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By Greg L | 1 September 2008 | Uncategorized | 78 Comments

Once again, it’s time.



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78 Comments

  1. starryflights said on 1 Sep 2008 at 10:07 pm:
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    I’ll go first. The houses on my street are still empty. What happened to the people buying the houses in PWC? Where are they going? Not in my neighborhood, that’s for sure!

  2. anon143 said on 1 Sep 2008 at 10:19 pm:
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    starryflights said on 1 Sep 2008 at 10:07 pm:

    Patience, Starryflights, patience.
    There are SO MANY homes available, it’s going to take some time to get them all bought/occupied.

  3. Red Dawn said on 1 Sep 2008 at 10:24 pm:
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    Starryflights,

    If the houses that sit on your street are foreclosures, I would guess ( not proven, as I don’t know where you live and assuming) That the sales are from “short sales” and are misleading the joyful glee news that we are on the upswing and turnaround.

  4. Red Dawn said on 1 Sep 2008 at 10:26 pm:
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    http://www.austinrealestateguy.com/Short_Sale/page_1704630.html

  5. Brian Leeper said on 1 Sep 2008 at 11:35 pm:
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    “If the houses that sit on your street are foreclosures, I would guess ( not proven, as I don’t know where you live and assuming) That the sales are from “short sales” and are misleading the joyful glee news that we are on the upswing and turnaround.”

    It’ll be many, many years before anyone is paying $400k for a townhouse in PWC, Manassas, or Manassas Park again.

  6. Ducky said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:53 am:
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    updated 8:04 p.m. EDT, Mon September 1, 2008

    Evangelicals rally behind Palin after pregnancy news

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — Key evangelical leaders rallied to Sarah Palin’s support Monday amid news that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was having a child.

    “Before, they were excited about her, with the Down syndrome baby,” conservative, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said. “But now with this, they are over the moon. It reinforces the fact that this family lives its pro-life values.”

    Palin and John McCain oppose abortion and have supported promoting abstinence in schools, which would seem to make Bristol Palin’s pregnancy an inconveniently timed development.

    But she is keeping the child, a fact that could make the Alaska governor — whose candidacy has been enthusiastically embraced by evangelicals who regard her as one of their own — even more popular among that key GOP voting bloc.

    “Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father’s example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said. “We are committed to praying for Bristol and her husband-to-be and the entire Palin family as they walk through a very private matter in the eyes of the public.”

    Evangelical leader Richard Land also backed Palin completely.

    “This is the pro-life choice. The fact that people will criticize her for this shows the astounding extent to which the secular critics of the pro-life movement just don’t get it,” Land said in a statement.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/01/palin.evangelicals/index.html

  7. legal2 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:53 am:
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    An abandoned house was recently bought by a guy who owns a landscaping business. He surrounded the large backyard with privacy fencing and parks all his equipment there. Does anyone know if the PWC Code allows that in a neighborhood zoned residential?

  8. Anonguy said on 2 Sep 2008 at 6:07 am:
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    I was just wondering when folks are going to take notice of the fact that the Bull Run Universalist Unitarians may have thrown their religious tax-exemption out the window?

    Last Thursday, they held a pro-Obama rally at the church, and hosted a crowd who gushed and “O’d” over Obama’s speech, accepting their coronat…er, nomination. The exterior of the church-proper was festooned with Obama signs. The event was organized by Bruce Rommelt, and covered by the MJM…but no mention of the potential violation of the IRS laws governing tax exemptions for churches.

    You see, a real church cannot endorse a particular candidate, nor can it provide financial or material assitance to a candidate or party. The pastoral staff is prevented from doing the same in an official capacity too. Doing so is grounds for immediate revocation of their tax-exempt status. I am sure the IRS and State would love to tax the reciepts of the BRUU, and I am sure that fine old building in Old Town would assess pretty high on the commercial property tax scale.

    But then again, the BRUU isn’t a real church is it?

  9. DPortM said on 2 Sep 2008 at 7:34 am:
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    legal2,

    Please contact Greg for my e-mail address. I need more particulars to be able to answer your question.

  10. CitizenofManassas said on 2 Sep 2008 at 7:53 am:
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    A friend was driving home a couple of weeks ago, she lives in the County, and saw the driver in front of her weaving, she called the police who told her to follow the driver while they responded. It turned out the guy was an illegal without a license or insurence. She was told by the officers on the scene the driver was going to be turned over to ICE once the process was started at the jail.

    One less illegal makes the County a better place.

  11. Ducky said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:22 am:
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    Virginia Delegates Take Palin News In Stride

    ST. PAUL — Many members of 123-member Virginia delegation, who spent the day at back-to-back events, had not yet heard the news Monday afternoon about the pregnancy of the 17-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s running mate. Those who had took it in stride, saying it was not a story and not an issue that would hurt the race.

    “It’s always unfortunate when something like this happens,” said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a convention delegate. “It’s a challenge to any family. But it kind of shows there is no difference [between the Palin family] and what any other American family has to deal with. Families involved in politics and leadership aren’t any different.”

    Bolling said the news will probably not hurt McCain because Palin’s daughter made the right decision to have the baby and get married.

    “It’s unfortunate,” said Brian O’Connor, a delegate who lives in tiny Rice, Va., near Farmville. “But they made a decision to get married.”

    O’Connor, who was wearing a pair of McCain-Palin buttons, described the Alaska governor as “the perfect candidate” for vice president and predicted there would be no effect on the presidential race. “She’s so strong on the issues,” he said.

    John H. Hager, former lieutenant governor and state party chairman (and father-in-law to Jenna Bush), said he had not had time to fully absorb the news.

    “I’m glad they’re at least getting married,” he said. “It goes against our normal standards but the fact is they are brave” for supporting their daughter.

    “In the end, we’re not electing” Palin’s daughter, he said. “We’re voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2008/09/delegates_take_palin_news_in_s.html#more

  12. Anchor Baby said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:29 am:
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    I think Palin was a great, great choice for McCain. It almost makes me want to vote for him vice Ron Paul. Palin is a small government conservative with many of the values that I agree with (disagree on the anti-abortion message however as I don’t think it’s the business of the State) to control the property rights of the mother over her fetus.

    And, I saw the DailyKOS attack engine gear up to attack a 17 year old young lady. How low. How very low. It’s sickening that in a message of ‘change’ they decide that a 17 year old is a valid target. But, I guess when your message is socialism and that the State can do whatever it wants with you; I guess that to them would be a positive message.

    If nothing else, I hope it shows especially the pro-Hillary crowd that the dems don’t really want women in power and are doing as much as they can to character assasinate Palin and her family. Same old politics minus the change.

    Did I mention that Palin is a VERY solid choice for McCain?

  13. Elvis said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:43 am:
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    what’s your point ducky? this stuff is old news.

  14. Vigilant1 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:46 am:
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    legal2 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:53 am:
    An abandoned house was recently bought by a guy who owns a landscaping business. He surrounded the large backyard with privacy fencing and parks all his equipment there. Does anyone know if the PWC Code allows that in a neighborhood zoned residential?

    This may help. You will probably have to call zoning re:
    Commercial vehicles on private property (please call for clarification on this type of violation)

    http://www.pwcgov.org//default.aspx?topic=010013001290003841

  15. Truth Seeker said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:59 am:
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    I would like to know what Ducky’s point is also. Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is a private family matter. It matters little if the VA delegation, any delegation or if every evangelical in the country “takes this in stride”. Again, it is a family matter and really should stay within the confines of that family. No one would care if this were John and Jane Doe’s daughter.

  16. Mustang Marine wife said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:16 am:
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    Around 3:00 pm this past Saturday, my kids asked for a slurpie and as a treat, we decided to get them one. From this blog, I’ve heard that buisness has suffered for the 7-11 owner at Coverstone (due to the day laborer presence), so to try and show support to the owner, we decided to go there. While there (around 3:00 pm on Saturday) we noticed MANY day laborers (maybe 15-20?) hanging just outside the parking lot. As my husband was leaving the 7-11 (I stayed in the car with the baby) he asked me “what’s going on over there?” and pointed across the street. An unmarked, white school bus had parked across the street and all the day laborers were heading towards it. As we watched, a PWC police car drove right by, ignoring the many people JAYWALKING across the street.

    Anyway, we were just curious what this white bus was, and why they were all walking towards it? Is there some type of shuttle service available to transport day laborers to/from the coverstone 7-11 or something? Is jaywalking not a crime in PWC? It seemed to us that the police who were riding right by at the time could have used that as an opportunity to stop and check IDs of many of the people there. Thanks for any insight!

  17. Ducky said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:22 am:
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    The point is, if you call yourself a pro-life conservative, there should be little doubt as to who your choice for President should be this November.

  18. Big Dog said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:41 am:
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    Take a moment and read “How Many Americans?”
    by Steven Camarota in today’s WaPo op/ed section (A15).
    Interesting.

  19. Anonymous said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:41 am:
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    There are a couple of really nice homes that I would consider buying in Manassas. However, I am not willing to take a beating on the one I am in now, so I will stay put for now. Not to mention that it would probably sit for quite a while, unless it was priced far below the PPTax MPark imposes. I hope that tax rate will come down in 2009, but am not counting on that. I suppose the Park still desperately needs a new rec center.

  20. Ron said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:46 am:
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    Greg, Why do you have ads for Jody Wagner on your blog?

  21. es_la_ley said on 2 Sep 2008 at 11:28 am:
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    Looks like they’re going to be building a new shooting range on Route 1, according to the WaPo.

    Address is 13891 Jefferson Davis Highway.

  22. Junes_Reston said on 2 Sep 2008 at 11:39 am:
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    Truth Seeker said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:59 am:
    Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is a private family matter. It matters little if the VA delegation, any delegation or if every evangelical in the country “takes this in stride”. Again, it is a family matter and really should stay within the confines of that family. No one would care if this were John and Jane Doe’s daughter.
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    When running for the 2nd highest position in the Country nothing “should stay within the confines of that family.”.

    That Palin endorsed only abstinence sex education in the public school system makes this even more timely and a public matter.

    Sarah Palin should count her blessings that the only thing she must address is an illegitimate grandchild. The consequences for unprotected sex could have been far worse.

  23. cprofits said on 2 Sep 2008 at 12:02 pm:
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    Does anyone know if there are ordinances against the *many* impromptu memorials at various intersections around the county? I’m assuming these are the sites of traffic accidents which claimed someone’s life. But gosh…they seem to be everywhere. Some are growing exponentially and pretty soon I expect a tombstone to be erected, i.e., the one at the light by the coverstone 7-11. Apparently someone planted some type of lilly there maybe at Easter and the plant is almost as tall as the traffic light. Crosses, flowers (real and artificial), photographs, stuffed animals, tons of mementos are attached to these memorials and while I don’t want to appear insensitive, where will this end? The county seems to cut the grass around these sites and leaves everything to grow and multiply. We can’t keep these things all along the roads forever, can we? Pay attention the next time you’re driving around, they are everywhere.

  24. es_la_ley said on 2 Sep 2008 at 1:07 pm:
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    cprofits said on 2 Sep 2008 at 12:02 pm:

    Does anyone know if there are ordinances against the *many* impromptu memorials at various intersections around the county?

    Virginia law… They are not illegal if they comform to VDOT standards. Here’s the code…

    § 33.1-206.1. Roadside memorials; installation, maintenance, and removal standards; installation of nonconforming memorial prohibited; penalty.

    The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall establish regulations regarding size, distance from the roadway, and other safety concerns, to govern the installation, maintenance, and removal of roadside memorials, plaques, and other devices placed within the right-of-way that commemorate the memory of persons killed in vehicle crashes within the right-of-way of any state highway.

    Any person who installs any plaque, device, sign, object, material, or other memorial within the right-of-way of any highway controlled by the Department except in accordance with criteria established as provided in this section may be assessed a civil penalty of no more than $100. Each occurrence shall be subject to a separate penalty. All civil penalties collected under this section shall be paid into the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund.

    (2002, c. 96.)

    http://law.justia.com/virginia/codes/toc3301000/33.1-206.1.html

  25. Johnson said on 2 Sep 2008 at 2:21 pm:
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    Big Dog-
    Is the Post getting wishy-washy? The article almost sounded -dare I say it? “Nativist”?

  26. Marc said on 2 Sep 2008 at 3:37 pm:
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    CitizenofManassas, that was really good to hear! Glad your friend had the sense to call the police and, more than that, that the police had the sense to do the right thing. Fantastic!

  27. legal2 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 4:15 pm:
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    DPortM: shall I contact Greg thru HSM’s email?

  28. Big Dog said on 2 Sep 2008 at 4:53 pm:
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    Johnson, assume the Post vetted the article, in part,
    to avoid “Nativist” statements. The author used information
    provided by the National Research Council, which is
    part of the National Academy of Sciences. While we
    should take everything written on this issue with a grain
    of salt, I think Mr. Camarota made some valid observations
    based on solid unbiased research.

  29. What's next said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:16 pm:
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    Another billboard sized gang sign has appeared near the Handy Dandy, however, this time it says Southside something… didn’t get a real good look at it when I was driving by but did notice that it also said F**K MS-13 on the upper left side. I hope that this doesn’t mean that my neighborhood is now in some sort of gang war.

  30. What's next said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:17 pm:
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    by the way, the new gang graffiti went up just days after the MS-13 graffiti was painted over.

  31. What's next said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:42 pm:
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    Here is an interesting article about an illegal-immigrant getting arrested and deported for using a false SSN to try to get a job at a hospital: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,414383,00.html?sPage=fnc/us/crime

    I hope more places call the cops on people trying to get a job using counterfeit id’s. Maybe it will discourage illegal-immigrants from using fake/stolen identities.

  32. Libertarian said on 2 Sep 2008 at 5:59 pm:
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    OK, I’m asking a question to the Christian Conservatives who post on this blog because I’m confused. For the record, I’m one of those middle of the road independents who agrees with some of the stuff on this blog (particularly about immigration) and disagrees with other stuff.

    Governor Palin appears to be the archetype for the Religious right: Pro Life, Anti-Abortion, anti-sex education (except for abstinence training), etc, etc, etc. Her lovely daughter, Bristol, a high school student and supposed beneficiary of the Governor’s parenting and beliefs, is unwed and pregnant. The religious right elevates the daughter to apparent sainthood.

    What’s wrong with this picture? What’s the message for other teens? The behavior of Governor Palin, the Republican Party, and the Religious Right appear to encourage young teens to “take their chances” because the worse that can happen is broad approval. If you want to make your parents, friends, and neighbors happy just get “knocked up.”

    I’m personally pleased this young teen is getting such great support and commend Governor Palin for her actions on this matter. I’m just confused about how the Governor and her constituancy reconcile the issues I discuss above.

    In my world, sex between consenting adults, married or not, gay or not, is ok. I just don’t remember Jesus mentioning this issue (I had twelve years of Catholic seminary preparation education to explore the bible). A lot of folks drag obscure references from the old the Old Testament to condemn behavior they don‘t like or are uncomfortable with; however, these same folks left all of the inconvenient stuff in the Old Testament behind (kosher, circumcision, Passover, etc.) The fact that the “big guy” hung out with a hooker is a clue that he’s pretty open minded (and a close, personal friend of mine in the Rick Warren model. I personally honestly believe that Jesus has a GREAT sense of humor and share jokes with him regularly.)

    A little help here?

  33. Anonymous said on 2 Sep 2008 at 6:02 pm:
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    When your parent(s) are in the public eye, you are as well, regardless of your age. It was no different for the Bush girls. No one should split hairs between a 17 year old and 19 year old twins. In this case, her pregnancy is being celebrated by those that are pro-life, making her a political figure as well. Bristol Palin should be celebrated for making the best of a bad situation. This is convenient for her mother, however, in that world will now ignore that Sarah Palin only took three days off after the birth of her fifth child. What happened to being pro-family? Most career woman take time to bond with and nurse their newborn children. I think that sends the wrong message and I am shocked that so many people have missed it. I hope Bristol strikes better balance in her life.

  34. Libertarian said on 2 Sep 2008 at 6:11 pm:
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    Thank you, Anonymous. I have pondered why the Governor would take the VP slot knowing that her lovely daughter, Bristol, would become a public curiosity. This will be a difficult environment for down syndrome child also. She may be a wonderful person; however, I also question her family values for taking the VP slot. Men and women are equal but not the same. If they were, her husband would also experience morning sickness and help out with breast feeding duties now and then. While she has the right to take the VP slot, she perhaps lacks the judgement to do the right thing for her family.

  35. anon143 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 6:35 pm:
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    Nancy Pelosi has five (or six) children as well. I think she needs to quit her job as Speaker of the House. The world would be a better place without her!

  36. Greg L said on 2 Sep 2008 at 7:57 pm:
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    Libertarian,

    If you’re confused about religious law, civil law and the role Christians play in it, the book of Romans is a good place to start. It covers just about all the questions you’re mentioning here.

  37. Colonial83 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:20 pm:
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    Anonymous and Libertarian, are you two straight-up or are you just trying to be caricatures? If it’s the latter, then you are very entertaining with your get-that-b****- back-into-the kitchen-where-she-belongs schtick. You wouldn’t want a woman to be one heartbeat away from having her finger on the button, what with all that estrogen controlling her moodsl, now, would you?

  38. Anonymous said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:36 pm:
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    Completely straight up…

    Not back into the kitchen - have a career, succeed, but above everything else, remember that your are a mother first. Your young children, especially those with special needs, should come before your career. If all of her kids were older and healthy, it would be fabulous and she would have my vote. She likely had half her pregnancy to read up on Down’s Syndrome and find out how demanding raising a child with this disability can be. She could have structured her career around that. Becoming vice president, with all its responsibilities, she is essentially abdicating her day to day role raising this child. How can anyone on this blog think that this is a good idea?

  39. legal2 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:48 pm:
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    Now an MI6 report has revealed: “Using our intelligence, Task Force Black has effectively broken the back of the terrorist network, reducing the number of bombings in Baghdad from around 150 a month to just two last month.”

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=74027

    Looks like good news on the warfront.

  40. DPortM said on 2 Sep 2008 at 8:58 pm:
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    legal2,

    Please contact legislative@helpsavemanassas.org or president@helpsavemanassas.org and we can get in touch with each other that way.

  41. DPortM said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:06 pm:
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    Libertarian,

    No one is elevating Governor Palin’s pregnant daughter to sainthood. You are correct that a man cannot have a baby, but a man can take care of a baby just as well as a woman can take care of a baby, unless the mother is breastfeeding. In that case, she would just need to pump.

    I am utterly astounded that you believe that Palin shouldn’t be the VP because she is a mother of a young child.

    What century are you living in?

    Are you a sexist and/or a misogynist?

  42. Colonial83 said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:07 pm:
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    Anonymous, what about Dad? If he had a special-needs child, it would be OK for him to run for high office and be away from the family? Why aren’t men “fathers first”? Give me a break. I am so sick of people who judge women who work outside the home and question their priorities. It’s just another way of keeping women in their place, really. The kids of most working moms that I know are just fine, proud of their moms and tend to be independent and resourceful young people.

  43. Libertarian said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:16 pm:
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    What Greg L said on 2 Sep 2008 at 7:57 pm re the Book of Romans…

    Read it. Doesn’t answer the questions I pose. At least it’s a New Testament reference. Paul was in missionary mode when he wrote this Epistle. Gentile converts did not share the Jewish customs and traditions of Christ’s early converts (Gentiles could have bought into a lot of Jewish traditions; however, the whole “circumcision” thing was actually a big issue to 1st Century adult male converts). As you know, this was a point of debate in the early Church… should people follow Jewish traditions. Paul pragmatically recognized that would be a bad PR move and wrote this Epistle to give comfort to Rome’s many Gentile converts to Christianity.

    Paul was a bright guy… he would be a VP Marketing of a Fortune 500 company in today’s world.

  44. Greg L said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:45 pm:
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    Libertarian, check out Romans 1:26-27.

  45. Dave in PWC said on 3 Sep 2008 at 12:09 am:
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    Nothing on the blog about the murder Sunday morning? Believe they are looking for a hispanic 5′6″ 140 pounds according to one of the news stations web page I read at work today. Of course the MJM didn’t say a thing about the suspect.

  46. DPortM said on 3 Sep 2008 at 5:43 am:
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    What’s next,

    Please post the address of the Handy Dandy. Is it in Woodbridge? I will turn it into the County ASAP.

  47. Ducky said on 3 Sep 2008 at 6:09 am:
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    I think John McCain –with who we could agree 70-80%–still should get our vote; and when he gets in, and should he start going down a less-than-ideal road, we will call, write and in general pepper him with the ‘feedback’ he needs and force him to do the right thing. Consider the alternative, people. Obama the marxist–with whom we agree on nothing—or McCain, with whom we can at least get their ear. McCain has shown he’s listening with the Palin pick. Let’s give him a chance to at least get into office. Obama will be a complete nightmare if he gets in. Remember, Obama didn’t care if born-alive babies died, and now he wants to make medical decisions for you. Do you think you’ll get any mercy from him, should he be deciding whether you get certain treatment or not? I don’t even want to find out….

  48. anon143 said on 3 Sep 2008 at 6:22 am:
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    Ducky said on 3 Sep 2008 at 6:09 am:

    AMEN!

  49. Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 6:30 am:
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    Colonial and DPortM - I am the mother of a special needs child. I have a career, but my child has exceptional needs and they come first. I struggle with that balance on a daily basis, but I have a supportive work situation. The vice president doesn’t have that luxury, nor should they.

  50. manassascityresident said on 3 Sep 2008 at 6:55 am:
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    Perhaps this VP job will afford Palin opportunities for her son to have access into some of the finest “special needs” schools in the country. I’m sure she thought long and hard before accepting this position on the ticket.
    I’m much more excited with her on the ticket than when it was just McCain. I think she adds a down to earth, no messing around, flare. She’s young and vibrant, and a MOM!
    The Dems must be poopin’ in their pants. I can’t believe that the Dem party is already trying to rip her apart - a woman. They must be very nervous. Everytime they open their mouths, they bury themselves in hypocrisy.

  51. Libertarian said on 3 Sep 2008 at 8:02 am:
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    What Greg L said on 2 Sep 2008 at 9:45 pm re Romans 1:26-27.

    My question wasn’t (isn’t) about homosexual behavior so Roman’s still doesn’t “answer the mail”. I mentioned gay sex in my original post in passing under the heading of tolerance.

    Interestingly enough, Romans 1:26-27 is the only place in the New Testament where there’s any extensive discussion of homosexual relations. In Romans, there’s no question that Paul thinks certain kinds of homosexual behavior are a result of the idolatry of the pagan world While the religious right often use this passage to justify condemnation of homosexual behavior, Biblical scholars who read this passage in the context of the time it was written understand that Paul didn’t write it as a condemnation of homosexuality, but as a criticism of Greek behavior in temple worship. Greeks often incorporated sexual behavior in temple worship. You might consider it early use of sex in marketing. Those Greeks knew how to fill a temple. That’s a tough crop to “advertise against”; however, Paul took a shot at it.

    My favorite passage is Romans 2:1: “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”

    While interesting, it still doesn’t answer my original issues.

  52. CitizenofManassas said on 3 Sep 2008 at 8:27 am:
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    I did not see in the MJM(online), but the COMPOST ran a very short story of a murder that happened in the parking lot of the Flea Market shopping center early Sunday morning. The victim was stabbed to death, and the suspect ran away….

  53. DPortM said on 3 Sep 2008 at 8:49 am:
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    MANASSAS

    Man Found Dead With Apparent Stab Wounds

    A 24-year-old man was killed early Sunday in the parking lot of a Manassas shopping center, the victim of apparent stab wounds, Manassas police said yesterday.

    Officers responding to a report of an assault found Carlos Roas-Escalante unconscious in the 9600 block of Grant Avenue a few minutes after midnight. He died at the scene.

    Witnesses told police they saw a fight break out between Roas-Escalante and another man before Roas-Escalante fell to the ground and the other man fled, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Manassas Crime Solvers at 703-330-0330.

  54. Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 9:03 am:
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    ……and counting.

    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/crime/article/police_investigate_fatal_stabbing/20604/

  55. Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 9:11 am:
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    Must have used the chimney to get into the house.

    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/local/article/parents_charged_with_child_neglect/20461/

  56. Ron said on 3 Sep 2008 at 11:29 am:
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    Libertarian wrote:

    “Governor Palin appears to be the archetype for the Religious right: Pro Life, Anti-Abortion, anti-sex education (except for abstinence training), etc, etc, etc. Her lovely daughter, Bristol, a high school student and supposed beneficiary of the Governor’s parenting and beliefs, is unwed and pregnant. The religious right elevates the daughter to apparent sainthood.

    What’s wrong with this picture? What’s the message for other teens? The behavior of Governor Palin, the Republican Party, and the Religious Right appear to encourage young teens to “take their chances” because the worse that can happen is broad approval. If you want to make your parents, friends, and neighbors happy just get “knocked up.””

    Will you take an answer from a non-Christian conservative? I am guessing that Palin still supports sex education as far as teaching the biology and risks, but she would rather emphasize abstinence over condoms. She is also pro-life and a believer in personal responsibility.

    So yes, her daughter didn’t follow the abstinence script (though the mother of Bristol’s fiancé says that the couple was planning to get married anyway), and I guess the Palins will have to hope that “four out of five ain’t bad.” That being said, the picture is not totally wrong. Religiously conservative people aren’t perfect, and they know that they are not perfect. They also know that when one does something wrong, there are right ways and wrong ways of dealing with a situation.

    In this case, yes, Bristol had premarital sex and got pregnant. However, since Bristol is having the baby and marrying the father, the Palins are staying consistent with their personal values. Sarah Palin is not saying “pro-life for you and abortion for us.” My guess is that she and McCain thought through this issue. Ask yourself if a situation like this disqualifies a politician (and particularly a female one) from career advancement.

    I guess this is an interesting study in how people deal with adversity in their careers and lives. For many voters, this may also be a test of character.

  57. what a great county said on 3 Sep 2008 at 12:20 pm:
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    The other Billboard was reported to Code Enforcement or call Chairman Stewart’s office. He will get action. The graffeti is on the T-Shirt business that sits behind Handy Dandy. I forgot the name of the little street.

    I am sure Stewart’s office or the Code Enforcement knows the building.

  58. Mando said on 3 Sep 2008 at 12:54 pm:
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    “An escalating turf fight between warring drug cartels in Mexico is spreading into the United States with federal officials warning that deadly shootouts and ambushes along the southwestern border pose a serious threat to both U.S. law enforcement and American citizens, according to a confidential multi-agency government report.”

    OK. Both U.S. law enforcement AND U.S. Citizens are in danger now. Isn’t it time to send down the troops?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/03/mexican-drug-wars-threaten-us/

    Why isn’t this in the headlines yet?

  59. KP said on 3 Sep 2008 at 2:09 pm:
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    I just recently saw that someone had painted red the same “F**K MS-13″ on the bike path adjacent to the Giant near 234B and Wellington Rd. What is that all about? Rival gang I assume.
    Also noticed new tagging on the Golds Gym wall in MPark.

  60. DPortM said on 3 Sep 2008 at 3:49 pm:
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    I apologize for still not being able to ascertain the location of the Handy Dandy.

    Someone who knows, please use the following link to report the graffiti:

    http://www.pwcgov.org/default.aspx?topic=010013001310005134

    Many thanks in advance!

  61. Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 4:44 pm:
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    Mando said on 3 Sep 2008 at 12:54 pm:

    Lou Dobbs has been reporting this for months. Our “government” chooses to ignore the fact that border parol agents are under daily attack and the Mexican military continues to cross our border with inpunity. Our “state department’s response after the last incursion said “it was a mistake. The mexicans didn’t know where they were. guess they never heard of a GPS.
    Bush et all could care less as long as we cow-tow to the mexies.

  62. Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 5:07 pm:
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    “Perhaps this VP job will afford Palin opportunities for her son to have access into some of the finest “special needs” schools in the country. I’m sure she thought long and hard before accepting this position on the ticket.”

    Your very answer suggests that farming out her child to someone else’s care is acceptable because he has special needs.

  63. anon143 said on 3 Sep 2008 at 5:34 pm:
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    Quit grasping, Anonymous! You sound ridiculous!

  64. Colonial83 said on 3 Sep 2008 at 6:20 pm:
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    Anonymous, you sound like the kind of mom many of us prefer to ignore on the playground–you know, judgmental, know-it-all, thinks she does everything “the right way” compared to everyone else. What a bunch of self-righteous, old-school thinking. I’m pretty sure that if your paid employment was in any way meaningful, you wouldn’t waste your time condemning women who have demanding careers. What do you do for a living, pass out smiley stickers at Wal-mart?

    Yeah, we get that you put your kid first, and anyone who you think doesn’t has screwed-up priorities in your vapid mind. And you have totally discounted the role of the child’s father. Is he not capable of taking care of his special needs child? Haven’t you noticed that the children of Presidents and VP’s tend to go to private schools and enjoy many resources and advantages that the rest of us don’t? Is Daddy not good enough? Does your child’s father do ANYTHING right?

  65. Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 7:26 pm:
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    Oh, I assure you that I am fully flawed parent in a career that requires post-graduate work. Perhaps my strong reaction is days of hearing about how great Sarah Palin is, like she is the second coming of Christ. I get two calls a day as the designated special needs mom to ask what I think. Perhaps I was foolish to think any of our friendly BVBL/HSM types would care about my thoughts. I think she should be giving her time to her new baby with some extraordinary needs and her pregnant teenage daughter rather than running for vice president.

  66. Colonial83 said on 3 Sep 2008 at 8:06 pm:
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    But you wouldn’t have a problem with her husband running for VP, would you?

  67. Red Dawn said on 3 Sep 2008 at 8:22 pm:
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    I think the question comes down to MONEY ( between anon and Colonial83)
    Money allows TIME to take care of business…Don’t know, as I don’t have any ;) just an opinion and wondering????

  68. manassascityresident said on 3 Sep 2008 at 8:41 pm:
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    Anonymous said on 3 Sep 2008 at 7:26 pm:
    “Perhaps my strong reaction is days of hearing about how great Sarah Palin is, like she is the second coming of Christ.”

    No Anonymous, that comment would reflect how the Dems view Obama.

  69. Colonial83 said on 3 Sep 2008 at 10:40 pm:
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    Anonymous is simply reflecting the fear that the dems have of a young, powerful, intelligent woman whose family has imperfections just like the rest of us. As far as I am concerned, her presence strengthens McCain’s prospects. She understands family life and the struggles that many women have balancing families and careers. I would much rather vote for the likes of her than the elitist, inexperienced sham that is Obama. If picking on her because she has a high-powered career and is raising children is the best attack Anonymous and others can come up with, then I am very encouraged at Palin’s prospects.

  70. anon143 said on 3 Sep 2008 at 11:29 pm:
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    She just spoke and she was FABULOUS! Great pick McCain!

  71. legal2 said on 4 Sep 2008 at 6:40 am:
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    I was absolutely convinced to vote “none of the above” or for the first time ever, skip the elections altogether. I will now be voting McCain. Never thought I’d say that. Palin is the best thing that has happened to his campaign.

  72. manassascityresident said on 4 Sep 2008 at 6:47 am:
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    Legal2 -
    AGREE!

  73. Colonial83 said on 4 Sep 2008 at 6:52 am:
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    Saw her speech last night—WOW–I feel better than ever. It’s a stronger ticket now.

  74. Anonymous said on 4 Sep 2008 at 7:40 am:
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    Mercifully, I don’t view Obama that way either. Whatever. I am voting for Greg for President. It’s better than either ticket.

  75. KP said on 4 Sep 2008 at 1:10 pm:
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    Where is the information on who is running, platforms, etc. for Manassas Park this Nov?

  76. anon143 said on 4 Sep 2008 at 3:40 pm:
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    “Where is the information on who is running, platforms, etc. for Manassas Park this Nov?”

    I don’t know, but maybe Brian Leeper does. Are you out there Brian?

  77. Brian Leeper said on 5 Sep 2008 at 11:00 am:
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    I am hoping that someone will host a Q/A session for the incumbents and candidates. Last time (2006) the MP Women’s Club did it, but it could be anyone who wants to take the time to organize it.

    I do want to mention that the MP Republican Committee will have it’s quarterly meeting at the MP Police Station on Manassas Drive in the community room starting at 7pm on Monday, Sept 15.

    I will be there, if you’d like to get involved, or just want to find out what’s going on, please come.

  78. Anonymous said on 5 Sep 2008 at 11:21 am:
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    Brian Leeper said on 5 Sep 2008 at 11:00 am:

    I am hoping that someone will host a Q/A session for the incumbents and candidates. Last time (2006) the MP Women’s Club did it

    If that’s the case, will Spanish or English be used?

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