Lots of thunder-boomers happening this summer. The last one featured loud cracks of thunder and horizontal rain coming down in sheets. I thought for sure my neighbor’s oak trees would land in my living room.
Yes, this summer has definitely been the Summer of Thunder and Lightning. To date, I have not lost electricity. NOVEC customers rarely lose their service. Part of my good fortune is because of underground cables. However, Westgate still has above ground wires and they rarely lose power either. NOVEC just gets things right.
I did notice that my electric bill was higher by about 30 bucks than it was for this time a year ago. I guess the weather was hotter in June, other than on the weekends. I am looking forward to the polar vortex that is due to arrive next Wednesday. Bring on the cool!!
The execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona lasted for nearly two hours on Wednesday, as witnesses said he gasped and snorted for much of that time before eventually dying.
This drawn-out death of Joseph R. Wood III in Arizona prompted the governor to order a review and drew renewed criticism of lethal injection, the main method of execution in the United States, just months after a high-profile botched execution in Oklahoma.
“I’ve witnessed a number of executions before and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Dale Baich, one of Wood’s attorneys, told The Washington Post in a phone call. “Nor has an execution that I observed taken this long.”
Wood was sentenced to death in 1991 for shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend Debra Dietz and her father, Eugene. In 1989, Wood went to a body shop where Debra and her father worked and shot Eugene Dietz in the chest; he then shot Debra twice, killing her.
He was killed at the Arizona State Prison Complex in an unusually prolonged process that immediately brought to mind lethal injections that have gone awry in recent months.
“I take comfort knowing today my pain stops, and I said a prayer that on this or any other day you may find peace in all of your hearts and may God forgive you all,” Wood said as part of his final words, according to the Associated Press.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday afternoon ordered U.S. carriers to stop flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, prohibiting them from traveling through Israel’s largest airport after a rocket landed nearby.
Airlines were banned from flying to Tel Aviv for a 24-hour period beginning on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. The FAA said it will issue additional guidance by the end of that period.
This prohibition came after a rocket landed about a mile away from the airport, the FAA said.
“The FAA immediately notified U.S. carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing [the notice],” the agency said in a statement. “The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.”
Even before the FAA’s notice was sent out, several U.S. airlines began canceling flights on Tuesday morning and afternoon.
Some experts think that Israel will continue to pound Hamas in Gaza because of the revenue lost in tourism. Once the United States cancelled flights in and out of Tel Aviv, other countries followed suit.
Some feel that the cancellation of flights is giving in to Hamas. Others think safety is far more important.
What do you think? Will flights resume after 24 hours or will this cancellation last for several days or weeks?
Is Israel pounding too hard to should they continue to ferret out the source of the rocket attacks? What are ordinary Palestinians to do? Surely they would like for all of this assault to stop.
Democrat Don Shaw declared his candidacy Tuesday for the 13th House of Delegates District seat, which voters will decide in November 2015.
The district covers portions of the Brentsville, Coles, Gainesville and Occoquan Magisterial Districts in Prince William County as well as all of the city of Manassas Park.
His campaign announcement means that he will not seek the office of Brentsville County Supervisor in the special election that would be held if current Supervisor Wally Covington receives a judicial appointment from the Virginia General Assembly.
So that leaves the race for the Brentsville Magisterial District supervisor to the Republicans unless someone else jumps in. Meanwhile, this can’t be very good news for Del. Bob Marshall. Marshall has been in office for years and is seen as a politician with a not so hidden agenda. While he takes up a few popular causes in his district, he is mainly known around the State Capital as an anti abortion extremist.
Statement on Housing of Undocumented Border Children in Prince William County July 15, 2014
Statement on the Housing of Undocumented Border Children in Prince William County
July 15, 2014With news breaking this past week that a facility in Prince William County is being used by the Federal Government for an extensive program to house undocumented border children, I believe that two important actions must be taken immediately to address this issue.
First, the County must exhaust every regulatory tool available to stop the placement of any additional undocumented border children anywhere in Prince William County. Now that we know this extensive program exists, we need to stop growing the problem.
Second, every undocumented child who is presently housed in a Prince William County facility that receives taxpayer money must be repatriated with their families as quickly as possible. Furthermore, Prince William County and the Board of County Supervisors should take action to facilitate that process. Read more…
Things in the world look pretty grim. Israel and Gaza, specifically Hamas, are at war. Ground troops have entered Gaza. Could it have been stopped before it got to this stage? Ask Hamas. They are who rejected the cease-fire agreement. I feel badly for the women and children. Women have no power and certainly children don’t. Gaza is tiny. There is no place to run and hide. This is a difficult region to understand. What I do understand is why Israel doesn’t want rockets fired in on its population.
Russian separatists have downed a Malaysian commercial airline. The militants won’t allow the international community in to aid recovery efforts. The scene sounds horrific. There isn’t much doubt at this point that the plane was shot down. This evil act of aggression on an innocent civilian population is totally inexcuseable.
Watch Russia scramble to make up excuses for itself, as usual.
Crash victims were mainly from the Netherlands but victims from 10 other countries were also killed. The world mourns the loss of these innocent souls lives.
Are we on the brink of some sort of mass war? I hesitate to say WWIII, but we all know from history how those things escalate. Yet, the stock market was thriving on Friday, despite all the grim news. Capitalism never ceases to amaze me.
I am asking that any discussion of Margaret Sanger stay on this thread. There are serious issues in our community and none of them have one damn thing to do with Margaret Sanger.
I think it is important to note that all historical figures must be evaluated in their own place and time. Additionally, the language changes over time. Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson, one of my favorite historical figures.
I grew up in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I lived in a house off of Rugby Road less than three blocks from Mr. Jefferson’s University. In Charlottesville, everything is Jefferson. He is our hometown hero. He, Jack Joutte and Paul Goodloe McIntire are the three most mentioned town heroes. Jefferson’s influence is certainly national in scope. He is the author of the Declaration of Independence, Revolution visionary, one of the most prominent thinkers of his time, inventor, statesman, diplomat, first secretary of state and president for two terms.
Just what we need. Another Arizona politician weighing in on those damn YMCA campers with iphones.
They were sad alright. Those campers were on a field trip.
Can we at least leave kids alone? It takes really cowardly politicians to go after kids.
Let’s let kids get settled in facilities. Let’s encourage our federal legislators to fund money for extra judges, social workers, intake officers etc. so we can facilitate a quick resolution of this issue.
We obviously can’t provide permanent homes for kids without parents. Each kid has his or her own story. Let’s cut the politics and get on with it.
As an aside, Youth for Tomorrow has hired off-duty police to guard their entrance. Good for them. Is this what its come to, folks? A Christian organization feels its necessary to have additional security because of hot heads in the community. I wonder if they have a donation fund for this initiative?
Pro-life isn’t just from fertilization to birth. Life is a continuum that streams from generation to generation.
I find it astonishing that some of our biggest “pro-life” movers and shakers in the community were down at McCoart Building yesterday ready to hop all over the Board of County Supervisors for allowing refugee children to live at Joe Gibb’s private facility, Youth For Tomorrow.
Many “pro-lifers” who feel quite comfortable with legislation that would force a woman to give birth even in extreme cases of rape, incest and fetal anomaly, have no compunction about telling the “illegals” to go back where they came from, even if they are 5, 8 or 11 years old. These same people want to deny these children refuge, even on a temporary basis.
These people simply aren’t pro-life–not by my standards. Perhaps my standards are just a little too high for some of the movers and shakers. From here on out, if I heard you calling out children who are here, alive and kicking, and telling them to go home, I will be calling bullshit on you, regardless of who you are.
Sort of makes you wonder who the real pro-lifers are. Perhaps the very name pro-life has been high-jacked by many who are very short sighted.
I am going to advance a hypothesis. Local people who feel threatened by the refugee children from Central America are the same people who were anti-immigration to start with, you know, back in the day. Yes, the people who smugly went around touting “Illegal is illegal” and feeling like they had just made some sort of deep observation or said something profound. What does surprise me is the fact that these same people are now attacking children. How stupid on my part. Why am I surprised!? Read more…
Very briefly, the BOCS went in to closed session following the invocation. They emerged about a half hour later and Chairman Stewart announced the result of their session which you can hear in the above video.
Posting this video should cut down on the myths, lies and superstitions out there in cyberland. Additionally, Chairman Stewart confirmed that no children were being housed at the Armory on Dumfries Road, outside Manassas.
The questions the Board seek answers to seem appropriate. I sincerely hope the BOCS will keep this reasonable tone and stand down during this humanitarian crisis. These kids have to be scared, alone, and insecure. They do not need to hear county vitriol carried over from 2007 hurled at them. Yes, its pretty much the same familiar tired old faces spewing hate and explaining to us why they aren’t prejudiced. (Yea, well yes you are!) Some of them just had to get out their thread-barren old shirts, some with those red circles and make sure we all knew that there was still a sputter of hate left inside.
I thought this birthday wish was appropriate in light of our most recent thread.
I am trying to figure out who this land really does belong to. How many people want to repeal the 14th amendment to keep children of foreigners who are born in this country from being declared citizens?
In our discussion the past several days, I am reminded of Emma Lazarus’ New Collossus:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
That really doesn’t describe America any more, does it?
The Sheriff has learned that Chairman Stewart gave permission to Youth for Tomorrow, a taxpayer-funded non-profit serving at-risk youth in Prince William County, to open their doors to house children for Homeland Security that have been flown to Prince William County from Texas and other areas on the southern border.
This statement is an outright lie. It is not up to Corey Stewart to give permission or not give permission to Youth for Tomorrow. YFT is a private organization. YFT is also not a tax-payer funded organization. Does it get a grant like many other organizations in the county? Probably. So do lots of agencies and clubs that meet the criteria. However, most of the county money received by YFT is for services rendered.
One such example of these services would be if a child needed residential placement because Prince William County Schools could not provide the appropriate educational setting for this child. PWCS would pay the residential /educational fee to YFT, the same as it would pay to any other 24 hour facility. The court system, in conjunction with social services, might also place a child in the YFT setting. Either the state or the county would pay for those services. That to me, is not “tax-payer funded.