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Kenny Golden Endorses Ron Paul for Speaker


Yesterday, while being endorsed by something called the Modern Whig Party (seriously!), 2nd CD independent candidate (vs. Rep. Glenn Nye and Republican nominee Scott Rigell) Kenny Golden endorsed Ron Paul for Speaker of the House.  The only problem with Ron Paul is that he's about as extreme as you can get in American politics. A few of his ratings from Project Vote Smart: ZERO from NARAL Pro-Choice America; ZERO from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund; ZERO from the Humane Society; 8% from the NAACP, 100% from the Eagle Forum; F from the National Education Association; ZERO from the American Association of University Women; ZERO from the League of Women Voters; ZERO from the League of Conservation Voters; ZERO from the Children's Health Fund; ZERO from the American Public Health Association; ZERO from the AFL-CIO; ZERO from the Military Officers Association of America; ZERO from the  Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; ZERO from  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby; F from the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy; F from the  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; ZERO from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; ZERO from the American Association of University Women; etc., etc.  

Plus, let's not forget his "decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays." Other than that, he's a great choice for Speaker of the House. Nice job, Mr. Golden!

“Liberal Media” Gave Blanket Coverage to Tea Party Convention; Blacks Out Coffee Party

This weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, there's a national political convention going on. Of course, you wouldn't know it if you watched the evening news, read the morning paper, or listened to the radio, but several hundred Coffee Party activists are gathered right now for their first-ever convention. And the media coverage is...basically non-existent, so far at least. In fact, I just did a Google search for "coffee party convention," and basically got nothing from the "mainstream media," other than a few local stations. I also got an article on the right-wing Big Government wsbsite, asking "Who Put the Prozac in the Coffee Party Convention?", and another article from something called the California Independent Voter, "All (unintentionally) quiet on the Coffee Party front."

That's about it in the last few weeks. No NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, AP, or just about any other major media outlet. Basically, it's a full-fledged media blackout of the Coffee Party convention. Oh, that liberal media!

In stark contrast, coverage of the first "Tea Party" convention, held last February in Nashville, Tennessee, was enormous, breathless, and pretty much wall-to-wall. Do a Google search on "Tea Party convention" and "Nashville" and watch as hundreds of thousands of results pop up on your screen. That included coverage by Fox News, CNN, and Reuters TV, among many many other media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and pretty much...well, everybody. All to cover about 600 "delegates," far fewer than the 2,100 or so that participated in this year's Netroots Nation gathering, for instance (although more than the approximately 350 attending the Coffee Party convention).

Of course, none of this is anything new for the so-called "liberal media." For instance, check this out:

Obama: GOP Plan “an echo of a disastrous decade the country cannot afford to...


The full transcript is here, a highlight follows. Enjoy.
Now, the Republicans who want to take over Congress offered their own ideas the other day.  Many were the very same policies that led to the economic crisis in the first place, which isn't surprising, since many of their leaders were among the architects of that failed policy.

It is grounded in the same worn out philosophy: cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; cut the rules for Wall Street and the special interests; and cut the middle class loose to fend for itself.  That's not a prescription for a better future.  It's an echo of a disastrous decade we can't afford to relive.

The Republicans in Washington claimed to draw their ideas from a website called "America Speaking Out." It turns out that one of the ideas that's drawn the most interest on their website is ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

Funny thing is, when we recently closed one of the most egregious loopholes for companies creating jobs overseas, Republicans in Congress were almost unanimously opposed. The Republican leader John Boehner attacked us for it, and stood up for outsourcing, instead of American workers.

So, America may be speaking out, but Republicans in Congress sure aren't listening. They want to put special interests back in the driver's seat in Washington. They want to roll back the law that will finally stop health insurance companies from denying you coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition. They want to repeal reforms that will finally protect hardworking families from hidden rates and penalties every time they use a credit card, make a mortgage payment, or take out a student loan.

Gerry Connolly: “Well I do like Lady Gaga”


Posted simply because I think it's funny (in a good way), and because my wife LOL'ed (also in a good way) when she saw it.  Enjoy. :)

P.S. We also like Lady Gaga, so we have THAT in common with Gerry Connolly! LOL

GOP Pledges to Cut Spending! (by 0.01%)


Rep. Kevin McCarthy, one of the main authors of the GOP "Pledge to America," can only come up with $100 million - that's MILLION - in cuts, out of a $3 trillion - that's 1,000 THOUSAND times greater than a million - federal budget.  For the math challenged, McCarthy's proposed cuts amount to 0.01% of the federal budget, leaving 99.99% of the federal budget - including entitlements (Medicare, Social Security), defense and interest on the debt; about 80% of the budget - intact.  And he won't name any non-defense discretionary programs he'd cut. Wow, is that bold or what? Of course, what else would you expect from a bunch of fresh-faced, fresh-ideas "Young Guns" like John BONEr and Eric Can'tor?  On second thought...

UPDATE: Actually, as Paul Krugman points out in his superb article, "Downhill With the G.O.P.," "there's only one specific cut proposed - canceling the rest of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which Republicans claim (implausibly) would save $16 billion. That's less than half of 1 percent of the budget cost of those tax cuts."

Bob McDonnell Gets It Right on Civil War History, After Exhausting All Other Options

I'm very glad to see Bob McDonnell finally get it right on the Civil War, even if he exhausted all other options before he managed to do so. The full speech - delivered earlier today at Norfolk State University, for a conference entitled,  "Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory" - is after the "fold," but the highlights are:

*Today's Virginia is a "diverse" place, in which we are committed to "the founding ideal of equal liberty and justice and opportunity for all."

*McDonnell's Confederate History Month proclamation was flawed, due to its "major and unacceptable omission of slavery"  an omission which "disappointed and hurt a lot of people, myself included."

*"Slavery was an evil and inhumane practice which degraded people to property, defied the eternal truth that all people are created in the image and likeness of God, and left a stain on the soul of this state and nation."

*In April 2011, McDonnell will issue a "Civil War in Virginia" proclamation that will remember all Virginians-free and enslaved; Union and Confederate. It will be written for all Virginians."

Again, I'm glad to see that Bob McDonnell finally got this right. I just wish we could get to a place in Virginia where no governor would ever conceive of getting it wrong, whether an "error of haste" or "of heart."

Jon Stewart: “This thing’s not even a sequel, it’s like a shot-by-shot remake!”


So two years ago, just to get this straight, two years ago America broke up with you, because you had badly mistreated her. And so you disappear, do some soul-searching, get your head together, and you come back rapping on our door, hat in hand, and you say, "Baby, I know you love me. But if we get back together, I pledge to you, I promise you, I will still try to fuck your sister every chance I get. It's who I am, baby!  It's who I am! Now, make up your mind, because I'm not going to ask you twice!

Statements by Kaine, Saslaw on VDOT Audit Results

As Ryan Nobles reports, Tim Kaine is getting " his direction" following "the release of a scathing audit on the Virginia Department of Transportation," which found that "[m]ore than $1 billion in state transportation funds were left on the table, while traffic remained bottled up, rest stops were closed and pot holes not filled." According to Bob McDonnell, not specifically mentioning his predecessor in the governor's mansion, Tim Kaine, "There was a bad set of management decisions made to be able to keep money in the bank that should've been spent."

Tim Kaine's response is as follows (bolding added by me for emphasis):

"Typically when an audit is released with such anticipation, it's because of a discovery that taxpayer dollars are missing. In the case of today's audit - thanks to tight-fisted project management and sharp reduction in overhead during the toughest economic downturn in a generation - what's clear is VDOT has cash in the bank to pay for the projects in the Six Year Plan as they are built. That's good news.

"VDOT reforms enacted by the General Assembly were meant to yield exactly these results - and as intended the available cash has been budgeted to a maintenance or construction project. In 2002, there were $687 million in project deficits and about 10,500 VDOT employees. Today, there is a substantial cash balance and fewer than 7,000 VDOT employees.

"When the McDonnell Administration went to market this past May to sell transportation bonds, they bragged about the smart fiscal management at VDOT. The nation's top bonding agencies studied the agency's performance and agreed, rating the VDOT bonds a strong AA credit. The McDonnell Administration's own Six Year Plan includes sizable cash reserves as a smart strategy for reserving funds for future projects.

"Ultimately the fact that there is money to spend on transportation needs is welcome news for Virginians and for the Commonwealth."

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) also weighed in, defending Kaine and also explaining the situation. I think Saslaw's statement makes a lot of sense.
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