Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

DC Fourth of July Travel Advisory

July 3, 2010

DC Fourth of July Travel Advisory

The Fourth of July will be celebrated in the District of Columbia with the traditional street closings and detours. Travel into and around Washington DC will be slow tomorrow as tourists jam the District to watch fireworks on the National Mall. Be careful who you cut off on the Wilson and Memorial bridges on your way in, though, because no one likes pyrotechnics more than the pistol-packing patrons of Champps sports bars in Northern Virginia.

Virginia’s new law permitting concealed weapons in saloons went into effect Thursday, and patrons of Champps celebrated with Glocks and iced tea. There are good reasons to pack heat in Virginia’s sports bars. You certainly need a semiautomatic firearm at Champps to defend your family against those dangerous Loaded Chips appetizers (cheddar, pepperjack, mozzarella, Asiago cream sauce, bacon, green onions, sour cream).

Have a safe and sane Independence Day.


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‘Ex-Jihadi” Baptist Seminary President Removed

June 30, 2010

'Ex-Muslim' Baptist Seminary President

Self-described Jihadi-turned-Christian evangelist Ergun Caner will not have his contract renewed as President of Baptist Liberty University Seminary. He was caught telling little white parables as Gospel truth.

Liberty U was founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, who also started the Moral Majority. He who selected Dr. Caner to head the seminary in 2005. The current LU Chancellor is Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the founder; it was he who removed Dr. Caner from his post.

Ergun Caner claimed he was born into a strict Muslim family in Turkey, learned to hate America and Christians, and was instructed in jihad before his conversion to fundamentalist Christianity. Praise the Lord — except that Dr. Caner was born in Sweden, moved to Ohio when he was 4 years old; when his parents divorced, he lived with his mother, a Lutheran. He became an evangelical Christian as a teen, so perhaps that was the jihad he meant.


Cuccinelli’s Coverup

May 5, 2010

 Cuccinelli's Coverup

In an attempt to protect the tender Southern sensibilities of Virginians, the Old Dominion’s attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, has covered the bared breast of the goddess of virtue on the Virginia State Seal. The seal is also on Virginia’s flag.


Civil War Shame in Virginia

April 9, 2010


Civil War Shame in Virginia

There is a Civil War scandal in Virginia that has nothing to do with Governor Bob McDonnell. The culprit: Arlington National Cemetery.

1,500 African American soldiers who served in the Union’s U.S. Colored Troops and thousands of freed slaves housed on the Arlington Estate grounds were buried in the cemetery’s Section 27, which was neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. The cemetery was ordered to correct this shameful situation almost two decades ago.

Cosmetic changes compounded the institutional disrespect, reports Salon‘s Mark Benjamin. 500 graves now lack headstones, previously identified burials are now marked “Unknown,” some graves are misidentified, and records claim that one man is buried in two places. Cemetery Superintendent John C. Metzler, Jr. who told Congress that neglect of Section 27 would be rectified, still holds his position today.


Rogue Beaver!

March 26, 2010

Rogue Beaver!

A savage beaver is attacking dogs in Virginia. Washington’s WRC-TV reports that a dog owner posted a flyer in Alexandria’s Windmill Hill Park near the Potomac, warning that a beaver bit his pooch during a walk there.

Castor canadensis is a rodent, but don’t let your pooch think it’s a big squirrel with an odd tail. The beaver is four feet long, weighs 60 pounds, and sports claws and a mouthful of wood-chipper chompers.

Beaver couples welcome new litters of cute “kits” this time of year and may be more testy than usual. Local Potomac beavers might be even more ticked off. The National Park Service deprived them of a favorite food by putting plastic sleeves on the trunks of Tidal Basin cherry trees.


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GOP Scholar Loses Crucial Virginia Fornicator Vote

September 1, 2009

GOP Scholarship Loses Crucial Virginia Fornicator Vote

Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell, campaigning to be governor of Virginia, is also a scholar. The Republican lawmaker has Masters and Law degrees from prestigious Regent University in Virginia Beach, that fount of learning founded by Rev. Pat Robertson. The hallowed halls of Regent U. produced all those bright, ethical young people who ran the G.W. Bush Justice Department and the gloriously successful U.S. occupation government of Iraq.

Mr. McDonnell, whose television ads and website courageously omit the fact that he is a Republican, wrote a Master’s thesis at Regent U. (then called CBN, after Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network) entitled “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade.”

Mr. McDonnells’s 93-page document was so compelling that Regent awarded him two degrees, one in law, the other in public policy. The thesis called for criminalizing sale of birth control devices to unmarried people, government policy that favors married couples over “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators,” and said working women and feminists are “detrimental” to the family. The thesis advocated injection of Christian doctrine at all levels of government.

Of course, McDonnell was just a kid when he wrote the thesis. He was only 34 years old.


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Live DC Bluegrass Broadcast Tonight 6-8PM

April 3, 2009

Live DC Bluegrass Broadcast Tonight 6-8PM One of the best Bluegrass bands in the Washington DC area is Rockledge (Darrell Slone-Banjo; Mark Clifton-Dobro; Lynn Healey-Guitar; Bradley Sams/Bill Taylor-Bass). The band will sing and play live in the WAMU-FM studios in the Nation’s Capital on Katy Daley’s Open Mic program this evening (Friday April 3rd, 6PM to 8PM EDT), but you can hear them from anywhere on the planet through

There’s more. Thanks to to a cutting-edge breakthrough in wireless radio-telephony,  people in Northern Virginia and parts of  Maryland can hear this exciting live concert free on those ordinary FM radio receivers found in many homes and motor vehicles! Astounding. Simply set the indicator on the device to 105.5 megahertz.

Both of the Bluegrass fans who actually own HD(tm) radios can hear the digitally-modified broadcast at HD 88.5-2 if they live near the transmitter.

This is a seriously awesome band. Hear Rockledge on the radio tonight and in the flesh each Wednesday at FireFlies in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.


Image by Mike Licht, who is proud to have played bass for amazing singer and guitarist Lynn Healey.

Washington Goes to SXSW

March 19, 2009

Washington Goes to SXSW

Washington DC’s annual assault on Austin’s South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival includes these local shock troops:

Bomani Armah & Project Mayhem
Carol Bui
Laura Burhenn
Deleted Scenes
Benjy Ferree
Hall Monitors
H.R. Band
Kid Congo Powers
Middle Distance Runner
Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down
Pygmy Lush
Edie Sedgwick
These United States
U.S. Royalty

Support DC’s troops in Travis County. Follow the action on GOG Blog, Black Plastic Bag, DC Rock Club, PostRock.

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John Cephas Memorial Concert and Jam

March 16, 2009

John Cephas Memorial Concert and Jam











Celebrate the Life and Music of John Cephas 
Sunday March 29th, 1pm to 3pm
Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th & Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC (map)
Enter from the Constitution Avenue side
Federal Triangle Metro station

 followed by

John Cephas Memorial House Party Jam
Westminster Presbyterian Church 400 I Street SW
Washington, DC 20024 (map)
Waterfront Metro station (or a short walk)
Phil Wiggins is organizing the event in honor of his long time friend and musical partner. If you wish to contribute towards the expenses, contact Wayne Khan (Right on Rhythm) for details.

Update:  A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 23rd at the Caroline County Community Center in Bowling Green, Virginia. Interment will be at 10 a.m on Wednesday, March 25, at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Virginia.

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John Cephas, 1930 — 2009

March 5, 2009

John Cephas, 1930 -- 2009

Singer and guitarist John Cephas passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. A talented, warm, and gentle man, he is remembered by many friends, admirers and neighbors:

Washington Post

The Blues Foundation

PostRock, Washington Postweblog

Richmond Times-Dispatch

New York Times

Sing Out!

National Public Radio

Guitar Player



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