Thursday, November 20, 2008

Michael Steele Seeking Republican National Committee Chairman's Seat

Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount, Washington Post

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has decided to run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, a move sure to shake up the evolving race for control of a party demoralized by broad losses at the ballot box earlier this month.

Steele confirmed his candidacy in an interview today with The Fix and announced it formally during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" show this evening."

After two devastating election cycles, the party has reached a crossroads," said Steele comparing the Republican party to someone who has "hunkered down" in a corner with no idea what to do next. "I think I may have some keys to open the door, some juice to turn on the lights," Steele explained.

Steele is the second candidate to formally enter the race; Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis launched his own bid with a You Tube video and a new website earlier this week.

A number of other candidates are mulling the race including: current RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

County Suddenly Loses Administrator Randy Wheeler

The Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of County Administrator Randy Wheeler at last night's board meeting. Supervisors met in closed session for about 15 minutes and when they came out, Mr. Wheeler gave a statement that included:

"... most of all I am very proud of the over 800 men and women that I have had an opportunity to work with as a fellow employee of Spotsylvania County. I came home to Spotsylvania County five years ago because I love this community and I thought I could make a difference, and I think I have. But now after five years I think the time has come for me to pursue other opportunities."

Randy Wheeler was a good county administrator. He had a very tough time with trying to work with a self-serving school board that is inversely led by its employee, Superintendent "$250,000-per-year" Jerry Hill. Who can blame the guy for being frustrated at times?

Wheeler was unjustly blamed with failing to notify the board in a timely manner about certain reports and/or expiration of contracts. There were many mittigating circumstances to put it mildly, so one should not take these accusations with any weight.

Wheeler was a fair and balanced administrator, and served with distinction on many fronts. It's not an easy job, and this particular Board of Supervisors can often be cantankerous and unrealistic with its expectations of any single person, but decisions, policies and plans must always stand on their own merit no matter what the source.

Wheeler could have done a better job at initiating communications at times, but his reservations could very well stem from multiple experiences of being chastized or criticized for having new ideas and taking initiatives to get the job done.

Previous administrators had the same experieces with many of the same board members who forget they are merely 1/7 of a 'board' and not king. That fact is not directed at any one or two people, but a reminder to all seven that they are not a single dictator, but are a member of a team that is supposed to have a greater-than-self purpose.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You U.S. Veterans!


Since we became an independent country many years have come and gone, however, there is one constant that remains from the 1700’s through today. Our country has had many brave men and women volunteer to defend our country. There was a movie produced about World War II, whose name I cannot recall, but at the end there is a line which rings true (even though the words are not an exact quote), “Where do we get these brave men and women to always step forward when the need arises?”

These men and women come from all over our country and too many times are taken for granted. Men and women, who during times of war and peace, are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and spend countless holidays, birthdays and special events away from their family and friends. The pay is not great, but they continue to volunteer and many make it a career.

They are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends. We may not always agree in the wars and battles that we fight, but this should not deter us from the support we give to these men and women in uniform. It is through the sacrifice that they and the numerous individuals before them have made, which provides us with the freedoms we have to disagree and speak our objections.

While words cannot pay what we owe you and your families, we ‘thank you’ for your sacrifice. To the families who have lost loved ones, we offer our most heartfelt condolences. Many of us have never endured the pain you must feel, but our hearts hurt for your loss and wish we could help ease your pain.

Let us never forget the people who did not make it home. Remember those still serving in our prayers and never take for granted the sacrifices they make. In closing, one more time I would like to say ...


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Saturday, November 8, 2008

HOPE for CHANGE. I Now Do!

Real HOPE that can change your life comes from inspiration like this. You think we have troubles in Your family? America? The World?

Imagine being born like this, and then look how he celebrates God's glorious gift of life...

Unfortunately, there are those that believe abortion is the answer to having a 'defect' like this. President Obama says he'll sign into law, the Freedom of Choice Act as soon as it's re-drafted in the new 111th congress.

FOCA is a proposed pro-abortion law that would take everything related to abortion away from the states' control such as parental notification, a waiting period to kill your baby, signing release forms, being required to have an ultrasound so you understand that what you're killing is alive already, and many other programs geared to fully educate the mother about her decision. Not one of these things prohibits her from killing her baby, but it does make her pause to understand the risks and the full weight of her decision. After all, there are hundreds of examples where a women DIE from having the procedure. Would they have made the same "choice" if they knew it was going to kill THEM too?

If FOCA passes, people like the man in this video will be most-assuredly killed in their mother's wombs since ultrasounds would easily detect abnormalities. Not the least of those killed would have been born perfectly normal and healthy though.

America has allowed the legal killing of now more than 50,000,000 babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973. That's one abortion every 26 seconds...

Keep REAL HOPE alive! I was inspired by this man's brief speech and I hope you will be too:

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London Says: Calm down! He's not President of the World

By Matthew Parris from The London Times Online:

Everyone, from Australia to Kenya, seems to think Obama will improve their lives. They should prepare for disappointment.

When half of mankind seems lifted by hope, nothing looks meaner than to disparage the dream. But what is this Obama mania? The world did not change for ever on Tuesday. No messiah has come among us. Miracles have not become possible. There is no new dawn. Calm down dear, it's only a US presidential election.

Here's my entry for Daniel Finkelstein's Comment Central competition for an eight-word expression of hope for the President-elect of the United States. Eight words precisely. “I hope he will let us down gently.”

But oh, what a long way down: down from the crest of expectation on which Barack Obama now surfs, on to the rough shingle of daily politics. Would that the wave might subside smoothly into the gentle swell of history. Would that it were not destined to break, dashing dreams and spawning new cynicism.

But I fear it will. Writing from Australia, and reading the local and the British press reaction to this election, I am appalled by the unanimity.


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