Monday, June 26, 2006

Money $aver tip - Virginia Sales Tax Holiday

VA will NOT charge sales tax on certain items on Aug 4 - 6, 2006.

For more information, visit the website below.

Tax holiday site

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

NEA teacher's union set to endorse homosexual marriage

June 19, 2006

National Education Association Set to Endorse Homosexual Marriage

Teacher's union begins plans to promote homosexual marriage in public schools

The National Education Association is set to endorse homosexual marriage at their convention coming up in Orlando June 29 through July 6.

The new NEA proposal essentially says schools should support and actively promote homosexual marriage and other forms of marriage (two men and one woman, three women, two women and three men, etc.) in their local schools.

The new proposal, expected to pass overwhelmingly, is found under the B-8 Diversity paragraph:

The Association... believes in the importance of observances, programs and curricula that accurately portray and recognize the roles, contributions, cultures, and history of these diverse groups and individuals.

The Association believes that legal rights and responsibilities with regard to medical decisions, taxes, inheritance, adoption, legal immigration, domestic partnerships, and civil unions and/or marriage belong to all these diverse groups and individuals.

Translated, that means the NEA will promote homosexual marriage in every avenue they have available, including textbooks, to all children at all age levels and without the permission or knowledge of parents. Their plans will include every public school in America.

VEA contact information (Virgina Education Assn., an affiliate of NEA)

Princess Moss
VEA President
116 South Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 648-5801

AFA Website

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

MySpace and Parents

If you aren't internet savvy, your children are in danger. Don't think so? Then you'd better read this article from Bobby Eberle.
Children are growing up around this technology, and parents need to make sure they know what their children are doing and what sites they are visiting on the Internet. If parents are not watching their children, they should know that others out there on the Internet are… and that’s the danger.
MySpace is not inherently evil, but just like a shopping mall can house predators, so too can MySpace. Only, while your kid offers up no personal info at a shopping mall and can see her likely predators and realize they are not a 16 year old girl, they do not have that advantage on MySpace (or any other site on the web). MySpace is not evil or immoral (although they should suffer for all that ad overload), any more than the internet is, but you have to take their hand and help them navigate this world.

Remember, you can't cut off the internet altogether or they'll navigate it on their own alone when they are out of your home. Also, their future employment will probably depend on it's use. So, learn to use the internet. Read forums. Learn to enjoy the internet so you can see what all the fuss is about. Otherwise the temptation to cut it off will be too great.

The internet is like having access, instantly, to everyone on the globe. That can be scary, but it can be wholly rewarding as well.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Conservatives, vote tomorrow in VA for MILLER

Conservatives, vote tomorrow in VA for MILLER

Since Virginia has open primaries, ANY REGISTERED VOTER can vote in ANY primary.

As a conservative, I plan to hold my nose and vote in the Democrat primary tomorrow, Tues. June 13.

Jim Webb and Harris Miller are running for the Democrat nomination for US Senate to oppose George Allen. Miller is the more liberal, Webb is a former Reagan official and military man.

The Democrats, desparate for a win, seem to be pushing Webb in many parts of VA.

I plan to VOTE FOR MILLER and encourage all to do the same, as he is the weakest opponent to George Allen.

The Democrat party in VA has fought against party-only primaries for year, because they want to mess with Republican elections.

Let's show them that open primaries are indeed a double-edged sword.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Democrats Irked Over Zarqawi's Death

Democrats Irked Over Zarqawi's Death

Grass-roots Democrats weighing in on several popular liberal Web sites Thursday morning said that they were troubled by reports that al Qaida's top operational terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been killed in a U.S. air strike.

Reacting to the news, one visitor to the Daily Kos complained that using military force to kill Zarqawi "violates everything my America stands for."

"It violates the rule of law and invokes the rule of force in what should be a criminal, not a military, matter."

Another Daily Kos'er was irked because he thought the news would benefit President Bush:

"No doubt Karl Rove will have the sock puppet president acting as if he personally dropped the bomb that killed that jackass," he wrote. "But other than a couple of photo ops of Bush looking cocky, it does nothing because two more tin-plated Zarqawi's will pop up."

A third Kos poster suggested that there was little difference between the top al-Qaida terrorist and the leader of the free world, writing: "Now [that] we are rid of one murderous tyrant - how about the removal of another one - believed hiding in a safe-house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?"
Over at the Democratic Underground, reaction to news of Zarqawi's death was also negative:

"Convenient too that this would happen now," complained one DU'er: "Guess we should just all forget about that Haditha mess, the fact that we are approaching 2,500 dead and the fact that our economy is in big trouble."

Another DU poster said that killing the al-Qaida chief really wasn't such a big deal, insisting: "Zarqawi was a fringe group of al-Qaida, and definitely not responsible for the bulk of the insurgency and civil war now occurring in Iraq. Any gains that they hope to receive will be short-lived when reality strikes home."

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Federal Workers Reap Big Rewards

Thursday, June 1, 2006 6:24 a.m. EDT

Federal Workers Reap Big Rewards

Compensation for the federal government's 1.9 million civilian workers in the executive branch costs almost $200 billion annually, according to a study by Chris Edwards, director of Tax Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.

Federal wages and benefits, Edwards reports, have been rising quickly, and by 2004, the average compensation of federal workers was almost twice the average in the private sector.

As a result, Edwards says that "The federal civilian workforce has become an elite island of secure and high-paid workers, separated from the ocean of private-sector American workers who must compete in today’s dynamic economy.”

His study, "Federal Pay outpaces Private-Sector Pay," Cato Institute, May 2006, showed:

The average federal worker earned $100,178 in wages and benefits in 2004, which compared to $51,876 for the average private-sector worker. Looking just at wages, federal workers earned an average $66,558, 56 percent more than the $42,635 earned by the average private worker.

According to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data, since 1990 average compensation has increased 115 percent in the government and 69 percent in the private sector.

Pay inflation has been fueled by routine adjustments that move workers into higher salary brackets regardless of performance, and by jobs that are redefined upward into higher pay ranges; the federal civilian workforce has become an elite island of secure and high-paid workers, separated from the ocean of private-sector American workers who must compete in today's dynamic economy.

Edwards asks: "Are federal workers underpaid or overpaid? Despite the escalation of federal compensation, some government studies have found that federal workers are underpaid, and that they suffer from a 'pay gap' compared to private-sector workers. By contrast, some academic studies have found that federal workers are overpaid. Comparison studies that find a pay gap sometimes compare federal workers to those in large businesses. But many U.S. workers are employed by small businesses, which to have lower compensation levels. More important, comparison studies typically look just at wages and don’t consider the superior benefits paid the government. Federal workers receive government health benefits, a pension plan with inflation protection, and a retirement savings plan with a very generous match. (By contrast, 40 percent of private-sector workers do not have access to an employer retirement plan at all.)

"Federal workers typically have generous holiday and vacation schedules, flexible work hours, training options, incentive awards, excessive disability benefits, flexible spending accounts, union protections and a usually more relaxed pace of work than private workers. Perhaps the most important benefit of federal work is the extreme job security. The rate of "involuntary separations” (layoffs and firings) in the federal workforce is just one-quarter the rate in the private sector. Just 1 in 5,000 federal non-defense workers is fired for poor performance each year. All these federal advantages in benefits suggest that, in comparable jobs, federal wages should be lower than private-sector wages.”

Congress, Edwards recommended, should restrain federal compensation by freezing federal wages for a period of years and examining fringe benefit programs for possible savings. In the longer term, the coming surge in federal worker retirement as baby boomers enter their sixties offers an opportunity to downsize federal agencies without problematic layoffs or buyouts.