Note from Dan: Below is a press release from Public Citizen. The bill in question also applies to Appalachian Power Co. For more on this issue see my Feb. 12 column. To see how your senators and delegates voted on this bill, click here.
Out of the mouths of babes often comes some sublime stuff. But other times what you hear is pure idiocy.
Last week, the Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 1349, sponsored by Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. And on Thursday afternoon, the House of Delegates followed suit.
It's the time of year, folks, when we haul out the vinegar and sip from it slowly while contemplating glaring stupidity.
Read more about this amazing musician here.
I had interesting conversations Tuesday night with two officials from the University of Maryland Police Department. One answered the central question — why? — regarding the ejections of me and one of my friends from our 10th-row seats at the Maryland-Michigan State game Saturday night in College Park. We were there for an annual fall reunion with of a bunch of old pals from our college days.
Note from Dan: Below is the letter I sent Sunday night to the University of Maryland Police, after I and a friend were unjustly ejected from the Maryland-Michigan State game in College Park Saturday night. So far there has been no response -- not even an acknowledgement they have received it.
One thing we've heard ad nauseum about since August is the Ebola crisis. You could barely turn around without hearing about it — on TV and talk radio, in newspapers, and especially on outlandish "news" websites that cater to conspiracy freaks, such as Joseph Farah's World Net Daily (or WND.com) and Alex Jones's Infowars.
After Tuesday night's great GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate, one of my regular correspondents in the gun crowd sent me an email with one interesting point, and an interesting prediction.
Three high-pressure natural gas pipelines that would cross large swaths of Virginia have been proposed in recent weeks. Two — the Mountain Valley and Western Marcellus pipelines — would pass through the Roanoke Valley on their way to Chatham. The Atlantic Coast pipeline would cross the commonwealth well north of Roanoke and end in Portsmouth.
Unlike the Virginia Senate snoozer campaign that incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D) seems destined to walk away with, our neighboring state of North Carolina has a real battle on its hands.
Note from Dan: Carol Noesner lives in Moneta. I responded to her that I was disinclined to do a column on this subject at this time, and referred her to state reforestation regulations. Nonetheless it's an interesting subject that I've heard a lot about over the years. Besides that, I've never heard the term "Franklinian." I thought it was Franklinstein!
Happy Halloween season everybody!
Note from Dan: For the background on this, see yesterday's post here.
Remember the fun we had over the summer with room-to-let in Wasena ad: Badass Roommate Wanted, Must Love Beer?
If you're a Comcast customer who is employed, you might want to think twice before waging a campaign of complaints about bad service with the cable company.
Big news here, folks: The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down five appeals of lower-court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage.
Nancy Dye’s home, Rockledge Mansion, is probably better-known around town than she is. High on a cliff, just below the Mill Mountain Star, it’s the most visible residence in the Roanoke Valley. Its driveway is also a city greenway, which leads scores of walkers, runners and cyclists past it every week.
If you read yesterday's post about News Guardians' infatuation with Tuesday's column, you might have noticed a familiar name missing: Chip Tarbutton.
Thank you News Guardians!
You often hear the adage “the devil’s in the details.” A prime example is occurring on Capitol Hill right now.
More of this story is here.
"A 9-year-old girl being taught how to use an Uzi sub-machine gun lost control of the powerful weapon and accidentally killed her instructor" at a gun range Monday in Arizona.ABC News
Remember Larry Dodson? He's the Roanoke man paralyzed from the chest down who, back in April, was arrested by four Roanoke County police officers for riding his electric scooter the wrong way on Electric Road. They also charged him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Here is how it used to be: Decades and decades ago, somebody got the bright idea to pay a big business to locate in their locality. But for that brainstorm, the humorously named town Big Lick might never have changed its name to Roanoke, a Native American word that basically meant money. That happened after some town fathers bribed the Western Railroad to build its new shops here.
“Perhaps it is too late. I want to runthe beach's length, because it never ends.”Deborah Ager
I'm taking off another week, folks. There's a column coming Sunday -- see you on Aug. 25!
"A frisky spirit makes my trombone sing."Chris Barber
Note from Dan: Anatabloc retails for $99.99 for a 300-count bottle, which at the recommended dosage is a 1-month supply.
"An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie."Aldous Huxley
"The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."Charles Kuralt
More on Inhofe and his fetish regarding "the hoax" of climate change is here.
From: Ed and Debbie Reynolds [------------@cox.net]Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 6:59 PMTo: Dan CaseySubject: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now - House Republican Turmoil On Their Own Immigration Bill
"The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies."Wilbur Wright
Note from Dan: The writer of the missive below sent it with a label that, alas, I couldn't view or open. He requested it be signed "M. A. Funt" and explained: "The Patrick Henry High School class of '67 had a renowned member named M.A. Funt. His name was read at graduation--to great cheers--and is in the yearbook. He has communicated from dramatic locales (e.g., the Far Flung Isles of Langerhans) at the time of class reunions. He and I have stayed in touch over the years."
"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float."Alan Watts
The corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell, Virginia's former governor and first lady, opened this week with a toss-Maureen-under-the-bus bang.
A minor drama involving religion and politics is playing out on Capitol Hill right now, where the House GOP leadership is reportedly blocking a vote on a resolution commending Pope Francis in advance of his planned visit to Philadelphia next year.
"You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."Frank Zappa
"I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon."Ronald Reagan
Rudolph Jackson (Jack) Sheppard, 73, of Dublin died, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his home. He was born in Prices Fork on August 11, 1941 to the late James Earnest and Ethel Hutchison Sheppard.He was preceded in death by his four brothers and five sisters. He retired as the Chief Burning Ground Operator at the Radford Army Amunition Plant after 32 years of service.He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Wilma Okes Sheppard, of Dublin; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Jeff Bentley, of Mocksville, N.C., Vicki and Eddie Nester, of Parrott, Traci and Chris Nelson, of Roanoke, Sheila and Mike Eversole, of Max Meadows; son and daughter-in-law, Carl (C.J.) and Bernadette (Bernie) Sheppard, of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Ricky, Brandon, Justin, Amanda, Dayle, Jessica, Samantha, Alex, Lindsay, Christopher (Topper), Benjamin, Bryce, Parker, Makenzee, Jacob (Tank); seventeen great-grandchildren and one expected; sister, Nora Bell Cromer, of Walnut Cove, N.C.; numerous nieces and nephews.Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Eversole officiating. Interment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, VA 24018.The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, March 4, 2015 at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr., SW, Blacksburg.
Eileen T. Martin, 87, of Vinton, died Saturday, February 28, 2015. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel, 540-982-2221.
Robert Wayne (Bob) Butterworth, 68, of Salem, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born on March 26, 1946, to the late Harvey E. and Florence Caldwell Butterworth.He is survived by his wife, Kay Mitchell Butterworth; a son, Robert Wayne (Rob) Butterworth II and his wife, Renee; brother, Billy E. Butterworth and wife, Carol; brother-in-law, H. Lee Young, Jr. and his wife, Liz, of Virginia Beach; grandson, Ryan and fiancée, Taylor; nieces and nephews; aunt, Mildred Butterworth; and cousins.Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Vinton Baptist Church with Dr. William Booth officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later time. His family will receive friends one hour before the service and other times at the home of Kay or Rob and Renee Butterworth.Special thanks from the family to the Good Samaritan staff and Carrington staff taking care of Bob.Flowers will be appreciated or memorial donations may be made to Vinton Baptist Church, 219 Washington Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179.Arrangements by John M. Oakey and Son, Salem, 540-389-5441. An online guestbook is available by visiting www.johnmoakey.com.
Mary Ann Nichols, 82, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.