McAuliffe won’t arm Guardsmen







Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Tuesday that Virginia state police will beef up patrols around military recruiting stations following attacks on two military facilities in Tennessee, but he will not order National Guardsmen to be armed. McAuliffe (D) said he consulted with Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams of the Virginia National Guard on Monday about the need for extra security


Bagby gets Morrissey’ old seat






Lamont Bagby, a member of the Henrico County School Board, on Tuesday easily defeated independent David M. Lambert in a special election for a seat in the House of Delegates. Bagby won the right to finish the term of former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, which expires in January.



Clinton may win Va.






Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) predicted Tuesday that Hillary Clinton would win Virginia in the 2016 presidential election, but he said he didn’t expect it to be easy. A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday from the state has three Republican presidential contenders polling within Clinton’s margin of error. Kaine said he was not “overly” concerned.



Dave Brat Cosponsors Bill To End LEGAL Immigration

David Brat

Dave Brat has consistently tried to clarify his history of proble2ms with immigration datings back to his campaign againwst Eric Cantor last year. From stating that educated immigrants need to “stay home” to comparing immigrants to ISIS and beyond, Brat has on many occasions had to try to reassure us that his opposition to immigration is strictly concerning ILLEGAL immigration, not legal, and thaers

Trump mirroring a Reagan strategy

Say what you want about Donald Trump, but he is a very smart and accomplished man with some obviously very smart people behind him. And his campaign is looking a lot like a certain person whom many Republicans, and the media, dismissed as “just an actor, and a bad actor at that.” I’ve been reading “Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s” by Yanek Mieczkowski. Very interesting parallels. Sure, Ronald Reagan had run in 1968, but his sole primary victory was in a state where his was the only name on the ballot.  

Rick Perry skillfully smacks “The Donald” on Immigration

I’ve been trying to write a post on “The Donald” being an ignorant racist for the past two weeks. But, everyone kept saying the same thing I was thinking. If you have a minute, check out Chris Beer’s post on this subject. He said what a majority of Republicans are thinking about the former Reality TV star.

But the best explanation for how “The Donald” is being a terrible representative of the GOP is his latest spat with Former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Trump recently attack Governor Perry for “not doing enough to secure the border.” Never mind the fact Perry deployed 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen to the Mexican border, he “didn’t do enough” for Donald Trump.

Governor Perry responded with this.


Perry handled this situation EXACTLY like every Republican should handle this situation. Explain their opposition on illegal immigration, then talk about the respect of others.

So many people of Latin American descent have shaped our nation and the Republican Party. Every person should have a right to be respected in the Republican Party. We should be able to admit that illegal immigration is a problem, but should be able to talk to others with respect afforded to them  for being a human being. 

Everyone could have a slip of the tongue, but that is not the case with Mr. Trump. His actions are despicable and disgusting. Heck, he isn’t that big of  a Republican to begin with.

I would be remiss if I didn’t quote a passage from the 3rd Chapter of James when speaking about Donald Trump:

“3-2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

We need to respect all Americans, or we shall certainly lose this election. This election is too high stakes to lose on a racist candidate, and I applaud Governor Perry on setting the record straight.

Fauquier County Doesn’t Like Your Second Amendment

soviet_fingerThe Fauquier Times has this oddity, where the local BOS voted 4-1 to ban the discharge of firearms from within 200 yards of a “regularly occupied structure” (whatever that means):

Scott District Supervisor Holder Trumbo, whose district includes New Baltimore, said “we’ve had complaints for quite a while” about the shooting and that more than one neighbor tried to reach out to Compton to try to resolve the issue.

“I don’t think anyone is blowing this out of proportion,” he said of the complainants.

“We could have gone the no-shoot route. This creates a scenario where neighbors are forced to work together,” Trumbo said, since the discharge of a firearm within 200 yards of a dwelling is allowed if the occupant consents.

How very Soviet of Mr. Trumbo.

Of course, since the pen is mightier than the sword, one might argue that laws prohibiting speech in and around “regularly occupied structures” up to 200 yards will be next on their agenda.

Alas, most folks haven’t arrived at the point that we should protect our 2A rights just as feverishly as we protect our 1A rights.

Republicans selling Hillary Lasso

RICHMOND — The Republican Party of Virginia is selling “Hillary Clinton Press Lassos” to capi­tal­ize on the presidential hopeful’s campaign blunder at a Fourth of July parade in New Hampshire.

Delegate Jones to testify

Delegate Chris Jones is going to testify at the redistricting trial today in Alexandria.

Jones was one of the top planners of the current district lines.

This decision will have an impact on Virginia’s politics.


A fall from grace can be a long trip down

Bill Cosby  (Jeffrey MacMillan for Capital Business)
Bill Cosby (Jeffrey MacMillan for Capital Business)

When Lance Armstrong fell from his perch as a highly-respected survivor of cancer and seven-time winner of the Tour de France after admitting he lied for many years about his use of banned supplements, some of the clockers and watchers who watch such things said it is hard to expect much of heroes any more.

Many have fallen over the years and a couple of more joined the ranks this month when Bill Cosby finally admitted, after many denials, that he used drugs to coax sex from women over the years and Jared Fogle, the man who lost more than 300 pounds and became a Subway spokesman, is now under suspicion for child pornography.

Child pornography hits close to home in Floyd County.  Businessman and sports announcer Greg Clabaugh and his war veteran son went to prison last year for possessing and distributing images of youngsters in sexual positions.  A member of the county’s electoral board resigned after investigators found child porn on the computer he used in his office in the Courthouse.  On May 26, Circuit Judge Marc Long sent 21-year-old Randy Lee Phillps to prison for 13 years, along with 45 years suspended, for 29 counts of possession of child pornography.

“I do believe you are a threat to society,” Long told Phillips at sentencing.  “Child pornography is not a victimless crime.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Branscom said Phillips had received visitors at his home, including a 10-year-old.

“He understood what he was doing,” Branscom said.  “He takes it lightly.”

Last week, former Floyd County Assistant Treasurer Kristie Turman admitted embezzling at least $36,012 from taxpayers from 2010 to 2014.  She faces sentencing on October 6 on six counts of taking the money and another six counts of using a computer to try and hide the activity.

Next week, Richard Earl Bishop II faces multiple life sentences for several rapes of a 12 and 13 year old elementary school student in Floyd County.  At his sentencing hearing before a jury, he claimed “it wasn’t rape, it was love.”

Earlier this year, Natasha Shishkevish, owner of the former Natasha’s restaurant in Floyd, entered a guilty plea to embezzlement when she failed to pay taxes to the town.

Auto repair show owner Joey Kaylor entered  guilty pleas received suspended sentences on 14 counts of embezzlement for diversion of tax and benefit funds.

Real estate operator Terry Thompson was placed under a deferred sentence program in February for writing a bad check.  If he keeps his nose clean until February 7, 2017, he might have the charge expunged.

When Lance Armstrong fell from grace in 2012, he told Juliet Marcur of The New York Times that it would take six months to a year to rebuild his reputation.

“He said his plan was to keep a low profile and quietly earn back public trust, partly by apologizing to the people he had stepped on or, in some cases, tried to destroy,” she wrote earlier this year. “The plan might have worked — if he had bothered to follow it.”

She cited Armstrong’s continued lies about his deception of SCA Promotions, one of his sponsors in cycling.  An arbitration panel awarded SCA $10 million because, it said, Armstrong lies.

Wrote Marcur:

“Perjury must never be profitable,” the panel said, explaining that the case had presented “an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” on Armstrong’s part.

The panel added that “it is almost certainly the most devious sustained deception ever perpetrated in world sporting history” and that “deception demands real, meaningful sanctions.”

Marcur has followed and reported on Armstrong for years.

She concluded:

It all shows that Armstrong might have started out on a road to redemption two years ago, but that he took an early exit.

Truth is still not part of his daily vocabulary. This month, Armstrong received two traffic tickets in Aspen, Colo., on charges that he hit two parked cars and left the scene of an accident. But that was only after his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, had gotten those tickets. She initially told the police that she was driving on the night of the hit-and-run because Armstrong had been drinking, but she later admitted that she had lied because she didn’t want his name in the news.

So Armstrong’s great blueprint of winning back the public — tell the truth and reveal your goodness — wasn’t so great after all. After two years, has it faded so much that he can no longer make out the words? He continues to lie, and even had his girlfriend lie for him.

When the fall begins, the road down can be long and hard.

Lance Armstrong: The lies just keep on coming.
Lance Armstrong: The lies just keep on coming.

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