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  • Roger Chesley: Not knowing history is truly American

    01/15/2017 6:46:19 PM PST · by Bogle · 12 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 11, 2017 | Roger Chesley
    By the time students enter college, they want to focus on their specific area of study or proposed career. Educators should dictate what’s best for the curriculum, not legislators.
  • Talk radio's Laura Ingraham eyes Senate bid

    01/15/2017 10:36:21 AM PST · by simpson96 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/15/2017 | Paul Bedard
    The queen of conservative talk radio, Laura Ingraham, is eyeing a Senate run in Virginia and a challenge to Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine. Knowledgeable sources said that several party insiders have approached the media giant to run and that she is considering it. In preparation for a bid, her business partner, Peter Anthony, has begun buying website domains for Ingraham to use should she decide to move forward. It includes: ingrahamsenate.net, ingrahamsenate.com, ingrahamforvirginia.com and ingraham2018.com. Ingraham wouldn't comment on any run. While it would be considered an uphill fight, Ingraham brings her well-known personality and several influential...
  • VA House Delegates survey for citizens

    01/15/2017 10:05:04 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies
    From an email
    January 11th is the first day of the 2017 legislative session for the Virginia House of Delegates, and our members want to hear what's important to you. Every year we conduct a legislative survey, then share the results with our members so they know the issues and priorities you have for 2017. Please fill out our legislative survey at this link: http://bit.ly/2017VALegislativeSurvey
  • Thousands of protesters already descending on DC for inauguration

    01/14/2017 7:14:55 AM PST · by pabianice · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/14/17 | Lovelace
    Anarchists Plan Mass Disruptions at Trump Inaugueration Thousands of anti-Trump protesters are preparing to descend on the nation's capital for Inauguration Day, setting up a combustible situation opposite the large gatherings of the president-elect's fans... The "Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparation" also will hold a rally and march on Saturday at Freedom Plaza, according to a permit issued by the National Park Service that has allotted space for 600 people... The Westboro Baptist Church has a permit to demonstrate at John Marshall Park located along the parade route on Inauguration Day, the same site where...
  • FAKE NEWS: WaPo Did Not Tell Whole Story on DC National Guard Chief’s Resignation (Video)

    01/14/2017 7:54:15 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan. 14, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday the Washington Post reported that Maj, Gen. Errol Schwartz will be removed from his post as head of the DC National Guard DURING the Trump Inauguration. Schwartz told the Post he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Attorney: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

    01/13/2017 3:33:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 5:40 PM EST | Juliet Linderman
    An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile. In a motion filed Friday in a Maryland county court, public defender James Johnston argues that Lee Boyd Malvo’s mandatory life sentence is illegal because the U.S. Supreme Court determined such sentences are unconstitutional for juveniles. …
  • Virginia man spends $1,000 to deliver 300,000 pennies to Lebanon DMV

    01/13/2017 2:48:12 PM PST · by bkopto · 41 replies
    Bristol Herald Courier ^ | Jan 11, 2017 | Reece Ristau
    The 300,000 pennies the Cedar Bluff, Virginia man took to the DMV Wednesday morning to pay sales tax on two new cars weighed in at 1,600 pounds. A mature Holstein cow weighs about 1,500 pounds. See, Stafford had a bone to pick with the DMV. It wasn’t about agonizingly long lines or a bad picture on his driver’s license: It came down to 10 phone numbers. And Stafford ended up filing three lawsuits and spending at least $1,005 to give the DMV his 2 cents. One might feel bad for the Lebanon DMV employees, who chose to count the coins...
  • In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

    01/12/2017 9:08:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2017 6:31 PM EST | John Raby
    A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling made the ruling after reviewing a response from outgoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy had responded to the judge’s previous order in a lawsuit brought against her by Murray Energy Corp. that the EPA must start doing an analysis that it hadn’t done in decades. […] The judge said the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when...
  • The transgender bathroom case arrives at the Supreme Court

    01/11/2017 7:23:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in October I wrote about the announcement that the Supreme Court would be hearing the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. This is the long awaited “transgender bathroom law” challenge to the Obama administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX law which sought to morph the definition of “sex” to include the SJW concept of gender identity. At the time I expressed concern over both how a split court might rule on the science behind the question as well as the possibility that they would dodge the fundamental questions entirely and choose to narrowly rule on the legal...
  • Rocky Holcomb wins Virginia Beach House race

    01/10/2017 8:09:14 PM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Wavy ^ | 10 january 2017 | Wavy
    <p>VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP/WAVY) — A Republican sheriff’s office captain has defeated a Democratic school teacher in the race for a Virginia Beach-area House of Delegates seat.</p> <p>Unofficial results from the state Department of Elections show N.D. “Rocky” Holcomb III beat Cheryl Turpin by about six percentage points Tuesday in the 85th District.</p>
  • Police sergeant seriously hurt after being assaulted with caustic substance

    01/09/2017 10:02:54 AM PST · by csvset · 31 replies
    Wavy ^ | 9 January 2017 | Kevin Green
    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man was taken into custody Monday morning after police say he assaulted a sergeant with a caustic substance. According to investigators, the sergeant was standing outside the Dunkin Donuts on North Military Highway when a man walked up and threw something into his face. Police say the sergeant was not on a call at the time. A preliminary investigation found that the incident was unprovoked. They do not know yet what was thrown at the officer, only that it was a caustic substance, something that caused immediate burning to the sergeant’s eyes, face and neck....
  • WEEK 573 Olney Support The Troops Rally – VICTORY and an Invite

    01/08/2017 11:23:54 AM PST · by trooprally · 36 replies
    After 573 weeks, starting our 12 year on the New Year Weekend, the DC Chapter is declaring VICTORY over the moonbats that formally stood opposite us. There has been a single moonbats for several years, occasionally having support from her daughter. Since mid-October, she has been a no show. Weather has been good most weeks, but she has stood in inclement weather in the past. We can only conclude she has given up. The DC Chapter is going to have a special FReep, Saturday, January 21,2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration. All FReepers in good standing are invited to join...
  • Ahead of the snow, toll for Express Lanes in Virginia rises over $30 during evening rush hour

    01/08/2017 8:12:18 AM PST · by lowbridge · 71 replies
    foxdc.com ^ | January 5, 2017
    A FOX 5 staff member driving on Interstate 495 found a sign showing the toll for the Express Lanes starting from nearby the Tysons Corner area to the I-395/95 exit would cost a whopping $30! Using the lanes to I-66 would be just shy of $10. -snip A spokesperson for Transurban, the company that manages the Express Lanes, said from around 4:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. Thursday, two salt and plow trucks were working on the southbound Express Lanes on I-495 and I-95, causing traffic to slow and increasing the toll on those lanes. The company said there is no...
  • Donald Trump inauguration schedule of events, performers and inaugural balls

    01/07/2017 3:06:04 PM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    UPI ^ | January 6, 2017
    <p>The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump features a long list of official and semi-official events and celebrations.</p> <p>There will be plenty of protests and counter-rallies as well, with a list of some available here.</p> <p>Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lay a wreath at the cemetery in honor of the nation's veterans. Details have not been publicly announced.</p>
  • Union: Baltimore City Police in ‘Crisis’ Due to Officer Shortage

    01/06/2017 8:42:59 AM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    WJZ ^ | January 5, 2017 | Mike Hellgren
    Baltimore City’s Police Union is sounding the alarm because they say the department is in crisis due to the fact that it has too few officers. According to a new report, there are more than 100 fewer Baltimore City PD officers than last year, with the union saying this poses a safety concern as officers are being overworked. The police union president calls the situation “dire.” ... You don’t have enough police officers to patrol the streets safely protecting themselves, much less protecting the citizens of Baltimore,” said Lt. Ryan. Baltimore ended last year with the second highest number of...
  • No U.S. carriers were at sea for past week

    01/06/2017 12:18:06 AM PST · by vannrox · 50 replies
    Propaganda Guard ^ | Jan 6th, 2017 | Staff
    (Washington Examiner) At any given time the United States has an aircraft carrier deployed somewhere around the world, usually in a hot spot such as the Persian Gulf or the Western Pacific. But for the first week of this year, for the first time since World War II, no U.S. aircraft carriers were deployed, anywhere, a Navy spokesman confirmed. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower had been in the Persian Gulf, contributing airpower to the counter-Islamic State campaign in Iraq and Syria. But it returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 30, after a seven-month deployment. And none of...
  • Trump's mean tweets spur Democratic derision

    01/06/2017 5:47:22 AM PST · by kevcol · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 5, 2017 | Susan Crabtree
    Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Hillary Clinton's running mate in her failed bid against Trump, suggested that mental issues are behind Trump's "clown" comment. . . . "At the end of the day, the office of the president gets respect based on the performance of the person in the office – and I'm talking about from the public — I don't think this is going to play with the public," Kaine said.
  • Non-compete deal for tunnel may be costly

    01/05/2017 10:18:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | December 24, 2016 | Michael Laris (Associated Press)
    Virginia's top transportation oversight body voted earlier this month to move ahead with a major tunnel expansion. If everything goes as planned, the multibillion-dollar project could be good news for the traffic-snarled Hampton Roads region when it opens in 2024. But the commonwealth may also be setting itself up for a major financial body blow - and demonstrating the long-term consequences of mismanaging public-private partnerships.
  • I-66 tolls a good idea for Northern Virginia

    01/05/2017 8:00:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Patrick Rhode
    Dear Editor, As states and municipalities around the nation struggle to find ways to afford much-needed improvements to aging and congested roadways, the Commonwealth of Virginia has established itself as an innovative leader when it comes to carefully prioritizing the state’s transportation investments and wisely leveraging private sector resources to ensure the best deal for state taxpayers. The I-66 Outside the Beltway project exemplifies this leadership, and Cintra, together with its partner Meridiam, is proud to be part of the team selected by the Commonwealth to finance, design, build, operate and maintain this more than $3 billion transformative project at...
  • Aubrey Layne: Trump's infrastructure plan is no magic bullet

    01/05/2017 7:16:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 30, 2016 | Aubrey Lane
    PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has proposed a $1 trillion plan to fix America’s infrastructure. It relies on public-private partnerships as its primary source of financing. Our country’s complex transportation network needs an overhaul, but private investment is not the answer, mainly because of the returns that investors expect. Public-private partnerships can be an excellent procurement tool, but selecting the right project is key. Virginia has been a national leader in such deals since the General Assembly passed the Public Private Partnership Act in 1995. The law was designed for the partnerships to be used as an option for certain projects if...
  • Losers: How the Party of Jefferson became the ‘Party of Soros’

    01/03/2017 5:02:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    World Tribune ^ | January 2, 2017 | Staff
    Blinded by their desire to defeat George W. Bush’s re-election bid in 2004, Democrats allowed leftist billionaire George Soros to buy out their party, an analyst said. Defeating Bush “is the central focus of my life,” Soros declared at the time. It was “a matter of life and death.” Soros pumped $15 million into Democratic coffers in 2004. In 2016, he contributed $25 million to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory. Soros lost both elections, and killed the Democratic Party in the process, Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, wrote for FrontPage Mag on Dec. 28. Soros...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,EST,6PM-9PM,WABC AM,January 3-6,2017, 6PM-9PM

    01/03/2017 12:15:00 PM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 3, 2017 | Mark Levin
    Happy New Year 2017,GOOD AFTERNOON/EVENING!
  • House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office

    01/03/2017 5:19:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | January 2, 2017 | Susan Davis
    The House Republican Conference voted Monday night to approve a change to House rules to weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee — a panel controlled by party leaders. It will be part of a broader House Rules package voted on by the full body on Tuesday, after the 115th Congress officially convenes and the House elects a speaker. It's a move that is already causing a backlash among Democrats, who say it's hypocritical given that President-elect Donald Trump was elected vowing to "drain the swamp" in...
  • With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

    01/02/2017 8:33:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 01/02/2017 | Eric Lipton
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail. The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure. The surprising vote came on the eve of the...
  • Orwellian "Harassment" Policies Threaten Free Speech

    01/02/2017 5:47:08 PM PST · by ResistanceMedia · 13 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | January 2, 2017
    One of the most common arguments in favor of school district transgender "non-discrimination" policies is that such policies prevent "bullying" and "harassment." But what is bullying and harassment? Definitions are often so broad and all-encompassing that people end up being severely penalized for "harassment" when all they did was speak their mind. Real-life examples of how "harassment" is really an excuse for censorship are abundant. In Massachusetts, a renowned urologist was fired by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center because he sent emails to hospital officials expressing concerns about the hospital's "aggressive promotion of and involvement in LGBT activities ... and...
  • Murders double in a Va. county and a community scrambles for answers

    12/30/2016 11:52:12 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/2017 | Victoria St. Martin
    ... There have been 22 homicides in the Prince William so far in 2016, compared to 10 last year. In many communities, the prospect of 22 murders in a year might not seem like a cause for concern. This year the District has so far tallied 134 slayings and neighboring Fairfax County so far had 18 homicides. But the numbers in Prince William County are the highest in the county since authorities began tracking homicides in 1975. The next most deadly year was 2006, when 16 people were slain. ... Experts attribute the increase to a range of factors, including...
  • DC private schools giving Kellyanne Conway the brush-off

    12/29/2016 5:51:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 124 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 28, 2016 | Richard Johnson
    Kellyanne Conway is worried establishment elites in Washington, DC, are so prejudiced against President-elect Donald Trump that she won’t be able to get her kids into private school in the nation’s capital. Conway divulged her fears to other parents at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ, on Thursday night, when her twins, George and Claudia, performed a concert with other students. Alicia Keys was also there to hear her goddaughter perform. Conway, who was Trump’s campaign manager, is moving to DC to be counselor to the president. Her husband, George, happens to be the lawyer who wrote the Supreme...
  • Missing New Jersey family members found alive in Virginia

    12/29/2016 9:09:57 AM PST · by Lurkinanloomin · 37 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/29/2106 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter have been found alive in secluded woods in rural Virginia, apparently stranded there for days after disappearing on a holiday road trip, authorities said.
  • Williams: Lets see what happens next (I-73 funding)

    12/28/2016 1:10:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Martinsville Bulletin ^ | December 26, 2016 | Ben R. Williams
    On Tuesday, the Henry County Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to renew the county’s contract with Alcalde and Fay LLC, which advocates for Interstate 73 on the state and federal level on the county’s behalf. Often when there is a split vote, it is tempting to pick a side. In this case, however, I agree with both sides. There are strong arguments for renewing the contract, and there are strong arguments against renewing the contract, but ultimately, the board made the appropriate call. The lone dissenting vote came from Collinsville District Supervisor Joe Bryant, who argued that he didn’t believe...
  • Trump Inauguration Security Planners Brace for Wave of Protesters

    12/27/2016 7:02:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 12/27/2016 | Nicholas Fandos
    WASHINGTON — Security surrounding the inauguration of Donald J. Trump is proving to be the most challenging in recent history, according to senior officials involved in its planning, largely because of the same forces of political rancor that shaped the race for the presidency.On top of the daunting threats to any inaugural ceremony, the three dozen agencies responsible for security at the Jan. 20 festivities are preparing for the possibility of large numbers of protesters flooding the capital, along with what may be nearly a million supporters of Mr. Trump.The agencies are worried about the possibility of confrontations between groups...
  • Fights break out at Patrick Henry Mall [Newport News, VA] [ed]

    12/28/2016 6:21:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    WVEC 13 News ^ | December 28, 2016 | Staff
    Police are investigating a series of fights that broke out at Patrick Henry Mall on the day after Christmas. Emergency crews were called to the mall just before 6:30 p.m. when a fight occurred in the food court. Officers called for assistance from other on-duty units due to the fight. As those on-duty officers arrived, they found another disturbance in the parking lot, as well as a third incident happening again in the food court.
  • A Total of 9 People Arrested Near D.C. for Supporting ISIS Including a Police Officer!

    12/27/2016 7:36:57 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    ISIS is here, folks! Our government knows that ISIS is infiltrating through our lax refugee policy and American born Muslims are also answering their call to jihad. A Total of 9 People Arrested Near D.C. for Supporting ISIS Including a Police Officer! Cristina Laila Dec 27th, 2016 8:14 pm 42 Comments ISIS is here, folks! Our government knows that ISIS is infiltrating through our lax refugee policy and American born Muslims are also answering their call to jihad. Via The Washington Times Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the...
  • Feeding the Academic Bea$t

    12/27/2016 8:10:36 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 54 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 23, 2016, | Malcolm A. Kline
    A university think tank just published a list of recommendations for paying for college. Perhaps not too surprisingly, they mostly involve increasing taxpayer-funded government subsidies of higher education. To its credit, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia acknowledges that the economy is worse than the U. S. government claims it is. "Total unemployed, people who want to work but are discouraged from looking, and people who are working part time because they cannot find a full-time job peaked in 2010 but remains at 9.8 percent," the executive summary of "Investing in the Future: Sharing Responsibility for Higher Education...
  • Why America's Marines are Turning Their MV-22 Ospreys Into Assault Gunships

    12/23/2016 5:50:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 80 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Marine Corps is progressing with a new project to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons such as laser-guided 2.75in rockets, missiles and heavy guns - a move which would expand the tiltrotor's mission set beyond supply, weapons and forces transport to include a wider range of offensive and defensive combat missions, Corps officials said. "Currently, NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Dahlgren explored the use of forward firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30MM gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the...
  • VA Politician Demands Public Schools Be "Sanctuary Institutions"

    12/22/2016 4:29:58 PM PST · by ResistanceMedia · 17 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | December 22, 2016
    A far-left politician today published an article in the Falls Church News-Press calling for the Fairfax school board to name FCPS a "sanctuary institution" for illegal aliens. Kaye Kory, a Democrat who was a member of the school board from 1999 to 2009, repeated unverified, speculative, and now-discredited statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center ($PLC), a liberal activist group. The claim that there has been a spike in hate crimes committed by Trump supporters was pushed by the fake news media for weeks after the election, almost exclusively based on a report by the $PLC. However, the $PLC report......
  • Report: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Urged Khizr Khan To Run For Office

    12/21/2016 7:45:19 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-21-2016 | Katie McHugh
    Katie McHughDecember 21,2016 Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants Muslim Gold Star father Khizr Khan to run for office, Khan tells Britain’s Guardian. Khan said that a run for office “would limit him,” the Guardian reports. Reached by Breitbart News, McAuliffe’s communications director said he would decline to comment on a private conversation, but called Khan a “great Virginian” and thanked him for his and his son’s service. Khan arrived on the national stage during the Democratic National Convention in August, when he held up a copy of the U.S. Constitution and called Donald Trump “ignorant.” Khan’s son, Army captain...
  • Former Democratic Senator: Hey Bill, Your 1992 Landslide Victory Only Had 43 Percent Support

    12/21/2016 1:55:54 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 21, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Former Democratic Virginia Senator and 2016 candidate Jim Webb had a friendly reminder to former President Bill Clinton, who mocked President-elect Donald Trump’s intelligence and said that his 1992 win over President George H.W. Bush was a real landslide. Trump clinched the presidency over Hillary Clinton with 304 electoral votes to her 227 (via Fox News): . . .
  • Justice Dept. sues Virginia county over denial of permit to build mosque

    12/20/2016 6:11:26 PM PST · by Ray76 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 12, 2016 | Martin Weil
    The Justice Department filed suit Monday contending that Culpeper County, Va., acted in a discriminatory manner in denying an approval needed for the construction of an Islamic house of worship there.
  • Jim Webb lampoons Bill Clinton's 'landslide' victory in 1992

    12/20/2016 4:42:51 PM PST · by kevcol · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner and Twitter ^ | December 20, 2016 | Daniel Chaitin
    Former Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb sent a rare tweet Tuesday, poking fun at former President Bill Clinton's recent statement that he won the 1992 presidential election in a "landslide." "Bill Clinton reminds media that he won by a 'landslide' in electoral college," the former Virginia senator tweeted. "Let's remember he won only 43 percent of the popular vote."
  • VIDEO: UVA students sign petition to ban Christmas

    12/19/2016 9:20:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 18, 2016 | Amber Athey and Cabot Phillips
    In this season’s most anticipated holiday spin-off, Campus Reform visits the University of Virginia dressed as “The Hipsters Who Stole Christmas.” With schools across the country outright banning even such innocuous Christmas decorations as evergreen trees and images of Santa because they could be interpreted as being “non-inclusive,” Campus Reform wanted to find out what students think of the idea.
  • Photos: 44,000 volunteers brave icy weather to lay wreaths for veterans

    12/17/2016 2:25:20 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 26 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | December 17, 2016 4:48 pm | Kathy Stewart | @KStewartWTOP
    ARLINGTON, Va. — More than 44,000 volunteers turned out even in the icy, cold and rainy weather to carefully lay 245,000 remembrance wreaths at t Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, as part of “Wreaths Across America.” It was the 25th year that wreaths have been placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The theme for this year’s event was #SayTheirNames. The wreaths are placed at grave sites nationwide to honor and remember fallen veterans and their service. After placing a wreath, volunteers are encouraged to take time to read the headstone, to honor the memory of that fallen hero and to say...
  • Death row inmate's lawyers say they'd prefer firing squad over lethal injection

    12/15/2016 1:08:39 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 93 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | AP
    A Virginia inmate asked a federal court Wednesday to block the state's plans to execute him next month with lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy, suggesting even a firing squad would be more humane. Attorneys for Ricky Gray said in a federal complaint that there is a serious risk that Virginia will "chemically torture" the man to death when it uses compounded drugs for his execution scheduled for Jan. 18. Although firing squads aren't permitted under Virginia law, his attorneys argue even that method would be a more humane alternative. "It is both more humane, quicker, more effective,...
  • DC marching bands want no part in Trump's inauguration

    12/15/2016 8:57:20 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 93 replies
    Fox News (NY Post) ^ | December 15, 2016
    For the first time in 20 years, no Washington, DC, marching band will perform in the presidential inauguration. The bands that have performed at the last five inaugural parades — plus all other local groups — have not applied to participate in President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony, NBC 4 Washington reports. “I think everybody knows why and no one wants to say and lose their job,” Howard University band director John Newson, whose band marched for President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony in 2009, told the local news affiliate.
  • Report: D.C. School Marching Bands Skipping Trump’s Inaugural Parade

    12/14/2016 7:03:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 141 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 14, 2016 | Christopher Wilson
    Report: D.C. School Marching Bands Skipping Trump’s Inaugural Parade Christopher Wilson. For the first time in 20 years, no Washington, D.C., public school marching band will perform at the inaugural parade. According to a Wednesday report from NBC Washington, no local public schools submitted applications to perform in the parade. The original deadline was Nov. 28 but was extended to Dec. 5 to allow more time to apply. A D.C. public schools spokeswoman told the NBC affiliate that she was unaware of any band in the district that had applied to participate in the Jan. 20 parade. Other high schools...
  • Inmate protests execution drugs as worse than a firing squad [Ricky Gray, VA]

    12/14/2016 5:08:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2016 5:34 PM EST | Alanna Durkin Richer
    A Virginia inmate asked a federal court Wednesday to block the state’s plans to execute him next month with lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy, suggesting even a firing squad would be more humane. Attorneys for Ricky Gray said in a federal complaint that there is a serious risk that Virginia will “chemically torture” the man to death when it uses compounded drugs for his execution scheduled for Jan. 18. Although firing squads aren’t permitted under Virginia law, his attorneys argue even that method would be a more humane alternative. […] Gray’s attorneys plan to ask Gov. Terry...
  • Child sex offender worked as Santa Claus at Wytheville (VA) store

    12/13/2016 10:33:07 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | December 12, 2016 | Mike Gangloff
    Courtesy of Virginia State Police Leonard Russell Kidd A Santa Claus who posed for pictures with pets and interacted with children and families Saturday at a Wytheville Petco store was a man Virginia designated as a sexually violent predator. Leonard Russell Kidd, 37, of Max Meadows, who was released last year from years of state custody, was supposed to stay away from events where minor children would be present unless he had special permission from his probation officer to attend, according to a conditional release plan filed in Wythe County Circuit Court. Kidd was convicted of sexually assaulting a...
  • Last two (gang) defendants in (reserve LEO) Quick case sentenced to more than a decade in prison

    12/13/2016 10:10:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | December 12, 2016 | BY DEAN SEAL | The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress
    ROANOKE — The final two defendants in a high-profile federal case involving the gang-related killing of a reserve police captain each have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Anthony Darnell Stokes, of Manassas, and Halisi Uhuru, of Danville, were the highest ranking members of the 99 Goon Syndikate, a subset of the Bloods gang that has been implicated in a string of armed robberies around Central Virginia that culminated in the 2014 abduction and murder of Waynesboro reserve police Capt. Kevin Quick. On the night of Jan. 31, 2014, Quick left his mother’s home in Afton to...
  • Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot found guilty on 6 counts in federal public corruption trial

    12/09/2016 7:47:04 PM PST · by csvset · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 9 DEC 2016 | Scott Daugherty and Eric Hartley
    NORFOLK Anthony Burfoot sold his City Council votes to benefit developers for six years and then lied about it when questioned in federal court, a jury found Friday. The city’s treasurer, who previously served as vice mayor, was convicted on six of eight public corruption and perjury charges. He can remain free until he is sentenced April 17 in U.S. District Court, but he must submit to the supervision of a federal probation officer. Burfoot – who plans to appeal and continue working at the treasurer’s office while that’s pending – faces the possibility of 90 years in prison but...
  • LYNCH TO VISIT MOSQUE AMID SPIKE IN ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIMES

    12/09/2016 3:38:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 69 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 9, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting a mosque in Virginia next week amid a sharp increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims. Lynch is scheduled to visit the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling on Monday morning.