Hirons reports from U.S. Senate debate

Here is the first report we have from the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce’s Senate debate from Virtucon’s very own Scott Hirons:

I arrived at the debate. Don’t think I’ll be able to live blog – no wireless network and I couldn’t get my bloothtooth connection to work.

Signage on streets leading to Hilton are about even. Allen’s are the first you encounter coming up (Route) 123.

So far present: Sen. Warner, Cong. Wolfe, Chair Connelly. Green candidate Gail Parker in lobby passing out her more trains lit.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Blogging_

Borat causes diplomatic incident…..

Borat, star of an upcoming movie called “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” has caused an international diplomatic incident.

Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev is to fly to the US to meet President Bush in the coming weeks and on the agenda will be his country’s image.

President Nazarbayev has confirmed his government will buy “educational” TV spots and print advertisements about the “real Kazakhstan” in a bid to save the country’s reputation before the film is released in the US in November.

President Nazarbayev will visit the White House and the Bush family compound in Maine when he flies in for talks that will include the fictional character Borat.

The Hollywood Reporter calls it “the year’s most offensive masterpiece.”

Categories: International_, Entertainment_, Humor_

Rest in peace, Ann Richards

Feisty former TX Gov. Ann Richards has passed away. Even if you didn’t agree with her, you had to admit she really had spirit. I recently caught an episode of “King of the Hill” where Hank’s friend Bill was dating Richards (who voiced her own character.) Without a doubt, she had a sense of humor and as biting as it could be sometimes against Republicans, she wasn’t afraid to turn it on herself.

The world is a poorer place without her today.

Categories: National Politics_

One reason why I don’t give to my law school alma mater

This is just ridiculous.

Catholic U. Law Prof. Bob Destro put it best:

“The university is clearly taking sides and has no business doing this in one of the most important elections in the country,” said Bob Destro, a professor and former acting dean at the law school.

Way to go Prof. Destro! (He was the faculty advisor for the campus Federalist Society when I served as its VP.)

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Religion_

The Tysons Corner Wedding Crashers?

From today’s WashTimes Inside the Beltway:

Wedding crasher?

Did Virginia state Delegate Adam P. Ebbin, a Democrat who represents parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties and parts of the city of Alexandria, crash a pair of wedding receptions Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner?

If he didn’t, he certainly bragged about doing so, says one invited guest who accuses the legislator of “behaving rather distastefully.”

She tells Inside the Beltway the lawmaker and another man claimed they had just crashed one wedding reception in the adjacent room, “and even ordered food — I’m pretty sure they said filet mignon.”

“I asked them who they knew and they laughed and said no one, and were very upfront and even bragging about it.”

Mr. Ebbin, she says, then thumbed through name tags of guests who hadn’t showed up at her reception, “wondering aloud if he could sneak in that way.”

She says she first encountered the pair when she stepped outside the reception to check on a phone message.

“Before I got there, a Ritz employee had apparently told them to leave, but when I came outside the door they used me as an excuse to say they knew people from the reception. Mr. Ebbin also shared with me his plan to go up to the bride and ask if she had seen his aunt, just to see if he could get away with it.”

She says the men “continued to brag how they didn’t know anyone and were getting free stuff.”

“I know for a fact they didn’t know anyone in the wedding I was at. They did end up going inside and walking around the reception.”

Reached by telephone yesterday, Mr. Ebbin insisted he was a guest at the adjacent reception, although he declined to name either the bride or groom. “I don’t see how that would be relevant,” he told Inside the Beltway. “This was not a public event.”

Asked if he had walked uninvited into the other wedding reception, as more than one witness claims, he stressed more than once, “I did not eat or drink anything,” and then he abruptly hung up the phone.

Categories: NOVA Politics_, Morons_

PWC Chairman Special Election can still coincide with Election Day

The PW BOCS voted yesterday to officially accept the resignation of former Chairman Sean Connaughton who was sworn in as U.S. Maritime Administrator last week. As the article states:

According to state law, a judge now has 15 days to issue a writ for a special election to be held not less than 45 or more than 60 days after the vacancy occurred.

Provided the judge acts expeditiously, there is no reason why the special election cannot be set for Nov. 7 as there are more than 45 days between now and then. In fact, by my count, we are currently 55 days out from Election Day, towards the longer end of when it is permissible to set the special election. Like Jim Young, I am puzzled why the Board of Elections set their filing date when they did when the special election had not even been called yet.

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2006 Elections_

The Way I Remember It

We celebrated my eldest son’s 5th birthday yesterday afternoon. Joyous as birthdays usually are we marveled at him on his brand new red bike, his excitement with a new tee ball set with a real leather baseball glove and his thrill in new puzzles (the kid is a puzzle freak). As with each of Christopher’s birthdays we remember the joy we felt on September 10, 2001. Nothing, absolutely nothing could spoil our joy that day and they days to follow, or so we thought.

We were awaken early Tuesday morning, the day after Christopher’s birth. We were both pretty sleepy as Christopher had kept us up most of the night with his cries of new life, and we were slightly confused as to where we were. We were in a room on the 5th floor at INOVA Fairfax Hospital which was a private room overlooking the helicopter pad on the adjacent hospital building’s roof. The nursing staff had waken Heather to give her whatever treatment new Mom’s get (I think if Dad’s had to go through childbirth it would be best to sedate us for a good three weeks) and to get her scheduled for the breast feeding classes. Heather managed to get to the shower, I of course took over her bed and held Christopher. I turned on the tiny swing arm television set in the room mostly for background noise and just to check out to see what might be happening on my boy’s first day. The nurses and aides came in and out. I didn’t get much of a chance to check out what was happening on the television. As the morning went on I checked in on the Today Show. The volume was down, the picture showed the first tower on fire. I thought to myself well that’s interesting must be a story about he bombing of the Trade Center back in the 90’s., must be the anniversary or something. I turned away and went about the business of a new Dad (total confusion). After several minutes I realized the picture on the television was still of the burning Trade Center and realized the fire was coming from the higher floors as opposed ground level as it was from the earlier bombing. I turned up the volume on the television and started to listen. I quickly realized why they had the pictures they were showing. Then reports of planes crashing in DC started to come in. The plane into the Pentagon had been confirmed, but there was still mass confusion. The activity within the hospital quickly started to move much more rapidly. The silent helicopter on the pad started its rotors, and soon flew off.

Our room also overlooked the entrance to the Emergency Room and we could see doctors, nurses, aides and other staff begin to assemble for a major trauma triage in the circle of the ER driveway and surrounding area. Word quickly spread that INOVA Fairfax would be the primary hospital for non-burn injuries coming from the Pentagon. Burn victims would be going to another DC area hospital equipped to deal with mass burn trauma. As the day went on we were visited by a number of hospital staff and our pediatrician. A couple members of the administrative staff consulted with the pediatrician who informed us they wanted to send us home that day (less than 24 hours after Christopher’s birth). They wanted the beds available incase they needed them for folks coming from the Pentagon. We concurred and were comfortable with agreeing to vacate our room. We started the process of packing up when the pediatrician came back and informed us we would be staying. He told us that although Christopher was perfectly healthy and could be released the hospital decided to allow all new babies to stay incase they needed medical attention they’d be there to receive it as opposed to having to get on the roads which were apparently jammed from mass chaos in and around DC. In the end since there were few survivors with non-burn injuries very few patients came to INOVA.

Heather was able to get rest as I asked where could I give blood. INOVA’s blood collection facility is about a quarter mile down the road from the hospital. I walked down there and found a line from the front door of the building out to Gallows Drive. They were actually turning people away saying give, but come back in two weeks and give then. I returned to the hospital room with my wife and son. We chatted lightly about the day and were relieved to find out my Mother, who often worked in the Pentagon, was not there that day.

The day is one that I certainly will never forget. I was sure to save copies of the Washington Post from both September 10th and September 12, 2001. I often take a look at the headlines as well as my son’s face and remember how much the world changed that day.

I’ll never forget how beautiful the weather was on September 11, 2001. It was an absolutely amazing day. I had a great felling of joy in my heart, but a heavy load of fear in my belly. What had happened? What world did I just bring a new baby boy in to? I gave blood two weeks later and continued to do so every couple of months after that day. However after a year or so of staying on schedule I stopped – just too much of a hassle in the busy lives we live. In remembrance of the events five years ago I think I’ll go give blood and try to get myself back on schedule.

Categories: World War III_