Open Thread…………………………………February, 2016

February 1st, 2016 84 comments

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Here we go, February.  It’s the shortest month of the year.  It can be warm and balmy or it can be frigid.  There are lots of holidays in February.  Both Lincoln and Washington were born in February.  We have 3 family birthdays this month.  February 9, 10, and 26.

I just got the call of doom.  Car totaled  I got deered by a deer.   I have to bury a wonderful car.

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Welcome back, Old Sparky

February 6th, 2016 4 comments

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Manassaspatch.com:

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Death penalty opponents lost a battle this week when a House committee endorsed a bill to make electrocution the default punishment if lethal injection is unavailable.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty opposed House Bill 815, which would allow the Virginia Department of Corrections to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The House Courts of Justice Committee voted 14-7 in favor of the measure on Wednesday. It is now before the full House of Delegates.

“There is no humane way to kill another human being,” said Michael Stone, the executive director of VADP. His group advocates for life in prison without parole as the maximum penalty for capital murder.

Stone fears that HB 815 will clear the House and go on to pass the Senate. He said it would be a step backward.

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Naked man chases PW teen on her way to school

February 5th, 2016 3 comments

NO PICTURE!

Inside nova.com:

A 37-year-old man has been charged after police say he chased and assaulted — while naked — a 16-year-old girl on her way to the school bus stop Wednesday morning.

It happened on Charter Court off Prince William Parkway in the River Falls area as the Osbourn Park High School student was walking to the bus stop around 6:15 a.m.

The victim told police she was approached by a man wearing no clothes and she attempted to flee, but the man chased after her. At that point, a witness intervened, knocking the man and girl to the ground.

Still, the naked man at one point grabbed the victim and tried to prevent her from getting away, said Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus.

When officers arrived, the girl had gotten away and the man had been detained. He was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, and remained hospitalized Thursday, Probus said.

The man, identified as Musab Mohamed El-Sheikh, of the 4800 block of Grand Masters Way in Woodbridge, was charged with abduction, indecent exposure and assault and battery, Probus said. A court date is pending his release from the hospital.

How on earth do we teach our kids to avoid this kind of behavior?  This is truly one of the most insane stories I have ever read.   Who does this creature belong to and why was he out of the house?  Wasn’t he cold?

As people sit around wondering why cops sometimes have bad attitudes, I think I might have just found the answer.  Why would anyone work a job where they had to deal with loony tunes like this?

I think a mental health evaluation is certainly in order.  What was his intent?

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Dear Cargo, I feel your pain….voting rights

February 5th, 2016 22 comments

Dear Cargo,

I am dedicating this thread to you.  Why?  Because I felt your pain.  Just for a moment.

You have continually said that gun ownership is a right  and that you shouldn’t have to apply or register to bear arms because doing so was a right.  (or something to that effect.)

I feel like I am having to dance and jump through hoops just to be able to vote.  I think everyone here knows that I have a bad knee and  that on any given day it could make me unable to go to the polls.  I also have breathing issues but that is another story.

I like to vote by mail.  It’s easier, it is legitimate, and it ensures that I will be able to vote in the event that the knee is acting up.  So, tonight I thought to myself…I had better apply for that absentee ballot since March 1 is right around the corner.

Finally I find how to apply online.  It is fairly well hidden.  Then I started filling out the form.  Nothing is intuitive.  The form has changed since last time.  Now I had to give a social security number and….tah daaaaaaaxahhhhhhh…..my DMV number so that my signature can be compared.

Why must I do all this just to be able to vote?  Voting is a right.  I shouldn’t have to go through all this bullshit.  My knee hurts.  I don’t feel like limping to the foyer to get my purse.

Where is the voter fraud?  Show me where the voter fraud is and I might feel just a little bit better about going through all this malarky.  Why would someone say they were me, risk  going to prison just so they could cast a vote, in my name?  How absurd.

Cargo, I feel about voting like you do about guns.  It is much easier to own a gun than it is to vote.  Tell me, when you buy a mail order gun, does DMV have to be involved to compare your signature?  I seriously doubt it.  If I am wrong, please tell me.

The lies and deceit continue from local anti-choice zealots

February 4th, 2016 5 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:  (Petula Dvorak)

It’s a tactic she has embraced for nearly three decades to disrupt one of Northern Virginia’s few abortion clinics. Lohman operates her Manassas crisis pregnancy center right next door.

Same brick building, same sign, same generic office decor. The abortion clinic, Amethyst Health Center for Women, was on the right. The pregnancy center, AAA Women for Choice, is on the left.

Confused women seeking abortions would wind up in Lohman’s place, where she threw all she had at them — pamphlets, pleas, prayers, promises of help, used baby gear, bloody imagery, God — to change their minds.

“Deceptive? People say we’re deceptive? Okay,” Lohman told me. “But what the other guys are doing? That’s deceptive, too. Those girls have no idea what abortion really is. When I hear ‘pro-choice,’ that is a deception. And this country has forgotten about God.”

Here’s the part that’s really astonishing. Several months ago, the abortion provider retired and the Amethyst Health Center closed. That’s when Lohman, 69, and her supporters swooped in, orchestrating their grandest deception yet.

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Does Cruz have a bag of dirty tricks?

February 3rd, 2016 38 comments

What dirty tricks has Cruz used to win? Other than one of his staffers announcing that Carson was dropping out, I don’t know.

Cruz appeals to evangelicals and uber-conservatives. I don’t know why. I have never heard anyone say they liked him who has met him.

I am particularly surprised that evangelicals like him. He is mean-spirited in the way he conducts business. Perhaps someone can provide the explanation for the attraction to this man.

II agree with Censored. He makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I feel he is evil.

Trump is rude, a blow hard and a blusterer. I don’t feel he is evil.

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Who is worse? Trump or Cruz?

February 3rd, 2016 102 comments

By now I am certain everyone is totally sick of the various caucuses.  I have lost track of what’s next.

How interesting that the mighty Trump didn’t prevail in Iowa…or is it?  Iowa is heavy in the evangelical department and apparently Ted Cruz is popular amongst that subset of voters.  (I haven’t figured out why because he appears to be mean as a snake.)

Trump actually took coming in second pretty well for a narcissist.  I still want to make Rubio sit at the “little table” at all holidays.

So, who is worse?  Worse in what way?  Worse for the Republican party might be a place to start.  Who would be worse for the country?  Trump or Cruz?

If you held a gun to my head and told me I had to vote for one or the other, I would vote for Trump.  Why?  I think Trump is living on borrowed ideology.  The power of his belief system could easily be over-ruled by pragmatism.  Cruz—not so much.  He believes in his cause and his own sense of righteousness, or so it appears.  That is why he is more dangerous than Trump.

Don’t get me wrong..a gun would have to be involved and aimed right at my skull.

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Oh Corey! Leave it alone!

February 1st, 2016 11 comments

 

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Prince William schools closed for the rest of the week  
This announcement apparently didn’t suit the political ambitions of the chairman.

wmal.com:

Stewart told NewsChannel 8 Thursday that it was “ridiculous” that children still had not returned to class after a week-long closure.

VDOT did a good job of clearing roads, Stewart said, and that every road in the district had been hit by a plow at least once by Monday.

He blames “helicopter parents” and risk-adverse school systems for the lengthy closures, adding that schools systems tend to copy one another with school closures because they don’t want to be culpable if something bad happens.

“It’s gotten to the point where we’re pushing our kids through an entire week of school, and that’s going to, at some point, cut into their summer time recess,” said Stewart.

“So I’m a bit concerned about the school system.”

Stewart also noted the inconvenience that the extended closing had on parents in the area.

“Most parents got Monday off, and a lot of us got Tuesday off as well,” said Stewart. “Most people were back to work Wednesday, Thursday, and then tomorrow, and their kids are going to be off of school. So this presents a major inconvenience for many people.”

Steven L. Watts, the Superintendent of Prince Williams County Schools, could not be reached for comment, as the offices were closed for the day.

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Misogynist Trump still attacks Megyn Kelly

January 29th, 2016 66 comments

@gene70@FireFlyFury@megynkelly@realDonaldTrumpAnd this is the bimbo that’s asking presidential questions? pic.twitter.com/oU1uUGnuWb

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The Governor and 2Aers strike a deal

January 28th, 2016 9 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:

 Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a stunning reversal of a firearms policy that had angered Republicans and gun rights advocates across the nation.

The about-face is part of a deal that McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican leaders one month after Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) ended the right of gun owners in 25 states to have their concealed carry permits recognized in Virginia.

In exchange, Republicans will agree to a major concession: Anyone subject to a permanent protective order for a domestic violence offense will be prohibited from carrying a firearm for the two-year life of the order. The issue had been a nonstarter in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

“This is a bipartisan deal that will make Virginians safer,” McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said. “It also demonstrates that Democrats and Republicans can work together on key issues like keeping guns out of dangerous hands.”

 The agreement marks the first break in a logjam in the state over gun rights and gun control marked by heated rhetoric on both sides.
The NRA applauds the bi-partisan agreement.  Not all the gun groups do, however.
There were other concessions made:

It includes an amendment offered by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) that says Virginia will not honor an out-of-state concealed carry permit held by a person whose Virginia concealed carry permit was previously revoked — a practice known as “state shopping.”

In another concession, state police must be present at all gun shows to administer background checks in private sales of guns on a voluntary basis. McAuliffe’s budget includes $100,000 to fund the activity.

Those seem like common sense ideas that might make us a little bit safer.  Those are all measures that make most of the voters happy–all but the most strident of the gun activists.

 

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