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.
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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.
A lot of us were surprised when Marty Nohe was the first to announce that the Ferlazzo school site would indeed be used for a neighborhood elementary school instead of being secretly re-purposed as an opportunity to relocate the Porter Traditional School. For most of us, all we knew of Nohe’s involvement was that he wanted the activists attending School Board meetings to wear the T-shirts he had gotten to promote their cause - with Marty Nohe’s name plastered on it, of course. The activists refused, as you’d expect. But that wasn’t the end of Nohe’s meddling on this issue - not at all.
By now everyone should figure out that they’ll likely be voting in a different place than their usual polling location, and that a Republican-run “firehouse primary” has rules that are a little different than a state-run government process. Now all you need to do, if you’re a Republican (yes, it’s a process to determine the Republican nominee, so it’s for Republicans) who is planning on participating, is figure out who to cast your ballot for.
If you’re hoping either one of the Republican candidates for Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors gives a damn about illegal immigration, that hope pretty much got demolished at the debate between Chris Crawford and Corey Stewart this past week. When asked about how the county should respond to Youth For Tomorrow trafficking “unaccompanied alien minors” (a fancy name for underage illegal aliens) into Virginia, Crawford hoped (presumably more) government could help teach them English. Stewart, who supposedly understands local government as a result of his long-entrenchment in local elected office, stunningly claimed that there’s no problem for local taxpayers since Youth For Tomorrow handles all the costs and “Prince William County residents don’t pay a dime.”
Looks like we’re in deep trouble either way.
Guest Post by Vigilant
On March 4th the Prince William County School Board signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Youth for Tomorrow (YFT) and PWCS whereby YFT would fund a central office position entitled “Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist”. The position is posted on the YFT website (as a Student Assistant Specialist) and states that the individual will be working out of the Kelly Building. Do you think they are just being generous? Think again.
So tonight, in honor of Jesus Christ being tortured, nailed to a cross, and sacrificing His life in atonement for your sins, you can go out and party in the City of Manassas as part of “Founder’s Day.” There’s really nothing more fitting to recognize the horror and descent into hell that Jesus experienced on your behalf than knocking back a few at a beer Garden, participating in trivia contests, or getting a book signed by the author.
Yes, I understand that not everyone is a Christian, but there’s utterly no way I can imagine an observant Christian attending such a thing tonight.
Yes, the idea of a Bi-County Parkway seems to be rapidly dying, but it’s not done yet. To complete this, we need to get the Board of County Supervisors to remove the project from the County’s comprehensive plan. Supervisor Candland plans to introduce a motion to do just that at the next board meeting, and we’ll get to see how our elected officials feel about property rights and subsidizing developers right before they are subject to the voters in the primaries.
During an election year, you can actually get quite a bit done. Imagine that.
Delegate Tim Hugo will have a press conference on Wednesday about the Bi-County Parkway. Having heard nothing about this project for months, I was pretty intrigued. When I asked his staff what this could be about, all I could get about this was “If you oppose the BCP tomorrow will be a good day.”
Now I’m fascinated. It’s been a while since we’ve had a good day, policy wise, in the Commonwealth.