Monthly Archives: April 2012

Decorating by committee

Driven by the urgent need to erect a religious display on public property—after all, it’s just not Christmas unless you annex the county courthouse lawn—the all-Republican cast on the new Loudoun Board of Supervisors cannily hatched up the idea of having a government committee design, erect, and own whatever highly tasteful display is eventually deployed on government property in downtown Leesburg this year.

Of course, I haven’t exactly noticed a shortage of holiday displays on private homes, churches, shops, restuarants, and other private property around town during the Christmas season, and you might think the simplest solution that respects all citizens would be to leave the courts to the business of . . . oh I don’t know, how about administering justice impartially? . . . and leave the business of religious-themed displays to non-governmental entities and individuals.

Would you let this man design your holiday display?

But a proposed policy to do just that a couple of years ago led to howls of outrage from those who insisted that this was a nefarious assault in disguise, part of the larger “war on Christmas,” and demanded that the “traditional” creche featuring extremely tasteful colored plastic images of the Holy Family be permitted to occupy public property. The little matter of the Constitution however does just require that if you let one group erect a display on public property you don’t get to choose which one, based on religion. Thus the humorous (to some) vulgar (to others) and undeniably chaotic spectacle of recent years on the courthouse lawn in which the highly tasteful creche rubbed shoulders with atheist quotations and the Flying Spaghetti Monster among others.

Having a government committee design a single authorized display might get around the constitutional problem but is virtually guaranteed to generate its own ridiculous outcome, a mere taste of which was provided the other day by none other than our he’s-everywhere-new-supervisor “Ken” Reid (R-Leesburg). Continue reading


Ken discovers the terrible truth about politics

Proud new Loudoun supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) is shocked to discover that politicians “tell only one side of the story,” as he writes this week in a very upset letter to Leesburg Today.

Ken complains that Democratic state senator Mark Herring is trying to “make political hay” by—get ready for this—”criticizing specific GOP delegates, by name” who voted against $300 million in state funding for rail to Dulles. Ken says this is very unfair, since some Republicans voted for the funding (that is, before GOP Gov McDonnell reneged on his previous promise of support and the GOP-controlled legislature obediently axed it).

Ken also mentions his recent discoveries that used car salesmen are not always scrupulously honest, that his cell phone bill contains many questionable fees, and that Hollywood movies do not always completely reflect reality.

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More Lyme hysteria from the board (better-living-through-chemistry department)

As it has become increasingly and embarrassingly evident that our intrepid Loudoun Board of Supervisors permitted itself to be used by a group of fringe fear-mongers to spread misinformation and pseudoscientific alarmism about Lyme disease, the supervisors have reacted by  . . . digging a deeper hole for themselves.

“Did Loudoun overreact on Lyme disease?” the Washington Post asks in a post on in its local politics blog highlighting realloudoun’s first account of the matter. Continue reading

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Confused Ken Does it Again

Displaying his legendary capacity for logical reasoning, Supervisor Ken “Ken” Reid (R-Leesburg) distinguished himself in last week’s budget votes by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors.

When you have a 9–0 majority, you get to play all kinds of games depending on how unscrupulous you are about a) grandstanding for your own political interests and b) throwing the responsibility onto your colleagues. Continue reading

“I am not an ideologue”

Whenever a politician goes out of his way to issue a denial of something that ought to go without saying (“I am not a crook!”), it’s a good sign there’s something worth looking into there.

So when Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) told us “I was not trying to be ideological or capricious with any of my votes” on the 2013 county budget, it’s a good bet that there in fact was, well, plenty ideological and capricious. Continue reading

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