Questions for Pat

Here's some submissions for McHenry's Monday night internet "town hall":

Are the telephonic and internet town halls intended as a substitute for live town halls in each county?

Why did you obstruct the military appropriations bill for the cause of transparency in Democratic earmarks then refuse to divulge your own (Republican) earmark for (heavily Republican) Mitchell County (an agricultural-related earmark that other North Carolina counties would have liked to have applied for)?

Since, by international law, the US is responsible for civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, could you please publish a count and list of names of the dead and wounded from those countries?

Why has your campaign spokesman trivialized the indictment of your staffer and roommate? Do you not take voter fraud seriously? Which laws are important to you? Are you in any way tied to any other ongoing voter fraud investigations.

Will you vote to withdraw the troops from Iraq as soon as possible? If not, why?

Could you tell me how many credit unions have privatized since your bill to make it easier for them to do so? And how much in profits have their managers realized from those privatizations?

Why kind of pressures were you under before Republicans lost their majority that made you say that it was a relief to be in the minority?

What questions do you have?


The article in the paper this morning

said that questions will be taken from constituents. How will they screen emailers/callers?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


My internet connection is blown . . . working from a cafe at the beach now . . . won't be able to log on tonight to play with Patty.

Sorry . . . ya'll have fun

Gee, A

I'm sorry. I know there's nothing else for you to do at the beach. :)

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Hubby used to moderate stuff like that.

They would screen based on the "seriousness" of the caller/typist. He typed/moderated one for John McCain (who was acutally a nice guy.) Somehow I bet this is different.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi


It is said you are the anointed "bull dog" of the Republican minority in the House. Is this a role you enjoy? With the country facing so many challenges - budget deficit, world reputation, shaky alliances, energy risks - why are you not reaching out to the majority to look for solutions instead of beating the partisan drum?

Pattys Q&A Time before Parliament?

Congressman? You claim to be the Pit Bull of the Republican Party. So how does it feel to be the only fan of Michael Vick?

Congressman! Last night a focus group of former Republicans met at my house and said they would vote to Impeach Bush and Cheney and tried you for treason against nature and the Constitution. Would please define " Nature" and why you love it more than the Constitution?


So how does it feel to be the only fan of Michael Vick?

Ok, Max. You owe me a keyboard.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Earmarks from Computer Patty?

Ok, Max. You owe me a keyboard.*lcloud

No problem! I got about a hundred from a recent Michael Vick fight where the local rednecks thought they were voting machines from Congressman Patty McHenry earmarks.


In the picture it looks like Patty doesn't like that big phallic microphone right in front of him. weird...

$0.16 per person per minute

The virtual townhall is being hosted by a company called Meet With Congress. If you visit the main page, you'll see the following price schedule for their services:


* $899 per month with contract until 12/31/07
o Includes unlimited use of 100 seats simultaneously
* $1,199 per month with a month-to-month contract
o Includes unlimited use of 100 seats simultaneously
* $.10 per person/per minute over 100 filled seats.


* $0.16 per minute per person

Optional Webcam and Microphone: $50

I'm guessing that since this is "unprecedented", McHenry is just putting his, um, toes in the water to test it out and is going with the $0.16/minute/person rate. It may not seem like much $$$ at first, but if 100 people stay for an hour, that works out to $960. Doesn't that just want to make you get all of those old computers in your basement working again and connected to your router? :)

We have four here

but we don't live in the district. I live in Myrick's and she does these virtual town halls too. I don't know if she does it exacty the same way, but I remember reading about her doing something similar last year.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Hubby says

that the only way to do it would be to assign a name and password to every constituent. It would be very labor-intensive and not effective in establishing communication in a cost-effective way.

Chances are, you will be asked to login and you maybe asked for your zip code or city of residence. While this could be checked by IP address, that would be time consuming, and probably wouldn't be done on the fly. But you probably will just be asked to log in. They will probably log IP addresses, in case some makes a threat or something, but that's standard procedure in chats like this.

McHenry will probably not be doing his own typing; companies that set these things up have typists who do are experts at it. (I think I mentioned earlier that Mr. Cloud has done this kind of work. Some of the people he has typed for are John McCain, Bradley Whitford, Shaquil O'Neal, Michael Jordan, too many PGA golfers to name, Colin Mochery {who was way cool} Kyle McLachlin, Darius Rucker (from Hootie and the Blowfish - who sang to me on the phone), Alfre Woodard, Wierd Al, Jeb Bush, Former Sec. of Education Rod Paige, MA Gov. Paul Cellucci, - and lots more. I got to listen on the other extension to Brad Whitford and McCain - who at the time was not a crazy old man. He's on notice that if he ever gets to type for anyone cool again, I get to listen, and I promise not to squeal.)

edited to add: Hubby also says that he wouldn't be surprised if McHenry isn't even in the room when the chat/town hall is going on - that it will be an intern with a list of questions and answers. Apparently that's something that happens, too. Or an intern will be on the phone with him while he's out at dinner, etc, relaying the questions to him.

Doesn't that just burst your bubble?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

If you have to log in and he has to pay

I guess that means he won't be posting the text .. . I hope someone can at least cut and paste the copy here or email me and I'll post it at Pat Go Bye Bye.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

At 7:30 is there anyone who can live blog

the town hall or make a recording? I'm not sure if he will keep the results posted after it's over or not . . .

I'm going to try to get on line at that time but it's kind of out of my control with a family obligation.

News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,


Wish I could join the Patty McClusterF*ck tonight, but I'm Tubes-challenged and won't be able to make it.

Someone give the lad a big ol' hug for me.


You are evil ;)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I got in, too,

My I say thanks to my in-laws for indulging me in this .. . .
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

What a frickin' hypocrite

Beyond partisanship? Who are you kidding . . . you seem to take great pride in being the partisan bull dog for the Republican Party. What's that about?

Oh my god . . . what a numb-nut fool! This is the first time I've heard him talk. Jeez . . . just one stupid talking point after another.

Looks like he has plants

asking friendly questions . . . otherwise why would he have slides set up to show?

Please keep updating those of us who just ate

and can't login ourselves if we want the egg-foo-young to stay put.

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"Candace from Spruce Pine" says that Pat doing a great job!

What is your stand on earmarks? - asks some guy

"Some are useful, but most are not."
"What are you going to do to stop the invasion of our nation by foreigners?"

Pat - "I'm going to show you a couple of slides later on"..."fighting against Amnesty"..."Passed a fence act to build the southern fence"..."focus on securing the border"..."internal enforcement"..."clean up the system by which people come to the Untied States legally"

Scrutiny Hooligans -

More live

"Linda Osbon from Hickory": When will Congress investigate and prosecute war profiteers like Halliburton"

"Democrat House has done nothing but investigate"..."We've only passed 50-some pieces of legislation, most of which are issues of renaming federal buildings and post offices."..."The Iraqi parliament has enacted more bills, yet people say the Iraq parliament is not functioning"

Pat? Where's the answer?

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Durn Brown Folks

From “interested voter”. Why should we give illegal immigrants stuff?

“If you don’t respect the law, you won’t respect the law once you’re here” - Pat

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Poor Pat

Feels the pinch of the pumps.


Cool Poll

Phil Byrd from Spruce Pine: "Thank you for standing up for our conservative values."


"What issues are most important to you right now?"

Then pops up a very cool, live interactive poll - Health Care is number one followed by immigration and gas prices. McHenry, therefore, talks about gas prices.

"I think you can go too far" - regarding environmental laws. We need more refineries and more exploration for gas. Look at oil shale. Look at long term solutions like hydrogen power.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Liberals Are Funny!

Terry Sigmund from Hickory, “Don’t you think we could all just ride bicycles like some of the liberals suggest?”

This elicits a belly laugh from Pat.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Health Care is big economic

Health Care is big economic issue -

We need more competition. Allow people to spend tax free for health insurance. Illegal Immigration, fences, internal enforcement.


- They've said they're going to increase taxes
- I'm opposing tax increases
- Spending under the Democrats going up "close to 10%".

Scrutiny Hooligans -

More questions!

Nuclear energy - "We need more"


Why not have a flat tax?

"I agree with you completely" - "Anything is better than what we currently have"

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Oh no, I agree with Pat on something!

Though not on a flat tax ...

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

What a lying piece of shit.

I'm sorry. This is turning my stomach.

Only 65 people are participating in this town hall meeting. Just look at the poll results. Bet he says there were thousands when the "news" comes out tomorrow.

One more question

He answered exactly ZERO questions from me. ZERO.

And my friend in Hickory asked him three . . . and he also answered ZERO from her.

He answered several from two different people

while saying there were so many questions coming in . . .

Do you have a copy of your friend's questions (from hickory)? I'm compiling a list of unanswered questions.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

To Patty

"bi-partisan" means working with one Democrat.

Time For One More Question

Mrs. Elizabeth Somethin' asking about "what have you done to try to bring forth compromise solutions instead of blaming everythings on the Democrats?"

"I've had some success with this"

"Rather than pointing fingers, let's come up with some solutions."

"That's why I've supported an entitlement reform commission"

"I think you're right about working things out.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

I got messages from several friends

who said they asked him if he was covering for the voting fraud in the last election because he was gay. So I know he got at least five questions about it . . . because I asked three of them.

Maybe that's what he found so entertaining.

Well, I recorded it on camera and mp3

but the quality of both are really bad (video from a tiny screen on a small monitor)

Need advice on posting the mp 3 but it wasn't really worth it.

67 people were took the online poll. No idea of the questions he didn't answer or how many people logged on.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

James you were funny

James Protzman . . . "doesn't say where he's from. It's Democratic majority not Democrat . . . It's just shorthand for Democratic. Thank you for bringing that up."
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,