26 December 2008

Pro-Family Policy Goals

The Family Research Council has released its "25 Pro-Family Policy Goals for the Nation" I believe it is worth a thorough reading for all conservatives. The Obama transition team has missed the boat. Instead of using this historic opportunity to unite the country around positive, family friendly legislation, the Obama team is instead having to talk about his connections to Governor Blago and his corrupt administration. Read this, download it, pass it around to family and friends. If you're a conservative, you need to heed this.

New Gun Owners of America Website

If you consider yourself to be a lover of the Second Amendment,  you need to go check out the new website at www.gunowners.org. I strongly consider GOA to be on the leading edge of protecting our Second Amendment rights.

25 December 2008

To Our Troops All Over the World

garth brooks- belleau

This is to all our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over the world. God Bless You and Merry Christmas from a grateful nation.

24 December 2008

Good Stuff

Huey Lewis & The News - Heart Of Rock 'n' Roll (HQ Audio)

Gimme this kind of music any day to Hip Hop or Rap. This was when Rock and Roll was good.

23 December 2008

Whale Wars - Simply an act of terrorism

Yes. You may have watched the television series, "Whale Wars" on Animal Planet. You may have even been entertained by those episodes, but in the opinion of one mariner, the acts of this group amounts to nothing more than piracy. I'm not a legal expert and some of my esteemed lawyer friends can correct me, but I believe they would be most closely defined as a terrorist cell. Seems to me that most of that group on the ship has WAY too much time on their hands.

22 December 2008

Christmas - The Birth of The King

I cannot let this opportunity pass without sharing with you few readers of this blog, the most detailed account of the birth of Jesus as found in the Gospel according to Luke. This passage presented here is taken from the New American Standard Bible(rev. ed. 1995)

Luke 2:1       Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.

Luke 2:2       This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Luke 2:3       And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

Luke 2:4       Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

Luke 2:5       in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

Luke 2:6       While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

Luke 2:7       And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:8       In the same region there were {some} shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

Luke 2:9       And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

Luke 2:10       But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

Luke 2:11       for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:12       "This {will be} a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Luke 2:13       And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Luke 2:14       "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

Luke 2:15 
      When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds {began} saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."

Luke 2:16       So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

Luke 2:17       When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.

Luke 2:18       And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

Luke 2:19       But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Barney Frank - Theologian?

I know I said that I would not blog until after the first of the New Year, but I could not resist this one.  Pastor Rick Warren, of Saddleback Church, was chose to bring the invocation at the inauguration of President-elect Obama. Ok, not exactly a firebrand of conservative Christianity, but evidently Barney Frank believes Warren's selection to be defective. My question for Mr. Frank (the Congress' first openly homosexual member) is what theological grounds do you base this judgment on?  There is NO biblical basis for the acceptance of homosexual behavior (we are called only to love the sinner). In fact, whenever the unrepentant behavior is found, destruction, shame and judgment follow. Do Sodom and Gomorrah ring a bell?

I have my own opposition to the selection of Warren for this honor. First, he is NOT representative of the entire evangelical community. His desire to be 'relevent' has compromised what moral authority his position as pastor gives him. You base the success of a ministry solely on the number of members of Saddleback. Second, his positions on Global Warming, poverty and other social causes are NOT biblical.  Man was created to have dominion over the earth AND its creatures. Jesus himself told his disciples that the poor would be with them always. Meaning that man was created to used the resources of the earth for himself, not the other way around.

Who would have been my choice? I have two men who would have fit the bill perfectly. Drs. Ergun Caner and Billy Graham. If the Obama administration truly desired diversity, Dr. Caner would have been a great choice. He is the FIRST former Muslim to be appointed President of a major American seminary.  Obviously, Dr. Graham would have been a great choice because of his indellible impact upon the majority of the 20th century, otherwise called the American Century. Dr. Graham, in the twilight of his years, has seen much racial tension and strife, calling for an end to it based upon the love of Jesus for the world. To have him deliver the invocation for the inauguration for the first black President would have been truly historic.

I hesitate to lend credibility to Mr. Frank's theology. Somehow, his personal agenda shadows whatever theology might have been behind his reasoning. Add theologian to Barney Frank's resume. GOD HELP US!!!!

12 December 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A rough year it has been. Blogging has helped to maintain some focus.  I will not be blogging again until after the New Year has come. I want to take this chance to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don't be PC. Call it Christmas.

10 December 2008

The Greatest

It's not often that we get to see a pitcher of the caliber of Greg Maddux. Although I'm a Red Sox man, I have to admit that Greg Maddux is on my list of the top 3 pitchers of all time. Maddux announced his retirement at baseball's winter meetings on Monday, bringing to an end, what will be a certain first ballot Hall of Fame career.

Just for your information, my top three pitchers are.

1. Nolan Ryan
2. Greg Maddux
3. Steve Carlton

09 December 2008

Prayers for VHCC

Some of you may have seen this in the BHC, but a VHCC student has been stabbed (not on campus). At any rate, the suspect showed up on campus a few weeks ago and threatened her. The guy has murdered  at least one other and stabbed this girl. Please remember the families and law enforcement as they pursue this guy.

08 December 2008

Cuccinelli Wins Straw Poll at Advance

Considering the efforts the Brownlee campaign put in to bring in support to the Advance, it would appear that Senator Cuccinelli is by no means fighting a losing battle for the nomination. Thanks to Crystal Clear Conservative for this post that demonstrates that this race will be a rocket buster all the way to the Convention. It's going to be fun folks!!!

07 December 2008

A Day That Will Live in Infamy

December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor, HI.  At the time, the greatest act of aggression against the United States on its possessions or territories. I for one will NEVER forget December 7. The day the world learned about true American resolve and it learned about "awakening a sleeping giant."  REMEMBER THE ARIZONA!!!!

06 December 2008

Cuccinelli: A Friend of the Family

I'm a a little late with this, but Senator Ken Cuccinelli has been named Virginia's Legislator of the Year by the Family Foundation. This is a wonderful designation. This illlustrates why Ken Cuccinelli should be the GOP nominee for Attorney General in 2009. We need a strong advocate for Virginia's families as our next Attorney General. We need Ken Cuccinelli!!!

05 December 2008

December 4, 1989

For most, this date has little or no meaning. That is not the case for me. That date changed my life forever. I was involved in a automobile accident that crushed my right arm and left me with diminished usage of it. Somethings we will always remember. This is one of those dates.

04 December 2008

Cuccinelli qualifies for Convention ballot

Senator Ken Cuccinelli has gained enough signatures on petitions to qualify to be included in the RPV nominating convention next year. I will grant that Mr. Brownlee has quite a batch of endorsements, but in my humble opinion, Senator Cuccinelli has been battle tested in the toughest part of the Commonwealth for conservatives. Northern Virginia has been tough for conservatives in statewide elections. I believe Senator Cuccinelli will be a stronger candidate in the more populous areas than will Mr. Brownlee. That being said, Mr. Brownlee, or for that matter, Mr. Cuccinelli, will have a tough row to hoe next year.

Kilo, my friend, we agreed on Duncan Hunter for President, some of the few in this state to do so. I have to disagree this time buddy. Ken Cuccinelli is the future of the RPV, and the future is now.

02 December 2008

Kudos to Michelle Obama

Don't get me wrong, I believe her husband is taking the wrong kind of stands, but Mrs. Obama has made it clear that she intends to be a good wife and mother to her children. Thank you Michelle. Dr. Albert Mohler, a Southern Baptist Seminary president and cultural commentator has this post on his blog.

Despite the pressures of the feminazis in her party, it is somewhat reassuring that the incoming First Lady has her priorities straight. Would the same radical feminists decry the raising of the Obama children by White House staff while Mrs. Obama pursued her career outside the White House? There's some food for thought. Another question. While these women claim to be espousing feminist ideals, doesn't it seem strange that they are attempting to become more masculine and simultaneously attempting to feminize the men of the world. As Brad Paisley puts it(sic) there's no mousse in my hair and I still got a PAIR, Thank God I'm still a guy.

01 December 2008

Street Cred?

Jerry at From On High has this tidbit. "Legitimacy on the street?" This is absolutely disgusting. You would think that a so called executive of a major television network would be a little more astute than this. Old South plantation indeed Jerry. This is a back handed slap against Mr. Obama and his achievements. I'm not a fan of the One, but let's give the man his due. He won the election and is the President-elect.  To insinuate that his legitimacy is linked only to his skin color is simplistic at best and racist at worst.

For better or worse, Mr. Obama's legitimacy is based ONLY on the decision of the American people to grant him legitimacy. No more, no less. To suggest anything else is to appeal to the base passions of racists everywhere.

27 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving America

I thought it appropriate to reproduce here President George Washington's proclamation of Thanksgiving. Please note that I have emphasized a few phrases. If this bothers you, GET OVER IT!!!

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour
; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

07 November 2008

Mike Pence

In a release on 11-6, Mike Pence announced his run for House Republican Conference Chairmanship. Personally, I'd like to see him run for House Minority Leader, but it is high time that Mike Pence be put onto the national scene.

In other great news, Duncan D. Hunter wins in San Diego and will succeed his father in the House of Representatives. This is GREAT news. An Iraq war veteran, who served a tour of duty while being represented on the campaign by his wife for a while, Hunter shares the same conservative values that his father has espoused for years. Congratulations to Congressman-elect Duncan D. Hunter, R-CA.

04 November 2008

Voting in Abingdon

For all the hoopla surrounding this election, the polls were incredibly uncrowded this afternoon as I went to vote. The Democrats and Republicans were out handing out sample ballots. As I entered the "booth", I paused for a moment to ensure that the vote I was casting was the best for our nation. I voted for Bob Barr. I have been terribly disappointed in this election cycle. The caliber of candidates was very poor on both sides, with the exception of Duncan Hunter. 

America will get what she bargains for.  She will either get a socialist (bordering on communist) Democrat or she will get a socialist Republican. Did I just say that McCain is a socialist?  Yes. From the abomination that bears his name (McCain-Feingold) to his support of the destructive bail out of Wall Street, John McCain has offered conservatives very little in assurance that he will govern with our values in mind. What makes it so certain that he will appoint originalist judges and justices? 

And Barack Hussein Obama is no better. Words have meaning. It is difficult to comprehend that a man could sit under the so called "teaching" of Rev. Wright and not share his intellectual framework and worldview. It is also pertinent to point out that just 4 or 5 years ago, Barack Hussein Obama was a State Senator in Illinois and he's now poised to become the man with his finger on the triger? Please. Barack Hussein Obama is no more qualified to be president than Sarah Palin is, perhaps even less so. Mrs. Palin does have executive experience which is more than BHO has.

Tonight America steps into the future. May God have mercy on us.

02 November 2008

Roll Tide

With Texas' loss to Texas Tech, look for Alabama to take over the top spot in the BCS polls. As much as I love the Crimson Tide, I think Penn State is in the driver's seat for the BCS title. The SEC is the toughest conference top to bottom in the country and it will be difficult for the Tide to run the table, especially next week against LSU. That said, if Alabama does go undefeated, a Alabama - Penn State match up will be an excellent game to watch.

31 October 2008


Friends, I have to admit that some of what the article says rings home. However, I bring this to your attention only because it mentions our friend and blogfather Chad Dotson. If you will notice, the article does mention his status as a former conservative blogger.

As an aside, I am friends with Judge Lowe. I have found him to be a man of integrity and unquestionable character. It is unfortunate that his son has made this mistake, but perhaps he will learn from it and not make it again.

29 October 2008

A shame

In today's Bristol Herald Courier, it is reported that Larry McClure, General Manager of the now defunct Morgan-McClure Motorsports,  has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for several counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and income tax violations which includes filing a false income tax return, and the indictment even includes two counts of money laundering. This is a shame.

Conservative Case Against McCain

I think my position has been pretty clear from the outset. I support Bob Barr and will vote for him. However, I have not had the time to put together a persuasive case for doing so. However, Leslie Carbone has put together a marvelous post that deserves a second read from conservatives and undecideds alike.

As an aside, I would like to say that Ms. Carbone has been consistent with her opposition to Senator McCain. During the primary season, she supported Ron Paul and has always advanced the cause of liberty in her posts on her blog. Kudos to Ms. Carbone for standing strong.

22 October 2008

More on Bristol Herald Courier's endorsement of John McCain

As promised, I am back with my reaction to the endorsement of John McCain by the BHC.

My initial reaction was one of shock. We've all be privy to the heavy handed tactics employed by J. Todd and his crew on Morrison Avenue. However, given the passage of a few days, the endorsement is beginning to make sense. Bear with me on this one dear friend.

1.) McCain is attempting to foster a maverick image for the election. The editorial board is attempting to make itself look more centrist than what is reality. Kilo at Spark It Up hammers this home consistently. Their readership is dwindling. I have taken to reading the Kingsport Times News before even considering the BHC.

2.) J. Todd and his gang have consistently followed an extremist agenda concerning coal-related jobs in SWVA. Strange isn't it that after the Biden fiasco in Castlewood the BHC would back off from its hard left position on coal? 

3.) The guys at Media General have to be looking at the numbers from subscriptions. Thanks to Kilo for this insightful post.

Will this change a lot of minds? No.  The fact remains that the BHC has attempted to position itself as a centrist voice in the Mountain Empire. Don't read too much into this. After the election, J. Todd and his crew on Morrison will return to hard left editorials.

20 October 2008

Bristol Herald Courier Endorses John McCain

In a suprising move, the editors at the BHC have decided to collectively endorse John McCain for President. I would caution the reader to look closely at this statement. It is hardly a ringing endorsement. I'll have more on my reaction to this later today.

01 October 2008


After this hornswoggle called a "bailout", I'm more firmly convinced that Bob Barr is the only candidate who gets it. All this bailout does is reward failure. A small business owner who runs his business in the ground has no choice but to accept the consequences of his failure. Why should Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or AIG be different? Ultimately it comes down to government increasing its reach into the market where free enterprise and competition are steadily being replaced by socialism and economic planners. I understand the use of computers in the financial world, but is anyone else alarmed by the reliance upon computer models rather than free market principles? It sounds a lot like the Soviet Union to me. Let the companies that fail, fail on their own. Let the companies that succeed (ethically) reap the benefits of their success without punishment.

20 September 2008

My New Hero

I'm not the biggest golf fan, but you have to love Boo Weekley. I mean, any man who says "excitin'" and still plays golf, you have to love it. If you caught any of the Ryder Cup coverage, you saw how exuberant and exciting and excited Mr. Weekley was.

Mark my words. If Team USA wins the Ryder Cup, it will be as big a story as the USA Hockey Team winning against the Soviet Union in the early 80's. First, the eyes of the golf world are turned to Louisville Kentucky. How great is that? Second, Team USA is up by 3 after the first day. Last, Nick Faldo has left his two big guns on the bench for Saturday's match, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. That's like putting Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan on the bench for the gold medal match at the Olympics. This could be huge come Sunday. Check out the Ryder Cup website for cool videos

Who is Boo Weekley?

14 September 2008

A First for Me

I've recently made my first contribution to a political campaign. As much as I wanted to for Duncan Hunter, I was not able to do so. However, I made a contribution to the Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General Campaign. I must admit, it was not much, but it was worth every cent that I spent. I believe Mr. Cuccinelli will be a very strong figure on the statewide "team". Visit his website here.

02 September 2008

Barack Hussein Obama - SLEAZEBAG

What a sleazebag Barack Obama is. Yes, I called him a sleazebag. My friend Kilo at Spark It Up, has this post up and I'd counsel anyone who is pro-life or even those who are on the fence to watch this. Again, I call Obama a SLEAZEBAG.

Obama is only upset with the fact that Ms. Palin has CHOSEN to keep the child. Barack Obama is pro-choice, only when that choice is murdering an unborn child. SLEAZEBAG. Waste of skin Kilo? You got that right.

Without throwing the partisan aspect into this, I commend Bristol Palin AND her family for counseling for LIFE. It is easy for politicians to talk about pro-choice, pro-life, etc. It is something totally different for a politician to practice what they preach. Love, counsel, and raise the child, give it a chance at life.

Barack Hussein Obama -- SLEAZEBAG

31 August 2008

Governor Palin

WOW! That's what I have to say. In my book, if Pat Buchcanan gives you a ringing endorsement, that's pretty much hard to beat. I'm very close to doing something that I've done twice so far of my own volition, and once because my candidate dropped out of the race. This is not something I do light heartedly. Stay tuned this week.

Governor Palin, while being tabbed as a maverick pick and unorthodox pick, I submit that in terms of strategic politics, it is a very sound and logical pick. Senator McCain is weak among evangelicals and social conservatives in general. Governor Palin could appeal to those who acknowledge life-issues and family values as their primary criteria in voting.

Certainly, Governor Palin has been very effective in combating old network pork barrel bosses like Murkowski and Young. I believe that Governor Palin's primary appeal will be her ability to energize the core conservative base, without whose support, Senator McCain will lose in November.
Tactically speaking, this pick certainly dominated the news cycle. Another good reason why the timing is so important.

As it stands right now, I still support Bob Barr for President. If the McCain/Palin ticket can make a convincing argument for switching, I'll consider it.


Abingdon, VA at 2:46 pm, the date is Sunday, August 31, 2008. In a surprising discovery today, Bible readers have discovered that Almighty God is neither a Republican NOR a Democrat. DNC Chairman Howard "YEOWWW" Dean responded, "The Father has illustrated his total lack of understanding of the issues. If he truly were omniscient, he would be relating more to Democrats.

RNC Chairman Mike Duncan essentially echoes Dean's reply by stating, "God has certain rights that He and His office attain." "That said, God has demonstrated a fundamental lack of concern for those of His children who work so hard to elect GOP candidates."

More on GOD's Sovereignty and Wisdom at 11.

Something New

Please bear with me as I try out a new program(for me) called ScribeFire. I'll be using it to post new entries to Good Sense. Let me have some feedback from those of you who have used it before. Also, I'll have a new post later today giving my take on John McCain's pick for running mate, Governor Sarah Palin.

30 August 2008

Something New

Please bear with me as I try out a new program(for me) called ScribeFire. I'll be using it to post new entries to Good Sense. Let me have some feedback from those of you who have used it before.

27 August 2008


With a hat tip to the Barr campaign, it appears that Mr. Barr is the only candidate that will be legitimately on the Texas ballot in November. Check this out.  Apparently, the Dems and Republicans both missed the filing deadline.  For those who like visuals I've included a screen shot above.

26 August 2008

Plagiarism in Virginia,and it's not even Joe Biden

I'm Not Emeril has a well written post, gutting a plagiarist from the good town of Charlottesville (or wherever they really are).  It's strange that our friends on the left have seem to run out of ideas (at least original ideas) and are resorting to theft to bolster their arguments. Go check the post out. 

23 August 2008

Obama Herald Courier?

Strange that there are no mentions of John McCain, Ralph Nader, or Bob Barr? I realize that the folks at TriCities.com seek out advertising dollars because they are told to, but jeez.. maybe J. Todd Foster and his "crack" editorial staff would care to explain this one?  Better yet, when John McCain announces his pick for VP, let's see what the 'Obama' Herald Courier does then. Cheers to you and your staff, J. Todd. 


It's official. Joe Biden is Barry O's pick for running mate. I can't say I am surprised, but this pick is a little on the conventional side. It's smart, but conventional. Joe Biden himself is a good fellow. We'll see how this pans out with Hillary's name to be placed in nomination at the convention,it still could be a brouhaha. 

On the flip side, John McCain has the somewhat dubious luxury of being able to pick someone who could energize his party. Someone like Bobby Jindal, or Mike Pence, or yes, even Mitt Romney. The Tom Ridge factor is something to consider. There's no doubt a McCain/Ridge ticket would be a juggernaut in foreign policy and homeland security issues.  Will the Republican base turn out for a pro-choice candidate? Hmmmm.  I personally believe the base has been too generous with McCain to begin with.

As for me, I'm voting Libertarian this year. Bob Barr is continuing to gain momentum and is polling at 6% in the latest Zogby polls. A good surge over the next few weeks and he could be included in the Presidential debates. Not going to make this into a propaganda post about the Barr campaign, but he's going to be my choice.

21 August 2008

Election 2009-Cuccinelli

Although I have formally renounced my membership in the national Republican party, I have decided to support Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General in 2009. My primary reason is that Ken Cuccinelli is staunchly pro-life and has led the fight in the General Assembly for parental consent and partial birth abortion laws. As Kilo said in his endorsement of John Brownlee, I will support the other with enthusiasm.

04 August 2008

Look back to look forward...

I've been watching and listening to a seminal speech in American political history.  Before the Patriot Act, Ronald Reagan was railing against the surrendering of freedom in exchange for "security. Before "No Child Left Behind", Ronald Reagan was detailing a massive bureaucracy that had encroached upon Constitutional constraints.  Friends, I long for a Republican party that held the very values that Ronald Reagan articulated so well in this speech. Sadly, the party of Reagan has now become the party of McCain, Bush and Cheney. The phrase is "Peace through Strength," not Peace through might makes right. Watch this, and remember that the GOP used to stand for individual liberty and sound fiscal policy.


24 July 2008

Leslie Carbone: Slaying Leviathan

  My favorite conservative diva, Ms. Leslie Carbone, will become a published author in May 2009.  Please drop by and offer your congratulations.

Leslie Carbone: Slaying Leviathan

10 July 2008

Bob Barr 2008 Blog » Blog Archive » Republicans ignoring Barr? We know better…

While Bob Barr does indeed have an uphill struggle, it appears that the gamesmanship is already underway in the New England States.  With Mr. Barr polling at 6% nationally, it's no wonder the GOP is trying to marginalize Mr. Barr. In some states, he polls at double digits. There would be nothing more satisfying than to see both Mr. Barr and Mr. Nader poll at high enough margins to be included in the Google/YouTube Presidential Forum.

Bob Barr 2008 Blog » Blog Archive » Republicans ignoring Barr? We know better…

03 July 2008


Right-Leaning Freedom Lover on political map

Live Blog a Success

Thank you to all who submitted questions, those who showed up live to ask questions, and to Derek Barr for agreeing to sit down with a very small blogger to answer questions about a presidential campaign and where his dad stands. It is greatly appreciate and perhaps Derek would be open to another such session before the campaign gets too busy. Again, thanks to those who asked questions, all of which were fair minded, but tough.

30 June 2008

Questions for Derek Barr

Please consider this an open invitation and call for questions for Derek Barr, spokesman for the Barr campaign, and son of the candidate. Please be respectful with your questions. That being said, I have already informed the campaign that there are probably going to be some tough questions asked. Both the campaign and I welcome this, so long as the questions are fair minded. The last live blog Good Sense hosted was well received by the readers and by Attorney General Bob McDonnell and his staff. Let's make this one to remember.

PS Question thread in comments will be open until 12 noon on Wednesday.

29 June 2008

Conservative Libertarian

What is your political ideology?
Your Result: Conservative

This quiz has categorised you as a Conservative. You believe in a limited/minimal role in the government to solve social problems, and instead believe economic growth is paramount. It is possible you may identify with the "religious right" as well.

Fascist/Radical Right
Social Democrat
Communist/Radical Left
What is your political ideology?
Make Your Own Quiz

27 June 2008

Listen Carefully

...to what Obama and McCain have to say. You may have to rewind to make sure you heard correctly.

Also, I'm going to resume blogging about Virginia politics. I may vote straight Libertarian this year. This I do know. I'm finished with the GOP.

Live Blog: Barr Campaign

Good Sense readers, it is with great humility that I can announce that Derek Barr, son of Bob Barr, and campaign spokesman for the Bob Barr campaign will be appearing on Good Sense next Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 pm for a live blog about Mr. Barr's Libertarian bid for the White House. Please be thinking about serious questions for Derek so that we can make a good impression from Virginia. I know some of you support other candidates, but please, let's make a good showing. As always with political campaigns, Derek's schedule is subject to change, but this is the tentative date and time.


The Heller decision was an historic and great day for liberty in the United States. Here is Bob Barr's reaction to the decision.

School choice adds up to savings - Roanoke.com


School choice adds up to savings - Roanoke.com


My friend, Ms. Leslie Carbone has commentary in today's Roanoke Times. As always, Ms. Carbone hits it out of the park. Today's curve ball: School choice. Please go check it out and then leave comment at her blog lesliecarbone.blogspot.com

25 June 2008

It's Coming

Readers of Good Sense: I'll be making a HUGE announcement within the next week concerning the Presidential election and the role Good Sense will play. Yes, you heard me correctly. This will be big for Good Sense, so stay tuned. I'll have details soon.

22 June 2008

Liberty for America

Thanks to everyone who has commented, said a prayer, or called during this time of grief. The funeral service is tonight and the graveside service is tomorrow at 11 with full military rites for a veteran of the United States Army.

20 June 2008

Roy Fugate: 1935-2008

Dear Friends:

I've gotten to know a lot of you well over the past couple of years in the ODBA. However, tonight is the realization of my worst fear. My father, Roy Fugate, passed away due to a massive stroke and blood clot. I do not yet know how this will affect my blogging status for the next few days. Please keep my mom and me in your thoughts and prayers. I'm an only child, so it was just Mom, Dad and me for a lot of years.

18 June 2008

Barr: The Only Viable Constitutional Choice

With all due respect to Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party , I assert that Bob Barr is the only viable option to those Americans disillusioned with the two party monopoly that currently "Anoints" our presidents from cycle to cycle. I'll illustrate the reasons for that assertion in the following days. I'll being with the glaring example of practical experience.

1.) Bob Barr is a former Congressman from Georgia with a breadth and depth of legislative experience that has enabled him to be the one who brought impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton. His experience as a prosecutor gives him the insight into our nations' laws that Mr. Baldwin does not.

2.) Bob Barr has been a consistent supporter of individual liberties for the American people throughout his tenure in public life. Such support has brought him into alliance with such diverse groups as the ACLU and the American Conservative Union. Bob believes that the American people is the answer to the problems that have arisen in our land, not an intrusive government.

3.) Bob Barr supports and is a champion of the free market. Bob believes, as I do, that a proper understanding of human nature will breed a proper understanding of the free market. Bob has championed measures in Congress that would allow free market solutions to flourish rather than more government regulation and taxation.

4.) Bob Barr understands that when Americans are allowed to keep what they earn, they will make the correct choices for themselves. Blue collar Americans deserve to keep everything that they work for. I hope that Mr. Barr would advocate the implementation of the Fair Tax, which is a consumption tax.

Chuck Baldwin and the Constitution Party are very highly regarded in my mind. I commend the CP and Dr. Baldwin for the courageous stand they are taking. My choice in picking Mr. Barr was based upon his experience in the public arena.

17 June 2008

The decadence of environmentalism

When the term "environmentalism" is mentioned, it usually evokes images of people chaining themselves to an oak tree in some forest. I can appreciate that because it is community action, albeit an extreme form. Today, environmentalism has much less to do about saving and conserving our wilderness areas and more about promoting an extreme form of socialism. Chances are that "community action" is more likely to be a lawsuit than a personal form of conviction. That is a shame. Organizations like PETA, Sierra Club and others would much rather see capital reallocation than a true market based conservation effort. "Let's penalize those who have pursued and achieved the American dream, because it's just the right thing to do." I'll use an example that is timely.

The Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) is located in one of the most remote locations on earth. Subzero temperatures and lifeless ice and rock cover one of the most immediate short term solutions to the gas price boom. Will it solve the problem long term? Of course not. Eventually, the United States must explore alternative sources of fuel. However, we must avail ourselves of every resource to alleviate the pressure the price boom is having upon America. I assert that the United States has the technology available to drill in ANWR and to do it safely and cleanly with minimal harm to the environment. This article is prescient about the current situation. Note the date of the article, it is dated 2001.

Acknowledging that there are no simple solutions in the long term, the short term does provide the United States with a prominent option. Drill in ANWR!!!!

15 June 2008

Home Schooling

This article on the Bob Barr campaign website illustrates the fatal flaws in our activist judiciary in the United States. Schooling begins at home, not at the school. Please read carefully.


Hey to all Good Sense readers. I'm resurfacing after an extended absence from the political blog world. I'm living in Tennessee now and I'll leave it up to the august members of the ODBA as to whether they want me to remain in the ODBA. However, I have decided to endorse Bob Barr for President. As a former Congressman from Georgia, I have long respected Mr. Barr for his dedication to conservative and libertarian principles. I believe Mr. Barr is the best choice and not simply a spoiler as many would believe.

Please drop a comment to say hi and reintroduce yourselves.

18 February 2008

Ron Paul Turns in Signatures to Appear on Pennsylvania Republican Primary Ballot — Ron Paul 2008

In a sign that the presidential campaign continues, Ron Paul announces that his campaign has collected enough signatures to appear on the Pennsylvania primary ballot.

King John McCain's coronation while appearing certain, will have to wait a little while longer.

Ron Paul Turns in Signatures to Appear on Pennsylvania Republican Primary Ballot — Ron Paul 2008

12 February 2008

This is what we get...

when we fall for "compassionate conservatism" whatever that means. I still haven't figured it out. Friends, as the GAO video states, tough choices are coming down the road. I for one like tax cuts. What does that leave us? We need to reign in spending. Any fool will tell you that if you spend more than you take in, you're going to be in debt. And so we are.

Leslie Carbone: Hypocrite McCain Turns Down Matching Funds

Just one more reason why I pushed the button for Ron Paul today. As an aside, voter turn out is slightly lower than expected here, but the day is still young and the peak period is still yet to come. Folks around here usually vote during the first hour or so the polls are open (which is before work) or they wait until 6 or so after work and stop by to vote.

Leslie Carbone: Hypocrite McCain Turns Down Matching Funds

08 February 2008

Ron Paul at Liberty University

Dr. Ron Paul made a speech at convocation services at Liberty University this week. This is a wise move. Liberty is about the only place where Dr. Paul will receive a cordial greeting, even from those who do not support him. For disclosure purposes, I attend Liberty's Distance Learning Program in Religion.

Mike Huckabee and John McCain have also made visits to the Lynchburg, VA campus.

07 February 2008

Allen endorses McCain

Former Virginia Governor George Allen endorses John McCain's candidacy at CPAC.  I'm speechless. Life goes on, the election will come and go no matter who wins it and I'm walking away from a party that I thought was principled. My further action will depend on Dr. Paul's action in possibly seeking a third party nomination. If that doesn't happen, simply put, I will not vote in the fall. Call me an extremist, deranged or whatever else you want to call me.

Listening to the talking heads. Joel whazzisname on MSNBC went on record and said that social conservatives don't matter? That's it. I'm finished, Ron Paul or bust.

Not that anyone really cares...

... but I was surfing around Barack Obama's campaign website and found this little tidbit. Raising Kaine has endorsed Obama's presidential campaign. I linked to Obama's website because I don't want to give RK the few hits that I can provide. At any rate, I find this interesting.

PS Just for the record, I don't support Obama, I don't support Raising Kaine but wanted to point this out.

05 February 2008

Ron Paul Signs Numbers USA Pledge to Oppose Amnesty

Via this press release on Ron Paul's campaign website, Dr. Paul has signed the pledge to oppose amnesty efforts. I know this has been a bone of contention for many who have yet to determine their candidate of choice. Duncan Hunter was the leader on this issue, hands down. With this announcement, Dr. Paul has solidified himself as my candidate on Feb. 12.

Leslie Carbone: John McCain: Unfit to be President

Think that all people who don't like McCain are deranged? I dare you to call this lady that to her face.

Leslie Carbone: John McCain: Unfit to be President

03 February 2008


Ok, so this isn't the shocker that Dewey defeated Truman, but still, the Giants fulfilled a prediction I made about Super Bowl 42. A longer post on this tomorrow, but congratulations to Eli Manning and the New York Football Giants on this victory.

I'm on board

While I disagree with some of the terms used by Dr. Paul in this video, I have to admit, his points are valid. I urge you to watch this video, but keep in mind that it has been edited to showcase Dr. Paul so you won't get the entire picture.

01 February 2008

Ron Paul

In looking at who to vote for on February 12, I've made the rounds doing research, reading posts from other bloggers and I have come to the conclusion that Ron Paul is the candidate with the strongest record of defending the Constitution, strong fiscal policy and dedication to life. With all due respect to Mr. McCain, Mr. Romney and Mr. Huckabee, Ron Paul is identified most closely with my own positions (except the War in Iraq) than any of the other candidates. If the Paul campaign makes it to the convention, I'm riding this horse all the way.

28 January 2008

Obama scores one over Clintons

I'm not a fan of any of the Democrat nominees for President. However, I must admit that Barack Obama has scored a pretty good coup over the Clintons. Ted Kennedy is set to endorse the Senator from Illinois this afternoon. As much as Ted Kennedy is a pariah to the conservative movement, he is a hero and icon to the Democrat party and the liberal movement. Does this mean that Barack Obama is the newly crowned 'alpha male' in the Democrat field? Of course not. However, Obama should milk this one for all its worth if he is smart.

26 January 2008

Stimulus package?

Not according to this release from the Libertarian Party. I don't agree with everything the LP stands for but I have to say that their positions are pretty close to the mark on economic issues. The point of contention I have with the proposed 'stimulus' is mentioned in this release. No one trusts the market anymore. As soon as the economy begins to slow (which is a good thing sometimes; which means the market is adjusting itself) the politicians and activists on both sides start wringing their hands. I tend to be a bit more protectionist than my pure free-trade brethren, but I generally support the free market more than I do a government planner and politician whose main interest now is to attempt to salvage a 'legacy' in the history books. Let the market do its job and if we HAVE to do anything, cut non-defense spending across the board and couple that by implementing reform of the IRS and the income tax. I personally support the Fair Tax, but the corporate interests in the US will not allow an immediate implementation of the Fair Tax.

Useless...absolutely useless

Well, folks, days after I threw my support behind Alan Keyes, I remember that he did not make the ballot for the Virginia primary. That said, regardless of how many posts we make, bumper stickers we put on our cars, etc. it only matters if we can push the button for our candidate. In keeping with my stated desire for consistency in my posts and in my views, I'm officially an uncommitted GOP voter AGAIN!!!. I say again, the following are the only two candidates I can support in good conscience that are currently on the GOP ballot in VA:

1. Ron Paul
2. Mitt Romney

Like Carl at Spark it Up, I too am a former supporter of Duncan Hunter. I have a lot to think about and at this moment, I cannot honestly say which candidate I will support in the Virginia primary.

23 January 2008

Hmmmm... interesting article

Senator Bob Smith, who recently endorsed Duncan Hunter's now abandoned (not by him, but by the GOP and us as a country) campaign, has this article posted at www.constitutionparty.com . I think that Senator Smith is right. America is not, has not been and will never be, a democracy. I urge you to go check it out.

We Need Alan Keyes

Need a reminder of what is the bedrock issue in American life today? It all starts with the family. Take a listen to what he has to say. He doesn't sound like a typical politician does he? 'We'll rebuild our families, or we will perish" sounds like a big dose of truth to me.

22 January 2008

Good Sense endorses....

Ambassador Alan Keyes. Yes, you heard right. Maybe I'm a sucker for the little guy, but Alan Keyes is the last gasp of breath for conservatives in 2008. I didn't take long to deliberate, because the choice is clear. I believe Mr. Keyes is the only conservative left in the field who can match the Democrats punch for punch in a national debate. Who rightly determines electability? The media? The commentators on so-called mainstream blogs? I say the people determine (or ought to) who is electable. I'm standing on principle this time. I pulled the lever in 2000 for GWB, and what do I get? Compassionate conservatism? What is that? I've been a good soldier for the GOP long enough. I'm standing on principle. I'm not marching lock step with the RNC (a lengthy post on this subject is coming).

So there you have it. My opinion and 50 cents may buy you a cup of coffee. However, it is my opinion and I'm proud of where I stand.

Gilmore garners support from 13 U.S. Senators

According to a statement released today by the Gilmore campaign, thirteen sitting United States Senators have endorsed Jim Gilmore to be the next Senator from Virginia. According to this release, the following Senators support Governor Gilmore's bid for the Senate seat being vacated by senior Senator John Warner.

Jeff Sessions (AL)
Wayne Allard (CO)
Mike Crapo (ID)
Chuck Grassley (IA)
Norm Coleman (MN)
Trent Lott (MS)
Thad Cochran (MS)
Elizabeth Dole (NC)
Richard Burr (NC)
Jim Inhofe (OK)
Jim DeMint (SC)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
Orrin Hatch (UT)

This is substantial support among sitting Senators. The Gilmore campaign probably anticipates garnering more support in the coming weeks and months.

20 January 2008

Hunter out of 2008 Presidential Race

Where do we go from here? Mr. Hunter is focusing on the 2008 Defense bill. Where do his supporters go? Mitt, McCain, Huck? Those of you who remember and read this blog, know that I did a systematic review of each candidate and decided after much deliberation to support Duncan Hunter. I will now do a lot of soul searching. I have ruled out supporting Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. Alan Keyes' campaign is doomed (as much as I hate to admit it). What hills do we die on as conservatives? I will say that I have two candidates that I am considering now. These are in no order of preference.

1.) Mitt Romney
2.) Ron Paul

Should a candidate emerge from the Consitution Party, I will consider them as well. I will go on record now. Should the GOP nominate Rudy or McCain, I will either vote Libertarian or I will not vote at all.

04 January 2008

We are the ODBA

I'd like to take this opportunity for the few of you that read this blog, to welcome Chris and his blog, Spank That Donkey. I consider Chris to be a friend and a valuable ally in the grassroots effort to identify, train, and elect conservatives to office around our Commonwealth. Welcome aboard!!!

My favorite time of year....

Every time the new calender turns over, my mind (and heart) drifts to Florida and to Red Sox spring training. Hard to believe, but the Sox pitchers and catchers report on February 14 with the first official workout to be on February 16. It just seems like a week ago when the Red Sox were celebrating their World Series victory over the Rockies. This time of year brings about another of my obsessions, ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" is my alone time. Don't bother me during its broadcast! Cheers, and Congrats to Mike Duckabee for his victory in the Iowa GOP caucus.