Archive | December, 2006

H’burg Happenings – Mid & Late December

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I’m working on turning H’burg Happenings into a sidebar list of events. I would already have it operational if I didn’t suck at the Internet. RECENTLY: Governor Kaine “awarded” a $10k grant to H’burg to help fight gangs. Myron Rhodes asked city council member Carolyn Frank to run against Matt Lohr next year. MACRoCk is […]

financial “wreckage”

Monday, December 11, 2006


Some of you might wonder why I (and other VA bloggers) have been reporting so often on this payday loan issue. I posted entries about it in November and once this month already. Today Chris Graham filed this story at the Augusta Free Press, explaining in detail the reasons why many people call payday loans […]

Sparking Conversation in the ‘Burg

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Where can we go in Harrisonburg to find people who don’t know each other and think differently and are willing, ready, and able to have some good quality conversation about stuff that matters? “Nowhere” is an extreme, likely inaccurate answer. But, “Not enough places, that’s for sure” is a common response. I think this can […]

Amy Goodman Speaks (and is heard)

Saturday, December 9, 2006


As finnegan advertised in the last post, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! spoke to a crowd of probably 150+ tonight at the Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. If you didn’t know it was coming, I don’t know how – the advertising for the event was impressive. I heard about it from at least a dozen […]

liberals descend on the city!

Friday, December 8, 2006


Conservatives, stay home and lock your doors. Amy Goodman and PETA will both be in town today (though for totally unrelated reasons). PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will be sending a crippled chicken mascot to stand in front of KFC on Cantrell between eleven and noon to protest and pass out […]

safety and immigration

Thursday, December 7, 2006


Today the DNR may have answered a question posed by their own editorial staff. Last week, the editorial entitled Feeling Safer? asked the readers, “does everyone feel safer now that Democrats will be running the Congress come January?” The writer(s) cited the incoming House Homeland Security Chairman, Bennie Thompson’s “weak” stance on illegal immigration as […]

a newer, greener hospital

Wednesday, December 6, 2006


I might be the only person I know that cares about this, but I think it’s pretty cool that the new RMH is slated to become the first hospital in Virginia to meet the standards of the US Green Building Council. And, unless I’m mistaken, this would be the first “green building” in H’burg/Rockingham County […]

HB619 shot down

Wednesday, December 6, 2006


A few weeks ago, I posted about House Bill 619, which would have put the 36 percent interest cap back on payday loans. With the political contributions coming from these companies to Virginia politicians, I guess it’s no surprise that 619 recently got shot down by the House committee. Now it will not go to […]

hookahs in H’burg?

Tuesday, December 5, 2006


This is my first attempt at a local review… Last night I went to see some friends of mine play a few songs at a new venue in town called Isis. It’s a hookah bar (but bar is a misnomer, since they don’t serve alcohol). I had never heard of it, and my friend had […]

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