Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I'm no fan of Bill O'Reilly's style, but he's dead on right about the inappropriateness of the mosque at Ground Zero and the radical/extreme/terrorist Muslims behind it. On the other hand, in storming, Joy Behar and Whoopie Goldberg storm off the set to the cheers of the crowd demonstrating, once again, their utter intolerance for contrary opinion as reasoned as it may be.
Unfortunately, they came back.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Given that he has consistently revealed himself an apologist for America and her military might, no doubt the president will instruct his attorneys not to appeal the decision and to allow this disturbing decision to become precedent for future activist courts set on second-guessing our generals in a time of war. Regardless of how one views the DADT policy, a single civilian judge should not (and, indeed, does not) have the authority change military policy in this way, particularly in the middle of a two-front war. Basic tenets of separation of powers need to be observed by the judicial branch – and preserved by the executive branch. Unfortunately, the cowardice and blindness of the current Administration will now open the military to fighting the war on yet a third front – the American courtrooms.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Boy, this is like seeing a receiver wide open and just waiting for the pass to come down. Please, please don't drop it!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I’m a big fan of the Colbert Report – because it’s great satire. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who invited Colbert to testify before her subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugee, Border Security and International Law, obviously doesn’t understand the difference between satire and reality. Indeed, Colbert’s sole qualification for testifying on the illegal immigration of farm workers was picking beans for a day. No, really, I’m serious.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
*The never-ending hypocrisy of President Teleprompter in appointing Queen Elizabeth Warren as a "special advisor" to get around a certain Senate confirmation defeat, where even the Washington Post condemns the move.
*Justice Beyer's Ice Cream saying the constitutional rights must yield to accommodate Muslim terrorists.
And, from the local scene
*Sally Kurtz's continuing desperate plea for a do-over of her mindless "for" vote on a road widening when it should have been "no" - despite hours of debate.
and the winner is (and it's really not crazy -just awesome)
* "I'm exhauted of defending you, Mr.President."
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Buckley certainly would have been a formidable candidate for reelection; she had great constituent service and definitely carried the appearance of a professional and intelligent politician (not to mention, she beat the pants of Mick Staton last time). Despite the loss of her professionalism and civility, it’s a welcomed development. Twice she disingenuously voted against property tax increases, stating that she did so because the increases weren’t HIGH enough.
Her departure leaves a golden opportunity for Republicans to pick up a seat on the board in the traditionally conservative Sugarland Run district. However, given that the Republicans are on track to nominate a polarizing extremist through an insular convention process, don’t expect to put this one in the “win’ column.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This November is shaping up to be one very,very painful lesson for the Republicans
Thursday, September 9, 2010
And look at the hypocrisy here. Doesn't the minister have the same first amendment rights as those who are building a mosque at Ground Zero? Apparently, Obama believes it's a one way street.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
On the remarkable side is this story about an astronaut aboard the International Space Station who shot a picture of Hurricane Earl and tweeted it back to Earth. Some reception they get there.
fabricated tweet about a five-game suspension for Ben Rothlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With reporters like that, it's no wonder the Post, and most mainstream papers, are tanking.
Of course, it won't last.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Ain't gonna happen.
Takes more than a beer on the back porch of the White House to calm eons of hostility - and Obama sure as heck doesn't have it. No matter what he thinks of himself.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
In this the first lawsuit ever by the SEC against a state, the Administration settled with New Jersey for . . .$0. Moreover, all remedial actions had been taken by the state three years ago. Now that was an effective use of taxpayer money.
Makes you wonder who they'll sue next. Parents who defrauded their kids about Santa Clause?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
UPDATED: “I believe Muslims have the right to build a place of worship . . . on private property in lower Manhattan”
Not completely unexpected from Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, but appalling nonetheless.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Apparently as outraged as I was by the report of the pathetic management of Arlington National Cemetery, but more active than I, several northern Virginia technology companies have banded together to bring the cemetery's records management out of the dark ages.
Thank you, ACS, Blue Canopy, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, CGI, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, CSC, IBM, Lee Technologies, MAXIMUS, Microsoft, MITRE, SoltechOne and Vistronix!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Spain, of course! And you spend LOTS of money when you're there.
You'll recall that during the campaign, Obama's loyalty to America was questioned. And, once again, Obama has shown he and his family care more about themselves than behaving like a real First Family should.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Chapter One: Gov. Sanford slips off to South America to see his mistress, not telling anyone where he had gone.
Chapter Two: Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley called a "f***ing raghead" by a fellow Republican and state senator speaking in a live webcast.
Chapter Three: Alvin Greene, a political nobody and welfare recipient, wins the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination without running any kind of campaign
And, now, Chapter Four, and the latest chapter in the story of Republicans eating their own: two local Republican parties designate their two-term Republican U.S. senator persona non grata. because he's just not conservative enough for them.
As someone at Too Conservative said about South Carolina, "Too small to be a nation. Too big to be a lunatic asylum."
Monday, August 2, 2010
The result in the Arizona case is no big surprise, but the win for Cuccinelli is a shocker even if only preliminary. Ultimately, I think he still loses on the merits (I hope he wins, but I'm being realistic).
The next big showdown will be, oddly enough, a combination of the two: Cuccinelli's opinion on immigration checks by police. My prediction there is that he'll be sued shortly by MALDEF, the ACLU or some other such organization and he will lose, in the short term, just as Arizona did.
I'm doubling down with another $20.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
conflicting and confusing account of the debacle, and, frankly, just made thing worse for himself.
Higginbotham (pictured here irreverently sitting on someone's grave), on the other hand, has taken the Fifth. Back in 2006, however, he offered this little tidbit to Government Computer News, "My goal is ... so people can look up a grave from home and print out a map that will show exactly where the grave site is.”
Just don't expect the right body to be under that headstone.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sure, you can look at Rasmussen or Gallup, but for my money a president's popularity is best indicated by the t-shirts sold in DC airport gift shops. And, to that end, you won't see any of the Obama logo'd t-shirts or cardboard cutouts of Barry and Michelle. Believe it or not, they've been replaced by shirts reading, "Don't Blame Me - I Didn't Vote for This Kind of Change!" Not an "O" in sight.
The times they are a changin'.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
quickly walked away from local TV reporters seeking to ask questions not answered in the press conference. And, of course, the station would not let that one go away.
Republicans had a golden chance to oust Reid, but extremism has gotten the better of them.. After nominating a horrible candidate like Angle with misstep after misstep, you can expect the Tea Party to take a huge loss here - and, as a result, we all get six more years of Harry Reid.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The level of paternalism is simply amazing. As the Post writes, the Administration is taking it upon itself to decide “who should own a home and what the government should to do to support them.” What is even more surprising is that the people arguing for barriers are the same ones who just a few years ago were pounding on lenders to loosen underwriting standards.
Each borrower has a unique financial profile, and no government-mandated lending standards could ever address those adequately. People, as well as banks, must be allowed to seek credit and make credit decisions in accordance with their own situations, and, yes, allowed to fail in the event they make the wrong decision. This latest initiative is, like so many of these financial “reform” initiatives, nothing more than an attempt by politicians to appear responsive to the credit meltdown when, in fact, the market long ago corrected itself and will adequately balance credit risks and benefits going forward.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
No matter how much you may sympathize with the plight of the unemployed, being paid for sitting around for more than two years is simply ridiculous. Well, ridiculous unless you're unemployed and not paying taxes in any event.
Here's the zinger, though. In his weekly address, President Teleprompter had this to say, "[Republicans]have got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don't need them and didn't even ask for them; but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help."
For the record I DO need a tax break and I AM asking for one! Had I known that all I had to do was ask for a tax break, I would have done it long ago.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010
He was first elected to office more than 29 years ago when Jimmy Carter was in office and the first space shuttle had yet to launch. In fact, Mr. Wolf has now served 15 years since he signed the Contract with America and voted for a 12-year term limit for members of the House of Representatives.
I could have labeled this post I am an American before I am a Republican, Part II because the rationale is the same. Politicians and political parties have far more power than the founding fathers ever could have envisioned. Incumbents, in particular, simply have far too great an advantage and the power of the office is too intoxicating to allow anyone an unlimited number of terms. Politicians develop a sense of entitlement, and party loyalists look with great disdain on anyone who would challenge a same-party incumbent. The coercive power of incumbency genuinely distorts the democratic process, which is something the draftsmen of the Contract for America understood, and something with which Frank Wolf agreed. Well, at least, at some point.
Mr. Wolf also has shown himself to be more concerned about reelection than conservative government. He recently voted against the majority of his party and in favor of increases in pay for federal employees at a time when government spending already is running out of control. As discussed on BVBL, the 10th District has a great number of federal employees, and in voting for the pay increase, Mr. Wolf has revealed that preserving his own job is a higher priority than controlling government spending.
Sure, it would hurt conservative causes, not to mention the 10th District, if Mr. Wolf were to lose. The compelling need for term limits, however, trumps the qualifications or political beliefs of any particular candidate. A level playing field would be preferable, but Congress has proven over and over it cannot control itself by passing a constitutional amendment to limit terms. Thus, in this situation especially, if you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
I, for one, refuse to be a knowing accomplice to such political aggrandizement.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Responding to a Washington Post poll that 6 in 10 Americans have no faith in the president's abilities, liberal talking-head Bill Press had this to say
The blogosphere has been all over this, prompting many great quips like
Just who do you think spoiled us? George Bush
Are you ready to accept your portion of the blame for Obama’s numbers?
Change the People!
Indeed, we rightfully should expect our much from our elected officials, particularly those who campaigned on nothing more than vague promises of “change” and “hope.” If we are to preserve a viable republican form of government, we must never tolerate ineptitude. We must never suffer through failed, arrogant policies. We must accept nothing less than clearly articulated and promptly executed polices for solving this country's problems. And if you can’t govern to those expectations, get the Hell out of the way and let someone who can.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Va. ends year with budget surplus, McDonnell confirms
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) confirmed in a radio interview Tuesday morning that the state concluded the fiscal year with a budget surplus. He told WNIS listeners in Norfolk on his monthly radio appearance that his administration would announce budget numbers tomorrow, echoing comments made last week to fellow governors during the annual meeting of the National Governors Association.
His administration has been predicting since June that year-end numbers would show that the state had returned to profitability for the year. Still, the official numbers will be comforting for officials that have spent the last year making deep cuts in the state budget to close shortfalls. "We've been able to turn it around in short order," McDonnell said during the radio program. "The good news is we've started to see a ray of sunshine. We've started to turn things around."
Granted, Virginia has some tight rules around balanced budgets, but, at least this year, it didn't involve massive tax hikes or other great gnashing of teeth.
Take that, California.
The story continued, “Nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.” (Perhaps realizing it had gone too far, the online headline differed from the print edition, watered down to read, "Confidence in Obama Reaches New Low").
The fact that most Americans have no faith in President Teleprompter comes as no surprise, but that the Washington Post, of all papers, would run such a story above the fold on the front page is particularly telling. If a Democrat can maintain the support of neither Barbara Streisand nor the Washington Post, you know the wheels are really coming off.
UPDATE: Add political heavyweight Roseanne Barr and ET (aka James Carville) to the list.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Pardon the Animal House reference, but it fits Sen. Centerfold given his recent announcement that he will support the Barney Frank-Chris Dodd banking reform bill.
Even if he liked some provisions of the $18 billion financial reform legislation (he did, in fact vote for the original Dodd version), he had the power to demand that the Democrats remove at least some of the many ridiculous provisions of the bill. But nooo. Instead, he rolled over like puppy who wanted his belly rubbed.
When it comes to these key votes, he's as worthless as an English cookbook and as weak as a casino cocktail.
Now, drop and give me twenty!
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Friday, July 9, 2010
True leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions and the ability to then convince others of correctness's of the decision. However, repeatedly taking major actions such as this suit and the health care entitlement program that never had, and never will have, popular support is not leadership.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Oddly enough, Holder does not challenge the law based on any kind of illegal discrimination. Instead, Holder claims that, despite Arizona simply questioning illegal immigrants' status and doing so at its own expense, the law somehow places greater burdens on federal agencies charged with immigration enforcement thus “diverting their resources from high-priority targets.”
Press release. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/July/10-opa-776.html
Brief in support of prelimary injunction http://www.justice.gov/opa/documents/pi-brief.pdf
Monday, July 5, 2010
Succumbing to the omnipresent banner ads warning of a "bailout” for UPS, I finally clicked on the link to learn more. Now, feeling duped and angered, I offer this commentary.
Despite the “bailout” terminology, this has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of direct financial assistance to UPS of the sort we saw with Citi or AIG. In fact, the “bailout” has nothing do with UPS at all. The legislation at issue would simply reclassify certain employees of UPS’ primary competitor, FedEx, such that it would be easier for those FedEx employees to unionize. UPS, by the way, does a great job of rebutting FedEx’s claims and setting the record straight.
I'd like to lay into FedEx for stretching the truth, but I'll focus on its motivation. FedEx’s real problem is not UPS or some kind of legislative favoritism of its competitor. Its real problem, and hence it's real motivation, is the unions. Indeed, desperate to avoid the crippling grip of unionized labor that destroyed the American auto industry, FedEx has engaged in a multimillion-dollar campaign to prevent passage of the law when, really, both UPS and FedEx should join forces and take the unions head on.
Sadly, though, that’s just not going to happen given the Democrats’ maternal protection of the unions. FedEx realized that - and cowered. In making a collateral and wildly confusing attack on UPS, FedEx ignores the economic detriment caused by these unions and, in so doing, becomes part of the problem.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I don't know who they think they're kidding. Sure, call it an assessment, but in the end it just as much a tax as any other given that the additional expenses will be passed straight through to bank customers. It is, in effect, just another tax we all end up paying.
The killer, though, is what we get for this $20 billion - a new, massive, non-functional, unaccountable banking bureaucracy. Yippee
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This posted by Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin on the White House blog would make even Pinocchio ashamed.
"[W]e already know that whatever bill comes to the President’s desk will end the problem of 'too big to fail.' It will end taxpayer-funded bailouts. And it will make sure that American families and businesses never have to foot the bill for the irresponsibility of Wall Street."
Sure it will. Just like the reforms passed after the bank failures of the early 1990s did, and the ones passed in early 1980s before them. However, I do agree with this part:
"If you’re a family trying to buy your first house, a parent trying to fund your child’s education, an employee trying to save for retirement, or an entrepreneur trying to expand your business, you have a stake in financial reform."
Unfortunately, though, the financial reform bill means that even those with good credit will have a more difficult time finding a loan and end up paying more for it.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Here's the salient quote from the article:
"Mr. Geithner told a watchdog panel that banks had repaid about 75 percent of the bailout money they received, and the government’s investments in those banks had brought taxpayers $21 billion."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Apparently forgetting that it is neither part of the United States nor an American citizen, Mexico (yes, the country, and not the Richmond restaurant of the same name) has moved to intervene in a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona challenging the Arizona law allowing police officers to inquire as to nationality. Story here
In its motion to appear as amicus curiae, Mexico contends that its diplomatic relations with the federal government should not be “frustrated by the actions of individual U.S. states.” Moreover, it contends that Mexico has a substantial and compelling interest in ensuring that its citizens illegally in the United States are treated “in accordance with federal immigration law.”
Not to get too legalistic here, but I certainly hope the court denies the motion. The idea of a foreign government intervening in a suit against an American state construing American law in an American court is almost as insane as that same government complaining that, in the end, we’re simply returning its citizens to it.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
"Board Vice Chairman Susan Klimek Buckley (D-Sugarland Run) voted against the plan because she does not believe it would support the commercial tax base needed to shore up Loudoun’s economy. Supervisor Stevens Miller (D-Dulles) said he felt like he couldn’t 'get to the heart of my issues' and he was being asked to trust something 'I don’t really know a lot about.'"
While I question Buckley’s veracity, Miller’s excuse for voting against the proposal is, well, inexcusable. His job is to “know” about the issues presented to the Board, make reasoned evaluations of them and act according to his conscience (and common sense). Here, though, he pleads cluelessness despite the fact that this very issue has been percolating for so long that one reason supervisors voted against it was that the CMP was now outdated. Indeed, back In July 2009, the Board extended the time for considering the proposal. That was 11 months ago.
Well, Miller may not be doing his job, but at least this time he didn’t do something really stupid - like challenge Delgaudio to a duel.
Best of luck to them!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
All this chest beating, and still the public's assessment of his handling of the crisis continues to decline. Maybe, just maybe, it's time to work on solving the problem in cooperation with those who know most about it rather than distracting everyone with bursts of pseudo-machismo. In other words, maybe he should just start acting like a president.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Where to begin.
Let's see . . .
Obama rams through a $700 billion pork-laden, free-for-all-spending package under the guise of an economic stimulus, bribes his way to a $1 trillion dollar health care entitilement program, and now demands another $50 billion to pay off the teachers' unions. When will the insanity end?
Oh, wait, there's end in sight!
"'I think there is spending fatigue,' House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said recently." as quoted in the Post.
Hooray! Apparently, congressional Democrats are simply becoming too tired to cut any more checks. Maybe that's the way to the fiscal discipline Obama has promised.
Friday, June 11, 2010
With a couple stories in local papers and the Post on the possibility of unsuccessful Republican candidates running in the general election as third party candidates, I can’t help but say I absolutely love, love, LOVE the idea of a new third party as the home (or asylum) for Tea Party activists. All those crackpots who want to eliminate the Fed can take the militant anti-abortionists with them to their own padded room where they can fight over who is the most extreme nutball.
No doubt, Republcans would lose some votes and probably some elections, too. In the long term, though, it’s nothing but a clear win for the Republican party. A house cleaning like that would certainly make the party far more welcoming to independents and former Republicans disillusioned by party purists. I see it as a tremendous opportunity to build a stronger (and saner) political base.
With any luck, the Tea Party as a third party will arise in Loudoun, taking Dick Black as their state senate candidate and Suzanne Volpe as their chairman to start.
For some reason, I'm hearing music: "What a wonderful world it would be."
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Well, there's this one that's now running on TC. "The Patriot Majority" slams all the Republican Nevada senate candidates in what seems to be a front for Harry Reid. Keep in mind, this comes a week after a Nancy Pelosi plug also ran under the "Link" section.
I'm not one to begrudge a guy for making a buck, but when it comes at that kind of price, is it really worth it?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Come on, man!. Ooops. No racial slur intended.
Obama's obviously looking more for scapegoats than solutions. Indeed, not once in his interview with Matt Lauer did the president give any indication that the federal government had actually offered any assistance to BP in stopping the spill. Well, other than threatening to sue them - like that would make a difference.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
And for those Dick Black and Patricia Philllips fans, here are a couple other Herring figures that might interest you:
Number of plastic fetuses mailed to fellow senators: 0
Number of Harry Potter books sought to be banned: 0
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Keep in mind that there's more "news" out there than ever before. It's just democratized as a result of the Internet, and, hence, the old-school media outlets have lost their oligopoly on news and opinion.
All I can say to that is "HAAAA HAAA HAAAAA HAAAA!!"
As quoted in the Loudoun Independent, Burk explained her opposition: “I don’t believe it is going to be local programming."
First of all, the BOS should not play FCC or program director. We need a local station, period. And though there's no guarantee that the new WAGE will touch local issues, it is certain that there won't be any local issues aired without it.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
We need reasoned responses that take into account political and economic realities, and, hence, we keep the Fed just like we keep privately held oil companies. We also need to let the free market work as much as possible, which is why I support the Republican platform. But when Republican candidates like Catherine Crabhill (not that she has any chance, but it underscores my point) support the abolition of the nation’s central bank, I get concerned that conservatives will fumble the golden opportunity presented by the extremists on the left.
In other words, my fellow Republicans, be conservative, but don’t be crazy.