Monthly Archives: February 2013

Let them eat pizza!

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Photo courtesy of nostadiumon7.org: “Photo taken at 4:35 PM Tuesday, Hounds “rally” kickoff was at 4:30 PM. This is what happens when you plan a “rally” and nobody shows.”

Although the well-heeled investors behind the proposed bait-and-switch “baseball” stadium at One Loudoun spent more than $60,000 getting tame Republican supervisors like Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) elected in 2011, they seemed to think they could buy off the citizens of the county with a few tee-shirts and pizza.

Luckily for democracy, it turns out that the citizens had another idea. Continue reading

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More trouble for the bait-and-switch stadium

Having schmeered the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors with more than $60,000 in campaign contributions, Bob Farren and his fellow investors behind the non-existent extremely minor league Loudoun Hounds baseball team expected smooth sailing for all the political favors they have been seeking in connection with their planned stadium.

Despite the best efforts of Chairman Scott York (R-At Large), Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run), and free-bumper-sticker distributor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) to sell a skeptical citizenry about the wonders of the proposed stadium, it’s not quite working out as planned. Continue reading

Hey, didn’t you throw that guy off his committee assignments?

As part of their “maybe if we don’t say anything no one will notice” containment strategy of dealing with the unfolding financial and ethics scandal engulfing their soon-to-be-indicted fellow supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors last month took away all of Delgaudio’s committee assignments.

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Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), in the orange circle above, failing to have received the memo that he is not any Board committees any more, participates in the February 12, 2013, meeting of the Finance Committee (his specialty!).

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And watch out for those carrots

PS on the Loudoun Board’s meaningless ideological vote against Medicaid expansion . . . and credit where it’s due:

We have been critical of the lame reporting by our local newspapers, but in his story on the Loudoun Board’s action the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s Trevor Baratko has what is surely the Quote of the Year.

Trying to explain why she would oppose a provision of the Federal health care law that would bring Virginia $20 billion in Federal funding, and allow those earning less than $15,000 to have any health care at all, Deep Thinker Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) said: “I feel like a carrot is being held over our head.”

Manning the ideological barricades

Back in the 1970s and ’80s various left-leaning localities became the butt of national ridicule for declaring themselves nuclear-free zones or taking other meaningless official stands on issues that most grown-ups recognized were the competence of the national government.

Now apparently it is the turn of right-wing loonies to fill this role at the local level.  Loudoun County’s all-Republican all-ideological Board of Supervisors still does not quite equal the supervisors of Virginia’s Chesterfield County and their opposition to nefarious socialist plots to make us ride bicycles, or the county commissioner in Lubbock, Texas, who proposed expanding the sheriff’s department so that when President Obama “turns over sovereignty to the U.N.,” he can be prepared to resist: “He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ’em in Lubbock County.”

But we’re trying! Led by deep thinker Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), the Loudoun Board recently passed a meaningless official resolution opposing a key component of Obamacare: Continue reading