Archive | February, 2007

Sayre challenge

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Last month Scott Sayre said he was thinking about challenging incumbent Hanger for the Republican nomination. Now it’s for sure. He’ll be at the Shickel Corporation in Bridgewater at 4pm on Monday to officially announce his challenge to Hanger. He’ll more-than-likely cite Hanger’s “tax and spend” voting record as reason to unseat him.

the anti-immigrant sentiment

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


An article in today’s DNR about the impact of illegal immigration cites stats from FAIR, a well known anti-immigrant political action group. Of course FAIR is going to say that undocumented immigrants are ruining the country. That’s what FAIR does. This sort of thinking is pervasive in the Valley, parts of NoVa, and in the […]

good grief…

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


I normally drive in snow, and make fun of how everyone around here freaks out about winter weather, but this is ridiculous. This is not snow. Governor Kaine has declared a state of emergency. The National Guard is being called in. I’m looking at the webcams on 81, and it’s practically deserted tonight. As of […]

slick Saxman

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Chris Saxman is a slick politician (which may or may not be a good thing depending on whether or not you think politicians are good). When you compare Saxman to Lohr, you see that they’re both Republicans from neighboring districts in the Valley, and… well, that’s about it. If the aggregated poll approval ratings on […]

JMU: number one employer

Saturday, February 10, 2007

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When I said “JMU is a huge part of the H’burg economy,” I was not aware of the fact that with over 3,000 employees and growing, they are the biggest employer here. A story in yesterday’s Breeze ranks JMU over RMH, R.R. Donnelley, the city public schools and Wal-Mart in terms of numbers of local […]

Baghdad and the ‘burg

Friday, February 9, 2007


Yesterday the DNR ran this story about a Harrisonburg resident whose nephew was recently killed in Iraq. He said, “This war is about oil. My friends and my family are getting killed like insects over there and I wonder why.” It would be interesting (yet improbable) to get stats on the number of city and […]

MACRoCk happening?

Friday, February 9, 2007


This was posted on The Drop a few days ago. According to the blog, MACRoCk is set for April 20th & 21st. No bands confirmed yet. If this is true, it’s a new development because MACRoCk was said to be dead in the water this year, due to unpaid debts inherited from previous years. I […]

swatting a fly with a sledgehammer

Thursday, February 8, 2007


Apparently it’s a felony for teenage boys to scribble gang graffiti with a pencil on the wall in Harrisonburg, reports David Reynolds in today’s DNR. Thank God this policy was not in effect when I drew an anarchy symbol with a pencil on the stall wall at EMHS in ’94… Wait, do the anarchists count […]

a tale of six JMU grads

Thursday, February 8, 2007


As anyone who has gone to college, only to get a less-than-stellar job afterwards can attest, a college degree is not necessarily a golden ticket to an awesome career. StarNewsOnline, based in North Carolina ran a short story in Currents yesterday that follows what happened to six JMU grads after they moved from Harrisonburg to […]

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