VIRGINIA STATE AND LOCAL NEWS
Jan. 1, 2018: FBI Raids the Virginia Home of Sean Andrew Duncan, an ISIS Supporter who stated that he attempted to join ISIS in Syria and shared bomb-making instructions with a woman currently in international custody.
Duncan lived in Sterling, Virginia, about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., which is home to a large Muslim community. According to an Instagram post by Duncan, he converted to Islam at age 17 and moved to the area from Pittsburgh this past June.
Thankfully, Duncan wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, because according to the FBI's affidavit filed in the case, he made himself quite easy to find.
Investigators say he identified himself on Twitter as "@DwlahtulIslaam", which translated in Arabic means "The Islamic State", and his account was registered under a phone number listed in his real name.
In addition, the aforementioned woman held in international custody was seeking to lighten her sentence by becoming an informant, and readily shared information on Duncan who -- according to her -- shared ISIS-related material with her and expressed his support for an ISIS spokesman who called for Muslims to conduct terror attacks in their own homelands.
Dec. 12: First the bad news -- In a lame-brained push to dumb-down Virginia's children, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive directive allowing teachers to begin teaching with lesser academic credentials.
Of course, it's arguable that aspiring educators must earn an undergraduate degree in another subject area before enrolling in a teacher prep program, which usually requires a fifth year.
But then again, perhaps higher teaching credentials are the sole reasons that Virginia ranks No. 13 in U.S. News' Best States for Pre-k-12 ranking, with some of the highest ACT scores and National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.
We believe that all children deserve the best chances to succeed, but not everyone is hardworking enough to become an effective teacher, and thus, we bemoan the dismissal of undergraduate degrees that help separate the the wheat from the chaff.
But there is some good news regarding Terrence McAuliffe: Nearly ten years ago, McAuliffe teamed up with Chinese businessman Charles Wang to start GreenTech Automotive — and hired Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, to promote the company to foreign investors.
On Nov. 7, 2017, the State of Mississippi sued GreenTech to recover $6 million in taxpayer funds and seek forfeiture of the land provided for the never-realized car factory in Tunica County.
That lawsuit is a follow-up to a May 2013 investigation opened by the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate GreenTech for its participation in the “cash-for-visas” EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program, through which it received approximately $46 million in foreign capital, according to The Washington Post.
But why that's horrible news for McAuliffe is this: In return for huge investments made by non-American citizens, McAuliffe arranged for them to be moved to the front of the immigration line. And now, a group of Chinese investors is suing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the brother of Hillary Clinton, saying they were defrauded of $17 million in a cash-for-green card “scam”.
Not something a presidential aspirant wants hanging around his neck, and we'd be happy if this millstone helps disqualify McAuliffe from his 2020 White House Bid.
Dec. 19: Nationwide, nearly 200 mayors resent a letter to Congress urging members to include amnesty for Dreamers in the must-pass by Dec. 22 spending bill.
Egregious as it is to assume that Dreamers should do nothing to earn citizenship, we found out -- courtesy of numbersusa.com -- that at least three of those mayors hail from Virginia's commonwealth:
Mayor McKinley L. Price DDS, Newport News, Virginia
Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, Virginia
Mayor Allison Silberberg, Alexandria, Virginia
According to numbersusa.com, "This is the second time the mayors have sent the letter to Congress. They first sent it back in October, shortly after the Trump Administration stopped approving applications for Pres. Obama's unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty. The letter goes beyond asking for an amnesty for the 700,000 DACA recipients, however, and urges Congress to pass an amnesty for all Dreamers. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that an amnesty for all Dreamers would go to roughly 3 million illegal aliens".
Nov. 10: If you didn't vote the GOP ticket for Gillespie, Vogel, and Adams Nov. 7, then shut the (bleep) up.
First off, we'll admit being more than a tad peeved after hearing some of our conservative friends -- who didn't bother to vote -- complain about Virginia's election outcome. But even worse, others invoked the flimsy justification of 'principle' as their excuse for not voting, and are thus deserving of special awards.
No matter how 'principled' they deem their motivations to be for not supporting "Enron Ed", or the establishment's favorite, Jill Vogel, we'd like to remind them: Turnout is everything, and instead of discarding the practical for the perfect, their votes might have eventually prevented ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
By staying home on election day, or writing-in 'Mickey Mouse', etc. at the polls, they helped Democrats to again secure the three highest offices in our Commonwealth, and perhaps, helped doom conservatism in Virginia entirely.
We know that Northam will continue Gov. McAuliffe's tireless quest to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians by attempting to find end-runs around our General Assembly to do so. Couple that with a diminished GOP majority in Virginia's House, plus AG Herring's re-election, and the likelihood of Medicaid expansion increases exponentially.
And, yes, there was a record voter turn-out on both sides, the highest in 20 years, but the Democrats just turned out more, and you 'principled conservatives' .... did not.
Make of that what you will, but for Donald Trump and Corey Stewart supporters who couldn't bring themselves to vote 'as a matter of principle', and others who just didn't bother, you deserve a special award for for shafting us all. Congratulations.
Nov. 8: ABC again misleads readers by declaring a "repudiation of Trumpism" in Virginia after Democrats (again) win races for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General.
At best, that's wishful thinking by ABC, since Virginia chose Hillary Clinton for President by five points in 2016, so voters didn't choose Trump to begin with.
Besides, Dems held all three state offices since 2014 -- well before Trump became an item -- including AG Mark Herring who ran again as an incumbent.
As we see it, Virginia's voters merely repeated their (poor) three choices from prior elections, and we won't fault liberals for taking a victory lap, but will call shenanigans on ABC's duplicitous claim.
However, times are changing, and as populations in Virginia's largest cities increase, the less voice Virginia's rural areas have regarding who governs them. Virginia is bathed in a sea of GOP red, but with the majority of her liberal population concentrated in large cities, more-or-less twenty percent of her landmass decides statewide elections.
Perhaps it's best we not make that statement without visual evidence, so we'll include the election map below from 2016's general election, then lick our wounds and move on.
Sept. 14: University of Virginia's President Teresa Sullivan condemned students protesting the one-month anniversary of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville:
Sullivan stated in an email to alumni, "As part of this demonstration, they shrouded the Jefferson statue, desecrating ground that many of us consider sacred. I strongly disagree with the protesters’ decision to cover the Jefferson statue".
Signs were placed on a tarp-covered Jefferson reading "Black Lives Matter — F—k White Supremacy, “Thomas Jefferson is a racist and a rapist”.
We applaud UVA's President for making her unambiguous statement condemning these wannabe social media stars, although we're fairly certain that many of her colleagues advised her otherwise.
Still, there was much at stake for the college because we're positive that many of UVA's monetary donors would never afford the college another '(bleeping) cent' if this behavior continued unabated or unchallenged.
This realization likely factored into Sullivan's wise decision to condemn these squeaky miscreants, of which we'd like to ask: If you hate UVA so much, why did you come? Was it because Mommy and Daddy wanted you to attend this university ranked in the top 25 nationally?
And of UVA's President Sullivan, we'd query this: Of the defilers whose faces are clearly discernible in the above picture as they "desecrate sacred ground", will they be subjected to academic reprimand? If not, her words ring hollow.
Sept. 9: As Virginia's only ObamaCare insurer reduces it's participation after incurring huge financial losses, 70,000 Virginians risk having no healthcare policy next year.
Optima Health CEO's figured that after Anthem, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare withdrew from Virginia's ObamaCare market after losing millions of dollars, Optima would stay in as the sole provider, and therefore make a killing.
However, as reported by CNN Money, that didn't work out, and Optima's exiting a large portion of Virginia: "48 counties and 15 cities are at risk of having no choices ... That's nearly one in five of the state's residents residents enrolled in Obamacare policies this year".
But it gets even better for those 'fortunate' Virginia areas that Optima continues covering: It is also raising rates, though the majority of its enrollees won't feel it since they receive federal subsidies. However, the 30% who don't qualify for assistance will see their premiums skyrocket nearly 82% on average.
Not only couldn't we keep our plans and doctors as Obama promised, nor has coverage become more affordable, we can't keep our ObamaCare plans, either.
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July 18: After squandering millions in taxpayer dollars on a months-long wasted effort to tie President Trump to the Kremlin, Virginia's Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Warner promises more of the same.
Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, indicated July 16 on CBS' "Face The Nation" that Trump was involved in a covert Russian cyber effort which cost Hillary the Presidency. And somehow, Warner thinks we'll believe that Trump and his inner circle were responsible for this joke:
"Well, we do know that there was a series of Russian trolls, paid individuals, who worked for the Russian services that were trying to interfere and put fake news out. We also know they created what's called bots. In effect, internet robots that actually could interfere as well".
Warner also stated more-than one month earlier on the same CBS program that "We have no smoking gun" regarding the Democrats' efforts to produce President Trump's alleged Kremlin ties. Even then, the Democrats had been beating that dead horse for eight months, yet Warner vowed to continue spreading 'fertilizer' (and squandering millions of taxpayer dollars) in hopes that something would grow from it. And so it has: Americans distrust of the Democrat Party that cost Hillary the election in the first place.
According to a recent Bloomberg National Poll taken nine months after the election (and with Trump supposedly floundering in the polls), Americans still view Hillary less favorably than Trump.
One could say "the proof's in the pudding", so rather than gritting our teeth over this current expedition to slime another Republican President, we should relish every precious moment as Dems stake their political survival on imaginary boogeymen. We predict that their plan will soon hit the wall, so grab a cool drink and enjoy the show -- it's going to be "Yuge".
May 30: Thousands of foreigners who are not U.S. citizens are registered to Vote (and are voting) in Virginia, and thanks to Virginia's premier political blog, The Bull Elephant, we discovered some disturbing news:
"A new report released today documents that in Virginia alone, 5,556 voter registrations were cancelled because of citizenship defects. Many of those cancelled had gotten on the voter rolls despite saying on their voter registration form that they were an alien and not eligible to vote. Voter history records also show that many thousands of ballots were cast by registrants removed for citizenship defects ...
"The report, entitled Alien Invasion II: The Sequel to the Discovery and Cover Up of Non-Citizen Registration and Voting in Virginia, notes that the 5,556 removed for citizenship defects in Virginia are only the tip of the iceberg. These 5,556 were only caught by accident after each told a state agency of his or her alien status after previously registering to vote. Had they never provided an inconsistent answer to citizenship status, they never would have been detected".
We recommend that readers digest the entire article at the highlighted Bull Elephant link above, but advise all who are plagued with high blood pressure to take their meds beforehand.
May 13: We've made it no secret that Trump's Presidential demeanor hasn't impressed us yet, but we're irate about GOP RINOs throwing stumbling blocks in his path for the sole purpose of wooing Democrat voters.
It just so happens that Barbara Comstock represents Virginia's 10th District in the U.S. House (which happens to be our District), and to put it mildly, she's outdone some of the GOP establishment's old guard in licking Democrat's boots for liberal votes come election time.
Hence, one would need to have his political blinders expertly fitted not to see what Comstock's intentions are while siding with Democrats in calling for "an independent investigation into Donald Trump's ties to Russia".
We're sounding akin to a broken record when it comes to Comstock and her turncoat tendencies, but there was a day we supported her, because conventional wisdom dictated that a RINO on a bad day was better than any Democrat on a good day.
Our bad, for Comstock went on to vote often with Democrats against "must pass" GOP legislation, and voted frequently with liberals to pass legislation that, for instance, was key to upholding Obama's illegal alien amnesty, and even against repealing ObamaCare.
We gave her a pass when she denounced Trump as the GOP's nominee (because we supported other candidates), but once he won the Oval Office, we drew the line when she continued –– through word and deed –– to impede his Presidency, because she is, above all, a "Republican U.S. House Majority Member". And, although she may not like him –– a concept we at Frankly Conservative intricately understand –– the GOP must appear stronger than it's Democrat adversary.
To make a long story short, we're done with this RINO, and we'll admit our mistake in believing she might even be slightly better than a Democrat. And to Rep. Comstock and/or her staffers who may eventually read this, we blow you all a reverberating raspberry.
May 6: As the old saying goes, one can rely on two things –– death and taxes –– but perhaps we should make that three: In order for liberals to make any compelling argument in their favor, they must lie, which brings us to the current GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare.
To hear some of Virginia's high-powered libs tell it, that effort will lead to millions of people losing their healthcare insurance, and –– as a result –– "people will die".
Readers no doubt know where this is going, for it was Democrats who passed ObamaCare without one single Republican vote, which resulted in millions of Americans losing their healthcare coverage. One of those miscreants was our very own U.S. Senator, Mark Warner, who promised that he'd never vote for a bill that caused Virginians to lose insurance they liked. (Warner cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare in March 2010, and you can watch the video of him here promising Virginians that he'd do otherwise).
However, when mega-insurer Aetna announced it was leaving Virginia's ObamaCare market after "citing $200 million or more in anticipated losses this year on individual products". That prompted Warner and his fellow Democrat U.S. Senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine to issue this misleading statement laying blame on Republicans: Aetna’s decision to leave Virginia “shows the real-life consequences” of President Donald Trump “playing politics with health care, and unfortunately Virginians will be the ones paying the price for his actions”.
Total BS, because even before Trump became President, ObamaCare insurers began quitting the exchanges after losing hundreds of millions of dollars. For instance, Aetna, the nation's fourth-largest health insurer, announced in August 2016 (which was three months before Trump was elected) that it decided to stop offering plans on Obamacare's exchanges in all but four states in 2017. The firm says that it was losing roughly $300 million per year on these policies.
It's now officially tabulated how badly Democrats shafted Americans: According to the Congressional Budget Office, The Affordable Care act failed miserably to deliver on its ultimate promise of making sure that more people had health insurance.
Based on the CBO's best estimates -- and using its own collected data, Obamacare actually reduced the number of people with private health insurance. But how bad is it?
"It would appear that a net 9 million people have lost their private health plans, thanks to Obamacare—with a net 5 million people having lost employer-based plans and a net 4 million people having lost individually purchased plans".
But, the whiner of the day award goes to Virginia's Democrat Governor, Terrence McAuliffe for this fine piece of theatrical obfuscation regarding the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill: "People will die if this becomes the law of the land. And these people think it's a party? They think this is something fun? There is nothing fun about it".
A contraire, Gov. Mcauliffe: Watching some of the worse parts of ObamaCare stripped away is more fun than we ever imagined, but to hypocritically claim that it will cause folks to die because they'll be losing their health insurance? Go (bleep) yourself.
March 29: Failed Democrat Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) fabricates lies to justify his vote against Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
According to The Hill, Sen. Kaine said of the matter: "After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I've observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases involving a woman's right to make her own decisions about her health," Kaine said in a statement. "Judge Gorsuch's selective activism in restricting women's rights and his framing of women making their own health decisions as 'the wrongdoing of others' are jarring and do not demonstrate a philosophy that belongs on the Supreme Court," he continued.
"I will oppose his nomination."
Well, that might be dandy if there was truth in Kaine's statement, but as the studious folks at bizpackreview noted -- along with many others -- "Sen. Tim Kaine is not only opposing the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, he attempted to smear the Supreme Court nominee in a false statement".
What? You're not surprised that Timmy is a bald-faced liar who his hometown newspaper -- The Richmond Times Dispatch -- took to task for also being a flat-out misogynist? The RTD slammed Kaine for posing 'sexist' questions to Trump's Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos: “After all, a woman does not stop being an independent person when she gets married. She still does her own thinking, and need not subordinate her opinions to those of her husband. In fact, it seems rather sexist to imply otherwise”.
If Kaine had been a Republican, he' be tarred and feathered by the press, but if the press held liberals accountable for lying and sexist comments, Hades would freeze over.
March 24: McAuliffe breaks record for most vetoes by a Virginia Governor. According to The Washington Post, "Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed more bills than any governor in Virginia history, a testament to the ideological gap between the Democratic chief executive and the Republican-controlled legislature at a time of increasingly partisan tensions in national politics . . . Of the 880 bills that landed on his desk this year, he has signed 671 but vetoed 18: cutting support for Planned Parenthood, imposing more requirements on voter registration, restricting absentee voting and expanding access to handguns. Most of those he had promised to veto or had vetoed similar measures".
So unless we've missed something, McAuliffe is a typical liberal using his office as an arm of Left-wing political activism, and it's up to Virginia's voters to change that.
March 8: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine's son, Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, was arrested Saturday, March 4 on suspicion of second-degree riot, a felony, during the "March 4 Trump" rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to The Virginian-Pilot, "The youngest son of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was among six people arrested over the weekend during a rally for President Donald Trump in Minnesota that turned chaotic when counter-protesters set off fireworks, lit a smoke bomb and sprayed a chemical irritant into the crowd.Four other people at the rally were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot, and another was brought in for disorderly conduct".
We at Frankly Conservative have little to add, save that a sniveling snot-nosed punk like little Linwood came by his sophomoric temper-tantrum behaviour honestly: It was inherited from his sniveling snot-nosed Democrat daddy, Tim Kaine, who told Hillary supporters to "fight, fight, fight in the street against Trump". With that said, perhaps Tim Kaine should be charged for inciting a riot.
March 5: U.S. Supreme Court scraps case on transgender bathroom rights.
The Supreme Court vacated a lower court’s ruling in favor of a Virginia transgender student after the Trump administration withdrew Obama's (illegal?) administration's guidance to public schools about a controversial bathroom policy.
The justices said in a brief order that they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys' bathroom in her Virginia school.
For Grimm, the order means that she probably will graduate with the issue unresolved and her ability to use the boys' bathroom blocked by a policy of the Gloucester County school board.
Although she won a court order allowing her to use the boys' bathroom, the Supreme Court put it on hold last August, before the school year began.
The case had been scheduled for argument in late March. Instead, a lower court in Virginia will be tasked with evaluating the federal law known as Title IX and the extent to which it applies to transgender students.
Feb. 28: Gov. McAuliffe Vetoes a Bill to investigate discrepancies in Virginia's Voter Rolls.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, "Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would require investigations of jurisdictions in the state whose voter rolls contain more registered voters than citizens who are eligible to vote. The bill, first introduced by Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, was prompted by a report that shed light on eight Virginia counties that had more registered voters on their voter rolls than eligible voters".
Common sense, right? Regardless, McAuliffe's office posted on the official Virginia Gubernatorial website that that his veto was something akin to battling racism: "By requiring 133 individual general registrars to conduct an investigation of voters under undefined standards, this bill raises serious constitutional questions. It could expose eligible and properly registered Virginians to the risk of improper disenfranchisement".
Or as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes McAuliffe's use of wording to imply that he's battling racism:
dis·en·fran·chise \ˌdis-in-ˈfran-ˌchīz\ : transitive verb : to deprive of a franchise, of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote disenfranchised minorities disenfranchising the poor and elderly.
Feb. 13: As it seems, there are few liberal federal judges who actually understand what their job entails, which is interpreting laws, not grandstanding by making decisions based on political ideology. From a CBS/AP article titled "Judge grants injunction barring travel ban implementation in Virginia", we learn that "A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban’s constitutionality".
Here's the judge's constitutional challenge goes astray of facts: According to her, "Trump’s promises during the campaign to implement what came to be known as a “Muslim ban” provide evidence that the current executive order unconstitutionally targets Muslims in violation of the First Amendment".
However, Trump's order wasn't about racism, because it specifically targeted terrorists -- not Muslims, or as Denise C. McAllister penned while writing for The Federalist: "First, war on another continent and concern about enemy spies infiltrating the ranks of refugees are not the same as the risks of importing terrorism and jihadists from the unvetted regions of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, who are intent on killing us here at home . . . In Germany, migrants were linked to 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, and another report shows that refugees committed 92,000 more crimes in 2015 than they had the year before, showing an increase of criminal activity with the influx of immigrants and refugees into the country".
For now, we side with Trump on his travel ban, and likewise on his premise that -- should a terrorist attack occur on U.S. soil -- we should blame these Leftist federal judges.
Feb. 4: Jeanine Martin, owner-editor of Virginia's premier political blog, The Bull Elephant, has urgently asked all to "please help" in preserving lives of the unborn: "Delegate Dave Albo (R-Fairfax) is chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee. He has unilaterally made the decision to kill all bills related to abortion including Delegate Dave LaRock’s pain capable bill, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks".
Most pointedly, Mrs. Martin addresses an obvious folly: "It is outrageous that one man, Delegate Albo, can make such a decision. Let the other delegates know how you feel. Times is of essence, the bills are to be discussed on Friday night [Feb. 3] or over the weekend [Feb. 4 - 5]" . . .
"If you have a problem with Delegate Albo refusing to allow a vote on Delegate Dave LaRock’s bill, please tell the delegates on the Courts of Justice Committee. Their names and contact information can be found here".
We wholeheartedly agree with Mrs. Martin's assessment and ask our pro-life Virginia readers to lend a hand.
Here's why Democrats can't have nice things like the White House, Congressional majorities, or even majorities in state legislative bodies: After having their butts kicked in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, they're still convinced that women voters' main concern is a woman's right to abortion on demand. According to WTVR.com, Virginia House Democrats -- "in an effort to protect and expand women’s health care in Virginia" -- introduced three bills to ensure easier access to abortion: "Introduced by Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-Herndon), the Whole Women’s Health Act (HB 2186) provides that a woman has a fundamental right to a lawful abortion and forbids statutes that may place a burden on this access. The bill would eliminate all the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, that are required for a woman’s informed written consent to an abortion.
Although we do not condone abortions, we're dead-set against removing any measures to insure women's safety during those procedures, especially ultrasonography. Having said that, here's something that those Democrats should read from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 94 cites that "In the United States, ectopic pregnancies account for 2% of all first-trimester pregnancies and 6% of all pregnancy related deaths; it is the leading cause of maternal death in the first trimester". Ectopic pregnancies occur when fetuses form outside of the uterus, i.e., a "tubal pregnancy", and although blood and urine tests can detect pregnancies, they cannot positively differentiate between ectopic and normal pregnancies. Without ultrasonography, abortion providers might mistake thickened uterine tissue for fetal tissue, and at that point, the risk of internal hemorrhaging and death increases dramatically for the woman. We've spoken with one Ob.Gyn. who's performed her share of life-saving emergency surgeries on women with "missed abortions" due to overlooked ectopic pregnancies, and the description wasn't pretty.
How odd it seems for murders who -- after brutally savaging, torturing, and killing their victims in the most heinous inhumane ways -- plea for stays of execution based on the notion that death inducing drugs are "inhumane". Yes, we're smirking as well, and in the case of one Ricky Gray on Virginia's death row who was denied a stay of execution by Virginia's Supreme Court, we applaud the Court's decision. Here's some background from The Washington Post, and from the looks of it, Gray is nothing short of an irredeemable mass murderer of eight:
"Gray has admitted that, with help from his nephew Ray Dandridge, he beat his wife to death with a lead pipe and dumped her body on a hill in Washington, Pa. in October 2005. Three months later, on New Year’s Eve, they attacked Ryan Carey as he walked from his car to his parents’ home in Arlington, stabbing him multiple times, according to Gray’s confession. Carey ran into the home and survived, but he permanently lost the use of his right arm. The next day, as the Harvey family in Richmond prepared for its New Year’s Day party, Gray and Dandridge entered their home through an unlocked door. They brought Kathryn, Bryan, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby to the basement, tied them up and taped their mouths closed. After ransacking the house, Gray cut every family member’s throat. He bludgeoned them with claw hammers. Then he poured two bottles of wine over an easel and lit a match, setting the basement on fire. The men left with some electronics, a wedding ring and a plate of homemade cookies. The scene was so awful that when homicide detectives arrived, they cried. Gray and Dandridge say 21-year-old Ashley Baskerville helped them target the Harveys and hide after the murders. A week later, they planned to attack Baskerville’s mother and stepfather. They were bound, stabbed, then gagged and suffocated in their home. So was Baskerville, who Gray reportedly complained was nagging him for money".
From James Madison University in Virginia: 21-year-old computer science student Zachary Shames -- who won a Programmer of the Year Award in high school and made JMU's 2015 dean's list -- has admitted selling computer-hacking key-logging malware out of his college dorm room. According to theregister.co.uk, "Zachary Shames, an undergraduate at James Madison University in Virginia, US, pleaded guilty in a federal district court to one count of aiding and abetting computer intrusions. His plea was accepted by Judge Liam O’Grady . . . Now he faces up to 10 years in the clink . . . According to the Eastern Virginia district attorney's office, Shames was responsible for developing and selling more than 3,000 copies of a key-logger program called Limitless Logger that was used to infect at least 16,000 machines. Shames went onto hacker forums to tout his $25 keystroke-logging spyware, which once installed on a victim's computer recorded passwords and other sensitive information. The malicious code attempted to encrypt itself to hide from antivirus packages, and logged keypresses were siphoned off to a website called limitlessproducts.org.". When one considers that Shames' profited $75,000 by selling his program to more than 3,000 other hackers who infected 16,000 machines, and if each hacker profited a possible conservative estimate of $5,000 from stolen bank account and credit card info, we're talking $1.5 million robbed from innocent people. However stiff the possible 10-year sentence for Shames may sound, when one considers the seriousness and maliciousness of his offense, and how much money was stolen which can never be returned, 10 years isn't unreasonable.
As reported by The Washington Post, Virginia lawmaker, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), "filed a bill to regulate transgender people’s use of restrooms in schools, at highway rest stops and in other government buildings [that] requires school principals to notify a parent if a student asks to be treated as a member of the opposite sex — whether by being allowed to use a different bathroom or being addressed by a different name or pronoun." Of course, liberals seem determined to define sex by what's between one's ears, not legs -- a topic too irresistible to resist for Virginia's liberal (idiot) Governor, Terrence McAuliffe. Despite Del. Marshall's intent to deny male sexual predators access to girl's and women's private facilities, Gov. McAuliffe "signed an executive order [immediately afterward] that prohibits state employees, contractors and subcontractors from discrimination against people based on their gender identity and sexual orientation". Now, for all those liberals out there prepared to dub Del. Marshall a homophobic bigot, read these stories, then contact Gov. McAuliffe to inform him of his monstrous error:
1) In 2009, a sex offender named Richard Rendler was arrested for wearing fake breasts and a wig while loitering in a women’s restroom in a Campbell, California, shopping center. Rendler had previously been arrested on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure.
2) In 2010, Berkeley police arrested Gregorio Hernandez. Hernandez had disguised himself as a woman on two separate occasions to get inside a UC Berkeley locker room. Once in the locker room, Hernandez allegedly used his cell phone to photograph women.
3) In 2013, Jason Pomare was arrested for cross-dressing in order to gain access to the women’s restroom at a Macy’s department store in Palmdale, California. Pomare snuck a video camera in to secretly videotape women while they used the restroom.
4) In 2014, Christopher Hambrook—who faked being a transgender person named Jessica—was jailed in Toronto, Canada. Hambrook preyed on women at two Toronto shelters, and had previously preyed on other women and girls as young as 5 years old to as old as 53. Hambrook’s case in particular shows the importance of protecting the privacy and safety of some of our most vulnerable citizens: the homeless and others who seek emergency shelter. And yet, the Obama administration recently proposed a rule that would impose a “gender identity” mandate here as well.
5) In 2015, two spying instances were recorded in Virginia—one at a mall and one at a Wal-Mart. Both instances involved a man in women’s clothing who used a mirror and camera to take pictures of a mother and her 5-year-old daughter and a 53-year-old woman while they were in neighboring restroom stalls. The suspect wore a pink shirt and a long wig to present himself as a woman.
6) In 2016, a man used a women’s locker room at a public swimming pool in Washington state to undress in front of young girls who were changing for swim practice. When Seattle Parks and Recreation staff asked him to leave, the man claimed that “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.” The man was apparently referring to a Washington state rule that allows individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. However, the man made no attempt to present as a woman.
The mayor of Fairfax City, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., has been arrested on suspicion of providing methamphetamine for sex. Oh, this wasn't just any old sex, it was sex of the homosexual nature, and it's complicated: We'd like to ask readers if they can discern Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne's political affiliation by reading this write-up on the matter by liberals at The Huffington Post, but if the answer remains illusive, don't feel bad: We needed to search a few liberal publications before one of them -- The Washington Post, properly identified Mayor Silverthorne as a (wait for it . . .) Democrat. Of course, they buried that over half way through the story in hopes that readers would miss it, but we can assure you that -- if Mayor Silverthorne had been a Republican -- you'd have seen that in the headline, the first sentence, and likely, a dozen more times before the article concluded. Now, we do understand that Silverthorne's life took an ugly turn beforehand with his neck-cancer diagnosis, a home foreclosure, and him filing for bankruptcy. Having said that, bad things sometimes happen to good people, but that doesn't explain how offering meth for sex would help get him back on his feet. However, if he's been a meth addict for quite some time, perhaps it does explain how bad things unnecessarily happen to good people.
Okay . . . Everyone who loves going to the Division of Motor Vehicles for any reason, please raise your hand. Anyone? No? Well, neither did Nick Stafford, who decided to make a point by paying the sales tax on two cars by pushing five wheelbarrows carrying a total of 300,000 pennies into the DMV at Lebanon, Virginia. According to The Bristol Herald Courier, Mr. Stafford used those 300,000 pennies to pay sales tax on two cars, and by his own admission, Stafford planned to "inconvenience" the DMV by delivered 1,600 pounds of change, consisting of mostly pennies. As it seems, he was miffed after Lebanon DMV employees refused to provide him direct phone numbers to other DMV offices after he'd being rerouted multiple times to multiple dead-ends after trying to register those two cars. (Sound familiar to anyone?) Still, it sounds as if Mr. Stafford exacted his revenge, and quite handily: "One might feel bad for the Lebanon DMV employees, who chose to count the coins by hand. But Stafford is within his legal right. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, "United States coins and currency are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes and dues” under the Coinage Act of 1965".
In their rush to discredit any claim made by any Republican, liberal fact checkers intentionally skew the truth, and often lie. However, when Donald Trump asserted that "A shocking 20 veterans are committing suicide each and every day, especially our older veterans", liberal fact checkers deemed the Trumpster to be absolutely correct. Politifact Virginia rated his statement 100% true, which makes us wonder why, since that really makes Obama look 100% bad. Obama has been promising since before he was was elected in 2008 to fix the Veterans Administration so that vets could get the services they so desperately need, but findings released July 11, 2016 tell us this: "The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Monday that it failed to contact tens of thousands of the more than 800,000 veterans who have applications for health care pending, nearly 300,000 of whom died before getting a resolution". Perhaps a significant portion of those suicidal older veterans had reached their wit's end due to Obama's empty promises, and Hillary would be no better.
If you're an American citizen planning to join ISIS, perhaps you'd best think twice. A northern Virginia man caught in a government sting trying to join the Islamic State group has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Farrokh of Woodbridge was sentenced July 6, 2016 in federal court in Alexandria. He is one of about a half-dozen men from the region arrested this year on terror-related charges arising from government sting operations. According to The Richmond Times Dispatch, "Farrokh was arrested in January at Richmond International Airport, where he intended to begin a trip to Jordan and eventually Syria. He bought his tickets out of Richmond because he believed his travel plans would face less scrutiny at a smaller airport. He had discussed his plans with people he thought were Islamic State facilitators but who were actually informants on a government sting operation".
From coast to coast, Nov. 3, 2015 was another awful day for Democrats as conservatives scored big victories, and it was no different in Virginia: Republicans held onto the Virginia Senate in fiercely contested elections Tuesday, leaving Gov. Terry McAuliffe without legislative leverage or political momentum as he works to deliver Virginia for his friend and ally Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016. "The outcome was a blunt rebuke to McAuliffe (D), who had barnstormed the state with 24 events over the past four days and who portrayed the elections as a make-or-break moment for his progressive agenda". Despite the record-breaking millions of dollars spent by Governor McAuliffe, his allies and out-of-state PACs, Virginians decided to keep our General Assembly in Republican hands, which is exactly where it belongs.
We shouldn't lament sending murders to prison if they're guilty, but when prosecutors knowingly charge innocent persons with capital murder, and lie in court to get convictions, we have a problem. This is the story of former Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Close, and his overreaching capital murder prosecution and the resultant conviction of then 19-year old Michael Hash. As it were, Hash was arrested, although there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, so Close cut a deal with an "experienced jailhouse informant". In return for this informant's testimony that he'd heard Hash confess to murder, Close agreed to reduce this informant's sentence from fifteen years to only five. Sadly enough, and based on false testimony from this "experienced informant", Hash spent the next 12 years in prison, and when the truth finally came out in 2012, Hash was released by a U.S. District judge. And what did ex-Commonwealth's Attorney Close receive for zealously chalking up another conviction by knowingly stealing 12 years of an innocent man's life? "A public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar". We at Frankly Conservative believe there are crimes worse than murder, and false imprisonment hits the top of our list, because it does the same thing as murder, but worse - it not only robs persons of their lives, it destroys their dignity and good name, while placing them in perpetual hell not of their own doing. In this case, "a public reprimand" doesn't scratch the surface for what ex-Commonwealth's Attorney Close should have received, which was a taste of his own medicine -- 12 years worth.
Virginians aren't stupid -- but the GOP establishment is. This early data from Public Policy Polling tells us that "Ken Cuccinelli is the preferred candidate of Republican voters, while Democrats remain largely unsure of whom they would elect in the primaries. When asked whom they would most like to see as the GOP candidate for governor, 37% of those polled choose Cuccinelli, the most popular candidate by a wide margin. Coming in second with 16% is Eric Cantor. Bill Bolling and Ed Gillespie tie for third with 8%, with Mark Obenshain close behind at 7%. 23% of GOP primary voters are still unsure of their favorite candidate, which is quite low compared to their Democratic counterparts." Let's not forget why Cuccinelli lost -- the GOP establishment withheld crucial funding to punish him for forcing their chosen candidate from the race (Bill Bolling - see above, polling in third place), and thereby punished every Virginian. How so? Terrence McAuliffe is now our Governor, and that's a harsh punishment, indeed. If the GOP establishment would act more like adults and less like children, the story would likely have been entirely different, and this new information dovetails with our earlier story directly below.
Has the GOP establishment finally seen the light as to why Republicans keep losing key Virginia elections, or will it be more of the same in 2016? This article from The Washington Examiner makes us wonder if they've learned anything at all, for if one boils it down to the bare bones, the GOP establishment was entirely responsible for allowing Ken Cuccinelli to lose by a mere 2.5 percent to now-Gov. Terrence McAuliffe, and for Ed Gillespie's loss to Mark Warner in the U.S. Senate race by a mere fraction of 1 percent. What many folks don't realize is who holds the purse strings for funding GOP candidates in major elections, and that's the Republican National Committee. To hear the establishment GOP groupies tell it, Cuccinelli and Gillespie lost because they were weak candidates, but that's not the real story: The GOP establishment wanted Cuccinelli to lose, because he was the Tea Party backed candidate who forced the establishment-backed Republican from the race. To punish Cuccinelli, they withheld campaign funds, and to give an example, when ex-Gov. McDonnell had a shoo-in election against his Democrat challenger, the RNC gave McDonnell $9 million. For Cuccinelli, they gave only $3 million, and for Gillespie who courted Tea Party conservatives, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent a piddly $675,000 in Virginia. What conservatives can glean from this is clear: The GOP establishment threw Virginia into Democrat hands merely to punish conservative candidates, which is a sad story for us to tell. Sadder still, they're conniving to make sure that only establishment candidates are on the 2016 roster in the hopes that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner receive a fresh supply of bootlickers. How so? As the Examiner tells us, "The Old Dominion has just decided to pick its Republican presidential candidate via a primary rather than a convention", and a convention is where conservative candidates excel.
ObamaCare sticker shock comes to Virginia . . . again.
ObamaCare rung in the New Year for 2015 by bringing a 9% average increase for ObamaCare policies in Virginia. That average took into account three insurers - WellPoint (8.5% hike for its Anthem HealthKeepers plan), CareFirst Blue Choice (14.9% increase), and Kaiser Foundation (3.3% rate bump). But that was merely peanuts for what's looming in 2016: Aetna wants to charge 59 percent more for one of its small group plans in Virginia, and it's likely that other ObamaCare providers will follow suit. More people will be forced to drop their plans as the Affordable Care Act fails to live up to its namesake, and if you like your present ObamaCare plan, you may not be able to keep that, either.
Cops seize 200 pound of pot at Virginia Mall. According to WDBJ TV, there's going to be some disappointed stoners in our fine Commonwealth and across the fruited plain, because a tip to Virginia State Police led to a massive drug bust at a Roanoke County shopping center. Authorities raided a section of Lamplighter Mall and confiscated some 200 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $1 million. Three people were arrested on trafficking charges for a huge package sent from Arizona that was bound for a recording studio. (Of course, they could claim that it was strictly intended for medicinal use only, and we could claim that Frankly Conservative is a liberal blog, for whatever good that would do.)
Washington Post: "For Virginia's GOP delegation, it's safer to upset leaders than voters". We say 'it's about time' for what the Post calls the "Dave Brat effect", for after he defeated RINO GOP U.S. House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor in Virginia's 7th District primary by 11.1%, other Reps from our Commonwealth were buoyed. That led to "a power vacuum in Virginia’s delegation, it left Republican lawmakers from the commonwealth willing to buck their party’s leaders in order to avoid angering conservatives, Republican strategists say. That fear reflects a division in the state party that has made fundraising difficult and forced the powerful speaker of the state House of Delegates into a primary."
As the Post points out, in regards to three bills presented by the GOP's establishment leadership that would fund Obama's executive amnesty, "Among Virginia [U.S. House] Republicans, only Rep. Barbara Comstock voted in favor of all three bills." (More on RINO Comstock directly below.)
RINO ALERT: First the good news - "WASHINGTON (AP) - Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare." Final passage 228-199, came shortly after Republicans bumped up recommended defense spending to levels proposed by President Barack Obama. Much of the budget's savings would come from Medicaid, food stamps and welfare, programs. NOW THE BAD NEWS: 10th District House Rep. Barbara Comstock voted against it. We can only surmise that she'd be far happier coming out of the closet as a Democrat, but it was far easier getting elected in Virginia's conservative Shenandoah Valley as a Republican. Although details were sketchy, it sounds as if only a true liberal could vote against this powerful legislation.
The advocacy group "Virginia Organizing" marked ObamaCare's fifth anniversary with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” and cupcakes in Richmond. It was a "bittersweet celebration" for this tiny group who lamented that Virginia didn't saddle its taxpayers with the unfunded liability of expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 400,000 people, but here's what we found most noteworthy: Richmond is no small town, and when this ObamaCare advocacy group could only muster six adult supporters on a sixty-five degree sunny day, you get the point.
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Jesse L. Matthew Jr. has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in Albemarle County in the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, the county's commonwealth's attorney said Tuesday. It took awhile, but it looks like Matthew will not only be linked to one abduction style murder, but two. We hope that the families of these poor girls will find some sense of closure, meager solace as it is, and that Matthew gets a fast and speedy trial to bring him his just rewards. What we don't understand is why this monster, having been in trouble multiple times for sexual assault was even walking the streets, and we likewise hope that those in our legal system learned something from this harsh lesson.
Advice to drivers who flee police, crash their vehicle, and need police and firefighters to free them from the wreckage: It's time to come along peacefully. Not so for at least one driver who fled police in Chesterfield, Virginia after a traffic stop for the suspicion of DUI. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, "As the officer approached, the driver accelerated and fled, traveling south on Jefferson Davis Highway. In the ensuing chase the driver lost control of the car on the bridge just north of the intersection of Jefferson Davis and Chester Road. The car rolled several times, trapping the driver inside, police said." After being freed from the wreckage by police and firefighters, the "suspect" began struggling with police, at which time one of the officers used his TASER to subdue the suspect. Unfortunately, the TASER created a spark, and the suspect's clothes immediately caught fire, for they had come in contact with gasoline during the accident. Firefighters quickly distinguished the flames, and the suspect was taken to VCU Medical Center and listed in critical condition, but reports are sketchy as to whether it was the accident, or the flames, or both that put him in that state. Either way, his injuries are due to his own stupidity, but we'll still bet a bunch of money that the suspect will sue the Chesterfield Police Department.
We need more General Assembly members like these 4, and this press release regarding an Amicus Brief filed with Supreme Court of the United States in King v. Burwell, United States Supreme Court, No. 14-114 tells why: "Winchester, VA | 12/29/2014 —Today the firm of William J. Olson, P.C., Attorneys at Law filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Virginia Delegates Mark J. Berg, Bob Marshall, and Dave LaRock and Senator Dick Black in support of a challenge against the Obama Administration's lawlessness in implementing Obamacare." If this challenge to Obamacare succeeds, it could lead to the complete unraveling of the entire law. Millions of people who would otherwise have gotten the illegal subsidies in a Federal Exchange would not receive them, and rates for those remaining in the Exchange would rise, causing increasing numbers of people to drop out. Del. Berg stated:"I will do whatever I can to prevent the Federal government from imposing its lawlessness on the people of Virginia."
State Sen. Adam Ebbin’s proposal to decriminalize use of marijuana in the commonwealth – already probably dead-on-arrival in the General Assembly – has picked up the opposition of a student group, and we applaud them. As reported by INSIDENOVA: "A new video by members of the high school Youth Council of the Unified Prevention Coalition (UPC) of Fairfax County aims to make the case that marijuana is harmful and should not be legalized in Virginia. The “Marijuana Harmless? Think Again” video premiered recently at UPC’s general meeting, as well as a special Northern Virginia Marijuana Prevention Task Force Legislators’ Breakfast, hosted by UPC in conjunction with coalitions from Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William County. The video is now online at UPC’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgauCmaALUA. UPC Youth Council coordinator Sandra Bocharnikov guided the students’ production of the video, which features Youth Council members as well as parent, police, medical professionals and coalition leaders."
After barely winning the election by less than six-tenths of one percent of the vote, Sen. Mark Warner seeks to smooth voter's growing angst against him. Realizing that he nearly had his butt kicked because he voted to support Obama's policies 97 percent of the time, Warner did a 180 afterward, and said of our president's plan to enact executive amnesty for illegals: “Immigration reform needs to happen legislatively” and he was “troubled” by Obama’s plans. Better late than never, but is this just window dressing on Warner's part? We'll see, but only if the GOP plays its cards right: “Republican Leadership, both House and Senate, is playing right into President Obama's hands by even considering passing an omnibus bill to fund the government through September 30, 2015,” Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA’s director of government relations, told Breitbart News. “If Republicans truly intend to do what 74 percent of voters (according to the polling company, Inc.) want them to do, which is to stop Obama's unconstitutional amnesty, they will pass a short-term Continuing Resolution through February, so they can come back next year and defund the amnesty. Otherwise, they are thumbing their noses at the voters who just handed them an overwhelming majority.” Only time will tell if the GOP will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
With a clear and decisive win in Virginia's 7th Congressional District, freshman Congressman Dave Brat is looking to the future. Not only did Dave win by 11.1 percent in the Republican primary against ex-GOP House Majority leader, Eric Cantor, Dave won the general election to represent the 7th with an astounding 61 percent. Not too shabby, and now he offers words of wisdom far beyond his years to his own party: "[What we need to do is] immediately start discussing the meat of these economy-related bills that are coming before us, having the hard economic discussions on the debt, deficits, the unfunded liabilities, taking on Obamacare, and securing the border.” We at Frankly Conservative wish him well, and may our other Virginia Representatives, freshmen or not, follow in his footsteps. By the way, Brat is the only member of Congress to hold a Ph.D in Economics, which perhaps explains why our country has a $18 trillion deficit.
The Washington Post doesn't mind telling lies about Virginia: "About 450,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper identification needed to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections, the Virginia State Board of Elections said Thursday." —The Washington Post, September 25, 2014
But there's just one problem: The Board of Elections didn't say that, and they eventually challenged the Post regarding the numbers, to which the Post published a contraction, stating that the actual figure is 200,000. Regardless, that's still not the true picture: As reported by PJ Media, The Department of Elections provided a “filtered” count to the Washington Post, which "limits the total pool to voters whose last activity (e.g., voter registration, voting) took place during or after the last presidential election. With the filter applied, we’re looking at 93,117 voters, compared to the 457,931 originally reported by the Washington Post." Apparently, The Post remains a political arm for liberal activists who prefer voter fraud over fair elections, so the Post would rather lie twice than tell the truth once.
Virginians should be thanking our General Assembly for squelching Gov. Terrence McAuliffe's Medicaid expansion for good. As it stands, Republicans had one main objection: The fear that the federal government would renege on its promise to reimburse our state if we agreed to expand Medicaid, and perhaps this following story from the Richmond Times Dispatch will justify their actions: "D.C. has contracted with hundreds of Indian tribes to provide medical services on reservations across the country. But then, claiming to be constrained by tight budgets, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service soon began to refuse to pay what they owed. They reneged on the deal not once, but repeatedly — year after year." Common sense dictates that if the federal government would renege on health-care reimbursements to a minority group that represents approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population by claiming that "There is not enough money to go around," there's nothing left to argue. Our General Assembly's fears were well founded, and they made the right decision.
Virginia saw an increase in the number of dangerous criminals last year, thanks in part to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE released 36,000 illegal border crossers with 88,000 criminal convictions into society in 2013, something that's definitely against the law. Due process was to keep them in custody until courts decided their fate, but the law doesn't matter to Obama's administration, especially Attorney General Eric Holder. Just to give you an idea of their offenses, some were murders, rapists, pedophiles, car thieves, drug dealers, arsonists, etc. That's the short list; you name it, they did it, and in Virginia, some were released in Fairfax and Alexandria. Here's a link to an interactive map of the U.S. showing the release locations, and we ask that Virginians not only be cautious, but to contact their Congressmen and make their voices heard. We don't yet know how many illegal alien criminals were released in 2014, but with the recent surge in illegal immigration, last years "catch and release" numbers will likely pale in comparison.
Another of Gov. Terrence McAuliffe's big lies just took a header: "The $2.4 billion shortfall that Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a few weeks ago is vanishing among positive economic news from his own Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown."
Read this great article from Susan Stimpson, which lends credence to the notion that Gov. McAuliffe's push for Medicaid expansion to plug budget shortfalls was misleading. Her report shows that Virginia's coffers are overflowing with cash surpluses, and she suggests that it's time to implement tax cuts. In light of Stimpson's report, we're curious regarding McAuliffes' ordering of state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall that may not even exist. Is Terrence throwing a temper tantrum to punish Virginia because he didn't get his way on ObamaCare Medicaid expansion? We believe so.
A snapshot of crime in Virginia's Capital: To know where we were killed, beaten, robbed, raped, and wronged in Richmond, or how often and by who, this "Crime Almanack" provides answers. Not a pretty picture, but when one considers that there's only one law enforcement officer per every 290 Richmond residents, perhaps the question of "Where's a cop when your need 'em?" is answered.
A group called Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA) that seeks to uncover voter fraud has asked Fairfax County to clean up its voter lists. Fairfax County is Virginia's largest jurisdiction, and if VVA is correct, 15,000 registered Fairfax voters are also registered to vote in Maryland. This will be interesting to watch, since Virginia purged nearly 40,000 improperly registered voters in 2013, despite vigorous Democrat opposition. Under these circumstances, one can only ponder why Dems were opposed then, and what they knew, and if they'll offer the same opposition now.
Fairfax Voter Fraud Update: Election officials verified that at least 17 individuals “appear to have voted in both Fairfax County and various localities in Maryland during the 2012 general election, and in some cases, multiple federal elections over the last decade.” Allow us to suggest that's merely the tip of the iceberg, and more names will likely surface (see previous paragraph). HOWEVER, it now seems as though Va. Attorney Gen. Mark Herring is in control of the investigation, and his office issued this statement: “We will review any evidence and, if further investigation is warranted, will work within our statutory authority with local or federal partners.” Judging that Herring is a Democrat, and feels that voters needing photo ID's at polling places is unconstitutional, we suggest that nothing further will happen.
Virginia taxpayers: Bend over and open your wallets. "Virginia’s Department of Education issued a memo this month reminding its 132 divisions about their obligation to educate all children." Specifically, that means all illegal children, and to make sure our schools complied, Obama's administration sent a memo providing more flexibility on documentation students need to enroll. Stressing that "(illegal) children will be deemed homeless under applicable state and federal law", they don't need any documentation. Presently, over 2,850 illegal children have been placed with sponsors in Virginia, and that number will increase daily. When our tax rates increase to offset the cost, thank Obama and the Democrats.
ObamaCare is costing Virginia school systems big time, and some started outsourcing certain aspects of education to private entities."An increasing number of school divisions around the country are turning to private companies to find substitute teachers, citing the Affordable Care Act as a primary reason." Officials estimated that health care law requirements would have added $2 million to Virginia's Hampton/Newport News school division alone, which is money it didn’t have, and one can only wonder what else Virginia schools will be forced to neglect to accommodate ObamaCare.
Thanks to Gov. McAuliffe's failed plunge into ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, Virginian's now stand 53-41% against it, a reversal since he took office (surveys then showed support 56-38%). We proudly say that McAuliffe hit the wall in the General Assembly, but the traveling dog and pony show of Gov. Terrence McAuliffe continues. We'll most assuredly have another update soon, because the show never ends.
Jan. 5 update: Republican Yancey wins tiebreaker for key Virginia seat; Democrat Simonds says she won't concede.
Dec. 27: Thanks to Virginia's premier political blog, "The Bull Elephant", we've learned something new regarding the race for Virginia's 94th District House seat.
Of course, it's uncanny how during recounts to determine political winners and losers, Republicans always cede votes to their Democrat challengers, but not vice-versa. For those unfamiliar with this particular race, Democrat challenger Shelly Simonds apparently lost by 10 votes to 94th District incumbent David Yancey (R), but then came the recount.
With such a tight win for Yancey (and control of Virginia's House hanging in the balance), Simonds exercised her legal right by demanding that recount. But what made us wonder about the outcome (which took those 10 votes back from Yancey, plus an additional 1 for a tiebreaker) was who did the recounting.
According to TBE, we weren't alone in our concern" "Word around the campfire is that group responsible for recounting the ballots yesterday dismissed the particular [tie-breaking] vote altogether over unscrupulous attention to detail or possible personal leanings".
We felt there may have been some political partiality involved, because after a challenge regarding that discounted vote made it to court, according to TIME, "A three-judge panel certified the 94th District as tied at 11,608 to 11,608".
Now it comes down to a good old fashioned name-drawing tiebreaker, but that's not what whiny-ass Democrat Shelly Simonds has in mind: After she announced plans for a court challenge to stop that recount, Virginia's State Board of Elections postponed the name-drawing.
And there it is: If the Democrats can't win by cheating fair and square, they can always sue.
Nov 30 update: We called it correctly on Nov. 16, since Dems did file for recounts in two Virginia House races, and are contemplating a third challenge.
As reported by The Washington Post, "Democrat Shelly Simonds, who lost to Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News) by 10 votes, filed for a recount in the 94th District. And Democrat Donte Tanner, who lost to Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax County) by 106 votes, is seeking a recount in the 40th District that also includes parts of Prince William county. Virginia House Democrats have more time to decide whether to seek a recount in a third contest, the Frederickburg-area 28th District".
Nov.16: Aren't we tired of Democrats winning elections in courtrooms instead of voting booths? Nothing new there, and in this most recent election where control of Virginia's House hangs in the balance, it's the SOS.
What might tip the balance of power in Democrats' favor is one race for the District 28 seat being vacated by retiring House speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). As it stands now, Republican Robert Thomas leads Democrat Joshua Cole by 82 votes. And that's where the skullduggery begins:
According to The Washington Post, "the U.S. Postal Service delivered 55 absentee ballots to Stafford County Registrar Greg Riddlemoser.The ballots, which arrived at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, were 15 hours too late. Under state law, they needed to arrive by 7 the night before — the hour polls closed — to be counted in a tight delegate race that could determine whether Republicans hang on to power in the lower chamber".
We might suppose that Riddlemoser is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, since he theorized that conspirators in the Postal Service deliberately held those 55 ballots back, so he shot-off an email to the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. In an amazingly short time, Riddlemoser's email became 'exhibit A' in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the Democrat in that race, Joshua Cole, who seeks to have the 55 tardy ballots counted.
But it gets worse: Marc Elias, the same lawyer for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus that filed that lawsuit also claims that "668 people eligible to vote in District 28 were given ballots for the wrong House race. He has called on the state Board of Elections to exclude votes cast in the two precincts from the District 88 totals, decline to certify a winner in District 28, and take other, unspecified steps to ensure all Virginians had the opportunity to vote for the delegate who represents them in Richmond".
As such, we hope this isn't the beginning of a trend in Virginia that we've noted elsewhere on a near-national level: If a Republican wins by fewer than 1,000 votes, he/she usually loses in a court-ordered recount. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
August 29: The Department of Homeland Security issued a confidential warning to law enforcement authorities before the deadly Aug. 12 Charlottesville protest rally, saying that the event could be “among the most violent to date” between white supremacists and anarchists.
Unfortunately, the warning could not be acted upon by police, because under the City's Charter, Charlottesville City Manager, Maurice Jones had the authority to order police to stand idle while these groups clashed.
It's our opinion that Mr. Jones, a black man, had personal reasons for placing that order; One, "Black Lives Matter" counter-protestors showed up with the antifa, and two, since counter-protestors outnumbered white supremacists from "Unite the Right" (UtR), the racists would certainly receive a thrashing.
Unfortunately, due to Mr. Jones' ill-conceived musings, these groups were allowed to clash, many were injured on both sides, and a 34-year old woman died. Jones will likely face removal by the City's Council, but is that enough?
Regardless, although UtR had both a permit and constitutional right to assemble peacefully, these racists deserved zero acknowledgement, but the press gave them a full two-hundred percent. Had that not been the case, it's arguable that there would have been no counter-protest, no casualty, and Charlottesville would have remained the peaceful little town we previously knew.
We at Frankly Conservative believe that the mainstream media achieved it's objectives of bloodshed, carnage, and death, because all three make great headlines. Congratulations.
June 28: JMU Student gets 100-120 days for registering dead people to vote.
Ask any liberal if voter fraud exists, and you'll discover it exists solely in the minds of privileged white GOP racists seeking to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly, and minorities.
Tell that to one Andrew Spieles of Harrisonburg, who admitted filing 18 fraudulent registrations in August while working with Democratic-affiliated groups as a student at James Madison University ahead of the 2016 presidential election:
"The fraud was discovered after local election officials noticed that some applications had been filed in the names of dead people, including the father of a Rockingham County judge".
But here's where the plot really thickens: “Spieles later admitted that he prepared the false voter registration forms by obtaining the name, age, and address of individuals from ‘walk sheets’ provided to him by the Virginia Democratic Party, fabricating a birth date based on the ages listed in the walk sheet, and fabricating the social security numbers”.
So, is a young and easily impressionable eager-beaver foot-soldier totally to blame, or does the Virginia Democratic Party share responsibility for supplying him with 'walk sheets' containing names of dead people? Therein resides the enigma, but pondering the puzzle is a moot point, because voter fraud is strictly (ahem) imaginary.
May 5: OMG!!! SHE DIDN'T VOTE WITH THE DEMOCRATS AGAIN, DID SHE? Against a "must pass" GOP ObamaCare repeal bill endorsed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus?
This repeal bill barely passed by one vote, and without any Democrat supporters, but most egregious is this: Comstock joined nineteen RINOs in voting "No" with the Democrats.
When Comstock competed against six others for the GOP nomination in 2014 to represent the 10th U.S. House District, Frankly Conservative repeatedly warned that she -- a self-professed "common sense conservative" -- would quickly betray us. Our prediction that she'd join then-Speaker Boehner's tax-and-spend bootlickers came from our knowledge that she'd been bought and paid for with nearly $1 million from GOP establishment coffers before her election.
Our predictions began coming true before she was even sworn in for her first term when Barbara voiced her support for John Boehner's re-election as House Speaker, and that was immediately after Boehner saddled America with executive amnesty for 5 million illegal-aliens.
And when it came time to halt funding for Obama's illegal-alien amnesty through the Department of Homeland Security, Comstock joined Speaker Boehner's bootlickers to assure that Obama's illegal alien amnesty remained implemented. The final vote was 257 to 167, with 75 House RINOs joining 182 Democrats to completely fund DHS.
Perhaps this tidbit is irrelevant (or so says Comstock), but we insist on mentioning it, anyway: Barbara admitted that she voted in Virginia's Democrat primary in 2008 for Barack Obama, which is a huge liberal gesture that she cannot convincingly explain away.
So, since these few examples merely expose the iceberg's tip, is Comstock a "commonsense conservative" as she claims, or a masquerading closet liberal? We'll lay money on the latter.
April 11: Photo and story courtesy of The Winchester Star, this billboard located at 781 Front Royal Pike (U.S. 522), was commissioned by "Dump Comstock" — a facet of the "Take Back the Tenth" political action committee. The billboard will be up for one month at a cost to the group of $1,500.
"Comstock has not held an in-person town hall since Trump’s election. This year she has held two telephone town halls, primarily focused on health care, which her staff say reached a total of 9,000 people. Critics have blasted those teleconferences as constrained and uninformative.
A Dump Comstock news release states the money for the billboard was raised within 24 hours through group membership on social media . . .
Leaders of the 10th District Democratic Committee have told The Star that about a dozen people are considering a run against Comstock in 2018, one of whom is state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-33rd.
Kimberly Adams, an elementary school librarian and former president of the Fairfax Education Association, announced late last month that she will seek the Democratic nomination.
According to The Washington Post, Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is also considering a run".
April 8 headline from INSIDENOVA: "82 immigration arrests in 5-day ICE operation in Virginia, D.C.": "Federal immigration officers made 82 arrests in a five-day operation in Virginia and Washington, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"Sixty-eight had previous criminal convictions for crimes like armed robbery, larceny and drug distribution, according to an ICE release. Two other arrestees were linked to the MS-13 street gang.
"Of the remaining 12, two had outstanding final orders of removal; three had overstayed their visas; one was wanted by a foreign law enforcement entity; one was a verified human rights violator and two had pending local charges. The remainder had unlawfully entered the United States".
March 22: The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) is attacking the state’s Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, for visiting one of the U.S.’s largest mosques to talk about President Donald Trump’s travel ban from terror-supporting countries:
“On March 17, Mark Herring joined with a Hamas-linked group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, to host a town hall to oppose the Trump Administration’s efforts to keep Americans safe from terrorism,” reads a petition on the state RPV website. “Sign our petition to demand that Mark Herring apologize to the victims of Islamic terrorism.”
Included in the RPV description of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, are names of former attendees who have been linked to terror: "Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading Al-Qaeda figure who was killed in Yemen by a US drone strike in 2011, was previously the head Imam at the mosque. In addition, at least two of the 9/11 hijackers and Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan were regular attendees at the Dar Al-Hijrah".
Now, we at Frankly Conservative would add that most Muslims are decent people who do not harbor intent to harm Americans. However, we're quite tired of the Left's description of Trump's travel ban as being "racist", which shows pure ignorance on the Left's part: "Muslim" is not a race, but a designate of religion, and it's the ISIS extremists that give the Muslim faith a bad reputation. Unfortunately, it's that fraction of Muhammad's followers who ruin it for everyone.
Feb. 14: According to The Washington Post, there's "A chance for charter schools to finally break through in Virginia". We'll admit surprise upon discovering that this piece came from The Post's Leftist Editorial Board, but to its credit, the article was amazingly noteworthy:
"WHILE MUCH of the country has seen dramatic growth over the past 15 years in the number of public charter schools and students, Virginia has been an outlier. Its public charter school law, enacted in 1998, has been ranked as one of the worst in the country, and today there are only nine public charter schools operating in the commonwealth. That may not be a big deal for families fortunate to live in districts with good schools, but for children trapped in chronically failing schools it has been devastating. So let’s hope an effort now underway in the General Assembly for modest changes in this archaic law advances and that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) doesn’t squelch it . . .
"The critical vote in winning Senate approval came from Sen. J. Chapman “Chap” Petersen (D-Fairfax), who crossed party lines in the 21-to-19 vote. In choosing children over politics, he set a good example that Mr. McAuliffe should follow if this bill reaches his desk".
We at Frankly Conservative are still shocked that The Post got this one right, and it deserves mountains of praise.
In a parting effort by Obama's outgoing head of The Dept. of Justice to further corrupt Virginia's Democrat Attorney General, "The U.S. DOJ gave instructions on how to work around its own strict rules for spending money seized in (criminal) investigations to Virginia’s top prosecutor, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press". For those persons unaware of who "Virginia's top prosecutor" would be, that's Democrat Attorney Gen. Mark Herring, and should readers follow along, we believe they'll surmise two things: If Virginia's AG were a Republican, there would be no "work around" allowed to financially enrich his cronies with ill-gotten lucre confiscated from criminals, and the DOJ's "work around" was not intended to benefit Virginia, but only Herring and his employees.
According to the AP, "Law enforcement agencies participating in investigations with federal counterparts can share proceeds of seized assets under Equitable Sharing programs run by the Justice and Treasury departments. Both agencies have clear rules that generally prohibit the use of such money for salaries and pay raises. However, the Justice Department suggested a workaround in a PowerPoint presentation obtained from the office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring after the AP raised questions about significant pay raises for several of Herring’s employees at a time when state workers’ pay was stagnant elsewhere. Some staff attorneys’ salaries rose as much as $15,000 in a year — one had a 30-percent increase".
If anyone thinks if Virginia's AG had been a Republican that Obama's AG would have provided him a "PowerPoint presentation" outlining "a workaround" to enrich his cronies with money seized from drug dealers and smugglers, human traffickers, prostitution rings, etc., you must be a liberal.
Since its 1839 founding, the Virginia Military Institute demanded strict discipline and uncompromising standards for cadets to become graduates, thus the official motto –– "In Peace a Glorious Asset, In War a Tower of Strength" –– was adopted by the Board of Visitors on June 28, 1876. A tough bunch, those founding members and Board stalwarts, who'd most certainly keel over in their graves if they knew what's become of their beloved Institute.
In years past, VMI strove to build character and groom leaders by incorporating Spartan living conditions with strict discipline, while cadets sought to master mentally challenging courses, such as Leadership and Ethics, Aerospace Studies, Corporate Warfare, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Evolution of Warfare, and so forth.
But at present, students who find themselves too mentally incapacitated to endure finals may now drop by a "Stress Busters" event, which has many VMI alumni and donors miffed: “Stress Busters is held on Reading Day of each semester,” the school said. “This is an opportunity for cadets to unwind and relax before studying for finals. This event often includes stress reduction activities such as yoga, therapy dogs, coloring book stations, card/game stations, and grab-and-go snacks to take with you on your way to study!”
Perhaps we may soon expect to see our cherished VMI offering crying rooms and Play-Doh for other trying times, such as evening mess served with runny pudding, or when unexpected skin blemishes make life unbearable. All jesting aside, we're certain of this: If cadets can't handle the stress of finals, allowing them to graduate as officers to potentially lead troops in combat presents a recipe for disaster.
Regardless, "Virginia Military Institute is the nation's first state-supported military college", and therein -- we think -- lies the answer to VMI's softening of standards, for whenever the "state" supports anything with cash, strings are attached and regulations aren't far behind. (Oh, please no -- not the transgendered bathroom thing again . . . .)
Thanks to our friends at Virginia's premier political blog, The Bull Elephant, we find that Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Fauquier, has –– once again –– been implicated in plying what appears to be dirty tricks to win GOP primaries: Subpoenaed phone records appear to link Sen. Jill Vogel to email attacks made against Sen. Bryce Reeves, her chief rival for the Republicans' endorsement for the Lieutenant Governor's race:
"Emails from an apparently fictitious “Martha McDaniel” were circulated in September and October of last year to spread the rumor that Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) had been having a long-running affair with a campaign aide. Sen. Reeves wasted no time in filing a defamation lawsuit against “Martha McDaniels,” whose only identifying information was a Gmail address suggesting she lived in Stafford County . . . Martha McDaniels” appears now to be a pseudonym for someone operating from the home of Sen. Vogel, or wishing observers to think they were operating from the Vogels’ home."
Vogel denies any knowledge of such shenanigans, just as she did back in the 2007 primary when she vied against Mark Tate for the GOP nod to run for Virginia's Senate. Acting as Vogel's surrogate, one of her staffers filed phony criminal charges against Tate with Loudoun County's Commonwealth Attorney James E. Plowman (R), who was (wait for it) a donor to Vogel's campaign.
Plowman sat on the felony campaign finance fraud charges against Tate until three weeks before the primary, then made them public, and of course, Tate lost. However, just four months later, all charges of fraud against him were dismissed by a Circuit Court judge who cited "improprieties in the investigation" by Plowman.
Tate didn't sue, although he had ample grounds, so we'll never know what ill could have befallen Vogel and her accomplices had he pursued legal action. In regards to Sen. Bryce Reeves, perhaps things may turn out differently for Vogel if he can prove that 1), he wasn't having an affair, and 2), Vogel had knowledge of the email distribution.
No matter the ifs or buts, we're in for an interesting race for the GOP's 27th District Senate seat in regards to one Jill Vogel, whose campaign supposedly revolves around "Family Values".
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe revealed that his family’s pet chicken “Hillary” died shortly before Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. We admit snickering while digesting that tidbit, and not because we're callous in regard to his loss, for we understand how even lowly creatures such as chickens can be revered. As it were, there seemed to be special significance where barnyard fowl are concerned, since the old saw regarding "chickens coming home to roost" leaped frontward, for we remember the unjust persecution and prosecution of ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell. Of course, those charges were unanimously overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, but long after much damage was done to an innocent man in an obvious political hit job.
Those charges were originally filed through Obama's head of the Department of Justice, then-U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, and we feel that the timing was not coincidental: Being so close to a gubernatorial election, the phony charges were instrumental to Terry McAuliffe's victory, and it's our opinion that Obama was the puppeteer. Barack & Michelle, Hillary and Bill all came to Virginia to campaign for McAuliffe, and McAuliffe's sole platform was to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.
Now that Hillary's been disposed and Trump will be appointing the new DOJ head, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's smack-dab in the middle of what could be something even worse than what ex-Gov. McDonnell received. According to CNN, "Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say. The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said". Here's what liberals at CNN didn't bother to mention: "Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI".
And to think that poor old Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in the pen for receiving a measly $175,000 in supposed gifts when McAuliffe's $467,500 payout has every appearance of being a bribe makes us pray that "what goes around, comes around" several times.
Speaking of voter fraud (that pesky thing that liberals claim simply doesn't exist), let's take a casual look at our Commonwealth State of Virginia: As recently as Sept. 29, 2016, an investigation conducted by Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that a youthful get-out-the-vote effort called "HarrisonburgVOTES" employed at least one individual quite skilled in recruiting dead voters. Detecting voter fraud isn't easy, and in this case, it was discovered by an employee in the registrar’s office who "noticed a new registration had come in from Richard Claybrook, Sr., the late father of a well-known local judge". Had that city employee not been acquainted with the deceased, it's likely that Mr. Claybrook, Sr. would have 'voted' posthumously, because "using a deceased person’s real name and address but a false social security number would not be flagged in the voter system". Regardless, it seems as if that's only the tip of the iceberg in Virginia: According to an Oct. 2 story by LifeZette, over 1,000 non-citizens were found to have illegally registered to vote, which "may just be the tip of the iceberg, as it’s only the number found in eight Virginia localities, the report reads. The report found that the most illegal votes were cast in 2012, followed by 2008, the year President Obama was elected to his first term. In both years, Obama won Virginia". Regardless, this story is far from new: Back in 2014, a group called Virginia Voters Alliance -- seeking to uncover voter fraud -- asked Fairfax County to clean up its voter lists. Fairfax County is Virginia's largest jurisdiction, and 15,000 registered Fairfax voters were also registered to vote in Maryland. That was a mere pinprick when contrasted to 2013 when Virginia purged nearly 40,000 improperly registered voters despite vigorous Democrat opposition. Under these circumstances, one can only ponder why Dems were emphatically opposed then, and remain so even now to fixing an obvious problem that exists, but they vehemently claim does not.
We don't always get our wish, but this time, it's Christmas in September. After Virginia's Democrat Governor, Terry McAuliffe got smacked-down by Virginia's Supreme Court after granting blanket restoration of voting rights to some 206,000 convicted felons, McAuliffe called members of the Court "racists" and "cowards". In a pure show of hubris, McAuliffe proclaimed that he had the power to override the court -- and announced that he had done so with his supposed "electronic pen" -- to which we made this wistful plea to the powers that be: May the conservatives in Virginia's General Assembly have the courage to force this excrement-brained idiot to stand anew before our Supreme Court and it's members after he'd called them "racists" and "cowards". As it seems, we'll get our wish -- Virginia state legislators have filed a motion with the Virginia Supreme Court asking for an order requiring Gov. Terry McAuliffe to “show cause” why he should not be held in contempt for violating the court’s July 22 order. Break out the tinsel and put on some Bing Crosby!
Thanks to an absolutely wonderful Virginia-based publication -- The Bull Elephant, we became privy to an ugly truth: Not only does corruption exist at the highest level of the Republican Party of Virginia, it's oozed down to little-ole Frederick County, as well. Not too long past, Frederick County conservatives rallied behind ex-Virginia Delegate, Mark Berg (R-29), to elect him as the new Frederick County Republican Committee (FCRC) chair, much to the "consternation of the Old Guard establishment". Needless to say, the "Old Guard" wouldn't go quietly into the night after losing it's decades-old grip on local power, so whining that the election was illegitimate, the old guard appealed the election results to the State Central Committee, but the SCC ruled that Berg's election was totally legitimate. Well, rules are rules, but not really, for if the SCC's ruling stood, the "Old Guard" RINOs in the FCRC could no longer decide which tax-and-spend Republicans were allowed to run for local office. Enter the 10th District Chairwoman Jo Thoburn to argue that "the credentials committees at the 10th district convention and at the state convention have the power to expel people from the party", which seems rather strange that expulsions can be done just because they can be. As such, it once again became business as usual as State RPV Chair, John Whitbeck physically stood in the meeting and watched as Mark Berg and nine other conservatives were dubiously expelled and quickly replaced with enough boot-licking sycophants to tip the scales back into the RINOs control. We agree with that frustrated FCRC member in the very last linked-to story who justifiably "shouted about fascism" -- FCRC no longer stands for Frederick County Republican Committee, but rather, Fascist Commune of Republican Concubines, with the local tax-and-spend boot-licking RINOs once again free to frolic in bed with Whitbeck and Thoburn. And, we taxpayers can all rest peacefully knowing that the FCRC will continue its tradition of allowing only tax-and-spend RINOS to run for the offices of County Supervisors.
Aug 30, 2016 Update to "Some liberals have no shame": Today's headline from an AP story reads "Man jailed in sex case leads race for Richmond mayor", and our jaws dropped to see that Joe Morissey wasn't content to stay curled-up under a rock where he belongs. However embarrassing it would be to see our Commonwealths' capitol city of Richmond play host to this jackass as it's mayor, it does prove a point: Democrats would vote for a bag filled with dung, so long as it had a "D" scribbled on it somewhere. For a real trip into the surreal, we've posted this following timeline depicting several of 'Jackass Joe's' voluminous indiscretions, all the while wondering how we'll survive the never-ending onslaught of unscrupulous Democrat ideals:
March 23, 2015 Update to "Some liberals have no shame": From an editorial from the Richmond Times Dispatch titled "Shameless Joe Morrissey refuses to go away", we learn that after disgracing his office in Virginia's General Assembly by "taking indecent liberties with a minor for whom he was in a custodial relationship", and spending six months in jail as the result, he's now decided to run for a Virginia Senate seat, or at least he might. Before doing so, he will have to beat the new felony charges he currently faces, because after he was sentenced for taking indecent liberties with a minor, it was discovered that he lied under oath and forged documents in attempts to conceal evidence.
March 18, 2015 Update to "Some liberals have no shame":
A Democrat Virginia lawmaker who was jailed over a sex scandal with his 17-year-old receptionist has announced that she has given birth to a baby boy. 57-year old Morrissey, who said he's "absolutely thrilled", was jailed in December to serve a six-month sentence as part of a plea agreement in which he was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The girl was a receptionist in Morrissey’s law firm and was alleged to have had sex with Morrissey and exchanged sexually explicit photos.
The lawmaker now stands accused of forging a document he vouched for in court, and persuading the girl's mother to swear to its authenticity as well. That woman, Deidre Warren, also was indicted on perjury and forgery charges, and Morrissey faces up to 10 years on each count if convicted. We at Frankly Conservative say that he should have been barred from office long ago, and here's more of Morrissey's past peccadilloes.
Well, we've gotta' give Virginia's Governor credit when it's due; Terry McAuliffe's a real glutton for punishment, and he keeps begging for more. First, some history:
After McAuliffe signed an order April 2016 unilaterally restoring voting rights to 206,000 convicted felons, he was challenged and sued by some Republican leaders of Virginia's GOP controlled General Assembly. Under Virginia's constitution, no person convicted of a felony "shall be qualified to vote unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor", but it must be done on a case-by-case basis. Virginia's Supreme Court agreed and overturned McAuliffe's order, with Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons writing for the majority; "Never before have any of the prior 71 Virginia Governors issued a clemency order of any kind — including pardons, reprieves, commutations, and restoration orders — to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request. To be sure, no Governor of this Commonwealth, until now, has even suggested that such a power exists".
But what to do with our arrogant Governor when he's told our legislators and high court to kiss penny, because he's going to ignore their decisions and do as he damned well pleases, then goes so far as to call members of that court racists? Oh, dear . . . McAuliffe has announced that he's already reversed the court's decision and again restored rights to thousands of felons, which could never have been done in such a rapid time frame if all those felons' criminal histories were properly scrutinized on a case-by-case basis. We hope that this idiocy again winds up in front of Virginia's High Court in the hands of the judges that McAuliffe called "racists", for we do so enjoy watching McAuliffe flog his liberal head into walls.
Well, well, well: Hillary's chosen U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine (D-VA) to be her running mate in a feeble attempt to attract the Latino vote. Kaine gave his acceptance speech in fluent Spanish, and Latino's yawned, because they view Clinton/Kaine as "the same old (stuff), different day". And even worse, for attracting the Jewish voting bloc, Kaine couldn't be a worse pick. Kaine announced his anti-Jew bias in March after joining 56 other Congressional Dems to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress. Now we can also officially count Virginia Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Warner as an anti-Semite, for both he and his scumbag buddy, Tim Kaine voted for Obama's nuclear treaty with Iran. Israel now faces total obliteration, for Iran has vowed many times to wipe Israel from the face of the earth, and continues to do so even after that treaty was signed. Not only that, but Iranian officials say that the U.S. treaty means nothing, and they have no plans to honor it. A nuclear weapons capable Iran not only threatens Israel, but also the U.S., since Iran has intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads to any part of the world. How far Dems will go to defend Obama's monumental ignorance has yet to be realized, but given fresh overwhelming evidence that they hate Jews, we can't help thinking there's more afoot than just ignorance.
“Governor McAuliffe Announces 165 New Jobs in City of Norfolk,” read a recent press release from the governor’s office. These jobs aren't new to Virginia -- they’re just being moved from Roanoke, where Norfolk Southern is closing an office building as part of a corporate consolidation. Just a few days before, the governor’s office announced “350 New Jobs in Botetourt.” And the day before, it announced a drop in Virginia’s unemployment rate.
This is standard operating procedure: The practice is meant to convey the impression that McAuliffe is personally responsible for the "new jobs", and a drop in Virginia's unemployment rate. Neither case is true: The past few months have witnessed several large layoff announcements: 190 at Owens & Minor, more than 200 at Altria, several hundred more at Newport News Shipbuilding, and so on. Virginia's unemployment rate is rising, while McAuliffe keeps on lying. But, after all, he's a Democrat.
Virginia senators have voted to bring back forced electric chair executions amid a shortage of drugs used for lethal injections. Legislators in the Republican-dominated Senate approved the measure with a 22-17 vote Monday, March 7, though Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe has not said whether he will sign the bill into law. Virginia does still use electric chairs in executions, but under the old rules inmates were given a choice between lethal injection and the chair. Under the new rules inmates would be forced into the chair if there were not enough drugs to be used in their execution. Like many states, Virginia has struggled to obtain lethal-injection drugs in recent years because drug companies have protested their use in executions. The short supply of the drugs has forced several states to pass or consider laws to bring back other methods of executions, such as electrocution and firing squads. Supporters of the bill say death penalty foes are forcing the state's hand by making it more difficult to obtain lethal injections. But opponents say forcing inmates into the electric chair will actually undermine the state's death penalty by putting the constitutionality of the law at risk.
Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell, a staunch capital punishment opponent said: "If you press the green button you're going to be sending us into a hail storm of legal chaos. When somebody is given the death penalty in this state, the state is simply charged with extinguishing a human life, not torturing someone brutally until they finally die".
And to that we respond by asking: "Were their victims treated humanely when their lives were extinguished?"
What began as a low-key squabble over gun control among state legislators in Virginia has grown into a political war, with Republican lawmakers threatening to de-fund Gov. Terry McAuliffe's armed bodyguards. The fight began Dec. 22, when state Attorney General Mark Herring announced that starting on Feb. 1, Virginia would stop recognizing concealed weapons permits from other states - a move that would affect residents in 25 different states that have reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth of Virginia. Furious Republicans are threatening to retaliate with an amendment to the state budget as early as January to strip McAuliffe of his state-funded armed bodyguards.
RICHMOND — A magazine published by the Islamic State has put Virginia state Sen. Richard H. Black on very short enemies list. According to the Washington Post, "The publication, Dabiq, singles out Black (R-Loudoun) along with two others it describes as “crusaders,” former U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and CIA veteran and author Gary Berntsen. The magazine features full-page photos of the men and quotes each at length under the headline, “In the words of the enemy.” What to make of this is certain: ISIS wants Sen. Black's head lopped-off, and we sincerely hope that our two Democrat U.S. Democrat Senators (Mark Warner and Timothy Kaine) put political partisanship aside and do some arm-wringing of our Terrorist Denier in Chief, Barack Obama.
So this is what Comstock meant when she called herself "a common sense conservative": Saddling our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars in additional debt by adding millions of additional illegal aliens to the 57 percent who are already on welfare. Thanks a bunch, Barbara.
Barbara Comstock RINO update: Barbara joined House Speaker Boehner's bootlickers to assure that Obama's illegal alien amnesty can never be undone. The final vote was 257 to 167, with 75 House RINOs joining 182 Democrats to completely fund DHS. All Democrats present voted "Yea", and all the 167 "Nays" came from other Republicans, but Comstock again shamed Virginia by joining GOP traitors and liars who've been bought and paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Kudos to Virginia's Dept. of Education for not drinking the Common Core Kool-Aid. Teachers in our public schools find teaching the present curriculum challenging enough, but thanks to those in government who promised us streamlined tax filing and affordable health-care, they presented Common Core teaching standards. Though states could opt-out of this initiative should they choose, some 45 states and the District of Columbia have so far adopted Common Core standards. Virginia wasn't duped, and therefore did not participate, and David Jeck, superintendent of Fauquier Schools had these choice words for Common Core: "It's about creating a level playing field across the country whereby state achievement can be compared, ranked, and sanctions applied as lawmakers deem appropriate. If you think teaching to standardized tests is a problem now, just imagine what it could be if every state, every child and every school system were measured with the exact same ruler… and when I say exact, I mean exact." Just to give readers an opportunity to feel their heads spin, here's an example of a few math problems the Common Core initiative offers to confuse students, and the poor teachers who strive to help them to understand will assuredly need handfuls of aspirin.
Comstock eagerly agreed to be the opening speaker at the first meeting of a newly formed group deceptively calling itself "The Virginia Conservative Network", and now officially wears the word "RINO" tattooed on her forehead. This "Network" consists only of good old boy establishment Republicans, and their only goal is crushing grass-roots GOP challengers. Eric Cantor was the key note speaker at this event, and certainly has his own ax to grind, for despite Cantor's $5.5 million war chest, he lost his primary last year to Dave Brat, a Tea Party backed challenger. As reported by the Washington Post, this event hosted 100 establishment RINO's, and was strictly "invitation only". Cantor has a monumental case of 'sour grapes', and as a footnote, one of Dave Brat's aides was turned away from the event, for there were no real conservatives allowed.
Were Virginia Sen. Jill Vogel and U.S. House Rep. Barbara Comstock trolling for the Latino vote while posing in this un-doctored photo in front of a Hispanic food eatery? We believe so, and have been keeping an eye on Vogel ever since she, her campaign staff, and Loudoun County's Commonwealth Attorney James E. Plowman (R) (who was also a donor to Vogel's campaign) framed her Republican primary challenger so she could win the GOP's 27th District Virginia Senate primary. Our suspicions weren't unfounded -- Sen. Vogel has shown her true colors as reported Jan. 20 by the Washington Post: "An attempt to block undocumented immigrant students from qualifying for in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges failed Tuesday in the state Senate on a narrow vote, a symbolic victory for Dream Act advocates." What readers won't find in that article is this: Democrats defeated the bill 20-19, because Sen. Vogel decided not to vote. They say a person is known by the company they keep, and Vogel posing with Barbara Comstock was no coincidence - they've both have now officially voted with the best interests of undocumented illegal-aliens in mind, not U.S. citizens. (See story on Comstock's betrayal directly below.)
We won't hesitate to say "We told you so": Frankly Conservative's webmaster beat the drums of warning during the 10th Congressional District Republican primary long ago, and predicted that Comstock, a self-professed "common sense conservative" would quickly betray us. Even before she could be sworn in, Barbara Comstock voiced her support for John Boehner's re-election as House Speaker, and that was immediately after Boehner saddled America with executive amnesty for 5 million illegal-aliens. Our prediction that she'd join Boehner's tax-and-spend bootlickers came from our knowledge that she'd been bought and paid for with nearly 1 million from GOP establishment coffers before her election, which leaves only one question: What's her favorite shoe polish flavor? Brown, black, tan, or cordovan?
UPDATE: Without Comstock, here's the list of House members who defended our Constitution, and voted against Boehner.
Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2015: "RICHMOND — The Republican Party of Virginia filed a formal ethics complaint Friday against Sen. Mark Warner (D) for “brainstorming” about jobs for a state senator’s daughter as he tried to dissuade the legislator from quitting in the middle of a bitterly partisan Medicaid battle." Should one read further into the article, he'd find that the aforementioned "brainstorming" was anything but, and amounts to nothing less than attempting to bribe an elected public official to influence votes.
Attorney General Eric Holder has "taken the death penalty off the table" for four men charged in the gang-related murder of Waynesboro Virginia police officer, Captain Kevin Quick. We wish this weren't so, but sadly, it is. All four 'suspects' are black members of the deadly "Bloods gang set 99 Goon Syndikate". What makes this particularly distasteful is obvious: If these 'Goons' were white members of the Hell's Angels, they'd be facing lethal injection, but here's why they won't: "[Holder] reviews each potential death penalty case at his kitchen table, often late at night. I have known him for years and continue to have great confidence in him and his judgment." That statement was made by Timothy J. Heaphy, who is prosecuting the case on behalf or Holder's Department of Justice, which has long since become a left-wing arm of political activism. Holder is Obama's sock puppet, and their message is clear: We now prosecute premeditated murder differently when blacks kill white cops, because that's social justice.
Okay - we'll admit having a sense of humor, and we dug deep into our archives to share a laugh by resurrecting this August 2010 article from the Winchester Star newspaper. Rather than spoil anything by offering a summary, we merely ask readers to left click on the enlargeable image to read the story themselves, and we challenge them not to laugh.
Environmentalists blamed increased greenhouse gasses on myriad things, but one of their favorite bogeymen is the adorable bovine. As it is, cattle catch much of the blame for producing methane through flatulence, but a new study shows that cows have likely received "a bum steer". In Norfolk canyon off the coast of Virginia, researchers discovered the largest methane seep ever found in the Atlantic, and possibly all the world's oceans. Once again, environmentalists laid much blame on the wrong doorstep, and the bovine, who provides humanity with many food staples, is deserving of an apology.
We did find this story amusing: There's a national organization called "Drinking Liberally", which has eight active chapters in Virginia that meet monthly. To qualify for membership, one must first enjoy drinking to excess, and secondly, hate all things of a conservative nature. Sitting around getting sauced while pontificating about how conservatives poison society, these drunken liberal gatherings are supposedly "one-part support group and one-part strategy session". By getting stewed, these imbibing progressives hope to invent catchy slogans and winning strategies for Democrat politicians, and we therefore must jokingly ask; "Did they "stumble" into some ideas that Obama used in his foreign and domestic policies?"
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