Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Barack Obama has said repeatedly that his administration’s number one priority is jobs. But who knew that meant destroying U.S. jobs? Here’s the latest example: Bucyrus International, a Wisconsin-based company that makes mining equipment.

Bucyrus recently landed a contract for $600 million to build equipment for a major project in India. The contract, which was contingent upon Bucyrus getting loan guarantees from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, would have created 984 jobs at Bucyrus. But it didn’t get the loan. Why not? Because the project in India is a coal mine.

Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export Import Bank, cited the “projected adverse environmental impact” of the mine. Hochberg said, “President Obama has made clear this administration’s commitment to transition away from high-carbon investments and toward a cleaner energy future.”

Unemployment is at hovering around 10% and Obama’s bureaucrats are fretting about coal use in India? This is insanity! Here’s a newsflash: America gets half of its electricity from coal! But if Obama’s gets his way, under his cap and trade plan your electricity rates will “necessarily skyrocket.”

But if it’s not coal in India, it’s something else, like an oil pipeline from Canada. We all know that we import too much oil from unfriendly and unstable places, including the Middle East and Venezuela. But we also get a lot of oil from our friendly neighbor to the north, and there is a lot of oil in the Canadian tar sands. Believe it or not, the radical environmentalists don’t want us using that either!

Friends, I’ve said this before but Obama’s devotion to the radical Left’s agenda is going to destroy this country. If his socialist tax and spend policies aren’t enough, his radical environmental policies will guarantee our economic decline and double digit unemployment for decades to come."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Video Pick of the Day

from the Advocacy Campaign Team for Mining

Coal Mining Supporters Speak Out at EPA Hearing

In May the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing in Charleston W.Va., which focused on the future of surface mining in Appalachia, and coal supporters turned out in force to make their voice heard.

Our cameras were on hand to record messages of support from Appalachian residents. Listen to their stories and please consider forwarding this video to your friends, family members and co-workers.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rachel Torres: 2010 Marion Simpson Scholarship Recipient

The American Constitution

By Rachel Torres

“No free government or blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice…and by frequent reference to fundamental principles.” Patrick Henry[1]

Though the Constitution of the United States was written for many different reasons, it all came down to a need—a need for a framework to lay down the laws necessary for the Colonies to become a true nation. This Constitution was formed by the fundamental principles to which Patrick Henry was referring. If we do not cultivate a love for our constitution, we are in danger of forgetting what it says and letting these principles become threatened. It is vital that we keep these principles alive in order to protect ourselves as American citizens.

James Madison intended federal powers to be few and defined. This requires accountability. One way our forefathers set up accountability was to create a balance of power by allowing each branch of the government to check the other branches. For instance, take the recent narrow, highly partisan passage of a massive healthcare overhaul. The Judicial branch can still declare this bill unconstitutional. After Obama signed the healthcare bill into law, attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government. “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying healthcare coverage,” the lawsuit states, referring to the new law. [2] Our commonwealth, Virginia, has filed its own lawsuit. “I think the Constitution is being walked on at this moment, and many in the Congress right now don’t care,” Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said on C-SPAN.[3] If this new mandate is upheld, then there might be no limit to what the federal government can regulate. It is now up to the Supreme Court to check the Congressional and Executive branches.

The weakness in our Constitution is its inability to make people adhere to justice; no document can give people morals. The Constitution can protect American citizens, but because man is fallible, government will misuse its power. In November 2006, narcotics detectives acting on a drug tip burst into an Atlanta grandmother’s home. The terrified 92-year old fired a shot at the detectives. They fired back—39 times—killing her. Drugs were never found.[4] Certainly no one begrudges police the right to protect themselves. But too often, government oversteps its bounds.

“We the people” means that the people of the United States are responsible for electing representatives to run their nation. We have the blessing of liberty, a blessing many throughout history have hoped for and died for. How can we prevent the government from getting out of control? Each American must take the responsibility along with the blessings or our system of government will fail. A Constitution worth having is worth defending. As Calvin Coolidge said, “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”

Rachel Torres, the 2010 recipient of Madison County Republican Women's Marion Simpson Scholarship, presented her winning essay at the June 15th MCRW meeting. Rachel is going to study Event Planning at Thomas Edison State College.

The Marion Simpson Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the late Marion E. Simpson. Marion Simpson, a native of Detroit MI, was reared in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. She taught school at Jackson Elementary School from 1962-75.

After moving to Reston, VA, she served as a tour guide at the U.S. Capitol as a member of Congressman Ralph Regula’s staff from 1980-85 before retiring to Rappahannock, VA with her husband, Allan R. Simpson, Jr., former associate editor of The Repository.

Marion was an active member of F.T. Baptist Church near Sperryville. A former chairman of the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Church, she had also been a volunteer with the Rappahannock literacy program. Marion is fondly remembered as an educator, a beloved friend, and a keeper of Republican ideals.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually by Madison County Republican Women.

Left to right: Marion Simpson's Daughter April Heddleston, Rachel Torres and Marion's husband, Al Simpson.

[1] American Government and Economics 1984

[2] Edward Lee Pitts, “The end of the beginning,” WORLD magazine, 10 April, 2010, 38.


[4] Michael Crowley, “Terror in the House,” Reader’s Digest, March 2010, 49.

Quote of the Day

"In a July 2009 speech President Barack Obama stated that "instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, Americans need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." Yet the majority of Americans disagree.

The Rasmussen Reports polling organization, one of the most reputable in the nation, recently found- as have other polls in recent years- that Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe that English should be the official language of the United States.

A May 2010 national telephone survey of 1,000 adults found that 87 percent favor making English the nation's official language. This is the highest level of support yet but in line with what voters have been saying for several years.

Eight-three percent say a company that is doing business in this country should be allowed to require its employees to speak English. Similarly, eighty-three percent place a high priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English as their primary language.

While it is unfortunate that Congress has not moved on implementing English as the official language of the federal government, this latest Rasmussen poll emphasizes that the American people remain strong on this issue. This overwhelming sentiment will continue to help add more states to those 30 whose legislatures have already adopted English as their official language of government."


Democrat Elitist Power Grab

from RenewAmerica, an astute deconstruction of a typical liberal, Elena Kagan...

WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is right out of central casting as a stereotypical example of America's "ruling class" -- i.e., out of step with the great majority of Americans, but with a sense of entitlement to wield power in such a way as to make policy against our wishes because we are her inferiors...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

“A leftist government is the best argument in favor of conservatism.”

Michael van der Galien

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Now on YouTube: MadisonVAGOP

Today in History

"On June 25th, 222 years ago, Virginia ratified the US Constitution. As you all know, Virginia is presently embroiled in an important legal battle to defend that very document against overreaches by the federal government."

Ken Cucinelli

On this day in 1939, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood announced the organization’s new “Negro Project” in response to requests from southern state public health officials—men not generally known at that time for their racial equanimity. “The mass of Negroes"...

George Grant

Video Hit of the Day

From the Republican Party of Virginia

New RPV Web Ad "Customer Service" Highlights "Top Notch" Representation in the 11th District

-- And by 'Top Notch,' we mean 'Utterly Abhorrent' --

Democrat Gerry Connolly has a "stellar" record representing Northern Virginia, starting back in his days on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Since being elected to Congress, Gerry has focused like a laser on the issues that matter most to Virginians, like naming a post office in Maine, cutting checks to study drunken mice via the "stimulus," or not showing up to vote when Congress cut off funding to ACORN.

Gerry's constituents know that if they have questions, he always has an informative reply, and if they're not satisfied with the answer, he always has an open door. Gerry knows that his record speaks for itself. That's why he encourages robust voter participation.

If it wasn't already painfully obvious, that was sarcasm. As you can see, Gerry has a long track record of being too preoccupied with pleasing the Democrat Party leadership - voting for almost 97 percent of Nancy Pelosi's out-of-control liberal agenda - to worry about such petty things as representing his district.

It's no surprise that, after voting with Speaker Pelosi that much, Gerry isn't in touch with his constituents. She isn't very popular in the 11th District (or anywhere else for that matter).

That's why RPV has put together "Customer Service," a new web video that's a 'highlight' reel of Gerry in action ... and a lesson for other Representatives on how NOT to do the job.

Video: Customer Service

Pelosi Protects Another Democrat Bigot

Democrat corruption ensconces another Democrat bigot. Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families comments...

When Will Pelosi Demand That Kanjorski Resign?

"If Rep. Paul Kanjorski were a Republican, he would be packing up his office today and booking a one-way ticket home. Wednesday, Rep. Kanjorski was making an “impassioned plea” for “needed government programs” when he made the following remark:

“We’re giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately. But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people -- and they’re not minorities and they’re not defective and they’re not all the things you’d like to insinuate that these programs are about -- these are average, good American people.”

So in Rep. Kanjorski’s construction, minorities are not “average, good American people.” And what exactly does he mean by “defective”? In one amazingly bigoted statement, Rep. Kanjorski managed to defend Big Government spending while offending blacks, Hispanics, Asians and presumably the disabled.

Rep. Kanjorski is unapologetic and insists his comments were taken out of context. Tell that to Trent Lott. If he refuses to apologize, Speaker Nancy Pelosi should demand his resignation. If he refuses to resign, the voters of Pennsylvania’s 11th District should refuse to reelect him."

Quote of the Day

"Love is important, but it isn't sufficient. Social science proves that children suffer from not having a married mom and dad..."

Tony Perkins

Rappahannock GOP 4th of July Celebration

Please join the Rappahannock Republicans at the

Rappahannock County 4th of July

Celebration and Fireworks

(sponsored by the Sperryville VFD)

Bring family, friends, food, drink and chairs to the Republican Tent

to picnic together and enjoy a patriotic evening culminating with spectacular fireworks!

Date/Time: Sunday, July 4 from 3:00pm onwards until fireworks end... (main gates open 1:00 pm)

Place: Thornton Hill Farm, Rt 522 between Sperryville and Woodville.

Republican Tent up the ridge on the left hand track.

Parking: $20 admits one carload of people.

Dinner: BYO food and drink. (Alcohol is permitted.) Grill provided for cooking meats.

Assemble at the GOP tent for picnic at 6:00pm

Patriotic games/gizmos for children.........lemonade/cookies........Patriotic camaraderie!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quote of the Day

"...the administration has no clarity whatsoever who the enemy even is, let alone how to defeat it," he adds. "And to the extent it is trying to defeat it, it is doing so in a feckless and half-hearted way.

And that's what I believe we're seeing play out in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Frank J. Gaffney
Founder and president of the Center for Security Policy

Video Hit of the Day

From Patriotic Resistance

Check out the video 'Pat Condell on Ground Zero Mosque'
Your assistance is needed! Stop the Ground Zero Mosque and Stop the Stealth Jihad! We can make a difference!

Pat Condell on Ground Zero Mosque
Pat Condell on Ground Zero Mosque
Stop the Stealth Jihad!! "Is it possible to be astonished, but not surprised?" Pat Condell articulates everything that's wrong...

A Prayer for Americans on the Gulf Coast

Our Heavenly Father and Giver of Life,

Today we are praying for our fellow Americans on the Gulf Coast who are suffering under such an enormous environmental tragedy. Many of them have lost their way of life and livelihood. We pry that an engineering solution will be found quickly to stop this tragedy.

We pray for the families and the souls of our soldiers who gave their lives for our country.

In Jesus' name we pray,


John Underwood
MCRW Chaplain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quote of the Day

"While there is no doubt that reinvigorating our economy and getting Americans back to work is a high priority, the way to do that is not government programs and giveaways – it is strong families that provide the foundation for financial success."

Victoria Cobb
The Family Foundation of Virginia

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Even the moderates and independents are growing weary of waiting for the promise of unifying leadership to ring through with this administration, especially as the attempts of Big Brother to uplift the economy, sell his health care reform, and win over a majority of Americans are failing regularly."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

"... while the oil continues gushing in the gulf, Obama will be partying it up again Tuesday night with his homosexual and lesbian allies in a big bash at the White House in celebration of “gay pride month.”

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quote of the Day

"ObamaCare was supposed to A) save money and B) provide coverage for the uninsured. To accomplish these goals, Democrats created a new trillion-dollar entitlement program that will force tens of millions of Americans to give up the coverage they now have. Does that make any sense to you? Remember that when you head to the voting booth in 140 days."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

Monday, June 14, 2010

Video Hits of the Day

from twitter

Visualize today's "government for the people." It looks something like this:

PRMurphyinWA I favorited a YouTube video -- The Real Story of the Weathermen

Hat tip to Jerry Gore for this link:
Dennis Prager on the Greatest Danger to America (an addendum)

If you don't watch another video this year, watch this!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Obama's Katrina

Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families has the latest on President Kick-Asses' waterloo.

So far, the Gulf oil spill has not inflicted on Barack Obama the kind of damage George W. Bush sustained from Hurricane Katrina. But that might be about to change. AnABC/Washington Post poll released this week found that 69% of Americans have a negative view of the government’s response to the oil spill, compared to 62% who disapproved of the government’s response to Katrina. That was before this news.

As oil invades Louisiana’s marshes and storms the beaches of Florida, Pajamas Media reports that the Packgen company of Auburn, Maine, has lots of containment boom sitting in a warehouse, but no one will buy it. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar three weeks ago letting him know about Packgen and its ability to quickly make more boom. Why is it just sitting there? Sounds like a practical use of stimulus funds to me. But there’s more…

Remember that six-month ban on deepwater drilling that the administration imposed after the spill, which now threatens tens of thousands of jobs in the Gulf? Secretary Salazar reportedly suggested the ban to President Obama on the recommendation of a panel of experts selected by the National Academy of Engineering.

As it turns out, the seven scientists agreed to no such thing. They have now released a letter demanding the ban be lifted or that their names be removed from the report. Here is an excerpt of their letter:

“…we do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium on floating drilling. A moratorium was added after the final review and was never agreed to by the contributors. …A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill. We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do.”

Ken Arnold of the National Academy of Engineering blasted Salazar, writing in a separate statement, “The Secretary should be free to recommend whatever he thinks is correct, but he should not be free to use our names to justify his political decisions.”

In addition, energy industry experts are warning that Obama’s six-month ban may turn into a two-year ban or longer. Oil companies can’t afford to let those deepwater rigs sit idle. If they can’t drill in the Gulf, they will tow them somewhere else and start new wells. In addition, they will likely sign multi-year contracts for those new locations.

In other words, if Obama doesn’t lift the ban soon, there’s a good chance there won’t be any deepwater drilling in the Gulf at all six months from now or even a year from now. That might please radical environmentalists and their liberal Democrat allies in Congress, but it will diminish supply sooner or later, and you will feel more pain at the pump. Worse, tens of thousands of Americans who depend on those oil jobs will be unemployed.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Quote of the Day

"And in the President of the United States own words, he’s not talking to experts to figure out how to solve the problem, but to figure out who to assign blame to.

This is not leadership. Heck, this isn’t even bullying.

This is failure."

Eric Erickson

Video Hit of the Day

via Patriotic Resistance

Tea Party Member stuns crowd in GA...Singing Marine!
Tea Party Member stuns crowd in GA...Singing Marine!
This gentleman who served remembered the 2nd verse of the Star Spangled Banner The National Anthem....great! Most people have never even he...
Video link:
Tea Party Member stuns crowd in GA...Singing Marine!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Quote of the Day

"One of the major selling points of ObamaCare was the president’s oft-repeated promise that if you liked the coverage you have now, you would get to keep it. Politicoreports today that many people in part-time jobs may lose their coverage. Why? Because the unintended consequences of ObamaCare will likely make limited-benefit plans or “mini-med plans” illegal.

A coalition of trade associations, including the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are asking the administration to exempt the plans for now. But if the White House doesn’t act, nearly one and a half million people may lose their coverage in September. But wait…there’s more.

ObamaCare is also costing jobs. nHealth of Richmond, Virginia, recently informed its employees and sales agents that the company was shutting down. Why? Because of ObamaCare. Here’s an excerpt from the company’s letter: “As I’m sure you are aware, the new federal healthcare legislation has created considerable uncertainties in the market for health insurance. …the uncertainties in the regulatory climate coupled with new demands imposed by national healthcare reforms have made it challenging … to remain viable over the long run.”

The letter went on to say that it would terminate all contracts by the end of the year. So not only are nHealth employees out of work, but nHealth customers are losing their insurance coverage too. Two other companies also recently announced that they would not sell policies as of June 30th."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families