What a freaking dumb-ass!

July 14th, 2014 28 comments

ill eagle Graffiti on proposed shelter for immigrant children in Maryland: ‘No illeagles here.’

This doesn’t bode well for sick raptors and dumb asses. Ignorance is a dangerous thing.  Do you suppose we are deporting the wrong people?

 

This bird is a Well-Eagle

This bird is a Well-Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday , Woody Guthrie 7-14-1912

July 14th, 2014 6 comments

I thought this birthday wish was appropriate in light of our most recent thread.

I am trying to figure out who this land really does belong to. How many people want to repeal the 14th amendment to keep children of foreigners who are born in this country from being declared citizens?

In our discussion the past several days, I am reminded of Emma Lazarus’ New Collossus:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

That really doesn’t describe America any more, does it?

 

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Lies, leaks and children in crisis

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From The Sheriff of Nottingham BlogSpot:

The Sheriff has learned that Chairman Stewart gave permission to Youth for Tomorrow, a taxpayer-funded non-profit serving at-risk youth in Prince William County, to open their doors to house children for Homeland Security that have been flown to Prince William County from Texas and other areas on the southern border.

This statement is an outright lie.  It is not up to Corey Stewart to give permission or not give permission to Youth for Tomorrow.  YFT is a private organization.  YFT is also not a tax-payer funded organization.  Does it get a grant like many other organizations in the county?  Probably.  So do lots of agencies and clubs that meet the criteria. However, most of the county money received by YFT is for services rendered.

One such  example  of these services would be if a child needed residential placement because Prince William County Schools could not provide the appropriate educational setting for this child.  PWCS would pay the residential /educational fee to YFT, the same as it would pay to any other 24 hour facility.  The court system, in conjunction with social services, might also place a child in the YFT setting.  Either the state or the county would pay for those services.  That to me, is not “tax-payer funded.

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Manassas sexting case goes national

July 10th, 2014 48 comments

Chris Hayes is a fairly reasonable guy.  I tend to listen to him and often agree with him.  Tonight he introduced us to the “perp,” Trey Simms and his aunt, Stacy Bigley.  More of the story unfolds.

Now, I just have to ask.  What is it about Manassas?  Why does some wild and crazy penis story always seem to have its epicenter in Manassas?  Is it in the water?   I expected this story to go national, and it has.

There are still more questions than answers.  None of this is makes sense, starting with the charges.  Stay tuned.  I am sure there is more to come.  Charges have not been dropped but plans to use the dreaded artificial erection method of extracting information have been dropped.

Will we ever learn what really happened?  Probably not.  I am going to bet on MY theory though.  Apparently that is what Stacy Bigley thinks happened also.  Sorry folks, I have just known too many teenage girls in my life to think otherwise.

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Just a little Sexting in Manassas: Not just for Weiners any more (Anthony)

July 9th, 2014 48 comments


(video from Vanity Fair)

Washingtonpost.com:

(Byline: Tom Jackman)

A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.

The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life. David Culver of NBC Washington first reported the story and interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who was shocked at the lengths Prince William authorities were willing to go to make a sexting case in juvenile court.

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Supervisor Candland, did you forget something?

July 7th, 2014 25 comments

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Once again, it’s increasingly difficult to get out of my driveway.  All day long I have charter buses, school buses, trucks and regular automobiles full of people going up and down my street.  The daily rescue squad also screams down the street–at least once a day.  Why am I so blessed?  I live near a county water park.  I also live near soccer fields and baseball fields.  The athletic fields are what really bring the traffic in, car after car after car.

When I first read about Old Pace West athletic fields staying on the county books, even though the facility was being sold to private industry, I breathed a sigh of relief.  At least they weren’t being moved to MY neighborhood, with all the little baseball players and their family cars.  That’s really what NIMBY is.  Selfishness.  I was really glad that locally owned QBE, the company that bought Old Pace West, worked out a deal with the county.

Actually, this deal works really well for all concerned.  The PWC School Board sold its old school that it no longer has use for.  The school had athletic fields which the county gets to continue to use in exchange for QBE’s land tax on those fields.  Great business partnership on display here.  QBE doesn’t need athletic fields.   QBE pays taxes each month.  The county then reimburses  QBE for the taxes on the athletic fields.   What a great partnership.  More businesses should take advantage of public/private partnerships that benefit the public like this one does.

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Middle East conflict becomes a war on children

July 6th, 2014 15 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

A day after a dramatic video surfaced apparently showing the abduction of a Palestinian teenager who was later killed, another video has been released that appears to show Israeli police beating a youth. His family says the youth is a 15-year-old American who is the slain teen’s second cousin.
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The US economy gets it right! Happy 4th!

July 6th, 2014 37 comments

The Richmond Times Dispatch has an interesting article on the US economy and why it has prospered and out-paced the economies of Japan, China, and many  European nations.   We just haven’t heard tales of woe like one hears about Greece, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal and our pension funds haven’t been slashed nor have our civil servants been reduced to a near state of bankruptcy.

Sure, our joblessness rate needs to improve more.  Yes, people are out of work.  Yes we still have a rust belt and we have cities in decline.  Our infrastructure needs all its underpinnings overhauled, but some things we are getting right.

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Wheaton College: What next?

July 5th, 2014 6 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

With much of Washington already gone for the holiday, the Supreme Court issued a short legal ruling Thursday with the potential to deepen the political backlash among Democrats that was sparked by the court’s earlier Hobby Lobby decision.

The majority of the justices ruled that Wheaton College, a small evangelical school in Illinois, does not for now have to comply with the Obama administration’s requirement that it fill out a form to register religious objections to providing some types of contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

The opinion said that until full arguments are heard by the court, Wheaton need only file a letter with the federal government stating the college’s religious objections.

Legal experts say the temporary decision is likely to embolSden religious groups and lead to a wave of lawsuits and objections to the required form.
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Where do the potheads live?

July 2nd, 2014 6 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:

Worldwide, weed news couldn’t be hotter. It’s now legal in Colorado and Washington — and Uruguay just became the first country to legalize it. The nation now has bold, new weed plans that include, among others, giving medical marijuana to prisoners in its jails.

The catch: Despite Uruguay’s weed affinity, only 8.3 percent of its inhabitants actually smoke it, according to the United Nations 2014 World Drug Report.

The country that, surprisingly, has the highest percentage of stoners? Iceland. That’s right, 55,000 of its residents light up — nearly one-fourth of the population — even though marijuana remains an expensive commodity, according to some. Today, its president wants the trade legalized. “If we allow the sale of alcohol,” he said, “there is no reason to ban the soft drugs any longer.”

 

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Supreme Court: men still making rules for women-folk

July 1st, 2014 42 comments

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Huffingtonpost.com:

The owners of a chain of stores called Hobby Lobby don’t like Obamacare. In particular, they really don’t like the part that requires insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Normally, people who don’t like a law petition the government to change that law. That’s how a nation of laws works.

But these men are Christians. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special. Their deeply held religious belief that some particular form of contraception is immoral carries more weight than the force of law, five conservative Christian justices ruled. The court — in a fairly bald admission that its ruling is incoherent — added that no general amnesty from other laws should be assumed to be the result of its ruling and that its reasoning was strictly limited to women’s contraception. Such a limitation raises legitimate questions about the rather perverted and obsessive minds of the five men who made the ruling, but it also carries little legal weight. Precedent is precedent, whether the precedent-setters say so or not.
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Open Thread…………………………………………..Thursday, June 19

June 30th, 2014 134 comments

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It’s just a raging bitch kind of summer, or perhaps I am describing myself.  The weekends have been great–better than probably any of us living in Virginia in June deserve.  This weekend is supposed to be just like the last 3 weekends.  Warm and gorgeous.

I am taking the plunge and having my wrap-around deck re-stained. What a pain!  I think I have more on my deck than I do in my living room.  Plants, furniture, mosquito spray.  Mosquitoes have been horrible.  Bull Run breeds them big.

Has anyone found a cure to keep the mosquitoes at bay?

I need a beer that is perhaps less biting than an IPA.  Any suggestions?

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Supreme Court expected to issue Hobby Lobby ruling today

June 30th, 2014 52 comments

CBSNewyork.com:

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether Hobby Lobby needs to cover contraception as part of its health care plan.

Owners of the crafts chain object to certain forms of contraception. Under the affordable care act employers are now required to cover birth control.

The Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in a 5-4 decision. So much for saying there is no war on women. The buffer zone ruling and the contraceptive ruling both are directed at women. No one else.

To prove a point, the Court specifically stated their ruling was just about contraception, and not other things, like blood transfusions. You don’t get any more religious than the Jehovah’s Witness ban on blood transfusions for their members. That was a mighty short sighted ruling, in my opinion. Furthermore, corporations shouldn’t have religious beliefs. Corporations are legal units serving as one body. Funny how inanimate bodies can now have religious beliefs.

Stay tuned.

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Tweeting birdies say RUN, COREY, RUN!!!

June 29th, 2014 11 comments

Yesterday I had a strange phone call from a county employee who identified themselves as an “ex-birdie.”  I almost hung up on them except his voice sounded very familiar to me.  Once we got the identity established, the fun began.  It seems that loyalty to staff counts a great deal at Complex 1 and at Independent Hill.

There are about 4,000 county staff and about 10,000 school board staff.  The caller then asked me (like I would know) why Pete Candland thinks that they would all vote for him rather than Corey Stewart.  I just listened, assuming that was a rhetorical question.  He went on to say that Candland has subjected their bosses to public embarrassment and humiliated them with supposed gotcha questions.  Additionally, there has been a great deal of public criticism over staff work projects over the past two years that we keep hearing about during BOCS meetings.  Now that is getting fairly personal.  He also told the budget director her numbers were wrong when in fact, they weren’t  wrong.

This employee was on a rant.   He then told me that Melissa Peacor was far more popular with staff than Candland realizes and that she had been attacked relentlessly (THAT part I know, the popular point I didn’t.)   Chris Martino was also called out by Candland’s BFF, the Sheriff, as being a financially  illiterate nincompoop.  Martino’s sound investment choices kept the county on an even keel for the past 5 years and Fairfax County routinely called him for advice, very often too late.  (I knew that Chris Martino was much sought after by other municipalities from some of my chick friends at Complex 1.)  (Too bad Fairfax, you snooze you lose, he’s ours!)

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Supremes strike down clinic buffer zones in Massachusetts

June 27th, 2014 7 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.

But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s ruling was a narrow one, pointing out that other states and cities had found less-intrusive ways to both protect women entering clinics and accommodate the First Amendment rights of those opposed to abortion.

Massachusetts asserts “undeniably significant interests in maintaining public safety on [its] streets and sidewalks, as well as in preserving access to adjacent healthcare facilities,” Roberts wrote. “But here the commonwealth has pursued those interests by the extreme step of closing a substantial portion of a traditional public forum to all speakers.”
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