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VA Senate: If We Financially Destroy Your Family, Tough Crap

By Greg L | 19 September 2014 | National Politics, Virginia Politics, Virginia Senate | 3 Comments

Are you one of the families that used to be able to afford health insurance before Obamacare loaded the marketplace up with regulations that increased premiums and made deductibles skyrocket?  We are.  We’re one of thousands of families across the Commonwealth that don’t get health insurance through an employer’s benefits plan and have to weigh the option of enrolling in an expensive health insurance plan with ridiculous deductibles or being able to pay our mortgage and thus avoid homelessness.

Yesterday Republicans in the House of Delegates tried to fix that, and Senate Democrats stopped them, leaving us without any real possibility that we will ever have health insurance despite whatever crushing penalties the federal government might impose.

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Brentsville Mass Meeting October 1st

By Greg L | 18 September 2014 | Prince William County | No Comments

As expected, Brentsville Supervisor Wally Convington was appointed as a judge during today’s special session of the General Assembly, and with that we almost-officially kick off the race to replace him on the BOCS, pending only the official announcement of a special election.

Republicans will hold a “mass meeting” to select a nominee at Patriot High School on October 1st at 7:00PM.  So far the announced candidates are Jeanine Lawson and Scott Jacobs.  No Democrats have announced their intention to run for this seat yet, and most likely none will.

Just watch the massive development projects in the process of asking for favorable rezonings have all of their hearings delayed since the “let’s pave over the rural crescent crowd” just lost a critical vote. If Lawson wins, the era of massive residential building projects that overcrowd our schools, strain our public resources, add congestion to our roads and bankrupt the county budget may finally be over.

Convention Of The States Project: An Enemy of Liberty?

By Greg L | 14 September 2014 | RPV, Virginia Politics | No Comments

When a group of shady characters filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia asserting that it is right and proper to have Democrats determine the outcome of local Republican Party operations, some of the names involved were hardly surprising.  Jim Rich, for one, has been amazingly consistent over the years in demonstrating that he believes Democrats should select who leads Republican party units and who their nominees for elected office should be.  But why would the Convention of States Project be involved here?

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Yet Another Ignorant Rookie Candidate

By Greg L | 7 September 2014 | Prince William County | 9 Comments

The easiest way to find someone who utterly doesn’t understand politics is to look at first-time candidates.  The ignorant among them put on a tremendous display of what a fundamental lack of understanding looks like, and today’s poster child is none other than Brentsville Supervisor hopeful Scott Jacobs.  Willfully breaking local ordinances enacted by the same body he would like to be a member of without any explanation at all is just painfully stupid.

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Meet Norm Mosher

By Greg L | 6 September 2014 | DPVA, Virginia Politics, US Congress | 1 Comment

Elections often provide a source of amusement for us, and the circus surrounding the Senate candidacy of Montana legislator Amanda Curtis is certainly among those.  A Democrat candidate spewing Marxist dogma, given to praising Communist Party icons and all-around wingnut never seems to exhaust our capacity to revel in political mirth.  But what if I were to tell you there was another Marxist radical running for federal office right here in Virginia?  Would that surprise you?

Meet Norman Mosher, the Democrat running in the First Congressional District of Virginia.

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New Data On The Cost Of Unaccompanied Alien Children

By Greg L | 28 August 2014 | Schools, Fairfax County, Illegal Aliens, Manassas City, Prince William County | 11 Comments

As the Prince William County Schools and the Board of County Supervisors continue to peddle the line that the “Unaccompanied Alien Children” program isn’t causing any “problems” for schools and other local government services, they’re resolutely refusing to release any information on the impacts this influx of juvenile illegal aliens to support their claims.  They won’t tell you how many foreign nationals are becoming a burden on local taxpayers, they won’t tell you what it costs to educate and provide services for these foreign nationals, and they’re not at all telling you what services for legal residents and citizens we will have to forego because this increase of burdens on the taxpayers is happening precisely when the Commonwealth is trying to figure out how to plug an $830 million budget gap which almost certainly will cause a reduction in state aid to localities.  There’s a cost here, and if government expects us to fund these costs taxpayers darned well deserve to know what those costs are.

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Youth For Tomorrow: Our Illegal Alien Operation Is Too Small

By Greg L | 26 August 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 4 Comments

Well, if it wasn’t enough that Youth For Tomorrow was getting paid millions by the federal government to increase the burdens on local schools by pushing illegal aliens every month into our already-overcrowded schools, they apparently want to do it even more.  Look at what they filed with the planing commission on June 23rd, soon after they figured out that they couldn’t establish group homes in Fauquier County without going through public hearings:

TO AMEND THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED SUP CONDITIONS (SUP #PLN2011-00209) TO MODIFY THE AGE OF THE PARTICIPANTS & THE SIGN REGULATIONS, TO CLARIFY THE PROGRAM SERVICES, TO ALLOW TEMPORARY CLASSROOM TRAILERS, AND TO ELIMINATE A BUFFER.; LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LINTON HALL ROAD, APPROXIMATELY 1,800 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF RTE. 28 AND LINTON HALL ROAD.

So it’s not enough to move about 80 illegal aliens per month into our area schools and get about $100,000 in federal funds per illegal alien to make that happen.  In order to really transition that program from one that helps at-risk kids turn their lives around into becoming a full-blown, profit-maximizing detention center for juvenile illegal aliens they need to cut down trees, set up temporary buildings, and start taking in juveniles older than 17 years old.

Hell, no.

UPDATE: I spoke with a member of the planning commission this evening about this, and that person said they were completely in shock at the massive changes Youth For Tomorrow were trying to make.  Over a dozen temporary trailers used for housing up to 180 about illegal aliens before they’re dumped on local schools every month?  I doubt the planning commission will give a favorable recommendation on this application, and without a doubt the public hearing on this will be absolute chaos.  No amount of federal money can make this look like anything other than it is - an unconscionably greedy money grab for taxpayer dollars, and the consequences on the community be damned.

It’s Time For Civil Rights For American Citizens

By Greg L | 24 August 2014 | National Politics, Illegal Aliens | 10 Comments

Those concerned about how illegal aliens are eligible to obtain special privileges not available to citizens because of their unlawful status may take heart in the fact that when these privileges involve rights protected under the U.S. Constitution, the grant of this special treatment is likely in violation of federal law.  Not only that, but the persons granting these exceptions are specifically subject to criminal sanctions that superseded the normal immunities available to government officials for official acts.  Not that the law was written with the intent of protecting citizens this way, but the plain language of the law is not too hard to discern.

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Demonstrating Excellence At Manassas City Schools

By Greg L | 11 August 2014 | Manassas City | 38 Comments

“Dr.” Robin Toogood served as Principal at Jennie Dean Elementary despite never having attended college, and armed with a falsified resume. How in the world does a school system filled with highly educated professionals not recognize that one of the leaders among them is a complete imposter with no credentials whatsoever?

It took others to discover this fraud after Toogood applied for and was appointed as principal at the Drew Model School in Arlington, but apparently they caught on pretty quickly that something was wrong.  During all those years Toogood was drawing a paycheck from Manassas City taxpayers, no one seemed to notice.

UPDATE: somehow after Toogood accepted the Arlington job that fell through and he applied for a position in Prince William County.  At some point during these transitions, Toogood’s deceptions were uncovered but it’s unclear whether it was Arlingron or Prince William County that raised issues about his credentials.

So the Muslims Want To Build A Mosque In Nokesville?

By Greg L | 10 August 2014 | Prince William County | 31 Comments

The Muslims want to build a new Mosque across the road from Cedar Point Elementary in Nokesville.  I’d like to be able to say that I’d support the construction of more houses of worship no matter what religion they’re affiliated with, but before I can I just have to be able to distinguish between this religious order and a bloodthirsty collection of racist murderers, and lately the Muslims are making it pretty difficult to do so.

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A Dumping Ground For 4,719 Juvenile Illegal Aliens

By Greg L | 26 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics | 8 Comments

A few days ago I estimated the cost of having the federal government dump juvenile illegal aliens in Virginia based on statistics from a few years ago.  Today the federal Department of Health And Human Services released new data and the problem is quite evidently worse than I thought.  Instead of getting about 3,000 juvenile illegal aliens dumped in the Commonwealth, we’re on track to get even more as the federal government increases the proportional burden that the Commonwealth must bear while the feds pass on problems they created and aren’t interested in solving at all.

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Youth For Tomorrow: An Inevitable Expansion

By Greg L | 24 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 23 Comments

The federal government conservatively estimates we’re going to have 60,000 “Unaccompanied Alien Children” showing up on our southern border this year, and historically 5% of those children are ultimately placed with “sponsors” in Virginia.  Right now we have program space available through grants with the US Department of Health and Human Services to handle only 1,533 of the expected 3,000 illegal alien juveniles that are coming this year.  So where are the rest going to go?

Right here.

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Estimating The Cost of UACs in Virginia

By Greg L | 24 July 2014 | Local Economy, Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics | 4 Comments

One of the questions state and local government has refused to answer thus far is what will the impacts be on our local communities as a result of non-profits getting on the massive money train of the Federal “Unaccompanied Alien Children” program.  It’s hard to assess them all, but again, state, federal and local governments do provide a fair amount of information on their websites that we can assemble on our own, even if those same governmental entities are claiming to have no idea.

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Screw Class Sizes, Give The Kids Shiny New Toys

By Greg L | 23 July 2014 | Schools, Prince William County | 5 Comments

There’s not enough money in the state budget for education? I’m calling BS on that tonight after learning that some corporate lobbyist for Microsoft managed to get a budget item inserted that has the Commonwealth buying a slew of tablets to hand out to ninth graders next year. I just can’t wait to see just how quickly the creative teenagers at Stonewall Jackson High School can prove what a phenomenally stupid idea this was.

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Uncovering Lies About Youth For Tomorrow’s Illegal Alien Program

By Greg L | 21 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 10 Comments

If we are actually to believe the information we’re getting from the Board of County Supervisors regarding the detention of juvenile illegal aliens by Youth For Tomorrow, it darned well better match up with official documents that are being uncovered regarding the program.  Otherwise, reasonable observers are just going to conclude that our government is lying to us and cannot be trusted.

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Our Local Government On Illegal Aliens: Complicit or Stupid?

By Greg L | 20 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 7 Comments

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe is quite eager to assuage the concerns of county residents over the transformation of Youth For Tomorrow into a detention center for juvenile illegal aliens.  Just days after the Board of Supervisors promised they’d get to the bottom of things, Nohe made sure to forward talking points from YFT’s executive Director and a spokesman for the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement that were clearly intended to lull citizen outrage.  There’s a little problem with acting like the public relations arm of the Obama administration, though: at best you end up with the credibility of Jay Carney.

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Federalism Is Dead

By Greg L | 14 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 23 Comments

I asked the Virginia Department of Social Services whether they were involved in placing illegal aliens in Youth For Tomorrow facilities in Prince William County and got this response:

Regarding information on the unaccompanied minor children coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They have instructed us to refer anyone who asks or has comments to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. They are to call Eskinder Negash, Director, ORR, at (202) 4019246, or Ken Tota, at ORR, at (202) 4014858.

I guess we now understand to whom the government of our Commonwealth answers.  Not to the people, but to the federal government.

Thanks, Governor McAuliffe for making our state government utterly irrelevant.

Prince William County Government Owes Us Answers

By Greg L | 12 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 19 Comments

How in the hell does a sitting Prince William County Supervisor profit from having illegal aliens detained by a non-profit entity in Bristow yet our county government apparently has no idea what is going on?  How does this all come about with no information being provided to residents who may be impacted and apparently no desire by government officials to advise us what risks and impacts are being imposed on us without our knowledge and against our will?

If Prince William County doesn’t start providing some answers really soon, it’s going to get awfully ugly down at the McCoart Center very quickly.  

Today the federal government announced it was abandoning plans to detain illegal aliens at an Army Reserve Center in Westminster, MD after local officials and the community figured out what was going on and started working together.  In Prince William County, which has a history of being responsive to citizen concerns on this issue, local elected officials are hiding their heads in the sand and refusing to even address the issue which some of them are actively trying to facilitate.  When Carroll County Maryland proves itself more responsive to citizen concerns than Prince William County, VA we have a truly massive problem, folks.

Illegal Aliens Being Housed In Bristow

By Greg L | 11 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 35 Comments

Without any public notice, the Youth For Tomorrow program in Bristow is now operating a facility for illegal aliens right here in Prince William County.  The information I have suggests approximately 120 “Unaccompanied Alien Children” have been housed for several months now and that YFT has expanded to eight facilities in the county, several of which are group homes in residential neighborhoods.

From the YFT website:

Emergency Shelter Care – Unaccompanied Immigrant Minor (UIM) Program

Youth For Tomorrow provides Emergency Shelter Care for unaccompanied minor children under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. The program, called the Youth For Tomorrow Unaccompanied Immigrant Minor (UIM) Program, operates twenty-four hours per day, three hundred sixty-five days per year. The program serves both male and female UIM residents. - See more at: http://www.youthfortomorrow.org/Residential-Services#sthash.po4bsYsJ.dpuf

Party Registration For Dummies

By Greg L | 7 July 2014 | Virginia Politics | 3 Comments

Former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling suddenly gotten quite concerned about cross-over voting in Primary elections after the defeat of Eric Cantor in the 7th District, and despite there being no evidence that Democrats played any significant role in that nomination contest Bolling nevertheless jumped on the “party registration” bandwagon in an op-ed recently.  Quite predictably this has gotten heads bobbing up and down among the RINO class who think that this is a dire problem and party registration is the only means to solve it.  Yes, let’s have the state intrude even more into political parties in Virginia.  That’ll fix everything, right?

I have yet to see Bolling or anyone of his ilk acknowledge that government intrusion into the affairs of political parties is precisely why we have this problem in the first place, however.

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