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Politics / For Everyone
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:12:21 PM »
Tuesday is important.

Whether or not your love or hate Donald Trump, love him, believe in Russian collusion, conspiracies, crooked politicians, the actions of Congress, or love where the federal government is at right now, remember this:

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

The actions of our state leadership are the aspect of government that direct your day-to-day lives here in Virginia. Tuesday's election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and our delegates will effects you, your family, and your community much more than the President.

I hope you vote for Ralph Northam for many reasons. Even if you don't, just remember that all politics is local.

Please go vote. Stand up and be heard Martinsville and Henry County!

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Politics / Trump's Secretary of Health Gone- Another one bites the dust
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:11:48 PM »
The Trump administration and cabinet cannot keep anyone on board for long.

Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Human Services has "resigned". This comes admist the revelation that he had repeatedly chartered private planes for government travel. Oh, in the end, we the U.S.A. taxpayers pay the bill for all of this. Price took as many as 26 private flights and flew on military planes on trips to Europe and Africa at an estimated cost to taxpayers of over $1 million

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tom-price-resigns-health-human-services-secretary/story?id=50186881

And one from Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/29/trump-says-hell-decide-friday-night-whether-to-fire-hhs-secretary-tom-price.html

This whole administration/regime cannot keep it together for 1 damn week.


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Politics / Mark Warner Leading for Southside Virginia
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:44:39 AM »
Mark Warner pledges to help ‘food deserts’ in Danville. He is acting to help southside Virginia and our neighbor to the east.

This is the kind of leadership our Commonwealth needs.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/warner-pledges-to-help-food-deserts-in-danville/article_e45a245d-ca5b-536b-a780-1164fad47db0.html

These are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers' markets, and healthy food providers. I still like to call him Governor from time-to-time. I'm glad he's focused on what he called a major issue in Virginia and the country at large.

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What happened this weekend in Charlottesville was beyond shameful. It was beyond American human decency and the golden rule. It was beyond and beneath the base of Christianity.

The Nazi's of American now feel emboldened and are raging war. The white supremacist movement is growing. The treasonist are rallying by waving their flag. The white-supremacists and the neo-Nazis did not show up in flack jackets carrying baseball bats and assault rifles because they were planning to protest peacefully. They were, and are here for a bigger cause.

This movement is tearing the foundations of moral fibers our great nation was built on. Our President has failed to stand against them and call them what they are. He is not a real leader. He had not come out against them because they are a part of what lead him into office. Here is an example of real leadership who called Trump to stand up against the Nazis:

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism"
- Senator Cory Gardner (Republican- Colorado)

We now have a rally planned and building in Richmond by the same groups that did this in Charlottesville.


You either condone this, or stand up and condemn it.

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General Discussion / Road Money for Henry County?
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:40:07 AM »
This is a good writeup about the happening on infrastructure improvements for Henry County, and Martinsville:

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/where-is-the-road-money-for-henry-county/article_11642928-71d4-11e7-b682-6f52f2055e89.html

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes was asked if she could provide the Board of Supervisors with a document outlining how much the state’s VDOT construction allocation for Henry County has decreased over the last 20 years.

Where do yall think this could be heading? Even our small town should get some piece of the infrastructure attention.

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Politics / Trump: 6-month Report
« on: July 10, 2017, 08:01:06 AM »
Looking past his irrational, and moody actions on Twitter, its time to look at the accomplishments on paper. As can be fact-checked.

Legislative Accomplishments

None.At all.

The Trump administration has yet to craft, or be directly involved in Congressional legislation. While very active in the public media forum on bills of Healthcare, none of them have been passed by both the houses of Congress, and none have been signed into law. His attempts as "repeal and replace" have make a lot of strained relationships between Trump and Senate republicans. Even John McCain said yesterday that this bill is unlikely to be passed.

It should not be assumed that Trump’s signing of a given bill meant he or his administration was actively involved in its passage. Thirteen such bills nullifying federal regulations enacted during the Obama administration (such as H.J. Res. 69, reversing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule pertaining to Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges and S.J. Res. 34, reversing FCC Internet privacy rules) were rushed through Congress and quickly signed because they made use of the Congressional Review Act of 1996, which imposes a 60-day limit on the time allowed to overrule previously passed laws.

Diplomacy

A bullish attitude has yet to contribute much to our international diplomacy efforts. And his performance at the G20 summit was no different. The full details of his 2-hour plus meeting with Russian President Putin is not completely clear, as each side has our own statements on what happened. But, the whole summit showed Trump wandering aimlessly as other world leaders spoke about the issues of the year. It seemed like his feelings may have been hurt that the whole world did not want him to be the center of attention.

Hard-line rhetoric has put North Korea on its heels. We hope we can get more allies on our side. His efforts on North Korea have been strong, and I hope that this does not result in a that could escalate into a Cuban Missile Crisis-like confrontation. We need Russia to publically condemn North Korea and help prevent nuclear capability.
The full efforts of the Trump administration are still in the works.

See also Solon's post on the "Middle East Wars"
http://martinsvillechat.com/index.php?topic=54.15

Judiciary

Nominated and confirmed constitutionalist Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. This is the major accomplishment so far.


Overall, a really poor rating for the first 6-months in office.

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As a nation of immigrants, and a proud of Great Grandson of Irish immigrants, I welcome eighty-nine of the nation’s newest citizens as they celebrated America’s 241st birthday Tuesday. They swore an oath of allegiance at the Virginia Historical Society. Welcome to the greatest country and the GREATEST STATE IN THE UNION!

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/new-citizens-naturalized-in-independence-day-ceremony-at-virginia-historical/article_509c8ac6-4d17-5da0-ae5b-b1c0e2d06dcf.html

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General Discussion / Twitter
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:37:17 AM »
Bill- I tweeted at Martinsville Media to try to encourage Martinsville Media to get back so I can keep up with the news and share the world of Martinsville/Henry County with the rest of Virginia.

Do you have a personal twitter?

And anyone else here have an active twitter account? Its my, and others across the state, preferred media source to keep in track with everything going on in the state.

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Politics / The Muslim Ban is Back- sort of
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:34:16 AM »
Well, the Muslim ban is back.  Kind of. At least parts of it. After multiple federal and state courts, and Surpreme Court, have outlawed many facets and the original intent there it a temporary version nows in action. Mind you, the man in the oval office had to approach this in the same manner of his other law victory- by executive order.

Since its a far-scalled back version, and hardly a victory for the original dictator style revokation of freedom, what does it entail?

Can an Iranian businessman making his first trip to the U.S. to meet potential American clients enter? Can a Syrian family just starting its application to become refugees continue that process? Can a Yemeni tourist who has already booked his flight and hotel room in the U.S. take that vacation? What about a university professor who travels to the middle east to see his family on summer break?

Or can others, like the heroes who were detained during the first Muslim ban, who were from Iraq BUT FOUGHT FOR THE USA in the Gulf War. Trump is as much as an American patriot as a city pigeon on a NYC penthouse enjoyng the view while dropping crap down on others down below.

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General Discussion / Pinball Wizard!
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:56:35 PM »
This is a pretty cool idea. Kicking it back a little old school....Ben Williams tells about a unique new social venture in uptown:

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/pinball-wizard-martinsville-man-launches-new-business-uptown/article_bd297372-3192-5517-88e9-463119f5079f.html

I'm down for this. We should have a Forum gathering and see who can run the table!

What do ya say, Bill?

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Politics / Down Ballot Trump Fallout
« on: April 20, 2017, 08:58:47 AM »
All politics is local.

This week Democrats came together and elected Jackie Smith Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court. Prince William County is a very red district, and the opponent who was a heavy favorite winner was Delegate Jackson Miller. Miller outspent Smith close to seven-to-one, raising almost $200,000 to Smith’s $35,000.

This may be a local office and race, but this was a layup in the district and the fallout shoud be a warning of the Trump fallout. One of the most informative and conservative blogs in Virginia is Bearing Drift. The writer had this to say:

"Prince William Clerk of Court Race Loss is Warning for November."
https://bearingdrift.com/2017/04/19/prince-william-clerk-court-race-loss-warning-november/

Who is to say the future of elections in Virginia with Trump at the helm of the country?

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