Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Listen All Y'all, It's a Republican Sabotage

The Republicans are willing to let one out of every ten of your friends go broke in the name of foiling the president and reclaiming control over the government (which they say they hate). Think about that.

Tuesday morning on CNBC, the spazzy white guys in lower Manhattan were debating how the administration and Congress can best repair the economy, and mainly the jobless numbers. At one point, Rick Santelli, the hyperkinetic shoutcaster and instigator of the tea party movement, began to flail around, waving his arms above his head while yelling, "Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending!"

And contrary to accusations from one of the other spazzy white panelists, Santelli insisted he wasn't calling for more tax cuts. Just a freeze in government spending. Somehow.

Fine. Show us another time in American history when a spending freeze -- and a spending freeze alone -- jump-started an economic recovery following a deep recession and high unemployment. Show us. Where in the world is Santelli getting this?

The GOP plan to destroy the economic recovery

Jesus quotes Glenn Beck

Jesus quotes Ann Coulter

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mississippi's still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby

Alabama closes in on Mississippi as most obese state

Oil Spill Media Access: 'Down Here, Many Cops Do Literally Work For BP'

As you are hopefully well aware, BP has been doing its level best to interfere with reporters in the Gulf Coast region to keep them from reporting on what's actually going on down there as clean-up efforts continue.
BP has been striving to keep reporters away from affected areas, put the kibosh on images of the destruction done to area wildlife, hassle local reporters and run off area activists. It has also gone as far as dispatching its own PR staff to masquerade as journalists and report the happy side of this epic disaster.

4th of July Parade on the 3rd

Come downtown and show your support for Democrats and the Democratic party this year at the July 4th parade in downtown Harrisonburg. Line-up is 4:15PM Saturday July 3 behind the city municipal building; the parade begins at 5PM sharp and usually last something under an hour.

It's been a tough year. Locally, we've seen a hard-fought special election in June, and nationally, difficult times. Two city council seats are open this year, and the party has nominated candidates - Sal and Joe- who deserve your support during a year when Republican headwinds are likely to be strong.

Some feel powerless and angry about the vast forces that control our lives and over which we seem to have only fitful control - from oil spills, to high unemployment, from big government to big business. So let's take an hour during this celebration of the birth of our country to support this president and the leaders of our party, from the local to the national level, in the face of what all of us are confronting and what we've accomplished so far. So many really difficult changes that we can be proud of: the stimulus (still working); the Lilly Ledbetter Act and equal pay for equal work; the health insurance reform (a real start on a deep and vexing problem); torture has ended, lawful military detentions and renditions continue only when necessary. We've even seen an end to the HIV travel ban, and the legislative end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, with a buy-in from the top brass.

Hard work, all. We deserve to celebrate. And we can show our continued support to those who have done the heavy lifting at the local, state and national level. Come join us!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Newspapers Retract 'Climategate' Claims

A lie can get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on, as Mark Twain said (or “before the truth gets a chance to put its pants on,” in Winston Churchill’s version), and nowhere has that been more true than in "climategate." In that highly orchestrated, manufactured scandal, e-mails hacked from computers at the University of East Anglia’s climate-research group were spread around the Web by activists who deny that human activity is altering the world’s climate in a dangerous way, and spun so as to suggest that the scientists had been lying, cheating, and generally cooking the books.

But not only did British investigators clear the East Anglia scientist at the center of it all, Phil Jones, of scientific impropriety and dishonesty in April, an investigation at Penn State cleared PSU climatologist Michael Mann of “falsifying or suppressing data, intending to delete or conceal e-mails and information, and misusing privileged or confidential information” in February. In perhaps the biggest backpedaling, The Sunday Times of London, which led the media pack in charging that IPCC reports were full of egregious (and probably intentional) errors, retracted its central claim—namely, that the IPCC statement that up to 40 percent of the Amazonian rainforest could be vulnerable to climate change was “unsubstantiated.” The Times also admitted that it had totally twisted the remarks of one forest expert to make it sound as if he agreed that the IPCC had screwed up, when he said no such thing.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Glenn Beck's Golden Fleece

How Beck and other right-wing talkers turned paranoia into a pitch for Goldline, the gold dealer one congressman says is conspiring to "cheat consumers."

Obama Making BP Pay Is Good Government, and That's Why Republicans and the Corporate Media Are Freaking Out

Obama's hardline move on BP is exactly what government is supposed to do; whatever it can, within the limits of the law, to protect its citizens’ interests.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Can you help honor and comfort the Anderson family?

Fellow community members:

A meal is being organized for the family and friends of our fallen soldier, Army Spc. Brian “Bucky” Anderson, following the funeral service on Tuesday, June 22.  We hope to provide food for everyone to stay and fellowship with Bucky’s family after the ceremony.  If anyone can help with food (cooking/baking/serving),  it would greatly be appreciated.  Also if you know of any business that would be able to donate any of the below items, please let me know.

The service will begin at 2pm in the Broadway HS gymnasium. 

Burial will be at Linville Creek Church of the Brethren cemetery. 

Afterwards, a meal will be held at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School’s Cafeteria (the old Broadway High School along route 259). 

Please contact Anthony Slater  if you can help.  Email –

We are in need of the following menu items:

Meat / Veggie/ or Fruit tray
Warm Dish – Green Beans, Baked Beans, Macaroni
Cold Dish – Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw
Deserts - Any


Friday, June 18, 2010

Insider Movie on the Dangers of Marcellus Shale and hydraulic "fracking"

The movie will be aired on HBO this Monday at 9pm. Here is the HBO website info.

A Community Honors Spc Brian Anderson

This evening there will be a candlelight rememberance at Heritage Park in Broadway beginning at dusk.  Bring a candle and join in remembering Bucky's life.
Sunday, June 20 Bucky will be coming home.  The escort will get off I-81 at the New Market exit, travel Rt 211 to Timberville, then up the Bluff to the Grandle Funeral Home.  It is estimated the escort should be getting to New Market around 2pm.  Bring your flag and welcome him home.  If you are receiving this and live north of Rockingham County, you may be able to be along the route somewhere and show your respect.  I may be in contact with the escort on Sunday morning to get an idea of where they are during the drive back.
Family visitation is Mon, June 21, 6-9pm at BHS.  Funeral services are Tues, June 22, 2pm at BHS.  Burial will be at Linville Creek Church across the street from the High School.
Bucky's mother is a member of the Ladies Aux of Chimney Rock VFW 9660.  Last tuesday she attended her first meeting and on Saturday she received the news of her son being killed in Afghanistan.  This has been an incredibly difficult week for everyone that knew Bucky and his family.  Continue to pray for strength for the family as they get ready to lay Bucky in this resting place. 
The outpouring of compassion this community has shown is incredible!  Please continue to honor Bucky and pray for our soldiers that continue to fight for our country.  And pray for all the families across this Nation that are going thru this same experience that the Anderson family is going thru now.  We may not know who they are but know that there are many of them out there.

Kay S. Kibler
540-820-2331 (cell) 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Please Pray for the Anderson Family

If you are a praying kind of person, a Broadway family needs you now. One of our fine young men just gave his life in service to our country in Afghanistan.

Please pray for comfort to the Anderson family.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Marcellus Gas Well Explodes in Pennsylvania

It happened last night shortly before midnight. The crew had just completed hydrofracking of the subsurface when gas pressure blew out the well, blowing fracking fluid 75 feet into the air, sending a plume of natural gas hundreds of feet into the air, and discharging 1.5 million gallons of the gunk into a nearby stream. Luckily the gas never caught fire, and crews were able to plug the well mid-day today. No word on why the safety control didn't work.

More here.