Potomac News Endorses Pandak

Yesterday, the Potomac News endorsed Sharon Pandak for county chairman, citing her long experience as county attorney.

Hmmmm…. Wouldn’t that be back in the time that PWC was considered a backwater county? And as far as experience goes, former Chairman Sean Connaughton had even less experience with the county when he was first elected than Corey Stewart does today as he is finishing up his third year on the Board.

Experience only counts if it is good experience. I, for one, do not want to go back to the bad old days of when Pandak was on staff.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

10 TOP REASONS TO VOTE COREY STEWART CHAIRMAN

10 TOP REASONS TO VOTE COREY STEWART CHAIRMAN

1. Corey is the only candidate for Chairman with a controlled growth voting record.

2. Corey is the only candidate for Chairman to vote against all tax increases.
Corey kept his pledge not to raise your taxes, he believes government should limit their budget increases to the rate of inflation.
Endorsed by Prince William Taxpayer’s Alliance.

3. Corey will focus new county resources on education, transportation and public safety.

4. Corey is opposed to day labor sites and believes social services should be limited to citizens and legal residents.

5. Corey has pledged transportation improvements before developments are approved.

6. Corey is leading the effort to require developers to pay for development, not the citizens.

7. Corey is the only Candidate for Chairman to sign the pledge to protect the Rural Crescent.
Endorsed by Voters to Stop Sprawl & Advocates of the Rural Crescent.

8. Corey believes government should be informative, inclusive and responsive to citizens.
As the Occoquan District Supervisor he has kept his constituents informed and created focus groups of citizens to work on important issues such as land use and the County Budget.

9. Corey Stewart is the citizen’s candidate, his opponent is the developer’s candidate.
Developer’s Campaign Contributions:
Opponent’s Campaign $80,157.44
Corey Stewart’s Campaign $500.00

10. Corey Stewart has a plan to work together with the citizens and all the local, federal and state elected officials to change the process and to help alleviate the symptoms of over development in Prince William County.
Endorsed by: Lt. Gov Bill Bolling, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, Congressmen Tom Davis & Frank Wolf, Senator Jay O’Brien, Delegates Jeff Frederick, Scott Limagmnfelter, Bob Marshall, Michelle McQuigg, Sheriff Glenn Hill, Clerk of the Court Dave Mabie, Supervisors; John Stirrup, Wally Covington, Marty Nohe, School Board Members: Michael Otaigbe, Julie Lucas, Milton Johns, Grant Lattin & Don Richardson

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Susan Allen on WARW

WARW, 94.7, Classic Rock, had Susan Allen on this morning around 8:30am. Shortly before the interview, they announced that she was going to be on and I was a little concerned. The morning announcers are lefty and semi-shock jocks. But the interview turned out very well; they were polite with her. They did bring up the deer in the mailbox issue, but the interviewers phrased the question in a way that showed that did not believe it. They also brought up the harassing blogger. They talked about all the different places she’s going to for the remainder of the campaign. All and all, Susan came across as a hard working, articulate supporter of her husband, and the Democrats came across and nasty and nutty.

Webb Opposed 1990 Gulf War Build-Up; Called To Reinstate The Draft!!!

Once again, under the “Wrong-Then, Wrong-Now” department….

Buildup in Gulf Called `a Mistake’ Military: A former Navy secretary says attacking Iraq would compound the error of committing more troops to the region

Nov 29, 1990
The Los Angeles Times

A former Navy secretary today called President Bush’s 430,000-troop buildup in the Persian Gulf a mistake and said attacking Iraq would compound it. But the White House insisted that Saddam Hussein must know “that he could face military action at any time.”

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater also said Bush remains reluctant to call Congress back to discuss the gulf crisis, despite recent calls for a special session.

James Webb, a former Navy secretary in the Reagan Administration, told the Senate Armed Service Committee today that “the President’s mistake in sending so many troops should not be compounded by a further error in using them in a premature, unprovoked ground offensive.”

Webb said the President should call for an “immediate resumption of the draft and then a declaration of war” by the Congress.

UPDATE: Here is what one Webbster had to say in the comments —

AppleBlossom Says: September 18th, 2006 at September 18, 2006 – 3:49 pm

Webb is right that we need a draft. The draft teaches people that war is wrong. When all the tough pro-war talkers are forced to serve, they will finally realize that war is never the answer!

To which I respond with the words of the immortal James Earl Jones from the classic film, “Field of Dreams”

Oh, my God, you’re from the Sixties! [He sprays a flit-gun at Ray Kinsella.] Out! Back to the Sixties! Get back! There’s no place for you here in the future! Get back while you still can!

Peace, love, dope! Now get the hell out of here!

"Reverse The Curse"

As you are driving south from the Springfield mixing bowl where I-95, I-495 and I-395 all converge, no doubt you have noticed a tall office building on your right, just behind the Bob Evan’s restaurant. Right now, a large George Allen banner is hanging from the building. Great visibility, but the building doesn’t have such great a record of helping candidates. Mark Earley, Sean Connaughton and Jerry Kilgore all had large banners hanging from that building and all lost their races. It was just after the George Allen banner went up on the building when polls started turning against Senator Allen.

So, as a Boston Red Sox fan who is somewhat familiar with silly “curses,” it is time to “Reverse The Curse” of the Springfield building.

Here is what you can do in the 72 hours before Election Day to “Reverse The Curse”:

Literature drops
Phone banking
Put up yard signs
Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to get out and vote on Election Day

Curt Schilling proved two years ago that there is no such thing as a curse and that hard work can triumph over adversity. It is time for all conservatives in Virginia to mount up and win the ground game for Senator Allen.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Semi-informative if cut-and-paste

The Potomac News appears to have remembered that there is an election for County Chairman next Tuesday and have scrambled to pull together as much information as possible for a single article in an attempt to make up for the lackluster coverage they have given to the race so far.

There was some good information contained in this article, but it had a cut-and-paste feel to it as some passages I distinctly remember from a previous article or two.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, PWC Politics_, Media_

Pandak’s Legacy of Duplicity and Deceit as County Attorney

The following is a letter to the editor sent to the Manassas Journal Messenger and the Potomac News that has yet to be published:

Residents of Prince William County Beware! A woman named Sharon Pandak is running for the position of Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. In 1990-1991 I was the county right-of-way agent and interacted with her staff on a daily basis. I had worked 13 years in the field of real estate appraisal and rights-of-way acquisition at federal and local levels. I held the International Right-of-way Association’s professional designation, having qualified in the disciplines of appraisal, negotiation, engineering and real estate law. I also qualified as an instructor for that Association. In August 1991 I resigned my position because I could no longer work for a government that was cheating citizens out of fair market value of lands being acquired for Prince William Parkway, Davis Ford Road, etc.

The scheme worked like this. Once contract appraisals were accomplished, they were carefully reviewed by me or my assistant. They were then forwarded to County Attorney Sharon Pandak’s office to have the letter containing an offer to purchase prepared by her staff. (In government land acquisition, it is highly unusual for a letter of offering to be prepared and signed by an attorney, lest the recipient feel intimidated). However in 1991 not only did the County attorneys prepare the letter of offering, they completely ignored the appraised fair market value and pulled a figure out-of-the-sky to make their offer. The letter from the County Attorney’s office would start with the phrase, “We have had an appraisal made of your property and we are prepared to offer you $______. Although they never specifically said they were offering the appraised value, the statement inferred that the appraised value was being offered. It is my opinion that this statement in the offer letter prepared by Sharon Pandak’s office was worded to deceive. Sometimes the amount offered was a few thousand dollars under the appraised fair market value and sometimes it was many thousands of dollars under value.

I tried several times to reason with my supervisor in Public Works, Tom Blazer; unfortunately, he insisted on allowing the county attorneys to continue their fleece job on the landowners. One of the assistant County attorneys told me that I was known as “the bleeding heart” by the County attorney’s office. I earned this nickname because I urged the County to pay fair market value (the appraised value) for the land being acquired. My assistant, a qualified appraiser, quit his job shortly before I resigned. Upon his resignation I was assigned a helper, with no real estate or appraisal qualifications, to assist with clerical duties – Ms. Tiffany Koch. Although she knew nothing about real estate appraisal, she was, according to a Washington Post article, given the job to negotiate the unsubstantiated values placed on the properties by the county attorney’s office. The County apparently did not want to hire a qualified replacement – they appeared to only want a body to do as told and keep their mouth shut.

Not surprisingly, Sharon Pandak was an outspoken opponent of eminent domain reform in the Virginia General Assembly following last year’s Supreme Court ruling removing virtually all barriers to the use of eminent domain to promote private economic development, i.e., the interests of developers. Considering that ruling, I shudder to think what Sharon Pandak might do to the citizens of the State of Virginia if ever elected as the state’s attorney general. I understand that she announced her candidacy for Attorney General last year, but withdrew for lack of funds. However, if she can become chairman of the county board, she can raise sufficient funds from developers doing business with the county and be on her way to the Attorney General’s office.

I do not know Ms. Pandak’s opponent for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and I most certainly am not a Republican, but I do believe her opponent has to unquestionably be the best candidate. I would like to believe that he would not allow single parents, the elderly and the uninformed to be cheated out of the fair market value of their land, as was happening in 1990-91 and perhaps beyond.

You may not fully appreciate just how important it is to have county leaders with integrity until the county decides it wants your land. Will the county treat its citizens fairly? In the event Sharon Pankak gains more power, you can expect the government to again use the threat of eminent domain to acquire land “on the cheap.” Remember, it could be your land subject to the County’s power of eminent domain, during the next acquisition process.

NINA MATHEWS
Henrico, North Carolina

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

Dems’ October Surprise is…


Alex P. Keaton?

It is sad to see Michael J. Fox in this condition. However, in the past when he has testified before Congress he has gone off of his Parkinson’s medication (as he stated in his memoir, “Lucky Man,” with regard to his 1999 testimony) and it appears that he may have done that when filming these ads that are now appearing in the Missouri and Maryland senate races against Republicans Jim Talent and Michael Steele respectively as well as in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race against Republican challenger Mark Green. How much longer until this ad pops up in Virginia against Senator George Allen?

(UPDATE: There is allegedly television footage of Fox at a press conference for McCaskill from just prior to him filming the ad for her where none of the symptoms exhibited in the ad are in evidence. We will do our best to track this down if it does indeed exist.)

The thing is, in the Maryland senate race, only one candidate has had the opportunity to actually vote on any sort of stem cell research and Democrat Ben Cardin voted against it when he had the chance.

I sincerely hope that they find a cure for Parkinson’s, but embryonic stem cell research has to date proved to be much less beneficial than other stem cell sources that do not result in the creation of life in order to destroy it for medical harvest.

The election looks to be coming down to Democrats / Michael J. Fox / Stem Cell Research vs. Republicans / Jack Bauer / National Security

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Social Issues_, Science_

"Republicans for Pandak" signs

Craig Vitter over at Craig’s Musings has been on top of the “Republicans for Pandak” sign story these past few weeks. Well, I saw my first one of these signs over the weekend along southbound Route 1 on the right-hand side just inside the Dumfries town line (not exactly a hot-bed of Republican activism there.)

Now, I’m not certain whether the property owner who put up the sign is a Republican or not, but perhaps someone with knowledge of where the sign is located and who the owner is can shed some light on that. Let’s not forget, without party registration in Virginia, anyone can claim to be a member of any party they want, but it doesn’t make it so.

What does this person (and others claiming to be “Republicans for Pandak”) think makes him or her a Republican? Are they currently members in good standing of the Prince William County Republican Party or the Republican Party of Virginia? (Technically the only actual way you can “belong” to a political party in Virginia.) Did they once vote in a Republican primary? Did they once vote for a Republican in a general election? Is it merely a state of mind for them? Or maybe “Developers for Pandak” didn’t test all that well with the focus groups in the county.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

"Suicide Pact With America"

Contrary to popular belief, the Democrats do have a congressional legislative agenda along the lines of the Republicans’ 1994 “Contact With America.” Without further pause, here is the Democrats’ 2006 “Suicide Pact With America“:

End the War in Iraq Act (McGovern, D-MA)-H.R. 4232. Defunds the War in Iraq, forcing immediate troop withdrawal.

Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act (Kucinich, D-OH)-H.R. 3760. Establishes a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, as well as a Peace Day. The department would promote “human rights,” international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, structured mediation, and peaceful conflict resolution.

Media Ownership Reform Act (Hinchey, D-NY)-H.R. 3302. Restricts ownership of radio and television stations, forcing some owners to divest their holdings, and regulates broadcast content.

Freedom of Choice Act (Nadler, D-NY)-H.R. 5151. Creates a right to unrestricted pre-viability abortions, and late terms abortions for the life and health of the mother.

Crack-Cocaine Equitable Sentencing Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 2456. Eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for crack-cocaine convictions.

States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (Frank, D-MA)-H.R. 2087. Allows physicians in states with medical marijuana laws to prescribe marijuana without violating federal law.

To provide for coverage under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs of incontinence undergarments (Frank, D-MA)-H.R. 1052. Makes adult diapers a covered item under Medicare and Medicaid.

Gas Stamp Act (McDermott, D-WA)-H.R. 3712. Creates billions of dollars in gas stamps each year for people to get free gas, to be distributed to those already eligible for food stamps.

Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 663. Allows those convicts who are just out of prison to vote.

National Health Insurance Act (Dingell, D-MI)-H.R. 15. Institutes a new 5% value-added tax on property and services and creates a board to oversee payment to any individual for medical services not covered by Medicare.

Social Security Forever Act (Wexler, D-FL)-H.R. 2472. Imposes a new income tax on workers, employers, and self-employed businessmen to fund Social Security.

Health Security for All Americans Act (Baldwin, D-WI)-H.R. 2133. Requires states to create programs to ensure universal health coverage, and allows states to force employers to pay for health insurance for their employees.

Universal National Service Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 4752. Makes it an obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the U.S., between the ages of 18 and 42, to perform a two-year period of national service, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense.

Universal Education Act (Kind, D-WI)-H.R. 3930. Creates a Universal Education Corporation that provides taxpayer dollars to foreign countries that enter into education reform agreements with the U.S.

Medicare for All Act (Dingell, D-MI)-H.R. 4683. Increases taxes on workers and employers to offer to all citizens, and other individuals legally present in the U.S., Medicare benefits equivalent to the health care plans federal employees receive.

Menu Education and Labeling Act (DeLauro, D-CT)-H.R. 5563. Regulates what certain restaurants must print on their menus.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to full employment and balanced growth (Jackson, D-IL)-H.J.Res. 35. Creates a constitutional right to full employment.

Every Democrat candidate for the House and Senate in America should be asked if they support this agenda.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Congress_, Morons_

Create Your Own Conspiracy

Ever wonder how the Nutroots come up with some of their wacky ideas? Well, wonder no more with the Conspiracy Generator!!!

Just see what you can come up with!!!

What They Don’t Want You to Know

In order to understand the truth about gas prices you need to realize that everything is controlled by a Republican Party made up of hemophiliacs with help from George Allen campaign staffers.
The conspiracy first started during the parting of the Red Sea in Fiji. They have been responsible for many events throughout history, including the sinking of the Titanic.

Today, members of the conspiracy are everywhere. They can be identified by wiping snot on their sleeve.

They want to stab liberals and imprison resisters in Richmond using Segway scooters.

In order to prepare for this, we all must eat jellyfish sandwiches. Since the media is controlled by George Allen we should get our information from Jim Webb.

Categories: Humor_, Nutroots_, 2006 Elections_

Stewart Outraises, Maintains More Cash On-Hand Than Pandak

The Potomac News today reports that in the race for PWC Chairman, Corey Stewart has so far raised $47,994 and spent $25,687 (leaving him with a cash on-hand total of $22,307 with a big fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 26th still ahead for him.) Part of the $25K+ that Stewart has spent will soon be showing up in the mailboxes of 55,000 PWC registered voters. Meanwhile, Sharon Pandak has raised $21,594 and spent $10,028 (leaving her with a cash on-hand amount of $11,566, just about half of what Stewart has.)

The amounts raised are as of Sept. 30, so both sides may have raised more in the meantime, however, the amounts spent are as of Oct. 16 and 12 respectively. Still, Stewart appears to have a significant edge in funds that coupled with the PWC GOP’s volunteer corps will push him across the finish line.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, PWC Politics_

Stewart, Pandak Debate Before CoC

The Potomac News has an excellent recap of yesterday’s debate between Supervisor Corey Stewart and Sharon Pandak, candidates in the election for PWC Chairman.

It is interesting to see how each candidate views “essential services.”

Stewart:

Stewart said he would limit the spending to the “core government functions” of public safety, education and transportation.

“I’m not suggesting we cut anything out, but I think to the extent that we’re generating new revenues, we’ve got to focus on those priorities,” said Stewart, who was elected to the Board of County Supervisors in 2003.

Stewart also said that housing assessments were going down and the county faced a $10 million shortfall in fiscal 2007 if the tax rate remains at 76.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.

“We are no longer in a situation where we can continue to decrease the rate,”said Stewart, an international law attorney.

“We need as a county to make some tough decisions and not to simply increase spending,” Stewart said. “We need to keep our priorities in order and make sure that we’re funding education, transportation and public safety first and foremost.”

Pandak:

Essential services also include equipment operators who help build the roads and the people who enforce zoning violations to help stave off blight and overcrowding and “reduce the need for police attention,” Pandak said.

“They apply also to the human services that keep those children who are abused and neglected from becoming tomorrow’s criminals,” Pandak said of the workings of government.

“We need to look at essential services in a far more complex way,” Pandak said.

Uh, huh… So, under Pandak’s “far more complex way,” it is conceivable to label just about anything as an “essential service.” Arts and crafts for kids? Sure! It keeps them off the streets where they could fall into bad habits. All it takes is a bit of creativity. Go ahead and try it yourself here in our comments section. The best, most creative submission will get free parking at Virtucon HQ for a week! (For best results, please set your keyboard to “mock” mode.)

UPDATE:

We have just been able to obtain the following email coming from a developer to several people in the builder/developer industry in Fairfax and Prince William. The following developer has confirmed that it came from him:

Mr. Roy Beckner
Director of Business Development
S.W. Rodgers Company, Inc.
Gainesville, VA

http://www.swrodgers.com

S.W. Rodgers is a site developer in Prince William. The email was sent to several people in the builder/developer industry in Fairfax and Prince William.

Dear Friends, Associates, & Industry Leaders;

On November 7, 2006 at a Special Election, Prince William Co. will select a New County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. In my opinion Sharon Pandak, (www.sharonpandak.com), is candidate of choice. Sharon is a former County Attorney in Prince William. She is Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Fair & Open-Minded. Even though she will not always agree with the Industry position, she will give it an objective opportunity to be presented & heard. In fact, Sharon’s approach to leading the County is to create a level playing field that allows all elements of the community to participate, equally. After talking with her and attending forums, I’m totally convinced that Sharon is the superior candidate. Based on the preceding & for the following reasons I will be supporting The Sharon Pandak Campaign and doing ANYTHING I can to help her get ELECTED.

***My personal opinion:
Sharon’s opponent has literally ATTACKED the Home Building & Real Estate Industry by trying to raise the Proffers by $9,000. to $47,000., after telling us that he wouldn’t do it. He LIED to us & at every turn he has Criticized, Condemned & Complained publicly that our industry doesn’t pay its way. He has said that He will STOP the Out of Control Growth we have created & that he will Shut the Door on Residential Development.

He states that WE have caused the Congestion on the roads & that We don’t build ANY INFRASTRUCTURE or PAY ENOUGH toward those improvements. In his description, WE are the SCUM of the Earth & He will make us Pay More & Higher Proffers plus add Open Space and Historic landmark fees to the mix of proffers they extort from us. Corey Stewart is a Revengeful, Untrustworthy, & an Unbelievably Contradictory person. He doesn’t deserve the job & would only injure us & the entire County, if he gets it. I urge you to support Sharon with your contributions and help to get out the vote.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, PWC Politics_

Those Crazy Kids at the WashPo!!!

Wow, those crazy kids at the WashPo took a shot at the “Rest of Virginia” (or RoVA as they are calling it as opposed to NoVA / Northern Virginia) today.

Essentially, they took one of those lame e-mail chain jokes you get in your inbox, changed out the terms “Yankee” and “redneck” and replaced them with “NoVA” and “RoVA.”

So, without further adieu, here is just an example of what the WashPo thinks of those of us south of the Occoquan….

In NoVa, a lab is the family dog. In RoVa, a lab is the family meth business.

And they wonder why their circulation is down and people don’t take their editorials seriously. Morons….

Categories: Media_, Morons_