Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fredericksburg, VA: Obama's Bloated Attendance Report is Deflated by 100+ Actual McCain-Palin Supporters: VA IS McCAIN COUNTRY!

The Fredericksburg, VA region will not turn blue, or even a shade of purple this November as Obamamaniacs would like us to believe. This is FIRMLY Republican ground, and I've never been more convinced than today when THOUSANDS of cars honked their horns vigorously in support of today's grassroots activism display by a cooperative effort of regional McCain supporters.

This idea sprung up at a typical jam-packed nightly calling session at the regional GOP Headquarters this past Thursday night, even though we weren't certain whether Obama would cancel the MWU event to go to Washington, D.C. and put his 143 days of experience in the U.S. Senate to good use and solve the financial crisis.

You see, that's where Senator John McCain was today instead of glad-handing a bunch of ninnies like Barry Obama was.

I was proud to be part of a one-hundred-plus-strong army of McCain-Palin supporters from throughout the greater Fredericksburg region, who answered the action call of their committees to "welcome" his highness Obama to the campus of Mary Washington University today— and boy did we!

We lined a quarter-mile of Jefferson Davis Highway with patriots of Virginia who proudly held 4'x8' signs supporting John McCain and Sarah Palin. We would have gone farther, but we ran out of signs!

We let Obama know that this is McCAIN COUNTRY! Not one- repeat- NOT ONE Obama sign or supporter came out AT ALL on the road we lined for more than five hours! Not one Obama supporter or sign holder came out on any side street of the city either!

Yes, some houses have his signs in their yard like any other election, and despite more than 30 huge McCain signs being slashed and stolen the night before off of private property and front yards of houses, we managed to get them all replaced and fortified with proud McCain supporters who were happy to guard their property against these cowards and vandals and beat back the "invasion" of a few hundred Obama disciples who trickled in over the rest of the afternoon.

The press is trying to report a huge lie of seemingly insignificant information, but if this is any indication of the way they do their Sunday morning polling (when conservatives are IN CHURCH) then you too may just be a "believer" that Obama is winning too.

Who wants to decry BULLS%#T first? Here's your chance if you were there- no matter who you supported... They're saying Obama's visit to Fredericksburg, VA was greeted with "26,000 supporters." Yep- that's the official count released tonight.... in a tiny city of 21,000 total residents, on a campus of about 4,500 students that issued a permit for Obama's historic visit for 1,500 people (that's one thousand five-hundred) in a roped off area about the size of a baseball field's infield and some outfield too, they fit "26,000 people" ...reportedly. BEEE ESSS!

Watch the video news reports- you'll see quick pan shots of a crowd not more than about 25 deep in a semicircle in front of the stage...

I've never seen this kind of false propaganda get out into the news in person before except in the opposite case when the MSM (mainstream media) covers a Washington, D.C. annual Pro-Life rally and ignores the attendance volumes and plays them off as barely attended.

At least in the case of the Free Lance-Star article not written by a bonafied liberal-lover named Chelyen Davis, Kelly Hannon had the decency to mention the Pro-Lifers from multiple organizations that dutifully reminded the Obama guests that Obama supports post-birth "born alive abortions" aka, infanticide, and proudly fundraises cash for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest taxpayer-subsidized for profit abortion chain. Not to solely pick on Obama, Hillary Clinton is close friends with Cecile Richards, the CEO of P.P., but Hillary is ollld news now, so I'll end that tangent.

Interestingly enough, both FLS writers or their editor, left out any mention in either article about the hundred-plus McCain folks outside the gates. Fortunately for our side tens of thousands saw us with their own eyes and know that they're not alone just because they're part of the so-called 'silent majority'. Election day will reveal just how silent they are. Their car horns certainly weren't silent today.

Back to the point; the press is reporting that enough people to fill HALF OF RFK STADIUM somehow squeezed into a baseball diamond. Call Guinness people- this one is for the record books!

HOGWASH! Several thousand attending— absolutely, I buy that— and why not? He's a rock star after all. Yes, several hundred- perhaps a thousand were lined up around the permitted area too and on sidewalks in the area, but it is a university for pete's sake- students are there in that volume on any given school night! I suppose you could STRETCH the numbers to hit 4,000 if you included all the students milling around too... but c'mon guys- 26,000??

While some of his drones were nice enough to give us only the thumbs down as we waved to them as they entered the campus of Mary Washington University, still other sheep gave us the middle finger and shouted "F*#@ every one of you BAS@#^&@!!" which happened at least a dozen times with the exact same quote.... one only wonders how they orchestrated this identical mantra so well when their Lord and savior (Barack Hussein Obama, a fine Christian man from the mid west the press will tell you) couldn't even get to Fredericksburg on time! He was 2 hours late getting to the stage.

Was he fashionably late or making hype build up? Maybe he just couldn't decide if he needed a tactic or a strategy to get there.

The press reported on tonight's TV news that supporters endured SIX rain storms before he got there... wow- now they rewrite the weather too! YES it poured like a monsoon from about 5:00- 5:30, and then stopped instantly. Amazingly there was even a rainbow! I figured- Obama himself MUST be on stage now... the clouds parted and a rainbow was present for heaven's sake. But no, he was practicing his speech in the car apparently.

If you listen to the same press, you'll hear how he 'won' the debate against John McCain too (though he couldn't remember the name of the soldier when he said "I have a bracelet too" to McCain in response to McCain bringing up how he wears a bracelet as a request from a mom of a fallen U.S. soldier to honor his memory.

Have YOU had enough Obama-mania? I sure have. As a local county GOP member, I'm doing something about it.

Want to get involved too? Call your local GOP committee or the Fredericksburg Regional GOP Headquarters at (202) 507-0841, located in South Stafford off exit 133b.

I'd like to extend a special thanks to the UMW Young Republicans who came out in volumes today and cheered enthusiastically for their candidate. You made all the difference in our success and filled in our ranks tremendously! Sorry, this is the only picture I snapped of you when you first started arriving- if you have a better one with all 30-40 of you, send it! (p.s. next time use permanent markers! Sorry the rain ruined all your hard work.)

Also- be sure to come to the Fredericksburg EXPO center this Thursday October 2, 2008 for a FREE event with "thousands" of your closest Republican friends: Sarah Palin debating Joe Biden live on Jumbo TV's (via satellite) See http://www.fredgop.com/ for details. You must register to attend- space is limited.

All your favorite elected officials will be there including former U.S. Senator George Allen and Congressman Rob Wittman!

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

WOW- 300 Retired Admirals and Generals Endorse McCain and I'd Swear I Saw a "Veterans for Obama" Sticker on a Car

So 300 of our nations retired military leaders think McCain is the right man for the job (active duty officers are prohibited from endorsing anyone), and the media has the audacity to claim that Obama 'tied' or 'beat' McCain in Friday night's debate which included a long topic on foreign affairs and war? Whom do you trust more: people who die for your freedom, or people who profit from advertising special stories on your suffering and sell commercials to others to watch it?
That certainly is an 'Audacity of Hope' that those liberals who put "Veterans for Obama" stickers on their cars ever actually served in the military with distinction, because if there are 300 known active McCain supporters of that level of rank that are retired already, there can't be many left (retired) who could sport such a sticker. At least not anyone whose held a high enough rank on the ladder of decisions that I'd trust.
That's quite a quorum there Senator! WOW- I'm impressed.
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ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that 300 retired generals and admirals from around the country are endorsing John McCain for president. The retired generals and admirals announced their support with the following letter:

"We have had the honor and privilege of serving as career officers in the United States Armed Forces, and of serving shoulder to shoulder with so many of the fine young men and women who are the backbone of America's Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. It is that experience that informs our judgment that John McCain is the presidential candidate best suited to serve as America's Commander-in Chief from the day of his inauguration.

"Our next president will confront national security challenges as significant as those faced by any administration in at least a generation. Success will require a leader with proven tenacity, judgment and courage. It will also require a leader with detailed knowledge of our military and other instruments of national power, and with years of experience dealing seriously with foreign leaders.

"John McCain's entire life has been devoted to the service of America. Throughout a long and distinguished career in the military and in Congress, he has repeatedly displayed the courage and integrity to place America's interests first -- regardless of personal cost. And he has demonstrated the experience and wisdom to lead America -- and, importantly, our allies -- in effectively dealing with complex and vitally important national security challenges around the world.

"We unequivocally endorse him to continue his service to the country as the next President of the United States."

Rear Admiral John W. Adams, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Patrick O. Adams, USAF (Ret.)
Major General Albert B. Akers, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Paul Albritton, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Richard Allen, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James F. Amerault, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Vincent J. Anzilotti, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charlie Bagnal, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John "Doc" Bahnsen, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Kenneth P. Barausky, USN (Ret.)
Major General Barry D. Bates, USA (Ret.)
Major General Ron Beckwith, USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Martin R. Berndt, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF (Ret.)
Major General John Blatsos, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ben Blaz, USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harry Blot, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General William A. "Art" Bloomer, USMC (Ret.)
Major General John L. Borling, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bowman, III, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Roger Box, USN (Ret.)
Major General Patrick Brady, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jerry Breast, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bruce Bremner, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jeremiah Brophy, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas Brown, III, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard A. Browning, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Tom Bruner, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Lyle Bull, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral E.A. Burkhalter, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay Campbell, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jim Carey, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jimmy Cash, USAF (Ret.)
Major General George Cates, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steve Chadwick, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steve Clarey, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Albert P. Clark, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Clifton "Tip" Clark, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Wes Clark, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward Clexton, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ralph Cook, USN (Ret.)
Major General Richard M. Cooke, USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Matthew T. "Terry" Cooper, USMC (Ret.)
Major General Mike Coyne, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Howard, Jr. Crowell, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert Dastin, USAF (Ret.)
General James B. Davis, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Walter J. Davis, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN (Ret.)
Major General Hollis Davidson, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Kevin Delaney, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jerry Denton, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Chip Diehl, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Richard F. Donnelly, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Frank Donovan, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Bill Dougherty, USN (Ret.)
Major General George Douglas, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter D. Druen, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Phillip J. Duffy, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Richard M. Dunleavy, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James W. Eastwood, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James E. Eckelberger, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Russ Eggers, USAF (Ret.)
Major General James N. Ellis, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul Engel, USN (Ret.)
Major General Bill Eshelman, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Marsha Johnson Evans, USN (Ret.)
Major General Merrill Evans, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Flatley, III, USN (Ret.)
Admiral S. Robert Foley, USN (Ret.)
General John W. Foss, USA (Ret.)
Major General Stuart French, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ronne Froman, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert Byron Fuller, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Skip Furlong, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Barton Gilbert, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Wendell Gilbert, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Hank Giffin, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Andrew Giordano, USN (Ret.)
Major General Rick Goddard, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ted Gordon, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Russell W. Gorman, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral H.E. "Rick" Grant, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas N. Griffin, USA (Ret.)
Major General Jeffery R. Grime, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Tom Hall, USAF (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald J. Hays, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, USN (Ret.)
Major General Guy Hecker, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Rolland Heiser, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Dick Herr, USCG (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert P. Hickey, USN (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC (Ret.)
Major General Don Hilbert, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Virgil Hill, USN (Ret.)
Major General Kent Hillhouse, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Edward J. "Ned" Hogan, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral A. Byron Holderby, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Grant T. Hollett, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Admiral James L. Holloway, USN (Ret.)
Major General William Hoover, USAF (Ret.)
General Charles A. "Chuck" Horner, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General James Hourin, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Jefferson D. Howell, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John I. Hudson, USMC (Ret.)
Vice Admiral James D. Hull, USN (Ret.)
Major General Evan Hultman, USA (Ret.)
Major General Charles A. Ingram, USA (Ret.)
Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.)
Major General Harry Jenkins, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ronald H. Jesberg, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Gregory G. "Grog" Johnson, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Jerome Johnson, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral J. Michael "Carlos" Johnson, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steve Kantrowitz, USNR (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Douglas Katz, USN (Ret.)
General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.)
Admiral Robert J. "Barney" Kelly, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John Kerr, USNR (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claude M. "Mick" Kicklighter, USA (Ret.)
Major General Phillip G. Killey, USAF (Ret.)
Admiral George E.R. "Gus" Kinnear II, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Jack W. Klimp, USMC (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Hal Koenig, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Alexander J. Krekich, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ed Kristensen, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Derald Lary, USAF (Ret.)
Admiral Charles R. "Chuck" Larson, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Rufus C. Lazzell, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ward M. LeHardy, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Tony Less, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Frederick L. Lewis, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General William Lindaman, USAF (Ret.)
General James J. Lindsay, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James W. Lisanby, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dan Locker, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN (Ret.)
General John Michael Loh, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Noah H. Long, USNR (Ret.)
Admiral Joseph Lopez, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Mike Luecke, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN (Ret.)
Admiral James A. "Ace" Lyons, Jr., USN (Ret.)
General Robert Magnus, USMC (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Michael D. Malone, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Daniel P. March, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Dan McCarthy, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William "Scot" McCauley, USN (Ret.)
Major General James C. McCombs, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC (Ret.)
Major General Billy McCoy, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bill McDaniel, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Craig O. McDonald, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral E.S. "Skip" McGinley, II, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Denny McGinn, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Kinnard R. McKee, USN (Ret.)
Major General Ed Mechenbier, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George Meinig, USN (Ret.)
Major General Robert L. Menist, USA (Ret.)
Major General Stuart D. Menist, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William F. Merlin, USCG (Ret.)
Admiral Paul David Miller, USN (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Mixon, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Joseph Mobley, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Patrick D. Moneymaker, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Benjamin Montoya, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Charles J. Moore, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Douglas Moore, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Major General W. Bruce Moore, USA (Ret.)
Major General Warren Moore, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Joseph P. Moorer, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul Moses, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul Mulloy, USN (Ret.)
Major General William L. Mundie, USA (Ret.)
General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Major General Terry Murray, USMC (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Hank Mustin, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jack Natter, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jerry Neff, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mike Neil, USMCR (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert Henry Neitz, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ed Nelson, USCG (Ret.)
Brigadier General Warren "Bud" Nelson, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Eddie Newman, USA (Ret.)
Major General George W. Norwood, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jacqueline "Jackie" O'Meara, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Ira C. "Chuck" Owens, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert S. "Rupe" Owens, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Dave Palmer, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Ellis D. "Don" Parker, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Ted Parker, USN (Ret.)
Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF (Ret.)
Major General John Peppers, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Maurice Phillips, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul A. Pochara, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Polatty, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas J. Porter, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Noel G. Preston, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, USN (Ret.)
Major General Bill Raines, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William Retz, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jon A. Reynolds, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral David C. Richardson, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas M. Rienzi, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Stewart Andrew Ring, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Steve Ritchie, USAF (Ret.)
Major General James Milnor Roberts, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral David B. Robinson, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Bill Roll, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Wayne Rosenthal, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Pete Rots, USCG (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Ed Rowny, USA (Ret.)
Major General Michael D. Ryan, USMC (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John R. Ryan, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Luciano C. Salamone, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jim Schear, USNR (Ret.)
Major General Carl G. Schneider, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hugh Scott, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral James E. Service, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bill Shawcross, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Edward D. "Ted" Sheafer, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mike Sheridan, USMC (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Robert F. "Dutch" Shoultz, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bruce Smith, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Leighton "Snuffy" Smith, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Norman Smith, USMC (Ret.)
Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert (Bob) Smith, III, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Roy D. Snyder, USN (Ret.)
Major General J.R. Spalding, USAF (Ret.)
Major General Stanhope S. Spears, Adjutant General, South Carolina
Major General Ralph Spraker, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Bill Spruance, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Hank Stackpole, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James Stark, USN (Ret.)
General Carl Stiner, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN (Ret.)
Major General Ansel M. Stroud, USA (Ret.)
Major General Willam A. Studder, USAF (Ret.)
Major General Leroy N. Suddath, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Gordon Sumner, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul E. Sutherland, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bob Sutton, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jeremy Taylor, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jimmie Taylor, USN (Ret.)
Major General Robert C. Taylor, USAF (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William E. Terry, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Deese Thompson, USCG (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Howie Thorsen, USCG (Ret.)
Major General Harold Timboe, M.D., USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ernest E. Tissot, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert F. Titus, USAF (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USN (Ret.)
Major General Rockly Triantafellu, USAF (Ret.)
Admiral Carlyle A. H. Trost, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Jerry Unruh, USN (Ret.)
Major General Alfred A. Valenzuela, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul Vallely, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Lloyd "Joe" Vasey, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John Vines, USA (Ret.)
Major General John G. "Jack" Waggener, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Edward K. Walker, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John F. Wall, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General W.L. "Bill" Wallace, USA (Ret.)
Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.)
Major General Gary Wattnem, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hugh Webster, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arvid E. West, USA (Ret.)
Major General Drax Williams, USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James A. Williams, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mitchell M. Willoughby, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Dennis Wisely, USN (Ret.)
Major General Herbert E. Wolff, USA (Ret.)
Major General John J. Womack, USA (Ret.)
Major General Dan Wood, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John W. Woodmansee, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George Worthington, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Earl P. Yates, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allan R. Zenotwitz, USA (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mitchell M. Zais, USA (Ret.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Spotsylvania Ranks Way Up on Tourism Sales and Income Despite Revenue Slump

Talk about finding some silver lining in a cloud when we need to hear it:

FLS:
By PAMELA GOULD


Tourists spent nearly $199 million in Spotsylvania last year, earning the county 18th place for spending among Virginia's 134 localities.

The $198.7 million spent in Spotsylvania in 2007 is a 9.4 percent increase over 2006, according to a report released this week by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

"I think it's really good, obviously," said Spotsylvania Economic Development Director Russ Seymour. "I think people are starting to recognize there are things to do in this area."

Statewide, tourists spent nearly $18.7 billion on such things as attractions, lodging and restaurants in 2007, up 5.8 percent from the previous year. That spending translated into $731.6 million in state tax revenue and $529.2 million in tax revenue for localities. It also created 210,300 jobs, a 1 percent increase in Virginia's tourism employment.

The report, compiled by the Travel Industry Association, ranked the city of Fredericksburg 30th among the state's 134 cities and counties for tourism spending. Among counties in the region, Stafford ranked 37th, Caroline 49th, and King George 97th.

Across the region, tourism spending increased between 3.9 percent and 9.7 percent. Seymour noted that people are increasingly looking to take day trips rather than traditional out-of-town vacations, and that bodes well for the Fredericksburg area.

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Spotsylvania Supervisors Cut Spending!? Whaddayaknow!

While it shouldn't need to be an "announcement" that the BOS did the right thing financially by ordering cuts across the board by as much as TEN percent. In modern-age Spotsylvania, it seems to be a rare thing. Kudos to the yea-sayers that cuts can and MUST be done at this point. I don't envy the poor souls that could be let go under these tough circumstances, so I'm praying that we can come up with 10% saving in non-essential cuts like breakroom coffee and the annual painting of lines on parking spaces and such, rather than layoffs. All in all, the county employees do a darn good job.

You don't have to read too deeply into this story to see where Gary Skinner's loyalties lie; not with the average taxpayer. Thankfully, he's in the minority (still) on this board in thinking we shouldn't cut taxes, but rather 'raise' them.

It must be hard for ole Gary being on the accountability side of the spending fence (no longer on the school board who spends like money falls from the sky.) I do like that he says he's doing what his constituents tell him too, that's good representation. I just don't believe he's talked to the "constituents" who aren't also our school superintendent.

from today's FLS:

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved more budget cuts last night to make up for projected revenue losses.

Budget staff told supervisors that fiscal year 2009 revenue projections were already down by $9.1 million, and they projected another $2.1 million drop.

The biggest drops are in recordation taxes, which are collected when a home sells or is refinanced, sales tax, and personal property tax.

They did not recommend that supervisors make adjustments to the projected revenue budget until they get more data in the next 30 days. However, they warned that revenues are not likely to improve, and will probably drop even more.

Supervisors decided to:
Order department heads to cut FY 2009 budgets by 2 percent, in addition to the 1 percent they have already cut. They also asked department heads to prepare an additional 7 percent in cuts. Ask the school system to cut 2 percent from its fiscal year 2009 budget, a $2.4 million cut on top of the $1.2 million the school system did not spend in the last fiscal budget that supervisors kept. Historically, that money, called carryover funds, is returned to the schools.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Spotsylvania County is McCain/Palin Country!

Do you know how I know The Fredericksburg Area is going to go HUGE for McCain?

The Spotsylvania Country Republican Committee executive board spent eight hours today installing massive signs all over the county for John McCain for president and Rob Wittman for U.S. congress. We asked and asked the Gilmore camp for signs. They gave none, so we put up none. Sorry Jim- we did our part.

With no exceptions, at each location we spent about 30 minutes assembling signs, and the car horns were going crazy! I've never seen such an outpouring of public support.

Pictured left, we were along I-95 climbing a 20+ foot tall rickety wooden frame (with permission).

The truckers, motorcycles and cars honked about every 10th car! Obviously none of them had any idea that the other vehicles were doing this, so it really shows the support McCain has, and the lack of support for Obama Bin Biden too!

Do the math; we have a LOT of huge signs up now on the major thoroughfares by our efforts today alone. Private property owners have been ringing our phones off the hook for McCain/Palin signs, but the national campaign has been slow to get them delivered to us- until now... you'll really start to see how RED our region is from here to November. We would have gotten more up, but people kept pulling up to us and interrupting to thank us for our volunteerism and requesting yard signs and bumper stickers to which we proudly responded, "here ya go!".

You can get all the campaign materials you need at our massive regional Palin-Biden debate event Oct 2 at the EXPO center. See http://www.fredgop.com/ for more info and to register for FREE admittance.

If you need supplies, you need to come to the Fredericksburg Regional GOP HQ at 150 Riverside Parkway in south Stafford, off exit 133b left at first light, left at first turn, along side I-95, just past Riverside Dinner Theatre on the right atop Strayer University in the 3 story building. Contact Kevin McNulty for McCain Headquarters questions: 202-507-0841. Tell him you got his number from the Spotsy GOP website!

You'll also notice from here on how the democrats will litter the VDOT right of way with campaign signs.... call your local VDOT office and ask that they be removed immediately when you see this. They are, of course, allowed on private property unless your homeowners' association has a rule against signs. Many do.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Largest Area GOP Event in Decades is in Fredericksburg Oct 2 at the EXPO Center!

The Palin-Biden debate for the vice presidency live via Satellite on jumbo TV's. FREE admission.

Thousands of attendees.

Press.

Bloggers.

... and some VERY special guests!

Learn all about it on http://www.fredgop.com/. Be there in person Thursday October 2, 2008 from 7pm till ?

At the Fredericksburg EXPO and Conference Center in Celebrate Virginia.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama. Sex Ed for Kindergartners. Any Questions?

Grab your Kindergartner and some sex books, and join Barry Hussein in a public school near you...

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Why Abortion is a Pivitol Election Subject, by the FLS?

Wow!

Who knew the FLS had an editor with common sense and the ability to not spin a topic against Republicans? Though it doesn't happen often (but it does happen and I link to it when it does), the editorial page got this one right.

Without human rights— specifically, without the right to live— what good are any other rights and laws?

In a few days we can expect the liberal drool of deathspeak and justification for abortion that will come after it unfortunately, but here it is while it's relevant and on the spot:
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by Linda J. White/ The Free Lance-Star

WHEN John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his pick for vice president, conservative Christians were electrified. Finally, a solidly pro-life choice woman who, by refusing to abort her own Down syndrome baby, and in dealing with her daughter's pregnancy, was confirming the value of every human life.

But when I expressed this to a friend of mine, a person I enjoy and respect, her consternation was apparent. "Why does it have to be that one single issue," she asked, "and why does religion have to play such a big role in politics? Our country is in trouble!"

At that point, I realized we had some 'splainin' to do.

Why is abortion such a big deal? I can hardly blame anyone for taking that viewpoint. Nearly four decades ago, a close friend came to me with a confession: She was pregnant. I remember sitting in my dorm room asking her, with a certain degree of wonder, how it felt to have a new life inside her. And then I supported her through her abortion.

I was motivated back then by my concern for my friend, pragmatism (having the baby would have profoundly disrupted her life), and a decidedly secular worldview. I had been brought up in a mainline church, and my knowledge of the Bible was minimal. It took personal failure and a disruption in my own circumstances to change that.

Think of "worldview" as the basic presuppositions we have about life--the grid through which we filter information and synthesize our responses to it. Most Americans see life through either a secular worldview or a religious worldview. Either man is the center of all things and the arbitrator of right and wrong, or God is.

The extreme of the former is expressed by British professor Richard Dawkins: "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, and no good--nothing but blind pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music."

No God, no good, no ultimate meaning. If we are simply dancing to our DNA, then there is no objective, absolute right or wrong. We can decide morals on our own, making up the rules as we go. We came from a chance collision of egg and sperm, and when we're dead, we're dead.

If there is a God, we have two choices: discount his current involvement in the world or acknowledge him as sovereign. I took the first position in my ignorant youth--I believed in God, but I saw him as a distant deity--irrelevant, really, to my day-to-day life. Although I thought of myself as a Christian, I had essentially adopted the secular worldview. I did what seemed right to me.

Then I learned more. Conservative Christians, I found, believe God has spoken through the Bible and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and is very involved in everyday life. God is sovereign. He decrees what is right and wrong, and we are answerable to Him.

Over and over again in the Old Testament, God admonishes His people to "choose life." Over and over again, He punishes his beloved Israel for its refusal to follow his ways. Psalm 139 proclaims: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." And therein lies the heart of the issue: If life is sacred and each child a gift, abortion is thumbing our collective nose at the Creator--the same God to Whom we cry out when we are facing hurricanes or terrorist attacks. Why should God bless Americans when we disrespect His most basic gift? We've aborted 40 million lives since 1973.

Certainly, as my friend said, there are other issues we need to be concerned about. Among them are corporate greed and corruption, governmental malpractice, health care costs, and the role of lobbyists and special-interest groups in Washington and Richmond. But to me, the bellwether issue is abortion. It's foundational if we expect God's help with the rest.

That's why I can't get past Barack Obama's views on the subject. Picture this: A woman goes in for a late-term abortion. Somehow, some way, that tiny baby survives the procedure. There it is a fully formed human being, albeit one that needs some help. Do you suction his tiny airway? Feed him? Or do you put him on a counter and let him die? Obama was the only Illinois state senator to vote against a bill authorizing doctors to treat that child. Not even NARAL opposed that measure. His position reflects amazingly poor moral judgment.

But why should religious beliefs play such a strong role in politics? Well, let's see. The religious beliefs that grew out of the Reformation have given us, among other things, the concept of inalienable rights (endowed by the Creator), our system of checks and balances (needed because of the sinful nature of man), the idea that all people--including the king--are answerable to God's law, minority rights, government by consent, and our precious freedoms (press, religion, speech, etc.).

So do orthodox Christians want a theocracy? Not at all. One of the first principles of the Bible is free will. We get to choose; we also get the consequences. But it's our duty to stand up and say what we believe: Abortion takes an innocent life.

This isn't new. Abortion and infanticide were common in Rome, and the earliest Christians rescued babies left to die from exposure.

Philosopher Ravi Zach-arias tells a fitting joke: One night two Australian sailors on shore leave go into a London pub and get plastered. While they're drinking, a terrible fog sets in. When they finally stumble out of the bar, the sailors quickly get lost. Then a man approaches them, emerging out of the fog. Underneath his topcoat is the uniform of a high-ranking British naval officer. One of the sailors asks, "S'cuse me, bloke, but do you know where we are?" The officer, highly offended, responds, "Do you know who I am?" The sailor turns to his buddy and says, "God 'elp us, mate. We don't know where we are, and he doesn't know who he is!"

That's the condition of 21st-century man. We don't know who we are: beloved individuals created in the image of God. And we don't know where we are: drifting away from His objective moral standards. God help us.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

National GOP Adopts 100% Pro-Life Plank in Platform

Republican National Convention delegates have adopted a plank in the platform that calls for an outright ban on abortion with no compromises.

Interestingly, it doesn't include exceptions allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest or where a mother's life would be in danger either. This is to the farest right of the issue and typically a stance most politicians find hard to use as their campaign theme since most Americans are in the dark about all the nuances of pregnancy and abortion until it happens to them.

These exceptions are extremely rare and yet are the battle cries of the pro-abortion crowd used to drive a wedge in the stance of the vast majority of people who think killing babies is wrong, but it gets them wondering if the needs/wants/conveniences of the mother outweigh the rights of the innocent baby to have a chance at life, no matter how she was created.

That's where the debate lies within the pro-life community; whose rights trump whose? The constitution is clear that all men are CREATED (not born) equal, and we are all endowed from our creator to the right of LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is hard to do if you've been aborted by your mother.
  • If you're to the right of the issue, EVERYONE has equal rights and protection under the constitution. Period. That's where the GOP platform is as of now. That's where most Catholics have been for a while (except Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Ted Kenedy and a few other sacreligious offenders of Canon 915).
  • If you're squishy in the middle but leaning right, the mother has more rights than her baby SOMETIMES (known as 'exceptions and compromises' such as rape, incest, and a supposed danger of the mother).
  • If you're to the left, the mother ALWAYS has more rights than her baby... known as selfish, immoral, and when personhood is defined by federal law: murder.
  • If you're Barrack Obama— so far left that Saddam Hussein is twisting in his grave screaming, "why didn't I think of that!"— you believe that a baby can be killed even AFTER BIRTH during the first few minutes if the mother so chooses (known as 'born alive abortions'). One of the major offenders of this practice is communist China.

The platform approved during Monday's convention session also highlights a difference between McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She opposes abortion in all cases, McCain is more a politically 'popular' moderate and is squishy-leaning right, but still considered pro-life.