Dems’ October Surprise is…

Alex P. Keaton?

It is sad to see Michael J. Fox in this condition. However, in the past when he has testified before Congress he has gone off of his Parkinson’s medication (as he stated in his memoir, “Lucky Man,” with regard to his 1999 testimony) and it appears that he may have done that when filming these ads that are now appearing in the Missouri and Maryland senate races against Republicans Jim Talent and Michael Steele respectively as well as in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race against Republican challenger Mark Green. How much longer until this ad pops up in Virginia against Senator George Allen?

(UPDATE: There is allegedly television footage of Fox at a press conference for McCaskill from just prior to him filming the ad for her where none of the symptoms exhibited in the ad are in evidence. We will do our best to track this down if it does indeed exist.)

The thing is, in the Maryland senate race, only one candidate has had the opportunity to actually vote on any sort of stem cell research and Democrat Ben Cardin voted against it when he had the chance.

I sincerely hope that they find a cure for Parkinson’s, but embryonic stem cell research has to date proved to be much less beneficial than other stem cell sources that do not result in the creation of life in order to destroy it for medical harvest.

The election looks to be coming down to Democrats / Michael J. Fox / Stem Cell Research vs. Republicans / Jack Bauer / National Security

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Social Issues_, Science_

"Republicans for Pandak" signs

Craig Vitter over at Craig’s Musings has been on top of the “Republicans for Pandak” sign story these past few weeks. Well, I saw my first one of these signs over the weekend along southbound Route 1 on the right-hand side just inside the Dumfries town line (not exactly a hot-bed of Republican activism there.)

Now, I’m not certain whether the property owner who put up the sign is a Republican or not, but perhaps someone with knowledge of where the sign is located and who the owner is can shed some light on that. Let’s not forget, without party registration in Virginia, anyone can claim to be a member of any party they want, but it doesn’t make it so.

What does this person (and others claiming to be “Republicans for Pandak”) think makes him or her a Republican? Are they currently members in good standing of the Prince William County Republican Party or the Republican Party of Virginia? (Technically the only actual way you can “belong” to a political party in Virginia.) Did they once vote in a Republican primary? Did they once vote for a Republican in a general election? Is it merely a state of mind for them? Or maybe “Developers for Pandak” didn’t test all that well with the focus groups in the county.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

"Suicide Pact With America"

Contrary to popular belief, the Democrats do have a congressional legislative agenda along the lines of the Republicans’ 1994 “Contact With America.” Without further pause, here is the Democrats’ 2006 “Suicide Pact With America“:

End the War in Iraq Act (McGovern, D-MA)-H.R. 4232. Defunds the War in Iraq, forcing immediate troop withdrawal.

Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act (Kucinich, D-OH)-H.R. 3760. Establishes a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, as well as a Peace Day. The department would promote “human rights,” international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, structured mediation, and peaceful conflict resolution.

Media Ownership Reform Act (Hinchey, D-NY)-H.R. 3302. Restricts ownership of radio and television stations, forcing some owners to divest their holdings, and regulates broadcast content.

Freedom of Choice Act (Nadler, D-NY)-H.R. 5151. Creates a right to unrestricted pre-viability abortions, and late terms abortions for the life and health of the mother.

Crack-Cocaine Equitable Sentencing Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 2456. Eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for crack-cocaine convictions.

States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (Frank, D-MA)-H.R. 2087. Allows physicians in states with medical marijuana laws to prescribe marijuana without violating federal law.

To provide for coverage under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs of incontinence undergarments (Frank, D-MA)-H.R. 1052. Makes adult diapers a covered item under Medicare and Medicaid.

Gas Stamp Act (McDermott, D-WA)-H.R. 3712. Creates billions of dollars in gas stamps each year for people to get free gas, to be distributed to those already eligible for food stamps.

Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 663. Allows those convicts who are just out of prison to vote.

National Health Insurance Act (Dingell, D-MI)-H.R. 15. Institutes a new 5% value-added tax on property and services and creates a board to oversee payment to any individual for medical services not covered by Medicare.

Social Security Forever Act (Wexler, D-FL)-H.R. 2472. Imposes a new income tax on workers, employers, and self-employed businessmen to fund Social Security.

Health Security for All Americans Act (Baldwin, D-WI)-H.R. 2133. Requires states to create programs to ensure universal health coverage, and allows states to force employers to pay for health insurance for their employees.

Universal National Service Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 4752. Makes it an obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the U.S., between the ages of 18 and 42, to perform a two-year period of national service, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense.

Universal Education Act (Kind, D-WI)-H.R. 3930. Creates a Universal Education Corporation that provides taxpayer dollars to foreign countries that enter into education reform agreements with the U.S.

Medicare for All Act (Dingell, D-MI)-H.R. 4683. Increases taxes on workers and employers to offer to all citizens, and other individuals legally present in the U.S., Medicare benefits equivalent to the health care plans federal employees receive.

Menu Education and Labeling Act (DeLauro, D-CT)-H.R. 5563. Regulates what certain restaurants must print on their menus.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to full employment and balanced growth (Jackson, D-IL)-H.J.Res. 35. Creates a constitutional right to full employment.

Every Democrat candidate for the House and Senate in America should be asked if they support this agenda.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Congress_, Morons_

Create Your Own Conspiracy

Ever wonder how the Nutroots come up with some of their wacky ideas? Well, wonder no more with the Conspiracy Generator!!!

Just see what you can come up with!!!

What They Don’t Want You to Know

In order to understand the truth about gas prices you need to realize that everything is controlled by a Republican Party made up of hemophiliacs with help from George Allen campaign staffers.
The conspiracy first started during the parting of the Red Sea in Fiji. They have been responsible for many events throughout history, including the sinking of the Titanic.

Today, members of the conspiracy are everywhere. They can be identified by wiping snot on their sleeve.

They want to stab liberals and imprison resisters in Richmond using Segway scooters.

In order to prepare for this, we all must eat jellyfish sandwiches. Since the media is controlled by George Allen we should get our information from Jim Webb.

Categories: Humor_, Nutroots_, 2006 Elections_

Stewart Outraises, Maintains More Cash On-Hand Than Pandak

The Potomac News today reports that in the race for PWC Chairman, Corey Stewart has so far raised $47,994 and spent $25,687 (leaving him with a cash on-hand total of $22,307 with a big fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 26th still ahead for him.) Part of the $25K+ that Stewart has spent will soon be showing up in the mailboxes of 55,000 PWC registered voters. Meanwhile, Sharon Pandak has raised $21,594 and spent $10,028 (leaving her with a cash on-hand amount of $11,566, just about half of what Stewart has.)

The amounts raised are as of Sept. 30, so both sides may have raised more in the meantime, however, the amounts spent are as of Oct. 16 and 12 respectively. Still, Stewart appears to have a significant edge in funds that coupled with the PWC GOP’s volunteer corps will push him across the finish line.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, PWC Politics_

Stewart, Pandak Debate Before CoC

The Potomac News has an excellent recap of yesterday’s debate between Supervisor Corey Stewart and Sharon Pandak, candidates in the election for PWC Chairman.

It is interesting to see how each candidate views “essential services.”


Stewart said he would limit the spending to the “core government functions” of public safety, education and transportation.

“I’m not suggesting we cut anything out, but I think to the extent that we’re generating new revenues, we’ve got to focus on those priorities,” said Stewart, who was elected to the Board of County Supervisors in 2003.

Stewart also said that housing assessments were going down and the county faced a $10 million shortfall in fiscal 2007 if the tax rate remains at 76.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.

“We are no longer in a situation where we can continue to decrease the rate,”said Stewart, an international law attorney.

“We need as a county to make some tough decisions and not to simply increase spending,” Stewart said. “We need to keep our priorities in order and make sure that we’re funding education, transportation and public safety first and foremost.”


Essential services also include equipment operators who help build the roads and the people who enforce zoning violations to help stave off blight and overcrowding and “reduce the need for police attention,” Pandak said.

“They apply also to the human services that keep those children who are abused and neglected from becoming tomorrow’s criminals,” Pandak said of the workings of government.

“We need to look at essential services in a far more complex way,” Pandak said.

Uh, huh… So, under Pandak’s “far more complex way,” it is conceivable to label just about anything as an “essential service.” Arts and crafts for kids? Sure! It keeps them off the streets where they could fall into bad habits. All it takes is a bit of creativity. Go ahead and try it yourself here in our comments section. The best, most creative submission will get free parking at Virtucon HQ for a week! (For best results, please set your keyboard to “mock” mode.)


We have just been able to obtain the following email coming from a developer to several people in the builder/developer industry in Fairfax and Prince William. The following developer has confirmed that it came from him:

Mr. Roy Beckner
Director of Business Development
S.W. Rodgers Company, Inc.
Gainesville, VA

S.W. Rodgers is a site developer in Prince William. The email was sent to several people in the builder/developer industry in Fairfax and Prince William.

Dear Friends, Associates, & Industry Leaders;

On November 7, 2006 at a Special Election, Prince William Co. will select a New County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. In my opinion Sharon Pandak, (, is candidate of choice. Sharon is a former County Attorney in Prince William. She is Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Fair & Open-Minded. Even though she will not always agree with the Industry position, she will give it an objective opportunity to be presented & heard. In fact, Sharon’s approach to leading the County is to create a level playing field that allows all elements of the community to participate, equally. After talking with her and attending forums, I’m totally convinced that Sharon is the superior candidate. Based on the preceding & for the following reasons I will be supporting The Sharon Pandak Campaign and doing ANYTHING I can to help her get ELECTED.

***My personal opinion:
Sharon’s opponent has literally ATTACKED the Home Building & Real Estate Industry by trying to raise the Proffers by $9,000. to $47,000., after telling us that he wouldn’t do it. He LIED to us & at every turn he has Criticized, Condemned & Complained publicly that our industry doesn’t pay its way. He has said that He will STOP the Out of Control Growth we have created & that he will Shut the Door on Residential Development.

He states that WE have caused the Congestion on the roads & that We don’t build ANY INFRASTRUCTURE or PAY ENOUGH toward those improvements. In his description, WE are the SCUM of the Earth & He will make us Pay More & Higher Proffers plus add Open Space and Historic landmark fees to the mix of proffers they extort from us. Corey Stewart is a Revengeful, Untrustworthy, & an Unbelievably Contradictory person. He doesn’t deserve the job & would only injure us & the entire County, if he gets it. I urge you to support Sharon with your contributions and help to get out the vote.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, PWC Politics_

Those Crazy Kids at the WashPo!!!

Wow, those crazy kids at the WashPo took a shot at the “Rest of Virginia” (or RoVA as they are calling it as opposed to NoVA / Northern Virginia) today.

Essentially, they took one of those lame e-mail chain jokes you get in your inbox, changed out the terms “Yankee” and “redneck” and replaced them with “NoVA” and “RoVA.”

So, without further adieu, here is just an example of what the WashPo thinks of those of us south of the Occoquan….

In NoVa, a lab is the family dog. In RoVa, a lab is the family meth business.

And they wonder why their circulation is down and people don’t take their editorials seriously. Morons….

Categories: Media_, Morons_

USA Today morons

USA Today did a list of the 101 most influential people who never lived.

Only problem is, a bunch of those on the list aren’t even “people” — Mickey Mouse, Smokey the Bear and the Loch Ness Monster to name a few. Then there are a few who did live (St. Nicholas for one) or whom there is question of whether they did exist or were just a myth (such as King Arthur.) Finally, there are some entries where multiple people are listed (such as “Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock”), pushing the list over the 101 they claim in the title.

That’s some real brainpower they’ve got going on over in their newsroom.

Categories: Media_, Morons_

Media Coverage of PWC Chairman Race

The WashPo has an article on Corey Stewart vs. Sharon Pandak on the important issue of growth while the Potomac News headline today is “Resident upset over sign in yard.”

Now, if this was an honest mistake and Corey apologized to this individual on behalf of his campaign for whoever put the sign in his yard, doesn’t it seem a little petty to base your vote on this? Does anyone know Mike Bryce and whether he is really an “unaligned” voter? If Bryce witnessed the volunteer putting his sign in his yard, why didn’t he open up the door and ask what he was doing? That would have been the first thing I would have done. Isn’t it strange that Bryce thought the person would come ask permission to put the sign up AFTER he had put the sign up? Does Bryce have a description of the man or the truck? Did he get a license plate number? And the biggest question of all — who called the Potomac News to report this non-story?

There’s something fishy going on here.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_, Media_

Sunday Drive Sign Wars

The Riley family piled into our Volvo wagon (no, it is NOT from Don Beyer) on Sunday for a drive out I-66 to pick apples and pumpkins. Our 120-mile trek took us clear across Prince William County along Rt. 234 (The Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Highway) from Rt. 1 to I-66, then out I-66 to Markham in Fauquier County where we hit Stribling Orchards.

From there, we tried out our new Verizon cell phones with GPS navigation to get from Markham to Berryville in Clarke County where Nalls Farm Market is located (some of the best pies you’ll find anywhere — try their apple-cranberry!) Our cell phone guided us through several back roads, shaving an hour off the trip if we had taken I-66 to I-81 to Route 7 as we have in the past.

After loading up at Nalls with pies, cider and apples (the ones at the orchard had been hit by a frost), we began heading home. This trip took us through Purcellville in Loudoun County and then down Route 15 back into PWC where we hopped back on I-66. This time, we took the PW Parkway back across the county all the way to I-95.

As you can tell, we covered a lot of ground and hit several major routes as well as numerous backroads. So, here’s what I can tell you about my observations of the political “sign wars” leading up to Election Day.

The GOP owns PWC. Everywhere you turned along Route 234 and the Parkway, there were at least three signs EACH for George Allen, Tom Davis and Corey Stewart (for PWC Chairman.) It was a very well-coordinated effort. I did notice a few Tom Davis signs in Jo Ann Davis’s territory, but no matter since they were in between his district and major thoroughfares. Frank Wolf also had a solid presence in Western PWC. I only saw a handful of Sharon Pandak (for PWC Chairman) signs, mostly around the intersection of Rt. 15 and Rt. 234 out west where she had one large sign as well. There were even fewer Jim Webb signs in PWC and ZERO Andy Hurst signs.

In Fauquier County, the I-66 exit ramp in Markham had a fair number of Judy Feder for Congress signs while Wolf’s signs were a bit more spread out. George Allen had a great presence. If Webb had any signs along our route in Fauquier, I didn’t notice them or don’t recall them. The back roads in Clarke County that we traveled along were pretty much devoid of yard signs while Loudoun County, especially Purcellville, was evenly split with Allen and Webb signs, but neither side had a lot of signs there, either.

So, there you have it. The state of the “sign wars” in NOVA outside the Beltway. Remember, this is only what we saw yesterday afternoon. If you have any observations of your own, please feel free to add them here.

Categories: NOVA Politics_, 2006 Elections_

And then there were none?

The RTD has an editorial this morning that ends:

At the start of the year two Virginians were in presidential contention. Now there is none.

I still wouldn’t count George Allen out so long as he wins re-election this year. We’re still at least 14 months away from the first presidential primary (that is if NH moves theirs up to Dec. ’07 as they might do in order to remain first) and a lot can happen in that time. But if Allen were to join Warner in declining to run, who would you support? And for the Dem readers of Virtucon, who are you considering throwing your support to now that Warner has pulled the plug?

Here are lists of potential candidates for each party (as compiled in the left column of this blog as well):

Sam Brownback (KS)
Bill Frist (TN)
Newt Gingrich (GA)
Rudy Giuliani (NY)
Chuck Hagel (NE)
Mike Huckabee (AR)
John McCain (AZ)
George Pataki (NY)
Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Mitt Romney (MA)
Tom Tancredo (CO)
Tommy Thompson (WI)


Evan Bayh (IN)
Joe Biden (DE)
Wesley Clark (AR)
Hillary Clinton (NY)
Tom Daschle (SD)
Howard Dean (VT)
Chris Dodd (CT)
John Edwards (NC)
Russ Feingold (WI)
John Kerry (MA)
Barrack Obama (IL)
Bill Richardson (NM)
Tom Vilsack (IA)

Categories: 2008 Elections_, National Politics_

So, what is the real reason Mark Warner isn’t running?

Yesterday, former Gov. Marky Mark decided not to bring his Funky Bunch on a nationwide tour, citing family reasons. Now, if that is truly the case, I can respect that having walked away from a few opportunities to run for something myself for that very reason. On the flip side, the timing seems somewhat strange to make such an announcement and all reports leading up to yesterday indicated that his family was (reluctantly) onboard and he was getting ready to file paperwork for an exploratory campaign and open campaign offices in Iowa and NH by the end of the year.

So, what do YOU think is the real reason he isn’t launching a presidential campaign? Was it really family considerations? (I heard a first-hand account about 3 years ago of a private conversation where Warner’s wife responded for him when he was asked if he would run for the Senate again, “If he wants to run for the senate again, he can do it with another wife.”) Did he think that he couldn’t win the nomination? Was he pushed out? And if so, by whom? (While the primary focus of this seems to be Hillary!, don’t rule out his old mentor Sen. Chris Dodd of CT who wants to run in ’08 himself.) Is there some scandal lurking out there (perhaps dealing with how he got his cell phone franchise that led to his fortune)? Could it be that someone pointed out to him that his only “accomplishment” as Gov. was raising taxes $1.4 billion when it turns out the state was actually running a surplus? Or maybe someone reminded him of the couple hundred million dollars his administration misplaced?

Step right up and tell us what you think!

Categories: 2008 Elections_, 2009 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Boots On The Ground

Bush policy not working? Losing the War in Iraq?

Listen to a boot on the ground and decide for yourself.
Kozeliski Interview

Sounds like there is progress being made and we’re winning to me.

1stLt. Mike Kozeliski is a good friend of mine. You won’t find a more honest person. If things weren’t going well he would be the first to admit it.

Mike’s in the middle of his 2nd tour in Iraq. He is a true American Hero.

Semper Fi!

Categories: World War III_, Iraq_, Marines_

Marky Mark won’t take his show on a U.S. Tour

National Journal is reporting that former VA Gov. Marky Mark may not be making a run at the WH in ’08.

Ex-VA Gov. Mark Warner plans to make a major announcement today about his 2008 presidential bid, three Virginia Democratic sources said. According to two Virginia Democrats who have been formally briefed, Warner is expected to say that he has decided not to run for president in 2008. Warner will speak to Virginia reporters at 11:00 am ET. A Warner spokeswoman declined to comment.


We now have confirmation.

The AP’s Bob Lewis and the Washington Post’s Michael Shear both have Dem sources confirming that Warner has decided not to run for president.

We’re still not able to pinpoint the reason.

Warner had campaign stops in Iowa planned for today. Sources close to Warner told the Hotline in September that Warner, after a long vacation with his family over the summer, had decided to run and was planning to open his exploratory committee in early winter.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the growing knowledge of just how incompetent his administration was — misplacing hundreds of millions of dollars here and there?

UPDATE: Here is the statement from Marky Mark himself.

Categories: 2008 Elections_, National Politics_, Virginia Politics_