Irony of ironies….

I’ll have to be sure to send this along to Sen. Bob Menendez’s opponent for U.S. Senate this year, Tom Kean, Jr.

Remarks of Rep. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Democratic National Convention

August 16, 2000

I come before you tonight, the son of immigrants, whose family fled from Cuba to freedom and now serves as the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the first Hispanic ever elected to serve in a leadership position in the Congress.

That is the timeless wonder of America and our Democratic Party.

Unlike the Republican convention, we Democrats don’t need to masquerade as inclusionary, we live that creed in every way—and Joe Lieberman is a shining example.

That is why the victory we seek, is not a victory of party, but a victory for people. We are the party of the people, they are the party of the powerful.

To be the party of the people, you must have principled fighters, like Al Gore and Joe Lieberman. Eight years ago, Vice President Gore, Senator Lieberman, and my Democratic congressional colleagues took the principled position that turned around the exploding deficits of the Bush-Quayle years. Now, we have the longest and strongest economic expansion in American history.

Don’t tell us having principled fighters like Joe Lieberman doesn’t make a difference.

Joe Lieberman’s accomplishments reflect his economic priorities of maintaining growth through fiscal discipline, enhancing our competitive position, and expanding economic opportunity to lower income families to ensure they too can benefit.

As a fighter for working families, Joe Lieberman has fought to expand the winner’s circle of this new economy.

Whether through his work to help families save for retirement, his efforts to bring new businesses and jobs to our cities, or fighting for targeted tax cuts, Joe Lieberman has shown through his life’s work, that we can make the American dream real for all.

Joe Lieberman understands that our nation’s competitive future depends on how well the next generation of Americans is educated. Together, we will give all our children a world-class education — by raising standards, demanding greater accountability, but also reducing class sizes, training a new generation of highly qualified teachers, that will teach our children starting in preschool, and in classrooms that meet the challenges of the future.

We Democrats believe that we can both put 100,000 police officers on the streets, and place 100,000 qualified teachers in the classrooms of the nation.

If we can build jails, then we can build 21st century schools.

That’s why we are the party of the people, and they are the party of the powerful.

Joe Lieberman and Al Gore believe in empowerment, not simply compassion. As Latinos, we tell those that speak of “compassionate conservatism” whether in English or Spanish that what we need is opportunity – not compassion – the type of opportunity Al Gore and Joe Lieberman have spent their lives fighting for.

Mis hermanos Latinos no nos hace falta la compasion que nos ofrecen los Republicanos. Lo que nos hace falta es oportunidad – La oportunidad de educacion de poder economico, de seguridad de salud de dignidad para nuestros ancianos, de respetar y ayudar a los immigrantes, el respeto y el apoyo que Al Gore y Joe Lieberman siempre nos han ofrecido. Por eso ganamos con nuestro amigos Al Gore y Joe Lieberman.

Thank you, Al Gore and Joe Lieberman for standing with our community all the time–not just at election time.

This is a party of inclusion, not just in theme, but in reality. Look around this hall. It looks like America – it is America.

Let us elect a Vice President who embodies the values, the principles and the opportunities America is all about. Let us make Joe Lieberman the next Vice President of the United States.

Thank you, and God Bless America.

Categories: National Politics_, 2006 Elections_, War On Terror_

Police Back George Allen For Re-election

From the George Allen campaign:

Virginia Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Allen

PULASKI, VA – The Virginia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) strongly endorsed Senator George Allen’s reelection bid last night in Charlottesville during their annual banquet. The endorsement of the Virginia FOP, an organization with more than 8,600 members, is a testament to Senator Allen’s outstanding record as an advocate and friend of Virginia’s law enforcement officers.

At the banquet, Tom Stiles, President of the Virginia FOP, explained the organization’s decision to back the former Virginia Governor. “Senator Allen, the men and women of the Fraternal Order of Police have been with you over the years because you have always been with us,” Stiles said to the Senator. “And that bond is going to continue. Tonight we are proud to announce that we want you to stay in your Senate seat in Washington. Our full board has voted to extend you the endorsement of the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police.”

The endorsement marks the third time that Senator Allen has been endorsed by the Virginia FOP in a statewide election having previously been endorsed while running for Governor in 1993 as well as in his first race for the U.S. Senate in 2000. Last night, Senator Allen served as the keynote speaker at their banquet.

“This endorsement means a great deal to me,” Senator Allen said. “The most important endorsement that I had when I was running for Governor back in 1993 was the endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police. I’ve gotten to know so many of our law enforcement officers over the years and I have a great appreciation for the tremendous, courageous work they do to keep our communities safe. The men and women of law enforcement are the salt of the Earth. They’re good, dedicated people, who stand for everything that’s right in America, and I’m honored to accept their endorsement.”

Both as Governor and as a Senator, George Allen has been a tremendous ally for law enforcement officers. One of then-Governor Allen’s signature achievements was the abolition of the liberal, lenient and dishonest parole system, an action which now ensures that violent criminals serve their entire sentence. In addition, Governor Allen proposed and signed measures to overhaul the juvenile justice system and institute a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ law ensuring three time felons go to prison for life without parole. These initiatives have greatly assisted Virginia’s law enforcement officers in fighting crime.

In the U.S. Senate, Allen has worked closely with allies such as Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown to ensure that America’s children are protected against Internet predators. And last month, Senator Allen co-sponsored the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which creates a national database and tougher laws to track convicted sex offenders.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Way to go, Dems!!!

Wouldn’t you know it? The day after the Nutroots nominate

Ned “Don’t Call Me Flanders” Lamont

over Joe Lieberman for U.S. Senate in CT, the biggest terrorist plot since 9/11 is uncovered. If you’re looking at terrorists blowing up 10 planes in mid-air, each carrying about 300 passengers, you’d be looking at 3,000 dead.

President Bush, Joe Lieberman and others are for taking the fight to the terrorists. It is a lot easier for the terrorists to sneak into Iraq where our military can hunt and kill them without U.S. civilians being at risk. If we weren’t there, even more terrorists would be looking to sneak into America than already are. If we followed Ned “Don’t Call Me Flanders” Lamont, Howard Dean, Jack Murtha et. al. and did a “strategic redeployment” (code words for “RUNAWAY!!!!!!”), we’d have to be deploying our military on the streets of Washington, D.C., Boston, NYC, Chicago and L.A. to fight the terrorists here and you can bet that U.S. civilian casualties would be high.

So, as of today, Aug. 10, 2006, I present you with the new mascot of the new Democrat Party.

Categories: World War III_, 2006 Elections_, Nutroots_

Joe Lieberman didn’t leave the Democrat Party…

…the Democrat Party left Joe Lieberman. Just six short years after he was their Vice Presidential nominee, the Dems have gone so far to the left that Lieberman got tossed aside like a piece of garbage.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman put it best:

In Cleveland, Republican Party chairman Ken Mehlman seized on the results in the Connecticut primary to assail the Democrats on national security and called Lieberman’s defeat a “shame.”

“Joe Lieberman believed in a strong national defense, and for that, he was purged from his party. It is a sobering moment,” Ken Mehlman said.

The Republican National Committee chairman said Lieberman’s loss also is a “sign of what the Democratic Party has become in the 21st century. It reflects an unfortunate embrace of isolationism, defeatism and a blame America first attitude by national Democratic leaders at a time when retreating from the world is particularly dangerous.”

Given the embarassment of a GOP candidate in that senate race (he’s polling in single digits and is caught up in a mini-scandal that he used aliases to gamble at local indian casinos so he wouldn’t be pegged as a card counter), the GOP governor and U.S. House members should endorse Lieberman’s independent candidacy. In a state like Connecticut, capturing the center will assure victory.

UPDATE: Be sure to check out this excellent analysis from Real Clear Politics.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, World War III_

More on the non-story

The WashPo has picked up on the non-story from earlier this week. I have to say that George Allen gives a good defense here:

In an interview Tuesday, Allen said that stock purchases shouldn’t be an issue in the campaign and that he has no plans to sell his Barr holdings. He also urged voters to focus on his record instead of his investments.

“Look at the way I vote,” said Allen, who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother and often scores a perfect rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Allen bought the stock in January 2004, according to financial disclosure reports. His holdings are valued at $1,000 to $15,000.

Allen said he is proud to own the stock because, he said, Barr Laboratories — which is based in New York and operates a plant in southern Virginia — is vital to the state’s economy and has been a leader in efforts to treat breast cancer. In 1996, when he was governor, Allen said, he helped lure the company to Bedford County, where it employs more than 300 people.

“I very much like them,” Allen said after a campaign speech at a senior citizens home here. “It’s a good company. I don’t use their products, but it’s a good company that works hard in the community.”

Will Ben Tribbett correct his previous comments that Allen “owns stock in an abortion drug company” and Allen owns “abortion stock” to read, Allen “owns stock in a Virginia drug company that treats breast cancer” or Allen owns “cancer treatment stock”? Didn’t think so.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, 2008 Elections_, Social Issues_

Statement from Lieberman campaign on the hacking of their website

From Joe2006.com:

UPDATE ON THE ATTACK ON THE LIEBERMAN CAMPAIGN WEBSITE

STATEMENT FROM SEAN SMITH: “For the past 24 hours the Friends for Joe Lieberman’s website and email has been totally disrupted and disabled, we believe that this is the result of a coordinated attack by our political opponents. The campaign has notified the US Attorney and the Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney and the campaign will be filing a formal complaint reflecting our concerns. The campaign has also notified the State Attorney General Dick Blumenthal for his review.”

“We call on Ned Lamont to make an unqualified statement denouncing this kind of dirty campaign trick and to demand whoever is responsible to cease and desist immediately. Any attempt to suppress voter participation and undermine the voting process on Election Day is deplorable and has no place in our democracy.”

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Nutroots_

They must have made a wrong turn at Albuquerque….

Gee, what do you think the deal is with this?

The FBI and U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement alerted intelligence agencies and state and local law enforcement this week about 11 Egyptian students who failed to report to their classes at Montana State University after they entered the country last month.


They must have made a wrong turn at Albuquerque….

I don’t think so.

Categories: World War III_, Immigration_

Welcome to the party, John Gray

I’m glad to see that John Grey has officially abandoned the Democrat Party and joined the Republicans. Welcome to the party, Mr. Gray. You have an impressive background and personal history and we truly welcome you with open arms.

I have two requests for both Mr. Gray and Supervisor Corey Stewart (and anyone else who may come forward) as they seek the GOP nod for PWC Chairman:

1.) Conduct a civil, issues-oriented campaign for the nomination.

2.) Fully support the eventual GOP nominee in the general election.

If all abide by those two requests, we will retain the chairmanship come Nov. and keep PWC moving in the right direction. May the best candidate win.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

GOP Chairman Nod To Be Contested?

Greg L. at BVBL is reporting that John Gray has filed to run for the GOP nomination for PWC Chairman, forcing a convention on Aug. 19. Since Gray is a former Democrat, I’m wondering if there might be some problems with him serving as a delegate to the GOP convo under the RPV Party Plan, which could be the case depending upon how recently he participated in a Dem nominating process. It wouldn’t bar him from filing as a candidate, but it could possibly prevent him from voting for himself.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

Lieberman’s Concession Speech

“Thank you dear friends for standing by me in this difficult race.”
“Your support has sustained my family and me and made this a much closer race than all the pundits were predicting.”
“I called Ned Lamont and congratulated him on his success today.”
“We’ve just finished the first half and the Lamont Team is ahead. In the second half, our team, Team Connecticut, is going to surge forward in November.”
“The old politics of polarization won today. For the sake of our state, my country and my party, I cannot and will not let those results stands today.”
“I will continue to offer Connecticut a different path forward.”
“People are fed up with the petty partisanship and angry bickering in Washington. It is continually blocking progress on major problems and wasting America’s greatness.”
“I’ll never hesitate to work with members of the other party if it helps to acheive solutions to build better life for people of Connecticut. I will always do what I believe is right for my state and country regardless of what the political consequences may be.”

Tomorrow is a brand new day. [I’ll run a] new campaign to unite people of Connecticut, GOP, Democrat and independent, and move forward together and solve our most serious problems together.”

He is one classy guy.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, World War III_

Nutroots Claim Lieberman’s Scalp

Well, the Nutroots have defeated Joe Lieberman in the CT Dem. Sen. Primary. I’m sure that they’ll be proudly displaying his scalp the way the notorious intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett hung Wookie pelts from his belt.

Just remember, Boba Fett wound up getting swallowed up in the Sarlacc Pit where he would be digested for a thousand years. Don’t be surprised if the Nutroots just threw the Dems’ chances for gains in Nov. into the abyss as well.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Nutroots_, World War III_

Nutroots Gone Wild, Part Deux

Looks like some supporters of

Ned “Don’t Call Me Flanders” Lamont

may have hacked and disabled Sen. Joe Lieberman’s website yesterday. It is still down today, the day of the primary showdown.

Will Lamont hold on to the lead and win the Dem nod or will sanity prevail and Lieberman stage a comeback? We’ll know tonight!

Meanwhile, even Lanny Davis, no moderate himself, is saying that the Nutroots have gone too far and become McCarthy-ites themselves, guilty of “extremism, bigotry and intolerance.”

Categories: Nutroots_, 2006 Elections_, World War III_

DANGEROUS NUT JOB ALERT!!!

From The Drudge Report:

WSJ: Scholar Warns Iran’s Ahmadinejad May Have ‘Cataclysmic Events’ In Mind For August 22
Tue Aug 08 2006 10:22:35 ET

In a WALL STREET JOURNAL op-ed Tuesday, Princeton’s Bernard Lewis writes: “There is a radical difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran’s present rulers.”

“In Islam as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time — Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined.”

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22,” which this year corresponds “to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to ‘the farthest mosque,’ usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).

“This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind.”

Now, when Ahmadinejad was mayor of Tehran, he had a street widened so that when the 12th Imam returned he could be paraded down it. This guy is a dangerous nutjob that is close to having nukes AND wants to bring about the Apocalypse. Not a good combo platter if you ask me.

Categories: International_, War On Terror_

Update from U.S. Rep. JoAnn Davis

August 4, 2006

Dear Fellow Virginian:

The House of Representatives had a busy month leading up to the adjournment for our summer district work period, and I wanted to update you on recent legislative successes in Congress. On a personal note, as many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer last September. After chemotherapy treatment, and recently undergoing a mastectomy, I wanted to share with you that I am cancer-free. Thank you to those of you who have sent your well wishes. Your thoughts and prayers have meant so much.

With kind regards,

Jo Ann

In this issue:

· Aegis BMD Program Moves to Dahlgren
· House Holds Series of Hearings on Border Security
· Resolution Introduced Commending the National Guard
· Increased Funding for Aeronautics Research
· Shipbuilding and Private Property Awards Given

Aegis BMD Program Moves to Dahlgren

I am pleased to report that I have been working with the Navy to relocate the Aegis BMD program from Northern Virginia to Dahlgren in King George County, and just recently the Navy announced its plans to do so. The relocation of the Aegis BMD program to Dahlgren is a strategically sound move by the Navy, and a great benefit to Dahlgren and our region, with the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to the area. Moving Aegis BMD to Dahlgren is the best solution for the base, the Navy, and the taxpayer. Technical capability will be reinforced and significant tax dollars will be saved with this move. Dahlgren is an integral part of our community and a key component of the United States Navy, and growing Dahlgren continues to be one of my priorities.

Border Security Hearings

The House of Representatives is in the process of holding more than 30 hearings to thoroughly examine the Senate-passed version of immigration reform. Site visits are being conducted to see the areas along our northern and southern borders that are most vulnerable. It is imperative that we secure our borders, and I will not support a bill that endangers our national security by failing to do so. Immigration reform must be done the right way.

Resolution Honoring the National Guard’s Role in Securing the Border

I recently introduced a resolution that commends the National Guard for successfully intercepting undocumented illegal immigrants and shipments of illegal drugs through Operation Jump Start. Since the President ordered the military to help tighten the border, the number of illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into the United States has dropped. Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar reported a 45 percent decline in the number of people arrested along the U.S.-Mexican border, when comparing the 69 days before Bush’s mid-May announcement with the 69 days after. While differences between the House and Senate immigration reform proposals continue to be debated, there has been real success in decreasing the number of illegal crossings through this mission alone.

NASA

America must continue to be a global leader in aeronautics research, and as a strong supporter of the work done at NASA Langley, I testified before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in July for increased funding for aeronautics research. Our nation cannot lose its competitive edge in the field of aeronautics, and budget cuts in this area will only make it more difficult to compete with Europe. I will continue to work for a sound budget that supports the work at NASA Langley.

Shipbuilding and Private Property Awards

I received awards last month for two issues that are important to me and the Commonwealth of Virginia – shipbuilding and property rights. The first was the Herbert H. Bateman Award, presented by the American Shipbuilding Association. As founding co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, it was a distinct honor to accept it on behalf of an industry that is so vital to the First District. While in Congress, I have worked to rebuild the nation’s naval fleet, and have sponsored legislation to require that ships for our military be built in the United States by closing a loophole in current law that allows for the de facto purchase of foreign-built ships. A viable commercial shipbuilding program will help to reduce the cost of military ship construction.

The second award was the Protector of Property Rights Award given by the Property Rights Alliance (PRA). Since coming to Congress, I have fought hard to protect the individual property rights of all Americans, and I will continue to do so in the future. Private ownership of property is vital to both our freedom and our prosperity, and I will continue to work to ensure that our rights are protected as the Founding Fathers intended.

Categories: Virginia Politics_, 2006 Elections_, Congress_

PWC Convo Info

I received the following information on the upcoming PWC Nominating Convention from PWC GOP Chairman Tom Kopko:

Aug 19 convention highlights

I’d like to begin a tradition of enjoyable, entertaining, and informative conventions that people actually look forward to attending. (stop laughing!) My plan is to have entertainment and training before the start as well as during the break while votes are being counted.

· Grassroots training by RPV for precinct captains and volunteers is being planned.
· I am expecting all GOP candidates will be able to attend.
· Kate Griffin is invited to speak. Other leaders and personalities are being pursued.
· We might have a band coming!

Aug 19 convention logistics

· All convention information and forms can be found online at http://www.pwcgop.org/.
· Delegate pre-filing forms must be RECEIVED by Aug. 14 either in the mail or by hand 8-10pm at HQ. Postmarks won’t count. If someone is worried about the mail, hand-delivery is best. This method precludes surprises / disappointments.
· It’s highly doubtful the Mass Meetings on Aug. 18 will be needed, but we do have the Ferlazzo Building reserved just in case Magisterial Districts need to hold them.
· Convention check-in on Aug. 19 is 7:30 – 9 am at Battlefield H.S. in Haymarket (it was only 1 of 2 available…lots of renovations during summer).
· If only one candidate pre-files for Chairman by the Aug. 10, 8pm deadline, he/she is our nominee and the convention is cancelled.

About the special election date…and an Aug 23 deadline for vacancy

The vacancy, or written intent to vacate on a date certain, must occur by Aug. 23 to ensure the special election happens concurrently on Nov. 7. Two reasons:

1. Aug. 23 is the last vacancy day from which the court would have no choice but put the special election on Nov. 7. It gets very dicey after that given the court’s discretionary timeframes.

2. The Electoral Board just determined that Sept. 8 is the last day to receive nominees since they must begin printing absentee ballots. Plan backwards the discretionary 3 days the Electoral Board has and the 15 days the court has and you’ll realize that Aug. 23 is a practical deadline, too.

Virtucon note: The Electoral Board’s cost estimate for a countywide special election in PWC on a day other than Nov 7 is $40,000.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

Non-story of the day

Queen-Bee of the Nutroots, Arianna Huffington, is trying to make a big deal out of George Allen’s ownership of stock in Barr Laboratories. They cite Barr’s manufacture of the “morning after pill” called “Plan B.” (Now, as I understand how it works, I would consider it to be an abortifacient, not emergency contraception.) Arianna & Co. must be getting worried about Allen in ’08 if they’re already trying such desperate tactics now to undermine him with social conservatives.

Well, once again, Ben Tribbett takes something to an extreme, saying that Allen “owns stock in an abortion drug company” and goes on later to say Allen owns “abortion stock.” Okay, so Ben and I agree on what Plan B actually is. The only problem is, Plan B isn’t Barr’s only product. They manufacture over 100 pharmaceutical products including ones to treat cancer and cardiovascular disease. Calling Barr Labs an “abortion stock” is just silly. Somehow I doubt that Allen chose to buy stock in Barr based upon their manufacture of Plan B. Furthermore, I guarantee you that no matter what pharmaceutical stock you buy, someone can find something objectionable that they manufacture — either the product itself or the R&D used to produce it.

This goes to show just how slow the month of August is. Tomorrow, I’m sure that George Allen will be criticized by the Nutroots for owning the Huey Lewis album “Plan B.”

SIDENOTE: I met Arianna Huffington a little over ten years ago when she was a Queen-Bee Nut on my side of the aisle. She was one of the last people remaining in the ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC following a fundraiser for Steve Forbes’ 1996 presidential campaign. I was getting ready to leave and join the rest of the campaign crew when I came across her. She made this grand gesture, “Hellooooo, I’m Arianna Huffington.” My response was, “Hi, I’m Jim Riley.” I kept walking. Drinks with P.J. O’Rourke and Kate O’Beirne were much more entertaining than any conversation I could have had with that moonbat.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, 2008 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Social Issues_, Blogging_, Nutroots_

Non-story of the day

Queen-Bee of the Nutroots, Arianna Huffington, is trying to make a big deal out of George Allen’s ownership of stock in Barr Laboratories. They cite Barr’s manufacture of the “morning after pill” called “Plan B.” (Now, as I understand how it works, I would consider it to be an abortifacient, not emergency contraception.) Arianna & Co. must be getting worried about Allen in ’08 if they’re already trying such desperate tactics now to undermine him with social conservatives.

Well, once again, Ben Tribbett takes something to an extreme, saying that Allen “owns stock in an abortion drug company” and goes on later to say Allen owns “abortion stock.” Okay, so Ben and I agree on what Plan B actually is. The only problem is, Plan B isn’t Barr’s only product. They manufacture over 100 pharmaceutical products including ones to treat cancer and cardiovascular disease. Calling Barr Labs an “abortion stock” is just silly. Somehow I doubt that Allen chose to buy stock in Barr based upon their manufacture of Plan B. Furthermore, I guarantee you that no matter what pharmaceutical stock you buy, someone can find something objectionable that they manufacture — either the product itself or the R&D used to produce it.

This goes to show just how slow the month of August is. Tomorrow, I’m sure that George Allen will be criticized by the Nutroots for owning the Huey Lewis album “Plan B.”

SIDENOTE: I met Arianna Huffington a little over ten years ago when she was a Queen-Bee Nut on my side of the aisle. She was one of the last people remaining in the ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC following a fundraiser for Steve Forbes’ 1996 presidential campaign. I was getting ready to leave and join the rest of the campaign crew when I came across her. She made this grand gesture, “Hellooooo, I’m Arianna Huffington.” My response was, “Hi, I’m Jim Riley.” I kept walking. Drinks with P.J. O’Rourke and Kate O’Beirne were much more entertaining than any conversation I could have had with that moonbat.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, 2008 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Social Issues_, Blogging_, Nutroots_

Help the families of U.S. Troops

Our old pal Howard Mortman of Extreme Mortman has asked us to help promote a non-partisan charity dedicated to helping the families of U.S. Troops. Howard has got a post up on his site that details the efforts of ThanksUSA.org. We’ve added the banner for ThanksUSA at the top of Virginia Virtucon. Be sure to check it out.

Categories: World War III_, Blogging_