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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

47 Republicans Write Another Letter, Humor

47 Republican Senators Write Letter to Queen Demanding Congress Approves Royal Baby Name

The 47 letter writers, otherwise known as virtually all the Republicans in the Senate, have put pen to paper again.

Led once more by self-proclaimed international law expert Tom Cotton, the Senators have written to the Queen of England to express their profound displeasure at not being consulted about the new royal baby name.

Their latest missive was delivered to Buckingham Palace today and stated the following:

Dear Queen Elizabeth II, or if you prefer, dear Supreme Ruler of Great Britain,

It has come to our attention through leading diplomatic sources -- People Magazine, The National Enquirer and The New York Post -- that Her Royal Highness, Kate the Duchess of God-Knows-Where, has given birth to a child and named it Charlotte, Elizabeth, Diana without our permission.

We Americans would have undoubtedly chosen Jolene, Mary Lou or Tammy Fay.  Thus, we consider the names that you have picked to be nuclear options and reflective of the growing proliferation in your country of names that are too British-sounding, to say the least. 

This is unacceptable to us and may fundamentally undermine diplomatic relations between our two great nations. (Well we're great.  You however, are not, despite the fact that you still use the word "Great" in your country's name.)

We are therefore writing to remind you that as you are a signatory of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance -- the entente that established NATO just in case you didn't know -- you will have to obtain agreement from the US Government before this baby's name becomes official.

And although you may be tempted to deal with our lame duck and chicken-livered President, Barack Obama, on this matter, please be advised that Congress alone has the power to approve royal baby names! Which means dear Madam, you are going to have to negotiate with us!

So given our declared opposition to your chosen names, we would urge you to submit alternatives for our consideration.  If Jolene, Mary Lou or Tammy Fay do not pass royal muster, we are prepared, in the interests of diplomacy, to consider Billie Jo, Peggy Sue, or Trixie Bell.  At a push, we might even be persuaded to approve Chardonnay.

We hope this clarifies our position with regard to the royal baby name and we look forward to hearing from you forthwith.

As news of the letter to the Queen reverberated around Washington D.C., and outrage about it increased, 46 of the 47 Republican Senators who signed it ran for cover, leaving Tom Cotton holding the bag -- or as Brits like to say, holding the baby.

      Tom Cotton, GOP Hero and Certified Dummy

Cotton, in a desperate attempt to avoid an international incident, said: "OK, OK, Chardonnay might be a name too far. Trixie Bell it is then! I will introduce a bill to that effect tomorrow and I expect it to be passed quickly by my colleagues in the House and the Senate."

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen also made her views known on the letter from the 47.  She said:  I would like to thank the 47 Republican Senators for sharing their thoughts with me on this matter.   And I would particularly like to thank their ancestors for the American Declaration of Independence."

      Another  Republican  Nut Jobs

GOP Rep Says Christians Are Persecuted in the US, Can't Give Examples, Not Humor

                          Marsha, Marsha, Marsha

At the South Carolina Freedom Summit, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 7) advocated State Department intervention when asked what role the United States should play in protecting Christians around the world:

One of the things that we should be doing here is being very strong in our stance with religious freedom in our country... Our allies around the globe want to see us stay strong on our rights and not erode those rights... With the human rights violations and religious persecutions around the globe, we need a State Department that is going to step in and say, "This is not acceptable."

Blackburn thought that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S., but could not give any examples when asked by a reporter.

A Georgia teacher — whose husband sits on the school board — is under fire for telling her students that President Barack Obama isn’t a Christian, and if their parents voted for him they are not Christians either, according to the blog Georgia Watchdog.

According to a letter sent to the Dublin City School Board by the Dublin Laurens NAACP, teacher Nancy Perry made her comments in a classroom at Dublin Middle School several weeks ago.

The letter stated that Perry told students that President Obama is not a Christian and “any parent who supports him is not a Christian.”  She also reportedly challenged her students to “prove their Christianity.”

Dublin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter said the matter has been settled internally while pointing out that teachers should avoid making their political opinions known, reports WMGT.

“We work to build bridges with students, not build walls,” Ledbetter said. “And talking politics, especially giving political opinions, can be very divisive.”

The NAACP said they met with the school and the teacher to air their concerns  and that Perry was accompanied by her husband Bill Perry, who sits on the local school board.

Ledbetter admitted that the attendance by her husband at the meeting was improper and may have an undue influence on the meeting.

“A board member being in a parent-teacher conference can tip the balance, or at least from the appearance, tip the balance of fairness,” he said. “It is not a practice that we can allow.”

Ledbetter said that he sent a letter to the complaining parents to let them know what action he took with the teacher and is giving consideration to requiring sensitivity and diversity training for teachers, faculty, and staff.

No humor here just a racist dirt bag teacher spreading her hate to her 6th grade students.   Are teachers really this dumb?

How Many Republicans will run for President this Election Cycle?

Get ready for the largest GOP presidential field in recent history. 

As many as 20 Republicans are taking a serious look at running for the White House in 2016. A handful of candidates have moved aggressively into the field, and others are expected to ramp up in the coming weeks, with several announcements expected in April. 

Recent races haven’t attracted such a large and unsettled field before, and time is sure to winnow the contenders before the first debate in August 

In 2011, as many as nine Republicans participated in one early debate. The field of declared candidates in that cycle was never greater than 10 at any one time. 

Here are the 20 Republicans likely to make a run for the GOP nomination. 

Jeb Bush: The former Florida governor is all but running, with recent trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in the books. The 
establishment frontrunner has been building a political team and vacuuming up support from major donors.

Scott Walker: The Wisconsin governor has been aggressive on the attack in the early stages, and his burgeoning campaign appears well-positioned to 
compete for the long-haul.

Rand Paul: The Kentucky senator is likely to announce his presidential campaign on April 7. The libertarian favorite has been crafting a campaign focused heavily on technology, while test-driving a message aimed at young voters and minorities.

Marco Rubio: With buzz growing in conservative circles, the Florida senator has put together a top-flight political team made up of 2012 Mitt Romney alums, and may have landed a billionaire backer. 

Chris Christie: It’s been a rough first few months for the New Jersey governor but he’s returned to his wheelhouse — the town-hall meetings where 
shines. It could help him regain stride, and Republicans say his political skills should not be underestimated.

Ben Carson: The retired neurosurgeon and grassroots conservative favorite is within striking distance of the frontrunners in most polls, but verbal gaffes still trip him up. 

Mike Huckabee: The former Arkansas governor left a comfortable gig at Fox News to explore another presidential run and is expected to pull heavily from the same base of evangelical voters as he did in 2008. 

Ted Cruz: The Texas senator has been supplementing his trips to the early states with mainstream media engagements, where he continues to relish the role of conservative agitator. 

Rick Perry: With nothing to lose after his 2012 flop, the former Texas governor now seems like a happy warrior on the trail. He’ll likely be more 
formidable this time with a solid donor base and a sharper message focused on foreign policy. 

Lindsey Graham: The South Carolina senator has impressed crowds in early-voting states with his candor, ease and confidence.  The early focus on 
foreign policy is in his wheelhouse, but he still isn’t near the top tier. 

John Kasich: The Ohio governor is popular in conservative circles and brings added heft from a critical battleground state. This week, conservative writer George Will wrote a column encouraging Kasich to jump in, saying he would add “spirit” and “spice.”

Bobby Jindal: The Louisiana governor is doing everything he can to keep his name in the race, burnishing a reputation as a social conservative 
firebrand and policy wonk in speeches across the country. 

Rick Santorum: 
The former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 runner-up’s moment appears to have come and gone. At the Iowa Ag Summit earlier this month, he seemed surprised by the small group of reporters he attracted.

Carly Fiorina: The former Hewlett Packard CEO has moved early and aggressively into the presidential field. As the only woman candidate, she adds diversity to the field, and the wealthy businesswoman could self-fund a campaign for as long as she wants.

John Bolton: The former UN ambassador’s bid would largely be predicated on his hawkish foreign policy bona fides. He’s the only potential candidate that supports gay marriage, which could endear him to a select group of wealthy GOP donors. 

Peter King: The New York congressman has said he wants to make sure that his nemeses in the Senate — Paul and Cruz — don’t control the discourse.

George Pataki: The former New York governor has been travelling to early voting states. Like Christie, Pataki has trumpeted his record as a 
Republican governor in a blue state. 

Jim Gilmore: The former Virginia governor says he’s seriously considering another presidential run, but it’s hard to see his place in the field. 
Gilmore briefly ran for president in 2008, but dropped out early.  Later that year he was crushed by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) in the race for Senate.

Bob Ehrlich: The former Maryland governor has been to New Hampshire a handful of times this year and has quietly met with donors and party leaders to gauge support for a potential bid. 

Mark Everson: The former IRS commissioner became the first Republican presidential candidate to officially enter the field earlier this month, 
releasing a four-and-a-half minute long video and 16-page document vowing to turn the country around. But virtually no one knows who he is. 

There may be a few more republicans who throw their hats into the ring, the election is over 18 months away.   My apology to those who are already running but  I am unaware of.    I will update the list as necessary.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Amherst Democrats Have a Great Candidate, Ellen M Arthur

This meeting took place April 16th at 7 pm and a lot of Democrats showed up to meet Ellen M. Arthur.    Ellen is our candidate for Delegate from the fighting 24th district that encompasses Amherst County.

If you missed us this month keep reading the AMHERST DEMOCRATIC NEWS for your next opportunity to meet and ask Ellen about the ways she can improve your life when she goes to Richmond or ask any of  Ellen's friends appearing in this and the other photos that are from the meeting.

You can also give Ned Kable a call and establish a way for us to contact you and we will send you a reminder of meeting dates, times and places.   Ned is the Amherst County Democratic Chairman, the phone number is 434-989-2846.    We would love to have you as a member and your help will be much appreciated.

That's Jackie, Center is Ellen M Arthur our candidate and Nancy (right).   Ask them about Ellen.

The gentleman on the far right shaking hands with Ellen is Rodney Taylor.    Rodney is a former Democratic Chairman and noted Amherst County Democrat.

Ask any of these ladies about Ellen.   ( Ellen is second lady from right in photo)

We're Happy Democrats because We Have a Great Candidate.

From Here on Photos Only.    Join us at the next get together, I'd like to get a photo of you for the site.  


Thanks for supporting your local Democratic party.     See you next meeting.

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Make Your Vote Count, Vote Ellen M. Arthur

Thursday, April 2, 2015

If You Missed Ellen at the Kickoff - Catch her on the 16th at the Madison Heights Library

That's Right, Ellen M. Arthur will be at the Madison Heights Library on the 16th of April (7 pm) ready to meet and greet and answer your questions and listen to your concerns.     Please join us then.    We need upgraded leadership in Richmond.     In short we need your help.    (We Need Ellen M. Arthur as our Delegate)

                          Candidate Ellen  and  Chairman Ned
                  Here's Ellen Announcing her candidacy

         Ellen is a Great Speaker and equipped with good ideas and a desire to serve the voters

       Ellen took questions one on one after the announcement

       Ellen meets Magnolia Braxton.    Magnolia is a local legend due to her tireless work during President Obama's re-election.

       Former Supervisor ( and just about every job in local government) Leon Parrish chats with Ned Kabel (Democratic Chairman) while in the background on the left Nicole Steenburgh (reporter at NewsAdvance interviews Ellen M, Arthur.    The tallest man in the photo (actually standing up hill directly behind Ned) Is Steve Martin, hard working democrat.

   On this windy day, with your help and support, the winds of change will send Ellen M. Arthur off to Richmond to give us something we haven't had in a long time.     A representative in Richmond looking out for the needs of local voters.

    It is this gentlemen's 90th birthday Ellen finds out as she chats with him.    Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us.    He was a fierce democrat and participated loudly in the cheering and questioning during the announcement.    

  This was a wonderful get together and now we move in unison to create that more perfect union that will represent the citizens of Virginia's 24th District.    Please join us on April 16th at 7 pm at the Madison Heights Library in the River James Shopping Center,  on the Lynchburg side of the Lowes Store.

Here are some more photos, see if you recognize the people.


The Court Ruling That Changed Everything

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote to gut a century of campaign finance law, he assured the public that the unlimited corporate spending he was ushering in would  “not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”    Because those authorized to give and spend unlimited amounts were legally required to remain independent of the politicians themselves, Kennedy reasoned, there was no cause for concern.    Has anyone ever been more wrong that Justice Kennedy?

Just five years later, in a development that may be surprising only to Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision is reshaping how, how much and to whom money flows in Washington.

How the flood of money released by Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has changed elections has been the subject of much discussion, but the decision’s role in allowing that same money to soak the legislative process has largely gone unreported.    According to an extensive review of public documents held by the FEC, the U.S. Senate and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as interviews with lobbyists and policymakers, Kennedy's allegedly independent spending has become increasingly intertwined with lobbying and legislation -- the precise appearance of corruption campaign finance laws were meant to curb.

Politically active nonprofits, known as  "dark money"  groups for their ability to shield the identity of donors, and super PACs, which take unlimited sums of money but must disclose donors, have become dominated by lobbyists and other political operatives with close ties to leaders in Congress.    Meanwhile, businesses with issues before Congress are pumping increasingly more money into the lobbyist-connected organizations.

The Supreme Court initially established a narrow definition of corruption in the 1970s, but Citizens United used it to blow open the gates that had been holding back corporate money.    The 2010 decision came as the U.S. legislative system had evolved into a near parliamentary system of party-line voting and expansive party networks extending seamlessly from the Capitol to party headquarters to lobbying firms to outside political groups.    Most top congressional legislators now have  "leadership teams"  -- informal but internally recognized groups of aides-turned-lobbyists who help raise funds.

To the lobbyists working in the system he helped create, Kennedy’s vision of political spending is unrecognizable.    "I think Justice Kennedy's view on this was naive at best,"  one lobbyist told The Huffington Post, reflecting a rare bipartisan consensus.    "People are going to do what's allowed under the law."    Now that Justice kennedy has totally messed up the political system in this country wouldn't it be nice if he at least apoligized for his dumb decision.    Can the people trust this man with the lifetime job and declining ability to reason to do the things this country needs done?

The Supreme Court majority’s casual dismissal of the possibility that the Citizens United ruling could lead to corruption or the appearance of corruption was necessary from a judicial perspective.    Citizens United and a subsequent lower court ruling essentially hold that the First Amendment prevents the government from restricting political spending independent of the candidates and parties.    Yet the courts had long recognized Congress’ authority to regulate the financing of campaigns and the lobbying process in order to maintain the citizens’ trust in a democratic government.    Where the choice had been between the sanctity of elections on the one hand and an unfettered interpretation of the First Amendment on the other, the courts chose to protect elections -- because without a trusted government, there is no First Amendment to speak of.

Kennedy and the other four justices, therefore, had to insist that independent political spending could not lead to corruption or the appearance of corruption -- no threat of corruption meant no congressional authority to regulate that spending.

It is difficult, however, to look closely at the way laws are being made today without acknowledging at least an appearance of corruption.

 Congressional aides we asked all said that their own members of Congress were certainly not influenced in an untoward way by the corporate funds pumped into efforts to re-elect them, but that it was easy to see why the public might assume that to be the case.    Five years later, the judicial logic of Citizens United has unraveled.

Political advisers closely associated with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) serve as both operatives on their behalf and lobbyists for corporate clients with business before Congress. The clients are encouraged to give generously to super PACs associated with the respective lawmakers, according to lobbyists familiar with the widespread strategy.

Trevor Potter, one of the top election lawyers in the country whose clients include Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and comedian Stephen Colbert, warns that this arrangement creates exactly the appearance of corruption that courts have used to justify campaign finance limits.

It does make a significant difference to have lobbyists involved because then you have the very lobbyists who seek official action from the members being the conduits to the money,”  Potter said.    “It makes them valuable to their clients because they have a good relationship with the member, and they have a tight relationship with the member because they have access to the money from their clients.”

They're making use of the opportunity.    A connected super PAC and nonprofit manned by lobbyists tied to Boehner have collectively received millions from interests in the insurance, drug, energy and other industries.    Big-money groups associated with McConnell have been funded by coal companies, insurers and hospitals. Mining and gambling businesses have given directly to the super PAC associated with Reid, which is staffed by two Reid confidantes, one of whom advises the lobby shop that represents those companies while she also prepares to run the senator's 2016 re-election bid.    All these companies have hired lobbyists who are connected to those same lawmakers as well as to the big-money groups and who are also working on issues over which Congress has much sway.   The groups they fund have spent big to put and keep Boehner, McConnell and Reid in the driver’s seat.

Tony Podesta, a Democratic super lobbyist with the Podesta Group, said that he has encouraged his corporate clients to give to super PACs and dark money nonprofits.    “It’s unfortunate that we have the decision Citizens United, but as long as that’s the law of the land, then Democrats and Republicans are both active in these kinds of endeavors,”  he said.

It seems 9 monkeys flipping a coin and counting the heads and tails to make the decision could give the Supreme Court a run for their money when it comes to reasoning.

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