Alabama Ends Terror Watch List

“The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and antiwar organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.

The Web site identified different types of terrorists and listed groups it said could spawn terrorists. The list also included environmentalists, animal rights advocates and abortion opponents.”

Taking down the website isn’t enough. The State of Alabama should really consider issuing a written apology to each of the organizations that its so needlessly slandered.

On second thought, even a written apology isn’t enough for Alabama to save face. Whether the website has been taken down or not, this whole incident brings to the forefront a sickening right-wing political tactic that seems to have come into vogue in post 9/11 America. We’ve all seen it over and over again. From George W. Bush standing behind a podium and sending the message to opponents of the Iraq war that “you’re either with us, or you’re against us,” to the gut-wrenching attack ads used against former Senator Max Cleland, a triple-amputee Vietnam veteran, that showed his picture next to those of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, the right has artificially tied its ideological opponents to terrorism in every way possible. Not only is this dirty, attack politics at it’s absolute lowest point, but its a practice that flies squarely in the face of everything America is supposed to represent.

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From Reuters: Democrats to Fund Iraq War With No Pullout Date

The most disturbing part:

“Instead of setting schedules for pulling U.S. troops, it appeared the Democratic-run Congress and the Republican White House agreed for the first time to include conditions prodding Baghdad to make better progress toward quelling violence or risk losing around $1.3 billion in U.S. reconstruction aid.”

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A New Beginning.

Its amazing how fast time seems to move now that I’m out of the monotonous, humdrum world of high school. I’ve just finished my first year at William and Mary, and I really have no idea where the time went. It seems like, without the structured madness that is waking up at 6:00am every morning to spend seven hours in a white-walled concrete mass of a building, the days tend to flow seemlessly together. It’s really been a tough adjustment for me. Suddenly, nearly everything I’m passionate about took a back seat to orienting myself in the whirlwind of college life. One of those things is politics and government. Despite my Public Policy major, I’ve been unable to drive myself to take an active role. Even the initial glee of the midterm elections, an event that would’ve previously instilled a great since of hope, drive, and purpose in my work, came and went far too fast in a flurry of term papers and watching South Park reruns online at two in the morning. Suffice it to say that I took a year off from my civic duty.

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Closing Up Shop

I’ll no longer be blogging here at Blue in VA.

This site WILL be left up.

I’m now a regular contributor at The Virginia Progressive. Check it out. As soon as the Senate primary is over, I’m really hoping to delve into a solid analysis of important issues.

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The National Journal covers the planking.

The Shad Planking received national media attention this year from the National Journal’s Hotline blog.

Just one problem I have with their article.

It seemed to VASTLY understate the presence of Jim Webb at the Planking. Now I wasn’t there, but I’ve seen numerous pictures of Webb signs lining Rt. 460 and other roads around Wakefield, without an Allen sign to be seen in the area. Hotline, however, had this to say:

“Luckily for Allen, though, the half-dozen or so anti-abortion activists were probably the biggest nuisance he faced all day. His two SEN opponents, ex-technology lobbyist Harris Miller (D) and ex-Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D), both made appearances, but had little of the presence that the GOPer projected.”

Oh, so Sen. Allen PROJECTED thousands of Webb signs to dwarf his sign presence? I don’t think so.

Pictures courtesy of Kenton Ngo and Raising Kaine, respectively.

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Just pointing this out…

As AG McDonnell gives the keynote at Virginia’s most political event of the year, this is worth reflecting on:

“I will use my experience working across the aisle to make the office less political and improve the overall efficiency and responsiveness of our government.”

-Senator Creigh Deeds on his goals for the office of Attorney General

Mere months after winning the closest election in Virginia history, and with three shad plankings left before the 2009 Gubernatorial Race, AG McDonnell is campaigning for Governor.

Looks like we have another Jerry Kilgore. The AG’s office is just a stepping stone for McDonnell. I hope he uses it for SOME good while he’s there…

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I’m so glad that George Allen is focusing on issues important to Virginians…

This is from NewsMax (of all places…) and is kind of old:

“NewsMax caught up with Sen. George Allen at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Memphis, Tenn. to ask him about his proposed idea of withholding congressional pay when Congress fails to deliver legislation during the regular Congressional season…

…When asked who is actually supportive of the idea, the Senator laughed.
“I haven’t found any yet. However, I am going to try to find a way. [Sen. Tom] Coburn, R-Okla., ought to be with me. I’ll have to talk to him.”

Wow George…

Focusing your attention on legislation that has the support of 1 (ought to be 2, if you count Sen. Coburn) votes really is accomplishing what Virginians want accomplished by their legislators. Then again, so is running for President and Senate simultaneously. I REALLY want Sen. Allen to come up with a creative explaination for the Iowa license plate that was reportedly on his sign truck at the Shad Planking today.

Has our Senator left us for the state he wishes he was born in?

You be the judge (blatantly stolen from Raising Kaine):

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