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  • Fire-breathing bartenders arrested, face 45 years (Nanny State)

    08/18/2010 7:47:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 17, 2010 | By: Scott McCabe
    Two fire-breathing bartenders face up to 45 years in prison each for performing flaming bar tricks. Jimmy's Old Town Tavern owner Jimmy Cirrito said his bartenders have been entertaining his customers -- by juggling bottles of alcohol and spitting out streams of flames using matchbooks and lighters -- for more than a decade and no one's complained. But shortly after midnight on July 24, two of his longtime employees were hauled out of the Herndon bar in handcuffs and charged with three felonies each plus other misdemeanors "They were being treated as if they were terrorists, charged as if they...
  • Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists [Update: GUILTY!]

    07/21/2010 3:42:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 41 replies · 1+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists ALEXANDRIA, VA—Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., was arrested today on charges that he provided material support to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Chesser was arrested and the charging documents were made public. “This case exposes the disturbing reality that extreme radicalization can happen anywhere, including Northern Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney...
  • Gov McDonnell: Quality of life attracted Northrop Grumman to Virginia

    04/27/2010 10:41:27 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 19 replies · 511+ views
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says quality of life and a business friendly government ultimately wooed Northrop Grumman Corp. to choose Northern Virginia for its corporate headquarters. He also says the commonwealth is giving the company $12 million to $14 million in various incentives. Speaking on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program Tuesday morning, McDonnell stressed life issues over cash in what won Northrop. "The biggest thing they get is a great place to do business and honestly, at the end of the day, that's really what they cared about," McDonnell told WTOP's Mark Seagraves. "They wanted a great place for their...
  • Laura Bush Book Tour Published, Starts May 4 in Northern Virginia and D.C.

    04/19/2010 7:15:02 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies · 1,332+ views
    LauraW ^ | Monday, April 19, 2009
    Spoken from the Heart Book Tour Events Tuesday, May 4, 2010 McLean, VA Books-a-Million Book Signing @ 12:00 pm 1451 Chain Bridge Road McLean, VA Thursday, May 6, 2010 Arlington, VA Costco Pentagon City Book Signing @ 12:00 pm 1200 South Fern Street Arlington, VA Washington, DC Smithsonian GW University Lisner Hall Remarks and Book Signing @ 7:30 pm 2121 1 Street, NW Washington, DC Friday, May 7, 2010 Dallas, TX Dallas Museum of Art - Arts and Letters Live @ 7:30 pm Southern Methodist University 6414 Hilltop Lane Dallas, TX Saturday, May 8, 2010 Dallas, TX Borders Bookstore Book...
  • WaPo Columnist Celebrates Pro-life Pharmacy’s Closure

    04/14/2010 11:41:06 AM PDT · by 198ml · 6 replies · 488+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/14/10 | Anthony Kang
    Petula Dvorark, Washington Post's designated church-basher, commemorated the closure of a Virginian "pro-life" pharmacy with snide glee in her April 13 column. "The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly proudly and purposefully limited what it would stock on its shelves. But it turns out that no birth control pills, no condoms, no porn, no tobacco and even no makeup added up to one thing: No customers," Dvorak wrote. "John T. Bruchalski, president of Divine Mercy Care and the doctor who opened the pharmacy, then had to close it, said he wanted a place where pharmacists ‘could bring their conscience into...
  • MS-13 member’s trail shows gang’s movement

    04/02/2010 3:47:19 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 841+ views
    Loudoun Times ^ | Marc 31, 2010 | Jana Wagoner
    Sixty years. That’s how long Antonio Neftali Urrutia-Barrera, 20, of Reston, will spend in federal prison after being sentenced March 19 for two of the many crimes he either committed or is accused of committing in late summer and early fall 2008. One of those crimes was a triple shooting in Sterling Park that left a Loudoun resident paralyzed from the waist down. During a period of a little more than two months, Urrutia-Barrera—who is in the country illegally from Central America—spent time in three Virginia counties and one Maryland county. His crimes left at least four innocent bystanders injured....
  • Virginians Protest 9/11 Mosque Fundraiser FeaturingConnolly, Moran and Kaine

    04/01/2010 9:54:43 AM PDT · by CatherineMartin07 · 26 replies · 1,445+ views
    ACT!for America ^ | 04/01/10 | Catherine Martin
    VAST The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force Contact: James Lafferty (703) 931-2324 Virginians Protest 9/11 Mosque Fundraiser Featuring Connolly, Moran and Kaine Praise Senator Jim Webb and Delegate Kaye Kory for Withdrawing Fairfax, VA -- A coalition of Virginia and national organizations charged today three prominent Virginians – Congressman Gerry Connolly, Congressman Jim Moran and for Governor Tim Kaine have “trashed their oath to protect and defend the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions” by appearing as special guests at a fundraising dinner for the 9/11 mosque Dar Al Hijrah in Falls Church, Virginia. The groups also praised Senator Jim Webb and...
  • Obama Signing Reconciliation In Northern Virginia

    03/27/2010 3:26:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 659+ views ^ | March 27, 2010 | Laura Alcorn
    Obama will be signing the Reconciliation Bill on Wednesday at Northern Virginia Community College. I am sure that there will be a protest/rally however, I don't have any confirmation. If you or your organization would like to organize a gathering, please post the information here.
  • White House Bans Signs & Banners at Friday Health Care Event

    03/17/2010 8:58:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies · 1,005+ views
    NLPC ^ | March 17, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Barack Obama will speak “on the urgent need for Health reform” at an event on Friday morning at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in the Patriot Center, a basketball arena seating about 10,000. The event is apparently open to all, ensuring that opponents of the plan will be there. But the White House announcement on Facebook reads: Just as a heads up, no signs or banners are permitted, and those who come are encouraged to limit personal items and not bring bags or purses. What a courteous “heads up.” Not satisfied to push a bill the public opposes, and...
  • Obama Speaking at VA Health Care Rally Friday (HEADS UP: George Mason Univ.-open to public)

    03/17/2010 12:42:00 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 676+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 3-16-10 | Ben Frumin
    As the Democrats' push for health care reform enters the home stretch, President Barack Obama will speak Friday morning at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Doors open at 9 a.m. ET. The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. ET. The speech will be open to the public, with no tickets required. The Patriot Center is a big arena. This is a rally. More info HERE (WH website).
  • Reid's Wife, Daughter Injured in Highway Accident

    03/11/2010 5:51:39 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 64 replies · 1,549+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-11-10 | The Wall Street Journal
    WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife and daughter were hospitalized Thursday—the wife with a broken back and neck—after their minivan was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck on an interstate highway in suburban Virginia, authorities said. Reid's wife, Landra, 69, and the couple's daughter, Lana Barringer, 48, were taken by ambulance to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Neither woman's injuries appeared to be life-threatening, and the daughter was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night, Reid aides said. Mrs. Reid was listed in serious condition. "Mrs. Reid has a broken nose, broken back and broken neck,'' Reid...
  • 6 of the 10 richest counties in U.S. are in DC area

    03/10/2010 7:54:56 AM PST · by · 40 replies · 1,626+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | David Sherfinski
    Loudoun ranks as the richest county in the United States, immediately followed by Fairfax and Howard counties, while Montgomery, traditionally one of the wealthiest, is now 10th. Forbes magazine ranked eight other Washington-area counties in its list of the nation's 25 wealthiest counties, far more than any other area in the country. The rankings are based on 2008 median household income data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Loudoun's median household income was $110,643, while Fairfax's was $106,785 and Howard's came in at $101,710. "This is obviously very good news," said David Robertson, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of...
  • America's Richest Counties (D.C. Suburbs Top The List)

    03/06/2010 10:19:52 AM PST · by bamahead · 41 replies · 1,396+ views
    Forbes / Yahoo ^ | March 5, 2010 | Francesca Levy
    The country's fattest paychecks are brought home to these high-end suburbs. The country may have started its long haul back to economic recovery -- if recent news that consumer spending increased slightly in January is any indication. But even so, most Americans still aren't ready to brag about their paychecks. Except, perhaps, in Loudoun County, Va., where median household incomes are higher than anywhere else in the country. This affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., where families take home a median $110,643 annually, tops our list of America's 25 richest counties. Wealth Radiates From the Capital Like Loudoun, a number of...
  • Radical anti-gun candidate flying under radar in Virginia special election

    02/27/2010 7:29:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies · 374+ views
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 February, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    On Tuesday, March 2d, voters in Fairfax County Virginia's 41st House District will vote in a special election and choose a Delegate to fill the seat vacated by Democrat David Marsden. Prior to Marsden, the 41st District's Delegate seat had traditionally been held by Republicans. See the map of this District here. So far the only controversy to arise in this campaign is Republican Kerry Bolognese's charge that his opponent, Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn, has been conducting unfair "push-poll" operations against him. "I'm outraged that that these false claims would be made at all, much less in a sleazy push poll,"...
  • VA-11 2010: GOP Opportunity Connolly vulnerable? Herrity vs. Fimian in June primary

    02/19/2010 6:55:34 PM PST · by HokieMom · 14 replies · 569+ views
    Great Falls Connection ^ | 1/27/2010 | Julia O'Donoghue
    2009 might be remembered as the year the Fairfax County Republican Party got its groove back. The Grand Old Party won special elections for Braddock District supervisor and Providence District school board member, two seats that had been held by Democrats for several years. They also managed to knock off two incumbent Democrats in the House of Delegates after losing ground on that front in the last two campaign cycles. And local Republicans were produced a 4,500-vote win in Fairfax County for Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) this past November. Though McDonnell was heavily favored to win the gubernatorial race statewide,...
  • VA House 2010: Frank Wolf Faces Republican Primary Challenger

    02/19/2010 6:27:34 PM PST · by HokieMom · 15 replies · 428+ views
    Great Fall Connection ^ | 02/18/10 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Wolf Faces Republican Primary Challenger By Julia O'Donoghue Thursday, February 18, 2010 Sterling resident Jim Trautz has decided to take on 30-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) for the Republican Party's nomination in Virginia 10th congressional district, which includes all or parts of McLean, Great Falls, Herndon, Oak Hill, Vienna, Chantilly and Centreville. According to the candidate's Web site, Trautz is a retired Naval officer and ordained minister who also managed a "multi-million dollar program" as a private defense contractor. A father of six children, he has lived in Virginia for 25 years. Trautz is critical of Wolf's 2009...
  • A Roof Collapses Feared As More Snow Expected to Fall

    02/09/2010 4:18:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 42 replies · 679+ views
    WJLA ^ | 02.08.10
    The heavy snow has taken a toll on some local buildings, and with more on the way the weight of winter is now its own danger. "When something collapses you never know when its going to happen," said Captain Dan Schmidt, Fairfax County (web | news) Fire and Rescue. The roof of Fairfax Fire Station 10 in Baily's Crossroads came crashing down early Monday morning. The 24 to 28 inches of snow and ice proved too much for the 12-year-old flat roof to handle
  • Anger counselor charged with pulling gun in parking flap

    02/05/2010 6:10:50 AM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 698+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | Tom Jackman
    A respected domestic violence and anger management counselor in Fairfax County was arraigned in federal court Thursday after he allegedly pulled a gun on two men who he believed were blocking his car on an Annandale street last week. The two men were federal marshals. Jose L. Avila, 57, was ordered held without bond pending a detention hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. He has been held in the Fairfax jail since Jan. 25, when he apparently picked the wrong place and time to complain about thoughtless parking. Avila's attorney said Avila had worked for many years at...
  • Virginia Islamic School's Expansion Met Protests

    01/31/2010 6:35:06 AM PST · by La Lydia · 13 replies · 544+ views
    NPR News ^ | January 31, 2010 | James Tarabay
    In Northern Virginia, a private school needed the local county's approval to expand to serve more students. This would have hardly raised an eyebrow had it not been for one particular detail: The school is Islamic, funded by the government of Saudi Arabia. The Islamic Saudi Academy, located in Fairfax County, has long been under the microscope of its opponents. But for residents along the two-lane country road where the school sits, the debate was transformed from a local land-use issue into a heated discussion about the school, its teachings and the relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims in the United...
  • Va. man faces charges after arms found in NJ motel

    01/26/2010 10:38:52 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 789+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 26, 2010 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - Authorities in New Jersey say they seized a cache of weapons and ammunition including rifles, a grenade launcher and a night vision scope from the motel room of a Virginia man arrested by officers responding to a report of a suspicious person. Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, of Reston, Va., also had maps of a U.S. military facility and a town in another state. He is set for arraignment Tuesday on charges including unlawful possession of weapons, possession of prohibited weapons, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.
  • He Needs a Teleprompter to Talk to 11yr Olds?!

    01/25/2010 1:12:04 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 1,263+ views ^ | Jan 25, 2010 2:23 PM EST |
    He Needs a Teleprompter to Talk to 11yr Olds?! - San Diego, California Talk Radio Station - 760 KFMB AM - 760kfmb
  • Somerset authorities seize grenade launcher, weapons cache from Virginia man at motel

    01/25/2010 4:13:03 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies · 1,215+ views ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | Jennifer Golson
    BRANCHBURG -- Somerset County investigators seized a cache of weapons including a grenade launcher and hundreds of rounds of ammunition today from the Branchburg motel room of a Virginia man, who also had maps of a U.S. military facility and an out-of-state civilian community. Lloyd Woodson, 43, whose last known address was Reston, Va., today faces multiple offenses, including second-degree unlawful weapons possession and fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said. At the time of his arrest, Woodson was wearing a military-style ballistic vest with a reinforced steel plate and carrying a .223-caliber assault rifle that...
  • MUST SEE VIDEO: Obama Uses Teleprompters During Speech To 6th Graders

    01/24/2010 8:09:28 PM PST · by ianschwartz · 63 replies · 2,676+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 24, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    President Obama uses two teleprompters while speaking to students at a school in Falls Church, Virginia.
  • Sad. Obama Brings TelePrompter to Speak to 6th Grade Class (Photo)

    01/24/2010 5:42:40 PM PST · by ColdOne · 228 replies · 8,548+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 24,2010 | Jim Hoft
    Obama spoke to 6th Graders in Falls Church, Virginia on Tuesday January 19, 2010.
  • Obama Uses Teleprompter for 6th Grade Audience!

    01/24/2010 2:05:14 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 122 replies · 4,801+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 1/24/2010 | Snarky Basterd
    Photos at the link. SubZero really earns his new nickname for this one. I hope the kids pelted him with spit balls. You just can’t make crap like this up!
  • Fairfax supervisor Herrity to run for Rep. Connolly's seat

    01/17/2010 7:20:01 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 529+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2010 | Derek Kravitz
    Fairfax County Supervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) said Wednesday that he will seek the Republican nomination against first-term U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), as both parties in Northern Virginia begin to ramp up for the contest. Herrity, 49, an accountant whose father was chairman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors in the 1970s and '80s, had contemplated entering the race for weeks. Word leaked about his potential candidacy, and on Wednesday, he called his announcement "probably the worst-kept secret" in Fairfax. "Things have changed dramatically in the last four years," Herrity said at a news conference at the West...
  • Cindy Sheehan leads drone protest in Va. [Cheney's street]

    01/17/2010 3:28:59 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies · 1,131+ views ^ | January 17, 2010 | AP
    A group led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan rallied Saturday near the CIA's headquarters and former Vice President Dick Cheney's home in Northern Virginia to protest the use of unmanned drone aircraft for attacks on al Qaeda and Taliban targets.
  • Cindy Sheehan Leads protest at CIA, Cheney's House

    01/16/2010 3:58:59 PM PST · by 999replies · 36 replies · 1,078+ views
    KcRedStar ^ | 999replies
    A group led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has protested near the CIA's headquarters and former Vice President Dick Cheney's home in northern Virginia. They were protesting the use of unmanned drone aircraft to attack al-Qaida and Taliban targets. The group of about 70 people rallied alongside a highway near the CIA compound Saturday. About half then marched to Cheney's nearby street and stayed for 20 minutes. Police kept them from going down his street. Sheehan's 21-year-old son Casey was killed in Iraq in April 2004. She staged a prolonged demonstration outside former President George W. Bush's ranch near Crawford,...
  • Cindy Sheehan & Others Protest Drones at CIA & Cheney's 1/16 (Ditch Witch Redux)

    01/15/2010 10:59:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 705+ views
    Michael Moore's Big Blog ^ | January 15, 2010 | A. Stoner
    There is a new peace coalition in town called Peace of the Action. Peace of the Action is the brainchild of Peace Mom, Cindy Sheehan, who has been striving to make the concept of peace a reality since her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in April 2004. “Peace of the Action will be setting up Camp Out Now on the lawn of the Washington Monument beginning March 13th and this new peace camp will be the launching pad for daily direct actions against the seat of our government; A government that is involved in so many wars, invasions, bombings...
  • Democrat Wins VA Senate Race

    01/13/2010 6:37:32 AM PST · by steve-b · 25 replies · 1,537+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/13/10 | Derek Kravitz
    Defying recent voting trends that saw several Northern Virginia Republicans win big in November, Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) narrowly won a special election Tuesday night to represent a broad swath of southwestern Fairfax County in the Virginia Senate.... With all 39 precincts counted just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Marsden led Hunt by 317 votes out of 23,569 votes cast. In Fairfax County, a recount requires less than a 1 percent difference and unofficial results from Tuesday night indicate the 37th vote fell just outside of that margin. Marsden won big in Burke and Fairfax Station and among absentee voters....
  • Reactions To Marsden's Stunning Victory

    01/12/2010 8:46:38 PM PST · by steve-b · 40 replies · 2,109+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/12/10 | Anita Kumar
    Virginia's incoming governor Bob McDonnell (R) congratulated Virginia's newest senator Dave Marsden (D) tonight on his upset against Steve Hunt (R) in Fairfax County. "I look forward to continuing to work with him in the years ahead in his new capacity,'' McDonnell said. "In these tough economic times, Virginians need leaders in Richmond who will work together to create new jobs and more opportunities. While we may not agree on every issue, I know that Dave and I share a commitment to making this a better Virginia for all our citizens." Marsden will be sworn in tomorrow at noon when...
  • Fairfax County voters head to polls to pick new state senator

    01/12/2010 12:46:55 PM PST · by Ravi · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    compost ^ | 1/12/10 | lenny kravitz
    As expected, the slumping economy weighed heavily on voters. David Wilder, 56, of Burke said mounting job losses and, to a lesser degree, the debate over health care pushed him to vote for Hunt. "It's the economy, it's the stimulus, it's health care, it's the way the system is being run," said Wilder, a physician.
  • Jan 12 2010: Virginia Special election has Balance of Power in Richmond Riding on it

    01/11/2010 5:42:57 PM PST · by HokieMom · 25 replies · 1,401+ views
    WP ^ | January 11, 2010 | Derek Kravitz
    As special elections go, the race for the Virginia Senate District 37 seat in southwestern Fairfax County has a little more riding on it than most. Tuesday's election to fill a seat being vacated by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli II (R) is being billed by political observers as crucial to the balance of power in the state Senate. With the Cuccinelli vacancy and another in Virginia Beach, Democrats will outnumber Republicans 21 to 17 in the chamber, and a GOP win could cut the Democrats' advantage and make compromise more likely going into 2011 when partisan redistricting -- the drawing...
  • McDonnell, Bolling help Hunt in special election in Fairfax (Hunt ahead in internal poll FWIW)

    01/10/2010 9:45:09 AM PST · by Ravi · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Compost ^ | 1/8/10 | Kumar
    In recent days, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has contributed $90,000 and the Republican caucus in the senate has contributed another $90,000 to the state GOP party -- all of which is being spent on Steve Hunt's campaign for state senate in the 37th District next week. The money is being spent on mailers, phone calls and one internal poll, which shows Hunt leading Democrat Dave Marsden in the race to replace Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) who was elected attorney general in November.
  • House Immgrn Reform Bill jeopardizes Herndon/ICE partnership (LEOs to stop enforcing fed immgrn law)

    01/09/2010 2:48:55 PM PST · by HokieMom · 6 replies · 503+ views
    Fairfax Times ^ | January 5, 2010 | Gregg MacDonald
    A recently introduced immigration reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives could potentially end a federal immigration program currently used by the Town of Herndon to empower its local officers to enforce federal immigration law. In March 2007, the Herndon Town Council voted to make Herndon the first incorporated town in America to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to train and empower local officers to enforce federal immigration law under a program called 287(g). Prince William and Loudoun counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park also partner with ICE in the 287(g) program. But as of...
  • Va. woman fails to give up child to ex-partner

    01/01/2010 2:04:35 PM PST · by Skooz · 143 replies · 3,782+ views
    iWon News ^ | January 1 2010 | BEN NUCKOLS
    A woman at the center of a complex dispute with her former lesbian partner defied a court order to give up custody of her 7-year-old daughter, an attorney said Friday. A Vermont judge had ordered Lisa Miller to turn over daughter Isabella to Janet Jenkins at 1 p.m. Friday at the Falls Church, Va., home of Jenkins' parents. Miller did not show up with the girl, said Sarah Star, Jenkins' Vermont-based attorney. Jenkins has notified Fairfax County, Va., police that Isabella is missing, Star said. "She's very disappointed, obviously," Star said. "She's very concerned about Isabella and asks that if...
  • Naked at home, convicted of indecent exposure

    12/20/2009 3:01:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies · 2,161+ views
    AP ^ | December 20, 2009 | Matthew Barakat
    FAIRFAX, Va. - As Erick Williamson sees it, being naked is liberating, and if passers-by get an eyeful while he's standing in front of a picture window, that's not his problem. A Fairfax County judge saw it differently Friday, convicting Williamson, 29, of indecent exposure in a case that raised questions about what's OK when you're in your own home. Two women said they saw much more of Williamson than they cared to in October, even though he never left his home. He received neither jail time nor a fine but is appealing anyway, saying a larger principle is at...
  • Terrorism Defendants Sentenced in Atlanta

    12/15/2009 1:14:34 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 770+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 14, 2009 Terrorism Defendants Sentenced in Atlanta Ehsanul Islam Sadequee Receives 17 Years in Prison; Co-defendant Syed Haris Ahmed Receives 13 Years Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 23, of Roswell, Ga., and Syed Haris Ahmed, 25, of Atlanta, were sentenced today in federal court following their convictions earlier this year in separate but related criminal trials, the Justice Department announced. "With their words and their actions, these defendants supported the wrongheaded but very dangerous idea that armed violence aimed at American interests will force our Government and our people...
  • Mosque: VA men detained in Pakistan 'regular kids'

    12/11/2009 4:16:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 785+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.11, 2009 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The five young Americans detained in Pakistan as part of a terrorism investigation were wholesome kids who never exhibited any signs of religious extremism, according to the youth director at a mosque where they worshipped. "I never observed any extreme behavior with them," said Mustafa Abu Maryam, who served as a volunteer youth director at the Islamic Circle of North America's small chapter mosque. It's in a converted single-family home in a residential neighborhood a few miles south of the Capital Beltway.
  • Tebow makes news with date to awards show

    12/11/2009 11:18:47 AM PST · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 65 replies · 3,741+ views ^ | December 11, 2009 | Staff and wire reports
    University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow didn't take home an award from the The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Thursday night, but he made national news from the red carpet with his date, the young woman he brought on his arm.She was Kelly Faughnan, 20, whom he met the day before. Faughnan had been diagnosed with a brain tumor just before Thanksgiving last year. Before surgery last year, her wish was to go to Disney World during the awards show to get a glimpse of Tebow. Faughnan is from Clifton, Va., according to several news reports.Fox News reported that...
  • 5 Americans Arrested in Pakistan

    12/10/2009 3:24:18 AM PST · by gandalftb · 26 replies · 1,666+ views
    Jang, The News ^ | Thursday, December 10, 2009, Zil`Hajj 22, 1430 A.H | staff
    Police conducted a search operation in Tehsil Bhalwal, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Kotmomen and Shahpur and arrested 64 persons, including five foreigners, from hotels and other places.The police said most of the arrested persons belonged to Afghanistan. Our correspondent adds from Washington: The arrest of US-born Pakistanis of banned militant organisation Jaish-e-Muhammad in Sargodha has apparently solved the case of mysterious missing of at least three Pakistani-American students from the DC metro area.Earlier, it was reported here that the US federal investigators were searching for a Howard University dental student and four other Muslim men reportedly missing from the Washington, DC area....
  • Palin devotees line up in Northern Va. (They say "hundreds" but sounds like thousands!)

    12/07/2009 9:49:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 781+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 7, 2009 | Joey Bell
    FAIRFAX, Va. -- Neither the first snow of the winter nor the slushy, untreated roads could deter hundreds of fans from coming here Saturday morning to get a copy of “Going Rogue” signed by it’s author, Sarah Palin. The BJ’s in the Fair Lakes Shopping Center welcomed hundreds of people to line up and wait for hours to meet the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate. People came prepared to withstand the elements. Winter coats, umbrellas and most importantly plastic shopping bags, protected their books from the chunky, wet falling flakes. Some cuddled an armful of books for their favorite...
  • Two thousand brave cold, snow for Palin book signing in Fairfax

    12/05/2009 12:30:57 PM PST · by euram · 63 replies · 2,852+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12-05-09 | James Hohmann
    Sarah Palin brought a taste of the Alaska winter with her to a Saturday book signing at the BJ's Wholesale Club in Fairfax. After alternating between drizzle and rain for much of the night Friday, snow flurries began in earnest about 8:30 a.m. "I wanted to feel like I was at home" Palin said, as she walked into the store while the first snowfall of the season soaked a crowd of about 2,000 people who came to meet her.
  • Sarah Palin Book Tour in Fairfax, VA (Saturday, Dec 5)

    12/04/2009 7:00:39 AM PST · by BufordP · 29 replies · 1,621+ views
    Time: December 5, 2009 from 11am to 2pm Location: BJ's Street: 13053 Fair Lakes Shopping Center City/Town: Fairfax VA Website or Map: Event Type: book, signing Organized By: O. P. Ditch Latest Activity: 1 day ago
  • GOP Firehouse Primary for 37th Senate Dist. TONIGHT!

    12/01/2009 2:12:09 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 13 replies · 692+ views
    GOP Firehouse Primary for 37th Senate Dist. Posted on November 30, 2009 by Riley The firehouse primary to determine the Republican nominee in the special election to fill the 37th State Senate Dist. being vacated by AG-elect Ken Cuccinelli will be held TONIGHT! Here’s the details – Dec 1, 2009 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Centreville High School 6001 Union Mill Rd Clifton, VA 20124-1131 Identification will be required in order to vote All voters will be required to sign a pledge stating that they intend to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future. Electronic voting machines...
  • 'FOX News Reporting: Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children Are Really Reading?'

    11/30/2009 2:32:48 PM PST · by Sopater · 5 replies · 894+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2009
    FOX News Reporting investigated the $10 billion dollar-a-year textbook industry and how the drive to be politically correct might be taking over American schools. Host Tucker Carlson, asked experts, teachers, publishers and parents the same question: "Do you know what is inside your children's textbooks?" From kindergarten through college, we found staggering errors and omissions which may be pushing agendas, hidden and otherwise. We spoke to the author of “The Language Police,” education historian Diane Ravitch, who said textbook publishers censor images or words they deem to be controversial in children’s textbooks. She told us that publishers pander to special...
  • VA: Fairfax hungry for more revenue (Democrats want more taxes, fees) (Party of Taxes™ alert)

    11/29/2009 2:58:17 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 2,576+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-11-28 | Fredrick Kunkle
    (snip) "I think it's time for us to start looking at this seriously," said Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who has been lobbying behind the scenes for the tax since the board's retreat this past summer. He said a meals tax would bring in about as much as a property tax increase of 5 cents per $100 of assessed value and would be spread over a larger group of people. "The best thing to say to a room full of people is that even though we're in a tough time and a recession, you still go out to eat,"...
  • Senator's Wife Charged With DWI; Police say Lugar's wife hit parked car

    11/19/2009 11:14:05 AM PST · by John W · 33 replies · 2,017+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | Jim Iovino
    The wife of the most senior Republican in the Senate was arrested Wednesday night after her vehicle struck a parked car. Police said Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar's wife, Charlene, drove her car into the parked vehicle just after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in their McLean, Va., neighborhood. No injuries were reported.
  • Archers in Virginia: Efforts to Cull Local Deer Herd Draw Mixed Response

    11/18/2009 6:20:00 PM PST · by HokieMom · 12 replies · 562+ views
    Sun Gazette ^ | November 17, 2009 | BRIAN TROMPETER,
    Archers will take to tree stands in Colvin Run Mill Park and Colvin Run Stream Valley in coming weeks to reduce the area’s burgeoning deer population, which poses a threat to motorists, hikers, flora and fauna, Fairfax County officials said. The Fairfax County Police Department’s Animal Control Division, working in conjunction with the Fairfax County Park Authority, began allowing select hunting groups into the wooded park areas on Nov. 16. Archery hunts also will be held at Laurel Hill Park in Lorton. Officials estimate the county is home to about 25,000 deer, or 60 per square mile, which is roughly...
  • Connolly vs. Herrity?

    11/18/2009 9:34:44 AM PST · by ReagansRaiders · 4 replies · 327+ views
    <p>Although most conventional wisdom rates Gerald E. Connolly of Fairfax County as the safest of three freshmen Democrats elected to Congress in Virginia last year, that wisdom rests on a rematch with Republican Keith S. Fimian in next year's midterm elections.</p>