Roanoke Times: Dan Casey

Dan Casey


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Sunday 07/05/2015
Posted: July 05, 2015 - 9:15 am
This Roanokie church has sublime signs

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Saturday 07/04/2015
Posted: July 04, 2015 - 9:15 am
No exceptions to the rules sign

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Friday 07/03/2015
Posted: July 03, 2015 - 9:15 am
Prayer sign outside Franklin County church

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Thursday 07/02/2015
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 9:15 am
Sign along the greenway in Roanoke

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 9:15 am
Tanning salon sign offer: Free snow

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 9:15 am
Those are some hot-selling chickens

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Monday 06/29/2015
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 9:15 am
Entertaining hooker -- half off

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Sunday 06/28/2015
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 10:15 am
Pomp and patriotism on Elliston church's sign

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Saturday 06/27/2015
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 9:15 am
No Justin Bieber fans at M&K Food Shop

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Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 9:15 am
This stand's funny signs are real weiners

You can find more weiner wittiness on the stand's Facebook Page.

Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 9:15 am
Salem REALLY doesn't want you parking there

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 9:15 am
Popular Hollins place plays on 'Virginia is for lovers'

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Tuesday 06/23/2015
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 2:45 pm
Stock in the Confederate flag sinks to historic low!

In the wake of the Charleston massacre last week and subsequent widespread distribution of photos showing alleged gunman Dylann Roof proudly posing with a Confederate flag, politicians, jurists and even retailers are falling all over themselves to deep-six the Deep South icon that some have called "America's swastika."

Posted: June 23, 2015 - 9:15 am
Is nursery calling its customers a name?

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Monday 06/22/2015
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 9:15 am
Eat free at Dominos in Salem?

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Sunday 06/21/2015
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 11:30 am
Laundromat sign in Grandin Village

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Saturday 06/20/2015
Posted: June 20, 2015 - 12:15 pm
No bad workers wanted sign
Friday 06/19/2015
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm
A Roanoke salon's clever sign

This is but one of a slew of clever road-side signs readers have sent in, in response to my appeal for photos earlier this week. This one is from Shear Perfection Salon on Brambleton Avenue, across from The Coffee Pot. Sonia Vest, who works at the salon, emailed it.

Tuesday 06/16/2015
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 5:48 pm
Dan wants your pics of the Roanoke Valley's witty signs

The days of the wonderful, and serial Burma Shave signs on America's prairie are mostly long past. But that doesn't mean wit and humor doesn't crop up on signs here and there, including in the  Roanoke Valley.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:37 am
How much will Roanoke's real estate and meals tax hikes cost you?

There's been plenty of outrage expressed over tax increases Roanoke City Council approved during its meeting Monday afternoon. To recap, council raised:

Thursday 02/19/2015
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 2:43 pm
Public Citizen: Will McAuliffe lock-in windfall electric-utility profits?

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.

Monday 02/16/2015
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 8:00 am
Some wisdom about teaching from Virginia Rep. Dave Brat

Out of the mouths of babes often comes some sublime stuff. But other times what you hear is pure idiocy.

Saturday 02/14/2015
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 9:00 am
Overcharged on your electric bill? Here are the lawmakers who voted to deny you refunds -- and the ones who voted for YOUR interests

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.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 8:00 am
He had a lot of help from his friends -- RIP the amazing Joe Cocker
Sunday 12/21/2014
Posted: December 21, 2014 - 2:20 pm
'The Season's Upon Us' by the Dropkick Murphys

Here's a link to the Ramones classic.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 1:26 pm
We're accepting nominations for the 2014 Dano Awards for glaring stupidity

It's the time of year, folks, when we haul out the vinegar and sip from it slowly while contemplating glaring stupidity.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 9:25 am
R.I.P. Bobby Keys
Friday 11/21/2014
Posted: November 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Picking fruit on the Friday drive-time tune

Read more about this amazing musician here.

Posted: November 21, 2014 - 8:00 am
Guess the famous American who said this about immigrants


Wednesday 11/19/2014
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 4:45 pm
Thrown out of the Terps-Michigan State game, part 2

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.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Posted: November 18, 2014 - 8:00 am
Thrown out of the Terps-Michigan State game -- for no reason

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.

Monday 11/10/2014
Posted: November 10, 2014 - 8:00 am
Did the big GOP victory end the Ebola crisis?

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 and Alex Jones's Infowars.

Friday 11/07/2014
Posted: November 07, 2014 - 5:00 pm
No wonder they call them reactionaries!

Every now and then, has an interesting article. And in the most recent edition of the twice-a-month weekly, I found an utterly fascinating one.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Hi ho! -- Is impeachment of Barack Obama nigh?

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.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
Posted: November 04, 2014 - 8:00 am
He vows a write-in on every ballot slot today


Monday 11/03/2014
Posted: November 03, 2014 - 7:00 am
Rep. Robert Hurt: Proposed pipeline not my problem

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.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 8:00 am
North Carolina's beer-swilling, pot-smoking Senate candidate

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.

Monday 10/27/2014
Posted: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 am
'A moonscape of deforested land'

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!

Friday 10/24/2014
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 8:00 am
Should poor kids be barred from trick-or-treating in rich neighborhoods?

Happy Halloween season everybody!

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 10:08 am
'Finding a roommate is worse than dating'

Note from Dan: For the background on this, see yesterday's post here.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 11:13 am
Wanted in Garden City: Wayne Newtonish roommie

Remember the fun we had over the summer with room-to-let in Wasena ad: Badass Roommate Wanted, Must Love Beer?

Thursday 10/09/2014
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 8:00 am
Customer complains to Comcast about rotten service; gets fired

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.

Monday 10/06/2014
Posted: October 06, 2014 - 10:09 am
Let the same-sex weddings begin

Big news here, folks: The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down five appeals of lower-court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage.

Friday 10/03/2014
Posted: October 03, 2014 - 1:57 pm
Casey: Dye faces tough task in unseating Edwards

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.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 8:00 am
Roanoke Tea Party president lands a government job

If you read yesterday's post about News Guardians' infatuation with Tuesday's column, you might have noticed a familiar name missing: Chip Tarbutton.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
Posted: September 30, 2014 - 3:01 pm
News Guardians: 'Dan Casey has brought home the mother lode'

Thank you News Guardians!

Friday 09/19/2014
Posted: September 19, 2014 - 2:26 pm
Casey: Get ready to pay higher gas prices if Congress doesn't act

You often hear the adage “the devil’s in the details.” A prime example is occurring on Capitol Hill right now.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 8:49 am
Pat Robertson calls for more guns in churches

More of this story is here.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 9:18 am
Children and Uzis on the Thursday OPEN thread

"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

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 1:14 pm
Dan Casey: Larry Dodson was in court today

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.

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