A woman who seemed to have her whole future before her, including a new marriage- found herself murdered instead, also claiming the life of her unborn baby. At the crime scene was a bloody note that warned that other pregnant women would die unless DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was released from jail.
From NBC here:
A pregnant mother of four stabbed to death in her Brooklyn apartment the day before her wedding was found with a note vowing more pregnant women would die until “the DC sniper” is released from prison, NBC 4 New York has confirmed.
Smith was found on the floor of her home in East Flatbush on Saturday. Neighbors said she had moved into the area in recent weeks. Her other children are grown and did not live with her.
The note referring to sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was found underneath her body, a source confirms to NBC 4 New York. The source also says a bloody fingerprint was left on the note; investigators are analyzing the print.
Detectives do not believe the woman or her killer had any connection to the sniper; they think the message is a diversion attempt.
Police said there was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was recovered.
Meanwhile Monday, Smith’s fiance, who remains married to a woman in New Jersey, was arrested for having a forged license plate. He is a person of interest in the case, law enforcement officials said.
The video at the website is pretty heart-wrenching. I hope they catch her murderer.
Virginia Wines stack up well against wines from around the world, including some of the best from Sonoma.
From Schillerwine here:
Virginia wineries continue to gain national and international national recognition. 10 of them recently won awards at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The competition, held in June 2012, is the largest international wine competition in America, with more than 4,500 wines from 26 U.S. States and 29 countries competing.
“Just as last year, a number of Virginia wines scored highly against more than 4500 other wines and were awarded double gold, gold, silver, and bronze medals,” said Governor Bob McDonnell in a press release. “The First Lady and I congratulate all of our wineries and wine makers for their accomplishments and for helping raise the Virginia wine industry to higher levels.”
Some of my favorite vineyards were winners, including Barboursville, Gray Ghost and Paradise Springs. So if you are interested in a wine tasting vacation, forget California. Virginia is where it’s at.
A good girl from a nice wealthy neighborhood in York County got herself pregnant, didn’t tell her parents about it, and abandoned it in the woods behind her home. The baby was fortunately found and it is healthy and will be raised by someone else now.
Virginia has a safe haven law. It states that you can leave your baby, up to 14 days old, with an employee at any hospital emergency room or an emergency medical rescue squad in Virginia. Leaving it to die in the woods alone is unthinkable and evil.
The Potomac river has all kinds of fish, and quite a few of them are huge. I used to jetski on the river and was always surprised at the size of some of the fish that floated up dead or washed up on the shore. An Oregon man caught a record-breaking 84 pound Blue Catfish just offshore of Fort Washington Park.
From the WaPo here:
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported last week that an Oregon man named Ed Jones caught a Maryland record blue catfish Aug. 13 in the river near Fort Washington.
The fish weighed 84 pounds and measured 52 inches long, with a 36.5-inch girth. But the blue catfish is an outsider in the waters of the Washington region.
Jones, who landed the record catfish and his guide, Josh Fitchett, of Montpelier, Va., kept it alive and took it to the Fort Washington Marina for weighing and certification.
Then it was tagged and returned alive to the Potomac near where it was caught. The tag and release was part of a study of invasive species being carried out by Maryland and Virginia fisheries biologists.
Nice catch and release. The story is supposed to be about invasive species, but as I said above, there is loads of fish in this river, and how much can one gigantic catfish eat?
Also, Fort Washington is a neat fort that overlooks the river. It was once the last defensive structure that was intended to prevent invaders from sailing up the Potomac to Washington DC.
When Vice President Joe Biden was taking his entourage through Virginia, they wanted to stop by a cupcake shop in Radford. The business owner told them no because of Obama’s remarks saying that business owners didn’t really build their own businesses. Click the image below to see the video.
From WDBJ here:
Why in the world would a new business owner say “no” to a photo op with the Vice President of the United States?
McMurray said it was President Obama’s recent remarks about small business and who built what.
“Very simply, ‘you didn’t build that’” McMurray said. “Speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she’s worked a full 24 hours.”
And did that reporter at the end agree in the affirmative by saying “That’s a Big Ten-Four??!” Who the hell uses CB Radio lingo in the 21st century, much less on a live TV feed? Hicks.
Millions in the region have been without power for five days and the heat is blistering. Now the Local TV Weathermen are predicting even more horrifying weather patterns. Watch the Richmond forecast:
Just like the kind that starts your car- but portable electric sources is what drives so much of our modern technology, it is important to understand this simple and vital tech.
Friday evening, a huge swirling storm pattern packing 75 MPH winds swept across the Northern Virginia area downing power lines, trees and leaving about a million folks without air conditioning, refrigeration, and in many cases, access to food and gasoline.
I’m one of the lucky ones, however. I live in a community with buried power lines and we are pretty close to an electrical substation. And our grocery store managed to stay open, although it was constantly devoid of ice and water. Local families and friends have been over to shelter from the heat. But check out the twitter hashtag of STORMAGEDDON:
— Andrea Stern (@annaline_39) June 30, 2012
— Rachel Greiner (@gator_rach) July 1, 2012
— Carrie Kausch (@DogearedCarrie) July 1, 2012
— dedi (@kweerious) June 30, 2012
Sitting in car. AC on full. Two kids sleeping in back seat. Finishing “A Feast for Crows.” #Stormageddon
— Stewart Bushman (@stoobush) July 1, 2012
A dance-off happened suddenly at the Taste of Reston festival at the Reston Town Center.
No one was hurt during the filming of this video, not even the white baby in the background who fell down while trying to dance.
The Potomac is a big river. Really big. It stretches from the mountains of West Virginia all the way to the Chesapeake Bay and it has scores of minor tributaries. And this river has some really big fish. I used to jetski on one of the tributaries and floating dead fish and fish washed up on shore were sometimes three feet in length. And with the Snakehead invasion, it is only expected that they will also reach enormous size on the Potomac. World Record size in fact.
From WTOP here:
A stunning new world record may have been set in the D.C. area.
A northern snakehead fish, which some people call “Frankenfish,” was pulled out of a tributary of the Potomac River by a Woodbridge man. The fish, which isn’t supposed to live in the D.C. area, weighed in at more than 18 pounds.
The current world record, set in Japan in 2004, is 17 pounds, 4 ounces.
The fish is an invasive species that has only been seen in the area within the past 10 years. However, fears that the snakehead will harm native species in the Potomac haven’t panned out.
“They’re getting bigger and bigger, while at the same time we’re not really noticing a significant change in other fish populations,” says Chaconas. “Whether it’s bass or crappie or any of the yellow perch. So they seem to be coexisting pretty well.”
Good news that they aren’t decimating the local fisheries as first thought. But Maryland is still giving away 200 dollar gift cards to Bass Pro shops for anglers who catch snakeheads.
I used to live close to Norfolk. The segregated neighborhoods were bad when I was younger. Now those neighborhoods are openly hostile to anyone who doesn’t belong there. Two newspaper reporters were returning from a play Downtown and they made a wrong turn. A beatdown ensued and their own boss, the editor of the Virginia Pilot, won’t report on the story. Bill O’Reilly sets the record straight:
I’m pretty sure that black mob who beat the reporters won’t be voting for Romney in November.
Well the John Edwards trial is now underway and some facts are beginning to emerge about the extent Democrat John Edwards went to in his efforts to hide his mistress from his cancer-riddled wife. You can’t help but shake your head reading about these ridiculous antics. Also, a Virginia widow, Rachel Mellon, aged 101, was complicit in helping John Edwards acquire the donations necessary to hide Rielle from the public’s eye.
From the DailyMail here:
Former senator John Edwards launched a verbal attack on his mistress Rielle Hunter when he found out she was pregnant, calling her a ‘crazy slut’, his former aide testified today.
Andrew Young told the court Edwards was ‘very angry and concerned’ when he found out about the baby in 2007 and told Young there was only a one-in-three chance the baby was his. He also told the court about the intricate system of check writing used to hide funds given to Edwards my millionaire Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, which he said ‘felt and smelled wrong’ even though he was assured it was all legal.
Mellon had offered to help Edwards with campaign expenses after he took a beating in the press for his expensive haircuts. Young said he did not tell her the money would be used to cover expenses for Edwards’ mistress, who had threatened to go public about their relationship.
‘I told (Mellon) that we had a non-campaign expense that would benefit Mr Edwards, and we needed her help,’ Young told the court.
Mellon eventually wrote seven checks totaling $725,000 to her interior decorator. The decorator then sent the checks to Young’s wife to co-sign using her maiden name. In the checks’ memo lines, Mellon used descriptions such as ‘chairs’ and ‘antique Charleston table’, government exhibits showed.
Edwards says he did not know about the money from Mellon, but Young said the two men discussed seeking the payments and whether the arrangement using the decorator and Young’s wife was legitimate for a presidential campaign.
Wow, this is straight up money laundering involving Young, his wife, Old Lady Mellon, her interior decorator, and ultimately, John Edwards. How can any of these people possibly think it was okay to funnel payments this way?
Andrew Young worried about secretly using money from wealthy donors to support the former U.S. Senator’s pregnant mistress during the candidate’s 2008 presidential bid. Young told jurors how he coordinated three-way phone calls between himself, Edwards and Hunter to keep the affair secret from Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth. Hunter also met up with John Edwards at hotels on the campaign trail. Hunter for a time worked as a videographer for Edwards’ campaign, but she lost her job after Edwards’ wife found out about the affair.
Young and his wife invited the pregnant Hunter to live in their home near Chapel Hill and later embarked with her on a cross-country odyssey as they sought to elude tabloid reporters trying to expose the candidate’s extramarital affair. Young and Hunter ended a two-year legal battle over ownership of a sex tape the mistress recorded with Edwards during the campaign.
‘It wasn’t just a marriage on the line,’ said prosecutor David Harbach. ‘If the affair went public it would destroy his chance of becoming president, and he knew it. …He made a choice to break the law.’
Prosecutors will seek to prove he sought and directed the payments to cover up his affair, protect his public image as a ‘family man’ and keep his presidential hopes viable.
You know, if this wasn’t all so disgustingly sleazy, it would make for a gripping movie or miniseries. This has it all- drama, the chase, the sex, the blackmail, the money laundering- almost sounds like a Sopranos episode. But instead, Hollywood makes retarded movies about Sarah Palin. Also note that this is from a UK newsrag, not a US publication.
Virginia is sadly the school shooting capital of the US. There have been multiple incidents on the VA Tech campus alone, including the deadly rampage of Seung Cho in 2007. Now Manuel Dillow, aged 60, lined up kids at the Vo Tech school he taught at in Abingdon, VA and fired blanks at them from his pistol.
From the TimesNews here:
A Kingsport man who teaches at a vocational school in Abingdon, Va., has been arrested after pulling a blank firing gun on his students, pointing it their direction and firing multiple times.
The incident occurred April 4 at William H. Neff Center. Manuael Ernest Dillow, 60, was arrested Wednesday for the incident and charged with 12 felony counts of brandishing a firearm on school property.
The charges are class 6 felonies, with each count punishable up to five years incarceration and a $2,500 fine.
An investigation discovered Dillow “gathered” the attention of the 12 students in his welding class and lined them up near a garage door in the shop.
“He then pulled a ‘blank firing handgun,’ black in color, from the back waistband of his pants and discharged the weapon between four and ten shots in the direction of the line of the students”
What the hell was this man doing? Sure these kids are all in this school because they aren’t smart (they’re welders after all), many of them had likely been disciplinary cases, but still, faking a school shooting is beyond the pale.
The Northern Va and DC areas are quickly becoming huge fans of food trucks. Even Virginia’s Representative Eric Cantor (his press office, actually) is wondering where his favorite food truck is?
— Cantor Press (@CantorPress) April 10, 2012
And the Chick-Fil-A Food Truck does look pretty awesome, but there won’t be any wafflefries.
From NBC Washington here:
There’s some disappointing news on the food front, too: The truck will have no waffle fries, no sweet tea and no lemonade. However, it will be serving sandwiches, nuggets, brownies and soda. Oh, and salads. (Meh. We mean… oh! That’s great!)
And they have a Food Truck Twitter feed here.
I was out with the family today at the Dulles Mall and noticed a sparrow had somehow managed to trap itself inside the spacious food court. We happily watched as it bounced from scrap to scrap nibbling on crumbs. Cartney tried to catch it or something so it flew away. To its perch. And with utter revulsion, I realized its perch was atop a Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream stand, and it had shit all over the perch, the employees and the foodservice preparation area including its blenders. Here is the full size photo I snapped of this.
And closer up-
Filthy Hippie company touting their organic goodness while attempting to poison their customers isn’t cool. Seriously, the employees and customers are at risk of contracting Histoplasmosis.
Virginia passed a law that requires doctors performing abortions to accurately measure the age of the fetus because it is against the law to abort beyond 14 weeks. To do this you have to have an ultrasound, and a transvaginal one if the fetus is less than 10 weeks because it can’t show up on an external ultrasound. Liberals are running all over the country screaming that this requirement amounts to rape. Yet to liberals, abortions tickle, and that’s not rape at all. Buzzfeed was kind enough to provide a graphic of a transvaginal ultrasound:
Check out the ridiculous alarmism over at Buzzfeed:
Virginia Is For Lovers…And State Licensed Rapists
Virginia leaps backward to take first place with one of the most Big Brother draconian reproductive laws to date.
In Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday, the Republican controlled House passed the “Abortion: Informed Consent” bill 63-36. This follows the State Senate which already passed the bill on February 1st with a vote of 21-18.
The bill requires any woman seeking to terminate her pregnancy to undergo an ultrasound prior to the procedure. There is no opting out and whether or not the woman chose to view the fetus will be documented on her medical chart.
What the bill doesn’t say is that Virginia law, like many states, only performs abortions up to 14 weeks gestation.
For most women, this means before the state of Virginia will allow them to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, they will be forced undergo a transvaginal ultrasound since the fetus will be too small to view via pelvic ultrasound.
So, according to Virginia’s own laws, legislators will now be requiring women to undergo sexual assault as a medical procedure.
Such utter fear mongering. Since it is against the law to abort past a specific age, all abortions begin with an ultrasound anyways. Doctors have to confirm that a woman is truly pregnant and they like to avoid jail time by validating the age of the fetus. Putting this into law is actually better for women’s health, and it assists providers when it comes to liability for medical malpractice.
And if an ultrasound is rape, then abortion is murder. But if you are a woman pissed about this, its really because you are stupid.
A Muslim man from Morocco who had been living in the Northern Virginia area for 13 years strapped on a suicide vest and headed to the US Capitol building in a martyrdom operation. Lucky for all of us he was stupid. He was arrested by the FBI in a sting operation.
From the WaPo here:
The FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Moroccan man Friday in downtown Washington after a lengthy investigation into an alleged plot to carry out a suicide attack on the Capitol.
Amine el-Khalifi, 29, was picked up while carrying an inoperable gun and a fake suicide vest provided to him by undercover FBI agents posing as al-Qaeda associates. They said he entered the United States when he was 16 and was living as an illegal immigrant in Arlington, Va., having reportedly overstayed his visitor’s visa for years.
Khalifi was arrested in a parking garage on Constitution Avenue NW a few blocks from the Capitol following a year-long investigation. He was carrying with him a vest that he believed was packed with explosives but that actually contained harmless material.
When I heard a terrorist plot was stopped, at first I thought it was Occupy Wallstreet scum. But a Muslim male would of course make more sense.
I like Cracker Barrel. The food isn’t always the best, but if you travel often on the road, you can always count on consistent, home-cooking style of food, and the place is a great restaurant to bring a large family. Our family sometimes goes out of our way to eat at a Cracker Barrel, and the nearest one to us is in Manassas. We even have a Cracker Barrel Christmas Tree Ornament, and we get stocking stuffers, candy, and other goodies from the Country Store. Hell, if I had room for a good rocking chair, I’d get one from them. But I think the food chain worries that they don’t seem to appeal so much to minorities. I tweeted this morning:
The sign I spoke of is this one below:
You know, some stores have had quite a few problems with the way they handle minorities- Denny’s for instance, who have paid class action lawsuits because they treated blacks disrespectfully. Now blacks throw chairs at their restaurants, so I guess they fixed whatever problem they had, but that’s a different story in a post here. But I could see a sign like that at a Denny’s, and in fact, I think they have something similar on their menu in fine print.
So why would Cracker Barrel need a sign like this? Perhaps it is because they hang signs of Octoroon women who weren’t allowed to vote?
This is a photo I took in a Williamsburg Cracker Barrel of a popular tobacco label, but an Octoroon is a one-eighth black person. So why couldn’t this woman vote? Because she’s a woman and it is the year 1890, and she’s stuck on a tobacco label, that’s why.
Obama signed a Presidential Order today naming Fort Monroe as a national landmark, under the auspices that it will somehow create 3000 jobs. I don’t see how shutting down a military base, losing thousands of jobs, and reopening it as a tourist attraction will create new jobs, but okay.
At least the old Fortress, which once was the prison of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis will remain intact. Fort Monroe remains one of my favorite places from where I grew up.
It was haircut day for us, and on our way home from the barber shop my wife spotted this bald eagle perched in a roadside tree. We circled around to get a closer look at it and I was able to catch it on the camera. One of these days Apple might be able to create a camera for the iPhone that has a zoom feature, and videos like this will be a distant memory.
Bald Eagles have been making a good comeback across Virginia, but this is the first time I’ve seen a wild one in the Washington, DC suburbs. God knows they would be helpful in thinning out our awful squirrel population, and thankfully we have some great hawks that are doing that job for us. No, the return of the eagle means that the fishing along the Potomac is getting better.