Old Dominion Watchdog

Virginia News Stand: May 18, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Battle Cry 

Old Dominion Watchdog steals the scene in today's narrative. For all the whining . . . it looks like state employees are better off than most and most still complain even in a recessesion. Now, it looks like they're going to get a bonus come fiscal-year's end. Granted, they haven't received a raise in three years, and state employees should be treated fairly (i.e., based on merit), but the consistent whining of government employees — state, local or federal — when things aren't as bad as they claim, when many are under or unemployed, leaves something to be desired. After all, aren't their unions the ones who raise the battle cry that they want to be treated as they would be in the private sector? Seems like they are — and more.

Speaking of earning money, in Commentary, check out Thomas Sowell's reply to the President Obama's assertion that at some point enough is plenty; Richard Olivastro explains that both sides have found scary aspects of Elana Kagen's career (so why is the GOP throwing in the towel?); and interesting comments from conservatives, pro and con, about the Tea Party movement. Most pointedly, Josepsh Farah, who warns that libertarian types better not forsake social issues.

But back to the Commonwealth and more national recognition to the AG. This time, someone with sense. In Analysis, Mark J. Fitzgibbons of the American Thinker, exposes another cry from embattled liberal bureaucrats (okay, college professors) and assorted liberal sky-is-falling types: That Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is picking on them. Apparently, it's fine to harrass job creators but not those who expect a life time of cush at the taxpayers expense. Cry on! 

News

Average pay for state employee slightly trumps private-sector pay (Old Dominion Watchdog)

State employees might get 3 percent bonus (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gay-Straight Alliance winning battle for understanding (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Virginia Democrats call on Cuccinelli to give away donation from group under scrutiny (Washington Post)

Governor to donate debated $5,000 from Fla. contributor (Roanoke Times)

Analysis

Climategate Taxpayer Fraud Investigation Draws Ideological Heat (Mark J. Fitzgibbons/American Thinker)

Eyewitness: On the Ground With the Tim Burns Campaign in Pennsylvania (Capitol Confidential/BigGovernment.com)

National News

Play space owner defends herself against claims that she's pushing religion (Washington Post)

Rev. Wright: 'Obama threw me under the bus' (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Why materialist 'conservatives' are wrong (Joseph Farah/WorldNetDaily.com)

Angry voters hammer establishment candidates (Washington Examiner)

Grayson says tea party won't be big voting bloc (AP/GOPUSA.com)

McConnell faults Kagan on free speech stance (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Court: Sexually dangerous can be kept in prison (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

'Enough Money' (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Memo to Sen. Bennett: See Rock; Crawl Under It (Quin Hillyer/The American Spectator)

Both Sides Wave Warning Flags? (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)

Obama's Defiant Transparency Promise Breach (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)

Starving for Attention at UC Berkeley (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

Cronkite Named as Soviet Target by FBI (Cliff Kincaid/GOPUSA.com)

Freedom of Expression? Not if it's about Illegal Immigration (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Did CT's AG Dick Blumenthal lie about his Vietnam service? (Fresh Ink Blog/GOPUSA.com)

Adding Insult to Ground Zero (Fresh Ink Blog/GOPUSA.com)

Court grants asylum to Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango (Fresh Ink Blog/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 27, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Northrop Grumman Day In The Commonwealth 

At VITA, of course, every day is Northrop Grumman Day, but there is legitimate news to celebrate: A major domestic corporation, a Fortune 500 company, that does business all over the world is moving its HQ to our commonwealth. Of course, to get it to move here, we're giving  away 14 million taxpayer dollars and a labyrinth of incentives, tax credits, etc., Wouldn't it be simpler to do away with — or at least greatly reduce — the state corporate income tax? A discussion for another day.

Elsewhere, we make the news in the Old Dominion Watchdog, Governor McDonnell is asked to lift the ban on State Police Chaplains praying in Jesus' name, and how much real estate does the commonwealth own? Norman Leahy, of Tertium Quids, asks. Speaking of such, is the governor going to sell the gubernatorial retreat? Say it ain't so! As usual, our Commentary section is loaded, with Bobby Eberle returning from hiatus and Thomas Sowell as brilliant as ever.

Lots of National News to contemplate, including two GOP insiders in serious trouble in Senate primaries, more about the health care law not doing all it said it would (except for the tax increases, of course), President Obama uses divisive identity politics for partisan political gain, and a commission meets at taxpayer expense to figure out how to reduce the national debt. I'll do it for free: CUT SPENDING!

News

*Lawmakers restrict public funding for abortions (Old Dominion Watchdog)

Northrop Grumman picks Virginia for headquarters (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell, Northrop confirm company has chosen Virginia for headquarters (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Va. offered Northrop Grumman up to $14 million (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia gives Northrop Grumman up to $14 million to move headquarters (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

McDonnell considers sale of gubernatorial retreat (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

On role of federal lawsuits to AG's term, Cuccinelli and Democrats agree (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

McDonnell asked to lift a ban on State Police troopers referring to Jesus in public prayers (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Off-track betting center proposed at Innsbrook (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Sullivan seeks GOP nomination for Chesterfield House seat (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Analysis

Virginia's messy real estate portfolio (Norman Leahy/Tertium Quids)

National News

Arizona pushes immigration politics to forefront (AP/GOPUSA.com

McCain: Arizona had to crack down on immigration (AP/GOPUSA.com)

GOP prevents cloture on Democrat financial regulation bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama panel weighs politically toxic deficit fixes (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Some families will face wait to cover young adults (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Free speech versus kids and violent video games (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama asks specific Americans for help in 2010 (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Coats favored (barely) in crowded Indiana GOP primary (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

With Obama, It's Always 'His' People vs. 'Those' People (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Filtering History (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Are Americans Going John Galt? (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)

Obamacare Revealing Changes to Come (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)

Obama Sends in the Clowns (J. Matt Barber/GOPUSA.com)

Cut Gas Prices Now (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)

National Debt — The Real Dirty Little Secret (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)