There are very few albums that can touch Oasis's 1994 "Definitely Maybe." Very few. Oasis is in my top three along with Dave Mathews and Pearl Jam as the bands that help narrate my life. The years 1992-2000 pretty much be defined by Dave's "Under The Table And Dreaming and "Crash," Pearl Jam's "Ten" and "Vs," along with Oasis's "Definitely Maybe" and "(What's The Story) Morning Glory." Just classic 90's rock. There is truly nothing better. Though others will probably protest, I think Oasis's masterpiece is from that first record.
First Barack Obama sat at the knee of a domestic terrorist, then in the pews of a hateful pastor, and know we find out he shared the dinner table many a nights with a man who is anti-Israel and a Palestinian apologist. I have never seen one single candidate so woefully naive and so woefully unprepared for what he is about to undertake should he win this election. At worst, he's too dumb to know what these guys are really talking about, but I think Barack Obama is smart. He knew exactly what they were talking about it. And its even more of a reason to vote for John McCain.
Erick Erickson has an incredible post about how former Romney supporters and staffers, even ones working for McCain-Palin right now, are behind much of the anti-Palin narratives out there. Pundits like Kathleen Parker who regularly smear Palin were also the same pundits who were first out of the gate for Romney. Unlike some of the posters on RedState, I fully believe Mitt Romney knows this is going on and more than likely is directing it. We all know that McCain's veepstakes came down to Romney vs. anyone-but-Romney. Romney's only chance for a political future in the Republican Party was to be either Vice-President or the valiant conservative defender. Now both of those positions go to Sarah Palin. Furthermore, Palin has generated the excitement and faith of the conservative voter in a way that Mitt Romney, despite all of his millions of dollars, just could never generate. It must be galling to him.
A RedState post got me thinking, and agreeing, that Alaska is better off in the United States Senate with Mark Begich. Its not easy to write or say, especially since Alaska's own Sarah Palin has so electrified the country and our party. But folks, lets be honest, Ted Stevens is crooked. He is now a convicted criminal and has no business in the United States Senate. He needs to resign, and if elected he needs to resign. I'm hoping Sarah Palin steps up and says something about this because she has taken on the Stevens-Murkowski-Young good ol' boy axis in Alaska.
But forget about politics. Mark Begich may stand for many things I don't, but above everything else he's not a convicted felon. Its not easy or fun to write this, and we've been writing too many of these for guys on our side. But Ted Stevens is a disgrace to Alaska, the US Senate (and thats saying something), and the country. He has no business serving in the US Senate.
This issue means a lot to me. One of those ballots belongs to my brother who's serving in Egypt and I grew up in the foreign service, so overseas and absentee ballots mean a lot to me, and what is happening in Fairfax County - my county - is especially galling. Remember, this is more than military votes, its also our diplomats, embassy and consulate staff all across the world that serve their country and stand as the world's first impression of Americans.
All military, federal, and diplomatic perssonell should this applaud Delegate Bill Janis and especially Attorney General Bob McDonnell for demanding through legal opinion that these votes should matter. I hope these folks, many of whom live here in Northern Virginia, remember Bob McDonnell next year for being the lone Virginia elected official to stand up to this. He doesn't shrug his shoulders and say "it stinks, but its the law." Where's Mark Warner on this? Where's Tim Kaine? Brian Moran? Well, Mr. Suleman, it is the law . . . the chief law enforcement officer of Virginia has let it be know that it is not the law. To all those federal employees, remember its Bob McDonnell standing up for you today.
Fairfax-Attorney GeneralBob McDonnell released a formal opinion today concluding that federal absentee ballots from overseas military voters lacking the printed name and address of a witness must be counted. The opinion affirms that federal law preempts state law, thus clarifying the state and federal statutes regarding the issue. The confusion centered over whether a state law requiring a witness’s printed name and address controls federal absentee ballots or the federal law governs this issue. The opinion was requested by Delegate Bill Janis (R-Henrico) and is attached to this release. In the formal opinion the Attorney General finds, “It is….my opinion that the applicable provision of Virginia law, § 24.2-702.1(B), interpreted to require an overseas military voter submitting only a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to include the printed name and address of the person who signs the witness statement is preempted by the provisions of the (federal) Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Finally, it is my opinion that general registrars may not reject a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballotsubmitted by overseas military voters for the November 4, 2008 federal election that does not include a printed name and address for the person who signs the witness statement…..” Approximately 100 Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots have been set aside in Fairfax County pending a legal conclusion regarding the discrepancy between state and federal law. Additional Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots may also have been received in other jurisdictions. The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is most commonly used by members of the military who are stationed overseas and have not received a state absentee ballot. It is a means by which service members can be guaranteed a vote in federal elections.
Thus far Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been an exceptional attorney general but the recent actions of Governor Tim Kaine, no doubt in concert with the Obama campaign of which he is a national chairman, to restore voting rights to felons at an alarming clip. As of now, too many Republicans outside of Bill Janis have been willing to take Tim Kaine on on much of anything but this is something that needs looked at immediately. Further investigation of voting rights must be done here in Fairfax County even more urgently.
Seriously, its unbelievable. Considering all the crap Sarah Palin has to put up with on a daily basis, this is nothing. But its also a harbinger, and I have no doubt that the Obama White House will be as secretive and as closed as their campaign has been. The only difference between Obama and Bush is the press is rooting for Obama so they won't question him. Every inch of Palin's record is combed for bombs, but they completely leave Joe Biden's checkered record in the dark that includes setting up sweet deals for his lobbyist sons. Just proof of the double-standard we will have to live with should Obama be elected.
The reason, as that post explains, why tax breaks for 401(k)s are so import is for matching funds. Its a huge weapon that businesses use to hire people - especially young people. I should know, I work for a company that offers this and its something that I am doing right now. My company pledges to match up to 3% of what I take out of my check and put into my 401(k). Its something that I'm very invested in because I know for sure there will be no social security for me. So while Obama preaches about the future and how he will restore America from Bush's economic policies its seems like the economists wrapped around him seek to hurt young people who are invested in the 401(k) system because we have no confidence in the social security program. Its incredibly short-sighted, selling out the future to spread the wealth of others around now. Obama claims he will "cut taxes" for 95% of Americans, its being unearthed that its all a fraud as Obama has become the vessel for leftist economists bent on redistributing wealth instead of allowing it to grown naturally.
Check out lightweight contender Sean Sherk's workout for his UFC 90 fight against Tyson Griffin. Griffin is a good fighter, but there's a reason why Sherk's called "The Muscle Shark." Its too bad Sherk decided to box with BJ Penn because if he fought his fight - smothering wrestling and ground n' poound - he could have won. I have a feeling Tyson Griffin is gonna get tore'd up!
Could Obama actually win Virginia but then lose Pennsylvania? And is there any electoral math out there based on the Bush-Kerry breakdown that can have Obama overcoming the lose of Pennsylvania even if he picked up Virginia?
I think the Bush-Kerry map needs to be thrown out the window, and we are going to be seeing some weird things happen this year. I don't think Obama has ever lead McCain in Virginia by ten points, but I think it will end up percentage-wise broken down along the same lines as the Bolling-Byrne LG race. Why? I think that race, a conservative Republican from downstate vs. a liberal Democrat form upstate, is the best representation of where this state is generically. I think McCain wins Virignia by about as much as Bolling did percentage-wise. But who knows, I think Obama definatly can win the Old Dominion but we'll see.
I'm not sold PA is in our house yet either. That state has broken Republican hearts for years, but McCain seems to be the perfect candidate Republicans could have run in that state as he appeals too blue collar workers, veterans, and independents.
I need someone to help me out. I moved from Fairfax to Reston and changed my voter registration at the end of August. I still haven't gotten my card sent in the mail. Where or what number can I go or call to find out exactly where I'm registered. I'm swamped all the time and just don't have the time to look this up. Hopefully someone can help me out. Thanks!
Leave it to "Say It Ain't So" Joe to tell America exactly what will happen should Barrack Obama become president.
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking," Biden said. "Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
Thats just what we need, to invite our enemies to attack and test us because our President won't be up to the task. Just what we need.
Just as I'm getting into your past shows and digging your real fighters, you go and collapse. They really had the talent to compete with the UFC and had a much better avenue in CBS network television and Showtime for major mainstream exposure. And they had a roster full of pretty good talent up and down: Jake Sheilds, Wilson Reis, Robbie Lawler, KJ Noons, Nick Diaz, Bigfoot Silva, Ninja Rua, Benji Radich, Ken and Frank Shamrock, Brett Rogers, Scott Smith, and Joey Villasenor. Even the chicks led by Gina Carano and Cyborg were for real. They seemed to be on the verge of signing Tito Ortiz. These were really good fighters and though EXC was nowhere near as deep as UFC, they had very compelling match-ups still to come.
Its good and bad for MMA. Its good because the people who ran ProElite were stains who had no idea what they were doing and worse yet, pressured fighters to work a certain way to help out certain talent. Basically, implicitly fixing fights. Their collapse is good because it proves that this sport will not go the way of boxing and the true fans want integrity in the fights. Its also good because we can finally say goodbye to Kimbo Slice. The inherent lesson of EliteXC is that you can't cut corners to succeed. To a point, you can, but backing Slice - an untrained professional fighter with no previous discipline to base his skill set off of - proved to be the fatal error. In both the James Thompson fight and then the 14 second knockout to Seth Petruzelli, Slice showed he had no business in an MMA cage and no amount of paid training and hype could help.
The bad is that MMA has lost serious competition and exposure on network TV. Despite the Kimbo nonsense, people who watched that show still got to see Andrei Arlovski and Jake Shields among others. Having the UFC as the only game in town is not good. More than likely they'll gobble up the better fighters - Shields, Lawler, Reis and possibly Rogers and Silva. Affliction has Fedor Emelieneko, the consensus top heavyweight in the world, along with some other good fighters. Affliction is MMA's last chance to have real competition and real competition means more free shows and better fights.
Its a shame. I was looking forward to the November 8 show with Lawler headlining.
Just two weeks after the embarassing EliteXC/Kimbo/Petruzelli show, UFC went on to Spike TV for a free show to remind the world how its done. This was over in Birmingham, England and really was a great night of fights. Here the quick results:
Welterweight -"The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis d. Paul Kelly (Submission), handing the Brit his first professional loss. Kelly looked great but got caught out of position and tapped to a guillotine choke by Davis in the second. Afterwards, Davis begs Dana White to give him a fight in Ireland at UFC 93.
Welterweight - Chris "Lights Out" Lytle d. "Relentless" Paul Taylor (Unanimous Decision). Absolutely outstanding fight. Lytle is a favorite of mine, and he won the first round with his striking, but got tired and Taylor took the second. The third was close, but even though Lytle was tired he got enough combos in the third to eek out a close win. Afterwards, Lytle answered Marcus Davis's plea and says he'll gladly fight Davis in Ireland.
Light Heavyweight - Luiz Cane d. Sokoudjou (TKO Strikes). Soko came out like a mad man in the first round and dominated Cane, but the Brazilian never went down. Soko won the first round but gassed himself out. The better pacing of Cane paid of as he took Soko down with a knee strike and then dropped him with a left. A couple ground strikes and it was over. Soko is probably done in the UFC, he hasn't looked good against either Cane or Lyoto Machida. Cane should move up and start fighting some better fighters. He looked good and fought smart.
Light Heavyweight - Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine d. Brandon "The Truth" Vera (Split Decision). This was a great tight fight. Jardine's strikes were more accurate and he did a better job of mixing up his kicks and punches and mixed in some take downs. I had Jardine winning rounds 1 and 3, while Vera took 2. It was tough close fight but Jardine was more active. This puts Jardine back in the title picture. The next two title fights are set with Rashad getting his shot and more than likely the winner of Rampage-Wanderlei getting the next one. There's Lyoto Machida or even a rematch with Chuck Liddell or Rich Franklin. Not sure where Vera goes from here, he's 1-3 in his last four fights. I always thought he was overrated anyway.
Middleweight - Michael "The Count" Bisping d. Chris "The Crippler" Leben (Unanimous Decision). Leben proved he was a new fighter, but Bisping proved he was a smarter fighter. Playing into Leben's aggression and constant forward movement, Bisping spent three rounds counter-striking, moving, making Leben chase him. It was a good close fight, and Bisping proved he could take Leben's heavy hands. I have criticized Bisping for not beating anyone good but he did tonight. This was a BIG step forward for Bisping. After the fight he was asked if he was ready for a title shot, he smiled and said not yet and needs one or two more good wins. He's slated to coach on The Ultimate Fighter 9: UK vs. USA probably with Dan Henderson. There is also Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt out there. I eat my words on Bisping, this win shows he is for real at 185 lbs.
Good good wins for Jardine and Bisping. Leben proved he's a new man and will get more good fights, while I have no idea where Brandon Vera goes. I hope some folks who watched the CBS show and were put off tuned in for this show.
Whether its President McCain or El Presidente Obama, Fred Barnes has a fascinating article about Sarah Palin and her future in the Republican Party. In the article, we get a quote from Governor Palin with regard to the future of the party. I can't think of a quote more dead-on that applies to the state of this party:
"I would love to promote the party ideals if we're going to live out the ideals and maybe allow other American voters to understand what the principles of the party are . . . We've got to be assured we have enough people in the party who will live out those ideals and it's not just rhetoric. Otherwise, I'd be wasting my time. There are a lot of things I would and should be doing."
John McCain is a patriot, a war hero, and the most honorable public servant in America. He must be our next president. However, for the purposes of the Republican Party we know John McCain will not be the man to return conservatism to America. McCain's ideology is a mishmash of fiscal conservatism and bipartisan, consensus-building domestic policy. He's a mix of Teddy Roosevelt and John Adams - convinced he can save the country based on his own experience and instincts that at times both embraces and eschews party ideology.
But what comes after John McCain, win or lose? We know what we are getting with him, there will be no surprises. Palin's comments speak to the future. In the last four years or so the party has languished because we have elected people who spoke ideals but did not live them: Foley, DeLay, Vitter, Fosselli, Cunningham, Doolittle, among many others. Here in Virginia, that transformation has taken place as well. I'm of the opinion that McCain will be a one-term president so win or lose, Republicans need to figure out what's next. Where do we go?
Its clear from Governor Palin's remark that she believes the Party has a choice. Keep the same or change. Find candidates who will do what they say, who will stand by a conservative principle at every level of government and work for them. It takes more than one person to make a movement, its the work of the grassroots. But to get people to work, we must have candidates who won't wilt under the pressure of power and become something they were not before.
Keith Fimian has a knack for getting things right. From The Hill, he has declared that members of Congress who served on the Banking Committee should go to jail for the role they helped play in our economic distress. Is there a better quote than this that sums up the problems of our Democrat-lead Congress?
“We can’t even govern our way out of a situation like this without
larding up the bill. It’s tragic . . . There should be people
indicted and imprisoned that are on the Senate and House banking
Fimian clearly understands that things need to be done differently in Congress. Connolly wants to become Tom Davis with a D after his name. He wants to be the king-maker, the wheeler-dealer, who uses his congressional seat to dominate the local politics of his district. Nothing changes if we send Gerry Connolly to Congress. No fresh ideas, nothing new. Just the same. Connolly won't stand up to his party, and clearly won't have any interest in being independent like Fimian will be and Davis was.
A Congressman Fimian would give Virginia one of the most dynamic and fresh-thinking lawmakers in Congress, someone who has never held or run for office before so isn't jaded or distracted or simply looking to excercise raw political power. This guy has proven in his work that he cares about results and ethics. Two things that neither Gerry Connolly nor the Congress has.
Bet on the winners here: Chris Leben, Keith Jardine, Sokojdue, Paul Kelly, and Chris Lytle.
Saturday October 18 and 9:00 pm. LIVE and FREE on Spike TV. Make it happen people, this is a good chance to see real MMA on televions - not Kimbo Slice. You want to see the future of fight sports and you want to understand why boxing is a dead sport? Just watch Jardine and Vera, which has the makings of a classic. Just watch the drama of Chris Leben attempting to overcome his deamons and Michael Bisping fighting with the pressure of an entire country on him.
The worst part about working the hours that I do is that I'm basically chasing this blog, trying to get the posts I want up - so there hasn't been much yet on the new NHL season. Tonight the Washington Capitals faced their first big test of the season - the defending Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. It was an impressive victory.
Down 3-1 as the third period opened (I missed most of the second - The Office was on), they Caps showed grit, patience, and tenacity in coming all the way back. Really impressive was the line of Semin-Nylander-Fleischmann who just crashed the net all night. Just like in the Vancouver game, the Caps showed that when they turn the jets on they have one of the most destructive forechecks in hockey. The game reminded me of a fight where one guy looks great early but doesn't have the gas to finish the fight. The Capitals took their shots and their hits, and just hung on until Pittsburgh ran out, then finished them.
I'm still worried about Theodore's tendency to give up weak goals, as well as the injuries to Kozlov and Poti. Fleischmann looked great though, and luckily Federov can slide to the backline and play D. One thing I'm not worried about its Ovechkin. If the Caps can win with OV scoring less than 47% of the teams goals like last year, that is a huuuuuge improvement. Besides, Ovechkin really bangs out there and even when he's not scoring he dominates the ice when he's out there. In the third period he was everywhere constantly pushing the past and wearing the Pens defenders out.
Overall, this was a great win. Early in the year, this was as big test to see how good they were - The Pens are the Caps biggest rival and it was on the win. This victory was a great start to the season and should help continue to build the teams confidence going forward.
Tell me if you've heard this before? A lawyer from Southwest Virginia is attempting to take on a sitting member of of the General Assembly from Fairfax County in the race for Virginia Attorney General. A politically active lawyer from Roanoke named John Fishwick is apparently going to be challenging Delegate Steve Shannon for the nomination, garunteeing a vigirous (to say the least) primary among Virginia Democrats up and down the ticket with Deeds-Moran-McAuliff for Gov, Bowebank-Wagner for LG, and now Shannon-Fishwick for AG.
So since I'm from snobby Fairfax and barely know where Roanoke even is, can somehow help me out with Fishwick? Is this for real? Is it as for real as Brownlee - in that it'll make a lot of noise but in the end not having much effect?
McCain did fine tonight, and really it is too much to ask him to turn everything around in one debate. He's behind for sure, but not by 14. This will be close, and McCain can still win. But he's got to get a theme going, and attack Obama based on that them.
And I just wish for the day when the Republican Party nominates an orator. I'm tired of having to say "listen to what they say, not how they say it."
Unreal. I have extended family from Western PA and am good friends with many residents of the "T" in Pennsylvania, and this is incredible. They aren't racist. They aren't "progressive" and "enlightened" like many of Murtha's SanFran pals in Congress. Can you imagine your own congressman calling your entire area racist?
And he's going to be reelected by 20%. What a world we live in.