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Monday, October 11, 2010

Griffith Picks Up Two Endorsements

The important constituencies are all lining up behind the challenger in the 9th District Congressional race.  This is getting exciting.

From a press release:
Law enforcement groups endorse Griffith

Christiansburg - Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the Ninth Congressional seat, received endorsements this morning from two law enforcement groups.

The Virginia Police Benevolent Association, a division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, met with Griffith at his Christiansburg headquarters for their announcement.

Sean McGowan, the executive director of the VPBA, said Del. Griffith impressed the screening committee with in-depth knowledge of the issues important to our membership, and with his willingness to work with our organization in support of the law enforcement professionals the group represents.

Griffith says he is very pleased to receive the support of law enforcement officers in southwest Virginia. "I am deeply grateful to be endorsed by this law enforcement organization. These men and women put their lives on the line on a daily basis to protect citizens of Virginia, and we need to do everything possible to support them-providing them with the necessary equipment and training to safely do their job. I have supported them in the House of Delegates and will continue to do so in the U.S. Congress."

Griffith also received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, Patrick Henry Lodge #73.
This has to be particularly galling to Rick Boucher, what with all the federal earmarks he's secured for law enforcement stuff in recent years. It shows, I guess, that police officers can't be bought.

Here's to the guys in blue. And gray. And ... uh, brown ...

Get Fired Up!

It's your country.  Isn't it time you made of it that which you expect it to be?

You have that opportunity.  In consort with hundreds of other patriotic Americans here in Southwest Virginia.

From a press release:

Abingdon, VA............Tea Party Patriot groups from Abingdon/Bristol, Big Stone Gap, Christiansburg/Blacksburg, Pulaski/Dublin, Tazewell/Bluefield, Wytheville and Galax will all convene on Thursday, October 14th, 7:30PM at the George Wythe High School in Wytheville, VA for the 9th District Congressional Candidates Open Forum sponsored by the 10th Amendment Foundation (www.10thamendmentfoundation.org).

Morgan Griffith (R) and Jeremiah Heaton (I) will be accepting questions from constituents of the 9th District, an event that 28-year incumbent congressman Rick Boucher formally refuses to participate in. To date, Congressman Boucher has overtly rejected ANY questions posed to him by his constituency in any public forum, with no Town Halls scheduled for the entire election season.

The first-of-its-kind event (unofficially) commemorates the uniting of Tea Party groups vowing the shared commitment to restore fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets, now representing each region of the geographically huge Fightin' 9th District.

*For more information contact: Catherine Turner at swvateapartyabingdon@gmail.com
Here's your chance to see - and be a part of - history in the making.

After All These Years?

Color me skeptical:

1970 tape recording of Kent State shootings reveals sound of pistol shots
Associated Press

Cleveland - A tape recording of the 1970 shooting deaths of four Kent State University students by Ohio National Guardsmen reveals the sound of pistol shots 70 seconds earlier, a newspaper reported Friday citing the work of a forensic audio expert.

The finding lends support to a theory that the guardsmen thought they were being shot at during a campus Vietnam War protest. Witnesses said at the time that an FBI informant monitoring the protest fired warning shots because he felt threatened.

The National Guard opened fire on student protesters on May 4, 1970, killing four and injuring nine others. Eight guardsmen were acquitted of federal civil rights charges four years later. [link]
 The FBI has had this tape for decades.  Why was this never revealed?

We Are Led By the Best and the Brightest

Good grief:
Illegal Alien Stumps Napolitano
By Jan LaRue, American Thinker

If you thought Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's silly remarks and bungling couldn't get any worse, you must have missed her performance on Fox's "O'Reilly Factor" last Wednesday night.

The woman in charge of our immigration enforcement said she "doesn't know" what to do about the country's celebrity illegal alien, Nicky Diaz, former housekeeper for California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Hang on -- it gets ditzier. Secretary Napolitano told Mr. O'Reilly that "obviously this is ultimately a matter for California voters to decide." [link]
Say what?  It's up to the state of California to decide what to do about illegal immigrants?

When did that become the law of the land?

And I thought Janet Reno was a ditze ...

Somebody Needs To Step Up

And the state of Texas - who else? - is there:
Shootout at the EPA Corral
Wall Street Journal

If Democrats take a drubbing in November, the Obama Administration is likely to turn to regulation to achieve its "transformational" agenda. Which is all the more reason to cheer on Texas as it pushes back against the EPA's illegal attempt to rewrite the nation's clean air laws.

To wit, the Lone Star State is resisting the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate carbon under the clean air laws of the 1970s. These regulations will be damaging enough on their own. But the EPA and chief Lisa Jackson are also threatening to punish Texas and other green dissenters with a de facto moratorium on any major energy or construction projects. Just what the economy needs.

Under the Clear Air Act, the EPA's national office chooses priorities, but state regulators run the relevant programs and issue the necessary permits. When orders from HQ change, as with carbon over the last year, states get three years to revise their "implementation plans." But in August, Ms. Jackson decided that the law posed too long a climate wait and decreed that if these plans aren't updated by an arbitrary January 2011 deadline, her office will override the states and run the carbon permitting process itself.

Put bluntly, this coercion is illegal. As badly as Ms. Jackson has abused clean air laws to go after CO2, she can't by regulatory fiat usurp the law's statutory language about the federalist balance of power between Washington and the states. Texas filed an unusual lawsuit last week with the D.C. appeals circuit calling it an "ultra vires" act—literally, "beyond the powers"—and requesting an emergency stay of the EPA's regulations because of the imminence of irreparable harm. [link]
The whole argument this bunch was making was based on the global warming premise.  The one that is now dead.  But the carbon-as-pollutant mantra is yet to follow that theory into the trash can.

It's up to the state of Texas to finish this nonsense off.  Here's to the good folks there.

Seniors Aren't Going To Like This

It's understandable, but for those who look upon Social Security as rightful income, the news won't be welcomed:
No boost for Social Security checks in 2011
By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) — As if voters don't have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

"If you're the ruling party, this is not the sort of thing you want to have happening two weeks before an election," said Andrew Biggs, a former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration and now a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

"It's not the congressional Democrats' fault, but that's the way politics works," Biggs said. "A lot of people will feel hostile about it."

The cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, are automatically set each year by an inflation measure that was adopted by Congress back in the 1970s. Based on inflation so far this year, the trustees who oversee Social Security project there will be no COLA for 2011. [link]
There will be those who feel that it's Obama's fault.  It isn't.  But that's the way it goes.