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Instant Classic of Right-Wing Moral Hypocrisy

Courtesy of pro-"abstinence" Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), check out this interview with his mistress. An instant classic of right-wing moral hypocrisy.

By the way, I love how his resignation letter is WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS FOR NO APPARENT REASON, and also how he manages to blame "THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC" for his own horrible judgment and moral failings.  If you haven't laughed hard enough yet, here's some more on Souder the right-wing moral hypocrite. He's also a big fan of so-called "intelligent design," which basically rejects the overwhelming scientific evidence for natural selection, aka "evolution."  Why am I not surprised?

P.S. Just to demonstrate how batshit crazy Ken Cuccinelli is, even a loon like Souder acknowledges that "Obviously there's global warming" and that "the government needs to do something about it."  That's right, Cooch is even crazier than Souder, and that's saying something!

New Poll: Does Robert Hurt Have the 5th CD Republican Nomination Locked Up?

If you believe the results of this new poll of likely 5th CD Republican primary voters, it looks like State Senator Robert Hurt, aka Appalachian Power's best friend, pretty much has the nomination locked up.

*"Robert Hurt has increased his support on the ballot by fourteen points (from 21% to 35%)
and now has a twenty-five point lead on his nearest primary opposition"

*"Hurt's closest opposition, Ken Boyd, garners just 10% of the vote, the
same percentage he received in our February survey. Including Boyd, the other six
candidates' ballot support does not even equal Hurt's 35%."

Assuming that Hurt wins the Republican nomination on June 8, the question is whether any third-party (e.g, "Tea Party") candidates will throw their hat(s) in the ring as well.  Right now, though, it's looking like a one-on-one matchup between Rep. Tom Perriello (D) and Hurt.  Clearly, if there's any justice in the world, Perriello should be reelected easily.  But given how the world is these days, I'm sure this will be anything but easy. Having said that, I certainly believe that Tom Perriello can win reelection, as long as 5th CD voters focus on the superb job he's been doing and not on whatever "Swift Boat" tactics Hurt strategist Chris LaCivita comes up with this cycle.

Ken Cuccinelli Is a Uniter NOT a Divider!

That's right, Ken Cuccinelli has united everyone. Against him!
University professors aren't known to be the most organized bunch, but in Virginia they do seem to have found a cause in opposition to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's subpoena to the University of Virginia seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist Michael Mann.

The Union of Concerned Scientists today released a letter it said has been signed by 800 scientists and professors in Virginia urging Cuccinelli (R) to drop his efforts to collect documents about Mann...

Not that Cooch will listen to people who have more knowledge of science in their toenails than he has in his entire brain. Still, it's great to see Cooch being a "uniter" not a "divider."  Heh.

UPDATE: You can read the letter here. For the record, there are 283 signers from UVA, 26 from the University of Richmond, 21 from the University of Mary Washington, 30 from Randolph-Macon, 15 from Radford, 19 from ODU, 31 from JMU, 38 from the College of William and Mary, 5 from Christopher Newport University, 85 from GMU, 30 from VCU, 68 from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and 143 from "other institutions and non-affiliated." Shockingly, nobody signed from Regent or Liberty "Universities!" Heh.

Support Crumbling for Offshore Oil Drilling in Virginia?

I don't know much about this polling outfit, but the results are intriguing.
PUBLIC SUPPORT for offshore drilling in Virginia has dropped significantly in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster, an Inside Business poll has found.

In April, research firm Issues and Answers Inc. polled 200 people, who were asked, "Do you support the opening of the East Coast, specifically Virginia's coastline, to offshore drilling?"

At that time, 62.58 percent replied yes.

On May 2, another 200 people were polled and asked the same question.

This time, only 38.5 percent said yes.

"It's not surprising at all, given what's going on in the Gulf of Mexico," said Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, a big proponent of off-shore oil drilling..."

Well no, Sen. Wagner, these shouldn't be surprising poll results, "given what's going on in the Gulf of Mexico." The question is whether this apparent decline in support for oil drilling off Virginia's coast continues, or if it rebounds once the Gulf of Mexico disaster is history. Of course, given the ecological and economic damage it looks like the Gulf oil spill could cause, it could be many years before it's truly "history."

Jim McKelvey’s Anti-Immigrant Ad Uses Outright Lie From Chain Email


Not surprisingly, the "$300 billion" figure Jim McKelvey cites as the annual cost to taxpayers of illegal immigration is not correct. What is a bit surprising is how willing McKelvey is to use an outright lie, one that has been completely discredited, even by the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).  Check this out.
This chain e-mail has been forwarded to us by readers many times over the past year. The most recent version adds a new angle, claiming that the amount of money taxpayers spend on illegal immigrants would be enough to "stimulate the economy." But no matter the spin, the e-mail is rife with errors.

It also contains several red flags that should tip off readers that this is more bogus than believable. For one thing, the figures given don't add up to a "whopping $338.3 billion dollars a year" spent on illegal immigrants in the U.S., as the e-mail claims.

[...]

The source cited for at least nine of the items is either the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) or the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), both of which call for more restrictive immigration laws. CIS spokesman Bryan Griffith told us that he had never seen the e-mail but that he suspected something was out there because of occasional surges in traffic that forced him to rewrite Web pages. When told about the e-mail's contents and conclusion of a $338.3 billion yearly cost, he responded that CIS "never said anything of the like and is not going to comment on a chain e-mail that is in no way scientific."

In the end, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the actual cost to taxpayers of illegal immigration is "most likely modest," but it's far, far, far less than the "338.3 billion" figure (from a completely debunked chain email, no less) that Jim McKelvey uses in his ad.  So, if you're running for office, do you just get to outright lie through your teeth on TV without any consequences?  Why would any station air a completely fallacious ad?

P.S.  In other, fun 5th CD Republican news, check this out. Yikes.

Will Cooch Investigate Cooch?

Apparently, we can't stop Ken Kook-inelli for being a homophobic, extreme, global-warming denying, scientist-witch-hunting "birther."  Too bad.  And we can't stop him from wasting Virginia taxpayers' money pursuing his ridiculous, cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs causes.  Perhaps we - or Bob McDonnell, or somebody - might have better luck persuading him to spend some time and energy investigating this?
A major backer of Ken Cuccinelli is being probed in several states for running a charity that a lengthy newspaper investigation suggests may be an elaborate and long-running fraud.

There's no evidence that Cuccinelli, now the attorney general of Virginia, was aware there was anything untoward about Bobby Thompson or his charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA), which says it offers assistance to navy veterans. Still, the news has forced the ambitious AG -- whose reputation for rectitude is a key part of his appeal to conservatives -- to answer some awkward questions. And the full story of what happened in Virginia suggests how easily one state government may have been taken in by a noble-sounding cause and a some well-timed campaign contributions.

[...]

...come July, when USNVA may begin soliciting Virginians for contributions, it seems to us that there would be ample evidence for the AG to use his own office to start looking into the man who provided almost 3 percent of his total campaign haul last year. Cuccinelli could even free up some resources by easing off on the investigation of climate science he's currently focused on. So, Mr. Attorney General, how about it?

Yeah, how about it Cooch? You think you can spare another $350 or whatever you say it costs you to do stuff in your office? Anyway, it would be a lot more productive for you to investigate yourself than to waste everyone's time and money pursuing your other wacky wild goose chases. Anyway, just a thought. Heh.

h/t: NLS

UPDATE: The DPVA has put out a press release - "Don't Fund Your Political Crusade with Dirty Money" - on this.  See after the "flip" for more.

Hey Cooch: Hottest April, Hottest January-April in Temperature Records!

As usual, Ken Cuccinelli isn't just wrong, he's wildly, crazily, dangerously, insanely wrong.  Check this out.
It was the hottest April on record in the NASA dataset.  More significantly, following fast on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record, it's also the hottest Jan-Feb-March-April on record [click on figure to enlarge].

The record temperatures we're seeing now are especially impressive because we've been in "the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century." It now appears to be over. It's just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is.

Most significantly, NASA's March prediction has come true:  "It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010."

But don't worry; as the planet heats up and threatens life as we know it, Ken Kook-inelli has sprung into action, investigating the causes of global warming what we can do about this dire situation the scientists studying this phenomenon! And, of course, Bob McDonnell is standing up to Cuccinelli defending academic freedom at UVA not uttering a peep of protest.  This should tell you everything you need to know about Ken Kook-inelli and Bob McDonnell, on this and on pretty much everything else as well.  Oh, and for those who claimed that a couple of snowstorms in the middle of the winter (shocker, I know!) was evidence against global warming science, you might try staring at this image for a while.

Hey Cooch: Hottest April, Hottest January-April in Temperature Records!

As usual, Ken Cuccinelli isn't just wrong, he's wildly, crazily, dangerously, insanely wrong.  Check this out.
It was the hottest April on record in the NASA dataset.  More significantly, following fast on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record, it's also the hottest Jan-Feb-March-April on record [click on figure to enlarge].

The record temperatures we're seeing now are especially impressive because we've been in "the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century." It now appears to be over. It's just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is.

Most significantly, NASA's March prediction has come true:  "It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010."

But don't worry; as the planet heats up and threatens life as we know it, Ken Kook-inelli has sprung into action, investigating the causes of global warming what we can do about this dire situation the scientists studying this phenomenon! And, of course, Bob McDonnell is standing up to Cuccinelli defending academic freedom at UVA not uttering a peep of protest.  This should tell you everything you need to know about Ken Kook-inelli and Bob McDonnell, on this and on pretty much everything else as well.  Oh, and for those who claimed that a couple of snowstorms in the middle of the winter (shocker, I know!) was evidence against global warming science, you might try staring at this image for a while.

T-Mac Acquires Electric Car Company

Interesting news this morning from Terry McAuliffe's GreenTech Automotive:
Terence R. McAuliffe, Chairman of Greentech Automotive (GTA), announced that GTA has acquired EuAuto Technology Ltd., a Hong Kong-based award-winning company that specializes in the design, manufacturing, and worldwide distribution of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV).

The announcement comes during US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's Clean Energy Trade Mission in Hong Kong and during World Trade Week.  EuAuto now becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of GTA.  The addition of EuAuto's NEV to GTA's product line extends its current family of energy efficient automobiles into even more affordable niche markets and will enable American families to purchase this electric car as early as 2011. EuAuto's electric vehicle, MyCar, was named electric vehicle of the year at the 2008 European GreenFleet Awards.

GTA plans to create thousands of "green collar" jobs across Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.  At full production, GTA will create over 4,000 new US jobs.  The acquisition of EuAuto will bring an additional 300 jobs to the US.

"GTA stands with the Obama administration in reaffirming a commitment to economic recovery and growth," said McAuliffe.  "We will continue to expand green collar job creation, which is central to our mission to build energy efficient, affordable automobiles in the US."

In congratulating GTA on its acquisition of EuAuto, Secretary Locke said, "Transactions such as this one are truly win-win: they bolster the U.S. economy and speed our economic recovery; they support high-quality, high-wage green jobs in the United States; they help rebuild our manufacturing sector; and, by leading to lower carbon emissions, they contribute to our ability to deal with climate change."

By the way, GTA's motto is "no green technology is truly green unless it is affordably green." There's a lot of truth to that, which is a major reason why we need to correct egregious market failures so that "externalities" are incorporated into the price of fossil fuels. In addition, of course, we also need to correct flawed government policies which act to artificially hold down the price of polluting fuels relative to clean, renewable sources of power. As a result of both failures - market and government policy - fossil fuels are far cheaper than their fully "internalized" price would suggest. That's definitely not the way to go if we want to make "green technology...affordably green."

P.S. Wouldn't it be ironic if this business deal by "liberal" Terry McAuliffe ended up bringing more jobs to Virginia than "conservative" Bob McDonnell's much-touted bribing courting, via government handouts/corporate welfare, of Northrop Grumman?

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