...Your opponent then and coming George Allen would not have had the gall to write about the "myth of white privilege" even though I am sure he feels that way. In African culture, it is said, when people show & tell you who they are. Believe them!" Your written word has spoken volumes for your belief system.Rand Paul? George Allen? "Rush, Beck or O'Reilly?" Ee gads.
It appears that you and U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul are kith and kin. Do you really believe that affirmative action has hurt white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants or are you pandering to the divisive, conservative, Tea Bagger types whose votes you will need in 2012? The true beneficiaries of affirmative action programs are white, Anglo-Saxon women...overwhelmingly. If a white, republican, ultra-right winger, or Rush, Beck or O'Reilly had written or spoken it, the world would have known about it...
You have given cover & solace to those "who want to take their country back (from whom?), who want to reload not regroup, who think it is ok to spit on and use racial epithets against African members of the House of Representatives...
Lincoln appeared at a White House balcony to tell a crowd of serenaders that this "gigantic Rebellion" whose purpose was to "overthrow the principle that all men are created equal" had been dealt a crippling blow."
The Confederacy never recovered from these twin blows, and when Union armies advanced into the Confederacy, thousands of slaves were freed each day, as the federal forces implemented the Emancipation Proclamation of 1 January 1863. Whatever lawyerly constitutional splitting of hairs has been offered before or since for secession, the participants in "The War" understood perfectly well why they were fighting: to preserve that union which was founded on the freedom of all men, every one equally a human being.
June 2, 2010
Dear Senator Webb/Warner,
As religious leaders from across the Commonwealth, we are writing to express our alarm at the state of environmental stewardship here in Virginia, and nationwide. For us as people of faith, this is an issue of basic fairness and justice; not only because we are called to care for Creation, but because of who will be harmed most by inaction: the poor and voiceless.
Specifically, we would like to see federal climate legislation that includes strong emission reductions, international adaptation assistance, and protections for low-income families.
...A new bill introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) seeks to ensure that none of the Texas standards are allowed to be used in California in any fashion.Among other lunacy, the new Texas "standards" "say that the McCarthyism of the 1950s was later vindicated -- something most historians deny -- draw an equivalency between Jefferson Davis's and Abraham Lincoln's inaugural addresses, say that international institutions such as the United Nations imperil American sovereignty, and include a long list of Confederate officials about whom students must learn." As I said, "lunacy."
Under Yee's bill, SB1451, the California Board of Education would be required to look out for any of the Texas content as part of its standard practice of reviewing public school textbooks. The board must then report any findings to the legislature and to the secretary of education.
So, which delegate(s) and which state senator(s) are going to introduce this legislation in the next Virginia General Assembly session?
With regard to the clean energy and climate bill introduced earlier today (full text here), Reiley says, "This is a unique opportunity for Congress to pass legislation that will reduce our dependence on oil, decrease carbon emissions and promote a new competitive energy economy. Its impact will be felt for generations to come." Increasingly, despite reams of disinformation put out there by the fossil fuel industries and their allies, this is a view that is shared by the business community and by the American people. Now, if we could just convince a few Republicans to remove their heads from the sand on this crucial issue...
LANDMARK ENERGY & CLIMATE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN U.S. SENATE TODAY
Signals Critical Progress & Major Gains for Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia - Today, a comprehensive energy and climate legislation was introduced, reflecting months of hard work from Senators John Kerry (D- MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). The American Power Act is a major step forward that would reduce United States' dependence on oil and move our country toward a cleaner, more secure energy economy.
This legislation was introduced on the heels of a letter sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid and the U.S. Senate last week, signed by 175 business leaders around the country. The letter called on the Senate to get comprehensive energy and climate legislation back on track in order to spur a new energy economy, boost energy independence and decrease carbon emissions.
Democrats helped Krystal Ball (D-Fredericksburg) shed the presumptive nominee label by selecting her to be the official democratic nominee from Virginia's 1st Congressional District at a convention this past Saturday.
Ball wasted little time in drawing a sharp contrast between her and Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Montross).
When we passed Social Security they threatened to repeal it, when we passed Medicare they threatened to repeal it and now, now that we have passed health care reform they are threatening to repeal it. Well I have one message for Eric Cantor and John Boehner and to Rob Wittman. Let me say this clearly. I don't care what your buddies in the health insurance lobby want we are not going backwards!
It is that sense of loyalty that has led [Fred] Malek, a prominent Republican rainmaker, to emerge as the leading defender of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the wake of the 2008 election where she served as the party's vice presidential nominee.Wonderful. Oh, and there's also that little "Jewish cabal" controversy from Malek's days in the Nixon Administration. Other than that, Malek's a great pick to head this commission!
Palin's surprise resignation last week has made Malek a wanted man -- one of a coveted few in Washington who have a relationship with the Alaska governor.
But wait, there's more. The next person on the list is Alexandra Liddy Bourne, Executive Director of the American Energy Freedom Center.
George Allen recently announced the formation of the American Energy Freedom Center, a project of the Institute for Energy Research, yet another group attempting to fight efforts to stop the climate crisis with connections to Exxon.In June 2009, Bourne, "in her personal capacity as a nurse, took EPA to task for failing to identify any specific evidence of morbidity and other health risks linked to greenhouse gas emissions." Uh, you mean "health risks" like destroying the planet's environment? Oh wait, I almost forgot, people like Bourne and others at the far-right wing Heartland Institute don't "believe" in climate change science. Was Bourne a Kookinelli recommendation, or did McDonnell come up with her all by himself?
Almost 10% of the Institute for Energy Research's 2007 budget was provided by ExxonMobil. In 2007, ExxonMobil donated $95,000 of the $988,980 received by the Institute for Energy Research...
A couple more fine members of McDonnell's budget commission include:
*Our old pal Benjamin "Benedict" Lambert, a supposed Democrat who infamously endorsed George Allen over Jim Webb in 2006. Thankfully, Donald McEachin trounced Benedict in the June 2007 primary.
*Senator Mark Obenshain, by all accounts one of the craziest, most extreme right-wing members of the Virginia General Assembly. Last we saw him, he was ranting about the "North American Man-Boy Love Association," and Rachel Maddow was calling him out for "stoop[ing] to a pedophilia argument in a debate over McEachin's civil rights bill."
I can't wait to see what this commission comes up with!
City of Roanoke, Lynchburg, Williamsburg, Hampton, Newport News, Vinton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and City of Fairfax.
There are some exciting races including some good young Democrats who are running for city and town council. Yours truly will be volunteering for Scott Foster in Williamsburg all day.
Please feel free to use this as an open thread to report what you see/hear from the polls today.
UPDATE 9:06 pm: Bad news from Chesapeake City, where Brian White appears to have finished 9th and out of the running. Sigh...
In Virginia, the Governor can propose amendments to legislation as part of his vetoing or approving a bill and returning it to the veto session of the General Assembly. Gov. McDonnell has proposed requiring that the gun safety instruction in the elementary schools be required to use the curriculum of the National Rifle Association.
In Washington, Republican Senators have introduced legislation to block the White House from requiring federal agencies to consider climate change data in environmental impact statements.
I will provide more information below the fold.