Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Olympia Snowe: The Incredibly Vanishing GOP

Helping Virginia...

What this means to Virginia...

Virginians need only look to their state and local budgets, their politics, their schools and highways and their military bases to measure the impact of President Barack Obama's first 100 days.


Recession-wracked Virginia is closing a hole in its two-year, $77billion budget with more than $1.5 billion in cash from Obama's plan to kick-start the economy with a gush of federal spending.

More than $4.4 billion in stimulus funds is being steered to a range of programs, most notably transportation, education and health care.

Public schools are receiving $365 million, most of which will offset deep cuts. More than $1.2 billion is available for Medicaid, which provides health care for the aged and poor. More than $700 million will be funneled to transportation projects, principally highway repaving and mass transit.

The city of Richmond is in line for $11 million, most of which will finance improvements to Main Street Station in Shockoe Bottom.

But some stimulus money has been left in Washington. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates earlier this month rejected $125 million to expand eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Read the story

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Champions for the Valley - Part Four: Greg Marrow

Greg Marrow, Champion for Action

"Folks, during this economic crisis where 300,000 Virginians are unemployed and unemployment rates are at unprecedented highs, there is no excuse for our elected officials to have thumbed their noses at this stimulus money. Virginia politicians like Steve Landes can spin this all day, but the reality is that their rejection of this needed financial aid hurt every day Virginians trying to make ends meet, feed their children, buy medicine or possibly stay out of foreclosure. We deserve better action than this folks, we deserve people who will actually represent us in Richmond."

Read Greg's full article

Monday, April 27, 2009

Champions for the Valley - Part Three: Erik Curren

Curren Keeps keeps the Heat on Saxman

"Rejecting $125 million in free federal money to help Virginia's unemployed shows that the House Republicans, including my opponent, are out of touch with the values of voters in the Valley. I would've voted for the public interest instead of playing partisan politics in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression. And if elected, I will aggressively promote high-paying jobs in clean energy and other green industries that will give the Valley a prosperous 21st century economy."
Erik Curren, Democratic Candidate for 20th House of Delegates

Dems attack Republicans on jobless aid
Staunton News Leader

During a press conference Thursday in Harrisonburg, 20th District House candidate Erik Curren joined 25th District challengers Dr. Greg Marrow and Jim Noel and other area Democrats in criticizing Republicans for not supporting the measure and not recognizing how the money would help those most in need. "You have to recognize this is a scary situation for a lot of families," said Curren, who is running against Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton. "We need to take extraordinary measures."
Read the story

Click here to visit Erik Curren's campaign web site

Saturday, April 25, 2009

2nd Day, Champion for those who wish to work...

John Lesinski
A Champion for Working Men and Women
in the Shenandoah Valley

"Since my opponent took office the employment rate in Page County in the 15th District has increased fourfold from five to twenty percent. So, it is unconscionable that he would not support extending unemployment benefits. We need a state representative with leadership, courage, and compassion.

That is what I will bring to Richmond."

From the Northern Virginia Daily:

There will be a Democratic challenge to Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, this year. And if early efforts are any indication, he's coming out swinging.

John Lesinski, 49, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel now living in Washington, Va., joined a Democratic press conference on Thursday and called Gilbert to task for voting against an expansion of the commonwealth's unemployment benefits.

Read the story

Friday, April 24, 2009

Champion for those who wish to work...

A Champion
for the Shenandoah Valley

Leadership that Works

“These proud people that come to this building, they didn’t ask to become victims of this historic economic downturn. And they deserve all the economic assistance we can provide while they struggle to get back on their feet. The continuing harm done to Virginia’s struggling taxpaying families by Del. Lohr in lockstep with his party leadership must end,”

said Gene Hart,

the Democratic Party nominee in the 26th House District race, who we could call the host of the afternoon news conference in front of the Virginia Employment Commission office behind the Valley Mall.

Matt Lohr, the incumbent in the 26th and a Republican, joined his Republican colleagues in Richmond in what was largely a party-line vote to block the receipt of $125 million in stimulus monies in what was almost certainly a partisan moment, and not a good one, either, for the GOP.

Read the story

Join the many supporters of Gene Hart for Delegate,

For the official announcement of Gene's campaign:

Friday, April 24, 2009
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Cally's Resturant ( Downtown in the banquet room)
Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA

For information call Gene's campaign at 540-810-8069

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Events

Celebrate Earth Week at Court Square Theater this week! Topics include water quality, climate change, smart growth, and more. All events are free and open to the public. (Feel free to bring your lunch to our Noon activities!)

Activities yet to come at Court Square Theater:

Tue. Noon - We're All Smith Islanders documentary about the effects of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Tue. 7pm - Mike Tidwell, speaker - "Prosperity Through Clean Living - Why Solving Global Warming Will Make Us Rich and Doing Nothing will Kill US" (Founder/Director: Chesapeake Climate Action Network)
Wed. Noon - "Principles of Better Development" a presentation by the Valley Conservation Council
Wed. 7pm - Save Our Land, Save Our Towns PBS documentary about the decline of small towns and how to revive them

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Training Private Military in the Valley?

900 Acre Para-Military Training Compound proposed for Shenandoah County, Citizen Group Formed in Opposition

"Keep Shenandoah County Rural"
Citizens for Responsible Land Use

Community Meeting...
Wednesday, April 22nd
New Market Community Center
9184 John Sevier Road
New Market, VA 22844

Click here for driving directions

Northern VA Daily Article about Group's Formation

Website of Company proposing the training compound

The men from Blackwater USA arrived in New Orleans right after Katrina hit. The company known for its private security work guarding senior U.S. diplomats in Iraq beat the federal government and most aid organizations to the scene in another devastated Gulf.

About 150 heavily armed Blackwater troops dressed in full battle gear spread out into the chaos of New Orleans. Officially, the company boasted of its forces "join[ing] the hurricane relief effort."

But its men on the ground told a different story

Read more

What is your opinion on locating a Corporate Para-Military training facility/compound in the Shenandoah Valley just north of New Market, VA?
No opinion, need more information
Free polls from

Shenandoah County Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday, May 7th
County Office Building
Woodstock, VA

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thank You Blacks Run Cleanup Volunteers!

(note: these pictures portray litter, especially plastic garbage,
and are not actual photos of the Harrisonburg cleanup.

Click here to view photos of the Blacks Run Cleanup.)

I read where some 375 people participated in the 12th annual Blacks Run Cleanup project and picked up over 6,000 pounds of trash during the effort.

Many thanks to the nearly 400 outstanding members of our community who participated in making Harrisonburg a better place.

Yours is an example of working together to have positive impact.

6,000 pounds of garbage? Wow. That bears repeating,

Six thousand pounds of garbage...

To put this into a visual perspective, one 16 ounce water or soft drink bottle made of PET plastic weighs around 1/8th of an ounce when empty.

8 bottles per oz. 128 bottles per lb.

6,000 lb picked up is the equivalent of more than three quarters of a million plastic bottles...

Thanks so very much again to the responsible and invested folks who work to clean up Harrisonburg and keep it clean.

You are true blessings to our community.

And shame on the folks who pitch garbage onto the ground and into the stream.

Click here to see pictures of the cleanup crew and activities!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mike Signer: VA Repubs Send Our Tax Dollars to Other States

Greetings from Virginia, here's $125 Million of our taxes from Virginia citizens to use in your state, the Republicans in Va. don't think we need it here. Enjoy!

Ohh Noes!!! ... who let this guy ...

... speak Truth to "Faux" Power?

Laid-off, pro-Obama, dude speaks out at a Faux Tea Party... oops!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Right Wing AstroTurf-roots Tea Party

Right-winger wrath... blow-dried, pre-packaged, and delivered by FoxNewsCorp...

Righties, you are being pimped out by billionaire elites, fighting for their tax cuts instead of yours? Huh? Doh!

Americans Most Confident in Obama on Economy

This is telling...

Chap Peterson, Driving Home the Truth

Houses Divide on Party Lines

Virginia Senate votes for unemployment amendment, which House of Delegates votes down.

By Sen. Chap Petersen, Burke Connection Op-Ed

On Wednesday, April 8, the General Assembly returned to Richmond for its veto session. Unlike other legislative bodies, the Virginia Assembly is part-time. Therefore, its sessions are limited to certain dates of the year. However, when it does meet, a lot happens.

Last Wednesday was no exception. The delegates and senators voted on at least 13 vetoes from the governor, as well as over 100 amendments to existing legislation. The floor session alone lasted all day.

The most far-reaching proposal was the governor’s amendment to SB 1495, which converted a modest bill dealing with Virginia’s unemployment benefits to “trailing spouses” of military personnel forced to relocate.

The governor proposed significantly expanding the unemployment law to accommodate workers in Virginia who lost part-time work. He also expanded the right to benefits for those workers who were actively participating in job training programs, but had not yet obtained gainful employment.

The purpose of these amendments was to help thousands of out-of-work Virginians access $125 million in Federal assistance which had been specifically earmarked for expanded benefits – funds that Virginia was not currently receiving.

The downside, opponents argued, was that these expanded benefits would also require higher payroll taxes on businesses, albeit in the minimal amount of less than $5 annually. While unemployment benefits — like any government program — can always be rolled back when the economy improves, the opponents still claimed that Gov. Kaine’s (D) proposal was an impermissible expansion of government.

The amendment to SB 1495 passed the Democratic Senate on a party-line vote (21-19). It died in the Republican-controlled House. And so the Virginia legislature dutifully returned the $125 million to the Federal government to spend in another state.

Maybe it’s time to put some legislators out of work.

Event Notice

Fellow Democrats,
Due to some schedule conflicts, the Rockingham County Democratic Committee will not be having a public meeting this Thursday, April 16, as normally scheduled. Instead, we ask all area Democrats to come out and support Gene Hart's announcement of his candidacy for the 26th District House of Delegates.

When: Friday, April 24th, at 5 PM,
Where: Cally's Restaurant on Court Square, Harrisonburg, Upstairs Banquet Room.

Please mark your calendars and come and join fellow Democrats help Gene Hart represent us in Richmond. It begins here.

Don Roderick
District 2 Chair
Rockingham Co Democratic Committee

Two events taking place Thursday are:

Town Hall with Senator Mark Warner

Join Senator Mark Warner for a town hall meeting with Valley residents and students this coming Thursday at the Grafton-Stovall Theater (behind RMH) on the JMU campus. Doors open at 12:30pm.

Limited parking is available at the new Warsaw Avenue parking deck just off South Main St. (first level)
and at the Convocation Center. Some walking will be necessary. Cars will not be ticketed during this time.

This town hall meeting is open to the public.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Grafton-Stovall Theatre at James Madison University
281 Warren Service Drive
Harrisonburg, VA

For Valley Women:
Come join The Hon. Mary Sue Terry for an important conversation about the Farm Team, a statewide women's organization devoted to identifying and supporting female Democrats for office. The goal of The Farm team is a simple one: recruit, develop and elect women to office.

Who: Women from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County (other areas welcome)

Where: Harrisonburg City Council Chambers (the new one)

When: Thursday April 16: 6:00 p.m.
(Building will open at 5:30 p.m. with program beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Former Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry

For more information send an email to:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Obama's have puppy, GOP can relax now...

Great News!
The Obamas now have a new puppy, which the girls have named "Bo."

The talk radio manufactured outrage machine had worked ditto heads and Beck boys into a lather about Obama's "broken promise" to his girls and the nation regarding a dog...

They can now relax a bit, promise kept....

Story here

and here

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Caring for God's Gifts to Us - Green Faith Event in Harrisonburg

Green Faith:
Communities Linking Faith and Sustainability

Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren
Saturday, April 18, 2009

Learn about Green Faith

See how you can combine your faith, caring for the Earth, and everyday living.

Join with many other good folks for informative courses led by experts who share a concern for creation. Learn from other participants, collaborate on solutions, and come away fulfilled and ready to put your inspiration into action.

On this site, you'll find course descriptions and instructor biographies as well as information on how to register for this event.
For more information, call (800) 348-7468, Ext. 269,
or by email to

After reviewing course offerings, register for classes on the enroll page.

Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren
315 South Dogwood Drive
Harrisonburg, Va.

Get Directions

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Gov. Kaine announces $1.7 million for Injured Vets

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced Friday the award of $1.7 million in grants to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves not on active duty who are suffering from combat-related head injuries and stress disorders. The funding is provided by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program to coalitions of community programs.

“We can’t control what happens to our service men and women while they are deployed, but we can influence what happens to them when they return home,” says Kaine. “Through the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, we can ensure that they and their families receive the treatment and services they need for a full recovery.”

About 20 percent of military service personnel returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or depression. Roughly 19 percent may have experienced traumatic brain injury and seven percent report both PTSD and TBI.

Read the report

Dude... this session is sooo boring... ROFLMAO!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Valley Legislators Sacrifice Their People for Politics part 1a


April 9, 2009

Yesterday, the Republican-led House of Delegates, with Delegate Lohr in tow, voted to deny the taxpayers of the Commonwealth the federal stimulus funding that they and their children are paying for.

Yesterday, the Republican-led House of Delegates, with Delegate Lohr in tow, voted to allow the use of taxes paid by Virginia=s citizens to be used to provide extended unemployment benefits for laid off factory workers in Flint, Michigan rather than to be used to provide such benefits for a laid off line worker in Dayton, Virginia.

Yesterday, the Republican-led House of Delegates, with Delegate Lohr in tow, voted to allow the use of Virginians= federal tax payments to provide extended unemployment benefits for fired single mothers in Boston, Massachusetts but refused to give the same help to a fired mother in Broadway, Virginia.

Yesterday, the Republican-led House of Delegates, with Delegate Lohr in tow, voted to send our federal taxes dollars to the hard-pressed people of California but declined to show the same care and consideration for hurting people living right here in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia.

The continuing harm done to Virginia=s struggling working, taxpaying families by Delegate Lohr in lockstep with his party leadership must end. The continuing lack of concern shown to our unemployed family members must end. And, in November 2009 when I have earned the support and votes of the people of the 26th District it will. Finally, it will.

Gene Hart
Democratic Party Candidate
26th House of Delegates District

Valley Legislators Sacrifice Their People for Politics part 1

The following is a joint Press Release from Democratic Candidates Dr. Greg Marrow and Erik Curren.

April 9, 2009


Delegates Landes and Saxman Opposes Federal Funding to Stimulate Virginia’s Economy
Delegate votes to reject $125 million in federal stimulus money

Delegate Landes and Delegate Saxman opposed amendments from Governor Tim Kaine today that will make Virginia eligible for $125 million in funding aimed at stimulating the Virginia economy. The funds are intended to help more Virginia families cope with the current economic recession without straining the state budget. For the first time, part-time workers will be eligible for benefits, and eligibility will be prolonged for workers who have lost their jobs but are enrolled in workforce training programs.

In February, the unemployment rate in Augusta County hit 7.4 percent, Stuanton hit 7.8 percent and Waynesboro hit 10.3 percent, compared to a 7 percent rate statewide.

Both Dr. Greg Marrow and Erik Curren agree that it’s incredibly disappointing that our delegates chose to stand with big business instead of hard-working Virginia families. By rejecting these amendments, Landes and Saxman have made it clear they’d rather see our share of the stimulus go to other states. People all across Virginia are being laid off in this recession and this funding will help them provide for their families. Now is not the time to play partisan political games with peoples’ futures.

Democratic Candidate Dr. Greg Marrow
House of Delegates
District 25

Democratic Candidate Erik Curren
House of Delegates
District 20

Thank you all for your continued support.

Sarah Palin's Clothing - Congratulations GOP Donors!

Your final bill: $173,000!

How's that for "fiscal conservatism"?

The RNC has posted a revised bill for clothing The Chick during her bid to be VP. Good news, the cost came down by $7,000! ...and you look fabulous darling!

Among other items, donors to the GOP paid for:

$192 payment to the Philadelphia Flyers pro shop previously described as “campaign accessories” was recategorized as “candidate clothing,” possibly for either the Flyers hockey jersey Palin reportedly received with her name and the No. 1 on the back before dropping a ceremonial puck or the one that her younger daughter, Piper, wore at the game.

Similarly, a $289 payment to high-end shoemaker Stuart Weitzman, which had been described as “retail” and “accessories,” became “candidate clothing.”
Thought you might want to know.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Democratic Conference for Women's Involvement

Have you noticed
there are no women on the Harrisonburg City Planning Commission, and no women on the Rockingham County Planning Commission?

Have you noticed there are no women on the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors,
and just one woman on the Harrisonburg City Council?

Have you noticed there's just one woman on the Rockingham County School Board, and only two on the Harrisonburg City School Board?

We have! We think it's important to notice. We'd like to talk with like-minded women about this, and what this means for our community.

Come join us for an important conversation with The Hon. Mary Sue Terry about the Farm Team, a statewide women's organization devoted to identifying and supporting female Democrats for office. The goal of The Farm team is a simple one: recruit, develop and elect women to office.

Who: Women from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County (other areas welcome)

Where: Harrisonburg City Council Chambers (the new one)

When: Thursday April 16: 6:00 p.m.
(Building will open at 5:30 p.m. with program beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.)

Speaker: Former Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry

We hope to see you April 16th!

Sandra Price-Stroble, Harrisonburg, Sixth Cong. District and State Central Democratic Committees
Peggy Raines, Rockingham, Sixth Cong. District and State Central Democratic Committees
Linda Shuler, Rockingham, Sixth Cong. District and State Central Democratic Committees
Deb Stevens Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair for Finance, Harrisonburg Democratic Committee

Democratic women are the life of the party!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How would you vote today?

Note: The order of names on the ballot reflects sequence of filing.

If the primary election to select the Democratic Candidate for Governor of Virginia was held today, how would you vote?
Terry McAuliffe
Brian Moran
Creigh Deeds
Free polls from

Erik Curren announces for the 20th House District

Erik Curren, Director of Marketing and Sales at the American Shakespeare Center, will challenge Chris Saxman for the 20th District House of Delegates seat. Curren has been exploring the opportunity for the past couple of months and said he's been encouraged by colleagues in business and the community, by party leaders, and by friends and family. While he knows taking on an incumbent is tough, Curren says folks tell him they want a delegate who will listen, be more responsive, and be less dogmatic.

The filing deadline is April 10 and it appears Curren will be the only candidate to have completed the paperwork and collected the signatures to be certified for the June 9 Democratic primary.

Curren is active in a number of community activities including Staunton Green 2020, a recently formed citizens group focusing on raising awareness about clean energy and economic development for the the Queen City. His campaign for delegate will probably focus on those issues, transportation, and preserving the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. He has expressed strong support for public education, a position that stands in sharp contrast to Saxman's.

Curren is a graduate of Washington and Lee and earned a PhD at the University of California, Irvine. He's taught English abroad and several places in the United States, including Blue Ridge Community College. He lives in historic downtown Staunton.

The 20th District includes Staunton, Highland County, much of western Augusta County, and several precincts in southern Rockingham County. He promises to run on issues, not personalities, and sees the campaign as "project in participatory democracy for the area where citizens can be involved in a discussion of the most promising opportunities and solutions for the area and state."

Over the past few months, Erik has earned a reputation for asking questions and listening to the answers rather than talking to potential voters. That is as refreshing as our warm spring days!

Cross posted at Coarse Cracked Corn. News Leader article.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Big Mike Signer in the Burg on Wed, 4/8

cross-posted Blue Ridge Data

With about two months to go, Mike Signer's LG campaign
has raised $250,000 from over 800 donors, even more significant is that over 600 (75%) folks donated online, more than any other candidate in the four-way race for the Lieutenant Governor slot on the Democratic ticket.

Mike is fired up and ready to roll out his game plan to perform a take-down of the Republicans' nearly invisible incumbent LG, Bill Bolling. The potential synergy of Signer's fast-break, progressive game, with Creigh Deeds strong appeal with moderates and independents could make a powerful combination, that would overwhelm a Republican ticket that is measurably out-of-sync with mainstream voters in Virginia.

With the candidate filing process behind them, the Signer team is hitting the road for a state-wide Barn Storming tour. Locally, Mike will be in Harrisonburg on Wednesday April 8th:


JMU Meet and Greet: Mike will meet with the Mayor of Harrisonburg, Kai Degner, local community members and the JMU Young Democrats to discuss his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

When: 6:00 PM

Where: Old Dominion Coffee Co. 2 N. Main St Harrisonburg, VA


Full Barn Storming Itinerary

April 7

Franklin, VA

Petersburg, VA

Richmond, VA

April 8

Bristol, VA

Wise, VA

Roanoke, VA

Harrisonburg, VA

April 9


Martinsville, VA

Fredericksburg, VA

April 10

Newport News, VA

South Boston, VA

April 11

Rustburg, VA

Lynchburg, VA

McDonnell Betrays GOP Base

McDonnell had initially refused to get involved in the brewing feud, but a few weeks ago he said the party needed more effective leadership in a pivotal year. He did not attend the meeting but released a statement that described the party leadership change as an "internal dispute." "It's nothing but a mob lynching. That's what it is,'' said Theresa Robinson, a Republican activist from Chester.

Read the story

More on the GOP infighting:

From Bacon's Rebellion

The lynch mob marching against Jeff Frederick leaked their intimidating State Central Committee letter. They hit the blogs. Anonymous comments came with personal invective and bitter bile. The usual suspects of establishment Republicans - the state senators, remaining Republican Virginia congressmen, delegates, a handful of city and county chairmen called for ouster in successive waves of lost confidence - sung in an odd falsetto soprano.

From the Daily Press

Another Frederick backer, G. Ashley Moody of Petersburg, said social conservatives would abandon the GOP and said he would likely vote for a Democrat this fall, as he did in 2006 for Jim Webb, who unseated Republican Sen. George Allen.

From the Virginian Pilot

"This lit the fuse on the marking of the end of the Republican Party in Virginia," said Tony Arjona, a Frederick supporter from the Richmond suburbs.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Change I was looking for...

Obama in Prague
This is my President...

PRAGUE (AFP) — Barack Obama is billing himself as the US president which Europe seems to have long desired, one who comes not to lecture, but to "listen, to learn and to lead".

In five days and three summits in Britain, France, Germany and the Czech Republic, Obama's political message was unmistakable: the White House and the oldest and somewhat battered US alliances are under new management.

In contrast to the days in George W. Bush's first term when some angry Americans even refused to call their fries French after an Iraq war spat, Obama's watchwords were consult, engage and common purpose.

"I think there is a basic message across Europe which should resonate," said Sean Kay, professor of international relations at Ohio Wesleyan University.

"That is, America is in a position now where it is going to lead but lead by example, and consultation and engagement."

Outside stuffy G20, NATO and European Union summits, Obama and wife Michelle took the continent by storm, whipping up gushing media coverage, rapturous crowds and a sprinkling dose of charisma in grim economic times.

Read the story

What if We Were Tested by God?

Would we pass? Would we cry out that the test wasn't fair?
What if God decided to walk among us, to test us regarding how we might treat another of His Holy creation? One that didn't look like us, or talk like us, or act like us, but who is just as much a part of His precious creation as are we?

Do not forget, This is not done...

No Words Needed... Watch the video...

Taxpayers in Harrisonburg, Virginia will pay $65.2 million for total Iraq war spending approved to date. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
18,252 People with Health Care for One Year OR
53,803 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year OR
1,392 Public Safety Officers for One year OR
986 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR
8,113 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
425 Affordable Housing Units OR
32,855 Children with Health Care for One Year OR
9,091 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR
949 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
1,030 Port Container Inspectors for One year

Taxpayers in the United States will pay $656.1 billion for total Iraq war spending approved to date. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

193,370,980 People with Health Care for One Year OR
679,232,570 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year OR
14,170,626 Public Safety Officers for One year OR
11,251,447 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR
101,437,848 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
5,103,740 Affordable Housing Units OR
289,177,337 Children with Health Care for One Year OR
90,037,052 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR
10,777,823 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
9,479,502 Port Container Inspectors for One year

And now, think of the cost to all of the people involved, in terms of effect on their lives...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Mark Warner Is The Man!

One of the two Best Senators in the United States
Both from Virginia!

HT to Cassidy Jo