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FitzSimmonds resigns, or does he?

August 20th, 2014 6 comments

 

Local GOP stalwart Bob FitzSimmonds resigned his post as state party treasurer in light of controversial comments he made about Muslims and members of other faiths on Facebook, or has he?  As of today, he is still on the job.  Did he really resign or was he just kidding?

The Republican State Central Committee met over the weekend and took no action to replace him.  Many party leaders have called for him to step down, including Prince William GOP chairman  William Card.  Mr. FitzSimmonds ‘antiquated ideas on the roles of people other than Christians in the United States hinder Republican efforts to increase the size of their tent or reach out beyond the current demographics of their party.  Failure to succeed in that task could mean the demise of the Republican party, and of a viable two party system in the United States. 

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Open Thread………………………………………..Tuesday, August 19

August 19th, 2014 17 comments

beawr4What mischief is this chap getting ready to cause?  The little guy wasn’t very old.

The mother was no where to be seen.  That’s unusual.

I am reminded of the advice hikers give when being confronted by a bear.  Look Large.

Looking Large isn’t just for those confronting bears.  People in politics also Look Large.   Looking Large attempts to throw off one’s contenders.  Birds do the same thing.  They Look Large by puffing their feathers up.  Some birds can look twice their size.

Some dogs and cats can do this trick also.

 

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Sharpton criticizes Christie for partying

August 18th, 2014 24 comments

Help me out here. What does Governor Chris Christie have to do with what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri? I say nothing.

Ferguson, Missouri is really a local issue–local, but with the eyes of the nation upon it. Surely every politician isn’t supposed to put their life on hold over Ferguson, Missouri?

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The Ferguson message…has the focus been lost?

August 18th, 2014 47 comments

Thanks thugs.  I now have to fight with Mr. Moonhowler over some issues that I consider fairly important.  I have had to defend Al Sharpton, I have had to explain why the teen death rate in Chicago is a separate issue from Ferguson.  I have had to talk about proportion–why your life isn’t an even exchange for a box of cigars.

I am not sure who all is rioting, looting, and shooting in Ferguson.  It might not even be local folks.  All I know is, when rioting, looting and shooting starts, the city of Ferguson loses.  People stop listening to real problems and focus on behaviors that have become icons of “otherness.”  Seriously, we shouldn’t be talking about the murder rate in Chicago among black youths, why Al Sharpton is down there or any of those things.  We should be talking about process.

Do cops make mistakes?  Yes.  They are human beings.  However, the problem seems to be how this tragic situation was handled.  I am still not ready, in my own mind, to declare guilt or innocence to any of the parties involved.  I need more information.  Why the hell is it taking so long?

We now have the highway patrol, (I am assuming the equivalence of the Virginia State Police.) and the national guard called out.  This situation is serious and there will be NO winners.

What have the protests done to advance Michael Brown’s “cause?”  Can violence and looting EVER help a situation?  I say no.  It does quite the opposite.  It makes us lose focus on the real problem and all to quickly focus on race and “other.”

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A presidential response

August 13th, 2014 10 comments

From President Obama regarding the death of Michael Brown:

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.

I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.

Remarks?  Opinions?

Here we go again…..

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Virginia State Board of Elections: More government intervention in voting

August 8th, 2014 86 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

Inflaming a contentious debate over voter identification laws, the Virginia State Board of Elections decided this week that, to cast a ballot, voters will have to present a current photo ID or one that expired within the past year.

The Republican-controlled board voted 2 to 0 Wednesday — with the Democratic member absent — to narrow the definition of valid identification, a move that one board member said would streamline and simplify the rules.
“We believe it’s a compromise and gives people a reasonable grace period,” said Donald Palmer, who was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).

But Democrats and voting rights advocates said the new rule will confuse voters less than two weeks before a special election in which the rule is expected to apply.

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Open Thread………………………………………………….Tuesday, August 5

August 5th, 2014 100 comments

sunflower-300Summer is at its peak.  Everything that grows is coming to its maturity.  It is the time for sunflowers and Queen Anne’s Lace.  I had several sunflowers come up where the birds had dropped seeds.

The cicadas are loud and the lightning bugs are making the tall trees light up at night.  Bats are flying low, gobbling up insects.  Spiders are building fortress webs that will catch you in the face when you walk out your door.

Farmers markets thrive as people attempt to capture all that is good about fresh produce.  Corn and tomatoes seem to be favorites.

Homemade green beans just don’t taste as good as they used to.  Watermelon also has changed its flavor.  It just isn’t as good as it used to be.  I don’t think it is me.  I think it is watermelon.

What is the best corn to buy this summer?  How about the peaches?  One week they are great.  The next week I couldn’t give them to my dogs.

What are the readers finding good out there?

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To bloggers and politicians in PWC: Let the hysteria subside

August 1st, 2014 33 comments

Insidenova.com

School officials: No immigrant influx

Although “hundreds” of immigrant Central American teens and pre-teens have spent time at Youth for Tomorrow in western Prince William the past two years, there’s little sign that significant numbers have enrolled in local schools.

In response to questions from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors earlier this month, YFT Chief Executive Officer Gary Jones told county officials the Bristow-based Christian group home for troubled teens is now housing about 80 young immigrants. He also said the non-profit founded by former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs has hosted “hundreds” as part of the two-year contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.
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What a fool! Is this the best Florida can do?

July 27th, 2014 53 comments

Huffingtonpost.com

Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) addressed what he believed were two members of the Indian government at a House hearing on Thursday and assured them that, as a U.S. representative, he would support all efforts to facilitate a better relationship between America and “your country” and “your government.”

There was only one problem. The officials testifying before the House Asia and Pacific subcommittee weren’t Indian officials at all, but two senior members of the U.S. government.
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Only in America: So which kids do we say don’t count?

July 26th, 2014 30 comments

Supposedly America is where dreams come true if you work hard.  Listen to the words of the Brooks and Dunn  song, Only in America.

Sun coming up over New York City
School bus driver in a traffic jam
Starin’ at the faces in her rearview mirror
Looking at the promise of the Promised Land
One kid dreams of fame and fortune
One kid helps pay the rent
One could end up going to prison
One just might be president.

It is true or is it all BS?  Perhaps that is what some of us are afraid of…that an “other” could grow up to be President.

I think it is probably time to start looking at the facts and remembering that these are children. President Obama said last night that they would all go back.  There is something sad about that.  I would foster a child trying to escape violence.  Who else would?

 

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Michael Stafford: A Christian perspective to the Central American refugee crisis

July 25th, 2014 31 comments

Since we have been  discussing how a religious person reconciles a humanitarian crisis witinh our immigration system, I thought this article would be some food for thought.  So far as I can determine, the good folks of PWC have chosen to their better angels and NOT fallen into the ranks of hateful public protests.

Strangers at Our Door:  Refugees, a Crisis of Conscience for American Christians

Michael Stafford ABC Religion and Ethics 25 Jul 2014

In the words of Pope Francis, America is experiencing a “humanitarian emergency.” Fleeing instability and violence in Central America, a human tide of thousands of refugees, many of them unaccompanied children, has been flooding across our southern border.

As children often travelling alone, these refugees are uniquely vulnerable. And yet their arrival has been met, in many instances, with ugly scenes including displays of rank nativism, cruelty and hatred. Instead of finding sanctuary and protection, they are the targets of abuse. As CNN has reported regarding one shameful incident in Murrieta, California, “busloads of babies in their mothers’ laps, teens, ‘tweens and toddlers … were met by screaming protesters waving and wearing American flags and bearing signs that read such things as ‘Return to Sender.’” These reactions communicate a brutally simple message: you are not welcome here.

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Open Thread…………………………………..Saturday, July 12

July 25th, 2014 72 comments

thunderstormLots of thunder-boomers happening this summer.  The last one featured loud cracks of thunder and horizontal rain coming down in sheets.  I thought for sure my neighbor’s oak trees would land in my living room.

Yes, this summer has definitely been the Summer of Thunder and Lightning.  To date, I have not lost electricity.  NOVEC customers rarely lose their service.  Part of my good fortune is because of underground cables.  However, Westgate still has above ground wires and they rarely lose power either.  NOVEC just gets things right.

I did notice that my electric bill was higher by about 30 bucks than it was for this time a year ago.  I guess the weather was hotter in June, other than on the weekends.  I am looking forward to the polar vortex that is due to arrive next Wednesday.  Bring on the cool!!

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Pete Candland: Red badge of shame

From Pete Candland’s website:

Statement on Housing of Undocumented Border Children in Prince William County July 15, 2014

Statement on the Housing of Undocumented Border Children in Prince William County
July 15, 2014With news breaking this past week that a facility in Prince William County is being used by the Federal Government for an extensive program to house undocumented border children, I believe that two important actions must be taken immediately to address this issue.

First, the County must exhaust every regulatory tool available to stop the placement of any additional undocumented border children anywhere in Prince William County.  Now that we know this extensive program exists, we need to stop growing the problem.

Second, every undocumented child who is presently housed in a Prince William County facility that receives taxpayer money must be repatriated with their families as quickly as possible. Furthermore, Prince William County and the Board of County Supervisors should take action to facilitate that process.
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A grim world

July 19th, 2014 9 comments

Things in the world look pretty grim.  Israel and Gaza, specifically Hamas, are at war.  Ground troops have entered Gaza.  Could it have been stopped before it got to this stage?  Ask Hamas.  They are who rejected the cease-fire agreement.  I feel badly for the women and children.  Women have no power and certainly children don’t.   Gaza is tiny.  There is no place to run and hide.  This is a difficult region to understand.  What I do understand is why Israel doesn’t want rockets fired in on its population.

Russian separatists have downed a Malaysian commercial airline.  The militants won’t allow the international community in to aid recovery efforts.  The scene sounds horrific.  There isn’t much doubt at this point that the plane was shot down.  This evil act of aggression on an innocent civilian population is totally inexcuseable.

Watch Russia scramble to make up excuses for itself, as usual.

Crash victims were mainly from the Netherlands but victims from 10 other countries were also killed.  The world mourns the loss of these innocent souls lives.

Are we on the brink of some sort of mass war?  I hesitate to say WWIII, but we all know from history how those things escalate.  Yet, the stock market was thriving on Friday, despite all the grim news.  Capitalism never ceases to amaze me.

 

 

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All about Margaret Sanger…let the discussion rest here

July 18th, 2014 35 comments

I am asking that any discussion of Margaret Sanger stay on this thread.  There are serious issues in our community and none of them have one damn thing to do with Margaret Sanger.

I think it is important to note that all historical figures must be evaluated in their own place and time.  Additionally, the language changes over time.  Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson, one of my favorite historical figures.

I grew up in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I lived in a house off of Rugby Road less than three blocks from Mr. Jefferson’s University.  In Charlottesville, everything is Jefferson.  He is our hometown hero.  He, Jack Joutte and Paul Goodloe McIntire are the three most mentioned town heroes.   Jefferson’s influence is certainly national in scope.  He is the author of the Declaration of Independence, Revolution visionary, one of the most prominent thinkers of his time, inventor, statesman, diplomat, first secretary of state and president  for two terms.

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