Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Richmond Webb Events!!!

From the Richmond Democrat

The "Webb HQ" in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia -- October 31, 2006

Less than a week remains before the big day!

The Richmond for Webb campaign team are throwing a party to show their appreciation for their volunteers and kickoff their home stretch Get Out The Vote ("GOTV") efforts.

The Kickoff Party is tomorrow, Wednesday November 1st from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM at Jim Webb for Senate's Richmond Headquarters.

Whether you are new to the political game or a returning friend, now is a great time to get involved!

Webb HQ in Richmond
4900 Radford Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23230

Or e-mail Abbi Easter at abbi@webbforsenate.com

The Richmond Webb for Senate office is located at 4900 Radford Avenue, at the corner of Radford and Staples Mill Road, near Willow Lawn shopping mall. The phone number is 804-440-8840 and the office is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Fridays, the office closes at 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday hours are from noon to 5:00 pm.

The Webb campaign in Richmond invites you to come by and pick up a yard sign, volunteer to work an event, sign up to phone bank or just come say "hi."


Richmond, Virginia -- October 30, 2006

Senator Barack Obama will appear in Richmond with Jim Webb this Thursday, November 2, 2006!

This is incredibly exciting news for Richmond's Democratic community. Many of us attended Obama's rally with Tim Kaine last year. The atmosphere at that rally with Barack Obama, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sharing the stage was electric.

Rally with Jim Webb and Sen. Barack Obama:

Virginia Union University
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220

WHEN: 12:30 PM, November 2, 2006

This will be an amazing event for Jim Webb: don't miss this chance to meet Barack Obama as he camapigns in Richmond for Jim Webb.

See you there!

Senate Dems outgive GOP

More than half of the members of the Senate Democratic caucus have tapped into campaign coffers for six-figure donations to their party committee, while only 15 Senate Republicans have given similar sums with only one week remaining and control of the chamber up for grabs.

From committee gavels to White House momentum, Democrats digging deep to transfer unused campaign dollars stand to reap huge gains if they can net the six seats needed to take over the Senate. But even Democratic senators up for reelection and out of chairmanship contention made unrestricted transfers to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in October, leaving Republicans at a $6 million disadvantage in the hunt for member money.

Senate Republicans maintain that their majority will survive despite members’ reluctance to give directly to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and some strategists’ anxiety over spending shortfalls in key races. The NRSC made a million-dollar negative-ad buy yesterday in Virginia, where the DSCC reportedly is planning to double that number in a bid to vault Democrat Jim Webb over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.).

From the Hill

George Allen: True Values Man

I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone what you are voting for if you are voting for George Allen a week from today. Feel free to take the pic and share it with others. Carry on.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Newest Allen Smear

Well, we all know that after the latest polls today, George Allen will have no choice but to continue baseless and vicious attacks on Jim Webb. I went through google news, and found the next "bombshell" the George Allen campaign will undobutedly drop on Virginians in their quest to make our state the laughing stock of the political arena.

In an article posted on WBDJ7, a reporter conducts an interview with Jim Webb and does a profile on him. She promises to provide a profile on George Allen tomorrow.

But, who cares? The race is over, the George Allen campaign will cry, because of this "gaffe" from the article:
Webb is no stranger to war. His service in Vietnam earned him the Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts and other medals. After the war, he drifted towards the Republican party on national security issues, serving as Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. In 2000, he even endorsed Senator Allen. Six years later though, Webb believes it's the Democratic Party that's Virginia's best bet for the future.

"When I was 24 years-old the average CEO of a corporation made 20 times what the average worker made. Today the average CEO makes 400 times what the average worker makes. I mean, that's just not right," he said.

To even the score, Webb wants to close federal tax loopholes companies use to avoid paying taxes. He'd also like to see pay-as-you-go spending in Washington.

"They're running this ad that says I'm in favor of raising taxes for every Virginian by $2,000," Webb said. "It's just a bunch of crap. Don't believe the ads."
Oh, SNAP. We're done, stick a fork in us, because Jim Webb used the word crap.

Just giving you a preview of the George Allen spin machine tomorrow.

You're welcome.

Haaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha; let's talk internals NOW, huh?

From the DSCC...
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) today released new polling data collected over the weekend showing Jim Webb beating George Allen in the Virginia Senate race. Go to Fudge Report to learn more about the brewing controversy over Allen’s arrest records:

* Webb beats Allen by a five point margin (43-38). With leaners, Webb beats Allen by a four point margin (47-43).

* Bush’s job approval numbers are terrible – 53% of Virginia voters disapprove of the job Bush is doing (45% strongly disapprove).

* Interestingly, the voters sampled in the poll said they voted for Bush over Kerry in 2004 by an eight point margin (50-42), a result that mirrors the actual margin Bush beat Kerry by in their presidential contest (54-46).

* The poll was conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group and surveyed 811 likely voters. It was conducted from October 26 through October 29 and its margin of error was +/-3.5%.

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY from George Allen and his sleazy campaign

Desperate after losing a massive polling advantage to Jim Webb, the George Allen camp is clearly cracking under the pressure of Jim Webb's well fought, honorable campaign.

After George Allen's desperate book-burning smear backfired and political watchers across the country denounced George Allen's gutless and hackneyed attack, it appears that the George Allen campaign is back wallowing even deeper in the muck.

This morning, conservative blog "Too Conservative" posted an unfounded, allegation/question "Did Jim Webb Plagarize? ... More Coming". True desperation can be found here.

Sources tell us that this story has been widely shopped by the George Allen campaign. No reputable source would run with George Allen's  desperate book burning smear, so it ran on extreme right-wing blog "The Drudge Report". Since is was a direct release of the George Allen campaign, it blew up in his face.

Now, the George Allen campaign is trying to distance itself from allegations that is has been shopping to the press.

Do not allow George Allen to escape without being held accountble.  George Allen's new desperate plagarism smear must be tide directly to him.

The cause of this is that George Allen doesn't want to be held accontable. He doesn't want to be held accountable as a rubberstamp, voting with George Bush 97% of the time. He doesn't want to be held accountable for blindly following George Bush into a failed war in Iraq despite Jim Webb's personal, prescient warnings against this foolish war of choice. George Allen doesn't want to be held acountable for siding with only the richest few in America, while allowing the working familes to stagnate and founder.

George Allen doesn't want to be held accountable for any of this.

He was held accountable for his desperate book burning smear, it hurt, and now he doesn't want to be held accountable as he tries to float his new desperate plagarism smear.

Hold George Allen accountable. Demand that Too Conservative cite his source for this new, desperate lie.

Demand that Editorial Boards renounce their endorsements of George Allen (below).

And work tirelessly in this last week to hold George Allen accountable at the ballot box and send Jim Webb to the United States Senate.


Bristol Herald Courier
Harrisonburg Daily News Record
Kingsport Times-News
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Voice
Sun Gazette Newspapers(Northern Virginia)
The Virginia Mountaineer
Winchester Star
The WashingtonTimes
The Free-Lance Star

Submit your call for a retraction to one or more newspapers: Take a moment and halp Jim Webb

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sucks to be the BCS

USC just lost. LOST. Which means that THE Ohio State Buckeyes/Michigan game is THE national championship game.

Here's why:
At this pont, it is pretty clear that West Virginia University is the only team worth playing, and they are bound to lose to either Louisville or Rutgers, which means the only meeting of undefeated teams will have been Ohio State vs. Michigan.
And we will kick Michigan's collective group of asses. EASILY.

Let the championship games BEGIN.


The only thing better than an Ohio State Buckeye win (which happened today, Buckeyes-44; Minnesota-0) is a University of Southern California LOSS.

I hate USC, and I pretty much despise Coach Pete Carroll. I love that they lost this game; I couldn't be happier. The surfer team has dropped out of the top tier of college football; YAY. That is all. (until I can find a pic of the USC logo CRYING)

THE Ohio State Buckeyes: Gameday

UPDATE: God, I hate Comcast. Off to the bar, since Virginia is apparently afraid to let people watch a WINNING team, so they can feel better about their own state teams.

What an awesome day; we're rocking some true fall weather, finally, and the craziest election ever is almost over. When you've been working an election since February, the last 10 days before the big day in November are enough to age you about 16 years, so Saturday football and beer is a welcome holiday.

Beer choices of the day:
Sierra Celebration Ale
Dogfish 60 Minute Ale

And now, a short history lesson...

A long time ago, George Allen was one of the worst quarterbacks any team has ever had to put up with. Why was he even allowed to play? Well pholks, George Allen was born with a silver spoon in his mouth AND his ass, and his daddy was "important". So, George Allen was given special privileges, even though he once threw 5 interceptions in one game. I tried to find all of his UVA football stats, but SHOCKINGLY they were not available. Wow-just like the divorce records belonging to George Allen. Interesting...and pathetic.

Please take a moment, and compare George Allen's abysmal football record with the record of Ted Ginn. Then, laugh hysterically, and remember what it REALLY means whenever you see George Allen holding his precious football.

That's why I am a proud Buckeye fan. The team is great, the coach is phenomenal, and there is an undisputed Ohio State Buckeye passion and camraderie not seen in all fanbases.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Richmond Free Press Endorses Jim Webb

Today, after the awesome endorsement by Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder (former Governor of Virginia) for Jim Webb for Senate over George Allen, comes the very appreciated and very influential endorsement from Virginia's most popular and prominent African American newspaper, the Free Press. The write-up is fantastic, to the point, and pretty devestating for George Allen. The opening statements:
We're for Webb

The Free Press strongly endorses Democrat Jim Webb for the U.S. Senate.

We practice straight talk. And we boldly walk the talk.

Therefore, we straight out offer our foremost reason for backing Mr. Webb with all of our might.

The reason: To kick George Allen out of Washington.

He deserves nothing less.

George Allen has had more than enough opportunity to serve his adopted state and the nation.

Virginia voters gave him the opportunity to represent the best interests of all people as a state legislator...as a governor...and as a senator.
WOW. Pretty straightforward, huh? Oh, but wait for it; because it gets better.
We have talked in-depth with Mr. Webb. We have had many conversations with Sen. Allen and witnessed his general reckless, mean-spirited disregard for doing the right thing.

We are convinced that Mr. Webb's bold candidacy for change represents our best hope to help cleanse Virginia and the nation of vulgar immorality, unbridled hypocrisy, widespread corruption, boundless ineptitude and sickening disrespect for human rights and the American ideals.
I told you it was good. Read on:
Mr. Webb's opposition to the war in Iraq - before and four long, cruel years later - shows his independence and his potential for continuing to stand strong to get the nation back on the right course.

Additionally, a Webb victory would have a positive impact far beyond the Commonwealth. It holds the prospect of returning the important system of checks and balance to Washington, where the Reupblican party now holds control of all three branches of government. What this amounts to is an anti-people oligarchy that only functions in the interests of the high and mighty.
They also take a moment to send a message to those who may be opposed to Jim Webb and in favor of George Allen:
We would be remiss if we did not address those misguided people - the most conspicuous among them, state Sen. Benjamin J. Lambert III - who unbelievably overlook the wicked Allen record and accept Allen promises in order to rationalize their support of the re-election of Sen. Allen, an indisputable enemy of just causes. What they should understand - but seemingly do not - is that their support of an unworthy candidate such as Sen. Allen only breeds other unworthy politicians who feel they can degrade and stamp out the liberties of people - and make that unforgivable record disappear through a simple apology.

We are encouraged by the fact that the large majority of people cannot be fooled.

We should always make the distinction between those who fight to remove human suffering and those who inflict suffering.

We can take a huge step to end the pain and suffering on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Therefore, the Free Press respectfully and urgently recommends that voters turn out in full force for Jim Webb.

We must fire George Felix Allen.
Damn. If I could make that into a commercial or a PSA, I would. Great endorsement, and many thanks to the Free Press for telling it like it is. Remember, pholks - after the election of Jim Webb over George Allen for U.S. Senate, I propose a fundraising effort to get the Free Press online. It is a wonderful paper, and they deserve to have their words "on the internets." I'll keep everyone posted.

Thanks again to Free Press editor Ray Boone, and the entire staff. We appreciate it, and extend our deepest gratitude.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Former Governor Doug Wilder, now Richmond Mayor to Endorse Jim Webb for Senate

Post Press Conference Update: I did not take too many notes, and I am sure others will do a better job on a recap later today. But, here is my input:
AWESOME Press Conference. Wilder is VERY enthused about Jim Webb and what he can do for Virginians and Americans across the board. Many questions were asked, and this did not seem like a run of the mill endorsement at all. Wilder still respects George Allen and remains his friend, but emphasized that he could not endorse someone who supports this war and does not support growth around the state and country for those who need it most. He stressed that the current administration works to help 1% of Americans, and he knows Jim Webb will work for ALL Virginians and Americans once he is Senator. He thinks Jim Webb will win. He called George Allen this morning to tell him about his plan to endorse Jim Webb. He brought up the fact that even John Warner has apprehensions about our progress in Iraq, and that that in itself is very telling. While he appreciates George Allen's latest new stance on Iraq, he does not feel it is strong enough to help us move forward in getting us out of the mess "those in power NOW" (which, obviously includes George Allen) have gotten us into re: Iraq. He also said that America is ready for a change, and so is he. He does not want to see absolute power for the next 2 years, and he proudly endorses Jim Webb, will campaign with him and for him, and he will cut a commercial if asked and if time permits.

This is a great endorsement for Jim Webb, NOT George Allen, for Senate. Mayor Doug Wilder of Richmond, VA, is the first (and, to date, the only) African American to have been elected governor of a U.S. state, serving as Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. From Wikipedia, a little bit on Doug Wilder:
Wilder was born in Richmond, Virginia. The grandson of slaves, he was named after poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and abolitionist, speaker and author Frederick Douglass. He attended racially segregated George Mason Elementary School and Armstrong High School, going on to Virginia Union University, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1951. Wilder then served in the Korean conflict, earning a Bronze Star. After his service, he attended Howard University School of Law under the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1959 and co-founding the law firm Wilder, Gregory, and Associates.

Wilder began his career in public office after winning a 1969 special election to the Senate of Virginia, becoming the first African American state Senator from Virginia since Reconstruction. In 1985, still holding office in the state Senate, he was narrowly elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia on a Democratic ticket under then-Attorney General Gerald Baliles. Upon his election, Wilder became the first African American elected to statewide executive office in the South in the twentieth century.

Ascending from the office of Lieutenant Governor, Wilder was elected to succeed Baliles on November 8, 1989, defeating Republican Marshall Coleman by a spread of less than half a percent. The closeness of the margin prompted a recount, which certified Wilder's victory, and he was sworn in on January 13, 1990. In recognition of his landmark achievement, the NAACP awarded Wilder the Spingarn Medal for 1990.
George Allen and his supporters can cry sour grapes and "Who cares?!?" all they want...but the truth is, they would have loved for Wilder to endorse George Allen. Why? Wilder is an independent and frequently sits out of endorsements altogether or waits until the day before the election, which provides minimal impact. This is sure to be followed tomorrow with a huge spread and probable endorsement by The Richmond Free Press, Virginia's leading African American newspaper. Additionally, Jim Webb, NOT George Allen, is scheduled to be making the rounds here in Richmond over the weekend. At this point, it's GOTV efforts and the final push of candidate recognition that will win this race for either Jim Webb or George Allen. It's a statistical dead heat, but I have a good feeling.

Oh, George Allen, woe is you. Jim Webb has had a HUGE week so far, and it's only Wednesday. Two weeks out, pholks, and things are looking good. :)

Pic courtesy of Perseverando

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

List of losers: 11/7/06

Let the eagles soar...

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

Monday, October 23, 2006

Telling half of the story...

That's the way republican bloggers for George Allen play the internet game. On a blog I will not link here because I see no reason to provide them with any hits or any recognition, the Allenites are lambasting Jim Webb for joining the NAACP AFTER George Allen joined. They claim that Webb is copying George Allen, which is pretty silly, since George Allen spoke first and had the first opportuinity to answer that yes, he would join. But the best part? They leave out this little ditty...
HAMPTON -Being a politician can exact a heavy personal cost. Just ask U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Jim Webb.

Each stroked a $750 check from his personal account to become a lifetime member of the NAACP after speaking Friday night at an annual statewide conference of the civil rights group.

Allen spoke first. During an hour long give-and-take before about 200 NAACP members, Linda Thomas, president of the organization, asked Allen if he had ever officially joined the group. "If you're offering me a membership, I accept," Allen replied.

After the appearance, Allen went in a back room with Thomas, filled out the lifetime membership form and was asked for the $750 fee.

"Oh gosh - you didn't tell me that," Allen said.

After inquiring about the less-expensive plans, Allen wrote the full check and asked for a receipt.

Democratic challenger Webb took the stage a few minutes later, immediately heading off any question about whether he would join.

"I'm going to bite the bear before the bear bites me and buy a lifetime membership," he said in opening his speech.
WOW. George Allen doesn't want to pay to be a member of the NAACP. Anyone shocked that the man thinks he deserves a handout? Unbelievable.

Katherine Harris is incredibly DESPERATE

What a wonderful woman! She is helping a child who looks to be no older than 6 years of age fill out a straw poll in her favor. Now, THAT'S to be commended, huh?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

I hate you, ABC (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Drunk blogger alert (Thaddaeus Toad)

Jaime got a little excited bc of the game and everything. While her passion for football (HOT) is appreciated, her sentiments were what we call "uncouth." Deleted. But the flier stays. :)

ABC will not be hosting THE Ohio State University Buckeye game today. They will show the Texas/Nebraska game instead, which completely annoys me. Instead of drinking good beer at home in my comfy game chair, I will have to go down to BW3s in Shockoe Slip at 12 noon. Wings are fine, but I really do prefer to watch games at home. So, I hate ABC.

Senator Tressel, have a great game.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Loud and Angry Voices...UPDATE!!!

3:30pm UPDATE: According to this article, George Bush told supporters of Allen at the fundraiser to "go to their houses of worship" and tell others to vote for George Allen.
The President says Allen, who faced criticism after he used an ethnic slur against a campaign worker for his opponent, "doesn't need a poll or a focus group to tell him what to think or what to say," adding, "there's a lot of rhetoric in these campaigns, a lot of needless noise in a campaign. A lot of time it's to obscure the fundamental issues..."

"I really want to thank you all for coming. I appreciate you contributing to his campaign, and I want to thank the grassroots activists who are here for what you're fixing to do. See, we're getting close to voting time. We're coming down the stretch. And for those of you who are going to be putting up the signs and making the phone calls and going to your houses of worship or community centers urging people to do their duty as an American citizen and voting for George Allen, I want to thank you."
Isn't that illegal? I'll check my sources, and please leave your input in the comments. I would like to get to the bottom of his ASAP. If George Bush is telling Allen supporters to act illegally, I think Virginia deserves to know.

The following is an account and pics from the protest outside of the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. I don't have a digital camera (but at this point, I am thinking of buying one this weekend) and I wanted to wait on posting about the event until I got some great pics. The pics and more are below, but I wanted to make something clear first for readers. Protests are looked at by some as a waste of time, innefective, "raunchy and profane", and flat out useless. Well, I say to them that if you don't think countering a protest is a good idea or worth your time, then you are really doing your cause or candidate a disservice. The conservative Richmond Times Dispatch reported that like I thought, the protest included at least 400 people. Every other report claims 100 protestors showed up, and only a half dozen Allen/Bush supporters bothered to attend. Democracy Now reported:
Thousands Protest Bush and Sen. Allen in Virginia
In Virginia, up to two thousand people held a demonstration Thursday at a fundraiser for Republican Senator George Allen attended by President Bush.
So, we can play the numbers game. I would say that in the time I was there, we had an average of 400 people protesting at any given time. There may have been more or less throughout the 3 hours I was there, but I cannot be entirely sure. What I am sure about is that this was the entire group who came to support Mr. Bush and Mr. Allen.What is especially sad about that group of 4-6 people was their attitude and lack of respect for freedom of speech. They actually believed that we should be made to leave, even though we had a permit and their group did not. They repeatedly whined to the police that the protestors were too loud, that we should go home and respect the event, and that we should be kept to one street corner like they were. Well, 400 people don't FIT on one corner. Finally, a woman had the absolute GALL to ask a policeman that we be tear-gassed bc we are the "minority". Huh? 400-6 is a MINORITY? I've seen her before, HUGE Bush/Allen supporter. When the police tried to force any protestors away from "the supporters' corner" with the threat of arrests and "consequences", the protestors moved away, and gave a report to the media and the event organizers. That policeman was soon moved closer to the museum, and the protestors were allowed back across the street.

While cars were still allowed to drive on Broad Street before it was shut down during rush hour so the president could disrupt everyone's commute (anyone think that gave Allen any extra votes?), we never once had silence. Thousands of people driving honked their horns and screamed. Many of the bus drivers honked, people waved and cheered, and some people parked and came to protest with us. A huge Bud Light truck joined in our screaming, and behind him a a caravan of city workers also honked and yelled. We had 2 cars drive by that told us we were wrong to protest. One man came to yell at us for profanity and our disrespect "for the children."

Sure...the pic IS profane, but it gets attention.

It certainly got this man's attention...enough for him to make an illegal U-Turn onto a blocked road in front of the entire Richmond city police force. He left quickly, and the sign stayed up the entire time.

As I posted last night on Raising Kaine, the biggest winner/hero yesterday for me was Brad Blanton. Mr. Blanton went right up to the cops (ALL of the city's force, so I hope no one was getting killed or raped, bc Allen prevented them from getting any help) and told them he was taking Allen's signs, bc they were illegally placed in the median. He told the cops they could arrest him if they wanted.

They let him take the signs. Priceless.

I think that the biggest losers yesterday (besides Mr. Allen and Mr. Bush, who certainly did not win any new voters-the same people who were going to vote for him before paying him for food at a science museum are going to vote for him) were the citizens and commuters of Richmond, VA. Our busiest streets and parts of I-95 and I-64 were shut down for long periods of time, and traffic in and around the city was horrible. The DMV was shut down for over 4 hours, which prevented the customer service to over 225 people. The Sceince Museum was closed all day. Many people with annual memberships made phone calls to demand their money back due to the closing of the museum for political reasons.

Basically, the majority of Richmond, VA was not happy to see the George twins. Well, I could have told them that would be the outcome. :)

I've included a couple more photos. I hope you enjoy them. And remember-get out and stand up for what you believe in, ALWAYS. Eventually, the majority wins.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Well, I WAS going to get my car inspected tomorrow...

But it looks like I won't be able to now.  And, I was going to head over to the Science Museum in Richmond to hang out, but it looks like they are closed all day.  Apparently, traffic throughout the city will be horrible all afternoon.

I wonder why no one can go to the Science Museum tomorrow.  I wonder why 225 pople will be turned away from the DMV from 1:30pm until 5pm (close of business day).

Good thing the Daily Press knows.

Well, folks it's a George/George fundraiser!  Awesome!

Tomorrow, George Bush will be hanging out with George Allen at the Science Museum of Virginia (Thursday, October 19th).  Do you oppose George Bush and his failed policies?  Do you oppose those in public office who align themselves with our despicable POTUS?  Well, come show them.  Participants of the fundraiser are required to arrive by 3:30PM, with the photo opp at 4PM and the reception at 4:30PM.  Bush's visit to my town (and in such a public venue) represents a rare opportunity for me to express the feelings of the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY'S dissatisfaction with him, his war mongering policies, and those who support him.  Numerous groups and individual participants are planning a protest to coincide with this fundraising event.  Details are given below.  Please plan to come out to show your opposition to this disgraceful Administration and all that it represents.

I'll be there; will you?

Date:  Thursday, October 19th

Time: 3-6 PM  (please come out early or late as your schedule allows)

Occasion:  Protest to coincide with the time and location of Bush fundraising event for Senator Allen.

Place:  In front of the Virginia Science Museum.  We will attempt to congregate near the corner of DMV Drive and West Broad Street (security restrictions permitting).  Parking may be available in the DMV parking lot adjacent to (east of) the Museum, considering George and George are forcing it to close down, but who knows?

What a WONDERFUL opportunity to tell the George twins what we think of them!  I'll be there with bells on, and again I ask; will YOU?

Oh-gotta add for the crazies over at the A-Team, just in case they have nothing to do tonight (most likely) and they feel like smearing me and the Webb camp: 

PhriendlyJaime is a super volunteer for the Jim Webb for US Senate Campaign.  The ideas expressed here belong to PhriendlyJaime alone, and do not represent those of Jim Webb, his advisors, staff, or supporters.  I approve this message, and anyone who doesn't like my stance can kiss my ass.

God bless America, and our (ever shrinking) Democracy.  :)

Kinky Porn Loving Adulterers for Allen!

WOW. Another Republican scandal, another tie to George Allen. Just another day in the United States of America.

From Radar Online:
George Allen, the newly Jewish and allegedly racist senator from Virginia, was supposed to skate to a re-election victory next month and promptly start posturing toward the White House; instead, owing to a series of colossal campaign missteps, he's locked in a dead heat with Democratic candidate Jim Webb.

And now comes word that among the conservative Allen's campaign contributors is, according to recently filed court documents, a porn-loving, adulterous, abusive drunk who likes to advertise on Craig's List for three-ways and anal sex and takes naked pictures of himself standing at attention.

The contributor in question is Craig T. Schelske, the latest sanctimonious Christian Republican to be outed as a wannabe Rick James. Schelske is the husband and former manager to Nashville singer and Dancing With the Stars contestant Sara Evans. He is also a failed Republican congressional candidate, the executive director of American Destiny, which seeks to teach children about "the role of God and Christianity in America's story," and chairman of CRAIGPAC, a vanity political action committee that gives to Republican candidates. Last week, Evans filed a bombshell divorce complaint [PDF] against Schelske in Tennessee, accusing her husband of being, well, a porn-loving, adulterous, abusive drunk who likes to advertise on Craig's List for three-ways and anal sex and takes naked pictures of himself standing at attention. In addition to cheating on her with their nanny, Evans said, Schelske "frequently watches pornography on each of [the family's] three computers," has "at least 100 photographs of [himself] posing with his erect penis" and "several photographs showing [himself] having sex with other women." He was once confronted, the complaint says, by one of his children while watching pornography on the family television. But don't think any of this means Schelske is okay with so-called "alternative lifestyles": He once refused to let Evans' Dancing With the Stars costume designer enter their Los Angeles home because he was a "Sodomite."

CRAIGPAC gave $1,800 to the Friends of George Allen in February, and another $1,000 in May. The Allen campaign did not respond to an inquiry as to whether it intends to return the donations. Other recipients of Schelske's largesse include Rep. Brian Bilbray, the California congressman who replaced disgraced Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham earlier this year in a special election, Michele Bachmann, a Republican and self-professed "fool for Christ" running for an open seat in Minnesota, Rep. Chris Chocola of Indiana, and Rep. Thelma Drake of Virginia.

Is George Allen still running as a serious and viable candidate for US Senate? Or is he laughing at America and the Constitution?


Are you registered to vote?  Really?  Because you may not be, although you are.  Confused?  Frightened?  You should be, but there is an easy way to check.  First, here's what's going on in the world of GOP election stealing...

From a diarist part of the evil left wing media...

NOTE: I have corrected grammar and spelling mistakes, but I have left all of the information as is.

A friend, in a position to be present at lunches of GOP insiders here in DC called me on Thursday, they know of my ongoing efforts to make hackable voting end.

My friend was present as a group of Moderate GOP members with Ohio ties lamented how far the party had strayed.  The was consensus at the table was that there was no way they should retain control.   The table conversation began with the assumption they party would lose control in this election. The moderates started planning how to take back control of the GOP from the extremists.

Then, one insider, probably an extremist (but certainly very close to Mr. Ken Mehlman) abruptly stopped the conversation.  He told those at the table that it was impossible that they would lose either house.  He also predicted an Ohio GOP sweep.

He informed the group that over the last year, huge purges of the voter rolls have just been completed in four critical states the GOP needs to hold. The insider did not say which four states, but did say Ohio was among them.

He claimed that a new Diebold voter registry system had been installed over the last year.  The last week of July and the first week of August a "test run" was made of the systems ability to purge ineligable voters.  The purge generated names and test letters were sent out to 1.2 million Ohio addresses with a focus on university addresses and apartment addresses with high turnover.  He claimed that the letters were just functionary, but that they have an action component included for information on how to avoid being purged from the rolls.

The Insider warmed up and said that Blackwell was "brilliant" in how he did this.  The letter went on for a long time about changes in Ohio voting and security and suggested people who might have any concerns about their voting status could come by county offices and confirm their continued voting eligability before election day. 

He added, that since it was conducted as a test, they only sent letters to a limited number of suspect addresses and that "Blackwell chose criteria very, very favorable for us."

The insider further stated that Blackwell had only purged the lists after a full 60 days was given for people to respond, which means even if a voter was on the "termination" list, they would still have been eligable to vote in the primary.

He told the table that the purge had probably caught "hundreds of thousands of students, activists and wanderers with no real job", who would show up at the polls and have to vote provisionally.

He predicted to the table that tens of thousands of voters would show up on election day and once the provisional ballots were used up the affected voters would not be able to vote at all. 

He also said that this "operation" (the Insider's word; my friend was specific about this" had turned up a lot of additional fascinating information including a number of Democratic elected officials who are registered to vote in several places, and they were exploring how to use that information against them.

I am going to assume, Mr. Blackwell's "test" purge went to no-one registered GOP.  His criteria is something I am trying to get a copy of now.

Friday I called friends in Lorain County and Wayne County Ohio.  Neither of them had voted yet and I asked them if they could go on Monday to either vote early, apply for an absentee ballot, and if possible hang out at the Elections Office for an hour to determine if anyone was expressiing surprise that they were no longer registered.

If the sample of 11AM-1PM in Lorain County Ohio and 10AM-11AM in Wayne County Ohio are true, then Ohio Democratic Voters had better go and vote early if they plan to vote at all.

At Lorain County, my friend arrived to find a line of over 15 people, many of whom had come back for a second time.  All were Democrats who had arrived to vote and been told that Drivers Liscence Information, or Home Ownership Information had not matched the address provided for Voter Registration. 

In one case a college student had been purged because he had changed dormitories on campus.

In another case a local blue-collar worker had been purged because his voter registration had only his building address, but his drivers liscense included an apartment number.  This tiny difference in information had led to his purging.

While everyone present seemed to have enough information to allow the records to be updated, my friend told me it was being done by one (and only one) clerk who was taking about 5 minutes per person to resolve the issues.  Everyone in line confirmed that several voters had given up in frustration and left.

In Wayne County the sample is smaller, but during the one hour 18 people arrived for absentee ballots or to vote early.  Wayne County had 3 Diebold TSX Touch Screens set up for early voters.  Of those who arrived two of them had been provisionally purged.  The first was again a student from a local college, she was sent away and told she had to bring some ID beyond her student ID to prove she was resident at the College.  She was wearing a Sherrod Brown button.  The second was a local guy who owns two houses on the same block.  His drivers liscence is to the one house where he keeps his cars, but his voter roll to his house where he actually sleeps (four houses away).  This got resolved with a series of steps that included the completion of two forms, and a clerk having to enter the corrected information into two seperate computers. 

As an added bonus, my friend listened in and witnessed 8 retired ladies getting instructions on how to be poll workers on the new TSX machines.  The instructor was a local elections board member.  She was asked many questions by one of the retirees and her answer to almost all of them was "I don't know how it works, I just know how we are supposed to use it."

Get ready Ohio.

This story may also explain Mr. Blackwell's sudden discovery of the "two homes problem" now facing Strickland.

This Blackwell discovery of Mr. Strickland is actually part of the much larger net thrown by the GOP to eliminate hundred of thousands of Democrats from the voting rolls.

ACTION:  Get to your election boards, bring all the documentation you can.  Demand a paper absentee ballot.  Alert everyone you know in Ohio.

Good luck out there.  This doesn't eliminate the fact your Diebold System is completely hackable, but it certainly explains how Rove plans to drag all of our races into the margin of error so that simply hitting the Diebold Button to steal the election doesn't look so obvious. 

He has taken away your right to vote based on any piece of mismatched information in your state records.

I would expect that would be nearly everyone if the test was applied across the board.  But I suspect it was not done that way by Mr. Blackwell.

It might be worth it for other states to start looking into this issue as well.

Scared yet?  This is the sixth comment on the diary
Seems I Was Purged, Then
I live in Cleveland and just went to the Cuyahoga BOE website and searched my my registration information.  You have to enter your last name + DOB.

...it came up with no results.  And I registered to vote back in March of this year. 


I really don't think this diary is tinfoil at all.

For anyone else in Cuyahoga County, Ohio check your info here: http://boe.cuyahogac....

Go here to see if you are still registered to vote.  If not, demand an explanation.  If so, continue checking until and on election day.  These people will stop at nothing to keep control.

Oh, and if you have any other friends planning on voting this year in any state, please forward this information.

Bobby Scott Endorses Jim Webb

I had read in the Richmond Free Press a few weeks ago that Rep. Bobby Scott had endorsed Jim Webb along with the Legislative Black Caucus. Today, I read that the endorsement is public and official.

From the Daily Press:
U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Newport News, the state's only African-American congressman, formally endorsed Webb on Tuesday. Scott called Webb "an early warning voice against the war in Iraq."

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, George Allen is trying to "court the minority vote" (which is just offensive on its own, in my opinion) but he isn't having much luck. Why? People aren't showing up to events.
WOODBRIDGE -- For a Republican senator recovering from charges of racial insensitivity, Tuesday's breakfast at the Old Country Buffet seemed an opportune setting.

Sen. George Allen stopped by to pick up a community service award from the Frederick Douglas Republican Forum, a small, three-year-old multi-racial group whose aim is to woo African Americans to the Republican Party and to elect more black Republicans.

But when fewer than 30 people showed up, including only a handful of African-Americans, the challenge for Allen was clear: competing for the black vote against Democratic challenger Jim Webb would not be easy.
WOW. That sounds like George Allen's offensive "ethnic rally," which turns out was neither ethnic or successful.

Both George Allen and Jim Webb will speak at the NAACP convention this Friday evening. I'm pretty sure I know who will get more applause.
Allen and Webb will make public appeals for the black vote again Friday night in Hampton in separate appearances before the state NAACP convention. Each man will get about an hour to speak and take questions, a NAACP aide said.

With the Senate contest in a virtual dead heat, support from African-Americans voters could be critical in places like Hampton Roads, a key battleground region.
And what is most excellent is that more amd more citizens of the Commonwealth and members of the media are starting to get a grip and understand that Webb is RIGHT on the issue of Affirmative action.
Webb, a former Navy secretary, initially lost some support for having once equated affirmative action programs to "state-sponsored racism." He has said he supports affirmative action for African-Americans but believes diversity programs that encompass other minority groups should also include poor whites.
Webb's plans for the weekend? HUGE. Allen's? Well, he did something LAST weekend, does that count?
Webb plans to spend most of this weekend seeking the black vote in Hampton Roads, including visits to as many as 14 churches on Sunday. Allen attended a Hampton University football game last weekend.
Lastly, I get a sense that a Wilder endorsement may be coming up in the very near future for Jim Webb. Just a hunch, and this article makes me feel a bit more confident.
Allen had expected to appear Tuesday in Richmond with Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, but Wilder canceled plans to attend and sent a top aide instead.
Looks like things are shaping up just fine for a Democratic takeover here in Virginia. At 21 days out, I am feeling pretty good. And I am definitely feeling better than Dick Wadhams, who is about to know what unemployment feels like. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm; I love the smell of fear and desperation in the morning, how about you?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Saturday Football Post

So, today is THE Ohio State Buckeyes game against the Michigan State University Spartans. If you follow college football at all, you know that a. Ohio State kicks everyone else's ass, and b. Michigan State is considered our "trap" game every season or so. Why? Because a couple of times, they pulled out a win against us, even while we were ranked way above them. So, today is a big day. Here's how I started my day:

Brunch at Sidewalk (the breakfast burrito is fuckin' unbelievable, and their Bloody Mary's aren't bad either)
Webb sign droppage (still more to do bc we have so many requests)
Grocery Store run for game beer
Chill beer, start some laundry, and get out the game chairs

I should add that today is a GREAT day in Richmond, Virginia; the weather is awesome, we got the National Folk Fest to go to later on tonight, Webb stickers and signs are more and more visible, and poll numbers are good. Rock on, VA, and rock on Jim Webb. Hope you have a chance to have a beer and catch some pigskin this weekend.

So, I will update as we move along today. Have a good one, Virginia, and as always; thanks for stopping by.

UPDATE by Thadd:
Jaime didn't mention our beers of choice. It bears mention, IMHO.
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Moretti Dark

Good beer for a good game.

UPDATE II by Thadd:

Troy Smith just won the Heisman.

Wow WRIC, can't watch the end of the OSU-MSU game, 'cause you preempted it with Mizzou-A&M?!!

What is goin' on???


UPDATE IV by Jaime:
I do NOT like watching the game on the computer. It's not even the game, it's blocks of color moving down a "field" and reminding me what the score is.

I hate you, ABC.

UPDATE V by Thadd:
We have no one to worry about until Michigan. Period, dot com.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

America Haters Endorse George Allen

The moral depravity, hypocrisy, and deceit of Republicans is sickening. A Republican sexual predator stalked the halls of Congress for years and his fellow Republican politicians protected him. Why? I don't have to tell you why; we all know why. Face it, Virginia; Republicans do not deserve control of Congress.

As citizens and taxpayers, we are responsible for who governs us. It's time to ask ourselves how much lower the Republicans have to sink before every American says enough is enough. We have NOT been governed by responsible lawmakers and unifying leaders, we have been abused and shamed by the worst administration and Congress in American history, and yes; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Bottom line: if you hate America, then vote Republican. If you are so greedy, uneducated, and uninformed that you think a measly check for $300 as a “tax cut” is something to be excited about, vote Republican. If spending $400 billion and sacrificing 23,000 American casualties so Iraqis can slaughter each other in an endless civil war is your idea of fiscal responsibility and good foreign policy, vote Republican. If cutting and running from the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan looks like a war on terror to you, vote Republican. If seeing the bodies of dead Americans floating in the streets of New Orleans is your idea of responsible government, vote Republican. If torture and secret trials and human beings in cages and illegal wiretaps make you feel safe and proud to be an American, vote Republican.

But if you believe America is in need of redemption, vote Democratic. If you believe America can reclaim its greatness, vote Democratic. If you believe its time for accountability and responsibility in Washington, vote Democratic. If you cherish the Constitution, vote Democratic. If you believe it's time to reject fear and start behaving like Americans again, vote Democratic. If you love America, vote Democratic. This November, for the sake of your children and your self-respect, choose redemption. Vote for Jim Webb on November 7, 2006, and future generations will undoubtedly thank you for being a TRUE American.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Debate Chit Chat Part 1

This will be my first installment because I have a lot to say. Let me warn you in advance: there have been enough bloggers and media outlets talking about the "meat" of the debate, so I am going to offer readers something else. I am going to focus on the "behind the scenes" aspect, and the experience of those in attendance at the rally and the debate. So, frankly, if humor, snark, and lack of serious political chit chat offends you or leaves you disinterested, go read something else. :)

I got to the debate site at about 5pm, and started signing with some other Webb volunteers. Of course, we were later than the paid Allen staff, but we sucked it up, split into groups, and took care of business. We quickly got our signs out, and I had a very nice conversation with a college Republican. He moved one of my Webb signs, and I immediately approached him, looked him dead in the eyes, and asked him why he was moving my signs. He fumbled for a second, and I looked at him again and reminded him with a smile that signs don't vote. He laughed, I laughed, and he put my sign back. We ended up shaking hands and saying good luck. A few minutes later, another Allen supporter thanked me. He claimed that he had been in this game for a while, and that he was upset with both camps for being childish about taking the other sides material throughout the campaign. I agreed with him, and we wished each other luck. Very nice surprise from two college Republicans for Allen; kudos!

Allen supporters- 1
Webb supporters- 1

As I was walking to my car to get more signs, a very elderly gentleman in a suit approached me with a much younger woman who was in a...a-HEM...very short skirt. ***Note to selves: if you have a big family, buy a big house. If you have a big dog, buy a big water bowl. If you have a big ass, buy big pants. Keep that in mind, and you're welcome in advance for the sage advice.*** So, the gentleman and the lady approach me and have the gall to ask me in all seriousness, "Say, young lady, who is this Jim Webb feller?" I look them dead in the eye and answered sarcastically, "He's running against George Allen for United States Senate, sir." He answered, "Oh, who would have known!" Well, he laughed and laughed; that was the funniest thing he has said in years, apparently. I half expected him to beat a drum and claim that he would be here all week. Instead of laughing and high fiving him for his awesome burn, I asked him what he had done to support the troops and the American Constitution lately. He pointed to a ribbon magnet on his car.

Phriendlyjaime - 1
Old man - zip

As soon as all of the signs were up, the supporters flanked opposite sides of the driveway to scream at cars and attempt to get killed. As most bloggers have already noted and opposite of what the RTD will undoubtedly say, the Webb supporters outnumbered the Allen supporters. The Webb supporters were also all old enough to vote, while there were at least six children out past their bedtime in Allen stickers. They did not look happy, and the parents were completely out of touch with reality by allowing their children to stand in the dark and so close to oncoming traffic. Party of family values, huh?

Webb supporters- 2
Allen supporters - 1

There was definitely tension in the air. People would cheer as a car passed by with their bumper sticker of choice, and signs were waved dangerously close to windows. People chanted loudly, and there were also periods of silence. Randomly, supporters would yell snarky and funny comments. The Webb supporters CLEARLY won on humor; at one point, some Republican yelled "Where's Barber?" to which Thaddaeus Toad yelled back, "Where's Foley? And Delay? And Cheney? And Abramoff? Hey, where's JOHN WARNER in supprt of George Allen?" A few Allen supporters welcomed us to America and Virginia, because continuing to make fun of Siddarth is apparently ok in their book.

Thaddaeus Toad- 1
Allen supporters - 0 (they lost their point by continuing the attacks on Siddarth and anyone who may disagree with them)

Thaddaeus Toad and the Webb supporters (all volunteers, btw, and from all over the state) continued the hilarity. To drown out our louder and more enthusiastic cheering, one Allen supporter got his SUV, drove it right next to the Allen group, left the car on with the stereo playing, and blasted that horrible country pop version of "Proud to be an American/God Bless the USA." No, I am not kidding. So, as they sang the song and swayed and thought about all they have done for the troops by singing, getting magnets for their cars, and hating Democracy and the Constitution, several Webb supporters made sure to add to the song with bits of truth and facts. Simply, the part of the song everyone knows which goes something like, "...and I'll proudly (gladly? I don't know-I can't stand that song) stand UP!!!! Next to you...." was responded to by Thadd and others with, "Except, not really." I thought it was brilliantly succinct and hilarious. Note again to Allen camp: songs, like signs, don't vote.

Thaddaeus Toad- 2
Allen supporters - zip again

Then, Allen drives in. He arrives in an SUV to a chorus of "Go Jim GO!" which definitely drowned out the cheers from his side of the street. He gave that mealy mouthed smile and the not-so-presidential-anymore wave. He refused to look over at any of us. Shortly after, Jim arrived in his RV. We screamed and yelled and cheered and smacked the RV on the side. Mac slowed down, and they waved and smiled. Jim Webb actually smiled and waved to the Allen supporters, something Allen would not do. Nice show of class, Jim Webb.

Jim Webb - 1
George Allen - 0

That was when things got crazy. All of the supporters in attendance rushed to the entrance of the building for the yelling match as the candidates went inside. Except, no one really saw them go inside, so our yelling and sign waving was for the benefit of the media. It was very spirited and very loud. The choruses included in no particular order:
Go Jim GO
Born Fighting
6 More Years
Vote Him OUT
The Webb supporters were louder, and had more stamina. We were clearly more spirited and had more energy. But, NOTHING could have been better than to watch the Allen supporters faces when this chant was started:
Nah nah nah nah...nah nah nah nah...George Allen...Goodbye!
They did NOT like that. So their response?
ISSUES! Jim Webb doesn't have any issues!
Which was promptly responded with one lone call of:
Racism IS an issue!
The media crowd packed it in to prepare to go inside for the debate, which signalled the end of the yelling match.

Webb supporters - 3
Allen supporters - 0

At that point, most supporters left to go home and watch the debate. I got in my car, and helped grab the last of the Webb signs that had to be removed at the request of PBS. Almost every one of them had already been snagged by a couple of our best volunteers (extra bonus point for Webb supporters). I then found Thadd, turned the car around, and drove back to attend the debate.

Pre-debate final tally:
Webb supporters - 4
Allen supporters - 0
Phriendlyjaime - 1
Old man - 0
Thaddaeus Toad - 2
Jim Webb - 1
George Allen - 0

More on "reporting from the inside" coming soon...

Monday, October 09, 2006

How much do I love Steve Jarding?

A LOT. I swear, this man has uttered some of the best one liners I have ever heard throughout a campaign. Who can forget the great line from early on in the summer, when George Allen's life as a known racist and horrible candidate were just starting to become public to Virginians and the rest of the country? When George Allen had the nerve (not balls, bc I am not so sure that part of the male anatamy is present in this case) to attack Jim Webb's patriotism, Jarding came back swinging, with a line most bloggers and many Jim Webb fans will never forget:
"While Jim Webb and others of George Felix Allen Jr.’s generation were fighting for our freedoms and for our symbols of freedom in Vietnam, George Felix Allen Jr. was playing cowboy at a dude ranch in Nevada. People who live in glass dude ranches should not question the patriotism of real soldiers who fought and bled for this country on a real battlefield,” Jarding said.
C'mon. That's just great. The glass dude ranches line will go down as one of the funniest and most stinging remarks ever made to Cowboy George, and you can bet he won't forget it anytime soon.

But Jarding continued; he just hadn't stung Allen enough, and the further he went, the funnier it got:
“George Felix Allen Jr. and his bush-league lapdog, Dick Wadhams, have not earned the right to challenge Jim Webb’s position on free speech and flag burning. Jim Webb served and fought for our flag and what it stands for, while George Felix Allen Jr. chose to cut and run. When he and his disrespectful campaign puppets attack Jim Webb they are attacking every man and woman who served. Their comments are nothing more than weak-kneed attacks by cowards. George Felix Allen Jr. needs to apologize to Jim Webb and to all men and women who have served our nation,” Webb spokesman Steve Jarding said.
Sheer genius. It KILLS Allen that Webb's patriotism cannot be questioned, which is of course why he has to resort to lying and hate filled attack ads now discredited by the AP and many other news outlets.

Now, courtesy of the Washington Post, we have some more most excellent quotes from Steve Jarding re: Allen's silly little rich white people fundraiser hoe down with guest speaker Laura Ingraham. Laura Ingraham is, in essence, a raging bitch. She routinely screams at her callers who are simply asking for advice, and I am pretty sure that after they get off the phone with her, they either attempt suicide or drink themselves into a stupor. So, basically, she is perfect as a campaigner for George Allen, because the only people who would vote for Allen are self-loathing, greedy, uninformed fools. Too honest? Well, take a look at Jarding's honesty:
"With all due respect, I know cowboys," said Steve Jarding, who was raised in South Dakota and is now a senior Webb adviser. "I grew up with cowboys. I have nephews who bull ride. I'm sorry, George, you're not a cowboy."

To Jarding, Allen's penchant for cowboy boots and a wad of snuff is as contrived as Billy Crystal's character in the faux-cowboy movie "City Slickers."

"I put on a Superman outfit for Halloween," Jarding said. "It didn't make me a superhero."
Pure. Fucking. GOLD.

Now, according to the Allen campaign, George Allen has always been a "real" cowboy. I mean, how could he not be? He dressed the part, chewed tobacco, and made it a point to hate non-whites. He was also nicknamed "Festus" by his brothers, after the character on the show "Gunsmoke" who was an illiterate deputy marshal in Dodge City. Because obviously, making a joke out of illiteracy is very becoming as a political figure, and we should all laugh at other people's hinderances in life. That's what REAL cowboys do, right? And by the way, according to Chris Lacivita, we are all jerks if we claim Allen isn't a real cowboy:
"He's been that way for years. He's been enamored with that since he was a kid," said Chris LaCivita, a consultant who managed Allen's 2000 Senate campaign. "This is not new to a lot of people. What's being done, it's being repackaged in a negative light to assault the guy's character."
OH SNAP. LaCivita is going CRAZY on Jarding, only not really. Honestly, LaCivita doesn't hold a candle to Steve Jarding, and he and Dick Wadhams (also known as Karl Rove 2.0 until he totally lost control of the George Allen campaign) are just digging the holes in Allen's credibility deeper and deeper every time they open their mouths. Allen's slackjaw doesn't help much either, since he has made it clear he is a racist, a Jew hater, and a complete idiot.

So, cheers to you, Mr. Jarding. You're doing a heckuva job, and I mean that in the way George Bush didn't when he was talking to Brownie after Katrina. Dick Wadhams and Chris LaCivita-you guys better get it together. Whether Allen wins or loses this November is unknown, but I think it is pretty much common knowledge at this point that the two of you may have a rough time finding new jobs.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

A note on comment moderation

So, like most members of the blogosphere, I DO moderate the comments posted to my site. I will definitely post a comment that disagrees with my own views, and I have no problem with snark, foul language, or stupidity from Republicans. HOWEVER, I will absolutely not post comments like this one from the other night:
Anonymous: Show us yer tits!
Sigh. Listen, I know the fact that a woman who speaks for herself and is interested in "manly" things simply floors some of you, but c'mon. I mean, what did you think my answer to that was going to be?
"Oh, yes, OK! You're right, let me take a picture and do just that! Thanks for giving me an awesome idea!"
No. That definitely wasn't going to be my answer.

So, please understand that while my comment moderation policy may seem annoying and akin to censorship to some people, I simply cannot condone conversations about my anatomy on a public website dedicated to politics and the city of Richmond. Thanks for posting, and thanks for stopping by, but if you're looking for people to "show tits" you are going to have to go somewhere else.