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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thunder From The Right

What's the first thing you think about when you hear the name Bob Goodlatte?

Some of you are saying "Wasn't he a game show host?"

Others will have no reaction at all, having never heard the name.

Understandable.

Me? I think, whether deserved or not, of earmarks.

I think of that theater over in Waynesboro that he felt needed to be renovated at his the taxpayers' expense.

A theater.

Taxpayer money.

So it comes with a certain amount of interest that ol' Bob may have a challenger from the right come up and take him on in next year's Republican primary.  He should have seen this coming:
Goodlatte may face tea party challenge
By Mason Adams, Roanoke Times

Karen Kwiatkowski, a former military analyst who lives in Shenandoah County, told the Roanoke Tea Party she will challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte for the Republican nomination in the 6th District next year.

The self-described "conservative, constitutionalist, Libertarian Republican" favors downsizing government, letting entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare dry up and eliminating foreign entanglements.

Kwiatkowski told a crowd of more than 50 that she will defend the Constitution and all of its amendments except the 16th and 17th -- which established the income tax and allowed for direct election of U.S. senators -- which she will try to repeal.

Kwiatkowski, 50, is a retired lieutenant colonel who spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring in 2003. She and her husband live west of Mount Jackson, where they raise cattle. She writes for several websites and is an adjunct faculty member in political science at James Madison University. She is married with four children and two grandchildren. [link]
As an interesting aside, Colonel Kwiatkowski is a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon as well.

And she bears a remarkable resemblance to one of my heroes - Michelle Bachmann.  And not just in appearance.

Want to learn more about her?  Go to LewRockwell.com.  There you'll learn all about her political positions.  Perhaps a lot more than you wanted to know.

Anyway, Bob Goodlatte is being challenged by a libertarian Goldwater Republican.  Good.  Maybe the contest will straighten him out.

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Regarding that "Kwiatkowski told a crowd of more than 50 that she will defend the Constitution and all of its amendments except the 16th and 17th ...," I'm sure she meant to say that she would "support and defend" the 16th and 17th amendments until they are repealed. Not that she would defy them.

She did mean to say that, right?

Nutter's Replacement Steps Up?

Perhaps?
Former Montgomery County supervisor seeking GOP vote in 7th House District
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Richmond -- Former Montgomery County Supervisor Nick Rush will seek the House of Delegates seat being vacated by Christiansburg Republican Dave Nutter, who is running for the state Senate.

Rush filed petitions Wednesday to get on the ballot for the Aug. 23 Republican primary in the 7th District. Wednesday was the deadline for candidates to file paperwork to get on the primary ballot.

Rush was elected to the Montgomery County board in 1991 at the age of 23 and served for 12 years, including one as chairman. He works as an insurance agent with Farm Bureau Insurance and serves on the board of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance. [link]
Details to follow ...

This Is Who You Voted For

From this morning's New York Times:
In 1996, as a candidate for the State Senate in Illinois, Mr. Obama responded to a questionnaire from a gay newspaper. “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,” Mr. Obama wrote, “and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

White House officials have said Mr. Obama was really referring to civil unions, which he does support. (On Friday, Mr. Obama’s communications director, Dan Pfieffer, caused a brief kerfuffle by telling a conference of bloggers that Mr. Obama had not filled out the forms himself; the White House later said he was mistaken.) 
Change you can believe in.  Just pick which of his changes you find most suitable ...

On Obama & His 'Green' Jobs

At the rate he's going, Obama will have achieved full employment - by my calculation - in the year 27428.

How can that be?

Our president assembled his high and mighty Council on Jobs and Competitiveness the other day to figure out what it will will take to create a job in this country.

Well, no, make that a fourth job.

He has, in fairness, created three.

And they happen to have been birthed right there where his wise men gathered. At Cree Inc., a light bulb maker. And not just any light bulb maker.  This is a manufacturer of those "green" curlicue light bulbs that Obama and his ilk love so much.

The three jobs? Jonah Goldberg reports:

"Under [Obama's] supposedly jobs-boosting stimulus, Cree received $5.2 million. According to Recovery.gov, that $5.2 million created 3.02 jobs. That’s $1,716,171 per job."

$5,200,000.
3.02 jobs.

Sweet.

So let's see.  At this rate - $1,716,171 per job created - the 14,000,000 Americans who are currently unemployed can all be handed meaningful employment for the low, low price of $24,056,894.000,000.  Which is a drop in the bucket compared to what our national debt will be when Obama leaves office.

By God, that's money well spent!

We may need to figure out how to speed up the process though.  Those poor schmucks may be too old to appreciate their new jobs when they're somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 years old when prosperity finally comes a'knockin'.

Funny, right?

It is funny, right?

He Has Arrived

A take-no-prisoners kind of guy.

My kind of guy:
Texas Gov. Perry whips up the crowd at a GOP gathering
By Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer Politics Writer

NEW ORLEANS - As soon as Texas Gov. Rick Perry uttered the last phrase of his blistering attack on President Obama at the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, the chant began: "Run, Rick, run!"

Perry, 61, did not tell the crowd of nearly 2,000 conservative activists that he will run for president - that decision is pending - but he looked and sounded like a candidate. A favorite of the tea-party movement, Perry is a strong proponent of states' rights and an object of yearning for some Republicans unmoved by the current crop of contenders.

Obama administration policies are choking the economy and crimping individual freedom, Perry argued.

"They will never give up an ounce of power in Washington, D.C., until the American people stand up and demand reform," Perry said. He also urged Republicans to quit trying to de-emphasize the party's conservative views on social issues such as abortion.

"It saddens me sometimes when my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left," Perry said. "We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us, so let us quit trying to curry favor with them. Let's stop this American downward spiral."

Perry touted his pro-business economic policies, noting that Texas is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the relatively few jobs created in the United States in the last two years. If he gets into the race, Perry would be the only candidate from the South, a region the GOP dominates. [link]
Pro-Life.  Pro-Growth. And he says it like it is.

My man.