A dear young man died early this morning. Please pray for his friends and family.
The beauty of the picture above is that it can be applied to almost any medium or subject (entertainment, news media, politics or most anything else we complain about).
State Senator Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed in his home. His son was shot dead. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sen. Deeds and his family. Story is here
UPDATE: It appears that Sen. Deeds was stabbed in the head several times and chest by his son, who then took his own life. A real tragedy. Please keep Sen. Deeds in your prayers
UPDATE 2: Sen. Deeds’ condition has been upgraded to ‘fair’
My touchpad got a cold and blanked out NVTH website. I could still read EVERY WORD thru WordPress; I just couldn’t comment. My son-in-law will fix the touhpad while I use my computer. Yes, I am back and my sandals have been changed over for my boots, which I wish I had while wading thru some of the comments. I can tell you first hand that shit is warm and squishy between the toes but really makes the area stinky wherever you walk. Oh I have most definitely been listening. Tip of the hat to HE for immersing himself into the fray. Been waiting for that. And the term “On to Richmond” is a Yankee phrase and has no business on this blog unless it comes from me!
I want to give my gratitude to GB who has single-handedly kept the posting going. Although I did have the availability to post, other issues were in play and precluded me from doing so. Gaius, your posts were stimulating and thought-provoking as comments have shown and I greatly appreciate all you do.
I had already passed my spring retirement fishing trip (I don’t get vacations so I therefore, must retire at times) and had already come 2 weeks past due for my fall trip. With the politics and cluster Foxtrot in the government, as well the incompetents I watch over at work, my head was about to explode and I needed to get away. The fishing wasn’t great but who cares compared to the alternative. I was there in t-shirt, shorts and sandals,soaking sun, feeling the wind and being with friends. Unfortunately, after the October crowd left, within 2 days the phone calls started. Robert was admitted to the hospital with blunt force trauma and bleeding on the brain. No one knows how he got it but it was while he was with us. Fortunately surgery cured the problem and he is doing fine. Karen, who had just lost her dad in August came out fishing for 3 days and we had a wild time. On the 4th day she was replacing her a/c unit and promised to come out after that. She disappeared and the next phone call was that her mother died. Unbelievable. Leonard, who leaves near our property, and professes to be one of the few Dems in his county whose life mission is to turn the county blue, and I had some really good (and sometimes heated) conversation on politics. I had him looking at the logic of what is best for all the people and what is within the Constitution and he was coming around, while we continued to catch fish. I shook his hand the day he left, with the understanding that we would continue this next fall. 2 days later I got the call he died in his sleep. All this made November fishing a bit more somber. Tuesday was t-shirt and shorts up to 7pm. By 11:15pm, the temp had dropped by 35+ degrees and the snow began to fall for the next 2 hours. At this point it was time to clean up and ready the unit for closure. Last year we lost a dear friend, Phyllis. All things become trivial when your friends become injured or pass away, which is the reason I didn’t post lately. My mind wasn’t into it.
Now I am back in the land of Ob and the air of gloom sits heavy upon me. Caught up on all the news and am giving Mama her “missed me” time before I return to work. Needless to say I’ll be ready to go toe-to-toe and carry on. You have one more day of bliss without my comments. Enjoy it.
UPDATE: Sorry about no title. Still working from the touchpad and unable to see published work.
Secretary Lew says that prioritizing payments would be “chaos.”
For people who cannot make rational decisions, such as politicians, he’s probably right. But let’s be rational and look at some numbers
The receipts for FY12, not including Social Security and Medicare taxes, were $1.6T.
So, let’s look at expenses:
That leaves a $70B surplus!
What’s missing? Why are we running a $1.1T deficit?
By the end of his second term President Obama will be known as the architect of America’s lost decade. He will have presided over an eight year period in which Federal spending exploded, debt accumulated at a horrifying rate, and millions of Americans lost jobs, or were set back years in their upward climb towards the American dream. The great engine that was once the American economy has been sputtering along at a pace that is pathetic. This President and the Democrats in Congress, through their public policy, foisted upon the American people an entitlement program in the form of Obamacare. In a moment of clarity even one of the authors of the legislation, Senator Max Baucus, correctly identified Obamacare for what it is, a “train wreck”. This train wreck is heading straight for the American people and it is going to be ugly, expensive, and painful.
When you ask candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe about Obamacare, his response is Obamacare did not go far enough. The program now commonly referred to as a train wreck, was too small for McAuliffe. In his role as Clinton’s Bag Man, resident DNC money bundler, and repeatedly failed business executive, Terry has never been what one might call a deep thinker. Only a political hack jacked up on a double espresso would double down on a policy of carnage.
And now Terry McAuliffe wants to be the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The thought that anyone would take this proposition seriously, both amazes and disappoints me, as it should you. Virginia deserves better. Our great Commonwealth deserves principled leadership, leadership born from integrity, and enhanced by a true understanding of our First Principles as enumerated in the Constitution.
That man is Ken Cuccinelli.
Ken is one of the most decent men I have had the opportunity to meet in my many years as a conservative political activist. This husband, father of seven, engineer, lawyer, former State Senator, and current Attorney General, possesses all the attributes and skill sets required to be Virginia’s Chief Executive. Ken’s intellect, coupled with his knowledge of Virginia Government and history, sets him far ahead of his rival’s in this race to be Governor of Virginia. There really is no comparison. Ken’s ability to articulate what Liberty looks like in our day and age is encompassed within that brand of clear and concise conservatism which served Ronald Reagan very well as Governor and President.
Doing the hard work of Liberty is not easy. There are forces in our country that have a different vision for America, a different direction for the Commonwealth. Their direction is one of regression, a stagnant economy void of opportunity, an ever growing federal government, further invading lives of its citizens. Terry McAuliffe represents the vision that will be forever linked to America’s lost decade. It is he who represents the leftists view that American wealth and greatness is to be divided up among the politically connected. In their view it is a Government that knows what is best for you and your families. Terry McAuliffe’s world is one where crony capitalists crooks and nanny state liberals call the shots, they pick the winners and losers.
Ken Cuccinelli rejects this vision for Virginia and America. Ken believes in the people of Virginia. Ken knows when economic liberty and freedom are left to us, we will do with it what Virginians have done in the past. We will use a climate of Liberty, provided by limited Government, to prosper, innovate, excel, and enjoy our lives as free citizens. Everyone citizen of the Commonwealth will prosper with this climate of freedom.
If you share this vision for Virginia, then I ask you to join me by doing the hard work of Liberty in these closing weeks of the campaign for Governor. Help Ken and his campaign with your time, talents and treasure. Become a Political Force Multiplier for Liberty . Share Ken’s vision for Virginia by sending THIS message to everyone you know. And please join us to help Ken win by visiting his campaign page here and letting Ken know the issues you care about and what you can do to help promote liberty and freedom in Virginia.
I get so sick and tired of these mass shootings in Chicago. Every time you turn around there are 5, 10, 15 or more people getting shot there. Of course the police and mayor will blame a “military style weapon they BELIEVE was used” but in fact, they don’t even know. They know they are illegal weapons and they know that it is gangs doing the shooting yet they have done NOTHING to curb this crime. Shoot, if you want to track what is going on in Chicago, look here. I mean I don’t want to drive within 300 miles of that place.
What to do? Ban guns in Chicago. What? Okay then, outlaw gang activity. Really? Why not something real like an 8pm to 6am curfew. Or martial law. Execute any gang member caught with a gun. No knock home searches and seizures. Stop and frisk. Stop and kill. If you really want to get “jiggy with it”, make crime a crime in Chicago. As a poster here has stated, until judges and lawyers decide that they want to solve this problem, criminals will just get caught, released, commit, caught, released, commit……. Or we could go for the final solution and use real military style weapons and level the city. Motto of the 5th special forces is “Kill them all. Let God sort them out”. Hmmm.