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WITTMAN INSULTS OUR INTELLIGENCE WITH HIS SURVEYS

Those of us who have more than a modicum of an understanding of our national issues, primarily those of us still capable of doing basic math find it insulting that a member of Congress who now has more than a decade under his belt sends out using taxpayer resources such ridiculous surveys. This week is […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Rules Against Recall Petition

PRESS RELEASE  FRIDAY  MARCH 2, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RECALL   PETITION   SUSPENDED   BY   RULING  OF   VIRGINIA  SUPREME  COURT In a disappointing decision by Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday March 1, in a 5-2 vote the Court decided that signatures collected in a Recall Petition must be sworn to at the time the signature is collected. […]

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Remedies that will work…or Political Scores to Settle ?

Anyone with children or grandchildren was simply sick at turning on the TV last week to learn of another senseless tragedy playing out this time in Florida. As a father and grandfather I was for the remainder of that day sullen in my thoughts of what those families were going through, unimaginable to anyone because […]

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LANGUAGE REVISION—REPUBLIMOUTHS ?

 A few years back I began to refer to the two major political parties as the republicrats and the democans, reflecting that no real major differences existed any longer, with the sole exception at election time when like salmon returning to where they were spawned they would begin to spout their usual campaign slogans and […]

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Del. Chris Peace: End the Charade and Join the Democratic Party

True Conservatives are at their core traditionalists, for a very  straightforward reason. They understand human nature and all of the temptations that corrupt it, money, power ( or the retention of power) , the desire to be liked. Conservatives naturally then are drawn to the rule of law because behavior is kept in check by […]

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Mechanicsville T.E.A Party Leader is Clueless

  In a fawning (almost sickening ) letter in the last edition of the Mechanicsville Local,  the  Leader of the M.T.P praised Congressman Rob Wittman for his vote to lower taxes. Given Wittman’s decade long tenure in Congress he has a record , and not one that most conservatives get excited about. Did you know […]

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Lovettsville Lady has Gone off the Deep End.

While I have never met Jeanine Martin , as a frequent commentator on The Bull Elephant, I do indeed read her posts and admire her passionate drive to move conservative thought forward here in Virginia. Mrs. Martin never hid her disdain for our current President but in her post today, titled  “ Proof Trump cost […]

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RepublicRATS lose control of Virginia House – so what?

Anyone watching the cliff hanger with a single Delegate seat settled with a Democrat winning it to tie the House of Delegates can’t be too surprised, all things considered. RepublicRATS controlled all 3 power positions, the House and had a precarious 20-20 split in the State Senate from 2009—2012.  What came of that period , […]

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Kirk Cox shows why Conservatives have grown weary of the RepublicRAT Party By Bob Shannon

In 2004 when former President George W. Bush along with enthusiastic members of his own party pushed Medicare Part D across the finish line I decided I had had enough. A existing program drowning in red ink only to get worse in the coming decades and this “compassionate conservative “ thinks it a grand idea […]

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FOX NEWS NEEDS TO FACT CHECK CLAIMS MADE BY TULSA SCHOOL TEACHER

Perhaps it was one of those warm fuzzy Holiday stories that a news director thought need told so they ran with it. A 3rd grade teacher in Tulsa decided last year to “ pan handle” with a street sign…. “ teacher needs money to buy school supplies”    standing on the side of a busy intersection […]

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I liked him better in obscurity

If we were not sufficiently suspicious in 2000 with the “compassionate conservative”self identifying tag he gave himself , then certainly by 2004 with the passage of the Prescription Drug benefit he added (at a 10 year cost of 1 trillion ) to a program that was already structurally deficient , by that time  I personally […]

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Shannon endorses Cliff Hyra for Governor

  Bob Shannon, Founder of the Mechanicsville & King William TEA Party groups and long time local activist makes this personal endorsement that is his and his alone. This endorsement is not an endorsement of either of the two groups he founded. The late Jerry Lund who had a local radio talk show on WRVA […]

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Rape, Pillage & Plunder

Most Americans according to surveys have become jaded and cynical about elected officials of both political parties, the typical citizen does complain but little else. We are inundated daily with examples that clearly illustrate how little these folks care about our views. Two examples  yesterday illustrate why we might consider bringing back public hangings. In […]

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MISPLACED COMPASSION & EMPATHETIC ENABLERS YIELDS WHAT WE ARE WATCHING

When one examines the photographs of the protestors in Charlottesville and last night’s protests in Richmond it just might pay to ask the question—who are these aggrieved young people taking to the streets for reasons that seem somewhat removed from anything that someone so young could have even possibly experienced yet ? They are far […]

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SCHOOLS NEED LESSON ON ACCOUNTABILITY

At last nights B.O.S work session Supervisor Hansen asked a simple question regarding the schools failing to pass S.O.L muster last year on Math and English as a second language .  Superintendent Dr. David White refused to answer Hansen’s specific question as to last year’s results, insisting on the V.D.O.E rule that allows for a […]

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TO SOLVE A PROBLEM SOCIETY MUST FIRST FACE IT

Entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare are driven by demographics and longevity factors, which we can do little about. All those babies born after WW II are now reaching retirement age. Some 10,000 turn 65 each day and this continues for the next 16-17 years. Means testing and significant structural changes to the programs […]

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SINGLE PAYER IS COMING—WE’VE OURSELVES TO BLAME

Promises to repeal and replace the A.C.A ( ObamaCare) is clearly in trouble and whatever emerges from this mess will be a far cry from the solemn pledges Republicans have made for the last 8 years. Stop the presses—politicians lying.  It is however a tad disingenuous to put it entirely on the backs of republicans […]

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REPUBLICANS NEED TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE WITH HEALTH CARE DISCUSSION

One of the most vocal complaints so far in the Senates discussion on Health Care reform has been the proposal to turn the Medicaid program back to the states in the form of a Block Grant program.  It is a very smart proposal, contrary to the screams you hear from the predictable corners.   Countless […]

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HEALTH CARE REFORM — SOME FACTS & MYTHS

Listening to the members of Congress and certainly some in the media discuss the array of impacts that would come from the proposal being contemplated in the U.S Senate leaves one to ask the question….have these folks ever really studied the topic ?  Do they grasp the very simple economic constructs that drive health care […]

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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