Monday, December 28, 2009

New GM car to honor Obama's policies

This is one of the newer GM cars made since the Federal Government took over GM. This model was designed to reflect Obama's clear policy directions.....

And, no, this is NOT a photoshop job...this is a real car that is actually driven on the street!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Most Americans Prefer 'Merry Christmas' To 'Happy Holidays'

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Amidst all the holiday shopping craziness, most Americans at this time of year want to see holiday signs that wish them a "Merry Christmas."

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of adults prefer "Merry Christmas," while 22% like "Happy Holidays" instead.


I have to wonder...who are these 22% who don't like Christmas? Liberals? People who hate tradition?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sarah Palin in Roanoke Today!!

Sarah wowed them in Roanoke today. We got there and were greeted by a huge line of over 1000 people. Many people camped out many liberals would draw that kind of fan enthusiasm? The first lady in line had waited there since 8 am on Saturday morning!

When we got our 2 books signed, we were taken by Sarah's warmth and charm...and how she connects to people....amazing.

I was glad to see her youngest son Trig with her...and her mom and dad as well! had some great video coverage here:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

School Choice Support Widespread in Virginia

The Family Foundation today joined several other organizations in releasing a survey conducted on behalf of the Friedman Foundation showing widespread support for a variety of school choice proposals. The survey, conducted in October, shows that while Virginians support public schools, they also support education freedom and choice.

The survey results found broad support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents for tax-credit scholarship programs and school vouchers. Democrats indicate support for tax-credit scholarships (64%) and school vouchers (53%). They are more likely to favor rather than oppose these policies by +43 percentage points and +15 percentage points, respectively.

Interestingly, while the survey found that 62% of Virginians believe the public school system is “good” or “excellent,” when given the choice between sending their child to a public school or an alternative (private, charter or homeschooling) 54% said they would choose the alternative. Among parents with children currently attending a public school, 40% would keep their children there while 39% would choose an alternative. Currently, 90% of Virginia’s school children attend public schools.

Another interesting note from the survey found that younger Virginians, those just out of school or in parenting years, are more supportive of education choice than older Virginians. In other words, those closest to the public schools are less likely to want their kids to attend them.

Not surprisingly, 65% of those surveyed also drastically underestimated how much Virginia spends to educate public school children. While 28% believed the cost to be between $3001 and $6000 and 19% believed it to be less than $3000, the actual 2007 school year figure was nearly $12,000 per student. It’s no wonder that polls show Virginians support more funding for public education when two-thirds underestimate it by two or three times the actual number.

Clearly Virginians want education freedom. The issue of school choice is not a public vs. private debate, it is simply about the best opportunity for every child and parents’ rights to make that choice.

As I told our Gala audience last month, while charter schools are certainly a widely supported idea and Virginia’s charter school law needs changing, we can’t stop there. Virginia’s kids deserve the best education possible – public or private or home or charter – and they deserve it now. It’s time for the education establishment to stop being obstructionists and instead join the fight for education freedom in Virginia.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Great pictures from Roanoke 40 Days for Life event

Many people recently stood for life on Peters Creed Road, outside of the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic.
This was part of the 40 days for life campaign locally and nationally.
Check out this great slide show from the Roanoke event, on youtube.
Thanks to all who stood for life!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cause and effect

Obama 08 = McDonnell 09, Bolling 09, Cuccinelli 09, Cleaveland 09, Griffith 09, Elswick 09, Flora 09, Altizer 09, Johnson 09 and many, many others.

It's a great day to be a Virginia Republican!! Join us!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My choices for Tuesday, Nov 3 election

Fellow Virginians,

I urge you to vote this Tuesday for the following candidates:

- Bob McDonnell for Governor

- Bill Bolling for Lt. Governor

- Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General for Governor for Lieutenant Governor for Attorney General

I have personally known these gentlemen for many years. They are each good public servants and they will make you proud to be a Virginian.

Check out the Family Foundation voter guides on these 3 statewide races at this location...compares all candidates on issues that are important to the family.

For House of Delegates, 17th District - Bill Cleaveland

Family Foundation has published a voter guide comparing the 17th HOD candidates...

Bill has strong conservative values for this seat, replacing Republican William Fralin. His opponent, Gwen Mason, is a pro-abortion liberal on Roanoke City Council.

For House of Delegates, 8th District - Morgan Griffith

Morgan has been a strong leader for all of SW Virginia. His position as Majority Leader helps this area a lot. People would be nuts to support his opponent, Radford teacher Carter Turner. Turner has no experience in elected office, a poor trade for the House Majority Leader position!! Morgan scored a top rating of 100% in the Family Foundation report card, that ranks all delgates and senators on their votes that support the families of Virginia.

For House of Delegates, 11th District - Troy Bird

Troy has the conservative values we need in the 11th house district. His opponent, Onzlee Ware, has a poor rating of 20 on the Family Foundation report card.

Local races:

Board of Supervisors, Vinton -- Mike Altizer

School Board, Vinton -- Jason Peters

Board of Supervisors, Hollins -- Richard Flora

Board of Supervisors, Windsor Hills -- Ed Elswick

Sheriff, Roanoke City -- Octavia Johnson

Revenue Commissioner, Roanoke City - Douglas Walker

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Steve Shannon's Deceptive Campaign for Attorney General

Steve Shannon's Deceptive Campaign for Attorney General Print E-mail
By NRVNews

Steve Shannon, the Democrat candidate for Attorney General, is conducting a very deceptive campaign. He is trying to convince voters he is a conservative. He is also strongly implying the job of the Attorney General is to prosecute criminals. The truth is very different.

Shannon’s record reveals he is definitely not a conservative.

He voted to put the Marriage Amendment on the ballot, then actively campaigned against it. This constitutional amendment, approved by Virginia voters, requires marriage only to be between one man and one woman – not between two men or two women. Shannon’s opponent in the Attorney General race, Ken Cuccinelli, campaigned for the Marriage Amendment.

Shannon voted against requiring public schools to involve parents in their childrens' decisions to participate in after-school activities. He would be an Attorney General who opposed commonsense parental rights.

Shannon voted against a bill that protects from discrimination a public school student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint on a subject permitted by the school. This candidate for Attorney General voted against religious freedom.

Shannon supports state funding of abortions.

Shannon opposed protecting private home owners – especially those who are middle class and poor – from governmental abuse of eminent domain laws that permit local and state governments to take private property.

Ken Cuccinelli, Shannon’s Republican opponent, took the opposite positions on these issues.

Shannon’s portrayal of the Attorney General’s responsibility is false, and he knows it. It is not only or primarily the prosecution of criminals.

At the web site for the Virginia Attorney General, we read:

“The Office of the Attorney General is the Commonwealth's law firm. Its clients are the Virginia state government and the state agencies, boards and commissions that compose that government.

“The full time staff includes a chief deputy attorney general, six deputy attorneys general and about 150 assistant attorneys general, 40 additional full time lawyers appointed as special counsel to particular agencies, and 140 legal assistants, legal secretaries and other professional support staff. The Office of the Attorney General is structured very much like a private law firm, with sections devoted to legal specialties.”

Note in the previous paragraph: “The Office of the Attorney General is structured very much like a private law firm, with sections devoted to legal specialties. “ It is appropriately not structured like a prosecutor’s office.

A long list of the duties and powers of this office is posted, showing prosecution of criminals is not the only or even the major duty of the Attorney General. And prosecutions are almost always handled by staff members. Mark Earley and Bill Mims are two of Virginia’s recent, excellent Attorney Generals who had no previous experience as prosecutors.

Furthermore, the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police is not endorsing Shannon. It is endorsing Ken Cuccinelli.

Shannon is a typical liberal candidate for public office in Virginia – deceptively trying to hide the fact that he is a liberal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Wagner's support for higher taxes, record of fiscal mismanagement and dishonest, negative campaign is exposed-

-Bolling clearly outlines record of accomplishment and New Ideas for a Better Virginia-

SALEM - Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling handily defeated Jody Wagner in the Lieutenant Governor's debate tonight at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. The debate was sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association, moderated by WSLS reporter Jay Warren and broadcast live on the WSLS website.

Throughout the debate, Bolling clearly outlined his record of accomplishment during his 18-years of public service and his plans to create new jobs, grow the economy, restore fiscal management to state government and provide solutions to the education, energy, transportation, public safety and health care challenges facing Virginia.

Many times appearing flustered, Wagner was repeatedly put on the defensive for her consistent and habitual support for higher taxes, including her proposal to increase of the gas tax, her record of fiscal mismanagement as Secretary of Finance, which has caused over $7B is budget shortfalls and the loss of more than 2,000 state jobs, her lack of positive ideas and plans to solve the challenges facing Virginian and her dishonest, negative personal campaign attacks on Bolling.

Throughout the debate Bolling connected Wagner to her running mate Creigh Deeds plans to raise taxes and his dishonest, negative personal attacks.

Wagner has embraced Creigh Deeds' plans to raise taxes on Virginia families and business, including higher job-killing gas taxes, even in a bad economy. Additionally, Wagner has supported every major tax increase during her eight years in state government, including increasing the sales tax by 20%, imposing higher taxes on small businesses and seniors and higher taxes on home and car sales.

When discussing their respective records, Bolling summed up the differences between himself and Wagner best when he said, "She has worked for people who have accomplished things. She has accomplished very little."

As a State Senator and Lieutenant Governor, Bolling has a long record of accomplishment. Some highlights include:

  • Kids First legislation to crack down on dead beat parents
  • Establishing the children's health insurance program in Virginia, which is currently covering over 100,000 low-income children
  • Expanding the Governor's Economic Opportunity Fund to make incentives available to small businesses in economically depressed regions of Virginia
  • Eliminating hundreds of unnecessary and redundant regulations as chairman of the Regulatory & Government Reform Task Force
  • Providing the first state funding to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is cracking down on internet sexual predators
  • Streamlining the regulatory process to position Virginia as the nation's leader in advancing wind and solar projects

As Lieutenant Governor, Bolling promoted numerous initiatives that focused on important health care issues. Through his Steptember program, Ending Cervical Cancer In Our Lifetime initiative, Helping Virginians Breath Easier campaign, and the Lieutenant Governor's Challenge: Your Heart Is In Your Hands program, Lieutenant Governor Bolling has helped focus public attention on important health care issues like obesity, cervical cancer, asthma and cardiovascular health.

Bolling also clearly outlined his innovative and plans to create jobs, grow the economy and restore fiscal responsibility to state government and address the education, energy, transportation, health care and public safety challenges facing Virginia.

The Manassas News & Messenger called Bolling's proposals "comprehensive and extensive plans to deal with transportation, education, public safety and more".

Earlier today, The News & Messenger joined the Arlington Sun Gazette as the second Northern Virginia newspaper to endorse Lieutenant Governor Bolling.

Bolling has also been endorsed a long list of other organizations including National Federation of Independent Business/ Virginia, Virginia Association of Realtors PAC, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's Virginia AgPAC, Virginia Credit Union League, Associated Builders and Contractors, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, National Rifle Association - Political Victory Fund, Fraternal Order of Police and Police Benevolent Association.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Roanoke Valley Realtors endorse Bill Cleaveland for Delegate

RVAR Endorses Candidate
Photo of Bill Cleaveland
Bill Cleaveland
RVAR’s Board of Directors has endorsed Bill Cleaveland (R) for the 17th District seat and authorized a $2,500 RPAC contribution to his campaign. Personal interviews were conducted with Mr. Cleaveland and his opponent, Gwen Mason (D). Questions focused on: basing the grantor’s tax on sales price instead of assessed value; how to fund statewide infrastructure needs such as Virginia’s highways; creating a Virginia homebuyer tax credit and the Dillon Rule.
Thanks to the Interview Panel: Kathy Nunnally, Henry Scholz, Joe Sutliff, Tom Turner and Todd Wampler. More interviews will be held in October.

Realtor website

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fmr. Gov. Doug Wilder (D) Refuses To Endorse Creigh Deeds (D) For Governor

This is a big development! Why would a party Democrat like Wilder refuse to endorse fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds? Both are social liberals.

What does Wilder know about Deeds that we do not??

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sept. 22 Fundraiser for Ken Cuccinelli in Roanoke

Members of the Roanoke Valley Republican Party
cordially invite you to attend a reception


Ken Cuccinelli
Republican Candidate for Attorney General


Tuesday, September 22nd
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Individual tickets are $35 per Person and Sponsorship levels are available

Check should be made to "Cuccinelli for Attorney General"
Please mail to 101 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219

RSVP to Janet Neal
Phone 804-344-8081 Email

Authorized by Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Congressman Goodlatte to hold 3 Heathcare Townhalls

(Note: this is a chance to THANK CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE for standing AGAINST Socialized Medicine)

I want to take the opportunity to invite you to attend one of my upcoming town hall meetings which will take place at the following locations:
Thursday, September 3rd from 7-9 p.m. at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke
Saturday, September 5th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater
Saturday, September 12th from 2-4 p.m. at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School in Lynchburg
Additionally, last week I held the first in a series of telephone town hall meetings on health care reform. With thousands of 6th District residents on the line, we had a very productive discussion regarding the current proposals being considered by Congress.
The majority of my constituents seemed to have the same questions and concerns that are being raised at town hall meetings across the country. As I took unscreened questions at random, I overwhelmingly heard folks express their opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform proposal. Below is a brief sample of some of the comments made by my constituents on the line…
“We are strongly opposed to the health care program proposed by the Democratic Party.”
“As a senior citizen I am really concerned about this bill going through. I am concerned about the rationing [of care] they are considering for older people.”
“I keep hearing that they are going to reduce a lot of the funds for Medicare which will definitely affect the seniors… I am very concerned about that.”

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Roanoke County Rep. Shrimpfest, Sat. Aug. 29



6:00 P.M.


(Next to Vinton War Memorial)


Special Guests:

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (invited)

Senator Ken Cuccinelli – Candidate for Attorney General

Former Congressman Virgil Goode

Local Elected Officials

Candidates for House of Delegates

Candidates for Board of Supervisors

TICKETS: For more information call

$20.00 per person Trixie Averill 890-6519

$25.00 at the door Polly Johnson 375-6465

$10.00 Kids 5-12

Kids Under 5 Free

P.O. Box 20923 Roanoke, VA 24018

The place to be and the people to be with!!

Authorized and paid for by the Roanoke County Republican Committee

Tuesday, August 11, 2009



Event Organization: Christy Bowles
Education/Website Coordinator: Chip Tarbutton
Web site:


Roanoke, VA--August 10, 2009--On August 15, 2009, Roanoke Tea Party is holding a mass meeting at the Roanoke Civic Center in the Special Events Building at 1:00 P.M.
Event Organizer, Christy Bowles, is asking patriots from across the valley to come together to develop strategies to help counter the fiscally irresponsible and Constitutionally questionable policies espoused by Washington. Programs like Cap and Trade and Socialized Medicine violate the basic tenets of the Constitution and we must oppose these assaults on our country.

The purpose of the up-coming meeting is to gather together citizens from across the area to educate neighbors, mobilize for rallies, hold voter registration drives and other efforts to hold our elected officials accountable for their policy decisions.

Chip Tarbutton stated, "The level of frustration amongst my neighbors and friends has reached a boiling point! We bristle at the assertion that a political party funds us, or that we represent a special interest group. The Roanoke Tea Party is a non-partisan group and does not support any political party. Few of us have ever been actively involved in politics but we fear the way our nation is headed and feel obligated to act now to protect our country."

No matter your political affiliation; no matter what party you represent, we need your involvement if you agree with the core principles of The Roanoke Tea Party:

1. Rule of Constitutional Law & National Sovereignty
2. Limited Government based on 10th Amendment Federalism
3. Private Property & Free Market Economics
4. Individual Liberties

Bowles states that she is "excited about the opportunity to harness the energy and passion of local citizens to make a real impact on the political situation. This organizational meeting will be the springboard that will allow this movement to have a broader affect on local, state and federal issues.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Large group rallies in Downtown Roanoke to Oppose Socialized Medicine

A large group of concerned citizens gathered in Downtown Roanoke today, to Oppose the Federal Governement takeover of our Healthcare system.

The PATIENTS FIRST bus rolled into Roanoke today at about 3 pm. Speaking to the Crowd, Ben Marchi (VA director of Americans for Prosperity) asked people to call their elected leaders, immediately from their cellphones. He then gave out phone numbers of the local electeds.

Another speaker, Dr. Lawrence Hunter of The Social Security Institute spoke against Obama's plan to ration healthcare and how it will hit our oldest citizens the hardest....and the provisions in the bill for mandatory "Death counseling" at age 65 and every 5 years after that.

Our local Senator, Ralph Smith, also addressed the crowd and spoke of his opposition to the Govt. plan.

I hope that Senators Warner and Webb, and Congressment Boucher and Perriello are listening! We the people expect them to OPPOSE this horrible plan for Federal Control of America's Healthcare system.

For more information, see

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Democrat/Obama Health Plan


(Click Picture for full sized image)

MORE PROVISIONS (Added as I go through them):

Section 113 b-1 Page 22: Mandates an audit of all employers that self-insure to "ensure that the law does not provide incentives for small and mid-size employers to self-insure".

Section 123 Page 30: A government Health Benefits Advisory Committee will recommend what treatments and benefits are available. Once accepted and adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, there is no appeal.

Section 141 & 142 Page 42: Establish a "Health Choices Commissioner" appointed by the Prresident who will establish qualified plan standards for the insured, establish a "Health INsurance Exchange", will administer "Health Insurance Credits" and determin who is eligible, will ensure compliance, conduct audits, administer penalites and remedies.

Section 152 Page 50: All healthcare services will be provided without regard to "personal characteristcs" which is not defined within the document as is understood to include immigration status.

Section 1173A a-2-D Page 58: Calls for a National Health Plan Beneficiary Identification Card for every person and the ability to determine a persons indivual financial responsibility and eligibility prior to, or at the time of service.

Section 1173A a-4-C Page 59: Requires the ability to have electronic funds tranfer from insured account to the federal government automate reconcilliation of health care payment.

Section 164 Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize a retiree reinsurance health fund up to 10 billion dollars to assist participating employment-based plans (unions, community organizers, etc.) with the cost of providing health benefits to retirees and to eligible spouses, surviving spouses and dependents of such retirees

Section 294 b-7 Page 91: Government mandates culturally and linguistically appropriate communication and health services for all.

Section 205 a-1 Page 95-96: The Government will etsablish an outreach program to inform, educate, and enroll participants, directed at "vulnerable" populations and to be accomplished in person at "community locations", by mail, telephone, or electronically. Tailor made for ACORN and Americorps.

Section 205 C-3-3 Page 102: If you do not enroll in a "National Health Exchange Plan" and are eligible for Medicaid, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicaid. You have no choice in the matter.

Section 223 f Page 124: There will be no administrative or "judicial review" permitted for payment rates established under the National Health Care Plans.

Section 224 b Page 125: The Secretary shall design and implement the payment mechanisms and policies under this section in a manner that — (1) seeks to (B) reduce health disparities (including racial, ethnic and other disparities).

Section 312 a-4, c-2 Page 145-148: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into a government approved plan, either the public plan or another plan, unless an employee makes an affiormative decision to opt out.

Seaction 312 b-3 Page 146-147: Employers MUST pay pro-rated healthcare contribution for part-time employees AND their families.

Section 313 b-1 Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll, $350+-400K it is 6%, for over $300+-350K it is 4%, for $250+-300K it is 2%.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Roanoke Tea Party, July 4

Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Libertarians all have one thing in common. They all attended that Roanoke Tea Party in Elmwood Park on July 4th and most of them brought signs stating their opinions on various matters important to them.

This is the 2nd Tea Party held in Roanoke, the 1st being on tax day, April 15th of this year. The purpose of the Tea Parties is to give everyone a voice, to let all opinions be heard, to make sure that everybody matters.

Over 1,000 people came to enjoy the sunshine, the company and the music as well as to hear speakers from all walks of life. House of Representatives Morgan Griffith said, “Today is not called dependence day. It is not about the money, it is about the right to tax with representation. Government spending is out of control and that brings about dependence, not independence for its citizens. How we spend our money is as valid today as it was on December 16, 1773.”

Jeff Bowles from the Libertarian party talked about Thomas Jefferson and how “the founder’s realized that government was necessary but dangerous so they contained it within the constitution.” Jackie Bledsoe of explained exactly what the Fair Tax is and how it would work in today’s environment of excessive spending and taxes. “It is a revenue neutral plan with a retail sales tax on new goods and services only”, and the country would be able to abolish the Internal Revenue Service altogether.

Bill Cleaveland, running for the 17th House of Delegates seat stated, “Your voices are the pulse of this country. If your voice is quiet, this country will die. I am angry like you and I hope you are angry about the tax situation as it is. Make your voice heard in November.”

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, got the crowd fired up when he said; “Conservatives in Northern Virginia should be under the Endangered Species Act since there are so few of us left. We need to take back our constitution and make sure this Cap & Trade bill is not passed. Even Greenpeace is against Cap & Trade and you know how liberal they are.”

After the invited speakers, the microphone was opened up to the public. Any one who chose to speak could have 5 minutes and many in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to be heard. Topics ranged from abortion, freedom, limited government, Cap & Trade, free speech, liberalism, thanking veterans and prayer.

Organizers say they plan to have another Tea Party in Roanoke this fall.

By Carla M. Bream

Friday, July 10, 2009

Class lesson on Socialism

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before,
but had once failed an entire class.


That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK,
we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D!
No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering,
blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Upcoming Events in Roanoke

Flag Raising Ceremony - Friday, July 3, 2009 @ 10:00 a.m. - 325 Elm Ave, S.E., Roanoke, VA -Come join fellow patriots, active military members and veterans, local political leaders, law enforcement and civic leaders as we celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the Independence of the United States. Email Carla Bream for more information.

Roanoke Tea Party - Saturday, July 4, 2009 @ 5:00 p.m. - 7 pm (Music starts at 3 pm) Elmwood Park, Downtown Roanoke - Celebrate freedom, listen to music and let your voice be heard. Special guest speakers include House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith and State Senator and our next Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Click here for more information on the Roanoke Tea Party Website.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Cow and the Ice Cream


From a teacher in the Nashville area

"We are worried about "the cow"

when it is all about the "Ice Cream"

The most eye-opening civics

lesson I ever had was while teaching
third grade this year. The presidential

election was heating up and
some of the children showed an interest.

I decided we would have an
election for a class president.

We would choose our nominees.

They would make a campaign speech
and the class would vote.

To simplify the process, candidates

were nominated by other class
members. We discussed what kinds

of characteristics these students
should have. We got many nominations

and from those, Jamie and Olivia
were picked to run for the top spot.

The class had done a great

job in their selections. Both
candidates were good kids. I thought

Jamie might have an advantage because
he got lots of parental support.
I had never seen Olivia's mother.

The day arrived when they

were to make their speeches.
Jamie went first.
He had specific ideas about
how to make our class a better
place. He ended by promising to

do his very best.
Everyone applauded and
he sat down.

Now is was Olivia's turn to speak.

Her speech was concise.

She said, "If you will vote for me, I will
give you ice cream." She sat down.

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We
want ice cream."

She surely would say more.

She did not have to. A discussion
followed. How did she plan to

pay for the ice cream? She wasn't sure.
Would her parents buy it or would

the class pay for it. She didn't
know. The class really didn't care.

All they were thinking about was
ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten.

Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened

his mouth he offered ice cream and
52 percent of the people reacted

like nine year olds. They want
ice cream.

The other 48 percent know
they're going to have to
feed the cow and clean

up the mess."

Remember, the government cannot give anything to anyone ---
that they have not first taken away from someone else.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Congratulations to Bill Cleaveland and Ed Elswick

Congratulations to Bill Cleaveland for winning the 17th House of Delegates Republican Nomination. It was a race that featured 5 good Republican candidates. Now, Bill takes on a Democrat opponent in November.

Congratulations also to Ed Elswick who won the Republican nomination for Windsor Hills Board of Supervisors.

The Democrat party filed 2 candidates very late, to challenge our Supervisor all local candidates have Democrat opposition.

Folks, we need to get behind all our candidates, donate money and volunteer.

Our new Headquarters is a good place to start. Visit us at the corner of 419 and Ogden Rd. or call 725-1045 and ask how you can help. Right now, we need people to man the phones!!

For information on election results, see this link below.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Roanoke Republican HQ to open Monday, June 8

Please Join Us for the Grand Opening of the


Monday, June 8th

6:00pm – 8:00pm

2706 Ogden Road

Roanoke, VA 24018

(Next to Tanglewood Mall and Panera Bread)

Pizza & Soft Drinks will be Served!!!!!

Good Times for All!!!

Let’s Start this Campaign off with a BANG!!!!

RSVP to Brent Perrin at 804-814-1720

or Trixie Averill at

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Join Republican candidates in Roanoke, Monday June 1

Please join

Bob McDonnell

Bill Bolling


and RPV Chairman, Pat Mullins

For a GOP Ticket Rally

Monday, June 1st

10:15 am

Roanoke Airport

(Landmark Private Terminal)

5202 Aviation Drive

Roanoke, VA 24012

RSVP to Brent Perrin at

or Trixie Averill at