Open Thead………………………………………..Monday, November 3

November 3rd, 2014 42 comments

late autumn leavesThe trees are becoming bare. Trees just handled leaf-change and leaf-drop differently in different places this year.  Trees around here didn’t do it all at once.  some of the leaves turned brown instantly while still retaining fully green.  Those leaves fell off the trees the first week of October.  Some of the trees turned colors while retaining lots of green.  I have a dogwood out front that is still doing the schizo-leaf thing.  It has lots of green still. Perhaps an easy third is still green.

Winchester and west of Winchester is another world in terms of leaves.  The trees there are brilliant and beautiful, full of color.  I have rarely seen such a display.  I was truly amazed last week to see such beautiful colors–none of this half green display.  I am not sure how the leaf display can be so different.  Winchester put on quite a color show, even compared to Front Royal.

Autumn will always fascinate me.  It’s truly Mother Nature’s time to strut her stuff.



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Adrian Peterson suspended for a year

November 19th, 2014 9 comments


Saying Adrian Peterson has “shown no meaningful remorse” for injuring his young son, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Minnesota Vikings star without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season Tuesday morning for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The NFL Players Association quickly announced it will appeal the decision and demand a neutral arbitrator — not Goodell — to hear the appeal, accusing an unnamed league executive of telling Peterson his nine weeks on the exempt list would be considered time served.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Peterson’s time on paid leave was taken into account but cited the aggravating circumstances laid out in Goodell’s letter to Peterson as explanation for the extended discipline.


How does anyone judge someone’s remorse?  I find that odd.

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Lakota: House of Representatives has declared war on the Sioux Nation

November 18th, 2014 30 comments

The president of South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) tribe has called the House of Representatives’ vote to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline an “act of war,” the Summit County Citizen’s Voice reported on Saturday.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” President Cyril Scott said in a statement. “We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL.”

Scott said he and other tribal elders have not been appropriately consulted on the pipeline, which would run through the tribe’s land. He also contended the House vote violates the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties, which gave the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation, according to the Summit County Citizen’s Voice.

We have been breaking treaties with the Indians for centuries. I doubt if this will stop us from doing it again if someone really wants that pipeline.
I think the questions to ask are as follows:

1. What will the Keystone XL pipeline do for the nation?
2. What is the impact on the environment?
3. What is the impact on the people where the XL actually goes through?

All of these questions need to have a positive answer before anyone approves this thing. I hope that the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t just another political consequence that has not been thought through thoroughly.

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Military commissions for terrorism suspects are a proven failure

November 11th, 2014 9 comments

by @ColMorrisDavis

On Veterans Day, 2009, I published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that said President Barack Obama was making a mistake prosecuting some terrorism suspects in federal courts in the United States and others in military commissions at Guantánamo Bay. I got fired from my federal government job for criticizing the president, and I have spent the past five years in court in a protracted First Amendment battle with the Justice Department that is likely to go on for several more years.

It is five Veterans Days later, and Obama’s mistake continues. It has not gotten better with age.

Fourteen high-value detainees arrived at Guantánamo from Central Intelligence Agency black sites in September 2006. Since then, only one has been convicted and sentenced: Ahmed Ghailani got life without parole for his part in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. Ghailani, the only Guantánamo detainee ever transferred to the United States, was convicted in November 2010 in federal court in New York City. He is serving his sentence in the Supermax prison in Colorado.
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Veterans: Do we really think these things through?

November 11th, 2014 11 comments


Veterans are really a big deal.  We proudly wear our “Support our Troops” T-shirts and pay lip service like all get out to our service people.  We give to veterans organizations and we express great concern and outrage over the homeless vets.  These vets are often veterans of foreign wars.

Our latest round of outrage has been over the Veterans Administration and the alleged abuses our servicemen have suffered because of delayed appointments, denied benefits and over-all shoddy treatment. The former head of the VA, General Shinseki,  was recently fired and a new Secretary was appointed to fix that which has been considered a systemic failure.  Apparently Robert A. McDonald, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble, has really started shaking things up.  Many  thousands of doctors and nurses are expected to be hired and there are all kinds of internal changes in the process.

The most vets today are from the Vietnam War era.  There are fewer than 2 million vets left over from WWII.   The Vietnam War was the last war where our troops were conscripted.  There are also many lingering illnesses from that war, many stemming from Agent Orange exposure and PTSD.  Benefits for both these war issues were denied for many years.  Only recently have veterans gotten significant benefits for the various ailments, many of which are life-threatening, associated with these two   disorders.
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Veterans Day 2014

November 11th, 2014 2 comments


World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

veterans day 14


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Moon-Howler is out of sorts…for a while

November 10th, 2014 16 comments

I am having some major repair/remodeling work done and it has turned me into a crazy person.  Right now I don’t even have a bathroom.  Well, I have a bathroom, I just don’t have a door on it.  Now, that might not bother some people.  Me?  Yea, I like a little privacy.  I felt like I was brushing my teeth in the middle of Grand Central Station.  Right now, the doors are out on a tree in front of the house.

door tree


This is so bizarre.  I feel like nothing will ever be the same again.  Now I know why I put up with the filth, dust and dated look.  I knew that if I did anything about it my entire life would be turned upside down.

The dogs are protesting also.  The two boys are lifting their legs on everything.  I think they think if they mark their territory nothing will be moved.  That nasty habit will have to be broken.   Today, Day 1 of the remodel,  saw both boys outside, bright and early.  I double dog dare one to lift a leg when this is all done.

Any advice on how to survive this?

What restaurants are open for Thanksgiving?

Bear with me,  this week.  My muse is keeping time to a circular saw and nail gun.

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The Leonids: Fauquier kicks Prince William’s booty

November 8th, 2014 4 comments


Prince William Times:

When:: Nov. 15, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Road, outside Nokesville
Fee: $6 per car
What to bring: Warm clothes

Grab a warm coat and get ready to enjoy the excellent horizons from C.M. Crockett Park outside Nokesville, the perfect stage for the 2014 Leonid Meteor Shower.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecast expects 10 comets per hour this year, and a new moon allows for the best visibility of the annual shower, which has been a true crowd-pleaser since 1833.

The park, set away from bright lights, competes only with the lights of Manassas, and a little disruption from the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.

The park is just across the Fauquier border, about 10 minutes from Nokesville.

The moon factors into a viewer’s ability to glimpse the meteors, and last year the full moon ruined the visibility. This November, however, the new moon provides ultimate viewing conditions. However, the forecast remains the wild card.

The Leonids show up annually and seem to emanate from the constellation Leo. No howling over the cost even from these quarters.  At least Fauquier is doing SOMETHING.  I had asked for years to have an event like this in Prince William County, specifically at Silver Lake.  I was told that I would have to pay for security.   That cost is a deal breaker.  $6 looks like a real bargain.

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Gordon Klingenschmitt (Dr. Chaps) performs exorcism on Obama

November 7th, 2014 11 comments
Obama Is Possessed By Demons, Requires Exorcism

“Dr. Chaps” is so convinced that President Obama is possessed by demonic forces that he wrote actually wrote a book called “ The Demons of Barack H. Obama.”

In the book, Klingenschmitt claims to have uncovered fifty demons “ruling” Obama , including the dark spirits of “sexual abuse,” “genocide,” “paganism,” “witchcraft” and “homosexual lust.”

On his TV show, Klingenschmitt once performed an exorcism “against the demon of tyranny who is using the White House occupant” to “oppress us.”

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Lower court upholds same sex marriage ban in 4 states

November 7th, 2014 2 comments

A federal appeals court panel upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four states Thursday, a break with other federal courts that makes it almost certain the Supreme Court must take up the issue of whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati ruled 2 to 1 that although same-sex marriage across the nation is practically inevitable, in the words of U.S. Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, it should be settled through the democratic process and not the judicial one.

The decision overturned lower-court rulings in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky and makes the 6th Circuit the first appeals court to uphold state bans since the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

The Supreme Court began its term last month by declining to hear appeals of decisions that had gone the other way, and that move to let the rulings stand greatly expanded the number of states in which same-sex couples may marry.

The court did not explain its reasoning at the time, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said in interviews that there was no reason for the court to jump in to settle a controversy unless there was disagreement among the lower courts.


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Candland’s Knight in Shining Armor “Writes” to His Rescue….Again

November 6th, 2014 21 comments

Oy Vey, who would have thought that commenting on high jacking constituents emails addresses would provide so much blog fodder!

First, Moonhowler penned a thread regarding the misuse of her email for electioneering purposes by Pete Candland, of which, by the way, I agreed with entirely with her premise.  I have often castigated Corey Stewart for the exact same “violation”.  However, at least I once openly supported Corey, even hosted a fundraiser for him in my home.  There is a reason he has my personal email address, I supported him at one ,albeit many years ago. Probably the Sheriff would not know that history as he miraculously materialized on the PWC political scene as soon as Pete was elected.  What an interesting coincidence!

So I will, once again, attempt to be concise in my explanation so that the “sheriff” may understand why elected officials should NOT misuse constituents personal email addresses’.  Let me say that I did not receive any e-mails from any elected official telling who to vote for, I am simply defending the principal of Moonhowler.

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