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Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Go Chantilly!

The Chantilly Chargers will be making their first state semi-final football appearence in 10 years on Saturday, Dec. 2 when they take on Varina. The game will be at 4 p.m. at Chantilly.

The Chargers made a late fourth quarter comeback last week against the #3 Washington Post ranked Westfield Bulldogs 26-21. Chantilly's starting quarterback, Nate Worek, will not be playing this week because of a concussion he received during the Westfield game. The good news is that he will make a full recovery. The Chargers have capable back-up Austin Decker to lead the squad. After taking over in the first quarter against a stout Westfield defense, I have no worries that Austin will continue his fine play.

Chantilly's rise is a true comeback story. The team was 0-10 in the 2004 season and improved to 4-6 in 2005. Coach Mike Lalli, a former Notre Dame player, is truly getting the most out of his squad this year. Good luck Chantilly...and if you're in the NOVA area, come on out and watch!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Waive the flag harder!

Seriously, anyone who says there isn't a civil war is living in a mystical land filled with unicorns and lollipop trees.

Blogger Beta Sucks

Just wanted to say that. Apparently, I'm not on any of the blog feeds because of this. The features aren't that much better considering what I gave up in the switch. So I will continue what I was doing before, toil in blogger hell while trying to get my blogs onto some feeds. Not that anybody is reading this anyways...I think I'm doing it for my own edification.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Yup...this is my alma mater

Good job guys and gals! Click on the white box to watch.

When I went to school at MWC, there were a couple of guys who ran naked between the dorms and would slide on the grass naked when it rained. That was always good for a chuckle. This underwear event seems humorous and should be an annual affair. James Martin...where you there?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Testing something out...

This is a test from Tom Joad's Place...this is only a test....


This is a test from Tom Joad's Place...the tester on this blog with no affiliations to any government agency has conducted this test to see if he was still being picked up by leftyblogs and the Virginia blog aggregator...if this were an actual post, well it would have something to actually say instead of this blather. This concludes the test from Tom Joad's Place.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Chap Petersen "Take it Back"

Chap is asking for our help this Wednesday.

"Next Wednesday November 15th from 7-9 p.m., I am honored to join the PAC in hosting a "Take It Back" happy hour at the Firehouse Grill, 3988 University Drive in downtown Fairfax City. We are raising money and signing up volunteers for 2007. You are invited to attend and bring a friend. Sponsorships are $100-$2,500. All funds raised will be used for targeted "take it back" races in 2007. You can RSVP to"

With all 140 seats up for grabs in 2007, us Democrats have to get rolling early. We should leave no seat uncontested. No Republican should be given the opportunity to let their record of taxing the poor and middle class, underfunding education, and using our cherished Virginia State Bill of Rights as a hammer of discrimination go unchallenged. From SWVA, to the Tidewater, to Richmond, to the Northern Neck, to NOVA...Democrats have to stand up and fight! Take back the Senate! Take back the House!

Mentoring in Fredericksburg

I saw an article in my old hometown newspaper The Free-Lance Star yesterday.

This article by Jeff Branscome talks about a new mentoring program called STAR (Students Taking Action and Responsibility) that is happening at James Monroe High School. Teachers volunteer at least one hour a week with a kid that is having a rough go of it in the community. Not only do the kids get an extra person to talk and bounce issues off of, the program has a scholarship incentive that can help them start a college education. It is funded by philanthropist Doris Buffett who gives through her foundation a $1,000 scholarship as long as the student does not get in trouble for the year and maintains a 2.5 GPA. Students can earn up to $4,000 if they continue with the program through high school.

Forty students are currently in STAR; so this can cost up to $160,000 over four years. But the benefits of having young adults out of trouble and safe far outweigh the monetary costs. Fairfax County...are you taking note? Is there anyone in the community that would be willing to make this happen for a school here or in your community?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Probably not the best way to get back with your wife...

This is a miracle. I would have given her flowers but that's just me.

Back to blogging

I coming back to blog for awhile. I think I'm going to focus on education issues and the General Assembly's attention to those issues. I'm going to give you the lowdown on politicians in Richmond who are unfriendly to education. I will also look at poverty and tax issues that affect the average citizen. Hopefully, I can have more than my "original five" readers this time around.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Voting...some tips

One, in VA it is not required that you have ID to vote. You can have it and it will speed up the process but it is not necessary. If you do not have an ID, just sign an affirmation document saying "you are who you say you are" and go vote. The election officials cannot take you out of line or detain you in any way.

Two, if you are in the wrong precinct, ask the election official where you need to go and if possible make them give you directions.

Three, watch the touch screens. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but it pays to make sure that you are casting the right ballot. There have also been concerns of people not completing their vote by not pressing the "VOTE" button. The election officials and workers have been instructed not to pursue you to tell you of your mistake. This means your vote will be invalidated and not count.

Have fun everyone!

Monday, November 06, 2006

It's not like Iran is trying to build nukes...

Republicans, running this election on the premise that they are better on national security, have given up classified nuclear documents and put them on the Internets for everyone to see.

"The U.S. government has shut down a Web site it set up in March containing documents captured during the Iraq war after experts raised concerns it offered a guide to building an atom bomb, the New York Times reported.
The New York Times said the documents provided information on building nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives as the radioactive cores of atom bombs

According to the Times, conservative politicians and publications hoped analysis of the some 48,000 boxes of documents seized in the Iraq invasion would reinvigorate the search for proof Saddam had unconventional arms programs."

Read that last paragraph again. This administration and the Congressional Republicans sold our safety and security out so they could cover their ass on the reason why we went to Iraq. I cannot believe the hubris of these idiots! They couldn't accept the fact that they were wrong on the WMD theory of invasion. Plain and simple. When Democrats get into power, I hope they take a look into this matter.

Thank God we only have one more day of this stupidity. Vote on Tuesday to elect Democrats who will restore some sanity back on Capitol Hill.

NASCAR update

Carl Kilo must be shaking his head today. Not only were his Chicago Bears pounded 31-13 by the Miami Dolphins, but Jeff Burton's tire blew up effectively ending his title hopes. On a side note, Jeff Gordon went ahead of Burton in the standings...who's crying now? Check out the standings here!

In another story, Kevin Harvick's wife seems to have injured her ankle after being confronted by a Scott Riggs' crew member upset about his driver being wrecked. NASCAR has to nip this now and suspend that crew member for the rest of the exceptions.

Another Right Wing Hypocrite-Rev. Ted Haggard Edition

Rev. Ted Haggard come on down!

They're coming out in droves. I feel bad for someone fighting "inner demons" whatever they may be. But when they moralize for the rest of us, I have less sympathy for them. I hope Haggard does whatever he needs to do to straighten his life out. Makes me wonder if certain bloggers on the right who rail against gays aren't projecting just a little bit...


Webb by 3

Davis by 8

No by 1

House goes to the Dems by 19 seats. 227-208.

Senate 50D 49R 1I In an odd twist on 2002, Lieberman decides the Senate. He chooses the Democrats. Of course, I'm counting Bernie Sanders in the Democratic category.

I can't wait until tomorrow when all of the ads and bitter partisan bickering end so we can get back to more civilized, bi-partisan politics back in Richmond where issues like transportation, education, and tax reform for the lower classes can continued to be ignored by both parties!

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