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Former Va. Congressional Candidate Krystal Ball Couldn't See Through Prank Call On MSNBC

The next time someone tells you how secular liberals are intellectually superior to Christian conservatives, show them the video below. The next time a leftist tells you how Fox News and conservative, alternative media makes it all up, that the Mainstream (i.e., liberal) Media is the only trustworthy source for news, show them the video below. (Warning for obscene language.) If you haven't heard, this afternoon, the unabashed, pompous, left wing cable network MSNBC, which spends as much time ridiculing conservatives as it does "reporting news," proudly announced an "exclusive interview" with an eyewitness to the downing of the Malaysian airliner over the Russia-Ukraine border. It booked an American staff sergeant stationed at our embassy in Kiev, who claimed he saw the missile strike the plane from an office window. Or so it thought.

The man was a prankster whom producers and others either did not vet or did so poorly. Holding the bag was "anchor" Krystal Ball, a former Virginia left wing activist and Democrat Congressional candidate. When she asked him to apply his military expertise to what he saw, the man provided an obscene answer designed to promote "shock jock" Howard Stern. At this point, Ms. Ball is blameless. But, incredibly, instead of calling for him to be cut off, she asked a follow-up question that stunned even the prankster, who licked his chops with the opportunity to respond with a profane insult to her. Still, she persisted, trying to get a clarification.

The amateur production is incredible for a once proud news division of a major network. The home of Huntley and Brinkley (who did better ratings than Walter Cronkite) and Chancellor, now is the home of Ball and Maddow. In the digital age, it's easy enough to verify if a caller is calling from where he says he is. Compare his number to the one he gives, then call it back. Lookup the embassy's number. Call the embassy and authenticate his identity.

Worse than that, however, is that the MSNBC "journalists" did not know that Kiev is hundreds of miles form the incident's location. Furthermore, no one can see a surface-to-air-missile travel or strike a plane at 30-40,000 feet with the naked eye from an office window. None of this crossed anyone's mind. Maybe the high school interns were in charge.

After it took an embarrassingly sudden commercial break, Captain Obvious Ball gave this explanation:

We thought we had an eyewitness on the scene. That individual was not actually an eyewitness.

How ironic that in the Left's parlance Fox is referred to as "Faux News" it considers this network as a serious outlet for information. This is one embarrassment MSNBC and its groupies will never live down and may peel off what remaining commonsense viewers, moderate or liberal, it has.

Apparently the standards to be an on-air "journalist" there are to be an unapologetic far-left liberal, hate conservatives and Christians, be intolerant while preaching tolerance and . . . know nothing, not even the slightest clue, about the news, geography, the military, engineering or commonsense.

Scandalous behavior often increases one's stock in liberal circles. Thus, Ms. Ball's qualifications to work for MSNBC: Seen as a dynamic, young, bright, attractive candidate with a chance of upsetting Rob Whitman in Virginia's 1st House District in the 2010 Congressional elections, her slim chance disintegrated when a series of photos surfaced revealing obnoxious and suggestive behavior. Here's one:

Credibility, be damned apparently. Not necessary for a "news" organization as long as it's sufficiently left wing. So far, no one from MSNBC has been fired. Experts say at least 10 people had to be involved in putting the prankster on the air, from producers, researchers and writers, up to the "anchor," Ms. Ball. Imagine her powers of discernment at work in Congress.

Here's the video:

Senator Rubio Is Correct: The Science Is Settled

By now it should be clear to everyone. The science is settled and you can't argue with science. If you don't believe the science, you are a denier and live in a world of fantasy and have never read a book in your life. No, I don't mean climate change, the topic of which is associated with the words above. They are no parody of what many on the Left accuse, say and write about conservatives who point to the fact that there is no science behind "man made climate change," but rather computer models based on hypotheses. Rather, I refer to the science being settled on the issue of Life, because it is, and recently U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) forcefully made the Left confront this Truth.

He sent the Left into convulsions of outrage with his answer to a question about climate change (see Stephen White at CathoicVote.org Blog). When he said he didn't believe that climate change, to the extent that it is happening, is man caused, he came under predictably heavy fire as uncaring about the environment and putting Earth at risk in order to support evil corporations — not to mention the assault on his intelligence.

He subsequently replied that he couldn't understand why the same people who believe "the science is settled" on that topic don't believe the obvious science (such as ultrasound imaging) that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that living beings reside inside a woman's womb. Ergo, the opening of this post.

He said:

All these people always wag their finger at me about ‘science’ and ‘settled science.’ Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. So I hope the next time that someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?’ I’d like to see someone ask that question.

The Left had a conniption fit (see Molly Hemmingway at TheFederalist.com). It typically avoided the Life question and fell back to its standard of ridicule, complete with the stereotype of conservatives as intellectually feeble.

However, this more-than-usual-over-the-top-vitriol was a reaction to the particularly stinging nature of Rubio's truth (see LifeNews.com's  for msnbc's response). It forced the Left to look themselves in the mirror, a hypocritical sight in which it could not find comfort. Whereas there is ample debate and scientific studies on both sides of the climate issue, an ultrasound picture speaks a 1,000 words, and they all say Life. Senator Rubio basically said the words in the opening paragraph — the epitome of left wing intimidation — back at them.

The distinction is that his wasn't an attempt to intimidate in order to advance policy aims that could lead to a further collectivization of America. It simply was, and is, the scientific truth. There is no factual debate that what is inside a mother's womb is a life. Period. It's a truth that upsets the Left because it is something that cannot be bent into its secular gospel, nor will it go away no matter how much and how long it propagandizes to the contrary. That's what upsets the Left and catapults it into desperation and fits of retribution.

The Truth indeed sets one free and it protects as well. The only reason this Truth will shock so many is because it flies in the face of the Left's sacrament of abortion, and because the popular culture has made science its brush stroke to caricature as rubes Christians, conservatives and anyone who disagrees with it — another example of redefining an eternal truth. In this case, it's because of the secular hypocrisy toward environmentalism and abortion — save God's Earth, but kill those who are created in His image because too many people will destroy the Earth.

By the way, if the Left wants some science, I've got some science: Its beyond apoplectic hysteria to Senator Rubio proves the old theorem that every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. Now, there's some science for ya! 

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has upset the Left by telling the truth. The science IS settled, but on the issue of Life.

If You Missed The Virginia Stands For Life Gathering, You Missed Ryan Bomberger

One of the great moments of an immensely great day four weeks ago, on the first day of the 2013 Virginia General Assembly, was Ryan Bomberger's speech at the Virginia Stands for Life Gathering. If you missed it, you, unfortunately, missed him. If you ever get the chance to see or hear him, it is a must. His personal story is compelling and his rhetorical defense of the unborn is unparalleled (see the impact his organizations, The Radiance Foundation and TooManyAborted.com, are having on changing the debate toward a pro-life culture in Virginia and nationally). For example, view this interview on msnbc the day after the national Walk For Life in Washington, D.C., last week. The pro-abortion interviewer thought he could stagger him, but he was no match for Bomberger.

msnbc claims to "lean forward" but Ryan Bomberger knocked it back a peg last week.

 

What Can You Say?

Mitt Romney offered the following praise for the late American astronaut and hero Neil Armstrong during his nomination acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention:

The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on our souls. ... God bless Neil Armstrong! Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon and I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us, that unique blend of optimism, humility — and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff you need an American.

Pretty stirring. Very patriotic. Absolutely bipartisan.

Not exactly. Not according to the permanently paranoid class of angry, offended, leftist, speech code hacks who have staged a complete coup at NBC News. After his speech concluded, one of the "pundits" on its advocacy network, msnbc, offered this summation of that one paragraph: That Mitt Romney was sending a "dog whistle" — speaking "birther code" — to racists everywhere, implying that Barack Obama is not an American. Presidency = Big Job. Only an American can be president. Therefore, Romney is saying Obama is not an American. Get it? It can only make sense to a leftist.

Every time I think the Left can't sink any lower, any time I think it can't be any more void of ability to critically think, it gets lower, more vacuous and more shrill. It remains to be seen if these types of accusations are born of a true case of lost marbles, incapable intellect or a desperately contrived offense in order to stimulate its shrinking base into action.

So, what can you say that a leftist won't take offense at? The list of available phrases is shrinking so fast that soon even innocuous greetings will be speech code violations. Last night's forensic language diatribe is not the first instance of leftist heartburn over the English language. Not even remotely so. Michelle Malkin today, coincidentally, documents the use of 12 words and phrases that recently have given  left-wing commentators episodes of hysterics for the plain use of plain language. Among the offensive words and phrases:

» Constitution.

» Professor.

» Angry.

» Golf.

» Privileged.

» Kitchen Cabinet.

I'd name the rest, but I want you to read the others and the circumstances in which they were used and why the Left think they are racist terms. At once they are hysterically humorous and just simply hysterical. Now, apparently, add to the list, "American" and "big job." What can you say?

Who's Wasting Time And Not Dealing With The "Real Issues"?

One thing we hear often is that the General Assembly needs to work on "real issues," such as job creation, and stop "wasting time" on social issues; that Virginia's lawmakers must focus on their most important job — the budget. If so, then why are the same Senate liberals who say the legislative session's focus should be on the economy, blocking adoption of a budget? They aren't even willing to pass a Senate budget as a means to get to a conference committee with the House and work out differences. Twice, they've blocked a budget bill from advancing. Since the Constitution of Virginia requires 21 senators' approval to pass a budget, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling cannot break a tie. In fact, it doesn't even need to get to 20-20, as long as there are not more than 20 "yeas" as was the case on the 20-19 vote that none-the-less sank the Senate budget a couple of weeks ago. The missing vote was that of freshman Senator Barbara Favola (D-31, Arlington), who skipped the proceedings to do an interview on MSNBC about (drum roll, please) social issues! Was she doing the people's business or "wasting time"?

So, who's obstructing resolution of the "real issues"? Who's "wasting time"? The day each chamber presents its budget the chambers entertain floor amendments before the final up-or-down vote. There are dozens of floor amendments, each with the requisite questions of the patron, debate, parliamentary inquiry and vote. The Republican controlled Senate accepted almost all (if not all) of the Democrat sponsored amendments, a process that took considerable time and lasted late into the afternoon, delaying committee hearings into the evening. After all that work and all those accepted budget amendments, Senate Democrats still blocked passage of the budget. What was the purpose of offering all the amendments if they were still going to block the budget? Sounds like a "waste of time" that lasted a lot longer than any debate on a "social issue."

Days later, Senate Democrats, voting as a bloc of 20, put the kibosh on the House budget, even though it had come over with bipartisan support. Apparently, there were no interviews with left wing media that day. But they also had no interest in working (key word) to amend it to their satisfaction. If it's not about interviews or grandstanding, it's not worth their time. Who is obstructing the resolution of the "real issues"? Who is "wasting time"? And over what?

First it was about budget cuts, but all knew, including every editorial page in the commonwealth, that it was about committee assignments and power, a power they lost in the election despite favorably redrawn districts. Then the already thin veil had a wardrobe malfunction when Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35, Springfield) said it was all about parity on the Education and Health Committee (see Bearing Drift).

(Education and Health is where all pro-life issues are referred to in the Senate. Senator Saslaw, who is known for his bombast, two years ago in that committee ridiculed a large bipartisan vote on a House pro-life bill, saying delegates told him they only voted for it because they knew "we'd kill it over here," which no one believed and was an astonishing impugning of motives of fellow legislators. This year, knowing those bills would pass the Senate, these same delegates still voted for pro-life bills.)

Now, according to Senator Charles Colgan (D-29, Prince William) in a floor speech today, it's all about raising taxes. (Lose an election, raise voters' taxes? Sounds like retribution rather than "working" to help struggling families in a tough economy.)

Whether it's sour grapes or wanting to inflict pain on Virginia taxpayers, Senate Democrats, for once candidly speaking, have cornered themselves into not-very-enviable positions. Who wants to run on that platform?

We are two days away from session's end. Senate liberals still have not agreed to help pass a budget. By their own words, approving one is the most important job they have, especially in a challenging economy. Despite the eight weeks they've had to sort out differences, they continue to play games over the power they lost in November. We face deadlines for local governments to fund schools, police and fire fighters; to build or repave roads; for state agencies to continue vital services; for economic development incentives to be put into place; for healthcare — all the essential tools to maintain Virginia's place as the best managed state and best state for business.

So, we ask again: Who is obstructing work on the "real issues"? Who is "wasting time"?

If NBC's Pledge Omission Sounds Familiar, Maybe It's Emulating The President

During yesterday's coverage of the U.S. Open golf championship, NBC, if it hadn't already, proved it was all in for the secular progressive agenda. It's one thing to slant news reporting toward a political party (not to mention the vitriolic MSNBC, which we won't, since no one watches it). Still another to use a news department to promote the crony capitalist agenda of the parent conglomerate. Yet another to use the entertainment division to champion certain causes and candidates. But corrupt the sports division? That's really sad. Apparently, now, no division inside the once proud peacock is exempt from towing the all encompassing leftist secular line. Jordan Sekulow has a good analysis at the Washington Post's Religious Right Now blog, here. In what it called an attempt at promoting "patriotism," the network opened its coverage with a video of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, coupled with scenes of military personnel and great moments from the tournament's past. One slight problem — it omitted the children saying "under God." Oops! Make that two problems — it did it twice! The outcry was instant and furious, so much so that only a couple of hours later NBC issued a rare live, on-air, same-event apology. Of course, it was excuse laden . . . you know, the good intention "patriotism" angle and the inevitable editing mistake. Right. Editing mistake. An editing mistake on a specially produced video for a major sporting event, that just happened over the same passage not once, but twice? Sure . . . and Anthony Wiener had his Twitter account hacked (which many in the same media at first believed).

There's more, though scarcely reported: Not only was "under God" removed, but in one of the two instances, "one nation, indivisible" was removed — creating a secular progressive anthem that we are not one people united by certain principles, history, ethic and ideal, but rather a collection of special interests groups, each aggrieved in some way shape or form, a Balkanized society with each group looking for its leg up at the expense of another.

But it's worse than NBC using its vast communication apparatus to whitewash American culture under the double speak of promoting patriotism. If this type of "accident" seems familiar, perhaps it's because it has come from the top, from the candidate NBC championed in 2008: President Barack Obama telling an audience in Indonesia last December that the American motto is E pluribus unum (Out of many, one), when, in fact, it is "In God We Trust." Then there is this, from last September, when he omitted "Creator" from a passage of the Declaration of Independence.

While at first it seems these instances are nothing more than fodder to ridicule incompetence, it runs through a much deeper, serious layer of who we are and what some in our country would rather we be. Never mind the truth.

Patriots without purpose, as NBC would have us believe.

Valley Family Forum "Salute To The Family" Is Tomorrow Night With Keynote Speaker Bishop E.W. Jackson

If you haven’t reserved your seat for this Friday's Valley Family Forum "Salute to the Family," with special guest Bishop E. W. Jackson, time is running out. If you live or work in the Shenandoah Valleyare within driving range, or just want to make a night of it, we hope you will join us at this wonderful event. The program begins at 6:30 Friday, May 13, at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center in Harrisonburg. This year's theme is "A Celebration of God and Country."

Bishop Jackson is founder and Chairman of S.T.A.N.D., a national organization dedicated to restoring America's Judeo-Christian heritage and to preserving our Christian faith and values, and Exodus Faith Ministries, based in Chesapeake. He is a nationally acclaimed speaker, combining immense intellect and passion, whom no one forgets after hearing. He is an ex-Marine, Harvard Law School educated attorney, and frequent guest on the national media programs, including those on ABC, FOX News and NPR. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post have covered him and he's even braved the liberals on MSNBC. Bishop Jackson also is the former chaplain at Boston Red Sox Services and for The Family Foundation.

The evening will include special music by The Faithful Men, plus the annual Wilberforce Award presentation. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. For reservations, e-mail family@valleyfamilyforum.org or call 540-438-8966. The Valley Family Forum is a grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation.

* This event is to benefit The Valley Family Forum and The Family Foundation and is not a campaign fundraiser for Bishop Jackson. Titles, party affiliations and references to elected offices sought are listed for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by The Family Foundation.

Bishop E.W. Jackson To Headline Valley Family Forum’s 10th Annual “Salute To The Family”

Here's another reminder of the Valley Family Forum's 10th annual Shenandoah Valley "Salute to the Family," with special guest Bishop E. W. Jackson. If you live in the Valley, or even outside of it, this is a terrific event that has gained a prominent spot on the political calendar each year. So, we hope you can join us in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, on Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the outstanding James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center in Harrisonburg. This year's theme is "A Celebration of God and Country." Bishop Jackson is founder and Chairman of S.T.A.N.D., a national organization dedicated to restoring America's Judeo-Christian heritage and to preserving our Christian faith and values, and Exodus Faith Ministries, based in Chesapeake. He is an ex-Marine, Harvard Law School graduate, acclaimed speaker, and frequent guest on national television and radio, including ABC, MSNBC, FOX News and NPR. He has been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Bishop Jackson also is the former chaplain of the Boston Red Sox and for The Family Foundation.

The evening will include special music is by The Faithful Men, plus the annual Wilberforce Award presentation. Tickets are $25 per person, or $200 for a table of eight. For reservations, write to family@valleyfamilyforum.org or call (540) 438-8966. The Valley Family Forum is a grassroots chapter of The Family Foundation.

Note: This event is to benefit The Valley Family Forum and is not a campaign fundraiser for Bishop Jackson. Titles, party affiliations and references to elected offices sought are listed for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by The Valley Family Forum or The Family Foundation.

Cuccinelli Schools Clueless Demagogue Chris Matthews

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews Thursday night to discuss the proposed Repeal Amendment (see Norfolk Virginian-Pilot), a mechanism that would allow two-thirds of the states to nullify a federal law or regulation (see Speaker Bill Howell's op-ed at Cato.org). Because A) he utterly disassembled Matthews, as he did Eliot "Client Number 9" Spitzer a couple of weeks ago on CNN, and B) because no one watches MSNBC, we thought we'd post the video for your entertainment. These things often are painful to watch. The liberal, in this case Matthews, either cannot grasp the issues and/or ignores them and makes, as the Attorney General accurately states, "assumptions" to suit his argument. In other words, the old leftist tactic of putting his negative words in your mouth and trying to force you to defend the absurd proposition. In this case, Matthews continue to ram the proposition that anyone who favors the repeal amendment was appealing to Johnny Reb and the redneck South. Nevermind that the U.S. Constitution was created by the states for the states, not to cede every element of life to a small band of federal government bureaucrats.

Never fear. Attorney General Cuccinelli would have nothing of it and, in the process, took apart and exposed the visibly disgusted Matthews — who plainly indicated his elitist belief that only Washington, D.C., can make good decisions — and revealed him as both of the above: clueless and a demagogue.

Update: The AG is saying tonight that the federal court ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare will be issued Monday. Stay tuned. If he has a news conference, we will be there to cover it.

Enjoy the video (9:05):

A little knowledge is dangerous, Chris. Perhaps a little preparation next time? Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli takes apart elitist Chris Matthews. 

Quote Of The Day, Columbus Day Edition

Earlier this morning, on MSNBC, anchor Chris Jansing asked liberal media mogul (owner of the New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report), real estate billionaire, journalist and author Mort Zuckerman how he would spend the few million dollars remaining at the Democrats' disposal to help preserve its congressional majorities if he was the DNC chairman (who happens to be former governor Tim Kaine).

Snapped Zuckerman:

If I was the DNC chairman, I'd spend that money on finding a second career. 

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Zuckerman to Kaine: Take the money, run and find a new line of work.

New Contest: Count The NARAL Lies From MSNBC Interview!

It's not often we thank NARAL, but we're happy to today. Tuesday night I happened upon the not-so-truthful-extreme-left-wing-control-freak Rachel Maddow's nightly one-hour rant of misinformation and character assassination on msnbc. She did more than 12 minutes of rant and lies about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, including an interview with Tarina Keene of NARAL. The only video available yesterday was on msnbc's Web site and it included the whole boring 12-plus minutes. But as of today, NARAL posted only the four-plus-minute interview with Ms. Keene. Still, four minutes can be a long time — time enough to hack out numerous lies and misinformation about abortion center safety, abortion, legislative efforts, "comprehensive sex education," the meaning of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's recent legal advisory opinion on abortion center regulations and much, much more. (It's not the first time for Ms. Keene, either. See here and here and not the first time we've responded.)

But that's why we're glad NARAL posted the video. Because it gives us the opportunity to launch the Count The Lies In The NARAL Video Contest! Post your best guess and we can discuss. Be sure to count the ones by Ms. Maddow, too. Of course, the fact that msnbc and NARAL teamed up for its propaganda show is proof that Mr. Cuccinelli must be doing something right. It's highly unusual that one state attorney general could get so much under the skin of one of the far left's biggest mouths that she would devote 25 percent of her national television show to him — especially when everything is going so well for the country under complete liberal control of Washington. Right?

Get out your calculators. How many lies can two lefties spout in 4:23?

Eat, Pray, Love . . . But Especially Pray This Bill Doesn't Pass

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love, now a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts, is doing a lot more than eating, praying and loving these days. She's lobbying on Capitol Hill . . . for something called the Uniting American Families Act (read the bill). Sounds All-American, right? But as one should expect from a bill sponsored by an ultra-liberal such as U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), it has nothing to do with American families. Typical Orwellian speak from the Far Left. This bill would allow homosexual Americans to sponsor their alien "permanent partners" into the U.S. as legal immigrants under the principle of "family unification" (see AOL News). Never mind that U.S. policy does not recognize domestic homosexual partners as families, but now the Far Left not only wants to redefine marriage in America, they want to redefine it internationally as well as redefine long-held and recognized principles of immigration law.

Of course, Ms. Gilbert will draw cameras and probably get booked on every msnbc and CNN show, as well as the brain food known as the "morning shows," perhaps even NPR. She'll add to her celebrity, sell more books and movie tickets, and the Far Left will have a new insta-expert (who knows nothing about the topic) to fawn over. Kind of like when Ted Danson testified before a Congressional committee in the 1990s that the oceans would disappear in 10 years — and was taken seriously — or when Jessica Lange testified about agriculture issues because of the expertise she gained from . . . her role in a film.

Meanwhile, the rest of us need to take the second word in Ms. Gilbert's title to heart to ensure this bill dies the legislative death it deserves. While it may show how far debased our culture has become that a bill like this could even be introduced (especially in this political atmosphere), much less be taken seriously, we still have prayer — and it typically trumps Congressional swoons over celebrity "testimony."

A Floor Not A Ceiling: Governor McDonnell Explains Withdrawal From Race To The Top

Last week, Governor Bob McDonnell withdrew Virginia from the federal government's Race To The Top program (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot), which provides millions of dollars in grant funding to public education. However, the inevitable federal strings come with those millions. In this case, the deal breaker was the adoption of federal academic standards that are weaker than our own Standards of Learning. As the governor told Joe Scarborough on MSNBC yesterday, standards should be a floor, not a ceiling. Of course, the federal government's involvement in local education is a problem in and of itself — good intentions and incentives aside, it shouldn't bribe states and localities with other people's tax dollars for a one-size-fits-all approach. (Instead, how about letting the states — the people — keep the money to begin with, or using the money to balance the budget?) Here's the governor explaining his reasons himself:

Governor McDonnell: Virginia won't be bought off by the feds, not even for a couple hundred million dollars!

Virginia News Stand: April 20, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Travel Plans, Conservative Media And Scary Sonia

The buzz around Capitol Square today is all about Europe — as in stranded travellers there trying to get back here. Among them, one Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who is to preside over the Virginia Senate in tomorrow's reconvened General Assembly session (aka, "Veto Session"). There may very well be several tie votes and, at this point, it looks like he won't be there to break them. Ties kill bills or amendments. It's always something when it comes to the General Assembly, although no one seems to remember anything like this.

Nationally, a new conservative television network is about to launch and there are implications for NBC and its propaganda News Division and its whining, scratching ugly step child MSNBC. See Carl Franzen of AOLNews in Analysis. However, the big news was yesterday's hearing at the Supreme Court in the Christian Legal Society case. I especially point that out to you because, if reading is believing, maybe you can see why Justice Sonia Sotomayor is every bit the unqualified jurist her critics portrayed her. It's more than just a little bit scary. Of course, never miss our all-stars: Among them today, Thomas Sowell, Michael Barone and Debra Saunders.

News

Fight brewing over McDonnell health care cuts (Washington Post)

Bolling grounded in Italy by volcano ash (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Bolling stranded in Italy, likely to miss Wednesday's reconvene legislative session (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Virginia State Police told to back governor's plans (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Chesterfield optometrist to run for Nixon’s seat in House of Delegates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Analysis

Right-Wing RightNetwork Already Causing a Stir (Carl Franzen/AOLNews.com)

National

Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can’t get divorce (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Obama says Boxer could lose if Dems don't work (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Palin set to take stand in Tenn. hacking trial (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Ignoring DC pressure, Crist mulls independent run (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

Using the Oklahoma City Bombing (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

The Limits of Power (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Tea Partiers Fight Obama's Culture of Dependence (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Two Views in Conflict (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

The Left's Warped Sense Of Fair And Balanced: "Left Vs. Center-Left"

The American left can't get over itself, which is a shame. It truly stifles honest and thorough debate on the issues of the day. But it is more insulated with itself the the Bubble Boy from Seinfeld fame. No better illustration of that, no better admission of that (one might even claim arrogance, in fact), came from MSNBC's Chris Matthews, he of the tingling leg sensation when he hears Barack Obama speak (see YouTube). This time, instead of talking "stimulus," Mr. Matthews espouses his idea of fair and balanced presentation of views. There's no problem with the time he allots various sides. The problem is what he considers the various sides. Apparently, Mr. Matthews thinks the range of political discourse in America should range only from the "left" to the "center-left" (about 1:30 into the video below). Now, there's tolerance for you! Interestingly, he blames President Obama's sinking popularity and the distaste for government-run health care on the Fox News Channel, as if one cable outlet can dominate opinion over three broadcast and two cable networks and a host of major daily papers and weekly magazines.

More astonishing, he can't comprehend that people inherently know that government interference, especially in something as sensitive as health care, is wrong, and the care, inevitably, incompetent. But, that's what happens when you live in a (misguided, liberal) bubble.

Chris Matthews: Fair is fair — liberals vs. extreme liberals, and that's all you need to hear!

Virginia News Stand: March 23, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Suits And Budgets

The news is all about Virginia, as it always seems to be, as it has been for some years now. Must mean we're an important state. But Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's law suit against the federal government for its forced mandates on individuals is making headlines and he's making the rounds — on cable news — frequently: Fox News Channel multiple times, a viewer call-in on C-SPAN and even an appearance on DNC-TV, er, MSNBC.

The Wall Street Journal even says great things about Virginia, although the focus of the piece below is on our budget. By comparison the article notes, if Congress had just kept to its 2006 levels of spending, as the General Assembly did recently, the budget would be nearly in balance. Hmmm. 2006? Who's been running the show since then?

In Commentary, it's all about health care, with one of our generation's giants, Thomas Sowell, asking if we've reached a point of no return. We pray not. Michael Barrone, David Limbaugh and Debra Saunders also look at the dark side of the legislation. But it's not just "right wingers." The AP reports the the government is going to count our calories. Oh, how grand! Meanwhile, the Cornhusker Kid, Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) now says he'll vote against the "reconciliation" bill. Also from the AP: The Supreme Court says it's fine for schools to ban music and that the Tea Party is just getting going. Watch out, liberals.

News

McDonnell backs Cuccinelli on challenge to health-care bill (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia attorney general ready to challenge health-care law (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

South Carolina, Florida AGs say they'll join Cuccinelli in challenging health-care bill (The Daily Press)

Attorneys general in 14 states sue to block healthcare reform law (Christian Science Monitor)

Liberty Counsel, attorney general challenge health care bill (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Virginia Democrats say Cuccinelli suit wastes taxpayer money (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Will lower taxes create school crisis? (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Analysis

States of Progress: Two new Governors tackle deficits without tax increases (Wall Street Journal)

National News

It's not over for Tea Party activists (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Health overhaul: Immediate change, long term steps (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Your government will count your calories (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Axelrod, Steele tangle on health care overhaul (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Court: Student can't sue over 'Ave Marie' ban (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Ben Nelson plans to vote against health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

A Point of No Return? (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

The Beginning of the End or a Rebirth of Freedom? (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)

Leadership for a New Generation (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)

The New Electorate (Jon N. Hall/GOPUSA.com)

ObamaCare Means: Don't Look Behind the Curtain (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

Stupak's 'Hans Brinker — Unmasked (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)

Health Plan Means Bigger Deficits and Higher Taxes (Michael Barrone/GOPUSA.com)

Recent Polls

Two polls on Virginia's statewide campaigns were released within the last 48 hours: one, by the Democrat leaning polling firm, Public Policy Polling, and one by SurveyUSA for Roanoke television station WDBJ-TV. It is interesting to note that the PPP poll has received exponential media coverage, lasting well into the second day after it was released. The SurveyUSA/WDBJ poll was released last night but is hardly causing a blip on the Mainstream Media's radar screen. The most likely explanation is that the SurveyUSA/WDBJ poll seems out of whack when compared to other polls. While many have the governor's race in a four to seven point range, in favor of Republican Bob McDonnell, the SurveyUSA/WDBJ poll shows him up by double digits, as it does his running mates Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, running for re-election, and Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax), running for attorney general. Still, that's never stopped the notoriously out of proportion Washington Post polls from getting top billing across the state. 

In what has gone practically unmentioned in the frenzy of the tightening of PPP's poll, however, is that it also shows Lt. Governor Bolling and Senator Cuccinelli leading by eight and nine points, respectively. So, we have a Mainstream Media cherry picking news even from the one poll on which it has focused. Not only that, but by its own admission, the PPP poll's "internals" do not show bad news for McDonnell. Among the fndings (see PPP Blog here):

52% of voters say they're very familiar with the thesis and McDonnell actually has a 55-41 {lead} with that group, reflecting the fact that Republicans are more engaged this year and following the campaign more closely. Deeds is up 56-41 with the 29% of voters who claim moderate knowledge of the thesis.

(Does this mean conservative voters are more informed, or just that they don't watch MSNBC?)

In another blog post,PPP's Tom Jensen writes that Democrat candidate Creigh Deeds leads among voters who were undecided a month ago by 35-32 percent, and lists this as an advantage for him. But it's within the margin of error and not enough to close the gap.

Back to SurveyUSA. Here's a link to its methodology and complete statistical breakdown. It survey 1,000 Virginians, 886 of them registered to vote, and filtered its responses to the 631 of them determined to be likely voters this November.

MSNBC Really Does Have Cooties!

It's a well-established fact that MSNBC stopped pretending to be a news organization some time ago (it never was) and became and out-and-out left wing propaganda organ. With some of the freaky and scary people it has hired as "hosts" or "anchors" many often joke about catching some leftist mind warp disease just by peaking in. As it turns out, going online and getting exposed to MSNBC really does impart some type of malady! If you noticed something different about our blog today — below the post below this one, the headers are bigger and green, and further down the copy spreads out the width of the screen, throwing some things off center — the only explanation is the MSNBC video we embedded into the post below: Without it, everything is normal. On the next page, everything is normal. With it, things look a little screwy (real science — trial and error).

Conclusion: MSNBC really does have cooties! We could delete the video and put in a link to it instead. But since the format will eventually readjust to normal as more posts are made we figured we'd leave it as is to offer proof positive that, in fact, you better not get too close to fanatic-left-wing talk television, online or on the tube. It really might make you sick.

Louis Farrakhan Confirms It: Obama Is The Messiah

For weeks now, we've been stunned at the deep seeded cult worship status of Barack Obama. With so many people designating him the "messiah," who knows? Maybe it's true. After all, these people are the best and brightest, and no one in flyover country dare question them. You know these brainiacs — not to be confused with "Bosniacs" as foreign policy expert Joe Biden calls Bosnians — like MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who may have been the first reeled in by the senator's messianic trance. It was Matthews who said he got "a tingling feeling down his leg" when Obama spoke. Then there are the children's groups coming under his spell such as these young ones (see here) and these teenagers (see here). But if there was any doubt that Barack Obama has graduated from Illinois legislator to "messiah" in only fours years, let the august prophet, and conciliator of races and creeds — Louis Farrakhan himself — confirm it for us all. If Farrakhan says Obama is the "messiah," it must be true: