To my Liberal NPR friends..... All during the 2012 Presidential election you guys preached and reminded me at every opportunity that Romney was part of the evil 1%er's and that there was NO WAY he could understand or represent me as President... But yet now I see you have no comment on or even mention that Senator Mark Warner (Dem) of Virginia has a average net worth of over $257,000,000, or $257 million, or quarter of $1 Billion, or how he could represent me?.......
Several observations from this weekend’s Labor Day Parade
down in Buena Vista, Virginia..
It’s nice to be able to show up at a decent time
just before the parade starts as compared to getting there hour and half
earlier and trying to coordinate volunteers, committees, officials, etc.
2.Ridding “Shotgun” in the float pulling truck is
much easier on the paws. Easier to observe the crowds and point out interesting
factoids instead of later “Did you see that?”…..
3.As I watched Democrat Senator Mark Warner (D)
crisscross the street many times trying to shake as many hands and possible
(with dependent local media in tow) it was obvious and easy to note how many
empty business storefronts he walked past. Something that he stressed in his
speech after the parade was jobs and helping business growth. But yet the local
media failed to ask the Senator of five years how this happened during his
watch and what did he do about it…
4.Sit back and watch the mass of Democrat (paid)
college kids all dressed in campaign shirts wandering aimlessly with the
candidate down streets they had never seen before. Obvious for none of these
hirelings associated with or even talked with or walk with the Rockbridge
Democrat float that was just ahead of the blue-mass…
5.Note the numerous Republican yard signs that the
Dem-muchkins blocked by putting the Democrat Warner yard sign directly in front
of them. This is not new and many people see this tactic and comment it over
the years. “Think you might win a person’s vote by doing this?”
6.Observe the usual hundreds of Democrat Warner
signs on the hill near the Maury River just before the pavilion. Again, obviously
none of the “Paid” volunteers walking with the Senator are from this area or
part of the local Democratic committee….
7.Senator Warner is known for his legendary perspiration
during parades and once again no change. Only hope he sweats that much on
election night. No worries, if in fact he becomes “unemployed” after election
night he still has an average net worth of over $257 MILLION so he will
survive. Sure, he understands what you guys are going through in Buena Vista…..
8.After watching Warner’s speech I could only
notice how he did not mention President Obama once during his speech. And
Warner is a guy they tell me voted with Obama 97% of the time during his five
years in the Senate…
9.Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte and
Delegate Ben Cline took the time during their speeches to point out the
failures of the Obama administration and the support Obama got from Warner. The
“Boys were off the Leash”….
10.3rd Party Libertarian candidate
Sarvis got to talk last and immediately picked fights with the audience from
the “Left & the Right” at which time the Republican crowd left the Pavilion.
Common knowledge is that “Libertarian” candidates tend to take votes away from
the Republican candidate as compared to the Democrat guy. Needless to say it
was fun to watch the hired Demo-college kids sitting there with blank stares
wondering if they should still applaud the Libertarian guy who just got
trashing their democrat candidate as well…..The “After Party”…..
President Obama took the resignation from the top guy at the Veterans administration today and said this:
“With considerable regret, I accepted,” Obama said. “We don’t have time for distractions,” he added. “We need to fix the problem.”
But yet my same Liberal Democrats friends forget what Obama said back six years ago in his book that he made $$MILLIONS$$ off of from my same Liberal Democrat friends....
"The current Administration has consistently underinvested in the health care for our heroic veterans. ... As President, Barack Obama will fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it. ... Finally, an Obama Administration will take on the massive backlog of hundreds of thousands of VA benefits claims. As President, Barack Obama will hire additional claims workers and spearhead an effort to develop an updated training and management model that will ensure that VA benefits decisions are rated fairly and consistently and stem from adequate training and accountability for each claims adjudicators."
From the book "Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise," (NY: Three Rivers Press, 2008), p. 123-124
Team "Signs Unlimted" out of Key West took First Place and over $25,000 in prize money by winning the Florida Keys Dolphin Championship with a 46.8 lb Bull Dolphin...
Team Captain and owner also owns and operates the "Signs Unlimted" production and sales location in Key West and is also a local resident. He was fishing the tournament with his family on the boat for the two day tournament.
This was the first time that this team ever fished a tournament and in fact stopped at the local hardware store on the way in to pick up frozen pre-rigged bait for the trip. I registered this team the night before at the registration party and the Capt asked me what to do if they caught a large fish. My advice was if it happened to slowly turn the boat towards land and make sure they got to the weigh station before closing or the fish would not count... Signs Unlimited arrive at the weigh station 2-1/2 hours early and paced the dock several times !!...
The FKDC "Florida Keys Dolphin Championship" encompasses the entire Florida Keys with District weigh in locations from Key Largo to Key West providing the opportunity to weigh any caught fish at any district location...
The Florida Keys always provides a nice environment for this tournament and favored by both locale and out of state anglers...
This tournament provides numerous categories to compete in including a Female Anglers division as well as winnings for each of the five districts...
A predetermined percentage of the total winnings is automatically set aside and goes towards several local charities who provide volunteers during the tournament...
Registration night is always a party providing the numerous fishing teams to go over rules & strategies for the upcoming two days of fishing...
Many fine boats in this tournament including this 45 foot SeaHunter center console...
Tournament T-shirts always prove to be a popular item...
Every year or so I make the hike to the top of Bluff mountain which is SouthEast of Buena Vista just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the Appalachian trail to visit the marker for little Ottie Cline Powell.
Back in 1891 Ottie and his schoolmates were instructed by their teacher to return with some wood for the schoolhouse stove after their recess period but Ottie never returned. The town came out in force searching the mountain areas for the boy but were not able to find him. Ironically one of the families friends brought a dog that knew Ottie well and the dog insisted in heading upt towards the top of the mountain but the searchers disregarded the dog thinking that there was no way Ottie could\would have headed for the top of the mountain. Ottie's body was found a year later and returned to the town for proper burial. Very good write up of this also posted here...
The hike up to Bluff Mountain is not a long one at about 1.8 miles but with a considerable elevation climb in a short distance. Nothing compared to the 7 miles that Ottie hiked from the schoolhouse...
In the several hikes that I have made to this spot I have always found items left by the Applachian Trail hikers at the marker and have heard that several Thru-hikers doing the entire 2,227+ miles of the trail carry something to leave Ottie as a present of their visit. Also note that the neame "Ottie" is usually worn & shinny from the hikers rubbing the name. It is also common to see coins left on the marker to record the hikers visit and Dimes are common. This is a variation to the tribute used by many military friends to companions graves.... According to some, leaving coins on a headstone has very specific meaning for military burials. Generally speaking, a visitor who did not know the deceased well enough to be considered a friend might leave a penny. Someone who went through boot camp or a training class with the deceased might leave a nickel. A friend who served in another platoon within the same company might leave a dime. A buddy who served in the same outfit, or was with the deceased when he died, might leave a quarter.