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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed barked at the Senate Chamber that Senator Ted Cruz was a “Schoolyard Bully”, but what you don’t know is this:

•Cruz bumped Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in the hallway, pointed and said “what’s that on your tie?” When Udall looked down Cruz flipped up his hand, batting him in the face. As Udall arrived at the Senate cafeteria, he noticed his lunch money was gone.
•Ted Cruz regularly sits on the hood of his Camaro in the Senate parking lot, with a toothpick in his mouth, waiting for the Senate Women’s Caucus to let out.
•When Sen. John McCain asked Cruz what he was filibustering against, Cruz replied “whaddya got?”
•Suspect fitting Cruz’s description drove slowly by the White House, clinking three empty beer bottles stuck to his fingers and taunting, “Obaaaamaaa! Come out to play-ee-yay!”
•Spends all Republican caucus meetings slowly rocking his back-row chair, chewing gum and cracking wise.
•Anonymous complaint filed with the Senate Ethics Committee alleged a certain Texas senator “only refers to Hawaii Sen. Schatz by the present-tense version of his name.”
•Gave Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank a swirly. Refused to pay for replacement eyeglass lens.
•His knuckle tattoos read “SINE DIE.” (Cruz lost his left pinkie at a high-stakes Federalist Society moot court.)
•Joined Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for an extended game of keep-away with Sen. Leahy’s lip balm. The Senate Judiciary Committee meeting had to be rescheduled.
•Every time Sen. Barbara Mikulski enters a room, Cruz slicks back hair and says, “How YOU doin’?”
•Cruz interrupted a long answer by SecDef nominee Chuck Hagel, with “speaking of drones, we gonna wrap this up soon?”

The news this morning on Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s death was not a shock, but it is sad. Many people today are expresssing their deep respect for Thatcher’s courage and abilites, and thankful for her friendship with President Reagan. I feel blessed to have been a part of history where these two freedom fighters were leading the charge against communism and socialism. With the help of Pope John Paul II, the result of their time here on earth was a world that was more prosperous and free.

RIP Iron Lady. America thanks you.

Detroit is bankrupt and has been for years.

Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder has appointed an emergency financial manager to rescue the city of Detroit - Kevyn Orr:

“Orr is resigning from his law firm, Jones Day, to move to Detroit and start on the job March 25. Orr will begin his emergency financial manager job on March 25 and then becomes emergency manager under Public Act 436 on March 28 when the new law takes effect.Orr will be paid $275,000 a year and have an “open-ended” contract.

Orr, 54, a University of Michigan law school graduate, helped lead Chrysler through its 2009 bankruptcy. He specializes in corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, litigation, appeals and legal recruiting and diversity.”

Further:

“Under the new emergency manager law, Orr will be able to cancel or modify labor union and vendor contracts and sell city assets with the governor and state Treasurer Andy Dillon’s permission. His bankruptcy expertise will likely be utilized to negotiate with the city’s creditors to reduce Detroit’s $14.9 billion in long-term debts and liabilities.”

This will be the one reason Orr can and should succeed.

After years of Democrat Party rule and financial mismangement Detroit has another chance. All because the good people of Michigan had the good sense to elect a fiscally conservative Governor. After Snyder’s win in 2010 Michigan gained a majority in the Michigan House and increased the Republican majority held in the Michigan Senate. While I don’t personally agree with his backing of the 2009 Auto Bailout, he did accomplish the following:

- Reduced the state’s $46 billion budget by $1.8 billion in spending,
- Abolish the state’s complex business tax in favor of a flat tax,
- Signed a bill which eliminated tax exemptions for higher income pensions,
- Signed “landmark” legislation in December 2012 making Michigan the 24th “Right to Work” state in the U.S., and
- Signed legislation requiring facilities where at least 120 abortions are performed annually to obtain a state license as freestanding surgical facilities

May Governor Snyder have continued success in saving Detroit.

Happy New Year to all NVTH readers, posters and contributors!

As I am typing, Green Bay just tied it up 34-34 with the Vikings with just about 2 minutes left. Chicago beat Detroit, which is not good for the Skins. From what I understand – if the Skins don’t win tonight – Chicago and the Vikings had to lose for the Skins to be eligible for a Wildcard slot.

Feel free to comment throughout the game. We have home field advantage, the weather is cold, RGIII may be 100%, Morris is on fire, but will the defense hold? Admittedly I am nervous!

Update: Bolling considering an Independent Run?

The word spread last evening that Lt Governor Bill Bolling was getting out of the race for the republican nomination for Governor next year. This morning he put out a statement that he is suspending his campaign.

AG Cuccinelli, who now has a clear path to the nomination, has put out the following statement:

“Statement from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:

I am honored and proud to have served with the Lieutenant Governor over the last decade, in the State Senate, as running mates for statewide office and as leaders of Virginia State Government.

Throughout this race, I have kept to the premise that Bill and I are allies in governance, even if temporary competitors in politics. Bill Bolling is a good man — a true public servant who has worked hard throughout his career to make Virginia a better place to live and raise our families. I cannot speak highly enough of his service.

I will honor the Lt. Governor’s service by campaigning for Governor as we both pledged to govern when we were sworn in, in 2010. I will continue the challenging work of advancing first principles in Virginia’s policy arena by creating an environment for maximizing job creation, preserving life, liberty and opportunity, and working to make Virginia a beacon of hope and prosperity in these tough economic times.”

As always, AG Cuccinelli is a class act. Lt Gov Bill Bolling’s statement leaves a lot to be desired. This is the second time Bolling has “backed out” of a process, he did so in 2009 and allowed then AG McDonnell a clear path to the nomination. This is getting to be quite a pattern for Bolling.

General Thanksgiving

By the President of the United States of America,

A Proclamation

City of New York, October 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee 78 requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th. day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

– George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation, New York, October 3, 1789; published in The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789; “The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745—1799,” edited by John C. Fitzpatrick, 39 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office (1931-44) Vol. 30, pp. 427-428