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Friday, February 16, 2007

Virgil Goode, still embarrassing us
Via Think Progress.

Here' the transcript of his comments during yesterday's debate:

We are in the middle of a four-day marathon here. While I cannot say that I agree with all of the actions of the president in dealing with Iraq, I will not be supporting H.Con.Res. 63. The eyes of the world are upon this House and there will be commentary from the Middle East to the streets of small town America about what we do here over this four-day period even though this resolution does not carry the weight of law.

When the commentary begins in the Middle East, in no way do I want to comfort and encourage the radical Muslims who want to destroy our country and who want to wipe the so-called infidels like myself and many of you from the face of the Earth. In no way do I want to aid and assist the Islamic jihadists who want the crescent and star to wave over the Capitol of the United States and over the White House of this country. I fear that radical Muslims who want to control the Middle East and ultimately the world would love to see "In God We Trust" stricken from our money and replaced with "In Muhammad We Trust."

They have the video too, he's such an idiot redneck it's embarrassing. And really, telling this president he can't continue this idiotic war (and extend it into Iran) will lead to the crescent and star waving over the Capitol building? What a drama queen.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Now that's my kind of vandalism

Now that's my kind of vandalism. I like how classy it is, it really looks like it belongs there.

From the Hook.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Keith Ellison is Savvy, Lieberman is a Liar
Here's a mixed post.

First, we have evidence that Keith Ellison is a pretty sharp guy. Guess which Koran he's going to use for his swearing in?

Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, found himself under attack last month when he announced he'd take his oath of office on the Koran -- especially from Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode, who called it a threat to American values.

Yet the holy book at tomorrow's ceremony has an unassailably all-American provenance. We've learned that the new congressman -- in a savvy bit of political symbolism -- will hold the personal copy once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Goode, who represents Jefferson's birthplace of Albemarle County, had no comment yesterday.

Did this guy go to UVa or something? That was a sharp move. Hopefully in two years we'll be taking Goode down, he's gotten the negative attention of the Kossacks over this one, and that could really bite him in the ass. I wish they had given Al Weed more attention in the last round, but oh well.

Second topic - LiebesBush is a liar. Also from Kos we have a link to the Horse's mouth about the impression GOP Rep Susan Collins got from her trip to Iraq that she shared with old Joe. She talked with the same people, went to the same meetings, etc. Well, remember when Joe said the generals told him we needed escalation while cupping Bush's balls? Well, not so true if Collins' account is right:

In Basra, we met with British commanders who talked about the declining "consent line" -- that is, when the British first arrived, their presence was welcomed by the population, but as time has gone on, their presence is less and less tolerated.

Needless to say, there was much discussion in all of our meetings -- whether with Iraqi leaders, American or British commanders, or rank-and-file troops -- about whether or not more American troops are needed. My conclusion is that it would be a mistake to send more troops to Baghdad. Prime Minister Maliki did not welcome the prospect of more American troops and indeed seemed frustrated that he did not have more control over his own troops. One American general told me that a jobs program in Baghdad would do more good than additional troops...

The one region where an American commander, General Kilmer, did specifically express the need for more troops was in Anbar province. General Kilmer told us that he could use another brigade (about 3,000 troops) or even two to build on the positive developments in the region. I agree with his assessment, but think that a reallocation of troops, rather than an overall increase, could meet his need.

Maybe in two years we'll pick up some more Dem seats so we can kick that mole out of the party. I'm really starting to hate his guts. I mean escalation? C'mon.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Virgil Goode keeps digging
Some people, when stuck in a hole, stop digging. Not Virgil Goode. After his bizarre conflation of Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison with immigrants from the middle east a couple weeks ago and the various generalizations he made about, oh say 1 billion humans, he just doesn't know when to quit.

A letter I sent in early December was written in response to hundreds of e-mails from constituents upset about Rep.-elect Keith Ellison's decision to use the Quran in connection with his congressional swearing-in. Their communications followed media reports that Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, had said that he would swear on the Quran. He repeated that at a gathering of Muslims in Detroit on Dec. 26.

My letter did not call for a religious test for prospective members of Congress, as some have charged. Americans have the right to elect any person of their choosing to represent them. I indicated to my constituents that I did not subscribe to the Quran in any way, and I intended to use the Bible in connection with my swearing-in. I also stated that the Ten Commandments and "In God We Trust" are on the wall of my office, and I have no intention of displaying the Quran in my office. That is my choice, and I stand by my position and do not apologize for it.

My letter also stated, "If American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Quran."

Immigration is arguably the most important issue facing the country today. At least 12 million immigrants are here illegally. And diversity visas, a program initiated in 1990 to grant visas to people from countries that had low U.S. immigration at that time, are bringing in 50,000 a year from various parts of the world, including the Middle East.

Let us remember that we were not attacked by a nation on 9/11; we were attacked by extremists who acted in the name of the Islamic religion. I believe that if we do not stop illegal immigration totally, reduce legal immigration and end diversity visas, we are leaving ourselves vulnerable to infiltration by those who want to mold the United States into the image of their religion, rather than working within the Judeo-Christian principles that have made us a beacon for freedom-loving persons around the world.

So, not content to generalize that attacks on 9/11 to immigrants as a whole (that's not enough millions of people), he now seeks to generalize them to all of Islam. It sounds like Goode is one of these people that believes the War on Terrah should be renamed the War on Islam as the 20 assholes from 9/11 clearly represent the entire religion. Sorry pal, I don't subscribe to crusades, you're on your own there.

I actually felt a little sorry for Goode when the only people they could find for "World Have Your Say" on our brief appearance were some real total crackpots. You know, the types that say we are at war with Islam? Well, now I don't feel so bad. Don't get me wrong, I have contempt for all religions, but one of the reasons why is because of their tendency towards crusades and killing over belief. It's this kind of crap from Goode that really makes me worry that there are many people in this country that would like a war on Islam. 21st century crusaders, how pathetic is that?

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Virgil Goode, asshole
This week in the C-Ville, Virgil good makes an ass of himself and by extension, the entire 5th District of Virginia.

Thanks a lot Virgil.

So what's Virgil's problem? Apparently he's terrified of being overrun by muslim immigrants, and thinks the Koran is some kind of demonic document to be feared by all. Here's the text of his charming constituent letter where he exhibits a cheerful mixture of xenophobia, religious bigotry, and general paranoia.

Thank you for your recent communication. When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran. We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country. I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.

The Ten Commandments and "In God We Trust" are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Koran. My response was clear, "As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, The Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office." Thank you again for your email and thoughts.

Can we please get rid of this guy in 2008 too?

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