Friday, February 27, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Deputy John Durbin, Our Spotsylvanian Hero Brought a Man Back to Life!

From the Free Lance-Star:

Spotsylvania County Deputy John Durbin worked for the rescue squad for 10 years before he took a job at the Sheriff's Office.

But in all the time he spent in the ambulance, he never experienced anything like Monday morning.

In the early hours Monday, he saved a man's life.

Durbin was working night patrol, driving down Courthouse Road toward Fredericksburg when he saw the car behind him flashing its lights about 1 a.m.

He pulled over into the Extreme Power Sports parking lot.

So did the other car.

As he walked up to the passenger window, he heard a woman's voice. "Please help my husband. He's having a heart attack."

Durbin said he immediately pulled the nonresponsive man from the passenger seat.

"I grabbed him by both arms, and he had no pulse and he wasn't breathing," Durbin said of the 59-year-old Maryland man.

Durbin ran to his patrol car for an automated external defibrillator, which is used to
send a shock into someone experiencing heart failure. {MORE...}

Sometimes I focus on financial aspects of our government because that's the state of our lives and most everything revolves around cash lately. We fund people we're supposed to be able to trust with it to give us a service, and all to often, it's squandered or poorly spent on non-core service items.

It's refreshing to come across a story that makes me feel that my tax money is actually being invested back into the community {-cough- saving lives} via righteous core government services, and not just spent {-cough- planning department! ... regulating bureaucracy for the sake of big government- cough- $250,000 school superintendent salary}.

This deputy could have certainly done a lot of things 'other' than what he did, but he chose to adhere to his baseline training values that include actual public service and actual public protection. Hmmm... "Protect and Serve" ... I've heard of that somewhere before.

Thanks to Deputy John Durbin's being in the right place at the right time – and having the proper training already ingrained in him from a decade of other public service – a Maryland man is alive today, and his quick-thinking wife has a breathing husband still.

Thanks also to Sheriff Smith and whomever else from the chain of command (past or present) who saw fit to equip the vehicle with the lifesaving tools our deputies need to perform the highest level of service possible and within reason of expense. Truly, a defibrillator is a wise use of funds (you might ease up on the fancy decals and chrome roof accessories on the next round of cars though!)

This is the type of equipment I want to see my Sheriff arguing for more of during any budget cycle. You can shelve the proposal for department jet skis, auto-chalk cars, helicopters, red light cameras and more radar guns for a while as far as I'm concerned- but send everybody to EMT level 10 classes and I'll lobby right along side of you for more funding!

And thanks to the personnel department for hiring a deputy who brings to the job a proven track record of public service and a skill set that goes above law enforcement requirements! This deputy chooses to focus his life of public service back on the citizens' needs, not merely the law's text and authority.

Some department clerks who process applications may have counted that against him.

A Sheriff's office can, and often does hire 'tough guys' and doesn't balance the force with officers who are there to do more than just catch bank robbers and drug lords like in the movies.

Spotsy has its share of G.I. Joes like any law enforcement department (and we need them), but I now choose to think of the Spotsylvania Sheriffs Deputies as having a more compassionate sense of public service intentions – with a higher level of training– than I previously knew of.

Deputy Durbin has set the bar much higher for the rest of the patrol deputies and I hope his brothers in blue acknowledge his heroic act and encourage even higher standards of perfection in all areas of training so this type of behavior becomes a common occurrence.

The next time I see Deputy Durbin in public, I'm buying this man a coffee and donut! You should too, but at least tell him THANK YOU as I plan to.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Stimulate THIS!

If you're interested in what your government is going to do with your tax money, this web site is monitoring the Stimulus package's content. You can read the whole thing if you'd like here: http://readthestimulus.org/ . ...all 1586 pages of pork spending and special interest cash hand-outs. Not much in there that will make it to YOUR hands though.

Ever wonder why the arrogant bureaucrats in DC think that we, the taxpayer, need to give all our cash to them to distribute back to us in the form of a 'rebate'? This is true of both RINO Republicans and Democrats unfortunately. Why do we kid ourselves into getting excited when we get an unexpected check in the mail thinking it's 'free money' or 'extra'??

It was OURS to begin with!



Did you know that if every man, woman and child in the USA did not pay a single tax between February and September this year; it would equal today’s proposed government hand-out to corrupt corporations?

Wouldn’t it be better for you to put YOUR cash to work in the economy the way YOU want it? (ie: pay bills, fix up the house, get a new car, invest for college/retirement).

Don’t worry! Big government is going to do all your thinking for you- and give your money to the big companies that need it more than you do.

…it’s your money…. And your local and state governments behavior isn’t much better.

They learn from example!

Are you coming to our next committee meeting to sign up and fight to keep what's literally YOURS?

How much more can you afford to pay from your monthly income before you aren't "too busy" doing something else?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

You're Invited! Come Meet Newt Gingrich and Many Virginia Leaders Feb 12 at the Fredericksburg Expo!

Newt Gingrich is coming to town for a huge reception, speech and dinner-fundraiser to benefit the Spotsylvania GOP committee and Stafford committee and YOU'RE INVITED!

Advance "tickets" for seating and meal are required. Buy them at http://www.spotsygop.com/ by making an online contribution in the amount of your ticket price (noting what it's for on the form) or through the chairman via a check, and a seat to be guaranteed!

Come to our next meeting in person and buy your seats there too!

The date is Feb 12, 2009 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (in Central Park, next to the Hilton Garden Inn off I-95 exit 130b).

We sure hope you can come to this amazing event! The food and fellowship will be first-rate along with the cause.

This is one of our major fundraisers for 2009 and our upcoming county government elections.
If you can't make it, please consider making a financial contribution in your absence.

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Help Support Virginia's SB 801; Because The Abortion Lobbyists Say Not To

Planned Parenthood (a racist, rape-condoning, embezzling group of the nation’s largest abortion chains) is heavily lobbying in Virginia (using tax money we all gave them for ‘education’) to put a halt to….. yep… LICENSE PLATES being proposed with SB 801. This so-called defender of “choice” in America wants to take away your ability to choose your own license plate!

Don’t like the new custom license plate for any reason? Don’t buy it! It’s that simple.

This DMV custom plate program supports literally HUNDREDS of causes throughout the state through VOLUNTARILY paying more to sport your favorite college, hobby, or cause. Planned Parenthood says in no uncertain terms, that they are unwilling to give you the freedom of choice of your own license plate! Which one you ask?

Specifically, “Choose Life” license plates. They object because they say proceeds from the plate sales would go to crisis pregnancy centers! You know, CPC’s — where a pregnant mom can go for things like advice, diapers, parenting videos, counseling, pamphlets, doctor’s check ups, and if needed, adoption referrals.

CPC’s are almost always funded by churches or private endowments, and the occasional bake sale. They’re staffed nearly always by volunteers.

Planned Parenthood hates these places since they don’t advocate for abortions which make up nearly 1/3 of PP’s income (more than $1 billion in sales per year with $335 million of YOUR MONEY subsidized) and oh yes, occasionally KILL a mother.

The bill is in Virginia’s Transportation Committee right now. It’s SB 801. PP wants you to call your VA senator and tell him/her to say no to the Choose Life plates.

I’m asking you to take the next 2 minutes and tell him/her to vote YES ON SB 801.

Please do this now. Make SURE your Republican Senators uphold the plank in our party platform that supports LIFE, and find at least one Democrat who believes that a license plate “choice” should be made by the consumer and not the government lobbyists with selfish interests at heart.

Transportation Commitee Members:
  • Sen. Yvonne Miller ( D-5 ) Chair
  • Sen. Harry Blevins ( R-14 )
  • Sen. Frank Wagner ( R-7 )
  • Sen. John Watkins ( R-10 )
  • Sen. Robert Hurt ( R-19 )
  • Sen. Ryan McDougle ( R-4 )
  • Sen. Steve Newman ( R-23 )
  • Sen. Ralph Smith ( R-22 )
  • Sen. Creigh Deeds ( D-25 )
  • Sen. Edd Houck ( D-17 )
  • Sen. Henry Marsh ( D-16 )
  • Sen. John Miller ( D-1 )
  • Sen. Chap Petersen ( D-34 )
  • Sen. Phil Puckett ( D-38 )
  • Sen. Patsy Ticer ( D-30 )

And this is all it’s about:

Senate Bill 801
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. § 1. Special license plates for supporters of the Choose Life Virginia Fund; fees.

A. On receipt of an application and payment of the fee prescribed by this section, and following the provisions of § 46.2-725 of the Code of Virginia other than those relating to the fee for the plates and its disposition, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue special license plates bearing the legend CHOOSE LIFE to supporters of the Choose Life Virginia Fund, prescribed in subsection B.

B. The annual fee for plates issued pursuant to this section shall be $25 in addition to the prescribed fee for state license plates. For each such $25 fee collected pursuant to this section, $25 shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to a special nonreverting fund known as the Choose Life Virginia Fund established within the Department of Accounts except for the reasonable estimated marginal cost for initial issuance of each Choose Life Virginia plate not recoverable from the prescribed annual fee for state license plates and the reasonable estimated marginal cost of disbursement and reporting of Choose Life Virginia Funds plus $1 per plate issued or renewed annually as specified in this section, not to exceed $10 per plate issued or renewed annually. Annually these funds shall be paid equally to the pregnancy center locations in Virginia which are 501(c)(3) entities and affiliated with at least one of the pregnancy center affiliation organizations that has officially committed to the “Our Commitment of Care” standards, as may be delineated on the website of the pregnancy center affiliation organization Heartbeat International http://www.heartbeatinternational.org/. Choose Life Virginia Fund distributed funds are to be used to support the pregnancy center location’s operation and programs in Virginia and may be refused within 60 days by return to the Choose Life Virginia Fund. The Commissioner shall provide along with the annual disbursement to pregnancy center locations a summary report (until such data is available from a publicly viewable database) containing (1) Choose Life Virginia initial plate issuances and renewals received (both counts and dollars,) (2) a count of new initially issued Choose Life personalized plates (3) total costs withheld pursuant to this section listed by reason withheld, (4) a list of the pregnancy center location names which are issued disbursements, and (5) the return address to be used if a pregnancy center location wishes to the refuse to receive Choose Life Virginia funds. All other fees imposed under the provisions of this section shall be paid to, and received by, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and paid by him into the state
treasury and set aside as a special fund to be used to meet the necessary expenses incurred by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Attorney General Bob McDonnell Steps Down and Turns On Full-Steam-Ahead Campaign for Virginia Governor

For those few in Spotsylvania who don't know Bob, he's been a strong advocate for our region's needs ever since he took office. Additionally, he takes the time to make personal visits to our committee, has helped us fundraise for local elections and endorsed worthy candidates for office.

As A.G., his record speaks for itself, and I encourage you research it for yourself to see how many things Bob managed to get done under our tax-hiking governor Tim Kaine.

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