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Friday, May 01, 2009

Annie B To Run Again

From the office of Delegate Anne B. Crockett Stark:
Crockett-Stark announces re-election run

Wytheville, VA- Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wythe) announced her intention to once again seek the House of Delegates seat for the Sixth District.

Del. Crockett-Stark gave a legislative update and made her announcement at the Wythe County Republican Party monthly meeting.

State Senator Ken Cuccinelli, a candidate for Virginia Attorney General, was on hand for the event. Sen. Cuccinelli told the crowd that Del. Crockett-Stark was not only famous for her love of the color purple and for her "bee" pins, but considered a hard-working legislator at the Capitol.

The Delegate's remarks focused on the efforts she co-patroned for unemployed workers, education funding and capital outlay in higher education, which is projected to bring in 3,400 jobs into Virginia and increase infrastructure to continually educate a workforce for the future.

"Our nation and our great Commonwealth are certainly having tough economic challenges, but I believe Virginia has worked hard this session to meet our needs and will face the new challenges as they come." Crockett-Stark said.

Delegate Crockett-Stark is planning campaign kick-off events in each of the five counties she represents. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Crockett-Stark was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005. She represents all of Bland and parts of Giles, Pulaski, Tazewell and Wythe counties.
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We Have Swine Flu! We Have Swine Flu!

The governor of Virginia gleefully shouts to reporters in the middle of the night: Hey, we have it too! Come see!
2 Virginia cases confirmed, but patients have recovered
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Virginia health officials have confirmed the state's first two cases of swine flu and said both of the adult patients already have recovered from their illnesses.

Both patients -- an adult male from eastern Virginia and an adult female from central Virginia -- suffered minor illnesses after traveling to Mexico, Gov. Tim Kaine told reporters Thursday night. Neither patient is a student and neither required hospitalization.

Kaine and health officials refused to provide specific information about the patients or where they live, citing privacy concerns. Kaine said both patients were aware of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and contacted physicians after experiencing flulike [sic] symptoms.

"We appreciate the fact that they cooperated very carefully with local health authorities," Kaine said.

Kaine said the state expects to see additional cases of the virus, citing the size of the state's population, seasonal travel patterns and how easily the virus spreads. [link] [my emphasis]

First, doesn't this guy have something important to do?!

Two cases? Neither of which amounted to anything. And the governor calls a press conference?

For the love of God.

What Was Your Problem With Sarah Palin Again?

Front page, New York Post, this morning:

By now you've read the latest from this goof.

I can't help but ask, what with the vice president's world-renowned penchant for enjoying hearing himself talk, why Joe Biden never seems to listen to that which comes spilling out of his mouth.

A heartbeat away ...

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Even the liberal press is embarrassed by this buffoon. See "Foot-In-Mouth Disease."

O The Irony

Conservatives are routinely accused of pushing a radical social agenda. And of course the American people buy it. But let it be duly noted, we conservatives would be more than pleased if this agenda item never raised its ugly head:

In Military, New Debate Over Policy Toward Gays

In fact, there's no real debate in the military. This is just the New York Times's attempt to create one.

Beyond that, let it be known who is pushing the social agenda.

It ain't conservatives.

It's Still a Dangerous Place

Those who "man the walls" are still sacrificing to make this country safe and the world a better place:
3 U.S. Troops Are Killed in Iraq Clash
By Steven Lee Myers, New York Times

Baghdad — Two American marines and a sailor were killed during a military operation in Anbar, the vast province west of Baghdad where combat operations and violence have declined dramatically, the American military command said in a statement on Friday. The three Americans died on Thursday “while conducting combat operations against enemy forces,” the statement said. It provided no other details about the circumstances of their deaths.

The deaths brought the total for American troops in April to 18, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, making it the deadliest month for American forces in Iraq since September. [link]
America's best. God love them.

Obama Is The Least Popular Prez In Modern Times

Well, except for Clinton.

Will the New York Times report this finding as such?
Obama's Poll Numbers Trail Those of W.; Gallup Covers It Up
Judith Apter Klinghoffer, History News Network

[The mainstream media] tell us how popular Barack Obama is but the numbers tell a different story especially when used comparatively. Comparing the Gallup poll taken following the first 100 day of George W. Bush and Barack Obama is rather informative especially given the highly contentious nature of the 2000 election.

Here are the numbers for other presidents:

April approval ratings in first year in office

Bush now 62%
Clinton, 1993 55
Bush, 1989 58
Reagan, 1981 67
Carter, 1977 63
Nixon, 1969 61

Sampling error: +/-3% pts

Ergo? Much of America is still willing to give Obama time to prove himself even if 80% admit that his economic policies will harm their children and grand children and the rest are concerned about his reckless spending. [link]
Even Nixon was more highly thought of by the American people at this point in his term in office than Obama is. So why is Kid Wonder portrayed as the Sun King by the mainstream press?

And We Only Have Obama To Thank

So much for all his empty promises. And for that bullshit about hope and change. And nothing more need be said about that monumentally wasteful "stimulus" bill. The numbers are in and ...
IMF predicts US economy worse than world economy in 2010
By Raymond Richman, Howard Richman, and Jesse Richman, American Thinker

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been in the news a lot lately. At the G-20 Summit on April 1, the leaders of the world's largest countries agreed to loan it hundreds of billions of dollars to be loaned to needy countries. Then, on April 21, the IMF issued an updated World Economic Outlook which predicted negative growth for the world in 2009 and a modest recovery beginning in 2010.

But their forecast for the United States was not so positive. They predicted that the United States economy will have zero growth in 2010, despite President Obama's stimulus package. In fact, they predicted that U.S. unemployment will climb, that year, to 10.1%.

The IMF also estimated that American foreign debt is now in the process of doubling from 4.5% of world GDP in 2007 to 9% of world GDP in 2009, and they saw a pretty good chance that the continuing U.S. trade deficits would cause a dollar collapse. [link]
In response, the media's favorite vice president babbled incoherently about pigs and subways and ...

Hat tip to WD.

Excellent News

The worst mistake any Republican president has made in recent decades is soon to be ameliorated. This makes my day:
Supreme Court Justice Souter To Retire
Nina Totenberg, NPR

April 30, 2009 · NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current court term.

The vacancy will give President Obama his first chance to name a member of the high court and begin to shape its future direction.

Factors in his decision no doubt include the election of President Obama, who would be more likely to appoint a successor attuned to the principles Souter has followed as a moderate-to-liberal* member of the court's more liberal bloc over the past two decades. [link]

I don't care so much that Obama will name another flaming liberal to the court, if that person has some intellect and bases his or her decisions on the Constitution. Souter was a small-minded, go-with-the-pack politician. Nothing more.

Good riddance.

* "Moderate-to-liberal." Ms. Totenberg, being a liberal herself, would be hard-pressed to cite an opinion that the extreme left-wing hack Souter ever wrote that could be considered moderate.

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Say what? This quote from the Washington Post makes one scratch one's head:

"A vacancy would give President Obama his first chance to begin reshaping the court but would not likely change the dynamic on a bench that is often evenly split between the liberal and conservative blocs, with moderate conservative Justice Anthony M. Kennedy often holding the pivotal role."

The president will have his chance to "reshape" the court? Right. If Obama nominates a conservative to replace the reactionary liberal, that would reshape the court. And when pigs fly ...

More Excellent News

When will the geniuses at NBC and CNN learn that their business model - built around all those hundreds of potential liberal viewers out there - is doomed to failure?
MSNBC, CNN Ratings Plunge as O'Reilly Reigns
By Jim Myers, NewsMax

MSNBC and CNN's primetime news programs have suffered an incredible nosedive in ratings since Barack Obama was elected president, Newsmax has learned.

Ratings for "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC at 8 p.m. have plunged a dizzying 42 percent since October, shortly before the election. CNN's 8 p.m. show, now being hosted by Roland Martin, has seen a 49 percent plunge over that time period, while "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News has dipped only 15 percent, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Bill O'Reilly's 8 p.m. show remains the top-rated cable news program, averaging 2,650,000 million households per night in April, more than the combined totals for Olbermann's program (938,000) and CNN's 8 p.m. offering (613,000), with more than a million households to spare.

MSNBC took out a full-page ad in The New York Times last November proclaiming "A Sweeping Victory" for its ratings and declaring "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" the No. 1 cable news program.

The solid showing of "The O'Reilly Factor" and the plunging numbers for Keith Olbermann further belie Olbermann and MSNBC's occasional claim that he is winning the ratings war in his time slot. [link]
If I recall, some spokesman for NBC said the company was pleased with its tiny little cable channel's formatting and corporate heads will not be changing it. This despite the fact that MSNBC can warehouse its entire viewing audience - soon - in a phone booth.

Smooth move, geniuses.