The other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in agreement with Shaun Kenney - the former RPV communications director, about whom Josh Chernila wrote on December 29, 2006, "He can be counted upon to be on the wrong side of nearly every issue, and the more wrong he is the more violently cruel he becomes." - on immigration. Now, will wonders never cease? That's right, I'm agreeing with Kenney again, this time on the GOP chair election debate the other day. On that subject, Shaun writes, "If you have any love for books, and even a faint bit of respect for the Republican Party... prepare to lose your respect." As Shaun points out, it should go without saying that "The Reagan Diaries" and Bush's "Decision Points" are not great books that should shape anyone's thinking in any way, shape or form. In fact, Bush's book has been almost universally panned as utter drivel, with no self-reflection or insight or ideas or...but other than that! :)
Also, as Shaun correctly adds, "[William F.] Buckley would not have been amused." In fact, Buckley's view was that "the conservative movement he had created had in effect committed intellectual suicide by failing to maintain critical distance from the Bush administration." No argument from me on that point, except that I'd argue the conservative movement didn't have much intellectual heft prior to the Bush Administration, unless of course you consider "supply-side economics" and the "Laffer Curve" to represent intellectual heft.
P.S. In all seriousness, although I disagree with Shaun about 90% of the time, I'd place him in the top tier intellectually in the Virginia rightosphere (no, that's not a backhanded compliment), along with folks like Norm Leahy (despite his sad, inexplicable climate change denial which calls into question everything else he has to say), James Bacon (that one goes without saying), "Bwana" at Renaissance Ruminations (just wish he'd write more than once every month or so and get off his Frank Wolf kick), "Loudoun Insider" of Too Conservative (at times a bit gossipy, but major kudos for having the intellectual integrity to calls 'em as he sees 'em), and of course Doug Mataconis (smarter-than-hell libertarian).
Back in 2009, Bob McDonnell attacked Creigh Deeds - and rightfully so, perhaps - for not having a transportation plan, while bragging about the "extent and specificity" of his own (supposed) plan for transportation funding. "Like selling state liquor stores to invest a half billion dollars to widen I-66, improve I-95, and expand Metro to Dulles." So, how's that all working out for you now, Governor McDonnell? Let's see: liquor store revenues - zero. Improving I-95? Not happening. Expanding Metro to Dulles? Yeah, sure, the plan is sharply higher tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, so high that your fellow Republican, Jim LeMunyon, is attempting to slow or stop them. Heckuva job, Bob.
P.S. Oh yeah, and what ever happened to the other cornerstone of McDonnell's "plan" for transportation, that being offshore oil revenues? They were mythical then, they are mythical now, they will be mythical tomorrow and next year and...
1. SCHAPIRO: SECOND TIME THE CHARM FOR LIQUOR PLAN?
3. GOVERNOR'S PENSION PROPOSAL FACES QUESTIONS
5. MCDONNELL FLIES TO NEW YORK TO MAKE PITCH TO BOND AGENCIES
11. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ABORTION TOPICS OF TOWN HALL MEETING
14. KEY DEMOCRAT TO MISS SESSION START DUE TO SURGERY
17. MCDONNELL CALLS SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ELECTION FOR MARCH 8
21. IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES PRESS FOR REPEAL OF HERNDON DAY LABOR LAW
22. STATE BAR BACKS 10 FOR VA. SUPREME COURT VACANCY
24. CANTOR TAKES AIM AT HEALTH-CARE OVERHAUL
26. POLL: VIRGINIA TEA PARTY SUPPORTERS VERY CONSERVATIVE, VERY WHITE
30. VA. COLLEGES RANKED ON KIPLINGER'S TOP 100 LIST
41. FAIRFAX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STARTS FOUNDATION TO BOLSTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
UPDATE: Also, click here for an interview with Sen. Donald McEachin on legislation (e.g., on non-discrimination, foreclosures, and the Poverty Law Center) he's introducing for the upcoming General Assembly session.
UPDATE #2: Eric Cantor once again proves that he is the most arrogant, and possibly also the most utterly clueless, member of Congress. And we know he has a lot of competition in that regard!
UPDATE #3: Last but not least, farewell to Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer/songwriter who died yesterday at 63 years old. Here's his greatest song.
Hahahahahaha, love it! Go Ovie! :)
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Anniversary of "Citizens United v. FEC" sparks Summit, satirical rally in D.C., national meet-ups
FOR THE PEOPLE Summit convenes in Washington D.C. Jan. 20 to 22
WASHINGTON D.C. Jan. 4, 2011 - To mark the first anniversary of the controversial "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, a coalition of advocacy groups and concerned citizens will host the For the People Summit, including a strategic conference at the Washington Plaza Hotel and a "We the Corporations vs. We the People" rally at the U.S. Capitol.
Speakers will include Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Marge Baker of People for the American Way, John Bonifaz of Free Speech for People, David Cobb of Move to Amend, Eric Hensal of Murray Hill, Inc., Jim Hightower, author of Swim Against the Current, Ellen Hodgeson Brown, author of Web of Debt, Steve Meacham of City Life Vida Urbana, Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Kevin Zeese of Voters for Peace.
Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign and Annabel Park of the Coffee Party are two of the principal organizers. "It's very hard to make progress on any issue without addressing the problem of money in politics," Park said, "because right now it takes a nearly impossible amount of effort for ordinary people to compete with the daily influence that entrenched lobbyists enjoy. To succeed, we need to step outside the traditional left-right-center framework and find common cause across the political divide."
Today, a growing coalition that also includes Center for Media and Democracy, Alliance for Democracy, and Move to Amend launched a new website - MovementForThePeople.org - inviting people around the country to create local events and/or participate on-line.
"The greatest political reform of our time will be to abolish the legal concept of 'corporate personhood' and the inherently anti-democratic equation of money with political speech," Moyer said. "I believe this monumental task will be achieved in the coming years built on a foundation of community-based battles to return power to the People."
In Washington, Summit events will include:
Lobby Day on Capitol Hill (Jan. 20) supplemented by Lobby Days around the country
"We the Corporations" Satirical Rally (Jan. 21 at 11 AM at the U.S. Capitol Area 9)
Two-day strategic Summit (Jan. 21 and 22 at the Washington Plaza Hotel at Thomas Circle)
Nancy Price, Co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy, said she is impressed with the emerging coalition, for which she has served as an adviser. "The Summit will be an open discussion putting aside political, cultural, and ideological differences because the problem of money in politics is uniting America like few issues can," she said. "80% of us disapprove of the Citizens United decision. 87% disapprove of the job Congress is doing. The American public will not accept a future in which we are no longer a self-determining people."
CONTACT: Eric Byler, Laurie Dunivant-Larsen • SummitPR @ CoffeePartyUSA.com • (301) 259-1842 • www.MovementForThePeople.org
Senator Yvonne Miller to Have SurgeryYvonne Miller has served in the Virginia General Assembly since 1988. I wish her the best of luck in her surgery and a speedy, successful, and smooth recovery!
Will Not Attend the Beginning of General Assembly Session
(Richmond, VA) - Senator Yvonne B. Miller (D-Norfolk) is scheduled to have surgery January 12th and will be absent for a portion of the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly. She will join the session as soon as her recovery permits.
"I regret my necessary absence at the beginning of session. I have asked Senator Phillip Puckett to chair the transportation committee and appreciate his willingness to take on this task," said Sen. Miller.
Chair of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington) noted that "all of Sen. Miller's colleagues wish her well and look forward to her re-joining them in Richmond."
Great job by Claire Gastanaga of Equality Virginia in demolishing Del. "Sideshow Bob" Marshall on his loony legislation to prevent gays from serving openly in the Virginia National Guard. It's just sad that we have a clown like Marshall out there, embarrassing himself and - far worse - embarrassing Virginia on this matter, and on so many other matters. Of course, we also have our Attorney General doing the same thing on a much larger scale, so I guess it's all relative, but still...ugh.
This might make a top ten list of the biggest hypocritical moments of Ken's time in office- but it wouldn't be #1. The top one has to be filing a lawsuit against the federal health care bill that is designed to cover more people- when Ken took a state subsidy for his entire family for government health care while he was a State Senator- a subsidy that was not available to any other part time state employees other than members of the General Assembly.Good stuff, yet another story the corporate media isn't covering, and yet another reason why it's important that we have independent, progressive new media to call out corruption, incompetence, lunacy, extremism and hypocrisy by powerful government officials. That includes, by the way, both Republicans and Democrats, although obviously, as progressives and as Democrats, we believe that the "Red Team" is far more egregious - by many orders of magnitude - than the "Blue Team."
So taxpayers need to pay for more staffers for Ken, and even for health care for Ken's entire family while he was in the Senate- but not for any of the real needs we have in the state? Apparently that's the position out in right wing Virginia land.
UPDATE: In other news, did you know that Ken Cuccinelli recommends "The Communist Manifesto," published in 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, as this work supposedly "is embraced by 'large swaths of academia and the legal profession and the people who know how to run our lives better than we do - just ask them.'" Here at Blue Virginia, of course, we all personally lull ourselves to sleep each night by reading the Commie Manifesto. That, and the latest socialist/communist/fascist (yes, we know those are mutually contradictory, but since when has logic or internal consistency been a hallmark of the Kookinellis of the world?) speech by Barack Hussein Obama. Heh.
1. MCDONNELL, LEGISLATORS TO MEET WITH BOND AGENCIES IN NEW YORK
2. REPUBLICANS OUTRAISE OPPONENTS FOR VIRGINIA SPECIAL ELECTIONS
3. RICHMOND-AREA LEGISLATORS PEN THEIR ASSEMBLY WISH LISTS
5. STATE BUDGET HEARINGS, TEA PARTY TOWN HALLS SCHEDULED
6. REPUBLICANS LINE UP TO RUN FOR GEAR'S HOUSE SEAT
9. LEGISLATORS SCRAMBLE TO RAISE CAMPAIGN CASH AS SESSION APPROACHES
11. 8TH DISTRICT HOPEFULS TALK TAXES, EDUCATION
14. VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN CRITICIZED OVER LOBBYING TIES TO FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES
17. MCDONNELL ADVISER COX NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GOP GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
25. TEPID SUPPORT FOR MCDONNELL
31. METRO CREATES POST TO OVERSEE ESCALATORS, ELEVATORS
32. METRO BAG SEARCHES CRITICIZED BY PUBLIC