Moore Common Sense http://moorecommonsense.com Conservatism is the cure Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:30:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Vice President Bob McDonnell?http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/18/vice-president-bob-mcdonnell/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/18/vice-president-bob-mcdonnell/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:30:53 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2339
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Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA)

Over the weekend Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell made some interesting comments regarding his role in the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA).

He told CNN he “would love to” lead the group, which raises money for Republican gubernatorial candidates and political activity in the states.

“I would have to still enjoy the support and confidence of colleagues, and I have talked to a couple of them about that and told them I would be very interested and honored to be the leader for the next year and a half, for the 2012 session,” he said.

The role would allow McDonnell, a rising star within the GOP, to travel the country and raise his profile among party activists and donors alike.

The comments came in light of questions regarding Texas Governor Rick Perry and his presidential aspirations.

The two things I get from this are (a) Rick Perry is moving closer and closer to running for president and (b) Bob McDonnell is really looking for a way to get more in the national spotlight.

This is especially important considering 2012 is around the corner and the GOP nominee will be looking for a veep candidate. Chances are good that Perry would certainly look at his current RGA vice-chairman if he were to win the nomination. Governor Mitt Romney would certainly take a look at him too as conservatives in the Republican Party would demand a new face to national politics with strong conservative credentials. Bob McDonnell serves both those purposes.

But what if Perry or Romney don’t win the nomination? Did McDonnell back himself into a corner with these comments:

“Of course when we get governors together we talk about 2012,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “There is a general thought that a current or former governor will make the best candidate for the Republican Party.”

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman doesn’t have a chance and Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty isn’t catching on the way he had planned. I still say Romney has all but secured the nomination (even though there is a LONG way to go and ANYTHING can happen) but we don’t know for sure. If Rick Perry gets in the race, which I think could be too late to put together a credible campaign, there is potential it could be a game-changer.

At some point though McDonnell will be on the national stage. He has done a phenomenal job as Governor of Virginia, is well respected by every conservative faction out there, and has the charisma to inspire disgruntled Republicans (like myself).

Any way it turns out political junkies like myself will be watching attentively.

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Reducing the Troops – Obama Stylehttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/16/reducing-troops-obama-style/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/16/reducing-troops-obama-style/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:00:42 +0000 Dr. Phil http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2326
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Cut and run!

The biggest problem with talking about reducing the troops is that it could actually happen. With a guy like Barack Obama he says one thing and something else happens. But more importantly this goes against my fundamental belief about war. First off, is Afghanistan really a war? Well almost 500 of America’s best soldiers were lost last year in Afghanistan. And this year’s numbers are approaching that same figure. One episode with our “friends” in Pakistan and that number could easily double. So soldiers are being lost at a fairly high number. You would think the liberal media would show a little concern. By now Ted Koppel should have a show counting the days, adding up all the costs that we can’t afford! But the liberal media has gone mute.

So if soldiers are being sacrificed, then it sounds like we are still at war in Afghanistan. This was the one war that the liberals like Barack Obama and Joseph Biden thought was justifiable. That’s coming from 2 blokes who never spent a day in the service. By all accounts Obama should have run from Afghanistan when he took office in 2009. Instead he took full responsibility for the war by increasing the troop count. It took him a real long time to do that but eventually he increased the number of troops in Afghanistan. Since he took office the number of troop casualties has increase annually exponentially.

But here’s the rub. President George W. Bush was a great leader and made great decisions in the war room. But on the other hand just maybe like his father and President Ronald Reagan he had the proper experts to assist in the decision making. But for a community organizer like Barack Obama his decisions only smell of inexperience. If you want to fight a war like Obama in 2009, then you hire a general and let him run the war. Obama finally woke up and put General Petraeus in charge, but again Obama procrastinated. And every war should be run by the generals. If General Petraeus says he wants more troops and he does not want a time table, then that’s what he should get. But what does community organizer Barack Obama give him? The general gets less troops and a time table. So the generals have fewer troops to do more in a shorter period of time. When the negotiators go in to try to convince the Afghans that we are there to help fight Al-Qaeda, whose going to be there to protect them when the greatest military in the world leaves? Good luck negotiators!

And at the end of the day even if Obama is true to his word and gets the troops out by 2014, he loses the election. Obama’s troop reduction scheme is like Obamacare. It sounds good but he can’t deliver. Not everyone will have healthcare and in the end healthcare will cost a lot more than it did in 2009 and there will be limitations. Troop reductions are stupid. If we have turned the corner like the Obama economy then get all the troops out of harm’s way. If we are getting anywhere in Afghanistan, then make up your mind and go in and fix Pakistan. Pakistan is the real enemy. Pakistan is the third party antagonizer or should we say enabler.

Obama had a chance to be a real hero when the Taliban were threatening to invade the capital of Pakistan. The jerks Obama had been fighting for years were right there gathered a few miles from the capital. It would have been nothing to swoop down in behind them and kill them just like he did with Osama bin Laden. Instead he was more interested in racially charged beer summits, campaign fund raisers and golf.

The liberals will not be happy because Obama has not won the war and he did not bring the troops home like he promised. The rest of America will not be happy because if poor decision making continues, he will not win this war. President George W. Bush stood strong and against all odds he won the war in Iraq. Maybe Barack Obama should give President Bush a call. Play a round of golf and have a beer and a non-beer and pick a winner’s brain. Sometimes you can have all the might in the world, but it takes the right vision to win a war. Donald Rumsfeld will tell you that you need a well thought out strategy. A strategy based on goals not on an upcoming election.

At least Obama wouldn’t have to worry about having 2 mediocre terms like President Bill Clinton. Barack Obama will have only one term and it should weigh in a lot worse than Jimmy Carter’s!

He could be the first president to raise over a trillion dollars for his campaign and still lose by a landslide. The liberals will call it racism, when in fact it was the community organizer who lacked the ability to lead a nation that desperately needed a leader, not a campaigner!

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Buffoon of the Week: Representative Keith Ellisonhttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/15/buffoon-week-representative-keith-ellison/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/15/buffoon-week-representative-keith-ellison/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:43:25 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2308 Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison recently unleashed an absolutely disgusting and misogynist rant against GOP presidential candidate and fellow Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann:


“This is an era of extremism. These same people that want to shrink government so that you can drown it in a bathtub also want Mom to get back in the kitchen and take her shoes off and get pregnant. You understand? They are offended by strong, powerful women. And here’s the sad part: some of them are women themselves. Michele Bachmann would be an example.”

Zip at Weasal Zippers nailed Ellison’s hypocrisy perfectly:

“At the same time he breathlessly claims conservatives are “offended by strong, powerful women” while slamming a conservative, strong and powerful woman.”

This coming from the guy who just abandoned his MS stricken wife of 20 years, Kim Dore Ellison. I guess she wasn’t strong enough for him in the same way Elizabeth Edwards apparently wasn’t strong enough for John Edwards.

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Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison

So what was the response from Ellison when confronted with criticism for his sexist comments? Time to make some money! He immediately sent out a fundraising appeal, playing the victim to the evil rightwing media (try not to laugh at that statement, go ahead, I dare you).

Why are liberals so bigoted against conservatives? Where does the hatred come from? Why does Minnesoata keep electing kooks like Keith Ellison and Al Franken? These are serious questions.

All I know is if the Democratic Party arrogantly insists on calling itself the “party of tolerance” then they should actually try to live by that principle.

The left was quick to point out that Michele Bachmann’s opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which essentially extended the window for equal pay lawsuits indefinitely, as the reason why Bachmann is so anti-women. The fact of the matter is that the Lilly Ledbetter Act was nothing more than the left throwing a bone at trial lawyers, one of their biggest sources of campaign contributions, and they know it. How does it make any sense to let someone sue a business twenty years or so after a grievance was issued? What if the entire company had turned over? How are the new employers responsible for something their predecessors did decades ago? At the very least the issue is debatable and certainly not an end-all-be-all ah-ha moment for Democrats to accuse the opposition of sexism.

They also point to her support of defunding Planned Parenthood as a source of her sexism. Such a horrific view on protecting the unborn is really quite appalling. Why should the federal government pay for the deaths of unborn children? It’s pure insanity to use that as a talking point.

Keith Ellison earns Buffoon of the Week because he embodies what is wrong with liberalism.

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Barack Obama: Being President is Hard!http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/14/barack-obama-president-hard/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/14/barack-obama-president-hard/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:57:47 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2299
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Barack Obama sheds a tear

Those mean Republicans sure are pushing around no-drama-Obama. The audacity of them to try and take away the blank check he has enjoyed in his presidency! It’s like taking a credit card away from a spoiled 16 year old girl (my apologies to 16 year old girls for comparing you to Barack Obama). Apparently the President got all huffy in his latest meeting with congressional representatives. I guess he hasn’t been hitting the golf courses enough:

Republicans said tense negotiations over raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit at the White House ended when President Obama stormed out of the meeting with a stern warning to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.): “Don’t call my bluff.”

“That’s when he got very agitated, seemingly, and said that he had sat there long enough, and that no other president — Ronald Reagan wouldn’t sit here like this — and that he’s reached the point where something’s got to give,” Cantor said, describing the president’s reaction.

“He said to me, ‘Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this,’ “ Cantor said. “I was somewhat taken aback,” he added, with a smile.

I’d be mad too if someone called my bluff. Apparently the president was so agitated he actually got up and walked out:

President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, a dramatic setback to the already shaky negotiations.

“He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’ and walked out,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters in the Capitol after the meeting.

That’s called having a tantrum, and it’s usually reserved for infants. In that case you NEVER give in to the infant because then they will walk all over you. It’s tough but you have to remain strong in order to make them a better person. Unfortunately, if Mitch McConnell has his way, he’ll do exactly that:

In an interview with radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham, McConnell described his plan in stark political terms, warning fellow conservatives that failure to raise the debt limit would probably ensure Obama’s re-election in 2012. He predicted that a default would allow Obama to argue that Republicans were making the economy worse.

“You know, it’s an argument he has a good chance of winning, and all of a sudden we (Republicans) have co-ownership of a bad economy,” McConnell said. “That is a very bad positioning going into an election.”

The proposal won praise from two disparate points in the political spectrum – Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

“I am heartened by what I read,” Reid said. “This is a serious proposal. And I commend the Republican leader for coming forward.”

You know it’s a sign of disappearing backbone when Harry Reid starts singing your praises. I never have been a fan of Mitch McConnell. I though he should’ve resigned as Senate leader when Republicans lost control. I just don’t think he has what it takes to lead this party. Let’s hope this is just a smokescreen.

If these negotiations fall apart then Obama will be to blame. I realize Republicans are probably scared because Americans largely blamed them when budget negotiations led to a government shutdown in 1995. However, these are different times. The American people are sick of deficit spending and they want a reduction now. If the President fails to make a deal, he will be held responsible. We have nothing to lose – stay the course!

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Reasonable doubt?…Dumb and Dumber….and Casey Anthonyhttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/13/casey-anthony/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/13/casey-anthony/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:00:22 +0000 JT http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2221 The dog days of summer are upon us and no one is getting too stirred up about the news these days. Congress and the President are trying to work out a debt ceiling deal and the partisan hypocrisy surrounding this has reached some pretty lofty levels. The one good thing is that our lawmakers and the President were working this week-end for a change. I guess we can let that sort itself out before making any further comments

The one big news item that has dominated the air waves, the internet and social media was the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. This appears to have engaged the public more so than any other event in recent memory including the killing of Osama Bin Laden. I thought given the scarcity of real news it might be interesting to present some observations of this trial and verdict and get a sense of what others thought about it.

The Trial

The protagonists in this trial were a cast of characters made for a TV soap opera. Casey Anthony the defendant made to look like Hester Prynne awaiting burning at the stake. Jose Baez doing his best imitation of Don Quixote trying to achieve the impossible dream. His two assistants who I will refer to as ‘white beard” and “the woman with the frizzy hair.” The prosecution, trying to avoid another Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden fiasco. Presiding over all of this was the Honorable Judge Belvin Perry, who as the trial wore on, reminded me more and more of Jabba The Hutt, with the slow cadence of his pronouncements and exaggerated pursing of the lips.

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The scenes I saw during the trial were particularly fascinating. I focused on Casey and watched her body language and reactions. There she sat, prim and proper, her hair in a bun wearing very plain and simple clothes, devoid of any emotion with a robotic persona which was actually scary. She seemed to stare at the proceedings, with her “doe eyes” intently but at the same time blankly. I could never tell what she was really thinking.

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God..when is this going to end?

 

Did anyone notice how calmly she took sips from her water bottle while her parents were being questioned on the stand and emotionally torn apart? Was there actually anything beating inside Casey or was she simply a calmer version of Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.” You could almost sense a “here’s Johnny” moment about to burst out.

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How long was I supposed to keep calm?

I was particularly struck by the mountain of evidence against Casey (circumstantial but damning nonetheless) and how she seemed to take all of this in stride including the most gruesome depictions of her dead little girl. I didn’t even see her flinch when her own attorney called her a “lying no good slut but not a murderer.” I suppose those are terms that she’s come to accept about herself

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I need to tweet Anthony Weiner

The prosecution did their best to put on a case based on overwhelming circumstantial evidence. I’m not an attorney but I think they did a pretty good job. However, I believe they overreached in going for the death penalty thus putting the jury in an entirely different mind set and in the process sinking their case. The defense of course pointed the finger at everyone except for Casey coming up with the most convoluted theories for Caylee’s death. Anything to introduce any sort of reasonable doubt.

The Verdict

The verdict itself was to me a case of dumb and dumber. Here was the American system of jurisprudence at its best. She was judged by a jury of her peers. Given she doesn’t even have a high school diploma could one assume the jury was just as dumb? Does it stand to reason that perhaps they didn’t have the collective brainpower to fully understand the evidence or the judge’s instructions? Most people seem to think so. Perhaps we’ll find out once they start giving interviews.

I think one of the dumbest acts was for the lead prosecutor Jeff Ashton to laugh and smirk while Jose Baez was making his closing argument. Baez caught him and pointed it out to the jury. I believe it was a significant turning point in their thinking.

After the trial, while the jurors were incommunicado, I remember one sound bite from an anonymous juror saying they were all distraught to find Casey innocent but they had to vote based on the evidence presented.

Was anyone even remotely convinced there was overwhelming evidence of child abuse? Couldn’t they tell that just from watching Casey’s reactions (namely stone cold) in court? What about her partying for 31 days after her child’s death and before she reported her missing? Doesn’t that qualify as extreme neglect?

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How far do we take the term “ beyond a reasonable doubt” Doesn’t that in itself have to have some logic behind it so that the defense cannot introduce any improbable reason for death and the jury in its deliberations could say “well that seems like reasonable doubt”

The drowning in the family pool makes about as much sense as Casey saying: “well I took her for a walk and she fell off a cliff…..I was so scared that I put duct tape over her mouth, put her into a plastic bag and threw the bag into a swamp…don’t forget I was molested by my father at a young age.”

Given the reportedly tearful and distraught jury, wouldn’t it have made sense for them to ask the Judge for some clarification such as: “we really think she’s guilty of at least some of these child neglect/abuse charges can we review what qualifies as beyond a reasonable doubt”

Oh well, I guess we need to get over it and remember that as a system it’s always better to let guilty people go free than to convict one innocent individual. Right?

The Aftermath

To me the aftermath was all about appearances and “decorum” something the defense was sorely lacking. Having a victory champagne party in a restaurant across the street from the courthouse, shortly after the verdict, was the height of poor taste. Having “white beard” giving reporters the finger and “frizzy hair” running around hugging and kissing like it was VE Day was a bit much. Couldn’t they wait until after sentencing when the furor had died down?

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That's what I think of public sentiment

What I found particularly astonishing and disturbing was Casey Anthony’s metamorphosis and conduct at the sentencing. No longer the prim and proper defendant she took this opportunity to re-introduce her inner slut to the world. Eye shadow, lipstick, long hair, winking and smiling and hugging and kissing with “frizzy hair.” They might as well have told her to wear a low cut blouse and serve drinks. Who was the genius on the defense team that choreographed this episode? Probably the same person who planned the champagne victory party.

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Are you guys planning another victory party?

Well as the old saying goes: “You can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl” But regardless, get ready for a book deal and a slew of appearances like the Jerry Springer Show and maybe even The View. If she’s really lucky she might score an interview with Baba Wawa whose career could use the boost.

My recommendation would be for Casey to lead theSlut Walk scheduled for NYC during August. She could walk with Anthony Weiner and proclaim themselves as Anthony and Anthony—Proud to be Sluts.

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Anthony and Anthony–Proud to be Sluts!

And that’s the way it is here: “a little left of right”

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George Allen Raises Another Cool Millionhttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/13/george-allen-raises-cool-million/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/13/george-allen-raises-cool-million/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:49:55 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2290
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Senator George Allen

This just in from the George Allen for Senate campaign:

Today, George Allen for U.S. Senate announced the second straight million dollar fundraising quarter, raising over $1.1 million – 82 percent of which came from Virginia donors. To date, the Allen Campaign has raised $2.6 million from well over 5,000 donors.

“Susan and I appreciate so many people for their generosity and caring support for our campaign to bring Virginian voices and values to Washington. We are truly grateful for the advice and encouragement we continue to receive from people throughout the Commonwealth.” said George Allen.

“Washington liberals seem to think the economy is on the right track, but that ignores the realities of what hard working men and women are facing every day. I look forward to working with Virginians to reinvigorate our economy with pro-growth policies that will help create jobs, unleash our energy resources and restore the promise of the American dream. Together, we will continue to build a strong grassroots team that is motivated for positive solutions and reforms to turn our country in the right direction.”

It’s going to be interesting to see how much money Tim Kaine raised from Virginia donors. As the former head of the DNC you would expect strong fundraising totals from him, and his last report was impressive at $2.25 million. Of course, you would expect any former chair of a national party not named Jim Gilmore to have the ability to raise funds effectively.

This race is just getting started. George Allen has been running for this seat for 6 years so it will be tough to beat him in the general election. Tim Kaine left the governors mansion as one of the most unpopular governors in history to be the top lackey for Barack Obama. Of course, his biggest problem stems from his record of attempted massive tax increases. It would seem that George Allen has a huge leg up on Kaine, but you never know. If you can raise money, you can compete.

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Profiles in Hypocrisy: Harry Reid and Economic Culpabilityhttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/13/profiles-hypocrisy-harry-reid-economic-culpability/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/13/profiles-hypocrisy-harry-reid-economic-culpability/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:00:29 +0000 Michael Gryboski http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2277
Harry Reid Profiles in Hypocrisy: Harry Reid and Economic Culpability

Harry Reid

After awhile, bad news about the economy hardly seems like news. Twenty-somethings like myself expect bad news and why should we not? As reported by the Washington Post last week, the economy continues to be a problem.

Last month, only 18,000 jobs were created. Given that our unemployment rate is well over fourteen million, that is nowhere near enough help to those who cannot provide for themselves. Given what few positions have opened up will go to those who have decades of experience and advanced degrees, bachelors degree holding children of the mid to late 1980s continue to be left to rot.

Of course, politics would not be politics unless some blame went around. Enter Democratic Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader who has been outspoken as to who deserves blame for the bad economic status quo. On several occasions, Senator Reid has blamed the previous administration. To be fair, some of these criticisms happened during the Bush Administration, albeit in the latter months when Democrats had taken control of Congress.

“The Bush-McCain economy has now shed jobs every month of 2008; it is well past time for this Administration to work with us to extend unemployment insurance, and Bush-McCain Republicans must do more than offer the same failed economic strategy that got us into this mess in the first place,” said Reid in June of 2008.

“As we celebrate the victory of President-elect Obama, this news that the unemployment rate has reached a 14-year high of 6.5 percent is the latest reminder of the many challenges confronting our nation,” said Reid not long after Barack Obama was elected.

We know from his remarks that Senator Reid of Nevada ascribes blame for the bad economy on President George W. Bush and considered the 6.5 percent unemployment rate to be the product of “failed politics of the Bush administration.” However, after Obama was sworn in the economy did not improve; in fact, right about now that 6.5 percent looks pretty desirable.

Now that the economy is even worse off than it was under Bush, now that stimulus packages and bailouts have come and gone and we are still looking into a bleak fiscal future, who does Reid blame now? Based on statements made in 2010, one can see who he does not blame:

“We know who’s responsible. The reckless Wall Street banks that gambled with our jobs, and lost’ the ruthless insurance companies that denied health care to the sick; the irresponsible oil companies that pollute our planet and then resist the clean-energy economy we’re trying not just to build – but that Nevada will lead.”

Just to clarify, when President Bush was in office all the economic woes of our society were the product of his “failed policies.” Yet now that Bush is out and Obama is president, all of a sudden its not the president’s fault after all. Rather, it’s a more complex series of villains who deserve our contempt.

It’s a classic double-standard for pundits who play the culpability game. How much credit or blame an administration gets for good or bad business days depends on the political affiliation of the figure head. Another dimension for Reid’s usage of this double-standard is the state he represents in Congress. Under the Bush Administration, Nevada had an economic decline yet it still remained better off than some states. Because of this decline, Reid blamed Bush. During the Obama Administration, Nevada’s economy only got worse, and now they have according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the worst economy of all 50 states.

Does Reid blame Obama for this record downturn? Of course not, why should he? More to the point, this entire downward economic trend occurred during Reid’s tenure as Senator. So does Reid blame himself for this record downturn? Once again, the answer is obvious.

(Minor aside: Pro-gambling activists and many libertarians love to talk about legalizing various vices because they claim it will improve the economy. If so, then how come Nevada, the one state that has both legalized gambling and prostitution, also has the highest unemployment rate?)

Apparently whenever the economy was bad under Bush it was his fault, but when the economy is even worse under Obama, its not his fault. And when the economy is really bad in Nevada under Reid, its not Reid’s fault either. Outrage loses it potency when people realize its selectivity.

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Ron Paul to Retire From Elected Officehttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/12/ron-paul-retire-elected-office/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/12/ron-paul-retire-elected-office/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:30:39 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2204
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Congressman Ron Paul

This is the first bit of good news I’ve heard today.

Congressman Ron Paul today announced via Facebook that he will be stepping down from Congress:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul says he won’t run for another term in Congress so he can concentrate on his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

In a message posted on his Facebook page, Paul announced his retirement from the U.S. House.

“I have decided not to seek re-election for my House seat in 2012 and will focus all of my energy winning the presidency,” he wrote.

Paul, 75, told a local paper in his congressional district, that he didn’t want to be distracted by running two campaigns at once.

“I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul told The Facts, which covers Brazoria County, Texas. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”

Since everyone who isn’t a sycophantic Paulite knows Ron Paul doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination for President, this is essentially an announcement of the end of Ron Paul’s run in elected office.

I truly hope this is the end to the lunacy he has brought to the Republican Party and conservative movement. I’ve been saying for a while that as conservatives we must distance ourselves away from the libertarian movement if we are to be taken seriously. True libertarian voters usually only care about legalizing marijuana and don’t really care about the problems affecting our country. We need a laissez-fair government but not complete anarchy. We still need a strong national defense and a free market economy. Libertarians believe in isolationism and a complete surrender on national defense and zero foreign policy. They must stop being confused with conservatives. Hopefully the end of Ron Paul’s career in elected office will aid that.

Some farewell highlights:






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Hillary Clinton’s Hardline on Bashar al-Assad and Syria Too Little Too Late?http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/12/hillary-clinton-bashar-al-assad-syria/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/12/hillary-clinton-bashar-al-assad-syria/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:12:48 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2194

“From our perspective, he has lost legitimacy,” the secretary said. “He has failed to deliver on the promises he has made.”

The real question is, where the heck was this a few months ago when Bashar al-Assad first started to ramp up killing his own people?

I talked about this in May when the Obama Administration slapped Bashar al-Assad on the wrist.

I talked about this in April when the United Nations weakly drafted a statement in response to the mass killings.

I talked about this in March, posing the question whether this would finally lead to the end of the repressive Syrian regime.

It’s time to get serious about the murderous Syrian regime and put an end to the Bashar al-Assad reign of terror.

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Timothy Geithner and Barack Obama’s Continued Economic Failureshttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/12/timothy-geithner-barack-obama-economy/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/12/timothy-geithner-barack-obama-economy/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:34:22 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2175
Timothy Geithner Timothy Geithner and Barack Obamas Continued Economic Failures

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

In a recent appearance on Meet The Press, Treasury Secretary and Obama shill Timothy Geithner made it clear that the country is far away from an economic recovery. In a surprise to absolutely no one, the economic stimulus plans have been an utter disaster.

Isn’t it obvious to most people that you can’t spend your way to prosperity? If you are out of a job do you spend a lot of money you don’t have to create a job for yourself? Does it make sense to pay for such a plan by putting it on a high interest credit card? The Obama-Geithner stimulus plan was nothing more than a ponzi scheme to redistribute wealth and pay off liberal special interests. The President and his lackey Timothy Geithner have failed the American people.

Geithner’s appearance on Meet the Press:


“I think for a lot of people, it’s going to feel very hard…harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetime…for a long time to come.”

Well no kidding, and no thanks to you. Geithner hits it on the head again when he said:

“That is the tragic effects of a crisis this deep and this bad caused by a long period of lost opportunities to do things to make the country stronger.”

Lost opportunity is a recurring theme of this Administration. We are headed more and more towards a lost decade, as even Bill Clinton Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers admits.

The Obama Administration has failed us by tricking the American public into believing that writing big taxpayer funded checks and increased government regulation can create long term private sector jobs. The answer is lowering the deficit, cutting taxes, and getting the hell out of the way of the private sector. Timothy Geithner was singing a different tune earlier in the reign of this Administration. In fact he was one of the biggest cheerleaders for it. Case in point this appearance in front of Congress in 2009:

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Don’t ever forget the broken promises by the Obama Administration, like this one:

“Barack Obama said the No. 1 goal of his economic stimulus plan is to create 3 million new jobs in the next two years. Less than 20 percent of them will be government jobs.”

My only hope is that the American people remember these abject failures come election time. Can we please put the adults in charge?

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I Now Officially Denounce Sarah Palinhttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/11/officially-denounce-sarah-palin/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/11/officially-denounce-sarah-palin/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:15:24 +0000 Chris Graham http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2165
sarah palin2 I Now Officially Denounce Sarah Palin

Governor Sarah Palin

Wow. I never thought I would write these words, but…Sarah Palin, you’re a dangerous menace. I hope you never make it to the White House.

We all know about The Huffington Post’s rummaging through Sarah Palin’s emails a few weeks ago with not much to show for it. Well, now some pretty horrible things have been revealed and I now must condemn Palin. My condemnation of her, however, does not translate to an exoneration of The Huffington Post, the ultra-liberal blog that somehow acquired around 24,000 of those emails from Sarah Palin’s days as governor of Alaska. I know it was not through any means of true investigative journalism that they acquired these emails (in fact, they had ordinary citizens do all the hard work for them), and I still don’t understand how it is legal. But as a conservative, I proudly practice objectivism and will never support someone simply because they share my political viewpoints.

Much of the Palin emails are harmless, but there were a few things found in them that are sure to ruin her career (and she deserves it). The damning tidbits found in these emails are:

1) Sarah Palin, in an email to Senator John McCain during their 2008 campaign, told him that if he won the election and became president, he could and should ignore the War Powers Act and start a war with Libya. When McCain wrote back to her that that would be illegal and that he would be rightfully called a war criminal and most definitely impeached, Palin replied, “Don’t worry, the news media isn’t going to say anything about it, so you will get away with it.”

2) Sarah Palin started her campaign for Alaskan governor in the living room of and with the help of a terrorist who once bombed some government buildings and who, to this day, doesn’t regret any of it and maintains that he wishes he had bombed more. This man then went on to ghostwrite one of Sarah Palin’s books for her.

3) Sarah Palin, as Governor of Alaska, once met with the Queen of England and gave the thoughtful gift of…an iPod. Wow, she really is as stupid as the media portrays her! And guess what was on the iPod? All of her political speeches. Can you believe that? The sheer arrogance of this woman! While on her overseas trip, she also visiting with the Dalai Lama and gifted him with cuff links, even though he doesn’t wear sleeves and therefore has no cuffs to put the cuff links on.

4) Sarah Palin bought her house illegally by going in on a deal with a man with ties to the mafia. That man is now serving time in a federal prison. Why isn’t she?

5) The e-mails also show that Sarah Palin’s church for the last 22 years regularly shouted vicious, anti-black hatred! Her preacher even said that America deserved 9/11! My God, what is wrong with this woman?!

6) Before Sarah Palin became a conservative, she was a member of a political party that tried to subversively turn the Democrat party into an outright Marxist party. She even attended an event in the mid-90s with domestic terrorists, the event being all about their hatred for Israel and supporting Israel’s obliteration (which, as we Christians believe, is against the Bible, and any country that attacks Israel will be obliterated by God). Wow, let’s hope Palin never enters the White House! We don’t need an Israel-hater in there. We gotta try to stay on God’s good side.

7) The Sarah Palin emails also reveal that she used to work for ACORN. She apparently trained ACORN members how to bully banks into giving sub-prime loans to people who couldn’t afford to pay them back. Sarah Palin was one of the ones directly responsible for the collapse of the housing market a few years ago!

How did any of this go unnoticed by the news media during her 2008 campaign with John McCain? What is the matter with them? Sure, none of this stuff was public knowledge in 2008—it was only found out by reading her just-released emails—but why didn’t they even attempt to do some hard digging? They completely failed to do their job. I would be so embarrassed if I were part of the news media, letting all of these things go unnoticed in 2008. They have no right to call themselves reporters or journalists. They are nothing more than cover-up artists. It’s shameful!

I condemn Sarah Palin and renounce all supportive words I’ve previously had for her.

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How much is the Oil coming from the Strategic Reserve going to cost us again?http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/09/oil-coming-strategic-reserve-cost-us-again/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/09/oil-coming-strategic-reserve-cost-us-again/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2011 10:00:01 +0000 Dr. Phil http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2058
oil field How much is the Oil coming from the Strategic Reserve going to cost us again?

Drill baby drill!

Barack Obama recently released 30 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR). This could be problematic at many different levels. To start with why was this discussed behind closed doors and not allowed to be in a public forum. The obvious answer is like Obamacare, it would be too much for the people to handle. But it appears that this decision was made a long time ago. Jay Leno was quick to point out that it was an election year so that is why the oil was released. So what is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

President Bush was instrumental in increasing the oil supply and he actually filled it to its capacity. They claim the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the U.S. was about 727 million barrels of crude oil before the release. Wouldn’t you like to see the dip stick they use to measure all that oil?

Once President Bush spent the money to fill our Strategic Petroleum Reserve and it was completed, the price of gasoline at the pump began to go down. If we begin to look at this great global economy that the liberals are so enamored with, we must begin to question the effects on the price of oil caused by the global SPR’S.

It is difficult to imagine what a million barrels of oil really is. If we can make this real simple, let’s say the crude is refined with no waste and a barrel of oil produces a barrel of gasoline. The average car has a 20 gallon tank. And there are about 50 gallons of gasoline in a barrel. So in real crude numbers, each barrel would fill 2.5 cars. Thus a million barrels would fill about 2.5 million cars. So a release of 30 million barrels would fill only once about 75 million cars. Now that’s real crude math for real crude oil. But it is important to get a handle on what kind of effect this may have for our economy.

In realty the U.S, government is selling its oil to the oil companies at current prices but President Bush bought the oil at a much lower price. Not a bad deal. The Democrats will use this exchange as revenue in the budget. In the end it will look like the United States made money. And the Democrats will need to make fewer cuts in their spending to balance the budget. It is like cutting troops in Afghanistan. It looks good, but does it really help anything and is Obama actually shooting himself in the foot. As it stands now his approval rating is so low, he couldn’t get elected dog catcher. But the election is over a year away. By then nobody will remember that unarmed Osama bin Laden was executed by Obama. And the effect of the lower gasoline prices will be gone.

If the Democrats are prudent, they will start to buy up the oil at higher prices then what President Bush paid for the oil. Hopefully it will be lower then what we sold it for. So in the end the savings pretty much is a wash. But what happens to the oil prices as Obama tries to replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? They will go up. But if the Democrats were smart, they would not have sold the oil to the oil companies. They would have exchanged the oil for future oil in kind. This is good for the government because they are getting oil for FREE. And this will not affect the price of oil theoretically as Obama buys 30 millions gallons to replace the crude he just released. It might affect supply and demand, but that seems to be a joke at this point. After all the global oil SPR’s of the world decided to release a total of 60 million barrels because of the effect of loss Libyan oil. The U.S. doesn’t buy Libyan oil but whose counting.

So in the end the Democrats will use this as budget revenue and conveniently not show the added expense on the ledger sheets of replacing the oil.

Replacing the oil is really the problem. That does affect the supply and demand. The liberal Democrats may try postponing the replacement of the released oil until after the 2012 election. There is already talk of another release. Also note that the price of gasoline was already coming down before the release.

Keep in mind that the original intent of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and it enormous expense was to protect this country if for some catastrophic reason there was not enough oil in the United States. It was not meant for political purposes and as a spigot to be used to adjust the price of gasoline just before an election.

Remember when the liberals told us the reason the price of gasoline is so high was because of supply and demand. We were told that countries like China were progressing in their industrial revolution and they were using more oil. But did you know that China as well as other countries have their own SPR’s.

For example China has been expanding its SPR since 2007. They added about 101 million barrels in 2008. By the end of 2020 their plans will take about 684 million barrels of crude out of the global economy and sock it away for a rainy day.

In effect you the consumer are competing in the market place with all these governments sucking the oil out of the system. So if you look at the trend to suck oil out of the system, you will see a trend to drive up the price of oil and gasoline in an artificial manner. It is quite counter productive because oil is being produced and instead of being pumped into the world to be used by consumers at a reasonable price to help drive economies, it sits in some tank some where doing absolutely nothing except costing money to maintain at the same time screwing up the oil economies of the world.

The real problem lies in the fact that the liberals don’t like oil. They want you to use inefficient green energy which must be hiding away in Obama’s corner with the make believe shovel ready jobs.

In the end it appears that it is not OPEC that is the problem, it is not the inefficient engines that are the problem. It’s not the greedy people who want to drive those large cars. The gut check should be if oil is so bad, why are all these countries stock piling all this oil?

For the price of 30 million barrels of oil, just think how many nuclear plants and wind mills you could build? Actually $3 billion dollars would not buy a whole lot of green energy. It is conceivable that one nuclear plant would carry a price tag of well over $1 billion dollars.

So at the end of the day after all the green rhetoric, the only way to go is gasoline. Someday cars may run on water or air, but for now and the conceivable future we do need oil!

It might be wise to increase the production of global crude in such a magnitude so that the filling of all these global SPR’s has little or no effect on the price of gas in your country. If the liberals are so quick to empty the oil in the SPR’s then why are they so slow to harvest more oil from our lands?

Remember Clinton was prone to empty the SPR. It was rumored that Jesse Jackson made money on the deal. Wouldn’t you want to know which member of Obama’s team will be making money when all the oil is released from the American SPR.? And you might want to know how much of that money will end up in Democrat campaign coffers for the upcoming election!

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Looking for a Few Good Progressives…http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/07/progressive-site-you/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/07/progressive-site-you/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 10:00:05 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2132
liberals 300x240 Looking for a Few Good Progressives...

As I was perusing craigslist the other day, I happened to come across an ad for a new liberal startup group. After reading it my mouth dropped to the floor, I was completely in awe. Someone should have told them to stop being a stereotype. Since I couldn’t help but to laugh hysterically, I thought I’d share my mirth with you [Translation included].

Posted at http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/wrg/2476596191.html

“We’re forming a non-profit called the “So76.org” short the “Spirit of ’76″ organization” to do what no others are: directly empower Progressives who are looking to conduct more effective political action in their communities and one-to-one.

Translation: We want to recreate the spirit of Jimmy Carter, because Lord knows he was the biggest shill for our failed liberal policies since FDR.

“So far, we’ve written content that indentifies [sic] “Who we are” (the six types of Progressives) and “What we want” (our political platform.)”

Translation: The 6 types of liberals are:
1. Whiny
2. Whiny tree-huggers
3. Whiny Vegans who believe harvesting meat and hunting should be illegal
4. Whiny Obamacons who identify as liberals because Barack Obama is “cool”
5. Whiny hippies
6. Whiny hippy tree-hugger vegans who hate the military, think salt should be outlawed, believe Al Gore is a God among men (if they believed in God), think “hope” and “change” is a credible policy platform, don’t believe evil exists in the world, and think global warming will destroy us all in about 32 seconds.

“Plus, we’ve completed other items like ‘The Top Ten mistakes Progressives make (when talking to Conservatives)’ and have begun an FAQs area. We need your help with all the rest.

Translation:
The top ten mistakes progressives make when talking to conservatives are:
1. Open mouth
2. Open mouth
3. Say something liberal
4. Start with “hope and change…”
5. Start with “The U.S. Constitution is a living document…”
6. Start with “MSNBC is factual…”
7. Start with “You’re clearly not educated enough to understand how liberal policies work”
8. Say “Jesus was a Marxist…”
9. Say anything about the military and why it isn’t necessary
10. State that if you don’t have an ivy league education then you must be a simpleton.

“(If all this sounds like a liberal counter to the Tea Party organization, then you’re on the right wavelength.)”

Translation: We tried this already with the quickly abandoned “Coffee Party” and since that crashed and burned, we’re going to give it another shot because we don’t have an ounce of creativity. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – we need a political movement dedicated to maintaining the status quo!

“A variety of contributors will be considered but if you’ve ever edited stories ‘off the wire’ for publication you’d be great for what we need. If you’ve ever done that AND you’ve read George Lakoff, you’ll be a perfect fit.”

Translation: We are desperate for anything. If you can put together a sentence or two in a half coherent manner that may or may not offend everyone with half a brain, then we want you. If you subscribe to the Berkeley hippie types like George Lakoff who believes liberals are unsuccessful because they don’t twist words enough to confuse and scare people into voting for them, then you’re our man.

“About the pay… A big part of Progressive ideology is fairness and the idea that people deserve fair pay for their work. We certainly want to set a good example. Everyone who’s worked on this has been paid and so will you, it just that it will have to be deferred. The reason this ad appears in ‘gigs’ not ‘jobs,’ is that — since it allows us the credibility to finally start fundraising — the website you will contribute content for will largely raise that pay.”

Translation: About the pay, since we believe in redistribution of wealth this will be a pyramid scheme that steals money from dumb people because we don’t have a clue when it comes to business sense.

“Email back your contact info and something you’ve written if interested and you should be interested: We’re determined to make a difference.”

Translation: We’re determined to push shoddy ideas that will never work because we believe in a 1984 type dystopia where we have all the power and silly conservatives wait on us hand and foot. Since that probably won’t happen we’ll keep pushing lefty garbage on the Internet, call ourselves “Netroots” or something equally as lame, and hold out until global warming consumes us all or Barack Obama leads us to the promised land from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

End communication.

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The Call to Diminish Rights: Separation of Church and Statehttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/06/call-diminish-rights-separation-church-state/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/06/call-diminish-rights-separation-church-state/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Michael Gryboski http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2121 secular street 264x300 The Call to Diminish Rights: Separation of Church and StateIt has oftentimes been joked that the nation of Russia is the only country on the planet where people had more rights in the middle ages than they do today. However, if certain forces prevail in the United States, whose 235th birthday was just celebrated, then the rights tricorn wearing Americans exchanged musket fire with British regulars over may be threatened.

Enter the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whose ultra-strict interpretation of the Establishment Clause has always been questionable in its merit. In a recent article on their blog “The Wall of Separation”, communications associate Sandhya Bathija wrote with concern about the actions of a religious Pennsylvania mayor. In Harrisburg, Mayor Linda Thompson recently declared a day of fasting and prayer to help guide her through a major budget crisis.

“In this difficult time, I’m sure the people of Harrisburg want answers and solutions from their elected officials. And Thompson offers up prayer and fasting?” writes Bathija in disgust.

“But budget issues aside, Thompson needs to come into conformity with the Constitution,” continued Bathija.

Now one can debate, as Bathija does, the merits of the mayoral capabilities of Thompson regarding whether or not she can effectively figure out a way to end the budget crisis facing Harrisburg. Yet to denounce Mayor Thompson for bringing forth a call to fast and pray is very bizarre given our nation’s history and numerous instances that elected leaders namely at the federal level did just that.

George Washington, founding father, first president, and the man who led our armies to victory in the Revolution, was a man who did not agree with Bathija’s assessment of governmental calls to religious observation. In 1795, President Washington issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation.

“In such a state of things it is in an especial manner our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience,” said Washington.

In 1798, President John Adams did what Mayor Thompson of the present did and issued a “A Day of Fasting & Humiliation” proclamation.

“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety without which social happiness can not exist nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed,” said Adams.

Take note, those who agree with Americans United’s breed of secularism; not only did Adams issued a fasting proclamation, he also mentions morality and piety as being essential to having a free society. The list goes on, of course. During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a “Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day” and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939 whose purpose was to “give thanks to the Ruler of the Universe for the strength which He has vouchsafed us to carry on our daily labors and for the hope that lives within us of the coming of a day when peace and the productive activities of peace shall reign on every continent.”

And yet when someone today does likewise, following in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers, Lincoln, FDR, and so many others, they are violating the Constitution. That is the conclusion reached by Bathija and others in groups like Americans United. This means that in essence they desire the reduction of rights. They demand an end to deeds once considered so uncontroversial that political figures from all major parties in the history of our Republic took part in them and viewed them not as wedge issues or divisive partisanship, but rather a bringing together of diverse groups in homage to the Almighty.

Then again, this is only one of many acts that Americans used to be able to do without harassment that modern secularism desires to see removed from our body politic. Other examples include teaching creationism in schools, giving funds to religious education, having clergy pray before sessions of Congress, prayers at Inauguration, “In God We Trust” on our money, manger scenes and Christmas Carols in our schools, and  so many more. This is a worldview that seeks to eliminate acts once acceptable and if we are not careful, they shall prevail and change our society for the worse. And if one wonders if such words be seem extreme, consider what Benjamin Franklin, a genius in his day, once remarked:

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth–that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

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Virginia Democratic Candidate Resorts to Running Over Pro-liferhttp://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/05/virginia-democratic-candidate-resorts-running-pro-lifer/ http://moorecommonsense.com/2011/07/05/virginia-democratic-candidate-resorts-running-pro-lifer/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 16:58:02 +0000 Alan http://moorecommonsense.com/?p=2106 hit and run Virginia Democratic Candidate Resorts to Running Over Pro lifer

That’s one way to silence the opposition.

This story is really quite unbelievable. Charisse Espy Glassman has stepped down from her bid to win a seat on the Fairfax County School Board after being criminally charged with assault and possession of a prohibited weapon – all while laughing hysterically:

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Charisse Espy Glassman


“The court records and a Democratic party source say Glassman was driving out of an alley at 3:44 p.m. in the 100 block of 1st St. NE near the Supreme Court building where there was a crowd of people taking part in the March for Life. A woman stepped in front of Glassman’s car, yelling at her to stop because of all the people around, the court papers say. Glassman allegedly laughed, revved her engine and moved forward. When the woman stepped back, Glassman allegedly kept laughing, moved forward again and hit the woman in the legs, the court records say. The woman suffered minor injuries.”

Virginia Democrats sure know how to pick them. Glassman was endorsed by the Democratic Party and, ironically, Rep. Gerry Connolly. Ironic because Gerry Connolly has a history of irresponsible driving of his own. In 2004 he was charged with a hit and run and was acquitted only after prosecutorial incompetence.

If you live in Fairfax, Virginia vote for Christina Guthrie, who I’m sure will pledge to NEVER run over people with her car while laughing hysterically.

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