Resignation Day: 40 years ago today

August 8th, 2014 Comments off

I didn’t dislike Richard Nixon. He was not the anti-Christ many would have us believe. He was a moderate Republican who understood that programs needed to be run better, not eliminated. Was he likeable? Not particularly. He appeared to ill-at-ease and insecure at times. He was always calculating his next move.

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Rep. Amash shows how graceless and rude he can be

August 7th, 2014 5 comments

Justin Amash ripped into his opponent after a win.  Will this behavior be tolerated in Congress?  Is there ever an excuse for rudeness?  Supposedly Amash’s base is millennial and they like telling it like it is in politics.  I sure hope that is not the case.  I am used to the civility of the old Senate.

I would never vote for anyone who acted this rude, even if I hated his opponent.  His mother should get hold of him and take a switch to his backside.

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August 6: A-Bomb Day

August 6th, 2014 17 comments

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It’s here again, August 6, A-Bomb Day–the day we dropped the big one on Hiroshima.  Three days later the United States dropped a plutonium type A-Bomb on Nagasaki.  Ironically, the last survivor of the Enola Gay,  the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, died last week.  Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk seemed to have few regrets about  the decision to drop the bomb and when asked, once eloquently responded  “It’s really hard to talk about morality and war in the same sentence.”

Yet 69 years later, the debate continues.  Only select Americans knew anything about an atomic bomb.  The Manhattan Project was top-secret and in those days, when things were top-secret,  people didn’t find out.  In fact, until he assumed the Presidency, Harry Truman knew nothing about an atomic weapon being built.  After the bombs were  dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, only then did the rank and file American begin to contemplate and discuss the moral responsibility of dropping such a deadly weapon of mass destruction.

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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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James Brady, RIP

August 4th, 2014 1 comment

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Washingtonpost.com:

August 4 at 5:24 PM

James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on his boss in 1981 and who became an enduring symbol of the fight against unfettered access to guns in American society, died Aug. 4 at a retirement community in Alexandria, Va. He was 73.

Gail Hoffman, a family spokeswoman, confirmed his death and said she did not know the immediate cause. Mr. Brady had long suffered from health problems resulting from the shooting.

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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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Bob FitzSimmonds puts his foot in his mouth again

July 31st, 2014 26 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

 

Several Virginia Republican leaders called Wednesday for the resignation of a state GOP official who questioned in a Facebook post whether Muslim Americans have contributed to U.S. society.

The comment came in response to a statement by President Obama marking Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that concludes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy,” Obama said. “That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.”
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Press helps perpetuate McDonnell defense

July 31st, 2014 4 comments

The press has helped the McDonnell’s defense in the former governor’s criminal trial  but reporting on every salacious tidbit that comes out.  We have heard about school board crushes, meetings, shopping trips, Ferrari’s and doomed marriages that have lost their luster.  We have watched as the McDonnell couple has gone from hand holding to arriving separately.  A year ago the couple appeared united as illustrated by the hand holding.  Now Maureen McDonnell arrives with her daughter, with pursed lips.

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Doing the right thing: Child refugees

July 30th, 2014 30 comments

Sonia Nazario has been to Central America and has ridden The Beast for 3 months. She was there 10 years ago and she has gone back more recently. She followed one young chap named Enrique in order to write her book, Enrique’s Journey. Enrique’s Journey is about a young boy who made a journey across several countries to reunite with his mother who had left him when he was 5. Nazario tells us that 10 years ago, poverty and the desire to reunite with family drove children to come to the United States. Now she says things have changed.  Enrique’s Journey is not a newly released documentary.
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The ex Va Governor’s Mansion: The Divine Soap Opera?

July 29th, 2014 21 comments

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Washingtonpost.com:

 

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife on Tuesday unveiled an unorthodox defense to the federal corruption charges against them: Maureen McDonnell had a “crush” on the charismatic executive who lavished gifts and cash on the couple.

Maureen McDonnell’s intense — even romantic — interest in Jonnie R. Williams Sr. helps explain why she let him pay for expensive shopping trips and vacations for her and her family while she promoted a nutritional supplement he was trying to sell, defense attorneys said during opening statements. She was not hatching a scheme with her husband to get rich by abusing the prestige of the governor’s office; rather, she was a woman in a broken marriage who craved attention.

“Jonnie Williams was larger than life to Maureen McDonnell,” said William Burck, Maureen McDonnell’s lead defense attorney. “But unlike the other man in her life, Jonnie Williams paid attention to Maureen McDonnell.”
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Federal Appeals Court strikes down Virginia’s ban on same-sex-marriage

July 28th, 2014 51 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed.

The lawsuit was filed by two Norfolk men who were denied a marriage license and two Chesterfield County women whose marriage in California is not recognized by Virginia.

It looks like Virginia will be joining the 21st century in spite of its bad self and in spite of Bob Marshall and Ken Cuccinelli.  That has to be good news for couples who simply want to be allowed to do what other couples can do–be legally married.

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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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