got to tune them out and go for the win."
Wooing key Democrats

Democrats on both sides of the Potomac River cite prominent Democratic businesswoman Sheila Johnson's endorsement of McDonnell in July as the first sign of trouble in the Deeds campaign. They say Deeds let several weeks go by after his June 9 primary without calling Johnson, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and one of Kaine's leading donors.

A senior Deeds aide said that the Democrat traveled to Johnson's Middleburg ranch in April and that the two did not hit it off. Johnson mostly wanted to talk about her opposition to labor unions, and the aide said Deeds told Johnson that he had concerns about congressional legislation that unions favored, but she seemed unhappy that he was unwilling to "trash" unions.

The campaign decided after Deeds's primary win that the best approach was to have staffers try to set up another meeting. The aide said Deeds and staffers for Kaine's political action committee tried to reach Johnson a dozen times but that she did not return their calls. Deeds himself did not place a call.

Johnson declined to comment, but through a spokesman said she didn't remember when Deeds contacted her. She has been actively campaigning for McDonnell and stars in a television ad calling him the better bet to right the economy.

"She was the canary in the coal mine, not just because of how it might affect African American and women voters, but she's politically savvy -- she saw something going wrong in the campaign," said a national Democratic strategist.

With Johnson's defection, an endorsement from the nation's first elected black governor, Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, became more essential.

But as late as August, Deeds's campaign was calling around Richmond looking for a way to reach Wilder, according to a longtime state lobbyist and also Wilder's nephew, Michael Brown.

"It was a high official within the campaign who called," said Brown, who supports Deeds.

A Deeds adviser said the state senator placed his first post-primary call to Wilder on June 23, leaving a message, and rejected the idea that the campaign did not know how to reach him.

The White House also became deeply involved. Obama political director Patrick Gaspard spent two hours with Wilder in July trying to persuade him. Obama made a phone call. Last month, Wilder announced that he would not endorse either candidate in the race, issuing a lengthy statement largely critical of Deeds.

Deeds dumped his neighbors on gun control, on taxes, on spending, and on national policy. He needs to come home and live a real life once again.

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  Who just does as their told?
I saw this video and thought it yet another disconnect, purposeful or otherwise, on the part of the POTUS and his party.

You see, my Senators Webb and Warner are two Dem/S who have contributed to the upcoming $13-trillion debt by kow-towing to their party. That is in complete contrast to the Republicans here who probably gave Virginia to Obama because they wouldn't vote for a democrat in the form of Republicans Senator John McCain or Jerry Kilgore. Even our own local state Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. was almost unseated by a revolt inside the Republican party. That's not "doing what they're told", is it?

It is the Dem/S who enforce adherence to the party line. They have even tried to do it with professional organizations, publicly held companies and news networks...

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
  Creigh Deeds showing his true colors...
I think. It is hard to tell with Mr. Deeds. Although he's a local (relatively) he doesn't strike me as one of "us" if you know what I mean. He is all about spending, taxing and it seems obfuscating... I saw his latest ad on TV last night and after a month or two where he apparently tried to distance himself from President Obama he seems to have embraced his love of taxation, out of control spending and deliberate deception typical of the Democrat national party (epitomized by our current Governor and Chair of the DNC, Tim Kaine). I am more and more convinced that Democrat and liar are now pretty much synonymous.

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  President's Priorities are Skewed
Why is the President of the United States spending more time in a private conference with media types (other than Fox News) than with his personally selected lead general who is trying to run the Afghan theater of operations? Why is it apparently more important to run propaganda against the enemy called Fox News than it is to encourage the country to fight the Taliban, Al Queda, or terrorism in general?

The President's priorities are skewed. He may have been elected by a certain group of people in this country but he works for us all. According to the polls, even a number of those who voted for him are opposing him on his policies on everything from the "stimulus" to "health care reform" to the carbon tax law. He's apparently so angered by this opposition to his enlightened views that he's willing to take the time to publicly vilify, to have his minions distracted from the business of government, to attack a news organization and others.

The President is not making decisions he apparently needs to make on fighting the war on terrorists. He's waffling, saying that he's going to pursue the war in Afghanistan on the one hand and then delaying, interminably, a decision on a recommendation from the General he personally selected to prosecute that war.

Worse yet, he's spent more time justifying his lack of decision than in making the decision or conferring with his general. He even made the mistake of sending the universally reviled Senator John Kerry to expose President Hamid Karzai for the U.S. toadie that he is. Certainly this isn't going to help produce the stable, U.S. leaning government that is needed to have any hope of turning Afghanistan from a clan/tribe based conglomeration of fiefdoms into a modern democracy of some sort. Afghans don't like toadies. They kill them. When they kill Karzai it might be the end for us there just as the death of Russia's chosen man was the death of their incursion.

The President of the United States is clueless, his priorities are skewed (or maybe not?)...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
  Government Health Care Propaganda?
I went to HHS.gov and couldn't express my lack of support for health care as currently considered by Congress so I tried to send this letter via the contact form but it wouldn't accept it...

Good morning,

I'd like to know, where is the "button" is to express a lack of approval for "health care reform" as currently expressed by the Congress? I went to the site, http://www.healthreform.gov/support.html, and found no way to do anything but express support.

I am absolutely against further expenditures by the government on "health care" or interference in my personal choices in my health care.

I support the following:
- TORT REFORM limiting punitive damages thus reducing insurance costs for health care providers while still permitting redress of wrongs.
- PORTATBILITY of insurance by the insured. In fact, this would mean ownership of the insurance policy by the insured with contributions by the employer. It would also mean an end to state control of health care so that insurance companies would have to compete across state lines. This would increase competition lowering costs. Further cost savings would be realized as the insurance companies would be able to cut overhead caused by myriad state insurance law.
- ENFORCEMENT of Medicare and Medicaid rules and regulations and elimination of fraud/waste/abuse NOW.
- Elimination of government interference in my health care decisions.
- Full support of VA health care needs and TRICARE including TRICARE FOR LIFE to support our veterans who have given so much to this country. Living up to the contract we made with them, particularly those who suffered some disability in the line of duty is extremely important.
- CHANGES TO FDA policy and law such that pharmaceutical products could be made available at lower cost.

I see absolutely no need to make fundamental changes to health care such that I lose my ability to make health care choices for myself. Neither do I see a reason to spend hundreds of billions of dollars.
I don't believe they REALLY want to hear from us....

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Monday, October 19, 2009
  Reid ADMITS that the so-called health care bill will cost $2-TRILLION!
Harry Reid Suggests Health Care to Cost $2 Trillion
"He talked about CBO saying that there would be $54 billion saved each year if we put caps on medical malpractice and put some restrictions — tort reform — $54 billion. Sounds like a lot of money, doesnt it, Mr. President? The answer is yes. But remember, were talking about $2 trillion, $54 billion compared to $2 trillion. You can do the math. We can all do the math. Its a very small percent."

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  VA's Dem Candidates are backing away from Obama as he's backing away from them...
Virginia might be a "purple" state but it is a mostly conservative state (as is most of the country). When Obama was popular (or so perceived) the Democrat candidates in VA's "off-year" election touted their support of his policies and those of his willing accomplices such as Governor Tim Kaine (DNC chair). Now, Creigh Deeds is again changing his tune and trying to back off without out and out lying (see the video on his stand on taxes). Other Democrat candidates are trying to back off to one degree or another depending on their district. Obama Absent From Virginia Governor’s Race as Democrat Trails is demonstrative of the POTUS recognition of his status as pariah in a race that the Dem/S need to win in order to maintain the positive image.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
  POTUS thinks Fox News is the enemy...
and NOT Russia, China, the Taliban, Saudi Arabia, Hugo Chavez, etc... Why does the POTUS insist on going after Fox News?
White House communications director Anita Dunn recently told Time magazine that she thinks the channel offers "opinion journalism masquerading as news," and kept up the criticism on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday and in The New York Times Monday.

Fox's senior vice president for news, Michael Clemente, issued a statement Monday, saying: "It's astounding the White House can't distinguish between news and opinion programming. It seems self-serving on their part."

The reason is that Fox News isn't in the bag for Obama.

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Monday, October 12, 2009
  About health care - an open letter to my representatives
About health care - an open letter to my representatives

The President and senior Democrat members of both houses of Congress have been pushing for something they call "health care reform" or, sometimes, "health insurance reform".  They say it has to be done now to cover some 25-40 million (who really knows how many?) uninsured, or about 13% of the population.  The cost has been put at between $900-BILLION and $1.4-TRILLION.  Various schemes have been created to "pay" for this plan.  One plan purports to actually decrease the deficit by approximately $80-BILLION despite spending $900-BILLION, this by raising taxes from everything imaginable.

The upshot is that this will spend about $1-TRILLION to cover 5-13% of the population.  To do this every plan includes the destruction of health care for the remaining 95-87% by the government intrusion, taxation, and even abandonment of our elderly.

One of you has said that we must do "something", presumably anything in an attempt to sound thoughtful.  The President has ridiculed the various reasons for which people oppose the plan.  House and Senate leadership, Democrats all, have made a lot of denigrating comments about those of us who oppose this plan. 

There is even bare-faced opposition to allowing citizens, even legislators, time to read the various bills before the vote.  Presumably legislators have something better to do with their time and the common citizens (of whom the legislators were one before their election) are too stupid to read the bills.

I would like to share my desires with you.

- If you can save money, do that first.  Show us you can indeed save $80-BILLION.
- If there is $500-BILLION in fraud and waste ($10-BILLION per state), find and eliminate it first.
- Enact reasonable TORT reform that will reduce overhead costs for doctors and defensive medical tests while still permitting patients to seek redress for actual malpractice.
- Quit trying to tax the producers to care for the non-producers.
- Stop taking money to support ILLEGAL aliens.  People who commit crime shouldn't be rewarded for that.
- Eliminate fines for the choice of non-coverage.
- Don't print money to pay for this.  We have to support the dollar for both our own economic welfare and for our nation security. 
- Stop demonizing the opposition.  Consider the various points of contention and address them.
- Permit portability and allow insurance companies to sell across state lines.
- Don't destroy health care for veterans to do this.
- Give the ownership of the plan to the insured and allow the employer to contribute as part of the compensation package. This way one could maintain the same plan between employers and with purchasing across state lines carry it from location to location.

While you are a member of a political party and ran for your office with their help you are first and foremost a representative of ALL the people in this state.  All of you have at least paid lip service to this concept.  Live up to it.

Sincerely,

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Sunday, October 11, 2009
  Kevin Jennings, Safe Schools Czar, Schools Promote Heterosexuality
Kevin Jennings has been reported as saying that schools are promoting heterosexuality. That they are recruiting heterosexuals... I find that interesting.

Perhaps he doesn't realize that male-female reproduction is the norm for procreation of a species. All else is abnormal. Ignore the religious argument. Allow that some persons (and perhaps other species) aren't "wired" for male-female reproduction. That's fine. Homosexuality is still abnormal. It isn't the norm. That's just how it is. Now, to deny the majority their natural tendencies in this realm and to promote HOMOSEXUALITY in an attempt to "balance" the sheet is perverse.

Yes, perverse. Just as it is perverse to tell someone you believe is underage to enjoy sex with an adult and wear a condom.* Perverse is finding the founder of NAMBLA (no link provided from this page!) to be inspirational.
Kevin Jennings’ comments before “Looking to the Future” panel at GLSEN’s Mid-Atlantic conference, held October 25, 1997 at the Grace Church School in New York City.One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America. In 1948, he tried to get people to join the Mattachine Society [the first American homosexual “rights” group]. It took him two years to find one other person who would join. Well, [in] 1993, Harry Hay marched with a million people in Washington, who thought he had a good idea 40 years before. Everybody thought Harry Hay was crazy in 1948, and they knew something about him which he apparently did not—they were right, he was crazy. You are all crazy. We are all crazy. All of us who are thinking this way are crazy, because you know what? Sane people keep the world the same [sh*tty] old way it is now. It’s the people who think, ‘No, I can envision a day when straight people say, ‘So what if you’re promoting homosexuality?’ Or straight kids say, ‘Hey, why don’t you and your boyfriend come over before you go to the prom and try on your tuxes on at my house?’ That if we believe that can happen, we can make it happen. The only thing that will stop us is our lack of faith that we can make it happen. That is our mission from this day forward. To not lose our faith, to not lose our belief that the world can, indeed, be a different place. And think how much can change in one lifetime if in Harry Hay’s one very short life, he saw change from not even one person willing to join him to a million people willing to travel to Washington to join him. You can see the same changed happen in your lifetime if you believe you can.’’
It is also interesting that Harry Hay was a long time Communist. Sexual orientation politics aside, is Jennings also a communist?

Obama said we can know him by those from whom he seeks guidance and with whom he surrounds himself. Birds of a feather...

* the person involved now says he was 16 or of the age of consent at the time but that's not what Kevin Jennings thought when he recounted the incident. I think it likely isn't what he thought at the time of the incident. He should have, by law, reported the alleged statutory rape and let the system sort it out but he took it upon himself to give the green light.

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