I attended the Gainesville District Townhall meeting and here’s a quick update.
Transportation projects include the widening of 15, widening of 66 and the Linton Hall Corridor Project are all on track to be completed either early or on-time. And let me just say, I stand in awe of these transportation engineers who are able to squeeze a lane out of nothing. Unfortunately, new project funding is in doubt because of current economic conditions and funding issues related to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Bob Marshall’s lawsuit where the Virginia Supreme Court ruled the collection of the funds unconstitutional.
There was literature available concerning the Journey thru Hallowed Ground designation.
Transmission Lines have been approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission conditional on West Virginia and Pennsylvania. West Virginia has given the go ahead while Pennsylvania has not. Also, there’s this interesting article in today’s Washington Post about Maryland regulators requesting electric utilities to draft conservation plans.
USDOT representative reports federal highway funding legislation runs out at the end of September 09 and will need an overhaul.
Stirrup again refuses to answer question about his membership in ‘Help Save Manassas’ instead decides to call me an ‘illegal alien apologist.’ Okay, if you think McCain and Reagan were apologists then so be it.But I did seem to learn who’s Stirrup’s spin meister is – Mr. Murphy. By the way, you were not his first choice for the job, greater men with more integrity declined this position. Better get back to crunching those numbers since ER visits have not decreased.
Sometimes after you have worked hard, given it your best shot, and done all you can do, it is time to just sit back and smell the roses, or…in this case, watch the puppies.
These puppies are Shiba Inu pups, a Japanese hunting breed. Their names are Autumn, Ayumi, Amaya, Aki, Akoni, Ando–3 boys and 3 girls. The video occassionally goes dark but it comes back fairly quickly.
So, no roses but a puppy fix is in order. Please enjoy. This thread doesn’t have one iota of political thought on it. We aren’t even going to recommend one of these doll-babies for the Obama family. Link to full story. If the puppies aren’t playing, they are asleep. If you don’t see puppies, they are out playing.
[update: I have only seen 1 puppy since this morning. I guess most have gone to their forever homes, although 5 weeks on NOv 11 seems awfully young.]
[* All 6 chaps are back now. I have no clue where they were.]
This, this is what happens when you allow hatred of one segment of our population to grow and fester like a cancer. Marcello Lucero, 37, was stabbed to death Saturday, November 9th. His crime, you may ask? He was Hispanic. Seven teenagers, living in a county where the County Executive, Steven Levy, is known for pushing tough anti illegal immigration enforcement, even to the extent of raiding apartment buildings, demanding documentation from the inhabitants, all of whom were Latino. Apparently these teenage boys were looking for any Hispanic to attack, and Marcello was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. The reality is, when you have elected officials, standing silently by, while hatred and racism grow towards one group of people, violence is bound to happen. What is worse though, when I think about it, is that I can only imagine that Suffolk County mirrored PWC in many ways, in ways that refused to acknowledge there was a growing dislike towards the Latino community. However, we had Greg’s blog to document the growing hatred, hatred that Corey and John, to this day, continue to deny knowing about or admitting that there is a division growing in our county. Geez, you even have Corey saying, out loud, “did you ask the Spanish speaker if they were legal citizens”, when he was inquiring about the citizen satisfaction survey. Read more…
The Pew Research Center has released some interesting data on the demographics of the election. The teaser is here on the blog with a link to more info to those who want it, via the blue Pew Research Center.
An important bit of data revealed that Obama won the moderate vote. While Democrats have captured the moderate vote for the past 5 elections, this past election the results were dramatic and significantly more moderates were identified as the swing vote. What does all this tell us? Are moderates sick of some of the conservative social values the Republicans always seem to mire in? Are people just voting against the Religious Right?
Inquiring minds want to know and the anti group is never shy about sharing their respective opinions.
[ed note: The chart is small. I attempted to make it larger. It got blurrier. If the print is too small use the link to the original site.]