July 2011

Federal Budget Deal Is Reached

By Loudoun Insider

I hope it sticks – the time for fooling around with this is way past, and this appears to be a good start in the right direction.  Of course it isn’t perfect, but what is, especially when referring to things that come out of Washington DC?

You Guys Blew It.

By Cato the Elder

cantorclownYou know, in the lead up to the 2010 elections one of the concerns I privately harbored was that I just didn’t see any depth in our leadership. 2010 came and went, and we were handed what in baseball terms  is known as an unearned run, simply because the Moonbat Messiah and the Red Queen decided to piss all over the country with the Obamacare sham.

So here we are today with the debt ceiling business, and I’m reminded of the joke about the boy who was born with a golden screw in place of a bellybutton.

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¿Quien es Mas Macho: Tito Munoz o Jo-Ann Chase?

By Lloyd the Idiot

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Saturday Night Live fans of a certain age will recall a skit where two Spanish speaking contestants play ¿Quien es Mas Macho? (who is more macho)

It seems we have  a similar contest with two local candidates, albeit in different races:  Tito Munoz in the 36th  Senate district race and Jo-Ann Chase in the 87th House of Delegates district race.  Both proudly tout their Hispanic heritage at virtually ever opportunity – whether relevant to the discussion or not.  But I’m going to have to say Tito wins it.  His challenge to Jeff Frederick (who also professes a Hispanic heritage) to debate in Spanish “es muy macho,” even if questionable  from a political standpoint.

Janet Clarke-Jim Burton Open Thread

By Loudoun Insider

One of our previous post’s comment thread has been hijacked on the topic of growth as it applies to this race.  Please move all relevant commentary, and any other news on this race, to this comment thread.  Thank you!

Latest on the Debt Debacle

By Lloyd the Idiot

Tonight, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill to increase the debt limit, which was summarily dismissed (tabled) by Sen. Reid in minutes.

Speaker Boehner’s official response to Sen. Reid as caught by a video camera in a capitol hallway:

UDPATED with (somewhat) deeper thoughts:

1. Obama’s hole card, the 14th amendment, does not permit him to exceed the debt limit unilaterally.  See legal analysis here

2.  The only way out of this mess is a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.  No matter what they say now, Congress can always go back later and change the rules.  Exhibit A: Gramm-Rudman which was  touted as a “binding constraint imposed on federal spending.”  How’d that work out for ya?  And check out Ronald Reagan’s address on the national debt in 1985. Almost comical by today’s standard of irresponsible spending.

3.  If timing is an issue, increase the debt ceiling enough to get us by for another couple weeks.  Keep their feet to the fire, but do not allow this to go on until after the election.

Problem solved.

Thought for the Day

By Lloyd the Idiot

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this purported Cherokee saying as I got it from a friend’s Facebook post, but an inspiring thought nonetheless.

An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”


Still Conspicuous By Her Absence

By Lloyd the Idiot

See if you can figure out which candidate is missing from this list.  Extra credit if you know why.

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Photo credit and thanks to Phil Tran at NoVaCommonsense.com

Fun With The Black Brigade

By Lloyd the Idiot

Dick Black’s higher visibility, particularly in handing out and collecting endorsements, has not translated into cash for either him or his endorsed candidates.  The most recent campaign finance reports show Black’s opponent, Prince William County Supervisor John Stirrup, outraised Mr. Black handily this year and has 30% more cash on hand.  Stirrup has $81,000 in the bank, having raised $75,000 this year.  Black, on the other hand, has about $60,000 on hand and has raised $51,000. 

 Things are going even worse for those candidates whom Black has endorsed.  In the two northern Virginia House of Delegate races where he has endorsed a Republican candidate, Black’s candidate lags behind in fundraising.  Woefully behind. 

*  In the 10th House of Delegate race, Black-endorsed John Whitbeck with $31,000 on hand is simply getting creamed by Randy Minchew with his $111,000 (one of the GA fundraising leaders, by the way).

*  In the 87th House of Delegates race, Jo-Ann Chase has a meager $15,000 on hand compared to David Ramadan’s $60,000.

Of course, there could be many reasons for these differences, but the fact is that the Black endorsement is not translating into money for his candidates, and could very well be bringing them down.  All in all, it’s looking like August will be black for the Black Brigade.

Cue the cacophony of radical Black supporters.

Where’s YOUR Plan?

By Too Conservative

Mike Chapman Blows Up Loudoun Politics

By Loudoun Insider

 

Mike Chapman, now the Republican nominee for Sheriff of Loudoun County, was very much an unknown quantity when he entered the Sheriff race.  Mike who? was usually the first comment people got when asking about him.  But all you had to do was meet the guy and look at his All American Hero resume and family to see that this guy had what it takes to make a mark in Loudoun County.

Chapman soon found himself in a four way race for the nomination.  He ignored the self designated political elite and forged ahead to run his own campaign with a bare bones non-paid staff, who had nothing more than a strong belief in Mike Chapman to motivate them.  Chapman ran from the head of the pack from day one while some of the political class tried to sink him at every opportunity. 

Chapman’s mailers were always a thing of beauty and paved the way for his crushing victory.  Two candidates quickly teamed up to try to sink him because of perceived slights on the first mailer.  Both candidates soon dropped out as their “strategy” proved to be self defeating.  The remaining candidate threw tens of thousands of dollars at Chapman, largely on paid campaign staff and consultants, only to be vaporized at the convention.

The big lessons here, folks – it’s the quality of the candidate that always matters most, and you don’t need fancy political consultants to win.  Don’t let them fool you, and when they threaten you becuase you didn’t listen to them – just keep on plugging away.  Their bark is much worse than their bite.  Some of those same people are already saying now that Chapman won’t be able to repeat his success against Steve Simpson.  Once again – ignore the trolls, they have been proven to know not what they speak of. 

There’s a new Sheriff in town, people.  Mike Chapman will be the next Sheriff of Loudoun County, Virginia.  You can take that to the bank.