Archive | January, 2007

Obenshain & “the cockfighting five”

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Lowell at Raising Kaine listed our senator, Mark Obenshain (as well as Emmett Hanger) as part of the “cockfighting five” for voting against SB1190, a senate bill to increase penalties for cockfighting, which is illegal. I generally don’t see eye-to-eye with PETA, but I find it hard to make excuses for cockfighting in its modern […]

anti-GSA bill passed House

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Continuing to track Matt Lohr’s HB1727… It tied and failed to report in the Education Committee on the 17th, sailed through committee on the 22nd (after he added the “opt in” clause) and yesterday it passed in the House. Now it’s on to the Senate. Like the DNR says, it has “Valley support.” But it […]

Exciting new business coming to downtown

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


I’m interested to see what the response will be to the new dance studio downtown. From what I have heard, and apparently its been in the paper, Shergold Studio of Charlottesville opened their studio today in the old school board building. They will be offering Efit (Erotic Fitness) classes. Apparently this is a combination […]

the headlines these days…

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Rape. Suicide. Infanticide. I generally try to avoid posting the sensationally tragic stuff on here, but there seems to be an awful lot of it recently… Can’t really say I envy the guys that were digging through the garbage at the county landfill today. Apparently it was all for nothing, since no body was found. […]

license plate recognition downtown

Monday, January 29, 2007


The Downtown Renaissance announced today that Downtown Parking Services will soon be using license plate recognition (LPR) devices to see if cars that are parked downtown have been there for too long. Some people don’t like the idea of LPR technology. Personally, I think there are bigger issues to worry about.

dawn of the living dead bill

Monday, January 29, 2007


Del. Matt Lohr’s HB1727 was reported to have died in a tie in the education committee on the 17th. Those of you following this bill (which was initially aimed at the Gay-Straight Alliance at HHS) know that it’s alive again, and has passed the committee. Confused? Read this. You can track this bill and read […]

Earth & Tea Cafe

Monday, January 29, 2007


I’ve been there a few times since it’s opened — twice for tea and once for lunch. Since I drink far more tea than coffee, I like to think I know something about it, but one look at the tea menu, and I was lost. Settled on Fruity Russian Caravan (mainly because the name). I […]

“law-abiding illegal aliens”

Saturday, January 27, 2007


In today’s DNR, in reference to the ICE immigrant detainment program, Sheriff Don Farley was quoted as saying, “We are not looking for law-abiding illegal aliens… those who are here trying to be productive members of society.” I’m sure many locals will take issue with the term “law-abiding illegal,” but it’s possible that Farley understands […]

payday lending meeting on the 3rd

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Next Saturday, February 3, at 10 am, there will be an informational meeting regarding payday lending at the Library (which just launched a new website this week). Stephen Winslow (of The New Dominion and Virginia Viewpoints) will be there. I’ve written about payday lending here before. You can read Stephen’s open letter to the House […]

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