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Friday, July 18, 2014

John McCain is One Crazy Ass Republican


But McCain is just one among many crazy ass republicans.   There don't seem to be any sane people in the GOP, just sore losers trying to destroy the country and hoping that will put them back in power.   From shutting to government down to attacking women's health care to obstructing job creating bills to putting all the controls and power in the hands of big business who own the republican party to anything they can dream of to obstruct the recovery, that's the GOP Way.


I'm in my middle sixties and everybody I went to school with or hung out with in my teens and twenties went in service and gave Uncle Sam some of their young years, just like me.   I respect everybody who went and I respect John McCain for his service, but in McCain's case he has been double dipping and free riding for the past forty plus years and enough is enough.


This country has paid us all back in aces for our service and in my case the debt was repaid years ago.  Serving your country doesn't give you the right to bitch and moan forever.   Loosing the presidency to Obama in a fair election doesn't give you the right to be a sour puss old prick forever either. 


If John McCain can't grow up then he needs to shut up and the people in his party need to convey to him that they have had enough of his childish behavior.


Every time something happens anywhere in the world here comes John McCain rushing to the mike and cameras like his ass is on fire to call the President a coward and whine about the foreign policy of our country.   Then he plays his one card, calling on the United States to send troops to that part part of the world to fight a life and death battle for the people living there, even if they won't fight for themselves.


If John McCain had his way there would be very few countries in the world that did not have American troops encamped.  We would need every child born in the USA to fight all the wars McCain dreams about in his mind.   John McCain dreams about war as he sleeps at his desk on the Senate floor.   McCain never met a war he didn't want to send our children to die in.


A civilian airliner gets shot down by Russian rebels and 290 European and Dutch citizens die.  This takes place just outside of the Russian border.   Crazy John McCain calls Obama a coward and demands we send Americas sons and daughters to the scene to fight and die for his twisted world view. 


 It is high time republicans started speaking up to the John McCains' in their party.  The John Boltons' and Shawn Hannitys' that  play this sick game all the time.   Fox spends 24 hours a day critizing any and everything the President does.  Fox and these right wing nuts are off of their rockers and sadly regular republicans are too dim to form a thought on their own follow these distorters' of truth without question.  


Fox compliments our enemies and then  credits them as smarter, more powerful and greater leaders than the President and his administration.    Fox and these republicans are sickening.

We have elections for president every 4 years and the last two elections Obama won.   That is why McCain and Romney are just constantly complaining pricks, they lost.   Republicans may very well lose again in 2016.   Does that mean they will keep up their silly obstructionist games for the entire four year first term of office of the next Democratic President?   If there are any sensible republicans left they need to re-take control of their party from the loons who are running it in the ground.


If you live in the United States of America and cast your vote for the republican party, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul, you are selling America Out and you are a sick piece of crap.     It is time someone said it straight.


Quotes from John McCain

"Make it a hundred...That would be fine with me." --to a questioner who asked if he supported President Bush's vision for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for 50 years, Derry, New Hampshire, Jan. 3, 2008 

"At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." --to his wife, Cindy, after she playfully twirled his hair and said "You're getting a 
little thin up there,"  as reported in the book  The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter.

"She needed the clothes." --explaining to reporters why the RNC spent $150,000 on clothes and accessories for Sarah Palin and her family, Florida, Oct. 23, 2008.

"I think she's most qualified of any that has run recently for vice president, tell you the truth." --on Sarah Palin, interview with Don Imus, Oct. 22, 

"The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president and, in my view, has betrayed the public's trust. If I were president today, I would fire him." --apparently unaware of the fact that the SEC chairman, as a commissioner of an independent regulatory commission, cannot be removed by the president, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sept. 18, 2008.

"You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran." --breaking into song after being asked at a VFW meeting about whether it was time to send a message to Iran, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, April 18, 2007.

"I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges." --touting Sarah Palin's foreign policy credentials by confusing the Alaska National Guard with the U.S. Army, where Palin's son is currently serving, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sept. 17, 2008.

 "[Sarah Palin] knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America. ... And, uh, she also happens to represent, be governor of a state that's right next to Russia." --after being asked about Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience, interview with WCSH-6, Portland, 
OR, Sept. 12, 2008.

Dumb McCain quotes could go on forever.    Truth is the staff is carrying this worn out old senator and most every time he opens his mouth he inserts his foot.


What Makes Republicans Do What They Do?

Why continue to support the Republican world-view given that their world-view is at odds with the best interests of all, but a select few?”   Why do seemingly sensible people vote for republicans and against their own interests?

The Republican Party and its billionaire CEO friends have a vision for our country, which is Plutocratic, a more sinister form of Oligarchy—a form of government designed to represents the values of corporate greed– a corollary of which is power.   Though Oligarchies may be benign,  Republicans advocate for a Plutocracy, a more dangerous Oligarchy– a  form of private hegemony, which is the desire to control the social, ideological, and economic influences of our society. The actual consequence of a Republican administration will be that wealth, power, and opportunity will get even more concentrated, and benefit fewer and fewer people.   Brainwashed republican voters support these values even though they are the losers.

Folks who support the elected Right have to believe that their representatives will adopt legislation and policy that best promotes their common values, which will make their lives better.  But, they fail to realize that the policies that these elected officials advocate,  disguised as protection of Freedom, are based upon greed and religion.   These people are no less than fools.

Greed and religion are disguised as a loss of Freedom challenged by principals of Social Justice. The idea of social justice is demagoguery.   Freedom is the most important value for the Right, best expressed as unfettered access to free markets and the accumulation of wealth. President Obama and the Democratic Party dare to suggest that a free society needs to juxtapose freedom with ideals of Justice, manifested in the form of social programs.

There are billionaire CEO’s, who envision themselves as needing control over the social, ideological, and economic influences of our society. They are bold and upfront, and challenge the president’s vision as an attack on their freedom.  They see social programs, not as safety nets for those with less opportunity, but as programs for a valueless segment of society. Their ideology is simple;  they have an obsession with acquiring a monopoly on resources and power, and they wish to be completely unregulated in their attempt to acquire it.

The values of freedom and justice conflict, but nobody lives in a vacuum, and nobody is completely self-sufficient, regardless of his or her wealth.   A society’s success is based upon balancing conflicting values that are held dear by its members, and there is expected cooperation in maximizing those values.    Democrats, unquestionably believe that a society should be structured so as to balance freedom and social justice– e.g., providing Medicare, universal healthcare, unemployment support, gender equality, pay equality, reproductive rights, and educational support.   Democrats argue that adopting these kinds of programs fosters cooperation among all members of society, which leads to greater fairness and opportunity, ultimately leading to a more ideal state.

This Democratic vision is challenged by religious zealots, which make up a large part of the Right’s constituency.   They are controlled by evangelical ideologues like Akin, Fisher, Perkins, Robertson, et al.    These evangelical leaders mobilize their audiences/legions into believing that God comes before Country–isolating, and turning evangelicals against more secular members of society. 

Consequently, the ideas that derive from secular folks are perceived as evil, because many of these ideas are not handed down by God—they are the ideas of men.   Religious leaders create a kind of destructive intra-national crusade, where their God sanctified ends, justify all means.   This uncontrolled and irrational piety favors those politicians who have strong religious views, regardless of the consequences of their policy. 

Despite the poorly veiled avarice of these religious leaders, politicians, and their Plutocratic puppeteers, they have mobilized legions of believers who have been brainwashed into voting against their own interests.

The demographics in our Nation are changing, and these plutocrats fear a multi-generational loss of power and influence.   Religious leaders fear we will not fulfill our God given Destiny.   Furthermore, the principles of justice that will be adopted will require regulation, some policies will be adopted based upon science and not religion, and both are seen as an affront to freedom.

The US population is increasingly more diverse, and the emerging minorities will soon be in the majority.   The Right and its Plutocratic leaders know that this new force in politics does not favor Republican policy.    Masquerading as freedom fighters, they encourage Americans to fight against the Administrations policies as a challenge to their freedom.   But, this misdirected outrage shows its ugly head in the form of tactics such as voter disenfranchisement by changing voting laws, which make voting for certain segments of the population more difficult.   It shows up in the appeals by Fundamentalist zealots to their minions– ‘the current administration’s policies are taking away their freedom of religion’.    In the end, these legions of God fearing believers vote against their own best interests by voting against principles of justice.   They fail to recognize that these principles of justice benefit them as well as the other Americans they blame for their plight.   They overlook the fact that they are members of Romney’s 47%.

History has taught us that no civilization has lasted more than a relatively short period of time, despite the sometimes arrogance of self-perception by humans.    I am sure the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, Alexander, the Romans, the Ottomans, to name a few, sat around the table discussing the fact that their societies were the be-all and end-all of human civilization;  only to be wrong.   The question is:  Who are we?    Plato warns us that if citizens feel, or more importantly, are disenfranchised, politically, socially, and economically, then the next stop is Tyranny. Welcome to the history books U.S.A.

There is a bright spot and a hope for tomorrow and it rests in the hands of women.    Women now recognize that republicans are trying to force them into second and even third class citizenship and they are smart enough to take control of their right to vote.   The women's vote will control who wins elections well into the future even as men march in a long straight line and stare at the elephant's ass in front of them.  

We are twenty years from the time the white race becomes the minority and the melting pot swallows us up.

You can lead old, grumpy, right wing leaning white men to knowledge but you can't make them think!

If you miss the 1950's and the mindset that went with that time just flip the channel to Fox and you'll be right at home.

Amherst County Virginia Democratic News


Friday, July 11, 2014

ACVDN, New Virginia Laws and Voter ID

Ms.Fran Brown was July  Speaker for Amherst County Democrats meeting.

Ned Kable and Ms. Fran Brown, Amherst County General Registrar

Our Guest Speaker for our July meeting was Ms. Fran Brown, Amherst’s new Registrar.   Ms. Brown was a lively and skilled speaker and took questions from the assembled democrats for over an hour.   She brought the new forms with he and passed them out to the audience to take home and show to others.  She informed us of the latest developments in the Photo ID law, which went into effect on July 1, and also covered registration of new voters.   Ms. Brown urged anyone experiencing problems to contact her office in Amherst.

Here is Ms. Brown's office address:

Amherst County Courthouse
113 Taylor St
Amherst, VA 24521

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 550
Amherst, VA 24521

It’s July 10, the second thursday of the month and our regular meeting time each month and many new Virginia laws have  gone into effect on the first of July, including a new voter ID law.

Ms. Fran Brown holding the new voter ID the state issues to folks having no acceptable ID.

The new law requires Virginia voters to show an acceptable form of photo identification before being able to cast their votes in any upcoming elections.

Acceptable forms include a Virginia driver’s license; a U.S. passport or any other photo ID issued by the U.S., Virginia or one of its political subdivisions; a student ID issued by any institute of higher learning in Virginia; or any employee ID card.

Under the new law, introduced by Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Virginia residents who do not already possess one of the accepted forms of photo identification will be provided a photo ID card by their local registrar. They can obtain a photo ID card free of charge. 


Implementing the new ID process will cost the state $166,000 in startup costs as well as $13,000 in annual costs, state officials said.

However, residents who apply for these free cards will not have to prove their identity in order to get one.  At the local level, details on the process are still being finalized, says Cameron Quinn, general registrar for Fairfax County.   Here in Amherst County our registrar, Ms. Fran Brown is ready to answer all questions and serve the needs of the voters.   Contact her for any questions you have concerning voting,  Absentee Voting, Registering to Vote in Virginia,  Voter Polling Places and  Voters Change of Address.


Voter registration is available to any Virginia resident who will be eighteen years of age or older by the next General election.   Registration can be accomplished at the office of the General Registrar, in person, or by any of the following methods: calling for an application which can be sent and returned by mail;   at DMV when obtaining or renewing a driver's license;   or at any state or federal agency.

If moving within the County or to another county or city within the Commonwealth, the same procedure may be followed.   The final day of registration is 22 days prior to any election.

Properly registered voters may vote by absentee ballot if they will be out of the County on election day or if they are unable to go to the polls due to physical illness or disability.   An absentee precinct, where absentee ballots are counted, is located in the County offices in Amherst.

The General Registrar's office is a permanent location for voter registration, in-person absentee voting, obtaining information on candidates and referenda and other voting related information.   The Registrar is responsible for all candidate filings and the maintenance of these records;  providing all precincts with accurate facilities to vote and training of election officials to work the polls; recording and reporting the results of elections.


The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote.

You may register at any DMV or miscellaneous agencies in the Commonwealth, or at our office.   You may also vote absentee in-person at our office ONLY.

All requests for reasonable accommodations due to a disability should be made to the Office of the Registrar.   You are encouraged to make application for voter registration.

You can call our office to verify that you are registered.    Remember, a good citizen registers and VOTES.

The General Registrar for Amherst County manages all activities related to voter registration, facilitates citizen education regarding registration and voting, and works under the direction of the Electoral Board to prepare for, administer, and report the results of local, state and federal elections.

The three-member Electoral Board (appointed by the Circuit Court) and the General Registrar (appointed by the Electoral Board) have the mission of maintaining an accurate list of registered voters and administering elections in a fair, efficient, and equitable manner.

As you can see this is a big job and the foundation of our democracy.    Welcome aboard Ms. Fran Brown,  ACVDN  knows you are up to the task and welcomes and thanks you for being one of the special persons who makes government work.

Chairman Ned Kable is back on the road after another great and informative meeting.    "SEE You Next Month" Ned says and he is into the wind to tackle his other duties.

Some of the other new Virginia laws taking effect on July 1:

Hybrid car tax – The unpopular $64 annual license tax on hybrid vehicles is no more.  The tax was implemented as part of a major transportation funding overhaul passed last year.  The state will provide for refunds of the tax paid for registration years beginning on or after July 1.

School ratings – Implementation of the state’s A-F system to rate schools was pushed to Oct. 1, 2016.  Legislation passed this year also says the Virginia Board of Education should decide whether to assign a single letter grade to each school or a series of letter grades based on multiple factors, such as the standards of accreditation, alternative assessment, student mobility and per-pupil funding.

SOL reform – Fewer Standards of Learning tests will be administered to students in grades three to eight as a result of legislation passed this year.

Sunday hunting – A landowner and his immediate family or a person with written permission from the landowner may now hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species, on the landowner’s property on Sunday. Hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship is prohibited, as is the use of dogs to hunt deer or bear on Sundays.

Mental health – The rules have changed for holding people involuntarily for mental health evaluations.   Lawmakers increased the duration of emergency custody orders from six to eight hours and required the state to find a bed for further temporary detention at one of its mental hospitals. The state then would have an additional four hours to locate a bed at a hospital closer to the person’s home.   The bill was introduced by state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), who was attacked by his son in November. Austin C. “Gus” Deeds, 24, killed himself after repeatedly stabbing his father, 13 hours after being released from an expired emergency custody order.

Ethics – The law sets a cumulative $250 limit on the amount of certain gifts elected officials can accept.   It requires disclosure of gifts given to spouses and immediate family members and increases transparency of financial disclosure forms by putting them online.    It also lowers the threshold for reporting of stock holdings and investments on financial disclosure forms from $10,000 to $5,000.

Mopeds – Moped and scooter drivers in Virginia do not need to be licensed, but will be required to carry government-issued photo identification.   Drivers and passengers will also be required to wear a helmet, as well as a face shield or safety glasses or goggles.   Mopeds and scooters operated in Virginia also need to be titled and registered.  Titles cost $10, and the annual registration fee is $20.25.

Bicycle safety – Bicyclists will have more room between them and passing cars under a law that requires motorists to give 3-foot clearance to cyclists. Previously, the law required 2 feet of clearance by passing vehicles.

Fox penning – Virginia is phasing out pens in which dogs chase captive foxes.   The legislation passed allows Virginia’s more than 30 pens to keep operating for up to 40 years, but bans new pens.

Pet owners protection – Pet shop or licensed pet dealers will be required to provide breeder information for dogs or cats for sale and to reimburse consumers for some medical costs related to dogs or cats certified by a veterinarian as unfit for purchase.   Previous law only required dealers to refund the purchase price or exchange the unfit pet for one of equivalent value.

Illegal images – It is now a Class 1 misdemeanor to disseminate or sell an unauthorized nude or sexually explicit image of another person with the intent to harass, coerce or intimidate the person depicted.

Even With all the Pressure the President finds time to Smile.

Shopping with the Kids

House Republicans Sue President Obama for daring to do his job while they draw their pay for doing nothing.

The Man Leading the House Republicans in Suing the President

Asked about a Republican-led effort to sue him for executive overreach, President Obama said Thursday:  “I am not particularly worried about it.”

Dancing with Michelle

House Republicans — led by South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice — have introduced what they call the STOP Act, which stands for Stop This Overreaching Presidency.    It aims to take the president to court over the White House taking unilateral action on everything from Obama care to immigration.    

Republicans being quite simple creatures are fond of reducing long titles to a short series of letters.    Thus the STOP act, easy to remember and simple to shout in crowds and good for bumper stickers and fundraising.    Fund raising is the only activity other than whining and obstructing that republicans participate in.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama made clear he plans to use executive orders to enact policies he cannot get passed in Congress.

CNN host Jake Tapper — during an interview on Thursday in Waukesha, Wisconsin — asked Obama about the The Stop Act.   “They want to rein in what you’re trying to do,”  Tapper said.   “How do you respond to that?”

“Well, I don’t think that’s very serious,”  Obama replied.   “I mean, the truth of the matter is, is that every president engages in executive actions.   In fact, we’ve been very disciplined and sparing in terms of the executive actions that we have taken.”

“We make sure that we’re doing it within the authority that we have under statute,”  Obama said. “But I am not going to make an apology for saying that if I can help middle class families and folks who are working hard to try to get in the middle class do a little bit better, then I’m going to do it.”

Pressed by Tapper if the Stop Act is “not something you take seriously,”   Obama responded:   “I am not particularly worried about it.”

During a recent floor speech, Rice made the case for the STOP Act.

“The Legislative branch makes the laws and the Executive Branch enforces our laws,” he said. “They did this to protect our very, very fragile freedom and we cannot allow those separations to be eroded.”

Here are some photos of the President relaxing in spite of the republican continual obstruction.

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