One of the projects I’ve been working on lately with the Virginia First Foundation and the Virginia Christian Alliance is a documentary where Pastors talk about the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on marriage and how the Christian community should respond. It’s not a hypothetical that Christians in Virginia will be subjected to some degree of persecution as a result of this decision, given what we’ve seen happen elsewhere. It’s coming. We can’t be surprised when it arrives. Getting ready, at least spiritually, isn’t optional.
Ben Carson seems to have kicked off a pretty contentious debate this week with his comments about Islam and whether it is compatible with political leadership in the country. Such a subject probably deserves a more informed discussion than the knee-jerk responses that some on either side of this have been willing to offer, and those offering nothing but pablum on this, for whatever reason, rightly deserve some intellectual confrontations. Such a subject is too important to let sit unresolved because some involved in the debate aren’t willing to treat the rest of us like we’re capable of any intellectual reasoning.
After years of quiet protest and silent prayers as tens of thousands of innocent young lives were snuffed out, the abortion center in Manassas known as Amethyst Health Center for Women will close on September 28th. So many have worked with dogged determination to provide alternatives to women considering abortion, and they deserve our thanks. So many have spent countless hours outside the center holding signs that affirm the value of life, and they deserve thanks, too. And all of you who never stopped offering up your prayers, you deserve thanks. The real thanks for this, though, belong to God, for it’s He that did this, and some of us just had the honor of being part of His plan in all this.
As we are graced this weekend with yet another local story of a violent crime perpetrated by illegal alien MS-13 gang members, I can only hope that the questions it raises (once again) are useful as we try to figure out which one of the Republican presidential candidates speaks for citizens, and how many of the others are merely shilling for those who stand to profit from cheap illegal alien labor no matter how deep the innocent bodies are stacked. These gruesome stories are perfect examples of the real human costs that entirely avoidable policy errors impose on us and if we’re to make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand what’s going on.
So the Times-Dispatch has finally decided to run the story on Tommy Norment trolling for mistresses on Ashley Madison now that the protective cover that they were giving to Senator Donald McEachin couldn’t be maintained any longer. It was amazing how the “mainstream” press and the liberal blogs were ignoring that serial womanizer Norment showed up in the Ashley Madison data, even though you’d think they’d take any and every opportunity to throw rocks at a Republican. If they published a story about Norment though, they’d also have to run the story on McEachin, and they weren’t going to do that unless they had no other choice.
Ernest W. Powell is a Democrat running for the Virginia Senate in the 11th District. I found his name in the Ashley Madison database dump as I was looking up candidates and elected officials in the Richmond area today, and what surprised me more was the email address listed on the transaction record for his two credit card purchases: firstname.lastname@example.org. While it’s not unusual to see someone use an email address that your wife won’t likely see when you’re trying to buy “credits” on the “life is short - have an affair” website, what is unusual is to see a candidate for office start using his campaign’s financial account to do so.
Delegate David Yancey of Newport News, 94th House District (more…)
The Ashley Madison data hack last week turned out some interesting data, and within that data was a reference to Manassas City Councilman Mark Wolfe. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one curious about what in the heck he was doing on that site, and after a bit of digging I was able to obtain some information that appears to be related to his activity. When someone is an elected official, with authority to decide how high our taxes will be and how much of that taxpayer money will be funneled into his own personal interests, having some idea of the level of trust we should reasonably have in their judgment based on their behavior seems to be in the public interest.
So without any further ado, let’s see what the data says.
So the Ashley Madison data hits the interwebs and what do we find? Of course we find a few of our glorious elected officials in Prince William County establishing paid accounts on a website for people trying to cheat on their spouses! It’s actually quite a relief to find so few of them on the list, but at least that helps us to pay particular attention to those who deserve our scrutiny the most. And just who might those be? Drum roll, please…
If Governor McAuliffe really believes that Virginia National Guard Soldiers should maintain a force protection policy that prohibits their access to firearms for their own defense, that same force protection policy should apply to McAuliffe’s own security detail. If defensive firearms are that dangerous, and that unnecessary to protect our armed forces, they’re as equally dangerous and unnecessary in any other circumstance where we are protecting public servants.
We do treat similarly situated people equally under the law, do we not?
Members of the Virginia General Assembly, you have a special session coming up pretty soon. You might want to work on getting this policy enacted into the Code of Virginia. We can print up t-shirts for the Governor’s security detail that say “Gun-Free Zone,” which was all the protection those Marines were allowed to have in Chattanooga, so it should be fine in this case.
From the website:
“A Kingdom or a County” is a full-length documentary feature film under production by NOVA Digital, chronicling government and political corruption in one of Virginia’s most picturesque and historic localities. Told by current and former elected officials, as well as local citizens, we hear the shocking stories of how the innocent were imprisoned or killed, and the politically-powerful guilty, protected.
You can support this film with your donations, and donors will receive recognition in the film credits. Once we have completed production, we intend that the feature film will be screened in a local theater and then released digitally, with an expected release date in October, 2015.
If you’d like to help make it possible for this project to be completed, visit NOVA Digital’s project page to find out how you can help.
Anything that might possibly offend the delicate sensitivities of liberal statists is under assault across the country, and right here in Northern Virginia the target-du-jour is a small gun store that would like to expand their business. Myself and another strong supporter of liberty and our Constitutionally-protected rights spent an afternoon with these fine people to learn their story and share it with you.
Stay vigilant. Never quit. Once surrendered, rights are terribly difficult to restore.
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore announced this weekend in front of several hundred conservatives that he is considering a run for the Republican nomination for President. While Gilmore didn’t have any campaign staff in tow at the Leadership Institute’s “Conservative Soiree” in Centreville, he was happy to tell a number of conservative leaders gathered at the event what he’d like to see changed in the way the Executive Branch operates and gave every indication that he’s serious about this.
It’s not the first time Gilmore has tried, and his last effort in 2008 didn’t last that long. What’s changed since then? Well, there doesn’t seem to be an announced candidate from Virginia yet and hardly any of the campaigns seem to have much of a presence in the Commonwealth at this point. Nature abhors a vacuum, right?
If more Republican candidates would engage their audiences with anything approaching this level of hope and optimism, our government would look a lot different than it does now.
Tuesday is primary elections day in Virginia, and no other race in the Commonwealth has nearly the significance of the 28th House District, where embattled House Speaker Bill Howell is desperately trying to hold onto his seat. That election, which is nominally between Howell and Susan Stimpson, will determine who the next Speaker of the House of Delegates will be, and only a pitifully small number of Virginians will decide that outcome. If Howell wins this primary, he will almost certainly remain as Speaker. If he loses, Delegate Kirk Cox will almost certainly be our next House Speaker.
When the Prince William Board of County Supervisors met in closed session during their last meeting to discuss what the board’s official response would be to Melissa Peacor instigating a criminal investigation of a private citizen for criticizing her, it failed to identify, as it is required under law, what provision of Virginia law authorized them to discuss matters without public observation. Sometimes the justification for having secret meetings gives us some idea of what is going on in these closed sessions, as they must cite a code section, usually one that deals with potential or ongoing litigation, or contract negotiations. We might not know exactly what was going on in closed session, but we have some idea of the general nature, based on what legal citation is used.
As a rule, the County Attorney always cites what provision of the code allows the board to hide behind closed doors to discuss public business that would otherwise be public. Occasionally such disclosures are somewhat comical, as the County Attorney rushes to get the citation in before the mics are cut, but even when that is, it’s at least appreciated that the citation is made. There’s some semblance of following the law going on, which is a start.
Where does Mrs. Gilkerson, principal of Glenkirk Elementary, reside?
Where do her children attend school?
How does that happen? Does the school administration intend to tell the people who are paying their salaries what their senior employees are doing, and how they will address those questions?
As they come in…
John Guevara narrowly wins in Sully District of Fairfax
Steve Chapman (?!!??) wins in Woodbridge
Michele McQuigg Wins Clerk of the Court
Glen Hill wins Sheriff
Stewart wins BOCS Chairman
Marty Nohe wins in Coles
Ruth Anderson wins in Occoquan
For many of you out there, no political race excites so little of your attention as the Clerk of the Court. Many of you don’t interact with it; heck, many don’t even have a solid idea even of what it does. Despite the understandable ignorance of many, it’s a pretty important job that has the potential to impact your life in some fairly significant ways, and that makes who is Clerk a rather non-trivial decision.