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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 29. Also, see President Obama’s weekly address, in which he discusses the plan he unveiled a few days ago to confront the growing threat of climate change.

*Fossil fuels are a faith issue (by Richard Cizik — president, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and spokesperson, The Good Steward Campaign.)

*Invest, Divest and Prosper (Paul Krugman on building a clean energy economy, saving the environment, and prospering in the process. Why are we still wasting our time dithering around with antiquated fossil fuels, when there are far better options available?)

*A stand for Roe v. Wade (“Wendy Davis’s filibuster was a brave stand against deceitful new abortion laws throughout the U.S.”)

*Skirting hurdles on climate change (“Reflexive opposition like McConnell’s has been the tired refrain of folks who have opposed cleaner air and water, limits on acid rain, and higher efficiency cars and appliances. Each time, experience and history proved such alarms ridiculous. American people and industry adapted, leading to cleaner air and water, reduced acid rain, better cars and appliances.”)

*Republicans disparage Biden before Richmond speech (“Republicans disparage.” Yep, that’s what Republicans do. The question is, do they ever do anything else?)

*Cuccinelli fights bid to compel testimony (“Defense attorneys want to subpoena AG in chef’s embezzlement case”)

*Virginia’s gifted governor (“Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, are guilty of staggeringly bad judgment, ethical dim-wittedness and, in the governor’s case, ignoring Virginia’s financial disclosure laws. Whether the governor and his wife are to be charged with some other abuse of office is up to federal and state investigators.”)

*GOP Leaders Warn Pro Sports Leagues Not To Promote Obamacare (Excuse me? It’s the LAW, why can’t anyone and everyone promote it?!? As for being “controversial,” that’s 100% because Republicans have made it so.)

*Renewable Energy Closing In On Natural Gas As Second-Largest Source Of Electricity Worldwide (Go clean energy!)

*House bill would lift ban on coastal gas, oil drilling (Drill, baby, drill=Stupid, baby, stupid.)

*Morrissey vows to overturn Va. ban on same-sex marriage

*Paula Deen, Bob McDonnell lessons learned the hard way

*Shower, storm threat will stick around

*Nationals rally to beat Matt Harvey, Mets, 6-4 (Actually, they didn’t rally against Harvey, but whatever…this is the Post after all, accuracy is optional.)

  • Charlottesville radio host Coy Barefoot weighs in on this outrageous story, in which “A trip to the grocery store turned into a nightmare for one University of Virginia student last April.”

    SATURDAY. JUNE 29. 2013. CHARLOTTESVILLE.

    In regards to the Elizabeth Daly story. I said it today on the radio program, and I want to share it here with you now, just a few days before we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth. It’s simply this: NOT HERE. That’s the response these ABC Agents and the Commonwealth of Virginia need to hear loud and clear from our community: NOT HERE.

    We are deluged with tragic stories on a near daily basis, from throughout our nation, of overzealous, heavy-handed, militarized law enforcement, of government bureaucrats run amok with excessive power, of corporate interests who exercise undue influence over our lives, our privacy, and our freedom- in sum, realizing the worst fears of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The line must be drawn somewhere. It must start somewhere. And if it can’t be drawn late at night in a grocery store parking lot with armed government agents following young college girls to their car on the suspicion that the water they are carrying is underage booze, and then scaring the living hell out of them, then throwing one in jail all night and letting her live under the threat of prison for months- when she did nothing but what any sensible, educated, smart, responsible free citizen would do- and was punished for it- if the line can not be drawn there my friends, then it can not be drawn anywhere.

    There is no excuse for the imprisonment of that kid. And those that try to make that excuse should be ashamed of themselves. NOT HERE. As a community, we will not allow that tyranny of power to root itself in our streets, the assault of raw power of the state on the liberty of a free citizen. NOT HERE. NOT in our neighborhoods. NOT in our parks. NOT in our shopping centers. Take this message to our City Council. To our Board of Supervisors. Let them know we will not allow our community to become a place where this kind of behavior is ever tolerated. NOT HERE. Demand an investigation. Ask questions, and demand answers. Demand that those agents responsible for imprisoning that child pay a price. Demand to know why our tax dollars- the money that we could be spending on our own children, on those we love, on our own businesses and on our schools- why that money is being spent to train and arm agents of the state to follow 20-year old women to their cars late at night in a grocery store parking lot- agents of the state who think it’s in any way okay to do to a free citizen what these agents did in OUR community, to one of our own. NOT HERE. And let every community in America say the same: NOT HERE.

    Let them draw the line as well. Let the Central Virginia community take a lead, just as it once did so long ago when Jefferson and Madison found the voice that inspired so many courageous Americans to finally stand up to overzealous, heavy-handed, militarized law enforcement, to government bureaucrats run amok with excessive power, to corporate interests who exercised undue influence over their lives, their privacy, and their freedom. The America that stands for freedom and against tyranny was born because enough people were angry enough to say enough is enough. They spoke truth to power. And they said simply: NOT HERE.

    I believe in my heart that the best days of this great nation are yet to come. But those days will only be realized if we are willing to do whatever we must do so that the treasure of liberty we have inherited is passed on to our children and our children’s children stronger and more vibrant than how we found it. The most patriotic act we can do to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence is simply to wake up and be just angry enough to say enough is enough.

    “It would seem impossible that an intelligent people with the faculty of reading and right of thinking should continue much longer to slumber under the pupilage of an interested aristocracy of priests and lawyers, persuading them to distrust themselves and to let them think for them… Awaken them from this voluntary degradation of mind! Restore them to a due estimate of themselves and their fellow citizens, and a just abhorrence of the falsehoods and artifices which have seduced them.” (Thomas Jefferson, 1807). NOT HERE.

  • More evidence that Fox “News,” and the people who watch it, have something seriously wrong with them. Yeah, they’re “speeeeecial” alright, but NOT in the way Mr. Rogers was talking about! Heh.

  • Courtesy of Del. Ken Plum: “U.S. Senator Tim Kaine was recognized for his leadership on equality issues by LGBT Democrats of Virginia this morning – with Adam Ebbin, Tim Kaine and Donnald McEachin at Greater Richmond Convention Center.”

  • at the 2013 Virginia Jefferson Jackson Dinner weekend in Richmond…

  • “At the University of Johannesburg – Soweto, President Obama discusses youth empowerment and leadership with young African leaders in a town hall meeting. June 29, 2013.”