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Open Thread…………………………………..Wednesday, March 6

March 6th, 2013

korean war in snow    The Korean War Memorial is haunting under the best of circumstances.  It seems even more so in the snow.

What is the name of our first named snowstorm?  Some have suggested Snowquestration.  Surely not!

It has snowed “in-town” pretty much all day.  It is snowing and blowing but not sticking around too long.  The ground and pavement is just too warm.  Big clumps are falling off the roof.  Probably sliding would be the better verb.

I have told Elena that she and I just have different weather.

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  1. March 6th, 2013 at 14:33 | #1

    Senator Paul is filibustering Brennan.

    NOT threatening…ACTUALLY standing and talking. Started at 11:45.

    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

  2. Censored bybvbl
    March 6th, 2013 at 15:24 | #2

    Hee hee. First Manassas had porn and panties. Now it has pole dancing lessons. Wonder when the next dust-up at City Council will be and how much money will be wasted chasing after another issue that is largely a woman’s business.
    http://manassas.patch.com/articles/pole-dancing-classes-slide-into-manassas

  3. March 6th, 2013 at 15:26 | #3

    Heck…have all that AT the next council meeting and public interest will skyrocket.

  4. punchak
    March 6th, 2013 at 17:00 | #4

    @Cargosquid
    He’s quoting “Alice in Wonderland” at present!

  5. Starryflights
    March 6th, 2013 at 19:43 | #5

    More gun laws = fewer deaths, 50-state study says
    By LINDSEY TANNER | Associated Press – 1 hr 33 mins ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference.
    But the research leaves many questions unanswered and won’t settle the debate over how policymakers should respond to recent high-profile acts of gun violence.

    In the dozen or so states with the most gun control-related laws, far fewer people were shot to death or killed themselves with guns than in the states with the fewest laws, the study found. Overall, states with the most laws had a 42 percent lower gun death rate than states with the least number of laws.

    http://news.yahoo.com/more-gun-laws-fewer-deaths-50-state-study-224508338.html

    Like, duh. Of course gun control laws make a difference.

  6. March 6th, 2013 at 21:02 | #6

    From Instapundit:

    _________________________________
    ROLL CALL: Rand Paul Filibuster Spectacle Rivets Senate.

    As the hours went by, other senators joined him, asking Paul to yield for the ostensible purpose of asking a question. In reality, that gave Paul a brief respite from an otherwise lonely crusade. The first member to intervene was Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a tea-party-backed Republican like Paul, at the three hour and 10 minute mark. Others followed, including GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

    “Just let me give you some free advice: keep some water nearby,” Rubio quipped in a jab at himself over his own conspicuous consumption of spring water during this year’s Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union address. Rubio, who voted to advance Brennan’s nomination from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, said he thought Paul was asking a straightforward question of the administration and deserved a clear answer.

    When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tried to get consent to bring the debate to a close and allow votes on Brennan’s nomination before the end of the evening, Paul rebuffed him. . . .

    Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon lent bipartisanship to the filibuster effort. Wyden has expressed concerns about numerous Obama administration policies on civil liberties grounds. Wyden said he would support Brennan’s confirmation but backs Paul’s underlying inquiry.

    The best part was when Rand Paul sought unanimous consent for a sense of the Senate resolution that the President shouldn’t kill American citizens in America — and Democrats, led by Dick Durbin, objected.

    _____________________________

    Objected? What the hell?

  7. punchak
    March 6th, 2013 at 22:10 | #7

    Just checked / It’s still going on with Cruz speaking.

  8. punchak
    March 6th, 2013 at 23:16 | #8

    Rubio is speaking at present.
    Wonder what it costs to keep the Capitol open at night.

  9. Lafayette
    March 7th, 2013 at 09:20 | #9

    @Censored bybvbl
    LMAO…I guess the city’s delegate missed this article. Or imagine he would have the troops all fired up and ready to do battle at a council meeting.

    • March 7th, 2013 at 14:33 | #10

      That’s just another reason for said delegate to bully women. How dare women have an opinion different from his!!

  10. Ray Beverage
    March 7th, 2013 at 09:29 | #11

    @Censored bybvbl

    City Council will probably have not much to say….considering Gold’s Gym is located in the Coles District of PWC. Has a “Manassas” address, but ain’t in the City’s limits. Maybe Marty might have something to say?

  11. Ray Beverage
    March 7th, 2013 at 09:33 | #12

    Moon, I like your lead-in for this week with the Korean War Memorial….down at the Marine Museum, they have that room which reflects Chosin Reservoir where you open the door, and the temp drops to feel like “Frozen Chosin”. And having stood on the DMZ in Korea in a snowstorm, yeah, that picture shows the way it is even today for a soldier in the winter there.

    • March 7th, 2013 at 14:36 | #13

      That monument is the most haunting of all of them.

      Does anyone know whatever happened to the repairs to the WWI monument? The ill repair that monument has fallen in to dishonors every WWI veteran!

      It is tragically inexcusable.

  12. Censored bybvbl
    March 7th, 2013 at 10:41 | #14

    @Ray Beverage

    Maybe the zealots will still object since it’s just on the other side of the DMZ. lol

    My husband said the same thing about that exhibit at the Marine Museum – said the cold was what he remembered most about Korea.

  13. Starryflights
    March 7th, 2013 at 20:54 | #15

    How come none of the repugs raised a fuss when George Bush was using drones on people?

    And just what prevents any president from using planes, tanks, or artillery on US citizens on US soil?

  14. Ray Beverage
    March 7th, 2013 at 21:51 | #16

    @Censored bybvbl

    LOL! You might be right about the zealots. Here’s an idea though…maybe the pole dancers could team up with the Manassas Belly Dancers and put on a demonstration?

  15. Ray Beverage
    March 7th, 2013 at 21:54 | #17

    @Starryflights

    The Posse Comitatus Act prevents any President from using the Military on U.S. soil. That act was created way, way back after Civil War Reconstruction (think it was 1878 or 1879) after the “Occupation of the South” by Federal Forces. Always chuckled at that phrase!

  16. punchak
    March 7th, 2013 at 22:42 | #18

    Capitals won big tonight – 7 -1!!!

  17. March 8th, 2013 at 06:42 | #19

    @Starryflights
    When did Bush kill Americans with drones?

  18. Censored bybvbl
    March 8th, 2013 at 07:25 | #20

    @Ray Beverage

    Lol! You’ll get into trouble by even thinking out loud on that one!

  19. March 9th, 2013 at 15:54 | #21

    I am getting the hang of this winter storm thing. The one moving across the usa now is called Triton.

    @Ray Beverage

    Why?

  20. Pat.Herve
    March 10th, 2013 at 12:03 | #22

    Here we go – the Paul Ryan budget out of the house is going to be a non starter – and then they will spout, but we put out a budget.

  21. March 10th, 2013 at 13:15 | #23

    @Pat.Herve
    Well, they did. Now… the Senate should take it up and produce their own…and both houses should hammer out a compromise.

    But that won’t happen. The Senate Dems are terrified of going on record supporting a budget of any sort. And Reid is terrified that some Democrats might support reduced spending.

  22. Starryflights
    March 10th, 2013 at 14:00 | #24

    And Boehner is terrified that some Republicans might support reducing Medicare benefits, as required by the Ryan budget.

  23. Starryflights
    March 10th, 2013 at 14:01 | #25

    This is well worth reading

    ‘I have had enough’ – veteran teacher tells school board
    Posted by Valerie Strauss on March 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/10/i-have-had-enough-veteran-teacher-tells-school-board/

    • March 10th, 2013 at 20:35 | #26

      That opinion piece was excellent, Starry. Thanks for leaving the link.

  24. Black Velvet Reporter
    March 10th, 2013 at 19:54 | #27

    Yeeeeeee ha! The dark master is taking on poor Old Stonewall Middle School and school board chairman Milt Johns.

    One would think that the dark master was one of the middle school students, thumbing his nose at the chairman, just like an errant school boy.

    Mr. Johns is going to take the lad to the woodshed if he doesn’t watch out.

    The question seems to be, do bloggers have the right to say whatever they want?

    How about it, Moon and Elena?

    • March 11th, 2013 at 05:45 | #28

      BVR, I will probably keep low and keep my powder dry. I have a conflict of interest of sorts here.

      I have a family member in this program. My family member loves his/her school, the academics, and everything about it. I think the entire argument is a total over-reaction to nothing.

      However, this is the first i have heard about everyone being in the program. So one has to ask, if EVERYone in 6th grade is in it, why is it special?

      I am rather speechless. But, as long as the kids all like the program…have at it. Judging my family member’s track record, someone is doing something right.

  25. Black Velvet Reporter
    March 10th, 2013 at 21:23 | #29

    The IB program promotes this idea:

    • Develop open-mindedness toward and respect for world cultures and people

    No wonder the DM is so worked up. Imagine, respecting other culters and people! LIBBER-al clap-trap.

  26. Starryflights
    March 10th, 2013 at 21:35 | #30

    Yes bloggers can say whatever they want to say, but a defamed individual has the right to fight for damages in court.

  27. Ray Beverage
    March 11th, 2013 at 09:02 | #31

    Moon-howler :I am getting the hang of this winter storm thing. The one moving across the usa now is called Triton.
    @Ray Beverage
    Why?

    Why do I chuckle at that phrase? It is not at the accuracy of it; it is because in this world where a phrase such as that is, in some views, to be washed out because it is not politcally correct, that it survives! My smiles are with glee that it continues to thrive!

    • March 11th, 2013 at 10:25 | #32

      what is politically incorrect? I thought Triton was a moon of one of the larger planets named after a Greek god. I guess I am not up on this one.

  28. March 11th, 2013 at 13:19 | #33

    @Moon-howler
    I agree with you. Triton is not politically correct?

  29. Lafayette
    March 11th, 2013 at 17:09 | #34

    Just got an invite from the Cooch’s camp for the Shamrock Knock.. Give me a break!! I hope they don’t knock on my door.

    • March 11th, 2013 at 18:35 | #35

      what is the shamrock knock? I don’t want those aholes on my property.

  30. punchak
    March 11th, 2013 at 18:21 | #36

    @Lafayette
    If they DO knock, I hope they break their knuckles!

  31. March 12th, 2013 at 06:07 | #39

    Speaking of the Korean War, it isn’t over. Kim Jong Un announced that they are overturning the peace treay that ended the Korean War over 50 years ago.

    I hope George doesn’t get called back up!!!

  32. Morris Davis
    March 12th, 2013 at 08:33 | #40

    I pity Kim Jong-un if George gets called up … Kim would be smart to make it easy on himself and just go ahead and surrender now rather than incur the wrath of George.

    I guess it’s bad luck for a crazy vote rigging dictator to show his support for a deceased crazy vote rigging dictator. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is catching a load of grief back home in Iran for hugging the mother of Hugo Chavez (not supposed to touch a female who’s not related) and for calling Chavez a martyr (a title reserved for saints). Ahmadinejad’s overseas trip appears to have been almost as big of a fiasco as the one Romney made to showcase his foreign relations skills but instead aggravated every country he visited. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/12/iran-clerics-criticize-ahmadinejad-for-consoling-chavez-mother-with-hug/

  33. Steve Randolph
    March 12th, 2013 at 11:58 | #41

    Sorry to read Bill Bolling has decided not to run for Gov. of Virginia.
    I understand his reasoning – he would have been an underdog
    without major party support in a rough and expensive three person race.

    He would have been a good, rational center-right leader
    focused on the well being of our Commonwealth.

    A good man in a bad spot.

  34. March 12th, 2013 at 12:47 | #43

    I agree Steve. Here’s from [Washington Post reporter] Jeremy Borden’s Facebook page:

    Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling on his decision not to run as an independent for Virginia governor and for getting out of politics all together:

    “Finally, my decision was heavily influenced by a growing dissatisfaction with the current political environment in Virginia. Politics is much different today than it was when I was first elected. In many ways I fear that the “Virginia way” of doing things is rapidly being replaced by the “Washington way” of doing things and that’s not good for Virginia. As a result, the political process has become much more ideologically driven, hyper-partisan and mean spirited. Rigid ideologies and personal political agendas are too often placed ahead of sound public policy and legitimate policy disagreements too quickly degenerate into unwarranted personal attacks. This makes it more difficult to govern effectively and get things done. While I still value public service a great deal, the truth is that I just don’t find the political process to be as enjoyable as I once did. Because of this, I decided that the time has come for me to step away from elected office and look for other ways to serve Virginia.”

  35. Lyssa
    March 12th, 2013 at 21:35 | #44

    What a sad situation for Virginia – home of eight (?) Presidents.

  36. March 13th, 2013 at 00:44 | #45

    It really is a sad situation.

    Why do I think he was really talking about his own party, not the opposing party?

  37. Lafayette
    March 13th, 2013 at 08:11 | #46

    I agree with Mr. Randolph. However, Terry M is not a decent choice either. I guess I will NOT be voting on that office. I will write-in my choice!!

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