Saturday, December 31, 2005

Been a While

Well, I'm back on the posting side after some holiday cheer got the best of me and threw me down for the count. My last post was on December 22, about the time I jumped on the bandwagon of shopping and skipping time on the computer.

I was gonna get on the comp on Wednesday night before church, but I happened to get a phone call that a friend of mine and my sister's had died in his sleep. I was really shocked about the whole thing, but it didn't really hit me until today at the funeral.

But enough about my bad fortune...

The House of Representatives did convene at 4 P.M. on Dec. 22, and did pass an extension of the Patriot Act, but instead of the requested 6 months, it was only extended for 5 weeks, which is hopefully enough time for the Dems to come up with an answer, which I believe they will.

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The Justice Department has opened an investigation into leaks to the media about the National Security Agency's classified domestic surveillance program. It will investigate how the New York Times was able to retrieve the story for print on December 16th, causing officials with the Justice Dept. to confirm its existence to news sources valued by many Americans.



So, anything else? Not for now. I'm going to try to enjoy my New Year's celebrations, so adios for now.

Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

House to convene at 4 P.M.

The House will convene at 4 P.M. on Thursday to approve the extension to the Patriot Act.

More as it becomes available.

Patriot Act Extended

Story from CNN Politics:


Senators voted on Wednesday night to extend some expiring and contentious parts of the Patriot Act for six months after leaders announced minutes earlier that they had reached a bipartisan agreement.

Last week, the House voted 251-174 to renew the 16 provisions after striking a compromise that altered some of them. The provisions were set to expire at year's end if not renewed.

Controversial measures include those allowing the FBI -- with a court order -- to obtain secret warrants for business, library, medical and other records, and to get a wiretap on every phone a suspect uses.

The House approved a bill that would have extended most of them permanently, but a filibuster after the bill reached the Senate stopped the measure from moving forward.

Republican leaders tried to break the filibuster Friday, but could muster only 52 of the necessary 60 votes. Four Republicans crossed party lines to oppose the extension.

That vote came on the same day that The New York Times reported that President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. residents, without warrants.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, cited the newspaper report as the reason he opposed permanently renewing the Patriot Act provisions, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, called the newspaper's revelation "devastating" to the renewal effort.

More as it becomes available.

New Shorter URL

Courtesy of ShortURL.com, I now have a shorter web address to shorten the
typing:

http://leftwing.2freedom.com

Feel free to leave a comment concerning this URL, whether you like it or not, etc.

The blogger of Neal 2028

For those of you who don't know, the author of Neal 2028, Neal Osborne, is
quite excited about the idea that the CensureBush.org coalition is holding
over 60 town hall forums on January 7th. And for those of you who don't
know, January 7, 2006 happens to be his 18th birthday. So, wish him a
happy birthday when you get a chance and keep blogging!

--
Justin Fleenor
jf

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

John Conyers' legislation to censure Bush and Cheney

I received this in an email today and I thought I should share it with everyone who doesn't have access to the Democrats.com email list.

CensureBush.org Campaign Launched in Response to New House Legislation

The AfterDowningStreet.org coalition, an alliance of over 100 grassroots organizations, has launched a new campaign called CensureBush.org in order to support new legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers that would censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney and create a select committee to investigate the Administration's possible crimes and make recommendations regarding grounds for impeachment.

H.Res.635 would create a select committee - modeled after Sam Ervin's Watergate committee - to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, and retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.

H.Res.636 and H.Res.637 would censure, respectively, Bush and Cheney for failing to respond to requests for information concerning allegations that they and others in the Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for the war, countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of persons in Iraq, and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of the Administration, for failing to adequately account for certain misstatements they made regarding the war, and – in the case of President Bush – for failing to comply with Executive Order 12958.

These two efforts are complementary - H.Res.635 seeks accountability for the Bush administration's monumental crimes, while H.Res.636 and H.Res.637 seek accountability for their coverups.

Ask your Congress Member to support these efforts!http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/issues/alert/?alertid=8329176

More information:http://www.censurebush.org/

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The House Judiciary Committee Democratic staff has just released an extensive report titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Cover-ups in the Iraq War." It is available at http://www.censurebush.org/





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The After Downing Street / Censure Bush Coalition has organized over 60 town hall forums around the country on January 7th and plans to make these new developments in Congress a focus of many of those events:http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Features to Virginia Left Wing

I now have better accessibility for my blog and all new features

  • Site Navigation (Instead of scrolling for a while, you can click "Skip Navigation" in the header and choose the section you wish to view)
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And coming later today...

  • Brand-new ads that you'll want to see
  • Features that you'll have to wait and see

Monday, December 12, 2005

Jackie Stump Leaving

Delegate Jackie Stump, a 15-year veteran of the House of Delegates,
representing Buchanan County, and parts of Russell and Tazewell
Counties, is resigning his seat for health reasons.

More from Neal 2028's Post

He apparently got it from Brian Patton

The Daily Press has also published a story on this breaking news story in the past 4 hours.

Link to story

Who does Bill Frist think he is?...and some Christmas controversy

On Fox News Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said that if Democrats try to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito, or Scalito, to the Supreme Court, he will work to quickly pass a parliamentary rule that says filibusters are not permitted against judicial nominees. Now, in my opinion and the opinion of New York Senator Chuck Schumer, "The American people know that checks and balances are an integral part of our government."

The filibuster is one of the greatest tactics to use to fight an occuring piece of legislation. Excuse me Mr. Frist, if you don't like filibusters, then you need to get the hell out of the Senate. Senator Frist needs to come to the realization that there will always be filibustering tactics on both sides of the political spectrum. The Senate chambers are no place for someone who doesn't like the workings of the Senate. Apparently, Mr. Frist didn't know what he was getting himself into when he ran for the Senate.

In other news...

There is a Capitol Christmas tree this year, despite the past years of being called the "Capitol Holiday Tree." Even though this country is called the melting pot, an overwhelming majority want to hear "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays." It doesn't matter the religion you are, and whoever reads this can disagree with me and comment on it, but Christmas is Christmas. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, or anything else; Christmas is a time to share special memories with your family. A time for giving and caring. Isn't giving, care, and love stressed in most religions of this country? You can be anything other than Christian, but you still have a right to celebrate Christmas- the holiday of family, cheer, and warmth.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Blogshares

Ok, here's a little side note to my Blogshares account.

Someone, I'm not sure who the guy is, has decided to do a HTO, or
Hostile Takeover, on Virginia Left Wing blog stock shares. Now,
contrary to what some people think, I am not opposed to this. I see it
as a growing opportunity to build my blog's stock shares in the major
market.

Thanks to those who are trading my blog shares and good luck in the future.

Friday, December 09, 2005

PFAW's Call to filibuster the Patriot Act.

Emergency Petition to Filibuster PATRIOT Act!

Dear Justin,

House and Senate negotiators have struck a deal on reauthorizing the USA
PATRIOT Act, leaving many of the bill's worst provisions intact. Before
leaving for recess, several senators were threatening to filibuster this
legislation if it contained these provisions. Let's call on them to go
all the way to fight for our civil liberties!

Tell your senators to filibuster the USA PATRIOT Act by signing this
emergency petition!

http://pfaw.kintera.org/PatriotActFilibuster

If passed:

* … the Justice Department will retain the authority to investigate
American citizens without judicial oversight, a power that is invoked
more than 30,000 times each year.
* … the government will still be able to search individuals' private
property without notifying them.
* … authorities will still be able to search citizens' library records,
medical records, school records, and financial records virtually
unchecked by the judiciary.

The Senate has an opportunity to take a stand for one of Americans' most
cherished traditions --the right to be free from government intrusion.

Tell your senators to filibuster the USA PATRIOT Act by signing this
emergency petition!

http://pfaw.kintera.org/PatriotActFilibuster

-- Your Allies at People For the American Way

The Patriot Act doesn't protect us from terrorism, and it also infringes on our
right to privacy. I have a right to privacy that not even the federal
government should take away! Me getting in trouble and tracked by the
FBI doesn't help either, but that's another story.

Take a stand! Fight for YOUR right to privacy!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Another day, another test for the Democrats

So, I wonder if you readers have heard about the conflict between the
Democratic Party and Lamar Advertising Co. Apparently, the party wants
to put up billboards that say, "Shame on you, Jean Schmidt..." to make a
public statement about the attack she made on Democrat John Murtha last
week. Point your browser to http://www.democrats.org/lamar for more
infomation.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Warner 2008

I haven't been able to write any new posts in a while, on account of me being sick and on account of it being Thanksgiving week. There's been a lot going on, so I haven't been able to get to writing a new post.

I don't really have much to talk about tonight. Except for the fact that bloggers are raving about Mark Warner 2008. For an example of what I'm talking about, go to Young Voters for Warner. It's got upcoming voters in 2008 talking about the enormous possibility that Mark Warner will run for President in 2008. Well, I do believe that if he does run, he will pick up at least the nomination for the Democratic Party.

An interesting post I found on my best friend's blog, Neal 2028, is that he believes if Warner runs in 2008 and wins the nomination, Jay Rockefeller would be a very good choice to run for Vice President. Go check out the post.

Also, for those of you who wish to sport the Mark Warnerism and his possible run for the presidency on your website or blog, here is a graphic I pulled from Brian Patton. He made it himself based on Warner 2001.


If you have a graphic, feel free to drop me a line in the comments to this post, and I'll be happy to use your graphic.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

H RES 571- Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately

REJECTED!

House Resolution #571, titled "
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately," was rejected late Friday night by a landslide margin of 3-403, Ayes to Noes.

The Ayes were all Democrats, being

McKinney
Serrano
Wexler

The noes were extensive:
Republicans in roman, Democrats in italics, Independents underlined
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Bachus
Baird
Baker
Baldwin
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berry
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Boren
Boucher
Boustany
Bradley (NH)
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brown (OH)
Brown (SC)
Brown, Corrine
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Butterfield
Buyer
Calvert
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Capps
Cardin
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carson
Carter
Case
Castle
Chabot
Chandler
Chocola
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
Cole (OK)
Conaway
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Cramer
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cubin
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
DeLay
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Doolittle
Doyle
Drake
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards
Ehlers
Emanuel
Emerson
Engel
English (PA)
Eshoo
Etheridge
Evans
Everett
Farr
Fattah
Feeney
Ferguson
Filner
Fitzpatrick (PA)
Foley
Forbes
Ford
Fortenberry
Foxx
Frank (MA)
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gohmert
Gonzalez
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Gutknecht
Harman
Harris
Hart
Hastert
Hastings (FL)
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth
Higgins
Hinojosa
Hobson
Hoekstra
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hostettler
Hoyer
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Inglis (SC)
Inslee
Israel
Issa
Istook
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Jenkins
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
Kucinich
Kuhl (NY)
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latham
LaTourette
Leach
Lee
Levin
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lucas
Lungren, Daniel E.
Lynch
Mack
Maloney
Manzullo
Marchant
Markey
Marshall
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy
McCaul (TX)
McCollum (MN)
McCotter
McCrery
McGovern
McHenry
McHugh
McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Melancon
Menendez
Mica
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy
Murtha
Musgrave
Myrick
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Neugebauer
Ney
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Osborne
Otter
Oxley
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pearce
Pelosi
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Poe
Pombo
Pomeroy
Porter
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Regula
Rehberg
Reichert
Renzi
Reyes
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Sabo
Salazar
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanders
Saxton
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schmidt
Schwartz (PA)
Schwarz (MI)
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shaw
Shays
Sherman
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Sodrel
Solis
Souder
Spratt
Stark
Stearns
Strickland
Stupak
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Tanner
Tauscher
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Tierney
Turner
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Upton
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn
Young (FL)

I think it was almost ridiculous to see this even come to vote in the house. An immediate withdrawal would be a less-than-welcome, even ludicrous, answer to the War in Iraq. My personal belief, which has been asked upon many times in Government class, is that there should be a timetable set to leave the country. I really don't think that the Iraqi government is up to dealing with the insurgency themselves and running their own country right now without a little bit of democratic leadership. Any comments to this? Feel free to have your own discussion in my comment box. I'll even write you back in the box if time allots.

Friday, November 18, 2005

AG Race down to 345 votes

Well, it keeps getting closer and closer. According to the State Board of Elections, Bob McDonnell's lead is narrowing as Creigh Deeds is only 345 votes away as of 2:57 P.M today. The Attorney General's race has been tight since last week when elections were held. More as it becomes available

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

AG Race down to 352 votes!

Good evening readers. Tonight is shaping up to be a very chilly night. But the fire is still present in the ever-continuing counting of the ballots. As of 5:27 P.M. today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Bob McDonnell holds a 352 vote margin over Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds. Once again, state mandates require there to be a county-by-county, ballot-by-ballot recount. I think it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the vote count before the actual recount.

Check out the post on the Raising Kaine Blog about where the votes are coming from.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

AG Race down to 446 votes!

Wow, this election just keeps getting better and better. Officially, the Virginia State Board of Elections has Republican Bob McDonnell ahead by 446 votes over Democrat Creigh Deeds. If the vote margin is 1,000 votes or less, the state is mandated to hold a recount.

This information is current as of 7:00 A.M., November 15, 2005.

More updates as they become available.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Pictures from Saturday's Democratic Rally


Tim Kaine and me












Mark Warner and me












Me, Creigh Deeds, and Neal

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

TIM KAINE WINS!!!

AP Reports that the Virginia Gubernatorial race goes to Tim Kaine!!!

Now, let's just hope for Leslie and Creigh!

Personally, I think Bolling has it all wrapped up on Byrne, but Deeds still has a chance against McDonnell!

LET'S GO DEMS!!!

LIVE GOVERNOR'S RACE RESULTS! 8:57 P.M.

ELECTION RACE RESULTS AS OF 8:58 P.M. EST


Office: Governor

Precincts Reporting: 1755 of 2426 (72.34%) Registered Voters: 4,451,909 Total Voting: 1,375,071 Voter Turnout: 30.89 %

T M Kaine
Democratic
698,494
50.80%


J W Kilgore
Republican
645,610
46.95%


H R Potts Jr
Independent
29,848
2.17%


Write Ins
1,119
0.08%


Vote Totals:
1,375,071

LIVE GOVERNOR'S RACE RESULTS! 8:47 P.M.

ELECTION RESULTS AS OF 8:47 P.M. EST


Office: Governor

Precincts Reporting: 1634 of 2426 (67.35%) Registered Voters: 4,451,968 Total Voting: 1,281,318 Voter Turnout: 28.78 %

T M Kaine
Democratic
649,957
50.73%


J W Kilgore
Republican
602,443
47.02%


H R Potts Jr
Independent
27,840
2.17%


Write Ins
1,078
0.08%


Vote Totals:
1,281,318

LIVE GOVERNOR"S RACE RESULTS! 8:37 P.M.

ELECTION RESULTS AS OF 8:37 P.M. EST


Office: Governor

Precincts Reporting: 1540 of 2426 (63.48%) Registered Voters: 4,451,969
Total Voting: 1,221,738
Voter Turnout: 27.44 %

T M Kaine
Democratic
624,912
51.15%



J W Kilgore
Republican
569,051
46.58%



H R Potts Jr
Independent
26,703
2.19%



Write Ins
1,072
0.09%


Vote Totals:
1,221,738

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Excerpt from the AP

Here is an exerpt from an Associated Press story printed this morning about both the New Jersey and Virginia governor's races.



"In Virginia, Republican Jerry Kilgore, the former attorney general, is in a too-close-to-call race against Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine for an open seat.

Virginia's harshest ad criticized Kaine, a Roman Catholic, for his opposition to capital punishment. On radio and television, the father of a murder victim tells viewers: "Tim Kaine says Adolf Hitler doesn't qualify for the death penalty. This was one of the worst mass murderers in modern times."

Kaine, a former criminal defense attorney who had suggested to a panel of newspaper reporters that he wouldn't favor executing Hitler, Josef Stalin or Idi Amin, fired back with an ad pledging to carry out death sentences "because it's the law."

The death penalty, property taxes and immigration dominated debate in Virginia, which has voted more and more Republican in recent years — even while current Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, barred by law from seeking a second term, holds soaring approval ratings."

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Potluck Dinner with Virginia's candidates for office

This evening, I had the opportunity to listen to the Democratic candidates for state office. Afterwards, I got to meet and greet with the candidates before they left for another rally.

I met with:

Tim Kaine
Leslie Byrne
Creigh Deeds

and other notables:

Governor Mark Warner
Former Governor Linwood Holton
Representative Rick Boucher
Delegate Joe Johnson
State Senator Phillip Puckett

I had a wonderful 10 minute conversation with Governor Warner about the Kaine campaign, and his tenure as governor himself. He declined to talk about hopes for running for president in 2008, but said, "We'll just have to wait and see."

Tim Kaine was very busy meeting with the other approximately 200 people at the dinner. I did have time to tell him that he knew my best friend, Neal Osborne (Neal 2028), from a Democratic rally in Wytheville. He remembered and was pleased to know that people my age were getting involved in the political process so early.

I had the time for individual pictures with Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, and Creigh Deeds. Overall, I believe the night went very well. Once I get the pictures developed and onto a CD, I'll upload them to my blog. But for now, I leave you with the memories of another Democratic-ruled night. Good night and God Bless!

Welcome to Virginia Left Wing!

Here is the first of many posts on the NEWEST Virginia Democratic blog.

Please remember to vote on November 8th!

Virginia Governor's Race Remains Virtual Deadlock

The latest Mason-Dixon poll has Democrat Tim Kaine with a one-point lead over Republican Jerry Kilgore. But with the poll's margin of error- ±4 percentage points- the race remains deadlocked going into the last few days.

Last month, the Mason-Dixon poll had Kaine 2 percentage points behind. Here are the numbers broken down:
Tim Kaine (D) - 45%
Jerry Kilgore (R) - 44%
Russell Potts (I) - 4%
Undecided - 6%

Margin of error - ±4%

Poll conducted November 1, 2005 to November 2, 2005, polling 625 likely voters.


It seems to me that the Kilgore campaign is faultering. Today, there is a Democratic Rally and Potluck Supper at Abingdon High School, beginning at 5:00. Featured guests will be Tim Kaine, Leslie Byrne, Creigh Deeds, Governor Mark Warner, 9th District Representative Rick Boucher, and others. I urge to public to come out to support the Democratic candidates as they turn into the home stretch.

Friday, November 04, 2005

 

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