VIRGINIA BEACH (December 2, 2010) - - WikiLeaks is a blessing. Government is corrupt. It uses legitimate secrecy mechanisms, such as security classifications, like ‘Secret’ ‘Top Secret’ to hide its corruption from the citizens and trample the 1st Amendment.
WikiLeaks has done Americans and the world a service. Nobody has been or will be hurt physically by the leaked information.
Hurt will be egos, pride, and lost cover for stupid acts.
What might be deemed OK from someone else's perspective might be criminal in another's. Transparency is the only way to know for sure. We want to see government at work, not hiding behind some classification system.
Government has to learn it isn’t OK for cover unfortunate, misfortunate, embarrassing, and criminal acts with the National Security Classification system. That wasn’t its intent.
The intent was to legitimately allow government to keep certain functions secret for a reasonable time period - not forever from the public.
No government should have the power to make such sweeping and unaccountable determinations without yearly review and reclassification.
That’s why a government that governs less is best. VNS believes governments during the past 50 − 100 years or more have used the ‘secrecy’ system to willy, nilly trample on the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Trust us: The fact that Hillary Clinton stirred in a pile of camel dung to find the prime minister’s credit card does not justify a state secret.
Support WikiLeaks - they are doing no harm to the public. It's simply exposing fallibility of stupid government behavior.
VIRGINIA BEACH (November 23, 2010) - - We recently logged a rant about the TSA for its sexual molestation under the guise of national security. I'd personally rather risk being among 3,000 killed in a new terrorist attack in the U.S. than to give up my rights under the Constitution.
Would you ever have believed your government would sanction sexual molestation of its law abiding citizens? While at the same time it hunts down whackos who have a picture of a naked kid on their computer?
I have just spent a week walking the hallowed grounds where our freedom was won more than 230 years ago under harsh, deadly conditions.
Reliving the terrors of yesteryear has to bring a tear to your eye if you care anything at all about our country and why so many of our ancestors died in the name of freedom.
If you don’t care you need your ‘junk’ manhandled by a government paid molester.
If you do care, you should rebel. You should act to force the government to cancel this unconstitutional violation of the 4th Amendment.
If you don’t the invasive abuses continue to expand, will continue; next they’ll want to slip a finger in your body cavities.
Let us be perfectly honest: Giving up our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights is not worth the prospect of another terror attack. There’s not terror attack - NONE - that can justify destruction of our Constitution.
We’d rather run the risk of another 9-11 - with all the ensuing deaths - than to see us sit passively by and allow this corrupt, criminal government steal our rights using the ‘terror’ excuse.
Contact all your legislators and let them know: You like the government feel up or you don’t.
Government sanctioned sexual molestation has gone too far. They are illegal, but they could put the 'thrill' back in flying!
The American public should show their displeasure by refusing body scans and physical molestation by Transportation Security Administration.
Such searches will continue only as long as the public refuses. Holiday flyers have a perfect opportunity to refuse - would could draw attention as it gums up the national transportation network.
This continued and gradual theft of individual rights is one reason I don't fly anymore. I worked for an airline. I loved flying in the old days. Frequently I'd get off work at 10 or 1 1 p.m. at Los Angeles International, board a plane and fly to Seattle or Portsmouth overnight - getting great night's sleep.
On the return trip to LA, I be awakened and served a filet migon steak and champagne breakfast, offboard and go home for rest of the morning. Travel was fast and easy. I designed a system to move bags from airliner to baggage area as quickly as 30 seconds after opening the hatch door.
Now, that freedom and convenience has been replaced by bureaucrat whackjobs applying increasing frustrating and ineffective rules and regulations.
PROFILE - that's the solution. 60 YO Iowa grannies ain't a threat. Mormon infants in diapers ain't a threat. If you can't look at a couple and tell whether they are likely to make homicide bombers out of their babies, then the bureaucrats should be loose on the public. Read the rest of this entry »
VIRGINIA BEACH (October 3, 2010) - - How Virginia News Source came to give Virginia Beach
Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms its “Dumb Ass of the Week’ Award.
Or how personnel mismanagement killed a homeless dude on the beach and Sessoms’ is making taxpayers atone for it.
Here’s how the concept development
Last Friday a pizza delivery driver hit and killed a 3 YO Aragona boy who was lying in the roadway.
Earlier a TV fell from the shelves at Walmarte′, killing a 6 YO who was trying to climb the stack of television cartons.
Both companies acted like the City of Virginia Beach: The pizza company raised the price of pizzas from $10 each to $20 each. Walmarte′ added $100 to each TV sold.
No action was taken against any employee in either case. The pizza driver said the 3 YO was wearing a black diaper and he didn’t see him until it was all over.
Walmarte′ said it was going to teach the employee how to better stack television cartons on the display floor.
To cover any future losses it said it implemented the two price increase policies.
But Jack Smith said, “I didn’t have anything to do with falling televisions, why do I have to pay $100 more for my set?”
Walmarte spokesperson said, “Well, we felt bad the accident happened and we are going to use part of the price increase to send climbing gyms to parks in poor housing areas so children can learn to climb properly.”
The pizza company used the same logic: We feel bad about killing the baby, so we are going to use part of the increase to buy fluorescent orange disposable diapers for everyone on the subdivision so neglected children will be easier to spot lying in roadways.
Virginia Beach Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms saw the story and suddenly his ‘chrome’ dome lit up like a comet in the night sky.
“I’ve got it,” he told City Council. “You guys know we are immune from suits, like the homeless dude our trash truck driver killed on the beach? We are.
“That poor bloke’s family can’t legally get a penny from us. It’s called sovereign immunity. And thank God it exists, because no matter how careless and reckless we are or out employees are, we can thumb our noses and say, ‘nanny, nanny, boo boo.’
“But boys and girls I tell you what lets do. I know all of us feel badly about this. It really wasn’t the poor truck driver’s fault. Yeah, I know she didn’t have a perfect driving record, but driving on the beach? What the hell could happen?
“We need to atone for our employee’s bad performance and whacking of that old guy. I have an idea. Let’s build shelters - homes - for male and female homeless people (otherwise they might re-produce if the lived under the same roof and got drunk or high) - separate but equal - great concept. Government schools did it for years.
“Nobody can criticize us for that kind of atonement,” Will(ing) Sessoms told the council.
“Er, mayor where’re we getting this money?” the councilman asked.
“Well we are going to pull it out of our ass - - another special reserve fund - - and we’ll replace it next year with a hidden little tax or fee increase someone. They taxpayers won’t even notice it.”
Councilman David, a mobile phone guru, bubbled up and said, “Since we're already losing so much utility tax money by people discontinuing land lines and using cell phones, we could add 1-¢ a month to the cell phone bills and nobody’d ever know it, mayor.”
“Brilliant,” said Will(ingress), “absolutely brilliant."
Beachfront Councilman Urine said, roaring with laughter, “Absolutely. The taxpayers can pay for our mismanagement, carelessness, our ‘grief’ for offing an old homeless dude, and our atonement.
“I don’t want to sound callous, but it we could put that driver in a higher truck with less visibility, maybe we could get rid of a lot more trash that hangs at the beach. Our atonement would already be in place.
“Mayor, you just can’t believe the quality of people we have on the sand these days. A loss of any of them would be no loss to us, trust me. And the taxpayers will pay for our atonement.”
“Great idea, John,” Will(ing) snickered. Anybody object?
“Git ‘er done!” the mayor roared tickled over his own brilliance! The council didn't object. Even the taxpayers didn’t object. VNS' objects.
So for that great philosophy and policy of Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms, he receives Virginia News Source’ “Dumb Ass of the Week” Award, shared by the citizens of the city who let him get away with it. Salute to All!
VIRGINIA BEACH (August 16, 2010) - - On Saturday, in a display of candor (and stupidity?) senior Virginia Beach Del. Bob Purkey acknowledged what many conservative Republicans and others have been saying all along:
There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. They are all peas in the same political pod. That's why government is corrupt, inefficient, and doesn't work for the benefit of the people.
Purkey, long described as arrogant, hot-tempered, self-important, told the GOP weekly breakfast that a dollar is a dollar: Not Republican dollars. Not Democrat dollars. Just a bottom-line political dollar$$$.
The wrong message for the intelligent young minds of 2 tables of students from Princess Anne High School who were attending.
While admitting no credibility as a Republican and admitting he plays political footsie, financed, and even voted for Democrats, just to 'get along,' Purkey did score points for candor.
But no points for valor or integrity or honor. Some say it is senility catching up. That while he made a little speech supporting GOP contributions, support, and compromise with Democrats at the expense of integrity and morale values of the party, he simply displayed the falsehoods he's wrapped himself in over the decades as a Republican.
He fell on his sword trying to defend GOP 2nd District Congressional candidate Scott Rigell who donated $1,000 to Obama, said he was impressed by Obama's rhetoric, his campaign language, and to keep Queen Hillary Clinton from getting the Democrat nomination. Rigell has also supported other lesser, state level Democrats.
Purkey said people in business and politics have to do that for their survival - not the people's survival.
For the most part Rigell's contribution to Obama and other Democrats had been off the radar screen. If Purkey thought he was the 'Lone Ranger' helping Rigell out by stepping out front on this issue again, he was terribly wrong.
This is the last thing the Rigell campaign wanted brought back to the forefront, where staunch, conservative core Republicans have already abandoned him and middle of the roaders in the party are having second thoughts.
Independent Congressional Candidate Kenny Golden was head of the Virginia Beach GOP before resigning to run for Congress, first as a Republican.
When he determined the GOP national machine was covertly backing Rigell to the detriment of the other 8 in the GOP primary race, Golden dropped out as a Republican candidate and filed as an independent, refusing to be part of the GOP's candidate fodder for appearance sake.
At neighborhood affairs and 'town halls,' Golden is attracting more and more supporters with his plain talking message directed at conservatives, disgruntled Republicans and Democrats.
So far neither Rigell nor the incumbent, Democrat Rep. Glenn Nye are giving him any help. Rigell claiming Golden is a fleeting 'outside candidate' who doesn't deserve recognition by being elevated to a debate platform, has refused to debate Nye if Golden is included.
Nye is using the opposite argument to avoid confrontation with Rigell and Golden by saying he won't participate in a debate unless GOLDEN IS INCLUDED.
Using these tactics to dodge debate among major party candidates sets both of them up as weaklings, cowards who would both be 'demolished,' as some say, if there was a 3-way debate with Golden in the middle.
Nye is hoping to win on his 'conservative' Democrat record - voting for most GOP-approved issues, except the election of Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker.
Rigell has hitched his campaign wagon behind the GOP national professional machinery, great monied ad campaign, and staying below the public radar by not engaging in any potentially dangerous confrontation situation.
A 3-way debate is scheduled Aug. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Princess Anne High Auditorium, sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Committee for the 3rd Police Precinct. No evidence anyone except Golden will show.
The Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance, which has traditionally hosted candidate forums in congressional races is also planning for a joint event. Any candidate who doesn't show will be represented by name tag and empty chair.
Questions will be addressed to the empty chairs and answers will be 'candidate so-and-so refused to answer.'
We are still a long way from the November election.