Rest in peace, Ann Richards

Feisty former TX Gov. Ann Richards has passed away. Even if you didn’t agree with her, you had to admit she really had spirit. I recently caught an episode of “King of the Hill” where Hank’s friend Bill was dating Richards (who voiced her own character.) Without a doubt, she had a sense of humor and as biting as it could be sometimes against Republicans, she wasn’t afraid to turn it on herself.

The world is a poorer place without her today.

Categories: National Politics_

One reason why I don’t give to my law school alma mater

This is just ridiculous.

Catholic U. Law Prof. Bob Destro put it best:

“The university is clearly taking sides and has no business doing this in one of the most important elections in the country,” said Bob Destro, a professor and former acting dean at the law school.

Way to go Prof. Destro! (He was the faculty advisor for the campus Federalist Society when I served as its VP.)

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Religion_

The Tysons Corner Wedding Crashers?

From today’s WashTimes Inside the Beltway:

Wedding crasher?

Did Virginia state Delegate Adam P. Ebbin, a Democrat who represents parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties and parts of the city of Alexandria, crash a pair of wedding receptions Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner?

If he didn’t, he certainly bragged about doing so, says one invited guest who accuses the legislator of “behaving rather distastefully.”

She tells Inside the Beltway the lawmaker and another man claimed they had just crashed one wedding reception in the adjacent room, “and even ordered food — I’m pretty sure they said filet mignon.”

“I asked them who they knew and they laughed and said no one, and were very upfront and even bragging about it.”

Mr. Ebbin, she says, then thumbed through name tags of guests who hadn’t showed up at her reception, “wondering aloud if he could sneak in that way.”

She says she first encountered the pair when she stepped outside the reception to check on a phone message.

“Before I got there, a Ritz employee had apparently told them to leave, but when I came outside the door they used me as an excuse to say they knew people from the reception. Mr. Ebbin also shared with me his plan to go up to the bride and ask if she had seen his aunt, just to see if he could get away with it.”

She says the men “continued to brag how they didn’t know anyone and were getting free stuff.”

“I know for a fact they didn’t know anyone in the wedding I was at. They did end up going inside and walking around the reception.”

Reached by telephone yesterday, Mr. Ebbin insisted he was a guest at the adjacent reception, although he declined to name either the bride or groom. “I don’t see how that would be relevant,” he told Inside the Beltway. “This was not a public event.”

Asked if he had walked uninvited into the other wedding reception, as more than one witness claims, he stressed more than once, “I did not eat or drink anything,” and then he abruptly hung up the phone.

Categories: NOVA Politics_, Morons_

PWC Chairman Special Election can still coincide with Election Day

The PW BOCS voted yesterday to officially accept the resignation of former Chairman Sean Connaughton who was sworn in as U.S. Maritime Administrator last week. As the article states:

According to state law, a judge now has 15 days to issue a writ for a special election to be held not less than 45 or more than 60 days after the vacancy occurred.

Provided the judge acts expeditiously, there is no reason why the special election cannot be set for Nov. 7 as there are more than 45 days between now and then. In fact, by my count, we are currently 55 days out from Election Day, towards the longer end of when it is permissible to set the special election. Like Jim Young, I am puzzled why the Board of Elections set their filing date when they did when the special election had not even been called yet.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

The Way I Remember It

We celebrated my eldest son’s 5th birthday yesterday afternoon. Joyous as birthdays usually are we marveled at him on his brand new red bike, his excitement with a new tee ball set with a real leather baseball glove and his thrill in new puzzles (the kid is a puzzle freak). As with each of Christopher’s birthdays we remember the joy we felt on September 10, 2001. Nothing, absolutely nothing could spoil our joy that day and they days to follow, or so we thought.

We were awaken early Tuesday morning, the day after Christopher’s birth. We were both pretty sleepy as Christopher had kept us up most of the night with his cries of new life, and we were slightly confused as to where we were. We were in a room on the 5th floor at INOVA Fairfax Hospital which was a private room overlooking the helicopter pad on the adjacent hospital building’s roof. The nursing staff had waken Heather to give her whatever treatment new Mom’s get (I think if Dad’s had to go through childbirth it would be best to sedate us for a good three weeks) and to get her scheduled for the breast feeding classes. Heather managed to get to the shower, I of course took over her bed and held Christopher. I turned on the tiny swing arm television set in the room mostly for background noise and just to check out to see what might be happening on my boy’s first day. The nurses and aides came in and out. I didn’t get much of a chance to check out what was happening on the television. As the morning went on I checked in on the Today Show. The volume was down, the picture showed the first tower on fire. I thought to myself well that’s interesting must be a story about he bombing of the Trade Center back in the 90’s., must be the anniversary or something. I turned away and went about the business of a new Dad (total confusion). After several minutes I realized the picture on the television was still of the burning Trade Center and realized the fire was coming from the higher floors as opposed ground level as it was from the earlier bombing. I turned up the volume on the television and started to listen. I quickly realized why they had the pictures they were showing. Then reports of planes crashing in DC started to come in. The plane into the Pentagon had been confirmed, but there was still mass confusion. The activity within the hospital quickly started to move much more rapidly. The silent helicopter on the pad started its rotors, and soon flew off.

Our room also overlooked the entrance to the Emergency Room and we could see doctors, nurses, aides and other staff begin to assemble for a major trauma triage in the circle of the ER driveway and surrounding area. Word quickly spread that INOVA Fairfax would be the primary hospital for non-burn injuries coming from the Pentagon. Burn victims would be going to another DC area hospital equipped to deal with mass burn trauma. As the day went on we were visited by a number of hospital staff and our pediatrician. A couple members of the administrative staff consulted with the pediatrician who informed us they wanted to send us home that day (less than 24 hours after Christopher’s birth). They wanted the beds available incase they needed them for folks coming from the Pentagon. We concurred and were comfortable with agreeing to vacate our room. We started the process of packing up when the pediatrician came back and informed us we would be staying. He told us that although Christopher was perfectly healthy and could be released the hospital decided to allow all new babies to stay incase they needed medical attention they’d be there to receive it as opposed to having to get on the roads which were apparently jammed from mass chaos in and around DC. In the end since there were few survivors with non-burn injuries very few patients came to INOVA.

Heather was able to get rest as I asked where could I give blood. INOVA’s blood collection facility is about a quarter mile down the road from the hospital. I walked down there and found a line from the front door of the building out to Gallows Drive. They were actually turning people away saying give, but come back in two weeks and give then. I returned to the hospital room with my wife and son. We chatted lightly about the day and were relieved to find out my Mother, who often worked in the Pentagon, was not there that day.

The day is one that I certainly will never forget. I was sure to save copies of the Washington Post from both September 10th and September 12, 2001. I often take a look at the headlines as well as my son’s face and remember how much the world changed that day.

I’ll never forget how beautiful the weather was on September 11, 2001. It was an absolutely amazing day. I had a great felling of joy in my heart, but a heavy load of fear in my belly. What had happened? What world did I just bring a new baby boy in to? I gave blood two weeks later and continued to do so every couple of months after that day. However after a year or so of staying on schedule I stopped – just too much of a hassle in the busy lives we live. In remembrance of the events five years ago I think I’ll go give blood and try to get myself back on schedule.

Categories: World War III_

"How True it is!!"

My cousin in Rhode Island just forwarded this to me:

At first I thought this was funny… Then, I realized “How True it is!!”

Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.

Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him til he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,
“Taxes drove me to my doom!”

And when he’s gone,
We won’t relax,
We’ll still be after the inheritance TAX!!

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and there was prosperity, absolutely no national debt, the largest middle class in the world and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

Categories: Taxes_

As we prepare for the 5th anniversary of 9/11

As we prepare to commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11 tomorrow, I would like to put forward a few things.

First, we will be politics free on Virginia Virtucon for tomorrow we are all Americans.

Second, I would like to once again recommend that everyone read this excellent Peggy Noonan column from Friday. Of particular note in it she writes:

Something terrible had happened. Life was reduced to its essentials. Time was short. People said what counted, what mattered. It has been noted that there is no record of anyone calling to say, “I never liked you,” or, “You hurt my feelings.” No one negotiated past grievances or said, “Vote for Smith.” Amazingly –or not–there is no record of anyone damning the terrorists or saying “I hate them.”

How very true. So, in the spirit of that, I am declaring a unilateral truce with our loyal opposition — Josh and Brian — over at Raising Kaine. They strike me as being people that you can disagree with without being disagreeable. (Lowell is just over the edge, though.) In fact, I actually enjoy Brian’s writing even if I don’t agree with him most of the time. In some ways he reminds me of a college classmate of mine. I was the College Republican club chairman and he was the College Democrat club chairman — we had our own radio show where we’d do battle and we’d fight it out in the college newspaper — but afterwards we’d have a drink. I even invited him to my wedding 5 years ago and he came.

So, in this spirit of unity, I’ll even offer Brian and Josh some free legal advice. Dispose of any funds from Raising Kaine PAC that would be considered soft money under federal law and re-register it as a federal PAC with the FEC instead of as a state PAC here in Virginia. It will allow you to participate in both federal and state races without any cause for concern. As I told Brian in a comment, I’d be glad to buy him a beer after the election and all the dust is settled and chat.

Third, I would like to remind everyone to fly their flags tomorrow. If America doesn’t look like the final scene from the movie “Armageddon” with flags waving everywhere tomorrow, I’ll be greatly disappointed.

God Bless America and God Bless those we lost on 9/11 and since then.

Categories: World War III_, Blogging_

Sure sounds as if Team Webb was trying to make it look like a Reagan endorsement

“There’s one thing Ronald Reagan and I have in common,” Saunders said. “We both endorse Jim Webb.”

How dumb is that? When you’re out there arguing that the ad isn’t an endorsement to come out and claim that it is. That is just plain stupidity on display for all to see.

“Mudcat” Saunders truly is a poor man’s James Carville wannabe….

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

The REAL Jim Webb — A Disrespectful, Disingenuous and Dishonorable Opportunist

Well, now we know the REAL Jim Webb.

Not only has he disregarded former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s request not to use her late husband’s image in an upcoming TV commercial in an incredible sign of disrespect for the widow of the man he claims to hold in esteem, but he plans to begin airing that commercial on Monday, Sept. 11, a day when every other campaign in the nation will stand down from the airwaves.

I guess this shouldn’t come as any surprise given how disingenuous his entire campaign is. After all, this is the same campaign crew that earlier this year called Ronald Reagan a “pompous, arrogant fool” and a “sham,” yet now seeks to use him to their benefit.

On account of such dishonorable actions, I suppose there is no longer any doubt that Jim Webb condones his paid mouthpiece Lowell Feld’s statement that George Allen is an “outright racist.” He just isn’t man enough to say it himself, so he’s hiding behind Feld.

This is no longer about George Allen vs. Jim Webb. Webb has brought the wrath of the entire Reagan establishment down upon him. If I ever had any second thoughts to calling this the “worst campaign ever,” this makes it official.

The opportunist is about to get a big comeupance….

(H/T to Mason Conservative for pointing out the Times Dispatch article.)

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Nancy Reagan Condemns Webb Commercial

OFFICE OF NANCY REAGAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2006
2:30 P.M. PDT

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF NANCY REAGAN
REGARDING THE USE OF PRESIDENT REAGAN’S IMAGE
IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Los Angeles, CA – On behalf of Mrs. Reagan, Chief of Staff Joanne Drake has sent the following letter to the Jim Webb for Senate Campaign in the state of Virginia.

Dear Mr. Webb,

It has come to our attention that your Senatorial campaign in Virginia is using video footage of President Ronald Reagan, his photographs, and/or quotes in campaign materials and political advertisements, some of it very negative.

The use of video footage of President Reagan, or the use of photographs, likenesses and/or quotes in this manner is neither authorized nor appropriate. Using the President’s name, image or likeness implies endorsement which is neither fair nor respectful of any candidate, certainly not after President Reagan’s death.

At the direction of Mrs. Reagan, please refrain from the use of her husband’s name, video footage, photograph, likeness, and/or quotes in any further campaign materials, including television advertisements.

Sincerely,

Joanne Drake
Chief of Staff

OUCH!!! That’s gotta hurt!!!!

Read the first press account here. In it, former Attorney General Edwin Meese is quoted as calling the ad,

“improper, unethical and very possibly illegal.”

This couldn’t have backfired bigger if they had tried….

UPDATE: Now the NY Times is carrying the story on their web site. The only upside for Webb on this story is it will probably overshadow the story of Webb supporters planning to dress up as monkeys at an ethnic Republican event in Fairfax tomorrow.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Yeah, Webb was REAL supportive of Reagan — NOT!!!

Looks like Jim Webb’s wrote an article in my hometown newspaper back in the ’80s in which he tells people what he really thought about Reagan and it is non too flattering.

Can you say “opportunist” boys and girls? I knew you could.

Looks like Webb opened up a can of worms with this one. The only thing he had to run on, that he was Ronald Reagan’s Navy Secretary, has blown up in his face.

OOPS!!!

Guess he’ll be hanging out with his new best bud John Kerry a lot more now….

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Tell us what you REALLY think about The Gipper…

Given that Jim Webb’s first TV commercial prominently displays Ronald Reagan, what do his top campaign staffers have to say about The Gipper? Well, in their own words from their bargain bin book:

Steve Jarding and Dave “Mudcat” Saunders (the poor man’s James Carville wannabe) … wrote that Reagan was “a pompous, ignorant fool” and that “the vast bulk of Reagan’s Administration was a sell-out and a sham.”

(I wonder if when they wrote that they were including Webb as part of that “vast bulk”?)

I think people will take that ad real sincerely once they have to hear what these two really have to say about Reagan. Heck, the ad hasn’t even aired yet and the WashPo is putting that out.

UPDATE: The Reagan Team has responded —

Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, former Counselor to President Reagan and U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, as well as former Reagan Campaign Chairman and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt released the following statement this afternoon:

“We are disappointed that James Webb is dishonoring the memory of President Reagan by using an old video clip to imply that Ronald Reagan would be supporting him. He should be ashamed of himself.

“It is Senator George Allen whose leadership, integrity and optimism reminds us of President Reagan. On virtually every issue, from the consistency of his views and outlook, to his constant support for low taxes and less government spending, to his commitment to supporting judges who will interpret the law rather than make new law, it is Senator Allen who is the true heir to President Reagan. He will continue to offer conservative and common sense solutions to the problems we face and will represent Virginia in the Reagan tradition by emphasizing limited government, traditional values and a strong, forward looking foreign policy.”

UPDATE 2: Be prepared for this kind of vitriol from the Nutroots:

“Oh no, the Reagan felons have denounced Webb’s newest video!!!” – James Martin

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_