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Friday, August 24, 2007

Meet The Candidate

Few people know the Democratic challenger for the 6th District, House of Delegates. From the reaction the voters will have to this Bill Thomas interview (give it a few seconds to load, then click on the screen), he may wish he had kept it that way.



From the candidate's mouth:

● Bill Thomas, Democrat, intends to raise the gasoline tax.

● Bill Thomas, Democrat, intends to put toll booths on I-81 (more on this bit of idiocy later).

● Bill Thomas, Democrat, intends to solve the transportation problem. The one that was solved last year. But not the one he intends to create with roadblocks up and down a heavily-travelled, already congested interstate highway.

Bill Thomas, one must agree, is a very forthright man. That's sure to earn him a place in Heaven. He'll never be elected to public office, but ...

Video courtesy of roanoke.com

Here, Kitty Kitty

You may have heard, we now have a bear problem at my house. That being the case, and knowing that Paula has ten fifteen twelve thirty a lot of cats roaming around the property, this news isn't going to be well-received:

Bear attacks may have killed sheep

I'm sure they just have a thing for mutton, honey. Your cats are safe.

Animal rights advocate though she is, Paula is not above shooting the sunsabitchas. The bears I mean ...

I Get So Confused

Liberal politicians want to make it easier for credit unworthy Americans to obtain mortgage loans.

Liberal politicians want to make it more difficult for credit unworthy Virginians to obtain payday loans.

I don't know. I guess you have to be a lot smarter than I am to understand it ...

A New Blog Enters The Fray

Shawn Becker, chairman of the Grayson County Democratic Committee, has started up a new weblog entitled "Bye-Bye Bill, a transparently partisan harangue aimed at Delegate-For-Life (and recent candidate for U.S. Congress) Bill Carrico (R-Marion). I welcome him into the arena.

It is rumored that Becker is also a public school teacher.

That being the case, here's a few words of wisdom for him:

1) "Bye-bye" is a noun.

2) The use of the contraction "it's" (meaning "it is") is appropriate in this sentence: "Students and teachers have the opportunity to pray in school, whether its during the mandatory "moment of silence" that all schools have at the beginning of the day, or if its with clubs ... "

3) Huh? "Yes of course these individuals will be granted to same rights on paper, but ..."

4) Commas are your friends. Learn to use them.

5) Your prepositions are out of control: "The man we are talking about, the one to for whom this site is "dedicated" to ..." (and what's with the quotation marks?).

6) And, of course, your spelling sucks: "is non other than ..."


Shawn: If you are a school teacher there in Grayson County - and I pray you're not - I realy hope you not the cawss withe the probem sited beelow.

Oh, and keep your Democratic Party job. Undoubtedly, you are one of their rising stars.

We Must Do Better

Too many children in Southwest Virginia are being short-changed by our education system. The latest wake-up calls, first from the Herald Courier:

Seven schools in Southwest Virginia fail to make adequate yearly progress under NCLB
By Khristopher J. Brooks, Bristol Herald Courier


Seven Southwest Virginia schools failed to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act for the 2006-07 school year, according to data released Thursday by the state’s education department.

Virginia Middle School [in Bristol] didn’t make AYP (adequate yearly progress) because its black students underperformed in their English classes. In addition, the middle school’s students with disabilities underperformed in math.

In other locales, Ervinton and Sandlick elementary schools in Dickenson County, Va., did not make progress, and neither did Tazewell middle and high schools.

Glade Spring Middle School in Washington County, Va., and L.F. Addington Middle School, in Wise County, Va., also were on the list. (link)
And from the Roanoke Times:
Schools Fall Short In Yearly Progress
By David Harrison, The Roanoke Times

More public schools across the region failed to meet federal benchmarks this year, according to preliminary statistics released Thursday by the Virginia Department of Education.

In Western Virginia stretching from Rockbridge County to Wythe County, 52 schools out of 202 failed to pass muster, up from 39 in the 2005-06 school year. The status of five schools is still to be determined.

In Roanoke, 13 of the city's 29 schools missed the mark, the same number as last year, but the state has not said yet whether William Fleming High School met the standards.

Overall, the Roanoke district fell short of the federal standards for the fifth year in a row. (
link)
Look folks. We have only one shot at making the students who are trapped in these schools better prepared for the world of tomorrow. We are, it appears, failing them woefully.

Shame on us.

Hillary Joins The Nutroots

Nothing gets the weird and psychotic children who hang around DailyKos more fired up than conspiratorial talk like this:
Hill: Terror Would Be GOP Boost
By Geoff Earle, The New York Post

August 24, 2007 -- Washington - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday raised the prospect of a terror attack before next year's election, warning that it could boost the GOP's efforts to hold on to the White House.

Discussing the possibility of a new nightmare assault while campaigning in New Hampshire, Clinton also insisted she is the Democratic candidate best equipped to deal with it.

"It's a horrible prospect to ask yourself, 'What if? What if?' But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world," Clinton told supporters in Concord. (link)
You see, that's why Karl Rove had to resign. He's now working toward a GOP sweep in November, 2008. He's over in Waziristan plotting with Osama bin Ladin the next attack on America.

Or so they prefer to think ....

I Thought McCain Already Did

Let's get the money out of politics

Something Of a Surprise

The Hillary part of this I don't doubt, but I'm surprised by Rudy's strength - among America's best and brightest:
Rudy's 'Army'
By Carl Campanile, The New York Post

August 24, 2007 -- Military veterans are ready to salute Rudy Giuliani as their next commander-in-chief - but treat Hillary Rodham Clinton like a private.

Giuliani is the most popular presidential candidate among vets and Clinton is the most unpopular, according to a Gallup poll released yesterday.

Giuliani - a supporter of the Iraq war who obtained an occupational deferment during Vietnam - was viewed favorably by 64 percent of veterans. Only 29 percent disliked him.

By comparison, 59 percent of vets gave Clinton an unfavorable rating. Only 37 percent gave her a thumbs-up, giving her the poorest overall rating. (link)
The overwhelming majority of veterans - and active duty military personnel - have always despised Hillary and her husband for the way they were treated by their then-commander-in-chief and his spouse.

Rudy having so much strength in this poll is a bit of a surprise however. Perhaps his commanding manner and broad leadership background shine through to our beloved vets.

In any case, Rudy is on top of Hillary.

Now there's some disgusting imagery ....

I Guess It's An Example Of 'Tough Love'

Michael Vick Called 'Dog Lover'

Roscoe's Backpedaling Like Crazy

Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville) has been in a lot of hot water lately. First, there's his association with a reprehensible campaign coordinator. And then there are the videos. And more videos. Oh, and this one is my favorite. If they weren't embarrassing enough, he finds himself on the wrong side - at least in the eyes of the voters - of the most heated issue in the commonwealth - those traffic abuser fees.

Well, apparently Roscoe sat down for an on-air interview on WYVE radio in Wytheville yesterday. I say apparently because I was out of the state (as usual) and didn't hear it myself. But a person who keeps his eyes and ears open to such things for me emailed the following account:
I'm listening to Roscoe right now on WYVE. He is lying out both sides of his mouth. He was talking about the abuser fees. He said it was all a GOP bill, but in fact, the abuser fees had overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, both chambers and both branches. Also, he said he voted against the bill with the abuser fees (hb3202 - when it included out-of-state drivers), when it passed the Senate 21-18. I guess he forgot about when it came back from the Governor (sans out-of-state drivers) and he voted for it.

And last, he said he did not co-sponser the abuser fee bill (hb3202). True, but I guess he forgot about that other bill (sb 1196) he sponsored specifically for the abuser fees. Geez.
Geez is right.

What, does he think we don't pay attention?

Are you folks over in the 20th Senate District paying attention?