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#santorumfail

A young Republican knocks on a house door.

“Hello, I’m a volunteer with Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, and I’d like to talk to you about his vision for the country, if you have a few minutes…”

The black lady who answers replies, “Didn’t he say he didn’t want to help black people? Why would I vote for him?”

“Well, ma’am, he didn’t actually…”

“And why are you working for him? And not getting paid? You know how many of our people died because of this racist nonsense?”

“Ma’am, if I could…”

“Hell no, you can’t. Don’t come back around here. All Republicans do is use confused young people like you to spread their filth.”

This, my friends, is usually the end result of discussions about statements like these:

After suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: ”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money.”

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Written by Coby Dillard

January 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

Call it the Sports Edition. Adrian Peterson on the NFL’s labor issues and lockout:

It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it’s how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey — without us, there’s no football.’

Now that I’ve read the whole quote, I really, really want to extend him the benefit of the….nope, can’t do it. Because there’s a hundred different directions he could’ve gone to communicate the same message without equating it to slavery-“modern-day” or otherwise. You say “slavery” these days, and child labors/soldiers and human trafficking comes to mind…not million(billion?)aire athletes.

This from a man known as “Purple Jesus.” That’s a whole other blog post.

Written by Coby Dillard

March 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

About that “Symbolic” Reading of the Constitution…

Remember all the complaining from Democrats about how reading the Constitution on the House floor was largely symbolic?

I humbly submit exhibits 1 and 2 as to why these readings need to happen more often-not just in government, but in our day-to-day lives.

Exhibit #1:

CNSNews.com also asked Lewis what part of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to require individuals to buy health insurance.

“Well, when you start off with the Preamble of the Constitution, you talk about the pursuit of happiness,” said Lewis. 

As Rev. Motown would say, stop right there.

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Written by Coby Dillard

January 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

A Tea Party Issue?

Seems like it. From today’s V-P (h/t Vivian Paige):

The City Council will decide tonight whether to provide more financial guarantees that a developer says are needed to build an office building in a low-income community that officials believe is desperate for new life.

Tivest Development of Chesapeake agreed last year to build the six-story Midtown Office Tower on city property at the corner of Tidewater Drive and Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Now, Tivest officials want the city to guarantee 65 percent of rent payments for space the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project will lease. The guarantee would kick in only if STOP could not pay its rent.

STOP, a private social services provider funded largely with government dollars, would pay annual rents of more than $2 million for more than 100,000 square feet. If the council agrees to Tivest’s request, it would mean the city could be on the hook for more than $12 million.

So, we the taxpayers of the city of Norfolk could conceivably be paying the rent of a private social services company. Think about the ironies of that for a second.

If this was happening on a state or national level, there’d be calls, faxes, rallies, you name it. I don’t think something like this would fly without opposition in the Beach.

But this is Norfolk…

HB2DF,

-Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

January 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Is Bob Marshall Delusional?

No, I’m seriously asking…and here’s why.

Whopper #1:

Del. Bob Marshall said on FOX & and Friends Tuesday that fellow Republican, Gov. Bob McDonnell, was wrong to say that gays can’t be banned from the Virginia National Guard even though the federal government repealed the 17-year-old federal ”don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“The governor’s making an assumption that is not factually correct,” Marshall said. “We can have different policies. This is a separate unit. When you join the U.S. Army…you don’t join the Virginia National Guard.”

Marshall is drafting a bill to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, but McDonnell said that they must be able to openly serve.

Ok, he’s right on ONE thing…when a person joins the Army (or Army Reserve), they don’t join the National Guard. But when a person joins the National Guard, they become subject to the same laws and standards of…the active-duty Army. Why? Because that’s what the Constitution says. From Article 1, Section 8 (with emphasis added):

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.

Federal law has already established the National Guard as a recognized militia under the Army (or Air Force, in the case of the Air National Guard). So…if Congress is responsible for their organization (placing them under the Army’s command structure in federal mobilization) and arming (read: funding), seems like the “discipline prescribed by Congress”-in this instance, the forthcoming DADT repeal-also applies.

Maybe it’s because I’m a veteran, but that should be, like, plainly obvious.

Whopper #2:

The Commonwealth of Virginia would begin minting its own gold and silver coins as an alternative currency to the U.S. dollar under a bill that Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) says he will file in coming days.

Marshall will ask the General Assembly to consider the idea when it convenes for its annual legislative session Jan. 12. It is a companion bill to a proposal he has already filed to establish a study committee to examine alternative currencies to that distributed by the Federal Reserve System “in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System.”

…because the Commonwealth has the money to begin minting gold and silver coins, and our part time legislature is ready to start dealing with exchange rates, or…better yet, I yield the floor to Brian Schoeneman over at Bearing Drift:

In an environment where we are doing our best to cut and cut from the Commonwealth’s budget in order to ensure we don’t have to raise taxes to meet our obligations, I don’t know why anyone – especially a fiscal conservative – would propose any kind of plan like this that if implemented would require all kinds of new bureaucracy in Richmond. It’s not like we’ve got a Virginia Bureau of Engraving and Printing sitting around ready to strike gold and silver coins.  All of that costs money, money we don’t have and money we can’t afford to waste duplicating things the federal government already does.

…and might I add, does well. The Feds have NO problem printing money.

Marshall’s grandstanding. Really, that’s gotta be what it is. He wants to run for Senate in ’12 against Webb, and he’s playing to his base. I was good with the Healthcare Freedom Act that he sponsored last year, but…what’s going on in his head? This stuff is only going to appeal to people so far out on the right that they have their own time zone, and there’s not enough of them in VA to get elected in a primary, much less statewide.

It’s crappy politics…which, when mixed with crappy policy, doesn’t bode well for future electoral ambitions.

HB2DF,

-Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

January 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

If You Don’t Have Something Smart to Say…

I could also title this “stick to what you know….”

“This remark is the equivalent of using the ‘n’ word. It shows contempt for middle America, expressed knowingly, contemptuously, on purpose, and with a smirk. It is indefensible to use this word. The president knows what it means, and his people know what it means. The public thought we reached a new low of incivility during the Clinton administration. Well, the Obama administration has just outdone them.”

That’d be Grover Norquist of ATR fame, comparing the use of the term “teabagger” to the use of the n-word. And I’m sorry, but as one who’s been called both (once in combination), it doesn’t compare.

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Written by Coby Dillard

May 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

Personal Responsibility, Unlearned

I’m not supposed to write from a place of emotion, but this pisses me off:

The saga of a homeless mother and her 12 children continued today, as child welfare workers say they hope to have the family moved into a six-bedroom Sulphur Springs home by the end of the week.

Adams’ plight emerged last week when she and her children were forced to stay in a rundown hotel room after she had been evicted from her apartment. She doesn’t work, and the father of many of her children was in prison.

She said that the county and state were not doing enough to help her and her children. Her statements caused a stir of criticism, mostly from people who said she was the cause of her own problems.

Well, add me to that list of people who feels that this is completely her own fault.

Somewhere between, say, kid #3 and kid #5, a light should’ve come on…”hey, how am I going to take care of these kids? Do I make enough to support them? Is the father going to be around? Will we have a place to live?” And if the answer to any of those questions was no, the solution was simple…stop having kids. You keep having kids after that, and you’re pretty much endangering their welfare. That’s a crime in most states.

I won’t knock the father that’s in prison, only to say that I hope he has a job there and that every cent that doesn’t go to his punishment goes to these kids. But apparently there’s another man (or at least one other one) in the picture. Where the hell is he? Why isn’t he being made to take responsibility for the kids that are his?

Since Ms. Adams feels the county and state aren’t doing enough for her, here’s my suggestion: take the kids. Yes, you read that correctly. Take them all from her, and put them into foster care. If she gets her life together and can show she has a way to provide for them, she can go through the legal processes to get them back (assuming they’d want to go back to her). And if-God forbid-any more kids pop up, take them too. I’m not a fan of state-sponsored sterilizations of women, but I might be convinced to make an exception here.

Sometimes, the best teacher of personal responsibility is painful. And I can’t think of a better way to teach it than having your family removed.

Update: A friend of mine on Facebook sent me this article, which contains this quote from Ms. Adams:

“I can have as many as I want to,” she said. All her kids, she added, “are gifts from God.”

That settles it. Sterilize her…and send her the bill for the procedure.

HB2DF, Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

April 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

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