For the moment, our lives, liberty and property are safe. The General Assembly has adjourned. What did it accomplish? Moonhowlings has a post, State Budget Highlights. Because Moonhowler left the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s links up (AT A GLANCE: Budget highlights), the links are kind of weird.

Note also the comments.  I seized on the second budget detail Moonhowler chose to highlight.

Public Television was cut by 10%. 

Apparently, Moonhowler regards public television as a sacrosanct. Nonetheless, the General Assembly chose to cut back funding. Since PBS is one of the major propaganda organs of the Democratic Party, I cannot imagine why. Shameful , don’t you think? 

I posed the following questions to Moonhowler, but anyone is welcome to answer — either here or at Moonhowlings — take your pick.

What right does government have to collect taxes? What limits that right? When it requires government to force people to give up their hard-earned property (or else), why would we want to put government in charge of it (collecting taxes)?

Here is the point of these questions.

Everything has limits beyond which it becomes poisonous. Water is good for you, but you can drown in it. Just as we must restrain our appetite for water, food, sex, and sleep, we must also restrain our propensity for giving tasks over to government. Government is necessary, but public servants can too easily become our slave/task masters.

Where do you draw the line, -insert your name-. When is enough enough?

A Little Bit Of Serendipity

Ironically, I got spammed by Politics Matters today.  This is a program that airs on Charlottesville Public Access Television. When I read their slogan, I groaned.

What if our Highest Principles BECAME our POLITICS.

Here is a media organization that exists by forcing people to pay for its message whether they want to do so or not, and that is their slogan? Don’t they know what Thomas Jefferson had to say about that?

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.“  — Thomas Jefferson

UPDATE:  Moonhowler defends PBS in Public Broadcasting: A ‘luxury’ we can’t do without. I left my comment here, but a commenter name marinm largely carried the Conservative line.


This begins part one of a two-part series.

Usually we advised against making generalizations. However, the error is to make a hasty generalization. We must make some generalizations.

The Richmonder

It has been awhile, but I decided to visit The Richmonder yesterday. As usual, J.C. Wilmore had a nasty bit of mischief front and center, Times Dispatch equates Kaine’s concern for American workers with Allen’s racism.  Wilmore took umbrage with this editorial, Politics: Macaconsin. He disagreed with possibility that former Gov. Tim Kaine’s prolonged partiality to unions might be a greater liability than former Sen./Gov. George Allen’s macaca moment.

The Skeptical Observer provides a good analysis of this nonsense in Who Is it Who’s “Deranged”? So I suggest everyone read it. I would just add the following observation (heard Rush Limbaugh make it first). Democrat politicians display more loyalty to unions than they do for the general public. Why? Because unions contribute so much money to their campaigns, is it possible these politicians feel they owe their positions to the unions, not the general public?

So why do people like Wilmore rabidly support such politicians? I do not exactly know, but I do find it worrisome when people insist upon portraying people like me or George Allen as the enemy. Here are a couple of examples.  Continue reading “WHAT PRICE WILL DEMOCRATS PAY FOR VICTORY? — PART 1”



Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Here is a list of names, all members of the same subcommittee in the Virginia Senate.

  • Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke (who chairs the panel)
  • Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Springfield
  • Sen. Frederick Quayle, R-Suffolk
  • Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth
  • Sen. Henry Marsh, D-Richmond (although he was not listed as a member of the panel on the docket)

If you recognize one of these members — if he (or she) represents your senate district, then you may wish to give some thought to replacing him. Why? Read the following.

RICHMOND – Last Wednesday afternoon, the Senate immigration subcommittee became the place where the House’s immigration bills went to die.

As the clock ticked toward 6 p.m., when the Senate was due to reconvene, the bills’ patrons were heard, and partisans on both sides of the issues lined up to give rapid-fire testimony. All but two of the bills sank under the weight of the subcommittee’s Democratic majority.

“That’s why they stacked it that way, in a small subcommittee to kill those bills,” Manassas Del. Jackson Miller, (R-50th), said in a phone interview last Thursday. (continued here)


I love me! I want me to have the best of everything! I deserve it! So give it to me! I have the right to happiness!
  •  Isn’t that the basic argument for theft and the enslavement of others?
  • Some people deserve freedom of speech. They expect others to fund their freedom of speech.
  • Some people deserve a good education. They expect others to pay for their education.
  • Some people deserve — have the right to — health care. They expect “free” health care.
  • Some people want it all, and they want it now! So they scheme to “legally” cheat their customers.
  • Some people want to retire in their fifties. They form labor monopolies (unions). Then they compel the taxpayers to fund their cushy retirements.
  • Some people think no one has the right to say what they are doing is wrong. They define tolerance as government making the “hateful” people shut up.
  • Some people demand agreement. They reserve freedom of speech to those who agree with them.
  • Some people desire the perfect life. They expect others (government) to make their lives safe, happy, and devoid of risk.

Continue reading “YOU DESERVE IT? WHY?”