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Entitlements (2 graphs)- 91% go to Elderly, Disabled, and Working poor- 58% goes to the Middle Class


CPAC welcomes white nationalists

Three noted white supremacy enthusiasts to host anti-diversity panel at conservative conference

But! While the Birchers and the open homosexualists are no longer welcome, there is still room for multiple outspoken white nationalists!

The National Review’s John Derbyshire, a stock “pervert Tory” character from a Martin Amis novel sprung to life and given a sinecure at the National Review, is hosting a panel on “multiculturalism” (boo hiss) featuring two of America’s most detestable sacks of shit: Peter Brimelow, founder of white supremacist site VDARE, and Robert Vandervoort, the director of some sort of “don’t make me press one for English” nativist group and a white nationalist from way back.

CPAC organizers are like, we didn’t specifically organize this panel ourselves so whatever, but they are not canceling the panel, because the conservative movement has always quietly set a place at the table for their white supremacist allies when they get together for Thanksgiving. And after everyone says grace (and sings “God Bless America” and the national anthem and does the Pledge of Allegiance) comes the ceremonial declaration that liberals are the real racists, for inventing welfare.

The Derbyshire, Brimelow, and Vandervoort (these names!) panel is called “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the Pursuit of Diversity Is Weakening the American Identity,” and the fact that these panelists are all well-compensated members in good standing of the conservative movement instead of shrieking their “defense of Western Civilization” nonsense for free from a bench outside a subway station does suggest that something has gone wrong with the American experiment. (I think we let too many racist British people enter the country and steal our right-wing think tank and magazine contributor jobs, personally.)


Future of State Fair of Virginia in question

The State Fair of Virginia has until March 7 to either come up with new financing to maintain operations for a year or submit a way to keep The Meadow Event Park.

If it fails to meet the deadline, a group of lenders could take over operations, including the 360-acre entertainment and meeting complex in Caroline County, and possibly shut down the fair, which has been operating since 1854, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond.

SFVA Inc., the corporation running the fair that filed for bankruptcy protection Dec. 1, and its lenders agreed to the deadline, which could determine its future.

SFVA got into financial trouble because its investment portfolio took a big hit in the stock market's plunge in 2009 and because of poor attendance at the fair in 2009 and 2010, according to documents filed in December.


'Tebow’ bill to let home-schoolers play high school sports passes Va. House

The House of Delegates voted 59 to 39 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would allow Virginia’s tens of thousands of home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), has said he will sign the bill. “Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else,” he said

The bill bans public schools from partnering with the Virginia High School League (DU addition - the VHSL opposes the bill) — which governs high school activites in the state — because it forbids home-schoolers from playing sports or being involved in other programs such as drama, debate and yearbook. It only pertains to high schools, because children in lower grades are often able to play at their local public schools.

The change would sunset in 2017, and supporters would have to return to the state to reevaluate the situation after four years.


Newt Gingrich drops quest for Virginia ballot

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich has dropped his legal quest for a slot on the Republican presidential primary ballot in Virginia next month.

On Saturday, lawyers for Gingrich filed paperwork giving up the fight with a federal district court in Virginia. They confirmed the decision on Monday afternoon in a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In the filings, Gingrich gave no explanation for throwing the in the towel on the legal battle for a spot on the March 6 ballot. However, recent rulings in the dispute have not gone his way. On Jan 13, U.S. District Court Judge John Gibney ruled that Gingrich and three other candidates who failed to make the ballot: John Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum, waited too long to challenge Virginia's procedures. Gibney said a Virginia requirement limiting petition circulators to residents of the state was probably unconstitutional, but there was not enough time to sort that out before the election. On Jan. 18, a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld the thrust of the lower court's ruling.

Gingrich could have sought to have the appeals court's decision reviewed by the full bench of that court, or he could have asked the Supreme Court to step in. (Chief Justice John Roberts is assigned to handle emergency applications from the Fourth Circuit.) A lawyer for Gingrich did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment for this post.


Payroll tax cut splinters GOP

It’s a dilemma that’s splitting the party and threatening to give leadership another bout of migraines.

But the split in strategy could have repercussions beyond the likelihood of another Capitol Hill drama in the heat of campaign season. It has senior Republicans on the Hill more pessimistic about the prospect of an agreement — especially as a House-Senate conference committee struggles to bridge the partisan divide.

Failure would play directly into Obama’s campaign theme of an inept Congress and an opposition party unwilling to cut taxes for middle-class Americans who need relief the most.

“I think the election needs to be about President Obama, his policies and his economy and his enablers, obviously,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a member of Republican leadership who in December opposed the Senate GOP’s yearlong tax cut extensions. “He’s going to try to make it about Congress — so I’m for removing any distraction that we can and keeping the focus on his economy and his policies and his enablers.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72482.html#ixzz1leOyIYIF

John Fleming (R- obviously - La.) links to Onion story on Facebook -

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) has deleted his Facebook post linking to an article in The Onion about a fictional Planned Parenthood “Abortionplex.”

In a Facebook status on Friday, Fleming alerted his followers to The Onion’s May 18, 2011 article, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex” and wrote “More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale.” Fleming’s spokesman Doug Sachtleben confirmed to POLITICO the post has since been removed from the congressman’s Facebook page and said the office had no further comment.

The blog Literally Unbelievable — which posts Facebook statuses from users who think Onion articles are real — picked up Fleming’s status before the congressman removed it from the social networking site. Four users liked the post and eight left comments, with one person writing, “The Onion is satire. How exactly did you get elected?”

The May 2011 Onion article details the opening of a “sprawling abortion facility that will allow the organization to terminate unborn lives with an efficiency never before thought possible.” The fictional Abortionplex includes more than 2,000 rooms dedicated to the procedure, as well as “coffee shops, bars, dozens of restaurants and retail outlets, a three-story nightclub, and a 10-screen multiplex theater — features intended not only to help clients relax, but to foster a sense of community and make abortion more of a social event.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72507.html#ixzz1leK9isKw

RW radio hack (Beck fill -in ) loses two jobs in 8 days... while on his honeymoon

Doc Thompson, let go at WLW Cincinnati, is also out at WRVA Richmond

As the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter observes, talk personality Doc Thompson "lost both his radio jobs in eight days.” First came the phone call while Thompson was on his honeymoon, saying he was off his 9am-noon shift on "Big One" WLW, Cincinnati (700). Now here is Thompson's Friday evening (Feb. 3) posting on Facebook: “I am no longer hosting my Richmond show. In the world of radio broadcasting…sometimes these things happen.” Thompson had been doing 3-6pm for Richmond talker WRVA (1140) when he got the opportunity at WLW, so he moved, but continued doing his WRVA show out of the Queen City. His girlfriend followed him, and she recently landed a job at a Dayton TV station. They recently bought a house together.


Just saw "Big Miracle" - hilarious cameo at the end of the movie *SPOILER* of sorts

Big Miracle is the story of three gray whale stranded in the ice near Point Barrow Alaska. I had completely forgotten about this story.

It happens in 1988 and there is more politics in the movie - Greenpeace (Drew Barrymore), big oil (Ted Danson) and the end of the Reagan administration.
At the end of the movie the lead character - John Krasinski from "The Office" - doesn't go for the big network reporting jobs but stays in Anchorage. He is the anchorman for the local news and he segues to sports....

Sarah, it's not all Iditarod news is it?

My wife and I cracked up She was barely recognizable.

Meanwhile in Virginia - the GOP legislature has gone nuts

Assembly's right turn forces gov's hard choices

Coming McDonnell's way soon are bills that would radically curb abortion availability, bar same-sex couples from adopting children, require photo identification of voters and force drug tests of welfare recipients.

Another would repeal a 20-year-old law that brought an end to Virginia's reputation as a gun-runner's paradise, supplying weapons that found their ways into the hands of criminals as far up the Eastern Seaboard as Boston.


All of these went through just this week. They also slashed funding for bike trails and routes - my two wheeling friends are flipping their lids over this and they should.
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