Open Thread………………………………………..Tuesday, August 19

August 19th, 2014 7 comments

beawr4What mischief is this chap getting ready to cause?  The little guy wasn’t very old.

The mother was no where to be seen.  That’s unusual.

I am reminded of the advice hikers give when being confronted by a bear.  Look Large.

Looking Large isn’t just for those confronting bears.  People in politics also Look Large.   Looking Large attempts to throw off one’s contenders.  Birds do the same thing.  They Look Large by puffing their feathers up.  Some birds can look twice their size.

Some dogs and cats can do this trick also.


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ISIL can run but it can’t hide

August 20th, 2014 25 comments

An angry president addresses a sad nation over the death of James Foley at the hands of ISIL.  It sounds like it’s game on. President Obama needs to unleash the fury of the US arsenal on these brutal bastards.

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FitzSimmonds resigns, or does he?

August 20th, 2014 6 comments


Local GOP stalwart Bob FitzSimmonds resigned his post as state party treasurer in light of controversial comments he made about Muslims and members of other faiths on Facebook, or has he?  As of today, he is still on the job.  Did he really resign or was he just kidding?

The Republican State Central Committee met over the weekend and took no action to replace him.  Many party leaders have called for him to step down, including Prince William GOP chairman  William Card.  Mr. FitzSimmonds ‘antiquated ideas on the roles of people other than Christians in the United States hinder Republican efforts to increase the size of their tent or reach out beyond the current demographics of their party.  Failure to succeed in that task could mean the demise of the Republican party, and of a viable two party system in the United States. 

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The times, they will be a changing….

August 20th, 2014 11 comments

Thanks to that royal D-bag, Phillip Puckett.

Republican A. Benton Chafin Jr. won a state Senate seat Tuesday that secured GOP control of the General Assembly, dimming Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s legislative prospects and erasing the last vestige of blue from Southwest Virginia.

Chafin, a freshman state delegate, easily defeated Democrat Mike Hymes to fill the Senate seat that Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) abruptly resigned in June. The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) called the race shortly before 8 p.m.

The race — potentially the most expensive state Senate contest in Virginia history — was one of four special elections statewide Tuesday. Voters in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads chose Democratic delegates for two empty House seats. And in central Virginia, a town council race put the commonwealth’s new voter identification rules to their first test.

The Senate election was the most important of the day given its impact on Richmond’s upper chamber. Republicans already dominate the House, so the GOP victory in the Senate put the General Assembly fully in the hands of a party that opposes the Democratic governor’s top policy aims.

Time to start counting the anti-abortion bills.  Terry McAuliffe, get your veto pen out.  Rocky roads ahead.

Little attention was paid up here in Northern Virginia to this critical special election.  The state Democrats sure didn’t do their job on this one.  I didn’t see one ad, I didn’t get one piece of mail regarding this election.   Are the Democrats broke?

The only hope the Democrats have is to pick up a couple of seats in the election Nov. 2015 election.  Think that will happen?  If I were a betting kind of lady, I would say no.

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Sharpton criticizes Christie for partying

August 18th, 2014 24 comments

Help me out here. What does Governor Chris Christie have to do with what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri? I say nothing.

Ferguson, Missouri is really a local issue–local, but with the eyes of the nation upon it. Surely every politician isn’t supposed to put their life on hold over Ferguson, Missouri?

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The Ferguson message…has the focus been lost?

August 18th, 2014 46 comments

Thanks thugs.  I now have to fight with Mr. Moonhowler over some issues that I consider fairly important.  I have had to defend Al Sharpton, I have had to explain why the teen death rate in Chicago is a separate issue from Ferguson.  I have had to talk about proportion–why your life isn’t an even exchange for a box of cigars.

I am not sure who all is rioting, looting, and shooting in Ferguson.  It might not even be local folks.  All I know is, when rioting, looting and shooting starts, the city of Ferguson loses.  People stop listening to real problems and focus on behaviors that have become icons of “otherness.”  Seriously, we shouldn’t be talking about the murder rate in Chicago among black youths, why Al Sharpton is down there or any of those things.  We should be talking about process.

Do cops make mistakes?  Yes.  They are human beings.  However, the problem seems to be how this tragic situation was handled.  I am still not ready, in my own mind, to declare guilt or innocence to any of the parties involved.  I need more information.  Why the hell is it taking so long?

We now have the highway patrol, (I am assuming the equivalence of the Virginia State Police.) and the national guard called out.  This situation is serious and there will be NO winners.

What have the protests done to advance Michael Brown’s “cause?”  Can violence and looting EVER help a situation?  I say no.  It does quite the opposite.  It makes us lose focus on the real problem and all to quickly focus on race and “other.”

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Ferguson, Mo: Trespassing at McDonalds?

August 14th, 2014 44 comments

For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there.

That was the case Wednesday. My phone was just about to die, so as I charged it, I used the time to respond to people on Twitter and do a little bit of a Q&A since I wasn’t out there covering the protests.
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Maybe principals should not have degrees…..?????

August 13th, 2014 10 comments

Robin Anthony Toogood II was an admired educator, the kind of principal who inspires loyalty among other teachers for his compassion and positive attitude. To his students, he was a role model who commanded respect, a leader who handled discipline infractions with a gentle hand.

But according to local schools officials, Toogood harbored a secret throughout his 15-year career in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia schools: Although he claimed to be highly educated — saying he had a doctorate — in reality he was a college dropout.

Former colleagues said they were surprised that Toogood appears to have repeatedly landed teaching and administrative jobs while providing fake or embellished credentials, as Virginia education officials have alleged. Those who worked with him said Toogood was known for his gregarious charm, warm smile and innate leadership qualities.

“He would have been the last person you would have ever expected to lie,” said Katie Holland, a former substitute teacher at St. Michael the Archangel, a Catholic elementary school in Silver Spring where Toogood worked as an assistant principal during the 2007-2008 school year.

You know, this sort of thing probably goes on more frequently than we know about.  Granted, it takes real cajones to pull off an educational heist such as this one but there is a valuable lesson to be learned here.  Listen to how Mr. Toogood is described.  He sounds like the ideal principal, doesn’t he?

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Gay couples may apply for Va marriage licenses 8/20

August 13th, 2014 7 comments

Richmond Times Dispatch:


RICHMOND — A federal appeals court today denied motions for a stay of its gay marriage ruling.

Same-sex couples will be allowed to apply for marriage licenses effective Aug. 20, said Michel Kelly, spokesman for Attorney General Mark R. Herring.

Herring also last week filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to settle the constitutional issues with same-sex marriage bans for Virginia and the rest of the country.

Finally!  Congratulations to all the folks who have helped make this possible.  Same sex marriage is a civil right, in my not-so-humble opinion.

Help me out here.  I keep hearing people bemoan that same sex marriage harms marriage in general.  I fail to see how.  People harm marriages.  No one else an harm my marriage but my husband or me.  (and damn!  we have both given it our best shot!!!)

Those who feel that same sex marriage might harm their marriage out to look inward instead of outward.

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A presidential response

August 13th, 2014 10 comments

From President Obama regarding the death of Michael Brown:

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.

I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.

Remarks?  Opinions?

Here we go again…..

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Majority of Americans think refugee children should be allowed to stay

August 11th, 2014 15 comments

U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border

WASHINGTON/McALLEN, Texas, Aug 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while.

The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight the complexity of the child migrant issue for Obama, who has sought to emphasize his compassion while also insisting that his administration plans to send home most of the children, many of whom have fled violence in their homelands.

The poll, conducted on July 31-Aug. 5, found that 51 percent of Americans believe the unaccompanied children being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border should be allowed to remain in the country for some length of time.

That included 38 percent who thought the unaccompanied youngsters should be sheltered and cared for until it was deemed safe for them to return home. Thirteen percent said the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, while 32 percent said the children should be immediately deported.

Very interesting that Americans come down on the side of protecting children.  This wish is not for permanent residency but until such time that it is safe for the children to return home.  President Obama needs to listen to his constituents and stop being in such an all fired hurry to send children back to God-knows what.

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James Brady death ruled a homicide

August 9th, 2014 17 comments

Monday’s death of President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James S. Brady has been ruled a homicide resulting from the gunshot wound he suffered in the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, more than three decades ago.

The ruling was made by the medical examiner’s office in Virginia, where Brady, 73, died in an Alexandria retirement community, and was announced Friday by Gwendolyn Crump, the D.C. police department’s chief spokeswoman.

There was no immediate word on whether the shooter, John W. Hinckley Jr., who has been treated at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital since his trial, could face new criminal charges. Hinckley, 59, was found not guilty by reason of insanity after he shot Reagan and three others on March 30, 1981.

But the decision to pronounce Brady’s death a homicide 33 years after he was wounded outside the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW raises questions about whether prosecutors can, and will, try to get around double jeopardy — the legal concept that protects a person from being tried twice for the same crime — and pursue a murder charge.

Isn’t charging John Hinckley with murder really overkill?   Why on earth should Hinckley be charged with murder some 30 years after the fact?  He has been incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital for over three decades.  He was found not guilty by reason of insanity at the time.  What are prosecutors hoping?  He will be less insane?  More insane?  Even if he had been charged and convicted of murder, he might be eligible for freedom after 3o years.

Suggestion:  Leave it alone.  Recharging Hinckley just costs the taxpayer more money with very little end result.   It seems to me that the medical examiner was acting out of political motivation.  Had Hinckley shot anyone else, would the ME really declare a death  a homicide  after 30 some years?  Probably not.

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Virginia State Board of Elections: More government intervention in voting

August 8th, 2014 86 comments

Inflaming a contentious debate over voter identification laws, the Virginia State Board of Elections decided this week that, to cast a ballot, voters will have to present a current photo ID or one that expired within the past year.

The Republican-controlled board voted 2 to 0 Wednesday — with the Democratic member absent — to narrow the definition of valid identification, a move that one board member said would streamline and simplify the rules.
“We believe it’s a compromise and gives people a reasonable grace period,” said Donald Palmer, who was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).

But Democrats and voting rights advocates said the new rule will confuse voters less than two weeks before a special election in which the rule is expected to apply.

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Resignation Day: 40 years ago today

August 8th, 2014 No comments

I didn’t dislike Richard Nixon. He was not the anti-Christ many would have us believe. He was a moderate Republican who understood that programs needed to be run better, not eliminated. Was he likeable? Not particularly. He appeared to ill-at-ease and insecure at times. He was always calculating his next move.

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Rep. Amash shows how graceless and rude he can be

August 7th, 2014 5 comments

Justin Amash ripped into his opponent after a win.  Will this behavior be tolerated in Congress?  Is there ever an excuse for rudeness?  Supposedly Amash’s base is millennial and they like telling it like it is in politics.  I sure hope that is not the case.  I am used to the civility of the old Senate.

I would never vote for anyone who acted this rude, even if I hated his opponent.  His mother should get hold of him and take a switch to his backside.

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