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Archives for December 2011

2011: The Year In Review

31 December 2011 | Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 3 Comments

2011 was entirely boring and uneventful in Northern Virginia.  Nothing at all of interest happened, except for floods, earthquakes, a furiously silly election season, the biggest historical reenactment and anniversary in 50 years, mass murders, redistricting, and well, okay.  So 2011 wasn’t exactly boring.
With apologies to Dave Barry, here we go…

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Merry Craziness, Happy New Paradigm

30 December 2011 | Virginia Politics | 49 Comments

All sorts of political craziness seemed to erupt while I was away on vacation for Christmas.  Virginia’s Republican presidential primary certifies a whopping two candidates, neither which seem to appeal to voters a whole lot and immediately descends into silly lawsuits and an equally silly “loyalty oath”, the US Senate campaign field narrows by one, […]

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Notorious “Butt Slasher” Probably An Illegal Alien

29 December 2011 | Illegal Aliens, Crime | 4 Comments

The National Review has more.

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Oh, That’s A Good One…

20 December 2011 | Virginia Politics, Humor & Satire | 10 Comments

Maybe this is the season for good jokes, as well as good cheer.  Luke Torian for Lieutenant Governor?  Really?
Maybe Virginia Democrats simply don’t have much in the way of alternatives.  Or perhaps they’ve finally discovered a sense of humor.  If it’s the latter, I thank them for a good laugh that made my season a […]

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President Obama, please put JOBS under the Christmas tree this year!

15 December 2011 | National Politics | 35 Comments

Guest Post by Melody Himel Scalley 
Unless you have a high paying government job, and even if you do, you are probably well aware that the majority of American’s are deeply impacted by the ongoing devastation to the United States economy since President Obama took office.
While overall the unemployment rate hovers close to 9%, minority unemployment […]

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Open Thread

13 December 2011 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Haven’t had one of these in a while, so have at it!

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Get This Soldier Home By Christmas

11 December 2011 | National Politics | 2 Comments

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is a name every American should know.
Usually I like to focus on local stories, which only rarely are given the amount of coverage in the media to allow citizens to be informed about what government does and have the information they need to make solid decisions about who should serve as an […]

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The Virginia Blastoff Bailout

8 December 2011 | Virginia House | 15 Comments

If there were a contest each General Assembly session for the dumbest bill of the year, HB 19 would be a very strong contender this time around.  Seriously, are we really going to be giving people $8,000 tax breaks to help blast minuscule portions of people’s earthly remains into space?

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Manassas Park’s Big, Bold, New Plan

8 December 2011 | Manassas Park | 24 Comments

Finally, there’s a big, bold plan to rescue Manassas Park from their financial doldrums.  Put up signs on Rt. 28 that advertise the city as “a destination.”  There’s little doubt that employing this heavily overused phrase, one that has been sucked dry of any meaning it ever had long ago, will make the park suddenly explode […]

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Bob Marshall has NOT Endorsed Bill Bolling

7 December 2011 | Virginia Politics | 5 Comments

I added to some confusion this week by passing along information I’d gotten that Bob Marshall had endorsed Bill Bolling, which turned out to be false.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, those of you who fight for conservative economic and social government policies.  The conservatives who aren’t afraid to fight for principle haven’t […]

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Corey Stewart LG Run May Change PWC A Lot

5 December 2011 | Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 14 Comments

It’s not quite official now, but pretty close: Corey Stewart is running for Lieutenant Governor.  That comes as little surprise.  This race will definitely change the political dynamic not only in Virginia, but Prince William County as well if he is successful, as he’s served at the top of Prince William County politics since 2006 and […]

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The Endorsement Racket

5 December 2011 | Virginia Politics | 4 Comments

As the the next waves of election races heat up there’s predictably been a flurry of endorsement announcements for various candidates.  Some of these are meaningful, many of them are not, and it might not be obvious to many how to tell the difference.  Since BVBL readers tend to have an interest in being a […]

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Santa Arrives Tonight In Manassas

2 December 2011 | Manassas City | No Comments

Santa arrives in Manassas tonight, with festivities starting at 5:30PM. If you don’t know about this, here’s a video I shot of last year’s event that should give you an idea of what happens.

Not sure when or if I’ll be covering events in Manassas in the near future, so make sure you’re there and […]

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Good Question

2 December 2011 | Manassas City | 61 Comments

Will Manassas choose a new city manager today, asks A Bridge Too Far?  But more to the point, will anyone bother to pay any attention to the matter and offer their input as citizens?
That’s the crux, folks.  We whine about the decisions that were made, but when those decisions were being deliberated none of us bothered […]

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Mexican Drug Cartels in NOVA

1 December 2011 | Manassas Park, Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics, Crime, Manassas City, Prince William County | 15 Comments

ICE participated in an investigation involving firearms and cocaine trafficking that resulted in the arrest of eleven people in Fairfax County and the Manassas area, most of whom were foreign nationals from Mexico.  Sounds a whole lot like the Mexican drug cartels have set up shop in Virginia, as this isn’t the first time we have been […]

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