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Man, What A Failure That Obama Has Been!

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Horrified at Bob McDonnell, Sheila Johnson “will never get involved in politics again”

Don't let anyone say you weren't warned about this, Mrs. Johnson!
...after McDonnell was sworn in, she watched in horror as the new governor enunciated a variety of socially conservative policies, especially regarding a constitutional ban on gay marriage and other civil rights issues, and then declared a celebration of Virginia's "Confederate History Month" without any mention of slavery.

"Politics, oh gosh!" Johnson says with a groan. "I feel like I was thrown under the bus on that one... The lesson that I've learned in all of this is I will never get involved in politics again."

What amazes me is that anyone, including a worldly woman like Sheila Johnson, would have believed Bob McDonnell's lies about being a "moderate" focused on jobs and not Pat Robertson's extremist social agenda.  Unfortunately, many Virginians, including Sheila Johnson, did believe Bob McDonnell's b.s., and now we're stuck with him - plus his ticketmates, including Crazy Cooch - for four years. Sadly for Virginia, Sheila Johnson isn't the only one who's watching this situation in "horror."

UPDATE: I almost forgot why Sheila Johnson was so impressed with Bob McDonnell - his supposed ability to "communicate."  Obviously, McDonnell "communicated" something to Johnson, like...oh, a bunch of outright lies that she bought, hook line and sinker. Duhhhh.

UPDATE #2: More reason to be horrified at Bob McDonnell.

While some Virginia leaders are urging the federal government to slow down or even reconsider drilling offshore after a fatal accident off the Gulf coast, Gov. Bob McDonnell will fly to Houston Monday to speak at a conference promoting offshore oil and natural gas drilling.

McDonnell will speak about "Jobs and the Economy: How the Energy Industry is Creating Jobs, Leading the Economy and Impacting Consumers" at the 2010 Offshore Technology Conference

At the absolute minimum, this shows a tin ear for politics. This guy seriously has national ambitions?  Sorry, but he's not even close to being ready for prime time.

Rachel Maddow Takes on Ken “Moochinelli’s” “Obamacare” Fundraising Ploy

NLS provides the full letter from Cooch, which among other things, promises that "[t]ogether, we can and will defeat the socialist legislation and prove that it is an unconstitutional overreach of Federal power." If that doesn't get your blood racing, not to mention your hand reaching for your credit card to donate to Cuccinelli for Attorney General, I don't know what will! :)

h/t: The Richmonder and Not Larry Sabato

The End Result of “Drill Baby Drill”

I think Bill Maher speaks for most of us today when he says, "Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill Baby Drill' should have to report to the Gulf Coast today for cleanup duty."

Oh, and let me just add: f*** you Sarah Palin!

Finally, just remember, if "drill baby drill" (or should we call it "spill baby spill?") afficionados like Bob McDonnell gets his way, the following photos could be coming to the Virginia coastline sometime in coming years. Let's all tell him, "no thank you!"

UPDATE: According to Reuters, "White House says no offshore drilling will be allowed in new areas until review of oil spill off La. coast."  Great, but how about offshore drilling in current areas using similar types of drilling equipment and techniques, such as failing to use acoustic valves as part of blowout preventers, as is done in other parts of the world?  Oh, and how about we make getting off of oil our #1 priority?  Until we do, disasters like this will happen again and again. Needless to say, that is completely unacceptable.

VA Jewish Community: McDonnell creating “unwelcoming environment” for religious minorities

Click on the image for the full letter from the Jewish Federation communities of the Commonwealth. The key paragraph, blasting Bob McDonnell's  reversal of nondenominational requirements for State Police chaplains.
"It leads us toward unnecessary religious clashes, demeans our Commonwealth's Jeffersonian principles and creates an unwelcoming environment for the Commonwealth's Jewish citizens and other religious minorities,'' six representatives of the groups wrote. "A final concern is the likelihood that revisiting this guidance would ultimately lead to litigation costly to our Commonwealth."
Once again, Bob McDonnell proves that he is at least as interested in pushing his divisive, Pat Robertson-inspired social agenda on Virginia, rather than focusing laser-like on jobs, jobs, jobs. And that's not even taking his "bad cop," Attorney General Ken Kookinelli, into account. As always, elections have consequences. Unfortunately, in this case, those consequences are largely bad ones.

McDonnell On Arizona Immigration Law: “that brings up shades of some other regimes”

Bob McDonnell likens the draconian Arizona immigration law to "other regimes that were not particularly helpful to democracy and civil rights."  McDonnell is correct in this case (for once!), but I can just imagine how his comment - comparing the Arizona immigration law to...what, apartheid? fascism? - will go over with "the base."  Apparently, McDonnell has decided to side with Meghan McCain over John McCain on this one. Heh.

UPDATE: In related news, it looks like the superb film on the Prince William County immigration resolution, 9500 Liberty, will be opening this Friday at theaters in the Phoenix, AZ area.

9500 LIBERTY traces the rise and fall of "The Immigration Resolution" in Prince William County, Virginia. Come find out why a Virginia county repealed the same police mandate Arizona just passed. view the 9500 Liberty trailer No one wants Arizona to suffer the same negative economic impact, negative public safety impact, expensive lawsuits, and higher taxes suffered by the people of Prince William County. This weekend, you can help support an award-winning film that, if successful, will inspire Arizonans to take action, and send a message to the Arizona legislature.

Bob McDonnell: Oil Spill Disaster? Who Cares? Drill Baby Drill!

This sums up pretty much everything that's wrong with Bob McDonnell.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said this morning that the fatal oil well accident off Louisiana's coast was a "catastrophic event," but it will not deter him from trying to make Virginia the first state on the East Coast to begin drilling for oil and natural gas.

"This is certainly a setback, but I certainly continue to be dedicated to making us first to drill, 2012 at the latest, and over the next couple years these safety and environmental issues will be addressed,'' McDonnell said on his monthly radio show on WRVA.

Tone deaf. Clueless. Completely uncaring about protecting Virginia's environment, beaches, tourism, fishing, etc. Wildly irresponsible. Ideologically driven. Arrogant. Ignorant. And those are some of Bob McDonnell's better qualities!  Hey, who cares about that 200,000 gallons per day of oil leaking in the Gulf of Mexico (and threatening to decimate wildlife refuges, fishing, tourism, etc.)?  Who cares that the same thing could easily happen right off the coast of Virginia Beach?  Bob McDonnell certainly doesn't give a rat's hindquarters. Instead, McDonnell says, "meh, it's a minor setback; drill baby drill!"  

Bob McDonnell: giving new meaning to the phrase "natural disaster."

UPDATE: Florida Governor Crist (R) has this to say about the oil spill. "It's clearly not clean enough after we saw what we saw today -- that's horrific -- and it certainly isn't safe enough. It's the opposite of safe." Why does Charlie Crist understand this but Bob McDonnell seems incapable of doing so?

ACDC to Host Forum and Vote on Proposal to Change Arlington’s Form of Government

This should be interesting.
Arlington County Democratic Committee to Host Forum and Vote on Proposal to Change Arlington's Form of Government

Arlington, VA - The May 5, 2010, meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) will feature a special debate on the petition drive led by Arlington Fire Fighters and other groups to force a referendum to change Arlington County's form of government from the County Manager Plan form to the County Board form.

This effort has been the subject of substantial discussion within the Arlington community, and has prompted the establishment of groups both supporting and opposing the proposed referendum.

The May 5 forum will be moderated by Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair Mike Lieberman.  The event is open to public and media are welcome to attend.

Immediately following the debate, the Arlington County Democratic Committee will likely consider and vote on whether to support or oppose the proposed ballot measure.

What:              ACDC Forum and Vote on the Change of Government proposal
Who:               Mike Staples, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2800
                       Ron Carlee, former Arlington County Manager, and Director of Strategic Domestic Initiatives for the International City/County Manager Association

Where:            NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
When:             May 5, 2010 ACDC Meeting
Time:           7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For more information on this subject, which is being hotly debated in Arlington County right now, see the "Committee for a Better Arlington" Facebook page (for those supporting a change in Arlington's form of government) and the "Coalition for Arlington Good Government (CAGG)" Facebook page (for those opposing this change). Also, see here for a chart showing the various forms of county government in Virginia, and here for a memo by Arlington's county attorney analyzing the the proposed change in government form.  To put this measure on the ballot, supporters need to gather around 14,000 signatures (of Arlington registered voters) by July 15.  I have no idea how close they are to doing so, but hopefully we'll find out next Wednesday at the ACDC meeting.

P.S. It's worth noting that the Arlington County Greens and the Arlington County Republicans both support this proposal, as do the police and firefighters' unions.  Many Democrats, including County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, strongly oppose it.  

David Englin: McDonnell Policy “an affront to all Virginians of minority religion or no...

"Delegate David Englin (D-45) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Bob McDonnell's reversal of nondenominational requirements for State Police chaplains:"
Today's reversal by Governor McDonnell of the Virginia State Police policy permitting only nondenominational, inclusive invocations at government-sponsored functions is an affront to all Virginians of minority religion or no religion.

As a Jew, I am proud of Virginia's history of religious inclusiveness, which started with Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Statute of Religious Freedom, and George Washington, who promised the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island, an American government "which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."

As an Air Force veteran raised on U.S. military bases overseas, I have experienced firsthand the unifying power of military chaplains, who defend the First Amendment by ministering in their own particular faith traditions to their denominational flocks while providing inclusive, nondenominational blessings at official government functions. Even beyond that, military chaplains pride themselves on ensuring people under their charge of all faiths -- or no faith -- are able to exercise their beliefs. As an Air Force officer, I attended Passover seders and other Jewish observances organized by Methodist, Baptist, and Catholic chaplains.

Rather than look to this proven, constitutional model, Bob McDonnell has chosen a policy that allows agents of the government to foist their religious beliefs on others, satisfying the Religious Right while turning his back on the diversity and pluralism that has made our country great.

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