Monday, March 31, 2008


This is GREAT news! It sets up the possibility of a dream ticket for 2009:

Governor: Bob McDonnell
Lt. Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Richmond – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today announced that he will forgo an anticipated campaign for Governor in 2009, and will instead seek re-election as the state’s Lieutenant Governor.

Bolling, who was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2005, was expected to seek the state’s highest office in 2009, but he announced on Monday that various personal and professional commitments would prevent him from running for Governor next year.
“While I deeply appreciate the encouragement I have received from countless people all across our state, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2009”, Bolling said. “While it would be a great honor to serve as Governor of Virginia someday, I have decided that this is simply not the right time in my personal and professional life for me to embark on a gubernatorial campaign.”
“While I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2009, I do plan to seek re-election to the office of Lieutenant Governor”, Bolling added. “I have enjoyed serving as Lieutenant Governor for the past two and half years. I believe I have made a positive contribution to the betterment of our state and our party, and I think I am growing into the job with every passing day. I am willing to continue serving in that capacity if it is the will of the people of Virginia.”

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Racists endorse Obama on candidate's website

New Black Panther Party condemns 'white men,' Jews, praises candidate

Posted: March 18, 20089:33 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Sen. Barack Obama addresses controversy over his pastor in Philadelphia speech today
Just as Sen. Barack Obama sought to distance himself from controversial racial remarks made by his pastor, an anti-American government, anti-white and virulently anti-Semitic black supremacist party has endorsed the presidential candidate on Obama's own website.
"Obama will stir the 'Melting Pot' into a better 'Molten America,'" states an endorsement from the New Black Panther Party, or NBPP, which is a registered team member and blogger on Obama's "MyObama" campaign website.

The NBPP is a controversial black extremist party whose leaders are notorious for their racist statements and for leading anti-white activism.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, NBPP national chairman, who has given scores of speeches condemning "white men" and Jews, confirmed his organization's endorsement of Obama in an interview with WND today.

"I think the way Obama responded to the attack on him and the attempt to sabotage his campaign shows true leadership and character. He had a chance to denounce his pastor and he didn't fall for the bait. He stood up and addressed real issues of racial discord," stated Shabazz.
Shabazz boasted he met Obama last March when the politician attended the 42nd anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala.

"I have nothing but respect for Obama and for his pastor," said Shabazz, referring to Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor of nearly 20 years.

It is Wright's racially charged and anti-Israel remarks that were widely circulated last week, landing the presidential candidate in hot water and prompting Obama to deliver a major race speech in which he condemned Wright's comments but not the pastor himself.

Speaking to WND, Shabazz referred to Obama as a man with a "Muslim background, a man of color."

Shabazz's NBPP's official platform states "white man has kept us deaf, dumb and blind," refers to the "white racist government of America," demands black people be exempt from military service and uses the word "Jew" repeatedly in quotation marks.

Shabazz has led racially divisive protests and conferences, such as the 1998 Million Youth March in which a few thousand Harlem youths reportedly were called upon to scuffle with police officers and speakers demanded the extermination of whites in South Africa.

The NBPP chairman was quoted at a May 2007 protest against the 400-year celebration of the settlement of Jamestown, Va., stating, "When the white man came here, you should have left him to die."

He claimed Jews engaged in an "African holocaust," and he has promoted the anti-Semitic urban legend that 4,000 Israelis fled the World Trade Center just prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

When Shabazz was denied entry to Canada last May while trying to speak at a black action event, he blamed Jewish groups and claimed Canada "is run from Israel."

Canadian officials justified the action stating he has an "anti-Semitic" and "anti-police" record, but some reports blamed what was termed a minor criminal history for the decision to deny him entry.

He similarly blamed Jews for then-New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani's initial decision, later rescinded, against granting a permit for the Million Youth March.

The NBPP's deceased chairman, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam leader who was once considered Louis Farrakhan's most trusted adviser, gave speeches referring to the "white man" as the "devil" and claiming that "there is a little bit of Hitler in all white people."
In a 1993 speech condemned by the U.S. Congress and Senate, Muhammad, lionized on the NBPP site, referred to Jews as "bloodsuckers," labeled the pope a "no-good cracker" and advocated the murder of white South Africans who would not leave the nation subsequent to a 24-hour warning.

All NBPP members must memorize the group's rules, such as that no party member "can have a weapon in his possession while drunk or loaded off narcotics or weed," and no member "will commit any crimes against other party members or black people at all."
The NBPP endorses Obama on its own page of the presidential candidate's official site that allows registered users to post their own blogs.

The group labels itself on Obama's site as representing "Freedom, Justice, and Peace for all of Mankind." It links to the official NBPP website, which contains what can be arguably regarded as hate material.

The NBPP racked up 396 Obama campaign points, which purportedly are points given to users who raise funds, sign up other supporters or score high user ratings.

While it appears anyone can initially sign up as a registered supporter on Obama's site, it isn't clear whether the campaign monitors the site or approves users. There is a link on each blog page for users to report any abusers, such as those who post controversial entries, to the administrator.

Obama's campaign did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment Monday and today.

Obama 'less biased' on Israel

Speaking to WND, Shabazz said aside from promoting black rights, he also supports Obama because he may take what he called a "less biased" policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"I have hopes he will change the U.S. government's position toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because our position has been unwarranted bias. Time and time again the U.S. vetoed resolutions in the U.N. Security Council condemning [Israeli] human rights violation. ... I hope he shifts policy," Shabazz said.

But the extremist added he doesn't believe Obama could change America's policy regarding Israel very much since, he said, "other, powerful lobbies" control U.S. foreign policy.

Worldnetdaily story

Monday, March 10, 2008

How Long Do We Have?

(This has been around the Internet before but it's more meaningful now than ever. The election in November will give us a good indication of where we are in this cycle.)

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. >From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. >From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. >From courage to liberty;
4. >From liberty to abundance;
5. >From abundance to complacency;
6. >From complacency to apathy,
7. >From apathy to dependence;
8. >From dependence back into bondage"

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:
Gore: 19
Bush: 29

Square miles of land won by
Gore: 580,000
Bush: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Gore: 13.2
Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds:

"In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country.

Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Senator Ralph Smith, "Knight of the Right"

Story from the Roanoke Times....I'm glad that they did not suggest this conservative walks on his knuckles....or eats small children........

RICHMOND -- Ralph Smith spent much of his first year in the Virginia Senate sitting -- both physically and ideologically -- in the chamber's far right corner.

Smith, a former Roanoke mayor who now lives in Botetourt County, ran for the 22nd Senate District last year as a rock-solid conservative, and he's backed that up with his votes and actions this session.

"He's taken an ideological approach, as he said he would in his campaign," said Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke.

For Smith, it's a matter of living up to his word for the people in his district, which stretches from Botetourt County to Radford, with Salem and parts of Montgomery and Roanoke counties included.

"The main thing is, 'Do what you said you were going to do,' " Smith said when asked what constituents are telling him.

Smith arrived in the Virginia Senate in a year when Republicans found themselves in the minority for the first time in nearly a decade. The Senate Republican Caucus had been dominated by moderates, but this year shifted further to the ideological right -- in part because of the addition of conservatives such as Smith.

The caucus has punished the new Democratic majority, helping to sap momentum from the Democratic-sponsored Senate budget proposal, and more than once pulling a swing Democratic vote to derail legislation it opposed.

Like most other freshmen senators, Smith speaks only occasionally, rising to welcome visitors from his district or to propose action on one of his bills. In doing so he sometimes stumbles over his words or requires prompting from his deskmates when trying to voice the appropriate procedural move.

At one point in February he proposed postponing a vote on a bill for the day, only to be told he couldn't do that because of a legislative deadline. Smith apologized for making a "freshman mistake" and sat down.

But underestimating Smith's shrewdness when it comes to politics is a mistake -- a lesson that his electoral opponents in both parties have learned firsthand.

"Even during the election, I warned my party, 'Do not take Ralph Smith for granted,' " said Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke. "He may appear unsophisticated, but you don't become a millionaire by being stupid."

In Richmond, Smith has compensated for his lack of eloquence with hustle and a resolute determination to stick to his principles.

"If I had to say one thing, he seems to be very conscientious in voting what he believes in," said Smith's seatmate, Sen. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham.
Sens. Ken Cuccinelli, R-Fairfax County, Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and a couple of other conservative stalwarts in the Senate Republican Caucus served as informal mentors for Smith.
But despite his influence, Obenshain makes it clear that the Botetourt County senator has his own mind.

"Even when it comes to issues that Ken and I may agree completely on, Ralph has been very insistent that he understand," Obenshain said. "He doesn't follow anybody blindly."

Cuccinelli noted that Smith questions assumptions that longtime legislators sometimes take for granted.

"He's one of the few people, including Republicans, that actually asks, 'Why are we doing this? Should we be doing this?' rather than just, 'How do we do this?' " Cuccinelli said.

Smith's also worked to make connections across the aisle, befriending some of the freshmen Democrats. On the first day of the session, he and Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, formed the "Ralph Caucus" -- ostensibly to repopularize their first name.

Smith has also developed a friendship with Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax County, whose office is just a few doors down from his.
Developing relationships is especially important in the Senate, where legislators serve terms twice that of those in the House of Delegates.

"You have to find good folk who will support you in the Senate," Ware said.
He said Smith is in much the same position he was his first year in the General Assembly -- part of a minority and needing majority support to pass any bills.

It takes time to build those relationships necessary to get things done. But the more time spent doing that and adapting to the demands of the General Assembly's committee system, the less there is to argue for your own legislation.

Smith filed only nine bills to change the state code this year, tied with Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, for the fewest among freshmen senators (but not for fewest in the Senate).
By contrast, Edwards filed 54 bills -- the most in the Senate and second-most in the General Assembly.

"We're creating a lot of bureaucracy," Smith said. "I will never be one of these people submitting 50 or 100 bills. ... There's 24,000 pages of state regulations. Every time you pass one more, you add a page."

Smith also limited his budget amendment requests. When most legislators filed requests seeking state funding for museums and projects in their home districts, Smith instead filed an unsuccessful amendment seeking a $7 million cut in funding for public television.

"If I campaigned as a fiscal conservative, I must stay true to my word," Smith said. "Every time I ask for money you've got to say, 'Well, what pot are you going to take it out of?' "
He's applied those conservative principles to his voting decisions, but keeping track of various bills can be difficult. Senators filed nearly 800 bills, and that doesn't count the legislation coming from the larger House of Delegates.

"It takes awhile down here to understand the system and the issues," said Edwards, who is in his 13th year in the Senate. "There are numerous issues, and many of them are quite complex. There are often crosscurrents on the issues with regard to various interest groups and with regard to the politics.
"It takes a number of years to really understand them and to learn them, and to navigate the choppy waters of the General Assembly."
Smith's started to develop a system, however. His two aides, Toby Burke and Dave Suetterlein, work with Cuccinelli's two aides to track each bill that comes through the Senate. Smith reads what he considers to the be most important measures, and he's briefed on the rest.

He has not hesitated to vote against legislation that runs afoul of his principles -- even if he's the only one. Because he opposes expanding the availability of alcohol, he was the sole "no" vote on a bill to authorize Roanoke to allow sales of beer and wine at an outdoor amphitheater.

"Drinking in moderation, I have no objection at all, but it seems like another opportunity for those who have trouble controlling alcohol consumption," he said afterward.
But he has sometimes found that other considerations conflict with his ideological principles. In committee, Smith voted for a constitutional amendment that would give local governments the right to exempt 20 percent from residential taxes. Despite his desire to see lower taxes, Smith switched his vote to conform with the 18 other Republicans and two Democrats to kill the measure, which had been heavily pushed by Gov. Tim Kaine.

More recently, he's found himself conflicted over how the state should regulate payday lending.
"A fix is not going to make the Family Foundation 100 percent happy," Smith said. "And it's not going to make the industry 100 percent happy. That is an entanglement when you're a free enterprise person, but your responsibility is looking after the welfare of those who are most threatened."

With the end of his first session rapidly approaching, Smith acknowledges his first year was fairly quiet. But he said he feels like he's taken a step toward what is, for him, the bottom line: "I said publicly many times I certainly didn't expect to change the world in the first year of my term ... but I think I'm on the path to make it a little bit better."

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Two new Navy Ships

Two New Navy Ships

(The ship on the Right, above)
Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective... ENORMOUS.

When the Bridge pipes "Man the Rail" there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 4.5 acres. Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement.

Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling.

1. Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years.
2. Carries over 80 combat aircraft.
3. Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet.

1. Towers 20 stories above the waterline.
2. 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall.
3. Flight deck covers 4.5 acres.
4. 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds.
5. 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons.
6. 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet.
1. Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel.
2. Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days.
3. 18,150 meals served daily.
4. Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2000 homes.
5. Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring, 1,400 telephones.
6. 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets.
7. Costs the Navy approximately $250,000 per day for pier side operation.
8. Costs the Navy approximately $25 million per day for underway operations (Sailors' salaries included).

US Navy Welcomes the USS Bill Clinton

(The ship far left, above)

Sunday, July 2nd, 2007, Vancouver, BC, headed for Seattle, WA, the US Navy welcomed the latest member of its fleet today.

The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS 1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver , BC.
The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton "for his foresight in military budget cuts" and his conduct while president.
The ship is constructed nearly, entirely, from recycled aluminum and is completely, greenly, solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots.
It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft of which neither can be launched or catapulted from the 100 foot flight deck; but, they form a very menacing presence.
As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board.
The 20 person crew is completely diversified, including members of all races, creeds, sex, and sexual orientation.
This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs!
An onboard Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may sound hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.
The ship's purpose is not defined so much as a unit of national defense, but instead in times of conflict, the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada .
The ship may be positioned near the Democratic National Party Headquarters for photo ops.