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Archives for December 2006

Let’s Go To The Video Tape! (#1)

31 December 2006 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 29 Comments

Let me show you a little story.

Behind the bar is Dave Ruttenberg, owner of The Rack & Roll Billiard Club in Manassas Park. He called the police about twenty minutes ago, and they just showed up. In front of the bar is a Mr. Robert Reed, who is being thrown out of the […]

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Frank Jones Follies

28 December 2006 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 6 Comments

Radley Balko has a hilarious story up regarding Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones jumping out of the bushes in the early morning and trying to prevent a reporter from talking with Dave Ruttenberg. This is priceless:
Ruttenberg told me he walked over, introduced himself to the reporter, then attempted to get the reporter interested in […]

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Any More Questions About Guns In Banks?

28 December 2006 | Crime | 1 Comment

This came in tonight from the VCDL-ALERT regarding a bank robbery foiled by a legally armed citizen.  It’s a first-hand account of how a legally armed citizen prevented a bank robbery at Sun Trust Bank:
On Tuesday the 26th of December I went down to the Sun Trust bank in Hopewell to complete some financial transactions.  […]

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Ruttenberg’s Story Getting Interest

28 December 2006 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 29 Comments

I’m noticing a fair amount of trackbacks on the earlier postings regarding the battle between Dave Ruttenberg and the City of Manassas Park, and it’s definitely worth a trip or two across a few of the national blogs who are picking up on this story. Many of them have devoted a lot of time […]

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A Bloggy Christmas To You Too

26 December 2006 | Blogs | 9 Comments

It’s nice to see while I’m visiting my folks for the holdays that the Virginia blogosphere can keep with the spirit of Christmas for perhaps an hour or so. In checking in today, I notice that a little controversy has erupted regarding Waldo’s removal of a blog from his aggregator.
It sort of reminds me […]

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Another Bank Robbery

22 December 2006 | Crime | 18 Comments

Yet another Manassas area bank was robbed this past Wednesday.  Guess which bank?
Surprise, surprise, surprise, it was another BB&T branch, this time on Centreville Road.  BB&T and the other local bank which thinks that posting “no guns” signs are a good idea, Wachovia Bank, have certainly been doing a good job of demonstrating just how […]

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Dave Ruttenberg Deserves Justice

22 December 2006 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 9 Comments

Over the past months I’ve reported on the few news items from Manassas Park I find are interesting, mostly stuff that I find in the local papers, and occasionally things that I’m told by residents or local insiders. One of those stories has been the ongoing enmity between Dave Ruttenberg, the proprietor of Rack & […]

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The Liberal Ethic

21 December 2006 | Blogs | Comments Off

A self-described “progressive”, one of those defenders of free speech except when they don’t approve of what is being said, has decided to take on Myron over at Republitarian.
You gotta see this.

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Tony’s Back!

21 December 2006 | Manassas City | Comments Off

Apparently things have been going well enough for the Kostelecky family that Tony Kostelecky has returned to his post as Chairman of the Manassas GOP.  Back in September the Kostelecky’s had a baby (see John Louis Just Couldn’t Wait) a little earlier than they expected, and Tony had to step aside and hand over the […]

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MJM Sells Out To Mexicanos Sin Fronteras

21 December 2006 | Zapatistas, Manassas City, Prince William County | 24 Comments

The Manassas Journal-Messenger published another article on the Section 287(g) program, this time focusing on the interest in the program expressed by jail superintendant Charles Land. Col. Land has reccomended to the Board of County Supervisors that jail personnel get training under the program, but the MJM had to flesh out all the potential […]

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More Diversity For Manassas

20 December 2006 | Manassas City | 28 Comments

Just what Manassas lacks: a Hookah/Dance Hall.  The amazing things you find out about Manassas in Myspace…
Apparently this is the big fad lately, where everyone sits around on pillows and smokes out of one of these monster water pipes.   Coming to you in Spring ‘07, our little piece of the best of middle eastern […]

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Manassas GOP Gets Award

20 December 2006 | Manassas City | 1 Comment

At the Manassas GOP Christmas Party on Tuesday night 10th District Chairman Jim Rich awarded the Manassas GOP the “Best Local Committee” award to Chairman Steven Thomas and immiediate past chairman Tony Kostelecky. During a tough campaign season, Manassas City delivered a solid performance, and really set an example for how other […]

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Rack & Roll Story Getting Legs

20 December 2006 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 6 Comments

The recent dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Dave Ruttenberg against the City of Manassas Park and some of it’s officials has gotten noticed by Radley Balko, the blogger who covered the story of the huge military-style raid conducted at Rack & Roll under the authority of a routine Alcohol & Beverages Commission investigation in […]

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287(g) Program In Prince William Almost Certain Now

20 December 2006 | Manassas City, Prince William County | 6 Comments

Yesterday the Board of County Supervisors had a presentation from Chief Deane and Robert Hines from the Department of Homeland Security about the Section 287(g) Program and what it would mean for Prince William County. In a stunning turnaround, not only did the Chief reccomend engaging in the program at the Adult Detention Center, […]

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Manassas Gets Plenty Of Applicants

20 December 2006 | Manassas City | 5 Comments

The filing deadline for applicants for the open City Council seat has passed, and from what I’ve heard there are at least eight nine applicants for the position in addition to the expected filings by Sheryl Bass and Maureen Wood. When Manassas Park went through this exercise back in October, there were a few […]

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City Official Charged

19 December 2006 | Crime, Manassas City | 6 Comments

Richard Hill, Fire Marshall for the City of Manassas was arraigned today on federal charges of soliciting a 16 year old Maryland girl for prostitution. Local broadcast media will have coverage tonight…
UPDATE: Hill plead guilty on April 18th to transporting an individual in interstate commerce for the purposes of prostitution.

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Section 287(g) To Go Statewide?

18 December 2006 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia House | 4 Comments

Delegate Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge) has pre-filed a bill (HB 1618) to implement the Section 287(g) Program for the Virginia State Police. The bill is a directive to enter into a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security and does not specify how many officers should be trained or whether this will […]

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Rack & Roll Lawsuit Dismissed

18 December 2006 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 8 Comments

The civil lawsuit filed by Dave Ruttenberg, proprietor of Rack & Roll Billards in Manassas Park was dismissed today in a federal court in Alexandria. According to Mr. Ruttenberg he won on all the legal arguments, but the city and police department was granted immunity from prosecution for some reason. I’m not clear […]

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Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

18 December 2006 | Blogs, Prince William County | 25 Comments

A reporter from The Washington Blade, DC’s weekly newspaper of all things homosexual, just sent me a request for an interview. They want to talk about Jeff Dion, presumably in advance of a nice little puff piece about how one of their own is seeking elective office and may have an opportunity to make […]

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Is Jeff Dion Short-Staffed?

18 December 2006 | PWCDC, PWCRC | 2 Comments

The recent Republican convention for Occoquan Supervisor which nominated Mike May had 368 delegates. When the Democrats had their caucus for BOCS Chairman and nominated Sharon Pandak, only 257 Democrats attended from the entire county.
Do the Democrats just have a problem getting folks to participate in their nominating activities, or are there just not […]

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