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Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2010 11 comments

Tonight is the night that the veil between the netherworlds is the thinnest.

According to Wikipedia:

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.[4][5] Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.[6] Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

 

The holiday itself is a combination of the Celtic Samhaim and the Christian All Saints Day. Today Halloween is a huge retail boon, and only Christmas surpasses it. Costumes and Candy are what bring in the money. Legend has it that vamps and other undead don’t mess with people on Halloween. Perhaps they just see it as amateur night.

 

 

 

 

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“We Live in Hard Times, not in End Times”

October 30th, 2010 8 comments

Jon Stewart’s totally awesome  closing  comments  from the Rally to Restore Sanity:

 

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A few good signs…..

October 30th, 2010 9 comments

 

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The Rally to Restore Sanity 12:00-3:00

October 30th, 2010 29 comments

Update:  9:15  AM

 

Roving Reporters calling in from the Metro Station–both north and south lots are filled.  One reporter is standing in a line 300 yards long to get to the trains.  Message is, if you are going, get dropped off or find another way in to town. 

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If you watched the news yesterday, you could feel the presence of fear and that something was wrong.  We had planes being escorted into JFK by fighter jets.  The FBI and other spook groups were pouring all over places near Newark, Phillie, Portsmouth, Maine, looking for packages that might have contained explosives.  Uneasy times. 

It was impossible not to think of 9/11.  We need to be reminded periodically.

 The Daily Show feature is from September 20, 2001.  In trying to restore sanity, Jon Stewart had the following:

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Convicted Sex Offender Kevin Ricks Tells Court He is Not a Pedophile

October 29th, 2010 12 comments

Convicted sex offender Kevin Ricks who taught at Osbourn High School until his arrest told the court that he was not a pedophile.  According to the News & Messenger:

“I never have been. I am not a predator. I never have been,” he said.

Ricks, 50, pleaded guilty in July to taking indecent liberties with a minor for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Thursday, Prince William Circuit Court Judge William D. Hamblen sentenced him to five years in prison, with four suspended. He will get credit for the eight months he has already served.

The sentence exceeds Virginia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, which recommended between one and 90 days in jail.

Hamblen said he thought the guidelines were not appropriate because they did not “take into account the breech of trust” involved in the crime, he said.

Ricks was accused of having  two sexual encounters with the teen boy, who was a student in his English class during the 2008-2009 school year.

What part of predator and sex offender does this pervert not get?  He is 50.  His victim is 16 years old.  He rented a room from this boy’s father.  He was entrusted with teaching kids.  Ricks tried to explain that his indecent liberties were consensual.  He still doesn’t get it.  That doesn’t make it ok. He is 50.  If he were 19, maybe.  But 50? 

It looks like this sexual predator will spend 4 more MONTHS in jail.  Why is this person getting out of jail?  He lived in someone’s home and he molested the owner’s child.  Consensual my foot!  Sex between an adult that age and a minor is NEVER consensual.  He taught in a school system.  He taught this boy.  He betrayed the City of Manassas, the boy, the parents, the public.  And he spends 4 more months in jail, goes on the sex offenders list, and can’t work around kids.  UFB. 

I guess it is a good thing I am not a judge.  He would have gotten 20 years from me or until his urges to do this left him completely.  Our legal system as it relates to child molesters and all sexual predators needs to grow some major fangs and get these creeps out of society where they can no longer harm anyone. It sounds like Judge Hamblen’s hands were somewhat tied and he would have given him more time if he could have.  These predators are getting by with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

Open Thread Friday, October 29

October 29th, 2010 168 comments

 

 

Let’s see who has been a good sassy cat this year.  All you witches and warlocks gather for some comments…and remember please, warlocks, to keep it civil or the great pumpkin will squash on your porch. 

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Early Voting: Last Chance is Saturday October 30

October 29th, 2010 8 comments

If you are planning to be out of town or have a long day planned at work on Tuesday, it is possible to go in today or tomorrow to the Voter Registration Office and cast your ballot.  The office is open on Friday until 5 pm.  It is also open on Saturday from 9 – 5 pm.

The only hitch is you have to give your reason and tell where you will be, which is no big deal  I was allowed to list the state where I would be.  It is certainly important to vote and the early voting plan allows this to happen.  You will NOT be able to vote on Monday.

Prince William County Early/Absentee Voter Registration:

Office of Voter Registration and Elections
9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1 
Manassas, VA 20110
703-792-6470

 City of Manassas.  

9025 Center Street
Manassas, VA  20108
Ph: 703-257-8230

The hours for Absentee Voting in person are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 23 and October 30, 2010  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for the November 2, 2010 General Election.  The last day a paper Ballot can be mailed for this Election is October 26, 2010. (City)

 

 

If you need to know where to vote, go to the Virginia State Board of Elections Website and type in your address. Your precinct will be given.

The website is: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov

You can also get election returns on Tuesday night from that site at ELECTION RESULTS.

Flags of Many Colors

October 28th, 2010 29 comments

Very few people on this blog have been as critical of the antics of Guardencio Fernandez as I have.  Today I am happy to announce that has changed.   Earlier in the week  I got an email telling  me that 39 flag poles were being planted over at 9500 Liberty Street.   The possibilities were endless.  Then one of the roving reporters told me flags of many nations had gone up.  Our contributors wrote out descriptions of what had been erected. My curiosity was killing me.  Finally the rains were over and the sun was shining so I drifted on over to the City, stopping to vote first, visited KK’s and then rolled on around to 9500.

I love flags.  They are beautiful.  They provide lots and lots of color and texture without ever being gaudy.  They wave and float in the wind.  They catch the sun and they ride the wind, like a colorful seagull.  They own the skies around them.  Even at night, flags, if properly lit, still cast their color magic, perhaps with a little less gusto but they still let you know they are there.

If Mr. Fernandez planted all those flag poles and adorned them with flags of many nations, just to poke a stick in the eye of the City, it backfired.  The flags are truly beautiful and adorn that part of the historic district with a wonderful  splash of color.  The American flag is the crown jewel of his colonnade of flags. 

I am going to look at the better part of human nature and declare that the war is over.  Everyone wins.  Mr. F gets the final word but in such a wonderful way.  He has beautified the City and sent a reminder that we are really a people from everywhere.  I never thought I would say it but….Good Job, Mr. Fernandez.

Fimian, Pharmacies and Birth Control

October 28th, 2010 28 comments

For the past several days I have been seeing and hearing a Gerry Connolly campaign commercial that paints Candidate Keith Fimian as an extremist.  Most campaign ads are background noise to me so it went in one ear and out the other.  Besides, most campaign ads are full of hyperbole and exaggeration.  Then I perked up my ears.  The ad said that Fimian supported the rights of pharmacists to not dispense contraception.  Now THAT IS extremist. 

I have tried researching this allegation, without much luck.  I even went to the  Legatuswebsite.  Fimian is a member of Legatus, which is a Catholic organization, founded by Dominos Pizza Magnet Tom Monaghan for very wealthy Catholic business folks and their spouses.  I didn’t find out much there either.  Maybe it’s me.  However, I haven’t heard anything which disputes this claim.  This makes me nervous. 

There has been somewhat of an uproar the past several years about pharmacists with religious objections being forced to dispense contraception, in particular, the morning after pill.  NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia  has this to say:

In addition to lack of contraceptive equity, Virginia’s so-called “conscience clause” allows pharmacists to decide which prescriptions they will and will not provide. This means that a pharmacist could legally refuse to fill a doctor’s prescription for birth control or stock or distribute emergency contraception. Since when do pharmacists get to step inside the doctor-patient relationship and refuse to fill necessary prescriptions?

 

Conscience Clause?  Where did that come from?  Someone slipped that one by me.  The more I google, the more I unearth and the angrier I get.  This thread needs to be a work in progress.  First of all, anyone who has knowledge of Fimian’s position on allowing pharmacists to cherry pick what prescriptions they will fill, please let us know.  I don’t have a bone to pick with private pharmacies who post, in clear view on their door that they do not sell or dispense contraception.  However, other stores open to the public without disclaimers should really not be involved in type of exclusionary behavior.  I consider it equivalent to the Muslim cab driver who wouldn’t let bottles of liquor in his cab.  Find another job. 

Secondly, what kinds of legislation have been passed that allow ‘conscience clauses and require pharmacist counselling?  How offensive.  If one works for a pharmacy, the job is to fill prescriptions, not chime in with a moral opinion.  If that is an issue, go work for a private religious hospital or pharmacy. 

I would especially welcome and appreciate word from the Fimian campaign that this information is indeed false.  This is the year 2010, in the United States of America.  Griswald was decided 45 years ago. 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Thugs???

October 28th, 2010 19 comments

The above video is the cell phone footage taken by Jon Taylor’s son during his arrest in Louisa, Virginia. Something has made me uncomfortable about this video for the past 24 hours.

First off, we have to footage of what precipitated this scuffle. From what I can tell, Taylor, his wife and son went to the Solid Grounds Coffee Shop on Main Street in downtown Louisa. They had accepted an RSVP on the Cantor Website. Ms. Taylor was carrying a sign for Canter’s opponent.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch:

The car, parked at a meter directly in front of the restaurant, was Taylor’s. His wife sat inside. A poster for Democratic candidate Rick Waugh, calling Cantor a chicken, was taped to the car window facing the coffee shop.

Taylor said Cantor had promoted the event on his website, so he assumed it was a public event.

“We RSVP’d,” he said.

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