Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
WASHINGTON—In an effort to stimulate discussion, resolve party conflicts, and increase legislative productivity, members of the 111th Congress were once again required to watch an instructional video on bipartisan collaboration this week.
"Since both House and Senate seem unable or unwilling to compromise on several issues regarding tax money, earmarks, or even seating arrangement, we have decided to take drastic action," Vice President Joe Biden told a special joint session of Congress Monday. "Hopefully this will give you some tools you can use to lend a hand, and maybe an ear, across the aisle."
"And please, no talking on cell phones during the video," Biden added. "I'm looking at you, Senator Reid."
It is good to see President Obama reaching out to the Republican Members of Congress. This is the President I voted for, and the Change I support. Working together for America!
WASHINGTON - President Obama dove headfirst into the belly of the GOP beast Friday - and left the not-so-loyal opposition bleeding on a Baltimore ballroom floor.
Friday, January 29, 2010
1. Don't expand I-81 or implement serious rail improvements.
2. Raise the speed limit.
3. Block funding for improvement of secondary roads.
4. Don't enforce laws against texting while driving.
5. Prevent new laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving.
Their idea is to force you to drive through a narrow, congested highway among cars and big rigs driven by people texting their friends while moving at unreasonable speeds.
My only hope is that the people killed on I-81 are those receiving some form of government assistance. After all, they're just a bunch of stray animals anyway. It's sort of like killing a dog crossing the street. Sure you feel bad, but does it really matter?
At the end of last year, the economy likely grew for the second straight quarter -- possibly at the fastest pace in nearly four years.
So the recession has ended, right? Yes, say most economists. But a panel of academics who officially decide such matters has offered a different response: silence.
That's despite signs that the economy, juiced by government aid, has begun to hum rather than sputter. On Friday, the government is likely to go further: it's expected to say growth accelerated from October through December.
The housing market, the collapse of which triggered the recession, is creeping back. Industrial production is up. Layoffs have slowed, though companies remain reluctant to hire.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The federal government’s spending on health care totaled more than $1 trillion in 2009.
Federal outlays for Medicare and Medicaid are about $700 billion; tax preferences for health care (especially the exclusion of premiums for employment-based health insurance from income and payroll taxes) amount to more than $250 billion;
....and the federal government also pays for veterans’ health care, public health initiatives, and other health programs.
Already, those direct and indirect payments for health care account for nearly 60 percent of total health expenditures for the nation.
Health Care reform IS Federal spending reform.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Seriously. America has huge economic problems compounded by two expensive unfinished wars. I actually like Gov. McDonnell, but like so many Republicans he really needs to get serious, step up and become part of the solution. This is not a drill boys! The Governor didn't "respond" to the State of the Union address tonight, he conducted a pep rally for Virginia Republicans. He was irrelevant to America's conversation tonight. A lightweight. Bad show Governor.
Now I know McDonnell married a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, but here's the deal - if he is going to be a cheerleader he needs to wear a tighter dress. It was not a good night for the Commonwealth. These are tough times, America requires substance Governor.
The Comprehensive Education and Training Act was the brainchild of President Carter's Administration. It's roots went back to Roosevelt's WPA. What
I worked hard, did good work, learned some great job skills, and spent every cent I made in the local economy. In his 1981 State of the Union address, President Carter reminded Americans that his focus on jobs growth had resulted in the addition of 9 million new jobs during his administration - nearly 10% growth in employment. It is time for a new
Monday, January 25, 2010
Is that the America you serve? In Corporations We Trust!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
As far as the little girl who was allegedly raped?
He's only been charged, not convicted.
DUNCAN — Charles Alan Dyer, 29, of Marlow, has been formally charged with one count of child sexual abuse in Stephens County District Court.
The charges were filed Wednesday by the District Attorney’s office and District Attorney Bret T. Burns. The charge, a felony, noted that the alleged incident took place Jan. 2, and included acts of rape and lewd or indecent acts against a child under the age of 18. The crime is punishable by up to one year in jail or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Dyer was arrested Jan. 12 by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office on the rape allegations. While deputies were at Dyer’s home on Hope Road in Marlow, they allegedly discovered items of interest in which a search warrant was executed for later.
As previously reported in The Banner, it was noted that the sheriff’s deputies saw several firearms and a device believed to be a Colt M-203, 40-millimeter grenade launcher.
We first noticed Marine Sgt. Charles Dyer, aka "July4Patriot," back in March, when we ran one of the first reports on the "Oath Keepers" bloc of the Tea Party movement -- an organization devoted to recruiting military and police-force veterans into a Patriot-movement belief system predicated on a series of paranoid conspiracy theories, especially the notion that the federal government intends to begin rounding up citizens and putting them in concentration camps.
Dyer played a prominent role in connecting the Oath Keepers to the Tea Party movement, speaking at a July 4 Tea Party rally in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. And he's been involved in organizing militia "maneuvers" in Oklahoma.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Screeners pull him aside.
Tragedy is averted.
As far-fetched as that sounds, systems that aim to get inside an evildoer's head are among the proposals floated by security experts thinking beyond the X-ray machines and metal detectors used on millions of passengers and bags each year.
On Thursday, in the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, President Barack Obama called on Homeland Security and the Energy Department to develop better screening technology, warning: "In the never-ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary."
The ideas that have been offered by security experts for staying one step ahead include highly sophisticated sensors, more intensive interrogations of travelers by screeners trained in human behavior, and a lifting of the U.S. prohibitions against profiling.
Some of the more unusual ideas are already being tested. Some aren't being given any serious consideration. Many raise troubling questions about civil liberties. All are costly.
"Regulators need to accept that the current approach is outdated," said Philip Baum, editor of the London-based magazine Aviation Security International. "It may have responded to the threats of the 1960s, but it doesn't respond to the threats of the 21st century."
Here's a look at some of the ideas that could shape the future of airline security:
And notice of this interesting letter was forwarded from Augusta County:
Dear Governor Elect McDonnell
Congratulations on your impressive election mandate entrusting you with the well-being of Virginia and its citizens for the next four years. Your task will not be an easy one, being confronted with a $3.5 plus billion budget deficit.
As a true conservative, you have promised not to increase taxes and in this you are strongly supported by Augusta County's state Senator Emmett Hanger and the local state delegates. Fainthearted politicians may perceive Virginia's fiscal predicament as a serious problem. But, you, as a devoted public servant, surely appreciate the opportunity of the moment.
Addressing Virginia's fiscal quandary will require imagination and constructive thinking. It will require what positive management seminar gurus refer to as "thinking outside of the box."Del. Steve Landes' remark that, in these perilous times, public education is no longer considered sacrosanct, triggered a thought. Conservatives rely on the past for inspiration, and there is certainly much wisdom in the pronouncements of our ancestors. Virginia's Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley, in his 1671 Report on Virginia, stated: "But I thank God, there are no free schools ... and I hope we shall not have these for a hundred years, learning brought disobedience and heresy, and sects into the world ...."
Thursday, January 7, 2010
This is the Leadership Team for the Rockingham County Democratic Committee
And what a team!!!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Don is a Quality Engineer at McQuay International in
Thursday, January 7, 2010
7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Rockingham County Administration Center
20 East Gay Street
Come out and get involved as we move the County Democratic Committee into the next decade of Community Building, Education on Important Issues, Progressive Direction and Ideals, and Service to the Valley.
Join us as we continue the work of better and more representative government!
We will be electing the following:
District Chair for each of Rockingham County's Five Election Districts
This is the makeup of our elected Executive Committee, after the Executive Team is chosen by our membership (You!) The new Executive Team will appoint positions such as Precinct Chairs, Outreach Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Program Director etc...
Now is the time and now is the opportunity for you to get involved and make your impact!
If you would like to seek one of these positions or nominate someone, please let me know!
Your participation is vital to our shared tomorrow!
Thank you so much for trusting me, and honoring me with a leadership role in this organization!
I remain always yours in service and dedication,
About the first decade of what was to be the Second American Century, the pessimists have been proven right.
According to the International Monetary Fund, the United States began the century producing 32 percent of the world's gross domestic product. We ended the decade producing 24 percent. No nation in modern history, save for the late Soviet Union, has seen so precipitous a decline in relative power in a single decade.
The United States began the century with a budget surplus. We ended with a deficit of 10 percent of gross domestic product, which will be repeated in 2010. Where the economy was at full employment in 2000, 10 percent of the labor force is out of work today and another 7 percent is underemployed or has given up looking for a job.
Between one-fourth and one-third of all U.S. manufacturing jobs have disappeared in 10 years, the fruits of a free-trade ideology that has proven anything but free for this country. Our future is being outsourced -- to China.
While the median income of American families was stagnant, the national debt doubled.
Monday, January 4, 2010
We love our active duty military and wounded and veterans---
these people give up years of their lives, their lives or years of impaired bodies---
how can we compete with their "generosity"??? During the Korean war I spent about 3 months
in Newport Naval hospital with wounded Marines
who were over run by the Chinese at the Yalu river and marched and fought their way to the sea.
I know the face of hero's because I've seen theirs.
From that experience I have only awe and gratitude to those who fight the difficult fight
in the name of our government---
regardless of the rightness or wrongness of the cause--
they do what they are told.
I've run into one or two of them in Timberville, would you believe that?? They still don't know they are hero's--
Please pass along our respect and regard to all of your people
and to the family of Dr. Marrow (USN).
God bless all of you and thank you for your gracious support, we will do our best to help the most
deployed, wounded and veterans with what you have given..
The gift cards will be given to the wounded at either Bethesda or Walter Reed thanks. Thank you. Barbara and George Lampron..
Here are the final totals for Operation Show We Care 2009:
Toiletries: 288 Items
Food: 986 Items (counting items which can be separated and given individually)
Misc Goods: 74 Items (Magazines, DVD movies, playing cards, chess, checkers etc…)
Children's Items: 172
Shampoos and Lotions: 208 Items
Alexa McDorman-William and Mary/Wilson Memorial High School
Matt Whitfield-William and Mary/Robert E. Lee High School
Ted Meyer- George Mason University/Spotswood High School
Biruk Haregu-James Madison/Harrisonburg High School
Ardalan Mahmood-James Madison/Harrisonburg High School
Yosif Rasul-James Madison/Harrisonburg High School
Dan Chavez-Northern Arizona/Oakwood High School
Greg Marrow-Marrow Family Eye Care
Christi Marrow-Marrow Family Eye Care
Special thanks to:
Bob and Marta Wilson of Rockingham County
Greg and Christi Marrow of Rockingham County
Darl and Sandy May of Rockingham County
Joe and Deb Fitzgerald of Harrisonburg
Harrisonburg League of Therapists
An anonymous donor from Houston, Texas
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Indeed, by harvesting plants before they seed, two crops of biomass can be grown per year. It has been estimated that such decentralized plants could produce up to 25% of Germany's entire electricity demand. But equally important as numbers and proof-of-principle is the social value of the project: the sense of community pride and responsibility.
“With contaminated food scares, BSE and similar troubles, rural areas have suffered a great decline in respect in recent years; we want to give them a chance for the future, and restore the level of respect they receive from the rest of society,” Ruppert remarked. In addition to the subsidies granted by the German government in support of renewable energy production, this could become another driving force for farmers and rural communities to establish such decentralized energy production plants: sometimes urban dwellers do not respect or value farmers for producing food, but perhaps they would if these very farmers made the electricity that powered their lights, cookers and washing machines.
Also, subsidies for growing fuel crops would certainly please voters more than the current EC farming subsidies that largely go into excess production. Many other villages in Lower Saxony and Northrhine-Westfalia have shown interest in becoming Bioenergy Villages, and even Japanese and Chinese delegations have visited Jühnde to study the technology.
Many studies have proven that a hundred per cent energy supply from Renewable Energy Sources is possible. But still many people are sceptical. Therefore it is very important that already today examples of properly working energy supply from renewable sources do exist. The bioenergy village Jühnde in northern Germany switched its power supply to Renewable Energies completely.
Meanwhile, back in Virginia it's Drill Baby Drill
Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell isn’t waiting to get the keys to the mansion to keep up his push to bring offshore drilling to the commonwealth. It would bring sorely needed jobs and tax revenue, he says.
But it turns out his oil-drilling-brings-economic-development argument rests on some threadbare data.
Friday, January 1, 2010
In 1917, progressives in America began a quest to create a system to provide health insurance to all Americans. Today, almost a century later, we are poised to take a giant step toward realizing that goal. Viewed through the lens of history, this is truly an amazing accomplishment.
To earn my vote, health insurance reform must improve access to affordable health care for Minnesota families – and this bill clears that bar with room to spare. This bill does not fix all the problems with our health care system, and I will not stop working to improve the quality and lower the costs of health care for all Americans. But progressives can be proud of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and take a large measure of credit for important provisions it will codify as the law of the land.