Friday, July 13, 2012

Gloucester, VA Links and News - Thomas Jefferson - History of Our Nation

Thomas Jefferson - Response To The Citizens of Albemarle, February 12, 1790

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A major part about living in an historical area is understanding history.  Knowing and understanding our past is a major part of helping us understand where we are today and where we want to go in the future.  Understanding the intents and purposes of our founding fathers and their message as they stated them as opposed to how modern day revisionists would have you believe them is critical knowing why the world presently works the way it does.  Over the next few weeks, besides our other stories, we will be presenting a number of historical documents along with commentary to help everyone better understand where we have been, where we are today and where we want to look to going into the future.

  We will look at the morality of yesterday and compare it to today and see what we want to consider for tomorrow.  We have a number of articles and pieces already prepared for just this idea.  We will be looking at not only the works of Thomas Jefferson, we will be looking at the life and contributions of George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Henry D Thoreau and many others.

  George Washington has some very interesting points that are even more valid today than they were in his own time.  In fact, one could say he was very prophetic to modern times.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gloucester VA Crime Locator - See Where Crimes Are Happening In Gloucester, VA

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The above is a live link to SpotCrime, a web site that shows the location of where reported crimes have occurred here in Gloucester, VA.   You can sign up for alerts on the site or just bookmark the site and visit it from time to time for news updates.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gloucester, VA - Two distinctly different artists share a common bond

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Two artists live across the Chesapeake Bay from each other – Kacey Carneal in Gloucester and Mama Girl on the Eastern Shore.
They’ve never met but might be soul sisters of a sort.
Both are self-taught artists who rely on creative visions that they say are channeled through them. They’re part of a show of paintings and sculptures by 16 such artists at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, “The Beat Goes On: Self-Taught Artists and Their Visionary Art,” organized by Gayle Paul, center curator.
 “I think I have spirits who help me,” Carneal said of her work. “I call it magic. It goes whichever way it wants to go.”
Carneal has lived in her 17th century home on Free School Creek for 40 years. Her late husband inherited the historic schoolhouse and 60 rural acres, and Carneal has transformed the two-story structure with antiques, her clever, painted furniture and dozens of her folk paintings.
Her house, that’s reality.
“The studio is my not reality,” she stressed during a tour of her home last week. “The real world is not in there.”
Carneal’s sacred place for painting is a small, 1930s cottage surrounded on three sides by water. It’s a short walk from her home along a strip of land where deer may cross her path.

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Gloucester Sheriff's Office - Victims In Apparent Murder/Suicide ID'd

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crime tape police photo

Updated: Monday, 09 Jul 2012, 2:22 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 07 Jul 2012, 7:34 PM EDT
GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) - The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office has released the names of a man and woman found shot to death inside a home Friday evening.
Investigators say it is an apparent murder/suicide.
Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Little said family members called deputies around 6:30p.m. to check on Neville Jackson, 85, and Mary Jackson, 79. They arrived to find their bodies inside the home in the 6900 block of Ware Neck Road.

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Gloucester VA Info Site Producing Lots Of Extra Pages

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The main Gloucester County, VA web site with the dot info extension is using an old SEO trick to help stave off negative press from showing up in search results.  Why?  Because we are producing a lot of negative press about Gloucester County, VA Animal Control, Gloucester County, VA Sheriff's Office, Circuit Court Office and staff and now the Board of Supervisors.  The concept is to push other sites down by flooding the search engine with pages on your own site.  Gloucester has deep pockets, even though they happen to be yours.  So what we are doing in response to all of this is recoding our posts to move back up into the search results.

  Not an easy task and very time consuming.  So in case you have been wondering why all the pages now flooding the local search, you understand why.


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Political History, James Madison on Constitutional Law

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Political History, James Madison on Constitutional Law;

What It Means For Today;

Today's modern views and interpretations of the law of the land are as follows;

“Paragraph A; Gives Congress the power to tax and spend for the General welfare.

Under this broad power, Congress can help states improve the health and education of the citizens.
Congress can appropriate money to build roads, dams and do many other things that are good for the nation.

Here is the actual law;

Article I. Section 8.

Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and
excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of
the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the
United States;

Present Interpretations;

Under this broad power, Congress can help states improve the health and education of the citizens.
Congress can appropriate money to build roads, dams and do many other things that are good for the nation.

Sounds logical does it not?

Here is what James Madison said; Based on his Veto of the “Bonus Bill”.

“The power to regulate commerce among the several States can not include a power to construct roads and canals, and to improve the navigation of water courses in order to facilitate, promote, and secure such a commerce without a latitude of construction departing from the ordinary import of the terms;

To refer the power in question to the clause,”to provide for the common defense and general welfare”
would be contrary to the established and consistent rules of interpretation, as rendering the special and careful enumeration of powers which follow the clause nugatory and improper. Such a view of the Constitution would have the effect of giving to Congress a general power of legislation instead of the defined and limited one hitherto understood to belong to them.”

To appreciate these United States, it is important to know it's past, then view it's present state, and ask questions.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

GVLN - VA State Police Spy Cameras

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- VA State Police Spy Cameras

Well you really can not call them spy cameras, but it is big brother watching in the newest ways. We spotted this VA State Police vehicle in Yorktown and took some pictures of the new equipment.  

With the first picture, we can see a set of cameras on the back end of the vehicle.  Notice how they are angled out and downwards. These cameras read your license plate as you drive by or they drive by you. The camera sends the information onto the computers in the vehicles and then feeds the information into a main database and checks background information. If you have any outstanding tickets or possibly a warrant for your arrest? Your busted. The speed on the transfer is pretty fast in most cases.

Here is a closeup view of the side and back of one of the cameras. All one of the police officers has to do these days is drive through a parking lot and they can scan every vehicle amazingly fast. It's no longer a guessing game. No one has to call in for plate information. The information to the police officer is near instant.
This is a front view of the camera. Again these are mounted on each side of the rear of the vehicle on both sides. The police officer does not have to drive up and down a lane twice to read all the plates on the lot. 
Inspection overdue? They got you. Outstanding ticket somewhere?  Your busted. Late on child support? Could find yourself in a lot of trouble the moment you walk out of a store or even just drive down
the road.

Stolen plates? Your done for. Now these are not on all of the vehicles yet, but it's coming. The state police are the first to have these, but it's only a matter of time before all the locals have them as well. What is next? Face recognition technology. Cameras will scan your face and you could be identified through a central database.  Issues with that and legal nightmare cases that will come from the technology when it gets launched will be a outrageous. The high level of mis-identifications will not be pleasant. 

As police cars become more high tech, the costs for each car is becoming ridiculous. The cameras on the car above are not cheap, plus they have to be configured with custom software and then there is the central data base that covers all 50 states. We have no idea at this time if these cameras are using the regular police computer laptops in the cars or if they have a special computer they have to go through. 

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GVLN - Rush Limbaugh Comes To Gloucester, VA

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Okay, Rush is not physically here In Gloucester, but we have this video to share with you from a CPAC meeting.  We have Adam Carolla on the side panel and we have Bloomberg TV just underneath that.

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