Monday, January 28, 2008

New Bob Marshall Page Appears On Squidoo

A new lens dedicated to Bob Marshall and his bid for the Virginia Senate being vacated by Senator John Warner has appeared on Squidoo at http://www.Squidoo.com/BobMarshall/

Bob Marshall in the News

Since Bob Marshall's announcement to run against Gov. Gilmore for the Virginia Senate seat being vacated by Senator John Warner, remarks have surfaced in a number of news sources. Here are a few quotes about Mr. Marshall a few of the news sources.

"Marshall's legislative creativity knows no rival in Richmond. A bill-drafting giant, he is smart, principled and owns a sizable sense of humor." - Charlottesvile Daily Progress, 2004

"The General Assemlby's most outspoken and persistent abortion foe..." - Associated Press, 1-7-08, (Richomond)

"...widely respected as a 'conviction politician and for his sense of humor. ...He's conservative on social issues.'" - Larry Sabato, University of Virginia

"...is a man of considerable intellectual ability and deeply held political principles. He is far more the idealistic citizen-legislator than the cynical professional politician." - Paul Goldman, past advisor, Democratic Govs. Wilder & Warner

"...long been an opponent of higher taxes...filed law suites challenging different tax legislation as unconstitutional. ...known...for his nearly encylopedic knowledge of the House procedural rules..." - Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 1-8-08
"...is considered a renegade inside the Republican Party...intelligent and thought-provoking." - Mark Plotkin, WTOP Radio, Washington, DC, 1-6-08

"The constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions, which voters approved in 2006, is named for him and the Senate sponsor." - The Washington Post, 1-8-08

"Bob Marshall files more bill than any other legislator" - Meredith Kight, Gainesville Times 1-25-08

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Is Plan B an abortifacient?

Some defenders of Gov. Gilmore's position on the Board of Directors of Barr Pharmaceuticals (manufacturers of the morning after pill, Plan B) have declared that Plan B is only a contraceptive and not an abortifacient.

However, while Barr Labs claims that the morning after pill (Plan B) is not "the abortion pill" RU-486, it nevertheless acts as an abortifacient in one of its two birth control methods.

One might want to take a look at one of Barr Labs own web sites where you will find information that Plan B works in more than one way. While one method, they cite is... "Plan B® works like a regular birth control pill. It prevents pregnancy mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary, and may also prevent the fertilization of an egg (the uniting of sperm with the egg)." and that is truly a method of contraception, the second method they describe is an abortifacient They describe the second method as follows..."Plan B® may also work by preventing it from attaching to the uterus (womb)." They then go on to exclaim that..."It is important to know that Plan B® will not affect a fertilized egg already attached to the uterus;..." Unfortunately, what they fail to note is that fertilization noramlly takes place in the fallopian tube, prior to being attached to the uterus. As a result, conception has already taken place and a new "person" has already been created. Thus, if a fertilized egg is prevented from being implanted in the uterus, the fertilized egg is aborted. See http://www.go2planb.com/ForConsumers/AboutPlanB/HowItWorks.aspx

They go on to say on a different page that... "Remember that you have only a few days to prevent a pregnancy after unprotected sex. If it is taken within 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex, it will decrease the chance that you will get pregnant by up to 89%. " If the egg has already been released and is descending down the Fallopian Tube when the unprotected sex takes place, then the likelihood is that the egg will be fertilized prior to the taking of Plan B is extremely high. Thus when the now fertilized egg descends into the uterus and implantation is prevented by Plan B, then Plan B has worked in this instance as an abortifacient. See...
http://www.go2planb.com/ForConsumers/AboutPlanB/WhatisPlanB.aspx

"A rose by any other name is still a rose."

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bob Marshall Publishes New Campaign Postcard

Bob Marshall published a new campaign postcard displayed below that succinctly presents his positions on some current issues of concern to Virginia voters:

President Bush Declares National Pro-Life Day Sunday, Opposing Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 21, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com)


-- President Bush declared Sunday to be a national pro-life day for Americans to recognize the sanctity of human life. With elections this year and a new president taking office this time next year, it could be the last of Sanctity of Human Life Day that President Bush can declare during his two terms as president.

“On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we recognize that each life has inherent dignity and matchless value, and we reaffirm our steadfast determination to defend the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society,” the president said in a proclamation LifeNews.com obtained.

The president said American was founded on the believe that people should be treated equally and that they have an right to life that government should not abridge.

Bush said the nation remains committed to that principle and that he has tried to uphold pro-life values as president.

“Since taking office, I have signed legislation to help protect life at all stages, and my Administration will continue to encourage adoption, fund abstinence education and crisis pregnancy programs, and support faith-based groups,” he said.

Bush also touched on the degradation of human life through human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He urged the scientific community to look for moral ways to find cures for disease that don't involve the destruction of human life.

“Today, as our society searches for new ways to ease human suffering, we must pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects the sacred gift of life and upholds our moral values,” he said.

In making the proclamation for the National Sanctity of Human Life Day, President Bush urged more Americans to get involved the fight to protect human life.

“Our Nation has made progress in its efforts to protect human life, and we will strive to change hearts and minds with compassion and decency,” he said. Americans should continue to “help strengthen the culture of life in America and work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

“I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being,” he concluded.

Ability To Speak English If Required For The Job

Do you ever receive phone calls where you cannot understand the caller?

Have you called a company for help or additional information about a product or process only to find that the person who answers the phone and has been assigned the role of talking with customers cannot speak English well enough for you to actually communicate with them enough to solve your problem?

Well it's not just because we have moved a lot of jobs offshore and outsourced them to foreign businesses. It is also because many immigrants have applied for jobs indicting that they speak English, but once they are hired, it becomes evident that their English skills are not adequate enough to fulfill the job requirements. The hiring company was kind enough to give them a chance to do the job, but upon discovery that they cannot do the job, needs to let them go. In many cases the companies will give the employee a certain period of time to improve their English sufficient to perform adequately, but failing to do so, will require them to be separated from the company.

Unfortunately, the current law penalized the business for giving the employee the chance in the first place. The current law of Virginia says that if you fire someone for their failure to adequately speak English, they can collect unemployment benefits. The employer’s unemployment insurance will rise to pay for those benefits, and that is because unemployment insurance is directly related to unemployment claims on a particular business.

The law also says that if an employee is fired for “misconduct,” they can’t collect unemployment.

So, SB 339 would make the failure to speak or learn adequate English “misconduct” if an employer required English proficiency as part of the job. This only common sense, but it has the Liberals up in arms.

SB 339 would change the law to make it employee “misconduct” for an employee not to speak adequate English to do their job, in violation of a policy of the employer. If an employee is fired for “misconduct,” then the employer is not liable for unemployment benefits.

See Ken Cuccinelli's interview about SB 339 on FoxNews.

Property Rights Under Assult

Do you believe in private property? Certainly the founders of our country did.

Do you realize that Fairfax Delegate David Bulova is trying to destroy the property rights of Virginians?

Delegate Bulova is trying to change the the current definition of "public use" to include "or any other use as reasonably determined by the locality to be in the public interest.” Such a loophole will allow any and all property to be confiscated by local governments for any reason they can think up.

If you value your property rights, contact your delegate today and let them know to vote against Bulova's HB 387, the destruction of property rights act of 2008

[ See Comments link below to read Delegate Bulova's response ]

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jim Gilmore and the Life Issue

I was out poking around on Jim Gilmore's campaign website and looking at his stand on the issues and, quite frankly, found the information he has posted so far to be quite shallow. I don't see any real depth on any of them. But one thing that stood out was the fact that Jim did not have any mention of the Life Issue!

Now that is not really surprising, since Jim Gilmore is not really pro-life as some would lead us to believe. In fact, Jim profits from the death of babies as was recently pointed out by Choose Life Virginia PAC which took the time to actually do a little research on Jim's position on the Life Issue.

Here is some of what Choose Life Virginia PAC discovered...

Jim Gilmore believes that abortion should be permitted during the first eight weeks of a child’s development. [http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Jim_Gilmore_Abortion.htm].

Governor Jim Gilmore, Candidate for the U.S. Senate, is on the Board of Directors of Barr Pharmaceuticals. [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=60908&p=irol-govboard ]

Barr Pharmaceuticals manufactures Plan B, the so-called "Morning after Pill." [AP, August 22, 2007, Sales Soar for Morning After Pill."]

Critics — including Roman Catholic leaders — consider the pill tantamount to abortion . . . [Sales Soar, Supra]

In 2006, George Allen’s mere ownership of Barr Pharmaceutical stock prompted Chris Freund of Family Foundation to publicly criticize his actions: “I think pro-life Virginians would be very confused by this decision to invest in the only producer of the morning-after pill," Freund said. "I think the issue of the morning-after pill really goes to the heart of the abortion debate, and for a lot of pro-life Virginians, this is the issue of the day." [Abortion Foe Allen Faulted for Stock in Morning-After Pill Maker, Washington Post, August 9, 2006

The pill, marketed by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. as Plan B, was the focus of bitter debate for three years. After repeated delays, the Food and Drug Administration declared on Aug. 24, 2006 that customers 18 and older should be able to buy it in pharmacies without a prescription. [Abortion Foe, supra]

A coalition of conservative groups, including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington seeking to reverse the FDA ruling. Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and their allies have campaigned to educate women about Plan B and pressure national pharmacy chains to make it readily available. [Abortion Foe, supra]

As a member of the board of directors, James Gilmore receives "a combination of cash and equity compensation for service on the Board." [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=60908&p=irol-govguidelines#Compensation].

"For example, during FY 2003, Jim Gilmore was entitled to $50,000 in quarterly installments of $12,500 each and stock options to purchase 7,500 shares. [http://sec.edgar-online.com/2003/09/26/0000950123-03-010808/Section6.asp].


Barr Pharmaceutical’s principal products are contraceptives, and it manufactures 22 different ones. Contraceptive sales account for 48% of revenues. [http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/60/609/60908/items/217081/AR_06.pdf].

Barr Pharmaceuticals has acquired the "emergency contraceptive known as Plan B from Women’s Capital Corporation (“WCC”), a privately held company that marketed the prescription version of Plan B, an emergency oral contraceptive product. [http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/60/609/60908/items/217081/AR_06.pdf].

Sales of the morning after pill have seen explosive growth, and Barr Pharmaceuticals projects that sales of Plan B will total about $80 million for 2007, almost double the total for 2006 and up eightfold from 2004, when Barr acquired the product as a prescription-only drug. [AP supra].

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bob Marshall for Open and Accountable Government

In Fiery Conservative Emerges as Hero in Open Government Fight, an Op Ed piece in the Bristol News this week, Andrea Hopkins praises Bob Marshall for his vote in favor of recording subcommittee votes. As Andrea explains, the House of Delegates uses the subcommittee system as "an unaccountable black hole, where House lawmakers send unpopular measures to die. "

Andrea points out that "if these bills are eliminated in a subcommittee, lawmakers don’t have to put their support or opposition on the record. And, they don’t have to explain their votes back in the district." She further states, "But allowing as few as two delegates to kill bills – even illogical ones – without a recorded vote isn’t in the public interest. It’s a secretive process that drives a stake through the heart of government transparency. Lawmakers require transparency at the local government level; the same rules should apply in Richmond."

Let's thank Bob for his stand for open and accoutable government.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bob Marshall Enters Virginia Senate Race

Bob Marshall recently threw his hat into the Virginia Senate race. He will be competing against Mr. Jim Gilmore for the Republican nomination to run against Democrat Mark Warner in November 08. Bob is a conservative, pro-life candidate and will present a real choice for the electorate.

Too often today the candidates of both parties are so close together on the issues that it is difficult to see any real difference. This will not be true of Mr. Marshall, a 16 year State Legislator. Bob clearly stands in the conservative camp. Bob believes, contrary to much of the Virginia General Assembly, that taxpayers are not ATM Machines.

A Bloggers 4 Bob Marshall has already sprung up and we can expect to see many more before this election is finished in November 08.