Not too coincidentally, we’re told, County Executive Melissa Peacor will be resigning effective January 31st. I suppose we know now the results of the audit regarding staff’s undermining of the County Board’s Rule of Law policy regarding illegal aliens.
If you ever wondered whether your voice makes a difference, well, now you know. It does.
A barely-noticed article on the WJLA website about Prince William County being a “sanctuary jurisdiction” for illegal aliens has ended up uncovering an outrageous abuse of authority by Prince William County CXO Melissa Peacor and Police Chief Stephan Hudson. The 2007 “Rule of Law Resolution” that defined county policy on the issue, a policy publicly debated extensively for months and unanimously passed by the Board of County Supervisors was secretly overturned by these county staffers, who then lied about it when questioned. Your taxpayer dollars are being lavished on these local government executives, and the Board of County Supervisors has a choice on whether that will continue.
BREAKING… YES IT IS TRUE!
WJLA is reporting that Prince William County does not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and will not comply with criminal or civil immigration detainers. After months of public debate and citizen input, such a change, if true, would represent a dramatic shift in policy done behind closed doors and with no public input whatsoever.
During this investigation, we learned every D.C. Metro jurisdiction cooperates with criminal warrants issued by ICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But, Washington, D.C., Charles County, Montgomery County, Alexandria and Prince William County do not cooperative with civil or deportation warrants. So, if someone with a civil warrant is discovered by local authorities, ICE will not be contacted and that person, let go, which makes these sanctuaries.
I’m working to confirm that this is actually the case. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 11/20: County officials deny that Prince William County has become a sanctuary jurisdiction and believe that the unnamed reporter got this wrong, intending instead to mention Prince George’s County, Maryland. Given how great a job our “mainstream media” has been doing with the truth lately, this is entirely plausible.
UPDATE 11/21: We have gotten word that in fact, it IS TRUE that Prince William County quietly became a sanctuary jurisdiction. Following a budget meeting on Saturday the BOCS went into closed session with County Executive Melissa Peacor and Chief Steve Hudson to find out how in the world a county policy extensively debated over the course of months and unanimously approved by the Board of County Supervisors could be secretly reversed by county staff. If this is not sufficient cause to fire Melissa Peacor, one would wonder what heights of insubordination Peacor must rise to in order to be fired.
When you think of the wonderful City of Manassas and all it has to offer, and then think of a person to personify all that, would the name Ed Asner pop into your mind? Probably not. Since I expect that many readers might not know why anyone would honor Ed Asner as a demonstration of the greatness of Manassas, here’s a short run-down:
Here’s where things get interesting - in the races that decide what your property taxes should be and how they’re used. Prince William County has some major challenges ahead and we really need some changes if we’re ever going to be able to address them. Here’s how you might be able to make those changes happen…
These are the races that are bombarding you with radio and TV ads, stuffing your mailboxes with fliers, and generally doing more to confuse you about the facts with their campaigns than enlightening you on anything. Don’t worry, I’ll sort out this mess for you without subjecting you to sheer partisanship and even if you disagree with my policy outlook, you’ll probably find some useful information to consider.
For the second installment in this series, let’s take a look at the often-underappreciated elections happening in Prince William, ones that have a far larger impact on our lives than some of the legislative races that we like to talk about more often. Those that hold the Sheriff, Clerk of the Court and Commonwealth’s Attorney offices can either make your lives a nightmare or seem utterly irrelevant based on who they are and what they do. If you’re not certain about this, peruse some of the stories about more rural counties in Virginia where “good old boy” networks use the powers of such offices to prey on the people.
With so many races on the ballot it might be a little hard to keep track of the candidates for School Board in Prince William County, but given how the Board is in charge of a budget greater than what the Board of County Supervisors spend, it’s arguably among the more import votes you can cast on November 3rd. If you’re looking for something beyond sheer blind partisanship when considering which candidates you’re going to vote for, read on.
Are you ready for a wave election of historic proportions? Tuesday is going to be an opportunity to not only thwart some of the liberal agenda that’s been crammed down our throats over the past year, but to remarkably reshape the balance of power at the state and local levels for the next several years. These are the fruits largely not of anything that Republicans have done, but is entirely a reaction to Democrat policy overreaches.
Did you notice how expensive candy has gotten this Halloween? You can thank government for that.
So much for the Democrat narrative that Republicans are the one’s waging a “war on women”…
There’s a pretty wild turn lately in the Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney’s race, a locality that I don’t often pay much attention to but these outlying localities in Virginia has been where a huge amount of drama has been happening lately. Conservative stalwart, Constitutional champion, and US Supreme Court litigator attorney Bill Olson is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate what appears to be misconduct under the interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Marc Abrams. It appears that Abrams, vying for the promotion against criminal law attorney and Republican Committee Chairman Beau Correll, may have been using government resources to benefit his candidacy.
Yeah, as in the taxpayers are paying for part of this knucklehead’s campaign.
When I heard that Martha Boneta’s story had been made into a documentary film, I was intrigued, and when that film won an audience award at the Anthem Film Festival, I got pretty excited about seeing it. The only difficulty was waiting for a showing that was relatively convenient to travel to and for most of us in Northern Virginia, that hasn’t happened yet. Well, our wait is over, and seeing the film is now more convenient than I expected. It’s been released on YouTube.
In honor of Speaker John Boehner announcing he will retire from Congress, it seems to be a good time to remind people about the motivations of some of those who helped encourage Boehner to make this decision.
One down, a few left to go.
Verizon and Comcast customers will start seeing this spot soon in Prince William and Fauquier Counties in one of the first cable buys by an independent Tea Party Group in the nation. The Tea Party isn’t going away, it’s getting stronger.
One of the projects I’ve been working on lately with the Virginia First Foundation and the Virginia Christian Alliance is a documentary where Pastors talk about the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on marriage and how the Christian community should respond. It’s not a hypothetical that Christians in Virginia will be subjected to some degree of persecution as a result of this decision, given what we’ve seen happen elsewhere. It’s coming. We can’t be surprised when it arrives. Getting ready, at least spiritually, isn’t optional.
Ben Carson seems to have kicked off a pretty contentious debate this week with his comments about Islam and whether it is compatible with political leadership in the country. Such a subject probably deserves a more informed discussion than the knee-jerk responses that some on either side of this have been willing to offer, and those offering nothing but pablum on this, for whatever reason, rightly deserve some intellectual confrontations. Such a subject is too important to let sit unresolved because some involved in the debate aren’t willing to treat the rest of us like we’re capable of any intellectual reasoning.
After years of quiet protest and silent prayers as tens of thousands of innocent young lives were snuffed out, the abortion center in Manassas known as Amethyst Health Center for Women will close on September 28th. So many have worked with dogged determination to provide alternatives to women considering abortion, and they deserve our thanks. So many have spent countless hours outside the center holding signs that affirm the value of life, and they deserve thanks, too. And all of you who never stopped offering up your prayers, you deserve thanks. The real thanks for this, though, belong to God, for it’s He that did this, and some of us just had the honor of being part of His plan in all this.
As we are graced this weekend with yet another local story of a violent crime perpetrated by illegal alien MS-13 gang members, I can only hope that the questions it raises (once again) are useful as we try to figure out which one of the Republican presidential candidates speaks for citizens, and how many of the others are merely shilling for those who stand to profit from cheap illegal alien labor no matter how deep the innocent bodies are stacked. These gruesome stories are perfect examples of the real human costs that entirely avoidable policy errors impose on us and if we’re to make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand what’s going on.
So the Times-Dispatch has finally decided to run the story on Tommy Norment trolling for mistresses on Ashley Madison now that the protective cover that they were giving to Senator Donald McEachin couldn’t be maintained any longer. It was amazing how the “mainstream” press and the liberal blogs were ignoring that serial womanizer Norment showed up in the Ashley Madison data, even though you’d think they’d take any and every opportunity to throw rocks at a Republican. If they published a story about Norment though, they’d also have to run the story on McEachin, and they weren’t going to do that unless they had no other choice.
Ernest W. Powell is a Democrat running for the Virginia Senate in the 11th District. I found his name in the Ashley Madison database dump as I was looking up candidates and elected officials in the Richmond area today, and what surprised me more was the email address listed on the transaction record for his two credit card purchases: email@example.com. While it’s not unusual to see someone use an email address that your wife won’t likely see when you’re trying to buy “credits” on the “life is short - have an affair” website, what is unusual is to see a candidate for office start using his campaign’s financial account to do so.