The National Rifle Association released a video Tuesday calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for being skeptical of armed guards in schools when his daughters receive armed Secret Service protection every day.
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a narrator asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”
The president’s children are typically off limits, even in the grittiest political warfare in Washington. But the NRA salvo is likely only the first of many in what promises to be one of the toughest battles Obama has committed to fighting in his second term.
For those of you who don’t know Greg Reynolds, he and his wife frequently appear before the BOCS to attempt to make things right, especially for those who are least able to defend themselves. He has gone to bat for the elderly, kids and immigrants, just to name a few groups of folks. He was particularly vocal about getting the transportation to the senior centers back up and running. He bids us all not to leave our religion at the door of the Supervisors Chambers.
A correspondence from Greg Reynolds:
The Holly Acres Mobile Home Park story continues to unfold.In the latest development in the Holly Acres Mobile Home Park the homeowners went to get the permits to proceed with the repairs to their damaged homes but the County denied the permits immediately after (and even though) the Board of Zoning Appeals had overturned the Zoning Administrator’s order preventing the repair and replacement of their damaged mobile homes.It would be very helpful if you can attend the Board of Supervisors meeting this Tuesday, 11/29/2011 at 2 PM, to ask the Board members to help restore Holly Acres.These 70 affordable homes do not seem to be a priority for the Board of County Supervisors but they are very important to the families that need permanent affordable housing.
To whom it may Concern (i.e. All Prince William County residents and Tax payers):
It has come to our attention that Supervisor Wally Covington, Brentsville District Supervisor, intends to give away $100,000 from his discretionary magisterial funds to the non-profit organization Rainbow Riding. This resolution is to be voted on at the BOCS meeting on Tuesday, November 29.
Rainbow Riding is a worthwhile organization that provides therapy riding for children with physical and mental disabilities. People are often hesitant to say what they are thinking when questioning process. Especially when children are involved as beneficiaries. However, we cannot ignore irregularities when those irregularies involve public money.
Allow us to be crystal clear: This is not an issue regarding the credibility of Rainbow Riding or the services that they provide to a very specific population. Instead, this is an issue about how county funds are spent and the degree of transparency involved in the determination of who will receive these funds.
During the past year, this blog has posted several articles regarding the permitting process or lack thereof for a huge riding arena constructed for the Rainbow Riding facility. It became clear to citizens that Rainbow Riding was exempt from the regular processes that other residents are required to follow. For example, the county informed us that this huge building, equipped with seats and bleachers, and bathroom facilities, was classified as a “barn.” In the Rural Crescent, barns are not required to go through the permitting process. Then, as now, we dispute the idea that a huge complex riding arena the size of this structure is a barn. A riding arena is not a barn and a barn is not a riding arena.
From the very beginnings of negotiations with Toll Brothers, somehow Rainbow Riding became an integral part of that process. How did a small 501C (3) organization become entrenched in negotiations regarding county land use? The 45 acres that Rainbow Riding sits on is public that excludes the public at large.
Fast forward to the present. Paying only a pittance for the public land this organization occupies; now the taxpayers will be required to put $100,000 more into a private organization.
Does anyone else find it troublesome that Supervisor Covington’s immediate family members are in leadership roles at Rainbow Riding? Is there a fair process for the allocation of county funds to non-profits? Or better yet, is there even a process? How can citizens be assured that favoritism does not come in to play when taxpayer funds are being distributed to various organizations? Should being an elected official entitle one to take care of family and friends’ favorite charities and organizations? At what point do we question whether this isn’t nepotism?
Note: this article was originally published 11/24/11 in the evening. Thanksgiving night. I moved it up several days as I felt it was an important story to have out there. We do that with stories we want to keep active.
The time stamps stay behind the scenes and can be used for documentation should the need ever arise.
Inexplicibly, the owner of BVBL continues to reduce politics to a personal level. It has come to the attention of Moonhowler and myself, that Greg has singled out the ages of Martha Hendley(R) and Toddy Puller (D), and the skirt style and overall intelligence of Suzanne Miller(R).
Greg says about Martha:
Her experience and history are a strong positive but she’s quite a bit older than someone you typically see running for their first elected office, and how that might impact the dynamics is yet to be seen. She’s in good health however, so there’s not any evidence to suggest she isn’t going to run as hard as anyone else.
What does Martha’s age matter? She has been more involved in county politics and policy than other person running for Gainesville Supervisor, age is definitely NOT an issue so why even bother to bring it up.
His comments about Toddy Puller are even more offensive:
The contrasts between Toddy Puller and Jeff Frederick are tremendous. Puller is a grouchy old party-line hack who isn’t fun at all to listen to. Frederick is a young engaging maverick (the real kind, not the McCain BS kind) who is funny, warm, friendly and engaging. Puller isn’t physically able to knock on doors while Frederick attacks doorknocking with the single-minded purposefulness of George Patton. Frederick’s campaign literature will feature him and his cute family while Puller’s campaign staff will desperately try to keep Toddy’s picture from appearing anywhere unless it’s at least fifteen years old.
Now, you think that was inappropriate, wait til you read what Greg wrote about Suzanne Miller:
If ever there was someone utterly unprepared to run for office this would be it. I’ve seen some pretty awful candidates in my time, and this one takes the cake. Any random neighbor in the county would likely demonstrate higher capabilities to run for office or qualifications to hold it.
Not many of them would look better in a tight, short skirt at a campaign event like this, however.
Let’s start with why would anyone comment on her skirt in such an offensive manner? Suzanne Miller holds dual masters degrees, one in instructional technology and another in Computer Science. She has also authored several technical publications.
Greg not only proudly represents himself as a loyal conservative Republican, but he also does work for Republican Candidates. We expect that when it comes to discussing candidates, the criticism should be directed at policy, not age, not skirt choice.
We all must live by that age old standard of the golden rule, especially during election season. We can discuss differences, loudly, passionately, even angrily, but to get personal, to focus on the way someone looks, or their age, is simply a poor show of character.
UPDATE: It appears we need to put in another requirement for the election season–truthfulness.
Guest Post by Lafayette
The following post was emailed to me by a concerned citizen who is a regular on a neighboring blog. Elena and I felt it was a worthy post, considering the nature of the discussion regarding campaign financing.
Guest post by Mortimore Snerd.
Disclaimer: All guest posts are the opinion of the poster and do not necessarily represent the views of moonhowlings.net administration
BVBL is attacking Democratic candidate Gary Friedman for lending his own campaign $101,000, comparing Mr. Friedman to Bernard Madoff and describing his action as duplicitous. These accusations are made despite that fact that the BVBL post itself links to the campaign finance filing showing that absolutely nothing wrong has taken place. The allegation is that candidate Friedman is attempting to deceive the voters of Prince William County into thinking that his support is broader than it actually is.
Let’s look at another case of a candidate moving money around to create an illusion of broad popular support. Corey Stewart seems to think that his Virginia Rule of Law campaign is a rousing success and, rather than doing the job he was elected to do as Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has been touring Virginia over the past few months promoting his scheme.
This unsavory, violent story has been developing for a few days now.
This behavior is simply unacceptable and illegal. Several names surface here–Lauren Valle of Moveon.org was the victim. Tim Profitt, Bourbon County campaign coordinator (for Paul) has admitted to being the head stomper. Mike Pezzano of Frankfort, Kentucky was allegedly the man who threw Valle to the ground.
I had intended on just posted a 1 minute clip of what happened. It seems that those clips have been removed by youtube.com. That usually happens when a complaint has been filed.
Profitt issued the following statement:
“I’m sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand’s safety,” Tim Profitt told The Associated Press.
The Paul campaign has issued a series of statements, the latest being:
“The Paul for Senate campaign is extremely disappointed in, and condemns the actions of a supporter last night outside the KET debate. Whatever the perceived provocation, any level of aggression or violence is deplorable, and will not be tolerated by our campaign. The Paul campaign has disassociated itself from the volunteer who took part in this incident, and once again urges all activists — on both sides — to remember that their political passions should never manifest themselves in physical altercations of any kind.”
Hopefully, this violent incident will serve as a notice to all involved in the political process that thug behavior is totally and unequivocally unacceptable. Mr. Profitt and Mr. Pezzano need to be dealt with by the legal system. Ms. Valle needs to do what she needs to do. There are times when throwing an individual posing a threat to a candidate might be acceptable–this is NOT one of those times. There would never be a time when stomping someone’s head or back of the neck would be acceptable.
The Gadsden Flag, “Don’t Tread on Me,” which used to be one of my favorite historical flags, has suddenly taken on a new and much more literal meaning. It doesn’t matter which ‘side’ any of the players were on or who was supporting whom. Its an example of bad behavior–behavior that we, as Americans, disdain.
Guest Contributor: Annabel Park
Disclaimer: All guest posts are the opinion of the poster and do not necessarily represent the views of moonhowlings.net administration. M-H
Fri, 08/27/2010 – 11:14am — AnnabelPark
I have been asked many times in recent days, “What do you think about Glenn Beck?” I haven’t commented because I haven’t been focused on him enough to really know. But since his rally at the Lincoln Memorial this weekend is distracting so many Americans who could put their time to much better use, here is my take:
I wrote the following in Wednesday’s Facebook post, without mentioning Mr. Beck but with him partially in mind:
Before we call someone a racist, we should ask ourselves: are we moved to call someone a racist because we feel compassion for the victim or because we feel hatred toward the perpetrator? What if, instead of being divided against each other over race, we stood together against those who perpetuate economic injustice against us all? Imagine how the world would change.
Martin Luther King’s march was called the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” While so many of us are immensely distracted by Mr. Beck and other wedge issues of the day, Rome burns. If we continue to follow Pied Pipers who want to see our country fight itself rather than come together to solve our problems, what problems can we expect to solve? We are headed for a deep economic depression if We the People fail to show our leaders that we want solutions not distractions. To do that we must lead by example.
In short: Glenn Beck’s rally is a corporate-sponsored ragtime show. An unfortunate distraction in tough times when we should be pulling together.
Guest Post by “Fed Up”
Disclaimer: All guest posts are the opinion of the poster and do not necessarily represent the views of moonhowlings.net administration. M-H
Corey Stewart has been caught again playing fast and loose with taxpayers’ dollars, despite his best efforts to conceal another boondoggle. Buried deep in a staff report (http://www.pwcgov.org/documents/bocs/agendas/2010/0803/8-A.pdf) on the carryover budget (page 8 of a 54 page document), considered by the Board the same day his scheming with the Avendale development was distracting everyone, and abetted by the inability of his own staff and the local media to perform elementary school arithmetic, Stewart slipped through nearly a million dollars in additional taxpayer money for the Supervisors’ offices.
From the “News & Messenger” on August 15,
“The budget item was passed as part of a much larger carryover budget, in which items from the previous fiscal year get carried over to the new fiscal year. According to county spokesman Jason Grant, the $712,000 increase should have been included in the fiscal 2011 budget process, but was accidentally omitted.”
Should have been included in fiscal 2011 budget process? Ya think? Then why not consider it as a separate budget item at the August 3 meeting rather than burying it in the staff report on the carryover?
Time for another open thread. There are too many topics floating about out there.
There is a Jobs Bill, Charlie Rangel fighting for his political life, the death of Senator Ted Stevens, the injury of former NASA chief O’Keefe and his son who are in critical condition following that plane crash that killed Sen. Stevens, the fed is buying back some US debt, and a host of primary elections that pretty much mean nothing to me. The local politicians seem quiet for a change.
I hope that Wolverine will bring us up to speed on this serial killer type in Leesburg. That is all very mysterious.
Check out this ground-breaking resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors supporting comprehensive immigration reform “which promotes the reunification of families, provides legal status with a path to earned citizenship to the estimated 12 million undocumented workers and designs a plan for current and future immigrant workers.”
I feel the “Whereas” statements in this resolution are compelling as is, but they might also have included, “Whereas Prince William County, VA has made a huge mess of itself by politicizing the immigration issue for Virginia’s 2007 election.” For press coverage click here.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
CALLING FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM WHICH PROMOTES THE REUNIFICATION OF FAMILIES, PROVIDES LEGAL STATUS WITH A PATH TO EARNED CITIZENSHIP, AND A PLAN FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE IMMIGRANT WORKERS
WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the economic, social and cultural contributions immigrants bring to their communities; and
WHEREAS, the responsibility of municipal leaders is to protect the wellbeing and safety of all the people residing in their cities; and
WHEREAS, many local governments have passed resolutions, ordinances and policy directives reaffirming non-participation in the enforcement of civil immigration law by city officials and agencies to promote immigrant trust in its police and avert racial profiling and civil rights violations; and
WHEREAS, The International Association of Chiefs of Police Guide to Immigration Issues concludes that local police leaders face a growing set of immigration related duties in the face of scarce and narrowing resources; and
WHEREAS, raids and deportations are increasing in scope and number in recent weeks and months, separating families and spreading terror in our communities; and
WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes the separation of families by the enforcement of our current immigration laws and supports the reunification of families that have been so separated, especially those “mixed status” families with U.S. citizen children of which there are an estimated four million children currently in this country; and
WHEREAS, the national political debate on immigration reform has tended to polarize our communities; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of local governments to respect the rights of and provide equal services to all individuals regardless of national origin or immigration status,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by The U.S. Conference of Mayors acting on behalf of its constituents to call on the President of the United States to issue an executive order to cease and desist in the execution of all raids and deportations that do not relate to our national security or to criminal activity until comprehensive immigration reform is completed and to suspend immediately all deportations of parents with U.S. citizen children; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports comprehensive immigration reform which promotes the reunification of families, provides legal status with a path to earned citizenship to the estimated 12 million undocumented workers and designs a plan for current and future immigrant workers.
The Board will have both a 2:oopm & 7:30pm session today. The main item on the agenda is Chief Deane’s ‘Illegal Immigration Enforcement Update’. Interestingly BVBL has the ‘General Order’ to be presented today which has not been released to the public and is not subject to a Freedom of Information Act(FOIA) request. Which begs the question, who gave it to him? Looks as if either Corey or John or perhaps both Corey & John have not disavowed this unholy alliance.
Anyways, everything remains the same, no changes to the resolution -it’s exactly what we asked for.
Here’s the agenda for the meeting.
From the New York Times blogsite – The Caucus
McCain Says Immigration Reform Should Be Top Priority
By Michael Luo
SAN JOSE—In yet another sign of his pivoting toward the general election, Senator John McCain said at a roundtable with business leaders here today that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president.
Mr. McCain’s willingness to address the issue was striking given how the topic became something of a third-rail for Republican presidential candidates during the primary.
When Mr. McCain’s presidential bid stalled last summer, many blamed his advocacy for the immigration reform bill in the Senate, which included a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrants already here in the country.
The measure failed last spring after a firestorm of grassroots opposition. The issue became an important touchstone in the Republican primary, as the candidates scrambled to one-up each other in their tough talk on immigration as they sought to appeal to primary voters.
Mr. McCain largely stopped talking about the issue and repeatedly invoked a mantra that he had gotten the message from voters that the borders needed to be secured first, before any solution for the illegal immigrants already here is addressed.
Since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, Mr. McCain has given major speeches on a broad range of issues but has not given one on immigration.
He found a friendly audience, however, here today at a business roundtable held at a Silicon Valley technology firm that included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Meg Whitman, the former chief executive officer of eBay who was a leading supporter of Mitt Romney’s but has since begun raising money for Mr. McCain, and a host of executives from Silicon Valley firms.
After several of the business leaders complained about the difficulty in obtaining temporary H1B visas for scientists and engineers, something the Senate immigration bill was supposed to address, Mr. McCain expressed regret the measure did not pass, calling it a personal “failure,” as well as one by the federal government.
“Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States,” he said. “It is a federal responsibility and because of our failure as a federal obligation, we’re seeing all these various conflicts and problems throughout our nation as different towns, cities, counties, whatever they are, implement different policies and different programs which makes things even worse and even more confusing.”
He added: “I believe we have to secure our borders, and I think most Americans agree with that, because it’s a matter of national security. But we must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item if we don’t do it before, and we probably won’t, a little straight talk, as of January 2009.”
Mr. McCain asked others on the panels for suggestions about how to “better mobilize American public opinion” behind the notion of comprehensive immigration reform.
Mr. Schwarzenegger, a strong supporter of immigration reform, chimed in, saying the effort could not be accomplished “piecemeal” and called for lawmakers to summon the “courage to go forward.”
“I think all of us have to keep that pressure on Congress,” he said.
Later, Mr. McCain took up the topic again, saying the problem of what to do with illegal immigrants already here needs to be solved, saying “they are also God’s children, and we have to do it in a human and compassionate fashion,” which drew applause from his audience.
Great start to a wonderful weekend with the celebration of our 3rd ‘Support the PWC Economy Party.’ It was great to see everybody again. I wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. And, as we go about our activities this weekend let’s remember those who have served in our armed forces and especially those who have died in their service to our country.