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"The fact that there's a brother in the White House is just so unsettling to so many people."

UPDATE: Voter ID bill set to pass (VIRGINIA) House on Wednesday

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones said the bills were specifically targeted to suppress the vote of "those who turned Virginia blue in 2008," when President Barack Obama carried the state on his way to victory.

"There are some nefarious things going on that cause us some grave concern," Jones said. "The fact that there's a brother in the White House is just so unsettling to so many people."

Civil rights leader and former executive director for the NAACP Benjamin Chavis also gave a blistering speech calling the proposed legislation "arrogant bills introduced by arrogant politicians.'

Chavis said the proposed changes "represent the old South" and "lynch democracy."

ABC News PAC report - look who is on the front page ..... but ABC offers no hard number as to why

Soros (l) and Newt's buddy Adelson (r)

Money has always been one of the more significant parts of elections, although the 2012 cycle has kept campaign finance lawyers, experts and critics busy because of the introduction of so-called super PACs. These political groups can raise as much money as they want, and then spend unlimited amounts on ads to sway the election toward the candidates they support.

This is a guide to some of the most generous donors to super PACs.


John Paulson and Edward Conard - $1 Million - Romney supporters
Bob "Swift Boat" Perry - $.5 Million to Perry $3.5 Million to American Crossroads (Rove)
Sheldon Adelson - $5 Million EACH from he and his wife to Winning Our Future (Newt)
Foster Friess - the "guardian angel funding " Santorum's Red, White, & Blue PAC which has spent $2 Million
Jeffrey Katzenberg - "so far given $2 million to the PAC, Priorities USA Action. " - Pro-Obama
The Koch brothers -$1.3 Million to "Americans for Prosperity". Koch Industries - $12 Million to Republicans since 1990. " are reportedly planning to direct more than $200 million into the 2012 cycle"
George Soros "has given millions of dollars to Democratic causes." --that all it says in terms of real dollars

Va. Republicans Train Fire on Union Requirements for Public-Works Projects

The Va GOP has both Houses of the General Assembly and the Governorship -- stop if you have heard this one before

Republican-sponsored bills to prohibit mandated project-labor agreements (PLAs) for state-funded infrastructure projects are making their way through both houses of the General Assembly.

House Bill 33, sponsored by 66 state delegates, seems a shoo-in for passage. The bill would ensure that state agencies, or construction managers acting on their behalf, would neither require nor prohibit project-labor agreements for state-financed public-works projects.

But not everyone is dead-set against the idea of project-labor agreements.

“I don’t have a gut reaction one way or the other,” Del. Mark Keam (D-35th) told the Sun Gazette at his Richmond office. “So far, it works well. I’d like to keep PLAs as an option on the table and let people negotiate. I think PLAs work. They’re fine. There are benefits to it. If it isn’t broke, why change it?”


A sudden and very sad fall from political power - Matthew Geary found dead in apparent suicide

Prominent attorney Matthew P. Geary, whose candidacy for Henrico County's chief prosecutor rattled the establishment but ended in defeat two months ago, was found dead Sunday of what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Geary, 42, was found by family members, who notified police about 1 p.m. Sunday. Henrico authorities said Geary had moved into a home in the 2200 block of Lauderdale Drive in western Henrico on Saturday with the help of his parents and siblings.

Geary's campaign ran into trouble after a highly orchestrated attack on his character by Republican leaders, including U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th. The leaders revealed that Geary had engaged in an affair with a married woman in recent years.

The Janis-Geary battle split the Republican ticket, although Janis was obligated to run as an independent. The split helped usher in Taylor as the first woman in county history to win the commonwealth's attorney's post and the first Democrat to win it in some 20 years.


Commentary: Newt Gingrich and the politics of racial resentment

There has been a lot of talk about whether Gingrich’s recent language, including his performance at last week's South Carolina debate and his earlier declaration that Barack Obama has been America's best "food-stamp president," amounts to a coded appeal to racist sensitivities. The answer is simple: yes.

In this, Gingrich joins a line of Republicans stretching back at least to Richard Nixon. From that president's trumpeting of "law and order" (i.e., “I will get these black demonstrators off the streets.”) to Ronald Reagan’s denunciation of “welfare queens” (i.e., “I will stop these lazy black women from living high on your tax dollars.”) to George H.W. Bush’s use of Willie Horton (i.e., “Elect me or this scary black man will get you..”) the GOP long ago mastered the craft of using nonracial language to say racial things.

Let’s be clear. To the degree Gingrich’s argument is that stubborn, intergenerational poverty is often fed by habits and ways of life inimical to the building of wealth, he is exactly right. But those habits and ways afflict the white hollows of Appalachia as much as the black heart of urban America, and when Gingrich defines poverty solely as blackness, he is not critiquing poverty, but race.

One of my students shared this parable: A rich white man sits with a poor white man and poor black man at a table laden with cookies. The rich white man snatches all the cookies but one, then turns to the poor white man and says, “Watch out for that darky. I think he wants to take your cookie.”

It works every time.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/01/29/136907/commentary-newt-gingrich-and-the.html#storylink=cpy

We just watched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" .... and the cats are acting a bit odd

should I be worried?

"Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon ..."

Detroit - Doctors in Detroit, Michigan are now advocating an offbeat way to treat nosebleeds. All you need to do is stick a "nasal tampon" made from salted, cured pork up your nostrils.
A group of doctors working at Detroit Medical Centre in Michigan have published their findings in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. The bacon tampon technique was recently used to treat a young girl with a rare blood disorder and chronic nosebleeds.

"Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly," the doctors wrote. "To our knowledge, this represents the first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient with Glanzmann thrombasthenia."

Surprisingly, this use of "medical pork" isn't new: doctors had previously used the technique to treat different disorders in 1940, 1953, and 1976.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/318499#ixzz1kbtCqJPE

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who's accountable? (Skynet now a reality)


The Navy is testing an autonomous plane that will land on an aircraft carrier. The prospect of heavily armed aircraft screaming through the skies without direct human control is unnerving to many.

The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone's ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently.

"Lethal actions should have a clear chain of accountability," said Noel Sharkey, a computer scientist and robotics expert. "This is difficult with a robot weapon. The robot cannot be held accountable. So is it the commander who used it? The politician who authorized it? The military's acquisition process? The manufacturer, for faulty equipment?"

The X-47B will not only land itself, but will also know what kind of weapons it is carrying, when and where it needs to refuel with an aerial tanker, and whether there's a nearby threat, said Carl Johnson, Northrop's X-47B program manager. "It will do its own math and decide what it should do next."

Where is the Republican debate tonight?

I can't wait to see this news media twisting reality show! I really really can't!

Who WON? Who lost?

What drastic changes were made in THIS debate?

Where ... for the LOVE OF GOD ... is the free advertising time?

Subject "food stamps" - guess who is making big money on them (and outsourcing the call center)

The More Americans That Go On Food Stamps The More Money JP Morgan Makes

In the video posted below, JP Morgan executive Christopher Paton admits that this is "a very important business to JP Morgan" and that it is doing very well.

So what happens if you have a problem with your food stamp debit card?

Well, you call up a JP Morgan service center. When you do this, there is a very good chance that you are going to be helped by a JP Morgan call center employee in India.

That's right - it turns out that JP Morgan is saving money by "outsourcing" food stamp customer service calls to India.

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