Friday, October 22, 2010

Get Yer Motor Runnin"

Again demonstrating innovative, cost-effective approaches to improving transportation in the state, Gov. Bob McDonnell recently announced an increase in the speed limit to 70 mph on 680 miles of interstate highways in Virginia. 

A fantastic move that keeps all of us moving.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

Look at Michelle Rhee - fired for taking on DC’s teacher unions and pushing out poor-performing teachers.  And, now, the case of Juan Williams - fired from Nutball Politics Radio for saying that he was afraid of Muslims on planes.  Rest assured, though, that both will end up in far more prestigious roles (and far wealthier) than had they stayed in their prior roles, elevated into the national spotlight by their unjustifiable firings.

I don't particularly care for Juan Williams' political views, and, frankly, I think he's a knee-jerk liberal, but when compared to the nuts at NPR, he looks like Karl Rove.  But, now, I'm genuinely more interested, as I'm sure many Americans are. 

Michelle Rhee is one educator I respect, and many others do to.  If you believe the rumors, she's off to a new gig with the state of New Jersey.  Good for her personally, and good for NJ's kids.

Congratulations on your firings!

Friday, October 15, 2010

O'Reilly 1, View -2

Well, well, well.  Apparently, the leftist moronistas of The View can dish it out but not take it. 

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

Zoe’s Latest Hearings

You may recall that Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California recently held hearings on immigration reform at which comedian Stephen Colbert testified.  Now, as the chair of the House Ethics Committee, she’s holding hearings on ethics violations by Reps. Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangle. 

Rumor has it that the witness list includes noted political ethicists Pee Wee Herman and Roseanne Barr.

Military Injustice

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The recent order from a federal judge in California requiring the immediate end to the 17-year old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on homosexuals in the military certainly has the Obama administration caught in a pickle. On the one hand, President Teleprompter has promised to end the policy (though clearly wimping out by pushing for congressional authorization rather than just ending it by executive order). On the other hand, he is faced with an order from a civilian judge that clearly usurps the power of the commander in chief, which almost certainly would be overturned by the Supreme Court.

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

Geithner Gets One Right

Nice editorial by Secretary Geithner in the Post today describing the myths of TARP.  As I've said before, TARP, as it was originally intended to be a safety net for the entire economic system, was a stunning success.  It has since been bastardized by the Obama administration, using it as a piggy bank for every union-saving pork project imaginable.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Working-Class Whites Shun Dems

Wow.  First he loses Babs and the Washington Post.  Now, he's even lost Time magazine in its running of an article on how poorly President Teleprompter is viewed, this time the pole is that of working class whites people.  And the margin was huge - 58% to 36% - are turning to the Republicans.

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

Dick Black Really is a Gift

That is, Dick Black is the gift that keeps on giving. For example, his latest Facebook post describes Bob Marshal as “the brightest guy in Virginia politics.”  Well, when you're as dim as Dick, the flick of a Bic is a supernova.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Loudoun Pancake Breakfast a Hit

Kudos to Candace Strother for organizing a sell-out Saturday morning event in Sterling. Enthused Republicans, along with just about every local elected politico, packed the Cascades Senior Center.  Though all the speakers presented great messages, Speaker Howell hit upon what I consider to be one of the most significant issues on the horizon - redistricting. No doubt, with control of the two houses split, the creation of a "fair and balanced" plan will be difficult and contentious. Whatever the result, though, Loudoun comes out a winner.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Keeping a Video Eye on the Police

In a clear victory for those of us that believe video evidence is the best deterre
nt to bad behavior, a Maryland state court this week dismissed a case against a motorcyclist who used a helmet cam to film a state trooper who ticketed him for speeding. Wrote Judge Emory Pitt,

"Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power of the state are ultimately accountable to the public. When we exercise that power in public fora, we should not expect our actions to be shielded from public observation. 'Sed quis custodiet ipsos cutodes' ("Who watches the watchmen?”)."

Fantastic result and fantastic analysis in a criminal action that could have brought the defendant 16 years in prison for violating Maryland's wiretapping laws!  Indeed, the state trooper and the state's attorney who brought the case are the ones who should be jailed.

P.S.  Do they really need cop cars like this for anything other than feeding their ego?