Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pink Panther Cartoons - Extended classic TV

Pink Panther and Pals.  If you can't get enough of the Pink Panther, we have an extended version on here today.  Nearly two hours of cartoons for your entertainment.  Classic TV on GVLN.
The Pink Panther cartoon character
The Pink Panther cartoon character (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Mr Magoo in Magoo's Surprise Party

Mr Magoo in Magoo's Surprise Party.  Saturday cartoons here on GVLN.
Mr. Magoo and McBarker from What's New Mr. Magoo?.
Mr. Magoo and McBarker from What's New Mr. Magoo?. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Misty Dawn by Cafe Del Chillia - Free Song of the day

Cafe Del Chillia with the song, Misty Dawn.  Light jazz with a wonderful beat.  We enjoyed their work so much yesterday that we are bringing them back again today.  The band is from the Netherlands.  They have a number of singles out and their music is great on each track we have listened to.  Play it here.  If you like it, download a free copy.

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    Misty Dawn Colors - San Francisco
    Misty Dawn Colors - San Francisco (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

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Gloucester Board of Supervisors Continues To Waste Your Tax Dollars

Bidding opens on new middle school

By Matt Sabo, | 757-247-7872

7:42 a.m. EDT, July 18, 2013

Bid documents were released on Monday by Gloucester County for construction of the new Page Middle School to be built on T.C Walker Road.

The proposed two-story school will be 117,000 square feet, according to bid documents. The total estimated cost of the school is $26 million and it's scheduled to open in September 2015.

The bid document is about 1,000 pages and there are 344 plan sheets that describe the school's construction, said Gloucester County Purchasing Manager Bill Lindsay.

Not to take anything away from the Daily Press, we are adding in our own opinions on this.  It is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money building this school.  Our leaders have double talked everyone.  We have closed the one school because it is not needed and yet we have to build this other school because we need it.  Double talk.  County officials are doing nothing but building monuments to their own administrations at your expense.  It's like a Presidential library.  It's not needed and no one really wants it except the construction companies and book publishers.  Oh and the ex president.


Are you feeling a little held up by the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors?  

They tell you it's about education to stop you from arguing.  Who can argue against education?  This is not about education however.  It's about money and control.  It's about power.  It's waste.  It's irresponsibility.  We do not need them wasting our money.  Especially in this economy.  When is enough enough?

3 members of the board will be off the board at the end of 2013.  They are going to railroad this through whether you like it or not unless you tell them to stop.  It does mean less money in your pocket.  It means you have to struggle even harder to survive.  It means less food on your table.  It means no money for the extras.  All because some folks want to build a monument to themselves at your expense.  Be sure to thank them.

Send them all a thank you message.  Each email is live and active.

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Moody’s Upgrades Virginia Aaa Credit Rating Outlook to “Stable”

English: The state seal of Virginia. Српски / ...
English: The state seal of Virginia. Српски / Srpski: Застава америчке савезне државе Вирџиније. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Was Previously Reduced to “Negative” Following Federal Financial Troubles in 2011
**Moody’s Report Attached**

RICHMOND- Moody’s Investor Services has upgraded Virginia’s Aaa credit rating outlook from “negative”, which was assigned in August 2011, to “stable.” Virginia joins Maryland, Missouri and New Mexico in gaining an upgraded credit rating outlook. The four states were upgraded due to yesterday’s announcement that Moody’s had upgraded the federal credit rating outlook to “stable” as well.

In the release, which is attached, Moody’s notes:

“When Moody's placed the US government on negative outlook in 2011, it revised the outlooks of certain Aaa-rated US municipal issuers to negative to reflect their close economic, financial and capital markets linkages to the federal government. At the time, Moody’s indicated that if the US government rating were to move down, these ratings would also be likely to change because of their economic sensitivity to federal spending cuts, dependence on federal transfers and exposure to a capital markets disruption. The conditions that led to the return to a stable outlook on the US government rating reduce the exposure to these risks over Moody'’ outlook period. However, future federal budget and deficit actions could affect the credit quality of specific issuers independent of the US government bond rating or outlook.”
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Governor McDonnell Announces Administration and Board Appointments

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at...
Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced an additional appointment to his administration under the Education Secretariat. McDonnell also announced appointments to one board of visitors, Radford University.  He also announced appointments to ten other Virginia boards and commissions. Further announcements regarding additional appointments in the McDonnell administration will continue to be made in the months ahead.

Secretary of Education

Ashley D. Myers, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education

Prior to joining the McDonnell administration, Ashley was an Early Learning Teacher in Washington, D.C.  More recently, she served as a Legislative Assistant and Campaign Manager to several members of the Virginia General Assembly.  Ashley graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  While at Virginia Tech, she served as Sponsored Youth Chair for Circle K International and was a member of the Student Virginia Education Association, Student Alumni Associates, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  Ashley is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Virginia public schools.

Board of Visitors:

Radford University Board of Visitors
·         Callie M. Dalton of Roanoke, President of Callie Dalton & Associates, Long & Foster
·         Michael S. Hurt of Richmond, CEO of ARMS Software
·         A. J. Robinson of Bluefield 

Additional Board Appointments:

Advisory Board on Respiratory Care
·         James Wesley Mullins of Wise, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy and Respiratory Therapy Program Director with Mountain Empire Community College

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission
·         Laura Adkins of Midlothian, Retired Labor Market Economist and part-time Marketing Specialist and Voice Over Talent
·         Janet Lynne Honeycutt of Louisa, Director of Business Development for Broadspire Services, Inc.

Board of Game and Inland Fisheries
·         Charles H. Cunningham of Fairfax, Director of State and Local Affairs for the National Rifle Association

Cemetery Board
·         Michael H. Doherty of Fairfax, Attorney (private practice) as Michael H. Doherty, PLLC, President of Fairfax Memorial Park and President of Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
·         R. Kyle McDaniel of Fairfax Station, Policy Director, Office of Supervisor Pat Herrity, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations
·         Harold H. Barton, Jr. of Yorktown
·         James K. Clem of Newcastle, National Service Officer for Disabled American Veterans
·         Bob Huffman, CSM (Ret.) of Colonial Heights
·         Marie G. Juliano of Dumfries, Program Manager for the United States Navy

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
·         George Randolph (Randy) Burak of Gloucester, Process Improvement Analyst at Huntington Ingalls-Newport News Shipbuilding and Chairman of the Gloucester County School Board
·         Dr. Ethel Parris Gainer of Richmond, Consultant and employed with Divine Destiny Disability Ministry
·         Charles D. Meacham* of Glen Allen, Supply Chain Advisor with Dominion Resources Services Company (a division of Dominion Resources)
·         Angela Yong West of Chesapeake, Graduate Student

Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
·         Tammy Smith of Fredericksburg, School Liaison for Marine Corps Base Quantico

Virginia Marine Products Board
·         Daniel Kauffman* of Hampton, Seafood Business Specialist at Virginia Tech
·         Heather T. Lusk* of Quinby, Vice President of H.M. Terry Co., Inc.
·         William Purcell* of Reedville, Environmental Manager at Omega Protein, Inc.

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
·         A.J. Erskine of Kilmarnock, Aquaculture Manager and Scientist
·         Dr. Ken Neill of Seaford, Dentist

Virginia Waste Management Board
·         Eric A. DeGroff of Virginia Beach, Professor of Law at Regent University School of Law

*Denotes re-appointment
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Gloucester Veal Soup - Recipe Of The Day

Put a veal soup bone over the fire in one gallon of cold water; skim carefully as it comes to a boil; after it has boiled one hour season it with salt and pepper and half teaspoonful (scant) celery seed. In another half hour put in one-half cup rice, one medium-sized potato (cut in dice or thin slices), two good-sized onions (sliced fine); let boil one-half hour longer, and when ready to serve add one egg (well-beaten), one-half cup milk, one tablespoon flour; let come to a boil, and serve.

Make something extraordinary tonight.
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The Battle Retreat

Liberty's Kids Episode number 14 is New York, New York.  Washington's early loses in the American Revolution.

The fight in Charleston Harbour, the first serious contest in which ships took part in this war, resembles generically the battle of Bunker's Hill, with which the regular land warfare had opened a year before. Both illustrate the difficulty and danger of a front attack, without cover, upon a fortified position, and the advantage conferred even upon untrained men, if naturally cool, resolute, and intelligent, not only by the protection of a work, but also, it may be urged, by the recognition of a tangible line up to which to hold, and to abandon which means defeat, dishonour, and disaster. It is much for untried men to recognise in their surroundings something which gives the unity of a common purpose, and thus the coherence which discipline imparts.

 Although there was in Parker's dispositions nothing open to serious criticism,—nothing that can be ascribed to undervaluing his opponent,—and although, also, he had good reason to expect from the army active coöperation which he did not get, it is probable that he was very much surprised, not only at the tenacity of the Americans' resistance, but at the efficacy of their fire. He felt, doubtless, the traditional and natural distrust—and, for the most part, the justified distrust—with which experience and practice regard inexperience. Some seamen of American birth, who had been serving in the Bristol, deserted after the fight. They reported that her crew said, "We were told the Yankees would not stand two fires, but we never saw better fellows;" and when the fire of the fort slackened and some cried, "They have done fighting," others replied, "By God, we are glad of it, for we never had such a drubbing in our lives." "All the common men [pg 38]of the fleet spoke loudly in praise of the garrison,"—a note of admiration so frequent in generous enemies that we may be assured that it was echoed on the quarter-deck also.

 They could afford it well, for there was no stain upon their own record beyond the natural mortification of defeat; no flinching under the severity of their losses, although a number of their men were comparatively raw, volunteers from the transports, whose crews had come forward almost as one man when they knew that the complements of the ships were short through sickness. Edmund Burke, a friend to both sides, was justified in saying that "never did British valour shine more conspicuously, nor did our ships in an engagement of the same nature experience so serious an encounter." There were several death-vacancies for lieutenants; and, as the battle of Lake Champlain gave Pellew his first commission, so did that of Charleston Harbour give his to Saumarez, who was made lieutenant of the Bristol by Parker. Two years later, when the ship had gone to Jamaica, he was followed on her quarter-deck by Nelson and Collingwood, who also received promotion in her from the same hand.

The attack on Fort Moultrie was not resumed. After necessary repairs, the ships of war with the troops went to New York, where they arrived on the 4th of August, and took part in the operations for the reduction of that place under the direction of the two Howes.

The occupation of New York Harbour, and the capture of the city were the most conspicuous British successes of the summer and fall of 1776. While Parker and Clinton were meeting with defeat at Charleston, and Arnold was hurrying the preparation of his flotilla on Champlain, the two brothers, General Sir William Howe and the Admiral, Lord Howe, were arriving in New York Bay, invested not only with the [pg 39]powers proper to the commanders of great fleets and armies, but also with authority as peace commissioners, to negotiate an amicable arrangement with the revolted Colonies.

Sir William Howe had awaited for some time at Halifax the arrival of the expected reinforcements, but wearying at last he sailed thence on the 10th of June, 1776, with the army then in hand. On the 25th he himself reached Sandy Hook, the entrance to New York Bay, having preceded the transports in a frigate. On the 29th, the day after Parker's repulse at Fort Moultrie, the troops arrived; and on July 3d, the date on which Arnold, retreating from Canada, reached Crown Point, the British landed on Staten Island, which is on the west side of the lower Bay. On the 12th came in the Eagle, 64, carrying the flag of Lord Howe.

 This officer was much esteemed by the Americans for his own personal qualities, and for his attitude towards them in the present dispute, as well as for the memory of his brother, who had endeared himself greatly to them in the campaign of 1758, when he had fallen near Lake Champlain; but the decisive step of declaring their independence had been taken already, on July 4th, eight days before the Admiral's arrival. A month was spent in fruitless attempts to negotiate with the new government, without recognising any official character in its representatives. During that time, however, while abstaining from decisive operations, cruisers were kept at sea to intercept American traders, and the Admiral, immediately upon arriving, sent four vessels of war twenty-five miles up the Hudson River, as far as Tarrytown. This squadron was commanded by Hyde Parker, afterwards, in 1801, Nelson's commander-in-chief at Copenhagen. The service was performed under a tremendous cannonade from all the batteries on both shores, but the ships could not be stopped. Towards the middle of August it was evident that the Americans would not accept any terms in the power [pg 40]of the Howes to offer, and it became necessary to attempt coercion by arms.

In the reduction of New York in 1776, the part played by the British Navy, owing to the nature of the campaign in general and of the enemy's force in particular, was of that inconspicuous character which obscures the fact that without the Navy the operations could not have been undertaken at all, and that the Navy played to them the part of the base of operations and line of communications. Like the foundations of a building, these lie outside the range of superficial attention, and therefore are less generally appreciated than the brilliant fighting going on at the front, to the maintenance of which they are all the time indispensable. Consequently, whatever of interest may attach to any, or to all, of the minor affairs, which in the aggregate constitute the action of the naval force in such circumstances, the historian of the major operations is confined perforce to indicating the broad general effect of naval power upon the issue. This will be best done by tracing in outline the scene of action, the combined movements, and the Navy's influence in both.

The harbour of New York divides into two parts—the upper and lower Bays—connected by a passage called the Narrows, between Long and Staten Islands, upon the latter of which the British troops were encamped. Long Island, which forms the eastern shore of the Narrows, extends to the east-north-east a hundred and ten miles, enclosing between itself and the continent a broad sheet of water called Long Island Sound, that reaches nearly to Narragansett Bay. The latter, being a fine anchorage, entered also into the British scheme of operations, as an essential feature in a coastwise maritime campaign. Long Island Sound and the upper Bay of New York are connected by a crooked and difficult passage, known as the East River, eight or ten miles [pg 41]in length, and at that time nearly a mile wide abreast the city of New York. At the point where the East River joins New York Bay, the Hudson River, an estuary there nearly two miles wide, also enters from the north,—a circumstance which has procured for it the alternative name of the North River. Near their confluence is Governor's Island, half a mile below the town, centrally situated to command the entrances to both. Between the East and North rivers, with their general directions from north and east-north-east, is embraced a long strip of land gradually narrowing to the southward. The end of this peninsula, as it would otherwise be, is converted into an island, of a mean length of about eight miles, by the Harlem River,—a narrow and partially navigable stream connecting the East and North rivers. To the southern extreme of this island, called Manhattan, the city of New York was then confined.

As both the East and North rivers were navigable for large ships, the former throughout, the latter for over a hundred miles above its mouth, it was evident that control of the water must play a large part in warlike operations throughout the district described. With the limited force at Washington's disposal, he had been unable to push the defences of the city as far to the front as was desirable. The lower Bay was held by the British Navy, and Staten Island had been abandoned, necessarily, without resistance, thereby giving up the strong defensive position of the Narrows. The lines were contracted thus to the immediate neighbourhood of New York itself. Small detached works skirted the shores of Manhattan Island, and a line of redoubts extended across it, following the course of a small stream which then partly divided it, a mile from the southern end. Governor's Island was also occupied as an outpost. Of more intrinsic strength, but not at first concerned, strong works had been thrown up on either [pg 42]side of the North River, upon commanding heights eight miles above New York, to dispute the passage of ships.

The crucial weakness in this scheme of defence was that the shore of Long Island opposite the city was much higher than that of Manhattan. If this height were seized, the city, and all below it, became untenable. Here, therefore, was the key of the position and the chief station for the American troops. For its protection a line of works was thrown up, the flanks of which rested upon Wallabout Bay and Gowanus Cove, two indentations in the shores of Long Island. These Washington manned with nine thousand of the eighteen thousand men under his command. By the arrival of three divisions of Hessian troops, Howe's army now numbered over thirty-four thousand men, to which Clinton brought three thousand more from before Charleston.

On the 22d of August the British crossed from Staten Island to Gravesend Bay, on the Long Island shore of the Narrows. The Navy covered the landing, and the transportation of the troops was under the charge of Commodore William Hotham, who, nineteen years later, was Nelson's commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean. By noon fifteen thousand men and forty field-guns had been carried over and placed on shore. The force of the Americans permitted little opposition to the British advance; but General Howe was cautious and easy-going, and it was not till the 27th that the army, now increased to twenty-five thousand, was fairly in front of the American lines, having killed, wounded, and taken about 1,500 men. Hoping that Howe would be tempted to storm the position, Washington replaced these with two thousand drawn from his meagre numbers; but his opponent, who had borne a distinguished part at Bunker's Hill, held [pg 43]back his troops, who were eager for the assault. The Americans now stood with their backs to a swift tidal stream, nearly a mile wide, with only a feeble line of works between them and an enemy more than double their number.

On the morning of the 27th, Sir Peter Parker, with a 64-gun ship, two 50's, and two frigates, attempted to work up to New York, with a view of supporting the left flank of the army; but the wind came out from the north, and, the ebb-tide making, the ships got no nearer than three miles from the city. Fortunately for the Americans, they either could not or would not go farther on the following two days. After dark of the 28th, Howe broke ground for regular approaches. Washington, seeing this, and knowing that there could be but one result to a siege under his condition of inferiority, resolved to withdraw. During the night of the 29th ten thousand men silently quitted their positions, embarked, and crossed to Manhattan Island, carrying with them all their belongings, arms, and ammunition. The enemy's trenches were but six hundred yards distant, yet no suspicion was aroused, nor did a single deserter give treacherous warning. The night was clear and moonlit, although a heavy fog towards daybreak prolonged the period of secrecy which shrouded the retreat. When the fog rose, the last detachment was discovered crossing, but a few ineffectual cannon-shot were the only harassment experienced by the Americans in the course of this rapid and dexterous retirement. The garrison of Governor's Island was withdrawn at the same time.

The unmolested use of the water, and the nautical skill of the fishermen who composed one of the American regiments, were essential to this escape; for admirable as the movement was in arrangement and execution, no word less strong than escape applies to it. By it Washington rescued over half his army from sure destruction, and, not [pg 44]improbably, the cause of his people from immediate collapse. An opportunity thus seized implies necessarily an opportunity lost on the other side. For that failure both army and navy must bear their share of the blame. It is obvious that when an enemy is greatly outnumbered his line of retreat should be watched. This was the business of both commanders-in-chief, the execution of it being primarily the duty of the navy, as withdrawal from the American position could be only by water. It was a simple question of look-out, of detection, of prevention by that means. To arrest the retreat sailing ships were inadequate, for they could not have remained at anchor under the guns of Manhattan Island, either by day or night; but a few boats with muffled oars could have watched, could have given the alarm, precipitating an attack by the army, and such a movement interrupted in mid-course brings irretrievable disaster.

Washington now withdrew the bulk of his force to the line of the Harlem. On his right, south of that river and commanding the Hudson, was a fort called by his name; opposite to it on the Jersey shore was Fort Lee. A garrison of four thousand men occupied New York. After amusing himself with some further peace negotiations, Howe determined to possess the city. As a diversion from the main effort, and to cover the crossing of the troops, two detachments of ships were ordered to pass the batteries on the Hudson and East rivers. This was done on the 13th and the 15th of September. The East River division suffered severely, especially in spars and rigging; but the success of both, following upon that of Hyde Parker a few weeks earlier, in his expedition to Tarrytown, confirmed Washington in the opinion which he expressed five years later to de Grasse, that batteries alone could not stop ships having a fair wind. This is now a commonplace of naval warfare; steam giving [pg 45]always a fair wind. On the 15th Howe's army crossed under cover of Parker's ships, Hotham again superintending the boat work. The garrison of New York slipped along the west shore of the island and joined the main body on the Harlem; favored again, apparently, in this flank movement a mile from the enemy's front, by Howe's inertness, and fondness for a good meal, to which a shrewd American woman invited him at the critical moment.

Despite these various losses of position, important as they were, the American army continued to elude the British general, who apparently did not hold very strongly the opinion that the most decisive factor in war is the enemy's organised force. As control of the valley of the Hudson, in connection with Lake Champlain, was, very properly, the chief object of the British government, Howe's next aim was to loosen Washington's grip on the peninsula north of the Harlem. The position seeming to him too strong for a front attack, he decided to strike for its left flank and rear by way of Long Island Sound. In this, which involved the passage of the tortuous and dangerous channel called Hell Gate, with its swift conflicting currents, the Navy again bore an essential part.

 The movement began on October 12th, the day after Arnold was defeated at Valcour. So far as its leading object went it was successful, Washington feeling obliged to let go the line of the Harlem, and change front to the left. As the result of the various movements and encounters of the two armies, he fell back across the Hudson into New Jersey, ordering the evacuation of Fort Washington, and deciding to rest his control of the Hudson Valley upon West Point, fifty miles above New York, a position of peculiar natural strength, on the west bank of the river. To these decisions he was compelled by his inferiority in numbers, and also by the very isolated and hazardous situation in which he was operating, between two navigable waters, [pg 46]absolutely controlled by the enemy's shipping. This conclusion was further forced upon him by another successful passage before the guns of Forts Washington and Lee by Hyde Parker, with three ships, on the 9th of October. On this occasion the vessels, two of which were frigates of the heaviest class, suffered very severely, losing nine killed and eighteen wounded; but the menace to the communications of the Americans could not be disregarded, for their supplies came mostly from the west of the Hudson.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Ted Wilmot And Board Of Supervisors Lie To Public Again?

Gloucester County Virginia Animal Control ammendments 1 2013 from Chuck Thompson 
 This above PDF document was posted 6 months ago on SlideShare and comes from Gloucester County.  It's their own documentation.

Back in the beginning of this year, 2013, the board of supervisors held a hearing to update animal control laws to get them in compliance with state law.  Well guess what, it looks to us like they all lied.  Ordinance 3-15 which was one of our areas of major contention, has been brought back and is once again out of compliance with state laws from what we see.  Below is a screen shot dated that shows the ordinance has once again been renamed and is not what the Board of Supervisors passed in a meeting back in February of this year.

We show in the screen capture that it's directly from the county animal control website where this violation exists.  In the SlideShare PDF above, it the ordinances as passed by the Board of Supervisors in February.  Read through it and it is very clear that someone has altered the wording once again and on purpose in our opinion.  The wording according to the board of supervisors, as passed by them, is to read, "Care of companion animals".  Not "Failure to perform duties of ownership".  There are legal differences in the heading that have significant meaning.

For now, you can see the violation on the county website here.


We turned the animal control laws section of the website into a PDF and posted it on SlideShare.  You can see from the two PDF files, that they do not agree.

Here is what the law says on the county site.  The ordinance itself is fine and matches state law, but the title is in violation from what we see and is not what the Board of Supervisors approved.  Someone is up to no good and in our opinion, it is on purpose and done to cheat Gloucester County residents that own animals.

Does this make you mad that the county is pulling a fast one on everyone?

Sound off to the board.  Here are their email addresses.  Brenda Garton County Admin  Carter Borden BoS  Louise Theberge BoS  Robert Orth BoS  Ashley Chriscoe BoS  Christopher Hutson BoS  John Northstein BoS  Ted Wilmot  (Twitch)  County Attorney

Now of course we are sending all of this to the county board of supervisors as well as the local paper who will not report anything on it whatsoever.  But at least you will know what is really going on.  What you won't read anywhere else.

It is the job of twitching Ted Wilmot to make sure that the laws and or ordinaces on the site meet compliance.  Ted failed here.  It is Brenda Garton's job to make sure that the ordinances on the site also meet state law, Brenda failed in this.  The Board of Supervisors also have obligations to make sure that the ordinances were properly posted.  They failed in that job.  Both Brenda Garton and Twitching Ted Wilmot received raises totaling over $14,000.00 per year.  Yet with all the money going to these two alone, they failed to protect the citizens and instead allow a violation to the public trust to stand.  In our opinion, on purpose.

In our view, this was no mistake.  As always, we are not lawyers and this is not an interpretation of the law.

Plus One This Post, Facebook Like It, Tweet It, Email it, send emails to the Board of Supervisors, county administrator or Twitching Ted Wilmot the county attorney who says he's not an attorney.  Spread the word and do not let them get away with this.

Send a letter of complaint to the county.
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And Then There Were None - Classic Movie For Friday

And Then There Were None.  Agatha Christie movie from 1945 is our classic movie selection for this Friday. Enjoy.

Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Congressman Rob Wittman on the Farm Bill Legislation

English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rob Wittman’s Weekly Update

June 28, 2013

Last week, the House voted on legislation dealing with farm policy. Those of you who aren’t farmers might be thinking, why is this important to me? Well, federal farm policy affects each one of us that consumes food from the U.S. supply. The price of our grocery bills, the quality of our food, and the security and safety of the food supply are all important to consumers and hardworking taxpayers. These issues are all directly affected by legislation I supported last week, the FARRM Act, better known as the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947).

I strongly believe in reducing wasteful Washington spending. Folks are struggling and sacrificing to make ends meet and to provide opportunities for their children. That’s why I voted in favor of a farm bill that, while not perfect, proposed to reduce waste and make government more accountable, while also including important provisions to improve rural broadband access and improvements in the utilization of resources dedicated to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Specifically, this bill made changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program, to save more than $20 billion. These reforms, the first to SNAP since the welfare reforms of nearly 20 years ago, would establish additional work requirements for able-bodied SNAP benefit recipients and allow states to implement drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits. The bill also included savings of $14 billion by overturning the long standing system of direct payments to farmers, and contained consolidations of multiple conservation programs, saving another $6.9 billion. (Bad idea Congressman).

The Farm Bill is an especially significant issue for Virginia, where agriculture is the single largest industry, bigger even than the defense sector. In our Commonwealth alone, agriculture and forestry contribute $79 billion and 500,000 jobs to the economy. At the same time, many of our neighbors can tell you just how important various parts of the bill are to their communities. For example, folks in the Northern Neck know all too well how challenging it is to do something as simple as check your email when you don’t have access to high-speed internet. I was proud to rise on the floor to defend the importance of rural broadband initiatives, an issue I’ve been passionate about since my time in local elected office. H.R. 1947 also included an amendment I authored that would promote accountability and improved oversight over Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. I believe that these important initiatives, combined with reforms to agriculture programs and the significant reductions to SNAP, must be part of any long term agriculture legislation passed by Congress. It is absolutely critical that a long term farm bill be signed into law in order to reduce spending and change the way Washington does business.

This bill is not perfect; many believe it didn’t cut enough. I hear and understand those concerns. However, I believe some cuts are better than no cuts at all. This bill proposed to take us in the right direction. Unfortunately, it failed to pass the House, which leaves us with the status quo: more spending and no reform. (Bad ideas should never pass Congressman Wittman).

My mission each and every day is to represent the people of the First District to the best of my ability, and that necessitates supporting thoughtful policies that rein in government spending and reform the way our government operates. I will continue working toward those goals, and as always, hope you’ll share your thoughts with me. (Change how it operates, nice key wording.  Time for Common Sense.  Government by the people for the people, not government by the people for special interests or for the government or for corporations and or bankers).

Independence Day is fast approaching, and I hope that you will all take a moment amid the barbeques and fireworks to think about the history of our nation and the reason we celebrate this pivotal date in our journey as a Republic. More importantly, I hope that we all keep in mind the brave men and women in uniform who serve each and every day, sacrificing selflessly so that we can remain the greatest nation the world has ever known. These dedicated patriots and their families truly deserve our appreciation.

I hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing Independence Day, and I look forward to seeing many of you around the district. The main streets of Virginia’s First District are full of ideas to get our economy back on track, and your feedback is critically important to me as I serve you. I can be reached by telephone at (202) 225-4261, through my website (, on Facebook (, and via Twitter (

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.

I hate to say it but this is more bad legislation.  Cutting SNAP benefits in a weak economy where jobs have been shifted overseas is bad news.  Also, with increased illegal immigration that weakens US citizens from getting local jobs in their own country on top of this.  Rob Wittman is looking weak on looking out for the people.  We agree that spending needs to be cut in government, but cut the pork and get on the ball in other areas first.  Too many people are sitting at home, not because they want to, it's because they were forced into it by bad government choices.  Now Congressman Wittman wants to starve them too?  That just adds insult to injury.  Why not just take the unemployed out and shoot them?  (Not serious here).  Also, a nation that no longer pays the working class a living wage is in serious trouble.

  Our leaders need to get out into the streets and take a real hard look at what they have accomplished already.  Disaster.  We do not need more bad legislation.
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