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Friday, July 31, 2015

National Insanity Hits Mathews CountyThe

Posted by Marsha Maines on Thursday, July 30, 2015

 The war against history that has been raging for weeks now has moved to Mathews County.  The supposed threat that history posses on some people who are ignorant has no end in sight.

The 4 clips above come from a popular Walt Disney cartoon featuring Donald Duck.  They promote racism and nazism.  Yet there is no public outcry against Walt Disney for having created a bunch of these types of cartoons.  What is interesting to note is the Nazi swastika is a slight variation from a very ancient religious symbol.  Everyone cries that we should not forget our world history so that we do not ever repeat it.  So one has to ask, if everyone is removing Civil War American History, we will be doomed to repeat that which some say is racism.  So are we really being told that these folks want a return to slavery?  People being bought and sold on blocks like cattle?  The Confederate flag was a sign of Confederate state rights.  Nothing about slavery.  Slavery did not come into play in the Civil War until Abraham Lincoln threw it in at a much later date well after the war started and the Confederate flag was created.

General Robert E Lee, Recollections and Letters from Chuck Thompson

Take a look at Robert E Lee's account of the Civil War and one has to ask if it was about slavery.  Slavery was an issue since it started in Colonial America and was despised by many.  The first slave owner in the Colonial America was a black freeman who had to take his claim to court in order to be allowed to own a slave.  The problem today is ignorance.  Its a lack of many of a true history education and that is by design.  Stop believing what you see on TV.  Its only entertainment and not designed to be accurate.  Liberal liberties are taken everywhere to keep you dumbed down.  The Confederate Flag is still a symbol to so many of American Freedom and rights.  Not about racism as only a very few claim.  Once again it seems we are going to let the few control the majority and allow the violation of our own rights and thoughts just dwindle to dust.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Governor and First Lady McDonnell to Host Second Annual Virginia Wine Summit

English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in .
English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
~Oz Clarke, Famed British Wine Critic, Author, Television Personality to Keynote October 28th Event in Richmond ~
Wine Experts, Enthusiasts to Gather for Informative Day of Speakers, Tastings, Open Discussions on the Current, Future State of Virginia Wines

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that he and First Lady Maureen McDonnell will host the second annual Virginia Wine Summit on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.  The event, which will feature famed British wine critic, author, and television personality Oz Clarke, will bring together wine experts and industry leaders from around the country to discuss the current and future state of Virginia wine.  In addition, the summit will feature Virginia wine pairings with culinary offerings, including Virginia oysters.  Panels, tastings, and discussions will be held throughout this day-long event.

Commenting on the event, Governor McDonnell stated, “The continued success of Virginia wine means more good jobs and economic opportunities for Virginians. Sales of Virginia wine are at an all time high with sales up more than 23% since 2010.  The Virginia Wine Summit quickly has become an important component of my administration’s efforts to promote Virginia’s outstanding wines. Because of our efforts, the Commonwealth is becoming the East Coast capital for wine and wine tourism.  We are very fortunate to have the internationally regarded wine expert Oz Clarke visit our great Commonwealth and be our keynote speaker. Oz, who I met in London several years ago on during a trade mission, and the Summit’s other notable speakers will undoubtedly help raise the profile of our wines to an even higher level.”

In addition to Clarke’s ( keynote address, the Virginia Wine Summit will feature some of the nation’s foremost influential wine professionals, including:  Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post; Andrew Hoover, a Virginia wine specialist for Wine Enthusiast; Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore, MD); Sommelier Charlie Berg of Blue Hill Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, NY); Sommelier Michael Madrigale of Bar Boulud, Epicierie Boulud & Boulud Sud (New York); Sommelier Steven Grubbs of Empire State South (Atlanta, GA) & Five and Ten (Athens, GA); Sommelier Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve (Alexandria, VA); Master of Wine and founder of the Capital Wine School Jay Youmans; and Master Sommelier Kathy Morgan.  These experts will inform an audience filled with winemakers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, connoisseurs, media, wine-shop owners, and other industry professionals.

Summit attendees will take part in panel discussions with topics ranging from wine pairings with signature Virginia foods like ham and peanuts, ageability of Virginia wines, “Bang For Your Buck”, and an in-depth analysis and tastings of key Virginia varietals, such as Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and others. A Virginia wine and oyster panel will be sponsored by the Virginia Tourism Corporation and led by a team of wine professionals that will discuss the pairing, as Virginia’s oysters have also had a record breaking harvest this year.

“The Virginia wine industry is coming off its most successful year ever,” said Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.  “Domestic and international sales reached an all-time high, record numbers of people visited our wineries, and major publications, such as Decanter and the New York Times, featured glowing articles on our wines and wineries.  In addition, last October’s first ever summit, which featured world-renowned wine critic Steven Spurrier, was an overwhelming success that helped bring together a wide variety of wine industry opinion leaders to discuss this fast emerging global wine region. The Governor, First Lady, and I, working in partnership with our wineries and vineyards, are looking to build on that success this year starting with the second annual Virginia Wine Summit, where we’ll proudly showcase our wines with the nation and the world.”

Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 230. Virginia is also tied with Texas as the nation's fifth largest wine grape producing states. According to a 2012 economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 individuals and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis. In addition, more than 1.6 million tourists, a record high, visited Virginia wineries in 2011. Earlier this month Governor McDonnell announced that Virginia wines reached a new record sales level with more than 511,000 cases sold in fiscal year 2013.  That figure represents a five percent increase over the previous fiscal year.  Export sales, mostly to China and Great Britain, increased by 74 percent during the same period, from approximately 3,300 cases to more than 5,800 cases.

To register for the Virginia Wine Summit, and for more information, please Additional speakers and more information will continue to be announced on the site in the coming weeks.  For more information about the Virginia wine industry, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office's website at or call 804-344-8200.
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