Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Remembrance

We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.

It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
who salutes the Flag,

It is the
who serves
under the Flag,


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Friday, May 28, 2010

Attorny General Cuccinelli plans a webcast townhall

Virginia A.G. Cuccinelli promptly file a lawsuit with the Federal government when the Health Care Reform bill was pass by congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. On May 24, the Federal government response to the lawsuit was to request a motion to dismiss.

A.G. Cuccinelli is having a Virginia Health Care Lawsuit Webcast Town Hall on June 16th at 8pm.

This webcast is produced at no expense to taxpayers.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has received a great deal of national attention recently for the lawsuit that the Commonwealth of Virginia has filed against the Federal government regarding the newly passed Federal health care law (Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Sibelius) The Federal government responded on May 24, 2010 with a motion to dismiss the suit. This was an anticipated response and only the second step in a multi-step process that will play out in the coming months.

Join us for a free live town hall meeting interactive video webcast, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 8 PM as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli explains this multi-step process. In addition, General Cuccinelli will discuss the Constitutional issues involved and respond to questions from the participants.

You can register for the free webcast HERE. To receive regular updates from the Ken Cuccinelli you can subscribe to the Cuccinelli Compass

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

"You Cut" ...wait, it's working?

When Rep. Eric Cantor announced the You Cut program a few weeks ago, I admit, I did a little eye roll. But, o.k. let's play along. I tweeted out the website and put it on the Richmond Patriots facebook and ning network. I even received some flack from some angry conservatives who are tired of the "political games". I could not disagree.

Today, however, there are reports that the You Cut program could be putting pressure on the majority party to actually start making budget cuts.

The Hill reporter Jared Allen posted this today:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during a Wednesday morning meeting with committee chairmen that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) intended to hold them to a Friday deadline to submit detailed lists of duplicative and wasteful programs that can be eliminated from the $3 trillion budget.

“You need to produce something on this,” Hoyer said, according to a person in the room. “You all need to find some programs to cut.”

In leaning on the chairmen to get their proposals into the Speaker’s hands by Friday, Hoyer specifically mentioned the difficulty Democrats are having moving a package of tax extenders, unemployment insurance extensions and other items because the nearly $150 billion it would add to the deficit is considered by some to be too high.

And later in the report:

Some Democrats also think the GOP has struck the right populist chord with House Republican Whip Eric Cantor’s (Va.) YouCut initiative, an online grassroots effort to get budget-cutting suggestions directly from the public.

So, I would like to encourage my conservative friends not to dismiss this and go VOTE. Yes, we have a lot of cutting to do, but as Ronald Reagan once said,"If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat." We must keep up the pressure if we are going to take back this government.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saltwater Fishing is going to be taxed

Isn't it funny how we all have our own "hot button" issues, the issues that makes us stop in our tracks, drop everything and go write a letter to the editor or email every person that we happen to have an email address. Well, today that very scenario played out before my very eyes. My wonderful husband who is a VERY busy professional, just happened to read a letter to the editor in the local paper, Mechanicsville Local. He STOPPED everything and researched the issue, then emailed the following to all of his fishing friends. So to help spread the word and to illustrate how letters to the editor do work, I am turning the blog over to him today.

Thank you, Sweatheart for your passion!

Check this out. Yet another way our Federal Gov't is working through oh so many channels (some not so obvious) to get more of your money, gather your personal information (for who knows what purpose) and trample over more and more of your freedoms!

National Saltwater Angler Registry
A new federal law requires most saltwater fishermen to sign up with the National Saltwater Angler Registry.
The National Saltwater Angler Registry is a new tool to help better count fishermen and their catch. Become part of a network of fishermen helping to conserve our oceans and ensure the future of recreational fishing. By registering, you help NOAA make your catch count.

Had anyone heard of this? It's already LAW!! It is just now going into effect this year but was part of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act of 2006.

- If you fish in federal waters (basically THE OCEAN and all waterways connected directly to the ocean) you must register
- It is in addition to any other license required
- It is free this year but starting next year will cost up to $25 and you must pay each year
- If you are caught fishing without out it you will be fined
- There is no actual purpose for the money collected except ( to offset the cost of admin of the registry) It will go directly into the Federal treasury!!
- Fuzzy as to WHY this is being done "data collection system to protect the nations ocean resources" Looks like they want contact info so they can call anglers at random to ask them questions about their fishing and what they have caught??? Wonder what else it can and will be used for??? Wonder if there is also a fine if you refuse to answer their questions when they call to invade your privacy around supper time?!!!

Not only is this just another TAX but also an end run around states rights ----Not all anglers in all coastal states are required to register because some states are already providing NOAA with their anglers personal info as part of their own regulatory licensing systems. Virginia and a few other states do not! So not only ARE WE being forced to participate but starting next year are picking up the check!!!

see the details "as described by NOAA"

John Stanley

P.S. Non-US Citizen are exempted

And an excellent excuse to post another picture of the monster fish I caught this spring...

WHAT?? You would have done the same thing.