Friday, October 31, 2008
Where: The Mill Street Grill, 1 Mill St., Staunton VA
When: This Sunday, November 2 at noon.
Lunch will be provided for the first 140 people who arrive. Everyone will get a chance to meet with Governor Warner and hear him speak.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
When Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-6th, said he would only serve 12 years, we believed him. That was during his first run for the office in 1992....In March, the nonpartisan research organization Knowlegis ranked the eight-term Republican 254th among 435 House members in the Congressional power structure. The study ranks members on their positions, indirect influence and legislative activity and earmarked funding for special projects.
After all his [Goodlatte's] years in Congress, we'd hope for something better than middle of the pack.
Rasoul, on the other hand, walks the walk. He is seeking a seat in Congress on a shoestring — he refused money from the National Democratic Committee because he didn't want to be beholden to the lobbyists attached to party money.
...we'd like to see a fresh approach to how our district is represented in Congress.Cross posted at Coarse Cracked Corn
Rasoul is not part of the problem. We believe he could be part of the solutions.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Americans are dissatisfied with a dysfunctional Congress that has placed rabid partisanship and the influence of lobbyists above the interests of the Americans who elected them.
This Nov. 4 affords an opportunity for Americans to force change. Voters in Virginia's 6th Congressional District can help to hasten reforms by electing newcomer Sam Rasoul to replace longtime incumbent Bob Goodlatte.
Rasoul, at age 27, is the youngest person running for Congress. He is still wrapped up in the naïveté of youth. He believes that, with enough principled members, Congress could change. He is idealistic but doesn't seem to fully grasp or appreciate how the system works. Still, voters could do worse than give Rasoul a chance to prove himself.
He has shown through the campaign that he lives up to his principles. He won the Democrats' support as their nominee, but he has shunned all party and political action committee money.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will join us for a Rally in the Valley, Tuesday at
Think about this: Barack Obama cares enough about the
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, though, an RSVP is strongly encouraged. To RSVP, please click here
Doors Open: 3:15 PM
Program Begins: 5:15 PM
***For security reasons do not bring bags or umbrellas and please limit personal items. No signs or banners allowed.***
Special note: I learned this at Leesburg, leave your pocket knife in the car! I had to give up my Case that a good friend gave me a long time ago. But I did so without hesitation.
We are living history here!
Thank you, see you Tuesday!
Keep Tuesday afternoon, October 28th OPEN on your calendar!
Details have yet to be finalized but there seems every reason to believe A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR will be in
1. July 19, 2006: Vetoed H.R. 810, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, a bill to ease restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Override attempt failed in House, 235-193 (286 needed).
2. May 1, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1591, U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007. Override attempt failed in House, 222-203 (284 needed). A later version of the bill that excluded certain aspects of the initial legislation that the President disapproved of... H.R. 2206, was enacted as Pub.L. 110-28 with the President's approval.
4. October 3, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 976, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 ("SCHIP"). Override attempt failed in House, 273-156 (286 votes needed).
5. November 2, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1495, Water Resources Development Act of 2007. Overridden by House, 361-54 (277 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 79-14 (62 needed), and enacted as Pub.L. 110-114 over President's veto.
6. November 13, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 3043, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008. Override attempt failed in House, 277-141 (279 votes needed).
7. December 12, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 3963, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007. Override attempt failed in House, 260-152 (275 votes needed).
8. December 28, 2007: Pocket Vetoed H.R. 1585, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. A later version of the bill that changed a minor provision of which the President disapproved was quickly passed by Congress (H.R. 4986) and was enacted with the President's approval as Pub.L. 110-181 on 28 January 2008.
10. May 21, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 2419, 2007 U.S. Farm Bill. Overridden by House, 316-108 (283 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 82-13 (64 votes needed). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-234 over the President's veto. Due to a clerical error, this act was repealed by Pub.L. 110-246.
11. 18 June 2008: Vetoed H.R. 6421, 2007 U.S. Farm Bill, re-passed by Congress to correct a clerical error in HR 2419. Overridden by House, 317-109 (284 votes required). Overridden by Senate, 80-14 (63 votes needed). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-246 over the President's veto.
12. July 15, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 6331, Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. Overridden by House, 383-41 (283 votes required.) Overridden by Senate, 70-26 (64 votes required). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-275 over the President's veto.
Each of the following are links to their parent articles
Richard Nixon's daughter supports Obama
Former Governor William Weld of Massachusetts is the latest Republican to cross over and support Democrat Barack Obama for president.
It's the Weld endorsement that's making news, but there's been another notable defection by a Massachusetts conservative: Charles Fried, a former Solicitor General under Ronald Reagan and one of Harvard Law School's most respected conservatives, says he's already voted for Obama via absentee ballot.
Douglas W. Kmiec is Caruso Family Chair and Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University. He served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel (U.S. Assistant Attorney General) for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Former Dean of the law school at The Catholic University of America, Professor Kmiec was a member of the law faculty for nearly two decades at the University of Notre Dame.
At least two more former Republican governors have endorsed Barack Obama. I’ve previously noted that former Michigan Governor William Milliken has withdrawn his support for John McCain.
As election day draws nearer, a number of prominent moderate Republicans are endorsing Sen. Obama. Last weekend Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Obama and that endorsement appears to have started a bit of a flood.
Joel Haugen, a Republican fighting a tough congressional race against the Democrats in Oregon, has fallen out with his party. The reason: his surprise endorsement of Barack Obama for the presidency.
Much as already been written of the symbolism of Caroline and Ted Kennedy, daughter and brother of John F. Kennedy, supporting Barack Obama. Not only is Obama now carrying the torch of the Kennedy years, he has also received the support of the family of the president who preceded Kennedy. Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower, has endorsed Barack Obama for president:
Republicans and Conservatives Endorsing Barack
As you find more Republicans who support Barack Obama for President please add them in the comments.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If these guys haven't represented what's good about America for the last forty years, no one has.
Palin Drove Stake Into Centrist HeartsBy Froma Harrop
Independents like me wanted two things out of a McCain running mate. (1) A capable leader who could step into the top job should something happen to the not-very-young No. 1. (2) Someone who would temper McCain's recent efforts to woo social conservatives. They got neither in the Alaska governor.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The "perception of reality," on the other hand, is an amazing political tonic, and with it conservatives have cemented a factproof worldview of lasting power. It is simply this: Conservatives are authentic and liberals are not. The country is divided into a land of the soulful, hard-working producers and a land of the paper-pushing parasites; a plain-spoken heartland and the sinister big cities, where they breed tricky characters like Barack Obama, all "eloquence," as John McCain sneered in last week's presidential debate, but hard to pin down.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A SNL skit (yet) to be seen:
President Palin with the generals, with her finger on the trigger for launching the Nukes to Russia:
General 1: "We are on the brink. Madam President.
Pick up the red phone and talk to Putin!"
Palin: "That would be blinking!
God made me president for a reason!!"
(launches Nukes to Russia)
"Its so exciting to be following GOD's PLAN for Armageddon.
The Rapture will be so much fun! Just think, billions of Chinese, Indians, Muslims,
(and don't you just love it), the Jews go to Hell!
And me and my Christians friends go to Heaven!"
There is no scene 2.
(ht to bruce a.)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Who is Sarah Palin? My former party, the GOP and John McCain, has sold its soul and maybe our existence, to have power over the world.
Take the time to watch this video, and then ask yourself.
I know. I didn't leave the Republican party, the Republican party left me. For greed of power.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Oct 19 09:31 AM US/Eastern
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, describing the Illinois senator as a "transformational figure."
This is the view of America the world sees. Does it make anyone proud?
These people do not represent me!
Do they represent you?
Vote Against This Nonsense!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Call the Campaign for Change to find how you can help us all win, and come to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in
(124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381)
or in Bridgewater
(401 N Main St. 540-322-9986)
Currently most, if not all, Commissioner of Revenue activities occur in the county administration building in Harrisonburg, many miles from our outlying communities. Most towns in Rockingham County have a community center and my goal is to explore which services can be delivered at the community centers on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Services such as assistance with tax relief, and income tax filings for the elderly or the disabled can be cost-effectively delivered at our localities. I will work with senior citizens, low income taxpayers, and Veteran groups to explain the process and guidelines of the tax relief program.
If elected I will work toward making Revenue forms more readily available either through town offices, community centers, or the web. I will bring a fresh look and new prospective to the office of the Commissioner of Revenue for Rockingham County while providing the highest level of customer service possible.
Citizens of Rockingham County will know that with Esther Nizer as their Commissioner of Revenue, they will receive responsive and considerate attention. They will be valued partners in the future prosperity of Rockingham County.
On November 4th vote Nizer for Commissioner of Revenue, and take a step toward better government in Rockingham County!
Your vote will be appreciated.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Latest Election Poll Results
|Election 2008||Obama||McCain||RCP Average|
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Public also more likely to think Obama has plan to solve problems
PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are much more likely to believe that Barack Obama understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives than to believe John McCain does.
Read the Story
Monday, October 13, 2008
In 1976, Jimmy Carter inherited a $660 billion national debt.
The course of our national debt since then:
Added during Carter's four years: $337 billion.
Added during Ronald Reagan's eight years: $1.6 trillion.
Added during George H. W. Bush's four years: $1.6 trillion.
Added during Bill Clinton's eight years: $1.5 trillion.
Added during George W. Bush's seven years, nine months: $4.5 trillion.
Portion of the $9.5 trillion added to the national debt during the past 31 years and seven months that came during Republican presidencies: $7.7 trillion.
Percentage of that $7.7 trillion added during George W. Bush's two terms: 58%.
Now you know.
Obama and McCain have taken different tacks to handling the meltdown. It's not by accident. How their economic gurus shape their views.
By Michael Hirsh | NEWSWEEK
Published Oct 11, 2008
From the magazine issue dated Oct 20, 2008
Barack Obama was in "governing mode," says one of his aides. In a small room next to A basketball arena at the University of Miami, Fla., the Democratic nominee had convened an emergency session of his new economic brain trust. It was a remarkable gathering for a candidate who, during the primaries, had relied largely on an obscure, baby-faced
Sunday, October 12, 2008
GOP attacks on American voters turn desperate, ugly and dangerous
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
October 10, 2008
The GOP assault on American voters has hit full stride as the economy and John McCain tank in synch.
With just over three weeks until election day, the Republicans have mounted an all-out attack against newly registered voters and the organizations working to sign them up. As many as 75% of these new voters are expected to vote Democratic, but the attacks have also spread to long-established voters as well. Recent calculations show more than a million more newly registered Democrats in Ohio than Republicans.
The usual drumbeat claiming massive voter fraud has become ceaseless at Fox "News" and other right wing media mouthpieces.
Read this Important Story!
Cross-posted at Coarse Cracked Corn
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of our country…
This is the Most Important Election in Our Lifetime…
Call the Campaign for Change to find how you can help us all win and come to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in Harrisonburg (124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381
VA Delegate Brian Moran,
(Democratic House Caucus Leader and Candidate for Governor)
will be at the Campaign for Change office
at 1:00p.m. on Monday, October 13th,
to Rally the Volunteers for the final three weeks of campaign work!
We have good momentum, and that momentum is building, but in order to keep the ball moving in the right direction, we must increase our effort!
Keep this in mind as you ask how important your help can be:
o 2006, a change of 15 votes in each precinct in our 6th Congressional District would have re-elected George Allen to the US Senate, and we wouldn’t have Jim Webb.
o 2005, a change of 350 votes state wide would have elected Creigh Deeds as Attorney General of Virginia.
o 2007, a change of 4 votes in each precinct in
Volunteer help, volunteer work, and volunteer dedication have all been vital to get us to this point, but now is the time for our united final push to victory!
Join Delegate Brian Moran,
at the Campaign for Change office
at 1:00p.m. on Monday, October 13th,
to Rally the Volunteers for the final three weeks of campaign effort!
We have, at the time of this writing,
Until close of polls on Election Day
Barack Obama and Joe Biden,
and all of our wonderful candidates for local office
are counting on You and Me to help,
There is much work to be done during the next three weeks and
Campaign for Change has a good plan for the end game.
Please, if you haven’t volunteered in some way to help in this historic effort to take our country back, do so now!
If you have been helping, keep up the great work!
You are Vital!
Call the Campaign for Change to find how you can help us all win and come to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in Harrisonburg (124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381
And Join Brian Moran to Rally the Volunteers!
Monday, October 13th
At the Obama, Campaign for Change office,
Friday, October 10, 2008
Read the Story
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska - Seven aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether the Republican vice presidential nominee abused her powers by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.
There is no indication, however, that Palin or her husband will now agree to testify in the legislative inquiry, which has dogged her for the past several months and could hurt John McCain in the final weeks of the presidential race.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she's an open book regarding an abuse-of-power investigation. Apparently her staff doesn't feel the same way.
While the Alaska governor has waived her privacy rights so details about her firing of a state commissioner can be made public, she has not called on others in her administration to do the same. Unless they do, the results of a state personnel board investigation may never be revealed.
The personnel board and the state Legislature are running separate investigations into whether Palin abused her power by firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, who says he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a messy divorce with the governor's sister.
The controversy, known in Alaska as Troopergate, could hurt John McCain's presidential bid. Legislative investigators are due to submit a report Friday that could reveal embarrassing details about Palin's leadership and provide campaign fodder in the final weeks before the election.
Palin refuses to cooperate with that inquiry, which she says has become too political, citing comments by the Democratic senator overseeing the case. She is only cooperating with the personnel board inquiry, which is much more secretive, is run by people she can fire and could take years to resolve.
PRINCETON, NJ -- The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama with a 52% to 41% lead over John McCain.
These results, based on Oct. 5-7 polling, are the best for Obama during the campaign, both in terms of his share of the vote and the size of his lead over McCain. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"Unlike Wall Street executives, America's families don't have a golden parachute to fall back on," said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the panel chairman. "It's clear that their retirement security may be one of the greatest casualties of this financial crisis."
John McCain wants to change the subject from the central question of this election.
Perhaps that's because the policies
John McCain supported these past eight years
are pretty hard to defend.
Monday, October 6, 2008
From Gallup 10-06-08
Majority of 18- to 29-year-olds perceive a direct impact of president on their lives
by Lymari Morales
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- America's youngest voters are mindful of history and the impact on their own lives as they prepare to cast ballots on Nov. 4. Among 18- to 29-year-old registered voters surveyed for a USA Today/MTV/Gallup poll, 61% support the Obama-Biden ticket, versus 32% who prefer the McCain-Palin ticket, with Obama's voters being far more likely to be certain about their vote than McCain's.
Read the Story
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.
In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.
In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Community Gathering with Joe BidenSam Rasoul will speak in the lead up to Senator Biden's appearance.
Sunday, October 5th
Gates Open: 11:00 a.m.
Program Begins: 12:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public -- however, seating is limited and tickets are required.
For security reasons, do not bring bags. Please limit personal belongings. No signs or banners permitted.
Tickets are available during the following times at the location below:
Friday, October 3rd: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4th: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Below is a good resource provided by Google. Learn how to register, get information, find your polling place and more. Help your friends in this most important election year!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS PAGE FOR VOTING INFORMATION
Of the People
By the People
For the People
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain --
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The first, hosted by the Roanoke County PTA, will be held in Roanoke County at William Byrd High School
Monday October 6 at 7pm.
Contact Chuck Lionberger:
The second, hosted by WSVA radio 550am, will be held in Harrisonburg
at the Tropical Room of the Holiday Inn
Wednesday October 9th, at 10am.
Broadcast Live on AM 550, WSVA of Verstandig Broadcasting.
Contact Hal DuBois:
Both events are open to the public and to the press, please attend and participate in your government and future!
But look, the Maverick has started a new game, same rules, higher stakes, better looking women. Are you feeling lucky?
(S)He who winks the eye causes trouble,
And a babbling fool will be ruined.
From Proverbs book 10
Blinking is a neat natural process whereby the eyelids wipe the eyes clean, much as a windscreen wiper on a car.
Blink rate tends to increase when people are thinking more. This can be an indication of lying as the liar has to keep thinking about what they are saying. Realizing this, they may also force their eyes open and appear to stare.
Blinking can also indicate rapport, and people who are connected often blink at the same rate. Someone who is listening carefully to you is more likely to blink when you pause (keeping eyes open to watch everything you say).
Beyond natural random blinking, a single blink can signal surprise that the person does not quite believe what they see ('I'll wipe my eyes clean to better see').
Rapid blinking blocks vision and can be an arrogant signal, saying 'I am so important, I do not need to see you'.
Rapid blinking also flutters the eyelashes and can be a coy romantic invitation.
Closing one eye in a wink is a deliberate gesture that often suggests conspiratorial ('You and I both understand, though others do not').
Winking can also be a slightly suggestive greeting and is reminiscent of a small wave of the hand ('Hello there, gorgeous!').
Sarah Palin has experience being a runner-up -- which will come in handy in November. Tonight she barely kept up.
In advance, the commenteriat almost unanimously agreed on a false measure of this debate. Judging by "expectation" meant that pundits could conceivably award a faux victory if she was half-coherent and modestly informed after a cram session in Arizona.
But voters apply an absolute standard, not a low water mark of expectations: With America facing two wars and economic disaster, Americans ask if a candidate is up to the job.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain conceded battleground Michigan to the Democrats on Thursday, GOP officials said, a major retreat as he struggles to regain his footing in a campaign increasingly dominated by economic issues.
These officials said McCain was pulling staff and advertising out of the economically distressed Midwestern state. He also canceled a visit slated for next week. Michigan, with 17 electoral votes, voted for Democrat John Kerry in 2004, but Republicans had poured money into an effort to try to place it in their column this year.
The decision marked the first time either McCain or his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, has tacitly conceded a traditional battleground state in a race for the White House with little more than a month remaining.