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Right-Wing OpEd Writer Kathleen Parker Goes Off Deep End; Barbara Comstock & Supporters Follow

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 08:38:40 AM EDT

Kathleen Parker is a right wing op-ed writer, but usually one of the better, saner ones out there (not saying much, I know). Not today. In her screed, The silly, selective 'war on women', she manages to: a) rant about "extremists on the pro-choice left"; b) falsely claims that the entire Republican "war on women" (and no, it's not made up by Dems; sadly it's real) is about abortion, when in fact it's about equal pay for equal work, access to contraception and family planning, health care, etc. as well; c) claims that John Foust is "a man whose disrespect toward women and the single job only women can do - mothering - is at least as offensive as Limbaugh's name-calling."

Wow. Just wow. That's some seriously insane s*** right there, on every level. And the Post printed this gar-bage? More "wow" and "just wow" and...

Meanwhile, on her Facebook page, that poor, beleaguered Barbara Comstock, the "pit-bull staffer" -- who somehow isn't tough enough to defend her honor against whatever slings and arrows, real or imagined, come her way -- is busy quoting her hero (or should it be "heroine"?) du jour, Kathleen Parker. And the first comment on Comstock's Facebook status update, by a male (of course!) supporter? Check this out.

The Democrats are the Party at War will ALL American CITIZENS, female or male, to sell their rights to buy the votes of Illegal Invaders for a soviet style one party America ruled by the Democrats. Any woman who believes the Democrat "War on Women" lie should ride in the back seat of Kennedy's car like Mary Jo & see how it feels.
Also note that Comstock hasn't deleted that abominable, despicable (any other synonym for "heinous" you can come up with) comment, or denounced it. And I bet she won't, as she's never denounced other extremists who have endorsed her, people like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, who have said more vile, bigoted, insane things in the past few months than you'd think it's humanly possible to say (or even THINK!) in a lifetime. That's Barbara Comstock and her core supporters right there. These are, in short, the LAST people who should be criticizing John Foust for what was, admittedly, a stupid gaffe, but certainly not proof (or even evidence) that he's disrespectful to women in any way. Except, perhaps, for not respecting Barbara Comstock's abysmal record in her numerous "real jobs" (e.g., waging a jihad against the Clintons, defending Scooter Libby, consulting to the Koch brothers, voting for trans-vaginal ultrasound legislation) over the years.
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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 06:23:22 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, October 1. Yes, it's October already, which can only mean one thing - Nat's-O's in the World Series, hopefully. :) In watching that video of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi, I kept waiting for an intruder, knife-wielding or whatever, to come crashing into the room. Ugh.

*Mending Alliance, U.S. and Afghanistan Sign Long-Term Security Agreement
*From shaming to semi-stalking, Democrats flood inboxes for last-minute campaign cash (This stuff is pathetic and embarrassing, but apparently it works. Human psychology, gotta love it! LOL)
*Armed convicted felon was feet from Obama (What a mess.)
*Hong Kong draws massive protest on holiday honoring Communist Republic (If only we had such passion for democracy in OUR country, starting with people actually voting - what a concept!)
*Did Federal Budget Cuts Make Ebola Worse?
*FCC considering move to ban NFL R**skins team name
*NFL Backtracks After Penalizing Player For Brief Muslim Prayer (This league is totally FUBAR.)
*D.C. mystery: Jeff Bezos' plan for the Washington Post
*Conservative Media Blames Rise of Islamic State On Long Debunked Claim That Obama "Missed" Intelligence Briefings (But of course they do, that's right-wingnut media for ya!)
*Likely Cantor replacement Brat unsure he'll support Boehner ("Economics professor wants to repeal Obamacare, crack down on illegal immigration." Gack.)
*Cosmopolitan Endorses John Foust for Congress ("The Virginia congressional candidate supports women's rights, while his opponent champions trans-vaginal ultrasounds.")
*Schapiro: Internet tax fight a road to nowhere for Va. roads ("Pressure on Goodlatte notwithstanding, another, bigger culprit behind this looming blow to the state's first significant highway-funding measure in nearly 30 years may be the Republican-dominated state legislature.")
*Our view: Gilmore takes on Rand Paul (I'm not sure whose views I dislike more, the isolationist or the superhawk.)
*Libertarian Sarvis denies being in cahoots with Democrats (That's just a ridiculous accusation, for starters because Sarvis seems to draw rougly evenly from both Dems and Republicans.)
*McAuliffe administration energy plan for Virginia set to make debut on Wednesday
*Kaine: Obama needs Congress to approve action in Syria, Iraq
*Romney makes fundraising appeal for Brat (Why am I not surprised?)
*The moral failure in Norfolk's schools ("Federal investigators have highlighted a disgraceful culture in Norfolk Public Schools: Students who taunted, harassed or groped; teachers who looked away; administrators who discouraged reporting...")
*Kansas City Royals beat Oakland A's to win wild-card game, 9-8, in extra innings
*Some fog and sun before Friday front threatens showers

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New Poll in VA-10: Foust Closes to Within 2 Points ("margin of error")

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 17:57:45 PM EDT

Just in from the Democratic House Majority PAC, so make of this what you will. Also, it would be good to have another poll by this same outfit, perhaps taken a few weeks ago, to compare it against. Still, I'll take "margin of error" at this point in a "purple" district in a challenging cycle...certainly beats the alternative! :)

UPDATE: I'm hearing that Foust was down 12 points in early summer, then down 7 points a month ago. If my source(s) are accurate, that would be excellent news, as it would appear Foust is closing the gap significantly as we enter the home stretch of this race.

Washington, D.C. - House Majority PAC today announced the release of the following poll in VA-10:

Head-to-head: Comstock 41, Foust 39
Sample size: 400
Type: Live caller interviews
Margin of error: +/-4.9%
Date: September 24-28
Pollster: Donna Victoria, Victoria Research

"As voters learn more about Barbara Comstock's extreme record and agenda, they are clearly moving to John Foust," said Matt Thornton, Communications Director for House Majority PAC.  "This is a highly competitive race that Democrats are well-positioned to pick up in November."

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Video: "We Don't Want Your Pipeline" By Robin and Linda Williams

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 12:55:07 PM EDT

Great stuff, love it! And no, Dominion, we do NOT want your destructive, dangerous pipeline. Thanks to Robin and Linda Williams for this song, which I'll now be hummning the rest of the day. :)

P.S. Extra credit reading material for Gov. McAuliffe: Nation rushes to embrace natural gas and fracking despite risks to environment

"We Don't Want Your Pipeline" By Robin and Linda Williams from Richard Adams on Vimeo.

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Why Did the McAuliffe Administration Hire Dr. Michael Karmis?

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 12:14:08 PM EDT

Cross posted with permission from the Checks and Balances Project

Why Did the McAuliffe Administration Hire Michael E. Karmis?Earlier this year, the Virginia legislature passed a bill that requires the McAuliffe Administration to evaluate the costs and benefits to the state of complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. That plan would require Virginia to reduce carbon emissions by 37.5% by 2030 from 2012 levels. Carbon pollution from such sources as coal-burning power plants are fueling climate change and resulting sea level rise in areas such as southeastern Virginia.

The Administration tasked its Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) to produce the analysis. DMME hired Michael E. Karmis, PhD.

Professor Karmis is a curious choice. He is considered the state's leading academic expert in coal, with an international reputation. He is the director of Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, and founder of the Appalachian Research Initiative for the Environment Sciences, whose partners include leading lights of the coal industry: Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, Cliffs Natural Resources, MEPCO, Natural Resource Partners, Patriot Coal Corporation, and TECO. Karmis is also a director of The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. based in Bristol, Virginia. He is an active consultant to the mining industry. Karmis is the go-to man if you want to know just about anything related to coal in the Commonwealth.  

But is Michael Karmis the man to conduct an impartial analysis of the costs and benefits of complying with the EPA plan? Especially considering that the EPA plan calls for sharply reducing carbon pollution from existing coal-fired plants that generate electricity? Were other less invested in the fossil fuel industry even considered?

Does Karmis have a conflict of interest?

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Is Jim Webb Really "Antiwar?"

by: lowkell

Mon Sep 29, 2014 at 16:30:07 PM EDT

This morning's Washington Post had a curious article, entitled "Jim Webb, former senator from Va., takes on his party's hawks. And maybe Clinton." I say "curious" because it made the point-blank, matter-of-fact (as if it's glaringly obvious) statement that Jim Webb is "antiwar," even an "aggressive, antiwar populist."  But is there any actual, ya know, evidence that Webb is "antiwar" in a general sense, as opposed to being against specific wars fought at specific times in specific ways, while also being FOR other wars fought at other times in other ways?

The Post article, written by former National Review reporter Robert Costa, doesn't get into that -- it simply states it as a matter of fact, point blank, that Jim Webb is "antiwar." But is he? Let's look at a few data points from his record. But first let me just make absolutely clear what my point is here: the following is NOT meant as criticism of Jim Webb, but of the Washington Post article (and the media more broadly) for wildly oversimplifying this complex, strategically thoughtful and highly knowledgeable (certainly on foreign policy and national security matters) man's views, and by shoehorning the whole thing into an inane, wildly oversimplified, political narrative about the supposed "hawk" Hillary Clinton being challenged by the supposed "antiwar" Jim Webb. It's just lame on all levels. With that, here are some of Webb's actual views on this subject.

Vietnam: In March 2007, Jim Webb gave a speech at the National Press Club in which he asserted:

I may be one of the few people in the Congress who still strongly supports the Vietnam War. I believe that the logic for the Vietnam War was sustainable, and I believe that the American people, in spite of the way we look back at Vietnam, also agreed that the political logic for Vietnam was sustainable, even though the way that we fought the war was not sustainable.
That's right, Webb strongly supported the Vietnam War then, and he strongly supports it in hindsight. And why didn't we fight that war in a "sustainable" way, one that might have led to victory? In Webb's view, part of the problem was the "anti-war left."
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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 06:22:37 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines,  political and otherwise, for Tuesday, September 30.

*World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report (This is totally f'ed up.)
*Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone - And We Answer Back (Speaking of totally f'ed up...check out the cartoon-villain-character Koch brothers.)
*Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA (This is good news, but needs to happen much faster.)
*Fence jumper made it deep into the White House (Disturbing, scary...)
*Early voting in Ohio blocked (This right-wing Supreme Court is simply horrendous. Keep voting Democratic for President and U.S. Senate until we can change it.)
*Many Missteps in Government's Assessment of ISIS Threat (I guess we mostly hear about the intelligence community's failures, not its successes, but still, they do seem to miss an awful lot of major events.)
*Hong Kong's Leader Calls for Protests to End 'Immediately'
*12 News Investigation: Is McAuliffe keeping his promise? (What we need is broad, strong ethics reform in a variety of areas.)
*TV ads, outside spending hit Virginia 10th District race
*Virginia voter ID law will hurt tens of thousands (by Fairfax County Democratic Committee chair Sue Langley)
*Our view: What the latest polls tell us ("All that is a long way of saying that nobody's really talking about Virginia. Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg of Roll Call wrote recently that Gillespie would 'probably need divine intervention to have any chance of winning.'")
*Gillespie backs debate, vote on use of force against ISIS
*One last (we hope!) budget tweak
*Governance nightmare in Portsmouth
*A sign on the dotted lines: Major road projects up for cash boost ("Hampton Roads leaders are poised to fund improvements to the Interstate 64/264 interchange and to farther widen I-64 on the Peninsula with revenue from regional sales and fuel taxes.")
*Charles Severance moved from Alexandria to Arlington jail
*Supervisors grant property tax relief for two GOP-friendly groups (WTF?)
*Arrest in U-Va. case provides lead in '09 slaying of student (This seems to be the day of disturbing news.)
*Nationals' first playoff game will start in afternoon Friday ("Depending on the opponent, Washington will play at either 12:07 p.m. or 3:07 p.m. at home on Friday.")
*Warm days will be the rule until cold front arrives for a cooler weekend

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John Foust Sends Barbara Comstock a FedEx Package After She Compares Immigrants to Packages

by: lowkell

Mon Sep 29, 2014 at 10:47:17 AM EDT

From the Foust campaign:

FAIRFAX, Va. –  Following Barbara Comstock’s offensive comments comparing immigrants to FedEx packages, today the John Foust campaign sent a FedEx package to Comstock’s campaign headquarters, containing the following note from John Foust: 

 

Delegate Comstock:

 

People are not FedEx Packages. I urge you to immediately apologize to Northern Virginia’s rich and diverse immigrant community.

  

Sincerely, 

John Foust

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Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

by: Andy Schmookler

Mon Sep 29, 2014 at 10:44:34 AM EDT

Summary: We in Liberal America are now embattled. America has been in kindred battles before, and on those occasions to which we look to see our finest American ideals expressed and embodied, great American leaders have shown the way: "See the evil. Call it out. Press the battle." But in this crisis, in this battle, Liberal America is falling far short of our nation's finest ideals. Why is that?
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The American electorate is probably about to give more power to a party of traitors.

This statement, though shocking, can be verified by these steps (many of which are substantiated here):

  • The Republican Party ("the Party of No") has chosen to prevent anything from being accomplished.

  • To choose across-the-board obstructionism is to knowingly hurt the nation.

  • The Republicans' motivation for obstructionism is to regain power.

  • To sacrifice the good of the country to gain greater power over it is to betray the nation.

  • The dictionary definition of "traitor" is "a person who betrays a friend, country, principle...."

  • Most pollsters say that, in the upcoming elections, this "Party of No" will gain seats in the House and the Senate.

What's wrong with America that a political party can act in such a disgraceful way and profit from it?  

Something must be amiss with those who will vote for so demonstrably traitorous a party.

But something is also wrong with the part of the American body politic that opposes the Republicans -- i.e. Liberal America.

Compare how Liberal America is dealing with this destructive force with what Americans, through their greatest leaders, have done in their finest hours: the nation's founding, the Civil War, and the World War against fascism.

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If Hannah Graham Had Made It Home

by: Dan Sullivan

Mon Sep 29, 2014 at 06:41:30 AM EDT

Hannah Graham photo HannahGraham_zps2d45ea79.jpgPossibly only because Hannah Graham disappeared did we learn she was a victim of foul play. Statistically, 1,137 other American undergraduates were raped that day. Why aren't they in the headlines? Bet you if four UVA football players had gone missing in five years, those cases would have been solved.

There is every disincentive for victims of rape to report their assaults. When they do, they invariably become victimized again. The deck is stacked in favor of assailants. You'd think that in the enlightened environs of college campuses this would not be so. When will the discussion about violence against women change from women avoiding potential danger to men behaving with respect?

There is nothing positive about this to learn from the leadership on Virginia's campuses. And there seems no accountability for leadership failures. The President of James Madison University (JMU), at a minimum, provided cover for the malfeasance in his administration's handling the Sarah Butters sexual assault, deflecting blame onto the victim. Governor McAuliffe plastered over the scandal of Title IX investigations across Virginia by appointing a task force to conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of procedures for investigating sexual assaults and resolving complaints at public colleges and universities. You can conduct the tightest investigations in the universe and it won't prevent the next broken life. Nice try Governor, but this won't change the climate on campuses. You want Presidents of Virginia's universities and colleges to be invested? Fire one; start with JMU President Alger who allowed Sarah Butters' dignity to be trampled upon.

The overuse of football as a metaphor for life can be irritating but sadly in the area of leadership, some college coaches are way ahead of their "bosses." Last July after Coach Charlie Strong started kicking players off of his team for their behavior toward women, ESPN commentator Rod Gilmore was asked about football players' violence against women. Gilmore, a former Stanford football player, accomplished attorney, and ESPN analyst praised Strong for doing the right thing.

"He's one of the few people who takes a strong stand against violence against women. I mean he comes out on day one and says that if you don't treat women with respect, you cannot play for him. And he's new at Texas and he backed that up today. But seriously, across the landscape of college football, we don't take it seriously enough." - Rod Gilmore on ESPN
 
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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Sep 29, 2014 at 06:28:58 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, September 29.

*Obama: U.S. misjudged rise of Islamic State ("In a '60 Minutes' interview, the president also acknowledged that the U.S. overestimated Iraq's ability to fight the militant group, which on Sunday pounded a strategic Syrian town with artillery shells.")
*Eric Holder and Robert F. Kennedy's legacy ("Kennedy, who spoke of those who braved 'the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society,' would understand the risks that Holder ran.")
*Paul Krugman: Our Invisible Rich
Libertarian Think Tank Removes Piece Comparing Eric Holder To George Wallace (Charming.)
*Police use tear gas as thousands of protesters persist in Hong Kong ("Police discharged tear gas and fired rubber bullets in the air Sunday in a failed attempt to scatter pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong who appear to pose the greatest test yet for China's 'one country, two systems' approach to governing the former British protectorate.")
*Ashraf Ghani Sworn In as Afghan President, Says 'We Are Tired of Insecurity'
*Online campaign ads may prove decisive in midterm elections
*If Supreme Court takes a same-sex marriage case, it could be Virginia's ("The court will meet today to decide which cases it will take up in the coming term. One of them may be Bostic v. Schaefer, which originated when a Norfolk couple sued after being denied a marriage license.")
*Localities may have big cuts to make (Thanks Republicans!)
*Jim Webb, former senator from Va., takes on his party's hawks. And maybe Clinton. (Not sure how someone who still strongly supports the Vietnam War is "anti-war," but alrighty...)
*Councilman shouldn't have voted
*For Nationals, a perfect day that encapsulated an entire season
*Chance of showers this afternoon

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Actually, Frank Wolf Has Been Hard Right at Least Since the Mid 1990s

by: lowkell

Sun Sep 28, 2014 at 15:44:40 PM EDT

I keep hearing people talking about how Barbara Comstock is supposedly "no Frank Wolf," the implication being that Wolf has been some sort of moderate and that Comstock is a right-wing nutjob. Well, no doubt "Transvaginal Ultrasound" Comstock's a right-wing nutjob, but what about Wolf? Let's go to Project Vote Smart and find out. (# of asterisks indicate level of right-wing nuttiness, on a 1-4 scale)

****Abortion Rights: Back in 1996, NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Wolf a big fat ZERO rating, while the anti-choice National Right to Life Committee gave him a 100%. And in 2013? Same ratings. That's right, Wolf was virulently anti-choice in 1996, and he still is today. No change.
****Reproductive health and freedom: As of early 2014, Planned Parenthood Action Fund rated Wolf a ZERO, reflecting his past 6 years' voting record. And no, this isn't an aberration: from 1995 to 1998, Wolf also received a ZERO from Planned Parenthood.
****LGBT Equality: In 1995/96, the pro-LGBT equality group Human Rights Campaign gave Wolf a ZERO rating. Wolf continued to get ZERO ratings from HRC in almost every year since then, with the exception of a pathetic 9% in 1999 and an awful 15% in 2011-2012.
***Environment: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) gave Wolf a pathetic 28% lifetime score in 2013.
****Civil Liberties: Back in 1996 and 1997, the ACLU gave Wolf ratings of 12% and ZERO. In 2014? Nothing's changed, Wolf's still a big fat ZERO on civil liberties.
***Civil Rights: Back in 1995-1995, the NAACP gave Wolf a pitiful 18% rating on civil rights. In 2011, he got a 10%, rocketing up to 40% (wow) in 2014.
***Immigration: Wolf got a 100% rating in 2014 from the virulently anti-immigrant "Federation for American Immigration Reform," which the Southern Poverty Law Center labed a "hate group" in 2007. Wolf did manage to get a modest 59% rating in 2014 from the Hispanic Federation, LCLAA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota, NCLR, and Voto Latino - National Immigration Scorecard.
****Education: The National Education Association gave Wolf a godawful 5% rating in 1996, and a ZERO in 2013. The more things change...
***Labor: Wolf's been bad for working people pretty much forever, with a 25% rating in 1996 and a 33% rating in 2013.

Bottom line: In no way, shape or form has Frank Wolf ever been a moderate. To the contrary, he was hard right wing in the 1990s, and he's hard right wing today. He's also a bit of a conspiracy theory nutjob, obsessed with Benghazeeeeeeee, Islam, gay marriage's "threat" to our culture, and the supposed "terrorists crossing the border". So please, spare us with the "Barbara Comstock's no Frank Wolf." To the contrary, Comstock will be as far right as Wolf, just without the seniority.

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Audio: Dave Brat's Pal Laura Ingraham - Ebola Aid About Obama's Father's "rage against colonialism"

by: lowkell

Sun Sep 28, 2014 at 14:37:02 PM EDT

Seriously, Laura Ingraham just said this crap, prior to rallying with Dave Brat yesterday. Charming.
You get the sense that with President Obama, the U.S. military is used not as often to really protect American interests...the homeland or even our allies. Instead, the military is just another tool in [President Obama's] arsenal to level the playing field. In other words, Africa really deserves more of America's money, because we're people of privilege.

We're people of great privilege, so we should do what we can, we the American taxpayers, to transfer wealth over to Africa. It's [President Obama's] father's rage against colonialism, as Dinesh D'Souza wrote about, and maybe this is a way to continue to atone for that.

I mean, there are all sorts of things we can do, short of sending 3,000 troops out there. And, frankly, if you're a left-wing activist in the Saul Alinsky tradition, if a few American military personnel have to be exposed to the Ebola virus to carry out this redistribution of the privileged's wealth, then so be it.

What. The. F@#?!?
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How I See What We're Up Against in our Nation's Time of Brokenness

by: Andy Schmookler

Sat Sep 27, 2014 at 16:56:08 PM EDT

 A Reader of the most recent entry in my "Press the Battle" series -- This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President, commented:
"I heartily agree that we have a dysfunctional government, but isn't it the people's fault for voting in the Republicans in the first place?"
To which I gave a response I'd like to share here, because it says a lot about how I see the essence of what's going on in America today. I wrote:

The question of "fault" is a tricky one.

Yes, at the very least one can say that a serious defect is revealed by the vulnerability of so many millions of Americans to being conned in this ugly way. It is possible to perceive the defect in these people, and in the culture that shaped them.

I live among these people, and they are many of them wonderful people. And they've got no clue what it is that they're supporting.

So yes, there is a lot of brokenness that goes onto having these people get conned into lending their support to an evil force.

But the question of whether, or how much, we should look at this as their "fault" depends on how we understand the whole workings of brokenness in the world.  

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Sep 28, 2014 at 06:49:21 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, September 28.

*"Straight-up propaganda": Fox News, charlatans, conspiracy theorists and the religious fanatics endangering democracy ("All demagoguery all the time: Fox News and American politics' epidemic of craziness")
*U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Syria-Turkey border
*Secret Service fumbled reaction to White House shooting in 2011
*Schapiro: Another challenge for Gillespie -- fallout from McDonnell scandal ("The McDonnell scandal only confirms for tea partyers and their fellow travelers what they already believe: that mainstream Republicans are bought and paid for.")
*Enabling bad behavior ("Virginia's open government law lets officials keep personnel records secret - to the public's detriment")
*Trammell tries to find his place in 7th District race (Apparently, his strategy is to be super quiet and never, ever criticize his far-right-wing, Republican opponent. Brilliant!)
*Ingraham, Sessions headline Brat fundraiser (For instance, Trammell should be blasting Brat for this, as well as for his attendance at the "Values Voter Summit")
*McDonnell case blamed for slow progress in search for U.S. attorney
*At gay pride event, McAuliffe praises push for same-sex marriage in Va.
*Terry McAuliffe becomes first standing Governor to speak at Virginia Pride
*Bolling emerges as Virginia Republican statesman (Seriously?)
*Gillespie ad falsely tags Warner with PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' award ("The clear implication of Gillespie's ad -- that PolitiFact cited Warner for telling the Lie of the Year -- is simply False.")
*A sheep in Wolf's clothing (Basically, Comstock's as wingnutty as Wolf - or worse - without the saving grace of being pretty good on a few local issues...)
*McAuliffe embraces gas fracking only where it's convenient (Robert McCartney nails it as usual: "The rush to embrace natural gas and fracking is steamrolling valid worries about long-term risks to environment.")
*Virginia GOP candidate Dave Brat looks for balance (The guy's about as UNbalanced as they come.)
*Tighten regulation on home day care
*Sea level rise in Norfolk is taking the shine off of waterfront property
*Our view: Ralph Smith gets it right
*Strasburg dominates in victory over Marlins
*A stunning September Sunday ("Enjoy the sun while you can - because some unsettled weather soon moves in.")

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