On the Kojo Nnamdi Show this Friday, 11th CD Republican nominee Keith Fimian engaged in some unintentional (presumably) hilarity. First, in response to a question about whether he's "too conservative" for the 11th CD, Fimian - who just finished running in the Republican primary as THE conservative, tea party candidate, pretty much to the right of Attila the Hun - now says that, oh no, he's not too conservative. Uh huh.
Then, even funnier, is Fimian's eye-rolling praise for Herrity (as a "very fine guy...a beacon of hope in Northern Virginia"), his prediction that Herrity would be at a Republican "unity dinner" last night ("I certainly hope so, I expect that he will"), and his remark that he and Herrity are "very very similar in very many ways." As to the "beacon of hope" and "very very similar" comments, that's just laughable given the bitter, divisive primary these guys just ran. Sure, this is politics, but c'mon. Even more amusing, regarding Fimian's expectation that Herrity would attend the "unity dinner," well...apparently he had better things to do with his time.
Herrity, though, will not be attending the 11th District Republican Committee's "Unity Dinner" Friday night, however. He said he's planning to head to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a family vacationIn other words, the classic, "spend more time with my family" excuse. Great "unity" you got going there, Mr. Fimian!
"This has been a long-scheduled vacation," Herrity said. "I wish I could be [at the dinner]."
By the way, if Fimian was so concerned about having Herrity at this "unity dinner," why didn't he...wait for it...check with Herrity about his schedule first?!? (e.g., rather than just unilaterally setting a date, calling it a "unity dinner," and trying to force Herrity to show). As I've said before, on top of being a right-wing extremist, this guy is simply not ready for prime time.
1. GOVERNOR, FAMILY MEMBERS TRAVELING TO IRELAND
3. CUCCINELLI QUESTIONED ON HEALTH CARE AT BOYS STATE
4. CUCCINELLI PUSHES FOR STRONGER VETERAN ADVOCACY
5. HE'S BA-AAAACK! EX-SPEAKER WILKINS JOINS PAC
7. METRO OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEGE VIRGINIA COMMITTED FUNDS, BUT SAY THE TIMING IS UNCERTAIN
8. MANASSAS TEA PARTY FILLS HARRIS PAVILION
9. SEVERAL THOUSAND EXPECTED FOR PALIN IN NORFOLK
10. SEN. WARNER: PRIVATE SECTOR CAN HELP ARLINGTON
11. POLL SAYS PALIN ENDORSEMENT COULD HURT GOP NOMINEES - DECISION TIME FOR RIGELL..
15. MASSIVE OIL-SKIMMING SHIP MAKES STOP IN NORFOLK
16. DRILLING FOES LEND A 'HAND' TO FOSSIL FUEL DEBATE
27. ASSESSING THE DAMAGE: WIND, TREES CRUSHED AREA HOMES, CARS
The full transcript is here. No, this legislation - like any legislation - isn't perfect. However, as the White House points out, it "reflects 90 percent of what the President originally proposed, includes the strongest consumer financial protections in history with an independent agency to enforce them." It also "ensures that the trading of derivatives, which helped trigger the crisis, will be brought into the light of day, and enacts the 'Volcker Rule,' which will make sure banks protected by safety nets like the FDIC cannot engage in risky trades." Not too shabby. Great work by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and everyone else who worked on this bill!
Of course, there will always be people - I believe they're called "Republicans" - who won't give President Obama and the Democrats any credit for anything. Despite that, this is yet another major accomplishment, in addition to all of these, by the 111th Congress and the Obama White House. Now, on to comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, plus comprehensive immigration reform, and this will go down in history as one of the greatest 2-year periods of legislative accomplishment in U.S. history. See what happens when Democrats "grab a mop" to clean up the mess the Republicans made before we booted them out of office?
1. MCDONNELL FORESEES NO GAS-TAX JUMP
2. MCDONNELL TALKS TRANSPORTATION IN BOYS STATE APPEARANCE
3. MCDONNELL NO LONGER CONCERNED ABOUT ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW
4. MCDONNELL WANTS SEAT AT THE TABLE
5. EDUCATION BOARD SUPPORTS MCDONNELL ON NATIONAL STANDARDS
7. CUCCINELLI, MCCOLLUM CONFER ON HEALTH-CARE LAWSUITS
8. CUCCINELLI ANNOUNCES $173 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN COMPUTER CHIP CASE
10. VIRGINIA COMMITS MONEY TO METRO, CONNAUGHTON SAYS
12. HEALTH-CARE OVERHAUL'S COSTS TO VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND UNCLEAR
13. FREEDOM FEST BRINGS PALIN TO NORFOLK WITH GEORGE ALLEN AND OTHER CONSERVATIVE all-stars...
14. 5TH INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE GOES BEFORE CHARLOTTESVILLE TEA PARTIERS
15. PERRIELLO BLASTS SENATE ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Of course, the real culprits are clear:
Millions of people who have been out of work across the nation for more than six months and hoping for an unemployment benefits extension are in for some bad news today.Thank you, elitist Republicans, who care more about welfare to huge corporations and tax breaks to the top 0.1% than about - as Tom Perriello puts it - "critically needed unemployment benefits to those out of work." Priorities, priorities.
On Thursday, Republicans defeated the Democrats' showcase election-year jobs bill, including an extension of weekly unemployment benefits with a vote of 57-41. That was just three votes short of the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.
First, 57 Democratic Senators walked out of a caucus meeting today sounding like they'd been to a summer blockbuster movie instead. The meeting was thrilling and inspirational...As one commenter at Daily Kos points out, "I am sick to death of people playing politics with this. This is about our survival and our planet's survival. There is nothing political about this." I couldn't agree more.
And within a few hours, we learn why Democratic Senators sound like 57 cats who hijacked the cream truck: Reid is making a high-stakes gamble on a climate bill. Not a clean energy bill, but a climate bill to cap greenhouse gases...
The bottom line is this: anthropogenic global warming is a fact scientists have known about for years now, with more evidence confirming it coming in almost every day. Also, even if there were no global warming, it is still imperative - for urgent economic and national security reasons - that we get off of oil ASAP. And it would still be advantageous for us to slash our natural gas and coal consumption, for both economic and local environmental reasons. Adding in the environmental, economic and national security costs of global warming, and the case is absolutely overwhelming.
In sum, even if you're a "climate change skeptic," there's still a strong case to be made for taking out an "insurance policy" in case climate change is really occurring, and if our failure to act now will lead to disaster in a few years down the road. And, even if you're a "climate change skeptic," why not move towards a new energy economy that will benefit us anyway?
I know, too many facts and too much logic for the Faux "News" crowd. Speaking of which, can you imagine if the party line at Faux was that global warming was really happening? Right now, you'd have 24/7 coverage of the incredible heat we're experiencing in our nation's capital. Not to mention the record-setting warmth, month after month, we've been experiencing. Remember how they mocked global warming during last winter's snowstorms? Well, where are they now? What ever happened to "fair and balanced?" Oh, I almost forgot, that's just a punchy marketing slogan with absolutely no connection to reality. Sorry for mentioning it. Heh.
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart was on the wingnuts' favorite network, Faux, earlier this week, and as usual, the network - and its guest - were factually...er, "challenged." In other words, they lied. To wit:
[C]o-host Steve Doocy and guest Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County, Virginia, board of supervisors, falsely claimed that the county's controversial immigration law reduced violent crime and has never been altered. In fact, Prince William County's violent crime rates actually increased in 2009; the law was modified in 2008 to avoid legal challenges; and a University of Virginia study of the law shows that it has not led to a reduction in crime.Other than that, the interview was spot-on accurate! Heh. The real question is, why does anyone watch Faux News ("unfair and unbalanced," "we distort, you deride") other than for perverse entertainment value?
By the way, is Corey Stewart running for statewide office here in Virginia on an immigrant-bashing platform or what?!?
UPDATE: Another error -- Corey Stewart wasn't the one who came up with this law, "credit" for that should go to these guys. Corey's role was to push this throught, but FAIR actually wrote the law.
From Rep. Perriello's office:
Congressman Tom Perriello's effort to protect U.S. elections from foreign influence achieved a significant victory today by passing the U.S. House as part of the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175). In the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which allowed for unlimited corporate spending in electioneering activity, Rep. Perriello introduced H.R. 4523, the Save Our Democracy From Foreign Influence Act of 2010, which would prohibit corporations with foreign shareholders from making contributions or expenditures in American elections. Today, the House passed by voice vote an amendment sponsored by Perriello to achieve a similar goal.