A brief look at PTSD

April 4th, 2014 16 comments

PTSD seems to have a lot of rumors flying around about it. This mini video sheds a little light on the topic. It obviously isn’t just a military “disease.”

Do you know anyone with PTSD? How do you relate to them differently or do you?

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Some supervisors have a hell of a nerve….

April 4th, 2014 2 comments

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It appears that several of the BOCS took out after the Prince William County School Board with a vengeance. Jim Livingston, PWEA president, said it best when he  “suggested that supervisors are more concerned with political posturing than about the needs of the school system.”

From insidenova.com:

Yet those stark numbers didn’t keep some supervisors from grilling Johns and David Cline, associate superintendent for finance and support services, about why the school system isn’t doing more to lower class sizes – a topic both boards discussed during three joint board meetings held over the summer and fall.

During those meetings, supervisors asked Superintendent Steve Walts to come up with a plan to begin lowering class sizes. Walts presented a $3.5 million plan to lower class numbers in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades, but said the school system would need extra money from the county to fund the changes.

But when supervisors failed to offer any extra funds, the school board scaled back their plans to only sixth-grade. Supervisors offered no sign Tuesday that any extra money would be coming from the county to lower class sizes next year – but that didn’t keep them from hammering school board members for not doing more.

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Jim Livingston addresses the BOCS: No more operating on the cheap

April 3rd, 2014 7 comments

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Listen to Jim Livingston, president of the Prince William Education Association.  Jim knows that Prince William County has been operating on the cheap for years. He knows that he and his colleagues have not received competitive compensation for years.   Jim also knows that class size counts.   These issues must be addressed this year.   Will the advertised tax rate suffice in fixing PWCS’s operating on the cheap problem?  No.  Not even close but it is a start.

Prince William Education Association has been sounding the alarm about salaries and class size for quite some time.  This is not a new phenomena and the local association has been vigilant about asking for these measures to be corrected.    Yet, if one glances about the blogosphere, one would think that a certain blog from Gainesville discovered the problem, all by their lonesome.  Teachers have been insulted and accused of being led around by the school board.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

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More killing at Fort Hood

April 2nd, 2014 15 comments

This video was recorded fairly soon after the incident. Much has been learned since then.


A shooting at the Fort Hood military installation in Texas has left at least four people dead, including the gunman, and more than a dozen were injured, according to authorities.

The gunman, identified by multiple government sources as Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, took his own life, officials said.

Lopez, 33, of Kileen, Tex., was wearing an Army uniform at the time of the shooting, Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told reporters.

Four people were taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Tex., and another two are being brought there, said Glen Couchman, the facility’s chief medical officer. Their injuries that “range from stable to quite critical,” he said.

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Don’t lean in: Lean back, get married, have some kids….

March 31st, 2014 29 comments


Dana Milbank

Opinion Writer

Conservatives to women: Lean back

The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees.

The advocacy group held a gathering of women of the right Monday afternoon to mark the final day of Women’s History Month — and the consensus was that women ought to go back in history. If Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s mantra is “lean in,” these women were proposing that women lean back: get married, take care of kids and let men earn the wages.

“We’re gathered to celebrate Women’s History Month but I don’t celebrate Women’s History Month,” announced writer Mona Charen, one of the panelists. “It doesn’t interest me whether a person who happens to share my chromosomes sits in the Oval Office. It doesn’t interest me how many women members of the Senate there are.”

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Blogger’s Code of Conduct as a proposal–Good, bad, indifferent?

March 30th, 2014 7 comments

From Wikipedia:


The Blogger’s Code of Conduct is a proposal by Tim O’Reilly for bloggers to enforce civility on their blogs by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blog. The code was proposed in 2007 due to threats made to blogger Kathy Sierra.[99] The idea of the code was first reported by BBC News, who quoted O’Reilly saying, “I do think we need some code of conduct around what is acceptable behaviour, I would hope that it doesn’t come through any kind of regulation it would come through self-regulation.”[100]

O’Reilly and others came up with a list of seven proposed ideas:[101][102][103][104]

  1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.
  2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
  3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments.
  4. Ignore the trolls.
  5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
  6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.
  7. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.

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Mudslide victim wanted to live anywhere he wanted

March 30th, 2014 7 comments

Thom  Satterlee, a local community activist, attempted to lead an effort to secede from Snohomish County.  He didn’t like the land use restrictions and many other things dished out by local government.  One has to wonder how that worked out for him in the past couple of days.  Thom and his wife are among the missing in the giant landslide in Washington State.


Among those missing in the landslide that devastated a small Washington community is the leader of a group that sought to secede from Snohomish County over land-rights issues, including whether government could restrict property owners from building in risky or environmentally sensitive areas like the one buried by the slide.

Thom Satterlee, 65, and his wife, Marlese, 61, both are missing from their home in the community of Oso in the wake of Saturday’s landslide, which spewed tons of mud and debris over homes scattered along the Stillaquamish River. A daughter, Andrea Hulme, did not respond to an interview request from NBC News, but a message on her answering machine said, “My parents are missing in the mudslide.”

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Jeremiah Denton: The death of an American hero

March 29th, 2014 8 comments

Jeremiah Denton


(Reuters) – Jeremiah Denton, a former U.S. senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for more than seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word “torture” in Morse code during a televised interview, died on Friday at age 89.

Denton died at a hospice facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from a heart ailment, his family said.

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GOP Reveals Alternatives to Obamacare

March 28th, 2014 88 comments
by Paul Fell www.paulfellcartoons.com

by Paul Fell

Apparently the GOP’s next magic trick just isn’t producing results.   Where is the alternative plan?  Repeal with no replacement is not a plan.


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Va. House looks for any excuse regardless of how stupid…

March 26th, 2014 97 comments

From The Washingtonpost.com editorial:

The Post’s View

Va. Republicans need to end their excuses for not expanding medicaid

REPUBLICANS IN Virginia’s House of Delegates are running out of excuses to refuse a huge pot of federal money for expanding health-care coverage to poor people. The legislature this week convened a special session, the product of House Republicans’ baseless refusal to compromise on the health-care expansion. Both Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the state Senate have offered compromise plans, responding to the House GOP’s proffered reasons for opposition with more seriousness than they deserve. If the Republicans’ opposition is anything beyond thoughtless or cynical, they should come to the negotiating table now.

The special session was called to agree on next year’s budget. But the battle is over one piece of the state’s financial plan: whether to accept federal funds to expand eligibility for Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that offers health-care coverage to people below and around the poverty line. The Affordable Care Act’s coverage plan depends on this expansion, but the Supreme Court ruled that states could opt out. Virginia is one of those that hasn’t made up its mind, even though the federal government has committed to pay nearly the whole tab, in perpetuity, with tax dollars it is already collecting from every state, including Virginia, whether they expand or not.

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Supreme Court: Collision of rights?

March 25th, 2014 77 comments

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday prepared to hear a second challenge to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, this time to decide whether employers must provide their workers with insurance coverage for contraceptives even if the owners say it would violate their religious principles.

What is likely to be the signature ruling of the court’s term presents the justices with complicated questions about religious freedom and equality for female workers. It could have long-term implications for what other legal requirements companies could decline because of religious convictions. And it asks a question the court has never confronted: whether the Constitution or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that protects an individual’s exercise of religion extends to secular, for-profit corporations and their owners.

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Leave religion out of the work place

March 25th, 2014 1 comment

Wrong answer, Pat. What you should have told your loyal listener is to leave religion out of the work place. Bring your faith to work in the form of good deeds. Be kind to your fellow co-workers and help them out when they need it. Don’t gossip at the water cooler. Bake some brownies for everyone.

No one wants to be a captive audience to someone selling their religion all day long. While the woman’s religion might have been the best thing since sliced bread to her, not everyone likes sliced bread. In America, workers should be free to go about their business without having someone trying to shove their religion down their throat.

Bothering others at work over religious matters should be an actionable offense, regardless of the religion being ‘sold.’

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General Assembly Special Session–deals flying left and right

March 25th, 2014 15 comments

The General Assembly has reconvened to consider expanding Medicaid.  Approximately 400,000 Virginians would be added to the program.  The Federal government will pay for it 100% for the first 3 years.  The following 2 years would provide for 90% of the payment.  After five years, the federal contribution, if any, is unknown.

People apparently have no idea how many people have no type of insurance.  An unemployed male will not get Medicaid in this state.  The fact that the person might not be able to find work is irrelevant.  Apparently having a child is the secret to being able to get Medicaid.  Poor with children.  Not all people eligible for food stamps get Medicaid either.

What on earth do people do if they get sick and have no coverage?  They go to hospitals and the rest of us eventually pay for it at a ginned up price.  I would rather just pay for Medicaid in the first place.  It’s an investment.

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Corey–1, Insidenova–Zip: Look who’s keeping score

March 23rd, 2014 1 comment


Good for Chairman Corey Stewart.  He has continued to point out the need for additional law enforcement officers, despite the fact that he has been vilified and mocked on some other blogs that frankly, would brand him regardless of what he advocated in his role as county chairman.  Now one of the local online news agencies wants to pile on, ignoring facts.


In recently arguing his case for more police officers (and perhaps higher taxes) in next year’s fiscal county budget, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart also managed to perpetuate an unfortunate stereotype.

“It’s not just in Woodbridge or Dale City, it’s not just in places where people would think these things would occur,” Stewart said of what he perceives as a spike in crime. “They are happening in the western end of the county.”

Really, Mr. Stewart? We expect rape, robbery and murder on the east end but not the west end?

He might as well have called it “Hoodbridge,” that embarrassing nickname that started who knows where, but it seems to have stuck.

Stewart called a press conference earlier this month to make his case that crime is on the rise, and mentioned two recent high-profile incidents – the execution-style shooting death of 21-year-old Glenda Coca-Romero at Platanillos Grocery in Woodbridge and a gang fight at Potomac Mills mall.

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Ding Dong, Fred Phelps is dead

March 20th, 2014 20 comments


Fred Phelps, founder and leader of Westboro Baptist Church has died, according to family.  Hopefully, his family will be able to bury their dead father without the horrible, nasty protests that the Phelps family has inflicted on others.


Phelps rose to fame (or infamy) for his decades-long work of “opposing the homosexual lifestyle of soul-damning, nation-destroying filth,” according to the church Web site. He expressed that opposition by picketing the funerals of military servicemen and women who in his view had been killed in wartime by a vengeful God punishing the United States for its increasing acceptance of gay rights. Many a grieving family had to put a loved one to rest within view of Phelps and others holding signs saying, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “Thank God for 9/11” and his signature slogan, “God hates fags.”

Phelps and his family have ultimately probably done more to help advance gay rights than any other single factor.  Americans seriously hate haters.  It’s in our national DNA.  Phelps went after mining disaster victims, veterans,  those killed in the line of duty, and children’s funerals to display their message condemning the gay life style by saying the death(s) was God’s wrath.  The not-so-right Reverend Phelps had better hope he was wrong as he goes to meet his maker.  He might just find the pearly gates not so hospitable.

I expect a new rash of jokes to spring up.  Please deposit them here.

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