Archive for the Virginia politics Category

Of puppy mills and terrorists

Posted in Fire Jim Moran, from guantanamo to alexandria jim moran, letter to jim moran, Opinion (Political), Virginia District 8 election, Virginia politics on November 1, 2010 by AN Security

Why Jim Moran thinks he’s doing you a favor by running again.

Yes, the venerable Moran made a formidable effort to sell a crowded auditorium at the Arlington Hospital believe why he’s the only man for the job. What job that is he thinks he’s doing involves his extensive history of grifting earmarks for those who want everything on a platter. That’s not his only sin of course. Election day is upon us and one can only wonder what goes on in a man’s head when he touts his talent for finding money. I’m still pissed about Moran wanting to please master Obama and soil our lovely city with the trial of a monster like the Bali Bomber. How about raising money to fund worthless and needlessly costly projects (BRAC, anyone?), is eager to raise money to help muslim extremist groups grow in numbers in NOVA – along with pundit Jerry Connolly (he needs to be a one-term type, best of luck to Keith Fimian) and fighting to the death to protect the rights of puppies being abused in mills.

Though I find myself to be a rather astute and informed expat overseas with access to media and news, I was not aware that Virginia, District 8 in particular, had a problem with puppy mills. All I know is that on this evening in Arlington as Moran struggled to sell his tired brand of politics to his audience we could all see the fear. It’s all in the eyes; or the lack of juice, either way he’s run out of his usual rhetoric.

By frequently saying ‘my opponent lacks credibility’ he means he’s the defending champion on his last fight; the younger fighter hungry for that title belt.   His senses are right on target, and Moran should have relinquished the belt long ago. Not that he’s a winner, far from it, but someone who has managed to maintain the liberal illusion of prosperity while setting up Virginians for financial demise. Tim Kaine is gone. Jim needs to go.  Patrick Murray is taking a huge risk and earns my respect for challenging the Democrat stronghold. Moran is like the hooker stating to the client what she/he can do. It’s pretty obvious that he’s into politics for his own gain.

This post isn’t meant to go beyond my personal disgust at Moran’s lengthy tenure. Naturally, someone who thinks that military service isn’t public service never lived life – at least not in our reality. I had the opportunity to meet Murray while at home and he seemed sincerely ready to tackle our troubles. It’s going to take a lot of work. If tomorrow yields just enough votes to give Moran a good scare we will have to continue working on getting him out of office. Voters still select him each time because of name recognition, usual liberal stupidity and liberal give-me-what-I-want attitudes. The vicious cycle will have to be broken. How we’ll do that will manifest on November 3rd after the dust settles.

Whatever you do, please don’t vote for Moran because he loves puppies.  Have some damn decency and courage and vote with your head; even if you have to bash it on that voting screen to make real change happen.

Advertisements

Don’t ask don’t tell that I have no clue: Jim Moran’s response to my letter

Posted in don't ask don't tell, Jim Moran, letter to jim moran, Opinion (Political), US politics, Virginia politics, Virginia representatives on April 1, 2010 by AN Security

No, this is not really one of those April fool’s Day jokes. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) did send me an email today. Perhaps it is a joke but I wasn’t laughing. There is something about picking inconsistencies in people’s writing that always appeals to me and he did not disappoint. And yes, I did send Jim Moran a letter dated January 25 2010 that has gone unanswered until today, however just as I was about to give him a little credit (I was hoping for one of those go to hell letters) I got something completely different. My letter which I published in its entirety on this site entitled We are not the Taliban: A letter to Jim Moran, addressed in painful detail (to him maybe, I like my epic letters) why I am strongly against his support of bringing Riduan Isamuddin, (aka Hambali, the Bali Bomber) for trial in my home of residence of Alexandria, Virginia. I was clearly upset and wanted him to know I would not support trials for any enemy combatant on US soil. No answer. The story died as quickly as it surfaced in the media.

Until today.

Let me know if you can find a problem with this response and don’t be shy to post comments. I will be addressing his email shortly.

Dear Ms Leclerc,

Thank you for writing me concerning the repeal of the U.S. military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy (WTF?? I didn’t write you about the gay ban!).

I am a cosponsor of the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act” (H.R. 1283), and an advocate for replacing DADT with a policy of non-discrimination (You’d co-sponsor condoms for crickets if it were feasible). If enacted, this legislation would prevent a person’s sexual orientation from being used to prevent his or her service in our country’s armed forces. As you know, President Obama called for a repeal of this policy in his State of the Union address and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen expressed their support for repeal in recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Those who continue to support DADT argue that allowing openly gay and lesbian soldiers to serve next to straight soldiers would hurt unit cohesion. Recent studies by the Armed Forces and the experiences of other nations do not support this assertion. A report published in Joint Forces Quarterly late last year concluded that “there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively affected if homosexuals serve openly.” A recent study by the Palm Center (Sure, why should anyone accept the conclusions of a left-biased organization. There must be other orgs capable of doing this research or have already done so but you’re not presenting that counterargument, right?) examined the experience of other countries that have repealed bans on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. (If Canada or the UK says jump you jump, right? Why would I care about what other countries are doing?) It found that none of the 25 nations that currently allow open service (including Canada, Great Britain, Israel, and Australia) experienced any negative impact on morale, recruitment, retention, readiness or overall combat effectiveness despite predictions of major disruptions prior to enactment.

The military spends, on average, between $22,000 and $43,000 to replace each person discharged under DADT. In 2006, the Blue Ribbon Commission(More looney left people. Smacks of the Star Chamber) from the University of California at Santa Barbara – which included former Department of Defense Secretary William Perry and other defense experts – estimated that the first decade of the policy cost the military $364 million. By now, those costs have likely reached at least a half billion dollars. DADT is a fiscal money pit. (Hey, how about you tell me how much it’s cost us to replace military personnel with life-long experience who were forced to retire since the 1990s at the end of the Gulf War? Before many were brought back from retirement, even medical retirement as trainers because most of our pool of knowledge had been dried! Look at the costs of adjusting their retirement pensions/retainer pay. Doesn’t that cost a lot?)

To date, DADT has resulted in the discharge of nearly 14,000 gay and lesbian soldiers, including engineers, linguists and other critical occupations. Each of these soldiers agreed to make the same sacrifices asked of any soldier, in turn wanting nothing more than to serve their nation honorably and honestly. Unfortunately, the current DADT policy makes this impossible. I believe our nation’s security will be best protected when all service members are allowed to serve without fear that their sexual orientation could become known and result in their discharge.

Late last year, I sent a letter signed by 95 of my House colleagues to Defense Secretary Gates requesting monthly updates on the number of service members discharged because of DADT. Through these routine disclosures, Congress and the American public would have consistent reminders of the careers ended and harm done to our national security because of DADT (And I thought harm done to our national security came from ignoring Afghanistan for a year – and McChrystal, badmouthing Bush – who’s been gone a while, dissing Israel when it needs us the most while sucking up to the Persians and shutting down the F-22 jet production and paring down the Navy’s fleet, silly me. Let me stop now before my eye twitches until I have a stroke). The Department of Defense finally released the 2009 discharge numbers on February 1st, revealing that 428 additional soldiers were fired because of their sexual orientation. I will continue to push for monthly disclosures going forward (How about you disclose other matters regarding funding for projects nobody needs within District 8?).

On March 3rd, I held a press conference to call attention to the soldiers (You won’t even visit units returning from deployment, but you meet with some gay ex-service members, what’s the difference right?) who are directly impacted by this antiquated policy (Do I have to tell you who came up with this antiquated policy?). I was joined by three homosexual service members, two of whom were discharge under DADT and one who, throughout her decorated 30 year service, maintained a lingering fear that at any time she could be outed, ending her career. Unfortunately, often times lost among the statistics, the testimony of our military leaders, and the debate over the political implications of repeal, are the soldiers themselves – (Their service is really not the issue, it is sacrificing the integrity of the services to push social change that’s not needed. They already serve!) those who want nothing more than to serve their nation honorably and honestly. It is for those individuals that DADT is not just a discriminatory policy with a silly name, but a constant threat with severe consequences.

While I commend Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen (Drones!), and the U.S. military for initiating a review of how to best implement a repeal of DADT and for the issuance of revised guidelines that tighten investigations and discharges under DADT, these developments should not stymie repeal itself. The DoD review will not provide any relevant information to help determine whether DADT should be repealed; for that purpose numerous studies (show me the independent studies, name them!) already exist, each one pointing in the direction of repeal. With the facts and the American public on our side, now is the time for Congress to finally honor the sacrifice of all of our service members by repealing DADT. Rest assured I will do all I can to support this effort.

Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue (Again, I’ve never written you about this. Do I have it correctly and whoever reads your mail can’t figure out what to send out?).

Sincerely,
James P. Moran

P.S. I invite you to visit my website at www.moran.house.gov that contains information on many topics of interest and allows you to sign up for the Moran e-News.

PM/bl

Oh yes indeed, I will visit…let me roll up my sleeves. I can play this game all day.

Citizen Kaine’s Parting Gift to VA

Posted in ACORN, Bob McDonnell, education, financial education, Opinion (Political), Tim Kaine, Virginia budget, Virginia politics on December 14, 2009 by AN Security

“Virginia Leading the Way”

That is Governor Kaine’s motto but leading Virginians where? Instead of preparing to move on with his life and after having inflicted enough damage to the Commonwealth’s economy he is eager to announce the nature of his parting gift; ‘People are going to see an awful lot in this budget they don’t like.” 

Like all Demicrats, Kaine, throws the proverbial hand grenade into the hole and runs away, perhaps glancing over his shoulder to see everything go up in smoke. Well, instead of acting like a gentleman working for Virginia’s future he leads the way into higher taxation and job cuts, a nice parting gift for the holidays. He’s like the bad boyfriend who gets dumped at Starbucks over some drink I can’t spell out; if he can’t have VA then no one else can have it. A tax hike will certainly force the Republican/Conservative side of the house to deal with this atrocity long after he’s left office. This is clearly designed to set up Governor-elect McDonnell for failure but we must all be astute and pay attention. This is precisely why we’ve voted Dems out and more will be ejected from VA in coming elections. To fight it is the right thing but just the same Kaine is determined not to balance our budget responsibly (say, stop spending) and I’ve been waiting for that car tax to go away as promised but nothing. Kaine is convinced that he can balance a budget at this point in time it doesn’t make sense. Here’s a clue: stop spending on social programs. This is not news. Get rid of social programs catering to the environmentalist movement; that should save you a lot of money.  

Another thing that bothers me is a study being conducted to determine why there are less minority students enrolled in gifted studies programs in comparison to their white peers. After I found it I started looking for the cost of the study but naturally, it’s not mentioned. Now I can’t find the original story on his site but that’s okay. I’d like to volunteer to conduct the study, and I will only charge $1 for my trouble.

Minority kids have access to gifted study programs. Why they are not represented in greater numbers may be due to a poor study and family support system. Why? Because it’s the Dems’ doctrine to convince minorities that they are too dumb to do anything on their own, and this is done from cradle to grave. Their academic ethic may be strong but if not properly supported parents will not make them do the work to get them to that level. It’s a working theory but after discussing this issue with some friends of mine who used to be teachers the lack of parental support at home is a huge factor in lower performance scores.

But then libs like to think that after-school programs are better than to let kids run home and do their homework, right? We have smart kids with great potential in VA. Let them choose their courses. That’s about as much freedom as we have today…before electives go away for good.

So now, after all this spending and receiving federal handouts to fund pet projects we can expect Virginia’s high schoolers to be forced to take a financial literacy class. Now think about that; Demicrats spend out of control, we’re on the verge of national bankruptcy and economic collapse and this is the time to introduce the elements of capitalism in schools. Fantastic. With the terrible example of fiscal mismanagement I’d say the course would be a waste of time and effort. All these kids have to do is watch the news and see how not to handle their finances. How are we going to pay for the books?

How about we have ACORN – which is still getting federal funds – to buy the books and run the courses? After all, with a president who values a good self-grading moment like it’s nobody’s business, he’d be proud to see that the training of future illegal accountants is well-funded. Here is genius testimony to this legislation, just make sure no one thinks I’ve made it up. And I quote:

Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake, who sponsored the legislation for the course, said he believed a financial literacy class was necessary because he met many students who had no clue about managing money.

“They didn’t know how to keep a record or balance a checkbook,” he said. “They were spending money on credit cards that they don’t know they have to pay back.”

You know this is just too outrageously funny and sad at the same time. This is not the time to make major changes to anything. Just leave things alone. I thought that discussing Kaine would be boring but you know what? Maybe I’ll find enough stupid crap and add to this post, just to prove how destructive he and the Dems in Virginia are.

Update:

So did anyone ask Timmy why Virginians coughed up around half a million dollars to fund security and transportation costs for the Obama coronation? The feds have reinbursed the Commonwealth part of that money but there’s more. That should be only part of the $5.7 million spent by Virginia transportation agencies – why is a local government helping the feds with security costs? – reinbursing us $2.8 million. Where’s the rest of the money? With stimulus money gone to ghost zip codes and other money that is not accounted for I have to ask, when are we going to start prosecuting these corrupt politicians for their negligence and crimes and fiscal fraud? Timmy is out of office. There has to be a way of bringing charges to these people so that justice can be served.

If I wanted to go see Obama’s coronation I would have driven or taken a bus or metro. Why stage the dem’s wagons in Virginia is outrageous. But that’s okay. Accountabiliy will once again come to light. Bob McDonnell has a lot of work ahead of him.

Republicans, you’re not off the hook. In the senate action must be swift to stop this tax increase to go through and stop these special projects from being funded. Your political future depends on that. You know what? You should have been history too. Go away quietly. We can elect new people.