Wartime Museum Hearing

Concrete Bob and Cargo Squid of United Conservatives of Virginia (see UCV link) have requested that we publish the following public service announcement:

Next Wednesday, June 16th, there is a planning commission hearing for the Wartime Museum and we’re trying to gather as many supporters to attend as we can.

Obviously, the more Prince William County supporters we can gather the better, but support from any of you would be greatly appreciated.

The hearing is at 7pm at the McCoart Building in Woodbridge Virginia.

If you are unable to attend all I ask is that you forward this information to friends you think may be able to go. Again, if you live in or know a lot of people in the PWC area please ask them to come out and support the Museum.

The Museum is going to a great educational tool. They are planning to make it interactive, with docents acting as members of the armed forces from different time periods.

Hope you can support it. If so, please spread the word.

County supervisors email links are in the top tabs. If you have questions, leave a note here for Cargosquid.

Alaska Congressman Reassures us Gulf Oil Leak Not a Disaster

Alaska Congressman Don Young has told Congress that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is not an environmental disaster:

Young said: “This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a national phenomena. Oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it. During World War II there was over 10 million barrels of oil spilt from ships, and no natural catastrophe. … We will lose some birds, we will lose some fixed sea life, but overall it will recover.”

Huh? And Sarah Palin recommended that Alaska mght help with this disaster? Are these people nuts? It seems that Congress has had more reaction to dealing with ACORN than it has in dealing with BP Oil as various members of congress scramble to protect BP and other oil companies for from fiscal responsibility.  Each day,   the Foxies are falling all over themselves trying to blame President Obama for the entire mess.  Granted, he hasn’t been perfect but he is not alone and he isn’t throwing out a shroud of protection over the oil company. 

According the the website USAspending.gov, billions of dollars in government contracts are currently held with BP Oil. 61 alone are with DOD. Where is the outrage in congress? Where is the sense of urgency? 

Meanwhile, there is all sorts of moaning and groaning over the 50 deep water oil rigs that have been shut down temporarily. Doesn’t it make sense to suspend this type of work? If something goes wrong, shouldn’t we know how to fix it? Obviously no one knows how to shut these wells down if for whatever reason, the umbilical cord detaches from the mother-ship. Let’s get a solution before we allow more rigs to operate. The first sign of mental illness is to repeat behavior and expect a different outcome.

The ocean truly is the last frontier. Man’s capacity for making stupid statements seems truly infinite.

Rachel Maddow has been all over this disaster.  Speaking of lack of local response, her guest gives us a close up look.

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Border Incident: A stoning, a shooting, a death and 2 martyrs

Things have been heating up on the Mexican-American border at a spot known as Black Bridge,  one of the international bridges that connects  El Paso, Texas, and  Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.   A U.S. Border Patrol officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca.  That’s the end of  any agreement on what happened.  Each country has its own side of the story. 

 The short version, according to Tony Payan, special to CNN:

The boy lay dead on the Mexican side and the Border Patrol agent was removed from the scene by U.S. officials. American officials say it was a case of self-defense. Mexican authorities condemned the killing as the use of excessive force.

The facts are still coming out, but based on the English and the Spanish news reports, it is easy to see that the two sides do not agree on the particulars, much less on their interpretation.

To people across the two nations who see reports of the death on TV or in the papers, it’s a dramatic news story — a boy with a bullet in his head and an agent under investigation. But here at the border, the scene, the actors, the act — as if carefully choreographed, chosen and scripted — read like an up-close metaphor for everything that is broken with our border and with immigration.

A dead kid is not the kind of incident we need.  An endangered border patrol agent  doesn’t bode real well with the American people either, especially after the incident several years ago with agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean who were sent to prison for shooting a drug smuggler in the rear end. 

Meanwhile the Mexican government has demanded that the border agent be turned over to them for killing a kid in Mexico.  The FBI is treating the case as an assault on a federal agent.  It sounds like no good will come from this case.  Americans are not going to tolerate its border patrol agents being used as cannon fodder.  

It sounds like this is an area that needs a new tall, strong fence, given past history in the region.  This location is one of the most violent and the dead boy has been linked to drug smuggling.  Both countries will have their martyrs.

We either mean business or we don’t.  We can’t have our agents and military personnel  shooting rubber bullets.  Kids who want to throw rocks and anything else at our agents are endangering lives, both their own and the agents, and they need to learn that American kids die every day because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, often doing the wrong thing.    It sounds harsh but that is the reality.