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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Upheavel In VA Senate?

What's up with this? Did a Virginia state senator - a Democrat - almost leave his party today? Seems so.

Jim Geraghty reports:

Key Party Switch in Virginia? (UPDATE: Report: Switch Averted)

A well-connected source in Virginia tells me that at least one Democratic state senator is leaving the party's caucus . . . "Not sure yet if he's going Republican or Independent." This is significant because the Democrats currently have a 21 to 19 majority; a switch could give Republicans control of the chamber, because the lieutenant governor, who presides and breaks ties, is Republican William Bolling.

And yes, this source used the pronoun "he."

UPDATE: Jeff Frederick, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and member of the House of Delegates, via Twitter: "Apparently one dem is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power sharing underway."

I have called the lawmaker in question and am hoping to hear back shortly.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A Tweet from the Republican State Leadership Committee: "Reports from the VA House floor sort of confirm something big happening in the Senate."

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: After intense reports of an imminent switch out of Richmond, the sources go silent. Perhaps the switcher got cold feet . . .

. . . which is what Virginia VirtuCon is reporting: "Dem. Maj. Leader Dick Saslaw recessed, Senate Dems proceeded to pile on Northam and he caved."

AN 'UH-OH' UPDATE: From a Richmond source: "We're hearing that it was the premature release of this info from Chairman Frederick via Twitter that scuttled the deal."

My my my my my. I thought they ruled the world these days. Guess all's not what it seems.

A Welcome Change

We have our disagreements. In fact, we are diametrically opposed to each other on most issues. But I have to admit that, based upon the comments he wrote in the Roanoke Times last night in reaction to Barack Obama's dog-and-pony show - see "Obama's Press Conference" - I could get to like Christian Trejbal. He's becoming as much of a smartass as I am.

Of course, he'll have to change his way of thinking on every subject about which he has ever had a coherent thought (which aren't that many), but if he were to do so, he and I might become ...

Nnnnaaaaaahhh.

Racist To Speak At Local Bookstore

Admire her work if you choose. As far as I'm concerned though, there's not a more bigoted and hate-filled person walking the streets of America today, Jeremiah Wright included.

In the news:
Giovanni to read tonight from poetry collection
Roanoke Times

World-renowned author Nikki Giovanni will be reading tonight from her new collection of poetry, "Bicycles: Love Poems."

Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, will also sign copies of her book while at the Volume Two Bookstore at 7 p.m.

Although recent years have brought Giovanni much sadness, including the death of her mother and sister, as well as the April 16, 2007, tragedy at Virginia Tech, she still says you have to find what's good, according to a news release from the university. [link]
I'm not sure how her publicist got this gal's appearance to show up in the Roanoke Times as a news item, but that's his deal. I don't care.

What I do care about is the way this bigot is portrayed by that same "newspaper." If it were to take a fair and balanced look at her past work, we wouldn't be reading drivel like:

"Although recent years have brought Giovanni much sadness, including the death of her mother and sister, as well as the April 16, 2007, tragedy at Virginia Tech, she still says you have to find what's good ..."

Want a sampling of Nikki Giovanni's ... poetry? Read on and be prepared to have your toes curl:

The True Import Of Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro (For Peppe, Who Will Ultimately Judge Our Efforts)

Nigger

Can you kill
Can you kill

Can a nigger kill
Can a nigger kill a honkie
Can a nigger kill the Man
Can you kill nigger
Huh? nigger can you
kill
Do you know how to draw blood
Can you poison
Can you stab-a-Jew
Can you kill huh? nigger
Can you kill
Can you run a protestant down with your
'68 El Dorado
(that's all they're good for anyway)
Can you kill
Can you piss on a blond head
Can you cut it off
Can you kill
A nigger can die
We ain't got to prove we can die
We got to prove we can kill
They sent us to kill
Japan and Africa
We policed europe
Can you killCan you kill a white man
Can you kill the nigger
in you
Can you make your nigger mind
die
Can you kill your nigger mind
And free your black hands to
strangle
Can you kill
Can a nigger kill
Can you shoot straight and
Fire for good measure
Can you splatter their brains in the street
Can you kill them
Can you lure them to bed to kill them
We kill in Viet Nam
for them
We kill for UN & NATO & SEATO &
US
And everywhere for all alphabet but
BLACK
Can we learn to kill WHITE for BLACK
Learn to kill niggers
Learn to be Black men

(source)

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Nikki Giovanni will be reading from her new book of poetry this evening. If you enjoyed the works of Julius Streicher, you'll want to attend.

'Stimulation' Where It's Least Needed

This should come as no surprise to anyone. The teachers' union gets a fat payoff in Obama's stimulus bill:
Trimmed Bill Still Offers Vast Sums for Education
By Sam Dillon, New York Times

The economic stimulus bill that is expected to win passage in the Senate on Tuesday would provide about $83 billion for child care, public schools and universities.

The Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers proposed unprecedented levels of education spending in both the House and Senate stimulus bills. And even after cuts made Friday by a bipartisan group led by Senators Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, and Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, the Senate bill would still provide $80 billion in emergency spending for public schools and state universities, well above the Department of Education’s current $59 billion discretionary budget. [link]
Ah, yes. "Emergency spending." To save all those education jobs being lost.

But wait. Let's look at the job market and see which categories of employment have been hit hardest:

Agriculture and related private wage and salary workers - 18.7%

Construction - 18.2%

Leisure and hospitality - 11.5%

Manufacturing - 10.9%

Professional and business services - 10.4%

Nonagricultural private wage and salary workers (total) - 9.0%

Wholesale and retail trade - 8.7%

Transportation and utilities - 8.4%

Information - 7.4%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction - 7.0%

Self employed and unpaid family workers - 6.5%

Financial activities - 6.0%

Education and health services - 3.8%

Government workers - 3.0%

Just ahead of government workers. Naturally.

That's called putting the money where it's needed ... LEAST.

To laugh. To cry.

* Statistics provided by the Republican Committee on Ways and Means
** Hat tip to Mark Hemingway

That Didn't Take Long

If Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA 9) were to move to Fairfax, is there anyone out there who believes that he wouldn't abandon his rock-solid support for gun rights in a heartbeat? I think we all know that he's a 2nd Amendment champion for two reasons. (1) He doesn't want to make an enemy of the largest lobbying group in Washington because (2) that massive lobbying group has a tremendous - and very loyal - following here in Southwest Virginia. So Mr. Boucher is indeed a champion of gun rights. Until further notice.

He may be a lot of things, but stupid he ain't.

Then there's Senator James Webb who, by all accounts, was a stalwart conservative - when it was smart and fashionable to be conservative - but became an anti-war liberal zealot when America turned anti-war and tacked liberal. Unlike Boucher, though, I'm not convinced that he's all that bright. But he's got the Washington Post. So brilliant he'll continue to be portrayed.

Chalk all this up as being one of the many reasons I distrust Democrats.

And to that point:
New Senator Vows to New Yorkers to Take Wider View on Gun Issues
By David M. Halbfinger, New York Times

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who campaigned upstate for Congress last year as a stalwart opponent of gun control, vowed after meeting with the parents of a slain Brooklyn high school senior on Monday that she would lead the fight against gun violence as a senator for all of New York. [link]
Such the resolute, unwavering champion.

Democrats. I don't trust any one of them.

I'm Not Holding My Breath

It's likely that Pennsylvania's most powerful crook will have died of old age before anything comes of this, but let's hope that the Justice Department finally - finally - puts a stop to John Murtha's graft and corruption:
FBI Raided Lobbying Firm Connected to Murtha
By Emma Schwartz and Justin Rood, ABC News

The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News.

The FBI searched the Virginia headquarters of the PMA Group in November, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. PMA was founded by former Murtha aide Paul Magliochetti and specializes in winning earmarked taxpayer funds for its clients.

Good government groups have long criticized Murtha's cozy relationship with a handful of lobbyists and defense firms, ties that see millions of dollars in government spending go out from Murtha's office, and hundreds of thousands in campaign donations come in. Murtha has said his earmarking has helped revive his economically depressed district. [link]
Will Murtha be going to prison? He's a Democrat. So that's doubtful. But it would be nice to see him indicted for his corrupt ways at least.

Such The Joke

You may remember how the mainstream press excoriated Sarah Palin for providing answers to questions that the members thereof deemed less than acceptable. Critical wouldn't describe their reaction. Harsh comes close. Brutal works even better.

And her opponent in the campaign? How do they react when his name comes up in a presidential press conference for having made a statement earlier about the stimulus plan that few can interpret?

They laugh.

What fun. That's just ol' Joe. Goofy ol' Joe. Ya never know what he's going to say.
Barack Obama throws Joe Biden under the bus
By Toby Harnden, London Telegraph

Pity poor Joe Biden. His "there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong" quote is put straight to President Barack Obama during the White House press conference just now and his boss seemed to want to say: "Vice-President Who?"

As reporters started giggling, Obama came close to conceding that Biden was indeed a joke. "You know, I don't remember exactly what Joe was referring to, not surprisingly." [link]
Giggling.

The vice president of the United States is accepted (by those who worried that Sarah Palin wasn't up to the task of being Number Two in command) as being a buffoon.

Let's all giggle with them as we head into the next four years.

Spinning Out of Control

We entered uncharted territory two months ago. Now Congress and the Fed are taking us to the brink of certain doom:
U.S. Taxpayers Risk $9.7 Trillion on Bailout Programs
By Mark Pittman and Bob Ivry, Bloomberg News

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than 90 percent of the nation’s home mortgages.

The Federal Reserve, Treasury Department and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have lent or spent almost $3 trillion over the past two years and pledged up to $5.7 trillion more. The Senate is to vote this week on an economic-stimulus measure of at least $780 billion. It would need to be reconciled with an $819 billion plan the House approved last month.

Only the stimulus bill to be approved this week, the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program passed four months ago and $168 billion in tax cuts and rebates enacted in 2008 have been voted on by lawmakers. The remaining $8 trillion is in lending programs and guarantees, almost all under the Fed and FDIC. Recipients’ names have not been disclosed.

“We’ve seen money go out the back door of this government unlike any time in the history of our country,” Senator Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, said on the Senate floor Feb. 3. “Nobody knows what went out of the Federal Reserve Board, to whom and for what purpose. How much from the FDIC? How much from TARP? When? Why?” [link]

$9,700,000,000,000 worth of potential losses. And the number continues to climb.

They've completely lost their minds.

The Usual Suspects

Every Democrat, along with the three Republicans who were fully expected to abandon their party and side with the Democrats, voted for Obama's Bankrupt America bill:
Stimulus bill narrowly survives Senate test vote
By David Espo, My Way.com

Washington (AP) - An $838 billion economic stimulus bill backed by the White House survived a key test vote in the Senate on Monday despite strong Republican opposition, and Democratic leaders vowed to deliver legislation for President Barack Obama's signature within a few days.

The vote was 61-36, one more than the 60 needed to advance the measure toward Senate passage on Tuesday.

... Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania broke ranks to cast their votes to advance the bill. [link]
Sad thing is, not one of these clowns has even read that which he and she voted for. Guaranteed.

This is no way to run a country.