Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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.
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 www.billbolling.com.
To volunteer to lend your support to Lieutenant Governor Bolling’s re-election campaign, please click here.
REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERS SUPPORTING BILL BOLLING FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
"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."
- 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.
Blessed Be the Ties That Bind
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
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.
Jeffrey M. Frederick, Chairman
Republican Party of Virginia