‘The Atlantic’ Magazine Celebrates 160 Years

I’ve got to admit that, though I receive the evening update from The Atlantic magazine, I was not aware of their history and background. Therefore, I found this email extremely interesting as it talked about such literary giants as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many others wo came together to found the publication.  All were known as political activists of their day.

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U.S. House Schedule for Thursday, July 20, 2017

From the office of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy….

THURSDAY, JULY 20th
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Trump ‘Punches Back,’ Searches for Primary Challenger Against Jeff Flake

Bearing Drift colleague Andrew Hull brought up a sticky subject Sunday in a post where he noted, “My message to my fellow conservatives is simply this: acting as though Trump is infallible does both him and the country a disservice. … It seems, however, that a large portion of the Republican Party and conservatives have devolved into a group of yes men who perpetually have their lips welded to the President’s posterior, come what may.”

Today I am wondering what message is being sent to rank-and-file Republicans as the news spreads that Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) may be targeted by the White House itself for a primary in his 2018 re-election.

From Politico:

The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trump’s strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the president’s willingness to play hardball with lawmakers who cross him — even Republican incumbents.

At a time when it would be expected that Flake, 54, would be heralded for standing up for his principles and applauded for refusing to be a yes man, he is instead facing a challenge with the help of Donald Trump who has reportedly threatened to spend $10 million of his own money against Flake:

Flake, a longtime Trump critic who refused to endorse the president during the 2016 campaign, is one of a handful of undecided Republican votes on the Obamacare repeal effort. He’s also one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection in 2018.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why elected officials continue falling all over themselves to get in line behind Trump. We can expect it to be that way until, and if, a united front emerges of courageous and energetic leaders willing to return the GOP to the party of Lincoln.

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U.S. House Schedule for Monday, July 17, 2017

From the office of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy….

MONDAY, JULY 17th
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2210 – To designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Veterans Affairs Committee)

2) H.J.Res. 92 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to amend the Washington Area Transit Regulation Compact (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Judiciary Committee)

3) H.J.Res. 76 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to a enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Judiciary Committee)

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John McCain Recovers From Blood Clot, McConnell Delays Health Care Vote

The U.S. Senate health care vote has been put on hold, according to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, allowing Senator John McCain to recover from surgery to remove a blood clot:

McCain underwent surgery in Phoenix on Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. “On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week,” said McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo. A statement from the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said the senator is resting at home “in good condition” and that “the surgery went very well.”

The vote is so close that Republicans are depending on McCain’s presence to help pass the bill since Republican senators Susan Collins (ME) and Rand Paul (KY) have indicated they cannot support it.

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Bluegrass Music Sunday at Humpback Rocks Farm

If you’ve not been to Humpback Rocks Farm’s concert series, you may want to plan a visit to western Virginia and get lost in the music of the mountains.

Wander the historic mountain farmstead, hike Humpback Rock trail to a rock outcropping with a view across the Shenandoah Valley to the Appalachians, picnic under the trees, and soak in the beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains as you listen to talented musicians entertain guests in the shade of the big tree near the cabin.

This Sunday, July 16, the Bill Wellington String Band will be on stage at 2:00. All concerts are FREE in the series that continues through October 1.

July 16 – The Bill Wellington String Band
Aug 6 – Harmony Hill
Aug 20 – Grassy Ridge
Sep 3 – The Mutton Busters
Sep 17 – Blue Mountain Sunrise
Oct 1 – Uncle Henry’s Favorites

Humpback Rocks Farm is located at Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Entertainment for 2017 includes some favorite bands from the past, and several new ones. Power and sound equipment have been upgraded, thanks to Friends of the Blue Ride Parkway’s Humpback Rocks Chapter and the generous donations of friends. Volunteers are always welcomed to help with set-up, table attendants, clean-up, and parking attendants to help with overflow crowds.

Come prepared to have fun. Bring a chair, and don’t be surprised if clogging breaks out!

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The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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U.S. House Schedule for Monday, June 26, 2017

From Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office….

MONDAY, JUNE 26TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2547 – Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Woodall / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.R. 1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

3) H.R. 2258 – ADVANCE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Aguilar / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

4) H.R. 1726 – Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

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Alt-Right Movement Condemned by Southern Baptists

Alt-Right (from Urban Dictionary): Alt-Right, short for Alternative Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew “establishment” conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value. The Alternative Right is a term coined in 2008 by Richard Bertrand Spencer, who heads the white nationalist think tank known as the National Policy Institute, to describe a loose set of far-right ideals centered on “white identity” and the preservation of “Western civilization.”
“The alt-right is old racism for the tech-savvy generation.” -Giles Fraser

Led by an African American pastor from Texas, younger members of the denomination, and Dr. Russell Moore who was under fire after refusing to support Donald Trump for president, the Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to condemn the alt-right white supremacy movement.

During their convention that took place in Phoenix earlier this month, the nation’s largest protestant organization squashed the hate group, a move that was hailed by the SBC’s fellowship of African American pastors as a welcomed statement strongly condemning racism.

It’s a good step for the old time religion.

The vote for approval was followed by a standing ovation from more than 5,000 convention attendees, but the Washington Post reported that it had been a drawn-out process:

Dwight McKissic, a black pastor from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Tex., had introduced the resolution calling on the denomination to make it clear it had no sympathy for the alt-right.

“I saw people identifying themselves as Southern Baptist and members of the alt-right, so this is horrifying to me,” McKissic said. “I wanted the Southern Baptist Convention to make it very clear we have no relationship to them.”

… when the resolution on the alt-right failed to move forward [on Tuesday] because of objections to some of the wording, many younger members and evangelicals of color became upset. “I thought it would be a slam dunk, but I misread Southern Baptists apparently,” McKissic said.

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First Day of Summer and Shrimping in South Carolina

Today is the first day of summer. As I enjoyed the morning breeze in the Shenandoah Valley, my mind drifted back to another first day of summer when my husband and I took our 16-month-old son and visited with friends who were living at the time in Charleston, S.C.

On June 21 during our stay, our friends took us out in their boat to explore Charleston Harbor and visit historical Fort Sumter on a small piece of land in the Atlantic Ocean. We spent the morning walking its pathways, exploring fortified areas, and absorbing the history of it all.

After leaving Fort Sumter, we pointed the boat toward the South Carolina coastline and made our way into one of the delta inlets for some shrimping, a great pastime for our friends, and something that was about to become a new experience for us.

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McCain Mourns, Says UVa Student ‘Murdered by the Kim Jong-un Regime’

The sadness I feel at this moment is nothing compared to how the parents of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier must be feeling after the death of their son Monday afternoon. A comatose Otto had been returned to the United States only a week ago.

His crime? Supposedly swiping a poster in a North Korean hotel, never proven.

His punishment? Death.

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‘Burgers with Bill’ … Celebrating Bolling’s 60th Birthday

They are two classy people. Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Jean Ann Bolling welcomed and thanked everyone for attending “Burgers With Bill” to celebrate his 60th birthday. Many thanks for bringing together the large crowd of Republican friends for an evening of fellowship, laughter, and happy memories.


My Bill and Missy’s Shaun.


Trixie and Bill.

Trixie, Donald Williams, Nancy Williams

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‘One More Day’ … with Dad

It’s another Father’s Day without Dad. We lost him to cancer when he was 51, and so every time I hear Diamond Rio’s “One More Day,” it makes me ache for that kind, easy-going, quiet, simple man who taught Sunday School, was a deacon in our church, and chased us kids around the yard as pretended to be the big, bad wolf from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale.

His was not the life of a high-powered CEO or politician or world traveler but he was the world to us. The oldest of five children growing up in Amelia County, he was a child of the Depression who quit school after eighth grade to help support his financially-strapped family before enlisting in the Navy as a teenager to serve during World War II. Trained as a gunner on the USS Wisconsin, he traveled to exotic places around the South Pacific while the world was at war and, when it ended, he came home to Virginia, settled in Richmond, married, and raised three daughters.

One of his joys throughout the years was traveling to southwest Virginia to attend the Galax Fiddler’s Convention to listen to hours of bluegrass music, a genre I didn’t fully appreciate until long after he was gone.

His other joy was camping in Shenandoah National Park. We could not afford pricey vacations so our parents took us to the mountains from the time we were very young where Dad was a naturalist before it became fashionable. He was mindful of those protected surroundings, teaching his girls to leave the flowers for others to enjoy, pack out our trash, be respectful of the animals who lived there, and most of all to enjoy the beauty that is Virginia.

Diamond Rio’s song sharpens the realization that if I could have just one more day with him, it would be sitting around a campfire in Shenandoah National Park as the sun lowered behind the Appalachians … one more time.

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‘Dear Glenn.’ An Open Letter to Glenn Davis

Dear Glenn,

Thank you!

For the past year you traveled the Commonwealth and shared your generosity with those around you.

You shared your ready availability and willingness to talk with prospective supporters …

… as well as your policy, leadership, and business sense with a plan and an eye to the future.

For all that and so much more, thank you.

And thank you for your gracious concession and call for party unity. You, Sir, are a class act.

Rest up because we’re going to need your pragmatic common sense somewhere down the political road. Take Chelle on a long vacation. Sleep past 4:00 am.

And when you’re in my part of the Valley please be sure to stop by so we can again break bread together and talk about life, politics, and the world around us.

This door may have closed … but somewhere there’s a window waiting for you to dive through it! The best, as they say, is yet to come….

Best,

~Lynn Mitchell

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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How Did Bearing Drift Do With Primary Predictions?

It’s the morning after the night before so it’s time to turn our bleary eyes to the 2017 Primary predictions made by some of Bearing Drift’s writers.  How did we do? First, let’s look at the final results as provided by the State Board of Elections.

GOVERNOR – Republican

Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie 160,039 43.71%
Corey A. Stewart 155,716 42.53%
Frank W. Wagner 50,345 13.75%

LT. GOVERNOR – Republican

Bryce E. Reeves 142,141 40.02%
Glenn R. Davis, Jr. 61,157 17.22%
Jill H. Vogel 151,849 42.76%

GOVERNOR – Democrat

Ralph S. Northam 303,429 55.90%
Tom S. Perriello 239,383 44.10%

LT. GOVERNOR – Democrat

Justin E. Fairfax 252,319 49.14%
Gene J. Rossi 60,008 11.69%
Susan S. Platt 201,154 39.17%

The surprise of the night was the tight race between Republicans Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart, a nail-biter that went down to the wire before it was called for Gillespie.

The other tight race was between Republicans Jill Vogel and Bryce Reeves who battled for LG until Vogel pulled ahead. While many voters seemed to wrangle over the LG decision of who to vote for, the undecideds did not break for Glenn Davis as some had expected.

With those results in mind, let’s look at what our writers predicted.

Brian Schoeneman: 100%. Without giving exact percentages, he nailed it.

Jim Hoeft: 25%. His one correct prediction was Fairfax but he missed with Wagner, Perriello, and Davis, thinking outside the box with a couple of those.

Matt Hall: 100%. Matt’s percentages were off but his choices were on the money.

Rick Sincere: 75%. His prediction that Stewart would get less than 10 percent, we now know, was a miscalculation.

Shaun Kenney: 100%. His percentages were way off for Gillespie and Vogel but he chose the correct winners for each office.

Lynn Mitchell: 50% for the statewide races. Of the three local races, I had two correct (Emily Brewer and Bethany Harrison). Ben Dessart’s loss was a surprise since it seemed his chances were higher than Emily’s, mainly because she was going up against a local supervisor.

All in all, not bad for the Bearing Drift crew.

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