Saturday, February 16, 2019
Home Authors Posts by lowkell

lowkell

13077 POSTS 16033 COMMENTS

Whipple Clip Dozen: Monday Morning

Thanks to Tom Whipple for the Monday "Clips." Also, thanks for a good laugh for commenting, "It is clear from the compilation below that the Commonwealth has run out of news and insightful editorial comment. Will all you reporters and editors out there please try harder to find some for tomorrow and will the rest of you please try to do or say something significant to make some?"  Yeah, it's really quiet in Virginia politics right now. Zzzzzzzzzz.

1. VA HIGHER-EDUCATION REFORM COMMISSION TO MEET
2. DECISION TO KEEP JENS SOERING IN VIRGINIA WINS PRAISE
3. VIRGINIA RECORDS SHOW LOWER DEMAND FOR GUN PERMITS
4. HARDENING TARGETS
5. NEW VDOT LEADER ALREADY UP TO SPEED
6. A VICTORY AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
9. TIME FOR SOME CHANGES TO HISTORIC DUMFRIES
10. OZONE CODE-ORANGE STATUS REACHED DURING HEAT WAVE
11. AREA FACES GAPS IN LEAD TESTING FOR KIDS

Fairfax County Democratic Board Fires Back at Surovell, Puller

A week ago, the headline at NLS was "Toddy Puller and Scott Surovell Take On Democratic Board in Fairfax County." The subject of the story was Puller's and Surovell's Washington Post op-ed, "A fair shake for Fairfax's other business corridor."  In sum, Puller and Surovell made the case for Fairfax County to divide up resources more evenly between the Silver Line/Tysons Corner and the Richmond Highway Corridor (U.S. Route 1), asking, "When will the focus -- and the money -- shift our way?"

Well, today they received their response in the form of another Washington Post op-ed, this one by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, plus two other Democratic Supervisors (Jeff McKay, Gerry Hyland). According to Bulova et al., the op-ed by Puller and Surovell was "simply mind-boggling," "unbelievable," and "pit[ting] one end of the county against the other, and the county against the state."  As the expression goes, "dem dere's fightin' words."

To the contrary, the Fairfax County Board Democratic members write, "While the transformation of Tysons Corner has received quite a lot of media attention as the Comprehensive Plan Amendment has worked its way through the approval process, there has been no less commitment to other needs in the county, especially in the Richmond Highway Corridor."  They point out that "Fairfax County's State Secondary Fund allocation has dwindled from $29.4 million in 2004 to a measly $1,989 this year -- not even enough to install a traffic light." And they suggest that Puller and Surovell "turn their attention toward becoming real partners for transportation funding...start[ing] with getting the Virginia Department of Transportation to repave Route 1 and cut the grass in the medians throughout Fairfax County."

So, the battle is joined in Fairfax County. Anyone else care to weigh in?

Long-Time Republican Congressman Rips Palin, Beck, “Demagoguery”, Failure of GOP Leadership

Why can't there be more Republicans like Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina? Certainly, you'd never hear the following from the likes of Eric Can'tor or John BONEr.

*"Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous 'demagoguery' that threatens the party's long-term credibility."

*"[T]ea party favorites such as former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and right-wing talk show hosts like Glenn Beck are the culprits."

*Talking about crazy stuff like mythical "death panels" is "the lowest form of political leadership."

*The current Republican "leadership" is not leading, but is "following those (television and talk radio) personalities."

*And finally, check this out:

Inglis said he was too far away during the jeering incident to hear whether the protesters shouted racial epithets, as Lewis and other black lawmakers have claimed. But Inglis said the behavior was threatening and abusive.

"I caught him at the door and said, 'John, I guess you've been here before,'" Inglis said.

Inglis, 50, who calls himself a Jack Kemp disciple because he has emphasized outreach to minorities as the late Republican congressman did, thinks racism is a part of the vitriol directed at President Barack Obama.

"I love the South. I'm a Southerner. But I can feel it," he said.

By the way, for anyone who would question Bob Inglis' conservative credentials, you might first want to peruse Project Vote Smart, where you'll see his 0 rating from NARAL, his NRA "A" rating, his 100% Family Research Council score, and his lifetime 93% conservative rating from the American Conservative Union. Inglis also has voted 93.7% of the time with his Republican colleagues during the current Congress. So yeah, he's a Republican. An honest one.

Kaine Explains “Elections still are choices”


In short, it's a "tough political environment" and people are frustrated, but they definitely don't like the Republicans and they certainly don't want the BP apologists, Karl Rove, et al. to take us backwards. All I can say is, I hope Kaine's right. I also hope his strategy of trying to get Obama 2008 voters to turn out in the 2010 mid-terms actually works. I like the idea in theory, but I'm not confident it's going to pan out in practice. We'll see...

Weekly Address: Help for Vets with PTSD


"President Obama announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs, led by Secretary Shinseki, will begin making it easier for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to receive the benefits and treatment they need."

“Locos”


Hi, I'm Edward James Olmos. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I guess that's what makes Americans "locos." We keep yelling "drill baby drill" and expecting things to turn out ok. But the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is nothing new. The oil industry has been poisoning our oceans and wilderness for decades. It's time to regain our sanity. America doesn't want more oil disasters. We need safe, clean and renewable energy now. Think about it.
This ad is being run by my employer, the NRDC Action Fund, in several states including Virginia. With the Senate considering whether to proceed on comprehensive, clean energy and climate legislation (or some other option, or nothing at all), it's time for us to call them and tell them to stop making us all "locos!"

P.S. Olmos is an environmentalist and actor, who has played numerous roles, including "Commander/Admiral William Adama in the Battlestar Galactica re-imagined series, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit."

Michael Gerson on Republicans’ Dangerous Embrace of the Tea Party

There's a must-read column in today's Washington Post by conservative columnist Michael Gerson.  The main point is that the Republican Party is making a huge mistake in embracing and/or tolerating the "tea party."  Gerson sites craziness like Sharron Angle, who "identified the United States Congress with tyranny and contemplated the recourse to political violence." According to Gerson, that's "disqualifying for public office." Gerson also blasts Rand Paul-style libertarianism for having "a rigorous ideological coldness at its core." But the main point of Gerson's column is to warn his Republican Party that trying to ride this tiger, or stay quiet and hope it goes away without eating them, is a huge mistake. Instead, Gerson believes:
...Significant portions of the Republican coalition believe that it is a desirable strategy to talk of armed revolution, embrace libertarian purity and alienate Hispanic voters. With a major Republican victory in November, those who hold these views may well be elevated in profile and influence. And this could create durable, destructive perceptions of the Republican Party that would take decades to change. A party that is intimidated and silent in the face of its extremes is eventually defined by them.

This is the challenge of a political wave. It requires leaders who will turn its energy into a responsible, governing agenda. So far -- in Congress, among conservative leaders, among prospective presidential candidates -- that leadership has been lacking.

And so the Republican Party rides a massive wave toward a rocky shore.

Well said. Unfortunately for Republicans, there's no sign that "leaders" like Eric Cantor and John Boehner actually disagree with the Angles and Pauls of the world. Even if they do, there's no evidence that Cantor, Boehner, McConnell et al. grasp the problem they're facing, know what to do about it, or have the ability to do so even if they want to. Thus, the "rocky shore" looms.
- Blue Virginia Sponsor -

Advertisement

Daily News Briefings