Saturday, January 31, 2009
I am filling in for Thunder Pig this weekend as he takes the weekend off.
I am a member of his social network Conservative Thunder.
Friday, January 30, 2009
According to my twitterfeeds...Michael Steele has been selected the new Chairman of the RNC after six rounds of voting.
I was hoping that it would be either him or Ken Blackwell, and anybody except Mike Duncan or Katon Dawson...either of whom would have been disastrous for our party.
As is typical for national US political parties after losing an election, many senior Republicans promised big changes at the RNC after losing control of the White House in 2008. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele described the party as having lost its sense of purpose while announcing his candidacy to succeed Duncan. "I think I may have some keys to open the door, some juice to turn on the lights," he said.
Besides Michael Steele, who coined the mantra "Drill baby drill" at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Michigan State Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, former Ohio secretary of state and member of the Republican Platform Committee Ken Blackwell, former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chip Saltsman, during whose tenure Al Gore lost his home state in the 2000 election, GOP Chairman of South Carolina Katon Dawson,and incumbent Mike Duncan are all seeking the position of National Republican Party Chair. Saltsman's candidacy was marked by controversy when he distributed, as a Christmas gift, a CD that included the song Barack the Magic Negro, a parody of Puff the Magic Dragon.
Other Republicans said the RNC will focus its efforts on congressional and gubernatorial elections in the coming years rather than worrying about the next presidential election. "When I was chairman of the Republican National Committee the last time we lost the White House in 1992 we focused exclusively on 1993 and 1994. And at the end of that time, we had both houses of Congress with Republican majorities, and we’d gone from 17 Republican governors to 31. So anyone talking about 2012 today doesn’t have their eye on the ball. What we ought to worry about is rebuilding our party over the next year and particularly in 2010,” ex-RNC chair and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said at the November 2008 Republican Governors conference.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This is a video of the remarks made by Senator Basnight in the NC Senate yesterday after he was sworn in for another term as President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate. It was a long distance collaboration between myself and two other members of Conservative Thunder, a social networking site I started last July, and has only recently started to gain some traction (thanks to several recent energetic members).
We have a group formed specifically for the purpose of monitoring the NC General Assembly, and we look forward to the challenges ahead, and welcome new participants in our quest...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
And of the natives who have joined them, they should be tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail.
“While Senator Burr enjoys a slightly higher overall favorable rating than the other two, none of the three potential candidates are widely known among the electorate,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “Congressman Shuler is a virtual unknown outside of his district in Western N.C.”
Current N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and US Congressman Heath Shuler are among the two most publicly speculated candidates to challenge Burr.
“Despite being in office an additional three plus years, taking over the highly publicized Duke lacrosse case, and just recently spending in excess of $2.5 million on re-election, Attorney General Cooper has only marginally improved his favorability since October 2005,” said De Luca.
Civitas tested voters’ opinion of Roy Cooper back in October 2005:
Not aware: 47%
“All three candidates have a tremendous amount of work to do to familiarize themselves with voters over the next two years. It is almost as if voters are starting off with a blank slate of candidates to choose from for their next US Senator,” De Luca concluded.
Source: Civitas Institute
Please allow me to introduce you to Congressman Heath Shuler...
And Congressman Shuler wasn't through running...a couple of days later, he ran from Richard Bernier of the URTV program "Sound Off Buncombe".
If Congressman Shuler is indeed interested in "trying out" for the U.S. Senate, he'll find that a lot more people will be interested in seeing debates, and it won't be so easy to duck with a whole state watching. I certainly hope the Main Stream Media won't be as deep in his pockets as they are out here in the west...
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
- Status Report
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismicity at stations closest to the volcano's summit has declined somewhat starting at about 4:00 AKT this morning, but remains well above background levels.
Nothing unusual has been seen over the past 24 hours in clear to partly cloudy satellite views. AVO conducted an overflight of the volcano yesterday afternoon, and observations confirm that an eruption has not occurred. Increased steaming through previously observed sources in the snow and ice cover were seen and sulfur gas emissions were noted. There was no significant disruption of the glacial ice, nor any apparent increased water discharge down the Drift River. A gas-measurement flight to the volcano is underway today.
The current activity at Redoubt could be precursory to an eruption, perhaps within days. A further increase in seismicity is expected to accompany an eruption. Staff are currently monitoring the volcano 24 hours a day.
Beginning at 00:58 AST (9:58 UTC) yesterday morning, nearly continuous volcanic tremor was recorded at stations near Redoubt's summit, prompting AVO to raise the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE and the Alert Level to WATCH at 02:09 AST (11:09 UTC). AVO had raised the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY on November 5, 2008, in response to increased emissions of volcanic gases; melting of snow and ice near the volcano’s summit; and a subtle increase in seismicity.
Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory, where you can view a live webcam of the volcano and browse through reports on other volcanoes in the state.
Related: Google Map of Volcano
Related: Wikipedia Article
On the right is a photo from Wikipedia of the 1989-1990 eruption of Mount Redoubt.
Roll Call Vote
Rush Limbaugh Fills GOP's Leadership Void;
Obama Knows It, As Do Conservatives: Let's Make It Official
CANCELLED - Courts Commission
Revenue Laws Study Committee [Docs]
House Appt: D Hill, P Luebke (Cochair), W Wainwright;
Senate Appt: D Clodfelter, D Hoyle, F Hartsell, Jr., H Webster, J Kerr III (Cochair), W Dalton, P Brunstetter;
Clerk Appt: DeAnne Mangum (919) 733-2405;
Staff Appt: Rodney Bizzell (919) 733-4910, Cindy Avrette (919) 733-2578, David Crotts (919) 733-4910, Martha Walston (919) 733-4910, Joy Hicks (919) 733-4910, Barry Boardman (919) 733-4910, Dan Ettefagh (919) 733-6660, Trina Griffin (919) 733-2578, Judy Collier (919) 733-2578;
House Appt: B Faison (Chair), A Bryant, J Gulley, P Haire, J Harrell, III, T Tillis, J Tolson, T West;
Clerk Appt: Lavada Vitalis (919) 715-3019;
House Appt: J Crawford, Jr. (Cochair), D Saunders (Cochair), L Coleman, B Goforth, H Holliman, C Justice, D Lewis, P Luebke, J Langdon;
Senate Appt: M Graham, M Nesbitt, D Clodfelter (Cochair), R Stevens, R Pittenger, C Albertson, F Hartsell, Jr. (Cochair), L Garrou, C Jenkins;
Clerk Appt: Doris Gilbert (919) 301-1402;
Staff Appt: John Turcotte (919) 301-1402;
House Appt: R Rapp, T Tillis, G Martin, J Tolson (Cochair), M Hilton, D Clary, R Tucker, G Pierce;
Senate Appt: V Malone (Cochair), T Foriest, A Allran, J Cowell, K Hagan, K Dorsett, R Atwater, R Stevens, J Jacumin;
Staff Appt: Brenda Carter (919) 733-2578, Peter Capriglione , Phyllis Pickett (919) 733-6600;
Monday, January 26, 2009
The show starts at 5pm Eastern Time and lasts for an hour. Shortly after the show, the program will be available for podcast in case you missed it live.
For even more fun, you can join in the chatroom and listen from there.
Josh also has a blog, and an entertaining youtube channel.
Perhaps Volume 14 of the Best of the JPA Live Show will serve as an example of the antics that take place on his show. (This includes the hilarious audio of some whacko eniromentalists crying over the death of some trees).
“RNC Chooses Whites Only Chairman,” the headline blares.
The subheds: “White House Rejoices With GOP Selection.”
And: “GOP Leaders and Independent Voters Upset.”
The “front page” does specify that it’s a “parody.” The idea, obviously, is to hit Dawson by pointing out that electing someone who was a member of a whites only club as the new public face of the GOP won’t exactly help the party counter charges that it’s become a southern regional party that’s been hijacked by intolerants.
Source: The Plumline
I certainly hope that RNC members aren't behind this attack on Dawson. I suspect that it is more likely a Democratic PsyOps campaign to sow chaos and dissention among RNC members and to make the GOP look bad.
Hat Tip: Ron Woodard of NC Listen
Attention all North Carolina ALIPACers!
ALIPAC's President, William Gheen is going into Chatham County on Tuesday night for an important meeting.
We need as many of you as possible to join us to learn more and show your support.
As you may have heard, Chatham County's Commission has voted to prohibit their law enforcement agencies from working closely with Immigration and Customs to deport illegal aliens arrested for other crimes.
This will make Chatham County our state's lone "Sanctuary County" and at a time when we have made a lot of progress getting many other counties into the 287(g) program.
The 287(g) program saves lives and the decision in Chatham will cost lives, if we do not act swiftly.
Concerned citizens are gathering on the ground in Chatham county and they need our attendance and support. Here are the event details, please spread the word and join us if at all possible.
Time/Date: Tuesday, January 27, 7pm EST.
Virlie's Grill - Pittsboro, NC 27312
58 Hillsboro St
Host Organization: The Chatham Conservative Voice
All concerned citizens and elected officials should join us.
Guest Speaker: William Gheen, President of the national organization ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee)
Topics: How to reverse Chatham County's refusal to work with federal immigration agencies and save lives by implementing the 287(g) program like most other counties in NC are doing.
N.C.: Chatham County not involved with ICE program
NC Sanctuary County Policy In Chatham Challenged by ALIPAC
Dr. Carl Mumpower, ever the faithful watchdog, has issued a letter [copy available here] on the recent effort by others on the Asheville City Council to seek Federal Monies.
The list of projects will cost $122 million, according to a recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, include:
Projects for Asheville include:
Hendersonville Road sidewalk
McDowell Street sidewalk
Beaverdam Road sidewalk
installation of bus stops
Brian and Burton Street drainage/Roadway
Old Toll Road Drainange/Roadway
Victoria Road Drainange/Roadway
Traffic Signal at Charlotte and Edwin Place
Traffic Signal Upgrade at Charlotte and Chestnut
Complete Wayfinding Project
North Fork High Pressure Pumping Station
Black Mountain Pumping Station
Mills River Pumping Station
Walnut Cove Pumping Station
Upgrade parks to become ADA assessible (sic)
AB -Tech Connector to Depot Street
Bike shelters and sidewalks
Patton Avenue sidewalk
Edgewood Road sidewalk
Backwash loggon at Debruhl Water Treatment Plant
Brookside Circle 12-inch water line
Monte Vista Road/Sand Hill Road 16-inch water line
Beaucatcher Road 30-inch water line
College Street 24-inch water line
Tunnel Road 8-inch water line
Swannanoa River Road 12-inch water line
Reid Creek - Phase III greenway
Building Lighting Retrofit (T8's,motion sensors, exit signs, CFL)
Parking Deck LED Retrofit
Community Center/ Public Pool/Fire Station Solar Thermal
Electric Golf Cart Solar PV
Nature Center Solar PV
Building HVAC Retrofitting
Multi Site Solar PV Project
Fausta has scheduled a show for this morning at 11am called, "Carnival Monday: Bolivian election, Mexican drug wars & other stories 15 Minutes on Latin America" and you can listen to it live (or archived) on the player below:
Or, if you prefer, listen from the chatroom.
The show starts at 11am, and should last for about 15 minutes. If you miss it live, it will be archived to play in the same player above a few minutes after the show is complete.
Fausta has a blog called Fausta's Blog, and she covers Latin American issues in addition to all things conservative...along with the occasional food show. [listen to one here]
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Housing, Joint Study Committee on [List]
House Appt: A Adams (Cochair), P Gibson (Cochair), D Goforth, L Hall, P McElrath, T Walker;
Senate Appt: J Queen (Cochair), A Rand (Cochair), K Dorsett, J Forrester, E Kinnaird, F McKissick;
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Joint Urban Growth and Infrastructure Issues [List]
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House Select Committee on a Comprehensive Rail Service Plan for NC [Cache]
House Appt: B Stiller, R Sutton, M Dickson (Cochair), R Rapp (Cochair), C Allred, J Barnhart, B Carney, L Coates, N Cole, B Goforth, M Goodwin, M Hilton, D McComas, E Parmon, L Pate, Jr., D Ross, J Dockham, B Earle, J Farmer-Butterfield, F Steen;
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Partition Sales Study Committee [List]
House Appt: A Bryant (Cochair), H Michaux, Jr., L Allen, P Stam, T Spear;
Senate Appt: C Albertson, D Weinstein, E Jones, P Berger, R Atwater (Cochair);