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Saturday News: “JEB” Says “Stuff Happens,” Falls to 4% in Latest Poll. #FAIL


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, October 3. Also check out President Obama’s weekly address, in which he “emphasized that we need to do everything we can to strengthen economic growth and job creation,” including Republicans in Congress doing its job and passing a serious budget for a change.

*Jeb Bush criticized for saying ‘stuff happens’ while discussing school shootings (What an insensitive, callous jerk.)

*Jeb’s growing list of unfortunate comments (He has the Bush family’s foot-in-mouth disease, even worse than his Village Idiot brother.)

*The U.S. should lead with confidence on climate change (“This is not to say that climate diplomacy – or decarbonizing energy-hungry economies – will be easy. It will take the sort of sustained global effort that only the United States is capable of.”)

*Obama Rebukes Bush on ‘Stuff Happens’ Reaction to Oregon Shootings (Bush is just appalling in so many ways, from his disgusting “anchor babies” comment to his “voodoo economics” to his warmongering foreign policy to his abysmally bad energy policy to this latest comment.)

*The Sheriff Investigating The Oregon Shooting Believes Some Seriously Fringe Things About Guns

*Obama tells media to tally up number of mass shootings vs. terrorist attacks, so we did (24 Americans killed by terrorism in the last decade vs. 280,024 killed by guns!)

*Poll: Jeb Falls to 4% (“The latest Pew poll shows that Jeb Bush has fallen to 4 percent in the Republican field. Donald Trump leads the field with 25 percent; Ben Carson is at 16 percent.”)

*‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Was On UCC Campus At Time Of Massacre

*Governor McAuliffe warns of problems getting lethal injection drugs

*McAuliffe beats drum on gun control and Medicaid after Oregon shooting

*Prieto executed while stay request was at U.S. Supreme Court

*Trump names Virginia state director (Not surprisingly, the guy used to work for extremist nutjob Dave Brat.)

*Republican Ed Gillespie confirms he is running for Virginia governor

*Superstorm could have been ‘our Sandy,’ expert says

*Drawing the lines: Redistricting plans could affect 5th District, Hurt (Hurt is a worthless Congresscritter, a HUGE step down from what that district had previously with Tom Perriello.)

*Atif Qarni: What happened when a Muslim ran for local office in Virginia

*U.S. Forest Service approves permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline surveying (There’s no good reason or excuse for this pipeline; totally wrong direction in terms of energy policy, which should be focused on moving to CLEAN energy – solar, wind, energy efficiency – as rapidly as possible, NOT doubling down on more carbon/methane-spewing fossil fuels.)

*Corps of Engineers says only two power line options meet Peninsula needs (Again, until energy efficiency and distributed power has been maxed out – and Dominion has done essentially nothing on either of those fronts – they shouldn’t be allowed to build new powerw lines, plants, etc. While we’re at it, break up this monopoly and allow the free market to thrive!)

*Hampton Roads: Washed out, fed up, but likely to miss the worst of Hurricane Joaquin

*Jesse Matthew gets 3 life terms for ‘brutal’ Fairfax sex assault (“Man also accused of slaying Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington.” What a nightmare.)

*Fraim: Mayor of the moment (“Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim’s surprise decision not to seek re-election offers residents a chance to reflect on how far the city has come under his two decades of leadership, and the challenges that remain. The work completed is staggering; despite the progress, the work ahead remains daunting.”)

*D.C. area forecast: Today’s rain focuses early, but staying gloomy and damp through much of the weekend

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Atif Qarni’s story about his treatment by the establishment of Virginia Democrats is disgusting to me. As a counter-balance, I want to relate to a success story along the same lines. Del. Sam Rasoul first ran for office as a 25-year-old newcomer in 2008 against Bob Goodlatte. There were no other Democrats with the gumption to take on “Badlatte,” but many people in the 6th District pressured  David Layman, then the chair, to convince Sam not to run, citing his background and religion. Rasoul ran anyway, garnering 37% of the general election vote, more than the Roanoke mayor, David Bowers, had when he ran against Badlatte.

    Sam then ran in a special election in 2014 to fill the seat of retiring Onzlee Ware. There were establishment Democrats in the city who were angry when Sam won the firehouse primary for the Democratic nomination easily. In the general election, he won resoundingly, carrying 70% of the vote. Sam has been so successful in representing the interests of his constituents that no one will ever defeat him, as long as he wants to stay in office. He is proving himself to be a great help in this year’s election to John Edwards, who is facing the strongest opposition in his state senate career. In fact, the GOP is not running a candidate against him for fear he would draw out more minority voters and hurt their senate candidate.

    Candidates other than white Christian males can win, and increasingly in the future they will. The “good ole boys” who cling to power in the party better move over. Their days are numbered. Increasingly, younger voters don’t care what a candidate’s religion is, or even if they have one. They don’t care if a candidate is gay or straight, male or female. The world is changing, and the old guard better change also, or they will be left behind.

  • …earlier than 31 days before the election, also manages to partially block an important pedestrian safety sign in the process. #FAIL

  • True Blue

    That sick “bullpucky” blogger, jeanine martin, blames mass shootings on single mothers. Hateful!