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  • Jim Webb Announces 2016 Presidential Run

    07/02/2015 11:50:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/02/2015
    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced in an email Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. "I understand the odds, particularly in today's political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money," Webb said in the email. "But our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us," he added.
  • Democrat Jim Webb joins 2016 White House race

    07/02/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2015
    Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is jumping in the race for president. Fox News has obtained a message from Webb that is expected to go out on social media later Thursday.
  • Virginia School Board Votes to Teach Seventh Graders about ‘Gender Identity’

    07/02/2015 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 2, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Beginning in seventh grade, public school students in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C., will be taught about “sexual orientation terms,” including heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality—“and the gender identity term transgender,” according to a newly adopted sex education curriculum. The Fairfax County School Board voted last week to adopt the controversial new “Family Life Education Curriculum.” The meeting was crowded with angry parents, many of whom spoke out against the sudden changes. …
  • Have You Ever Heard of a "Rush Limbaugh Amendment" in the Senate?

    07/01/2015 5:20:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number one. I did not know that there are things in the United States Senate called, "Rush Limbaugh amendments." Did you? (interruption) All right. Well, this is yesterday in Baltimore. This the National Sheriffs' Association Conference, former Senator Jim Webb (Democrat-Virginia) is speaking at the National Sheriffs' Association conference. During the Q&A an audience member says, "Senator, you voted in the past to continue funds [i.e., money] for declared sanctuary cities since March of 2008. As president..." There are rumors that Webb is seeking the Democrat nomination. "As president, would you expand on the scope...
  • Civil rights leaders demand Goodlatte move on Voting Rights Act reform (eliminate Voter ID)

    07/01/2015 10:13:11 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 25, 2015 | Alicia Petska
    A coalition of civil rights and other activists demanded Thursday that U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte take action to revive a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a downtown Roanoke rally of more than 300 people. “I’m here to tell you something, Congressman Goodlatte. Fix the Voting Rights Act!” said Priscilla Ouchida of the Japanese American Citizens League, one of more than two dozen groups represented. Organizers hope the rally — which included state activists and national figures — will ramp up public pressure on the Roanoke County Republican, who chairs the committee where efforts to update the voter...
  • TSA blasted for tweeting photo of traveler's cash; 'And you wonder why nobody trusts you people'

    06/30/2015 10:16:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 6/30/15 | Chelsea Schilling
    The Transportation Security Administration is getting an earful from angry Americans after the agency’s spokeswoman tweeted a photo of the contents of a traveler’s suitcase – $75,000 in cash – for all the world to see on Tuesday. “If you had $75,000, is this how you’d transport it? Just asking! TSA @ RIC spotted this traveler’s preferred method,” tweeted Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokeswoman at headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The public reaction was fierce and included some of the following comments: So … taxpayers are paying you to tweet photos of their luggage? image: http://www.wnd.com/files/2015/06/TSA_Lisa_Farbstein.png TSA_Lisa_Farbstein What other perfectly legal possessions...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Daily Beast: Same-Sex Marriage Dissenting Supremes Pushing ‘Treason’

    06/27/2015 5:15:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Breitbart News
    From Jay Michaelson writing at the Daily Beast:  In controversial cases, is the role of jurist to inflame controversy, or quell it?In Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case which found race-based marriage bands unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren built a 9-0 consensus—just as he’d done years earlier in Brown vs. Board of Education. He knew that a country divided by race ought to be united, if possible, by a Supreme Court mindful of fundamental values—even if the Court was, as the constitution requires, overturning the will of the majority.The four dissents in the landmark case on same-sex marriage, Obergefell v....
  • Virginia Democrats are giving away tickets to Hillary Clinton's speech tonight

    06/26/2015 11:22:03 PM PDT · by South40 · 51 replies
    Busines Insider ^ | 26 JUN 2015 | HUNTER WALKER
    The Democratic Party of Virginia is currently giving away free tickets to an event featuring Hillary Clinton later tonight. Clinton is headlining the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner on Friday evening. Though the event is raising money for the Virginia Democrats rather than her presidential bid, it is considered an important campaign appearance for Clinton. The dinner is Clinton's first campaign stop in Virginia, a crucial swing state. It's also one of her first stops outside of the early primary states. Tickets for the event are being sold for $30 and $125. However, on Friday afternoon, some Virginia Democrats received an...
  • ‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg Takes on O’Reilly Racism Claim: ‘Let’s Not Pretend That It’s Not There’

    06/25/2015 2:05:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wrap ^ | June 25, 2015 | Tim Kenneally
    ABC panel show’s co-host also wonders whether Diddy’s son was treated unfairly by UCLA coaches before the mogul’s campus arrest.Whoopi Goldberg and her cohorts on “The View” took on Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly on Thursday’s episode of the ABC talk show, cautioning the “O’Reilly Factor” host not to sidestep the prevalence of racism in America. The conversation was sparked by a clip of O’Reilly telling a guest, “Most Americans are not racist.” While the “View” panel by and large — gasp! — agreed with O’Reilly, Goldberg warned that denying the extent of racism’s impact in the United States would...
  • Jim Webb: Confederate soldiers fought honorably

    06/24/2015 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Nick Gass
    Former Virginia senator and potential Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb weighed in on the Confederate flag debate on Wednesday, urging careful consideration of both sides of the historical argument. “This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War. The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us,” Webb wrote in a Facebook post. Americans...
  • New plan could bring tolls to VA interstates

    06/24/2015 12:57:26 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    There's a new push to charge tolls on Virginia's free interstates, and it's coming straight from the White House. Federal funding for Virginia highways is set to expire at the end of May. Part of President Barack Obama's solution is to open all of Virginia's interstates to tolls. Right now, tolls are flat-out banned on existing interstate lanes, but the Grow America Act 2.0, now in Congress, will change that. It's a $500 million plan, and it lifts a huge barrier if it passes. Right now, to toll an interstate, you need to build new lanes. That's how we have...
  • Did You Know the First Legal Slave Owner in America Was a Black Man?

    06/24/2015 11:08:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 4/23/15 | Jim Hoft
    Here’s something you won’t read about in the US history books. The first legal slave owner in America was black and he owned white slaves. Anthony Johnson (BC 1600 – 1670) was an Angolan who achieved freedom in the early 17th century Colony of Virginia. Johnson was captured in his native Angola by an enemy tribe and sold to Arab (Muslim) slave traders. He was eventually sold as an indentured servant to a merchant working for the Virginia Company. Sometime after 1635, Antonio and Mary gained their freedom from indenture. Antonio changed his name to Anthony Johnson. In 1651 Anthony...
  • Va. Gov. moves to strip Confederate flag from license plates

    06/23/2015 8:16:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 103 replies
    WTOP ^ | 06/23/2015 | WTOP Staff
    Virginia will begin the process to remove the Confederate flag from state-issued license plates, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday, calling the emblem divisive and hurtful. McAuliffe said that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allows states to decide which emblems to allow or not allow on license plates. He said that the decision supersedes previous federal court rulings that required Virginia to issue Sons of the Confederate Veterans plates that include the iconic image of the red flag with a blue X. His announcement comes a day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate...
  • Bill Cosby Sex Allegations Update: Former Playboy Bunny Accuses Famed Comedian of Rape

    06/22/2015 12:09:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    Latin Post ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Glenn Minnis
    A former Playboy bunny is among the latest group of women to accuse beleaguered comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them over the years. Victoria Valentino claims she was so shaken by her experience with Cosby that she decided to leave Hollywood altogether when she was just 24 years old. "He put a pill down next to my wine glass and he said, 'Here, take this you'll feel better.' I was in that place where, sure, I'd like to feel better, so I took the pill," Valentino said. In all, Yahoo reports four more women have recently emerged to...
  • Team Obamatrade Planning Tricky Effort to Sneak Export-Import Bank Reauthorization into Deal

    06/18/2015 5:55:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/18/15 | Matthew Boyle
    In the final hours before the House votes on a new leadership-concocted scheme to sneak Obamatrade past the American public, it’s been revealed that pro-Obamatrade forces are now aiming to sneak a renewal of the highly controversial Export Import Bank into the deal to secure Senate passage later if the House passes it on Thursday. “I and all the other members there are looking for a guarantee … for a deal to be good it’s got to have enforcement, TAA, I think it’s got to have Ex-Im reauthorization,” Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat who’s angling for this in the deal,...
  • Judd Apatow Slams Bill Cosby Again Over Rape Allegations

    06/20/2015 10:11:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies
    Judd Apatow continues to throw shade, shade, shade at Bill Cosby, months after the media firestorm over his rape allegations has subsided. Cosby, 77, is accused of sexually assaulting at least 40 women since the '60s. He has denied the allegations, which resurfaced last October, and has never been charged with a crime over them. He has meanwhile continued performing standup comedy. However, his onscreen career has stalled. The controversy had drawn a slew of mocking tweets and the star that appears to be the least relentless is Apatow, 47, who has often slammed him online. "I can't believe we...
  • White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs: Reports

    06/18/2015 11:24:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Police arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a church in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday night, local broadcaster WRIC reported. No one was injured in the incident at the United Nations Church International, about 4 miles from downtown in the predominantly black capital city of Virginia, and police quickly took the person into custody, WRIC reported. The confrontation came a night after a white man opened fire inside an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study, killing nine people in an attack that is being investigated as...
  • Oscar Nominated Actress: Charleston Church Shooting Shows Racism against Muslims

    06/18/2015 11:32:04 AM PDT · by rightistight · 49 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/18/15 | Aurelius
    Dylann Storm Roof murdered nine people at a Church in Charleston in a likely race-motivated attack. After the shooting, a manhunt ensued, in which Roof was eventually captured. Lexi Alexander, who was nominated for an Oscar for the short drama Johnny Flynton, believes that this is an opportune time to point out just how prejudiced police are against Muslims. Taking to Twitter, Alexander, who is of Arab and German ancestry, felt the need to remind people that the police came out in force after the Boston Marathon Bombing: She also wanted to let people know that if you disagreed with...
  • Elephant Insurance to add 1,173 jobs at Henrico headquarters (Virginia)

    06/18/2015 4:51:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Danville Register-Bee ^ | June 9, 2015 | Randy Hallman, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Elephant Auto Insurance will add 1,173 jobs at its Henrico County headquarters and will invest $2 million to expand the operation. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion today in Cardiff, United Kingdom, where he met with officials from Elephant's parent company, U.K.-based Admiral Group PLD. Elephant which had 365 employees at its headquarters in March, was already in a growth mode. In January the company moved from a 32,000-square-foot office on Eastshore Drive in the Innsbrook Corporate Center to a 54,000-square-foot site in the Deep Run I office building at 9950 Mayland Drive.
  • Loss of Health Care Subsidies Would Impact South More than Anywhere Else

    06/16/2015 4:16:08 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Macon) ^ | June 16, 2015 21:23 UTC | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON — (...) The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the subsidies can continue for 6.4 million people in 34 states who use the federal insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov. (...) More than 4.1 million people, or nearly two out of three who could lose their subsidies in the case this year, live in just 13 Southern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2015/06/16/3799971/loss-of-health-care-subsidies.html#storylink=cpy
  • Cache of artifacts found in Jamestown well

    07/26/2006 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Theoden · 29 replies · 1,502+ views
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | July 25, 2006 | DIONNE WALKER
    RICHMOND, Va. - Sometime around 1610, archaeologists figure, a thirsty colonist in Jamestown set his brass pistol on the side of a well as he pulled up some water and accidentally knocked the weapon in.
  • ACLU Sues To Allow Girl To Use Boys Bathroom, Locker Rooms At Public High School

    06/12/2015 12:20:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2015 | Eric Owens
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal sex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia high school student who has been prohibited from using the boys bathrooms and locker rooms on school premises. The student plaintiff, 16-year-old Gavin Grimm, attends Gloucester High School in quiet, coastal Virginia, reports the Daily Press of Newport News. The reason school officials have prevented Grimm from using facilities reserved for boys on campus is because Grimm was born a girl and by all accounts remains a girl. Nevertheless, Grimm, her family and the ACLU want a court order forcing the local school...
  • VA woman charged with leaving kids in hot car turns self in - while leaving kids in car a 2nd time

    06/10/2015 10:54:18 AM PDT · by day10 · 40 replies
    AL.com ^ | 6/10/2015 | Crystal Bonvillian
    A Virginia woman charged with leaving her one of her two children inside her hot car last month apparently did not learn her lesson the first time, leaving the children in the car again on Monday as she turned herself in to authorities. Laquanda Newby of Henrico, Va., now faces three counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child, reports CBS 6 out of Richmond. Newby was initially accused of leaving one of the children, ages 6 and 1, inside the car as she shopped at Sam's Club on May 26. When she showed up at the...
  • (Meanwhile, in nearby Virginia) Establishment Republicans feel momentum on their side

    06/07/2015 6:44:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 6/6/15 | Alan Suderman 
    RICHMOND, Va. — Last year, tea party Virginians were livid with Virginia Beach Republican state Sen. Frank Wagner. The anger stemmed from Wagner’s bid to win the chairmanship of the GOP Second Congressional District by using an obscure parliamentary technique known as “slating.” Wagner’s efforts were part of a broader push by establishment Republicans to take back control of the state party from the tea party, a campaign that not only failed but helped fuel Dave Brat’s improbable victory over then-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Wagner was viewed as a top target for a tea party primary challenge. Someone...
  • Trade supporters bullish as House vote nears

    06/07/2015 7:41:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/07/15 06:00 AM EDT | By Mike Lillis and Scott Wong
    House GOP leaders are expressing a bold new confidence heading into the final stretch of the divisive fight over granting President Obama broad trade powers. The vote, expected as soon as this week, is likely to be a nail-biter — scores of lawmakers in both parties remain publicly undecided, making the count on both sides difficult to pin down. But both the White House and GOP leaders say their whipping efforts are paying dividends, with new supporters signing on by the day. The White House won a victory last week when Reps. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Don Beyer (Va.) and Derek...
  • Virginia Opens Its Roads To Self Driving Cars

    06/06/2015 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 3, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn't the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google's fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers....
  • Challenger to Va. House speaker looking for Brat-like upset in GOP primary (June 9th!)

    06/01/2015 5:05:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    dailyjournal.net ^ | 5/31/15 | Alan Suderman
    FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia — Susan Stimpson is hoping the anti-incumbent mood that helped a little-known economics professor unseat the second most powerful member of the U.S. House last year is still strong among Virginia's Republican voters. The tea party favorite Stimpson is trying to upset long-time Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell in the June 9 GOP primary, a victory that would be of similar magnitude on a state level to Dave Brat's stunning defeat of then-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year. Stimpson said Republicans in Howell's Fredericksburg-area state House district, which is near Cantor's old Richmond-area congressional district,...
  • Mika Wouldn't Give Santorum Same Pass as Sanders On Rape Remarks

    06/01/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski just can't contain her liberal bias. On today's Morning Joe, Mika admitted that the the MSM has a double standard when it comes to reporting controversial things that Democrats and Republicans have done or said. Yet she promptly turned around and applied that same double standard to Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum. Discussing Bernie Sanders having written in 1972 that women fantasize about being raped, Mika agreed that if Rick Santorum had written the same thing, the press would go crazy. However, Mika claimed that wouldn't be because Santorum's a Republican, but rather would be due to "his...
  • Dollar Tree will sell 330 stores to private equity firm (To facilitate buying Family Dollar)

    05/31/2015 3:32:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    NEW YORK — Dollar Tree said Friday that it has agreed to sell 330 of its stores to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners in order to get regulatory approval for its $8.5 billion purchase of Family Dollar. The Chesapeake, Virginia-based company said earlier this month that it would sell the stores, but it had not disclosed the buyer. It didn’t say how much Sycamore Partners will pay for the stores, which bring in about $500 million in annual revenue. It also didn’t disclose which stores are being sold....
  • BREAKING: Here’s Jackie Coakley “Rape Obsessed” Pinterest Account #UVAHoax

    Gotnews.com has obtained the rape obsessed Pinterest account of the 20-year-old girl at the center of the University of Virginia rape hoax. We can also confirm that Jackie Coakley has misled other students at both her high school and her college about her past sexual relations with men. Coakley’s social media postings (below) reveal a woman obsessed with rape and well aware of the political consequences of rape allegations.
  • How Deep Is This Education Official’s Involvement In The Rolling Stone Hoax?

    A top-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has emerged as a potentially key figure in Rolling Stone’s false article, “A Rape on Campus.” Catherine Lhamon, who heads the Department’s civil rights wing, was identified in a letter sent last month by University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves to Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel, the two Columbia Journalism School deans who conducted a review of the Nov. 19 article, written by disgraced reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Groves’ letter was included as a footnote to the Columbia deans’ report, which was released on Sunday...
  • UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo sues Rolling Stone: an early analysis

    05/13/2015 10:00:55 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 12 at 7:42 PM | Eugene Volokh
    UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo is suing Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely for statements in Rolling Stone’s now-retracted “A Rape on Campus” story. How will courts likely deal with this lawsuit? Here are a few early and tentative thoughts, though of course much depends on facts that are not yet known. 1. Federal vs. state court: Eramo sued in Virginia state court, but it seems likely that Rolling Stone and Erdely will want the case removed to federal court: The conventional wisdom is that libel defendants are procedurally better off in federal court, where it’s easier to get...
  • Why Did Twitter Ban Chuck C. Johnson?

    05/29/2015 11:31:21 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 5 replies
    Slate ^ | May 28, 2015 | Amanda Hess
    On Saturday, Chuck C. Johnson invited his Twitter followers to send some money his way so that he could focus on his latest project: “taking out” the civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Johnson is a 26-year-old California man who has been described as “Twitter’s most infamous right-wing troll” (Mother Jones), a “digital Darth Vader” (Politico), “your least favorite person” (the Washington Post), and “mood slime” (the New York Times). He is best known for outing the subject at the center of the discredited Rolling Stone UVA story, publishing the home addresses of New York Times Ferguson reporters Julie Bosman and...
  • Janice Dickinson files defamation suit against Bill Cosby

    05/21/2015 4:48:45 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 24 replies
    NYPOST ^ | May 20, 2015 | 10:17pm | By Associated Press
    Model Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby for defamation on Wednesday over denials made by the comedian’s representatives after she accused him last year of raping her in 1982. Dickinson’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims. The suit states Dickinson has been re-victimized and her reputation has suffered because of pointed denials by Cosby’s attorney that the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room more than 30 years ago. The allegations were first made in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” after numerous other women accused Cosby of...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • Virginia School District To Ditch Biology For ‘Sexual Fluidity’

    05/30/2015 8:03:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    federalist.com ^ | 5.29.2015 | Nicole Russell
    The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.”— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. One of the nation’s largest, sharpest, and wealthiest school systems, Fairfax County, has announced a bright, new idea (to take effect in 2016) that will directly influence district students in grades seven through twelve. It’s not a faster way to learn math, a more creative way to write stories, or a better...
  • My Library Has Changed the Title of Coulter's Book to "Offensive" (Update @# 51)

    05/27/2015 10:06:45 AM PDT · by lordpumblechook · 67 replies
    If you search the Loudoun County Public Library website for Ann's book, "!Adios, America!" you come up with NOTHING. No combination of those words will bring you to her book. Search by author brings you to her book, UNDER THE TITLE "OFFENSIVE" Curious, yes?
  • Virginia's False 'Centrist' Advertising

    05/27/2015 9:26:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The latest scorecard from the American Conservative Union is out, and the voters of Virginia might want to file a complaint about truth in advertising with the press corps. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have routinely been portrayed in news reports as "moderates" and "centrists." But after two years in the Senate, Tim Kaine has a perfect zero on the conservative scale. Mark Warner has a lifetime score of 10.33 percent conservative, but his last two annual scores have been a 4 and an 8. They could be mistaken for Barbara Mikulski. Far-left is middle of the road on...
  • Arlington community enraged over new firearm shop opening in Cherrydale

    05/21/2015 8:47:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wjla.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jay Korff
    An Arlington strip mall off Lee Highway in the Cherrydale community has everything from restaurants to salons to a frame shop.
  • Former Virginia lawmaker plans to wed teenager involved in sex scandal

    05/22/2015 5:09:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gary Robertson
    A former Virginia Democratic lawmaker who became a pariah in the state legislature after a sex scandal involving a teenage receptionist has announced that he plans to marry the woman, a day after he acknowledged fathering her 9-week-old baby. Joseph D. Morrissey, 57, told a news conference on Thursday that the woman, Myrna Pride, gave birth to their baby about a week before she turned 19. She is still employed at his law office, he said. [Snip] Morrissey also said that he was father to a total of four children born out of wedlock with different women. Last December, Morrissey,...
  • 3,400-pound shark Mary Lee continues to roam Virginia coast

    05/22/2015 12:05:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | May 21, 2015 | Rex Springston
    If you go take a dip off the Virginia coast this Memorial Day weekend, you could be swimming with a toothy, 3,400-pound buddy. Mary Lee, a 16-foot great white shark and an Internet sensation, is touring the Atlantic coast — sometimes close to shore.
  • ISIS Threatens More Attacks On American Soil; Names States and Time Frame

    05/15/2015 5:32:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies
    While ISIS claimed responsibility two days after the attack, there was no immediate indication that the terror group in Iraq and Syria had contact with Simpson or Soofi, who both lived in Phoenix. Meanwhile, U.S. authorities continue to search for clues that could possibly link Sunday’s shooters with the Islamic State.
  • Hoyer: Members of Congress deserve a raise

    05/19/2015 10:32:31 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/18/15 | Lauren French
    Most members of Congress make $174,000 a year. Two senior House Democrats say lawmakers deserve a raise. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters on Tuesday that he’s concerned that static congressional salaries — the pay level has remained the same since 2009 — will dissuade all but the uber-wealthy from serving in Congress. “This will be the seventh year in a row that we have not done a cost-of-living adjustment….I think it was appropriate at the time of the recession,” Hoyer said. “But to continue that on, we will dictate that the only people who can serve are the...
  • The Other Racial Divide: Were Asian-American businesses targeted in the Baltimore riots?

    05/19/2015 1:11:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The May 25, 2015 Issue | Dennis P. Halpin, former U.S. consul
    When guests at a North Korea Freedom Week dinner in Northern Virginia learned the Korean-American pastor at our table led a Maryland church, they immediately asked about the situation in Baltimore. It was May 1, and National Guard troops had been deployed to the city three days earlier to help quell the unrest sparked by the death of a man in police custody. The pastor let out a deep sigh before responding. A few members of his congregation had lost everything. After working diligently for years building small businesses in a new country, they watched their efforts literally go up...
  • Highway traffic jam turns into jam session

    05/18/2015 8:15:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | May 18, 2015 | KRON and WAVY
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (KRON) — A recently formed music group in Virginia Beach seized the opportunity to play in front of a stadium sized audience, and it was all for a great cause.Members of the Hot Gumbo Brass Band decided to perform a mini-concert for frustrated drivers and passengers after traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 264 while police worked to clear the scene of an accident, Saturday night.Many viewers asked 10 On Your Side about a big backup on I-264. Dispatchers told WAVY.com a two-vehicle crash shut down the westbound lanes of the highway at Rosemont Road around...
  • Marco Rubio: I Still Believe In Comprehensive Immigration Reform, But "The Votes Aren't There"

    05/17/2015 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 17, 2015
    Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace he still believe in comprehensive immigration reform, but the votes just aren't there. Rubio this is due to the 2014 border crisis and "unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders." Rubio acknowledged former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) "partially lost" the Republican primary in 2014 because of his support for comprehensive immigration reform. "The problem is the votes aren't there in the House," Rubio said Sunday. "And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception...
  • The Office Actor Ed Helms BLASTS Rolling Stone At UVA Commencement

    05/16/2015 12:51:37 PM PDT · by absentee · 5 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/16/2015 | Caleb Howe
    Comedian and actor Ed Helms delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia on Friday, and took part of his speech to tear Rolling Stone a new one for their fake campus rape story, a story which they later retracted and apologized for. Now I know the UVA community has some experience with being defined by outsiders. It has been said that a rolling stone gathers no moss. I would add that sometimes a rolling stone also gathers no verifiable facts or even the tiniest morsels journalistic integrity. Rolling Stone tried ... And either way, the story has served...
  • Call it 'gender fluidity': Schools to teach kids there's no such thing as boys or girls

    05/16/2015 2:15:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls. Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week. “The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council. “Human beings...
  • Students in Virginia Will be Taught that “There’s No Such Thing as Boys or Girls”

    05/16/2015 10:28:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 69 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | May 16, 2015 | John S. Roberts
    This, at its most basic level, is disgusting and reprehensible.We know how far America – and the Left in particular – have strayed from religion. It’s really sad, and if the trend continues, will ultimately lead to our demise.Ask yourself, why is radical Islam so strong at the moment? The answer: religion.No matter how much radical Islamists have distorted the Quran, religion remains a main tenet of their teachings. In the U.S. today, you can’t turn on a TV show anymore without seeing at least one homosexual character, no doubt because Hollywood liberals want you to believe that out of every 10...