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Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was a songwriter, singer and guitarist exemplar. Bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music were his domain. The music speaks for itself. The pictures are of an age gone by, one I remember fondly. Somehow, Joe B. got his dog transported back in time. Take a minute from ripping each others guts out. Pop open a coke and listen — ya bastards.

At the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series meeting on February 6, 2012, in Sterling, Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli explains the commonwealth’s lawsuit against the federal government challenging the individual mandate of the Democrat health care legislation.

UPDATE II (12/5/11): A heartfelt Cain Train postmortum, from one of its first passengers.

UPDATE: It’s over.

And now that that’s a wrap, I guess it’s safe to relate my personal lasting impression of the Herman Cain presidential campaign. After being invited to his event in Tyson’s Corner last week by a local Cain campaign representative, with the intention of writing a favorable blog post about the candidate (technically speaking, a puff piece), upon showing up, finding the person who invited me and talking to a slew of campaign people, I was shunted off to a downstairs media holding room for over 2 hours while the event was going on. Along with 14 or so official media folks, I sat around waiting for the candidate to show up, which a Cain campaign staff member had said would happen at some point.

Then, we were informed Herman Cain would not be visiting the media area, and a few minutes later we were unceremoniously and hurriedly escorted upstairs by a security goon, out the door and about 30 yards down the McLean Hilton driveway and left, literally, standing in the middle of the road – no sidewalk, no lobby … and certainly no chance to see any portion of the event or get any basis on which to write something nice about Herman Cain. No wonder Stacy McCain had called for the campaign “managers” to be horsewhipped (see original post below).

Here is the only photograph I was able to take of the Herman Cain for president fundraiser in Tyson’s Corner:

Cain seemed like a decent fellow, but I think he had too high an impression of himself and felt like he could win the nomination just on the strength of his personality. If you read his recent book, you’d see that he has fantastic natural gifts, but has been a bit of a job-hopper, which gives the sense that he does not think very deeply into things – kind of gets by by winging it for a while and then moves on; and that his message is, basically, “I am so great.” Thus you get poor preparation for interviews, bad campaign management and hiring decisions, and a blithe sense of invulnerability following the Gary Hart model. That painful video of the interview question about Libya could have, in itself, served as the sole Democrat campaign commercial for September – November 2012 if Cain had somehow gotten the GOP nomination … the whole 5 minutes played unedited, over and over and over.

Republicans probably should be thankful for today.

ORIGINAL POST:
The expression “ill-advised” seem more and more like a double entendre in reference to the Herman Cain presidential campaign. Supposedly today we will learn whether the campaign will continue – although if there’s a way to botch such an announcement, expect the botching operation to be in full swing even as we speak.

I recently got a wee taste of Dr. Cain’s Marvelous Traveling Competence, Potions And Olde Style Oratory Show – which, incidentally, will feature Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the starring roles when the Hollywood version is released – but there has been no better coverage on the Web than that by Stacy McCain.

Just click here and scroll down.

Or, to get a quick sense of things, read these three recent stories:

E-Mail to a Cain Campaign Staffer

Excrement Impacts Air-Circulation Device

Herman Cain Campaign Press Release

Once upon a time, unions served an important purpose in this country. As labor laws proliferated and regulations grew in scope, conditions and pay improved and unions became increasingly less necessary.

Consequently, union membership has decreased dramatically over time, from an all-time high of 35 percent of the American work force in the 1950s, to 20% in 1983 and under 12 percent in 2010 – with the percentage of private sector workers in unions at only 6.9 percent, the lowest rate in over a century. In 2009, for the first time, government workers at either the local, state or federal level – what are known as “public employees” – accounted for over half the unionized workers in the United States. If there is any growth trend or potential, it is among the public employee unions (PEUs).

There is debate over the historic approval of the concept of PEUs by various prominent Americans, but it is absolutely the case that PEUs are structurally dissimilar to private industry unions and have evolved along a separate timeline.

In private industry, union workers negotiate compensation with company managers, and all are (theoretically) dependent upon the market – consumers – for their success. Labor and management ideally would need to work toward the common quality-based goals of providing a product or service that someone wants to pay for, and making the business profitable. If the business fails, they all go down.

With PEU’s, that entire notion of enforced quality goes out the window, because there are very few opportunities for consumers to “vote with their pocketbooks” regarding use of government-funded services or interaction with government bureaucrats, municipal employees, transit, safety or health workers, etc. In the very limited spheres where consumers can choose a private option, they very frequently do. Chief among these are the government school systems, where the decline of public confidence is a story in itself, for another day.

But more significantly than the lack of market accountability, PEU workers are funded not via the free choice of customers in the community, but through the very different mechanism of taxing them. When public employees demand more, they want to take it from taxpayers. When public employees strike, they strike against taxpayers. In fact, as a further insult inherent in the PEU monopoly status, taxpayers pay for the generous compensation packages of public employees who do nothing except union work while on the clock.

And because PEU compensation is funded out of the public till, the people with whom PEU members must negotiate directly – public officials – are also people who, directly or indirectly, must be elected to office. This brings about the scenario of candidates receiving financial and other forms of support from people whose compensation they help determine.

The end result – to make our long American story short – is highly compensated public workers whose quality of performance is irrelevant to said compensation, all to the benefit of a sector of elected officials and all to the detriment of U.S. taxpayers. PEUs are unaccountable, financed by taxpayers with whom they are in a fundamentally adversarial relationship, and to preserve this spoils system they take money from taxpayers and give it to public officials of one party who promise to protect and preserve the racket.

Click here for an excellent short history of public employee unions.

Click here for a “traditional” union man’s perspective on PEUs.


The funhouse world of PEUs

The many union management organizations are the ones who maintain and skim off the top of the taxpayer-funded troughs that sustain their members. From AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, to teachers unions and others at the national level, and innumerable state-level groups – these are the point people whose political and marketing efforts drive the trend. They do the work that most Americans see, but often do not understand.

They are so good at what they do, barely anyone bats an eye when students clearly not over-educated are sent to a protest instead of to class for the day.

As with most sophisticated projects aimed at manipulating public opinion, the PEUs impose a new vocabulary to reframe the discussion. A universal theme in all union communications is the demand for “good jobs” for their members.

Translated in normal language, a union “good job” can be defined as:

Even if I choose to do nothing all day, my needs will be met.

Another union language trick requiring little education or intelligence once you get the hang of it consists in exaggerating, reversing or otherwise distorting cause and effect; e.g. cracking down on sick leave abuse by safety workers becomes “endangering public safety,” and blocking parent involvement in public schools is the tactic titled “to build effective partnerships with parents.”

Although, occasionally, someone does make a “gaffe” that reveals otherwise.

Public school teachers are universally labeled as “underpaid” when the truth is that’s not the case at all. And in many jurisdictions, they have the added advantage of job security for life.

Extrapolated to decades of persistence throughout the country, the end result of PEU “success” has been financial catastrophe. Everything PEUs touch, they turn to red ink. As with so many trends, to get an idea where the rest of us are headed, look at California. More here.

PEU-driven financial meltdowns became front-burner issues early in 2011 when Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states attempted to rein in the appetites of union organizations.

You might remember the bizarre spectacle: Dubious sick notes for protesters. Death threats to lawmakers. Teachers making over $100,000 a year marching en masse, livid about the possibility of restrictions on their “good jobs.”

Small wonder PEUs are losing their appeal for the people who actually fund them.


A headlong rush into bankruptcy

The protests’ spread into Ohio provides a useful lesson in the rampant ignorance PEUs require to remain viable.

Data points regarding the Ohio protest:

Even if you take issue with the contention that public employee compensation is a major factor in Ohio’s crisis, you can’t argue Ohio is not in a crisis. And you must admit, further, that the crisis is: Balance sheets are in the red. Credits and debits are out of whack. State institutions cannot pay their bills.

Enter the unions.

Courtney Foley, political coordinator for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is a key organizer of resistance to Ohio’s Senate Bill 5 – signed by Governor Kasich in March – and helped collect and verify over 1.5 million signatures in the effort to get SB 5 overturned (it will be on the ballot in the upcoming election as “Issue 2.”)

At a conference held several weeks ago, Ms. Foley conveys the mindset that, balance sheets aside, the focus must be on preserving jobs: “If you take away these public sector jobs, what are you leaving them with?”

Clearly, Ms. Foley is a smart person who knows the difference between surplus and deficit, but if you listen to the end of this video, you will hear in full math-challenged regalia the angle from which PEUs are approaching the governor: “We have to put him in his place.”

And one has to wonder: What part of ‘bankrupt’ don’t you understand?

This war mentality toward all who dare attempt fiduciary responsibility is reminiscent of the “curse our benefactors” worldview we see among the Greeks. And it requires little foresight to see that the PEUs are taking America down the same garden path to a union-driven parasite economy.

Never mind the fact we are out of money, or how we got into this state. Never mind production of wealth, without which there will not be any funds for anybody. Don’t worry about revenue coming into our jurisdiction as a result of people selling things that other people want to buy – the only mechanism by which taxes are meaningful in the first place.

We must marshall our forces to preserve what we have, and we must demand it be delivered by the most obvious source: the government.

But for those ignorant about basic economic concepts, how things are actually paid for seems too hard to comprehend. This simple fact underlies much of the financial crisis in America’s households and in the nation as a whole.


Triumph of ignorance and the mob mentality

Here is a summary of the PEU financial concept:

Q: What do we want?
A: Good jobs.

Q: What is a “good job”?
A: One that pays me as much money as I need, and which I cannot lose.

Q: Where do good jobs, ultimately, come from?
A: The government.

Q: How does the government get the money to pay for these jobs?
A: Taxes.

Q: Where do taxes come from?
A: Fat cats and companies who have too much money.

Q: And where do they get their extra money?
A: Unfair practices.

(I think most union activists actually do not get past the fourth Q and A in their economic comprehension.)

So, in sum, in order to buy into the union economic argument you have to be both ignorant – under-educated or uninformed – and incapable of thinking through to the root of the problem. This low quality of thinking, I contend, is one of the key causes of our deteriorating quality of life in America.

We can see it in modern marketing, in essence a mirror upon ourselves: A speaker I recently saw observed – noting television advertising’s insult to the intelligence – that 225 years ago the “Federalist Papers” were pamphlets handed out on street corners to the common man. Today, they are practically graduate-level material.

Over the last two-plus centuries we Americans have risen and fallen along various measures, but at this moment in time there is no escaping the fact we are a lower-quality people than in the past: less educated, less industrious, less moral, less intelligent. As a result, we are declining as a self-sufficient nation.

Ignorance, stupidity and a near-martial focus on an “enemy” – as vaguely or ill-defined as it may be – are the key ingredients of your basic mob. And to see the full blossoming of that reality, we need look no further than the “Occupy” movement headlines of the day.

Here we have the seeming conundrum of masses of people who are, by the world’s standards, relatively well-off, if not existing in outright luxury, demanding some sort of financial handout. Occupy Wall Street and its affiliated protests around the U.S. have been, by any measure of civilized behavior, a complete and total disgrace. Cities infested by warring camps. Speakers calling for widespread societal violence.

Perhaps most revealingly, Michael Moore praised the Occupiers for “ending the discussion” of debts and deficits. He encourages the mob for distracting attention from the issues at the root of whatever financial problems they may actually be experiencing in their lives.

That, my friends, is exactly what you need to keep a mob going.

If you want to keep tabs on the forces working to undermine America, you can do so easily …. on Facebook!

  • Stand Up For Hoosiers: Indiana “community organization” provides a perfect ongoing primer in economic illiteracy, as the participants rail against tax breaks for businesses, while at the same time insisting the state “create jobs.” To understand the mindset of blithe parasitism, it’s excellent source material.
  • Stand Up For Ohio: A primary Facebook site for the “vote no on Issue 2″ movement, also known as “Let’s Bankrupt Ohio.” They want “Good Jobs and Strong Communities” but what they will end up with if they win is quite the opposite.
  • Netroots Nation: The Facebook home of the Daily Kos community; if you want to know whom to thank for Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Oakland, etc., the Netroots Nation folks would be the a good place to start.
  • But if you don’t have time to keep tabs on all of these sites, the grandaddy of all gathering places for the mobs, moochers and mathematically-challenged is the Facebook page of the AFL-CIO. Whether it’s Societal Breakdown“Occupying” a formerly-civilized city, bankrupting Ohio, or the hundred other ways the parasitical organizations try to shake down productive businesses and taxpayers while at the same time demanding their “good jobs” – the AFL-CIO has front row seats in the cheering section.

If the United States is to follow the trail blazed by Greece, the AFL-CIO undoubtedly will be leading the way.

A candid conversation: Meet the real Eugene Delgaudio

[Click here, or the "continue reading" link at bottom, to read the entire interview.]

Chronologically, the following narrative begins in the late 1960s, with a then-14 year old Eugene Delgaudio clinging to a tree in New York’s Central Park, shouting “THERE go the right-wing fascists!” and pointing into the distance as a mob of 5000 leftists and hippies charges past him, when all along – as he now relates – he was the right wing fascist, who had trespassed into their rally to burn an effigy of Ho Chi Minh.

To speak with Eugene Delgaudio about issues of the day is to unfold a panoramic timeline, because this is a man steeped in the history of politics and ideas. Ask him about something that happened last week or last year and the reference points might include Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan – or other figures from the past too numerous to mention – just as likely as Herman Cain or Sarah Palin.

He brings the past into the present because there is a consistency between what he believes, where he learned it, and what he does today. He hails from the time before principles became archaisms. And more than that, he recalls it all from the perspective of one who was there.

Eugene Delgaudio was Free Republic before there was a Free Republic; he was Tea Party long before there was a Tea Party. And as I learned in the interview, he might’ve been Capitol Steps before there was a Capitol Steps.

The reason for this interview is to give a glimpse of the authentic Eugene Delgaudio, and as you’ve probably gathered by now, it is not a “hard-hitting” interview per se. That wasn’t the point. But even if you are not currently a Delgaudio fan, stick with me for a second and you might see some value in what follows.

You are never going to get any public figure – Supervisor Delgaudio included – to really open up in the context of a hostile cross examination. That’s obvious. What is unique about Eugene Delgaudio, however, is that he really is much more honest than most public figures (this has raised controversy at times … but nothing the supervisor has ever shrank away from, either).

Even the most rabid anti-Delgaudio people must admit two things:

  • Eugene Delgaudio works very hard, and
  • Eugene Delgaudio does not self-censor as proficiently as some

He is not hard-wired to put on airs.

Consequently, once you get him talking, you really can get quite an unvarnished view of Eugene Delgaudio. That’s what I wanted to accomplish because, having known the man for a number of years, the real Eugene Delgaudio is not whom his opponents usually attack – and that fact is very revealing about them.

If you want to criticize Eugene Delgaudio for his conservative beliefs, well have at it. Liberals won’t care for his votes in office, and liberal voters may vote against him. But for anyone who wants to know about how he does his job, why he does what he does and says what he says, for good or ill, you will certainly find that out in what follows. For any opponents who think voters should get to know him better, be careful what you wish for, because love him or hate him Eugene Delgaudio is the real deal.

This year, Supervisor Delgaudio is facing a full-court press from the usual coterie of local antagonists, but now with significant help from outside money and union workers imported to carry the water for a candidate who actually is a union employee, a writer for the far-left Daily Kos site and recent arrival in Sterling – one of Eugene’s two opponents. The other rival for the office is a lifelong Sterling resident who is also very, very far to the left ideologically.

So there is no pretense this year of even putting up a moderate candidate to oppose Eugene Delgaudio in 2011. What his opponents are thinking, who knows? But the following is provided so that supporters, undecideds and even current critics can learn who he is, and decide for themselves whether he should continue to represent Sterling.

NOTE: This interview is long, so the following hyperlinks are provided to make for easier navigation by subject matter. I edited – believe it or not – for length, because there was even more history from the supervisor’s past and more philosophical explanation than is already presented. But for the most part what you read – what follows – is our conversation.


Quick Links To Article Sections

Why the contradictions between who Eugene is, and who his opponents try to paint him as

Retail politics in a diverse community, and righting a wrong in college

“For the rest of your life, you will always have been in Sterling”

Can you be both tough on crime, and a friend to the entire community?

“I come in peace; do you come in peace?”

The man who came to Sterling, and the Meatball Rebellion

Enemy of the libraries?

Supervisor, defined

The hardest-working supervisor in the county

“It is very, extremely annoying to be me”

Ego, money, and accessibility

Humor as an art form

John Grigsby and the Bork battle

To those who say you’re a clown

continue reading…

Truce

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The time has come: As most of you know, I am now taking a step back from NOVA TownHall, will no longer be managing or administering it and have no ownership in it whatsoever. I have run this blog for 5 years and 11 months, and it’s time to give some other folks a shot.

I probably will still blog and comment on occasion, here and elsewhere, but I can’t say when or how much. What I do know is I have exited the office for the final time, locked the door and left my keys on the desk.

To that end, effective immediately, ownership of NOVA TownHall is being transferred to a consortium of eco-friendly manufacturing firms, headquartered near Shanghai, who have discovered a remarkably inexpensive technology for producing baby formula and need a communications outlet to appeal to potential investors in the conservative community.

Oh, whoops: Did I just mention something about “a consortium of eco-friendly baby food companies”?

Forget I said that; what I meant was: Some of the current bloggers are taking over NOVA TownHall. Why would I sell this blog to the makers of “Magic Baby” for nearly $5 million in cash and stock options? That would just be silly.

The blog itself is going to keep right on going – I was going to say “down the same path” but if anyone can define for me what is happening here I would love to know. But there is a fine, dedicated, interesting group of people who have put a lot into this Web site over the years and have become a community of sorts around it.

Because of the time they have put in as bloggers and/or commenters, they have a stake in continuing and improving the blog. The neighborhood is not going anywhere.

Blog posts will probably just keep coming from the usual crew, actually, so you may see very little difference at all. The policy on “guest blogger” access and what sorts of comments will be considered problematic are both now up to the new owners. Those were my deals, and they do not transfer necessarily. If you are having problems getting something to post just be patient, please, and you should find out what is going on and what you will be allowed to do here.

I believe NOVA TownHall will remain a forum for different points of view which, if anything, is what has made it unique. It will continue to vary widely in the nature of its content – that I am certain of. It will definitely evolve along with the times as well as with the personalities of the new bosses. There may be mustard gas attacks. Because of the goodwill we have developed with so many people in the community, it seems likely all the various disputes will settle down and the hurt feelings will scab over and heal eventually, and that the whole forward-motion-of-history thing will remain at work, with every thesis and antithesis being resolved into a higher synthesis – which itself becomes the next thesis, and so on until the dawn of the perfect age is wholly upon us. But mustard gas – probably in there somewhere.

If you want to contact or get information about the new executives, don’t ask me. We are going to put up a contact form for them (something I should have done years ago) so you can easily send questions and requests. Give that a day or two and it should appear in the sidebar. They will make themselves and their roles known as they see fit.

If you wonder why I am stepping down, there is no great mystery. It is not so much that a few times a year we all re-enact the courtroom scene from “The Devil and Daniel Webster.” It’s more because when this project started my situation was different. I had a built-in revenue stream from doing things that did not encompass all of my interests, and this was a way to have an outlet for indulging other interests as well as blowing off steam in a public place as is the God-given right of every English-speaking man.

Now, I’ve changed that financial model so the revenue stream has to be completely regenerated, which leaves no time to manage this blog. Related is the fact that “blowing off steam” is no longer a major part of my lifestyle toolkit.

Running a blog has its downsides, especially if it not set up to accept advertising. Free work requires further explanation most of the time. Not that it’s bad, but it needs to be justified. In this case, the policy of openness eventually made for a lot of babysitting. There are people who think that taking a crap in the community pool enough times will eventually make it their pool. That’s sociopathic delusion, of course: Messing up what has been opened to the community will just get it restricted or closed by the owners. There is a burnout factor that comes with managing such a situation (and I imagine the new owners here will find the same thing, and ultimately adopt a more sustainable policy than I was able to put in place).

The other major life-shortening aspect of this has been the fact that we are a mostly political blog. That by itself opens the door to some unpleasantness. And let me quickly point out that we had almost zero of what I would truly call “trouble” as a result of battles over political issues with our ideological opponents. We got little grief from liberals and Democrats: That part was mostly a lot of fun and I made some friends as a result.

The problems arose from the fact that being on the same “side” as someone else in politics does not make them your ally in life. Just like everything else related to human nature (and I imagine this will apply to the Democrats in precisely equal measure), what we say we are concerned with, and what we really are concerned with, are often two different things:

Much of what passes for “politics” is nothing more than personal conflict played out on a bigger stage. High school is over, and wherever we as adults move on to, is where we shall manifest our self-centeredness and proclivity for petty grudges and backbiting. Give us command of the neighborhood pool party, we’ll make sure “you know who” has nothing to do with the desserts. Get us involved in a church, we’ll see that the new committee understands how things work. Put us in a company, we’ll put our stamp on the department.

And if you let us glom onto a political movement or organization, we can convert that into a cauldron of seething rivalries and pointless effort in no time at all, thank you very much. That’s what we do.

The so called “Tea Party” phenomenon here locally is the example par excellence.

If a higher being from another realm were to land in Northern VA for a few days of R & R and ask, “So, I haven’t been to this sector of the universe in nearly a century, what is this new ‘Tea Party’?” – we would have to answer “Which one?” And the higher being would nod sagely and say “Ah, I see. Like the Methodist Women’s Auxiliary of Brunswick. That was a sad case, also.”

Any public project that tries to brand itself as “Tea Party”-related should be subject to immediate scrutiny and skepticism, because what the people behind it say they are concerned with, and what they are really concerned with, are almost certainly two different things.

Whatever the concept of this blog, the intra-party types of battles have become a major premise behind much conversation here, which adds more edginess than many blog managers would be comfortable allowing (just take a survey of comment policies elsewhere and you will see quickly how such matters are usually handled – I think TC is the only local forum that has the same libertarian approach.) It creates a level of emotional intensity here at times which does wear on a person, and for that reason I think the new bosses should consider some term limit provision: No one will be allowed to manage the blog for more than, say, 18 months or 32 months, because our public health system simply cannot handle a continuous stream of nervous system disorder cases.

But don’t pay too much attention to my complaints. I am a grumpy old man, as you well know. Every job eventually has downsides, and I shouldn’t let my jaded nature color the overall picture.

These disputes and others, between you (the collective readership) and me (me), I wish to put to bed. Let us be plagued by them no longer.

By far, running NOVA TownHall has been a positive experience. The Loudoun County Republican Committee contains many, many people I will always consider friends. We are extremely lucky to have outstanding individuals willing to run for office from this area, and such dedicated, competent volunteers running the LCRC. Across the board, Loudoun County is a great place to be a Republican because there are a lot of Republicans holding office and having thrown their hats in the ring whom we can all be proud of.

The Democrats and Independents I’ve gotten to know are also a good group. Some folks who were quite in the “opponent” category at one time, such as BlackOut and Laura Valle, are now people I consider sharing so much a common temperament with me that I have to be reminded about where we differ. The Stay Puft Marshallow Man quickly turned out to be a truly decent individual with whom I did not have nearly as many differences with as I originally thought, once the Devil and Daniel Webster scenario had cooled off; I am grateful to still be in contact and I hope to remain so.

Overall, because of this blog, I am now on a first-name basis with a ton of people I would never have even met because of my innate anti-social aspects. Our many readers and of course commenters represent the highest strata of human evolution as a species, which is nice and, frankly, the level of company I prefer.

As my last formal act as blog manager, I want to put forth a few wishes and thoughts:

  • For my co-bloggers – we happy, sometimes bitchy, possibly inebriated few: You all have been a huge blessing, so I thank you sincerely for the time, creativity and effort you continue to expend here. That’s all, because I don’t plan on saying any final goodbyes to you all anytime soon. We’ll be seeing each other plenty; I just needed to express my gratitude right at the top here.
  • For LI and the Monk, listen: It’s all been downhill since that Garden of Eden fiasco, so trying to trace back where any relationship really was damaged, and by whom, and who said what and all that is futile. This person thought that person meant X so they responded with Y and that stirred everything up for good, but of course if you look at the parents and grandparents they all contributed to the personality issues we see today, and the GREAT GREAT grandparents: Well, now they were real pieces of work, I mean Otto von Bismarck had nothing on them … you see how it is? There’s no point in arguing who started what. What we need here is a “Reset” button – and not the Obama Administration version which because of incompetent translation actually says “Now All People Explode” – but an actual do-over that goes back a couple years. You guys agree on just about everything. Leave the other political actors out of it because they all have their own agendas, of which you are not an integral part. Forget the past, continually. All of Loudoun yearns for this.
  • For Stevens Miller, I hope you keep blogging. You are a natural in the medium, with wit, honesty, self-deprecation in appropriate amounts and a knack for knowing what of your daily slog might be interesting to other people. Whatever you end up doing next, you should be a blogger. However you should open up your Sitemeter stats: Yes, it stings at first, but it shows you’re serious and comfortable in your skin.
  • For Zimzo, I hope everything worked out for you. Thank you for all the time you put in here.
  • For Pam, I think you should get a cat.
  • For the Weintraubs, I hope you find an accommodation with the legal status quo some day, through a combination of affecting the latter and moderating your goals. You both are nice guys and it would be good if at some point you could carve out enough breathing room on that one issue to lighten up about it, and maybe write some posts about gardening or something. (I’m sure I just broke yet another cardinal rule of gender-related propriety there, so please accept my apologies in advance. And if you want to Photoshop a graphic of me as a Southern plantation owner – which is the direction I would take it – I’d be happy to provide head shots from different angles. You have my email address.)
  • For all the political candidates I have said unflattering things about, I apologize if any of it was truly uncalled for. In 99.9% of cases there were people supporting you who were being completely obnoxious and I could not resist joining the fray. It is to my shame, I know. But there are also candidates who can attest that I avoid the low road and work hard to be fair. That is, except with regard to certain officeholders in Washington DC, of whom it may be said that the burning coals I have heaped upon their heads were delivered with the sureness and rightness of Archangel Gabriel himself, such that the smoldering of their shame should be seen by all of creation through all eternity. But for the other instances, sorry if it went too far.
  • For the guy who threatened to sue me over the “Tea Party” comment thread, I’d like you to meet a young lady I know: Her name is Pam. A coalition of doctors, police and failed political candidates has determined that Pam should never be allowed near a keyboard again, so she could use some companionship right now. She lives in Maryland, but I think you two have a lot in common. You ought to go on a long, driving vacation somewhere.
  • For Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, the Most Honorable, I join all of humanity in the chorus: “There’ll always be a Eugene!” You have done more work for this community than anyone gives you credit for, and you are the best friend Sterling has. We need you on the board of supervisors. Thank you for everything, sir.
  • And to everyone who took me seriously simply because I shot photos and posted them on a blog; well, I appreciate it, because it was good for me in getting to meet people and hear interesting conversations, but it’s really very easy. But it was nice of you all to make it seem like a big deal.

We humans are susceptible to the belief that we have an unlimited amount of time, even that we have much of it simply to burn – and that’s not the case. The single, only certainty we have about the future is that our personal one on this earth will come to an end with total finality, just as likely sooner as later. And even if much, much later, that brick wall is not far down the road at all, in the grand scheme of things.

I think everyone eventually realizes that the hours of life are like droplets tumbling down a waterfall, and at some point you say to yourself, they’re falling away too fast, much too fast.

I don’t know if anyone got video of E.W. Jackson’s speech at the LCRC Convention today, but here is a video to give you an idea of the man who is challenging George Allen et. al. for the Republican nomination for the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Virginia.

It’s especially comforting to hear the audience members yelling “We like people” because, after all, we have to remember about the people.

George Allen is very good, but E.W. Jackson seems to have more to say, and he is almost Gary Clemens-like in his ability to inspire. See what you think (video at this link in case you can’t see the video below).