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  • Olney’s Support the Troops Rally 2012 WRAP UP - Pic Heavy

    01/01/2013 5:32:39 PM PST · by trooprally · 18 replies
    Our Olney Support the Troops Rally is still going strong. With the economy and election putting a damper on 2012, our regulars and not-so-regulars standing tall. Jimmy Valentines Brother made it up one Saturday when we needed help. We also had several passer-bys stop and stand with us along with numerous joggers and walkers thank us for our support of the troops including FReeper MomToThree. As her screen name indicates, having 3 kids makes it hard stand with us. But her and the kids always enthusiastically wave as they drive by. Many of the others who stopped by are active...
  • Giles County cancels school Wednesday : Narrows could be site of next school massacre

    01/01/2013 4:54:08 PM PST · by AppyPappy · 6 replies
    PEARISBURG -- Giles County schools will be closed Wednesday to give law enforcement officials an opportunity to brief teachers and school administration about a website that mentions Narrows schools in a discussion about the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn.
  • Fiscal cliff in New Year's limbo: House Republicans are demanding more federal spending cuts

    01/01/2013 2:50:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Newser / The Associated Press ^ | January 1, 2013 | David Espo and Alan Fram
    Emergency legislation to avoid the economy-threatening fiscal cliff ran into vehement New Year's Day opposition from House Republicans, casting doubt on the divided government's ability to prevent widespread tax increases and painful, across-the-board federal spending cuts. "I do not support the bill. We are looking, though, for the best path forward," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declared after a closed-door meeting of his party's rank and file. While Speaker John Boehner took no public position, an attempt to add spending cuts was all but certain before the leadership called for a final House vote on the measure that cleared...
  • Manassas News & Messenger prints final edition ( Warren Buffett )

    12/31/2012 11:07:35 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | - 1/1/2013 | Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON - The Manassas News & Messenger is no more. The paper printed its final edition after 143 years of covering the news in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park Sunday. The paper's parent company, the Warren Buffett-owned World Media Enterprises, decided to close the paper and its website ... World Media Enterprises purchased the paper, as well as several others, from Media General in June. ... All employees lost their jobs, and
  • Time to Contact Gannett Board For Reaction to Invasion of Privacy to Legal Gun Permit Holders?

    12/29/2012 3:09:11 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, liberal New York newspaper The Journal News published the names and addresses of legal permit holders in two counties online and in print. If that wasn’t bad enough, this weekend, the Gannett owned Journal News announced that it will publish more names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits in the New York area. Enough is Enough. Two other outlets have posted names and personal contact info for the employees of this Gannett owned paper. Isn’t it about time the Gannett Board of Directors were contacted for their official reaction to this controversial practice? Do these board members...
  • Christmas joins communities

    12/27/2012 12:57:52 PM PST · by CharlesWayneCT
    The Manassas Journal/Messenger ^ | 12/19/2012 | Charles Reichley
    ... Another thing that brings the community together is the Christmas holiday. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and my family has adopted many different traditions over the years. ... Many of these traditions show how Christmas fosters a sense of community, bringing together people who have little else in common to share in the magic and promise of the season. For a little while, we can put aside our political, cultural, and social differences and just watch trains go around a track, sing Christmas carols, watch dancers and musicians marching down the street, or just admire the lights and decorations...
  • Police Investigate Report of Shooting on Rio Mills Rd (Charlottesville)

    12/26/2012 10:58:44 AM PST · by adamjeeps · 8 replies
    We are receiving reports of a shooting incident on Rio Mills Road in Albemarle County. Albemarle County police are on the scene. Details are limited at this time, here's what we have so far: People in the neighborhood reported hearing gunshots after police chased a car into the area. The shooting incident was first reported at 11:50 a.m. The area of the shooting incident is about halfway between the South Fork reservoir and the airport near the quarry on Rio Mills Road. Police have formed a perimeter around a house on Rio Mills Road and there are officers in the...
  • The Madness of Keynesian Economics

    12/24/2012 7:50:37 AM PST · by Moseley · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    President Barack Obama demands more stimulus spending to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Obama increased the national debt $6 trillion to $16 trillion. Yet the Democrats' 'cure for what ails ya' is even more spending. Obama demands around $75 billion in new spending to stimulate the economy in 2013. "Keynesian Economics" is the insane belief that the economy can be stimulated by government spending. It provides the excuse to depart from common sense that allows politicians to ignore the alarm bells. It is ludicrous mainly because our government doesn't have any money to spend. If the government had a surplus saved...
  • DC CHAPTER CHRISTMAS PARTY 2012

    12/22/2012 5:09:31 PM PST · by trooprally · 41 replies
    The DC Chapter held its Christmas Party on Saturday, December 17. The day started out with our weekly Saturday morning Support the Troop Rally in Olney. Weather was great - in the upper 40s. We had 8 FReepers and Legionnaires in attendance. We then gathered at Lurker Bill’s for the party. This is Lurker Bill and Paula’s 3rd year hosting the Chapter’s Christmas Party. And they were ready for us. This year they were so well organized that they did not have to rush around. They were able to enjoy themselves. We had 25 FReepers and spouses in attendance. We...
  • Man carrying board with words ‘high-powered rifle’ into Sandy Hook Elementary in Virginia arrested

    12/21/2012 6:54:32 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2012
    A Virginia man was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a 2-by-4-foot board with the words 'High Powered Rifle' written on its side into Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town of Strasburg, MyFoxDC.com reported. Christopher Johnson, 33, was apparently trying to bring attention to how easy it is to bring a weapon into a school, Scott Proctor, a major at the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office, said. Johnson was reportedly detained by a school resource officer before he was taken into police custody.
  • Legislators must hear from us NOW! (VCDL picks up the gauntlet!)

    12/19/2012 4:25:04 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ALERT ^ | 12-19-12 | Phillip Van Cleave
    We need to contact our Senators and Congressmen NOW and tell them that we do not want ANY more gun control! No ifs, ands, or buts. We don't know what the NRA is going to do and we don't want to gamble on it. DO THIS NOW! Understand this: any vote in support of gun control, including bans on guns and magazines, whether the bill passes or fails, will be a vote that VCDL and its members will NOT forget and NOT forgive at election time. This is Virginia, the Cradle of Liberty, and we will NOT accept our rights...
  • VA-ALERT: VCDL GOING ON OFFENSIVE / VCDL MEETING IN NOVA ON THURSDAY

    12/19/2012 11:37:10 AM PST · by Cheeks · 21 replies
    vcdl.org ^ | 12-19-12 | VCDL
    VCDL IS PREPARING FOR ALL OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND TO PROTECT SCHOOLS VCDL's thoughts & prayers are with the families, friends, and all who were affected by the atrocity committed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a criminal monster on Friday. Words cannot adequately express our deepest sympathy to the victims and the revulsion we feel for the vile act of a lunatic. Although some gun organizations have dropped off the radar screen, VCDL has been active and on the offensive - from newspapers to television, from local news to national shows. From the Washington Post...
  • Saturday sets state record for gun background checks in Virginia

    12/19/2012 8:20:24 AM PST · by FoxInSocks · 8 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 19, 2012 | Tonia Moxley
    NEWPORT — Cars and trucks filled the parking lot of Atlas Tactical on Tuesday, a small Giles County gun shop on the side of U.S. 460 not far from Virginia Tech. Customers filled out forms for instant background checks and brought in used guns to trade for new ones, particularly the popular AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Shop owner Brooke Stallings said she sold three of the military-style rifles on Tuesday alone. And she said sales of all firearms in the shop were up over the weekend following the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother, Nancy Lanza,...
  • Region’s rising wealth brings new luxury brands and wealth managers (DC Metro)

    12/18/2012 2:18:48 PM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2012 | Annie Gowen
    With plenty of two-income highly educated families, the D.C. region already has a reputation as one of the most affluent in the country. But the area is fast emerging as a home to the truly rich as well. High-end luxury retailers are responding. Brands such as Aston Martin are expanding their operations into the area — betting, for instance, that there will be plenty of customers who can afford the $280,000 sports car James Bond drives in the movies. Nearby in Tysons, a Saint Laurent store and the high-end electric car maker Tesla are also set to open their doors.
  • Gun violence in Virginia falls, firearms sales up

    12/18/2012 6:10:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 11/24/2012
    RICHMOND — Gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales, according to a university professor's analysis. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker compared state crime data from 2006 through 2011 with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Baker's analysis shows the number of gun purchases soared 73 percent in the six-year period, while gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent. Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said the comparison seems to contradict the premise that more guns lead to more crime in Virginia. Andrew Goddard, president of the Virginia Center...
  • Sen. Mark Warner seeks gun control action in wake of mass shooting

    12/17/2012 9:49:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Laura Vozzella
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has an A rating from the National Rifle Association — and a new perspective on gun control since Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. “I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights,” Warner said Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, where he was attending an unrelated meeting. “I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters. They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at...
  • EDITORIAL: EPA regulates water

    12/17/2012 6:29:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Editorial
    Life-giving substances shouldn’t be treated as pollutantsThe environmentalist movement has gone off the deep end. It’s bad enough that the courts have allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare carbon dioxide, one of the essential components of life on this planet, to be a pollutant. Now the same bureaucratic zealots are going after water itself. On Friday, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared in federal district court in Alexandria to contest the EPA’s use of the Clean Water Act to punish Virginia and Fairfax County for sending too much water into a watershed. “These regulations are expensive,...
  • Progressives Plan March On NRA In DC Monday

    12/16/2012 8:28:19 PM PST · by Cheerio · 70 replies
    TPM ^ | December 16, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    CREDO, a progressive grassroots group, is organizing a march on the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm in Washington, D.C. Monday. "After the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame for the massacre of 20 first graders and six women at the Sandy Hook Elementary School than the National Rifle Association," CREDO wrote on the Facebook page where the march is being organized. "To stop the senseless killing we must first stop the NRA."
  • Beltway express lanes creating a learning curve for drivers

    12/16/2012 1:43:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | Dr. Gridlock
    There aren’t more, because some people just don’t like to pay tolls, and others haven’t figured how they can take advantage of the lanes. Transurban is happy to have anybody’s toll money, whether they are locals or long-distance travelers, but the lanes are designed largely for the benefit of local travelers. The entrance and exit system reflects that. The Tysons area business and civic leaders with whom I’ve talked express optimism about the lanes and seem hopeful about the two new access points at Westpark Drive and Jones Branch Drive. At this early stage, the most vexing thing about the...
  • DNA leads police to Vanessa Pham murder suspect

    12/16/2012 11:33:43 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: December 13,2012 | Justin Jouvenal
    Vanessa Pham’s friends and family prayed, held vigils and beseeched the public for help in the search for the 19-year-old’s killer. For 21 / 2 years, there was virtually nothing to give them hope. But then, in the span of a few days, came a DNA match and the arrest of Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia. That brought relief, shock — and, for some, still more emptiness.“I don’t know how to feel or what it means,” said Jake Beckhard, who attended Vienna’s James Madison High School with Pham. “I want to know who this person is that killed her.” Answers to that...