I owe my readers an apology. I did not think the judgeship thing would take this long. And now the seats on the Court of Appeals are approved but the people have not been selected; we are in to use a soccer term penalty minutes. Yes people can help me; email your senator and delegate. But I thought I’d stay quiet. But my next post is important. Please help get all the Dems on the primary ballot. It is best in a democratic Republic for a diversity of views to be heard. Stay tuned. Either Jesus opens a door for me to be judge of the Court of Appeals or He has something else for me to do.
Happy New Year 2021!!! This is my first contribution to Virginia Right since the New Year!!!!!! (Corey throwing confetti in the air). Since “the” new Administration is calling for “unity”, I took some time deciding what my first contribution of the New Year would be. Regardless of what side of the isle you may sit on, you have to eat. So the best way I can promote “unity” as advised by President Joe Biden (still is to talk about food. Because face it folks, we all gotta eat!!!!
Following a recent visit to the eye doctor Mandy and I were shopping and we were in the Wegmans shopping center off Midlothian Turnpike. We decided to check out Taziki’s located at 12643 Stone Village Way Midlothian, Virginia 23113. I had not had a good Gyro since I left New York City in 2001. On the menu was Gyro’s!!!! Super excited, I placed my order Lamb Gyro with chips and a tomato cucumber salad.
First, the customer service at the counter was outstanding!!! You know in this post Covid-19 world we are living in good customer service is hard to come by. Our cashier was friendly, respectful and asked us if we had visited the establishment before. After we advised that this was our first visit, he allowed us to check the menu after making his suggestions for the best selling dishes.
By this time, I could only think Gyro, so that is what I stuck with. Many other local take out restaurants have attempted the Gyro. The last one I tried was America’s Best Wings on Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield, Virginia. As my father used to say, “that was a wash”.
I gave that poor excuse for a Gyro to the dog. But THIS Tazikis Gyro was tender, flavorful and down right delicious. I felt like I was home in New York. I look forward to returning again and selecting something else on the menu. If your out and about in Midlothian, Virginia check it out for yourself.
There is a LPTV – Libertarian Party TV – hosted by Pat Ford and I just happened to hear his show – Candidate’s Corner – and he had a very articulate candidate for the Decatur (IL) City Council – John Phillips – and I am impressed!
I am not soliciting money. But if liberty-minded candidates want to help, here is the Phillips FB page! Can turn a Lincoln into a Hamilton!
I Do Not Plan to Be a Delegate at the GOP Convention However
I was impressed with the names supporting Delegate Tim Hugo: Former state senator Dick Black, my very own senator Ryan McDougle and these other names (from emails from the Hugo campaign):
Tim Hugo has also been endorsed by Delegate Rob Bell (Albemarle), House of Delegates Caucus Chair Kathy Byron (Bedford), Del. Mark Cole (Spotsylvania), Del. Matt Fariss (Campbell), Del. Buddy Fowler (Hanover), Del. Margaret Ransone (Westmoreland), Del. Nick Rush (Montgomery), Del. Lee Ware (Powhatan), and Sen. Bill DeSteph (Virginia Beach).
So I thought I better make my views known: I respect Delegate Tim Hugo but I am FOR Delegate Glenn Davis. He shouldbegovernor. But let’s get him into the LG office and four years later Davis can run for Governor.
However, due to the possibility that the Libertarians might run a candidate for some office (I have recommended that the LP run their best candidate for LG in fact) that I will endorse here at the blog, I will not stand for delegate at the convention. I do encourage Republicans and Republican-minded voters to sign up in their local units and be a delegate for Glenn Davis. Be blessed in Jesus, Delegate Glenn Davis!
If I had a pint with former UKIP Leader and former MEP Nigel Farage – first, I’d probably need two! Maybe meet at a pub – I would carefully pour the hot and sweetened tea into a pub glass over ice but I would be hono(u)red to buy his pint! – but even over the phone would be fabulous!
I might need the first pint to say: Few ordinary people (especially in the UK) can say they changed the course of their nation’s history and maybe the history of the world. A toast: To Brexit! Glasses clang together…
It is easy to forget what Brexit actually means. When Farage left the Tory Party in 1992 to start the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) as a protest against the original Maastricht Treaty…
Having joined the Conservative Party as a schoolboy, he left in 1992 in protest over John Major’s signing of the Maastricht Treaty and went on to found UKIP in 1993.
…and advocate for Great Britain to leave the European Union to say it was quixotic is an understatement. No chance. (Had I been British I would have among the first to sign up!) Impossible. Never will happen. But it did! Let us now give praise – I might even raise my glass to Jesus and His Providence in giving people vision to seek freedom!
In the succeeding years, UKIP and euroskeptic Tories (and a few Labourites) agitated for more and more independence and sovereignty for the UK in the EU and for getting out altogether. Farage never got elected to the UK Parliament (not yet) but he used his election to the European Parliament as a platform and a huge EU-wide microphone for speeches that while I might have been more diplomatic were effective in skewering the EU leaders as arrogant and obnoxious globalists. I would say the anti-EU movements in Poland, Hungary, Italy and other nations drew influence and encouragement from Farage. In the 2014 European elections, UKIP won the most seats in the proportional representation election, beating all the leading parties for the first time since 1906. (And Farage did it again – with the Brexit Party in 2019!) This blogger called it “Christmas in May!
Now it would be time for a second pint! And I digress. Here is what Nigel Farage should do:
First, get this book. I would take any privatizing of the National Health Service off the table by ensuring a referendum before there are fundamental changes in the NHS. But most of the rest of the ideas of Carswell and Hannan are on the point: Get rid of unelected quangos, increase the power of local governments (and taxes too BUT they will be truly accountable), and speak out against anti-liberty laws and regulations. Also come up with a REAL British Constitution, based upon historical liberties fought for by past generations and not mucked up with new “rights” created by globalists. Something like the Ninth Amendment for the written British Constitution.
As we finish the second pint, write the platform/manifesto for the new party – he is calling it Reform (there is a UK Libertarian Party and I am sorry they might get demolished in the rubble) – the truth is: The UK needs to be free. Now you have freed Great Britain from the EU, the pols have no excuse, it is time to free the UK and give power to the people.
Finally, some thanks is in order. As we lifted up our glasses, I would toast to: Farage and UKIP banned racists from their party. Here is what I wrote citing the near-extinction of the British National Party:
Nigel Farage ought to be knighted for this alone. If I had the honor to have my blog read by the Queen, that would be my first suggestion. People who make positive, fundamental changes in the United Kingdom ought to be knighted.
Ballot Access (HB 82) (I agreed so much I collaborated with Del. Rasoul on this idea and then blogged on it and then spoke to the subcommittee that killed the bill)
Redistricting reform (HB 303) (I disagree – but this is the idealist position and I respect it)
Top two primary system (HB 1040) (I disagree – see the US senate race in California where the top two were both liberal Democrats. But again this is the idealist position – Del. Rasoul thinks this will cause the parties to run candidates closer to the center of their party.)
Juvenile sentencing reform (HB53) (This bill would give juvenile offenders who commit serious non-homicide crimes a chance at parole after the offender turns 35 or 20 years of his/her sentence. I would make it 4o or 45 or 30 years. The SCOTUS will probably in next several years mandate us do it. In that sense, Rasoul is ahead of his time.)
It takes grit to suggest this kind of platform and to resign from the party leadership in the House:
Virginia’s only Muslim-American state lawmaker resigned from his Democratic leadership post Friday and called for a “massive overhaul” in the party to reconnect with working-class voters after Donald Trump’s presidential victory.
Rasoul called himself a “proud Democrat,” but said “the establishment does not want to change.” Rather than change the platform, Rasoul said, the party needs to rethink its communication strategy to build trust and listen to people’s concerns.
I am tempted to jealousy. Sounds like a idealist. And the delegate did show real vision and grit with this bill to immediately bring about a statewide indigent defense system. In 2018!
Now I know Del. Rasoul is very progressive. He’s all wet on climate. Ditto for the ERA. BUT, he’s in politics for the right reasons. I think he’ll listen and he has integrity. I am not endorsing anyone YET. But due to the GOP going to a convention, and due to the fact any voter can vote in the Democratic primary this spring or summer or fall, depending on new lines being drawn, I reserve the right to make ethical endorsements or even VOTE in the primary.
With all the interest in the Christmas Star – yes there was a star – the Bible says so – whether it was a configuration of planets or a special miraculous starry-type object created by God I am not sure – but it was really, really neat to see two planets in my eyepiece of the telescope at the same time. Something you do not see every day. I just thank Jesus it was clear December 21.
But who is John Bevis?
John Bevis is an amateur astronomer who on May 28, 1737, was believed (according to this source) to see one planet actually pass in front of (or behind depending on how you see it) another planet.
It is called a mutual occultation of planets and it is incredibly rare. There will not be such an event until November 22, 2065 and that will be too close to the Sun to be visible from Earth. (It is Venus and Jupiter by the way. And speaking on Venus and Jupiter mutual occultations, one is June 17, 2 BC and that has been suggested as the Bethlehem Star BUT that assumes the death of Herod was not in 4 BC as most historians claim.)
John Bevis is probably the only human to see a mutual occultation in a telescope (The Greenwich Observatory UK telescope). Here is his report from Sky and Telescope in 1986.
Hat tip to Larry Bogan who complied the neat charts and information on mutual occultations.
I did not attend school for media, production or journalism. Sometimes you look back over the road that you have travelled and you shake your head in disbelief concerning the path you took.
If you advised me back in 2014 that I was going to be hosting a podcast style talk show or contributing to a political blog, I would have called you a liar. Yet, here I stand with my partner, Markel Prines moving into the fifth season of Talks Over Drinks. For those of you who may not follow Markel and I on social media, we are the hosts of Talks Over Drinks which is a podcast style talk show discussing small business, community activism, politics and independent music.
Thus far we have produced and released six shows for the 2020 – 2021 season. Providing Virginia Right readers and supporters the run down on episodes per Sandy Sanders advice.
Talks Over Drinks Season 5:
Season 5, Episode 1 Part One: Mike Dickinson Republican Candidate for Richmond City Council District 1.
Season 5, Episode 1 Part Two: Regie Ford Independent Candidate for Richmond City Council District 8.
Season 5, Episode 2 Part One: Emcee Barz Nice.
Season 5, Episode 2 Part Two: Emcee Big Sty.
Season 5, Episode 3 Part One: Perry Whitaker, PW’s BBQ
Season 5, Episode 4 Part One: Dr. Neal Jackson Author and Founder of Spiritually United African Nation House of Worship.
Season 5, Episode 5 Part One: Emcee Roy Revolution.
Season 5, Episode 5 Part Two: Emcee and Podcast Host Kula Voncile.
Season 5, Episode 6 Part One: Real Estate Agent Stephani Fowlkes.
Season 5, Episode 6 Part Two: Investments Specialist Jeff Fowlkes.
Feel free to reach out by email or social media should you have any show ideas or your would like to be a guest of the show. Please find all of our social media handles below. Like, share, subscribe & comment! Remember it is never too early or too late for Talks Over Drinks. Cheers!
A glance at a the home page for Marin County’s main newspaper provides a snapshot into the leftist brain.
Although I no longer live in Marin County, I still check the local news. It’s not unusual for me to see familiar people named in stories and I always recognize the places. For whatever reason, today’s newspaper struck me as just exceptionally leftist. This is the air that people breathe in Northern California. I’ve highlighted the words and I’ll explain why each strikes me as peak leftist — and that’s without discussing too many stories behind the headlines:
“unsheltered residents.” The actual headline states the truth which is that “homeless” campers are taking over a former military base that is not a planned suburban community with lots of children. However, the moment there’s more space you get that euphemism: “unsheltered residents.” Homeless has a wealth of meanings: People without homes, drug addicts, mentally ill people, and criminals.
Governor Newsom focuses on “character” with Alex Padilla. Nope. That’s retrofitting. Padilla’s selection boiled down to one thing: His race. Padilla has no known character, except that he illegally promised to pay $35 million taxpayer dollars to a Democrat political front group and then tried to hide his wrongdoing. Of course, thinking about it, that’s precisely the type of character leftists like.
The explosion of the Wuhan virus in California. Up until about two weeks ago, California leftists were smug: Next to Oregon, they had the most draconian shutdown laws in America and it was paying off. Sure, their politicians were hypocrites, ignoring the misery they imposed on others, and yes, except for the the tech sector and white collar jobs that are home to leftists, California’s economy was collapsing, but it was all worth it…. Oh, wait a minute. Do you mean to say that California is now one of the worst Wuhan virus hotbeds, not just in America, but in the world? Why, yes it is. I’m desperately sorry for my conservative friends who are trapped there, but for all the leftists and all the go-along with the leftists it’s hard for me to feel much sympathy. Keep in mind that, in the Bay Area at least, most of those small business owners being hurt have voted Democrat for decades.
Reversal of transit layoffs. Government will screw you, the taxpayer, but it will never screw itself. Expect more and higher taxes — and, in the case of the Golden Gate Transit District, higher bridge tolls and bus fares — despite the government’s deliberate decision to destroy the economy.
Marin City gets get Kamala action figures. First, how sexist is it to put Kamala in a skirt. Second, you can’t engage in action in a pencil skirt. Third, propaganda much?
Ceremony honors homeless who died. Wait! They had space. Did they forget that these people are “unsheltered residents”? No, of course not. You use “unsheltered residents” when you want to clean them up and make people feel guilty that they don’t want deranged, criminal people taking over their communities. You use the word “homeless” when you want to make people feel guilty that someone who as often as not chose to live on the streets has died.
Just as fish don’t notice the water, Bay Area residents don’t notice the non-stop drip, drip, drip of leftism sinking into their brains. Everything reinforces leftist shibboleths. Open up any Bay Area “news” publication and you’ll find little in the way of actual news, but a whole lot of propaganda.