The Real Gender GapSep. 04, 2012
As the Democrat convention begins in Charlotte, N.C., today, the rhetoric is flying fast and furious from the abortion industry, its apologists in the media and the Obama campaign. Its primary message is, of course, the so-called "war on women," which in this case means anything that limits the industry's profits from ending the lives of unborn children. If the abortion-related commercials the Obama campaign is airing in Virginia are any indication, facts and reality are not going to be part of their message. As a woman, I'm embarrassed that anyone of my sex would be so naïve as to fall for such partisan drivel, and allow themselves to be reduced to nothing more than a token of political gamesmanship.
But while the Democrat Party plans to parade the abortion industry's most partisan radicals across its stage this week — from Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood to Nancy Keenan of NARAL to Sandra Fluke, famous for demanding that others pay for her sex life — whose messages will no doubt have the national media tripping over themselves with delight, there's another story coming out of Charlotte that has some feminist leaders a bit flummoxed. Apparently, for the DNC, it might be all about the 'women," but that is apparently limited to the women without children.
You see, the Democrat Party has a new rule that prohibits children from its convention, which has even the most ardent feminists in a tizzy. Some chapters of the National Organization of Women have sent a tersely worded letter to Democrat leaders chastising them for the rule. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem put it bluntly: "It is both right and smart for the Democratic Convention to behave as if children exist."
At least the ones lucky enough to have been a "choice" their mothers can live with.
Planned Parenthood protestors at the Republican convention in Tampa, however, seem just fine with the no kids rule. One lamented that Republican women are just "baby making machines" and "have so many kids," and others who dismissed women who might vote for a Republican as just doing "what their husbands and preachers" tell them to do. (Explicit language warning: Watch video here at the Media Research Center).
All this comes on the heels of several polls regarding the so-called "gender gap" showing that President Obama holds a commanding lead with single women without children, but that gap disappears among married women with children. Some are calling it the "marriage gap."
That should come as no surprise to anyone. Obviously, as we get married and have children, priorities change. Generally, we begin putting others, especially our families, ahead of ourselves. It's called growing up. Some do so even before marriage, but for others it requires more time, and the introduction of responsibility for others.
Which is why, once again, despite all the rhetoric coming from both parties, both campaigns, and some pundits, this election isn't completely about economics. It's about families.
That's something the Democrat Party simply doesn't understand. But, if Republicans want to take advantage, they better start recognizing it as well.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent In The Age Of ObamaOct. 12, 2010
You know it's bad when your liberal allies in the mainstream media reject your ideas (Atlantic Wire). That's the case with the White House and the Democrat National Committee right now, who can't even get CBS to buy into their allegation that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and some conservative groups are taking foreign money to "buy" the midterm elections (see Media Research Center). The DNC has put out an ad to that affect, even calling certain conservatives and the GOP unpatriotic. The Chamber of Commerce unpatriotic? The irony is stunning, coming from the party of Charlie Trie, Al Gore's "no controlling legal authority," and the Obama campaign's anonymous millions from gift card donations, not to mention forced labor union dues from Big Labor. It proves the axiom that when the left accuses you of something, it usually means they've done it themselves (and are tyring to divert attention from real issues).
MoveOn.org also is in this game with its own echo television spot. This from the group that takes uncountable sums from the likes of George Soros and the same left who accuses anyone of disagreeing with them as questioning their patriotism. Even the New York Times has disproven the charge. No matter to the White House, which now includes the Chamber of Commerce, once a health care ally, on its enemies list.
For the left, then, it's about control. Whether through a leviathan government or through intimidation, the left wants absolute conformity. When Bob Schieffer of CBS confronted Obama henchman David Axelrod about whether he had any evidence of the foreign money allegation, Axelrod snapped chillingly:
Do you have any evidence that it's not?
So, in the Age of Obama, it's guilty until proven innocent! The proof? An allegation, and any allegation will do. Especially when you're desperate.
An incredulous Bob Schieffer can't believe the shear gall from the president's chief of enforcement.
The Big Myth About Democrats Not Mentioning Health Care In Campaign AdsOct. 06, 2010
There's been a lot of noise about the silence of Congressional Democrats running for re-election this year not mentioning their votes on the infamous health care bill in their campaign ads (see LifeNews.com). It's been documented, despite what the propaganda hacks in the White House and DNC have said, and what Bill Clinton proclaimed, that not one Democrat anywhere has run an ad promoting his or her vote on the health care bill. WRONG! In fact, some Democrat incumbents are advertising their votes on the health care bill — and the "stimulus," too (see Raw Story). They are the few, the proud . . . the ones who voted NO!
What's Tim Kaine Been Up To?Jun. 02, 2010
If you are interested in what former Governor Tim Kaine has been up to since he left office in January, below is a truncated version of a letter sent to DNC members recently. Let's just say he's taking a lot of "pride" in his work. The letter was sent for Mr. Kaine by Organizing for America, President Barack Obama's nationwide community organizing group, which is an official "project of the Democratic National Committee." The president also declared June "Gay Pride Month" (see CBN News).
From: Tim Kaine
Subject: Share your voice this Pride Month
LGBT Americans have helped build the Democratic Party into what it is today. And, as a leader of the party, I'm proud of our role in the struggle for equality.
That's why it's important to me — and to the future of this party — that we hear from you.
At times the pace of progress has not been as fast as some — myself included — would like. And, while equality cannot be achieved overnight, the President and our Democratic leaders in Congress have made important strides over the past 16 months to address barriers that LGBT Americans face.
- Last year, we passed the Matthew Shepherd & James Byrd, Jr., Federal Hate Crimes Act — which expanded the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation and gender identity and became the first federal law to provide protections for transgender Americans.
- In April, the President issued a directive, making critical changes to federal regulations and allowing gay and lesbian Americans to make medical decisions on behalf of their partners.
- And now we are on the verge of living up to President Obama's pledge to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The House just passed historic legislation to end this discriminatory policy, and the full Senate is getting ready to vote in the coming months.
But we are not satisfied. And we are not finished.
We must remain committed to making greater strides toward the fundamental American principle of equality.
Make your voice heard:
Thanks, and happy Pride Month,
Governor Tim Kaine
Virginia News Stand: March 31, 2010Mar. 31, 2010
Annotations & Elucidations Obama Says Drill, Baby, Drill
Wow, the Obama administration is doing something that makes sense? Allowing drilling off the coast of Virginia? There must be some catch. But, at least in its preliminary stage, Governor Bob McDonnell and the vast majority of Virginians are getting their wish. Of course, he's slamming the door on production in Alaska, California, Florida and elsewhere. No doubt, he's aiming for some political cover, especially as he now pushes for extreme regulatory restrictions on U.S. energy consumption. (See? I'm for all types of energy, I support drilling.)
Elsewhere, does the governor's "no major budget changes" include the status quo on Planned Parenthood, elective abortion and embryonic stem cell research? He also looks to make some permanent restructuring (smaller) state government. So have others. We'll see.
Meanwhile, offering reason to the disingenuousness of the left, who claim Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's court challenge to the federal government's health care takeover is a waste of taxpayer money, are editorials, commentaries and news coverage from all over the commonwealth. I commend them to you all. Speaking of the power grab, it's not all as great as the libs projected as they find out not more than a week after it passed. So much for that child coverage being cheaper — or even existent; and Henry Waxman is showing his tolerance for speech and financial freedom by a witch trial for companies that dare say they will lose money because of the health care takeover. The AP has the details.
Va. governor to name team to reshape, shrink operations (Washington Post)
McDonnell not expecting major budget changes (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Cuccinelli: Health-care lawsuit could save state $1 billion (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Obama to Allow Oil Drilling Off Virginia Coast (AP/AOLNews)
Group opposing health care orders DNC to stop using its slogan (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
One threat proven real against GOP Congressman (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Editorial: Health Care: Unconstitutional (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
University of Wyo. cancels William Ayers speech (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Health premiums could rise 17 pct. for young adults (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama administration moves to fix kids coverage gap (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama: Tea party features 'core group' against him (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama signs student loan/health care legislation in Virginia (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Is the Va. attorney general wasting tax money on Obamacare lawsuit? No. (Mark Hemingway/Washington Examiner)
Virginia Democrats suddenly discover spending discipline (Mark J. Fitzgibbons/Washington Examiner)
'Change' Is Not New (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
Liberals In Vitriol Denial (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)
Henry Waxman: the Witch Hunter of Capitol Hill (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Frustrating, Stubborn Facts (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)
Why the Tenth Amendment is Important (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's Gifts to the 'Outlier' Have Only Just Begun (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)
The (Health Care) Law of Unintended Consequences (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)
Clowns to the left, Jokers on the Right (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)
DNC, Kaine Plagiarise From Americans For Prosperity?Mar. 30, 2010
One might say Tim Kaine wasn't exactly original as governor. Much of his agenda was a typically liberal one — new spending programs, increased overall spending, kow-towing to the special interests (the VEA and homosexual lobby come to mind), and those annual attempts to jack up our taxes. Now, he's proving to be just as unoriginal as chairman of the Democrat National Committee. In an attempt to drum up support for something that supposedly doesn't need it — it is now law and president says the people and businesses want it — Mr. Kaine and the DNC are spending millions of dollars in radio advertisements in targeted House districts around the country to prop up government-run health care against those running on its repeal. In fact, he's trying to scare people with a slogan in the ads: "Hands off my health care."
There's one small problem. It's a slogan used quite effectively by Americans For Prosperity, one of the most vocal and well organized opponents of President Obama's tax-it-all-and-spend-even-more policies. AFP created the "Hands Off My Health Care" campaign about a year ago and has a U.S. trade mark pending. Looks like Mr. Kaine, who tried to rob from Virginia taxpayers to pay for his grandiose spending plans, can't get out of the habit of taking from others.
AFP, whose Virginia chapter did its fair share of bringing to the public's attention Mr. Kaine's spend-and-deficit budgets as governor, sent the DNC a cease-and-desist letter on March 27 and asked for reply by April 2. According to Anita Kumar at the Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog, AFP plans a law suit if the DNC does not stop. It looks like we're headed to court. DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse arrogantly told Kumar:
This group used this slogan to try and deny millions of people access to affordable health care. We should have sued them for false advertising a long time ago.
So, the DNC is against free speech? Love that leftist tolerance.
AFP national President Tim Phillips rightfully claims that the DNC is creating confusion on the meaning of the AFP campaign and Virginia Director Ben Marchi explained (Washington Post Politics and Policy Blog) that AFP spent millions of dollars developing the brand. More to come on this, but we won't be surprised to find out soon that the new law also has nationalized all health care slogans as well.
Virginia News Stand: October 30, 2009Oct. 30, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations Close Of Business, October 2009
Another month, another campaign draws toward conclusion. Where does the time go? Where does life go? A sign of the times: Campaign news is light today. Everyone is expecting an anti-climatic GOP blowout. But will it be? What about New Jersey and the special Congressional election in upstate New York? If the Dems pull those out will that blunt any GOP resurgence nationally otherwise gained from a Virginia sweep? If the numbers hold, how many Republican delegates will win? Retirements alone guarantee a large freshman class in January.
About today's headlines: The Richmond Times-Dispatch gets up close and personal with the LG candidates and the Washington Times already is analyzing where Creigh Deeds went wrong. Why is it always where Creigh Deeds went wrong? Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli have done a lot right. Meanwhile, political soothsayer Dr. Larry Sabato offers his predictions on the election.
Nationally: It's unfortunate that several pastors in Washington, D.C., are supporting homosexual "marriage" there; the AP reports that, indeed, abortion funding is in the health care "reform" bill; and sociologist Brad Wilcox of U.Va., and The Family Foundation Marriage Commission, caught the AP's attention with his research that faith helps marriages!
In Commentary, Dr. Thomas Sowell offers part two of his "Dismantling of America" exposition, the first part of which we posted earlier this week, and which drew considerable praise from Rush Limbaugh, among others. Also, a skin care company is using fetal cells in its product; Tim Kaine's DNC has selected as a finalist in a contest promoting the health care bill a video that desecrates the American flag; and a high ranking Obama administration official reveals her "ultimate expression of self-righteous victimhood." This is the weekend we move our clocks back and it gets dark earlier. How appropriate.
Candidates for lieutenant governor come with different backgrounds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Republicans rally supporters in Lynchburg as Election Day nears (Lynchburg News & Advance)
Money, missteps cost Deeds in polls for gubernatorial race (Washington Times)
Deeds makes stop in Roanoke (Roanoke Times)
Health care businesses at risk in House overhaul (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
Believe it or not . . . abortion funding is in health care bill (OneNewsNow.com)
Sociologist: Faith benefits marriage and family life (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
Pastors unite to support same-sex marriage in D.C. (Washington Post)
So who's going to win? (Dr. Larry Sabato/Center For Politics)
Dismantling America, Part II(Thomas Sowell/OneNewsNow.com)
Desecrated Flag Video Is Finalist In DNC Contest(Tasha Easterling/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Got Waste? No Surprises There (Jeremy Wiggins/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Skin Care Company Using Fetal Cells In Anti-Wrinkle Cream (Jeremy Wiggins/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Obama Advisor: We're Just Speaking Truth To Power (Tasha Easterling/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Virginia News Stand: October 1, 2009Sep. 30, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations It's Almost Too Sad — Too Much News, Not Enough Time
There is so much news out there . . . of course, it's campaign season, so one would expect that. But this year seems different. Different types of news, different angles. Wish I could cover it all. Looking for something you come across something even more interesting. Can I get to it all? No, and that's the one frustrating aspect of blogging. Oh well. I've bookmarked some articles I hope to get to tomorrow, particularly about how the Dems now are trashing former Governor Doug Wilder (see Washington Post) over his non-endorsement of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. But why trash him when, rumor has it, the DNC is already dumping Deeds? That was one thing I picked up on when searching something else (see here).
The one national story that's getting traction is a Democrat Congressman who said the GOP health care plan is to tell people to not to get sick and if they do, die quickly. Oh, yeah, the liberals are so pure, innocent and nice to play with. Please see the AP article and Bobby Eberle's commentary. Maybe we need to pray for liberals, which is what Newsweek looks at (remember, it's Newseek!). On a more uplifting note, there was a rally for school choice at the U.S. Capitol yesterday as the Washington Times documents.
Race for governor: McDonnell takes swipe at Kaine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election McDonnell 51% Deeds 42% (RassmussenReports.com)
Poll: Bob McDonnell pads lead over Creigh Deeds in Virginia (Politico.com)
News7 SurveyUSA poll shows frontrunners in November elections (WDBJ-TV/WDBJ7.com)
Kaine sees tougher fight, more negative tone in governor's race (Lynchburg News & Advance)
On the Wilder Side of Politics, Picking None of the Above (Washington Post)
Democrat says GOP wants sick to just 'die quickly (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Vote on health care expected mid-month (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Rallying for school vouchers (Washington Times)
Obama admin. defends official for gay advice (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Essay in military journal urges end to policy on gays (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
You Lie vs. You Die . . . Where's the Real Apology? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Praying for Liberals (David Waters/Newsweek)
Democrats Win Lobbyists But Lose Basic Reforms (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
SurveyUSA's Results in Virginia Will Please Republicans, But . . . (Jim Geraghty/National Review Online's the campaign spot blog)
Virginia News Stand: September 15, 2009Sep. 15, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations NRA Splits From Deeds, Deeds Re-Unites With Kaine
Interesting headlines from across the commonwealth today. The news is that tax revenues this quarter again are far below projections. Ahem! Jody Wagner. Also, the Post's Virginia Politics Blog has a counterintuitive take on the Northern Virginia electorate. Could it be that the GOP takes three Dem House seats up NoVa way? Four years ago, the NRA endorsed Creigh Deeds over Bob McDonnell in their campaign for attorney general. It's one reason given for the closeness of the race. This time McDonnell holds serve. Impact to be determined, but it won't hurt (i.e., 120,000 gun owners who vote). Advantage McDonnell.
Speaking of switches, for the last few weeks it was as if Deeds didn't know the governor's name, distancing himself from Tim Kaine's troubles stemming from the budget, Northrup Grumman/VITA and his DNC moonlighting. His ads, instead, featured U.S. Senator Mark Warner. Now, Deeds is back on the Kaine horse, according to the Post. Per our usual, the rest of the News Stand is packed with an all-star line-up, including a personal favorite, Dr. Thomas Sowell; Dick Morris counter attacks the Obama administration attack on his analysis of the administration's health care takeover, homosexual activists continue their assault on DOMA, and Internet expert Rachel Alexander examines how conservatives can better use social networking and marketing tools. Hmmm. Hitting close to home there, Rachel!
Bolling ties state budget cuts to Wagner's revenue forecasts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
A Reverse Trend in Northern Virginia? (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
NRA switches to McDonnell; firefighters endorse Deeds (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Gubernatorial hopefuls promise K-12 education reforms (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Deeds Touts Himself as Heir to Kaine And Warner (Washington Post)
Issues That Matter to You: Prison Jobs and Funding (Washington Post)
Lohr, Hart Tackle Taxes (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Backers of gay marriage want to repeal federal law (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Senate votes to deny funds to ACORN (AP/GOPUSA.com)
How the right can most effectively use social media (Rachel Alexander/GOPUSA.com)
McDonnell flap affects other races (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Rebutting Obama's Health Care Speech (Dick Morris and Eileen McGann/GOPUSA.com)
Fables For Adults (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
Are Seniors Being Targeted? (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)
Governor Signs Choose Life Bill!Mar. 29, 2009
Governor Tim Kaine today signed into law legislation that provides for the creation of a “Choose Life” license plate!
Thank you to everyone who contacted the Governor and urged his support of this bill! Thanks also to Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) for his tremendous leadership in maneuvering this bill through the General Assembly.
Since the fall of last year, pro-life Virginians through several organizations have rallied around the Choose Life plate, acquiring pre-paid applications required by DMV to be able to get the plates created, petition signatures and grassroots support. While Senator Cuccinelli’s original bill was killed in a Senate committee, he deftly amended an omnibus license plate bill on the Senate floor with the Choose Life plate, winning by a single vote (20-19).
Proceeds from the purchase of the plates will go to support pregnancy resource centers. These facilities offer medical, spiritual and physical support to women and families in crisis pregnancy.
Despite an all out assault by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Virginia and the ACLU, the Governor chose to dismiss the fallacious arguments of opponents and signed the bill into law.
Clintons Creep Into VirginiaSep. 25, 2008
The Clintons are looking to expand their political empire into Virginia. While most thought the 2009 Democrat nomination for governor would be between two established Virginia pols, Delegate Brian Moran (D-46, Alexandria) and Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath), it looks like a complete outsider to Old Dominion politics, Terry McAuliffe, the very top Clinton lieutenant — he was handpicked by Bill to run the DNC and was Hillary's presidential campaign chairman — wants to usurp the nomination from both Moran and Deeds. McAuliffe, a native New Yorker, while never active in Virginia politics, doubtless is familiar to many, showing up on any and all political television shows, even on Fox News (to the chagrin of The Angry Left). While he's floated the idea for some time, he pretty much gave away his intentions last night to a Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter:
McAuliffe, 51, who lives in McLean, is considering seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009. He said he will make a decision after the Nov. 4 election, but he indicated he likely would run.
So, the Clintons want to creep into Virginia? Arkansas and New York aren't enough. There is a method to the madness here: Hillary lost the Virginia primary, huge. But suppose the Democrat presidential nomination is open again in 2012? Having a friendly governor here to swing Virginia's Democrat delegates her way would be significant. All of a sudden, Delegate Moran and Senator Deeds have a lot more to be concerned about than only each other.
McAuliffe has his baggage, though. He's never been fully vetted by the Mainstream Media for a get-rich-quick scheme in the Global Crossing bankruptcy scandal; and the media, for all his thousands of appearances on their networks, have never questioned him about the widely known Teamsters money laundering scheme he hatched; nor have authorities fully investigated him for it, even though several Teamster bosses went down for their participation. (Maybe because it was during Bill's presidency?) Other McAuliffe money scandals, where he enriched himself, are well documented here, at Counter Punch. He's escaped scrutiny thus far. Charmed? Or just well protected?
But does he want to risk all of it coming out in a gubernatorial campaign to a state he has little connection? For Clinton creep, apparently yes.