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Virginia News Stand: April 28, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Cultural Conservatism's Comeback (Or Was It Ever Really Dead?)

Who said cultural conservatism is dead? In Virginia last week, there was bipartisan support to end taxpayer funding of elective abortion and within the last 24 hours two major blows for traditional values — and constitutional law — occurred. Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate joined with the House there in a bipartisan vote to override Democrat Governor Brad Henry's veto of an informed consent bill which would requires women seeking abortions to see an ultrasound of her baby and receive certain information, not terribly different than a bill we have advocated for in the General Assembly the last several years. (There is always hope!) Then, earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a memorial Cross on federal land in the Mojave Desert can stay, reversing a lower court ruling.

But was cultural conservatism dead? Hard to believe that when each state that has voted on a Marriage Amendment has passed it. The truth is that there are certain truths in life and embedded in the constitution. Only when they are purposefully misinterpreted and laws misapplied to achieve agenda goals are they ever defeated. But defeat is not death. Values endure. We've seen that in the last 24 hours.

News

Gov discusses Confederacy, felons' rights, condoms (The Daily Press)

Va. ponies up millions to add Northrop (Washington Examiner)

Albemarle tea party crashes Fifth District chairman’s endorsement (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Audio

Ask The Governor (39:56) (WTOP/WTOP.com)

National News

Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma (New York Times)

States seek new ways to restrict abortions (USA Today)

High court supports Mojave cross in Calif. (AP/FoxNews.com)

High Court Says Mojave Desert Cross Can Remain (Wall Street Journal)

Sounding alarm on gonorrhea (Washington Times)

Poll finds Americans in an anti-incumbent mood as midterm elections near (Washington Post)

Reid: Senate to act on climate before immigration (AP/GOPUSA.com)

GOP eyes comeback for New England House seats (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Not us: Goldman execs deny wrongdoing in crisis (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama continues to hammer AZ immigration law (AP/GOPUSA.com)

AG: Court challenge possible on immigration law (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis

How Arizona became center of immigration debate (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

How Mexico Treats Illegal Aliens (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

Trying To Make People Like Us (Harris Sherline/GOPUSA.com)

Arizona's 21-Bottle Salute (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)

The Return of 'Social Utility' (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 14, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Headaches For The Regime

I don't know where to start. This certainly is one of our most gripping News Stands ever —all sorts of angles, topics and perspectives. We have sources and writers debuting today, such as BigGovernment.com, RealClearPolitics.com and NewsOK.com. We even have a link to a short ABC News report about Neil Armstrong slamming President Obama (on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 flight) for completely cutting NASA's manned flight space program. Not easy to go up against a living legend and international hero, so the president is predictably looking to retreat. On top of that headache for the regime is this embarrassment: The White House press corps is getting sued by a media organization for doing the president's "bidding." If that's not funny enough, John McCain is disavowing the "maverick" moniker and the RINO U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray Lahood, is moving us toward a bicycle society that has raised objections from even the sleepiest corners of the policy realm.  

Not that it's all sweetness and light out there. A GOP couple was beat up in New Orleans while attending the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Jim Hoft of BigGovernment.com fingers the suspects. More: radical liberals are practicing what Saul Alinsky preached and are moving toward a confrontation with Tea Party activists. Brent Bozell and Michell Malkin both have a look.

In political news, Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics makes a compelling case for as many as a 100-seat GOP House gain in November, while the AP looks at the pending doctor shortage. Tony Blankley and James Antle both caution against GOP caution, in the elections and in opposing the next Supreme Court Justice nominee. The Wall Street Journal deconstructs liberals' arguments for extended unemployment insurance by quoting top Clinton and Obama economic advisor Larry Summers, while the great Walter Williams sets the record straight on the job-killing minimum wage. So: Get your taxes done, take a breather, and get to reading. Lots of informative and enlightening words today. Enjoy.

News

Virginia tax revenues increased in March (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell: Critics are "uncivil and partisan" (The Daily Press)

McDonnell spokesman says voting rights letter sent to felons 'without approval' (Washington Post)

New Virginia law kills free online tax-filing program (The Daily Press)

Budget tweaks lift manufacturers, public workers (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Fimian calls for a ban on Earmarks (BearingDrift.com

Perriello pulls in $600,000 in donations this year (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Analysis

How Bad Could 2010 Really Get For Democrats? (Sean Trende/RealClearPolitics.com)

Doctor shortage? 28 states may expand nurses' role (AP/GOPUSA.com)

National News

Neil Armstrong Criticizes President's Space Plan (ABC News video :46/RealClearPolitics.com)

White House press corps sued for doing Obama's 'bidding' (WorldNetDaily.com)

Gay Day of Silence a Waste of Tax Dollars, Critics Say (FoxNews.com)

Agitated McCain: Don't call me a maverick (Politico.com)

Big Easy Beatdown . . .GOP Official and Boyfriend Savagely Beaten Leaving SRLC Dinner (Jim Hoft/BigGovernment.com)

Transportation's bicycle policy hits potholes (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Aide to Democrat ex-congressman files harassment complaint (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Huckabee likens gay marriage to incest, polygamy (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Commentary

Incentives Not to Work: Larry Summers v. Senate Democrats on jobless benefits (Editorial/Wall Street Journal)

Minimum Wage Cruelty (Walter E. Williams/GOPUSA.com)

Tea Parties vs. Hard-Left Protests (L. Brent Bozell, III/NewsOK.com)

John Paul Stevens Republicans (W. James Antle, III/The American Spectator)

Alinsky's Avenging Angels: Tea Party Saboteurs (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

No More Profiles in Caution (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)

A Patriot Center Omen? (Or, The Obama-NoVa Jinx?)

President Obama held a campaign-style rally today at the the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University. We noted yesterday that the president didn't necessarily have an impeccable track record campaigning for others in NoVa land last fall and wondered if that jinx would follow him to Congress' vote on his scheme to take over the American health care system this weekend. For opponents of the government takeover, there's more reason for hope. The night before may have ushered upon us another omen: George Mason's basketball team, which is nearly unbeatable at the Patriot Center, blew a 27-point lead over Fairfield University in the last nine minutes of regulation, and completed the fold in a 101-96 loss in the second round of the College Insider.com Tournament (FoxNews.com). Hmm. Sound like ObamaCare? Big numbers in Congress at the start . . . early lead as both chambers passed it . . . barely holding on in the late stages of the game . . . blowing in in overtime (i.e., Sunday)? Perhaps the president needs to get a new advance team. The symbolism just isn't working out right now.

A Very Barry Christmas: Mao, Transvestite Featured On White House Christmas Tree

"Barry from D.C." truly has brought change to the White House. First, it was advisers and "czars" who professed admiration for communist murderers, such as Mao, and a general affinity for Marxism. Now, despite the administration's admonitions of conservative hyperbole and the left-wing mainstream media's apologies for conservative over reaction to such appointments, we have the "anointed one" himself glorifying such scoundrels on the White House Christmas tree. Not only that, but ornaments glorifying himself. BigGovernment.com broke the news yesterday, that the White House Christmas Tree has ornaments of Chinese communist dictator Mao, "legendary transvestite Hedda Lettuce" (that she autographed!), and even a bulb with Barry himself superimposed on Mount Rushmore. The White House had Simon Doonan, the noted designer of Barney's of New York, do up the decorations, but the First Lady's office says "community groups" were chosen to decorate the tree (see Special Report's Political Grapevine on FoxNews.com). Community groups? As in community organizers? No doubt! What next? ACORN staffing the Situation Room?

It all makes for a very Barry Christmas. Obama style. As the debasing of our country's traditions and values continues.

Virginia News Stand: November 5, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  In Transition

Not missing a beat, Governor-elect Bob McDonnell has gone into transition mode and all seems hunky-dory — Governor Tim Kaine has pledged to cue him in on the budget and give him "some breathing room" on the needed cuts so his successor won't have to make many crucial decisions so soon. It's a quirk in Virginia's budget cycle that the outgoing governor submits the new two-year budget. The new guv has to deal with it. Changing that, and perhaps moving the legislative session to start in February to give the new guy some "breathing room" might be  good places to start for the reform minded in the General Assembly and the new administration.

So, as you can guess, it's mostly transition news today, but we also have comment from McDonnell's campaign chairman, Ed Gillespie, in the Washington Post, wherein he relates lessons learned. Meanwhile, the AP offers analysis on who did not vote and why not. In National News, homosexual groups are steamed at . . . Barack Obama . . . for its huge setback and humbling loss in liberal Maine's marriage amendment referendum. (What's the record now? 0-32? The homosexual lobby was losing long before Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator.) The Post and FoxNews.com have that fun little spat.

News:

McDonnell team rose to challenge in darkest hour (Washington Post)

Va. Republicans pledge to steer toward center (Washington Post)

McDonnell announces transition committee (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Capitol Square in transition (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

McDonnell plans transition, says Obama called him (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Governor-elect McDonnell: Putting his plan in motion (Roanoke Times)

New Va. governor begins transition (Washington Times)

Kaine reflects on losses, plans to stay at DNC (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

GOP gains at least five Virginia House seats (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Valentine concedes to Garrett; low turnout, LU voters helped deliver election (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Hamilton's defeat a major blow to Peninsula's influence (The Daily Press)

Palin bringing book tour to Roanoke (Roanoke Times)

National News:

Gay groups say loss won't alter strategy (Washington Post)

Gay Leaders Blame TV Ads, Obama for Loss in Maine (FoxNews.com)

Analysis:

Young voters sat out contests (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Commentary:

Lessons from Virginia for the GOP (Ed Gillespie/Washington Post)

This Pretty Much Sums Up The Direction Of Our Country

When Venezuela communist leader Hugo Chavez whined last week that he and Cuban best friend forever Fidel Castro "risk being more conservative" than "Comrade Obama," you know we're is a desperate mess. Reuters broke the story; read it here, or another version at FoxNews.com, here. Not only that, but Chinese prisoners at Gitmo and the Russian communist organ Pravda concur. Or, as Captain Thurston says, here, at The Big Feed Blog, take it from people who know.

Virginia News Stand: April 15, 2009

It's here. Tax Day. Have you filed yet? It's here. Tea Party Day. Are you going to one? Today also is Virginia's political spring rite: The Shad Planking. Normally, one would expect a large turnout with so much interest in the statewide campaigns and so many candidates. But the weather is anything but spring-like, tickets cost money and that there are 19 free Tea Parties which promise to be more fun . . . hmmm. We'll see. Some, doubtless, will do both. There are enough parties with staggered times that double or triple dipping is possible. (Probable?) In fact, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance, there are two in that city, with a new one organized by some businessmen at 3:00 at Monument Terrace in downtown. That makes an unofficial 20th Tea Party.

If you haven't guessed by now, the News Stand is all about tea and shad today, for the most part. Enjoy each, virtually, here, and in person, where ever and whichever you attend.

News:

Richmond Tax Day Tea Party is on, rain or shine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Protesters Plan to Dump Tea Is Prohibited (Washington Post)

Tax protesters plan tea party for two (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Politicians gather today for annual spring rite — the Shad Planking (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shad Planking: Virginia governor's race hits annual political festival (The Daily Press)

Moran pledges state support to create biotechnology jobs (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

How Gays Won a Marriage Victory (Washington Post)

Anti-Tax 'Tea Party' Protests Expected Across U.S. (FoxNews.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 13, 2009

Welcome back to the work week. We hope everyone had a Blessed Easter and that the meaning of The Resurrection will not be a fleeting moment, but rather one that continues to resonate within our consciences throughout each and every day of our lives. For those travelling with their families, or for other reasons, we hope Easter week brings safe travels. Now, back to work: The state's unemployment insurance program is running low on funds, yet Governor Tim Kaine wants to expand it (and raise job-killing taxes to do it); there's a push by medical professionals to maintain their conscience protection safeguards (see our statement), the culture war rages on, and the Tea Parties have begun!

News:

State's jobless fund expected to run dry (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kaine hopes to work with GOP on jobless benefits (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Some lawmakers vow to fight on for $125M in jobless aid (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Ralliers brave rain, cold to protest govt. spending (The Daily Press)

Lawmakers on the hunt for jobs, too (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

Medical Providers Urge Obama to Save 'Conscience' Rule (FoxNews.com)

Faith Groups Increasingly Lose Gay Rights Fights (Washington Post)

Analysis:

Taxes and Tea Parties: America Gets Ready to Rumble (The Loft/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: March 26, 2009