Back to Blogging

Since this post marks my return to blogging after a summer off, I plan to cover two areas in this one post.

First and foremost, a hearty thank you to Alton for planning the Bloggers United For Free Speech conference in Martinsville. For those of you who didn’t make it, your $50 got you an elegant dinner Friday night with the Lt. Governor and a delicious barbeque buffet for lunch on Saturday. Saturday was chock full of good speakers (one being the Attorney General), good presentations and good discussion. I’m a big fan of these conferences that bring us bloggers from different backgrounds and different political viewpoints together for face to face discussions. We need more civility and more thought in our political debates/deliberations and less “flaming” and name calling. From behind the protection of a keyboard, Pentium chip and/or a pseudonym it’s very easy to resort to ugliness rather than using logic and examples to substantiate one’s opinion. Doing the same thing in person, is more difficult for most people…at least in my opinion. Before I sound too terribly “holier than thou” I too have succumbed to temptation a few times and posted things that were better left unsaid. Meeting together in person at these conference is a constant reminder to me that behind the keyboard is a human being possessed of the ferocity of their convictions, and, we’re all made stronger as a result of a substantive debate devoid of name calling and meanness.

On a personal note about the conference, I had a chance to spend some time with Myron & Megan Rhodes (The Republitarian and the Republitarian’s Supreme Commander…oops…I mean Wife). The conference was a lot of fun with you guys and I enjoyed dinner Saturday night, too.

And before anyone thinks I’m turning into a big shaved head/goatee softee with all this chitter chatter about getting along….put this in your pipe and smoke it…..Greg Bouchillion has a big nose AND he wears white after Labor Day. So there.

The next topic I want to throw out was inspired by a post on Not Larry Sabato. Apparently there is a trend where high interest, low principle lenders (affectionately referred to as “loan sharks”) are setting up shop outside military installations. Allegedly their m.o. is offering their high interest loans to young servicepersons who have yet to learn fiscal discipline and need some quick cash to tide them over until payday. Obviously, critics are claiming that these lenders/loan sharks are “preying” on young, inexperienced service personnel who have yet to learn fiscal discipline.

Does the state/government have a responsibility to protect young adults from their own lack of fiscal discipline by aggressively regulating the lending industry? Do young adults have a responsibility to manage their affairs prudently? Was reducing the age of majority to 18 a mistake? Do 18 year olds have adequate judgment via life experience to be held responsible for decisions of this magnitude? Are we paying our enlisted personnel enough? Or do enlisted personnel have a responsibility to live within their means?

I’m interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts on this.

When will Jim Webb do the honorable thing?

Every day that Jim Webb refuses to address the outrageous comments of his nutroots coordinator, Lowell Feld, he gives tacit approval to the juvenile and offensive remarks that he has made. Every day that passes that Jim Webb remains silent is a statement that he agrees with Feld’s spurious charges that George Allen is an “outright racist.”

When will Jim Webb do the honorable thing — distance himself from those remarks and fire Lowell Feld? We’re still waiting….

UPDATE: It appears that Judy Feder has terminated her campaign’s relationship with Greg Bouchillon over similar outrageous behavior. When will Jim Webb follow Feder’s example?

Categories: Virginia Politics_, 2006 Elections_, Nutroots_

The Incredible Disappearing WashPo Story….

I WAS going to write a post on Michael Shear’s “analysis” piece that headlined the Sunday WashPo’s Virginia Edition of the Metro section entitled “‘Macaca Moment’ Marks a Shift in Momentum” in which Webb campaign guru Steve Jarding admits that the entire Webb campaign boils down to this:

“This is a referendum on George Allen.”

Need further evidence of that? Well, check out Jim Webb’sIssues Page” and you’ll see why Jarding has to frame it that way. His issues haven’t been expanded upon since he got into the race six months ago despite repeated promises that we’d be seeing a whole host of issue initiatives laid out on their web site. Well, they’ve got a spiffy new web site AND they’ve even dropped the “Born Fighting” slogan from it, but still no sign of any substantive policy proposals.

Six months into the campaign and Jim Webb has offered Virginians a total of four sentences on the criticial issue of transportation. Six months into the campaign and Jim Webb has offered Virginians a total of nine sentences on the important issue of education. (Some of those sentences are so simple that they should have been compouded such as: “Jim is a product of public schools. Jim’s children attended public schools.” — hardly substantive policy there.) To date, Jim Webb has remained the one-trick pony that we all thought he was to begin with. (No wonder the one-trick pony author John Grisham is doing a fundraiser for him.)

As I said, I WAS going to write about all this, but when I went to the WashPo’s web site to link to Shear’s analysis piece, it was nowhere to be found. Not in the Metro section where it appeared in hard copy. Not in the Campaign 2006 category. Not with Shear’s columns for the Richmond Report. Nowhere.

Now why would the lead item in the WashPo’s Metro section not be anywhere online? Ineptitude? Quite possibly. But with the WashPo, you always have to question ulterior motives.

Categories: Virginia Politics_, 2006 Elections_, Media_

Gore On Broadway

This just in from New York, NY – Former Vice President Al Gore is joining Usher in the cast of Chicago on Broadway.

That’s right Gore will be filling the role Amos Hart, or as he proclaims in song – Mr. Cellophane.

Mister Cellophane
Shoulda been my name
Mister Cellophane
‘Cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I’m there…

Categories: National Politics_, Nutroots_, Humor_

"FLY THE FLAG" campaign for 9/11/06

I received a request from a long-time family friend to pass this message along. This is definitely a worthwhile idea and one that I wholeheartedly support….

9/11 Flag Flying

Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it. We have a little less than two weeks and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America. If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same…you get the idea.


On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States.

Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of our country’s worst tragedy. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity.

Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

Action Plan: So, here’s what we need you to do…

(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people).
Please don’t be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don’t, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America

Carole A. Biegen
Campaign Manager
United Way of Northeastern New York

Categories: World War III_

Jim Webb should fire Lowell Feld

Jim Webb’s nutroots coordinator, Lowell Feld, made the following comment yesterday:

Is anybody out there still seriously arguing that George Allen isn’t an outright racist?

Yes, Lowell. A LOT of people. Now, you might not get out of your parents’ basement or Webb HQ very often to meet them, but I’d say a vast majority of Virginians don’t think that George Allen is an “outright racist” or even a closet racist for that matter.

As we’ve stated before, we think that Jim Webb is an honorable (albeit politically misguided) man. He has not made any personal negative attacks on Senator Allen. In fact, yesterday when asked to comment on the joint appearances of Allen and Rudy Giuliani, his only response was:

“I think they ought to discuss each others’ views on social issues,” Webb said, declining to elaborate.

I don’t know when I’ve seen such tame criticism from a political candidate, but he has lived a life of honor and he probably doesn’t feel comfortable going for the jugular even in the political sense.

Now, as we pointed out yesterday, Lowell tries to hide behind a weasel disclaimer to shield the Webb campaign from his outrageous claim that Allen is an “outright racist.” Well, Lowell, you’re the one pushing guilt by association, so that doesn’t really fly now, does it?

Jim Webb needs to do the honorable thing, as he has shown himself prone to do throughout his life, and fire Lowell Feld from his campaign for making such a disgusting remark. He does not need Lowell around tainting his good name and character with such rantings and ravings. Jim Webb should not and need not tolerate such behavior.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Nutroots_

Supply-Siders for Lieberman

The WashTimes’ Inside Politics had this blurb on the joining of two former Veep nominees in political common cause:

Joining Lieberman

Jack Kemp will hit the campaign trail with a fellow former vice presidential candidate from another party: Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Mr. Lieberman said yesterday that Mr. Kemp, a former Republican congressman and Housing and Urban Development secretary, telephoned to offer support to his independent campaign, which the three-term senator began after losing the Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. No date for the visit has been set.

“We’ve worked together for years on some good projects that got done,” Mr. Lieberman told reporters while campaigning in New London.

Mr. Kemp was former Sen. Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996.

Mr. Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, has seen most Democratic leaders flock to Mr. Lamont since the Aug. 8 primary.

Author’s Aside: If I were to describe my political family tree, that is, those elected officials who have had the greatest impact on shaping my own personal philosophy and outlook, I’d place Ronald Reagan in the role of Political Grandfather, Jack Kemp as Political Father and Steve Forbes as Political Uncle. I was fortunate enough to work for and get to know both Kemp and Forbes during the 1990s and have tremendous respect for both men. This is just in keeping in character for Kemp who is a tireless advocate for growing both the Republican Party and conservatism.

Thank you, Jack.

Categories: National Politics_, 2006 Elections_

"a horny woman’s dream"

Let’s see….

Who would have referred to the U.S. Naval Academy’s dormitory as “a horny woman’s dream” with respect to female plebes?

Oh, yeah. That’s right…..

Jim Webb.

Get over yourself. Just because you and Disco Stu were separated at birth doesn’t make either of you God’s Gift to Women.

UPDATE: No wonder he dismissed the Tailhook sexual harassment scandal as a “Witch Hunt.”

H/T to Ward Smythe.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

"Virginia Is For Capitalists"

Virginia has landed three of the top ten spots in the latest U.S. Census Bureau rankings of the wealthiest counties in the country. Loudoun and Fairfax top the list at first and second respectively with PWC popping up at number seven (a fact that the WashPo didn’t mention in their article), ahead of Nassau, Rockland and Suffolk counties in NY. The other four counties in the top ten saw two from Maryland and two from New Jersey.

1. Loudoun, Va. :$98,483
2. Fairfax, Va. :$94,610
3. Howard, Md. :$91,184
4. Sommerset, N.J. :$88,532
5. Morris, N.J. :$84,010
6. Montgomery, Md. :$82,187
7. Prince William, Va. :$81,904
8. Nassau, N.Y. :$80,293
9. Rockland, N.Y. :$78,649
10. Suffolk, N.Y. :$77,109

PWC is hot on your trail, Montgomery County!!! And if we pass Sommerset County, NJ in the near future, that will be a real feather in our cap. That’s where my old boss, Steve Forbes lives.

Categories: NOVA Politics_, PWC Politics_, Fairfax Politics_, Loudoun Politics_, Economy_

Do Democrats Have A Flux Capacitor?

As everyone knows, a flux capacitor is what makes time travel possible. Well, it seems that Democrats must be in possession of a time machine given their recent criticisms of George Allen.

How else to explain that “macaca” has long been widely considered a racial slur — that is since August 16, 2006 when a Wikipedia page was created for it five days after the incident with George Allen. And how else to explain that George Allen should have known in 1996 about the white-supremacist views of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) when the Southern Poverty Law Center didn’t even know this until 1998?

Whoever is using this time machine for the Democrats should be very careful not to interfere with the space-time continuum.

Categories: Nutroots_, Morons_

Lowell Drinks Up "The Nation’s" Grape Flavor-Aid

All Hail, Lowell — King of Virginia’s Nutroots!!! (Somebody get him a wet paper towel to wipe all that Grape Flavor-Aid off his mouth that The Nation magazine has given him to drink.)

First of all, this photo that Lowell has up at Raising Kaine was taken in 1996 at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference.) Now, I’ve been to CPAC and I know how these particular photo-ops are staged. Anyone can register for CPAC (even liberals like Lowell) and, if you have enough money to pay for the private reception, too, you can get tickets for that where you can have your picture taken with dignataries.

This is how it works. About 300-500 people buy the tickets to get into the private reception. If they want to, they then get in line to have their pictures taken with the dignataries. In this instance, George Allen was on one end of the photo and Charlton Heston was on the other end. Everyone who was in line steps up, gets between them, has about 3 seconds to say hello, a photo is snapped and they’re moved along quickly so the next person or group can have their picture taken. The dignataries are lucky to even catch the names of the people they’re having their pictures taken with let alone learn about their personal histories or that of their organizations.

So from this, Lowell then jumps to making the most outrageous statement of the 2006 campaign to date:

Is anybody out there still seriously arguing that George Allen isn’t an outright racist?

Of course, Lowell has his little weasel disclaimer at the end of this post:

Lowell Feld is Netroots Coordinator for the Jim Webb for US Senate Campaign. The ideas expressed here belong to Lowell Feld alone, and do not necessarily represent those of Jim Webb, his advisors, staff, or supporters.

Since Lowell’s ideas don’t “necessarily represent those of Jim Webb, his advisors, staff, or supporters,” Jim Webb owes the people of Virginia and George Allen the truth as to whether or not he thinks that Lowell’s assertion that George Allen is an “outright racist” is accurate or not. If he disagrees with Lowell, he should condemn him for making such a statement and take disciplinary action against him. If he agrees with Lowell, then he has an obligation to back up that assertion. Even Ben Tribbett at Not Larry Sabato isn’t buying into Lowell and The Nation’s sewage.

It is strange that after so many duplicate posts appeared simultaneously on Raising Kaine and Jim Webb’s blog that this one only appeared on Raising Kaine. Could that have been done to give Webb plausible deniability with regard to connection to this personal negative attack on George Allen? Or could it just be that Jim Webb isn’t filled with hatred for other people the way that so many of his supporters are? Personally, I think that Jim Webb, like George Allen, is an honorable man and doesn’t hate anyone.

So, why do Webb supporters like Lowell hate George Allen so much?

UPDATE: When the Southern Poverty Law Center uncovered the racist views of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) in 1998 (2 years AFTER the Allen photograph was taken), CPAC labeled CCC a racist organization and barred them from all events. The SPLC has tracked elected officials who have met with CCC following this designation and George Allen is NOT among them.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Nutroots_

Sharon the wealth — NOT!

Greg L. at BVBL has dug up this gem on Dem PWC Chairman nominee Sharon Pandak from her tenure as county attorney:

State law requires public entities to give landowners “fair-market value” when taking needed land, but the land buyers for different jurisdictions interpret that phrase differently. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County both base their first offer on an outside appraisal, and the state agency permits the property owner to accompany the appraiser.

Prince William County Attorney Sharon Pandak defines fair-market value as whatever price a willing buyer and a willing seller agree upon. The county usually commissions an outside appraisal, but it may begin negotiating with an offer beneath that price and may refuse access to the appraisal, officials said.

Those tactics have drawn criticism from Supervisor William J. Becker (R-Brentsville). Small landowners expect the county to offer them a fair price and usually cannot afford to get their own appraisal, argued Becker, whose district includes newly aligned Davis Ford Road.

“We should consider making an offer based on the appraisal for low-cost acquisitions,” he said.

The head of Prince William’s right-of-way acquisition program, Nina Matthews, quit last month, publicly citing disagreements over the appraisal process. She would not comment for this article.

So, what is the lesson that we can draw from this regarding Sharon Pandak if she were elected County Chairman? I’d say that she would look out more for the county’s bottom line than the bottom lines of its taxpaying citizens. PWC residents can’t afford Sharon Pandak as Chairman.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

Waiting for the WashPo 180

When the WashPo inevitably endorses Jim Webb for U.S. Senate, let’s see how quick a 180 degree turn they make from their previous statements such as these:

But since announcing his candidacy he seems to have given scant time and attention to issues ranging from education to tax policy to immigration, as if the cachet of his military past excuses him from having to master the pressing questions of the present — not the best trait for a candidate for the Senate. Mr. Webb’s somewhat strident populism on trade policy tends toward xenophobic sloganeering and business-bashing. And while he is right to focus concern on the widening disparities of Americans’ income and wealth, his ideas about the problem’s causes and possible antidotes are sketchy.

Watch out. You might get whiplash. We’ll have fun comparing that future endorsement to this one and holding the WashPo up for ridicule as Dem hacks.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Media_