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We are fortunate to have an extremely valuable new Web resource for everyone interested in becoming educated about the illegal immigration issue: Extensive video interviews which are actually source material for the upcoming movie The Promise of Home.

Subjects include Roy Beck, Michael Cutler, Steven Camarota, Ed Meese, and many others. If you weren’t able to hear Starletta Hairston tell her story at October’s Help Save Loudoun meeting, here is your chance.

There’s still time to shop online: Not Made In China Toys

NMCtoys.com was developed by parents of two small children in 2007. We have made it our mission to provide quality toys that stimulate and challenge a child’s mind.

There was much news regarding the quality and safety of toys produced in China during the summer of 2007. We walked through the toy department of a big box retailer and could not find a toy produced outside of China. Gone were the wooden blocks, dolls and wooden trains we played with as children. These toys were replaced with cheap plastic toys that had character ties to movies and cereals. We then turned to the internet and were frustrated by the lack of alternatives. We experienced first hand the frustration and angst associated with taking away our child’s favorite toy that was recalled and routinely threw away toys within a few days or weeks of purchase due to poor quality. These experiences led to the development of NMCtoys.com.

NONE of the toys on our web site are made in China. Many of our toys have received awards and they all meet or exceed USA safety standards. For more on these awards see the award winning section of our site. Some of our toys even have a manufacturers lifetime guarantee.

We pledge that our toys will last. If they don’t we want to know!

Our toys are designed to foster your child’s imagination, improve their motor skills and bolster their self-esteem. When our daughter was starting Pre-K, we were delighted to discover all the benefits she would receive through play. Who knew that playing with blocks helps a child’s math and reading skills?

NMCtoys.com is not the manufacturer of toys. We are a retailer of quality European and American Toys.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Delegate Bob Marshall will be the guest on WTOP radio in the morning from 10:00 – 10:30 am. You can listen via the “Listen Live” button at the WTOP Web site or on your radio at 103.5 FM. It’s a call-in show so be sure to call in and ask this great legislator some questions.

Bob Marshall is an original, a common sense conservative, a good friend of Help Save Loudoun and one person I would like so see try for a higher office. It’s good to see him getting some publicity.

UPDATE: Call 1-877-336-1035 to ask questions.

Glen Caroline is my choice for the new chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee. Since no one else is currently even RUNNING for the position the decision has a certain safeness to it, and I for one am up for that type of throwdown. Word: Let the chips fall where they may.

I’ve had several conversations with Glen and here is what I like about him for this position: He is a completely no-BS individual, which is what the local GOP needs right now. I am not really a “what’s your vision of the future” kind of guy but I asked him some specific questions about how we got to where we are and where we need to go and he did not fudge or toss out platitudes.

How do we address the rifts within the party? Get everyone focused on what we have to accomplish in 2008.

What happened to Greg Ahlemann? A portion of the GOP peeled off after the Convention and supported Steve Simpson, who had great name recognition across the county. Ahlemann needed our full support from the beginning if he was going to have a chance.

What do we do about the absconders? We all need to talk about that – everyone’s opinion needs to be heard so the committee can decide how to go forward.

He doesn’t bring a magic wand to solve all of our problems, but he understands the only things we CAN do to solve them. This is a time for realism, and Glen brings that.

He is also a professional grassroots organizer at his day job with NRA, and he lives for the stuff, and boy oh boy is THAT what we need in the coming few years. Some might say “Who would even WANT this job?” in light of the intraparty rifts. All I can say is, we are lucky we have someone like Glen willing to take it on.

He has already attracted a truly impressive bipartisan list of supporters, supposedly spanning from Delgaudio to Waters to Volpe to Wolinski. Whew, I must be part of THAT posse.

I gave him my deeply considered opinion on what to do with the absconders: “I don’t know exactly but I am TICKED off.”

I am positive everyone who wants will have a chance to weigh in. Glen is a fresh face, not aligned with any LCRC factions, very energetic, and a straight shooter. I think he will be a formidable leader.

I just realized this blog looks completely screwed up when viewed via Internet Explorer. Mainly, the sidebars are completely whacked. I have no idea why that is because the elements I am using are pretty much out-of-the-box WordPress.

(I think you Mac folks are fine using Safari.)

I could research and try to fix this IE problem, but a far superior solution would be for all of you – and I do mean ALL of you – to stop using Internet Explorer and instead use Firefox. With a reasonable broadband connection it will take all of five minutes to download and install the software, and even with DSL or dial up it is worth the effort, so if you are an IE person please go do that right now.

For anyone who has not already gotten a whiff of Vista, let me remind you what I have been saying for years: The less Microsoft software you use, the better.

Firefox is a far superior browser and after switching you will want to buy me steak dinners once a year for the rest of my life.

And you know what? I just might let you.

POSITIVES:

- Sees both sides of an issue
- Publicly religious
- Teachable
- Kind to everyone

NEGATIVES:

- Takes both sides of an issue
- Politically religious
- Untrustworthy
- Kind to criminals

The whole Huckster controversy is enough to make one feel conflicted. Even though he is already being called the “Howard Dean” of 2008, and is getting clobbered in the press for various critical flip flops, I am the last one to want to take anything away from Huckabee after all he has accomplished in his life and the example he has set.

By losing goodness knows how many pounds he showed Americans it is possible to get a fresh start with one’s health simply by changing habits and hitting the jogging path.

Huckabee before and after

Huckabee’s a personable fellow, a compelling, self-effacing public speaker, not afraid to wear his religiosity on his sleeve, and by all accounts a decent man. He’s an accomplished bass guitar player – certainly a cool skill to list on any prospective president’s resume.

Huckabee Logan bass guitar

As the Arkansas Times recently pointed out, he is “the immigrants’ friend” who makes John McCain “look like a nativist.” (Read all of that article, by the way).

This issue is where the problem arises with regard to Huckabee. The leader of a national advocacy organization said last week in an e-mail that, on the illegal immigration issue, Huckabee is “a carbon copy of President Bush.” Prominent opponents of illegal immigration call Huckabee a “disaster”:

“Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took the side of the illegal aliens.”

To his detractors Huckabee has said, simply, “I drink a different kind of Jesus juice.”

Fair enough, I say: It’s a free country for Jesus juice drinkers of all persuasions. I take mine the way I like it – neat – and the Huckster should have the same options.

This forthrightness has earned him serious hits from GOP primary opponents and also from political leaders in his own state.

UPDATE: Much more, here.

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