Sunday, November 30, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Too many seem to have forgotten that prosperity is created by individual freedom and creativity – and not government programs"

Star Parker

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quote of the Day

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery.”

Winston Churchill

Another Islamist pitches their totalitarian product to Americans

In this Islam 101 class, we learn that Muslims are not greedy, they don't use people selfishly and unethically, and they could care less about money. If that is the case, oil should be free or at least sold at cost ($5 a barrel not too long ago) and those poor Sudanese who have been forced into Muslim slavery should get to go home, for starters.

Follow the link below to read the latest in Al-Quaida hypocrisy and blarney:

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling enjoys wide support for his re-election bid

Republican leaders from Madison County and the 7th District are among Lt. Governor Bill Bolling's stalwart supporters...


RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling released an overwhelming list of Republican elected officials and party leaders who have agreed to lend their support to his 2009 re-election campaign.

The list includes every Republican member of Virginia’s congressional delegation, more than 70 Republican members of the General Assembly and almost every member of the Republican Party’s State Central Committee.

The list also includes more than 100 of the Republican Party’s county/city committee chairs, along with such party luminaries as former Senator George Allen, former Governor Jim Gilmore, former Lieutenant Governor John Hager and former Attorney General and 2005 gubernatorial nominee Jerry Kilgore.

Perhaps most significantly, the list also includes current Attorney General and 2009 gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell and all three of the Republican candidates currently seeking the GOP nomination for Attorney General, including Senator Ken Cuccinelli, former United States Attorney John Brownlee and former Arlington County School Board Chairman Dave Foster.

“I am very pleased by the pledges of support that my re-election campaign has gained from Republican party leaders and activists all across Virginia,” Bolling said. “Their friendship, confidence and support mean a great deal to me, and their willingness to stand by my side at this early stage shows the broad strength of my campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2009.”

McDonnell also added his public support to Bolling’s re-election campaign and encouraged fellow Republicans to line up early behind Bolling’s candidacy. “Bill Bolling has been an outstanding Lieutenant Governor. For the past three years we have worked side by side to support our conservative values and find positive solutions to the challenges facing our state,” McDonnell said. “I need Bill Bolling as my running made and partner in state government for the next four years. I encourage you to give Bill your support.”

Bolling was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2005 after serving for ten years in the Virginia State Senate. In a year that favored Democrats, Bolling received more votes than any other statewide Republican candidate.

Throughout his service in state government, Bolling has been recognized as one of Virginia’s most effective and consistent conservative leaders. Bolling has championed the cause of keeping government small and focused on its core responsibilities and reducing excessive government spending and regulation. He has also opposed every attempt by Democrat Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to raise taxes in Virginia.

Bolling is also regarded as a social conservative. He is pro-life, having received a 100% pro-family rating from the Family Foundation. He supports the Second Amendment having received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and the endorsement of the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League in 2005. Bolling was also campaigned across Virginia in support of the Marriage Amendment in 2006, and raised thousands of dollars to run radio ads encouraging the amendment’s passage.

Bolling has also shown the ability to work on a bi-partisan basis to get things done in Richmond. He has been one of the General Assembly’s leading voices on health care and natural resource issues. In 2007, Bolling kicked off his 100 Ideas For The Future Of Virginia initiative, through which he has challenged the Republican Party to get back to being a party of issues and ideas and offering a positive vision for the future of Virginia that focuses on the issue family’s care most about.

To learn more about Lieutenant Governor Bolling, please visit his web site at

To volunteer to lend your support to Lieutenant Governor Bolling’s re-election campaign, please click here.


State and Congressional Leaders

The Honorable Robert McDonnell, Attorney General and 2009 GOP Gubernatorial Nominee

The Honorable George Allen, Former Governor and Senator

The Honorable Jim Gilmore, Former Governor

The Honorable John Hager, Former Lieutenant Governor and Former RPV Chairman

The Honorable Jerry Kilgore, Former Attorney General and 2005 Gubernatorial Nominee

Congressman Eric Cantor, House Minority Whip, 111th Congress

Congressman Tom Davis, III

Congresswoman Thelma Drake

Congressman Randy Forbes

Congressman Virgil Goode

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Congressman Rob Wittman

Congressman Frank Wolf

John Brownlee, Candidate for Attorney General

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, Candidate for Attorney General

David Foster, Candidate for Attorney General

State Senate

Senator Thomas Norment, Jr., Senate Minority Leader

Senator Steve Newman, Senate Republican Caucus Chair

Senator Ken Stolle, Republican Leader Pro Tempore

Senator Walter Stosch, Republican Leader Emeritus

Senator Ken Cuccinelli

Senator Emmett Hanger

Senator Robert Hurt

Senator Steve Martin

Senator Ryan McDougle

Senator Mark Obenshain

Senator Fred Quayle

Senator Frank Ruff

Senator Ralph Smith

Senator Richard Stuart

Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel

Senator Frank Wagner

Senator William Wampler

Senator John Watkins

House of Delegates

Speaker William Howell

Majority Leader Morgan Griffith

Delegate Kirk Cox, House Republican Whip

Delegate Sam Nixon, Jr., House Republican Caucus Chair

Delegate Dave Albo

Delegate Clay Athey

Delegate Rob Bell

Delegate Kathy Byron

Delegate Bill Carrico

Delegate Ben Cline

Delegate Mark Cole

Delegate John Cosgrove

Delegate William Fralin

Delegate Tom Gear

Delegate Todd Gilbert

Delegate Phil Hamilton

Delegate Frank Hargrove, Sr.

Delegate Clarke Hogan

Delegate Tim Hugo

Delegate Sal Iaquinto

Delegate Riley Ingram

Delegate Bill Janis

Delegate Chris Jones

Delegate Terry Kilgore

Delegate Steven Landes

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter

Delegate Matt Lohr

Delegate Manoli Loupassi

Delegate Danny Marshall

Delegate Jimmie Massie

Delegate Joe May

Delegate Don Merricks

Delegate Jackson Miller

Delegate Harvey Morgan

Delegate Dave Nutter

Delegate John O'Bannon

Delegate Glenn Oder

Delegate Bobby Orrock, Sr.

Delegate Chris Peace

Delegate Brenda Pogge

Delegate Charles Poindexter

Delegate Bob Purkey

Delegate Chris Saxman

Delegate Edward Scott

Delegate Beverly Sherwood

Delegate Terrie Suit

Delegate Robert Tata

Delegate Lee Ware

Delegate Tommy Wright

State Central Committee Members

Morton Blackwell, National Committeeman

Kathy Terry, National Committeewoman

Michael Thomas, First Vice Chairman

Polly Campbell, Secretary

Rick Neel, Treasurer

Walter Curt, Finance Chairman

Juanita Balenger, Eastern Vice Chairwoman

Kevin Gentry, Eastern Vice Chairman

Trixie Averill, Western Vice Chairwoman

James Hale, Western Vice Chairman

Tom Foley, 1st District Chairman

Gary C. Byler, 2nd District Activist

Mike Wade, 3rd District Chairman

Jack Wilson, 4th District Chairman

Tucker Watkins, 5th District Chairman

Fred Anderson, 6th District Chairman

Linwood Cobb, III, 7th District Chairman

Michael Ginsberg, 8th District Chairman

Michelle Jenkins, 9th District Chairman

James Rich, 10th District Chairman

Becky Stoeckel, 11th District Chairman

Michael Lowe, 1st District Rep.

John Van Hoy, 1st District Rep.

James Bowden, 1st District Rep.

Carol Dawson, 1st District Rep.

Allen Webb, 1st District Rep.

David O'Kelley, 2nd District Rep.

Chuck Smith, 2nd District Rep.

Roger Miles, 2nd District Rep.

Shirley Darnauer, 2nd District Rep.

Ken Golden, 2nd District Rep.

Bryan Meals, 3rd District Rep.

Christopher Woodfin, 3rd District Rep.

Cortland Putbrese, 3rd District Rep.

William Flanagan, 4th District Rep.

Irene Hurst, 4th District Rep.

Linas Kojelis, 4th District Rep.

Robert Wheeler, 4th District Rep.

Chris Shores, 5th District Rep.

Gene Smith, 5th District Rep.

Rachel Shoenewald, 5th District Rep.

Edward W. Early, 5th District Rep.

Mickey Mixon, 6th District Rep.

Matthew Braud, 6th District Rep.

Lynn Mitchell, 6th District Rep.

Wendell Walker, 6th District Rep.

Kristi Way, 7th District Rep.

Marie Quinn, 7th District Rep.

Edward Fuhr, 7th District Rep.

Brian Plum, 7th District Rep.

David Fuller, 7th District Rep.

Vellie Dietrich-Hall, 8th District Rep.

Michael Giere, 8th District Rep.

Mark Kelly, 8th District Rep.

John Kilgore, 9th District Rep.

Jerry Lester, 9th District Rep.

Judi Lynch, 9th District Rep.

Howard Lind, 10th District Rep.

Mary Gail Swenson, 10th District Rep.

Keith Damon, 11th District Rep.

Patsy Drain, 11th District Rep.

Rick Hendrix, 11th District Rep.

Michael Rumberg, 11th District Rep.

Lori-Ann Miller, Young Republican Federation of Virginia President

Neil Miller, Young Republican Federation of Virginia Rep.

Andrew Vehorn, Young Republican Federation of Virginia Rep.

Sam Bradshaw, College Republican Federation of Virginia Rep.

Adam Erby, College Republican Federation of Virginia Rep.

Angie Hall

Carol Ford

Ed Gillespie, Former Republican Party of Virginia and Republican National Committee Chairman

Don Huffman, Former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman

Kate Obenshain, Former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman

Gary Thomson, Former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman

Unit Chairs

Timothy Raynor, Accomack

Christian Schoenewald, Albemarle

Chris Marston, Alexandria

Loren Newman, Jr., Alleghany/Covington/Clifton Forge

Mary Alice Williams, Amelia

Stephen Witham, Amherst

Evans Thomas, Appomattox

Mark Kelly, Arlington

Bill Shirley, Augusta

Kevin Corwin, Bedford County / City

Joyce Kistner, Bristol

Elaine Cogsdale, Brunswick

Jerry Lester, Buchanan

Gene Smith, Campbell

Jeff Sili, Caroline

Carolyn Honeycutt, Carroll

Patricia Meyers, Charles City

Anthony Pascuita, Jr., Charlotte

Donald Williams, Chesterfield

Hon. John Wood, Colonial Heights

Don Bishop, Craig

John Coates, Culpeper

Susan McCammon, Dinwiddie

Carla Cash Harris, Emporia / Greensville

Blake Slusser, Essex

Jim Kaplan, Fairfax City

Jim Hyland, Fairfax County

James P. Fisher, Fauquier

Gene Bishop, Floyd

Doug Johnson, Fluvanna

Teresa Preston, Franklin City / Southampton County

Bill Stanley, Franklin County

Bob Seale, Frederick County

B.J. Huff, Fredericksburg

John Walsh, Gloucester

Ben Slone, Goochland

Dawn Cox, Grayson

Gary Lowe, Greene

Pat Barksdale, Halifax

Kyle Adams, Hampton

Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Hanover

Kerri Wilson, Harrisonburg

Mike Wade, Henrico

Don Lawson, Henry

David Kiser, Highland

Phil Justice, Hopewell

Rick Batten, James City

William Rilee, King & Queen

John Hubbard, King William

Joan Blackstone, Lancaster

Damie Carter, Lee

Robert James, Jr., Lexington / Rockbridge / Buena Vista

Pat Mullins, Louisa

Adam Erby, Lunenburg

Mark Peake, Lynchburg

John Tucker, Madison

Tony Kostelecky, Manassas

William Wren, Manassas Park

Timothy Halpin, Martinsville

Michael Lowe, Mathews

Tim Boyle, Mecklenburg

Lee Davis, Middlesex

Patty Manthe, Montgomery

Jane Ladd, New Kent

Steve Groce, Newport News

Pam Brown, Norfolk

Colin Cowling, Northampton

Jeanne Kling, Northumberland

Ronald Chipper, Nottoway

Doug Rogers, Orange

Charles Butler, Jr., Page

Elizabeth Stanley, Patrick

Linas Kojelis, Petersburg

Tom Arthur, Pittsylvania

John Anderson, Poquoson

Bryan Meals, Portsmouth

Ray Kramer, Powhatan

John Marsden, Prince Edward

Daniel Robinson, Prince George

Lyle Beefelt, Prince William

Beckie Cox, Pulaski

Mark Armentrout, Radford

Cortland Putbrese, Richmond City

Debbie Harper, Richmond County

Adam Boitnott, Roanoke City

Graham Leonard, III, Roanoke County

Michael Meredith, Rockingham

Gregory Habeeb, Salem

John Kilgore, Sr., Scott

Michael Monahan, Shenandoah

Adam Tolbert, Smyth

Bryce Reeves, Spotsylvania

Susan Stimpson, Stafford

Stephen Trent, Suffolk

Earl Hall, Surry

Aaron Roberts, Tazewell

Kenny Golden, Virginia Beach

Lisa Mauck, Warren

Patty Denton, Washington

Chris Darden, Waynesboro

Robert Fountain, Westmoreland

Richard Hill, Williamsburg

Patricia Jackson, Winchester

Ben Boggs, Wise

Aubrey O'Quinn, Wythe

Doug Meade, York

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Write Christmas Letters to our Troops!

Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission has provided an opportunity for Americans to send support and thanks to our troops this Christmas.

America Supports You

The holidays can be an especially difficult time to be away from loved ones – Particularly for those fighting for our freedom. Through America Supports You, you have the opportunity to express to our troops just how much you appreciate their hard work and sacrifice. A simple note can brighten the day of our military personnel and there is no better time than Christmas to send encouragement their way! Find out more on how to write your own personal note by clicking here.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

American Red Cross

The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, they’re collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.

To find out more, click here.

Quote of the Day

"If Christians are not willing to stem the tide of wickedness that abounds, our great nation might see trials and tribulations befall us. These times of troubles may come in the form of terrorist attacks at home and aboard. We're just beginning to see our own undoing.
The headlines of the day are ominous both politically and socially. For you see, it did not bring us favor with the most Holy God when many voted for a "messiah" figure who does not believe in the sanctity or protection of human life. The plethora of unChristlike beliefs that Obama holds is staggering. Just revisit the teachings of Black Liberation theology."

Marie Jon

'A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer'

Renew America has our first President's Proclamation in honor of Thanksgiving...

GEORGE WASHINGTON — 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 favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER... (more)

Happy Thanksgiving from NFRW


The very essence of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for all our blessings. The National Federation of Republican Women is thankful for many things that make the United States of America a great place.
  • Thank you to our military men and women who fight for our freedom daily.
  • Thank you to our military veterans who fought for our freedom.
  • Thank you to our Republican elected officials who fight for our ideals.
  • Thank you to our President who has been a strong and effective leader for the past eight years and to Mrs. Bush for her tireless efforts on behalf of literacy improvement.
  • Thank you to our NFRW members for all that you do to make U.S.A better.
Wishing you a Thanksgiving brimming with happiness and additional blessings.


Shirley Sadler
National Federation of Republican Women

Thanksgiving Blessings

Amid the many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving flying around the internet came this insightful message from Tony Perkins, Family Research Council Action:

Blessed Be the Ties That Bind

The Rock on which the Pilgrims disembarked is still shown [and] has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen fragments carefully preserved in several American cities. Does that not clearly prove that man's power and greatness resides entirely in his soul? A few poor souls trod for an instant on this rock, and it has become famous, it is prized by a great nation; fragments are venerated, and tiny pieces distributed far and wide. What has become of the doorsteps of a thousand palaces? Who cares for them?

This passage, from Alexis de Tocqueville's classic book, Democracy in America, was written in 1835. That was more than two centuries after the Pilgrims first arrived at that cold and rocky spot on the Massachusetts coast in a dreary November, 1620. The place would become their Plymouth Bay Colony. Tocqueville's words show us that even after so long a passage of time, Americans in the 1800s still cherished the stories of their country's beginnings. Now, almost two hundred years after Tocqueville, the story of those early settlers should move us still.

Why did they come? They tell us plainly in the governing document they signed, the Mayflower Compact: "For the Glory of God and the Advancement of the Christian faith, and the honour of our King and Country." They wanted to worship the Lord in the way their consciences and their understanding of Holy Scripture led them, which included building a community in which they could daily live out their faith in Jesus Christ. They called their dangerous effort "an errand into the wilderness." Sadly, many of them died in that first terrible year. Hunger and disease took their toll. But the Pilgrims are honored because they did not give up.

When their little ship, the Mayflower, returned to England, not one of their little band abandoned the call. They called on God to sustain them. And they accepted the timely help of the Wampanoag Indians, especially the English-speaking Squanto. Without this help, they might all have died.

The story of Plymouth Rock also reminds us of the Israelites in the Old Testament. They would place standing stones in key places to help them remember how God had led them, how He had watched over them. The Pilgrims identified most strongly with the people of God in the Bible. There may never have been so highly literate a community. All the Pilgrims eagerly learned to read words so that they might read the Word.

This Thanksgiving is a good time to remind our children of the many blessings that Our Lord has showered upon us in the past year. Even in this time of war and of deepening economic hardships, the harvests of our fields are still abundant. Our people have been spared further terrorist attacks, and we passed through a hotly contested election without the violence that too often mars political conflict in less happy lands.

Most of all, we give thanks for the joys of family life. When we gather around a holiday table, the faith, love, and commitment of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers bind our family circle. Let us also remember to give thanks to God for the brave young men and women who stand guard for us and our blood-bought freedoms in distant lands.

And let us resolve in this season to live as "living stones [who] are being built into a spiritual house." (1 Peter 2:4-5)

God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quote of the Day

"The result of Big Government’s massive bailouts, and the deficit-spending and borrowing that is financing them—and those of 2009 should the Obama administration continue down the dead-end road to serfdom—will eventually be out-of-control inflation. The likes of which have not been seen in decades."

Robert Romano

Rewarding Incompetence, and Democrats

RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick reviews the rogue's list of beggars and incompetents who have their hand in the public's pocket in the largest taxpayer shakedown in American history.

The Left-Wing, ACORN Bailout of Citigroup

Quick: Can anyone think of an industry that hasn't asked for billions of taxpayer-funded federal bailout money lately? Who ever thought that the Emma Lazarus inscription of "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" would be adopted by the U.S. Congress as a welcoming call to failed corporate CEOs?

It started with Fannie and Freddie; then AIG insurance; then the banking industry; the auto industry; and now even the paupers in Hollywood have their hands out claiming they have some of that government cash coming their way. Congratulations then to Pauly Shore, Mickey Rooney and the cast of Police Academy 6 -- your bottled water and lithium will continue to flow without interruption!

It's a new day in America when failure is rewarded and those of us who have been responsible and lived within our means get to pay for the negligence of others. And by the way, has anyone even bothered to check to see if the Treasury Secretary having sole discretion to dole out trillions of dollars passes Constitutional muster? Sorry, didn't mean to bring up such minor details.

Now the latest news on this front from the "Office of the President Elect" is the naming of Obama's economic team, which quickly brought cheers from the financial markets and nearly every political corner to boot. But what's all the cheering for exactly? I hate to play Scrooge in the middle of all this holiday merriment, but isn't Obama's "new" team comprised of protégés of former Treasury Secretary and current Citigroup executive Robert Rubin? A quick check with Google confirms it: yes, they are.

This is kind of hard to get excited about, considering that Rubin is one of the key culprits in extending Citigroup's risk portfolio that helped lead it to insolvency. So, the guys we're now counting on to fix the economy with trillions of dollars in bailout money learned most of what they know at the knee of a man who helped bankrupt one of the oldest and most trusted financial institutions in America. Nice.

Now we're finding out a little bit more about how Citi spent its money, which apart from billions in bad investments also included millions paid to far-left groups like ACORN; the radical environmental group World Resources Institute; the pro-illegal immigration La Raza; and countless other similar comrades.

So here?s what we've got to cheer about:
  • Obama appoints an economic team from the Robert Rubin school of economics;
  • Rubin captained Citigroup financial into an iceberg;
  • Citi now gets billions in federal bailout money;
  • ACORN, La Raza and a bevy of other far-left groups were paid millions in "leave us alone" money by Citi before their accounts ran dry;
  • Ergo you and I (what the government likes to call "bailout payees") have more of the money we worked for involuntarily subsidizing left-wing groups that seek to defeat us every election season.
And who says America is anything but a generous country?

Jeffrey M. Frederick, Chairman
Republican Party of Virginia