You remember Del. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), right? He was the white guy trying to tell Rosalyn Dance she wasn't black enough to be a black Democrat. Well, according to WRIC in Richmond, we now have THIS ...
HENRICO, Va - The Henrico Commonwealth's attorney Shannon Taylor has confirmed there is a police investigation underway involving Henrico delegate Joe Morrissey (D-Henrico) and a juvenile girl.
No details on the age of the juvenile and no arrest has been made at this time. We are working to get more information and when we do we will pass it along.
What a disaster this will turn out to be if Obama lets the machine take us into war again. I get the feeling the better angels of his nature will resist, but the political and military pressure he must be under to flex our muscles (for no reason) is probably quite intense. Thankfully, there seems to be some real bipartisan opposition to this folly right here in Virignia. From Politico:
Sen. Tim Kaine:
“Absent an imminent threat to United States national security, the U.S. should not be engaged in military action without congressional approval.”
Okay, that was kind of bland but I suppose that is the best we'll get out of Kaine, who's is a lackey of O of A. But thankfully, Rep. Scott Rigell stepped up to the plate and offered this:
“It is not the king’s army,” Rigell told POLITICO. “The point is here is we have to challenge this basic premise that’s dangerously permeating Washington and really throughout America that it’s the president’s prerogative alone. It’s not. The use of that much force should be a judicious collaborative decision.”
Rigell, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called engagement in the Middle East a “quagmire.”
“It’s a quagmire military, it’s a conundrum politically … a cauldron of confusion. This is a region that is just inherently unstable,” Rigell said. “The idea of injecting, inserting U.S. troops — I haven’t seen anything yet that reaches that level.”
Woof. I hope people are listneing to Rigell on this.
Boyd Marcus is going to work for Terry McAuliffe. What is this, Game of Thrones?
Please please please, do not believe the bullshit he spewed out about wanting to back a candidate that will work together. This is not a man who has ever been interested in working with Democrats in his entire life. This is a man who is part of a machine that lead the way in the Gingrich 90s for a Republican Party of strident partisanship. This was the party of punching soft teeth down whiny throats, of Oliver North for Seante, and of accusing Jim Webb of being a pedophile. When I read his quote for justification, I laughed nearly out of my chair. This has nothing to do with working with Democrats, trust me. It makes me chuckle when I hear these guys talk about how partisan and nasty Ken Cuccinelli is. I've followed his career for a long time, and while he's always been principled and conservative, he's never been nasty because he came up in Northern Virginia. He couldn't be. He has always allowed people to think that, but even Democrats up here who really know know that Cuccinelli has won on his brains, guile, and hard work.
This is about money and power. Plain and simple, like it always is in politics. The gravy train is gone for guys like Boyd Marcus. They use to run this party and they do not anymore. This isn't about conservative or moderate, because frankly these guys like Marcus are no moderates. This is about insiders versus outsiders. The outsiders have won. Instead of being the good soldier like he preached for years and years to the rest of us, he's tucked tail and run. He hasn't even run to someone who holds the qualities he claims he's looking for. Terry McAuliffe? Really, Boyd? Bill Clinton's Chinese bag man?
The people who I really feel sorry for are all the volunteers and employees who have worked for Boyd and, most recently, Bill Bolling. I'm sure they have no love loss for me, but he's embarrassed them and possibly hurt their chances for employment in the future. Oh well.
Bezos is netting $600 million over ten years for the deal. Ron Paul's new institute makes an interesting point ... it was The Washington Post itself that revealed Top Secret America in its 2010 series. Can we expext the same? I understand that Bezos himself owns the Post now and not Amazon, but how can one be indistiguishable from the other?
Perhaps my previous excitement for a Bezos-owned Post was a bit premature. To say the least.
Ken Cuccinelli smartly called for a special session of the General Assembly do deal with ethics reform. As usual, the keystone kops running the House of Delegates say, "nah ..." So I'm not one of these guys out there trying to pretend this is anything more than it is ... politics. Pure politics, the House Republicans whiffed big time. While many are no doubt are scared of this issue given Rolex Bob's recent troubles, there is a unique opening for Cuccinelli on this issue.
That opening is Terry McAuliffe.
While Democrats would love to run on ethics, their gubernatorial standard-bearer is a man who left his wife and new-born son in the car while he ran in to a fundraiser, justifying it with the classy line "I felt bad for Dorothy, but it was a million bucks for the Democratic Party ..." Nice.
Terry McAuliffe does not want to talk about ethics, and while there might be a few squirmy moments for the Republicans and Cuccinelli, ethics is an issue that can be thrown on Terry like cement shoes. McDonnell raised the issue, its out there now, so we shouldn't run away from it. The Democrats aren't really talking about it because they know who their nominee is. For now, they are content to just let the drip drip for the Washington Post investigations do the damage for them.
Once again, Bill Howell is hiding behind his redistricted castle. Let's not rock the boat, we have a huge majority that will likely coast to reelection. We shouldn't be afraid to talk about this, to rebuke one of our own when needed, and make sure something like this never happens again. Once again, though, its Howell The Weak who is standing pat. Sometimes I wish we had a Dick Saslaw somewhere in the GOP leadership, to be honest. As it is, we are where we are. Back to the grind.
For anyone who has grown up or lived in the DC, Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland area we know that this is huge news. Even more huge was the fact that THE Washington Post sold for a measly $250 million. The Grahams probably could haven't gotten more than that in the 80s. For me, this is a very exciting development and that is because of the man that bought it ... Jeff Bezos.
Newspapers reached their climax in the era when mega-millionaires owned them, not when corporate entities did. Furthermore, Bezos is what I would call a 21st century man. He defies contemporary political description. Politico has several articles painfully trying to figure out just who he is and what his politics are. Short-sighted reporting like that is exactly why I'm so excited to hear Bezos and what he wants to do.
Perhaps the biggest drain on print media is the fact that, in many ways, journalism is still stuck in Watergate. The goal has become to "get a president," or whoever else you might substitute for a president. Which is fine I guess if the person is worth getting. But there is something about print journalism, especially the elite papers, that is so backwards. Everything that people my age are doing and looking at moving further and further into this new century is not represented by these papers. Newspapers aren't dying because dummy bloggers like me have come along. They are dying because they don't look at the world the way we do, because political reporting is still scandal-chasing, and constantly reinforcing the fake left-right dichotomy that the political parties want to force on us.
That is the core. Americans more on more from both the left and the right are understanding that the real divide in this country isn't between left and right, but insider and outsider. Big money banks and companies get bailouts, while the rest of us are forced to fend for ourselves. State governments give lavish tax breaks to bring in big businesses but screw the rest of us. Those with money want to buy influence with both parties, and the way to cover that up is to hide behind social issue divisions that keep us distracted from what is really going on. The Post, nor the New York Times or any of them, ever made that distinction and instead furthered that agenda. The Grahams were famous for their power in this town, and in no way would they ever really try and change it.
Jeff Bezos is from the West Coast and made his money in Seattle. He is a dreamer of the 21st century who has changed the way people live every day. He has made all manner of products affordable and easy to get. He is a paradigm-changer, someone who understands where the world is headed. This is not a guy who will fall easily in the left-right world so many in the beltway and in the establishment of both parties inhabit. But that is why I think a Bezos-led Washington Post is so excited. With the internet and social media, he can take the Post beyond the beltway and put his stamp on it, making it a newspaper/news outlet for the 21st century. He make make for the rest of us, not just for the people the Grahams had at their dinner party.