Senate GOP leaders lead efforts to recall President Obama

August 20, 2009

Saying President Barack Obama is “leading this country in the wrong direction” and could end up becoming the worst president in U.S. history, House Republicans have introduced legislation calling for Obama’s recall from office.

Representative James Ellington (R-Texas) stressed they’re not bringing forth articles of impeachment but are rather invoking Article LXXXIV of the U.S. Constitution.

This article, never used before in U.S. history, specifies the grounds by which a president might be recalled.

It reads: “Congress shall, if it deems the President of the United States has done an insufficient job or has put the country at risk with his job, establish a national vote to recall the president from office.”

If a recall is done and is successful, then both the Democrats and Republicans along with interested third parties would be allowed to nominate their own candidates for office.

For the democrats, names being tossed around include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore and actor Sean Penn. For the GOP, Arizona Senator John McCain, former Michigan Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are being considered.

“This is an outrage and waste of time,” said Obama through a White House spokesman. “I’m trying to do the work of the people and make the world a better place, and then this nonsense creeps up.”

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West Virginia changing its name to ‘Northwest Virginia’

August 5, 2009

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Saying it wants a name that better geographically reflects its name, the state of West Virginia will soon change its name.

Say goodbye to West Virginia, and hello to Northwest Virginia.

“It’s been long known that Virginia, of which West Virginia used to be a part, is actually further west than West Virginia, so we’ve felt for sometime the name ‘West Virginia’ was very misleading,” said West Virginia governor Joe Manchin. “Besides, if you put our states together, you’ll see that ‘West Virginia’ is in the northwest sector of Virginia and West Virginia.”

Manchin said other names considered included Virpennhio since Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio have in the past laid claim to West Virginia.

The change to Northwest Virginia will become effective in 2011.

The change raises a few questions: how will the state be abbreviated?

N.V. is already used by Nevada, while N.W. is used by the Canadian province Northwest Territories.

Some have suggested Nevada changing its abbreviation to N.A., while others feel Northwest Virginia should continue using the postal code W.V.

The plan has run into opposition in the Mountaineer State among many residents who wonder aloud whether the state has more pressing issues to deal with. Such as the plight of coal miners and poverty issues.

Others wonder how the new name would impact the puzzle logo used by the University of West Virginia, where the W fits atop the V.

“We could modify our current logo where the N fits atop the W, which, in turn, would remain fitted atop the V,” said WVU president James P. Clements.