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By Greg L | 21 April 2011 | Uncategorized | 41 Comments

While I continue to battle through a repair/upgrade of the workstation I usually use to keep BVBL going there’s a lot happening out there in the world.  Here’s your chance to take the podium for a bit and fill in your neighbors on what you think is important…



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41 Comments

  1. Rocky said on 21 Apr 2011 at 10:56 am:
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    Gerarda Culipher for 34th District State Senate

    http://www.culipherforsenate.com/

    Please help spread the word. :)

  2. Patty said on 21 Apr 2011 at 12:21 pm:
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    Neighbors can’t understand why Supervisor Stirrup went to great lengths to prevent Dominion Power from running their lines (need power lines to support “technology”)through the Gainesville District (probably because it would be in his back yard) and then vote for a 108 foot cell tower behind homes in the middle of the neighborhood.

    One neighbor commented, “He stabbed us in the back….”

    Not good feelings from the neighborhood toward Supervisor Stirrup.

    Many wish that someone from the Westgate/Sudley area would run for Gainesville Supervisor.

    My opinion: It would be nice to have someone from the neighborhood to represent us …..and maybe do something to improve our neighborhood and other older neighborhoods in the County … so neighbors don’t feel like “we’re being dumped on” and “we’re being treated like a closet to cram stuff…” (comments from the neighbors)

  3. Leslie said on 21 Apr 2011 at 1:45 pm:
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    While we are talking about Republicans and our not good feelings for some of them lately, why are the County R’s (and the City R’s for that matter) raising taxes for park trails and cops on the lake?

  4. Proud Volunteer said on 21 Apr 2011 at 3:30 pm:
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    The real story in the City budget is how the career Fire staff is increasing greatly at the expense of the Volunteer fire and rescue staff.

    It seems the City elders are determined to push out the Volunteer fire company and Volunteer rescue squad. They ignore all the good, professional work the Volunteers have done for the citizens of Manassas for many years at little cost to the taxpayer.

    Growing your Career side of the house with all that full time personnel means higher and higher taxes in the out years. The sad thing is that this is not about being safe in your home, this is about control.

  5. Robert L. Duecaster said on 21 Apr 2011 at 3:36 pm:
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    @ Rocky:

    What’s her position on Illegal Aliens? You can’t tell from her website.

  6. Rocky said on 21 Apr 2011 at 4:17 pm:
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    @ Robert L. Duecaster:

    She is opposed to illegal immigration but I have nothing more’
    specific as of yet than this video. Her campaign is just getting
    started. She mentions it briefly in this video addressing
    the Virginia Citizens Defense League when she talks about
    Judgeships. I’ll post more as it becomes available. Thanks for
    asking.

    BTW, she’s also on Facebook.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLJJOAT8wN4

  7. Anonymous said on 21 Apr 2011 at 4:48 pm:
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    Leslie said on 21 Apr 2011 at 1:45 pm: Flag comment

    “While we are talking about Republicans and our not good feelings for some of them lately, why are the County R’s (and the City R’s for that matter) raising taxes for park trails and cops on the lake?”

    The problem is we have more Rinos in office in Prince William then we have real Republicans.

  8. Padre said on 21 Apr 2011 at 4:55 pm:
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    Patty–

    How is the cell phone tower harming you and your neighbors? How far is it from your home?

    Will your cell phone service improve? That sounds like a plus. Maybe John Stirrup and the others who voted yes did you a favor.

  9. Rocky said on 21 Apr 2011 at 4:56 pm:
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    @ Robert L. Duecaster:

    I’d like to refer you to her fathers blog on Newsmax:

    http://www.newsmax.com/blogs/JamesWalsh/id-63

  10. Yawning Wolf said on 21 Apr 2011 at 5:34 pm:
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    “The signature crimes of the most violent drug cartel in Mexico are its beheading and dismemberment of rival gang members, military personnel, law enforcement officers and public officials, and the random kidnappings and killings of civilians who get caught in its butchery and bloodletting.

    But this disparate band of criminals known as Los Zetas is no longer just a concern in Mexico. It has expanded its deadly operations across the southwestern border, establishing footholds and alliances in states from New York to California. Just last year, federal agents tied a cocaine operation in Baltimore to the Zetas.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/19/violent-mexican-drug-gang-expands-into-us/

    A $700 billion defense budget, and we don’t secure our own borders! Laws, made by our own “leaders”, who then refuse to uphold them!

    No increase of the debt ceiling for me! Do your job first!

  11. Lover of Life said on 21 Apr 2011 at 7:14 pm:
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    @ Rocky

    She needs to have positions for illegal immigration and abortion if she wants my vote, it is easy to say I will cut your taxes and your commute, talk is cheap.

  12. Maureen said on 21 Apr 2011 at 7:54 pm:
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    Do volunteer fire/rescue receive the same training as paid professionals?

    I do know that the volunteers do fundraising for new equipment, or they used to. So once they are pushed out that goes away.

    I would like to thank all of our volunteers for the hard work you give to the residents. I know I don’t say it enough. Please know that you are appreciated!!!!!!

  13. Patty said on 22 Apr 2011 at 10:19 am:
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    Check the Planning Commission’s denial of T Mobile’s application to answer your question…..

    But, I will answer your question with a question.

    Why is NCS technologies the top donor for Stirrup (”we live and breathe technology”)?

    http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/money_in_donors/32433?end_year=2010&start_year=2010

    Interesting how they provide MOBILE equipment:

    http://www.ncst.com/mobile/default.aspx#

    http://www.ncst.com/mobile/Overview.aspx

    Doesn’t look good does it?

    You answer my question and I’ll answer yours.

  14. Steve Thomas said on 22 Apr 2011 at 11:09 am:
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    I like the idea of volunteer fire departments and police auxilleries. Can anyone answer whether or not there are sufficient qualified volunteers to meet demand? My understanding is since the economy took a dive, the number of volunteers is down.

  15. mpcinsider said on 22 Apr 2011 at 11:59 am:
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    Alright I have to give the mayor credit for smacking down “Old Jimmy”, but someone will have to pickup the cost and that someone will be the residents of MP.

    http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2011/apr/22/water-leaks-costing-manassas-park-ar-989855/

  16. Robert L. Duecaster said on 22 Apr 2011 at 12:58 pm:
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    Steve:

    Maybe we should suggest to the Obama-meister that he make being a volunteer fireman a qualifier for the Dream Act.

  17. Robert L. Duecaster said on 22 Apr 2011 at 1:00 pm:
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    @ Rocky:

    I still can’t tell what her position is on illegal immigration. Until a politician takes a stand and puts it on his/her website and risks being called a racist by the Crazies and the Southern Poverty Lie Center, they’ve got no credibility.

  18. Indie said on 23 Apr 2011 at 7:47 am:
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    Republicans say they will cut my taxes while running for office and then they get in and they do the opposite. Democrats run for office saying they need to raise taxes to fund all sorts of programs and then they get elected and do just that. Which is worse?

  19. . said on 23 Apr 2011 at 10:06 am:
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    mcpinsider

    Jim didn’t suggest just raising rates–he also suggested setting money aside to fix the leaks.

    My question is why did it take until now before someone finally dealt with this issue? Water has been leaking from that system for years. Kudos to Jay for finally dealing with it!

  20. PumphreysaWITCH said on 23 Apr 2011 at 10:54 am:
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    @Proud Volunteer,

    I couldn’t agree with you more! To answer another persons question, YES, VOLUNTEERS receive the same training as the Career guys. The career side of PWCDFR is ABSOLUTELY CORRUPT, A bunch of good ol’boys who want the volunteers out in order to build their bottom line. They will argue that they want the volunteers there and that it saves the city/county money, blah, blah, blah, but their actions speak louder. The career chief keeps making up new rules to make it difficult for the volunteer organisations to function. He wants the county fire departments all to himself, to run how he wants, without the volunteers there to point out is many errors in operating. The career chief likes to argue that he wants the volunteer organisations, but he wants to make sure they are safe, etc. and receiving adequent training. He tries to make it appear that the volunteers are second grade fire fighters, who receive shotty training. This is not the case, as they ALL go to the COUNTY Public Safety Academy for training. The big difference between Volunteer and Career Firefighters (besides the latter being led by a corrupt bunch of clowns) is that the volunteers don’t get paid for all the time they spend getting trained and saving lives.
    I could go on and on about this topic!

  21. Anonymous said on 23 Apr 2011 at 12:03 pm:
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    As a Manassas City resident I am sick and tired of being told we need higher taxes for more police in Georgetown South. That community is and has always been a hotbed of crime and illegal activity as long as I have been in this town. It never gets better in spite of all the extra stuff they get like free memberships and transportation to the Boys and Girls Cub and all the Churches painting their fences for free. Let the residents of Georgetown South pay an extra fee to cover the extra police they get. If you want my tax dollars Manassas City then start buying the townhomes and turn that place into a dog park, that is the only long term solution.

  22. legal2 said on 24 Apr 2011 at 4:47 am:
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    Important that we get educated on the UN’s Agenda 21 which Clinton pursued heavily and which continues to threaten American sovereignty and liberty. Please read all you can on this and educate elected officials on how they cooperate without even connecting the dots themselves. http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=41656 - the author does make a typo in the 2nd paragraph using “isn’t” rather than “is”. Another article with links is http://biggovernment.com/jmsimpson/2011/01/23/agenda-21-part-ii-globalist-totalitarian-dictatorship-invading-a-town-near-you-with-your-permission/

  23. Jose said on 24 Apr 2011 at 8:43 am:
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    Did anyone else catch this and why wasn’t it reported in the local media?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/23/us/23plea.html?_r=1

    And we are worried about the southern border!

  24. Harry said on 25 Apr 2011 at 2:00 pm:
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    As someone whose house burned to the ground, I can attest that the PWC fire folks do their best but it was claer to me a totally paid FD is necessary, we wouldn’t have a volunteer Police Dept, so why a volunteer FD?

  25. Wineplz said on 25 Apr 2011 at 3:18 pm:
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    Anyone hear about the budget the BOCS are voting on tomorrow? The email I got from the PW Tea Party referred to an article written by Tom Whitmore, but it appears it was only in the print version (I don’t subscribe). It seems they are considering a 3.5% tax hike and more spending on capital improvements, like roads for developers, which we already know, means they will just build more houses, despite the flooded market. Didn’t know if anyone had any further info because frankly, I don’t like the idea of a tax hike, and I REALLY don’t like the idea of even more houses added to an inflated inventory forcing home values to drop even more. It’s not that I don’t think Mr. Whitmore didn’t have a great article, but was just looking for some more info…and the agenda at the county website is not exactly friendly for trying to dig up information in a fairly quick manner.

  26. Anonymous said on 25 Apr 2011 at 3:27 pm:
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    @wineplz
    The sad excuse for Republicans in this town don’t want you to know the details of the Budgets because you might ask intelligent questions like - so why are you raising my taxes again????

  27. PWC_Gal said on 25 Apr 2011 at 4:22 pm:
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    @Harry:

    Agreed. With the explosive growth of this county, a paid force is mandatory. The volunteer management of the Fire Svcs in the county is a joke on a good day. Watching houses burn down, seems to be what the volunteer force is “best” at — not to mention the complete lack of transparency about funding, etc — each volunteer squad is run like a Tammany Hall slush fund — and resources wasted and squandered.

    For the property taxes we pay, I expect at least a competent PD and FD to provide some measure of public safety. Unfortunately, in PWC, we have neither.

  28. PWC_Gal said on 25 Apr 2011 at 4:24 pm:
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    @wineplz:
    Agreed.

    @Anony 3:27
    Apparently you’re also not allowed to ask why the % of the county budget appropriated for the public schools keeps going up, and is the biggest and most wasteful expenditure of all. It is totally of out balance in comparison to ALL the needs of ALL citizens and taxpayers in the county.

  29. Anonymous said on 25 Apr 2011 at 8:36 pm:
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    Manassas city police want hazzardous duty pay to walk the beat in GTS because they might get shot at? Is not that there job? LOL

  30. Anonymous II said on 26 Apr 2011 at 7:42 am:
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    It was most entertainig to watch the public hearing in Manassas on tv last night. I noted with interest that all the rich old town liberals were out to support their own best boy and his crew of RINOs in favor of the tax increases on townhomes (over 6%!) and business because after all the rich ones can afford to go to Europe for 24 days as one lady said, or own 3 properties as another lady said. Glad to see true Republicans were out in force saying - NO! Thank you Tea Party for getting the word out!

  31. K.O'toole said on 26 Apr 2011 at 8:12 am:
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    Will someone please explain why the MC budget includes $26K in revenue to Manassas Ballet Theater, which also receives over $54K from PWC (not to mention revenue from ticket sales and over 140K from its school)? Could it be that the owner’s spouse is on the MC Board? Why shouldn’t all area businesses get subsidies? They ALL contribute to the quality of life in Manassas, right?

  32. Just the Facts said on 26 Apr 2011 at 10:28 am:
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    We need to watch the budget carefully. Developer roads include:

    Rollins Ford
    University Blvd extended to Wellington
    Purcel Road expansion
    Others

    None of these roads benefit current PWC residents. They only open up new areas in western PWC to more dense development. Moreover, we’re paying for them. Bonehead Peacor said at a recent BOCS meeting that we’re using debt and that no payments will be due from general revenues until later. Well, duh, Melissa, that’s how people get into trouble. Put it on your credit card and hope to be able to pay later. Our Mensa-member (not) County Executive also pointed out use of proffer funds. Proffer monies are to be used to offset negative impacts of development on residents, not rolled over to build more roads for developers.

    The housing market is now officially in a double-dip:

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/26/real_estate/february_case_shiller/index.htm

    Don’t give me the crap about the market being stronger in the DC area. Half the houses in PWC are underwater on their mortgages and foreclosures continue to depress the market. The last thing we need is more new residential development.

    The mother of all developer roads will be the Dulles Road to Nowhere running from where the Rt. 234 Bypass stops at I-66 to somewhere west of the airport. It’s not in the CIP now, but don’t blink too long. Around a half-billion dollars to open up rural land in PWC and Loudoun to developers.

  33. Just the Facts said on 26 Apr 2011 at 10:53 am:
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    Have a look at this link:

    http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/541/541244590/541244590_200807_990.pdf

    This is a 990 filing (tax return for non-profit organization) for Wolfe’s Manassas Ballet. See page 8. That breaks down their sources of income-producing activities.

    A few years ago, PWC created an Arts Grants Panel and empowered it as an unelected allocator of taxpayer money. It is supervised by the Arts Council. They created a funding forumula designed to have the taxayer’s money go to Wolfe’s ballet school. The more income you report, the more taxpayer money you get. Note in the 990, however, that by far Wolfe’s ballet academy generates more income than the ballet performances. The ballet academy is a private dance school that competes with genuinely private enterprises in the community. Nonetheless, the Arts Council and the Arts Grants Panel has been playing along with this game for years.

    Look up who runs the Arts Council. I bet you won’t be tremendously surprised.

  34. Patty said on 26 Apr 2011 at 2:22 pm:
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    So Supervisor Stirrup wanted the lower tax rate as proposed by Supervisor May because he is concerned about “low property values” and yet, last week, Supervisor Stirrup supported and voted for a cell tower in the middle of Westgate located behind homes.

    I wonder how that is going to affect home values in Westgate

    What is wrong with this picture?

  35. Robert L. Duecaster said on 26 Apr 2011 at 2:42 pm:
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    Patty:

    Where is the cell tower to be located? I’m not familiar with the issue. It appears that the likeliest place is next to the ballfields off of Fairmont. Can you provide a better reference than “in the middle of Westgate behind houses?”

    Thanks.

  36. Sick & Tired said on 26 Apr 2011 at 8:41 pm:
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    Just The Facts,
    You are right on about those road projects. Rollins Ford moved from way down the list to the top. Who benefits from this road? Not anyone in PWC. It will simply route traffic from surrounding counties through residential neighborhoods to reach their mecca, wherever that might be. Heck, there aren’t even any gas stations or small business for those travelers to patronize to produce a little revenue to support road maintainence. Who pays? We do, and not just with our dollars but with the diminished quality of life.

  37. Patty said on 26 Apr 2011 at 8:47 pm:
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    Rob,

    A picture is worth a thousand words. You need to go to the County web site and go to the mapper. Look at where Flat Branch intersects Lomond Drive. The small green area in the NW corner of that intersection is where the cell tower is to be located which is up on top of the hill (berm located west of Flat Branch). The tower will be 108 feet high with an area of 60 by 60 feet which is larger than most all houses in the area. Closest impact is to homes on Lomond Drive, Lomond Drive which splits from Lomond South, Norfolk Court, Norfolk Street, Fairmont Ave.

    I’ve seen plenty of cell towers. I can’t think of one that is this close to houses. In fact staff can not give an example of a cell tower that is this close to homes.

    This was not only approved but heartily supported by Supervisor Stirrup. The same supervisor who bent over backwards to fight Dominion Power to keep them from stringing their lines through the Gainesville District (probably near his home). Note for those who live and breathe technology: you can’t have technology without power.

    This is the same supervisor who today said he was concerned about home values when he chimed in to support Supervisor May’s lower tax rate.

    He sure isn’t concerned about home values in Westgate or Sudley for that matter.

  38. Anonymous said on 27 Apr 2011 at 6:43 am:
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    Patty,
    It’s clear to me and many of my neighbors that this cell tower has lost Supervisor Stirrup scores of supporters. He lost a lot of supporters when he did NOTHING about the six foot high fence on Strasburg. It was Supervisor Jenkins that decided to take on the fence task. Meanwhile, Stirrup is silent on the issue. I think if the truth were to be told he would have loved to ditch Sudley and West Gate. It’s bad enough the county staff in planning and T-Mobile want to screw us over, but now our supervisor does too. He sure cared about us when he needed us for his agenda in 2007.

    I agree someone that is in tune with the people is who we need representing us on the board. We do not need someone living on a farm or from a gated community representing us. Unfortunately, that’s what we have in the two candidates running for supervisor for the Gainesville district. I wouldn’t vote for either of these two men if the election were held today. I will not change my mind regarding Stirrup.

  39. Patty said on 28 Apr 2011 at 8:11 am:
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    Anonymous,

    Let’s not forget the “hotel” on 10131 Lomond Drive. Nothing was done about that.

    I am curious if Stirrup would have voted for this tower if the original 7 district map was approved which would have split off part of Wesgate (at Strasburg) and the cell tower into Nohe’s district. He sure would have let Nohe take the heat for something he did and the voters wouldn’t have a chance to express their displeasure at the voting booth.

    Of course, since this cell tower is on the border of both Nohe’s and Covington’s districts I’m sure they will get some of the fall out. They did vote against the tower. I’m surprised Caddigan seconded Stirrup’s motion. I always thought she liked Nohe.

    Yes, it would be nice to have someone from the Westgate Sudley area to represent us, someone who understands high density neighborhoods and could represent the whole district.

  40. Wilbur Walker said on 5 May 2011 at 6:21 pm:
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    You people on here need to get a dost of reality and get a life. Bunch of mp fo s.

  41. Anonymous said on 7 May 2011 at 9:52 pm:
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    FEMA denies assistance for Virginia tornadoes:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2011/05/fema-denies-assistance-virginia-tornadoes

    FUBO

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