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911 Services not available–if you need help call 703-792-6500

June 30th, 2012 6 comments

InsideNoVA.com

ALERT (from Prince William County Police Department)

The Prince William Public Safety Communications Center is currently unable to receive 911 call.

If you need police or fire & rescue services, call the non-emergency number at 703-792-6500.

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The 911 situation is totally unacceptable.  It isn’t the first time either. I remember a 4th of July night about 3 years ago when 911 went down.

There has to be a back up plan.  This is one of those examples of cheapest isn’t always the best.  Think about this situation next time you start whining about paying higher taxes.

The County/City need to drop the provider immediately and go with the most reliable, not the cheapest.

You cannot have a situation where there is no way to call fire, rescue or police.  If I were a thug, guess what I would be doing?

It has been this way since shortly after 6 AM.  That is 4 hours of dead time for 911.

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Storm Outages in Manassas Area

June 30th, 2012 51 comments

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Friday’s damaging storm is called a “derecho,” and produces tornado-like damage in its wake.

We really got clobbered.  As of this morning I have no cell phone services, no TV and no house phone.  If we had an emergency we would have to go lie down in the middle of the road.

 

I need someone to call in my outages.  If you read this, please email me so I can give you the phone numbers. (leave me  a message to go read my email.)

 

Meanwhile, please let us know what outages you have.  Any tree limbs?  What’s the news from your neighborhood?  Cargo, what’s Richmond doing?

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VA granted reprieve from some of NCLB

June 29th, 2012 1 comment

Washingtonpost.com :

The Obama administration on Friday granted Virginia and four other states relief from the most burdensome provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The news means that schools in a total of two dozen states — including Maryland, which received a waiver in May — will no longer face sanctions if they fail to ensure that all students are proficient in math and reading by 2014.

“We would have loved to have got this done by rewriting NCLB, fixing what is wrong with the law while preserving what is right,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. But with no consensus in sight on Capitol Hill, he said, “we simply felt children couldn’t wait any longer.”

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CNN and Fox News screw up big time

June 28th, 2012 11 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washingtonpost.com:

 

Maybe it’s time for the news media to take a deep breath.

In the wake of Thursday’s breathless reporting, and mis-reporting, of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, a timeout might help. Although the court upheld the law, it was hard to know that as the news broke on TV and online Thursday morning.

CNN and Fox News left viewers, including President Obama, confused with reports that suggested the court had ruled unconstitutional a key part of the law — the requirement that individuals buy health insurance. Those reports quickly made their way to other news outlets and were spread far and wide via Twitter.

Except the information was wrong. Within minutes, the full story emerged.

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The Health Care Ruling: Are you happy or sad and why?

June 28th, 2012 127 comments

This was an easy one.   How do you feel about the ruling?  No spouting law.(unless you have passed the bar in some state.)  Yawn.  How do you feel?

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The Post’s View: Justice Scalia’s partisan discredit to the court

June 28th, 2012 30 comments

The Washington Post’s opinion (in full):

By Editorial Board, Published: June 27The Washington Post

IN ALEXANDER HAMILTON’S memorable formulation, the federal judiciary is “the least dangerous branch.” Unlike Congress and the president, which make and execute the laws, respectively, the courts “have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” Hamilton assumed that offering judges life tenure would encourage them to augment their modest power with moral authority — the intangible combination of legal expertise, persuasive reasoning, impartiality, independence and solemnity, actual and perceived, that we call “legitimacy.”

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Not so Fast and Not so Furious: Another account of the issue

June 27th, 2012 23 comments

 

Wednesday night on Politics Nation, Katherine Eban of Fortune magazine threw a major stumbling block into the GOP’s much-ballyhooed Fast and Furious investigation, in which Republicans are seeking to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

For her Fortune story, published Wednesday, Eban reviewed 2,000 pages of confidential documents and interviewed 39 people who could shed light on allegations that guns bought by ATF-surveilled “straw purchasers” wound up in the holsters of Mexican drug lords.

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Open Thread…………………………………………Wednesday, June 27

June 27th, 2012 101 comments

A week at the beach in Florida during TS Debbie

Tropical storm and hurricane season came early this year.  My family is in Englewood, Florida thiis week and there is no sunny beach.  As shown in the picture, the sun tries to peek through but it isn’t having much luck.
If you go to Florida in the summer or early fall, you risk a hurricane.  There is no avoiding it.  Outer Banks?  Same risk.  It just isn’t as far.  Does anyone have a favorite hurricane story?  I do but ……
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Sherwood Forest

June 27th, 2012 9 comments

The Banner of Lady Moon and Lady Elena

The past few days have brought some interesting discussion over in Sherwood Forest.  Some of that discussion has made me raise an eyebrow or two and made me think about where I wanted my flag.  My flag is with me right now….and on no man’s plot.  My colors are my own, representing the moon and the wolf.   Elena and I are going to stay out of Sherwood Forest for fear of getting caught in the crossfire.  There are unsubstantiated accusations being thrown around that make us a tad uncomfortable.

We have found that all too often people want to be “in the know” and that sometimes involves people giving wrong information so that they are part of things.  People like to fit in.

Several examples come to mind that might not be correct.  The history of the land parcel (park) known as Catharpin has history that dates back more than  a decade.  Its story deserves its own thread.  Elena will post later.

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Why nothing ever gets done in Congress

June 27th, 2012 10 comments

Here is a perfect example of why nothing ever gets done in Congress:

Pardon the anti Romney commercial.  I hadn’t planned on that or what to do about it.  I would like to avoid political ads.

 

HuffingtonPost.com:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) moved this week to hold a noncontroversial flood insurance bill hostage until the Senate agrees that life begins at fertilization.

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