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.


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, I now have a shorter web address to shorten the

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 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

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 email list. Campaign Launched in Response to New House Legislation

The coalition, an alliance of over 100 grassroots organizations, has launched a new campaign called 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!

More information:

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

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:

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)
  • Technorati search
  • Google Web Search and "Virginia Left Wing" blog search
  • Site Feeds brought to you by Feedburner
  • Comments now open inline instead of in a popup box for those with popup blockers who wish to view comments

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


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

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!

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!

-- 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 for more


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