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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jobs Don't Top Republicans To Do List

Republican Tea Party Presidential Candidates
Jimmy "The Rent's Too Dam High" McMillian
Rick Perry, Government So Small I Can Drown It In A Dixie Cup, Adios Mo Fo
Elect Me, I'll straighten out the economy, create 16 Million Good Paying Jobs and have gas below $2 a gallon in less than 3 months.

First lets look at republican presidential debates.    There are too many to count with a never ending array of new faces in the number one position.    Mitt Romney has been running for the last 9 years and he was the front runner.    Donald Trump jumped in for a couple of weeks to promote his tv show and was the front runner.  
This guy is running too.     I'd tell you his name but you might google it.     Unless they start drawing straws for front runner he will never get his week at the top.     Oh Ok, he's Rick Santorum, go on and google it but you'll be sorry.

Rudy Runs Every 4 Years, Its Good Publicity for His 911 Businesses
Michael says "Thank God These NutJobs are Somebody's  Problem other than mine, Talk to the Hand"

Herman Caine won the first debate and was the front runner.    Michelle Bachmann (as phoney a charcter as can be found on any circus midway) jumped in, won the Iowa straw poll and she was the front runner.   Rudy Guliani the  "911 Man" and former Mayor of New York is threatning to enter the race.    Rudy ran in 2008 and got one delegate.     With any luck he could double his prior numbers and maby be front runner for a day.
Hang On While The Tea Party and I Find a way to Fund FEMA and help you with that Earthquake and Hurricane

The republican primary has cut the number of candidates running to somewhere below 25 and there are only a  dozen or so yet to enter the race.      Oh John Huntsman is running.      I know I am forgetting 8 or 10 republicans running in the primary.
Mitch Daniels, No Relation to Jack might or might not be running.

There are names I can barely remember like Gary Johnson the lets make pot legal candidate and Ron Paul the "Drugs and Prostitution and back to the Gold Standard" candidate.    And now we come to the "Cowboy Flake George W Bush want to be" Rick Perry who is scheduled to debut his act next week on Sept. 7th.    Poor President Obama was anxious to get started on his jobs plan but that might detract from the republican debate so John Boehner says no to the jobs plan and yes to the republican debate.     The President has to wait a day.   It's the first time any congress has said NO to a Presidents request to address Congress.      Mitch McConnell said it straight and up front.      Republicans consider it job one to limit Obama to one term and they will block anything and lower the countries credit and bond rating to get it done.     The republican tea party will shut the government completely down without a seconds thought to injure Obama and they could not care less who else gets hurt.    Republicans will tell any lie and openly call the President a liar to make their dream happen.     Too bad the republican tea party won't work to help unemployed Americans find jobs.
In her mind Sarah is a front runner and smart.

Off in the distance that demented half-wit from Alaska, Sarah Palin is looking for any chance to get some publicity and may drive her bus to the California debate.     Eric Cantor wants to delay helping hurricane victims while he and the tea party find some programs to cut to offset the FEMA costs.
Tim was running for a while but never got to be front runner.

God help us, These Dam Fool Republicans are destroying America to defeat Obama and keep him from a second term.
Mitt has been running longer than the 4 years he served as Gov. in Mass.     More than twice as long.

Republicans Decide Debate More Important Than Jobs.     "Limiting Obama to one term is more important than anything"    Mitch McConnell
John can cry at the drop of a hat but not a tear for the 16 Million who need jobs.    The weakest and worst Speaker of the House EVER.     John gets his marching orders from the tea party and has to clear every move with Eric Cantor and Jim DeMint.    John is not allowed to approach them directly but must arrange a meeting thru Ben Quale after getting permission from Allen West to see Quale.

President Obama has asked to address a joint session of Congress on September 7th  at 8 p.m. (ET) to outline his much-anticipated jobs plan, the exact same time that Republican Presidential candidates are scheduled to participate in a televised debate.   White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that the timing was purely “coincidental.”

“The president committed to speaking next week after the Labor Day holiday and immediately upon Congress’s return, and there are a lot of factors that go into scheduling a speech before Congress, a joint session speech,”   Carney explained at today’s White House press briefing.    “There is no perfect time.”

This guy was nothing like the republican tea party that rages today.     He cared about jobs and people.     He raised taxes 16 times to fund the government.      He didn't remember funding the CONTRAS and he thought Catsup was a vegetable but he cared, a little anyway.      If the tea party had its way every airport, high school and federal building in America would be named after him.

“Obviously, one debate of many that’s on one channel of many was not enough reason not to have the speech at the time that we decided to have it,”   he added.

What’s the solution?     “There are many channels, there are many opportunities for people to watch the president, and obviously an opportunity for people to watch the debate, and I believe that, you know, the network involved here can decide how it wants to deal,” Carney said.

That network would be NBC, which now has to decide whether to air the debate, which is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., or the president’s remarks.     The debate, co-hosted by Politico, is slated to air live on MSNBC.

Newt is Sure He will Take The Lead, Soon

Asked if the White House was concerned that their timing would upset Nancy Reagan, Carney said only that  “the sponsors of the debate… control the timing of it.     They can make a decision based on how they want to handle this.”

As for the president’s choice of venue, Carney said that it is “appropriate”  for Obama to address Congress because lawmakers will need to work together to take the steps necessary to create jobs.

“It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order. It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that,”   the president said in a letter of request to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Mitch Has Sworn on Rand Pauls Head to Stop Obama.

“Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs.    As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message:    Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs.    We must answer this call,”  the president wrote.

According to Carney, Boehner and Reid have not yet accepted the president’s request to address a joint session.

Sometimes John is mad when he gets roused from his nap on the Senate floor.     Luckily his buddy Lindsey is there to comfort him.       Sometimes John thinks he is running.

Check This Polling Data

The latest Pew Research Center report includes an enormous amount of polling data, much of pointing in familiar directions — the public is frustrated and deeply unhappy with nearly everyone and everything.     But if we look beyond the top-line results, there are some related details that matter quite a bit.

For example, mainstream support for the Republican Party is reaching new depths.     In the new poll, just 34% have a favorable opinion of the GOP.     This is the lowest level of popularity for either major party since the Pew Research Center began asking the question two decades ago.     The approval rating for congressional Republican leaders is down to just 22% — also the lowest ever recorded for either party.     (The Democratic Party isn’t winning any popularity contests, but with a 43% favorable rating, Dems have a large edge over Republicans.)

And what about President Obama?     The results here are pretty important, and should be of great interest to the White House.

The president’s overall approval rating has ticked down to 43%, but it’s the related details that are arguably more interesting.    Obama is perceived as a warm, trustworthy president, who’s well informed, communicates well, and cares about regular people.    His support has sharply dropped, however, in the “strong leader” and “able to get things done” categories, and the only subject area in which Obama has a majority support is combating terrorism.

Looking ahead, this gem is arguably the most important result of all:

In general, compromise polls extremely well, but not in this case — a plurality wants Obama to fight Republicans more, and that total is up sharply over the last few months.    What’s more, the number of self-identified Republicans who want Obama to stand up more to the GOP has roughly doubled since April.

Think about that:     a growing number of Republicans want Obama to stand up more to Republicans.

The question hanging over Obama’s political strategy has always been the endgame.   His obsession with seeming reasonable makes sense if he uses it as an asset to spend down at the end.   You do everything to show your willingness to compromise, and when the opposition refuses and refuses, finally you assail them for their fanaticism.    It’s harrowing to watch, because we don’t know until the last minute whether we’re witnessing a rope-a-dope strategy, or just a boxer being beaten to a pulp.

This raises the stakes in the upcoming speech on the White House’s economic agenda quite a bit, but it also sends a signal to the president about what the public wants to see:    be ready to fight the wildly unpopular Republican Party, rather than trying to satisfy their demands.

Here's the big question.    Can Obama find his spine and Fight? 
Here's the answer, NO!
Obama has been President almost 3 years and never once fought for any issue.      If there was any fight in him it would have come out by now.      Quit expecting anything other than backing down and folding from President Obama.      He is a free rider on the storm and you only set yourself up for disappointment by pretending otherwise.      He may win a second term due to the lack of competition from republican candidates but he will not change.     For better or worse this is what Democrats are stuck with.      If you need a speech full of empty words Obama's the guy to call, he is entertaining.      If you need someone to take a stand and make something happen don't waste your time calling Obama.

McCain Pushed to Arm Gadhafi, WikiLeaks Reveals
I've Never Been to Lybia

John McCain and Lindsey Graham visit Lybia to meet with Gadhafi.     Joe Lieberman joins them for a three-way with Mommar's fifth son.   Had they been able to hook up with the seaventh son of the seaventh son things might have gotten done.   McCain is known to stake out positions on every side of every issue and this time was no different.    Reporters won't give the politicians away and they can keep the people they represent in the dark and keep getting re-elected.   WikiLeaks gives the secrets away.
You Say You Have Pictures of Me with Mommar

John McCain may be talking tough about Libya these days, but back in 2009 he promised Muatassim Gadhafi—Moammar’s fifth son and his national security adviser—that he’d do what he could to help Libya obtain military supplies, particularly new aircraft, a cable released by WikiLeaks reveals.    McCain met with Gadhafi along with such Senate notables as Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and Joe Lieberman, but the cable indicates that McCain did most of the talking.   John and his traveling buddy Lindsey are involved in many things and Joe Lieberman is never far away.   These guys are the Three Stooges of the US Senate.    
Sarah You and Old Johnnie are my Best Friends and I support you for office.

Liberman likes to pretend he is a Democrat except on issues and at election time.     Liberman supported McCain/Palin in the 2008 election.      After the election Obama let it slide and let Joe keep his committee's and assignments.     
I'll be nict to Joe, the republicans will like me and work with me.     It's important to be nice.

No Drama, No Discipline, No Spine Obama from the very moment he took office.

I Never Said I Wasn't in Lybia

McCain stressed that Libya needed to fulfill its promise to give up its weapons of mass destruction, but he also described US-Libyan relations as strong, and thanked Libya for its counterterrorism cooperation.   But in a May interview, Lindsey Graham said the meeting led nowhere.   “We never did anything,” Lindsey said.   "We just like traveling together".    “I didn’t feel comfortable pushing the Pentagon to provide military aircraft to Libya.
None of us did."    "We were planning to go back a second time but John cancelled the trip because we didn't get any good press for our efforts."    "John McCain loves a war, any war.   He wants to appropriate money and give advice.   It's all McCain lives for."
I LIke War.     Gives Me Something to Dream About when I sleep on the Senate Floor.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene ALERT

Dear Friends

Hurricane Irene is likely to make landfall in Virginia within the next 24 hours and bring with it dangerous winds, pounding rains and the potential for flooding and other effects.    Governor McDonnell has declared a state of emergency for Virginia and low-lying areas of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk are under mandatory evacuation orders.     I want to urge you to take every precaution to keep yourself and your family safe until the storm passes.

Below is a set of Hurricane preparation tips and resources. 

The Virginia Evacuation Coordination Team for Operational Response, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, has created preparedness videos on hurricane evacuations and emergency supplies that can be viewed on YouTube or at

Remember to keep Dominion Power's number (866) DOM-HELP or (866) 366-4357 on hand to report outages or downed lines.     Dial 211 for general information about the storm.     Additionally, the following list of resources can help you before, during, and after the hurricane.


Hurricane Safety Checklist.      

Review this Hurricane Safety Checklist from the American Red Cross to prepare for the dangers of a hurricane.

Compile an Emergency Kit.     Use this downloadable checklist to ensure you have necessary supplies on hand.

Evacuate or Stay Put.    Listen to the local authorities via your local radio or television and follow their guidance.    If you have not been asked to evacuate, determine whether your home or work is safe.

You can follow these guidelines from

Subscribe to alert services.    Local officials have developed systems that will send text messages or emails alerting you to local emergencies or bad weather.    Check your local government’s community information page to find ways that you can be alerted for hurricane situations or sign up for local alerts.

Preparing for Power Outages.     Dominion Power suggests updating your account with the phone number you plan to use
when reporting your outage.     This step will ensure immediate access of your account for faster reporting without having to speak to someone.      Phone numbers can be updated on-line or by calling 1-800-222-0401.

Charge Cell Phones and Laptops.     Make sure cell phones and laptops are fully charged so they can be used in the event of a power outage.

During the storm, if electricity is interrupted, here are some practical tips for dealing with power outages:

Turn off major appliances such as heat pumps, water heaters and stoves.    Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers.       This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the company's system when power is restored.

Post a list of contents on your freezer door to minimize the number of times you open it.

Leave one lamp or light on so you will be able to recognize when power is restored.

Frozen food can last up to three days.    It is safe to eat if it still has ice crystals at the center.

If using portable or camp-type stoves or lanterns for cooking and lighting, ensure that the area is adequately ventilated.


Coping with power outages.    This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights healthy steps you should take to ensure food, water, and home safety after an extended power outage.    Tips on the site address everything from guidelines on what to do with food in your freezer or refrigerator, to water
purification procedures, to carbon monoxide poisoning protection.

Get Up-to-the-Minute Updates on Twitter.     Follow Dominion Power (@DomVaPower)   and the American Red Cross in the
National Capital Region (@RedCrossNCR)   for regular updates and alerts after the storm.

Managing flooding and mold.     This site from the Environmental Protection Agency is dedicated to providing information on cleaning up your home or office after a storm that has resulted in flooding, including addressing standing water and wet materials. The site offers basic information on addressing viruses, bacteria, and mold that can occur in the wake of a flood.

Removing fallen branches and trees.    The CDC provides tips to help safeguard against injury as a result of removing fallen or partially fallen trees and tree branches, including information on properly using chainsaws in hazardous conditions.

Saving family treasures.     These guidelines from The National Archives will walk you through preserving some of your family’s most treasured items that may have been damaged by flood waters.

The guidelines range in topics from what do to with wet records, to salvaging family papers, to properly air-drying books, to caring for water damaged heirlooms.

I want to thank all of the Democratic and Republican leaders who are working to keep Virginians informed and safe as we brace for this storm.     I hope these resources are timely and helpful as you prepare for Hurricane Irene, and once again I hope you and your family have a safe and dry weekend.


                                       Brian J. Moran 

Take care, stay safe and we'll see each other at the September Meeting on the 13th at 7:30pm at the Madison Heights Library.
What a week we have had.      Earthquake on Tuesday followed by a Hurricane on Saturday, what? Next.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tea Party Picks GOP Candidate, Tom Garrett

The Democratic Candidate for Senator from Virginia's 22nd District is Bert Dodson.
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The Tea Party has picked the Republicn candidate to run for senator fron the 22nd district and that man is Tom Garrett.    The Republicans left in the party are not happy but the Tea Party controls their direction.   Here's what the conservatives at Bearing Drift were saying about Garrett just before the election.   
Tea Party Champion Seeks End to Medicare

"Tom Garrett burst onto the scene in the 22nd without much background.    Does he live in the district?    This still remains unclear.    His record stands on one professional accomplishment alone — turning Louisa County into the pedophile capital of Virginia.    In some instances, his zeal for prosecuting these cases has resulted in the victim not even being consulted before the case went before the judge.    Tom Garrett’s one-man crusade — while laudable in its own right — has often made it very difficult for Garrett to discuss his record on pedophilia among pro-family groups (or crowds involving children).     Garrett’s speeches on the “four branches of government” strike the Tea Party-attuned ear as odd."

"Lastly, Garrett’s history of not paying bills — including a $2,000 bill for child care services where Garrett was found liable — renders Garrett easy prey for DPVA researchers.     Garrett can be lauded for this though — repairing his marriage.     If the money Garrett spent on the State Senate race was the catalyst for reuniting his family on the campaign trail, Bearing Drift sincerely wishes him all the best.     That story — under reported and personal –is probably one of the best stories of the Virginia primary season.   Conservatives in the 22nd District would be well served to consider alternatives without the baggage."

The Editors at Bearing Drift have some thoughts on other republicans as well.    "Claudia Tucker, the one-time Vance Wilkins aide who became caught up in the eavesdropping scandal in the early part of last decade, fizzled on both her fundraising promises and her campaign efforts."     Looking at the results we see that Tucker ran a poor race geting about a third of the votes of the other 4 candidates and finishing dead last.    She played the role of spoiler and cut the throat of the expected winner.     Her future in Republican politics looks dim.

"Brian Bates, the long-time Buckingham supervisor may surprise folks on how well he may do, but his long-standing record of multiple tax increases and questionable position on life have scared off most conservatives in this race."      The Tea Party and Ultra Right Wing Republicans are now in control.     The social safety net is in danger of being destroyed.

"Mark Peake of Lynchburg and Bryan Rhode from Goochland have both earned the respect and admiration of the Bearing Drift editors so The Editors endorsed both candidates."       Five greedy republicans cutting each others throats to get one job.   Throw in a heaping helping of Tea Party madness and you get the modern GOP here in the state of Virginia.   Is it appropriate for Bearing Drift to spread rumors about candidate Tom Garrett not living in the district, without verifying whether it is true or not.   The Bearing Drift Editors brought it up so lets have an answer.    Does Tom Garrett live in the district he is running to represent?    Now that Garrett has won the right to represent the Republicans in the General will the matter be swept under the carpet and forgotten?     Thats the GOP way.

For those of you who are partisan river rock republicans here's the url for Bearing Drift.
Click on over and read more Republican on Tea Party attack stories.

Thankfully Bert Dodson is running for Senate from the 22nd District.    Normal clear headed working people have someone to vote for.    The tea party has saddled the Republicans with a candidate who is just as bozo as the tea party.    The "don't tax the rich crew" want to end social security and medicare and all women's health services.   

The tea party people want to stop Pell Grants and educational programs.    To these people being successful and rich means you don't have to pay your fair share of taxes.    These republicans are willing to destroy the country we live in to get their way.   We need Bert Dodson in Richmond and hopefully the voters will see it that way.   If not, God Help Us.  

Its time for you dizzy republicans to shake the cobwebs out of your heads and cast a vote for your country, while we still have a country.    If you can't free yourself from the Tea Party your days as a major political party are over.

We gathered to watch the returns from the Republican Tea Party Primary at The Stoney Badger Tavern.     The Badger has a hidden deck behind the tavern that is secluded from the roads.     If you're looking for a fun evening out try The Stoney Badger.     You will be delighted.




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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dodson's Campaign Kickoff Reception, You Are Invited

Join Bert and the Dodson Team on Tuesday, August 23rd!      FROM
                                7 to 10 pm  or later for the

Dodson's Campaign Kickoff Reception

Bert and Campaign Team

Enjoy drinks and free appetizers and be with the campaign when we find out who will face Bert in November.      7pm to 10pm at

The Stoney Badger Tavern
3009 Old Forest Rd
Lynchburg, VA

Become a part of the Dodson Team by committing...

□ Host - $500     □ Sponsor - $250
□ Supporter - $100     □ Guest - $25

(Student ID Rate - $10 | Children Free)

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See you there!

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