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  • Son Tells Mom to “Stop the Car!” – She Was Shocked …Then What She Saw Made Her Cry

    02/27/2015 10:40:49 AM PST · by TBP · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 21, 2015 | Tim Brown
    Nottaway High School Senior Tommy Adams and his mother were driving home from the Department of Motor Vehicles, when they spotted an elderly man trying to shovel snow from his driveway. However, it wasn't just an elderly man, but an elderly man with a walker attempting to do the shoveling on his own. Tommy wanted to help. "Tommy said 'Mamma stop the car,'" Teresa Adams told WTVR. "I got scared and asked 'what's wrong?'" "He said, 'there's an older man with a walker shoveling snow — I'll help him out,'" she added. Apparently the snow plows had passed by to...
  • In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting

    02/27/2015 7:11:32 AM PST · by heartwood · 24 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Neal Macdonald
    White privilege didn't protect John Geer. That's not to say he didn't have it. As a middle-class kitchen designer living in the pleasant Washington suburb of Fairfax, Va., he had nothing whatsoever in common with the impoverished black men killed by police in Missouri and Brooklyn last year. But Geer, pierced 18 months ago by a police bullet as he stood inside the screen door of his own home, his hands raised, begging not to be shot, simply disappeared into the emotional mixing bowl of American news and political priorities. That should not have happened. The killing of John Geer...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

    02/26/2015 11:24:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    kentucky.com / AP ^ | 2-27-2015 | BILL SIZEMORE
    Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg man discovered he couldn't father children. The reason: He had been sterilized by the state. Reynolds was among more than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each. It's welcome news, Reynolds said. "I think they done me wrong," he said. "I couldn't have a family like...
  • Shopsy's drops the 'Bill Cosby' sandwich

    02/26/2015 2:42:35 AM PST · by xp38 · 13 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | February 25 2015 | Maryam Shah
    TORONTO - The Shopsy’s Deli chain has assigned a new name to a featured sandwich which was called the “Bill Cosby” for years. The corned beef sandwich had been named after the embattled comedian for several years before the current owners bought the restaurants, said Gavin Quinn, president of the Irish Embassy Group. The company bought Shopsy’s around eight years ago with the sandwich already on the menu. “I don’t even think people really associate it with the celebrity,” Quinn said. “They know it more as a food item.” A number of women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them....
  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • Virginia Tech Student to Petition Changing Historical Church into Mosque because of “Oppression”

    02/24/2015 12:22:02 PM PST · by rightistight · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/24/15 | Aurelius
    A Virginia Tech student has announced that he will be petitioning the college to change the historic War Memorial Chapel into a Mosque because of perceived “oppression” of Muslims. Posting on Facebook, the student outlined his plans on the Virginia Tech class of 2018 page. Screenshots were taken by a member of the group and the students’ names have been hidden to keep them anonymous. The student believes that converting the Church into a Mosque will “play an essential role in improving the campus:” Explaining why he believes this to be true, the student explained, "having a chapel in the...
  • Former small town Democratic Party chairman 'plotted to hire hit man to kill girls aged 9 & 10...

    02/21/2015 5:33:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/21/15 | Myriah Towner
    Former small town Democratic Party chairman 'plotted to hire hit man to kill girls aged nine and ten who he molested' before they could testify against him A former chairman of the Falls Church Democratic Party charged with molesting two young girls is accused of plotting to have them killed before they testified against him during his trial. Michael Gardner, 50, from Falls Church, Virginia, is said to have approached an inmate in 2013 about finding a hit man to kill the young girls. The inmate he contacted notified police in January about their multiple conversations, according to court documents....
  • 'Where there's smoke, there's fire': Actor Samuel L. Jackson calls upon Bill Cosby...

    02/21/2015 11:43:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Saturday, February 21, 2015 | Joel Christie
    Actor Samuel L. Jackson, who worked as a camera stand-in for Bill Cosby for three years in the 1980s, is the latest celebrity to weigh-in on the sexual assault scandal that continues to engulf the comedian. The Pulp Fiction star said on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Thursday: 'I wish he would say something.' 'Popular opinion would say, ''Where there’s smoke, there’s fire'',' Jackson said, according to philly.com. 'But, I mean, I can’t make a judgment about it. 'I mean, I make my judgments because I have a daughter, I have a wife that I love. 'I have a...
  • How Bad PACs Are Killing The Conservative Movement

    02/21/2015 4:11:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Earlier this week, my website Right Wing News put out a report called 50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money. That report was based on 170 pages of research I had commissioned into how conservative PACs are spending their money and the numbers of the 10 groups on the bottom were so bad that I was genuinely shocked, which doesn’t happen very often. Just in case you’re wondering, those bottom 10 PACs you’re looking at spent $54,318,498, but only $3,621,896 of that money went to candidates via direct contributions or independent expenditures on their...
  • Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) Bill Imposes Federal Control Over Virginia, Texas Elections

    02/19/2015 2:36:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 18, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has introduced legislation which would have the effect of placing all of Virginia’s election laws under Justice Department oversight, and Virginia isn’t the only state that would fall into federal election receivership. Sensenbrenner’s bill, H.R. 885, is co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It revives federal control through the Voting Rights Act over every state election law change. In 2013, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County vs. Holder decision struck down this power as an outdated and unconstitutional relic from a half-century ago. Texas would also fall under immediate federal...
  • Eddie Murphy nixed Bill Cosby impression at ‘SNL 40’ show

    02/19/2015 4:09:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Joe Tacopino
    Eddie Murphy was slated to do a Bill Cosby impression during “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th-anniversary show, but turned down the gig at the last minute so as not to “kick” the embattled comedian “when he was down,” another former “SNL” member revealed Wednesday. Murphy was expected to play Cosby during a “Celebrity Jeopardy!” skit with the category “Potent Potables” alluding to allegations Cosby spiked women’s drinks and raped them, Norm Macdonald tweeted. But Sunday, the day of the show, Murphy backed out. “He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on ‘SNL’ better...
  • Virginia still deciding if women are equal

    02/17/2015 10:05:41 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Henrico Citizen ^ | 2-17-2015 | Ali Mislowsky
    Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA. The ERA would put in the U.S. Constitution a guarantee that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The proposed amendment was never added because it was not ratified by the requisite 38 states. Virginia is one of the states that haven’t ratified the amendment. It may be too late to make a constitutional difference, but women’s rights activists continue to push for ratification in the Old Dominion. That is the goal of Senate...
  • Virginia Dems Run Away From Vote to Support Israel

    02/17/2015 9:56:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/17/15 | Brent Scher
    Rather than voting on a resolution that encouraged support for Israel from the Commonwealth of Virginia, a group of Democrats in the state’s House of Delegates instead chose to leave the chamber for the vote. The resolution presented by Republican Del. Brenda Pogge stated that a “cordial and mutually beneficial relationship” between Virginia and Israel should be encouraged, and also laid out the case for “Israel’s legal, historical, moral, and God-given right of 55 self-governance and self-defense throughout the entirety of its land.” The resolution passed by a wide margin of 70-2, with a large number of Democrat members choosing...
  • McCain, Kaine unveil measure to change war powers

    01/19/2014 4:37:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 3:56 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Two members of the Senate are pressing for significant changes to how presidents consult with Congress on sending the military into war. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., unveiled legislation on Thursday that would repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, often ignored by presidents of both parties, and replace it with a new law that requires greater consultation and a congressional vote within 30 days on any significant armed conflict. …
  • Why Are The New Sex Allegations against Bill Clinton Not Being Publicized Like Bill Cosby's?

    02/15/2015 8:54:01 AM PST · by pinochet · 85 replies
    Do You Remember Bill Clinton's Bimbo Eruption in 1992-1998? First of all, the mainstream media did not tell the full story of all the sex allegations against Clinton during his presidency. The cases that received MSM publicity were those of Monica Lewinsky, Jenifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Elizabeth Ward Gracen. These cases were a mere 5 percent of the allegations made. The other 95 percent did not receive MSM publicity. One tabloid at that time, claimed that Clinton produced illegitimate children, an allegation the MSM ignored. The New York Post of February 14, 2015 has even...
  • CIA HEADQUARTERS IN LANGLEY REPORTEDLY ON LOCKDOWN

    02/15/2015 12:37:05 AM PST · by lowbridge · 120 replies
    breitbart ^ | february 14, 2015
    According to accounts from a McLean, Virginia resident, the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia are on lockdown for an unknown reason. Photos provided to Breitbart News show the entrance from the road barred and police tape around the perimeter. Patrol cars were reportedly on hand as well. The local resident also stated that the rear entrance to the facility was also blocked.
  • Judge again declares mistrial in Rite Aid shooting

    02/14/2015 5:52:48 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gary A. Harki
    NORFOLK For the second time, a jury was unable to decide whether Bernell Benn was justified in killing Ramon Colorado in a Norfolk drugstore in 2012. Chief Circuit Judge Karen Burrell declared a mistrial Friday after jurors said they were deadlocked. Benn faced charges of voluntary manslaughter and illegally discharging a firearm in an occupied building. The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is evaluating its options, spokeswoman Amanda Howie said. A trial in February 2013 also ended with a hung jury. This week, a new set of jurors listened to testimony, watched video of the shooting and was unable to reach...
  • Hero trucker saved sex captive in New Kent: ‘I’ve got daughters’

    02/13/2015 9:49:14 AM PST · by csvset · 60 replies
    WTVR ^ | February 13, 2015 | Alix Bryan and Jon Burkett,
    NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. — Trucker Kevin Kimmel is a father and grandfather. He says several things about a RV parked in the Pilot Truck lot in New Kent caught his attention. The biggest red flag was catching a glimpse of a distraught looking girl who abruptly disappeared behind a black curtain, that’s when he quickly called police. “I only learned the gruesome details through the news,” Kimmel said. Kimmel was inside his rig, parked behind the Pilot station. A couple of doors down he notices suspicious activity in the RV. “All of the sudden the thing was rocking and...
  • Feds: No link between pot and car crashes

    02/09/2015 3:35:55 PM PST · by Ken H · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Marijuana use has not been found to increase the risk of car crashes, according to a new federal report. Studying car accidents in Virginia Beach, Va., during a 20-month period ending in 2012, researchers randomly sampled 3,000 accident-involved drivers and found no evidence suggesting those with marijuana in their system were more prone to accidents, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report released Friday. When researchers controlled for factors such as age and gender, they found no evidence marijuana use increases accident risks. This was despite the fact that, in the study, drivers who tested positive for marijuana...
  • Red Bull bullies Ashburn VA OX Brewery

    02/10/2015 4:41:43 AM PST · by bmwcyle · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 02/0902015 | Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. — The maker of Red Bull energy drinks is challenging a Virginia craft brewery’s use of the word “ox” in its brand name.
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • The emerging Iran nuclear deal raises major concerns

    02/08/2015 6:19:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2-8-15 | Editorial Board
    AS THE Obama administration pushes to complete a nuclear accord with Iran, numerous members of Congress, former secretaries of state and officials of allied governments are expressing concern about the contours of the emerging deal. Though we have long supported negotiations with Iran as well as the interim agreement the United States and its allies struck with Tehran, we share several of those concerns and believe they deserve more debate now — before negotiators present the world with a fait accompli. The problems raised by authorities ranging from Henry Kissinger, the country’s most senior former secretary of state, to Sen....
  • University of Virginia investigating ANOTHER sexual assault claim

    02/06/2015 1:55:48 PM PST · by rickyrikardo · 4 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | MIA DE GRAAF
    University of Virginia police are investigating a fresh report that a student was sexually assaulted at an on-campus residence hall last week. A letter to students from Police Chief Michael Gibson says the alleged victim reported the case to the Dean on January 30. No further details were immediately available. A spokeswoman for campus police couldn't immediately be reached. It comes after Rolling Stone magazine published a story describing a culture of sexual violence at the school, focusing on the gang-rape of a student named 'Jackie'.
  • The rise of 'Made by China' in America

    02/06/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feburary 6, 2015 | Heesun Wee
    Later this year along the banks of the James River outside Richmond, Virginia, a paper products maker based in northeastern China will begin construction on a new U.S. manufacturing plant. The factory will churn the region's straw and corn stalks into household products including napkins, tissue and organic fertilizer—all marked "Made in the USA." Shandong Tranlin Paper's new U.S. factory is forecast to generate about 2,000 new jobs by 2020, and is the latest Chinese company to invest in American manufacturing. Chinese foreign direct investment in the U.S. totaled $12 billion last year, topping $10 billion for the second year...
  • Williamsburg mom prepared to face charges for abandoning “dangerous” son

    02/05/2015 2:53:23 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 190 replies
    wtkr ^ | 02/04/2015 | by Marissa Jasek
    Williamsburg, Va. – Kimberlyn Williams feels unsafe in her own home because of her 12-year-old son. “I am his mother and I do love him, but he`s dangerous,” Williams says. She says he’s so dangerous that she is prepared to face jail time to keep him out of the house, to not only protect herself, but her two younger children. “I have been hit, bit, kicked,” she says. “He has threatened to stab children at school, to kill them. He has these outbursts.” She says her son is now at Riverside Behavioral Health Center in Hampton. He was put there...
  • A Rebirth of Democracy in Virginia

    02/05/2015 10:52:58 AM PST · by Publius · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 February 2015 | Ken Cuccinelli & Michael Farris
    It takes a fair amount of audacity for a pair of political bloggers to call a group of lawyers that includes professors from Princeton and Georgetown Law School, two former Supreme Court law clerks, a White House Counsel, a law school dean, an attorney with actual Article V litigation experience and a former attorney general of Virginia “a posse of supposed conservative constitutional scholars.” What could merit this kind of sneering vilification from the local political bloggers? We merely contend that the states should use the explicit text of Article V of the Constitution to stop the abuse of power...
  • Bill addresses drug use during pregnancy (Virginia)

    02/05/2015 12:51:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    chathamstaribune.com ^ | February 4, 2015 | DEL. LES ADAMS
    This year’s “short session” of Virginia’s General Assembly is moving at an increasingly rapid pace in the House of Delegates as legislation is being reported out of committee and onto the House floor. We will soon approach cross-over, the term used for when bills passed in each house of the legislature are presented to the other for consideration. Included in this number will likely be a couple of measures I have sponsored which, having reported out of committee, I anticipate will soon gain passage. Another bill I submitted has proven more controversial, generating particular media attention last week. House Bill...
  • UVA Rape Activist Is STILL On Terry McAuliffe’s Rape task Force

    02/02/2015 8:47:03 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 4 replies
    The activist that introduced false University of Virginia rape accuser “Jackie” to the Rolling Stone reporter that wrote the disgraced “frathouse gang rape” article still serves on Democratic governor’s Terry McAuliffe’s official sexual assault task force. The Daily Caller previously reported that UVA employee Emily Renda made a number of White House visits to serve on the president’s sexual assault task force with White House staffers, where she crafted official White House documents as recently as April. After national sororities decided to prohibit UVA sorority girls from attending fraternity bid parties this weekend (for the girls’ own safety), TheDC reached...
  • The Witch Hunt Against Bob McDonnell

    02/02/2015 9:35:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    In recent years, conservative politicians have found themselves prosecuted not for the types of crimes elected officials committed in the past like theft, bribery and nepotism, but instead for nebulous sounding activity, the kind where it is difficult to understand why exactly something was wrong. It has proven easy for Democrat prosecutors to convict each “ham sandwich” victim, because the laws have become so vast, vague and complex that the public – including those serving as jurors – cannot understand them. On January 7, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a conservative Republican once considered a leading contender for President, was...
  • Cuccinelli Endorses Convention Of The States

    02/02/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    One of the most unique and important discussions among constitutional conservatives is taking place right now in Virginia’s General Assembly. It is the debate about whether the states (including Virginia) should exercise their rights to call an Article V Convention of States. Principled limited government constitutional conservative former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has come out in favor of two bills currently before the Virginia legislature calling for a constitutional convention of the states. Speaking through his e-newsletter “The Cuccinelli Compass” Cuccinelli argued in favor of a position shared – and opposed – by many principled limited government constitutional conservatives....
  • Virginia-MassResistance becomes first state chapter of MassResistance!

    01/30/2015 9:17:37 PM PST · by massmike · 9 replies
    Exciting news: Virginia-MassResistance has become the first MassResistance state chapter. It was formed this past year and is off and running! It has an incredible website (www.VirginiaMassResistance.org) and is fearlessly tackling the hard-hitting issues across the state of Virginia. It’s very exciting! They are doing first-rate work. Over the past few years people in several states – and a few foreign countries – have contacted us about forming chapters and taking on the MassResistance brand of activism in their areas. This is hopefully the first of many. Virginia MassResistance was founded and organized by Linda Wall. Linda is an ex-Lesbian...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 60 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • What exactly does the race industry want from white America?

    01/30/2015 12:37:53 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 79 replies
    AmericanThinker.org ^ | January 30, 2015 | Patricia L. Dickson
    Nothing frustrates me more than for someone to rant on and on about something while never really specifying the desired outcome that he or she is seeking. Or for someone to imply that I somehow owe him something without specifically telling me what it is. This tactic of never specifying or articulating an actual wrong or debt is used so that the accused will be forever indebted to the accuser. The race industry and their cohorts in the Democratic Party have been ranting and raving about black injustice ever since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and...
  • Plaintiffs in same-sex marriage case get $520,000 for legal fees

    01/29/2015 9:22:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    richmond.com ^ | 1-29-15 | RTD
    The state will pay the plaintiffs who successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage $520,000 for their legal costs under a settlement the Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday. The law entitles the plaintiffs to recover their legal costs because they prevailed in the case. The plaintiffs’ claim for approximately $1.74 million in legal fees has been settled for a 70 percent reduction from their original claim, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The settlement lists four plaintiffs: Timothy B. Bostic and his partner Tony C. London and married couple Carol Schall and Mary Townley.
  • Three Pro-Abortion Bills Were Just Defeated in Virginia

    01/29/2015 7:44:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    It was a tough morning for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. Their Twitter timeline was just depressing. Three state senators introduced three distinct pro-abortion bills in Richmond, only to have them defeated one-by-one by the Senate Education & Health committee. The first proposed bill up for debate was SB 733, which would have repealed the mandatory ultrasound law that requires women to view an ultrasound before having an abortion. Senator Mamie Locke (D-VA 2), who introduced the legislation, tried arguing that ultrasounds are unnecessary because “women have already made their decision.” Locke’s logic is very faulty here. In reality, 78 percent of...
  • 2016 and the Coalition of the Uninspired

    How is it possible that a president can win re-election by a relatively comfortable margin while receiving fewer raw votes than his first election? Enter Mitt Romney. A simple data comparison is very telling. That comparison is the Romney raw vote vs. all votes for congressional Republicans in a given state. Crunching the numbers, Romney significantly underperformed the Republican congressional vote totals in multiple states. In North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin -- all presidential swing states -- Mitt Romney underperformed the total raw votes cast for all Republican congressional candidates by an average of 3 percent. That means that...
  • State Senate Shoots Down Ebbin and Favola’s Gun Control Bills

    01/27/2015 9:51:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 3 replies
    arlnow.com ^ | 1-27-15 | Ethan Rothstein
    All gun control bills proposed by Democrats that went before the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee yesterday were defeated. Among the legislation struck down was a bill from Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) that would have made it illegal for parents to allow a child 4 years old or younger to use a firearm. Another bill, from Sen. Barbara Favola (D), would have prevented those convicted of stalking or sexual battery from carrying a firearm. More than a dozen bills that would restrict everything from who can purchase guns, which convicted criminals can carry guns and how many guns one...
  • VA Senate Committee Kills Gun Control Initiatives…Again

    01/27/2015 6:19:26 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D-VA) gun control package has righteously gone down in flames (again) when a Virginia State Senate committee decided to vote them down. One of them sought to institute the one-a-month handgun law, which former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) repealed in 2012. Up until that point, it was state law since 1993 (via WaPo):
  • (Virginia General Assembly) Article V Con Con Legislation Up TOMORROW! (Today, January 27th)

    01/27/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    The Marshall Message | January 26, 2015 | Delegate Bob Marshall
    Dear Friends: On Tuesday Jan. 27thSpeaker Howell’s Rules Committee will hear HJ 497 and HJ 499, applications asking Congress to call a Convention to amend (change) our U.S. Constitution. Please contact the following delegates to OPPOSE these measures. The Hearing will be in House Room 1, around 1:00 pm if you can attend. delwhowell@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delkcox@house.virginia.gov, deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov, dellware@house.virginia.gov, delcjones@house.virginia.gov, delborrock@house.virginia.gov, delbknight@house.virginia.gov, delringram@house.virginia.gov, deljmassie@house.virginia.gov, delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov, deljjoannou@house.virginia.gov, delkplum@house.virginia.gov, deldtoscano@house.virginia.gov, After all of the sacrifices made by our Founders to birth our nation and form our government, I am troubled that the Constitution is blamed for the ills facing America, when really...
  • Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal

    01/26/2015 11:44:42 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    Wavy TV ^ | 1-26-2015 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has approved former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said McDonnell’s appeal raises a substantial question of law or fact that could warrant reversal or a new trial. Special coverage: The McDonnel corruption trial The court also ordered that briefs in the case be filed by March 2 and set a May 12 hearing. A jury last year found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of taking gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in...
  • Va. House bill targets asset forfeitures that fund police

    01/26/2015 5:06:07 AM PST · by csvset · 25 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 26, 2015 | Gary A. Harki
    NORFOLK A bill moving through the General Assembly could eliminate a legal process that brings in millions of dollars for law enforcement agencies, but which critics say allows the government to confiscate property unfairly. HB1287, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, would end civil asset forfeitures - state legal proceedings that allow police to keep property seized from criminal suspects. The process rankles civil liberties advocates because such seizures can occur without a criminal conviction. The proposal mirrors an order from Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this month that drastically curtails the federal asset-forfeiture process. If Cole's bill passes, the...
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Del. Joe Morrissey indicted on four felonies

    01/21/2015 9:56:11 AM PST · by csvset · 1 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 21 january 2015 | BILL McKELWAY AND MARKUS SCHMIDT
    Felony indictments were unsealed in Henrico County on Wednesday morning charging Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, I-74th, and the mother of an ex-law office worker in connection with the filing of allegedly fraudulent court documents. Morrissey was accused of four felony counts dealing with documents that were allegedly submitted in connection with his recent sentencing on a misdemeanor conviction. The charges against Morrissey include: felony uttering a forged public record; felony conspiracy to utter a forged record; felony inducing perjury; and perjury. In his General Assembly office, a visibly annoyed Morrissey denied the charges. Also indicted is Deidre Warren, the mother...
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hospitalized after he was thrown from horse in Africa

    01/19/2015 1:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics Blog ^ | January 19, 2015 | Laura Vozzella
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been hospitalized following a horse-riding accident over the Christmas holidays in Africa that left him with seven broken ribs and fluid around his lungs, a spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Brian Coy said doctors had expected the weeks-old injury to heal on its own, but after identifying increased fluid around the governor’s lungs, they admitted him around noon Monday for a procedure. McAuliffe (D), who attended a Martin Luther King Jr. event in Norfolk on Monday morning and was interviewed by local media there, was admitted hours later to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond....
  • Thoughts on the Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's Birth

    01/19/2015 10:47:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 23 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dan Miller
    This is a re-post of an article I wrote last year to celebrate the anniversary of General Lee's birth on January 19, 1807. My concerns for the future remain about the same, although the current threats to freedom of speech and of religion from Islam and its advocates are now higher. We have changed as a nation, often not for the better.We, as a nation, seem to have done with heroes of his type. Yet he inspired a fledgling nation, the Confederate States of America -- young, old, rich and poor alike. Those who reminisce about him do so mainly because of his devotion to...
  • Va. bill could restrict student journalists’ ability to survey classmates

    01/19/2015 11:20:29 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Student Press Law Center ^ | 01/15/15 2:48pm | Mariana Viera
    VIRGINIA — A bill introduced in the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday could limit high school student journalists’ ability to survey their classmates. The bill, which Del. Tony Wilt introduced, would require parents to approve any surveys asking students to provide “sexual information,” mental health information, medical information, student health risk information, information about drug use and other topics the school board deems “sensitive.” “If anyone is giving the students a survey of that nature, an attempt has to be made to notify the parents,” said Wilt, a Republican. Kelly Furnas, the executive director of the Journalism Education Association, said...
  • Virginia County to Interrogate Homeschool Teens about Their Religious Beliefs

    01/19/2015 4:20:04 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    A school board in Virginia is considering the repeal of a policy that would have forced 14-year-old minors to stand before the school board to be interrogated about their religious beliefs. The Goochland County policy is aimed at homeschool families that fall under Virginia’s decades-old religious exemption statute, which acknowledges parents’ rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children. The longstanding state statue allows parents to homeschool their children without reporting to the state if they have an objection to attending school outside the home that is based on “bona fide religious training or belief.” The Goochland school...
  • Mystery of Grateful Dead fan missing almost 20 years

    01/15/2015 12:49:32 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 59 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | ap
    Police told local media outlets that the missing man's mother filed a police report Tuesday, saying her son, Jason Callahan, left Myrtle Beach nearly 20 years ago to follow the band the Grateful Dead and hasn't been seen since.
  • General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth

    01/18/2015 11:26:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 115 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/18/15 | James King
    Lee possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower believed that Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth and they should emulate his qualities. Robert Edward Lee was born January 19, 1807 to Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III and Anne Carter Lee at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County Virginia. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated 2nd in...