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
Wreathia Patton Strock, 94, of Summerfield, N.C., formerly of Bland, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015. Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, Va.. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg, Va., 540-552-3211.
Virginia Lee Lootens (Ginny) Martell, 67, of Rural Retreat, Va., passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Robert Kloos and Albirta Snow Lootens, and was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.Ginny is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Ann Lootens of Troutville, Va., Barbara Lootens and Gerge Rouff of Yuma, Ariz., and Elizabeth Lootens and Devon Randall of Denver, Colo.; brothers, John Robert Lootens of Richmond, Va., and Frank William Lootens of Baltimore, Md.; special friend, Donna Dix; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church conducted by The Reverend Amy Whatley and The Reverend Joe Mack Taylor with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to a charity of your choice.Grubb Funeral Home, Wytheville, Va., 276-228-3101, is in charge of the arrangements.
Edward Lee Willis, 73, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home, Roanoke, Va., 540-366-0707.
Mary Lee Waid Sharp went to Heaven on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was 86 years young! She was born on November 2, 1928, in Connellsville, Pa. She was married to the late and legendary Irving Sharp for 44 happy years in Roanoke, Va. She is survived by their three children, Wendy Lee Sharp Scaggs and husband, Steve, of Fincastle, Va., Judy Catherine Sharp Hill and husband, Jimmy, of Covington, Va., and Irving Scott Sharp and wife, Robin, of Cornelius, N.C.; and grandson, Christopher Irving Sharp and wife, Whitnie, of North Carolina.At her husband's funeral, their pastor said, "She was an inspiration to her children," which always gave her comfort. She was still an inspiration to them until her death. She was a member of Shenandoah Baptist Church where she and her husband became born again Christians together years ago. She was the daughter of the late Robert Scott Waid and Lucy of Roanoke, Va. Her sisters were Virginia Overstreet of Vinton, Va., Betty Huffman of Salem, Va., and Catherine Meagan of Pennsylvania. They passed away many years ago. Mary Lee will always remember a special niece, Carolyn Waid Overstreet Redden and husband, "Larry too," of Bedford, Va. Carolyn called her "Mimi" all of her life. Mrs. Sharp's whole life was her children. Before marriage, she was devoted to 10 years of dance and devoted to the Roanoke Civic Ballet. She was a soloist in the choir at West End Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Va., in 1946. She loved her job as a telephone operator at the C.& P. Telephone Company in Roanoke. After her marriage, she and her husband went on many wonderful show dates with many talented musicians and bands. After three years they started their family and gave up the show dates. She was a member of the Jane Morgan Harris Chapel at Richfield Living Community, where Gary Kingery, Chaplain, was her pastor.The family would very much like to give many thanks to the wonderful staff at Richfield, The Oaks – Assisted Living for making her life amazingly wonderful since 2010.She will be buried in Fair View Cemetery in Roanoke beside her husband, as will their children some day later. They know their parents love and devotion to each other will always live on through them. In memory of their parents, Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" will be played at the memorial service. Mary Lee was a long time Tammy Wynette Fan Club member. Her husband always said, "Count Your Blessings…You have a Million of Them!" They are both dearly missed.Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Lotz Salem Chapel with Pastor Gary Kingery officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Jane Morgan Harris Chapel, Richfield Living Community, c/o Susan Williams at 3670 Alleghany Drive, Salem, VA 24153.Online condolence may be sent to www.lotzfuneralhome.com