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Gadsen Plate

On October 14, 2010, HOUSE BILL NO. 1418 was filed to start the process of establishing this special plate as an official Virginia license plate. Once the bill is passed by the general assembly and signed into law by the Governor the plates will be produced.

350 prepaid applications are needed to establish the plates through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Ordering and other info at

There has been much discussion over the NRA endorsements of incumbent Democrats who have been supportive of our 2A rights. The last count I saw was 58, many of which are in key battleground districts.

As this flies in the face of the GOP in many closely contested races, do you feel the NRA is correct with these endorsements ?

As I sat at the kitchen table enjoying my morning coffee on a beautiful Saturday morning, I asked myself “what do you want to do today Ship?”. Given that fall is my favorite time of they year, the answer was an easy one, head to the mountains to see what Mother Nature is beginning to give us. Riding out through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests was a wise choice as the mountains were ablaze with the vibrants yellows and golds of the maples and other species.

My chosen route for the day was Virginia Route 250, west of Staunton (St-ANT-un) which in my opinion is one of the most scenic drives in Virginia, built as as The Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike in the mid-19th century. Virginia desired the construction of this road but was unable to find an American engineer able to do the job. French engineer Claudius Crozet eventually oversaw the project, earning himself the title “Pathfinder of the Blue Ridge” for this and other projects. Crozet was also one of the founders of VMI, where he taught courses in engineering. I believe 250 was to Crozet what the Sistine Chapel was to Michelangelo, as it really is a marvel of civil engineering.

Heading west from Staunton, 250 cuts through Highland County, and trust me, this county is appropriately named. If you are not familiar with Highland County, it is commonly referred to as Virginia’s Little Switzerland with the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi. Highland is also Virginia’s least populace county. All in all, this makes for one of the most scenic drives in Virginia, a great drive on four wheels, and outstanding ride on two. While the section between Staunton and Churchville is rather nondescript, continuing westward to Monterey and beyond is very nice as the road winds up and down through the national forests. For those seeking fall color, this is a great alternative to the bumper-to-bumper traffic of Skyline Drive. The Confederate Breastworks at the crest of Shenandoah Mountain is a great place to stretch the legs, and enjoy some history on the interpretive trail.

Route 250 eventually connects with WV 28, with my strong interest in things scientific, I thought a side trip a few miles south on 28 to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank would be a great place to spend a couple of hours. NRAO Green Bank is home to the worlds largest radio telescope, the largest land based movable object in the world. Green Bank is also where SETI began, and where the black hole Sagittarius A was discovered. Green Bank is situated in Pocahontas County within the National Radio Quiet Zone. This was a very interesting experience, with an auditorium program and bus trips out to all of the radio telescopes. All in all, an enjoyable experience.

Today is a new day beginning with another cup of coffee. Again the question is again “what do you want to do today ?”.

Now where did I put that honey-do list..



Positive news :

Illegal immigrant population drops in Va.

Virginia was one of only three states to see a significant drop in its illegal immigrant population from 2008 to 2009, but it still ranked 11th in number of illegal immigrants in the state — with Maryland just in front at 10th.

The number of illegal immigrants in Virginia dipped from an estimated 300,000 to 240,000, while Maryland’s held steady at 250,000, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Read more at the Washington Examiner

Over the course of the last few days, Al Sharpton has been appearing on several talk shows, and the common theme appears to be trashing Glenn Beck for the success of Beck’s 8/28 rally. When I see Sharpton, I keep asking myself, why does he appear to be so vengeful ?

Sharpton, like a tick, seems to have traveled his miles in life on the backs of others, both willing and unwilling hosts. Is it conceivable that Sharpton tried to bury his fangs in the Beck event, but his involvement was flatly refused ?

From what I have seen of Sharpton, I can see him trying to capitalize on Beck’s event to feather his own nest. Being turned down by Beck would, in my view, most certainly explain why Sharpton has been so vocal in his recent nonsensical criticisms of Beck.

After many years of incremental health insurance cost increases, I was informed by my employer this week that the cost of our health care is going up 50%.

Bend over America.

A quote often attributed to Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve” may be a message from history that the Progressive movement, led by President Obama, should have listened to.

While President Bush left office with a very low approval rating, primarily driven by an MSM feeding frenzy, his popularity appears to be rebounding quite well after leaving office. A recent Gallup poll shows Obama’s popularity at 52 percent, and George Bush at 45 percent. During Obama’s time in office, his overall popularity has fallen 20 percent, Bush’s has risen by 10. Quite a significant turn around, given Bush finds it necessary to swim against the tide of the MSM, while Obama has them washing his feet. Against all odds, and a very vocal minority, Bush’s star is rising as Obama’s falls.

Also significant :

A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in “Frontline” districts — seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.


To what would we attribute these turnovers in presidential popularity ? It would appear the sleeping giant is awakening in response to Obama’s full frontal assault assault against America.

We have all seen the “Do You Miss Me Yet ?” posters. It would also seem that America’s answer is quickly becoming ‘Hell, Yes!’.